Home of Basketball Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:38:06 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 London Lions sign up Demond Watt Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:40:04 +0000
London Lions are pleased to announce that Demond Watt will join the team for the 2015-16 season.
The mercurial Watt was a beast in the BBL last season bagging numerous Player of the Month Awards playing for the Cheshire Phoenix. A stat line of 19 points and 12 rebounds whilst shooting an eye popping 64% from the floor marked Watt as key man on his team.
At 6’7″ Watt is athletic and commands the painted area. A graduate of Texas A&M University in the US, he was a key player there also, his last college season nailing 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Following graduation Watt had seasons in Sweden and Iceland, winning the Championship in 2014 with KR Reykjavik.
Lions Head Coach, Nigel Lloyd commented, “Demond is a solid acquisition for us, he is proven and that’s the best thing I can say, he knows what our League is about and clearly goes to battle each and every night, I think he will bring a steel and character to us that will be positive.”
Source: BBL
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Boomers qualify for Rio Olympics with win over Tall Blacks Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:00:12 +0000 Australia have qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after defeating New Zealand 89-76 in Wellington to sweep the two-game series.

The Boomers have also qualified to the Olympics for an unprecedented twelfth straight time, which is more than any other men’s team competing in the Games. It’s hardly surprising though, considering that only the Aussies and New Zealand compete in the FIBA Oceania championships.


The Tall Blacks’ one-man wrecking crew Corey Webster couldn’t find his range, despite hitting 16 points, he shot 7/24 from the field. The Boomers depth shone through, with seven players scoring between eight and 14 points.

“Our strength is in our depth, which enables us to play at a sustained level for 40 minutes,” Australia coach Andrej Lemanis said.

“Some of that is defensively, but offensively we’re not reliant on a player to carry the load for us.

“We’re able to use all the tools we have and tonight I was particularly pleased with the understanding of the group of our advantages at different times and how to get those guys the ball.”

Australia were led by Matthew Dellavedova (14 points, 5 assists), David Andersen (11 points), Andrew Bogut (10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Cam Bairstow (10 points, 7 rebounds).


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Places filling for Rio Olympics as Canada and Australia win Zone tournaments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:44:15 +0000 Hosts Canada successfully completed an undefeated 2015 edition of the continental championship by defeating previous champions Cuba 82-66 in the FIBA Americas Women’s final.

The Cubans were tough and were able to compete with the hosts, but in the end the depth of Canada, led by Kia Nurse, Tamara Tatham and Miah-Marie Langlois was more than enough to win the team their second gold medal in the history of the FIBA Americas Women’s championship since its inception in 1995.


The experience of Suzy Batkovic and Laura Hodges has guided Australia past an inspired New Zealand, 80-63, in Tauranga on Monday.

The win, which followed a 61-41 success in the first leg in Melbourne sealed the FIBA Oceania Women’s championship for the Opals and secured a place in their sixth consecutive Olympics next year in Rio.

Hodges (22 points at 64 per cent, 5 rebounds) and Batkovic (17 points, 5 rebounds) stood resolutely between the Opals and a monumental upset as the Tall Ferns produced one of their best ever performances, the experienced pair making a string of big plays.

“Suzy and I have played together for a very long time and I think we work well together,” Hodges said.

“It’s nice to be play with someone like that, we know each other’s roles and we can just run with it, especially in those crunch moments.”

Micaela Cocks was the chief mischief maker, delivering a superb 21 points on 50 per cent shooting to go with 7 boards, while Penina Davidson (8 points, 12 rebounds) was a standout inside against her bigger rivals.

FIBA contributed to this report.

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France name final squad for EuroBasket 2015 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:27:24 +0000
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France have revealed their final 12-man roster for Eurobasket 2015 with  Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Thomas Heurtel the last two to be cut.

The European champions will be based in Montpellier and face Russia, Poland, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Israel in Group A with the co-hosts looking to advance to the second and final rounds, which will be held in Lille.

No doubt, the squad that coach Vincent Collet has selected is a strong one, plenty of international and NBA experience, including the 2013 Eurobasket MVP Tony Parker along with Nicholas Batum, Boris Diaw and the promising Rudy Gobert.

Parker’s inclusion means that Heurtel, who had a fantastic FIBA World Cup last year, leading them to a bronze medal misses out.

France Roster:

Nicolas BATUM
Boris DIAW 2,03
Antoine DIOT
Charles KAHUDI

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A.E.K. signs Daniel Orton Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:38:41 +0000 The Greek club seems to be creating a very strong roster and after getting Loukas Mavrokefalides, now fills the paint with the presence of Daniel Orton. The 25-year old Center (2.08m tall) from U.S.A. was drafted at number 29 from the Orlando Magic in 2010, only to make his debut 2 years later when in 16 games he averaged 2,8 points and 2,4 rebounds in 11 minutes.

Next season found him in Oklahoma playing for the Thunder, where in 13 games he had quite similar stats, 2,5 points and 2,2 rebounds. He also played for Philadelphia 76ers for half a year in 2013 until he moved to China and then Philippines.

He is considered to be a talent that has not shined yet and the people in AEK believe in his abilities, adding him to their already powerful roster.

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Daniel Orton to leave Asia for AEK Athens? Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:49:44 +0000 AEK Athens could be adding forward Daniel Orton, as reported by

The player spent the last two seasons playing in China and Philippines but now seems like he’s ready for his first experience in Europe. 

Last season with Sichuan Blue Whales he averaged 14.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Australia gain upper hand in Oceania series against Tall Blacks Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:35:17 +0000 Australia beat New Zealand 71-59 in the first game of the 2015 FIBA Oceania championship series in Melbourne on Saturday.

The game itself certainly lived up to all the hype, especially with the traditional New Zealand haka ritual being taken to a new level of intensity with Australia’s players basing themselves mere centimetres from the dance.

And when the action got going, the 16,000-strong pro-Boomers crowd were treated to a strong Australian second quarter as Andrew Bogut highlighted his international comeback after three years away with a slam off the feed from Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova.

Trailing 34-26 at the half, the Tall Blacks needed to find an antidote to the Australian dominance and in the shape of Corey Webster, they found it as he brought the game close on a number of occasions until San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills guided the Boomers to the finish line for now.

Mills and David Andersen both led the Boomers with 17 points. Webster led all for New Zealand with 22.

“I thought we did a good job of just maintaining our intensity, our commitment to the work that’s required at the defensive end and that’s going to give us a chance to be successful in this series,” Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said.

“We only gave up six offensive rebounds, which is a key when you are competing against a team like that which just smashes the offensive glass.”

Australia now head to Wellington for game two on Tuesday with a 12-point lead. The prize for the winner is a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Bilbao showing interest in Shawn James Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:40:05 +0000 Liga Endesa side Bilbao Basket are interested in bringing big man Shawn James to the club, Spanish media have reported.

James is currently one year into a two-year deal with EA7 Milano but Bilbao are chasing the former Maccabi big man following the departure of Latavious Williams.

Source: Gigantes

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Pinar Karsiyaka inks Colton Iverson Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:36:09 +0000 Pinar Karsiyaka have signed center Colton Iverson on a one-year deal it was announced on the team’s Twitter account today.

Iverson comes from Laboral Kutxa, where he averaged 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. He has also had a spell with Besiktas.

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Anton Gavel permitted to play for Germany at EuroBasket Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:53:45 +0000


Bayern Munich forward Anton Gavel has been given permission to play for Germany in international competition despite representing the Slovak Republic.

Gavel, who got his German passport in 2013 and has lived in the country since 2000 will now play for the national side at next month’s Eurobasket, where they are one of the four co-hosts.

But before Gavel requested to be picked by Germany, the Kosice-born player had represented Slovakia in the now defunct Division B Eurobasket competition from 2005 to 2011, as well as the Eurobasket 2013 Qualifying Rounds.

The 30-year-old forward though was accepted by FIBA to switch to the German national side.


A player who has played in a main official competition of FIBA (see article 2-1) after having reached his seventeenth (17) birthday may not play for a national team of another country. 

However, in exceptional circumstances the Secretary General may authorise such a player to play for the national team of his country of origin if he is ineligible to play for such country according to this article 3-23 and if this is in the interest of the development of basketball in this country. An administrative fee as stipulated in article 3-305 and decided by the Secretary General is payable to FIBA. 

Gavel’s saving international grace could be down to the fact that his appearances for Slovakia came in a tournament that is now obsolete and that the Slovakians failure to progress to Eurobasket in Slovenia, two years ago was seen as an oversight.

It could be because Gavel has been living in Germany for 15 years and has been a passport holder for two years, but either way the Bayern Munich veteran can play for Germany at Eurobasket, as they host Group B in Berlin, where Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Italy and Iceland will be the competition.

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