EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/4/2007

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Men News

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ABA

Frost Heaves camps updating -by Gianni Pascucci

The reigning ABA champions Vermont Frost Heaves and the Jersey Express will jointly stage an open tryout camp in the heart of Morris County over the weekend of July 14 and 15. Frost Heaves and Express coaching staff members will evaluate aspiring players as they go through their paces between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on the camp and to register, contact Frost Heaves coach Will Voigt at 802-578-4172. Or e-mail Coach Voigt at will@vermontfrostheaves.com Two weeks after, the Frost Heaves will held their 2007 Vermont Open Tryout Camp over the weekend of July 28 and 29. The camp site will be the Vincent Ross Athletic Complex on the campus of St. Michael's College, 1 Winooski Place in Colchester, Vermont. To apply, e-mail mike@vermontfrostheaves.com and attach a basketball resume, or apply online at www.vermontfrostheaves.com/Camps/Tryout Camps by downloading the printable application.



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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Bosna`s coach Markovic resigns -by Sead Buljina
Bosnian National team coach Nenad Markovic who took over Bosna ASA BHT through the end of the 2006/07 season announced yesterday that he does not intend to continue working as a Bosna head coach. Markovic took over Bosna in difficult time. Team roster has changed its roster three times during the season and former coach Bajramovic has not gotten well with some of the key players. Coach and some players left and Markovic found himself in a tough spot. Regardless, he accepted to help his club and lead it through the end of the season. Markovic cited a couple of reasons for his decision, among them too many unreasonable expectations, pressure from circles around the club, etc. Markovic will now dedicate his time to the Bosnian National team.

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ANGOLA

Angola in Spain training -by Carlos Pereira
The national basketball team started this Monday, in Spain, the first preparation phase for the African senior males basketball championship (Afrobasket2007), scheduled for August in five provinces of Angola.

The national team, which left the country last Saturday, will have daily sessions and play seven games with local teams.
By the end of July the team will travels to Macau to compete at the Stankovic Cup for continental champions.
Before returning to Angola, the team will return to Spain for two control games.
Afrobasket 2007 happens from August 15 to 25 in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda, Huambo and Huila.


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ARGENTINA

Argentina U19 Nt 2007 -by Facundo Iatzky
Diego Gerbaudo (180-G-89) of Real Madrid Spain
Jonathan Machuca (184-G-89) of Ben Hur rafaela
Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88) of Firmat F.C
Enzo Ruiz (193-F/G-88) of Quimsa santiago
Nicolas De los Santos (188-G-88) of Granada Spain
Facundo Pinero (199-G/F-88) of Quilmes mar del plata
Leandro Cecchi (201-G/F-88) of Ben Hur rafaela
Sebastian Vega (200-F-88) of Central Entrerriano
Sebastian Morales (201-C/F-88) of Gimnasia comodoro rivadavia
Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89) of Ben Hur rafaela
Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) of Boca juniors
Pablo Orlietti (206-C/F-90) of Atenas cordoba

coach: Guillermo Narvarte


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AUSTRALIA

U19: Australia depart for Europe -by Gauthier Gerard
The Australian Under 19 men's basketball team, the Emus, will depart Sydney this morning bound for Spain, Serbia and World Championship glory. The Emus will contest a four nation pre-World Championship tournament in Caceras, four hours south-west of Madrid, against France, China and Spain before continuing on to Serbia.
source: Bill Baxter for BA media

There they will contest the 2007 FIBA World Championship for Under 19 men in Novi Sad, Serbia, from July 12 to 22 - and the young Aussies are a hot chance at medaling. Their preliminary round games are against Turkey at 4:30am AEST on Friday July 13, Nigeria at 11:45pm AEST on Friday 13 July, and Canada at 8:30pm AEST on Saturday July 14. The team will be led by AIS star point guard Patrick Mills and Castle Hill's 210cm giant Andrew Ogilvy, who has already been earmarked for America's NBA, and coached by Tasmania's Marty Clarke.


NBA: Brad Newley named in Houston's summer league team -by Gauthier Gerard
Adelaide 36ers star Brad Newley (199-G-85) will make his summer league debut for the NBA team that drafted him, the Houston Rockets, in Las Vegas this July. In an article on the Rockets' website, the NBA team said the 14-man team would include Newley and the other two players selected by Houston in the 2007 Draft in Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry.
source: Houston Rockets

Also on the squad are Rockets veterans John Lucas III and Steve Novak. The team will be led by Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner, and is set to play five games in six days on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus, beginning on July 10 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Newley, who was selected with the 54th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on June 28, was described by the Rockets as "a sharpshooter from Australia."


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BAHAMAS

And then there were 24 -by Eurobasket News
The Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) junior national men's coaching staff has found what they are looking for and are now in the process of naming the team members for the Junior Centro Basket Championships.
After months of practicing, Head Coach Mario Bowleg along with other members of the coaching staff, narrowed the long list of potential players down to 24. Bowleg, who released the names yesterday, said the team will be in tip-top shape for the championships, which are scheduled to be held in Puerto Rico, July 29 - August 5.
He said: "It is difficult to say right now who will be named to the team because the team is only on paper right now. We are still trying to get the morale of the team where it is supposed to be because as of now it is not where we want it," he said. "There are a few pros and cons when it comes to this team right now. Yes we were able to narrow it down to 24 players but we won't know who will make the team until we are able to have everyone who is on the list in the country, and that won't be until the 15th of this month. The persons who were named to the 24, some of them had previous engagements, all basketball- related, so that kind of placed a damper on the progression of the team as far as finding a nucleus is concerned. The good thing about it is whoever went away they will remain in some kind of basketball shape and will be able to filter in when they return from the tournaments and camps."
The junior national team, when selected, will need to finish in the top three at the championships in order to return to the Tournament of Americas basketball championships. The Tournament of Americas is a regional tournament and is the last level any team will have to play on before qualifying for the Junior World Championships.
The Bahamas' junior men, who aren't strangers to the Tournament of Americas, will need to improve on their seventh place finish at the previous two tournaments. This year, Bowleg believes that the team has the capabilities to advance from the Centro Basket championships as one of the top teams, and will need to work harder if they want to fare well at the Under 18 Tournament of Americas.
"It is never easy to choose a team when the talent base is so great. We had a difficult time narrowing it down to 24 so I know personally that the 12 players are going to be a hard decision," stressed Bowleg. "I believe that this team is balanced and we will have a good team. Like I said before, the talent base of the team is great, we just need to find a core of guys who will make a better nucleus. When we find that I don't see any reason why the team can't advance to the Tournament of Americas.
"I know that it will be based on them, but one thing is for sure, they will be well-prepared. We had some games in mind, a pre-tournament for them but I don't think it will come off. We will still be ready because some of the high school players, who are ineligible for the team, along with their coaches have agreed to play several scrimmage matches with the guys."
Courtesy of: www.thenassauguardian.com


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BELGIUM

Various News -by Peter Buyse


Antwerp Giants Israeli forward Gur Shelef (204-F-74) has a new job for next season.
He will be a TV commentator for an Israeli Sports Channel and do commentary during Israeli league games and Euroleague games for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Shelef did not rule out playing again this coming season but will for sure not take the job as assistant coach at Galil Elyion.

He will also not play for Israel in the games vs Belgium.


In a game played in Athens the Greek national side faced a European All-Star team on Eurostars night.
10000 fans poured into OAKA, the Olympic Sports Complex Arena and watched Greece win 101-95.

Belgium's Thomas Van Den Spiegel led the scorers of the European Stars with 14 points.



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BOSNIA

Kenan Bajramovic joins Lietuvas Rytas! -by Nedzad Kladusak
Kenan Bajramovic joins Lietuvas Rytas! Today he signed a 2 year contract with the famous lithuanian team.
He pointed out that he had several offers but Lietuvas offer has been the best and he was delighted by the
fact to play in the ULEB Euroleague where he will face Krasic and Castle.


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BRAZIL

Pan American Games: Brazil's squad is drafted -by Gustavo Cardoso

CBB finally confimed the 12 athletes that will represent Brazil during the Pan American Games this month in Rio de Janeiro. The squad will be head coached by Aloisio Ferreira who will follow the team for a few friendly games in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul. The drafted players are:

'Alex' Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances)
Caio Silveira Torres (211-C-87)
'Guilherme' Teichmann (204-F-83, college: Tulsa)
J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga)
Marcelo 'Marcelinho' Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports)
'Marcelinho' Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances)

'Murilo' da Rosa (207-C-83)
Rafael Hettsheimeir (207-C-86)
'Valtinho' Silva (187-G-77, agency: Interperformances)
'Nezinho' dos Santos (186-G-81)
Marcus Vinicius Urban (202-F-86)

'Marquinhos' de Souza (207-F-84)


Sources: CBB / Lancenet



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CAMEROON

Cameroonian National Team -by Gilles Bouwe
The Ministry of Sports heve announced the official roster of our team for Alger 2007.

1 Bayang Christian 07.95.1987
2 Elong Ebongue Jean-Pierre 07.10.1985
3 Fondjo David 03.12.1988
4 Yano Peyembono Modeste 02.07.1985
5 Yeumo Tchupou 28.11.1988
6 Aboya Babila Alfred Roland 02.01.1985
7 Brice Vounang Nanfah 03.12.1982
8 Didier Romeo Tatchoum
9 Essengue Gaston 10.10.1983
10 Joachim Ekanga Ehawa 01.10.1977
11 Nkembe Alex 01.04.1979
12 Owona Joseph Vladimir 28.08.1976


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CBA

Here come the East Kentucky Miners -by Gianni Pascucci
Another expansion team of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) has been introduced to media. The team name is the East Kentucky Miners, and it will be based in Pikeville, Kentucky, playing home games at the East Kentucky Expo Center, a state-of-the-art facility that ranks as one of Kentucky's premier multifunctional venues. The team is a property of Trinity Sports & Entertainment Group, Inc. and Floyd County native Kevin Keathley, 29, has been named head coach of the Miners. Most recently, Keathley was an assistant coach of the Rio Grande (Texas) Silverados of the American Basketball Association (ABA). The new team website www.ekminers.com is yet under construction. Information on tryouts and employment opportunities will be made available at a later date.

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CHILE

Argentina won the Top 4 -by Daniel Valencia
The argentinian NT won the Top 4 tournament played in Valparaiso. The argentinians tied the first place with Uruguay and Chile with a 2-1 record but the goal average gave the title to Sergio Hernandez team. Diego Lo Grippo (Arg), Esteban Batista (Uru), Patricio Briones (Chi) and Jaime Lloreda (Pan) were the most valuable players for their respective NT.

These are the complete results of weekends action.

Friday

Argentina 81 - Panama 67
Arg: Diego Lo Grippo 14 pts. / Pan: Joshua Chambers 24 pts.

Chile 59 - Uruguay 56
Chi: Patricio Briones 20 pts. / Uru: Emilio Taboada 16 pts.

Saturday

Panama 71 - Uruguay 77
Pan: Jaime Lloreda 20 pts. 10 reb. / Uru: Juan Silveira 23 pts.

Chile 70 - Argentina 85
Chi: Evandro Arteaga 28 pts. / Arg: Diego Garcia 18 pts.

Sunday

Argentina 69 - Uruguay 74
Arg: Diego Lo Grippo 15 pts. / Uru: Esteban Batista 19 pts.

Chile 82 - Panama 76
Chi: Patricio Briones 22 pts. 13 reb. / Pan: Jaime Lloreda 22 pts. 20 reb.

Standings

1. Argentina 2-1
2. Uruguay 2-1
3. Chile 2-1
4. Panama 0-3

Stats

Points

1. Patricio Briones (Chi) 24.0
2. Jaime Lloreda (Pan) 21.7
3. Esteban Batista (Uru) 18.3

Rebounds

1. Esteban Batista (Uru) 14.3
2. Jaime Lloreda (Pan) 12.3
3. Patricio Briones (Chi) 9.7

Assists

1. Gustavo Barrera (Uru) 2.3
2. Patricio Briones (Chi) 2.0
3. Jaime Lloreda (Pan) 2.0

Steals

1. Jair Peralta (Pan) 2.0
2. Diego Lo Grippo (Arg) 1.7
3. Marcelo Hernandez (Chi) 1.7

Blocks

1. Roman Gonzalez (Arg) 1.3
2. Patricio Briones (Chi) 1.0
3. Gaston Paez (Uru) 1.0


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CHINA

China Loses to Dallas 105-100, Despite Little Help from Yi, Sun -by Arthur Volbert
China lost to the Dallas Mavericks Summer League team tonight in a close game in Dallas despite a disappointing performance from Yi Jianlian and little help from Sun Yue.

Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) led China with 28 points and Zhu Fangyu scored 17. Yi had 11 points on 3 of 9 shooting.

"Just the second game from missing three months," Yi said, noting that he just rejoined the national team. "I think we'll get there."

"It's very difficult to talk about Yi," China's coach Jonas Kazlauskas said. "Three months, he was by himself without team and without coaches. He needs seven, eight games to catch up with us."

Liu Wei scored 9 points and Wang Lei, who is an NBA draft prospect for next year, scored 8. Sun Yue scored 2 points and played only 9 minutes. China trailed 25-18 after one quarter and 50-47 at the half. It led 77-74 after three quarters and was ahead 94-86 with 4 minutes left in the game. Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who played 12 games with the Mavs last season, led Dallas with 24 points, including the game-tying dunk with 2:50 remaining that completed a comeback from this fourth-quarter deficit. Nick Fazekas, Dallas' second-round draft pick, scored 14 points in 30 minutes.

This was very first game that China played in strict compliance with NBA rules. To get the team acquainted with NBA rules, a special clinic was held for the team Tuesday morning.

Both clubs leave for Las Vegas on Wednesday to compete in the NBA summer league.


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COLOMBIA

Antioquia is the 2007 Men National Champion -by Victor Garcia

Antioquia defeated Bogota in the final game of the 2007 National Men Tournament, the green team had a great fourth quarter to win the title.

Both teams tried to impose its game, Bogota began hurting Antioquia from the perimeter specially with Ricardo Sanz and Daniel Restrepo, Antioquia stoped Stalin Ortiz sending double teams over him, Bogota were using the pick and roll to free Ortiz, but always one of the Antioquia's big men were over him in the help.

Antioquia worked its offensive in the paint specially with Adison Mosquera but the good defense of Cesar Ordoñez and Gabriel Fuentes avoid the Antioquia frontcourt to take advantage, Felipe Montoya took control of the game while Norbey Aragon use his athletic ability to keep Antioquia close in the game.

While Antioquia scored doubles Bogota scored three pointers, and in the third quarter Bogota came to its highest lead with 10 points, and the game looks under control, specially because Ortiz began to score after being on th bench for foul troubles.

But Antioquia´s Alvaro Contreras wake up in the fourth quarter and with 3 three pointer bring back his team his team to the game, Bogota have an aswer with Restrepo, Sanz and Ortiz, but in the last 5 minutes Antioquias defense worked good enough to let his offensive take the lead and win the game.

Final Result:
Antioquia 71
Bogota 69.

FINAL MVP (by Latinbasket)

Alvaro Contreras - (6´ Guard) Antioquia.

The young guard prove once again his character, and in the hardest moment of the game appears with three three pointer to change the history.

National Men Tournament 2007 - first team (by Latinbasket).

G- Daniel Restrepo - Bogota

G- Stalin Ortiz - Bogota

F- Eleuterio Renteria - Valle

F- Adison Mosquera - Antioquia

C- Jorge Cañedo - Antioquia.

National Men Tournament 2007 - Standings:

1- Antioquia (Champion)

2- Bogota

3- San Andres

4- Valle



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CROATIA

Vrankovic took over Cibona! -by Dani Erceg
Josip Vrankovic will be head coach of Cibona in new season. After departure of Drazen Anzulovic board decided to appoint Vrankovic. He had his first coaching job with Siroki Prima Pivo and won Bosnia and Herzegovina championship.

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CYPRUS

Olympiada Patras announce three Cypriot targeted propositions -by Erodotos Miltiadous
Greek A1 side Olympiada Patras gave a press conference in Nicosia's Holiday Inn hotel on Monday (2/7) noon to announce three propositions which are tied directly with basketball in Cyprus.

Mr. Nikos Bogonikolos president of Olympiada and Stathis Smyris international relations of the Greek team presented their three propositions.

First Olympiada will ask the opinion of the Greek Basketball Federation and ESAKE for changing the status of Cypriots players who play in the Greek A1 from Bosmans to locals. This will open the doors for more Cypriots to compete in the Greek highest level and gain bigger experience which will assist the islands basketball.

Second the Olympiada officials said they will promote the idea of the participation of a Cypriot team in the Greek A1 league with DTL EKA AEL Limassol rumored to be interested in the move.

Third the creation of a Mediterranean tournament with Cyprus as its base and with the participation of teams that originate from countries of the landlocked sea. Mr. Bogonikolos will have a meeting with FIBA Europe president Giorgos Vasilakopoulos to discuss the matter
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DOMINICAN REP.

Roth will coach the RD National Team -by Gianni Pascucci
Former NBA player Scott Roth has been appointed as the new coach of the Dominican Republic basketball team. Roth, who managed Turkey at the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, will be assisted by a Dominican techincal staff made of Osiris Duquela , Edgar De La Rosa , Jose Dominguez , Jose Maita Mercedes , Ed Custodio , Orlando Antigua and Antonio Sibilio.

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EGYPT

20 person for basket in all african games -by Andrew Youssef
Now they camp in Olympic center in Maadi
for all african games in Algeria from 12 july
to 23 july wish to be in the first or second
or third place in this competition.
the basket delegation will include 16 player
and the coach of national team with his
assistent Emad Eldin Mahmoud and Samy
El Sharoni and administrative Sabr Serag
beside 16 player:

RAMY GUINEDY,AHMED EL BARI,
WAEL BADR,IBRAHIM EL GAMAL,
ISMAEL ABD ELMENEEM,
ASHRAF RABE',HAITHEM EL SAHARTY,
AHMED EL SABAG,MOE'MEN AHMED,
MOHAMED EL GARHI,MOHAMED MOSTAFA,
KARIM ABD EL GUAD,TAREK EL SAID,
MOSTAFA SHA'OT,HAITHEM KAMAL,
AHMED KHALED EL SAID.


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EUROLEAGUE

Perperoglou is Green!! -by Chris Mammides
According to Panionios's official web page www.panioniosbc.gr, the Greek Guard/ Small Forward, Stratos Perperoglou is officially Panathinaikos Athens player!! Even though Aggelopoulos brothers (Heads of Olympiakos) wanted him badly and at the same time were 100% that the player would have agreed with the Reds, Giannakopoulos brothers made a check mate moove and register the young talented player. Perperoglou is consider (from many basketball experts) to be the new Alvertis for Panathinaikos Athens, the talented forward will sign a contract of two plus one years. The 22 years old player had 10ppg and 3.2rpg with Panionioswhile his stats in the european games were better as hewas scoring 12.7ppg, 3rpg and 1.2apg.
In the mean time Panellinios agreed terms with the Serbian Milan Dozet (203-G/F-79) the 28 years small forward had a very good seazon in the Ukrainian league where he was playing with BC Kiev team with 8ppg and 4rpg.


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GERMANY

German roster for U20-EURO, Group B -by Moritz Korff
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Ohlbrecht


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Khartchenkov


Fumey


Guenther
"Bundestrainer" Emir Mutapcic announced the German roster for the U20-Euro today. Germany will compete in the B-Group, trying to get back to the "first division". The B-EURO kicks off on July 6 in Warsaw, Poland. Opponents of the German team will be Montenegro, Czech Republic, Austria and Sweden.

Roster:
Frieder Diestelhorst (201-F-87) of Mitteldeutscher BC
Benjamin Fumey (201-F-87) of Bremen Roosters (last team)
Per Guenther (184-G-88) of Phoenix Hagen
Sajmen Hauer (190-G-88) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87) of New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig
Nicolai Simon (191-G-87) of ALBA Berlin
Tom Spoeler (206-F-88) of Bayer Giants Leverkusen
Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) of ALBA Berlin
Tim Schwartz (199-F-87) of Kaiserslautern braves
Tony Granz (205-F/C-87) of POM baskets Jena
Karsten Tadda (190-G-88) of TSV Troester Breitenguessbach
Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C-88) of Brose Baskets Bamberg


Gruenheid signed with Groningen -by Thomas Wolfer
German NT member Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) signed a new contract for the 2007/2008 season. The Forward will leave Cologne and Germany to play for the Dutch ULEB Cup competitor Capital Groningen. After successful years in Cologne and with ALBA Berlin it is his first club in a foreign country.

Agency: Monta McGhee to Cuxhaven -by Moritz Korff
According to his agency Guardian Sports Group Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: Guardian, college: Lewis) has signed a one-year-deal with the Cuxhaven BasCats (2. Bundesliga Pro A). McGhee has been one of the dominating figures of the Danish first division during the past years. He was just named the Eurobasket.com Danish-Basketliga Defensive Player of the Year for the 2006-2007 season and member of the All-Imports-Team after averaging 23.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest for Horsens IC.

Bundesliga-News -by Moritz Korff
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1. Bundesliga) and Point Guard Waitari Marsh (188-G-80, college: Tulane) decided to extend their contract for one more season. Marsh came to Tuebingen in January 2006 and averaged 9.8 points, 2.2 boards and 2.1 assists in 13 appearances for the Tigers.
Meanwhile, youngster Philipp Friedel (185-G-87) will be loaned to Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Pro B) for the upcoming season.

Though he signed a new two-year-contract in March Brian Jones (191-G-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Santa Clara) will not suit up for 1. Bundesliga-team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven anymore. The team used a clausel which allowed to cancel the contract prior to the start of the 2007-2008 season. According to the clubs' press release a new concept will be worked out and Jones does not fit in.

EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) has reached new agreements with Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) and Nate Harris (201-F-83, college: Utah St.). Dourisseau, who scored 5.3 points per game in 2006-2007, will stay for two more years, while Harris signed a new paper for one more season. He averaged 8 ppg and 5.1 rpg during this past campaign.


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GREECE

Perperoglou is Green!! -by Chris Mammides
According to Panionios's official web page www.panioniosbc.gr, the Greek Guard/ Small Forward, Stratos Perperoglou is officially Panathinaikos Athens player!! Even though Aggelopoulos brothers (Heads of Olympiakos) wanted him badly and at the same time were 100% that the player would have agreed with the Reds, Giannakopoulos brothers made a check mate moove and register the young talented player. Perperoglou is consider (from many basketball experts) to be the new Alvertis for Panathinaikos Athens, the talented forward will sign a contract of two plus one years. The 22 years old player had 10ppg and 3.2rpg with Panionioswhile his stats in the european games were better as hewas scoring 12.7ppg, 3rpg and 1.2apg.
In the mean time Panellinios agreed terms with the Serbian Milan Dozet (203-G/F-79) the 28 years small forward had a very good seazon in the Ukrainian league where he was playing with BC Kiev team with 8ppg and 4rpg.


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GUAM

Guam submit Preliminary squad for the South Pacific Games -by Gauthier Gerard
Guam Basketball Association submitted a 18-name preliminary roster for the upcoming 2007 South Pacific Games which will be held in Samoa. The squad features many experienced players at this level like Vincent Estella, William Stinnett or Sev Susuico. A couple of good players were unavailable for the tournament like Andre Lawson, Gabe Lombard or Anis Taylor.

Guam extended squad - SPG 2007:
Joseph Cepeda
John Chaco
Anthony Thacker
Andrew Borja
Shintaro Okada
Michael Atoigue
Dennis Camacho
William Stinnett III
Edward Calvo
Tyler-Charles Smith
Sandy Fejeran
Conrad Berg
Vincent Estella
Chris Fernandez
Jine Han
Seve Susuico
Bruce Aguon
Reggie Rechebong


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ITALY

Last transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Upea Capo d'Orlando announced the signing of Judson Wallace (204-F/C-82, college: Princeton), last in Germany. Premiata Sutor Montegranaro and Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) agreed to extend their pact till June 2009. In lega 2, Vanoli Soresina and Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77) agreed to part ways. The same team will announce soon the signing of Marco Cusin (211-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances).

Market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Fortitudo ClimaMio Bologna hired Andrea Mazzon as its new head coach and extended the agreement with James Thomas (203-F/C-80, college: Texas) for another three seasons. Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: Megasport, college: N.Carolina) agreed to stay with Montepaschi Siena for another full season. In Lega 2, Power Dry Pistoia re-signed Francesco Modica (203-F-82) for another season and Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato signed Alessandro Garofalo (200-G/F-85). Serie B top team Intertrasport Blu Basket Treviglio announced the agreement with Ariel Aimaretti (206-F/C-74), who inked a two-year contract.

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JAMAICA

Knights, Slayers on top -by Leonard Whyte
Former champions Urban Knights and present champions St. George's Slayers lead the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National basketball League (NBL) standings with five wins against one defeat after carving out impressive victories on Sunday afternoon. Slayers, behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from Rohan Robinson, defeated Link-Up All Stars 78-56, while Knights destroyed Harbour View Lakers 87-49 as captain Linton Murray contributed 20 points.

Lakers, Link-Up still winless
The loss to Knights left Lakers reeling at 0-5, but they are not alone. Link-Up are also in the same predicament. They are yet to taste victory in five tries. It could get worse for both teams as the “Scheduling Gods” are showing no mercy. Lakers next face former champions Tivoli All-Stars and Link-Up tackles a angryArnett Gardens Rebels.

In other games played recently, Running Rebels got a walk-over from Lakers who showed up with only four players, then went on to shock Arnett 82-68; Arnett defeated Portmore Flames 71-58; Denham Town Wizards edged Blazing Panthers 88-80; and Majestic Gardens demolished Pure Playaz 93-69 then surprised Denham Town Wizards 88-83.


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LIBERIA

Liberia faces tough task in Algeria -by Kristian Santiago
The All African Games in Algeria are just a few days away and Liberia's head coach Allen Jallah is currently preparing his squad made up by local players in the capital Monrovia. The Lone Star is facing continental powerhouses Nigeria and Angola in the group while the other opponents like Mali , Cameroon and DR of Congo are also sending their best players available. Experienced professional players Sheiku Kabba (188-G-79, college: Providence) and Boakai Lalugba (200-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Bucknell) would have been a major boost for the team which lacks international competition , but the lack of administrative support and the poor preperation may cost Liberia a good outing at this major event in Africa.
Mali is currently preparing under professional circumstances in France.
Tunisia, Senegal and Nigeria are taking their teams to the US while even small Rwanda is competing in international tournaments to be in shape for the African Championships later in August.
Liberia so far is still preparing at home without testing against quality teams from Europe or the US although head coach Jallah stressed such much needed experience earlier and was the main force to aquire the services of the Liberians abroad.The team lacks height and players like Lalugba or Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO) among others could have definetly change that. But fact is, that the federation did little to none to attract these players among others.
Now the Lone Star is taking their game to Algeria without their possible productive help under the boards and their professional experience which could lead to an early exit after the group stage. The African Championships will be even harder for such a team as all other countries are taking advantage of players based in foreign professional leagues across the globe including the NBA and the Euroleague.


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MEXICO

WANT TO PLAY IN MEXICO'S TOP PRO LEAGUE? -by Justin Brink
Want to play in Mexico's premiere professional basketball league? The LNBP, Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional is coming to San Diego August 8th and 9th to hold an open tryout for American and Mexican American players. The registration fee is $150 and space is limited as just 5 weeks remain until the Showcase opens in San Diego. NCAA and/or pro experience helpful but not necessary. Check www.enfuegohoops.com for complete Showcase registration details.

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NBA

Lewis on His Way to Orlando. -by Bryan Floyd
Rashard Lewis is on his way to Orlando, and no he is not taking the family to Disneyland. Lewis told the Orlando Magic on Monday that he plans to leave the Seattle SuperSonics to sign a max contract with Orlando on July 11. That's the first day free agents are allowed to officially sign new contracts. Free Agency Season in the NBA began Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and Lewis was in Central Florida by Sunday afternoon to take in Orlando's persuasive recruiting pitch, including lobbying from franchise big man Dwight Howard. Lewis has spent all nine of his NBA seasons in Seattle and he is a proven scorer who averaged a career-high 22.4 points last season. With Dwight Howard lobbying to get Lewis here it did not take much. Howard had this to say "Having a guy like Rashard around would help my game out tremendously. The more shooters that we can bring in here, the better. Rashard is a shooter and a scorer, and that would help our team so much. We have some young guys on this team who can play, and hopefully we can add somebody like Rashard."

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NEW ZEALAND

Former Tall Black coach signs with PAOK -by Eurobasket News
Former New Zealand National team head coach Tab Baldwin was announced to sign a two-year contract with Greek side PAOK. PAOk is thought to be one of the best-renouned teams in European basketball, but had little achievements in the last years. They celebrated the Greek championship title in 1992 for the last time and found themselves struggling since then.
It will not be the first European coaching experience for Tab Baldwin as he already guided Turkish Banvitsport. After losing his job last year Baldwin was the sole owner of the Auckland Stars. He is expected to join his new team at the end of July.
Meanwhile there were some major changes in the newly crowned NBL champion Nelson Giants. After the Giants head coach Nenad Vucinic decided to retire from the club's life and concentrate on the Tall Blacks game Nelson had to look for a new coach. And they completed the task pretty quickly. Former Tall Black guard Chris Tupu was announced to step up as a new head coach. He worked under Vucinic's guidance in the club the whole last season and have to prove he has all the skills to defend the title for nelson in his rookie coaching year. Chris Tupu served as a coach in Waikato and worked as a TV commentator since his retirement in 2001.
Tupu will face some squad problems right away as Ed Book decided to retire from basketball and Mark Jones will probably move overseas. However Nelson are closing on to sign the contract with Tall Black Phill Jones.


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PARAGUAY

Libertad keeps the top -by Gianni Pascucci
Victor Richerd Ozuna (185-G/F-82) scored 26 pts and Adrian Tovar (200-C-77) added 21 to lead Libertad to an unexpected triumph over Sol de America 87-71 in the last round of the "Hexagonal Tournment". Victor Brizuela (195-F-76) scored 26 in losing effort for Sol, a team that was without Javier Martinez (189-G-78), out for a minor knee surgery. In the other games, Deportivo San Jose took and easy win over UAA, 69-40 and Felix Perez Cardozo defeated 109-77 Rowing Club. The standings are now as follows: Libertad 8,50, Sol de America 8, Felix Perez 6,75, San Jose 6,25, Universidad Autonoma 5, Rowing 4.

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PERU

Regatas Lima takes the lead.... -by Andres Seminario
Regatas Lima former champion of Peru (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), took the lead of the SUPERIOR LEAGUE, defeating easily Real Club (67 -48). They took control of the game in the first quarter (18 - 3), after a fast start. Then they manage the game becouse of their deeper roaster and more experience players, and a find coachin staff lead by Carlos Zanelatto .
This week the SUPERIOR LEAGUE continuous, being the most important game between Regatas Lima (1) - Escuela FAP (3), this Sunday 8 of july (930pm) at the Dibos Coliseum.


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PHILIPPINES

SEAG-bound RP national team opens tryouts -by Hector Santos

MANILA, Philippines -- Amateur stars take a crack at the national pool set to compete in the men's basketball competition of the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand this December.

The national tryouts will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong City, SEA Games head coach Junel Baculi announced.

Baculi previously presented a wish list of nearly 50 players from the Philippine Basketball League and the collegiate leagues that included Jason Castro, the PBL Most Valuable Player for two straight conferences.

But Baculi said that the tryouts will also welcome commercial league standouts.

“I saw three players from Cebu who have bright chances of making it,” he said. “If we can train them early, we can use them in future national teams.”

Other players eyed for the RP roster include Harbour Centre's Chico Lanete, Beau Belga and Jojo Duncil, Toyota Balintawak's Erick Rodriguez, Burger King's Ronjay Buenafe, Mike Bravo and Nestor David and Henkel's Lawrence Bonus.

Leading the candidates from the collegiate ranks are Jervy Cruz of the University of Santo Tomas and the trio of Mark Borboran, Marcy Arellano and Elmer Espiritu of the University of the East.

“We want total commitment from the players because we're talking about the country's honor and pride,” said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, project director of the all-amateur squad. “This is our comeback stint in the SEA Games, so I hope everybody will cooperate.”

Credits to Jasmine Payo/Philippine Daily Inquirer



Lebanon gets one over Team Pilipinas -by May Arevalo

It was a sorry loss for the RP team as Lebanon shot a miracle three the last second of the ball game to come up with a 65-62 win. Team Pilipinas was leading 90% of the game, until Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) threw a prayer on the right elbow of the court, handing the Philippines a heart breaking loss. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) led the Lebanese attack with 26 points. Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)), the heroes of the first game were not so heroic versus the Lebanese as they only managed to score 5 and 7 points respectively. Just before the clock reached the last two minutes mark, Team Pilipinas was at 62 points and Lebanon at 58, Team Pilipinas made some bad decisions and never scored again.


James Yap (190-F/G) (7pts.) and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) saw action together with Kelly Williams (196-F-82, college: Oakland) but were hardly a factor in the game. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85) and Dondon Hontiveros top scored for the RP team with 10pts each.


Scoring by quarter:

Lebanon 14/17/13/21 =65

RP 18/19/15/10 = 62



Top Asian players due for Manila Invitational Championship -by Hector Santos

The Chinese team coming over for the 4-Nation Manila Invitational Championship on July 12-15 is bringing along mainstays of its Olympic Games team plus its national coach, building up excitement as organizers move into overdrive while waiting for the arrival of the powerhouse Mainlanders.
Also flying in for the inaugural series are the national teams of Lebanon and Syria, both potential quarterfinal opponents of San Miguel-Pilipinas in the July 28-August 5 FIBA-Asia Men's Championship in Tokushima, Japan.

Zhang Qingpeng (190-G-85) of the Liaoning Panpan Hunters, Yang Ming (194-G-87) also of Liaoning, Wang Yong (202-cm/forward/21) of the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks, and Han Shuo (198-cm/g/18) of the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons of Nanjing are suiting up for the Chinese.

National coach Adijan Chang Bin will be calling the shots from the bench, with former national players Wu Qinglong and Zhang Xiaochun as assistants.

Also part of China's contingent are vital cogs in its 20-under and 18-under national squads or stars in the semi-pro Chinese Basketball Association, namely: Yi Li, Biam Qiang, Gu Liye, top assist man Wang Bo, Zhang Kai, Wu Qian, Li Ke, and Chen Chen.

The 19-man Lebanese crew, for its part, includes two members born in the United States and one who hails from Canada.

Headed by Yugoslav head coach Raca Dragan and star player Hihad E Cheikh Fadi El Khatib, the Lebanese squad is comprised of: Boulos Rony Fahed, Omar Bassem Balaa, Majed Mohamad Ibrahim, Anthony Brian Feghali (USA), Nazih Mazen Mneinmeh, Toufic Ali Mahmoud (Canada), Oussama Omar El Turk, Mounir Jean Abdel Nour, Jawdat Ali Fakhreddine, William Joseph Vogel (Nebraska), Ali Hussein Tawbe, Hussein Ahmad Ozeir, Michel Elie El Kassouf, Antoine Ramy Akiki, Nicolas Roy Samaha, Toni Jihad Murr, Ali MohamadFAhes, and Georges Anis Feghali.

Assistant coach is Hatam Kousay Khalaf.

Syrian-Brazilians, or more popularly known as Bra-Syrians, Roberto Marcelo Correa and Marcio Eduardo Farhat, meanwhile, lead the Syrian team.

Completing the 16-man lineup are: Zouhir Admad Hekmat Hadad, Abo Ulkarim Mhd-Charif Charef, Hazem Mohammad Nour Alsaman, Mohammad Saied Radwan Hasaballah, George Micheal Mandanly, Mohsen Lutfi Omar Karkoulki, Ahmad Yaser Kinifati, Issa Louai Ebrahim, TaerWissam Yakoub, Abd Allah Al Hakam Abd Allah, Ali Rami Alkatib, Nour Elden Muhia Alden Kasballi, Wahid Samir Daks, and Habib Shadi Labes.

Heading the delegation is M. Nour Hazem Alsaman, president of the Syria Basketball Federation, with head coach Abd Ulsame Samer Kayali and assistant Moustafa Mohammad Abo Sada.

The tournament format calls for a single round robin preliminaries, with the top two teams vying for the championship and the other two playing for third place.

Venue for the July 12 and 14 games is The New Arena in San Juan, while the Araneta Coliseum hosts the July 13 and 15 matches.

The Big Dome games on the13 and the 15th will serve as curtain-raiser for the PBA Fiesta Conference Finals.

The Tokushima FIBA-Asia will pick Asia's representative to the Beijing Olympics in August 2008.

As Olympics host, China is seeded to the Games.

If the Chinese make it to the FIBA-Asia final game, then the other finalist will go to Beijing as well. If China fails to reach the final, then only the FIBA-Asia champion gets a ticket to the Olympiad.

The Nationals, currently in Taiwan for the Jones Cup tournament, are in Group A with China, Jordan and Iran, a bracket national coach Chot Reyes called the “Group of Death.”

Credits to PBA Media Bureau



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PUERTO RICO

Athletics beat the Lions -by Luis Ramirez
San German took a step closer to qualifying for the next round of play as they beat the Ponce Lions 73-63, the Lions who were on a mission to win all their remaining games to try to move on saw their season just about come to an end as their possibilities to move on are slim at best. The Lions took the 1st quarter 15-13 but the Athletics did not their focus and came out in the 2nd quarter with a much more aggressive defense to tie the game at the half 37-37. In the second half the Lions just couldn't get their offense going and the Athletics playing before their home crowd did not give up. For San German, Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) scored 17 points followed by DeMarcus Johnson with 15 points and 13 rebounds. For Ponce, Bobby Joe Hatton (187-G-76, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Marist) scored 17 points followed by Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) with 16 points.

In other BSN action, Fajardo was simply too much for Carolina as they beat the Giants 85-71. Fajardo took the 1st quarter 17-14 and were leading at the half 38-27. In the 3rd quarter Fajardo completely blew Carolina off the court as they scored 32 points in that quarter while Carolina would only score 18. This lead was sufficient to coast in the 4th quarter for the victory. For Fajardo, Rashad Bell (198-F-82, college: Boston U.) and Luis Rivas (200-F-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: W.Illinois) both scored 16 points. Rivas also added 16 rebounds to get a double-double. For Carolina, Tyler Brown (193-G-75, college: S.Carolina) scored 22 points followed by Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) with 19 points.

Over at Santurce the Arecibo Captains needed 5 additional minutes to beat the Crabbers in overtime 89-86. Arecibo took the initial quarter 30-22 and they were leading at the end of the 1st half 44-35. But in the 2nd half the Crabbers mounted a great offensive run to take a 10 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter 67-57. The Captains mounted an offensive run of their own in the 4th to end the regulation time tied at 84. The overtime period produced just 7 points amongst both teams with Arecibo getting the win. For Arecibo, Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while for Santurce Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) scored 23 points.

In the last game of the night the Guayama Brujos defeated the Caguas Criollos 78-72. Guayama took the initial lead in the 1st quarter 21-16 and were leading at the half 42-30. In the 2nd half the Criollos tried to make an offensive run but just fell short in their efforts. For Guayama, Richard Lugo (209-C-73, college: St.Francis,NY) scored 24 points with 14 rebounds followed by Wilfredo Pagan (184-G-76) with 19 points. For Caguas, Bryan Bracey scored 21 points followed by Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) with 11 points.


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SERBIA

Latest news: Milan Gurovic will be the captain of Serbian NT in Spain ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Yesterday's meeting of Serbian NT head coach Zoran "Moka" Slavnic and Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) resulted with big turn and a fact that Gurovic accepted to play for NT on European Championship in Spain and he will be the new captain of the team. This is very surprising news after Gurovic's interview which he gave on Saturday but anyway Zoran Slavnic announced yesterday around 19:00h that Gurovic is the new captain of Serbian NT.
After this meeting Milan Gurovic said” I never in my life met man like Slavnic and I can't say him no. Like I said in my last interview I made a decision about NT but now, again, I really can't refuse Zoran "Moka" Slavnic 's offer and I will face with pain in my heart if I do it especially in this situation when Moka gives 150% of his capability to make the strong NT. I love my country and it is more important than all other bad things which happened to me this season”.


Zoran Slavnic announced list with 18 players of Serbian NT ! -by Dragan Jankovski

Head coach of Serbian National Team Zoran "Moka" Slavnic announced yesterday list of 18 players which will start preparations for the European Championship in Spain. Preparations will start in Kovilovo (near Belgrade) on July 19th.

Below is the list of 18 players who will fight to get in the roster for EC:
1. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) captain of NT - of Prokom Trefl Sopot

2. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85)
3. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) of Partizan
4. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Partizan
5. Milenko Tepic (202-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan
6. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Crvena Zvezda
7. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda
8. Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) of Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada

9. Nemanja Aleksandrov (211-C/F-87) of Crvena Zvezda
10. Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) of Hemofarm
11. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP
12. Dragan Labovic (208-C/F-87) of FMP
13. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) of FMP
14. Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) of FMP
15. Darko Milicic (212-C-85) of Orlando Magic
16. Aleksandar Pavlovic (200-F-83) of Cleveland Cavaliers
17. Marko Jaric (198-G-78) of Minnesota Timberwolves
18. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Efes Pilsen

The biggest surprise is a fact that Slavnic erased from the list two point guards Bojan Popovic (190-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) of Unicaja Malaga and Milos Vujanic (190-G-80) of Panathinaikos (he wanted to go and to work during the preparations with his private physical coach).

After announcing these names Slavnic in his style said: ” This is the best 18 which Serbia has at this moment! “



Couple of new signings -by Dragan Jankovski

Ex captain of Crvena Zvezda, MVP and the second scorer of Serbian play-off final series against Partizan Belgrade Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) signed contract with Spanish ACB league team Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada. Radivojevic played last four seasons in Crvena Zvezda and with them two times won National Cup (2004,2006). Last two seasons Zvezda reached ULEB Cup quarterfinals.

Small forward Milan Dozet (203-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) agreed terms with Greek A1 team Panelinios from Athens. Dozet had very successful season in BC Kyiv from Ukraine. Before Kyiv Dozet also played for Vojvodina Srbijagas, Crvena Zvezda, Sloga Kraljevo and Partizan Belgrade.

PG Steven Markovic (190-G-85) extended contract with Crvena Zvezda until summer 2010. Markovic came in Crvena Zvezda two years ago.

Bosnian A1 team Igokea from Aleksandrovac hired experienced Miodrag Kadija as a new head coach after Zeljko Lukajic moved to Bulgarian Lukoil Academic. Next season Igokea again will have the biggest ambitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Power forward / center Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) extended contract with BC Turow Zgorzelec. Turow made very good results last season, they played in the final of Polish league where Prokom Trefl was better 4-1. Before Turow Ljubotina played for Olimpija Ljubljana, Mega Ishrana and Spartak Subotica. With NT U21 he played on Global Games in Dallas 2004.

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Center Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73) just for 5 minutes agreed terms with Euroleague champion Panathinaikos Athens so new contract will keep him in the club for two more years. PAO won three titles last season: Euroleague, Greek A1 league and National Cup.



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ST.KITTS

Ghetto Roots Remains Undefeated While Cotton Ground Still Winless -by Jay

The 2007 Digicel premeir and “A” divisions continued this past weekend with a series of exciting matches beginning on Thursday evening where the Caribbean Insurance Alliance St.Pauls Tuff Knots gave the defending champions Rams Hitters all they could handle and more . In a surprisingly close and keenly contested match-up the Tuff Knots came from being down by double digits to take a 6 point advantage with minutes remaining in the game. However the veteran “Marty” Trevor Huggins was injected in the game and exuded all of his 25 years experience to guide the Hitters team to a hard fought 65-63 victory. Ansel Revan led Hitters with 18 pts 6 rebs 2 assists and teammate Marvin Davis had 17 pts 8 rebs. Tuff Knots was led by Nasharn Maynard with 20 pts 15 rebs and Javed Williams 11 pts 14 rebs.
On Sunday evening Horsford's Ghetto Roots played the Joseph Parry Cotton Ground Rebels in an exciting match-up which saw Cotton Ground blow a huge 22 point lead late in the 4th quarter. Cotton Ground led for the entire game and seemed well on their way to a huge victory over the Ghetto Roots. However point guard Rymal “Bally” Browne sparked a Ghetto Roots charge with a series of 3 pointers that chipped into the massive 22 point lead of Cotton Ground. With seconds remaining Ghetto Roots tied the Nevis champions and forced overtime. The overtime period was completely dominated by Ghetto Roots and the final score saw Ghetto Roots handing Cotton Ground their 2nd straight loss 84-76. Rymal “Bally” Browne led all scorers with 26 pts and teammates Vincent Hicks 16 pts, Kiethley Hicks 14 pts 15 rebs. Jenerson France 21 pts 8 rebs, Everson Webbes 17 pts 3 rebs, Kirt Herbert 12 pts , Jefferey Lewis 12 pts were the top performers for Cotton Ground.
In the final game on Sunday the often unpredictable Western Union Cayon Lions took on the exciting TDC Berger McKnight Trotters. Led by Levi “By-By” Fyfeild the trotters took the early lead and ended the half up by double digits. Dale Rochester was inserted by Coach Ty O ‘Loughlin of Cayon and the popular Rochester brought Cayon and the crowd at basketgball city to life with some spectacular plays. This boost enabled Cayon to take the lead heading into the 4th quarter. Trotters took the lead for most of the final quarter .However in the final minutes of the game both teams exchanged leads with none having a significant advantage. A few costly turnovers by Cayon guard Dave “Zenga” Pondt and some crucial free throws by Trotters all-star and national team guard Levi-“By-By” Fyfeild gave Trotters a 4 point advantage to which they held on to until the final whistle. The final score saw Trotters with a 70-66 victory over Cayon. Trotters was led by University of Maine Fort-Kent college player Hamil Bassue 21 pts 6 rebs, Atumbo Williams 15 pts `10 rebs and Levi “By-By” Fyfeild 15 pts 5 rebs. Corey Cesar 11 pts, Sylvester” Buzz” White 12 pts 8 rebs, Troy “Jasbo” Wattley 10 pts 8 rebs, Dale “Bubba Dread” Rochester 9 pts 7 rebs, Dave “Zenga” Pondt 11 pts were the top performers for Cayon.
In other matches the Lindsay Grant sponsored Challengers Exodus defeated the Blue Devils 53-49 , the Quakers lost to the Rock/Dirt Newton Ground Rockers 68-56 and Trotters “A” defeated Baptist Redeemed Brothers 52-32 all in the Digicel “A” division.



Date

Time

Div

Venue

Game

July

Mon 2nd

7:00pm

7:00pm

A

A

CAYON

Challengers

Wolf Pack vs. Redeemed Brothers

Newton Ground vs. Conaree

Wed. 4th

7:00pm

7:00pm

A

A

Cayon

Challengers

Blue Devils vs. Ghetto Roots

Trotters vs. Warriors

Thur. 5th

6:00pm

7:30pm

9:00pm

A

A

Pre

Basketball City

Basketball City

Basketball City

Quakers vs Exodus

Wolfpack vs. Trotters

Chappurtin vs. St.Pauls

Sat. 7th

6:00pm

7:30pm

9:00pm

Fem

Fem

A

Basketball City

Ghetto Roots vs. Lady Blue Devils

Cayon vs. St.Pauls

Warriors vs. Ghetto Roots

Sun. 8th

6:00pm

7:30pm

9:00pm

A

Pre

Pre

Basketball City

Blue Devils vs. Newton Ground

Cotton Ground vs. Trotters

Hitters vs. Fig Tree

Mon 9th

7:00pm

A

A

Challengers

Cayon

Ghetto Roots vs. Newton Ground

Quakers vs. Wolfpack

Wed 11th

7:00pm

A

A

Challengers

Cayon

Exodus vs. Redeemed Brothers

Blue Devils vs. Warriors

Thur. 12th

6:00pm

A

Pre

Pre

Basketball City

Wolfpack vs. Trotters

Cayon vs. Chappurtin

Ghetto Roots vs. Fig Tree

Sat. 14th

6:00pm

7:30pm

9:00pm

Fem

Fem

A

Basketball City

Cayon vs. St.Pauls

Blue Devils vs. Ghetto Roots

Conaree vs. Redeemed Brothers

Sun 15th

6:00pm

7:30pm

9:00pm

A

Pre

Pre

Basketball City

Quakers vs. Warriors

Trotters vs. St.Pauls

Hitters vs. Chappurtin

Mon. 16th

7:00pm

A

A

Challengers

Cayon

Exodus vs. Conaree

Trotters vs. Quakers

Wed. 18th

7:00pm

A

Challengers

Exodus vs. Newton Ground



Courtsey: stkittsbasketball.com



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TAIWAN

Jones Cup Day 2: Lebanon beat Philippines at buzzer -by Chris Wang

-- Lebanon 65-62 Philippines

With three seconds remaining and the score tied at 62 all, El Fadi Khatib led a last-possession fastbreak and dished out to Rony Fahed, who fired a desperation three-pointer from the right wing. The desperation shot banked in at the buzzer to give Lebanon a dramatic 65-62 come-from-behind victory over the Philippines, which led in the first 30 minutes but bowed out after a 21-10 final quarter.

LEB: El Cheikh Fadi El Khatib 26p(7-10 FG, 12-14 FT)+8rb, Joe Vogel 11p+8rb+4blk, Rony Fahed 8p
PHI: Donaldo Hontiveros 10p, Gabe Norwood 10p, Asi Taulava 7p+14rb

-- Iran 85-69 Taiwan

Iran shot the lights out in the final 20 minutes to break open a tight game with a 54-35 second half and beat host Taiwan 85-69. Iran made 12 threes in the game.

Taiwan struggled from the perimeter for the second consecutive game, only making 4 of 28 from the three-point line. After a 34-31 first half, Taiwan's zone defense failed to contain Iran's red hot outside shooting.

Wu Dai-hao did turn in one of his best performances in a Taiwan NT uniform, scoring 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting, including 15 points and 6 for 7 in the first half.

IRA: Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami 25p, M.S. Nikkhah Bahrami 25p, Iman Zandi Mashhadi 11p, Hamed Ehadadi 10p+10rb
TWN: Wu Dai-hao 21p+8rb+3s, Lin Chih-jay 16p, Tsun Wen-din 12p

-- AIA 106-68 Qatar

AIA: Brian Asbury 17p, Todd Hendly 15p, Alex Ruoff 11p+6rb, Cliff Hammonds 11p+8rb+5a, Reed Rawlings 10p, Tyler Wilkerson 10p
Qatar: Yasseen Ismail Musa 14p+7rb, Hashim Zaiden Zaiden 13p, Mohd Seleem Abdulla 11p

-- Kazakhstan 96-61 Japan

KAZ: Anton Panomarev 27p+14rb, Alexandr Tyutyunik 18p, Dmitriy Korovnikov 14p+8rb, Mikhail Yevstigneyev 11p+12rb
JAP: Yusuke Okada 15p, Takanori Onishi 12p, Takumi Ishizaki 11p

-- South Korea 71-65 Jordan

KOR: Ha Seung-jin 21p+8rb+3blk, Kim Dong-woo 17p, Yang Dong-guen 10p+8rb+6a
JOR: Ayman Idais 17p, Rashiem Wright 10p

-- Standings
South Korea 2-0
Lebanon 2-0
Taiwan 1-1
Kazakhstan 1-1
AIA 1-1
Jordan 1-1
Philippines 1-1
Iran 1-1
Qatar 0-2
Japan 0-2



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TPBL

JR HOOPS CLASSIC 18YRS AND UNDER TOURNAMENT -by Chris Cardenas


SAN ANGELO, TX - The Texas Professional Basketball League this summer will be hosting its 1st annual West Texas Jr Hoops Classic basketball tournament. The tournament will have some of the best 18yrs and under basketball players in the state of Texas to come out and show what their made of. Teams already entered into the event are from Odessa, San Antonio, Austin, Beaumont, Kingsville, Amarillo, San Angelo, Abilene, Uvalde and Odessa. only the first 20 teams from each division will be allowed into the event which promises to keep the tradition of "THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE STATE" coming from the TPBL, which of course is the only PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE OUR STATE HAS TO OFFER. Here is more information on the w.t. jr hoops classic.

what : west texas jr hoops classic basketball tournament

when : july 14-15

divisions : boys & girls high school and jr high divisions

entry fee :$ 125 per team ( 10 player max per team)

deadline to enter : july 11

for more information on entering the tournament call the TPBL LEAGUE OWNER CHRIS CARDENAS @ 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM

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UKRAINE

Some ULEB Cup participants' transfer news -by Alexander Muzyka
- Azovmash inked two new players - Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80) and Aaron Harper (201-G-81). Plus it's known Andri Botichev (207-C/F-75) will stay in a team even having post-operational period. Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) has left the team.

- BC Kyiv won't see Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74), Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76), LaMarr Greer (196-G-76) and Milan Dozet (203-G/F-79) in its roster but tries to ink Marko Maravic (201-F-79) and Damir Rancic (194-G-83) for the next year. By the way, Dozet has already been inked by Panellinios.


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URUGUAY

Cordon 1-0 over Circulo -by Hector Lopez
Cordon took a 1-0 lead over Circulo Sportivo after winning 102-84 in the best-of-three serie for a promotion to the Uruguaayn League 2008. Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) scored 23 points for Cordon while Richard Matienzo (202-F/C-69, college: Miami Dade CC) netted 23 for Circulo, from Salto. Also for a new promotion to the Uruguayan League, Anastasia defeat Nacional Fray Bentos 97-94 to tie 1-1 the best of three final serie. Juan Carlos Zaballa (181-G-77) scored 37 points for Anastasia.

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W.JONES CUP

Jones Cup Day 2: Lebanon beat Philippines at buzzer -by Chris Wang

-- Lebanon 65-62 Philippines

With three seconds remaining and the score tied at 62 all, El Fadi Khatib led a last-possession fastbreak and dished out to Rony Fahed, who fired a desperation three-pointer from the right wing. The desperation shot banked in at the buzzer to give Lebanon a dramatic 65-62 come-from-behind victory over the Philippines, which led in the first 30 minutes but bowed out after a 21-10 final quarter.

LEB: El Cheikh Fadi El Khatib 26p(7-10 FG, 12-14 FT)+8rb, Joe Vogel 11p+8rb+4blk, Rony Fahed 8p
PHI: Donaldo Hontiveros 10p, Gabe Norwood 10p, Asi Taulava 7p+14rb

-- Iran 85-69 Taiwan

Iran shot the lights out in the final 20 minutes to break open a tight game with a 54-35 second half and beat host Taiwan 85-69. Iran made 12 threes in the game.

Taiwan struggled from the perimeter for the second consecutive game, only making 4 of 28 from the three-point line. After a 34-31 first half, Taiwan's zone defense failed to contain Iran's red hot outside shooting.

Wu Dai-hao did turn in one of his best performances in a Taiwan NT uniform, scoring 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting, including 15 points and 6 for 7 in the first half.

IRA: Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami 25p, M.S. Nikkhah Bahrami 25p, Iman Zandi Mashhadi 11p, Hamed Ehadadi 10p+10rb
TWN: Wu Dai-hao 21p+8rb+3s, Lin Chih-jay 16p, Tsun Wen-din 12p

-- AIA 106-68 Qatar

AIA: Brian Asbury 17p, Todd Hendly 15p, Alex Ruoff 11p+6rb, Cliff Hammonds 11p+8rb+5a, Reed Rawlings 10p, Tyler Wilkerson 10p
Qatar: Yasseen Ismail Musa 14p+7rb, Hashim Zaiden Zaiden 13p, Mohd Seleem Abdulla 11p

-- Kazakhstan 96-61 Japan

KAZ: Anton Panomarev 27p+14rb, Alexandr Tyutyunik 18p, Dmitriy Korovnikov 14p+8rb, Mikhail Yevstigneyev 11p+12rb
JAP: Yusuke Okada 15p, Takanori Onishi 12p, Takumi Ishizaki 11p

-- South Korea 71-65 Jordan

KOR: Ha Seung-jin 21p+8rb+3blk, Kim Dong-woo 17p, Yang Dong-guen 10p+8rb+6a
JOR: Ayman Idais 17p, Rashiem Wright 10p

-- Standings
South Korea 2-0
Lebanon 2-0
Taiwan 1-1
Kazakhstan 1-1
AIA 1-1
Jordan 1-1
Philippines 1-1
Iran 1-1
Qatar 0-2
Japan 0-2





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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

U21 Worlds: Australia secured pool's second spot -by Gauthier Gerard
Australia easily defeated Japan 91-72 in Moscow during the 2007 U21 World Championships with a great domination in the paint. Thanks to this win, Australia secured the pool's second spot behind USA. The Sapphires will play Brazil tomorrow in the last day of the pool phase before a quarterfinal game against Belgium or Canada.

Australia - Japan: 91-72
Australia dominated under the basket (59rbs to 31) and the japaneses missed too many outside shots (7/22 from 3pts) to be dangerous in this game. Elyse Penaluna (194-C-88) scored her tournament-best with 18pts 8/10FG, Abby Bishop (189-C-88) recorded a double-double with 15pts 15rbs while Jenna o'Hea displayed her all-around game with 13pts 6rbs and 6ast. Australia was already leading 45-37 at half-time and the coaches were able to give some playing time to everybody on the bench. Kathleen MacLeod, the tournament's leader in assist dished 8 assists in this game. The australian starting-five enjoyed some rest in the garbage-time, they will also spend more time on the bench in the next game against Brazil. A game with no consequence for the Sapphires. The team will now look at the other pool to see if they will face Belgium or Canada in quarterfinals.
Stats:
Elyse Penuluna 18pts 8/10FG 6rbs, Renae Camino 15pts 6/17FG 7rbs,Abby Bishop 15pts 5/13FG 15rbs,Jenna O'Hea 13pts 3/4FG 6rbs 6ast, Kathleen MacLeod 11pts 5/8FG 8ast, Cayla Francis 6pts 2/5FG 4rbs, Heather Oliver 6pts 3/4FG, Chantella Perera 5pts 2/5FG,Rebecca Duke 2pts 1/5FG,Mikaela Dombkins 0pts 0/0FG 4rbs, Rachel Herrick 0pts 0/1FG, Rachel Whatman 0pts 0/0FG

other games:
Hungary - Brazil: 75-64
In a very close game, Hungary caused the break in the second quarter. Brazil was leading 19-17 after one quarter but halftime came on a 43-35 lead for the hungarians. With this win, Hungary almost secured a quarterfinal berth.
USA - Spain: 81-62
The game was over after the first quarter with a 24-9 lead for the all-mighty americans. Royo Torres tried her best for Spain but the US depth was just too much to handle.

Group B standings:
1- USA 4-0
2- Australia 3-1
3- Hungary 2-2
4- Spain 1-3
5- Japan 1-3
6- Brazil 1-3

Tomorrow's games:
Australia - Brazil
USA - Japan
Spain - Hungary


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BELGIUM - Women

Belgium U21 goes into 1/8, while China U21 eliminates -by Eurobasket News
Belgium U21-China U21 76:70 (22:20, 21:24, 19:14, 14:12)

Belgium moved to the third place in Group A of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women after a tough game over China. Due to the second half Europeans overcame 76:70. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) as usual was on the top with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) added 16, while Michiels collected 10. Zheng Bowen (-90) paced China with 17 points. Before the last game in the group Belgium is 2-2, while China stays winless, 0-4. Belgium clinched a quarterfinal place at the FIBA U21 World Championship for Women and eliminate the Asian giants. Probably Mali will join the latter.
China played the first half better and desired the quarterfinals as well. Even though Belgium won the opening quarter 22:20, China answered in the second. After Asians took a 48:45 lead early in the second half many spectators believed in them. It was however Sara Leemans who led her team to a 9-0 run. Belgium won the third with 19:14 and stayed closer of the quarterfinals ticket later in the fourth. Tingting Ding's jump shot with 2:38 remaining closed the gap to 71:69 for China, who had trailed by as many as 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Belgium pushed the tempo and won the game, 76:70.

Belgium: Sara Leemans 24+8 rebs, Marjorie Carpreaux 16+7 ast, Michiels 10
China: Zheng Bowen 17, Cao Fei (-88) 13


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazil U21-Hungary U21 64:75 -by Eurobasket News

Brazil U21-Hungary U21 64:75 (19:17, 16:26, 15:18, 14:14)

The second game of the tournament in Day 4 and the fourth for the teams brought the win for Hungary in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. A 10-points deficit in the second quarter was held till the end of the game and exchanged to 75:64 win over Brazil. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Dora Horti (195-C-87) ended up with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Rita Ibolya Kollo (183-F-86) added 11 points, including three threes. Franciele Nacimiento (-87) paced Latin-Americans with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Hungary now have two wins from four games in Group B, while Brazil are 1-3.

A start of the game belonged to Brazilians. They opened the second with 19:17 on the board. Hungary woke up at once as Dorti added two more baskets in the burst while Rita Ibolya Kollo drilled two more three-pointers. At that time Europeans seized a 30:19 lead. The biggest lead happened later with 34:21, but the Brazilians mounted a fightback and closed the gap to just four points in the third quarter.
Brazil could come to 6 points gap only. As a result Hungary mounted in the power in the end and won 75:64.

The rest of the games of Day 4 are planned right after this game. Tomorrow Hungary faces Spain and Brazil opens the day with Australia.

Brazil: Franciele Nacimiento 16+13 rebs, Morais De Andrade 16
Hungary: Katalin Honti 19, Dora Horti 18+12 rebs, Rita Ibolya Kollo 11



Brazilian Olympic Committee Publishes Final List for Men`s and Women`s Pan American Games National Teams -by Rogerio Bringel
The COB (Brazilian Olympic Committee) has divulged the final list of athletes from the Men`s and Women`s National basketball teams representing Brazil in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, starting in July.

Men`s team:
Guards - Valtinho, Marcelinho Huertas and Nezinho; Shooting Guards - Alex Garcia and Marcelinho Machado; Small Forwards - Marquinhos and Marcus Vinicius; Power Forwards - Guilherme Teichmann, Rafael Hettsheimeir and Joao Batista; Centers - Caio Torres and Murilo
Head Coach - Lula Ferreira

Women`s team::

Guard - Adrianinha; Forwards - Janeth, Micaela, Palmira, Chuca, Tayara and Karen; Centers - Graziane, Isis, Mama, Kelly and Êga.
Head Coach: AC Barbosa


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CANADA - Women

Canada could not prevent the loss -by Eurobasket News
Canada U21-France U21 52:71 (13:23, 14:19, 13:18, 12:11)

Canadian U21 squad fell at 2-2 in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. France, being the undefeated team in the group continued its reign to the top. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) was unstoppable for the winners scoring 34 points and making 9 rebounds. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) posted 8, while Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) produced 7. Natalie Doma (191-C) and Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) paced Canada with 10 points each.

Canada got off to a slow start to begin the game. Sandrine Gruda ruined the defense of North Americans and had 15 points out of 23 in the first quarter. In the second quarter France increased to 15 points lead and had 42:27 halftime lead.

In the beginning of the second half Canada went on an 8-5 run. Europeans however slowly reached 20 points before the last, 60:40. Although Canada won the last 12:11 they had to admit the loss.
Today Canada will face Belgium for the third spot in the group as both teams stay with 2-2. France squad will fight for the first place against Russia.

Canada: Natalie Doma 10, Kendel Ross 10
France: Sandrine Gruda 34+9 rebs, Endene Miyem 8, Isabelle Yacoubou 7


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CHINA - Women

Belgium U21 goes into 1/8, while China U21 eliminates -by Eurobasket News
Belgium U21-China U21 76:70 (22:20, 21:24, 19:14, 14:12)

Belgium moved to the third place in Group A of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women after a tough game over China. Due to the second half Europeans overcame 76:70. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) as usual was on the top with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) added 16, while Michiels collected 10. Zheng Bowen (-90) paced China with 17 points. Before the last game in the group Belgium is 2-2, while China stays winless, 0-4. Belgium clinched a quarterfinal place at the FIBA U21 World Championship for Women and eliminate the Asian giants. Probably Mali will join the latter.
China played the first half better and desired the quarterfinals as well. Even though Belgium won the opening quarter 22:20, China answered in the second. After Asians took a 48:45 lead early in the second half many spectators believed in them. It was however Sara Leemans who led her team to a 9-0 run. Belgium won the third with 19:14 and stayed closer of the quarterfinals ticket later in the fourth. Tingting Ding's jump shot with 2:38 remaining closed the gap to 71:69 for China, who had trailed by as many as 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Belgium pushed the tempo and won the game, 76:70.

Belgium: Sara Leemans 24+8 rebs, Marjorie Carpreaux 16+7 ast, Michiels 10
China: Zheng Bowen 17, Cao Fei (-88) 13


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DENMARK - Women

Denmark will be probably out of the next stage -by Eurobasket News
The National team of Denmark under 18 is participating in the European Championship, Division B. Our squad went to Romania to be a worthy representative in the tournament. After 4 days played Denmark has 1 win and 2 losses in Group A. Tonight Danish squad faces Israel and only an enormous win will give a chance for the team to advance.

In the first day of the Championship Denmark escaped with 55:50 win. Due to the last quarter they they won 16:11 Denmark top the group. Emma Kiis (183-F-89) led the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Emilie Hesseldal chipped in 10, while Emilie Schirmer added 7. Irish squad was led by 19 points from Kayleigh Scannell (175-G).
In the second game Denmark lost to Portugal 48:57. Ida Preetzmann was the one who reached double digits for our team scoring 10 points.
In the third game Denmark team U18 was defeated by Belgium 59:76. A nightmare in the third quarter with 4:18 brought Danish squad the second loss.
Tonight Denmark faces Israel at 20.15 European time.

Denmark-Ireland 55:50 (9-14 18-10 12-15 16-11)

Portugal-Denmark 57:48 (19-12 16-9 5-14 17-13)

Denmark-Belgium 59:76 (14-18 18-14 4-18 23-26)

Israel-Denmark 03.07.2007 20:15

Group A
1. Belgium 2-2
2. Ireland 2-1
3. Portugal 2-1
4. Israel 1-2
5. Denmark 1-2


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FRANCE - Women

NT: U21 France win comfortable against Canada (Day 4) -by Leslie Anderson

Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) was in a hurry as she scored 15 consecutive points as France (16:6) after 4 minutes of play. France went on to win the match comfortable 71-52 with Gruda hitting 34 points.


Full match statistics are available here


Tomorrow France play Russia in the match that will determine which team finished first in the group.


For more match details please consult our World Championship section by clicking here



NT:U18 - France lose first qualifying round match to the Czech Republic (Day 5) -by Leslie Anderson

After 12 consecutive victories, it is hard to cope with 2 consecutive defeats. For the second match just as the match is reaching it climax a French player is called for an unsportmanlike foul. With 13 seconds remaining and France trailing (74-73) Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga was the player this time that at fault. This action could not have happened at a worse time as France had come back from (73-64) down in 55 seconds.


Dominika Behalova hit one of the free throws and then Renata Brezinova (26pts & 11rbs), picked up the rebound and finished things up with a simple put-back (77-73). France still had a few seconds to perform some magic but failed and the game was gone.


France was slow out of the starting block and trailed by 10 points after only 4 minutes. France then came back and trailed by 3-points at the end of the first period. France still trailed at the interval despite taking the lead shortly during the period.


The rest of the game was a tight affair with the lead changing times as both teams matched each other basket for basket. The Czech Republic always appeared to have that little advantage which forced France to the limit. Camille Aubert had a good game for France with 15 points that included a sequence of three 3-pointers while Diandra Tchatchouang top scored for France with 17 points.


France now play Spain tomorrow, a defeat will knock them out of the hunt for medal.



Full match statistics are available here



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GUAM - Women

Guam withdrew from the South Pacific Games -by Gauthier Gerard
Guam Basketball Association submitted a women team for the upcoming 2007 South Pacific Games which will be held in Samoa but the federation had to withdraw the team due to financial reason. This is of course a very bad news, one year before the 2008 FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament which will be held in Guam.

SPG Participating countries:
American Samoa
Fiji
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tahiti

Withdrawals:
Mirconesia
Guam
Northern MarianasVanuatu


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HUNGARY - Women

Brazil U21-Hungary U21 64:75 -by Eurobasket News

Brazil U21-Hungary U21 64:75 (19:17, 16:26, 15:18, 14:14)

The second game of the tournament in Day 4 and the fourth for the teams brought the win for Hungary in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. A 10-points deficit in the second quarter was held till the end of the game and exchanged to 75:64 win over Brazil. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Dora Horti (195-C-87) ended up with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Rita Ibolya Kollo (183-F-86) added 11 points, including three threes. Franciele Nacimiento (-87) paced Latin-Americans with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Hungary now have two wins from four games in Group B, while Brazil are 1-3.

A start of the game belonged to Brazilians. They opened the second with 19:17 on the board. Hungary woke up at once as Dorti added two more baskets in the burst while Rita Ibolya Kollo drilled two more three-pointers. At that time Europeans seized a 30:19 lead. The biggest lead happened later with 34:21, but the Brazilians mounted a fightback and closed the gap to just four points in the third quarter.
Brazil could come to 6 points gap only. As a result Hungary mounted in the power in the end and won 75:64.

The rest of the games of Day 4 are planned right after this game. Tomorrow Hungary faces Spain and Brazil opens the day with Australia.

Brazil: Franciele Nacimiento 16+13 rebs, Morais De Andrade 16
Hungary: Katalin Honti 19, Dora Horti 18+12 rebs, Rita Ibolya Kollo 11



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ISRAEL - Women

Israel U18 is 1-2 in Group A -by Eurobasket News
The National team of Israel under 18 is participating in the European Championship, Division B. Our squad went to Romania to be a worthy representative in the tournament. After 4 days played Israel has 1 win and 2 losses in Group A.

In the first day of the Championship Israel beat Belgium that now covers the top with 2-2. Israel's U18 women beat the team who's considered the best in the 5-team bracket. Their 78 points is the highest score by any team in day 1, and Dana Yahalomi (180-F-89)'s 29 led all players. Belgium won 78:67 in the first day.
In the second game Israel lost to Ireland 51:66. It was again Dana Yahalomi who finished with 19 points at that time. Israel lost all the quarters and could not follow the winners.
Last night Israel was defeated by Portugal 50:59. Dana Yahalomi's 17 points were not enough to win the game. Portugal won mostly due to the last quarter that they won 15:7.
Tonight Israel is facing Denmark at 20.15 European time.

Belgium-Israel 67:78 (24-18 14-18 19-21 10-21)

Israel-Ireland 51:66 (10-11 7-15 15-20 19-20)

Portugal-Israel 59:50 (19-10 11-22 14-11 15-7)

Group A
1. Belgium 2-2
2. Ireland 2-1
3. Portugal 2-1
4. Israel 1-2
5. Denmark 1-2


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JAPAN - Women

Japan U21 will be probably out of 1/8 -by Eurobasket News

Australia U21-Japan U21 91:72

Australian National team U21 won the third straight game in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The Sapphires clinched a quarter final berth at the tournament defeating Japan 91:72. Japan is 1-3 but still has a chance to advance. They will have to beat USA tomorrow in the tournament and expect the losses from Brazil and Spain. Shizuka Uchida (-86) scored 13 points to lead Japan with Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) adding 12 points. Elyse Penaluna led the winners with 18 points as Renae Camino (177-G-86) finished with 15.

Australia secured the pool's second spot behind USA. The Sapphires will play Brazil tomorrow in the last day of the pool phase before a quarterfinal game against Belgium or Canada.
Australia was already leading 45:37 at half-time and the coaches were able to give some playing time to everybody on the bench. Kathleen MacLeod, the tournament's leader in assist dished 8 assists in this game. The Australian starting-five enjoyed some rest in the garbage-time. They will also spend more time on the bench in the next game against Brazil.

Japan has nothing to lose in the game against USA tomorrow. The team realizes that they will have to win in order to advance.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna (194-C-88) 18, Renae Camino 15+7rebs, Abby Bishop (189-C-88) 15+15rebs, Jenna O'Hea 13
Japan: Shizuka Uchida 13, Akino Nakagawa 12



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MALI - Women

Russia destroyed Mali -by Eurobasket News
Russia U21-Mali U2194:25 (17:10, 29:8, 30:4, 18:3)

Russia celebrated the fourth straight win in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The hosts of the tournament destroyed Mali 94:25. The Africans managed to keep the game close with only 10:17 in the opening quarter. Later on there was only one team in the court that ruled the gamed. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) and Ekaterina Savelyeva top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) and Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) supported with 13 points. Fanta Toure (-89) (-G) posted 7 points for Mali, that was the best result for Africans.
Mali demonstrated a good game in the beginning of it. Nobody expected a miracle from the visitors, however were pleased to see the even game. That happened only in the beginning as Russia had a 46:18 lead at the half.
The second half was a nightmare for Mali. In the third quarter Africans were smashed with 30:4 and then in the last 18:3.
In the last day of the Preliminary Round both teams have different tasks. As for Russia they will meet another undefeated team, France for the first spot in the group. Meanwhile Mali faces China for the first win of both teams.

Russia: Elena Danilochkina 15, Ekaterina Savelyeva 15, Olga Zhuzhgova 13, Evgenia Belyakova 13
Mali: Fanta Toure 7, Kadia Sacko (-88) 5


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Two pity losses sent Montenegro U18 out of the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News
The National team of Montenegro under 18 is participating in the European Championship, Division B. Our squad went to Romania to be a worthy representative in the tournament. After 4 days played Montenegro has 2 win and 2 losses in Group B. Unfortunately due to those pity losses Montenegro is out of the Qualifying Round.

In the first day of the Championship Montenegro lost to the hosts of U18 European Chapionship. Romania overcame Montenegro 73:68. Claudia Pop (185-F-89) was unstoppable for the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) supported with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) added 12. Marija Vujadinovic resisted for the visitors scoring 16 points. Montenegro won the opening tip, but stopped at 9 points and let the opponents to overcome. With 19:16 for Romania Marija Vujadinovic hit a three pointer to go on a break.
In the second game Montenegro smashed Luxembourg 83:40. Milica Jovanovic (186-F-89) led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Game 3 was again the loss in the last minutes. Having a 10 points deficit at the half, Montenegro lost two last quarters and the game to Croatia 62:66. Even though the team celebrated the victory against Finland 89:74 it was not enough to advance. With 2-2 record Montenegro will play only in Classification Round.


Montenegro-Romania 68:73 (19-19 15-19 23-18 11-17)

Luxembourg-Montenegro 40:83 (15-26 12-21 5-25 8-11)

Montenegro-Croatia 62:66 (12-13 22-11 13-19 15-23)

Finland-Montenegro 74:89 (19-32 8-13 27-26 20-18)


Group B
1. Romania 3-0
2. Croatia 3-1
3. Montenegro 2-2
4. Finland 1-3
5. Luxembourg 0-3


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Shannon Proffit lifts Maroochydore -by Eurobasket News
Kiwi Shannon Proffit helped her Maroochydore Lady Clippers to edge South West Metro 80:57 in the QABL action last week. She produced 8 points (1/3 FG, 6/8 FT), 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals in a win. The Lady Clippers now improved to 10-2 record for the season.
Tall Fern Angelo Marino drove Sturt Sabres past North Adelaide Rockets in the Central Australia Basketball League. Marino netted 29 points (8/18 FG, 2/9 3pt, 11/14 FT), grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in a 86:76 victory. The Sabres are now at 14-1 record.
Meanwhile in the SEABL action Gemma Kerr and her Kilsyth LAdy Cobras gained another win. They outscored Southern District Spartans 95:82 to improve to 13-9 record. Gemma Kerr had 8 points (3/8 FG, 2/2 FT), 5 assists and 1 rebound in 26 minutes of action.


Emerging Junior Tall Ferns start with win -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U16 - Northern Territory 64:61

The emerging Junior Tall Ferns opened the Australian Championships in Gosford with a victory. They defeated Northern Territory 64:61. Kate Alemann secured 13 points and 18 boards for U16 team. She marked the New Zealand squad dominance under the rims as they outerebounded Northern Territory 30:14. New Zealand take a day of rest as they had Bye on Day 2 of the competition.

In the second game of the tournament New Zealand team faced West Australia Country. Junior Tall Ferns started the game confidently posting an 11-point advantage after the opening frame. They extended their lead to 47:26 at halftime. West Australia Country closed on the gap in the third quarter, however it was not enough to overcome Kiwi youngsters. They celebrated a 71:58 win to improve to 2-0. Forward Paea Selby-Rickit led New Zealand with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Samarah Gallaher added 8 points and 13 boards.
Day 4 of the competition brought some negative emotions as New Zealand were defeated by Victoria Country 42:88. Samara Gallaher and Shiana-Rose Harris chipped in 7 points apiece in a loss.


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PARAGUAY - Women

Female League Finals on 1-1 -by Gianni Pascucci
Led by Jazmin Mercado (-G), who scored 24 pts, Sol de America defeated Olimpia 69-62 in Game two of the First Division Finals, tieing the series 1-1. Olimpia had won Game 1 56-53. The decisive Game 3 will be played on sunday night.

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RUSSIA - Women

Russia destroyed Mali -by Eurobasket News
Russia U21-Mali U2194:25 (17:10, 29:8, 30:4, 18:3)

Russia celebrated the fourth straight win in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The hosts of the tournament destroyed Mali 94:25. The Africans managed to keep the game close with only 10:17 in the opening quarter. Later on there was only one team in the court that ruled the gamed. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) and Ekaterina Savelyeva top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) and Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) supported with 13 points. Fanta Toure (-89) (-G) posted 7 points for Mali, that was the best result for Africans.
Mali demonstrated a good game in the beginning of it. Nobody expected a miracle from the visitors, however were pleased to see the even game. That happened only in the beginning as Russia had a 46:18 lead at the half.
The second half was a nightmare for Mali. In the third quarter Africans were smashed with 30:4 and then in the last 18:3.
In the last day of the Preliminary Round both teams have different tasks. As for Russia they will meet another undefeated team, France for the first spot in the group. Meanwhile Mali faces China for the first win of both teams.

Russia: Elena Danilochkina 15, Ekaterina Savelyeva 15, Olga Zhuzhgova 13, Evgenia Belyakova 13
Mali: Fanta Toure 7, Kadia Sacko (-88) 5


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SPAIN - Women

UB Barcelona could be disappear on next hours -by Ivan Villar
The women section of FC Barcelona of basketball continues with a lot of trouble.The team has a economic hole of 400.000€ and don't appear nobody to help to historic club.University of Barcelona and managers of FC Barcelona are the last chances of catalan team,but these institutions are tired after many years of similar problems like the resigning to play in Europe competition.Silvia Font ,the coach who won with UB Barcelona a pair of tittles said that they need a miracle for survive in LF.Nowday Don Piso Uni Girona of LF-2 is the only one ready to replace UB Barcelona in LF.The team from Girona would let its place in LF-2 to Siglo XXI and probably take the players signed by UB Bacelona actually,Marta Fernandez,Ingrid Pons,Sandra Gallego (178-F-76),Pircic and Petrovic.In other side,Acis Leon signed the valencian guard Anna Gomez and Agencia Serrano from Badajoz joined again the guard Lorena Infante and the portuguese center Sonia Borges.

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U.KINGDOM - Women

Doube loss for England -by Dave Ryan
England under-18 women's team have seen their hopes of qualifying for the championship stage of the UMCOR European Championships B Division end after losing their opening two group games.
With Armenia withdrawing from the competition, England were without a game on the first day, but losses against Estonia and Latvia ended their hopes of a place in the last eight.
Saturday saw the opening game for Deirdre Hayes's side, and they suffered a heavy 62-34 loss against Estonia. The Estonians won the first period 15-5, and extended their lead to 31-17 at half-time. If was effectively all over by the final break as England were outscored 14-5 in the third period to trail 45-22 going into the final quarter.
With England shooting a poor 21 percent from the field, it was left to Manchester Mystics' Charlotte Stoddart (177-F-90) to lead the England scoring with 10 points - nine of which came from three pointers. Haringey Angels' Kashmere Joseph (183-C-90) collected eight rebounds in 21 minutes, while Hannah Shaw pulled down seven boards in a team-high 27 minutes.
England started strongly in the following day's game against Latvia, and took an early lead thanks to a trey from Jess Brookfield of Solent Suns. Further threes from Stoddart and Cristal Turner (Seveoaks) helped England go into the first break with a 22-15 lead.
That proved to be as good as it got for England, however, as the Latvians opened the second period with a 14-0 run. It took until the 4:19 mark for England to break their duck when Team Northumbria's Dominique Allen drained a jump shot. Latvia finished the half with a 40-29 lead, and they extended that advantage with a 19-15 third period to lead by 15 going into the final break, before again outscoring England by four in the final quarter to win 79-60. Turner and Shaw finished with ten points each, while Stoddart collected nine rebounds.
England have a day off on Monday before completing their first stage games on Tuesday when they face a Bosnia and Herzegovina side who lost their opening games against Estonia and Latvia.


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W.CHAMPS U21 - Women

Day 4 results and the whole coverage -by Eurobasket News

Belgium-China 76:70 (22:20, 21:24, 19:14, 14:12)
Belgium: Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) 24+8 rebs, Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) 16+7 ast, Michiels 10
China: Zheng Bowen (-90) 17, Cao Fei (-88) 13

Belgium moved to the third place in Group A of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women after a tough game over China. Due to the second half Europeans overcame 76:70. Sara Leemans as usual was on the top with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Marjorie Carpreaux added 16, while Michiels collected 10. Zheng Bowen paced China with 17 points. Before the last game in the group Belgium is 2-2, while China stays winless, 0-4. Belgium clinched a quarterfinal place at the FIBA U21 World Championship for Women and eliminate the Asian giants. Probably Mali will join the latter.

China played the first half better and desired the quarterfinals as well. Even though Belgium won the opening quarter 22:20, China answered in the second. After Asians took a 48:45 lead early in the second half many spectators believed in them. It was however Sara Leemans who led her team to a 9-0 run. Belgium won the third with 19:14 and stayed closer of the quarterfinals ticket later in the fourth. Tingting Ding's jump shot with 2:38 remaining closed the gap to 71:69 for China, who had trailed by as many as 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Belgium pushed the tempo and won the game, 76:70.



Brazil U21-Hungary U21 64:75 (19:17, 16:26, 15:18, 14:14)
Brazil: Franciele Nacimiento (-87) 16+13 rebs, Morais De Andrade 16
Hungary: Katalin Honti (178-G-87) 19, Dora Horti (195-C-87) 18+12 rebs, Rita Ibolya Kollo (183-F-86) 11

The second game of the tournament and the fourth for the teams brought the win for Hungary in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. A 10-points deficit in the second quarter was held till the end of the game and exchanged to 75:64 win over Brazil. Katalin Honti top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Dora Horti ended up with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Rita Ibolya Kollo added 11 points, including three threes. Franciele Nacimiento paced Latin-Americans with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Hungary now have two wins from four games in Group B, while Brazil are 1-3.

A start of the game belonged to Brazilians. They opened the second with 19:17 on the board. Hungary woke up at once as Dorti added two more baskets in the burst while Rita Ibolya Kollo drilled two more three-pointers. At that time Europeans seized a 30:19 lead. The biggest lead happened later with 34:21, but the Brazilians mounted a fightback and closed the gap to just four points in the third quarter.
Brazil could come to 6 points gap only. As a result Hungary mounted in the power in the end and won 75:64.



Australia U21-Japan U21 91:72

Australian National team U21 won the third straight game in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The Sapphires clinched a quarter final berth at the tournament defeating Japan 91:72. Japan is 1-3 but still has a chance to advance. They will have to beat USA tomorrow in the tournament and expect the losses from Brazil and Spain. Shizuka Uchida (-86) scored 13 points to lead Japan with Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) adding 12 points. Elyse Penaluna led the winners with 18 points as Renae Camino (177-G-86) finished with 15.

Australia secured the pool's second spot behind USA. The Sapphires will play Brazil tomorrow in the last day of the pool phase before a quarterfinal game against Belgium or Canada.
Australia was already leading 45:37 at half-time and the coaches were able to give some playing time to everybody on the bench. Kathleen MacLeod, the tournament's leader in assist dished 8 assists in this game. The Australian starting-five enjoyed some rest in the garbage-time. They will also spend more time on the bench in the next game against Brazil.

Japan has nothing to lose in the game against USA tomorrow. The team realizes that they will have to win in order to advance.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna (194-C-88) 18, Renae Camino 15+7rebs, Abby Bishop (189-C-88) 15+15rebs, Jenna O'Hea 13
Japan: Shizuka Uchida 13, Akino Nakagawa 12



USA-Spain 81:62

USA: Laura Harper (193-F/C) 13 points, Jolene Anderson (173-G-86) 11, Essence Carson 10.
Spain: Royo Torres 15, Marcos Benito 10

USA clinched the first spot in Group B of 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship. With one game remaining in preliminary play USA is 4-0, while Spain fell at 1-3. Laura Harper led the winners with 13 points. Jolene Anderson added 11 and Essence Carson finished with 10.


Russia U21-Mali U2194:25 (17:10, 29:8, 30:4, 18:3)

Russia celebrated the fourth straight win in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The hosts of the tournament destroyed Mali 94:25. The Africans managed to keep the game close with only 10:17 in the opening quarter. Later on there was only one team in the court that ruled the gamed. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) and Ekaterina Savelyeva top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) and Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) supported with 13 points. Fanta Toure (-89) (-G) posted 7 points for Mali, that was the best result for Africans.
Mali demonstrated a good game in the beginning of it. Nobody expected a miracle from the visitors, however were pleased to see the even game. That happened only in the beginning as Russia had a 46:18 lead at the half.
The second half was a nightmare for Mali. In the third quarter Africans were smashed with 30:4 and then in the last 18:3.
In the last day of the Preliminary Round both teams have different tasks. As for Russia they will meet another undefeated team, France for the first spot in the group. Meanwhile Mali faces China for the first win of both teams.

Russia: Elena Danilochkina 15, Ekaterina Savelyeva 15, Olga Zhuzhgova 13, Evgenia Belyakova 13
Mali: Fanta Toure 7, Kadia Sacko (-88) 5

Canada U21-France U21 52:71 (13:23, 14:19, 13:18, 12:11)
Canadian U21 squad fell at 2-2 in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. France, being the undefeated team in the group continued its reign to the top. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) was unstoppable for the winners scoring 34 points and making 9 rebounds. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) posted 8, while Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) produced 7. Natalie Doma (191-C) and Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) paced Canada with 10 points each.

Canada got off to a slow start to begin the game. Sandrine Gruda ruined the defense of North Americans and had 15 points out of 23 in the first quarter. In the second quarter France increased to 15 points lead and had 42:27 halftime lead.

In the beginning of the second half Canada went on an 8-5 run. Europeans however slowly reached 20 points before the last, 60:40. Although Canada won the last 12:11 they had to admit the loss.
Today Canada will face Belgium for the third spot in the group as both teams stay with 2-2. France squad will fight for the first place against Russia.

Canada: Natalie Doma 10, Kendel Ross 10
France: Sandrine Gruda 34+9 rebs, Endene Miyem 8, Isabelle Yacoubou 7



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WNBA - Women

Jia Perkins and Lauren Jackson gain Weekly honours -by Eurobasket News
Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, college: Texas Tech) of Chicago Sky and Seattle Storm leader Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) shared Player of the Week award.
This one became the first Player of the Week award for Jia Perkins, who posted an impressive 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5 assists per game during a 2-1 week for the Sky. She converted massive 60% from the field, 61% from three-point line and 83% from free throw line.
Jia Perkins opened up the week recording 19 points (8/13 FG, 1/2 3pt, 2/2 FT) and 7 rebounds against Seattle. Later in the week she shone as Chicago drove to a double-overtime victory over Sacramento away from home. Perkins set up a new franchise and her career-best record nailing 39 points. She also became the first WNBA player to mark 30+ points and 10+ assists in a single game. She provided 39 points (17/24 FG, 5/7 3pt), 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in a 92:84 road win. Perkins continued to roll and secured one more overtime success for Chicago as they beat Los Angeles 74:71 in extra time. She netted 15 points (5/13 FG, 2/4 3pt, 3/4 FT), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in 44 minutes of action. Chicago improved to 8-8 record and seats at the 4th spot in the East.
Lauren Jackson received her 9th Player of the Week award and the second one this season. She helped the Storm to gain 2 wins over the week and averaged 23.3 points, 10.3 rebounds per game in these games. On June 26 Jackson chipped in game-high 33 points (11/20 FG, 2/4 3pt, 9/10 FT), collected 12 rebounds and made a block as Seattle crushed Chicago 94:76.
In the next encounter Lauren Jackson provided 25 points (8/11 FG, 9/10 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in a 76:81 loss to Houston. Seattle's forward wrap up her week with a 12 points (4/12 FG, 4/4 FT), 11 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals performance against New York. The Storm climbed up to 8-7 record and occupy the 4th spot in the Western conference ladder.
Lauren Jackson meanwhile tops scoring category with 22.7 points per game. She also leads the league in rebounds (9.1) and blocks (1.9).
Jia Perkins and Lauren Jackson cleared off Tamika Whitmore of Indiana, Penny Taylor of Phoenix, Rebekkah Brunson from Sacramento, Erin Buescher of San Antonio and Alana Beard from Washington for the Weekly honours.


Houston Comets acquire guard Tamecka Dixon -by Eurobasket News
The Houston Comets announced yesterday about the signing of guard Tamecka Dixon (5'9''-G-75, college: Kansas). The team also waived guard Tamara Moore and centre Tari Phillips.
Tamecka Dixon was selected as the 14th overall pick in 1997 Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. She averaged 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists during her WNBA career. In Februaury, 2006 she was signed by the Houston Comets and provided 7.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in the season. She was waived early in the current season.
Tamara Moore was signed in May and appeared in 15 games this season. She produced 3.9 points and 3.0 assists. Tari Phillips came from New York Liberty in February and re-signed with the Comets in March. She averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in this season.
The Detroit Shock decided to waive guard Amy Sanders (5'11''-G-83, college: Hawaii). She was signed by the Shock in April, 2007 as a free agent. She played 6 games for Detroit this season posting 0.3 points and 0.3 rebounds per game.
Seattle meanwhile waived centre Tyesha Flucker. She was selected by the Storm during the Charlotte Sting Dispersal Draft and managed 1 point and 7 rebounds in 9 appearances during this season.