EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/17/2007

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ABA

Texas Tycoons announce Texas Hoops & Hip Hop Concert Series -by Chris Terrell
If you like the quality of the NBA combined with the flair and entertainment of AND1 or Rucker Park streetball games in Harlem, prepare yourselves for the next BIG THING!

In conjuction with The Texas Tycoons, Key Sports Management and The American Basketball Association

The Texas Summer Music Conference presents: the Texas hoops & hip hop concert series. 7 minute performance package also includes vendor table and 10 vip tickets. Games will be streamed live Via Play ON Sports a subsidiary of major television powerhouse- Turner Broadcasting! Game day entertainment also includes food, fun and rip the runway style fashion shows.

The Texas Summer Music Conference is one of the premier entertainment events in the country. MTV recently aired two feature episodes from the 5th Annual TXSMC which is brought to you by the ownership group of the ABA's Texas Tycoons. (See the links below).
Now Available on Google Video & ABC's WFAA-Metro! Texas Summer Music Conference episode on MTV's Sucker Free:

1. MTV coverage of the Texas Summer Music Conference (click below to view) :
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-500745391900108320&hl=en

2. Texas Summer Music Conference on ABC's WFAA - Metro(click below to view) :
http://www.wfaa.com/video/metro-index.html?nvid=160213

There are only 18 gameday performance slots! Reserve your date quickly. The first 18 artists to secure performance slots during these exiting Texas Tycoons Pro Basketball games will receive complimentary admission to the 6th Annual Texas Summer Music Conference in 2008, as well as a song on the ABA Entertainment Mixtape hosted by Mic Moodswing of Down Magazine & Down Radio!

If you are not a recording artist but would like to advertise your business, restaurant, barbershop or community event, give us a call. Non- profit, youth groups and school related organizations are encouraged to participate. We would be happy to partner with you as well. For more info log on to www.texassummermusicconference.com or call 214 336-4313.

If you are a professional basketball player and are interested in playing as a member of the Texas Tycoons; you are cordially invited to attend the Texas Tycoons Rookie and Free Agent Tryout Camp on Saturday August 18th at DeSoto Town Center in DeSoto, Texas. Registration begins at 9am. You can get more information by visiting the Tycoons on the web at www.txtycoons.com

Thank you for your continued support of the Texas Summer Music Conference and the 2008 Texas Tycoons!


Tyrone Rayson signs with Texas -by Chris Terrell
Dallas, TX - The Texas Tycoons announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement with Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) for the upcoming ABA season. "Tyrone is a lefty 6'6 that can put it on the floor and create his own shot as well as post up or come off screens for his jumper. He's a complete player that more than any other one attribute; puts it all out on the basketball court. Tyrone plays with heart and a relentless determination that out battles the competition. He's a gamer and a winner and we're proud to announce his signing" said Tycoons Head Coach Chris Terrell.

Rayson is the first announced signing for the Tycoons for this upcoming season. Texas is one of the early season favorites to get back to the ABA championship game this year and they are hosting a Free Agent and Rookie Tryout Camp at the DeSoto Town Center in DeSoto, Texas on Saturday August 18th. Registration begins at 9am. You can get more information by visiting the Tycoons on the web at www.txtycoons.com or by calling the front office at 214-749-0134.


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AFRICAN CHAMPS

Angola routs Rwanda 109-66 -by Kristian Santiago
The Angolans showed no mercy with the underdogs from Rwanda and routed the East Africans 109-66 in the opening game of the 2007 African Championships.
The box score should be available soon (the official website and several other Angolan websites are currently down) , in the meanwhile we are taking a look on the rosters of both of the teams:

Angola
Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71)
Milton Barros (184-G-84)
Armando Costa (193-G-83)
Victor Carvalho (199-C-86)
Carlos Morais (190-G-85)
Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76)
Luis Costa (193-G-78)
Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82)
Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso)
Victor Muzadi (201-C/F-78)
Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79)
Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87)

Rwanda
Aboubakar Ally Barame
Karim Aime Nkusi
Manix Auriantal (187-G-80, college: New York Tech)
Bertrand Muhire
Edouard Mathieu Miller
Gaylord Ndugu
Valery Gedega Kajeguhakwa
Hamza Ruhezamihigo (CAN-RWA 6-3 Guard)
Rene Lulakwe Amani Gakali
Rob Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield)
Trinon Luc Mutabaruka
Louis Mugunga


Tunisian National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Gianni Pascucci
Ali El Amri
Amine Rzig
Atef Maoua
Fouhed Stiti
Hamdi Braa
Marouan ben Ali
Mejdi Maalaoui
Mohamed Hdidane
Mohamed Mokhtar
Mohamed Naim
Mourad ben Salem
Nizar Knioua
Omar ben Mohamed
Oualid Dhouibi
Radhouane Slimane
Samy Ouellani
Walid Manai
Zied Jaafar


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ALGERIA

Algeria 's withdrawal from the AFROBASKET 2007 -by Foued Benhenni
The Algerians fans were shocked to read that Algerian basket-ball federation has finally decided to cancell its participation in AFROBASKET 2007 in Angola,Algerian federation has explained its withdrawal on august 1th ,due to the team's poor performance due to the poor performance of algerian team during All- Africa games in july 2007 in Algiers .Algeria may be fined by the FIBA ,according to FIBA/AFRICA chairman Alain EKRA,the sanction is justified by the fact that Algeria has announced its withdrawal in the last minute;Algeria ,which was favourite team in group D(TUNISIA,CAMEROON,SOUTH AFRICA) has been replaced by MOZAMBIQUE.

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ANGOLA

Thailand overruns Angola in classification game -by Eurobasket News
Thailand - Angola 77:72
Thai team celebrated a narrow victory over Angola in the classification game for the 21st-24th spots today. The hosts of the Summer Universiade will now face either Kazakhstan or South Africa for the 21st place tomorrow. Angola meawhile remained winless in Bangkok.
The teams kept it close throughout the first quarter and Thailand took a narrow advantage 27:25. Thai players extended the gap to 42:35 at halftime. However Angolan team regrouped after the break and speeded up to outscore hosts 20:12 and take a 55:54 lead. But cheered by the fans Srinakharinwirot University Thailand secured a tough victory in the final stanza.
Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) topscored for Thailand with 22 points. Ratdech Kruatiwa (190-F-85) contributed 17 points for the winners. Adilson Baza (185-C-86) replied with game-high 26 points and 8 boards for Angola. Joao Suingue (185-G-83) had 14 points in defeat.
Thailand shot solid 53% from the field and 63% from free throw line. Angola responded with 40% accuracy from the range and 64% from the stripe. Thai players outrebounded Angola 41:25. At the same time hosts committed massive 31 turnovers.

Thailand: Chaiwat Kaedum 22, Ratdech Kruatiwa 17
Angola: Adilson Baza 26, Joao Suingue 14


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AUSTRALIA

Australia crashes Taiwan to play for the 17th spot -by Eurobasket News
Australia - Taiwan 106:66
Austrlian team played probably their best basetball at the Summer Universiade so far edging Taiwan 106:66. The victory allowed Aussies to fight for an overall 17th place. They will now take on the winner of Brazil versus Czech Republic clash.
Austalian players marked their intentions right from the start rolling past Taiwan 28:13 in the first frame. Taiwan tried to stay in the contest in the second term as they managed to outscore Australia 22:21 but they could not deliver after halftime break. Astralian squad completely dominated the court and established a comfortable 74:49 lead entering the fourth frame. The task was completed in the last part of the game as Australian bench dismantled their opponents 32:17.
Carlin Hughes (185-G) provided game-high 26 points for Australia. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) had 17 points and 9 boards, while Marcus Ng (189-G-85) nailed 16 points for the winners. Sheng Yao Liu answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Chang Yi Ming (185-G-84) delivered 10 points in a losing effort.
Australia shot solid 53% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc. Taiwan replied with 42% accuracy. Australian players outrebunded their counterparts 42:19. They also committed just 11 turnovers.

Australia: Carlin Hughes 26, Aron Baynes 17+9 boards, Marcus Ng 16
Taiwan: Sheng Yao Liu 22, Chang Yi Ming 10


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BELGIUM

Israel too strong in the first half for valiant Lions -by Bertrand Larsimont

In front of a huge attendance of around 10.000 people at the Nokia Stadium of Tel Aviv, the Belgian Lions were defeated by Israel: 85-66. Despite a good start (7-12), the Lions accumulated some turnovers which were quickly profitable for the Israeli NT led by Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) in offense. The scoreboard showed 47-25 at half-time. Belgium played much better in the second half and even won the third quarter (69-51 after 30 minutes). The Lions of Head Coach Eddy Casteels even came back, just 12 points behind their hosts in the fourth quarter: 75-63. Israeli players remained concentrated and finished well: 85-66 as final score.

Best scorers:

Israel: Y. Halperin 29; M. Tapiro 13; I. Kozikaro 0; Y. Green 8; J. Roberts 2; L. Eliyahu 17; M. Naor 10; D. Hajaj 2; A. Tamir 2; M. Roth 2.
Belgium: A. Hervelle 16; R. Moors 9; J. Van der Jonckheyd 7; C. Beghin 7; S. Van Rossom 10; G. Muya 0; L. Bosco 13; S. Massot 0; S. Bellin 4.

The Lions are ranked second (just behind Israel) with a record of two wins and one loss in Group C of the Eurobasket 2007 Additional Qualifying Round. Ukraine defeated Denmark yesterday and recorded a first win in this campaign. Belgium will host Ukraine on Saturday at the Spiroudome (20:00). Supporters are most welcome.


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BRAZIL

Pavel Slezak drops 24 as Czech Republic silence Brazil -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Brazil 85:73
Czech Republic team took advantage of Brazil in today's classification game at the Universiade in Thailand. They will now play for the 17th spot against Australia tomorrow. Brazil will face Taiwan in the clash for the 19th place.
Czech Republic did not wait for too long before starting to deliver in this one. They got off to a flying start and easily ran away to a 20:12 distance after the opening frame. Brazil however managed to slow down their European opponents and cut the advantage by 4 points at halftime 34:38. Czech team then wisely held on to the lead in the third term and entered the final stanza in front 61:56. Brazil tried to come back into the contest but it was not the day for them. Czech connected a couple of long jumpers to seal the victory at the end.
Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) had 24 points to pace Czech team. Michal Vocetka (192-G/F-87) contributed 14 points in a winning effort. Gustavo Lima (178-G-90) replied with 21 points for Brazil. Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) netted 17 points in defeat.
Czech Republic converted 47% from the field and 73% from free throw line. Brazil recorded 46% of field goals and 47% from charity stripe. Czech players outrebounded their counterparts 32:23. Both teams committed 17 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Pavel Slezak 24, Michal Vocetka 14
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 21, Audrei Parisotto 17


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BULGARIA

Lukoil Academic started preparation for the new season -by Valentin Anguelov
Champion and Cup holder and only Bulgarian participant in ULEB Cup Lukoil Academic started preparation for new season yesterday in Sofia. Under the guidance of new head coach Jeljko Lukaic and assistant Yordan Kolev yesterday was held the first practice. For the moment the coach has at disposal the youngsters Ivan and Lyubomir Lilovi, Jivko Stoyanov, Kostadin Marshavelski and some from the juniors of the team. For the moment training with the team is also Petroslav Zafirov. He came back in Bulgaria after graduating in USA and is currently a free agent. For now Lukoil Academic is not interested in signing him.
Until August 23 the team will stay in Sofia because most of the players are away on international duty. On that date will end the additional european qualifications and all the national players should go back to the team including Todor Stoykov who is close to signing a new deal.
The American Donta Smith will come in Bulgaria on August 22nd to be at disposal on the next day. The newest signing Pero Antic will also arrive in Bulgaria the same day.
The team's selection process is not over yet and it's expected that the club will sign two more american players in the next ten days - point guard and a center.


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CAMEROON

Cameroon National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Achille Aurelien
Alexandre
Ange Christel
Brice Nanfah
Christian Bayang
Cyrille Josue
David Fondjo
Gabriel Bertrand
Georges Bertrand
Gilbert Oum
Herv Mendzana
Jean Pierre Leolain
Joachim Ehawa
Joe Etam
Joseph Owona
Modeste Peyemboua
Paul Marius
Serge Brice
Serge Montant
Ted Ray
William Landry


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CANADA

Lithuania leaps over Canada into Final -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Canada 79:64
Lithuanian team continued their impressive race in the basketball tournament at the Universiade in Bangkok. They edged Canada in today's semifinal and advanced to the title game. Rimantas Grigas' guys will now face the winner of Japan vs. Serbia semifinal.
Lithuania enjoyed a narrow 26:20 lead after the opening frame. Canada remained at a striking distance throughout the second term and trailed by the same 6 points at halftime 42:48. However Lithuania put breaks on Canadian offense in the third quarter and limited them to just 8 points. It resulted in Canada falling behind 10 points and entering the final frame trailing 50:66. Lithuania wisely held on to the advantage and never allowed Canada to come closer. Canada only managed to outscore Europeans 14:13 in the fourth quarter but it had little influence on the result.
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points to pace Lithuania. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) secured another 13 points for the winners. Scott Morrison was the only Canadian player to deliver in double figures as he netted 16 points. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) added 9 points in a losing effort.
Lithuania dominated every aspect of the game. They outrebounded Canada 36:30 and forced them to 18 turnovers. Lithuania also shot better from the field converting 44%, while North American players hit 37%.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 18, Steponas Babrauskas 13
Canada: Scott Morrison 16, Jevohn Shepherd 9


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CAPE VERDE

Cape Verde National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Abdlai Andrade
Adilson Jorge Do
Agildo Alexandre
Aldevino Manuel
Antonio Moreira
Aquiles Evora
Elio Jozimar
Felix Robalo
Fidel Teixeira
Ivan Freitas
Mario Ildo Machado
Mario Jorge
Marques Vincent
Odair Heleno
Rodrigo Mario
Tony Junior
Vitor Hugo
Waldir Fernandes


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CENT.AFRICA

Central African National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Christian Siris
Destin Simon
Dieudonn Mbesse
Fabrice Gilles
Franois Junior Tara Ngoyi
Guy Joseph
Junior Madozein
Lionel Pehoua
Lionel Mack Steve
Maixant Magloire
Olivier Valry
Rgis Junior
Robert Martial
Romain Lebel Guessagba Sato
Souleymane Asrangue
Sverin Febou


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CHINA

China Loses to Mexico in World University Games -by Arthur Volbert
China lost to Mexico today 83-67 in the World University Games. I have no idea why China is performing so horribly in these games, losing to teams to which they should not lose or by margins that are abnormally large.

In today's game CBA veterans Han Shuo and Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) led China with 18 points apiece. 6-8 Li Zhenyang scored 13 points. 6-8 Xie Dongyuan grabbed 13 rebounds. But Gu Liye did not play and Xie Libin missed the 3 shots he took. Cao Zhenhua, another CBA veteran, hit all three of his shots and grabbed 6 rebounds, but committed 5 turnovers. Since the box scores do not list playing time I do not know how long the players were on the floor.

China will play New Zealand tomorrow for 15th place. China takes the World University Games seriously as it is leading in the overall Gold Medal standings. So why is the basketball team performing so terribly?


All 12 players score as Mexico storms past China -by Eurobasket News
Mexico - China 83:67
Mexican team had a successful outing against China at the Universiade today. They overcame their Asian counterparts 83:67 to ensure the game for the 13th spot tomorrow. Mexico will play against Ukraine. China meanwhile will fight for the 15th place versus New Zealand team.
A well-balanced team effort brougt Mexico their second victory and the team imroved to 2-3 record at the tournament. Latin American side looked better in the first half as they managed to pile up a 44:33 advantage at halftime. China tried to come back in the third term and cut the deficit to 55:65 entering the fourth quarter. But Mexico tightened defence and sealed a perfect win at the end.
Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) scored 17 points to pace Mexico. Edward Ayileke (197-F/C-84) added 14 points for the winners. Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) and Han Shuo (198-G-89) nailed 18 points apiece for China. Li Zhenyang (204-C-87) chipped in 13 points in a losing clause.
Mexico converted 49% from the field and 78% from free throw line. China shot with 45% accuracy from the field and 63% from charity stripe. China managed to outmuscle Mexico under the rims pulling down 33 boards. Both teams committed 24 turnovers.

Mexico: Jose Luis Bucio 17, Edward Ayileke 14
China: Yang Chao 18, Han Shuo 18, Li Zhenyang 13


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COLOMBIA

2007 Saludcop Federation Cup Preview -by Victor Garcia

Tomorrow is the starting date of the 2007 Saludcoop Colombian Basketball Federation Invitational Cup, seven teams are ready to fight for the glory in the most important Colombian tournament.
For this year at least 6 of the 7 teams can be competitive, but at the end just 4 will qualify for the semi finals, here is our preview.


Bucaros:
Carlos Parra again put together talent from different cities, the team will be leaded by Edgar Moreno and is easy to realize that the roster is build to run the court, Parra wants to play with a 3 or 4 guards lineup, with Moreno in the point, Lolar , Renteria and Trudo running the lines and Guevara as the only one true post up player.


InderValle:
For first time after 4 years Valle has a team without Guillermo Moreno, this year Jorge Cardenas have a young group, but always Tim Jones makes his team a contender, Jones will be supported by Henry Ordoñez and Salomon Mosquera in the guard spots , Cesar Cortez and Derrick Miller will fill the paint, this team will be quick, the key for them is keep Tim Jones motivated enough to score 30 points each night.


Arrieros:
Coach Giraldo had some problems to find post up players , then he quickly change to a very important perimeter team, Jermaine Walker is a unstoppable scoring machine, with enough experience to carry a team to the great moments, but also is Alvaro Contreras time to prove all his conditions and character, Norbey Aragon is the best Colombia small forward and will be a key player, but also Curtis Williams is the kind of player that can make the work in the paint against double teams.

Piratas:
Guillermo Moreno really know his job, he assembled a really strong squad with Alvaro Teheran as the main guy, Americans Cool and Holmes look to fit well in the team both are athletic and with good attitude, Holmes is expected to lead the offense of the team, but players as Ricardo Sanz, Emiro Romero and Daniel Restrepo makes Piratas a 3 point threat each game, all them are true shooters, so this team have a good combination of inside-outside offense to see, in the other side Moreno´s teams always plays hard defense.


Soles:
A small players line-up, with really quick wings and good shooters, this is the team that Rodolfo Fonseca is coaching in San Andres, the team has worked together a couple of months, and things looks well, just need help of his Americans Reeves and Culbert in the paint, and good defensive attitude to be contenders.


Alcaldia de Tunja:
The team of Tomas Diaz is still a mystery, David Reyes will run the ball , and Remi Yusuf can be a solid offensive player, but still need more help from the rest of the small players running the court, this is the kind of game coach Diaz loves, Freddy Granja and Cedric Crawford can give size and rebounding in the paint, but there is not more solid replacements, if the team can make chemistry quick can be a hard one to beat in the Cup.


Condores:
Another mistery the team coached by Nelson Cardozo, just will have his roster one day prior to the first game, but guard from Venezuela Cesar Silva the only one import confirmed will be a solid player for this young team, will see in few days what they can do in the Cup


Again the big favourites: Bucaros, Piratas, InderValle and Arrieros



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COSTA RICA

Espinoza Named New Liceo Coach -by Max Blair
Randall Porras, director of Banco Nacional-Liceo de Costa Rica, announced yesterday that Warren Espinoza will the team´s new long-term coach. The news comes two days after Porras sacked Alejandro Fernandez as head coach. Espinoza is the ex-Saprissa coach who is currently training the women´s national team, leading the women to the 2006 and 2007 COCOBA Finals. He has also been assistant coach for the men´s national team.

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CYPRUS

AEL Limassol signs former Panathinaikos assistant -by Erodotos Miltiadous
Proteas EKA AEL has signed the former Panathinaikos assistant coach Dimitris Papadopoulos on a two year contract with the second year coming into action if the Limassol team competes in the Greek A1 league next season, according to basketblog.gr.

Papadopoulos was an assistant coach at Panathinaikos with his work focused on scouting the opponents of Zelimir Obradovic's team. His work played a major role for Panathinaikos winning this year's treble, Euroleague, Greek A1 title and Greek cup.

Dimitris Papadopoulos will join AEL after the 2007 EuroBasket since he is also an assistant coach of Panagiotis Giannakis at the Greek National Team
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CZECH REP.

Pavel Slezak drops 24 as Czech Republic silence Brazil -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Brazil 85:73
Czech Republic team took advantage of Brazil in today's classification game at the Universiade in Thailand. They will now play for the 17th spot against Australia tomorrow. Brazil will face Taiwan in the clash for the 19th place.
Czech Republic did not wait for too long before starting to deliver in this one. They got off to a flying start and easily ran away to a 20:12 distance after the opening frame. Brazil however managed to slow down their European opponents and cut the advantage by 4 points at halftime 34:38. Czech team then wisely held on to the lead in the third term and entered the final stanza in front 61:56. Brazil tried to come back into the contest but it was not the day for them. Czech connected a couple of long jumpers to seal the victory at the end.
Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) had 24 points to pace Czech team. Michal Vocetka (192-G/F-87) contributed 14 points in a winning effort. Gustavo Lima (178-G-90) replied with 21 points for Brazil. Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) netted 17 points in defeat.
Czech Republic converted 47% from the field and 73% from free throw line. Brazil recorded 46% of field goals and 47% from charity stripe. Czech players outrebounded their counterparts 32:23. Both teams committed 17 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Pavel Slezak 24, Michal Vocetka 14
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 21, Audrei Parisotto 17


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DENMARK

Ukraine gain their first win in Eurobasket additional qualifying round -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Denmark 74:64
Ukrainian National team revived their chase for the Eurobasket 2007 birth. They recorded the first victory in the additional qualifying round edging Denmark at home.
Ukraine had a huge start to the game as Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) nailed 9 points to fuel Ukrainian early 13:0 run. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) added 3 points and a block to ensure an 18:11 lead for Ukraine after the first frame. However Alan Voskuil connected twice from the outside early in the second quarter to put Denmark ahead 19:18. The game remained close enough throughout the second quarter and Ukraine drove to a minimum 28:27 advantage at halftime.
Oleksandr Kolchenko (196-F-88)'s trey midway through the third term sparked Ukrainian rally as they cleared off to a 47:39 distance. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) responded from afar for Danish side but Kolchenko and Maxym Vilkhovetskyy (187-G-88) capped the third quarter with 3 straight points and sealed a 55:48 lead entering the final stanza.
Ukrainian guards Kolchenko and Maxym Vilkhovetskyy combined 6 points early in the fourth frame to spur to a 61:50 distance. Veteran guard Oleksandr Skutyelnik knocked down a three pointer midway through the frame to give Ukraine a 68:53 advantage. Adama Maxym Vilkhovetskyy (187-G-88) managed to answer with a trey to cut the deficit to 56:69 but it was as close as Denmark could get. Another three point attempt coverted by Oleksandr Skutyelnik buried Danish hopes. Ukraine celebrates the first success en route to Eurobasket 2007.
Oleksandr Kolchenko led Ukraine with 17 points. Serhiy Lishchuk added 14 points and 11 boards, while Artur Drozdov contributed 14 points and 8 boards for the winners. Denmark were paced by 12 points and 9 rebounds from Thomas Soltau (210-C/F-82, college: Northwestern). Bilal Clarance (195-G/F-79, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NW Missouri St.) nailed 9 points in defeat.
Ukraine now improved to 1-2 record and occupies the third spot in Group C. They will next take on Belgium on August 18. Denmark fell to 0-3 record and will seek their first win against Israel on the same day.

Ukraine: Oleksandr Kolchenko 17, Serhiy Lishchuk 14+11 boards, Artur Drozdov 14+8 boards
Denmark: Thomas Soltau 12+9 boards, Bilal Clarance 9


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D-LEAGUE

New Jersey Nets Sign Robert Hite -by Surujh Roopnarine
Robert Hite (6'2''-G-84, college: Miami, FL), who spent part of this past season with Sioux Falls in the D-League, has signed a contract with the New Jersey Nets.
A member of the Nets 2007 Pepsi Pro Summer League squad, Hite averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in four games.
Robert joined the Skyforce after being released by the Miami Heat in January. For Sioux Falls the high flying Hite was an instant source of offense, appearing in 19 games, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.


It's Official, Udoka Joins NBA Champion Spurs -by Surujh Roopnarine
Ime Udoka (6'5''-F/G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: Portland St.), the most recent example of a D-League success story, has signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Udoka will serve as a versatile defender off of the Spurs bench and a competent offensive player, capable of extending defenses while also attacking and penetrating to the basket.
Udoka spent last season with the Portland Trail Blazers where he averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists while starting in all 75 games in which he appeared.
In 2005-06 Ime was named to the All D-League First Team and was also the recipient of Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award after averaging 17.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 45 games for the Fort Worth Flyers. Udoka began his D-League career in 2002-03 with the Charleston Lowgators.


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DOMINICAN REP.

Luis Flores to Greece -by Herubey Grassals

Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) signed a one year contract to play the next season in Greece with the team Olimpiada Patras of the first division (1-A), the basketball season begins on September 10th, the last summer Luis Flores was with Houston Rockets on the NBA summer league but dindt received an invitation for the NBA pre season. Flores decline to participate with Dominican Republic national team in the Torneo Caribeño because his differences with the national teams program director Hector Baez.



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EGYPT

Egyptian National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Ahmed Hussein
Ahmed Mohamed
Ashraf Rabie
Haytham Sehrty
Ibrahim El-Gammal
Ismail Abdel-Moneim
Kareem Shamseia
Moamen Einen
Mohamed Mahmoud
Mohamed El-Garhi
Ramy Mohamed Talaat
Tarek El-Ghannam
Wael Badr


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EURO CHAMPS

France: Boris DIAW will play or not? -by Sophie Gerard
One day before the beginning of the Paris tournament, Boris Diaw is still uncertain about his possibility to play the European Championship. Injured? no... it is a question of insurance. His club,the Phoenix Suns, does not want to let his player participate to the European Championship if the French Federation does not take out an insurance for his back.
One week ago, the situation was quiet solved. The Federation proposed an insurance of 750 000 dollars, paid by the Federation, a sport institution and Boris Diaw himself. The proposition of the French Federation was accepted by the Phoenix coach, Mike Antoni, and the French Federation is still waiting the confirmation of the club. 7 days without news. What does it mean?
Meanwhile, Boris Diaw watches every games on the bank and supports his team-mates....
Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82)


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FIBA EUROCUP

AEL Limassol signs former Panathinaikos assistant -by Erodotos Miltiadous
Proteas EKA AEL has signed the former Panathinaikos assistant coach Dimitris Papadopoulos on a two year contract with the second year coming into action if the Limassol team competes in the Greek A1 league next season, according to basketblog.gr.

Papadopoulos was an assistant coach at Panathinaikos with his work focused on scouting the opponents of Zelimir Obradovic's team. His work played a major role for Panathinaikos winning this year's treble, Euroleague, Greek A1 title and Greek cup.

Dimitris Papadopoulos will join AEL after the 2007 EuroBasket since he is also an assistant coach of Panagiotis Giannakis at the Greek National Team
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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Jerome Rogers comes to Europe -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Team Componenta (Karkkila) has now 10 signees for coming 2007-08 season. Among those 10 players there are now two Americans. Last week TC signed
G-F Michael Sneed (192-G-82, college: Texas Southern) and now TC and lefty PG Jerome Rogers (178-G-81) have agreed and signed a 1-year-contract. Rogers comes from North Texas U. (10,3 ppg, 2,6 rpg and 2,5 apg) and has played in the ABA and WBA, but not in Europe by now.


INTERNATIONAL: USA - Finland 59-44 -by Rauno Hurmalainen
24th Summer Universiade, Bangkok, Thailand. Basketball: USA (= UNI, University of Northern Iowa) - Finland 59-44 (30-20). Quarters: 14-11, 16-9, 11-10, 18-14.
USA: Adam Koch 13 (1 - 63%, 2 - 42%, 3 - 8%). FIN: Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) 9/11, Kwamena Brace 8/4, Juha Sten 8/4 (1 - 30%, 2 - 36%, 3 - 14%). Finland will be # 11 or # 12 among 24 countries. Last game Finland vs Greece on Friday.


KORISLIIGA: Andre Foreman, 38, will start his 10th season -by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Andre Foreman (198-F/G-69, college: Salisbury St.), 38, has signed a 1-year-contract with Kataja (Joensuu). This means, that Foreman will start his 10th season in Finland and his 3rd season on Kataja roster. Last season Foreman played for KTP (Kotka) averaging in 43 contests 15,0 ppg, 6,8 rpg in 31,0 mpg.

USA edges Finalnd in classification game in Thailand -by Eurobasket News
USA - Finland 59:44
USA team represented by Northern Iowa University players overcame Finland in today's classification game. This was the fourth consecuive victory for United States team. They will now play for the 9th spot against Israel tomorrow.
USA had a narrow advantage in the first quarter and secured a 14:11 lead after it. Adam Koch (6'8''-F) and Jared Josten (5'11''-G-84) combined 17 points in the first half to pace USA to a 30:20 advantage at halftime. However Finland started the second half with a 7:0 rally that put them within three points from North American team. But USA bounced back with a 6:0 run of their own and claimed lead for good.
Adam Koch topscored for USA with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Jared Josten secured 12 points for the winners. Finland had no players to score in double figures. Ville Makalainen (6'5''-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with 9 points and 11 boards for Finland. Juha Sten (6'3''-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 8 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
Both teams struggled in accuracy as USA converted 36% of field goals and Finland replied with 27%. Finland also shot miserable 30% from free throw line. United States outrebounded Finland 41:38 and forced those to 16 turnovers.

USA: Adam Koch 13+9 boards, Jared Josten 12
Finland: Ville Makalainen 9+11 boards, Juha Sten 8


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GERMANY

USC Freiburg add Phil Sellers -by Moritz Korff
Phil III Sellers (196-F-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Rose (NY)) has landed a spot on the roster of USC Freiburg (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 29-year-old Forward proved to be an outstanding scorer in every season he played as a pro so far. During the 2006-2007 campaign Sellers averaged 24.8 points, 10 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.4 steals and 1 blocked shot in 27 games for SVD 49 Dortmund and was named to the Eurobasket.com All-2.Bundesliga North 2nd Team at the end of the season.

ALBA signs Cal State Fullerton-Standout -by Moritz Korff
ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga) has signed Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) to a one-year-contract. The Point Guard played college-basketball at California State University Fullerton (NCAA1) and averaged 20.2 points, 5.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds as a senior. He was named to the All-NCAA District 15 1st Team by the NABC after his final year in college. In July Brown joined the team of the Charlotte Bobcats in the Pepsi Pro Summer League.

Nedzad Sinanovic to Koeln for one year -by Moritz Korff
While Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) and Devin Green (201-G-82, college: Hampton) who played for the Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga), formerly known as RheinEnergie Koeln, during the past season, are on the way to the NBA the Koeln officials announced the deal with the Bosnian giant Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83), who will be loaned from Real Madrid for one year. The 23-year-old Center was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2003 NBA-Draft (2nd Round, 54th), but didn't make the step overseas yet. In this past season Sinanovic saw action in 4 games of the ULEB-Cup and in 7 games of the ACB (2.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg) for Real, but mostly played for the clubs' second team in the third division (22 games: 9.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.5 bpg).

Ehingen Steeples land Alonzo Brooks -by Moritz Korff
Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has added Alonzo Brooks (201-C, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Cent.Missouri St.) to the roster for the upcoming season. Brooks averaged 12.4 points and 5.2 boards for the Cent.Missouri State University during this past season and advanced to the Final Four of the 2007 NCAA Division 2 National Championships with the Mules.

Kazarnovski agrees terms with TSV Noerdlingen -by Moritz Korff
Avi Kazarnovski (209-C-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has inked a contract with TSV Noerdlingen of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. The 26-year-old Israeli post player spent the past three years with BV TU Chemnitz and averaged 13.6 points as well as 7.7 rebounds per contest in 2006-2007. He was selected for the 2006-2007 Eurobasket.com All-2.Bundesliga South All-Bosmans Team.

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GREECE

Israel trounces Greece in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
Israel - Greece 74:59
Israeli team will play for the 9th spot in the Summer University Games in Thailand. It became known after today's classification game against Greece. Israel survived an early threat from Greek team and emerged strong in the second half to celebrate a comprehensive win at the end. Israel will take on the winner of USA versus Finland battle tomorrow.
Greece got to a better start of the game and led 18:13 after the first quarter. Israel managed to cut the deficit by 2 points at halftime 29:32. Israeli players recovered after the intermission as Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) fueled a comeback effort. Israel surged in front 50:44 in the third term. Greece lost the touch from the field and could not revive in the final stage.
Israel were paced by 22 points from Nitzan Hanochi. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) secured 18 points and 7 boards for the winners. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) delivered 18 points for Greece. Fotios Vassilopoulos netted 13 points in a loss.
Israel limited Greek players to just 38% from the field, while shooting 49% themselves. Greece also struggled from the stripe knocking down 42%. They however managed to outrebound Israel 39:31.

Israel: Nitzan Hanochi 22, Anton Kazarnovski 18
Greece: Kostas Kakaroudis 18, Fotios Vassilopoulos 13


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HUNGARY

Peter Lorant signs to Burgos instead of Brussels -by Gabriel Zippenfenig
Peter Lorant (207-C-85) signed to BBC Royal Atomia Brussels but the team could not be able to participate in the first division of Belgium. Peter had to find another team and he did. His new team is Autocid Ford Burgos in the second division of Spain.

Our national team lost again! -by Tamas Deri
The hungarian national team lost against Bosnia last night and reduced the chances to get to the EC 2008 in Spain next summer!

HUNGARY - BOSNIA 68-83
(15-14, 16-20, 21-25, 16-24)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1.200, Referees: Lefwerth (Sweden), Lukes (Czech Republic), Gabara (Slovakia)
HUNGARY: Simon 13/3, Istvan Istvan Istvan Nemeth (189-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/9, Kaman 8/6, Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/3, Czigler, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 11, Hendlein 6, Fodor 2, Molnar A., Horvath Z., Head Coach: Stojan Ivkovic, Assistant Coach: Poor Peter
BOSNIA: Vasiljevic 5, Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79, agency: World Sport Agency) 16/12, Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) 14/6, Bajramovic 8/3, Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 12, Teletovic 12/6, Castle 9/6, Nesovic 5/3, Djedovic 2, Rizvic, Jazvin, Bavcic, Head Coach: Nenad Markovic


NYKK: roster is complete! -by Tamas Deri
The management of NYKK just informed us that they signed a one-year deal with american forward Chris Moore (196-G-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops) for the next season! Moore graduated this year on Tulane University where he was a very important player of his team. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds per game and shot with 40% from the field (36.8 % from the 3point line) and 72.8 % from the free throw line!

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ISRAEL

Israel trounces Greece in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
Israel - Greece 74:59
Israeli team will play for the 9th spot in the Summer University Games in Thailand. It became known after today's classification game against Greece. Israel survived an early threat from Greek team and emerged strong in the second half to celebrate a comprehensive win at the end. Israel will take on the winner of USA versus Finland battle tomorrow.
Greece got to a better start of the game and led 18:13 after the first quarter. Israel managed to cut the deficit by 2 points at halftime 29:32. Israeli players recovered after the intermission as Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) fueled a comeback effort. Israel surged in front 50:44 in the third term. Greece lost the touch from the field and could not revive in the final stage.
Israel were paced by 22 points from Nitzan Hanochi. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) secured 18 points and 7 boards for the winners. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) delivered 18 points for Greece. Fotios Vassilopoulos netted 13 points in a loss.
Israel limited Greek players to just 38% from the field, while shooting 49% themselves. Greece also struggled from the stripe knocking down 42%. They however managed to outrebound Israel 39:31.

Israel: Nitzan Hanochi 22, Anton Kazarnovski 18
Greece: Kostas Kakaroudis 18, Fotios Vassilopoulos 13


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ITALY

Last market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Upea Capo d'Orlando announced the one-year agreement with USA-ITA Ross DeRogatis (186-G-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)). Legea Scafati inked Lewis Monroe (196-G-81, college: Indiana) and Erick Barkley (186-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: St.John's) with a one-month contract. The two import players will increase the practice level and will play in preseason. Armani Jeans Milano and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) agreed to extend their running pact until June 2010. Premiata Montegranaro could announce today the agreement with Stefano Gentile (190-G-89)

Recalcati opens the last camp -by Gianni Pascucci
Today will start in Varese the last Italian National Team camp before the European Championship. Carlo Recalcati , head Coach and Main Selector, called Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) to replace the injured Mason Rocca. The fifteen players who will attend the camp are: Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85), Gianluca Basile (192-G-75), Marco Belinelli (196-G-86), Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77), Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson), Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78), Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75), Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group), Luca Garri, Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83), Daniel Hackett (196-G-87), Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83), Denis Marconato (211-C-75), Marco Mordente (192-G-79) and Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75). Team Italy will leave Varese on Monday 20 for Athens, to participate at the "Acropolis International Tournment" together with home team Greece, Slovenia and Lithuania. Then, Italy will play at the "Supercup Tournment" in Bamberg, together with Germany, Russia and Purtugal.

First cuts in Team Italy -by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of the "Sardegna a canestro" international tournment, three players left the team, and won' t be at "Spain 2007". They are Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton), who never played a game with the Azzurri during the summer due to a knee injury, Luca Vitali (201-G-86) and Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81), who have been waived by coach Recalcati, who decided to point on other players to fill the guard spots in the definitive roster.

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IVORY COAST

Ivory Coast National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Alfred Rodrigue
Amadou Dioum
Amani Yao
Angaman Jean-Philippe
Charles-No Abouo
Didier Eric
Guy Serge
Ismal N'Diaye
Kinidinnin Stephane
Konan Patrick Antoine F.
Kouam Cdric Stphane
Mamadou Mamery
Morlaye Bangoura
Mouloukou Souleyman


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JAPAN

Impressive summer for Serbian basketball continues in Asia -by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Japan 76:62
Serbian basketball is in its full swing this summer as they continue to gather all kinds of titles around the world. Serbian students closed on one more as they advanced to the Final of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Serbia toppled Japan today to maintain their perfect record at the tournament and joined Lithuania in the title game. Japan will now play for Bronze medals against Canada.
Serbia was forecasted as favorites in this clash and started to prove their status early in the game. They built a narrow 17:15 lead after the first frame. However Japanese team was about to beat forecasts this evening. They limited European players to only 9 points in the second quarter and secured a 28:26 advantage at halftime.
Serbian team were probably well shaken during the intermission by their coach Sasa Nikitovic as they began to turn things their way immediately after the break. An aggressive defence maintained throughout the term helped Serbia to limit Japan to 6 points and clear off to a 46:34 distance. The final frame brought a high-scoring attacking basketball where Serbian team still were more successful outscoring Japan 30:28.
Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) led Serbia with 15 points and 7 boards. Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 12 points for the winners. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) answered with game-high 16 points for Japan. Akihito Inoue (198-F-84) scored 11 points in a losing effort.
Both teams shot 41% from the field, but Serbia were a bit more accurate from free throw line converting 65%. Serbia also outrebounded their opponents 45:20.

Serbia: Strahinja Milosevic 15, Marko Simonovic 12
Japan: Yusuke Okada 16, Akihito Inoue 11


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KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan accounts for South Africa in Thailand -by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan - South Africa 80:59
kazakhstan added more pain for weary South African team. Kazakhs handed them the 6th straight loss and left them winless at the tournament. The victory means kazakhstan will now fight for the 21st spot against hosting Thailand tomorrow. South Africa will seek for their first success against Angola.
Kazakhstan proved the difference early in the game and rolled to a 29:12 advantage after the opening frame. South Africa however was not taken aback and did not collapse afterwards. They played a close basketball in the second half but South Africans never came close enough to trouble Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) led all scorers with 27 points and 17 rebounds for Kazakhstan. Maxim Voyeikov (195-F-88) contributed 10 points for the winners. Eric Mofokeng (204-C-84) and Tsepo Matsie (185-G-86) nailed 15 points apiece for South Africa. Thami Kukulela (194-G-85) added 9 points in a losing clause.
Kazkahstan were more accurate from the field knocking down 50%, while South Africa shot just 34%. Kazakh players reigned under the rims outrebounding their opponents 46:33. Kazakhstan also capitalized on 25 personal fouls from African players.

Kazakhstan: Mikhail Yevstigneyev 27+17 boards, Maxim Voyeikov 10
South Africa: Eric Mofokeng 15, Tsepo Matsie 15, Thami Kukulela 9


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KOREA

Turkey steps up to edge Korea -by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Korea 79:68
Turkish students overcame Korea in todays's action at the Universiade. The win enabled Turkey to play for the 5th spot tomorrow. Korea will now fight the 7th place.
Turkey used strong second and fourth frames to succeed in the game. Both teams kept it close throughout the opening stanza and were all square at the start of the second term 20:20. But Turkish side spurred ahead after the first intermission. They limited Korea to 11 points and outscored them 24:11 to pile up a 44:31 lead at halftime. Korea however was not about to let it slip away. They hit a couple of three point attempts and dominated the boards to cut the deficit to 52:55. But Turkey stayed cool and never let Korea to come close enough for the final strike. A solid shooting percentage from the field allowed Turkey to stay in front in the dying stages and seal victory at the end.
Cem Coskun (209-C-87) led Turkey with 17 points and 9 boards. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) contributed 13 points for the winners. Jung Hwiryang (200-F-84) scored 15 points for Korea. Oh Sekeun (201-C-87) produced 13 points and game-high 18 rebounds in a loss.

Turkey: Cem Coskun 17+9 boards, Sinan Guler 13
Korea: Jung Hwiryang 15, Oh Sekeun 13+18 boards


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LIBERIA

Liberian National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
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Ndoum


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Jethro Bing (199-C-84) of Mighty Barrolle
John Bing (-90)
Samuel Getaweh (196-F) of Bridgeport University (USA)
Richelieu Allison of Uhuru Kings
Alphonso Kuiah (-86) of NPA Pythons
Joseph Lackay (-88) of Invincible Eleven
Samuel Ndoum
Raphael Quaye (-G-75) of NPA Pythons
Mark Smith (-87) of NPA Pythons
Alvin Tapeh (-72) of NPA Pythons
Varney Tulay (-88) of NPA Pythons
Marcus Wolo (-85) of Invincible Eleven


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LITHUANIA

Lithuania leaps over Canada into Final -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Canada 79:64
Lithuanian team continued their impressive race in the basketball tournament at the Universiade in Bangkok. They edged Canada in today's semifinal and advanced to the title game. Rimantas Grigas' guys will now face the winner of Japan vs. Serbia semifinal.
Lithuania enjoyed a narrow 26:20 lead after the opening frame. Canada remained at a striking distance throughout the second term and trailed by the same 6 points at halftime 42:48. However Lithuania put breaks on Canadian offense in the third quarter and limited them to just 8 points. It resulted in Canada falling behind 10 points and entering the final frame trailing 50:66. Lithuania wisely held on to the advantage and never allowed Canada to come closer. Canada only managed to outscore Europeans 14:13 in the fourth quarter but it had little influence on the result.
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points to pace Lithuania. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) secured another 13 points for the winners. Scott Morrison was the only Canadian player to deliver in double figures as he netted 16 points. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) added 9 points in a losing effort.
Lithuania dominated every aspect of the game. They outrebounded Canada 36:30 and forced them to 18 turnovers. Lithuania also shot better from the field converting 44%, while North American players hit 37%.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 18, Steponas Babrauskas 13
Canada: Scott Morrison 16, Jevohn Shepherd 9


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MALI

Mali National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Aly Badra
Ba Sekou
Lamine Diawara
Lassana Sylla
Mahamadou Drame
Modibo Diarra
Modibo Niakate
Mohamed Tangara
Namory Diarra
Ousmane Ciss
Paul Hiroma
Salif Niangado
Sambou Traore
Sory Diakite
Soumaila Samake
Tahirou Sani
Waly Coulibaly


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MEXICO

Powell, Holmes, Wilson Arrive in Puebla -by Justin Brink
LNBP Showcase players Theo Powell (201-C-82, college: Carthage), Carlton Holmes and Jason Wilson arrived in Puebla Mexico yesterday after getting invited to Puebla at the Showcase in San Diego last week. This season
will mark the Angels first in the LNBP and the three foreigners will face team Uraguay tonight in Puebla. Argentine coach, Horacio Juan Segui, commented that the team is 'a little slow right now' and that tonights game against the Uraguayan national team will help define Puebla's style. While another foreign import, Panama's Jair Peralta, is scheduled to arrive, the spots for Powell, Holmes and Wilson are their's to lose. In other LNBP news, the Lechugueros announced the arrival of Harold Arceneaux.


All 12 players score as Mexico storms past China -by Eurobasket News
Mexico - China 83:67
Mexican team had a successful outing against China at the Universiade today. They overcame their Asian counterparts 83:67 to ensure the game for the 13th spot tomorrow. Mexico will play against Ukraine. China meanwhile will fight for the 15th place versus New Zealand team.
A well-balanced team effort brougt Mexico their second victory and the team imroved to 2-3 record at the tournament. Latin American side looked better in the first half as they managed to pile up a 44:33 advantage at halftime. China tried to come back in the third term and cut the deficit to 55:65 entering the fourth quarter. But Mexico tightened defence and sealed a perfect win at the end.
Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) scored 17 points to pace Mexico. Edward Ayileke (197-F/C-84) added 14 points for the winners. Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) and Han Shuo (198-G-89) nailed 18 points apiece for China. Li Zhenyang (204-C-87) chipped in 13 points in a losing clause.
Mexico converted 49% from the field and 78% from free throw line. China shot with 45% accuracy from the field and 63% from charity stripe. China managed to outmuscle Mexico under the rims pulling down 33 boards. Both teams committed 24 turnovers.

Mexico: Jose Luis Bucio 17, Edward Ayileke 14
China: Yang Chao 18, Han Shuo 18, Li Zhenyang 13


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MOROCCO

Morocco National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Aymane Jaquoq
Mohammed Mouak
Mohammed Fadlallah
Mounir Bouhelal
Mustapha Khalfi
Nabil Bakkas
Reda Idriss
Sad Boustout
Soufiane Kourdou
Younes Idrissi
Zakaria El Masbahi
Zouheir Bourouis


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MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Armando Joo
Benjamin Pita
Custodio Ano
David Jordao
Edgar Joo
Edson Adriano Rodrigues
Fernando Silvestre
Helnio Flipe Velemo
Ivan Brito
Luis Afonso Rafael de
Nelson Francisco
Octvio Gregorio
Ricardo Alipio
Sivio Nlson Eusbio
Stlio Antonio


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NCAA

USA edges Finalnd in classification game in Thailand -by Eurobasket News
USA - Finland 59:44
USA team represented by Northern Iowa University players overcame Finland in today's classification game. This was the fourth consecuive victory for United States team. They will now play for the 9th spot against Israel tomorrow.
USA had a narrow advantage in the first quarter and secured a 14:11 lead after it. Adam Koch (6'8''-F) and Jared Josten (5'11''-G-84) combined 17 points in the first half to pace USA to a 30:20 advantage at halftime. However Finland started the second half with a 7:0 rally that put them within three points from North American team. But USA bounced back with a 6:0 run of their own and claimed lead for good.
Adam Koch topscored for USA with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Jared Josten secured 12 points for the winners. Finland had no players to score in double figures. Ville Makalainen (6'5''-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with 9 points and 11 boards for Finland. Juha Sten (6'3''-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 8 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
Both teams struggled in accuracy as USA converted 36% of field goals and Finland replied with 27%. Finland also shot miserable 30% from free throw line. United States outrebounded Finland 41:38 and forced those to 16 turnovers.

USA: Adam Koch 13+9 boards, Jared Josten 12
Finland: Ville Makalainen 9+11 boards, Juha Sten 8


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NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand loses to Ukraine despite 39 points from Everard Bartlett -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Ukraine 86:104
New Zealand students were rallied by Ukraine in today's action at the Summer Universiade. Ukraine managed to withstand massive 39 points from Bay Hawks guard Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) to ensure their appearance in the clash for the 13th spot tomorrow. Ukrainian captain Leonid Stefanyshyn (200-F-85) led well-balanced squad to a comprehensive victory.
Europeans were dominant right from the start as they established a 21:14 after the first quarter. Playing a spectacular attacking basketball the teams rolled to a 49:40 in favor of Ukraine at halftime. Both Ukraine and New Zealand never stopped after the break and continue to entertain Thai fans with a high-scoring attitude. Ukraine extended the lead to 75:58 after three quarters. Ukrainian coach Igor Yatsenko let the bench log more minutes in the final term however it did not influence the tempo and Ukraine closed the game in style outscoring Emerging Tall Blacks 29:28.
Leonid Stefanyshyn scored 18 points and grabbed 6 boards for Ukraine. Maxym Kornienko added 14 points for the winners. Everard Bartlett posted 39 points, hitting 7/12 three pointers, 5 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals for Kiwis. Christopher Reay (206-F) had 17 points in a losing clause.
Ukraine outrebounded their opponents 43:27. They also shot impressive 61% from the field, while Emerging Tall Blacks were limited to 35%. New Zealand were a bit better from the charity stripe converting 73%, while Ukrainian players knocked down 58% of free throws.

New Zealand: Everard Bartlett 39, Christopher Reay 17
Ukraine: Leonid Stefanyshyn 18, Maxym Kornienko 14


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NIGERIA

Nigerian National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Abdulrahman Mohammed
Aloysius Anagonye
Chamberlain Nnemeka
Churchill Ehis
Ebikekeme Husain
Ejike Christopher
Ibrahim Badmus Eletu
Jeleel Ayodeji
Olumide Oyedeji
Stanley Gumut
Tunji Femi


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NORWAY

Stallions are ready -by Kaare Vangen
Fjellhamar Stallions are starting preparations for the upcoming season today. Stallions have the following roster:
Willy Sharma (184-G-82, college: BYU-Hawaii)
Marcin Jakubowski (197-F-78)
Kim Tore Grimshei (182-G-78)
Adrian Rey (208-C-86) (Argentina)
Aleksandar Paunovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Serbia)
Stephen Sliwinski (Australia)
Alexander Frang (185-G/F-83)
Vegard Ludvigsen (193-F-87)
Orji Okoroafor (184-G/F-80)
William Pavlic (187-G-83)
Anders Wålberg
Jan Normann (192-F-78)
Ahti Muhu (196-F-82) (Estonia)
Andreas Strøm
Jinsen He

Andreas Strøm and Jinsen He are newcomers from the club's junior team. Inge Snippen and Thierry Nimubona might also be part of the roster. Glen Roger Rønning (OSI - div 1) and Ulv Hanssen (Japan) are leaving Stallions.

In short: Stallions get two new foreign players, lose two players with very limited playing time and have two of ten players with from 12 to 20 minutes who are uncertain. Can be a step in the right direction if you ask me. But it is too early to say whether Stallions really have a team that can be serious contenders in the race for the championship. Aleksandar Paunovic and Adrian Rey will not be easy to push away from the basket and will be "twin towers" for the team. Outsider?


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PANAMA

Final 12 defined; Lloreda´s going to ITALY -by Miguel Sanchiz
Panama City (FIBA Americas Championship) - Panama's National Basketball Federation (FEPABA) announced today that the national team's Head Coach named the final 12 players that will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday 19th, to be active in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, which qualifies to the 2008 Olympic Games.

The final list of players goes as follows, as per each player's number:

No. 4 - Joel Munoz
No. 5 - Jamahr Warren
No. 6 - Danilo Pinnock
No. 7 - Maximiliano Gomez
No. 8 - Jamaal Levy
No. 9 - Jorsua Chambers
No.10 - Amir Alvarado
No.11 - Gary Forbes
No.12 - Reyjavick Degracia
No. 13 - Antonio Garcia
No.14 - Jaime Lloreda
No. 15 - Alexis Smith

The coaching staff is integrated by: Vicente Duncan (Head Coach), Mario Galvez (Assistant Coach), Sir Carlos Lugo (Athletic trainer), and Luis Vergara (Administrative Assistant).

It was also announced that, national team center, Jaime Lloreda, signed a contract in the Italian Professional Basketball league, but that he will play for Panama before, in the FIBA Americas Championship 2008. He will travel to Italy following the end of the competition.


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PHILIPPINES

Talk 'n Text in US training camp -by Hector Santos

With some PBA teams to compete abroad as part of their preparation in the coming 33rd PBA wars, Talk 'n Text can not be left behind as the team will be leaving the country Sunday for a two-week training in San Antonio, Texas.

The Phone Pals will try to improve their second-place finish in the recent Fiesta Cup with the return of Team Pilipinas stalwarts Asi Taulava, Jimmy Alapag and Florendo Ritualo (188-G).


With the return of Ritualo, many basketball experts and followers are guessing who would play longer minutes between Ritualo and the Fiesta Cup's Best Player of the Conference Macmac Cardona at No. 2 spot.

It can be recalled that Cardona used to play back-up to Ritualo at two-guard spot before Ritualo was loaned to play for the national team.



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POLAND

Raczynski in Anwil again -by Michal Falkowski
Anwil Wloclawek is still completing its roster. A new-old face in Anwil will be Maciej Raczynski (191-G-84, agency: Promotex) who is back from loan to Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Raczynski had began his career in Anwil in the 2002/2003 season. The next one he spent in Anwil also but after that he started moving from team to team (LKS Lodz, MKK Pyra Poznan, Notec Inowroclaw and Kotwica). Last season playing in Kolobrzeg he averaged only 2.5 ppg.
Moreover Anwil is looking for small forward who will be probably the last strenghtening before the new season.


Hajric and Brkic in Polpak Swiecie -by Michal Falkowski
Polpak Swiecie announced the strenghtening of its roster by inking the deals with two players - Seid Hajric and Marko Brkic (206-F-82, agency: Beo Basket). Bosnian Hajric is well-known in Poland. He spent last three season in Anwil Wloclawek where he was a substitutor on the PF position. Last year he averaged 7.7 ppg. and 4.3 rbg. When it comes to Brkic he is Serbian power forward who can play as a center also. Last season, 25-year-old big man spent in Igokea Aleksandrovac in Bosnia and Herzegovina where in 16 games he scored 14.4 pts. In his career he also played for Hemofarm Vrsac, Sloga Telekom Srbija Kraljevo and OKK Beograd. Both players signed one-year contracts.

Asco Slask signed Fountain and is close to sign Rizvic -by Michal Falkowski
In the next season Shaun Fountain (178-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) will be the first point guard of Asco Slask Wroclaw. American player signed one-year deal.
Fountain has spent the majority of his career being a representative of many teams in semi-pro leagues in the USA but he played also in France and Venezuela. The last season privately was the best for him - was the best scorer (23.0 pts.), stealer (2.5 st.) and second assistant (5.9 as.) in the league playing for Indianapolis Alley Cats (CBA). He grabbed also 3.6 rbs. This summer he played in Venezuelian league and the team Dodge City Legend (USBL).
Moreover Asco Slask is negotiating with Hasan Rizvic and it seems that Slovenian center and the board of club agreed all terms of one-year contract. Rizvic last season started in Olimpija Lublana but in February he moved to Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo.


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PORTUGAL

Nuno Seralheiro is the new Coordinator of the MiniBasket of Barreirense -by Bruno Baltazar
Prof. Nuno Seralheiro is the new Coordinator of the MiniBasket of Barreirense, making team with Antonio Paulo Ferreira (general coordenator) and Luis Valente (Coordinating Formation) in the Coordination Technique of Barreirense.
Is another return of a Trainer who knows the basketball of Barreirense well and that perfectly hes identified with the basic principles that guide basketball of formation.
Nuno Seralheiro initiated its linking to the basketball while trainer in Barreirense at the time of 1979/80 playing the functions of Monitor of MiniBasket remaining in the Club until 1990/91 where he guided equips of Juniores. Between 1989/90 and 1987/88 played the function of Coordinator Technician of the MiniBasket of Barreirense.
They believe together that Nuno Seralheiro with its experience will go, with our Monitors, to develop an excellent work next to our Minis being contributed so that their young promises develop the taste for the practical of basketball. With this act of contract the responsible ones of Barreirense consider that the foundations are created so that the next time is stuffed of successes, having dedicated at the same time a very special attention in the development and perfectioning of the MiniBasket that has been to long of the years the base Barreirense Formation.


Portugal in France -by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal already is in France, where tomorrow will start to dispute the International Tournament of Paris against France, Czeck Republic and Russia. It will be plus an important phase of preparation for the European front 3 of top teams in Europe. After the champions of the world they come against Kiririlenko, Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and others stars of the world. Portugal already demonstrated, in Spain, that enters in field to dispute the victory whichever the adversary and now it will not be different.
Calendar:
Friday,8/17
5PM CZECK REPUBLIC - RUSSIA
7.30PM FRANCE - PORTUGAL

Saturday ,8/18
17:00 RUSSIA - PORTUGAL
19:30 FRANCE - CZECK REPUBLIC

Sunday,8/19
14:00 FRANCE - RUSSIA
16:30 PORTUGAL - CZECK REPUBLIC


Portuguese coach reaction to the Spain game -by Bruno Baltazar
"Portugal commanded the meeting in some periods and defended very well". "a thing Only failed: still we do not know to play the last five minutes, it lacks to us to the habit and the force ", said Valentyn Melnychuk, this Wednesday, in declaration to the Lusa Agency. "the game was important for us. It was a game with the highest competitive level, therefore we confrotted for the first time in history a world champion in heading and balanced the game until the 35 minutes ", underlined the technician, who admits that Portugal still has" many problems in the offensive part ". "Comparing ours it equips with Spain... does not have comparison, but our youngsters had started to believe that we can balance a meeting with any equips of the world", he discloses Valentyn Melnychuk, that adds that the team goes "to analyze the video of the game" to identify what did not leave well. The selector luso was satisfied with the compliments of the Spanish press and remembers that, in this height, he equips does not count it on all the players in full physical form. "the players who had been operated (Pablo Cunha, Miguel Miranda and Miguel Minhava) still are not the 100%, but still we have 18 days". In the game of yesterday, front to the world champions, the trainer decided not to use the "shooter" Paulo Simao, who still is to recoup of a fast physical problem. The objectiv, explains Melnychuk, was "to give to it plus one day of recovery", even because "everyone will have chances".

The fight between Carlos Andrade and Joao Gomes -by Bruno Baltazar
The WWW.RESSALTO.COM asked to the coaches of the portuguese league who integrate the next edition to Liga to make an analysis on the two players who "fight" for the only place for players naturalized in the Portuguese team, Carlos Andrade and Joao Gomes.
For the answers of the technician, it is concluded that Valentyn Melnychuk will have a bad time chosing the player.
Alberto Babo (FC Porto-)"Joao Gomes is a promising player and with sufficient future. It is fast, strong in the attack 1x1 and has a shot - not very safe - of good quality, but it lacks international experience to it.Carlos Andrade, who I know well, is not endowed with a quality technique above of the average, but he is extremely strong and he defends any player to the Forward till the PG positions. It has a strong capacity in the fight for I stand out it offensive and mobilizes the teamates to play, or either, his is a leader. Above everything, never gives up ".

Antonio Paulo Ferreira (Barreirense)"Joao Gomes is a player who give creativity to the offensive solutions for Portugal. He is a player who not only creates, as he obtains to decide situations for which he does not have solution. Carlos Andrade gives to greater experience guarantee, of defensive quality and offensive security ".

Costa Dias (Vagos)"One of the strong points of the Carlos Andrade is the experience. I allready saw him in practises and he give more then what the coaches asks, or either, are not limited to make the minimum. He is sufficiently diligent person, it has more muscle, and he is organizador. "Betinho" does not have experience, but it was almost to enter in draft of the NBA and this, the psychological level, is stronger, knowing that the motivation is basic for the income. He is an explosion player and it is a young that wants to make wonders. They are the two very good ones. I would choose "Betinho" Andrade or Carlos Gomes (laughs). "Betinho" was elect MVP in Elvas and at this moment, is what it is better. The trainer has that to choose who it is better and it seems me that is the "Betinho" ".

Joao Freitas (CAB Madeira)"Carlos Andrade is, without a doubt, more experienced, better prohibited, he gives a bigger consistency that the Joao Gomes. He is a player who likes to earn and is very aggressive to play. Joao Gomes has talent more than Carlos Andrade, is not so strong, but offensively he obtains to make more things of that Carlos Andrade ".

Luis Silveira(Belenenses)"Andrade is an excellent defender and close to the table he is stronger of the one than" Betinho "."Betinho" is more launching, has more more potential technique and. If he was I to choose, I would choose "Betinho". We have strong players in the defensive aspect, as the Joao Santos and Pablo Cunha, for that we need the virtuosity and the technique of "Betinho". In general and if to analyze with justice, "Betinho" deserves ".

Sergio Salvador (Ginasio)"For besides being a good aggressor and to read well the game very, Carlos Andrade is more intense to defend, as much in the position of PG as in the F position. On the other hand, "Betinho" has very great an offensive capacity, is very athletical and elastic ".


Jorge Sing signs with FC Porto -by Bruno Baltazar
Jorge Sing signed contract valid for one year with F.C. Porto Ferpinta, joining thus to group that he goes to initiate season 2007/08 under the command of Alberto Babo, this guarantees the reinforcement of the team, already fortified with the acquisition of the PG Joao Figueiredo .
Jorge Sing, who played last season for Ginasio, is a PG of 29 years, with 1,92m and 90K, that enter the club confessing his a supporter of the team , and wanna help the team.


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PUERTO RICO

on 16th August La Copa "Tuto" Marchand and where is Santiago? -by Alessandro Fontana
After the victory in the Caribe 2007, Our national team will not rest, Our Boricuas will organize in San Juan from 16th to 18th August "La Copa Tuto Marchand".
Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil and Canada are the national teams invited. On 16th August Puerto Rico will play with Canada.
The tournament is dedicated to Mr. Marchand, one of the most important figure in FIBAS America for the development of Puerto Rican Basket.

News: Where is Santiago?. The Center was expected in Puerto Rico since days but He is not yet arrived. This mystery is good to solve soon, because we need our BIG MAN, although we can count on Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) who he showed his big talent and his intimidating power in the Caribe 2007.

A. Fontana


Caribbean Tournament 2007. Puerto Rico Reports. -by Alessandro Fontana

Puerto Rico won the Caribbean Tournament 2007 deservedly. Puerto Rico was the strongest team and the only accepted "winning post" was the gold metal and so it ended. These are the reports of the Caribe 2007.
Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) = 9. El Magnifico played a wonderful Tournament, our MVP, with 11,2 pts and 6,5ass per game. He played every game with the right concentration and in the difficult moments He took always the initiative to lead Puerto Rico to the victory.
Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) =8,5 "El jefe es siempre el Jefe". He put his huge talent at the service of the team. He was always ready in the battle, especially during the Semifinals when with 19pts brought Puerto Rico in Final. He deserves NBA.
Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.)= 7,5 He played very good with a good shoot percentage, he defended hard and he was one of the most important player in the Final with 2 3pts shots in a particular moment of the match. He is really ready to play for an ambitious team in a difficult European Tournament (as Italy, Spain of Greece).
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85)= 7,5 what a BIG MAN, Puerto Rico founded. The Fajardo-native was the strongest center in the Tournament. In Final He captured 14 rebounds against the expert Martinez. He is young with a great future. Fuenlabrada was the smartest team in Europe and they signed him for two seasons.
Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) = 7 He showed his talent, and his rapidity. His assists are perfect to let enjoy our aficionados. A great player, with a good 3pts shot. He played a great game against Cuba.
Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP)= 6,5 Good Player, with margins of improvement. He wil have an important experience this year in the Italian League, just signed by naples.
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81)= 6,5 He played good and he was a perfect back-up for PJ Ramos. His best game was with Barbados with 15rebs in 20 minutes.
Berdiel, Camacho Jones, Sanchez, Valenzuela, Falcon 6= Players who played always good when the coach asked them a contribute in the game. Sanchez is a young boricua who can really become an important factor in the future of our "Nacional Boricua".



Puertoricando.....news and rumors. -by Alessandro Fontana

The first big news for the next Liga 2008 in Puerto Rico comes from Humacao.
Los Grises de Humacao sings Carlos M. Rivera as new coach. Rivera is a very expert coach who obtained good results in 2002 with Ponce and 2005 in Arecibo.
Humacao wants to start better the next competition 2008 than last year when their standings was 11-19.

Carlos M. Rivera will have a very interesting team for next year with a lot of joung strong players, as Ansel Guzman (175-G-84).

EUROPE RUMORS: Fuenlabrada, a Spanish ACB team, is interested in Peter John Ramos (222-C-85). In Spain, there is already a Boricua, "El senor de los anillos" Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico)

A. Fontana



El Jefe brings us in "Final".....Puerto Rico-Bahamas 77-64 -by Alessandro Fontana
Puerto Rico-Bahamas 77-64, what a game!!!Our Boricuas with this victory will play tonight against Dominican Republic for the Final of this Caribbean Tournament 2007.
This victory is very important because Puerto Rico is automatically qualified for CentroBasket 2008, the tournament which will qualify teams for the Basket World Cup 2010 in Turkey.
It was a very difficult game. Bahamas played very good and they defended very hard against our team. Puerto Rico in the first two quarters (36-36) was not brilliant with a shots percentage less than 30%.
In the third quarter, finally Our Boricua "showed the magic". "El Jefe" Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) played a brilliant quarter and with his talent and "garra" brought the game strictly in the hands of Puerto Rico.
The best Scorer(and our MVP) was Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) with 19pts (+5asst). To mention also the game of "Snoop" Peter John Ramos (222-C-85)with 13pts+15rebs and a big presence in the Area.
The best scorerfor Bahamas was Rolle with 17pts.

PUERTO RICO-BAHAMAS 77-64
PR: Ayuso 19, Arroyo 14 (3ass), Ramos 13, Sanchez 7(9rebs)
B= Rolle 17(10rebs), Hall 12, Stubbs 11(7rebs)

Today the Final against Dominican Republic. Everybody was waiting for this exciting Final. A Fontana


Today, Puerto Rico-Canada, "Tuto" Marchand Cup. -by Alessandro Fontana
Today La Copa "Tuto" Marchand will start with two wonderful games. The first will be the "partidazo" Argentina against Brasil and Our National Team will play against Canada at 8.30 p.m.
Canada is without Steve Nash, the stars will be Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81, college: Seton Hall) (Phila, NBA), Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) ( a good journeyman in Europe) and Olu Famutini.
"El mago" Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) could not train yesterday with the team for a problem at his left hand.

The program Copa Marchand:
16Aug: Argentina-Brazil Puerto Rico-Canada (8.30 p.m)
17 Aug: Canada-Argentina Puerto Rico-Brazil (8.30 p.m)
18 Aug: Canada-Brazil Puerto Rico-Argentina.

A. Fontana


Triunfo Boricua.. Puerto Rico-Republica Dominicana 81-72 -by Alessandro Fontana
Puerto Rico wins deservedly the Caribbean Tournament 2007 in Caguas , in a "full of aficionados" coliseum against a strong Dominican Republic. Puerto Rico obtains the gold medal and wins the tournament.
The game was difficult, both teams were "wound-up" so it was not a spectacular game but an intense game, a game for "hombres".
In the first two quarters Puerto Rico could contrast the game of Dominican Republic, who plays better (39-38). Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) was "into the game" and with shots and assists kept Our Boricuas in the game (at the end of the second quarter, there was a squabble between him and Martinez).
In the third quarter Our Boricuas "showed the magic" and they began to play as they know, with pick'n'roll and "break-back". Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) was on fire with two 3pts shots which opened the way to a boricuan break (64-61) he played a wonderful game and he defended very hard.
In the fourth quarter Puerto Rico controlled the game with "El Magnifico" Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.), Carmelo Lee and Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) and "Our Boricua" could conquer the gold medal in the Caribbean 2007.
The best scorer and our MVP was "El magnifico" with 20 pts+ 6asst, for the guests, Western scored 26 points.

PUERTO RICO-R. DOMINICANA
PR= Arroyo 20 (6ass), Lee 15, Ramos 15
RD= Western 26

After this victory, that we "aficionados" expected because Puerto Rico was the strongest team in this Caribbean Tournament and with this great talent we could not fail. Puerto Rico will play now, on 22th august the FIBA American Championship 2007. The fist two teams will be qualified directly for Peking 2008. A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

CSKA's Nikita Kurbanov tallies 30 points as Russia nips Germany -by Eurobasket News
Russia - Germany 94:76
Russian forward Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) scored 30 points to lift his team past Germany at the Universiade in Bangkok today. Russia will now face Turkey for the 5th spot. Gemany will play against Korea for the 7th place tomorrow.
Russia shook off bad memories of the quarterfinal loss to Lithuania and started the game bravely enough. They outscored German side 25:16 in the opening frame. The gap kept on growing in the second quarter and reached a 49:32 mark at halftime. Germany struggled to come back into contest as they could not match Russian high accuracy and slumped behind. Russia entered the final stanza up by 19 points 73:54 and easily hold on to the lead.
Nikita Kurbanov topscored for Russia with 30 points, 4 assists and 3 boards. Andrey Komarovskiy contributed another 16 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) responded with 23 points for Germany. Philip Zwiener (198-F-85) had 20 points and 7 rebounds in a loss.
Russia recorded impressive shooting figures as they converted 57% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc. Germany hit 37% of field goals. Russia managed to outrebound their opponents 34:27 and took advantage of German 21 personal fouls.

Russia: Nikita Kurbanov 30, Andrey Komarovskiy 16
Germany: Jan Lipke 23, Philip Zwiener 20+7 boards


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RWANDA

For love of the game -by Kristian Santiago
Saucon Valley grad Rob Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) is playing for the Rwanda national team.

By Gordie Jones | Of The Morning Call

The crowd of Rwandan schoolkids looked up at the water tower that day last October, up at a most unlikely sight: A 6-10 white guy -- a Muzungu, in local parlance -- was suspended 20 feet off the ground, doing pull-ups.

Couldn't have been what Rob Thomson had in mind when he was seeking to get his basketball career off the ground.
But the 2000 Saucon Valley graduate, now 25, has been reborn in Rwanda. He plays for the country's national team. He helps coach the junior national team.
And he's no longer a Muzungu, the all-purpose label Rwandans apply to foreigners (and a label that is merely descriptive, not pejorative). Now when he walks the streets of the capital city of Kigali, people call out his name.

He's one of them.

''It's pretty random, right?'' he said, laughing into his cell phone last Wednesday.
He was driving to the airport, after 10 days stateside. A 14-hour flight to Egypt awaited him; there he would join his teammates for practices and exhibitions, in preparation for next month's African Cup of Nations Tournament, which will be held in his new home country.
It's hard to believe that 10 months ago his career was at a crossroads. After graduating from Fairfield in 2004 he had spent one season playing professionally in Hungary, part of another in Italy. But last fall he was recovering from another in a series of injuries -- a sprained knee, sustained in an informal workout with the New Jersey Nets -- and didn't know which way to turn.
''I was pretty down,'' he said.

The road to Rwanda begins

As it turned out, a path had been forged for Thomson months earlier, when his girlfriend, Marsha Bowersox, did nothing more than check a box on a form.

''No geographical preference,'' it said.
She was applying to the State Department for a teaching fellowship -- a story unto itself, seeing as she had earned a degree in accounting from Lehigh in 2001, her master's in sociology a year later. (She also played basketball for the Mountain Hawks.)
But after 14 months in tax accounting she changed career tracks, earning her certification to teach English as a Second Language. She worked at a community college in Queens for two years before this new opportunity presented itself.
She knew that the more geographical options she picked, the better her chances of earning the fellowship. So she left it open-ended; she would go wherever she might be needed.
That turned out to be Rwanda. She was given a one-year renewable contract to teach at the School of Finance and Banking in Kigali, starting in September 2006.

Once-in-a-lifetime experience

Scarcely a month after her arrival, Thomson called. His knee injury had come in the wake of the broken foot, sprained ankle and shoulder injury he had sustained over the previous two years.
He jokingly asked if there were any hoops-related opportunities in Rwanda. She wasn't aware of anything, but that same day two diplomats approached her at a U.S. Embassy event and asked if she knew of an American basketball player who might be able to come to Rwanda to organize a three-on-three tournament.

She called Rob. Was he interested?
''I said, 'Why not? Nothing else seems to be going right for me,' '' Thomson said. ''And I get to see her. … I looked at it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.''
He flew to Africa the following week, and one of his first days there climbed the water tower to get a workout in -- as the wide-eyed youngsters looked on.
The kids gathered anew when Rob and Marsha jogged the dirt roads near campus -- yelling, screaming, chasing after the couple.
''It reminded me,'' Marsha said, ''of that great scene in 'Rocky.' ''

A household name
Thomson, seeking to keep his game sharp, latched on with the national team. He initially served as a de facto assistant, teaching the big guys post moves. But before long, the Rwandan Basketball Federation realized how much he could help as a player, and offered him a passport in exchange for his participation.
Thomson accepted the offer, knowing that a Rwandan passport will give him greater flexibility when he seeks another professional job in Europe (i.e., he would not count against a team's limit of two Americans).
He first played for the national team in the Zone 5 Tournament in February. Rwanda finished second, and because the games had been televised throughout the country, his days as a Muzungu came to an end.
''After that tournament, when Rob walked down the street, everyone pointed and called out, 'Thomson,' '' Bowersox said. ''It's a household name there. The Rwandans love him.''
Thomson later played in the Rwandan National League, then worked with the junior national team when he was sidelined with a sprained foot. He has found the country to be ''an incredible place.'' The people are friendly, the climate forgiving, the language barrier minimal.
Bowersox has been no less impressed.
''Rwanda's much safer, cleaner and more comfortable than I expected,'' she said.

Hope is restored

Once wracked by civil war, once visited by the unspeakable horrors of genocide (as many as 1 million people were slaughtered in 1994), the country now is peaceful and stable. A regime headed by president Paul Kagame has fomented economic growth. There have been strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria.
And while Vanity Fair magazine reported recently that two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line, Bowersox believes the lot of the average citizen is not as bad as that statistic might indicate.
''There's poverty there,'' she said, ''but the climate [it is always between 60 and 80 degrees, making the place lush and tropical] allows people to grow their own crops year 'round, so I've never seen someone on the street who's starving.''

Suddenly, there is hope in Rwanda.

Rob Thomson knows that as well as anyone.


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S.AFRICA

South African National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Buthi Lowell Naphtal
Fusi Joseph
Kegorapetse David
Kenneth Motaung
Lesego Prince
Neo Kgalabi
Nyakallo Jacob
Patrick Anthony
Quintin Cedrick
Thabang Esiah
Tsakani Craig
Vusumuzi Innocent


Senior National Team Coach Demands Money -by Tshepo Ditshego
The South African National Basketball team coach Flosh Ngwenya, who also coaches the the 2006/2007 PBL champions Soweto Panthers, refused to leave for Angola until he has been paid a salary for the last 6 months. Coach Ngwenya who has served as national team head coach since January 2007 says he has not been given a contract by Basketball South Africa since he took over as national team head coach at the beginning of the year.

Flosh Ngwenya expressed his anger at the fact that Basketball SA only started negotiating his contract a few days prior to the team leaving for Angola. Basketball SA and Ngwenya were in negotiations at the same time that the National Team was having a camp in Durban last week. However, they were unable to come to agreement with regards to the amount of money that Coach Ngwenya should receive.

Coach Ngwenya was eventually flown from Durban to Johannesburg where he continued to negotiate with certain members of Basketball SA. However, Ngwenya says that during this time he did not receive a call from Basketball SA president Vusi Mghobizi.

Ngwenya was very suspicious about the way the financial issues were being handled at Basketball SA and the night before SA was due to travel to Angola, he gave the motherbody an ultamatum that if they did not come to the table with the figure that he asked for that he will refuse to travel to Angola. This was because he was under the understanding that Basketball SA received funding from the National Lottery to pay for a head coach for 18 months.

According to the treasurer of Basketball SA, Eric Nkosi, the federation did receive money for a head coach in May. However the money they received was for an international coach with a lot of experience. And when they appointed Flosh Ngwenya in January they did not have any money and appointed him in order to give him experience and with an understanding that he will not be getting paid for his services.

By the time Flosh Ngwenya left for Angola yesterday afternoon he had not reached an agreement with the motherbody regarding his salary as he was unwilling to accept any of Basketball SA's offers that didn't match his own.

Aside from the dispute with the coach and the motherbody the players were in good spirits prior to leaving for Angola. The players were impressed with how professional the one week camp in Durban was conducted. The teams professionalism was boosted by SA commonwealth games head coach Patrick Fick who assisted Flosh Ngwenya during their week long preparations in Durban. The players also reached an agreement with regards to daily allowances and incentives for reaching the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.

With regards to the dispute with BSA, the players stood behind their coach and were also not going to travel to Angola without either Flosh Ngwenya or a legitamate coach such as Patrick Fick. South Africa left for Angola yesterday evening where they will be playing in group D in Cabinda province against Tunisia, Mozambique and Cameroon.


Message from Assistant Coach Patrick Fick About All Africa Games Preparations -by Tshepo Ditshego
I read with great interest the recent article you have written regarding our National team and the preperations for the All-Africa Games.

I am so depressed that all the hard work that I put into preparing the team for the Commonwealth Games last year has all gone to waste.
All the players have had nothing but glowing praise for the camp and preperations - for the first time our best players were made to feel valuable and treated accordingly.

Despite a weakened team with no players from USA the team was united and performed admirably at a high level of competition (see FIBA World rankings of participants)
The performances of the President and BSA executive leading up to the All Africa Games is absolutely shocking!!

The preperations for the National team leading up to the Commonwealth was left entirely up to myself and if not for Myke Scholl and myself handling ALL arrangements, preperations and administrative issues leading up to the camp it too would never have taken place. Flosh was obviously left with the same problem!

How sad, I was not formally advised that I am no longer required as head coach and yet I still phoned Coach Flosh and offered my best wishes to him and the team going to ALL Africa games. I also offered to assist in whatever capacity during preperations as my sole concern is the improved performances of our National team.

I was never even asked to assist at the camps and reading that the coach and certain players never attended some of the camp because of a University event is embarrassing to say the least.
The national team could have used this event to prepare for competition as a team!!! Did nobody even consider this????
The one thing we lacked before the Commonwealth event was prior competition!!!! Flosh was aware that this would have made a huge difference to our final result but the standard was higher than in Africa and the team far weaker than this one!

I am so despondent about what is happening with the cream of South Africa's talent that I think I will now leave the sport for good!!!!! I cannot bear to see these players being abused like this by our national Body.

This team going to the All Africa Games has players like Lesego, Tsakane and Thabo back and is a much stronger team - I really wish I could have given them the benefit of my knowledge and experience. Losing someone like Joseph mazibuko prioir to departure is a serious blow as he is one of our few scoring point guards/shooting guards!

I wish I had had him available for the Commonwealth Team! I stressed during our preperations that we are starting a process and really felt the players had bought into this- I thought Flosh had as well…..

Why are we as South Africans so full of envy and jealousy as soon as someone is successful to any degree - all we seem to do is criticize and hope that that person fails.
The worst part is that this is probably the strongest team South Africa has ever had!!!

Patrick Fick


South Africa to play Tunisia at Afrobasket 2007 -by Tshepo Ditshego
Fresh from a 7th place finish at the All Africa games and a week long clinic in Durban, South Africa will be going head to head against Tunisia in Cabinda Angola tomorrow.

The SA national team has been boosted by shooting guard Joseph Mazibuko who has returned to action after missing the All Africa Games due to unhappiness regarding allowances at one of the camps that took place in Durban before the All Africa Games.

However, South Africans will be disappointed to learn that Tulsa 66'ers 7'2” center Frans Steyn will not be joining the team in the quest for the African title, after he was contacted too late. This will mean that South Africa will lack much needed inside presence at the tournament. And considering how physical the game is played in Africa, SA needs all the size it can get it's hands on.

On a more positive note forward Tsakane Ngobeni, has recovered from a knee and ankle injury he sustained at the All Africa games and will be playing for South Africa in Angola.

The one negative aspect affecting South Africa's performance is the fact that they didn't play exhibition games againgst strong teams in preparation for this prestigious tournament. This will hurt them against Tunisia, who travelled to the US to play against college basketball all-star teams in preparation for Afrobasket 2007.

Basketball South Africa's strategy centers around South Africa's result at the African Championships. A few years ago Basketball SA president, Vusi Mghobozi revealed vision 2008 at a press conference in Sandton. Vision 2008 was aimed at ensuring that South Africa qualified for the Olympics in Beijing. The team is half-way there but if they don't win the title then Basketball SA's strategy would have failed.

With the lack of commitment to recruit overseas based players and to prepare adequately one wonders if vision 2008 was ever a realistic goal in the first place. Maybe we should launch vision 2012 as a back up plan to 2008 before the african champs are over.

The South African national team is as follows:
Quintin Denyssen (Egoli Magic)
Neo Mothiba (Soweto Panthers)
Lesego Molebatsi (Egoli Magic)
Joseph Mazibuko (Egoli Magic)
Nyakallo Nthuping (Tshwane Suns)
Kenneth Motaung (Soweto Panthers)
Thabang Kgwedi (Soweto Panthers)
Patrick Engelbrecht
Tsakane Ngobeni
Vusi Dlamini (Kwa-Zulu Marlins)
Lowell Mndaweni (Kwa-Zulu Marlins)
Thabo Letsebe

Supersport will be airing the African Championships live for the duration of the tournament. The following games will be aired from tomorrow:

Friday 17th August 2007
Liberia vs Nigeria 17:25
Mali vs Senegal 17:25
South Africa vs Tunisia 19:55
Egypt vs Ivory Coast 19:55

Saturday 18th August 2007
Nigeria vs Central African Republic 17:25
Tunisia vs Mozambique 17:25
Cameroon vs South Africa 19:55
Angola vs Cape Verde 19:55

Sunday 19th August 2007
Mozambique vs South Africa 17:25
Nigeria vs Democratic Republic of Congo 17:25
Angola vs Morocco 19:55
Tunisia vs Cameroon 19:55

“In ball we trust”
Tshepo Ditshego


Kazakhstan accounts for South Africa in Thailand -by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan - South Africa 80:59
kazakhstan added more pain for weary South African team. Kazakhs handed them the 6th straight loss and left them winless at the tournament. The victory means kazakhstan will now fight for the 21st spot against hosting Thailand tomorrow. South Africa will seek for their first success against Angola.
Kazakhstan proved the difference early in the game and rolled to a 29:12 advantage after the opening frame. South Africa however was not taken aback and did not collapse afterwards. They played a close basketball in the second half but South Africans never came close enough to trouble Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) led all scorers with 27 points and 17 rebounds for Kazakhstan. Maxim Voyeikov (195-F-88) contributed 10 points for the winners. Eric Mofokeng (204-C-84) and Tsepo Matsie (185-G-86) nailed 15 points apiece for South Africa. Thami Kukulela (194-G-85) added 9 points in a losing clause.
Kazkahstan were more accurate from the field knocking down 50%, while South Africa shot just 34%. Kazakh players reigned under the rims outrebounding their opponents 46:33. Kazakhstan also capitalized on 25 personal fouls from African players.

Kazakhstan: Mikhail Yevstigneyev 27+17 boards, Maxim Voyeikov 10
South Africa: Eric Mofokeng 15, Tsepo Matsie 15, Thami Kukulela 9


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SEBL

SEBL City Conference B-League All-League Selections & Awards: -by David Archer
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2007 SEBL ALL-CONFERENCE CITY B-League AWARDS:


CITY CONFERENCE B-LEAGUE OVER-ALL LEAGUE MVP: Mikaiel Carter

CITY CONFERENCE B-LEAGUE TOURNAMENT MVP: Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72 college: New Orleans)
CITY CONFERENCE B-LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Henderson (6'8''-F-79, college: Athens St.)
CITY CONFERENCE B-LEAGUE COACH OF THE YEAR: David Archer

CITY EAST DIVISION

1ST TEAM:
Mikaiel Carter - BASELINE-2
Jermaine Spivey - BASELINE-2
Michael Reynolds (6'3''-G-84) - FUTURE ENT.
Kashif Gumbs (6'0''-G-87, college: State Fair CC) - SUMMER HILL
Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82, college: Reinhardt) - BASELINE-2


2ND TEAM:
Chris Morgan (6'0''-G-84, college: Wallace St. CC) - SUMMER HILL
Darrell Wilkins (6'1''-G-84) - FUTURE ENT.
Lamar Hudson (6'0''-G-74, college: ServPro-1) - SIXERS
Antone Anderson (6'4''-F-81) - BASELINE-2
Marcus Henderson - BASELINE-2


3RD TEAM:
BLAKE KING - SIXERS
JARON APPLIN - TRINITY
Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80) of Cartersville Baseline - BASELINE-2
BRANDON HARRIS - SUMMER HILL
BRIAN STEVENSON - FUTURE ENT.


4TH TEAM:
MARLOW SIMMONS - SUMMER HILL
Dexter Shaw (6'3''-G-89) - FUTURE ENT.
COREY WARN - SIXERS
DEE HENDERSON - SUMMER HILL
MARCUS MCELRATH - SUMMER HILL

CITY B-LEAGUE EAST DIVISION MVP: Mikaiel Carter

CITY WEST DIVISION

1ST TEAM:
Jay Nelson (5'9''-G) - CEDARTOWN
Shan Finley - SERVPRO-2
MIKE HOWREN - BC HOWREN
Victor Saxton (6'6''-F-77, college: Cent.Florida) - SERVPRO-2
Jonathan Johnson (6'6''-F-85, college: S.Georgia Tech CC) - KNICKS-2


2ND TEAM:
BOBBY SMITH - SERVPRO-2
ERIC JARVIS - BC HOWREN
NAJEE SMITH - CEDARTOWN
CEDRIC MCCLINIC - ADAIRSVILLE
WESTON PRICE - CEDARTOWN


3RD TEAM:
TIM ASKEW - SERVPRO-2
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Atlanta Metro JC) - KNICKS-2
JAMES WILLIAMS - ADAIRSVILLE
CHAD MURRAY - BC HOWREN
Eddie Lee Wilkins (6'10''-C-61, college: Gardner-Webb) - KNICKS-2


4TH TEAM:
JUNIOR GONZALES - BC HOWREN
CHRIS CAREATHERS - CEDARTOWN
OB WILKINS - KNICKS-2
CYRIL WHITE - ADAIRSVILLE
DEVIN CARTER - SERVPRO-2

CITY B-LEAGUE WEST MVP: Jay Nelson



SEBL Metro A-League ALL-Conference Selections announced: -by David Archer
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2007 SEBL METRO A-LEAGUE ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS:

SEBL METRO A-LEAGUE OVERALL MVP: Golden Ingle (5'11''-G-81) of Cartersville Baseline - BASELINE-1
SEBL METRO A-LEAGUE TOURNEY MVP: Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82) of Cartersville Baseline - BASELINE-1
SEBL METRO A-LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Antone Anderson (6'4''-F-81) - SKYLINE

SEBL METRO A-LEAGUE CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR: Darnell Barksdale, DOTS and Dexter Shaw, Celtics

METRO NORTH DIVISION…

1ST TEAM:
Golden Ingle - BASELINE-1
Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) of KTP Basket Kotka (FIN) - SERVPRO-1
Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82, college: Reinhardt) - SKYLINE
Ernest Scott - BASELINE-1
Jonathan Johnson (6'6''-F-85, college: S.Georgia Tech CC) - KNICKS-1

2ND TEAM:
MIKAIEL CARTER - CELTICS
Ronell Wooten (6'4''-F-85, college: Kennesaw St.) - BASELINE-1
Shan Finley - SERVPRO-1
Lance Tippett (6'4''-F, college: Miles) - CELTICS
Marcus Henderson (6'8''-F-79, college: Athens St.) - BASELINE-1

3RD TEAM:
Darrell Wilkins (6'1''-G-84) - BC FORCE
MIKE HOWREN - VIKINGS
Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80, college: Tennessee St.) - SKYLINE
Dennis James (6'5''-F, college: Georgia Perimeter) - WARRIORS
Eddie Lee Wilkins (6'10''-C-61, college: Gardner-Webb) - KNICKS -1

4TH TEAM:
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Atlanta Metro JC) - KNICKS-2
Andrew Jones (6'3''-F-83, college: Purdue N.Central) - CELTICS
Jeff Croft - VIKINGS
B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83, college: Clayton St.) - VIKINGS
Alex Cornett (6'11''-C) - SKYLINE

METRO A-LEAGUE NORTH PLAYER OF YEAR: Golden Ingle

METRO SOUTH DIVISION…

1ST TEAM:
WALLACE PRATHER - J.SOUTH
CHRIS AGNES - DOTS
Adrian Jones (6'5''-F/G, college: Georgia) - J.SOUTH
Xavier Trice (6'6''-F, college: N.Georgia) - DOTS
Jamal Johnson (6'7''-C-81) of Soriano BBC (URU) - METRO STARS

2ND TEAM:
Antonio Bolton (6'2''-G, college: Voorhees) - DOTS
Michael Sloan (6'4''-G-84) - LAKERS
BILLY BREWSTER - SPEEDBOYS
Mike Jones (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Gardner-Webb) - TRI-COUTNY
Xavier Morton (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Clark Atlanta) - J.SOUTH

3RD TEAM:
Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) - METRO/SPEEDBOYS
GAVIN MONTGOMERY - BLACK MONOP
Richard Lusane (6'5''-G) - TRI-COUNTY
Josh Brewster (6'7''-F) - LAKERS
Marcus Byams (6'6''-F, college: Georgia Southern) - SPEEDBOYS

4TH TEAM:
William Belton (6'1''-G) - BLACK MONOP
Mike Crain (6'2''-G) - TRI-COUNTY
MARIO CROMER - GORDON
Will Lewis (6'8''-F-84) - LAKERS
Gene Williams (6'8''-C) - J.SOUTH

METRO A-LEAGUE SOUTH PLAYER OF YEAR: CHRIS AGNES - DOTS

METRO A-LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM:
BILLY BREWSTER - SPEEDBOYS
ANTRON PIPPEN - BASELINE-1
Antone Anderson - SKYLINE
JAKP MALLORY - DOTS
Chris Morgan (6'0''-G-84, college: Wallace St. CC) - CELTICS
Adrian Jones - J.SOUTH
Victor Saxton (6'6''-F-77, college: Cent.Florida) - SERVPRO-1
Marcus Henderson - BASELINE-1



SEBL-BaselineUSA club chosen to compete in Southern Roundball Classic -by David Archer
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Cartersville, GA - The SEBL has announced the roster of players that have been selected to represent the League and BaselineUSA in the Southern Roundball Classic to be held August 17-19 at Life College. The team is comprised of players who have participated in the SEBL Summer Pro League.

PG - Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic)
PG - Kashif Reyes (5'10''-G-81, college: Chaminade)
SG - Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72, college: New Orleans)
SG - Travis DeGroot (6'3''-G-82, college: Delta St.)
SF - Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82, college: Reinhardt)
SF - Bobby Rouse (6'5''-G/F-76, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC)
SF - Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82, college: Valdosta St.)
PF - Mike Jones (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Gardner-Webb)
PF - B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83, college: Clayton St.)
C - Michael Harper (6'9''-C-81, college: Florida A&M)
C - Toby Smith (6'10''-C-85, college: Connors State, Okl.)

The SEBL-Baseline squad will play its first game on Friday evening at 9:00pm against the club named the Lakers
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For More info on The 5th Annual Southern Classic Roundball Invational visit... www.scroundball.com or email Mike Reckord





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SENEGAL

Senegalese National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Alpha Traore
El Kabir
Elhadji Maleye
Issa Konare
Jules Richard
Malick Badiane
Mamadou Diouf


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SERBIA

Zoran Slavnic thanked to center Nenad Misanovic -by Dragan Jankovski
Right after the tournament in Strasbourg, head coach of Serbian National Team Zoran "Moka" Slavnic said that he will go with 13 players on tournament in Turkey. First player to whom Slavnic thanked is a center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84). Slavnic's words about this decision were: “I am really said because I have to cut two players, especially because I had to say thank you to Misanovic, who is very good guy and real sportsman. But, he came too late. Because of his nice attitude I gave him a chance to stay with us until the end of the week but he decided to join his team immediately.”

Second player, who will probably stay in Belgrade, could be another center Mile Ilic (215-C-84). He still has a problems with his ankle and it is not known will he be able to recover and be 100% ready on time.


Universiade Bangkok 2007: Serbia and Lithuania in the battle for the gold ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian University Team has a chance to bring fifth gold medal to their country this summer. They beat Japan 76:62 (17:15,9:13,20:6,30:28) in the semis and advanced to the final of the 24th Universiade (Bangkok 2007). In the other semifinal game, Lithuania outplayed Canada 79:64.

Japanese weren't an easy rival for Serbia as they proofed letting blue boys to score only 9 points in the second quarter. But, in the third period Serbians intensified their defense which resulted with plus 12 before the last ten minutes. In this third quarter, there was different picture on the court as this time Japan posted only 6 points during the period. Later, Serbia succeeded to keep advantage with routine until the end despite Japan started to make shots. Serbia finished the game having 25 rebounds more than their rival (45-20).

Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) led Serbia to the final adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points and 5 rebounds while Djordje Micic (196-G-83) and Miljan Rakic (193-G-86) netted 11 points each. On the other side Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) was the leading scorer for Japan posting 16 points.


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SLOVENIA

Slokar moves to Dynamo Moscow -by Zeljko Zule
NT member Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) is ex NBA player. He has left Toronto Raptors to join Dynamo Moscow for the upcoming season. Slokar in his rookie season averaged 1,9 ppg in just 20 games and did not played in Play-Offs.

Roster for 2007 Eurobasket -by Zeljko Zule
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Slovenian NT for 2007 FIBA European Championship:
4 Sandi Cebular (196-G-86) of Union Olimpija Ljubljana
5 Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) of Winterthur F.C. Barcelona (ESP)
6 Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82) of Whirlpool Varese (ITA)
7 Goran Dragic (192-G-86) of Polaris World Murcia (ESP)
8 Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Toronto Raptors (USA)
9 Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
10 Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) of Toronto Raptors (USA)
11 Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana
12 Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74) of WTK Anwil Wloclawek (POL)
13 Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) of MMT Estudiantes Madrid (ESP)
14 Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (TUR)
15 Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma (ITA)
Coach: Ales Pipan
Assistants: Aleksandar Sekulic , Mirsad Alilovic


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SPAIN

Gordan Giricek to Tau? -by Robert Mayor
According to newspaper "El Correo", Tau Vitoria wants to sign Gordan Giricek (197-G-77). Croatian forward wants to return to Europe and Vitoria could be an interesting destiny for U(tah Jazz player. The main problem is that Gordan has one more year signed with NBA Franchise, and Jazz staff wants him.

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TAIWAN

Australia crashes Taiwan to play for the 17th spot -by Eurobasket News
Australia - Taiwan 106:66
Austrlian team played probably their best basetball at the Summer Universiade so far edging Taiwan 106:66. The victory allowed Aussies to fight for an overall 17th place. They will now take on the winner of Brazil versus Czech Republic clash.
Austalian players marked their intentions right from the start rolling past Taiwan 28:13 in the first frame. Taiwan tried to stay in the contest in the second term as they managed to outscore Australia 22:21 but they could not deliver after halftime break. Astralian squad completely dominated the court and established a comfortable 74:49 lead entering the fourth frame. The task was completed in the last part of the game as Australian bench dismantled their opponents 32:17.
Carlin Hughes (185-G) provided game-high 26 points for Australia. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) had 17 points and 9 boards, while Marcus Ng (189-G-85) nailed 16 points for the winners. Sheng Yao Liu answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Chang Yi Ming (185-G-84) delivered 10 points in a losing effort.
Australia shot solid 53% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc. Taiwan replied with 42% accuracy. Australian players outrebunded their counterparts 42:19. They also committed just 11 turnovers.

Australia: Carlin Hughes 26, Aron Baynes 17+9 boards, Marcus Ng 16
Taiwan: Sheng Yao Liu 22, Chang Yi Ming 10


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TBL

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN OWNER? -by Benjamin Brinkley
BECOME A TEAM LICENSEE
Are you passionate about basketball? The Texas Basketball League is seeking qualified individuals who want to own a semi-professional basketball team.
If you are interested in learning more about the Texas Basketball League licensee opportunities, please call our league office for details. A representative will contact you regarding your request for information.

LICENSEE FOCUS
Own and operate your own semi-professional basketball team without spending a million dollars! The Texas Basketball League has a unique business opportunity that allows entrepreneurs to jump right into developing a local team while establishing state and national name recognition! This is an opportunity of a lifetime. As an owner of the state-recognized franchise, you will represent the best in minor league sports ownership and bring an exciting brand of basketball to your local market. As a licensee of a state-recognized team, you will develop instant value along with business relationships with local government officials, vendors, sponsors and advertisers and have access to professional athletes and entertainers for team sponsored events. The TBL brings the public a brand that marries sports and entertainment together, and is supported with seasonal events like the TBL All-Star Classic, TBL Celebrity Golf Classic, concerts and camps. There is no faster or better way to become a part of professional sports and entertainment then by becoming a licensee of a TBL team of the Texas Basketball League!

LICENSEE BENEFITS
This is an opportunity every red blooded American dreams of. You have the ability to bring marketing opportunities to advertisers and events to the community. The licensee's revenue stream is derived from local advertisement, sponsorships, free agent camps, merchandising, media rights, etc. We provide state-of the-art gymnasium and support material along with on going training and technical support. As you build your advertising sales, you help to build the Texas Basketball League on a local and national level.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does the Texas Basketball League provide its licensees with a protected territory? Absolutely. The Texas Basketball League is one of only a few basketball leagues in the country that provide each franchisee with protected city or area boundaries, in which other locations may not be developed.

Are licensees required to have a sports background or experience? No. The Texas Basketball League helps walk you through a great deal of the initial set up process. You will have to negotiate your arena lease, develop a working relationship with your local city, vendors and advertisers. Our corporate office will handle the state and national sponsorship opportunities; events, promotions as well as help you develop relationships with advertisers and government officials within your city. We will train you in every aspect of running the business. Some of the topics of training include:
Sales Training, and Sales Staff Recruiting Management training Advertising Sales Processes, Lead Generation for sponsors Billing, and office systems training Hiring Coaches, Referees and Sales/Marketing personnel

What type of support can I expect as a new licensee with the Texas Basketball League? By licensing with the TBL, you will have access to a proven method and systems of operation along with the Texas Basketball League's state and national brand name recognition. The licensees benefit because they maintain total control over the business finances and growth potential. The Texas Basketball League provides initial and ongoing support services, which include:

1. Site location/lease negotiation and assistance
2. Develop and execute marketing plan
3. Comprehensive ongoing training programs
4. Assist in working with key partners
5. Ongoing advertising
6. Evaluating goals and market
7. Business training at the Texas Basketball league's corporate offices
8. Business operations manual, video tapes, and training

Do you provide any type of training? Yes! We provide a three-week intensive classroom training for the owner/operator, 14 days for the owners
and one-week that includes the sales representative(s).

During this 21-day course, you will learn the day to day operations, how to seek out the types of clients the TBL prides itself on, what to look for
and how to recruit your sales representatives, office manager, coaches and other personnel.

For more information towards ownership, please call 817-803-6186 or email: tblhoops@yahoo.com


TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE ANNOUCES DANCE AND CHEERLEADERS TRYOUTS -by Benjamin Brinkley
14-August-2007
Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Basketball League will be holding audience for its dance and cheerleaders team, Texas Energee!!!, on Saturday, September 8th between 9:00 am - 11:00am at:

The Metro Charter Academy
1111 Gibbons Street
Arlington, Texas 76011

Dance and Cheerleaders Team Director Lesile Bruce and a group of judges are looking to select 20 women from the North Texas Area.
Texas Energee!!! will represent the team at public appearance and during the team's 32-game season from November, 2007 to March, 2008.
Games will be played in Arlington, texas at the Metro Charter Academy down the street from the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Additionally, Ms.Bruce and selected staff of The Texas Energee!!! will be hosting a series of youth dance and cheer camps in North Texas this fall.

For more information and an application for the dance team, please call Lesile Bruce 214-306-9549 or email info_texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com.


TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE TO HOLD BASKETBALL TRYOUTS AT METRO CHARTER ACADEMY -by Benjamin Brinkley

15-August-2007
Arlington, Texas --The Texas Basketball League is conducting basketball tryouts on Saturday, September 8th and 9th, 2007 at Metro Charter Academy. Interested players may arrive at the gym as early as 1:00pm with tryouts running from 2:00pm until 6:00pm on Saturday and 2pm until 6pm on Sunday. Candidates must be 18 years of age with a high school degree or equivalent. Players should wear appropriate shoes and clothing and come ready to compete.

On-site registrations will be accepted. The cost is $150. All registration fees are non-refundable and payable by check or cash. Please be advised that participation in the open tryouts may jeopardize a player's NCAA eligibility. If you have any question about NCAA eligibility, please consult with your current basketball coach. The Texas Basketball League is also currently accepting applications for a variety of positions, including assistant coaches, internships and dance team choreographer.

For more information please contact Benjamin Brinkley at (817) 803-6186, email info_texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com.


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THAILAND

Thailand overruns Angola in classification game -by Eurobasket News
Thailand - Angola 77:72
Thai team celebrated a narrow victory over Angola in the classification game for the 21st-24th spots today. The hosts of the Summer Universiade will now face either Kazakhstan or South Africa for the 21st place tomorrow. Angola meawhile remained winless in Bangkok.
The teams kept it close throughout the first quarter and Thailand took a narrow advantage 27:25. Thai players extended the gap to 42:35 at halftime. However Angolan team regrouped after the break and speeded up to outscore hosts 20:12 and take a 55:54 lead. But cheered by the fans Srinakharinwirot University Thailand secured a tough victory in the final stanza.
Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) topscored for Thailand with 22 points. Ratdech Kruatiwa (190-F-85) contributed 17 points for the winners. Adilson Baza (185-C-86) replied with game-high 26 points and 8 boards for Angola. Joao Suingue (185-G-83) had 14 points in defeat.
Thailand shot solid 53% from the field and 63% from free throw line. Angola responded with 40% accuracy from the range and 64% from the stripe. Thai players outrebounded Angola 41:25. At the same time hosts committed massive 31 turnovers.

Thailand: Chaiwat Kaedum 22, Ratdech Kruatiwa 17
Angola: Adilson Baza 26, Joao Suingue 14


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TUNISIA

Tunisian National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Kasia
Ali El Amri
Amine Rzig
Atef Maoua
Fouhed Stiti
Hamdi Braa
Marouan ben Ali
Mejdi Maalaoui
Mohamed Hdidane
Mohamed Mokhtar
Mohamed Naim
Mourad ben Salem
Nizar Knioua
Omar ben Mohamed
Oualid Dhouibi
Radhouane Slimane
Samy Ouellani
Walid Manai
Zied Jaafar


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U.KINGDOM

Spartans on tour in England -by Dave Ryan
Three English teams will host San Jose State University when the American college visit the UK this weekend. The Californian team will face EBL Division One runners-up and National Trophy winners Reading Rockets on Friday August 10 before visiting London Leopards - who finished fourth in Division One - the following day. They will face their toughest test on Sunday August 12 when they travel to Milton Keynes Lions, who finished sixth in the BBL.
San Jose finished eighth in the nine-team Western Athletic Conference last season with a 4-12 record, while in non-conference games they had a 1-13 record. A 50-49 loss against Idaho saw them go out of the conference tournament at the first stage.
Spartans' coach George Nessman is looking forward to the short tour: "This trip has been in the works for quite some time now. Our players and staff are extremely excited. This is a tremendous opportunity to travel and have a unique experience. We are very much looking forward to the competitive challenge of playing against professional teams.
"We have a very young team that will benefit greatly from the unique opportunity they have to bond with each other both on and off the basketball court. It is a great chance for our players to grow not only individually, but collectively."


Britain down the Tall Blacks -by Dave Ryan
Great Britain finished their five game road trip on a winning note, with a fine 82-75 victory against New Zealand in their final game of the Svietski Cup in Croatia.
GB pulled ahead early and held the lead 22-12 after the first quarter and by five at the half. The Kiwis made a run in the third quarter and shrunk the lead to 41-38 before threes from Midgley and Lenzly stretched the lead to 52-44. New Zealand cut the lead to two late in the game, but a big bucket and free-throw from Andy Betts sealed the victory. Chris Haslam had his best match this season, scoring 7 points in the final quarter.
Andy Betts led the scoring for Chris Finch's team with 15 points, while Andrew Sullivans and Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) chipped in with 12 apiece and Chris Haslam added 11.
The previous night had seen GB lost 80-63 against Finland. Britain started off brightly in the game against Finland and opened the first quarter with a 9-3 lead and led 17-8 on a drive for two by Sanders. The Brits won it 22-12 after Reinking hit five points in the last minute including a three on the buzzer.
However, the Finns gained the momentum in the second quarter and some good long range shooting put them in control as they clinched a tightly contested quarter 29-10 to lead 41-32.
The clock broke down at half-time and subsequently the game lost a bit of energy in the third quarter with the Finns winning it 16-9.


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UKRAINE

New Zealand loses to Ukraine despite 39 points from Everard Bartlett -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Ukraine 86:104
New Zealand students were rallied by Ukraine in today's action at the Summer Universiade. Ukraine managed to withstand massive 39 points from Bay Hawks guard Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) to ensure their appearance in the clash for the 13th spot tomorrow. Ukrainian captain Leonid Stefanyshyn (200-F-85) led well-balanced squad to a comprehensive victory.
Europeans were dominant right from the start as they established a 21:14 after the first quarter. Playing a spectacular attacking basketball the teams rolled to a 49:40 in favor of Ukraine at halftime. Both Ukraine and New Zealand never stopped after the break and continue to entertain Thai fans with a high-scoring attitude. Ukraine extended the lead to 75:58 after three quarters. Ukrainian coach Igor Yatsenko let the bench log more minutes in the final term however it did not influence the tempo and Ukraine closed the game in style outscoring Emerging Tall Blacks 29:28.
Leonid Stefanyshyn scored 18 points and grabbed 6 boards for Ukraine. Maxym Kornienko added 14 points for the winners. Everard Bartlett posted 39 points, hitting 7/12 three pointers, 5 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals for Kiwis. Christopher Reay (206-F) had 17 points in a losing clause.
Ukraine outrebounded their opponents 43:27. They also shot impressive 61% from the field, while Emerging Tall Blacks were limited to 35%. New Zealand were a bit better from the charity stripe converting 73%, while Ukrainian players knocked down 58% of free throws.

New Zealand: Everard Bartlett 39, Christopher Reay 17
Ukraine: Leonid Stefanyshyn 18, Maxym Kornienko 14


Ukraine - Denmark - 74:64 -by Olena Liashenko
Wednesday, 15
The additional qualifying round for Eurobasket-2007

Ukraine - Denmark - 74:64 (18:11, 10:16, 27:21, 19:16)

At least Ukraine showed the game worth compliments: starting 13:0 the Ukrainians did not allow guests to hit for 4 minutes, while the Danes have caught up to 19:18 then. After the big break Lishchuk-Kolchenko-Skutelnik made the game, as well as 8 blocks from Kravtsov.
Kolchenko 17 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists; Lishchuk double-double 14 points-11 rebounds, Drozdov 14 points 8 rebounds.
During the final press-conference Berestnev has noted some players' high potential, for example, Kolchenko who showed the game to be played in the serious European club.

Tournament position after the third round, Group C

The Team Games Won Lost

1. Israel 3 3 0

2. Belgium 3 2 1

3. Ukraine 3 1 2

4. Denmark 3 0 3

Next game will be played in Belgium this Saturday, while Kiev will host the Israel team on August, 22.


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UNIVER.GAMES

Lithuania and Serbia will fight for Gold Medals -by Eurobasket News

Semifinals

Serbia - Japan 76:62
Serbian basketball is in its full swing this summer as they continue to gather all kinds of titles around the world. Serbian students closed on one more as they advanced to the Final of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Serbia toppled Japan today to maintain their perfect record at the tournament and joined Lithuania in the title game. Japan will now play for Bronze medals against Canada.
Serbia was forecasted as favorites in this clash and started to prove their status early in the game. They built a narrow 17:15 lead after the first frame. However Japanese team was about to beat forecasts this evening. They limited European players to only 9 points in the second quarter and secured a 28:26 advantage at halftime.
Serbian team were probably well shaken during the intermission by their coach Sasa Nikitovic as they began to turn things their way immediately after the break. An aggressive defence maintained throughout the term helped Serbia to limit Japan to 6 points and clear off to a 46:34 distance. The final frame brought a high-scoring attacking basketball where Serbian team still were more successful outscoring Japan 30:28.
Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) led Serbia with 15 points and 7 boards. Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 12 points for the winners. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) answered with game-high 16 points for Japan. Akihito Inoue (198-F-84) scored 11 points in a losing effort.
Both teams shot 41% from the field, but Serbia were a bit more accurate from free throw line converting 65%. Serbia also outrebounded their opponents 45:20.

Serbia: Strahinja Milosevic 15, Marko Simonovic 12
Japan: Yusuke Okada 16, Akihito Inoue 11


Lithuania - Canada 79:64
Lithuanian team continued their impressive race in the basketball tournament at the Universiade in Bangkok. They edged Canada in today's semifinal and advanced to the title game. Rimantas Grigas' guys will now face the winner of Japan vs. Serbia semifinal.
Lithuania enjoyed a narrow 26:20 lead after the opening frame. Canada remained at a striking distance throughout the second term and trailed by the same 6 points at halftime 42:48. However Lithuania put breaks on Canadian offense in the third quarter and limited them to just 8 points. It resulted in Canada falling behind 10 points and entering the final frame trailing 50:66. Lithuania wisely held on to the advantage and never allowed Canada to come closer. Canada only managed to outscore Europeans 14:13 in the fourth quarter but it had little influence on the result.
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points to pace Lithuania. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) secured another 13 points for the winners. Scott Morrison was the only Canadian player to deliver in double figures as he netted 16 points. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) added 9 points in a losing effort. Lithuania dominated every aspect of the game. They outrebounded Canada 36:30 and forced them to 18 turnovers. Lithuania also shot better from the field converting 44%, while North American players hit 37%.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 18, Steponas Babrauskas 13
Canada: Scott Morrison 16, Jevohn Shepherd 9


Classification 5th-8th spots

Turkey - Korea 79:68
Turkish students overcame Korea in todays's action at the Universiade. The win enabled Turkey to play for the 5th spot tomorrow. Korea will now fight the 7th place.
Turkey used strong second and fourth frames to succeed in the game. Both teams kept it close throughout the opening stanza and were all square at the start of the second term 20:20. But Turkish side spurred ahead after the first intermission. They limited Korea to 11 points and outscored them 24:11 to pile up a 44:31 lead at halftime. Korea however was not about to let it slip away. They hit a couple of three point attempts and dominated the boards to cut the deficit to 52:55. But Turkey stayed cool and never let Korea to come close enough for the final strike. A solid shooting percentage from the field allowed Turkey to stay in front in the dying stages and seal victory at the end.
Cem Coskun (209-C-87) led Turkey with 17 points and 9 boards. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) contributed 13 points for the winners. Jung Hwiryang (200-F-84) scored 15 points for Korea. Oh Sekeun (201-C-87) produced 13 points and game-high 18 rebounds in a loss.

Turkey: Cem Coskun 17+9 boards, Sinan Guler 13
Korea: Jung Hwiryang 15, Oh Sekeun 13+18 boards


Russia - Germany 94:76
Russian forward Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) scored 30 points to lift his team past Germany at the Universiade in Bangkok today. Russia will now face Turkey for the 5th spot. Gemany will play against Korea for the 7th place tomorrow.
Russia shook off bad memories of the quarterfinal loss to Lithuania and started the game bravely enough. They outscored German side 25:16 in the opening frame. The gap kept on growing in the second quarter and reached a 49:32 mark at halftime. Germany struggled to come back into contest as they could not match Russian high accuracy and slumped behind. Russia entered the final stanza up by 19 points 73:54 and easily hold on to the lead.
Nikita Kurbanov topscored for Russia with 30 points, 4 assists and 3 boards. Andrey Komarovskiy contributed another 16 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) responded with 23 points for Germany. Philip Zwiener (198-F-85) had 20 points and 7 rebounds in a loss.
Russia recorded impressive shooting figures as they converted 57% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc. Germany hit 37% of field goals. Russia managed to outrebound their opponents 34:27 and took advantage of German 21 personal fouls.

Russia: Nikita Kurbanov 30, Andrey Komarovskiy 16
Germany: Jan Lipke 23, Philip Zwiener 20+7 boards


Classification 9th-12th spots

Israel - Greece 74:59
Israeli team will play for the 9th spot in the Summer University Games in Thailand. It became known after today's classification game against Greece. Israel survived an early threat from Greek team and emerged strong in the second half to celebrate a comprehensive win at the end. Israel will take on the winner of USA versus Finland battle tomorrow.
Greece got to a better start of the game and led 18:13 after the first quarter. Israel managed to cut the deficit by 2 points at halftime 29:32. Israeli players recovered after the intermission as Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) fueled a comeback effort. Israel surged in front 50:44 in the third term. Greece lost the touch from the field and could not revive in the final stage.
Israel were paced by 22 points from Nitzan Hanochi. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) secured 18 points and 7 boards for the winners. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) delivered 18 points for Greece. Fotios Vassilopoulos netted 13 points in a loss.
Israel limited Greek players to just 38% from the field, while shooting 49% themselves. Greece also struggled from the stripe knocking down 42%. They however managed to outrebound Israel 39:31.

Israel: Nitzan Hanochi 22, Anton Kazarnovski 18
Greece: Ko
stas Kakaroudis 18, Fotios Vassilopoulos 13


USA - Finland 59:44
USA team represented by Northern Iowa University players overcame Finland in today's classification game. This was the fourth consecuive victory for United States team. They will now play for the 9th spot against Israel tomorrow.
USA had a narrow advantage in the first quarter and secured a 14:11 lead after it. Adam Koch (203-F) and Jared Josten (180-G-84) combined 17 points in the first half to pace USA to a 30:20 advantage at halftime. However Finland started the second half with a 7:0 rally that put them within three points from North American team. But USA bounced back with a 6:0 run of their own and claimed lead for good.
Adam Koch topscored for USA with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Jared Josten secured 12 points for the winners. Finland had no players to score in double figures. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with 9 points and 11 boards for Finland. Juha Sten (191-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 8 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
Both teams struggled in accuracy as USA converted 36% of field goals and Finland replied with 27%. Finland also shot miserable 30% from free throw line. United States outrebounded Finland 41:38 and forced those to 16 turnovers.

USA: Adam Koch 13+9 boards, Jared Josten 12
Finland: Ville Makalainen 9+11 boards, Juha Sten 8


Classification 13th-16th spots

New Zealand - Ukraine 86:104
New Zealand students were rallied by Ukraine in today's action at the Summer Universiade. Ukraine managed to withstand massive 39 points from Bay Hawks guard Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) to ensure their appearance in the clash for the 13th spot tomorrow. Ukrainian captain Leonid Stefanyshyn (200-F-85) led well-balanced squad to a comprehensive victory.
Europeans were dominant right from the start as they established a 21:14 after the first quarter. Playing a spectacular attacking basketball the teams rolled to a 49:40 in favor of Ukraine at halftime. Both Ukraine and New Zealand never stopped after the break and continue to entertain Thai fans with a high-scoring attitude. Ukraine extended the lead to 75:58 after three quarters. Ukrainian coach Igor Yatsenko let the bench log more minutes in the final term however it did not influence the tempo and Ukraine closed the game in style outscoring Emerging Tall Blacks 29:28.
Leonid Stefanyshyn scored 18 points and grabbed 6 boards for Ukraine. Maxym Kornienko added 14 points for the winners. Everard Bartlett posted 39 points, hitting 7/12 three pointers, 5 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals for Kiwis. Christopher Reay (206-F) had 17 points in a losing clause.
Ukraine outrebounded their opponents 43:27. They also shot impressive 61% from the field, while Emerging Tall Blacks were limited to 35%. New Zealand were a bit better from the charity stripe converting 73%, while Ukrainian players knocked down 58% of free throws.

New Zealand: Everard Bartlett 39, Christopher Reay 17
Ukraine: Leonid Stefanyshyn 18, Maxym Kornienko 14


Mexico - China 83:67
Mexican team had a successful outing against China at the Universiade today. They overcame their Asian counterparts 83:67 to ensure the game for the 13th spot tomorrow. Mexico will play against Ukraine. China meanwhile will fight for the 15th place versus New Zealand team.
A well-balanced team effort brougt Mexico their second victory and the team imroved to 2-3 record at the tournament. Latin American side looked better in the first half as they managed to pile up a 44:33 advantage at halftime. China tried to come back in the third term and cut the deficit to 55:65 entering the fourth quarter. But Mexico tightened defence and sealed a perfect win at the end.
Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) scored 17 points to pace Mexico. Edward Ayileke (197-F/C-84) added 14 points for the winners. Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) and Han Shuo (198-G-89) nailed 18 points apiece for China. Li Zhenyang (204-C-87) chipped in 13 points in a losing clause.
Mexico converted 49% from the field and 78% from free throw line. China shot with 45% accuracy from the field and 63% from charity stripe. China managed to outmuscle Mexico under the rims pulling down 33 boards. Both teams committed 24 turnovers.

Mexico: Jose Luis Bucio 17, Edward Ayileke 14
China: Yang Chao 18, Han Shuo 18, Li Zhenyang 13


Classification 17th-20th spots

Australia - Taiwan 106:66
Austrlian team played probably their best basetball at the Summer Universiade so far edging Taiwan 106:66. The victory allowed Aussies to fight for an overall 17th place. They will now take on the winner of Brazil versus Czech Republic clash.
Austalian players marked their intentions right from the start rolling past Taiwan 28:13 in the first frame. Taiwan tried to stay in the contest in the second term as they managed to outscore Australia 22:21 but they could not deliver after halftime break. Astralian squad completely dominated the court and established a comfortable 74:49 lead entering the fourth frame. The task was completed in the last part of the game as Australian bench dismantled their opponents 32:17.
Carlin Hughes (185-G) provided game-high 26 points for Australia. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) had 17 points and 9 boards, while Marcus Ng (189-G-85) nailed 16 points for the winners. Sheng Yao Liu answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Chang Yi Ming (185-G-84) delivered 10 points in a losing effort.
Australia shot solid 53% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc. Taiwan replied with 42% accuracy. Australian players outrebunded their counterparts 42:19. They also committed just 11 turnovers.

Australia: Carlin Hughes 26, Aron Baynes 17+9 boards, Marcus Ng 16
Taiwan: Sheng Yao Liu 22, Chang Yi Ming 10


Czech Republic - Brazil 85:73
Czech Republic team took advantage of Brazil in today's classification game at the Universiade in Thailand. They will now play for the 17th spot against Australia tomorrow. Brazil will face Taiwan in the clash for the 19th place.
Czech Republic did not wait for too long before starting to deliver in this one. They got off to a flying start and easily ran away to a 20:12 distance after the opening frame. Brazil however managed to slow down their European opponents and cut the advantage by 4 points at halftime 34:38. Czech team then wisely held on to the lead in the third term and entered the final stanza in front 61:56. Brazil tried to come back into the contest but it was not the day for them. Czech connected a couple of long jumpers to seal the victory at the end.
Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) had 24 points to pace Czech team. Michal Vocetka (192-G/F-87) contributed 14 points in a winning effort. Gustavo Lima (178-G-90) replied with 21 points for Brazil. Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) netted 17 points in defeat.
Czech Republic converted 47% from the field and 73% from free throw line. Brazil recorded 46% of field goals and 47% from charity stripe. Czech players outrebounded their counterparts 32:23. Both teams committed 17 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Pavel Slezak 24, Michal Vocetka 14
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 21, Audrei Parisotto 17


Classification 21st-24th spots

Thailand - Angola 77:72
Thai team celebrated a narrow victory over Angola in the classification game for the 21st-24th spots today. The hosts of the Summer Universiade will now face either Kazakhstan or South Africa for the 21st place tomorrow. Angola meawhile remained winless in Bangkok.
The teams kept it close throughout the first quarter and Thailand took a narrow advantage 27:25. Thai players extended the gap to 42:35 at halftime. However Angolan team regrouped after the break and speeded up to outscore hosts 20:12 and take a 55:54 lead. But cheered by the fans Srinakharinwirot University Thailand secured a tough victory in the final stanza.
Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) topscored for Thailand with 22 points. Ratdech Kruatiwa (190-F-85) contributed 17 points for the winners. Adilson Baza (185-C-86) replied with game-high 26 points and 8 boards for Angola. Joao Suingue (185-G-83) had 14 points in defeat.
Thailand shot solid 53% from the field and 63% from free throw line. Angola responded with 40% accuracy from the range and 64% from the stripe. Thai players outrebounded Angola 41:25. At the same time hosts committed massive 31 turnovers.

Thailand: Chaiwat Kaedum 22, Ratdech Kruatiwa 17
Angola: Adilson Baza 26, Joao Suingue 14


Kazakhstan - South Africa 80:59
kazakhstan added more pain for weary South African team. Kazakhs handed them the 6th straight loss and left them winless at the tournament. The victory means kazakhstan will now fight for the 21st spot against hosting Thailand tomorrow. South Africa will seek for their first success against Angola.
Kazakhstan proved the difference early in the game and rolled to a 29:12 advantage after the opening frame. South Africa however was not taken aback and did not collapse afterwards. They played a close basketball in the second half but South Africans never came close enough to trouble Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) led all scorers with 27 points and 17 rebounds for Kazakhstan. Maxim Voyeikov (195-F-88) contributed 10 points for the winners. Eric Mofokeng (204-C-84) and Tsepo Matsie (185-G-86) nailed 15 points apiece for South Africa. Thami Kukulela (194-G-85) added 9 points in a losing clause.
Kazkahstan were more accurate from the field knocking down 50%, while South Africa shot just 34%. Kazakh players reigned under the rims outrebounding their opponents 46:33. Kazakhstan also capitalized on 25 personal fouls from African players.

Kazakhstan: Mikhail Yevstigneyev 27+17 boards, Maxim Voyeikov 10
South Africa: Eric Mofokeng 15, Tsepo Matsie 15, Thami Kukulela 9



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URUGUAY

The Uruguayan NT beat Puebla Angeles 105-64 -by Hector Lopez
Uruguay NT defeated 105-64 Puebla Angeles, during the second game played in Mexico, before the Tournament of the Americas. In the prvious game Veracruz Halcones Rojos beat the Uruguayans 87-82. Uruguay will play two other games, agaist Guadalajara Tecos and Leon Lechugeros, before traveling to Las Vegas. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) and Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) were the main socrers for Uruguay with 18 points each one.



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Women News

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CARICOM - Women

Puerto Rico wins CBC championship -by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico - Trinidad and Tobago 67:43
Puerto Rican National team triumphed at home CBC championship. They handled Trinidad and Tobago in the title decider and clinched the top spot. Trinidad kept it close in the first half but Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, college: Indiana) spurred Puerto Rico to a 14:0 run in the third quarter which saw hosts to clear off for good. Cynthia Valentin finished the game with 30 points for Puerto Rico. Millie Martinez provided 7 points and 5 boards for the winners.

Dominican Republic defeated Barbados 84:45 to grab Bronze medals. The win also means Dominican Republic qualified for the 2008 Centrobasket tournament.


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HUNGARY - Women

Uniqa-Cup in Gyor -by Gabriel Zippenfenig

Our national team will play in Gyor against to Slovakia at 17:00 on this Friday and against to Turkey at 19:00 on this Sunday on Uniqa-Cup in Gyor.

The team practiced in Tata in the National Fitness Camp. Tamas Bencze head coach said that they are ready to participate on this Cup and they are looking forward to the games.

The team:
MKB Euroleasing Sopron:

Zsuzsanna Horvath

Andrea Karolyi

Katalin Honti

Bernadett Nemeth


Seat Foton Gyor:

Zsuzsa Horvath

Head coach: Tamas Bencze



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PORTUGAL - Women

Sacramento 81, San Antonio 74 Ticha gives Monarchs win with 4 straight FT in return -by Bruno Baltazar
Ticha played 22 minuts,4 assists ,9points,1 steal in her comeback to action.
Kristin Haynie scored a season-high 14 points to help the Sacramento Monarchs rally for an 81-74 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Wednesday night.
Nicole Powell and Kara Lawson both scored 13 points for the Monarchs (19-13), Yolanda Griffith had 10 points and Ticha Penicheiro added nine, including five free throws down the stretch, as Sacramento pulled one game behind second-place San Antonio.
Sophia Young and Becky Hammon scored 19 points apiece for the Silver Stars (20-12), who dropped one game behind first-place Phoenix. Camille Little had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Trailing by 11 points early in the third quarter, the Monarchs pulled to 59-54 on Powell's layup in the final minute of the period. After Hammon's 3-pointer pushed the Silver Stars' lead to eight with 5 seconds left, Haynie started an 11-0 run with a 3 of her own at the buzzer.
Haynie opened the fourth with a jumper 19 seconds in and Lawson's jumper with 7:49 to go gave the Monarchs a 65-62 lead. Little's layup tied the score for the final time, at 69-89 with 5:17 left, and Haynie's 3 gave Sacramento the lead for good 26 seconds later.
Vickie Johnson hit 1 of 2 free throws to pull the Silver Stars to 73-72 with 2:21 to go, but Rebekkah Brunson made a layup and Penicheiro made four straight free throws to seal the win.
The Monarchs had no answer for Hammon in the first half. The WNBAs third-leading scorer made four 3s and scored 16 points, helping the Silver Stars to a 43-36 lead at the break.


Portugal preparation games -by Bruno Baltazar
After the victories gotten in the two first games, Portugal completed the series of 4 games with Chile, regitering a defeat and a victory in the last 2 meetings. In the 3rd game Portugal never got the lead, with the exterior shot never to function and with Chilean equips (that she entered strong) never to lose the command of the marker, arriving at the end of the departure in the front for 59-72.
4th and finish game was different, therefore the leadership in the marker always was alternated, what it became the sufficiently interesting departure to attend. In the entrance of the last period Portugal losing but a spectacular recovery in the lasts 4 minutes catapulting for the victory for 66-59. To relate that in the last game Carla Nascimento did not played because a apendicitus and had a cirurgy for that remove her apendice.


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PUERTO RICO - Women

Puerto Rico wins the Caribe 2007 with a great Valentin -by Alessandro Fontana
Puerto Rico won deservedly the Caribe 2007 against Trinidad 67-43. Our Hermanas won the gold medal in a game which it was always strictly in the hands of our national team.
Our MVP was Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, college: Indiana) who scored 30pts (20pts already in the first two quarters). She played a great game, Nobody could her keep down. She was incredible with her "never-failing" 1vs1. What a woman!!
To mention also the game of Esmary Vargas (191-C-81, agency: Next Level, college: Emporia St.) with 11rebs and 5blocks. and "Millie" Milagro Martinez (173-G-80, college: Georgia Tech) with 5pts, 7rebs and a great contribution in defense.
Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Dominican Republic (who was the third classified team in the Caribe 2007) have obtained the right to play in the next CentroBasket Tournament 2008.

Puerto Rico- Trinidad= 67-43
PR: Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, college: Indiana) 30, Gonzalez 12(5reb), Martinez 5(7rebs)
A. Fontana


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SERBIA - Women

Partizan started preparation for the next season -by Dragana Vukovic
Yesterday,Partizan started preparation for next season.Team is almost the same as the team of the last season,new names are Ljiljana Tomasevic and Maja Stjepanovic.On the 25th of August team will go in Krupanj on preparation.After that they are planing some friendship games.From the 24th till the 30th of September Partizan will took part on one tournament in Slovakia.
Roster of the team:Beronja Mirjana,Dangubic Jelena,Jankovic Bojana,Ilic Vanja,Stjepanovic Biljana,Petrovic Svetlana,Tomasevic Ljiljana,Krstajic Milena,Vasovic Andrijana,Brdar Tijana,Stjepanovic Maja.Also,some of players from junior team will be added in the roster.Coach will be
Dragan Vukovic ,assistant coach Dragan Gavrilovic,athletic preparation coach Despotovic.


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TURKEY - Women

Transactions -by Cem Guvener

Ceyhan signed Seda Tekindag and Burcu Uzun from Galatasarayand American player Cristen Green.


Mersin BSB renewed contract with Mujde Yuksel and Signed Tugba Palazoglu from Besiktas and Pelin Incel from Kayseri TED.


Migrosspor signed Nihan Anaz from Galatasaray and Nalan Guney and Aylin Hocaoglu from Istanbul Universitesi.




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U.KINGDOM - Women

Clark looks forward to warm-up games -by Dave Ryan
Great Britain women's coach Mark Clark is looking forward to seeing his side take to the floor for the first time this season when they travel to Norway for a pair of games over the weekend.
After two weeks hard work at Manchester Magics's Amaechi Centre, Clark is pleased with the way things have gone: “In terms of being based in Manchester, it's gone really well. The facilities are excellent and we've been treated really well. We've had enough opportunities to practice things, and we should be ready to put things on the floor.”
The 14-player British squad have suffered their share of injuries, with the fitness of centre Kim Butler and veteran forward Andrea Congreaves (193-C-70) both in question. “Kim's had a hamstring problem, but she should be ready for the Norway game, while Andrea's struggling a bit” said Clark.
“We've had a few strains, but I'm happy with the quality of the squad, and how things have gone. We've got two weeks and six games to get ready.”
Clark admits that, at this stage, he does not know which starting line-up he will be using: “We're still to work out our stating five. We have big options and we have a smaller more mobile option. If everyone's fit it should go very well. We've made a lot of progress, and we're looking forward to testing ourselves.”
The British side will face Manchester Magic under-18 men's team in a scrimmage on Wednesday evening before flying out to Norway on Thursday for games against the host nation on Friday and Saturday. The Norwegians currently lie second in group A of the European Championship qualifying competition, and the two sides could yet meet in the play-offs.
Britain then return to Manchester for a few days before flying to Slovenia on Thursday August 23 for a pair of games, and they then move on to Croatia to play the home side twice.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

ISV 61, Bahamas 53 -by David Edole
The Virgin Islands won the fifth place game by defeating Bahamas, 61-53 at the 2007 Caribbean Basketball Championships which were held in Morovis, Puerto Rico. The V.I. women finish their campaign with a 2-2 record. The V.I defeated Bahamas then lost to the surprised team of the tourney, Trinidad & Tobago, team and eventually lost a heart breaker to Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rico won Gold at the CBC by beating Trinidad & Tobago 67-43. Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and Dominican Republic qualified for the 2008 Centrobasket.
The Dominican Republic qualified by beating Barbados 84-45 in the Bronze medal game.