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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Union Olimpija strenghtens its roster with Lithuanian forward - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Slovenian representative in next season of Eurocup and Adriatic League, Union Olimpija Ljubljana, strengthened its forces by signing a two-year deal with Lithuanian experienced forward Deividas Gailius (200-F-88).

The player, who comes to the club as a replacement for Slovenian national team member Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) who went to Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd, spent previous season with Neptunas Klaipeda and averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in VTB United League. Before that, he also played for Oknoplast Bologna and BC Siauliai.

Gailius used to play for younger categories of Lithuanian national team, since he was a member of U19 team in 2007 and university national team in 2009. He was called to the senior national team's training camps a few times in the past years, but for now still hasn't managed to play for them at big events.

This is the second reinforcement for Union Olimpija Ljubljana this summer, after Jaka Brodnik (203-F-92) reinforced the squad a few days ago. The club is still looking for dominant players at point-guard, power forward and center positions and is still trying to keep Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95), who has an offer from Regal FC Barcelona and it looks like he's ready to leave.




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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Egypt and Angola will play for the title - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS

Egypt U16- Madagascar U16 107:63

Mohamed Ab Salem pulls Egypt into the Final of the U16 AfroBasket. He nailed 37 points as his team overcame Madagascar U16 107:63 in the semifinal appearance.
Egypt was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. They grabbed an 18:5 lead in the opening tip and had 31:16 lead at the end of the first period. Madagascar reduced to 12 midway through the second period, but Egypt closed the half at 49:35. The second half was fully dominated by Egypt that posted two comfortable victories. Egypt led 80:47 after three quarters and then finished with 107:63 victory.
ELEZABY SEIFALDIN and MUSTAFA MUHAMMED scored 11 points each, while ALAA AHMED added 9.
Orlando Rahajaniaina replied with 20 points in defeat while Kiady Rabarijoelina and RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY had 14 each. Eddy Ramanampisoa followed them with 5 points.

Egypt U16: AB SALEM MOHAMED 37, ELEZABY SEIFALDIN 11, MUSTAFA MUHAMMED 11, ALAA AHMED 9
Madagascar U16:
Orlando Rahajaniaina 20, Kiady Rabarijoelina 14, RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 14, Eddy Ramanampisoa 5


Tunisia U16-Angola U16 59:72

Angola became the first Finalist of the U16 AfroBasket. The team overcame Tunisia 72:59 and will advanced to the Final.
It was Tunisia to start with a 10:4 lead and then had 19:7 at the end of the first period. They reached unbelievable 17-point halftime advantage but could not win the game. Angola reduced to 15 points after another five minutes and then climbed back to 53:52 at the end of the third period. Angola enjoyed a 62:57 win after 35 minutes of the gamer and increased to final 13 points.
MANUEL DANIEL top-scored for the winners with 14 points and FERNADO BRUNO notched 13.
Eric Bras de Asis Amandio and Alexandre Joao Jungo delivered 12 points each in a win. Achref Gannouni replied with 17 points in defeat, while Mahmoud Hajri scored 11. Hassen Jendoubi ended up with 9 points and Younes Saidani had 8.

Tunisia U16:
Achref Gannouni 17, Mahmoud Hajri 11, Hassen Jendoubi 9, Younes Saidani 8
Angola U16: MANUEL DANIEL 14, FERNADO BRUNO 13,
Eric Bras de Asis Amandio 12, Alexandre Joao Jungo 12

Classification Round for 5-8 places

DR Congo U16-Gabon U16 62:60

DR Congo beat Gabon in the Classification Round for 5-8 places at the U16 AfroBasket. DR Congo grabbed a 62:60 win and will play for the 5th place against Mozambique. Gabon meanwhile will take on Ivory Coast in the game for the 7-8 places.
It was a great and tough game from both sides. Gabon took 12:10 lead at the end of the first period and then also led 2 points at the halftime. DR Congo managed to win the third period and reduced to just 1 point heading to the final quarter. Trailing 3 points with 5 minutes to go, DR Congo pushed the tempo for good and won the game by 2 points.

Dialembokembi Maloka paced all the winners with 17 points and Munanga Shekinah collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Luasa Jonathan Mpaka delivered 9, whilst SANTU CHADRACK PINDI scored 7. Stephanel Sarahn ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and DINGA IGANA JERIEL added 12. NZE MBA KEVIN KARL poured in 10 and OYONO NGUEMA EMMANUEL had 9.

DR Congo U16:
Dialembokembi Maloka 17, Munanga Shekinah 14+15 rebs, Luasa Jonathan Mpaka 9, SANTU CHADRACK PINDI 7
Gabon U16:
Stephanel Sarahn 17, DINGA IGANA JERIEL 12, NZE MBA KEVIN KARL 10, OYONO NGUEMA EMMANUEL 9

Mozambique U16-Ivory Coast U16 59:55



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  ANDORRA   


U16 European Championship Division C: Andorra topple Wales for second win - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U16 - Wales U16 72:61

Andorra clinched the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They outgunned Wales in Gibraltar today. Roger Valero (190-F-97) notched 20 points to lead the winners.
Andorra left Wales far behind in the opening ten minutes. They gained a 21:9 lead ten minutes into the clash. Andorra held Wales to just 6 points in the second period to accumulate a 31:15 halftime lead. Wales improved their performance in the third term. They cut the deficit at 14-point mark before the fourth period. Wales exploded with 28 points in the final stanza but Andorra nearly matched the effort and escaped with the victory at the end. Sergi Aranda (185-G-97) and Ribeiro had 10 points each for the winning side. Conor Easter (175-PG-97) responded with 15 points for Wales. Zachary Edwards (181-G-97) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Andorra U16: Roger Valero 20, Sergi Aranda 10, Ribeiro 10
Wales U16: Conor Easter 15, Zachary Edwards 14



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  ANGOLA   


U16 AfroBasket: Angola became the first Finalist - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia U16-Angola U16 59:72

Angola became the first Finalist of the U16 AfroBasket. The team overcame Tunisia 72:59 and will advanced to the Final.
It was Tunisia to start with a 10:4 lead and then had 19:7 at the end of the first period. They reached unbelievable 17-point halftime advantage but could not win the game. Angola reduced to 15 points after another five minutes and then climbed back to 53:52 at the end of the third period. Angola enjoyed a 62:57 win after 35 minutes of the gamer and increased to final 13 points.
MANUEL DANIEL top-scored for the winners with 14 points and FERNADO BRUNO notched 13. Eric Bras de Asis Amandio and Alexandre Joao Jungo delivered 12 points each in a win. Achref Gannouni replied with 17 points in defeat, while Mahmoud Hajri scored 11. Hassen Jendoubi ended up with 9 points and Younes Saidani had 8.

Tunisia U16: Achref Gannouni 17, Mahmoud Hajri 11, Hassen Jendoubi 9, Younes Saidani 8
Angola U16: MANUEL DANIEL 14, FERNADO BRUNO 13, Eric Bras de Asis Amandio 12, Alexandre Joao Jungo 12



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  ARGENTINA   


U19 World Championship: Iran edge Argentina to finish 11th - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19 - Argentina U19 79:68

Iran wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Argentina to occupy the 11th overall position. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) notched 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
Iran grabbed the initiative early on. They reeled off to a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Iran kept Argentina at distance throughout the second quarter. The Asian team gained a 39:26 halftime advantage. Iran exploded with 26 points in the third term to boost the lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 65:45. Argentina narrowed the gap in the final term but it proved too deep to overcome. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) netted 18 points, while Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) added 10 points in the victory. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) responded with 20 points for Argentina. Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) had 17 points in the loss.

Iran U19: Sajjad Mashayekhi 26, Behnam Yakhchali 18, Vahid Dalirzahan 10
Argentina U19: Juan Vaulet 20, Pedro Barral 17



Stankovic Cup: Argentina defeat Nigeria for second straight win in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Nigeria 73:58

Argentina claimed the second straight win at the Second Stage of the Stankovic Cup. They held off Nigeria in Guangzhou today. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) scored 11 points each to pace the Latin American team. Nigeria fell at 0-2 record.
Argentina led 13:8 after a low-scoring first period. The tempo increased in the second frame. The Latin American led the charge as they posted a 40:28 halftime advantage. Argentina dominated throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 59:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nigeria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but had to surrender at the end. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) produced 9 points each in the victory. Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield), Stan Okoye (198-F-91) and Andy Ogide (204-F-87, college: Colorado St.) responded with 12 points apiece for Nigeria.



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U19 World Championship: Serbia reached the Final in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Serbia U19 58:63

Serbia reached the Final in Prague at the U19 World Championship. The European titans overcame Australia 63:58 in the first Semifinal.
Australia surprised the opponents with an 18-11 lead, but Serbia recovered immediately in the second frame. They needed a 21-7 surge to take 32:25 halftime advantage. Australia then produced an 18-15 rally and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) cut it to 45:43 after three quarters, before Stefan Pot (195-G-94) increased to 4. Serbia led in the whole last period although sometimes the lead reached only 1 point. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) reduced to 59:58, however Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Novak scored the final points for the winners.
Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Vasilije Micic scored 13. Stefan Pot poured in 9, while Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) added 8. Dante Exum ended up with 21 points in the losing case, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) and Felix Kalau Van Hofe had 12 each. Michael Rowley (200-F-94) followed them with 5 points.

Australia U19: Dante Exum 21, Nicholas Duncan 12, Felix Kalau Van Hofe 12, Michael Rowley 5
Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 20+16 rebs, Vasilije Micic 13, Stefan Pot 9, Nikola Milutinov 8



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Transfer Belgacom Spirou - by Peter Buyse

Belgacom Spirou Basket has announced the addition of American/Somalian center Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) (193-F-86) to the roster for the coming season.
Abukar started his college career at Florida between 2003 and 2005 before moving onto San Diego State where he played his last two college seasons.
His first overseas job after finishing his college career in 2007 was in Italy where he played for Cantu before moving onto Amsterdam for the rest of the 2007-2008 season.
He then split the 08-09 season between 2 D-League teams the Austin Toros and Idaho Stampede before heading back to Europe where he played for Lugano in Switserland. Abukar played the next 3 season (2009-2012) for the Lugano Tigers and finished as the leading scorer in the league at the end of the 2011-2012 season. During those 3 years he led Lugano to 3 championships and 2 Cup victories. He also earned Eurobasket Player of te Year on two occasions in 2011 and 2012.
This past season he started in Bulgaria playing for Lukoil Akademik Sofia before heading to Macedonia in Jan 2013. At Rabonicki Skopje he ended up being the second leading scorer in the league with 18.3 ppg. This again earned him Eurobasket honors, this time Import Player of the Year.
In 2002 he was on the U18 team USA.



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U19 World Championship: Russia prevail against Brazil in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - Brazil U19 60:53

Russia claimed the 9th overall position at the U19 World Championship in Czech Republic. They outscored Brazil in the final game of the tournament for both teams. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) stepped up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil held their opponents to 8 points in the second frame. The Latin American side cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval. Russia picked up the tempo in the third term. They protected the lead and ensured an 8-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Brazil nailed 19 points in the last ten minutes but Russia withheld the rally and snatched the victory. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 10 points, while Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) and Andrey Desyatnikov (219-C-94, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 7 points each in the win. Deryk Ramos (185-PG-94) answered with 20 points for Brazil. Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) and Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) had 5 points each in the loss.

Russia U19: Mikhail Kulagin 19, Igor Kanygin 10, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 7, Andrey Desyatnikov 7
Brazil U19: Deryk Ramos 20, Arthur Pecos 5, Leonardo Demetrio 5



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U19 World Championship: Ennis Tyler leads Canada in a three-overtime battle against China - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Canada U19 100:110 3 OT

Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) leads Canada in a three-overtime battle against China. He nailed 42 points for 110:100 victory in the best game so far at the U19 World Championship. Canada will take on Spain tomorrow for the 5-6 places. China meanwhile will play against Croatia for 7-8 spots.
Both teams exchanged the victories in the first two periods for 32:32 on the board. Then China took 6-point lead at the end of the third period, while Canada tied the score due to 24-18 run in the fourth quarter. Both teams could not find out the winner in the first two extra times, but then Canada pushed the tempo for good and won third overtime 16-6.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) poured in 15 points and Christopher Egi (203-PF-96) added 14. Marko Pirovic (201-F-94) followed them with 12 points. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) replied with 30 points in the losing case and Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) as well as Zhou Qi (217-C-96) collected 20 points each. Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) ended up with 16 points and 11 assists in a loss.

China U19: Yuan Shuai 30, Gao Shang 20, Zhou Qi 20+14 rebs, Zhao JiWei 16+11 ast
Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 42, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 15, Christopher Egi 14, Marko Pirovic 12



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  CHILE   


2013 University Games: Finland edge Chile in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Finland -Chile 71:52

Finland edge Chile in Kazan in one of the first games of the 27th Summer Universiade. The Finish team overcame Chile 71:52 as they won all the quarters of the game.
Finland grabbed 18:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 18-12 in the second frame. Finland also looked better in the second half and produced two narrow victories in the third and the last stanzas. Finland won the third period 17-10 and then added 18-14 in the final period.
Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) had 11. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) delivered 10, whilst Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) added 8. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) CHOMON Osven answered with 15 points in defeat and Yonathan Nehring (195-C-89) had 13. AGUIRRE URRUTIA Diego and Camilo Bustamante (F) brought 8 points apiece for the Chilean team.

Finland: Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 14, Carl Lindbom 11, Roope Ahonen 10, Jesse Niemi 8
Chile: Osven Ledezma 15, Yonathan Nehring 13, AGUIRRE URRUTIA Diego 8, Camilo Bustamante 8



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Chongqing FD 14-4 
 2. Changsha Bank 13-5 
 3. Jiangsu TX 13-5 
 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: Changsha Bank - Chongqing FD 90-80
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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Jul. 8: Nanjin Army - Chongqing FD
Jul. 8: Heilongjiang - Changsha Bank
Jul. 8: Hong Kong - Jiangsu TX
Jul. 8: Guangzhou L. - Sichuan BW


Chongqing wins NBL Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Chongqing FD (14-4) in Guangdong on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Changsha Bank (13-5) 90-80. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Chongqing FD. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Changsha Bank. Chongqing FD managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chongqing FD 41-30 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 23 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jian Sun (190-88) chipped in 26 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Changsha Bank moved-up to second place, which they share with Jiangsu TX. Chongqing FD at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Sichuan BW (12-6) against fourth ranked Jiangsu TX (13-5) on Friday night. Visiting Sichuan BW was defeated by Jiangsu TX in a tough game in Jiangsu 96-102. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points, 22 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort and ZhiYong Yan supported him with 19 points. Even a double-double of 31 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks by American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) did not help to save the game for Sichuan BW. Sichuan BW's coach Stratos Koukoulekidis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu TX moved-up to second place, which they share with Changsha Bank. Sichuan BW at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Guangzhou L..
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-18) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to seventh ranked Heilongjiang (7-11) 101-91 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Kevinn Pinkney who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Chan Zong who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds. Heilongjiang maintains seventh position with 7-11 record. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings.
The game in Nanjin was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Guangzhou L. (12-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Nanjin Army (4-14). Guangzhou L. managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72. It was a good game for Shawne Williams who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guangzhou L. have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sichuan BW. Nanjin Army lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost.
Ninth-ranked Jiang Xi (4-14) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Hong Kong (11-7) on Friday. Hong Kong managed to secure only two-point victory 105-103. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiang Xi. Craig Smith had a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds (on 19-of-24 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Hong Kong maintains sixth position with 11-7 record. Loser Jiang Xi dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost.


Changsha Bank - Chongqing FD 90-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Chongqing FD (14-4) in Guangdong on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Changsha Bank (13-5) 90-80. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Chongqing FD. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Changsha Bank. Chongqing FD managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chongqing FD 41-30 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 23 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jian Sun (190-88) chipped in 26 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and point guard XueSong Li (190-91) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Changsha Bank and five Chongqing FD players scored in double figures. Changsha Bank moved-up to second place, which they share with Jiangsu TX. Chongqing FD at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Changsha Bank: S.Jian 26+4reb+2ast, A.Hilton 19+23reb+8ast, J.JunQi 19+4reb, L.Lin 14+2reb+1ast, G.Yan 6+3reb+3ast, R.XiaTi 4+3reb+2ast
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 23+14reb+2ast, Y.Peng 15+5reb, L.XueSong 13+6reb+1ast, Y.KaiFu 10+2reb+3ast, Y.Liang 10+2reb, L.DaPeng 8+1reb
gschID: 242250


Nanjin Army - Guangzhou L. 72-76

The game in Nanjin was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Guangzhou L. (12-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Nanjin Army (4-14). Guangzhou L. managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72. Nanjin Army was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 23-11 charge of Guangzhou L., which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Liye Gu (208-85) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center ShouWei Wang (208-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Nanjin Army. Guangzhou L. have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sichuan BW. Nanjin Army lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: W.Shawne 20+16reb+5ast, G.Liye 12+7reb, J.Lei 11+2reb, B.ZhiChao 11+2reb, M.JinRong 10+1reb, T.Chao 6+5reb+1ast
Nanjin Army: W.ShouWei 22+11reb+1ast, F.ChengLin 21+5reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 13+9reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 9+9reb+3ast, L.Jun 3+2reb+5ast, T.JiaFu 2+3reb
gschID: 242249


Jiangsu TX - Sichuan BW 102-96

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Sichuan BW (12-6) against fourth ranked Jiangsu TX (13-5) on Friday night. Visiting Sichuan BW was defeated by Jiangsu TX in a tough game in Jiangsu 96-102. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It looked good early as Sichuan BW took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jiangsu TX had a 32-18 second period charge getting the lead and Sichuan BW was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 96-102. Jiangsu TX shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points, 22 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort and guard ZhiYong Yan (195-86) supported him with 19 points. Even a double-double of 31 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks by American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) did not help to save the game for Sichuan BW. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) added 21 points. Five Jiangsu TX and four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. Sichuan BW's coach Stratos Koukoulekidis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu TX moved-up to second place, which they share with Changsha Bank. Sichuan BW at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Guangzhou L..
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: E.Chinemelu 30+22reb+2ast, Y.ZhiYong 19+4reb, S.XinLei 16+2reb+1ast, M.Zhuang 14+1reb+2ast, F.Xin 13+4reb+6ast, S.XianLing 7+3reb+3ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 31+14reb+1ast, C.XiaoDong 21+4reb+2ast, W.Jing 11+2reb+1ast, Z.ZhenHu 11+2reb+1ast, W.Yong-Ren 9+1reb+8ast, H.XiaoBin 6+4reb
gschID: 242248


Hong Kong - Jiang Xi 105-103

Ninth-ranked Jiang Xi (4-14) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Hong Kong (11-7) on Friday. Hong Kong managed to secure only two-point victory 105-103. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiang Xi. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) had a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds (on 19-of-24 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward MingLiang Wei (195-82) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and forward Chi Wei (202-82) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Four Jiang Xi players scored in double figures. Hong Kong maintains sixth position with 11-7 record. Loser Jiang Xi dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: S.Craig 43+20reb+1ast, W.MingLiang 19+3reb+1ast, L.JiuLong 12+3reb+6ast, C.Zhixin 8+3ast, F.Zhou 7+1reb+3ast, Y.XiaoHang 7
Jiang Xi: D.Bryan 29+11reb+2ast, W.Chi 23+9reb, L.Jiawei 20+5reb, Z.Nan 11+3reb, Z.ChaoLong 9+2reb+2ast, M.Yi 7+2reb
gschID: 242247


Heilongjiang - Hebei S. 101-91

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-18) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to seventh ranked Heilongjiang (7-11) 101-91 on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Heilongjiang. Hebei S. managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Heilongjiang forced 25 Hebei S. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). point guard XueLin Yu (186-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists. Four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Chan Zong (213-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds and ZhiMing Dan (196-92) added 21 points respectively. Heilongjiang maintains seventh position with 7-11 record. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: P.Kevinn 39+16reb+1ast, Z.JunXiong 16+6reb+3ast, W.Nan 14+4reb+2ast, Y.XueLin 12+3reb+11ast, L.JinYang 8+2reb+1ast, J.Ming 6+2reb+4ast
Hebei S.: Z.Chan 32+16reb, D.ZhiMing 21+3reb+1ast, J.YiLong 11+7reb+2ast, L.Yuan 8+4reb, Z.Lei 8+1reb+3ast, T.BoWen 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 242246



U19 World Championship: Ennis Tyler leads Canada in a three-overtime battle against China - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Canada U19 100:110 3 OT

Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) leads Canada in a three-overtime battle against China. He nailed 42 points for 110:100 victory in the best game so far at the U19 World Championship. Canada will take on Spain tomorrow for the 5-6 places. China meanwhile will play against Croatia for 7-8 spots.
Both teams exchanged the victories in the first two periods for 32:32 on the board. Then China took 6-point lead at the end of the third period, while Canada tied the score due to 24-18 run in the fourth quarter. Both teams could not find out the winner in the first two extra times, but then Canada pushed the tempo for good and won third overtime 16-6.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) poured in 15 points and Christopher Egi (203-PF-96) added 14. Marko Pirovic (201-F-94) followed them with 12 points. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) replied with 30 points in the losing case and Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) as well as Zhou Qi (217-C-96) collected 20 points each. Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) ended up with 16 points and 11 assists in a loss.

China U19: Yuan Shuai 30, Gao Shang 20, Zhou Qi 20+14 rebs, Zhao JiWei 16+11 ast
Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 42, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 15, Christopher Egi 14, Marko Pirovic 12



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Croatia U16 open win count in Riom - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Ukraine U16 92:83

Croatia registered the initial win at the Riom international tournament. They held off Ukrainian counterparts for 1-1 record. Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) had 24 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side. Ukraine suffered the second consecutive loss.
Croatia dropped 24 points in the first period and gained a 4-point lead. Ukraine responded with a 26-point tally of their own in the second frame to take a 46:45 halftime lead. However Croatia went on a 24:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. Ukraine exploded with 26 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) netted 23 points, while Ivica Zubac (211-C-97) added 16 points in the victory. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) responded with 27 points and 10 boards for Ukraine. Vitaliy Zotov (185-PG-97) tallied 14 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Croatia U16: Ante Zizic 24+21 boards, Bruno Skokna 23, Ivica Zubac 16
Ukraine U16: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 27+10 boards, Vitaliy Zotov 14+10 boards



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Standings - District National

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Jul. 4: Metros STGO - Reales LV 94-84
Jul. 5: Huracanes PP - Reales LV 90-82
Jul. 5: Leones SD - Titanes DN 80-76
Jul. 4: Titanes DN - Caneros LR 75-74

Regular Season: Round 6

Jul. 6: Reales LV - Indios SFM
Jul. 6: Titanes DN - Cocolos SPM
Jul. 7: Caneros LR - Leones SD
Jul. 7: Indios SFM - Metros STGO
Jul. 7: Huracanes PP - Cocolos SPM



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U16 AfroBasket: DR Congo beat Gabon in the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

DR Congo U16-Gabon U16 62:60

DR Congo beat Gabon in the Classification Round for 5-8 places at the U16 AfroBasket. DR Congo grabbed a 62:60 win and will play for the 5th place against Mozambique. Gabon meanwhile will take on Ivory Coast in the game for the 7-8 places.
It was a great and tough game from both sides. Gabon took 12:10 lead at the end of the first period and then also led 2 points at the halftime. DR Congo managed to win the third period and reduced to just 1 point heading to the final quarter. Trailing 3 points with 5 minutes to go, DR Congo pushed the tempo for good and won the game by 2 points.
Dialembokembi Maloka paced all the winners with 17 points and Munanga Shekinah collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Luasa Jonathan Mpaka delivered 9, whilst SANTU CHADRACK PINDI scored 7. Stephanel Sarahn ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and DINGA IGANA JERIEL added 12. NZE MBA KEVIN KARL poured in 10 and OYONO NGUEMA EMMANUEL had 9.

DR Congo U16: Dialembokembi Maloka 17, Munanga Shekinah 14+15 rebs, Luasa Jonathan Mpaka 9, SANTU CHADRACK PINDI 7
Gabon U16: Stephanel Sarahn 17, DINGA IGANA JERIEL 12, NZE MBA KEVIN KARL 10, OYONO NGUEMA EMMANUEL 9



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  EGYPT   


William Jones Cup: South Korea cruise past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Egypt 80:63

South Korea opened win count at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Egypt to improve at 1-0 record. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) led balanced effort with 17 points.
South Korea unloaded 25 points in the opening frame but Egypt stayed close. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break. The Korean team pulled ahead in the second stanza. They established a 43:32 halftime advantage. South Korea extended the lead in the third period. They held Egypt to 13 points and posted a 16-point lead into the fourth frame. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the final quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91), Seung-Jun Lee and Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Ibrahim Abou Khadra (187-G-88) answered with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Egypt. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) netted 12 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Sun-Hyung 17, Kim Mingoo 11, Seung-Jun Lee 11, Kim Joo-Sung 11
Egypt: Ibrahim Abou Khadra 20+18 boards, Ibrahim El Gamal 12



U16 AfroBasket: Mohamed Ab Salem pulls Egypt into the Final - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16- Madagascar U16 107:63

Mohamed Ab Salem pulls Egypt into the Final of the U16 AfroBasket. He nailed 37 points as his team overcame Madagascar U16 107:63 in the semifinal appearance.
Egypt was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. They grabbed an 18:5 lead in the opening tip and had 31:16 lead at the end of the first period. Madagascar reduced to 12 midway through the second period, but Egypt closed the half at 49:35. The second half was fully dominated by Egypt that posted two comfortable victories. Egypt led 80:47 after three quarters and then finished with 107:63 victory.
ELEZABY SEIFALDIN and MUSTAFA MUHAMMED scored 11 points each, while ALAA AHMED added 9. Orlando Rahajaniaina replied with 20 points in defeat while Kiady Rabarijoelina and RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY had 14 each. Eddy Ramanampisoa followed them with 5 points.

Egypt U16: AB SALEM MOHAMED 37, ELEZABY SEIFALDIN 11, MUSTAFA MUHAMMED 11, ALAA AHMED 9
Madagascar U16: Orlando Rahajaniaina 20, Kiady Rabarijoelina 14, RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 14, Eddy Ramanampisoa 5



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JSF Nanterre gets bigger with Kevin Lisch - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre gets bigger with Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, college: St.Louis) for the next season. The American player was with Pirates de Quebradillas in Puerto Rico. In 24 BSN games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.4spg last season. The last season Lisch played at Perth Wildcats (NBL) in Australian league. In 32 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kevin Lisch won Australian NBL championship title in 2010. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Player of the Year and Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Import Player of the Year in 2012.
Lisch graduated from Saint Louis University in 2009 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.



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Div.C Standings

Standings
1. Gibraltar3-0
2. Scotland2-1
3. Andorra2-1
4. Wales1-3
5. San Marino.0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 4

Jul. 6: AND - WAL 72-61
Jul. 6: SMR - GIB 42-56

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Jul. 7: SCO - SMR
Jul. 7: GIB - AND


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 4 in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16 - San Marino U16 56:42
Gibraltar registered the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The hosts knocked down San Marino to stay undefeated. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) nailed 18 points and grabbed 15 boards to lead the winners. San Marino slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Gibraltar dominated in the first period. They recorded a 15:7 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept San Marino at distance throughout the second period. Gibraltar secured a 28:17 halftime advantage. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. Gibraltar rolled to a 45:31 lead with ten minutes remaining in regulation. The teams traded baskets in the fourth period as Gibraltar marched to the victory. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) dropped 18 points for Gibraltar. Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) nailed 7 points for the winners. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 18 points and 11 boards for San Marino. Nicola Borello (173-G-97) had 6 points in the loss.

Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 18+15 boards, Timothy Fava 18, Nicholas Lopez 7
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 18+11 boards, Nicola Borello 6

Andorra U16 - Wales U16 72:61
Andorra clinched the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They outgunned Wales in Gibraltar today. Roger Valero (190-F-97) notched 20 points to lead the winners.
Andorra left Wales far behind in the opening ten minutes. They gained a 21:9 lead ten minutes into the clash. Andorra held Wales to just 6 points in the second period to accumulate a 31:15 halftime lead. Wales improved their performance in the third term. They cut the deficit at 14-point mark before the fourth period. Wales exploded with 28 points in the final stanza but Andorra nearly matched the effort and escaped with the victory at the end. Sergi Aranda (185-G-97) and Cacador had 10 points each for the winning side. Conor Easter (175-PG-97) responded with 15 points for Wales. Zachary Edwards (181-G-97) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Andorra U16: Roger Valero 20, Sergi Aranda 10, Cacador 10
Wales U16: Conor Easter 15, Zachary Edwards 14



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2013 University Games: Finland edge Chile in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Finland -Chile 71:52

Finland edge Chile in Kazan in one of the first games of the 27th Summer Universiade. The Finish team overcame Chile 71:52 as they won all the quarters of the game.
Finland grabbed 18:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 18-12 in the second frame. Finland also looked better in the second half and produced two narrow victories in the third and the last stanzas. Finland won the third period 17-10 and then added 18-14 in the final period.
Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) had 11. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) delivered 10, whilst Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) added 8. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) CHOMON Osven answered with 15 points in defeat and Yonathan Nehring (195-C-89) had 13. AGUIRRE URRUTIA Diego and Camilo Bustamante (F) brought 8 points apiece for the Chilean team.

Finland: Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 14, Carl Lindbom 11, Roope Ahonen 10, Jesse Niemi 8
Chile: Osven Ledezma 15, Yonathan Nehring 13, AGUIRRE URRUTIA Diego 8, Camilo Bustamante 8



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France U16 with second straight win in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Greece U16 73:69

French U16 National Team earned the second consecutive win at the international tournament in Riom. The hosts held off the Greek counterparts to remain perfect. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Les Bleus.
Greece eked out a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They recorded a 34:27 halftime lead. But France ignited a comeback rally in the third term. The hosts went on a 24:13 run to spur ahead. The gap grew at 9-point mark within the final two minutes of regulation and France held on to the victory at the end. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) produced 14 points, while Gauthier Denis (197-F/G-97) added 12 points in the victory. Antonis Koniaris (183-PG-97) responded with 16 points for Greece. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 22, Luc Loubaki 14, Gauthier Denis 12
Greece U16: Antonis Koniaris 16, Vasileios Charalampopoulos 13



Vafessa Fofana signs at Denain - by Eurobasket News

Denain ASC Voltaire (NM1) landed 21-year old guard Vafessa Fofana (200-92kg-92, agency: Fusion Sports). He played most recently at St Vallier (ProB). But in 34 games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Fofana played at Cholet Basket (ProA). In 25 games he did not score anything. He also played 1 game in Euroleague but he did not score anything. Fofana won U21 ships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



JSF Nanterre gets bigger with Kevin Lisch - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre gets bigger with Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, college: St.Louis) for the next season. The American player was with Pirates de Quebradillas in Puerto Rico. In 24 BSN games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.4spg last season. The last season Lisch played at Perth Wildcats (NBL) in Australian league. In 32 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kevin Lisch won Australian NBL championship title in 2010. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Player of the Year and Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Import Player of the Year in 2012.
Lisch graduated from Saint Louis University in 2009 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.



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U16 AfroBasket: DR Congo beat Gabon in the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

DR Congo U16-Gabon U16 62:60

DR Congo beat Gabon in the Classification Round for 5-8 places at the U16 AfroBasket. DR Congo grabbed a 62:60 win and will play for the 5th place against Mozambique. Gabon meanwhile will take on Ivory Coast in the game for the 7-8 places.
It was a great and tough game from both sides. Gabon took 12:10 lead at the end of the first period and then also led 2 points at the halftime. DR Congo managed to win the third period and reduced to just 1 point heading to the final quarter. Trailing 3 points with 5 minutes to go, DR Congo pushed the tempo for good and won the game by 2 points.
Dialembokembi Maloka paced all the winners with 17 points and Munanga Shekinah collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Luasa Jonathan Mpaka delivered 9, whilst SANTU CHADRACK PINDI scored 7. Stephanel Sarahn ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and DINGA IGANA JERIEL added 12. NZE MBA KEVIN KARL poured in 10 and OYONO NGUEMA EMMANUEL had 9.

DR Congo U16: Dialembokembi Maloka 17, Munanga Shekinah 14+15 rebs, Luasa Jonathan Mpaka 9, SANTU CHADRACK PINDI 7
Gabon U16: Stephanel Sarahn 17, DINGA IGANA JERIEL 12, NZE MBA KEVIN KARL 10, OYONO NGUEMA EMMANUEL 9



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Milwaukee Bucks brings back Georgian Zaza Pachulia - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks brings back Georgian Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84). After 8 seasons with Atlanta Hawks, the player is back to Milwaukee.
Last season he recorded 5.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. The previous season Pachulia played at Galatasaray (TBL) in Turkish league. In 5 games he averaged 8.4ppg and 4.4rpg that season. He also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg.
In 2003 Pachulia was drafted by Orlando Magic in second round (42nd overall).
He was also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Pachulia played for Georgian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. Zaza Pachulia represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 18.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 65.7%.



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  GERMANY   


Astro Stars add Duecker and Easley - by Moritz Korff

The Bochum Astro Stars have strengthened their roster for the upcoming Pro B season with the addition of Julius Duecker (205-C-84) and Kendrick Easley (185-G).
Duecker will add plenty of experience to the Bochum roster. Since 2001 the Berlin native played for four 2. Bundesliga teams, including TuS Lichterfelde, Paderborn, Schwelm and most recently Herten. He averaged 8.0 points and 5.1 boards a game for the Lions last season.

Easley will spend his first year in German basketball. Coming out of college in 2010 the Mount Olive graduate was set to play for Bochum, but suffered an injury in pre-season and thus, was unable to compete. Three years later he will give it another try. The Norfolk, VA, native enjoyed great success during his collegiate career at Mount Olive (NCAA D2) and was named to the NABC Division 2 All-America Team following his senior season. He had joined the Bochum team for a try-out recently and eventually inked a contract with the Pro B newcomer.



UBC Hannover Name Anton Mirolybov Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club UBC Hannover have found their new head coach for the upcoming season with Anton Mirolybov . Anton Mirolybov comes from Finland and has had vast expereince coaching in Germany. Last season he was in Finland coaching HBA-Marsky Helsinki (Finland-1st Division). "He brings a lot of quality, experience and a strong personality. These are all qualities that are important for a coach. We are happy that he has decided to join us", stressed UBC sport director Michael Goch. Mirolybov started his coaching career with Torpparit Helsinki (1stDiv), then coached BC Jyvaskyla (1st Division) and then Kouvolan Kouvot (Korisliiga). He then came to germany and coached teams like Herten and Chemnitz. In the 2010-2011 season he was an assistant coach for the Mitteldeutscher BC. "I am looking forward to working with the club and the city. I was able to get to know management,club and city and see a lot of potential here. My goal together with management is too form a strong team that will be near the top", added Anton Mirolybov . Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Coach Assistant: Finnish Junior National Team -04, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships for Juniors) -04, Head Coach: Finnish University National Team -09, Head Coach: Finnish U20 National Team -09-10, European Championships U20 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) -09, World University Games in Belgrade (Croatia) -09, European Championships U20 Division B in Austria -10, Head Coach: Finnish Women U18 National Team -11, European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) -11 (Semifinals), and Head Coach: Finnish Women National Team -12, 13

Source: UBC Hannover



Maxim Schneider Remains With TV Langen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club TV Langen have announced that Maxim Schneider (184-G-92) will remain with TV Langen. Schneider is a 21 year old 184cm guard that started his basketball career in 2008 witth DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga). He will play his third season with TV Langen and last season played 27 games: 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 27.2%, FT: 73.5%. "Maxim has taken our trust and had good pperformances the last two seasons. He still needs to work on his shot, but he will get that chance. We are happy that he will continue to play for us", stated TV Langen manager Jogi Barth. The German scored in double figures nine times including a 17 point game against Dresden.

Source: TV Langen



The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg Welcome Lamont Mack - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The name Lamont isnt the most used name heard in the basketball world, but the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg will have a Lamont now two seasons in a row as last season they had ex Artland Dragon Lamont Mcintosh and this season a forward by the name of Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) getting a one year deal. Mack is a 26 year old 201cm American from the windy city Chicago. Mack will be starting his fifth professional basketball season and comes from the strong Italian league as last season he played for Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Italy-SerieA): 30 games: 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 75.6%. "He has got a lot of experience in Europe the last four years and will probably get used to our league quickly and be one of our important players. He is very physical and should give us more stability under the basket. He is strong on offense and is dangerous from outside. He fits well to our playing style", stressed Wurzburg head coach Marcel Schroeder. Mack played at Charlotte (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 37.8%, 3Pts: 31.8%, FT: 71.0%. As a rookie in 2009-2010 he played for AEK Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 24 games: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 74.3%. In 2010-2011, he started the season with AEK Athens (Greece-A1): 14 games: 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 71.1%; in Jan.'11 moved to Lukoil Academik Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL): Bulgarian League: 21 games: 7.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.3%; EuroChallenge: 5 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg. In 2011-2012 he remained in Bulgaria with Lukoil Academik Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five): EuroCup: 8 games: 11.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 92.3%; Bulgarian League: 36 games: 11.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 81.4%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -08, All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team -09, EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -11, Bulgarian League All-Star Game -11, 12, Bulgarian League Champion -11, 12, Bulgarian League Regular Season Champion -11, 12, Bulgarian Cup Winner -12, Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team -12
and Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team -12

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurtburg





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  GIBRALTAR   


U16 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar record third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16 - San Marino U16 56:42

Gibraltar registered the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The hosts knocked down San Marino to stay undefeated. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) nailed 18 points and grabbed 15 boards to lead the winners. San Marino slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Gibraltar dominated in the first period. They recorded a 15:7 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept San Marino at distance throughout the second period. Gibraltar secured a 28:17 halftime advantage. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. Gibraltar rolled to a 45:31 lead with ten minutes remaining in regulation. The teams traded baskets in the fourth period as Gibraltar marched to the victory. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) dropped 18 points for Gibraltar. Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) nailed 7 points for the winners. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 18 points and 11 boards for San Marino. Nicola Borello (173-G-97) had 6 points in the loss.

Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 18+15 boards, Timothy Fava 18, Nicholas Lopez 7
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 18+11 boards, Nicola Borello 6



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France U16 with second straight win in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Greece U16 73:69

French U16 National Team earned the second consecutive win at the international tournament in Riom. The hosts held off the Greek counterparts to remain perfect. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Les Bleus.
Greece eked out a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They recorded a 34:27 halftime lead. But France ignited a comeback rally in the third term. The hosts went on a 24:13 run to spur ahead. The gap grew at 9-point mark within the final two minutes of regulation and France held on to the victory at the end. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) produced 14 points, while Gauthier Denis (197-F/G-97) added 12 points in the victory. Antonis Koniaris (183-PG-97) responded with 16 points for Greece. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 22, Luc Loubaki 14, Gauthier Denis 12
Greece U16: Antonis Koniaris 16, Vasileios Charalampopoulos 13



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  IRAN   


William Jones Cup: Iran rally past Jordan in opener - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Jordan 64:57

Iran opened the William Jones Cup with a tough win over Jordan. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) and Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) netted 15 points each to lead the winners.
Iran got to a confident start. They stayed aggressive defensively in the first half. Iran posted a 17:11 lead after the opening frame. Iran stretched the lead in the second frame. They registered a 35:25 halftime advantage. Jordan came back right into the contest in the third term. They picked up the tempo pouring 25 points. Jordan cut the deficit to a single point with ten minutes to go. But Iran responded with a 14:8 run in the fourth frame to secure the victory. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) posted 9 points for the winning side. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points for Jordan. Ahmad Al-Dwairi (209-C/F-93) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 15, Mahdi Kamrani 15, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 9
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 23, Ahmad Al-Dwairi 8



U19 World Championship: Iran edge Argentina to finish 11th - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19 - Argentina U19 79:68

Iran wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Argentina to occupy the 11th overall position. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) notched 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
Iran grabbed the initiative early on. They reeled off to a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Iran kept Argentina at distance throughout the second quarter. The Asian team gained a 39:26 halftime advantage. Iran exploded with 26 points in the third term to boost the lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 65:45. Argentina narrowed the gap in the final term but it proved too deep to overcome. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) netted 18 points, while Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) added 10 points in the victory. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) responded with 20 points for Argentina. Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) had 17 points in the loss.

Iran U19: Sajjad Mashayekhi 26, Behnam Yakhchali 18, Vahid Dalirzahan 10
Argentina U19: Juan Vaulet 20, Pedro Barral 17



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  ISRAEL   


All-Israeli National League Forward of the Year re-upped with Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Netanel Dahan

Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) re-upped with Ironi Nes-Ziona in Israel for 2 more seasons. In 35 National League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. Ironi Nes-Ziona wonNational League Finals 3-1 in the series against Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Gil Amitay chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures.
Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Domestic Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Dunne represented Israel at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg.
Dunne has played also professionally for other Israeli teams like Maccabi Rishon, Ironi Ashkelon, Maccabi Ashdod and Hapoel Afula.



Houston Rockets adds Omri Casspi - by Idan Seggev

The 25-yesr-old Israeli power forward, Omri Casspi (204-SF-88), who became a free agent, signed a two-years-deal contract with the Houston Rockets for 2.6 million dollar, while the Houston Rockets has the option to release him after one year. Casspi will try to prove himself in Houston after his last season with the Cavs which was his worst season in his 4 years in the NBA. Omri played only in 43 games, 11 mpg and finished with an average of 4 ppg & 2.7 rpg.


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  ITALY   


Luca Dalmonte is the new head coach of Virtus Roma - by Antonello Varallo

Luca Dalmonte is the new head coach of Virtus Roma. The former assistant coach of Fenerbahce has agreed terms with the runner up team of last Italian serie A. Born in 1963, Dalmonte has a long experience in Italian Leagues. After some years as coach assistant (with Rimini, Brescia, Virtus Bologna), he was hired as head coach of Siena in 1998/99 (ending his adventure with a record of 4W and 10L). Next year, he signed with Avellino, leading the team to the victory of Serie A2 and to the first seasons in Serie A. He left Avellino with a record of 46W and 54L, joining Reggio Emilia (18W, 14L), Roseto (8W, 14L), Ferrara (35W, 25L), Teramo (7W, 11L) and Cantu (31W, 33L). In 2009 he signed a contract with Pesaro; with Scavolini (33W, 29L) he built a very entertaining team (with players as James "the Flight" White, Ricky Hickman and Daniel Hackett) and he reached playoff semifinals.
His career record in Serie A is 123W and 163L. He is also the assistant coach of Italian National Team.



Cimberio Varese keep Dusan Sakota - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese keep Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, agency: Beo Basket) for 2013/2014 season. The last season Sakota played also at Cimberio Varese. In 40 games he had 8.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
Sakota was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad 2nd Team in 2013. The previous season Sakota was tested by Base Oostende (Ethias League) in Belgium. In twelve games he recorded 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0spg that season. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He represented Greece at the World Military Championships in Klaipeda (Lithuania) four years ago. Sakota's team won Gold. He has played also professionally in Russia (Enisey Krasnoyarsk), Greece (Panathinaikos and Panionios).



Italy U18 finished second at the Torneo di Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 finished second at the Torneo di Cisternino. The hosts of the campaign won two games after the pity loss from England U18.
In Day 2 Italy U18 overcame Ukraine U18 81:56. The home side erupted with a 29-9 surge in the start of the game, but Ukraine replied with a massive 30-15 run in the second frame. Italy meanwhile looked better in the second half and managed to win the game due to 17-3 surge in the last stanza. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Nicola Akele (195-G-95) and Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) netted 11 each. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) replied with 16 points and Antypov as well as Shalamov had 10 each.
In Day 3 Italy u18 outscored Greece U18 64:51. The hosts started with a 19-8 lead and led 39:20 at the halftime. The board showed 53:39 after three quarters, while Greece managed to reduce to final 13 points at the end.



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  JAPAN   


William Jones Cup: Quincy Davis leads Taiwan past Japan - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Japan 70:62

Taiwan registered the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down Japan behind 18 points and 12 boards from Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane).
The hosts got to a brisk start. They nailed 22 points in the opening frame to gain a 10-point lead. Japan stiffened defensively in the second quarter. The visitors held Taiwan to 9 points in the next ten minutes to cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the interval 31:25. However Taiwan picked up the tempo in the third term. They maintained the lead throughout the stanza and entered the final quarter up by 8 points 51:43. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but Taiwan did not allow their opponents to challenge their advantage. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) netted 13 points, while Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) and Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) contributed 8 points each for the winners. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) responded with 15 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) netted 14 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 18+12 boards, Lin Chih-Chieh 13, Tsai Wen-Cheng 8, Tseng Wen-Ting 8
Japan: Keijuro Matsui 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 14



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William Jones Cup: Iran rally past Jordan in opener - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Jordan 64:57

Iran opened the William Jones Cup with a tough win over Jordan. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) and Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) netted 15 points each to lead the winners.
Iran got to a confident start. They stayed aggressive defensively in the first half. Iran posted a 17:11 lead after the opening frame. Iran stretched the lead in the second frame. They registered a 35:25 halftime advantage. Jordan came back right into the contest in the third term. They picked up the tempo pouring 25 points. Jordan cut the deficit to a single point with ten minutes to go. But Iran responded with a 14:8 run in the fourth frame to secure the victory. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) posted 9 points for the winning side. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points for Jordan. Ahmad Al-Dwairi (209-C/F-93) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 15, Mahdi Kamrani 15, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 9
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 23, Ahmad Al-Dwairi 8



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William Jones Cup: Taiwan B roll past Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B - Lebanon 70:66

Taiwanese B National Team opened their 2013 William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They held off Lebanon in the opener. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan eked out a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts kept Lebanon at distance throughout the second frame. Taiwan secured a 35:30 halftime lead. Lebanon however picked up the tempo in the third term. They adjusted offensively and erased the deficit. The teams were tied at 54-all heading into the fourth frame. Taiwan limited Lebanon to 12 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) knocked down 18 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) had 10 points in the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Lebanon. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) added 14 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 20, Chang Chia-Jung 18, Chou Po-Chen 10
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 20, Jean Abdel Nour 14



FIBA interferes in the Lebanese League??????????????????? - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Lebanese Basketball is leaving a strange situation these days, after the suspension of the League by the FLB due to court decision was in favor Amchit Club.
The FLB received a warning letter from FIBA in which the FLB is asked to inform the clubs who went to State courts to stop it the procedures with reference to FIBA General Status .
FIBA General Status Point 9.5 consists the following National member federations shall establish a system for the resolution of disputes by independent arbitration, excluding to the extent legally possible recourse to the state courts.
In the FLB regulations theres no any system for the resolution of disputes by independent arbitration and more than this the Lebanese Law dont forbid any person , club , to go to the state courts . FIBA is not firm in not allowing clubs to not go to the state courts because in the article 9.5 its mentioned TO THE EXTENT LEGALLY POSSIBLE- in Lebanon its not legally possible.

As for FIFA
, their status its clearly mentioned in the article 68 recourse to state courts its forbidden and the Associations shall have the clause in their statutes or regulations unless the FIFA regulations or binding legal provisions specifically provide for or stipulate recourse to ordinary courts of law.

Article 9.7 consists National member federations shall manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties. In particular they must ensure that their officials are either elected or appointed under democratic process for a term of office of four (4) years. Their statutes must provide a transparent procedure that guarantees the complete independence of the election or appointment.

FIBA is aware on how the FLB is elected for many years and that the political parties are represented inside the FLB Board committee. This problem of the Lebanese Basketball is a translation of the political conflict going on between the political parties in Lebanon.

Moreover for years the FLB was addressing FIBA about problems in the League and FIBAs answer was that each National Federation have its own regulations and they cannot interfere by providing solutions, in the Warning letter of FIBA , they are asking the FLB to continue the League? And to sign a protocol with the clubs that forbid any club to go to state courts. A question is addressed here to FIBA what happened to the respect of Regulations???



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U16 AfroBasket: Mohamed Ab Salem pulls Egypt into the Final - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16- Madagascar U16 107:63

Mohamed Ab Salem pulls Egypt into the Final of the U16 AfroBasket. He nailed 37 points as his team overcame Madagascar U16 107:63 in the semifinal appearance.
Egypt was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. They grabbed an 18:5 lead in the opening tip and had 31:16 lead at the end of the first period. Madagascar reduced to 12 midway through the second period, but Egypt closed the half at 49:35. The second half was fully dominated by Egypt that posted two comfortable victories. Egypt led 80:47 after three quarters and then finished with 107:63 victory.
ELEZABY SEIFALDIN and MUSTAFA MUHAMMED scored 11 points each, while ALAA AHMED added 9. Orlando Rahajaniaina replied with 20 points in defeat while Kiady Rabarijoelina and RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY had 14 each. Eddy Ramanampisoa followed them with 5 points.

Egypt U16: AB SALEM MOHAMED 37, ELEZABY SEIFALDIN 11, MUSTAFA MUHAMMED 11, ALAA AHMED 9
Madagascar U16: Orlando Rahajaniaina 20, Kiady Rabarijoelina 14, RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 14, Eddy Ramanampisoa 5



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2013 University Games: Serbia beat Mongolia in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Mongolia 110:56

Serbia beat Mongolia in the opener of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The European side overcame Mongolia 110:56 for the first victory.
Serbia was the favorite of the game and started with a 28-11 surge. The European side never looked behind and dominated the whole court. They added 26-19 rally in the second period and enjoyed a 54:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Serbia posted a massive 32-11 burst in the third quarter and added final 24-15 surge in the last stanza. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) scored the last points for the winners.
Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) netted 16. Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) poured in 14, whilst Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) added 13. Bilguun Battuvshin answered with 21 points in defeat and Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) notched 16.

Serbia: Milos Dimic 17, Dejan Djokic 16, Djordje Drenovac 14, Djordje Gagic 13
Mongolia: Bilguun Battuvshin 21, Sanchir Tungalag 16



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  NBA   


Utah Jazz officially sign Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert - by Eurobasket News

One signing was a formality. The other wasn't. Both of the Utah Jazz's first-round acquisitions signed their rookie contracts this past week, allowing them to begin their NBA careers Sunday at the Orlando Pro Summer League. It was a no-brainer that Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92), the 2013 national player of the year, would sign after the Jazz traded two first-round picks (14 and 21) to move up and land the point guard Minnesota selected ninth overall. The Jazz signed the 6-1 Michigan playmaker to the maximum rookie contract 120 percent of the preset salary scale of $2,032,300 it's been confirmed. This means the 20-year-old will make $4,987,320 guaranteed over the next two seasons, with the Jazz owning options for the third and fourth years. His was the easy contract. To get Rudy Gobert (7'0''-C-92) eligible for the NBA, the 7-1 center had to negotiate a buyout with his French league team (Cholet Basket) and receive clearance from FIBA, basketball's international governing body. Last week, even the Jazz weren't sure if he'd be able to clear those hurdles, but he did in time to participate this week. It's believed the Jazz also signed Rudy Gobert to the maximum contract for the 27th pick of $1,078,800 this season. He will make $1,127,400 next season, and the Jazz also own options on him for the third and fourth seasons. Utah acquired Rudy Gobert by sending an undisclosed amount of cash and the 46th pick to Denver. The Jazz have not yet signed their third draft-night acquisition Brazilian point guard Raul Neto (6'1''-PG-92). The 6-1 player is with the Jazz in Orlando, but he's still under contract with Spain's Lagun Aro GBC and is awaiting FIBA clearance to play in the summer league. Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was unable to be reached for a comment.
Courtesy of: deseretnews.com



Spurs sign former Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph - by Eurobasket News

Former Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph (6'9''-F-87, college: Arizona St.) signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, according to multiple media reports. In 37 games as a backup at center and power forward, Pendergraph averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Pacers last season. Pendergraph was the 31st pick of the 2009 NBA draft by Sacramento and was signed by the Pacers in 2011 after he was waived by the Portland Trailblazers. The team earlier decision to rescind a qualifying offer to Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) after resigning David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier), leaves 2012 first-round pick Miles Plumlee and recent free agent acquisition Chris Copeland as the backups to West pending another free agent signing or trade.
Courtesy of: indystar.com



Clippers land Darren Collison - by Eurobasket News

The Clippers completed an impressive week of deals by getting the backup point guard they needed. Free-agent guard Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) and the Clippers verbally agreed to a two-year deal on Saturday, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Collison will get the rest of the mid-level exception the Clippers had left over after giving a portion of it to Matt Barnes. Collison's salary for the 2013-14 season will be $1.9 million. He'll have an opt-out clause he could exercise after the season. The Clippers started last week with Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) agreeing Monday to a five-year, $107.3-million deal. They then acquired shooting guard J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) from the Milwaukee Bucks and small forward Jared Dudley from the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and got Barnes to agree on Friday to return. None can sign contracts until Wednesday, when the NBA lifts its moratorium on free-agent signings. The Clippers needed a backup point guard after trading point guard Eric Bledsoe and small forward Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) to the Suns. Collison, 25, started 49 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 12.0 points, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.3 minutes. He made 47.1% of his shots, 35.3% of his three-pointers. Over his four-year career, Collison has averaged 12.1 points, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals. He has made 46.3% of his field goals, 36.0% of his three-pointers. He's an 86.2% free-throw shooter. The 6-foot Collison, who played at UCLA, will be Paul's backup. Collison and Paul were teammates on the New Orleans Hornets during the 2009-10 season. Collison, drafted in the first round in 2009 (25th overall), started 37 games during his rookie year when Paul was out with injuries. Collison, who attended Etiwanda High, is quick and a good defender. The Clippers are also interested in bringing back big men Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins.
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Free agent Dorell Wright and Trail Blazers agree to two-year, $6 million contract - by Eurobasket News

The Trail Blazers continued to strengthen their bench Saturday when 6-foot-9 sharpshooter Dorell Wright (6'9''-F-85) agreed to sign a two-year, $6 million contract with Portland when the NBAs free agent moratorium ends on Wednesday. A nine-year professional who two seasons ago led the NBA with 194 three-pointers, the 27-year-old Wright figures to be an intregral part of a revamped Blazers bench that is more talented, but less experienced than last season. Wright will likely backup starting small forward Nicolas Batum, and although coach Terry Stotts usually had at least two starters on the court at all times last season, Wright will offer a proven and experienced option among a bench that at the moment is comprised of rookies and second year players. The projected second unit includes rookie C.J. McCollum (6'3''-G-91) at point guard, either rookie Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92) or second-year player Will Barton (6'6''-G-91, college: Memphis) at shooting guard, second-year power forward Thomas Robinson and either Meyers Leonard or Joel Freeland (both in their second year) at center. Last season as a reserve for Philadelphia, Wright averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 22 minutes a game while shooting 37.4 percent from three point range. Once trades and free agent signings become official on Wednesday, the Blazers will have 14 players on the roster, although it is unclear whether the Blazers will keep guard Terrel Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.), who was part of the Robin Lopez trade with New Orleans. Regardless of what he does with Harris, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey can still use a $2.6 million exception to sign another player. Wright chose the Blazers over Oklahoma City, Memphis and Utah and agent Greg Lawrence said the Blazers presentation was the deciding factor. He was really really impressed with Coach Stotts and Neil and how they thought he would fit in, Lawrence said, adding He was excited about playing with Lillard and he likes the city. The Los Angeles native was also wooed by another recruiting tool: The University of Oregon and star running back DeAnthony Thomas. Lawrence said Wrights 5-year-old son, Devin, is an avid Ducks fan whose favorite player is Thomas. Wright was drafted by Miami out of high school with the 19th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He played six seasons in Miami before spending two seasons with Golden State, and last season with Philadelphia. His best season was in 2010-2011 with Golden State when he started 82 games and averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 37.6 percent from three-point range. For his career, Wright averages 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and shoots 43.1 percent from the field, 36.7 from three point range and 81.1 percent from the free throw line.
Courtesy of: oregonlive.com



Portland Trail Blazers agrees with Earl Watson - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers agrees with Earl Watson (6'1''-PG-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA). The 34-year old Mexican ex-international point guard played last time at Utah Jazz. In 48 games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg last season. In 2011-2012 was injured in Apr.'12 and was off for the rest of the season, however in 50 games averaged 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg. Early in 2010-2011 his stats read 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg.
In 2001 Watson was drafted by Seattle Supersonics in second round (40th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star is in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball. Watson was a member of Mexican Senior National Team back in 2007.
He has played previously for four other NBA teams: Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies.Earl Watson started his career in 1996-1997 for Kansas City, KS (Washington) and showed 23ppg, 14rpg, 8.3apg.



Dallas Mavericks agrees with 30-year old point guard Devin Harris - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks agrees with 30-year old point guard Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) for the next season. The sides agrees to a three-year, $9 million deal.
Devin Harris played last time at Atlanta Hawks. It is actually his comeback to the Mavericks as he played here before. In 64 NBA games he recorded 10.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg last season. He also spent pre-season at the Jazz that year.
In 2004 Harris was drafted by the Mavericks as #5 pick overall. He attended University of Wisconsin and it may be his tenth season in pro basketball. he was also voted All-NAIA D2 Honorable Mention in 2013. Harris won NBA Southwest Division championship title in 2007.
Harris has played previously for Brooklyn Nets.



Shaun Livingston will head to Brooklyn Nets - by Eurobasket News

Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) will head to Brooklyn Nets for the next season. The team have reached a one-year agreement with 28-year old guard. He played last time at Cleveland Cavaliers. In 49 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.6apg last season. Livingston also played at the Wizards that season. In 16 games he had 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. He also spent pre-season at the Rockets that year.
The previous season Livingston played at the Bucks. In 57 games he had 5.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg. In 2010-11 season he played at the Bobcats. In 73 games he had 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg. In 2004 Los Angeles Clippers selected him as fourth overall pick in NBA draft. Livingston has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school. Shaun Livingston was selected to McDonald's All-American All-Star Game back in 2004.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Tulsa 66ers).



Cleveland Cavaliers adds Jarrett Jack - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers adds Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) who played last time at Golden State Warriors. In 91 games he had 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 5.4apg last season.
The previous season Jack played at the Hornets. In 45 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 6.3apg that season. In 2010-11 season he was tested by the Raptors. In 13 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg.
In 2005 Jack was drafted by Denver Nuggets in first round (22nd overall). He attended Georgia Tech and it may be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Jack played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2005. He was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 5 2nd Team and All-ACC 2nd Team back in 2005 at his college time.
Jack has played previously for two other NBA teams: Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers.



Milwaukee Bucks brings back Georgian Zaza Pachulia - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks brings back Georgian Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84). After 8 seasons with Atlanta Hawks, the player is back to Milwaukee.
Last season he recorded 5.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. The previous season Pachulia played at Galatasaray (TBL) in Turkish league. In 5 games he averaged 8.4ppg and 4.4rpg that season. He also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg.
In 2003 Pachulia was drafted by Orlando Magic in second round (42nd overall).
He was also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Pachulia played for Georgian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. Zaza Pachulia represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 18.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 65.7%.



25 or 6 to 4 .... by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea

Try to be pure at heart
They arrest you for robbery.
Mistake your shyness for aloofness
Your silence for snobbery.
Got the message this mornin'
The one that was sent to me.
About the madness of becomin'
What one was never meant to be.
West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar
I see the turning of the page, curtain risin' on a new age
See the grooms still waitin' at the altar.

- BOB DYLAN -

2012-13 Asterisk * Awards Go To:

*Lebron James. He is the great Oscar Robertson and the great MJ all rolled up in one. He's the best. Everything he does, even his, "Im taking my talents to South Beach Show", comes with an asterisk. Its simply not fair to the rest of the league (world). So, Who's better? is not a question. MJ could never guard a PF/C.

*Coach Greg Popovic gets the * next to his "Great Coach" label for NOT using two "Bigs" simultaneously, at any moment, during the Finals. Pops was too conformist and never proactive in forcing the Miami Heat to change its M.O. SAS always played the "Miami game". The Duncan-Splitter combination, a la Robinson-Duncan, was a possible valuable tactic SAS never used and one that could have changed things around and forced Miami's hand. In addition, his sixth game, post game response to a journalists question: "Oh you mean that European tactic rule of fouling to prevent a three point shot from being made? " (which may have cost him the sixth game (and the championship). His comment demonstrated little tact and from where I sit, poor taste, a shot of ignorance and deliberate snobbery. Very uncool.

*The Refs get the * because either my eyesight is going bad (or I dont know what) but... too many playoff games were sometimes, no, often-times, no, too many times seemed to be about them and not the game or the players. I'm referring to both here in Spain ACB and in the NBA. Examples? The officials time out taken by the crew of the sixth game of the NBA Finals with 6 seconds remaining which stopped the game after Ray Allens game tying three. Whatsupwitthat? Its not allowed!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch here in the ACB, basketballs clearly bouncing off of an offensive players knee and out of bounds didn't go as a turnover. Something stinks in Denmark.

*Doc Rivers gets one just because he's The Doc. Its that simple.

*Jason Kidd gets the * because calling yourself a coach from one day to the next is just not kosher. The "Coach" entitlement is an earned, school of hard knocks title that is rooted in merit and not arbitrarily given to oneself. Just because one spends time in the company of The great masters of painting does not make a novice a master. If I run into Jason I will respectfully salute him as Mr. Kidd and not Coach ... ... at least not yet, hes gotta earn that.

*Goes to ACB Championship Winners: Like almost every year for the last I dont know how many years, there was no doubt or drama as to who was going to win the title. From Day 1 it was to be Real Madrid or Barcelona, or Barcelona or Real Madrid. Duuhhh.

*Goes to the Sub Champion San Antonio Spurs as the epitome of team basketball in this day and age of the one on five, look at me posing, screaming, shouting, fronting, individualist basketball culture. SAS - The TEAM that came "this close" to being champions while the separation between them and the champion Miami Heat is the distance between these two dots.. Three cheers for team basketball, hip hip _.

*Goes to the FIBA and the National leagues under their jurisdiction as any individual or team offensive records that were set during this past season receive the asterisk because: By allowing moving blocks (both on and off the ball) operational man to man defense is negated 100%, making it impossible to use and therefore corrupting any individual or team offensive records that may have been set during this season. End of story.

A big * goes to 13!! NBA Coaching changes .... and counting.

*And finally, sadly an * goes to the day, June 19, 2013, the day James John Gandolfini AKA: Tony Soprano left us... we will miss him.
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Since I don't have the time nor mind to figure out
The nursery rhymes that helped us out in making sense of our lives.
The cruel, uneventful state of apathy releases me
I value them but I won't cry every time one's wiped out.

- The Shins -

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Tim "Doc" Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




AP source: Pistons, Josh Smith agree to $54M deal - by Eurobasket News

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract with free agent Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85). The person spoke Saturday on the condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10, when Smith is expected to sign his deal. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward scored a team-high 17.4 points last season for Atlanta and also averaged 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. Detroit will start the 27-year-old in its front court with power forward Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) and center Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93, college: Connecticut). The Pistons fired Lawrence Frank in April, a day after they finished 29-53, and hired Maurice Cheeks in the hopes of ending the franchise's four-year postseason drought.
Courtesy of: charlotteobserver.com



Carl Landry signs 4-year deal with the Kings - by Eurobasket News

The Kings have signed free agent forward Carl Landry to a four-year deal, his agent Mark Bartlestein announced on Saturday. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski pegged the contract at $26 million over four years. Landry is, of course, a former King. He arrived in the Kevin Martin trade in 2010 and exited in the Marcus Thornton deal in 2011. He's been a reserve player much of his career, outside of his first 28 games with the Kings. Since leaving Sacramento, he's become a much better rebounder; improvement in this area often comes with age, so let's hope Landry can keep it up going forward. Landry will turn 30 before the beginning of next season, but his game relies more on skill and effort than athleticism. He made $4 million in an excellent season for the Warriors last year. He has a career average of 17 points and almost 8 rebounds per 36 minutes, shooting 53 percent from the floor. Top Hat makes roughly the same as Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes, and with Patrick Patterson also under contract, it'll be interesting to see if Pete D'Alessandro flips one or two of the power forwards. Thompson is the only one of the four who can play center. Some think Kings center DeMarcus Cousins belongs at power forward, too. Welcome back, Carl.
Courtesy of: sactownroyalty.com



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SABA U16 Qualifiers >> Nepal beat Maldives to secure third place - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepal U16 Boys bags third place with 47 34 win over Maldives With the 16 Points from Aniish Magar and 9 points from skipper Keshang Thokya Thakuri in the ongoing South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifiers for for the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men.

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

In the final match of the day, India beat Bangladesh 103-59 to qualify from SABA to the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Tehran, Iran from 25 September to 4 October 2013.

Results of SABA U16 Qualifying

India: 3 0

Bangladesh: 2 1

Nepal: 1 2

Maldives: 0 3



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 14-2 
 2. OceanaGold N. 12-4 
 3. Nelson G. 12-4 
 4. Southland S. 11-5 
 5. Hub Jets 9-7 
 6. Taranaki MA 5-11 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 5-11 
 8. Super City R. 2-14 
 9. Waikato P. 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jul. 6: HBS Bank Hawks - Waikato P. 93-83
Jul. 6: Super City R. - Hub Jets 84-99
Jul. 6: Taranaki MA - OceanaGold N. 137-145
Jul. 6: Nelson G. - Southland S. 119-100
Jul. 5: Wellington S. - Southland S. 104-93

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jul. 13: Wellington S. - Southland S.
Jul. 13: OceanaGold N. - Nelson G.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Pace, Nelson G.22.9 
 2. Conklin, Southland22.7 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.21.5 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.21.3 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets20.9 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.20.3 
 7. Anthony, OceanaGo.20.3 
 8. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 9. Greene, HBS B.19.5 
 10. Braswell, Southla.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.6 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.1 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.5 
 4. Greene, HBS B.9.4 
 5. Tisby, OceanaGo.9.2 
 6. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.1 
 7. Vukona, Nelson G.8.3 
 8. Abrams, Taranaki.8.3 
 9. Bailey, Super C.8.2 
 10. Anthony, OceanaG.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.1 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets7.1 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.2 
 5. Webster, Waika.4.4 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.3 
 7. Buck, Super City R.4.2 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.4.1 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.7 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets2.9 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.6 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.2.5 
 4. Martin, Southlan.2.1 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 7. O''Riley, Super C.2.0 
 8. Boucher, Wellingt.2.0 
 9. Buck, Super City R.2.0 
 10. Webster, Waika.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.0 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.1 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Greene, HBS B.1.1 
 7. Horvath, Hub Jets1.1 
 8. Trousdell, Wellin.0.9 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 
 10. Prewster, HBS B.0.8 


Final Four decided in NBL - by Mike Lacey

The final round of the NBL regular season began with the two top teams clashing at the TSB Arena in Wellington on Friday night. The Saints (14-2), on an eight game winning streak entertained the Southland Sharks (11-5), themselves on a seven game streak. Both teams were assured of a spot in next weekends final four play-offs but there was still a little psychological advantage to be gained.
The Saints, still without the injured Lindsay Tait led at the end of each quarter but with their advantage just 82-77 entering the last period a Sharks victory remained a possibility. However, the Sharks could not get closer than the five points margin at the start of the fourth quarter, the Saints recording their fourteenth win of the season. Bryant Markson stepped up for the home team contributing 30 points, Corey Webster amassed 23 points and Rick Rickert his habitual double double (13pts/12 rebounds). Leon Henry, 30 points on the back of 12 from 18 from the floor was terrific for the Sharks. He was ably supported by Brian Conklin, (21pts/10 rebounds), Reuben Te Rangi 16 points and Kevin Braswell 19 points.
Super Saturday featured four games the first of which saw the James Blond Super City Rangers host the TBH Jets. The highlight of the first quarter was an athletic put back dunk by Patrice Bolstad, the Rangers most consistent player of the season, over Nick Horvath. The Jets were ahead 27-21 at the quarter, 47-37 at half time and a commanding 79-61 with one period remaining. Houston ORiley (12 pts), the Rangers captain scored a flurry of points in the final period to reduce the deficit to ten points but Marcel Jones (32pts), Horvath (17pts/17rebounds) and Jeremiah Trueman (13pts) ensured there would be no upset, the Jets winning 99-84 to finish fifth on the ladder with a 9-7 record. Although the Rangers (2-14) ended up collecting the wooden spoon they showed evidence that with the experience gained in this campaign they can be more competitive in 2014. Duane Bailey (17pts) was strong for them as was Carl Buck (15pts).
There was a quadruple overtime thriller in New Plymouth where the Taranaki Mountain Airs hosted the Otago Nuggets. The scores were locked at 93 all at the end of regulation time, only five points apiece were scored in the first extra five minutes but twenty eight points were shared in the next period. Once again in the seventh period of play neither team could establish anymore than a single shot lead. Eleven points from Jack Leasure including three triples, one of them on the buzzer, forced this remarkable game into yet another period of extra time. It looked as if Antoine Tisby had finally won the game for the Nuggets as he coolly aced a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to put the visitors ahead128-125 before Leasure nailed the three. In the longest games in NBL history, it was the veteran Mark Dickel who had the final say in the eighth period of play. He scored nine points in the period including seven from seven free throws to finally bring the game to a conclusion in favour of the semi finals bound Nuggets, final score 145-137!! Jack Leasure scored 41 points yet still ended up on the losing team. Link Abrahams and Ethan Rusbatch for the Airs and Dickel, Antoine Tisby, Akeem Wright and Hayden Allen all had twenty plus scoring games. I was breathless just watching the live stats!
Southland Sharks lost their second game in 24 hours defeated119-100 in another high scoring affair in Nelson. Perhaps suffering from the exertions of the night before the Sharks got off to a sluggish start and were 63-44 in arrears at half time. They did have the better of the third period but never looked like overturning the Giants who cruised to the win, taking their home record to 7-1 and overall 12-4. The Townsville Crocodiles bound pair of Josh Pace (24pts) and Brian Conklin (28pts) were outstanding for Nelson and Southland respectively. Nelson also had three players snare 22 points each Erron Maxey, Mika Vukona and Phill Jones who in a timely return to form sunk 4 from 5 from behind the three point arc. Kevin Braswell scored 29 points for the Sharks but it was not to be their night.
The final game pitched the Bay Hawks against the Waikato Pistons, seventh versus eighth. It was the higher placed Hawks who prevailed 93-83, the Pistons leaving themselves too much to do after trailing 46-28 at half time. The Hawks (5-11) have had a disappointing season but led by Darko Cohadarevic (23pts), Everard Bartlett (19pts) and 15 points/12 rebounds from Paora Winitana were too strong for the Pistons. Zack Atkinson had his customary double double (20pts/ 12 rebounds) for the visitors and Tai Webster and Garrius Holloman contributed 17 points each but it was not enough to gain Waikato their third win of the season.
The final four series will be held at Pettigrew Arena, Napier next weekend.
The first semi final next Saturday will feature the Saints versus Sharks, followed by the Giants against the Nuggets. The final will be played on Sunday, all three games to be covered live by Sky television.



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Al-Farouq Aminu sign $3.7 million contract extention - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigerian forward and New Orleans basketball club in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Al-Farouq Aminu has been granted a one more year contract extension by the NBA side.

Aminu recently agreed to a one-year, $3.7 million contract to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans Aminu, 22, averaged 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 76 games for New Orleans last season.

The Nigerian forward was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers as the over-all eighth pick in the 2010 NBA draft before sending him to New Orleans in the Chris Paul trade.

Aminu who represented Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be among the array of stars that Nigeria will parade at the 27th Afrobasket for Men slated for Abidjan Cote dIvoire from August 20 through 31, 2013.
Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest)



Stankovic Cup: Argentina defeat Nigeria for second straight win in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Nigeria 73:58

Argentina claimed the second straight win at the Second Stage of the Stankovic Cup. They held off Nigeria in Guangzhou today. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) scored 11 points each to pace the Latin American team. Nigeria fell at 0-2 record.
Argentina led 13:8 after a low-scoring first period. The tempo increased in the second frame. The Latin American led the charge as they posted a 40:28 halftime advantage. Argentina dominated throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 59:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nigeria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but had to surrender at the end. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) produced 9 points each in the victory. Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield), Stan Okoye (198-F-91) and Andy Ogide (204-F-87, college: Colorado St.) responded with 12 points apiece for Nigeria.



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Artur Mielczarek will continue with AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

Artur Mielczarek (196-SF-83) will continue with AZS Koszalin. In 41 TBL games he had 4.2ppg and 2.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Mielczarek played at PGE Turow. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 35 TBL games he recorded just 2.3ppg and 1.2rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Mielczarek also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had only 1 point and 5 rebounds. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 1.0ppg and 1.4rpg.
In 2010-11 season Mielczarek played at BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (Extraliga) in Slovakian league. In 47 games Artur Mielczarek recorded 8.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Mielczarek's team won Polish Cup in 2005.



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Leones and Cangrejeros reach semifinals - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce and Cangrejeros de Santurce reached the semifinals after winning game seven at home.

Ponce dominated Capitanes de Arecibo 104-89 led by four scorers in double figures. Ike Diogu netted 23 points, Carlos Emory (196-F) 20, Mike Harris 17 and Carlos Rivera 15 for Ponce.

The first quarter was for Ponce 26-18 with a great effort by Diogu, Rivera and Harris who scored 19 points between them.

Ponce went away in the second quarter as Emory exploded with 16 straight points to put his team up 44-25 with 4:30 left. The run continued until one minute left with a Harris dunk to have a 51-25 lead. The rally was 23-3 for Ponce and the first half ended 51-28.

The hosts controlled the rest of the way and celebrated in front of a sold-out crowd. This is the first time that Ponce reaches the semifinals since 2006.

Arecibo had David Cortes with 20 points and Jack Michael Martinez added 19.

Santurce also secured a semifinal berth by beating Mets de Guaynabo 92-83. Santurce had a balanced attack led by David Jackson who netted 23 points.

Mayaguez forced a seventh and decisive game tonight by defeating Brujos de Guayama 84-81. Brandon Thomas scored 18 points and Andy Ortiz followed with 17.

The semifinals between Cangrejeros and Leones begin Monday at Ponce while the winner of Brujos-Indios faces Piratas on Tuesday.



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Report:Kazan close to a 2 years deal with Schortsanitis - by Vladimir Lobanov

As we reported yesterday,Unics Kazan and Head coach Andrea Trinchieri are keen on adding Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) to their ranks.
Today,a report in Kazan based newspaper "Kazanskiye Vedomosti " has reported that Unics are close to a two years deal with "Sofo".
According to the report,Kazan and Greece National team coach Andrea Trinchieri has given the Green light to Unics top brass to bring Sofoklis Schortsanitis to the club.
Kazan President Evgeny Bogachev was in Athens yesterday and today to finalize the deal which will be 1+1.
The report says that Sofoklis Schortsanitis was not so keen on joining Kazan and has rejected an offer last week,but after he was waived from Greek champions Panathinaikos Athens on friday,and he talked with his Greek duo Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) and Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) he was convinced to join it.its now up to personal terms between Kazan and the Greek giant center.it was rumored that "Sofo" will get 900,000 euro per season.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis has averaged 8.1ppg 2.3rpg in 29 games in Greek A1 League (11.5 minutes per game) and 8.1ppg,2.4rpg in 25 Euroleague games (12 minutes per game).




Turkey U18 earn first win in Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Russia U18 85:70

Turkish U18 National Team earned the first win at the international friendly tournament in Zaragoza. They knocked down Russian counterparts for 1-1 record. Akif Guven (206-C-96) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Russia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Turkey strongly started the game. They went on a 26:16 run in the opening quarter. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They established a 46:29 halftime advantage. Russia could not get any closer throughout the third period. They faced a 19-point deficit heading into the final frame. Russia unloaded 24 points in the fourth period but could not save the game. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) posted 15 points, while Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) added 10 points for Turkey. Ilia Popov (206-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 19 points for Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) netted 10 points in the losing effort.

Turkey U18: Akif Guven 17, Okben Ulubay 15, Emircan Kosut 10
Russia U18: Ilia Popov 19, Alexander Martynov 10



U19 World Championship: Russia prevail against Brazil in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - Brazil U19 60:53

Russia claimed the 9th overall position at the U19 World Championship in Czech Republic. They outscored Brazil in the final game of the tournament for both teams. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) stepped up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil held their opponents to 8 points in the second frame. The Latin American side cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval. Russia picked up the tempo in the third term. They protected the lead and ensured an 8-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Brazil nailed 19 points in the last ten minutes but Russia withheld the rally and snatched the victory. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 10 points, while Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) and Andrey Desyatnikov (219-C-94, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 7 points each in the win. Deryk Ramos (185-PG-94) answered with 20 points for Brazil. Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) and Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) had 5 points each in the loss.

Russia U19: Mikhail Kulagin 19, Igor Kanygin 10, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 7, Andrey Desyatnikov 7
Brazil U19: Deryk Ramos 20, Arthur Pecos 5, Leonardo Demetrio 5



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U16 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar record third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16 - San Marino U16 56:42

Gibraltar registered the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The hosts knocked down San Marino to stay undefeated. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) nailed 18 points and grabbed 15 boards to lead the winners. San Marino slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Gibraltar dominated in the first period. They recorded a 15:7 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept San Marino at distance throughout the second period. Gibraltar secured a 28:17 halftime advantage. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. Gibraltar rolled to a 45:31 lead with ten minutes remaining in regulation. The teams traded baskets in the fourth period as Gibraltar marched to the victory. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) dropped 18 points for Gibraltar. Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) nailed 7 points for the winners. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 18 points and 11 boards for San Marino. Nicola Borello (173-G-97) had 6 points in the loss.

Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 18+15 boards, Timothy Fava 18, Nicholas Lopez 7
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 18+11 boards, Nicola Borello 6



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2013 University Games: Serbia beat Mongolia in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Mongolia 110:56

Serbia beat Mongolia in the opener of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The European side overcame Mongolia 110:56 for the first victory.
Serbia was the favorite of the game and started with a 28-11 surge. The European side never looked behind and dominated the whole court. They added 26-19 rally in the second period and enjoyed a 54:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Serbia posted a massive 32-11 burst in the third quarter and added final 24-15 surge in the last stanza. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) scored the last points for the winners.
Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) netted 16. Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) poured in 14, whilst Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) added 13. Bilguun Battuvshin answered with 21 points in defeat and Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) notched 16.

Serbia: Milos Dimic 17, Dejan Djokic 16, Djordje Drenovac 14, Djordje Gagic 13
Mongolia: Bilguun Battuvshin 21, Sanchir Tungalag 16



U19 World Championship: Serbia reached the Final in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Serbia U19 58:63

Serbia reached the Final in Prague at the U19 World Championship. The European titans overcame Australia 63:58 in the first Semifinal.
Australia surprised the opponents with an 18-11 lead, but Serbia recovered immediately in the second frame. They needed a 21-7 surge to take 32:25 halftime advantage. Australia then produced an 18-15 rally and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) cut it to 45:43 after three quarters, before Stefan Pot (195-G-94) increased to 4. Serbia led in the whole last period although sometimes the lead reached only 1 point. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) reduced to 59:58, however Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Novak scored the final points for the winners.
Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Vasilije Micic scored 13. Stefan Pot poured in 9, while Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) added 8. Dante Exum ended up with 21 points in the losing case, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) and Felix Kalau Van Hofe had 12 each. Michael Rowley (200-F-94) followed them with 5 points.

Australia U19: Dante Exum 21, Nicholas Duncan 12, Felix Kalau Van Hofe 12, Michael Rowley 5
Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 20+16 rebs, Vasilije Micic 13, Stefan Pot 9, Nikola Milutinov 8



Serbia U18 eke out narrow win over Spain U18 - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Serbia U18 58:59

Serbia clinched the second straight win at the international friendly tournament in Zaragoza. They nipped the hosts for 2-0 record. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) came up with 15 points to lead the visitors.
Spain led by 7 points after ten minutes of action 19:12. But Serbia went on a strong 21:8 rally in the second frame to spur in front. Serbia boosted the gap in the third term. They accumulated an 8-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain went on a furious comeback rally in the final period but Serbia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) notched 14 points, while Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) had 11 points for the winners. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) answered with 18 points for Spain. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) and Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) had 8 points each in the loss.

Spain U18: Agusti Sans 18, Adria Cantenys 8, Ilimane Diop 8
Serbia U18: Milenko Veljkovic 15, Ognjen Jaramaz 14, Rade Zagorac 11



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Saso Ozbolt stays in Portoroz - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Former Slovenian international Saso Ozbolt (188-PG-81), who wasn't included in the Slovenian squad by Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances ) for EuroBasket 2013 in his home country, will continue his career in Portoroz. He joined the club last season, when they played in Slovenian 2nd division, 2. SKL and helped them to clinch a spot in Slovenian Telemach League by winning the competition.

He signed a new contract of an open type with KK Splosna plovba Portoroz, a club from his hometown, for next season, with a clause that he can leave them in case of a good offer. They will start their preparation for new season in a month.




Union Olimpija strenghtens its roster with Lithuanian forward - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Slovenian representative in next season of Eurocup and Adriatic League, Union Olimpija Ljubljana, strengthened its forces by signing a two-year deal with Lithuanian experienced forward Deividas Gailius (200-F-88).

The player, who comes to the club as a replacement for Slovenian national team member Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) who went to Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd, spent previous season with Neptunas Klaipeda and averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in VTB United League. Before that, he also played for Oknoplast Bologna and BC Siauliai.

Gailius used to play for younger categories of Lithuanian national team, since he was a member of U19 team in 2007 and university national team in 2009. He was called to the senior national team's training camps a few times in the past years, but for now still hasn't managed to play for them at big events.

This is the second reinforcement for Union Olimpija Ljubljana this summer, after Jaka Brodnik (203-F-92) reinforced the squad a few days ago. The club is still looking for dominant players at point-guard, power forward and center positions and is still trying to keep Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95), who has an offer from Regal FC Barcelona and it looks like he's ready to leave.




Union Olimpija inks Lithuanian Deividas Gailius for 2 years - by Matej Bergant

Union Olimpija Ljubljana announced the signing of two-years contract with Lithuanian small forward Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) who arrives from Neptunas Klaipeda. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in strong VTB League. His stats in Lithuanian League were 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Gailius played for Lithuanian clubs such as Nafta/Univer./Laivite, Neptunas and Siauliai during his career. He also has experience from abroad, since he was part of Virtus Bologna between 2010 and 2012.



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William Jones Cup: South Korea cruise past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Egypt 80:63

South Korea opened win count at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Egypt to improve at 1-0 record. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) led balanced effort with 17 points.
South Korea unloaded 25 points in the opening frame but Egypt stayed close. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break. The Korean team pulled ahead in the second stanza. They established a 43:32 halftime advantage. South Korea extended the lead in the third period. They held Egypt to 13 points and posted a 16-point lead into the fourth frame. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the final quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91), Seung-Jun Lee and Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Ibrahim Abou Khadra (187-G-88) answered with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Egypt. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) netted 12 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Sun-Hyung 17, Kim Mingoo 11, Seung-Jun Lee 11, Kim Joo-Sung 11
Egypt: Ibrahim Abou Khadra 20+18 boards, Ibrahim El Gamal 12



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  SPAIN   


25 or 6 to 4 .... by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea

Try to be pure at heart
They arrest you for robbery.
Mistake your shyness for aloofness
Your silence for snobbery.
Got the message this mornin'
The one that was sent to me.
About the madness of becomin'
What one was never meant to be.
West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar
I see the turning of the page, curtain risin' on a new age
See the grooms still waitin' at the altar.

- BOB DYLAN -

2012-13 Asterisk * Awards Go To:

*Lebron James. He is the great Oscar Robertson and the great MJ all rolled up in one. He's the best. Everything he does, even his, "Im taking my talents to South Beach Show", comes with an asterisk. Its simply not fair to the rest of the league (world). So, Who's better? is not a question. MJ could never guard a PF/C.

*Coach Greg Popovic gets the * next to his "Great Coach" label for NOT using two "Bigs" simultaneously, at any moment, during the Finals. Pops was too conformist and never proactive in forcing the Miami Heat to change its M.O. SAS always played the "Miami game". The Duncan-Splitter combination, a la Robinson-Duncan, was a possible valuable tactic SAS never used and one that could have changed things around and forced Miami's hand. In addition, his sixth game, post game response to a journalists question: "Oh you mean that European tactic rule of fouling to prevent a three point shot from being made? " (which may have cost him the sixth game (and the championship). His comment demonstrated little tact and from where I sit, poor taste, a shot of ignorance and deliberate snobbery. Very uncool.

*The Refs get the * because either my eyesight is going bad (or I dont know what) but... too many playoff games were sometimes, no, often-times, no, too many times seemed to be about them and not the game or the players. I'm referring to both here in Spain ACB and in the NBA. Examples? The officials time out taken by the crew of the sixth game of the NBA Finals with 6 seconds remaining which stopped the game after Ray Allens game tying three. Whatsupwitthat? Its not allowed!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch here in the ACB, basketballs clearly bouncing off of an offensive players knee and out of bounds didn't go as a turnover. Something stinks in Denmark.

*Doc Rivers gets one just because he's The Doc. Its that simple.

*Jason Kidd gets the * because calling yourself a coach from one day to the next is just not kosher. The "Coach" entitlement is an earned, school of hard knocks title that is rooted in merit and not arbitrarily given to oneself. Just because one spends time in the company of The great masters of painting does not make a novice a master. If I run into Jason I will respectfully salute him as Mr. Kidd and not Coach ... ... at least not yet, hes gotta earn that.

*Goes to ACB Championship Winners: Like almost every year for the last I dont know how many years, there was no doubt or drama as to who was going to win the title. From Day 1 it was to be Real Madrid or Barcelona, or Barcelona or Real Madrid. Duuhhh.

*Goes to the Sub Champion San Antonio Spurs as the epitome of team basketball in this day and age of the one on five, look at me posing, screaming, shouting, fronting, individualist basketball culture. SAS - The TEAM that came "this close" to being champions while the separation between them and the champion Miami Heat is the distance between these two dots.. Three cheers for team basketball, hip hip _.

*Goes to the FIBA and the National leagues under their jurisdiction as any individual or team offensive records that were set during this past season receive the asterisk because: By allowing moving blocks (both on and off the ball) operational man to man defense is negated 100%, making it impossible to use and therefore corrupting any individual or team offensive records that may have been set during this season. End of story.

A big * goes to 13!! NBA Coaching changes .... and counting.

*And finally, sadly an * goes to the day, June 19, 2013, the day James John Gandolfini AKA: Tony Soprano left us... we will miss him.
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Since I don't have the time nor mind to figure out
The nursery rhymes that helped us out in making sense of our lives.
The cruel, uneventful state of apathy releases me
I value them but I won't cry every time one's wiped out.

- The Shins -

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Tim "Doc" Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




Serbia U18 eke out narrow win over Spain U18 - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Serbia U18 58:59

Serbia clinched the second straight win at the international friendly tournament in Zaragoza. They nipped the hosts for 2-0 record. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) came up with 15 points to lead the visitors.
Spain led by 7 points after ten minutes of action 19:12. But Serbia went on a strong 21:8 rally in the second frame to spur in front. Serbia boosted the gap in the third term. They accumulated an 8-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain went on a furious comeback rally in the final period but Serbia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) notched 14 points, while Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) had 11 points for the winners. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) answered with 18 points for Spain. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) and Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) had 8 points each in the loss.

Spain U18: Agusti Sans 18, Adria Cantenys 8, Ilimane Diop 8
Serbia U18: Milenko Veljkovic 15, Ognjen Jaramaz 14, Rade Zagorac 11



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  SWITZERLAND   


Lugano Tigers sign Rickey Gibson - by Luca Maffioli

Lugano Tigers agreed terms with Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman). The American guard comes back to Swiss after seven games in Germany with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. He moved to BBL after six seasons with SAV Vacallo. Last seasons averaged 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.9 steals in Swiss LNA, then 1.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in Germany. In his career he won the Swiss Cup 2008 and the Swiss LNA championship 2009.


Lugano Tigers keeps Derek Stockalper and Matt Schneiderman - by Luca Maffioli

Lugano Tigers announced to keep Derek Stockalper (196-F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) and Matt Schneiderman (204-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) for the next two seasons. Stockalper will play his 7th season with the team. Schneiderman arrived to Lugano in march and he averaged 12.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals. Lugano keeps also Marin Bavcevic (182-PG-88, college: TCU) and Marco Magnani (185-G-85) only for the next season. Bavcevic averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 assists, Magnani 1.3 points and 1.4 assists.


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  TAIWAN   


William Jones Cup: Taiwan B roll past Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B - Lebanon 70:66

Taiwanese B National Team opened their 2013 William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They held off Lebanon in the opener. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan eked out a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts kept Lebanon at distance throughout the second frame. Taiwan secured a 35:30 halftime lead. Lebanon however picked up the tempo in the third term. They adjusted offensively and erased the deficit. The teams were tied at 54-all heading into the fourth frame. Taiwan limited Lebanon to 12 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) knocked down 18 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) had 10 points in the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Lebanon. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) added 14 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 20, Chang Chia-Jung 18, Chou Po-Chen 10
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 20, Jean Abdel Nour 14



William Jones Cup: Quincy Davis leads Taiwan past Japan - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Japan 70:62

Taiwan registered the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down Japan behind 18 points and 12 boards from Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane).
The hosts got to a brisk start. They nailed 22 points in the opening frame to gain a 10-point lead. Japan stiffened defensively in the second quarter. The visitors held Taiwan to 9 points in the next ten minutes to cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the interval 31:25. However Taiwan picked up the tempo in the third term. They maintained the lead throughout the stanza and entered the final quarter up by 8 points 51:43. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but Taiwan did not allow their opponents to challenge their advantage. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) netted 13 points, while Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) and Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) contributed 8 points each for the winners. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) responded with 15 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) netted 14 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 18+12 boards, Lin Chih-Chieh 13, Tsai Wen-Cheng 8, Tseng Wen-Ting 8
Japan: Keijuro Matsui 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 14



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  TUNISIA   


U16 AfroBasket: Angola became the first Finalist - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia U16-Angola U16 59:72

Angola became the first Finalist of the U16 AfroBasket. The team overcame Tunisia 72:59 and will advanced to the Final.
It was Tunisia to start with a 10:4 lead and then had 19:7 at the end of the first period. They reached unbelievable 17-point halftime advantage but could not win the game. Angola reduced to 15 points after another five minutes and then climbed back to 53:52 at the end of the third period. Angola enjoyed a 62:57 win after 35 minutes of the gamer and increased to final 13 points.
MANUEL DANIEL top-scored for the winners with 14 points and FERNADO BRUNO notched 13. Eric Bras de Asis Amandio and Alexandre Joao Jungo delivered 12 points each in a win. Achref Gannouni replied with 17 points in defeat, while Mahmoud Hajri scored 11. Hassen Jendoubi ended up with 9 points and Younes Saidani had 8.

Tunisia U16: Achref Gannouni 17, Mahmoud Hajri 11, Hassen Jendoubi 9, Younes Saidani 8
Angola U16: MANUEL DANIEL 14, FERNADO BRUNO 13, Eric Bras de Asis Amandio 12, Alexandre Joao Jungo 12



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  TURKEY   


Turkey U18 earn first win in Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Russia U18 85:70

Turkish U18 National Team earned the first win at the international friendly tournament in Zaragoza. They knocked down Russian counterparts for 1-1 record. Akif Guven (206-C-96) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Russia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Turkey strongly started the game. They went on a 26:16 run in the opening quarter. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They established a 46:29 halftime advantage. Russia could not get any closer throughout the third period. They faced a 19-point deficit heading into the final frame. Russia unloaded 24 points in the fourth period but could not save the game. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) posted 15 points, while Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) added 10 points for Turkey. Ilia Popov (206-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 19 points for Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) netted 10 points in the losing effort.

Turkey U18: Akif Guven 17, Okben Ulubay 15, Emircan Kosut 10
Russia U18: Ilia Popov 19, Alexander Martynov 10



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  UKRAINE   


Marshawn Powell signs with Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Marshawn Powell (201-F-90). The forward will start his pro career in Ukraine. Marshawn Powell has just graduated from the University of Arkansas. He notched 14.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in his senior season. Marshawn Powell was named into USBWA All-District VII 1st Team. He also made it into NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team. The forward was named into SEB All-Freshmen Team back in 2010. Marshawn Powell declared for the NBA Draft this year. However he went undrafted after all.


Ukraine U18 posts the initial win in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 posts the initial win in Italy.
In Day 1 Ukraine U18 overcame Greece U18 76:70. Both teams scored 23 points in the first period and then Ukraine grabbed 41:34 lead at the halftime. Ukraine never looked behind after and celebrated their initial victory.
In Day 2 Italy U18 overcame Ukraine U18 81:56. The home side erupted with a 29-9 surge in the start of the game, but Ukraine replied with a massive 30-15 run in the second frame. Italy meanwhile looked better in the second half and managed to win the game due to 17-3 surge in the last stanza. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Nicola Akele (195-G-95) and Laquintana netted 11 each. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) replied with 16 points and Antypov as well as Shalamov had 10 each.
In Day 3 England U18 outscored Ukraine U18 to triumph at the tournament.



Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv announces Kyndall Dykes - by Eurobasket News

Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv announces Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) who played last time at Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. In 44 Superleague games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention.
The previous season Dykes played at U-Mobitelco (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 36 games he averaged remarkable 19.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg that season. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Import Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Dykes also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he was fifth best scorer with great 19.0ppg and had 3.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kyndall Dykes won Romanian League championship title in 2011. Dykes was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Player of the Year in 2011.



Croatia U16 open win count in Riom - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Ukraine U16 92:83

Croatia registered the initial win at the Riom international tournament. They held off Ukrainian counterparts for 1-1 record. Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) had 24 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side. Ukraine suffered the second consecutive loss.
Croatia dropped 24 points in the first period and gained a 4-point lead. Ukraine responded with a 26-point tally of their own in the second frame to take a 46:45 halftime lead. However Croatia went on a 24:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. Ukraine exploded with 26 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) netted 23 points, while Ivica Zubac (211-C-97) added 16 points in the victory. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) responded with 27 points and 10 boards for Ukraine. Vitaliy Zotov (185-PG-97) tallied 14 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Croatia U16: Ante Zizic 24+21 boards, Bruno Skokna 23, Ivica Zubac 16
Ukraine U16: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 27+10 boards, Vitaliy Zotov 14+10 boards



BC Donetsk agreed terms with 32-year old American guard Bernard King - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk agreed terms with 32-year old American guard Bernard King (196-G-81, college: Texas A&M). He played last time at Torku Selcuk Universitesi Konya in Turkey. In two TB2L games he had 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.0apg and 1.0spg last season. King also played at STB Le Havre (ProA) in French league that season. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 7.4apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. The most of previous (2011-12) season he spent at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in France. In 15 games he recorded 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup Semifinals. The other team King played that season for was Chalons-Reims (ProB) in French league. In 8 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg.
In 2003 Bernard King was drafted by Oklahoma Storm (USBL) in sixth round (47th overall).
King attended Texas A&M University and it may be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. His team was regular season runner-up in Turkish TB2L.



Ukraine starts Universiade-2013 - by Alexander Muzyka

June, 7 will be the first day for the Ukrainian basketball team at the 27th World University Summer Games. This time Ukrainians will play in Group A and compete vs South Korea (June, 7), Germany (June, 8), Estonia (June, 9), Russia (June, 11) and Oman (June, 12). The roster of our team is the following:

Vasyl Sainiev (182-PG-89)
Oleksii Pavlenko (186-PG-90)
Mykola Poliuliak (192-G-90)
Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90)
Andrii Kyrychok (193-G-92)
Roman Olkhovskyi (196-G/F-90)
Anton Mykhailov (192-F-91)
Rodion Borovskyi (195-F-92)
Dmytro Marchenko (202-F-92)
Ivan Poliezhaiev (204-F-89)
Viacheslav Motorchuk (205-F/C-92)
Anton Rochniak (206-F-91)
Head coach Valentyn Kulibaba
Coach assistant Tymur Arabadzhi





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  UNITED KINGDOM   


England U18 wins Torneo di Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

England U18 wins Torneo di Cisternino with 4 participating teams. After the victory over the hosts in the opener, England added the wins against Ukraine and Greece.
In Day 2 England U18 rolled over Greece U18 73:58. The British side started the game with 22-19 and led 39:27 at the halftime. England increased to 12 points after three quarters and won the game by 15 points. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) scored 18 points for Greece and Stamatis notched 11.
In Day 3 England U18 outscored Ukraine U18 to triumph at the tournament.
England is ready for Division A this year. They advanced to Division A last year when they overcame Finland 73:59 in the game for the third place in the last game of the competition. The victory gave England a third place finish in the U18 Men European Championship Division B and secured them a spot in Division A for next season.



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jul. 5: Cader - Marne 98-92
Jul. 5: Stockholmo - Guruyu Waston 70-95
Jul. 5: Larre Borges - Capitol 64-58
Jul. 5: 25 de Agosto - Welcome
Jul. 5: Colon - Verdirrojo
Jul. 5: Urunday Univ. - Yale



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  VENEZUELA   


Greivis is now a King - by Yelitza La Torre

New Orleans Pelicans sent starting point guard Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87, college: Maryland) to the Sacramento Kings and starting center Robin Lopez to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Outstanding Venezuelan Point Guard Greivis Vasquez was deemed expendable after the Pelicans made a draft night trade to acquire All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers. Vasquez finished second in the voting for the NBA's Most Improved Player award after averaging a career-high 13.9 points and finishing third in the NBA with a 9.0 assists average.
6-foot-6 and 200-pounds, Greivis Vasquez gives the Sacramento Kings a big guard to match with rookie Ben McLemore.
Greivis Vasquez point guard skills will help the Kings establish an offense earlier in the game and allow big men DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson the opportunity to thrive, if they work hard to clear out defenders for their point guard.




Marinos open LPB Finals with back-to-back wins - by Eurobasket News

Marinos celebrated straight wins at the start of the LPB Finals. They defeated Cocodrilos twice to surge ahead in the best-of-seven series.
The first game ended with a 90:84 victory of Marinos. The hosts built a 47:28 halftime lead. Cocodrilos got closer in the second half but came up too short of victory at the end. Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) added 17 points, while Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78, college: UCLA) provided 14 for Marinos. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) responded with 22 points for Cocodrilos.
The second game of the series turned into a thriller. Marinos grabbed a 20:16 lead after the opening frame. Cocodrilos denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 33:31 halftime lead. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 53. It all came down to the final seconds when Leon Rodgers drained a triple and brought victory for Marinos 79:77. He finished with 18 points for the hosts. Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) notched 15 points for the winners. Andre Emmett replied with game-high 35 points for Cocodrilos. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-F-80, college: California) chipped in 14 points in the loss.



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  WALES   


U16 European Championship Division C: Andorra topple Wales for second win - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U16 - Wales U16 72:61

Andorra clinched the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They outgunned Wales in Gibraltar today. Roger Valero (190-F-97) notched 20 points to lead the winners.
Andorra left Wales far behind in the opening ten minutes. They gained a 21:9 lead ten minutes into the clash. Andorra held Wales to just 6 points in the second period to accumulate a 31:15 halftime lead. Wales improved their performance in the third term. They cut the deficit at 14-point mark before the fourth period. Wales exploded with 28 points in the final stanza but Andorra nearly matched the effort and escaped with the victory at the end. Sergi Aranda (185-G-97) and Ribeiro had 10 points each for the winning side. Conor Easter (175-PG-97) responded with 15 points for Wales. Zachary Edwards (181-G-97) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Andorra U16: Roger Valero 20, Sergi Aranda 10, Ribeiro 10
Wales U16: Conor Easter 15, Zachary Edwards 14



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   

Standings

Standings
1. Iran1-0
2. S.Korea1-0
3. Taiwan B1-0
4. Taiwan1-0
5. USA0-0
6. Egypt0-1
7. Lebanon0-1
8. Jordan0-1
9. Japan0-1

Regular Season: Round 1

Jul. 6: KOR - EGY 80-63
Jul. 6: TAI - JPN 70-62
Jul. 6: LEB - TAB 66-70
Jul. 6: JOR - IRI 57-64

Regular Season: Round 2

Jul. 7: EGY - JOR
Jul. 7: JPN - LEB
Jul. 7: USA - TAI
Jul. 7: TAB - KOR


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B - Lebanon 70:66
Taiwanese B National Team opened their 2013 William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They held off Lebanon in the opener. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan eked out a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts kept Lebanon at distance throughout the second frame. Taiwan secured a 35:30 halftime lead. Lebanon however picked up the tempo in the third term. They adjusted offensively and erased the deficit. The teams were tied at 54-all heading into the fourth frame. Taiwan limited Lebanon to 12 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) knocked down 18 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) had 10 points in the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Lebanon. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) added 14 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 20, Chang Chia-Jung 18, Chou Po-Chen 10
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 20, Jean Abdel Nour 14

South Korea - Egypt 80:63
South Korea opened win count at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Egypt to improve at 1-0 record. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) led balanced effort with 17 points.
South Korea unloaded 25 points in the opening frame but Egypt stayed close. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break. The Korean team pulled ahead in the second stanza. They established a 43:32 halftime advantage. South Korea extended the lead in the third period. They held Egypt to 13 points and posted a 16-point lead into the fourth frame. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the final quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91), Seung-Jun Lee and Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Ibrahim Abou Khadra (187-G-88) answered with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Egypt. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) netted 12 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Sun-Hyung 17, Kim Mingoo 11, Seung Jun Lee 11, Kim Joo-Sung 11
Egypt: Ibrahim Abou Khadra 20+18 boards, Ibrahim El Gamal 12

Iran - Jordan 64:57
Iran opened the William Jones Cup with a tough win over Jordan. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) and Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) netted 15 points each to lead the winners.
Iran got to a confident start. They stayed aggressive defensively in the first half. Iran posted a 17:11 lead after the opening frame. Iran stretched the lead in the second frame. They registered a 35:25 halftime advantage. Jordan came back right into the contest in the third term. They picked up the tempo pouring 25 points. Jordan cut the deficit to a single point with ten minutes to go. But Iran responded with a 14:8 run in the fourth frame to secure the victory. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) posted 9 points for the winning side. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points for Jordan. Ahmad Al-Dwairi (209-C/F-93) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 15, Mahdi Kamrani 15, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 9
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 23, Ahmad Al-Dwairi 8

Taiwan - Japan 70:62
Taiwan registered the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down Japan behind 18 points and 12 boards from Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane).
The hosts got to a brisk start. They nailed 22 points in the opening frame to gain a 10-point lead. Japan stiffened defensively in the second quarter. The visitors held Taiwan to 9 points in the next ten minutes to cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the interval 31:25. However Taiwan picked up the tempo in the third term. They maintained the lead throughout the stanza and entered the final quarter up by 8 points 51:43. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but Taiwan did not allow their opponents to challenge their advantage. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) netted 13 points, while Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) and Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) contributed 8 points each for the winners. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) responded with 15 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) netted 14 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 18+12 boards, Lin Chih-Chieh 13, Tsai Wen-Cheng 8, Tseng Wen-Ting 8
Japan: Keijuro Matsui 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 14



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler ENNIS
  CAN
  (188-G-94)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ennis, Syracuse22.6 
 2. Saric, Cibona22.4 
 3. Lyles, High School19.5 
 4. Sangjae, Korea U.19.2 
 5. Yuan, CHN N.17.5 
 6. Exum, High School17.0 
 7. Gao, Changsha Bank16.7 
 8. Mashayekhi, Mahram14.6 
 9. Kulagin, Triumph14.4 
 10. Diatta, SEN N.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Saric, Cibona12.3 
 2. Traore, IVO N.10.5 
 3. Ndoye, ASC Thies10.0 
 4. Saiz, Asefa E.9.3 
 5. Lyles, High School8.8 
 6. Zhou, Liaoning H.8.7 
 7. Kulagin, Triumph8.4 
 8. Pineau, Melbourn.8.0 
 9. Mashayekhi, Mahram7.4 
 10. Slanina, Angelico.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  CZE
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kouril, Lucentum5.7 
 2. Saric, Cibona5.5 
 3. Annaev, Khimky4.5 
 4. Zhao, Bayi R.4.4 
 5. Micic, Mega Vizura4.1 
 6. Gibeom, Yonsei U.4.0 
 7. Exum, High School3.6 
 8. Keane, Illinois St.3.0 
 9. Brizuela, Asefa E.3.0 
 10. Williams-G., Wash.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mashayekhi, Mahram2.5 
 2. Smart, Oklahoma.2.5 
 3. Adjei, Ermess2.3 
 4. Toure, IVO N.2.3 
 5. Toure, IVO N.2.2 
 6. Gordon, High School2.0 
 7. Kulagin, Triumph2.0 
 8. Payton, La-Lafay.2.0 
 9. Micic, Mega Vizura1.9 
 10. Seongmo, Korea U.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Zhou, Liaoning H.5.1 
 2. Kanygin, Lok.Kuba.2.5 
 3. Foroutannik, Azad2.3 
 4. Traore, SOA1.8 
 5. Saric, Cibona1.5 
 6. Egi, High School1.5 
 7. Choi, Yonsei U.1.5 
 8. Krestininas, Sakal.1.1 
 9. Vicedo, Asefa E.1.1 
 10. Pineau, Melbourn.1.1 


Serbia and USA will battle for the title - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Lithuania - USA 60-100
USA rout defending champions to enter the Final at the U19 World Championship. USA stormed past Lithuania 100:60 in the Semifinal clash and will face Serbia in the Final. The Baltic team will take on Australia in the game for the third place. USA proved their ambitions for the Gold medals. The team remained undefeated after a Lithuanian clash. USA started the game with 25:16 lead and added massive 22-10 in the second frame. The favorites did not even think of slowing down and continued their dominance in the second half. They won the third period 25-18 and finished the game with 28-16 rally. Marcus Smart (193-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Winslow Justice added 15. Gordon Aaron poured in 14, while Nigel Williams-Goss (191-PG-94) had 11. Dimsa Tomas and Tarolis Donatas poured in 9 points each for the Lithuanian team and Gustys Rokas brought 8. Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94) and Grigonis Marius chipped in with 7 points each.

Australia - Serbia 58-63
Serbia reached the Final in Prague at the U19 World Championship. The European titans overcame Australia 63:58 in the first Semifinal. Australia surprised the opponents with an 18-11 lead, but Serbia recovered immediately in the second frame. They needed a 21-7 surge to take 32:25 halftime advantage. Australia then produced an 18-15 rally and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) cut it to 45:43 after three quarters, before Pot Stefan increased to 4. Serbia led in the whole last period although sometimes the lead reached only 1 point. Felix Kalau Van Hofe reduced to 59:58, however Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Novak scored the final points for the winners. Jankovic Nikola stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Vasilije Micic scored 13. Pot Stefan poured in 9, while Milutinov Nikola added 8. Dante Exum ended up with 21 points in the losing case, while Duncan Nicholas and Felix Kalau Van Hofe had 12 each. Michael Rowley (200-F-94) followed them with 5 points.




11-12 Place
Iran - Argentina 79-68
Iran wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Argentina to occupy the 11th overall position. Sajjad Mashayekhi notched 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Iran grabbed the initiative early on. They reeled off to a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Iran kept Argentina at distance throughout the second quarter. The Asian team gained a 39:26 halftime advantage. Iran exploded with 26 points in the third term to boost the lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 65:45. Argentina narrowed the gap in the final term but it proved too deep to overcome. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) netted 18 points, while Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) added 10 points in the victory. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) responded with 20 points for Argentina. Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) had 17 points in the loss.

9-10 Place
Brazil - Russia 53-60
Russia claimed the 9th overall position at the U19 World Championship in Czech Republic. They outscored Brazil in the final game of the tournament for both teams. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) stepped up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil held their opponents to 8 points in the second frame. The Latin American side cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval. Russia picked up the tempo in the third term. They protected the lead and ensured an 8-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Brazil nailed 19 points in the last ten minutes but Russia withheld the rally and snatched the victory. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 10 points, while Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) and Andrey Desyatnikov had 7 points each in the win. Deryk Ramos (185-PG-94) answered with 20 points for Brazil. Arthur Pecos and Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) had 5 points each in the loss.

5-8 places
China - Canada 100-110 3OT
Ennis Tyler leads Canada in a three-overtime battle against China. He nailed 42 points for 110:100 victory in the best game so far at the U19 World Championship. Canada will take on Spain tomorrow for the 5-6 places. China meanwhile will play against Croatia for 7-8 spots. Both teams exchanged the victories in the first two periods for 32:32 on the board. Then China took 6-point lead at the end of the third period, while Canada tied the score due to 24-18 run in the fourth quarter. Both teams could not find out the winner in the first two extra times, but then Canada pushed the tempo for good and won third overtime 16-6. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) poured in 15 points and Egi Christopher added 14. Pirovic Marko followed them with 12 points. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) replied with 30 points in the losing case and Gao Shang as well as Zhou Qi collected 20 points each. Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) ended up with 16 points and 11 assists in a loss.

Spain - Croatia 75-64
Spain beat Croatia in a European thriller at the U19 World Championship. Both teams that dreamed about the medals had to face each other in the start of the Classification Round for 5-8 places. Spain won 75:64 and will play against Canada for the 5th place. Croatia meanwhile will face China in the game for the 7-8 places. Croatia started the game with 20:19 lead, but Spain posted victories in three other quarters. Spain scored 19 points in the first three periods and won the second 19-16 and then produced a 19-12 rally in the third quarter. Moreover Spain added 18-16 run in the last stanza for the final result. Sebastian Saiz (203-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Vicedo Edgar added 13. Brizuela Dario poured in 12, whilst Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) had 11. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) as well as Brzoja Mislav had 13 apiece. Bosnjak Domagoj followed them with 8 points in a loss.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Estonia0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. S.Korea0-0
4. Oman0-0
5. Russia0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group B
1. Serbia1-0
2. Japan0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. Philippine.0-0
5. Romania0-0
6. Mongolia0-1
Group C
1. Australia0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Czech Rep.0-0
4. Sweden0-0
5. United Ara.0-0
6. USA0-0
Group D
1. Finland1-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Norway0-0
4. China0-0
5. Brazil0-0
6. Chile0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 7: GER - EST
Jul. 7: UKR - KOR
Jul. 7: RUS - OMA

B

Jul. 7: SRB - MGL 110-56
Jul. 7: ROM - PHI
Jul. 7: JPN - MEX

C

Jul. 7: CZE - AUS
Jul. 7: USA - UAE
Jul. 7: CAN - SWE

D

Jul. 7: FIN - CHI 71-52
Jul. 7: BRA - CHN
Jul. 7: LTU - NOR




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Women News


U20 European Championship: Belarus edge Netherlands, still finish third in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20 - Netherlands U20 63:55

Belarus gained the victory on the final day of the preliminary round action at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Netherlands to gain 2-1 record. The win however did not allow Belarus to leave the third position in Group A. Netherlands won the group despite the loss. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) nailed 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Netherlands opened the game with six points in a row. They gained a 17:8 lead after almost 8 minutes of action. But Maryia Papova and Holubeva dragged Belarus within 4 points at the end of the first term 13:17. Belarus capped the first half with nine straight points to take a 27:24 halftime lead. Netherlands answered with nine points in a row at the start of the second half to gain the lead. They maintained it throughout the third period. The Dutch team headed into the fourth term up by 5 points 45:40. However Belarus silenced their opponents with a massive 23:10 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) notched 13 points, while Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) contributed 9 points for the winners. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 19 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) netted 11 points and grabbed 13 boards in the loss.

Belarus U20: Maryia Papova 18, Natallia Pratskaila 13, Ksenija Voishal 9
Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 19, Loyce Bettonvil 11+13 boards



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium beat Latvia for 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Belgium U20 65:70

Belgium beat Latvia for 3-0 record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Belgium side improved to 3-0 record after a 70:65 win in Day 3. The Baltic State meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Latvia started more confident and reached 25-20 lead after the first period. They also won the second frame 12-11 and enjoyed a 37:31 halftime advantage. Belgium however dominated the second half and posted two necessary victories. They needed a 19-15 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 20-13 surge.
Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) and Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) poured in 22 points each, while Evi Heyse (181-PF-93) nailed 10. Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) delivered 7 points in a win. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) answered with 14 point in defeat, whilst Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93), Paula Tomsone (193-C-94), Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) scored 9 apiece.

Latvia U20: Sabine Dukate 14, Guna Lagzdina 9, Paula Tomsone 9, Ance Aizsila 9, Kate Kreslina 9
Belgium U20: Hanne Mestdagh 22, Julie Vanloo 22, Evi Heyse 10, Sien Devliegher 7



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  BULGARIA   


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

Bulgaria U20-Israel U20 69:57

Bulgaria earn second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Israel U20 69:57 for 2-1 record. Israel meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Both teams entered the game with the same 1-1 record and needed the second victory for the higher place. Israel won the first period 18:14, while the hosts posted a 17-12 rally in the second frame for 1-point lead at the halftime. Bulgaria scored 19 points each in the third and the last stanzas that was enough to win the game.
Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) notched 15. Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) and Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) delivered 8 points apiece. Sapir Tirosh (174-F/G-93) answered with 24 points in defeat and Michal Assaf (168-G-94) produced 9. May Dayan (171-PG-94) and Eden Porat (176-F-96) ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort.

Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 19+11 rebs, Gabriela Kostova 15, Iva Kostova 8, Radostina Dimitrova 8
Israel U20: Sapir Tirosh 24, Michal Assaf 9, May Dayan 8, Eden Porat 8+12 rebs



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France U16 edge Croatia U16 in Nice - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Croatia U16 62:58

French U16 overcame their Croatian counterparts at the international friendly tournament in Nice. Marion Chartereau (178-G-90) came up with 16 points to lead the winners.
France posted a 15:10 lead at the first break. Croatia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within a single point at halftime 30:29. France maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 44:40. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame as France held on to the victory. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) netted 13 points, while Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) added 11 points for the hosts. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) answered with 14 points and 6 boards for Croatia. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

France U16: Marion Chartereau 16, Lisa Berkani 13, Alix Duchet 11
Croatia U16: Ivana Dojkic 14, Iva Slonjsak 12



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  CYPRUS   


U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus continue the winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16-Cyprus U16 22:62

Cyprus continue the winning streak at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame Gibraltar 62:22 for a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
Cyprus won the first period 12:7 and demolished the opponents in the second quarter. The favorites limited the hosts to just 2 points and erupted with 21 points. Moreover Cyprus won the third period 17-6 and then added 12-7 in the last stanza.
Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) and Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) ended up with 9 points as she made only 3/18 shots. Courtney Ferrer (171-F-97) collected 5 points and 12 rebounds, while Emma Mosquera (159-G-98) and Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) netted 4 each.

Gibraltar U16: Joelle Grech 9, Courtney Ferrer 5+12 rebs, Emma Mosquera 4, Danielle Bensadon 4
Cyprus U16: Tijana Raca 13+11 rebs, Stefanie Foukaris 13, Eleni Oikonomidou 12+10 rebs, Andriana Antoniou 8



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Div.C Standings - by Eurobasket News

Standings
1. Cyprus3-0
2. Scotland3-0
3. Monaco2-2
4. Wales0-3
5. Gibraltar0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 4

Jul. 6: SCO - MON 69-38
Jul. 6: GIB - CYP 22-62

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Jul. 7: CYP - SCO
Jul. 7: WAL - GIB


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 4 in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16-Cyprus U16 22:62

Cyprus continue the winning streak at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame Gibraltar 62:22 for a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
Cyprus won the first period 12:7 and demolished the opponents in the second quarter. The favorites limited the hosts to just 2 points and erupted with 21 points. Moreover Cyprus won the third period 17-6 and then added 12-7 in the last stanza.
Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) and Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) ended up with 9 points as she made only 3/18 shots. Courtney Ferrer (171-F-97) collected 5 points and 12 rebounds, while Emma Mosquera (159-G-98) and Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) netted 4 each.

Gibraltar U16: Joelle Grech 9, Courtney Ferrer 5+12 rebs, Emma Mosquera 4, Danielle Bensadon 4
Cyprus U16: Tijana Raca 13+11 rebs, Stefanie Foukaris 13, Eleni Oikonomidou 12+10 rebs, Andriana Antoniou 8


Scotland U16-Principality of Monaco U16 69:38

Scotland improved to 3-0 record at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame Principality of Monaco U16 69:38 to remain undefeated. Principality of Monaco meanwhile fell at 2-2 record.
Principality of Monaco enjoyed an early start and took 17:16 lead at the end of the first period. Scotland scored another 16 points in the second period and it was enough to take 8-point halftime advantage. Moreover Scotland dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 19-8 and finished with 18-6 rally in the last stanza.

Lauren Forde (178-SF-98) led the way with 12 points and Sarah Beattie (97) netted 9. Eleanor Jones (C-97) erupted with 9 points and 21 rebounds, while Lamb added 8. Margaux Varvello (166-G-97) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Fanny Camia (178-F/C-98) had 8. Lisa Paje-Rius (163-F-99) poured in 6, whilst Romane Garino (160-G-98) delivered 5.

Scotland U16:
Lauren Forde 12, Sarah Beattie 9, Eleanor Jones 9+21 rebs, Lamb 8
Principality of Monaco U16:
Margaux Varvello 15, Fanny Camia 8, Lisa Paje-Rius 6, Romane Garino 5



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus2-1
2. Holland2-1
3. Serbia2-1
4. Ukraine0-3
Group B
1. Spain3-0
2. Slovakia2-1
3. Greece1-2
4. Poland0-3
Group C
1. France3-0
2. Italy2-1
3. Russia1-2
4. Hungary0-3
Group D
1. Turkey3-0
2. Sweden2-1
3. Germany1-2
4. Lithuania0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 6: SRB - UKR 73-61
Jul. 6: BLR - NED 63-55

B

Jul. 6: POL - SVK 52-60
Jul. 6: GRE - ESP 49-75

C

Jul. 6: ITA - RUS 47-46
Jul. 6: HUN - FRA 45-62

D

Jul. 6: TUR - LTU 81-44
Jul. 6: GER - SWE 65-74

Second Stage: Round 4

E

Jul. 8: SVK - SRB
Jul. 8: SWE - ITA
Jul. 8: GRE - NED

F

Jul. 8: GER - FRA
Jul. 8: BLR - ESP
Jul. 8: RUS - TUR

G

Jul. 8: UKR - LTU
Jul. 8: POL - HUN


Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Josefin VESTERBERG
  SWE
  (187-F/C-93)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Vesterberg, MBK R.20.3 
 2. Ndour, Gran Canaria20.0 
 3. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.17.3 
 4. Essenstam, CTO16.7 
 5. Balintova, Good A.15.7 
 6. Papova, Olimpia15.7 
 7. Spanou, Robert M.15.0 
 8. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.14.3 
 9. Tikhonenko, Sparta.14.3 
 10. Chek, Atomeromu14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loyce BETTONVIL
  (185-F-93)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Bettonvil, Lekdete.12.3 
 2. Tikhonenko, Sparta.12.3 
 3. Spanou, Robert M.9.3 
 4. Markovic, IU.9.0 
 5. Nystrom, Northland9.0 
 6. Hruscakova, Good8.7 
 7. Ndour, Gran Canaria8.7 
 8. Vesterberg, MBK R.8.7 
 9. Kiseleva, Spartak8.3 
 10. Preskienyte, Kibi.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ellen NYSTROM
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nystrom, Northland6.0 
 2. Stanacev, Crvena5.3 
 3. Bettonvil, Lekdete.5.0 
 4. Balintova, Good A.4.3 
 5. Adams, Saarlouis4.0 
 6. Gohlisch, Berlin3.7 
 7. Slamova, Samorin3.7 
 8. Topuzovic, Radivo.3.7 
 9. Bouzenna, Roche3.3 
 10. Zanoguera, Toledo3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ellen NYSTROM
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Nystrom, Northland4.3 
 2. Dotto, Lucca3.3 
 3. Hebecker, Halle3.0 
 4. Bouzenna, Roche3.0 
 5. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.3.0 
 6. Bettonvil, Lekdete.2.7 
 7. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.7 
 8. Voishal, Victoria2.3 
 9. Cora, Galatasaray2.3 
 10. Melchiori, Umana2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.2.3 
 2. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.2.0 
 3. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.7 
 4. Janoscikova, Cass.1.7 
 5. Papova, Olimpia1.7 
 6. Oroszova, E.Illino.1.7 
 7. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.3 
 8. Balintova, Good A.1.3 
 9. Vesterberg, MBK R.1.3 
 10. Markovic, IU.1.0 


Standings Div.B (Women) - by *AddMe

Standings Div.B
1. Belgium3-0
2. Portugal2-0
3. Bulgaria2-1
4. Czech Rep.2-1
5. FYR Macedo.2-1
6. Israel1-2
7. Latvia0-2
8. Romania0-2
9. U.Kingdom0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Jul. 6: CZE - ENG 96-50
Jul. 6: MKD - ROM 72-54
Jul. 6: BUL - ISR 69-57
Jul. 6: LAT - BEL 65-70

Preliminary Round: Round 4

Jul. 8: POR - MKD
Jul. 8: ENG - LAT
Jul. 8: ROM - BUL
Jul. 8: ISR - CZE


Division A: Day 3 in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Belarus - Holland 63-55
Belarus gained the victory on the final day of the preliminary round action at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Netherlands to gain 2-1 record. The win however did not allow Belarus to leave the third position in Group A. Netherlands won the group despite the loss. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) nailed 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Netherlands opened the game with six points in a row. They gained a 17:8 lead after almost 8 minutes of action. But Maryia Papova and Holubeva dragged Belarus within 4 points at the end of the first term 13:17. Belarus capped the first half with nine straight points to take a 27:24 halftime lead. Netherlands answered with nine points in a row at the start of the second half to gain the lead. They maintained it throughout the third period. The Dutch team headed into the fourth term up by 5 points 45:40. However Belarus silenced their opponents with a massive 23:10 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) notched 13 points, while Ksenija Voishal contributed 9 points for the winners. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 19 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) netted 11 points and grabbed 13 boards in the loss.

Serbia - Ukraine 73-61
Serbia celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine to finish at 2-1 record in Group A. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round. Serbia surged ahead right from the start. They held Ukraine to 9 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They recorded a 34:22 halftime advantage. Serbia did not allow Ukraine to get any closer throughout the third term. The Balkan team headed into the final stanza up by 19 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) added 20 points, while Kristina Topuzovic had 7 points for the winners. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) responded with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandra Chek had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Group B
Poland - Slovakia 52-60
Slovak Republic gained the second win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They held off Poland to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Poland slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat. Slovak Republic quickly pulled in front in this one. They secured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovak Republic kept Poland at distance throughout the second frame. They entered the second half up by 7 points 32:25. Wozniak and Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) dragged the Polish team within 4 points 38:42 late in the third term. But Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) capped the stanza with a triple to give Slovak Republic a breathing room. The gap quickly grew at double digits in the fourth frame and Slovak Republic coasted to the win at the end. Sabina Oroszova notched 21 points to lead the charge. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) provided 12 points for the winners. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) answered with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas and Dominika Miloszewska had 10 points each in the loss.

Greece - Spain 49-75
Spain claimed the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Greece to finish the preliminary round perfect on top of Group B. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) topscored for Spain once again with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Spain reeled off to a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second term. Spain ensured a 34:28 halftime lead. They quickly boosted the gap to double figures in the third term. The Hellenes could not recover as they trailed by 13 points heading into the final period. Spain went on a 23:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 12 points, while Elena De Alfredo delivered 10 points for the winners. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) netted 12 points and grabbed 11 boards in the losing case.

Group C
Hungary - France 45-62
France registered the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Hungary to win Group C. Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Hungary suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. France gained a 9:2 lead early in the game. But Hungary were able to bounce back. They tied things up at 14-all after ten minutes. However France opened the second frame on a 16:4 rally to clear off. They secured a 32:23 halftime advantage. Margaux Galliou-Loko and Romane Bernies gave France a 52:34 lead midway through the third term. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up 18 points 54:36. Hungary narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) produced 13 points, while Romane Bernies added 9 points for the winners. Amadea Szamosi answered with 11 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Italy - Russia 47-46
Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) converted a layup with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Italy past Russia on the final day of the preliminary action at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the second position in Group C. Russia fell at 1-2 record in the third position. Both team advanced into the Second Stage of the tournament. Russia overcame a 3:7 start to the game to go on a 16:2 run gaining a 19:9 lead at the first break. Italy cut the deficit at 5 points at halftime after a low-scoring second period 20:25. Francesca Dotto, Melchiori and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) sparked a 7:0 run from Italy at the start of the second half as they sneaked in front. Italy secured a 34:32 lead into the fourth frame. Tochilova opened the final period with a three-pointer to put Russia ahead. The lead changed hands for several times before Francesca Dotto converted a key layup and then came up with a crucial steal on the final Russias possession. She finished with 14 points to lead the winners. Elisa Penna added 12 points for the Azzurri. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 12 points and 16 boards for Russia. Darya Namok added 9 points in the loss.

Group D
Germany - Sweden 65-74
Sweden claimed the second win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame German counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. The victory allowed the Scandinavian team reach the Second Stage of the tournament. Germany also qualified for the next stage from the third position in the group. Sweden snatched a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany however erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 31-all at halftime. Sweden went on a decisive run in the third period. They sparked with a 10:2 run to gain a 41:33 lead. Later Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) organized a 14:2 rally from the Scandinavian side as they built a 57:42 advantage before the fourth period. Germany were able to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth frame. But Nystrom hit four free throws and Sweden ran away to a comfortable win at the end. Elin Gustavsson chipped in 18 points for Sweden. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 14 points for the winners. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 19 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt had 12 points in the loss.

Turkey - Lithuania 81-44
Turkey kept their record perfect at the home U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to win preliminary Group D. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) provided 12 points to lead the effort. Lithuania fell at 0-3 record after the loss and would fight against relegation. Turkey surged ahead early in the game. They accumulated a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The hosts eased to a 42:26 halftime lead. Turkey kept their Baltic opponents at bay throughout the third ter. The home team gained a massive 25-point cushion before the fourth period. They held Lithuania to just 6 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) netted 11 points, while Busra Akgun and Tilbe Senyurek added 10 points each for the winners. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 18 points for Lithuania. Laura Zelnyte netted 8 points in the loss.



Division B: Day 3 in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - United Kingdom 96-50
Czech Republic leave no chances for Great Britain in the last game of Day 3 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic erupted with a 96:50 win for 2-1 record. Great Britain remained winless and dropped at 0-3 record. Czech Republic took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They started with a 28-9 surge and then added 21-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Czechs. They won the third period 22-15 and finished the game with 25-11 burst. Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) poured in 15 points to lead all the winners, while Anezka Skokanova (174-PG-93) nailed 14. Vyoralov Tereza scored 12 and Adamcova Beata as well as Satoranska Monika delivered 10 each. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Megan Lewis (180-G-95) added 7. Joseph Shequila and Emanuel Melita chipped in with 6 apiece.

Bulgaria - Israel 69-57
Bulgaria earn second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Israel U20 69:57 for 2-1 record. Israel meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Both teams entered the game with the same 1-1 record and needed the second victory for the higher place. Israel won the first period 18:14, while the hosts posted a 17-12 rally in the second frame for 1-point lead at the halftime. Bulgaria scored 19 points each in the third and the last stanzas that was enough to win the game. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Kostova Gabriela notched 15. Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) and Dimitrova Radostina delivered 8 points apiece. Tirosh Sapir answered with 24 points in defeat and Michal Assaf (168-G-94) produced 9. Dayan May and Porat Eden ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort.

FYR Macedonia - Romania 72-54
F.Y.R. of Macedonia pip Romania in Albena in Day 3 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. F.Y.R. of Macedonia grabbed 2-1 record after a 72:54 win, while Romanian remained winless. F.Y.R. of Macedonia took the lead in the opening period and had 19:17 advantage. They added decisive 22-12 in the second frame and enjoyed a 12-point halftime advantage. Moreover F.Y.R. of Macedonia posted two narrow victories in the second half to win the game. They needed a 14-13 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 17-12 run. Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) collected 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Trajchevska Nena had 15 and Dragana Jolovic (184-SF-94) followed them with 10 points. Ursu Sonia replied with 18 points and 12 boards in defeat, whilst Kirberg Selena had 11. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) chipped in with 9 points in a loss.

Latvia - Belgium 65-70
Belgium beat Latvia for 3-0 record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Belgium side improved to 3-0 record after a 70:65 win in Day 3. The Baltic State meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Latvia started more confident and reached 25-20 lead after the first period. They also won the second frame 12-11 and enjoyed a 37:31 halftime advantage. Belgium however dominated the second half and posted two necessary victories. They needed a 19-15 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 20-13 surge. Mestdagh Hanne and Vanloo Julie poured in 22 points each, while Evi Heyse (181-PF-93) nailed 10. Devliegher Sien delivered 7 points in a win. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) answered with 14 point in defeat, whilst Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93), Tomsone Paula, Aizsila Ance and Kreslina Kate scored 9 apiece.



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Latvia U16 posts two victories over Finland U16 - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16 posts two victories over Finland U16. In Game 1 Latvia posted a 41:34 victory. Trailing 2:8 at the end of the first period, the Baltic side needed an 18-9 run in the second frame and added a 12-9 rally in the third period. Moreover Latvia finished the game with 9-8 rally to seal the victory. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) and Anna Rezija Dreimane top-scored for the winners with 8 points each.
In Game 2 Latvia U16 won over Finland U16 62:56. Again Finland started better and posted a 19-13 run in the opening period. Latvia replied with 21-12 surge in the second period and added 19-11 in the last stanza. Tatjana Savicka (173-PF-97) scored 12 points for the winners and Marta Jancevska added 11. Riina Krkkinen answered with 9 points in the losing effort, while Iina Salmenkivi (184-C-97) brought 8.



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France U16 edge Croatia U16 in Nice - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Croatia U16 62:58

French U16 overcame their Croatian counterparts at the international friendly tournament in Nice. Marion Chartereau (178-G-90) came up with 16 points to lead the winners.
France posted a 15:10 lead at the first break. Croatia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within a single point at halftime 30:29. France maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 44:40. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame as France held on to the victory. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) netted 13 points, while Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) added 11 points for the hosts. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) answered with 14 points and 6 boards for Croatia. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

France U16: Marion Chartereau 16, Lisa Berkani 13, Alix Duchet 11
Croatia U16: Ivana Dojkic 14, Iva Slonjsak 12



U20 European Championship: France hold off Hungary to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Hungary U20 62:45

France registered the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Hungary to win Group C. Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Hungary suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament.
France gained a 9:2 lead early in the game. But Hungary were able to bounce back. They tied things up at 14-all after ten minutes. However France opened the second frame on a 16:4 rally to clear off. They secured a 32:23 halftime advantage. Margaux Galliou-Loko and Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) gave France a 52:34 lead midway through the third term. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up 18 points 54:36. Hungary narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) produced 13 points, while Romane Bernies added 9 points for the winners. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) answered with 11 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai (190-F/C-94) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

France U20: Margaux Galliou-Loko 18, Esther Niamke 13, Romane Bernies 9
Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 11, Judit Barnai 10



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U20 European Championship: F.Y.R. of Macedonia pip Romania in Albena - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Romania U20 72:54

F.Y.R. of Macedonia pip Romania in Albena in Day 3 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. F.Y.R. of Macedonia grabbed 2-1 record after a 72:54 win, while Romanian remained winless.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia took the lead in the opening period and had 19:17 advantage. They added decisive 22-12 in the second frame and enjoyed a 12-point halftime advantage. Moreover F.Y.R. of Macedonia posted two narrow victories in the second half to win the game. They needed a 14-13 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 17-12 run.
Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) collected 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) had 15 and Dragana Jolovic (184-SF-94) followed them with 10 points. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) replied with 18 points and 12 boards in defeat, whilst Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) had 11. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) chipped in with 9 points in a loss.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Aleksandra Stojanovska 19+13 rebs, Andzelika Mitrasinovik 17+10 rebs+8 ast, Nena Trajchevska 15, Dragana Jolovic 10
Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 18+12 rebs, Selena Kirberg 11, Alina Craciun 9



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SV Halle Lions landed American center Ebony Ellis - by Eurobasket News

SV Halle Lions landed American center Ebony Ellis (190-C-88, agency: Promotex, college: N.Illinois). She played last time at AD Vagos in Portugal. In 24 Liga Feminina games she had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 14.1rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.5spg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team.
The previous season Ellis played at Odra Brzeg (2Liga) in Polish league. In 34 games she recorded 11.9ppg, 9.7rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.1spg that season. She won WBCBL Mid West Division championship title in 2011.
Ellis graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2011 and it is her third season as a professional player.



U20 European Championship: Sweden prevail against Germany - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Germany U20 74:65

Sweden claimed the second win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame German counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. The victory allowed the Scandinavian team reach the Second Stage of the tournament. Germany also qualified for the next stage from the third position in the group.
Sweden snatched a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany however erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 31-all at halftime. Sweden went on a decisive run in the third period. They sparked with a 10:2 run to gain a 41:33 lead. Later Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) organized a 14:2 rally from the Scandinavian side as they built a 57:42 advantage before the fourth period. Germany were able to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth frame. But Nystrom hit four free throws and Sweden ran away to a comfortable win at the end. Elin Gustavsson chipped in 18 points for Sweden. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 14 points for the winners. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 19 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Elin Gustavsson 18, Josefin Vesterberg 14, Linnea Frykbo (170-SG-94) 13
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 19, Carla Bellscheidt 12



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U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus continue the winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16-Cyprus U16 22:62

Cyprus continue the winning streak at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame Gibraltar 62:22 for a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
Cyprus won the first period 12:7 and demolished the opponents in the second quarter. The favorites limited the hosts to just 2 points and erupted with 21 points. Moreover Cyprus won the third period 17-6 and then added 12-7 in the last stanza.
Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) and Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) ended up with 9 points as she made only 3/18 shots. Courtney Ferrer (171-F-97) collected 5 points and 12 rebounds, while Emma Mosquera (159-G-98) and Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) netted 4 each.

Gibraltar U16: Joelle Grech 9, Courtney Ferrer 5+12 rebs, Emma Mosquera 4, Danielle Bensadon 4
Cyprus U16: Tijana Raca 13+11 rebs, Stefanie Foukaris 13, Eleni Oikonomidou 12+10 rebs, Andriana Antoniou 8



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U20 European Championship: Spain defeat Greece to stay perfect in turkey - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Greece U20 75:49

Spain claimed the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Greece to finish the preliminary round perfect on top of Group B. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) topscored for Spain once again with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Spain reeled off to a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second term. Spain ensured a 34:28 halftime lead. They quickly boosted the gap to double figures in the third term. The Hellenes could not recover as they trailed by 13 points heading into the final period. Spain went on a 23:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 12 points, while Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) delivered 10 points for the winners. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) netted 12 points and grabbed 11 boards in the losing case.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 20, Inmaculada Zanoguera 12, Elena De Alfredo 10
Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 13+10 boards, Styliani Fouraki 12+11 boards



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Serbia U19 lose to Netherlands U19 in Novi Becej - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Netherlands U19 62:69

The Dutch U19 National Team played a test game versus their Serbian counterparts in Novi Becej. The visitors celebrated a 7-point victory at the end. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) and Janiek van Veen (172-PG-95) came up with 18 points each to pace the winners.
Netherlands eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Serbia stiffened defensively in the second frame. They triggered a 21:8 run to build a 38:27 halftime advantage. The visitors responded with a 23:9 rally in the third term. Netherlands secured a 5-point buffer before the final frame. Netherlands limited the home side to just 15 points in the fourth period and secured the victory. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) delivered 8 points for the winning team. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 26 points for Serbia. Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) nailed 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 26, Katarina Vuckovic 15
Netherlands U19: Isabella Slim 18, Janiek van Veen 18, Kourtney Treffers 8



Russia U16 rally past Netherlands U16 in Nice - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - Netherlands U16 75:53

Russia earned the first win at the international friendly tournament in Nice. They outgunned Netherlands for 1-1 record. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) notched 15 points to lead the effort.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 21:15 advantage after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Russia secured a 6-point advantage at halftime. Russia stretched the gap in the third term. They held the Dutch opponents to 12 points in the period and opened a 15-point lead into the fourth stanza. Russia finished off Netherlands with a 20:13 run in the final period. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 13 points and 11 boards, while Elena Shataeva (177-G-97) added 14 points for the winners. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Asa Kantebeen (175-SG-97) and Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) netted 8 points apiece in the loss.

Russia U16: Raisa Musina 15, Elena Shataeva 14, Mariya Vadeeva 13+11 boards
Netherlands U16: Laura Westerik 16, Asa Kantebeen 8, Janis Ndiba 8



U20 European Championship: Belarus edge Netherlands, still finish third in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20 - Netherlands U20 63:55

Belarus gained the victory on the final day of the preliminary round action at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Netherlands to gain 2-1 record. The win however did not allow Belarus to leave the third position in Group A. Netherlands won the group despite the loss. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) nailed 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Netherlands opened the game with six points in a row. They gained a 17:8 lead after almost 8 minutes of action. But Maryia Papova and Holubeva dragged Belarus within 4 points at the end of the first term 13:17. Belarus capped the first half with nine straight points to take a 27:24 halftime lead. Netherlands answered with nine points in a row at the start of the second half to gain the lead. They maintained it throughout the third period. The Dutch team headed into the fourth term up by 5 points 45:40. However Belarus silenced their opponents with a massive 23:10 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) notched 13 points, while Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) contributed 9 points for the winners. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 19 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) netted 11 points and grabbed 13 boards in the loss.

Belarus U20: Maryia Papova 18, Natallia Pratskaila 13, Ksenija Voishal 9
Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 19, Loyce Bettonvil 11+13 boards



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U20 European Championship: France hold off Hungary to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Hungary U20 62:45

France registered the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Hungary to win Group C. Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Hungary suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament.
France gained a 9:2 lead early in the game. But Hungary were able to bounce back. They tied things up at 14-all after ten minutes. However France opened the second frame on a 16:4 rally to clear off. They secured a 32:23 halftime advantage. Margaux Galliou-Loko and Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) gave France a 52:34 lead midway through the third term. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up 18 points 54:36. Hungary narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) produced 13 points, while Romane Bernies added 9 points for the winners. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) answered with 11 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai (190-F/C-94) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

France U20: Margaux Galliou-Loko 18, Esther Niamke 13, Romane Bernies 9
Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 11, Judit Barnai 10



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

Bulgaria U20-Israel U20 69:57

Bulgaria earn second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Israel U20 69:57 for 2-1 record. Israel meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Both teams entered the game with the same 1-1 record and needed the second victory for the higher place. Israel won the first period 18:14, while the hosts posted a 17-12 rally in the second frame for 1-point lead at the halftime. Bulgaria scored 19 points each in the third and the last stanzas that was enough to win the game.
Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) notched 15. Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) and Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) delivered 8 points apiece. Sapir Tirosh (174-F/G-93) answered with 24 points in defeat and Michal Assaf (168-G-94) produced 9. May Dayan (171-PG-94) and Eden Porat (176-F-96) ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort.

Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 19+11 rebs, Gabriela Kostova 15, Iva Kostova 8, Radostina Dimitrova 8
Israel U20: Sapir Tirosh 24, Michal Assaf 9, May Dayan 8, Eden Porat 8+12 rebs



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U20 European Championship: Italy pip Russia to gain second place in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Russia U20 47:46

Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) converted a layup with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Italy past Russia on the final day of the preliminary action at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the second position in Group C. Russia fell at 1-2 record in the third position. Both team advanced into the Second Stage of the tournament.
Russia overcame a 3:7 start to the game to go on a 16:2 run gaining a 19:9 lead at the first break. Italy cut the deficit at 5 points at halftime after a low-scoring second period 20:25. Francesca Dotto, Melchiori and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) sparked a 7:0 run from Italy at the start of the second half as they sneaked in front. Italy secured a 34:32 lead into the fourth frame. Tochilova opened the final period with a three-pointer to put Russia ahead. The lead changed hands for several times before Francesca Dotto converted a key layup and then came up with a crucial steal on the final Russias possession. She finished with 14 points to lead the winners. Elisa Penna added 12 points for the Azzurri. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 12 points and 16 boards for Russia. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) added 9 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Francesca Dotto 14, Elisa Penna 12, Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) 6
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 12+16 boards, Darya Namok 9



Fila San Martino tab Rita Rasheed - by Eurobasket News

Fila San Martino bolstered their roster. They added Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Interperformances). The Hungarian forward spent the last season with UNI Gyor. She posted 11.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in A1. Her stats read also 7.0 points, 2.6 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game in EuroLeague. Previously Rita Rasheed had stints with Szeged, ZTE-Zala, Vasas-Csata. She was named All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year in 2012. Rita Rasheed made it into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team in 2010. She was also trumped All-Hungarian League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009. Rita Rasheed has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2010.


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Latvia U16 posts two victories over Finland U16 - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16 posts two victories over Finland U16. In Game 1 Latvia posted a 41:34 victory. Trailing 2:8 at the end of the first period, the Baltic side needed an 18-9 run in the second frame and added a 12-9 rally in the third period. Moreover Latvia finished the game with 9-8 rally to seal the victory. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) and Anna Rezija Dreimane top-scored for the winners with 8 points each.
In Game 2 Latvia U16 won over Finland U16 62:56. Again Finland started better and posted a 19-13 run in the opening period. Latvia replied with 21-12 surge in the second period and added 19-11 in the last stanza. Tatjana Savicka (173-PF-97) scored 12 points for the winners and Marta Jancevska added 11. Riina Krkkinen answered with 9 points in the losing effort, while Iina Salmenkivi (184-C-97) brought 8.



U20 European Championship: Belgium beat Latvia for 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Belgium U20 65:70

Belgium beat Latvia for 3-0 record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Belgium side improved to 3-0 record after a 70:65 win in Day 3. The Baltic State meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Latvia started more confident and reached 25-20 lead after the first period. They also won the second frame 12-11 and enjoyed a 37:31 halftime advantage. Belgium however dominated the second half and posted two necessary victories. They needed a 19-15 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 20-13 surge.
Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) and Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) poured in 22 points each, while Evi Heyse (181-PF-93) nailed 10. Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) delivered 7 points in a win. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) answered with 14 point in defeat, whilst Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93), Paula Tomsone (193-C-94), Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) scored 9 apiece.

Latvia U20: Sabine Dukate 14, Guna Lagzdina 9, Paula Tomsone 9, Ance Aizsila 9, Kate Kreslina 9
Belgium U20: Hanne Mestdagh 22, Julie Vanloo 22, Evi Heyse 10, Sien Devliegher 7



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U20 European Championship: Turkey handle Lithuania for third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Lithuania U20 81:44

Turkey kept their record perfect at the home U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to win preliminary Group D. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) provided 12 points to lead the effort. Lithuania fell at 0-3 record after the loss and would fight against relegation.
Turkey surged ahead early in the game. They accumulated a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The hosts eased to a 42:26 halftime lead. Turkey kept their Baltic opponents at bay throughout the third ter. The home team gained a massive 25-point cushion before the fourth period. They held Lithuania to just 6 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) netted 11 points, while Busra Akgun (183-SF-93) and Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) added 10 points each for the winners. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 18 points for Lithuania. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) netted 8 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Pelin Bilgic 12, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 11, Busra Akgun 10, Tilbe Senyurek 10
Lithuania U20: Ieva Kazlauskaite 18, Laura Zelnyte 8



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  MONACO   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland improved to 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16-Principality of Monaco U16 69:38

Scotland improved to 3-0 record at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame Principality of Monaco U16 69:38 to remain undefeated. Principality of Monaco meanwhile fell at 2-2 record.
Principality of Monaco enjoyed an early start and took 17:16 lead at the end of the first period. Scotland scored another 16 points in the second period and it was enough to take 8-point halftime advantage. Moreover Scotland dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 19-8 and finished with 18-6 rally in the last stanza.
Lauren Forde (178-SF-98) led the way with 12 points and Sarah Beattie (97) netted 9. Eleanor Jones (C-97) erupted with 9 points and 21 rebounds, while Lamb added 8. Margaux Varvello (166-G-97) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Fanny Camia (178-F/C-98) had 8. Lisa Paje-Rius (163-F-99) poured in 6, whilst Romane Garino (160-G-98) delivered 5.

Scotland U16: Lauren Forde 12, Sarah Beattie 9, Eleanor Jones 9+21 rebs, Lamb 8
Principality of Monaco U16: Margaux Varvello 15, Fanny Camia 8, Lisa Paje-Rius 6, Romane Garino 5



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  POLAND   


U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic keep Poland winless - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20 - Poland U20 60:52

Slovak Republic gained the second win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They held off Poland to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Poland slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Slovak Republic quickly pulled in front in this one. They secured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovak Republic kept Poland at distance throughout the second frame. They entered the second half up by 7 points 32:25. Wozniak and Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) dragged the Polish team within 4 points 38:42 late in the third term. But Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) capped the stanza with a triple to give Slovak Republic a breathing room. The gap quickly grew at double digits in the fourth frame and Slovak Republic coasted to the win at the end. Sabina Oroszova notched 21 points to lead the charge. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) provided 12 points for the winners. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) answered with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas and Dominika Miloszewska (190-F/C-94) had 10 points each in the loss.

Slovak Republic U20: Sabina Oroszova 21, Barbora Balintova 12, Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) 9
Poland U20: Karolina Puss 12, Magdalena Koperwas 10, Dominika Miloszewska 10



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  ROMANIA   


CSU Alba Iulia signs Andreea Hutanu - by Eurobasket News

CSU Alba Iulia signs Andreea Hutanu (185-C-88) for the next season. She played last time at CSM Targoviste. In 29 Liga Nationala games she recorded 5.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hutanu won Romanian League championship title in 2012. She was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game in 2006 and 2012.
Hutanu was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. She played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2008. Andreea Hutanu also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Hutanu has played previously for two other Romania teams: Cluj Napoca and Sf.Gheorghe.



U20 European Championship: F.Y.R. of Macedonia pip Romania in Albena - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Romania U20 72:54

F.Y.R. of Macedonia pip Romania in Albena in Day 3 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. F.Y.R. of Macedonia grabbed 2-1 record after a 72:54 win, while Romanian remained winless.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia took the lead in the opening period and had 19:17 advantage. They added decisive 22-12 in the second frame and enjoyed a 12-point halftime advantage. Moreover F.Y.R. of Macedonia posted two narrow victories in the second half to win the game. They needed a 14-13 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 17-12 run.
Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) collected 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) had 15 and Dragana Jolovic (184-SF-94) followed them with 10 points. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) replied with 18 points and 12 boards in defeat, whilst Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) had 11. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) chipped in with 9 points in a loss.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Aleksandra Stojanovska 19+13 rebs, Andzelika Mitrasinovik 17+10 rebs+8 ast, Nena Trajchevska 15, Dragana Jolovic 10
Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 18+12 rebs, Selena Kirberg 11, Alina Craciun 9



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  RUSSIA   


U20 European Championship: Italy pip Russia to gain second place in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Russia U20 47:46

Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) converted a layup with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Italy past Russia on the final day of the preliminary action at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the second position in Group C. Russia fell at 1-2 record in the third position. Both team advanced into the Second Stage of the tournament.
Russia overcame a 3:7 start to the game to go on a 16:2 run gaining a 19:9 lead at the first break. Italy cut the deficit at 5 points at halftime after a low-scoring second period 20:25. Francesca Dotto, Melchiori and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) sparked a 7:0 run from Italy at the start of the second half as they sneaked in front. Italy secured a 34:32 lead into the fourth frame. Tochilova opened the final period with a three-pointer to put Russia ahead. The lead changed hands for several times before Francesca Dotto converted a key layup and then came up with a crucial steal on the final Russias possession. She finished with 14 points to lead the winners. Elisa Penna added 12 points for the Azzurri. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 12 points and 16 boards for Russia. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) added 9 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Francesca Dotto 14, Elisa Penna 12, Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) 6
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 12+16 boards, Darya Namok 9



Russia U16 rally past Netherlands U16 in Nice - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - Netherlands U16 75:53

Russia earned the first win at the international friendly tournament in Nice. They outgunned Netherlands for 1-1 record. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) notched 15 points to lead the effort.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 21:15 advantage after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Russia secured a 6-point advantage at halftime. Russia stretched the gap in the third term. They held the Dutch opponents to 12 points in the period and opened a 15-point lead into the fourth stanza. Russia finished off Netherlands with a 20:13 run in the final period. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 13 points and 11 boards, while Elena Shataeva (177-G-97) added 14 points for the winners. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Asa Kantebeen (175-SG-97) and Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) netted 8 points apiece in the loss.

Russia U16: Raisa Musina 15, Elena Shataeva 14, Mariya Vadeeva 13+11 boards
Netherlands U16: Laura Westerik 16, Asa Kantebeen 8, Janis Ndiba 8



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  SCOTLAND   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland improved to 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16-Principality of Monaco U16 69:38

Scotland improved to 3-0 record at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame Principality of Monaco U16 69:38 to remain undefeated. Principality of Monaco meanwhile fell at 2-2 record.
Principality of Monaco enjoyed an early start and took 17:16 lead at the end of the first period. Scotland scored another 16 points in the second period and it was enough to take 8-point halftime advantage. Moreover Scotland dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 19-8 and finished with 18-6 rally in the last stanza.
Lauren Forde (178-SF-98) led the way with 12 points and Sarah Beattie (97) netted 9. Eleanor Jones (C-97) erupted with 9 points and 21 rebounds, while Lamb added 8. Margaux Varvello (166-G-97) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Fanny Camia (178-F/C-98) had 8. Lisa Paje-Rius (163-F-99) poured in 6, whilst Romane Garino (160-G-98) delivered 5.

Scotland U16: Lauren Forde 12, Sarah Beattie 9, Eleanor Jones 9+21 rebs, Lamb 8
Principality of Monaco U16: Margaux Varvello 15, Fanny Camia 8, Lisa Paje-Rius 6, Romane Garino 5



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  SERBIA   


Serbia U19 lose to Netherlands U19 in Novi Becej - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Netherlands U19 62:69

The Dutch U19 National Team played a test game versus their Serbian counterparts in Novi Becej. The visitors celebrated a 7-point victory at the end. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) and Janiek van Veen (172-PG-95) came up with 18 points each to pace the winners.
Netherlands eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Serbia stiffened defensively in the second frame. They triggered a 21:8 run to build a 38:27 halftime advantage. The visitors responded with a 23:9 rally in the third term. Netherlands secured a 5-point buffer before the final frame. Netherlands limited the home side to just 15 points in the fourth period and secured the victory. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) delivered 8 points for the winning team. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 26 points for Serbia. Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) nailed 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 26, Katarina Vuckovic 15
Netherlands U19: Isabella Slim 18, Janiek van Veen 18, Kourtney Treffers 8



U20 European Championship: Serbia eliminate Ukraine from title race - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Ukraine U20 73:61

Serbia celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine to finish at 2-1 record in Group A. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round.
Serbia surged ahead right from the start. They held Ukraine to 9 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They recorded a 34:22 halftime advantage. Serbia did not allow Ukraine to get any closer throughout the third term. The Balkan team headed into the final stanza up by 19 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) added 20 points, while Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) had 7 points for the winners. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) responded with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 21, Aleksandra Stanacev 20, Kristina Topuzovic 7
Ukraine U20: Miriam Uro-Nilie 22, Oleksandra Chek 21+10 boards



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  SLOVAKIA   


U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic keep Poland winless - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20 - Poland U20 60:52

Slovak Republic gained the second win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They held off Poland to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Poland slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Slovak Republic quickly pulled in front in this one. They secured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovak Republic kept Poland at distance throughout the second frame. They entered the second half up by 7 points 32:25. Wozniak and Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) dragged the Polish team within 4 points 38:42 late in the third term. But Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) capped the stanza with a triple to give Slovak Republic a breathing room. The gap quickly grew at double digits in the fourth frame and Slovak Republic coasted to the win at the end. Sabina Oroszova notched 21 points to lead the charge. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) provided 12 points for the winners. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) answered with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas and Dominika Miloszewska (190-F/C-94) had 10 points each in the loss.

Slovak Republic U20: Sabina Oroszova 21, Barbora Balintova 12, Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) 9
Poland U20: Karolina Puss 12, Magdalena Koperwas 10, Dominika Miloszewska 10



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  SLOVENIA   


U16 Women beaten by Slovenia in warm-up game - by Eurobasket News

Englands U16 Women were defeated by Slovenia 70-43 on Thursday as they continue to prepare for their upcoming European Championship in Portugal.

Coach Karen Burton and her squad are in Slovenia to play some warm-up games against a team who will also be competing in Portugal next month, albeit in a different first round group.

The hosts jumped out early on Thursday with a 40-17 halftime lead and never looked in danger of losing.

England coach Burton said after the game:

"I felt the team went into the game a bit complacent which resulted in the half time score

We regrouped after the half and played better team basketball. Key players underperformed but [Savannah] Wilkinson had a great game with 23 points.

Im looking forward to today's game and hoping for a better performance and we will only do that if we take care of the basketball."

Jenelle Grant (8 points) and Amelia Stevens (182-PF-97) (6 points) followed Wilkinson in the scoring charts for England.

England will face Slovenia again today, after which coach Burton will make the final selection for the 2013 European Championship.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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  SPAIN   


U20 European Championship: Spain defeat Greece to stay perfect in turkey - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Greece U20 75:49

Spain claimed the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Greece to finish the preliminary round perfect on top of Group B. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) topscored for Spain once again with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Spain reeled off to a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second term. Spain ensured a 34:28 halftime lead. They quickly boosted the gap to double figures in the third term. The Hellenes could not recover as they trailed by 13 points heading into the final period. Spain went on a 23:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 12 points, while Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) delivered 10 points for the winners. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) netted 12 points and grabbed 11 boards in the losing case.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 20, Inmaculada Zanoguera 12, Elena De Alfredo 10
Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 13+10 boards, Styliani Fouraki 12+11 boards



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  SWEDEN   


U20 European Championship: Sweden prevail against Germany - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Germany U20 74:65

Sweden claimed the second win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame German counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. The victory allowed the Scandinavian team reach the Second Stage of the tournament. Germany also qualified for the next stage from the third position in the group.
Sweden snatched a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany however erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 31-all at halftime. Sweden went on a decisive run in the third period. They sparked with a 10:2 run to gain a 41:33 lead. Later Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) organized a 14:2 rally from the Scandinavian side as they built a 57:42 advantage before the fourth period. Germany were able to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth frame. But Nystrom hit four free throws and Sweden ran away to a comfortable win at the end. Elin Gustavsson chipped in 18 points for Sweden. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 14 points for the winners. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 19 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Elin Gustavsson 18, Josefin Vesterberg 14, Linnea Frykbo (170-SG-94) 13
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 19, Carla Bellscheidt 12



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  TURKEY   


U20 European Championship: Turkey handle Lithuania for third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Lithuania U20 81:44

Turkey kept their record perfect at the home U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to win preliminary Group D. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) provided 12 points to lead the effort. Lithuania fell at 0-3 record after the loss and would fight against relegation.
Turkey surged ahead early in the game. They accumulated a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The hosts eased to a 42:26 halftime lead. Turkey kept their Baltic opponents at bay throughout the third ter. The home team gained a massive 25-point cushion before the fourth period. They held Lithuania to just 6 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) netted 11 points, while Busra Akgun (183-SF-93) and Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) added 10 points each for the winners. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 18 points for Lithuania. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) netted 8 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Pelin Bilgic 12, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 11, Busra Akgun 10, Tilbe Senyurek 10
Lithuania U20: Ieva Kazlauskaite 18, Laura Zelnyte 8



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  UKRAINE   


U20 European Championship: Serbia eliminate Ukraine from title race - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Ukraine U20 73:61

Serbia celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine to finish at 2-1 record in Group A. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round.
Serbia surged ahead right from the start. They held Ukraine to 9 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They recorded a 34:22 halftime advantage. Serbia did not allow Ukraine to get any closer throughout the third term. The Balkan team headed into the final stanza up by 19 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) added 20 points, while Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) had 7 points for the winners. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) responded with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 21, Aleksandra Stanacev 20, Kristina Topuzovic 7
Ukraine U20: Miriam Uro-Nilie 22, Oleksandra Chek 21+10 boards



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


U16 Women beaten by Slovenia in warm-up game - by Eurobasket News

Englands U16 Women were defeated by Slovenia 70-43 on Thursday as they continue to prepare for their upcoming European Championship in Portugal.

Coach Karen Burton and her squad are in Slovenia to play some warm-up games against a team who will also be competing in Portugal next month, albeit in a different first round group.

The hosts jumped out early on Thursday with a 40-17 halftime lead and never looked in danger of losing.

England coach Burton said after the game:

"I felt the team went into the game a bit complacent which resulted in the half time score

We regrouped after the half and played better team basketball. Key players underperformed but [Savannah] Wilkinson had a great game with 23 points.

Im looking forward to today's game and hoping for a better performance and we will only do that if we take care of the basketball."

Jenelle Grant (8 points) and Amelia Stevens (182-PF-97) (6 points) followed Wilkinson in the scoring charts for England.

England will face Slovenia again today, after which coach Burton will make the final selection for the 2013 European Championship.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jul. 4: L.Angeles S. - New York L. 97-89
Jul. 6: L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS 93-66
Jul. 6: Indiana F. - Connecticut S. 78-66
Jul. 6: Washington M. - Seattle S. 62-59
Jul. 7: New York L. - Chicago S.
Jul. 7: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M.