EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/1/2007

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ABA

Sound Owner Interviewed in SLAM -by Joe Pietaro


Meet the Players: Raphael Edwards -by Joe Pietaro


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Helios adds Antonijevic -by Zeljko Zule
Helios inked their former member Marko Antonijevic (189-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) ex CAB Madeira Funchal for just one month with the optinon to extend the contract till end of the upcoming season.

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BARBADOS

Gill's 38 spoils Patterson's return to Station Hill -by Justin Marville
With rumours circulating about his ankle injury being a season-ending one and dominant Cavs centre Kevin Patterson returning from overseas, Clapham shooting guard Jeremy Gill couldn't have chose a better stage to have his finest performance of the season, pouring in an eye-popping 38 points on Saturday night to lead the Bulls past old rivals Station Hill Cavaliers 94-73 in the semi-finals of the Barbados Light and Power Premier Division knockouts.

Playing at the Barbados Community College, Cavs coach Adrian Craigwell started Patterson on the bench, instead favouring a smaller squad against a Bulls four-guard lineup that caused problems for the Warriors in the previous round.

Craigwell's move would work to perfection in the early goings of the first quarter as Station Hill kept the Bulls out of their transition game while captain Jason Smith made Clapham pay for giving him open looks on the perimeter, knocking down back to back treys within the first three minutes of the period to give his side a 13-6 lead.

But Gill would open the contest with a hot hand of his own, getting to the basket at will while also scoring from the perimeter, and with forwards Gary Miller and Andre Jean-Pierre coming off the bench to help with the scoring load, Clapham quickly got back in the game.

Despite Smith hitting two more three point field goals late in the first and Patterson coming off the bench, the Cavaliers failed to stop Gill at the other end, with the national combo guard pouring in eleven first quarter points as Clapham rallied to tie the scores at 25 to close the period.

With the Cavs inexplicably keeping the ball out of Smith's hands and Browne proving to be ineffective Station Hill's offence stalled at the start of the second quarter, allowing the Bulls to open up a slim 33-30 lead behind the exploits of Miller and Gill.

However, Clapham also struggled offensively when Gill and Miller took a breather on the sideline for the remainder of the period, leading to a subsequent 8-0 Cavaliers run as national forward Junior Moore used his high energy game on the inside to spark the Cavs.

The Bulls would close the second on an 8-2 surge of their own though, with guard Nicholas Jones scoring six points in the run to lead Clapham in locking the game at 41 points apiece going into the half-time break.

With Station Hill star forward Andrew Alleyne missing the entire first half, many expected that the overseas-based professional's pairing with Patterson in the front court to start the third quarter would have spelt doom for the smaller Bulls. But it was Gill who had the final say.

The Bulls managed to keep the former front court pair to just nine points between them in the third and with Smith failing to find his touch from the outside Clapham took control in the third quarter behind their explosive super star.

Gill showed off his entire offensive arsenal in the period, blowing by his perimeter defenders on his way to the rack while still finding the time to connect on four treys in the quarter as the national combo guard erupted for 16 third quarter points, just one less than the Cavs entire output in the period.

Jean-Pierre and Miller would provide their captain with the perfect foils on the inside, torching Station Hill's front court in the low blocks when the Cavs overplayed Gill on the perimeter to give the Bulls good balance on offence as Clapham outscored its long-time rival 31-17 in the third to take a substantial 72-58 lead into the fourth quarter.

The rout was on after a subsequent 9-3 Bulls run to begin the ensuing period stretched the Cavaliers deficit to 20 points, 81-61, within the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as Gill frequently found himself at the charity stripe against a listless Station Hill defence.

Despite Alleyne's best efforts offensively, Jones would put the finishing touches on the contest by scoring in the open court when Clapham broke down the Cavs' futile attempt at applying full court pressure midway through the fourth.

Jones finished with 14 points on the night and Miller chipped in with a further 13 for Clapham while Smith ended with a team high 20 points, Moore added 18 and Alleyne scored 10.


Clapham bully Deacons to remain unbeaten in under-21 -by Justin Marville
With six Clapham players scoring in double digits the league leading Bulls continued their unbeaten run in the Barbados Light and Power under-21 tournament, routing Deacons A 124-43 at the Barbados Community College on Saturday to record their fifth successive victory.

Led by an aggressive full court man-to-man defence, the Bulls starters raced out to a 16-1 lead within the first three and a half minutes of the opening quarter, forcing numerous turnovers which were converted into easy baskets in transition by Damien McClean and Ramon Byer as Deacons crumbled under the full court pressure.

Despite scoring fewer points against the starting five, Deacons didn't fare much better against Clapham's reserves with the Bulls' bench, using the same full court man-to-man defence, outscoring them 16-6 to end the first quarter, giving Clapham a 32-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Deacons would start the period by applying some full court pressure of their own to good effect, trading baskets with the Bulls in the early goings as Kirk Gilkes provided the side with a spark off the bench while getting useful contributions from Kareem Garrett and Jerome Small.

Gilkes would lead Deacons in their best quarter offensively but trading baskets with Clapham was never going to be enough and Gilkes and company realised this once the Bulls' Negus Alleyne-Browne and Raj Edwards got going in the period.
With Edwards operating in the paint and Alleyne-Browne working from the left wing, the Clapham duo combined for 20 second quarter points to stretch the Bulls lead to 40, 64-24, at the end of the half as Deacons defence struggled to contain the more experienced Bulls.

This was clearly evident as Clapham extended their advantage past fifty points, 86-32 midway through the third quarter when the starters began the second half with Byer and McClean taking advantage of Deacons' errors in transition.

Once again there would be no reprieve for Deacons when coach Barry Rock went to his bench, with forward Devon Cox scoring at will on the inside and Shane Rock knocking down outside jumpers, leading the Bulls to close the quarter by scoring 15 unanswered points as poor shot selection and decision making doomed the Deacons squad.

Trailing 32-101 to begin the fourth, ill-advised shots from beyond the arc coupled with terrible passing around the perimeter sealed Deacons fate in the period as Clapham got out in transition for lay-ups in the open court from the ensuing long rebounds and turnovers.

Taking advantage of the ‘big' minutes he was given in the game, Edwards had yet another huge quarter offensively, adding a further nine points in the fourth to lead the Bulls charge with the starters resting on the bench.

Byer and Edwards led the way with 20 and 18 points respectively, Cox and Rock both scored 16 points apiece while Alleyne-Browne added 15 and McClean chipped in with a further 10 points. Garrett was the lone Deacons player in double digits, scoring a team high 13 points.


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BELGIUM

Pepinster Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Gerben Van Dorpe (211-F/C-76, agency: Stanley International, college: Mt.St.Mary's) the former Verviers-Pepinster center has signed for Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus.

Former Charleroi player Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) joined Verviers-Pepinster earlier this week for the rest of the season.

At Verviers he joins his teammate from last year in Charleroi Dimitri Jorssen.



Antwerp Giants win first league game -by Andrej Ljajic
Antwerp Diamond Giants 78 - Spotter Leuven 73
(quarters:23-13, 18-25, 7-22, 30-13)

Antwerp Giants: Mladen Sekularac (203-G/F-81, agency: Court Side) (203-G/F-81, agency: Court Side) (203-G/F-81, agency: Court Side) 22,Dupont 13,David Toya (200-G/F-76, agency: Court Side) 12,Gay 10,Mikulas 8,Sears 7
Spotter Leuven: Chris Hunter (211-F/C-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Michigan) 18,Lewis 20,Boggan 14,Johnson 7,Ohanon 7

It was not a easy win for Anwerp Giants who struggled a lot with Spotter Leuven.After
a 13-2 run of Antwerp,Leuven came back to 41-38 at the half time.The game was decided in the 4th
quarter by two important 3-pointers from Mladen Sekularac and the agressive drivers to the basket from David David Toya.
Dupont started good and showed his content of experience in the Belgian basketball.
Aleksander Peldic and his team are visiting Bc Oostende next week and it will be the first real test for Anwerp Diamond Giants.


Div 1 Rd 1 -by Peter Buyse


No real surprises in the first round of the new season in the Ethias League.
Only team that won its home game were the Antwerp Diamond Giants who had to rely on a strong 4th quarter (30-13) to put away Spotter Leuven.
Generali Okapi Aalstar suffered from the temporary loss to injury of Pablo Gonzales and saw one of the candidates for the title Mons-Hainaut come into Aalst and get a hard-fought win.
Optima Gent fought hard in its first game back in D1 against big championship favorite Charleroi who had to do without Adam Hall, Len Matela and Michael Jordan.

Gent guard Tony Bethel back from injury only played 15 minutes.
Bree vs Oostende saw a rematch of last year's playoff finals but this time Oostende did come away with a win on the road, in main part thanks to the scorching first quarter (12-25).
Last game of this round saw Verviers face Liege with Liege coming away with a rather comfortable win.


Player of Round 1 is Optima Gent forward John Turek (206-F/C-83, college: Nebraska) with 23 pts, 10 rebs and 2 blocks.




Liege Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

Liege Basket has reached an agreement with American guard Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) to replace the departed Daryl Greene.
Hopkins played the past season, his first overseas in Ukraine for Lvov. Liege however is still waiting for Hopkins release from his old team in Ukraine.
He spent his whole college career at SMU where he became one of the schools all time leading scorers.
His sr year he had averages of 14.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.5apg. His junior year stats were even better with 17.9ppg and 3.9apg.
Hopkins was voted WAC freshman of the year and earned All WAC honor his jr year and all C-USA his senior year.

Hopkins played against his new teammates Gallimore and MacDonald during the 2004 Global games when
team USA beat Canada by 89-88 and Hopkins led all scorers with 26pts.

Was teammates at SMU with present Gent player Ike Ofoegbu.



Verviers-Pepinster News -by Peter Buyse

If all went well, Dimitri Jorssen (212-C-79, college: Utah St.) signed his contract with Verviers-Pepinster on friday evening.
Jorssen returns to Verviers after several years. The past seasons he played for Charleroi.


Verviers is also expecting the arrival of American guard Earnest Shelton (191-G-82, college: Alabama) for a tryout.

Shelton has a good college career at Alabama where he averaged around 16ppg and 3.5 rpg his final 2 years.

He was also voted 2nd team All SEC after his senior year.

Started his overseas career in Austria where he played for Furstenfeld and had averages of 21.8ppg and 4.2rpg.

This past season he started the season in Cyprus where he played for Apollon Limassol and finished in Turkey playing for Mersin.

Played 10 games for Limassol in the EuroCup Challenge and had averages of 16.7ppg and 4.7rpg.




Leuven Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

It seems Keena Young (198-F-85, college: BYU) will not be playing for Spotter Leuven after all. According to various sources the player who signed with Leuven around the 23rd of Aug decided to leave Belgium and head to Korea to play there . This is said to have happened without Leuven's approval.

In the mean time another player is headed to Leuven, namely Mario Boggan (200-F/C-83, college: Oklahoma St.), who supposedly already arrived in Leuven already.

Boggan did a tryout in Dijon but was not signed for the season it seems. Boggan played his last 2 college years at Oklahoma State where during his senior year he averaged 19.0ppg and 7.6rpg in 34 games. Following his senior year he was selected to the All Big 12 Conference 1st team.

Led Oklahoma State in scoring and rebounding the 2 years he played there.

This news has been confirmed by Leuven.


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BOSNIA

Vogosca in negotiations with Leric, Halimic -by Sead Buljina
New Division 1 member Vogoca MIMS negotiates with two experienced and former NT players. Namely, Samir Leric and Emir Halimic who currently play for Slavija might move to Vogosca for the upcoming season.

Memorial tournament "Mirza Delibasic", Day 2 -by Sead Buljina

Bosna ASA BH Telecom recorded another win at a "Mirza Delibasic" tournament. After Braunschweig, Bosna beat young but very strong team FMP 79:73. Bavcic (21 points) was the best player again scoring and rebounding well. Lance Williams, Kyle Hill joined Bavcic as the best scorers against FMP. Lance Williams plays maybe the best basketball since coming to Sarajevo three years ago. Kyle Hill is also a proven player who will carry the load for Bosna this season along with couple of other players.

In the first game of the day, Fenerbahce won against Braunschweig 82:63.

Tonight`s schedule in Zetra:

FMP - Braunschweig (18:00)

Bosna ASA BHT - Fenerbahce/Ulker (20:15)



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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

Randy and Steve Shine on another BVI MVP night -by David Edole
Paul "On The Ball" Hewlett
It was a star filled night for Steve Parillon (196-F-78, agency: Sanni Hoops, college: Henderson St.) and Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) as all the cards seemed to fall on their sides. The two really couldn't do anything wrong on the night when the Manchester Magic came to town.

It another home game encounter for the Sharks in a game where the Magic seemed to be stolen by the BVI connection. Randy George opened the night big on the boards and maintained that momentum through the night, while Parillon continued where he left off from last week with brilliant assists and shooting.

At the end of the first quarter the Sharks lead by a narrow two points 32-30, but by the half they had extended the lead to six points with a score of 54 to 47.

In the second half Randy was strong off the glass and dominated the game, but his play of the night was a lovely alley hoop which was neatly passed from behind to him from his fellow team mate and he made no mistake stuffing it away as the crowd all stood up and cheered and the loud speakers in the roof bellowed the name ‘Chino George' and everyone clapped.

The Sharks pulled away again in the third with Parillon seemingly involved in every play including a one two combination which ended in George scoring a pretty jumper; but the Magic didn't die and in this tough league fought the Sharks right to the end as the score ended 71 to 69 in favor of the Sharks as the Magic hit a three pointer on the buzzer to lose by two points.

Believe it or not MVP of the night went to Steve Parillon again, who presently doesn't seem to be able to do anything wrong.

Both himself and George were swamped by both young and old for autographs after the game, as the young men seemed to acquire American accents as they signed balls, books leaflets on the nights game or whatever else was handed to them.

The two also had a special reception after the game where they went to meet officials and dignitaries before they came out to see the likes of me and other reporters for interviews and stats.

I had a brief word with the Sharks coach Peter Cantebury while in the lounge awaiting the arrival of Steve and Randy after the game and he informed me that he was very pleased with the decision to bring our two boys to Sheffield this year.

He also made a special point to tell me that he was especially pleased with ‘Chino' as he calls Randy, stating that he was doing way beyond his expectations as a new player in the league and sees his as becoming the backbone of the team in time. For Steve he said he had seen him play before and had air marked him for Sheffield , Randy he said was icing on the cake.

On the night Parillon top scored with 22 points and 9 rebounds, having played for 27 mins, with Randy George 14 points, 5 rebounds from 32 minutes of play. Incidentally only three players got in to double figures for the Sharks, the third was New Yorker Raymond McKeithan with 18 points and played for 22 mins of the game.


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CHINA

China Defeats Benetton 78-75 in CBA-Euroleague Challenge -by Arthur Volbert

China defeated Benetton Treviso today 78-75 in the CBA-Euroleague Challenge in Kunshan, China. In the other game, CKSA Moscow defeated the Sydney Kings 71-62 behind 13 points from Alexsei Savrasenko and 12 from Trajan Langdon.

Liu Wei (190-G-80) hit a two-point shot with 3.8 seconds left to break a 75-75 tie and give China the victory. Yao Ming added a free throw with 0.8 seconds left after a Benetton turnover to give China its final margin of victory.

Yao led China with 32 points and 10 rebounds. He hit 11 of 15 shots from the field and 10 of 13 free throws in 33 minutes. Yi Jianlian had 13 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes as Yao and Yi functioned smoothly as a center-power forward combo. This bodes well for China at the Olympics next year when Yi will have NBA experience.

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Sun Yue was not on the roster for today's game. Liu Xiaoyu played backup at point guard and had 3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist and 2 turnovers in 14 minutes.

Wang Lei had another excellent game. He scored scored 12 points on 3 of 3 shooting and hit all 5 of his free throws. He grabbed 4 rebounds and had only 1 turnover. He was China's third-best player on the court today.

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Wang Zhizhi was ineffective in 14 minutes, backing up Yao and Yi. He had no points and no rebounds, missing all four shots that he took. Liu Wei had 7 points in 26 minutes. But he hit only 1 of 6 shots though he made all five of his free throws. He had 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 turnovers. Neither Wang Shipeng nor Zhu Fangyu were particularly effective. Each played 25 minutes and scored 5 points. Zhu hit 2 of 5 shots and Wang hit 2 of 6. Zhou Peng and Ding Jinhui played sparingly while Mo Ke and Zhang Songtao sat on the bench all game.

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Dermar Johnson led Benetton with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Lionel Chalmers had 17 points and 3 rebounds. Mario Austin had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Nana Mensa-Bonsu had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

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China will play CKSA Moscow tomorrow.

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The box score is at http://www.euroleague.net/uleb/cba-euroleague-challenge/main/i/15621/1343/item .

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China--- 21 21 17 19 78
Benetton 16 18 21 20 75



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CROATIA

Croatians in Slovak Extraliga -by Eurobasket News
Last night was the start of the Slovak Extraliga of 2007/08. Croatians are the most presented players in the league, except the local players.
Stipe Pivac (204-F/C-78) posted 19 points for MBK Rieker Komarno. His team had a road win over MBK Handlova 80:85. His team mate and also Croatian player brought 14 points for the team. Handlova is the team of Croatian Neven Plantak Neven, who is the Head coach of the team. Handlova won the opening quarter, however had some troubles in the third when they lost 15:24.

Slavia TU Kosice opened the season with a home loss from Chemostvit Svit 53:74. After 14:14 in the first quarter the visitors took a control of the game and won three other quarters. Croatian Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) led the winners with 26 points.
Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) nailed 11 points for Lucenec. His team lost only two points, 68:70 to Nova Ves.
This was only the first round of Slovak Extraliga. For sure those Croatians who already contributed into the teams would continue on the same level, while those who did not show their best in the first round will have a chance in the next games.

Slavia TU Kosice - Chemostvit Svit 53:74 (14:14, 8:16, 11:21, 20:23)
Slavia TU Kosice: Misinsky 13, Stojanovic 13
Chemostvit Svit: Drazen Klaric 26, Laco 12, Hundert 12

MBK Handlova - MBK Rieker Komarno 80:85 (16:15, 23:23, 15:24, 26:23)
MBK Handlova: Golian 25, Milosevic 21, Stefanik 12
MBK Rieker Komarno: Majoros 29, Stipe Pivac 19, Barisic14

BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves - E.S.O. CLUB Lucenec 70:68 (19:23, 24:18, 10:20, 17:7)
BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves: Hovanak 20, Becarik 12, Repasky 12
E.S.O. CLUB Lucenec: Kovacevic 25, Sykora 12, Antonio Bicvic 11


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CYPRUS

Keravnos Strovolou Tournament - Results of the first day. -by Chris Mammides

Tournament 1st Day
During the first day of the tournament the host team of Strovolos, Keravnos and Koukoulekidis team Pizza Express Apollonas Limasol werte the winners over Maccabi Rishon Le Zion and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agiou Dhometiou, respectively. The final results were: Pizza Express Apollon - Enad 73 - 67 and Keravnos - Maccabi 80 - 73.
It is mentioned here that the Strovolos team played without their second American Cedrik Henderson against their ex head coach's team Azulay and their ex player Jerrel Blasingame. The quarters were: 19-20, 43-35, 62-61 and 80-73. The scorers for the home team were: Giannas Panagiotis 5, Lee Patrick 17 (3), Kosanovic Predrag 5(1), Bocevski Dusan 2, Ivan Vukadinov (193-G-81) Ivan 12 (2), Damjanovic Aleksandar 10, Vidakovic Domagoi 4, Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) 14, Anastasiades George 11 (2), Zachariou Alexis, Aristodemou Charalambos. Top scorer and performer was the American guard Patrick Lee (187-G-75, college: Va Commonwealth) which seems to be in a mood and will help coach Frangias team very much. Very good performance by the two Cypriot Internationals, Trisokkas and Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77) (as always) while the newcomer ex power forward of Pizza Express Apollon, Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) showed that he will help a lot his new team in the coming seazon the same goes for teh ex Larissa player Vukadinoc.


Transfer news of last minute


Dimitris Prokopiou (187-G-83) agreed terms with Anagennises Yermasogeias



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EUROLEAGUE

Olympiakos offered contract to NBA star Chris Webber ! -by Dragan Jankovski
According to the ESPN, Olympiakos Pireus offered contract to NBA star Chris Webber (208-F/C-73, college: Michigan). If accept, participant of five All-Star games of NBA league, Webber, will have the biggest contract in Europe earning between 10 and 12 millions usd for two seasons, what is more than 3.5 millions euros per season, how much Jasikevicius has in PAO. Webber will make decision about this offer until the end of the week.

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FINLAND

1.DIV.: BC Nokia beat YMCA Helsinki by one 89-88 -by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.DIV. Round 1: Five games today, four home victories among them two thrillers. Mike Housman (200-F-84, college: Md-Balt.County) (Salo) and Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) (YMCA Helsinki) grabbed both 23 rbs! Tyler McGinn (198-F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) (Salo) scored 32 pts, Akeem Scott (186-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: High Point) (PuHu Vantaa) and Tony Bennett (185-G-84, college: Bradley) (Ura Basket) tallied both 31 pts.

BC Nokia - YMCA Helsinki 89-88 (44-39) (Dewayne Richardson 18, Timo Riihela 18, Aleksi Huuskonen 15 - A-J Sipila 29, Clifton Jones 19/23, Toni Honka 15).

Ura Basket - Huima 89-86 (38-46) (Tony Bennett 31, Petri Kallio 20, John Smith 15/15 - Sami Mantymaa 21, Kenny Jones 16, Kevin Langdon 14).

Vilpas - Visa-Basket 106-61 (44-26) (Tyler McGinn 32/13, Lauri Tiainen 17, Mike Housman 12/23 - Juuso Poyhonen 27/10, Erik Payne 10).

Lapua - Honka, Tapiola 102-64 (55-29) (Kyle Carhart 25, Baboucarr Bojang 22/12, Tyrwone Still 14 - Eldar Skamo 17/12, Jere Paivinen 11).

Pantterit - PuHu 76-95 (41-43) (Jordan Feramisco 21, Adam Hanley 16, Ville Liimo 12 - Akeem Scott 31, Phil Hickey 14, Nico Siven 11).




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GEORGIA

TRY OUT - Jovan Stefanov from UIC -by Levan Mikeladze
Jovan Stefanov (206-F-83) (206-F-83), European U17 Champion in 1999 and former star of NCAA 1 Horizon League will try out in ENERGY. Stefanov said that he was interested to start his professional European career with Georgian team and he will do his best to win his first official FIBE EuroCup game against MyGuide Amsterdam in Amstertam. Jovan Stefanov is very intelligent young man with good knowledge of game.

2006-07 season stats: 32 games: 9.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3Pts: 28.1%, FT: 69.2%

There is one game in NCAA History when this young man squashs J.J. Redick (193-G-84, college: Duke). 208cm Stefanov guards 194cm Redick in full court what is very special and prodigious from the big guy like Stefanov. No doubt that most popular American student, Redick will never forget this resistance and will foresee that in Orlando Magic.

Georgia is waiting for Stefanov.


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GREECE

Second Division: Day 1 - Results and Scorers -by Chris Mammides
The first day of teh B' Division just finished and the results were quite surprising (especially the road win of Amyntas in the very strong home court of Lavrio and the road win of Komotini over Anagennisis/Floga). Top performer for this very first day in the second division were Prokos and Tsolis with 25 points each but both of them lost their home court games.
The results with the scorers are as follows:

KAOD - Ikaros Kallitheas 73-67
Quarters: 15-17, 34-29, 56-44, 73-67.
ĘAĎÄ (Grigoriadis): Bourdanos 3 (1), Kalaboukas, Papadopoulos 11, Kioses 2, Filiousis 10, Michaelidis 8, Maslarinos 19, Koukourabas 11, Daliaris 9 and Loulopoulos.
Ikaros Kallitheas (Haritatos): Tsopokis 5, Martzos, Georgiou 18, Delichristos 3, Emmanouilidis, Hiolos, Katranas 7, Karastamatis, Evangelitsis 9, Katoufas 16, Koukouras 9.

Lavrio - Amyntas 74-77
Quarters 16-17, 33-41, 51-57, 74-77.
Lavrio (Serelis): Trikaliotis 3, Rallis 4, Tsiros 1, Kassanos 7, N. Kousoulas 16, Giannakopoulos 15, Agapitos 3, Notis 3, Psileas 22.
Amyntas (Vlahos): Zoupas 12, Barbas 11, Samothrakis 17, Grammatikos 8, Boutros 3, Dorkofikis 12, Vogiatzis 7, Moumouris 7.

Alimos - Near East 60-67
Quarters: 15-18, 31-34, 44-50, 60-67.
Alimos (Panoulias): Moutoupas 4, Koutsoukos, Thomas 1, Anthis 12, Kalatzis, Bourousis, Tsolakis 1, Galiotos 4, Yfantis 21, Kallimanas 3, Savas Tzougarakis (207-C-86) 14.
Near East (Karnesis): Nikou 11, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) 15, Lykogiannis, Kouklakis 8, Papulidis 3, Gavanopoulos 10, Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) 13, Stamatis 7, Papargiropoulos.

Olympiakos Volou - Doukas 63-75
Quarters: 9-24, 21-41, 39-56, 63-75.
Olympiakos Volou (Vlioras): Nanis 16, Tsourelis 10, Arnaoutakis 10, Tsolis 25, Armenakis 2, Ioannidis, Politis 2, Fountas 2.
Doukas (Linoxilakis): Tsohlas 7, Mantzioris 13, Petrakis 9, Arsenis 9, Kouvaris 9, Kritsalos 12, Ahis 4, Karatzios 12, Bellis, Karagiannis.

Ikaroi Serron - Milonas 74-54
Quarters: 22-13, 41-26, 59-45, 74-54.
Ikaroi Serron (Spanos): Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-F-79) 17, Sdrakas 19, Iosifidis, Georgantzas 8, Paralikakis 5, Pappoudas, Kadis 2, Tsanakas, Soutzopoulos, Giavropoulos, Teventzidis 10, Topouzis 13.
Milonas (Paralikas): Kalaitzakis 19, Vendouris 4, Karababas 5, Mumbarak, Vlavianos 8, Kiritsis 5, Efstratiou 2, Balas 3.

Goumenissa - Makedonikos 69-68 in OT 59-59
Quarters: 13-16, 29-30, 50-49, 59-59, 69-68
Goumenissa (Nitsis): Bagi 9, Imeridis 12, Hatzinikolaou 8, Matenidis 7, Klepkos 3, Andreadis 16, Darakis 2, Antoniadis 8, Karnavas, Giotsos 4, Tatsis.
Makedonikos (Baxevanis): Bohoridis, Karipidis, Dalpas 11, Tanakidis 15, Pantsios 14, Angelidis, Mitsakis 10, Kogias, Goulas, G. Karipidis 1, Pappoulidis, Samourelis 13.

Ermis Lagkada - Keravnos Aigiou 84-66
Quarters: 22-17, 49-30, 67-55, 84-66.
Ermis Lagkada (Karadimos): Moshopoulos, Troulialis 22, Kloutzos 2, Parissis 2, Bellos 5, Papakonstantinou 14, Vourlitis, Siolios, Lefkaditis, Gamouras 8, Akepsimaidis 12, Dimitriadis 17 (1).
Keravnos Aigiou (Giatras): Deraos 9, Prokos 25, Kolliopoulos, Stamopoulos 3, Tyrlas 10, Manolas, Stavroulakis 2, Liggos 9 , Mandalakis 4, Angelopoulos 3.

Anagennisi /Floga - Komotini 59-63
Quarters: 11-11, 26-34, 50-38, 59-63.
Anagennisi /Floga: Rozolis 2, Moysiadis 13, Galanidis 1, Touloumis 8, Pittakas 6, Sidiropoulos 9, Zarogiannis 7, Spiropoulos 7, Pallis 6, Tsakaleris.
Komotini: Mouzakitis 3 (1), Zenas, Lehoudis 12 (2), Dinas 10 (1), Koutsovassilis 3 (1), Tsakonitis 8, Veli 9, Souflias 16, Halil 2.


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HOLLAND

PromotieDivisie Scores: Week 3 and a message from the Author -by Terry Cooper
Week 3 in the PromtieDivisie was a week of the road teams as 5 of the 7 games were won by visiting clubs. Landstede2 got back on track by winning over Punch 76-66 while Akrides got its first win of the season by beating EBBC2 76-54. Emmen Eagles continue to win (depsite all of the attention their getting by having US players) by defeating newcomer club Pigeons 94-76 while the Cangeroes of Utrecht won over Orca's 98-66. MSV took care of business in Tilburg over Initial High Five winning 91-72 while MyGuide2 edged De Groene Uilen on the road 78-73. Finally BV Rooi got their first win of the season over a feisty Leiden2 team winning closely 73-70. As clubs start gelling as a unit, others have to find their chemistry fast to avoid being out of the race early. Although there is a long way to go, no club want to dig a deep hole that they cannot get out of. Stay tuned.

Also, I want to mention something very important to all promotiedivisie players, coaches, and fans. The promotiedivisie is the second best league in Holland and most clubs are fighting for the one goal of winning the final four. A few weeks ago, I read something on a local forum about a specific club and their roster of players. I am very dissappointed in those people that wrote their statements with more fear than understanding. Every year the PromotieDivisie is getting stronger and should be a league that welcomes all imports to become a better club and league for young and veteran players all over the world. Four clubs have teams in this league as a farm team (so to say) to prepare young talent for their club. However, I have seen these potiental players go to waste. Now to those who welcome better competition to become high-level players in European basketball and maybe land opportunities in other countries, I take my hat off to you. However, those pupils that are drinking 'Haterade' need to focus on their clubs and not what others are doing. It's an old saying, "Don't worry about me, worry about you.' If you played no part in this matter on the forum then by all means, please continue to support the PromotieDivisie because your support will always be appreciated in more ways than one. However, those that did participate need to put their energy into more positive things.


Week 3 Scores:

Punch - Landstede 2 56-66
EBBC 2 - VBC Akrides 54-76
Emmen Eagles - Pigeons 94-76
Orca's - Cangeroes 66-98
Initial High Five - MSV 72-91
De Groene Uilen - MyGuide Amsterdam 2 73-78
BV Rooi - BS Leiden 2 73-70


Team-By-Team Outlook 2007-08 Dutch FEB: Hanzevast Capitals -by Sanders Jackson


Hanzevast Capitals
Head Coach: Josep "Pep" Claros

Regular season record in 2006-07: 24-16 (eliminated in 1st round playoffs)

Additions:
Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side), Jovan Zdravkovic (178-G-78, agency: Interperformances), Dwayne Archbold (198-F/G-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Siena), Srdjan Mladenovic (184-F-90), Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.), Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83), Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.), Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83), Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight), Claros


Losses: Darnell Hinson, John Turek, Joshua Helm, Chris Woods, Sjors Poels, Shantay Legens, Dan Oppland, Gary Buchanan, head coach Ton Boot


Outlook: The post-Ton Boot era with Hanzevast Capitals begins with the Spainard Claros arriving in basketball-crazed Groningen. The 38-year old Claros arrives with vast basketball experience and successful runs in North America, Central and South America, as well as in his native Spain and the Portuguese league Claros made his mark right off the bat at the first team practice, allowing the Donar fans (with silence) to attend the practice on a first-and-only time basis during the 2007-08 season, tearing a page out of the Bob Knight school of thought, with closed practices for the rest of the season. Claros brings a totally different style to the Hanzevast Capitals club than the slow, predictabe, methodical style in recent times. Hanzevast Capitals upgraded their talent base, investing heavily in foreign talent from both the German Bundesliga (Grunheid, Mason, Melson) and Belgian league (Hanavan, Archbold), while also maintaining a commitment to their Dutch talent base (Niels Meijer (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy), Jansen, Mladenovic, Raoul Heinen (196-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason)). German Grunheid brings international experience to the table, representing Germany in the EuroBasket 2007. Expect big things out of him. Hanavan, Lydeka and Englicky adds extra depth and good size inside. Hanavan led the Dutch league in rebounding in the 2003-04 season with Omniworld Almere and pose a formidable front line between Grunheid and Melson. A healthy Meijer should be a positive boost for Donar, as well as the return for Jansen in Groningen, who last played for Donar during their Dutch FEB championship run in 2004.


Hanzevast Capitals will return to European Cup play in 2007-08 in the ULEB Cup play, which should pay dividends down the stretch. A good start is vital to keep Donar Nation satisfied. The restless Donar fan base will be expecting big things out of this year's version, after last season's disappointing season. Simply put, Claros did not come to Holland to lose. He has the goods and the necessary tools to keep Hanzevast Capitals in the Dutch FEB championship picture from start to finish. But the players in the Hanzevast Capitals uniform will have to handle the pressure to get it done.



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HUNGARY

Pre-season game -by Tamas Deri
Albacomp - MAFC-Újbuda 88-69
Albacomp:
Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 23/6, Gergely David (206-F-83) 18/6, Simon 14, Brown 11/3, Keller 7/3, Hanga 6, Henderson 5, Soos 3/3, Szabo 1
MAFC: Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 26, Kecskes 13, Fulop 10, Wehner 8/3, Cseszlai 5/3, Kolorics 2, Likar 2, Misek 2, Takacs N. 1


DOMBOVAR: 3rd cup win in a row! -by Tamas Deri
The team of Dombovar just played and win the 3rd pre-season tournament in three weeks in a row! Player of the tournament was american allround player Mike Mike English (193-F-82, agency: Basketball Beyond Borders, college: Mo.-Kansas City), he scored 65 points in two games!

Planet Leasing Dombovar KC - KK Darda (croatian) 90-77
(27-29, 14-22, 27-9, 22-17)
DKC: Attila Deak (193-F-77) (10/6), Bodi (10/6), Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) (11), Mike English (35/9), Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) (15), Molnar M. (2), Simon N. (4/3), Vas P.(3/3)


FINAL
Planet Leasing Dombovar KC - Drita Tuzla (bosnian) 98-96
(20-22, 24-23, 26-25, 28-26)
DKC: Attila Deak (22/18), Bodi (8), Julien Mills (16), Mike English (30/12), Du Juan Wiley (12/6), Molnar M. (6/6), Sanders (4), Vas P. (-)


III. ANNIVERSARY CUP IN MEMORY OF SZILARD MOGYOROSY, KORMEND -by Tamas Deri
This year only three teams could take time and play on this tournament in Kormend: Kataja from Finland, Univer KSE and the home team LAMI-VED KORMEND.

On friday the team of Univer could win against the finnish guests and made the first step to win the cup.
Yesterday the home team - which is testing 6 foreigners this week - played against them and in a very close game the guests could win the game and so the cup too.

LAMI-VED KORMEND - UNIVER KSE 87-90
(29-32, 20-20, 18-20, 20-18)
Kormend, Att.: 1.100
Kormend: Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances) 12/6, Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) 21/6, Trummer 11/9, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15, Crone 3/3, Chez Marks (190-G-80, college: Morehead St.) 11/3, Paunovic 2, Dill 7/3, Ferencz 5/3, Coach: Zsebe Ferencz
Univer: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) 18/12, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) 15, Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) 22/9, Csorvasi 8, Toth 2, Vida, Blair 10, Szabo 3, Fiegi 12, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


NYKK: two games in Serbia -by Tamas Deri
KK Novi Sad-Marso-Vagep Nyiregyhazi Kk 91-79
(25-26, 29-13, 16-24, 21-16)
NYKK: Savic 4, Robert Laslo (194-G-84) 16, Ross Mouton (201-G/F-85, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) 18/6, Farkas A. 2, Sitku 17/3, Oukid, Krasznai 10/6, Trepak 12, Nagy

Radnicski Novi Sad - Marso-Vagep NYKK 81-84
(24-24, 18-23, 22-15, 17-22)
NYKK: Savic 12, Robert Laslo 25/12, Ross Mouton 22/15, Sitku 7/3, Oukid 14/3, Farkas A, Nagy K., Krasznai 4, Cservenak


Szolnok beat ASE -by Tamas Deri
In a pre-season game yesterday the team of Szolnok won against Atomeromu SE in Kunszentmarton. Player of the game was american guard Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.), he scored 25 points and made 4 3pointers also!

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Paksi Atomerőmű SE 73-67
(18-22, 28-18, 9-15, 18-12)
Kunszentmarton, Att.: 600, Referees: Csősz, Gaal, Balogh
OLAJ: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, college: Michigan St.) 12/3, Vernard Hollins 25/12, Molnar 9/9, Jurkunas 10/6, Miroslaw Lopatka (213-C/F-77) 12/3, Cziczas, Harazin 3, Cseh, Coach: Por Peter
PAKS: Meszaros 6/6, Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) 12/6, Willie Taylor (194-G-81, college: Va Commonwealth) 13/3, Mucic 10/3, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 16, Gray 8, Csaplar-Nagy 3/3, Kiss, Coach: Sabali Balazs


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ICELAND

Snaefell Powerade Cup winner 2007 -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Snaefell is Powerade Cup winner 2007 after they beat KR in the finals 72 - 65. Both teams played hard defense not too good offense. Special was KR struugling on offense. Only Helgi Magnusson did well for KR. More players were living up to their standard. Jon Olafur Jonson came strong from the bench. Coach Geof Kotila first title in Iceland.
Scorers for KR. Helgi Magnusson 23. Joshua Helm 17. Jovan Zdravevski 7. Palmi Sigurgeirsson 5. Brynjar Bjornsson 4. Fannar Olafsson 3. Emestas Eserskis 2Darri Hilmarsson 2 Skarphedinn Ingason 1. For Snaefell. Jon O. Jonsson (-F-81) 23. Hlynur Baeringsson 15. Justin Shouse 11. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 9. Atli Hreinsson 8. Bjarne Nielsen 3. Anders Katholm 2. Arni Asgeirsson 1


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INDIA

IOB to meet ONGC, Army vs Punjab in semis -by Santhosh Kumar
Indian Army (Delhi), Indian Overseas Bank (Chennai), Punjab Cagers and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (Dehradun) entered the semifinals of the Master Prithvi Nath all-India basketball tournament at the P.N. Stadium in Delhi.
Army men will take on Punjab Cagers, while Southern giants IOB will meet fancied ONGC in the semifinals.
IOB began their campaign in style with a drubbing 95-59 win over Indian Juniors in the Pool A opener. With Sukhavaneshwar (38 points), John de Plato (15) and Vineeth Ravi Mathew on a scoring spree, IOB had no hiccups. The defending Federation Cup champions continued their fine form against Western Railway as well. They edged out the Railway men 77-71 in a keenly-contested match which held in the small hours. Sukhavaneshwar topscored with 29 and he was ably supported by S. Aravind with 24 points. IOB, who were down 29-34 at the half-time, bounced back brilliantly when Aravind made an array of baskets. The pint-sized youngster sliced past the Railway defence repeatedly to net the vital baskets.
IOB's run was, however, stopped by a spirited Indian Army on Saturday. IOB went down 72-91 with a whimper. IOB have their task cut out when they meet ONGC for a place in the final. With Shabeer Ahmed on a comeback trail and Trideep Rai and Riyazzudin combo shaping up well, ONGC are a hard nut to crack.


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ISRAEL

Bnei and Ramat Gan land foreigners -by Yarone Arbel
Bnei HaSharon finally completed their roster for the upcoming season. Forward Ndudi Ebi will join the team for the upcoming season and will try to fill in the shoes of Lee Nailon, the MVP of the former season. Bnei signed most of their players early in the summer, but searched for a long time after a big forward to fill in the last spot. Ebi was picked in the 2003 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves straight out of high school. He never left a big impact in the NBA and spend a few months in the last two seasons in the NBDL.

Ironi Ramat Gan signed Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan). Ramat Gan will be Tolbert's fourth stop in Israel in the last four seasons after playing for Petakh-Tikva, Ashkelon and Rishon LeZion. Last season he averaged in Rishon 15.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.3apg,


Bnei and Ramat Gan land players -by Yarone Arbel


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ITALY

Serie A Week 1 -by Stefano Pini
Armani Jeans controlled his home court against Napoli. It was a match dominated by domestic players: Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had 15p. and Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) 11p. (all in the 4th quarter) for Milano, while Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) kept the game balanced with his 3p. shots. In this first round 4 on 8 games were won by team on the road. Varese could have been the 5th on this group: Cimberio was +11 at 36' betting on Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) and Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) 3p. shots (8/13). Roma (without Allan Ray, Erik Daniels , David Hawkins , Alessandro Tonolli ) was pushed for all the game by Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances). Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83) led the rally that forced the overtime in wich Lottomatica had more energies. There was another missed-upset in this first round: Siviglia Wear dominated for 30' Climamio Bologna but Upim Bologna played at his level in the last quarter and clinched the win with a tap-in by James Thomas (203-F/C-80, college: Texas). Scavolini Pesaro created troubles for an half to Scafati but Legea reacted and with 6 players in double digit won the game with good advantage. The man of the week was surely Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) that with 27 points and 12 assists and 5 steals (51 of efficency!) was unstoppable for Biella's defense. Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) with 7/10 by 3p. helped Montegranaro to overcome Avellino on the road. Premiata was ahead since the first quarter.
In the last match played today, Montepaschi Siena shrinked Snaidero Udine with a 26-7 in the second quarter. Montepaschi had 21 steals, 19 assists and only 6 turnovers...


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LITHUANIA

Lietuvos Rytas storms past Suduva as 8 players reach double digits -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas and Nevezis caught up Siauliai as three teams now have a perfect 2-0 record in LKL. Three more games brought the championship last night with the total of 9 games. Only Zalgiris did not started the championship as the team is still preparing for the season in some international tournaments.

Eight players scored more than 10 points for Lietuvos Rytas as the team, smashed Suduva 114:65. A 41:12 in the third quarter was a disaster for the visitors. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 20 points, while Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 18. Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84, college: Motlow St. CC) and Sirvydis produced 13 points in defeat.
Nevezis got a road win over Atletas 85:99 to stay also with 2-0. Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) paced the winners with 19 points, as three other players netted 14. Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell), Butkevicius and Veikalas were the ones who supported the top-scorer. Valdas Dabkus (202-F-84) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.

Panevezys beat at home Sakalai 73:64. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) and Hill brought 18 points each on top. Sinica scored a bit more, 21, however his points were not enough for Sakalai.

Atletas-Nevezis 85:99 (19-17 21-33 23-23 22-26 )
Atletas: Valdas Dabkus 23, Barstys 14, Vileita 14
Nevezis: Povilas Sakinis 19, Zydrunas Stankus 14, Butkevicius 14, Veikalas 14

Panevezys-Sakalai 73:64 (21-20 13-17 10-13 13-14 )
Panevezys: Zydrunas Urbonas 18, C Hill 18, Tatarunas 16
Sakalai: Sinica 21, Matulis 11

Lietuvos Rytas-Suduva 114:65 (27-15 21-21 41-12 25-17 )
Lietuvos Rytas: Chuck Eidson 20, Kenan Bajramovic 18
Suduva: Audrius Maneikis 13, Sirvydis 13


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MALAYSIA

NBL 2007- KLang WCT Land get the Champion!! -by Chong Jzen

Last year bottom Klang WCT Land are taste their first time triumph the NBL champion after beat Melaka Chinwoo by 95-82. Klang Cameroonian Kuete Chris was show his value to the team by added 25 points 13 rebounds and 8 assist, he also awarded final MVP. WCT Land are able to get the lead 54-37 in the half time to confirm the win situation. Melaka Chinwoo player John Ng Yeow Seng and Guganeswaran also try their best to close the gap by just 9 point lose in the half of the thrid quarter. However, MVP Chris is put in 14 points in the thrid quarter to help the team lead Chinwoo by 76-61. The last quarter we still can see the WCT Land keep the attacking pace like first half, Even Chinwoo are have a 8-0 run when Chris are subsituted, Guard Cheong Yow keen and Shia Ka Hock are throw in a three-point respectively after Chinwoo make the run. The surprise is WCT Land forward Shia Ka Hock is throw in 5 three-point in the game,is crucial for WCT Land when Chris is Marked by 2-3 players, Shia is make 19 points in the game just behind Chris.


Finally the NBL 2007 is finish, we hope the organiser can bring more surprise to us in the coming NBL.



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MEXICO

Mayas Win Again, Soles...Lose -by Justin Brink
Watch out for the Mayas, 'ya vienen.' Make it a clean sweep this week for the Mayas thanks in large part to key role players and the stellar offensive play of Daryl Dorsey and Anthony Wilkens. They won again last night, stunning the Panteras 109-97. Dorsey and Wilkens combined for 61 while Devon Ford put up a league high 49 in the loss for the Panteras. For more LNBP results from Saturday, September 29, click here.

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POLAND

Tournaments part 1 -by Michal Falkowski

Tournament in Kolobrzeg

Kotwica Kolobrzeg - Sakalai Vilnius 83:74 (16:21, 25:25, 22:7, 20:21)
Kotwica: Amstrong 18, Daniels 14, Krasavtsev 14, Mrozek 11, Bigus 7, Barrett 5, Snow 5, Bree 4, Machowski 3, Rduch 2, Breg 0, Fabiańczyk 0

Kotwica Kolobrzeg - AZS Koszalin 76:66 (23:22, 11:24, 21:14, 21:6)
Kotwica: Barret 19, Daniels 18, Amstrong 15, Bigus 9, Machowski 6, Bree 5, Krasavtsev 5, Breg 0, Mrozek 0.
AZS: Burns 15, Oppland 11, Thomas 11, Crutchfield 10, Bacik 9, Thompson 8, Hamilton 2, Arabas 0, Korshuk 0, Stolarek 0

Sakalai Vilnius - AZS Koszalin 85:73 (21:23, 17:20, 17:18, 30:12)
AZS:
Thomas 16, Oppland 15, Burns 11, Thomson 10, Arabas 6, Bogdan 5, Michalski 4, Korshuk 3, Crutchfield 2, Hamilton 0, Stolarek 0

Final results:
1. Kotwica Kolobrzeg

2. Sakalai Vilnius

3. AZS Koszalin

Tournament in Starogard Gdanski

Basket Kwidzyn - Energa Czarni Slupsk 84:85
Basket: King 28, Keep 15, Johns 11, Ansley 7, Mazur 6, Gibbons 5, Andrzejewski 2, Dabrowski 2, Lofton 2
Energa Czarni: Kikerpill 19, Cesnauskis 15, Hughes 14, Kudriavtsev 11, Scott 9, Barlett 8, Frasunkiewicz 6, Szczotka 3

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski - Viking Gdynia 114:67
Polpharma: Copeland 26, Walton 21, Hall 13, Benton 10, Leonczyk 10, Majewski 9, Zakrzewski 8, Sirsnins 6, Drewa 5, Witos 4, Marculewicz 2
Viking: M.Woloszyn 18, Stachitas 14, Flieger 12, Weatherspoon 7, Cielebak 6, Szalay 6, Kietlinski 2, Ratajczak 2

Energa Czarni Slupsk - Viking Gdynia 85:77 (28:27, 18:12, 17:20, 22:18)
Energa Czarni: Kikerpill 22, Frasunkiewicz 15, Barlett 10, Hughes 10, Kudriavtsev 7, Szczotka 6, Scott 6, Cesnauskis 5, Cywinski 2, Bierwagen 2,
Viking: Szalay 18, Woloszyn 15, Flieger 13, Weatherspoon 7, Cielebak 7, Ratajczak 7, Kietlinski 6, Stachitas 4.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski - Basket Kwidzyn 93:61 (22;16, 22:14, 22:16, 27:15)
Polpharma: Copeland 27, Majewski 14, Walton 14, Leonczyk 8, Hall 8, Marculewicz 7, Benton 4, Sirsnins 4, Drewa 3, Zakrzewski 2, Witos 2.
Basket: King 12, Lofton 10, Johns 8, Zurawski 8, Keep 8, Mazur 7, Ansley 4, Gibbons 2, Dabrowski 2.

Basket Kwidzyn - Viking Gdynia 86:68 (28:15, 19:20, 21:18, 18:17)
Basket: Ansley 21, Zurawski 18, Keep 18, Lofton 14, Mordzak 7, King 5, Mazur 2, Johns 1
Viking: Ratajczak 15, M.Woloszyn 11, Weatherspoon 10, Szalay 8, Stachitas 8, Flieger 7, Cielebak 6, Kietlinski 3

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski - Energa Czarni Slupsk 91:84 (24:21, 21:19, 21:21, 25:23)
Polpharma: Copeland 19, Hall 18, Witos 14, Benton 12, Sirsnins 7, Zakrzewski 7, Majewski 6, Leonczyk 4, Marculewicz 4
Energa Czarni: Hughes 25, Scott 17, Kudriavtsev 13, Kikerpill 10, Cesnauskis 9, Barlett 7, Szczotka 3

Final results:
1.
Polpharma Starogard Gdanski
2. Energa Czarni Slupsk
3. Basket Kwidzyn
4. Viking Gdynia



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PORTUGAL

Champions Cup day 5 -by Luis Rocha
Two games today. Ginasio won over a tired Vagos 76-67. Vagos played Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80, agency: 123 Podium, college: Alabama St.) his new player, this guy turned down by Porto seems perfectly in place with Vagos, nice debut 19 points and 5 rebounds the best from Vagos. Reveles was the best in Ginasio with 20 points and 1 assist. The second game was the one that will decide the team that follows to the final four of the tournment next weekend. Belenenses beat Barreirense, but the game was close just untill the last buzzard. Belenenses made it by 1 point 71-70, but Joao Santos (200-F-86) (Bareirense) took a three pointer at 1,3 from the final, and the victory could have taken the way of Barreirense. Deforrest Riley-Smith (198-G/F-84, college: Southern) in Barreirense and Diogo Carreira (180-G-78) in Belenenses were the best players. Next weekend Ovarense, Porto, Lusitania and Belenenses will play for the title. Everybody inanxious to see what will be the players presented by Lusitania, untill today only 4 players was announced and even the coach is a mistery. Let´s wait another week...

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SERBIA

Friendly games -by Dragan Jankovski
Couple of friendly games were played during the last two days. Serbian and Adriatic league champion, Partizan Igokea, was better than Bosnian National Cup holder, Igokea Partizan, in Aleksandrovac 73:93. Member of Serbian NT, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), led the winners scoring 25 points. On the other side, Slobodan Tosic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 26 points for Bosnian team.

Bosna Sarajevo celebrated against FMP Zeleznik 79:73 on memorial tournament “Mirza Delibasic”. Edin Bavcic (210-F-84, agency: Beo Basket) dominated in the paint adding 21 points while FMP got 18 points by Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85).

Mega Aqua Monta beat Montenegrin team Ulcinj on the road 60:83. Uros Nikolic (204-F-87) scored 17 points for Mega AM. In the other game participant of ULEB Cup, Buducnost Podgorica, overplayed Mega AM 75:69 mostly owing to 17 points by Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88).


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SLOVAK REP.

Slovak Extraliga opens the season -by Eurobasket News
Last night was the start of the Slovak Extraliga of 2007/08. Six games were planned and of course all of them were played in Slovakia. The winner of the previous championship Kosice lost the opener at home to Svit.
Slavia TU Kosice opened the season with a home loss from Chemostvit Svit 53:74. After 14:14 in the first quarter the visitors took a control of the game and won three other quarters. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) led the winners with 26 points. Laco and Hundert supported him with 12 points each. Richard Misinsky (186-G-80) and Stojanovic finished with 13 points for the home team.
The finalist of the play-offs and the second team of the previous year Inter Bratislava had a road win over BK Dolny Kubin 74:83. Novak paced the winners with 17 points, which were two more than his team mate. Micka nailed 15 and Pandula produced 12. Cvitanovic top-scored for the hosts with 23 points.
Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) from MBK Rieker Komarno became the top-scorer of the first Round in the championship. His 29 points helped his team to overcome MBK Handlova 85:80.

Slavia TU Kosice - Chemostvit Svit 53:74 (14:14, 8:16, 11:21, 20:23)
Slavia TU Kosice: Richard Misinsky 13, Stojanovic 13
Chemostvit Svit: Drazen Klaric 26, Laco 12, Hundert 12

HBK Prievidza - Slovintegra Levice 71:80 (19:19, 16:19, 12:24, 24:18)
HBK Prievidza: Marko Tanaskovic (-G) 18, Vucic 14, Blagojevic 13
Slovintegra Levice: Martin Pohanka (191-C) 17, Klein 16, Gambiroza16

MBK Handlova - MBK Rieker Komarno 80:85 (16:15, 23:23, 15:24, 26:23)
MBK Handlova: Milan Golian (207-C-74) 25, Milosevic 21, Stefanik 12
MBK Rieker Komarno: Igor Majoros 29, Pivac 19, Barisic14

BK Dolny Kubin - Inter Bratislava 74:83 (13:21, 20:29, 17:14, 24:19)
BK Dolny Kubin: Alan Cvitanovic (197-F-76) 23, Bacic 14, Findura 10
Inter Bratislava: Novak 17, Micka 15, Pandula 12

MBK Pezinok - BK CASTA SPU Nitra 92:68 (30:16, 24:14, 17:18, 21:20)
MBK Pezinok: Andrej Lukjanec (202-F/C-69) 18, Micuda 15, Kozlik 15
BK CASTA SPU Nitra: Andrej Cervenka (198-G/F-84) 15, Jankovic 12, Rendla 11

BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves - E.S.O. CLUB Lucenec 70:68 (19:23, 24:18, 10:20, 17:7)
BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves: Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82) 20, Becarik 12, Repasky 12
E.S.O. CLUB Lucenec: Kovacevic 25, Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) 12, Bicvic 11


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SLOVENIA

Helios adds Antonijevic -by Zeljko Zule
Helios inked their former member Marko Antonijevic (189-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) ex CAB Madeira Funchal for just one month with the optinon to extend the contract till end of the upcoming season.

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SPAIN

LEB-Gold: 2nd round recap -by Francisco Martinez
Recap
Wonderful game in San Sebastian. Bruesa GBC got the victory in the second overtime thanks to a three pointer made by Andy Panko (203-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley), who was the best of the game after scoring 35 points and grabbing 12 boards. But he was not alone on the court. Bernard Hopkins (199-F-73, college: Va Commonwealth) supported him with 23+7 to defeat Leche Rio Breogan, who was lead by Devin Davis (19 points) and Hector Garcia (17).

CAI Zaragoza destroyed Tenerife in a game where Ondrej Starosta (216-C-79) ruled in the paint. The center scored 27 points (12/14 field goals), and together with Darren Phillip (19 points and 8 boards, 7 offensive) stopped every option of Tenerife Rural inside. Ciuded de Huelva slammed over La Palma with Onyekwe assuring the boars (10), Johnson scoring (15) and Schreaeder hitting the three (4/7).

Alberto Miguel (188-G-77) was the key player for the victory of Plus Puol Lleida over Autocid Burgos. The shooting guard scored 6/7 triples. He and Leonardo Mainoldi (205-C-85) composed a terrific duet who combined 48 points against the 35 units made by the rival duet Lo Grippo-Garcia. L'Hospitaled passed over Aguas de Valencia with Tarick Johnson making 20 points.

The two promoted teams keep themselves unbeated after the game two. Rosalia did a great defense in the last quarter to get the victory against Melilla and Donaldson led La Laguna against Los Barrios in a game ruled by the local time.

Alerta Cantabria defeated Palma Aqua Magica in Cantabria with a good game of Ricardo Guillen (10+11) and Joao "Betinho" Gomes, who scored 14. Meanwhile, Alicante Costa Blanca got its second victory of the season after slamming Basquetinca.com at home with a great performance of Angulo and Digbeu

Results (stats)
BRUESA GBC - LECHE RIO BREOGAN 100-97
BASKET CAI ZARAGOZA - TENERIFE RURAL 96-70
C.B. CIUDAD DE HUELVA - UNION BALONCESTO LA PALMA 84 - 60
FORD BURGOS - PLUS PUJOL LLEIDA 79-90
AGUAS DE VALENCIA - C.B. L´HOSPITALET 74-85
ALERTA CANTABRIA - PALMA AQUA MAGICA 86-71
ALICANTE COSTA BLANCA - FUNDACIO BASQUETINCA.COM 92-80
BEIRASAR ROSALIA - MELILLA BALONCESTO 76-72
CIUDAD DE LA LAGUNA CANARIAS - CB VILLA DE LOS BARRIOS 89-66


Best five by efficience
Andy Panko (45)
Ondrej Starosta (31)
Leonardo Mainoldi (30)
Bernard Hopkins (29)
Alberto Miguel (27)

MVP: Andy Panko (Bruesa GBC)


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TPBL

TPBL ALL STARS IN MEXICO (TEAM TRY OUTS SET ) -by Chris Cardenas



SAN ANGELO, TX - ACUNA, MEXICO IS THE SITE FOR THE MOST COMPETIVE, FAN ATTRACTING, HIGH FLYING , HIGH SCORING GAMES IN MEXICO. DONNIE MERKLE (TOURNAMENT COORDINATOR) EXPECTS 30 OR MORE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE TEAMS FROM THE U.S. AND MEXICO TO COMPETE IN THIS YEARLY EVENT WHICH BRINGS IN ABOUT 3000 FANS PER TOURNAMENT GAME. ONCE AGAIN THE TPBL WILL TAKE ITS ALL STARS DOWN TO ACUNA TO SHOW THE TEAMS COMPETING WHAT TEXAS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL IS ALL ABOUT. THE TOURNAMENT IN ACUNA MEXICO IS SET FOR NOVEMBER 2-4 WITH GAMES FROM THE QUARTERFINALS-FINALS BROADCAST OVER THE RADIO THROUGH OUT THE STATE OF COAHUILA MEXICO, AND T.V. COVERAGE OF THE SEMI'S AND THE FINALS.

TPBL ALL STAR TEAM TRYOUTS : OCT. 13 (SAT)
TIME : 12 NOON-3PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEND YOUR PLAYING EXPERIENCE RESUME TO LEAGUE OWNER CHRIS CARDENAS : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM



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TURKEY

Transaction News -by Serdar Ortakuyu
TBL newcomers Kepez who are looking forward to sign anoter foreign player, will be testing import shooting guard Keith Simmons (196-G-85) for a week. Former All-Patriot League selection averaged 16.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 2.3spg in his senior year and participated in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this summer.
Darussafaka decided to part ways with American guard Ryan Evanochko (188-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) and immediately started considering other options as the Greens will be testing Jason McLeish (183-G-80, college: E.Kentucky) and Vernon Hamilton (183-G-84, college: Clemson) who will also see some action during the upcoming OPEL Turkish Cup games.
Vestel of TB2L inked former Erdemir, Beykoz and Kadikoy Belediyesi forward Tyrus Boswell (202-F/C-78, college: Ky Wesleyan) to reinforce their front court. Boswell is an all around forward who has made a solid contribution to his former teams in Turkey so far.
TB2L side Yesilyurt put an end to their import forward search and added former TED player Dennis Mims (205-F-80, college: Indiana, PA) who's married to a Turkish woman and likely to receive citizenship in near future.
TB2L newcomers Akcakoca Poyraz filled their center position with former Marmaris Belediyesi center Terry Bradley Flanagan (205-C-79, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Bellevue) who is known as a solid rebounder.
Tofas inked Canadian international Sean Denison (211-F-85, agency: TASM) out of Santa Clara. Denison who represented his country in 2007 Panamerican games in Brazil, averaged 10.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg in his senior year
Chaz Crawford (208-F, agency: CAA Sports, college: Drexel) and Quin Humphrey (193-G-84, agency: Sports Plus International) who have just been released by Pinar Karsiyaka, founded other options before taking a flight back to the States as they ended up with signing TB2L sides Usak and Aliaga. Crawford who is well known with his shotblocking ability will be playing for Usak while Quin Humphrey will take place in Aliaga roster in the upcoming TB2L season.


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URUGUAY

Defensor shares the second position -by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting defeated Atenas 104-95 with 21 points netted by David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.), and the team is sharing the second position with Welcome, after the sixth round of the Uruguayan League.
Results (main scorers and import players)
Defensor Sporting 104 - Jackson 21, Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 14 and 10 rebounds
Atenas 95 - Martin Suarez (198-F-77) 23, Robert Taylor (182-G, college: Rider) 14, Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) 9
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Union Atletica 86 - Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) 19 Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) 18, Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine) 7
Trouville 77 - Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, agency: Singer Sports, college: S.Carolina St.) 12 Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) 4
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Malvin 106 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 35, Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) 10, Rashard Sullivan (203-F/C-84, college: S.Indiana) 13
Paysandu 82 - Cory Largent (201-F-80, college: W.Carolina) 24 Louis Truscott (198-F-78, college: Houston) 20
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Hebraica 90
Sayago 87




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Women News

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AFR.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Special Afrobasket '07 - Mali crown champion, beat Senegal 63-56 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Malian Women National team Sunday against all odds handed down a bitter defeat host, Senegal 63-56 points to become the new Africa champion.

The determined coach Jose Ruiz tutored side were clear favourite from the blast of the referees' whistle as they wasted no time in shooting down the Senegalese recording a 10-03 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter.

The champion inspired by WNBA Star, Hamchetou Maiga ended the first half with a 9 points lead, efforts by Senegal to close the game in the last quarter when they reduce play to only three point's margin were thwarted by Maiga and her colleagues who were not deter by the vociferous Senegalese fans that thronged the stadium in their thousands.

Coach Ruiz was a proud man after the bitter encounter which many Senegal fans weeping uncontrollably as their plan for all-night party were cut short.

With the victory Mali will now fly the continent flag at the 2008 Beijing Olympics while first and second runners-up Senegal and Angola will make an attempt at the Olympics in the FIBA pre-Olympic Games qualifiers in a yet to be named venue
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ARGENTINA - Women

USA blast Argentina in the semis -by Eurobasket News
USA - Argentina 104:53
Argentina heroics ended yesterday in a blowout loss to United States team. USA extended their winning streak to 4 games and will now face Cuba in the Final. Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) came off the bench to nail game-high 20 points and ensured the victorious result for USA.
North American players opened the encounter with a 13:2 run and completed the first frame with 28:9 lead. USA continued dismantling in the second quarter and posted a 21:1 rally to clear off to a safe distance 49:10. USA recorded a 56:15 advantage at halftime and cruised in the second half. Argentina revived a bit in the second part of the game and played quite evenly with WNBA stars. However the gap was never cut and USA sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Simona Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 15 points for USA. Candace Parker (6'4''-F-86) had 17 points and 5 boards in a winning effort. Mariana Cava (5'6''-G-85) replied with 20 points for Argentina. Anastasia Saenz (6'0''-F-85) netted 9 points in a losing clause.
USA converted 55% from the field and 80% from free throw line. Argentina were held to 39% field goals accuracy and managed 62% from charity stripe. USA outrebounded their opponents 43:19 and forced Argentinean players to 28 turnovers.
USA will play against Cuba in today's Final and the winners will get the Olympic Games ticket. Argentina takes on Brazil in the Bronze Medals game.

USA: Rebekkah Brunson 20, Candace Parker 17, Simona Augustus 15
Argentina: Mariana Cava 20, Anastasia Saenz 9


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BELARUS - Women

Belarus unable to stay on track -by Eurobasket News
Belarus-France 60:72 (18-15, 15-26, 16-12, 11-19)

Belarus National team lost the first game of the Qualifying Round of Eurobasket. After two nice victories Belarus had to admit the loss from France 60:72. Only due to the last quarter the favorites could celebrated the win.Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) led Belarus with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Natalia Marchanka (168-G-79) and Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) supported her with 9 points each. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. France moved to 2-1 in Group F while Belarus dropped to 1-2.

A splash of emotions after the previous wins still energize Belarus in the first quarter that the team won 18:15. Katsiaryna Snytsina gave Belarus a 20:17 lead early in the second quarter, before France took over. The favorites went on a 16-3 run, before Belarus started to hit from the outside led by five points from Nataliya Trafimava , but France still managed to finish the first half up 41:33.
Four points in a row nailed Belarus in the beginning of the third quarter. The team stayed with 4 points behind and kept the same difference in the end of the quarter. Merchanka's lay-up finished the third quarter at 49:53. France however won the fourth 19:11 to have better chances for the Quarterfinals.

Belarus: Anastasiya Verameyenka 15+9 rebs, Natalia Marchanka 9, Tatyana Troina 9
France: Sandrine Gruda 17,Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) 12, Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) 10


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BELGIUM - Women

Jekabsone-Zogota wins Wauters's shoutdown -by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Belgium 69:66 (11-18, 15-10, 28-16, 15-22)

Latvia secured their spot in the final round and become the first team in EuroBasket 2007 to beat Belgium. After a 69:66 win, the Baltic team can even struggle for the first place in the group. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) led the winners with 27 points. Liga Jansone (-84) produced 15, while Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) added 14. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) had a great game for Belgium with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Three teams now in Group E have 3-1 record including Belgium and Latvia.

Belgium used a 6-0 run to dominate in the opening quarter. Ann Wauters carried Belgium to an 18:11 lead in the end of it.Belgium continued to score at will and stayed on top 28:26 at the half time.

Latvia that was led by Anete Jekabsone-Zogota took off on a 14-2 run in the next five minutes of which Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had seven. Nevertheless Belgium managed an 11-2 run in the following three minutes almost to tie the game at 63:65.Anete Jekabsone-Zogota's four free throws in the ned of the game brought Latvia a third win.
Latvia will take on Germany tomorrow, while Belgium will fight for a better position against the Czech Republic. If belgium beat Czech republic and Latvia overcome Germnay, then Latvia will finish first in the group. If Czech Republic wins over Belgium, then the defending champions will be first for sure.

Latvia:Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 27, Liga Jansone 15, Gunta Basko 14
Belgium: Ann Wauters 30+9 rebs, Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) 8, Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) 8


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BRAZIL - Women

Cuba outlasts Brazil in thriller -by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Brazil 69:67
Cuban team became the second finalist of the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. They narrowly beat Brazil in what turned out to be the most exciting fixture at the tournament so far. Brazil entered the game undefeated and hoped to extend their streak. The beginning of the encounter marked their dominance as they built up a 17:14 advantage early on. Cuba struggled offensively and could not find the touch from the field in the first half. Brazil capitalized on it to enlarge the lead to 7 points at halftime 31:24.
But things changed drastically in the third stanza. Led by tremendous performance from Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) Cuba recovered and came back into the game. They outscored Brazil 31:15 and entered the final frame in front 55:46. Brazil craved their way back into the contest and were just seconds away from the win before Yakelin Plutin and Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) sealed the victory for Cuba.
Yakelin Plutin shone for Cuba with game-high 28 points and 7 rebounds. Yayma Boulet added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Iziane Castro (185-G/F-82) netted 16 points for Brazil. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) had 14 points and 6 rebounds in a losing effort.
Both teams converted 41.5% from the field but Cuba were more accurate from free throw line with 80%. They also outrebounded their counterparts 35:29.
Cuba will now take on USA in the tournament's title decider. They already faced each other at the preliminary action and USA were stronger 85:79. Brazil will play against Argentina for Bronze medals.

Cuba: Yakelin Plutin 28+7 boards, Yayma Boulet 13
Brazil: Iziane Castro 16, Micaela Jacintho 14+6 boards


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CANADA - Women

Canada overcomes Mexico in classification round -by Eurobasket News
Canada - Mexico 77:38
Canadian National team will play for the fifth place at the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. Yesterday Canada defeated Mexico and advanced to the game for the 5th spot. Canada opened the game with a consecutive three pointers from Jordan Adams (191-C/F-81, college: N.Mexico) and Isabelle Grenier (176-G/F-78). They led 9:2 early in the starting frame. North American side finished the first frame 17:9 ahead. Canada and Mexico exchanged blows in the second quarter but Canada emerged leading 38:20 at halftime. Canadian team speeded up in the third stanza and they used another 13:0 run to extend the gap to 62:28. The outcome was pretty clear however Canada remained contestant and outscored their opponents 15:10 in the final period. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) paced Canada with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) added 12 points for the winners. Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) led Mexico with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Brisa Silva (168-G-84) had 7 points in a loss.
Canada limited Mexican players to only 27% of field goals and forced them to 25 turnovers. Canada sank 46% from the field and 69% from free throw line. They also dominated under the boards 45:26.
Canada will face Chile for the 5th spot today. Mexico will clash with Jamaica for the 7th place later today.

Canada: Tamara Tatham 13+6 boards, Lizanne Murphy 12
Mexico: Fernanda Gutierrez 9+8 boards, Brisa Silva 7


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CHILE - Women

Chile beats Jamaica, will battle for the 5th spot -by Eurobasket News
Chile - Jamaica 75:67
Chilean team rebounded after the sour loss against Argentina and edged Jamaica in classification round. The victory allowed Chile to advance to the 5th spot game against Canada. Both teams entered the game quickly enough and played aggressive high-scoring basketball. Chile managed to grab a narrow lead 25:20 in the first frame. The hosts enlarged their advantage by 3 points by halftime 40:32. Jamaica tried hard to come back into the contest and looked competitive enough. However Chile cheered up by the fans secured the winning outcome at the dying stages of the game.
Valentina Aragonese (170-F-79) returned to her high-scoring attitude and topscored for the home side with 18 points. Tatiana Gomez (190-F/C-81) contributed 15 points for the winners. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) was the usual contributor for Jamaica with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Oberon Pitterson (177-G-71) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Chile shot 42% from the field and 61% from free throw line. Jamaica answered with 41% of field goals and 70% of free throws. Jamaica overwhelmed the hosts under the rims 45:23. However Chile forced Jamaica to as many as 33 turnovers.
Jamaica will face Mexico for the 7th spot later tonight.

Chile: Valentina Aragonese 18, Tatiana Gomez 15
Jamaica: Simone Edwards 18+7 boards, Oberon Pitterson 15+8 boards


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CUBA - Women

Cuba defeats Brazil, Our Hermanas are in Final. -by Alessandro Fontana
Cuba defeated yesterday Brazil 69-67 in the Semifinals and today Our Hermanas will play against United States for the gold medal. What a result, Cuba played a perfect game, with energy, intensity and especially heart. They showed their desire to go directly to Beijing 2008, Cuba had something more than Brazil yesterday in Valdivia.
The first quarter was balanced Brazil won 17-14. In the second quarter the teams had bad shots percentage due to a hard and intense defense, the quarter ended 14-10 for Brazil (31-24). The third quarter was played perfect by Cuba, Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) became "unstoppable", She scored, She catched rebounds and opened "the Cuban break". The third qaurter ended 31-15 for Cuba. In the fourth quarter Brazil tried to come back in the game, but Cuba played ordered and deserved this victory. Tonight Our Hermanas will play against United States who won yesterday against Argentina.
Our MVP was Yakelin Plutin with 28 points (12/18 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 12/19 FT) 7 rebounds, 1 assist and1 steal in 36 minute. To mention also the great game of Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
CUBA-BRAZIL= 69-67
C= Plutin 28, Boulet 13, Gelis 10, Soria 7, Avila 6, Romero 3, Amargo 2, Martinez 0, Noblet 0, Martinez Calderon ne, Rodrigeuz ne, Casanova Gonzalez ne.
A. Fontana


United States- Cuba 101-71. Plutin MVP of FIBA Americas 2007. -by Alessandro Fontana
United States defeats Cuba 101-71, USA wins the gold medal and they will qualify directly for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Cuba obtains a silver medal . This is a great result for the Cuban basket movement. The Basketball Movement of Cuba shows courage, garra and heart, three imporant characteristics to excel not only in the sport but also in the life. Thanks Cuba, Gracias for this emotions.
The game was hard and difficult, USA began good and the first quarter ended 29-13 for United States with a great Tina Thompson (188-F-75, college: USC). In the second quarter Cuba had a proud reaction and with Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) and Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79), Our Hermanas tried to come back into the game. The second quarter ended 20-17 for USA (49-30). In the third quarter the game was strictly in the hands of USA who could control the whole game, at the end of the quarter USA had a " +34 advantage" (78-44). In the last quarter, the game was already gone for Cuba, the final result was 101-71 but this defeat does not cancel the great result of Cuba in this FIBA 2007.
Yakelin Plutin was elected MVP of the Tournament with 17,4 points and 6,6 rebounds per game.
CUBA-USA= 71-101
C= Avila 14, Oyanaisis Gelis 13, Yakelin Plutin 11+6 rebs, Boulet 8, Amargo 6, Soria 5, Romero 4, Noblet 3, Martinez 3, Rodriguez 2, Casanova Gonzalez 2, Martinez Calderon 0
U= Thompson 18, Taurasi 15+ 12 rebs, Smith 15, Lawson 14, Parker 12, Brunson 9, Milton 6, Bird 5, Augustus 4, Cash 2, Paris 1.
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CZECH REP. - Women

Trailing by 10 points at the half Czech Republic stun Lithuania -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Lithuania 75:67 (19-24, 16-21, 21-11, 19-11)

Czech Republic luckily deserved a win against Lithuania 75:67. Trailing by 10 points at the half, the favorites could win the game. Remembering also the loss from the Germans it was a hard time to recover. Hopefully last two quarters would bring the team more confidence in the next games. Lithuania dropped at 1-3 and has the same result as Turkey and Germany. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) led the winners with 13 points each. Hana Machova (182-F-79) supported them with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) top-scored for the Baltic State with 13 points.

Oh, well with such games from Czech Republic and Russia we would hardy see them in the final again. Lithuania that was thrashed by the Belgians and Latvians could give a real battle to the favorites. After 3-0 the Baltic team lost the confidence and trailed by 7:11. Bach-on-track in the game Lithuania produced a 9-0 run to finish the first at 24:19. Briedyte gave her team 41:32 that was at that time a real sensation. Moreover Marcauskaite's jump-shot sent the teams with 10 points deficit for Lithuania.
For Czech Republic it was not the end of the game. The team produced a 21:11 in the third quarter to tie at 56:56 in the end of it. Lithuania never saw then the game leading the score. Czech Republic pushed the tempo to finish the game at 75:67.

Czech Republic: Marketa Mokrosova 13, Eva Viteckova 13, Hana Machova 8+8 rebs
Lithuania: Lina Brazdeikyte 13, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 12, Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) 12


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E.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Turkey is still alive, Lithuania and Germany as well -by Eurobasket News

Germany-Turkey 63:76 (15-22, 13-22, 13-16, 22-16)

Turkey beat Germany in Group E of the 2007 EuroBasket Women qualifying round. Having 0-3 record Turkey is still on track to the Quarterfinals. Yasemin Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) (190-F/C-83) led the winners with 18 points while Birsel Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) added 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals to lead a balanced Turkish attack. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) top-scored for the German squad with 19 points. On Tuesday, Germany face Latvia and Turkey take on Lithuania as both Germany and Turkey still have chances for the quarter-finals.

Germany: Anne Breitreiner 19, Martina Weber (196-F-82, college: Iona) 16
Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 18, Birsel Vardarli 14, Tuncluer 13



Czech Republic-Lithuania 75:67 (19-24, 16-21, 21-11, 19-11)

Czech Republic luckily deserved a win against Lithuania 75:67. Trailing by 10 points at the half, the favorites could win the game. Remembering also the loss from the Germans it was a hard time to recover. Hopefully last two quarters would bring the team more confidence in the next games. Lithuania dropped at 1-3 and has the same result as Turkey and Germany.
Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) led the winners with 13 points each. Hana Machova (182-F-79) supported them with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) top-scored for the Baltic State with 13 points.

Oh, well with such games from Czech Republic and Russia we would hardy see them in the final again. Lithuania that was thrashed by the Belgians and Latvians could give a real battle to the favorites. After 3-0 the Baltic team lost the confidence and trailed by 7:11. Bach-on-track in the game Lithuania produced a 9-0 run to finish the first at 24:19. Briedyte gave her team 41:32 that was at that time a real sensation. Moreover Marcauskaite's jump-shot sent the teams with 10 points deficit for Lithuania.
For Czech Republic it was not the end of the game. The team produced a 21:11 in the third quarter to tie at 56:56 in the end of it. Lithuania never saw then the game leading the score. Czech Republic pushed the tempo to finish the game at 75:67.

Czech Republic:
Marketa Mokrosova 13, Eva Viteckova 13, Hana Machova 8+8 rebs
Lithuania:
Lina Brazdeikyte 13, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 12, Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) 12




Latvia-Belgium 69:66 (11-18, 15-10, 28-16, 15-22)

Latvia secured their spot in the final round and become the first team in EuroBasket 2007 to beat Belgium. After a 69:66 win, the Baltic team can even struggle for the first place in the group.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) led the winners with 27 points. Liga Jansone (-84) produced 15, while Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) added 14. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) had a great game for Belgium with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Three teams now in Group E have 3-1 record including Belgium and Latvia.

Belgium used a 6-0 run to dominate in the opening quarter.
Ann Wauters carried Belgium to an 18:11 lead in the end of it.Belgium continued to score at will and stayed on top 28:26 at the half time.

Latvia that was led by
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota took off on a 14-2 run in the next five minutes of which Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had seven. Nevertheless Belgium managed an 11-2 run in the following three minutes almost to tie the game at 63:65.Anete Jekabsone-Zogota's four free throws in the ned of the game brought Latvia a third win.
Latvia will take on Germany tomorrow, while Belgium will fight for a better position against the Czech Republic. If belgium beat Czech republic and Latvia overcome Germnay, then Latvia will finish first in the group. If Czech Republic wins over Belgium, then the defending champions will be first for sure.

Latvia:
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 27, Liga Jansone 15, Gunta Basko 14
Belgium:
Ann Wauters 30+9 rebs, Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) 8, Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) 8



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FRANCE - Women

NT: France beat Belarus for victory number 3 -by Leslie Anderson

The start was fast and furious with Anastasiya Veremeenko from Belarus contesting the offensive boards as she scored 8 of her teams 12 points while they held a little advantage (12-9) after 6 minutes of play.


Emilie Gomis once again was the catalyst as France went on a 6:0 run to edge in front (15:14) with a little more than 2 minutes left in the first quarter. The Belarus head coach, Anatoiki Buyalski, called a time-out and changed his team tactics keeping France scoreless for the remaining of the period while his team Belarus regained the lead (18-15).


A different France in the second period, more aggressive in all sectors of the game, with Sandra Dijon taking control of the defensive boards and the guards using their pace to create space, they edged in front (28-23). Then Buyalski called a time-out but this time France remained focused: Sandrine Gruda ran back to retrieve a wayward pass by Dijon and managed to get it to Edwige Lawson-Wade who hit a 3 with the 24-second clock winding down. Immediately afterwards Clemence Beikes concluded another quick French move to give France the first significant advantage of the game (33-23). Despite France's dominance Jacques Commčres was furious with his players for allowing Belarus to - finally - score a couple of 3-pointers. Despite his obvious annoyance Emmeline Ndongue concluded the last play just before the interval to give France an 8-point cushion.


During the third period Belarus, slightly more aggressive and adventurous, made the better start and scored the first 4 points. Both teams covered the perimeter making it difficult to work openings from the outside so they had to apply a little patience. In this exercise Belarus proved to be better than France and by the end of this quarter France's lead was reduced to 4 points.


Another system was adopted by France at the top of the final period with Gomis and Dijon scoring from the field while Gruda extended their lead to 11 points from the free-throw line. Belarus reverted back to their 3-point-play system but only hit their 3rd of the night. France continued to hold the advantage and Dumerc decided to give a little demonstration of running circles round the defence and dish out an assist right under the basket for Dijon to score her 10th point of the night (64-52).

Belarus, struggling to get any offensive game going, did not trouble France any more who recorded victory number 3 for this tournament.


Gruda finished with a game-high of 17 points followed by Ndongue with 12 and Dijon with 10 points. The team's collective game concluded with 16 assists with Lawson-Wade 5 and Audrey Sauret-Gillespie 3 of them. For Belarus the top-scorer with points was .Veremeenko with 15.


Comments from Sandra Dijon and Jacky Commeres in French here

Commens from Sandra Dijon in English here



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JAMAICA - Women

Chile beats Jamaica, will battle for the 5th spot -by Eurobasket News
Chile - Jamaica 75:67
Chilean team rebounded after the sour loss against Argentina and edged Jamaica in classification round. The victory allowed Chile to advance to the 5th spot game against Canada. Both teams entered the game quickly enough and played aggressive high-scoring basketball. Chile managed to grab a narrow lead 25:20 in the first frame. The hosts enlarged their advantage by 3 points by halftime 40:32. Jamaica tried hard to come back into the contest and looked competitive enough. However Chile cheered up by the fans secured the winning outcome at the dying stages of the game.
Valentina Aragonese (170-F-79) returned to her high-scoring attitude and topscored for the home side with 18 points. Tatiana Gomez (190-F/C-81) contributed 15 points for the winners. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) was the usual contributor for Jamaica with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Oberon Pitterson (177-G-71) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Chile shot 42% from the field and 61% from free throw line. Jamaica answered with 41% of field goals and 70% of free throws. Jamaica overwhelmed the hosts under the rims 45:23. However Chile forced Jamaica to as many as 33 turnovers.
Jamaica will face Mexico for the 7th spot later tonight.

Chile: Valentina Aragonese 18, Tatiana Gomez 15
Jamaica: Simone Edwards 18+7 boards, Oberon Pitterson 15+8 boards


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LATVIA - Women

Jekabsone-Zogota wins Wauters's shoutdown -by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Belgium 69:66 (11-18, 15-10, 28-16, 15-22)

Latvia secured their spot in the final round and become the first team in EuroBasket 2007 to beat Belgium. After a 69:66 win, the Baltic team can even struggle for the first place in the group. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) led the winners with 27 points. Liga Jansone (-84) produced 15, while Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) added 14. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) had a great game for Belgium with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Three teams now in Group E have 3-1 record including Belgium and Latvia.

Belgium used a 6-0 run to dominate in the opening quarter. Ann Wauters carried Belgium to an 18:11 lead in the end of it.Belgium continued to score at will and stayed on top 28:26 at the half time.

Latvia that was led by Anete Jekabsone-Zogota took off on a 14-2 run in the next five minutes of which Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had seven. Nevertheless Belgium managed an 11-2 run in the following three minutes almost to tie the game at 63:65.Anete Jekabsone-Zogota's four free throws in the ned of the game brought Latvia a third win.
Latvia will take on Germany tomorrow, while Belgium will fight for a better position against the Czech Republic. If belgium beat Czech republic and Latvia overcome Germnay, then Latvia will finish first in the group. If Czech Republic wins over Belgium, then the defending champions will be first for sure.

Latvia:Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 27, Liga Jansone 15, Gunta Basko 14
Belgium: Ann Wauters 30+9 rebs, Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) 8, Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) 8


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LITHUANIA - Women

Trailing by 10 points at the half Czech Republic stun Lithuania -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Lithuania 75:67 (19-24, 16-21, 21-11, 19-11)

Czech Republic luckily deserved a win against Lithuania 75:67. Trailing by 10 points at the half, the favorites could win the game. Remembering also the loss from the Germans it was a hard time to recover. Hopefully last two quarters would bring the team more confidence in the next games. Lithuania dropped at 1-3 and has the same result as Turkey and Germany. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) led the winners with 13 points each. Hana Machova (182-F-79) supported them with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) top-scored for the Baltic State with 13 points.

Oh, well with such games from Czech Republic and Russia we would hardy see them in the final again. Lithuania that was thrashed by the Belgians and Latvians could give a real battle to the favorites. After 3-0 the Baltic team lost the confidence and trailed by 7:11. Bach-on-track in the game Lithuania produced a 9-0 run to finish the first at 24:19. Briedyte gave her team 41:32 that was at that time a real sensation. Moreover Marcauskaite's jump-shot sent the teams with 10 points deficit for Lithuania.
For Czech Republic it was not the end of the game. The team produced a 21:11 in the third quarter to tie at 56:56 in the end of it. Lithuania never saw then the game leading the score. Czech Republic pushed the tempo to finish the game at 75:67.

Czech Republic: Marketa Mokrosova 13, Eva Viteckova 13, Hana Machova 8+8 rebs
Lithuania: Lina Brazdeikyte 13, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 12, Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) 12


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MALI - Women

Special Afrobasket '07 - Mali crown champion, beat Senegal 63-56 -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Malian Women National team Sunday against all odds handed down a bitter defeat host, Senegal 63-56 points to become the new Africa champion.

The determined coach Jose Ruiz tutored side were clear favourite from the blast of the referees' whistle as they wasted no time in shooting down the Senegalese recording a 10-03 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter.

The champion inspired by WNBA Star, Hamchetou Maiga ended the first half with a 9 points lead, efforts by Senegal to close the game in the last quarter when they reduce play to only three point's margin were thwarted by Maiga and her colleagues who were not deter by the vociferous Senegalese fans that thronged the stadium in their thousands.

Coach Ruiz was a proud man after the bitter encounter which many Senegal fans weeping uncontrollably as their plan for all-night party were cut short.

With the victory Mali will now fly the continent flag at the 2008 Beijing Olympics while first and second runners-up Senegal and Angola will make an attempt at the Olympics in the FIBA pre-Olympic Games qualifiers in a yet to be named venue.

Hamchetou Maiga (186-G/F-78, college: ODU)



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MEXICO - Women

Canada overcomes Mexico in classification round -by Eurobasket News
Canada - Mexico 77:38
Canadian National team will play for the fifth place at the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. Yesterday Canada defeated Mexico and advanced to the game for the 5th spot. Canada opened the game with a consecutive three pointers from Jordan Adams (191-C/F-81, college: N.Mexico) and Isabelle Grenier (176-G/F-78). They led 9:2 early in the starting frame. North American side finished the first frame 17:9 ahead. Canada and Mexico exchanged blows in the second quarter but Canada emerged leading 38:20 at halftime. Canadian team speeded up in the third stanza and they used another 13:0 run to extend the gap to 62:28. The outcome was pretty clear however Canada remained contestant and outscored their opponents 15:10 in the final period. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) paced Canada with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) added 12 points for the winners. Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) led Mexico with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Brisa Silva (168-G-84) had 7 points in a loss.
Canada limited Mexican players to only 27% of field goals and forced them to 25 turnovers. Canada sank 46% from the field and 69% from free throw line. They also dominated under the boards 45:26.
Canada will face Chile for the 5th spot today. Mexico will clash with Jamaica for the 7th place later today.

Canada: Tamara Tatham 13+6 boards, Lizanne Murphy 12
Mexico: Fernanda Gutierrez 9+8 boards, Brisa Silva 7


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NIGERIA - Women

Special Afrobasket '07 - Mali crown champion, beat Senegal 63-56 -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Malian Women National team Sunday against all odds handed down a bitter defeat host, Senegal 63-56 points to become the new Africa champion.

The determined coach Jose Ruiz tutored side were clear favourite from the blast of the referees' whistle as they wasted no time in shooting down the Senegalese recording a 10-03 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter.

The champion inspired by WNBA Star, Hamchetou Maiga ended the first half with a 9 points lead, efforts by Senegal to close the game in the last quarter when they reduce play to only three point's margin were thwarted by Maiga and her colleagues who were not deter by the vociferous Senegalese fans that thronged the stadium in their thousands.

Coach Ruiz was a proud man after the bitter encounter which many Senegal fans weeping uncontrollably as their plan for all-night party were cut short.

With the victory Mali will now fly the continent flag at the 2008 Beijing Olympics while first and second runners-up Senegal and Angola will make an attempt at the Olympics in the FIBA pre-Olympic Games qualifiers in a yet to be named venue.

Hamchetou Maiga (186-G/F-78, college: ODU)



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SENEGAL - Women

Special Afrobasket '07 - Mali crown champion, beat Senegal 63-56 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Malian Women National team Sunday against all odds handed down a bitter defeat host, Senegal 63-56 points to become the new Africa champion.

The determined coach Jose Ruiz tutored side were clear favourite from the blast of the referees' whistle as they wasted no time in shooting down the Senegalese recording a 10-03 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter.

The champion inspired by WNBA Star, Hamchetou Maiga ended the first half with a 9 points lead, efforts by Senegal to close the game in the last quarter when they reduce play to only three point's margin were thwarted by Maiga and her colleagues who were not deter by the vociferous Senegalese fans that thronged the stadium in their thousands.

Coach Ruiz was a proud man after the bitter encounter which many Senegal fans weeping uncontrollably as their plan for all-night party were cut short.

With the victory Mali will now fly the continent flag at the 2008 Beijing Olympics while first and second runners-up Senegal and Angola will make an attempt at the Olympics in the FIBA pre-Olympic Games qualifiers in a yet to be named venue
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T.OF AMER. (W) - Women

Day 4: Cuba will take on USA in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Canada - Mexico 77:38

Canadian National team will play for the fifth place at the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. Yesterday Canada defeated Mexico and advanced to the game for the 5th spot. Canada opened the game with a consecutive three pointers from Jordan Adams (191-C/F-81, college: N.Mexico) and Isabelle Grenier (176-G/F-78). They led 9:2 early in the starting frame. North American side finished the first frame 17:9 ahead. Canada and Mexico exchanged blows in the second quarter but Canada emerged leading 38:20 at halftime. Canadian team speeded up in the third stanza and they used another 13:0 run to extend the gap to 62:28. The outcome was pretty clear however Canada remained contestant and outscored their opponents 15:10 in the final period. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) paced Canada with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) added 12 points for the winners. Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) led Mexico with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Brisa Silva (168-G-84) had 7 points in a loss.
Canada limited Mexican players to only 27% of field goals and forced them to 25 turnovers. Canada sank 46% from the field and 69% from free throw line. They also dominated under the boards 45:26.
Canada will face Chile for the 5th spot today. Mexico will clash with Jamaica for the 7th place later today.

Canada: Tamara Tatham 13+6 boards, Lizanne Murphy 12
Mexico: Fernanda Gutierrez 9+8 boards, Brisa Silva 7


Chile - Jamaica 75:67

Chilean team rebounded after the sour loss against Argentina and edged Jamaica in classification round. The victory allowed Chile to advance to the 5th spot game against Canada. Both teams entered the game quickly enough and played aggressive high-scoring basketball. Chile managed to grab a narrow lead 25:20 in the first frame. The hosts enlarged their advantage by 3 points by halftime 40:32. Jamaica tried hard to come back into the contest and looked competitive enough. However Chile cheered up by the fans secured the winning outcome at the dying stages of the game.
Valentina Aragonese (170-F-79) returned to her high-scoring attitude and topscored for the home side with 18 points. Tatiana Gomez (190-F/C-81) contributed 15 points for the winners. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) was the usual contributor for Jamaica with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Oberon Pitterson (177-G-71) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Chile shot 42% from the field and 61% from free throw line. Jamaica answered with 41% of field goals and 70% of free throws. Jamaica overwhelmed the hosts under the rims 45:23. However Chile forced Jamaica to as many as 33 turnovers.
Jamaica will face Mexico for the 7th spot later tonight.

Chile: Valentina Aragonese 18, Tatiana Gomez 15
Jamaica: Simone Edwards 18+7 boards, Oberon Pitterson 15+8 boards


USA - Argentina 104:53

Argentina heroics ended yesterday in a blowout loss to United States team. USA extended their winning streak to 4 games and will now face Cuba in the Final. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) came off the bench to nail game-high 20 points and ensured the victorious result for USA.
North American players opened the encounter with a 13:2 run and completed the first frame with 28:9 lead. USA continued dismantling in the second quarter and posted a 21:1 rally to clear off to a safe distance 49:10. USA recorded a 56:15 advantage at halftime and cruised in the second half. Argentina revived a bit in the second part of the game and played quite evenly with WNBA stars. However the gap was never cut and USA sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Simona Augustus (186-G-84, college: LSU) scored 15 points for USA. Candace Parker (193-F-86) had 17 points and 5 boards in a winning effort. Mariana Cava (168-G-85) replied with 20 points for Argentina. Anastasia Saenz (182-F-85) netted 9 points in a losing clause.
USA converted 55% from the field and 80% from free throw line. Argentina were held to 39% field goals accuracy and managed 62% from charity stripe. USA outrebounded their opponents 43:19 and forced Argentinean players to 28 turnovers.
USA will play against Cuba in today's Final and the winners will get the Olympic Games ticket. Argentina takes on Brazil in the Bronze Medals game.

USA: Rebekkah Brunson 20, Candace Parker 17, Simona Augustus 15
Argentina: Mariana Cava 20, Anastasia Saenz 9


Cuba - Brazil 69:67

Cuban team became the second finalist of the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. They narrowly beat Brazil in what turned out to be the most exciting fixture at the tournament so far. Brazil entered the game undefeated and hoped to extend their streak. The beginning of the encounter marked their dominance as they built up a 17:14 advantage early on. Cuba struggled offensively and could not find the touch from the field in the first half. Brazil capitalized on it to enlarge the lead to 7 points at halftime 31:24.
But things changed drastically in the third stanza. Led by tremendous performance from Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) (186-F-79) Cuba recovered and came back into the game. They outscored Brazil 31:15 and entered the final frame in front 55:46. Brazil craved their way back into the contest and were just seconds away from the win before Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) and Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) sealed the victory for Cuba.
Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) shone for Cuba with game-high 28 points and 7 rebounds. Yayma Boulet added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Iziane Castro (185-G/F-82) netted 16 points for Brazil. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) had 14 points and 6 rebounds in a losing effort.
Both teams converted 41.5% from the field but Cuba were more accurate from free throw line with 80%. They also outrebounded their counterparts 35:29.
Cuba will now take on USA in the tournament's title decider. They already faced each other at the preliminary action and USA were stronger 85:79. Brazil will play against Argentina for Bronze medals.

Cuba: Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) 28+7 boards, Yayma Boulet 13
Brazil: Iziane Castro 16, Micaela Jacintho 14+6 boards


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WNBA - Women

USA blast Argentina in the semis -by Eurobasket News
USA - Argentina 104:53
Argentina heroics ended yesterday in a blowout loss to United States team. USA extended their winning streak to 4 games and will now face Cuba in the Final. Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) came off the bench to nail game-high 20 points and ensured the victorious result for USA.
North American players opened the encounter with a 13:2 run and completed the first frame with 28:9 lead. USA continued dismantling in the second quarter and posted a 21:1 rally to clear off to a safe distance 49:10. USA recorded a 56:15 advantage at halftime and cruised in the second half. Argentina revived a bit in the second part of the game and played quite evenly with WNBA stars. However the gap was never cut and USA sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Simona Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 15 points for USA. Candace Parker (6'4''-F-86) had 17 points and 5 boards in a winning effort. Mariana Cava (5'6''-G-85) replied with 20 points for Argentina. Anastasia Saenz (6'0''-F-85) netted 9 points in a losing clause.
USA converted 55% from the field and 80% from free throw line. Argentina were held to 39% field goals accuracy and managed 62% from charity stripe. USA outrebounded their opponents 43:19 and forced Argentinean players to 28 turnovers.
USA will play against Cuba in today's Final and the winners will get the Olympic Games ticket. Argentina takes on Brazil in the Bronze Medals game.

USA: Rebekkah Brunson 20, Candace Parker 17, Simona Augustus 15
Argentina: Mariana Cava 20, Anastasia Saenz 9