EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/16/2007

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ALBANIA

Eurobasket.com All-Albanian League Awards 2007 -by Jay
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Player of the Year: Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) of Valbona Tropoje
Guard of the Year: Afrim Bilali (198-G-79) of Valbona Tropoje
Forward of the Year: Sokol Kasmi (198-G-80) of SK Tirana
Center of the Year: Orion Garo (207-F/C-80) of SK Tirana
Newcomer of the Year: Florian Ismeti of Partizani Tirana
Most Improved Player of the Year: Endrit Hysenagolli (-88) of Partizani Tirana
Import Player of the Year: Dragan Pejic (187-G-76) of Valbona Tropoje
Domestic Player of the Year: Vildan Mitku of Valbona Tropoje
Defensive Player of the Year: Afrim Bilali of Valbona Tropoje
Coach of the Year: Korab Llazani of Valbona Tropoje

1st Team
Vildan Mitku of Valbona Tropoje
Afrim Bilali of Valbona Tropoje
Sokol Kasmi of SK Tirana
Orion Garo SK Tirana
Dragan Pejic of Valbona Tropoje

2nd Team
Erkand Karaj (188-G-82) of Valbona Tropoje
Ratko Stevovic (-C) of Vllaznia Shkoder
Dritan Mema (202-F/C-69) of Dinamo Tirana
Juxhin Talelli (-86) of Partizani Tirana
Endrit Hysenagolli of Partizani Tirana

All-Domestic Players Team
Vildan Mitku of Valbona Tropoje
Afrim Bilali of Valbona Tropoje
Sokol Kasmi of SK Tirana
Orion Garo of SK Tirana
Juxhin Talelli of Partizani Tirana

All-Imports Team
Dragan Pejic of Valbona Tropoje
Ratko Stevovic of Vllaznia Shkoder
Anton Berisha of Valbona Tropoje
David Dedvukaj (193-F-84) of Valbona Tropoje
Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) of Valbona Tropoje

All-Defensive Team
Vildan Mitku of Valbona Tropoje
Afrim Bilali of Valbona Tropoje
Sokol Kasmi of SK Tirana
Dritan Mema of Dinamo Tirana
Fatmir Skonja (198-C-82) of Dinamo Tirana

All-Newcomers Team
Florian Ismeti of Partizani Tirana
Juxhin Talelli of Partizani Tirana
Endrit Hysenagolli of Partizani Tirana
Algert Gjonaj (194-F-87) of Valbona Tropoje
Marsel Aliaj (196-F-88) of Teuta Durres



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ARGENTINA

Manu Ginobili - NBA Champion -by Interperformances
Argentinean/Italian Manu Ginobili has won his third NBA championship ring with the San Antonio Spurs.. They beat Cleveland 83-82 to take a 4 game sweep of the finals. Manu was the leading scorer of the game with27 points. He scored 13 of his points in the last quarter including 6 free throws in the last 24 seconds of the game. He has won titles with every team that he has played for in Argentina, Italy and the NBA.Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances)

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AUSTRALIA

NBL: Townsville ink import Rosell Ellis -by Gauthier Gerard
After contemplating long and hard what their new roster would look like, the McDonald's Townsville Crocodiles have announced they had secured the talents of exciting import Rosell Ellis (199-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mc Neese St.) for the 07/08 NBL season. Ironically, Ellis' NBL career high score of 38 points was scored against the Crocodiles while competing for the Perth Wildcats in November 2004. The powerful big-man has also hauled in 15 rebounds in a game three times while competing against Townsville in previous seasons.
source: Townsville/NBL

The 199cm forward, who is currently playing in the Philippines and has CBA experience, has two successful NBL seasons under his belt and boasts career averages of 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds over 57 games while shooting a very healthy 59% from the floor. Over the course of the 2004/05 season, Ellis performed strongly for the Wildcats while leading the NBL in shooting percentage at 61%. The Wildcats qualified for the playoffs that season, eventually losing in the Quarter Finals, and Ellis was named the club's Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Most recently Ellis competed for the then expansion club South Dragons in 2006/07, joining his team-mates several games into the season as a replacement for former NBA centre Todd Fuller.


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BAHRAIN

Sadiq Mahdi sign for Al-Ahli -by Ali Surgeon
Veteran player and Ex-sitra and national team player Sadiq Mahdi signed for al-Ahli for one season as a local professional player.

The signing was done last night in Al-Ahi club with the presence of the head of basketball in the club Mr Khalid Kanoo.

Sadiq is one of the most talented guards in the league and had a big effect on Sitra's club win of the local cup last season.

His move to Al-Ahli came after expiry of his previous contract with his old club which lead Al-Ahli to move to sign the player afterm providing him with a suitable offer.

It also opens Al-Ahli signing for the upcoming season in which the team would like to compete strongly to keep their league title in which they won last season.


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BELGIUM

Charleroi Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

Spirou Charleroi has extended the contract of Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) with one season.
Darden was the only Charleroi player to play all 36 games this season and had averages of 10.1 ppg and 3.7 rpg.
The team is also negotiating with a point guard and forward/center.


College News -by Peter Buyse

A couple of weeks after the signing of Kristof Ongenaet at Syracuse another young Belgian talent is headed to an NCAA Div 1 school.
7 Footer Mikhail Linskens (212-C-87) will play for the university of Wyoming. He was also recruited by Fresno State, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's (Pa.) and Washington.
Linskens is a member of the Belgian U20 NT.


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BELIZE

The Playoffs Are Right Around The Corner… -by David Magana
With three games left to be played in the Belize Semi-Pro League the playoff scenario shows the Bulldogs (6-1), the Tigersharks (5-2) and the Orange Walk Eagles (3-4) are in while the BNE Oilers (2-4) and the Corozal Runnin Rebels (1-6) fighting for the last spot.
Nevertheless, the Oilers have the advantage since they only depend on their own result. If they loose tomorrow's night game against the Tigersharks in San Pedro, everything will be decided in the last game in Corozal but if they win, then Corozal loses all hopes and the game in Corozal could give the Oilers a better position in the standing.
The number one seed, Bulldogs will play against the fourth place while (the second seed) the Tigersharks will play the third place.


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BRAZIL

Universo Cruises to 2-0 Lead over Minas in Semis, Pipoka Abandons ship -by Rogerio Bringel

It was an unusual turn of events for a team doing so well in the season and a with serious plans for the Brazilian League Title, the first ever for the Nation`s Capital. The Universo players, coaching staff and front office were all caught by surprise by 'Pipoka' Vianna (204-F/C-63)`s team defection the past week. He mentioned lack of playing time, dissatisfaction with management and coaching staff, but we have heard through the grapevine that he was burned out and unhappy about salary delays which have been plaguing Universo for the past two months and his wish to work in base categories or even coach another team to rivalize Universo in the near future. It all remains to be seen, but the truth is that it is a sad note to write since his veteran presence would be a great asset for Universo in the finals.

Finals? Universo has built a respectable reputation by cruising past Saldanha da Gama in the first round and posting a 2-0 lead over Minas in the Semifinal round. Tonight both teams square off again in Minas, which could be the last game for Minas in the season and Universo`s first ever appearance in the finals. Minas is still scratching their heads and trying to figure a way to stop national team guards, the hard-nosed-in-your-face Wellington 'Nezinho' dos Santos (186-G-81) and the former NBA New Orleans Hornets`s 'Alex' Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances), who literally destroyed Minas defence with an array of outside shooting and hard-nosed defense, with a block in game 1 that took us back to the highlight reels of the NBA.

Universo also had huge contributions from big men Cipriano, Alirio and Luis Fernando at both ends. Coach vidal`s team plays an uptempo game, with solid defense and great transition-shooting game, but the problem is when Universo is off: they have some trouble playing the inside game and also suffer from the 3rd quarter slump, which is quite dangerous at this stage. In the playoffs, the intensity level and adrenaline go up, and the crowd has huge participation in a team`s success or defeat. That`s where the team commanded by Flavio Davis, brilliant PG Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72, agency: Interperformances) and SF Thomas want to capitalize tonight, playing at home and trying to stop Universo, a team headed at full throttle to the crown.



Uberlandia calm enough for 2-0 -by Eurobasket News
Franca - Uberlandia 97:99 (OT)

Uberlandia showed a great deal of confidence and calmness as they spur ahed in the semifinal series against Franca. The story of the second game merely repeated the first game. The only difference was that both teams needed overtime to decide on the outcome. Franca welcomed the visitors with 28:20 opening frame and seemed to be on the right track this time. But Uberlandia were consistant and first cut the lead to 8 points at halftime. They pushed ahead in the final ten minutes overwhelming the home side 24:17 to send the game into overtime. Valtinho and Helio secured a 10:8 overtime and celebrated a tough overall win. Uberlandia made a huge step towards the CBB Finals as they are now 2-0 ahead and host Franca on June 17. Valtinho led Uberlandia with 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Carolina Alfredo (-81) chipped in 17 points, while Helio added 16 points for the winners. Murilo's 25 points and 7 boards were not enough for the home side as they used just 6 players in action. Rogerio provided 19 points.
Uberlandia were more accurate from the three point line hitting 46% comparing to 20% from Franca.
The teams now travel to Uberlandia for a possible decider on June 17. Another semifinal pair will clash in Horizonte on June 15. Universo leads there 2-0 and will be looking to complete the series.

Franca: Murilo 25 points, Rogerio 19, Cassiano Matheus (208-C-82, college: Utah St.) 15
Uberlandia: Valtinho 18+10 assists, Carolina Alfredo 17, Helio 16, Brasilia 15.


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BULGARIA

Lukoil Academic confirmed ULEB Cup participation -by Valentin Anguelov
The board of Lukoil Academic confirmed the team's participation in ULEB Cup next season. All the documents for the pre-registration have been sent. This will be the fifth participation in the second strongest and most prestigious basketball tournament in Europe.
Lukoil Academic reached the 1/8 final stage in the first three occasions but last year went out in the group stage. Some of the most famous teams that were defeated are Real Madrid, Dynamo Moscow, Red Star, Aris and Cantu.
The draw for the competition will be between June 28th and July 1st in Italian city of Jesolo but first the new format of the tournament must be discussed. It's expected that the number of the teams will be increased due to the bigger interess and that caused some problems between ULEB and FIBA.


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CANADA

Steve Nash Honoured for outstanding community service -by Garo Salibian
Phoenix Suns Canadian guard Steve Nash is the 2007 recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award, presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). Named after the former NBA commissioner, the award recognizes an NBA player or coach for outstanding community service and commitment to serve and give of his time outside the arena.
Nash has helped many children through the "Steve Nash Foundation", formed in 2001 with the goal of assisting underserved kids in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life.
The foundation's focus areas of Phoenix and Nash's home in British Columbia have been expanded to other countries including equipping a neonatal intensive care ward — including incubators that were in dire need — in Paraguay.Nash is the second Suns player to win the Kennedy award, joining Kevin Johnson in 1991.

Steve Nash Foundation website: http://www.stevenash.org/


Tryouts for Senior and Development Men's National Teams -by Garo Salibian

Canada Basketball has announced the rosters for the Senior and Development Men's National Team tryouts taking place this weekend. The tryouts will be held at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario from Friday, June 15 to Monday, June 18. Senior Men's National Team Head Coach, Leo Rautins will be there to pick the line-up.The list includes 32 athletes in total, with 19 players having prior National Team experience. Other athletes with current professional commitments will be joining the team later in the summer.

The Senior Men's first competition will take place at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 25 to July 29. They will then play an exhibition tournament in Argentina (Super 4 Tournament) and an exhibition tournament in Puerto Rico (Tuto Marchand Cup). Their final competition will be in Las Vegas, USA at the FIBA Olympic Qualification Tournament from August 22 to September 2.

The Development Men will train July 28-31 at Simon Fraser University, then attending the Universiade (FISU Games) taking place from August 7 to August 18 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Name / Position / Height / Last school or club / Year of birth / Hometown

Jermaine Anderson Guard 6'2" Polpak (Poland) 1983 Markham, ON
Casey Archibald Guard 6'3" University of British Columbia (CIS) 1984 Blind Bay, BC
David Arsenault Guard 6'1" Grinnell College (NCAA) 1986 Grinnell, Iowa (USA)
Romauld Augustin Forward 6'7" Indiana (CBA) 1979 Montreal, QC
Ross Bekkering Forward 6'8" University of Calgary (CIS) 1987 Taber, Alberta
Ryan Bell Guard 6'4" Carleton University (CIS) 1984 Ottawa, ON
Tristan Blackwood Guard 6'0" Central Connecticut State University (NCAA) 1985 Toronto, ON
Jermaine Bucknor Forward 6'7" Polpak (Poland) 1983 Edmonton, AB
Theo Davis Forward 6'9" Gonzaga University (NCAA) 1986 Mississauaga, ON
Sean Denison Centre 6'10" Santa Clara University (NCAA) 1985 Nelson, BC
Jacob Doerksen Forward 6'6" University of Victoria (CIS) 1987 Vancouver, BC
Aaron Doornekamp Forward 6'7" Carleton University (CIS) 1985 Odessa, ON
Olu Famutimi Forward 6'6" Arkansas (NBDL) 1984 Toronto, ON
Willie Galick Forward 6'8" Pepperdine University (NCAA) 1987 Nanaimo, BC
Gary Gallimore Guard 6'3" St. Francis Xavier (CIS) 1984 Ottawa, ON
Josh Gibson-Bascombe Guard 6'4" Ottawa University (CIS) 1986 Toronto, ON
Adrien Hynes-Guery Guard 6'3" Dawson College (CCAA) 1987 Montreal, QC
Osvaldo Jeanty Guard 6'0" Carleton University (CIS) 1983 Ottawa, ON
Vlad Kuljanin Centre 6'10" University of North Carolina-Wilmington (NCAA) 1985 Toronto, ON
Neil MacDonald Centre 6'11" St. Francis Xavier (CIS) 1984 Sydney Mines, NS
Tristan Martin Guard 6'0" University of Houston (NCAA) 1982 Toronto, ON
Kevin Massiah Forward 6'5" University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (NCAA) 1982 Toronto, ON
Doug McKinney Forward 6'8" University of Prince Edward Island (CIS) 1984 Charlottetown, PEI
Jamie McNeilly Guard 6'4" University of New Orleans (NCAA) 1983 Toronto, ON
JP Morin Forward 6'8" Universite Laval (CIS) 1983 Quebec City, QC
Scott Morrison Centre 6'11" Portland State University (NCAA) 1986 Vancouver, BC
Max Paulhus-Gosselin Guard 6'6" Davidson College (NCAA) 1985 Montreal, QC
Andy Rautins Guard 6'5" Syracuse University (NCAA) 1986 Syracuse, NY (USA)
Jevohn Shepherd Guard 6'5" University of Michigan (NCAA) 1986 Toronto, ON
Sheray Thomas Forward 6'8" University of Kentucky (NCAA) 1984 Montreal, QC
Jean-Richard Volcy Forward 6'7" Northern Michigan University (NCAA) 1982 Montreal, QC
Jesse Young Forward 6'10" Joventut (Spain) 1980 Peterborough, ON

Source: Canada Basketball site: http://www.basketball.ca



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CBA

Daredevils begin busy offseason -by Eurobasket News
By Bruce Sayler, of The Montana Standard

The Continental Basketball Association season ended in late March for the first-year Butte Daredevils team. But the work continued.

Summer events and plans for next season have kept the office busy, general manager Terri O'Herron, said Wednesday.

Coming activities include a hoops mini-camp next month and participation in Deer Lodge Territorial Days and Butte Evel Knievel Days celebrations, along with an event in Anaconda that has not yet been firmed. The Butte franchise will be stationing representatives at booths in the celebrations to inform fans and potential fans about the club. The team is looking to campaign in Whitehall, too.

Head coach Pat O'Herron , husband of the team executive, is directing the Daredevils Basketball Shooting Clinic, slated for July 18-20 at the Maroon Activities Center. It is open to kids age 10 and up and is being held in the MAC because it has more baskets available than the Butte Civic Center, the See DAREDEVILS, Page B6 operational home of the Daredevils.

The clinic cost is $75 per participant with a discount price of $70 per participant for two or more children from the same family.

“Hopefully, kids will be interested,” coach O'Herron said, adding he plans to teach “techniques and drills to help them along, spacing to create shots, balance, releases — hopefully it will be something that will interest them here.” Seating arrangements, ticket costs and tip-off times for next season are being changed, too, the O'Herrons noted.

More suite seating is being added. Six-seat boxes will be sectioned off behind the bench and four-seat ones will be established along the East baseline in front of the full-service bar area. General admission tickets will be sold at $8 a game, down a buck from last year. Student and senior tickets will cost $5 apiece. Otherwise, single-game tickets will range in price from $10 to $20.

The season is to start Nov. 16, but a schedule has not yet been firmed. Home tip-offs will be at 6:15 p.m., except on Sundays, and preceded by a 5:15 happy hour. Sunday games are to start at 3:15. Terri O'Herron said a “kids' zone” time will coincide with happy hour and will be held in the Civic Center Annex at which children will be able to play games and watch videos being provided by Movie Galaxy. The business is also taking part in the Junior Daredevils kids program, Terri O'Herron said.

She added that “a lot more” sponsorship packages are being offered and that tickets for next season are being sold.

She said a list of names of charities is being compiled for next season's 50/50 contests. She said Daredevils staff members have spent much time in recent months gathering information from the public about how to do business better in Butte as an entertainment entity and pro basketball franchise.

“It's really coming together,” she said.

Club owner Joe Clark also lives in Butte and also owns CBA franchises in Great Falls and in Minot, N.D. He shut down one in Salt Lake City at midseason last year. Pat O'Herron said the Utah franchise remains inactive and for sale. The CBA added a team in Oklahoma City, Okla., for next season and may have more join in the near future, the coach said. Clark is attending meetings pertaining to CBA business.

Pat O'Herron will hold a tryout camp in southern California Aug. 3-4 and an open tryout in Butte Nov. 3-4. The CBA Draft will be held Sept. 25 and the Daredevils will set up at The Depot to participate, allowing fans to watch the proceedings. The Daredevils' veterans camp is slated for Nov. 5, followed by the exhibition games and then the season.

Details about the shooters clinic, Daredevils appearances, tickets, sponsorships, investment, 50/50 contest inclusion, etc., are available by phoning the team at 782-2859.
Courtesy of:http://www.montanastandard.com


O'Herron has a summer job -by Eurobasket News
By Bruce Sayler, of The Montana Standard

The offseason has been an on season for Butte Daredevils head coach Pat O'Herron .

He has spent the spring guiding a United States Basketball League contender well enough to be nominated for league Coach-of-the-Year honors, trying to keep sight of Daredevils players from the 2006-07 Continental Basketball Associaton season and preparing for the next campaign.

The contract situation in professional minor league basketball allows for O'Herron, now a Butte resident, to coach the USBL summer league Albany (N.Y.) Patroons, carrying the same name the New York club uses in winter CBA play. The same owner, Ben Fernandez, and general manager, Jim Coyne, run the club. Coyne, though, was recently named commissioner of the CBA.

The Patroons have won 13 of their last 15 games to trail only the Dodge City (Kan.) Legend in the league standings with only a June 25 game with the Oklahoma Storm in Enid, Okla., left on the regular-season schedule season. The Storm are coached by a man named Roy Rogers. The regular season and the postseason tournament will be done by the end of the month. Albany is 16-7, just a game off the 15-6 pace of the Legend.

“It's been good for me back there making contact with agents,” O'Herron, in Butte to visit his family and catch up on some Daredevils work, said Wednesday in his office at the Butte Civic Center. “That's where you get good players. The summer has been very beneficial for our organization — making contacts with good agents and building rapport with good players.

“And they've said they've heard good things about me. Hopefully, things will get better and better.” O'Herron pointed out that the three USBL leading teams are the ones with more CBA-experienced players. He has five on the Patroons, including Daredevils point guard Ron Ross. O'Herron said the Legend are carrying eight CBA vets, one of which is recent Daredevil John Millsap, and the third-place Gary (Ind.) Steelheads have 11. Daredevil leaper Anthony Richardson is playing a starring role with the Kansas Cagerz, based in See O'HERRON, Page B6 Salina, Kan. O'Herron said David Bell, Butte's main 3-point artist last winter, began the spring league with the Legend, but has since left the club, “for personal reasons.” Other teams in the league are the Brooklyn Kings, and Delaware/Long Island Primetime.

“There's definitely a lot of talent floating around the USBL,” O'Herron said. “And I'm proud of the fact we've made only four (roster) changes in the year. We're not as talented as some teams, but we play very well as a team and that's helped us win a lot close games down the stretch.” Ross is a finalist for USBL Most Valuable Player, O'Herron said, and also for Defensive Player of the Year. Final voting is taking place. Richardson is also an MVP nominee, the coach said.

Statistically, Richardson leads USBL scorers with a 19.4 points-per-game average, ranks fifth in steals with 1.6 a game and fifth in blocks with 1.5. His 35 points in one game ranks second only to 37 registered by Ross for single-game high this season. Ross is fourth in the USBL in scoring with 17.2 points a game, leads in steals with 2.6, is sixth in assists with 4.2 and seventh in free throw percentage at 88 percent.

Ross' six steals in one game is a league high.

Bell's six 3-point baskets in a game also tops the USBL and he stood fourth in 3-point shooting percentage with a 47.5 success ratio.

Popular Daredevil center Nick VanderLaan is playing summer ball in Spain, O'Herron said. VanderLaan took a turn with the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Development League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, after the CBA season ended. The coach added that VanderLaan, Richardson and Ross are all drawing attention from Natinal Basketball Association scouts. The three might win spots on NBA Summer League rosters later this offseason, he said.

“I am happy for my players contributing to their teams,” O'Herron said. “Their coaches seem to like them. They say they're very professional, are good guys and work hard.

“Nick's happy and doing well.” O'Herron said that as far as he knows the other members of the first Daredevils team are home with their families. Odell Bradley, the coach said, has his own landscaping business that he is operating this summer.

Whether any will be back with the Daredevils for the coming season is yet to be seen. O'Herron said it won't be until September or October that he will have an idea about possible returnees.

He said he became the Albany coach just three days before the start of the USBL season.

“I was in Virginia scouting,” he said, “when I got the call.” USBL awards finalists follow: Most Valuable Player — Ronald Ross, Albany Patroons; Anthony Richardson, Kansas Cagerz; and Chris Sockwell, Dodge City Legend.

Defensive Player of the Year — Jamar Howard (6'5''-F-83, college: Wichita St.), Dodge City Legend; Deng Gai, Albany Patroons; and Ronald Ross, Albany Patroons.

Coach of the Year — Dale Osbourne , Dodge City Legend; Patrick O'Herron, Albany Patroons; and Cliff Levingston, Gary Steelheads.

Sixth Man of the Year — Kareem Reid (5'10''-G-75, agency: Baseline Sports, college: Arkansas), Albany Patroons; Elvin Mims, Dodge City Legend; and Brendan Plavich, Kansas Cagerz.
Courtesy of:http://www.montanastandard.com


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CHILE

NT Senior Roster -by Daniel Valencia
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The argentinian coach, Daniel Allende gave the list of 15 players that will be part of the chilean National Team in the upcoming Super 4.

Marcelo Hernandez (188-G-79) of Provincial Osorno

Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71) of Liceo Mixto Los Andes

Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of Provincial Osorno

Leonel Mendez (184-G-75) of Provincial Llanquihue
Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) of Universidad de Concepcion

Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81) of Liceo Mixto Los Andes
Lino Saez (195-F-77) of Liceo Mixto Los Andes
Francisco Avello (190-F-83) of Puente Alto C.D.

Carlos Troll (202-F-79) of Provincial Llanquihue

Christian Diaz (199-F-82) of Universidad Catolica Santiago

Emilio Paris (196-F/C-74) of Provincial Osorno

Pablo Coro (197-F/C-69) of Provincial Osorno

Patricio Briones (213-C-72) of Universidad de Concepcion

Claus Prutzmann (204-C-79) of Deportivo Valdivia

Jorge Valencia (206-C-77) of Universidad de Concepcion


The teams invited for the tournament are Argentina, Uruguay, Panama and Chile as the host. The Super 4 will be played between June 29 and July 1.



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CHINA

Players' Info. -by Robert Wang
Guang dong SF Zhu Fang Yu has returned China and train with all other Chinese national team players. He is on the way back well. But another forward Du Feng has been in bad sitution and can't practise. He will missed the most tournament later this month agianst other 3 coutries team. Neither to Yao ming. So, only Wang Zhi Zhi leads China national team to play in the next tournment at the end of this month in guang dong area. China national team has arrived guang dong yesterday for the tournament.

China Loses to Italy B Team in Four-Nation Tourney -by Arthur Volbert
China lost to Italy's B team today 74-69 in the four-nation tournament in Guangdong. Australia B defeated Croatia B 80-56 in the other game.

China fell behind 24-9 in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game trying to catch up. Italy led 39-25 at the half and 56-46 after three quarters.

Playing without Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian and Sun Yue, China was listless at the start and fell behind quickly. But it chipped away at Italy's lead the rest of the game. These games are practice, so you cannot read too much into China's horrible first-quarter performance. China actually outscored Italy 60-50 the rest of the game. But you can't read too much into that either.

Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) led China with 30 points on 7 for 11 two-pointers and 2 of 3 three-pointers. Wang Shipeng scored 20 points, hitting 6 of 7 two-point shots but only 1 of 8 three-pointers. Li Nan scored 10 points and Mo Ke scored 4. Giuliano Maresca scored 21 for Italy and Tomas Ress scored 19.

CHINA-ITALY 69-74 (9-24, 25-39, 46-56)
Italy: Carra (0/3), Ress 19 (6/10, 2/4), Zacchetti (0/3), Poeta (0/1), Maresca 21 (3/5, 4/6), Cavaliero 10 (2/3, 0/4), Vitali 4 (1/2, 0/1), Barlera 0 (0/2), Fantoni 13 (3/7, 1/3), Rosselli, Infante (0/1, 0/0), Antonutti 7 (3/3, 0/2). Allenatore Carlo Recalcati.

China: Liu Wei 2 (1/4, 0/2), Wang Shipeng 20 (6/7, 1/8), Li Nan 10 (2/4, 2/2), Mo Ke 4 (2/2, 0/4), Wang ZhiZhi 30 (7/11, 2/3), Wang Zhongguang (0/0,0/1), Chen Jianghua 0, Liu Xiaoyu 0, Wang Lei 2 (1/2, 0/0), Li Xiaoxu 1 (0/1), Zhou Peng 0, Zhang Songtao 0.

Spectators: 2500
Two Pointers: Italy 18/37, China 19/31; Three-pointers Italy 7/25, China 5/20; Free Throws Italy 17/19, China 16/21; Rebounds: Italy 25 (Fantoni and Ress 5), China 25 (Wang Zhizhi 10), Assists: Italy 7, China 5


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COLOMBIA

Colombian lost in the opener of the Southamerican Championship -by Victor Garcia
Colombia lost in the opener against Agentina 36 - 87, the young Colombian players show the lack of experience and were very nervous , Argentina put pressure over the ball using double teams and traps to force many tournovers from Colombia, and also in the boars took advantage and got the rebounds to run in the fastbreak.

For the National team the guard Nicolas Leon (5`11" G), had the best performance, but Gilo Hawkins and Juan Armario were the best scorers of the team with 9 and 7 points each.

Argentina 87 - Matias Nocedal 20 points, Ezequiel Manznares 18 points
Colombia 32 - Gilo Hawkins 9 points, Juan Armario 7 points.

Colombia will face Venezuela tonight in the main game of the day.


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CYPRUS

AEK are Champions of Division B'! -by Erodotos Miltiadous
AEK has returned to the first division! The Larnaka team beat Philips College 82-53 in Game 3 of the Division B' finals and finished the play-offs with a 3-0 sweep. Michalis Michael's team finished this season's campaign with no losses, both in the league and second division cup!

Game 3 was an easy matter for AEK, especially after breaking Philips home court in game 2. Kouzapas with 18 points was the top scorer while Sellas, Fantousis and Michael played well for the winners.

After the game it was time for the trophy presentation. Mr. Kostas Hatzikakou of OPAP Cyprus presented the Division B' trophy to the captain Nikos Michael (192-F/G-76).

Periods: 24-22, 43-36, 61-45, 82-53
AEK Larnaka (Michalis Michael): Sellas 16 (3), Fantousis 15 (2), Lefkaritis, Kouzapas 18 (1), Michael 13, Stylianou 7, Vokic 7, Efstathiou 3, Georgiou 3 (1), Teoulidis.
Philips College (Giorgos Papadopoulos): Panteli 5 (1), Viena 13, Greka 2, Prokopiou 19 (5), Pittakis 3, Hatzistathis, Konstantinou, Siakallis 3 (1), Lampidis 2, Papanikolaou 6, Kakas
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EUROLEAGUE

Euroleague Basketball announces first Marketing Awards finalists: Panathinaikos among them -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Euroleague Basketball proudly announced yesterday the finalists for the first edition of the "Devotion Marketing Awards", which are CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos and Unicaja.
The Devotion Marketing Awards - Gold Devotion, Silver Devotion and Bronze Devotion - have been introduced this year as a platform in order to recognise the great and improving efforts that Euroleague Basketball teams are making in such an important area, as well as to foster opportunities for each of them to share its knowledge and initiatives with all the other participating teams. By this innovative initiative, Euroleague Basketball rewards the teams which have made extra big efforts throughout the season to promote the sport and communicate Euroleague excitement to the world basketball community.
"Basketball in Europe is growing fast every year and the number of devoted fans is increasing day by day, making the task of the marketing teams even more important, to keep this positive evolution and even to strengthen it," Pedro Galvan, Euroleague Basketball Marketing Director, said. "We realized the good work that teams have been doing over several years and the improvements they have made in marketing aspects such as club brand building, interaction with fans and cross-selling strategies. We considered that all those efforts should be recognised every year. This initiative has been a big success during its first edition," Galvan added. "The participation of Euroleague Basketball teams has been very positive in terms of quantity and quality, with all proposals having been based on four key aspects of marketing strategy: spectators, distribution, product/experience and brand."
"The second objective of these Devotion Marketing Awards is to lead basketball marketing initiatives in Europe, moving the knowledge and the information through all European clubs, since all of us are on the same team and we have just one objective: to make basketball grow in Europe," Galvan said.
The Devotion Marketing Awards will be given during the Euroleague Basketball Draw, during the weekend of the ULEB Summer League, at Jesolo, Italy.


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GABON

Jores Dongo to South Carolina-Aiken -by Kristian Santiago

Talented national team center Irmel Jores Dongo (203-F) who lastly played for Mercer County Community College in the USA transferred to
a four-year school in Aiken,South Carolina.
USC-Aiken coach Chris Kreider told us recently ,that he is exitcited to have him joining the program.

With Dongo ,who stands 6-8 tall and big man Abdul Herrera (211-C-85, college: Cincinnati) in the paint, the team is looking good after recording a disappointing 9-22 06-07 season.



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GERMANY

Regionalliga-News -by Moritz Korff
Steve Krajewski (205-C-81) will leave SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) and move to Pro B-Newcomer RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf. Krajewski averaged 17.6 ppg for Bernau as the second best scorer of the past season. The number one in this category, Sebastian Trzcionka (197-F-79), decided to stay with the team of Coach Torsten Schierenbeck. The same did Konstantin Mau (192-G-78), Felix Grohmann (185-G-77), Marcel Karge (186-G-82), Mario Kurze (182-G-76), Goran Jurenec (190-G-79) and Alexander Stolpe (190-F-78).

SVD 49 Dortmund that had to go down to Regionalliga West after one season in 2. Bundesliga-basketball announced that big man Daniel Freienstein (205-C-78) gave his word for the next season, while Christof Gierse (208-C-79) will finish his career after a serious of injuries during the 2006-2007 campaign.


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GREECE

News -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Eurobasket.com has written days before about Maroussi's interest for Jason Parker (188-G-81, college: Tulsa), an interest which became a reality, since the player signed with Darko Russo 's team for the next season.
At Panellinios, Dimitris Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85) signed a two-year contact. However, his previous team, Olimpiada Patras didn't lose time and, after signing with Giannis Christopoulos for coaching, wants to replace both Dimitris Kalaitzidis and Costas Harisis (211-F/C-79, college: USC) (who left for Sporting). Thus, Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78), Nikos Chatzis (196-G-76), Markos Kolokas (203-F-77), Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83), Nikos Barlos (202-F-79), Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) and Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) are between the players that Giannis Christopoulos would like to add in the team's roster, combining both experience and abilities.
At PAOK, they still try to find their new coach, since Vangelis Alexandris left for Kolossos. Soulis Markopoulos , Nikos Stavropoulos , Gasper Okorn are among the names the names that have been heard for the place, although the stronger one seems to be Kostas Flevarakis , who has worked for PAOK many years ago.
Finally, Giannis Georgalis (198-F-83) rejected the offer of Panellinios for the next season and is rumoured to have sided Panionios. However, Kolossos is strongly interested in him as well, apart from Nikos Papanikolopoulos (193-G-79) (we have previously written about him).


Euroleague Basketball announces first Marketing Awards finalists: Panathinaikos among them -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Euroleague Basketball proudly announced yesterday the finalists for the first edition of the "Devotion Marketing Awards", which are CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos and Unicaja.
The Devotion Marketing Awards - Gold Devotion, Silver Devotion and Bronze Devotion - have been introduced this year as a platform in order to recognise the great and improving efforts that Euroleague Basketball teams are making in such an important area, as well as to foster opportunities for each of them to share its knowledge and initiatives with all the other participating teams. By this innovative initiative, Euroleague Basketball rewards the teams which have made extra big efforts throughout the season to promote the sport and communicate Euroleague excitement to the world basketball community.
"Basketball in Europe is growing fast every year and the number of devoted fans is increasing day by day, making the task of the marketing teams even more important, to keep this positive evolution and even to strengthen it," Pedro Galvan, Euroleague Basketball Marketing Director, said. "We realized the good work that teams have been doing over several years and the improvements they have made in marketing aspects such as club brand building, interaction with fans and cross-selling strategies. We considered that all those efforts should be recognised every year. This initiative has been a big success during its first edition," Galvan added. "The participation of Euroleague Basketball teams has been very positive in terms of quantity and quality, with all proposals having been based on four key aspects of marketing strategy: spectators, distribution, product/experience and brand."
"The second objective of these Devotion Marketing Awards is to lead basketball marketing initiatives in Europe, moving the knowledge and the information through all European clubs, since all of us are on the same team and we have just one objective: to make basketball grow in Europe," Galvan said.
The Devotion Marketing Awards will be given during the Euroleague Basketball Draw, during the weekend of the ULEB Summer League, at Jesolo, Italy.


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HOLLAND

Sponsor Upstairs extends contract with BS Weert -by Fred Roggen
The company Upstairs staircase modernisation has broken up the sponsorcontract with Upstairs Weert and extended up to and including the season 2010-2011. Also the budget is raised and the team can deserve a bonus with a place at the first four coming season.

Upstairs/BSW attracted also two new Americanplayers: center Anthony Price (203-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa) of Tulsa University and pointguard Derek Coleman (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) of Robert Morris University.


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INDIA

Junior Nationals day 1 -by Yudhistir Krishna
Defending champions Uttar Pradesh boys recorded contrasting victories in the second round of the junior National basketball championships at the District Sports Authority courts, Ananthapur(A.P) on Wednesday.

U.P. was stretched by Punjab 63-59, while Chhattisgarh posted a facile 79-54 win over Maharashtra.

Till half-time, however, Maharashtra wasn't too far behind against the favourites. Its opportunistic forward-line made frequent inroads into the rival's restricted area. Where Chhattisgarh showed its class was in the swift counter-attacks.

However, the holder's scoring percentage register a steeped climb from the third quarter onwards against a tiring Maharashtra defence.

The results:
Group A: U.P. 63 (Shadab Khan 16, Visesh 16, Arjun Singh 11) bt Punjab 59 (Lakhbir 15, Syed S.A. 10, Harminder 14);
U.P. 85 (Visesh 32, Geetam 18, Arjun 18) bt Rajasthan 72 (Hirendra 19, Geo Verghese 18, Govind 11, Lokesh 10).
Group B: Delhi 88 (Amit G. 14, Sunil 24, Vinay 11, Shiv 25) bt T.N. 67 (Akilan 17, Guru Prasad 15);
Chhattisgarh 70 (Kiranpal 18, Santosh 17, Pratham 10) bt Haryana 34 (Jatin 10).
Group C: Karnataka 38 bt J & K 7.
Group E: Gujarat 62 (Rikin 29, Nishat 17) bt Jharkhand 44 (Md. Arif 18);
Bengal 47 (Nagendra 12, Rajeev 11) bt Puducherry 3.
Group F: A.P. 89 (Murali 36, Naveen 20, Varun 10) bt Uttaranchal 31;
Maharashtra 64 (F. Sheik 13, Sameer 10) bt Tripura 9;
Maharashtra 90 (Kaustabh 29, Sidhant 22, F. Sheik 13, Sameer 11) bt A.P. 69 (Naveen 21, Varun13).


Bucan to arrive in India -by Yudhistir Krishna
Aleksandar Bucan will coach the Indian junior and senior teams while on deputation from FIBA, basketball's international governing body. He was expected to arrive in New Delhi late on Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday.

His first stop will be in Anantapur, where the junior National basketball championships are now under way. "He will at first coach the Indian boys' and girls' under-18 teams in preparation for the junior Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) championships to be held next year," P.J. Sunny, Chairman, Selection Committee, Basketball Federation of India (BFI) told The Hindu.

Credentials

As a player, Bucan turned out for Partizan, Radivoj Korac and Zemun basketball clubs in his native Belgrade. For almost a decade from 1993, he coached the Partizan squad as an assistant. His wards won medals in all categories in various events in Serbia and Montenegro and later made their way into national teams.

The club's senior squad made the final four Euro league in 1998 at Barcelona, by then Bucan becoming the Assistant Head Coach. Towards the end of his tenure, Partizan's youth team reached the first division of the Serbian league. As the Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia's Head Coach, the national team struck gold in the European Cadet championships in 2001.

When he was Assistant Coach of the Serbia and Montenegro senior side, the team won the Serbian Cup in 2004. Bucan also served in varied capacities with Napredak-Krusevac, Swisslion Takovo-Vrsac, Radnieki Zastava-Kragujevac and Pancevo basketball clubs.

FIBA Commissioner Norman Isaac said that Bucan's services were likely to be utilised for the senior teams as well.


Bucanan to Coach India -by Yudhistir Krishna


US Coach courts Indian Basketball at Pune -by Anil Kumar
The response was heartening as US-based basketball coach JD Walsh began the first session of his four-day camp here at the Fergusson College court at Pune on Thursday morning.
“I am overwhelmed by the turnout and the eagerness of the players is inspiring. Especially the players who have travelled from far off for the camp,” said Walsh at a press conference later in the day.
Walsh, who runs the JD Walsh Basketball School, will use his expertise to train coaches and players who have come from across Maharashtra.
“We will have three sessions every day. The first session will be with the players providing them with high level training, individual skills and mass training.
The next session will be with the coaches where they will be taught the drills, offensive and defensive skills and strategies to be adopted based on match situations, and the last session again with the children exposing them to game simulation exercises and court spacing techniques.”
The school has been working with foreign governments, NGOs and non-profits organisations to educate youth through sports activity.
Through JDWBBS training methods, children world-wide have become connected and are achieving tremendous results.
“I have coached in Europe and China and we have got a tremendous feedback. The basic idea here is to connect people through sport” Walsh said.
“In India too, I see that people are excited about the game and perfect planning can develop basketball in this country.
“I am here to study the kind of opportunities that will make the game popular in India,” the 34-year-old said.
Walsh said that more awareness of the game will help the game gain a boost in this country.
“We need to conduct more and more skills camp that would attract people.”
Nandu Mehta, treasurer of Maharashtra State Basketball Association said they were planning to organise such an event for the past two years.
“The initiative of the young players of Deccan Gymkhana Club finally succeeded when they managed to contact JD for this camp. Earlier, we had planned it only for the Club players but later with the permission from MSBA we organised a full-fledged camp.”
“We were expecting only around 50 players for the camp but have received close to 100 players and 35 coaches from 33 districts,” Mehta said.
The campers are being provided with free accommodation and food.
“We are really thankful to Walsh as he agreed to train us free of cost.
Amidst his hectic schedule, he managed to find time for us and this is indeed a privilege for the players,” said Apporav Sontakke, one of the organisers.
The American will next head to Kashmir where he in collaboration with CHINAR (Child, Nurture and Relief), a nonprofit organisation.
The objective — working for the psycho-social rehabilitation of orphans and victims in conflict areas, will conduct a workshop from June 26-27.
In the long run, both are planning a three-year programme — Hoops for Health in war-torn areas.
During the workshop, Walsh will be joined by Asian All Star and former Indian basketball captain Jayasankar Menon from Chennai.
In between, Walsh also has plans to meet the Basketball Federation of India officials en route to Kashmir.

Courtesy - Jai Prasad V.Rai of TNN


Geethu's stock shoots up -by Santhosh Kumar
Geethu Anna Jose's stock has risen drastically. The 22-year-old Kerala girl from a humble background has captured the imagination of basketball buffs in a short span of time. Geethu hasn't looked back ever since she took up the game six years ago. Geethu's tally of 197 points in six matches in the recently concluded Fiba Asia championship in Incheon, South Korea, took India to the top echelons of the game. The unassuming girl helped India reclaim elite status after a gap of 17 years.
In the crucial promotion play-off match, Geethu did the bulk of the scoring with 47 points as India beat Malaysia to book their place in next year's Level I category of the ABC. India also moved up 11 places to be ranked 39 in the latest Fiba rankings.
Crediting India's coach, Sat Prakash, for the team's unbeaten run in the championship, Geethu says the achievement is a milestone for the country. “I was jittery ahead of the crucial match. I was, however, able to overcome my nerves with the help of my coach and teammates.
“Our coach instructed all the players to pass the ball to me and the strategy paid off handsomely,” says Geethu, who emerged on top of the rebounds list.
She adds that India's performance at the ABC was a reward for the hard work put in at the month-long preparation camp in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. At the national level she has few equals. Geethu played a key role in Tamil Nadu's title triumph in the Guwahati National Games earlier this year. Offers have been pouring in for Geethu from all parts of the world after her spectacular Incheon show. She has been invited to play in the Basketball Association of Chile's pro league.
International referee V. Rajan, who was in South Korea, says Geethu was the centre of attraction throughout the event. “Her aggressive style of play caught the eye. During the official dinner, a Russian referee asked me whether Geethu would be willing to play in Russian professional league,” he adds.
No one knows the benefit of playing in a pro league better than Geethu. The Southern Railway player, who became the first Indian to figure in Australia's Big V league, says the standard of the game in India will surely improve if a professional league is established. “I have improved a lot after my stint with Ringwood Hawks, a second division team down under. I also won a Player of the Month award (August 2006) besides becoming the first player from Division II to make it to the All Stars team. I've been asked to play for one more season in Australia and I'm going there so as not to miss being part of a well-organised league,” Geethu says.
Playing in the WNBA is her ultimate dream, but doing well for India is equally important for Geethu. “There are many talented girls in this country. But not all of them are lucky enough to get the kind of exposure I have got. I will be happy if I'm able to use my pro league experience for the betterment of our national team. Playing for India is really special.”


Junior Nationals day 2 -by Yudhistir Krishna
Punjab boys overcame Rajasthan 86-71 in Group `A' of the junior National basketball championships at the District Sports Authority courts, Ananthapur on Thursday. At half-time, the winner led 44-35.

The day's highest individual tally came from Punjab's Lovedeep, whose whopping 33 points had five three-pointers.

The results:

A: U.P. 91 (Sukhindra 22, Visesh 16, Arjun 10, Kuldeep10) bt MP 37 (Brij Mohan 20); Punjab 86 (Lovedeep 33, Lakhbir 19, K. Lamy 14) bt Rajasthan 71 (Govind 19, Geo Verghese 13, Kamran 12).

B: Delhi 73 (Shiv 17, Sunil 16, Bilal Ahmed 14) bt Haryana 52 (Jatin 27); Chhattisgarh 82 (Pratham 32, Kiran Pal 13, Santosh 12) bt TN 49 (Prahnihilesh 25).

C: Chandigarh 66 (Amanjot 25, Birkaran 19) bt Karnataka 61 (Minhal 14).

D: Kerala 56 (Jijo 14) bt HP 17.

Wednesday's results:

Boys: D: Kerala 63 (Umesh 17, Jijo 15, A. Xavier 14) bt Orissa 58 (Prasant K. 27, Arshad Khan 19).

F: Uttaranchal 69 (A. Srinath 16, Sachin 14) bt Tripura 46 (Prasantjit 21, Nilandhi Dey 13).


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IRELAND

NBA Star Burke Set to Miss Crucial Irish European Qualifiers / Sligo need Coach -by Patrick Maher
SLIGO ALL-STARS REQUIRE NEW COACH

Sligo All-Stars Basketball Club is seeking applicants for the position of Head Men's Basketball Coach 2007-2008 season. Sligo All-Stars compete in the Basketball Ireland senior Men's Division One.

Qualified candidates must have a firm commitment to the club and all its internal structures. The candidate must also display a substantial background in the sport of basketball, and basketball coaching experience, preferably at Senior level.

The candidate will be expected to coach our boys Basketball teams & drive our underage boys section for the 2007-2008 season. The successful candidate will be expected to work within the budget outlined by the club, assist with team fundraising, and will answer directly to the Director of Basketball operations & Chairman of the club.

Potential teaching responsibilities may be offered with the position therefore someone with an Education Background would hold a distinct advantage in acquiring this position.

Full Clean Driving Licence also required.

Seasonal Basketball and Summer camp opportunities are also available.

Submit letter of application, CV, Teaching Qualifications and three (3) letters of reference to: sligoallstars@hotmail.com

Closing date for Applications is July 31st, 2007.

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NBA Star Burke Set to Miss Crucial Irish European Qualifiers

NBA Star Pat Burke will be unable to line out for the Irish Senior Men for their crucial FIBA European Championship Qualifiers due to family commitments.

The Phoenix Suns Centre has just completed a grueling NBA season and was forced to spend the last four months separated from his family as they traveled back to their native Orlando to look after a seriously ill relative.

Burke was all set to return to the Irish Senior International fold for the important games against Switzerland at the National Basketball Arena on August 25th before jetting off for games in Romania and Norway in September.

However, by joining up with his Irish teammates, Pat would then be apart from his Family for an even longer period and at a time of concern for a close relative.

The 33 year old Dublin native was the first Irish born player to play in the NBA when he signed for Orlando Magic in 1997.

Pat and his Family are uppermost in our thoughts and Basketball Ireland wishes them all the best and a speedy recovery.

Basketball Ireland Regional Camps Look to Develop the Stars of Tomorrow

The 2007 Basketball Ireland Regional Camps are due to get underway in what will be the Organisations biggest programme of Summer Camps yet.

Over 1.200 budding Basketballers will travel to camps Nationwide to learn from the best coaches and Basketball experts in Ireland.

With a further 600 also travelling to the ever-popular Dungarvan Camp (now in its 35th year) in Waterford throughout June and July, it looks like Basketball fever will grip the nation this summer.

This summer's Dungarvan Camp booked out two months ago but places are still available for the Regional Camps.

The Regional Camps will feature courses for Children from the ages of 6 to 18 and are being organised by the Basketball Ireland Regional Development Officers.

In the Eastern Region the first course of the Summer takes place in Colaiste Bride in Clondalkin and runs between the 6th and the 10th of August for Children between the ages of 10 and 17.

A second course for the Eastern Region will take place in Gorey in Co. Wexford at Gorey Community School with DART Killester SuperLeague legend Ed Randolf helping kids between 10 and 16 brush up on their Basketball skills.

In the South the action will tip off on August 20th with courses taking place in Littleisland in Cork and Mount Hawk in Tralee.

The Littleisland Camp will cater for kids between the ages of 10 and 17 and will run for five days while the Mount Hawk camp will host Children between ages 6 and 11 in the morning (9:30am - 12:30am) and 12 to 17 year olds in the afternoon from 1:30pm and 4:30pm.

Meanwhile the West of Ireland will be well catered for with a whole host of camps taking place in Carrick on Shannon, Sligo and Killygordon between August 20th and 24th with camps for both young kids and teenagers on offer.

Also in the West camps in the De La Salle in Castlebar and in the Mercy College in Tuam will take place between August 20th and 24th.

Finally the Midlands will be hive of activity during August with camps taking place in Streete (Streete Community Centre), Edenderry (St. Mary's Secondary School), Portlaoise (St. Mary's Sports Complex), Nenagh (St. Joseph's CBS), Trim (Trim Community School) and the Phoenix Centre in Carrickmacross for kids between the ages of 10 and 17. The camps also run between August 20th and 24th.

Further details on all the camps and booking arrangements can be obtained from the Basketball Ireland Website at www.basketballireland.ie/coaching or by contacting Jerome Howe at the Basketball Ireland office on 01 4590211.

Courtesy

Fran Burke

PRO and Webmaster,
Basketball Ireland,
Tymon Park,
Tallaght,
Dublin 24
Ph: 01 4590211
Fax 01 4590212
Mob: 087 9892733
email: fburke@basketballireland.ie
Pat Burke (208-C-73, college: Auburn)


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ITALY

Manu Ginobili - NBA Champion -by Interperformances
Argentinean/Italian Manu Ginobili has won his third NBA championship ring with the San Antonio Spurs.. They beat Cleveland 83-82 to take a 4 game sweep of the finals. Manu was the leading scorer of the game with27 points. He scored 13 of his points in the last quarter including 6 free throws in the last 24 seconds of the game. He has won titles with every team that he has played for in Argentina, Italy and the NBA.Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances)

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JAMAICA

Arnett shocks Slayers; Playaz gets rude awakening -by Leonard Whyte
Last season they were just another team but not so this season. Arnett Gardens Rockers scored one of their biggest victories since being promoted to the NBL last night when they shocked defending champions St. George's Slayers 70-68 in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) at the National Stadium courts. Arnett led 16-8 after the first quarter and 30-28 at the half, before extending the lead to 56-48 at the end of the third period. Slayers, known for their fourth quarter comebacks, tried to pull the same stunt but this time Arnett were ready. They repelled every Slayers challenge and held on to move to 2-0 on the season. Arnel Campbell finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners, and was assisted by Delano Mallett (16 points) and Ian Gooden (11 points and 12 rebounds). Leon Chung scored a game-high 24 points for Slayers and Rohan Robinson and Gary Cummings added 16 and 11 points respectively.

In the night's other game, Denham Town Wizards welcomed Pure Playaz to the NBL with a 108-45 drubbing behind 25 points, 19 rebounds, and nine assists from Anthony Farquharson. Wizards jumped on the newcomers early and by halftime were cruising 58-18. Dwayne Harris 22 points, and Jermaine Brown 18 points, also reached double figured for the winners, while Jeffrey Ivy and Jason Wilson led Playaz with 10 points each.


Rebels off to good start; Flames win too -by Leonard Whyte
The Pete Matthews-coached Running Rebels opened its NBL campaign last night with a 66-56 victory over Link-Up All-Stars as action continued in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) at the National Stadium courts. In another encounter, Portmore Flames edged Blazing Panthers 94-91.

Greg Warlock provided 17 points for Rebels who led wire-to-wire, and were never in danger of relinquishing the lead. He was assisted by Paran Brown with 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Elvender Norman and Omarie Green 10 points each. Leighton Meeks' game-high 30 points led Link-Up.

After an even first half, Panthers went into halftime with a 52-47 advantage but went cold in the third quarter and were outscored 29-13 to end up on the wrong side of a 76-65 score after three quarters. They mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, putting up 26 points, but in the end Flames held on for the three-point victory. Kenardo Smith led Flames with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds followed by Adrian Coote with 27 points, while Christopher Sandcroft added a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds). Linford Brown with 20 points, Kirk Ferguson 18 points, and Desmond Harriott 16 points led Panthers.


Slayers edge Knights to open new NBL season -by Leonard Whyte

Defending champions St. George's Slayers survived a scare from nemesis Urban Knights, escaping with a 55-54 victory as the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) tipped off its 2007 season last night at the National Arena to walk away with the TVJ Challenge Trophy. The league continues this evening with newcomers Majesty Gardens facing Tivoli All-Stars at 6:00 p.m. and Arnett Gardens taking on Harbour View Lakers at 7:45 p.m. at the National Stadium courts.

Down by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, Slayers came roaring back in their usual fashion to cut the lead to 52-50 before a timely three-pointer from Leon Chung put them on top 53-52 for the first time since early in the first quarter. The lead was short-lived, however, as Linton Murray's layup put Knights back in front with 0.20 seconds left. The champion's never-say-die attitude chipped in and Kali McCarthy found a wide open Rohan Robinson under the basket for the winning basket. Robinson led Slayers with 12 points while Murray had a game-high 17 points in a losing effort for Knights. Andrew Whilby added 13 points also for Knights.



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JUCO

Jores Dongo to South Carolina-Aiken -by Kristian Santiago

Talented national team center Irmel Jores Dongo (203-F) who lastly played for Mercer County Community College in the USA transferred to
a four-year school in Aiken,South Carolina.
USC-Aiken coach Chris Kreider told us recently ,that he is exitcited to have him joining the program.

With Dongo ,who stands 6-8 tall and big man Abdul Herrera (211-C-85, college: Cincinnati) in the paint, the team is looking good after recording a disappointing 9-22 06-07 season.



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MEXICO

LNBP SEEKING PLAYERS, COMING TO SAN DIEGO -by Justin Brink
Registration continues for the LNBP Showcase to be held this August 8th and 9th in San Diego. This is an OPEN tryout which means that players with college and pro experience are strongly encouraged to attend. Whether you have representation or not, this Showcase is essential for players seeking a shot at playing in Mexico's top pro league, Mexico's top pro league. Players will showcase individual skills in the morning and play in games in the afternoon. The pace will be quick and the opportunity great for exposing your talent to an audience composed of LNBP team owners and coaches exlusively. Players can see the official Showcase announcement on the LNBP's website and at www.enfuegohoops.com. Players interested in attending the showcase, please follow these steps to register:

1. Send an email to showcase@enfuegohoops.com with:
your name, positions played, playing experience, date of birth and citizenship.
Please forward complete profile if available and include phone contact information.

2. Print and sign the player release form at EnFuegoHoops, bring this with you to the Showcase or scan it and send it back to showcase@enfuegohoops.com.

3. Pay the $150 registration fee.
There are 3 convenient ways to finalize payment and secure your spot at the showcase.
Credit Card: Call EnFuegoHoops M-F 12pm-8pm EST at 954-682-8920
PayPal: Payers with a PayPal account can simply send registration payment to: showcase@enfuegohoops.com.
Money order: Registration fees can be sent via mail to the address listed on the Showcase flyer found here.

Space is limited so do not delay registration! Keep stay in shape and contact EnFuegoHoops with any questions at showcase@enfuegohoops.com.


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NAIA

The University of Oklahoma City adds a new Big Man -by Shareef Ditgens
In order to defend its national championship next year OCU also added 6'7 forward Ollie Bailey who played for Rutgers last season.
Bailey, a Chicago native, averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds for Rutgers last year. Before his time at Rutgers Bailey played at Farragut High School and was a member of the Big East all-rookie team as a freshman.
Also, OCU announced the addition of guard Alvin Lewis, guard/forward Richard Worthy and the two forwards D'Mond Grismore and Na'Vonta Kentle.


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NBA

Rockets, Wolves Swapped Veterans -by Paolo Comitti
The Minnesota Timberwolves has acquired forward Juwan Howard (6'9''-F-73, college: Michigan) (6'9''-F-73, college: Michigan) from the Houston Rockets for guard Mike James and forward Justin Reed (6'8''-F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Mississippi).

Howard averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in just over 26 minutes a game for the Rockets last season, but those numbers jumped to 13.6 points and 6.5 boards when he was inserted in the starting lineup for the 32 games that Yao Ming was hurt.

For his career, Juwan Howard has appeared in 951 games, averaging 16.1 points (.469 FG%, .764 FT%), 7.1 rebounds and 35.1 minutes per game. Originally drafted by Washington fifth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft from the University of Michigan, Howard has played for Washington, Dallas, Denver, Orlando and Houston. In 1995-96, Howard averaged career highs of 22.1 ppg (10th-best in the NBA) and 4.4 apg along with 8.1 rpg, earning him an appearance in the 1996 NBA All-Star Game and All-NBA Third Team honors. He has 188 double-doubles in his career.

James, signed as a free agent by the Wolves on July 13, 2006, averaged 10.1 points (.422 FG%, .372 3FG%), 3.6 assists and 25.2 minutes per game in his lone season with the Wolves in 2006-07. The 6-2 guard has averaged 11.5 ppg, 4.0 apg and 26.6 mpg in 409 games.

Originally acquired in a trade from Boston on Jan. 26, 2006, Reed averaged 4.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 12.6 mpg in 81 games (9 starts) over the past two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07) with the Wolves. The three-year veteran has posted averages of 3.5 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 10.6 mpg in 136 career games.


Ginobili shows greatness -by Michael Moten
It must boost your confidence when your head coach calls you the best competitor he has ever seen, with an incredible will to win. Those where the words of Gregg Popovich in describing the play of Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) as the world was a “witness” of that competitive fire in a excellent NBA Finals game four by the Argentinean shooting guard.
In game four against the Cavaliers, Manu would come off the bench to score 27 points and grab 5 rebounds. However, what does not show up in the stat book is the leadership he displayed down the stretch with Cleveland closing the gap late in the fourth quarter. He showed no fear in getting to the basket off of pick and roll situations with Tim Duncan. On the defensive end his hustle and help-side interior rotation, helped tremendously when Lebron James was attempting to take over down the stretch. Manu may have struggled in Game 3 with only 3 points but in that contest he only took 7 shots. With Tim Duncan playing solid and leading on both ends of the floor and Tony Parker having the series of his life, Ginobili was the third key piece that the Cavs had no answer for and could not adjust to.
Michael Finley (6'7''-G-73, college: Wisconsin) and Brent Barry (6'6''-G-71, college: Oregon St.) were also key contributors for the Spurs at the guard position, but Ginobili outshined them both. Next up for Manu is play with the national team of Argentina in the FIBA Americas cup starting in August in Las Vegas.


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NEW ZEALAND

Hawks dropped to fourth -by Eurobasket News
The defending champions LPG Easy Bay Hawks suffered a blow today as they were rallied over by the Canterbury Rams at home. The Rams overcame the Bay Hawks 89:84 and left them entering the semis at the fourth spot. The Bay Hawks will now take on the Harbour Heat in the semifinal. The visitors meanhwile grabbed their first road win of the season. They were up by 6 points at halftime 45:39. But the Hawks closed on the gap and surge ahead 79:78 with less than 3 minutes to go. However Jeremy Kench knocked down from long range and Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio) provided another two to lift the Rams to an overall victory. Mychal Green finished with game-high 29 points. Jeremy Kench nailed 20 points and Luke Ruscoe shone with 12 points, 5 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) paced home side with 24 points and 7 assists.
At the same time Waikato sealed their second spot in the ladder as they beat Taranaki 78:70. Despite a slow start of the game the Pistons gained a necessary speed at the third frame and rushed to a win. Kevin Smith scored 15 points and committed 5 steals to lead Waikato. Jason Crowe (193-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) and Mike Homik chipped in 14 points apiece for the winners. Link Abrams (198-F-73) had 20 points at the first half, but slowed down in the second ending with 23 points. Garry Hill-Thomas (195-G-82, college: Nevada-Reno) provided 21 points in a loss.

Bay Hawks - Canterbury Rams 84:89
Bay Hawks: Paora Winitana 25, Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) 14, Everard Bartlett 12, Clifton Bush 10
Canterbury: Mychal Green 29, Jeremy Kench 20, Michael Joiner (201-F-81, college: Florida St.) 12, Luke Ruscoe 12

Waikato - Taranaki 78:70
Waikato: Kevin Smith 15, Jason Crowe 14, Mike Homik 14, Ben Hill 12, Luke Martin 11
Taranaki: Link Abrams 23, Garry Hill-Thomas 21, Gabe Stephenson 11.


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NORWAY

Then we were nine -by Kaare Vangen
Kongsberg Penguins announced this week that they will withdraw from BLNO. The club has a lot of young and promising players but found out that life without money is too hard. The club needed to finance about 500.000 NOK but could not raise the money. Kongsberg has struggled financially the last seasons but this is the first time they have withdrawn from the league. The board decided it was better not to play than to take a risk and see the debt grow even bigger. Last season ended with the coach released from his contract and a robbery in the wardrobe when they played the last match of the season. On June 25 the club will make a decision whether it will fold or not. A sad exit.

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PHILIPPINES

Oi PBA! -by Jay

By May Arevalo:

Many are wondering when the PBA or ABC5 is going to air the tune up games of the RP team. Try calling the numbers that are posted on the pba.ph website and you would get people who do not know anything about tapes of the game and would make you hold for sixteen million years. I called up those numbers and they are either busy or like I said, if the word "incompetent" means anything, then thats what you would get. The PBA is well loved by the people and the Commissioner has been thanking the people for their support every time he makes those oh so elegant speeches but I think the people would rather the PBA do something about this thing called CUSTOMER SERVICE. There are no high light reels available for fans who want to reminisce the glory days of
legends such as Samboy Lim, Paul Alvarez, Johnny Abarientos, etc. There are the PBA top plays in Youtube, but seriously, where can people go to buy DVD's of those great plays?
I recently got an email from a fan who is wondering when the PBA is going to announce or at least advice the fans regarding the airing of the tune up games. During the half time break, or just sometimes, the PBA would insert news about the RP team and some clips of the game, but never tells if its ever going to be aired or if its ever going to be for sale. Clearly it was covered because they have shown clips but what happens next? They are calling out to fans to support the team, but wait a minute, how are they suppose to do that when they do not even see the team play? And where are the posters? Lastly, the website sucks. For an institution as big and as popular as the PBA, the newspaper type of website just does not give the league, its managment, and
its players justice, or does it?--MAY Fans Speak: I've been a basketball fan in my entire life and cheered (at least in television) our national team since the days of Ron Jacobs' NCC. I'm just wonderin', when we'll be able to watch those tune-up games, international league joined by our Team Pilipinas on TV? For me it doesn't really matter if they win or lose, the thing is I wanted to see how much our team has developed since they started the program. I hope our friends from the media and television would be able to let the fans see OUR national team. I am appealing to those who are concerned, " na sana, mapanood namin ang mga laro ng ating Team Pilipinas, kahit na ito ay tune-up games lang or yung mga sinalihan nila na short period league...specially now that they are in Belgrade and about to join Jones Cup also". Commissioner Noli Eala, BAP-SBP, SMC, I hope we'll be able to get sponsors to
broadcast these games, this is not just about basketball, but national pride. Sometimes, seeing these games reminds us how great it is to be a Filipino. Let the games be seen on TV...win or lose, Go Team Pilipinas! ---alexander san luis



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POLAND

Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Awards 2007 -by Eurobasket
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Kelati


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Okafor


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Player of the Year - Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82) of BOT Turow
Guard of the Year - Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Prokom
Forward of the Year - Thomas Kelati of BOT Turow
Center of the Year - Otis Hill (203-C-74) of Anwil
Newcomer of the Year - Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) of Znicz Sokolow
Most Improved Player of the Year - Iwo Kitzinger (188-G-85) of Polpharma
Bosman Player of the Year - Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) of Prokom
Import Player of the Year - Thomas Kelati of BOT Turow
Domestic Player of the Year - Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74,) of Anwil
Defensive Player of the Year - Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81) of BOT Turow
Coach of the Year - Saso Filipovski of BOT Turow

1st Team
Christian Dalmau of Prokom
Thomas Kelati of BOT Turow
Donatas Slanina of Prokom
Patrick Okafor (203-F-79) of Polpharma
Otis Hill of Anwil

2nd Team
Andres Rodriguez of BOT Turow
Andrzej Pluta of Anwil
Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74) of Anwil
Harding Nana (203-F-81) of Polpak
Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) of Prokom

Honorable Mention
Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Prokom
Rafal Bigus (214-C-76) of Kotwica
Dean Oliver (180-G-78) of Slask
Grady Reynolds (198-F-80) of Polonia
Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) of BOT Turow
Tony Akins (180-G-80) of Stal Ostrow
Greg Harrington (188-G-79) of Polpharma

All-Imports Team
Christian Dalmau of Prokom
Andres Rodriguez of BOT Turow
Thomas Kelati of BOT Turow
Patrick Okafor of Polpharma
Otis Hill of Anwil

All-Domestic Players Team
Andrzej Pluta of Anwil
Filip Dylewicz of Prokom
Rafal Bigus of Kotwica
Robert Witka (205-F-81) of BOT Turow
Radoslaw Hyzy (200-F-77) of Slask

All-Bosmans Team
Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) of Anwil
Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) of Kager
Donatas Slanina of Prokom
Goran Jagodnik of Anwil
Dragisa Drobnjak of BOT Turow

All-Defensive Team
Andres Rodriguez of BOT Turow
Nikola Otasevic of Anwil
David Logan (184-G-82) of Polpharma
Thomas Kelati of BOT Turow
Vjeko Petrovic (193-G-81) of BOT Turow
Chris Daniels (200-F-82) of Kotwica


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RUSSIA

Nikos Zisis is CSKA second newcomer -by Marina Vyalova
In accordance with officials, PBC CSKA signed three years contract with Greek guard Nikos Zisis (23 y.o., 195 cm). The player grew up with AEK Athens and before the 2005/06 season moved to Benetton Treviso.

‘We are happy we managed to make the transfer. Zisis was the target of several other European clubs - says CSKA Senior Vice President Andrei Vatutin. - We got the contract with a talented player who can be called one of the best modern European playmakers. I have no doubts that the player can become a true star in the nearest future'.


Dynamo MR last news -by Aleksandra Sanders
Stanislav Eremin is the new head coach of Dynamo MR. On 11.06.2007 the club signed 2+1 year contract with Stanislav Eremin .
Fedor Dmitriev - 19/11/1984, 205cm (Spartak Spb) - is the new player of Dynamo MR.


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S.AMER.CHAMPS U17

U17 South American Championship (Gameday 1): Venezuela ran over Peru, 101-26, favorites win -by Eurobasket

Guanare, Portuguesa.- The NT of Venezuela had no trouble to run over Peru, 101-26, in the first matchday of the U17 South American Championship for Men, which started on Thursday afternoon at Ciudad de Guanare Gymnasium of Guanare, Venezuela. Meanwhile, the title holders of Argentina defeated Colombia 87-36, Uruguay got the triumph over Ecuador 68-54 and Brazil easily won against Chile, 84-57.

VENEZUELA 87 - PERU 26

Quarter by quarter

VEN: 27-26-22-26= 101

PER: 11-8-5-2= 26

Top scorers:

VEN: Jhonny Juares (-G/F-90) 15 points, Emilio Cappare (-F-90) 14 points, Josmar Acevedo (-C-90) 14 points, Miguel Rivas (-G/F-90) 12 points, Javinger Vargas 10 points

PERU: Alex Romero 5 points, Alejandro Bellatin 5 points, Alejandro Tafur 5 points

ARGENTINA 87 - COLOMBIA 36

Quarter by quarter

ARG: 23-13-25-26= 87

COL: 9-8-8-11= 36

Top scorers:

ARG: Matias Nocedal (193-G-90) 20 points, Ezequiel Manzanares (196-G-90) 18 points, Fabian Barrios 12 points

COL: Gilo Hawkins (196-F) 9 points, Juan Almario (193-F-89) 7 points

URUGUAY 68 - ECUADOR 54

Quarter by quarter

URU: 22-13-11-22= 68

ECU: 13-16-13-12= 54

Top scorers:

URU: Matias Calfani 16 points, Miguel Barriola (191-F-90) 15 points, Nicolas Catala (193-F-91) 13 points

ECU: Carlos Malatay 21 points, Cesar Morales (196-F-77) 11 points


BRAZIL 84 - CHILE 57

Quarter by quarter

BRA: 13-25-17-29= 84

CHI: 24-16-8-9= 57

Top scorers:

BRA: Vitor Benite 19 points, Rodrigo Silva (199-F/C-78) 10 points

CHI: Pablo Coro (197-F/C-69) 17 points, Osven Ledezma (195-C-90) 10 points


STANDINGS

Group A

Venezuela 1-1-0= 2

Argentina 1-1-0= 2

Colombia 1-0-1= 1

Peru 1-0-1= 1

Group B

Brazil 1-1-0= 2

Uruguay 1-1-0= 2

Ecuador 1-0-1= 1

Chile 1-0-1= 1

Next Games (Friday 6-15)

Peru-Argentina (2.00 pm)

Ecuador-Chile (4.00 pm)

Uruguay-Brazil (6.00 pm)

Venezuela-Colombia (8.00 pm)



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SERBIA

According to results of Eurobasket poll Partizan will defend title -by Dragan Jankovski
Results of Eurobasket.com poll "Will Partizan defend the championship title?" gave big advantage to current Serbian champ. Namely 62% of 3.147 voters think that after winning the Adriatic league Partizan will celebrate another title this season. So visitors of Eurobasket.com gave small chances to Crvena Zvezda for the surprise. Pressure in the media and between eternal rivals is unbelievable these days! Since 1987 eternal rivals played five times in the play-off finals and score is 3-2 for Partizan (titles on 1992, 1993 and 2006).

Management of Partizan informed public that game tickets when they are “hosts” in hall Pionir will be for free.

Here is the schedule of play-off final seres:
Game #1, June 17th: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda (18h - TV live on RTS 2)
Game #2, June 19th: Crvena zvezda - Partizan (20h - TV live on RTS 2)
Game #3, June 22nd: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda (21h- TV live on RTS 2)

If necessary:
Game #4, June 24th: Crvena Zvezda - Partizan (21h - TV live on RTS 2)
Game #5, June 27th: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda (20h - TV live on RTS 2)

New champion of Serbia will be the team who record three wins.


Miljan Pavkovic in Hemofarm, Partizan landed Cedomir Vitkovac -by Dragan Jankovski
PG Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) who had very successful season in BC Buducnost Podgorica signed 2 years contract with Hemofarm Vrsac. Buducnost won Montenegrin championship and through Adriatic league earned a spot for ULEB Cup next season. Pavkovic played two seasons in Buducnost and was one of their key players.

Serbian champ Partizan Belgrade finally landed small forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) from Vojvodina Srbijagas. Black and white team showed big interested in Vitkovac's services also on last October when he moved from Crvena Zvezda to Vojvodina Srbijagas.

After nice performance during the Superleague Strahinja Dragicevic (202-F-86) of Mega Ishrana extended contract with the club for one more season.

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Participant of Serbian A1 league Radnicki 034 Group didn't extend contract with PF Darko Veljovic (203-F-74).

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Center Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) didn't extended contract with Spanish Estudiantes Madrid. Before Estudiantes Nikolic played for Ukrainian Kyiv, Turkish Efes Pilsen and FMP Zeleznik. Nikolic also played for Serbia and Montenegro NT on World Championship in Japan last summer.



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SPAIN

Estudiantes changes -by Robert Mayor
MMT Estudiantes announced that Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket), William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) and Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) won't continue next season in Madrid team. Club thanked players for its services and whished them good luck. Manuel de Pablos is working in the 2007/08 Estudiantes roster that will see several changes.

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TPBL

tpbl free agent tryouts to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota -by Chris Cardenas

ONLY 1 "PRO" BASKETBALL LEAGUE IN TEXAS
TPBL - THE TEXAS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE WILL BEGIN ITS 8TH YR OF PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND "THERES NO STOPPING NOW". OPEN FREE AGENT TRYOUTS WILL BE HELD IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA AND THE T.P.B.L. TEAMED UP WITH GRASS ROOTS HOOPS WANT TO WELCOME ALL BASKETBALL PLAYERS TO THIS BIG EVENT. THE TWO DAY EVENT WILL BE HELD AUGUST 18-19 AND PROMISING TO BRING OUT SOME OF THE BEST TALENT THE MIDWEST HAS TO OFFER. ATHLETES LOOKING TO FURTHER THEIR BASKETBALL CAREER AND DONT MIND MAKING THEIR WAY DOWN TO TEXAS FOR THE T.P.B.L. SEASON ARE INVITED.
EARLY REGISTRATION FEE : $125 PER PLAYER LATE REGISTRATION (DAY OF TRYOUTS): $150 PER PLAYER
PLAYERS : PLEASE EMAIL YOUR RESUME TO LEAGUE OWNER CHRIS CARDENAS - CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE MINNESOTA FREE AGENT TRYOUTS CALL : 325-763-6630

THE T.P.B.L. WAS FOUNDED TO GIVE PLAYERS IN TEXAS AS WELL AS OTHER STATES THE OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER THEIR BASKETBALL PLAYING CAREERS. ALSO GIVING ALL CITIES ENTERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE GOOD , CLEAN , AFFORDABLE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. 2008 WILL MARK THE 8TH ANNIVERSARY OF TEXAS HAVING ITS VERY OWN PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL. CHECK OUR HISTORY OF GREAT TEAMS, OWNERS, AND CITIES.......THE T.P.B.L. IS SO VERY PROUD OF ALL INVOLVED IN WHAT WE DO. WAY TO GO TEXAS!! NO NEED FOR US TO TALK ABOUT ANY OTHER LEAGUES, YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH REAL ATHLETES IN REAL CITIES.......T.P.B.L. THERE IS NO OTHER LEAGUE!!! TEXAS BASED, TEXAS OWNED, A NEW TEXAS TRADITION!!! 2008 LEAGUE TIP OFF SET FOR JANUARY 11TH ......DONT MISS IT!!
TPBL WELCOMES INTO THE LEAGUE : BROWNSVILLE, MCALLEN, LAREDO , CORPUS CHRISTI, FT WORTH, DENTON, DALLAS, AUSTIN, AND SAN ANTONIO


MIDLAND,TX - THE WEST TEXAS WHIRLWINDS WILL BE HAVING THEIR FIRST EVER TEAM TRYOUTS IN MIDLAND,TX FOR THE NEW TEAMS ENTRY INTO THE A.B.A....TEAM OWNER CLEVE PHELPS IS VERY HAPPY TO JOIN THE A.B.A AND BRING WEST TEXAS BASKETBALL TO A BIGGER MARKET. YOU ASK " ARE THE MIDLAND HEAT OUT OF THE TPBL?" . ABSOLUTELY NOT, THE MIDLAND HEAT WILL STILL COMPETE IN THE 2008 SEASON OF THE TPBL SO YOU'LL GET TO SEE THE 2007 TPBL CHAMPION HEAT IN ACTION ONCE AGAIN THIS NEXT SEASON.

TRYOUTS FOR THE TEAM :
JUNE 23-24 (MIDLAND,TX CARVER CENTER) 1300 E. WALL ST SAT 12-3PM
JUNE 30-JULY 1 (CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA E.E. WADDELL HIGH SCHOOL) 7030 NATIONS FORD ROAD 12-3PM SUN 9AM-12
JULY 7-8 (EL PASO ,TX MARTIN LUTHER KING CENTER) 1404 EAST PARKER SAT 12-3 PM
JULY 14-15 (LANGSTON UNIVERSITY , HIGHWAY 33 LANGSTON OKLAHOMA) SAT 12-3 PM SUN 9AM-12
FOR MORE INFO CALL TEAM OWNER CLEVE PHELPS AT : 432-770-6246


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TURKEY

Aydin Ors Left Fenerbahce Ulker -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Despite leading the club to title in their 100th anniversary Aydin Ors decided to leave Fenerbahce Ulker right after being offered to take over the entire basketball operations as a director instead of coaching the mens senior team. Fenerbahce Ulker is expected to sign with Turkish National Team head coach Bogdan Tanjevic whose contract will allow him to work for a club at the same time.

TBL News -by Serdar Ortakuyu
After extending with coach Ercument Sunter Turk Telekom renewed the contracts of Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: Interperformances) and also agreed terms to sign with Baris Ozcan (192-G-80) of Besiktas Cola Turka who had been one of the leading scorers of his team during his 2 year service.
Mersin BSB appointed former Darussafaka coach Ahmet Caki to the head coach position for the upcoming season and also added Altan Erol (194-G-83) of Oyak Renault to their 07-08 roster.
Casa TED Kolejliler of Ankara kept Omer Unver (204-F-81) and Nezih Ozbakir (206-C-80) at the club for the next season and signed former Buyuk Kolej guard Ozgur Adiguzel (196-G-77) from Mersin BSB.
Tofas parted ways with head coach Tolga Ongoren , assistant coach Sedat Pinar and team manager Murat Konuk after failing to aviod the relegation.
Newly promoted Kepez Belediyesi almost made the final decision to put the team in Turkish U20 National Team coach Nihat Izic's hands.


Ataman At Besiktas Cola Turka -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Besiktas Cola Turka announced the agreement with Ergin Ataman , one of the best Turkish coaches of the last generation, who parted ways with Climamio Bologna before the end of 06-07 season and will look for the opportunity to take Besiktas Cola Turka back to TBL finals.

TB2L News -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Gelisim Koleji of Izmir renewed coach Sahin Atesdagli's contract and extended with Burak Gacamer (188-G-81). Izmir side also transferred Ilkay Okay (200-F-82) from Yesimspor while Burak Gacamer left for TB2L side Vestel. Gelisim Koleji also parted ways with Recai Ozturk (198-F-82) and Caner Erdeniz (188-G-87).
After helping the newly promoted Duzce Genclik to avoid relegation coach Behcet Uner had a meeting with the club officials and both sides decided to part ways.
Izmir Bsb, promoting to TB2L this season, terminated the coach Mert Ildes' contract and appointed GM Mustafa Albere to head coach position. Izmir side also re-signed Mustafa Agme (185-G-69).
After coach Ayhan Kalyoncu's decision to leave the club Erdemirspor signed a two year deal with Gokhan Tastimur who led Kepez Bld. to TBL this year.


Galatasaray Cafe Crown In ULEB Cup -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Galatasaray Cafe Crown, finished the regular season at the fourth place and knocked out by Fenerbahce Ulker in the semi finals in the playoffs, will be attending ULEB Cup with Turk Telekom next season. On the other hand Turk Telekom side is looking for the opportunity to attend Euroleague as a part of ULEB's expansion.

Akyol On His Way To NBA -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Efes Pilsen swingman Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) who is an active member of Turkish U20 and Senior National Teams flew to the States to work out and attend the trainings with Atlanta Hawks, drafted the sharp shooter two years ago. Akyol, who has had some problems with coach Oktay Mahmuti this year, is still under contract with Efes Pilsen and the upcoming months will show where is going to play next season.

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U.KINGDOM

The RAF-England Basketball under 18 and 16 Leagues -by Eurobasket News
We are pleased to announce the divisional breakdown of the RAF England Basketball Under 18 and Under 16 Leagues for the 2007 - 2008 season.

Next season will once again see an increase in the number of teams competing and together with the increase in the number of senior teams this reflects the continuing growth of the national competitions. The increase in entries from U16 Girls teams is again an encouraging increase from 28 to 32 (14%) and can be celebrated as part of the FIBA Europe Year of Women's Basketball.


U18 Men
Midlands Premier North Premier
Birmingham Athletics City of Birmingham I
Black Country Wolves Juniors Ellesmere Port Panthers
City of Birmingham II Manchester Magic
Coventry Crusaders Newcastle Eagles
Derby Trailblazers Northants Thunder
Derbyshire Arrows Sefton Junior Stars
Doncaster Danum Eagles Stockport Falcons
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons TeamSpirit Sheffield Jnr Sharks
Northants Moulton Trafford
York College Vikings I

South East Premier South West Premier
Baddow Eagles ABC Gwent
Brixton Topcats Cardiff Celts
Essex and Herts Leopards Plymouth Raiders
Hackney White Heat Reading Rockets
Ipswich Tomcats Solent Kestrels
London Towers Southampton Trailblazers
Sevenoaks Suns Tamar Valley Cannons
West London TASIS
Westminster Warriors Taunton Tigers
WFS Spartans
Worthing Thunder Juniors

Midlands Conference South West Conference
Bromsgrove Blaze Abingdon Eagles
Ilkeston Outlaws Barry Huskies
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Bath Titans
Leicester Dynamite Bristol Academy Flyers
Lynx Cougars Lincoln City Academy Bristol Storm
Milton Keynes Lions Dorset Storm
Notts Nova Team Gloster Jets
Team Spirit Shropshire Warriors Torbay Tigers
TeamSpirit Hallam Jnr Sharks Wessex Warriors
Worcester Wolves

North East Conference North West Conference
Bradford Dragons Barrow Thorns
Durham Wildcats Bury Blue Devils
East Durham Liverpool
Gateshead Wolves NEWI Nets
Huddersfield New College Preston Pride
Scarborough Seahawks Runshaw College
Tees Valley Mohawks Stockport Falcons II
Wear Valley Warriors Tameside
York College Vikings II Westleigh Warriorz
Wirral Hornets

South I Conference South II Conference
Brentwood Fire Folkestone Saints
Cambridge Cats Guildford Heat
Eastside Eagles Kingston Wildcats
Haringey Warriors London Feltham Warriors
Harrow Pride London Westside
Islington Panthers Mole Valley Phoenix
Southend Swifts Northwest JAZ Middlesex
UH West Herts Warriors PAWS London Capitals
UH West Herts Warriors II Richmond College-London Utd
Waltham Forest Spitfires Solent Kestrels
Southampton Trailblazers

U18 Women
North South
Birmingham Force Brixton Topcats
Gateshead - Team Northumbria Brentwood Fire
Hatfield Fliers Chiltern Pumas
Hinckley and Bosworth Lady Hoops Devon Devils
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Essex and Herts Leopards
Northants Lightning Haringey Angels
Stockport Lapwings Plymouth Raiders
Sevenoaks Suns
Southend Swifts
Wandsworth Sting
Cup only
Nottingham Wildcats
Manchester Mystics

U16 Boys
North Premier South Premier
City of Birmingham I Baddow Eagles
Derby Trailblazers East London Royals
Ellesmere Port Panthers Essex and Herts Leopards
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Hackney White Heat
Manchester Magic Haringey Warriors
Northants Thunder London Towers
Sefton Junior Stars Reading Rockets
TeamSpirit Sheffield Jnr Sharks Solent Kestrels
Trafford Southampton Trailblazers
Wear Valley Warriors Tamar Valley Cannons
York Vikings Worthing Thunder Juniors

Midlands Conference South West Conference
Black Country Wolves Juniors Abingdon Eagles
Burton Tornadoes Bath Titans
City of Birmingham II Bristol Academy Flyers
Coventry Crusaders City Academy Bristol Storm
Ilkeston Outlaws Dorset Storm
Leicester Blaze Plymouth Raiders
Notts Nova Severn Sharks
Team Spirit Shropshire Warriors Tamar Valley Cannons
TeamSpirit Hallam Jnr Sharks Taunton Tigers
Worcestershire Basketball Dev't Wessex Warriors

North East Conference North West Conference
Barnsley Leaders Barrow Thorns
Bradford Dragons Calderdale Cobras
Doncaster Danum Eagles Liverpool
Durham Wildcats Preston Pride
Gateshead Hawks Reddish Rebels
Leeds Tigers Sefton Junior Stars
Newcastle Eagles Stockport Falcons East
North Shields Rockets Stockport Falcons West
Scarborough Seahawks TCV Arrows-Tameside
Wirral Hornets

South I Conference South II Conference
Barnet Bulldogs East Kent Crusaders
Brentwood Fire Fortismere Hawks
Bury Bulldogs Guildford Heat
Cambridge Cats Islington Panthers
Milton Keynes Lions PAWS London Capitals
Northants Thunder Too Sevenoaks Suns
UH West Herts Warriors Spelthorne Atoms
Waltham Forest Spitfires West London
WFS Spartans Westminster Warriors

U16 Girls
Midlands North
Birmingham Force Barrow Thorns
City of Sheffield Hatters Bury Blue Devils
Doncaster Panthers Ellesmere Port Panthers
Hinckley and Bosworth Lady Hoops Gateshead Storm
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Hartlepool Heat
Mansfield Giants Manchester Mystics
Northants Lightning Sefton Junior Stars
Nottingham Wildcats Stockport Lapwings I
Team Spirit Shropshire Warriors Stockport Lapwings II

South I South II
Croydon Flyers Haringey Angels
Eastbourne Hot Shots Ipswich Bobcats
Plymouth Raiders London Borough of Redbridge Excelsior
London Towers Reading Rockets
Sevenoaks Suns Northants Lightning Too
Solent Suns Southend Swifts
Wiltshire Demons UH West Herts Warriors
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.com/


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VENEZUELA

U17 South American Championship (Gameday 1): Venezuela ran over Peru, 101-26, favorites win -by Francisco Vega

Guanare, Portuguesa.- The NT of Venezuela had no trouble to run over Peru, 101-26, in the first matchday of the U17 South American Championship for Men, which started on Thursday afternoon at Ciudad de Guanare Gymnasium of Guanare, Venezuela. Meanwhile, the title holders of Argentina defeated Colombia 87-36, Uruguay got the triumph over Ecuador 68-54 and Brazil easily won against Chile, 84-57.

VENEZUELA 87 - PERU 26

Quarter by quarter

VEN: 27-26-22-26= 101

PER: 11-8-5-2= 26

Top scorers:

VEN: Jhonny Juares (-G/F-90) 15 points, Emilio Cappare (-F-90) 14 points, Josmar Acevedo (-C-90) 14 points, Miguel Rivas (-G/F-90) 12 points, Javinger Vargas 10 points

PERU: Alex Romero 5 points, Alejandro Bellatin 5 points, Alejandro Tafur 5 points

ARGENTINA 87 - COLOMBIA 36

Quarter by quarter

ARG: 23-13-25-26= 87

COL: 9-8-8-11= 36

Top scorers:

ARG: Matias Nocedal (193-G-90) 20 points, Ezequiel Manzanares (196-G-90) 18 points, Fabian Barrios 12 points

COL: Gilo Hawkins (196-F) 9 points, Juan Almario (193-F-89) 7 points

URUGUAY 68 - ECUADOR 54

Quarter by quarter

URU: 22-13-11-22= 68

ECU: 13-16-13-12= 54

Top scorers:

URU: Matias Calfani 16 points, Miguel Barriola (191-F-90) 15 points, Nicolas Catala (193-F-91) 13 points

ECU: Carlos Malatay 21 points, Cesar Morales (196-F-77) 11 points


BRAZIL 84 - CHILE 57

Quarter by quarter

BRA: 13-25-17-29= 84

CHI: 24-16-8-9= 57

Top scorers:

BRA: Vitor Benite 19 points, Rodrigo Silva (199-F/C-78) 10 points

CHI: Pablo Coro (197-F/C-69) 17 points, Osven Ledezma (195-C-90) 10 points


STANDINGS

Group A

Venezuela 1-1-0= 2

Argentina 1-1-0= 2

Colombia 1-0-1= 1

Peru 1-0-1= 1

Group B

Brazil 1-1-0= 2

Uruguay 1-1-0= 2

Ecuador 1-0-1= 1

Chile 1-0-1= 1

Next Games (Friday 6-15)

Peru-Argentina (2.00 pm)

Ecuador-Chile (4.00 pm)

Uruguay-Brazil (6.00 pm)

Venezuela-Colombia (8.00 pm)



Richard Lugo will play in Puerto Rico -by Francisco Vega
Venezuela's NT center Richard Lugo (209-C-73) was announced by Brujos de Guayama (Puerto Rico) as their new imported player for the 5 position, as the replacement of Matt Freije. In this team, which is coached by Carlos Mercado , Lugo will join fellow countryman Rafael Perez (184-G-82), the starting shooting guard.

Lugo, 33 years old, played in Baloncesto Superior Nacional of Puerto Rico back in 1999, 2003 and 2004 with Vaqueros de Bayamon and also helped Capitanes de Arecibo win the championship in the 2005 season. He has a lifetime average of 14.1 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in 56 matches in this country.

Lugo just finished playing in Venezuela's LPB for Trotamundos de Carabobo, with whom he was a champion in 2006 but that this time got eliminated in the Semifinals by Cocodrilos de Caracas. Another player that will be familiar to Lugo in Guayama's roster is Monty Wilson (197-F-73), who started the season in Venezuela but then moved to Puerto Rico.


LPB 2007 Finals - Game 2: Cocodrilos win a close one 93-92, get 2-0 lead -by Francisco Vega

An offensive rebound caught by Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) an a latter foul received and converted into two free-throws by Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) five games shy of the buzzard, gave Cocodrilos de Caracas a tight triumph at home, Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas, over Guaiqueries de Margarita, 93-92, in Game 2 of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2007 Finals, now dominated by the winners, 2-0.

The visitors had gotten ahead 25-21 in the first quarter, but the home team recovered with a 25-17 run to reach half time ahead, 46-42. The locals held on to the lead 66-64 despites a negative 20-22 run in the third and managed to keep the match alive throughout the last 10 minutes for the vital win prior to a trip to Margarita island, where Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday at noon (12.00 m).

"We managed to do what we've had as a goal the whole season, and that is to defend our home advantage all the time", said Victor David Diaz (195-F-68), who finished the match with 21 points and five three-pointers scored. "This victory guarantees us nothing, but it allows us to catch a breath. It was a well fought one. Washington came really turned up but we got our objective. Now we're going to try and get Sunday's game, though we know it'll be in a hostile court and we'll be facing a great team", added the winners's top scorer.

Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) also ended with 21 points, Kevin Freeman added 20 points and 8 rebounds and Henry Paez (184-G-70) finished up with 13 points off the bench, as usual. For Guaiqueries, Rogers Washington (202-F-77) scored 32 points, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) followed him with 23 points and five three-pointers and Chris Jackson (208-C-81) ended up with 18 points and 9 rebounds.





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Women News

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BOSNIA - Women

Zoran Mikes didn't want talented players from Sarajevo?! -by Emil Suceska
Talented players from Sarajevo waiting call from coach of woman NT of Bosnia and Herzegovina for next round of qualification for woman EC: Zvjezdana Gagic (Zeljeznicar), Dragana Zoric (Zeljeznicar), Natasa Mikic (Zeljeznicar), Aleksandra Pavlovic (Zeljeznicar), Mirela Mujovic (Zeljeznicar), Nina Basovic (Spars), Nerina Hodzic (Spars) and Naida Jazic (Spars). Coach of Bosnia NT Zoran Mikes must give chance for this talented players in next games.

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CUBA - Women

Tall Ferns fell to Cuba -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Cuba 56:64

New Zealand played their second game at the Jin Quiang Cup in China. This time Tall Ferns took on the FIBA seven-ranked Cuba. Latin American team started the game confidently and grabbed a 16:10 after an opening quarter. Tall Ferns though fought hard in the second did not manage to close on Cubans and lost the first half 24:32. Probably the third frame became a decisive one as Cuba raced to a 56:43 lead and seated comfortably till the final buzzer. However the final quarter remained about the strength of New Zealand squad as they limited Cuba to just 8 points and won it 13:8. Jessica McCormack led the Tall Ferns with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86) added another 12 points for New Zealand. Cuba were paced Yamile Martinez with 15 points. Yamara Amargo (178-F-85) produced 10 points for the winners. Tall Ferns converted just 55.2% from free throw line. Captain Noni Wharemate blamed a low free throw percentage for the loss.
Tall Ferns head coach Mike McHugh pointed out that despite the losses it was an unbelievable experience for a young Tall Ferns squad.
New Zealand faces Argentina today.

New Zealand: Jessica McCormack (194-C-89) 12, Micaela Cocks 12, Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) 11
Cuba: Yamile Martinez 15, Yamara Amargo 10.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: HoNsU has signed now with 13 players -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Newcomer on Top level, HoNsU (Jyvaskyla), has now signed with 11 Finnish players, one Canadian F and one American F. Team´s foreigner players are
Canadian Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84) from Hofstra University and Charlee Underwood (178-F-85) from University of California State - Fullerton. Murphy played 34 games during her Sr-year (2006-07) averaging 11,4 ppg and 8,7 rpg in 33,6 mpg. Underwood played 31 games during her Sr-year (2006-07) and averaged 14,7 ppg - 6,9 rpg in 34,2 mpg.


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GREECE - Women

Greek guard signs with the Sun -by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun announced the signing of Greek guard Evanthia Maltsi (5'11''-F-78). There were no terms of the contract released to the press. Evanthia Maltsi spent her last season playing in France for Bourges Basket. There she averaged 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds leading her team to the championship Finals. She also won the LFB Newcomer of the Year award. Maltsi is also a member of the Greek National team. She participated in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where she produced 20.9 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Meanhwile Houston are trying to get back on track and improve on their 0-8 record. They signed guard Crystal Smith (5'6''-G-84, college: Iowa) yesterday. Crystal Smith was a 32nd overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury in 2006 Draft. She logged 23 games on her rookie season with the Mercury. Smith averaged 2.6 points and 1.0 assists per game. She also played for the University of Iowa and was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in her senior year. In 2006 post season Crystal Smith signed with Galatasaray in Turkey and played 18 games for Istanbul team. There she recorded 18.9 points, 1.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She then moved to Cankaya and spent 13 games with the franchise averaging 9.8 points and 3.4 assists per game.


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HUNGARY - Women

Changes in the rules regarding to import players in the league -by Eurobasket
The Hungarian Basketball Federation decided on Wednesday June 13th to change the number of foreign players that team can use in the Hungarian league.
The new rule is that each team can use ONLY 3 foriegners (there is no differnece between American & Bosmans, ech none-Hungarian player is considered as a foreigner).
The teams can sign more than 3 foreigners but they can use only 3 of them in one game. So they can rotate them, but in the protocol for one game there can be a maximum limit of three of them.


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ITALY - Women

Market news -by Carlo Grilli


The Italian market is on fire: a lot of teams have recently announced players moves, as it follows:

Ines Ajanovic (195-C-80) from Viterbo to Saint Amand (Fra)
Milica Beljanski (185-F-83) from Cavezzo to Reims (Fra)
Monica Bello (170-G-78) from Parma to Taranto
Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) from Taranto to Valencia (Spa)

Monica Bonafede (184-F-85) from Taranto to Viterbo
Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, college: Georgetown) from Dynamo Moscow (Rus) to Taranto
Deanne Butler (169-G-81) from Melbourne (Aus) to Schio

Kristina Cesnaviciute (203-C-83) from Tarbes (Fra) to Priolo
Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) from Venezia to Faenza

Cintia Dos Santos from Vigo (Spa) to Faenza
Begona Garcia (171-G-76) from Venezia to Hondarribia Irun (Spa)

Linda Frohlic from Fenerbahce (Tur) to Taranto
Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) from Besiktas (Tur) to Napoli
Saziye Ivegin (185-F-82) from Fenerbahce (Tur) to Montichiari
Adriana Knezevic (184-F-87) from Salamanca (Spa) to Faenza
Lolita Limoura (180-G-85) from Esperides (Gre) to Viterbo
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) from Ribera to Schio
Katarina Manic (180-G-80) from Viterbo to Montpellier (Fra)

Silvia Martinello (188-C-73) from Schio to Pontedera (A2)

Francesca Martiradonna (170-G-73) from La Spezia to Pontedera (A2)
Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) from Dorsten (Ger) to Viterbo
Chelsea Newton (180-G-83, college: Rutgers) from Sacramento (Usa) to La Spezia
Elena Paparazzo (193-C-73) from Como to Parma
Piotrkiewitz from Calais (Fra) to La Spezia
Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) from Montichiari to Viterbo
Diana Razmaite (196-C-75) from Marijampole (Lit) to Ribera
Martina Rejchova (196-C-83) from Cavezzo to Parma
Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86) from Kosice (Slk) to Montichiari

Sauret-Gillespie from Ekaterinburg (Rus) to Taranto

Diana Skrastina (188-F-72) from Ribera to Ancona (A2)
Deanna Smith from Perth (Aus) to Montichiari
Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84, college: Stanford) from Stanford U. (Usa) to Viterbo
Belinda Snell (180-F-81) from La Spezia to Bourges (Fra)
Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) from Ribera to Parma
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) from Schio to Ekaterinburg (Rus)
Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) from Ribera to Parma



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LEBANON - Women

RESULTS - DAY 2 & DAY 3 OF THE ARAB CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP -by Raffi Kassabian
Day 2
Tuesday 12/6/2007

Group A
CS Sfaxis (Tunisia) vs Antranik (Lebanon) 68-62
Hurrieh (Syria) vs Widad Baydawi (Morocco) 58-68
Group B
Royal Army (Morocco) vs ASPTT (Algeria) 77-99

Day 3
Wednesday 13/6/2007

Group B
Arab Academy (Egypt) vs Akad Ankaweh (Irak) 89-51
Group A
Hurrieh (Syria) vs Orthodoxy (Jordan) 51-65
Widad Baydawi (Morocco) vs Antranik (Lebanon) 65-73


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Tall Ferns fell to Cuba -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Cuba 56:64

New Zealand played their second game at the Jin Quiang Cup in China. This time Tall Ferns took on the FIBA seven-ranked Cuba. Latin American team started the game confidently and grabbed a 16:10 after an opening quarter. Tall Ferns though fought hard in the second did not manage to close on Cubans and lost the first half 24:32. Probably the third frame became a decisive one as Cuba raced to a 56:43 lead and seated comfortably till the final buzzer. However the final quarter remained about the strength of New Zealand squad as they limited Cuba to just 8 points and won it 13:8. Jessica McCormack led the Tall Ferns with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86) added another 12 points for New Zealand. Cuba were paced Yamile Martinez with 15 points. Yamara Amargo (178-F-85) produced 10 points for the winners. Tall Ferns converted just 55.2% from free throw line. Captain Noni Wharemate blamed a low free throw percentage for the loss.
Tall Ferns head coach Mike McHugh pointed out that despite the losses it was an unbelievable experience for a young Tall Ferns squad.
New Zealand faces Argentina today.

New Zealand: Jessica McCormack (194-C-89) 12, Micaela Cocks 12, Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) 11
Cuba: Yamile Martinez 15, Yamara Amargo 10.


Coach positive on WNBL -by Eurobasket News
Newly-appointed Canterbury franchise coach Leigh Gooding is confident his team can punch above its weight in the Australian WNBL.
The 36-year-old Australian, also the Tall Ferns assistant coach, will guide the first South Island team to compete in an Australian pro sports league.
Canterbury will be taking on established giants with much bigger population bases.
"But I sort of relate Christchurch a little bit to the Newcastle and Wollongong-type sides and organisation," he said.
"And over the years they've done pretty well in some of the competitions, whether it's men-women or basketball-football, whatever it might be.
Canterbury could do just as well if the community, people, and sponsors got behind the team, he said.
Although hes primarily coached men's teams, Gooding knows Aussie basketball back to front. He started as Newcastle Basketball's development officer, spent four years as assistant coach to Gordie McLeod at the West Sydney Razorbacks in the men's NBL, and more recently while working in IT has been assistant coach of the Nunawading Spectres in the South East Australian league.
In Christchurch this week before the Ferns left for matches in China, Gooding said Canterbury hoped to sign up experienced Ferns Angela Marino and Donna Wilkins (nee Loffhagen) and also had a couple of import spots to fill. About six players were signed for Canterbury before he was appointed.
"I think those six girls would have been part of the group anyway, if I had had full control when they first started," he said.
"They couldn't sit back and wait for me to get on board - they needed to get started so they didn't lose all their local girls to the Australian teams."
His experience with Aussie basketball has to be valuable for the fledgling team:
"I'm well aware of all the venues, a lot of the coaches, just the time to travel from places in towns and cities, little things (like) where a good place might be to eat, how much time you need getting from one place to the next."
These should obviously help a new team adjust more easily, he said.
Courtesy of: www.starcanterbury.co.nz


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SPAIN - Women

Cristina Cantero leaves basketball after 5 seasons in Vigo -by Ivan Villar
The guard,Cristina Cantero (179-G-78) retires this season as promised a year ago.She said to be happy of play in Celta Vigo last 5 years and be ready for new kind of life,joined to basketball sure.Human value of this player and her hability to play basketball will be missed in Vigo nexts years,good luck Cris!

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U.KINGDOM - Women

The RAF-England Basketball under 18 and 16 Leagues -by Eurobasket News
We are pleased to announce the divisional breakdown of the RAF England Basketball Under 18 and Under 16 Leagues for the 2007 - 2008 season.

Next season will once again see an increase in the number of teams competing and together with the increase in the number of senior teams this reflects the continuing growth of the national competitions. The increase in entries from U16 Girls teams is again an encouraging increase from 28 to 32 (14%) and can be celebrated as part of the FIBA Europe Year of Women's Basketball.


U18 Men
Midlands Premier North Premier
Birmingham Athletics City of Birmingham I
Black Country Wolves Juniors Ellesmere Port Panthers
City of Birmingham II Manchester Magic
Coventry Crusaders Newcastle Eagles
Derby Trailblazers Northants Thunder
Derbyshire Arrows Sefton Junior Stars
Doncaster Danum Eagles Stockport Falcons
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons TeamSpirit Sheffield Jnr Sharks
Northants Moulton Trafford
York College Vikings I

South East Premier South West Premier
Baddow Eagles ABC Gwent
Brixton Topcats Cardiff Celts
Essex and Herts Leopards Plymouth Raiders
Hackney White Heat Reading Rockets
Ipswich Tomcats Solent Kestrels
London Towers Southampton Trailblazers
Sevenoaks Suns Tamar Valley Cannons
West London TASIS
Westminster Warriors Taunton Tigers
WFS Spartans
Worthing Thunder Juniors

Midlands Conference South West Conference
Bromsgrove Blaze Abingdon Eagles
Ilkeston Outlaws Barry Huskies
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Bath Titans
Leicester Dynamite Bristol Academy Flyers
Lynx Cougars Lincoln City Academy Bristol Storm
Milton Keynes Lions Dorset Storm
Notts Nova Team Gloster Jets
Team Spirit Shropshire Warriors Torbay Tigers
TeamSpirit Hallam Jnr Sharks Wessex Warriors
Worcester Wolves

North East Conference North West Conference
Bradford Dragons Barrow Thorns
Durham Wildcats Bury Blue Devils
East Durham Liverpool
Gateshead Wolves NEWI Nets
Huddersfield New College Preston Pride
Scarborough Seahawks Runshaw College
Tees Valley Mohawks Stockport Falcons II
Wear Valley Warriors Tameside
York College Vikings II Westleigh Warriorz
Wirral Hornets

South I Conference South II Conference
Brentwood Fire Folkestone Saints
Cambridge Cats Guildford Heat
Eastside Eagles Kingston Wildcats
Haringey Warriors London Feltham Warriors
Harrow Pride London Westside
Islington Panthers Mole Valley Phoenix
Southend Swifts Northwest JAZ Middlesex
UH West Herts Warriors PAWS London Capitals
UH West Herts Warriors II Richmond College-London Utd
Waltham Forest Spitfires Solent Kestrels
Southampton Trailblazers

U18 Women
North South
Birmingham Force Brixton Topcats
Gateshead - Team Northumbria Brentwood Fire
Hatfield Fliers Chiltern Pumas
Hinckley and Bosworth Lady Hoops Devon Devils
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Essex and Herts Leopards
Northants Lightning Haringey Angels
Stockport Lapwings Plymouth Raiders
Sevenoaks Suns
Southend Swifts
Wandsworth Sting
Cup only
Nottingham Wildcats
Manchester Mystics

U16 Boys
North Premier South Premier
City of Birmingham I Baddow Eagles
Derby Trailblazers East London Royals
Ellesmere Port Panthers Essex and Herts Leopards
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Hackney White Heat
Manchester Magic Haringey Warriors
Northants Thunder London Towers
Sefton Junior Stars Reading Rockets
TeamSpirit Sheffield Jnr Sharks Solent Kestrels
Trafford Southampton Trailblazers
Wear Valley Warriors Tamar Valley Cannons
York Vikings Worthing Thunder Juniors

Midlands Conference South West Conference
Black Country Wolves Juniors Abingdon Eagles
Burton Tornadoes Bath Titans
City of Birmingham II Bristol Academy Flyers
Coventry Crusaders City Academy Bristol Storm
Ilkeston Outlaws Dorset Storm
Leicester Blaze Plymouth Raiders
Notts Nova Severn Sharks
Team Spirit Shropshire Warriors Tamar Valley Cannons
TeamSpirit Hallam Jnr Sharks Taunton Tigers
Worcestershire Basketball Dev't Wessex Warriors

North East Conference North West Conference
Barnsley Leaders Barrow Thorns
Bradford Dragons Calderdale Cobras
Doncaster Danum Eagles Liverpool
Durham Wildcats Preston Pride
Gateshead Hawks Reddish Rebels
Leeds Tigers Sefton Junior Stars
Newcastle Eagles Stockport Falcons East
North Shields Rockets Stockport Falcons West
Scarborough Seahawks TCV Arrows-Tameside
Wirral Hornets

South I Conference South II Conference
Barnet Bulldogs East Kent Crusaders
Brentwood Fire Fortismere Hawks
Bury Bulldogs Guildford Heat
Cambridge Cats Islington Panthers
Milton Keynes Lions PAWS London Capitals
Northants Thunder Too Sevenoaks Suns
UH West Herts Warriors Spelthorne Atoms
Waltham Forest Spitfires West London
WFS Spartans Westminster Warriors

U16 Girls
Midlands North
Birmingham Force Barrow Thorns
City of Sheffield Hatters Bury Blue Devils
Doncaster Panthers Ellesmere Port Panthers
Hinckley and Bosworth Lady Hoops Gateshead Storm
Leicester Beauchamp Cannons Hartlepool Heat
Mansfield Giants Manchester Mystics
Northants Lightning Sefton Junior Stars
Nottingham Wildcats Stockport Lapwings I
Team Spirit Shropshire Warriors Stockport Lapwings II

South I South II
Croydon Flyers Haringey Angels
Eastbourne Hot Shots Ipswich Bobcats
Plymouth Raiders London Borough of Redbridge Excelsior
London Towers Reading Rockets
Sevenoaks Suns Northants Lightning Too
Solent Suns Southend Swifts
Wiltshire Demons UH West Herts Warriors
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.com/


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WNBA - Women

Greek guard signs with the Sun -by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun announced the signing of Greek guard Evanthia Maltsi (5'11''-F-78). There were no terms of the contract released to the press. Evanthia Maltsi spent her last season playing in France for Bourges Basket. There she averaged 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds leading her team to the championship Finals. She also won the LFB Newcomer of the Year award. Maltsi is also a member of the Greek National team. She participated in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where she produced 20.9 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Meanhwile Houston are trying to get back on track and improve on their 0-8 record. They signed guard Crystal Smith (5'6''-G-84, college: Iowa) yesterday. Crystal Smith was a 32nd overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury in 2006 Draft. She logged 23 games on her rookie season with the Mercury. Smith averaged 2.6 points and 1.0 assists per game. She also played for the University of Iowa and was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in her senior year. In 2006 post season Crystal Smith signed with Galatasaray in Turkey and played 18 games for Istanbul team. There she recorded 18.9 points, 1.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She then moved to Cankaya and spent 13 games with the franchise averaging 9.8 points and 3.4 assists per game.