EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/9/2007

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ABA

The Heat joins the ABA -by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that a new team, named the West Texas Whirlwinds, joined the league and will begin play next fall. The team was formerly the Midland Heat, which played in the Texas Professional Baseball League. The team will be conducting tryouts in Midland over the next few weeks and will announce some signings in the next two weeks

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ANGOLA

Final Standing -by Carlos Pereira
After beating (88-78) their main opponent, Thursday at Luanda's Cidadela Pavilion, Petro de Luanda won the senior male first division National Basketball Championship.

1º de Agosto, who battled against Petro for the trophy, ended in the second position.
Thus, Petro de Luanda retain the tilte they also won last season.

Final Standing:

1. Petro de Luanda
2. 1º de Agosto
3. Interclube
4. ASA
5. Misto de Cabinda
6. Universidade Lusiada
7. CDUAN
8. Desportivo da Nocal
9. Vila Clotilde
10. Sporting de Luanda
11. Imbondeiro de Viana


Petro De Luanda Win Male Championship -by Mohammed Malas
Petro Atletico de Luanda beat (88-78) their main opponent, 1º de Agosto, on Thursday evening here, and re-conquered the trophy of the national male first division Basketball Championship.

The game held at Luanda's Cidadela pavilion was marked by a great equilibrium between the two teams and by the outstanding individual performances of the players Armando Costa (193-G-83) (1º de Agosto - 20 scores) and Carlos Morais (Petro - 19 scores).

In a venue that has the capacity for only 1,700 people, more than 2,000 fans witnessed the game between the two best African teams, representing thus a very good propaganda for the holding of the African Championship (Afrobasket) that will happen in Angola, in August this year.

Petro Atletico, coached by Alberto de Carvalho "Ginguba", had the following players: Eduardo Mingas (14), Luis Costa (06), Carlos Morais (19), Leonel Paulo (02), Frederick Gentry (07), Shannon Croocks (10), Francisco Jordao (17), Victor Carvalho (00), Domingos Bonifacio (03), Fernando Albano (03).

1º de Agosto's full team was Mayzer Alexandre (07), Carlos Almeida (00), Armando Costa (20), Olimpio Cipriano (17), Kikas Gomes (14), Felizardo Ambrosio (08), Vlademir Ricardino (03), Victor Muzadi (00), Walter Costa (00), Miguel Lutonda (06), Mbuila Katiavala (00) and Gerson Monteiro (03). The Coach is Jaime Covilha.

(Courtesy of Basketball in Africa)


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ARGENTINA

Julio Lamas is the coach of Libertad -by Facundo Iatzky
Libertad Sunchales agreed terms with Julio Cesar Lamas for the 2007/2008 season. Libertad will have three hard competitions as Argentinian league, southamerican league and the new America league. Julio also had offers from Boca juniors and Gimnasia but he prefered Libertad because the city is closer from his home and it is a serious club from him.

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AUSTRALIA

Pat Mills (185-G-88) is the U21 Player of the Year -by Gauthier Gerard
AIS sensation and Boomers extended squad member Patrick Mills (185-G-88) was voted the U21 Player of the Year for the 2006/07 season in www.aussiebasketball.com poll, the website is dedicated to the best young talents in Oceania. Mills claimed the award over NBL Rookie of the Year Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87). In the U18 categorie, Mitchell Young (202-F-90) was voted as the Player of the Year over Dwayne Radcliffe (201-F-90) and Jorden Page (177-G-90).
Check www.aussiebasketball.com for the complete results.


Boomers China Tour Team selected -by Gauthier Gerard
Following a successful Try Out and Development Camp at the AIS in Canberra this week, a 12-man Australia Post Boomers team has been selected for a tour of China. The Boomers coaching staff will use the tour as part of the preparation for the 2007 FIBA Oceania Men's Championship between Australia and New Zealand set to take place on August 20, 22 and 24 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
source: Bill Baxter for BA media

The camp was a good opportunity for guys to step up to make spots that have become available in the last few weeks,” Boomers Head Coach Brian Goorjian said. “The focus we have had on physical preparation within the senior squad is starting to filter down and pay off as this group of guys came in physically fit."
The China tour team contains three athletes that competed at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan - Luke Kendall, Russell Hinder and Mark Worthington. It also includes South Dragons star Joe Ingles, whose stellar form in the 2006/07 Philips Championship NBL put him on the Boomers' radar.

The 12-man Australia Boomers China Tour Team:
Ian Crosswhite (212-F-82, college: Oregon) Sydney Kings
Oscar Forman (205-G-82) New Zealand Breakers
Adam Gibson (188-G-86) Brisbane Bullets
Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79) Sydney Kings
Jacob Holmes (198-G-83) South Dragons
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) South Dragons
Luke Kendall (193-G-81, college: Metro St.) Sydney Kings
Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) Livorno (Italy)
Alex Loughton (205-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: ODU) Perth Wildcats
Brad Robbins (185-G-85) Perth Wildcats
Damian Martin (188-G-84, college: Loyola Marymount) Perth Wildcats
Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) Sydney Kings
Head Coach: Brian Goorjian (Sydney Kings)


U19: Australia warm-up games before the Douai tournament in France -by Gauthier Gerard
The 21st Douai World Tournament for Juniors will be held in France with the host nation, Lithuania, Australia, America (Select), Germany and Israel accepting an invitation to compete in this year's event. Previously, Australia has played three friendly games. The Emus will use this tournament as a preparation for the 2007 U19 Worlds.
source: Bill Baxter for BA media

Australia - Paris: 80-68
The Australian Under 19 men's basketball team defeated Paris Basket Racing Pro A Juniors at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris over the weekend, 80-68. In the opening game, the Emus immediately found their offensive rhythm and led 29-21 after one quarter. PBR then upped their intensity to narrow the gap to five points at half time, 46-41. South Dragons development player Shannon Seebohm led the way in the third quarter to help the Emus extend the lead to 12 points with one quarter to play, 67-55. PBR piled on the pressure in the final term but the Emus' spacing and ball movement nullified the Parisian push as Australia ran out winners, 80-68. Seebohm finished the game as Australia's top scorer with 12 points and was ably supported by Nate Tomlinson with 11 points.
“I was happy with the contribution of all players, especially considering the game was played just one day after arriving from Australia,” Emus Head Coach Marty Clarke said.” “Our application on defence meant we were able to gradually suffocate the Racing offence, which was particularly pleasing.”

Australia - France: 65-73
European Champions France defeated the Australian Under 19 men's basketball team at Stade Levellois in Paris overnight in the second game of the Emus' French tour, 73-65. AIS star and Australia Post Boomers squad member Patrick Mills top scored for Australia with 15 points and was well supported by Andrew Ogilvy with 14 points. France slipped away to an early lead, but Australia climbed back into the game with tenacious defence to trail by six points after one period, 22-16.
A great defensive effort from the young Aussies restricted France to just 11 points in the second quarter, putting the Emus in front at half time, 36-33. The lead changed hands many times in the third quarter with dynamic plays from both teams, but France edged ahead with one period to play, 61-56. The Emus fought back to level the game with five minutes remaining, but a disappointing last five minutes allowed France to post a 10-4 run that set up an eight point victory for the home side, 73-65.
“I was pleased with the communication and commitment of each player,” Emus Head Coach Marty Clarke said. “Although it was disappointing to not get the win there were many positives that we can take from the game.”

Australia - USA Select: 126-91
The win improves their European tour record to 2 wins and 1 loss. Ben Dowdell top scored for Australia with 17 points while Chris Goulding added 16 points and Dan Johnson 15. Nate Tomlinson put in a solid performance with 10 assists and 8 points. A crowd of 1000 turned out in the northern French town of La Cateau to see the young Aussies pour in 34 points to lead by 14 points at the first break. The Emus pressed home their advantage in the second quarter on the back of great defence and well executed fast break play and by half time the lead had blown out to 34 points, 66-32. Australia didn't hold back in the second half, posting 60 points, but USA Select were able to keep pace scoring 59 points of their own.
“I was particularly pleased with the efficiency and cohesion of the Emus' offence,” Head Coach Marty Clark said. “And the hospitality we received from the locals was wonderful.”


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BELIZE

The Orange Walk Eagles Are Third In The Semi-Pro League! -by David Magana
In a very decisive game for the third place in the league, The Orange Walk Eagles (3-3) played a well tactic game stunning the BNE Oilers (2-4) in their home turf by a score of 84-71.
The game was very exciting as both teams battled each other ferociously over the control of the game but at the half it finished in a stale mate, 33-33. It wasn't until the third quarter that the Eagles were able to take the lead of four as the game in this quarter ended 53-57. The Eagles went from good to excellent, in the last quarter; the game was blown open, with the Eagles outscoring the Oilers 27-18, to make the win away of 84-71.
For the Eagles, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) was the big man with a total of 18 points, 8 rebounds 7 assist, 2 blocks. He was followed by Leith Paulino (180-F) with 15 pts, 2 blocks; Roscoe Rhys (-G) and Sheldon Williams (180-F) tallied 13 each; while Kevin Arnold contributed 12 pts. In a losing effort, Aubrey Lopez (188-G) had 21 points 11 rebounds, followed by Bart Sanchez (193-G/F) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7assists. While Windell Robinson (203-C) and Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) ended up with 10 points each.


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CAPE VERDE

Rodrigo to Reinforce 1º de Agosto -by Pedro Gomes

Rodrigo Mascarenhas (198-F-79) has just arrived in Angola, where he will join 1 de Agosto for the next couple of weeks.
1º de Agosto, one of Angolas top team in the main division, decided to acquire Rodrigo's service, in order to
reinforce its team for the African clubs championship, which will take take place in Mozambique in June.
The champions league for Basketball in Africa, will gather all the champions from each country to face each other, to bring out the best club (team) in Africa
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CYPRUS

GSSE Monaco 2007: Cyprus lost to Luxemburg and needs a miracle to win Gold -by Erodotos Miltiadous
The gold medal is slipping away after the 86-83 loss of the Cyprus National Team against Luxemburg on Friday (8/6) for day 4 of the Games of Small States of Europe. The island team played bad basketball and allowed the small European state to leave the Monaco court with the win. On Saturday (9/6) Cyprus needs to beat Iceland with 17 points difference to claim the gold medal.

The Cypriot players were practically sleeping for the first 35 minutes of the game. They tried to come back in the last five minutes but it was too late. Luxemburg claimed the win and spread trouble in the Cyprus squad. If Cyprus fails to beat Iceland on Saturday then the islanders will have to settle with the bronze medal!

Luxemburg took the lead 2-0 but Cyprus with a 10-0 run went ahead 12-2. The first period finished with Cyprus in front 18-13.

The second period practically gave the win to Luxemburg. After Cyprus went ahead with 24-19, the Luxemburg team recorded an amazing 16-0 run and took the lead 24-35! At the end of the halftime the Cypriots were trailing by 10, 40-30.

The third period continued with the two teams keeping the same give or take difference. By the end of the third period Cyprus scored 45 points while at the last quarter they scored 38, almost the same number as in the previous three periods!

Cyprus tried to come back in the last five minutes but Luxemburg wasn't willing to give the win away.

Tom Schumacher (188-G-87) was the top scorer for Luxemburg with 21 points while Larrie Smith scored 15 points and gathered 7 rebounds in just 13 minutes!

For Cyprus, Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) scored 20 points and gathered 9 rebounds while Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81) was a computer on court scoring 23 points with 14 out of 15 free throws. Aris Koronides' contribution was also big with 14 points and 5 assists.

The Cypriot internationals left the court with their heads bowed, unable to believe they lost a game everyone was tipping them clear favorites.

To win the gold, Cyprus needs a +17 win over Iceland on Saturday. In any other case Cyprus will have to settle for Silver or Bronze.

Periods: 18-13, 30-40, 45-56, 83-86
Cyprus (Predrag Benacek): Giannas 1, Serdaris, Koronides 14 (4), Anastasiadis, Kounounis 23 (1), Sizopoulos 2, Pantouris 10, Fowlkes 6, Liatsos 7 (1), Trisokkas 20, Garcia.
Luxemburg (Mathias Fischer): Schumacher 21 (5), Jeitz 2, Delgado 11 (1), Schartz 10, Schmitz 2, Scholtes 3, Smith 15, Hoffman 4, Rajniak 18.

Monaco: Tasos Manole
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DOMINICA

Sylvere Bryan shines in Czech Republic -by Eurobasket News
Nymburk are closing on the title in Czech Republic national championship. However their Finals opponents are showing great desire and skills. One of the key roles in Prostejov game schemes is being played by Dominican import Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa). He helped his side to overcome BC Decin in a dramatic semifinal clash. After Prostejov took a 2:0 lead in the best-of-five series little doubts could have raised about the outcome of this one. But Decin proved their strong character and tied the series. In Game 3 they celebrated an overwhelming 65:100 victory. Sylvere Bryan had 3 points (1/4 FG, 1/2 FT) and 6 rebounds in a loss. Decin continued to impress basketball fans with a 81:75 win away from home in Game 4. Sylvere Bryan was among the scoring leaders for Prostejov but received little help from teammates. He scored 15 points (4/6 FG, 7/8 FT), grabbed 5 rebounds and made a block in 18 minutes of action. However Game 5 turned out in favor of Prostejov as they edged Decin 81:73 to advance into the Finals. Sylvere Bryan provided 12 points (6/9 FG), 4 rebounds and a block for the winners.
The Finals brought together Prostejov and Nymburk. Game 1 had little intrigue as Prostejov obviously struggled to gain necessary form after an exhausting semis. Nymburk easily drove to a 60:97 win to take the lead in the series. Sylvere Bryan delivered 9 points (3/8 FG, 3/8 FT) and 8 rebounds in a loss. Sylvere Bryan heroics did not save his side in Game 2 as well. Prostejov fell short 80:90 despite Bryan being named game's MVP. He finished it with 16 points (4/8 FG, 1/1 3pt, 5/7 FT), 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in 31 minutes of action.
Game 3 of the series is scheduled for June 9.


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DOMINICAN REP.

Another Last Second Basket... Los Mina 3-0 -by Ozell Wells
Against San Carlos, Carlos Martinez (196-F-70) repeated the same play from Tuesday's game and scored on an offensive rebound this time, with only 14.8 second left in the game to break an 80-80 tie and put Los Mina in the lead en route to their 3-0 playoff record.
Los Mia defeated San Carlos 84-81 and now stands only one victory away from making the Finals.
San Carlos controlled the first 33 minutes of play, but in the final quarter, it was the final basket by Carlos Martinez & the work of Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) that decided the game. Elisma had a monster game scoring 27 pts, grabbing 12 rebounds, shot 8 for 15 (53%) from the field and 8 or 9 (89%) from the free throw line. Los Mina also had Gregory Beltran (195-G-81) add 14 pts & 7 steals and Edwin Carela (-F) with 12 pts & 6 rebounds.
For San Carlos, Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a great game scoring 23 pts & grabbing 14 rebounds. He was aided by Henry Lalane (199-F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) with 15 pts & 8 rebounds. .


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GERMANY

Seward moves to Karlsruhe -by Moritz Korff
BG Karlsruhe (Pro A) signed Edward Seward (206-C-78, college: Norfolk St.) to a one-year-contract. The 29-year-old center played for Aschersleben Tigers BC (Regionalliga North) during the past years and averaged 15.8 ppg in 23 contests through the 06-07 season. Seward is a strong and athletic player and a great rebounder. He was named to the 2006-2007 Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North First Team.

Speier returns to Schwelm -by Moritz Korff
According to the newspaper "Westfaelische Rundschau" Regionalliga West-side Schwelmer Baskets signed Kristofer Speier (206-F-81, college: Lewis-Clark) to a two-year-contract. Speier returns to Schwelm after two years with FC Schalke 04. Fresh players on the roster of new Head Coach Raphael Wilder are also Julius Duecker (205-C-84) and Max Brammertz (197-F-86). Duecker played for the Benslips Baskets Salzkotten and Brammertz comes from FMC Capone Duesseldorf. Achim Beiersmann (182-G-79) and Sascha Bornschein (176-G-88) from last seasons' roster will stay one more year with the Baskets.

Skyliners: Murat Didin signs new contract -by Moritz Korff
Murat Didin signed a new two-year-contract (plus option for a third year) as the Head Coach of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (1. Bundesliga). Didin returned to Frankfurt in March. He already worked for the Skyliners in 2004-2005, when he led Frankfurt to the Bundesliga Finals.

Oldenburg add Daniel Hain -by Moritz Korff
Daniel Hain (195-G/F-85) signed a contract with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (1. Bundesliga) for the upcoming season. He averaged 3.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds per contest for Hertener Loewen (2. Bundesliga North) during the 2006-2007 campaign.

Smith named Assistant Coach of TBB Trier -by Moritz Korff
Mike Smith was named new Assistant Coach of TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga) today and will work with Head Coach Joe Whelton for at least two years. The US-American Coach began the past season at the helm of BV TU Chemnitz in the 2. Bundesliga South, but was sacked in in March. In Trier he follows Frank Baum, who accepted an offer of Musel Pikes (Luxembourg).

Finn adds size to Ulms roster -by Moritz Korff
Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) is the new Big Man of ratiopharm Ulm (1. Bundesliga). He will add some size to the frontcourt and help Ulm especially in defense. Finn, a product of the University of Dayton (NCAA1) and 25 years of age, played 5 games for Beykozspor (Turkey) in 2006-2007 and scored 1.4 ppg as well as he grabbed 2.6 rebounds per game. He left the team during the season due to an injury. Prior to moving to Turkey he spent one season in Austria and had 7.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg for the Macabido Oberwart Gunners in 2005-2006.
Meanwhile Maksym Shtein (206-C-80) will leave Ulm after five years. He averaged 7.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg during the past season.


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GREECE

Eurobasket.com All-Greek B' Division 2006-07 Season Awards -by Chris Mammides
Eurobasket.com, decided to vote this seazon two players as the players of the year, the one is not with us right now. The center of Pagrati, kerkyra born, Giannis Voulgaris who lost his life so unfair, last week
Player of the Year - Giannis Manos of Ermis Lagkada and Giannis Voulgaris (202-F-82) of Pagrati
Guard of the Year - Giannis Manos of Ermis Lagkada
Forward of the Year - Vangelis Margaritis of Keravnos Aigiou
Center of the Year - Giannis Voulgaris (202-F-82) of Pagrati
Defensive Player of the Year - Dimitris Papantoniou of Alimos
Coach of the Year - Manos Manouselis of Peristeri

1st Team
Giannis Manos of Ermis Lagkada
Aggelos Syristatidis of Pagrati
Vangelis Margaritis of Keravnos Aigiou
Fragiskos Amato of Peristeri
Giannis Voulgaris of Pagrati

2nd Team
Philip Hopson of Panerythraikos
Nikos Michalos of Near East
Greg Taylor of Ionikos Nikeas
Dimtiris Bogdanos of Panorama
Nemanja Cuk of Peristeri

All-Offensive Players Team
Giannis Manos of Ermis Lagkada
Philip Hopson of Panerythraikos
Greg Taylor of Ionikos Nikeas
Vangelis Margaritis of Keravnos Aigiou
Giannis Voulgaris of Pagrati


All-Defensive Team
Panagiotis Mantzanas of Peristeri
Nikos Michalos of Near East
Nikos Kokkalis of Amyntas
Skoutaris Leonidas of Panerythraikos
Nemanja Cuk of Peristeri


All-Newcomers Team

Nikos Kokkalis of Amyntas
Ilias Vourlitis of Ermis Lagkada
Nikos Asimakis of Ikaroi Serron
Vangelis Margaritis of Keravnos Aigiou
Papadopoulos Efstratios of Ermis Lagkada


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HOLLAND

Arik Shivek sign five-year-old contract at Astronauts -by Fred Roggen
After a trip of two years to the Belgian competition Arik Shivek is back in Amsterdam. Thursday he arrived on airport Schiphol. The Israeli basketballcoach signed for the second time in his career a
contract at the Astronaut, Shivek says about it: "It took me one day to decide, I love Amsterdam. "

That Shivek has good memories to his time in Amsterdam, is understandable. Already in his first year he won the Dutch Cup and in 2005, conquered he with the Astronauts the Dutch Championship.


Patrick Pope to Giants -by Fred Roggen
Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) follow coach Erik Braal from Rotterdam to Polynorm Giants. The American guard signed a contract of one year at Giants

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IBL

McCoy joins Breakers' stable of stars -by Trask Frost
With a two-game road trip in star-studded Las Vegas this weekend, Breakers coach Curt Pickering figured this was a good time to add a few more stars to the roster of Santa Barbara's first-year International Basketball League team.
Jelani McCoy (6'10''-F/C-77, college: UCLA), a 6-10 center from UCLA and a seven-year NBA veteran, will be in the starting lineup for tonight's 7:15 p.m. contest against the Las Vegas Stars (6-2) at Western High. The teams will battle again on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m.
McCoy, who earned an NBA championship ring with the Lakers in 2002, is the fifth ex-NBA player to compete for the Breakers this season.
Lamond Murray, whose NBA high was a 41-point effort for Cleveland, is rejoining the Breakers nearly a month after scoring 24 points (on eight treys) in his Breaker debut. Santa Barbara (8-5) is seeking its third straight win with a quartet of former NBA players in the starting lineup -- McCoy, Murray, Toby Bailey and Fred Vinson. Bailey is the team's leading scorer at 24.3 ppg and Vinson is coming off a monster game last Saturday. He poured in 56 points, including an IBL-record 14 3-pointers, in a 161-149 overtime victory over Eugene.
"I was watching Jelani play this week at UCLA and he's good friends with Toby and Fred," said Pickering. "Hopefully, we'll have him for our last two home games (June 22-23)."
Trayvon Lathan (15.2 ppg on 67 pct. shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists) will be the fifth starter at point guard. Pickering plans to use a five-man substitution pattern tonight and his second unit is nearly as impressive -- Allan Purnell, Billy Knight, 6-9 Ronell Mingo (16 ppg, 8.3 rebs), 6-11 Tyler Newton (13.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and the newly acquired Rashid Byrd, a 7-1, 255-pounder who averaged 12 points a game last year for another IBL team, the Seattle Mountaineers.
"We've been so guard-oriented all year, now we're going big," Pickering noted.
The Breakers are 3-0 when Pickering has used a five-man substitution pattern and scored a season-high 161 points in two of those games.
Las Vegas is coached by George Tarkanian, the son of legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. Sean Higgins, a former standout with the San Antonio Spurs, is a player/coach. The Stars, led by 6-5 guard Dejuan Tate (35.3 ppg), will play their last eight games at home and being on the road for six of their first eight.


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ITALY

Serie A Semifinals Game 4: Siena goes to the final -by Luca Bianchin

Lottomatica Roma-Montepaschi Siena 49-70 (14-23; 27-40; 36-59)
Siena wins the series 3-1 and goes to serie A final
Roma loses again in PalaLottomatica, like in game2, beaten by a wonderful Montepaschi, able to close the game early in the first period. Without McIntyre, Mps found the playmaking Pianigiani needed by Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: Megasport, college: N.Carolina) and Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances), decisive like in 2004 playoffs. Siena, shooting well, took an early lead (8-20), then closed first half with a 13 points advantage (27-40). In third and fourth period Roma never reacted and had only a good Dejan Bodiroga, that probably played against Siena his last basketball game: David Hawkins, in particular, never gave points to Repesa, that now could leave Roma during the summer. PalaLottomatica crowd gave the last emotion of the game when, with less than 4 minutes to play, Bodiroga returned to the bench: a lenghtly applause.
Top scorers: ROM Bodiroga 12, Chatman 10 & 5 rbs
SIE Sato 15 & 10, Baxter 15, Kaukenas 14

complete boxscore on www.legabasket.it



Second camp for Team Italy -by Gianni Pascucci
Yesterday started in Porto San Giorgio the second Italian National team Camp. The players will practice fior three days and then will leave Italy to China, where they will play friendly games from June 11 to 20. The list of the players who will travel to Far East is as follows:
Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) (Premiata Montegranaro)
Michele Antonutti (202-F-86) (Snaidero Cucine Udine)
Paolo Barlera (216-C-82) (Angelico Biella)
Marco Carra (182-G-80) (Bipop Carire R. Emilia)
Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84) (Climamio Bologna)
Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) (Benetton Treviso)
Luca Infante (204-F/C-82) (Carife Ferrara)
Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81) (Premiata Montegranaro)
Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) (Siviglia Wear Teramo)
Tomas Ress (211-C/F-80, college: Texas A&M) (Bipop Carire R. Emilia)
Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) (Nuova AMG Sebastiani Rieti)
Rodolfo Jr. Valenti (198-F-80) (Vanoli Soresina)
Luca Vitali (201-G-86) (Premiata Montegranaro)
Joel Zacchetti (209-C/F-82) (Snaidero Cucine Udine)
The team coaches are Carlo Recalcati (Head), Fabrizio Frates and Giovanni Piccin (Assistants)


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IVORY COAST

Jacques Monclar new head coach of the Elephants -by Kristian Santiago
FIBB president Moise Kore made his decision and hired Jacques Monclar as the new head coach of the Ivory Coast.
The native of France succeeds Croatian coach Veceslav Kavedzija and is a veteran in the coaching business as well as a succesful player on the court.He coached in France prestigious teams Limoges, Antibes and Racing Paris before taking over in Dijon and is a household name in the Pro A.
With such a big name on the bench, the Elephants need to step up in preperations to show a good outing in the upcoming CAN 2007.


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JORDAN

JBF's reaction after Asian championship draw.... -by Mohammed Malas
Jordan believe they have a fighting chance of advancing from the first phase at the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship (Japan 28 July - 5 August) after being named alongside China, Iran and Phillipines.

The Championship is being used as a qualifying tournament for next year's Beijing Olympics.

Since China have qualified for the Summer Games as hosts of the event, the rest of the teams will battle for a spot at the Olympics.

Jordan and Iran finished in the sixth and seventh places, respectively, at the last Asian Championship, and China will not be pushovers.

Jordan Basketball Association president Tarek Al Zobi said to FIBA.com after the draw: "Now that the draw is held, I think that Group A is labelled the "group of death" and it will see tough competition.

"We will prepare through the West Asian Championship which will prepare us for the Asian Championship."

Chot Reyes, the coach of the Philippines, said: "Unfortunately, we're in the 'group of death'. (But) This team and this country have come too far to be denied.

"It is not our style to dwell on negatives, so our only focus now is how to beat Iran and Jordan."


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LUXEMBOURG

GSSE Monaco 2007- Luxembourg Beats Andorra! -by Ozell Wells
Luxembourg won their 3rd match of the GSSE Luxembourg with a 88:60 rout of Andorra. Clearly in command throughout this game, Luxembourg was able to get their starters in command from the start, despite 3 early fouls on Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) early in the 2nd quarter. Luxembourg enjoyed a 53-3 haftime lead and started the second half; after a brief admonishment from Matthias Fischer to play together; to charge to a 66-45 lead after 3 quarters. To start the 4th period, Matthias Fischer was able to rest his starting unit and allow his entire team to play. Luxembourg was led by Larrie Smith, however foul plagued, with 20 pts, 6 rebounds & 2 assists. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) added 17 pts, Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield) 10 pts and Tom Schumacher (188-G-87) 12pts
Cyprus' lone bright spot was the heroic effort of Xavier Galera (182-G-82) with 21 points.
Today, Luxembourg will play Cyprus, the gold medal favorite at 15:30.


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MALAYSIA

Chee Li Wei sharing his overseas experiance with you!!! -by Chong Jzen
Do you want to know more about Chee Li Wei? our overseas player to China Fujian HuaQiao University!!

go to this: http://blog.sina.com.cn/liweiguy


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PANAMA

Magnates keep first place. Navieros lost second one in CBS -by Miguel Sanchiz
Magnates of Calidona won its 5 game of the CBS 2007 basketball season in Panama, and looks comfortably to the semifinals. Navieros of Colon lost its second game of the season at the hands of the Toros of Chorrillo 89 to 78, which avenged the loss suffered in Colon last saturday. J.R. Pinnock (196-G-83, college: George Washington) excelled with 24 points and 9 rebounds in the Toros win. The heat is one for the race to the semifinals of the tournament which are scheduled to a single game july 1st. The second will meet the third, and the first will pass directly to the finals on LUCKY triple 7 (7 of 7 of 2007).

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PARAGUAY

In duel of Universities... Autonoma defeated Catolica -by Sergio Dans
Universidad Autonoma Asuncion defeated Universidad Catolica 91 to 70
Stats:
UCA: Oscar Laconich 4, Norbert Aguero 17, Alejandro Perez 14, Ariel Vairoleto 0, Guillermo Osorio 11Alan Acosta 8, Miguel Martinez 2, Martin Cespedes 0 , Daniel Bonhaure 0 and Fabrizio Pangracio 14.
Coach: Ricardo Aceval.
UAA: Edgar Morel 10, Cesar Alonso 9, William Schafer 18, Hugo Paredes 23 , Eliodoro Medina 9, Joel Quevedo 1, Juan Chilavert 2, Romeo Rios 5, Alfredo Perez 4, Rodrigo Aguayo 0, Jose Cazal 0 and Jorge Sequera 10.
Coach.: Victor Ljubetic

Continuing with the Torunament, tonight games:
Sol de America vs. Felix Perez Cardozo
San Jose vs Rowing
San Lorenzo vs Libertad
Ciudad Nueva vs Olimpia


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PHILIPPINES

2007 PBA Fiesta Conference Postseason -by Lorenzo Gahol

Ringing the Bell
Import Rashad Bell (198-F-82) erupted for a season-high 45 points to lead the Coca Cola Tigers to a 100-97 win over the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants at the start of the Wildcard Phase, Friday.

WILDCARD PHASE (Knockout Games)
(Fri) June 8, Araneta Coliseum
San Miguel 102 Sta. Lucia 85
Coca Cola 100 Purefoods 97

(Sun) June 10, Araneta Coliseum
San Miguel vs. Coca Cola (Winner advances to the best-of-3 quarterfinals vs. Ginebra

QUARTERFINALS (Best-of-3)
Ginebra vs. San Miguel/Coca Cola Winner
Air21 vs. Talk N Text

SEMI-FINALS (Best-of-7)
Red Bull vs. Ginebra-San Miguel-Coca Cola Winner
Alaska vs. Air21/Talk N Text Winner

FINALS (Best-of-7)


Fans Speak -by May Arevalo
Phil and Ryan thank you for your suggestions, I would try to get Commissioner Chino to respond to them, I don't know about Commissioner Eala and Coach Baculi though .

Fans Speak: June 8, 2007

May,

I have faith on our national team coached by Chot Reyes, but I guess we need all the resources we have to include Japeth Aguilar 6'9, Chiu 6'9, Jun Jun Fajardo 6'9 and 6'11 Fil-am Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter to give some height to our national team or get this kids for our B team for exposure and building for 2010 World Championships and 2012 London Olympics. I would love to see these kids play for our country this coming 2007 sea games.

Calling Chot Reyes, Junel Baculi, Chino Trinidad and Noli Eala!

This will fortified our campaign in International basketball.

Sincerely,

Ryan

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May

Please tell Chino to take a look at Gregory Slaughter 6'11" Fil am. He could be included for the SEAG.Phil


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SENEGAL

St.Louis pulls all teams out of the leagues -by Kristian Santiago
St.Louis announced to boycott all games arranged by the Senegalese Basketball Federation until the end of the season.
The decision came after a women's game against DUC in which a brick was thrown on the Raoul Toupane's (Coach of St.Louis) head by rival fans.
The federation has spoken out sanctions and penalties on St.Louis (banned to play several games without attendance) and therefor
St.Louis stated not to play any more games in all leagues under the board of the federation because of being dissatisfied with the decisions taken by president Alioune Badiara Diagne.


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SERBIA

Superleague play-off semifinals: The show begins tonight !! -by Dragan Jankovski
Battle for the title of Serbia will start tonight in Vrsac and Zeleznik. Hemofarm will meet Crvena Zvezda at 19:00h while National Cup holders FMP will host current Serbian and Adriatic league champs Partizan Belgrade at 20:00h (TV live - RTS 2). Final of play-off will reach the team who first made two wins. Atmosphere before tonight's games is extremely "hot". Head coach of Partizan Dusko Vujosevic said that he believes in his team who showed very good performance in Euroleague and Adriatic league this season while guard Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) said that his team wants to celebrate in the first game and to finish this semifinal in “Pionir” on Sunday.
Head coach of FMP Vlada Vukoicic's words was that current shape, inspiration or luck can decide first game but for the rest we will see.
Hemofarm's gurad/forward Milos Borisov (201-F-85) said that Hemofarm never been prepared and motivated as it is now for the games against Crvena Zvezda.
Serbian champ will play in Euroleague next season and all of play-off semifinals participant are extremely interested in it so let's enjoy.


Goran Jeretin and Bojan Popovic are free agents -by Dragan Jankovski
PG of Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket), who with Israeli giant won domestic championship couple of days ago, didn't extend contract with the club and got status of free agent. Maccabi promoted Oded Cattash instead of Neven Spahija on the bench. Jeretin started season in Dynamo St. Petersburg but due to club's financial problems he sign with Buducnost Podgorica. Later in January coach Spahija showed interest in him and he signed for Maccabi Elite.

Point guard of Dynamo Moscow and Serbian National Team Bojan Popovic (190-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) didn't agree terms with Dynamo Moscow so he also got status of free agent. Serbian coach Dusan Duda Ivkovic also parted ways with Dynamo two days ago. Popovic won ULEB Cup with Dynamo last season and this year Dynamo was stopped by Panathinaikos in Euroleague play-off quarter-finals. Popovic played 22 games in Euroleague and averaged 10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.7 spg and at one point at the beginning of TOP 16 he was MVP of competition.

According to the some domestic and European media both players already have very interesting offers on the table.


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SPAIN

DKV and Barcelona get the lead! -by Francisco Martinez
Real Madrid 1 - DKV Joventut 2: (72-20, 69-76, 85-71)
The power of the "Olimpic" plenty of crowd was a good friend of DKV in the first games od the series which was played in Badalona. As usual, the game was tough, equalized and with a lot of advantages. Rudy Fernandez, Bennett, Archibald and the suprising Flis were key men for the green and black victory, born in the last quarter. Rudy fell in his last alley-oop and he suffers a hard blow, but it's expected his presence in the game tomorrow.

TAU Baskonia 1 - Witerthur Barcelona 2: (81-73, 76-83, 80-78)
Juan Carlos Navarro!!! He was superb today to defeat TAU. In the first time, Marconato and the three pointers of Basile kept Barcelona in the game, in spite of the good play developed by Scola and Erdogan. Then, in the second half, it appeared Navarro to score and score and score. He scored a triple to equalize the game, another when the game was about to end and TAU had come back after the las tBarcelona's lead and in the last second of the game one of the typical "bombas" to defeat TAU and set 1-2 in the series


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ST.VINCENT

Whitsuntide Invitational Basketball Tournament tips off -by Eurobasket News
The annual Whitsuntide Invitational Basketball tournament just started on St. Vincent. The tournament comprised the best teams around the islands. Among them Bequia All Stars, Calliaquia United, Mustique Icons and Kingstown Combine. The competition is held at the Old Montrose Basketball Court. The opening game enjoyed the battle of Mustique Icons and Calliaquia United. The United got off to a perfect start posting a confident 86:66. Isham McKee produced 26 points to lead the winners. Damian Ottley added 23 points for the United. The Icons replied with 21 points from Kevin Carr.
Later Beqiua All Stars took on the Kingstown Combine. The first half finished with a slight All Stars' advantage 41:40. However the Combine switched on the full-court press in the second half and Bequia were unable to solve it. In a foul-trouble dying stages Kinstown secured a tough 82:74 victory. Bradford Duncan had 25 points in a win. Orlando Ferguson paced the Combine with 21 points. Craiglee Sam led the All Stars with 16 points.
In the game for the third place Belaquia overcame the Mustique Icons 64:55. Craiglee Sam once again chipped in team-high 25 points. Kendall Cumberbatch secured 21 points in a losing effort. The final game was postponed because of rain. The decisive encounter will be preceded by the friendly game between Fitz Hughes Eruptions and Street Fighters. This is going to be one of the series of friendliest scheduled before the opening of the National championship in August.


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TBL

TBL ANNOUNCES PLAYER'S SALARY CAP FOR 2007-08 IS $2000 -by Charles Johnson

TBL Announces Player's Salary Cap for 2007-08 Is $2000
8-June-2007
Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Basketball League today announced that the player's salary cap for the 2007-08 season will be $2000. The new cap goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007. The Texas Summer Basketball League rookie salary scale will begin at $250 up to $1,000 per month. The minimum salaries for the Texas Summer Basketball League are as follows:

Round Drafted Salary
1st Round $1000
2nd Round $500
3rd Round $250

Minimum Player Salaries
The Texas Basketball League will provide for player's salaries that must be paid to players based on their terms of service. The official season of the Texas Basketball League starts on Saturday, October 13th, 2007. The minimum salaries for the 2007-08 season are as follows:

Round Drafted Salary
1st Round $2000
2nd Round $1000
3rd Round $500

The Texas Basketball League will base the rookie salary scale on the basketball related income report for the 2007-08 season.

What is included in Basketball Related Income (BRI)?

Basketball Related Income (BRI) essentially includes any income received by the TBL,
TBL Properties or TBL Media Ventures. This includes:

· Regular season gate receipts
· Broadcast rights
· Exhibition game proceeds
· Playoff gate receipts
· Proceeds from league sponsorships
· Proceeds from team promotions
· Proceeds from summer camps
· Proceeds from non-TBL basketball tournaments
· Proceeds from mascot and dance team appearances
· Proceeds from beverage sale rights
· Proceeds from other premium seat licenses
· Proceeds received by TBL Properties, including international television, sponsorships, revenues from TBL Entertainment, the All-Star Game,
the Texas Basketball Championship and other TBL special events.

Some of the things specifically not included in BRI are proceeds from the grant of expansion teams, fines, and revenue sharing.

For more information, call 817-803-6186 or email: texasbasketbalkleague@yahoo.com



SUMMER LEAGUE DISPERSAL DRAFT RESULTS FOR THE TBL -by Charles Johnson
8-June-2007
Arlington, Texas --Over the past weekend, the Texas Basketball League coaches conducted a draft of summer league players to protect for invitation to their respective team training camps. Each of TBL's 12 teams will invite 15 potential players to their respective training camps to be held in late-October. From these 15, 10 players will be selected to fill each of the 10 rosters. Following is a list of the draft protection picks:

LAKERS
Cameron Hollie (Eastern Hills)
Willie Watkins (Eastern Hills)
Princeton Parks(Eastern Hills)
MAVERICKS
Detroit Pendgraf (San Jose State)
Nigel Smith (southern Medotist University)
Eric Hatley(University of Regina)
Joseph Britto (Univeristy of Mass, Darthmouth)
SPURS
Chris Rodriguez (Texas Tech)
Jarryd Knight (Ball State)
Pete Robles (Southeast Missouri State)
Kylie Bryd ( Louisana State)
SONICS
Ryan Lohfink (Bethel College)
SUNS
Strada Joseph (Maimi)
KINGS
Eddie Love ( McMurry State)
KNICKS
James Robinson (Texas Southern University)
William Robinson (Texas Southern University)
CAVALIERS
Stanly Reyes (Hill College)
Blair Mitchell Jr (Nicholls State)
Johnny Cox( University of Texas at Arlington)
BULLS
Christopher Powell (Chaminade University)
CELTICS
Glenn Jones (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
Mike Scott (Eastern Kentucky)
HEAT
Joshua Daniels (Southwestern University)
Marquis Bush(Oklahoma City Community)
PISTONS
Chad Rodgers (Mountain View College)

The TBL will also run a draft of its summer league players at the end of the same league, on Friday, June 29.


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TPBL

The Heat joins the ABA -by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that a new team, named the West Texas Whirlwinds, joined the league and will begin play next fall. The team was formerly the Midland Heat, which played in the Texas Professional Baseball League. The team will be conducting tryouts in Midland over the next few weeks and will announce some signings in the next two weeks

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TURKEY

Kandemir to Karsiyaka -by Alev Sonmez
The Izmir team Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir agreed with the successful coach Ahmet Kandemir for the next season. Ahmet Kandemir will sign his contract at the beginning of next week.

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UGANDA

Falcons Go for Revenge Against Sadolin -by Mohammed Malas


Falcons Go for Revenge Against Sadolin -by Mohammed Malas
By Gloria Kyomugisha
Kampala

MOGAS Falcons will not let memories of an acrimonious clash with Sadolin Power two years ago distract their buoyant mood today.
The last time the two met in the 2005 national basketball league semi-finals, was a highly charged contest and Power finally had the day, sweeping to a 2-0 win making it to the final, where they fell to Nkumba-Marines.

The passage of time could have healed old wounds and today, the players will let their skill and intent to win do the talking at the Lugogo Indoor court.
Falcons, chasing an eighth league title, had a poor start losing to KIU and Marines before recovering to edge Miracle, Warriors, Charging Rhinos and MUK Heaters for a 6-2 record.
But Power, who squeaked a 71-61 win over Charging Rhinos last weekend, will also be keen to defeat Falcons and maintain their two-year dominance over their rivals.
Meanwhile, Warriors are likely to have an easy ride over MUK-Heaters as they bid to improve their table rankings in an earlier game.

Wednesday results

Amazon 43 Nabisunsa 35
A-1 48 Cubs 16
UCU Canons 52 K/Riders 41

Today- Lugogo

MUK-Cubs v Leopards
Warriors v Heaters
S/Power v Mogas Falcons

(Courtesy of Basketball in Africa)


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WBA

With a late push, Mayas takes game one, 118-107... -by David Archer
#s#
#e#6


Ingle


Monds


Cox


Dorsey


Saunders
Bobby Brown downs 28 and Dorsey takes control, scoring 14 of Mayas' final 17 points…

Lilburn, Georgia - While many were watching a defensive, rather boring NBA game Thursday evening, game one of the WBA Championship Series was an exciting old fashioned ‘barn-burner' inside Berkmar High School. Mayas led for all but the opening three minutes, but Ravia battled back from 10-12 down on three occasions to put themselves in contention to win the opening game of the best-of-three title series. MaJic Dorsey (6'1''-G-81), slowed by a tweeked hamstring most of the night, woke up late, dazzling the crowd while scoring 14 in the final 5:21 of the game.

Rodney Kirtz's jumper gave Ravia an early 4-2 lead a minute and a half in, but Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79, college: Kennesaw St.) led a 10-2 Mayas run, to take a 12-4 advantage at the 7:26 mark of the opening period. Brown tallied six in the run. Mayas would build a nine-point cushion in the first quarter, before Ravia, as it did all night long, would fight back to cut it to one, at 28-27 on a 3pt bomb by Robert Cox (6'5''-G/F-83). In the Rebel return, Golden Ingle (5'11''-G-81) would spurt for nine points. Edmund Saunders (6'8''-F/C-78) got a put-back with three seconds left to end the quarter, giving Mayas a 30-37 lead after one stanza. Brown finished with 10 in the quarter for Mayas.

In the second, Mayas quickly pushed out to a 36-29 spread, as their size began to take effect, with Reo Logan, Jeff Daisley and Saunders each getting touches and buckets in the paint on successive trips to open the period. Mayas later went up by 12, after DeShawn Anderson rebounded a David Monds (6'8''-F-83) miss, dribbled the length of the floor and converted the transition basket. Ravia trailed 45-33 with 7:13 left in the half. The teams would trade baskets over the next few minutes, as Dorsey got two short jumpers, followed by another lay-in by Anderson. Monds and Cox countered with deuces, and Joe Hamilton got dropped a shot, but Mayas still led by a dozen with 4:35 showing in the 2nd quarter. The Rebels stepped up their defense, forcing misses by Dorsey and Derrick Stevens. Ravia's defensive stance would spark another march back, as Cox and Ingle both answered with threes to pace a 12-4 stretch to close the half. Brown managed a runner and Saunders got two free throws for Mayas, but Ravia's aggressiveness award them with several trips to the line as well. Brock and Gustavo Atanacio both contributed freethrows in the final two minutes of the half, to help Ravia go into the break only down 55-51.

Brown opened the quarter with a lay-in, to put Mayas up six. Ravia would cut it to 60-59 after Monds rebounded his own miss and converted. Mayas began to open up, as Saunders grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, followed up by two straight transition baskets by Anderson off of Ravia turnovers. Chris Jackson got a lay-in for Ravia, but Dorsey answered with a trey putting Mayas up 77-68 with 5:30 left in the 3rd. Hamilton would muster a dunk for Ravia, but Mayas front court again reared its ugly head with Brown, Sanders and Logan all dropping caromes inside. Ravia again found themselves down by a dirty dozen at 85-73. Never to die, the Rebels would force consecutive turnovers, then a defensive stance, then execute an 8-0 run over the next 60 seconds. Monds got the run started with a shot in the middle, Jackson cut in the lane and made a nifty lay-in, then Hamilton got a double-clutch slam, and Ingle got fouled and made two freethrows. Ravia trimmed the score to 85-81, before Brown finally stopped the Mayas bleeding with a bank shot in the lane to end the quarter.

Taking a very uncomfortable 87-81 lead into the final period, Mayas looked to be losing steam. Ravia had appeared to collapse towards the end of the 3rd quarter, but somehow fought back yet again to make it interesting. Ravia would not go away in fourth either, Cox opened with a bucket. Brown made another two for Mayas, but Hamilton cut it back to four, at 89-85, after making a turnaround bank shot from the right side. Two minutes into the 4th, Ingle converted two shots at the line to trim Mayas' lead to 91-89. But, Mayas would outscore Ravia 8-2 over the next three minutes, off of six combined points from Brown and Saunders. Mayas led 99-91 with 8:02 remaining. Ravia seemed to be buckling. But quickly, Doug Underwood nailed a three and a Daisley miss, Jackson converted to bring it back to 99-96. Kirtz capped a 9-2 comeback run by Ravia to cut it to 101-100 with 6:05 left on the clock. At this point, somebody must have knocked Dorsey on the head, because he proceeded to score six straight, to just begin his “take-over” tactics. He nailed a short jumper in the lane, off a huge screen by Saunders, then a lay-in after a Kirtz turnover, followed by a runner in the lane, to push Mayas back up by seven at 4:05. He wasn't done. After trading freethrows, Dorsey drove the right side of the lane and lofted a high runner, while getting fouled. The ball slipped through the nets. He made the foul shot, giving Mayas another double-digit lead. Followed by a Jackson miss and make at the charity stripe, Anderson grabbed the offensive board and connected, putting Mayas up 113-102. But, Cox answered with a tri-fecta for the Rebels. Then after two misses by Logan at the line, Monds' muscled up for a two, bringing Ravia back to within 113-107 with 1:31 left. Ravia was still not going down with out a fight. On the ensuing possession, Dorsey would again drive the lane and while drawing the foul, softly drop the runner. The shot put Mayas up by seven with only :55 ticks showing. This may have been the dagger in Ravia's sides, as turned the ball back over immediately. Dorsey would twist the dagger by sinking the transition basket off the turnover, while again being fouled on the play. He was good on the foul shot attempt with :40 seconds remaining, capping off a remarkable stretch of 14 points over the final 5:21 of the game.

Cox led Ravia with 18 points on the evening, followed by Monds and Ingle with 16 each. Kirtz got 14 points and eight rebounds, while Hamilton and Jackson both tallied 12 off the bench. Hamilton also had eight rebounds and three blocks. Brock was held to only eight on the night. Monds also grabbed eight rebounds and Ingle led Ravia with five assists. Ronald Chinchilla and Atanacio rounded out the scoring with two and one, respectively

For Mayas-USA, Brown paced all scorers with 28 points and also had eight rebounds and two steals. Dorsey finished with 27 points, nine assists, and three steals, while Saunders pounded in 21 points and ruled the glass with 13 rebounds. Logan scored 12 and DeShawn Anderson had 11 points on 5 of 5 shooting from the floor. Zach Anderson and Kareem Grant each posted six and Daisley and Hartley scored 4 and 3, respectively.

With Mayas leading the best-of-three series 1-0, game two is set to tip off at 7:30pm tonight at Berkmar High School at 405 Pleasant Hill Rd Lilburn, Georgia. Game three, if necessary, will be Sunday at 4:30pm.




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Women News

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ASIAN CHAMPS(W) - Women

Play-off and semifinal time -by Eurobasket News
As the Preliminary round is over, 4 best teams have qualified to the semifinal of Fiba Asia Championship for Women. Four other teams made up the Play-off and will find out 2 teams that will stay in Level I in the next Championship.
Let us start with the semifinals. The hosts of the Fiba Asia Championship for Women will meet Chinese Taipei in the semifinal game that will start at 16:00 local time. Both teams met each other in Day 2 of the Group A. That time Korea overcame Chinese Taipei 74:65. The winner ended up with 5-0, while the latter as 4th with 2-3 record.
Japan and China will meet each other in the semifinal game of the Fiba Asia Championship for Women right after the first semifinal. The second and the third teams of the group A will find out the finalist of the Championship. Japan finished the Preliminary Round with 4-1 record. The team lost only one game to the winner of the group and the host country, Korea. In the game between each other Japan upset China 72:65 in the Preliminary Round.
India and Malaysia will face each other in the Play-off game. India won all the games in Group B and finished with 5-0 record. Meanwhile Malaysia lost all the games in Group B. The question however still opened of whether Malaysia will get the first win or India stays unbeaten and stay in Level I for the next Championship.
Hong Kong and Thailand will start the game Day tomorrow. They will meet each other in the Qualifying Round at 12:00 for one ticket to level I in the next Championship.


09.06.2007
Play-offs

12:00 Thailand-Hong Kong
14:00 Malaysia-India

Semifinals
16:00 Korea-Chinese Taipei
18:00 Japan- China


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AUSTRALIA - Women

WNBL; Charmian Purcell out for six months -by Gauthier Gerard
The new Christchurch based WNBL franchise has suffered a major setback in the lead up to the 2007/08 season with inaugural player signing Charmian Purcell expected to be sidelined for six months after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament. Purcell, 28, has undergone surgery and will now begin the rehabilitation process.
source: WNBL

The veteran forward sustained the injury playing for the New Zealand Tall Ferns in Japan last month and as a result will miss their upcoming tour to China and the opening stages of the WNBL season.
Charmian is a big loss,” conceded Tall Ferns Head Coach Mike McHugh. “She brought a high level of experience to the team and her progress through the Commonwealth Games campaign was quite significant. She has really developed into a utility type player for us, playing a number of roles and positions.”


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BARBADOS - Women

Challengers beat Tigers in WLB -by Eurobasket News
Challengers picked up the right tempo and continued their strive for the postseason in the BOA Women's League Basketball competition. They outscored the Pepsi Tigers 59:52 on Wednesday to close on the recent leaders. Six teams are now fighting for the playoff spots available. The defending champions Station Hill Cavaliers are behind the surprising leaders Colombian Emeralds International Senators. These two teams are chased by Solar Dynamic Clapham Bulls, Pepsi Tigers and the Challengers.
The Challengers capitalized on the absence of the Tigers' leading scorer Denese Alleyne and grabbed the initiative right from the start. They controlled the game in the opening frame 15:7 and drove to a 30:21 advantage after the second. Jennifer Joseph-Hackett and Irecka Louis tried to save the encounter in the third frame. They cut the lead to 32:41. However Ingrid Jordan recorded 8 points for the Challengers to slip away to 51:36. The Challengers never looked back from the spot and secured an important 59:52 victory. Susan Harris (-69) led the action with 25 points. The Tigers' were driven by Jennifer Joseph-Hackett with 18 points, while Irecka Louis delivered 14 in a loss.
Another day's fixture between Nation Nico Deacons Fastbreaks and Grace Pinelands was stopped midway in the fourth quarter because of rain. Deacons were up 61:53.


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CHINA - Women

China and Japan made up the semifinal game -by Eurobasket News
China and Japan will meet each other in the semifinal game of the Fiba Asia Championship for Women. The second and the third teams of Group A will find out the finalist of the Championship.
Japan finished the Preliminary Round with 4-1 record. The team lost only one game to the winner of the group and the host country, Korea. In Day 4 Korea being the host team of the tournament was unpleasant for the visitors beating them 90:68. With a win in every quarter it was not a big deal to dominate in the court. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) led the winners with 20 points. Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) top-scored for Japan with 13 points. In all the other games Japan celebrated the wins, including the one against China.
China won three games and lost to Japan and Korea. With the latter they had one of the best games in the tournament so far. Veteran Jung Sun-min's three-point play with 12. 8 seconds to go helped Korea edge China 83:80.
In the Preliminary Round Japan survived over China 72:65. China had come into this Championship with only one player, Jia Guang 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 led the winners with 20 points. China was led by Xin Guan (195-C-87) with 16 points.
Both teams are ready for the semifinal, which is expected as one of the most interesting games tomorrow.


Korea will meet Chinese Taipei in the semifinal -by Eurobasket News
The hosts of the Fiba Asia Championship for Women will meet Chinese Taipei in the semifinal game. Both teams met each other in Day 2 of the Group A. That time Korea overcame Chinese Taipei 74:65. The winner ended up with 5-0, while the latter as 4th with 2-3 record.

The host team of the Asia Championship for Women, Korea won all the games in the Preliminary Round in the tournament. The team had constant strategy that helped throughout all the games. In the last game against China, Korea satisfied with only 3 points win. Veteran Jung Sun-min's three-point play with 12 .8 seconds to go helped Korea edge China 83:80.

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 the game. Liu Yi Chun (-86) led the winners with 27 points, Lin Mei Hui ended up with 14. After that game Chinese Taipei lost three in a row. The team was defeated by China, Japan and Korea itself.

In the game between each other Korea overcame Chinese Taipei 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 (182-F-80) paced the winners with 20 points. Eun Joo Ha (200-C-83) chipped in with 19, while Park Eung Jun scored 14. Liu Chun Yi (180-F-81) led the visitors with 18 points.


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HONG KONG - Women

Hong Kong will play Thailand in the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News
The Fiba Asia Championship for Women moved to the second stage. The teams finished the Preliminary round yesterday and now have different tasks to solve. Hong Kong and Thailand will meet each other in the Qualifying Round for one ticket to level I in the next Championship.
Thailand could taste Level I this Championship finishing fifth in Group A. The team realized the chances for the place and took the best they could. In the most important game for the team probably in the tournament Thailand escaped with 75:74 win over Malaysia. Thailand staved off Malaysia's remarkable rally to post their maiden victory in Level I on Wednesday. In all the other games in the group Thailand was far away from the win. The minimum gap with the other teams was 50 points against Chinese Taipei. That time Thailand lost 64:114 with 11 points from Naruemol and Nomjit Tunsaw.
Hong Kong had another task in Group B. Hong Kong managed to grab the maximum from there grabbing the second spot that gave them a chance to advance into the Qualifying Round. One of the most important games was the first game against Uzbekistan that finished third. Hong Kong won 75:56 and continued on a 3-0 streak. The team did not have difficulties over Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
India gave a good lesson to Hong Kong beating them in Day 4. India and Hong Kong came to that game with 3-0 record. India started better and grabbed the lead from the first minutes. Geethu Ann Jose was against the one who ruined the defense of the opponents. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Hong Kong beat Singapore 69:60 to finish at 4-1.


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INDIA - Women

Level II toppers India will take on Malaysia -by Eurobasket News
The Fiba Asia Championship for Women moved to the second stage. The teams finished the Preliminary round yesterday and now have different tasks to solve. India and Malaysia will meet each other in the Qualifying Round for one ticket to level I in the next Championship.
India and Malaysia have 5-0 record after the preliminary Round. For Malaysia it is unfortunately vice versa. The team did not win any game in Group A, however hopes to stay in Level I. Malaysia did not have any brilliant tasks for the tournament, however could win one game. In the fourth day of the Championship, Malaysia was upset by Thailand 74:75. Siao Foong Chow (171-F-76) was the top-scorer with 25 points for Malaysia. All the other games were lost with not less than 44 points. In the game against China, Malaysia managed to lose 53:97.
India's road to the Qualifying Round was much better. The team finished on the top of Group B with 5-0 record. India smashed the opponents, however had a thriller over Uzbekistan. In the third game India rolled over Uzbekistan 67:63. That was the toughest game for the winners. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) top-scored with 27 points and leads the scoring list of the tournament. She averages with 30 points per game.
So, the question is still opened of whether Malaysia will get the first win or India stays unbeaten and stay in Level I for the next Championship.


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JAPAN - Women

China and Japan made up the semifinal game -by Eurobasket News
China and Japan will meet each other in the semifinal game of the Fiba Asia Championship for Women. The second and the third teams of Group A will find out the finalist of the Championship.
Japan finished the Preliminary Round with 4-1 record. The team lost only one game to the winner of the group and the host country, Korea. In Day 4 Korea being the host team of the tournament was unpleasant for the visitors beating them 90:68. With a win in every quarter it was not a big deal to dominate in the court. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) led the winners with 20 points. Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) top-scored for Japan with 13 points. In all the other games Japan celebrated the wins, including the one against China.
China won three games and lost to Japan and Korea. With the latter they had one of the best games in the tournament so far. Veteran Jung Sun-min's three-point play with 12. 8 seconds to go helped Korea edge China 83:80.
In the Preliminary Round Japan survived over China 72:65. China had come into this Championship with only one player, Jia Guang 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 led the winners with 20 points. China was led by Xin Guan (195-C-87) with 16 points.
Both teams are ready for the semifinal, which is expected as one of the most interesting games tomorrow.


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JORDAN - Women

Orthodox Club in Pan Arab Club Championship -by Fadi Sabbah
Orthodx Club will represent Jordan in the Pan Arab Club Championship for Women, which will tip off in Morocco on Monday 11 June and continue until the 20th.
The organizing committee will announce the names of all participating teams and hold the draw during the technical meeting scheduled for Sunday the 10th.
Orthodox Club announced its team roster for the event including Al Riaydi/Aramex Center Yara Milbes and two import players - French National team player Amelie Pochet (178-G-84) and Finnish National Team Center Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) - in addition to Orthodox Club Senior players Hala Khalaf, Dina Nasser, Lubna Nasser, Dana Fadda, Tamara Qaraan, Dina Halaseh and Lana Zakaria.
Other teams expected to participate in this event are Hurriyeh Club of Syria, Antranik of Lebanon, Salmaniyeh of Iraq, Naval Academy of Egypt, Sfaxi of Tunisia, of Algeria and Royal Guards of Morocco


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KENYA - Women

Play in the Africa Feminine Championships -by Mohammed Malas
By Dann O'were

Kenya have been invited to participate in the Africa Feminine Championships slated for Dakar, Senegal, in September.

Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) chairman, Agina Wesonga, told SportFest Fiba-Africa has included the team in the draw to be held in the host city this weekend.

"We have been invited to take part in the women's championships, which is a big honour. It shows that Fiba-Africa recognises our efforts in this region," said Agina.

Only qualifiers go for this 12-team tournament. The Dakar event is set to take place between September 21-30 and will include top nations, among them, defending champions Nigeria, Angola, Mali and DR Congo.

Agina said they have confirmed entry, adding that they will approach the Government after the draws to seek money for airfare and players' allowances.

"For us to make the trip, we will need the Government to chip in while we take care of other logistics," he said, adding that KBF have already approached the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) for the same.

Kenya last featured in this Africa premier women's championships in 1997 and this was because it was Nairobi that hosted to the biennial showcase.

Their last show was in Mozambique in 1986. The winners and the runners-up will represent the continent in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China.

Agina said the Government's resources are likely to be stretched due to the All Africa Games preparations, he nonetheless remained optimistic that they would get a positive response.

"After Algiers, our girls would be more prepared for the Senegal challenge because they shall have gained very valuable experience from the exposure, which will be vital," he said.

In a related development, Agina said centre Josephine Owino's date of arrival was yet to be ascertained since the player was still facing a visa hitch.

Owino, a student at Union University in Tennessee, USA, was the national team's hope for a medal in the Games that starts on July 12 in Algiers.

"She still has a visa hitch that I hope will be sorted out for her to be able to come for the trials," said Agina. Owino was also a member of the 2003 Abuja team.

(Courtesy of Basketball in Africa)


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KOREA - Women

Korea will meet Chinese Taipei in the semifinal -by Eurobasket News
The hosts of the Fiba Asia Championship for Women will meet Chinese Taipei in the semifinal game. Both teams met each other in Day 2 of the Group A. That time Korea overcame Chinese Taipei 74:65. The winner ended up with 5-0, while the latter as 4th with 2-3 record.

The host team of the Asia Championship for Women, Korea won all the games in the Preliminary Round in the tournament. The team had constant strategy that helped throughout all the games. In the last game against China, Korea satisfied with only 3 points win. Veteran Jung Sun-min's three-point play with 12 .8 seconds to go helped Korea edge China 83:80.

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 the game. Liu Yi Chun (-86) led the winners with 27 points, Lin Mei Hui ended up with 14. After that game Chinese Taipei lost three in a row. The team was defeated by China, Japan and Korea itself.

In the game between each other Korea overcame Chinese Taipei 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 (182-F-80) paced the winners with 20 points. Eun Joo Ha (200-C-83) chipped in with 19, while Park Eung Jun scored 14. Liu Chun Yi (180-F-81) led the visitors with 18 points.


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MALAYSIA - Women

Level II toppers India will take on Malaysia -by Eurobasket News
The Fiba Asia Championship for Women moved to the second stage. The teams finished the Preliminary round yesterday and now have different tasks to solve. India and Malaysia will meet each other in the Qualifying Round for one ticket to level I in the next Championship.
India and Malaysia have 5-0 record after the preliminary Round. For Malaysia it is unfortunately vice versa. The team did not win any game in Group A, however hopes to stay in Level I. Malaysia did not have any brilliant tasks for the tournament, however could win one game. In the fourth day of the Championship, Malaysia was upset by Thailand 74:75. Siao Foong Chow (171-F-76) was the top-scorer with 25 points for Malaysia. All the other games were lost with not less than 44 points. In the game against China, Malaysia managed to lose 53:97.
India's road to the Qualifying Round was much better. The team finished on the top of Group B with 5-0 record. India smashed the opponents, however had a thriller over Uzbekistan. In the third game India rolled over Uzbekistan 67:63. That was the toughest game for the winners. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) top-scored with 27 points and leads the scoring list of the tournament. She averages with 30 points per game.
So, the question is still opened of whether Malaysia will get the first win or India stays unbeaten and stay in Level I for the next Championship.


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Purcell ruled out of Tall Ferns tour -by Eurobasket News
The Tall Ferns basketball team have suffered a setback on the eve of their departure for a tournament in China after experienced forward Charmian Purcell was ruled out with a knee injury.
Purcell will be out of the game for at least six months after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament while playing in Japan last month.
The 28-year-old's Aucklander's absence compounds the earlier defections of fellow veterans Donna Wilkins and Aneka Kerr.
"Charmian is a big loss," said head coach Mike McHugh.
" She has really developed into a utility type player for us, playing a number of roles and positions."
Purcell has been replaced by 20-year-old Otago guard Toni Edmondson, who will make her debut on a tour which forms a stepping stone on the path to next August's Beijing Olympics.
"This will be a very demanding trip," McHugh said.
"All the teams we are up against - China (10th), Cuba (7th) and Argentina (12th) - are ranked ahead of us and will bring battle-hardened veterans."
The Tall Ferns, ranked 17th in the world, assemble in Christchurch on Sunday and fly out for China on Monday night.
Squad: Suzie Bates, Micaela Cocks (173-G-86), Rebecca Dew, Toni Edmondson, Aroha Jennings, Karlene Kingi, Angela Marino, Jessica McCormack (194-C-89), Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe, Natalie Purcell (183-F-82), Lisa Wallbutton, Noni Wharemate.
Courtesy of: www.stuff.co.nz


Harbour and Waikato to meet in WBL Final -by Eurobasket News
Harbour Breeze and Waikato Lady Titans ensured the WBL Final birth today beating Wellington Swish and Otago Goldrush respectively in the semis. Harbour Breeze were sparked by an impressive performance from the Tall Fern Natalie Purcell (183-F-82) as she nailed game-high 33 points converting 6/6 from beyond the arc. The Breeze found their touch from three point line and bombarded the net right from the start in the semifinal battle against the Wellington Swish today. Jennifer Lingor and Natalie Purcell were on fire from the long range to record 18:2 run in the opening quarter and push the Breeze ahead. Harbour were up 77:40 at halftime and Wellington had little options left. The third frame was opened with another 13 unanswered points from Harbour, which dropped any possible doubts about the first finalist. The Swish cut the lead a little bit in the fourth as the Breeze leaders were resting on the bench. Jennifer Lingor and Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) provided 20 points apiece for the winners. Wellington's guard Sezen Mercan contributed 17 points, while her teammate Melissa Letoa added another 17 points in a loss.

Another semifinal game was an evenly matched contest throughout the opening frame 19:19. But the Lady Titans blossomed in the second quarter to outscore the Goldrush 29:14 and grabbed control of the game. Waikato's tight defence limited Otago to just 9 points in the third frame. The advantage grew to more than 40 points throughout the third quarter and Waikato seasled the win. The Lady Titans were impressively dominant under the rims outrebounding the Goldrush 54:25. Tasha Lenden chipped in 19 points for Waikato. Arielle Parai added 17, while Aimee Firmin produced 13 points in a win. Otago answered with 17 points from Jacqui Lodge. Elise Cassidy (172-G-87) knocked down another 11.

Harbour - Wellington 112:68
Harbour: Natalie Purcell 33 points, Noni Wharemate 20, Jenny Lingor 20, Karlene Kingi 10
Wellington: Sezen Mercan 17, Melissa Letoa 17

Waikato - Otago 91:63
Waikato: Tasha Lenden 19, Arielle Parai 17, Jo Kailahi 17, Aimee Firmin 13
Otago: Jacqui Lodge 17, Elise Cassidy 11, Patrice McKenzie 11.


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NORWAY - Women

Oh, happy day! -by Kaare Vangen
A happy day yesterday - Asker and Bærums Verk confirmed that they will play together in the women's elite division. This means that seven clubs will join. It has been years since last time we have seen som many teams in the top division for women. Let us all hope that this is a result of good development of young players in the clubs.

This is the happy list:
1. Gimle
2. Hop
3. Ullern
4. Ammerud
5. Nordstrand
6. Elite Nord
7. Asker/Bærums Verk


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PERU - Women

Women Basketball Lima League -by Jose Martinez
Equipos
PJ
PG
PP
SF
SC
DC
PTOS
UBIC
Alas Peruanas
2
2
0
122
72
50
4
1
Regatas
2
2
0
92
70
22
4
2
Centro Naval
2
0
2
85
97
-12
2
3
Ricardo Palma
2
0
2
57
117
-60
2
4



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THAILAND - Women

Hong Kong will play Thailand in the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News
The Fiba Asia Championship for Women moved to the second stage. The teams finished the Preliminary round yesterday and now have different tasks to solve. Hong Kong and Thailand will meet each other in the Qualifying Round for one ticket to level I in the next Championship.
Thailand could taste Level I this Championship finishing fifth in Group A. The team realized the chances for the place and took the best they could. In the most important game for the team probably in the tournament Thailand escaped with 75:74 win over Malaysia. Thailand staved off Malaysia's remarkable rally to post their maiden victory in Level I on Wednesday. In all the other games in the group Thailand was far away from the win. The minimum gap with the other teams was 50 points against Chinese Taipei. That time Thailand lost 64:114 with 11 points from Naruemol and Nomjit Tunsaw.
Hong Kong had another task in Group B. Hong Kong managed to grab the maximum from there grabbing the second spot that gave them a chance to advance into the Qualifying Round. One of the most important games was the first game against Uzbekistan that finished third. Hong Kong won 75:56 and continued on a 3-0 streak. The team did not have difficulties over Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
India gave a good lesson to Hong Kong beating them in Day 4. India and Hong Kong came to that game with 3-0 record. India started better and grabbed the lead from the first minutes. Geethu Ann Jose was against the one who ruined the defense of the opponents. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Hong Kong beat Singapore 69:60 to finish at 4-1.


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WNBA - Women

Sacramento outduels Seattle for third straight success -by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Monarchs won their third consecutive game as they defeated the Seattle Storm 81:72. The Monarchs led all the way through the game having built a 33:28 lead at halftime. They spurred to 31 points in the third frame to enlarge it to 14 points and seemed to cruise comfortably to an overall win. But the Storm changed the pace drastically in the final quarter to cut the deficit. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut)'s three pointer crowned an 11-point run from the Storm that brought them up to 69:71. However Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) and Nicole Powell delivered in the dying seconds to secure a win for the home side. Kara Lawson led the Monarchs with 16 points. Yolanda Griffith (6'4''-C/F-70, college: Florida Atlantic) and Chelsea Newton provided 14 points apiece, while Rebekkah Brunson and Nicole Powell combined for 26 points and 20 rebounds to ensure the positive outcome for Sacramento. Sue Bird had game-high 21 points for Seattle. Iziane Castro (6'1''-G/F-82) produced another 12 points in a loss.
Meanwhile the Phoenix Mercury stopped their three-game losing effort to edge Chicago 80:66 at home. Diana Taurasi (5'11''-G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points for the Mercury as they improved to 5-4 record in the season. Chicago suffered their 4th loss in the season and are now beyond 50% mark. Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) paced the Mercury with 21 points and 10 boards. Cappie Pondexter chipped in 18 points for the winners. Chasity Melvin (6'3''-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 15 points and grabbed 11 boards in a loss. Chicago obviously lacked accuracy from all the ranges. They converted just 19.2% of three pointers and 60% from charity line.

Sacramento - Seattle 81:72
Sacramento: Kara Lawson 16 points, Yolanda Griffith 14, Chelsea Newton 14
Seattle: Sue Bird 21, Iziane Castro 12

Phoenix - Chicago 80:66
Phoenix: Diana Taurasi 22, Penny Taylor 21+10 boards, Cappei Pondexter 18
Chicago: Chasity Melvin 15+11 boards, Domonique Canty 11, Claire Coggins 10.