EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/17/2007

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ABA

SYRACUSE RAGING BULLZ SIGN SOME TOP PLAYERS -by Chris Terrell
Syracuse, NY. The ABA Syracuse Raging Bullz has announced the signings of four players for the expansion team that will begin play in November. According to Nicholas Fitts, team owner, "Our goal is to compete for the league championship in our first year - and these first four players are an example of the type of talent we will put on the floor."

Louis McCullough (6'6''-F, college: Francis Marion), 6'6" forward, 220 lb half brother of Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett and cousin to LA Lakers Shammond Williams. "A great guy, a great player and we're very proud to have him on our team."

Dayshawn Wright (6'6''-F-85, college: Mountain St.), 6'7" forward who played for the Syracuse Orange Men. "Dayshawn is considered a definite NBA prospect and the Raging Bullz should give him the exposure he needs."

Marlin Johnson (6'4''-F-75, college: Monroe CC), 6'5" forward who played for the ABA Buffalo Silverbacks. "He knows what it takes to compete in this league."

Joe Ferris, 6'7" forward who played overseas and is a Syracuse city favorite. "Having strong local players is something we committed to do."

For more information, visit www.syracuseragingbullz.com or email nfittssr@yahoo.com or visit www.abalive.com.


Last team news and transactions -by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA reigning champion Vermont Frost Heaves added Brett Gravitt (6'4''-G-79, college: S.Alabama) to the roster, days after resigning power forward John Bryant for the 2007-08 season. The Mexico-owned team Cometas USA will be based at Cicero, Illinois, and the team name will be Cicero Cometas The team will be conducting a two-day tryout camp July 28 and 29 at Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL from 8am - 5pm. Interested players can pre-register online at www.cometasusa.com or register the first day of the camp on July 28th at 8am. For more information, contact the GM/Head Coach at 312 287 4806 or email perron13@aol.com. The new ABA team based in Syracuse changed its nickname from Bullies to Raging Bullz



LONG BEACH BREAKERS ANNOUNCE FINAL OPEN TRYOUT CAMP -by Chris Terrell
Long Beach, CA. The ABA Long Beach Breakers and Head Coach Olden Polynice (7'0''-F/C-64, college: Virginia) announced their Final Open Tryouts for Sunday, August 26th at Silverado Park Gymnasium, 1545 W. 31st Street, Long Beach, CA 90810. The session will run from 12n to 4pm. The fee will be $100.00.

Each player will be given a free tryout t-shirt if the fee is pre-paid. Send check or money order to: Long Beach Breakers, 66 Pine Avenue, Suite 169, Long Beach CA 90802. Only 50 players will be admitted to tryout. Please be in shape!

For more information, call 562 277 2344 or email info@lbbreakers.com or visit www.lbbreakers.com or www.abalive.com.


SAN DIEGO WILDCATS TRYOUT CAMP HUGE SUCCESS -by Chris Terrell
San Diego, CA. The ABA San Diego Wildcats first rookie/free agent tryout camp for the upcoming 2007-2008 ABA season was a major success. Several hopefuls came to the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center motivated and determined to have their names on the Wildcats roster in November. The prospective Wildcats showcased their basketball skills to the Wildcats organization with a lot of hear and the talented had the coaches talking.

Registration began promptly at 11 am and the prospective Wildcats shot around until the coaching staff blew their whistles. From 12pm to 3pm the coaching staff had the players run basic offensive drills and scrimmage. Many were in attendance, as some cheered on their favors, others inquired about the ABA and Wildcats organization.

The Wildcats will hold their second rookie/free agent tryout camp Sunday, August 5, 2007 from noon to 3pm at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center for those players who were unable to attend the first.

For more information about how to become a Wildcat or the Wildcats organization, please visit the website at www.sandiegowildcats.com or contact Anthony Lacey, owner at 619 701 3136 or email anthonylacey@cox.net or visit www.abalive.com.


CHICAGO THROWBACKS SCHEDULE ANOTHER TRYOUT CAMP -by Chris Terrell
Chicago, IL. The ABA Chicago Throwbacks today announced that they would have another tryout camp on Saturday, August 4th at 901 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608. According to team owner, George Bellevue, "Our first tryout camp was very good and we've found some excellent players to invite to our veterans camp this fall. But we know that there are some great area players out there looking to play in the ABA - and we hope that they'll tryout as we want to fill our roster this summer."

The deadline for signing up is July 30th. The registration fee is $150.00 with a $25 late registration fee at the door. For more information, email George Bellevue at bellevue@chicagothrowbacks.com or visit www.chicagothrowbacks.com or www.abalive.com.


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ANGOLA

Luano Arrives in America -by Tom Mott
Francisco Luano (198-F-88) (1988, 6'7", 175), Luanda, arrived in the United States on July 7, 2007 and will be attending Allan Hancock CC in the Fall. Luano is currently attending the California Coast Language Academy preparing for his entrance into the college. Luano is a versatile player with the ability to play the 1,2 and 3 positions.

Olimpio Cipriano try out at Detroit Pistons -by Carlos Pereira
The forward of 1º Agosto and the national team, Olimpio Cipriano, has not been successful in the tests in the Detroit Pistons of North American Liga of Basketball (NBA). The young Angolan who failed the first game, came back to be option against Washington Wizards to who had not yesterday been successful for 84-70. Olimpio Cipriano have only played againt Memphis Grizzelies. In 13' Olimpio scored 3 points and gave 2 assist.

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ASIAN CHAMPS

RP Coach: Philippines ready to take all comers in FIBA-Asia Championship -by Hector Santos
With many lessons learned in two tournaments the last 14 days, the SMC-Philippine five has metamorphosed into a highly competitive squad that could well give any team a run for its money in the coming FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier in Tokushima, Japan.

RP team coach Vincent Reyes made that assessment as the Nationals completed a tough two-week grind capped by their triumphant finish in the Smart Four-Nation Manila Invitational Championship last night at the Araneta Coliseum.

“From March to today, the difference was like night and day. The team has grown into a different creature,” said Reyes, moments after the RP squad conquered Lebanon, 87-81, for the crown in the pocket tourney also participated in by China and Syria.

Syria showed up China, 90-85, for third place in the tourney organized by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and sponsored by Nike, Gatorade, Victory Liner, Casino Alcohol and Omega Pain Killer.

Jimmy Alapag scored 16 of his 23 points in the second quarter while Mark Caguioa made 13 of his 19 points in the final period as the Nationals repeated their 88-83 win over the Lebanese Thursday for the championship that further underscored the team's readiness for the Tokushima joust from July 28-Aug. 5.

The RP squad will play Kuwait in two tune-up games Friday and Saturday before leaving for Japan on July 25.

“We now have the game to compete in Japan. But can we win it? That I don't know

because that's a confluence of good game and good fortune. At least, we have taken care of 50 percent of the equation. Now we only hope for good stroke of fortune,” said Reyes.

“Between now and July 28, our concentration will be the three teams (China, Iran and Jordan) we will play in our group. The coaching staff will dissect each and everyone in those teams,” Reyes added.

The Nationals have sized up the Chinese, the Iranians and the Jordanians, and Reyes felt the Nationals have a good chance against them.

Against the Lebanese who were qualifiers in the last two World Championships, the Nationals did well, showing the big improvement they've learned from their training stints in the US, Thailand, Iran, Belgrade and Taiwan.

Standing tall in the Manila Invitationals, Alapag won the Most Valuable Player award and led the Mythical Five Selection that also included teammate Kelly Williams, Lebanese Joe Vogel and Fadi El Khatib and Syrian Michael Mandaly.

Jimmy Alapag held his own in a fierce shootout with Vogel in the first half as the Nationals seized a 36-35 lead at the turn.

The Talk n Text prized playmaker fired three triples with the last coming before the buzzer sounded, giving the Nationals the one-point edge going into the final half.



China to reinforce "B" squad for the FIBA-Asia Championship -by Hector Santos
Because of China's poor showing in the just-concluded Manila Invitationals, the team will likely be reinforced by at least three more recruits from the 22-man national pool for the FIBA-Asia Championships in Tokushima on July 28-Aug. 5.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said yesterday a ranking official of the Chinese delegation intimated there will be changes in the lineup for the Olympic qualifiers.

China enlisted four players from its national pool to combine with veterans from the Chinese league and standouts from the under-20 selection for the Manila Invitationals. Coach Adijian Chang Bin was visibly upset by the “B” team's last place finish.

It was the “B” team's first overseas appearance and exposed China as beatable in Tokushima. China posted a 2-2 record and lost a 90-85 decision to Syria in the battle for third place at the Big Dome last Sunday. The consolation was China won two of three elimination round games, beating Syria, 98-94, and host Philippines, 77-74.
China is bracketed with Jordan, Iran and the Philippines in Group A in the first round of eliminations in Tokushima.

Philippine coach Chot Reyes called it “the group of death” because every team has a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the Manila Invitationals, China showed its vulnerability by ranking last in field goal percentage (.412), rebounding (36.7), field goal percentage allowed (.525) and fastbreak points allowed (16.8). The stats pointed to deficiencies on both ends of the floor.

“It wasn't mentioned who exactly will be the replacements but definitely, not their NBA guys,” said Eala, referring to Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi, Sun Yue and Yi Jianlian. “I think the Chinese team will get a center, a power forward and a guard. But even then, they're still vulnerable.”

Eala said he was told the “B” team had hardly played together before flying to Manila. The consensus was the team appeared to be badly coached. Adijian, an assistant in Chinese national team coach Jonas Kaulauskas‚ staff, was assigned to call the shots for the “B” squad in Tokushima.

China is sending its “B” team to Tokushima because Kaulauskas is fielding the top squad in the Stankovic Cup on July 28-Aug. 2 in Guangzhou and Macau. Besides, there is no incentive for China to win in Tokushima because it is automatically seeded into the 12-team basketball tournament in Beijing next year as the host country.

But Eala said China will play for pride in the Olympic qualifiers. “With the lineup they played in the Invitationals, maybe even Jordan has a chance to beat China,” continued Eala. “I'm sure China will find it unacceptable to be eliminated in the first round.”

Among the national pool players who may be tapped to reinforce China in Tokushima are 7-foot center Tang Zhengdong, 6-5 guard Gong Songlin, Zhu Fangyu (200-F-83) and 7-1 center Zhang Song Tao. The four players are not in the “A” roster.

The “B” team that played in the Invitationals featured four national pool players - 6-2 Zhang Qingpeng, 6-4 Yang Ming, 6-7 Wang Yong and 6-6 Han Shuo but none averaged in double digits. The leading scorers were 6-11 Yi Li (15.3), 6-11 Zhang Kai (12.0) and 6-10 Li Ke (10.5). Li, 27, played on the Chinese squad that took the gold medal at the Asian Games last year.

Credits to Joaquin Henson/Philippine Star


Taiwan NT 12-man roster for Asian Championship announced -by Hector Santos
The final 12-man Taiwan NT roster for 2007 Asian Championship in Tokushima, Japan was announced Monday by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA). Two-time SBL regular season MVP Tien Lei will sit out the tournament due to injury.

The final roster:
Guard: Lee Hsueh-lin, Chen Shih-nian, Hsu Hao-cheng, Lin Yi-huei, Yang Che-yi, Lu Cheng-ju
Forward: Lin Chih-jay, Chen Hsin-an, Yua Ying-li, Lee Chi-yi
Center: Tsun Wen-Din (203-C-84), Wu Dai-hao

Hsu Hao-cheng, Lin Yi-huei and Lu Cheng-ju will be making their international debut.

Tien Lei will not play in Tokushima.

Tien Lei, who already sat out the Jones Cup, was not on the roster due to injuries in his right thumb and stress fracture in his left leg. Tien's absence was definitely a bad news for Taiwan NT, which was limited to two big men of Tsun Wen-din and Wu Dai-hao.

Judging from the games in Jones Cup, Taiwan NT was always one inside player short both offensively and defensively. The absence of Tien Lei made it difficult for Taiwan head coach Cheng Kwang-suk to find an ideal frontcourt rotation.

Without Tien, who is capable of tallying at least 15 points and 10 rebounds in every game he's in, Tsun and Wu will have to shoulder the responsibilities of protecting the glass, score inside, and keep themselves on the floor without foul trouble.

Three players who played in Doha Asian Games last year did not make the roster this time, including Chou Shih-yuan, Yang Chin-min and Wu Yong-jen.

Taiwan is bracketed in the same group with Syria, Hong Kong and South Korea in the Asian Championship, which will start play in Tokushima, Japan from July 28 to August 5.

Credits to Chris Wang, Asia-basket Taiwan Correspondent


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AUSTRALIA

U19 Worlds: Australia crushed Korea to secure a quarterfinal berth -by Gauthier Gerard

The Australia U19 team started the second round with a crushing win over South Korea, 135-79. Andrew Ogilvy led a well-balanced squad to an important win, the Emus secured a spot in the quarterfinals stage. They will play Argentina tomorrow and Spain on Wednesday to get the higher spot possible.

Australia - South Korea: 135-79
The game started very fast with two small teams who like to run, the koreans were leading 2-4 after two minutes of action. That was their only lead of the game. The first quarter was pretty balanced though and Australia was only leading 28-22 after 10 minutes. The Emus started the second period with a suffocating defense and made a 14-0 run. Every player got a piece of action but as usual Andrew Ogilvy was the best one, he reached half-time with 17pts 8rbs and a 57-29 lead for his team.
The second half looked like the second quarter, Daniel Jackson fed Ogilvy under the basket for a nice dunk to extend the aussie lead to 36 points, 74-38. The best korean player, Minseob Kim was held to 7pts only during the first three quarters. The third period ended on a last three-pointer from Ben Louis, 14pts 6/7FG. Ogilvy started the last stanza with a layup to pass the 100-point mark, 101-60. The game was already over but the Emus kept playing at their best and made a 23-7 run in six minutes. With four minutes left on the clock, Australia was leading 122-67. Daniel Johnson scored the last six points of his team to end the game on a 135-79 victory.
To win by over 50 points was brilliant, the boys did a fantastic job,” Head Coach Marty Clarke said.
They stuck to the game plan all the way to the end, showed tremendous discipline and their ability to listen is just fantastic. This group is so professional, they are 100 percent committed, absolute students of the game and all of that showed tonight. Everyone is feeling fresh, all the boys know they can play at this level and have the confidence to do so.”

Stats:
Andrew Ogilvy 27pts 11/15FG 12rbs 20min, Daniel Jackson 18pts 6/8FG 7rbs 4ast, Daniel Johnson 17pts 7/9FG 5rbs 11min, Chris Goulding 15pts 6/9FG 5rbs 23min, Ben Louis 14pts 6/7FG 13min, Pat Mills 13pts 5/8FG 5ast 21min, Ben Dowdell 12pts 5/8FG 5rbs 16min, Ben Smith 8pts 3/5FG 5rbs 13min, Nate Tomlinson 7pts 1/5FG 19min, Cameron Gliddon 2pts 1/2FG 15min, Kevin Probert 2pts 0/1FG 7ast 14min, Shannon Seebohm 0pts 0/3FG 15min

Pool E:
Australia - South Korea: 135-79
Spain - Canada: 83-69
Spain won the battle of the rebounds (43rbs to 34) and shot better than the canadians (58.8%FG to 36.6%) to claim this win. Like the Emus, the spaniards are already qualified for the quarterfinals stage. Xavi Forcada scored 18pts 9rbs while Devoe Joseph netted 21pts.
Argentina - Turkey: 68-59
Standings:
1- Australia 4-0
1- Spain 4-0
3- Argentina 3-1
3- Turkey 2-2
5- Canada 1-3
5- South Korea 1-3


photo: Basketball Australia



U19 Worlds: Australia end pool phase with a third win over Canada -by Gauthier Gerard
The Australian U19 men basketball team remains undefeated after three games at the 2007 FIBA World Championship in Novi Sad, Serbia after defeating Canada 81-70. After previous victories over Turkey and Nigeria, Australia now heads into the cross over round as the top seed from Group C, where they will face Korea, Argentina and Spain.
source: Bill Baxter & Ben Hawes from BA media

Australia - Canada: 81-70
South Dragons recruit Shannon Seebohm scored the first four points of the game for Australia, followed by an Andrew Ogilvy jump shot and two dunks from New South Welshman Ben Dowdell that put the Emus up 10-5. But the Canadians were not intimidated and after one quarter Australia led 28-22. The advantage ballooned to thirteen points in the second quarter but back-to-back 3-point shots from Devoe Joseph kept Canada in the game and at the main break the Emus led by ten, 37-27. Ogilvy and Canberra's Pat Mills controlled the game in the third quarter and when Sydney's Nate Tomlinson hit a 3-point shot in the final minute the Australians looked unbeatable. With one quarter to play they were up by fifteen, 64-59. Joseph kept the scorers busy in the final term, but the Australians would not be denied victory and behind solid team play they ran out winners by eleven points.
Sydney's Andrew Ogilvy continued his stellar run at the tournament, leading Australia with 26 points on a perfect 11-from-11 shooting to go along with a mammoth 18 rebounds. He has been the Emus' top scorer in all three games to date. He received gallant support from Canberra's Pat Mills, who scored 11 points with 3 assists, South Australia's Shannon Seebohm, who scored 10 points with 4 rebounds, and Victoria's Ben Louis, who posted 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Devoe Joseph top scored for Canada with a game high 31 points.
It was very satisfying to get the win and we're in a good position going forward,” Emus Assistant Coach Tim Mallon said. “Ogilvy was outstanding. He was an irresistible, dominant force in the paint and full credit should go to the players around him who were able to utilise his skills and talent. Our other big man Daniel Johnson didn't miss a shot either, I think we were 14-from14, so it was a great performance from our interior players. That sort of output from our bigs was a major factor in the result.”
Stats:
Andrew Ogilvy 26pts 11/11FG 18rbs 28min, Pat Mills 11pts 5/13FG 30min, Shannon Seebohm 10pts 5/11FG 22min, Ben Louis 10pts 4/5FG 25min, Ben Dowdell 6pts 3/6FG 18min, Daniel Johnson 6pts 3/4FG 13min, Nate Tomlinson 5pts 2/3FG 12min, Daniel Jackson 4pts 0/4FG 20min, Cameron Gliddon 3pts 1/3FG 11min, Chris Goulding 0pts 0/5FG 14min, Kevin Probert 0pts 0/1FG 7min, Ben Smith DNP

Pool C:
Australia - Canada 81-70
Turkey - Nigeria: 91-82
Standings:
Australia 3-0
Turkey 2-1
Canada 1-2
Nigeria 0-3

Eight-finals pools
Pool E:
Australia 3-0
Spain 3-0
Turkey 2-1
Argentina 2-1
Canada 1-2
South Korea 1-2


U18 Nationals: Victoria Metro won the Gold medal -by Gauthier Gerard
After a week of exciting action in the cold Tasmania, Victoria Metro claimed the Gold medal over Western Australia Metro in the 2007 U18 Nationals tournament. Queensland South secured the Bronze medal against Victoria Country. We will post a complete recap with the best players of the tournament later this week.

Semifinals:
Western Australia Metro - Victoria Country: 97-80
Following a close first-half (48-43), WAM quite easily defeated Victoria Country in the second half of the game. Ryan Godfrey, Robert Huntington and Cody Ellis were too much to handle for VICC, they combined 72 points. Shaun Bruce netted 13pts to support his captain Matt Dellavedova who recorded 18pts and 10ast.
Cody Ellis 23pts 8/13FG 14rbs 4bs - Matt Dellavedova 18pts 6/17FG
Queensland South - Victoria Metro: 77-95
A perfect start for VICM who was leading 24-8 at the end of the first quarter, Mitch Young was in early foul trouble with 3 fouls in the opening period, he never managed to come back in the game and recorded 0pts 0/3FG and 10rbs. The experienced victorian team controlled the tempo and Leigh Kitchin scored his team's last nine points to seal the win. Ryan Broekhoff almost recorded a double-double with 18pts 9rbs.
Brock Motum 23pts 8/9FG - Leigh Kitchin 21pts 7/10FG

Gold medal game:
Victoria Metro - Western Australia Metro: 66-49
After a close contest in the first quarter, Ryan Broekhoff and Leigh Kitchin combined for 19pts to lead a victorian 22-13 run, VICM reached half-time on a 12 points lead and WAM was never able to come back. After a brilliant tournament, Robert Huntington was dominated by his opponents in the most important game and was held to 2pts 1/6FG, Cody Ellis did a great job for WAM with 16pts 4/7FG and 13rbs. On the winning side, Broekhoff netted 15pts, Kitchin added 10pts while James Orr produced another solid performance with 13pts and 8rbs.
Ryan Broekhoff 15pts 6/12FG - Cody Ellis 16pts 4/7FG 13rbs

Bronze medal game:
Queensland South - Victoria Country: 89-79
Matt Dellavedova against the rest of the World! The victorian captain was again an inspirational leader for his team with 39pts and 5ast but that was not enough to stop a Queensland team loaded with talent. Mitch Young bounced back after a disapointing semifinal with 18pts 13rbs while Brock Motum and Brendan Teys combined for 42pts. On the wings of Dellavedova, VICC was leading by 11 at half-time but the queenslanders won the second half of the game 47-26 to claim the Bronze.
Mitchell Young 18pts 6/13FG 13rbs - Matt Dellavedova 39pts 14/31FG 9rbs 5ast

Classification games:
5/8th place:
New South Wales Country - New South Wales Metro: 68-75
Sean Mullan 25pts 9/19FG 6rbs - Jason Cadee 15pts 4/13FG
South Australia Metro - South Australia Country: 56-67
Claybrin McMath 10pts 5/10FG - Warrick McGinty 20pts 8/15FG 8rbs
New South Wales Metro - South Australia Country: 88-61
Kaltaran Bhinder 17pts 7/9FG - Daniel Lean 14pts 5/15FG
New South Wales Country - South Australia Metro: 57-83
Brad Simpson 30pts 13/21FG 10rbs - Kurtis Phillips 32pts 10/18FG

9/12th place:
Queensland North - Western Australia Country: 76-55
Matt Sturgeon 12pts 6/11FG 12rbs - Cameron Cranley 24pts 11/25FG 9rbs
Tasmania - ACT: 73-62
Dwayne Radcliffe 19pts 7/10FG 17rbs 9ast - Daniel Beames 18pts 8/17FG
Western Australia Country - ACT: 81-77
Cameron Cranley 19pts 8/23FG - Alex Pearce 24pts 11/19FG 14rbs
Tasmania - Queensland North: 77-82
Dwayne Radcliffe 28pts 12/25FG 12rbs - Michael Chitham 19pts 7/17FG

13/14th place:
New Zealand - Northern Territory: 79-75
James Holland 18pts 7/12FG - Travis Thorne 22pts 7/24FG

Final Standings:
1- Victoria Metro
2- Western Australia Metro
3- Queensland South
4- Victoria Country
5- New South Wales Metro
6- South Australia Country
7- South Australia Metro
8- New South Wales Country
9- Queensland North
10- Tasmania
11- Western Australia Country
12- Australia Capital Territory
13- New Zealand
14- Northern Territory


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BELGIUM

Eurobasket Belgium Individual Awards -by Peter Buyse

Below are the winners of this season's individual awards (pct of votes behind their names)

Import Player of the Year

Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) - Antwerp Giants (41.7)
Trevor Huffman came in second with 29.2 pct of the votes.

Domestic Player of the Year

Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) - Oostende (77.3).
No one else even came close.

Coach of the Year

Chris Finch - Bree (52.1)
Aalstar coach Tom Johnson claimed second place with 20.8 pct and Sharon Drucker was 3rd with 12.5 pct.

Playoff MVP

With Oostende winning the championship it was no surprise the PO MVP would be one of them.
After the votes were counted we have a tie between Veselin Petrovic (194-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket)

and Rashad Wright (189-G-82, college: Georgia) both with 31.6 pct.
The main reason for this tie was the excellent showing of Sam Van Rossom who himself got 21.1 pct.




Belgian NT News -by Peter Buyse


The Belgian NT team is headed to Dallas for a training camp between July 18 and 28.
In Dallas they are scheduled to play games against Senegal and the Dallas Mavericks Summerleague team.
The following players are on the roster for this trip, Chistophe Beghin, Sebastien Bellin, Ralph Biggs, Lionel Bosco, Nathan Hervelle, Yannick Driesen, Francois Lhoest, Aleksander Lichodzijweski, Sasha Massot, Roel Moors, Randy Oveneke, Julien Pirlot, Van Sam Van Rossom and Jef Van der Jonckheyd.

Axel Hervelle is to join the selection as of July 30th.

After their return from Dallas they have 3 more games vs Bulgaria and France before starting their qualification games with Israel, Ukraine and Denmark.



Oostende Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Telindus signed Belgian player Senne Geukens (190-G-83) on Monday morning to a contract for the upcoming season.
Geukens played the past season for Antwerp Giants and was selected tot he All Eurobasket Domestic 1st team.

Won the Belgian Cup with Antwerp this past season.



Eurobasket Belgium All Star Teams -by Peter Buyse

All Star Teams Import Players

1st Team

Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) - Antwerp Giants
Trevor Huffman (187-G-79, agency: Duran International, college: Kent St.) - Aalstar
George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) - Mons-Hainaut
Rashad Wright (189-G-82, college: Georgia) - Oostende
Adam Hall (196-F/G-80, college: Virginia) - Aalstar

2nd Team

Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.) - Bree
Veselin Petrovic (194-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) - Oostende
Wes Wilkinson (206-F-84, college: Nebraska) - Aalstar
Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Bonaventure) - Mons-Hainaut
Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75, agency: Court Side, college: LIU Brooklyn) - Brussels

All Star Teams Domestic Players

1st Team

Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) - Oostende

Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) - Verviers-Pepinster

Senne Geukens (190-G-83) - Antwerp Giants

Yves Dupont (211-C-75, agency: Court Side) - Antwerp Giants

Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St.) - Charleroi

2nd Team

Lionell Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) - Brussels

David Kalut (205-C-74) - Aalstar

Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76, agency: Court Side) - Mons-Hainaut

Jef Van der Jonckheyd (205-F-82, agency: Court Side) - Leuven

Sascha Massot (205-F/C-83) - Charleroi



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BELIZE

Interview: Coach Gary Isaacson of the Tigersharks!!! -by David Magana
Question: Coach Issacson can you tell us something about yourself?
Answer: My name is spelled Isaacson, and I am honored to be a part of this league.

Question: How about your coaching career?
Answer: I have been coaching in the States for over 11 years.

Question: How come you are at the head of the Tigersharks?
Answer: Management hired me.

Question: Has anything really surprised you about the change to San Pedro, whether it's the people or the weather or anything at all?
Answer: How can you not love this place, the people are very warm and friendly.

Question: What have been the ups and downs of the team?
Answer: Inconsistency both on Offense and Defense. We are coming together at the right time though.

Question: Tell us about your relationship with the players.
Answer: Mutual respect. I know the players know what I expect.

Question: Talk about the season with the Tigersharks, review it, now that it has ended up. How did everything go?
Answer: I received criticism through out the season about my substitution regiment, but I was trying to find the soul of this team. Losing a couple of games this season has given us the character that we have been lacking. We are fairly well balanced in both the front and back court. The starting 5 are gelling at the right time.

Question: In playoffs, what do you expect from your team?
Answer? I expect us to be disciplined, and to work hard on every play. Defense is the key to victory.

Question: How different it is coaching here in Belize compared to the places you have been?
Answer: The game here is different; it's more transitional (running). The tempo of the game is different here; half court sets are a rarity.

Question: What are some of the areas which need to be work in so that the level of basketball improves here in Belize.
Answer: I think Belize has tremendous athletes, I would say teaching them early in life about the fundamentals of the game is the most important thing.

Question: Any other comment or suggestion?
Answer: Thank you.

Thank you very much Coach Gary Isaacson for your time and good luck in the playoffs!


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BOSNIA

Bremer left KK Bosna, Hukic in negotiations with Bosna -by Nedzad Kladusak
KK Bosna interpretated the statements of J.R. Bremer (188-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) like a good sign and was convinced to be able to extend with him for one more year. However statements like "I love the town, fans and..." are only phrases in order to keep the doors open while negotiating with other teams. On saturday J.R. Bremer sigend with russian Spartak Primorje. It is still unclear whether J.R. Bremer will still be interested in getting the bosnian passport. However despite his quality Bosna is not so vulnerable on the guard positions. Namely At the same time Bosna has established contacts with several NT players like Aleksej Nesovic and Jasmin Hukic. The main problem with Jasmin Hukic seems to be his wish to play in the ULEB Euroleague and his high salary expectations. The captain of the bosnian NT became obsolete after Prokom Trefl Sopot sigend Milan Gurovic and many bosnian basketball fans would like to see Hukic in Bosnia but a majoritiy think that his performance justifies such a large investition. It seems that montenegrinian youngsters Suad Sehovic (195-G-87, agency: Ultimate Sports Agency) and Sead Sehovic along with Elnis Prasovic (203-F-84),Marko Batina (197-G-86) and mostly Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) are ensuring a better arguments for KK Bosna.

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CHINA

China Blown Out By France in U-19 -by Arthur Volbert

China got blown out by France today 106-57 in a game where everyone got to play. Ba Zhichao (200-F-89) led China with 15 points in 18 minutes but he was the only Chinese player to have a decent game. #12, who is listed as Tian Yuchen but whose game seems much more like Li Xiaoxu's -- not taking a single three-pointer and grabbing a game-high 8 rebounds -- scored 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting.

Ding Jinhui and Zhou Peng both outperformed Li Xiaoxu in the preparation for the national team, so China would likely have done much better if they were here.

Yang Qin had another abominable game at point guard, missing his two shots and having 1 assist to 7 turnovers. Chen Jianghua, Li Xiaoyu and Han Shuo would likely have performed much better.

China's two centers, Su Wei and Wang Zheng, rebounded well but were stymied by the tough French inside defense. They scored 14 points between them on 4 of 14 shooting but grabbed 8 rebounds. Su Wei had 9 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes and Wang Zheng had 5 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes.

Xu Yong had another terrible game hitting only 1 of 7 shots and missing all 4 three-pointers he took. He also had 4 turnovers in 21 minutes. China only hit 16 of 40 2-point shots and 4 of 18 three-pointers. China had 32 turnovers to 15 for France.

China plays Lithuania tomorrow. Lithuania lost to the USA 90-81 in a game that was not as close as it seems. Lithuania shares with China the worst record in Group E so hopefully tomorrow's game will be closer.

Edwin Jackson led France with 23 points in 16 minutes. Abdoulaye Mbaye had 15 points and Nicolas Batum had 13.

BoxScore:
http://www.serbia2007.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/07/fiba/u19men/scheResu/p/eventid//gamename/28/groupname/E/langlc//roundid/5644/fe_scheStat_boxScor.html

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China --14 28 43 57

France 26 52 80 106

Group E
1. France 4/0 8
2. USA 4/0 8
3. Serbia 3/1 7
4. Brazil 2/2 6
5. Lithuania 1/3 5
6. China 1/3 5

Group F
1. Australia 4/0 8
2. Spain 4/0 8
3. Argentina 3/1 7
4. Turkey 2/2 6
5. Canada 1/3 5
6. Korea 1/3 5



Other Games
Classification
25/A Lebanon-Mali 76-56
26/A Nigeria-Puerto Rico 97-77

EIGHTH-FINALS
F/31 Korea-Australia 79-135
F/32 Spain-Canada 83-69
E/27 Serbia-Brazil 87-75
F/30 Argentina-Turkey 68-59
E/28 China-France 57-106
E/29 USA-Lithuania 90-81



Coach Info. -by Robert Wang
Xin Jiang team signed back their former coach Jiang Xing Quan. Coach Jiang coached Xin Jiang 3 years ago and some conflict between him and teamat that time. So, Jing left team and coach Liao Ning team. Again, he quited 2 years ago and coach Zhe jiang Horsed team last year. Xin jiang coach was the new coach of former China national team coach Wang Fei. Coach wang coahes Zhe Jiang guang Sha now and Xin Jiang signed back with Jiang. Now, no head coach with Zhe Jiang team now. And the club is recruting the head coach in China now.

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COLOMBIA

Saludcoop CBF Cup News: -by Victor Garcia
Piratas looking for Coach:
Piratas de Bogota is looking for a new coach, at this time the main candidate is Ramon Melendez who spent the last years in Venezuela with Guaros de Lara as assistant coach.

San Andres inked imports:
Soles de San Andres inked American Forward Artha Reeves, Reeves has previous experience in Mexico with Gambusinos.

Bucaros news:
Bucaros manager/owner Carlos Parra confirmed Edgar Moreno again as the main piece of Bucaros, also Cruz Salcedo, Eleuterio Renteria, Rene Gonzalez, and is trying to confirm Rogers Washington, Luis Julio and Ever Bayona for the upcoming season.

Norbey Aragon will stay in Medellin.
Colombian forward is the main Colombian addition to Paisas roster, also Paisas is trying to add Alvaro Teheran again


Saludcoop - Colombian Basketball Federation Inviational Cup 2007 News -by Victor Garcia
The Colombian Basketball Federation Schedulled the begining of the 2007 Fderation Cup for August 17th, at this time 7 teams are confirmed and just one place is pending, two teams wants to fill the eight spot:

Teams confirmed:

Bucaros - Bucaramanga
Indervalle - Cali
Paisas - Medellin
Piratas - Bogota
Bravos del Norte - Cartagena
Patriotas - Boyaca
Soles - San Andres

The eight spot will be for a team from Barranquilla managed by Gustavo Lindo or for Condores (Cundinamarca)


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CROATIA

Josipovic in Kolossos! -by Dani Erceg
Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) signed for AS Kolossos Rodou, newcomer in Greek A1 League. He averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg in 26 games played for Apollon Patras last season.

Croatia U20 finishes 10th in U20 European Championship Men -by Eurobasket News
France U20-Croatia U20 91:82 (27-25, 19-16, 20-20, 25-21)

Croatia U20 finishes 10th in U20 European Championship Men losing their last game to France. With a tough game throughout 4 quarters, Croatia did not win any of them. French squad pushed the opponents with 25:21 in the last to finish 9th. Nando De Colo (195-G-87) led the winners with 18 points. Aaron Cel (203-F-87) collected 16, while Fabien Causeur (190-G-87) added 16. Nino Vlaic (208-C-87) top-scored for Croatia with 23 points.

Croatia U20 was leading in the whole first quarter against France. They reached 4 points (18:14) after Ante Tomic (217-C-87) made a lay-up. France thanks to Nando De Colo's three finished the first with 27:25.
In the second quarter Croatia had the biggest lead at 35:27. It was Nino Vlaic who made a jump shot to give Croatians 8 points advantage. A 13-0 run by the French squad lifted them on top with 46:41 at the half.
In the third quarter France increased the lead to 11 points, but Croatia reduced to 66:61 after 30 minutes.
In the last quarter Franjo Bubalo (192-G/F-88) cut the deficit to 83:79, but that was the final spurt for Croatia. France led the game to 91:82 win leaving croatia on the 10th spot.

France U20: Nando De Colo 18, Aaron Cel 16, Fabien Causeur 16
Croatia U20: Nino Vlaic 23, Ante Tomic 17+11 rebs, Zoran Vrkic (203-G/F-87) 14


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D-LEAGUE

Mike Harris Earns Training Camp Invite with Houston Rockets -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Rice University standout and Colorado 14er, Mike Mike Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) has signed a non-guaranteed contract to join the Rockets for training camp. Harris was a member of the Rockets Summer League squad out in Vegas and was very efficient in his time on the court. He averaged 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in just under 24 minutes a game while shooting 68% from the field and 91% from the free-throw line.
This past season for the 14ers, Mike was a standout rebounder and shot-blocker, utilizing the great strength in his 6'6" 240lb frame to work the mid-range and low-post areas on offense and his lateral quickness to stay in front of smaller, quicker guards on the perimeter. Mike averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 48 games for Colorado.


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E.CHAMPS U20

Serbia defended European Championship title !! -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U20 National Team defended European Championship title celebrating over, until tonight, undefeated Spain in the final game 87:78. Serbia lost the opener on EC against Slovenia and it looks like they needed it because after that moment team played much better and won all games until the end. Serbia had very good shot percentage behind the arc 11/25 (44 %) but also lot of troubles with free throws, just 12/24. In the middle of first quarter Spain had lead 11:6 and later 27:21 but in the last 4 minutes of second period Serbia made run 18:4 and went on the half time with plus 6. From the 25th minute until the end Serbia all the time had advantage of 5 or more points. Once again Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) was team leader. He collected 22 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Milenko Tepic (202-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) also showed great performance and finished game with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Sergi Llull (178-G-87) posted 24 while Pau Ribas (182-G-87) stopped on 13 points and 4 assists for Spain.

Point guard Milos Teodosic is voted to be the MVP of the European Championship while Dragan Labovic (208-C/F-87) is in the best five.

In the game for the third place co-host Italy outplayed Russia 74:63 and won bronze medal. Slovenia beat Israel 90:81 and finished on the 5th place.


Serbia - Spain 87:78
(10:12,29:21,25:26,23:19)

Serbia:
Teodosic 22 (5 assists, 4 rebs), Tepic 20 (5 rebs), Nikolic Stefan 3, Djurkovic 8 (4 rebs), Labovic 13 (5 rebs), Kovacevic, Jereminov, Zivcevic, Stimac 2, Paunic 13, Dragovic 6 (9 rebs), Nikolic Uros.
Spain: Llull 24, Ribas 13 (4 as), Sol, Sanchez 2, Beiran 8, Fernandez 14, Teruel 9 (7 rebs), Rey 8, Andres
DNP: Lucas, Perez-Urruti, Gama.


All the stats and news of Division B last day -by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Montenegro U20 - Ukraine U20 89:68
Montenegro U20 National team claimed the first title in the history of independent country after they beat Ukraine in the Final in Warsaw. Ukraine was the only undefeated team in the tournament but could not continue their strike in the decider. Montenegro had a huge start to the game as they ran away to a 14:0 lead after 5 minutes of action. Vladimir Dasic later drained a trey to complete the first quarter with Montenegrin team ahead 26:5. Confused Ukrainian team virtually could not get it going and the gap kept growing in the second frame. Boris Savovic (207-F-87)'s dunk midway through the second quarter marked a 40:15 advantage for Montenegro. They drove to a 51:25 dominance at halftime and continued to roll in the second half. Ukraine bounced back late in the third when Yuriy Lokhmanchuk (197-G/F-87) and Maxym Korniyenko hit a pair of three pointers to ignite a 16:0 run. Ukrainian team came as close as 20 points at the end of the third quarter but it was obviously not enough. Boris Savovic and Suad Sehovic (195-G-87, agency: Ultimate Sports Agency) nailed a couple of jumpers to start the final frame and left no questions about the outcome. They eased to a historic win at the end and celebrated the title.
Montenegro had 5 players to score in double figures. Suad Sehovic had 18 points to topscore for the winners. Goran Martinic (187-G-87) contributed 17 points off the bench for Montenegro. Yuriy Lokhmanchuk responded with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 13 points in a loss.
Montenegro committed just 10 turnovers forcing Ukraine to 22. They also shot solid 57.1% from the field. Ukraine at the same time were dominating the boards outrebounding the opponents 37:32.
Montenegro U20: Suad Sehovic 18 points, Goran Martinic 17, Boris Savovic 16
Ukraine U20: Yuriy Lokhmanchuk 22, Oleksandr Sizov 13, Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) 6+12 boards.


Game for the 3rd place
Finland U20-Germany U20 76:73 (31-26, 20-13, 13-22, 12-12)
Finland took bronze in U20 European Championship for men in Warsaw. With 72:73 against Germany Koivisto made a three and then Brace made one of two free throws to bring the win for Finland.
Finland U20: Gerald Lee (206-F-87) 19, Antti Vanjoki (188-G/F-88) 17
Germany U20: Schwatz 12

Game for the 5th place
Estonia U20 - Poland U20 58:74
Estonian U20 team lost their final game at the European championship Division B in Poland. In the encounter for the 5th-6th spot Estonia were rallied over by Poland 58:74. The outcome was mainly built in the opening frame when Polish players established a 20:5 lead. They maintained the distance throughout the second quarter and were in front 41:30 at halftime. Estonia tried to come from behind in the third. Tarmo Tartes jumper made it 40:47 with more than 6 minutes to go in the third. But Poland replied with a 7:0 run to roll back to a 14-point deficit. Mihkel Niine capped the third quarter with two free throws to make it 49:57 entering the final frame. However Poland never allowed Estonian team to come any closer and successfully sealed the victory at the end.
Kamil Pietras (207-F-88) provided 20 points and 19 rebounds for Poland. Kamil Michalski (183-G-87) nailed another 13 points for the winners. Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) had 14 points for Estonia. Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88) poured in 10 points in a losing effort.
Poland had an impressive advantage under the rims 58:31. They also held Estonia to just 34.4% from the field and forced them to 22 turnovers.
Estonia U20: Tanel Kurbas 14 points, Timo Eichfuss 10, Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) 8

Poland U20: Kamil Pietras 20+19 boards, Kamil Michalski 13.




Game for the 7th place
Slovak Republic U20 - Great Britain U20 75:68
Slovakia had two days of rest before they upset Great Britain once again at the U20 European championship in Poland. Two days after a stunning 84:69 victory Slovakia celebrated another win and claimed the 7th spot in the final ladder. Great Britain had a better start to this one as they put up an early lead. Ashley Hamilton dunked the ball home to ensure a 17:14 advantage for Great Britain at the start of the second frame. Slovakia remained close throughout the second quarter and Justin Sedlak (203-F-87)'s trey marked 1-point deficit at halftime 34:35.
Great Britain continued to stay in front before Miroslav Vansa free throws did not put Slovakia ahead. Slovakia actually rolled to a 14:0 run and established a 53:42 lead. They controlled the game throughout the final frame but Great Britain climbed as close as 5 points with 2 minutes left in regulation. However Justin Sedlak was perfect from free throw line to seal the win for Slovakian team.
He topscored for the winners with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Roman Vido (204-C-88) contributed 17 points and 10 boards for Slovakia. Orlan Jackman (196-F-88) nailed 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a loss.
Slovakia had an advantage in the paint outrebounding the opponents 33:25. They converted 58.5% of field goals and forced Great Britain to massive 27 turnovers.

Slovakia U20: Justin Sedlak 22 points, Roman Vido 17+10 boards, Peter Terlanda (205-F/C-88) 15
Great Britain U20: Orlan Jackman 15, Neil Fraser (185-G-87) 10.

Game for the 9th place
Sweden U20 - Belgium U20 84:82
Swedish U20 National team claimed the 9th spot at the European championship in Poland. They celebrated a dramatic win over Belgium in the last encounter of the tournament.
In extra close first frame Jon Jonsson's free throws secured 20:19 lead for Sweden after the opening quarter. Belgium had a momentum in the second quarter and surged ahead to 40:34 advantage with 2 minutes to go in the half. Vincent Verbeeck (198-F-87) than converted three straight points to put Belgium up 43:36 at halftime.
Ludovic Pourtoit's three pointer early in the third quarter marked a 40:51 deficit for Sweden. They needed Jonas Jerebko (204-F-87) nailing 7 points to cut the deficit. Late in the frame Johan Petter Wenehult added two more points from the charity stripe to level the teams at 61.
The teams were still drawn 80:80 with 31 seconds remaining in regulation. Sean William Smith (196-G-87) then knocked down a jumper to put Sweden ahead. Christian Koutras added one free throw to maintain the lead. Belgium answered with two converted free throws from Brecht Guillemyn (192-F-87). But another free throw from Koutras ensured a hard victory for Sweden.
Jonas Jerebko led all scorers with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Tom Liden (202-F-87) contributed 19 points in a win. Brecht Guillemyn ensured 19 points and 7 assists for Belgium. Vincent Verbeeck netted 15 points as Belgium finished the championship at the 10th spot.
Sweden U20: Jonas Jerebko 28+15 boards, Tom Liden 19, Sean William Smith 9
Belgium U20: Brecht Guillemyn 19, Vincent Verbeeck 15.

Game for the 11th place
Ireland U20 - Austria U20 67:66
Ireland completed the U20 European championship in Poland on a high note. They grabbed a narrow victory over Austria to clinch the 11th overall spot in the final classification.
Both teams kept it close in the opening quarter and Roman Fenzal nailed a basket at the end of the quarter to put Austria in front 23:20. They maintained the dominance throughout the second quarter and finished it leading by 2 points 36:34.
Scott Kinevane (173-G-87) drained a trey to lift Irish team to a 37:36 at the start of the third quarter but Maximilian Kunovjanek and Lukas Sallomon kept it going for Austria and secured a 53:43 advantage entering the final frame. Austrian players still led 60:52 with 5 minutes remaining in regulation when Ireland took the initiative and started cutting the deficit. Cian Nihill's two three pointers tied the score at 66 with 35 seconds left. Austria committed a turnover and Carleton Cuff (190-F-87) hit one free throw to make it 67:66 for Ireland. Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) tried to save the game for Austria but his long bomb missed the target.
Carleton Cuff chipped in 15 points for Ireland. Eoin McDermott (194-C-87) produced 14 points and 18 rebounds in a winning effort. Belgium had 21 points from Richard Poiger (206-F-87). Thomas Schreiner added 12 points in defeat.
Austria outrebounded Ireland 45:43, but comitted 19 turnovers and shot purely from free throw line (50%).
Ireland U20: Carleton Cuff 15 points, Eoin McDermott 14+18 boards, Scott Kinevane 13
Austria U20: Richard Poiger 21, Thomas Schreiner 12.


All the stats and news of Division A last day -by Eurobasket News

FINAL

Serbia U20 - Spain U20 87:78 (10:12,29:21,25:26,23:19)

Serbia defended their U20 European Championship Men title with Most Valuable Player Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) scoring 22 points. In the Final game Serbia beat Spain 87:78. You can read about this game in our previous article by Eurobasket correspondent Dragan Jankovski.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 22, Milenko Tepic (202-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) 20 Dragan Labovic (208-C/F-87) 13, Paunic 13
Spain: Sergi Llull (178-G-87) 24, Fernandez 14, Pau Ribas (182-G-87) 13



Game for the 3rd place
Italy U20-Russia U20 74:63 (20-12, 18-18, 20-14, 16-19)
Italy U20 being the co-hosts of the tournament celebrated the third place in U20 European Championship Men. In the game for the 3rd place Italy defeated Russia 74:63 and left the latter without medals.The first and the third quarters were nicely won by Italians who triumphed the third.
Luigi Datome led the winners with 26 points. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) netted 11, while Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88) posted 9. Alexey Shved (195-G-88) top-scored for Russia with 14 points.

Russian squad started the game leading 11:8 but then could not stop Italians. The latter used 23-3 run to grab to finish the first at 20:12. It laso lasted to the middle of the second that gave Italy a 31:14 lead.
Alexey Shved did not give up for the losing side and with his help Russia stayed trailing 38:30 at half-time.
The third quarter was the final for Italians as they increased their lead to 17 points midway through the third. The co-hosts went for a small break before the final quarter having 58:44. Although Russia had a 9-0 run in the last they could not prevent the loss.
Italians and the spectators celebrate the bronze as Russia returns without medals.

Italy U20:
Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) 26, Pietro Aradori 11, Lorenzo D'Ercole 9
Russia U20:
Alexey Shved 14, Pavel Sergeev (187-G-87) 12



Game for the 5th place
Slovenia U20-Israel U20 90:81 (17-28, 17-20, 21-19, 35-14)

Israel U20 could not grab the fifth place at the U20 European Championship Men. In the game for that place Slovenia took their spot. Israel blew a 20-point lead and allowed co-hosts Slovenia to win.
Matej Krusic (211-F/C-87) paced the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 16 points and Rok Perko (178-G-87) added 14. Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) poured in 25 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Israelis opened game with great performance hitting huge triples with great percentage. The team had a great first quarter winning 28:17. The co-hosts were thrilled and could not notice support from the fans that supported them all the time. In the second quarter nothing had changed as Israel increased to 48:34 at the half-time.
In the third quarter
Omri Casspi with a lay-up gave Israel 16 points deficit. That was the end of the Israeli powerhouse. Up 67:55 going into the fourth, Israel's lead was reduced to 74:68 with 6 minutes left. Slovenia closed the game on a 12-3 run to finish at 90:81.

Slovenia U20:
Matej Krusic 16 points+11 rebounds, Emir Preldzic 16 points, Rok Perko 14, Dejan Cigoja (205-F/C-88) 13, Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) 11, Gasper Vidmar 10 points+8 rebounds.
Israel U20:
Omri Casspi 25 points+6 rebounds, Elishay Kadir (195-F-87) 12, Tal Michael Dunne (198-G/F-87, agency: Ronsport) 12

Game for the 7th place
Turkey U20-Bulgaria U20 97:88
Turkey snapped up a 97-88 victory over Bulgaria on the final day of EC and had to be contented with the seventh place after a dissapointing serie of losses. Bulgaria got off to a better start in the first quarter but Turkish U20 NT managed to outrebound their opponents and dominate the paint thanks to centers Oguz Savas (208-C-87) and Mutlu Demir (205-C-87) who totally hit 35 points. On the other hand Chavdar Kostov (190-G-88)'s game high 26 points was not enough for Bulgaria. Despite not having Cenk Akyol (200-G-87, agency: FCM) and Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) Turkey tried to play hard during the tournament but as a result Nihat Izic's famous 87 generation registered a dissapointing result at the end of EC.


Game for the 9th place
France U20-Croatia U20 91:82 (27-25, 19-16, 20-20, 25-21)
Croatia U20 finishes 10th in U20 European Championship Men losing their last game to France. With a tough game throughout 4 quarters, Croatia did not win any of them. French squad pushed the opponents with 25:21 in the last to finish 9th. Nando De Colo (195-G-87) led the winners with 18 points. Aaron Cel (203-F-87) collected 16, while Fabien Causeur (190-G-87) added 16. Nino Vlaic (208-C-87) top-scored for Croatia with 23 points.
Croatia U20 was leading in the whole first quarter against France. They reached 4 points (18:14) after
Ante Tomic (217-C-87) made a lay-up. France thanks to Nando De Colo's three finished the first with 27:25.
In the second quarter Croatia had the biggest lead at 35:27. It was
Nino Vlaic who made a jump shot to give Croatians 8 points advantage. A 13-0 run by the French squad lifted them on top with 46:41 at the half.
In the third quarter France increased the lead to 11 points, but Croatia reduced to 66:61 after 30 minutes.
In the last quarter
Franjo Bubalo (192-G/F-88) cut the deficit to 83:79, but that was the final spurt for Croatia. France led the game to 91:82 win leaving croatia on the 10th spot.

France U20:
Nando De Colo 18, Aaron Cel 16, Fabien Causeur 16
Croatia U20:
Nino Vlaic 23, Ante Tomic 17+11 rebs, Zoran Vrkic (203-G/F-87) 14

Game for the 11th place
Georgia U20-Lithuania U20 70:81 (17-30, 20-16, 17-18, 16-17)
Lithuania U20 won the game for the 11th place last night. Georgia could not wake up after a 17:30 in the first as Lithuania celebrated 81:70 win.
Remigijus Trakimas (204-C-87) paced the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Evaldas Baniulis (201-F-87) produced 13 points, while Ernestas Ezerskis (195-G-87) and Edvinas Ruzgas (200-F-87) had 12 points each. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

It was the game for two different teams in the tournament, especially their tasks for it. Georgia finished 12th in their first-ever season in U20 Division A and could be glad with it. Meanwhile Lithuania had the worst participation in the European Championships.

Somehow to end on the lucky note Lithuania rushed to score. The Baltic team finished the first with 30:17 that allowed them to control the game. In the second quarter Georgia stayed closer as Didia's three made the score 32:40.
Lasha Parghalava (190-G-87) with another three sent the teams to the interims with 37:46.
In the second half Lithuania won both quarters with 1 point deficit. A 18:17 and 17:16 brought Lithuania 11th place in European Championship.

Georgia U20:
Giorgi Shermadini 18 points +8 rebs, Lasha Parghalava 13
Lithuania U20:
Remigijus Trakimas 21 points + 7 rebounds, Evaldas Baniulis 13 points, Ernestas Ezerskis 12, Edvinas Ruzgas 12


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ESTONIA

Estonia dropped to the 6th spot -by Eurobasket News
Estonia U20 - Poland U20 58:74
Estonian U20 team lost their final game at the European championship Division B in Poland. In the encounter for the 5th-6th spot Estonia were rallied over by Poland 58:74. The outcome was mainly built in the opening frame when Polish players established a 20:5 lead. They maintained the distance throughout the second quarter and were in front 41:30 at halftime. Estonia tried to come from behind in the third. Tarmo Tartes jumper made it 40:47 with more than 6 minutes to go in the third. But Poland replied with a 7:0 run to roll back to a 14-point deficit. Mihkel Niine capped the third quarter with two free throws to make it 49:57 entering the final frame. However Poland never allowed Estonian team to come any closer and successfully sealed the victory at the end.
Kamil Pietras (207-F-88) provided 20 points and 19 rebounds for Poland. Kamil Michalski (183-G-87) nailed another 13 points for the winners. Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) had 14 points for Estonia. Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88) poured in 10 points in a losing effort.
Poland had an impressive advantage under the rims 58:31. They also held Estonia to just 34.4% from the field and forced them to 22 turnovers.

Estonia U20: Tanel Kurbas 14 points, Timo Eichfuss 10, Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) 8
Poland U20: Kamil Pietras 20+19 boards, Kamil Michalski 13.


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EUROLEAGUE

Ilyasova Joining Barcelona -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Turkish international Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) who finished his 2 year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks this summer, decided to sign a very lucrative two year deal with Winterthur Barcelona instead of staying in NBA. After being picked by the Bucks in the second round of 2005 NBA Draft Ilyasova spent one season in NBDL and shined during 2006 summer as he won the MVP award in U20 EC and contributed even more than expected in Japan. In his rookie season Ersan averaged 6.1ppg, 2.90rpg for the Bucks in 66 games including 14 appearances on the starting line up. "I picked the best one among many offers and for now I am focused on the national team. I am going to gain more experience at one of Europe's biggest clubs and go back to NBA as a better player." said 6'9" forward.

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: NCAA Finalist -07 Ivan Harris comes to Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
F Boakai Lalugba changed his mind and goes to France, but YMCA Lappeenranta replaced Lalugba by signing American F and NCAA Finalist -07 Ivan Harris (201-F-84). Harris belonged four seasons to Ohio State U. roster, where he averaged 7,6 ppg, 3,3 rpg in 20,0 mpg as a Senior. YMCA LPR has now 10 players signed.

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GEORGIA

Lithuania U20 finishes only 11th as Georgia satisfies with 12th -by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Lithuania U20 70:81 (17-30, 20-16, 17-18, 16-17)

Lithuania U20 won the game for the 11th place last night. Georgia could not wake up after a 17:30 in the first as Lithuania celebrated 81:70 win. Remigijus Trakimas (204-C-87) paced the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Evaldas Baniulis (201-F-87) produced 13 points, while Ernestas Ezerskis (195-G-87) and Edvinas Ruzgas (200-F-87) had 12 points each. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

It was the game for two different teams in the tournament, especially their tasks for it. Georgia finished 12th in their first-ever season in U20 Division A and could be glad with it. Meanwhile Lithuania had the worst participation in the European Championships.

Somehow to end on the lucky note Lithuania rushed to score. The Baltic team finished the first with 30:17 that allowed them to control the game. In the second quarter Georgia stayed closer as Didia's three made the score 32:40. Lasha Parghalava (190-G-87) with another three sent the teams to the interims with 37:46.
In the second half Lithuania won both quarters with 1 point deficit. A 18:17 and 17:16 brought Lithuania 11th place in European Championship.

Georgia U20: Giorgi Shermadini 18 points +8 rebs, Lasha Parghalava 13
Lithuania U20: Remigijus Trakimas 21 points + 7 rebounds, Evaldas Baniulis 13 points, Ernestas Ezerskis 12, Edvinas Ruzgas 12


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GERMANY

More roster-moves in Karlsruhe -by Moritz Korff
The officials of BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have made some more roster-moves for the upcoming season. Tom Lipke (194-G-86, agency: Court Side) will be the fourth former member of the Bremen Roosters moving to Karlsruhe. He scored 9.6 points per game for the Roosters during this past season, which he began in Finland and Porvoon Tarmo.
With David Watson (185-G-88) the BG-decisionmakers managed to keep a prospect who has been making some noise for SSC Karlsruhe in the Regionalliga, bein named to the 2006-2007 Eurobasket.com Regionalliga South-West South 2nd Team. Watson also led the Youth-Bundesliga (NBBL) in points per game (26.4) and a few appearances in the Bundesliga as well. The 18-year-old guard is the second player from last seasons' roster to suit up for BG one more year. The other one is Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77).
As the latest newcomer BG acquired Alexander Rueck (186-G-84) who poured in 7.3 points per contest for Union Shops Rastatt last season.


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GREECE

Transfer news around Hellas! -by Chris Mammides
A2
Xanthi and Coach Giorgos Zafiroudis agreed term with the second scorer (first in assists) point guard, ex player of KAOD, Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) for two years

Iraklis Thessalonikis agreed terms with the American with Italian passport Brad Traina (196-G/F-77, college: Cent.Florida) and the Serbian Ozi Misic ex player of Makedonikos. The North Hellas team wants to sign the Greek center Dimitris Despos if not the next target will be Giorgos Loupos who is a main target for many other teams in the division (Xanthi, Pagrati, P.Faliro, Apollon Patras and Peristeri)

B' Division
Ikaros Neas Smyrnis agreed terms with Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77), ex player of Doukas and among the top scorers of A2.

C' Division
Prodromos Tserkitzoglou (187-G-85), ex player of Irakleio (C) agreed terms with OFI, the same for Meletis Ornithopoulos (204-C-78), ex player of Olympiakos Volou and ninth scorer in the league agreed terms with the Cretan team.
Three more young and talented players have been signed by OFI, Ilias Lekkakos (202-F-77), Manos Lambardakis (200-F-80) and Michalis Bagakis (183-G-88) and Grigoris Foussas (194-F-82) all four players were playing inn Kydonas Hanion (D) the previous season.

Arkadikos agreed terms with Giannis Papanikolaou and actually took the player from the “hands of Kronos Ioanninon” as the movements made in the financial issue on behalf of Arkadikos were much faster!

EA Patron agreed terms with Apostolis Massahos, ex player of PAO Kritikon.

Kronos A.D agreed terms with Markos Pagonis(184-G-79), ex player of Ardittos, P. Faliro and Amyntas
Fivos Costis, ex player of Ierapetra agreed terms with Apollon Smyrnis
Kronos Ioanninon and their head Coach Panagiotis Kontogiannis agreed terms with the experienced player Stelios Teloudis (202-PF-82) ex player of Ermis Lagkada

Two players have stop their career in a quite young age, the ex center of Aigaleo Labros Kanellopoulos and the ex Guard of Peristeri George Bozikas. Both of them will be continuing their career with another item.


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IBL

Exposure Camp for the IBL,Portugal,Brazil,Germany, and Iceland!!! -by Lucius Jones
Tyler Whitcomb(Dir of Basketball Operations/Holland Blast) and Pat McCool(well connected pro scout) have teamed up to put together a formidable opportunity on July 22nd from 2pm-6pm at Rivertown Sports(2605 Sanford Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418). Contact Tyler Whtcomb at 616-318-7309 as it will be limited to the first 40 players with a solid basketball resume. 8-10 contracts are to be realistic possiblities for players attending. Mr. Whitcomb and Mr. McCool have given several players their first professional jobs and are continuing the practice with this quality event. The fee is $100.00. The competition is going to be strong. The chance to start/further your basketball career is here.

IBL READY FOR FOURTH YEAR AFTER COMPLETING BENCH MARKS -by John Gary
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM The IBL is ready for its fourth season after completing bench marks. Basketball in general, has become less atheletic, lengthy breaks in play keep good players from getting hot. Lenghty breaks in play gives a disproportionate advantage to the defense.

The Breakers' Bailey Shines at NBA Summer League -by Trask Frost
Santa Barbara Breakers Guard Toby Bailey showcased his talent this past week at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bailey, who averaged 24.8 points in 18 games with the Breakers in the 2007 IBL season, was selected to represent the Golden State Warriors in the annual summer league competition.

Bailey racked up significant minutes for the Warriors (25 mpg) in all 5 games of their summer schedule. The 6'6” UCLA graduate, and former NBA player, averaged 13.6 points per game and an even more impressive 47.9 field goal percentage. His stats behind the 3-point arc increased to 65% accuracy in 20 attempts. Bailey's impressive performance may warrant an invitation from the Warriors to return in October to attend their training camp in Hawaii.

The Golden State Warriors finished the 2007 NBA Summer League with 3 wins and 2 losses.

The Santa Barbara Breakers finished the 2007 IBL season 17-6 with a heartbreaking loss to the Portland Chinooks in the IBL West Region Championship game on July 1st.


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IRELAND

Irish team clinches 11th spot -by Eurobasket News
Ireland U20 - Austria U20 67:66
Ireland completed the U20 European championship in Poland on a high note. They grabbed a narrow victory over Austria to clinch the 11th overall spot in the final classification.
Both teams kept it close in the opening quarter and Roman Fenzal nailed a basket at the end of the quarter to put Austria in front 23:20. They maintained the dominance throughout the second quarter and finished it leading by 2 points 36:34.
Scott Kinevane (173-G-87) drained a trey to lift Irish team to a 37:36 at the start of the third quarter but Maximilian Kunovjanek and Lukas Sallomon kept it going for Austria and secured a 53:43 advantage entering the final frame. Austrian players still led 60:52 with 5 minutes remaining in regulation when Ireland took the initiative and started cutting the deficit. Cian Nihill's two three pointers tied the score at 66 with 35 seconds left. Austria committed a turnover and Carleton Cuff (190-F-87) hit one free throw to make it 67:66 for Ireland. Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) tried to save the game for Austria but his long bomb missed the target.
Carleton Cuff chipped in 15 points for Ireland. Eoin McDermott (194-C-87) produced 14 points and 18 rebounds in a winning effort. Belgium had 21 points from Richard Poiger (206-F-87). Thomas Schreiner added 12 points in defeat.
Austria outrebounded Ireland 45:43, but comitted 19 turnovers and shot purely from free throw line (50%).

Ireland U20: Carleton Cuff 15 points, Eoin McDermott 14+18 boards, Scott Kinevane 13
Austria U20: Richard Poiger 21, Thomas Schreiner 12.


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ISRAEL

Having 20 points advantage, Israel U20 lost to Slovenia for the 5th place -by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U20-Israel U20 90:81 (17-28, 17-20, 21-19, 35-14)

Israel U20 could not grab the fifth place at the U20 European Championship Men. In the game for that place Slovenia took their spot. Israel blew a 20-point lead and allowed co-hosts Slovenia to win. Matej Krusic (211-F/C-87) paced the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 16 points and Rok Perko (178-G-87) added 14. Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) poured in 25 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Israelis opened game with great performance hitting huge triples with great percentage. The team had a great first quarter winning 28:17. The co-hosts were thrilled and could not notice support from the fans that supported them all the time. In the second quarter nothing had changed as Israel increased to 48:34 at the half-time.
In the third quarter Omri Casspi with a lay-up gave Israel 16 points deficit. That was the end of the Israeli powerhouse. Up 67:55 going into the fourth, Israel's lead was reduced to 74:68 with 6 minutes left. Slovenia closed the game on a 12-3 run to finish at 90:81.

Slovenia U20: Matej Krusic 16 points+11 rebounds, Emir Preldzic 16 points, Rok Perko 14, Dejan Cigoja (205-F/C-88) 13, Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) 11, Gasper Vidmar 10 points+8 rebounds.
Israel U20: Omri Casspi 25 points+6 rebounds, Elishay Kadir (195-F-87) 12, Tal Michael Dunne (198-G/F-87, agency: Ronsport) 12


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ITALY

Serie A News and Rumors -by Stefano Pini
Udine is completing quickly his roster: Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) is the last arrived. Last season he was one of the key players of Armani Jeans Milano that not in that role is looking for James Singleton (203-F-81, college: Murray St.). Teramo added to his roster Guillaume Yango (205-F/C-82, college: Pacific). Scavolini Pesaro is close to Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's), last season top scorer in Esake League.

Lega2 - Market news -by Gabriele Fioretti
While newspapers talks about economic problems of Reggio Calabria and Livorno, Fabriano announced its new coach: Andrea Pecchia . The big sign of the day is Ivan Gatto (207-F-78) at Caserta. As written some weeks ago, the forward from Pavia signed for Caserta and now the team coached by Andrea Trinchieri looks forward to sign also Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina) from Varese. Tomorrow in a press meeting, Casale could announce the sign of Bernd Volcic (209-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: New Orleans), while Marco Tagliabue (206-F/C-86) and Donte Mathis (190-G-77, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) could be presented to the media.

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IVORY COAST

Traore Concludes Career at Oregon Institute of Technology -by Tom Mott
Souleymane Traore (206-F-83, college: Oregon Tech) ('84, 6'10", 225) recently graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology. Oregon Tech finished the season with a 28-5 record, winning 15 consecutive games to start the season. Traore averaged 4.9 minutes per game, yet averaged nearly 1 block per game. Traore graduated with a degree in Business and has accepted a job with an accounting firm in San Francisco.

Yessoufou Completes Successful Junior Season at Saint Francis College -by Tom Mott
Bassith Yessoufou (206-F, college: Palm Beach CC), Abidjan, (1986, 6'8" 220) recently completed his junior year at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. Yessoufou averaged 5.1 ppg, 3.6 rebounds while shooting 53.1% from the field. He had a career high of 14 points on February 14th versus St. Francis (PA) and a career high of 9 rebounds 2 days later versus Robert Morris. Yessoufou is a transfer from Palm Beach CC and attended high school at Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo, California. Yessofou is spending the majority of the summer in the Ivory Coast and in Benin training for his senior season.

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KOSOVO

BFK Board Meeting -by Edona Shabani
Today in Vushtrri directed by Erolld Belegu president of BFK took place the Board meeting of BFK.
In this meeting it is approved the Working Regulation of Referees' Commission and Coaches Commission.

In this meeting was determined the activities dynamics of BFK for the beginning of competitive edition 2007/08:

1. The registering of teams for competitive edition 2007/08 will be from 6 till 15 August 2007.
2. The Working Assembly of BFK will take place on September 8th 2007.
3. The trade term was appointed from September 15th till October 3rd 2007.
4. The draw for Super League and Women's League will be on September 15th 2007.
5. The Championship of SuperLeague will start on October 6th 2007.
6. The Championship of Women's League will start on October 6th 2007
7. For other league the decision will be taken after the registering of teams.

The board named Isuf Lumi as General Secretary who up till now was deputy General Secretary.


Source: www.fbk-ks.com


Summer Basketball Camp finnshed -by Edona Shabani
On Sunday ended the Summer Camp which was organized by Coaches and Referees Commission.
In the last day of this camp which is a part of Summer Program for professional training the organizers delivered the rewards and gratitude certificates.

In the camp which took place from 8 till 15 July 2007 in the Center for Public Safety, Education and Development in Vushtrri participated above 100 youngsters, 30 basketball coaches and 20 basketball referees.

The camp was declared closed by the president of BFK Mr. Erolld Belegu who honored two American coaches Terry Filld, Don Zawolcki and Mr. Lulzim Fushtica director of KCPSED with BFK stele.


SOURCE: www.fbk-ks.com


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LITHUANIA

Lithuania U20 finishes only 11th as Georgia satisfies with 12th -by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Lithuania U20 70:81 (17-30, 20-16, 17-18, 16-17)

Lithuania U20 won the game for the 11th place last night. Georgia could not wake up after a 17:30 in the first as Lithuania celebrated 81:70 win. Remigijus Trakimas (204-C-87) paced the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Evaldas Baniulis (201-F-87) produced 13 points, while Ernestas Ezerskis (195-G-87) and Edvinas Ruzgas (200-F-87) had 12 points each. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

It was the game for two different teams in the tournament, especially their tasks for it. Georgia finished 12th in their first-ever season in U20 Division A and could be glad with it. Meanwhile Lithuania had the worst participation in the European Championships.

Somehow to end on the lucky note Lithuania rushed to score. The Baltic team finished the first with 30:17 that allowed them to control the game. In the second quarter Georgia stayed closer as Didia's three made the score 32:40. Lasha Parghalava (190-G-87) with another three sent the teams to the interims with 37:46.
In the second half Lithuania won both quarters with 1 point deficit. A 18:17 and 17:16 brought Lithuania 11th place in European Championship.

Georgia U20: Giorgi Shermadini 18 points +8 rebs, Lasha Parghalava 13
Lithuania U20: Remigijus Trakimas 21 points + 7 rebounds, Evaldas Baniulis 13 points, Ernestas Ezerskis 12, Edvinas Ruzgas 12


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MEXICO

New names in Galgos and in Caballeros -by Gianni Pascucci
Galgos de Tijuana announced the agreement with domestic player Carlos Besneyrigollen (183-G-78, college: Louisiana Tech) from Astros de Tecate and import player Herbert Montgomery (185-G-79, college: Georgia SW), last at Sheffiel Sharks, English League. Caballeros de Culiacan announced the agreement with import players Trevor Lawrence (213-C-82, college: N.Mexico St.) and Lamont Roland (193-G-78, college: LSU)

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MONTENEGRO

Montenegro writes history in Poland -by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Ukraine U20 89:68
Montenegro U20 National team claimed the first title in the history of independent country after they beat Ukraine in the Final in Warsaw. Ukraine was the only undefeated team in the tournament but could not continue their strike in the decider. Montenegro had a huge start to the game as they ran away to a 14:0 lead after 5 minutes of action. Vladimir Dasic later drained a trey to complete the first quarter with Montenegrin team ahead 26:5. Confused Ukrainian team virtually could not get it going and the gap kept growing in the second frame. Boris Savovic (207-F-87)'s dunk midway through the second quarter marked a 40:15 advantage for Montenegro. They drove to a 51:25 dominance at halftime and continued to roll in the second half. Ukraine bounced back late in the third when Yuriy Lokhmanchuk (197-G/F-87) and Maxym Korniyenko hit a pair of three pointers to ignite a 16:0 run. Ukrainian team came as close as 20 points at the end of the third quarter but it was obviously not enough. Boris Savovic and Suad Sehovic (195-G-87, agency: Ultimate Sports Agency) nailed a couple of jumpers to start the final frame and left no questions about the outcome. They eased to a historic win at the end and celebrated the title.
Montenegro had 5 players to score in double figures. Suad Sehovic had 18 points to topscore for the winners. Goran Martinic (187-G-87) contributed 17 points off the bench for Montenegro. Yuriy Lokhmanchuk responded with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 13 points in a loss.
Montenegro committed just 10 turnovers forcing Ukraine to 22. They also shot solid 57.1% from the field. Ukraine at the same time were dominating the boards outrebounding the opponents 37:32.

Montenegro U20: Suad Sehovic 18 points, Goran Martinic 17, Boris Savovic 16
Ukraine U20: Yuriy Lokhmanchuk 22, Oleksandr Sizov 13, Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) 6+12 boards.


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NBA

Bulls to sign Joe Smith -by Paolo Comitti
The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran forward Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland). The move ultimately suggests that P.J. Brown will not return to the team.

Though terms of the deal were not known, the Bulls had the NBA's mid-level exception of $5.36 million as a maximum to offer Smith this season. It's rumoured that Joe Smith will get a full mid-level.

Smith, who was thought to be the Bulls' No. 1 priority among the available free agents, averaged 8.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in 65 games with the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers last season.


Nets passed on Jermaine, signed with Magloire -by Paolo Comitti
On June 28, the night of the NBA draft, Nets president Rod Thorn said he had received several "interesting" trade offers, one of which, according to sources, was a blockbuster that would have sent Richard Jefferson, Nenad Krstic and Jason Collins to the Pacers for Jermaine O'Neal. Thorn said none of the trades he discussed with other executives just weeks ago are likely to happen, for now.

After losing Mikki Moore to Sacramento, they signed free agent center Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky). Magloire is a one-time All-Star who averaged 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds in 2003-04 with the Hornets. Magloire averaged 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds last year for Portland.

The Nets' next move likely will be adding a reliable shooting guard. Eddie House, who had an injury-plagued season for the Nets last year, is a free agent and there's a good chance the team won't re-sign him.

(Source: NY Daily News)


Mo Williams stays with Bucks -by Paolo Comitti
Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) will be returning to the Milwaukee Bucks after agreeing in principle to a six-year, $52 million contract.

The Milwaukee Bucks increased their original offer as Williams was being heavily courted by the Miami Heat. Williams will have a player opt-out clause after the fourth and fifth year of the deal, which has an average annual salary of $8.67 million.

Williams was seeking a deal that would earn him similar money to what other starting point guards were making, but with money tight on this summer's free agent market, his leverage was limited. Miami and other teams could only offer Williams, who averaged career-bests of 17.3 points and 6.1 assists with the Bucks this past season, the mid-level exception of $5.3 million.


Wizards Resign Swingman Stevenson -by Bryan Floyd
The Washington Wizards and DeShawn Stevenson have agreed in principle to a contract worth about fifteen million over the next four years. “DeShawn is excited to be back,” said Stevenson's rep Mark Bartelstein. “He appreciated the way Ernie Grunfeld and the Wizards gave him an opportunity to come in and play last year and he's looking forward to the future.”

Mourning to Give it One More Year. -by Bryan Floyd
Mourning has decided to come back for one more year. Mourning's decision had everything to do with the way his Heat ended the season. "I want to redeem myself and try to help this team redeem ourselves as an organization and try to get back on track," Mourning said. "That wasn't the Miami team you saw in the playoffs last year. ... I was embarrassed. I was truly embarrassed by that outcome. I know for a fact we're a better team. It left a sour taste in my mouth and it's time to really end it all on the right note." This was the third straight summer Mourning considered retirement before choosing to keep playing. Next season will be his 15th in the NBA, not including a full year he missed with kidney problems that led to him getting a transplant in 2003."It will definitely be my last year," Mourning said.

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NICARAGUA

Another win for Aguilas and Tiburones -by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of ACB league, Aguilas de Red Nicarao-Unival defeated Vikingos de Valenti's Pizza 78-76 after a very cose game. The newly added Walter Roberts outstood in Aguilas-Pumas, scoring 19 pts at the end, while Mario Alcerro (201-F/C-77) added 10. In another game, Manuel McKenzie (192-F-83) scored 28 points in the win 92-88 of Tiburones-Bancentro over Dolphins de Bluefields.

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NIGERIA

FIBA U19 Championship: Nigeria sinks Puerto Rico, face Lebanon -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria ended their three-match winless run with an emphatic 97-77 win over fellow strugglers Puerto Rico at the FIBA U19 World Championship on Monday.

Emmanuel Negedu led the charge, claiming a 23-point haul and 8 rebounds with one block, while Ibrahim Adamu Yusuf added a further 22 points and 10 rebounds for a double double, shooting guard Nosa Omorogbe bagged 17 while Solomon Alabi earned a double double of 14 points, 15 rebounds and an impressive 6 block shots jus as point guard Michael Ohiero had 7 assists.

Point guard Josue Soto was the focal point of Puerto Rico's effort, but ultimately his 19 points could not stop his side slipping to a defeat that looked likely from the first buzzer.

By the first quarter the African champion had opened up a commanding 23-18 lead, and they stretched that to 43-36 by the halfway stage.

Any second-half revival was immediately made to look unlikely when Nigeria took the third quarter 25-17 to lead 68-53 overall.

They went on to edge the fourth 29-24 to move further clear and clinch their best result of the tournament to date.

Puerto Rico, on the other hand, remain fruitless from their four games.

Nigeria will battle Lebanon Tuesday for placement 13-14 while Mali and Puerto Rico will slug it for the last classification game.

Other Result of Games played Monday:

Lebanon 76-56 Mali
Nigeria 97-77 Puerto Rico
Australia 135-79 Korea
Spain 83-69 Canada
Serbia 87-75 Brazil
Argentina 68-59 Turkey
Joseph Katuka (206-F-88)


AAG: Tigers, Tigress continue winning -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria senior men and women national teams, D'Tigers and Tigress continue with their winning form at the 9th All Africa Games holding in Algiers, Algeria.

The Lady Tigers who lead group-B with 8 points from four earlier today defeated Kenya by 57-51 points while D'Tigers wallops Liberia 79-57 to remain second in group-B behind Angola who posted a 71-63 points victory over Cameroon.

The Games women gold defending champion, Nigeria will play her last group match against mali Tuesday while its male counterpart will take on Cameroon.

4th day results for Women

Algeria 69-64 Cote d'Ivoire
Mali 97-61 Zimbabwe
Nigeria 57-51 Kenya
Senegal 77-55 Tunisia

Men Results:

Nigeria 79-57 Liberia
Angola 71-63 Cameroon

Tuesday pairings - Women

Group A
11h00.DR Congo vs. Cote d'Ivoire
16h00. Algeria vs. Angola
Exempt : Mozambique

Group B
09h00. Senegal vs. Kenya
14h00. Tunisia vs. Zimbabwe
18h00. Nigeria vs. Mali

Tuesday Pairings - Men

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

Group-B
Venue : Staoueli
15h00. Liberia vs. DR Congo
17h00. Angola vs. Mali
19h00. Nigeria vs. Cameroon
Chamberlain Oguchi (196-G-86)


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PHILIPPINES

RP 5 lacks teamwork, says Chinese coach -by Hector Santos
SORRY to burst the bubble of the national basketball team, but in the eyes of Chinese basketball coach Adiljan, Filipinos can't go far in Asian basketball if they continue to play individually.

Adiljan, himself a former star player of China's national team, said that Filipinos lack the most important element in team sports—teamwork.

Speaking through an interpreter in an interview with Standard Today, Adiljan said that Filipino players are skillful and very strong, but they have to go through years of training and sacrifices to learn the art of playing as a team.

“Filipinos are born to play basketball. No doubt, in Asia, the Philippines is a strong team. But you play individually, focusing on one-on-one plays, just like in the NBA. That is good for entertainment, but you can never win a basketball game, particularly against China if you can't have teamwork,” said Adiljan, a member of the Chinese team that won numerous international titles, including the 1991 Asian Games in Beijing.

The 77-74 victory of Adiljan's young Chinese squad over the Philippines in the just-concluded Four-Nation Manila Invitational Basketball Championships, ironically, won by the Filipinos when they beat Lebanon in the finals, is a clear indication that the RP Team is not yet ready for the Great Wall.

Adiljan proudly said that today, beating China is the standard criteria in the Asian level.

“If you beat China, you now pass the Asian level,” said Adiljan, who also wondered why coach Chot Reyes was quoted as saying after the game against the Chinese, that “China is beatable.”

“That is not the Chinese national team. My team is composed of players 19 years old and under. They are part of the training pool, but Filipinos failed to raise the level of their game. Yes, the Filipinos won the title, but we beat your team and that is a strong signal that RP Team needs more sacrifice and training,” he said.

The Philippines is bracketed with China in what Reyes described as the “Group of Death” in the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament set July 23 to Aug. 2 in Tokoshima, Japan. Other members of the group are Jordan and Iran.

He also confessed that his most unforgettable experience as a player was when he went up against the Filipinos, most notably Living Legend Robert Jaworski.

“I had a tough but great experience with Filipino players. I don't remember their names, only Jaworski, but I can recognize their face when I meet them,” he said.

Adiljan, who brought the entire Chinese Team to a dinner hosted by his close friend—athletics chief Go Teng Kok—at the China Palace Restaurant in Binondo, stressed that Korea and Japan and the Middle East countries such as Jordan, Qatar and Iran have developed immensely through the years.

Those teams, he added, have tall and hefty players, who can give the Filipinos lots of headache in the coming Fiba tournament.

“RP Team can't win against these teams on individual effort. One-on-one play is fitted for the Americans, since they can score easily and burn the hoops with spectacular dunks. That's another level,” he said.

After a two-year ban from Fiba, the Philippines, composed of Philippine Basketball Association players, is gearing up for the Tokoshima event as the first step in its dream of regaining its lofty status in Asia and make it again to the Olympics, specifically next year's Beijing Games.

But Adiljan has a piece of unsolicited advice to Filipino basketball leaders and coach Reyes.

“As a coach, I never speak against my counterpart's style and system. I respect them. But there is one thing on my mind. Filipino players had been out from international basketball for almost two years, and I don't think the RP Team is ready to play against China and the Middle East teams yet.

“You have to focus on scouting first, then tap your best players for training not only for one year, but many years. Only after that can the Philippines be ready to face the challenge in Asian basketball,” said Adiljan.

Credits to Edwin Rollon/Manila Standard Today


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PUERTO RICO

Crabbers' one game away from Finals -by Luis Ramirez
The Santurce crabbers are now closer to reaching the finals as they beat the Fajardo Cariduros last night 95-83. The 1st quarter was played at a very even pace as it ended with Santurce up by just one point 21-20. In the 2nd quarter the Crabbers went on a offensive run and managed to take a comfortable lead at the end of the 1st half 50-35. In the 2nd half the Cariduros tried to keep the Crabbers close but in the 4th quarter after making a strong comeback the Cariduros could not hold back Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) whose 3 pointers in the final minutes pulled the crabbers away for good. For Santurce Ayuso scored 29 points followed by Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) who scored 20 points. For Fajardo, Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) scored 32 points to lead all scorers in the game. The next game will be played at Fajardo.

The other series between Arecibo and Guayama get underway again tonight with Guayama visiting the Captains, Guayama is leading this series 2-1.


Santiago Signs Scholarship With Chico State (CA) -by Tom Mott
Luis Santiago ('88, 6'7" 240) has signed a full scholarship offer with Chico State (CA). Santiago recently completed an outstanding high school career at Mission Prep High School in San Luis Obispo, California. Santiago was named to the All-State team in both 2006 and 2007. Santiago played on several high profile AAU teams including the Bay Area Hoosiers and Miami Tropics. Chico State is a Division 2 university located in Chico, California.

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RUSSIA

Russia U20 returns without medals -by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Russia U20 74:63 (20-12, 18-18, 20-14, 16-19)

Italy U20 being the co-hosts of the tournament celebrated the third place in U20 European Championship Men. In the game for the 3rd place Italy defeated Russia 74:63 and left the latter without medals.The first and the third quarters were nicely won by Italians who triumphed the third. Luigi Datome led the winners with 26 points. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) netted 11, while Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88) posted 9. Alexey Shved (195-G-88) top-scored for Russia with 14 points.

Russian squad started the game leading 11:8 but then could not stop Italians. The latter used 23-3 run to grab to finish the first at 20:12. It laso lasted to the middle of the second that gave Italy a 31:14 lead. Alexey Shved did not give up for the losing side and with his help Russia stayed trailing 38:30 at half-time.
The third quarter was the final for Italians as they increased their lead to 17 points midway through the third. The co-hosts went for a small break before the final quarter having 58:44. Although Russia had a 9-0 run in the last they could not prevent the loss.
Italians and the spectators celebrate the bronze as Russia returns without medals.

Italy U20: Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) 26, Pietro Aradori 11, Lorenzo D'Ercole 9
Russia U20: Alexey Shved 14, Pavel Sergeev (187-G-87) 12


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SERBIA

Latest signings -by Dragan Jankovski

Ex center of Cypriot team Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) agreed terms with Ukrainian Superleague team Cherkasy Monkeys. During his career Radojevic also played for AEK Athens, Olimpia GE Larisa, Prokom Trefl Sopot, Utah Jazz, PAOK Thessaloniki, Telekom Baskets Bonn etc.


Very talented Uros Nikolic (207-F-87), who won European Championship U20 yesterday, will play two more seasons in Serbian Superlegaue team Mega Aqua Monta. Nikolic will continue with the team from Belgrade like loaned player from Hemofarm and after two years team from Vrsac has right to take him back. In the last couple of rounds of Superleague Nikolic shined and demonstrated his big potential.



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SPAIN

Davor Kus is Green -by Francisco Martinez
- Unicaja Malaga made official the signing of Davor Kus (190-G-78) for the next season. With this adding, the club of Sergio Scariolo has closed his roster for the next season.
- Ignacio 'Nacho' Rodriguez (187-G-70, agency: Court Side) will play for Grupo Capitol Valladolid and he will return with the Coach who gave him his first opportunity: Javier Imbroda .
- ViveMenorca has annonuced the sgining of two players. Jesus Fernandez (204-C-75), who comes from Granada and Javier Mendiburu (197-G/F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay), who comes from Estudiantes.
- Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) is the new forward of Polaris World Murcia after signing a deal for the next year.


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SWEDEN

Jonas Jerebko lifts Sweden to the 9th place -by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 - Belgium U20 84:82
Swedish U20 National team claimed the 9th spot at the European championship in Poland. They celebrated a dramatic win over Belgium in the last encounter of the tournament.
In extra close first frame Jon Jonsson's free throws secured 20:19 lead for Sweden after the opening quarter. Belgium had a momentum in the second quarter and surged ahead to 40:34 advantage with 2 minutes to go in the half. Vincent Verbeeck (198-F-87) than converted three straight points to put Belgium up 43:36 at halftime.
Ludovic Pourtoit's three pointer early in the third quarter marked a 40:51 deficit for Sweden. They needed Jonas Jerebko (204-F-87) nailing 7 points to cut the deficit. Late in the frame Johan Petter Wenehult added two more points from the charity stripe to level the teams at 61.
The teams were still drawn 80:80 with 31 seconds remaining in regulation. Sean William Smith (196-G-87) then knocked down a jumper to put Sweden ahead. Christian Koutras added one free throw to maintain the lead. Belgium answered with two converted free throws from Brecht Guillemyn (192-F-87). But another free throw from Koutras ensured a hard victory for Sweden.
Jonas Jerebko led all scorers with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Tom Liden (202-F-87) contributed 19 points in a win. Brecht Guillemyn ensured 19 points and 7 assists for Belgium. Vincent Verbeeck netted 15 points as Belgium finished the championship at the 10th spot.

Sweden U20: Jonas Jerebko 28+15 boards, Tom Liden 19, Sean William Smith 9
Belgium U20: Brecht Guillemyn 19, Vincent Verbeeck 15.


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TAIWAN

Taiwan NT 12-man roster for Asian Championship announced -by Chris Wang


The final 12-man Taiwan NT roster for 2007 Asian Championship in Tokushima, Japan was announced Monday by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA). Two-time SBL regular season MVP Tien Lei will sit out the tournament due to injury.

The final roster:

Guard: Lee Hsueh-lin, Chen Shih-nian, Hsu Hao-cheng, Lin Yi-huei, Yang Che-yi, Lu Cheng-ju
Forward: Lin Chih-jay, Chen Hsin-an, Yua Ying-li, Lee Chi-yi
Center: Tsun Wen-din, Wu Dai-hao

Hsu Hao-cheng, Lin Yi-huei and Lu Cheng-ju will be making their international debut.


Tien Lei will not play in Tokushima.

Tien Lei, who already sat out the Jones Cup, was not on the roster due to injuries in his right thumb and stress fracture in his left leg. Tien's absence was definitely a bad news for Taiwan NT, which was limited to two big men of Tsun Wen-din and Wu Dai-hao.

Judging from the games in Jones Cup, Taiwan NT was always one inside player short both offensively and defensively. The absence of Tien Lei made it difficult for Taiwan head coach Cheng Kwang-suk to find an ideal frontcourt rotation.

Without Tien, who is capable of tallying at least 15 points and 10 rebounds in every game he's in, Tsun and Wu will have to shoulder the responsibilities of protecting the glass, score inside, and keep themselves on the floor without foul trouble.

Three players who played in Doha Asian Games last year did not make the roster this time, including Chou Shih-yuan, Yang Chin-min and Wu Yong-jen.

Taiwan is bracketed in the same group with Syria, Hong Kong and South Korea in the Asian Championship, which will start play in Tokushima, Japan from July 28 to August 5.


California Asian Traveling Stars win friendship tournament -by Chris Wang
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California Asian Traveling Stars Cats routed Nenren High School, 113-78, in the championship of a friendship tournament on July 14 and won the tourney undefeated, averaging an eye-popping 27.3-point winning margin in three games.

Sanmin High School beat Nanshan High School, 64-58, to win the bronze medal, while Chiangshu High School beat Zhong-min High School, 71-50, in the 5th-place game.

California Asian Traveling Stars visited Taiwan from July 12 - 14 for a friendship tournament that features Cats and six Taiwan high school teams.

The visiting team consists of Asian American high school players in California and is led by former Taiwan NT player Sun Chia-kang, who now lives in California. The three-day tournament is sponsored by Costco Wholesale Taiwan, which is now headed by former Taiwan NT player Richard Chang.

Richard Chang, 6-7, played for the University of California at Berkeley in early 1980's. He came back to Taiwan and joined Taiwanese national team before embarking upon his personal career in business.


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TPBL

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TURKEY

Dramatic Loss By U19 -by Serdar Ortakuyu
On the opening day of second round in U19 World Championship Turkey couldn't stop Argentina's 23-8 run in the final quarter despite leading the first three periods. Dogus Balbay (184-G-89) and Can Ozcan (200-F-89)'s effort led the way for Turkey till the last quarter but they failed to match the intensity shown by the South Americans. Turkey was up by 5 in the last five minutes but lost control and Argentina finished the game with a 15-1 run (including 8 free throws in the last 22 second) to post a 68-59 victory. Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88) nailed 14 points and pulled down 11 boards for Argentina as Turkish point guard Dogus Balbay added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Tomorrow Turkish U19 NT will take on Spain who are on an eight game winning streak.

Ilyasova Joining Barcelona -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Turkish international Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) who finished his 2 year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks this summer, decided to sign a very lucrative two year deal with Winterthur Barcelona instead of staying in NBA. After being picked by the Bucks in the second round of 2005 NBA Draft Ilyasova spent one season in NBDL and shined during 2006 summer as he won the MVP award in U20 EC and contributed even more than expected in Japan. In his rookie season Ersan averaged 6.1ppg, 2.90rpg for the Bucks in 66 games including 14 appearances on the starting line up. "I picked the best one among many offers and for now I am focused on the national team. I am going to gain more experience at one of Europe's biggest clubs and go back to NBA as a better player." said 6'9" forward.

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UKRAINE

Montenegro writes history in Poland -by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Ukraine U20 89:68
Montenegro U20 National team claimed the first title in the history of independent country after they beat Ukraine in the Final in Warsaw. Ukraine was the only undefeated team in the tournament but could not continue their strike in the decider. Montenegro had a huge start to the game as they ran away to a 14:0 lead after 5 minutes of action. Vladimir Dasic later drained a trey to complete the first quarter with Montenegrin team ahead 26:5. Confused Ukrainian team virtually could not get it going and the gap kept growing in the second frame. Boris Savovic (207-F-87)'s dunk midway through the second quarter marked a 40:15 advantage for Montenegro. They drove to a 51:25 dominance at halftime and continued to roll in the second half. Ukraine bounced back late in the third when Yuriy Lokhmanchuk (197-G/F-87) and Maxym Korniyenko hit a pair of three pointers to ignite a 16:0 run. Ukrainian team came as close as 20 points at the end of the third quarter but it was obviously not enough. Boris Savovic and Suad Sehovic (195-G-87, agency: Ultimate Sports Agency) nailed a couple of jumpers to start the final frame and left no questions about the outcome. They eased to a historic win at the end and celebrated the title.
Montenegro had 5 players to score in double figures. Suad Sehovic had 18 points to topscore for the winners. Goran Martinic (187-G-87) contributed 17 points off the bench for Montenegro. Yuriy Lokhmanchuk responded with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 13 points in a loss.
Montenegro committed just 10 turnovers forcing Ukraine to 22. They also shot solid 57.1% from the field. Ukraine at the same time were dominating the boards outrebounding the opponents 37:32.

Montenegro U20: Suad Sehovic 18 points, Goran Martinic 17, Boris Savovic 16
Ukraine U20: Yuriy Lokhmanchuk 22, Oleksandr Sizov 13, Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) 6+12 boards.


Malysh to Sumy, Radojevic to Cherkasy, Gurtovoi to Lviv -by Alexander Muzyka
- Sumykhimprom has inked Andri Malysh (204-C/F-83) - former BC Kyiv player who played in Budivelnyk last three years. That's a first time Andri is leaving his own Kyiv.

- Permanent adventurer Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76) decided to be inked by Cherkasy Monkeys.

- Volodymyr Gurtovoi (207-C-75) probably will play in Lvivska Politekhnika next season.


New in the Ukrainian Superleague! -by Alexander Muzyka
FBU made some changes this Saturday. Firstly, there will be another foreigners' limit. There are only seven foreign players will be allowed to play in Superleague team including three non-bosnian ones. That rule will have place instead of the old limit: just two non-bosnians but no limit for bosnians.
Plus 'farm-league' will appear next season. There can be just 25 players for Superleague team and its farm-team in common.


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URUGUAY

Espasandin will maintain the team already announced for the Panam Games -by Hector Lopez
Alberto Espasandin , HC of the Uruguayan NT, announced today that he will not make any changes in the 12 players already announced to play the Pan American Games to be held in Rio (July 25-29). The players are: Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85)., Fernando Martinez (175-G-79), Juan Pablo Silveira (191 G 86, college Weber State), Martin Osimani (190-G-81, college: Duquesne), Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group), Leandro Garcia Morales (188-G-80, college: Texas A&M), Mauricio Aguiar (198-F-83, agency: Players Group), Emilio Taboada (193-F-82), Sebastian Izaguirre (203-C/F-85), Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83), Claudio Charquero (202-C-77) and Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79) (206 Pivot 79).



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Women News

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ALGERIA - Women

Algeria beats DR Congo in Day 3 action -by Eurobasket News
Algeria - DR Congo 56:52
Algeria National team celebrated a hard 56:52 win over DR Congo. DR Congo had a better start to this one as they led by 3 points after the opening frame. Algeria rebounded in the second stanza and rushed ahead. They sealed a 28:22 advantage at halftime. DR Congo kept it at a striking distance throughout the third quarter but Algeria never allowed them to come too close. Algeria survived the fourth frame surge from Congolese players and posted another victory at the home tournament.
Rachida Belaidi (-79) produced 14 points for the hosts. Wahiba Aissani (170-F-79) added another 10 points for the winners. DR Congo were led by Pauline Akonga (-82) and Olingende Yabuka with 10 points apiece. They also combined 25 rebounds in a loss. DR Congo had a massive advantage in the paint outrebounding Algeria 58:32. The home side meanwhile shot better 39% from the field. DR Congo faces Mozambique later tonight. Algeria takes on Cote d'Ivoire today.

Algeria: Rachida Belaidi 14 points, Wahiba Aissani 10
DR Congo: Pauline Akonga 10+14 boards, Olingende Yabuka 10+11 boards.


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ANGOLA - Women

Mozambique unable to stay unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
Mozambique - Angola 46:48
Mozambique suffered the first loss in All-Africa Games in Algeria. After two impressive victories at the start of the tournament Mozambique players met an aggressive opposition from Angola and surrendered in a dramatic battle.
Angola opened the game with a perfect defence and limited Mozambique to just 3 points in the first quarter. Angola used a solid performance at the back to establish a 13:3 lead. Mozambique however bounced back in the second frame and cut the deficit to just 18:21 at halftime. Mozambique remained at a striking distance and pushed for the lead late in the third. Angola survived the threat and the teams entered the final stanza drawn at 34. A dramatic dying stage of the game saw Angola clinching a narrow 48:46 victory.
Irene Guerreiro (-70) nailed 20 points to lead Angola. Domitila Ventura (-78) ensured another 7 points for the winners. Mozambique had 11 points and 22 rebounds from Deolinda Ngulela (168-G). Anabela Cossa (171-G-86) finished with 9 points in a loss.
Mozambique had an obvious edge under the rims 44:27. But they converted just 49% of free throws.

Mozambique: Deolinda Ngulela 11+22 boards, Anabela Cossa 9
Angola: Irene Guerreiro 20, Domitila Ventura 7.


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AUSTRALIA - Women

U18 Nationals: Victoria Metro take the Gold -by Gauthier Gerard

After a week of exciting action in the cold Tasmania, Victoria Metro claimed the Gold medal over New South Wales Metro in the 2007 U18 Nationals tournament. Queensland South secured the Bronze medal against New South Wales Country. We will post a complete recap with the best players of the tournament later this week.

Semifinals:
Victoria Metro - New South Wales Country: 62-55
The bottom-ager Liz Cambage and Alice Kunek were a tremendous force for VICM in this game with Rachel Jarry. The victorian lead for most of the game but NSWC never gave up. Unfortunatly for the welsh girls, Alex Duck twisted an ankle in the fourth quarter, she came back later in the game but that wasn't enough for NSWC.
Rachel Jarry 12pts 5/13FG 11rbs - Sophie Kleeman 14pts 5/12FG 6rbs
Queensland South - New South Wales Metro: 64-72
The queenslanders took an early seven point lead into the first quarter but thanks to a great performance from Kate Oliver and Kristen Barnes, NSWM took the lead back in the last minutes of the first half.
Amy Browne 18pts 6/19FG 11rbs - Kristen Barnes 20pts 8/12FG

Gold medal game:
Victoria Metro - New South Wales Metro: 72-49
Following a thrilling first half (31-27), VICM started to controll the game. The victorians extended their lead to 9 points and thanks to 8pts from Hope Terdich in the last quarter, they easily secured the Gold medal as the clock went down. Terdich netted 13pts 6/9FG 7rbs in the game while the bottom-ager Liz Cambage and Alice Kunek combined for 29pts 14/27FG and 11rbs. Kristen Barnes scored 15pts 6/10FG for NSWM.
Elizabeth Cambage 16pts 8/15FG 6rbs - Kristen Barnes 15pts 6/10FG

Bronze medal game:
Queensland South - New South Wales Country: 56-46
That was a low shooting game, QLDS was leading 14-9 at the end of the first quarter and NSWC was unable to come back during the rest of the game, shooting only 29.0% from the field. With a sore ankle, Alex Duck played a full-40 minutes and recorded 10pts 2/11FG and 7ast. The player of the game was queenslander Amy Browne with 16pts 8/15FG 8rbs and 6ast.

classification games:
5/8th place:
Western Australia Metro - Tasmania: 71-56
Emma Lobb 17pts 6/19FG 10rbs - Breanna Russell 16pts 4/16FG 8rbs
ACT - Victoria Country: 68-77
Brianna Moyes 14pts 4/9FG - Alexandra Brack 23pts 9/23FG 15rbs
Western Australia Metro - Victoria Country: 42-52
Emma Lobb 13pts 3/13FG 9rbs - Marie Donohue 14pts 5/11FG 11rbs
ACT - Tasmania: 64-67
Taylor Jansen 21pts 9/14FG - Jessie Humphries 17pts 8/14FG
9/12th place:
New Zealand - Queensland North: 76-60
Erin Rooney 18pts 8/14FG 8rbs - Naomi Cage 12pts 4/12FG
South Australia Country - South Australia Metro: 71-77
Bree Farley 19pts 9/17FG 11rbs - Kirsty Williams 17pts 6/13FG
South Australia Metro - New Zealand: 71-75
Cortney Hargreaves 18pts 8/15FG 7rbs - Erin Rooney 24pts 10/16FG
South Australia Country - Queensland North: 72-58
Tess Magden 27pts 10/23FG 14rbs - Kelsie Rutland 18pts 7/13FG
13/14th place:
Western Australia Country - Northern Territory: 73-47
Rachel Halleen 16pts 6/13FG 6rbs - Lucy Adam 13pts 4/13FG

Final Standings:
1- Victoria Metro
2- New South Wales Metro
3- Queensland South
4- New South Wales Country
5- Victoria Country
6- Western Australia Metro
7- Tasmania
8- Australian Capital Territory
9- New Zealand
10- South Australia Metro
11- South Australia Country
12- Queensland North
13- Western Australia Country
14- Northern Territory



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BELARUS - Women

Belarus U20 smashed Hungary in the game of both winless teams -by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20-Belarus U20 40:86 (14-30, 11-22, 4-17, 11-17)

To tell the truth you hardly expect such a game from both teams that lost two previous. Belarus smashed Hungary 86:40 in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Belarus advanced to the Qualifying Round while sending Hungarians to the Classification Round. Alena Rynkevich (182-F-87) led the winners with 20 points. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) ended up with 17, while Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) netted 13. Nora Kovats (179-G-88) was the only one who reached the double digits in defeat producing 11 points.

Belarus stormed out to a 30:12 lead in the opening quarter. The game was not clear for those who did not know that Belarus lost two previous. Belarus players scored basket after basket and dominated in the court.
In the second quarter nothing had changed as Belarus increased to 27 points at the half. Hungary gave up scoring in the third quarter losing the period with 4:17. Meanwhile Belarus proved the stability smashing the opponents in the last, 17:11.
That was one of the best games for Belarus team in European Championships. The team management hopes that Belarus will be able to show the same games in the Qualifying round.

Hungary U20: Nora Kovats 11
Belarus U20: Alena Rynkevich 20, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 17, Viktoria Hasper 13


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BELGIUM - Women

Serbia U20 upset Belgium in a battle for the top place in Group B -by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Serbia U20 62:86 (20-28, 12-21, 10-31, 20-6)

In the battle of two unbeaten teams in Group B of European Championship Serbia beat Belgium 86:62. With three easy wins in the first three quarters Serbia relaxed and let Belgium to win the last 20:6. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) led the winners with 22 points to 3-0 in the group. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) and Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) each scored 17 points in the winning effort. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) was the only one who reached the double digits in defeat scoring 13 points.

Sara Leemans posted first two points for Belgium as it was the first and the last lead of the team. Miljana Musovic's three finished the first quarter at 28:20 for the Serbs. The Belgians were outscored 14:6 over the next five minutes and went into the break facing a 49:32 deficit.
The third quarter was a disaster for Belgium as they had 10:31 in it. Serbia controlled the whole quarter and bombed the opponents. Although Belgium answered with 20:6 in the last it did not influence on the winner. Serbia celebrated 86:62 win and stayed undefeated in the tournament.
There will be no games in the tournament today. In the first day of the Qualifuing Round Serbia faces Greece while Belgium will meet Russia.


Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 13, Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89) 8, Lieselot Malfait (191-C-87, college: IUPU-Ft.Wayne) 8
Serbia U20: Miljana Musovic 22, Jovana Rad 17+10 rebs, Adrijana Knezevic 17+8 rebs



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D.R. CONGO - Women

Algeria beats DR Congo in Day 3 action -by Eurobasket News
Algeria - DR Congo 56:52
Algeria National team celebrated a hard 56:52 win over DR Congo. DR Congo had a better start to this one as they led by 3 points after the opening frame. Algeria rebounded in the second stanza and rushed ahead. They sealed a 28:22 advantage at halftime. DR Congo kept it at a striking distance throughout the third quarter but Algeria never allowed them to come too close. Algeria survived the fourth frame surge from Congolese players and posted another victory at the home tournament.
Rachida Belaidi (-79) produced 14 points for the hosts. Wahiba Aissani (170-F-79) added another 10 points for the winners. DR Congo were led by Pauline Akonga (-82) and Olingende Yabuka with 10 points apiece. They also combined 25 rebounds in a loss. DR Congo had a massive advantage in the paint outrebounding Algeria 58:32. The home side meanwhile shot better 39% from the field. DR Congo faces Mozambique later tonight. Algeria takes on Cote d'Ivoire today.

Algeria: Rachida Belaidi 14 points, Wahiba Aissani 10
DR Congo: Pauline Akonga 10+14 boards, Olingende Yabuka 10+11 boards.


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E.CHAMPS U20 - Women

Division A: The end of the Preliminary round -by Eurobasket News

Preliminary Round has finished in Division A of European Championship in Sofia. Three teams from each group advanced to the Qualifying Round while the last teams of the group were sent to the Classification.


In Group A Spain won the group beating Greece in the last game 67:47. Maria Pina led the winners in the third game in a row with 18 points.
Russia U20 finished the Preliminary Round with a victory over Israel 94:65. That was the second win for Russia in U20 European Championship for Women. Anna Sokolova (185-F-87) led the winners with 16 points. Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) netted 15 and made 8 rebounds, while Valeriya Musina (183-G-87) added 12. Karin Agassi (172-G-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points as Israel ended up at 0-3. It was a fabulous show by the Russia team in the opening quarter as the team nailed 34 points. Olga Petrova started with 9-1 run that followed to such a beginning. In the second quarter Beglova made the score inappropriate at 40:16. Valeriya Musina with a free throw finished the half at 56:28.
In the second Russia stormed in the third quarter with 24:15 to feel comfortable in the end. Israel won the last quarter 14:22 and was sent to the Classification Round.

In the battle of two unbeaten teams in Group B of European Championship Serbia beat Belgium 86:62. With three easy wins in the first three quarters Serbia relaxed and let Belgium to win the last 20:6. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) (180-G-87) led the winners with 22 points to 3-0 in the group. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) and Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) each scored 17 points in the winning effort. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) was the only one who reached the double digits in defeat scoring 13 points.
Sara Leemans posted first two points for Belgium as it was the first and the last lead of the team. Miljana Musovic's three finished the first quarter at 28:20 for the Serbs. The Belgians were outscored 14:6 over the next five minutes and went into the break facing a 49:32 deficit.
The third quarter was a disaster for Belgium as they had 10:31 in it. Serbia controlled the whole quarter and bombed the opponents. Although Belgium answered with 20:6 in the last it did not influence on the winner. Serbia celebrated 86:62 win and stayed undefeated in the tournament.
Belarus smashed Hungary 86:40 in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Belarus advanced to the Qualifying Round while sending Hungarians to the Classification Round. Alena Rynkevich (182-F-87) led the winners with 20 points. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) ended up with 17, while Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) netted 13. Nora Kovats (179-G-88) was the only one who reached the double digits in defeat producing 11 points.
Belarus stormed out to a 30:12 lead in the opening quarter. The game was not clear for those who did not know that Belarus lost two previous. Belarus players scored basket after basket and dominated in the court. In the second quarter nothing had changed as Belarus increased to 27 points at the half. Hungary gave up scoring in the third quarter losing the period with 4:17. Meanwhile Belarus proved the stability smashing the opponents in the last, 17:11.

In Group C Latvia overcame Turkey 80:75 as both teams progressed to the qualifying round of the U20 European Championship for Women. Baiba Eglite (174-G-89) poured in a game-high 23 points for the victors. Italy smashed czech republis 109:73 with 19 points from Valeria Battisodo.


Germany edged Ukraine 81:79 in Group D and advanced to the qualifying round at the U20 European Championship for Women.Germany was leading 80:78, Oksana Kilisova had a chance to tie the game but made just one of two free throws. Lysyuk and team-mate Anna Pokoiova each had a game-high 27 points in defeat. Romy Bar (187-F-87) top-scored with 24 points for the winners, while Margret Skuballa added 23. In another game Bulgaria lost to France 57:64 as Endene Miyem nailed 24 for the winners.


The Qualifying and the Classification Rounds will start tomorrow.



Division B: Full coverage of day 3 -by Eurobasket News
Group A
Lithuania U20 - Great Britain U20 63:57
Lithuanian team stayed unbeaten after the third round of the U20 European championship. They rolled over Great Britain to secure the third straight victory and remained on top of Group A standings.
British team looked super motivated as they opened the game with an impressive 9:1 run to leave the hosts behind. But Lithuania leveled the game at the end of the opening frame to complete it trailing by just a single point 13:14. They took the lead early in teh second quarter after Julita Bungaite drove to the basket for a layup. The teams exchanged the blows throughout the second frame and completed the first half tied at 25.
Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) posted a couple of successful offensive plays to help Lithuania pile up a 45:39 advantage entering the final quarter. Lithuania wisely secured the distance in the final 10 min utes and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Laima Rickeviciute produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) netted another 10 points for the home side. Johannah Leedham (178-G-87) notched game-high 25 points for British team. Lauren Thomas-Johnson (176-G-88) had 9 points and 8 rebounds in a losing case.
Lithuania seats on top of Group A and plays against Netherlands in their final encounter of preliminary round. Great Britain fell to 1-1 record and will try to improve versus Switzerland tomorrow.

Lithuania U20: Laima Rickeviciute 17 points, Aurime Rinkeviciute 10, Indre Dudenaite (183-F-88) 9
Great Britain U20: Johannah Leedham 25, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 9

Switzerland U20 - Portugal U20 57:58
Switzerland U20 National team suffered a narrow defeat in their second game of the European championship in Lithuania. They got beaten by Portugal to remain winless in Group A action.
The things looked promising for Swiss side as they earned an early lead 23:16 after the opening frame. Midway through the second quarter Portugal tied the game and used 13:0 run to clear off at halftime 39:29. They actually held Switzerland to just 6 points in the frame which allowed them to grab the initiative. Swiss team revived at the end of the third quarter as they replied with a 10:0 run of their own and drew the game. But Ana Paula Silva (168-G/F-88) converted a late three point attempt to maintain a 45:42 edge for Portuguese team.
Viola Augugliaro hit a jumper with 2 and a half minutes remaining in regulation to put Swiss side ahead 56:55. Judit Jakab (178-F-89) added a free throw with 1 minute and 12 seconds left to make it 57:55 for Switzerland. but it was not the end of this one. Filipa de Freitas (162-G-87) knocked down a long range bomb with 44 seconds on the clock to lift Portugal up 58:57. Viola Augugliaro and Sevrine Chauvin tried to save it for Switzerland but they wasted their attempts.
Ana Paula Silva and Filipa de Freitas led Portugal with 11 points apiece. Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Switzerland were paced by 18 points from Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87). Judith Weber (178-F-89) added 16 points in a defeat.
Switzerland are at 0-2 record and will next face Great Britain in Group A. Portugal takes on Great Britain the day after tomorrow.

Switzerland U20: Marielle Giroud 18 points, Judith Weber 16, Judit Jakab 7
Portugal U20: Ana Paula Silva 11, Filipa de Freitas 11, Nadia Tavares 10


Group B

Poland U20-Sweden U20 53:49 (14-17, 16-6, 8-16, 15-10)
It was the game that belonged to Sweden, however Poland won it. The Swedish team got the first loss in U20 european Championship losing the game 49:53. Joanna Zalesiak (173-F-88) (173-F-88) led the winners with 25 points. Marta Urbaniak (189-F-87) and Magda Bibrzycka (183-F-88) posted 11 points each. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) top-scored with 20 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sweden scored first 9 points in the game and it seemed that the game should be over. Sweden tied at 14 points each, however Johanna Kallman (172-G-87) with a three led Sweden ahead.
Poland tasted the first lead when Marta Urbaniak made 21:19. Joanna Zalesiak closed the second quarter with 30:23. Sweden came back quickly and even led 1 point after 30 minutes. Both teams came prepared for the last quarter of the game. Sweden however never led the game in the last but three times tied the score. In the end of the game with 50:49 the Swedish team did not have any more strength. As a result Poland won 53:49 and increased to 2-1.

Poland U20: Joanna Zalesiak 25, Marta Urbaniak 11, Magda Bibrzycka 11
Sweden U20: Elisabeth Egnell 20+8 rebs, Johanna Kallman 8


Montenegro U20 - Ireland U20 96:64
Montenegro stormed past Ireland to remain perfect at the U20 European championship in Lithuania. Meanwhile Ireland suffered their third straight loss and fell to the bottom of the standings in Group B. Montenegrin team posted an early 10:2 lead and extended it to 28:11 after the opening frame. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) tried to revive Irish chances in the second haf but received little support and managed to just cut the lead to 35:47 at halftime.
Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) (192-C-87) chipped in 6 points in the last three minutes of the third quarter to give Montenegro an unassailable 67:48 advantage. Another play from Jelena Dubljevic with 3 minutes left in the game marked a 86:56 dominance of Montenegrin side. They eased to their second win at the tournament.
Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) provided 25 points apiece to pace Montenegro. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) dropped another 21 points for the winners. Rachel Clancy responded with 24 points for Ireland. Fiona Scally (177-C-87) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.
Ireland dominated the boards 45:41 but shot just 29.6% of field goals. They also committed as many as 23 turnovers.
Montenegro improved to 2-0 record and occupies the second spot in Group B ladder. They will next take on Sweden tomorrow. Ireland fell to 0-3 and will seek for their first victory against Sweden on July 18.

Montenegro U20: Jelena Dubljevic 25 points, Snezana Aleksic 25, Maja Milutinovic 21
Ireland U20: Rachel Clancy 24, Fiona Scally 14.


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IRELAND - Women

Montenegro hands Ireland third loss -by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Ireland U20 96:64
Montenegro stormed past Ireland to remain perfect at the U20 European championship in Lithuania. Meanwhile Ireland suffered their third straight loss and fell to the bottom of the standings in Group B. Montenegrin team posted an early 10:2 lead and extended it to 28:11 after the opening frame. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) tried to revive Irish chances in the second haf but received little support and managed to just cut the lead to 35:47 at halftime.
Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) chipped in 6 points in the last three minutes of the third quarter to give Montenegro an unassailable 67:48 advantage. Another play from Jelena Dubljevic with 3 minutes left in the game marked a 86:56 dominance of Montenegrin side. They eased to their second win at the tournament.
Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) provided 25 points apiece to pace Montenegro. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) dropped another 21 points for the winners. Rachel Clancy responded with 24 points for Ireland. Fiona Scally (177-C-87) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.
Ireland dominated the boards 45:41 but shot just 29.6% of field goals. They also committed as many as 23 turnovers.
Montenegro improved to 2-0 record and occupies the second spot in Group B ladder. They will next take on Sweden tomorrow. Ireland fell to 0-3 and will seek for their first victory against Sweden on July 18.

Montenegro U20: Jelena Dubljevic 25 points, Snezana Aleksic 25, Maja Milutinovic 21
Ireland U20: Rachel Clancy 24, Fiona Scally 14.


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ISRAEL - Women

Russia U20 sends Israel to the Classification Round -by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Israel U20 94:65 (34-13, 22-15, 24-15, 14-22)

Russia U20 finished the Preliminary Round with a victory over Israel 94:65. That was the second win for Russia in U20 European Championship for Women. Anna Sokolova (185-F-87) led the winners with 16 points. Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) netted 15 and made 8 rebounds, while Valeriya Musina (183-G-87) added 12. Karin Agassi (172-G-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points as Israel ended up at 0-3.

It was a fabulous show by the Russia team in the opening quarter as the team nailed 34 points. Olga Petrova started with 9-1 run that followed to such a beginning.
In the second quarter Beglova made the score inappropriate at 40:16. Valeriya Musina with a free throw finished the half at 56:28.
In the second Russia stormed in the third quarter with 24:15 to feel comfortable in the end. Israel won the last quarter 14:22 and was sent to the Classification Round.

Today the Division A will have a rest day. The Qualification and the Classification Rounds will start tomorrow. Russia will face Belgium in Group F and Israel meets Ukraine in Group G.


Russia U20: Anna Sokolova 16, Natalya Myasoedova 15+8 rebs, Valeriya Musina 12
Israel U20: Karin Agassi 15, Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F-87) 12



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KENYA - Women

Kenya rallies past Zimbabwe to stay undefeated -by Eurobasket News
Kenya - Zimbabwe 81:68
Kenya continued to roll at the All-Africa Games in Algeria. Zimbabwe became their next victim. Kenya started the game confidently and posted a massive 27:13 advantage after the opening frame. Zimbabwe performed some attempts to come back into it in the second quarter and managed to cut the lead. However Kenya secured a 41:31 advantage at halftime. All possible doubts about the outcome were dropped in the third frame as Kenya spurred to a 26:14 win and had little problems in securing it in the fourth quarter. Kenya allowed Zimbabwe to dominate the final minutes and won the final stanza 23:14. But it had little impact on the scoreline as Kenya celebrated their third consecutive victory at the tournament.
Violet Wanyama produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for Kenya. Rose Ouma (178-G/F) added 14 points and 7 boards for the winners. Fadzai Mabasa (170-G-83) topscored for Zimbabwe with 24 points. Juliet Misihairabwi (169-G-86) posted another 8 points in a defeat.
Zimbabwe outrebounded their opponents 36:32, but could not fight Kenya's 64% accuracy from the field. Kenya remained on top of Group A.

Kenya: Violet Wanyama 18 points, Rose Ouma 14
Zimbabwe: Fadzai Mabasa 24, Juliet Misihairabwi 8.


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LITHUANIA - Women

Lithuania remains perfect at home -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Great Britain U20 63:57
Lithuanian team stayed unbeaten after the third round of the U20 European championship. They rolled over Great Britain to secure the third straight victory and remained on top of Group A standings.
British team looked super motivated as they opened the game with an impressive 9:1 run to leave the hosts behind. But Lithuania leveled the game at the end of the opening frame to complete it trailing by just a single point 13:14. They took the lead early in teh second quarter after Julita Bungaite drove to the basket for a layup. The teams exchanged the blows throughout the second frame and completed the first half tied at 25.
Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) posted a couple of successful offensive plays to help Lithuania pile up a 45:39 advantage entering the final quarter. Lithuania wisely secured the distance in the final 10 min utes and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Laima Rickeviciute produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) netted another 10 points for the home side. Johannah Leedham (178-G-87) notched game-high 25 points for British team. Lauren Thomas-Johnson (176-G-88) had 9 points and 8 rebounds in a losing case.
Lithuania seats on top of Group A and plays against Netherlands in their final encounter of preliminary round. Great Britain fell to 1-1 record and will try to improve versus Switzerland tomorrow.

Lithuania U20: Laima Rickeviciute 17 points, Aurime Rinkeviciute 10, Indre Dudenaite (183-F-88) 9
Great Britain U20: Johannah Leedham 25, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 9.


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Montenegro hands Ireland third loss -by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Ireland U20 96:64
Montenegro stormed past Ireland to remain perfect at the U20 European championship in Lithuania. Meanwhile Ireland suffered their third straight loss and fell to the bottom of the standings in Group B. Montenegrin team posted an early 10:2 lead and extended it to 28:11 after the opening frame. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) tried to revive Irish chances in the second haf but received little support and managed to just cut the lead to 35:47 at halftime.
Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) chipped in 6 points in the last three minutes of the third quarter to give Montenegro an unassailable 67:48 advantage. Another play from Jelena Dubljevic with 3 minutes left in the game marked a 86:56 dominance of Montenegrin side. They eased to their second win at the tournament.
Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) provided 25 points apiece to pace Montenegro. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) dropped another 21 points for the winners. Rachel Clancy responded with 24 points for Ireland. Fiona Scally (177-C-87) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.
Ireland dominated the boards 45:41 but shot just 29.6% of field goals. They also committed as many as 23 turnovers.
Montenegro improved to 2-0 record and occupies the second spot in Group B ladder. They will next take on Sweden tomorrow. Ireland fell to 0-3 and will seek for their first victory against Sweden on July 18.

Montenegro U20: Jelena Dubljevic 25 points, Snezana Aleksic 25, Maja Milutinovic 21
Ireland U20: Rachel Clancy 24, Fiona Scally 14.


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MOZAMBIQUE - Women

Mozambique unable to stay unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
Mozambique - Angola 46:48
Mozambique suffered the first loss in All-Africa Games in Algeria. After two impressive victories at the start of the tournament Mozambique players met an aggressive opposition from Angola and surrendered in a dramatic battle.
Angola opened the game with a perfect defence and limited Mozambique to just 3 points in the first quarter. Angola used a solid performance at the back to establish a 13:3 lead. Mozambique however bounced back in the second frame and cut the deficit to just 18:21 at halftime. Mozambique remained at a striking distance and pushed for the lead late in the third. Angola survived the threat and the teams entered the final stanza drawn at 34. A dramatic dying stage of the game saw Angola clinching a narrow 48:46 victory.
Irene Guerreiro (-70) nailed 20 points to lead Angola. Domitila Ventura (-78) ensured another 7 points for the winners. Mozambique had 11 points and 22 rebounds from Deolinda Ngulela (168-G). Anabela Cossa (171-G-86) finished with 9 points in a loss.
Mozambique had an obvious edge under the rims 44:27. But they converted just 49% of free throws.

Mozambique: Deolinda Ngulela 11+22 boards, Anabela Cossa 9
Angola: Irene Guerreiro 20, Domitila Ventura 7.


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Blue team revenges -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Taiwan Blue 69:82
A day after a spectacular win over Japan Universities New Zealand Tall Ferns could not but surrender to the hosting Taiwan Blue team at the William Jones Cup. Tall Ferns got off to an early lead 17:16 after the opening frame. Taiwan bounced back in the second quarter and grabbed a narrow 39:37 advantage at halftime. Kiwis were at a striking distance all the way through the third quarter but could not get any closer. Finally Taiwan capitalized on some defensive mistakes from New Zealand players and spurred ahead at the end to seal an overall 82:69 victory.
Angela Marino (166-G-86) returned to action to lead her teammates with 22 points. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) provided another 15 points and 16 rebounds in a defeat. Kiwis were without the services of Noni Wharemate, who missed the encounter due to some religious reasons. New Zealand outrebounded their opponents 48:34 but were less accurate from the field. They converted just 36% of field goals including 28% from beyond the arc.
New Zealand fell to 2-2 record and will next take on Athletes in Action team.


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PORTUGAL - Women

Switzerland stops in the second quarter, unable to succeed at the end -by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20 - Portugal U20 57:58
Switzerland U20 National team suffered a narrow defeat in their second game of the European championship in Lithuania. They got beaten by Portugal to remain winless in Group A action.
The things looked promising for Swiss side as they earned an early lead 23:16 after the opening frame. Midway through the second quarter Portugal tied the game and used 13:0 run to clear off at halftime 39:29. They actually held Switzerland to just 6 points in the frame which allowed them to grab the initiative. Swiss team revived at the end of the third quarter as they replied with a 10:0 run of their own and drew the game. But Ana Paula Silva (168-G/F-88) converted a late three point attempt to maintain a 45:42 edge for Portuguese team.
Viola Augugliaro hit a jumper with 2 and a half minutes remaining in regulation to put Swiss side ahead 56:55. Judit Jakab (178-F-89) added a free throw with 1 minute and 12 seconds left to make it 57:55 for Switzerland. but it was not the end of this one. Filipa de Freitas (162-G-87) knocked down a long range bomb with 44 seconds on the clock to lift Portugal up 58:57. Viola Augugliaro and Sevrine Chauvin tried to save it for Switzerland but they wasted their attempts.
Ana Paula Silva and Filipa de Freitas led Portugal with 11 points apiece. Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Switzerland were paced by 18 points from Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87). Judith Weber (178-F-89) added 16 points in a defeat.
Switzerland are at 0-2 record and will next face Great Britain in Group A. Portugal takes on Great Britain the day after tomorrow.

Switzerland U20: Marielle Giroud 18 points, Judith Weber 16, Judit Jakab 7
Portugal U20: Ana Paula Silva 11, Filipa de Freitas 11, Nadia Tavares 10


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RUSSIA - Women

Russia U20 sends Israel to the Classification Round -by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Israel U20 94:65 (34-13, 22-15, 24-15, 14-22)

Russia U20 finished the Preliminary Round with a victory over Israel 94:65. That was the second win for Russia in U20 European Championship for Women. Anna Sokolova (185-F-87) led the winners with 16 points. Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) netted 15 and made 8 rebounds, while Valeriya Musina (183-G-87) added 12. Karin Agassi (172-G-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points as Israel ended up at 0-3.

It was a fabulous show by the Russia team in the opening quarter as the team nailed 34 points. Olga Petrova started with 9-1 run that followed to such a beginning.
In the second quarter Beglova made the score inappropriate at 40:16. Valeriya Musina with a free throw finished the half at 56:28.
In the second Russia stormed in the third quarter with 24:15 to feel comfortable in the end. Israel won the last quarter 14:22 and was sent to the Classification Round.

Today the Division A will have a rest day. The Qualification and the Classification Rounds will start tomorrow. Russia will face Belgium in Group F and Israel meets Ukraine in Group G.


Russia U20: Anna Sokolova 16, Natalya Myasoedova 15+8 rebs, Valeriya Musina 12
Israel U20: Karin Agassi 15, Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F-87) 12



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SERBIA - Women

Serbia U20 upset Belgium in a battle for the top place in Group B -by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Serbia U20 62:86 (20-28, 12-21, 10-31, 20-6)

In the battle of two unbeaten teams in Group B of European Championship Serbia beat Belgium 86:62. With three easy wins in the first three quarters Serbia relaxed and let Belgium to win the last 20:6. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) led the winners with 22 points to 3-0 in the group. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) and Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) each scored 17 points in the winning effort. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) was the only one who reached the double digits in defeat scoring 13 points.

Sara Leemans posted first two points for Belgium as it was the first and the last lead of the team. Miljana Musovic's three finished the first quarter at 28:20 for the Serbs. The Belgians were outscored 14:6 over the next five minutes and went into the break facing a 49:32 deficit.
The third quarter was a disaster for Belgium as they had 10:31 in it. Serbia controlled the whole quarter and bombed the opponents. Although Belgium answered with 20:6 in the last it did not influence on the winner. Serbia celebrated 86:62 win and stayed undefeated in the tournament.
There will be no games in the tournament today. In the first day of the Qualifuing Round Serbia faces Greece while Belgium will meet Russia.


Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 13, Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89) 8, Lieselot Malfait (191-C-87, college: IUPU-Ft.Wayne) 8
Serbia U20: Miljana Musovic 22, Jovana Rad 17+10 rebs, Adrijana Knezevic 17+8 rebs



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SWEDEN - Women

Sweden U20 gets the first loss -by Eurobasket News
Poland U20-Sweden U20 53:49 (14-17, 16-6, 8-16, 15-10)

It was the game that bellonged to Sweden, however Poland won it. The Swedish team got the first loss in U20 european Championship losing the game 49:53. Joanna Zalesiak (173-F-88) led the winners with 25 points. Marta Urbaniak (189-F-87) and Magda Bibrzycka (183-F-88) posted 11 points each. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) top-scored with 20 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sweden scored first 9 points in the game and it seemed that the game should be over. Sweden tied at 14 points each, however Johanna Kallman (172-G-87) with a three led Sweden ahead.
Poland tasted the first lead when Marta Urbaniak made 21:19. Joanna Zalesiak closed the second quarter with 30:23. Sweden came back quickly and even led 1 point after 30 minutes. Both teams came prepared for the last quarter of the game. Sweden however never led the game in the last but three times tied the score. In the end of the game with 50:49 the Swedish team did not have any more strength. As a result Poland won 53:49 and increased to 2-1.

Poland U20: Joanna Zalesiak 25, Marta Urbaniak 11, Magda Bibrzycka 11
Sweden U20: Elisabeth Egnell 20+8 rebs, Johanna Kallman 8


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Switzerland stops in the second quarter, unable to succeed at the end -by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20 - Portugal U20 57:58
Switzerland U20 National team suffered a narrow defeat in their second game of the European championship in Lithuania. They got beaten by Portugal to remain winless in Group A action.
The things looked promising for Swiss side as they earned an early lead 23:16 after the opening frame. Midway through the second quarter Portugal tied the game and used 13:0 run to clear off at halftime 39:29. They actually held Switzerland to just 6 points in the frame which allowed them to grab the initiative. Swiss team revived at the end of the third quarter as they replied with a 10:0 run of their own and drew the game. But Ana Paula Silva (168-G/F-88) converted a late three point attempt to maintain a 45:42 edge for Portuguese team.
Viola Augugliaro hit a jumper with 2 and a half minutes remaining in regulation to put Swiss side ahead 56:55. Judit Jakab (178-F-89) added a free throw with 1 minute and 12 seconds left to make it 57:55 for Switzerland. but it was not the end of this one. Filipa de Freitas (162-G-87) knocked down a long range bomb with 44 seconds on the clock to lift Portugal up 58:57. Viola Augugliaro and Sevrine Chauvin tried to save it for Switzerland but they wasted their attempts.
Ana Paula Silva and Filipa de Freitas led Portugal with 11 points apiece. Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Switzerland were paced by 18 points from Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87). Judith Weber (178-F-89) added 16 points in a defeat.
Switzerland are at 0-2 record and will next face Great Britain in Group A. Portugal takes on Great Britain the day after tomorrow.

Switzerland U20: Marielle Giroud 18 points, Judith Weber 16, Judit Jakab 7
Portugal U20: Ana Paula Silva 11, Filipa de Freitas 11, Nadia Tavares 10


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TURKEY - Women

Euro 2007: Turkey is first at Group C -by Iva Ivanova
Turkish nationa team is leader on preliminary group C after the 2 wins and 1 lost game. Team start well against Czech Pepublic. Turkish players beat with their oponents 87-80 (26-30, 16-18,
14-11, 31-21). Second day they beat Italy 64-55 (17-15, 12-16, 14-15, 21-9). On Day 3rd team of Cem Akdap lost by 6th points from Latvia 74-80 (21-21, 13-19, 21-21, 19-19). Today is rest day. In Group C Turkey is 1a leader with 5 points, second is Latvia with 5 pts, Italy - 5 pts and Czech Republic - 3 pts. Turkey is on 5th position with 75.0 pts per game. leader is team of Serbia - 83.7 pts. Seda Erdogan (170-F-87, college: Dodge City CC) is high score leader. She added 30 points against Czech Republic game on 13th July. Tomorrow Turkey will play against Bulgaria.


Turkey in European Championship Women`s U-20 - boxscores: -by Iva Ivanova
There are scores of the games in preliminary round in Euro 2007.

CZECH REPUBLIC - TURKEY 80 - 87 (30-26, 18-16, 11-14, 21-31)
13.07.2007
CZECH REPUBLIC: Zrustova 11, Chudarkova 4, Vyhnakova, Hummlova 5, Dreveva, Kuthanova 17, Peckova 25, Houdkova 4, Vechtova 8, Novakova 6
TURKEY: Gonen 7, Erdogan 30, Karabas, Bakircioglu 3, Askin 5, Caglar 14, Yavuz 15, Dalgalar, Gezer 5, Colakoglu 3, Sandallioglu 6

TURKEY - ITALY 64-55 (17-15, 12-16, 14-15, 21-9)
14.07.2007
TURKEY: Gonen 3, Erdogan 14, Karabas 3, Bakircioglu 13, Askin, Caglar 14, Yavuz 2, Dalgalar 4, Gezer 4, Colakoglu 2, Sandallioglu 5
ITALY: Consolini 4, Sottana 13, Valerio 2, Rossi 3, Battisodo, Sandri 2, Sarni 2, Silva 8, Bagnara 12, De Gianni 6, Zampieri 3

TURKEY - LATVIA 74-80 (21-21, 13-19, 21-21, 19-19)
15.07.2007
TURKEY: Gonen 4, Erdogan 5, Karabas, Bakircioglu 21, Askin, Caglar 19, Yavuz 7, Dalgalar 2, Gezer 2, Colakoglu 14, Sandallioglu
LATVIA: Fridensteina Al Bridina 16, Langenfelde 2, Eglite 23, Liepkalne 15, Horelika 4, Krastina 3, Putnina 13, Nimane 4


Pondexter and Brown Extends Contract with Fenerbahce -by Cem Guvener
WNBA stars Cappie Pondexter (176-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Tammy Sutton Brown extended their contracts with Fenerbahce for 1 more year. Both players had a succesfull season with Turkish champions and cup holders last year. They will join the team after the WNBA season ends.

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WNBA - Women

East dominates All-Star Game -by Eurobasket News
East - West 103:99
The Eastern All-Stars recorded their second stright victory over the Western team as they rolled past them 103:99 in Washington yesterday. The teams kept it close in the first half. But early in the third quarter Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) put East ahead 55:53 and they never looked back from now on. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) delivered 4 consecutive points to make it 78:67 for East entering the fourth frame. They posted a 9:2 run midway through the final quarter to maintain the dominance 89:75. The Western team closed the game on a 12:4 run but it was not enough for them to reach East.
Cheryl Ford (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) was named the All-Star Game MVP. She finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to pace the East. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) had 18 points off the bench for the winners. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) poured in 15 points and pulled down 11 boards in a win. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) replied with game-high 19 points for the West. Lauren Jackson netted 14 points in a defeat. The West attemted record 100 field goals and converted 37%. The East responded with 44.9% accuracy from the field.
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) won the Dribble, Dish and Swish Challenge. She outscored Betty Lennox, Nikki Teasley and defending champion Simona Augustus.
Earlier Laurie Koehn (5'9''-G-82, college: Kansas St.) clicnched 25-point result in the last round of shootout contest to celebrate the title. She cleared off Diana Taurasi (5'11''-G-82, college: Connecticut) and Penny Taylor of the Mercury for the win.

East: Katie Douglas 18 points, Cheryl Ford 16+13 boards, Tamika Catchings 15, Deanna Nolan 11, Delisha Milton-Jones 11
West: Tina Thompson 19, Lauren Jackson 14, Diana Taurasi 13, Becky Hammon 13, Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) 12, Taj McWilliams-Franklin 11.


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ZIMBABWE - Women

Kenya rallies past Zimbabwe to stay undefeated -by Eurobasket News
Kenya - Zimbabwe 81:68
Kenya continued to roll at the All-Africa Games in Algeria. Zimbabwe became their next victim. Kenya started the game confidently and posted a massive 27:13 advantage after the opening frame. Zimbabwe performed some attempts to come back into it in the second quarter and managed to cut the lead. However Kenya secured a 41:31 advantage at halftime. All possible doubts about the outcome were dropped in the third frame as Kenya spurred to a 26:14 win and had little problems in securing it in the fourth quarter. Kenya allowed Zimbabwe to dominate the final minutes and won the final stanza 23:14. But it had little impact on the scoreline as Kenya celebrated their third consecutive victory at the tournament.
Violet Wanyama produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for Kenya. Rose Ouma (178-G/F) added 14 points and 7 boards for the winners. Fadzai Mabasa (170-G-83) topscored for Zimbabwe with 24 points. Juliet Misihairabwi (169-G-86) posted another 8 points in a defeat.
Zimbabwe outrebounded their opponents 36:32, but could not fight Kenya's 64% accuracy from the field. Kenya remained on top of Group A.

Kenya: Violet Wanyama 18 points, Rose Ouma 14
Zimbabwe: Fadzai Mabasa 24, Juliet Misihairabwi 8.