EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/6/2007

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Market News from Zagreb -by Zeljko Zule
Zagreb inked Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) ex Zadar for two seasons and re-signed Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82). Gordan Zadravec (204-F/C-69), Dzevad Alihodzic (208-C-69, agency: Interperformances), Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) and Kenny Taylor (191-G-82, college: Texas) are free agents,

Bujan named Siroki's coach, Zvezda inks two players, Helios adds Radojicic -by Zeljko Zule

Bosnian champion Siroki Prima pivo named Croatian Tihomir Bujan ex Borik as new head coach.
Crvena zvezda re-signed Steven Markovic (190-G-85) and Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85) ex Rheinenergie Koln for three seasons.

Helios inked Nikola Radojicic (196-G-86) ex Spiska Nova Ves for 1+1 season.

Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) ex Zadar is a free agent.



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ANGOLA

Site of the Afrobasket2007 -by Carlos Pereira
Visit the site of the Afrobasket2007 in english, french and portuguese, with news, competition, videos and press center, at:

http://www.afrobasket2007.com


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ARGENTINA

Market last news -by Facundo Iatzky
Liga A
atenas cordoba: signed Medardo Ligorria as head coach. signed Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances) Leandro Palladino (194-G-76, agency: Interperformances) and Mauro Bulchi (203-C-83)
ben hur rafaela: signed Gustavo Martin (184-G-81) Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Ronsport, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield) Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89)
boca juniors: signed Ryan Carroll (195-G/F-79, college: TCU) Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87) Lucas Ortiz (190-G-87) Jonatan Slider (200-F-87) Julian Aprea (208-C-87)
central entrerriano: signed Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) Sebastian Cabello (202-F/C-82) Jose luis Melchiori (185-G-89)
el nacional: signed Sebastian Farias (188-G-83) Pablo Barrios (207-C-77)
estudiantes bahia blanca: signed guillermo lopez as head coach and signed Pablo Gil (188-G-78) Jose Muruaga (198-G-84) Pablo Moya (206-C-83)
gimnasia comodoro: signed Diego Alba (186-G-81) Matias Fioretti (199-G/F-84) Diego Prego (198-F-77) Diego Brezzo (207-F/C-84) Bruno Ingratta (201-F/C-85) Facundo Venturini (198-F-87)
independiente neuquen: signed Claudio Chiappero (203-C-74) Juan Pablo Sanchez (190-G/F-83) Esteban De La Fuente (196-G-68) Esteban Lopez (184-G-84) Federico Daddone (200-F-90)
libertad sunchales: signed Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86) and Josh Pittman (197-F-76, college: NC-Asheville)
obras sanitarias: signed Daniel Chaher (192-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71) Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) Fernando Calvi (200-F-81) Gonzalo Traverso (196-G/F-88) Cristian Cortes (185-G-90)
peñarol: signed Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern) and Byron Wilson (192-F/G-71, college: Utah)
regatas corrientes: signed Diego Cavaco (202-F-79)
sionista: signed Todd Williams (193-G-69, college: Sacred Heart)


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AUSTRALIA

NBL: Breakers signs Phil Jones and Paora Winitana -by Gauthier Gerard
Two foundation players at the Harvey Norman NZ Breakers are returning to the team for the upcoming NBL season starting in September. The signing of Tall Black guards Phill Jones (196-G-74) and Paora Winitana (195-G-76), who both played for the Breakers in their inaugural Australian NBL campaign in 2003/04, completes the recruitment of ‘local' players. They will be part of an 11-strong roster, one more than usual, of which six are Kiwis. Only the two import spots are still to be filled.

The 29-year-old Winitana, the New Zealand NBL's MVP in 2006 and joint New Zealand MVP in 2007, says he has worked hard over the past couple of years for another shot at “the big time”.
I have two young sons now and everyone knows my family comes first,” Winitana said. “But I've talked it through with my wife and going back to the Breakers is something we've both wanted to do for a while. I've put in the time and effort, working on my game, and this is a good challenge to see if I can compete in the NBL.”


U18 Nationals: rosters -by Gauthier Gerard
Most of the best players born in 1990 and 1991 will travel to Tasmania to play in the 2007 Nationals tournament. New Zealand will send its U18 men B squad as a preparation for the 2008 U18 Oceania serie. Last year, New South Wales Country claimed the Gold medal in the Men tournament with a two-point win over Western Australia Metro.

ACT
Nick Dewey
Alex Pearce
Daniel Beames
Hayden Galbraith
Charles Gibbs
Tom Goldrick
Manu Jaireth
Michael Kaye
Kai Palmer
Sam Yates

QUEENSLAND NORTH
Cameron Pratt
Damon Heuir
David Dimla
Jeromie Hill
Marcus Fossey
Matthew Pratt
Matthew Sturgeon
Michael Chitham
Sam Bartolo
Todd Blanchfield

QUEENSLAND SOUTH
Brendan Teys
Brent Sheppard
Brock Motum
Cameron Bairstow
Christian Salecich
Jorden Page
Mitchell Young
Nathan Crombie
Shaun Dionysius
Steven Lio-Willie

NEW SOUTH WALES METRO
Sean Albert (Penrith)
Kaltaran Bhinder (Hornsby)
Jason Cadee (Bankstown)
Greg Chaplin (Hills)
Indiana Faithfull (Sydney City)
Shane Harris-Tunks (Bankstown/AIS)
Blake McGrath (Hills)
Matthew Samuels (Bankstown)
Steven White (Manly)
Kayne Wilson (Manly)

NEW SOUTH WALES COUNTRY
Josh Black (Gosford City)
Zac Compton (Port Macquarie)
Zac Delaney (Illawarra)
Matthew Dick (Maitland)
Rick Martin (Illawarra)
Jimbo McAnulty (Maitland)
Matthew Mujic (Newcastle)
Sean Mullan (Illawarra)
Brad Simpson (Goulburn)
Bobby Tye (Wagga)

NEW ZEALAND
Riki Buckrell (Hutt Valley)
Sam Butler (North Harbour)
Vincent George (North Canterbury)
James Holland (Canterbury)
Hala Manoa (Wellington)
Hemi Pairama-Lewington (Wellington)
Te Puao Silver (Waikato)
Haylen Tahau (Hawke's Bay)
Dean van Maanen (Canterbury)

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Aaron Reinbott
Kelvin Damaso
Jay Edwards
Matthew Flanegan
Kyle Godwin
Sacha Nourse
Travis Thorne
Alex Weetra
Daniel Weetra
Christian Williams

SOUTH AUSTRALIA METRO
Keegan Brooksby (Sturt)
Tom Daly (Sturt)
Matthew Dubrich (South Adelaide)
Peter Leijs (Sturt)
Matthew Lycett (North Adelaide)
Scott O'Connor (Southern)
Claybrin McMath (Sturt)
Jordan Murphy (North Adelaide)
Kurtis Phillips (West Adelaide)
Jan Warbout (Sturt)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA COUNTRY
Daniel Lean (Eastern Hills)
Fletcher Miles (Eastern Hills)
Ben Yeomans (Riverland)
Warrick McGinty (Mount Gambier)
Brad Reid (Mount Gambier)
Matthew Kowald (Murray Bridge)
Paul Anastasiou (Murray Bridge)
Travis Prosser (Murray Bridge)
Adam Lake (Great Southern)
Jarrad Redden (SYP)

TASMANIA
Alaster Radford
Brad Absolom
Dwayne Radcliffe
Joss Mooney
Lucas Simpson
Nick Cleary
Nick Fox
Stuart Turner
Toby Mahoney
Tom Zerna

VICTORIA METRO
Leigh Kitchin (Nunawading)
Bryce Arnott (Dandenong)
Josh Wilcher (Sandringham)
Joel Naburgs (Kilsyth)
Jack Watts (Sandringham)
Jack Railton-Woodcock (Frankston)
Steven Woodburn (Keilor)
Billy Thomas (Dandenong)
Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston)
James Orr (Frankston)

VICTORIA COUNTRY
Hayden Annett (Portland)
Benjamin Bowman (Warragul)
Shaun Bruce (Horsham)
Matt Dea (Mildura)
Matthew Dellavedova (Maryborough)
Liam McInerney (Timboon)
Stephen O'Brien (Warragul)
Zachary Pickett (Warrnambool)
Nathan Pigott (Geelong)
Brett Seljak (Geelong)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA COUNTRY
Jack Della-Santina
Cameron Raper
Ross Lowe
Sean Roberts
Jai Fleming
Cameron Cranley
Harry Morgan
Gary Anderson
Jordan Hickert
Sam Sopolinski

WESTERN AUSTRALIA METRO
Jarrod Balcombe
Robert Cassir
Corey Craig
Nikola Donlagic
Cody Ellis
Ryan Godfrey
Daniel Harloe
Robert Huntington
Kosta Ilic
Ben Purser


U16 Nationals: End of the pool phase -by Gauthier Gerard
Gosford is hosting the 2007 U16 Nationals tournament with all the best players born in 1992 and 1993. After six days of competition, the pool phase is over and the semifinals games will be played on Friday: Victoria Metro vs New South Wales Metro and Victoria Country against Tasmania. Let's take a first look at the pool phase and the best individual performances so far. We will make a complete in-depth recap at the end of the tournament.

In the pool A, Victoria Metro is the only undefeated team in the tournament. The victorian secured the top spot with a large 68-47 win over a surprising Tasmania team, tassie Hugh Greenwood tried his best 16pts 7/20FG 17rbs but received too little help from his teamates. Brandon Iskra has been an inspirational leader in the paint so far. In the pool B, VIC Country claimed the first place with a 73-70 win on the opening day over NSW Metro thanks to a great performance from Mitchell Creek and Michael O'Callaghan who combined for 39pts 22rbs and 6st. VICC suffered its first loss on Thursday, 82-89 against WA Metro powered by Ben Murphy (23pts 11/14FG 12rbs). On the individual side, Hugh Greenwood from Tasmania and Brandon Iskra from VICM are the most impressive players. But we will not forget Jordan Taylor (NSWC), Anel Bucuk (NSWM) or Tom Layrock (QLDS) to name a few.

Pool A:
Victoria Metro 6-0
Tasmania 5-1
QLD South 4-2
NSW Country 3-3
New Zealand 2-4
SA Country 1-5
WA Country 0-6
Pool B:
Victoria Country 5-1
NSW Metro 5-1
WA Metro 4-2
SA Metro 4-2
ACT 2-4
QLD North 1-5
N. Territory 0-6

Semifinals schedule:
Victoria Metro - New South Wales Metro
Victoria Country - Tasmania
5th place schedule:
Western Australia Metro - New South Wales Country
Queensland South - South Australia Metro
9th place schedule:
New Zealand - Queensland North
ACT - South Australia Country
13th place game:
Western Australia Country - Northern Territory

Stats Leaders after the pool phase:
Points:

Hugh Greenwood (TAS) 22.5ppg
Jordan Taylor (NSWC) 19.7ppg
Nathan Spehr (SAM) 19.2ppg
Tia Temata-Frost (NZ) 18.2ppg
Anel Bucuk (NSWM) 17.3ppg
Tom Layrock (QLDS) 16.7ppg
Brandon Iskra (VICM) 16.7ppg
John Marriott (SAM) 16.4ppg
Luke Russell (TAS) 15.8ppg
Dylan Rawson (SAC) 15.5ppg

Rebounds:
Hugh Greenwood (TAS) 17.7rpg
Jordan Taylor (NSWC) 13.2rpg
James Cunha-Lisboa (ACT) 11.8rpg
Nicholas Seton (QLDS) 10.8rpg
Joseph Goicoechea (QLDN) 10.rpg

Assists:
Jesse Baaner (NSWC) 6.2apg
Igor Hadziomerovic (VICM) 5.8apg
Tom Layrock (QLDS) 5.3apg
Sam Edgerton (TAS) 5.3apg
Dyson Heppell (VICC) 4.7apg


NBL: Perth signs Shawn Redhage until 2010! -by Gauthier Gerard
The Perth Wildcats have announced the signing of import Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) until the year 2010. Originally joining the club in 2005 after being released from New Zealand, Redhage captured the attention of the entire National Basketball League with his athletic ability, strong work ethic and dogged determination.
source: Perth Wildcats

In his first year he won the club's Gordon Ellis Medal (Club MVP), Season Member's MVP and runner-up NBL MVP. In 2006/07 he won the club MVP for the second year running and by doing so joined an elite group of Wildcats stalwarts including James Crawford, Ricky Grace, Scott Fisher and Andrew Vlahov. Not since Ricky Grace has the club made such a long term commitment to a player and in particular an import of this magnitude. At the end of this contract Redhage would have completed a five-year term with the club. Earlier this year the club successfully gained a permanent resident status for Redhage which will allow him to compete as a non-restricted player in 2009 in the NBL opening up a third import opportunity.
"Not only is he an excellent player and a consummate professional, Shawn is great bloke," Wildcats managing director Andrew Vlahov said. "The length of this contract reflects our commitment to him and our intention to build the team around players like him," he said.


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AUSTRIA

Nagler moves to Klosterneuburg -by Stefan Heinrich
The Klosterneuburg Dukes signed their first new player for the upcomming season. It's the 23 year old Christoph Nagler (193-G-84), who played the last 3 season for the Oberwart Gunners. Nagler was a key player for the Vize-Champion, but Nagler wanted to play for a team which is closer to the University in Vienna. Last season Nagler played 47 games for the Gunners where he averaged 8.3 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 23 minutes. He had the best Fhree Throw percentage in the whole league with 93.3 % and he had also 43.1 % from 3 point range.

Klosterneuburg completed their roster for the 2007/08 season with this signing. The players under contract are: Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast), Sam Spann (198-F-79, college: Fairfield), Christof Hetzmannseder (181-G-88), Andreas Diwald (186-G-82), Marko Anselgruber (204-C-81), Damir Hamidovic (205-C/F-71), Stephan Balga (194-F-84), Bernd Stuppacher (195-F-86), Christian Fritz (-86) and Lukas Sallomon (191-G/F-87) will stay from last season, Christian Gschwind and Moritz Forster will be in the roster and both played in the youth team of the Dukes in the last season. It's still unknown if Christoph Gangl (194-F-73) will continue his career and Robert Wagenlechner (210-C-87) leaves the team and moves to St. Polten, where he hopes to receive more playing time. Manuel Gartner (199-F-86) will also join the team after beeing 2 year in the USA.


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BAHAMAS

Johnson's camp gets underway -by Eurobasket News
With a strong first day of practice and drills, Kevin Johnson's Basketball Camp appears to be ready once again to make an impact upon young boys and girls. This camp has been running for the past 10 years, and has changed many lives, providing young men and women with positive activities to occupy their time during the summer period.
The camp is being held at C.I. Gibson gymnasium, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. The first day of action was yesterday, and the camp is scheduled to last for about three weeks. Nonetheless, persons who are interested can still be a part of this camp. It will entertain age groups from 5-18. The registration fee is $90, but there is "always" an exception to the rule.
Camp Director Kevin Johnson said: "A lot of my kids don't pay because they are inner city kids, so they come free. I won't turn away any kid, once they don't have it (funds), because the objective is to have these kids off the streets during the summer months, and involved in some positive activities."
Furthermore he said: "Ten years ago I came home, and I had a passion to teach boys and girls the game of basketball, or the game of life, so I started it and pushed for it to continue."
Why call it the game of life one might ask?
"If you're disciplined in the game of basketball, you are disciplined in the game of life. This is because the discipline that you need to practice and prepare yourself for basketball will be the same kind you will need to work hard and be on time at work," Johnson stressed. He continued: "If you're not disciplined you are not going to make it, that's the bottom line. That is why some of our athletes don't make it."
However, if any activity is to be successful, organizers must have some objectives and a plan on how to achieve them. Johnson said: "Our objective every year is to number one, put God first in your life. Number two, always strive for education and number three, to teach them the fundamentals of basketball."
Therefore, with these three solid goals in focus, participants can overcome all obstacles. Johnson takes pride in the consistency that they maintain at the camp. He said: "We start the camp off every morning with a devotion to acknowledge God because without him we are nothing. Then we have a warm-up period and then get into our drills. We have our time frame plotted so we really try to stick to that time frame."
Johnson has a vast variety of college coaches scheduled to be present at the camp. In his effort to help demonstrate to the participants of the camp the fundamentals of basketball.
"We want to have them working with the older persons. Helping them to improve their skills and possibly obtain scholarships because that's what it's all about," Johnson noted. He said: "We want to teach them all aspects of the game. To younger kids, especially like 5 and 6, we want to continue working hard with their growth development like dribbling, passing, shooting and playing defense. However, with the older ones we want to get more advanced, but before you can walk you must creep."
This camp should not only affect persons in the area of basketball, but in the area of everyday life.
"They can meet new people and continue to grow as persons," Johnson added. Approximately 180 campers took part last year and organizers are looking for this number to increase. "This is a good step in the right direction because a lot of our kids need proper direction. I have some of the best instructors in The Bahamas teaching at the camp. Those who played the game of basketball, understand the game of basketball and know the right fundamental way to teach the game of basketball," he said.
Courtesy of: www.thenassauguardian.com


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BELGIUM

Charleroi Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Spirou Charleroi has signed American guard Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) for one season.
Hamilton played the past season for trefl Sopot and Pamesa Valencia.

He has a lot of experience playing in high level leagues (Greece, Italy and Spain) as well as Euroleague.

Played Euroleague with Siena during the 05-06 season and with Trefl Sopot the past season.

Had his best season in 04-05 when he played for Iraklis and averaged 12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 3.4 apg in the Greek League.

Won a championship with Real Madrid in 04-05 and averaged 10.5 ppg during the playoffs that year.


Belgian forward Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81) has also been added to the Spirou roster for next season.

The played the past season for D2 Colfontaine who folded at the end of the season.


Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) will not be playing for Charleroi next season.

The future of Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St.) is as of now still up in the air and Andre Riddick (208-C-73, college: Kentucky) should be back for the last year of his contract.



NBA Summerleague -by Peter Buyse


Several players who played in Belgium this past season are on the roster of NBA teams for the Las Vegas Summerleague that starts tomorrow.
Thomas Gardner (195-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) is on the Bulls roster, Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) is on Denver's.

Former Bree guards Jeff Horner (191-G-83, college: Iowa) and Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.) are also going to be in Vegas, Horner with the Rockets and Torbert as a New York Knick.

Also on the Knicks roster is Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso).

Verviers teammates Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) and Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) are on the Hornets and TWolves roster respectively.
Mons's Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) is also on the Hornets roster.



Mons Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Dexia Mons-Hainaut has signed American guard Elton Nesbitt (177-G-80, college: Georgia Southern) for the coming season with an option for the next year.
Nebitt played the 2006-2007 season in NBDL for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

In 37 games he averaged 7.7 ppg and 2.4 apg.

Had an outstanding career at Georgia Southern where he averaged over 20ppg in both his senior and junior years.

Was voted Southen Conference Player of the Year at the end of the 2005-2006 season.

Nesbitt played till recently for the USBL's Dodge City Legend. In 8 games he had averages of 7.9 ppg and 2.5 apg.




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BELIZE

The Tigersharks Defeathered The Eagles -by David Magana
Last Saturday night in San Pedro the Tigersharks did what normally big teams with tradition do in playoffs. Respected, never underestimated and started wearing them down the Eagles from the very beginning. The Tigersharks started with a choking lead in the first quarter of 13 points and like how Coach Gary Isaacson had mentioned before, defense was going to be the decisive factor in winning games and so it was. The Tigersharks hit the Eagles from all angles, displaying a very well coordinated ball game with screen plays and slam dunks that got the crowd up and wild. Nevertheless, this coming Saturday in Orange Walk, it will be a different story since the Eagles will be at home, we have to remember that they have been a good team at home and especially that the Tigersharks suffered their first defeat at the hands the Eagles.
For the Tigersharks, Damian Staples (206-C, college: Iowa St.) ended with 25 points and 13 rebounds, Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M - Commerce) with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Douglas Penland (191-G/F-75) with 14 points and Ornell Lennan (186-G) 10 points. For the Eagles, Roscoe Rhys (182-G-79) ended up with 24 points, Kevin Arnold (183-G) with 18 points, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Sheldon Williams (180-F) with 14 points.


In Retrospective, Bulldogs vs Oilers -by David Magana
In retrospective of game 1 from the series between the Bulldogs and the Oilers it was expected that the playoff games were going to be played at a more intense level than the regular season and the idea of “obviously caught up by surprise” does not seam to justify the way the Bulldogs played this game. It is probably more like the Bulldogs underestimated the Oilers, a mistake commonly committed by the better team in playoffs. When ever a team goes into playoffs, it needs to play much better and when the opportunity comes of having the opponent on their knees, to be able to finish them so that they do not have an opportunity for a come back or go through a frightening situation to win a game. What was obvious though, it was not a great night for the Bulldogs because of the many mistakes and opportunities they gave the Oilers who did not know how to capitalize and pull the upset. Two key players of the Bulldogs were fouled-out; Ty Bradley (183-G-85), early in the third quarter and Darwin Leslie (191-F/G-81) in the fourth. Apart from leaving the game, Ty Bradley gave away a technical foul to the Oilers who also had gotten a previous one from the Bulldogs' bench. Letting the Oilers get closer by one point. Due to lack of concentration or probably pressure, the Bulldogs were atrocious from the free throw line and 3-point % scoring a low 27% and 20.7% respectively. Nevertheless, Bart Sanchez (193-G/F) had the game in his hands and saw it vanish like the mist of a morning dew while on the other hand, MVP Judson Stubbs (201-F/C, college: TCU) was able to capitalize under pressure and secure the win for the Bulldogs. In the end, the figures showed the Bulldogs surviving by a score of 76-73.

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BOSNIA

Interview with Lance Williams -by Nedzad Kladusak
Yesterday we wrote about a possible return of Lance Williams to KK Bosna.

Can you describe your career path since you left Bosna? Why did you leave AEL/Turow?

My career in bosnia was great we won 2 championships and a cup it felt great bringing them
back to top 8 in the Adriatic league. AEL was good but I wasn't on a winning team. Turow was
a wonderful experience we made it all the way to the finals. In turow I had a great coach Sasa
and I got in great playing shape ( lost weight and built muscle) a second season with Turow
could still be a possibility. This summer I have an oppourtunity to workout with the Chicago Bulls
(NBA) due to this great path that I have expereince.

There have been some contacts with Bosna prior you signed with AEL and after you left AEL?
What have been the reasons your transfer failed?
We were unable to come to terms and Bosnia had players already in my position and I was
unable to get the passport.

There are turbulent times in Sarajevo. Your former teammate Nenad Markovic resigned
hoping that the management will follow his decision. Your team Turow made it to ULEB Cup so
why do you want to sign under these circumstances?


Playing Uleb cup will be a great opportunity with Bosnia or with Turow

There are reports that there are contacts between Bosna and you. Is this true and is it realistic
to expect Bosnas 52 in Mirza Delibasic hall again?

Anything is possible Dino, the management and I remain friends regardless of contracts

The fans in Sarajevo still remember their B(ig)-52. What can you contribute in order to bring the title back to Sarajevo?
Hard work and determination and an inside presence they will never forget.

Would you stay only one year or maybe two or even more years?
Depends on the term of any negotiations

Are you still that awesome low-post player driving the crowd crazy with your dunks?
I am even better now I am in great shape I lost over 12 kilos which makes me quicker, stronger
and faster and I can help bring back the title to Bosna

Thanks for the support from all the fans. I see Bosnian fans in Chicago and they always show love for me.


Lance Williams to return to KK Bosna!?!? -by Nedzad Kladusak

It s been a year of dissapointment for KK Bosna and the results of the last year when Kenan Bajramovic,Sasa Vasiljevic, Jasmin Perkovic and basketball legend Nenad Markovic played for Bosna and up to 8000 fans made of Skenderija a temple of basketball in Europe. Someone missing? Of course! Lance Williams (206-C/F-80, college: De Paul) the giant from Chicago has been favourite player hiding his excellent low post technique, tremendeous power and agility in a body which inspred Bosna fans to call their 52 «Mrvica (small crumb)» or «Guza (the booty)». Many centers have been shocked while they experienced the mightiest crumb ever dunked on them pushing them away with his massive body.

Eurobasket has exclusively received the information that Lance Williams, namely his manager Ronald Shade of 24/7 Sports management is in contact with Dino Konakovic in order to discuss a possible return of Lance Williams to KK Bosna. The fans of KK Bosna still remember Williams and after the dissapointing results 06/07 his name has been mentioned often as a desired reinforcement.

It will be very interesting whether we will see L.Williams again in the M.Delibasic arena.


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BRAZIL

Market News: Pedro Calderon will debut for Ulbra/Sao Bernardo tonight -by Gustavo Cardoso
Pedro Calderon (210-C-80), the Argentinean center that played with Quilmes this past season, will debut for Ulbra/Sao Bernardo, a 'joint venture' among two Brazilian basketball teams, on a friendly match against the Angolan National Team which is on tour in Brazil. Pedro substitutes Tyler, who returned to the USA.

Sao Bernardo has won the Torneio Novo Milênio, a promotional tournament to the 2007/2008 Paulista League, and is looking for a good result in its first international game. The game will take place tonight at 8 PM in Sao Bernardo, Great Sao Paulo area.

Sources: Eurobasket and Databasket


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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

East overpowers West in BVI All-Star hoops -by David Edole
By Dean Greenaway
TORTOLA - Halstead Chiverton scored 23 of his game-high 39 points in the second half to power the East to a 115-58 victory over the West in the BVI Basketball Federation senior division All-Star game over the weekend.

Kelvin Samuel and David "Bolo" Lettsome added 23 and 19 points, respectively, for the East.

Cedric Smith was the West's leading scorer with 20 points; Eustace "Boss" Freeman tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds; and Nathaniel "Nat" Malone netted 17 points.

In the Jr. Division game, Ray Victor had a triple double in leading the West to a come-from-behind, 99-84, triumph over the East.

Victor scored 16 of his 28 points in the second half to go with 16 boards and 13 steals. He also had three blocks. Kameron Young and Jamal Todman tossed in 16 points each, and Kirk Adams added 15.

For the East, Garvin Frett scored a game-best 30 points; Touche McLean tallied 16; and McKenzie Baltimore had 12.

In Sunday's regular league game, Da Boys outscored Ghetto Mix, 19-12, in the third quarter, relinquished the lead, and seized it again for a 64-61 victory.

Winston Farrington found his scoring touch at the free throw line, where he scored 11 of his 21 points. He also had five rebounds. Junior Frederick had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jeromy Wattley had 13 points, seven rebounds and six steals.

In other action, Virgin Gorda Sr. Mystics dominated the boards to beat the Guns, 81-74. Gary "The Glove" Hillhouse had 19 points and 15 rebounds; Randy "Chino" George added 18 points and 22 boards; Travis Issac poured in 15 points; and Devon "Judah" Watty had 23 rebounds and 12 points.

Devon Smith was the Guns' leading contributor with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Dudley Richardson added 14.


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BULGARIA

Lukoil Academic presented Zeljko Lukajic -by Valentin Anguelov
Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academic presented officially today its new coach Zeljko Lukajic . The Serbian coach will lead "the students" the next season and if he works good and both sides are happy he may continue his contract.
Lukoil Academic will start preparation on August, 6. In the next ten days in the club are expecting from Lukajic plans for trainings and camps. The team has offers for tournaments in Moscow (with Dynamo Moscow and Partizan), as well as from Germany and Serbia.
The head coach Lukajic left good impression saying that he has heard only good things about bulgarian basketball from different european specialists. He added also that would rely on more Bulgarian players in the squad. The word that the Serbian emphasized most on was "organization" and for him having such in Lukoil Academic is his main priority. Lukajic is hoping to manage to develop a good junior program with the champions. The new head coach will spend a lot of hours watching Lukoil Academic games from the last season in order to gain more knowledge about the players.


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CAMEROON

National Team -by Gilles Bouwe
Cameroon has reajust his team roster involved in the All African Games in Algeria.This is the new and last roster:
TATO CYRILLE JOSUE,
ELLONG JEAN PIERRE,
MANYACKA GEORGES,
BAYANG CHRISTIAN
ABOYA ALFRED,
VOUNANG BRICE,
YANO GAETTAN,EKANGA JOACHIM
OWONA JOSEPH
NKEMBE,
YEUMO BERTRAND
FONDJO DAVID,)
Trainers OBAH Etienne
SIMEN and ZIEDONG


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CBA

USBA to host International Tryout Camp July 29th to Aug 2nd-Eugene, OR -by Alex Yams
Press Release
Contact:
Braidy O'Neil, USBA, 541 914-0733, braidyoneil@aol.com

USBA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT CAMP

EUGENE, Oregon (July 3, 2007)---For several years, the United States Basketball Academy (USBA) near Eugene, Oregon, has hosted tryout and exposure camps featuring top professional players looking to play at a high level overseas. During the past three years the USBA has been home to the Chinese Basketball Association's Draft Camp and Draft. All players wanting an opportunity to play in the CBA's professional league attended this mandatory camp to be evaluated by all of the coaches and general managers of the CBA and be eligible for their draft.

This year, from July 29th through August 2nd, the USBA will hold the first ever International Tryout Camp open to invited countries throughout Asia that are looking for top caliber players for their respective professional leagues. This past year the USBA evaluated and screened over 600 players during the selection process to come up with the top 80 who attended the CBA camp. Most players have played in high level professional leagues around the world, with several each year being former NBA draft picks.

“This year's camp will offer visiting coaches and General Managers a unique opportunity to evaluate top talent in a very controlled environment,” said Bruce O'Neil, founder and President of the USBA. “This will be an exciting event and demonstrates the commitment of the USBA to grow the game of basketball in countries throughout Asia.” The 64 invited players are organized into 8 teams, which each play five games during the four-day camp. The teams are coaches by high-level college and professional coaches. Our staff evaluates players each day and statistics are provided by Cybersports, the finest program in the world.

FOR THIS FIRST YEAR, ALL VISITING COACHES WILL BE OUR GUESTS…ROOM, BOARD AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED

About the United States Basketball Academy
The USBA is one of the world's leaders in basketball education and coach-player services. Founded in 1990, the Academy is located in the beautiful McKenzie River Valley 47 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. The academy serves as a training facility for national and professional basketball teams from China, Korea, Japan and other countries from throughout the world. Its advisory board and faculty include many of the world's most respected coaches and former players. Legendary coach John Wooden, Pete Newell, Bob Hill, Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Cartwright, Rick Barry Dale Brown, Jim Harrick, George Karl, Ted Owens and Yeoh Choo Hock (Secretary General of FIBA-Asia) to the list of more than 40 eminent basketball experts directly associated with the USBA.

This press release is courtesy of USBA


USBA First Ever International Tryout Camp July 29th-Aug 2nd-Eugene,OR -by Alex Yams
Press Release
Contact:
Braidy O'Neil, USBA, 541 914-0733, braidyoneil@aol.com

USBA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT CAMP

EUGENE, Oregon (July 3, 2007)---For several years, the United States Basketball Academy (USBA) near Eugene, Oregon, has hosted tryout and exposure camps featuring top professional players looking to play at a high level overseas. During the past three years the USBA has been home to the Chinese Basketball Association's Draft Camp and Draft. All players wanting an opportunity to play in the CBA's professional league attended this mandatory camp to be evaluated by all of the coaches and general managers of the CBA and be eligible for their draft.

This year, from July 29th through August 2nd, the USBA will hold the first ever International Tryout Camp open to invited countries throughout Asia that are looking for top caliber players for their respective professional leagues. This past year the USBA evaluated and screened over 600 players during the selection process to come up with the top 80 who attended the CBA camp. Most players have played in high level professional leagues around the world, with several each year being former NBA draft picks.

“This year's camp will offer visiting coaches and General Managers a unique opportunity to evaluate top talent in a very controlled environment,” said Bruce O'Neil, founder and President of the USBA. “This will be an exciting event and demonstrates the commitment of the USBA to grow the game of basketball in countries throughout Asia.” The 64 invited players are organized into 8 teams, which each play five games during the four-day camp. The teams are coaches by high-level college and professional coaches. Our staff evaluates players each day and statistics are provided by Cybersports, the finest program in the world.

FOR THIS FIRST YEAR, ALL VISITING COACHES WILL BE OUR GUESTS…ROOM, BOARD AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED

About the United States Basketball Academy
The USBA is one of the world's leaders in basketball education and coach-player services. Founded in 1990, the Academy is located in the beautiful McKenzie River Valley 47 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. The academy serves as a training facility for national and professional basketball teams from China, Korea, Japan and other countries from throughout the world. Its advisory board and faculty include many of the world's most respected coaches and former players. Legendary coach John Wooden, Pete Newell, Bob Hill, Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Cartwright, Rick Barry Dale Brown, Jim Harrick, George Karl, Ted Owens and Yeoh Choo Hock (Secretary General of FIBA-Asia) to the list of more than 40 eminent basketball experts directly associated with the USBA.

Press Release is courtesy of USBA


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CHINA

Roster Listed for Las Vegas NBA Summer League -by Arthur Volbert
Below is the roster for the Chinese National Team at the NBA Summer League. There are 16 players on the team. Li Xiaoxu, the other 204 cm forward listed as born in 1990, was cut from the team, not Ding Jinhui. Huo Nan, Zhang Qingpeng and Tang Zhengdong are also no longer with the team. Wang Lei is still listed as playing for Shanxi Yujun but a source tells me he will transfer to Bayi next season where he will replace the retired Zhang Jinsong.

Li Nan F 6-6 227 32 Bayi
Wang Zhizhi C 7-0 254 29 Bayi
Mo Ke C 6-10 243 24 Bayi
Wang Zhongguang G 6-4 203 20 Bayi
Ding Jinhui C 6-8 220 16 Zhejiang
Wang Shipeng G 6-3 187 24 Guangdong
Zhu Fangyu F 6-7 220 24 Guangdong
Wang Lei F 6-6 198 20 Shanxi
Chen Jianghua G 6-2 154 18 Guangdong
Zhou Peng F 6-9 176 17 Guangdong
Liu Xiaoyu G 6-2 154 18 Guangdong
Liu Wei G 6-2 198 27 Shanghai
Zhang Songtao C 6-11 265 22 Aoshen
Du Feng F 6-9 198 25 Guangdong
Yi Jianlian C 6-11 238 19 Guangdong
Sun Yue G 6-9 212 21 Aoshen


USBA First Ever International Tryout Camp July 29th-Aug 2nd- Eugene,OR -by Alex Yams
Press Release
Contact:
Braidy O'Neil, USBA, 541 914-0733, braidyoneil@aol.com

USBA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT CAMP

EUGENE, Oregon (July 3, 2007)---For several years, the United States Basketball Academy (USBA) near Eugene, Oregon, has hosted tryout and exposure camps featuring top professional players looking to play at a high level overseas. During the past three years the USBA has been home to the Chinese Basketball Association's Draft Camp and Draft. All players wanting an opportunity to play in the CBA's professional league attended this mandatory camp to be evaluated by all of the coaches and general managers of the CBA and be eligible for their draft.

This year, from July 29th through August 2nd, the USBA will hold the first ever International Tryout Camp open to invited countries throughout Asia that are looking for top caliber players for their respective professional leagues. This past year the USBA evaluated and screened over 600 players during the selection process to come up with the top 80 who attended the CBA camp. Most players have played in high level professional leagues around the world, with several each year being former NBA draft picks.

“This year's camp will offer visiting coaches and General Managers a unique opportunity to evaluate top talent in a very controlled environment,” said Bruce O'Neil, founder and President of the USBA. “This will be an exciting event and demonstrates the commitment of the USBA to grow the game of basketball in countries throughout Asia.” The 64 invited players are organized into 8 teams, which each play five games during the four-day camp. The teams are coaches by high-level college and professional coaches. Our staff evaluates players each day and statistics are provided by Cybersports, the finest program in the world.

FOR THIS FIRST YEAR, ALL VISITING COACHES WILL BE OUR GUESTS…ROOM, BOARD AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED

About the United States Basketball Academy
The USBA is one of the world's leaders in basketball education and coach-player services. Founded in 1990, the Academy is located in the beautiful McKenzie River Valley 47 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. The academy serves as a training facility for national and professional basketball teams from China, Korea, Japan and other countries from throughout the world. Its advisory board and faculty include many of the world's most respected coaches and former players. Legendary coach John Wooden, Pete Newell, Bob Hill, Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Cartwright, Rick Barry Dale Brown, Jim Harrick, George Karl, Ted Owens and Yeoh Choo Hock (Secretary General of FIBA-Asia) to the list of more than 40 eminent basketball experts directly associated with the USBA.

Press Release courtesy of USBA


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COSTA RICA

Saprissa wins Game 1 -by Gianni Pascucci
Led by Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75), who topped all the scorers with 21 points, Deportivo Saprissa won on the road Game 1 of the CostaRican National League Finals. The final score of a typical low-scoring final game was 56-54, and home team Ferreteria Brenes Barva was led by David Carnegie (192-F-85) with 19 pts. Game 2 will be played on the Saprissa's court on Sunday night.

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CROATIA

Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League awards! -by Dani Erceg

Player of the Year: Davor Kus (190-G-78)
Guard of the Year: Davor Kus
Forward of the Year: Chris Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina)
Center of the Year: Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances)
Newcomer of the Year: Luksa Andric (209-C/F-85)
Most Improved Player of the Year: Luksa Andric
Import Player of the Year: Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC)
Domestic Player of the Year: Davor Kus
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary)
Coach of the Year: Drazen Anzulovic
1st Team: Davor Kus
Larry Ayuso
Chris Warren
Luksa Andric
Todor Gecevski
2nd team: Erick Barkley (186-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: St.John's)
Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii)
Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU)
Jure Lalic (212-C-86)
Ante Tomic (217-C-87)
All-Domestic Players Team:
Davor Kus
Josip Sesar (197-G/F-78, agency: Court Side)
Barisa Krasic (203-F-78)
Luksa Andric
Ante Tomic
All-Imports Team:
Andrew Wisniewski
Erick Barkley
Larry Ayuso
Chris Warren
Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida)
All-Defensive Team:
Davor Kus
Andrew Wisniewski
Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH)
Chris Warren
Brent Wright
All-Newcomers Team:
Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86)
Ivan Novacic (201-F-85)
Franko Filipovic (206-F-87)

Luksa Andric
Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86, agency: Cizmic Sport)



Market News and Roumors - Green in Cibona? -by Zdravko Lalic
According to reports in Zagreb - Cibona are intersted in Israeli center - Yaniv Green (206-F-80).
Green who is out of contract played in the last three years at Maccabi Tel-Aviv as a role player and decided not to sign a new contract with the Israeli Champions.New Cibona Coach Josip Vrankovic already stated that he wants to add to his frontline a player or too and Green seems to fit the bill.the team already seems to lose Brandly Wright.
In Zadar,Aco Petovic wants to keep Juby Johnson, Todor Gecevski, Jure Lalic, Rok Stipcevic, Ante Duguma and Mario Filipovic. Also Toni Prostran, Pavle Marcinkovic and Marino Sarlija in the team and to bring some new players to strenghten the team.


Market news! -by Dani Erceg
Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) signed for KK Zagreb. He averaged 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.9apg for KK Zadar in Adriatic League this season.

Jurica Spahija (203-F/C-83) signed for Svjetlost Slavonski Brod.


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CYPRUS

Sizopoulos in Near East?? -by Chris Mammides

According to the Greek page www.basketblog.gr, the talented guard of the Cyprus NT and ex player of Milonas, Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) after his very good presence in the team of A2 Milonas (even though the team relegated) is consider to be one of the main targets of the Near East. Sizopoulos finished the seazon with 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg ans 1.4spg in the 27 games he played with Milonas jersey in 28 minutes of playing time in the court. He was the third scorer of his team (the top two played all the 30 games), he was also 12th in steals (all A2 league) and 26th in the block shots (8). The 24 years Cypriot consider to be among the top Cypriots abroad as his total presentation all these years was ans is above the average. In regards to Near East now, the team of Near East has all the elements to be a great team and be a protagonist in the Second division not only for the champion and the promotion but also for the coming seazons in the A2 since the management has changed and the new management is ready for "big things" .

The new president of the team Mr Vangelis Papalios, editor of the only basketball magazine in Greece All Star Basket consider to be among the presidents who knows the sport, he is already a memebr of the management of the team Ardittos (C' Division) but he has great expectations for Near East, he already mentioned the amount of 200.000 Euros as a budget for the seazon to come.

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Cypriot international, Andreas Sizopoulos whatever his decision will be.



Giorgos Neofitou agreed terms with Near East. -by Chris Mammides
Near East agreed with Giorgos Neofitou (193-G-83) the Cypriot international was from the very beginning Near East's target and today the agreement took place between the two parts. Neofytou was among the top player of Milonas this season, furthermore he is among the steadiest players in the division. Near East found the best feasible point guard for the high level/targets they have for this season. Giorgos finished the seazon with Milonas with 9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. The next target of Near East is another Cypriot, Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) who expected to sign very soon.

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D-LEAGUE

Notable D-League Alum in Vegas Summer League -by Surujh Roopnarine

Here is a list of some notable D-Leaguers taking part in the NBA Vegas Summer League, which tips off tomorrow. In this piece, we focus on players whose rights are not currently owned by any NBA team for this upcoming season. So, even though this will be a crucial time in the careers of Jose Juan Barea and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, both members of the Fort Worth Flyers last season, they are currently under contract by the Dallas Mavericks and have some sense of stability in their careers. On the other hand, D-League Championship MVP Darius Rice (6'10''-F/C-82, college: Miami, FL) of the Dakota Wizards does not have an NBA contract so his time with Cleveland this summer will play a huge role in determining where he ends up in the fall.

Player (Vegas Summer League Team / D-League Team)

Denham Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Connecticut) (Cleveland Cavaliers / Tulsa 66ers)
** Brown was the 8th overall selection by Tulsa in the 2006 D-League draft and had a very good rookie year after spending time on the Sonics bench. In 42 games for the 66ers, Brown averaged nearly 19 points and added five rebounds per game while shooting 46.5% from the field before leaving at the end of the season to play in Turkey. An adept scorer in the D-League, Brown will need to focus on taking higher quality shots during the summer and standing out in one distinct area which may catch an NBA team's eye.

Darius Rice (Cleveland Cavaliers / Dakota Wizards)
** Will be looking to use his 52 point explosion in the D-League Championship game to springboard his NBA career. The 6'10” forward has a very nice stroke, but must show improved ball-handling and a defensive mindset to prove his worth in an NBA rotation.

Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) (Houston Rockets / Los Angeles D-Fenders)
** A 2004 second round (#35) selection in the NBA Draft, Emmett has had a cup of coffee in the 2004-05 NBA season and seems to have the game, body and abilities the League looks for. Circumstances don't always pan out though and for one reason or another Andre was back in the D-League last season with the D-Fenders. An increased ability to consistently hit the three-point shot will improve Emmett's chances of sticking this time around.

Jeff Graves (6'9''-C/F, college: Kansas) (Los Angeles Lakers / Idaho Stampede)
** An absolute force at times last season for the Stampede, the former Kansas big man averaged 13 points and eight rebounds in 31 games before signing with Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul in Turkey where he teamed up with ex-66er Denham Brown. In better shape now than his college days, Graves may be able to land a backup spot in the NBA if he can show consistent rebounding totals against bigger opponents.

Bryson McKenzie (6'10''-C-83, college: N.Illinois) (Los Angeles Lakers / Anaheim Arsenal)
** Still a project at this point because of a lack of development while at Northern Illinois, the 6'11” 240 pound McKenzie will certainly draw interest from the overseas market due to his size alone. He does have an interesting offensive skill-set and this summer may be the time for him to showcase it.

Scooter McFadgon (6'5''-G-82, college: Tennessee) (Memphis Grizzllies / Bakersfield Jam)
** Came on like gangbusters this season scoring 41 and 43 points in his last two D-League games before heading to Italy. “Scooter” averaged 18.6 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 22 games for the Jam. A scorer in the truest sense, McFadgon erupted last summer at the Summer Pro League in California with Memphis and will look to further impress NBA scouts this go around.

Pooh Jeter (5'11''-G-83, college: Portland) (Sacrament Kings / Colorado 14ers)
** The always effervescent Jeter had a wonderful rookie year in the D-League, finishing third in the league in assists with 7.1 per game for the 14ers. Jeter got his start at this tournament last season with the Kings and if not for the inspired play of Ronnie Price, may have found his way onto the Kings roster then. Now with a season of showing scouts that he does have true point guard instincts, Jeter may be poised for the NBA life.



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DOMINICAN REP.

-by Herubey Grassals


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E.CHAMPS U20

Nova Gorica, Gorizia and Warsaw open the doors tomorrow -by Eurobasket News
U20 European Championship for men will start tomorrow in 3 cities: Nova Gorica, Gorizia and Warsaw. Division A and B will attract spectators' attention from July 6-15.

Nova Gorica is located in western Slovenia, on the Italian border. Nova Gorica's gym seats 1,100 spectators and there are two courts in this gym. The Gorizia arena in Italy seats approximately 5,500 spectators. The arenas above will host U20 European Championship for men in Division A. Sixteen teams are divided into 4 groups with 4 in each. Group A will consist of France, Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia. Greece, Lithuania, Russia and Turkey made up Group B. In Group C we will see Croatia, Spain, Israel and Macedonia. Bulgaria, Georgia, Italy and Latvia will play in Group D. The first three teams in each group will qualify for the Qualifying Round. The results between the teams from the same group in the Preliminary Round will be taken into account for the Qualifying Round.

U20 European Championship for men in Division B will be held in Warsaw. The situation differs from the one Division A will have as there are 18 teams here. First 2 groups will have 5 teams while two others 4. The teams placed first and second will advance to the Qualifying round.


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ESTONIA

Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Awards 2006-07 -by Eurobasket
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Reed


Kriisa


Kangur


Tein


Kikerpill
Player of the Year - Travis Reed (203-C-79) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Guard of the Year - Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Forward of the Year - Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Center of the Year - Travis Reed of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
U20 Player of the Year - Sten-Timmu Sokk (180-G-89) of Dalkia / Nybit
Most Improved Player of the Year - Tarmo Tartes (206-C-87) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Bosman Player of the Year - George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Import Player of the Year - Travis Reed of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Domestic Player of the Year - Valmo Kriisa of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Defensive Player of the Year - Valmo Kriisa of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Coach of the Year - Veselin Matic of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn

1st Team
Valmo Kriisa of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) of TU/Rock Tartu
Kristjan Kangur of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Travis Reed of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn

2nd Team
James Allen (194-G-79) of BC Rakvere Tarvas
Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) of Dalkia / Nybit
Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Martin Muursepp (206-F-74) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock

All-Domestic Players Team
Valmo Kriisa of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Tanel Tein of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Tarmo Kikerpill of TU/Rock Tartu
Kristjan Kangur of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Martin Muursepp of Tartu Ülikool/Rock

All-Imports Team
James Allen of BC Rakvere Tarvas
George Tsintsadze of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-F/C-81) of BC Tartu Fausto
Pierre Jallow (203-F-79) of BC Kalev/Rapla
Travis Reed of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn

All-Defensive Team
Valmo Kriisa of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Gert Dorbek of Dalkia / Nybit
Martin Muursepp of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Kristjan Kangur of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Sarunas Skadas (206-C/F-81) of Valga Welg/Kolmvedu

All-U20 Team
Sten-Timmu Sokk of Dalkia / Nybit
Stanislav Minitsh (190-G/F-87) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) of Dalkia / Nybit
Ivar Tulit (202-F-88) of Dalkia / Nybit
Tarmo Tartes of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK


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EURO CHAMPS

Two more withdrawals for Serbia: Perovic and Erceg -by Kostas Papadopoulos

Serbia's coach Zoran "Moka" Slavnic mood is certainly worsened after Wednesday's announcement from Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) and Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) that they will not be present at the preliminary squad for Eurobasket 2007.

The 2.17m center Kosta Perovic, who is only 22 but has already won five domestic titles with Partizan Belgrade, is close to finalizing a multi-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, the team that chose him in the second round of last year's draft. So, as he said: "If I want to play basketball at the highest level, I have to make some important decisions for my career. I have informed coach Zoran "Moka" Slavnic about everything".

On the other hand, FMP's guard Zoran Erceg, who averaged 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in the Serbian championship, is planning to have his tonsils removed next week. And as he stated, "I had planned that surgery last year, but simply never found a time for it. It seems, though, that Zoran "Moka" Slavnic was the only person that wasn't aware of that. I've played all season while using antibiotics all the time. Thus, if I don't do this now, my condition will get worse. I have to take a break of one month, but Zoran "Moka" Slavnic was going to allow me to be absent for just two weeks", Zoran Erceg added.

Asked about the referred withdrawals, Zoran "Moka" Slavnic smiled and said: "Kosta Perovic called me by phone and said he won't be there. I was surprised by that, as he could have said that to me earlier, before I shortened the list from 32 to just 18 players. In that case, I wouldn't have put him on the shortened list. He's a nice guy, though, and his delicacy disarmed me". Asked, then, for Kosta Perovic's replacement, who was a reserve in last year's FIBA World Championship squad in Japan, Serbia's coach said: "Yes, I have a joker. But this is not Zoran Erceg. He won't be there, either. The guy just decided to have his tonsils removed. Well, I will take him to an ice cream shop in Granada".

It should be mentioned that Kosta Perovic and Zoran Erceg are the latest Serbians to decide not to play in Spain. Injury problems are preventing most of Serbian possible players from taking part in the forthcoming Eurobasket: NBA's Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77), Vladimir Radmanovic (208-F-80), Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Mile Ilic (215-C-84) pulled out, as well as European-based Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Milos Vujanic (190-G-80).

Now, Zoran "Moka" Slavnic may be still smiling, but not the president of the Serbian basketball association, Dragan Kapicic. "This is not a disaster, but this is certainly a shame. It's some kind of obstruction of our association, of our national team, but also a message to our state. Some of those individuals have publicly said to their people: 'We don't care about you, or your needs'. Of course, I'm not talking about the players who are truly injured. But, at this moment, I'm not important, nor is our association. It is a shameful attitude to our nation. We are in situation that, almost, players could easily say “Well... if I don't go with my girlfriend to the movie, I think I'll be available for the national team”. That's a huge impact on our state, on our sport, on the single thing that was holy for us all these years. I can't understand how someone who didn't even play for the national team - refuses to play for it", Kapicic added.



Italy's preliminary squad -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Italy coach Carlo Recalcati brought back two of the silver-medal winning heroes from the Athens Olympics Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) in his preliminary squad for Eurobasket 2007, consisted by 18 players.
Carlo Recalcati chose to leave the two players out of his group at last year's FIBA World Championship in Japan but has given both a chance to make this year's team that will play against Slovenia, France and Poland in the group at the forthcoming Eurobasket.
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85), a rookie with the Toronto Raptors this year, and Armani Jeans Milano's Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) are in the group as expected, along with Marco Belinelli (196-G-86), the 18th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2007 NBA draft.
Young center Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) has also been rewarded for his fine effort with Virtus Bologna as well as Daniel Hackett (196-G-87) - a 1.99m guard at the University of Southern California, who impressed while playing for the experimental Italy's squad earlier this summer.
Several members of the team who played in Japan are in the group, including veterans Gianluca Basile (192-G-75), Denis Marconato (211-C-75), Fabio Di Bella, Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83), Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83), Denis Marconato, Marco Mordente (192-G-79), Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) and Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75).
Italy's preliminary squad is: Andrea Bargnani, Gianluca Basile, Marco Belinelli, Massimo Bulleri, Andrea Crosariol, F. Di Bella, Giacomo Galanda, Danilo Gallinari, Angelo Gigli, Daniel Hackett, Stefano Mancinelli, Denis Marconato, Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81), Marco Mordente, Tomas Ress (211-C/F-80, college: Texas A&M), Mason Rocca, Matteo Soragna, Luca Vitali (201-G-86).


Spain's friendlies in preparation for Eurobasket 2007. -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Spanish Federation announced the eight friendly games that the national team will play in its preparation for this autumn's Eurobasket. The world champions, who are hosting the tournament, will begin training on July 26 in Cadiz.
Venezuela will be Spain's first opponents in an August 8 friendly before Pepu Jose Vicente Hernandez's team take on Portugal six days later. It should be mentioned that the Portuguese will be in the same group, Group B with Spain, Croatia and Latvia in Seville at the forthcoming Eurobasket. The Spanish will also play twice against Lithuania, on August 16 and 18, before travelling to Castellon to face the Czech Republic three days later. It will then continue its preparations on August 26 against defending Eurobasket champions Greece - the team they beat in last year's gold medal game at the FIBA World Championship. Finally, three days later they will meet Dirk Nowitzki's Germany in Palma de Mallorca before hosting France in Alicante on August 29.


Bagaric and Vujcic will not appear at Eurobasket 2007. -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Akasvayu Girona's center Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) has decided his days with Croatia are over. The 2.17m center, who had played for national team coach Jasmin Repesa also when the two were at Fortitudo Bologna in Italy in 2004 and 2005, had strained relations last year with the federation and claims no attempts were made to make peace. However, Jasmin Repesa included Dalibor Bagaric in his preliminary squad for the Eurobasket.
"For the last several months, no one contacted me and I was surprised when I found out my name was on the list," Dalibor Bagaric said to www.crobasket.com. "I immediately called coach Jasmin Repesa and told him my decision. He said OK and thanked me for calling". Dalibor Bagaric added also that he will not reconsider the subject: "like I said, nobody called me for the last several months. I will not change my decision because they had enough time to smooth the situation. Maybe, I could have changed my opinion if they had called me earlier but I'm not the kind of person to show up at the preparations and pretend like nothing happened. I wish, though, all the luck to the guys in the European championship. My decision is final".
Jasmin Repesa's mood, though, had been even worsened when Maccabi Tel Aviv's center Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances), Croatian team's most important player, recently announced that he would not also play at the Eurobasket due to his intention to leave Europe after next season for the NBA.
Jasmin Repesa, however, answered in this case at his press conference that “our team needs Nikola Vujcic today, not tomorrow or the day after. The reason he gave that he cannot participate due to the preparations for the 2008-2009 NBA season is not justifiable to me. I will accept everything that's justifiable and objective. We're here to discuss everything and to compromise and find solutions".
Nikola Vujcic, and everyone in the Croatia set-up, still feel the sting of Belgrade's Eurobasket 2005. There, Croatia looked like gold medal contenders before getting derailed by Spain in a controversial quarter-final. Nikola Vujcic was the captain of that team and was in tears after the overtime defeat, which saw a huge disparity in fouls called in favour of Spain. Besides, he indicated then that his national team days were over.
Now, Nikola Vujcic claims that he can only play so much basketball before he needs to rest, and with an attempt at the NBA coming up in 2008, he simply cannot play for Croatia this autumn: "I am not giving up on the national team; I have years of basketball in front of me, but I admit that some of my priorities have changed after Belgrade and I am not willing to risk the NBA for the European Championship. The national team is one of my goals, but the NBA can't wait. That is my only reason".


Israel: Arnold and Burstein withdrew from Eurobasket -by Kostas Papadopoulos

Israel's coach Zvi Sherf initial list of players for the squad of the forthcoming Eurobasket's qualifying round on August had already suffered some absences: two key players ruled themselves out and two others remain as big uncertainties for the tournament.

Jamie Arnold (203-F-75, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Wichita St.), a 2.02m power forward who just completed a move from Maccabi Tel Aviv to Dynamo Moscow Region, has decided to rest and focus on next season while Maccabi veteran Tal Burstein (198-G-80, agency: Interperformances) stated that he needs to recuperate from an Achilles tendon injury. Jamie Arnold absence, especially, is very bad for Israel as he averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last year in qualifying.

Another Maccabi's player, forward Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services), and the Israel national team captain Erez Katz (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) of Bnei HaSharon, are still injured although Zvi Sherf is leaving the door open for both to join if they recover.Zvi Sherf , who successfully guided Israel through the last additional qualifying tournament for Eurobasket 2005 in Belgrade and steered them into the elimination round where they lost to the final champions, Greece, does have plenty of reasons to be optimistic, with the 21-year-old forward Lior Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) to be the main one. Lior Eliyahu, who was selected in last year's draft but spent this season with Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv, is almost certain to remain in Europe for next season but if he does eventually play in the NBA, he will be the first to do so from Israel. The 2.03m forward said in Houston last week: "I need to get bigger. I think the best place to do it is here. They know how to work in the gym and fitness room. The best place to get some muscles is here. The second is to get more aggressiveness. But I think I am now evolving”. The Rockets are gearing up for the Summer League in Las Vegas, and Lior Eliyahu is uncertain if he will be with the team in Vegas or return to Israel to prepare for the additional qualifying round which tips off for his national team on 8 August in Denmark.

Zvi Sherf and his staff will also keep an eye out for players from Israel's U20 side. One of the U20 players is Omri Caspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances), who is named in the group of 18.

We remind that Israel will play in the same group with Ukraine, Denmark and Belgium. The winner of that group will qualify for the final stage in the additional qualifying tournament.

The initial list of the 18 players was: Dror Hagag (178-G-78), Meir Tapiro (194-G-75), Tal Burstein, Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Jerome Roberts, Guy Pniny (201-F-83), Moshe Mizrakhi, Matan Naor (194-F-80), Lior Eliyahu, Omri Caspi, Amit Tamir (208-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California), Moran Roth (178-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Mushon Ya'akusi, Itzik Okhanon, Yaniv Green, Erez Markovich (208-C-78), Ido Kozikaro (202-F/C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services).



Giannakis' squad for the Eurobasket of Spain -by Kostas Papadopoulos

The European Champions want to repeat their triumph at Spain this autumn and national team's coach, Panagiotis Giannakis has just announced the 18 players that will fight for the 12 places in the final roster of the national team that will fly to Spain on September for the Eurobasket.
The selection: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) (Panathinaikos), Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) (Houston Rockets), Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) (CSKA), Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (CSKA), Papamakarios (Olympiakos), Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) (Panathinaikos), Perperoglou (Panathinaikos), Vassileiadis (Malaga), Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) (Olympiakos), Michalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) (Barcelona), Fotsis (Dynamo), Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) (Panathinaikos), Tsartsaris (Panathinaikos), Pelekanos (Panellinios), Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) (Real Madrid), Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-F-85) (Olympiakos), Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (Olympiakos), Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) (Vidivici Bolognia).
The players will start their training at the 20th of July with the appropriate medical tests and on the 23rd of July will go to Karpenisi for the first stage of their actual training.

The coach was the first to give the moto for the whole squad: "I hope that everybody will rest and be fit enough in order to present himself with the best of their will, as we have a lot of worh ahead of us. They should be both physically and mentally ready, in order to avoid any problems and in order to work hard for the challenge we have in front of us: the Eurobasket of Spain".

The national team will play eight games in order to be the best prepared the possible for the forthcoming Eurobasket:

France (Strasbourg)
10/8/2007 against Slovenia
11/8/2007 against France
12/8/2007 against Serbia

21st Acropolis - Eurobank tournament (Greece - Athens)
20/8/2007 against Italy
21/8/2007 against Slovenia
22/8/2007 against Lithuania


26/8/2007 against Spain (not yet officially anounced by the Greek Federation)

31/8/2007 against Italy at Varese - Italy



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EUROLEAGUE

Panathinaikos gained the second prize at the first "Devotion Marketing Awards" of Euroleague -by Kostas Papadopoulos
One of the highlights of the 2007-08 Euroleague Draw came when the names of the winners of the first "Devotion Marketing Awards" were announced last Saturday at Jesolo. The "Devotion Marketing Awards" - Gold Devotion, Silver Devotion and Bronze Devotion - were introduced this year to recognise the efforts and improvements in the marketing departments of the participating teams and to foster an interchange of knowledge and initiatives among all Euroleague clubs.
The first "Devotion Marketing Awards" winners were:
- Gold Devotion: Mr. Jose Carlos Gaspar, Marketing Director from Unicaja.
- Silver Devotion: Mr. Aggelos Kotaridis, Marketing Director from Panathinaikos Athens.
- Bronze Devotion: Ms. Irina Zaitsieva, Marketing Director from CSKA Moscow.
"This award is for Unicaja" Mr. Gaspar said after receiving his award at the 2007-08 Euroleague Draw. "It is a reward for all the hard work that we have been doing during a lot of years. All the people in the club are very happy with this recognition and this award is not only for the marketing department, but for the whole club, which is working very hard to improve year by year, as well. It is something that belongs to the club, the fans and it is very important for Unicaja."
According to Euroleague's officials, this initiative will also be extended to ULEB Cup clubs starting next season.


Pablo Prigioni in Olympiakos!! -by Chris Mammides
According to trustfull resources Pini Gershon's new player in the Argentinian Super Star, Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77). The ex player of Tau Ceramica Vitoria accepted Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus offer and as he stated in Radio Vitoria is joining the red club. The 30 years old guard mentioned that the offer is an outstanding and now it all comes to the negotiations of the two clubs. In the mean time, Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) are no longer Olympakos players. The team of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus officially announce the end of the colaboration with the two American players.

Kafkis in Olympiakos! -by Chris Mammides
Pini Gershons reds agreed terms with ex Panionios guard Panagiotis Kafkis (195-G-80). The experienced guard is a value added in the red troops as he is a very good point guard and he can do a lot of jobs in the court. This seazon with Panionios he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.5apg. He begun as the "third" guard in Panionios but due to his very good presentation he became the main point guard in Panionios's succesfull seazon.

Kennedy Winston in Panathinaikos!! -by Chris Mammides
It seems that the two rivals in the Greek league (and in the Euroleague) are racing each other so every single day they are producing announcements for new players. This time is Panathinaikos turn:
Panathinaikos agreed terms with Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama), ex player of Panionios Forthnet Athens. The American Forward was among the top players of the league. His stats were: 14.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2apg and 1.2 spg in the 26 games of teh regular seazon while in the Play offs he had the following: 14.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg. He was the fourth scorer in the A1 league with 385 points (behind Clark, Lee and Josipovic) he was also 15th in the assists and 10th in steals. Coach Obradovic express his interest for the talented American just after the end of the seazon.


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FINLAND

INTERNATIONAL: Antti Nikkila returns back to Italy -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish NT C Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) will play again (2007-08) in Europe, but change the country and scenery. Nikkila has agreed and signed with Banco di Sardegna Sassari (ITA-Lega2). After graduation from Valparaiso U. Nikkila has played four years professional basketball starting in Greece, then in Italy, France and in Czech R. Last season Nikkila won Czech R. championship on Nymburk roster averaging 5,5 ppg and 3,8 rpg in 15,3 mpg.



KORISLIIGA: Korihait signed PG Kyle Shiloh -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has signed (1+1 years) American PG Kyle Shiloh (190-G-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops). Shiloh played and studied four years at Nevada-Reno U. averaging 9,6 ppg, 3,5 rpg abd 3,3 apg in 30,0 mpg during his Sr-year.
Kataja (Joensuu) has signed two Finnish players: Lasse Hintsala (193-G-84) (1-year-contract) and Mikko-Petteri Jarvinen (190-G-86) (2-year-contract).
YMCA Turku (1. Div.) has re-signed with Arto Talvitie (190-G-80) (1-year-contract). YMCA Turku has now 11 players on the roster.


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FRANCE

N1 :Mulhouse with a complete roster -by Aurelien Hipp
*To complete their roster for next season, Mulhouse signed Brandon Crone (200-F-84, agency: Warren Sports), coming from Butler University, Mohamed N'Dour (203-C-78),who helped Blois moving up to N1, Saibou Soumare (210-C-83, college: SMSU-West Plains), a former U21 player from Paris coming back from Spain, and Nicolas Kaczmarow (204-C-83), coming from Maurienne last season.With Mouhamadou M'Bodji (193-F/G-81) and Benjamin Obouh Fegue (197-F-87) staying, the roster is complete.

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GERMANY

News from Dortmund -by Daniel Poerschke
SVD 49 Dortmund of the 1. Regionalliga North welcome back Cham Korbi (188-G-83). The guard-forward from Tunisia had to leave Dortmund last year in the middle of the 2. Bundesliga season and joined BG Sudpark Bochum instead. Now the fan-favorite Korbi is back in Dortmund. Also forward Marco Keller (197-F-76) and center Thorsten Bohnenkamp (211-C-82) announced, that they will play for coach Peter Radegast in Dortmund again next year.

TBB Trier lands Andre Smith -by Moritz Korff
TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga) added Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) to the roster for the upcoming season. The 22-year-old Forward is an athletic leaper and a good rebounder. He scored 17 points per contest for the North Dakota State University (NCAA1) as a senior and also grabbed 9.1 boards. Smith will receive a contract for one year, including a clausel for extension.

De Michael signs with the Tigers -by Moritz Korff
Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) will strengthen the frontcourt of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1. Bundesliga), he inked a one-year-contract. The US-American/German Power Forward (his wife is German) played for the SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg during the past two seasons and averaged 12 points and 6.2 boards per contest in 2006-2007.

Demond Greene leaves ALBA Berlin -by Moritz Korff
ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga) announced today not to extend the contract with Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side). The German international missed a couple of months during this past season because of an ankle-injury and averaged 7.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists in the 16 Bundesliga-games left. According to ALBAs press release the new coach Luka Pavicevic is looking for a different type of player for the wing than Greene is.

Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Awards 2006-07 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Guard of the Year - Jerry Green (191-G-80) of EnBW Ludwigsburg
Forward of the Year - Casey Jacobsen of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Center of the Year - Darren Fenn (208-C-80) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Newcomer of the Year - Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C-88) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Most Improved Player of the Year - Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of ratiopharm Ulm
Bosman Player of the Year - Rasko Katic (208-C/F-80) of Walter Tigers Tuebingen
Import Player of the Year - Casey Jacobsen of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Domestic Player of the Year - Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Defensive Player of the Year - Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80) of RheinEnergie Koln
Coach of the Year - Chris Fleming of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck

1st Team
Jerry Green of EnBW Ludwigsburg
Immanuel McElroy of RheinEnergie Koeln
Casey Jacobsen of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of ratiopharm Ulm
Darren Fenn of Brose Baskets Bamberg

2nd Team
Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
Jason Gardner (178-G-80) of Telekom Baskets Bonn
Adam Hess (201-G/F-81) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Sharrod Ford (206-F-82) of ALBA Berlin

All-Domestic Players Team
Steffen Hamann of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Jan Rohdewald (194-G/F-73) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
Robert Garrett (193-G-77) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82) of RheinEnergie Koeln
Robert Maras (216-C-78) of Giessen 46ers

All-Imports Team
Jerry Green of EnBW Ludwigsburg
Immanuel McElroy of RheinEnergie Koeln
Casey Jacobsen of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Jeff Gibbs of ratiopharm Ulm
Darren Fenn of Brose Baskets Bamberg

All-Bosmans Team
Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven
Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) of RheinEnergie Koeln
Pavelas Cukinas (210-C-83) of EnBW Ludwigsburg
Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) of RheinEnergie Koeln
Rasko Katic of Walter Tigers Tuebingen

All-Defensive Team
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
Domonic Jones (186-G-81) of BG Karlsruhe
Immanuel McElroy of RheinEnergie Koeln
Koko Archibong (202-F-81) of ALBA Berlin
Sharrod Ford of ALBA Berlin

All-Newcomers Team
Nicolai Simon (191-G-87) of ALBA Berlin
Johannes Herber (197-G-83) of ALBA Berlin
Konrad Wysocki of ratiopharm Ulm
Marius Nolte (206-C-81) of Paderborn Baskets
Tim Ohlbrecht of Brose Baskets Bamberg


2. Bundesliga-News -by Moritz Korff
TSV Noerdlingen (Pro A) added Carl Mbassa (194-G/F-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) to the roster. The defense-specialist played for BV TU Chemnitz during the past two seasons and was named to the Eurobasket.com 2. Bundesliga All-Defense Team in each year. He averaged 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest this past season.

Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C) has extended his contract with Mitteldeutscher BC (Pro A). The young Forward/Center will come to play in the 2. Bundesliga-team as well in the clubs' farmteam in the Regionalliga North. Schirmer scored 14 points per game for MBC II in 2006-2007.

BV TU Chemnitz (Pro A) signed another talented prospect. Sascha Eppler (180-G-89) will join the Niners coming from SV Tuebingen.


Darius Hall wins "MLP"-Award -by Moritz Korff
The users of http://www.basketball-bundesliga.de, the official website of the 1. Bundesliga, had the chance to give their votes for the "Most Likeable Player"-Award of the 2006-2007 season. And the winner is: Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) of the Artland Dragons. "Hall, the Wall" received 31,7 % of the votes, followed by Bambergs Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) and ALBAs Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side).

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GREECE

Greek Market news -by Chris Mammides

A1

Andre Patterson agreed terms with Egaleo. The experience power forward begun the season with Panellinios Athens but upon the big changes took place in the team (change of five players and the head coach) Patterson was among the players to send off.

Reinaldas Seibutis renew and extended his contract until 2010. The Lithuanian player is still in Dallas where he will take place in Las Vegas Summer League, the no. 50 of this seasons draft can only move from Olympiakos for an NBA's team

Panagiotis Panmagiotarakos renewed his contract with Kolossos Rodou for another season, so he will be playing in the A1 courts too.

Gordon Herbert will be the new head coach of Aris Thessaloniki. The Canadian/Finnish Coach has experiences from the Finnish, German, Austrian and French league. The Greek league will be his “toughest” until now. One of his latest achievements is the cup in the French league with his team PAU Ortez.

Tab Ballwin will be the new head coach of PAOK Thessaloniki. The American head coach spent the last 20 years of his career in New Zealand (the last six with the National team of the country) the former Tall Black coach Tab Baldwin has been thrown a European coaching lifeline, signing for two years with Greek club PAOK Thessaloniki. The American-born Baldwin will be charged with resurrecting a team which is looking for its lost identity the last few years.

A2

Nikos Katsares, ex player of MENT is now free agent. Nikos, an experienced guard considers to be among the top guards in the division he, already has some offers and he will consider the best of them very soon, it looks like though, that Panorama (the newcomer in A2 - after Makedonikos's decision to play in the Second division this year due to its financial problems) is the team which will try the utmost to register the experienced guard

Pagrati and Nikos Kourtis have come to an agreement and will join forces the coming season. Furthermore, Thanasis Tsiakos is returning to the team, the Greek basketball player was borrowed to Ilioupolis (C Division) where he had a great season and was among the top performers of the team and of the league. Last but not least, two youngsters are joining the Men's team, Alexandros Triantafillou (189-PG-91) and Hassan Hasanay (194-G-90) while Nikos Voulgaris and Sokratis Manavopoulos have renewed their contracts for another season.

Dafni Athens agreed terms with three players, Girogos Kerasovitis ex Ionikos Lamias player, Andreas Vlahopoulos and Alexis Tolias (Both of them in P.Faliro under head Coach's Sorotos management)

B' Division

Christos Gratsos (194-G-86) has renewed his contract with Alimos for another season

Giannis Mandalakis (185-G-85) ex player of Esperos agreed terms with Keravnos Aigio for the next 2 years.



Pablo Prigioni in Olympiakos!! -by Chris Mammides
According to trustfull resources Pini Gershon's new player in the Argentinian Super Star, Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77). The ex player of Tau Ceramica Vitoria accepted Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus offer and as he stated in Radio Vitoria is joining the red club. The 30 years old guard mentioned that the offer is an outstanding and now it all comes to the negotiations of the two clubs. In the mean time, Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) are no longer Olympakos players. The team of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus officially announce the end of the colaboration with the two American players.

Transfer news -by Chris Mammides

A1

Panathinaikos agreed terms with Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama), ex player of Panionios Forthnet Athens. The American Forward was among the top players of the league. His stats were: 14.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2apg and 1.2 spg in the 26 games of teh regular seazon while in the Play offs he had the following: 14.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg. He was the fourth scorer in the A1 league with 385 points (behind Clark, Lee and Josipovic) he was also 15th in the assists and 10th in steals. Coach Obradovic express his interest for the talented American just after the end of the seazon.

A2

Trikalla 2000 renewed the contract with Balafas, Foros, Foundas, Tsiakas, Lepeniotis and Tsoutsos. All the six players renewed their contracts for one year.

B' Division

Keravnos Aigiou after Mandalakis announced today the official registration of the ex player of Ikaros Neas Smyrnis, Giorgos Tyrlos.

Lavrio agreed terms with Giorgos Bakas, ex player of Poseidon Kalamatas, Vasilis Agapitos ex player of EA Patron and Drakakis Giorgos (204-C-82) ex player of Glyfada (D). Furthermore Stamatis and Tsirogiannis left the team with Stamatis going most probably to Near East.

C' Division

Apollonas Smyrnis agreed terms with Giannis Giannopoulos (204-PF-84) ex player of Attalos.

OFI agreed terms with Prodromos Tsekirtsoglou (186-G-85) he begun his career with Minoas Crete (C) and then continued for nearly five years in Irakleio (A2, B and C)

Ierapetra sign three players, Stavros Drakos (190-G-82) ex team Halkidona and Aiolos/Tavros, Michalis Polytarhou (190-G-83) ex team being Trikalla 2000 (C) Argonaftis Rafinas (C) and lately in Arditos (C) and Giorgos Alexiou (183-PG-83) who played in AEK youths, and for 4 years in Aiolos/Tavros.

Foinikas agreed terms with Giorgos Tsaknakis (182-G-83) his previous team was GS Ambelonas (D) and Giorgos Lytopoulos (197-F-88) his previous team was EAL



Market news from the lower divisions -by Chris Mammides
A2
Antonis Sivorotka (203-F-85) agreed terms with ICBS for the next two years. The Greek-German player is making his first attempt to play in the Greek league after having a really very good season in the German league with Kirchheim Knights in PRO B, where he finished the season with 10 points and 4 rebounds per game. Antonis was training with ICBS for more than two weeks before signing his new two years contract.

Kostas Tzialas agreed terms with Pagrati, the experience Power forward will add power in the newcomers in A2. Pagrati succeeded another four registrations, the successful player and captain of the team Stavros Varipatis renewed his contract for another season while another experienced player, Nikos Liakopoulos agreed terms and became a member of the PAgrati team. At the same time Giorgos Koukas will be wearing Pagratis jersey for the next two years while Stelios Klimis for one year at least. Last but not least, the sixth new player for Pagrati is Giorgos Gotzogiannis, ex player of Sporting Athens

Coach George Tsemberis agreed terms with P. Faliro

Giannis Kakiouzis renewed his contract for another season with Dafni. The top scorer of his team had many options to change teams as he had offers from a couple of A2 teams but he preferred his team.

In some other news of A2, Makedonikos can't afford to play in the A2 so after the arrangements done, Panorama will replace Makedonikos in A2, while Makedonikos will play in the Second division. Panorama's president is also the new president of AEL 1964 so many things could happen…

B' Division

Nikos Arsenis, the captain of Doukas will remain in the team even though he had an offer to play in A2.
Giannis Stamopoulos renewed his contract with his team for another year the same goes for the Fanis Koliopoulos while Vasilis Papadopoulos is leaving the team and probably is quitting the basket. At the same time Kostas Lioudis (198-F-81) agreed terms with Keravnos Aigiou for two years; his previous team was Esperos Patras (D).

C' Division

Papagou agreed terms with Panagiotis Zervoulakos, ex small forward of Peiraikos
Filathlitikos agreed terms with Schortsianitis, ex forward of Esperos and Ojefunga ex guard of Aris Nikaias


Kafkis in Olympiakos! -by Chris Mammides
Pini Gershons reds agreed terms with ex Panionios guard Panagiotis Kafkis (195-G-80). The experienced guard is a value added in the red troops as he is a very good point guard and he can do a lot of jobs in the court. This seazon with Panionios he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.5apg. He begun as the "third" guard in Panionios but due to his very good presentation he became the main point guard in Panionios's succesfull seazon.

Panathinaikos gained the second prize at the first "Devotion Marketing Awards" of Euroleague -by Kostas Papadopoulos
One of the highlights of the 2007-08 Euroleague Draw came when the names of the winners of the first "Devotion Marketing Awards" were announced last Saturday at Jesolo. The "Devotion Marketing Awards" - Gold Devotion, Silver Devotion and Bronze Devotion - were introduced this year to recognise the efforts and improvements in the marketing departments of the participating teams and to foster an interchange of knowledge and initiatives among all Euroleague clubs.
The first "Devotion Marketing Awards" winners were:
- Gold Devotion: Mr. Jose Carlos Gaspar, Marketing Director from Unicaja.
- Silver Devotion: Mr. Aggelos Kotaridis, Marketing Director from Panathinaikos Athens.
- Bronze Devotion: Ms. Irina Zaitsieva, Marketing Director from CSKA Moscow.
"This award is for Unicaja" Mr. Gaspar said after receiving his award at the 2007-08 Euroleague Draw. "It is a reward for all the hard work that we have been doing during a lot of years. All the people in the club are very happy with this recognition and this award is not only for the marketing department, but for the whole club, which is working very hard to improve year by year, as well. It is something that belongs to the club, the fans and it is very important for Unicaja."
According to Euroleague's officials, this initiative will also be extended to ULEB Cup clubs starting next season.


Giannakis' squad for the Eurobasket of Spain -by Kostas Papadopoulos

The European Champions want to repeat their triumph at Spain this autumn and national team's coach, Panagiotis Giannakis has just announced the 18 players that will fight for the 12 places in the final roster of the national team that will fly to Spain on September for the Eurobasket.
The selection: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) (Panathinaikos), Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) (Houston Rockets), Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) (CSKA), Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (CSKA), Papamakarios (Olympiakos), Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) (Panathinaikos), Perperoglou (Panathinaikos), Vassileiadis (Malaga), Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) (Olympiakos), Michalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) (Barcelona), Fotsis (Dynamo), Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) (Panathinaikos), Tsartsaris (Panathinaikos), Pelekanos (Panellinios), Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) (Real Madrid), Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-F-85) (Olympiakos), Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (Olympiakos), Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) (Vidivici Bolognia).
The players will start their training at the 20th of July with the appropriate medical tests and on the 23rd of July will go to Karpenisi for the first stage of their actual training.

The coach was the first to give the moto for the whole squad: "I hope that everybody will rest and be fit enough in order to present himself with the best of their will, as we have a lot of worh ahead of us. They should be both physically and mentally ready, in order to avoid any problems and in order to work hard for the challenge we have in front of us: the Eurobasket of Spain".

The national team will play eight games in order to be the best prepared the possible for the forthcoming Eurobasket:

France (Strasbourg)
10/8/2007 against Slovenia
11/8/2007 against France
12/8/2007 against Serbia

21st Acropolis - Eurobank tournament (Greece - Athens)
20/8/2007 against Italy
21/8/2007 against Slovenia
22/8/2007 against Lithuania


26/8/2007 against Spain (not yet officially anounced by the Greek Federation)

31/8/2007 against Italy at Varese - Italy



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HOLLAND

Hanzevast Capitals present new players -by Fred Roggen
Hanzevast Capitals have signed two new players for the coming season, German NT-player Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) and the Czech Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, agency: PPGroup).

EiffelTowers sign Willem Zijlmans -by Fred Roggen
EiffelTowers Den Bosch have concluded an agreement with the 19-year old Willie Zijlmans (187-F-88). Zijlmans comes from the Under-20 team of EiffelTowers.

Jouke Pots to Omniworld almere -by Fred Roggen
After a year playing in the promotie-divisie with Den Bosch concerning his study, Jouke Pots (183-G-83) signed a contract with Omniworld Almere for the coming season. He played earlier in the Ere divisie for BS Weert, EBBC Den Bosch and Landstede Zwolle.

Player-news from Eiffeltowers Den Bosch -by Fred Roggen
Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) signed a contract for the coming season. Stevenson is not unknown for the Dutch basketballfans. In 2004-2005 he played for Landstede Zwolle.
Afterwards he was active in the French Pro-A for Rouen Basket and Paris Basket Racing. Last season he ended up for the Yakama Sun Kings (CBA).

The contract with Roye Berkowitz (182-G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) was extended with a year.


Thijs Vermeulen signed for two years at Matrixx Magixx -by Fred Roggen
Thijs Vermeulen (192-F-85) have put his signature under a two-year contract at the Matrixx Magixx. Last season he played for Eiffeltowers Den Bosch.

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HONDURAS

Nacional de Ingenieros is hosting Centro American Tournment -by Gianni Pascucci
Top Honduran team Nacional de Ingenieros is hosting in Tegucigalpa the 2007 edition of the Central America Championship for Clubs. The team is competing in male and female tournments. The male roster of the Ingenieros is strenghtened by two USA players, Cornelius Roberts (198-F-77, college: Norfolk St.) and Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment). In the first game of the competition, they dedfeated Fupade Coast 78-70. The "Engineers" won the National League 2007 some weeks ago, defeating for the first time in six years the traditional contenders of Policia Nacional.

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ISRAEL

market moves -by Elad Zeevi
Amit Ben David (190-G-77), who played in Hapoel Ironi Nahariya in the last 4 seasons, signed with Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek. Ben-David, who averaged around 8 points and 3 assists a game last season, is expected to replace Guni Izraeli as the team's leading point-guard.

Hapoel Jerusalem finally made their first move in the market, signing the three-point specialist, Yehu Orland (193-G-81, agency: Ronsport). last season in Gilboa/Afula Orland averaged 11 PPG, which came mostly from three-points shots. Orland had a 45% from the three-point arch, a very good percentage which he will probably want to keep in Jerusalem. more Jerusalem: Erez Markovich (208-C-78) has agreed terms to stay in the team for the next season.


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ITALY

Team Italy Under 20 announced -by Gianni Pascucci
The 10th edition of the European U20 Championship will start tomorrow at Gorizia (Italy) and Nova Gorica (Slovenia), two towns crossed by the international border between the two countries. The first games of Italy will be vs Bulgaria (July 6), Georgia (July 7) and Latvia (July 8). Italian NT coach Stefano Sacripanti released today the definitive 12 men squad for the competition, as follows:
Marco Ammannato (203-F/C-88) U.S. EMPOLESE
Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) ZAROTTI IMOLA
Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) IGNIS CASTELLETTO TICINO
Alberto Chiumenti (205-F/C-87) CLIMAMIO BOLOGNA
Gino Cuccarolo (220-C-87) BENETTON TREVISO
Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) LEGEA SCAFATI
Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88) MONTEPASCHI SIENA
Ariel Filloy (192-G-87, agency: Interperformances) COOPSETTE RIMINI
Marco Giuri (192-G-88) NUOVA PALL. VIGEVANO
Daniel Hackett (196-G-87) USC TROJANS
Alessandro Piazza (174-G-87) PREFAB. PUGLIESI BRINDISI
Giovanni Tomassini (186-G-88) SCAVOLINI SPAR PESARO


Bargnani will play in Team Italy -by Gianni Pascucci

Team Italy coach Carlo Recalcati released the list of the players called at the National Team Camp of Bormio, that will prepare the team for the European Championship in Spain. The camp will run from July 19 to 30, at the end Team Italy will play a friendly tournment together with Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Australia and Turkey. The definitive 12 men squad will be selected among the players down:
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) (Toronto Raptors),

Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) (Golden State Warriors),

Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) (Armani Jeans Milano),

Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) (Armani Jeans Milano),

Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) (FC Barcelona)
Denis Marconato (211-C-75) (FC Barcelona),

Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) (VidiVici Bologna),

Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) (Vidi Vivici Bologna),

Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) (Pallacanestro Varese),

Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) (Benetton Traviso),

Marco Mordente (192-G-79) (Benetton Treviso),

Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) ( Benetton Treviso),

Daniel Hackett (196-G-87) (Southern California),

Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83) (Fortitudo Bologna),

Tomas Ress (211-C/F-80, college: Texas A&M) (Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia),

Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) (Eldo Napoli),

Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81) (Premiata Montegranaro),

Luca Vitali (201-G-86) (Premiata Montegranaro).



Last market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Montepaschi Siena and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) agreed to extend their contract for another two seasons. Upea Capo d'Orlando announced the signing of Tamar Slay (204-G-80, college: Marshall). Virtus VidiVici Bologna should announce today the agreement with Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.). Premiata Montegranaro inked ARG-ITA Demian Filloy (198-F-82, agency: Interperformances) with a two-year contract. Pallacanetro Cantù agreed to terms with Rodolfo Jr. Valenti (198-F-80). Benetton Treviso could announce soon the signing of Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81), from Montegranaro. In Lega 2, Vanoli Soresina signed Mauro Morri (190-G-77), from Scavolini-Spar Pesaro.

Last Transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Dan Gay (207-C-61, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) agreed to serve as Team Manager of Scavolini Spar Pesaro. He inked a one-year pact. Siviglia Wear Teramo and Gianluca Lulli (196-F/G-72) extended their contract for another two seasons. In Lega 2, Pallacanestro Reggiana (formerly Bipop-Carire) announced the signing of Franco Marcelletti as the new team coach. His assistant will be Massimiliano Menetti . Fileni Aurora Basket Jesi announced that Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) agreed to extend the running agreement for other four seasons. Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari and Emanuele Rotondo (194-G-75) agreed to part ways.

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JAMAICA

Tivoli, Flames win big -by Leonard Whyte
Tivoli All-Stars and Portmore Flames both came away with satisfying victories as the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) continued on Tuesday evening at the National Stadium courts. Tivoli (4-2) kept Harbour View Lakers winless with a 102-64 whipping, dropping them to 0-6. In the other game, Flames (3-3) easily handled Pure Playaz 72-51. Damion Young (27 points and 14 rebounds) and Troy Constantine (22 points and 10 steals) led the scoring for Tivoli, while Cadien Lawrence with 23 points led Lakers. Kenado Smith (22 points and 13 rebounds) and Adrian Coote (20 points) led Flames over Playaz (1-4) for which Garry Wilson (19 points) and Jeffrey Ivy (14 points) led the way.

Farquharson on a tear -by Leonard Whyte
Reigning MVP, Anthony Farquharson of Denham Town Wizard, hit the 40-point plateau for the second straight game on Monday night when he poured in 41 points in a losing effort against Majestic Gardens in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL). The 6' 3” under-sized forward is proving very difficult to contain, and scorched Blazing Panthers for 44 points last Saturday, giving him an average of 42.5 points in his last two games. Wizards next faces defending champions, St. George's Slayers, who finally gets the chance to show off their much talked about defense. The question is, will it be strong enough to bother Farquharson?

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KOSOVO

Tonight, the final match of Summer League -by Edona Shabani
Tonight, July 4, 2007 on 8:00 pm in Sports and Youth Hall in Prishtina will take place the final match of Summer League “University Victory”.
To fight for the first place of this League will be Sigal Prishtina and Trepca. Referees of this match are going to be: Daut Mehemeti, Hysen Hasani and Zaim Zenuni whereas to monitor this final match will be Hajredin Zeka.

Tonight will also be the rewarding of the best player under the age of 21, and he will get free funding for bachelor's degree from University Victory and also will be rewarded the best scorer of the League and he will get free funding for master degree. These rewards are provided by the sponsor of the League University Victory.

Source: www.fbk-ks.com


Sigal Prishtina champion of Summer League "University Victory" -by Edona Shabani
Last night in the final match between Sigal Prishtina and Trepca with the result 89:75 Sigal Prishtina won the first Summer League organized by BFK, Summer League” University Victory”.

The sponsor of this League University Victory rewarded two basketball players of this League, as the best player under the age of 21 was announced Muhamed Hasani (Sigal Prishtina) who will get scholarship for his Batchelor's degree and as the most effective player won Brahim Veseli( Sigal Prishtina) who will get scholarship for his Master Degree.

In this League that lasted two weeks, participated 8 teams which could activate only two players older than 21.


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MEXICO

Last LNBP transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Dana Gerrick Rivera (188-G-82) agreed to re-sign with Fuerza Regia de Monterrey for another season. Caballeros de Sinaloa announced the signing of Luiz Alonso Araujo (191-G/F-78) and Heriberto Rodriguez (191-F-82), both from Pioneros Los Mochis

WANT TO PLAY IN THE LNBP, 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 if paid before July 21st. Space is limited to 70 players and is filling quickly as just under 5 weeks remain until the Showcase opens August 8th. NCAA and/or pro experience helpful but not necessary. Check www.enfuegohoops.com for complete Showcase registration details.

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MICRONESIA

Micronesia remove team from South Pacific Games -by Gauthier Gerard
The Federated States of Micronesia submitted a men 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
Cook Islands
Fiji
Guam
New Caledonia
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tahiti

Withdrawals:
Micronesia
Northern Marianas
Marshall Islands


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NBA

Bobcats to extend Carroll's contract -by Paolo Comitti
The Charlotte Bobcats and guard Matt Carroll agreed on a six-year, $27 million contract extension.

Carroll, signed by Charlotte out of the NBA's developmental league midway through the 2004-05 season, quickly became a key contributor. A 3-point specialist, he averaged nine points in 25 games to close that season, then 7.6 points the following year.

Last season, Carroll averaged a career-high 12.1 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range, moving into the starting lineup late in the season.

Carroll, who was undrafted out of Notre Dame, was cut by New York, Portland, San Antonio and Golden State early in his career. But his game blossomed while playing for Roanoke in the NBDL. He averaged more than 20 points a game before he was signed by Charlotte.

Due to his humble beginnings, Carroll said late last season that he wanted the security of a long-term deal. Carroll received some interest from other teams, but the Bobcats were the only team that could have offered him a six-year contract, the maximum length allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

The 6-foot-6 Carroll will face more competition for playing time next season after the Bobcats acquired fellow shooting guard Jason Richardson in a draft night trade. But part-owner Michael Jordan had said they wanted to retain Carroll to keep depth at the position.


Marcus Banks to play in the summer league -by Paolo Comitti
Phoenix Suns guard Marcus Banks, who lost his spot in the Suns' rotation during last season, will play for the team's NBA Summer League squad in Las Vegas.

Banks was supposed to be the backup to Steve Nash after signing a five-year, $21 million contract last offseason. But he never quite fit in to the Suns' system and was out of the rotation by midseason.

Banks appeared in 45 games, averaging 4.9 points per contest.

The Phoenix Summer League roster, announced Tuesday, also includes first-round draft pick Alando Tucker and second-round pick D.J. Strawberry. Generally the players with rookie contracts play in the summer league. Banks' move is a little bit surprising, and could make him remembered by other teams. Suns may want to get rid of his huge contract.

(Source: NBA.com)


USBA First Ever International Tryout Camp July 29th-Aug 2nd- Eugene,OR -by Alex Yams
Press Release
Contact:
Braidy O'Neil, USBA, 541 914-0733, braidyoneil@aol.com

USBA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT CAMP

EUGENE, Oregon (July 3, 2007)---For several years, the United States Basketball Academy (USBA) near Eugene, Oregon, has hosted tryout and exposure camps featuring top professional players looking to play at a high level overseas. During the past three years the USBA has been home to the Chinese Basketball Association's Draft Camp and Draft. All players wanting an opportunity to play in the CBA's professional league attended this mandatory camp to be evaluated by all of the coaches and general managers of the CBA and be eligible for their draft.

This year, from July 29th through August 2nd, the USBA will hold the first ever International Tryout Camp open to invited countries throughout Asia that are looking for top caliber players for their respective professional leagues. This past year the USBA evaluated and screened over 600 players during the selection process to come up with the top 80 who attended the CBA camp. Most players have played in high level professional leagues around the world, with several each year being former NBA draft picks.

“This year's camp will offer visiting coaches and General Managers a unique opportunity to evaluate top talent in a very controlled environment,” said Bruce O'Neil, founder and President of the USBA. “This will be an exciting event and demonstrates the commitment of the USBA to grow the game of basketball in countries throughout Asia.” The 64 invited players are organized into 8 teams, which each play five games during the four-day camp. The teams are coaches by high-level college and professional coaches. Our staff evaluates players each day and statistics are provided by Cybersports, the finest program in the world.

FOR THIS FIRST YEAR, ALL VISITING COACHES WILL BE OUR GUESTS…ROOM, BOARD AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED

About the United States Basketball Academy
The USBA is one of the world's leaders in basketball education and coach-player services. Founded in 1990, the Academy is located in the beautiful McKenzie River Valley 47 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. The academy serves as a training facility for national and professional basketball teams from China, Korea, Japan and other countries from throughout the world. Its advisory board and faculty include many of the world's most respected coaches and former players. Legendary coach John Wooden, Pete Newell, Bob Hill, Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Cartwright, Rick Barry Dale Brown, Jim Harrick, George Karl, Ted Owens and Yeoh Choo Hock (Secretary General of FIBA-Asia) to the list of more than 40 eminent basketball experts directly associated with the USBA.

Press Release courtesy of USBA


Hill to Sign With the Suns. -by Bryan Floyd
Grant Hill has decided to sign a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Suns. Hill should have a good chance to start for the Suns. Hill's agent, Lon Babby, said Thursday that Hill has agreed in principle to a two-year deal -- known as a bi-annual exception -- for $1.8 million this season and almost $2 million in 2008-09 at the player's option. As long as Hill stays healthy he will be very valuable to the high powered Suns team. The move will also free up the small forward position for Rashard Lewis in Orlando. Hill also considered the Pistons, Heat, Mavs and Spurs but ultimately chose the Suns because of their ability to give him a meaningful role on the team and a chance at a championship. "Obviously money wasn't the biggest factor here," Babby said. "He had offers for a lot more money. Grant wants a chance to win a championship and he wanted to go to a place that would give him a chance to contribute. Phoenix was the perfect fit."

Patrick Ewing is ready to teach Dwight Howard -by Paolo Comitti
The Orlando Magic have named Patrick Ewing (7'0''-C-62, college: Georgetown) assistant coach, General Manager Otis Smith and Head Coach Stan Van Gundy announced today.

A future Hall-of-Famer and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, Ewing has been an assistant coach with both Washington (2003-04) and Houston (2004-06). He played in 1,183 career NBA regular season outings during 17 seasons with New York, Seattle and Orlando, averaging 21.0 ppg., 9.8 rpg., 1.9 apg. and 2.45 blk pg. in 34.3 min pg. Ewingalso appeared in 139 career playoff contests, averaging 20.2 ppg., 10.3 rpg., 2.0 apg. and 2.18 blkpg. in 37.5 min pg. He was originally drafted in the first round (first overall) by the Knicks in the 1985 NBA Draft and finished his career with the Magic in 2001-02.

Ewing participated in 11 NBA All-Star Games, including 10 consecutive appearances from 1988 through 1997. He was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1989-90 and to the All-NBA Second Team six times (1987-88, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1996-97). Ewing also earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors three times (1987-88, 1988-89, 1991-92), was the 1985-86 NBA Rookie of the Year and captured two Olympic gold medals (1984, 1992).

At the time of his retirement, Ewing ranked among the NBA's all-time leaders in several categories. He stood fourth in blocked shots (2,894), sixth in defensive rebounds (8,855) and 13th in both scoring (24,815) and minutes played (40,594). He also ranked among all-time players in games played (1,183, T-21st), field goals attempted (19,241, 12th), free throws made (5,392, 18th) and attempted (7,289, 18th), total rebounds (11,606, 19th) and offensive rebounds (2,751, 24th). Ewing was named the NBA Player-of-the-Month five times during his career and picked up NBA Player-of-the-Week honors 12 times.

Ewing spent the first 15 seasons of his career with the New York Knicks. He ranks as the Knicks' all-time leader in games played (1,039), points (23,665), minutes (37,586), field goals made (9,260), field goals attempted (18,224), free throws made (5,126), free throws attempted (6,904), rebounds (10,759), steals (1,061), blocked shots (2,758) and 40-plus scoring games (30). His 11 NBA All-Star Game selections is a franchise record and he was inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame on Oct. 29, 1996.

While at Georgetown University, Ewing left as the school's all-time leading rebounder (1,316) and shot blocker (493), while ranking second in all-time scoring (2,184) to Eric “Sleepy” Floyd (2,304). He set school records with 135 blocks as a senior and 371 rebounds as a junior. Ewing led the Hoyas to three NCAA Finals, including the 1984 NCAA Championship, which earned himtournament MVP. During his senior year (1984-85), his honors included the Kodak Award, Rupp Trophy and Naismith Trophy as Player of the Year from National Association of Basketball Coaches, Associated Press and The Sporting News Player of the Year, while sharing Big East Player of the Year honors with Chris Mullin of St. John's.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ewing served as president of the National Basketball Players Association from Sept. 1997 to June 2001.

(Source: NBA.com)


Carlesimo to coach Sonics -by Paolo Comitti
The Seattle SuperSonics have decided to hire P.J. Carlesimo as their new head coach.

Carlesimo has spent the previous five seasons as an assistant on the staff of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Seattle's new owner, Clay Bennett -- a former member of the Spurs' ownership group -- has tried to use the Spurs as a blueprint to remake the Sonics. Last month, Bennett hired Spurs assistant general manager Sam Presti to oversee the Sonics' front office.

Seattle has scheduled a news conference for noon Thursday at which officials are expected to announce Carlesimo's hiring.

P. J. Carlesimo is a college and professional basketball coach, and son of Peter A. Carlesimo who was the longtime coach and athletic director at the University of Scranton and Fordham University. Carlesimo coached Seton Hall University from 1982-1994 (212-166) and was named the school's "Coach of the Century" and led the Pirates to an overtime loss to Michigan in the 1989 National Championship.

Carlesimo served in the NBA as a head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 1994 to 1997 and Golden State Warriors from 1997 to 1999, both times succeeding Rick Adelman. He also served as an assistant coach on the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team." He has been an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs under Gregg Popovich since 2002.

He is probably best remembered as the victim of a notorious attack by Latrell Sprewell during a 1997 practice when Carlesimo was head coach of the Golden State Warriors. During this incident, Sprewell choked Carlesimo for nearly 15 seconds until being pulled off by several teammates, and elbowed him several minutes later. Sprewell said that if his teammates did not stop him he would have seriously injured, and possibly killed Carlesimo. Sprewell was suspended for the remainder of that season, and never again played for the Warriors. As a result of the incident, Carlesimo is widely viewed as having a negative rapport with professional basketball players.


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NEW ZEALAND

Tall Blacks get ready for World University Games -by Eurobasket News
As the World University Games are approaching the New Zealand Tall Blacks squad is being shaped up for the upcoming event. Head coach Darron Larsen named 12 players that will travel to Bangkok in August. Among them some new names as well as former New Zealand National team players. Christopher Reay (206-F) will return to the team after he played in the test series against Australia in 2004. He took part in the 80:75 win of the Tall Blacks in Game 2 of that series in Christchurch. He is now studying and playing for Midwestern State University in the USA. Some of the invited players tried for National team in previous years. Tom Abercrombie, Gerard Bowden (190-G-83), Leon Henry, Calum MacLeod and Jarrod Kenny (187-G-85) were once on the national team trials. Everard Bartlett is currently in the trail camp in Napier. He posted a superb season with the Bay Hawks in the NBL scoring 13.8 points and dishing out 2.2 assists per game.
Zane Meehl (190-G-86) will also join the team after his impressive performance in the QABL in Australia this season. He averages 29.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for his Maroochydore.
Junior Tall Blacks coach Kenny McFadden to assist Darron Larsen in guiding the team. Here is the list of all invited players:
Mada Abdelhamid (Houghton College, US)
Tom Abercrombie (Washinton State University, US)
Everard Bartlett (Massey University)
Gerard Bowden (Savannah College of Art & Design, US)
Chris Daniel (197-G/F-85) (Massey University)
Leon Henry (Victoria University)
Jarrod Kenny (Auckland University of Technology)
Calum MacLeod (Valparaiso University, US)
Zane Meehl (University of Arkansas-Fort Smith)
Mark Morrison (197-F-85) (Canterbury University)
Christopher Reay (Midwestern State University, US)
Mike Townsend (207-F/C-84, college: Chattanooga) (Canterbury University).


New Zealand U16 team celebrate their first win -by Eurobasket News
Emerging Junior Tall Blacks continue their participation in the Australian U16 Championships in Gosford. Lately they played the fifth game of the tournament and finally grabbed a win. New Zealand U16 team managed to overcome South Australia Country 90:80. Forward Chris McIntyre led the winners with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Kiwis converted 11/12 free throws at the dying stage of the game to seal the first win. Scott Sharp had 23 points and Sonny Tuaputa added 12 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 assists for Emerging Junior Tall Blacks.
This victory came after a bitter start of the competition when New Zealand squad lost their four outings. In the first game Kiwis were beaten by Victoria Metro 45:82. James Glucina and Scott Sharp nailed 8 points apiece in a loss. Later on New Zealand did not manage to take over NSW Country losing 65:79. Scott Sharp had 19 points, while Tia Temata-Frost ensured 17 for Emerging Junior Tall Blacks. The third encounter was once again not an easy ride for Kiwis as they fell short to Queensland South 67:98. Palmerston North guard Tia Temata-Frost chipped in 24 points to lead New Zealand. Kiwis also lost their fixture against Tasmania 67:81. And again Tia Temata-Frost drove Kiwis with 25 points and 11 rebounds.


Tall Blacks Phill Jones and Paora Winitana join the Breakers -by Eurobasket News
Tall Black players Phill Jones (196-G-74) and Paora Winitana (195-G-76) rejoin the ANBL action with the New Zealand Breakers franchise. They already competed for the Breakers in the 2003-2004 season. With these additions the Breakers fill the roster and now have just two import spots empty.
Phill Jones is coming from Italy, where he spent last season with Tisettanta Cantu. Kiwi guard averaged 10.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in Seria A. He helped Cantu to reach the opening round of the play-offs, where they lost to the league leaders Siena. Phill Jones also scored 13.8 points and grabbed 3.9 rebounds in the 2004 season with the Breakers.
Paora Winitana returns to the Breakers after a couple of impressive seasons in New Zealand NBL. He recorded two MVP honors with the Bay Hawks, leading them to the 2006 NBL title. Paora Winitana tasted the Australian NBL action in 2004 with the Breakers. His average stats came up to 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 30 games played.
Phill Jones and Paora Winitana complete the squad of Tall Blacks of all calibers including Paul Henare, Kirk Penney and Mike Vukona. The squad also comprise Australian veteran star Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72) and such young prospects as Chris Daniels and Mike Townsend. The full roster includes Paul Henare, Brent Charleton, Phill Jones, Paora Winitana, Kirk Penney, Oscar Forman (205-G-82), Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Tony Ronaldson, Tim Behrendorff (211-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb), Chris Daniel, Mike Townsend and Ryan Kersten (188-G-86, college: N.Mexico).


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NICARAGUA

Great start for Fupade Coast -by Gianni Pascucci
In the first game of the Central America Championship for Clubs 2007, Fupade Coast made sensation defeating 60-58 the team BN Liceo from Costa Rica. The best performers at the Nicaraguan side were Alvin Camacho (193-G/F-78), with 16 pts, Elijah Allen (194-F-73) with 13, Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83) and Jose Perez, who hit the decisive 3 pointer atr the end of the game. This is the first time that a team from Nicaragua prevails over a Costa Rican team in an international competition. The day after, Fupade Coast felt to home team Nacional de Ingenieros 70-76, but has yet the chance to advance to semifinals, defeating tonight Denver, from El Salvador.

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PHILIPPINES

Fans Speak -by May Arevalo
Hi May,

Good day asia-basket readers or should I say a bad day for Philippine Basketball, our national team was beaten by Lebanon in a freak fluke shot and by a tenacious Japanese collegiate squad (just like memory of 2002 asian games with South Korea). Their is no doubt our team improved on teamwork and has a very good talent, but it seems our team lack in pride, courage and heart to play in international events like Jone Cup. Coach Chot made a poor managing in the closing minutes both of those countries. These are scary moments at least it not happen in Tokushima that they will encounter more major problems in which if ever they play the host in the quarters (hoping they survive the group of death) the crowd will against them and the real, cohesive Japanese national team will teach them that basketball has to be a character of an killer instinct to send a message that their are serious to get a win for the honor of themselves and their country.

Coach Chot badly needs a defensive coach consultant (maybe Coach Yeng Guiao) and a motivator (Coach Jaworski or Coach Jacobs)

from a very die hard patriotic fan,

Ryan

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Thank you for the email and keep the faith Ryan, believe me when I say, that the team is right on track. - May


SMC-PILIPINAS BACK IN THE GROOVE, SUBDUES KOREA -by Hector Santos
TAIPEI - San Miguel-Pilipinas, realizing there just isn't time to sulk, rebounded from heartbreaking setbacks to Lebanon and Japan, playing tough throughout to down Korea, 88-84, in the 29th William Jones Cup Basketball Tournament at the Hsinchuang Stadium here Thursday night.

The win raised the record of the Filipinos to 2-2 in a six-way tie for third place with their victims, Qatar, Iran, defending champion USA and host Chinese-Taipei, which pulled off a 78-77 overtime victory against erstwhile unbeaten Lebanon. SMC-RP is now a game behind pacesetters Lebanon and Jordan, who share the lead in the 10-team field with identical 3-1 cards.

With lessons learned from the numbing defeats, the Filipinos dished out a gung-ho game and, this time, overcame gnawing pressure at endgame for the win that could rebuild the morale and confidence of the team in the final stage of their buildup for the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier.

"Going here, we're thinking of the long run. But after the two losses, our only concern was to win this game," said SMC-RP coach Chot Reyes.

"We finally won a close game after blowing away two close battles. I'm proud of the boys and how they put those losses behind them and how they hung in there," Reyes added.

The victory bodes well for San Miguel-Pilipinas, which finally gets to test the mettle of Jordan in their 3:30 p.m. tiff Friday.

Jordan, groupmate of the Philippines in the Tokushima Olympic qualifier elims, is riding the momentum of back-to-back wins over Chinese Taipei and the Athletes in Action of the USA as it plays the Filipinos.

The Jordanians mirrored the feat of the Filipinos against the Americans, pulling off a 69-66 upset earlier in the day

"Our adrenalin and momentum should carry us. But Jordan's confidence should be soaring high with their win against the US. Both teams could come out strong for a great game," said Reyes.

"We're not yet in shape but we're getting better. But I don't think the result is important. It's a study game for both of us. Our objective is Japan," said Jordan coach Mario Palma.

"The Philippines may have the edge. The team is strong, quick and has great shooters. But sometimes, defense outshines a good team," Palma added.

The Nationals proved the Jordanian coach right against the Koreans with Mark Caguioa, Asi Taulava, Gabe Norwood, Jayjay Helterbrand and Kerby Raymundo showing it all at the finish.

Taulava, Helterbrand and Norwood combined for a lethal five-to-nothing run in the closing seconds, and the Nationals survived the Koreans in a fierce battle marked by six deadlocks and 12 lead changes.

The Koreans were breathing down their necks at 82-83 before the Nationals came through with the decisive attack capped by a two-handed jam by Norwood, making it 88-82 with only 10.3 seconds left to play.

San Miguel-Pilipinas played a balanced game with Caguioa, Dondon Hontiveros and Norwood leading the team with at least 12 apiece.

Taulava scored only seven points but played a key role in defending well against former Portland Trail Blazer 7-foot-4 Seung-jin Ha.

The RP shooters, meanwhile, matched the Koreans' 9-of-22 shooting from the three-point area. Jimmy Alapag, Hontiveros and Norwood accounted for two treys apiece. (NC/BP)

The scores:
SMC-RP 88 - Caguioa 19, Hontiveros 14, Norwood 12, Helterbrand 9, Taulava 7, Williams 7, Alapag 6, Raymundo 5, Menk 4, Ritualo 3, Pennisi 2, De Ocampo 0.

South Korea 84 - Kim DW 20, Kan BH 16, Kim MS 14, Lee KS 11, Kim SH 9, Ha SJ 5, Yang HJ 5, Lee DJ 4, Cha JY 0.

Quarterscores: 22-19; 43-41; 69-68; 88-84.

NOTES: It's too late to grumble on a loss but the national team coaching staff, in a review of the game tape, realized the team was robbed of a point in their 62-65 loss to Lebanon. The table official counted just as a twinner the three-point shot made by James Yap at the buzzer to close the first period at 18-14 for the Philippines……..


Credits to PBA Media Bureau


Did anybody say "Poker" -by May Arevalo
Japan's 22 and under National Team dealt Team Pilipinas its second loss 84-86 in day 3 of the 29th William Jones Cup in Taipei.

Renren Florendo Ritualo (188-G) top scored for Team Pilipinas with 21 points, while Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77) had 11 and Anthony Helterbrand (183-G-76, college: Kentucky St.) 10. Team Pilipinas Head Coach Chot Reyes made it clear before the start of the tournament that the squad is only in Taipei because of Iran and Jordan who are Team Pilipinas' classmates in "The Group of Death" in the Tokushima meet. Go figure.

Scoring by Quarter:
RP=25/25/21/13
Japan=25/19/16/26


Fans Speak -by May Arevalo

Hi to all asia-basket readers and die hard fans of the philippine national basketball team.


I'm really happy that our suspension is lifted and we can play now at international games. I'm glad that we have a chance to play basketball in olympics. Anyway, my real point here is all about the "GENIUS" guys! I really don't like this guys because all they think is negative things! Like what's happening now in the jones cup, the real reason why the rp team wants to join the jones cup is because the national team of Jordan and Iran is playing! Of course the GENIUS people has a right to criticize because that's what they think about the rp team! BUT we must not be against them, we have to support them! LABAN NGA NATIN TO! I think Coach Chot is doing a great job, his bringing the rp team to right track! Who knows?, maybe Coach Chot has some secret magic tricks that he can't use for now! THE REAL BATTLE IS IN THE FIBA-ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS! Let's believe and trust coach chot because i know his a excellent coach! So to all the GENIUS guys, stop saying negative things and just pray that we're going to win the fiba asia championships! Let's give time to coach chot to focus our plays, correct our mistakes, study the rp lineup, and to scout! RP TEAM REALLY NEEDS OUR SUPPORT!!! WE BELIEVE!!!! don't give coach chot a headache, he's already pressured thanks to the Genius guys, >=(


a rp team die hard fan, RaLpH



Dallas Mavericks star to join Filipino fans -by Hector Santos
NBA All-Star Guard Jerry Stackhouse of the Dallas Mavericks stars in the fourth leg of NBA Madness 2007 which opens today (July 6) at the Center Court of the SM Mall of Asia.

The popular Mavericks star will be joined by five high-kicking Mavs Dancers and their dunking mascot, Mavs Man at the NBA Madness celebrations from July 6-8.

Fans will also have the opportunity to see the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy up close as part of the DHL-NBA Trophy Tour.

Stackhouse, a 12-year NBA veteran, will interact with fans and participate in on-court basketball competitions.

He will also conduct a basketball skills training demonstration and share basketball tips and insights on what it takes to be a successful basketball player.

The Mavs Dancers, one of the best dance teams in the NBA, will entertain the crowd with their explosive and high energy performances, while Mavs Man is guaranteed to delight Filipino fans with his impromptu comedy, cheerleading and dunking skills.

The DHL-NBA Trophy Tour will be one of the most exciting elements to celebrate this basketball festival. DHL and the NBA have teamed up to bring the ultimate symbol of NBA champions �" the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy -- a 24.5 inches tall, 15-pound, brass trophy vermeiled in 24 karat gold.

This will give NBA fans the unique opportunity to admire the coveted trophy up close and witness the ultimate prize for which NBA players strive all season.

NBA Madness, the NBA's interactive basketball lifestyle event, tipped off at the SM City San Lazaro on June 15 to bring the fun and excitement of the NBA to fans of all ages. In its sixth year, NBA Madness will visit six malls in Metro Manila: SM City San Lazaro (June 15 to 17), The Block, SM North EDSA (June 22 to 24), SM Southmall Las Piñas (June 29 to July 1), SM Mall of Asia (July 6 to 8), SM City Fairview (July 13 to 15) and SM Megamall (July 20 to 22).

NBA Madness has been a fan extravaganza in the Philippines for the past five years, promoting basketball in a fun and interactive atmosphere.

Fans can showcase their hoop skills and enjoy NBA entertainment through a series of activities:
NBA 3 x 3 Challenge �" An ultimate competition to determine the kings of the court!
NBA Shooting Stars presented by Coke �" Shooting from six spots on the court, teams of 3 will attempt to make all six shots in the fastest time.
NBA 3-Point Shootout presented by Basketball TV�" Fans show off their long-range shooting.
NBA Slam Dunk Contest presented by Coke �" Players take to the air as they try to bring the house down with awesome aerial moves.
NBA 2Ball presented by Caltex with Techron �" Players combine their skills in shooting, rebounding and passing in this fun game that emphasizes teamwork.
Besides the Center Court activities, fans can also stay close with the sport they love in various ways:
NBA Madness On-Stage �" Catch some of the country's up-and-coming bands and famous celebrities as they appear live on the NBA Madness stage.
NBA Measure Ups �" Compare yourself with life-sized cut-outs of some of your favorite NBA players in this special interactive area.
NBA Kids Court �" A special court area designed for very young NBA fans.
Jerry Stackhouse (198-G-74, college: N.Carolina)


SEAG cage tryouts open to ex-pros -by Hector Santos
IN ORDER to form a gold medal-caliber squad for the SEA Games, Philippine team coach Junel Baculi is opening the ongoing tryouts to former pro players.

“There are plenty of talents in the PBL and other leagues, even in the collegiate ranks, but we need one or two ex-pros who are big and mobile,” said Baculi.

“We need their experience.”

Baculi also stressed that there's no seeded players in the team, even Harbour Centre's top gunners Jason Castro and Chico Lanete will have to go through normal process.

“We have to put premium on the players' attitude and their willingness to sacrifice,” said Baculi. “Total commitment to play for flag and country is their ultimate test.”

Erick Arejola, tasked by amateur basketball project director and Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero to monitor the tryouts, said some ex-pros have already
signified their intention to join the tryout which resumes today at 10 a.m. at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong.

Only a handful of stars attended the first day of tryouts last Wednesday but Baculi and Arejona are confident more established names in the amateur ranks will show up today.

“I received calls from former PBA players that they're going to attend the tryout next time, so the more participants, the better,” said Arejola. “But some have prior commitments this week, the rest are still either abroad or still in the province.”

The PBL, under Commissioner Chico Trinidad, has already issued a memorandum to all league members to inform and allow their players to take part in the tryouts, saying: “We all have to cooperate because this is for the country.”


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POLAND

Market news -by Karol Machera
Energa Czarni Slupsk has finished completing their Polish player for next season by signing for 5 years Mateusz Bierwagen (192-G-88). 19 year old player played 6 games in Astoria Bydgoszcz in 2005/2006 and he was averaging 2.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg. He was also the member of Polish U18 NT and he's the member of Polish U20 NT. Czarni have got 4 Polish players in their roster which is required by the league in the upcoming season. Earlier contract with Energa signed: Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz, Piotr Szczotka, Dariusz Cywinski.

Prokom Trefl Sopot is interested in signing Henry Domercant (192-G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: E.Illinois) and Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) who didn't extend their contracts with Olympiacos Pireus. Now both coaches of the Polish champions are in the USA looking for some players for next season.

Mariusz Bacik (207-G/F-72) is close to signing contract with AZS Koszalin. 35 year old former member of the National Team spend his last season in Greek's Age Halkidas which is playing in second division averaging: 8 ppg (2FGP: 54%, FT: 66%), 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg.


Petrovic stays in Turow -by Karol Machera

Vjeko Petrovic (193-G-81) is another player who extended his cotract with BOT Turow Zgorzelec. 26 year old Slovenian guard was one of best defenders in Saso Filipovski

's team and he also has been chosen to the Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Defensive Team. He was averaging 4.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.5apg.

BOT Turow Zgorzelec will play in ULEB CUP in upcoming season versus: Unics Kazan, Hapoel Jerusalem B.C., Eiffel Towers, Strassbourg, KK Zadar.



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S.AFRICA

Confusion Delays South Africa's All-Africa Preparations -by Tshepo Ditshego
The South African national basketball team was due to begin their final camp in preparation for the All Africa Games on the 27th of June. However, a day before the camp the players had not received confirmation that the camp will be taking place as planned. The camp was due to take place at the High Performance Center in Pretoria until South Africa take off for Algiers on the 4th of July.

The person responsible for the national team told me that he couldn't get a hold of the president of Basketball South Africa for 3 weeks, and therefore was unable to make arrangements for the camp to take place. Nothing can be done without the president's approval because he has to authorize any financial decisions made by Basketball SA.

In addition to the confusion that ensued prior to the camp, the players, represented by captain Neo Mothiba and vice captain Quintin Denyssen have also been frustrated by Basketball South Africa. At the last camp that was held in Durban, the national team players requested a daily allowance for all camps and future competitions from the executive. At that same camp Joseph Mazibuko and Sifiso Ngcobo left the camp prematurely to return to work because they were unwilling to practice without receiving an allowance. The other players decided to stay as it was agreed that they would be paid allowances for the Durban camp.

Last week Friday an agreement was reached between the BSA executive and the players with regards to the daily allowance request made for future camps and tournaments. This dispute was a contributing factor to the delay of the final All Africa Games camp.

One player who has suffered the most because of this delay is point guard Pat Engelbrecht, who was informed about the camp via email. Pat flew from the United States out of his own pocket, because the national body doesn't fly overseas players into the country, and was at the HPC on the 27th of June only to find that the team wasn't there.

To add to the turmoil, Coach Flosh Ngwenya still doesn't have an assistant coach and also is not being paid a cent to coach the national team.

The camp eventually got underway, four days after it was due to start, on Sunday the 1st of July at the High Performance Center in Pretoria. But from the moment it started, the camp has been very disorganized. This is partly due to the clash between the national team camp and the SASSU national club championships happening at Wits University this week. Certain national team players and head coach flosh Ngwenya have been leaving the national team camp in order to compete in the SASSU tournament for Vaal University of Technology.

This led to the scheduled morning session being cancelled on Tuesday and has disrupted preparations for the All Africa Games. It is evident that with only 2 days left before South Africa flies to Algeria that we are in big trouble. I doubt that we will be sharp or fit enough to be able to compete in Algiers.

The final team that is due to compete in the All Africa Games is Neo Mothiba (Captain), Quintin Denyssen (Vice-captain), Lesego Molebatsi, Tsakane Ngobeni, Thabo Letsebe, Pat Engelbrecht, Thabang Kgwedi, Lowell Mndaweni, Vusi Dlamini, Nhlanhla Dlamini, Kenneth Motaung and Nyakallo Nthuping.


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SERBIA

ALBA Berlin wants Luka Bogdanovic -by Dragan Jankovski
According to the Serbian media German team ALBA from Berlin showed serious intention to sign Luka Bogdanovic (207-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), ex forward of Partizan Belgrade. Bogdanovic played last 3 seasons for Serbian champs and with them won 3 championship titles. This season Partizan became the champion of Adriatic league for the first time and played well in Euroleague TOP 16. With Crvena Zvezda Bogdanovic won National Cup on 2004, with U16 NT gold medal on European Championship and bronze in Moscow on European Championship U20. He also played on Nike Summit Hoop 2004 and was one of the 15 candidates for World Championship in Japan last year.

Last season ALBA Berlin was eliminated in play-off quarterfinals despite they finished regular season on top position so they hired Serbian coach Luka Pavicevic who made very good results with Panionios Athens.


Crvena Zvezda landed Mladjen Sljivancanin, NT without Kosta Perovic -by Dragan Jankovski

Ex player of RheinEnergie Koln Mladjen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85) put signature on 3-years deal with ULEB Cup participant Crvena Zvezda. Sljivancanin can play on position 2-3 but also can be very useful on PG position. Before Koln Sljivancanin played two seasons for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt and with them won German Championship 2006. This season his Koln won National Cup of Germany. Sljivancanin passed all young selections of NT and he already worked with current head coach of Crvena Zvezda Stevan Karadzic when they won European Championship 2001 with U16 NT. Sljivancanin will wear jersey with number 32 in red and white team.


Serbian NT in Spain will have to play without ex center of Partizan Belgrade Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) who gave an interview in Serbian media that main reason of his decision are injuries. He also said that if he wants to play basketball on highest level he has to rest this summer and to work individually. About his future career Perovic said he believes that his contract with NBA team Golden State Warriors is almost finished thing.



New problem for NT head coach Zoran Slavnic -by Dragan Jankovski
Head coach of Serbian National Team Zoran "Moka" Slavnic has one more problem before European Championship in Spain. Namely, after he announced list of 18 players for EC center Kosta Perovic canceled and he for sure won't participate in this project while Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) is under the big question mark because he has to go on tonsil surgery. After that moment Erceg will have to take a rest for at least 2 and maximum 4 weeks.
Slavnic's words regarding this situation were: “I asked Erceg does he want to go on EC in Spain and he said yes but because of this new situation we have to see how long his recovering will be. Four weeks is really long period so we will see is there any point for his joining after that.”

According to the rumors Spanish FC Barcelona is interested for Erceg's service but it is also known that his by-out fee from FMP won't be small amount.


Kosta Perovic signed with Golden State Warriors -by Nenad Ilijev
Center Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) agreed terms with Golden State Warriors and signed 2 years long contract with this NBA team. According to Serbian newspapers Kosta Perovic had two offers on the table from Europe (Unicaja Malaga and CSKA Moscow), but Partizan player decided to go to the NBA after speaking with Chris Mullin, GM of Warriors. Team manager of Unicaja Malaga, Juanma Rodriguez confirmed for Eurobasket Serbia that Spanish team offered Perovic a contract but he also expressed his feeling that Perovic is close to Golden State which choosed Serbian player in NBA Draft 2006 second round (38.pick).
Perovic leaves favourite Partizan Belgrade after 5 years in black-white shirt winning national champion title each year. He was key member in Partizan squad that won Serbian and Adriatic League title and reached Euroleague Top 16 phase in this season. He averaged 10.8ppg and 6.3rpg in Euroleague becoming one of the best inside players in Europe. Unofficial rumours said that Partizan is expected to ink about 1.2 million USD as Perovic had one more year left in the contract with 'black-whites'.


Hemofarm extended Joksimovic and Vukosavljevic -by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm Vrsac extended contract with two of their most important players from last season. Slovenian shooting guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) will stay in the club for two more years. Next season Hemofarm will participate in Adriatic league as well as in ULEB Cup.

Power forward and the best player of Vojvodina Srbijagas Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) agreed terms with management of the club and signed new contract which will keep him in Vojvodina until summer 2009.


U20 National Team goes today on European Championship -by Dragan Jankovski
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Jereminov


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Tepic


Teodosic


Labovic

Serbian U20 National Team goes today from Belgrade's airport "Nikola Tesla" to Slovenia for European Championship (Slovenia and Italia, 6 - 15 July). This team just don't know for lost since they played first game on European Championship in Spain 2003 with U16 NT so naturally they have the biggest ambitions for the upcoming EC.

Below is the roster of Serbian U20 NT:

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

2. Dragan Labovic (208-C/F-87) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd

3. Branko Jereminov (186-G-87) of KK Zdravlje Leskovac

4. Stefan Nikolic (190-G-87) of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (SLO)
5. Milenko Tepic (202-G-87) of Partizan Beograd

6. Marko Djurkovic (206-C/F-87) of Partizan
7. Maksim Kovacevic (196-G-87) of Partizan
8. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) of Vojvodina Srbijagas
9. Nikola Dragovic (203-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) of University UCLA (USA)
10. Nenad Zivcevic (200-F-87, agency: Octagon) of Sloga
11. Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87, agency: Interperformances) of Zalgiris Kaunas
12. Uros Nikolic (207-F-87) of Hemofarm

Head coach: Vlada Vukoicic of FMP
Assistant coach: Milos Pejic of Sloga
Assistant coach: Radenko Varagic of Masinac
Team manager: Davor Ristovic
Sport director: Zarko Varajic



Branko Cvetkovic joins Akasvayu Girona -by Nenad Ilijev
Serbian national team guard Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) agreed terms on 2+1 year contract with FIBA EuroCup winner Akasvayu Girona. Cvetkovic was part of FMP Zeleznik team that won Adriatic League title in 2006 and Serbian Cup trophy this season. He averaged 14.0ppg and 2.4rpg in ULEB Cup reaching semifinals with his team last season.

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SLOVENIA

Slovan inks Samadan, Krka agrees with coach Okorn, Helios close to Krusic -by Zeljko Zule
Geoplin Slovan signed Croatian Ljubo Samadan ex Svjetlost Brod for the upcoming season.
Helios is very close to Matej Krusic ex Alpos Sentjur.
Krka agreed term with coach Gasper Okorn ex Union Olimpija for one season.


Joksimovic extends with Hemofarm -by Matej Bergant
Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) extended the contract with Serbian team Hemofarm Vrsac. Crvena zvezda wanted him in their team, but a guard who last season averaged 15.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg in ULEB Cup and 11.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.8spg in Adriatic League decided to put his signature on two years extension contract with Hemofarm Vrsac.

Koper gets new sponsor, Helios inks Radojicic, Elektra re-sign Kunc -by Zeljko Zule

Koper got new sponsor and will change their name to Luka Koper.
Helios inked Nikola Radojicic (196-G-86) ex Spiska Nova Ves for 1+1 season.

Elektra Esotech re-signed former NT member Ales Kunc (208-C-73, college: Missouri St.) for another one season.

Krka announced that Igor Jokic (204-F-80), Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82, agency: Interperformances) and Matas Niparavicius (207-C/F-82, college: Weber St.) are free agents.



Petrovic and Zagorac extends contracts -by Zeljko Zule
Vjeko Petrovic (193-G-81) re-signed with Polish runner-up Turow for the upcoming season. He started all 39 games he played and averaged 20,8 minutes, 4,1 points, 2,4 rebounds and 1,5 assists.
Saso Zagorac (206-F/C-84, agency: World Sport Agency) extended his contract with Caja Rural Melilla till June 2008. He averaged 13,2 minutes, 6,3 points, 1,8 rebounds and 0,6 assists in 33 games of LEB.


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SOLOMON ISLANDS

Solomon Islands train in Australia, name Preliminaray squad for SPG -by Gauthier Gerard

The national men's and women's teams from the Solomon Islands are half way through their pre SPG training camp in Coffs Harbour. The teams have been undertaking daily training, and each evening they have played competitive games against a variety of Coffs Harbour teams. The Solomon Basketball Federation also submitted a 17-name preliminary squad for the upcoming South Pacific Games which will be held in Samoa. The squad features Waiges Turueke who has played a couple of season in the US collegiate system.

source: FIBA Oceania

The men's and women's teams travelled to the Christan Community High school to play their senior teams. Both teams were warmly welcomed by the school community, who packed the indoor school court to cheer on both their team and the visitors. Both Solomon teams were far too strong for the high school teams. Following this game the teams came to the FIBA Oceania office, where they were each given a basketball and some other FIBA Oceania memorabilia. On Saturday evening the Solomon teams faced off against the strong CoffsHarbour senior rep teams, with the Coffs girls being too strong for the island team. However, the men's game went to the Solomons, who put on an excellent display of speed, control and athleticism.
On Sunday the teams travelled to Port Macquarie, a 2 hour bus ride south of Coffs Harbour. The women's team defeated the Port team, but the Port men proved too strong for the Solomon team. With daily training and games, the training regime has made the teams realise the stamina that is needed for a 10 day tournament, and returned home much more experienced players.

Solomon Islands extended squad - SPG 2007:
George Fafale
Leon Hatigeva
Waiges Turueke
Goldie Kari
Trevor Kaitu'u
Mose Au
Gavin Bare
Augustine Basia
Timorthy Goulolo
Junior Gwali
Frank Kivo
Moses Kivo
Alexander MCfaden
Anthony Prince
Scaden Tesua
Davidson Toliliu
Allen Wanefai



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SWITZERLAND

Robert Margot in Nyon -by Julien Pousaz
Robert Margot (186-G-67) is back in Nyon, this time not as a player but as coach assistant. He has already had a coach experiance in Nyon during the season 2002/03 where he was coach/player but finished the season as player only.

Yuanta Holland in Monthey -by Julien Pousaz
Now it's official Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78, college: Dayton) will be in Monthey next season. Monthey annonce for next season a rooster of 9 players under contract and four young players of Collombey-Muraz (3rd div). These players are Caryl Hennard, David Schmitter, Patrick Da Moura and Nicolas Gillieron. An agreement between these two teams (Monthey and Collombey) will makes those four players play within the two teams. As the precedent season it seems that the positions 1, 2 and 3 are solid with 4 players from the national team and last year the inside game will be their weakness. They have the chance to have a player like Yuanta Holland who is difficult to defend for inside players because of his versitality when he recieve the ball on the perimeter.

News for MGS -by Julien Pousaz
MGS has renewed the contract of the main part of its swiss players. Matthias Kautzor-Schroder (195-G-75, college: Wisc.-Parkside), Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81), Yassine Khoumssi (191-G-86), Otarhe Agbavwe (183-G-81, college: Mass.-Lowell), Daniel Exposito (191-G/F-86), Antoine Grandjean (188-G/F-88) and the member of the swiss national team Jan Sainte-Rose (204-F/C-84) will stay one more season at MGS. Julien Senderos (198-F-81) (brother of the football player of Arsenal Philippe Sederos) is back after having played one season with the Geneva Devils. On the other hand Nenad Lazarevic (190-G-85) (son of the new coach of Monthey) leaves the team for the newcomer in second division Bernex. Coach Dulaine Harris decided to introduce two young players in the first team. Yann Mayor (187-G-89) and Landry Capella (195-F-90). Both come from the U20 team. Yann Mayor is a member of the swiss national team U18.

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TAIWAN

Jones Cup Day 3: Taiwan lost to Jordan -by Chris Wang
-- Jordan 81-62 Taiwan

Taiwan, which led by as many as 11 in the first half, showed its inconsistency again and was outmuscled and outhustled by Jordanian. Jordan turned the game around in the second half, outscored the home team 45-23.

Taiwan simply collapsed in the final quarter, when it made only three baskets and scored 9 points. As a team, the home team only dished out 7 assists.

Point guard Lee Hsueh-lin led Taiwan with 17 points. Tsun Wen-din had 12 while Chen Hsin-an added 10.

-- AIA 79-65 South Korea

AIA took away what South Korea does best -- three-point shooting -- by limiting Koreans to 3 of 23 from the three-point land and cruised for an easy 79-65 victory, handing South Korea its first loss in the tournament.

AIA: Darris Nichols 13p+7a, Tyler Wilkerson 11p+8rb, Todd Hendley 10p
KOR: Ha Seung-jin 17p, Kim Min-soo 13p

Standings:
Lebanon 3-0
South Korea 2-1
AIA 2-1
Jordan 2-1
Taiwan 1-2
Philippines 1-2
Iran 1-2
Kazakhstan 1-2
Qatar 1-2Japan 1-2


Jones Cup Day 3: Philippines lost on final-second heartbreaker again -by Chris Wang
-- Japan 86-84 Philippines

For the second consecutive day, the Philippines lost on the final possession. Yusuke Otada scored the winning fastbreak layup off a steal with one second left as Japan upset Philippines 86-84 with an unbelievable 26-13 final quarter rally.

With the score tied at 84, Donaldo Hontiveros' only turnover in the game came at an ill-fated time when his pass was intercepted by Japan in Philippine's last possession. Otada dashed upcourt and scored the winning shot as Japanese players stormed the court to celebrate.

Referees re-set the game clock back to one second amid Japan's celebration. However, Philippines failed to convert the last play.

Philippines, which led by as many as 12 points in the game, lost to Lebanon last night by three on a banked-in three-pointer at the buzzer.

JAP: Shohei Kikuchi 27p, Takanori Onishi 23p, Yusuke Otada 18p, Takumi Ishizaki 10a+5s
PHI: Florendo Ritualo Jr. 21p(7-10 3PT), D. Hontiveros 11p, Anthony Helterbrand 10p

-- Lebanon 90-77 Kazakhstan

LIB: Fadi Khatib 33p(11-19 FG, 8-11 FT)+7rb+6a, Joe Vogel 14p+12rb
KAZ: Anton Ponomarev 16p+8rb, R. Yargavliev 15p, Dmitriy Korovnikov 11p

-- Qatar 74-72 Iran

QAT: O.A. Salem 20p+7rb, Khalid Suliman 18p+8rb, Yasseen Ismail Musa 13p+7rb, Saad Abdulrahman Ali 14p
IRN: M.S. Nikkah Bahrami 16p, Aidin Nikkah Bahrami 13p+9rb, Iman Zandi Mashhadi 11p


Jones Cup Day 4: Taiwan upset Lebanon in OT -by Chris Wang
Another day. Another banked-in three-pointer at the buzzer. There's definitely something weird with this year's Jones Cup tournament.

Lin Chih-jay banked in a game-tying three at the buzzer with two Lebanese defenders in his face to force overtime. And Tsun Wen-Din (203-C-84) scored underneath on an offensive rebound off a Chen Hsin-an miss with 0.3 second left in the extra session as Taiwan upset previously undefeated Lebanon 78-77.

There has been something magical in this year's tournament, especially when it came to three-pointers and the last shots.

Rony Fahed banked in a three at the buzzer to help Lebanon beat Philippines 65-62. Lin banked in a three to take the game into overtime tonight. South Korea's Kim Dong-woo also banked in a three to tie the game vs. Qatar one the opening day before Kim Min-soo tipped in a winner for a 70-69 win.

Also on Day 1, Jordan beat Kazakhstan 63-61 on Ayman Idais' backdoor layup with 2.5 seconds left. On Day 3, Yusuke Otada scored the winning fastbreak layup off a steal with one second left as Japan upset Philippines 86-84

Lebanon was ready to embrace its fourth straight win with 8.8 seconds left in regulation when Fadi Khatib stepped on the free-throw line. All he had to do was to score one more point to ensure the win. However, Khatib missed both and gave Taiwan a last chance.

Lee Hsueh-lin pushed the ball and dished to Lin, who popped out from a screen to the right wing and released the high-arching desperation although he was sandwiched by two Lebanese defenders.

Led by frontcourt tandem of Tsun Wen-Din and Wu Dai-hao, Taiwan led by as many as 15 points in the game. Things changed after both players got into foul trouble in the final quarter. Relentless attack by Khatib and Joe Vogel helped Lebanon to pull ahead with two minutes remaining.

Both team had a hard time to score in the overtime due to fatigue. With 15 seconds left to play, Taiwan had one last chance to pull off a victory as Chen Hsin-an was designated for the last shot. Chen didn't take the ball to the basket, however, choosing to shoot a three instead. As defenders focused on Chen, Tsun Wen-Din grabbed the offensive rebound and scored the winning layup with 0.3 second left.

TWN: Tsun Wen-Din 19p(7-14 FG)+13rb+4a+2blk, Wu Dai-hao 14p(7-9 FG)+5rb+4a+3blk, Chen Hsin-an 13p, Yang Che-yi 11p, Lin Chih-jay 8p
LEB: Fadi Khatib 33p(11-24 FG, 8-12 FT), Joe Vogel 18p+14rb, Ali Mahmoud 9p+5a

-- Philippines 88-84 South Korea

Once again, the outcome of the game came down to the last minute for the Philippines. And they seized the opportunity this time.

Gabe Norwood, who came from George Mason University, had a game-clinching power dunk with 10.5 seconds left to give the Philippines a comforatble six point lead, and eventually a 88-84 victory over South Korea.

The Philippines ended its two game slide and is is back in the tournament as six teams tied with a 2-2 record after four days of action.

PHI: Mark Caguioa 19p, Donaldo Hontiveros 14p, Gabe Norwood 12p, Asi Taulava 7p+7rb
KOR: Kim Dong-woo 20p, Kang Byung-hyun 16p+5a, Kim Min-soo 14p+6rb, Kim Seung-hyun 9p+7a+4s

-- Jordan 69-66 AIA

Rashiem Wright, an American who obtained Jordanian citizenship, scored 8 points in the last 2:22 to lift Jordan to the top of the standing with three wins and one loss.

JOR: Rashiem Wright 20p+4rb+4a, Islam Abbas 13p+8rb, Osama Daghles 10p, Ayman Idais DNP
AIA: Brian Asbury 14p, Reed Rawings 12p, Donald Sloan 10p

-- Iran 86-59 Japan

Iran limited Japan to 2 for 23 in three-point land.

IRN: Afagh Eslamieh 22p+7rb, Aidin Nikkah Bahrami 12p, Javad Davan 10p+7a, Moosa Nablpoor 12p, Hamed Hadadi DNP
JAP: Shohei Kikuchi 20p, Yosuke Machida 10p

-- Qatar 80-70 Kazakhstan

Yasseen Ismail Musa scored a tournament-high 35 points.

QAT: Yasseen Ismail Musa 35p(12-18 FG, 11-14 FT), O.A. Salem 13p+10rb, Saad Abdulrahman Ali 6p+13rb
KAZ: Anton Ponomarev 23p+13rb, Rustam Yargaliyev 12p, Alexandr Tyutyunik 11p

-- Standing:
Jordan 3-1
Lebanon 3-1
AIA 2-2
Iran 2-2
Qatar 2-2
Philippines 2-2
South Korea 2-2
Taiwan 2-2
Japan 1-3
Kazakhstan 1-3


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TRINIDAD

Coaches Get FIBA Training -by Don Farrell
THREE coaches from the Federation of International Basketball Association, Fernando Lusternik and Dustavo Cinchero of Argentina and Edwin Pena of Puerto Rico will conduct a mini basketball coaching clinic for 35 T&T coaches this weekend.

The three-day clinic, starting tomorrow and ending on Sunday will run from 9 am to 3 pm at the Central Regional Sport Complex, Chaguanas.

This is part of the National Basketball Federation of T&T's continuing and on-going efforts to develop the sport of basketball and being fully cognisant of the need to improve the competence of the local mini basketball coaching staff as well as increase the number of such coaches this clinic is being offered.

Interested persons have been asked to contact June Rogers at 793 4011 or hpat2@yahoo.com for more information.

The participants are:

Lennox Sobers, Raymond Watkins, Barry Jackson, Karim Bilal, Louis Joseph, Rudolph King, Hugh Colthrust, Owen Sylvester, Glen Patrick, Stephen Leonce, Alton Bonnette, Pauline Philbert, Marlene Pierre Lewis, Donna Sparks, Davidson Jones, Anthony Phillip, Anthony Lewis, Raymond Joseph, Josette Lord, Daren Joseph, Delma Wilson, Dexter Stewart, David Warrick, Dale Carrington, Morgan Shade, Kerry Wesley, Vince Taylor, Sandra Joseph, Christopher Benjamin, Erica Downes-Plowde, Obadiah Asher

From Tobago: Joan Bedlow, Glenda Irvin, Richard Romeo, Joseph Trim.


Nixon Dyall Keeps Options Open -by Don Farrell

Nixon Dyall still has his heart set on running the first professional basketball league in T&T.

He revealed this in a press conference held at the VIP Lounge at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo yesterday.

The purpose of the conference was to deal with the issue of semi-professional league introduced by Brian Manning, son of prime minister Patrick Manning.

Manning (Brian) had a media conference last month to launch the inaugural semi-professional league which is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2007 despite not receiving any definite confirmation of financial assistance, to start the event.

Dyall wants to move forward so that the league, which he has been trying to ‘get off the ground' since 2003, can get started.

Four years ago, Dyall, the commissioner of the T&T Professional Basketball League, as part of his promotion to initiate the league, hosted a two-day tournament involving a professional US team playing two local teams.

With the support of the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Roger Boynes and the National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFTT), the event was a success and Dyall was certain the league would get support to jump off.

But 2004 and 2005 came and went and still he got no approval for the league which he targeted as needing $9M — $3M for three years. The same amount, Manning submitted in his proposal in 2007 to government for funding the league.

According to Dyall in 2006, he saw a great opportunity to see his dream come through with his introduction to Manning (B).

“In January 2006, Brian called me, telling me he got my number from the Sport Ministry and he was interested in getting involved with the professional league,” said Dyall

“I thought it was a good strategic move since he was the prime minster's son and he might get things moving faster.”

On January 31, 2006 Manning was appointed a director with the T&T Basketball Association Limited in the post of deputy commissioner. David Farrell was another director. They replaced Omingston Rodriguez and Anthony Lincoln John, the original directors.

“Brian became my eyes and ears in Trinidad since I live oversees. He was in contact with sport company and the basketball federation and as my deputy he had access to all and any information concerning the league.”

In December last year, he thought he had made progress when the sport company paid for his visit to discuss his proposal.

“In that meeting, I was told that they had problems with my proposal and told me they would get back on to me in 14 days to specify the changes,” Dyall said.

“To this date I have heard nothing from any of them, the ministry, the Sportt company or the basketball federation and I have made numerous calls to them including Gerard Ferreira, Earl John, Obadiah Asher and Wayne Riley.”

“In October, Riley asked by email, for the duties of the commissioner to justify the salary to cabinet which I did but still had no response.”

In January, Dyall through his lawyers, tried to become an affiliate of the federation but did not get an answer.

The following month Manning resigned from Dyall's company.

“Brian and I had a good working relationship and we operated in good faith so I was surprised he resigned and then even more surprising he got the approval for the league a few months later for his own company.”

Documents submitted by Dyall at the conference show that Manning got the approval on April 21 and his company was registered in June 12.

When asked about his relationship with Dyall at his press conference, the prime minister's son said, “Nixon and I were partners but that relationship was dissolved because the original proposal did not meet the requirements of the NBFTT and the Sportt company.

“So I went out on my own and met with the two bodies and we devised a proposal which was satisfactory.”

Throughout the conference, Dyall re-iterated that his goal was not to attack Manning but to see that the league gets going.

Dyall's next step is to meet with the Sportt Company, the Ministry of Sport, the NBFTT and Manning (Brian) to form an agreement.

“If no agreement on the league is reached, I will try to organise a lump sum settlement for my idea. If nothing comes of that, then my last step will be to take legal action and have my lawyers file an injunction to stop his league,” said Dyall.

He is scheduled to leave T&T today but if a meeting could be set up by Monday he said he will stick around......... BY RACHAEL THOMPSON-KING


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TURKEY

U20 NT Roster -by Serdar Ortakuyu
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Altintig


Yagmur


Oner


Pacun


Savas

Last year's finalists Turkey is taking place in Group B with Russia, Greece and Lithuania in the upcoming U20 EC in Italy Group. Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87), Cenk Akyol (200-G-87, agency: FCM) and Emre Bayav (212-C-87) will not a be a part of this year's team although they are still eligible to play at U20 level. On the other hand Mehmet Yagmur who missed last year's tournament due to injury problems, will be on the court to take the PG position from Hakan Demirel (192-G-85) while Onat Akis, Can Altintig, Oguz Savas and Cemal Nalga Istanbul are going to see U20 action just like they did last year in Izmir. Turkey will face Lithunia, Greece and Russia respectively.


Onat Akis (187-G-87)
Can Altintig (189-G-87)
Birkan Batuk (198-F-90)
Mutlu Demir (205-C-87)
Murat Goktas (201-G-87)
Melih Mahmutoglu (192-G-90)
Cemal Nalga (208-C-87)
Caner Oner (200-F-87)
Bora Pacun (207-F-87)
Oguz Savas (208-C-87)
Mehmet Yagmur (188-G-87)
Erhan Yetim (204-F-87)



Transactions -by Serdar Ortakuyu
TBL champions Fenerbahce Ulker re-signed with their team captain Damir Mrsic (191-G-70, agency: World Sport Agency). The sharp shooting guard who made a solid contribution last year in TBL and Euroleague despite his age and averaged double figures in scoring in both competitions.
Besiktas Cola Turka inked Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) of Darussafaka who made it to the All-Newcomers Team in TBL last year right after coming back to Turkey from the States where he was NAIA D1 All-America Honorable Mention selection. Onur Aydin (203-F-79, agency: Interperformances) of Banvit is also on his way back to his former club Besiktas.
Mersin Bsb extended with the experienced forward Reha Oz (200-F-78) and added Oktay Yilmaz (205-C/F-83, agency: Court Side), another Darussafaka big guy just like Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79) who signed with the blues last month. Mersin side also acquired Polat Kaya (197-G/F-86) and Umit Turkoglu (211-C-81) from Banvit.
Selcuk Uni. renewed Ilker Turel (189-G-83) and Ibrahim Ozturk (193-F-78)'s contracts and announced they are going to sign 3 imports players to strengten their roster under the direction on their brand new head coach Mete Babaoglu .
Casa TED Kolejliler added Banvit's Onder Kulcebas (205-F-81) and Recai Ozturk (198-F-82) from Gelisim Koleji of TB2L for the upcoming season roster.
Gelisim Koleji of TB2L reinforced the roster with Kenan Tutuncu (185-G-81) of TBL side Selcuk Uni as TB2L's Usak Belediyesi inked Recai Ozturk of Gelisim and re-signed Turgay Zeytingoz (183-G-78).


Hadzic At Kepez, Caki At Mersin -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Kepez announced former Bosnian National Coach Sabit Hadzic as their new head coach. The newcomers of TBL put an end to the rumours regarding Turkish U20 Head Coach Nihat Izic with this agreement.
Mersin Bsb landed Ahmet Caki to replace Hakan Demir's seat at the southern club. The former Darussafaka coach finished his army service and came back to the courts to have his second year in TBL as a head coach.


Market news -by Sinan Can
BESIKTAS kept the hot performance in the market as Istanbul giants signed with Turkish U-20 NT's talented play maker Mehmet Yagmur (188-G-87). There's a release fee of 100.000 USD in the deal which will be paid to Pinar Karsiyaka who raised Mehmet. Besiktas's city rivals Galatasaray inked one year contract with Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77) of Efes Pilsen. Experienced play maker averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 assists in 27 games last season. Beko Basketball League newcomers Antalya Buyuksehir Belediyespor announced agreement with Tofas's forward Ulug Kacaniku (202-G/F-85). Ulug became the third new signing of Antalya team after Ersin Gorkem from Banvit and Nedim Yucel from Pinar Karsiyaka.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Gerard's 38 lifts Agsuf past Jah Youths in Zero Tolerance hoops -by David Edole
Khalid Gerard scored 38 points on Monday to lead Agsuf to a 69-54 victory over Jah Youths in the 16-18 division of the Zero Tolerance 13-15 and 16-18 Summer Basketball League.

Ryan Mills led the way for Jah Youths with 13 points, followed by Kisho Gumbs with 10.

The other game, in the 13-15 division, which was also scheduled for Monday in the Boschulte Middle School gym was decided by forfeit as the Future Stars got the win over Lights Out.

League play continues on Thursday in the 9-12 division with two games at the Boschulte gym.


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W.JONES CUP

Jones Cup Day 4: Taiwan upset Lebanon in OT -by Chris Wang
Another day. Another banked-in three-pointer at the buzzer. There's definitely something weird with this year's Jones Cup tournament.

Lin Chih-jay banked in a game-tying three at the buzzer with two Lebanese defenders in his face to force overtime. And Tsun Wen-Din (203-C-84) scored underneath on an offensive rebound off a Chen Hsin-an miss with 0.3 second left in the extra session as Taiwan upset previously undefeated Lebanon 78-77.

There has been something magical in this year's tournament, especially when it came to three-pointers and the last shots.

Rony Fahed banked in a three at the buzzer to help Lebanon beat Philippines 65-62. Lin banked in a three to take the game into overtime tonight. South Korea's Kim Dong-woo also banked in a three to tie the game vs. Qatar one the opening day before Kim Min-soo tipped in a winner for a 70-69 win.

Also on Day 1, Jordan beat Kazakhstan 63-61 on Ayman Idais' backdoor layup with 2.5 seconds left. On Day 3, Yusuke Otada scored the winning fastbreak layup off a steal with one second left as Japan upset Philippines 86-84

Lebanon was ready to embrace its fourth straight win with 8.8 seconds left in regulation when Fadi Khatib stepped on the free-throw line. All he had to do was to score one more point to ensure the win. However, Khatib missed both and gave Taiwan a last chance.

Lee Hsueh-lin pushed the ball and dished to Lin, who popped out from a screen to the right wing and released the high-arching desperation although he was sandwiched by two Lebanese defenders.

Led by frontcourt tandem of Tsun Wen-Din and Wu Dai-hao, Taiwan led by as many as 15 points in the game. Things changed after both players got into foul trouble in the final quarter. Relentless attack by Khatib and Joe Vogel helped Lebanon to pull ahead with two minutes remaining.

Both team had a hard time to score in the overtime due to fatigue. With 15 seconds left to play, Taiwan had one last chance to pull off a victory as Chen Hsin-an was designated for the last shot. Chen didn't take the ball to the basket, however, choosing to shoot a three instead. As defenders focused on Chen, Tsun Wen-Din grabbed the offensive rebound and scored the winning layup with 0.3 second left.

TWN: Tsun Wen-Din 19p(7-14 FG)+13rb+4a+2blk, Wu Dai-hao 14p(7-9 FG)+5rb+4a+3blk, Chen Hsin-an 13p, Yang Che-yi 11p, Lin Chih-jay 8p
LEB: Fadi Khatib 33p(11-24 FG, 8-12 FT), Joe Vogel 18p+14rb, Ali Mahmoud 9p+5a

-- Philippines 88-84 South Korea

Once again, the outcome of the game came down to the last minute for the Philippines. And they seized the opportunity this time.

Gabe Norwood, who came from George Mason University, had a game-clinching power dunk with 10.5 seconds left to give the Philippines a comforatble six point lead, and eventually a 88-84 victory over South Korea.

The Philippines ended its two game slide and is is back in the tournament as six teams tied with a 2-2 record after four days of action.

PHI: Mark Caguioa 19p, Donaldo Hontiveros 14p, Gabe Norwood 12p, Asi Taulava 7p+7rb
KOR: Kim Dong-woo 20p, Kang Byung-hyun 16p+5a, Kim Min-soo 14p+6rb, Kim Seung-hyun 9p+7a+4s

-- Jordan 69-66 AIA

Rashiem Wright, an American who obtained Jordanian citizenship, scored 8 points in the last 2:22 to lift Jordan to the top of the standing with three wins and one loss.

JOR: Rashiem Wright 20p+4rb+4a, Islam Abbas 13p+8rb, Osama Daghles 10p, Ayman Idais DNP
AIA: Brian Asbury 14p, Reed Rawings 12p, Donald Sloan 10p

-- Iran 86-59 Japan

Iran limited Japan to 2 for 23 in three-point land.

IRN: Afagh Eslamieh 22p+7rb, Aidin Nikkah Bahrami 12p, Javad Davan 10p+7a, Moosa Nablpoor 12p, Hamed Hadadi DNP
JAP: Shohei Kikuchi 20p, Yosuke Machida 10p

-- Qatar 80-70 Kazakhstan

Yasseen Ismail Musa scored a tournament-high 35 points.

QAT: Yasseen Ismail Musa 35p(12-18 FG, 11-14 FT), O.A. Salem 13p+10rb, Saad Abdulrahman Ali 6p+13rb
KAZ: Anton Ponomarev 23p+13rb, Rustam Yargaliyev 12p, Alexandr Tyutyunik 11p

-- Standing:
Jordan 3-1
Lebanon 3-1
AIA 2-2
Iran 2-2
Qatar 2-2
Philippines 2-2
South Korea 2-2
Taiwan 2-2
Japan 1-3
Kazakhstan 1-3


Jones Cup Day 3: Taiwan lost to Jordan -by Chris Wang
-- Jordan 81-62 Taiwan

Taiwan, which led by as many as 11 in the first half, showed its inconsistency again and was outmuscled and outhustled by Jordanian. Jordan turned the game around in the second half, outscored the home team 45-23.

Taiwan simply collapsed in the final quarter, when it made only three baskets and scored 9 points. As a team, the home team only dished out 7 assists.

Point guard Lee Hsueh-lin led Taiwan with 17 points. Tsun Wen-din had 12 while Chen Hsin-an added 10.

-- AIA 79-65 South Korea

AIA took away what South Korea does best -- three-point shooting -- by limiting Koreans to 3 of 23 from the three-point land and cruised for an easy 79-65 victory, handing South Korea its first loss in the tournament.

AIA: Darris Nichols 13p+7a, Tyler Wilkerson 11p+8rb, Todd Hendley 10p
KOR: Ha Seung-jin 17p, Kim Min-soo 13p

Standings:
Lebanon 3-0
South Korea 2-1
AIA 2-1
Jordan 2-1
Taiwan 1-2
Philippines 1-2
Iran 1-2
Kazakhstan 1-2
Qatar 1-2Japan 1-2


Jones Cup Day 3: Philippines lost on final-second heartbreaker again -by Chris Wang
-- Japan 86-84 Philippines

For the second consecutive day, the Philippines lost on the final possession. Yusuke Otada scored the winning fastbreak layup off a steal with one second left as Japan upset Philippines 86-84 with an unbelievable 26-13 final quarter rally.

With the score tied at 84, Donaldo Hontiveros' only turnover in the game came at an ill-fated time when his pass was intercepted by Japan in Philippine's last possession. Otada dashed upcourt and scored the winning shot as Japanese players stormed the court to celebrate.

Referees re-set the game clock back to one second amid Japan's celebration. However, Philippines failed to convert the last play.

Philippines, which led by as many as 12 points in the game, lost to Lebanon last night by three on a banked-in three-pointer at the buzzer.

JAP: Shohei Kikuchi 27p, Takanori Onishi 23p, Yusuke Otada 18p, Takumi Ishizaki 10a+5s
PHI: Florendo Ritualo Jr. 21p(7-10 3PT), D. Hontiveros 11p, Anthony Helterbrand 10p

-- Lebanon 90-77 Kazakhstan

LIB: Fadi Khatib 33p(11-19 FG, 8-11 FT)+7rb+6a, Joe Vogel 14p+12rb
KAZ: Anton Ponomarev 16p+8rb, R. Yargavliev 15p, Dmitriy Korovnikov 11p

-- Qatar 74-72 Iran

QAT: O.A. Salem 20p+7rb, Khalid Suliman 18p+8rb, Yasseen Ismail Musa 13p+7rb, Saad Abdulrahman Ali 14p
IRN: M.S. Nikkah Bahrami 16p, Aidin Nikkah Bahrami 13p+9rb, Iman Zandi Mashhadi 11p




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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

U16 Nationals: End of the pool phase -by Gauthier Gerard
Gosford is hosting the 2007 U16 Nationals tournament with all the best players born in 1992 and 1993. After six days of competition, the pool phase is over and the semifinals games will be played on Friday: Victoria Metro will play Queensland South while New South Wales Metro will face its Country counterpart. Let's take a first look at the pool phase and the best individual performances so far. We will make a complete in-depth recap at the end of the tournament.

In the first pool, the number one favourite Victoria Metro easily won every games. NSWC was the only team able to scare the mighty victorians, NSWC was leading 52-39 after three quarter but VICM produced a perfect fourth quarter to win the game by 4! In the pool B, Queensland South and NSW Metro secured the semifinal berth with two wins over Victoria Country. Sheraton Flood scored 19pts in NSWM 70-64 win while QLDS won a defensive battle against the victorian country girls 54-50. On the indivual side, it's hard to choose the MVP. Of course, Georgia Minear (SAM), Jillian Haughton (QLDN) and Emma Hooley (SAC) are producing some strong individual performances but Rebecca Cole and Nicole Zammit are also impressive and very deep Victoria Metro team.

Pool A:
Victoria Metro 6-0
NSW Country 5-1
Sth Australia Country 4-2
Queensland North 3-3
ACT 2-4
Tasmania 1-5
WA Country 0-6
Pool B:
NSW Metro 5-1
Queensland South 5-1
Victoria Country 4-2
Sth Australia Metro 4-2
New Zealand 2-4
WA Metro 1-5
N. Territory 0-6

Semifinals schedule:
Victoria Metro - New South Wales Metro
Queensland South - New South Wales Country
5th place schedule:
South Australia Country - South Australia Metro
Victoria Country - Queensland North
9th place schedule:
ACT - Western Australia Metro
New Zealand - Tasmania
13th place game:
Western Australia Country - Northern Territory

Stats Leaders after the pool phase:
Points:
Georgia Minear (SAM) 20.0ppg
Jillian Haughton (QLDN) 18.8ppg
Emma Hooley (SAC) 17.2ppg
Haylee Lepaio (NSWC) 16.8ppg
Jordan Ah Sam (NT) 15.0ppg
Allyson Brown (NSWM) 14.5ppg
Nicole Seekamp (SAC) 14.2ppg
Alex Sheedy (VICC) 14.0ppg
Emma Mahady (NSWC) 13.7ppg
Lauren Nicholson (NSWM) 13.3ppg
Rebounds:
Allyson Brown (NSWM) 11.2rpg
Emma Hooley (SAC) 11.0rpg
Gretel Tippett (QLDS) 10.3rpg
Georgia Minear (SAM) 10.3rpg
Tayla Roberts (TAS) 9.7rpg
Assists:
Sheraton Flood (NSWM) 5.0apg
Shauni Bow (SAM) 5.0apg
Ashleigh Karaitiana (NSWM) 4.3apg
Lauren Jansen (ACT) 4.2apg
Alicia Quirk (NSWC) 4.0apg


U18 Nationals: rosters -by Gauthier Gerard
Most of the best players born in 1990 and 1991 will travel to Tasmania to play in the 2007 Nationals tournament. New Zealand will send its U18 women national team as a preparation for the 2008 U18 Oceania serie. Last year, New South Wales Country secured a second consecutive national title in 2006. Unfortunatly for NSWC; Katie-Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) will not participate in the tournament due to her commitments with Australia U19 team.

ACT
Caitlin Rowe
Sarah McAppion
Brianna Moyes
Kate Rhodes
Taylor Jansen
Kiara Bomben
Adrie Shiels
Adriana Suker
Annie Tuionetoa
Brianna Manuatu

QUEENSLAND NORTH
Brooke Steindl
Caitlin Hodges
Karina Dawson
Kelsie Rutland
Kristi Giblett
Lara Napier
Morgan Munson
Naomi Cage
Nicole Just
Stephanie Mooka

QUEENSLAND SOUTH
Amy Browne
Caroline Kent
Chloe Coughlin
Courtney Browne
Grace Willey
Izzy Chilcott
Leeara Creet
Megan Burn
Odette Andrew
Teghan Aslette

NEW SOUTH WALES METRO
Kristen Barnes (Sydney City)
Carly Boag (Hornsby)
Lauren Dalton (Manly)
Danielle Daoud (Hornsby)
Nicole How (Hills)
Lauren Johnston (Hills)
Michelle Joy (Sutherland)
Kate Oliver (Hills)
Bonnie Perris (Bankstown)
Anita Roditis (Hills)
Kate Gaze (Sutherland / AIS)

NEW SOUTH WALES COUNTRY
JessieAnn Baldwin (Newcastle)
Caitlin Colliver (Dubbo)
Alex Duck (Albury)
Caitlin Eirth (Gosford City)
Sophie Kleeman (Newcastle)
Kelsey Moss (Newcastle)
Razz Muir (Shoalhaven)
Sarah Short (Wagga)
Fiona Sparks (Illawarra)
Suzannah Walmsley (Newcastle)

NEW ZEALAND
Rebecca Dew (North Harbour)
Petra Erceg (North Harbour)
Harriet Fenwick (Canterbury)
Jordan Hunter (Counties Manukau)
Kezia Kelly (North Harbour)
Zoe Kensington (New Plymouth)
Chevannah Paalvast (Massey)
Ashlee Rigter (Canterbury)
Erin Rooney (Canterbury)
Jelena Vucinic (Nelson)

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Lucy Adam
Shannyn Ah Sam
Edith Boundry
Michelle Ellis
Caitlyn Fuller
Brianna Grazioli
Claire Humphrey
Jessica Moller
Rian Smit
Hannah Williams

SOUTH AUSTRALIA METRO
Kirsty Williams (North Adelaide)
Cara Boothey (Norwood)
Ieva Nagy (Southern)
Jordan Walker-Roberts (Norwood)
Alana Nairn (West Adelaide)
Claire Christie (Woodville)
Ursula Richards (Woodville)
Zara Wachtel (Sturt)
Rebecca Riggs (West Adelaide)
Cortney Hargreaves (Southern)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA COUNTRY
Tess Madgen (Barossa Valley)
Lara McCarthy (Barossa Valley)
Jessica Hansberry (Eastern Hills)
Kate Coden (Riverland)
Tayla Corbell (Whyalla)
Kelsey Ireland (Yorke Valley)
Kate Dasey (Broken Hill)
Bree Farley (Yorke Valley)
Belinda Evans (Great Southern)
Kate Seebohm (Millicent)

TASMANIA
Alex Finlayson
Ashton Eaton
Breanna Russell
Brooke Hepburn
Catherine Guest
Emily Hall
Emma Russell
Jessie Humphries
Keely Blest
Stacey Poke

VICTORIA METRO
Elizabeth Cambage (Dandenong)
Sam Creed (Eltham)
Stephanie Cumming (AIS/Dandenong)
Rachel Jarry (Dandenong)
Alice Kunek (Eltham)
Elli Lovelace (Nunawading)
Rosie Moult (Nunawading)
Kellie Palazzolo (Dandenong)
Morgan Pink (Dandenong)
Hope Terdich (Melbourne)
Sarah Yousef (Dandenong)

VICTORIA COUNTRY
Alexandra Bracks (Horsham)
Marie Donohue (Korumburra)
Sarah Dunn (Korumburra)
Lauren Elliott (Mildura)
Stephanie Gates (Mildura)
Holly Greene (Warrnambool)
Olivia Hobbs (Horsham)
Laura Joyce (Traralgon)
Jacqueline Kitto (Shepparton)
Elise Strachan (Mildura)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA COUNTRY
Bec Altus
Kelly Bastow
Talisia Bourne
Melissa Coutas
Kasie Franklin
Rachel Halleen
Alex Kerr
Briana Klasztorny
Danika Pisconeri
Korrine Yarran

WESTERN AUSTRALIA METRO
Meghan D'Arcy
Gabriella Clayton
Chelsea Armstrong
Danielle Devenny
Emma Lobb
Shani Amos
Jasmine Hooper
Janique Klautsky
Catherine Jones
Kristelle Councillor


U21: Australia ended pool phase with a win over Brazil, will play Canada in 1/4 finals -by Gauthier Gerard

Australia recorded its 5th win in 6 pool games with a 89-82 game against Brazil in the 2007 U21 World Championships. Renae Camino and Jenna O'Hea combined for 43pts in this contest. Australia will play Canada in the quarterfinals on Friday, the canadians defeated Belgium 69-58. In case of victory over Canada, Australia would face the winner of the France-Brazil game.

Australia - Brazil: 89-82
Australia secured the second spot in the pool and started this game with no pressure while the brazilians desperately needed a win to reach the quarterfinal stage. The first half of the game was pretty close, Renae Camino scored 11pts during the first two quarter and Australia reached half-time on a 35-34 lead. Brazil took the lead in the third quarter and was leading 61-57 at the beginning of the final period. The Sapphires started this last quarter with a 9-0 run to take back the lead 66-61 with 8 minutes left. The final minutes were very intense. The brazilians played their guts out to come back in the game, with 4 minutes to go Brazil was leading 71-75 but Australia didn't want to let it go. Jenna O'Hea made two consecutive 2+1 actions, the Sapphires were back in front with 3 minutes left on the clock. Brazil tried its best but Cayla Francis sealed the game with two decisive baskets in the last 1'33.
We have done well and we could have possibly been 5-and-0 but we are in the quarter finals and it's a huge game and we just have to prepare and get ready to play.” said the team's coach Gary Fox. "We might even get a decent hour to play our quarter final at. This is the second time we have had to play at 9am in the morning and when that happens we have to get up at 6am qhich is very tough because it is an hour to the venue. We are just happy to get out of the draw from hell."
Stats:
Renae Camino 24pts 9/17FG 6rbs, Jenna O'Hea 19pts 8/12FG 6rbs 4ast, Abby Bishop 14pts 5/12FG 12rbs, Cayla Francis 11pts 4/10FG 6rbs, Elyse Penaluna 6pts 2/5FG, Kathleen MacLeod 5pts 2/7FG 5ast, Chantella Perera 5pts 1/2FG, Heather Oliver 3pts 1/2FG, Mikaela Dombkins 2pts 1/3FG, Rebecca Duke 0pts 0/0FG, Rachel Herrick (DNP), Rachel Whatman (DNP)

other games:
USA - Japan: 98-57
As expected, Japan was unable to stop the US train. The japaneses made a solid first half but were already trailed 32-42, the second half of the game was a complete blow-out: 56-25 for USA.
Hungary - Spain: 79-76
Hungary secured an important overtime win over Spain, with this result Spain is eliminated from the tournment and Brazil take the fourth and last spot for the quarterfinal round.

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

Group A Standings:
1- France 5-0
2- Russia 4-1
3- Canada 3-2
4- Belgium 2-3
5- China 1-4
6- Mali 0-5

Quarterfinals schedule:
USA - Belgium

France - Brazil

Australia - Canada

Russia - Hungary



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BELGIUM - Women

Canada beat Belgium for the third place in the group -by Eurobasket News
Canada U21-Belgium U21 69:58 (15:11, 18:11, 17:14, 19:22)

Canada beat Belgium in group A to finish third. A deficit reached in the first half was saved till the last minutes of the game. Canada celebrated 69:58 and improved to 3-2. Belgium is 2-3 and is the last team to qualify. Natalie Doma (191-C) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86) chipped in 12, while Riverin produced 10. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) as always paced the Europeans with 14.

North Americans started with a tough defense and left Belgium at 11 after the first quarter. Belgium trailed 26:22 in a very tight game midway through the period when Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) made a jump shot to start an 11-0 run. Canada led 33:22 at the half and looked better in the court.
In the second half North Americans increased to 14 points gap after a 17:14 in the third. Canada repeatedly worked to get the ball inside and often drew fouls, allowing them to get to the free throw line with more frequency. A 19:22 in the last quarter for Belgium brought 69:58 for Canada.
Tomorrow in the Quarterfinals Canada will face Australia, while Belgium will play against USA. Today is the day-off in the Championship.

Canada U21: Natalie Doma 13+9 rebs, Alisha Tatham 12, Riverin 10
Belgium U21: Sara Leemans 14, Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) 12


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BULGARIA - Women

Dunav Econt will find out their opponents on August 8th -by Valentin Anguelov
Two Bulgarian teams will participate in European cups this year - Lukoil Academic in ULEB Cup and Dunav Econt in FIBA Eurocup. The teams of CSKA and Lukoil Neftochimic didn't fill applications that they want to play in FIBA. In the meantime Dunav Econt will make their debut in European cups.
While Lukoil Academic already knows their opponents in ULEB, Dunav Econt will find out the teams they have to play with on draw in Munich on August 8th. The president of the club Nikolay Padalski will have a special press conference on July 15th in Rouse where he will inform about the new signings in the club. He will give little more about Dunav and their first participation in Europe.
In the meantime from BFB decided that first A-1 for women will have 6 teams. There will be qualifications for all teams except Dunav Econt as the only team that play in Europe.


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CAMEROON - Women

Alvine Mendeng expresses her discontentment... -by Yann Tientcheu
It is a truly frustrated and disappointed Alvine Mendeng who expressed her discontentment yesterday. The 6'2'' player
from Douala, Cameroon who was supposed to join the Women national team to an upcoming International African games
competition found herself into troubles after the Cameroonian Sports Minister decided not to fund the Women's National team.
Mendeng already committed to the national team and will not honor professional obligations because of the final decision of the
Cameroonian sports ministry.
These were her words: "...I would like to express my discontentment toward the Ministry of sports for the decision not to bring
the Women's national team...I would like them to know that I am not part of the Women National team anymore...it is truly disappointing
given the talent we dispose of..."
Further insight regarding the present situation will be provided in an upcoming interview with Mendeng.


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CANADA - Women

Canada beat Belgium for the third place in the group -by Eurobasket News
Canada U21-Belgium U21 69:58 (15:11, 18:11, 17:14, 19:22)

Canada beat Belgium in group A to finish third. A deficit reached in the first half was saved till the last minutes of the game. Canada celebrated 69:58 and improved to 3-2. Belgium is 2-3 and is the last team to qualify. Natalie Doma (191-C) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86) chipped in 12, while Riverin produced 10. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) as always paced the Europeans with 14.

North Americans started with a tough defense and left Belgium at 11 after the first quarter. Belgium trailed 26:22 in a very tight game midway through the period when Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) made a jump shot to start an 11-0 run. Canada led 33:22 at the half and looked better in the court.
In the second half North Americans increased to 14 points gap after a 17:14 in the third. Canada repeatedly worked to get the ball inside and often drew fouls, allowing them to get to the free throw line with more frequency. A 19:22 in the last quarter for Belgium brought 69:58 for Canada.
Tomorrow in the Quarterfinals Canada will face Australia, while Belgium will play against USA. Today is the day-off in the Championship.

Canada U21: Natalie Doma 13+9 rebs, Alisha Tatham 12, Riverin 10
Belgium U21: Sara Leemans 14, Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) 12


Warriors announce new head coach -by Eurobasket News
The University of Waterloo Department of Athletics is pleased to announce Christin Dickenson as the new head coach of the Warrior women's basketball program.

Christin comes to Waterloo after spending 2006-2007 as an assistant coach with the McMaster Marauders. She also served as an assistant coach with Canada Basketball - Centre for Performance (Ontario), and has coached for Team Ontario for both the juvenile and midget provincial teams. In addition, she was head coach for the U-19 Swedish National Team for 2004-2005.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Christin played university ball with McMaster from 2001-2004. With the Marauders, she was a 2-time OUA all-star and captain for two years. As captain, she led McMaster to an Ontario Championship in 2002-2003 and was named MVP in the Ontario Championship gold medal game. In 2003-2004, she was named OUA Player of the Year. She is a NCCP level III certified coach.

Upon graduation from McMaster in 2004 (Bachelor of Social Science), she continued her playing career overseas as a professional player in both Sweden and England. She was the club spokesperson promoting women's basketball in both these countries.

For the 2007-08 interuniversity basketball season, Christin will co-coach alongside Mano Watsa. Mano and Christin will combine their expertise launching a new era in the women's basketball program at Waterloo.

"I am very excited to be the next head coach of the Waterloo Warriors basketball team" mentions Christin. "There is a long line of excellence in the program and it is my goal to continue that tradition."

"Christin is a young woman pursuing a professional coaching career at the intercollegiate level" commented athletic director Judy McCrae. "She comes to us from McMaster, a basketball program that has enjoyed great success through strong leadership and Christin has been an integral part of this success. Christin's drive to be successful, her love of the sport and her understanding and commitment to young women athletes provide the ingredients for a strong Waterloo women's basketball program."
Courtesy of: www.universitysport.ca


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CHINA - Women

China and Mali battled for the pride -by Eurobasket News
Mali U21-China U21 59:90 (9:27, 14:24, 19:21, 17:18)

China and Mali battled for the pride in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the last day of the Preliminary Round China rolled over Mali 90:59. A 27:9 lead in the opening quarter made no intrigue later in the game. Lu Lu (184-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Meiling Zheng and Zheng Bowen (-90) produced 12 points each. China finished Group A with 1-4, while Mali stayed winless.

Both teams realized that it was the game for the only win in the Preliminary Round. The Asians led 15:8 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when they closed the period with a 12-1 run that Mali never recovered from. In the second quarter China grabbed another 10 points to the lead and had 28 points deficit at the half.
In the second half the game was even, as both teams prepared for 9-12 places. China proved the stability in the first half, winning the rest of the quarters. In the third quarter Mali was upset by 2 points, while in the last only by one. On the stage of 9-12 places China will play with Japan, while Mali faces Spain. All the games resume tomorrow, Friday 6th.

Mali U21: Kadiatou Toure (174-83) 16, Fatoumata Bagayoko 11
China U21: Lu Lu 16, Meiling Zheng 12+10 rebs, Zheng Bowen 12+6 rebs


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CROATIA - Women

Croatia got the first win over Israel in the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18-Israel U18 74:57 (16-7, 16-16, 22-16, 20-18)

Croatian U18 got the first win in the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship for women. Winning three quarters and tying another one Croatia stayed on top. Tomica Bacic (182-F-90) led the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Matea Brezec (170-G-89) posted 15, while Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) collected 7 points and 18 rebounds. Idit Oryon (177-F-90) 23 paced Israeli with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Croatia improved to 2-1 in Group E, while Israel is 0-3.
Croatia easily went on a 12-0 run to keep the score for the rest. The leader of the Israeli team Yahalomi did not score any 2-pointers and finished only with 10 points. Anyway Israel woke up and could reduce a bit in the first at 16:7.
In the second quarter Israel tied the score at 23 points each. Gobuty made two free throws that gave a chance for Israel in the game. Marija Vrsaljko however ended up the half with 32:23 for Croatia.
Tomica Bacic made 50:34 in the third quarter and turned the light off for Israel in the game. Croatia increased to 54:39 before the last quarter. Krajacic scored her first two points in the end of the game making the score 74:57 for Croatia.

Croatia U18: Tomica Bacic 26+12 rebs, Matea Brezec 15, Marija Vrsaljko 7+18 rebs
Israel U18: Idit Oryon 23+9 rebs, Naama Shafir (165-G-90) 12


Hlede moves to Badajoz -by Zeljko Zule
Former WNBA player Koraljka Hlede (173-G-75, college: Duquesne) has left Hondarribia Irun to join newcommer in LFB Championship Agencia Serrana Badajoz.

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CZECH REP. - Women

Russia U18 stun Czech Republic -by Eurobasket News
Russia - Czech Republic 78:60

Russia fired back yesterday after they suffered the first loss against Slovakia two days ago. They gave Czechs no chance and swept them on the way towards the 4th victory in the U18 European champonship. Czech Republic however led all the way through the opening frame and finished it 20:14 ahead. Russia bounced back midway through the second quarter and closed on the gap trailing by 3 points at halftime 31:34. Russia surged ahead in the third frame to surprise Czech Republic 27:9 and get away with a 15-point advantage. Czechs had little to deliver in the final frame and struggled to came back into this one. Russia caught with Spain in the Group E ladder at 3-1 record. Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) paced Russia with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) secured another 20 points for the winners. Renata Brezinova had team-high 13 points for Czech team. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) provided 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists in a loss.
Russia will now face Group leaders Spain in the last encounter of the qualifying round. They need a win to advance to the semifinal. Czech Republic meanwhile fell to 2-2 record and play against Lithuania today.

Russia U18: Natalia Vieru 22 points + 11 boards, Tatiana Petrushina 20, Ekaterina Chistyakova 12
Czech Republic U18: Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) 13, Katerina Bartonova 10


Czech Republic starts qualifying round with victory -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - France 77:73

Czech team felt pretty confident as they set the right tone with a 77:73 win over France in the opening game in Group E of the U18 European championship in Serbia. Czechs got to a flying start posting an early lead 15:3. France however easily put them up and crawled back within 3 points 18:15. In the second quarter France spurred past Czech team taking a 24:18 advantage. But France did not secure dominance before the halftime as Czechs ended the first half ahead 39:37.
Czechs held on to the lead throughout the second half and were up 73:64 with one minute to go in the game. France however managed to explode with a 9:1 run and appear 1-point behind Czechs with 15 seconds remaining. But Ana Maria Cata-Chitiga committed unsportsmanlike foul to bury all the hopes. Renata Bresinova grabbed a rebound after Dominika Behalova's miss and knocked down a jumper to put Czech Republic ahead for good. She finished with game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) nailed 19 points and dished out 8 assists for the winners. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) had 17 points for France.
France will now need to win against Spain to stay in the race. Czech Republic are at 2-1 record and face Russia today.

Czech Republic U18: Renata Bresinova 26 points + 11 boards, Katerina Bartonova 19
France U18: Diandra Tchatchouang 17, Ana Cata-Chitiga 12.


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E.CHAMPS U18 - Women

The end of the Preliminary Round -by Eurobasket News
Romanian Timisoara that holds Division B waived to the Preliminary Round. Yesterday the teams played the last games in the first groups. Romania, Estonia and Slovenia are still undefeated.
Ireland and Israel advanced to the Qualifying Round from Group A. In the last day of the tournament they reached the wins. Ireland beat Portugal 61:57, trailing 2 points before the last quarter. Valerie O'Driscoll (175-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Catia Lirio (182-C-89) posted 17 in defeat and made 15 rebounds.
Israel stormed Denmark 80:63. The unstoppable Dana Yahalomi (180-F-89) poured in 35 points to lead her team to the next round.
In group B Romania and Croatia booked their places in the next round the day before. Romania still stayed undefeated smashing Luxembourg 88:46. Montenegro overcame Finland 89:74 with 27 points from Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89).
In group C Estonia and Latvia also slept well before the last day as they advanced earlier. England beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 75:56 with Georgia Jones'21 points
In Group D Slovenia reached the 4th win beating Austria 67:53. Netherlands overcame Scotland 62:34. Slovenia and Greece go to Qualifying Round from the group.

Group A
Ireland -Portugal 61:57 (11-14 7-14 22-14 21-15)
Israel-Denmark 80:63 (20-14 18-19 20-15 22-15)

1. Ireland 4 3/1
2. Israel 4 2/2

3. Portugal 4 2/2
4. Belgium 4 2/2
5. Denmark 4 1/3


Group B
Finland-Montenegro 74:89 (19-32 8-13 27-26 20-18)
Romania-Luxembourg 88:46 (18-15 19-12 30-10 21-9)

1. Romania 4 4/0
2. Croatia 4 3/1

3. Montenegro 4 2/2
4. Finland 4 1/3
5. Luxembourg 4 0/4


Group C
England-Bosnia and Herzegovina 75:56 (14-16 14-12 31-10 16-18)

1. Estonia 3 3/0
2. Latvia 3 2/1

3. England 3 1/2
4. Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 0/3

Group D
Slovenia-Austria 67:53 (18-13 12-14 19-13 18-13)
Netherlands-Scotland 62:34 (22-9 18-12 12-9 10-4)

1. Slovenia 4 4/0
2. Greece 4 3/1
3. Netherlands 4 2/2
4. Scotland 4 1/3
5. Austria 4 0/4


Division B: Start of the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News

Group F

Slovenia U18-Estonia U18 45:79 (16-24, 11-26, 11-18, 7-11)

Estonia and Slovenia fought for the first place in Group F after a perfect score in the Preliminary round. Estonia did not see the opponent defense and smashed them 79:45. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) led the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kati Rausberg (172-G-89) ended up with 16, while Sandra Andresson (175-G-89) scored 15. Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) and Klavzar produced 9 points in the losing effort.

To tell the truth no one probably expected such a game between two leaders of the Qualifying Round. Kerttu Jallai and Kati Rausberg opened the game with 6-0 run to keep the score for a rest of the game. Estonia finished the first 24:16 and never looked behind. A nightmare continued for Slovenia in the second quarter that they lost 11:26. Mitt changed the numbers in the board to 50:27 for the Baltic team.
In the second half Estonia went on a 9-0 run to prepare for destroy. They had 30 points deficit before the last quarte, 68:38. Estonia celebrated 79:45 win and now the only team on top from Group F.

In another game of the group Greece will meet Latvia in the end of the day.

Slovenia U18: Tina Trebec 9, Klavzar 9
Estonia U18: Kerttu Jallai 17+11 rebs, Kati Rausberg 16, Sandra Andresson 15


Group E
Croatia U18-Israel U18 74:57 (16-7, 16-16, 22-16, 20-18)
Croatian U18 got the first win in the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship for women. Winning three quarters and tying another one Croatia stayed on top. Tomica Bacic (182-F-90) led the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Matea Brezec (170-G-89) posted 15, while Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) collected 7 points and 18 rebounds. Idit Oryon (177-F-90) 23 paced Israeli with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Croatia improved to 2-1 in Group E, while Israel is 0-3.
Croatia easily went on a 12-0 run to keep the score for the rest. The leader of the Israeli team Yahalomi did not score any 2-pointers and finished only with 10 points. Anyway Israel woke up and could reduce a bit in the first at 16:7.
In the second quarter Israel tied the score at 23 points each. Gobuty made two free throws that gave a chance for Israel in the game. Marija Vrsaljko however ended up the half with 32:23 for Croatia.
Tomica Bacic made 50:34 in the third quarter and turned the light off for Israel in the game. Croatia increased to 54:39 before the last quarter. Krajacic scored her first two points in the end of the game making the score 74:57 for Croatia.

Croatia U18: Tomica Bacic 26+12 rebs, Matea Brezec 15, Marija Vrsaljko 7+18 rebs
Israel U18: Idit Oryon 23+9 rebs, Naama Shafir (165-G-90) 12


Qualifying Round of Division A: Day 2 -by Eurobasket News

Group E

Slovakia U18 - Lithuania U18 79:53


Having defeated Russia a day ago Slovakia continued to record victims crashing Lithuania 79:53 yesterday. Lithuania stayed close through the opening frame but lost the first 10 minutes 19:20. Both teams exchanged blows at the start of the second quarter but Slovakia crowned it with a perfect 10:0 run to get away with a 38:31 advantage. Midway through the third frame Slovakia secured a confident advantage with a 27:5 stanza. Slovakia entered the final quarter with a 63:41 advantage and cruised past their opponents to an overall victory.
Nikola Kovalova (166-G) ensured 18 points for Slovakia. Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) and Regina Palusna (193-C-89) netted 17 points apiece to seal the winning effort for Slovak Republic. Lithuania had 13 points from Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) (180-F/G-90). Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) grabbed game-high 18 rebounds in a loss. She helped Lithuania dominate the boards as they outrebounded Slovakia 47:41. Slovakia at the same time shot 46.2% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. They also committed just 12 turnovers, forcing Lithuania to as many as 26.
Slovakia plays against France tonight for a chance to get into the semis. Lithuania will try to upset Czech Republic tonight.

Slovakia U18: Nikola Kovalova 18 points, Janka Mincikova 17, Regina Palusna 17
Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) 13, Agneta Morkunaite (188-G-89) 11, Gintare Petronyte 9+18 boards


Spain-France 63:66

Spain trailing by one 64:63 had the chance to go in front if she made the free throws. She missed both free throws and Diandra Tchatchouang made up for foul by taking the defensive rebound and launched a fast break that finished up with Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga scoring for France 66:63. With this victory France are back in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-final, they need to win against Slovak Republic tomorrow and then wait on the results from the other games.


Russia - Czech Republic 78:60
Russia fired back yesterday after they suffered the first loss against Slovakia two days ago. They gave Czechs no chance and swept them on the way towards the 4th victory in the U18 European champonship. Czech Republic however led all the way through the opening frame and finished it 20:14 ahead. Russia bounced back midway through the second quarter and closed on the gap trailing by 3 points at halftime 31:34. Russia surged ahead in the third frame to surprise Czech Republic 27:9 and get away with a 15-point advantage. Czechs had little to deliver in the final frame and struggled to came back into this one. Russia caught with Spain in the Group E ladder at 3-1 record. Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) paced Russia with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) secured another 20 points for the winners. Renata Brezinova had team-high 13 points for Czech team. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) provided 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists in a loss.
Russia will now face Group leaders Spain in the last encounter of the qualifying round. They need a win to advance to the semifinal. Czech Republic meanwhile fell to 2-2 record and play against Lithuania today.

Russia U18: Natalia Vieru 22 points + 11 boards, Tatiana Petrushina 20, Ekaterina Chistyakova 12
Czech Republic U18: Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) 13, Katerina Bartonova 10


Group F

Italy - Sweden 66:55
Italy recovered after two straight losses at the U18 European championship in Serbia to upset last year's bronze medalists Sweden. Both teams got to a quick start as the game stayed closed throughout the opening frame. Sweden completed the quarter leading by just one point 22:21. They also opened the second frame with a 6:0 run to extend the advantage to 7 points. However Italy closed the gap at the end of the quarter and leaved to the dressing room trailing 34:39. Posting an 11:2 run midway through the third frame Italy surged ahead and grabbed a 2-point lead entering the final 10 minutes of action 51:49. Then followed a 6:0 spur by Italian team and they cleared off for good.
ElisaTemplari came off the bench to topscore for Italy with 13 points. Giulia Gatti (168-G-89) and Martina Crippa (175-G-88) provided support with 12 points each. Martina Staalvant led all scorers with 18 points for Sweden. Stefanie Yderstrom (170-G-90) added 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals in a loss. Italy converted solid 42.9% from the field and forced Sweden to 28 turnovers.
Italy improved to 2-2 record in Group F and face Poland today. Sweden remained at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 record and will seek the first win against Turkey tonight.

Italy U18: Elisa Templari (173-G-89) 13 points, Giulia Gatti 12, Martina Crippa 12
Sweden U18: Martina Staalvant 18, Stefanie Yderstrom 14, Beata Gullberg 6.

Serbia - Turkey 69:47
Serbian U18 team remained the only undefeated squad at the U18 European championship in Novi Sad. The hosting team easily crushed Turkey yesterday for their fifth victory at the tournament. The outcome was clear straight away in this game as Serbia opened up with a demolishing 23:0 run. Turkey struggled to find a basket and completed the opening frame with 2 points. Serbia drove to a massive 40:16 lead at halftime and allowed the opponents to shape up the scoreline at the second half with Serbia bench players on the court. Turkey won the fourth frame 18:14 to came back within a 20+ distance.
Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) led Serbia with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) and Jovana Popovic (175-G-90) produced 9 points apiece for the winners. Turkey answered with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals from Durdane Gumusay. Ceren Barut (162-G-89) finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds in a loss.
Serbia dominated the boards with 52:40 edge under the rims. They held Turkey to just 25% from the field and 17.2% from behind the arc.
Serbia guaranteed the semifinal birth and will play against Ukraine in the last fixture of Group F. Turkey will seek for the first win of the qualifying round against Sweden today.

Serbia U18: Nina Bogicevic 14 points, Sonja Petrovic 9, Jovana Popovic 9
Turkey U18: Durdane Gumusay 10, Ceren Barut 6, Harika Eldas (186-F-90) 6.

Poland - Ukraine 100:70
Poland U18 National team rolled over Ukraine to match their record in the qualifying round Group F. Showing no mercy to previously undefeated Ukrainian side Poland topscored for the tournament so far. Poland had little time wasted as they drove to a 15:0 run early in the opening frame leaving Ukraine behind. However the deficit was cut to 27:23 at the end of the first quarter. Olena Samburska hit a three-pointer to came within just one point at the start of the second frame but Poland replied with another 9:0 run and cleared off for good. They held on to a 55:41 lead at halftime. Poland extended their advantage to 80:56 entering the final quarter and celebrated an easy win at the end of this one. Poland had 5 players scoring in double digits. Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) led Poland with 18 points. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) contributed 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in a win. Ukraine had 19 points and 12 rebounds from Tayisiya Bovykina (190-C-89). Olesya Malashenko (185-F-91) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
Poland outrebounded Ukraine 53:41 and converted 46% from the field. They also forced Ukrainian side to 30 turnovers.
Both Poland and Ukraine now seat at 3-1 record and share the second and third spots in the ladder. Ukraine will face Serbia today and needs a win. poland will face Italy and in case of a victory goes into the semis.

Poland U18: Olivia Tomialowicz 18 points, Weronika Idczak 17, Paulina Antczak 15
Ukraine U18: Tayisiya Bovykina 19+12 boards, Olesya Malashenko 16, Alisa Yevtushenko (191-C-89)


Division A: Qualifying Round begins -by Eurobasket News

Group E

Lithuania U18- Spain U18 60:69

Lithuania suffered a 60:69 loss in the opening game of the qualifying round of U18 European championship in Serbia. It was another game with a slow first frame for Lithuania as they nailed 11 points in it and appeared trailing 11:17. Spain initiated a 16:5 run in the second quarter to clear off for good. Leading comfortably 35:22 at halftime Spain never allowed Lithuania to come closer than 11 points. Laura Herrera (185-F-89) (185-F-89) was a usual contributor for Spain as she nailed team-high 16 points. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) helped with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) led all scorers with 19 points, but committing 7 turnovers at the same time. Egidija Busaite had 14 points in a loss. Lithuania dominated the boards with 43 rebounds, however they suffered from numerous turnovers (23). Spain also converted impressive 51.8% from the field, while Lithuania struggled with 35.9%.
Spain remained on top of Group E with a perfect 3-0 record. Lithuania meanwhile stays at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-3 record.
Spain plays versus France today. Lithuania needs a win against Slovakia.

Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute 19 points, Egidija Busaite 14, Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) 7
Spain U18: Laura Herrera 16, Alba Torrens 12


Slovakia - Russia 77:63
Slovakia might have needed some luck to get into Top 16, but they showed pure skills to surprise Russia in the qualifying round opener in Group E. Slovakia meant to win this one as they scored first 4 points of the game and continued to put pressure on Russia offensively. Slovak Republic easily gained a double-digit advantage and completed the first frame 25:15 ahead. Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) (200-C-89) poured in first 6 points of the second quarter for Russia to cut the deficit to 4 points. But Slovakia held on the challenge and drove to a 36:33 win of the first half. Slovak Republic spurred to a 17:3 run in the third frame and cleared off Russia to a 55:40 distance. Russian basketballers struggled in the final frame to maintain the chase and lost at the end.
Nikola Kovalova (166-G) (166-G) led Slovakia with 19 points. Regina Palusna (193-C-89) provided 16 points and 15 rebounds in a win. Ekaterina Chistyakova netted game-high 24 points for Russia. Slovakia dominated the paint collecting 47 rebounds (24 of them offensive). Russia committed 18 turnovers. Slovakia improved to 1-2 record in Group E and seats behind Russia and France in the ladder. They face Lithuania today. Russia fell to 2-1 record and will seek to improve against Czech Republic tonight.

Slovakia U18: Nikola Kovalova 19 points, Regina Palusna 16+15 boards, Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) 14
Russia U18: Ekaterina Chistyakova 24, Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) 14.


Czech Republic - France 77:73
Czech team felt pretty confident as they set the right tone with a 77:73 win over France in the opening game in Group E of the U18 European championship in Serbia. Czechs got to a flying start posting an early lead 15:3. France however easily put them up and crawled back within 3 points 18:15. In the second quarter France spurred past Czech team taking a 24:18 advantage. But France did not secure dominance before the halftime as Czechs ended the first half ahead 39:37.
Czechs held on to the lead throughout the second half and were up 73:64 with one minute to go in the game. France however managed to explode with a 9:1 run and appear 1-point behind Czechs with 15 seconds remaining. But Ana Maria Cata-Chitiga committed unsportsmanlike foul to bury all the hopes. Renata Bresinova grabbed a rebound after Dominika Behalova's miss and knocked down a jumper to put Czech Republic ahead for good. She finished with game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) nailed 19 points and dished out 8 assists for the winners. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) had 17 points for France.
France will now need to win against Spain to stay in the race. Czech Republic are at 2-1 record and face Russia today.

Czech Republic U18: Renata Bresinova 26 points + 11 boards, Katerina Bartonova 19
France U18: Diandra Tchatchouang 17, Ana Cata-Chitiga 12.


Group F

Ukraine - Sweden 81:60
Ukrainian team continue with their perfect winning streak at the U18 European championship in Serbia. They opened up the qualifying round in Group F with a confident win over Sweden. Despite an early 4:9 slump Ukraine quickly regained the initiative and won the first frame 26:15. They kept on rolling in the second quarter and eased to a 47:32 advantage at halftime. Having reached a cozy 20-point gap midway through the third frame Ukraine cruised to an overall victory at the end. Tayisiya Bovykina (190-C-89) and Olesya Malashenko (185-F-91) nailed 18 points apiece to secure the fourth straight win for Ukraine. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) topscored for Sweden with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hanna Johansson (183-F-89) added 10 points in a losing effort. Sweden also lost the ball more frequently committing 18 turnovers and were outrebounded 50:51. Ukraine looked more solid in accuracy converting 40.8% of field goals and 40% of treys.
Ukraine dominates Group F with a 3-0 record. Sweden now fell to 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder. Sweden will next take on Italy today. Ukraine will look to improve their winning streak against Poland.

Ukraine U18: Tayisiya Bovykina 18 points, Olesya Malashenko 18, Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) 17
Sweden U18: Louice Halvarsson 14+11 boards, Hanna Johansson 10, Stefanie Yderstrom 9.


Poland - Turkey 59:50
Poland U18 team continued their chase for the leaders in the U18 European championship with a 59:50 win over Turkey. This victory means Poland improved to 2-1 record and seats behind Ukraine and Serbia in qualifying Group F.
Turkey got to a confident start of this one as they held on to a 22:16 opening frame. Poland rushed ahead with a 12:0 beginning of the second frame. Turkey kept it close till the break trailing 31:32 at halftime. Paulina Antczak (180-F-90) delivered some important baskets in the late stage of the third quarter to put Poland ahead 49:44. In extra low scoring final frame Poland allowed Turkish players to score just 6 points and celebrated a victory. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) paced Poland with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) finished with 17 points for the winners. Burcu Tasbas (178-F-89) replied with 14 points for Turkey. Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) collected team-high 12 boards in a loss. Poland outerebounded Turkey 56:46. Turkish players shot just 17.1% from the field.
Poland will take on Ukraine in today's encounter. They need a win to stay with chances for the semifinal.

Poland
U18: Agnieszka Skobel 17, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 16 points + 13 rebounds, Paulina Antczak 12
Turkey
U18: Burcu Tasbas 14, Tugce Canitez 12 boards.


Serbia - Italy 70:42
Serbia impresses the home crowd during the U18 European championship in Novi Sad. They remained undefeated after beating Italy 70:42 in qualifying round opener in Group F. Italy kept it close just in the opening frame as they trailed 13:17 after starting 10 minutes. Serbia tightened defense in the second quarter limiting Italian side to 8 points and clearing off for a 35:21 lead. The advantage kept on growing in the third frame and reached a 57:28 mark entering the final quarter. Serbia easily sailed to an overall win at the end. They hosts stay on top of Group F together with still unbeaten Ukraine.
Serbia were more impressive in every aspect of the game outrebounding Italy 47:31 and converting 48.9% of field goals. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) secured 17 points for Serbian team. Ivana Musovic (173-G-89) added 13 points in a win. Italy had no players scoring in double digits. Martina Crippa (175-G-88) and Nusicaa Fassina produced 6 points apiece to lead Italy.
Serbia will look to extend their perfect record against Turkey today. Italy are at 1-2 record and face Sweden in another today's encounter.

Serbia U18: Jelena Milovanovic 17 points, Ivana Musovic 13, Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) 7
Italy U18: Martina Crippa 6, Nusicaa Fasina 6.



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ESTONIA - Women

Estonia U18 crashes Slovenia U18 -by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U18-Estonia U18 45:79 (16-24, 11-26, 11-18, 7-11)

Estonia and Slovenia fought for the first place in Group F after a perfect score in the Preliminary round. Estonia did not see the opponent defense and smashed them 79:45. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) led the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kati Rausberg (172-G-89) ended up with 16, while Sandra Andresson (175-G-89) scored 15. Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) and Klavzar produced 9 points in the losing effort.

To tell the truth no one probably expected such a game between two leaders of the Qualifying Round. Kerttu Jallai and Kati Rausberg opened the game with 6-0 run to keep the score for a rest of the game. Estonia finished the first 24:16 and never looked behind. A nightmare continued for Slovenia in the second quarter that they lost 11:26. Mitt changed the numbers in the board to 50:27 for the Baltic team.
In the second half Estonia went on a 9-0 run to prepare for destroy. They had 30 points deficit before the last quarte, 68:38. Estonia celebrated 79:45 win and now the only team on top from Group F.

In another game of the group Greece will meet Latvia in the end of the day.

Slovenia U18: Tina Trebec 9, Klavzar 9
Estonia U18: Kerttu Jallai 17+11 rebs, Kati Rausberg 16, Sandra Andresson 15



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FRANCE - Women

NT: U21 - France win Group after epic battle with Russia (Day 5) -by Leslie Anderson

France and Russia put up great match this afternoon that went down to the wire with Sandrine Gruda hitting the winning basket five seconds(73-71) from the end. Russia then lost the ball on the last play when Julie Barennes hustled Elena Danilochkina off the ball.


It was not an easy match for either side as they matched each other at the start (10-10), Russia had the better of the second part of the first period to go in front (16-22). In a tough second period Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) kept France in touch with some excellent shooting from down town but France still trailed (34-38) at the interval.


France finally tied the match (41-41) after 24 minutes and went in front after a 14-0 run (48-41), Russia still finished the period strong and with Isabelle Yacoubou in foul problems, France took only a 3-point lead into the final period (54-51). The final period was tight with Russia taking the early initiative and took the lead after an (8-0) run but France came back and went back in front, only to lose the lead and eventually tie the match (69-69) with 72 seconds left. Clarisse Costaz(16pts 4-of-4 3 pointers) was on hand to put France in front but Russia was back with 25 seconds (71-71). France used a timeout and it paid as Sandrine Gruda scored her 21st point of the match 20 second later.


Full match statistics are available here

France will meet the 4th place team from the other group but the opponent will only be known after the Hungary - Spain game later this evening.



NT: U18 France are back in with a chance after beating Spain (Day 6) -by Leslie Anderson

Francois Gomez interview that appeared in Fiba Europe today may have been all the motivation his players required for the match against Spain.

No unsportsmanlike foul this time but with 6 second left on the clock Diandra Tchatchouang was called for a foul on Laura Herrera . Spain trailing by one (64-63) had the chance to go in front if she made the free throws. She missed both free throws and Diandra Tchatchouang made up for foul by taking the defensive rebound and lauched a fast break that finished up with Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga scoring for France (66 - 63).


Full match statistics are available here


With this victory France are back in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-final, they need to win against Slovak Republic tomorrow and then wait on the results from the other games.



NT: U18 - France beat Slovak Republic but do not qualify for the semi-final (Day 7) -by Leslie Anderson

France has just ended the challenge of the Slovak Republic in this year competition with a comfortable victory (70-49). If this victory is enough for France to qualify for the semi-final will depend on the results of the other games this evening.

Once again Diandra Tchatchouang was the offensive leader for France hitting 8-of-11 from the field for her 17 points.


Full match statistics are available here


It was a long wait for France in th end of nothing as Spain thrashed Russia (76-39) in the last qualifying round match. Spain and Russia join Serbia and Poland in the semi-final. France will now play Ukraine on Saturday.



LFB: News Flash - Mourenx out of LFB next season -by Leslie Anderson

At the end of every season professional clubs are checked to make sure that their financial situation is okay before they are allowed to play the next season. It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Mourenx Basket Club failed and as a result relegated for next season. The time has passed and their appeal has been rejected today by the French Basketball Federation.


Mourenx Basket Club have one more possible cause of action to see if the decision can be reserved.



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GERMANY - Women

Germany U18 successful in classification round -by Eurobasket News
Germany - Hungary 68:51

Germany opened the classification round of the U18 European championship in Serbia with a confident win. Germany topped Group G as they overcame Hungary 68:51 in the first game. Germany crowned the opening quarter with a 6:0 run to pick up a 16:8 advantage. They continued to roll at the start of the second frame and ensured another 13:2 run that saw them getting away to a 29:10 lead. Hungary tried to stay within streaking distance as they closed the gap to 36:24 at halftime.
Germany buried any hopes for Hungary as they drove to a 13:3 beginning of the third frame. Leading comfortably 51:29 at the end of the third frame Germany allowed Hungary to outscore them 22:17 in the final 10 minutes and celebrated a victory.
Svenja Greunke (187-F-89) combined 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace Germany. Stina Barnert (172-G-89) added 14 points for the winners. Rita Rasheed (179-F-89) scored 11 points to lead Hungary.
Germany outerebounded Hungarian side 43:37. They also shot impressive 52.8% from the field and 83.3% from free throw line.
Germany will now take on Bulgaria tomorrow. Meanwhile Hungary will seek for a win against Belarus.

Germany U18: Svenja Greunke 16 points + 11 rebounds, Stina Barnert 14, Anna-lisa Rexroth (173-G-90) 13
Hungary U18: Rita Rasheed 11, Adrienn Kontor 9.


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HUNGARY - Women

Hungary U21 helped Brazil in an overtime battle over Spain -by Eurobasket News
Spain U21-Hungary U21 76:79 OT (16:12, 10:19, 15:21, 29:18, 6:9)

Hungary U21 stayed 3rd in group B defeating Spain 79:76 in overtime. A great come back in the last quarter could not leave Spanish squad on fire. Dora Horti (195-C-87) paced the winners with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) scored 18, while Somogyi added 11. Blanca Marcos (177-G/F-87) top-scored for Spain with 17 points. Team of Alberto Ortego couldn't win on last minute and now they'll have to play next Friday against Mali the 9th to 12th place. Hungary meanwhile will play against Russia in one of the most interesting Quarterfinals tomorrow.

Spain played two nice quarters with 16:12 in the first and 29:18 in the last. That was enough only for overtime where they had to admit another European team win. Hungary won the second 19:10 to finish the half at 29:26 lead. They increased to 9 points in the end of the third beating Spain 21:15.
In overtime Hungary deserved the win more than Spain and won 79:76. Spain was eliminated from the tournament, however will continue for 9-12 places. Hungary should be ready to have another thriller with the hosts of the Championship.

Spain U21: Blanca Marcos 17, Compan Veronica Aparisi (183-F-86) 14, Royo Torres 13
Hungary U21: Dora Horti 22+12 rebs, Barbara Semsei 18, Somogyi 11


Germany U18 successful in classification round -by Eurobasket News
Germany - Hungary 68:51

Germany opened the classification round of the U18 European championship in Serbia with a confident win. Germany topped Group G as they overcame Hungary 68:51 in the first game. Germany crowned the opening quarter with a 6:0 run to pick up a 16:8 advantage. They continued to roll at the start of the second frame and ensured another 13:2 run that saw them getting away to a 29:10 lead. Hungary tried to stay within streaking distance as they closed the gap to 36:24 at halftime.
Germany buried any hopes for Hungary as they drove to a 13:3 beginning of the third frame. Leading comfortably 51:29 at the end of the third frame Germany allowed Hungary to outscore them 22:17 in the final 10 minutes and celebrated a victory.
Svenja Greunke (187-F-89) combined 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace Germany. Stina Barnert (172-G-89) added 14 points for the winners. Rita Rasheed (179-F-89) scored 11 points to lead Hungary.
Germany outerebounded Hungarian side 43:37. They also shot impressive 52.8% from the field and 83.3% from free throw line.
Germany will now take on Bulgaria tomorrow. Meanwhile Hungary will seek for a win against Belarus.

Germany U18: Svenja Greunke 16 points + 11 rebounds, Stina Barnert 14, Anna-lisa Rexroth (173-G-90) 13
Hungary U18: Rita Rasheed 11, Adrienn Kontor 9.


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ISRAEL - Women

Croatia got the first win over Israel in the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18-Israel U18 74:57 (16-7, 16-16, 22-16, 20-18)

Croatian U18 got the first win in the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship for women. Winning three quarters and tying another one Croatia stayed on top. Tomica Bacic (182-F-90) led the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Matea Brezec (170-G-89) posted 15, while Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) collected 7 points and 18 rebounds. Idit Oryon (177-F-90) 23 paced Israeli with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Croatia improved to 2-1 in Group E, while Israel is 0-3.
Croatia easily went on a 12-0 run to keep the score for the rest. The leader of the Israeli team Yahalomi did not score any 2-pointers and finished only with 10 points. Anyway Israel woke up and could reduce a bit in the first at 16:7.
In the second quarter Israel tied the score at 23 points each. Gobuty made two free throws that gave a chance for Israel in the game. Marija Vrsaljko however ended up the half with 32:23 for Croatia.
Tomica Bacic made 50:34 in the third quarter and turned the light off for Israel in the game. Croatia increased to 54:39 before the last quarter. Krajacic scored her first two points in the end of the game making the score 74:57 for Croatia.

Croatia U18: Tomica Bacic 26+12 rebs, Matea Brezec 15, Marija Vrsaljko 7+18 rebs
Israel U18: Idit Oryon 23+9 rebs, Naama Shafir (165-G-90) 12


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ITALY - Women

Italy beats Sweden in U18 European championship -by Eurobasket News
Italy - Sweden 66:55

Italy recovered after two straight losses at the U18 European championship in Serbia to upset last year's bronze medalists Sweden. Both teams got to a quick start as the game stayed closed throughout the opening frame. Sweden completed the quarter leading by just one point 22:21. They also opened the second frame with a 6:0 run to extend the advantage to 7 points. However Italy closed the gap at the end of the quarter and leaved to the dressing room trailing 34:39. Posting an 11:2 run midway through the third frame Italy surged ahead and grabbed a 2-point lead entering the final 10 minutes of action 51:49. Then followed a 6:0 spur by Italian team and they cleared off for good.
ElisaTemplari came off the bench to topscore for Italy with 13 points. Giulia Gatti (168-G-89) and Martina Crippa (175-G-88) provided support with 12 points each. Martina Staalvant led all scorers with 18 points for Sweden. Stefanie Yderstrom (170-G-90) added 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals in a loss. Italy converted solid 42.9% from the field and forced Sweden to 28 turnovers.
Italy improved to 2-2 record in Group F and face Poland today. Sweden remained at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 record and will seek the first win against Turkey tonight.

Italy U18: Elisa Templari (173-G-89) 13 points, Giulia Gatti 12, Martina Crippa 12
Sweden U18: Martina Staalvant 18, Stefanie Yderstrom 14, Beata Gullberg 6.


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JAPAN - Women

USA downed Japan in the Independence Day -by Eurobasket News
Japan U21-USA U21 57:98 (15:24, 17:18, 11:28, 14:28)

Japan lost the fourth game in the tournament, this time against USA. The latter celebrated two wins in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women today-the Independence Day and 98:57 victory. Naomi Hayashi (-88) top-scored for Japan with 12 points and Saori Fujiyoshi (-87) scored 9. Crystal Langhorne (188-C/F-86) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. USA closed out preliminary round play at 5-0, while Japan at 1-4.
For USA the game did not have any important issues, however Japan desired to qualify to another round. Of course the teams like USA will never let you win even though they have nothing to solve in the game. Moreover USA celebrated the Independence Day and congratulated the fans with the win.
The USA jumped out of the gates strong and opened up a 21:7 lead. Asians reduced a bit and finished the first quarter at 15:24. A great quarter was demonstrated by Japan later as they struggled with 17:18 in the second. Japan's Naomi Hayashi started an 11-2 run and at the midway break the USA's gap had diminished to 42:32.

By the third quarter buzzer Japan was trailing 43:70. There was nothing else to catch in the game as Japan lost 57:98.

Japan: Naomi Hayashi 12, Saori Fujiyoshi 9
USA: Crystal Langhorne 18+7 rebs, Laura Harper (193-F/C) 13, Packer 10


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LITHUANIA - Women

Slovakia U18 - Lithuania U18 79:53 -by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U18 - Lithuania U18 79:53


Having defeated Russia a day ago Slovakia continued to record victims crashing Lithuania 79:53 yesterday. Lithuania stayed close through the opening frame but lost the first 10 minutes 19:20. Both teams exchanged blows at the start of the second quarter but Slovakia crowned it with a perfect 10:0 run to get away with a 38:31 advantage. Midway through the third frame Slovakia secured a confident advantage with a 27:5 stanza. Slovakia entered the final quarter with a 63:41 advantage and cruised past their opponents to an overall victory.
Nikola Kovalova (166-G) ensured 18 points for Slovakia. Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) and Regina Palusna (193-C-89) netted 17 points apiece to seal the winning effort for Slovak Republic. Lithuania had 13 points from Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) (180-F/G-90). Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) grabbed game-high 18 rebounds in a loss. She helped Lithuania dominate the boards as they outrebounded Slovakia 47:41. Slovakia at the same time shot 46.2% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. They also committed just 12 turnovers, forcing Lithuania to as many as 26.
Slovakia plays against France tonight for a chance to get into the semis. Lithuania will try to upset Czech Republic tonight.

Slovakia U18: Nikola Kovalova 18 points, Janka Mincikova 17, Regina Palusna 17
Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) 13, Agneta Morkunaite (188-G-89) 11, Gintare Petronyte 9+18 boards



Lithuania unable to defeat Spain -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18- Spain U18 60:69

Lithuania suffered a 60:69 loss in the opening game of the qualifying round of U18 European championship in Serbia. It was another game with a slow first frame for Lithuania as they nailed 11 points in it and appeared trailing 11:17. Spain initiated a 16:5 run in the second quarter to clear off for good. Leading comfortably 35:22 at halftime Spain never allowed Lithuania to come closer than 11 points. Laura Herrera (185-F-89) was a usual contributor for Spain as she nailed team-high 16 points. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) helped with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) led all scorers with 19 points, but committing 7 turnovers at the same time. Egidija Busaite had 14 points in a loss. Lithuania dominated the boards with 43 rebounds, however they suffered from numerous turnovers (23). Spain also converted impressive 51.8% from the field, while Lithuania struggled with 35.9%.
Spain remained on top of Group E with a perfect 3-0 record. Lithuania meanwhile stays at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-3 record.
Spain plays versus France today. Lithuania needs a win against Slovakia.

Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute 19 points, Egidija Busaite 14, Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) 7
Spain U18: Laura Herrera 16, Alba Torrens 12.


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Luxembourg U-18 Women 0-4 in Group B at European Championships Div. B in Romania -by Alex Meyers

Timisoara, Romania


The Luxembourg Under-18 Women's National team is still searching its first win in the 2007 European Championship Division B in Romania. Thus far they have lost big to Montenegro, Croatia, Finland and Romania. This Frida, July 6, Luxembourg' U18's will face Austria with Denmark slated for Saturday.

Here are the only numbers we could find for those matches.


Luxembourg - Montenegro 40 - 83
Hetting 15, Fritz 3, L. Schreiner 5, J. Schreiner 0, Haentges 8, then: Zovile 0, Lagoda 0, Welsch 2, Weynandt 2, Breuskin 0, Hetto 0, De Jonge 5

Score by Quarters: (15-26 12-21 5-25 8-11)

Croatia - Luxembourg 72 - 45
Hetting 20, Fritz 3, L. Schreiner 2, Haentges 14, De Jonge 2, then: Zovile 0, Lagoda 0, Welsch 2, J. Schreiner 0, Weynandt 0, Breuskin 2, Hetto 0

Score by Quarters: (12-7 15-21 20-10 25-7)


Luxembourg - Finland 43 - 69

Hetting 10, Fritz 5, L. Schreiner 9, Haentges 12, De Jonge 3, then: Zovile 0, Lagoda 0, Welsch 2, J. Schreiner 0, Weynandt 2, Breuskin 0, Hetto 0

Score by Quarters: (11-19 3-21 15-10 14-19)



Romania - Luxembourg 88 - 46
Hetting 15, Fritz 10, L. Schreiner 6, Haentges 7, De Jonge 4, then: Lagoda 0, Welsch 1, J. Schreiner 1, Weynandt 2, Breuskin 0, Hetto 0

Score by Quarters: (18-15 19-12 30-10 21-9)
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Group B

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



Eurobasket Luxembourg Awards 2006-07!!! Jaynetta Saunders of Basket Esch MVP!!! -by Alex Meyers

Player of the Year - Jaynetta Saunders (179-G-79, college: Texas A&M) of Basket Esch

Guard of the Year - Andrea Haris of Basket Esch

Forward of the Year - Ranela Skegro of Musel Pikes

Center of the Year - Amanda Stowe of Residence

Newcomer of the Year - Lisy Hetting of Etzella

Most Improved Player of the Year - Lisy Hetting of Etzella

Import Player of the Year - Jaynetta Saunders of Basket Esch

Domestic Player of the Year - Andrea Haris of Basket Esch

Defensive Player of the Year - Ranela Skegro of Musel Pikes

Coach of the Year - Francois Manti of Basket Esch

1st Team


Andrea Haris of Basket Esch

Jaynetta Saunders of Basket Esch

Ranela Skegro of Musel Pikes

Amanda Stowe of Residence

Ashley Augspurger of Amicale


2nd Team

Evan Unrau of Conternm

Celeste Stevenson of B.C. Mess

Katie Donovan of T-71

Lisy Hetting of Etzella

Carine Cigrang of Musel Pikes


All-Domestic Players Team

Andrea Haris of Basket Esch
Lisy Hetting of Etzella
Carine Cigrang of Musel Pikes
Nadia Mossong of Residence
Krisztina Bernath of Basket Esch

All-Imports Team

Amanda Stowe of Resdience
Jaynetta Saunders of Basket Esch
Ashley Augspurger of Amicale Steinsel
Ranela Skegro of Musel Pikes
Evan Unrau of Contern



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MALI - Women

China and Mali battled for the pride -by Eurobasket News
Mali U21-China U21 59:90 (9:27, 14:24, 19:21, 17:18)

China and Mali battled for the pride in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the last day of the Preliminary Round China rolled over Mali 90:59. A 27:9 lead in the opening quarter made no intrigue later in the game. Lu Lu (184-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Meiling Zheng and Zheng Bowen (-90) produced 12 points each. China finished Group A with 1-4, while Mali stayed winless.

Both teams realized that it was the game for the only win in the Preliminary Round. The Asians led 15:8 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when they closed the period with a 12-1 run that Mali never recovered from. In the second quarter China grabbed another 10 points to the lead and had 28 points deficit at the half.
In the second half the game was even, as both teams prepared for 9-12 places. China proved the stability in the first half, winning the rest of the quarters. In the third quarter Mali was upset by 2 points, while in the last only by one. On the stage of 9-12 places China will play with Japan, while Mali faces Spain. All the games resume tomorrow, Friday 6th.

Mali U21: Kadiatou Toure (174-83) 16, Fatoumata Bagayoko 11
China U21: Lu Lu 16, Meiling Zheng 12+10 rebs, Zheng Bowen 12+6 rebs


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MICRONESIA - Women

Micronesia withdrew from the South Pacific Games -by Gauthier Gerard
The Federated States of Micronesia 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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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Sirens tip off WNBL at home -by Eurobasket News
The fledgling Christchurch Sirens franchise will host the first match of the Australian Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) tipping off in three months.
The Sirens will play the Townsville Fire on October 5 at the Westpac Centre in Christchurch, the first of 24 matches they will play in an expanded regular season that stretches to late February.
Their schedule then sees them play six games in Australia in the space of 15 days, underlining the intense nature of the competition.
The last match is away to Perth on February 17, with the top four out of 10 teams qualifying for the playoffs.
With the Sirens and Bendigo Spirit both new teams in the competition, the number of games teams play has expanded from 21 to 24.
The Sirens will play six double-head weekends but, curiously, face a long period without a game over the Christmas period, a break that lasts 22 days.
Thirteen of the Sirens' matches are Friday night affairs and they are one of eight teams to play a Wednesday fixture, on December 19 at home to Adelaide.
All 12 of their home games are scheduled for the Westpac Centre, including the opener against a Fire side who finished sixth out of eight teams last year.
The first round will also feature a replay of last year's grand final, with back-to-back premiers the Canberra Capitals hosting the Sydney Uni Flames later on Friday night.

Christchurch Sirens Schedule
Friday, October 5 v Townsville Fire (home)
Friday, October 12 v Australian Institute of Sport (away)
Saturday, October 13 v Canberra Capitals (away)
Friday, October 19 v Dandenong Rangers (away)
Saturday, October 20 v Sydney Flames (away)
Friday, October 26 v Bulleen Boomers (away)
Saturday, October 27 v Bendigo (away)
Saturday, November 3 v Dandenong Rangers (home)
Friday, November 9 v Bendigo (home)
Friday, November 16 v Bulleen Boomers (home)
Sunday, November 25 v Sydney Flames (home)
Friday, November 30 v Australian Institute of Sport (away)
Sunday, December 2 v Adelaide Lightning (away)
Friday, December 7 v Canberra Capitals (home)
Friday, December 14 v Perth Lynx (home)
Wednesday, December 19 v Adelaide Lightning (home)
Friday, December 21 v Townsville Fire (away)
Saturday, January 12 v Bulleen Boomers (away)
Friday, January 18 v Townsville Fire (home)
Friday, January 25 v Sydney Flames (home)
Saturday, February 2 v Australian Institute of Sport (home)
Saturday, February 9 v Bendigo (home)
Friday, February 15 v Adelaide Lightning (away)
Sunday, February 17 v Perth Lynx (away).
Courtesy of: www.basketball.org.nz


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POLAND - Women

Poland upsets Turkey in qualifying round opener -by Eurobasket News
Poland - Turkey 59:50

Poland U18 team continued their chase for the leaders in the U18 European championship with a 59:50 win over Turkey. This victory means Poland improved to 2-1 record and seats behind Ukraine and Serbia in qualifying Group F.
Turkey got to a confident start of this one as they held on to a 22:16 opening frame. Poland rushed ahead with a 12:0 beginning of the second frame. Turkey kept it close till the break trailing 31:32 at halftime. Paulina Antczak (180-F-90) delivered some important baskets in the late stage of the third quarter to put Poland ahead 49:44. In extra low scoring final frame Poland allowed Turkish players to score just 6 points and celebrated a victory. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) paced Poland with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) finished with 17 points for the winners. Burcu Tasbas (178-F-89) replied with 14 points for Turkey. Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) collected team-high 12 boards in a loss. Poland outerebounded Turkey 56:46. Turkish players shot just 17.1% from the field.
Poland will take on Ukraine in today's encounter. They need a win to stay with chances for the semifinal.

Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 17, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 16 points + 13 rebounds, Paulina Antczak 12
Turkey: Burcu Tasbas 14, Tugce Canitez 12 boards.


Poland crashes Ukraine to stay in race -by Eurobasket News
Poland - Ukraine 100:70

Poland U18 National team rolled over Ukraine to match their record in the qualifying round Group F. Showing no mercy to previously undefeated Ukrainian side Poland topscored for the tournament so far. Poland had little time wasted as they drove to a 15:0 run early in the opening frame leaving Ukraine behind. However the deficit was cut to 27:23 at the end of the first quarter. Olena Samburska hit a three-pointer to came within just one point at the start of the second frame but Poland replied with another 9:0 run and cleared off for good. They held on to a 55:41 lead at halftime. Poland extended their advantage to 80:56 entering the final quarter and celebrated an easy win at the end of this one. Poland had 5 players scoring in double digits. Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) led Poland with 18 points. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) contributed 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in a win. Ukraine had 19 points and 12 rebounds from Tayisiya Bovykina (190-C-89). Olesya Malashenko (185-F-91) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
Poland outrebounded Ukraine 53:41 and converted 46% from the field. They also forced Ukrainian side to 30 turnovers.
Both Poland and Ukraine now seat at 3-1 record and share the second and third spots in the ladder. Ukraine will face Serbia today and needs a win. poland will face Italy and in case of a victory goes into the semis.

Poland U18: Olivia Tomialowicz 18 points, Weronika Idczak 17, Paulina Antczak 15
Ukraine U18: Tayisiya Bovykina 19+12 boards, Olesya Malashenko 16, Alisa Yevtushenko (191-C-89) 12.


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RUSSIA - Women

Russia U21 unable to stay without a loss -by Eurobasket News
France U21-Russia U21 73:71 (16:22, 18:16, 20:13, 19:20)

Russian U21 squad lost for the first time in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the game between two best teams of the Group A, Russia lost to France 71:73 letting the latter unbeaten. Probably the third quarter was enough for the French team to hold the score. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She scored with five seconds remaining to lift France over the hosts. Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) posted 16, while Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Ekaterina Savelyeva (184-F-86) scored 18 points for Russia and Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) added 17.

In the first quarter the hosts expectedly went on a small lead. The hosts of 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women won the first 22:16 and looked forward to the second. In the next two quarters that are in the second and third France demolished Russia. With 18:16 in the second, French team won 20:13 in the third.
In the end of the game Ekaterina Savelyeva made a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to leave the contest knotted at 71:71. It was the girl of the game Sandrine Gruda who brought the win for France. She scored with five seconds remaining to lift France over the hosts.

France U21: Sandrine Gruda 21+11 rebs, Clarisse Costaz 16, Isabelle Yacoubou 13+7 rebs
Russia U21: Ekaterina Savelyeva 18, Elena Danilochkina 17


Slovakia is on fire -by Eurobasket News
Slovakia - Russia 77:63

Slovakia might have needed some luck to get into Top 16, but they showed pure skills to surprise Russia in the qualifying round opener in Group E. Slovakia meant to win this one as they scored first 4 points of the game and continued to put pressure on Russia offensively. Slovak Republic easily gained a double-digit advantage and completed the first frame 25:15 ahead. Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) (200-C-89) poured in first 6 points of the second quarter for Russia to cut the deficit to 4 points. But Slovakia held on the challenge and drove to a 36:33 win of the first half. Slovak Republic spurred to a 17:3 run in the third frame and cleared off Russia to a 55:40 distance. Russian basketballers struggled in the final frame to maintain the chase and lost at the end.
Nikola Kovalova (166-G) led Slovakia with 19 points. Regina Palusna (193-C-89) provided 16 points and 15 rebounds in a win. Ekaterina Chistyakova netted game-high 24 points for Russia. Slovakia dominated the paint collecting 47 rebounds (24 of them offensive). Russia committed 18 turnovers. Slovakia improved to 1-2 record in Group E and seats behind Russia and France in the ladder. They face Lithuania today. Russia fell to 2-1 record and will seek to improve against Czech Republic tonight.

Slovakia U18: Nikola Kovalova 19 points, Regina Palusna 16+15 boards, Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) 14
Russia U18: Ekaterina Chistyakova 24, Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) 14.


Russia U18 stun Czech Republic -by Eurobasket News
Russia - Czech Republic 78:60

Russia fired back yesterday after they suffered the first loss against Slovakia two days ago. They gave Czechs no chance and swept them on the way towards the 4th victory in the U18 European champonship. Czech Republic however led all the way through the opening frame and finished it 20:14 ahead. Russia bounced back midway through the second quarter and closed on the gap trailing by 3 points at halftime 31:34. Russia surged ahead in the third frame to surprise Czech Republic 27:9 and get away with a 15-point advantage. Czechs had little to deliver in the final frame and struggled to came back into this one. Russia caught with Spain in the Group E ladder at 3-1 record. Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) paced Russia with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) secured another 20 points for the winners. Renata Brezinova had team-high 13 points for Czech team. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) provided 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists in a loss.
Russia will now face Group leaders Spain in the last encounter of the qualifying round. They need a win to advance to the semifinal. Czech Republic meanwhile fell to 2-2 record and play against Lithuania today.

Russia U18: Natalia Vieru 22 points + 11 boards, Tatiana Petrushina 20, Ekaterina Chistyakova 12
Czech Republic U18: Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) 13, Katerina Bartonova 10


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SERBIA - Women

Serbia cruises past Italy to stay unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Italy 70:42

Serbia impresses the home crowd during the U18 European championship in Novi Sad. They remained undefeated after beating Italy 70:42 in qualifying round opener in Group F. Italy kept it close just in the opening frame as they trailed 13:17 after starting 10 minutes. Serbia tightened defense in the second quarter limiting Italian side to 8 points and clearing off for a 35:21 lead. The advantage kept on growing in the third frame and reached a 57:28 mark entering the final quarter. Serbia easily sailed to an overall win at the end. They hosts stay on top of Group F together with still unbeaten Ukraine.
Serbia were more impressive in every aspect of the game outrebounding Italy 47:31 and converting 48.9% of field goals. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) secured 17 points for Serbian team. Ivana Musovic (173-G-89) added 13 points in a win. Italy had no players scoring in double digits. Martina Crippa (175-G-88) and Nusicaa Fassina produced 6 points apiece to lead Italy.
Serbia will look to extend their perfect record against Turkey today. Italy are at 1-2 record and face Sweden in another today's encounter.

Serbia U18: Jelena Milovanovic 17 points, Ivana Musovic 13, Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) 7
Italy U18: Martina Crippa 6, Nusicaa Fasina 6.


Serbia record another win -by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Turkey 69:47

Serbian U18 team remained the only undefeated squad at the U18 European championship in Novi Sad. The hosting team easily crushed Turkey yesterday for their fifth victory at the tournament. The outcome was clear straight away in this game as Serbia opened up with a demolishing 23:0 run. Turkey struggled to find a basket and completed the opening frame with 2 points. Serbia drove to a massive 40:16 lead at halftime and allowed the opponents to shape up the scoreline at the second half with Serbia bench players on the court. Turkey won the fourth frame 18:14 to came back within a 20+ distance.
Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) led Serbia with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) and Jovana Popovic (175-G-90) produced 9 points apiece for the winners. Turkey answered with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals from Durdane Gumusay. Ceren Barut (162-G-89) finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds in a loss.
Serbia dominated the boards with 52:40 edge under the rims. They held Turkey to just 25% from the field and 17.2% from behind the arc.
Serbia guaranteed the semifinal birth and will play against Ukraine in the last fixture of Group F. Turkey will seek for the first win of the qualifying round against Sweden today.

Serbia U18: Nina Bogicevic 14 points, Sonja Petrovic 9, Jovana Popovic 9
Turkey U18: Durdane Gumusay 10, Ceren Barut 6, Harika Eldas (186-F-90) 6.


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Slovakia is on fire -by Eurobasket News
Slovakia - Russia 77:63

Slovakia might have needed some luck to get into Top 16, but they showed pure skills to surprise Russia in the qualifying round opener in Group E. Slovakia meant to win this one as they scored first 4 points of the game and continued to put pressure on Russia offensively. Slovak Republic easily gained a double-digit advantage and completed the first frame 25:15 ahead. Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) (200-C-89) poured in first 6 points of the second quarter for Russia to cut the deficit to 4 points. But Slovakia held on the challenge and drove to a 36:33 win of the first half. Slovak Republic spurred to a 17:3 run in the third frame and cleared off Russia to a 55:40 distance. Russian basketballers struggled in the final frame to maintain the chase and lost at the end.
Nikola Kovalova (166-G) led Slovakia with 19 points. Regina Palusna (193-C-89) provided 16 points and 15 rebounds in a win. Ekaterina Chistyakova netted game-high 24 points for Russia. Slovakia dominated the paint collecting 47 rebounds (24 of them offensive). Russia committed 18 turnovers. Slovakia improved to 1-2 record in Group E and seats behind Russia and France in the ladder. They face Lithuania today. Russia fell to 2-1 record and will seek to improve against Czech Republic tonight.

Slovakia U18: Nikola Kovalova 19 points, Regina Palusna 16+15 boards, Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) 14
Russia U18: Ekaterina Chistyakova 24, Natalia Vieru (200-C-89) 14.


Slovakia U18 - Lithuania U18 79:53 -by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U18 - Lithuania U18 79:53


Having defeated Russia a day ago Slovakia continued to record victims crashing Lithuania 79:53 yesterday. Lithuania stayed close through the opening frame but lost the first 10 minutes 19:20. Both teams exchanged blows at the start of the second quarter but Slovakia crowned it with a perfect 10:0 run to get away with a 38:31 advantage. Midway through the third frame Slovakia secured a confident advantage with a 27:5 stanza. Slovakia entered the final quarter with a 63:41 advantage and cruised past their opponents to an overall victory.
Nikola Kovalova (166-G) ensured 18 points for Slovakia. Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) and Regina Palusna (193-C-89) netted 17 points apiece to seal the winning effort for Slovak Republic. Lithuania had 13 points from Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) (180-F/G-90). Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) grabbed game-high 18 rebounds in a loss. She helped Lithuania dominate the boards as they outrebounded Slovakia 47:41. Slovakia at the same time shot 46.2% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. They also committed just 12 turnovers, forcing Lithuania to as many as 26.
Slovakia plays against France tonight for a chance to get into the semis. Lithuania will try to upset Czech Republic tonight.

Slovakia U18: Nikola Kovalova 18 points, Janka Mincikova 17, Regina Palusna 17
Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) 13, Agneta Morkunaite (188-G-89) 11, Gintare Petronyte 9+18 boards



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SLOVENIA - Women

U18 NT remains perfect -by Zeljko Zule
Slovenia at the U18 European Championship, Division B in Timisoara, Romania finished top of Group D with a 67-53 win over Austria. Slovenia made a 17-1 run in last period and Dijana Gotovac (182-F-89) collected and an impressive 15 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Ziva Zdolsek, Ines Kerin and Nika Baric dished out 5 assists apiece.
Group D: Slovenia-Austria 67-53 (Plibersek DNP, Zdolsek 5, Kerin 6, Horvat DNP, Cadez 13, Baric 11, Hatic 5, Gotovac 15, Oblak, Trebec DNP, Klavzar DNP, Lesnjak 12 - Wedam 4, Horti 2, Schleizner 3, Scharzinger 8, De Leeuw 3, Roch, Urban 3, Koppl 4, Lazarevic, Richard 9, Alisic 2, Schicher 15), Netherland-Scotland 62-34, Greece bye.
Final Standings:
Slovenia 4-0, Greece 3-1, Netherland 2-2, Scotland 1-3, Austria 0-4.


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SOLOMON ISLANDS - Women

Solomon Islands train in Australia, name Preliminary squad for SPG -by Gauthier Gerard
The national men's and women's teams from the Solomon Islands are half way through their pre SPG training camp in Coffs Harbour. The teams have been undertaking daily training, and each evening they have played competitive games against a variety of Coffs Harbour teams. The Solomon Basketball Federation also submitted a 14-name preliminary squad for the upcoming South Pacific Games which will be held in Samoa.
source: FIBA Oceania

The girls first game was against the Coffs Harbour Under 16 girls representative team, which is very highly ranked team in the NSW competitions. The Solomon girls won that game by just one basket, scored in the last seconds of the game. The following day the men's and women's teams travelled to the Christan Community High school to play their senior teams. Both teams were warmly welcomed by the school community, who packed the indoor school court to cheer on both their team and the visitors. Both Solomon teams were far too strong for the high school teams. Following this game the teams came to the FIBA Oceania office, where they were each given a basketball and some other FIBA Oceania memorabilia. On Saturday evening the Solomon teams faced off against the strong CoffsHarbour senior rep teams, with the Coffs girls being too strong for the island team. However, the men's game went to the Solomons, who put on an excellent display of speed, control and athleticism. On Sunday the teams travelled to Port Macquarie, a 2 hour bus ride south of Coffs Harbour. The women's team defeated the Port team, but the Port men proved too strong for the Solomon team. With daily training and games, the training regime has made the teams realise the stamina that is needed for a 10 day tournament, and returned home much more experienced players.

Solomon Islands extended squad - SPG 2007:
Jessy Konofilia
Phoebe Laore
Delma Peseika
Eva Pongi
Zimah Pitakaka
Natala Pongi
Wendy Pongotapu
Joycelyn Basia
Miriam Basia
Mary Daffie
Emma Hatigeva
Wendy Nasala
Tessa Nori
Ethel Ronnie


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SPAIN - Women

U-21 and U-18 loose their games by 3 points -by Ivan Villar
The spanish U-21 team lost against Hungary by 66-69 and cannot fight for a medal.The spanish team was driven by Blanca Marcos (177-G/F-87) (17 p.) to play an overtime after go loosing during all the game.But team of Alberto Ortego couldn't win on last minute and now they'll have to play next friday against Mali the 9th to 12th place.Similar situation for the U-18 team which lost with France by 63-66 its first lost game of championship.Players of Miguel Mendez missed too many free throws on last minutes and next saturday will play with Russia a ticket for semifinals.Alba Torrens with 15 points was the reference of spanish team.

Olesa,new team of LF after replacing UB Barcelona -by Ivan Villar
The worse omens were confirmed and Barcelona will disappear leaving its place to the Olesa, a small city located near Barcelona.Catalan team could not survive after lack of economic supports and now it will be necessary to see that future they have his present components, between which are Marta Fernandez (emphasizing in WNBA actually) and the coach Silvia Font (who already has some supplys) .Olesa will play in LF after getting 3rd place of last Final Four of LF-2,so the team of little city located near Barcelona will have to change the course and builds a better team.The new team of LF must be thanked for the soccer club,R.C.D.Espanyol,which has collaborated economically.In other side,national team u-21 lost against USA in world championship of Moscow(Russia) by 62-81 and next game they are forced to win Hungary for go to quarterfinals.Estela Royo (178-F-86) was best player of spanish team with 15 points.Better results has the u-18 national team which is playing European Championship in Novisad (Serbia),and won Lithuania by 60-69 and has assured semifinals.Alba Torrens (12p) and Laura Herrera (16p) were best scorers of team coached by Miguel Mendez.

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SWEDEN - Women

Ukraine holds on to perfect record beating Sweden in Group F -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Sweden 81:60

Ukrainian team continue with their perfect winning streak at the U18 European championship in Serbia. They opened up the qualifying round in Group F with a confident win over Sweden. Despite an early 4:9 slump Ukraine quickly regained the initiative and won the first frame 26:15. They kept on rolling in the second quarter and eased to a 47:32 advantage at halftime. Having reached a cozy 20-point gap midway through the third frame Ukraine cruised to an overall victory at the end. Tayisiya Bovykina (190-C-89) and Olesya Malashenko (185-F-91) nailed 18 points apiece to secure the fourth straight win for Ukraine. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) topscored for Sweden with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hanna Johansson (183-F-89) added 10 points in a losing effort. Sweden also lost the ball more frequently committing 18 turnovers and were outrebounded 50:51. Ukraine looked more solid in accuracy converting 40.8% of field goals and 40% of treys.
Ukraine dominates Group F with a 3-0 record. Sweden now fell to 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder. Sweden will next take on Italy today. Ukraine will look to improve their winning streak against Poland.

Ukraine U18: Tayisiya Bovykina 18 points, Olesya Malashenko 18, Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) 17
Sweden U18: Louice Halvarsson 14+11 boards, Hanna Johansson 10, Stefanie Yderstrom 9.


Italy beats Sweden in U18 European championship -by Eurobasket News
Italy - Sweden 66:55

Italy recovered after two straight losses at the U18 European championship in Serbia to upset last year's bronze medalists Sweden. Both teams got to a quick start as the game stayed closed throughout the opening frame. Sweden completed the quarter leading by just one point 22:21. They also opened the second frame with a 6:0 run to extend the advantage to 7 points. However Italy closed the gap at the end of the quarter and leaved to the dressing room trailing 34:39. Posting an 11:2 run midway through the third frame Italy surged ahead and grabbed a 2-point lead entering the final 10 minutes of action 51:49. Then followed a 6:0 spur by Italian team and they cleared off for good.
ElisaTemplari came off the bench to topscore for Italy with 13 points. Giulia Gatti (168-G-89) and Martina Crippa (175-G-88) provided support with 12 points each. Martina Staalvant led all scorers with 18 points for Sweden. Stefanie Yderstrom (170-G-90) added 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals in a loss. Italy converted solid 42.9% from the field and forced Sweden to 28 turnovers.
Italy improved to 2-2 record in Group F and face Poland today. Sweden remained at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 record and will seek the first win against Turkey tonight.

Italy U18: Elisa Templari (173-G-89) 13 points, Giulia Gatti 12, Martina Crippa 12
Sweden U18: Martina Staalvant 18, Stefanie Yderstrom 14, Beata Gullberg 6.


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TURKEY - Women

European Championship: Day 5th: No luck for Turkey in Novi Sad -by Iva Ivanova

After the two lost games in Novi Sad aginst Poland 50-59 (25-15, 9-17, 13-17, 6-10) and Serbia 69-47 (26-2, 14-14, 15-13, 14-18) for Turkish National team 5th position in the Group F for the qualification is right. But it is not completed with wishes on the begining of the tournament. After the very good start in Novi Sad Turksih national team shows the good ambitions.
Tomorow Tukish National team will playing against team of Sweden. And we all wish to showing their real face. Player Burcu Tasbas is taking 19th place in scorer group with 12,6 pts in game.
Leader is Malashenko from Ukraine with 20,5 pts for game.


Serbia - TURKEY 69-47 (26-2, 14-14, 15-13, 14-18)

Serbia: Popovic 9, Petrovic 9, Zivanovic 2, Bogicevic 14, Milovanovic 7, Jovanovic J. 6, Mitic 7, Paligoric 6, Krinjic 4, Musovic 5, Jovanovic M.
TURKEY: Eldas 6, Yapar 4, Karaman 3, Saylar 6, Firat, Barut 6, Canitez, Tasbas 6, Gumusay 10, Bilge 2, Derici, Kavazoglu 4


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UKRAINE - Women

Poland crashes Ukraine to stay in race -by Eurobasket News
Poland - Ukraine 100:70

Poland U18 National team rolled over Ukraine to match their record in the qualifying round Group F. Showing no mercy to previously undefeated Ukrainian side Poland topscored for the tournament so far. Poland had little time wasted as they drove to a 15:0 run early in the opening frame leaving Ukraine behind. However the deficit was cut to 27:23 at the end of the first quarter. Olena Samburska hit a three-pointer to came within just one point at the start of the second frame but Poland replied with another 9:0 run and cleared off for good. They held on to a 55:41 lead at halftime. Poland extended their advantage to 80:56 entering the final quarter and celebrated an easy win at the end of this one. Poland had 5 players scoring in double digits. Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) led Poland with 18 points. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) contributed 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in a win. Ukraine had 19 points and 12 rebounds from Tayisiya Bovykina (190-C-89). Olesya Malashenko (185-F-91) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
Poland outrebounded Ukraine 53:41 and converted 46% from the field. They also forced Ukrainian side to 30 turnovers.
Both Poland and Ukraine now seat at 3-1 record and share the second and third spots in the ladder. Ukraine will face Serbia today and needs a win. poland will face Italy and in case of a victory goes into the semis.

Poland U18: Olivia Tomialowicz 18 points, Weronika Idczak 17, Paulina Antczak 15
Ukraine U18: Tayisiya Bovykina 19+12 boards, Olesya Malashenko 16, Alisa Yevtushenko (191-C-89) 12.


Ukraine holds on to perfect record beating Sweden in Group F -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Sweden 81:60

Ukrainian team continue with their perfect winning streak at the U18 European championship in Serbia. They opened up the qualifying round in Group F with a confident win over Sweden. Despite an early 4:9 slump Ukraine quickly regained the initiative and won the first frame 26:15. They kept on rolling in the second quarter and eased to a 47:32 advantage at halftime. Having reached a cozy 20-point gap midway through the third frame Ukraine cruised to an overall victory at the end. Tayisiya Bovykina (190-C-89) and Olesya Malashenko (185-F-91) nailed 18 points apiece to secure the fourth straight win for Ukraine. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) topscored for Sweden with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hanna Johansson (183-F-89) added 10 points in a losing effort. Sweden also lost the ball more frequently committing 18 turnovers and were outrebounded 50:51. Ukraine looked more solid in accuracy converting 40.8% of field goals and 40% of treys.
Ukraine dominates Group F with a 3-0 record. Sweden now fell to 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder. Sweden will next take on Italy today. Ukraine will look to improve their winning streak against Poland.

Ukraine U18: Tayisiya Bovykina 18 points, Olesya Malashenko 18, Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) 17
Sweden U18: Louice Halvarsson 14+11 boards, Hanna Johansson 10, Stefanie Yderstrom 9.


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W.CHAMPS U21 - Women

The last day of the Preliminary Round -by Eurobasket News

Australia U21-Brazil U21 89:82 (17:18, 18:16, 22:27, 32:21)
Australia secured the second spot in the pool even though started the tournament with a loss.The Sapphires started this last quarter with a 9-0 run to take back the lead 66:61 with 8 minutes left. The final minutes were very intense. The brazilians played their guts out to come back in the game, with 4 minutes to go Brazil was leading 71:75 but Australia didn't want to let it go. Jenna O'Hea made two consecutive 2+1 actions, the Sapphires were back in front with 3 minutes left on the clock. Brazil tried its best but Cayla Francis sealed the game with two decisive baskets in the last 1'33.

Australia: Renae Camino (177-G-86) 24, Jenna O'Hea 19, Abby Bishop 14+12 rebs, Cayla Francis (192-C-89) 11
Brazil:
Franciele Nacimiento (-87) 26, Morais De Andrade 14


Japan U21-USA U21 57:98 (15:24, 17:18, 11:28, 14:28)
Japan lost the fourth game in the tournament, this time against USA. The latter celebrated two wins in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women today-the Independence Day and 98:57 victory. Naomi Hayashi (-88) top-scored for Japan with 12 points and Saori Fujiyoshi (-87) scored 9. Crystal Langhorne (188-C/F-86) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. USA closed out preliminary round play at 5-0, while Japan at 1-4.
For USA the game did not have any important issues, however Japan desired to qualify to another round. Of course the teams like USA will never let you win even though they have nothing to solve in the game. Moreover USA celebrated the Independence Day and congratulated the fans with the win.
The USA jumped out of the gates strong and opened up a 21:7 lead. Asians reduced a bit and finished the first quarter at 15:24. A great quarter was demonstrated by Japan later as they struggled with 17:18 in the second. Japan's Naomi Hayashi started an 11-2 run and at the midway break the USA's gap had diminished to 42:32.
By the third quarter buzzer Japan was trailing 43:70. There was nothing else to catch in the game as Japan lost 57:98.
Japan: Naomi Hayashi 12, Saori Fujiyoshi 9
USA: Crystal Langhorne 18+7 rebs, Laura Harper (193-F/C) 13, Packer 10


Canada U21-Belgium U21 69:58 (15:11, 18:11, 17:14, 19:22)
Canada beat Belgium in group A to finish third. A deficit reached in the first half was saved till the last minutes of the game. Canada celebrated 69:58 and improved to 3-2. Belgium is 2-3 and is the last team to qualify. Natalie Doma (191-C) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86) chipped in 12, while Riverin produced 10. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) as always paced the Europeans with 14.

North Americans started with a tough defense and left Belgium at 11 after the first quarter. Belgium trailed 26:22 in a very tight game midway through the period when
Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) made a jump shot to start an 11-0 run. Canada led 33:22 at the half and looked better in the court.
In the second half North Americans increased to 14 points gap after a 17:14 in the third. Canada repeatedly worked to get the ball inside and often drew fouls, allowing them to get to the free throw line with more frequency. A 19:22 in the last quarter for Belgium brought 69:58 for Canada.
Tomorrow in the Quarterfinals Canada will face Australia, while Belgium will play against USA. Today is the day-off in the Championship.

Canada U21:
Natalie Doma 13+9 rebs, Alisha Tatham 12, Riverin 10
Belgium U21:
Sara Leemans 14, Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) 12


Mali U21-China U21 59:90 (9:27, 14:24, 19:21, 17:18)
China and Mali battled for the pride in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the last day of the Preliminary Round China rolled over Mali 90:59. A 27:9 lead in the opening quarter made no intrigue later in the game. Lu Lu (184-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Meiling Zheng and Zheng Bowen (-90) produced 12 points each. China finished Group A with 1-4, while Mali stayed winless.

Both teams realized that it was the game for the only win in the Preliminary Round. The Asians led 15:8 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when they closed the period with a 12-1 run that Mali never recovered from. In the second quarter China grabbed another 10 points to the lead and had 28 points deficit at the half.
In the second half the game was even, as both teams prepared for 9-12 places. China proved the stability in the first half, winning the rest of the quarters. In the third quarter Mali was upset by 2 points, while in the last only by one. On the stage of 9-12 places China will play with Japan, while Mali faces Spain. All the games resume tomorrow, Friday 6th.
Mali U21: Kadiatou Toure (174-83) 16, Fatoumata Bagayoko 11
China U21:
Lu Lu 16, Meiling Zheng 12+10 rebs, Zheng Bowen 12+6 rebs


France U21-Russia U21 73:71 (16:22, 18:16, 20:13, 19:20)
Russian U21 squad lost for the first time in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the game between two best teams of the Group A, Russia lost to France 71:73 letting the latter unbeaten. Probably the third quarter was enough for the French team to hold the score. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She scored with five seconds remaining to lift France over the hosts. Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) posted 16, while Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Ekaterina Savelyeva (184-F-86) scored 18 points for Russia and Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) added 17.

In the first quarter the hosts expectedly went on a small lead. The hosts of 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women won the first 22:16 and looked forward to the second. In the next two quarters that are in the second and third France demolished Russia. With 18:16 in the second, French team won 20:13 in the third.
In the end of the game Ekaterina Savelyeva made a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to leave the contest knotted at 71:71. It was the girl of the game Sandrine Gruda who brought the win for France. She scored with five seconds remaining to lift France over the hosts.
France U21: Sandrine Gruda 21+11 rebs, Clarisse Costaz 16, Isabelle Yacoubou 13+7 rebs
Russia U21: Ekaterina Savelyeva 18, Elena Danilochkina 17


Spain U21-Hungary U21 76:79 OT (16:12, 10:19, 15:21, 29:18, 6:9)
Hungary U21 stayed 3rd in group B defeating Spain 79:76 in overtime. A great come back in the last quarter could not leave Spanish squad on fire. Dora Horti (195-C-87) paced the winners with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) scored 18, while Somogyi added 11. Blanca Marcos (177-G/F-87) top-scored for Spain with 17 points. Team of Alberto Ortego couldn't win on last minute and now they'll have to play next Friday against Mali the 9th to 12th place. Hungary meanwhile will play against Russia in one of the most interesting Quarterfinals tomorrow.

Spain played two nice quarters with 16:12 in the first and 29:18 in the last. That was enough only for overtime where they had to admit another European team win. Hungary won the second 19:10 to finish the half at 29:26 lead. They increased to 9 points in the end of the third beating Spain 21:15.
In overtime Hungary deserved the win more than Spain and won 79:76. Spain was eliminated from the tournament, however will continue for 9-12 places. Hungary should be ready to have another thriller with the hosts of the Championship.

Spain U21:
Blanca Marcos 17, Compan Veronica Aparisi (183-F-86) 14, Royo Torres 13
Hungary U21:
Dora Horti 22+12 rebs, Barbara Semsei 18, Somogyi 11



The quarterfinals pairs and the stats of Preliminary Round -by Eurobasket News
Preliminary Round has been finished in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. Eight teams out of twelve advanced to the Quarterfinals of the tournament. China, Japan, Spain and Mali will struggle for the 9-12 places.
Group A was the first to name 4 teams that qualified to the next round. China and Mali lost all the games before the game with each other and were eliminated from the group. In Group B three teams struggled for the last 4th spot and Brazil, thanking Hungary got the place in the Quarterfinals.
Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) from Belgium was the top-scorer of the Prelimianry round averaging 21.0 points per game. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) from France showed some great games and stays second with 19.8. Hungarian Dora Horti (195-C-87) is third with 19.2 points per game.
Ouleymatou Coulibaly (-90) from Mali leads the Rebounds stats averaging 10.4. Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) from Russia stays second with 10.0 rebounds per game. Three players are third with 8.8 rebounds per game-Bishop, Doma and Lisina.
Australian Kathleen Macleod (166-G-86) leads the assists with 6.4 per game. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) from Hungary follows her with 5.4 per game. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) covers the third with 4 assists.


06 July 2007
9-12 places

China-Japan
Spain-Mali

QUARTER-FINALS
Australia-Canada 13:30
France-Brazil 15:45
Russia-Hungary 18:00
USA-Belgium 20:15


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WNBA - Women

Lynx unable to stop Mercury at home -by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Mercury continued their impressive winning streak as they rolled over Minnesota yesterday. The Mercury led comfortably 24:15 after the opening frame. They extended the lead to 46:30 at halftime and had a momentum at the third to race to a 84:56 advantage. But the Lynx replied with a 23:2 run and crawled back into 7-point deficit zone. Tangela Smith converted four free throws and made an important interception to put the Mercury back to a safe distance. Kelly Miler notched 16 points to ensure a 95:79 victory for Phoenix. Diana Taurasi added 15 points and 9 assists for the winners. Simona Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) topscored for Minnesota with 16 points. The Lynx lost the second one in a row.
Meanwhile Seattle Storm easily overcame Los Angeles Sparks 90:71 at home. Los Angeles kept it close in the first half trailing by just 36:40 at halftime. But Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) nailed 11 points in the third quarter to spark the Storm to a 30:14 run, which left the Sparks far behind. The Storm then cruised to an overall win in the final frame. Lauren Jackson led all scorers with 23 points. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) secured 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The Sparks had 16 points from Kiesha Brown (5'11''-G-79, college: Georgia), while Sherill Baker hit 14 points in a loss. The Storm dominated the boards outrebounding the Sparks 40:25. They also converted 42.3% of field goals and committed 14 turnovers (LA had 20).


Minnesota - Phoenix 79:95
Minnesota: Simona Augustus 16 points, Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) 12, Svetlana Abrosimova 11
Phoenix: Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) 26, Kelly Miller 16, Diana Taurasi 15

Seattle - Los Angeles 90:71
Seattle: Lauren Jackson 23, Betty Lennox 18, Iziane Castro 10
Los Angeles: Kiesha Brown 16, Sherill Baker 14, Sidney Spencer (6'3''-F-85, college: Tennessee) 11

Washington - San Antonio 79:84
Washington: Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) 26, Monique Curry 16, Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) 12
San Antonio: Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) 24, Erin Buescher 19, Ruth Riley 10.



Houston signs with Erin Grant -by Eurobasket News
Guard Erin Grant (5'8''-G-84, college: Texas Tech) has been announced to sign a contract with the Houston Comets. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. It is the second arrival of Grant to Houston. Prior to this particular signing she spent some time in the Comets' training contract and received a spot in the roster. Erin Grant then played for the Comets in the first three games of the season. She scored 3 points, dished out 9 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds in these games. However Houston decided to waive her contract on May 23.
Erin Grant is a Texas Tech University graduate. She was named to All-Big 12 First Team twice and averaged 12 points and 6.3 assists per game in her senior season at the Texas Tech. She was later picked by the Seattle Storm under 39th number in 2006 Draft.


WNBA reveals All-Star starters -by Eurobasket News
The 2007 WNBA All-Star game is closing on and the Association announced the starting line-ups for both West and East teams. West guards will be Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) of Seattle and Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) of San Antonio. Sue Bird however will not participate as she is going to undergo a knee surgery. Becky Hammon makes history as she is the second player to be selected for both West and East team during career. Forwards Diana Taurasi (5'11''-G-82, college: Connecticut) and Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) join the team. It will be the third All-Star game for the Phoenix Mercury leader Diana Taurasi. Lauren Jackson spends one of her best season in the WNBA as she leads the league in scoring and rebounding. The Western starting five will be wrapped up by Sacramento's centre Yolanda Griffith.
The Eastern starters include guards Deanna Nolan from Detroit and Anna Deforge of Indiana. Both players pace their teams to the best current records in the WNBA. They will be joined by Indiana's forward Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) and Cheryl Ford (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) from Detroit. Tamika Catchings received the third-best number of votes (124,144). Kara Braxton from Detroit will play centre for the Eastern team.
Head coaches in each conference will decide on the All-Star reserves. The full list will be announced on next Monday. Bill Laimbeer of Detroit and Jenny Boucek of Sacramento will guide the Eastern and Western All-Star teams respectively. Jenny Boucek will select the player who is going to substitute injured Sue Bird in the Western starting five.
The 2007 WNBA All-Star game tips off on July 15 at Verizon Centre in Washington D.C.