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Nov
2

Team Armenia announces first official training camp in prelude to 2014 FIBA tourney

Some good news from the developing basketball program in Armenia came to BallinEurope today as the country’s federation announced the first official training camp for the newly-established men’s national team, set for the 2013 off-season in Yerevan. It’s the first step on the path to the 2014 FIBA Europe Division C Men’s Basketball Championship, Team Armenia’s first-ever appearance in the tournament.

Zareh Zargaryan, formerly of CSU Dominguez Hills, stated that “It’s truly an honor to be able to play for Armenia. I have been dreaming of this since my childhood days.” Team Armenia coach Carl Bardakian echoed the sentiments in saying that “Our coaching staff and players are fully aware of the significance and responsibility of competing under the tri-colored flag of Armenia.”

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Aug
0

Team Armenia’s Gor Plavchyan to play for Glendale College

A bit of news from the fledgling basketball program of Armenia – the federation there is looking to FIBA Europe Division C play in 2014 – was recently passed to BiE … Somewhat belated congratulations go out to 18-year-old PF Gor Plavchyan, who’ll be playing ball with Glendale College for the 2012-13 season.

Plavchyan’s CV includes an impressive stint with Grant Hill School, with averages of 18 points and 12 boards to go with two blocks per game and a second all-Los Angeles Team nod. Plavchyan also played for Armenia’s U16 team in 2007.

Story as reported by Asbarez runs below.

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Jan
1

Armenia’s Sarah Halejian, Kate Kevorken making their way in NCAA

In hopes of capitalizing on recent success in FIBA tournament play, the burgeoning women’s basketball program in Armenia may be able to add a pair of college ballers from the diaspora currently enjoying some success in the U.S. in the college ranks.

Kate Kevorken is playing her senior year with the University of Nevada, producing nicely for the Wolfpack after cracking the starting lineup in her second season with the program. The two guard bagged her first Western Athletic Conference player of the week award on December 19 thanks to a 25-point (including the game-winner), 11-rebound show against Oregon. Ten days later, “The Encyclopedia” broke her personal scoring mark with 27 points in a losing effort to Mississippi State.

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Dec
1

Former Azusa University star Mike Danielian signs with Wolfenbüttel

Seriously hardcore readers of BallinEurope (plus possibly Azusa Pacific University alums and Armenians) may faintly recall the name Mike Danielian. Danielian nicely pumped up his CV with his play in the Fifth Pan Armenian Games in Yerevan, capping the show with a ridiculous 49-point performance for the L.A. side in the championship basketball game.

Good news for Danielian today then, as his signing with German club SG MTV/BG 93 Wolfenbüttel (or “Wolfenbüttel” for “short”) was announced. Congratulations go out to Mike from BallinEurope!

Official press release (and video) follows.

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Sep
2

Bardakian, Danielian lead Los Angeles to gold at fifth Pan-Armenian Games

From the ever-busy In Case You Missed It Department comes the story of the recently played fifth Pan-Armenian Games, which went down in Yerevan in mid- to late August.

Suren Musayelyan of Armenia Now contributes to BallinEurope the story of Carl Bardakian, perhaps the key figure in the basketball sphere of the ‘Games; as a player, the Los Angeles native took tournament titles in 1999 and 2001, while in this game the former Cleveland State University assistant coached his L.A. side to the top of the 24-team field.

Los Angeles was led by Azusa Pacific University alum Mike Danielian, who was particularly brilliant in the final match with 49 points in Bardakian’s team’s victory over Russian side Sochi.

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Dec
0

Armenian Youth Federation reviled by Kobe Bryant’s Turkish Airlines deal

One group won’t be joining the Staples Center crowd in chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” for Kobe Bryant the next time he’s at the charity stripe: namely, Los Angeles’ Armenian population.

On Tuesday, Turkish Airlines (also current sponsor of Euroleague basketball) announced a two-year deal which would make Bryant the “global brand ambassador” for the airline beginning in 2011 as TA begins non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Istanbul. Kobe told CNBC, “This is another deal for me that proves that we’re global … And it obviously makes sense with them starting flights from L.A.”

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