EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/15/2007

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ABA

Texas Tycoons recieve NBA workouts - Team Tryouts set for August 18th -by Chris Terrell
DeSoto, TX - The Texas Tycoons are having a busy off season as Chris Davis (6'5''-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) and Donnie Beacham (6'5''-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) both have participated in individual team workouts with NBA teams this off-season. Davis was an ABA All-Star for the Tycoons 2 seasons ago and had a solid workout for the Dallas Mavericks this month. Beacham, the Tycoons All-ABA 1st Team member and ABA All-Star Slam Dunk Champion had workouts for the Mavericks and Raptors since taking his team to the ABA Championship Game this past season. Also in the news, Tycoons guard Brandon Lee (6'3''-G, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Tarleton St.) was selected from thousands of applicants to compete in the NBA D-League Pre-Draft Camp at the end of the month. Lee, a starter in the backcourt in the Tycoons run to the Championship Game, is looking forward to working out in front of NBA and NBA D-League Coaches and Scouts. Former Tycoons Stan Blackmon, Jimmie King, and Oliver Miller continue to be players on and off the court as Blackmon has gone on to star in France and Romania. Former Fab 5 member, Toronto Raptor, and Tycoon Jimmie King has played in Venezuela and the former Sun, Piston, Raptor, Maverick, and Tycoon "Big O" Oliver Miller continues to be a mover and shaker as an entrepreneur, owning his own clothing line named "Da O Zone." Several other Tycoons have moved on to lucrative opportunities overseas as the organization continues to work hard to develop and promote the very talented players who don the Tycoons Green and Gold.

The 2006/2007 White Conference Champion and ABA Finalist Texas Tycoons look to find the next key pieces in their quest for the 07/08 crown as the organization will be hosting the Texas Tycoons Free Agent and Rookie Camp next month in DeSoto, Texas. Come be a part of one of the winningist franchises in minor league basketball. The Tycoons boast a record of 50 wins to only 12 losses over the last 2 years, including a 25-5 record en route to a finals appearance last season. The Texas Tycoons were ranked #6 in all of minor league basketball last season by probasketball.com NBA beat writer Sam Amico and led the minor leagues in scoring, averaging over 132 points per game. Amico who ranked teams from the ABA, CBA, and NBA D-League; had the Tycoons ranked just below the Sioux Falls Skyforce and just above the Colorado 14ers of the NBA D-League in his annual Minor League Power Poll.

Tycoons Head Coach Chris Terrell had this to say about the coming season "We came out one victory short of winning the championship last season and that sting will stay with us until we earn another opportunity in the final game. The White Conference and South Division banners will hang proudly in the arena but until it says League Champion, we've got unfinished business to tend to. We're hoping to find an impact player at a couple positions this off-season to help get us over the top." Here is the information for this year's Tycoons Rookie and Free Agent Camp:

2007/2008 ABA Texas Tycoons Free Agent and Rookie Camp
Saturday August 18th, 2007
Registration 9AM - Camp 10AM-3PM
Camp cost is $95 with pre-registration - $125 at the door (Cash or Money Orders Only)
DeSoto Town Center
211 East Pleasant Run Road . DeSoto, TX 75115
Contact (214)749-0134 or chrisbterrell@hotmail.com for more information (space is limited)


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ALGERIA

Algeria has confident start to home tournament -by Eurobasket News
Algeria - South Africa 65:59
Algeria victoriously started the home All-Africa Games. They managed to claim a tough first day win over South Africans 65:59 in Group A action. Algerian team spurred ahead only at the end of the third quarter. Abdelhalim Sayah turned the momentum in favor of the hosts to put them up 49:47 for good. Tarik Oukid led the way for Algerian team.
In the second game of the tournament Algeria faced Tunisia. Strong defensive play from the home side allowed them to grab a 38:31 lead at halftime. Cheered by the fans that gathered at the Harcha Sports Hall Algeria tightened the grip in the third quarter and limited their opponents to only 8 points. Entering the fianl frame with a 14-point lead Algerians never looked back and secured their second win of the competition. They now guaranteed the quarterfinal birth. They take on Senegal tonight.

Algeria - South Africa 65:59
Algeria - Tunisia 62:49


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ALL-AFRICA G.

First and Second Day Results -by Kristian Santiago

1st Day

Cameroon - Liberia 78-50

Nigeria - Mali 77-65

DR Congo - Angola 53-72

Tunisia - Egypt 64 -86

South Africa - Algeria 59-65

2nd Day

Angola - Liberia 91-63

Egypt - Ivory Coast 70-48

Nigeria - DR Congo 75-49

Algeria- Tunisia 62-49

Cameroon - Mali 69-71



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AUSTRIA

Austria beats Portugal 91:67 -by Stefan Heinrich
The Austrian U20 team also won their game against Portugal easily with 91:67. The team dominated in all areas and the man of the game was Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) who had a triple-double with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists. Due to some FIBA rules the Austrian team is ranked second in the group and so they will play tomorrow for the 11th place against Ireland.

Austria (91): Richard Poiger (206-F-87) 27 (9 Rebounds), Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) 17, Schreiner 16 (17 Rebounds, 13 Assists), Kunovjanek 12, Radakovics 5, Fenzal 4, Wagenlechner 4, Graf 4, Weber 2
Portugal (67): Miguel Graca (185-G-87) 22, Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) 14, Da Silva 11, Silva 9, Lima 5, Rainho 3, Pinto 1, Modesto Rocha 1, Fernando Sico 1


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BELARUS

Belarus struggles to find their first win -by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Czech Republic 68:75
Czech Republic gained their second win in Group G of classification round at the U20 European championship in Poland. They rallied past winless Belarus 75:68 to finish in the third spot.
Czechs opened up the game with a smashing 12:0 run to merely knock Belarus out. Belarus had little to contradict and the lead just kept growing and reached a 28:10 mark at the end of the first frame. Czechs confidently held on to the advantage throughout the second quarter not allowing Belarus to come any closer. However Raman Chervaneu (186-G-88) scored consecutive 5 points before halftime to cut the deficit to 6 points 34:40. Siarhei Vabishchevich (185-G-88)'s trey at the start of the second saw the gap vanish and Aliaksei Patsevich (195-G-88) later put Belarus ahead 43:42. Czechs replied with a three pointer from Ales Zikmunda and entered the final frame leading 53:49. Jiri Jelinek (202-F-87, agency: PPGroup) nailed another 4 points for Czech team and they rushed ahead to a 57:53 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Pavel Hemmy (190-G-87) added another jumper to ignite Gzech Republic run 13:0 that cleared them off for good.
Tomas Hampl (212-C-88) and Jiri Jelinek led the way for Czech Republic with 13 points. Pavel Hemmy contributed 12 points in a winning effort for Czech squad. Belarus were paced by Siarhei Vabishchevich's 18 points and 7 rebounds. Raman Chervaneu added 13 points in the fourth defeat for Belarus.
Czech team limited Belarus to just 23 rebounds and converted 47.4% from beyond the arc to ensure the win. They will now play against Netherlands for the 13th-14th spot. Belarus will clash with Romania for the 17th-18th place.

Belarus U20: Siarhei Vabishchevich 18 points, Raman Chervaneu 13, Aliaksei Patsevich 10
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Hampl 13, Jiri Jelinek 13, Pavel Hemmy 12.


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BULGARIA

CSKA signed Henderson -by Vladi Lazarova

CSKA signed US point guard and his name is Mike Henderson (188-G-84). The contract is for two seasons and Henderson will join "The Reds" in the beginning of September. "I am very happy, because Mike is young and has talent to grow a lot in the future. I think after two years he will be ready to play for some of the biggest clubs in Europe", said Rossen Barchovski - CSKA head coach and president after the death of Emil Cohen and Vladimir Fedyaev.




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CANADA

Canada U19 receives the first loss in FIBA U19 World Championship -by Eurobasket News

Canada U19-Turkey U19 58:81 (11:23, 15:21, 15:15, 17:22)

Canada U19 lost the first game in FIBA U19 World Championship. After a win in the opener the team lost to Turkey 58:81. The game was mostly done in the first half as the Europeans had 18 points advantage. Ogun Sevinc (198-F-88) and Can Ozcan (200-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mesut Kadir Cipa (205-F-88) netted 14 and made 10 rebounds and Dogus Balbay dished out a game high 10 assists. Boris Bakovic (201-F-88) nailed 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Turkey got off to a much better start thanks to Alpella swingman Ogun Sevinc who had a horrible game yesterday. Turkish team did not get away from the game discipline in the second quarter and Can Ozcan's contribution never let Canada to come back. The North Americans tied only the third quarter but always trailed in the game. Devoe Joseph (191-G-90) could not show the same game against Turkey as he did over Nigeria. This time instead of 33 he chipped in only 8. Canada losses the first game and ties at 1-1. Turkey has the same result as they lost to Australia in the opener.
Today Canada faces the favorite of the group Australia.


Canada U19: Boris Bakovic 14+10 rebs, Devoe Joseph 8+7 rebs, Cory Joseph (185-G-91) 8
Turkey U19: Ogun Sevinc 15, Can Ozcan 15, Mesut Kadir Cipa 14+10 rebs



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CHINA

New Coach for CBA team -by Robert Wang
Yun Nan team has the financial problem since the last season. Now, the club is going to the bright path. Former coach Wu Qing Long quit and coaching China Junior national team. New Coach Sun Feng Wu will coach Yun Nan team for the new season. Sun is coaching China Junior women's basketball team. Hope he can lead the team well to the success.

China Defeats Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight -by Arthur Volbert
Playing the gang that couldn't shoot straight, China could only defeat Mali 59-46. Mali hit only 21 percent of its two-pointers, 22 percent of its three-pointers and 35 percent of its free throws. Nevertheless China trailed Mali 14-10 after one quarter, led only 23-19 at the half and only 46-37 after three quarters. China hit 50 percent of its two-point shots but onl 3 of 21 three-pointers and only 60 percent of its free throws. It had 22 turnovers to 13 for Mali. Mali outrebounded China 50-48.

But a win is a win and this win puts China into the round of sixteen while Mali is relegated to the 13-16th place consolation group. If China wishes to make the quarter-finals it must play substantially better than it played today. Su Wei (212-C-89) led China with 16 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out in 26 minutes. Wang Zheng had 4 points and 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. These two players are probably equal in skill level to the young players who made the national teams but China has several centers ahead of them. On the other hand, China's best young forwards and guards are not here and it shows. Li Xiaoxu and Tian Yuchen swap numbers on their home and road uniforms which makes it difficult to keep them straight. But CBA veteran Li had 7 points and 5 rebounds in 28 minutes while the younger Tian only played 37 seconds, contrary to the box score.

Among the guards, Zhang Bo had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 turnovers in 34 minutes. Yang Qin played all 40 minutes and had 8 points on 2 of 6 shootning, 5 assists, 3 turnovers, 1 steal and 6 rebounds. China's guards can indeed rebound. At small forward, Xu Yong was as bad today as he was good yesterday missing all 4 of his shots and committing 5 turnovers. He played 13 minutes and had 4 rebounds and 5 points on free throws. Ba Zhichao played 23 minutes and had 4 points and 2 rebounds. Ding Jinhui and Zhou Peng would have likely done better.

Mali was led by Wali Coulibaly who had 19 points and 6 rebounds.

China will play France on Monday, a game it is unlikely to win. Lithuania and Brazil also come from Group A and China likely has to defeat both of them to advance to the round of eight. That outcome is not very likely.

BoxScore:
http://www.serbia2007.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/07/fiba/u19men/scheResu/p/eventid/3955/gamename/5/groupname/B/langlc/en/roundid/5640/fe_scheStat_boxScor.html

China 10 23 46 59
Mali 14 19 37 46


China B Team Loses to Lebanon -by Arthur Volbert
With Yi Li and Wang Bo fouling out, Lebanon defeated the China B team 77-71 in the four-nation tournament in Manilla. Li Ke (208-C-80) led China with 22 points and Wang Yong scored 11. Yi had only 7 points and Wang Bo scored 2.

LEBANON 77 - El Khatib 26, Mahmmoud 17, Abdel Nour 10, Vogel 9, Turk7, Balaa 2, Beshara 2, Fahed 2, Samaha 0.

CHINA 71 - Li Ke 22, Wang Yong 11, Gu Li Ye 9, Chen Chen 8, Yi Li 7, Bian Qiang 6, Zhang Qingpeng 4,Wang Bo 2, Yang Ming 2, Wu Qian 0, Han Shuo 0.

Quarters: Lebanon-China 13-18; 34-34; 59-53; 77-71


Today's U-19 Results -- Eight-Finals Groupings and Schedule -by Arthur Volbert
Serbia lost to the USA today by only 82-78 so maybe Serbia, with the home court advantage, is stronger than expected. China's 78-61 loss to Serbia may not quite as bad as it looks.

But China likely has to win 2 of 3 games against France, Brazil and Lithuania and that is rather improbable given the depleted nature of this team.

LTU vs BRA 75-81
AUS vs CAN 81-70
MLI vs CHN 46-59
LIB vs FRA 58-100
NGR vs TUR 82-91
SRB vs USA 78-82
ESP vs KOR 97=80
ARG vs PUR 112-72

GROUP A
1. FRA 3 0 283 213 6
2. BRA 2 1 237 240 5
3. LTU 1 2 262 235 4
4. LIB 0 3 194 288 3

GROUP B
1. USA 3 0 303 211 6
2. SRB 2 1 226 190 5
3. CHN 1 2 197 227 4
4. MLI 0 3 149 247 3

GROUP C
1. AUS 3 0 235 208 6
2. TUR 2 1 237 217 5
3. CAN 1 2 210 222 4
4. NGR 0 3 215 250 3

GROUP D
1. ESP 3 0 276 237 6
2. ARG 2 1 271 245 5
3. KOR 1 2 263 282 4
4. PUR 0 3 255 301 3

Group E
USA
Serbia
China
France
Brazil
Lithuania

Group F
Spain
Argentina
Korea
Australia
Turkey
Canada

16 July 2007

E /27 Serbia-Brazil 15:45
F/30 Argentina-Turkey 15:45
E /28 China-France 18:00
F/31 Korea-Australia 18:00
F/32 Spain-Canada 20:30
E /29 USA-Lithuania 20:30

17 July 2007
F/38 Canada-Korea 15:45
E/35 Lithuania-China 15:45
F/39 Australia-Argentina 18:00
E/36 France-Serbia 18:00
E/37 Brazil=USA 20:30
F/40 Turkey-Spain 20:30


18 July 2007
E /41 Serbia-Lithuania 15:45
F/44 Argentina-Canada 15:45
E/42 China-Brazil 18:00
F/45 Korea-Turkey 18:00
F/46 Spain-Australia 20:30
E/43 USA-France 20:30


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CYPRUS

Sizopoulos is officialy a Near East player -by Chris Mammides
As eurobasket.com wrote last week, Near East agreed terms with the Cypriot international Antreas Sizopoulos, ex player of Milonas. Sizopoulos is the second Cypriot player after Neofytou who signs for Near East. It seems that these two players are trasfering from team to team as a package!!!

Dragan Raca and NT of Lebanon on the right track! -by Erodotos Miltiadous
The National Team of Lebanon and head coach Dragan Raca 's are excelling themselves in the Asian Championships preparation tournaments. With the continental super power China not fielding a full team since the qualification to the Olympics is granted, the gold medal in the Asian Championships in Japan (29/7-05/08) are up for grabs.

Raca's boys beat China 77-71 in the four nation tournament in Manila, Philippines on Saturday 14th of July and will face hosts Philippines in the final. The host nation beat Syria to advance to the final. The win for Lebanon is historic since it's their first victory over the Asian giant. El-Khatib scored 26 points, guiding his team to victory.

Prior to traveling to Manila the National Team of Lebanon played in the Jones Cup (named after the former president of FIBA) where they took 2nd place behind Jordan.

Final standings:
1. Jordan 7-2
2. Lebanon 6-3
3. Philippines 5-4
4. Iran 5-4
5. South Korea 5-4
6. AIA 5-4
7. Taiwan 5-4
8. Qatar 3-6
9. Kazakhstan 2-7
10. Japan 2-7
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CZECH REP.

Belarus struggles to find their first win -by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Czech Republic 68:75
Czech Republic gained their second win in Group G of classification round at the U20 European championship in Poland. They rallied past winless Belarus 75:68 to finish in the third spot.
Czechs opened up the game with a smashing 12:0 run to merely knock Belarus out. Belarus had little to contradict and the lead just kept growing and reached a 28:10 mark at the end of the first frame. Czechs confidently held on to the advantage throughout the second quarter not allowing Belarus to come any closer. However Raman Chervaneu (186-G-88) scored consecutive 5 points before halftime to cut the deficit to 6 points 34:40. Siarhei Vabishchevich (185-G-88)'s trey at the start of the second saw the gap vanish and Aliaksei Patsevich (195-G-88) later put Belarus ahead 43:42. Czechs replied with a three pointer from Ales Zikmunda and entered the final frame leading 53:49. Jiri Jelinek (202-F-87, agency: PPGroup) nailed another 4 points for Czech team and they rushed ahead to a 57:53 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Pavel Hemmy (190-G-87) added another jumper to ignite Gzech Republic run 13:0 that cleared them off for good.
Tomas Hampl (212-C-88) and Jiri Jelinek led the way for Czech Republic with 13 points. Pavel Hemmy contributed 12 points in a winning effort for Czech squad. Belarus were paced by Siarhei Vabishchevich's 18 points and 7 rebounds. Raman Chervaneu added 13 points in the fourth defeat for Belarus.
Czech team limited Belarus to just 23 rebounds and converted 47.4% from beyond the arc to ensure the win. They will now play against Netherlands for the 13th-14th spot. Belarus will clash with Romania for the 17th-18th place.

Belarus U20: Siarhei Vabishchevich 18 points, Raman Chervaneu 13, Aliaksei Patsevich 10
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Hampl 13, Jiri Jelinek 13, Pavel Hemmy 12.


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D.R. CONGO

DR Congo suffers two defeats at the start of All-Africa Games -by Eurobasket News
DR Congo was not successful in the first two rounds of All-Africa Games in Algeria. In the opening game DR Congo were beaten by Angola 53:72. The teams kept it close in the first half. Angola took the best of the opening frame and grabbed a 22:15 lead. However DR Congo bounced back in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 33:38. Angola surged ahead in the third frame and DR Congo were not able to maintain the pace. They poured in just 8 points and never came back into the game. Angola cruised to a 72:53 victory at the end.
In the next game DR Congo faced Nigeria. Nigerian team performed a strong piece of basketball and celebrated a well-deserved victory 75:49. Abdullah Kuso led Nigeria to a 23:15 advantage after the opening frame. DR Congo kept it close in the second quarter and trailed by 8 points at halftime 29:37. Nigeria smashed their opponents in the third quarter allowing them to just 8 points and scoring 22. Establishing an unassailable lead 59:37 Nigerian squad easily drove to an overall win and improved to 2-0 record. They will next play against Angola later today.
DR Congo seat at 0-2 record and will try to improve their record versus Cameroon today.

DR Congo - Angola 53:72
DR Congo - Nigeria 49:75


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E.CHAMPS U20

Division B: the end of the Classification round -by Eurobasket News
As the teams that will fight for the top places had a rest day, the Classification round had the last games in the groups. Now the teams will play for the specific places in European championship Division B in Poland.

Swiss U20 team finally enjoyed the first win at the classifiication round of the European championship Division B in Poland. They narrowly defeated Romania 81:74 to complete the action in Group H at 1-3 record. Romania meanwhile remained winless and suffered the third straight loss. Romanian team had a better start to this one as they rolled to a 22:16 lead after the opening frame. Andrei Ioan Dohi drained a trey and put Romania ahead 32:23 early in the second quarter. Romanian side maintained the advantage and finished the first half with a 42:36 dominance. The things seemed to change little as Romania opened the second half with a 5:0 run and established a 47:36 lead. But Switzerland gradually found the touch and capped the third quarter with an impressive 20:9 run that put surged them ahead 56:55 entering the final frame. They held on to a minimum advantage throughout the final stanza and led 72:71 with under two minutes remaining. David Ramseier (198-C-87) then knocked down a jumper and Reto Schwaiger delivered a three pointer to seal a win for Swiss squad. Westher Molteni (192-F-87) topscored for Switzerland with 19 points and 15 rebounds. David Ramseier had 16 points for the winners. Romania's Titus Nicoara was a usual contributor with 19 points and 10 boards. Vlad Jiscanu provided 18 points as Romania remained at 0-4 record.
Romanian team will now battle for the 17th-18th spot against Belarus. Switzerland plays versus Portugal in the game for 15th-16th place tomorrow.
In another game of Group H Belgium beat Netherlands 77:60. Thomas Dreesen top-cored for the winners with 23 points.

Czech Republic gained their second win in Group G of classification round at the U20 European championship in Poland. They rallied past winless Belarus 75:68 to finish in the third spot. Czechs opened up the game with a smashing 12:0 run to merely knock Belarus out. Belarus had little to contradict and the lead just kept growing and reached a 28:10 mark at the end of the first frame. Czechs confidently held on to the advantage throughout the second quarter not allowing Belarus to come any closer. However Raman Chervaneu scored consecutive 5 points before halftime to cut the deficit to 6 points 34:40. Siarhei Vabishchevich's trey at the start of the second saw the gap vanish and Aliaksei Patsevich (195-G-88) later put Belarus ahead 43:42. Czechs replied with a three pointer from Ales Zikmunda and entered the final frame leading 53:49. Jiri Jelinek (202-F-87, agency: PPGroup) nailed another 4 points for Czech team and they rushed ahead to a 57:53 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Pavel Hemmy (190-G-87) added another jumper to ignite Gzech Republic run 13:0 that cleared them off for good.
Tomas Hampl and Jiri Jelinek led the way for Czech Republic with 13 points. Pavel Hemmy contributed 12 points in a winning effort for Czech squad. Belarus were paced by Siarhei Vabishchevich's 18 points and 7 rebounds. Raman Chervaneu added 13 points in the fourth defeat for Belarus.
Czech team limited Belarus to just 23 rebounds and converted 47.4% from beyond the arc to ensure the win. They will now play against Netherlands for the 13th-14th spot. Belarus will clash with Romania for the 17th-18th place.
The Austrian U20 team also won their game against Portugal easily with 91:67. The team dominated in all areas and the man of the game was Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) had a triple-double with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists. Austrian team is ranked second in the group and they will play tomorrow for the 11th place against Ireland.


U20 NT of Slovenia outscores Bulgaria -by Matej Bergant
In the Classification Games for the 5th to 8th places on U20 European Championship here in Nova Gorica and Gorizia (Italy) Slovenian NT had no troubles beating Bulgarian NT 79:59. Slovenians were in control for whole game and didn't allow their opponets to come close. Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87) scored 23 points, 10 rebounds and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 20, 5 rebounds while Matej Krusic (211-F/C-87) chipped in 14 and 6 rebounds points off the bench for the co-hosts, who will play vs. Israel U20 NT on Sunday for fifth place. Chavdar Kostov (190-G-88) paced Bulgaria with 20 points while Ivan Lilov (195-F-88) scored 17 points.

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EGYPT

EGYPT VS SOUTH AFRICA -by Andrew Youssef
One of the best games we have ever seen,the players play well and the game are so exciting which ended for Egyptian team 82-57 to gain another 2 points and add it to their account in the champion that they win in the first game against Tunisia that play with its second team,then beat cote de'voir in the second day but it is a weak team and today they beat South Africa team which consider this game as a real test for new coach BRIDRAGE.

Egypt play with their best player in this champion for next champion in Angola (African cup of nations) and Egypt 2007 (all Arabian games).
till now Bridrage can't determine he is succes with Egyptian national team or not after champion finishing as they have strong games next days with Algeria and may meet Angola and Nigeria in the next time, but Bridrage till now we can say good waitting for cup..................................


STATSTICS FOR THE FIRST MATCH OF EGYPT IN HER FIRST GAME IN THE ALL AFRICA GAMES -by Kirolos Beshay

Ibrahim Elgmal 11 points 1 rebound 1 assist
Haitham Elsahrty 4 points 4 rebound 3 assist
Ramy Guniedy 10 points 1 rebound 1assist
Ahmed Khaled 10 points 0 ebound 0 assist
Moumen Abou Elenien 2 points 1 rebound 0 assist
Ismail Ahmed 16 points 11 rebound 7 assist
Wael Badr 0 points 0 rebound 0 assist
Karim Fathy 8 points 2 rebound 2 assist
Tarek Elghnam 8 points 3 rebound 0 assist
Ashraf Rabie 5 points 0 rebound 0 assist
Mouhmed saied 4 points 4 rebound 0 assist
Moudy Elgarhy 8 points 3 rebound 0 assist
Total 86 points 30 rebound 14 assist
BEST PLAYER: ISMAIL AHMED
percenyage of free throws:100 %
percentage of three points :39 %

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EURO CHAMPS

Ress out of Italy's squad for Eurobasket -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Tomas Ress (211-C/F-80, college: Texas A&M), Italy's 26-year-old player, has resigned himself from Carlo Recalcati's 18-man preliminary squad for Eurobasket 2007, providing personal reasons as an excuse. In his place, Carlo Recalcati has called up Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) of Benetton Treviso to fill the vacancy appeared. Tommaso Fantoni, 22-year-old, recently joined Benetton Treviso from Livorno.

Turkey's squad for Eurobasket 2007: Tanjevic bases on experience -by Kostas Papadopoulos

Bogdan Tanjevic has rewarded six players for their terrific season in the domestic league by including them in his preliminary squad for this autumn's Eurobasket. These players, who were added to the 12 players who made a surprising run to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, are: Omer Onan (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances), Tutku Açik, Omer Faruk Asik (211-C-86), Kerem Tunçeri and the two NBAers Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) and Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79).

Bogdan Tanjevic said, after announcing the squad, that "we have called up 18 players to the squad, contrary to what I usually do, after including some older players. Omer Onan and Tutku Açik are two of those. They both had a very good year and I wanted to reward them for that. I wanted, also, to add Baris Hersek (206-F/C-88) to the group, but he was taken off the U21 squad because of disciplinary reasons so naturally, therefore he lost his chance of joining the squad. Besides, Omer Faruk Asik, who received his first-ever call, is a very clever and simple player and earned this call with his performances".

Last year's Turkey's performance at Japan, helped by the wildcard that the national team received so as to play at that FIBA World Championship, exceeded whatever previous expectations, since there was no NBA All-Star Mehmet Okur of Utah or Hidayet Turkoglu of Orlando at that squad. However, there were many thoughts about these players for this year's squad as well, since there have been expressed many concerns that Mehmet Okur and Hidayet Turkoglu might pollute a winning formula; nevertheless, Bogdan Tanjevic is excited to have both back: "I talked to both Mehmet and Hidayet and they want to be a part of this team and to contribute. They are very eager. These two players are real talents. They will increase our performance by 10%. We will be more powerful. They will have no problem adjusting to team's harmony. They had wonderful seasons in the NBA", Bogdan Tanjevic ended.One Turkish player who was also fantastic this year was Kerem Tunçeri. Bogdan Tanjevic believes that the player has a lot still to offer, though: "Kerem couldn't join the team during the World Championship of Japan, because of his injuries. He will be 31 during the 2010 World Championship, so he has much to offer yet. However, I want to have two or three more players from his generation at the Worlds. That's why I wanted to open up some space and give some chance to other players".

Turkey's preliminary squad: Omer Faruk Asik (Alpella), Cenk Akyol (200-G-87, agency: FCM) (Efes Pilsen), Ermal Kurtoglu (207-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seminole JC) (Efes Pilsen), Kerem Gönlüm (Efes Pilsen), Hakan Demirel (192-G-85) (Fenerbahçe Ülker), Ibrahim Kutluay (198-F/G-74) (Fenerbahçe Ülker), Oguz Savas (208-C-87) (Fenerbahçe Ülker), Omer Onan (Fenerbahçe Ülker), Semih Erden (211-C-87) (Fenerbahçe Ülker), Fatih Solak (213-C-80) (Galatasaray Cafe Crown), Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) (Milwaukee Bucks), Engin Atsür (North Carolina State), Hidayet Turkoglu (Orlando Magic), Ender Arslan (190-G-83) (Efes Pilsen), Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) (TAU Ceramica), Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) (TAU Ceramica), Tutku Açik (Türk Telekom), Mehmet Okur (Utah Jazz).



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FRANCE

Pro A & B : Latest market news -by Aurelien Hipp

*Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) signed 3 seasons for Nancy. After a couple of seasons at Strasbourg, Greer moved to Pau but finally stayed only one season. He posted 10.4ppg 6.7rpg 3.8apg and had some great euroleague nights during the season.


*Hrvoje Perincic (196-G-78) will play again for coach Alain Weisz. Both men learned to know each other at Strasbourg, but they will collaborate at Hyeres-Toulon next season. Perincic was playing in his country this year, at KK Zadar.


*Vichy signed 2 US players the same day, offering a contract to Rasheed Wright (196-F-80, college: ODU) and E.J. Drayton (206-F-82). Wright will have his second ProA experience, after a negative try-out at Besancon at the beginning of last season. He however ended the season at Levallois, posting 17.3ppg and 3.8rpg in ProB. Drayton is a rookie coming from NC-Charlotte University where he posted 13.7ppg 8.4rpg as a senior.


*St-Quentin announced Kris Morlende (184-G-79) signature for 2 seasons. The former PG of Paris is back in ProB after a correct season in ProA (6.3ppg 2.2rpg 2.8apg).


*Evreux has signed a new Bosman player, Borislav Djordjic (203-F/C-82, college: Stetson). The serbian center played in Sweden last year, posting 20.0ppg 8.4rpg for Ockelbo.


*After the official signing of Dragan Lukovski (who successfully passed the medical tests), Limoges announced Aurelien Salmon (202-C/F-87)'s signing. The young power-forward comes from Nancy where he posted 3.4ppg 1.4rpg during the french regular season.



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GREECE

Transfer news and rumors -by Chris Mammides
Transfer News
Anthony Groundi and Panellinios have come to an agreement. The American guard, ex player of Teramo will help the team of Coach Kalafatakis as his numbers in the Italian league are really impressive, Anthony had 17.8ppg and 4.1rpg.
AEL 1964 agreed terms with Katsares, ex player of MENT and Savvas Kamberidis. Both of them will wear AEL's jersey for the next two years.
Panionios announced three players, Katiakos of Esperos and Greek NT, Kalambokis ex PAOK player and Giannis Georgallis ex Panellinios player.
Kolossos Rodou agreed terms with the third scorer of the Greek league; Ivo Josipovic ex Apollon Patras player will be wearing Kolossos jersey. The Croat forward was among the top players of the league last season; coach Alexandris added a real "fighter" in his roster. Ivo was scoring nearly 17 points per game and 5.6 rebounds. He considered being among the players, which will have a protagonist role in the islanders' team
Aigaleo agreed terms with Ibrahim Jaaber, Kosta Pashali, Sotiri Karapaostolou and Dejan Hochler, furthermore Koukouravas renewed his contract with the team for another two years.
Olympiakos announced officially the two Greeks who singed earlier on this week; Mavrokefalidis and Vasiliadis will wear the red jersey for the next three years.
A2
Siristatidis agreed terms with Panerythraikos, the ex Pagrati player was the second scorer in the division and helped his team to promote in the A2 after so many years.
Manthos Sofogiannis renewed his contract with Ionikos Lamias for another one year.
Keravnos Aigiou agreed terms with Dimitris Prokos, Dimitris was the fifth scorer in the third division and helped his team to promote in the Second division for the first time in their history. Dimitris was playing in Keravnos Aigiou two years ago.
Rumors
There are rumors that Panathinaikos agreed terms with the ex red Zizic and that Spanoulis already "ordered" already his green jerseys and uniforms as with the new exchange last night, the San Antonio Spears "accepted" the Greek player only to set him free!!!



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HUNGARY

Lopatka: i like Hungary so much! -by Tamas Deri
Polish big man, Miroslaw Lopatka (213-C/F-77, agency: AB Agency) just signed on the beginning of this week with the Champion and Cup Winner of 2006/07 SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK.

Lopatka, the best foreigner 5man who played in our league the last two years will play his third season in his third team.
In 2005/06 he helped Koermend to the bronze medal and got voted to the best foreigner big man in our country. He had one excellent season and averaged 21.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 70.0%, in 34 games.

In the last season he played for the team of UNIVER, which got a strong roster and big plans for the season, but with a lot of unluck - injured players, rebuilding the gym, 12 games away in a row - the team did not even reach the Play-offs. Miroslav put up great numbers again, 21.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 73.0%, and so got some offers for the next season!

After some weeks he made his finally decision to come back to Hungary, to the country him and his wife like so much! He just let us know that they visit some friends during the summer too and one their favourite places is the lake Balaton!

Eurobasket Hungary wishes him all the best in the next season with his new club!


Miskovis re-signed with ZTE! -by Tamas Deri
The great point guard, Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) (188-G-78), who averaged 15.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.0% in 29 games for ZTE KK last season just signed his new contract with the club!
That means, that the management could keep one of their top foreigners, cause like we got informed from our journalists in Italy, the american forward Rashad Bell (198-F-82, college: Boston U.) just in the Legadue.


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ITALY

Last transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Upea Capo d'Orlando inked Claudio Ndoja (198-G/F-85) with a two-year contract. Legea Scafati Basket announced the agreement with Kristaps Valters (188-G-81). Snaidero Udine signed Riccardo Truccolo (189-G-89) with a four-year contract. Brandon Brown (202-F-81, college: Tulane) and Siviglia Wear Teramo agreed to extend their pact for another season. In Lega 2, Edimes Pavia signed Martin Colussi (192-G-81).

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JAPAN

J.R. obtains citizenship, to play for national team -by Kenny
In a shocking development, 6-year JBL veteran center J.R. Henderson (206-F-76, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UCLA) of the Aisin Sea Horses obtained Japanese citizenship last week and will suit up for the Japanese national team when they play in the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship from 7/28-8/5 in Tokushima prefecture. This tournament is the 2008 Beijing Olympic qualifier which means that the winner of the tournament will earn the right to represent Asia in the 2008 Summer Olympics along with the host country China.

Henderson, the former UCLA standout who was a member of the 1995 NCAA Championship team and played for the Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA in the 1998-99 season, will be known as "Sakuragi J.R." from now on. His addition to the national team will no doubt boost Japan's chances of winning the tournament. Henderson had been working on obtaining Japanese citizenship for quite some time and it finally came to fruition last week. It'll be interesting to see how far Henderson/Sakuragi can take the Japanese national team.


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KOREA

Korea U19 reaches the first win in FIBA U19 World Championship -by Eurobasket News
Korea U19-Puerto Rico U19 98:94 (20:17, 21:23, 27:25, 30:29)

Korea U19 opens the column for the wins in FIBA U19 World Championship. In a fabulous game between Puerto Rico and Korea, the latter celebrated 98:94 win. It allowed the team to tied at 1-1, while the South Americans fell at 0-2. Kim Min Seup led the winners with 23 points. Park Yoo Min produced 22, while Kim Hyun Ho added 19. Gilberto Clavell (198-F-89) had a great performance for the losing team scoring 29 points and making 13 rebounds.

It was the game where the score changed the whole time. In the first quarter Korea had 3 points deficit and finished the first 20:17. Andres Torres' jump shot gave Puerto Rico 38:33 lead, before Korea fought back through Kim Min Seup and Park Yoo Min. In the end of the second quarter Puerto Rico reduced the arrears to just one point at the end to trail 41:40.
In the third quarter Korea grabbed another 3 points for the deficit as the teams finished at 68:65 after 30 minutes. A dramatic fourth quarter saw Puerto Rico hold a 90:88 advantage with less than 2 minutes to go. Korea with the help of Park Yoo Min and Kim Hyun Ho take control at 98:92. Even though Josue Soto (183-G-88) reduced for the South Americans, Korea celebrated 98:94 win.

Korea U19: Kim Min Seup 23, Park Yoo Min 22, Kim Hyun Ho 19
Puerto Rico U19: Gilberto Clavell 29+13 rebs, Josue Soto 24


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LATVIA

Market News- ASK Riga tracking Jackson -by Igor Kudis
Latvian Champions Riga is monitoring the situation of American - Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76, college: Detroit Mercy).The Swingman who plays in the Las Vegas Summer league(Supersonics team) played last year in the top two clubs in Ukraine - Avzomash and BC Kiev.Jackson already played in host of European clubs including :Verona,Aris,Benetton,Valencia and played in several NBA teams.
According to reports in Las Vegas ,Riga representative talked with Jackson and his agant but it seems that they will face a stiff compatition for his services as European powerhouse- Maccabi Tel-Aviv is also in talks with the player and a team from France and Greece - according to his agant.
It will be clearer in the next few days if Riga sign the player


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LEBANON

Lithuania U19 rolls over Lebanon -by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U19-Lithuania U19 69:105 (18:35, 17:22, 9:21, 25:27)

Lithuania U19 team got the first win in FIBA U19 World Championship. In the second game of the tournament the Baltic team overcame Lebanon 105:69. The latter had the second loss and covers the bottom of Group A with 0-2. Lithuania smashed the opponents in the opening quarter 35:18 and continued to destroy them later. Darius Gvezdauskas (190-G-88) led the winners with 27 points. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) posted 14, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) and Marius Valukonis (196-F-88) added 12. Miguel Martinez (188-G-88) top-scored for Lebanon with 16 points.

Lithuania remembered the first pity loss from France and used their power against Lebanon from the first minutes. They pushed them offensively and won the first 35:18. The game had the same pace in the second as Lithuania reached 57:35.
At the start of the third quarter a 13-0 blitz capped by another Darius Gvezdauskas effort from long range effectively ended the game as a contest, Lebanon scoring just nine points in the quarter as the fight drained from Adriano Geraldis' men. Even in the end of the third Lithuania could celebrate the win. The coach allowed to play the whole team later in the fourth as Lithuania beat Lebanon 27:25 in the last. As a result it gave them 105:69 win in FIBA U19 World Championship.

Lebanon U19: Miguel Martinez 16, Roudy Farraj (187-G-88) 15, Akkad 12
Lithuania U19:Darius Gvezdauskas 27, Deividas Gailius 14, Vaidas Cepukaitis 12, Marius Valukonis 12


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LIBERIA

Liberia suffers two losses at the start -by Eurobasket News
Liberian National team had a bitter start of the All-Africa Games in Algeria. Liberia got into Group B of the competition and faced Cameroon in the opener. Liberia fought against the favorites in the first half and kept it close. They trailed by 6 points after the opening quarter 14:20. The gap grew bigger after the second frame 36:27. Cameroon spurred ahead in the third stanza. They tightened up defence and held Liberia to just 9 points. The distance reached a 55:36 mark and Cameroon never looked back from now on. Christian Bayang led all scorers with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Alfred Aboya added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Liberia replied with 9 points from Alphonso Kuiah. Malusi Getaweh nailed 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the first defeat for Liberians.
Liberia did not manage to pick up the first victory against Angola. Liberia had a better start to the game and led 18:14 after the opening frame. But the future hosts of Afrobasket 2007 rebounded in the second quarter. They thrashed their opponents 29:10 and cleared off to a 43:28 dominance at halftime. Liberia never closed back and suffered a massive blow losing 63:91. Gerson Monteiro and Vladimir Geronimo netted 15 points apiece to ensure the win for Angola. Raphael Ouaye chipped in 11 points for Liberia. Alphonso Kuiah had 10 points in a losing effort. Liberia outrebounded Angola 37:30 but could not fight an impressive Angolan touch from beyond the arc 44%.

Liberia - Cameroon 50:78
Liberia: Alphonso Kuiah 9 points, Malusi Getaweh 8
Cameroon: Christian Bayang 15, Alfred Aboya 12

Liberia - Angola 63:91
Liberia: Raphael Ouaye 11, Alphonso Kuiah 10
Angola: Gerson Monteiro 15, Vladimir Geronimo 15.


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LITHUANIA

Lithuania U19 rolls over Lebanon -by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U19-Lithuania U19 69:105 (18:35, 17:22, 9:21, 25:27)

Lithuania U19 team got the first win in FIBA U19 World Championship. In the second game of the tournament the Baltic team overcame Lebanon 105:69. The latter had the second loss and covers the bottom of Group A with 0-2. Lithuania smashed the opponents in the opening quarter 35:18 and continued to destroy them later. Darius Gvezdauskas (190-G-88) led the winners with 27 points. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) posted 14, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) and Marius Valukonis (196-F-88) added 12. Miguel Martinez (188-G-88) top-scored for Lebanon with 16 points.

Lithuania remembered the first pity loss from France and used their power against Lebanon from the first minutes. They pushed them offensively and won the first 35:18. The game had the same pace in the second as Lithuania reached 57:35.
At the start of the third quarter a 13-0 blitz capped by another Darius Gvezdauskas effort from long range effectively ended the game as a contest, Lebanon scoring just nine points in the quarter as the fight drained from Adriano Geraldis' men. Even in the end of the third Lithuania could celebrate the win. The coach allowed to play the whole team later in the fourth as Lithuania beat Lebanon 27:25 in the last. As a result it gave them 105:69 win in FIBA U19 World Championship.

Lebanon U19: Miguel Martinez 16, Roudy Farraj (187-G-88) 15, Akkad 12
Lithuania U19:Darius Gvezdauskas 27, Deividas Gailius 14, Vaidas Cepukaitis 12, Marius Valukonis 12


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MALI

Mali with foreign-based players into All Africa Games -by Kristian Santiago
The ten players called up by Jose Ruiz for Algeria are probably Tahirou Sani (Brest,
France), Bassekou Diallo (Qatar) , Paul Dakouo (Al Ahli, Qatar), Alou Badra
Sanogo (ASPTT Algier) , Mohamed Fofana (Towson, USA) , Mohamed Sangare
(USA) , Ali Traore (Le Havre, France), Dramane Diarra (Reims, France),
Ludovic Chelle (Bourg, France) and Sourata Cisse (Racing Paris, France),
but there is no official confirmation that all these players went to Algeria,
as a few changes must have been made due to the fact,
that Modibo Diarra (208-F/C-80, college: Memphis) and Namory Diarra (179-G-81) are on the early box scores of the event.

Furthermore , players such as Ousmane Cisse (Bnei Hasharon,Israel),
Aboubacar S. Traore (Russia) , Sory Diakite (Al Nahda, Saudi Arabia) as
well as newcomer Mantcha Traore (St.Vallier) are in the mix for the
African Championships in Angola. They will join the experienced likes of
Nuoah Diakite (Villeurbanne,France), Karim Ouattara (Bourg, France), Modibo
Niakate (Roanne, France), Sambou Traore (Chalons-en-Champagne, France),
Amara Sy (Villeurbanne, France) , Lassana Sylla (Levallois, France) and
Soumaïla Samake (Zhejiang, China).


Mali U19 produces a better second game -by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19-Mali U19 70:47 (17:14, 21:6, 10:10, 22:17)

Mali U19 lost the second game in FIBA U19 World Championship. Yesterday the African team had a better game then the first one against USA, however was defeated 47:70 by Serbia. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) led the winners with 14 points and 19 rebounds. Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13 and Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) ended up with 11 points. Waly Coulibaly (187-G/F-88) was again the best for Mali producing 17 points. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0, while Mali is 0-2.

It was another defense we saw Mali in the second game. Remembering 118 from USA, Mali concentrated more in their half and looked well. Serbia however was in front and won the opening 17:14. The hosts began to improve their offensive play and extended their lead to 38:20 at the end of the second quarter.
In the second half it was the game of two defensive teams as both squads scored 20 points together(10:10). Boban Marjanovic (216-C-88) helped Serbia to exert their control in the third quarter with 5 points to help his side to a comfortable 48:29 lead. In the last quarter Mali played more opened and could score 17 points. Meanwhile Serbia satisfied with 22 and won the quarter by 5. As a result the Europeans celebrated 70:47 win.

Serbia U19: Miroslav Raduljica 14+19 rebs, Marko Keselj 13, Milan Macvan 11
Mali U19: Waly Coulibaly 17, Hamet Niane (188-G-91) 7


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NBA

Jason Hart to join Utah Jazz -by Paolo Comitti
The Utah Jazz signed point guard Jason Hart (6'3''-G-78, college: Syracuse) on Friday.

The 6-foot-3 Hart played for Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers in 2006-07, a combined total of 36 games, and averaged 6.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.22 steals in 23.6 minutes.

The Jazz had an opening in their backcourt after agreeing to release Derek Fisher from his contract so he could concentrate on finding the best care for his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye.

Hart has averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 240 games in six seasons. He has also played for Milwaukee, San Antonio and Charlotte.


Kings acquire Mikki Moore -by Paolo Comitti
New Jersey Nets' center Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) agreed a contract with Sacramento Kings.

The 7-foot Moore averaged his career highs of 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while making nearly 61 percent of his shots, leading the NBA. He started 55 games for New Jersey while filling in for injured Nenad Krstic, providing energy and veteran experience as the Nets reached the second round of the playoffs.

Moore, who will begin his 10th NBA season in the fall, will compete for playing time with forwards Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Kenny Thomas, and fellow 7-footers Brad Miller and rookie Spencer Hawes.

Moore also has played for Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Utah, the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle.

Sacramento Kings missed the playoffs last spring for the first time in nine seasons, hired coach Reggie Theus last month to replace Eric Musselman.


Trail Blazers sign Steve Blake -by Paolo Comitti
The free agent point guard Steve Blake (6'3''-G-80, college: Maryland), who played for the Denver Nuggets last season signed a two-year deal with an option with Portland Trail Blazers.

Blake, a four-year veteran, averaged 8.3 points and 6.6 assists in 49 games with Denver last season.

It is Blake's second stint with the Blazers. He played for the team in 2005-06, averaging 8.2 points and 4.5 assists. He still has an offseason home in the area.

Blake told the Rocky Mountain News that he decided to return to Portland because the Nuggets appeared on the verge of finalizing a contract with guard Chucky Atkins.

Other teams reportedly interested in Blake included the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Blake, 27, played for the University of Maryland. For his career, he has averaged 6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 22.5 minutes with the Washington Wizards, Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks and Nuggets.


Morris Peterson agrees a deal with Hornets -by Paolo Comitti
Morris Peterson (6'7''-G/F-77, college: Michigan St.) and the New Orleans Hornets agreed to terms on a 4-year contract.

Peterson visited Salt Lake City earlier this week to meet with Utah Jazz officials. He also said Detroit, New Jersey, Cleveland, Miami and Toronto had expressed interest in him.

He has spent his entire seven-season career with the Raptors.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Peterson, who can play shooting guard or small forward, has career averages of 12 points along with nearly four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

After helping Michigan State win the 2000 national championship, Peterson was drafted 21st by the Raptors. He averaged 14 points in his second and third NBA season and 12.5 in his fourth season.

As a restricted free agent in 2004, the Hornets signed Peterson to a $15 million, three-year offer sheet and Toronto retained him by matching the deal.


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NIGERIA

AAG: D'Tigers maul Congo as Tigress survive Tunisia -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria senior men national team, D'Tigers continued its impressive run in the basketball event of the 9th All Africa Games holding in Algiers, Algeria winning its second group-B game Friday night against DR. Congo.

While D'Tigers harmered the Congolese side by 75-52 points for its second win in the group which comprises of perennial foe, Angola, Liberia, Mali and Cameroon, the women team, The Tigress manage a 58-56 points win over Tunisia to set a big battle against Senegal today.

The Olumide Oyedeji captain side will have their full strength tested today when they confront Games gold medal defending champion, Angola at 19.00 Algeria time.

Other results of games played Friday:

Women

Cote d'Ivoire vs. Angola: 39 - 51
Algeria vs. Mozambique:46 - 56
Senegal vs. Zimbabwe: 75 - 37
Kenya vs. Mali: 58 - 52
Nigeria vs. Tunisia: 56 - 54

Men

Egypt vs. Cote d'Ivoire: 70 -48
Algeria vs. Tunisia: 62 - 49
Angola vs. Liberia: 91 - 63
Nigeria vs. DR Congo: 75 - 52
Cameroon vs. Mali: 69 - 71

Today's Pairing - Women:

Group A
14h00 .Mozambique vs. Angola:
16h00. Algeria vs. RD Congo
Exempt : Cote d'Ivoire

Group B
09h00. Zimbabwe vs. Kenya
11h00. Tunisia vs. Mali
18h00. Nigeria vs. Senegal

Men:

Group A
Venue : Harcha
17h00 Tunisia vs. Cote d'Ivoire
19h00 South Africa vs. Egypt
Exempt: Algeria

Group B
Venue : Staoueli
15h00. Liberia vs. Mali
17h00.DR Congo vs. Cameroon
19h00. Angola vs. Nigeria
Stanley Gumut (197-F-86)


FIBA U19 Championship: Nigeria went down to Turkey 91-82 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria U19 national team this evening lost its third straight game of the FIBA U19 World Championship holding in Novi Sad, Serbia to Turkey by 91-82 points to finish last in group-C.

Kano Pillars and Dodan Warriors basketball club small forward Ibrahim Adamu Yusuf led the squad with a game high of 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists while Kennys' Bullets guard Michael Ohiero poured in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists just as Emmanuel Negedu added 10 points, 6 rebounds for the African champion who will now play a classification match next Monday for the 12-16 place.

With the victory over Nigeria Turkey now finish second behind group leader and championship defending champion, Australia with 5 points from three match.

Other results of games already decided Saturday the last day of group matches of the championship saw France defeating Lebanon by a whopping 100-58 points, mali went down to China by 59-46; Australia posted an 81-70 points victory over Canada while Lithuania succumb to the superior fire-power of Brazil 81-75.

The games between Argentina and Puerto Rico and that of Spain against Korea was still on at the time of this report.


Emmanuel Negedu (200-F-88)


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PBL

National PBL tryouts announced -by Gianni Pascucci

The Premier Basketball League has begun the process of player recruitment and selection for the 2007-08 season as the professional basketball circuit hosts the first of three National PBL Player Tryout Combines on August 11, 2007 in Washington, D.C. The "PBL East Coast Combine" will be held at the Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence. Players can register online at www.pblpro.com The PBL East Coast Combine will be the first of three National Player Combines hosted by the league, leading to the PBL Lottery Draft on October 1, 2007. Twenty-five (25) players will be selected from the three tryout camps to become eligible to be selected by a PBL team. PBL teams will hold a lottery draw before the Draft to slot each club's selection order. Players included in the PBL Lottery Draft may also be considered for one of the limited League Franchise Player contracts that each PBL team will offer to the country's top players.



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PHILIPPINES

Lebanon upsets China -by May Arevalo

Yi Li (204-F/G-87) and Wang Bo (202-F-82) got into foul trouble early in the ball game and the Lebanese squad engaged the Chinese in a free throw shooting contest as Lebanon upsets China to the tune of 77-73 at the third day of the Smart 4-Nation Manila Invitatinal at the San Juan Arena. The score was tied at 34 all the half.

Fadi El Khatib led the Lebanese squad with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and an almost perfect 12/13 free throw shooting. Ali Mahmoud scored 17 points and iced the win via a three point shot.




Team Pilipinas drubs Syria -by May Arevalo


Team Pilipinas drubs Syria -by May Arevalo

Jimmy Alapag was on a mission scoring 17 points in the second half and shooting an almost perfect 9/10 from the free throw line, as Team Pilipinas downs Syria, 92-79, at the Smart 4-Nation Manila Invitational at The Arena, San Juan. Gabe Norwood, Kelly Williams, Renren Ritualo (188-G), and Dondon Hontiveros proved that the Philippine team is a force to reckon with even without their main guns on the floor. Kirby Raymundo's isolation plays in the last minutes sealed the victory for team Pilipinas.

Madanly and Correa top scored for Syria.

Via the quotient system It is going to be Lebanon versus Team Pilipinas for the championshiop match. China, Lebanon, and the Philippines have an identical 2-1 record.
China wound up playing Syria for third.



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ROMANIA

Switzerland grabs the first win in classification round -by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Romania 81:74
Swiss U20 team finally enjoyed the first win at the classifiication round of the European championship Division B in Poland. They narrowly defeated Romania 81:74 to complete the action in Group H at 1-3 record. Romania meanwhile remained winless and suffered the third straight loss.
Romanian team had a better start to this one as they rolled to a 22:16 lead after the opening frame. Andrei Ioan Dohi drained a trey and put Romania ahead 32:23 early in the second quarter. Romanian side maintained the advantage and finished the first half with a 42:36 dominance. The things seemed to change little as Romania opened the second half with a 5:0 run and established a 47:36 lead. But Switzerland gradually found the touch and capped the third quarter with an impressive 20:9 run that put surged them ahead 56:55 entering the final frame. They held on to a minimum advantage throughout the final stanza and led 72:71 with under two minutes remaining. David Ramseier (198-C-87) then knocked down a jumper and Reto Schwaiger delivered a three pointer to seal a win for Swiss squad.
Westher Molteni (192-F-87) topscored for Switzerland with 19 points and 15 rebounds. David Ramseier had 16 points for the winners. Romania's Titus Nicoara (200-F-88) was a usual contributor with 19 points and 10 boards. Vlad Jiscanu (193-F-87) provided 18 points as Romania remained at 0-4 record.
Romanian team will now battle for the 17th-18th spot against Belarus. Switzerland plays versus Portugal in the game for 15th-16th place tomorrow.

Switzerland U20: Westher Molteni 19+15 rebounds, David Ramseier 16, Lionel Bobetso (183-G-88) 13
Romania U20: Titus Nicoara 19+10 boards, Vlad Jiscanu 18, Cezar Stanescu (191-G-88) 14.


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SENEGAL

Various News -by Kristian Santiago
The national team is currently preparing for the African Championships in
Dallas, Texas where they played two exhibition games at the Global Games (a
loss by 27 points against a team made up of college freshmen and a 8 point
loss to an All-Star team made up by professional basketball players from
Texas) .
The players used in these games were Pape Djibril Kote (190-G-84) , Issa Konare (202-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: High Point),
Moussa Diagne (203-F/C-84), Ahmet Gueye (203-F-82, college: Hawaii) , Bamba Fall (216-C), Papa Samba Guisse (203-C), Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84, agency: Passing Lane)
and Lamine Diame (196-F-87) while four players are now joining the team from Dakar
after waiting for their visa documents.The players are El Kabir Pene (190-G-84),
Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) , Jules Aw (200-F-86) and Mamadou Boumy Seck.
The "A" Team of Senegal which was supposed to participate in the All
African Games pulled out suddenly and wont go to Algeria which is a major
blow for the young Senegal-based players who prepared for this tourney.

AS Douane Dakar is the new champion in the Senegalese league after beating
Bopp in the finals.The Moustapha Gaye-coached team won away by 17 points
difference to loose at home by 12 to gain the title which they had won
previously just once.Its the third success of coach Gaye who led finalists
Bopp to championships in 1999 and 2001.
Douane was able to hold off two time champions US Rail Thies on the way to
the finals while Bopp handled UGB St.Louis in the semis.

Cheikhou Thioune (195-G/F-83) signed with Rouen in Pro B, France after playing the last
season with Evreux. The forward was initally left out of the first list of
possible players for the national team which was done by Moustapha Gaye and
therefor his agent negotiated a contract in which he was already available
to join Rouen in August. Later on, newly appointed GM Gallo Fall and Makhtar
Ndiaye called him up to join the national team in Dallas, but because of
his contract situation, he wont be a part of this years Lions-roster.


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SERBIA

Stefan Stojacic in Mega Aqua Monta -by Dragan Jankovski
Member of Serbian U19 NT Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) signed contract with Serbian Superleague team Mega Aqua Monta. Stojacic played last two seasons for second team of Partizan Belgrade and he also was member of U18 NT on European Championship in Spain. In Mega Aqua Monta he joined his team mate from U19 NT Dusan Katnic.

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SLOVENIA

U20 NT of Slovenia outscores Bulgaria -by Matej Bergant
In the Classification Games for the 5th to 8th places on U20 European Championship here in Nova Gorica and Gorizia (Italy) Slovenian NT had no troubles beating Bulgarian NT 79:59. Slovenians were in control for whole game and didn't allow their opponets to come close. Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87) scored 23 points, 10 rebounds and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 20, 5 rebounds while Matej Krusic (211-F/C-87) chipped in 14 and 6 rebounds points off the bench for the co-hosts, who will play vs. Israel U20 NT on Sunday for fifth place. Chavdar Kostov (190-G-88) paced Bulgaria with 20 points while Ivan Lilov (195-F-88) scored 17 points.

Sani Becirovic won't play on Eurobasket 2007! -by Matej Bergant
After Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), Marko Maravic (201-F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM), Sasa Vujacic, Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances), Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79), Marko Milic (199-G-77) and Beno Udrih (194-G-82) all said no to playing on European Championship 2007 in Spain this summer, another player decided not to join Slovenian National Team for Eurobasket 2007. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Interperformances) said this in Slovene for official site of Slovenian basketball federation (translation by Eurobasket.com): "With my all sincerity and sadness I can say only that I simply am not ready for such effort as European Championship requires. I have been taking painkillers for the whole past season so that I was able to play and without them I can't be even now. I was postponing my decision for a long time, hoping that pain in my knees will allow me to play, that the rest after season will help me, but it is time, to speak clearly about everything. For example, even on my vacations in past days I had hard time to swim. Medical examinations showed that I have serious problems and I can't lie to myself, coach and others. I am sorry, but I am not ready for such effort. Coach Pipan was prepared to give me a special practice program during the preparations, but the risk is just too big. I had hard time taking such decision and once again I am sorry that I will not be able to play on Eurobasket 2007 this summer in Spain."

Hohler signs with Egaleo -by Matej Bergant
Dejan Hohler (188-G-86, agency: VTBM/SRBM) signed two years contract with Greek A1 team Egaleo AO. In the previous season Hohler played for Union Olimpija averaging 2.5ppg in Adriatic League, 1.0ppg in Euroleague and 3.2ppg in Slovenian Championship. Hohler played also for Rogla Atras Zrece and Dalmare Sibenik (Croatia).

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SPAIN

Pelekanos in Madrid and onther market news -by Francisco Martinez
- Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81) has been annonunced as nex player of Real Madrid. He will be introduced to media next Monday. With this signing Real Madrid completes its perimeter for the next season. According to some sources they could try the loan of Tomas.
- Unicaja Malaga has annonuced the extension of the contract of Boniface N'Dong (213-C-77) and the farewells of Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) and Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.). Davor Kus could be the enxt signing of the Green team.
- Roman Montanez (193-G-79) leaves Bilbao Basket and he will sign for Akasvayu Girona.


Luis Scola head to Houston? -by Francisco Martinez
Houston Rockets, the NBA franchise, got the rights of Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) in a trade with San Antonio Spurs. It seems that the team from Texas is ready to give the chance to Luis and he has talked already with TAU about his buyout and his posslible outgoing. All seems ready for the travel of Luis Scola!.

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SWITZERLAND

Switzerland grabs the first win in classification round -by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Romania 81:74
Swiss U20 team finally enjoyed the first win at the classifiication round of the European championship Division B in Poland. They narrowly defeated Romania 81:74 to complete the action in Group H at 1-3 record. Romania meanwhile remained winless and suffered the third straight loss.
Romanian team had a better start to this one as they rolled to a 22:16 lead after the opening frame. Andrei Ioan Dohi drained a trey and put Romania ahead 32:23 early in the second quarter. Romanian side maintained the advantage and finished the first half with a 42:36 dominance. The things seemed to change little as Romania opened the second half with a 5:0 run and established a 47:36 lead. But Switzerland gradually found the touch and capped the third quarter with an impressive 20:9 run that put surged them ahead 56:55 entering the final frame. They held on to a minimum advantage throughout the final stanza and led 72:71 with under two minutes remaining. David Ramseier (198-C-87) then knocked down a jumper and Reto Schwaiger delivered a three pointer to seal a win for Swiss squad.
Westher Molteni (192-F-87) topscored for Switzerland with 19 points and 15 rebounds. David Ramseier had 16 points for the winners. Romania's Titus Nicoara (200-F-88) was a usual contributor with 19 points and 10 boards. Vlad Jiscanu (193-F-87) provided 18 points as Romania remained at 0-4 record.
Romanian team will now battle for the 17th-18th spot against Belarus. Switzerland plays versus Portugal in the game for 15th-16th place tomorrow.

Switzerland U20: Westher Molteni 19+15 rebounds, David Ramseier 16, Lionel Bobetso (183-G-88) 13
Romania U20: Titus Nicoara 19+10 boards, Vlad Jiscanu 18, Cezar Stanescu (191-G-88) 14.


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TUNISIA

Tunisia struggle at the start of All-Africa Games -by Eurobasket News

Tunisian National team had a shaky start of the All-Africa Games. Tunisia were beaten twice in their opening encounters in Group A.
Tunisia received a knocking welcome from Egypt in the first round game. They were surprised 17:40 in the first quarter and virtually surrendered any further opposition. Egypt capitalized on a gained advantage and fulfilled the task with a 19:14 second frame. Leading comfortably 59:31 at halftime Egypt allowed Tunisia to revive in the second half and post two victorious quarters. However it was not enough to spark any intrigue in the game and Egypt celebrated an easy 86:64 win at the end.
In their second game of the tournament Tunisia faced hosting Algeria and had little chances as the game tipped off. Algeria dominated the rhythm and grabbed an early 19:16 lead. Tunisia tried to bounce back in the second quarter but once again fell short 15:19. Algeria tightened the grip in the third frame forcing Tunisia to numerous turnovers and held them to just 8 points. Algeria piled up a 53:39 advantage entering the final frame. Tunisia managed to deliver a winning fourth frame but it was not enough to succeed. Tunisia will try to gain the first win of the tournament against Cote d'Ivoire later tonight.

Tunisia - Egypt 64:86

Tunisia - Algeria 49:62.



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TURKEY

Aliaga sings with Cantopcu -by Alev Sonmez
The TB2L representative Aliaga Belediyesi signed with Hilmi Cantopcu (195-F-83). The 1983 born forward played in Vestelspor Manisa last year and pointed out that he wants to get the championhip title of TB2L with Aliaga Belediyesi and play in Beko Basketball league.

Transactions -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Mersin Bsb continues strenghtening their 07-08 season roster. The southern club announced Beykoz point guard Esat Sinanoglu (188-G-82) as their sixth new guy in Mersin. Sinanoglu is known as a quick guard who was on ITU's shortlist.
On the other hand Usak Belediyesi of TB2L inked Salih Ugrasan (201-F-83) from Antalya Bsb for the upcoming season.


U20 Out Of The Way -by Serdar Ortakuyu
In the first game of classification round Turkish U20 lost to Israel and registered 5 losses and only 2 wins so far in EC. Despite keeping the score head to head till the last minutes Turkey failed to contain Elishay Kadir (195-F-87) and Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) in the decisive moments and lost the chance to play the 5th place game. Fenerbahce Ulker center Oguz Savas (208-C-87) who's the most important one remaining from last year's finalist team nailed a team high 18 points while Efes Pilsen's Bora Pacun (207-F-87) chipped in 12. For Israel Elishay Kadir and Yogev Ohayon totally added 39. Turkey will meet Bulgaria in the seventh place game and come back home after a dissapointing championship.

Efes Pilsen World Cup 6 -by Serdar Ortakuyu
The sixth edition of Efes Pilsen World Cup will be held in Izmir this year with the participation of Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Poland, Latvia and China. After holding the event in Istanbul for four consecutive times, the organization committee moved to games to Ankara last year and this summer's hosts will be Izmir where the World University Games and U20 European Championship was held in 2005 and 2006. The ganes will start on August 22 and cheer Izmir fans for four days.

Group A
Turkey
Latvia
Croatia

Group B
Poland
Serbia
China

Schedule:
22 Aug.
Poland-China
Turkey-Latvia

23 Aug.
China-Serbia
Turkey-Croatia

24 Aug.
Serbia-Poland
Croatia-Latvia

25 Aug.
5th place game
Semi final game 1
Semi final game 2

26 Aug.
Third place game
First place game


U19 To The Next Round -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Turkish U19 NT faced Nigeria on the last day of first round and posted a 91-82 victory to advance to the second round. Turkish team was on the court with a different starting line up as Galatasaray Cafe Crown's Altay Ozurganci (195-G-88) who saw limited time in the first two games, found himself on the line up instead of Ogun Sevinc (198-F-88) who was brilliant yesterday. Nigeria was tougher than expected as they also managed to hit the three ball which helped them stay in the game till the last quarter but Altay Ozurganci, Ismet Hacioglu (186-G-88) and Mesut Kadir Cipa (205-F-88) trio led Turkey to win in the cruical last quarter. Ismet Hacioglu of Galatasaray poured in a all of the bench game high 19 points and also added 4 boards plus 3 assists. Altay Ozurganci met the expectations with his 16 points and 6 rebounds as Dogus Balbay (184-G-89) registered 17 points and 4 boards. Turkey will take place in Group F with Australia, Canada, Argentina, Spain and S. Korea but only play Argentina, Spain and S. Korea respectively. Teams taking the first four places at end of second round will advance to quarter finals.

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UKRAINE

Kyiv Sign Markoishvili, Stack -by Alexei Naumov
Today BC Kyiv announced the signing of a 20-year-old Georgian guard Manuhar Markoishvili, who was one of the leaders of Slovenian Olimpija last season.

Manuhar comes to Kyiv off of a very solid season with Ljubljana: he averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game over 26 Adriatic League contests. His stats were very similar in the Euroleague: 10.6 points 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

Markoishvili was more impressive during his 15 appearances for Olimpija in the Slovenian league, contributing with 13.4 points, 4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

BC Kyiv have also come to terms with a 31-year-old American Center Ryan Stack (212 cm., 100 kg), who has enormous experience and is called upon to strengthen the team's frontcourt.

Stack spent his collegiate career with the NCAA's South Carolina, averaging 9.6 points and 6 rebounds per game as a senior. He was selected 48th overall in the 1998 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and spent almost two seasons with the team.

One of Stack's most productive seasons was in 2001-02, when playing for Israeli side Maccabi Ramat Gan, he averaged 17.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game over 12 contests in the Saporta Cup.

The forward spent last season in Olympiacos, having played 14 games in the Euroleague, contributing with 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.


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W.CHAMPS U19

Second day results and news -by Eurobasket News
Second day waived to 16 teams in FIBA U19 World Championship. It is now a little bit clear which teams probably advanced to the Play-off.
In Group A Lithuania U19 team got the first win in FIBA U19 World Championship. In the second game of the tournament the Baltic team overcame Lebanon 105:69. The latter had the second loss and covers the bottom of Group A with 0-2. Lithuania smashed the opponents in the opening quarter 35:18 and continued to destroy them later. Darius Gvezdauskas (190-G-88) led the winners with 27 points. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) posted 14, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) and Marius Valukonis added 12. Miguel Martinez top-scored for Lebanon with 16 points.
Lithuania remembered the first pity loss from France and used their power against Lebanon from the first minutes. They pushed them offensively and won the first 35:18. The game had the same pace in the second as Lithuania reached 57:35. At the start of the third quarter a 13-0 blitz capped by another Darius Gvezdauskas effort from long range effectively ended the game as a contest, Lebanon scoring just nine points in the quarter as the fight drained from Adriano Geraldis' men. Even in the end of the third Lithuania could celebrate the win. The coach allowed to play the whole team later in the fourth as Lithuania beat Lebanon 27:25 in the last. As a result it gave them 105:69 win in FIBA U19 World Championship.
In another game France beat Brazil 98:73. Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) (190-G-89) led the winners with 24 points as France increased to 2-0.

In Group B USA and Serbia go for 2-0. USA smashed China 103:77, while Serbia overcame Mali 70:47.Miroslav Raduljica led the hosts with 14 points and 19 rebounds. Marko Keselj posted 13 and Milan Macvan ended up with 11 points. Waly Coulibaly was again the best for Mali producing 17 points. It was another defense we saw Mali in the second game. Remembering 118 from USA, Mali concentrated more in their half and looked well. Serbia however was in front and won the opening 17:14. The hosts began to improve their offensive play and extended their lead to 38:20 at the end of the second quarter. In the second half it was the game of two defensive teams as both squads scored 20 points together(10:10). Boban Marjanovic (216-C-88) helped Serbia to exert their control in the third quarter with 5 points to help his side to a comfortable 48:29 lead. In the last quarter Mali played more opened and could score 17 points. Meanwhile Serbia satisfied with 22 and won the quarter by 5. As a result the Europeans celebrated 70:47 win.


Australia stepped into the next stage beating Nigeria 77:73 in Group C. Ogilvy top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Korea U19 opened the column for the wins in FIBA U19 World Championship. In a fabulous game between Puerto Rico and Korea, the latter celebrated 98:94 win. It allowed the team to tied at 1-1, while the South Americans fell at 0-2. Kim Min Seup led the winners with 23 points. Park Yoo Min (185-G-88) produced 22, while Kim Hyun Ho added 19. Gilberto Clavell (198-F-89) had a great performance for the losing team scoring 29 points and making 13 rebounds. It was the game where the score changed the whole time. In the first quarter Korea had 3 points deficit and finished the first 20:17. Andres Torres' jump shot gave Puerto Rico 38:33 lead, before Korea fought back through Kim Min Seup and Park Yoo Min. In the end of the second quarter Puerto Rico reduced the arrears to just one point at the end to trail 41:40. In the third quarter Korea grabbed another 3 points for the deficit as the teams finished at 68:65 after 30 minutes. A dramatic fourth quarter saw Puerto Rico hold a 90:88 advantage with less than 2 minutes to go. Korea with the help of Park Yoo Min and Kim Hyun Ho take control at 98:92. Even though Josue Soto reduced for the South Americans, Korea celebrated 98:94 win.


In Group D Canada U19 lost the first game in FIBA U19 World Championship. After a win in the opener the team lost to Turkey 58:81. The game was mostly done in the first half as the Europeans had 18 points advantage. Ogun Sevinc (198-F-88) and Can Ozcan (200-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mesut Kadir Cipa netted 14 and made 10 rebounds and Dogus Balbay dished out a game high 10 assists. Boris Bakovic nailed 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Turkey got off to a much better start thanks to Alpella swingman Ogun Sevinc who had a horrible game yesterday. Turkish team did not get away from the game discipline in the second quarter and Can Ozcan's contribution never let Canada to come back. The North Americans tied only the third quarter but always trailed in the game. Devoe Joseph could not show the same game against Turkey as he did over Nigeria. This time instead of 33 he chipped in only 8. Canada losses the first game and ties at 1-1. Turkey has the same result as they lost to Australia in the opener.
Spain rolled over Argentina 88:68 with Claver's 23 points and 9 rebounds. Spain remains the only undefeated team in the group.




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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

A 29:14 in the last lifts Belgium U20 over Belarus -by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Belarus U20 68:63 (14-18, 11-11, 14-20, 29-14)


Belgium U20 smashed Belarus with 29:14 in the last quarter to celebrate 68:63 win. Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 but could not stay cool. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) led the winners with 15 points and 10 assists. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) chipped in 13, while Fanny Vandesteene (176-F-87) posted 12. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) top-scored in the game with 23 points for Belarus.

Many players returned from U21 Championship for Belgium. Two best players Marjorie Carpreaux and Sara Leemans were on top to help Belgium to come back. Belarus started with 18:14 in the opening quarter and looked very optimistic in the game. The second quarter was tied at 11 points from both teams that gave still 4-points deficit of the Belarus team.
In the third quarter Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was Marjorie Carpreaux who led the Belgians back as she was unstoppable in the end. She poured in nine points in a 17:6 surge. At that time belgium took a 60:59 lead to finish the game with a bigger advantage.
Today Belgium sees Hungay as Belarus faces Serbia.


Belgium U20: Marjorie Carpreaux 15+10 ast, Sara Leemans 13, Fanny Vandesteene 12
Belarus U20: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 23, Alena Rynkevich (182-F-87) 13+13 rebs



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BELGIUM - Women

A 29:14 in the last lifts Belgium U20 over Belarus -by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Belarus U20 68:63 (14-18, 11-11, 14-20, 29-14)


Belgium U20 smashed Belarus with 29:14 in the last quarter to celebrate 68:63 win. Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 but could not stay cool. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) led the winners with 15 points and 10 assists. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) chipped in 13, while Fanny Vandesteene (176-F-87) posted 12. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) top-scored in the game with 23 points for Belarus.

Many players returned from U21 Championship for Belgium. Two best players Marjorie Carpreaux and Sara Leemans were on top to help Belgium to come back. Belarus started with 18:14 in the opening quarter and looked very optimistic in the game. The second quarter was tied at 11 points from both teams that gave still 4-points deficit of the Belarus team.
In the third quarter Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was Marjorie Carpreaux who led the Belgians back as she was unstoppable in the end. She poured in nine points in a 17:6 surge. At that time belgium took a 60:59 lead to finish the game with a bigger advantage.
Today Belgium sees Hungay as Belarus faces Serbia.


Belgium U20: Marjorie Carpreaux 15+10 ast, Sara Leemans 13, Fanny Vandesteene 12
Belarus U20: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 23, Alena Rynkevich (182-F-87) 13+13 rebs



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BULGARIA - Women

Bulgaria lost to Germany -by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgaria lost to Germany 55:64, but save chances to qualify for the next round of Eurobasket U20 in Sofia. Despite of the strong performance by Dimana Georgieva (189-C-88) the host team lost control on the game from the beginning and never came back. In the third quarter Germany had 20 points lead, but Bulgaria was able to make it 9 in the end. Today the squad will play against the strongest team in Group D France. 189 cm tall center of Bulgarian vice-champion and silver medalist for the Cup Lukoil Neftohimik - Georgieva finished with 20 points, but the big problem for our gilrs was their weakness under the boards. Their opponent grabbed 41 rebounds against 23 for us. After good game against Ukraine the captain Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) and the other leader - Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) didn't show the same level.




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E.CHAMPS U20 - Women

Sofia opens the doors for Division A -by Eurobasket News
U20 European Championship for Women started in Sofia. Sixteen teams are divided into 4 groups with 4 teams in each. Three teams from th groups will advance to the Qualifying round.
In the first day of Group A Russia being the defending champion of the previous U20 European championship lost the opener to Spain 68:72. A great defensive game by the Spanish team in the third quarter brought success. Russia won the second half, however the wins in every quarter were minimum. Russia trailed only 1 points with 30 seconds remaining, but could not reach the Spanish squad. Maria Pina (187-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Patricia Arguello netted 15. Olga Petrova (178-G-88) paced Russia with 15, as Natalya Myasoedova scored 10.
That was the first game in the group and probably one of the most interesting. As it was already mentioned Russia triumphed last time. Spanish team is made up of many players who won the U18 title one year ago, so the game brought lots of interest even before the whistle. In the opening quarter Spain dominated in the court, but finished with only 19:18. The second quarter was poor for Russia as they scored only 8 points. Both teams went for the interims with 32:26 for Spain. The latter kept their noses in front and went into the last stanza leading 51:46. In the last quarter Russia struck with a 9-0 run to reduce at 69:68 with 30 seconds remaining. Maria Pina's three-ball with 15 seconds brought the first win for her team.
Israel U20 lost the opener of the competitions to Greece 54:73. Greece won first three quarters and relaxed in the last. Anthoula Balta (178-G-87) led the winners with 19 points. Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F-87) scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Israel.

In Group B Belgium U20 smashed Belarus with 29:14 in the last quarter to celebrate 68:63 win. Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 but could not stay cool. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) led the winners with 15 points and 10 assists. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) chipped in 13, while Fanny Vandesteene posted 12. Tatsiana Likhtarovich top-scored in the game with 23 points for Belarus.Many players returned from U21 Championship for Belgium. Two best players Marjorie Carpreaux and Sara Leemans were on top to help Belgium to come back. Belarus started with 18:14 in the opening quarter and looked very optimistic in the game. The second quarter was tied at 11 points from both teams that gave still 4-points deficit of the Belarus team. In the third quarter Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was Marjorie Carpreaux who led the Belgians back as she was unstoppable in the end. She poured in nine points in a 17:6 surge. At that time belgium took a 60:59 lead to finish the game with a bigger advantage.
Serbia U20 grabbed the first win in the U20 European Championship for Women. The first team to be defeated was Hungary with 83:63 win. With 30:12 in the second Serbia led to a happy end. Jovana Rad and Ivana Musovic led the winners with 17 points. Their team mate Knezevic ended up with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kata Furtos top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort. Serbia U18 celebrated the win in the same tournament but for the smaller girls. Now, Serbia U20 will try to have a good participation in Sofia. In the opener of the tournament Hungary started better as they took the first quarter with 24:20. Meanwhile Serbia stormed in the second and smashed the opponent 30:12. That was a great come back and allowed Serbians to control the rest of the game.
Hungary however did not give up and produced a good 14:11 third quarter. Not to have any questions in the end Serbia won the last quarter 22:13 and got the first win in the Championship.
Today Serbia meets Belarus, while Hungary will face Belgium.

Turkey and Italy grabbed the first wins in Group C. Turkey beat Czech Republic 87:80 with 25 points and 15 rebounds from Tereza Peckova. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) led Italy over Latvia with 26 points. Her team celebrated 71:65 win due to 17:11 in the last quarter.

In Group D Bulgarian National team started victoriously at U20 European championship in Sofia after beating Ukraine 81:69 on the opening day in “Universiada” arena. The girls of Tina Dimitrova snapped off their opponent after the break, when the score was 40:41. Tarbes Zlatanova finished with double figures 25 points and 12 rebounds, Alghero Dimitrova added 18 points, 6 boards and 5 assists.
In another game France overcame Germany 83:65 with 20 points from Melanie Arnaud.


Division B: welcome to Druskininkai -by Eurobasket News

Division B of U20 European Championship has started in Druskininkai, Lithuania. Five teams in each group will struggle for the Quarterfinals which means that even the 4th place in the group will advance to that stage.


In Group A Lithuania had a successful opening of the home U20 European championship. They overcame Switzerland in Group A action. Indre Dudenaite began the game with a trey and set the tone. The home side played aggressive basketball and definetely surpassed the opponents defensively. Swiss team however was not taken aside and held on to an ealy 14:13 lead after the opening frame. The teams remained close midway through the second quarter when Lithuania started to take off. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90)'s three pointer initiated a 13:1 run and established a 40:26 Lithuania's advantage at halftime.Vitalija Vasciunaite's long jumper continued Lithuania's roll in the second half as they hit 5 unanswered points to enlarge the lead. Switzerland could not scrape through a dense defence and struggled to convert. The gap grew drastically and reached a 53:36 mark entering the final quarter. An 11:1 run at the very start of the final stanza erased any doubts about the winning outcome for the hosts. They allowed the bench to log some minutes and cruised to an overall win.
Aurime Rinkeviciute topscored for Lithuania with 15 points off the bench. Laima Rickeviciute helped her teammate with another 12 points and 10 rebounds. Switzerland were paced by 11 points and 13 rebounds from Marielle Giroud.Sarune Jasiunskaite grabbed 16 boards to maintain Lithuania's dominance under the rims. They outrebounded Switzerland 65:40 and forced them to as many as 24 turnovers.
Portuguese U20 National team was victoriuos in the U20 European championship Division B opener. They had a strong second and third frames to claim a 81:72 win over Netherlands.
Netherlands got to a better start to this one and grabbed an early 15:2 lead. Portugal however closed the opening quarter with a 8:0 run with Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) and Nadia Palongo scoring 4 points apiece. Francisca Donders nailed a trey to start the second frame with but Portugal were on the way back as they posted another 12:0 run and surged ahead 22:18. Both teams kept it close in the second quarter and completed the first half with Portugal leading a single point 36:35. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) netted 6 points at the beginning of the third quarter to put Portugal in front 48:39. Lima added two three pointers to lift Portugal to a 61:49 gap entering the final quarter. Netherlands tried to maintain a striking distance and closed the gap to 6 points with 51 seconds left. But Lima's free throw and Catia Lirio's jumper secured a winning outcome for Portuguese team. Larisse Lima produced 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the action for Portugal. Ana Paula Silva contributed 18 points to ensure the victory. Myrthe Beld had 21 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for Netherlands. Francisca Donders had 17 points and 6 rebounds in a loss. Portugal topped Group A and will now face hosting Lithuania today. Netherlands will try to bounce back against Great Britain later tonight.

In Group B Romanian U20 National team succeeded in their first game at the U20 European championship in Division B in Lithuania. They started Group B action with a 71:63 victory over Ireland.
Romania had a shaky start to the game as they trailed 17:23 after the opening frame. Miriam Byrne's straight three pointers lifted Irish team to a 10:3 lead and they held to it throughout the first frame. Rachel Clancy kept Ireland ahead at the start of the second frame but gradually Romania took command. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) ignited Romania's 16:5 run to cap the first half and grab a 37:32 advantage. Rachel Clancy sparked with 12 points in first 5 minutes of the third quarter to regain the lead for Ireland 48:43. Romania returned with the start of the final frame and Elisabeth Pavel nailed a jumper to tie the score 50:50. She later added another two-point attempt to put Romania up 60:53. Kelly Johnston hit from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 59:66 with 1.39 left in regulation. But Romanian players did not allow the opponents to come closer and celebrated a hard-fought win at the end. Gabriela Marginean topscored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Andra Ionescu secured another 15 points for Romania. Rachel Clancy poured in game-high 29 points for Ireland.

Montenegro dominated the first part of the game and deservedly celebrated a 78:67 victory over Poland in the first encounter in Group B of the U20 European championship in Lithuania.
Montenegrin team started the game in Drusininkai confidently and drove to a 20:15 advantage after the starting quarter. They continued to roll in the second frame and posted a 10:1 run to clear off to a safe 30:16 distance. Malgorzata Kudlak (186-F-88) produced a trey at the end of the second quarter to minimize the damage for Polish squad 32:38. But Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) remained perfect offensively to keep Montenegro ahead. She netted 6 consecutive points to put Montenegro ahead 50:43. Snezana Aleksic was accurate from afar and Dubljevic added another jumper to cap the third quarter and secure a 59:47 lead to Montenegrin side. Milica Jovanovic (186-F-89) notched another 5 straight points for an unassailable 66:51 lead. Montenegro eased to a 78:67 victory at the end and climbed on top of Group B standings. Jelena Dubljevic led Montenegro with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Milica Jovanovic provided 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Mirela Pultorak and Mara Urbaniak replied with 10 points apiece for Poland.



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FRANCE - Women

NT: U20 France down Ukraine to qualify for the qualifying round (Day 2) -by Leslie Anderson

Jennifer Digbeu has taken out her frustration on the opposition after two difficult seasons at USVO, spending more time on the bench then on the court followed by missing out on the U21 world cup with a second match winning performance for France. They beat Ukraine (72-53) to book their place in the qualifying round with Jennifer Digbeu scoring 27 points.


Full match statistics are available here



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IRELAND - Women

Romania outshines Ireland in opener -by Eurobasket News
Romania U20 - Ireland U20 71:63
Romanian U20 National team succeeded in their first game at the U20 European championship in Division B in Lithuania. They started Group B action with a 71:63 victory over Ireland.
Romania had a shaky start to the game as they trailed 17:23 after the opening frame. Miriam Byrne's straight three pointers lifted Irish team to a 10:3 lead and they held to it throughout the first frame. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) kept Ireland ahead at the start of the second frame but gradually Romania took command. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) ignited Romania's 16:5 run to cap the first half and grab a 37:32 advantage.
Rachel Clancy sparked with 12 points in first 5 minutes of the third quarter to regain the lead for Ireland 48:43. Romania returned with the start of the final frame and Elisabeth Pavel nailed a jumper to tie the score 50:50. She later added another two-point attempt to put Romania up 60:53. Kelly Johnston hit from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 59:66 with 1.39 left in regulation. But Romanian players did not allow the opponents to come closer and celebrated a hard-fought win at the end.
Gabriela Marginean (185-F-87) topscored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Andra Ionescu (189-C-88) secured another 15 points for Romania. Rachel Clancy poured in game-high 29 points for Ireland.
Romania shot just 37.5% from the field but managed to outrebound Ireland 49:37. They also forced Irish team to 21 turnovers.

Romania U20: Gabriela Marginean 21+10 boards, Andra Ionescu 15, Elisabeth Pavel 14+10 boards
Ireland U20: Rachel Clancy 29, Fiona Scally (-F-87) 9.


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ISRAEL - Women

Israel U20 losses first two in Sofia -by Eurobasket News
Israel U20 started European Champioship in Sofia. Unfortunately for our team the first two games Israel could not win. In the opener of the competitions the team lost to Greece 54:73. Greece won first three quarters and relaxed in the last. Anthoula Balta led the winners with 19 points. Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F-87) scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Israel.
In the second game Spain cruised to an 80:71 triumph over Israel. That was a better game for our team, however a loss again.
Maria Pina (187-F-87) came up with 21 points to help Spain secure their second win in a row in the competition. Ekaterina Abramzon was the best again scoring 22 points and making 12 rebounds. Trailing 70:44 going into the final stanza, Israel never gave up hope. They went on an 18:5 run to cut the deficit to 75:62 but Spain won comfortably in the end.
After two games played Israel is on the bottom with 0-2. Russia might join them if they lose tonight to Greece.


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KENYA - Women

Kenya starts All-Africa Games in Algeria -by Eurobasket News
Kenya - Tunisia 58:56
Kenya survived late come back effort from Tunisian national team to record their first win at All-Africa Games in Algeria. Tunisia looked better at the start of the game and easily spurred ahead to a 20:11 advantage after the opening frame. Kenya began to find the rhythm in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 25:30 at halftime. Rose Ouma (178-G/F) came out strong in the third frame to ignite Kenya to a spectacular 27:14 run that left Tunisia behind. The final quarter was full of drama and nerves as Tunisian basketballers showed great defence and allowed Kenya to just 6 points. However they fell short at the end and Kenya posted the first success at the tournament. Rose Ouma topscored for Kenya with 15 points. Volinet Wanyama added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tunisia replied with 12 points and 10 rebounds from Thouraya Adsi. Maha Chelly had 8 points in defeat.

Kenya - Mali 58:52

Kenya kept flying high on Day 2 of the tournament. They handed in a 58:52 defeat to Mali and topped Group A standings. The outcome was decided in the third quarter when Kenya held their opponents to just 6 points and cleared off for good.
Kenya imroved to 2-0 record and will now face Zimbabwe in the third round.


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LITHUANIA - Women

Hosts claim first victory -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Switzerland 78:46
Lithuania had a successful opening of the home U20 European championship. They overcame Switzerland in Group A action. Indre Dudenaite (183-F-88) began the game with a trey and set the tone. The home side played aggressive basketball and definetely surpassed the opponents defensively. Swiss team however was not taken aside and held on to an ealy 14:13 lead after the opening frame. The teams remained close midway through the second quarter when Lithuania started to take off. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90)'s three pointer initiated a 13:1 run and established a 40:26 Lithuania's advantage at halftime.
Vitalija Vasciunaite's long jumper continued Lithuania's roll in the second half as they hit 5 unanswered points to enlarge the lead. Switzerland could not scrape through a dense defence and struggled to convert. The gap grew drastically and reached a 53:36 mark entering the final quarter. An 11:1 run at the very start of the final stanza erased any doubts about the winning outcome for the hosts. They allowed the bench to log some minutes and cruised to an overall win.
Aurime Rinkeviciute topscored for Lithuania with 15 points off the bench. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) helped her teammate with another 12 points and 10 rebounds. Switzerland were paced by 11 points and 13 rebounds from Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87).
Sarune Jasiunskaite grabbed 16 boards to maintain Lithuania's dominance under the rims. They outrebounded Switzerland 65:40 and forced them to as many as 24 turnovers.
Lithuania will now face Portugal in the second round of preliminary competition. Switzerland takes on Portugal tomorrow.

Lithuania U20: Aurime Rinkeviciute 15 points, Laima Rickeviciute 12, Indre Dudenaite 11
Switzerland U20: Marielle Giroud 11+13 boards, Kayi Prisca Mwana Ngele 7, Judith Weber (178-F-89) 7.


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Montenegro surprises Poland -by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Poland U20 78:67
Montenegro dominated the first part of the game and deservedly celebrated a 78:67 victory over Poland in the first encounter in Group B of the U20 European championship in Lithuania.
Montenegrin team started the game in Drusininkai confidently and drove to a 20:15 advantage after the starting quarter. They continued to roll in the second frame and posted a 10:1 run to clear off to a safe 30:16 distance. Malgorzata Kudlak produced a trey at the end of the second quarter to minimize the damage for Polish squad 32:38.
But Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) remained perfect offensively to keep Montenegro ahead. She netted 6 consecutive points to put Montenegro ahead 50:43. Snezana Aleksic was accurate from afar and Dubljevic added another jumper to cap the third quarter and secure a 59:47 lead to Montenegrin side. Milica Jovanovic (186-F-89) notched another 5 straight points for an unassailable 66:51 lead. Montenegro eased to a 78:67 victory at the end and climbed on top of Group B standings.
Jelena Dubljevic led Montenegro with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Milica Jovanovic provided 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Mirela Pultorak (188-F-88) and Mara Urbaniak replied with 10 points apiece for Poland.
Montenegro dominated the boards 48:38. They also shot better from the field converting 55.1% comparing to 31.8% from Poland.
Montenegro sees Ireland tomorrow. Poland tries to rebound against Ireland later tonight.

Montenegro U20: Jelena Dubljevic 25+10 boards, Milica Jovanovic 15+13 boards, Jelena Culafic (174-G-89) 12
Poland U20: Mirela Pultorak 10, Mara Urbaniak 10.


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MOZAMBIQUE - Women

Mozambique delivered a spectacular win in opener -by Eurobasket News
Mozambique - Cote d'Ivoire 63:39
Mozambique posted an impressive win over Cote d'Ivoire in the opening game of the All-Africa Games in Group B. The tight Mozambique defence resulted in Cote d'Ivoire nailing just 19 points in the first half. Setting up a comfortable 38:19 lead at halftime Mozambique easily secured their first win at the tournament.

Mozambique - Algeria 56:46

Mozambique continued their winning ways against hosting Algeria on Day 2 of All-Africa Games. And once again Mozambique defence was too tight for the opponents. Algeria were limited to just 8 and 9 points in the second and third quarters respectively, which left them little hope in this one. Mozambique entered the final frame leading 39:30 and sealed the victory at the end. Ana Azinheira (156-G-80) led all scorers with 18 points for Mozambique. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) nailed another 9 points in a winning effort. The hosts answered with 10 points from Rachida Belaidi (-79). Rima Cherki (206-C-85) collected huge 27 rebounds in a defeat. Algeria had an obvious edge under the rims outrebounding Mozambique 76:49. But they converted just 28% of field goals and 56% from free throw line.
Mozambique will next take on Angola in Group B.


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Opals shine brightly -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Australia 52:99
New Zealand Tall Ferns were not able to upset the world champions Australia, when they met them in the third round of William Jones Cup in Taiwan. Australian team that included 4 players from the champions roster proved their strenghth dismantling undermanned Tall Ferns 99:52.
New Zealand started the game pretty confidently and were trailing by just 7 points after the opening frame 14:21. They kept it at a striking distance throughout the second quarter allowing the Opals to get away to a 44:33 advantage. But the game turned upside down in the third frame when Australian team speeded up the game and crushed short-handed Tall Ferns squad 31:9 to drop all possible doubts about the outcome. The Opals cruised to overall victory in the final frame and celebrated their third consecutive success at the Cup.
Austrlian side was led by 18 points from Natalie Porter (185-F-80). Hollie Grima (190-C-83) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in a winning effort for the Opals. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86) replied with 15 points for Kiwis. Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) produced 10 rebounds in the first defeat for the Tall Ferns.
Australia dominated the rims outrebounding Tall Ferns 43:32. They also limited New Zealand to just 28% of field goals.
New Zealand Tall Ferns will next take on Japanese team later tonight.

New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 15 points, Noni Wharemate 9, Lisa Wallbutton 10 boards
Australia: Natalie Porter 18, Hollie Grima 14, Laura Summerton (191-C-83) 12.


Junior Tall Ferns stun Queensland North -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U18 - Quennsland North 76:60
Junior Tall Ferns rallied past Queensland North 76:60 in another fixture at the Australian U18 Championships in Launceston. The victory ensured Kiwis a place in the playoffs for the 9th spot. New Zealand had a strong secnd quarter (19:9) which marked the difference. A solid shooting (42.5% FG) helped them to maintain the lead throughout the second half.
Erin Rooney topscored again for Junior Tall Ferns with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Chevannah Paalvast added 15 points in a win.
New Zealand team improved to 3-3 record and will now face South Australian Metro in the playoff.


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PORTUGAL - Women

Portugal U20 starts with win -by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Netherlands 81:72
Portuguese U20 National team was victoriuos in the U20 European championship Division B opener. They had a strong second and third frames to claim a 81:72 win over Netherlands in Group A action in Druskininkai, Lithuania.
Netherlands got to a better start to this one and grabbed an early 15:2 lead. Portugal however closed the opening quarter with a 8:0 run with Nadia Tavares and Nadia Palongo scoring 4 points apiece. Francisca Donders nailed a trey to start the second frame with but Portugal were on the way back as they posted another 12:0 run and surged ahead 22:18. Both teams kept it close in the second quarter and completed the first half with Portugal leading a single point 36:35. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) netted 6 points at the beginning of the third quarter to put Portugal in front 48:39. Lima added two three pointers to lift Portugal to a 61:49 gap entering the final quarter.
Netherlands tried to maintain a striking distance and closed the gap to 6 points with 51 seconds left. But Lima's free throw and Catia Lirio (182-C-89)'s jumper secured a winning outcome for Portuguese team.
Larisse Lima produced 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the action for Portugal. Ana Paula Silva (168-G/F-88) contributed 18 points to ensure the victory. Myrthe Beld (175-G-89) had 21 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for Netherlands. Francisca Donders had 17 points and 6 rebounds in a loss.
Portugal topped Group A and will now face hosting Lithuania today. Netherlands will try to bounce back against Great Britain later tonight.

Portugal U20: Larisse Lima 19+10 boards, Ana Paula Silva 18, Catia Lirio 12
Netherlands U20: Myrthe Beld 21, Francisca Donders 17, Kelly Brugman (185-F/C-89) 10.


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ROMANIA - Women

Romania outshines Ireland in opener -by Eurobasket News
Romania U20 - Ireland U20 71:63
Romanian U20 National team succeeded in their first game at the U20 European championship in Division B in Lithuania. They started Group B action with a 71:63 victory over Ireland.
Romania had a shaky start to the game as they trailed 17:23 after the opening frame. Miriam Byrne's straight three pointers lifted Irish team to a 10:3 lead and they held to it throughout the first frame. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) kept Ireland ahead at the start of the second frame but gradually Romania took command. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) ignited Romania's 16:5 run to cap the first half and grab a 37:32 advantage.
Rachel Clancy sparked with 12 points in first 5 minutes of the third quarter to regain the lead for Ireland 48:43. Romania returned with the start of the final frame and Elisabeth Pavel nailed a jumper to tie the score 50:50. She later added another two-point attempt to put Romania up 60:53. Kelly Johnston hit from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 59:66 with 1.39 left in regulation. But Romanian players did not allow the opponents to come closer and celebrated a hard-fought win at the end.
Gabriela Marginean (185-F-87) topscored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Andra Ionescu (189-C-88) secured another 15 points for Romania. Rachel Clancy poured in game-high 29 points for Ireland.
Romania shot just 37.5% from the field but managed to outrebound Ireland 49:37. They also forced Irish team to 21 turnovers.

Romania U20: Gabriela Marginean 21+10 boards, Andra Ionescu 15, Elisabeth Pavel 14+10 boards
Ireland U20: Rachel Clancy 29, Fiona Scally (-F-87) 9.


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RUSSIA - Women

The defending Champions of U20 lost the opener -by Eurobasket News
Spain U20-Russia U20 72:68 (19-18, 13-8, 19-20, 21-22)

Russia being the defending champion of the previous U20 European championship lost the opener to Spain 68:72. A great defensive game by the Spanish team in the third quarter brought success. Russia won the second half, however the wins in every quarter were minimum. Russia trailed only 1 points with 30 seconds remaining, but could not reach the Spanish squad. Maria Pina (187-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Patricia Arguello (179-F-87) netted 15. Olga Petrova (178-G-88) paced Russia with 15, as Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) scored 10.

That was the first game in the group and probably one of the most interesting. As it was already mentioned Russia triumphed last time. Spanish team is made up of many players who won the U18 title one year ago, so the game brought lots of interest even before the whistle.
In the opening quarter Spain dominated in the court, but finished with only 19:18. The second quarter was poor for Russia as they scored only 8 points. Both teams went for the interims with 32:26 for Spain. The latter kept their noses in front and went into the last stanza leading 51:46. In the last quarter Russia struck with a 9-0 run to reduce at 69:68 with 30 seconds remaining. Maria Pina's three-ball with 15 seconds brought the first win for her team.

Spain U20: Maria Pina 22, Patricia Arguello 15,
Russia U20: Olga Petrova 15, Natalya Myasoedova 10


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SERBIA - Women

Serbia U20 wins the opener of European Championship -by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20-Hungary U20 83:63 (20-24, 30-12, 11-14, 22-13)

Serbia U20 grabbed the first win in the U20 European Championship for Women. The first team to be defeated was Hungary with 83:63 win. With 30:12 in the second Serbia led to a happy end. Jovana Rad and Ivana Musovic (173-G-89) led the winners with 17 points. Their team mate Knezevic ended up with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kata Furtos (174-G-87) top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U18 celebrated the win in the same tournament but for the smaller girls. Now, Serbia U20 will try to have a good participation in Sofia. In the opener of the tournament Hungary started better as they took the first quarter with 24:20. Meanwhile Serbia stormed in the second and smashed the opponent 30:12. That was a great come back and allowed Serbians to control the rest of the game.
Hungary however did not give up and produced a good 14:11 third quarter. Not to have any questions in the end Serbia won the last quarter 22:13 and got the first win in the Championship.
Today Serbia meets Belarus, while Hungary will face Belgium.

Serbia U20: Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) 17+10 rebs, Ivana Musovic 17, Knezevic 15+8 rebs
Hungary U20: Kata Furtos 16, Krisztina Sule 15


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Hosts claim first victory -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Switzerland 78:46
Lithuania had a successful opening of the home U20 European championship. They overcame Switzerland in Group A action. Indre Dudenaite (183-F-88) began the game with a trey and set the tone. The home side played aggressive basketball and definetely surpassed the opponents defensively. Swiss team however was not taken aside and held on to an ealy 14:13 lead after the opening frame. The teams remained close midway through the second quarter when Lithuania started to take off. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90)'s three pointer initiated a 13:1 run and established a 40:26 Lithuania's advantage at halftime.
Vitalija Vasciunaite's long jumper continued Lithuania's roll in the second half as they hit 5 unanswered points to enlarge the lead. Switzerland could not scrape through a dense defence and struggled to convert. The gap grew drastically and reached a 53:36 mark entering the final quarter. An 11:1 run at the very start of the final stanza erased any doubts about the winning outcome for the hosts. They allowed the bench to log some minutes and cruised to an overall win.
Aurime Rinkeviciute topscored for Lithuania with 15 points off the bench. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) helped her teammate with another 12 points and 10 rebounds. Switzerland were paced by 11 points and 13 rebounds from Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87).
Sarune Jasiunskaite grabbed 16 boards to maintain Lithuania's dominance under the rims. They outrebounded Switzerland 65:40 and forced them to as many as 24 turnovers.
Lithuania will now face Portugal in the second round of preliminary competition. Switzerland takes on Portugal tomorrow.

Lithuania U20: Aurime Rinkeviciute 15 points, Laima Rickeviciute 12, Indre Dudenaite 11
Switzerland U20: Marielle Giroud 11+13 boards, Kayi Prisca Mwana Ngele 7, Judith Weber (178-F-89) 7.