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  ANDORRA   



U16 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar edge Andorra to claim title - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16 - Andorra U16 53:39

Gibraltar claimed the U16 European Championship Division C title. They knocked down Andorra today to finish the tournament undefeated. It was a historic first success for Gibraltar in the tournament.
Gibraltar registered a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. They kept Andorra at distance throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 25:19 halftime advantage. Gibraltar held Andorra to 5 points in the third term to boost their lead. The home side entered the final ten minutes leading by 13 points. Gibraltar outscored Andorra in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) produced 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) finished with 15 points, while Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) added 10 in the victory. Roger Valero (190-F-97) answered with 11 points for Andorra. Prieto had 3 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 15+12 boards, Timothy Fava 15, Nicholas Lopez 10
Andorra U16: Roger Valero 11, Sergi Aranda (185-G-97) 8, Pol Saenz (172-G-97) 8



U16 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar edge Andorra to claim title - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16 - Andorra U16 53:39

Gibraltar claimed the U16 European Championship Division C title. They knocked down Andorra today to finish the tournament undefeated. It was a historic first success for Gibraltar in the tournament.
Gibraltar registered a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. They kept Andorra at distance throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 25:19 halftime advantage. Gibraltar held Andorra to 5 points in the third term to boost their lead. The home side entered the final ten minutes leading by 13 points. Gibraltar outscored Andorra in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) produced 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) finished with 15 points, while Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) added 10 in the victory. Roger Valero (190-F-97) answered with 11 points for Andorra. Prieto had 3 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 15+12 boards, Timothy Fava 15, Nicholas Lopez 10
Andorra U16: Roger Valero 11, Sergi Aranda (185-G-97) 8, Pol Saenz (172-G-97) 8



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  ARGENTINA   


Stankovic Cup: Argentina claim third straight win in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Argentina 58:66

Argentina earned the third straight win at the Second Stage of Stankovic Cup played in Guangzhou. They fired past China for 3-0 record. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) nailed 13 points to lead the charge. The teams will now meet in the Final of the tournament on Tuesday.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15-all at the end of the first period. Argentina boosted the gap in the second frame. The Latin American team stretched the margin at 8-point mark at the interval 28:36. China narrowed the gap in the third term. The hosts got within three points before the fourth period. But Argentina limited China to 11 points in the final ten minutes and escaped with the victory. Juan Manuel Torres (210-C-84) netted 10 points, while Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) had 9 points for the winners. Zhou Peng (210-F-89) answered with 11 points for China. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

China: Zhou Peng 11, Wang Zhelin 10
Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 13, Juan Manuel Torres 10, Adrian Boccia 9



Milwaukee Bucks agrees with Argentinian Carlos Delfino - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks agrees with Argentinian Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82). Both sides agreed on two-year deal with an option for a third year that would increase the total amount to $10 million.
Carlos Delfino played last time at Houston Rockets. It is actually his comeback to the Bucks as he played here before. In 72 NBA games he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg last season.
The previous season he played at the Bucks. In 54 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg that season.In 2003 Delfino was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (25th overall).
Among other achievements he played in the final of Russian A Superleague in 2009. Delfino received also Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention award in 2012.
He was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Delfino played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001. He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Delfino's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 65.2%.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 12-2 
 2. Ringwood H. 11-4 
 3. Waverley F. 11-4 
 4. Corio Bay S. 11-4 
 5. Diamond V.E. 8-5 
 6. Eltham W. 7-8 
 7. Werribee 5-10 
 8. Hume City 3-12 
 9. Sherbrooke S. 3-12 
 10. Melbourne 2-12 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 11-2 
 2. Woodville W. 10-3 
 3. Forestville E. 8-5 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 8-5 
 5. C.District L. 8-5 
 6. Southern T. 7-6 
 7. Sturt S. 7-6 
 8. Norwood F. 5-8 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 1-12 
 10. Eastern M. 0-13 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 9-1 
 2. Cairns M. 8-2 
 3. Northside W. 7-2 
 4. Brisbane C. 6-3 
 5. Townsville H. 6-4 
 6. Mackay M. 6-4 
 7. Gladstone P. 6-5 
 8. Gold Coast R. 3-6 
 9. Toowoomba 3-7 
 10. Ipswich F. 3-7 
 11. Suncoast 2-5 
 12. Bundaberg B. 2-8 
 13. SW Metro P. 1-8 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 19-3 
 2. Geraldton B. 15-7 
 3. Perry Lakes H. 14-6 
 4. Perth R. 13-9 
 5. East Perth E. 12-10 
 6. Wanneroo W. 12-10 
 7. Mandurah M. 12-10 
 8. SW Slammers 11-10 
 9. Willetton T. 10-12 
 10. Rockingham F. 9-13 
 11. Cockburn C. 9-13 
 12. Stirling S. 8-13 
 13. Goldfield G. 5-17 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 3-19 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 17-3 
 2. Geelong S. 16-4 
 3. Dandenong R. 9-9 
 4. Frankston B. 9-12 
 5. Brisbane S. 8-11 
 6. Sandringham S. 8-11 
 7. Canberra G. 8-13 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 14-5 
 2. Nunawading S. 12-8 
 3. Hobart C. 12-8 
 4. NW Tasmania 9-11 
 5. Kilsyth C. 9-11 
 6. Albury W.B. 6-14 
 7. Ballarat M. 6-14 
 8. Knox R. 6-15 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 15-2 
 2. Sydney C. 13-3 
 3. Norths Bears 12-5 
 4. Hornsby S. 11-6 
 5. Cent.Coast C. 10-6 
 6. Colonial Hotel 8-8 
 7. Hills H. 8-9 
 8. Bankstown B. 7-7 
 9. Newcastle H. 7-9 
 10. Illawarra H. 6-9 
 11. Parramatta W. 5-11 
 12. Sutherland S. 2-15 
 13. Maitland M. 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

BIG V

Jul. 7: Werribee D. - Diamond V.E. 99-104
Jul. 6: Eltham W. - Melbourne T. 82-81
Jul. 6: Sherbrooke S. - Corio Bay S. 70-98
Jul. 6: Hume City - Ringwood H. 65-101
Jul. 6: Bulleen B. - Waverley F. 105-114

Central ABL

Jul. 6: C.District L. - Eastern M. 94-93
Jul. 6: W.Adelaide B. - Woodville W. 84-72
Jul. 6: Sturt S. - Forestville E. 84-71
Jul. 6: N.Adelaide R. - Norwood F. 77-69
Jul. 6: S.Adelaide P. - Southern T. 54-69

QBL

Jul. 6: Rockhampton - Gladstone P. 91-85
Jul. 6: Northside W. - Cairns M. 90-85
Jul. 5: Brisbane C. - Cairns M. 81-96
Jul. 6: Suncoast C. - Townsville H. 80-87
Jul. 5: Bundaberg B. - Townsville H. 68-96
Jul. 6: SW Metro P. - Gold Coast R. 57-80
Jul. 6: Toowoomba M. - Ipswich F. 109-72

SBL

Jul. 6: Goldfield G. - SW Slammers 96-113
Jul. 5: Willetton T. - Stirling S. 95-100
Jul. 6: Cockburn C. - Rockingham F. 86-103
Jul. 5: Mandurah M. - Lakeside L. 79-99
Jul. 6: Wanneroo W. - Mandurah M. 122-110
Jul. 6: Perry Lakes H. - Willetton T. 118-94
Jul. 6: Perth R. - Kalamunda E.S. 113-90
Jul. 6: Geraldton B. - East Perth E. 102-79

SEABL

Jul. 5: Brisbane S. - Canberra G. 99-79
Jul. 6: Sandringham S. - Kilsyth C. 89-79
Jul. 6: NW Tasmania - Dandenong R. 89-74
Jul. 7: Kilsyth C. - Canberra G. 87-64
Jul. 5: Mt Gambier - Bendigo B. 86-89
Jul. 6: Geelong S. - Frankston B. 86-84
Jul. 5: Albury W.B. - Nunawading S. 82-90
Jul. 4: Frankston B. - Knox R. 78-67
Jul. 5: Hobart C. - Dandenong R. 75-86
Jul. 6: Knox R. - Ballarat M. 106-92
Jul. 7: Nunawading S. - Geelong S. 100-86

WARATAH

Jul. 5: Newcastle H. - Cent.Coast C.
Jul. 6: Sydney C. - Hills H.
Jul. 6: Bankstown B. - Colonial Hotel
Jul. 6: Parramatta W. - Cent.Coast C.
Jul. 6: Maitland M. - Illawarra H.
Jul. 6: Sutherland S. - Norths Bears
Jul. 7: Bankstown B. - Maitland M.
Jul. 7: Newcastle H. - Illawarra H.
Jul. 7: Hornsby S. - Manly Warr.


SBL: Redbacks, Slammers make move (Week 17 Men's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

THE Perth Redbacks took advantage of East Perth's recent slide to take fourth spot in the men's SBL competition while South West replaced Willetton in the eight and Perry Lakes continue to fight over second spot with Geraldton.

The two matches on Friday night to start off the Week 17 action saw the Lakeside Lightning beat the Mandurah Magic 99-79 at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre with the Stirling Senators upsetting the Willetton Tigers with a 100-95 win at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

Lakeside's 20-point win over the Magic on Friday saw the Lightning win their third straight match while improving to a 19-3 record on the season and remain four games clear on top of the standings.

Stirling might still be in 12th spot with an 8-14 record but did well to knock off the Tigers by five points on Saturday to send Willetton bundling out of the top-eight.

Then on Saturday night, the Geraldton Buccaneers beat the East Perth Eagles 102-79 at Active West Stadium, the South West Slammers travelled to Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium and beat the Goldfields Giants 113-96 and the Perth Redbacks downed the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 113-90 at Belmont Oasis.

The Wanneroo Wolves also downed the Mandurah Magic 122-110 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium, the Perry Lakes Hawks won big 118-94 over the Willetton Tigers at the WA Basketball Centre with the Rockingham Flames knocking off the Cockburn Cougars 103-86 at Wally Hagan Stadium.

The Buccaneers continued their hot form on Saturday beating the fifth-placed Eagles by 23 points at home to improve to a 15-7 record after six straight victories now to keep the pressure right on the second-placed Hawks.

Meanwhile, the Eagles up and down form continued now having lost four of their last five games to hold a 12-10 record in fifth position.

The Slammers took Willetton's spot in the top-eight with a 17-point win over the struggling Giants on Saturday. South West now holds an 11-10 record to sit in eighth spot while Goldfields have lost nine games on the trot to have just a 5-17 record.

The Redbacks took care of business at home beating the Suns by 23 points to improve to a 13-9 record and sit in fourth position in the standings.

Wanneroo maintained sixth position on the table with a 12-point win over the Magic at home with Mandurah losing twice over the weekend to slip to a 12-10 record and slip down to seventh spot.

The Hawks held out Geraldton from taking their second spot with a 24-point win over Willetton with the Tigers losing both games on the weekend on their way to a five-game losing run to slip to ninth spot.

The Flames then ended defending champion Cockburn's impressive recent form with a dominant 17-point win on the road. Rockingham is still out of the playoff hunt at 9-13 but the Cougars will now find it tough at 9-13 as well.

Friday's standout individual performances included Ben Beran with 30 points and nine rebounds for the Lightning against the Magic and Taylor Mullenax did all he could for Mandurah with 32 points and 12 rebounds.

Cory Cooperwood (201-F-88, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wright St.) was terrific for the Senators with 25 points, 16 rebounds and six assists against the Tigers and Quinn McDowell (198-G/F, college: William & Mary) did all he could for Willetton with 38 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 15-of-25 from the field, and 3-of-4 from long range.

Then on Saturday night, Aaron Ralph led the way for Geraldton with 33 points and nine rebounds against East Perth.

Jamahr Warren led the way for the Slammers against Goldfields with 30 points and five assists and Ty Harrelson 13 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.

Miles Tierney did all he could for the Giants with 24 points on the back of 8-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.

Michael Vigor top-scored for the Redbacks with 24 points to go with 10 rebounds with Bennie Lewis adding 23 points against the Suns.

Luke Nevill was again a monster down low for the Suns with 32 points to go with 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals.

Trian Iliadis finished with 27 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Wolves against the Magic with Damian Matacz adding 26 points.

Rhett Della Maddalena had 29 points for Mandurah with Aaron Trahair hitting 28 points, Taylor Mullenax 22 and Taylor Land 17 to go with seven assists.

Ben Purser led the way for the Hawks against Willetton with 31 points while Adrian Majstrovich added 24 points and Corey Easley 23.

Brandon Adams hit 26 points to go with 12 boards for the Tigers with Quinn McDowell adding 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Cooper Land had 27 points for the Flames and Ryan Godfrey 20 against the Cougars. Brian Carlwell had 18 points and 28 rebounds for Cockburn.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



U19 World Championship: Lithuania clinched Bronze in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Lithuania U19 100:106 OT

Lithuania clinched Bronze in Prague after an overtime thriller against Australia. The 2011 Champions grabbed a 106:100 win in the game for the third place.
The game was close in the first quarter with Lithuania only able to open a five-point lead and the Europeans were up 21-18 after one quarter. Lithuania added 21-16 in the second frame and led 8 points at the halftime. Australia however erupted with 28-14 burst in the third period and took 6-point lead after 30 minutes. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) deadlocked the teams at 85:85 at regulation. In overtime Lithuania posted a 21-15 surge to win the game.
Tomas Dimsa top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) added 17. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) brought 16, whilst Simas Raupys (195-SF-94) and Martin Geben (206-C-94) scored 12 each. Dante Exum ended up with 28 points in the losing effort and Dane Pineau (203-F-94) collected massive 20 points and 17 rebounds. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) notched 16 and Anthony Fisher (191-G-94) chipped in with 14.

Australia U19: Dante Exum 28, Dane Pineau 20+17 rebs, Felix Kalau Van Hofe 16, Anthony Fisher 14
Lithuania U19: Tomas Dimsa 19, Marius Grigonis 17, Lukas Lekavicius 16, Simas Raupys 12, Martin Geben 12



2013 University Games: Australia leave no chance for Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic Australia 57:85

Australia leave no chance for Czech Republic at the Men's Preliminary Round Group C of the 27th Summer Universiade. Australia grabbed 85:57 win in their first game in Kazan.
Australia opened the game with 21-11 lead, but could not dominate the half. The European side replied with 21-15 rally in the second frame and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game when Australia erupted with a 35-11 surge and never looked behind. Both teams managed to add 14 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) and Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Cody Ellis (203-F-90) added 14. Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) followed them with 12 points. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Viktor Cvek (200-C-89) notched 8. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89), Tomas Voslajer (211-C-90) and Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90) delivered 7 points each in a loss.

Czech Republic: Adam Ciz 14, Viktor Cvek 8, Jiri Slavik 7, Tomas Voslajer 7, Jakub Krakovic 7
Australia: Todd Blanchfield 15, Clint Steindl 15, Cody Ellis 14, Mitchell Young 12



Big V: Melton in Pole Position, Top Spot in Sight - by Eurobasket News

MELTON has been the form team for two months in Big V Basketball Division 2, but it didnt reach the top of the table until its 78-59 win against Maccabi on Sunday.

At long last, the title contenders hold pole position in the league as an 11-game winning streak for the Breds rolls on.

After battling so long to make it to first, Melton (11-4) now has the chance to consolidate and very nearly seal top place when it takes on Keilor Thunder (second, 10-4) this weekend.

After losing four straight to start the year, the Breds have looked a class above in climbing to the top.

With Keilor beating Packenham (10-5) on Saturday, the door was open and the Breds stormed through with a 47-23 first half at Bialik College on Sunday.

Perimeter shooting was particularly good, with Paul Ross and Jeff Crowe deadly from three-point range.

The second half become a bit more of a slog for Melton, with points 1-50 coming with far less effort expended than points 51-78.

But Maccabi never drew within double figures and most of the tension created was from Meltons own frustration at a lack of offensive execution rather than any perceived danger of a comeback.

Crowe and Ross ended with 13 points each, while Cameron McCallum had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Grant Spencer has overseen the winning streak after stepping in for Aaron Christian at late notice. The bond between coach and players is obvious now compared to the settling-in period earlier in the campaign.

The guys are getting used to me, theyre getting used to the system I run and just gaining some momentum and continuity, Spencer said.

Ive got some talented guys and just need to work out who our shooters are, our go-to guys, our defenders, and make sure weve got the right combinations on the floor.

To go 11 straight for pretty much two months without a loss is an amazing effort and we need to just keep going from here.

The boys have created momentum from good training habits. We have no particular person who domiantes our team, so for teams at this division 2 level to contain us on the defensive end is hard work for them.

Depth of the bench has been an asset for Melton, with Henry Kuo, Maverick Clissold and Shane Moroney all used sparingly on Sunday as the match-day roster of 10 all got double-figure minutes.

My guys on the bench must do something good when they come on, Spencer said. To set the tone for them individually and for the team. If you do a good thing then youll keep doing good things. There havent been games where weve played as poorly as we did today for a half. Maybe three or four minutes here and there, but not a whole half. So the guys have got to be up and ready; no complacency.

Melton plays Keilor Thunder from 8pm on Saturday at Melton Indoor Recreation Centre.

The youth league 2 men are the curtain raiser, tipping off at 6pm against Camberwell Dragons.

The youth team beat Southern Peninsula 75-65 on Sunday to maintain its top-four place with an 11-and-four record.

Melton Weekly

By Teo Pellizzeri

Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



SBL: BOQ Redbacks double-win over Suns - by Eurobasket News

The Bank of Queensland Mens State Basketball League team had a strong 113 to 90 win over the 14th-placed Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

This sees them move from fifth to fourth-place in the 14-team competition with 13 wins and nine losses.

Power-forward Michael Vigor (205-F/C-90) top-scored for the Redbacks with 24 along with 10 rebounds.

Point-guard Joel Wagner (181-G-87) had 11 points, eight assists and four rebounds while swing-man Bennie Lewis scored 23 and had seven rebounds and four assists.

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks Womens State Basketball League team withheld a late comeback from the fifth-placed Kalamunda Eastern Suns to win 62 to 57.

They are now in ninth-place in the 12-team competition with eight wins and 11 losses.

Redbacks centre Marita Payne again dominated with a game-high 19 along with 20 rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists.

Forward Jess Jakens scored eight and had nine rebounds while shooting guard Stephanie Sauter also had eight along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The unexpected win over the Suns keeps alive the Redbacks womens chances of making a top-eight playoff spot with their now just being two games behind the eighth-placed South-West Slammers with just three games remaining.

The outcome of the Bank of Queensland Redbacks Womens team home-game this Saturday against the Slammers at the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre will therefore determine whether they retain any chance of making a play-off spot.

Tip-off for the womens game is at 6PM while the mens game, also between the Redbacks and the Slammers tips off at 8PM.

Article courtesy of Redbacks' Media
Courtesy of:http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Gmunden Swans add Jonathan Lee - by Stefan Prager

The Allianz Swans Gmunden added guard Jonathan Lee (188-PG-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) for the upcoming season. Lee is the replacement for Josh Brown whose contract was not extended. The 23 year old played 3 years of NCAA Division I basketball at Northeastern University. Last season he averaged 14.5ppg along with 3.8 rpg and 3.5 apg while shooting 46.3& from the field. Lee had pre draft workouts with the Boston Celtics this summer. He made it to CAA Conferende tournament team last season.


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HAIL THE CHAMPS! - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA returned to the summit of Bahrain basketball last night after an agonising six-year absence.

Arguably the most successful team in the game nationally, the boys in blue were yesterday crowned champions of this year's Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

They clinched their crown after defeating arch-rivals Muharraq 67-64 in a tightly contested, see-saw affair at a jam-packed Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. The result closed out the best-of-five championship series 3-1, and it secured Manama's capture of a superb league-and-cup double this season.

Manama, coached by Tony Vujanic of Serbia, claimed the 17th league title overall and first since 2006. It was a fitting ending to their storybook run, as they dethroned the defending champions in a gruelling and massively exciting match-up.

"We are all very happy," Manama's Senegalese professional and former NBA player Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) told the GDN after the game.

"The team has been waiting six seasons to get to this point, and to finally be here after fighting so hard to achieve our goal is very rewarding."

Manama court general Mohammed Hussain added: "It's great to be the league champions again after so long. We have won the cup a few times these past years, but getting the league title is always extra special.

"We thank all our supporters and everyone who loves Manama basketball for helping inspire us to fulfill our dreams."

Mohammed Hassan poured in a game-high 24 points while Hussain added 21 as they spearheaded Manama to the victory.

Hassan, who was a Muharraq star before moving to Manama, torched his old team by scoring the go-ahead basket that gave his side a 66-64 lead with only a half-minute remaining.

Muharraq's Ahmed Al Derazi then missed a game-tying attempt on the other end, and Hussain grabbed the rebound and was fouled with just 10.6 seconds to go.

Hussain made one of two free-throws, but Muharraq did not call a timeout after the missed second shot, and veteran big man Ahmed Malallah was forced to rush the ball down the length of the court and take a desperation three-pointer from well beyond the arc with the hopes of forcing overtime. His shot was well off, however, and even though Muharraq regained possession with 0.1 seconds remaining, it was too little too late and the result was already decided.

Sow added 13 points for Manama, while Ahmed Abdulaziz had five and Hassan Nairouz four. Manama were able to take down last year's champions despite missing the services of inspirational frontcourt tandem Mohammed Qurban and Ahmed Al Mutawa for the entire finals.

Muharraq's naturalised Bahraini big man Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) scored 22 points to lead his team in yesterday's loss. Al Derazi finished with 18, while Bader Abdulla Malabes contributed 15 points and Malallah six.

"We knew from the start that we were going to win the league and the cup this year," Sow said. "It was all about our team believing in ourselves and fighting through the obstacles.

"Thank God we were able to do it and this victory is for our fans, who have supported us from day one."

Manama Club chairman Zuhair Kazerooni and team captain Mahmood Ghuloom received the league trophy from Bahrain Basketball Association president Adel Al Asoomi during last night's awarding ceremony. Bahrain Olympic Committee acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar was also on hand, along with Zain Bahrain public relations specialist Ghazi Radhi and other officials.

Manama led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter after Abdulaziz scored with a driving lay-up. Malabes then made a fine fade-away jumper that helped Muharraq take a 26-24 lead into the locker rooms after a low-scoring first half.

Six straight points from Chester Giles then put Muharraq ahead 36-30 in the third, and Muharraq later took a 48-44 lead into the final canto.

Malallah's second triple of the game then made it 51-44 for Muharraq with around seven minutes remaining, but then American head coach Charlie Parker chose to rest Chester Giles momentarily as he had four fouls.

Manama then roared back with a 10-0 run capped by a Hassan three-pointer with Chester Giles on the bench.

But while Muharraq would answer, it was clear that Manama had regained the momentum and their players came up biggest in the end.

Two Al Derazi free-throws tied the game for the last time at 64-all with 48.9 seconds remaining. That paved the way for the late heroics from Manama's Hassan and Hussain.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com



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

Brussels Basketball has revealed its new logo (not displayed on the Ethias League web site but to appear soon): see http://basketball.eurobasket.com/team/Brussels_Basketball/1370?team=1370.

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



Valencia Basket landed Belgian Sam Van Rossom - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket landed Belgian Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) for the next season. Moreover the Spanish side locked the player until year 2016.
He played last time at CAI Zaragoza. In 40 games he had 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2011-2012 for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five) his stats read 6.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 68.4% The list of the past achievements is quite long as Van Rossom was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2007 and 2009. He also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 47.2%, FT: 90.0%.
Van Rossom has played previously professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and VL Pesaro) and Belgium (Base Oostende, Belfius Mons-Hainaut and De Pinte).



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  BOSNIA   


Bosnians at FIBA U19 World championships recap! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnians at FIBA U19 World championships recap!

Bosnians who play for Serbia and Croatia represented well, not only the countries they played for but the country of their birth Bosnia and Herzigovina. Croatia and Serbia both played very well and both squads had Bosnians in key roles for the team. Serbia played very well and ended up losing the championship game to USA 68-82.

Stefan Pot: Stefan Pot had a couple of solid games against Brazil and Russia but struggled overall shooting the ball. Stefan displays a solid all-around game but struggles shooting and is a very raw prospect overall. He digressed as the tournament went on and looked like the grinding tournament that lasts three weeks wore on him. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back and plays next season.

Doko Salic: Once a highly regarded prospect he looks like a player who peaked early in his career. As advances his glaring weaknesses become even more pronounced, his lack of defense, ball handling, shot blocking and he is a black hole when he gets the ball. It seems likely that Doko will never blossom into a star but should be a solid pro for years to come.

Ivan Bender: Ivan was solid early but got injured and the team missed his contributions to the team. A solid shooter with good post skills Bender averaged 10ppg and over 5rbpg in the first three games he played.

Valentin Jurkovic: He has size but barely played and didnt display much when given a chance on the court.

Domagoj Bosnjak: A talented player with size he struggled in his shooting from the outside. He was an important rotation player who helped Croatia and played very well against Spain. It will be interesting to see how the 198cm point guard develops over time.




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  BRAZIL   


2013 University Games: Five players scored in double figures as Brazil rout China - by Eurobasket News

Brazil- China 107:65

Five players scored in double figures as Brazil rout China at their start of the 27th Summer Universiade. Brazil destroyed China 107:65 for the first victory in Group D.
Brazil opened the game with a confident 24:17 lead and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. The team from Latin America added 26-15 rally in the second quarter and enjoyed a 50:32 halftime advantage. Moreover Brazil won the third period 26-16 and finished the game with 31-17 burst.
Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 16. Joao Bernardi (F-90) brought 15, DALLA BARBA Matheus added 13 and ALVES MAIA Rafael Donatti chipped in with 10. CUI Jinming replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Lian Liu (200-F-91) scored 13. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) poured in 9 and WEI Meng nailed 8.

Brazil: Lucas Mariano 18, Cristiano Felicio 16, Joao Bernardi 15, DALLA BARBA Matheus 13, ALVES MAIA Rafael Donatti 10
China: CUI Jinming 22, Lian Liu 13, Dai Huaibo 9, WEI Meng 8



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: Spain edge Canada to clinch 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Canada U19 72:68

Spain earned the fifth place at the U19 World Championship. They ended their campaign with a narrow win over Canada today. Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) stepped up with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the European team.
Spain ran to a 14:8 lead after ten minutes of action. The tempo increased in the second frame. Spain accounted for a 39:26 halftime lead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the third term. The European team arrived at the final break up by 14 points. Canada went on a strong rally in the fourth frame to cut the deficit at 5-point mark with under four minutes to go. But Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) converted a three-point play to keep Spain comfortably in front. Canada got within three points but Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) and Brizuela sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Spain. Guillermo Hernangomez chipped in 15 points, while Edgar Vicedo added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) answered with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Canada. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Juan Saiz 18+11 boards, Guillermo Hernangomez 15, Edgar Vicedo 12
Canada U19: Trey Lyles 25+17 boards, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 12



2013 University Games: Brady Heslip leads Canada past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Sweden 84:69

Canada marched to the first win at the 2013 World Universiade. They knocked down Sweden in Group C opener. Brady Heslip (188-G-90) nailed 22 points to lead the North American side.
Canada started the game with an aggressive defense. They held Sweden to 10 points in the first frame. Canada gained a 9-point lead at the first break. The North American team stayed in charge throughout the second period. They registered a 43:25 halftime lead. The Scandinavian team picked up the tempo in the third term. Sweden fire 26 points to cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the final break. But Canada sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Dwight Powell (208-F-91) chipped in 16 points and grabbed 9 boards, Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Sweden. Odin Lindell (205-C-90) netted 10 points in the loss.

Canada: Brady Heslip 22, Dwight Powell 16, Kevin Pangos 12
Sweden: Chris Czerapowicz 20, Odin Lindell 10



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  CHINA   


Stankovic Cup: Argentina claim third straight win in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Argentina 58:66

Argentina earned the third straight win at the Second Stage of Stankovic Cup played in Guangzhou. They fired past China for 3-0 record. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) nailed 13 points to lead the charge. The teams will now meet in the Final of the tournament on Tuesday.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15-all at the end of the first period. Argentina boosted the gap in the second frame. The Latin American team stretched the margin at 8-point mark at the interval 28:36. China narrowed the gap in the third term. The hosts got within three points before the fourth period. But Argentina limited China to 11 points in the final ten minutes and escaped with the victory. Juan Manuel Torres (210-C-84) netted 10 points, while Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) had 9 points for the winners. Zhou Peng (210-F-89) answered with 11 points for China. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

China: Zhou Peng 11, Wang Zhelin 10
Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 13, Juan Manuel Torres 10, Adrian Boccia 9



U19 World Championship: China beat Croatia to finish 7th in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19-China U19 80:94

China beat Croatia to finish 7th in Prague at the U19 World Championship. The Asian side jumped a step higher after a 94:80 victory. The European side ended up on the 8th spot.
China looked outstanding in the first period and grabbed a 28-14 surge. Moreover the game was done at the halftime when China added 22-12 burst before the break. China also won the third period 25:20 and did not mind a 19-34 loss in the last stanza.
Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) erupted with 33 points for the winners and Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) netted 23. Heng YiFeng (194-F-95) poured in 8, while Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) had 7. MustapicJakov ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Marin Maric (208-C-94) scored 18. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) brought 12, whilst Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) and Lovro Demo (198-SG-94) had 7 each.

Croatia U19: Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) 24, Marin Maric 18, Tomislav Gabric 12, Domagoj Bosnjak 7, Lovro Demo 7
China U19: Gao Shang 33, Yuan Shuai 23, Heng YiFeng 8, Zhao JiWei 7



2013 University Games: Five players scored in double figures as Brazil rout China - by Eurobasket News

Brazil- China 107:65

Five players scored in double figures as Brazil rout China at their start of the 27th Summer Universiade. Brazil destroyed China 107:65 for the first victory in Group D.
Brazil opened the game with a confident 24:17 lead and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. The team from Latin America added 26-15 rally in the second quarter and enjoyed a 50:32 halftime advantage. Moreover Brazil won the third period 26-16 and finished the game with 31-17 burst.
Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 16. Joao Bernardi (F-90) brought 15, DALLA BARBA Matheus added 13 and ALVES MAIA Rafael Donatti chipped in with 10. CUI Jinming replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Lian Liu (200-F-91) scored 13. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) poured in 9 and WEI Meng nailed 8.

Brazil: Lucas Mariano 18, Cristiano Felicio 16, Joao Bernardi 15, DALLA BARBA Matheus 13, ALVES MAIA Rafael Donatti 10
China: CUI Jinming 22, Lian Liu 13, Dai Huaibo 9, WEI Meng 8



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  CROATIA   


U19 World Championship: China beat Croatia to finish 7th in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19-China U19 80:94

China beat Croatia to finish 7th in Prague at the U19 World Championship. The Asian side jumped a step higher after a 94:80 victory. The European side ended up on the 8th spot.
China looked outstanding in the first period and grabbed a 28-14 surge. Moreover the game was done at the halftime when China added 22-12 burst before the break. China also won the third period 25:20 and did not mind a 19-34 loss in the last stanza.
Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) erupted with 33 points for the winners and Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) netted 23. Heng YiFeng (194-F-95) poured in 8, while Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) had 7. MustapicJakov ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Marin Maric (208-C-94) scored 18. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) brought 12, whilst Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) and Lovro Demo (198-SG-94) had 7 each.

Croatia U19: Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) 24, Marin Maric 18, Tomislav Gabric 12, Domagoj Bosnjak 7, Lovro Demo 7
China U19: Gao Shang 33, Yuan Shuai 23, Heng YiFeng 8, Zhao JiWei 7



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


2013 University Games: Australia leave no chance for Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic Australia 57:85

Australia leave no chance for Czech Republic at the Men's Preliminary Round Group C of the 27th Summer Universiade. Australia grabbed 85:57 win in their first game in Kazan.
Australia opened the game with 21-11 lead, but could not dominate the half. The European side replied with 21-15 rally in the second frame and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game when Australia erupted with a 35-11 surge and never looked behind. Both teams managed to add 14 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) and Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Cody Ellis (203-F-90) added 14. Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) followed them with 12 points. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Viktor Cvek (200-C-89) notched 8. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89), Tomas Voslajer (211-C-90) and Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90) delivered 7 points each in a loss.

Czech Republic: Adam Ciz 14, Viktor Cvek 8, Jiri Slavik 7, Tomas Voslajer 7, Jakub Krakovic 7
Australia: Todd Blanchfield 15, Clint Steindl 15, Cody Ellis 14, Mitchell Young 12



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  EGYPT   


William Jones Cup: Egypt thump Jordan to open win count - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Jordan 89:65

Egypt recorded the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan for 1-1 record. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) came up with 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Jordan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Egypt raced to a 25:13 lead after the opening quarter. Jordan slowed the African team in the second period. The Asian team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the interval 37:26. But Egypt were back in the drivers seat in the third term. They triggered a 24:13 run to open a 20-point advantage before the fourth frame. Jordan conceded 28 points in the final period and had to yield at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) netted 18 points, while Mohamed Ellethi tossed in 15 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 19 points for Jordan. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Egypt: Haytham Kamal 23+15 boards, Sherif Gindy 18, Mohamed Ellethi 15
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 15



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  ESTONIA   


2013 University Games: Toomas Raadik leads Estonia past Germany - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Estonia 59:65 OT

Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) leads Estonia past Germany in Day 1 of the 2013 University Games. The Estonian player erupted with 36 points for a 65:59 overtime win.
Both teams scored only 9 points as Estonia took 6:3 lead at the end of the first period. They added 15-10 rally in the second frame and then even posted a 21-17 rally in the third period. Germany however needed a 23-11 surge to tie the game at the end of the fourth quarter. Only due to 12-6 in overtime, Estonia managed to grab the win in the opener.
Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) posted 12 points for the winners, while Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) and Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) added 7 each. Moenninghoff Mathis and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) replied with 11 points each in defeat, while Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) netted 9. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Germany: Moenninghoff Mathis 11, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11, Stefan Schmidt 9, Konstantin Klein 8
Estonia: Toomas Raadik 36, Kristjan Keres 12, Jaan Puidet 7, Madis Saarmets 7



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Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Antwerp 0-0 
 2. Den Bosch 0-0 
 3. Dijon 0-0 
 4. Tarvas 0-0 
Group B
 1. Atomeromu 0-0 
 2. Gaziantep 0-0 
 3. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 4. Oradea 0-0 
Group C
 1. Sodertalje 0-0 
 2. TU/Rock 0-0 
 3. Ventspils 0-0 
 4. Zepter Vienna 0-0 
Group D
 1. BC Kyiv 0-0 
 2. Gaz Metan 0-0 
 3. Kormend 0-0 
 4. Triumph 0-0 
Group E
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Grissin Bon RE 0-0 
 3. Groningen 0-0 
 4. KTP 0-0 
Group F
 1. Jaszberenyi 0-0 
 2. Krka 0-0 
 3. Tofas 0-0 
 4. Ural Ekaterinb. 0-0 
Group G
 1. Bakken 0-0 
 2. Cholet 0-0 
 3. Kataja 0-0 
 4. Leiden 0-0 
Group H
 1. Rilski Sportist 0-0 
 2. Szolnok 0-0 
 3. Targu Mures 0-0 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 



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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Budivelnyk 0-0 
 2. CSKA 0-0 
 3. FCB Regal 0-0 
 4. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 5. Nanterre 0-0 
 6. Partizan 0-0 
Group B
 1. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 2. Brose Bask. 0-0 
 3. EA7 Armani 0-0 
 4. Real Madrid 0-0 
 5. Strasbourg 0-0 
 6. Zalgiris 0-0 
Group C
 1. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 2. Galatasaray 0-0 
 3. Montepaschi 0-0 
 4. Olympiacos 0-0 
 5. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
 6. Unicaja 0-0 
Group D
 1. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 2. Laboral Kutxa 0-0 
 3. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 5. Panathinaikos 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Banvit BK 0-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 3. Cimberio VA 0-0 
 4. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 5. Khimky 0-0 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 7. Oostende 0-0 
 8. VEF Riga 0-0 

Qualifying Round: Round 1

Oct. 1: Cimberio VA - EWE Baskets
Oct. 1: Lietuvos rytas - VEF Riga
Oct. 1: CEZ Nymburk - Banvit BK
Oct. 1: Khimky - Oostende



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Div.C Standings

Standings
1. Gibraltar4-0
2. Scotland3-1
3. Andorra2-2
4. Wales1-3
5. San Marino.0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Jul. 7: SCO - SMR 83-44
Jul. 7: GIB - AND 53-39


Division C: Gibraltar earn the title with perfect record - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - San Marino U16 83:44
Scotland finished second at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down San Marino on the final day of the competition. Sam Stott (180-F-97) came up with 15 points and 10 boards to lead the winners.
Scotland were dominant right from the start. They opened a 28:10 lead after the opening quarter. Scotland limited their opponents to 8 points in the second period and gained a 45:18 halftime lead. Scotland kept San Marino at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 64:29 advantage before the fourth period. Scotland did not slow down and marched to the win in the fourth quarter. Liam Mackle (180-G-97) netted 14 points, while Ewan Lancaster (194-C-98), Jon Faulds (187-PF-97) and Ewan Laing (198-G-97) had 12 points each in the victory. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 12 points for San Marino. Nicola Narcisi (178-F-97) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Scotland U16: Sam Stott 15+10 boards, Liam Mackle 14, Ewan Lancaster 12, Jon Faulds 12, Ewan Laing 12
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 12, Nicola Narcisi 9

Gibraltar U16 - Andorra U16 53:39
Gibraltar claimed the U16 European Championship Division C title. They knocked down Andorra today to finish the tournament undefeated. It was a historic first success for Gibraltar in the tournament.
Gibraltar registered a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. They kept Andorra at distance throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 25:19 halftime advantage. Gibraltar held Andorra to 5 points in the third term to boost their lead. The home side entered the final ten minutes leading by 13 points. Gibraltar outscored Andorra in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) produced 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) finished with 15 points, while Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) added 10 in the victory. Roger Valero (190-F-97) answered with 11 points for Andorra. Prieto had 3 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 15+12 boards, Timothy Fava 15, Nicholas Lopez 10
Andorra U16: Roger Valero 11, Sergi Aranda (185-G-97) 8, Pol Saenz (172-G-97) 8



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Strasbourg IG keep Ricardo Greer - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG keep Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) for another season. He has played there for the last three seasons. In 37 ProA games he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
In 2001 Greer was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in third round (28th overall).
The former University of Pittsburgh standout is in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Greer won French ProA championship title in 2005 and 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Greer is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zadar), Ukraine, United Kingdom (London Towers) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Gravelines-Dunkerque, Sluc Nancy and STB Le Havre).



Sluc Nancy pens deal with Randal Falker - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy pens deal with Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) who played last time at Besiktas Istanbul in Turkey. In 11 games he averaged just 2.4ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Falker played at Cholet Basket. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 34 ProA games he had 6.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Falker also played 1 game in Euroleague where he recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 7.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg.
Among other achievements Falker's team won French Supercup in 2011. He received also All-MVC 1st Team award back in 2007 and 2008 at his college time.
He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2008 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.



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2013 University Games: Toomas Raadik leads Estonia past Germany - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Estonia 59:65 OT

Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) leads Estonia past Germany in Day 1 of the 2013 University Games. The Estonian player erupted with 36 points for a 65:59 overtime win.
Both teams scored only 9 points as Estonia took 6:3 lead at the end of the first period. They added 15-10 rally in the second frame and then even posted a 21-17 rally in the third period. Germany however needed a 23-11 surge to tie the game at the end of the fourth quarter. Only due to 12-6 in overtime, Estonia managed to grab the win in the opener.
Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) posted 12 points for the winners, while Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) and Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) added 7 each. Moenninghoff Mathis and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) replied with 11 points each in defeat, while Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) netted 9. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Germany: Moenninghoff Mathis 11, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11, Stefan Schmidt 9, Konstantin Klein 8
Estonia: Toomas Raadik 36, Kristjan Keres 12, Jaan Puidet 7, Madis Saarmets 7



Stephen Schubert offered second chance at Wolfenbuettel - by Moritz Korff

Stephen Schubert (205-F-92) has returned to 2. Bundesliga Pro B team MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel, the club unveiled this weekend. Schubert parted ways with the Wolfenbuettel team during the 2012-13 season and joined Regionalliga side SG MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel for the remainder of the season. He had expressed his dislike for the role he played at the time, while the club stated reasons for his limited playing time have been staying away from practice and a questionable attitude. But both Schubert and the club seem to be willing to forget about the past and focus on the future.
"If Stephen will be in good shape and if he works hard in pre-season practice, he will be able to become a crucial part of our game", new Herzoege coach Thorsten Weinhold said. Schubert averaged 5.5 points a game for Wolfenbuettel last season.



Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) Rebounding Comes Automatically To Me - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that recently completed his first season with Phoenix Hagen. He played 37 games averaging 12.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 83.2%. He was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -13. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket during the last season.

What was it like playing against Quantez Robertson?

I was a bit bigger than him, but he was a very strong player at his position. He played very aggressive.


You played the last two seasons in Austria in the small town Kapfenberg. Do you miss the small town feeling there? Hagen is a lot bigger.

I actually prefer a bigger city. It was very small there and not too much to do. I like the downtown area in Hagen and reminds me a bit of home.


You are playing your first season in Germany. How do you like the country and league?

I am really enjoying Germany. I havent explored so much yet except for in and around hagen and the places we visited on the road. I like the league as well. We have a lot of potential and have high goals as a team.


Phoenix Hagen was very up and down in the first half of the season. What were the main factors for this?

We just didnt find ourselves as a team yet. We like to play aggressive and play the full court press. As soon as we find our identity then we will mesh better together as a team.

It is not secret that Phoenix Hagen can score a lot of points, but why doesnt it always play defense?

We are trying to figure ourselves out on defense. I feel that we have the potential and player to play god defense. We also know that defense will win games. If we have a bad offensive game, then we know that good defense will take care of itself. We just have to be focused and lock down as a team on defense.


You are the top rebounder on Phoenix Hagen. Is it a big challenge for you to do extra on the boards since the team doesnt have a classic strong big man?

It isnt a challenge. If you look at my past, rebounding has always been a part of my game. Rebounding comes automatically to me. There is no effort for me I just go go go to the basket and enjoy rebounding.

Is Davin White one of the top guards in the Beko BBL that nobody really knows about?

I think that he is. You never really know what you will get from him, but he always works hard. He can get to the basket whenever he wants and it is a lot of fun playing with him.

Where does your strong winning mentality come from?

I have always had it throughout my career. I have always been the underdog since high school until now. I was the underdog at Cal Poly Pomona as well as in Holland and just wanting to win always built on me. In Austria I came to a winning program and my winner mentality stayed with me.


Youre a very good ball handler for your size. Which NBA player ball handling skills always impressed you?

I like how Chris Paul does it and how easy it comes to him.

Who was your favorite dunker as a kid and now in the NBA'

As a kid my favorite dunker was Vince Carter just because how ridiculous he could dunk. Now I like Blake Griffin. He is just an explosive jumper and it doesnt matter where he is around the rim he just dunks.

If you could ask Patrick Ewing one question what would you ask?

Well I was a bit too young to remember him play. I would be in awe just being in his company and be star struck and ask him for an autograph.


Who were your NBA idols growing up?

I was a Lakers fan and Kobe Bryant was my number one. I also liked Allen Iverosn and Michael Jordan.


Could one say that you are as relentless as Kevin Love going for the rebound?

I would think so. I always go hard to the boards and want the boards to fall on me.


What was your fondest memory at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2)?

My memory was that despite being the underdog in our senior year, we were able to reach the NCAA2 final. We lost the final, but it was a great experience getting there and beating top teams by 30 points.

What was your wakeup call to the professional ranks in Holland?

I just learned how the top teams and weak teams always came to play. If you didnt come to play then you would lose games. Losing games doesnt look good on your resume when you are trying to further your career as a player.


You played together with ex TBB Trier player Danny Horace in Austria. Who won a one on one in practice?

It is funny that you asked that, because we would always play. He was a big dude and beat me most of the time. But I would always pick myself.


How much potential does young German Ole Wendt have as a player?

I saw the young Dutch and Austrian player the last years, so I have seen what the young players can do. Wendt always plays hard and you can notice that he is so focused to becoming atop player in the league. I think that if he continues to put in the work then he can become a top player.


What were the most free throws that you have made in a row?

57


What was your most crazy shot in your career?

I was going up for a lay up and got fouled, but as I was going down made a 360 spin and made the basket and end one.


Who wins a one on one you or Dino Gregory?

Me for sure, because I am quicker than him. But Dino is a very good shot blocker, so you always have to be aware of his presence around the basket.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The odd life of Timmy Green.

Thanks Larry for the chat.




Michael Jost Joins The MLP Academics - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team MLP Academics have added Michael Jost (204-F-88). Jost may only be 24 years old, but the 204cm forward has already played for six teams in his basketball career. He played in Paderborn the last two seasons and last season played 27 games: 12.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.8%. "He was one of the strongest German players in the Pro A and we are happy that he will join us. Despite his young age, he has basketball experience that will help us. He can play many positions", added Sport coordinator Matthias Lautenschlager. Jost started his basketball career in 2003 for Marzahn Basket Baeren (2. Regionalliga). He then played with Central Hoops before going on to play for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf. In 2009-2010, he played for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga): 1 game: 0pts; loaned to Science City Jena (ProA): 30 games: 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 23.3%, FT-1 (90.0%), in May'10 moved back to Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga). In 2010-2011, he played for USC Freiburg (ProA, starting five): 30 games: 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 74.3%. I am looking forward to working together with the MLP Academics. I had some good talks with coach Tony and I think that I can make the next step there. I have often been in Heidelberg and like the city and people", added Michael Jost. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have beenGerman U16 National Team -04, German U18 National Team -06, German Bundesliga U-19 All-Star Game -07, German U20 National Team -08, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Newcomers Team -10

Source: MLP Academics





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  GIBRALTAR   


U16 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar edge Andorra to claim title - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16 - Andorra U16 53:39

Gibraltar claimed the U16 European Championship Division C title. They knocked down Andorra today to finish the tournament undefeated. It was a historic first success for Gibraltar in the tournament.
Gibraltar registered a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. They kept Andorra at distance throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 25:19 halftime advantage. Gibraltar held Andorra to 5 points in the third term to boost their lead. The home side entered the final ten minutes leading by 13 points. Gibraltar outscored Andorra in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) produced 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) finished with 15 points, while Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) added 10 in the victory. Roger Valero (190-F-97) answered with 11 points for Andorra. Prieto had 3 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 15+12 boards, Timothy Fava 15, Nicholas Lopez 10
Andorra U16: Roger Valero 11, Sergi Aranda (185-G-97) 8, Pol Saenz (172-G-97) 8



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  GREECE   


Energia Rovinari signs 30-year old Greek Kostas Kakaroudis - by Eurobasket News

Energia Rovinari signs 30-year old Greek Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83). He played last time at KAO Dramas in Greece. In 25 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg last season.
Among other achievements Kakaroudis' team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2012. In 2011-2012 for KAO Dramas his stats read 7.2ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT-1 (57.1%), FT: 77.3%. In 2010-2011 played for Ikaroi Serron (A2, starting five) and showed 15.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 69.3%. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention award in 2009 and 2011. Kakaroudis represented Greece at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
In 2000-2001 Kostas Kakaroudis started his career for Aris Thessaloniki.



Greece U18 comes back from Torneo di Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 comes back from Torneo di Cisternino with no victories. The team lost all three games in the preparation tournament before U18 European Championship.
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 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 Nikos Stamatis (190-G-95) notched 11.
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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Stats Leaders

IBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Marcus Bradford 32.2
2 Jared Cunningham 27.2
3 Hikaru Sasaki 24.5
4 Chehales Tapscott 23.5
5 Jacob Stevenson 22.6
6 Cory Largent 22.6
7 David Lucas 22.5
8 Germain Jordan 21.8
9 Andre Murray 21.6
10 Paul Hafford 20.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Chehales Tapscott 14.8
2 Joe Burton 14.7
3 Blake Poole 11.8
4 Kevin Ford 11.8
5 Daniel Deane 11.2
6 Glen Hollins 10.5
7 Michael Hart 10.5
8 Germain Jordan 10.3
9 Marcus Bradford 9.1
10 Jared Cunningham 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Josh Tarver 7.4
2 Morris Anderson 6.8
3 Steve Shepp 5.8
4 Germain Jordan 5.6
5 Andre Murray 5
6 Greg Foster 5
7 Cory Largent 4.9
8 Dontae Bryant 4.8
9 Michael Hart 4.8
10 Mike Ward 4.3



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  ICELAND   


Thor Sign import player - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Thor, Akureyri has sign their import player for next season in Division 1
The player is Jarrell Crayton (200-F, college: Montana St. - Billin). Crayton is said to be powerful inside player and great athlete
Crayton played College ball at Montana St Billings NCAA Division 2.
His average as senior was as follows. 16,2 points per game and 7,2 rebounds per game.
Thor will be coached by Bjarki Oddsson who also coached the team last season.
Reynir division 2 Club has hired Ingvi Steinn Johannsson as their head coach for next season




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  IRAN   


Economy in Iran Getting Better - by Alireza

Due to the recent elections, the citizens of Iran have shown more confidence in their local currency of Rial. Since this last month the strength of the Rial in relation to the Dollar has increased by over 15%. This is great news for Iranian Clubs because they can afford to spend more dollars for their imports. For the last 2 seasons the Rial had a 400% drop, leaving teams with less spending power for high quality imports. Look to see top guys coming into Iran this season. With the economy in a better place, it is inevitable. We may see more former NBA talent flock the Iranian market, pushing the league into a higher level. This league is made up of high quality local players and will continue to get better.


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  ITALY   


Banco di Sardegna Sassari brings Marques Green - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari brings Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) who played last time at EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 24 SerieA games he recorded 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg (top 4) and 1.4spg last season. He also played at Cedevita in Croatian league that season. In 15 Adriatic League games he averaged 6.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.9apg (top 4) and 1.9spg.
The previous (11-12) season Green played at Air Avellino. In 32 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and had 4.5rpg, 6.5apg (leader !!!) and 2.5spg (in top 2). Great season indeed as Marques Green was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Green received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year award back in 2008. He also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 6.5apg, 3.5spg.
Green has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne and Sluc Nancy), Turkey (Fenerbahce Ulker and TED Kolejliler).



Acea Virtus Roma added Quinton Hosley - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma added Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) who played last time at Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland. In 42 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.6apg and 2.4spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (11-12) season Hosley played at Banco di Sardegna Sassari. In 37 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg and 2.1spg (in top 5) that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team.
In 2010-11 season Hosley played at FIATC Joventut (ACB) in Spanish league. In 33 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Aliaga Petkim (TBL) in Turkish league. In 28 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 18.1ppg and averaged 8.0rpg (#4 in the league), 4.0apg and 2.6spg.
In 2008-09 season Quinton Hosley was tested by Galatasaray (TBL) in Turkish league. In 15 games he recorded also great stats: 16.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg. Hosley also spent pre-season at Real Madrid in Spain that year. In 13 Euroleague games he recorded 8.6ppg and 3.2rpg.



Umana Reyer Venezia landed Casper Ware - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia landed Casper Ware (177-PG-90, college: Long Beach St.) for the next season. He played last time at Novipiu Casale Monferrato in n Lega2. In 36 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.4ppg and averaged 3.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team. In 2011-2012 he played for Long Beach St. (NCAA, starting five) and showed 17.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 79.3%. In his debut season for Long Beach St. Casper Ware averaged 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3Pts: 27.3%, FT: 70.5%.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ware's college team won Big West Tournament in 2012. He was also voted All-Big West Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Ware graduated from Long Beach State in 2012 and it is his second season as a professional player.



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  JAPAN   


William Jones Cup: Lebanon topple Japan in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Japan 79:72

Lebanon gained the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They held off Japan for 1-1 record. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Lebanese team. Japan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Lebanon eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Japan did not allow their opponents to clear off in the second frame. Japan narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. Lebanon stretched their lead in the third stanza. They held Japan to 12 points to take a 5-point advantage into the fourth frame. Lebanon maintained the lead throughout the final term and sealed the winning outcome. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) notched 18 points, while Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) added 13 points for the winners. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) responded with 19 points and 14 boards for Japan. Daisuke Noguchi (196-F-83) contributed 14 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon: Jean Abdel Nour 21, Fadi Khatib 18, Elie Estephane 13
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 19+14 boards, Daisuke Noguchi 14



2013 University Games: Ricardo Calatayud leads Mexico over Japan - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Mexico 71:83

Ricardo Calatayud leads Mexico over Japan in the opener of the 27th Summer Universiade. He nailed 25 points as his Mexico posted an 83:71 victory in Group B.
Mexico took 20:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-19 before the halftime. Both teams scored 22 points in the third quarter that brought 63:57 for Mexico. The latter also added 20-14 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Japan showed 56% from the field, while Mexico had 47%.
Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) poured in 16 points for the winners. RAMIREZ Juan delivered 12, while Fabian Jaimes added 10. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) delivered 17. UTO Naoki scored 11 and FUJII Yuma added 9.

Japan: Yuya Nagayoshi 22, Kosuke Hashimoto 17, UTO Naoki 11, FUJII Yuma 9
Mexico: Ricardo Calatayud 25, Fernando Benitez 16, RAMIREZ Juan 12, Fabian Jaimes 10



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  JORDAN   


William Jones Cup: Egypt thump Jordan to open win count - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Jordan 89:65

Egypt recorded the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan for 1-1 record. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) came up with 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Jordan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Egypt raced to a 25:13 lead after the opening quarter. Jordan slowed the African team in the second period. The Asian team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the interval 37:26. But Egypt were back in the drivers seat in the third term. They triggered a 24:13 run to open a 20-point advantage before the fourth frame. Jordan conceded 28 points in the final period and had to yield at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) netted 18 points, while Mohamed Ellethi tossed in 15 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 19 points for Jordan. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Egypt: Haytham Kamal 23+15 boards, Sherif Gindy 18, Mohamed Ellethi 15
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 15



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William Jones Cup: Lebanon topple Japan in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Japan 79:72

Lebanon gained the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They held off Japan for 1-1 record. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Lebanese team. Japan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Lebanon eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Japan did not allow their opponents to clear off in the second frame. Japan narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. Lebanon stretched their lead in the third stanza. They held Japan to 12 points to take a 5-point advantage into the fourth frame. Lebanon maintained the lead throughout the final term and sealed the winning outcome. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) notched 18 points, while Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) added 13 points for the winners. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) responded with 19 points and 14 boards for Japan. Daisuke Noguchi (196-F-83) contributed 14 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon: Jean Abdel Nour 21, Fadi Khatib 18, Elie Estephane 13
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 19+14 boards, Daisuke Noguchi 14



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U19 World Championship: Lithuania clinched Bronze in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Lithuania U19 100:106 OT

Lithuania clinched Bronze in Prague after an overtime thriller against Australia. The 2011 Champions grabbed a 106:100 win in the game for the third place.
The game was close in the first quarter with Lithuania only able to open a five-point lead and the Europeans were up 21-18 after one quarter. Lithuania added 21-16 in the second frame and led 8 points at the halftime. Australia however erupted with 28-14 burst in the third period and took 6-point lead after 30 minutes. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) deadlocked the teams at 85:85 at regulation. In overtime Lithuania posted a 21-15 surge to win the game.
Tomas Dimsa top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) added 17. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) brought 16, whilst Simas Raupys (195-SF-94) and Martin Geben (206-C-94) scored 12 each. Dante Exum ended up with 28 points in the losing effort and Dane Pineau (203-F-94) collected massive 20 points and 17 rebounds. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) notched 16 and Anthony Fisher (191-G-94) chipped in with 14.

Australia U19: Dante Exum 28, Dane Pineau 20+17 rebs, Felix Kalau Van Hofe 16, Anthony Fisher 14
Lithuania U19: Tomas Dimsa 19, Marius Grigonis 17, Lukas Lekavicius 16, Simas Raupys 12, Martin Geben 12



2013 University Games: Lithuania cruise past Norway - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Norway 94:71

Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games. They overcame Norway in Kazan tonight. Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) stepped up with 16 points to lead the charge.
Lithuania dominated from the starting point. The Baltic team accounted for a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania shifted the gear in the second frame. They exploded with 33 points to arrive at halftime up by 18 points 56:38. Lithuania did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accounted for a comfortable 23-point lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term as Lithuania cruised to the victory. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) produced 13 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) added 12 points for the winners. Anders Stien (195-G-90) answered with 18 points for Norway. Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-F-89, college: Manhattan) and Roy Nwachukwu (196-F-90, college: Seminole St.CC) had 9 points apiece in the loss.

Lithuania: Simas Buterlevicius 16, Eimantas Bendzius 13, Vytenis Cizauskas 12
Norway: Anders Stien 18, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 9, Roy Nwachukwu 9



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  MEXICO   


2013 University Games: Ricardo Calatayud leads Mexico over Japan - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Mexico 71:83

Ricardo Calatayud leads Mexico over Japan in the opener of the 27th Summer Universiade. He nailed 25 points as his Mexico posted an 83:71 victory in Group B.
Mexico took 20:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-19 before the halftime. Both teams scored 22 points in the third quarter that brought 63:57 for Mexico. The latter also added 20-14 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Japan showed 56% from the field, while Mexico had 47%.
Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) poured in 16 points for the winners. RAMIREZ Juan delivered 12, while Fabian Jaimes added 10. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) delivered 17. UTO Naoki scored 11 and FUJII Yuma added 9.

Japan: Yuya Nagayoshi 22, Kosuke Hashimoto 17, UTO Naoki 11, FUJII Yuma 9
Mexico: Ricardo Calatayud 25, Fernando Benitez 16, RAMIREZ Juan 12, Fabian Jaimes 10



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  MONTENEGRO   


Portland Trailblazers cut Sasha Pavlovic - by Darko Pekic

Experienced Montenegrin NBA guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic (200-F/G-83) is again a free agent. The news started spreading yesterday when the General Manager of Portland offered to Pavlovic to pay his release clause and send him to the free agents market. Pavlovic played 39 games last season with the Blazers and averaged 2.6 ppg and 1.4 rpg as a bench player. He started his NBA career in Utah Jazz, and then played in many other NBA clubs including 2007 NBA finalist Cliveland Cavaliers.

Sasha Pavlovic is the product of Primorka Bar basketball program. He joined in 2000 Buducnost and played three seasons in Podgorica. In 2003 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (19 pick overall).



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  NBA   


What will the Rockets do next......??? - by Alex Yam

As we head into NBA Summer League 2013, the biggest offseason news and acquisition must be the Rockets haymaker to the Los Angeles Lakers, in stealing Dwight Howard from their 16 Championship hands.

The Rockets successfully recruited this seasons biggest free agent, and is creating a super team of their own. Already the leagues top offense, they add the former 3 time Defensive player and power player. Howard did not have his best year in part due to injuries and an offense that frankly was not catered to his strengths, but still was on the MUST HAVE list for 5 teams, one of them the Houston Rockets.

Now that they will sign Howard, assuming no changes, after the league's moratorium is lifted on July 10th, they have some issues to resolve with their current roster, first they have an existing center who is coming off his best season, in Omer Asik, who the media is reporting in unhappy with this move, and perhaps more puzzling, what to do with Jeremy Lin, the guard who captured the sports world for a few months while donning a New York Knick jersey. Hindsight apparently is 20/20 as the Knicks end up looking brilliant in a move not to bring Lin back where he was catapulted into sports superstardom. Lin then received a hefty contract from the Houston Rockets during the summer of 2012, including a 15 million dollar 3rd year, in which the Knicks promptly let him walk away.

Fast forward a season of mediocrity later,in which Lin was benched at times, and his minutes taken by players making 1/4 of what he was getting paid, and another post season of injuries, have no come full circle for Houston who is said to be desperately seeking a trade partner for Lin and his difficult contract. The Lin project in Houston is over, it will know just play out as such, he was not a failure but certainly not a success, but it was not just his fault, the expectations placed upon him were astronomical after his incredible run in New York, something that sports fans will never forget. Jeremy Lin will always be a legend in New York sports lore, he saved the Knicks season, and a mans job ( D'Antoni).

Now the problem becomes Houstons,in which they must find some value back for a player which they have publicly humiliated, first by not inviting him to a pitch meeting to Dwight, that took place in Los Angeles, the Sunday night FA started, then he was the subject of trade rumors for Jose Calderon, until Calderon took his talents to Dallas, now reports are surfacing everywhere, they are in a hurry to dump his contract on another team, which essentially kills his value. Unlike Asik who averaged a double double and was one of the leagues top rebounders, and Houston denied any trade rumors, in fact have told sources he is not available.

Lin and Harden can't co exist, as Harden needs to ball in his hands, Lin ,who is a below average shooter at best, a suspect defender, and turns the ball over at a high rate, also needs the ball to create his shot and get to the basket. Harden is an all star for the foreseeable future, Lin had a month of what it feels like to be one.



Boston Celtics signs Kelly Olynyk - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics signs Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-PF-91), their first-round draft choice. He just graduated from Gonzaga (NCAA). In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted All-WCC Player of the Year, USBWA All-District IX Player of the Year and named to All-WCC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Olynyk's college team won WCC Tournament in 2011.
Kelly Olynyk was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Olynyk played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.6%.



Milwaukee Bucks agrees with Argentinian Carlos Delfino - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks agrees with Argentinian Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82). Both sides agreed on two-year deal with an option for a third year that would increase the total amount to $10 million.
Carlos Delfino played last time at Houston Rockets. It is actually his comeback to the Bucks as he played here before. In 72 NBA games he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg last season.
The previous season he played at the Bucks. In 54 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg that season.In 2003 Delfino was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (25th overall).
Among other achievements he played in the final of Russian A Superleague in 2009. Delfino received also Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention award in 2012.
He was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Delfino played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001. He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Delfino's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 65.2%.



Denver Nuggets land 25-year old power forward J.J. Hickson - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets land 25-year old power forward J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.). The latter played last time at Portland Trail Blazers. In 80 games he had 12.7ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.1apg last season. The most of previous (2011-12) season Hickson spent at the Kings. In 35 games he recorded 4.8ppg and 5.1rpg that season. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers that year.
In 2008 Hickson was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers in first round (19th overall). J.J. Hickson attended North Carolina State and it may be his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hickson won NBA Central Division championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). He was also voted ACC All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Hickson has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon).



Orlando Magic sign first round pick Victor Oladipo - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92), General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Oladipo was selected in the first round (second overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft. All players taken first round are guaranteed to receive a contract, so this news is standard. He will participate in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, taking place at the Magics practice court at the Amway Center from July 7-12, 2013. Oladipo (65, 214, 5/4/92) appeared in 104 career games during three seasons at Indiana University, averaging 10.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 1.7 apg. and 1.55 stlpg. in 24.6 minpg. He ranks third in Indiana history in career steals (161) and scored 1,117 points with the Hoosiers. Last season as a junior (2012-13), Oladipo played and started in all 36 games, averaging 13.6 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 2.1 apg. and 2.17 stlpg. in 28.4 minpg., while shooting .599 (182-304) from the field and .441 (30-68) from three-point range. He helped the Hoosiers reach their second straight trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Indianas first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993. Oladipo set an Indiana single-season record in steals (78) while leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage and steals. He was named First Team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the NABC, earned The Sporting News National Player of the Year, and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Oladipo was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the National Player of the Year. He scored in double figures 30 times, including a career-high 26 points on Feb. 10 @ Ohio State. As a sophomore (2011-12), Oladipo appeared in 36 games (34 starts), averaging 10.8 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 2.0 apg. and 1.36 stlpg. in 26.7 minpg. He earned Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors and was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. Oladipo finished eighth in the conference in steals. During his freshman season (2010-11), Oladipo played in 32 games (five starts), averaging 7.4 ppg., 3.7 rpg. and 1.06 stlpg. in 18.0 minpg., while shooting .547 from the field.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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U19 World Championship: USA wins fifth U19 crown - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-USA U19 68:82

USA wins fifth crown of the U19 World Championship. The favorites overcame Serbia 82:68 in the Final game and clinched Gold of the tournament.
It was the second appearance of the teams this time in Prague. At the end of the Second Stage USA beat Serbia 71:62. Tonight USA started with 26:22 lead, but led only 2 points at the halftime. The teams proved it one more time to be the best two teams of the tournament and remained tough in the second half. USA pushed the tempo in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 17-13 and finished the game with 25-17 surge.
Montrezl Harrell (203-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Nigel Williams-Goss (191-PG-94) nailed 15. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94) delivered 12 and Marcus Smart (193-G-94) added 11. Jovan Novak (183-PG-94) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) collected 13 points and 10 assists. Nikola Jokic (203-C-95) poured in 10, whilst Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) chipped in with 9.

Serbia U19: Jovan Novak 21, Vasilije Micic 13+10 ast, Nikola Jokic 10, Nikola Jankovic 9
USA U19: Montrezl Harrell 17, Nigel Williams-Goss 15, Rasheed Sulaimon 12, Marcus Smart 11



2013 University Games: USA breeze past UAE - by Eurobasket News

USA - UAE 140:46

The USA opened win count at the 2013 World Universuty Games. They cruised past the United Arab Emirates in the opener. Nine players scored in double digits for the winners. Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) notched 18 points for the USA.
The USA fired 35 points in the first quarter to take a 19-point lead. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They poured in 34 points in the next stanza to gain a 69:23 halftime lead. The USA never looked back in the second half. They held the UAE to just 23 points in the half to claim a comprehensive win. Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) nailed 16 points, while Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93), Will Sheehey (6'7''-F-92) and Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) added 15 points each in the win. Khalil Salem (5'10''-G-91) answered with 14 points for the UAE. Omar Alameri (6'7''-F-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

USA: Sean Kilpatrick 18, Aaron White 16, Kevin Ferrell 15, Will Sheehey 15, Doug McDermott 15
UAE: Khalil Salem 14, Omar Alameri 12



William Jones Cup: Taiwan beat USA for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - USA 89:84

Taiwan registered the second consecutive victory at the start of the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down the USA selection tonight. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) nailed game-high 30 points to pace the winners.
The North American team led by one point after the starting quarter 23:22. But Taiwan adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held the USA to 13 points to ensure a 42:36 halftime lead. The home side maintained the lead throughout the third period. Taiwan enjoyed a 63:57 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The USA exploded with 27 points in the fourth term but Taiwan withheld the challenge to escape with the victory. Hsun-Chuang Tsung (191-F) nailed 14 points and collected 14 boards, while Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) had 23 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 30, Hsun-Chuang Tsung 14+14 boards, Davis Quincy 11+11 boards
USA: Curtis Marshall 24, Eric Hicks 23+14 boards



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Giant of Africa Top-50 camp will produce more players - Ujiri - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Toronto Raptors basketball club general manager and initiator of the giant of Africa Top-50 basketball camp in Nigeria Masai Ujiri is confident that the camp will continue to produce quality young players for Nigeria.

Speaking at a media parley in Lagos at the weekend the former Nigeria international says he is happy with the pace of the camp which has become an intrigral part of youth development in Nigeria and other Africa countries.

The 2013 edition of camp which began in Lagos on Sunday saw kids from Nigeria Benin Republic and Togo with instructors drawn from Nigeria and the United States of America.

Ujiri stated that the aim of the annual camp is not to develop and take kids abroad but for them to fit into the Nigeria and other Africa countries league system.

He, however, said that kids that have excelled at the camp have found their way to various colleges in the United States of America. He also advised participants to take education seriously, as it was not possible for all of them to make it to the National Basketball Association (NBA) league even if they play at colleges in the U.S.

"I must express satisfaction over the fact that many kids have come through the camps and are playing in different colleges in the U.S. However, the idea behind the camp is not to get the player ready for contracts outside the country but to help grow the game in Nigeria and other Africa countries.

Two foreign coaches Patrick Mutombo and Patrick Engelbrecht would be joined by Markmentors of Abuja Coach, Joe Tomo to take participants through the rudiment of the game in the 3-Day camp which ends tuesday.



ISL End Milo Heartbreak As St Jude's Girls Confirm Supremacy - by Oluwafemi Adefeso

International School, University of Lagos and St. Judes Girls Secondary School, Amarata Bayelsa State on Saturday emerged winners of the 15th Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championships, held in Lagos.

International School Lagos, reached their first ever finals since the inception of the competition, defeating St. Joseph Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue state 56-47 in a closely contested final match. ISL trailed with as much as 8 points with about 4 minutes left on the clock in the final quater of the match, before a masterful performance of share will and determination, saw them overturn the deficit and take stronghold of the contest.
Similarly, St. Judes Girls, defended the title they won last year, defeating Government Secondary School, Gboko, Benue State 26-18 in outstanding fashion.Dominating the Benue girls from the blast of the whistle.

In the electric atmosphere of the National Stadium Lagos, Coach of International School, University of Lagos Ernest Ijeoma said after their momentous victory that the team worked hard to achieve the feat.We were not given a chance to go far in the competition, we qualified for the National finals as a wild card, haven lost out in the western conference finals.
We are proud and over-joyed for winning this competition it means a lot to us, Ijeoma said.

Boluwasope Faniran of International School University of Lagos won the most valuable player Award for boys and medals with the rest of the team,as well as the Nestle trophy, N150, 000 cash; Adidas sports shoes, Milo products and a trip to the U.S. for a competition. Runners up St. Josephs Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue received N120, 000 cash, sports shoes and a trip to the U.K. for their effort. Government Secondary School Minna, Niger came third in the competition, defeating the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, International School, 51-36. The Niger boys received N100, 000 cash Adidas sports shoes, Milo products and a trip to the Dubai for a competition.

On the female end St. Judes Girls Secondary School, Bayelsa received the winners medals, the Nestle trophy and Adidas sports shoes for each player in the team plus a cash reward of N150, 000 and a trip to the U.S. later in the year. And team captain Bridget Dibiya also went home with the most valuable player award for girls.

Coach of St. Judes Girls Secondary School, Bayelsa Nelson Torunarigha said that his team performed excellently. It has being a wonderful tournament for us from the state preliminaries to the conference finals and the grand final.
Our victory in all the stages means so much to us and most especially, to grassroots sports in the state, I applaud my players and salute their courage, Torunarigha said.

Government Secondary School Gboko, Benue received medals, a cash gift of N120, 000 and Adidas sports shoes and a trip to the UK for coming 2nd. And Yejide Girls Grammar School, Ibadan, Oyo State came 3rd defeating Government Day Girls Secondary School, Samaru in Zamfara, 24-23 in the 3rd Place Playoff. The Ibadan girls went home with N100, 000 and an invitation to a tournament in South Africa later in the year.



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2013 University Games: Lithuania cruise past Norway - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Norway 94:71

Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games. They overcame Norway in Kazan tonight. Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) stepped up with 16 points to lead the charge.
Lithuania dominated from the starting point. The Baltic team accounted for a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania shifted the gear in the second frame. They exploded with 33 points to arrive at halftime up by 18 points 56:38. Lithuania did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accounted for a comfortable 23-point lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term as Lithuania cruised to the victory. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) produced 13 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) added 12 points for the winners. Anders Stien (195-G-90) answered with 18 points for Norway. Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-F-89, college: Manhattan) and Roy Nwachukwu (196-F-90, college: Seminole St.CC) had 9 points apiece in the loss.

Lithuania: Simas Buterlevicius 16, Eimantas Bendzius 13, Vytenis Cizauskas 12
Norway: Anders Stien 18, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 9, Roy Nwachukwu 9



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2013 University Games: Russia thrash Oman - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Oman 117:24

Russia got to a convincingly good start to their World University Games campaign. The hosts thumped Oman in Kazan. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 31 points to lead the charge.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. Russia posted a 29:6 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the margin at 45-point mark at halftime. Russia unleashed 60 points in the second half to coast to the victory. Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) nailed 16 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 6 assists for Russia. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) notched 10 points for the winning side. Said Al Saadi answered with 8 points for Oman. Ahmed Al Halhali had 7 points in the loss.

Russia: Sergey Karasev 31, Dmitry Kulagin 16, Artem Vikhrov 10
Oman: Said Al Saadi 8, Ahmed Al Halhali 7



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Danilo Pinnock and Jaime Lloreda with good performances in Puerto Rico - by Robert OConnell


International swingman Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) of Indios de Mayaguez scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds also 2 assist in the lost 69-63 to Brujos de Guayama. This game was the last one for Danilo who end up with 12.6 pts 6.5 reb 2.3 ass and 1.4 steals for the year after been eliminated by Guayama. Power Forward Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) of Mets de Guaynabo scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds on the losing effort 92-83 to Cangrejeros de Santurce and was his last game of the season after been eliminated 4-3. He finished the season with 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds to lead the league. Power forward Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona) of Metros de Santiago scored 21 points in the victory 94-84 over Reales de La Vega in the Dominican Republic League. Veteran shooting guard Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) scored 30 points with 5 assists in the victory 113-96 over the Goldfields Giants in Australia. Shooting Guard Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) of Allavena Paysandu scored 18 points in his day view and victory 90-88 over Salto de Uruguay. Other Panamanians playing abroad are: point guard Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) and Center Miguel Gotti (205-F/C-88, college: W.Nebraska CC) they both playing for Davis in Nicaragua and Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) in Guatemala.




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2013 University Games: Romania cruise past Philippines - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Philippines 106:58

Romania opened their World University Games campaign with victory. They outgunned Philippines in Kazan today. Roland Torok (202-C-90, agency: TSS Management) and Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) finished with 15 points each for the winners.
Romania jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 22:8 advantage after ten minutes. Romania stretched the gap at 16-point mark at the interval. The European side increased the tempo in the third term. They poured in 35 points in the quarter to gain a 30-point cushion before the fourth frame. Philippines could not recover in the final ten minutes and suffered a heavy defeat at the end. Vlad Dumitrescu (190-G-90), Vlad Negoitescu (204-C-91) and Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) accounted for 11 points each in the victory. John Abad responded with 19 points for Philippines. Mendozan chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Romania: Roland Torok 15, Adrian Gutoaia 15, Vlad Dumitrescu 11, Vlad Negoitescu 11, Bogdan Tibirna 11
Philippines: John Abad 19, Mendozan 13



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AZS Koszalin landed Zbigniew Bialek - by Pawel

AZS Koszalin have agreed on terms of contract with Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82). 31 year-old Polish forward started last season with Polpharma Starogard Gdanski. He played for them 19 games in PLK, where he averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Then Bialek moved to Stelmet Zielona Gora. He helped them to make it to the final, where they win 4-0 over PGE Turow Zgorzelec. Bialek played 22 games for Stelmet, averaging 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

AZS Koszalin have five players in their roster for upcoming season: Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84, college: Rhode Island), Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-F-86, agency: AB Agency), Piotr Dabrowski (192-F/G-86), Artur Mielczarek (196-SF-83) and Bialek.



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Harris, Ponce20.0 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.2 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.5 
 10. Wilkinson, Mayagu.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 5. Phillip, San German8.6 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.4 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas8.3 
 9. Balkman, Guayama8.2 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.3 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.3 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 5. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Rivera, Ponce4.6 
 8. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.8 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 9. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 10. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 6. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 



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2013 University Games: Romania cruise past Philippines - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Philippines 106:58

Romania opened their World University Games campaign with victory. They outgunned Philippines in Kazan today. Roland Torok (202-C-90, agency: TSS Management) and Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) finished with 15 points each for the winners.
Romania jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 22:8 advantage after ten minutes. Romania stretched the gap at 16-point mark at the interval. The European side increased the tempo in the third term. They poured in 35 points in the quarter to gain a 30-point cushion before the fourth frame. Philippines could not recover in the final ten minutes and suffered a heavy defeat at the end. Vlad Dumitrescu (190-G-90), Vlad Negoitescu (204-C-91) and Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) accounted for 11 points each in the victory. John Abad responded with 19 points for Philippines. Mendozan chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Romania: Roland Torok 15, Adrian Gutoaia 15, Vlad Dumitrescu 11, Vlad Negoitescu 11, Bogdan Tibirna 11
Philippines: John Abad 19, Mendozan 13



Energia Rovinari signs 30-year old Greek Kostas Kakaroudis - by Eurobasket News

Energia Rovinari signs 30-year old Greek Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83). He played last time at KAO Dramas in Greece. In 25 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg last season.
Among other achievements Kakaroudis' team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2012. In 2011-2012 for KAO Dramas his stats read 7.2ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT-1 (57.1%), FT: 77.3%. In 2010-2011 played for Ikaroi Serron (A2, starting five) and showed 15.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 69.3%. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention award in 2009 and 2011. Kakaroudis represented Greece at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
In 2000-2001 Kostas Kakaroudis started his career for Aris Thessaloniki.



BC Timba Timisoara announced Kevin Bridgewaters - by Eurobasket News

BC Timba Timisoara announced Kevin Bridgewaters (179-PG-84, agency: FCM, college: Chattanooga) for the next season. The American player moves from MBK Banik Handlova in Slovakia. In 19 Extraliga games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.8apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (11-12) season Bridgewaters played at Astrum Levice (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 6 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg that season. He also played at Levice (Extraliga) in Slovakian league that season. In 13 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg. The other team Bridgewaters played that season for was Inter Bratislava (Extraliga) in Slovakian league. In 14 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Inter B Bratislava (1.Liga) in Slovakian league that year. Bridgewaters' team was regular season runner-up in Southern Conference North Division in 2008.



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Serbia U18 clinch title in Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Russia U18 80:72

Serbian U18 selection triumphed at the international friendly tournament in Zaragoza. They claimed three wins in as many games played. Serbia capped their campaign with an 8-point victory over Russia. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) nailed 15 points for the winners.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. Serbia picked up the tempo in the second quarter. They cut the deficit at a single point 37:38 at halftime. Serbia exploded with 28 points in the third term to pull ahead. They accumulated an 11-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Russia tried hard to return into the contest but came up short of win at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) and Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Russia. Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) topscored with 21 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Rade Zagorac 15, Milenko Veljkovic 12, Ognjen Jaramaz 12
Russia U18: Ivan Viktorov 21, Alexander Martynov 19



BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Vadim Panin - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Vadim Panin (203-SG-84, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. He has played there for the last two seasons. In fifteen PBL games he had 8.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season. Panin also played 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Panin won VTB United League championship title in 2011.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Panin played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2004 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004. He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Brno nine years ago.
Panin has played previously for seven other Russia teams: Ural Great, Unics Kazan, Khimky, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Unics Kazan U23, Lokomotiv and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.



2013 University Games: Russia thrash Oman - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Oman 117:24

Russia got to a convincingly good start to their World University Games campaign. The hosts thumped Oman in Kazan. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 31 points to lead the charge.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. Russia posted a 29:6 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the margin at 45-point mark at halftime. Russia unleashed 60 points in the second half to coast to the victory. Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) nailed 16 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 6 assists for Russia. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) notched 10 points for the winning side. Said Al Saadi answered with 8 points for Oman. Ahmed Al Halhali had 7 points in the loss.

Russia: Sergey Karasev 31, Dmitry Kulagin 16, Artem Vikhrov 10
Oman: Said Al Saadi 8, Ahmed Al Halhali 7



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U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland roll past San Marino to earn Silver - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - San Marino U16 83:44

Scotland finished second at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down San Marino on the final day of the competition. Sam Stott (180-F-97) came up with 15 points and 10 boards to lead the winners.
Scotland were dominant right from the start. They opened a 28:10 lead after the opening quarter. Scotland limited their opponents to 8 points in the second period and gained a 45:18 halftime lead. Scotland kept San Marino at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 64:29 advantage before the fourth period. Scotland did not slow down and marched to the win in the fourth quarter. Liam Mackle (180-G-97) netted 14 points, while Ewan Lancaster (194-C-98), Jon Faulds (187-PF-97) and Ewan Laing (198-G-97) had 12 points each in the victory. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 12 points for San Marino. Nicola Narcisi (178-F-97) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Scotland U16: Sam Stott 15+10 boards, Liam Mackle 14, Ewan Lancaster 12, Jon Faulds 12, Ewan Laing 12
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 12, Nicola Narcisi 9



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U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland roll past San Marino to earn Silver - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - San Marino U16 83:44

Scotland finished second at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down San Marino on the final day of the competition. Sam Stott (180-F-97) came up with 15 points and 10 boards to lead the winners.
Scotland were dominant right from the start. They opened a 28:10 lead after the opening quarter. Scotland limited their opponents to 8 points in the second period and gained a 45:18 halftime lead. Scotland kept San Marino at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 64:29 advantage before the fourth period. Scotland did not slow down and marched to the win in the fourth quarter. Liam Mackle (180-G-97) netted 14 points, while Ewan Lancaster (194-C-98), Jon Faulds (187-PF-97) and Ewan Laing (198-G-97) had 12 points each in the victory. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 12 points for San Marino. Nicola Narcisi (178-F-97) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Scotland U16: Sam Stott 15+10 boards, Liam Mackle 14, Ewan Lancaster 12, Jon Faulds 12, Ewan Laing 12
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 12, Nicola Narcisi 9



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Serbia U18 clinch title in Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Russia U18 80:72

Serbian U18 selection triumphed at the international friendly tournament in Zaragoza. They claimed three wins in as many games played. Serbia capped their campaign with an 8-point victory over Russia. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) nailed 15 points for the winners.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. Serbia picked up the tempo in the second quarter. They cut the deficit at a single point 37:38 at halftime. Serbia exploded with 28 points in the third term to pull ahead. They accumulated an 11-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Russia tried hard to return into the contest but came up short of win at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) and Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Russia. Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) topscored with 21 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Rade Zagorac 15, Milenko Veljkovic 12, Ognjen Jaramaz 12
Russia U18: Ivan Viktorov 21, Alexander Martynov 19



U19 World Championship: USA wins fifth U19 crown - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-USA U19 68:82

USA wins fifth crown of the U19 World Championship. The favorites overcame Serbia 82:68 in the Final game and clinched Gold of the tournament.
It was the second appearance of the teams this time in Prague. At the end of the Second Stage USA beat Serbia 71:62. Tonight USA started with 26:22 lead, but led only 2 points at the halftime. The teams proved it one more time to be the best two teams of the tournament and remained tough in the second half. USA pushed the tempo in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 17-13 and finished the game with 25-17 surge.
Montrezl Harrell (203-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Nigel Williams-Goss (191-PG-94) nailed 15. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94) delivered 12 and Marcus Smart (193-G-94) added 11. Jovan Novak (183-PG-94) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) collected 13 points and 10 assists. Nikola Jokic (203-C-95) poured in 10, whilst Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) chipped in with 9.

Serbia U19: Jovan Novak 21, Vasilije Micic 13+10 ast, Nikola Jokic 10, Nikola Jankovic 9
USA U19: Montrezl Harrell 17, Nigel Williams-Goss 15, Rasheed Sulaimon 12, Marcus Smart 11



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Komarno adds Kenny Hall - by Thomas Kottra

Contracts are signed, tranfer budget is almost done. MBK Rieker Komarno signed they - as the manager Josef Paulik claimed - last player. USA imported forward Kenny Hall (206-F-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) is about to try his first pro year overseas and conquer Slovak championship.
1990 born American forward Kenny Hall has completed his college basketball carreer on University of Tennessee this year with average 5,6 points and 4,1 rebounds in 31 games. Kenny will create a powerfull dou with another American import of MBK Rieker Komarno Dallis Joyner (203-F-90, college: Stony Brook).



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  SOUTH KOREA   


William Jones Cup: South Korea cruise to the second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B - South Korea 60:81

South Korea recorded the second win a row at the start of the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Taiwanese B National Team to remain perfect. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) provided 18 points to lead the Korean side. Taiwan B slipped at 1-1 record.
South Korea gained an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. The Korean team exploded with 26 points in the second frame to boost the gap. They established a 44:27 halftime advantage. Taiwan shifted the gear in the third term. They dropped 24 points to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. But South Korea answered with a 17:9 run in the final period to claim the victory. Seung-Jun Lee nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) added 10 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Taiwan. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Chou Po-Chen 15+10 boards, Liu Cheng 13
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Seung-Jun Lee 17, Kim Jong-Kyu 10



2013 University Games: South Korea snatch overtime win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Ukraine 100:98 (OT)

South Korea claimed the first win at the World University Games. They snatched a tough overtime victory over Ukraine in Group A. Doo Kung-Min nailed 28 points to lead the winners.
South Korea dominated the first half. They recorded a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. The Asian team boosted the gap in the second frame. They accounted for a 48:35 halftime advantage. Ukraine however turned things around in the third period. They went on a 31:19 run to cut the distance to a single point before the fourth frame. South Korea pulled ahead late in regulation but a three-pointer from Sainiiev forced overtime. South Korea stayed calm in the extra period and sealed the victory from the stripe. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) netted 18 points, while Jihoo Kim Jun-Yl and Hyo-Geun Jeong added 15 points for the winners. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) answered with 27 points for Ukraine. Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea: Doo Kung-Min 28, Kim Jun-Yl 18, Jihoo Kim Jun-Yl 15, Hyo-Geun Jeong 15
Ukraine: Anton Rochnyak 27, Nikola Polyulyak 16+10 boards



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  SPAIN   


Valencia Basket landed Belgian Sam Van Rossom - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket landed Belgian Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) for the next season. Moreover the Spanish side locked the player until year 2016.
He played last time at CAI Zaragoza. In 40 games he had 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2011-2012 for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five) his stats read 6.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 68.4% The list of the past achievements is quite long as Van Rossom was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2007 and 2009. He also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 47.2%, FT: 90.0%.
Van Rossom has played previously professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and VL Pesaro) and Belgium (Base Oostende, Belfius Mons-Hainaut and De Pinte).



U19 World Championship: Spain edge Canada to clinch 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Canada U19 72:68

Spain earned the fifth place at the U19 World Championship. They ended their campaign with a narrow win over Canada today. Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) stepped up with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the European team.
Spain ran to a 14:8 lead after ten minutes of action. The tempo increased in the second frame. Spain accounted for a 39:26 halftime lead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the third term. The European team arrived at the final break up by 14 points. Canada went on a strong rally in the fourth frame to cut the deficit at 5-point mark with under four minutes to go. But Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) converted a three-point play to keep Spain comfortably in front. Canada got within three points but Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) and Brizuela sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Spain. Guillermo Hernangomez chipped in 15 points, while Edgar Vicedo added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) answered with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Canada. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Juan Saiz 18+11 boards, Guillermo Hernangomez 15, Edgar Vicedo 12
Canada U19: Trey Lyles 25+17 boards, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 12



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  SWEDEN   


2013 University Games: Brady Heslip leads Canada past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Sweden 84:69

Canada marched to the first win at the 2013 World Universiade. They knocked down Sweden in Group C opener. Brady Heslip (188-G-90) nailed 22 points to lead the North American side.
Canada started the game with an aggressive defense. They held Sweden to 10 points in the first frame. Canada gained a 9-point lead at the first break. The North American team stayed in charge throughout the second period. They registered a 43:25 halftime lead. The Scandinavian team picked up the tempo in the third term. Sweden fire 26 points to cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the final break. But Canada sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Dwight Powell (208-F-91) chipped in 16 points and grabbed 9 boards, Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Sweden. Odin Lindell (205-C-90) netted 10 points in the loss.

Canada: Brady Heslip 22, Dwight Powell 16, Kevin Pangos 12
Sweden: Chris Czerapowicz 20, Odin Lindell 10



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  SWITZERLAND   


Steeve Louissaint joins Lions de Geneve - by Luca Maffioli

Lions de Geneve announced the signing of Steeve Louissaint (190-PG-87). The Swiss guard signed a one year deal with the club. Last season he played with Union Neuchatel Basket and he averaged 6.3 points (FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 69.7%), 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Louissaint is also a Swiss National Team member. He played the European Championships U20 Division B in Lisbon 2006, European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw 2007, European Championships Division B 2009, Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 and Qualifications to European Championships 2013. Last season he won the Swiss Cup.


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  TAIWAN   


William Jones Cup: Taiwan beat USA for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - USA 89:84

Taiwan registered the second consecutive victory at the start of the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down the USA selection tonight. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) nailed game-high 30 points to pace the winners.
The North American team led by one point after the starting quarter 23:22. But Taiwan adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held the USA to 13 points to ensure a 42:36 halftime lead. The home side maintained the lead throughout the third period. Taiwan enjoyed a 63:57 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The USA exploded with 27 points in the fourth term but Taiwan withheld the challenge to escape with the victory. Hsun-Chuang Tsung (191-F) nailed 14 points and collected 14 boards, while Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) had 23 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 30, Hsun-Chuang Tsung 14+14 boards, Davis Quincy 11+11 boards
USA: Curtis Marshall 24, Eric Hicks 23+14 boards



William Jones Cup: South Korea cruise to the second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B - South Korea 60:81

South Korea recorded the second win a row at the start of the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Taiwanese B National Team to remain perfect. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) provided 18 points to lead the Korean side. Taiwan B slipped at 1-1 record.
South Korea gained an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. The Korean team exploded with 26 points in the second frame to boost the gap. They established a 44:27 halftime advantage. Taiwan shifted the gear in the third term. They dropped 24 points to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. But South Korea answered with a 17:9 run in the final period to claim the victory. Seung-Jun Lee nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) added 10 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Taiwan. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Chou Po-Chen 15+10 boards, Liu Cheng 13
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Seung-Jun Lee 17, Kim Jong-Kyu 10



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  TURKEY   


Turkey U18 finish Zaragoza tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Turkish U18 National Team finished their Zaragoza tournament campaign with victory. They rallied past hosting Spain 69:64. Turkey jumped to a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The visitors accumulated a 35:25 halftime lead. Things hardly changed in the second half. Turkey held on to the advantage as they built a 52:45 lead with ten minutes remaining. Turkey protected the margin and marched to the victory at the end. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) and Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) nailed 14 points each for Turkey. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) delivered 10 points for the visitors.


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  UKRAINE   


BC Donetsk add Ben McCauley - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk have agreed on terms of contract with Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.). The centre spent the last season in Poland. Ben McCauley played for Polpharma Starogard. He notched 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game in PLK. Ben McCauley became the second best scorer in the League. He was named All-Polish League Centre of the Year. He made it also to the League 1st Team. The centre participated at the PLK All-Star Game. Previously Ben McCauley had stints in France, Belgium and D-League. He also participated at the NBA Summer Leagues in Las Vegas and Orlando.


2013 University Games: South Korea snatch overtime win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Ukraine 100:98 (OT)

South Korea claimed the first win at the World University Games. They snatched a tough overtime victory over Ukraine in Group A. Doo Kung-Min nailed 28 points to lead the winners.
South Korea dominated the first half. They recorded a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. The Asian team boosted the gap in the second frame. They accounted for a 48:35 halftime advantage. Ukraine however turned things around in the third period. They went on a 31:19 run to cut the distance to a single point before the fourth frame. South Korea pulled ahead late in regulation but a three-pointer from Sainiiev forced overtime. South Korea stayed calm in the extra period and sealed the victory from the stripe. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) netted 18 points, while Jihoo Kim Jun-Yl and Hyo-Geun Jeong added 15 points for the winners. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) answered with 27 points for Ukraine. Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea: Doo Kung-Min 28, Kim Jun-Yl 18, Jihoo Kim Jun-Yl 15, Hyo-Geun Jeong 15
Ukraine: Anton Rochnyak 27, Nikola Polyulyak 16+10 boards



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


2013 University Games: USA breeze past UAE - by Eurobasket News

USA - UAE 140:46

The USA opened win count at the 2013 World Universuty Games. They cruised past the United Arab Emirates in the opener. Nine players scored in double digits for the winners. Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) notched 18 points for the USA.
The USA fired 35 points in the first quarter to take a 19-point lead. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They poured in 34 points in the next stanza to gain a 69:23 halftime lead. The USA never looked back in the second half. They held the UAE to just 23 points in the half to claim a comprehensive win. Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) nailed 16 points, while Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93), Will Sheehey (6'7''-F-92) and Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) added 15 points each in the win. Khalil Salem (5'10''-G-91) answered with 14 points for the UAE. Omar Alameri (6'7''-F-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

USA: Sean Kilpatrick 18, Aaron White 16, Kevin Ferrell 15, Will Sheehey 15, Doug McDermott 15
UAE: Khalil Salem 14, Omar Alameri 12



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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro Leguae - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League (15th. round)
Larre Borges 64 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 33 pts. 7 reb. 5 blocks, Renzo Lazzaroni (186-G-85) 14 pts.
Capitol 58 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 13 pts. 15 reb. 3 blocks
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Guruyu Waston 95 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 29 pts, 8 reb. 3 assists, Rodrigo Carvidon (196-F-84) 13 pts. 9 reb. 3 blocks
Stockolmo 70 - Rogelio De Leon (205-C-89) 26 pts. 8 reb. Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) 2 pts. 5 reb.
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Cader 98 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 29 pts. 2 reb. Damian Mujica (195-F-86) 23 pts. 4 reb. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) (Injured. Did not play)
Marne 92 - Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 27 pts. 12 reb.Federico Della Mea 21 pts.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Vadim Panin - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Vadim Panin (203-SG-84, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. He has played there for the last two seasons. In fifteen PBL games he had 8.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season. Panin also played 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Panin won VTB United League championship title in 2011.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Panin played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2004 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004. He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Brno nine years ago.
Panin has played previously for seven other Russia teams: Ural Great, Unics Kazan, Khimky, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Unics Kazan U23, Lokomotiv and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.



BC Donetsk add Ben McCauley - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk have agreed on terms of contract with Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.). The centre spent the last season in Poland. Ben McCauley played for Polpharma Starogard. He notched 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game in PLK. Ben McCauley became the second best scorer in the League. He was named All-Polish League Centre of the Year. He made it also to the League 1st Team. The centre participated at the PLK All-Star Game. Previously Ben McCauley had stints in France, Belgium and D-League. He also participated at the NBA Summer Leagues in Las Vegas and Orlando.


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   

Standings

Standings
1. S.Korea2-0
2. Taiwan2-0
3. Iran1-0
4. Lebanon1-1
5. Taiwan B1-1
6. Egypt1-1
7. USA0-1
8. Jordan0-2
9. Japan0-2

Regular Season: Round 2

Jul. 7: EGY - JOR 89-65
Jul. 7: USA - TAI 84-89
Jul. 7: JPN - LEB 72-79
Jul. 7: TAB - KOR 60-81

Regular Season: Round 3

Jul. 8: JPN - EGY
Jul. 8: IRI - TAB
Jul. 8: KOR - USA
Jul. 8: TAI - LEB


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Jordan 89:65
Egypt recorded the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan for 1-1 record. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) came up with 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Jordan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Egypt raced to a 25:13 lead after the opening quarter. Jordan slowed the African team in the second period. The Asian team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the interval 37:26. But Egypt were back in the drivers seat in the third term. They triggered a 24:13 run to open a 20-point advantage before the fourth frame. Jordan conceded 28 points in the final period and had to yield at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) netted 18 points, while Mohamed Ellethi tossed in 15 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 19 points for Jordan. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Egypt: Haytham Kamal 23+15 boards, Sherif Gindy 18, Mohamed Ellethi 15
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 15

Lebanon - Japan 79:72
Lebanon gained the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They held off Japan for 1-1 record. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Lebanese team. Japan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Lebanon eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Japan did not allow their opponents to clear off in the second frame. Japan narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. Lebanon stretched their lead in the third stanza. They held Japan to 12 points to take a 5-point advantage into the fourth frame. Lebanon maintained the lead throughout the final term and sealed the winning outcome. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) notched 18 points, while Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) added 13 points for the winners. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) responded with 19 points and 14 boards for Japan. Daisuke Noguchi (196-F-83) contributed 14 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon: Jean Abdel Nour 21, Fadi Khatib 18, Elie Estephane 13
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 19+14 boards, Daisuke Noguchi 14

Taiwan - USA 89:84
Taiwan registered the second consecutive victory at the start of the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down the USA selection tonight. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) nailed game-high 30 points to pace the winners.
The North American team led by one point after the starting quarter 23:22. But Taiwan adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held the USA to 13 points to ensure a 42:36 halftime lead. The home side maintained the lead throughout the third period. Taiwan enjoyed a 63:57 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The USA exploded with 27 points in the fourth term but Taiwan withheld the challenge to escape with the victory. Hsun-Chuang Tsung (191-F) nailed 14 points and collected 14 boards, while Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) had 23 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 30, Hsun-Chuang Tsung 14+14 boards, Davis Quincy 11+11 boards
USA: Curtis Marshall 24, Eric Hicks 23+14 boards

Taiwan B South Korea 60:81
South Korea recorded the second win a row at the start of the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Taiwanese B National Team to remain perfect. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) provided 18 points to lead the Korean side. Taiwan B slipped at 1-1 record.
South Korea gained an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. The Korean team exploded with 26 points in the second frame to boost the gap. They established a 44:27 halftime advantage. Taiwan shifted the gear in the third term. They dropped 24 points to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. But South Korea answered with a 17:9 run in the final period to claim the victory. Seung-Jun Lee nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) added 10 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Taiwan. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Chou Po-Chen 15+10 boards, Liu Cheng 13
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Seung-Jun Lee 17, Kim Jong-Kyu 10



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler ENNIS
  CAN
  (188-G-94)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Ennis, Syracuse20.9 
 2. Lyles, High School20.3 
 3. Saric, Cibona20.3 
 4. Sangjae, Korea U.19.2 
 5. Gao, Changsha Bank18.8 
 6. Exum, High School18.2 
 7. Yuan, CHN N.18.1 
 8. Mashayekhi, Mahram14.6 
 9. Kulagin, Triumph14.4 
 10. Diatta, SEN N.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Saric, Cibona11.2 
 2. Traore, IVO N.10.5 
 3. Ndoye, ASC Thies10.0 
 4. Lyles, High School10.0 
 5. Saiz, Asefa E.9.4 
 6. Pineau, Melbourn.9.0 
 7. Kulagin, Triumph8.4 
 8. Zhou, Liaoning H.7.8 
 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, Cibona4.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.8 
 4. Zhao, Bayi R.4.8 
 5. Annaev, Khimky4.5 
 6. Gibeom, Yonsei U.4.0 
 7. Exum, High School3.8 
 8. Brizuela, Asefa E.3.2 
 9. Gao, Changsha Bank2.8 
 10. Whelan, Hindu Club2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mashayekhi, Mahram2.5 
 2. Smart, Oklahoma.2.4 
 3. Adjei, Ermess2.3 
 4. Payton, La-Lafay.2.3 
 5. Toure, IVO N.2.3 
 6. Toure, IVO N.2.2 
 7. Gordon, High School2.0 
 8. Kulagin, Triumph2.0 
 9. Diatta, SEN N.1.8 
 10. Sangjae, Korea U.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Zhou, Liaoning H.4.8 
 2. Kanygin, Lok.Kuba.2.5 
 3. Foroutannik, Azad2.3 
 4. Traore, SOA1.8 
 5. Choi, Yonsei U.1.5 
 6. Pineau, Melbourn.1.3 
 7. Egi, High School1.3 
 8. Saric, Cibona1.3 
 9. Krestininas, Sakal.1.1 
 10. Harrell, Louisvil.1.1 


USA wins fifth U19 crown - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Serbia - USA 68-82
USA wins fifth crown of the U19 World Championship. The favorites overcame Serbia 82:68 in the Final game and clinched Gold of the tournament. It was the second appearance of the teams this time in Prague. At the end of the Second Stage USA beat Serbia 71:62. Tonight USA started with 26:22 lead, but led only 2 points at the halftime. The teams proved it one more time to be the best two teams of the tournament and remained tough in the second half. USA pushed the tempo in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 17-13 and finished the game with 25-17 surge. Montrezl Harrell (203-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Williams-Goss Nigel nailed 15. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94) delivered 12 and Smart Marcus added 11. Novak Jovan answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) collected 13 points and 10 assists. Nikola Jokic (203-C-95) poured in 10, whilst Jankovic Nikola chipped in with 9.

3-4 places
Australia - Lithuania 100-106 OT
Lithuania clinched Bronze in Prague after an overtime thriller against Australia. The 2011 Champions grabbed a 106:100 win in the game for the third place. The game was close in the first quarter with Lithuania only able to open a five-point lead and the Europeans were up 21-18 after one quarter. Lithuania added 21-16 in the second frame and led 8 points at the halftime. Australia however erupted with 28-14 burst in the third period and took 6-point lead after 30 minutes. Dimsa Tomas and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) deadlocked the teams at 85:85 at regulation. In overtime Lithuania posted a 21-15 surge to win the game. Dimsa Tomas top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Grigonis Marius added 17. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) brought 16, whilst Raupys Simas and Martin Geben (206-C-94) scored 12 each. Dante Exum ended up with 28 points in the losing effort and Pineau Dane collected massive 20 points and 17 rebounds. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) notched 16 and Fisher Anthony chipped in with 14.

5-6 places
Spain - Canada 72-68
Spain earned the fifth place at the U19 World Championship. They ended their campaign with a narrow win over Canada today. Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) stepped up with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the European team. Spain ran to a 14:8 lead after ten minutes of action. The tempo increased in the second frame. Spain accounted for a 39:26 halftime lead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the third term. The European team arrived at the final break up by 14 points. Canada went on a strong rally in the fourth frame to cut the deficit at 5-point mark with under four minutes to go. But Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) converted a three-point play to keep Spain comfortably in front. Canada got within three points but Edgar Vicedo and Brizuela sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Spain. Guillermo Hernangomez chipped in 15 points, while Edgar Vicedo added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) answered with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Canada. Xavier Rathan-Mayes chipped in 12 points in the loss.

7-8 places
Croatia - China 80-94
China beat Croatia to finish 7th in Prague at the U19 World Championship. The Asian side jumped a step higher after a 94:80 victory. The European side ended up on the 8th spot. China looked outstanding in the first period and grabbed a 28-14 surge. Moreover the game was done at the halftime when China added 22-12 burst before the break. China also won the third period 25:20 and did not mind a 19-34 loss in the last stanza. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) erupted with 33 points for the winners and Yuan Shuai netted 23. Heng YiFeng (194-F-95) poured in 8, while Zhao JiWei had 7. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Marin Maric (208-C-94) scored 18. Gabric Tomislav brought 12, whilst Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) and Demo Lovro had 7 each.



Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team 2013
Dante Exum
Exum
Vasilije Micic
Micic
Dario Saric
Saric
Aaron Gordon
Gordon
Jahlil Okafor-Benton
Okafor-Benton

Best Player: Aaron Gordon (6'9''-F-95) of USA
Best Guard: Dante Exum (6'4''-PG-95) of Australia
Best Forward: Aaron Gordon (6'9''-F-95) of USA
Best Center: Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'11''-C-95) of USA

1st Team
PG: Dante Exum (6'4''-PG-95) of Australia
PG: Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94) of Serbia
F/C: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Croatia
F: Aaron Gordon (6'9''-F-95) of USA
C: Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'11''-C-95) of USA

2nd Team
F/G: Mislav Brzoja (6'4''-F/G-94) of Croatia
G: Tyler Ennis (6'2''-G-94) of Canada
F: Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) of Spain
F: Justice Winslow (6'6''-F-96) of USA
C: Qi Zhou (217-C-96) of China

Honorable Mention
Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) of Russia
Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) of Lithuania
Dane Pineau (203-F-94) of Australia
Trey Lyles (6'9''-F/C-95) of Canada
Montrezl Harrell (6'8''-F-94) of USA
Sebastian Saiz (203-F-94) of Spain
Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) of Serbia
Shuai Yuan (190-PG-94) of China
Shang Gao (198-F/G-94) of China
Kang Sangjae (202-F-94) of S. Korea




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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Estonia1-0
2. S.Korea1-0
3. Russia1-0
4. Ukraine0-1
5. Oman0-1
6. Germany0-1
Group B
1. Mexico1-0
2. Romania1-0
3. Serbia1-0
4. Mongolia0-1
5. Philippine.0-1
6. Japan0-1
Group C
1. Australia1-0
2. Canada1-0
3. USA1-0
4. Czech Rep.0-1
5. Sweden0-1
6. United Ara.0-1
Group D
1. Brazil1-0
2. Finland1-0
3. Lithuania1-0
4. Norway0-1
5. Chile0-1
6. China0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 7: UKR - KOR 98-100
Jul. 7: GER - EST 59-65
Jul. 7: RUS - OMA 117-24

B

Jul. 7: JPN - MEX 71-83
Jul. 7: SRB - MGL 110-56
Jul. 7: ROM - PHI 106-58

C

Jul. 7: CAN - SWE 84-69
Jul. 7: CZE - AUS 57-85
Jul. 7: USA - UAE 140-46

D

Jul. 7: LTU - NOR 94-71
Jul. 7: FIN - CHI 71-52
Jul. 7: BRA - CHN 107-65

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 8: KOR - OMA
Jul. 8: GER - UKR
Jul. 8: RUS - EST

B

Jul. 8: ROM - JPN
Jul. 8: MEX - MGL
Jul. 8: SRB - PHI

C

Jul. 8: AUS - SWE
Jul. 8: USA - CZE
Jul. 8: CAN - UAE

D

Jul. 8: CHN - NOR
Jul. 8: FIN - BRA
Jul. 8: LTU - CHI


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

GROUP A

Germany - Estonia 59:65 OT

Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) leads Estonia past Germany in Day 1 of the 2013 University Games. The Estonian player erupted with 36 points for a 65:59 overtime win.
Both teams scored only 9 points as Estonia took 6:3 lead at the end of the first period. They added 15-10 rally in the second frame and then even posted a 21-17 rally in the third period. Germany however needed a 23-11 surge to tie the game at the end of the fourth quarter. Only due to 12-6 in overtime, Estonia managed to grab the win in the opener.

Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) posted 12 points for the winners, while Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) and Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) added 7 each. Moenninghoff Mathis and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) replied with 11 points each in defeat, while Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) netted 9. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Germany: Moenninghoff Mathis 11,
Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11, Stefan Schmidt 9, Konstantin Klein 8
Estonia:
Toomas Raadik 36, Kristjan Keres 12, Jaan Puidet 7, Madis Saarmets 7

South Korea - Ukraine 100:98 (OT)
South Korea claimed the first win at the World University Games. They snatched a tough overtime victory over Ukraine in Group A. Doo Kung-Min nailed 28 points to lead the winners.
South Korea dominated the first half. They recorded a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. The Asian team boosted the gap in the second frame. They accounted for a 48:35 halftime advantage. Ukraine however turned things around in the third period. They went on a 31:19 run to cut the distance to a single point before the fourth frame. South Korea pulled ahead late in regulation but a three-pointer from Sainiiev forced overtime. South Korea stayed calm in the extra period and sealed the victory from the stripe.
Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) netted 18 points, while Jihoo Kim Jun-Yl and Hyo-Geun Jeong added 15 points for the winners. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) answered with 27 points for Ukraine. Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea:
Doo Kung-Min 28, Kim Jun-Yl 18, Jihoo Kim Jun-Yl 15, Hyo-Geun Jeong 15
Ukraine:
Anton Rochnyak 27, Nikola Polyulyak 16+10 boards

Russia - Oman 117:24
Russia got to a convincingly good start to their World University Games campaign. The hosts thumped Oman in Kazan. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 31 points to lead the charge.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. Russia posted a 29:6 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the margin at 45-point mark at halftime. Russia unleashed 60 points in the second half to coast to the victory.
Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) nailed 16 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 6 assists for Russia. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) notched 10 points for the winning side. Said Al Saadi answered with 8 points for Oman. Ahmed Al Halhali had 7 points in the loss.

Russia:
Sergey Karasev 31, Dmitry Kulagin 16, Artem Vikhrov 10
Oman: Said Al Saadi 8, Ahmed Al Halhali 7
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GROUP B
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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Romania - Philippines 106:58

Romania opened their World University Games campaign with victory. They outgunned Philippines in Kazan today.
Roland Torok (202-C-90, agency: TSS Management) and Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) finished with 15 points each for the winners.
Romania jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 22:8 advantage after ten minutes. Romania stretched the gap at 16-point mark at the interval. The European side increased the tempo in the third term. They poured in 35 points in the quarter to gain a 30-point cushion before the fourth frame. Philippines could not recover in the final ten minutes and suffered a heavy defeat at the end.
Vlad Dumitrescu (190-G-90), Vlad Negoitescu (204-C-91) and Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) accounted for 11 points each in the victory. John Abad responded with 19 points for Philippines. Mendozan chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Romania:
Roland Torok 15, Adrian Gutoaia 15, Vlad Dumitrescu 11, Vlad Negoitescu 11, Bogdan Tibirna 11
Philippines: John Abad 19, Mendozan 13
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Japan - Mexico 71:83

Ricardo Calatayud leads Mexico over Japan in the opener of the 27th Summer Universiade. He nailed 25 points as his Mexico posted an 83:71 victory in Group B.
Mexico took 20:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-19 before the halftime. Both teams scored 22 points in the third quarter that brought 63:57 for Mexico. The latter also added 20-14 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Japan showed 56% from the field, while Mexico had 47%.

Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) poured in 16 points for the winners. RAMIREZ Juan delivered 12, while Fabian Jaimes added 10. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) delivered 17. UTO Naoki scored 11 and FUJII Yuma added 9.

Japan:
Yuya Nagayoshi 22, Kosuke Hashimoto 17, UTO Naoki 11, FUJII Yuma 9
Mexico:
Ricardo Calatayud 25, Fernando Benitez 16, RAMIREZ Juan 12, Fabian Jaimes 10
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GROUP C
Czech Republic Australia 57:85

Australia leave no chance for Czech Republic at the Men's Preliminary Round Group C of the 27th Summer Universiade. Australia grabbed 85:57 win in their first game in Kazan.
Australia opened the game with 21-11 lead, but could not dominate the half. The European side replied with 21-15 rally in the second frame and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game when Australia erupted with a 35-11 surge and never looked behind. Both teams managed to add 14 points in the last stanza for the final result.

Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) and Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Cody Ellis (203-F-90) added 14. Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) followed them with 12 points. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Viktor Cvek (200-C-89) notched 8. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89), Tomas Voslajer (211-C-90) and Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90) delivered 7 points each in a loss.

Czech Republic:
Adam Ciz 14, Viktor Cvek 8, Jiri Slavik 7, Tomas Voslajer 7, Jakub Krakovic 7
Australia:
Todd Blanchfield 15, Clint Steindl 15, Cody Ellis 14, Mitchell Young 12

USA - UAE 140:46
The USA opened win count at the 2013 World Universuty Games. They cruised past the United Arab Emirates in the opener. Nine players scored in double digits for the winners.
Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) notched 18 points for the USA.
The USA fired 35 points in the first quarter to take a 19-point lead. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They poured in 34 points in the next stanza to gain a 69:23 halftime lead. The USA never looked back in the second half. They held the UAE to just 23 points in the half to claim a comprehensive win.
Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) nailed 16 points, while Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93), Will Sheehey (6'7''-F-92) and Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) added 15 points each in the win. Khalil Salem (5'10''-G-91) answered with 14 points for the UAE. Omar Alameri (6'7''-F-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

USA:
Sean Kilpatrick 18, Aaron White 16, Kevin Ferrell 15, Will Sheehey 15, Doug McDermott 15
UAE:
Khalil Salem 14, Omar Alameri 12

Canada - Sweden 84:69
Canada marched to the first win at the 2013 World Universiade. They knocked down Sweden in Group C opener.
Brady Heslip (188-G-90) nailed 22 points to lead the North American side.
Canada started the game with an aggressive defense. They held Sweden to 10 points in the first frame. Canada gained a 9-point lead at the first break. The North American team stayed in charge throughout the second period. They registered a 43:25 halftime lead. The Scandinavian team picked up the tempo in the third term. Sweden fire 26 points to cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the final break. But Canada sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome.
Dwight Powell (208-F-91) chipped in 16 points and grabbed 9 boards, Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Sweden. Odin Lindell (205-C-90) netted 10 points in the loss.

Canada:
Brady Heslip 22, Dwight Powell 16, Kevin Pangos 12
Sweden:
Chris Czerapowicz 20, Odin Lindell 10
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GROUP D
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

Brazil- China 107:65
Five players scored in double figures as Brazil rout China at their start of the 27th Summer Universiade. Brazil destroyed China 107:65 for the first victory in Group D.
Brazil opened the game with a confident 24:17 lead and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. The team from Latin America added 26-15 rally in the second quarter and enjoyed a 50:32 halftime advantage. Moreover Brazil won the third period 26-16 and finished the game with 31-17 burst.

Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 16. Joao Bernardi (F-90) brought 15, DALLA BARBA Matheus added 13 and ALVES MAIA Rafael Donatti chipped in with 10. CUI Jinming replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Lian Liu (200-F-91) scored 13. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) poured in 9 and WEI Meng nailed 8.

Brazil:
Lucas Mariano 18, Cristiano Felicio 16, Joao Bernardi 15, DALLA BARBA Matheus 13, ALVES MAIA Rafael Donatti 10
China: CUI Jinming 22,
Lian Liu 13, Dai Huaibo 9, WEI Meng 8

Lithuania - Norway 94:71
Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games. They overcame Norway in Kazan tonight.
Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) stepped up with 16 points to lead the charge.
Lithuania dominated from the starting point. The Baltic team accounted for a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania shifted the gear in the second frame. They exploded with 33 points to arrive at halftime up by 18 points 56:38. Lithuania did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accounted for a comfortable 23-point lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term as Lithuania cruised to the victory.
Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) produced 13 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) added 12 points for the winners. Anders Stien (195-G-90) answered with 18 points for Norway. Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-F-89, college: Manhattan) and Roy Nwachukwu (196-F-90, college: Seminole St.CC) had 9 points apiece in the loss.

Lithuania:
Simas Buterlevicius 16, Eimantas Bendzius 13, Vytenis Cizauskas 12
Norway:
Anders Stien 18, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 9, Roy Nwachukwu 9




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Women News


SBL: Redbacks put the bite on Suns - by Eurobasket News

The Perth Redbacks put the bite on the Kalamunda Eastern Suns taking out both matches in their Saturday night encounters at Belmont Oasis Recreation Centre.

Craig Mansfields Suns have now dropped their last five matches. Of greater concern is that they are dropping further away from the home court advantage placing for the play-offs. The Suns had 5 more shots than the Redbacks but were smashed in the rebound count 33-51, with Redbacks centre Marita Payne (196-C-81, college: Auburn) tallying 19 boards, to go with her 20 points.

With captain Ajay Jones, and Melissa Moyle also, missing the game, it was always going to be difficult for the Suns against a resurgent opponent knocking on the play-offs door. The Suns only lead the game for 17 seconds, after Chelsea Armstrong opened the games scoring. Despite narrowing the margin to just 1 point with a minute to play, some poor execution and rebounding hurt the Suns, allowing the Redbacks to seal the win 62-57. Emma Berryman (165-G-87) had 16 points to lead the Suns whilst import Jennie Rintala notched up 14 and Jessie Edwards had 9 points and 8 boards.

In a highly physical encounter, and captain Joel Questels 150th SBL game, all for the Kalamunda Eastern Suns, the Suns men started in good form. The Suns held their own against the top 4 bound Redbacks, trailing by only 1 at quarter time, 22-23.

The Redbacks had done their homework and were able to restrict Ben Smiths offensive output in the game, though they couldnt stop Luke Nevill who was able to wreak havoc at both ends of the floor, with some big dunks and some even bigger blocks. Despite Nevills best efforts, the second quarter belonged to Perth and they had opened up a 13 point buffer, leading 55-42. The Redbacks never looked back, and, apart from a late 7-2 Suns run in the third, closed out an important 113-90 win.

Nevill finished the game with 32 points, 13 rebounds and an impressive 4 blocks, he was assisted by Louis Timms who had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 big blocks and Kerrod Horn finished with 13 points.

Next up for the Suns is a Friday road trip to Lakeside, to face the Lightning. The WSBL game will be a direct battle for a top 4 place whilst the MSBL will be a massive test for Coach Kuhns developing Suns, facing the top placed Lightning. WSBL at 6:30pm and MSBL at 8:30pm.

Article by Steve Trajeski
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Top four win, Suns slide (Week 17 Women's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

THE top four women's SBL teams Wanneroo, Willetton, Rockingham and Lakeside all had winning weekends while Kalamunda lost a fifth straight game to keep the door open for the chasing pack.

The action began with two matches on Friday night with the Lakeside Lightning downing the Mandurah Magic 79-65 at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

The Willetton Tigers then beat the Stirling Senators 77-52 at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

The Lightning's 14-point win on the road against the Magic on Friday was their seventh straight victory this season to see them now improve to an 11-7 record to move up into fourth position in the standings.

Willetton then began a big weekend with its 25-point thumping of Stirling to maintain second spot on the ladder while the Senators only game of the week saw them slip to an 8-11 record in ninth spot.

There were then four matches on Saturday night to close out Week 17 of the competition with the Perth Redbacks winning a tight one 62-57 over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns at Belmont Oasis.

The Wanneroo Wolves beat the Mandurah Magic 69-42 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium, the Willetton Tigers thumped the Perry Lakes Hawks 80-52 at WA Basketball Centre and the Rockingham Flames downed the Cockburn Cougars 88-82 at Wally Hagan Stadium.

The Redbacks' five-point win at home over the Suns on Saturday night didnt see them move up from 10th spot on the table but it did see Kalamunda fall down to fifth position with a 10-9 record now after five consecutive losses.

The Wolves had no trouble maintaining top spot with a 15-4 record and five straight wins with the Magic unable to get closer than 27 points after backing up Friday's clash at home to Lakeside.

The Tigers capped off a terrific weekend with a 28-point thumping of the Hawks on Saturday to not only maintain second spot at 14-5, but also continue to put pressure on the ladder-leading Wolves.

The Rockingham Flames then also maintained third position and kept the pressure on Willetton in second with the six-point win away to Cockburn on Saturday with the Cougars slipping to 10-9 in sixth.

In Friday's games, Courtney Bayliss (G/F-93) top-scored for the Lightning against the Magic with 22 points to go with seven rebounds. Courtney Byrnes also had 21 points, five boards, five assists and four steals.

Antonia Edmondson (181-F-87) hit 26 points to go with five assists for the Tigers against Stirling.

Saturday night's star individual performances saw Marita Payne finish with 19 points and 20 rebounds for the Redbacks against the Suns with Nikita-Lee Martin hitting 17 points for Wanneroo against Mandurah.

The Tigers covered the absence of Melissa Marsh with little trouble with Lisa Wallbutton hitting 21 points and pulling in 12 rebounds with Antonia Edmondson adding 20 points and eight assists against the Hawks.

Kaye Tucker was outstanding for the Flames with 27 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Stephanie Jones had a big game for the Cougars with 26 points and 17 rebounds.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus wins the title - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus U16-Scotland U16 67:40

Cyprus wins the title at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team needed a final 67:40 win against Scotland for the perfect 4-0 record. Scotland suffered their first loss and finished second with 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and needed a victory for the title. Cyprus started the game with 17-11 and added massive 22-3 in the second frame when it became clear about the winner. Scotland replied with 17-16 rally in the third period, while Cyprus closed the game with a 12-9 run.
Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) collected 20 points and 12 rebounds. Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) nailed 12 and Antigoni Anaxagorou (162-PG-97) delivered 5. Stella Dobson (163-SG-97) answered with 7 points in the losing effort and Sarah Beattie (97) as well as Shannon McAuley (C-98) had 6 each. Eleanor Jones (C-97) collected 5 points and 15 rebounds in a loss.

Cyprus U16: Eleni Oikonomidou 23+12 rebs, Tijana Raca 20+12 rebs, Stefanie Foukaris 12, Antigoni Anaxagorou 5
Scotland U16: Stella Dobson 7, Sarah Beattie 6, Shannon McAuley 6, Eleanor Jones 5+15 rebs



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Antakya 0-0 
 2. Botas 0-0 
 3. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 
Group B
 1. Chevakata 0-0 
 2. Dunav 8806 0-0 
 3. Mersin 0-0 
 4. Norrkoping 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dynamo-GUVD 0-0 
 2. Gorizont 0-0 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
 4. Tarsus Bld 0-0 
Group D
 1. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 2. Istanbul Univ. 0-0 
 3. Olimpia 0-0 
 4. Spartak N. 0-0 
Group E
 1. Landes 0-0 
 2. Wasserburg 0-0 
 3. Work Force 0-0 
 4. Young Cats 0-0 
Group F
 1. Belfius Namur 0-0 
 2. Nantes 0-0 
 3. PEAC-Pecs 0-0 
 4. Villeneuve 0-0 
Group G
 1. MBK Ruzomb. 0-0 
 2. PINKK-Pecsi 424 0-0 
 3. Tarbes 0-0 



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Standings (Women)

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bourges 0-0 
 2. Familia Schio 0-0 
 3. Good Angels 0-0 
 4. Kayseri 0-0 
 5. UMMC 0-0 
 6. UNI Gyor 0-0 
Group B
 1. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 2. IMOS Brno 0-0 
 3. Lattes Montp. 0-0 
 4. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 5. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 6. UNIQA Eurol. 0-0 
 7. Wisla Can-Pak 0-0 
Group C
 1. CCC Polkowice 0-0 
 2. Galatasaray 0-0 
 3. Kibirkstis-Tiche 0-0 
 4. Novi Zagreb 0-0 
 5. Perfumerias 0-0 
 6. Spartak V MR 0-0 
 7. USK Praha 0-0 



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Div.C Standings - by Eurobasket News

Standings
1. Cyprus4-0
2. Scotland3-1
3. Monaco2-2
4. Wales0-3
5. Gibraltar0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Jul. 7: CYP - SCO 67-40
Jul. 7: WAL - GIB


Cyprus wins Division C title - by Eurobasket News

Wales U16-Gibraltar U16 41:55

Gibraltar escapes the last spot of the U16 European Championship in Division C. The home side of the tournament overcame Wales 55:41 and finished on the fourth position. Wales meanwhile could not post any victories.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to post the initial win. Wales won the first period 11-9, but the host grabbed 1-point lead at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Gibraltar erupted with a 16-5 surge and reached a necessary win.
Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 1 5 rebounds, while Ward collected 8 points and 15 rebounds. Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) also scored 8, whilst Ferrer netted 7. Chloe Richards (160-G-97) and Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) replied with 13 points each as the latter also added 15 rebounds. Emily Stradling (168-G-0) scored 5 and Allen had 4 points and 11 rebounds.

Wales U16: Chloe Richards 13, Tanisha Walker 13+15 rebs, Emily Stradling 5, Allen 4+11 rebs
Gibraltar U16: Joelle Grech 25+1 5 rebs, Ward 8+15 rebs, Danielle Bensadon 8, Ferrer 7




Cyprus U16-Scotland U16 67:40

Cyprus wins the title at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team needed a final 67:40 win against Scotland for the perfect 4-0 record. Scotland suffered their first loss and finished second with 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and needed a victory for the title. Cyprus started the game with 17-11 and added massive 22-3 in the second frame when it became clear about the winner. Scotland replied with 17-16 rally in the third period, while Cyprus closed the game with a 12-9 run.

Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) collected 20 points and 12 rebounds. Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) nailed 12 and Antigoni Anaxagorou (162-PG-97) delivered 5. Stella Dobson (163-SG-97) answered with 7 points in the losing effort and Sarah Beattie (97) as well as Shannon McAuley (C-98) had 6 each. Eleanor Jones (C-97) collected 5 points and 15 rebounds in a loss.

Cyprus U16:
Eleni Oikonomidou 23+12 rebs, Tijana Raca 20+12 rebs, Stefanie Foukaris 12, Antigoni Anaxagorou 5
Scotland U16:
Stella Dobson 7, Sarah Beattie 6, Shannon McAuley 6, Eleanor Jones 5+15 rebs



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U16 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar escapes the last spot - by Eurobasket News

Wales U16-Gibraltar U16 41:55

Gibraltar escapes the last spot of the U16 European Championship in Division C. The home side of the tournament overcame Wales 55:41 and finished on the fourth position. Wales meanwhile could not post any victories.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to post the initial win. Wales won the first period 11-9, but the host grabbed 1-point lead at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Gibraltar erupted with a 16-5 surge and reached a necessary win.
Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 1 5 rebounds, while Ward collected 8 points and 15 rebounds. Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) also scored 8, whilst Ferrer netted 7. Chloe Richards (160-G-97) and Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) replied with 13 points each as the latter also added 15 rebounds. Emily Stradling (168-G-0) scored 5 and Allen had 4 points and 11 rebounds.

Wales U16: Chloe Richards 13, Tanisha Walker 13+15 rebs, Emily Stradling 5, Allen 4+11 rebs
Gibraltar U16: Joelle Grech 25+1 5 rebs, Ward 8+15 rebs, Danielle Bensadon 8, Ferrer 7



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C.U.S. Cagliari announced Beatrice Carta - by Eurobasket News

C.U.S. Cagliari announced Beatrice Carta (170-PG-92, college: Washington) for 2013/2014 season. She played last time at A.T.S. Energia Virtus Cagliari in n A2. In 16 games she averaged 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg and 2.0spg last season. Carta also played at The University of Washington in Pacific-12 Conference in the NCAA that season.
Despite young age Carta had impressive career. Carta won Italian A2 North championship title in 2010. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 3rd Team award back in 2010 at her college time. She represented USA at the European Championships U18 for Women in Slovak Republic three years ago. Carta's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (3.4apg), Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 63.2%.
The player started her career in 2007-2008 for Trony Cagliari (A2)



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U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus wins the title - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus U16-Scotland U16 67:40

Cyprus wins the title at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team needed a final 67:40 win against Scotland for the perfect 4-0 record. Scotland suffered their first loss and finished second with 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and needed a victory for the title. Cyprus started the game with 17-11 and added massive 22-3 in the second frame when it became clear about the winner. Scotland replied with 17-16 rally in the third period, while Cyprus closed the game with a 12-9 run.
Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) collected 20 points and 12 rebounds. Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) nailed 12 and Antigoni Anaxagorou (162-PG-97) delivered 5. Stella Dobson (163-SG-97) answered with 7 points in the losing effort and Sarah Beattie (97) as well as Shannon McAuley (C-98) had 6 each. Eleanor Jones (C-97) collected 5 points and 15 rebounds in a loss.

Cyprus U16: Eleni Oikonomidou 23+12 rebs, Tijana Raca 20+12 rebs, Stefanie Foukaris 12, Antigoni Anaxagorou 5
Scotland U16: Stella Dobson 7, Sarah Beattie 6, Shannon McAuley 6, Eleanor Jones 5+15 rebs



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U16 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar escapes the last spot - by Eurobasket News

Wales U16-Gibraltar U16 41:55

Gibraltar escapes the last spot of the U16 European Championship in Division C. The home side of the tournament overcame Wales 55:41 and finished on the fourth position. Wales meanwhile could not post any victories.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to post the initial win. Wales won the first period 11-9, but the host grabbed 1-point lead at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Gibraltar erupted with a 16-5 surge and reached a necessary win.
Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 1 5 rebounds, while Ward collected 8 points and 15 rebounds. Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) also scored 8, whilst Ferrer netted 7. Chloe Richards (160-G-97) and Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) replied with 13 points each as the latter also added 15 rebounds. Emily Stradling (168-G-0) scored 5 and Allen had 4 points and 11 rebounds.

Wales U16: Chloe Richards 13, Tanisha Walker 13+15 rebs, Emily Stradling 5, Allen 4+11 rebs
Gibraltar U16: Joelle Grech 25+1 5 rebs, Ward 8+15 rebs, Danielle Bensadon 8, Ferrer 7



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 10-1 
 2. Chicago S. 8-4 
 3. Washington M. 6-6 
 4. New York L. 5-7 
 5. Indiana F. 4-7 
 6. Connecticut S. 3-8 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 8-3 
 2. L.Angeles S. 8-4 
 3. Phoenix M. 8-5 
 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. 7: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 91-59
Jul. 6: Indiana F. - Connecticut S. 78-66
Jul. 7: New York L. - Chicago S. 64-93
Jul. 6: Washington M. - Seattle S. 62-59

Regular Season: Round 19

Jul. 9: New York L. - Seattle S.
Jul. 9: Minnesota L. - Atlanta D.
Jul. 10: Chicago S. - Washington M.
Jul. 10: Phoenix M. - S.Antonio SS
Jul. 11: Indiana F. - Minnesota L.
Jul. 11: Tulsa S. - L.Angeles S.


Recap of latest games around the League - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 91-59
Charde Houston tackled Sugar Rodgers for a rebound, then received a technical for yelling at the referees. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) shouted at Monica Wright for "flopping" multiple times. Head official Lamont Simpson gave Phoenix a warning for "constant complaining." Then the halftime horn sounded. Sunday night's game between the Lynx and Mercury was full of memorable moments. The contest was billed as a clash for top position in the Western Conference, and the intensity was clearly through the roof as the Lynx blew out Phoenix 91-59. As with most battles, though, there was a casualty. The Lynx (8-3) had to celebrate their victory without forward Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU), who sprained her ankle in the second quarter while going after a loose ball. She was to undergo an MRI on Monday. Nursing a 10-point lead at the half, the home team needed its key players to lead the charge without Augustus, who scored eight points before the injury. But the pressure soon disappeared, courtesy of Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut). "We knew we were going to have to collectively step up and continue to bring the energy and aggression that Seimone had brought in that first quarter," said Moore, who had 23 points. The third-year forward began the game shooting 0 for 5 but lit up the Mercury (8-5) for 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting in the third quarter. "We had some momentum, and then Maya came out just on fire in the second half," Taurasi said. "We didn't match that on the other end." The Lynx held Taurasi, a perennial all-star who led the league in scoring coming into Sunday with 23 points per game, to just four. "There's not too many nights when you're going to have the fortune of holding one of the world's greatest players to just four points," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. Taurasi's lack of scoring wasn't the Mercury's only problem, though. The Lynx dominated most of the important team categories: free-throw attempts (35-5), assists (22-13), turnovers (8-21) and field-goal percentage (45.6 percent to 36.0 percent). The free-throw disparity was especially rare. "When you have a team that's aggressive, you get the benefit of calls," Reeve said. "On their side, I'm sure they're pretty upset." Considering the technical and the "constant complaining" warning, that probably was an understatement. But while the visitors ran their mouths, the Lynx hustled for steals, rebounds and tough baskets that turned the anticipated matchup of Western Conference heavyweights into a laugher. "This is a little extra ice tonight," said guard Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota), who sat at her locker with several heavy ice packs on her legs. "We're expected to be aggressive. Sometimes you have to dive on the court for loose balls. Any time you're able to make extra possessions, that's huge." Whalen got physical, but Lynx guard Monica Wright received the brunt of Taurasi's verbal jabs. She didn't appear to be fazed, pouring in a season-high 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting plus three assists off the bench. "Once you step in between those lines," Wright said, "it's all business." She credited her "attack mode" for the offensive outburst, but that might have been a more apt description of the media after the game. Hollywood Life reported Sunday that Wright is engaged to NBA superstar Kevin Durant, and the press followed Wright to her locker for the scoop. Any details? "Nah," she said. On this night, she let her game do the talking for her. Courtesy of: twincities.com

New York L. - Chicago S. 64-93
Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) scored 20 points and Epiphanny Prince added 18 to help the Chicago Sky rout the New York Liberty 93-64 on Sunday. Led by its prized rookie, Chicago (8-4) has the second-best record in the East, trailing Atlanta by 2 games. The Sky are trying to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. They just missed last year, finishing a game behind New York for the conference's final spot. It turned out well for Chicago, which won the second pick in the draft lottery and took Delle Donne, who leads the WNBA in All-Star voting and is fourth in scoring at nearly 19 points per game. On Sunday, she had nine points in the first quarter and helped the Sky put the game away in the third. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 18 points to lead New York (5-7), which has lost five of its last six games. Prince, who grew up in Brooklyn, has torched her hometown team the last three times she's played them in New Jersey. The fourth-year guard, who went to school 45 minutes down the road at Rutgers, averaged 28 points in two wins last season. She scored in bunches on Sunday, putting up 11 in the second quarter. New York returned home off a disappointing road trip where the Liberty dropped three of the four games, including an 87-74 loss at Chicago to kick it off. The Liberty will play three more games at home before heading back out on the road. "We have four home games in a row, hosting Chicago then going to Chicago," Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said before the game. "This stretch is big for us as far as positioning in the East." It didn't get off to a good start. While New York was coming home, Chicago was making its first trip East this season. Delle Donne, who starred down I-95 in her home state of Delaware, had a huge contingent of fans in attendance. They gave her a warm ovation when lineups were announced pregame and cheered every time she touched the ball. Chicago led 26-23 midway through the second quarter before getting hot from behind the arc. Prince hit two 3-pointers and Swin Cash added another during a 14-3 run. Prince capped the burst with a three-point play finishing a fast break led by Delle Donne which made it 40-26. The Sky led 42-31 at the half after Pondexter hit a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left. Chicago put the game away in the third quarter. Delle Donne got things started with a rare four-point play that made it 46-33. New York trailed 50-37 before Chicago scored 18 of the next 20 points to seal the win. The only question in the fourth was whether New York could avert its worst home loss in Newark, since moving to New Jersey three seasons ago while Madison Square Garden was being renovated. The Liberty will be back in New York next season. New York couldn't avoid that dubious mark, surpassing the 21-point defeat to Atlanta on June 14, 2011. The Liberty fell short of the worst home loss ever, a 37-point defeat by Seattle in 2006. Chicago fell short of the biggest win in franchise history, a 31-point win over Phoenix last season. The Sky were also buoyed by the return of center Sylvia Fowles, who missed the last game - a home loss to Seattle - while she recovered from a right ankle sprain. She had 10 points and six rebounds. Courtesy of: Associated Press

L.Angeles S. - New York L. 97-89
Stop thinking and trying to find other players, just shoot. That's what the Sparks' coaching staff drilled into Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland)'s head. The message got through loud and clear. Toliver tied her career high with 29 points, going 12 of 17 from the field, and the Sparks led all the way to defeat the New York Liberty, 97-89, Thursday at Staples Center and improve to 7-0 at home. "The past week my coaches have really gotten on me about having the green light and really shooting the ball," Toliver said. "Just be myself, be aggressive offensively and score the ball. That's what I did. I don't have a conscience. I just tried to do what was asked and what naturally comes. Just playing loose and free." Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 20 points and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) had 15 to help the Sparks dominate through the first three quarters while extending their regular-season winning streak at Staples Center to 17 games. The victory moved the Sparks within half a game of Minnesota and Phoenix, which are tied atop the WNBA West standings. The Sparks close out a three-game homestand against fifth-place San Antonio on Saturday. "There's certainly a comfort level," Sparks Coach Carol Ross said of playing at home. "We got to make sure we don't get too comfortable." The team is 0-4 on the road, which Parker attributes to the team's mind-set. "When we come into a home game, we expect to win," she said. "On the road we talk ourselves into hope. It's two different teams, for sure." Cappie Pondexter scored 34 points to lead the Liberty, which lost its second straight game and fourth in its last five. New York fell to 1-5 on the road. The Sparks' 40 field goals were the most given up by the Liberty this season. "Five more minutes, we probably would have won the game," Pondexter said. Parker scored the game's first six points to open up a lead the Sparks never relinquished. Toliver picked up her offense with 12 points in the second quarter, including eight in a row. The Sparks then ran off 12 straight points to take a 60-37 halftime lead. Their 27-point lead in the second quarter was the largest of the game. The Sparks shot 64% for the game and outscored the Liberty 18-6 in fastbreak points. "The second quarter was obviously a low point for us. They kind of got going," Pondexter said. "I haven't seen a team shoot like that in a very long time. Every player was very efficient. But we fought our way back in and made it a competitive game in the second half. That's a positive to take from it." Toliver scored 10 of the Sparks' 21 points in the third, when they extended their lead to 81-59. Pondexter had 12 points in the quarter, but the Liberty never got closer than 18. "When she's on like that it's really beautiful to watch," Parker said of Toliver, who was the WNBA's most improved player last season. New York outscored the Sparks, 30-16, in the fourth quarter, but time ran out on the Liberty. "We just let up," Parker said. "Our defense wasn't there and we weren't hitting shots. That was a little glance of how we play on the road." The Sparks were coming off a 96-66 win over Minnesota at home on Tuesday and for a while it looked as though they'd end up with another blowout victory. "We were better in the first half than we were in the second," Toliver said. "That's when we're at our best - when we're able to rebound and run, so the more we can do that and get our stops the better." Courtesy of: latimes.com

L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS 93-66
Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 24 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, and Candace Parker added 18 points to help the Sparks beat the San Antonio Silver Stars, 93-66, on Saturday at Staples Center and extend their regular-season home winning streak to 18 games. The Silver Stars also lost star Becky Hammon to a knee injury in the second quarter. The seven-time All-Star, who was playing in her first game of the season after missing the first 10 because of a broken finger on her shooting hand, went down near the baseline with 6:14 left in the second quarter. She was carried off the court and didn't return. 'We'll get it checked out,' San Antonio Coach Dan Hughes said. 'We'll get her home and then have our doctors take a look at it.' Lindsey Harding added 14 points and A'dia Mathies and Kristi Toliver each had 12 for the Sparks (8-4), who pulled even with the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury for first place in the Western Conference. Los Angeles improved to 8-0 at home this season and will go for its first road victory Thursday. Los Angeles has won its eight home games by an average of 22.3 points. Will it translate to the road? 'That's the one thing we discussed after the game is that we need to be road warriors,' said Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who was hit in the face twice and had a cut on her face. 'So we want to come out and practice hard. Coach said we're going to work on the fundamentals when we come back from our day off and bring it to the road because Tulsa's going to be hard to win at their place.' San Antonio used an 11-1 run to close to 55-44 on Danielle Robinson's drive before Parker scored the next six points. Parker also got a block and a rebound during the sequence and fed Harding for a layup to give L.A. a 65-45 lead after three quarters. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored 20 points to lead the Silver Stars (3-8), who lost for the seventh time in eight games. 'We've been given some blows this year thus far that kind of seem unfair,' Milton-Jones said. 'For one team to have this many adverse situations thrown at us when it comes to dealing with injuries. Becky is definitely a key part of everything that we have here, and we were anxiously awaiting her return. We're just praying to God it's nothing serious.' San Antonio, which only dressed eight players in its previous game, also returned center Jayne Appel, who had been out since June 11 because of a concussion and Shenise Johnson from a knee injury. But L.A. outscored San Antonio 50-26 in the paint and held the Silver Stars to 36% shooting. Los Angeles outscored San Antonio, 54-28, in the paint, and 20-4 on fastbreak points. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had a double-double at halftime with 13 points and 10 rebounds to help give the Sparks a 39-29 lead. She scored inside for the go-ahead basket at 25-24, then finished a nice feed from Harding and converted a tough bank shot from the right side. Robinson, the WNBA's leader in assists, had only two assists through three quarters and finished with five. Johnson had 12 points and Robinson had 10. Appel had eight points and nine rebounds. In 2000 and 2006, the Sparks started the season 9-0 at home. San Antonio is the last team to beat Los Angeles at home in the regular season, on June 24, 2012. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Washington M. - Seattle S. 62-59
In their rematch against the Mystics, the Storm made mistakes early, mistakes late and had minimal offensive consistency in between. Ultimately, a turnover-plagued start proved too much to overcome, especially when the miscues continued in the final minutes. Ultimately, Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90, college: Tennessee)'s career-best scoring performance and a second-half rally could not deny a historic victory. Seattle committed a season-high 26 turnovers, trailed by double digits throughout and 14 late in the third quarter. Aided by a cluster of three-pointers, the Storm turned the game into a one-possession contest with numerous opportunities to tie or take the lead inside the final 97 seconds. Instead, there were two shot-clock violations, an errant free throw and three potential game-tying three-pointers missed on the final possession. Instead of a second straight win, the Storm fell to the Mystics 62-59 on Saturday. 'We put ourselves in a hole and it's a thing we've done continuously all season long,' Storm coach Brian Agler said. 'Sometimes we've found a way to fight back, sometimes we don't. Tonight was one of those times we didn't.' Stricklen led the Storm (5-7) with 20 points on four three-pointers. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Management Group, college: USC) scored 11 points, but missed 10 of 12 attempts from the field. 'We just have to finish off plays,' Thompson said. 'I just feel like every game that we get into, we're playing more than just our opponents. It's unfortunate that we can't go into a game and just play. We had our opportunities and just didn't capitalize on them.' The loss, Seattle's fourth in five games, meant a win for the Mystics and milestone for Washington coach Mike Thibault. With his 212th victory, Thibault became the WNBA's leader for most coaching wins, passing Van Chancellor. For much of the game, there appeared little doubt the record would fall. With a combination of poor shooting and 12 first-quarter turnovers, the Storm trailed 21-7 after the opening period, by 18 in the second and 35-21 at halftime. 'When you're playing at a very inefficient level offensively, it really hurts your defense because you're playing against a team that is constantly in transition, constantly coming at you,' Agler said. Not all the numbers were unfortunate - the Storm held Washington to season lows in scoring and field-goal percentage. Just not enough were positive. The Storm fell to 1-2 on its seasonlong four-game road trip. Seattle faces the New York Liberty on Tuesday. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) led the Mystics (6-6) with 12 points. Last month at KeyArena, the Storm scored its most points this season in beating the Mystics 96-86 in overtime, with Thompson scoring 30 points. Before the rematch, Thibault handed the retiring Thompson a bouquet of roses. Courtesy of: seattletimes.com

Indiana F. - Connecticut S. 78-66
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) had 22 points and six steals to help the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 78-66 on Saturday night. Briann January had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Shavonte Zellous also scored 14 points for the injury-plagued Fever (4-7). The defending WNBA champions won their third straight game after dropping seven of eight to start the season. The Fever took advantage after Connecticut's star player, reigning league MVP Tina Charles, was ejected early in the fourth quarter. The center picked up two technical fouls after she disagreed with a call and was sent to the locker room. Charles finished with 14 points for the Sun (3-8). Kelsey Griffin (6'2''-F-87, college: Nebraska) added 17 points (career high) and eight rebounds and Allison Hightower (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) scored 17 points. Trailing 41-23 at halftime, the Sun rallied to within 56-54 on a 3-pointer by Iziane Castro Marques two minutes into the fourth quarter. Karima Christmas answered with a three-point play for Indiana, sparking a 10-2 run that pushed the lead back to 66-56 with 5:01 left. The Sun could not get closer than 66-61 on a 3-pointer by Hightower with 3:56 left in the game. Indiana answered with a final 10-0 push and cruised home to the win. "In the first half, we were not hitting our shots. Then we let our defense fall," Connecticut coach Anne Donovan said. "We had a tremendous third quarter. We had more points than we had in the first half. Losing Tina took the wind out of our sails. We had a five-point game going, and it shifted back." Griffin said, "To get down by 20 is nearly impossible to come back from. In the third and fourth quarter, there were opportunties. (Give) credit to Indiana. They executed their game plan, took Tina out of the game." January started at point guard for the Fever after suffering concussion-like symptoms during the previous game against Seattle. Indiana took control with a run late in the first quarter and led 41-23 at halftime. The Fever shot 50 percent from the field in the first half. Catchings scored 13 points in the half while January scored 10. The Sun shot 35 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers before the break. Charles, who entered the game ranked third in the league in scoring average (19.1) and second in rebounds (10.8), had four points and two rebounds in the first half, and the Sun shot just 35 percent in the first 20 minutes. Connecticut rallied in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Hightower trimmed Indiana's lead to 47-37. The Sun continued to chip away, and the Fever took a 53-47 lead into the fourth quarter. Charles got it going with eight points in the third quarter and Griffin added seven. The Sun held the Fever to 3-for-16 shooting in the third quarter. Connecticut seemed to be in position to complete the comeback, but Charles became unglued, Indiana made three free throws to take a 62-54 lead, and the Fever remained in control the rest of the way. The Fever were without Katie Douglas (back), Erin Phillips (torn right meniscus) and Jeanette Pohlen (torn left ACL). Starting center Jessica Davenport is out for the season. Connecticut was without Kara Lawson (knee), Tan White (broken ring finger) and Renee Montgomery (left ankle sprain). Courtesy of: theday.com