EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/6/2007

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ABA

Team news and transactions -by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association announced that it would begin play this fall in Tucson, Arizona under the leadership of Steve Moss-Kelly (6'7''-F-77, college: Bowie St.). Phoenix-native Moss-Kelley is a veteran of many professional basketball leagues, both domestic and overseas and owns a sports agency called One Time Sports that places players primarily in Europe. He is joined by partners Brett and Demo McNeal of McNeal and McNeal Investments as well as Arthur Lewis, Jr., owner of A1 Basketball Skills Training. The name of the new ABA Tucson team will be unveiled shortly. The Rochester Fire announced that they added to their roster Michael Hardy. He is the fifth player signed by the Fire for the upcoming season. The new ABA team Las Vegas PROLYM's announced that will compete in the famed Long Beach Summer Pro League. In that occasion, Head Coach Daniel Savage will be joined on the bench by 13-year veteran Anthony Peeler (6'4''-G-69, agency: Ashe Sports, college: Missouri), who will coach the team and will also lend his support on the court as well. The PROLYM's will be putting a very competitive team on the floor consisting of NBA and ABA players. For more information on the LV entry, please visit www.PROLYM.com or email basketball@prolym.com. The Montreal Royal announced that former pro player Abel Joseph (6'9''-F-74, college: Marquette) has been named General Manager. Joseph played at Dawson College and Marquette University as well as in Europe with Swiss teams Vevey and Carouge.



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ANGOLA

Petro and 1º De Agosto Battle for Title -by Carlos Pereira
Petro de Luanda and 1º de Agosto will face each other this Tuesday evening in Luanda, counting for the last round of the senior male National Basketball Championship.
The clash between these two old rivals is scheduled for 07.00 pm, in Cidadela annexed pavilion.This is a decisive game for Petro de Luanda, for whom a victory will mean winning the title.
If 1º de Agosto beat Petro instead, everything will be decided in a final game between the two teams.
Considering the quality of both teams, as well as the old rivalry, it is expected a very thrilling and balanced game.
Still for the same round, Atletico Sport Aviacao (ASA) and Interclube will face each other in the afternoon to decide the third and fourth places of the championship.


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ARGENTINA

Market News -by Leonardo Contieri
Less tha a week after Boca won the championship, teams are already on the move. Sionista was quick to confirm half ot its roster for next season as Sebastian Svetliza will continue to coach the team, Daniel Hure, Mariano Byro and Alejandro Zilli are the three local players already signedand they also has confirmed Chuckie Robinson as one of its foreigners, meanwhile, Regatas Corrientes announced the hiring of foreign forward Ramzee Stanton coming from Quilmes, and guard Alejandro Montecchia will return to the team after toring its achilles tendon last december. Eduardo Villares will continue in Quimes after joining the team for the playoffs. Forward Lazaro Borrell should return to Obras after playing loaned to Boca this season.

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AUSTRIA

Wels name new assistant coach -by Cueneyt Tuerk

Kraftwerk Wels basketball programm announced today the addition of former Oberwart Gunners and Dornbirn Lions Headcoach John Dieckelman to the basketball staff as an assistant coach and also coach of the U22 and U18 teams including recruiting young talents. Dieckelman replaces Johnny Griffin, who accepted the head basketball coaching position in Heffingen, Luxembourg. Dieckelman comes to Wels after spending the last two seasons at Dornbirn where he helped to build up a successful programm for the youth. Men's Headcoach Raoul Korner sad "We're thrilled to have John on board and confident he will be a great asset to the Wels Community."



Stats of the whole season -by Stefan Heinrich
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Here are the stats after all games in the Austrian league. We listed the best 3 players in every category and also the best Austrian if no Austrian is among the Top 3.

Points per game:

1.Stjepan Stazic (198-G-78) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 28.5 (24 games)

2. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74) of Allianz Swans Gmunden 25.3 (43)

3. Samo Grum (194-G/F-79) of Worthersee Piraten 20.2 (38)

Rebound per game:

1. Kevin Martin (208-C-83) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg 10.8 (30)

2. J.C. Mathis (204-F-82) of Gussing Knights 10.1 (20)

3. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of Superfund Bulls Kapfenberg 8.4 (41)

14. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 6.4 (36)

Assists per game:

1. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Worthersee Piraten 7.0 (37)

2. Damir Zeleznik (190-G-80) of Superfund Bulls Kapfenberg 5.3 (34)

3. Mike English (193-F-82) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 4.8 (18)

5. Armin Woschank (184-G-82) of Kraftwerk Wels 4.4 (42)

Steals per game:

1. Anthony Shavies 3.2 (37)

2. Kris Clarkson (202-F-84) of Worthersee Piraten 2.1 (33)

3. Sam Spann (198-F-79) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg 2.1 (19)

11. Hannes Artner (185-G-84) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners 1.6 (40)

Blocks per game:

1. Kevin Martin 1.2 (30)

2. Kris Clarkson 1.1 (33)

3. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) of C.B.Tarragona (ESP) 1.0 (26)

Minutes per game:

1. Shawn Ray (193-F-80) of Superfund Bulls Kapfenberg 37.9 (37)

2. Damir Zeleznik 37.0 (34)

3. Allen Watson (170-G-74) of Basket Clubs Vienna 36.8 (22)

5. Davor Lamesic 36.2 (36)

Turnover per game:

1. Varnie Dennis (202-F-82) of Limoges CSP Elite (FRA) 3.8 (6)

2. Stjepan Stazic 3.7 (24)

3. Allen Watson 3.5 (22)

25. Andreas Diwald (186-G-82) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg 2.1 (35)

Fouls per game:

1. Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) of Worthersee Piraten 3.9 (17)

2. Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) of Worthersee Piraten 3.7 (39)

3. Tomas Oresansky (210-C/F-78) of Casta SPU Nitra (SVK) 3.7 (16)

5. Martin Kohlmaier 3.6 (26)

Field Goal Percentage (at least 60 attempts):

1. Stjepan Gavran 64.8 %

2. Kris Clarkson 61.7 %

3. Rasheed Quadri (191-G-80) of Kraftwerk Wels 60.1 %

8. Andreas Helmigk (206-C/F-79) of Allianz Swans Gmunden 59.2 %

3 Point Percentage (at least 30 attempts):

1. David Przybyszewski (215-C-81) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers 46.8 %

2. David Geisler (185-G-80) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 46.5 %

3. Trevor Gaines (201-F-80) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers 43.6 %

Free Throw Percentage (at least 30 attempts):

1. Stefan Kerschbaummayr (183-G-84) of UKJ St. Polten Haie 94.2 %

2. Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners 93.3 %

3. Johnny McNeil (203-C/F-68) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers 88.9 %

Efficienzy per game:

1. Stjepan Stazic 25.0 (24)

2. Deteri Mayes 20.0 (43)

3. Anthony Shavies 19.9 (37)



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BAHAMAS

Davis Jr. awaits NBA call -by Eurobasket News
His credentials over the last several seasons with Northeastern University have been solid and the Journal understands that both the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers are interest. He could land with one of them before the draft is completed at the end of this month.
The 6-8 small forward who just completed his senior year at NU, is the son of Bennett Davis (206-F-84) Sr. The father was a collegiate player as well and two uncles Gay and Jeff were outstanding amateur boxers.
Uncle Jeff is feels young Bennett is right on the bubble.
"He's had some good years at Northeastern. The folks from the NBA have seen him, as they have hundreds of others around the nation, but we know that the Boston Celtics and Cleveland have shown an interest. Danny Ainge of the Celtics and Danny Ferry of the Cavs have been given him some good looks.
"It could be Boston or Cleveland in this yeas draft. But a selection by any of the NBA teams would be a joy. We feel very good about his career and are convinced he can play at the NBA level. So, we just wait to see what unfolds," said Uncle Jeff.
Davis Jr. who was picked to the Colonial Athletic Association team, averaged 8.3 points per game, 6.8 rebounds. A superb defender also, he blocked over 100 shots during his career at NU. Northeastern finished the season at 19-11.
One of the many outstanding Bahamians playing basketball at the collegiate and semi-pro level, Davis Jr. according to Uncle Jeff, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Bahamians Mychal Thompson and Rick Fox who have both excelled in the NBA.
Thompson was picked No.1 out of all selected in the NBA 1978, by the Portland Trailblazers. He went on to have a number of good years with them before going to the San Antonio Spurs for one seasons and then moving to the Los Angeles Lakers where he enjoyed championship success with the likes of Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Michel Cooper and Kareem Jabaar.
Fox was drafted by the Celtics and then moved to the Lakers, where like Thompson, he also had championship success alongside, Shaquille O'Neal and Koby Bryant.
A native of Freeport inGrand Bahama, Davis Jr. played ball at Milford Academy and Notre Dame Prep before going to Northeastern.
Courtesy of: www.jonesbahamas.com


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BELGIUM

Liege Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

Liege Basket has resigned Francois Lhoest (196-F-85) Xavier Collette (184-G-85) and Scott Brakebill (203-F-80, college: Missouri St.) for next season.
Scott Brakebill played all 36 games this past season and had averages of 11.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg.
Xavier Collette joined the team at the end of the season to replace the injured Mo Finley.


Antwerp Giants Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Antwerp Giants has signed Aleksander Peldic as new head-coach to replace the departing Arik Shivek.

Peldic is a Serbian/Belgian coach who previously coached Aartselaar and Willebroek in D3.

The team also signed Nick Oudendag (209-C/F-87, agency: Court Side) for next season and David Toya (200-G/F-76, agency: Court Side) has extended his contract with another season.

Oudendag played the past season for the Dutch Cup winner Matrixx Magic Nijmegen and averaged 3.9 ppg and 2.9 apg.

He was also a member of the U20 Dutch NT in 2006.

The team management is in ongoing negotiations with Gur Shelef (204-F-74).



Draft 2007-08 Division II calendar released -by Bertrand Larsimont

The calendar of the 2007-08 Division II season has been released and sent to clubs last Thursday.

The 13 Division II clubs for next season are so far: Sint-Jan Antwerp, BBC Boom, CEP Fleurus, BBC Falco Gent, Jaga Radiators Hasselt, Spotter Leuven (although having filed an appeal to try to stay in Division I), BC Ninane, Royal Alsec Nivelles, Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden, Power Liefmans Wevelgem, BBC Kangoeroes Willebroek and BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele.

A Word version of the draft 2007-08 Division calendar is now available on www.berthoop.net/2007-08 Division II.doc.


Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) is leaving Leuven after 3 seasons and is headed to Atomia Brussels for next season.
Hanavan played 35 games for Leuven this past season and averaged 13.1 ppg and 6.9 rpg.

He was the 2nd leading rebounder in Belgium after his first year at Leuven and this past season finished 6th.

Generali Okapi Aalstar has signed young Belgian forward Lars Tielens (191-F/G-88).

Tielens played the past season for D2 team Colfontaine and averaged 10.9 ppg.

He is also a member of the Belgian U20 NT



Charleroi transfer News -by Peter Buyse

After signing Len Matela recently, Charleroi now signed former Okapi Aalstar player Adam Hall (196-F/G-80, college: Virginia)
Hall finished the season as the nr 2 scorer in Belgium averaging 17.3 ppg. He also finished in the top 10 in rebounding with 6.4rpg.



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BOSNIA

Bosnian Final - Second Game for Siroki Prima Pivo -by Elvir Halilovic
Siroki Prima Pivo - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 82:63
(21:16, 18:11, 21:24, 22:12)
City: Siroki Brijeg; Gym.: Pecara; Att.: 2.500; Ref.: Zurapovic, Jovanic, Obradovic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Opacak 13, Barac 11, Brkic, Stemberger 11, Princ 7, McLinton 16, Zupic, Sola, Spralja 7, Mimica 12, Apkomedah 5, Bethel
BOSNA ASA BHT: Gilbert 14, Su. Sehovic, Ikonic 2, Bavcic 10, Djedovic 6, Rizvic 12, Damjanovic, Firic 3, Pasalic, Rahimic 6, Tuljkovic 6, Bremer 4


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CBA

CBA restablishes scouting department with new appointments -by Eurobasket News
Albany, NY (June 4, 2007) - The Continental Basketball Association today announced that with the continued expansion for the 2007-08 season, they have reestablished their league wide scouting department with the appointment of Mark Argenziano as the Director of Scouting and Jeff Argenziano as the Director of Player Personnel for the CBA this season.

Mark joins the CBA after an extensive period with the United States Basketball League. During his time in the USBL, Mark has served as an advance scout, assistant coach, and Director of Scouting for the USBL. Argenziano previously worked for Kevin Mackey in Portland, Maine as Advanced Scout and Shooting Instructor for the Mountain Cats in 1996. From there he followed Mackey to Atlantic City, helping them to three consecutive USBL Championships (1997-1999). Argenziano has also worked as a consultant for the 1999 IBA Champion Mansfield Hawks, 1999-2000 Trenton Shooting Stars of the IBL, and the 2003 Mansfield Hawks of the UPBL along with various teams from the NBDL, CBA, and overseas. He spent 2001-2002 with the Florida Sea Dragons, where he handled all advance scouting and was in charge of the Sea Dragons draft. From the 2003 season until the present, Argenziano served as the Director of Scouting for the USBL.

Jeff began his career in the minor league basketball as the Video Coordinator and a member of the Game Day Operations Staff for the Portland Mountain Cats in 1996, coached by Kevin Mackey. His connection with Mackey continued as he assisted with Advanced and Talent Scouting for the Atlantic City Seagulls from 1997-1999. During the 2001-2002 seasons, he furthered his work with Coach Mackey as he performed Advance and Talent Scouting for the Florida Sea Dragons. From 2000-2004 Argenziano worked for the USBL as a League Scout. In 2005, Jeff was appointed to the position of USBL Director of Player Evaluation. He reported on the areas of player evaluations of both college talent and minor league veteran prospects.

“Mark and Jeff come to the league highly recommended by a number of NBA organizations,” said CBA Acting Commissioner Jim Coyne. “They are both well respected and are knowledgeable scouts and talent evaluators. They will be a tool for each of our head coaches and organizations to use for the upcoming season as they prepare their rosters. I look forward to working with both to find the best talent possible for the 2007-08 season.”
Courtesy of:http://www.cbahoopsonline.com


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COLOMBIA

Adison Mosquera signed with Texas Panamerican -by Victor Garcia
Colombian forward Adison Mosquera with the Texas Pan American University, Adison had a very good year with Lon Morris J.C. leading his team in field goal, and leading the bearcats and his conference in shot blocking.
Adison will give rebounding, defense and offensive in the paint to Texas Pan Am.


Jorge Cañedo to Georgia College and University -by Victor Garcia
Colombian Center Jorge Cañedo (6.11" C) has signed to play in the Georgia College and University NCAA DivII, Cañedo will make an inmediate impact in the team due to his size and knowledge, Cañedo averaged 17 Ppg , 10 Rpg, 3,5 Apg in his last year at Colby JC; Cañedo leaded his conference in defensive rebounding with 8 RPG.Jorge Canedo (214-C-80, college: Colby-Sawyer)

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CUBA

Lazaro Borrell wins title in Argentina -by Eurobasket News
Boca Juniors made an impressive come back from 1-2 in the Final series of Argentinean Liga A to celebrate the National title. In Game 5 of the best-of-seven series Boca managed to edge ahead with a 66:58 victory. Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) finished with 8 points (2/4 FG, 4/4 FT) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Everything was decided in Game 6 of the Final. Boca outscored Penarol in three quarter to celebrate an 89:81 win and grab the championship title. Lazaro Borrell produced 4 points (2/4 FG) and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Borrell ended the season averaging 12.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

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CYPRUS

Keravnos's news -by Chris Mammides

The president of Keravnos travelled (exactly as last year) in Velgrade to watch the finals of the Serbian league and at the same time to "see" some Serbs in action for the Strovolos team, together with Mr. Papaellinas, the "renewed" Greek Coach Vassilis Frangias travelled in order to speak with the Serbian player Kosanovic (in order to renew his contract as both management and coaching team are very satisfied with his overall presence, both in and outside the courts).

According to inside information, the Serb is very satisfied with the life in Cyprus and is expected to sign his new contract with Keravnos (rumors saying that it will be a two year's contract)



Raca is history! -by Chris Mammides
According the the Greek web page basketblog, the head Coach of Apoel, Dragan Raca is history, the Apoel's management already looking for his replacement in the both the Greek and European market. The reason as the page describes is not the fact that the experienced coach took over the Lebanon NT but the differences which the management and Raca had in regards to the policies/strategies which Apoel have to decide upon

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DOMINICAN REP.

The Playoffs Have Begun... -by Ozell Wells
After losing to Villa Duarte on Friday night, the regular season champion and league leader Los Mina took the loss to head and convincingly defeated Duarte in their 2nd matchup in as many days. The final score 71-53 is only a small indicator of how thorough the beating was. The closest that Duarte came in this one was the 31-25 halftime score. Los Mina had 5 players in double figures in this game led by Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) with 14 pts & 11 rebs, Gregory Beltran (195-G-81) & Manuel Fortuna (186-G-85) with 11 pts, Carlos Martinez (196-F-70) 10 pts & 11 rebs and Andy Williams (195-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) 10 pts and 7 rebs. With such a TEAM effort, the squad from Duarte seemed to be overwhelmed once the second half commenced, as the starting five sat the 2nd quarter of this game and entered to start the 3rd quarter and took a 50-40 lead never to look back.
Duarte was led by the heroics of Damien McSwine (193-G-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Loyola, IL) 15 pts, Antoine Broxsie (208-F-79, college: Oklahoma St.) 10 pts and 11 rebs and Juan Carlos Eusebio (203-C/F-73) 13 rebounds.
In tonight's games, Los Mina will face San Lazaro & Villa Duarte will seek absolution in their match with San Carlos.


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EUROLEAGUE

One more trophy for Panathinaikos? -by Kostas Papadopoulos
After gaining the Euroleague's trophy this year, Panathinaikos Athens is now preparing to conquer one more trophy!! After receiving on Monday a relevant document from Euroleague, Panathinaikos Athens had been informed that its marketing department is candidate for one from the Euroleague's marketing rewards. The other candidates are CSKA and Unicaja Malaga, with the final announcement on which team earned the Devotion Gold, Devotion Silver and Devotion Bronze awards to be held on June 30th, among the other happenings to be held during the draw of Euroleague for the next season, that will be carried out at Italy.

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Esa Maki-Tulokas signed with Tarmo -by Rauno Hurmalainen
NT F Esa Maki-Tulokas (200-F-82) has signed with Tarmo (Porvoo) a two-year-contract for the seasons 2007-09. Maki-Tulokas started 92/113 times on Long Island U. roster 2003-07 in New York. Maki-Tulokas averaged 6,9 ppg and 4,6 rpg during the four seasons. During the Sr season Maki-Tulokas had 4,6 ppg and 2,6 rpg, though. The player is allowed to negotiate also with European Teams outside Finland.

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FRANCE

Pro A : Weisz is Hyeres-Toulon 's new coach -by Aurelien Hipp
*Alain Weisz just signed a one-year contract with Hyeres-Toulon. The former French NT coach is back in business in ProA after having coached the women team of Aix en Provence.The last team he coached in ProA is Strasbourg, in 2003-2004. Weisz's main objectives will be to to drive Hyeres through this season and reach a better place than the 15th one obtained this year and a good performance at the Semaine des As, taking place in Toulon in February 2008.

Pro B : Transactions in Nanterre -by Aurelien Hipp
*First signature for next season in Nanterre. Arnaud Kerckhof (193-F-84) comes from Chalons after a good first season in ProB and a honorable mention in the 2006-07 Eurobasket.com newcomers team. The player posted 9.6 and 4.0apg in 34 games for his team.

The other news for Nanterre is that Eric Schmieder (189-G-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Drexel) leaves the team to sign for Besancon. Germain Castano is building a team to play the top of the championship next season and will count on Schmieder.The player posted 16.5ppg 4.3rpg with Nanterre this season.


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GERMANY

Phoenix Hagen add Dawidowski -by Moritz Korff
Phoenix Hagen (Pro A) announced the signing of the German A2-international Lukas Dawidowski (198-F-83) today. The 24-year-old forward gets a contract for one year plus option. Dawidowski averaged 12.6 ppg and 9.8 rpg for the Cuxhaven BasCats in the 2. Bundesliga North through the past season and was named to the Eurobasket.com 2. Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team and the Eurobasket.com 2. Bundesliga North All-Defensive Team afterwards.

2. Bundesliga-news -by Moritz Korff
BV TU Chemnitz 99 (Pro A) re-signed Andreas Worenz (199-F-82), Sascha Ahnsehl (186-G-86), Stefan Ahnsehl and Hanno Freimuth for the 2007-2008 season. Meanwhile the former Assistant Coach Rayko Lortz was installed as new teammanager.

The Wolfenbuettel Dukes (Pro B) and Coach Halil Coskun will go seperate ways in the future. Coskun joined the Dukes coming from SG Braunschweig in 2006. He won't continue because of the more time that will be needed to work as a coach in the new Pro B-league. Also BJ Jameson (187-G-80, college: Claremont-Mudd) won't return to Wolfenbuettel. The 27-year-old guard decided to end his career as a professional basketball player and to care about family planning now. His wedding is scheduled for August. Jameson averaged 19.3 ppg, 3.3 apg and 3.2 rpg during the past season.


Mike Baron from Spain to Switzerland -by Moritz Korff
German Mike Baron (197-F-81, college: Hawaii-Pacific) agreed terms on a contract for the upcoming season with Lausanne Morges Basket from Switzerland. Baron spent the past year in Spain and averaged 7.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg for CAB Cartagena in the EBA. Baron was named to the Eurobasket.com 2. Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team in 2006, when he suited up for Langen and Weiden.

Jena: Buss got contract extension -by Moritz Korff
The POM baskets Jena, newcomer to the 1. Bundesliga, have agreed terms with Lars Buss (204-C-78) on extending the contract for one more season. Buss will fill the position of a back-up-center. He averaged 11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 apg during the 2006-2007 season.

Scruggs and Pittman stay at Schalke -by Moritz Korff
Rodney Scruggs (190-G-82) and Richmond Pittman (198-F-83, college: Cent.Conn.St.) will return to FC Schalke 04 (Pro A) for the 2007-2008 season. Both signed contracts for the new campaign, when Keith Gray will be their new coach. Kristofer Speier (206-F-81, college: Lewis-Clark) decided not to stay with the "Royal Blues". His new team is unknown yet. Bastian Scherkamp (190-G/F-80) and Jan Letailleur (195-F-87) headed to BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga West), Bud Johnston (193-G/F-84) and Arndt Severing (204-C-73) won't return to Schalke either. The same is for Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) who has plans moving up to a higher league. Tobias Beck (181-G-78) will maybe take over the clubs' second team as a playing coach. The future of Maik Berger (175-G-84) and Bastian Kordyaka (207-F-82) is unknown at this time.

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GREECE

Christopoulos at Olimpiada Patras -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Giannis Christopoulos will officially be the next coach of Olimpiada Patras. The ex-coach of AEL 1964, who managed to keep the team from Larisa at A1 league, will replace Nikos Vournas and will begin his co-operation with the team from Patra from today's noon, after the relevant press conference

Pilafidis at AEL 1964? -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Since Giannis Christopoulos is a past for AEL 1964 (he had already agreed with Olimpiada Patras), coach Kostas Pilafidis is a candidate for the bench of AEL for the next season. In fact, the ex-coach of PAOK had already made some first contacts with the owners from the team of Larisa, who however have sided Yannis Tzimas as well, having though to wait for his answer until Wednesday, since he is still the coach of Trikala 2000 and the championship of division B ends this Sunday, June 10th.

Zizic injury prevents him from playing at the first final -by Kostas Papadopoulos
The probabilities for Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) to be present at the first final against Panathinaikos (on Wednesday, June 6th) are very little due to his wound at the right knee, something that was confirmed yesterday's evening from the results of his magnetic tomography. The player will now follow an intensive therapeutic treatment in order to help the Reds at the Sunday's second game at their home. At least the news is good regarding the rest of these finals games, since his situation is not so serious. On the other side, Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80), although his injury (sprain in his left winger leg), will play on Wednesday at the OAKA arena. Even more, as he stated, he cannot lose such a game and he will give his presence whichever his condition is, whatever the pain. Finally, Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) followed the training normally, and now it is up to coach Pini Gershon 's decision on whether he will be on Wednesday's roster or not.

Transfer and behind the scenes news -by Chris Mammides

A1
Kalafatakis renewed his contract with Panellinios for another two seasons, at the same time the coach Vangelis Magiras will be his new assistant coach as he agreed terms with Panellinios for two years. John Korfas is remaining in his position as a technical advisor and assistant Coach. Furthermore, the president of Panellinios, and at the same time the rejuvenator of the team, Mr. Minos Kyriakou declare his resignation so the people of Panellinios will try to find another investor, as willing as Mr. Kiriakou was, otherwise……..

In some behind the scene news, Dragan Sakota is very close to AEK Athens!!! Furthermore, the Croat Neven Spahija is a step towards Olympiakos Piraeus

Kolossos Rodou and Sporting wants the American guard, ex player of Larissa Arthur Lee.

A2
Nikos KAragiannis is the number one target for the position of the head coach in Apollon Patras, The Patras team was looking also towards the ex coach of Olimpiada Patras Vournas, but it seems they couldn't find any common ground in regards to the financial issues.

B' Division
Milonas agreed terms with Coach Sakis Paralikas (ex assistant coach of Christos Serelis in Lavrio) with only mission the comeback to the A2 league.

Alimos is close to agreed terms with the Coach Takis Panoulias. The ex coach of Milonas is expected to sign his new contract early next week.

C' Division
Panelefsiniakos agreed terms with two players, Michalis Bakogiannis ex player of Ionikos Nikeas and the ex player of Ierapetra Alexandros Katsaros. In the mean time four players of the Elefsina team has already renew their contracts for another season, the brothers Giannis and Dimos Avramidis and Vangelis Balafas, the head coach of the team Thanasis Panagiotopoulos is looking towards two players and actually has already fulfill the roster for 2007-2008, he needs just a power forward and a center.

Arkadikos agreed terms with Coach Giannis Smiriotis while the assistant coach of the Arkadia's team will be Babis Alexopoulos

IonikosNeas Filadeleias agreed terms (renew his contract) with the Coach Alexis Pappas.
EA Patras released the coach Filippas Rodopoulos and is close to sign Giannis Eleftheriadis the assistant coach of Vournas in Olimpiada Patras this season.The Patras team released their center (among the top centers in the Third Division) Mike Evangelitsis who is very close to sign with Ierapetra.

Peiraikos renewed the contract of the head Coach Kostas Papamarkou.

Other news in Europe
The Polish Champions Prokom Trefl want to sign Sofoklis Schortsianitis according to the Polish media!!



One more trophy for Panathinaikos? -by Kostas Papadopoulos
After gaining the Euroleague's trophy this year, Panathinaikos Athens is now preparing to conquer one more trophy!! After receiving on Monday a relevant document from Euroleague, Panathinaikos Athens had been informed that its marketing department is candidate for one from the Euroleague's marketing rewards. The other candidates are CSKA and Unicaja Malaga, with the final announcement on which team earned the Devotion Gold, Devotion Silver and Devotion Bronze awards to be held on June 30th, among the other happenings to be held during the draw of Euroleague for the next season, that will be carried out at Italy.

Play offs: Aris beat Panionios for the Euroleague position and is now leading the series 1-0 -by Chris Mammides
Aris won the game against Panionios in Alexandreion Melathron (84-82) in a game which finished some hours ago. The game was a real derby between two (more or less equal teams). The quarters were: 21-15, 34-44, 55-52 and 84-82. The first quarter belonged to Aris with Terrell Castle already scoring the 8 out of 15 points of his team and with Wilkinson and Sigalas helping mostly in the defense, on the other hand Panionios had a real problem in scoring as Pavicevic's players were much stressed and both point guards Panagiotis Kafkis (195-G-80) and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) had problems in the organization of the game. During the second quarter though Winston Kennedy woke up and with 10 personal points together with his team mate in Hutson in defense mostly gave a difference of ten points to Panionios team. On the other hand, Aris with Fletcher in the court as Massey didn't play due to an injury, had real problems in scoring, with tired players because of the five games against Olympiakos, Coach Andrea Mazzon tried many times to change the destiny of the game with Spiros Panteliadis (191-G-77), Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) and Savas Eliadis (192-G-79) sharing the time of the shooting guard and Kalantzis being the point guard.
The end of the half time found the visitors with 10 points and the home team with 6 false balls against Panionios who had only 1 false ball (9 seconds before the end of the half time). At the beginning of the third quarter the two teams remain pointless for nearly 3 minutes but then and on, Wilkinsson and Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76) begun scoring and with the veteran's (Castle) three pointers the game went to the point initially and then with a couple of threes from the pointless (until that moment) Scales finished the third quarter with +3 (55-52) the beginning of the fourth quarter found Aris deficit to be even more (7 points) but Panionios players and especially the two Americans Hutson and Kennedy were not in the mood to loose the game, after a great game from Castle and Scales at the end Aris ended the game with a victory (in the free throws which were crucial in the last 32 seconds)

Top scorer and MVP of the game was the veteran American Terrell Castle (182-G-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St.) with 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. From Aris, another five players had double digits with Scales scoring 16, Giannis Giannoulis 10, Wilkinsson 11 points and 8 rebounds, Dimitris Tsaldaris 10 points and Eliadis with 11 points and 4 rebounds. From Panionios great game from Winston Kennedy with 24 points and 5 rebounds followed by Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. The series now goes in Nea Smyrni court where on Friday the second game will take place. The series is a best of five like the finals.


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GUYANA

GUYANA'S RETURN TO CBC C/SHIPS -by Joe Chapman
FORMER NATIONAL CAPTAIN HEWLEY HARRY LAUDS EFFORTS OF HAYNES BROTHERS

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FORMER national basketball captain Hewley Harry has lauded the efforts of the Haynes brothers Paul and Patrick who are spearheading the successful return of Guyana's basketball to the Caribbean Basketball Championships in August.
Guyana will make their first appearance in seven years at the tournament scheduled for the beginning of August in Puerto Rico by fielding both male and female teams.
Guyana last contested at this level at the Barbados held, CARICOM Basketball championships in 2000, where Guyana's men placed a creditable third.
Harry, who resides in the United States said “ I admire your efforts, and the contributions of the selection committee and supporters in facing the challenge of fielding a representative team in this tournament.”
He noted “ We have never been able to feature such a large contingent of talented overseas-based Guyanese players at an international tournament.” He however wanted to know about the players at home in Guyana and if they were being considered for selection.
A list of twenty- four locally based players have been called to prepare for the championships with a view to selection. It is planned that the Washington D/C Jammers, comprising of a number of players residing in the United States will be here to test the locals
before the final selections are made of a twelve- member team of players for the tournament.
Another fifteen players now in the United States are continuing preparations with a view for selection to the final team.
They are under Head Coach Bernard Daniels while at home the Head Coach in charge is Robert Cadogan.
Guyana's best showing was when the men's team placed second in 1994 at home, and the women winning the 1996 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
The past national centre assured the Haynes' brothers , who are acting on behalf of the governing body of basketball, the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) in the United States, “I am excited to see that you are working tirelessly to field a competitive men's team. I am still looking forward to the day when one of our national teams will win the tournament.
Harry said, “ I am sure that I speak for all present players, veteran players and supporters alike, here and at home.”
Harry who is the head of the Guyana-New York Veterans
Basketball Association in the United States concluded “on behalf of the Guyana-New York Veterans Basketball Association, comprised of former national players, club players and other supporters, I extend our fullest support for the team that will be selected to represent our country at the Caribbean Basketball Championships.


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HUNGARY

Szolnok is the champion, the Heroes from Kormend got second, Pecs got the bronze -by Tamas Deri
Final, Game 3
2nd of June 2007
SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - LAMI-VED KÖRMEND 89-54
(20-15, 23-5, 29-19, 17-15)
Szolnok, Att.: 3.500, Referees: Foldhazi, Papp, Benczur
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, college: Michigan St.) (188-G-76, college: Michigan St.) 14, Cziczas 8/6, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 14, Sabaliauskas 10, Jurkunas 8, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 13, Pavel Frana (212-C-77) 9, Fulop, Toth V. 5/3, Harazin, Rezak 6/6, Cseh 2, Coach: Por Peter
KÖRMEND: Kutasi 8/6, Ferencz 9/3, Rudolf Trummer (196-F-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/12, Mujanovics 9/3, Vavra P. 5, Toth 4, Metelski 2, Mate 3/3, Kinter, Tompa, Molnar R., Coach: Sabali Balazs
Field goals: 35/60 (58%) - 19/48 (40%)
Free Throws: 14/19 (74%) - 7/10 (70%)
Rebounds: 32 - 22
Most rebounds: Frana 7 - Trummer 5
Most assists: Hollins 8 - Kutasi 7

MVP of the Finals: Thomas Kelley

After sixteen years Szolnok won the title second times in club's history! They had a very succesfull season with two first places in the Hungarian Championship and Cup.

The team of Kormend got into the final from the 6th place after the regular season, they beat Albacomp and Falco - both 3:2 - in the first two rounds, but lost 4 players of the starting five in these hard games. The americans, Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) and Marqus Ledoux (203-F-80, college: Tulsa), and the Fodor-brothers, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) and Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) could not play in the finals.
However, it was even a big season of this club with two silber medals (Championship and Cup).



The team of Pecs beat Falco on home-court again and won the bronze medal, which is a big success in club's history!

PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS - FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY 90-75
(22-25, 21-14, 23-15, 24-21)
Pecs, Att.: 2.500, Referees: Hartyani, Bognar, Győrffy
PECS: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 16/3, Hosszu, Denes 6, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68) 23/3, Aleksic 16/9, Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85) 12, Kecskes 2, Grebenar 2, Feher, Coach: Volgyi Peter
SZOMBATHELY: Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) 30/9, Will, Tibor Pankar (195-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/6, Wiley 8/6, Aliakseyeu 9, Szabo Zs. 3, Graczer 2, Borszeki 3/3, Feigl 3, Csiszar 3/3, Szanati, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic


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IBL

IBL news and notes--East Division -by Trask Frost
Elkhart Express (15-2)— The Express have lost only three games total in nearly two full seasons in the IBL. On March 30, 2007, Elkhart set the IBL single game attendance record with 5,541 fans. Cedric Moodie (6'2''-G-78, college: Indianapolis (IN)) is returning to the form that made him an IBL All-Star last season. Moodie averaged 29.0 points per game in his last three games and is now leading the team in scoring. The Express are next in action at home against the Holland Blast on Friday, June 9. Express top scorers: Cedric Moodie 23.0 points per game (9 games played), Coleco Buie 19.6 (12), Tim Pledger 15.8 (17), Darmetreis Kilgore 14.1 (13),Correy Childs 12.8 (12)

Marysville Meteors (14-2)— The Meteors were the IBL's runner up a season ago when the team competed as the Columbus Cyclones. The team might be playing in a new city, but the outstanding basketball hasn't changed a bit. Owner Charlie Mitchell has again assembled a contender. Estaban Weaver and Michael Brownlee are, perhaps, the league's most potent one-two punch. The duo is combining for an average of 58.8 points per game. Recent additions Adrick Hills, Kendrick Cornelius, and Omarian Wesley will help provide scoring punch down the stretch this season. Meteors top scorers: Estaban Weaver 33.2 points per game (13 games played), Michael Brownlee 25.6 (14), Adrick Hills 13.1 (7), Omarion Wesley 13.0 (3), Larry Drake 12.0 (14)

Battle Creek Knights (8-5)— The Knights are looking to recapture their early season form to close out the season. Nick Zachery has been a tremendous addition to the Knights' roster. In his last outing, Zachery scored 33 points and hit nine shots from behind the arc. Zachery currently leads the Knights in scoring. Next up for Battle Creek is a home contest versus the East Division leading Marysvile Meteors on Friday, June 8. Knights top scorers: Nick Zachery 27.8 points per game (8 games played), Adam Anderson 14.4 (12), Kevin Sweetwyne 13.9 (12), Billy Madison 13.2 (12), Jason Boucher 10.1 (12)

Holland Blast (8-9)— The Blast have added Jared Bledsoe to the roster in preparation for a strong stretch run. Bledsoe, a 2006 IBL All-Star, was the Blast's top scorer last season at 27.9 points per game. Rookie Terrance Shaw has been a nice surprise for the Blast, as the recent graduate of Ferris State University has become a reliable scoring threat (19.9 ppg). The Blast next host the defending champion Elkhart Express (15-2) on June 8. Blast top scorers: Dennis Springs 23.9 points per game (16 games played), Terrance Shaw 19.9 (17), Mike Hall 18.2 (6), Jared Bledsoe 14.3 (8), James 'Boo" Jackson 17.6 (8)

Grand Rapids Flight (5-15)— Grand Rapids has played arguably the toughest schedule in the league this season. The Battle tested Flight have added 2006 IBL All Star Lamont Barnes to the roster, and new addition Lamar Grimes is a capable scorer. Flight center Sun Ming Ming is, at 7'9”, the tallest basketball player on the planet. Sun, who scored a career high 19 points in his last outing, will make an appearance in the upcoming motion picture ‘Rush Hour 3'. Flight top scorers: Lamont Barnes 28.0 points per game (3 games played), David Williams 16.2 (16), Kenny Langhorne 15.5 (15), DeAngelo Johnson 14.4 (12), Lamar Grimes 14.3 (6)

Chicago Heights Soldiers (0-11)— The Soldiers are off to a slow start, but have been competitive in each of their losses. Chicago Heights will rely on the leadership of Mike Hadley and Anthony Kyle, as both players were part of the Elkhart Express's championship run last season. Next up for the Soldiers is a road trip out west, starting with a June 16 contest against the Vancouver Volcanoes (4-12). Soldiers top scorers: Amir Major 20.3 points per game (9 games played), Mike Hadley 19.7 (9), Barry Bradford 18.6 (9), Anthony Kyle 18.5 (8), Rodney Rollins 14.6 (5)


IBL news and notes--Midwest Division -by Trask Frost
Elgin Racers (11-3)— The Racers' move to a new venue this season has proven to be a good one, as the Racers have posted a 7-1 record in the friendly confines of the Spartan Events Center. Elgin is currently playing their best basketball of the season, having won six straight games, including a victory over the Elkhart Express (14-2). Next up for the Racers is a trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Everett Explosion on Thursday, June 7. The Racers will also face the Seattle Mountaineers and Lewis County Raptors on that road swing. Racers top scorers: DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) 35.0 points per game (4 game played), Sherick Simpson 24.2 (13), Keith Gayden 18.3 (13), Andre Newsome 16.6 (3), Derick Hollyfield 14.5 (8)

Las Vegas Stars (6-2)— The Stars have been dominant in their six wins this season, with those victories coming by an average margin of 14.3 points. Leadership is certainly part of the Stars' early success, as the team is coached by George Tarkanian, with nine-year NBA veteran Sean Higgins also on board as a player/assistant coach. Stars top scorers: Dajuan Tate 35.3 points per game (6 games played), Jason McGowan 19.3 (4), Tarron Williams 18.5 (4), Eddie Shelby 17.0 (4), Hollis Hale 15.0 (4)

Colorado Crossover (10-6)— The Crossover have improved dramatically from last year's six win season. Colorado is currently riding the league's longest winning streak at seven games. The Crossover have been red hot from the field of late, averaging 152.0 points per game in their last six contests. Next up for the Crossover is a two-game home series against the Phoenix Flame on June 8 and 9. Crossover top scorers: Darius Pope 21.5 points per game (15 games played), Phillip Hillstock 21.3 (16), Jermaine Mason 20.0 (15), Ronald Rhea 16.5 (14), Ted Allen 13.5 (15)

Phoenix Flame (5-5)— The Flame have gone 5-3 since dropping their first two games of the season. This turnaround has coincided with the move to a new home venue (Grand Canyon University), and the emergence of Jamal Livingston (21.2 ppg) as a scoring threat. The Flame's last four outings have all gone down to the wire, with those games being decided by a total of six points.. Flame top scorers: Jamal Livingston 21.2 points per game (8 games played), James Singleton 16.3 (10), Larry Morinia 14.9 (10), Del Summers 12.0 (10), Steve Moss-Kelley 12.0 (10)

Hub City Hurricanes (7-8)— The Hurricanes are playing their best basketball of the season, having won their last three games. The Hurricanes have definitely benefitted from the addition of 2005 IBL All-Star Ashley Champion. Champion is leading the team with an average of 28.3 points per contest. Josh Richmond is pulling double duty for the Jackson, TN based Hurricanes this season, serving as the Director of Basketball Operations and averaging 20.6 points per game on the court. Hurricanes top scorers: Ashley Champion 28.3 points per game (3 games played), Antonio Lambert 24.0 points per game (13 games played), Josh Richmond 20.6 (15), Titus Lucas 19.6 (14), Christopher Davis 11.8 (10)


IBL news and notes--Southwest Division -by Trask Frost
Salem Stampede (13-3)— The Stampede's season has been one of streaks, as Salem won their first 11 games before dropping their next three in a row. Holding true to form, the Stampede have come out on top in their last two outings. New additions Blake Walker, Mike Tabb and Antone Jarrell (6'7''-F, college: Portland St.) have keyed the Stampede's offensive excellence this season, combining for an average of 76.4 points per contest. Salem takes on the red hot Portland Chinooks (14-5) on Friday, June 8. Stampede top scorers: Blake Walker 31.7 points per game (14 games played), Mike Tabb 23.5 (12), Antone Jarrell 21.2 (13), Jeff Dunn 17.8 (14), Nick DeWitz 17.7 (10)

Tri Valley Titans (9-3)— Brothers Jovan and Franco Harris are largely responsible for the Titans' hot start. This high-scoring duo is averaging a combined 58.4 points per game in 2007. Jovan currently ranks second in the IBL in scoring with an averege of 32.3 points per game. The Titans will be without Jovan indefinitely following an ankle injury occuring versus Santa Barbara on May 26. Darrell Tucker (26.1 ppg) has given the Titans a great inside presence to complement the Harris brothers great perimeter game. Titans top scorers: Cardell Butler 33.5 points per game (2 games played), Jovan Harris 32.3 (9), Darrell Tucker 26.1 (9), Franco Harris 24.8 (12), Devoughn Lamont 17.2 (11)

Santa Barbara Breakers (8-5)— The Breakers' wealth of talent is starting to gel, and Santa Barbara has moved to two games above .500 for the second time this season. Lamond Murray is the most recent NBA veteran to join the Breakers. Murray scored 24 points on eight three pointers in his debut. On June 2 versus the Eugene Chargers, Fred Vinson had one of the most spectacular performances in IBL history. Vinson set a league record with 14 three pointers (on 21 attempts), and finished with 56 points. Actors Rob Lowe and Alan Thicke have tossed up ceremonial jump balls before Breakers games this season. Breakers top scorers: Toby Bailey 24.5 points per game (11 games played), Lamond Murray 24.0 (1), Fred Vinson 18.3 (10) Ronell Mingo 16.0 (7), Billy Knight 15.7 (11)

Eugene Charger (7-7)— The Chargers have a revamped roster for the 2007 season, with only two players returning from last year's 13-7 team. Adam Zahn has joined the Chargers, fresh off his run to the elite 8 with the University of Oregon. Newcomer Lamar Harris is averaging 14.9 rebounds per game. The Chargers will look to rebound from a 1-3 road trip to California when they visit the Central Oregon Hotshots (6-9) on Friday, June 8. Chargers top scorers: , Solomon Yearby 19.6 points per game (14 games played), Charles Easterling 18.2 (14), Rodrick Stevenson 17.4 (11), Andre Joseph 16.8 (4), Lamar Harris 16.6 (14)

Central Oregon Hotshots (6-9)— The Hotshots continue to be the most explosive team in the league with six players averaging at least 16.8 points per game. Central Oregon is averaging 142.9 points per game this season. Central Oregon will look to rebound from a four game losing streak when the Eugene Chargers (7-7) visit on Friday, June 8. More importantly, the Hotshots are using the game as an opportunity to raise money for 14 year-old Tyler Eklund, who was recently paralyzed in a snowboarding accident. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales and all the revenue generated from a halftime auction will be donated to the Eklund family. Hotshots top scorers: Paul Hafford 22.9 points per game (14 games played), Arthur Lewis 21.5 (15), Brandon Erlandson 20.3 (13), Cliff White 20.3 (13), Kevin 'Pip" Bloodsaw 16.9 (12), Terry Horton 16.8 (15), Phillip Freeman 14.7 (14)

Chico Force (2-11)— The Force have faced opponents with a combined record of 77-27 this season. The Force have started the second half of the season with a bang, however, winning two straight games. The Force will look to keep the winning trend going when the high powered Santa Barbara Breakers (8-5) visit on Friday, June 15. Force top scorers: Jason Horn 29.0 points per game (2 games played), Tyree Jones 22.5 (13), Matt Otten 18.8 (10), John Bell 18.5 (2), James Gilkey 17.8 (13)


IBL news and notes--West Division -by Trask Frost
Everett Explosion (12-3)— The Explosion have put together a great squad for their inaugural IBL season, and local basketball fans have taken notice, as the Explosion's home opener on April 10 drew 3,777—the second best single mark in the IBL this season. Rashaad Powell (6'6''-F-81, college: Idaho) was the IBL All-Star Game MVP last season as a member of the Seattle Mountaineers, and has made a seamless transition to playing in Everett. Powell is fifth in the IBL in scoring, with an average of 30.3 points per game. Everett had their eight game winning streak snapped in their last outing, but still have a half game edge over the Portland Chinooks in the West Division. Explosion top scorers: Rashaad Powell 30.3 points per game (12 games played), Donald Watts 19.5 (12), Jamaal Miller 17.4 (5), Justin Murray 14.3 (13), Chris Weakley 11.3 (12)

Portland Chinooks (14-5)— The Chinooks have put together one of the most talented rosters in the IBL. NBA prospect, and two time All-PAC 10 honoree David Lucas is second in the IBL in scoring (34.8 ppg). Lucas is out indefinitely with a hand injury. The Chinooks have just added NBA prospect David Jackson, and 2005 IBL All-Star Terrence Green to the roster. Newcomer Mike Parker averaged 30.2 points per game last season for the Bellingham Slam (ABA). Guard Kenny Tate was the 2005 IBL All-Star Game MVP. On May 29, the Chinooks ended the Everett Explosion's eight game winning streak, and have moved to within a half game of the Explosion in the West Division. Chinooks top scorers: David Lucas 34.8 points per game (11 games played), Shammgod Wells 27.3 (3), David Jackson 22.8 (7), Mike Parker 21.5 (12), Kenny Tate 20.3 (12)

Seattle Mountaineers (8-12)— After a slow start the Mountaineers have become one of the hottest teams in the league. Seattle has won six of their last eight, including their last five in a row. Lemar Gayle has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle —emerging as one of the most dynamic players in the league. Gayle has three 40-plus point outings under his belt this season, and against Elkhart (15-2) on April 21 posted game high totals in points (37) and rebounds (15). Mountaineers top scorers: Lemar Gayle 28.9 points per game (17 games played), Lynell Ingram 17.8 (17), Aleksey Adediran 13.1 (16), Antoine Tisby 11.9 (12)

Tacoma Jazz (5-14)— Tacoma has split their last two after losing five of their last six. The Jazz gave division leaders Everett (12-3) all they could handle on May 27 before ultimately falling short by four points. Lorenzo Rollins has been on a tear of late, averaging 28.8 points per game in his last four contests. Next up for the Jazz is a home game against the surging Portland Chinooks (14-5) on Sunday, June 10. Jazz top scorers: Dontay Harris 21.2 (18 games played), Lorenzo Rollins 19.7 (17), Mike Claxton 19.3 (15), Ike Ohanson 14.5 (17), Marlon Bailey 13.0 (6)

Vancouver Volcanoes (4-12)— The Volcanoes continue to revamp their roster in search of the right combination. New additons Jerrod and Garland Perry combined for 39 points in their first outing for Vancouver. 6'11" Abdoulaye N'Diaye is an NBA prospect who has been scheduled to workout for the Los Angeles Lakers in June. Next up for the Volcanoes is a road contest against the Central Oregon Hotshots on Saturday, June 9. Volcanoes top scorers: Abdouaye N'Diaye 19.7 points per game (3 games played), Jerrod Perry 18.8 (4), Porter Troupe 18.2 (14), Alex Hartman 17.0 (15), Abdou Sane 14.3 (9)

Lewis County Raptors (2-14)— The Raptors have struggled to find wins this season, but paly three of their final four games at home. The Raptors have averaged 133.8 points per game over their last four--the team's best four game stretch offensively since early April Sharp shooting Casey Frandsen (21.5 ppg) and his teammates will look to make a late-season run to carry some positive momentum into the playoffs. Raptors top scorers: Sam Moore 23.1 points per game (16 games played), Casey Frandsen 21.5 (13), Greg Johnson 18.6 (3), Chucky Frierson 18.5 (16), Jamal Walker 14.4 (13)


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INDIA

Dream start for Indian women -by Santhosh Kumar
Indian women got off to a flying start in the FIBA Asian basketball championship as they crushed Singapore 111-32 in their level II opener in Incheon city, Korea, on Sunday.
Geethu Anna Jose, the first Indian to participate in the Australian pro-league, was the star performer for the winners. She netted 33 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead India's attack. Divya Singh and Chennai girl P. Anitha chipped in with 29 and 12 points respectively. The winners led 53-17 at the half-time.
Scores: India 111 (Geethu Anna Jose 33, Divya Singh 29, Anitha Pauldurai 12) bt Singapore 32 (Zhou Lei 14, Koh Wei Bin 7).


No stopping Geethu, Anitha plays supportive role -by Santhosh Kumar
Indian women continued their dream run at the FIBA Asian basketball championship being held at the Incheon city, Korea. They prevailed over Uzbekistan 67-63 to post their third consecutive victory in as many Level II matches on Tuesday. The winners led 47-46 at the half-time.
Southern Railway hoopster Geethu Anna Jose (27 pts) and her club mate P. Anitha (12 pts) were the chief architects in India's win. Kiranjith Kaur chipped in with 10 points. India, last year's level II winners, will take on Hong Kong in a crucial match on Wednesday.
Earlier on Monday, Geethu scored a whooping 34 points as India walloped Vietnam 111-62. Anith and Divya Singh netted 20 and 18 points respectively.

Results: On Tuesday: India 67 (Geethu Anna Jose 27, Anitha Pauldurai 12, Kiranjit Kaur 10) bt Uzbekistan 63 (Vera Titova 20, Yelena Khushnitdinova 19, Alla Krasovskaya 12). On Monday: India 111 (Geethu Anna Jose 34, Anitha Pauldurai 20, Divya Singh 18) bt Vietnam 62 (Nguyen Thi Ngoc Ha 14, Dao Thi Yen Ngoc12, Nguyen Thi Hue 11).


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ISRAEL

Rishon renews Azulay -by Yarone Arbel
Coach Adi Azulay will continue in the following season with Rishon LeZion.Azulay took over the team's bench late in the season and managed to save the team from going to the second division. Rishon has already signed Bryant Markson for the next season but will need to fill the other foreigner spots.

Maccabi's revolution: Kattash takes Spahija's place ; Sherf GM -by Yarone Arbel
After almost losing the Israeli title on Thursday night Maccabi decided to change things quick and rock the earth of Israeli basketball.

Neven Spahija, despite holding a contact for the next season as well, won't continue in Maccabi. Coach Spahija met with Maccabi's management on Sunday and heard the unpleasant news. The sides are still negotiating the compensation, as Spahija's agent already looking for a new team for him, with some Italian clubs mentioned as possible targets.

The biggest news come from his successor. In a shocking move, while David Blatt seemed to everybody as the leading candidate, the team decided the hand the prestigious job to no other than former Maccabi superstar Oded Kattash.

Since his retirement Kattash coached Galil Elyon. He was selected as Coach of the Year by the Israeli league and came very close to eliminate Maccabi in the semi-finals last Tuesday. At the age of 33 Kattash is already Maccabi's coach.

Another shocking news was the return of Zvika Sherf to Maccabi. This will be Sherf's fifth visit to the club, where he was assistant coach and head coach in the past for many years. Sherf will fill a new role in the club - General Manager. Maccabi had Ralph Klein as a GM after losing the title in 1993 but that didn't last long. Sherf will take over the role and try to help Kattash in his new role.


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IVORY COAST

Preperations for the CAN are on -by Kristian Santiago
The first phase of the preperations already took place in Nantes, France where players based in France met for practice sessions as well as two tests against french pro teams under the guidance of American coach Kevin Brown.
Players that were eveluated were routiniers like Jean-Marc Kraidy (201-F-76, agency: World Sport Agency), Joel Gueil (185-G-82), Amadou Dioum (199-F-72) , Daouda Ouattara , Gnago Serge Zeze Leon , Herman Barou and Sanico Camara , while the youngsters like Eric N'Tape (197-F-81),, Jean-Philippe Koffi (190-G-85), Mamery Diallo (208-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) , Mickael Gnougnou (190-G-86) and Olivier Andoh (193-F-83) will make the team instead of the veterans acording to the FIBB ,who is creating a team with a certain perspective in the future.
Also, Alain Koffi (205-C-83) and Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) will be invited to join the Elephants as well and Jean-Emmanuel LeBrun (195-F-74) and Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Octagon) showed already promising performances in the two matches played against Nantes (81-74 win after OT) and against La Seguinere St.Louis (79-71 loss).
Coach Brown, who is usually working for the High Performance Basketball Academy in California , is probably going to sign a contract with the FIBB's president Moise Kore soon.The next phase will be held in Sacramento , California starting June 8th.


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JAPAN

Benoit retires, becomes head coach of Broncos -by Kenny
Longtime NBA veteran forward David Benoit (203-F/C-68, agency: Pacific Access Sports, college: Alabama), who has been playing in Japan on and off for the last 5 years, has retired and was named head coach of the team that he retired from, the Saitama Broncos of the bj-league. The 39-year old Benoit, who played for the Utah Jazz for many years from the early '90s to the mid to late '90s, first came to Japan in 2002 to play for the Hitachi Sun Rockers of the JBL Super League. He played there for 2 seasons and then returned to the U.S. for a year before coming back to Japan in 2005 to play for the Saitama Broncos in the bj-league's inaugural season.

This will actually be Benoit's second stint as head coach of the Broncos as he served as interim coach of the team during the 2005-06 after he injured his foot after playing in only 10 games.


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KBDL

Souther Indiana Showcase -by Scott Schoen

The Southern Indiana Showcase featured 2 games, a KBDL dunk contest, raffles, drawings, a music concert and free hot dogs. In the first game the Louisville Gamblers defeated the CX Express 102-75. Sean Hampton led the Gamblers in scoring with 24pts, Shannon Wilkerson scored 14. Brandon Stockton (University of Kentucky) poured in 24 for a losing cause including 7 3pters.

In the night game Craig Schoen (Lipscomb University/ Georgetown College) continued his MVP season with 30pts and 14 assists as the league leading Southern Indiana Generals defeated the Hazard Shooting Starrz 115-96. The Generals placed 6 players in double figures lead by Schoen. Kevin Reinhardt (Georgetown College) scored 20pts to help the Generals. The Shooting Starrz Daniel Price scored 29 and Lanere Anderson 20.



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KOREA

KBL Camp Invites -by Rick Ross


KBL Camp Invites -by Rick Ross
The Decision to announce the Camp Invites will be released soon
Rumor has it that 120 applicants will be invited to the
Korean Basketball League Pre-Draft Tryout Camp
(July 19 thru ­21, 2007, in Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)

The Officail List Is being Composed and should be Released In Time.
Ross Rick


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LUXEMBOURG

GSSE Monaco 2007: Tournament Schedule Announced -by Ozell Wells
The schedule of the basketball tournament of the 12th Games of Small States of Europe has been announced through the event's official website (www.monaco2007.mc).

Tuesday 05 June 2007 (18:00 local time) Luxembourg- San Marino
Wednesday 06 June 2007 (18:00) Luxembourg- Iceland
Thursday 07 June 2007 (15:30) Luxembourg- Andorra
Friday 08 June 2007 (15:30) Luxembourg- Cyprus
Saturday 09 June 2007 (13:00) Luxembourg- Monaco

The tournament is a league format with all the teams playing each other once.


Team Luxembourg Wins In Antibes! -by Ozell Wells

In preparation for the Tournament of Small Nations in Monaco, Basketball Team Luxembourg traveled to Antibes and gained their first Tournament TITLE of 2007. The FINALE was a BIG WIN over US based Cornell University, 94-85 behind 23 points and 8 rebounds from Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield). Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) added 18 pts, Christian Schartz (184-G-86) 17 pts & 6 assists, and Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) 16 pts, 4 rebounds & 3 assists.
Luxembourg jumped out to a 17 point first half lead and held it for the remainder of the first half. To start the 3rd period, Cornell battled for a 52-52 tie after 2:56 in the 3rd period and a 13-1 run, but it was not enough as the team of Matthias Fischer applied a trapping, pressure defense which unsettled the young US hoopsters. Luxembourg also had success in attacking the basket en route to shooting 49 free throws in the game as Cornell could not handle the Luxembourg dribble penetration to the basket.

The other match saw Basketball Team Luxembourg play the host team GOLFE-DE-JUAN, in which Luxembourg triumphed 88-83 after behing behind 44-42 at halftime. Led by 30 pts and 11 rebs from Larrie Smith, this match ended up going down to the wire. 17 pts from Nelson Delgado and 13 pts and 5 assists from Christian Schartz helped push Luxembourg to victory as they shot a dismal 27% from the 3 pt line, but in this match, they shot 18 of 21 from the free throw line.



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MALAYSIA

Malaysia win over Philippines university Champion -by Chong Jzen
(Kuala Lumpur, May 13) Malaysia NT was win twice over Philippines university ST Thomas in a series of Friendly match. ST Thomas is the champion of the Philippines university basketball league.However, NT coach Sim Sin Heng is not satisfied with the players FT field percentage. Beside that, Sin Heng remind his players should control their temper when the opponent is playing rudely. In the second friendly against ST Thomas, the opponent are 8 players foul out due to rudely behaviour because they are not happy with the losing result since half time. "This is a good tutorial for every NT players to know what is the filipino styles of basketball, the playes should control their temper to continue to play well in the game while the opponent playing rudely" Sin Heng said.

The friendly match is arranged by Penang basketball association in order to give malaysia NT to preparing for the coming 7th SEABA host by Thailand. Sin Heng also said "Penang basketball association is do a very good job in arrange the friendly match, there are good enough in help me to test my player before SEABA".

The Roster for the Malaysia NT in against ST Thomas university is Tan Kien Hoong(6-3 G/F), Chai Chze Hian(6-0 G), Koh Way Tek(6-4 C), Francis Loh Hoo woon(6-3 C), Satyaseelan(6-1 F), Chow Kim Hoong(6-2 F), Chan Kek Tai(6-6 C/F), Tung Wen Yong(5-10 G), Helmi Rashid (5-11 G), Soo Eng Heng(6-0 G)


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NEW ZEALAND

Porirua top the list of NZ U19 teams -by Eurobasket News
Porirua celebrated a tough-fought victory at the 2007 Oreo NZ U19 Championships. Porirua managed to overcome Canterbury in a spectacular semifinal 99:91. Trailing by more than 10 points in the first quarter Porirua bounced back in the second 30:15. Brook Ruscoe nailed 36 points, while Joe Maiava added 28 to secure the final birth for Porirua.
In the Final Porirua proved stronger over Wellington 90:74. Wellington started quicker and got off to an 8-point lead in the first frame. Junior Tall Black Dion Prewster kept on delivering offensively for Wellington to stay in front. However Porirua crawled back into the game before halftime. Jordon Mills and Brook Ruscoe knocked down long jumpers to spur Porirua ahead. They completed the task in the third frame, when Porirua recorded a 17:4 run to clear off the opponents. They hold on to the lead in the final frame and cruised to the title. Joe Maiava produced 26 points to pace the winners. Brook Ruscoe had 23 points and Jordon Mills secured 17 for Porirua. Wellington's Dion Prewster provided 20 points in a loss.
Porirua's Joe Maiava was named the tournament's MVP. There was also announced the tournament team. It comprised Bronson Beri and Adam Rainbird from Nelson, Elton Cotton from Auckland, Logan Van Beek from Canterbury, Dion Prewster from Wellington, Houston O'Riley of Waitakere City and Riki Buckrell from North Otago. Porirua delegated three players - Brook Ruscoe, Hayden Whelan and, of course, Joe Maiava.

Porirua - Wellington 90:74
Porirua: Joe Maiava 26, Brook Ruscoe 23, Jordon Mills 17, Evan Bishop 16
Wellington: Dion Prewster 20, David Beck (203-F) 18, Micah Lepaio 11.


Charleton secures playoff spot for Harbour -by Eurobasket News
Auckland Stars - Harbour Heat 80:82

The Harbour Heat did what they needed to do. They secured the playoff birth and now can prepare for the postseason. Harbour did it in style edging one of the main rivals Auckland Stars away from home 82:80. The hosts who desperately look for the playoff spot opened the game confidently grabbing a 22:16 lead. Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) and Lindsay Tait (193-G-82) provided an offensive depth for the Stars. However first the Heat closed on the gap in the second frame 47:46 and later got off to an 8-point advantage in the third. Dillon Boucher and Casey Frank received technical fouls and Hayden Allen (187-G-79) converted four free throws. But Auckland got back right into it at the start of the final quarter as they posted an 11:0 run. But the dying stages turned out to be a one-man show as Brent Charleton (194-G-82) hit 3 out of 4 field goals to celebrate the 13th win in the season.
Charleton had 28 points to lead the Harbour. Hayden Allen added 17 points for the winners. Casey Frank replied with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Lindsay Tait finished with 24 in a loss.
Auckland will have to win the battle against the Bay Hawks on Saturday to remain in the race. Meanhile the Harbour Heat are sure to make it to the playoffs, but they will be without services of Oscar Forman for the rest of the regular season. Australian import will have to travel to the Boomers trials next week.

Auckland: Casey Frank 27 points, Lindsay Tait 24
Harbour: Brent Charleton 28, Hayden Allen 17, Daryl Cartwright 12, Tim Behrendorff (211-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb) 10.


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PHILIPPINES

Fans Speak -by May Arevalo


Thank you for your email Ethan and you may take the article however you want to take it.

And to all the Philippine team fans watching this page, I am inviting you to send me your questions, and suggestions regarding the RP team, especially the RP team from the PBL.
I would be interviewing PBL Comissioner Chino Trinidad soon.


Fans Speak:

May,

I'm not sure if you are implying a constructive or destructive criticism here. So help me out. Personally at this point, I don't care if the team is made up of mongrels. Times change. China, South Korea and Japan players changed. So why can't we? What I care about now is for our country to be included in the Olympic arena again. Don't tell me you wouldn't want that?!

Our country has been a basketball powerhouse in Asia for decades. And I would like it to be one again. We have such rich history of defending the crown since Carlos Loyzaga played in the national team. If you are not convinced, check the "Basketball in the Philippines" in wikipedia.

As of this time, I'm happy on how the SBP-BAP is working to send our A-team to various tournaments for international exposure. And its giving great results. If I were you, I would give full support to our national team!!!

Sincerely,

Ethan



Filipino coach envisions Japan's BJ-League becoming one of best in the world -by Hector Santos
When you've worked as a head varsity coach at high schools in Arizona and California, served as a collegiate assistant at a community college and a major Division I university, earned a paycheck as a basketball choreographer for major motion pictures, toiled as a head coach in something known as the All-American Professional Basketball League, as well as the American Basketball Association, and become an NBA scout before your 31st birthday, you've earned the right to speak if the topic is basketball.

Who is this guy?

Hernando Planells Jr.

His voice is a new one in Japan, but his respect for the game is nothing new. It will take him from his native California to Okinawa this summer when he begins putting the pieces together as the first-ever coach of the Ryukyu Golden Kings, one of two bj-league expansion franchises for the 2007-08 season.

Planells, 30, understands the profound impact the NBA has had on the game around the globe.

"Foreign players have given the NBA a global 'face' that could be recognized from China, to South Africa, to Brazil," Planells told The Japan Times. "The globalization of the sport has been a key component to the popularity of the NBA, and Commissioner (David) Stern's vision to expand the league has done wonders for marketing and merchandising.

"You are also seeing that the (Euroleague) is becoming a sort of proving ground for many of the players.

"The Toronto Raptors have pieced some of their roster (together) this year with guys who have European experience, most notably American Anthony Parker and Spaniard Rudy Calderon. These opportunities have opened the door for players from all over the world to have a goal of making it to the NBA, which for many is the ultimate accomplishment.

"Ten or 15 years ago, a 10-year-old kid in Spain may have looked up to Michael Jordan as their hero, but now a 10-year-old kid in Spain may now look up to Pau Gasol or Rudy Fernandez, who may be in the NBA next year. Being able to relate and have a local hero is important in the development of basketball."

That is why Yuta Tabuse is an important role model in his home country.
As the first Japanese-born player to appear in an NBA game, Tabuse is a household name; his name is one non-sports fans recognize, too.

In 2006, Planells, while working for Radiant Pictures, met Tabuse.

Here's how the new Golden Kings coach described his impression of the point guard:

"The journey that he is partaking is one that demands hard work, patience and determination. His journey is what makes him a hero. He left the comfortable confines of Japan, where he could be a superstar, to come here and virtually start from scratch.

"He is someone that Japan can look up to and he may be opening the doors for other Japanese players to come to the U.S. and play at a high level. He is definitely a pioneer that Japanese and other Asian youths can look up to.

"What makes him unique and more of a hero than other players from Asia is the fact that he is 179 cm and not (228 cm) like Yao Ming, or (212 cm) like Yi Jianlian, who is entering the NBA draft this year.

The NBA has put a premium on size — you see this by the good amount of foreign big men who are in the NBA — so getting an NBA shot is much tougher for Tabuse then the big guys coming from Asia."

Furthermore, Planells believes Tabuse would benefit by playing for the Japan National Team in upcoming international competitions, citing the exposure he would get, if he and the squad excel, would enhance his reputation as an NBA-caliber player.

"Sometimes you need that little push to get over the hump," Planells said. ". . . And being in situations that can break that perception will only be positive."

In the wide-ranging interview, Planells was also asked what can be done from a developmental standpoint to make Japan a better basketball national for males and females with aspirations to play college ball at Division I universities in the United States.

He responded by saying, "Exposure would be the starting point when it comes to enabling more Japanese players to receive U.S. college scholarships. It would be good to have an exposure camp where some of the top players high school players in Japan can come together and put them through a combine setting — measuring vertical leap, timing their speed on sprints and then having them all play against each other.

". . . By doing this, we would create a 'top 50' list or some sort of rankings that would help U.S. colleges learn about the prospects. We must then combine a team of the top players from the combine and travel to the U.S. to play in two exposure camps.

"What this does is create a 'buzz' about the players. Now after this trip you may have (only) one player get a Division I scholarship, but you may get three to four players who get offers from Division II or NAIA schools.

"If this is done year after year, you will see more players from Japan coming to the U.S. and playing college basketball, and as the years go by Japan will gain more respect in the basketball world and the national team will reap the benefits of those players coming back and playing for their country."

And how can the NBA be a catalyst for basketball's growth in Japan, starting at the grade-school level? I asked.

"Any support from the NBA would be a positive step," Planells said candidly. "If you look at China and their relationship with the NBA, it has only made their league, the CBA, much stronger and their development programs better.

"Having ties with the NBA will only help Japan in their development of players and coaches.

"Being involved with the NBA will improve strategy and training methods, but in terms of the development factor Japan needs people who are more familiar with that area and are interested in developing the country as a whole.

"In order to improve the level of play, starting at the grade-school level, basketball schools/academies must be developed — training facilities where players come and get coaching and teachings very similar to someone taking karate.

"By going to these facilities, athletes will learn proper techniques and training methods that will enhance their basketball development. As the players get older they will go into weight and core training that strengthens basketball-related body parts. It all depends on the seriousness that Japan has in making basketball better.

"For example, in Korea they have a 'basketball guru,' or master, who for years taught his players how to shoot one specific way; every time you saw the Korean National Team you thought that you were playing against robots — they all moved and shot the exact same way.

"Now Japan doesn't need to do that, (but) it has to realize the importance of having these training facilities, bring in coaches and trainers who want to be a part of it and grow it into a national program.

"You will see that in as little as one to three years there will be such an improvement that in five to 10 years the country will have a plethora of young and talented players who are all vying to play for their country."

Looking ahead to the future, I wanted to know Planells' impression of what the bj-league's reputation will be in five or 10 years. So I asked him.

He offered this optimistic picture:

"The bj-league should end up growing to be one of the top one or two leagues in all of Asia and a top-eight league around the world. Besides, basketball in Japan has so much to offer the foreign
players that it will be a much more attractive place to play than other countries.

"With the development of the programs I've mentioned and the overall improvement of play, there is no reason why the bj-league couldn't be one of the top leagues in the world.

"Now it will take hard work, determination and an open vision but it is extremely possible that it can be considered one of the top leagues in the world. China is considered the top league in Asia, but behind them Korea, the Philippines and others compete for the next slot.

"The bj-league has to follow the NBA model in that it puts a premium on entertainment. . . . The NBA commercials are fantastic: (they show) the up-and-down excitement of the game, the athletes flying up and down finishing with dunks or sweet shooting. If the bj-league can replicate that and think more of a global market than just a Japan market, then the bj-league will rise to the top under the NBA."

The Philippines Basketball Association has marketed itself wisely in the Internet age, creating an English-language Web site. That's a decision, Planells said, the bj-league should immediately replicate.
Why?

"You have thousands of Filipinos in the U.S. and around the world who follow that league very closely," Planells said. "Even Filipinos who don't speak the language can follow teams that they would have never known existed. "There is something to say about pride in one's own culture. There can be a Japanese teenager who has grown up in the U.S. all his life and only knows the NBA.

"What better way to expose him to his own culture (than) with the bj-league Web site?

"Now he will learn about basketball in Japan, but he can also generate some more pride about Japan and basketball. Think international and not national when building the brand of the bj-league."

Lifted from Japan Times, interview conducted by Ed Odeven.


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Note: Hernando Planells Jr., who is the son of Filipina Carmen and Spaniard Hernando, was previously the head basketball coach for the Hollywood Fame team that is in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and is also a basketball scout for Marty Blake who is the director of scouting for the NBA before offered by Ryukyu Golden Kings, one of two BJ-league expansion franchises for the 2007-08 season.

Per Asia-Basket.com interview with coach Planells, he said that he is excited about being in Okinawa.

Okinawa is very excited about the team, they have poured their complete support, both the Okinawan people and the military personnel on the island are very anxious to see how we will do” he added.

“I really want to help in the further development of basketball in Japan, being over here will allow me to work with the local Japanese players in high school, college and professional. I would like to give them more exposure to schools in the US and introduce them to new and innovative training techniques that will assist them become even better basketball players.” he also exclaimed.

Before BJ-League season begins in November, Planells is hoping to set up some pre-season games with teams from other countries and would like to go to the Philippines and play 2 to 4 games against PBA or even PBL teams.



6-11 Fil-Am to play for University of Visayas -by Hector Santos

EVEN before the season starts, Filipino-American cager Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter is already wreaking havoc after the University of Cebu (UC) and University of the Visayas (UV) got locked in a tug-of-war in an attempt to tap his services for their respective varsities.

UC, which was the first to discover the 6-foot-11 talent from Virginia, USA, has already paraded Slaughter around their school.

They also let him practice with the UC Webmasters and introduced him to the university's owner, Augusto Go.

UC's mind was made up, Slaughter's was not.

Apparently, at the same time, UV was also pursuing Slaughter.

After all the troubles they went to, UC has conceded, as it could not match the offer presented by UV to Slaughter.

“It is very upsetting because we thought that he will play with us. But UC never prevents its players from seeking greener pastures. UV made a monetary offer which UC could not counter. We could give him a good education, an ample practice allowance, but that's about it,” said UC head coach Rhoel Gomez.

In principle, Slaughter has not yet enrolled in any school and is still weighing his options before making a decision.

According to Gomez, however, UV has won this round.

“I have spoken with Slaughter's uncle and he told me that they will no longer look for other schools, including those in Manila, because they are satisfied with UV's offer,” Gomez said.

UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug admitted to have already recruited Slaughter, and said they made him an offer he could not refuse.

“We (Cabahug, Didi and Eddie Gullas) assured him that we will take care of him after his playing years are over. If he wants to pursue his ambition to go professional, we will help him achieve that,” Cabahug said.

Cabahug was mum about the monetary side of the offer and did not confirm nor deny rumors that Slaughter was offered a P25,000 monthly allowance.

“It is not about the money. It is more on the privileges that even their relatives could enjoy. You see, Sir Eddie wants the players to be able to help their families while playing,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug said that not only do their players get to study at the university for free, but the players' relatives could also go to school for free as well.

Cabahug said that it has been UV's attractive compensation that draws the players to them.

“History tells you that it is the players who come to us. That is why we have a huge pool of good players,” said Cabahug, who steered UV to six straight championships.

Cabahug said while he is confident that they will still dominate this year's Cesafi, his recruitment of Slaughter is to boost the team's chances for the National Inter-Collegiate league, which UV has still not won.

Cabahug also added if Slaughter decides to play for UV, then it will be the first time that a Filipino-American plays for them.



lifted from Sun Star



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POLAND

Changes in DBE!!! -by Karol Machera

The Board of the Polish Basketball League has approved the changes in the regulations of the league.
Most important of them are:
- every team has to have in their game roster 4 players with Polish passport,
- the number of Americans in the roster are without any restrictions,
- after the regular season teams from places from 5 to 12 will play in pre play-off,
- after the regular season teams from places from 1 to 4 will play in the Final Four of Polish Cup,

- teams would play in semifinals and finals in the best of seven series,

- there will be All Star Game and game where Polish NT will play vs. foreign all star team,

- trade deadline is on 15th of February 2008.

Accorfing to www.plk.pl



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PORTUGAL

Proliga Playoffs Semi Finals -by Luis Rocha
The playoffs continue, and Vitoria it´s the first team to get into the final. This weekend Vitoria played away at Esgueira and won the two games, saturday 79-70, sunday 75-67. Two close games, but Vitoria was always the stronger team. A good defense, a well balanced offense made them be the best even playing away. Esgueira seemed a little short on bench options, to face is opponent. Tayron Thomas (191-G, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) (Vitoria) was the guy who made the difference, a good player, he can play at positions 1 and 2, very quiet and controlled, but always ready to take advantage on a failure, he´s also a great shooter (inside and outside). Illiabum hosted Sampaense fro an intense weekend. Saturday it was Illiabum´s day, they won 70-69 and took the lead by 2-1, but sunday Sampaense made things turn and equalize. The first game could have gone to each team, great game, well played, both teams knowing exactly what the other will do. The game was decided by details, and Illiabum was luckier. Another star performance for Carlos White, college: Appalachian St.) of Sampaense 18 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists. The second game was decisive for Sampaense, they simply need to win, otherwise they´ll be out of the competition. They controlled the game since the start, put up a strong defense that made Illiabum players fail many shots, after that good rebounding, and nice pace in the transitions. Sampaense finish with a win 75-60, tied the leg 2-2, and now both teams will face the decisive game, but this time at Sampaense´s home. Once again Carlos White was the best in the court, 22 points, 11 boards and 2 blocks, he´s without a doubt the best player in Sampaense roster.

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SERBIA

Superleague: Stats leaders of regular season -by Dragan Jankovski

Forward of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) is MVP of Superleague regular season with 22.9 index value per game. Guard of Sloga Kraljevo Milos Bojovic (198-F-81) is on the second place with 19.6 while guard/forward Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Ishrana is third MVP of the league with 19.5 index value per game. Here is the list of Superleague regular season stats leaders.

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MVP index per game:

1. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena Zvezda - 22.9

2. Milos Bojovic (198-F-81) of Sloga - 19.6

3. Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Ishrana - 19.5

4. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP - 18.4

5. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) of FMP - 17.7

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Points per game:

1. Milos Bojovic (198-F-81) of Sloga - 21.9

2. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena Zvezda - 20.0

3. Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83) of Mega Ishrana - 17.2

4. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) of FMP - 15.4

5. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP - 15.1

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Defensive rebounds per game:

1. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP - 4.4

2. Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82) of Masinac - 4.4

3. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena Zvezda - 4.2

4. Kebu Stewart (205-F/C-73, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield) of Crvena Zvezda - 4.2

5. Nikola Razic (200-F-75) of Masinac - 4.2

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Offensive rebounds per game:

1. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Hemofarm - 2.5

2. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan - 2.2

3. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 2.1

4. Kebu Stewart (205-F/C-73, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield) of Crvena Zvezda - 2.0

5. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Crvena Zvezda - 2.0

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Assists per game:

1. Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) of FMP - 5.4

2. Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85) of Mega Ishrana - 4.6

3. Igor Mijajlovic (192-G-84) of Masinac - 4.2

4. Dusan Djordjevic (194-G-83) of Vojvodina Srbijagas - 4.0

5. Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83) of Meha Ishrana - 3.8

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Steals per game:

1. Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Ishrana - 3.8

2. Milos Bojovic (198-F-81) of Sloga - 2.6

3. Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85) of Mega Ishrana - 2.5

4. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) of Masinac - 2.4

5. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) of FMP - 2.2



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SYRIA

Jalaa won both the Cup and Syrian Championship in one week -by Eurobasket
Jalaa confirmed to be the strongest team in Syrian League. They just won the cup after beating Ittihad of Aleppo 91-93.
Also they won the Syrian Championship today (Tuesday) after beating Ittihad for the 2nd time in 4 days 85-67. Jalaa also beat them last Saturday 91-67.
The championships comes back to Jalaa after 28 years.
It's 24th league title for the team, and 12th cup trophy. Both are the best achievements in Syrian basketball history.


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TAIWAN

2007 Taiwan NT preliminary roster announced -by Chris Wang
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Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) announced on Tuesday a 21-man roster of the 2007 Taiwan NT for the upcoming Asian Championship for Men and the William Jones Cup tournament.

The roster is expected to be trimmed down to 15-man prior to the Jones Cup tournament and 12 before the Asian Championship in Tokushima, Japan. The Asian Chamionship will be the first time Taiwan NT is led by a foreign coach since 2000.

Five new players made their national team debut: TB point guard Lee Hsaeh-Lin , Yulon forward Lu Cheng Ju , Dacin forward Chen Tse-Wei , Azio F/C Chien Jia-Hong and Dacin forward Lin Yi-Huei .

The status for two injured players -- Ho Sho-Jen and Chen Chih-chun -- were still uncertain.

Yulon placed six players in the NT. TB and Dacin folllowed with four respectively while Videoland had three players on the roster. BOT had two and ETSN and Azio each had one.

Chung, who led Korea to the 1997 Asian Championship title and a 1998 World Championship berth, also coached a Taiwan Junior NT that included top players like Tsun Wen-Din , Tien Lei , Lin Chih-jay, Wu Dai-hao and Ho Sho-Jen to a third-place finish in the 2000 Asian Junior Championship.

Chung also briefly coached Dacin Tigers in the final season of the defunct CBA(Chinese Basketball Alliance) in 1998-99 and finished with a 8-14 record. Later he went back to Korea and coached the University of Korea.

2007 Taiwan NT preliminary roster:

Lee Hsaeh-Lin (176-G-84) of Yulon Dinos
Chen Chih-Chun (188-G-77) of Yulon Dinos
Wu Yung-Jen (177-G-82) of Videoland Hunters
Lin Chi-Jay (192-G-82) of TTL Taiwan Beer
Chang Chih-Feng (183-G-81) of Dacin Construction
Chou Shih-Yuan (190-G/F-83) of Yulon Dinos
Chen Hsin An (196-G/F-80) of Yulon Dinos
Lu Cheng Ju (194-F-86) of Yulon Dinos
Yang Che-Yi (193-F-78) of Videoland Hunters
Yang Chin-Min (188-G-84) of Bank of Taiwan
Lin Yi-Huei (193-F-86) of Dacin Construction
Ho Sho-Jen (197-F-83) of TTL Taiwan Beer
Chen Tse-Wei (200-F-85) of Dacin Construction
Lee Chi-Yi (200-F/C-78) of Videoland Hunters
Yua Ying-Li (195-F-84) of Bank of Taiwan
Tsun Wen-Din (203-C-84) of Yulon Dinos
Tien Lei (202-F-83) of Dacin Construction
Wu Tai Hao (208-C-85) of ETSN Antelopes
Chien Jia-Hong (196-F/C-87) of Azio

Head coach: Chung Kwang-Suk
Assistant: Liu Jia Fa
Manager: Cheng Chih-lung
Translator: Wang Bing-shen


Taiwan Beer signs Wu Dai-hao, Yang Chin-min -by Chris Wang
The rich gets richer, they said. Taiwan Beer did just that Monday by signing Wu Tai Hao (208-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Yang Chin-Min (188-G-84), both national team members, from ETSN and Bank of Taiwan and sent out a clear message that it looks to defend its SBL title next year.

The Beermen signed Wu to a contract with a NT$ 120,000 per month salary. Plus the incentives, estimately Wu will make NT$ two millions per year. Yang Chin-Min was signed for NT$ 100,000 per month, a 25 percent increase of his salary with the small-budget Bank of Taiwan.

Wu is expected to be the last piece of puzzle for Taiwan Beer, which has been hampered by its lack of inside presence all season long. Yang will make TB's perimeter squad, which included veteran Lo Shin-liang, Ho Sho-jen, Chen Shih-nian and Lin Kwan-lun, even more dangerous.

However, team basketball is not mathamatics. Will TB players be able to share the ball and playing time? It's roster is obviously loaded at this moment, going two or three deep in every position. The internal chemistry will be the first concern.

The signing was a devastating blow for two teams that lost their star players. Bank of Taiwan lost Yang to TB and will probably lose Yua Ying-li to Dacin, if the rumor was correct. ETSN, which rumor said is seeking for potentital buyer for the team, lost its best center.


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TBL

CLARK FIRED; TBL CITE 'DYSFUNCTIONAL SITUATION' -by Charles Johnson
5-June-2007
Arlington, Texas - The Texas Basketball League announces Executive Assistant Charonda Clark was fired Saturday night in a shocking move by league owner Benjamin Brinkley, who cited a "dysfunctional situation" between the owner and executive assistant Charonda Clark.

Less than a month being on the job, Ms Clark wasn't able to complete simple tasks such as answering league office phone calls or answering emails from incoming players.
While confirming he had working relationship with Ms Clark, Mr. Brinkley seemed puzzled that Ms Clark's behavior has gone from professional to unprofessional in a matter of weeks due to her own personal matters.

"That is absolutely unacceptable in my view," Brinkley told the Minority Press in a telephone interview. "We had no idea about the level of unprofessionalism that was carrying on in the league office, players not being contacted via by phone or email, fraternizing with people on executive staff and incoming basketball players, and on and on. We have tried to give her an opportunity to become a part of something special but she has destroyed that opportunity in this league. We've added a couple of guys that will replace Ms Clark that the rest of the league should be very pleased with.

Troy Dunn, the league commissioner, did praise Mr. Brinkley for making a difficult decision. "I agree with it," the commissioner said. "I always put the league first."

The firing was first reported by TBL Headline News and by the Minority Press.

"This decision was so hard because Ms Clark has been both a friend and valued asset of our league," Brinkley said. "But my first obligation is always to do what is in the best interest of our fans and the entire TBL organization. I must take whatever steps are necessary to deliver a quality atmosphere to the Texas Basketball League. Events of the last month have now convinced me that it is not possible for our organization to function at a championship level under the current structure.

"On the contrary, and in the plainest possible language, we have a dysfunctional situation here. Today I am resolving that situation once and for all." Mr Brinkley stated.

Ms Clark has been at odds with Mr. Brinkley since May 15, apparently over the personnel decisions and her own personal matters that weren't addressed by the league owner. “This is about semi-pro basketball, not about your personal matters like your car being broke down.” Mr. Brinkley also pointed out that legal actions are possible against Ms Clark for tampering with player's personal information.

Ms Clark was unavailable for comments at the time of this press release.

All players are asked to report any conservations or incidents with Ms Clark at the league office: 817-803-6186 or email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com.


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TUNISIA

SN win the Tunisia Cup -by Carlos Pereira
Beating Club Africain (CA), by 81-67 Stade Nabeulian (SN) is th new Tunisia Cup holder.
Box Score
SN : M'barek (9), A. Hadidane (14), M. Hadidane (22), B. Hadidane (4), Knioua (4), Rezig (24), Maâlaoui (4).
CA : Amir (12), Rajhi (5), Lahmar (14), Dhifallah (11), Ez Zahi (2), Temimi (9), Ben Salah (4), Essayed (11),
N-dongo (6).

Resultat :
SN - CA : (81-67)


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Coamo wins another -by David Edole
Four free throws by Manuel Narvaez in the last 1:02 of action carried the inspired Coamo runners to a dramatic triumph over the Mayaguez Indians, 79-78 Monday night in Puerto Rico's Superior Basketball League (BSN). With the game tied at 75, Eddie Casiano drilled a three pointer to give the Indians the advantage, 78-75. However, two free throws by Narvaez, at 1:02 mark and two more with 20 seconds left put the visitors in the front. Gabriel Mouneke who played in his first game of the season with Indians missed his final attempt as time expired.
Coamo's Kevin Sheppard had another stellar game scoring a game high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting and three-of-four at the free throw line. TJ Cumming chipped in with 15.
Gabriel Muoneke led the Indians with 27 points and Eddie Casiano tallied 24 points.
Coamo record improves to 8-16 and sits one and a half game out of the playoff picture. Coamo are in a must win mode with just six game remaining on the schedule.
The BSN games are aired live on WAPA America (cable-144 on St. Croix). Tonight Mayaguez takes on Santurce at 8:30 pm. The BSN All Star game between the Puerto Rican select national team and imports will be aired at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.


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VENEZUELA

LPB 2007 - Semifinals (Gameday 2): Trotamundos and Gaiteros wake up, get series splits -by Francisco Vega

Trotamundos de Carabobo took an important step into reaching their second straight LPB Finals and trying to defend their chrown, by winning at the court of Cocodrilos de Caracas. Meanwhile, Gaiteros del Zulia woke up from a home defeat and tied things up against Guaiqueries de Margarita prior to the trip to La Asuncion.


June 3rd, 2007 (Sunday)


Trotamundos de Carabobo 87 - Cocodrilos de Caracas 84

Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

(Semifinal D tied, 1-1)

Quarter by quarter
COC: 12-28-23-21= 84
TRO: 19-17-30-21= 87

Scorers

COC: Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 18 points, Tim Jones (193-G/F-73) 17 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 17 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 13 points

TRO: Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78) 26 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 22 points and 11 rebounds, Curtis Haywood (198-G-75) 11 points

Gaiteros del Zulia 105 - Guaiqueries de Margarita 90

Belisario Aponte Gymnasium - Maracaibo, Zulia

(Semifinal E, 1-1)

Quarter by quarter
GAI:
26-27-25-27= 105

GUAI: 28-21-18-23= 90

Scorers

GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 23 points, Chris Jeffries (199-F-80) 22 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-75) 12 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 11 points, Eduardo Villares (186-G-79) 11 points

GUAI: Chris Jackson (208-C-81) 20 points, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 14 points, Rogers Washington (202-F-77) 13 points, Carlos Cedeno (194-G/F-85) 11 points



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WBA

WBA 2007 All-League Selections & Awards... -by David Archer
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Atlanta, Georgia - The World Basketball Association (WBA) has announced the 2007 All-League Teams and individual awards. The selections are listed below...

2007 WBA ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS:

FIRST TEAM

MaJic Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, college: S.Indiana), MAYAS USA
Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82, college: Middle Tenn.St.) , FLOYD CO. RAGE
Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79, college: Kennesaw St.), MAYAS USA
Evan Brock (6'9''-F-84, college: Alabama), RAVIA REBELS
Toby Smith (6'10''-C-85, college: Connors State, Okl.), WILSON HARDHATS

SECOND TEAM
Coco Cofield (6'1''-G-81, college: N.Dakota St.), ATLANTA HARDHATS
Chris Davis (6'5''-G-80, college: N.Texas), TEXAS TYCOONS
Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79, college: Virginia Tech), RAVIA REBELS
Latece Williams (6'8''-F-79, college: Marshall), FLOYD CO. RAGE
Reo Logan (6'11''-C-81, college: Georgia St.), MAYAS USA

THIRD TEAM
Golden Ingle (5'11''-G-81, college: Kennesaw St.), RAVIA REBELS
Karl Hollingsworth (6'5''-F/G-82, college: Stetson), FLOYD CO. RAGE
Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central), TEXAS TYCOONS
Jemere Hendrix (6'8''-F-83, college: Tennessee), ROME GLADIATORS
Edmund Saunders (6'8''-F/C-78, college: Connecticut), MAYAS USA

FOURTH TEAM
Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic), ROME GLADIATORS
Rodney Kirtz (6'3''-G-79, college: Mercer), RAVIA REBELS
Leroy Davis (6'5''-F-81, college: Georgia St.), WILSON HARDHATS
Marcus Sloan (6'9''-F-82, college: TCU), TEXAS TYCOONS
Jeff Daisley (7'2''-C-83), MAYAS USA

All-League Honorable Mention: David Monds (6'8''-F-83, College: Oklahoma State), Ravia; Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, college: Tennessee St.), Ravia; Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Texas Coll.), Texas Tycoons; Kareem Grant (6'6''-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.), Mayas USA; Emanuel Jackson (6'8''-F/C-78, college: Stephen F. Austin), Wilson HH; William Howard (6'5''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina A&T), Atlanta HH; Chris Jackson (6'2''-G-82, college: So.Polytechnic St.), Ravia; Benny West (6'3''-G-82, college: Howard Payne), Texas Tycoons.

WBA ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM SELECTIONS
Anthony Slater, ROME GLADIATORS
Adrien Borders (6'0''-G-83, college: Wofford), RAVIA REBELS
Chris Jackson (6'2''-G-82, college: So.Polytechnic St.), RAVIA REBELS
Benny West (6'3''-G-82, college: Howard Payne), TEXAS TYCOONS
Robert Cox (-G/F-83, college: So.Polytechnic St.), RAVIA REBELS
Bobby Brown, MAYAS USA
Jonathan Kelly (6'6''-G-84, college: Florida A&M), ATLANTA HARDHATS
Latece Williams, FLOYD CO. RAGE
Jeff Daisley (7'2''-C-83), MAYAS USA

WBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: MaJic Dorsey, MAYAS USA
WBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Evan Brock, RAVIA REBELS
WBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR: Bobby Brown, MAYAS USA
WBA 6TH MAN OF THE YEAR: Chris Jackson, RAVIA REBELS
WBA NEW-COMER OF THE YEAR: Brandon Heredia (5'11''-G-85, college: Lon Morris JC), MAYAS USA

WBA EASTERN CONFERENCE TEAM OF THE YEAR: RAVIA REBELS
WBA WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAM OF THE YEAR: MAYAS USA

WBA HEAD COACH & GM OF THE YEAR: Lionel Garrett , MAYAS USA
WBA CO-EXECUTIVES OF THE YEAR: Carlos Ivav Ruiz Flota , MAYAS USA & Mary Martinez , RAVIA REBELS



Mayas & Ravia to battle for WBA Title... -by David Archer
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Ravia Rebels will host Mayas-USA in WBA Championship Series...

Atlanta, Georgia - Minor league basketball through out the country has been in a quagmire the past year. The World Basketball Association (WBA) has suffered through its share of difficulties this season. Despite enduring great trials this spring, along with having to shorten the regular season, the WBA will move ahead with plans to crown a 2007 Champion.


After being named to their respective Conference Titles, Mayas USA and the Gwinnett Ravia Rebels will battle it out in a best of three Championship Series for the WBA Crown. Mayas will represent the Western Conference, while Ravia is the Eastern representative.

Mayas-USA captured the Western Conference Title, finishing the shortened season with a 10-1 overall record. Led by Head Coach Lionel Garrett, who was recently named the 2007 WBA Coach of the Year, Mayas has a talented core of WBA veterans, including two-time WBA MVP Daryl Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, college: S.Indiana), Edmund Saunders (6'8''-F/C-78, college: Connecticut), and Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79, college: Kennesaw St.). Garrett, Dorsey and Saunders teamed to bring the Rome Gladiators its first WBA Crown in 2005. Saunders, who owns a NCAA Title ring from his days at Uconn, was also a member of Rome's 2006 WBA Title. Brown, who was awarded his third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award, been a WBA All-league selection the past three years. Garrett, who played for the Harlem Globetrotters after being drafted to the NBA in 1979, was recently named to the Southern University Sports Hall of Fame. Mayas also boasts the proverbial “Noah's Arc” of roster support, with two viable big men in Reo Logan (6'11''-C-81, college: Georgia St.) and Jeff Daisley (7'2''-C-83), two athletic wings in Brandon Hartley and Kareem Grant (6'6''-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.), and long range shooters in Brandon Heredia (5'11''-G-85, college: Lon Morris JC) and Edgar Soto (6'4''-F/G-77). The ownership group of the Flota family, with Carlos serving as the principal field marshal, has provided the Mayas USA club with a supreme level of stability that permeates the recipe for success. Upon completion of the WBA Championship Series, Mayas will return to Mexico for preparations for the upcoming LNBP season.

The Gwinnett Ravia-Rebels, have been the surprise of the WBA season. Joining the WBA, just days before opening night, Ravia has been immediately a competitive force. Under the ownership of Mary Martinez and Jesse Torres, the Rebels quickly put together an exciting, high-octane team that could put points on the board, while also playing hard-nosed basketball. The Rebels finished the abbreviated WBA season with a 6-4 overall record, with all four losses coming by narrow margins, including two of those by virtue of overtime. Two of their close losses also were against Mayas-USA. WBA Rookie of the Year and first team All-League selection, Evan Brock (6'9''-F-84, college: Alabama) has led the way for the Rebels, while introducing his fresh ‘inside-outside' style of play to the league. Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79, college: Virginia Tech) high-flying act has perfectly complimented the outside shooting triage of Rodney Kirtz (6'3''-G-79, college: Mercer), Wayne Arnold and rookie PG Golden Ingle (5'11''-G-81, college: Kennesaw St.). Chris Jackson (6'2''-G-82, college: So.Polytechnic St.) and David Monds (6'8''-F-83, college: Oklahoma St.), who joined the team a few games in, has also infused the ability for the team to have multiple post up options. Jackson, from a guard position, can muscle smaller defenders with his strong physique and shoot from the perimeter, and Monds has given Ravia another option in the post with his ability to maneuver around the paint. Utility player, Robert Cox (-G/F-83, college: So.Polytechnic St.) has provided a great mix of defense, athleticism and scoring ability for Ravia, while Adrien Borders (6'0''-G-83, college: Wofford) has also been very solid at the guard position both offensively and defensively. Cox and Borders were both named to the WBA All-defensive team for this season.

Mayas-USA took the two regular season games from Ravia but not in easy fashion. Back on May 18, Mayas had to battle back from a 26-point deficit to narrowly defeat the Rebels 118-115 at Berkmar. Dorsey downed 25 fourth quarter points and Brown had 18 in the second half, to help kick-start their team into a stirring comeback win. A week later in Longview, Ravia put Mayas to the test again, with Mayas pulling out a 118-111 victory. In their only other meeting, Ravia actually defeated Mayas in a friendly match, so the Rebels know what it takes to compete.

So, the stage is set for an interesting conclusion to what has been a trying season for the WBA community. Never in the WBA's four-year existence has the league opted for a series type of format for the Finals. Clearly, the two most deserving teams are pitted against one another for the rights to claim what will surely be considered a “bitter-sweet“end. Regardless of the hardships, you can bet the level of play which will be displayed this week will not be diluted in any shape, form or fashion. The players for both teams will be going as hard as they can. Mayas-USA will add to the excitement and opportunity for exposure by having the Series televised for viewing all across the Yucatan and Mexico. Players will also have the ability to be exposed to LNBP teams through out Mexico, which is the league that Mayas is also a member of during the traditional winter basketball season.

The series will begin on Thursday night with the two evenly matched teams tipping off at 7:30pm. The Title series will continue on Friday at 7:30pm, followed by game three on Sunday beginning at 4:30pm (if necessary). The series will be held at Berkmar High School 405 Pleasant Hill Rd. in Lilburn (GA).





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Women News

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ARGENTINA - Women

Argentina Lead at U-17 Women Championship -by Leonardo Contieri
Argentina started 3-0 in teh South American Women U-17 championship with a key victory on the second round against favorite Brazil 68-54. That was after the first day of action when Argentina easily defeated Chile, and the team continued its strong play today against home team Equator beating the 55-43. Wednesday game against Venezuela turned out to be the final of the tournament since both teams are 3-0 and the winner will win the championship no matter what happen on the final day. Debora Gonzalez, averaging 18 points per game is the leading scorer of the tournament and is also sceond on steals per game (3 spg) and Agostina Burrani leads the championhsip in rebounds per game (8.3) and blocks per game (3). Paula Budini is first on assits (3.3) and is followed by Nadia Flores (3).

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ASIAN CHAMPS(W) - Women

The hosts of Asia Championship for Women start with 2 wins -by Eurobasket News
The host team of the Asia Championship for Women, Korea started with 2 wins in the tournament. Thailand was smashed in the opener, while the victory over Chinese Taipei was achieved in the end. Korea shares the top spot with Japan in Group A with 2-0.
In the opener of the Asian Championship for Women, Korea used the whole power of the host team and got an easy win over Thailand. The score was already 32:7 after the first quarter that did not provoke an intrigue in the end. Korea led the game to 108:47 win and achieved the first win. Sun Min Jung led the winners with 18 points. Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) Yeon-Ha posted 14, while Kim Ji-Hyun added 12. Nantana Charoenrat (175-G-77) top-scored for the visitors with 15 points.
In the second game Korea displayed far better understanding of the game situation, and thus prevailed over a spirited Chinese Taipei. Korea deserved the second win beating the opponent 74:65. Chinese Taipei won the opening tip and stayed only 35:37 at the half time, however failed in the third. Korea advantaged in the end and stayed unbeaten in the tournament. Beon Yeon Ha paced the winners with 20 points. Ha Eun Joo chipped in with 19, while Park Eung Jun scored 14. Liu Chun Yi (180-F-81) led the visitors with 18 points.

Korea-Thailand 108:47
Korea: Sun Min Jung 18, Beon Yeon Ha 14, Kim Ji-Hyun 12
Thailand: Nantana Charoenrat 15

Korea- Chinese Taipei 74:65
Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 20, Ha Eun Joo 19, Park Eung Jun 14
Chinese Taipei: Liu Chun Yi 18, Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) 12


Japan increases to 2-0 in Group A -by Eurobasket News
Japan started with two wins in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the opener of the tournament Japan survived over China, while in the second game Japan overwhelmed Thailand. The team shares the top position with Korea in Group A.

China had come into this Championship with only one player, Jia Guang (176-G-80), from the team that won the gold medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. The visitors started better and won the opening quarter over Japan 20:22. The latter took a control in the end of the game and won 72:65. Kumiko Yamada (192-F-79) led the winners with 20 points. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) posted 19, while Ai Mitani added 11. China was led by Guan Xin (196-C-87) with 16 points.

In the second game Japan smashed Thailand 104:44. Almost all the 12 players got an equal feel of the court as the coach took the opportunity to try out a few new game situations. Japan dominated in the court during the whole game and played its own game. The most troubles Thailand had in the second quarter when they lost 10:32. Yuka Watanabe (180-G-81) and Yumi Iwamura (168-G-81) contributed into the win with 15 points. Noriko Sakakibara (175-G-78) and Ikeda added 13 each. Nantana top-scored for Thailand with 16 points.

Japan-China 72:65
Japan: Kumiko Yamada 20, Yuko Oga 19, Ai Mitani 11
China: Guan Xin 16, Jia Guang 13, Zheng Yu Ma 11

Japan-Thailand 104:44
Japan: Yuka Watanabe 15, Yumi Iwamura 15, Noriko Sakakibara 13, Ikeda 13
Thailand: Nantana 16, Roong-Aroon 9


India leads Group B with 3-0 together with Hong Kong -by Eurobasket News
India celebrated the third win in a row in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the third game India rolled over Uzbekistan 67:63. That was the toughest game so far for the winners as two previous games were a preparation for the Play-offs. Geethu Ann Jose (185-C-85) top-scored with 27 points and leads the scoring list of the tournament. Anitha Pauldurai finished with 12, while Kiranjit Kaur added 10. Vera Titova (178-F-85) scored 20 points in the losing effort.

India struggled to get past the tallest rivals they have encountered so far. Tatyana Kildyusheva kept a tight leash on India's prolific centre Geethu Ann Jose. The latter averages 31.3 points per game so far. Anyway, India took a lead and started with 19:13 after the first.
Uzbekistan has definitely changed in the second quarter and not only reduced the score, however managed to grab the lead. The squads finished the half at 28:33 for Uzbekistan. India caught up the opponents in the third quarter and stayed calm in the end. The third win for India left them on the top together with Hong Kong. Uzbekistan is 1-2 in the standings, but shows great effort and games.

India- Uzbekistan 67:63
India:Geethu Ann Jose 27, Anitha Pauldurai 12, Kiranjit Kaur 10
Uzbekistan: Vera Titova 20, Yelena Khushnitdinova 19, Alla Krasovskaya 12


Korea cruised over Malaysia to go on 3-0 -by Eurobasket News
Korea- Malaysia 97:53

Korea stays unbeaten after first three games in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the third game of the Preliminary Round the hosts of the tournament defeated Malaysia 97:53. The latter had a good start, but could not stay tough longer. Kim Eung-Jun top-scored for the winners with 29 points. Kim Se Long (177-G-86) posted 13, while Jin Mi Jung and Kim Kwe-Ryong finished with 12. Siao Foong Chow (171-F-76) Siao Fong paced Malaysia with 14 points.

Korea did not worry about the game as they thought about the next one against Japan. That is why Malaysia stayed even in the opening quarter and lost only 15:20. Korea increased the lead in the second and already had 21 points deficit at the half. Both squads disappeared for interims with 48:27 for the hosts. It was not a big deal to control the rest of the game.

Korean coach Yoon Soo Young chose to underplay the win with a happy smile after the game. His team is now on the top of the group with 3-0 record. Japan shares the top place with them and their game between each other is scheduled for tonight.

Korea: Kim Eung-Jun 29, Kim Se Long 13, Jin Mi Jung 12, Kim Kwe-Ryong 12
Malaysia: Siao Foong Chow Siao Fong 14


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Jenny Whittle retires from international basketball -by Gauthier Gerard
Basketball Australia announced yesterday the retirement of World Champion Opal Jenny Whittle (197-C-73) from international competition. Whittle entered the ranks of elite basketball nearly two decades ago as a 15-year old with the Australian Institute of Sport in 1989. She has since played over 300 games for Australia at the junior and senior level, including five world championships, one Commonwealth Games and two Olympic Games.
source: Bill Baxter for BA media

Whittle won a bronze medal at Atlanta in 1996, a silver medal at Sydney in 2000 and a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in 2006, as well as a Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) championship with the Canberra Capitals in 2006. Along with stints in France, Spain and Hungary, Whittle has played 268 WNBL games and will continue in that league in the upcoming season with the Adelaide Lightning, it was announced today. She remains the all time leading shot blocker in the WNBL.
It's the right time to go,” Whittle said. “This season I'll play against some AIS girls that weren't even born when I was at the AIS. Last year was such an incredible experience winning the World Championship and it's great to leave the international game on top. I only wish I could have shared the World Champs with some of my old team mates.”


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BARBADOS - Women

Merciless Tigers -by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Tigers - Sagicor Hoopsters 75:34

Pepsi Tigers remain in the top form and still trying to catch up with the recent leaders in the BOA Women's Basketball League. They dismantle Sagicor Hoopsters 75:34 at the Barbados Community College in WBL action on Sunday. The even game continued only in the opening frame as the Hoopsters held on to the favorites. Richelle Farley and Alyssa Mason provided offensive touch and the Hoopsters trailed just 10:16 at the end of the first frame. However in the second quarter Pepsi Tigers used heavy artillery. National team players Irecka Louis and Jennifer Joseph-Hackett added depth in the paint for the Tigers and they run away with 34:20 first half. The defense tightened up for the Hoopsters in the third frame. Schoolgirls managed just 9 points in the quarter and had to watch Tigers extending their lead to 56:29. Irecka Louis chipped in 9 points to keep the Tigers running. The Tigers easily completed the win in the final frame and got closer to the playoffs.
Irecka Louis had game-high 30 points. Jennifer Joseph-Hackett added 11 and Jacqueline Brown provided 10 for the winners. The Hoopsters were led by Richelle Farley with 9 points. Pepsi Tigers remained at the third spot of the ladder behind Station Hill Cavaliers and leading Colombian Emeralds Senators.

Tigers: Irecka Louis 30 points, Jennifer Joseph-Hackett 11, Jacqueline Browne 10, Jewel Brathwaite 10
Hoopsters: Richelle Farley 9.


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BRAZIL - Women

U17 squad unable to overcome Argentina -by Eurobasket News
Brazilian U17 national team started the South American Championship in Cuenca, Ecuador. In the first round of the competition Brazil cruised past Peru 96:46. However Round 2 brought an upset as Brazil were not able to defeat one of the main rivals Argentina. Argentinean squad took control of the game right from the start and were up 39:28 at halftime. Despite desperate efforts to save the game Brazilian team had to surrender 54:68 at the end. Bruna Siqueira (182-F) provided team-high 16 points. Fabiana De Souza and Amanda Lazaro had 8 points apiece in a loss.
Brazil are now behind Argentina and Venezuela in the ladder. They face Venezuela in Round 4 and then will take on Chile and Ecuador in the last two rounds. The winner will be decided on the point basis.


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CHINA - Women

After a win Chinese Taipei lost two in a row -by Eurobasket News
Less than an hour ago Chinese Taipei lost its second game in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team was defeated by Japan 58:67. That was the revenge of the latter for the 2006 Doha Asian Games where Chinese Taipei celebrated the win. Japan celebrated the third win, leading the campaign was their reliable Noriko Sakakibara (175-G-78)-Yuko Oga (170-G-82) duo. Chinese Taipei lost the opening quarter 11:22 and could not reach the opponent. Yuko Oga led the winners with 20 points. Wen Chi (169-G-84) top-scored for Taipei with 14, while Liu Chun Yi added 10.
The Championship however started great for Chinese team. East Asian powerhouse Chinese Taipei began their campaign with a clinical decimation of the Malaysian challenge on Sunday. Chinese Taipei looked composed and better organized throughout. Our team won 107:54 that time and had a better mood than now. Liu Yi Chun led the winners with 27 points, Lin Mei Hui ended up with 14.
In the second game of the tournament Chinese Taipei lost to Korea 65:74. Chinese Taipei won the opening tip and stayed only 35:37 at the half time, however failed in the third. Korea advantaged in the end and stayed unbeaten in the tournament. Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) paced the winners with 20 points. Ha Eun Joo chipped in with 19, while Park Eung Jun scored 14. Liu Chun Yi led the visitors with 18 points.

Chinese Taipei- Malaysia 107:54
Chinese Taipei: Liu Yi Chun 27, Lin Mei Hui 14, Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) 11, Ma Yi Hung 11
Malaysia: Teon Yuen Woon 10, Chan Ying Chee 10

Korea- Chinese Taipei 74:65
Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 20, Ha Eun Joo 19, Park Eung Jun 14
Chinese Taipei: Liu Chun Yi 18, Chiang Feng Chun 12

Chinese Taipei-Japan 58:67
Japan: Yuko Oga 20, Noriko Sakakibara 15
Chinese Taipei: Wen Chi 14, Liu Chun Yi 10


China tasted a loss and a win -by Eurobasket News
Chinese Women team tasted the loss and the victory in FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Korea. The first game was the ruin of the Chinese hesitations and the desire to win again. China had come into this Championship with only one player Jia Guang (176-G-80) from the team that won the gold medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. The second game was the relaxation and the preparation for the next games.

In the first game of the Asian Championship for Women China was defeated by Japan 65:72. Our team started better and won the opening quarter 22:20. The score was even at the half, however later Japan took a control of the game. Kumiko Yamada (192-F-79) led the winners with 20 points. Yuko Oga posted 19, while Ai Mitani added 11. China was led by Guan Xin (196-C-87) with 16 points.

In the second game Chinese players did not have much difficulties cruising past Malaysia 109:57. For China an encounter against Malaysia couldn't have come at a better time. Even though team is represented with the young players it dominated in the court. Tan See Wah, the Head coach of Malaysian team was not very upset as he thinks that every match here is a learning experience. With 26:12 in the opening quarter China increased to a higher lead in the end. Zhang Han Lan paced the winners with 18 points. Ma Zheng Yu, Wei Wei (206-C-89) and Mo Li posted 13 points each. Kew May Suik resisted for Malaysia with 22 points

Japan-China 72:65
Japan: Kumiko Yamada 20, Yuko Oga 19, Ai Mitani 11
China: Guan Xin 16, Jia Guang 13, Zheng Yu Ma 11

China- Malaysia 109:57
China: Zhang Han Lan 18, Ma Zheng Yu 13, Wei Wei 13, Mo Li 13
Malaysia: Kew May Suik 22


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Kaisa Valtakari signed with Catz -by Rauno Hurmalainen
2005-06 on ToPo (Helsinki) roster, 2006-07 on Dowling College (NCAA2) roster and 2007-08 on Catz (Lappeenranta) roster. Yes, the player´s name is
Kaisa Valtakari (178-F-87) who enjoyed only one season in the USA and will play in Finland coming season.


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FRANCE - Women

NT: U20 Preliminary Roster -by Leslie Anderson

Marielle Amant (189-C-89) CFBB

Melanie Arnaud (186-F-88) ASPTT Arras

Lucie Bouthors (173-G-88) US Valenciennes O.

Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (191-C-89) CFBB

Anais Deas (165-G-87) 1ASPTT Arras

Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) US Valenciennes O.

Marylene Guerra (185-F-89) Lattes Montpellier AB (NF2)

Pauline Jannault (193-F/C-87) USO Mondeville

Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) Wasquehal FB (NF2)

Valerie Labbe (180-G-88) USO Mondeville II (NF2)

Anael Lardy (170-G-87) Stade Clermontois AB 63

Gaetane Merlot (179-F-87) SO Armentières (NF1)

Endene Miyem (188-F-88) Bourges Basket

Anne-Sophie Pagnier (180-F-87) SJS Reims (NF1)

Carine Paul (176-F-88) Bourges Basket

Jessica Periago (193-C-88)

Fanny Ploegaerts (170-G-88) Union Saint-Amand PH

Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) USO Mondeville

Head Coach: Francis Denis

Assistants: Julien EGLOFF and Elisabeth DASSONVILLE



NT: U21 World Chmpionship Squad reduced -by Leslie Anderson

The U21 squad has been reduced to 17 members as the preparation continues after their two match series victory over Germany last weekend.

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Melanie Arnaud (186-F-88) Asptt Arras

Yvette Assilamehou (182-G/F-86) SJS Reims (NF1)

Julie Barennes (183-F-86) Cavigal Nice

Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) Union Saint-Amand PH

Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) . US Valenciennes O.

Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) US Valenciennes O.

Sylvie Gruszczynski (172-G-86) Mourenx BC

Pauline Jannault (193-F/C-87) USO Mondeville

Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) Wasquehal FB (NF2)

Mareska Kowalik (179-F-86) Basket Landes (NF1)

Marion Laborde (178-G-86) Tarbes GB

Anael Lardy (170-G-87) Stade Clermontois AB 63

Endene Miyem (188-F-88) Interieure Bourges Basket

Anne-Sophie Pagnier (180-F-87) Arrière SJS Reims (NF1)

Carine Paul (176-F-88) Arrière Bourges Basket

Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) Meneuse USO Mondeville

Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) Tarbes GB

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The Coachig Staff

Coach Denis Francis Denis

Assistant Christophe Allardi and Laure Savasta

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The preparation continues with matches this weekend against Belgium, Japan and Russia in a round robin competition in France (Bourg-en-Bresse) before their final training camp in France and a 3 match series against the USA next weekend.



NT: U18 - Eight nations prepare in Nantes, France -by Leslie Anderson

With a little under 4 weeks before the European Championships start eight U18 teams come to Nantes, France (7th - 10th June) to continue their preparations

France the hosts have been in camp since the 12th May and only last week beat Slovakia 2:1 in a 3 match series. The Germans have been in camp since the 31st May and have had warm up games against Div B sides England but this tournament will be the squads first real test. Germany finished 12th last year and will hope to do better this time around. Sweden won the Nordic Championships last month and are now in the next phase of their preparation and this tournament offers them the chance to play against tougher opposition.

The other nations taking part are: Belarus, Croatia (Div B), Lithuania, Czech Republic, and Russia,

Group A: Belarus, Croatia, France and Sweden

Group B: Germany, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Russia



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INDIA - Women

India leads Group B with 3-0 together with Hong Kong -by Eurobasket News
India celebrated the third win in a row in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the third game India rolled over Uzbekistan 67:63. That was the toughest game so far for the winners as two previous games were a preparation for the Play-offs. Geethu Ann Jose (185-C-85) top-scored with 27 points and leads the scoring list of the tournament. Anitha Pauldurai finished with 12, while Kiranjit Kaur added 10. Vera Titova (178-F-85) scored 20 points in the losing effort.

India struggled to get past the tallest rivals they have encountered so far. Tatyana Kildyusheva kept a tight leash on India's prolific centre Geethu Ann Jose. The latter averages 31.3 points per game so far. Anyway, India took a lead and started with 19:13 after the first.
Uzbekistan has definitely changed in the second quarter and not only reduced the score, however managed to grab the lead. The squads finished the half at 28:33 for Uzbekistan. India caught up the opponents in the third quarter and stayed calm in the end. The third win for India left them on the top together with Hong Kong. Uzbekistan is 1-2 in the standings, but shows great effort and games.

India- Uzbekistan 67:63
India:Geethu Ann Jose 27, Anitha Pauldurai 12, Kiranjit Kaur 10
Uzbekistan: Vera Titova 20, Yelena Khushnitdinova 19, Alla Krasovskaya 12


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ISRAEL - Women

Brasheeda Elohim to Ramla -by Eurobasket News
An American player of Jewish heritage signed with Ramla for the upcoming season.

Defending champions Ramla signed 5'11 guard Brahsheedah Elohim (180-G, college: Fayetteville) who is reportedly to be Jewish by Ramla, and Ramla expects her to get an Israeli citizenship. Brahsheedah Elohim graduated from Fayetteville State University (D2), where she spent the 02/03 and 03/04 seasons after transferring from Maryland East Shore University (D1). Brahsheedah Elohim averaged 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in her junior year, and 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a senior. She was also an accomplished Tennis player at FSU, earning CIAA Tennis Player of the Year honors in 2004.

This summer Brahsheedah Elohim played with Anda Ramat Hasharon in a preseason game against the Washington Mystics. She scored 8 points (1/4 from the field, 6/8 from the line) in 16 minutes. Last season she played in the semi pro league WBCBL in the U.S.
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Liberty improve to 3-0 -by Eurobasket News
The New York Liberty recorded its first road win of the season with a 70-60 victory at Minnesota, who suffered its 6th straight defeat. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) did not play. More in the WNBA: Crystal Robinson retires.

Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 21 points and Shameka Christon added 11 points and 8 rebounds in New York's win over the Lynx on Friday night. The Liberty again shot great from beyond the arc with 6 for 11 while the Lynx struggled with just 2 for 18. Last week's player of the week in the Eastern conference, Erin Thorn, settled for 8 points on 3 for 9 shooting. Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 18 points.

New York, one of three undefeated teams in the WNBA along with Indiana and Detorit, has had a fairly comfortable start of the season. That is going to change in the next four games, against Phoenix, Indiana (twice) and Detroit. The Liberty will host Phoenix (4-1) on Sunday, webcast available at wnba.com.

In other news around the league, Washington's Crystal Robinson announced her retirement and joined the Mystics' coaching staff as an assistant. Robinson played seven years in New York before moving to Washington in 2006, and of course played in Israel during the 04/05 and 06/07 seasons. “I feel that this is the right time for me and a great move for me professionally,” said Robinson, “I am looking forward to joining the coaching staff and beginning the next chapter of my basketball career.” A day after Robinson's announcement, Mystics head coach Richie Adubato resigned and assistant coach Tree Rollins was named interim head coach.
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JAPAN - Women

Japan increases to 2-0 in Group A -by Eurobasket News
Japan started with two wins in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the opener of the tournament Japan survived over China, while in the second game Japan overwhelmed Thailand. The team shares the top position with Korea in Group A.

China had come into this Championship with only one player, Jia Guang (176-G-80), from the team that won the gold medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. The visitors started better and won the opening quarter over Japan 20:22. The latter took a control in the end of the game and won 72:65. Kumiko Yamada (192-F-79) led the winners with 20 points. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) posted 19, while Ai Mitani added 11. China was led by Guan Xin (196-C-87) with 16 points.

In the second game Japan smashed Thailand 104:44. Almost all the 12 players got an equal feel of the court as the coach took the opportunity to try out a few new game situations. Japan dominated in the court during the whole game and played its own game. The most troubles Thailand had in the second quarter when they lost 10:32. Yuka Watanabe (180-G-81) and Yumi Iwamura (168-G-81) contributed into the win with 15 points. Noriko Sakakibara (175-G-78) and Ikeda added 13 each. Nantana top-scored for Thailand with 16 points.

Japan-China 72:65
Japan: Kumiko Yamada 20, Yuko Oga 19, Ai Mitani 11
China: Guan Xin 16, Jia Guang 13, Zheng Yu Ma 11

Japan-Thailand 104:44
Japan: Yuka Watanabe 15, Yumi Iwamura 15, Noriko Sakakibara 13, Ikeda 13
Thailand: Nantana 16, Roong-Aroon 9


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KOREA - Women

Korea cruised over Malaysia to go on 3-0 -by Eurobasket News
Korea- Malaysia 97:53

Korea stays unbeaten after first three games in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the third game of the Preliminary Round the hosts of the tournament defeated Malaysia 97:53. The latter had a good start, but could not stay tough longer. Kim Eung-Jun top-scored for the winners with 29 points. Kim Se Long (177-G-86) posted 13, while Jin Mi Jung and Kim Kwe-Ryong finished with 12. Siao Foong Chow (171-F-76) Siao Fong paced Malaysia with 14 points.

Korea did not worry about the game as they thought about the next one against Japan. That is why Malaysia stayed even in the opening quarter and lost only 15:20. Korea increased the lead in the second and already had 21 points deficit at the half. Both squads disappeared for interims with 48:27 for the hosts. It was not a big deal to control the rest of the game.

Korean coach Yoon Soo Young chose to underplay the win with a happy smile after the game. His team is now on the top of the group with 3-0 record. Japan shares the top place with them and their game between each other is scheduled for tonight.

Korea: Kim Eung-Jun 29, Kim Se Long 13, Jin Mi Jung 12, Kim Kwe-Ryong 12
Malaysia: Siao Foong Chow Siao Fong 14


The hosts of Asia Championship for Women start with 2 wins -by Eurobasket News
The host team of the Asia Championship for Women, Korea started with 2 wins in the tournament. Thailand was smashed in the opener, while the victory over Chinese Taipei was achieved in the end. Korea shares the top spot with Japan in Group A with 2-0.
In the opener of the Asian Championship for Women, Korea used the whole power of the host team and got an easy win over Thailand. The score was already 32:7 after the first quarter that did not provoke an intrigue in the end. Korea led the game to 108:47 win and achieved the first win. Sun Min Jung led the winners with 18 points. Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) Yeon-Ha posted 14, while Kim Ji-Hyun added 12. Nantana Charoenrat (175-G-77) top-scored for the visitors with 15 points.
In the second game Korea displayed far better understanding of the game situation, and thus prevailed over a spirited Chinese Taipei. Korea deserved the second win beating the opponent 74:65. Chinese Taipei won the opening tip and stayed only 35:37 at the half time, however failed in the third. Korea advantaged in the end and stayed unbeaten in the tournament. Beon Yeon Ha paced the winners with 20 points. Ha Eun Joo chipped in with 19, while Park Eung Jun scored 14. Liu Chun Yi (180-F-81) led the visitors with 18 points.

Korea-Thailand 108:47
Korea: Sun Min Jung 18, Beon Yeon Ha 14, Kim Ji-Hyun 12
Thailand: Nantana Charoenrat 15

Korea- Chinese Taipei 74:65
Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 20, Ha Eun Joo 19, Park Eung Jun 14
Chinese Taipei: Liu Chun Yi 18, Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) 12


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LEBANON - Women

Antranik Beirut won the Lebanese League -by Raffi Kassabian
Antranik Beirut won the Lebanese League for the season 2006-2007 after beating Riyadi Beirut at home 77-63 in the third game of the final series. After winning the first game of the final series 87-60 and the second game 72-57 Antranik Beirut ended the season in style without any loss in the league and the cup. After winning the Lebanese Cup, Antranik Beirut are the deserved League Champions, Riyadi Beirut didn't impress at all in its first participation in the Lebanese League Finals and were placed in 2nd position, while Homenetmen Antelias, Lebanese Cup finalists, won the third place.

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SERBIA - Women

Jovica Antonic announced 23 names for Serbian NT -by Predrag Bojovic
Head coach of Serbian national team Jovica Antonic invited 23 players for the National team camp preparations for the European Championship in Italy.The names are:
Grubor Ivana, Ajanovic Ines, Bajic Tamara, Beljanski Milica, Cerina Jelena, Eric Marija, Ilic Jasmina, Knezevic Adrijana, Kovacevic Dara, Maksimovic Mina, Milovanovic Jelena, Miljkovic Maja, Mitov Zorica, Musovic Miljana, Perovic Ana, Petrovic Sonja, Prcic Dunja, Puskar Marina, Rad Jovana, Radocaj Tamara, Spiric Jelena, Veselovski Monika, Velinovic Jelena.

Assistant coach will be Sladjan Ivic (head coach of Bosnian Champions Zeljeznicar Sarajevo) and strength and condition coach will be Saric Srdjan.

During the preparations,the team will take a part in two international tournaments in Turkey and Belgium.


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SPAIN - Women

Hondarribia builds her team with letonian players,Tamane and Jansone -by Ivan Villar
The team from Irun coached by Jon Txakartegui signed the great centers from Letonia,Liene Jansone and Zane Tamane.The first came from Salamanca and the other from Barcelona.Both players played in WNBA before arrive to Spain a few years ago.Also,Perfumerias Avenida resigned a great player who improves day to day,Clara Bermejo (178-G-81).The guard played 6 finals on 2 seasons with team from Salamanca and is one of favourites of fans who go to Wuzburg Stadium.The guard can play as 1 and 2 and can score,and specially a good defense,like she made it with Amaya Valdemoro and company in the last Euroleague.

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SYRIA - Women

Al Jalaa won Syrian Cup -by Eurobasket
Al Jalaa women team won Syrian Cup 2007 after they beat in the final Al Hurriya 82-67. 15-points victory was enough to make it for not qualifying to the league play-offs.

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TAIWAN - Women

Another loss for Taiwan -by Chris Wang
Taiwan women's NT lost to Japan 67-58 Tuesday and dropped to 1-2 in the preliminary round of the Asian Championship for Women.

Taiwan fell behind early after Japan's 18-0 run in the first quarter. Trailing by as many as 19, Taiwan head coach Hung Ling-yao sent her second unit into the game. Taiwan managed to cut the deficit to five, 62-57, but could never got closer than that.

Yuko Oga paced Japan, which was 3-0, with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Noriko Sakakibara had 15 points. Japan controlled the boards, leading 51-36.

Point guard Wen Chi had a team-high 14 points for Taiwan. Liu Chun-yi had 10 points.

As Taiwan will probably finishes in the 4th place in the preliminary, its opponent in the semifinals could be wither Japan or South Korea, which is also 3-0 currently. China is 2-1.


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TURKEY - Women

Queen of assists is on her way out -by Sinan Can
AS being a part of the best team in the country, it looks like nothing is enough for Fenerbahce's passionate point guard Nilay Yigit (170-G-79). Experienced player who had been one of the main weapons of Fenerbahce dominancy turned her eyes abroad. Turkish "assist queen" wants to be a part of a European team which will fight for top place in the competition. Yigit led Turkish League in assists as she dished out a total of 153 ind 32 games. She finished Euro League with solid performance of 4.2 assits per game. After the departure of Besiktas's Yasemin Horasan to Phard Napoli and Fenerbahce's Saziye to Montigarda Basket, Nilay will be the third one on the way out.

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UKRAINE - Women

Olena Mustafina changes the team -by Eurobasket News
Olena Mustafina (172-G-70) who played for Hapoel Haifa Motzkin last season moved to Ramat Hen. The transfer was mostly done due to her coach Adan Inbar. He was the first to leave the team and joined Ramat Hen. This will be Olena Mustafina's sixth straight season under Inbar, she led all Israeli players in scoring last season with 18.0 points per game.

Olena Mustafina started her career in Ukraine in Energobasket. In 1999 she joined Ramat Hasharon in Israel, that participated in Division 1. As it was already mentioned her last team was Hapoel Haifa/Motzkin. In 2004/05 season she averaged with 12.1 points per game. The similar season she had in 2005/06 averaging with 11.2 points per game. A great achievement was shown Olena last year, as she was the top-player in the team with 18.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Olena Mustafina is a member of Ukrainian National Team. She was a Championship & Cup winner together with Ramat Hasharon in 1999. Last season her team finished 3rd in the lower play-offs and reached the Cup semifinals. We hope that her new team will be proud of her.


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WNBA - Women

Asjha Jones and Becky Hammon are Players of the Week -by Eurobasket News
Asjha Jones from the Connecticut Sun and Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) of the San Antonio Silver Stars were awarded as Players of the Week. Asjha Jones helped her Connecticut to win both encounters during the week. She first lifted the Sun past the Chicago Sky nailing 31 points. Jones became the third player in franchise history to chip in more than 30 points in one game. Jones converted 9/14 FG, 8/8 FT, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists in overtime victory. Later Asjha Jones produced 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks as the Sun rallied past the Phoenix Mercury 76:67. This award became the first one in six-year WNBA career of Asjha Jones.
Becky Hammon spurred her Silver Stars to 2 wins in the week. Hammon, who leads her team in scoring converted 47% of FG, 44% of three pointers and 83% of free throws through the week. She had 26 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in 82:71 win over the Comets. Later on Hammon posted 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists against the Phoenix Mercury. The Silver Stars improved to 4-2 record and climbed on top of the Western conference ladder.
Jones and Hammon cleared off Detroit's Swin Cash, Indiana's Tamika Catchings and New York's Cathrine Kraayeveld for the Week's top honors.
Meanwhile the Sacramento Monarchs announced the signing of Linda Frohlich. Forward Linda Frohlich played for New York in 2002-2003 seasons and for Indiana Fever in 2006. In three seasons she averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Her most recent team was Fenerbahce in Turkey. At the same time it became known that the Monarchs will have to play without DeMya Walker (6'4''-F/C-77, college: Virginia) for the rest of the season. Forward suffered a patellar tendon tear to her right knee and will have to undergo a surgery.