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  ARGENTINA  



Argentina fire past Colombia in Salta - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Colombia 78:59

Argentina defeated Colombia to open Super 4 international friendly tournament in Salta. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) scored 15 points to lead the hosts.
Argentina recorded a 22:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the pressure throughout the second frame. Argentina ensured a 39:25 halftime advantage. Argentina boosted the lead at 22-point mark heading into the fourth frame 62:40. Argentina cruised to the victory in the final period. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) had 14 points, while Javier Saiz (206-PF-94) tossed in 12 points in the win. Tonny Trocha-Morelos (208-C-94) replied with 15 points for Colombia. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) had 11 points in the loss.

Argentina: Gabriel Deck 15, Lucio Redivo 14, Javier Saiz 12
Colombia: Tonny Trocha-Morelos 15, Stalin Ortiz 11



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  AUSTRALIA  


Uppsala could land Rhys Carter - by Eurobasket News

Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) is close to sign 33-year old Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-82kg-84) who played last time at Plymouth University Raiders in United Kingdom. In 32 BBL games he recorded 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg and 2.1spg (in top 4) last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (2016) summer Carter played at Tigers in Australian East where in 24 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 2.3spg in 2016 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Defensive Team back in 2010.
Carter was a member of Australian international program for some years. He was called to Australian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
Thanks to Carter's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Carter has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide 36ers, Kings, Perth Wildcats, Victoria and Frankston Blues) and Sweden (Orebro).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Maintaining defensive pressure and making good decisions in tight games and when physically tired are key areas that Rhys will be working towards improving, to complement his creative ball-handling skills and court vision.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Sweden



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Emanuel Ubilla (ex ZTE KK) joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) agreed terms with 31-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in Hungarian A Division. In 45 games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 8.1apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg. Ubilla helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Kaposvari (also in A Division) where in 30 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 7.6apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Ubilla's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup final in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Ubilla's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Ubilla tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Tapiolan Honka), Holland (Den Helder), Switzerland (Monthey), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava), Czech Republic (Novy Jicin and BK Kolin), Puerto Rico (Atleticos, Indios and Piratas) and APBL (Toms River S.).
Ubilla attended Fairleigh Dickinson University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

BK Ventspils roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Emanuel Ubilla
Blake Hamilton

Forwards:
Maris Gulbis
Arturs Berzins
Mike Bruesewitz

Center:
Julius Jucikas

Coach: Roberts Stelmahers

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  BELGIUM  


Jean Salumu leads Belgium over Italy - by Eurobasket News

Belgium - Italy 80-60

Jean Salumu (193-F-90) led Belgium over Italy in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Toulouse. He scored 19 points as Belgium celebrated a comfortable 80-60 win.
Belgium grabbed a 16-15 lead after the first 10 minutes and added a 22-13 surge in the second frame. Moreover they dominated the second half and came up with two more victories, 25-18 and 17-14, respectively in the third and last stanzas.
Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) poured in 14 points, while Quentin Serron (190-G-90) and Maxime De Zeeuw (206-PF-87) had 12 each. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) replied with 11 in defeat and Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) posted 10.



Yunio Barrueta (ex Aalstar) signs at Denain - by Eurobasket News

Denain ASC Voltaire (ProB) landed 24-year old American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-102kg-93, college: Barry). He played most recently at Crelan Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Euromillions League. In 30 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Among other achievements Barrueta played in the final of SSC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-SSC Player of the Year award and NABC NCAA D2 All-South District 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Barrueta graduated from Barry University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Denain ASC Voltaire roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pierric Poupet
Jay Threatt
Thomas Bropleh
Kevin Harley
Warren Racine
Mehdy-Sofian Ngouama

Forwards:
Antoine Wallez
Ywen Smock
Yunio Barrueta
Jean-Philippe Dally

Center:
Jerome Cazenobe

Coach: Remy Valin

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



France beat Belgium in Toulouse International tournament - by Eurobasket News

France - Belgium 85-60

France overcame Belgium at the start of the home International Tournament. France had a slow start, but came up with a massive 85-60 win.
Belgium grabbed a 21-13 lead at the start of the game, but could not match the hosts in the rest of the game. France replied with a 22-9 surge to take a 35-32 half-time advantage. Moreover France nailed 32 points in the third period and closed the game with a final 18-12 run.
Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) notched 13. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) posted 12 and Yakuba OUATTARA had 9. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) scored 9 points in a loss.



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  BOLIVIA  


Universidad San Simon and Pichincha reduce deficit at the semifinal series - by Eurobasket News

Universidad San Simon and Pichincha reduced deficits at the respective semifinal series. Universidad San Simon overcame Calero Potosi 100-93 in an overtime thriller. Universidad San Simon dominated the first half, but then Calero managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period.
Pichincha Potosi edged CAN Oruro 86-73. Pichincha Potosi won all quarters of the game to win game 3.



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  BOSNIA  


Miracles Can Happen Bosnia moves onto World Cup 2019! - by Chris Mathieu

Miracles Can Happen Bosnia moves onto World Cup 2019!

Bosnia has five players in the NBA and not a single one answered the bell to play for Bosnia at World Cup qualifiers. The NBA was not happy about risking its players to play in what it deemed such a minor tournament. Bosnia was left shorthanded before the qualifying tournament even began as other players refused the call up to the national team and were sanctioned for their absence.

KSBiH brought in the legendary coach Dusko Vujosevic who Sarajevo legend Sasa Danilovic credits with making his career from a youngster from Alponso Polje to an international star. Dule had the pedigree and track record to get the results and the players assembled, quickly assimilated into his structured yet flexible system. Dule demands perfection, effort, hard work and dedication and the players assembled responded to their new coach.

Bosnia went 4-2 in the tournament only losing to Bosnian native Vedran Bosnic who led Sweden to a first place finish in their group. Bosnias only two losses where to Sweden and Bosnic who is an excellent coach. He knew how to exploit Bosnias weaknesses to perfection. Bosnia crushed all their other opponents, winning by a double digit margin in every game.

Armenia tried to stack the deck in their favor by using Americans as their top four international players and yet it didn't keep Bosnia from sweeping them aside.

The team dealt with adversity as the treasonous Alex Renfroe proved once again not to be a reliable partner for the second year in a row. He eventually was kicked off the team and stripped of his Bosnian passport.

Dzanan Musa was the star of the show for Bosnia in 6 games averaging 22.8ppg 3.3rbpg 2.5aspg and proving to be an intense competitor who brings great effort and energy every game.

Adin Vrabac was appointed team captain and deserved the title with his excellent defense, leadership and all around presence. He was an impact maker on the floor even when his shot wasn't going in. His numbers don't tell the whole story of what he contributed but he averaged 9.8ppg 4.8rbpg 1.8aspg.

Edin Atic celebrated a coming out party as well, playing quality minutes, limiting his mistakes and playing well rounded consistent brand of basketball. He proved he could be relied upon in the biggest of minutes and benefited greatly from the coaches confidence in him. He averaged 9.5ppg 5rbpg 1.5aspg while showing great shot selection and control.

Obrad Tomic was a major contributor for Bosnia in the paint. He was a tough handle for the centers in the tournament and destroyed Marquette alum who recently 'discovered' his Armenian heritage. Tomic killed him in the final game in Armenia going 8-11 for 16pts from the field in only 20 minutes while holding Fisher to 6pts 7rbs in 27min. Tomic averaged 9ppg 3.5rbpg 1.3aspg while providing a consistent inside scoring threat.

Players like Markus Loncar, Adi Zahiragic, Aleksdandar Lazic and the entire roster contributed greatly to the teams wins in the tournament.

The entire teams should be given credit for sacrificing personal numbers in favor of team goals and results.



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Artis, America27.5 
 2. Barbosa, Pinheiros19.5 
 3. Brite, L.Sorocaba16.8 
 4. Avelino, Osasco B.15.5 
 5. Coelho, Franca15.5 
 6. Uchendu, Bauru14.0 
 7. Hubner, Paulistano13.3 
 8. Ferreira, Franca13.0 
 9. Demetrio, Franca12.5 
 10. Galvanini, Bauru11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 13
 1. Uchendu, Bauru13.0 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.9.6 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano8.3 
 4. Galvanini, Bauru8.0 
 5. Barbosa, Pinheiros7.0 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba6.6 
 7. Sommer, Paulistano6.5 
 8. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.3 
 9. Toledo, Pinheiros6.3 
 10. Cipolini, Franca5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Corazza, Paulistano8.0 
 2. Lersch, Mogi5.6 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.5 
 4. Coelho, Franca5.5 
 5. Taylor, Mogi4.2 
 6. Lima, Franca4.0 
 7. Pierotti, Bauru4.0 
 8. Brite, L.Sorocaba3.8 
 9. Aleo, Osasco B.3.7 
 10. Farina, L.Sorocaba3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rosa, America2.8 
 2. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.2 
 3. Artis, America2.0 
 4. Coelho, Franca2.0 
 5. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.8 
 6. Toledo, Pinheiros1.8 
 7. Souza, America1.8 
 8. Galvanini, Bauru1.7 
 9. Fernandes, Osasco B.1.7 
 10. Aleo, Osasco B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 4
 1. Uchendu, Bauru4.0 
 2. Demetrio, Franca1.5 
 3. Pereira, Pinheiros1.3 
 4. Galvanini, Bauru1.0 
 5. Almeida, Franca1.0 
 6. Hubner, Paulistano1.0 
 7. Carlos, Mogi0.8 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.6 
 9. Cook, L.Sorocaba0.5 
 10. Santos, America0.5 


Uruguay beat Brazil at the start of Super 4 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Uruguay 63:69

Uruguay clinched the opening win at the Super 4 tournament in Salta. They upset Brazil behind 17 points and 9 boards from Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International).
Uruguay snatched a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Uruguay maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They established a 37:33 halftime lead. Uruguay did not loosen the grip in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points 56:50. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Uruguay marched to the win. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) had 16 points, while Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91, agency: Pro Sports) had 12 points in the victory. Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) answered with 23 points for Brazil. Joao Batista netted 10 points in the loss.

Brazil: Lucas Mariano 23, Joao Batista 10
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 17, Jayson Granger 16, Bruno Fitipaldo 12



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Virgin Gorda's Mystics are 2017 Federation League Champions - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A new senior team has been crowned in the BVI Basketball Federation annual League played at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town on the main island of Tortola.
It was on Friday August 18, 2017, with Legs missing many of their players, that Virgin Gorda's Mystics won with a 92-77 points blow out.

Going into game four, which the Legs had to win, having lost game three to be 2-1 down in the best of five series, the Mystics proved too versatile despite missing Coach, Richie Morton.

The Legs were missing Franklynn L. Penn and veterans Kennedy H. Bass and Jason A. Edwin, due to prior commitments, which they (Legs) found harder to make up for.

As Morton explained, the series was all about seizing the early momentum and that is exactly what the Mystics did, right from game one. 'I must commend my players for achieving great success. They worked hard all season, stepped up when it mattered and delivered the trophy to Virgin Gorda.'

This is the second year in a row that Legs, who can boast of some four consecutive championships in the Federation League, have been defeated. Last year they were crushed by Kings, who did not return this year to defend their championship title.

The MVP of the Senior Championship Team Mystics is Killven Samuel (188-G-89, college: Northeastern St.).



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  BULGARIA  


Beroe inks Nikolay Titkov - by BGbasket

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 19-year old combo guard Nikolay Titkov (184-70kg-98). For the last two seasons he has played for his hometown club Dunav Ruse in the Bulgarian lower tier Division A.

Despite his young age, Titkov has had an impressive career so far. Last season (2016-17) he was the #1 best scorer in Division A with 31.0 ppg, and also registered 5.6rpg, 4.0apg, 3.4spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 85.7%

He was voted the Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Honorable Mention in 2016.

He represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U-18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were: 5 games, 6.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.0%.

Titkov has also played previously for the youth team of Champion 2006 Sofia.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Whisnant
Nikolay Titkov
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



Ivan Lilov signs at DEAC Debreceni - by Vladislava Lazarova

Hungarian Division A newcomer for the upcoming 2017/2018 season DEAC Debreceni landed one of the most experienced Bulgarian players abroad and topscorers Ivan Lilov (194-SG-88)

31-year old 196 cm tall shooting guard spent the last season in another Hungarian club - Szedeak Szeged. There he averaged 19,1 points in 34 games (Score-4) in Division A and reached the Hungarian Cup semifinals. Lilov was part of Hungarian All star game as well and finished the season as one of the most valuable players in the league.

For Ivan Lilov this will be third consecutive season abroad after the year spent in Italian Reggio Emilia and Chietti.




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  CANADA  


The Knicks ink Xavier Rathan-Mayes - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks agreed terms with 23-year old Canadian guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-86kg-94, college: Florida State). He just graduated from Florida State (NCAA). Rathan-Mayes has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.8apg last season. Rathan-Mayes helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Atlantic Coast Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to ACC All-Defensive Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Rathan-Mayes is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He was voted ACC All-Freshman Team in 2015 at his college time.
Rathan-Mayes represented Canada at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 12.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 38.9%.
Rathan-Mayes could be described: has a great shooting stroke from behind the arc as well as off the dribble and a good understanding of how to create space in the mid-range area.

New York Knicks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ramon Sessions
Tim Hardaway_Jr.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Ron Baker
Damyean Dotson

Forwards:
Michael Beasley
Jamel Artis
Nigel Hayes

Center:
Luke Kornet

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBA



MBASK coach Serresse adds eight for 2017-18 - by Eurobasket News

Head Coach Justin Serresse of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball team has added eight new faces to their roster for the 2017-18 season. Going on his second season with the purple and gold, Head Coach Justin Serresse has brought in six forwards and two guards to join a group that finished second in the West, with a 9-11 record on the regular season. These new additions include Ben Stevens, Ali Sow, Kemel Archer, Jack Demaree, Goran Veselinovic, Jordan Kenning, Vincent Carriere and Adnan Begovic.
Leading the roster is Stevens, a fiery power forward from Halifax, N.S., who stands at 6-8 and weighs 200 lbs. Stevens had a successful season with the club team B-East Coach, winning the 2016 U17 National Champions. 'After being highly recruited by many USPORTS teams, we are excited that Ben has committed to be a Golden Hawk" said Serresse. 'Ben will bring size and athleticism to the power forward position, something we did not have last season. We are confident that he will have a great impact on our team".
Sow, a 6-1, 185lbs. point guard, will be joining Laurier from his former team Ottawa Next Level in Ottawa, Ont. Sow achieved outstanding statistics from the championship game at the St-Laurent Express Tournament Championship that generated much buzz in the basketball community. By obtaining 32 points, four rebounds and four assists Sow pushed the team to finish first place in the Juvenile division. Serresse, who has previously coached Sow for two years in Ottawa, reflected on Sow as a 'natural shooter who is always able to finish the job at the rim'. Serresee further commented, 'Ali will be able to play both the scoring guard and the point guard which will keep Kokko fresh for games. He will have a significant impact in his first season'.
Prior to his university career, Kemel Archer played for Canadore College where he almost averaged a double-double and received the award for the Most Improved Player last season. Weighing in at 200lbs. and standing 6-5 tall, this Brampton, Ont. native will be extremely complimentary to the team roster. "Kemel is an outstanding athlete' stated Serresse. 'The coaching staff is confident that he will be able to contribute right away on and off the court as he already demonstrated great work ethic during the summer".
Jack Demaree hails from Tillsonburg, Ont. where he played for the club team London CYO. Standing at 6-6 and weighing in at 180lbs., this player will be a great addition to the team similar to his father who also played for Laurier's basketball team in the 80's.
Serresse reflected on his plans for Demaree stating, 'We would like to develop Jack as a great two-way wing player since he already has unbelievable bounce and 3pt shots. We think he will surprise a lot of people in years to come'.
From Hamilton, Ont. Laurier also is adding Goran Veselinovic, who weighs in at 190lbs. and stands at 6-3. During his time on the court, he was able to win two Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conferences Championships.
Reflecting on the time he coached against Veselinovic's previous team, Serresse stated 'Goran is a scrappy wing player who has the ability to get really hot shots from the 3pt line. He is a very smart player that is willing to do anything in order for his team to win the game, I think he will bring great intensity in practice and in games'.
Standing at a staggering 6-10 and weighing in at 220lbs., Laurier added Kenning from Kitchener, Ont. to the roster. From reviewing his time playing for his prior team the Waterloo Wolverines, this power forward is bound to make an impact on the court. Serresse refers to Kenning as a 'hardworking athlete that will greatly contribute to the team'.
Vincent Carriere, from London, Ont., is another player the team was lucky to recruit. Previously playing for Southwest Academy and the London Ramblers, the 6-1, 175lbs. guard that will positively diversify the team. 'Vincent is another scrappy guard that will bring a great work ethic and IQ to the team' stated Serresse.
Power forward Adnan Begovic from Mississauga, Ont. was the final recruit for the 2017-18 season. Weighing 208lbs. and standing at 6-7, the former Lincoln Prep player will be a great addition to the team. Serresse commented on the player's ability stating 'Adnan will bring a great shot to our power forward position. His height will act as a great asset inside that will mix well with other athletes on the court'.
Every player that has been recruited will have the opportunity to show their abilities to Serresse at the team's next exhibition game against Laval on September 28th. The game is set for an 8:00p.m. start at the Laurier Athletic Complex.
Courtesy of: laurierathletics.com



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  CHINA  


Russ Smith claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Russ Smith (183-PG-91) had a great game in the last round for Luoyang and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 26-year old playmaker got a double-double of 75 points and twelve assists, while his team edged out Fujian (#10, 10-14) 144-143. Luoyang is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Luoyang will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 56.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Luoyang's top player in his first season with the team. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 61.2ppg. Smith is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 4.1spg and 57.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of second-ranked Shaanxi W.. Gaines impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 44 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he led Shaanxi W. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Anhui (#6, 16-8) 116-89. Shaanxi W.'s second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 19-5 record is not bad at all. Gaines is a newcomer at Shaanxi W. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Ivorian Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) of Fujian (#10). Diabate got into 30-points club by scoring 63 points in the last round. He went also for eight assists. Despite Diabate's great performance Fujian lost 143-144 to the higher-ranked Luoyang (#4, 16-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Fujian ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Diabate could help Fujian to bring them higher in the standings. Diabate has a great season in China. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.5apg (2nd best). He also has 3.3spg and FGP: 61.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) of Chongqing - 46 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcus Thornton (193-G-93) of Guangxi - 50 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Luoyang - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Terrell Stoglin (185-G-91) of Hunan - 51 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 29 points and 25 rebounds
9. Jonathan Kreft (213-C-86) of Lhasa - 22 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Brandon Bowman (206-F-84) of Fujian - 35 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  COLOMBIA  


Argentina fire past Colombia in Salta - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Colombia 78:59

Argentina defeated Colombia to open Super 4 international friendly tournament in Salta. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) scored 15 points to lead the hosts.
Argentina recorded a 22:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the pressure throughout the second frame. Argentina ensured a 39:25 halftime advantage. Argentina boosted the lead at 22-point mark heading into the fourth frame 62:40. Argentina cruised to the victory in the final period. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) had 14 points, while Javier Saiz (206-PF-94) tossed in 12 points in the win. Tonny Trocha-Morelos (208-C-94) replied with 15 points for Colombia. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) had 11 points in the loss.

Argentina: Gabriel Deck 15, Lucio Redivo 14, Javier Saiz 12
Colombia: Tonny Trocha-Morelos 15, Stalin Ortiz 11



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  CROATIA  


Skrljevo inks Josip Barnjak, keeps Jasmin Perkovic - by Zeljko Zule

Skrljevo has added depth to its backcourt, and invested in its future by signing promised Josip Barnjak (190-G/F-98). The club also announced that it has re-signed experienced Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80).
Barnjak arrives from Kvarner 2010, for whom he averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocks in 25 Croatian A1 League games last season. He spent this summer representing the Croatian national team at U20 European Championship Division B in Romania, posted 3.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals in eight games, helped Croatia win silver medal. Barnjak grew up with A2 League side Kastav before moving to Kvarner 2010 last summer.
Perkovic started last season with Nuwaidrat in Bahrain and in January moved to Skrljevo, where he produced 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocks per game in 12 appearances in Croatian A1 League. He already played for Skrljevo during the 2015-16 season. Perkovic has already played for Sava Osiguranje Rijeka, Zadar in Croatia plus Triglav, Hopsi and Union Olimpija in Slovenia, Siroki and Bosna in Bosnia and Herzegovina, AEK in Greece, Oldenburg in Germany, Cremona in Italy, Al Kuwait in Kuwait, Nift Al-Janoub in Iraq and Zepter Vienna in Austria.



Toni Prostran (ex Nevezis) joins Kolossos H Hotels - by Eurobasket News

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) agreed terms with 26-year old Croatian guard Toni Prostran (182-91). He played last season at Nevezis in Lithuanian LKL league. In 29 games he had 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 7.0apg (leader !!!). Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year and named to Honorable Mention. Prostran also played 15 games in Baltic League where he recorded 9.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 9.3apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Prostran played at BC Lulea in Swedish Basketligan. In 41 games he averaged remarkable 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 7.2apg (leader !!!). He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Bosman Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Prostran played in the final of Croatian A1 League in 2009 and 2013.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. Prostran's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Prostran has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb and KK_Zadar) and Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins).

Kolossos H Hotels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Justin Robinson
Toni Prostran
Steven Gray
Malcolm Griffin
TJ Bray
Dimitrios Stamatis
Konstantinos Papadakis
Giannis Otheitis

Forwards:
Giannis Georgalis
Ramon Harris
Sotiris Billis
Nikolaos-Michail Charalampis
Stavros Schizas

Center:
Marvin Jones

Coach: Aris Likogiannis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Czech Republic cruise past Finland in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Finland 83:62

Czech Republic earned a comfortable win over Finland in the exhibition game in Prague. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) and Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) posted 16 points each to lead the winners.
Czech Republic accumulated a 20:7 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland though bounced back in the second frame denying the deficit and snatching a 36:35 halftime lead. Czech Republic quickly regained control as they accumulated a 64:49 lead into the fourth frame. They controlled the tempo throughout the final period and raced to the victory. Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) and Martin Kriz (200-F-93) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) and Erik Murphy (208-F/C-90, college: Florida, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 10 points each for Finland.

Czech Republic: Tomas Satoransky 16, Jaromir Bohacik 16, Lukas Palyza 12, Martin Kriz 12
Finland: Gerald Lee 10, Erik Murphy 10



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Pyrinto adds Asbury to their roster, ex Mauricio Baez - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) added to their roster 31-year old American small forward Brian Asbury (201-100kg-86, college: Miami, FL). He played this summer at Mauricio Baez in District National in Dominican Republic. He helped them to make it to the final. The last season Asbury played at Hasharon (National League) in Israel where in 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Import of the Year back in 2010 and 2011.
Asbury is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Asbury tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Brazil (Sao Jose/Vinac), France (JL Bourg), Spain (Real Betis) and Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Hapoel Holon, GreenTops Netanya, Kiryat Tivon and Hapoel Eilat).
Asbury attended University of Miami, Florida until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

Pyrinto Tampere roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan'Ya Green
Lassi Kilpinen

Forwards:
Brian Asbury
Osku Heinonen
Kenny Manigault

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Finland



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  ESTONIA  


Maccabi Rishon tabs Mark Tollefsen, ex Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) inked 25-year old American power forward Mark Tollefsen (206-90kg-92, college: Arizona). He played most recently at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. Tollefsen managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 28 Alexela KML games he averaged 12.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. Tollefsen also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Tollefsen contributed to 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.0ppg and 4.2rpg.
Tollefsen graduated from University of Arizona in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Avi Ben-Chimol
Nitzan Hanochi
Oded Brandwein
Drew Crawford

Forwards:
Jason Siggers
Yaniv Solomon
Mark Tollefsen

Center:
Idan Zalmanson

Coach: Shmuel Brenner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  


Darussafaka to keep Wanamaker for another season - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) have reportedly re-signed 28-year old American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-95kg-89, college: Pittsburgh). He played there last season. In 31 BSL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.5apg. Wanamaker helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Wanamaker also played 34 games in Euroleague where he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and had 3.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.5spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Wanamaker played at Brose Baskets in German BBL. In 39 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.6apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Indeed an impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Wanamaker also played 24 games in Euroleague where he got 12.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. Indeed an impressive season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
Wanamaker has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Wanamaker has played also professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, The Flexx Pistoia, Unieuro Forli and BancaTercas), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
He attended University of Pittsburgh until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Wanamaker's game is described as: A solid SG who has enough court vision and passing to serve at the point. Uses well his strong body at the defensive end, should improve outside shooting.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brad Wanamaker
Muhammed Baygul
Scottie Wilbekin
Kartal Ozmizrak
Will Cummings
Dogus Ozdemiroglu

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
Howard Sant-Roos
James Bell
Stanton Kidd
Okben Ulubay

Centers:
Furkan Aldemir
Micheal Eric
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Eurobasket with knee injury - by Eurobasket News

Greece's basketball federation has accused the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA of hatching a plan to prevent Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) from playing in the European championship. About an hour after Antetokounmpo posted on Facebook and Instagram that he was unavailable because of a knee injury, the federation attacked the Bucks and the NBA in a statement, describing an "organized and well-staged plan" to keep Antetokounmpo from playing in the Eurobasket at the end of the month. "The simultaneous report by the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo himself, by phone and social media from faraway China, and not by the appropriate official manner, of his inability to join the national men's team saddens us ... but is not surprising," the federation said in the statement. "A series of indications ... had convinced us of the existence of an organized and well-staged plan by (Antentokounmpo's NBA) team, with the full knowledge if not encouragement of the NBA that put the athlete on the spot and forced him to announce today that he is no longer part of the men's national team." The federation also said that all details of the story would soon become known. In his Facebook post, Antetokounmpo said he failed to complete physicals because of excessive pain. Antetokounmpo is in China to attend, but not play in, a basketball tournament in Shanghai, as an NBA ambassador. He was to have rejoined Greece after his China tour to prepare for the Eurobasket starting on Aug. 31, but his knee problems, which forced him to miss all but one of Greece's warm-up games, alarmed the Bucks, who administered the physical in China. "It is by far the biggest disappointment in my career," Antetokounmpo posted, in Greek. "I must deal with the problem. Last year, I could 'freeze' the deal on my new extension conttract. This year, I have no choice." As if anticipating the questions over his absence, Antetokounmpo added: "I ask everyone not to make of my absence more than it already is, and focus instead on the guys who will fight at the Eurobasket for a success that has eluded us for years." Antetokounmpo's new four-year, $100 million contract with the Bucks begins in September. Last season in the NBA, he finished in the top-20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders - Group A

Points Per Game
 Nicolo MANNION
  (187-PG-1)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Mannion, ITA19.9 
 2. Hayun, ISR18.0 
 3. Pazin, SRB17.9 
 4. Rudan, CRO17.1 
 5. Hayes, FRA16.6 
 6. Vlahovic, MNT16.3 
 7. Blazevic, LTU16.0 
 8. Glas, SLO15.9 
 9. Pradilla, ESP15.4 
 10. Avdija, ISR15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deni AVDIJA
  (198-SF-1)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Avdija, ISR12.6 
 2. Blazevic, LTU10.6 
 3. Tomasevic, MNT9.0 
 4. Pradilla, ESP9.0 
 5. Hukporti, GER8.9 
 6. Kadoshnikov, RUS8.6 
 7. Kall, SWE7.9 
 8. Lakhin, RUS7.7 
 9. Lootus, EST7.7 
 10. Radovic, SLO7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Deni AVDIJA
  (198-SF-1)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Avdija, ISR5.3 
 2. Karapandzic, SRB5.3 
 3. Markovich, RUS5.1 
 4. Hayes, FRA5.1 
 5. Aharoni, ISR4.2 
 6. Samar, SLO4.0 
 7. Mannion, ITA4.0 
 8. Kljajic, MNT3.6 
 9. Kriisa, EST3.4 
 10. Kucuk, TUR3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolo MANNION
  (187-PG-1)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mannion, ITA3.0 
 2. Samar, SLO2.9 
 3. Hayes, FRA2.7 
 4. Van-Slooten, GER2.6 
 5. Maledon, FRA2.6 
 6. Kilps, LAT2.4 
 7. Pazin, SRB2.1 
 8. Gizdavic, CRO2.0 
 9. Larsson, SWE2.0 
 10. Bergstrom, SWE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TOMASEVIC
  MNT
  (201-PF-1)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Tomasevic, MNT2.1 
 2. Lootus, EST1.6 
 3. Blazevic, LTU1.6 
 4. Hukporti, GER1.4 
 5. Zakharov, RUS1.1 
 6. Lakhin, RUS1.1 
 7. Avdija, ISR1.0 
 8. Van-Slooten, GER0.9 
 9. Vaistaras, LTU0.9 
 10. Atias, ISR0.7 


Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Sholla, KOS21.5 
 2. Hlynsson, ISL19.8 
 3. Rogkavopoulo., GRE18.0 
 4. De Ridder, BEL17.3 
 5. Okros, ENG17.1 
 6. Jonsson, ISL17.0 
 7. Gavriloaia, ROM15.1 
 8. Fajana, IRL15.1 
 9. Hullinger, SUI15.0 
 10. Jakimovski, MKD14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davy DAVID
  (199-C-1)
  Avg: 12
 1. David, LUX12.0 
 2. Ratkoceri, KOS11.5 
 3. De Ridder, BEL10.6 
 4. Bratanovic, BEL10.5 
 5. Sholla, KOS10.4 
 6. Krupalija, BIH10.3 
 7. Mast, NED10.1 
 8. Fajana, IRL9.9 
 9. Tsoumanis, GRE9.3 
 10. Tsetserukou, BLR9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paul KELLY
  (186-PG-1)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Kelly, IRL5.8 
 2. Vyroubal, CZE5.4 
 3. Bergens, NED4.4 
 4. Dibongue, BEL4.3 
 5. Dedajic, BIH4.2 
 6. Yoka-Bratasz, POL4.1 
 7. Van-D., NED4.0 
 8. Gomes, POR4.0 
 9. Melchior, LUX3.9 
 10. Hlynsson, ISL3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mateusz KASZOWSKI
  (182-G-1)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kaszowski, POL3.0 
 2. Andronikashv., GEO2.8 
 3. Tigkas, CYP2.6 
 4. Sulaiman, ENG2.6 
 5. Klonaras, GRE2.4 
 6. David, LUX2.4 
 7. Hlynsson, ISL2.3 
 8. Gomes, POR2.3 
 9. Ferreira, POR2.1 
 10. Gavriloaia, ROM2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ihor SERHEIEV
  (205-C-1)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Serheiev, UKR2.1 
 2. Martina, SUI2.0 
 3. Karaiskos, GRE2.0 
 4. Kostadinov, BUL1.9 
 5. David, LUX1.9 
 6. Bratanovic, BEL1.9 
 7. Krupalija, BIH1.7 
 8. Kadras, GRE1.6 
 9. Cherneha, UKR1.3 
 10. Fernandes, POR1.3 


France crowned champions in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Montenegro - France 68-75
France celebrated title in Podgorica. They upset hosting Montenegro in the championship game today. Killian Hayes (194-G-01) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead les Bleues. France recorded a 28:14 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro worked hard to narrow the deficit at 4-point mark at the final intermission. But France replied with a 19:16 run in the fourth period to capture the trophy. Theo Maledon (192-G-00) had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists in the victory. Bojan Tomasevic (201-PF-01) and Jovan Kljajic (198-F/G-01) replied with 20 points each for Montenegro.
3-4 Place
Serbia - Croatia 75-71
Serbia stepped onto the pedestal in Podgorica. They held off Croatia to earn the Bronze medals. Djordje Pazin (200-SF-01) scored 22 points to lead the winning side. Serbia accumulated a 41:33 halftime lead. Croatia pulled ahead in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 3 points. But Serbia bounced back with a 21:14 rally in the final term to snatch the win. Aleksandar Langovic (204-F/C-01) had 16 points in the victory. Roko Gizdavic (186-PG-01) accounted for 16 points for Croatia.

5-6 Place
Lithuania - Turkey 62-80
Turkey stormed past Lithuania for the fifth position in Podgorica. Tarik Sezgun (208-PF-01) tallied 18 points to lead the charge. Turkey grabbed a 44:36 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:7 run in the third term to clear off for good. Ismail Karabilen (205-PF-01) had 13 points in the victory. Marek Blazevic (206-C-01) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania.

7-8 Place
Spain - Latvia 95-77
Spain earned the seventh position in Montenegro. They knocked down Latvia today. Jaime Pradilla (207-C-01) notched 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Spain accumulated a 45:30 halftime lead. They dropped 50 points in the second half to march to the win. Aleix Haro (187-SG-01) had 21 points for the winners. Roberts Berzins (192-PG-01) had 20 points for Latvia.

9-10 Place
Italy - Slovenia 73-47
Italy overcame Slovenia for the ninth overall position in the ladder. Nicolo Mannion (187-PG-01) stepped up with 18 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy claimed a 35:24 halftime lead. They went on a 38:23 run in the second half to seal the win. Lorenzo Deri (185-PG-01) had 16 points in the victory. Rok Radovic (198-F/G-01) had 6 points and 6 rebounds for Slovenia.
11-12 Place
Estonia - Israel 78-85
Israel beat Estonia to finish 11th at the tournament. Raziel Hayun (194-SG-01) tallied 35 points to lead the winners. Estonia unloaded 33 points in the second frame to take a 3-point halftime lead. They extended the margin at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Israel however responded with a 24:11 run in the fourth frame to secure the victory. Deni Avdija (198-SF-01) had 14 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Kaspar Kitsing (195-F/G-01) replied with 19 points for Estonia.

13-14 Place
Germany - Sweden 77-44
Germany outgunned Sweden to stay in Division A for the next season. Timo Lanmuller (187-PG-01) produced 24 points and 8 boards in the win. Germany accumulated a 41:22 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Franz Wagner and Michael Javernik had 10 points each for Germany. Hugo Bergstrom (182-PG-01) netted 8 points for Sweden.

15-16 Place
Finland - Russia 69-65
Finland wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Russia. Mustapha Amzil and Erik Sajantila (193-F/G-01) notched 16 points each for the winners. Finland recorded a 33:27 halftime lead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Teemy Suokas had 13 points for the winning side. Ilia Sorokin netted 14 points for Russia.



Division B. Greece, Netherlands and Georgia earn promotion - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Greece - Holland 74-60
Greece clinched Division B title. They toppled Netherlands in the Final in Sofia tonight. Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (202-F-01) scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the champions. Greece piled up a 39:35 halftime advantage. They held Netherlands to just 3 points in the third term to boost the margin at 15-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Netherlands sank 22 points in the final period but Greece rallied to the win at the end. Aristotelis Sotiriou (203-PF-01) had 15 points in the victory. Rienk Mast (203-PF-01) delivered 16 points for the Dutch side.
3-4 Place
United Kingdom - Georgia 63-64
Georgia celebrated Division A promotion. They nipped Great Britain in the consolation final in Sofia. Bidzina Peikrishvili (196-SF-01) tossed in 21 points to lead the winners. Great Britain enjoyed a comfortable 20:4 lead ten minutes into the game. But Georgia responded with a 27:5 run in the third term to surge ahead. They protected the lead throughout the fourth frame and snatched a crucial victory at the championship. Rati Andronikashvili (190-PG-01) had 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. Mate Okros (197-G-00) tallied 25 points and 9 rebounds for Great Britain.

5-6 Place
Ukraine - Belgium 76-71
Ukraine outscored Belgium to finish fifth in Bulgaria. Oleksandr Kovliar (180-PG-02) tallied 18 points to lead the winners. Ukraine accumulated a 39:32 halftime lead. Belgium could not overcome the deficit in the second half as Ukraine raced to the win. Ihor Serheiev (205-C-01) netted 12 points in the victory. Haris Bratanovic (208-C-01) topscored with 18 points for Belgium.

7-8 Place
Hungary - Czech Republic 63-60
Hungary held off Czech Republic to clinch the 7th position at the tournament. Tamas Pallai (192-SG-01) came up with 18 points for Hungary. They recorded a 30:24 halftime lead. Czech Republic pulled within striking distance in the second half but Hungary held on to claim victory. Adam Balsay (190-SG-01) produced 12 points for the winners. Vojtech Sykora (186-SG-01) notched 14 points and 9 boards for Czech Republic.

9-10 Place
Belarus - Poland 82-73
Belarus clinched the ninth overall position as they held off Poland in the final game in Sofia. Daniil Barysevich (191-SF-01) accounted for 23 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Belarus and Poland were tied at 34 heading into the long break. But Belarus stepped on the gas in the second half. They unloaded 48 points in the second part of the game and raced to the win. Aliaksei Navoichyk (190-PG-01) had 21 points in the victory. Igor Yoka-Bratasz (186-PG-01) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Poland.
11-12 Place
Ireland - Bosnia 83-78
Ireland outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina to finish 11th in Sofia. Oluwasanmi Fajana (198-C-01) tallied 26 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Ireland posted a 40:35 halftime lead. They stayed in front throughout the second half and marched to the win. David Lehane (190-SF-01) chipped in 13 points for the Irish team. Mirza Kusturica (190-SG-01) responded with 20 points for Bosnia.

13-14 Place
Bulgaria - Iceland 64-71
Iceland capped their campaign with victory. They defeated hosting Bulgaria for the 13th place. Veigar Hlynsson (190-PG-01) tallied 30 points and 12 rebounds for the visitors. Iceland recorded a 21:7 lead ten minutes into the game. Bulgaria narrowed the gap in the next periods but could not avoid the loss. Julius Agustsson (190-PG-01) had 12 points for the winners. Aleksandar Stoimenov (190-SG-01) delivered 18 points for Bulgaria.

15-16 Place
Portugal - FYR Macedonia 50-56
FYR Macedonia outgunned Portugal to finish 15th at the championship. Andrej Jakimovski (198-SF-01) had 15 points and 9 boards in the win. FYR Macedonia posted a 33:21 halftime lead. Portugal narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Dario Mitevski (185-G-01) had 9 points in the victory. Frederico Martins (185-SG-01) chipped in 21 points for Portugal.

17-18 Place
Switzerland - Denmark 98-74
Switzerland finished their campaign in Sofia on a high note. They trounced Denmark to earn the 17th position. Nicholas Hullinger (194-SF-01) recorded 21 points and 8 boards to lead the Swiss team. Switzerland posted a 31:19 lead after ten minutes. They unloaded 51 points in the second half to ease to the win. Kevin Martina (201-SF-01) had 20 points in the victory. Patrick Pedersen (184-G-01) replied with 15 points for Denmark.

19-20 Place
Kosovo - Luxembourg 64-55
Kosovo outscored Luxembourg to end up in the 19th position at the tournament. Erhan Sholla (197-SF-01) posted 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Luxembourg eked out a 29:27 halftime lead. But Kosovo went on a 37:26 run in the second half to seal the win. Nderim Ratkoceri (195-C-01) chipped in 10 points in the victory. Noe Melchior (178-PG-01) delivered 15 points for Luxembourg.

21-22 Place
Cyprus - Romania 53-72
Romania overcame Cyprus in the last game in Sofia. Tudor Valeanu (182-PG-01) delivered 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Romania snatched a one-point lead at the interval. They held Cyprus to just 19 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Marian Duica (198-C-02) had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Filippos Tigkas (175-PG-02) had 15 points for Cyprus.

23-24 Place
Norway - Slovakia 65-72
Slovakia earned the 23rd place in the championship. They defeated Norway behind 13 points from Filip Rakai (184-SF-01). Slovakia recorded a 42:31 halftime advantage. Norway pulled closer in the third term but could not threaten Slovakia as they marched to the win. Samuel Horvath (185-PG-01) and Mate Balogh (203-PF-01) had 11 points each in the victory. Andreas Meldalen (198-PF-01) scored 15 points and pulled down 9 boards for Norway.



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  FIBA ASIA CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  (198-F/G-79)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. El-Khatib, LEB25.2 
 2. Madanly, SYR20.5 
 3. Saad, QAT20.0 
 4. Romeo, PHI18.8 
 5. Jamshidi, IRI18.2 
 6. Aljabi, SYR17.8 
 7. Yakhchali, IRI17.2 
 8. Guo, CHN17.0 
 9. Chou, TAI16.5 
 10. Arakji, LEB16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Haddadi, IRI11.6 
 2. Galloway, IRQ9.5 
 3. Hussein, JOR9.0 
 4. Singh, IND8.7 
 5. Erfan, QAT8.7 
 6. Reid, HKG8.7 
 7. Todorovic, SYR7.8 
 8. Kazemi, IRI7.8 
 9. Delany, NZL7.0 
 10. Hodgson, AUS6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Haddadi, IRI7.2 
 2. Galloway, IRQ6.3 
 3. Abdeen, JOR6.2 
 4. Ili, NZL5.8 
 5. Park, KOR5.7 
 6. Castro-W., PHI5.2 
 7. Newley, AUS5.0 
 8. Jamshidi, IRI4.8 
 9. El-Khatib, LEB4.7 
 10. Alhaddad, SYR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  USA
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galloway, IRQ3.0 
 2. Mashayekhi, IRI2.8 
 3. El-Hadary, QAT2.7 
 4. Brown, JPN2.5 
 5. Liu, TAI2.5 
 6. Creek, AUS2.2 
 7. Alhamarsheh, JOR2.2 
 8. Chiang, TAI2.0 
 9. Madanly, SYR2.0 
 10. Arakji, LEB2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  USA
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Pelle, LEB3.2 
 2. Hameed, IRQ2.3 
 3. Aguilar, PHI1.8 
 4. Singh, IND1.7 
 5. Haddadi, IRI1.6 
 6. Al-Khafaji, IRQ1.5 
 7. Zaghab, JOR1.5 
 8. Norwood, PHI1.4 
 9. Brown, JPN1.3 
 10. Todorovic, SYR1.3 



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  FINLAND  


Lapua lands Lucas Woodhouse - by Eurobasket News

Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) tabbed American (has also Italian passport) guard Lucas Woodhouse (190-82kg, agency: Interperformances). He just graduated from Stony Brook (NCAA). Woodhouse has played there for the last three years. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.1spg last season. Woodhouse helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in American East Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-AEC 1st Team and NABC All-District 1 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Woodhouse's college team won AEC Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pyrinto adds Asbury to their roster, ex Mauricio Baez - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) added to their roster 31-year old American small forward Brian Asbury (201-100kg-86, college: Miami, FL). He played this summer at Mauricio Baez in District National in Dominican Republic. He helped them to make it to the final. The last season Asbury played at Hasharon (National League) in Israel where in 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Import of the Year back in 2010 and 2011.
Asbury is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Asbury tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Brazil (Sao Jose/Vinac), France (JL Bourg), Spain (Real Betis) and Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Hapoel Holon, GreenTops Netanya, Kiryat Tivon and Hapoel Eilat).
Asbury attended University of Miami, Florida until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

Pyrinto Tampere roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan'Ya Green
Lassi Kilpinen

Forwards:
Brian Asbury
Osku Heinonen
Kenny Manigault

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Czech Republic cruise past Finland in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Finland 83:62

Czech Republic earned a comfortable win over Finland in the exhibition game in Prague. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) and Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) posted 16 points each to lead the winners.
Czech Republic accumulated a 20:7 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland though bounced back in the second frame denying the deficit and snatching a 36:35 halftime lead. Czech Republic quickly regained control as they accumulated a 64:49 lead into the fourth frame. They controlled the tempo throughout the final period and raced to the victory. Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) and Martin Kriz (200-F-93) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) and Erik Murphy (208-F/C-90, college: Florida, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 10 points each for Finland.

Czech Republic: Tomas Satoransky 16, Jaromir Bohacik 16, Lukas Palyza 12, Martin Kriz 12
Finland: Gerald Lee 10, Erik Murphy 10



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  FRANCE  


Lance Goulbourne signs at Denain - by Eurobasket News

Denain ASC Voltaire (ProB) landed 28-year old American forward Lance Goulbourne (203-102kg-89, college: Vanderbilt). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played most recently at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale in the ProA. In 32 games he averaged 7.3ppg and 4.2rpg last season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Goulbourne played at SO Maritime Boulogne where in 29 ProB games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.0ppg and recorded 9.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Goulbourne has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Goulbourne experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Goulbourne has played previously professionally in Korea (Goyang Orions and Sonic Boom KT), Turkey (Akhisar Bld), NBA (Golden State Warriors) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Denain ASC Voltaire roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pierric Poupet
Jay Threatt
Thomas Bropleh
Kevin Harley
Warren Racine
Mehdy-Sofian Ngouama

Forwards:
Lance Goulbourne
Antoine Wallez
Ywen Smock
Yunio Barrueta
Jean-Philippe Dally

Center:
Jerome Cazenobe

Coach: Remy Valin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Yunio Barrueta (ex Aalstar) signs at Denain - by Eurobasket News

Denain ASC Voltaire (ProB) landed 24-year old American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-102kg-93, college: Barry). He played most recently at Crelan Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Euromillions League. In 30 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Among other achievements Barrueta played in the final of SSC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-SSC Player of the Year award and NABC NCAA D2 All-South District 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Barrueta graduated from Barry University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Denain ASC Voltaire roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pierric Poupet
Jay Threatt
Thomas Bropleh
Kevin Harley
Warren Racine
Mehdy-Sofian Ngouama

Forwards:
Antoine Wallez
Ywen Smock
Yunio Barrueta
Jean-Philippe Dally

Center:
Jerome Cazenobe

Coach: Remy Valin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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France beat Belgium in Toulouse International tournament - by Eurobasket News

France - Belgium 85-60

France overcame Belgium at the start of the home International Tournament. France had a slow start, but came up with a massive 85-60 win.
Belgium grabbed a 21-13 lead at the start of the game, but could not match the hosts in the rest of the game. France replied with a 22-9 surge to take a 35-32 half-time advantage. Moreover France nailed 32 points in the third period and closed the game with a final 18-12 run.
Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) notched 13. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) posted 12 and Yakuba OUATTARA had 9. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) scored 9 points in a loss.



France roll over Montenegro in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

France - Montenegro 100-70

France roll over Montenegro 100-70 in Toulouse for the second straight win at the international tournament.
Both teams scored 23 points in the first period, while France erupted with a 38-12 surge in the second frame. Moreover they posted a 24-18 rally for a 32-point lead with 10 minutes to go. Montenegro replied with a narrow 17-15 run in the last stanza for the final result.
Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Vincent Poirier (210-F/C-93) added 13. Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) poured in 12 in the winning effort. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 14 in a loss and Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) brought 12.



Fodie Cissoko joins La Charite - by Philippe Burstert

La Charite Basket 58 (NM1) agreed terms with 25-year old forward Fodie Cissoko (198-92). He has played for the last two seasons at Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard in the NM2.
Cissoko won French NM1 Play-Offs championship title in 2012.
He has played previously for Charleville Mezieres.

La Charite Basket 58 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Austen Rowland
Vincent Fauche

Forwards:
Fodie Cissoko
Phil Henry

Center:
Milos Macura

Coach: Fabien Anthonioz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vincent Fauche signs at La Charite - by Philippe Burstert

NM1 newcomer La Charite Basket 58 landed 21-year old point guard Vincent Fauche (191-96). He has played for the last five years at Limoges CSP Elite in the ProA. ProA was a little too high level for him, where in 5 games he did not score anything and 1 steal. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Fauche's team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals.
He represented France at the European Championships U18 in Konya (Turkey) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg.

La Charite Basket 58 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Austen Rowland
Vincent Fauche

Forward:
Phil Henry

Center:
Milos Macura

Coach: Fabien Anthonioz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


FYR Macedonian U16 National Team 2017 finished as the 15th placed selection - by Natasha Kostovska


The team was placed in Devision B, Group D, where they've scored two wins over Kosovo (61-64) and Luxembourg (71-75) and three defeats, from Georgia (53-88), from Great Britain (94-52) And from Portugal (46-55) with which they finished fourth placed which meant a fight for the ranking from the 9th to the 16th place. The defeat from Bosnia and Herzegovina (82-67) did not plunge into the battle for classification from the 13th to the 16th place. It was followed by a narrow defeat by Iceland with 70-66 which meant a fight for the 15th and 16th places in the championship. They won the final battle, against Portugal, with 50-56 and finished the performance as the 15th placed selection in the second division in this age category.

FYR Macedonian U16 National Team 2017


Luka Naumovski (180-PG-01)

Dario Mitevski (185-G-01)

Marko Milovanovikj (192-SG-02)

Adrian Naumoski (196-SG-01)

Andrej Jakimovski (198-SF-01)

Damjan Boshkovski (198-SG-01)

Kire Blazhevski (182-PG-01)

Viktor Isajloski (200-PF-01)

Nikola Orlov (191-SF-01)

Nikola Kacarski (196-SG-01)

Nikola Hristov (191-PG-01)

Angel Janev (185-PG-01)

Coach : Goran Gjorgjievski

Assistant : Nikolche Bozhinoski



Karpos Sokoli signs Thaddus McFadden, ex PAOK - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) signed 30-year old American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-80kg-87, college: Fairmont State, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played last season at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 league. McFadden managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 18 A1 games he had 10.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. The other team McFadden played that season for was Sluc Nancy in French ProA. In 15 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Player of the Year back in 2012.
McFadden has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel and Petrolina AEK Larnaca), Germany (Braunschweig) and Czech Republic (BK Usti nad Labem).
He attended Fairmont State until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
McFadden could be described: An underrated player his entire career. A 6'2" sleek combo guard who is fast, quick and deceptive. Scores in bunches and in a variety of ways. An energetic defender who can play passing lanes well and get many steals. A player who is able to play at the highest level of international basketball. At point guard he is very difficult to defend because he is cautious, athletic and is extremely efficient at shooting the long ball.

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darko Sokolov
Thaddus McFadden
Damjan Jakimovski
Anthony Collins
Ivan Sapundziev
Jaylon Brown

Forwards:
Dragan Labovic
Zarko Comagic
Kiril Nikolovski
Stojan Gjuroski

Center:
Filip Bakoc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


SG Sechtem 1971 signs Marcus McLaurin - by Eurobasket News

SG Sechtem 1971 (2.Regionalliga) signed 30-year old American guard Marcus McLaurin (189-87, college: Framingham State) from Deutzer TV. He helped them to win the group title.
McLaurin has played previously for another German team Opladen.
He attended Framingham State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Devonte Brown (Uni Baskets Paderborn) I Get Under Your Skin And Manage The Team Based Of The Coaches Principles - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Devonte Brown (188-G-92, college: Indiana St., agency: Elevate Agency) is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Killeen, Texas playing his second professional season and first with the Uni Baskets Paderborn. Last season as a rookie he played with OKK Sloboda Tuzla (Bosnia-Division I) playing 28 games averaging 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 64.5%. He started his basketball career in 2012 with Indiana St. (NCAA playing a total of 129 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 15.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

Devonte thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

I'm currently back in Texas training 3 times a day, working on weakness I've shown in my first professional year . It's been a great summer thus far . Ive been spending time with my family and training some of youth and high school talent in area.

Congrats on signing with German Pro A team Uni Baskets Paderborn. After playing in Bosnia as a rookie how did you experience your second transfer period? Did you have a hard time choosing between offers or was the German offer simply too good to pass on?

I enjoyed the second transfer period a lot more than first simply because I knew what to expect and when teams would start to calling . Going to an organization with a great coach such as Uli Naechster seemed to be a no brained to me. This opportunity was simply too good to pass on.

Your new head coach Uli Naechster describes you as a point guard that can score, but also be a playmaker. He also sees you being a leader this season as a point guard should be. What other strength in your game will Germany see from you on the court this season?

It always good to hear the coach talk about you in that way and I'm excited to show defensive skills to go along with my offensive ability that coach has pointed out.

Your also a guy that takes a lot of pride in their defense game. To what NBA point guard could you describe your game to?

If I was to compare myself to anyone in the NBA it would be a mixture of Patrick Beverley and Chris Paul. Guards that can get under your skin, score the basketball and manage the team based of the coaches principles.

How excited are you to be teammates with American rookie Thomas Cooper who had an illustrious career in Canada in the CIS with the University of Calgary. With a potent scorer like that, how confident are you that you might have the highest assist average ever in your career?

I'm extremely excited to have a chance play with such a potent scorer that can score in all phrases of the game. I look forward to us feeding off of each other to make the game easier for everyone.

Often when American players come to Europe, they right away are the king and get much minutes especially when they are the lone American on the team. However that wasn't the case with you as you shared the point guard position with Bosnian Marko Ricalo. Was this a hard adjustment for you to make coming from the NCAA and a program like Indiana State where you were a top player?

It was difficult at first but as a professional I had to learn to adjust and understand the Head coach substitution pattern. The lesson to learn in my first year of being a professional is doing more with less time. Under the system every player had a number of minutes the coach felt was best for each game so I learned to become more efficient with less time I'm accustomed to.

You played at Indiana State from 2012-2016. You were a MVC Tournament Semifinalist twice. What do you feel was your biggest achievement there? Possibly becoming the 37th member of the Indiana State Basketball 1,000 Point Club against Missouri State?

I've been blessed with enough to accomplish some great task while attending Indiana State but the task I'm most thankful for is attaining my business degree and walking across that stage with my fellow teammates that I enter college with.

.How did head coach Greg Lansing groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Indiana State?

Coach Lansing added a different element to my basketball game every year . He's hard bodied in your face coach long method is one of the main reason of my ability to adapt to any play calling and be comfortable in hostile basketball environments . Coach showed me the proper way to dissect film and to learn from it . Coach helped me groom my knowledge of basketball in a major way.

You played two seasons and practiced one with talented Jake Odum at Indiana State. How do you remember profiting most from his game on the court that has helped you in your game as you have developed further the last years?

Jake Odum is the most intelligent basketball player I've had the pleasure to learn from and play with . I picked up a lot of different tools from him but the most important tools I learned from Jake was the ability to be a willing passer , ball mover when someone is hot and when to attach the defense with my scoring ability.

.As a senior you lost badly twice to Wichita State, but you could battle against point guard Fred Van Vleet who you did a good job holding your own against. When you see a guy like that and look at your own game, how much do you feel is truly missing from getting at his level?

I loved the battles of the rival of ISU vs WSU because you had to compete every possession of the game . It was literally a fight on every ball screen and box out and playing at a mid major you don't always get that type of environment to play in . Fred is a great point guard especially at the collegiate level and even an a better one now that he is in the NBA. In my opinion I truly believe to reach a higher level all I need to do is help my team win in any way.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Jake Odum?

My first two years Jake Odum got the best of me but after my third year I won every one on one match up in practice.

In high school you played against NBA player Cory Jefferson. Did you already know then that he would be taking the path that he did take to the NBA?

Unfortunately Cory Jefferson and I went against each other in high school . We both went to rival high schools so the competition level was extremely high . Playing against someone that talented you have that gut feeling that he will play in the NBA someday .

How does a normal summer work out day look like for you on and off the court and what are the main things you will be working on in your game?

On a regular summer weekday I wake up around 630am and eat breakfast. I go on my 2 mile run we're I set my plan out for my day . Training starts at 9am-3pm which includes several basketball workouts and weight lifting . By 4pm I take a nap lol The rest of the day is spending time with the family and friends and reading a book.

If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?

Michael Jordan ,Kobe Bryant , Bill Russell and Magic Johnson

.Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title an dhas three to Michael Jordan. There are so many experts that keep proclaiming that Lebron is the best of all-time. Where do you rate him in the neverending debate about who the best of all-time is?

I believe Lebron James is the greatest all around player ever but frankly the greatest to touch a basketball is Micheal Jordan.

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

Russell Westbrook accomplished a feat I thought I would never see in my life time . He showed up every night and competed without any excuses. Good game or bad game Russell showed out and had to literally do ever thing on the offense end for OKC to be contenders. There is no one on the planet in my opinion that could have done what he has done this year and be a lockdown defender as well.

How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?

I thought this was extremely talented draft and I can't wait to see how Josh Jackson plays this year in Phoenix.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw which is actually my favorite movie is "The Gladiator"

Thanks Devonte for the chat.




Poland surprise Germany in Hamburg - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Poland 75-80

Poland surprised Germany in Hamburg in day 2 of the SuperCup 2017. Both teams are with a 1-1 record after an 80-75 result.
Poland grabbed an early 19-15 lead, but Germany replied with a 21-16 rally to take a 2-point halftime advantage. The guests looked better in the second half and came up with a 5-point victory in the game.
Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) stepped up with 18 points for Poland and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93, college: Gonzaga) netted 14. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) scored 26 points for Germany, while Maodo Lo (191-G-92, college: Columbia) and Patrick Heckmann (197-SF-92, college: Boston Coll.) notched 7 each.



Germany hold off Russia at the start of SuperCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Russia 79-76

Germany nipped Russia at the start of SuperCup 2017 at the edel-optics.de Arena. The hosts of the tournament grabbed a 79-76 win after a final run in the last period.
Both teams faced each other in Kazan a few days ago, where Russia demolished the opponent. They started with a 21-19 lead and led 2 points at the halftime. Germany replied with a 19-17 rally in the third period and tied the game after 30 minutes. Moreover they posted a 23-16 run in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) netted 12. Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) and Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) had 10 each. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-PF-87) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 14.



Mike Taylor (Polish National Team) German Basketball Is Making An Impressive Step With So Many Players Taking Their Game To The NBA - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Mike Taylor is in his 17th season as a professional coach and currently head coach of the Polish national team and preparing the team for the Euro 2017 tournament. He is the son of Dick Taylor who was an NCAA coach and assistant with the New York Knicks. Mike Taylor started his coaching career in 2001 with Chemnitz (Germany-2.Bundesliga). In 2002-2003, he got valuable experience in the UK with the Essex Leopards London (United Kingdom). In 2003, he started to coach for ratiopharm Ulm leading them into the Beko BBL in 2006 and Beko BBL playoffs in 2009 before leaving in 2011. He had a record of 101-15 in four years of second Bundesliga basketball. He also has coached Kansas Cagerz (USBL) in the summer time as well as being an assistant for the Czech national team. In 2011 he made the jump back to the states and was an assistant for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League). He then was head coach of the Boston Celtics D League team Maine Red Claws and they reached the playoffs for the first time in team history. He spoke to eurobasket before Poland played at the Super Cup in Hamburg, Germany.

Thanks Mike for talking to eurobasket.com. In our last interview a year ago, I started off what was easier changing a diaper or to deny John Bryant the ball in the post. You stated that 'My wife Alice would tell you that I am much better at changing defenses than changing diapers but that is a time when there is no problem doing the dirty work'. Did your diaper changing improve in the last year?

My diaper skills definitely improved! Luke will be 2 Sunday the 20th so it has been a fantastic life experience and I am very thankful for Alice and our family.


Before we start to talk about the Super Cup and Euro 2017, I have to take a step back and talk about Euro 2016. Poland Played a very good Euro winning their group 5-1. What positives do you and the team want to take from last seasons run into this years competition added with what the club brings to the table this season?

Our strength is our team. We have been together for three successful years winning two Qualification groups and advancing to the Top 16 in Eurobasket 2015. Our core of players and coaches have worked very hard together and we are battle tested. We have faced pressure games and top opponents together. Now enter into our fourth, we are preparing for our biggest challenges yet with Group A in Helsinki. We are focused internally on being the best team we can be and I believe in our guys. We will be ready for the challenge to beat great teams.


You stated in our last interview that there are many improvements being done in many areas of polish basketball like Tauron Basketball League, lower divisions and youth basketball. From having a watchful eye over these areas over the last year, how do you feel has polish basketball progressed once again over the last year?

Last season was difficult for Polish basketball as the league played the entire year without a main sponsor. But the league fought through the challenges and I believe things will improve as we open the new season. The Federation is working hard to handle all of the issues before them. With lower levels, I really like the Polish First division set up and league structure. I have attended several First and Second division games last season and see the game growing in the lower levels. One very positive development has been the emergence of basketball in Warsaw with Legia winning the first division to earn promotion into the Extraleague. Along with Legia, KK Warsaw also won the 2nd division earning promotion to the First division. I love Warsaw as a city so it is great to see the game re-establish itself here. Other big cities like Krakow are also growing so this is very encouraging for the future.


In our last interview, I asked you about Poland basketball is progressing with the younger guys coming up and you talked in detail about Thomaz Gielo. Poland has much talent on the team from the year 1993 and Daniel Szymkiewicz, but what is coming up behind that?

We are very optimistic about the future of Polish basketball. Along with our current National team players, the next generation prospects are starting to pop up and this gives us great hope. For example, several next generation players showed well this summer in our training camp including Daniel Szymkieiwicz, Filip Matczak, Mathieu Wojciechowski and Andy Mazurczak. Behind them, to name a few, Maciek Bender (West Virginia) and Dominik Olejnaczyk (Mississippi) are improving their games in the NCAA. We also have seen the development of Marcel Ponitka (Asseco Gdynia), Olek Balcerowski (Gran Canaria) the Wojick brothers and Andrzej Pluta. In general, I am very positive about the future of Polish basketball and hope to see more young talents emerge over the next years.

The Polish national team is pretty much the same as last year's with the difference that Marcin Gortat is absent and you have two veterans back with Aaron Cel and Damian Kulig. How much stronger is the team this year with their added experience?

Any time a player of the status of Marcin Gortat is missing, there is a large gap to fill. We respect Marcin's decision to retire from the National team and focus on his NBA career. The best thing we can do in the situation is focus on our players and work to develop our frontcourt as best we can. Having both Damian and Aaron return this summer helps us upgrade our depth and skill. Damian enjoyed an outstanding season playing in Banvit and Aaron is now healthy after working through some injuries in France. We are very happy to have both as players and teammates. They add a lot to our team.

What has been your impression of young guard Andy Maturczak that played in the NCAA and last season as a rookie in Greece and this season will play in Germany with Chemnitz. He probably won't make the 2017 Euro 2017 roster, but how bright is his future and what do you like most about his game?

Andy has made a tremendous first impression. He is a pure point guard with a fantastic feeling for the game. His passing skills have been on display throughout the summer and he has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches with his play and work ethic. At this point, he must get stronger and develop his game but his first impression has been positive. I believe he will work extremely hard this season and do very well in Chemnitz.

We are both big fans of Mateusz Ponitka. Two seasons ago in Poland he was the go to guy while last season in Turkey he had to adjust to sharing the scoring with many capable players like your ex player at Maine Dajuan Summers. How did you see his development in the last years?

Mateusz is outstanding. He is a worker and thrives on challenges. I have always said, he is mature beyond his years with his approach. We place a lot of responsibility on Mateusz and he responds. Watching him grow step by step from Oostende, to Stelmet, to Izmir has been fun. I believe he will continue his rise in Tenerife and I am very happy that he will have the chance to compete in the great ACB and Eurocup on a game to game basis. Polish basketball is proud of Mateusz and he plays his heart out for his country.


How beneficial is how he is developing? He is only 23, but really taking it step by step. He now has reached the highest league in Europe Endesa with Tenerife. How healthy has this development been as opposed to having gone to a top Euroleague team maybe 1-2 years ago?

In anything, development step by step is healthy. It is a process and should not be rushed. Mateusz has taken each challenge as an opportunity to prove himself and improve his game. We have seen him leave Belgium as a champion and leave Poland as a champion. He has established himself in the European game as a rising star and proven himself in bigger and bigger clubs. Playing in the ACB this year is the next challenge and next step in his development. What I like is his decision-making. Mateusz is not caught up in a big name or a show. He has picked the best place for him and has worked extremely hard to make his decision a good one. I am very excited to see his next steps in Tenerife this season.


You stated in our last interview that the strength of Poland is the team and that you don't rely only on one player. Last season AJ Slaughter was very efficient in his 21 minutes for Poland averaging 11,3ppg and picked his spots shooting 47% from outside. What expectations do you have of him this season?. Do you see him performing to new heights after the bitter finals loss with Strasburg against Chalon?

AJ played a great season in Strasbourg and we can see his improvement. Coach Collet gave AJ a lot of responsibility in Strasbourg and AJ delivered. The result of that is an extremely confident AJ and we are really impressed by how he has played for us so far this summer. AJ fits our team perfectly as a player (combo guard) and as a person. My expectations for AJ are for him to be who he is and play his game. We love that.

You have been preparing for Euro 2017 with the Polish team the last weeks. The club beat the Czech Republic twice, split with Latvia and lost to Lithuania. How content have you been with the preparation of the club so far?

I am very pleased with our team. Our previous three summers together have paid us back as we have taken the next steps in defensive discipline and depth of system offensively. We know each other and trust each other. As we have said our team is our strength as we head in to Helsinki. At the mid-point of preparation, I am pleased with our progress and respect our players and coaches for their hard-work. We all understand the big challenges ahead. We are satisfied with our start but we are all pushing for progress.


You play this week in Hamburg in the Super Cup. Last summer the Super Cup was in your ex home Ulm and this year it's in Hamburg. Since you left Ulm in 2011 Hamburg has progressed with basketball and have a Pro A team since 2014. Even though Hamburg didn't really have much of a past in your Ulm days, what memories do you have of this city? Did you ever visit over the years?

Hamburg is a great sports city and I am happy to see the Pro A team establish itself in that market. Hopefully, they can grow and develop and earn the Aufstieg. During my Ulm days, the Bundesliga played the Cup in Hamburg and I visited the city for the Cup weekend. It was fun.


You face Germany on Saturday whom you lost to the last years in the Super Cup. NBA players Dennis Schroeder and Daniel Thesis will join the team for the Super Cup. How confident are you that Poland will be able to win this game considering Poland has had the core of it's team together longer?

Our team is our strength and we believe in our core. With that said, we respect the challenges at the Super Cup this weekend. Specifically with Germany, playing at home, with the addition of Dennis and Daniel, we know they will be focused to be at their best. Our focus is internal. We want to be the best team we can be and use these challenges at the Super Cup to find out about our team and prepare us for Helsinki. One thing is for sure, we are not hiding from anyone and our team will show up.


How strong do you project Russia and Serbia at the moment. What expectations do you have for Poland for this weekend playing against tough competition?

In my opinion, from watching almost 100 preparation games from all teams this summer, Serbia and Russia have the potential to win Eurobasket. These are high-level teams. These are the teams we want to play. These are the challenges we want to face in preparation. This is why we are happy to play in the Super Cup in Hamburg. Our expectations are internal. We want to be the best team we can be and achieve our internal team goals.


Do you miss coaching a club team? How has basketball life as a coach changed for you not having the day to day dealing with a team and playing games every week?

Yes, I love the National team job and it has been a perfect fit with family, but I miss coaching a club team. I love the process of coaching. I love the team-building, game-planning, practice planning, player development, day to day basketball activities. I am a basketball guy and this is how I enjoy spending my time. Making the most of the national team situation, the opportunity to spend time with family, travel, network and observe other outstanding coaches work has been fantastic. But when it is my choice, I want to spend my day in the gym doing basketball things. My approach is to make the best of the situation and for the last few years I have put my heart into the Polish National team and I am very happy about that.


How have you followed the development of German basketball in the last year. Dennis Schroeder continues to get better, Paul Zipser made it to the Chicago Bulls, Daniel Thesis was signed by the Boston Celtics and Isaiah Hartenstein was drafted by the Houston Rockets. Germany was also fifth at the U-19 World Championships. Is it just a momentary run or do you see German basketball continuing to develop better?

German basketball is making an impressive step. It is fantastic to see so many players take their game to the next level and reach the NBA. Dennis in Atlanta assuming the starting PG role, Paul in Chicago showing he belongs, Daniel in Boston, Maxi Kleber in Dallas, Isaiah Hartenstein drafted in Houston. I see this development as a result of the players working hard, the Bundesliga developing, Pro A and Pro B improving and the entire German basketball structure moving forward. The NBBL and JBBL might not be in the spotlight, but the fact the youth leagues are structured and coaching is emphasized, this helps the game grow. I like what I see from German Basketball and respect the work from all angles. The players have the opportunity but these opportunities come from a healthy basketball structure. I hope we see more and more prospects in the future.

You coached Robin Benzing for many years in Ulm and had your part in developing his game and making him a better player After leaving Ulm in 2011 and heading to FC Bayern Munich, he had that strong Euro 2011 where he averaged 9,1ppg and shot a massive 52% from outside. He is 28 now and after two very strong seasons in Spain where do you see him going? Is he in his prime? Can he get back to the Euroleague where he once was with FC Bayern Munich?

Robin is in his prime. He is a leader for the National team and German basketball. I respect Robin for the player and person he is. He has always been a worker. He has always taken challenges. Robin always worked against extremely high expectations. For me, it is important that players keep their comparisons internal --- am I doing my best? Am I working as hard as I can? Am I the best version of myself? External expectations, constantly comparing a player with someone else or to an imaginary ideal, leads to frustration and makes development impossible. Robin has always faced these high expectations in Langen, in Ulm and in Bayern. I think the step to Spain was fantastic for him and he has proven himself in the high-level ACB. I hope Robin can continue to love basketball, enjoy the process and have fun with the hard-work and challenges the game brings. When I think of him, I think of good memories from Ulm and moments working together. He has come a long way since and his best is yet to come.


Your ex player John Bryant had a tough last season splitting time with Valencia and Monaco and his season ended in December 2016. He had been reported to having been working out with a semi pro team in Munich. Will we see John Bryant back or is his career slowly coming to an end at age30?

If I was coaching a club team, I would sign John Bryant in a second. I have not talked with John recently but I think a lot may have to do with what he wants. If John is healthy and motivated, he can be a great player.

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never-ending debate of who is the best of all-time?

MJ

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

What Russell Westbrook did last season was amazing. The energy level, the athleticism, the impact on the game. If his teammates blocked out so he could clean up the boards, so be it. They overachieved as a team and he was ridiculously productive. There are not many players in the history of the game who can impact the game like Russell. Motivation, bringing the best out of people and players, takes many forms. It's clear OKC knows what they are doing.

How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?

The NBA draft was fun to follow as always. We were really supporting Przemek Karnowski and hoping he would hear his name called. This was the most interesting part for us. I think there are some excellent prospects and next generation talents from this draft class. The top 7 or 8 guys will be outstanding. In terms of sleepers, we will see who finds the right situation for their game.

Poland recently played against New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis. He has had a very good NBA career so far. Do you see him becoming the next best European in the NBA after a Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol or is a guy like Nikola Jokic on a better way?

We were very impressed with Porzingis. He played well. He shoots so well and is so mobile for his size. What people may not realize is the toughness there. In my opinion, Porzinigis can be that Nowitzki type franchise player and mentioned among the best European players.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Star Wars Rogue One.

Thanks Mike for the chat.



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Junior Reformers, Junior Rangers register big wins in D II - by Yaw Mintah

Junior Reformers and Junior Rangers have clinched impressive wins as games in the opening round of the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division II continues to roll out.Reformers of Prisons blew out Akatsi Rifles with a 93-53 win after Rangers silenced the partisan crowd by clinching a 65-52 win over Spartans at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

Good ball movement from Rangers carved openings in Spartans defense which Center Emmanuel Ocquaye profited from. Shooting Guard Cecil Arthur chipped in with a couple of three point shots.

Rangers were equally good stifling Spartans offense as fastbreak points accounted for a large chunk of the team's output on the offensive end. Spartans Guard Raymond Afram threatened to get his side even but a poor show at the charity stripe proved costly.

Despite the exceptional play of Akatsi Rifles Guards Makafui Agudzumegah and Opel Ayawudo, the duos production fell way short of Reformers balanced play that had the likes of Mishael Jamani Salifu, Jeffrey Abakisi and Mawusi Kalla starring at different points in the game.




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Karpos Sokoli signs Thaddus McFadden, ex PAOK - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) signed 30-year old American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-80kg-87, college: Fairmont State, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played last season at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 league. McFadden managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 18 A1 games he had 10.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. The other team McFadden played that season for was Sluc Nancy in French ProA. In 15 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Player of the Year back in 2012.
McFadden has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel and Petrolina AEK Larnaca), Germany (Braunschweig) and Czech Republic (BK Usti nad Labem).
He attended Fairmont State until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
McFadden could be described: An underrated player his entire career. A 6'2" sleek combo guard who is fast, quick and deceptive. Scores in bunches and in a variety of ways. An energetic defender who can play passing lanes well and get many steals. A player who is able to play at the highest level of international basketball. At point guard he is very difficult to defend because he is cautious, athletic and is extremely efficient at shooting the long ball.

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darko Sokolov
Thaddus McFadden
Damjan Jakimovski
Anthony Collins
Ivan Sapundziev
Jaylon Brown

Forwards:
Dragan Labovic
Zarko Comagic
Kiril Nikolovski
Stojan Gjuroski

Center:
Filip Bakoc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giannis Athanasoulas signs at Iraklis - by Chris Mammides

GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (A2) landed 30-year old small forward Giannis Athanasoulas (202-87) from Lavrio. Athanasoulas also played earlier that season for Kolossos (A1).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Athanasoulas was a member of Greek U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Panionios, AEK Athens, Apollon Patras, Ilysiakos, Panelefsiniakos, Lavrio and Ilysiakos.

GS Iraklis Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yannis Gagaloudis
Thodoris Onasoglou
Efstathios Papadionysiou
Alexandros Mastrodimitris
Christos Katsios

Forwards:
Vasilis Angelakopoulos
Kostas Kakaroudis
Giannis Athanasoulas
Savas Chrysopoulos
Ronaldas Rutkauskas

Center:
Dimitris Haritopoulos

Coach: Vangelis Alexandris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Elimeia Kozanis add Tsoukas to their roster - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer GS Elimeia Kozanis added to their roster 16-year old point guard Athanasios Tsoukas (188-1). He was about to sign at Iraklis in the A2. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Tsoukas is a very experienced player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Elimeia Kozanis.

GS Elimeia Kozanis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Theodoros Karagiannidis
Nikos Tsiamis
Giannis Antoniadis
Giannis Maloutas
Athanasios Tsoukas

Forwards:
Panagiotis Maliouras
Sotiris Makris
Dimitris Terolis
Alexandr Kouvelas
Apostolis Nikolaou
Efthimios Soupouras

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Trikalla adds Slaftsakis to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) added to their roster 23-year old guard Diamantis Sflatsakis (200-94). The last time (9-10) he played at Mantoulidis in Greek D league. Sflatsakis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Sflatsakis was selected to U17 National Team in 2010.

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Panagiotis Karagiorgos
Diamantis Slaftsakis
Filippos Kalogiannidis
Diamantis Sflatsakis
Raheem Appleby
Shannon Hale Jr
Lamond Murray Jr.
Stefanos Skouloudis
Kentan Facey
Panagiotis Karagiorgos

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Eurobasket with knee injury - by Eurobasket News

Greece's basketball federation has accused the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA of hatching a plan to prevent Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) from playing in the European championship. About an hour after Antetokounmpo posted on Facebook and Instagram that he was unavailable because of a knee injury, the federation attacked the Bucks and the NBA in a statement, describing an "organized and well-staged plan" to keep Antetokounmpo from playing in the Eurobasket at the end of the month. "The simultaneous report by the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo himself, by phone and social media from faraway China, and not by the appropriate official manner, of his inability to join the national men's team saddens us ... but is not surprising," the federation said in the statement. "A series of indications ... had convinced us of the existence of an organized and well-staged plan by (Antentokounmpo's NBA) team, with the full knowledge if not encouragement of the NBA that put the athlete on the spot and forced him to announce today that he is no longer part of the men's national team." The federation also said that all details of the story would soon become known. In his Facebook post, Antetokounmpo said he failed to complete physicals because of excessive pain. Antetokounmpo is in China to attend, but not play in, a basketball tournament in Shanghai, as an NBA ambassador. He was to have rejoined Greece after his China tour to prepare for the Eurobasket starting on Aug. 31, but his knee problems, which forced him to miss all but one of Greece's warm-up games, alarmed the Bucks, who administered the physical in China. "It is by far the biggest disappointment in my career," Antetokounmpo posted, in Greek. "I must deal with the problem. Last year, I could 'freeze' the deal on my new extension conttract. This year, I have no choice." As if anticipating the questions over his absence, Antetokounmpo added: "I ask everyone not to make of my absence more than it already is, and focus instead on the guys who will fight at the Eurobasket for a success that has eluded us for years." Antetokounmpo's new four-year, $100 million contract with the Bucks begins in September. Last season in the NBA, he finished in the top-20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Greece outlast Great Britain in London - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Greece 84:88

Greece celebrated a narrow win over Great Britain in the exhibition clash at the Copper Box Arena in London. Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) scored 22 points to lead the Hellenes.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Great Britain sank 24 points in the second period to eke out a 2-point halftime lead. Great Britain surged ahead in the third term. The hosts enjoyed a 65:59 lead heading into the fourth frame. But Greece unloaded 29 points in the final term to snatch a tough win. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) and Georgios Papagiannis (217-C-97) netted 11 points each for the visitors. Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Great Britain. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) topscored with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.

Great Britain: Daniel Clark 23+11 boards, Gabriel Olaseni 20
Greece: Nikos Pappas 22, Konstantinos Sloukas 11, Georgios Papagiannis 11



Toni Prostran (ex Nevezis) joins Kolossos H Hotels - by Eurobasket News

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) agreed terms with 26-year old Croatian guard Toni Prostran (182-91). He played last season at Nevezis in Lithuanian LKL league. In 29 games he had 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 7.0apg (leader !!!). Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year and named to Honorable Mention. Prostran also played 15 games in Baltic League where he recorded 9.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 9.3apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Prostran played at BC Lulea in Swedish Basketligan. In 41 games he averaged remarkable 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 7.2apg (leader !!!). He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Bosman Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Prostran played in the final of Croatian A1 League in 2009 and 2013.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. Prostran's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Prostran has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb and KK_Zadar) and Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins).

Kolossos H Hotels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Justin Robinson
Toni Prostran
Steven Gray
Malcolm Griffin
TJ Bray
Dimitrios Stamatis
Konstantinos Papadakis
Giannis Otheitis

Forwards:
Giannis Georgalis
Ramon Harris
Sotiris Billis
Nikolaos-Michail Charalampis
Stavros Schizas

Center:
Marvin Jones

Coach: Aris Likogiannis

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Enel Brindisi tabs Cady Lalanne - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) inked 25-year old Haitian center Cady Lalanne (208-113kg-92, college: Massachusetts). He played in the summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in May. In 17 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.1bpg. The last season Lalanne played at Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA where in 14 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 10.3rpg and 1.5bpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (55th overall). Lalanne attended University of Massachusetts until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in NBA G League (Austin Spurs).

Enel Basket Brindisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milenko Tepic
Marco Giuri
Georgi Sirakov
Anthony Barber

Forwards:
Scott Suggs
Obinna Oleka

Center:
Cady Lalanne

Coach: Sandro Dell Agnello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Maccabi Rishon tabs Mark Tollefsen, ex Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) inked 25-year old American power forward Mark Tollefsen (206-90kg-92, college: Arizona). He played most recently at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. Tollefsen managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 28 Alexela KML games he averaged 12.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. Tollefsen also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Tollefsen contributed to 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.0ppg and 4.2rpg.
Tollefsen graduated from University of Arizona in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Avi Ben-Chimol
Nitzan Hanochi
Oded Brandwein
Drew Crawford

Forwards:
Jason Siggers
Yaniv Solomon
Mark Tollefsen

Center:
Idan Zalmanson

Coach: Shmuel Brenner

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Jean Salumu leads Belgium over Italy - by Eurobasket News

Belgium - Italy 80-60

Jean Salumu (193-F-90) led Belgium over Italy in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Toulouse. He scored 19 points as Belgium celebrated a comfortable 80-60 win.
Belgium grabbed a 16-15 lead after the first 10 minutes and added a 22-13 surge in the second frame. Moreover they dominated the second half and came up with two more victories, 25-18 and 17-14, respectively in the third and last stanzas.
Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) poured in 14 points, while Quentin Serron (190-G-90) and Maxime De Zeeuw (206-PF-87) had 12 each. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) replied with 11 in defeat and Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) posted 10.



Enel Brindisi tabs Cady Lalanne - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) inked 25-year old Haitian center Cady Lalanne (208-113kg-92, college: Massachusetts). He played in the summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in May. In 17 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.1bpg. The last season Lalanne played at Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA where in 14 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 10.3rpg and 1.5bpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (55th overall). Lalanne attended University of Massachusetts until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in NBA G League (Austin Spurs).

Enel Basket Brindisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milenko Tepic
Marco Giuri
Georgi Sirakov
Anthony Barber

Forwards:
Scott Suggs
Obinna Oleka

Center:
Cady Lalanne

Coach: Sandro Dell Agnello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Scandone Avellino adds N'Diaye to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) added to their roster 30-year old Senegalese international center Hamady N'Diaye (213-109kg-87, college: Rutgers). He is a dual citizen owning also Filipino passport. N'Diaye played last season at Bnei Hertzeliyya in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 11 Winner League games he recorded 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0bpg. N'Diaye also played that season for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 13 games he averaged just 1.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2bpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he had 4.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2bpg.
N'Diaye has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Chinese NBL championship title in 2014. N'Diaye was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
He represented Senegal at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. N'Diaye's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 57.1%, FT: 71.4%.
N'Diaye is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. N'Diaye tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Byblos), NBA (Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings), China (Gold Lions, Guangzhou Liu Sui and Guangxi), NBA G League (Reno Bighorns, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers) and Philippines (KIA Picanto).
N'Diaye attended Rutgers, The State University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Scandone Avellino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Filloy
Lorenzo D'Ercole
Jason Rich
Bruno Fitipaldo
Dezmine Wells

Forwards:
Maarten Leunen
Salvatore Parlato
Andrea Zerini
Thomas Scrubb

Centers:
Kyrylo Fesenko
Hamady N'Diaye

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Lapua lands Lucas Woodhouse - by Eurobasket News

Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) tabbed American (has also Italian passport) guard Lucas Woodhouse (190-82kg, agency: Interperformances). He just graduated from Stony Brook (NCAA). Woodhouse has played there for the last three years. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.1spg last season. Woodhouse helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in American East Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-AEC 1st Team and NABC All-District 1 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Woodhouse's college team won AEC Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Italy pip Montenegro in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Montenegro 67-66

Italy pip Montenegro 67-66 in Toulouse International tournament with 4 participating teams. The latter had a good start and took a 20-14 lead after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added another 19-12 rally to enjoy a 39-26 halftime advantage. Italy however dominated the second half and won both quarters. They posted a 20-14 run in the third quarter and closed the game with a final 21-13 rally.
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Luigi Datome (203-F-87) netted 10. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 13 points in a loss and Dino Radoncic (202-PF-99) netted 11.



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Xavier Newson signs at Rahoveci - by Eurobasket News

KB Rahoveci (SuperLeague) landed 22-year old American swingman Xavier Newson (193-91kg-95). He just graduated from Goshen (NAIA). In 31 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg and 5.2rpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Newson played at another team Griffons in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA2.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Newson received NJCAA D2 All-Region XIV 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.

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Emanuel Ubilla (ex ZTE KK) joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) agreed terms with 31-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in Hungarian A Division. In 45 games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 8.1apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg. Ubilla helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Kaposvari (also in A Division) where in 30 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 7.6apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Ubilla's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup final in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Ubilla's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Ubilla tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Tapiolan Honka), Holland (Den Helder), Switzerland (Monthey), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava), Czech Republic (Novy Jicin and BK Kolin), Puerto Rico (Atleticos, Indios and Piratas) and APBL (Toms River S.).
Ubilla attended Fairleigh Dickinson University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

BK Ventspils roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Emanuel Ubilla
Blake Hamilton

Forwards:
Maris Gulbis
Arturs Berzins
Mike Bruesewitz

Center:
Julius Jucikas

Coach: Roberts Stelmahers

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Latvia hold off Lithuania at Arena Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Lithuania 87:77

Latvia overcame their Baltic arch rivals Lithuania in the friendly clash at Arena Riga on Saturday. Davis Bertans (208-F-92) provided 18 points to lead the hosts.
Latvia got to a strong start. They grabbed a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Latvia sank 25 points in the second period to open a 13-point halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the gap in the third term. The visitors pulled within 9 points at the final intermission. Latvia though poured in 22 points in the fourth frame and got away with a comfortable win. Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) added 13 points for the hosts. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) answered with 16 points for Lithuania. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Latvia: Davis Bertans 18, Kristaps Porzingis 16+10 boards, Dairis Bertans 13
Lithuania: Lukas Lekavicius 16, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 14



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Latvia hold off Lithuania at Arena Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Lithuania 87:77

Latvia overcame their Baltic arch rivals Lithuania in the friendly clash at Arena Riga on Saturday. Davis Bertans (208-F-92) provided 18 points to lead the hosts.
Latvia got to a strong start. They grabbed a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Latvia sank 25 points in the second period to open a 13-point halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the gap in the third term. The visitors pulled within 9 points at the final intermission. Latvia though poured in 22 points in the fourth frame and got away with a comfortable win. Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) added 13 points for the hosts. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) answered with 16 points for Lithuania. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Latvia: Davis Bertans 18, Kristaps Porzingis 16+10 boards, Dairis Bertans 13
Lithuania: Lukas Lekavicius 16, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 14



Lithuania outgun Romania in test game - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Romania 97:64

Lithuania overcame Romania in the latest test game. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) scored 16 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania recorded a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in front throughout the second term. The Baltic side grabbed a 48:25 halftime lead. Lithuania sank 21 points in the third term to take a 28-point advantage at the final break. Lithuania unloaded 28 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) had 15 points, while Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) added 14 points in the victory. Radu Paliciuc (200-G/F-88), Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88, college: American) and Octavian Calota (189-PG-84) answered with 15 points apiece for Romania.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 16, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Lukas Lekavicius 14
Romania: Radu Paliciuc 15, Vlad Moldoveanu 15, Octavian Calota 15



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Boubacar Sidibe signs at Lucentum - by Eurobasket News

HLA Lucentum Alicante (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old Mali international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94) from Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid. In 38 LEB Silver games in Spain he averaged 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4bpg last season. He helped them to win the LEB Silver Play-Off title.
Sidibe has been also a member of Mali international program for some years. He has regularly played for Mali senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2012.
Sidibe represented Mali at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 69.2%.
Sidibe has played also professionally in Mali (Stade).

HLA Lucentum Alicante roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Rivero
Alvaro Lobo
Adrian Chapela

Forwards:
Orion Outerbridge
Amadou Sidibe

Center:
Boubacar Sidibe

Coach: David Varela

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Taj Gray (ex Mazatlan) agreed terms with Windsor Express - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American power forward Taj Gray (204-107kg-84, college: Oklahoma). He played in the summer at Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left the team in April. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2006 Gray was drafted by Oklahoma Storm (USBL) in third round (21st overall).
The former University of Oklahoma standout is in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Gray won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention award back in 2007 and 2010.
Gray is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Gray has played previously professionally in Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Puerto Rico (Brujos), NBA (LA Clippers), Spain (UCAM Murcia) and France (Cholet Basket, Paris Levallois, Chorale de Roanne and Chalon/Saor).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Plays with determination for the duration of a game ... Is deceptively athletic and possesses excellent strength and leaping ability ... Finishes around the basket.

Windsor Express roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Griffin
Maurice Jones

Forwards:
Logan Stutz
Ayob Ayob

Center:
Taj Gray

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Italy pip Montenegro in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Montenegro 67-66

Italy pip Montenegro 67-66 in Toulouse International tournament with 4 participating teams. The latter had a good start and took a 20-14 lead after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added another 19-12 rally to enjoy a 39-26 halftime advantage. Italy however dominated the second half and won both quarters. They posted a 20-14 run in the third quarter and closed the game with a final 21-13 rally.
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Luigi Datome (203-F-87) netted 10. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 13 points in a loss and Dino Radoncic (202-PF-99) netted 11.



France roll over Montenegro in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

France - Montenegro 100-70

France roll over Montenegro 100-70 in Toulouse for the second straight win at the international tournament.
Both teams scored 23 points in the first period, while France erupted with a 38-12 surge in the second frame. Moreover they posted a 24-18 rally for a 32-point lead with 10 minutes to go. Montenegro replied with a narrow 17-15 run in the last stanza for the final result.
Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Vincent Poirier (210-F/C-93) added 13. Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) poured in 12 in the winning effort. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 14 in a loss and Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) brought 12.



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LA Clippers sign Marshall Plumlee - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) signed 25-year old international center Marshall Plumlee (213-118kg-92, college: Duke). He played last season at New York Knicks. In 20 NBA games he had just 2.0ppg and 2.6rpg. NBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Plumlee also played that season for another team Knicks where in 15 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.3bpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Plumlee won NCAA championship title in 2015.
He also represented USA at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
Plumlee graduated from Duke University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Los Angeles Clippers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Teodosic
Tyrone Wallace
Sindarius Thornwell
Jawun Evans

Forwards:
Blake Griffin
Willie Reed
Jamil Wilson
Isaiah Hicks

Center:
Marshall Plumlee

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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Eurobasket with knee injury - by Eurobasket News

Greece's basketball federation has accused the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA of hatching a plan to prevent Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) from playing in the European championship. About an hour after Antetokounmpo posted on Facebook and Instagram that he was unavailable because of a knee injury, the federation attacked the Bucks and the NBA in a statement, describing an "organized and well-staged plan" to keep Antetokounmpo from playing in the Eurobasket at the end of the month. "The simultaneous report by the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo himself, by phone and social media from faraway China, and not by the appropriate official manner, of his inability to join the national men's team saddens us ... but is not surprising," the federation said in the statement. "A series of indications ... had convinced us of the existence of an organized and well-staged plan by (Antentokounmpo's NBA) team, with the full knowledge if not encouragement of the NBA that put the athlete on the spot and forced him to announce today that he is no longer part of the men's national team." The federation also said that all details of the story would soon become known. In his Facebook post, Antetokounmpo said he failed to complete physicals because of excessive pain. Antetokounmpo is in China to attend, but not play in, a basketball tournament in Shanghai, as an NBA ambassador. He was to have rejoined Greece after his China tour to prepare for the Eurobasket starting on Aug. 31, but his knee problems, which forced him to miss all but one of Greece's warm-up games, alarmed the Bucks, who administered the physical in China. "It is by far the biggest disappointment in my career," Antetokounmpo posted, in Greek. "I must deal with the problem. Last year, I could 'freeze' the deal on my new extension conttract. This year, I have no choice." As if anticipating the questions over his absence, Antetokounmpo added: "I ask everyone not to make of my absence more than it already is, and focus instead on the guys who will fight at the Eurobasket for a success that has eluded us for years." Antetokounmpo's new four-year, $100 million contract with the Bucks begins in September. Last season in the NBA, he finished in the top-20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Orlando Magic tabs rookie Troy Caupain - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic landed 22-year old guard Troy Caupain (193-91kg-95). He just graduated from Cincinnati (NCAA). Caupain has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg last season. Caupain helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-AAC 2nd Team and to the Reese's College All-Star Game.
Caupain has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Orlando Magic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arron Afflalo
Shelvin Mack
Jonathan Simmons
Troy Caupain

Forwards:
Marreese Speights
Wesley Iwundu

Center:
Khem Birch

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The Knicks ink Xavier Rathan-Mayes - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks agreed terms with 23-year old Canadian guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-86kg-94, college: Florida State). He just graduated from Florida State (NCAA). Rathan-Mayes has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.8apg last season. Rathan-Mayes helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Atlantic Coast Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to ACC All-Defensive Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Rathan-Mayes is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He was voted ACC All-Freshman Team in 2015 at his college time.
Rathan-Mayes represented Canada at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 12.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 38.9%.
Rathan-Mayes could be described: has a great shooting stroke from behind the arc as well as off the dribble and a good understanding of how to create space in the mid-range area.

New York Knicks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ramon Sessions
Tim Hardaway_Jr.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Ron Baker
Damyean Dotson

Forwards:
Michael Beasley
Jamel Artis
Nigel Hayes

Center:
Luke Kornet

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Daniel Dixon agreed terms with the Celtics - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics inked 23-year old guard Daniel Dixon (198-95kg-94). He just graduated from William & Mary (NCAA). Dixon has played there for the last four years. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.5apg last season. Dixon helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-CAA 1st Team and All-ECAC Division I 2nd Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Dixon is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of CAA Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
Dixon has played previously for Langley.

Boston Celtics roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shane Larkin
Andrew White_III
Kadeem Allen
Daniel Dixon
Jabari Bird

Forwards:
Daniel Theis
Abdel Nader
Ante Zizic
Guerschon Yabusele
Jayson Tatum
Semi Ojeleye

Center:
Aron Baynes

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Taj Gray (ex Mazatlan) agreed terms with Windsor Express - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American power forward Taj Gray (204-107kg-84, college: Oklahoma). He played in the summer at Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left the team in April. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2006 Gray was drafted by Oklahoma Storm (USBL) in third round (21st overall).
The former University of Oklahoma standout is in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Gray won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention award back in 2007 and 2010.
Gray is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Gray has played previously professionally in Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Puerto Rico (Brujos), NBA (LA Clippers), Spain (UCAM Murcia) and France (Cholet Basket, Paris Levallois, Chorale de Roanne and Chalon/Saor).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Plays with determination for the duration of a game ... Is deceptively athletic and possesses excellent strength and leaping ability ... Finishes around the basket.

Windsor Express roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Griffin
Maurice Jones

Forwards:
Logan Stutz
Ayob Ayob

Center:
Taj Gray

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nveasports)

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Mann re-signs at Highlanders - by Eurobasket News

Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster 23-year old American guard Charles Mann (198-98kg-94, college: Georgia, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played there last season. In 29 NBL Canada games he had 15.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 3.0apg. Mann also spent pre-season at Barons Riga (LBL) in Latvian league that year.
Last year he was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in second round (31st overall).
Mann attended University of Georgia until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). Mann was also voted All-SEC 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Mann has played also professionally in .

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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LNB Round 9: Costa Caribe defeats leader Bufalos - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LNB.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Bufalos (7-3) on the court of fourth ranked Costa Caribe on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Costa Caribe 99-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bufalos. Costa Caribe well out of reach of Bufalos shooting 102.6 percent from the field. They outrebounded Bufalos 47-32 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Costa Caribe looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-4 shooting from the field). Guard Dayton Cacho contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for Bufalos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Costa Caribe maintains fourth place with 3-7 record. Newly promoted Bufalos still keep top position with three games lost. Costa Caribe are looking forward to face higher ranked Toros (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bufalos will play against the league's second-placed Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Leones (5-5) which hosted in Managua 4th placed Costa Caribe (3-7). Third ranked Leones managed to get a 13-point victory 79-66. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners and Joan Luis chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Sharlon Hodgson (183-94) with 11 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leones moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros. Costa Caribe at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Leones will play against league's leader Bufalos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Costa Caribe will play against Toros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Bufalos (7-3) which hosted in second-best Toros (5-5). First ranked Bufalos managed to get a 7-point victory 84-77. Reginald Brown nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-0 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Marcos Castrillo came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for Toros in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bufalos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first place with 7-3 record. Loser Toros keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Leones. Bufalos will meet at home league's second-placed Leones in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play against Costa Caribe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Leones (5-5) which played road game in against second-best Toros (5-5). Third ranked Leones managed to get a 12-point victory 87-75. The best player for the winners was Adalberto Rojas who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Leones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Leones moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Toros. Leones' next round opponent will be league's leader Bufalos and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play against Costa Caribe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Leones - Costa Caribe 79-66

An interesting game for Leones (5-5) which hosted in Managua 4th placed Costa Caribe (3-7). Third ranked Leones managed to get a 13-point victory 79-66. It looked good early as Costa Caribe took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leones had a 27-13 second period charge getting the lead and Costa Caribe was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-79. Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners and Dominican Joan Luis chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Sharlon Hodgson (183-94) with 11 points and 5 assists and Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) scored 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leones moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros. Costa Caribe at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Leones will play against league's leader Bufalos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Costa Caribe will play against Toros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Costa Caribe: J.Townes 13+2reb, M.Diakite 12+3reb, S.Hodgson 11+3reb+5ast, F.Omier 8+1reb+1ast, T.Watson 4+7reb, R.Hawkings 4+1ast
Leones: A.Rojas 27+15reb+4ast, J.Luis 17+5reb+3ast, D.Campbell 14+8reb+2ast, R.Ponce 9+4reb+3ast, D.Tenorio 4+2reb+2ast, I.Thomas 4+4reb+5ast
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Costa Caribe - Bufalos 99-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Bufalos (7-3) on the court of fourth ranked Costa Caribe on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Costa Caribe 99-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bufalos. Costa Caribe well out of reach of Bufalos shooting 102.6 percent from the field. They outrebounded Bufalos 47-32 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Costa Caribe looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-4 shooting from the field). Guard Dayton Cacho contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Diakite is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Harold Barberena (179-82) added 18 points in the effort for Bufalos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Costa Caribe maintains fourth place with 3-7 record. Newly promoted Bufalos still keep top position with three games lost. Costa Caribe are looking forward to face higher ranked Toros (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bufalos will play against the league's second-placed Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: H.Barberena 18+1reb, C.Gonzalez 15+3reb+1ast, R.Brown 13+12reb+2ast, D.Olivas 11+4reb+4ast, R.Taylor 8+3reb, N.Mackenzie 8+2reb+3ast
Costa Caribe: M.Diakite 18+9reb+5ast, D.Cacho 17+9reb+3ast, J.Townes 15+5reb, T.Watson 11+8reb+2ast, F.Omier 10+4reb+1ast, S.Hodgson 9+3reb+9ast
gschID: 558125


Bufalos - Toros 84-77

An interesting game for Bufalos (7-3) which hosted in second-best Toros (5-5). First ranked Bufalos managed to get a 7-point victory 84-77. Bufalos well out of reach of Toros shooting 87.5 percent from the field. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bufalos made 8 blocks. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-0 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Cuban forward Jordany Jaca (196-83) accounted for 20 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-2 shooting from the field). Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and the former international Thomas Vansdell (185-86) added 22 points (on 6-of-6 shooting from the field) respectively for Toros in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bufalos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first place with 7-3 record. Loser Toros keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Leones. Bufalos will meet at home league's second-placed Leones in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play against Costa Caribe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: M.Castrillo 28+15reb+1ast, T.Vansdell 22+3reb+1ast, A.Brooks 7+4reb+1ast, D.Toruno 6+4reb+4ast, R.Abraham 6+5reb+6ast, R.Mendoza 6+5reb+2ast
Bufalos: R.Brown 27+14reb+1ast, J.Jaca 20+19reb+1ast, C.Gonzalez 18+7reb+8ast, N.Mackenzie 8+7reb+8ast, M.Mackenzie 4+3reb, R.Taylor 3
gschID: 559793


Toros - Leones 75-87

An interesting game for Leones (5-5) which played road game in against second-best Toros (5-5). Third ranked Leones managed to get a 12-point victory 87-75. The game was mostly controlled by Leones. Toros was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Toros 44-27 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Serbio Abea (191-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Four Leones players scored in double figures. Leones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) who recorded 37 points (!!!) and 5 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Leones moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Toros. Leones' next round opponent will be league's leader Bufalos and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play against Costa Caribe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: R.Abraham 37+2reb+5ast, M.Castrillo 16+11reb+1ast, A.Brooks 14+5reb, M.Garcia 6+4ast, N.Lopez 2+5reb+5ast, H.Somoza 0
Leones: A.Rojas 26+10reb+1ast, J.Luis 20+8reb+2ast, S.Abea 14+10reb+9ast, A.Borge 10+5reb+3ast, R.Ponce 6+2reb+4ast, D.Tenorio 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 558126





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  NIGERIA  


Kano Pillars crown champion of the Savannah - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Defending champions, Kano Pillars have won the Kwese Premier League Savannah Conference Six play-offs after winning all their five matches and ending the championship with one hundred percent record finish.

The tournament which held inside the Indoor Hall of the Murtala Square Kaduna between August 14-19 had six teams from the Savannah Conference namely; Kano Pillars, Gombe Bulls, Plateau Peaks, Niger Potters, Bauchi Net and Kada Stars. Bauchi Net and Kada Stars replaced Mark Mentors and Defenders both of Abuja which failed to turn up for the competition.

To emerge champions of the conference, Pillars beat hard fighting Gombe Bulls 104-97 points in their first game, defeated Kada Stars 91-58 points, had the better of Bauchi Net 85-44 points, fell Niger Potters 103-71 points and routed Plateau Peaks 80-64 points to maintain an unbeaten run.

Coach of the Kano based team, Sani Ahmed, speaking on his team's performance after the championship reiterated his club's desire to retain the trophy after the Final 8 holding in Kano. "Winning the Savanna Conference Six shows the level of consistency in the club. It also tells of the amount of hard work put in by the players to winning tournaments."

Ahmed said the ultimate goal of the team is to retain the Final 8 trophy next month. "The team is not one hundred percent perfect yet. We are still a high scoring side averaging 80 points per game but we are still going to do more so as to defend and win the Final 8 at home in Kano. Our tradition is to win any tournament we find ourselves in. So, we aim to retain the Final 8. We have noticed some weaknesses and lapses in the course of our games and will work on them before the Final 8. I noticed the boys sometimes get complacent; but we need to be consistent and more perfect in taking shots."

The coach also disclosed that the Conference play-offs was part of preparations for his team's participation in an invitational tournament slated for Malaysia in the first week of September. "Immediately we conclude the play-offs and Final 8 we shall be honoring a fully sponsored trip to Malaysia for an invitational tournament involving teams from Japan, China, Malaysia and teams from other Asian countries. Good enough we will be prepared because this championship serves as good preparations for the tournament."

Other teams that qualified from the Savannah Conference Six are Niger Potters, Gombe Bulls and Plateau Peaks. The Final 8 in Kano will see four teams each from the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences battle for the ultimate prize to climax the Kwese Premier League Season.

Saturday's Results

Savannah Conference
Gombe Bulls 78 - 47 Bauchi Net
Kano Pillars 80 - 64 Plateau Peaks
Niger Potters 94 - 92 Kada Stars

Atlantic Conference
Rivers Hoopers 80 - 63 Police Baton
Nigeria Customs 78 - 75 Oluyole Warriors
Kwara Falcon 78 - 73 Hoops and Read




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  PANAMA  


Demetrice Jacobs agreed terms with Caballos - by Eurobasket News

Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce (LPB) inked 28-year old American swingman Demetrice Jacobs (192-89). He just graduated from Dalton State College (NAIA). Earlier he played for Northwestern State in NCAA. Jacobs notched 6.6ppg and 2.2rpg for the Demons.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 LaDontae HENTON
  Alaska Aces
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 33.3
 1. Henton, Alaska Aces33.3 
 2. Phelps, Phoenix26.5 
 3. Durham, Meralco .25.8 
 4. Cummings, KIA P.25.7 
 5. McKines, SM Be.22.7 
 6. Craig, TNT K.21.7 
 7. Fuller, NLEX R.21.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.20.5 
 9. Lassiter, SM Be.19.7 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Durham, Meralco .18.2 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.2 
 3. Craig, TNT K.16.7 
 4. Phelps, Phoenix15.8 
 5. McKines, SM Be.14.3 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces11.5 
 7. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.10.3 
 9. Slaughter, B.Gin.9.8 
 10. Erram, Blackwater9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Earl THOMPSON
  B.Gin.
  (--)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Thompson, B.Gin.8.3 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen7.7 
 3. Durham, Meralco .7.2 
 4. Craig, TNT K.6.7 
 5. Revilla, KIA P.6.4 
 6. Castro-W., TNT K.6.0 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .5.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 9. Lee, Star Hotshots4.7 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.2.3 
 2. Henton, Alaska Aces2.3 
 3. Cabagnot, SM Be.2.0 
 4. Rios, NLEX R.1.8 
 5. Jazul, Phoenix1.8 
 6. Newsome, Meralco .1.7 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.5 
 8. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 
 9. Elorde, KIA Picanto1.4 
 10. Erram, Blackwater1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 John Paul ERRAM
  Blackwater
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Erram, Blackwater3.0 
 2. Slaughter, B.Gin.2.3 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces2.0 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Aces2.0 
 5. Santos, SM Beermen1.7 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.5 
 7. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 
 8. Baclao, Alaska Aces1.5 
 9. Phelps, Phoenix1.5 
 10. deOcampo, TNT K.1.3 



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  POLAND  


Serbia outscore Poland in Hamburg - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Serbia 78-85

Serbia won their opener of the SuperCup 2017 in Hamburg. Vladimir Lucic paced all the winners with 22 points in an 85-78 victory.
Serbia won the opening period 25-19 and had a 6-point lead at the halftime. Poland managed to keep the pace in the second half as both teams scored 21 points in the third period. Moreover Poland scored another 21 points in the last stanza, but could not win the game.
Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) netted 12 points for Serbia and Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) added 10. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 11.



Baldwin's pro career starts at AZS Koszalin - by Greg

AZS Koszalin (PLK) tabbed 23-year old American point guard Diante Baldwin (183-82kg-94). He just graduated from NC-Greensboro (NCAA). Baldwin has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg last season. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-SoCon 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Baldwin is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Igor Wadowski
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Poland surprise Germany in Hamburg - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Poland 75-80

Poland surprised Germany in Hamburg in day 2 of the SuperCup 2017. Both teams are with a 1-1 record after an 80-75 result.
Poland grabbed an early 19-15 lead, but Germany replied with a 21-16 rally to take a 2-point halftime advantage. The guests looked better in the second half and came up with a 5-point victory in the game.
Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) stepped up with 18 points for Poland and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93, college: Gonzaga) netted 14. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) scored 26 points for Germany, while Maodo Lo (191-G-92, college: Columbia) and Patrick Heckmann (197-SF-92, college: Boston Coll.) notched 7 each.



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  PUERTO RICO  


National Team to announce AmeriCup roster on Monday - by Luis Modestti


The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation is scheduled to announce the final roster of the Puerto Rican National Team for the 2017 AmeriCup on Monday.

On Friday the team held their last open practice and will continue training under head coach Eddie Casiano.

The players practicing on Friday were guards Denis Clemente, Alex Abreu, Angel Rodriguez, Carlos Rivera, Isaac Sosa and Mike Rosario. The forwards and centers training were Chris Ortiz, Emmy Andujar, Juan Ramon Rivas, Gilberto Clavell, Melsahn Basabe, Chris Gaston (201-PF-89, college: Fordham), Tyler Davis, Jorge Bryan Diaz and Carlos Yao Lopez.

Puerto Rico plays Mexico on August 25, then Colombia on August 26 and finish the first round against Brazil on August 27.



Emanuel Ubilla (ex ZTE KK) joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) agreed terms with 31-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in Hungarian A Division. In 45 games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 8.1apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg. Ubilla helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Kaposvari (also in A Division) where in 30 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 7.6apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Ubilla's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup final in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Ubilla's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Ubilla tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Tapiolan Honka), Holland (Den Helder), Switzerland (Monthey), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava), Czech Republic (Novy Jicin and BK Kolin), Puerto Rico (Atleticos, Indios and Piratas) and APBL (Toms River S.).
Ubilla attended Fairleigh Dickinson University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

BK Ventspils roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Emanuel Ubilla
Blake Hamilton

Forwards:
Maris Gulbis
Arturs Berzins
Mike Bruesewitz

Center:
Julius Jucikas

Coach: Roberts Stelmahers

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Lithuania outgun Romania in test game - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Romania 97:64

Lithuania overcame Romania in the latest test game. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) scored 16 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania recorded a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in front throughout the second term. The Baltic side grabbed a 48:25 halftime lead. Lithuania sank 21 points in the third term to take a 28-point advantage at the final break. Lithuania unloaded 28 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) had 15 points, while Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) added 14 points in the victory. Radu Paliciuc (200-G/F-88), Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88, college: American) and Octavian Calota (189-PG-84) answered with 15 points apiece for Romania.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 16, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Lukas Lekavicius 14
Romania: Radu Paliciuc 15, Vlad Moldoveanu 15, Octavian Calota 15



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  RUSSIA  


Germany hold off Russia at the start of SuperCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Russia 79-76

Germany nipped Russia at the start of SuperCup 2017 at the edel-optics.de Arena. The hosts of the tournament grabbed a 79-76 win after a final run in the last period.
Both teams faced each other in Kazan a few days ago, where Russia demolished the opponent. They started with a 21-19 lead and led 2 points at the halftime. Germany replied with a 19-17 rally in the third period and tied the game after 30 minutes. Moreover they posted a 23-16 run in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) netted 12. Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) and Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) had 10 each. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-PF-87) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 14.



Serbia overcame Russia at SuperCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Russia 85-75

Serbia overcame Russia in Day 2 of at SuperCup 2017. Serbia posted an 85-75 win for a 2-0 record, while Russia fell at 0-2.
Serbia took a 20-16 early lead and led 2 points at the halftime. They pushed the tempo in the second half and managed two win two quarters. Serbia posted a 23-18 in the third period and closed the game with a 26-23 rally.
Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) had 15. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) scored 14, whilst Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) delivered 10. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 17 points in a loss, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-SG-85, agency: Alti Sport) poured in 16.



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  SENEGAL  


Scandone Avellino adds N'Diaye to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) added to their roster 30-year old Senegalese international center Hamady N'Diaye (213-109kg-87, college: Rutgers). He is a dual citizen owning also Filipino passport. N'Diaye played last season at Bnei Hertzeliyya in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 11 Winner League games he recorded 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0bpg. N'Diaye also played that season for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 13 games he averaged just 1.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2bpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he had 4.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2bpg.
N'Diaye has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Chinese NBL championship title in 2014. N'Diaye was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
He represented Senegal at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. N'Diaye's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 57.1%, FT: 71.4%.
N'Diaye is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. N'Diaye tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Byblos), NBA (Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings), China (Gold Lions, Guangzhou Liu Sui and Guangxi), NBA G League (Reno Bighorns, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers) and Philippines (KIA Picanto).
N'Diaye attended Rutgers, The State University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Scandone Avellino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Filloy
Lorenzo D'Ercole
Jason Rich
Bruno Fitipaldo
Dezmine Wells

Forwards:
Maarten Leunen
Salvatore Parlato
Andrea Zerini
Thomas Scrubb

Centers:
Kyrylo Fesenko
Hamady N'Diaye

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spain overcome Senegal in Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Senegal 80:69

Spain clashed with Senegal in the exhibition clash in Melilla. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) scored 14 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
Spain eked out a 23:22 lead after the first period. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Spain arrived at halftime up by three points 41:38. The hosts extended the margin in the third term. Spain used a 23:12 run to open a 14-point advantage at the final intermission. Senegal cut the distance in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Willy Hernangomez had 10 points, while Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80), Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80) delivered 9 points each for the hosts. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) responded with 20 points and 9 boards for Senegal. Sangone Niang and Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) tossed in 9 points each in the loss.

Spain: Ricky Rubio 14, Willy Hernangomez 10, Pau Gasol 9, Sergio Rodriguez 9, Juan Carlos Navarro 9
Senegal: Maurice Ndour 20, Sangone Niang 9, Mouhammad Faye 9



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  SERBIA  


Serbia outscore Poland in Hamburg - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Serbia 78-85

Serbia won their opener of the SuperCup 2017 in Hamburg. Vladimir Lucic paced all the winners with 22 points in an 85-78 victory.
Serbia won the opening period 25-19 and had a 6-point lead at the halftime. Poland managed to keep the pace in the second half as both teams scored 21 points in the third period. Moreover Poland scored another 21 points in the last stanza, but could not win the game.
Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) netted 12 points for Serbia and Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) added 10. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 11.



Burgos add Thompson to their roster, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old American forward Deon Thompson (203-111kg-88, college: N.Carolina). He played last season at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Thompson managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 17 KLS games he recorded 5.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He helped them to win the league title. Thompson also played 13 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played 14 games in ABA League where he had 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team Thompson played that season for was Galatasaray in Turkish BSL. In 10 games he got 5.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 13 games in Euroleague where he got 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg.
Thompson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Thompson's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 53.1%, FT: 62.5%.
Thompson is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Thompson has played previously professionally in China (Flying Leopards), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Bayern Muenchen), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija).
He attended University of North Carolina until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Schreiner
Corey Fisher

Forwards:
Deon Thompson
Deividas Gailius
Alejandro Barrera

Center:
Goran Huskic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbia overcame Russia at SuperCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Russia 85-75

Serbia overcame Russia in Day 2 of at SuperCup 2017. Serbia posted an 85-75 win for a 2-0 record, while Russia fell at 0-2.
Serbia took a 20-16 early lead and led 2 points at the halftime. They pushed the tempo in the second half and managed two win two quarters. Serbia posted a 23-18 in the third period and closed the game with a 26-23 rally.
Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) had 15. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) scored 14, whilst Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) delivered 10. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 17 points in a loss, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-SG-85, agency: Alti Sport) poured in 16.



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  SLOVENIA  


Turkey edge Slovenia in Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Slovenia 86:84

Turkey nipped Slovenia at the international friendly tournament in Tel Aviv. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Turkey sank 24 points in the first period to take a 4-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Turkey established a 44:38 halftime lead. Slovenia erased the deficit in the third term. The teams went neck and neck before Turkey eked out a 62:60 lead heading into the fourth period. They extended the margin to double digits midway through the final stanza but Slovenia did not surrender. They pulled within striking distance late in the clash before Turkey managed to pull away with a narrow win. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) had 17 points, while Sertac Sanli (211-C-91, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points for the winners. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) answered with 22 points for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) tossed in 19 points in the loss.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 20, Cedi Osman 17, Sertac Sanli 13
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 22, Klemen Prepelic 19



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  SPAIN  


Gomez re-signs at Pielagos - by Eurobasket News

Pas Pielagos (EBA) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old forward David Gomez (193-80). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 19 EBA games he had 5.1ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
Gomez is a very experienced player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Pielagos.

Pas Pielagos roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Alvaro Palazuelos

Forwards:
Pape Seck
David Gomez

Center:
Sergio Iglesias

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Burgos add Thompson to their roster, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old American forward Deon Thompson (203-111kg-88, college: N.Carolina). He played last season at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Thompson managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 17 KLS games he recorded 5.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He helped them to win the league title. Thompson also played 13 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played 14 games in ABA League where he had 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team Thompson played that season for was Galatasaray in Turkish BSL. In 10 games he got 5.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 13 games in Euroleague where he got 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg.
Thompson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Thompson's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 53.1%, FT: 62.5%.
Thompson is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Thompson has played previously professionally in China (Flying Leopards), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Bayern Muenchen), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija).
He attended University of North Carolina until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Schreiner
Corey Fisher

Forwards:
Deon Thompson
Deividas Gailius
Alejandro Barrera

Center:
Goran Huskic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Boubacar Sidibe signs at Lucentum - by Eurobasket News

HLA Lucentum Alicante (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old Mali international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94) from Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid. In 38 LEB Silver games in Spain he averaged 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4bpg last season. He helped them to win the LEB Silver Play-Off title.
Sidibe has been also a member of Mali international program for some years. He has regularly played for Mali senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2012.
Sidibe represented Mali at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 69.2%.
Sidibe has played also professionally in Mali (Stade).

HLA Lucentum Alicante roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Rivero
Alvaro Lobo
Adrian Chapela

Forwards:
Orion Outerbridge
Amadou Sidibe

Center:
Boubacar Sidibe

Coach: David Varela

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Spain overcome Senegal in Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Senegal 80:69

Spain clashed with Senegal in the exhibition clash in Melilla. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) scored 14 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
Spain eked out a 23:22 lead after the first period. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Spain arrived at halftime up by three points 41:38. The hosts extended the margin in the third term. Spain used a 23:12 run to open a 14-point advantage at the final intermission. Senegal cut the distance in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Willy Hernangomez had 10 points, while Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80), Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80) delivered 9 points each for the hosts. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) responded with 20 points and 9 boards for Senegal. Sangone Niang and Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) tossed in 9 points each in the loss.

Spain: Ricky Rubio 14, Willy Hernangomez 10, Pau Gasol 9, Sergio Rodriguez 9, Juan Carlos Navarro 9
Senegal: Maurice Ndour 20, Sangone Niang 9, Mouhammad Faye 9



CB Clavijo inks Carlos Martinez - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 21-year old forward Carlos Martinez (200-96) from Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo. In 37 LEB Gold games he had just 2.7ppg and 1.6rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Martinez played at Meridiano Alicante (LEB Silver) where in 28 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.6rpg.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Konya (Turkey) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg.
Martinez has played previously for three other teams: Baskonia, Alava and Araberri.

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Felix Balamou
Erik Quintela
Kevin Olekaibe
Tre' Coggins

Forwards:
Juan Cabot
William Gutenius
Evan Yates
Carlos Martinez

Center:
Terrence Bieshaar

Coach: Jenaro Diaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Iglesias re-signs at Pielagos - by Eurobasket News

Pas Pielagos (EBA) confirmed in their roster 25-year old power forward Sergio Iglesias (200-92). He played there last season. In 13 EBA games he recorded 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Iglesias played at Plasencia Extremadura where in 18 EBA games he averaged 5.3ppg and 1.7rpg.
He won EBA Group D Regular Season in 2016.
Iglesias has played previously for three other teams: Mikeldi, Santurtzi and Pumarin.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cambados land Pablo Villarejo - by Eurobasket News

Xuven Cambados (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old forward Pablo Villarejo (194-92) from Seguros Soliss Alcazar Basket. In 29 LEB Silver games he averaged 7.6ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
Villarejo won Spanish EBA Final Stage 2 championship title in 2016.
He has played previously for five other teams: Real Betis, Cordoba, Zamorano, Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team and Araberri.

Xuven Cambados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Otar Pkhakadze
Samuel Barros

Forwards:
Bernard Morena
Pablo Villarejo
Yago Estevez
Will Saunders
Martin Bello

Centers:
Vladzimir Krysevich
Carlos Poyatos

Coach: Chiqui Barros

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ruben Gutierrez signs at Aquimisa Carbajosa - by Eurobasket News

Aquimisa Carbajosa (1 Div.) landed 22-year old guard Ruben Gutierrez (192-95). He played most recently at Moron (LEB Silver). In 39 games he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.3apg last season. 1 Div. will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Gutierrez helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (also in LEB Silver) where in 29 games he had 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg.
Gutierrez has played previously for two other teams: Unicaja Malaga and Clinicas Rincon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Uppsala could land Rhys Carter - by Eurobasket News

Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) is close to sign 33-year old Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-82kg-84) who played last time at Plymouth University Raiders in United Kingdom. In 32 BBL games he recorded 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg and 2.1spg (in top 4) last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (2016) summer Carter played at Tigers in Australian East where in 24 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 2.3spg in 2016 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Defensive Team back in 2010.
Carter was a member of Australian international program for some years. He was called to Australian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
Thanks to Carter's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Carter has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide 36ers, Kings, Perth Wildcats, Victoria and Frankston Blues) and Sweden (Orebro).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Maintaining defensive pressure and making good decisions in tight games and when physically tired are key areas that Rhys will be working towards improving, to complement his creative ball-handling skills and court vision.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Turkey edge Slovenia in Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Slovenia 86:84

Turkey nipped Slovenia at the international friendly tournament in Tel Aviv. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Turkey sank 24 points in the first period to take a 4-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Turkey established a 44:38 halftime lead. Slovenia erased the deficit in the third term. The teams went neck and neck before Turkey eked out a 62:60 lead heading into the fourth period. They extended the margin to double digits midway through the final stanza but Slovenia did not surrender. They pulled within striking distance late in the clash before Turkey managed to pull away with a narrow win. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) had 17 points, while Sertac Sanli (211-C-91, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points for the winners. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) answered with 22 points for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) tossed in 19 points in the loss.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 20, Cedi Osman 17, Sertac Sanli 13
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 22, Klemen Prepelic 19



Darussafaka to keep Wanamaker for another season - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) have reportedly re-signed 28-year old American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-95kg-89, college: Pittsburgh). He played there last season. In 31 BSL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.5apg. Wanamaker helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Wanamaker also played 34 games in Euroleague where he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and had 3.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.5spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Wanamaker played at Brose Baskets in German BBL. In 39 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.6apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Indeed an impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Wanamaker also played 24 games in Euroleague where he got 12.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. Indeed an impressive season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
Wanamaker has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Wanamaker has played also professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, The Flexx Pistoia, Unieuro Forli and BancaTercas), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
He attended University of Pittsburgh until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Wanamaker's game is described as: A solid SG who has enough court vision and passing to serve at the point. Uses well his strong body at the defensive end, should improve outside shooting.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brad Wanamaker
Muhammed Baygul
Scottie Wilbekin
Kartal Ozmizrak
Will Cummings
Dogus Ozdemiroglu

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
Howard Sant-Roos
James Bell
Stanton Kidd
Okben Ulubay

Centers:
Furkan Aldemir
Micheal Eric
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Virgin Islands confirmed roster for FIBA AmeriCup - by David Edole

ST THOMAS (FIBA AmeriCup 2017) - The National Federation of the Virgin Islands confirmed the 12-player roster Sam Mitchell will coach during the FIBA AmeriCup 2017.
Virgin Islands squad for FIBA AmeriCup 2017
Stephaun Adams (190-G-96)
Angel Rivera (173-G-95)
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida)
Victor Cuthbert (197-F-83, college: Murray St.)
Justin Gray (198-F-95)
Deon Edwin (190-G-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances)
Jahmiah Simmons (193-G-98)
Johnathan Gray (190-G-91, college: Cornell)
Khallid Hart (188-G-95)
Javier Martinez (201-F-93)
Phillip Michael Jones (211-C/F-85, college: Charlotte)
Ivan Aska (201-F-90, college: Murray St.)

Virgin Islands will rely heavily on six of the players that represented the country in the Centrobasket 2016, with Walter Hodge leading the way as he did on Panama, where he averaged 14 points and 5.6 rebounds. Aska and Hart will also be instrumental for the Virgin Islands, as they were in the 2016 regional championship, when both players averaged over 10 points. Coach Sam Mitchell will rely heavily on the experience of his players as the team battles heavily favored Group B opponents.

Group B of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will be played in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, with the participation of the Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Canada and the host Argentina. The Caribbean's team participation in the continental championship will begin on August 27 against Canada. Sam Mitchell and company will then face Venezuela and Argentina to complete the Group Phase.

Virgin Islands will need a top-team finish in the group to advance along with Argentina, as main organizer of the competition, to the Semi-Finals of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 in Cordoba, Argentina on September 2. The Final of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will be played on September 3.



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Greece outlast Great Britain in London - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Greece 84:88

Greece celebrated a narrow win over Great Britain in the exhibition clash at the Copper Box Arena in London. Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) scored 22 points to lead the Hellenes.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Great Britain sank 24 points in the second period to eke out a 2-point halftime lead. Great Britain surged ahead in the third term. The hosts enjoyed a 65:59 lead heading into the fourth frame. But Greece unloaded 29 points in the final term to snatch a tough win. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) and Georgios Papagiannis (217-C-97) netted 11 points each for the visitors. Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Great Britain. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) topscored with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.

Great Britain: Daniel Clark 23+11 boards, Gabriel Olaseni 20
Greece: Nikos Pappas 22, Konstantinos Sloukas 11, Georgios Papagiannis 11



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  URUGUAY  


Atenas lead the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Atenas defeated Marne 107-85 and they now need one more win, with four games to play, to clinch the Metro League tournament to be promoted to the Uruguayan League 2018. For the winner Nicolas Catala (195-F-91) scored 29 points added 10 rebounds, while Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) added 21 points and 8 assists. For Marne, Andres Pineiro (187-F-89) scored 24 points.
Other results:
Sayago 80 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) 20 points 12 rebounds
Cordon 71 - Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 18 points 7 rebounds and Facundo Medina (190-G-94) 24 points.
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Verdirrojo 100 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 36 points 4 rebounds
Miramar 91 - Nicholas Waddell (200-C-89, college: Grand Valley St.) 23 points 10 rebounds
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Tabare 77 - Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) 18 points 7 rebounds
Stockolmo 70 - Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) 22 points 17 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 90 - Terrel Thomas Glen (201-F-79, college: Georgia St.) 20 points 7 rebounds
Auriblanco 82 - Rodrigo Goncalves (203-F-87) 22 points 13 rebounds
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Colon 85 - Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) 17 points 11 rebounds
Union Atletica 71 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 17 points 15 rebounds.



Uruguay beat Brazil at the start of Super 4 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Uruguay 63:69

Uruguay clinched the opening win at the Super 4 tournament in Salta. They upset Brazil behind 17 points and 9 boards from Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International).
Uruguay snatched a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Uruguay maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They established a 37:33 halftime lead. Uruguay did not loosen the grip in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points 56:50. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Uruguay marched to the win. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) had 16 points, while Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91, agency: Pro Sports) had 12 points in the victory. Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) answered with 23 points for Brazil. Joao Batista netted 10 points in the loss.

Brazil: Lucas Mariano 23, Joao Batista 10
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 17, Jayson Granger 16, Bruno Fitipaldo 12



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  WORLD CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan BOATRIGHT
  USA
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Boatright, ARM24.2 
 2. Musa, BIH22.8 
 3. Poeltl, AUT20.0 
 4. Theodore, MKD19.5 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD18.8 
 6. Berisha, KOS18.8 
 7. Liutych, BLR17.8 
 8. Mahalbasic, AUT17.0 
 9. Vezenkov, BUL16.8 
 10. Veideman, EST15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Vezenkov, BUL10.8 
 2. Parakhouski, BLR8.8 
 3. Rancik, SVK8.2 
 4. Fischer, ARM7.8 
 5. Spires, SWE6.8 
 6. Ihring, SVK6.7 
 7. Paliashchuk, BLR6.5 
 8. Mahalbasic, AUT6.5 
 9. Kangur, EST6.5 
 10. Norel, NED6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan BOATRIGHT
  USA
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boatright, ARM5.8 
 2. Berisha, KOS5.3 
 3. Kloof, NED5.0 
 4. Marinov, BUL5.0 
 5. Massamba, SWE4.8 
 6. Bost, BUL4.8 
 7. Theodore, MKD4.8 
 8. Lanegger, AUT4.5 
 9. Williams, NED4.5 
 10. Klepeisz, AUT4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Worthy DE JONG
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. de-Jong, NED2.5 
 2. Hallman, POR2.3 
 3. Gaddefors, SWE2.3 
 4. Bost, BUL2.0 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD2.0 
 6. Voorn, NED1.8 
 7. Vezenkov, BUL1.8 
 8. Renfroe, BIH1.8 
 9. Boatright, ARM1.7 
 10. Musa, BIH1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Spires, SWE2.3 
 2. Fusek, SVK1.2 
 3. Talts, EST1.0 
 4. Parakhouski, BLR1.0 
 5. Guerreiro, POR1.0 
 6. Shima, ALB0.8 
 7. Poeltl, AUT0.8 
 8. Shoshi, KOS0.8 
 9. Mahalbasic, AUT0.8 
 10. Chrabascz, ARM0.8 


European Pre-Qualifiers. Day 6 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Armenia - Bosnia 66-83
Bosnia and Herzegovina upset Armenia in Yerevan to advance into the World Cup European Qualifiers. Dzanan Musa (200-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) produced 21 points to lead the visitors to the crucial win. Bosnia eked out a 44:41 halftime lead. They went on an 18:4 run in the fourth quarter to ice the vital win. Obrad Tomic (206-C-93, agency: PEPI SPORT) netted 16 points in the victory. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) notched 22 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds for Armenia.

Sweden - Slovakia 86-82
Sweden held off Slovakia to claim the top position in Group A. Viktor Gaddefors (201-SF-92, agency: Interperformances) posted 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Sweden sank 27 points in the second quarter to take a 44:39 halftime lead. The home side went on a 23:17 run to pile up an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Slovakia narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Marcus Eriksson (201-G/F-93) had 16 points and 8 boards in the victory. Mario Ihring (192-G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 20 points for Slovakia.

Group B
Albania - Holland 37-113
Netherlands crushed Albania to ensure the World Cup European Qualifiers birth. Yannick Franke (194-G-96, agency: Court Side) and Henk Norel (213-C-87) posted 16 points each to lead the Dutch team. Albania jumped to a 16:14 lead at the first break. But Netherlands unloaded 99 points in the next three quarters to seal a comfortable win at the end. Jito Kok (206-C-94, college: San Diego, agency: Court Side) had 14 points in the victory. Mike Moser (203-F-90, college: Oregon) had 8 points for Albania.

Group C
Kosovo - Estonia 75-69
Kosovo qualified into the next round of the World Cup qualifiers. They held off visiting Estonia to finish second in Group C. Dardan Berisha (191-SG-88) stepped up with 28 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds to lead the hosts. Estonia enjoyed a 38:35 halftime lead. But Kosovo surged ahead to gain a 2-point lead at the final intermission. They went on a 21:17 run in the fourth frame to ice the crucial win. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) had 13 points in the victory. Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93, college: UTRGV, agency: 3Eye) replied with 13 points for Estonia.

Group D
Portugal - Belarus 79-78 OT
Portugal defeated Belarus in overtime but could not qualify into the next round. The visitors did so despite a narrow loss. Fabio Lima (198-F/G-88) recorded 16 points to lead the hosts. Portugal established a 42:37 halftime lead. But Belarus stiffened defensively in the second half and forced overtime. Portugal managed to eke out a narrow win at the end but the margin just just enough for Belarus to clinch the next round birth. Nuno Oliveira (186-PG-89) had 15 points for the hosts. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) replied with 18 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) had 16 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.





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Women News


Mark inks Florencia Palacios - by Eurobasket News

Mark Basket Marbo Kinna (Damligan) agreed terms with 32-year old Argentinian ex-international forward Florencia Palacios (183-85). She is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. Palacios played last season at Chabibeh in Lebanese Division I. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Palacios also played that season for Barmer in German 2.Bundesliga where in 9 games she had 7.3ppg and 4.7rpg. She also spent pre-season at ChemCats Chemnitz in German league that year. The other team Palacios played that season for was Cote Vermeille Alberes Basket (NF3) in French league. In 8 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.8apg.
She also played at the South American Club Championship three years ago.
Palacios is quite experienced player. She has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Palacios has played previously professionally in Chile (Los Leones and Univ. Austral), Denmark (Lemvig), Luxembourg (Sparta), Spain, Italy (Napoli BK Women, Scrivia and Il Fotoamatore Firenze), WABA (Chicago S.) and Argentina (La Union).
She could be described: Very strong Forward who can play in both 3 and 4 position. Very good 3point shooter and jump shoot.
She can play both forward, very fast moving close to the basket and strong defense. She is quick and strong at the same time and can guards small and power forward into or outside the paint. She is a very good mid and long range shooter, skills which allow her to dribbling from the basket or use her good jumper. Great moves in the paint. She likes to play hard and she is very professional. Long experience around many different countries and top divisions
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


Markel Walker (ex Ipswich F.) agreed terms with Elitzur Ramla - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Ramla (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Markel Walker (185-90, college: UCLA). She playe this summer at Ipswich Force in Australian QBL. In 14 games she recorded very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 14.1rpg, 4.6apg and 1.7spg. The last season Walker played at Elitzur Holon where in 23 games she averaged remarkable 16.6ppg, 10.8rpg (#4 in the league), 3.4apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements Walker received Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSNF All-Imports Team award in 2014 and 2015.
She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Walker has played previously professionally also in Poland (Rybnik) and Puerto Rico (Gigantes and Leonas).
She attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

Elitzur Ramla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Noa Ganor
Naama Shafir
Daisy Feder

Forwards:
Jennie Simms



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Gentson roster additions. - by Peter Buyse

BBC Jeugd Gentson (Top Division Women) added 4 new players to their roster for the 2017-2018 season.

Anne-Sophie De Bondt (180-F-92) (180-92). It is actually her comeback to Gent as she has played here before. De Bondt played most recently at Upkot Sparta Laarne in the Top Division Women. In 18 games she averaged 10.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg last season.
De Bondt's team won Belgian League Regular Season in 2010.
She represented Belgium at the European Championships U18 in Sodertalje (Sweden) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 6.9ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 25.0%.
De Bondt has played previously for two other teams: Declercq Stortbeton and Tulikivi.

Aline Verelst (172-SG-96) (172-96) from Declercq Stortbeton Waregem. In 22 Top Division Women games she averaged just 2.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Verelst represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.3rpg.
Verelst has played previously for two other teams: Sint Kateline Waver and Young Cats.

Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-F/C-90) (184-90). It is actually her comeback to Gent as she has played here before. Strubbe played most recently at Upkot Sparta Laarne in the Top Division Women. In 15 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Strubbe played at Sint Kateline Waver where in 12 games she had 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Strubbe received Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
She was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Strubbe played for Belgian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
She also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Strubbe has played previously for two other teams: Kangoeroes and Declercq Stortbeton.

Emma Van Thuyne (165-G-01) (165-1). She played most recently at Belgian Women U16 National Team in Belgian league. Emma is actually on the L1 team Blue Cats Ieper and plays at Gentson with a double license.
Van Thuyne was selected to U16 National Team in 2017.
She is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Jeugd Gentson.



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  CENTROBASKET U17  


Puerto Rico and Mexico reach Final in Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Puerto Rico - El Salvador 89-41
Puerto Rico advanced into the title game in Arecibo. The hosts thumped El Salvador in the semifinal clash on Friday. Nadechka Reyes (162-G-00) delivered 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Puerto Rico accumulated a 35:26 halftime lead. They did not slow down in the second half. Puerto Rico went on a 54:15 rally to ice the victory. Coralys Crespo (167-G-00) had 20 points in the win. Kimberly Villalobos (178-C-00) notched 8 points for El Salvador.

Mexico - Costa Rica 68-33
Mexico stormed past Costa Rica to enter Final in Arecibo. Angela Carrasco (178-C-01) scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the winners. Mexico led by only 4 points at the interval 22:18. But they stepped on the gas in the second half. Mexico went on a 46:15 run after the big break to clear off for good. Rosa Montes (174-SG-00) tallied 14 points for the winners. Valeria Gonzalez (162-SG-02) had 9 points for Costa Rica.




Mexico capture the title in Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Mexico - Puerto Rico 83-77
Mexico held off Puerto Rico to capture the title in Aguada. Sofia Payan (167-SF-00) was unstoppable with 36 points for the champions. Puerto Rico grabbed a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But Mexico used a 22:13 rally in the second period to ensure a 37:34 halftime lead. They went on a 21:12 run in the third term to boost the lead at 12-point mark. Puerto Rico erupted for 31 points in the fourth quarter but could not rescue the game. Angela Carrasco (178-C-01) notched 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Nadechka Reyes (162-G-00) and Sheslanie Laureano (175-G/F-01) netted 17 points apiece for Puerto Rico.
3-4 Place
Costa Rica - El Salvador 41-56
El Salvador stepped onto the pedestal in Arecibo. They edged Costa Rica to clinch the Bronze medals. Kimberly Villalobos (178-C-00) scored 26 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead the winners. El Salvador recorded a 28:22 halftime lead. They held Costa Rica to just 19 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Lindsey Castillo (165-G-02) had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Valeria Gonzalez (162-SG-02) responded with 12 points for Costa Rica.

5-6 Place
Guatemala - Bahamas 75-50
Guatemala cruised past Bahamas to earn the fifth position at the championship. Luisa Enriquez (165-F-01) delivered 19 points in the win. Guatemala opened the game on a 14:2 run. They followed with a 25:11 run in the third term to clear for good. Salma Barrios (160-F-00) had 14 points in the victory. Valicia Demeritte (F-00) and Brionte Riley (C-00) had 9 points each for Bahamas.

7-8 Place
Surinam - British Virgin Islands 86-41
Surinam smashed British Virgin Islands to finish their Centrobasket campaign on a winning note. Stephanie Hubard (03) and Mirelva Marica (02) produced 21 points each for the winners. Surinam piled up a 40:28 halftime lead. They held British Virgin Islands to just 13 points in the second half and marched to a comfortable win. Cyaram Kensmil (01) had 17 points and 13 assists for the winners. Shauliqua Fahie (173-F-00) accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds for British Virgin Islands.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Michaela Stara (ex Niki Lefkadas) agreed terms with KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) inked 27-year old Czech ex-international guard Michaela Stara (175-90). She played most recently at Niki Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 21 games she recorded 11.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Stara played at Sokol Hradec Kralove in Czech Republic where in 31 games she averaged 10.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg.
Stara's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup final in 2016.
She was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Stara played for Czech Republic Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
She represented Czech Republic at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Stara has played also professionally in Czech Republic (U19 Chance).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Div B. - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Veronika KOSMACH
  (178-SG-1)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Kosmach, UKR24.3 
 2. Van-B., BEL24.3 
 3. Sabel, SWE22.0 
 4. Zubac, BIH19.3 
 5. Bell, BEL19.0 
 6. Mitric, BIH19.0 
 7. Pedersen, DEN18.7 
 8. Nikolikj, MKD18.0 
 9. Kohler, SUI17.7 
 10. Jessen, DEN16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Asta GRIMSDOTTIR
  (180-F-1)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Grimsdottir, ISL12.3 
 2. Okosun, DEN12.0 
 3. Jessen, DEN11.7 
 4. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL11.0 
 5. Rostotska, UKR10.7 
 6. Kuier, FIN10.7 
 7. Olsen, LUX10.0 
 8. Chatzileonti, GRE10.0 
 9. Alem, SWE9.5 
 10. Kyrkjebo, NOR9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emma VAN THUYNE
  (165-G-1)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Van-Thuyne, BEL8.3 
 2. Keseljevic, BIH6.7 
 3. Popova, UKR4.7 
 4. Mitric, BIH4.7 
 5. Karsh, ISR4.5 
 6. Martins, POR4.5 
 7. Bosgana, GRE4.0 
 8. Gull, SUI4.0 
 9. Pedersen, DEN4.0 
 10. Cruz, POR4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Filipa CRUZ
  (179-F-2)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Cruz, POR5.5 
 2. Keseljevic, BIH5.3 
 3. Guerreiro, POR5.0 
 4. Flynn, IRL4.3 
 5. Martins, POR4.0 
 6. Pekonen, FIN4.0 
 7. Zubac, BIH4.0 
 8. Carvalho, POR4.0 
 9. Rreshpja, ALB3.7 
 10. Mitric, BIH3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Awak KUIER
  (194-C-1)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kuier, FIN5.7 
 2. Santos, POR2.5 
 3. Djurstrom, SWE2.0 
 4. Williamson, IRL2.0 
 5. Kohler, SUI1.7 
 6. Grimsdottir, ISL1.7 
 7. Nikolikj, MKD1.3 
 8. Chardon, SUI1.3 
 9. Jessen, DEN1.3 
 10. Luap, SUI1.0 


Division B. Day 2 in Skopje - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Portugal - Bulgaria 86-45
Portugal eased past Bulgaria for the opening win in Group A. Sara Guerreiro (176-G-01) posted 21 points and 7 steals to lead the charge. Portugal accumulated a 41:22 halftime lead. They went on a 33:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Ana Faustino (166-G-01) netted 14 points in the victory. Hristiyana Nikolova (180-SF-01) had 11 points for Bulgaria.

Finland - Estonia 54-28
Finland thumped Estonia for the second straight win in Group A. Janette Aarnio (178-F-02) scored 13 points to lead the winners. Finland posted a 34:14 halftime lead. Finland limited their opponents to just 14 points in the second half and raced to the win. Awak Kuier (194-C-01) notched 10 points for Finland. Marie-Anette Sepp (167-PG-02) responded with 11 points for Estonia.

Group B
FYR Macedonia - Slovenia 62-73
Slovenia registered the second win in a row in Group B. They outgunned FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Lea Debeljak (176-SG-01) nailed 20 points to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia claimed a 38:31 halftime lead. But Slovenia turned the tables in the second half. They ignited a 42:24 run after the big break and snatched the win. Ajda Burgar (176-SG-01) and Manca Vrecer (178-SG-02) chipped in 8 points apiece in the victory. Matea Nikolikj (190-PF-02) delivered 25 points and 11 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.

Ireland - Moldova 89-15
Ireland opened win count in Group B. They stormed past Moldova behind 14 points from Lauren Darcy (160-PG-01). Ireland recorded a 47:7 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Ciara White, Mia Furlong and Ciara Bracken (165-PG-01) had 10 points each for the Irish side. Milena Chiruta (173-SG-01) netted 10 points and collected 9 boards for Moldova.

Belgium - Ukraine 94-72
Belgium coasted past Ukraine to stay perfect in Group B. Sam Van Buggenhout (175-F-01) and Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (178-PF-01) tallied 30 points each to pace the winners. Belgium eked out a 49:45 halftime lead. They went on a 27:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Emma Bell (180-F-01) had 19 points in the win. Vladyslava Kiba (176-SF-02) netted 23 points for Ukraine.

Group C
Sweden - Israel 65-64
Sweden overcame Israel for the opening win in Skopje. Tova Sabel (176-F/G-01) came up with 28 points and 9 boards for the Scandinavian team. Israel eked out a 27:26 halftime lead. Sweden stepped on the gas in the third term. They sank 25 points to snatch a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final period but Sweden managed to snatch the win. Emelie Erlandsson (183-F/C-01) had 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Danielle Karsh (175-SF-01) replied with 17 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for Israel.

Greece - Iceland 59-30
Greece coasted past Iceland for the second consecutive win. Christina Katsamouri (183-F/C-01) produced 12 points and 6 steals for the winning side. Greece accumulated a 31:12 halftime lead. Greece extended the margin at 29-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Danai Papadopoulou (193-C-03) netted 10 points for the Hellenes. Sigurbjorg Eiriksdottir (176-SF-01) notched 8 points for Iceland.

Group D
Albania - United Kingdom 35-68
Great Britain registered the first win in Skopje. They thumped Albania for 1-1 record. Esther Little (182-PF-01) delivered 19 points for the British side. Great Britain jumped to a 37:18 halftime lead. They held Albania to just 17 points in the second half and marched to the win. Loren Christie (184-C-01) netted 11 points in the victory. Bernada Rreshpja (176-SF-01) tossed in 14 points for Albania.

Denmark - Bosnia 77-71
Denmark outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Malene Pedersen (176-G-01) notched 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Bosnia and Denmark were tied at 33 heading into the second half. Denmark sank 44 points after the long break and rolled to the win. Katrine Jessen (187-G-01) had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Ksenija Mitric (162-PG-01) answered with 19 points and 7 assists for Bosnia.

Slovakia - Switzerland 45-86
Switzerland fired past Slovakia for the second win in a row in Group D. Charlotte Kohler (188-F-01) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds for the Swiss side. Switzerland accumulated a 37:17 halftime lead. They dominated throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Ymke Brouwer (183-F-01) had 9 points in the win. Tereza Podhradska (190-C-02) netted 19 points and collected 10 rebounds for Slovakia.




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  FRANCE  


Alessia Cabrini (ex Umbertide) agreed terms with Monaco - by Eurobasket News

NF1 newcomer Monaco Basket Association strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Italian point guard Alessia Cabrini (178-96). She has played for the last three years at Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide in Italian Serie A1. In 22 games she recorded 4.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0spg last season.
Cabrini's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Cabrini's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0spg.
Cabrini has played previously professionally in Italy (Bologna and College Italia) and France (Centre Federal BB).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Monaco lands Sara Crudo, ex Vigarano - by Eurobasket News

NF1 newcomer Monaco Basket Association tabbed 22-year old Italian forward Sara Crudo (184-95, agency: Two Points). She has played for the last two years at Meccanica Nova Vigarano in Italian Serie A1. In 18 games she averaged 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7spg last season.
Among other achievements Crudo's team was regular season runner-up in Italian A2 South in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Group B Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Crudo represented Italy at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 4.1rpg.
Crudo has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Parma, Bologna and La Spezia.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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  GERMANY  


Herner signs rookie Beatrice Attura in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Herner TC (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American (has also Italian passport) guard Beatrice Attura (170-94, agency: LBM Management). Attura just graduated from Northwestern State University (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 26 games she recorded very impressive stats: 21.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 2.0spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 6 1st Team, CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-America 1st Team and All-Southland Conference 1st Team.
As mentioned above Attura is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Her team made it to the Southland Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

Herner TC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karin Kuijt
Katie Bussey
Beatrice Attura

Forwards:
Emina Karic
Jill Bettonvil

Center:
Loyce Bettonvil

Coach: Marek Piotrowski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Niki Lefkadas add Tsineke to their roster - by Chris Mammides

AS Niki Lefkadas (A1) added to their roster 18-year old swingman Elena Tsineke (174-99). She was about to sign at AS Aris Thessalonikis in the A1. Tsineke has played there for the last four years. The last season she played also at AS Aris Thessalonikis where in 22 games she recorded 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Newcomer of the Year.
Tsineke won Greek A2 League Group North championship title in 2016.
She represented Greece at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-2 (21.1ppg), 5.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 61.4%.

AS Niki Lefkadas roster for 2017-2018:

Dimitra Telidou
Panagiots Tsambouri
Kelley Austria
Maria Kontogeorgou
Peyton Whitted
Danielle Spiliotis
Elena Tsineke
Athanasia Barka
Panagiota Aroni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chrysanthi Beneki agreed terms with Olympia GS Larissas - by Chris Mammides

Olympia GS Larissas (A2) inked 16-year old center Chrysanthi Beneki (186-1). She played most recently at Greek Women U16 National Team in Greek league.
Beneki was selected to U16 National Team in 2017.
She is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Olympia L..

Olympia GS Larissas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stella Skarli
Maria Papastergiou
Despina Soulioti
Maria Dristela
Eva Markouti
Irini Dolapsaki

Forwards:
Theofano Solomou
Sofia Magdalianidou
Maria Zacharia
Katerina Liaskou
Vassiliki Doura

Centers:
Asimina Koutsounouri
Chrysanthi Beneki
Georgia Michailidou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Atonye Nyingifa joins H.R. Le-Zion - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) agreed terms with 27-year old Nigerian international power forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-90, college: UCLA) from Elitzur Holon. In 24 D1 games in Israel she had 18.4ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.5apg and 2.6spg (in top 3) last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer Nyingifa played at Atenienses in Puerto Rican BSNF where in 8 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.8apg in 2016 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team in 2016. Nyingifa has been regularly called to Nigerian Senior National Team since 2016.
She has played previously for another Israeli team Hap.Petah Tikva.
Nyingifa attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Adi_Rachel Lux
Michal Assaf

Forwards:
Atonye Nyingifa
Tori Jarosz
Eden Porat
Hadar Hadad

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Markel Walker (ex Ipswich F.) agreed terms with Elitzur Ramla - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Ramla (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Markel Walker (185-90, college: UCLA). She playe this summer at Ipswich Force in Australian QBL. In 14 games she recorded very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 14.1rpg, 4.6apg and 1.7spg. The last season Walker played at Elitzur Holon where in 23 games she averaged remarkable 16.6ppg, 10.8rpg (#4 in the league), 3.4apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements Walker received Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSNF All-Imports Team award in 2014 and 2015.
She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Walker has played previously professionally also in Poland (Rybnik) and Puerto Rico (Gigantes and Leonas).
She attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

Elitzur Ramla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Noa Ganor
Naama Shafir
Daisy Feder

Forwards:
Jennie Simms



B.Yehuda signs rookie Curtyce Knox in her first year in pro basketball - by Lior Hai

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American guard Curtyce Knox (170-94). Knox just graduated from Texas A&M University (NCAA). She has played there for the last five years. In 34 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 8.7apg and 2.1spg last season. Knox helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to All-SEC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Knox's team was regular season runner-up in SEC in 2016.

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
May Dayan
Amit Tulman
Curtyce Knox

Forwards:
Shir Levy
Taylor Manuel

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Battipaglia keeps Chicchisiola for another season - by Eurobasket News

Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) re-signed 18-year old forward Clara Chicchisiola (183-99). She played there last season. But in 12 Serie A1 games she did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
The previous (15-16) season Chicchisiola played at Marghera (Serie A2) where in 23 games she recorded 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3spg.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.

Treofan Battipaglia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Policari
Stefania Trimboli
Elena Vella

Forwards:
Lea Miletic
Clara Chicchisiola

Centers:
ShaQuanda Wiggins
Olbis_Futo Andre

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Stronati re-signs at Civitanova - by Eurobasket News

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 20-year old guard Francesca Stronati (167-97). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in 6 Serie A2 games she recorded just 0.7ppg last season.

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Veronica Perini
Francesca Stronati

Forward:
Jessica Trobbiani

Centers:
Jomanda Rosier
Kristina Ostojic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alessia Cabrini (ex Umbertide) agreed terms with Monaco - by Eurobasket News

NF1 newcomer Monaco Basket Association strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Italian point guard Alessia Cabrini (178-96). She has played for the last three years at Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide in Italian Serie A1. In 22 games she recorded 4.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0spg last season.
Cabrini's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Cabrini's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0spg.
Cabrini has played previously professionally in Italy (Bologna and College Italia) and France (Centre Federal BB).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Herner signs rookie Beatrice Attura in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Herner TC (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American (has also Italian passport) guard Beatrice Attura (170-94, agency: LBM Management). Attura just graduated from Northwestern State University (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 26 games she recorded very impressive stats: 21.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 2.0spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 6 1st Team, CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-America 1st Team and All-Southland Conference 1st Team.
As mentioned above Attura is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Her team made it to the Southland Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

Herner TC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karin Kuijt
Katie Bussey
Beatrice Attura

Forwards:
Emina Karic
Jill Bettonvil

Center:
Loyce Bettonvil

Coach: Marek Piotrowski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Monaco lands Sara Crudo, ex Vigarano - by Eurobasket News

NF1 newcomer Monaco Basket Association tabbed 22-year old Italian forward Sara Crudo (184-95, agency: Two Points). She has played for the last two years at Meccanica Nova Vigarano in Italian Serie A1. In 18 games she averaged 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7spg last season.
Among other achievements Crudo's team was regular season runner-up in Italian A2 South in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Group B Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Crudo represented Italy at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 4.1rpg.
Crudo has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Parma, Bologna and La Spezia.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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  IVORY COAST  


Ivory Coast National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Mamiky Cisse
Cisse
Abiba Kone
Kone
Kani Kouyate
Kouyate
Adjoua Kouakou
Kouakou
Minata Fofana
Fofana
#e#5
4Mamiky Cisse 180-F-91 ABC Ivory Coast
5Awa Adja Kone 172-G/F-88 CSA Ivory Coast
6Abiba Kone 173-G-98 CSA Ivory Coast
8Brou N'Goran 190-C-87 ABC Ivory Coast
9Edwige Djedjemel 188-C-88
10Kani Kouyate 177-F-90
11Adjoua Kouakou 184-F/C-93
12Solange Bognini 178-F-97
13Kariata Diaby 192-C-95 Voiron France
14Kani Kouyate 177-F-90
15Minata Fofana 190-C-86 First Bank Nigeria

Simon Guillou Head Coach
Hubert Adjei Assistant
Alpha Mane Assistant



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  LITHUANIA  


Kibirkstis keep Meskonyte for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Kibirkstis Vilnius (LMKL) re-signed 19-year old international shooting guard Gabija Meskonyte (181-98). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 27 LMKL games she averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg last season. Meskonyte helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention. Meskonyte also played 11 games in EEWBL where she had 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg.
Meskonyte has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
Meskonyte also represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 15.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.7spg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 25.8%, FT: 61.5%.
Meskonyte has played previously for two other teams: Jaunieji Talentai and Jaunieji Talentai Vilnius 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MALI  


Mali National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Nassira Traore
Traore
Touty Gandega
Gandega
Meiya Tirera
Tirera
Naignouma Coulibaly
Coulibaly
Ramata Diakite
Diakite
#e#5
4Nassira Traore 181-F-91 Stade Malien Mali
5Aissata Maiga 168-G-92 Troy USA
7Fatoumata Bagayoko 170-G-88 Stade Malien Mali
8Touty Gandega 170-G-91 Avenir France
10Kankou Coulibaly 185-C-90 DUC Senegal
13Meiya Tirera 186-F/C-86 Valencia Spain
14Mariam Coulibaly 193-C-97 Sant Adria Spain
15Naignouma Coulibaly 191-C-89 Girona Spain
17Minata Keita 190-C-89 RC Celta Spain
30Astan Dabo 203-C-92 Tarbes France
77Kouta Camara 95 Tarbes France
87Ramata Diakite 188-F-91 Arras France

Sylvain Lautie Head Coach SAP Vaucluse France
Boubacar Kanoute Assistant
Oumarou Sidiya Assistant



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  MOZAMBIQUE  


Mozambique National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Anabela Cossa
Cossa
Amelia Macamo
Macamo
Leia Dongue
Dongue
Rute Muianga
Muianga
Tamara Seda
Seda
#e#5
4Iliana Ventura 168-G-90 A'Politechnica Mozambique
5Aquila Mucubaquine 95
6Chanaya Pinto G-00 Lombos Quinta Portugal
7Anabela Cossa 172-G-86 Ferroviaro M. Mozambique
8Amelia Macamo 170-G-85 A'Politechnica Mozambique
9Catia Halar 173-F-82 Desportivo M. Mozambique
10Eleuteria Lhavanguane 97
11Leia Dongue 185-F/C-91 1 De Agosto Angola
12Rute Muianga 177-F-83 Ferroviaro M. Mozambique
13Elizabeth Pereira 170-PG-91 Ferroviaro M. Mozambique
14Odelia Mafanela 184-F-89 Ferroviaro M. Mozambique
15Tamara Seda 193-F-94 UTEP USA

Nasir Sale Head Coach Inter-Clube Angola
Deolinda Ngulela Assistant



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  NCAA1  


UConn travels North, defeats Italian All-Stars 103-45 - by Eurobasket News

The UConn women's basketball team left Florence late morning on Friday and stopped in Vicenza to square-off against the Italian All-Stars at 7 p.m. local time. The Huskies defeated the All-Stars, 103-45, and set off for Trieste following the game. The contest also served as a fundraiser for cancer research and the Huskies wore their blue practice uniforms with pink accents. The Huskies jumped out to a 29-12 lead at the end of the first quarter after Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) set the tone with 15 first-quarter points. Samuelson ended the contest with a game-high 23 points on 9-13 shooting, including 5-9 from long-range to go along with five assists. Kia Nurse (6'0''-G-96) added 17 points while Kyla Irwin (6'2''-F) came off the bench to score 15 points on 6-8 shooting and made each of her three attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Gabby Williams (5'11''-G) scored 15 points and Azura Stevens (6'6''-F/G-96) chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The team arrived in Trieste early Saturday morning and is scheduled to visit Slovenia during the afternoon. The fourth and final game of the tour is scheduled for Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 pm. EDT.
Courtesy of: uconnhuskies.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Jayden Fuiava selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

   #1. This week's number one is U18 international Jayden Fuiava (99, currently plays in Australia). She managed to help Logan Thunder in a victory against the leader Capitals (14-3) crushing them 87-56 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Fuiava recorded only 4 points in 1 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group QBL. Logan Thunder (14-4) is placed second. It's Fuiava's fifth season with the team. This year she averages: 5.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 77.8% in 16 games she played so far. Fuiava played for the New Zealand U18 national team one years ago.

Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia). She could not help Redbacks (12-6) to beat Magic (19-3). Wallbutton scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. her team were crushed 79-54 on the road by the second-ranked Magic in the SBL group. Wallbutton's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 40.4% and FT: 44.7%. She played for the New Zealand national team in 2016.

Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia). She was the major contributor in Meteorettes' victory against the 13th-ranked Force (4-13) 78-74 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Cocks recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in only a mere 1 minutes. Mackay Meteorettes (13-3) are placed second in QBL group. Cocks has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 94.4%(34-36) in 13 games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Chevannah Paalvast
Chevannah Paalvast
   #4. Swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Micaela Cocks and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Paalvast led Meteorettes to a victory over the 13th-ranked Force (4-13) 78-74. She was MVP of the game. Paalvast recorded 18 points and blocked 3 blocks. This season Paalvast has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.2apg. She is also New Zealand national team player.

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #5. An experienced international forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Pirates (8-9) crushing them 77-45 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Taylor recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in only a mere 1 minutes. Brisbane Spartans (18-0) are placed first in QBL group. So far her team won all eighteen games in the Quarter-Finals. Taylor is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Brisbane Spartans' roster. She has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg in 14 games. Taylor plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #6. Forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Natalie Taylor and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Purcell contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Pirates (8-9) crushing them 77-45. She recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Purcell also added 4 assists. Purcell averaged so far 11.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #7. International forward Rebecca Ott (94, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 1-point Knox Raiders' victory against the fifth-ranked Hawks (12-8) 60-59 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. She recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Knox Raiders (15-5) are placed second in Big V group. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ott's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg in 15 games. She is also New Zealand national team player.

The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Shanice Swain (165-G-93, currently plays in Australia). Swain could not help Wanneroo (12-10) to beat Lightning (17-5). It was not her best game last Sunday. Swain scored only 2 points in 26 minutes. The sixth-placed Wanneroo (12-10) were badly defeated 73-56 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Lightning in the SBL group. This year Swain's overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games she played so far.

   #2. Experienced Alicia Poto (166-PG-78, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Spireds (14-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her very good performance the first-placed Spireds (14-2) were edged 79-78 in Narrabeen by the lower-ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#4) in the WARATAH group. Poto recorded 17 points and added 8 assists. Poto has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.1ppg, 8.5rpg, 6.7apg and 3.0spg. Poto has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #3. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, college: Md-E Shore, currently plays in Australia) contributed to Power's victory against the fifth-ranked Flames (12-5) 78-74 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gladstone Port City Power (12-5) is placed fourth in QBL group. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Subritzky's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg.

   #4. Kayla Kiriau (173-G-93, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Kiriau managed to help Gladstone Port City Power in a victory against the fifth-ranked Flames (12-5) 78-74. She recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists in 1 minutes on the court. Kiriau's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg and 2.1spg in 17 games.

   #5. Charmian Mellars (182-F-79, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Kayla Kiriau (above) in the other team. Mellars was the major contributor in Power's victory against the fifth-ranked Flames (12-5) 78-74. She recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in only a mere 1 minutes. Mellars' stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.6apg and 2.6spg in 14 games.

   #6. Alicia Carline (190-F-93, college: Portland St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Charmian Mellars (above) in the other team. Carline led Power to a victory against the fifth-ranked Flames 78-74. She recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Carline's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 4.9rpg.



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  NIGERIA  


Atonye Nyingifa joins H.R. Le-Zion - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) agreed terms with 27-year old Nigerian international power forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-90, college: UCLA) from Elitzur Holon. In 24 D1 games in Israel she had 18.4ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.5apg and 2.6spg (in top 3) last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer Nyingifa played at Atenienses in Puerto Rican BSNF where in 8 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.8apg in 2016 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team in 2016. Nyingifa has been regularly called to Nigerian Senior National Team since 2016.
She has played previously for another Israeli team Hap.Petah Tikva.
Nyingifa attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Adi_Rachel Lux
Michal Assaf

Forwards:
Atonye Nyingifa
Tori Jarosz
Eden Porat
Hadar Hadad

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nigerian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Sarah Ogoke
Ogoke
Adaora Elonu
Elonu
Ndidi Madu
Madu
Evelyn Akhator
Akhator
Ezinne Kalu
Kalu
#e#5
3Ugo Nwaigwe 190-C-93 Lanus Argentina
5Upe Atosu 165-PG-93 First Bank Nigeria
7Sarah Ogoke 178-G-90 RC Celta Spain
8Nkechi Akashili 175-G-90 First Bank Nigeria
9Aisha Mohammed 191-C-85 Ormanspor Turkey
11Adaora Elonu 185-F-90 Connecticut S. USA
12Ndidi Madu 188-PF-89 Broni Italy
13Evelyn Akhator 190-F-95 Dallas W. USA
14Chioma Udeaja 195-F/C-84 First Bank Nigeria
21Atonye Nyingifa 180-PF-90 Elitzur Holon Israel
23Ezinne Kalu 173-G-92 Olivais Portugal
30Cecilia Okoye 185-F-91 RC Celta Spain

Vincent James Head Coach
Peter Ahmedu Assistant First Bank Nigeria
Ochuko Okworogun Assistant Dolphins Nigeria



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  PERU  


Liga de Lima Round 5: Univer./Real Club defeats San Borja in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Univer./Real Club (4-0) which hosted in Lima 3rd placed San Borja (1-3). Leader Univer./Real Club had an easy win 52-24. Univer./Real Club have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Regatas. San Borja at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Univer./Real Club is looking forward to face Naval (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Borja will play against Circolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Naval's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Circolo (0-5) 51-39. Naval (1-2) left bottom position moving up to third place. It was Circolo's fifth loss in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Naval will play against league's second-placed Univer./Real Club in Lima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Circolo will play against San Borja and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Liga de Lima top team - Regatas (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Circolo (0-5) 52-25. Regatas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Univer./Real Club. Loser Circolo still closes the standings with five games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima .

Naval - Circolo 51-39

Naval's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Circolo (0-5) 51-39. Naval (1-2) left bottom position moving up to third place. It was Circolo's fifth loss in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Naval will play against league's second-placed Univer./Real Club in Lima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Circolo will play against San Borja and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Univer./Real Club - San Borja 52-24

An interesting game for Univer./Real Club (4-0) which hosted in Lima 3rd placed San Borja (1-3). Leader Univer./Real Club had an easy win 52-24. Univer./Real Club have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Regatas. San Borja at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Univer./Real Club is looking forward to face Naval (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Borja will play against Circolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Circolo - Regatas 25-52

Liga de Lima top team - Regatas (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Circolo (0-5) 52-25. Regatas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Univer./Real Club. Loser Circolo still closes the standings with five games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima .
gschID: 557478





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  POLAND  


Michaela Stara (ex Niki Lefkadas) agreed terms with KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) inked 27-year old Czech ex-international guard Michaela Stara (175-90). She played most recently at Niki Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 21 games she recorded 11.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Stara played at Sokol Hradec Kralove in Czech Republic where in 31 games she averaged 10.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg.
Stara's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup final in 2016.
She was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Stara played for Czech Republic Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
She represented Czech Republic at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Stara has played also professionally in Czech Republic (U19 Chance).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Gijon signs Deborah Ayela - by Eurobasket News

Ascensores Tresa-Basket Mar Gijon (LF2) signed 23-year old center Deborah Ayela (186-94) from Promete. In 21 LF2 games she had 6.8ppg and 5.2rpg last season.

Ascensores Tresa-Basket Mar Gijon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Chahrour
Jimena Abejon

Forward:
Riley Nordgaard

Center:
Deborah Ayela

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sant Adria keeps Pena for another season - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Femeni Sant Adria re-signed 19-year old guard Laura Pena (173-98). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 30 LF2 games she averaged 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season. Pena helped them to win the LF2 title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.

Femeni Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Itziar Llobet
Laura Pena

Forwards:
Mireia Vila
Belen Arrojo
Bojana Kovacevic
Cristina Hurtado

Centers:
Marta Claret
Mariam Coulibaly

Coach: Fabian Tellez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gomez is back at Ensino - by Eurobasket News

Duran Maquinaria Ensino Lugo (LF2) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Spaniard guard Regina Gomez (173-82, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Maquinaria Ensino as she has played here before. Gomez played this summer at Obras Basket in Argentinian Superliga. In 13 games she had 5.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last season Gomez played at IF Air Europa where in 26 LF2 games she recorded 14.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg (top 3) and 2.6spg (in top 5). Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Honorable Mention.
Gomez has spent her entire career in Spain playing for five other teams: Jopisa Burgos, Extrugasa, Ibiza, Rivas Promete and Badajoz BF.
Gomez is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Ensino.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  


Mark inks Florencia Palacios - by Eurobasket News

Mark Basket Marbo Kinna (Damligan) agreed terms with 32-year old Argentinian ex-international forward Florencia Palacios (183-85). She is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. Palacios played last season at Chabibeh in Lebanese Division I. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Palacios also played that season for Barmer in German 2.Bundesliga where in 9 games she had 7.3ppg and 4.7rpg. She also spent pre-season at ChemCats Chemnitz in German league that year. The other team Palacios played that season for was Cote Vermeille Alberes Basket (NF3) in French league. In 8 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.8apg.
She also played at the South American Club Championship three years ago.
Palacios is quite experienced player. She has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Palacios has played previously professionally in Chile (Los Leones and Univ. Austral), Denmark (Lemvig), Luxembourg (Sparta), Spain, Italy (Napoli BK Women, Scrivia and Il Fotoamatore Firenze), WABA (Chicago S.) and Argentina (La Union).
She could be described: Very strong Forward who can play in both 3 and 4 position. Very good 3point shooter and jump shoot.
She can play both forward, very fast moving close to the basket and strong defense. She is quick and strong at the same time and can guards small and power forward into or outside the paint. She is a very good mid and long range shooter, skills which allow her to dribbling from the basket or use her good jumper. Great moves in the paint. She likes to play hard and she is very professional. Long experience around many different countries and top divisions
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TUNISIA  


Tunisian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Houda Hamrouni
Hamrouni
Marwa Shili
Shili
Siwar Khalifa
Khalifa
Salma Mnasria
Mnasria
Chaima Mahmoud
Mahmoud
#e#5
4Chaima Mahmoud 170-PG-93
5Houda Hamrouni 188-F-94 CSPC Tunisia
6Marwa Shili 175-G/F-99
7Monia Ben Mechlia 92
8Khouloud Mefteh 91 CS Sfaxien Tunisia
9Imen Jedidi 181-F-92
10Hela Msadak 175-G/F-89
11Siwar Khalifa 166-PG-89 CS Sfaxien Tunisia
12Wafa Loubiri 174-G/F-95
13Maherzia Ksouri 183-F/C-83 CSPC Tunisia
14Beya Ameur 188-C-93
15Salma Mnasria 190-C-86 CD Torres N. Portugal

Mohamed Riadh Head Coach
Ben Abdallah Assistant
Racem Marzougui Assistant



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  WBCBL  


Courtsmith selected as Official WBCBL Apparel and Uniform Vendor - by Willie McCray

The Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) just complete their 13th season and change is in the air. One of those changes is new threads by their new custom apparel partner, Courtsmith.

Courtsmith offers full service uniform programs; including team merchandise website hosting, videography support and editing, logo touchup and design and state of the art uniform design.


Team Merchandise Online Program - On Demand Printing
Courtsmith.com will host a URL link for each team to feature their own merchandise 24/7, leveraging on demand printing for all items. Each team receives 15% per item sold; the organization receives monthly payment via PayPal by the 10th of every month. This program offers T-Shirts, Hoodies, Tank Tops, Embroidered Hats, Crewneck Sweaters and phone cases. Reference Team Online Store: Team Superstar Example

Videography
Not only will teams get a new fresh look, they will have the option to add a promotional commercial to show-offs their new gear
Reference Video: Rise Women's Promotional Commercial



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  WNBA  


Ogwumike, Parker lead Sparks in 115-106 2OT win over Sky - by Eurobasket News

Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) scored 32 points and Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) added 29 in the Los Angeles Sparks' 115-106 double-overtime victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night. Ogwumike added 10 rebounds, and Parker had 12. Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) had 20 points and 10 assists, and Odyssey Sims added 15 points and 10 assists. Ogwumike and Parker made layups to open the second overtime and help Los Angeles (21-8) pull away. Ogwumike had a jumper with 33 seconds in the first overtime to tie at 99. The Sky (11-17) rallied from 10 points down with 2:38 left in regulation, with Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92, college: Connecticut) hitting two 3-pointers in the final 11 seconds - the second with 3 seconds left to tie it at 88. Allie Quigley (5'10''-G-86, college: De Paul) made four 3-pointers, setting the Sky's season record with 69, in scoring 26 points. Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) added 22 points and 12 assists, and Dolson had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Courtesy of: sanluisobispo.com