EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/21/2007

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ABA

Team news and transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
The Rome Legions will introduce tomorrow in an official Press Conference at the Forum Civic Center in Rome, Georgia their technical staff for the 2007-08 season, as follows: Head Coach: Larry Lassett; General Manager: Chris Coates; Assistant Coach: Cabral Huff , who will also be the Director of Operations. The Corning Bulldogs announced the signing of Demontric Doddles, a 6-7 forward from Mansfield University. League titleholders Vermont Frost Heaves announced the re-signing of Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) for the upcoming season.

Georgia Gwizzlies Sign Foreign Import -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Georgia Gwizzlies have signed talented forward Elvir Karic (6'7''-F-82) to play for the 2007-08 ABA season.
Karic, a native Bosnian, has extensive experience playing in Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and most recently with Basket Clubs Vienna in Austria where he averaged 17.6 points, and 3.4 assists while shooting a very efficient 76.0% from the field.


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Serbian champion continues with a new name -by Dragan Jankovski
Management of Serbian and Adriatic league champs, BC Partizan Belgrade, and Bosnian top team and National Cup holder BC Igokea from Aleksandrovac started very interesting cooperation which resulted with new names for both teams. So Partizan will have a new name for the upcoming season and it will be BC Partizan Igokea while Bosnian team will also change their name to BC Igokea Partizan. Both sides confirmed that this is just the beginning of their cooperation.

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AFRICAN CHAMPS

Yes Angola can host the world - Scholl -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Stand-in coach for the Lions of Senegal and Detroit Pistons Africa Scout, Myke Scholl has given his verdict on the proposed interest of the Angolan Basketball Federation to bid for the FIBA World Championship for Men soon.

South Africa-base Scholl says basketball is like a religion in Angola backed with excellent organisation and support from both the government and the people.

Speaking with FIBA Africa in an exclusive chat at the lounge or Hotel Alvalde Monday on the organisational structure the Angolan basketball federation and government deplored towards the hosting of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship which enters its knock-out stage Tuesday, the former coach of the South African senior Men team said with such level of followership the game enjoyed in Angola he has no doubt that they can conveniently hosted the World Championship.

He gave kudos to the decentralisation of the venues which according to him brought out the best from the fans that thronged the stadiums daily to cheer the teams in each of the four venues (Benguela, Huambo, Lubango and Cabinda).

“The fans are very enthusiastic about the game in Angola and that is one important area of the game that the world governing body, FIBA should look at when deciding on the choice of host for its championship.

“Other Africa Basketball Federations should take a cue from Angola on how best to run a virile basketball, by ensuring that they do not only have a league but one that is very vibrant which can attract its top players from trooping abroad, the leagues should be run professionally.

Scholl who was bitter that the Senegalese team was bundled out of the championship they were runner-up in 2005 on the door step of the Senegal Basketball Federation whom he said failed in their responsibilities to start preparation early by writing for the release of its top players on time for major championship
.

He absolved the players of any complicity but rather blamed it on the group-C it found itself which he described as the toughest in the championship.

The former ESPN basketball club of Johannesburg, South Africa head coach to the 2006 FIBA Africa Champions Club Cup Competition held in Lagos, Nigeria rated Angola as the best team in Africa with Nigeria as second.


Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85)



CAN '07: Q/finals Games -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Venue: Cidadela Desportivo, Luanda

Date: Tuesday, August 20

Egypt Vs Tunisia - 1pm

Nigeria Vs Cape Verde - 3.30pm

Cameroon Vs Cote d'Ivoire - 6pm

Angola Vs Central Africa - 8.30pm

Classification Matches

Venue: Benguela

Date: Tuesday, August 20

Morocco Vs Liberia - 11.00am

South Africa Vs Senegal - 1.30pm

Mali Vs Mozambique - 4pm

DR Congo Vs Rwanda - 6.30pm

Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71)



Senegal wont make it to China ! -by Kristian Santiago

In a close game , the Senegalese Lions lost to Egypt by three points and wont get the chance to win the African Championship this year. Besides the early exit of Senegal , Mali is also surprisingly out after a loss to the Elephants from the Ivory Coast.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, who are under the tutelage of former national team-captain Lazare Adingono (201-F-78, college: Rhode Island) , made it to the quarterfinals after a long absence from the Championships and could be a serious contender for the title with a squad that includes UCLA-standout Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88).

Results:
8/19/2007: Cape Verde - Rwanda 71-62
8/19/2007: Angola - Morocco 108-58
8/19/2007: Senegal - Egypt 63-66
8/19/2007: Ivory Coast - Mali 65-63
8/19/2007: Nigeria - Dem.Rep. of Congo 90-74
8/19/2007: Central Africa - Liberia 96-59
8/19/2007: Mozambique - South Africa 59-58
8/19/2007: Tunisia - Cameroon 70-75

Box Scores of the Fourth Day:

Nigeria - Dem. Rep. Congo http://www.afrobasket2007.com/cache/bin/XPQe1GwXX1523GwWN7CvoNFZKU.pdf
Senegal - Egypt http://www.afrobasket2007.com/cache/bin/XPQe1GwXX1524GwWN7CvoNFZKU.pdf
Ivory Coast - Mali http://www.afrobasket2007.com/cache/bin/XPQe1GwXX1525GwWN7CvoNFZKU.pdf

Mozambique - South Africa http://www.afrobasket2007.com/cache/bin/XPQe1GwXX1521GwWN7CvoNFZKU.pdf

Tunisia - Cameroon http://www.afrobasket2007.com/cache/bin/XPQe1GwXX1526GwWN7CvoNFZKU.pdf


Box Score Angola - Morocco (108-58)

Angola - Armando Costa (3), Carlos Morais (6), Olimpio Cipriano (16), Eduardo Mingas (4), Joaquim Gomes (11) - Cinco inicial - Milton Barros (14), Luis Costa (10), Victor Carvalho (6), Victor Muzadi (13), Felizardo Ambrosio (6), Carlos Almeida (10), Miguel Lutonda (9).

Coach: Alberto de Carvalho

Morocco: Khalfi Mustapha (10), Rhalimi Idrass (2), Mouakar Mohamed (8), Bouhalal Mounir (11), Iderrissi Younes (4) - Cinco inicial - Bourouiss Xouheir (6), Mesbahi Zakaria (9), Bakkassi Nabil (4), Koudou Sofiane (0), Bassim Fadia (0), Msadia Adnami (3), Najah Abderrahm (1).

Coach: Jean Paul Rebatet

Referees: A El Hafez (Egypt) and Popolas (Nigeria)

Halftime: 49-21

2.000 Spectators


Box Score Central African Republic - Liberia (96-59)

RCA - Fabrice Mokontemapa (8), Regis Koudjia (16), Junior Madozein (0), Dieudonne Mbesse (5), Lionel Bomayako (4), Guy Kodjo (20), Junior Pehoua (2), Christian Siris (13), Olivier Vivies (15), Severin Febou (2), Maixant Mombollet (7) and Souleyman Asrangue (4).

Treinador; Perrin Michel.

Liberia - Joseph Lackey (7), Raphael Quaye (11), Alphonso Kuiah (10), Riclue Allision (2), Alvin Tapeh (0), Varney Tulay (0), Marcus Wolo (8), Fitzgerald Cole (0), Mark Smith (11), John Bing (4), Samuel Ndoum (0) and Jethro Bing (6).

Coach: Allen Jallah.


Final Standings:

Group A - Provincia de Benguela

Classification

Angola - 06 points (317 M, 168S, +149)

Cape Verde - 05 points (220 M, 242 S, -22)

Morocco - 04 points (272 M, 211 S, +61)

Rwanda - 03 points (196 M, 254 S, - 142)

Group B - Provincia da Huila

Classification

Egypt - 05 points (205 M, 201 S, + 4)

Ivory Coast - 05 points (195 M, 199 S, - 4)

Senegal - 04 points (214 M, 198 S, + 16)

Mali - 04 points (206 M, 151 S, -10)

Group C - Provincia do Huambo

Classification

Nigeria - 06 points (276 M, 163 S, +113)

Central African Rep. - 05 points (216 M, 194 S, +20)

DRC - 04 points (212 M, 225 S, -13)

Liberia - 03 points (200 M, 248 S, -48)

Group D - Provincia de Cabinda

Classification

Cameroon - 06 points (240 M, 176 S, +64)

Tunisia - 05 points (208 M, 192 S, +16)

Mocambique - 04 points (174 M, 197 S, -23)

South Africa - 03 points (183 M, 220 S, -37)




Quarterfinals

Angola - Central Africa

Nigeria - Cape Verde

Egypt - Tunisia

Cameroon- Ivory Coast


Classification Games for Places 9th - 16th:

Morocco - Liberia

South Africa - Senegal

Mali - Mozambique

Dem. Rep. Congo - Rwanda



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ALGERIA

Algerian giant gets tested in Spain -by Kristian Santiago
Saad Kaiche, a 22-year old center with a impressive height (2,29m) is currently trying out in Spain for the clubs CB Breogan and Rio Frutas Estudiantes Lugo.
The former Widad Boufarik player could be playing in the EBA as well as occasionally in the LEB with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo if signed.
He participated in the 2005 edition of the Basketball without Borders Camp in South Africa , where African talents are chosen to live, leanr and play with several NBA players and coaches for a week.


Mehdi DOUBAL has signed in LE CANNET (FRANCE) -by Foued Benhenni
LE CANNET is known for being the former training place of French swimming champ female "Laure MANAUDOU" but there is also a good basketball team there and Mehdi DOULAL has decided to help this team ( located near his hometown ANTIBES) TO REACH nationale 4 DIVISION,LE CANNET OLYMPIC is currently playing in " COTE D AZUR REGIONAL LEAGUE"Mehdi Doubal (187-G-78)

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ANGOLA

CAN '07: Q/finals Games -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Venue: Cidadela Desportivo, Luanda

Date: Tuesday, August 20

Egypt Vs Tunisia - 1pm

Nigeria Vs Cape Verde - 3.30pm

Cameroon Vs Cote d'Ivoire - 6pm

Angola Vs Central Africa - 8.30pm

Classification Matches

Venue: Benguela

Date: Tuesday, August 20

Morocco Vs Liberia - 11.00am

South Africa Vs Senegal - 1.30pm

Mali Vs Mozambique - 4pm

DR Congo Vs Rwanda - 6.30pm

Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71)



Yes Angola can host the world - Scholl -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Stand-in coach for the Lions of Senegal and Detroit Pistons Africa Scout, Myke Scholl has given his verdict on the proposed interest of the Angolan Basketball Federation to bid for the FIBA World Championship for Men soon.

South Africa-base Scholl says basketball is like a religion in Angola backed with excellent organisation and support from both the government and the people.

Speaking with FIBA Africa in an exclusive chat at the lounge or Hotel Alvalde Monday on the organisational structure the Angolan basketball federation and government deplored towards the hosting of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship which enters its knock-out stage Tuesday, the former coach of the South African senior Men team said with such level of followership the game enjoyed in Angola he has no doubt that they can conveniently hosted the World Championship.

He gave kudos to the decentralisation of the venues which according to him brought out the best from the fans that thronged the stadiums daily to cheer the teams in each of the four venues (Benguela, Huambo, Lubango and Cabinda).

“The fans are very enthusiastic about the game in Angola and that is one important area of the game that the world governing body, FIBA should look at when deciding on the choice of host for its championship.

“Other Africa Basketball Federations should take a cue from Angola on how best to run a virile basketball, by ensuring that they do not only have a league but one that is very vibrant which can attract its top players from trooping abroad, the leagues should be run professionally.

Scholl who was bitter that the Senegalese team was bundled out of the championship they were runner-up in 2005 on the door step of the Senegal Basketball Federation whom he said failed in their responsibilities to start preparation early by writing for the release of its top players on time for major championship
.

He absolved the players of any complicity but rather blamed it on the group-C it found itself which he described as the toughest in the championship.

The former ESPN basketball club of Johannesburg, South Africa head coach to the 2006 FIBA Africa Champions Club Cup Competition held in Lagos, Nigeria rated Angola as the best team in Africa with Nigeria as second.


Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85)



Angola cruises into quarterfinal stage -by Eurobasket News
Angola - Cape Verde 100:44
Angolan team continued their winning march through the Afrobasket tournament. The hosts of this year's African championship easily handled Cape Verde in the second round of action in Group A. Angola was overwhelming in the first part of the encounter building an unassailable 59:20 lead at halftime. Cape Verde players were able to slow down Angola a bit after the break but it hardly influenced the final scoreline. Angola remained impressive till the final buzzer and posted a comprehensive 100:44 win to improve to 2-0 record. The home side dominated every aspect of the game as they outrebounded their counterparts 37:22 and forced those to massive 36 turnovers. Angola also converted 68% from close range and 46% from beyond the arc.
Adalberto Antonio (196-F-88) topscored for Angola with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) added 12 points for the winners. Cape Verde replied with 11 points from Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant).

Angola - Marocco 108:58
Angola completed the preliminary round action with a spectacular victory over Marocco. The win saw Angola occupy the top spot in Pool A and qualify for the quarterfinal. They will now face Central African Republic tomorrow. Angola and Nigeria remained the only two teams with perfect records after the preliminary round.

Angola - Cape Verde 100:44
Angola: Adalberto Antonio 13, Olimpio Cipriano 12
Cape Verde: Mario Correia 11, Tony Barros (193-F) 8

Angola - Marocco 108:58


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ARGENTINA

ben hur champion -by Facundo Iatzky
Ben hur Rafaela won the "encestando una sonrisa" tournament. They won to ULBRA 76-75 in the final game wirh another spectacular performance of young guard Jonathan Machuca (184-G-89).

ULBRA (75): Diego 13, Vanderlei 20 (x), Danilo 8, Betao 23, Pedro Calderon 9 (St), Bruno 0, Diguinho 0, Andre Bambu 2. Coach: Claudio Mortari.
Ben Hur (76): Gustavo Martin 7, Fabian Elias Saad 6, Eduardo Calvelli 13, Phillip Lockett 0, Ruperto Herrera 2 (St), Jonathan Machuca 21, Felipe Ederra 7, Walter Storani (200-F/C-70) 13, Ariel Hillebrand 7 (x). Coach: Facundo Muller

On other hand, Atenas Cordoba lost against Universidad Concepcion and finished in the fourth place.

Atenas (80): Juan Pablo Figueroa 2, Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82) 25, Erron Maxey 16, Mauro Bulchi 4 (x), Terrell Taylor 17 (St), Eduardo Spalla 2, Bruno Labaque 4, Diego Osella 3, Cristian Romero 7, Damian Collovati.0. Coach: Medardo Ligorria.
Universidad de Concepcion (82): Sebastian Figueroa 1, Evandro Arteaga 2, Chris Sockwell 28, Alain Laroche 17, Jorge Valencia 0 (x) (St), Eduardo Marechal 18, Jose Campos 9, Nelson Mendez 4 (x), Samuel Bravo 3, Juan Videla 0. Coach: Jorge Alvarez.


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AUSTRIA

Worthersee adds PG -by Stefan Heinrich
The Worthersee Piraten added the ABA Champion Melvin Creddle (186-G-82, college: Mount Olive) on the PG spot. Creddle played the last season for the Vermont Frost Heaves where he recorded 10.6 ppg, 5.2 apg, 1.7 spg and 4.2 rpg in 18 minutes of action. Creddle will join the team today and start the preparation for the new season.

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BELGIUM

Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Eurobasket has received information that the next player headed to Leuven could be Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: St.Vincent).
Washam played the past season for Israeli National league team Hapoel Holon with whom he won the championship.
He was the National league's leading scorer with 28.5ppg and 3rd leading rebounder with over 10rpg. If he joins Leuven they will have signed the nr 1 and 2 scorer in Washam and Ron Johnson.
Holon als happens to be the team where former Leuven player Chris Watson is headed to.

This news has not been made official by any source.


Optima Gent signed Belgian forward Michael Krikemans (202-F-83, agency: Stanley International).



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CAMEROON

Cameroon advances to the quarterfinal stage from the top spot in Group D -by Eurobasket News

Cameroon National team had successfully achieved the early goal in the African championship in Angola. They completed the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record and qualified for the quarterfinal stage. Cameroon will now take on Cote d'Ivoire in the quarterfinal battle tomorrow.
Cameroon started their Afrobasket campaign with a confident win over Mozambique 66:54.
Later Cameroon faced South Africa and gained a comprehensive victory 89:59. They opened the game in a overwhelming manner and rolled to a 26:15 lead after the first frame. South African players manged to slow down their opponents in the second quarter and outscored them 19:18 but they never developed this success. Cameroon wisely controlled the tempo and eased to a safe distance in the third stanza 72:52. Cameroon players secured a win at the end and improved to 2-0 record. Joachim Ekanga paced Cameroon with 17 points. Christian Bayang (-87) added 11 points in a winning effort. Cameroon shot impressive 52.2% from beyond the arc in this game.
Cameroon and Tunisia entered the final round of preliminary action in Group D with perfect 2-0 records and had to decide on the winner of the group. Cameroon managed to celebrate a tough victory 75:70 and occupied the top spot in the ladder. The game was very close till the final seconds where free throw accuracy helped Cameroon to succeed. Ifeanyi Mbah (206-F-90) topscored for Cameroon with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: Weatherford JC) provided another 15 points for the winners.

Cameroon - Mozambique 66:54

Cameroon - South Africa
Cameroon
: Joachim Ekanga 17, Christian Bayang 11
South Africa: Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82) 15, Joseph Mazibuko (192-G-80) 13

Cameroon - Tunisia 75:70

Cameroon: Ifeanyi Mbah 17+9 boards, Gaston Essengue 15
Tunisia: Oualid Dhouibi 16, Atef Maoua (198-F-81) 15



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CAPE VERDE

Afrobasket2007: Cape Verde wins in Benguela and advance to the next round -by Pedro Gomes

Cape Verde National team fulfilled the task at the preliminary round of the African Championships in Angola. They finished second in Group D and advance to the quarterfinals stage. They completed the preliminary action with a 2-1 record and ended just behind Angola, the champions.

Cape Verde started the competition with a tough win over Morocco. Cape Verdean players managed to gather up strength to come back and win in ovetime. Rodrigo Mascarenhas (198-F-79) and Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) performance were key to the victory.

Cape Verde continued with their strategy, resting key players against Angola, in order to win the final game and advance. The reason the loss against Angola was of that magnitude.

On the last day of preliminary action Cape Verde took on Rwanda, and with the main players well rested, they beat Rwand 71 to 62, and advances to the next round. Marques Houtman (190-G-79, college: Stonehill) controlled the team well.

Cape Verde will now play Nigeria in Luanda, on the 21.


In Group A

Angola and Cape Verde qualified for 1/4 finals while Morocco and Rwanda will play the classification games

First day (17/08/07)

ANGOLA # RWANDA : 109 - 66
MOROCCO # CAPE VERDE: 80 - 85

2nd day (18/08/07)

MOROCCO # RWANDA : 74 - 68
ANGOLA # CAPE VERDE : 100 - 44

3rd day (19/08/07)

CAPE VERDE # RWANDA : 71 - 62
ANGOLA # MOROCCO : 108 - 58

RANKING
A1. ANGOLA

A2. CAPE VERDE

A3. MOROCCO

A4. RWANDA



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CENT.AFRICA

Central African Republic goes into the quarterfinal round -by Eurobasket News
Central African Republic National team successfully qualified for the quarterfinal round at African Championship in Angola. They occupied the second spot in Group C securing 2 victories at the preliminary stage. They will now take on hosting Angola in the quartefinal tomorrow.
Central African Republic started their Afrobasket 2007 campaign with a confident win over DR Congo 66:58.
In the next round Central African Republic had to face the most dangerous opponent at the preliminary round Nigeria. They started the game comfortably enough and trailed by just 5 points after the opening frame 17:22. But things went the wrong direction in the second term as Nigeria dominated the field and extended the gap to 23:42. Central African Republic team managed to slow down their renounded counterparts and teams played close basketball in the second half. However Nigeria never allowed Central African team to come within a striking distance and celebrated a victory at the end. Central African Republic were paced by 14 points from Regis Koundija. Christian Siris and Olivier Vivies (204-C-73) provided 9 points apiece in a loss. Nigeria dominated avery aspect of game outrebounding Central African Republic 43:23 and forced them to 21 turnovers. Central African Republic converted 54.2% from close range and only 39% from free throw line.
Central African Republic played against Liberia in the third game at the tournament and cruised past their opponents 96:59. The win enabled Central African Republic to occupy the second spot in Pool C just behind Nigeria and lifted them into the quarterfinal stage.

Central African Republic - DR Congo 66:58

Central African Republic - Nigeria 54:77
Central African Republic
: Regis Koundija 14, Christian Siris 9, Olivier Vivies 9
Nigeria: Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, college: Michigan St.) 20+10 boards, Chamberlain Oguchi (196-G-86) 15

Central African Republic - Liberia 96:59


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COSTA RICA

Henry Martinez Leaves Saprissa -by Max Blair


Henry Martinez Leaves Saprissa -by Max Blair


Henry Martinez Leaves Saprissa -by Max Blair
Deportivo Saprissa's star guard and leading scorer Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75) has left Deportivo Saprissa, according to his coach, Neil Gottlieb . According to Arnoldo Rivera of "La Nacion," Martinez left in order to try-out with an unknown Mexican team. It is believed that Martinez is in Mexico now. Gottlieb, who also coaches Martinez on the Costa Rica National Team, said "this is not good for Deportivo Saprissa because Henry's contract says he is allowed to leave if given another contract, but not simply for a try-out...we're very angry and disappointed with Henry."

Gottlieb believes that Deportivo Saprissa may look to bring in an import player to make up for the loss of Martinez. Martinez was Deportivo Saprissa's leading scorer with 330 points in the Apertura and one game in the Clausura.

On February 8th, 2007, Martinez was given an 11 million colon salary (nearly $21,200), an amount previously unheard of in Costa Rican basketball.


Henry Martinez Leaves Saprissa -by Max Blair


Henry Martinez Leaves Saprissa -by Max Blair


Henry Martinez Leaves Saprissa -by Max Blair


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CUBA

First results of the TNA -by Alessandro Fontana
These are the first results of the TNA:
Santiago de Cuba-Holguin= 85-73
Las Tunas-Guantanamo 95-84
Tigres- Cienfuegos= 85-59
Capitalinos-Pinar= 92-82
Metropolitano-Matanzas= 84-81
Ciego de Avila-Sancti Spiritus= 68-56

The champions of Ciego de Avila (with the trio Guerra, Silvestre and Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) win the first game with an unusual difficulty. Los Tigres "wrecks" Cienfuegos with a lot of 3pts shots.
A. Fontana


TNA results 2 -by Alessandro Fontana
Las Tunas-Guantanamo 90-87 Great success for Las Tunas, he won already 2 games, incredible for the team which did never win last season.
Santiago de Cuba- Holguin 88-67
Metropolitano-Matanzas 71-70. Matanzas played without "the cracks" Danys Torriente and Allens Jemmott (193-G-80)
Capitalinos-Pinar 89-74
Tigres-Cienfuegos 102-68. With a great game of Ramos 25pts and Polas 22pts.
Ciego de Avila- Sancti Spiritus 81-73

A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

Proteas EKA AEL signs another two players and finalises the roster. -by Chris Mammides
Proteas AEL agreed terms with another two bosman players, the Swedish Olivie Ilunga (185-G-84) and the French Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman). Both players will arrive in Cyprus within a couple of days as teh first stage of the training and preparation of the Limassol team will take place in Cyprus (Agros) and then they will travel in the Baltics where they will continue the second and last pahse of their preparation.

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D.R. CONGO

DR Congo falls just short of the quarterfinals at Afrobasket -by Eurobasket News
DR Congo National team did not succeed at the preliminary round of the African championship in Angola. They did not qualify for the quarterfinal stage and occupied the third spot in the Pool C ladder. DR Congo team will now play in the classifiaction round for the 9th-16th spots. They face Rwanda in the opening game of the next stage tomorrow.
DR Congo lost their opening battle in Angola to Central African Republic 58:66. It was probably the key defeat for DR Congo team as Central African Republic appeared to overcome them in the ladder.
DR Congo however regrouped in the second encounter of the preliminary round and thumped Liberia 80:69. The outcome was mainly decided in the starting frame when DR Congo players spurred to a 28:19 lead. They wisely held on to it through the rest of the contest never allowing Liberia to bounce back. DR Congo withstood impressive effort from Liberian Mark Smith (-87) who netted game-high 31 points. Lifetu Selenge topscored for DR Congo with 20 points. Loo Djo contributed 13 points and 8 boards for the winners.
In a must-win clash against Nigeria DR Congo could not beat forecasts and surprise their experienced opponents. Nigeria proved the difference edging DR Congo 90:74. DR Congo stayed within a 10-point distance entering the final frame but Nigeria easily raised the tempo in the fourth frame and ensured positive result. Selenge Lifetu paced DR Congo with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Freddy Mali had 15 points in defeat.

DR Congo - Central African Republic 58:66

DR Congo - Liberia 80:69
DR Congo: Lifetu Selenge 20, Loo Djo 13+8 boards
Liberia: Mark Smith 31, Raphael Quaye (-G-75) 18

DR Congo - Nigeria 74:90
DR Congo: Selenge Lifetu 23+8 boards, Freddy Mali 15
Nigeria: Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, college: Michigan St.) 22, Abe Badmus (180-G-85) 13


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D-LEAGUE

D-League Representation at AFROBASKET 2007 -by Surujh Roopnarine
A few notable D-Leaguers are playing with pride in Angola a the 2007 African Championships as they try to qualify their country for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Samake Soumaila (7'0''-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) - Cameroon
** 7'0" center played with the Greenville Groove during the 2002-03 season averaging 8.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and a league leading 1.6 blocks in 33 games.
Aloysius Anagonye (6'8''-F-81, college: Michigan St.) - Nigeria
** Former NCAA Champion with Michigan State, Anagonye played with the Los Angeles D-Fenders this past season before moving to Premiata Montegranaro of Italy in March.
Jeleel Akindele (7'1''-C-83, college: Chicago St.) - Nigeria
** Athletic shot-blocker, played collegiately at Chicago State where he was the conference Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season.
Appeared in 48 games with Ft. Worth last season averaging 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks
Pape Sow (6'10''-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) - Senegal
** Dominant stretch of games with Arkansas during the 05-06 season where he averaged 19.7 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.56 blocks in 18 games. Went on to be a contributor with Toronto Raptors for remainder of season. Coming back from injury, has signed on to play in Italy.
Makhtar N'Diaye (6'9''-C/F-72, college: N.Carolina) - Senegal
** At 33 years old is the senior statesman of young Senegalese National Team. N'Diaye was a member of North Charleston Lowgators during the 2001-02 season; averaged 6 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.


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EGYPT

EGYPT TO THE QUARTERFINAL AFTER WINNING SILVER MEDALIST SENEGAL IN A BIG SURPRISE -by Kirolos Beshay
Egypt made it to the quarter final after winning thw strong team Senegal 66/63 in a very exiting match especially in the fourth quarter which was full with three shots and dunks from both teams ,the egyptian team played with a tactic better than yesterday with zone defence while in the offence players were in the moode especially Sherif Eldiasty who scored 7 points and this is best score for him in the tournment's matces ,Wael Badr who played as a play maker scored 12 points and as usual Tarek Elgnam who scored 16 points While the man of the match i think is Ramy guniedy who was superb in his defence agnist the play maker of Senegal Elkeber Pene and he succeded to steal more than 5 balls from the Senegalese team and he scored 10 points,Mohmed Elsaied played a good match better than yesterday ,Ibrahim Elgmal was a fighter in defence and offencewith 7 points .
The team played more concentrated than yesterday and coach Brederage Overcame the disadvantages of yesterday agnist Mali,he didn't depend only on Tarek Elgnam but all the team players scored in an equal way and players of position 2 (sherif Eldiasty and Mouhmed Elsaied) who were a disadvantage for the team agnist Mali played their best matches agnist senegal but i think the coach made a little mistake in my opinion when he didin't participate Amir Elfnan in the whole game especially in the fouth Quarter because the diffrence in score become very small as the third quarter ended 53/40 and Amir Elfnan was the best player agnist Mali .
In a very big surprise senegal and mali are out of the competion after getting defeated Senegal from Egypt 66/63 and Mali from Cote d'ivore 65/63.
Quarterfinal matches:
Angola Vs Central africa 3:00 P.M
Egypt Vs Tunisia 5:30 P.M
Nigeria Vs Cape Vedre 8:00 P.M
Cameron Vs Cote d"ivore 10:30 P.M
ALL MATCHES WILL BE HELD IN 20,August


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EL SALVADOR

Cosmos advance to Finals -by Jaime Arevalo
In Game 2 of Semifinals, COSMOS defeated again LA JUGADA, this time 79-61, for the final 2-0, advancing to the Liga Nacional Final Series. The recird of Cosmosr-2 is now 16-0, and the team could end unbeaten the tournment. In the other semifinal, DENVER tied the series on 1-1, defeating UFG 84-76. The decisive third game will be played next week. The best performers were Enrique Lopez with 22 points in Cosmos and Luis Benitez with 30 points in Denver-2

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FINLAND

1.DIV.: Huima signed two American players -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Huima (Aanekoski) has signed two American players. G Kenny Jones (186-G-84, college: Merrimack) comes from Merrimack (NCAA2) University (16,8 ppg - 6,3 rpg) and Parnell Smith (198-F-84, agency: 123 Podium) from Buffalo (NCAA1) averaging 9,5 ppg - 5,5 rpg in 24,8 mpg. Erkko Pasanen (186-G-85) is also new from YMCA Turku (7,5 ppg - 3,1 rpg).

1.DIV.: PuHu will play with three foreigner players -by Rauno Hurmalainen

PuHu, Vantaa has the roster ready for the season 2007-08. The new American Head Coach Andy Johnston has 15 players among them two players
from USA and one from Estonia. Team´s American C will be Phil Hickey (211-C-77, college: Notre Dame), who is returning back to Vantaa after one season in Helsinki (ToPo) and one in Espoo (Honka). Hickey will start his fourth (4,5) season with PuHu, where he started his career in Finland in the year 2000. Last season Hickey averaged (Honka) 9,2 ppg - 6,7 rpg. PuHu´s new G will be Tim Forbes (180-G, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Bentley). After graduation Forbes has played in the ABA and in Switzerland (9,0 ppg - 3,5 apg).
Estonian F Kaido Saks (203-F-86) is first time abroad. Saks comes from Pirita, Tallinn, where he averaged 3,9 ppg - 1,8 rpg.



KORISLIIGA: Kauhajoki got the players together -by Rauno Hurmalainen
American Head Coach Greg Gibson is a happy man right now. Coaching Top League newcomer Karhu (Kauhajoki) fifth season Gibson has finally got
his roster and Team together. American G Alonzo Evans arrived last weekend, Olli Ahvenniemi and Kwamena Brace returned back home from Thailand
(Summer Universiade) and American F Cedric McGowan arrived also today to Finland. Team´s third American Josh Gross will come later this week. Coach
Gibson emphasizes in the practises (10-12 times a week) condition, personal skills and tactics.


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GERMANY

Regionalliga West News -by Daniel Poerschke
SVD 49 Dortmund of the 1. Regionalliga West signed Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida) and Frank Benson (196-G/F) as their imports for the upcoming season.

Grevenbroich Elephants signed Brain Graves (188-G) as their new point guard.


Artland Dragons ink Dirk Maedrich -by Moritz Korff
The German A2-international Dirk Maedrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) has agreed on a one-year-contract with the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1. Bundesliga). Maedrich left Germany for France in December 2006 and signed with Strasbourg IG of the Pro A-League. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13 fixtures of the ULEB-Cup and scored 4.5 ppg through the Pro A-season. Maedrich recently attended the World University Games with the German team.

Two imports for the NVV Lions -by Moritz Korff
Brad Shove (183-G, college: St.Rose (NY)) and Clayton Longmire (201-F, college: St.Rose (NY)) are the new import players of the NVV Lions Moenchengladbach (Regionalliga West). Both graduated from the College of Saint Rose, a NCAA Division Two-program. Shove averaged 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per contest for the Golden Knights during his final year in college (2005-2006). He played for the Albany Patroons in the USBL earlier this year. His mate Longmire completed his NCAA-career in spring 2007. He scored 13.5 points per contest as a senior and also pulled down 6.8 rebounds and blocked 1.7 shots.

Chris Young completes Bremerhaven-roster -by Moritz Korff
Chris Young (206-F/C-79, agency: LimeLight, college: Michigan) has signed a one-year-deal with 1. Bundesliga-side Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Young holds a Lithuanian passport (both his parents are born in Lithuania) and played college-basketball at the University of Michigan (NCAA1). Since his graduation Young spent his career in Italy, Poland and mostly in Belgium. He averaged 11.9 points, 6.5 boards and 1 blocked shot in 36 games for BBC Royal Atomia Brussels during this past season.

FC Bayern adds new players -by Moritz Korff
Head Coach Georg Kaempf of FC Bayern Muenchen (Regionalliga South-East) welcomed several new players, when the team started into Pre-Season Practice. Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) is the new man in the middle. The 25-year-old Serbian born player with Icelandic passport spent the past two seasons with BV TU Chemnitz in the 2. Bundesliga. Also Maximilian Gottwald (199-G/F-86) and David Rotim (197-F-85) have joined the Reds from Munich. Gottwald has played for Oldenburger TB so far, while Rotim shot hoops for the Bremen Roosters in the 2006-2007 campaign.
Also a trio of home grown talents will get the chance to see Regionalliga-action in the upcoming season: Jakob Kock (192-G-88), Tobias Korndoerfer (200-F-90) and Stjepan Ljubicic.
Meanwhile, Sharpshooter Claus Weiss (192-G-85), Point Guard Antonio Lang (190-G-86), Forward/Center Markus Huebner (198-F-87) plus the youngsters Alexander Gotzler (196-F-88) and Julian Holzer (188-G-90) from the past seasons' roster will stay one more year with the Bavarian side.


Kieser to Gijon -by Daniel Poerschke
Lucian Kieser (203-F-79) will play for spanish LEB Silverleague team Farho Gijon next year. The german power forward was one of the best players in the 2. Bundesliga south in the last couple of years. Now Kieser takes his game to Spain.

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GREECE

Acropolis Tournament - Game 2: Greece - Lithuania 78-71 -by Chris Mammides
Two of the top teams in Europe made the nearly 7,000 basketball fans to enjoy themselves in a wonderful game with the NBAer Jasikevicius being the man of the match as rumors are bringing him in Olympiakos Piraeus for the next three years…
In regards to the game now, the first quarter went smoothly with the Hellenic team gaining a small difference of five and three points but with the Lithuanians being much better in the rebounding area with 9 against the 3 of the Greeks. It is worth mentioned the Diamantidis vs Jasikevicius battle who forced the Lithuanian super star to get two fouls in 6 minutes (the one was technical) and stayed in the bench for the next three minutes. The score was 18-15 for the Greeks. The second quarter though was a bit different, the Lithuanians mainly with Javtokas and Siskauskas became more aggressive but Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81), with the help of Diamantidis, was there and with his 3 three pointers and 11 point sin total kept the difference to the four points by the end of the first half, 36-32. It is worth to repeat the fact that Jasikevicius was in real problems against the defense of Diamantidis so the Lithuanian head coach Ramunas Butautas was forced to leave him on the bench for quite some time in the second quarter.
The second quarter though it was the time for the Super star, Sarunas Jasikevicius. The Greek coach Giannakis changed the defensive strategy (Diamantidis went on the bench) and Jasikevicius with three unanswered three pointers and two assists made the score 53-46!! In less than five minutes. With an amazing 21-5 increase the difference into 9 points 55-46. The Greeks with Vasilis Spanoulis and a goal foul decrease the difference into six and Papaloukas brought the difference to four. The score of the third quarter was 57-53 for the Lithuanians with Jasikevicus being the man of the quarter with 9 points and 4 assists. Top scorer for the Greeks was Antonis Fotsis with 16 points but scored his last point 8.21' before the end. The Greek guards (Zisis, Diamantidis, Papaloukas and Spanoulis) scored only 12 points altogether!!
The fourth and final quarter begun with a basket from Papadopoulos and two free throws from a technical foul to the Lithuanian bench, with Fotsis equalized the game to 57-57, 9.09' before the end of the game.With an amazing 15-2 and with Papaloukas and Diamantidis scoring from the arc and Papadopulos from the paint the Greek team with less than five minutes to the end is creating an eleven points differences with Jasikevicius on the bench.
Jasikevicus got in the court and once more changed the game but it was too late to change the winner. The final score was 78-71 with Antonis Fotsis being the top scorer with 22 points. Very good game from Diamantidis with 10 points 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.


Monday's transfer news -by Chris Mammides

A1
The ex AEK's captain Nikos Chatzis (196-G-76) after a two year's break came back to the Athens team. Nikos Chatzis is officially AEK's player for the coming two years. Furthermore, it is more than rumor that another great name will join Drosos's team and this name is been said that is going to be a big surprise for AEK fans.

Panathinaikos might proceed with another transfer as Mike Batiste might receive his Bulgarian passport sooner than the Green management thought. Batiste applied for the Bulgarian passport together with Blakney but the papers of the Green power forward never proceed. According to the Bulgarian National TV (yesterday) Mr. Papazov announced officially that Mike Batiste will be receiving the Bulgarian passport by the mid September.

PAOK agreed terms with Mamoutou Diarra, ex ES Chalon-Sur-Saone player with 10ppg, 4rpg and 1apg last season in the French league, at the same time is very close to sign the Skopje player Ivan Zoroski.

Olimpiada Patras and Soulis split ways even before start together, according to rumors, the player asked for some terms which the Patras team couldn't agree upon so they decided to split ways before even start anything. There are rumors that the Greek center is very close to sign with Egaleo.

A2
Jurica Zuza agreed terms with Rethymno.

Panerythraikos agreed terms with two talented young players as an investment for the short terms future, the two players are Grigoris Zabetis from Platonas Athens (D) and Giorgos Papageorgiou from Panionios cadets.

Apostolos Koutroulias and Ilysiakos will continue together for the next year. The experienced player will be wearing the yellow jersey of Ilysiakos at least until June 2008 with the possibility of adding another season.

Peristeri agreed terms with Ralf Bucci, the experienced American player (with European passport) already played for three seasons in A2 with Ilysiakos and Dafni Athens.


I
raklis agreed terms with Stavros Daniel for one year. At the same time Dimitris Spanoulis is among their top priorities even though the player seems to be closer to their Thessaloniki rivals, MENT Thessalonikis.

Apollon Patras and the Czech center Martin Ides, ex player of BK Nova Hut Ostrava. The Czech giant had 10ppg and 5rpg per game. At the same time the agreement with Dimitris Maslarinos is no longer valid as the Head Coach of the Patras team and the management decided not to proceed with the signing of the player.

Pagrati is very close to sign the experienced American center (with Austrian passport) Roderick Platt, ex player of Kraftwerk Wels. At the same time Pagrati and head Coach Aris Lykogiannis are looking towards the young Canadian-Serbian center Ljubisa Vrcelj, graduate of Jacksonville. If both these cases (both of them) will not proceed then the other choice is the Montenegrin center Bojan Grubisic, ex player of the A1 Serbian KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo.

B'Division
KAOD agreed terms with Dimitris Maslarinos just some days after the Greek guard remain free agent from Apollon Patras. It is more than sure that Dimitris will help his new team in the run through the Second division with only aim the promotion to A2. The contract signed is for two years. KAOD is also targeting two players, Thanasis Souflias and Nikos Makris, the first one is also in the targets of Komotini.

Makedonikos agreed terms with Stelios Goulas for one year. The ex player of AEL 1964 will be a great help in this new era of Makedonikos.



Acropolis Tournament - Game 1: Slovenia - Italy 84-81! -by Chris Mammides

Slovenia with Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) in a great day and with Lakovic on the bench beat the Italian team with Barniani remaining to two points and Belinelli doing nearly everything and being the major element in Recalkati's team to make the unbelievable comeback of -19 to -3 in the last seconds.

In a few minutes the second game will begin, Greece Vs Lithuania just fifteen days before the beginning of the Eurobasket in Spain....



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HUNGARY

Dombovar news! -by Tamas Deri
There were already a lot of changes in the team this summer: Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) and coach Branislav Dzunic came back and even Miklos Molnar (195-G/F-85) signed a deal with the blue-whites.
Now the management of the team informed us about signing of two american guards for the next season! The 23years old JaVance Coleman (190-G-84) is a very good guard, who can play both positions. He played for Fresno State University where he averaged 15.3 points in his 4years carreer! The second american will Marquis Webb (196-G/F-84, agency: Octagon), who just graduated on Rutgers University and put up great numbers in his senior sesaon: 10.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 30.1%, 3Pts: 25.8%, FT: 79.7%.
New player is Peter Vas (197-F-85, agency: Kingstone-IBBC): the 22years old forward played for Bodrogi Bau last season and averaged 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game!
Also some bad news for the fans: Tamas Hartvich (199-F-74) will retire because of familiar problems! The management - which's main goal is to get into the playoffs - is already negotiating with players who can replace him!.


Sopron: third foreigner signed! -by Tamas Deri
Sopron just signed the third foreigner for the next season! Canadian power forward Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, agency: Kingstone-IBBC, college: Monmouth) will be the 4man of the team!

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INDIA

Robinson appears infront of Special Committee -by Santhosh Kumar
Former India captain Robinson, who was served with an interim suspension by the Tamil Nadu Basketball Association for not turning out on time for the camp in preparation for the last year National championship, on Sunday appeared in front of the three-member special committee which was set up to hear his case.
The special committee, comprising former TNBA Secretary Thangaraj, state coach Senthureshwaran and Kalaiselvan, also met Indian Overseas Bank's Sports Officer Aeziz Ahmed to enquire about the issue. After finding the facts and enquiring all person concerned, the special committee will submit its report to the 15-member Executive Committee headed by the TNBA Chairman Dyaneshwaran. The EC will take the final decision within three months time.
Couple of months back, Robinson closed his IOB account and joined Writer India for a ‘hefty pay package'.


ONGC drubbed Western Railway, enters PSG Trophy finals! -by Murali Krishnan
Coimbatore, 18 Aug 2007:

The team from Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) dominated the league matches unbeaten. When the ONGC team lined-up against Western Railways in the first semi-final of PSG Trophy on Saturday evening they look formidable.

The strong ONGC players displayed excellent skills and led the match from the beginning with a 25-17 first quarter score. On the contrary the Railway players lose rhythm one after another with poor showing which reflected in the half-time score of 41-30.

Yadwinder Singh, the elegant Railway star got injured while the play was on its third quarter which made things difficult for the team from Mumbai as ONGC continue to lead the game in 57-49.

Cheered by an enthusiastic fan-club, Jasjot Singh (WR) was trying to pull his team up in the last quarter. However his excellent score of 21 did not bring the expected results as ONGC virtually controlled the last five minutes play and entered Sunday's final with a score of 72-63. Trideep Rai netted 28 points for the winners.

PSG Trophy all-india basketball tournament is in its 43rd year and being held at PSG Tech Grounds, Coimbatore.

In the second semi-final of the day, team from Indian Army meets Customs and Central Excise, Cochin. The winner of the above match will play tomorrow's final with ONGC.

League Results: (14-17 Aug 2007)

Group-A
1 ONGC, Dehradun 3 3 0 237 195
2 Customs, Cochin 3 2 1 208 201
3 Indian Navy, Delhi 3 1 2 213 249
4 ICF, Chennai 3 0 3 217 230

Group-B
1 Indian Army, Delhi 3 2 1 177 173
2 Western Railways 3 2 1 199 152
3 BSNL, Kerala 3 1 2 191 196
4 KSEB, Trivandrum 3 1 2 178 224


Silver Jubilee basketball tournament begins at Tirupur -by Murali Krishnan

Tirupur, 20 Aug 2007:

Assuring a week-long fiesta for basketball lovers in and around the ‘Knit City' of southern India, Tirupur Basketball Club's All India tournament for men and women begins this evening on the flood-lit Nanjappa Higher Secondary School court here.

The annual tournament, now in its 25th year, attracts teams from Oil & Natural Gas Commission, Integral Coach Factory, Western Railways, South Central Railways, Customs & Central Excise, Madras Engineering Group, Vijaya Bank and Indian Army for men's competition.

The women's fixture looks like an ‘inter-railway tournament' as teams from all major railway zones of the country, viz., Southern Railways, Western Railways, South Central Railways, Central Railways, South-East Central Railways log horn with Kerala State Electricity Board for the top honours.

Sponsored by Angel group of companies, the winners in both men and women division will be awarded the Angel Cup and a prize purse of INR 50,000 each. After a five-day league round, the semi-finals will be played on Saturday (25 Aug) with the Grand Finale fixed for Sunday (26 Aug).


Customs & Central Excise set to clash with ONGC in PSG Trophy finals -by Murali Krishnan
Coimbatore, 18 Aug 2007:

Customs & Central Excise (Cochin) humbled Indian Army in the second semi-final of the evening to enter PSG Trophy finals. Breaking the defence-line, the country's revenue collectors embarked in style to record an early lead in collecting the points! The Indian Army, one of the past winners of PSG Trophy, fails to negotiate the fierce attack from C&CE as they trail behind with a half-way score of 29-42.

When the match entered the next phase, Subash Shenoy continues to raise the score for the Kochi team. Army's Jairam Jat trying hard to save his team. The 20 points he scored however insufficient to make-up the early losses his team suffered as they went down to C&CE when the final whistle blew at 57-76. Shenoy aided the winner with a brilliant 27 points.

Customs & Central Excise meets Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) on Sunday's finals. Both the teams were playing the league round in Group “A”, while ONGC remain unbeaten throughout the tournament and looks favourite for a Trophy triumph!


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ITALY

Market News -by Stefano Pini
Benetton Treviso added Marcelo Nicola (207-C/F-71, agency: Interperformances) as assistant coach. In the same press release was officialized the loan of Carl Ona Embo (185-G-89) to Angelico Biella. Armani Jeans announced the sign of Stefano Gentile (190-G-89), the son of the great pointguard Fernando Gentile . NBDL defensive player of the year Renaldo Major (201-F-82, college: Fresno St.) exitated too much in his burocratic duties to obtain the Visa to come to Cantù and the team withdrawed all the documents about him from Chicago's Italian Consulate. Tisettanta should look for another small forward. Also Legea Scafati and Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) parted away.

A bad start for Italy -by Gianni Pascucci
In the first game of the "Acropolis International Tournment" Team Italy felt to Slovenia 81-84. The Azzurri played an unusual "soft" game, finding themself behind even by 19 points during the second half of the game. Then, they came back, and could have tied the score with a three pointer from Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83) at the end, but the shot wasn' t succesful and Slovenia deserved to win. Another time more, Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) led the score at 20 points, and Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) added 16 in losing effort, while Slovenia was led by well-known Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79), with 12 and 13 points, respectively.

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IVORY COAST

Ivory Coast in the Quater finals! -by Elvis Dickson
The Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire moves on to the quater finals defeating strong teams
like Senegal and Mali respectively to finish second behind Egypt in group B.

The Ivoirens came back after losing the first game to Egypt 65-73
and defeated senegal 65-63 in a game that was closely competeted by both sides.
Veteran gaurd Guy Serge Toualy (182-G-73) was spectacular with 21 points.

The last group match saw the Elephants beating Mali also
with close margin 65-63.
Guy Serge Toualy scored 28 points, leading Cote d'Ivoire to a spot in
the quater finals againts Cameroon who finished top in group D.


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KENYA

KPA Women beat Catholic to stay on top -by Edward Owino
International Gladys Wanyama scored game-high 31 points as Kenya Ports Authority maintained their unbeaten record in the women's basketball Premier League when they beat Catholic Dream Team 83-33 at Nairobi's Nyayo National Stadium yesterday.
In other matches, Sprite Storms beat Dynamites of the University of Nairobi 61-40 while KPA men's team returned home empty handed when Telkom rocked them 73-63 in their second tie.
Yesterday, Wanyama assured the dockwomen maximum four points against new-comers CDT when she single-handedly poured in 12 points in the winners 21-10 first quarter lead.
Wanyama remained a threat to the lowly rated CDT as she teamed up well with Evon Akinyi and Everline Akoth to humiliate their hosts 22-5 in the second quarter.
The in-experienced CDT, who have only won one match of their 10 outings, were on the receiving end to trail 43-15 at half-time.
In another top women's tie, Storms registered their seventh victory when they defeated Dynamites 61-40. Storms, who have so far won seven matches and lost one, had Hilda Luvandwa (25) and Anjella Luchivya (10) were the top scorers for Storms.
The duo's efforts saw Storms lead 11-6 in the first quarter 26-15 at half-time. Atsabina Sichiri managed 10 for Dynamites.


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LIBERIA

Liberia fails to qualify -by Numennie Williams
.Liberia fails to qualify for the quarter final of the African Championship currently taking place in Angola. Liberia lost to Central African Republic 59-96 points in her last group match on August 19, Liberia will on August 21 take on Morocco for placement. The two country failed to make it to the last eight.

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LITHUANIA

Jasaitis to join TAU -by Simas Baranauskas
Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) decided to sign a one year deal with TAU Ceramica. The worth of the deal is about 700,000 USD. It will be the third team where Neven Spahija coaches the forward. Jasaitis spent his last season in Israel, Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

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LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg Ready For Georgia! -by Ozell Wells
Two days before their big Group B matchup with Georgia, Basketball Team Luxembourg played Ireland in a warm up match defeating them soundly at the Coque 70-54.
Led by the hot shooting of Tom Schumacher (188-G-87) & Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) they handled the Irish team handily. The game stood at a 18/18 tie after one quarter, then the team representing the FLBB took command withtheir pressure defense and never looked back at their hapless opponent.
Alvin Jones (211-C-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) was the game leading rebounder with 11 and added 3 blocked shots.
Tom Schumacher led the way with 16 points on 3 of 4 3pt shooting, followed by Peter Rajniak with 14 pts on 3 of 5 3pt shooting, Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield) 11 pts, Jean Marc Melchior 10 pts and Alvin Jones with 9 balanced out the scoring for the Luxembourg side…
Next up is tomorrow's contest against Georgia at the Coque… Game time is slated for 20:00.
Alle Letzeburg!


Big Tuesday -by Alexis Kreps
Luxembourg's men national team won their final preparation game against Ireland 70:54.
Topscorers for the FLBB-Team have been Tom Schumacher (188-G-87) (188-G-87) (16 points), Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) (14) and Jean-Marc Melchior (198-F-84) (10). This solid showing should give the young team from Luxembourg confidence going in to the game against Georgia in the qualification of the European Championships Division B (Tuesday, 19.30 h at the Coque). This game is a must see since the team from Georgia features a roster full of top level European talent as well as two NBA players

Georgia
4 Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86)
5 Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81, agency: World Sport Agency)
6 Misha Berishvili (205-F-87)
7 Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84)
8 George Tsintsadze (192-G-86)
9 Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89)
10 Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene)
11 Manuchar Manuhar Markoishvili (196-G-86)
12 Nika Niko Chkhatarashvili (204-G/F-86)
13 Vakhtang Vakhtang Natsvlishvili (203-F-76)
14 Viktor Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, college: Globe Tech JC)
15 Nikoloz Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances)
Head Coach: Gordon Herbert
Luxembourg
Christian Schartz (184-G-86)
Felix Hoffmann (190-F-87)
Tom Schumacher
Samy Picard (195-F-88)
Tom Schmitz (201-C-82)
Pitt Koster (178-G/F-89)
Christian Weisen (195-F-86)
Peter Rajniak
Jean-Marc Melchior
Alvin Jones (211-C-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) (211-C-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech)
Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield)
Nelson Delgado (185-G-80)
Jair Delgado (192-F-85)
Head Coach: Matthias Fischer
Assistant Coach: Jeff Wampach
Assistant Coach: Yves Grandjean
Manager: Fred Geib


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MALI

Mali struggles in the preliminary round of Afrobasket -by Eurobasket News
Mali National team was not able to fulfill the task of qualifying into the quarterfinal stage at the African Championship in Angola. They posted 1-2 record in Group B action and have to continue their campaign at the classification games for 9th-16th spots. Mali starts against Mozambique tomorrow.
Mali got to a slow start at the tournament and were severly punished by Senegal early on. Mali could not provide any strong opposition for Senegalese squad and were thrashed 70:85 in the first game in the competition. Mali however needed just one day to rebound after a bitter defeat as they proved their ambitions against Egypt. Mali team drove to a sensational 73:66 win in front of 2100 spectators. Mali dominated the first half and built a 37:27 advantage at halftime. Egypt tried to pave their way back into the contest in the second half but never caught up with Mali pace and suffered their first defeat at the tournament. Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) netted game-high 23 points to lead Mali. Samake Soumaila (214-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) fired 17 points to provide necessary help in a win.
Mali then faced Cote d'Ivoire in a must-win battle for the ticket into the quarterfinal stage. Mali seemed to be en route to the target as they openend the game with a massive 23:8 blow. But Cote d'Ivoire withstood the pressure and gradually recovered. They cut the deficit to 40:46 at the end of the third quarter and stroke back in the fourth frame. Mali struggled from the field at the dying stage and it costed them a win. They suffered a narrow 63:65 loss despite game-high 26 points from Modibo Niakate. Nouha Diakite (207-C-80, college: Louisville) produced 15 points in a losing effort.

Mali - Senegal 70:85

Mali - Egypt 73:66
Mali: Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) 23, Samake Soumaila 17
Egypt: Rami Ramy Gunady (184-G-81) 14, Amir Fannan 13

Mali - Cote d'Ivoire 63:65
Mali: Modibo Niakate 26, Nouha Diakite 15
Cote d'Ivoire: Didier Didier Eric Tape (197-F-81) 21, Mamery Diallo (208-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) 13


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MOROCCO

Morocco will play in classification round in Angola -by Eurobasket News
Morocco National team did not advance to the quarterfinal stage of the African championship in Angola. They ended preliminary action in Group A with a 1-2 record and occupied the third spot in the ladder. They will now play for the 9th-16th place in the classification round. They face Liberia tomorrow.
Morocco opened their Afrobasket campaign against Cape Verde. Posting a 42:36 advantage at halftime Morocco though lost the initiative in the third stanza and entered the final frame having none of the lead 54:54. The teams remained close throughout the fourth quarter and needed overtime to decide on the winner. Cape Verde proved the difference in the extra time and emerged victorious from the clash. Morocco fell short despite game-high 18 points from Mesbahi Zakaria. Mounir Bouhlal (207-C-79) and Rhalimi Idriss provided 16 points apiece in defeat.
Moroccos however managed to rebound after the starting loss and delivered positive result in their next encounter. They cane from behind to edge Rwanda 74:68. Rwanda enjoyed a 37:31 lead at halfrime but an impressive 21:8 rally from Morocco team in the third term changed the complection of this one and allowed Morocco to celebrate the first success at the end. Mustapha Khalfi (173-G) netted 24 points to pace Morocco. Mesbani Zakaria added 12 points in a win.
Morocco faced hosting Angola in their last outing of the preliminary round and suffered a stunning 58:108 defeat. The loss left them in the third spot in Group A.

Morocco - Cape Verde 80:85
Morocco
: Mesbahi Zakaria 18, Mounir Bouhlal 16, Rhalimi Idriss 16
Cape Verde: Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) 15, Rodrigo Mascarenhas (198-F-79) 15

Morocco - Rwanda 74:68
Morocco
: Mustapha Khalfi 24, Mesbani Zakaria 12
Rwanda: Aurianthal Manix 28+13 boards, Robert Thomson 17 Morocco - Angola 58:108


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MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique completes preliminary round at the 3rd spot in Group D -by Eurobasket News
Mozambique National team were unable to advance to the quarterfinal stage at the African Championship in Angola. They completed the preliminary round at the third place in Group D with 1-2 record. They will now battle in the classification round for the 9th-16th spots. Mozambique will face Mali in the first encounter tomorrow.
Mozambique started Afrobasket tournament with a clash against renouned favorites Canmeroon and predictably lost the game 54:66. Mozambique then needed to win against Tunisia to hope to advance. However Tunisia never allowed their opponents to dominate and secured a confident victory. Mozambique fell behind in the first three quarters and could not catch up with Tunisia players in the fourth term. Fernando Mandiate was the best performer for Mozambique as he nailed 15 points. Custodio Muchade had 13 points and 14 boards in a losing case.
Mozambique finally tasted victory in the third round. They managed to overcome South African team in a dramatic battle in Cabinda. Mozambique were down by 9 points at the start of the final term 39:48. But an impressive comeback effort from Mozambique saw them cut the deficit and then claimed a narrow lead for good. Octavio Magolico (199-F-84) scored 21 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Mozambique. Helenio Machanguana contributed 11 points for the winners. This victory allowed Mozambique to impove to 1-2 record and leave South Africa behind in the standings.

Mozambique - Cameroon 54:66

Mozambique - Tunisia 61:73
Mozambique
: Fernando Mandiate 15, Custodio Muchade 13+14 boards
Tunisia: Atef Maoua (198-F-81) 21, Amine Rzig 15

Mozambique - South Africa 59:58
Mozambique
: Octavio Magolico 21+7 boards, Helenio Machanguana 11
South Africa: Nyakallo Nthuping (199-F-86) 12, Joseph Mazibuko (192-G-80) 11


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NCAA2

All American Frank Phillips signs in Luxembourg with Amicale Steinsel !!! -by Lucius Jones
Former All American Frank Phillips (6'4''-F-84, college: Findlay (OH)) who immediately signed out of college to play in the IBL with the Grand Rapids Flight has now signed on for his first overseas experience. Phillips is an intense player who contributes to his team's winning in a variety of ways. Fluid in almost every facet of the game, this versatile matchup problem should have an illustrious career abroad. His team, Amicale Steinsel is a proven winner and Frank,being the natural competitor that he is, looks to continue the tradition.

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NICARAGUA

W.Ramirez Tournment anticipations -by Gianni Pascucci
The Council of the Asociacion de Clubes de Baloncesto (ACB) introduced to media the fourth edition of the International Tournment "William Ramirez In Memoriam", traditionally organized in Nicaragua in fall. The tournemnt has been scheduled for October 18-25, and for the first time will be played in two towns, Managua and Bluefields. In the 2007 edition, the teams should be 10, divided into two groups of five teams each. The teams from Nicaragua will be Tigres de la UdeM, Tiburones-Bancentro and Bluefeilds-Costa Atlantica. The other seven teams will came from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, USA, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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PUERTO RICO

El Jefe Ayuso signs for Cibona. Puerto Rico-Argentina 89-90 -by Alessandro Fontana
El Jefe, LJ, Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) signs for Cibona for the season 2007-2008.
Last season, Larry Ayuso played in Croatia for Split with 23,2 pts and 2,3 assts. per game. He was one of the strongest players in the Croatian League.
Cibona signed him for a season and next year He will play in the ambitious "Euroleague".
In the BSN 2007, Ayuso led up to the victory his team Cangrejeros de Santurce and He was the MVP of the Puertorican League.

PUERTO RICO-ARGENTINA= 89-90
Puerto Rico was defeated on 18th august by Argentina. Puerto Rico ended the "Tuto" Marchand Cup with 0 victories and 3 defeats ( -2 vs Canada, -1vs Argentina). Great game, Puerto Rico played an intense and spectacular basket. At the end of the 4th quarter Puerto Rico won 89-88, Angel Figueroa (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) missed incredibly 2 free throws and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) could score for the argentinean victory.
The best scorer for puerto Rico was Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) with 19 pts. To mention the game of Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) with 17pts. For Argentina Scola and Quinteros 24 pts.
Brazil won the Tuto Marchand Cup. They defeated Canada 74-61. Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was the MVP of the Tournament.
A. Fontana


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S.AFRICA

South Africa stays winless after preliminary round at Afrobasket -by Eurobasket News
South African team were unable to deliver at the start of the African Championship in Angola. They suffered three consecutive lossed at the preliminary action in Group D and finished at the bottom of the ladder. South Africa will now fight for the 9th-16th spots in the classification round. They first take on Senegal tomorrow.
South Africa started their campaign with a 66:72 defeat to Tunisian team. South African players struggled through the first three quarters and allowed Tunisia to built a comfortable 58:45 lead entering the fourth quarter. South Africans finally found the touch in the fourth term but it was too late as Tunisia secured the winning result at the end. Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82) produced 22 points and 8 boards for South Africa. Lesego Molebatsi added 11 points in a losing case.
South Africa faced Cameroon in their next game and were rallied over 59:89. They trailed by just 10 points at halftime 34:44. However Cameroon quickened the tempo after the break and easily ran away to a 52:72 distance. South Africa could not produce any sort of reply and collapsed in the fourth frame. Neo Mothiba once again led his teammates netting 15 points. Joseph Mazibuko (192-G-80) chipped in 13 points in a loss.
South Africans arguably played their best basketball against Mozambique so far on the last day of the preliminaries. But still the luck was on the other side. South African players dominated the bigger part of the encounter and piled up a 48:39 advantage entering the fourth quarter. But their defence was overwhelmed in the final part of the game and allowed Mozambique to score 20 points. It was enough for the opponents to celebrate a difficult victory 59:58 and left South Africa at the bottom of the standings.

South Africa - Tunisia 66:72
South Africa: Neo Mothiba 22+8 boards, Lesego Molebatsi 11
Tunisia: Atef Maoua (198-F-81) 16, Amine Rzig 13

South Africa - Cameroon 59:89
South Africa: Neo Mothiba 15, Joseph Mazibuko 13
Cameroon: Joachim Ekanga 17, Christian Bayang (-87) 11

South Africa - Mozambique 58:59
South Africa: Nyakallo Nthuping (199-F-86) 12, Tsakani Ngobeni 11
Mozambique: Octavio Magolico (199-F-84) 21, Helenio Machanguana 11


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SENEGAL

Senegal secures 3rd spot in Group B -by Eurobasket News
Senegalese team finished the preliminary action at the third spot in Group B. They will now fight for the 9th-16th spots in the classification round. They first take on South Africa tomorrow.
Senegal started their Afrobasket campaign with a comprehensive win over Mali 85:70. The win put them on top of Pool B but just for one day. After a successful start Senegal suffered two sour narrow defeats from Egypt and Cote d'Ivoire.
Senegal lost the second and the third framed against Cote d'Ivoire and could not catch up with their opponents at the dying stage of the game losing just 63:65 at the end. Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84, agency: Passing Lane) scored 15 points for Senegal. Papalaye Sow netted another 12 points in defeat.
Senegal still hoped to qualify for the quarterfinals as they took on Egypt in the third round of the competition. But a strong fourth frame performed by Senegal never helped them to succeed in this one. Egypt built an unassailable lead in previous three quarters and rolled to narrow win at the end. Senegal lost despite game-high 20 points from El Ndoye. El El Kabir Pene (190-G-84) added 10 points in a losing effort. Senegal dominated the boards 41:26 but committed too many turnovers during the game (31). They converted 48.5% from two-point territory and 65% from charity stripe.

Senegal - Mali 85:70

Senegal - Cote d'Ivoire 63:65
Senegal: Malick Badiane 15, Papalaye Sow 12
Cote d'Ivoire: Guy Touali 20, Mamery Diallo (208-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) 7

Senegal - Egypt 63:65
Senegal: El Ndoye 20, El El Kabir Pene 10
Egypt: Tarek Ganman 15+10 boards, Badar Ghari 12


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SERBIA

Historical win for Djuro Ostojic who signed with Gravellines -by Dragan Jankovski
This year FIBA established "FIBA arbitration tribunal", the body which will for the first time be responsible for solving disputes between clubs and the players, regarding financial issues. The first player who started FAT procedure, was Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket), requesting debts from his last year team, BC Paok Thessaloniki. After only 2 months of arbitration procedure, FAT decided on Friday that PAOK is obliged to pay all debts to Ostojic, as well as to his agents, plus costs of arbitration, which are pretty high. Greek team is entitled to appeal to Court of Sport in Laussane, Switzerland in the following 30 days. Anyhow, this case is historical and will give direction to many players in the future, how to solve problems with the club, which more or less don't respect signed contracts.

After this decision Ostojic signed one year deal with French Pro A team Gravellines.


Market news -by Dragan Jankovski

Participant of Serbian B league, BC Proleter Naftagas, got couple of new reinforcements for the upcoming season. They signed Radenko Plicevic, Nikola Dzeverdanovic (188-G-82), Predrag Nikolic (199-F-83), Vladimir Mirkovic, Filip Vukosavljevic, Dragutin Kravic (205-F/C-83, college: Columbia) and Stefan Tica. The team kept three players from the last season: Zoran Bajin, Nebojsa Ristic (194-G/F-77) and Borislav Djurovic (205-F-80). Head coach of Proleter next season will be Zoran Todorovic.

BC Jedinstvo from Bjelo Polje (Montenegro) hired head coach Vlado Dasic who used to work in Sloga Kraljevo.

Center Vladimir Masulovic (212-C-85) signed one year deal with Montenegrin team Niksic.



Serbian champion continues with a new name -by Dragan Jankovski
Management of Serbian and Adriatic league champs, BC Partizan Belgrade, and Bosnian top team and National Cup holder BC Igokea from Aleksandrovac started very interesting cooperation which resulted with new names for both teams. So Partizan will have a new name for the upcoming season and it will be BC Partizan Igokea while Bosnian team will also change their name to BC Igokea Partizan. Both sides confirmed that this is just the beginning of their cooperation.

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SLOVENIA

Olimpija agrees with Doncic, Elektra inks Simunic -by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija agreed terms with experienced Sasa Doncic (201-G-74, agency: VTBM/SRBM) ex Helios for one season and testing U20 NT member Jan Mocnik (174-G-87) ex Nova Gorica (1B) and Damir Djonlic (202-F/C-84) ex Student Tuzla.

Elektra Esotech inked Croatian Ivan Simunic (203-F-86) ex Vajda Cakovec for three seasons.



Slovenia defeats Italy in Acropolis Cup -by Zeljko Zule
In their openinig game of the Acropolis Cup, the Slovenian team defeated Italy 84-81. Slovenia outrebounded the opponents by 37-22 and second half opened with a 15-1 run. Nesterovic, Smodis and Jagodnik combined for 23 of Slovenian's 28 third-quarter points. Slovenia had their largest lead at 56-37 but Italy cut the deficit to 79-80 and Mancinelli missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Matjaz Smodis finished with 13 points, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) had 12 points and 7 rebounds, Goran Jagodnik netted 11 points and Aleksandar Capin posted 10.
SLOVENIA 84 (19+22+28+15): Cebular 2, Lakovic DNP, * Capin 10, Dragic 4, * Nesterovic 12, * Smodis 13, Slokar 4, Klobucar 4, * Jagodnik 11, * D.Lorbek 9, Vidmar 6, E.Lorbek 9.
ITALY 81 (20+16+18+27): Basile 6, Galanda 8, Soragna 16, Marconato 4, Mordente 8, Bargnani 2, Nancinelli 5, Bulleri 2, Hackett, Gigli 8, Belinelli 20, Crosariol 2.


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SPAIN

Simas Jasaitis signs for TAU -by Francisco Martinez
The same day than the Head Coach Neven Spahija has been introduced to media, TAU has announced the signing of the Lithuanian forward Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82). The player comes from Tel Aviv, after parting ways with Maccabi. Spahij and Simas Jasaitis has been together in the last two season, the first one in Vilnius with Lietuvos Rytas and the second one being Yellow in Tel Aviv. In the next year the thing is not changing since they will be again in the same team: TAU VItoria. The contract is for the next two seasons.

Taylor Coppenrath will play in LEB (and another signings) -by Francisco Martinez
* Alicante Costa Blanca is completing its roster with the signings of Jason Klein (200-G/F-76, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan St.), Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81, college: Vermont) and Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.)

* Josep Maria Izquierdo is the new Head Coach of L'Hospitalet. Miguel Minhava (197-G/F-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) y Dionisio Gomez (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) joined the team as players

* Palma Aqua Magica has signed Demba M'Bengue (203-F-75) for the next season

* Peter Lorant (207-C-85) extended his contract with Autocid Burgos.

* Bill Phillips (208-F-79, college: St.Joseph's) will stay in Lleida for one more season.

* Mike English (193-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mo.-Kansas City) is in La Palma for a try-out.


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TBL

EQUALE "Q" LACEY SIGNS WITH TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE -by Benjamin Brinkley
Dallas, TX -- The Texas Basketball League and the Cavaliers announced that they had reached an agreement with Equale "Q" Lacey for the upcoming 2007-2008 season.

"Q is a 6'8" superstar that can put it on the floor and create his own shot as well as post up or come off screens with his jumper. He's a complete player that defends and rebounds but more than any other one attribute, he plays with heart and a relentless determination that out-battles the competition, " said League Owner Benjamin Brinkley "He is the type of player we are looking for and he is a winner and we're proud to announce his signing."

Lacey is the first announced signing for the Texas Basketball League Dispersal Draft from the August 4-5 tryouts. With 103 basketball players signed and under contract since April 2007, The Texas Basketball League is quickly approaching training camp in September. The Cavaliers is one of the early season favorites to get to the TBL championship game aka "The Chip" this year and the Texas Basketball League are hosting a Free Agent and Rookie Tryout Camp at the Metro Charter Academy in Arlington, Texas on Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9th. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Cost: $100 before September 1st, $150 after.

"Come experience the official semi-pro basketball league in the state of Texas"

For more information, by calling the league office at (817) 803-6186 or emailing: benjaminbrinkley_tbl@yahoo.com


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TUNISIA

Tunisia qualified for the quarterfinals at Afrobasket 2007 -by Eurobasket News
Tunisian National team fulfilled the task at the preliminary round of the African Championships in Angola. They occupied the second spot in Group D and advanced into the quarterfinal stage. They completed the preliminary action with 2-1 record and ended just behind Cameroo in the ladder.
Tunisia started the competition with a confident win over South African team. Tunisian players dominated the first three quarters and piled up a 58:45 lead entering the final quarter. South Africa tried hard to cut the deficit in the final frame but Tunisia withstood the threat and celebrated a tough victory at the end. Atef Maoua (198-F-81) scored 16 points to pace Tunisia. Amine Rzig added 13 points and 8 boards for the winners.
Tunisia continued their winning streak in the second round as they defeated Mozambique 73:61. Once again Tunisian team were impressive in the first half and established a safe 38:27 advtantage at halftime. They managed to extend the gap in the third stanza and entered the final frame leading 55:38. Mozambique looked better in the dying stages of the encounter but it never helped them to overcome Tunisia. Atef Maoua topscored for Tunisia with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Amine Rzig contributed 15 points in a win.
On the last day of preliminary action Tunisia took on Group favorites Cameroon and suffered the first loss at the tournament. Tunisia got off to a better start and held on to a narrow 18:17 lead after the first frame. Cameroon though surged ahead in the second term and completed the first half in front 37:35. The teams remained close throughout the third stanza and everything was decided in the dying stages. Cameroon proved to be more accurate from free throw line when it mattered the most and sealed the win at the end.
Tunisia will now face Egypt in the quarterfinal tomorrow.

Tunisia - South Africa 72:66
Tunisia
: Atef Maoua 16, Amine Rzig 13+8 boards
South Africa: Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82) 22, Lesego Matebatsi 11

Tunisia - Mozambique 73:61
Tunisia: Atef Maoua 21, Amine Rzig 15
Mozambique: Fernando Mandiate 15, Custodio Muchate (198-F-82) 13+14 boards

Tunisia - Cameroon 70:75
Tunisia: Oualid Dhoulibi 16, Atef Maoua 15
Cameroon: Ifeanyi Mbah (206-F-90) 17+9 boards, Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: Weatherford JC) 15


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U.KINGDOM

Garbelotto excited about Deng -by Dave Ryan
According to London United's head coach, and Great Britain assistant coach, Tony Garbelotto, the GB team will enjoy a psychological advantage courtesy of having NBA superstar Luol Deng (201-F-85, college: Duke) in their lineup for the impending Eurobasket Division B qualification games.
Team GB are preparing to face Slovakia in the first of this summer's qualifiers at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Tuesday 21st August (tip-off 19.30), and the Chicago Bulls' star is likely to prove crucial in the campaign getting off to a good start.
"He has almost All-Star status in the NBA and will be one of the crucial factors on our team", said Coach Garbelotto. "He gives us a huge psychological advantage; our fitness coach went to a FIBA conference and was talking to representatives from Albania and Slovakia and they were both talking about him. So he's very, very important both in a psychological sense and of course in the playing sense."
Whilst future opposition spend their time worrying about the 6'9" forward, Ireland are already licking their wounds after GB, led by Deng, dismantled them in a pair of friendlies at the K2 in Crawley on Thursday and Friday last week. Deng scored 26 points as GB won 87-59 in the first game, and then added 28 as GB won 96-51 the next night.
Garbelotto, one of the BBL's most recognisable coaches, also spoke of his enjoyment of working with such a prestigious talent, "Luol is an unbelievable individual, not just as a basketball player but as a person. He's a fantastic guy to coach and to be around, very positive and level headed. He has come into the squad and shown that he loves playing basketball, he loves learning and listening, so from a personal perspective he has been such an easy player to coach. He wants to get even better and will continue to get better."
Deng was a key component in the Chicago Bulls team that reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in the NBA playoffs last season. He averaged a commendable 18.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game during the regular season. In the playoffs themselves he led the team with 22.2 points per game.


On-tour Spartans are just perfect -by Dave Ryan
San Jose State University's trip to southern England proved to be a success as they won all three games in their short tour.
The Californian college began a hectic schedule on Friday evening with a 74-64 victory against National Trophy holders Reading Rockets. All of the Spartans' starting five got in double figures as they overcame a poor first period to run out winners. The visitors fell behind 18-4 early in the game, but recovered to lead 37-35. According to San Jose State coach George Nessman , two plays by leading scorer Justin Graham (193-G) (19 points) in the fourth quarter led the Spartans to victory: “They had cut the lead to six with five minutes to go. Justin stole the ball and made a thunderous dunk and then hit a 3-pointer on our next possession. I was really pleased. We played really hard. We played a stronger, real physical team and had to make adjustments to the international rules.”
The following day saw a strong second half performance from the Spartans help them overcome London Leopards 107-73. The home side - led by 16 points from Lee McCarthy - led 26-17 at the first break and extended their lead to 33-20 after three minutes play in the second period. That proved to be as good as it got for a Leopards side who were made up entirely of trialists and juniors, as State fought back to go into the locker room trailing only 41-40. A strong start from the home side saw them extend the lead to seven points, but once a Darion Goins (190-G-87) trey gave them the lead with just over five minutes of the half remaining, they never looked back - and led 74-58 at the final break. A 33-15 period wrapped up the win for Spartans who were led by 22 points from Goins and 20 from Jamon Hill.
The trip was rounded off with a 75-55 win at BBL side Milton Keynes Lions. The home side had four of last year's roster available together with an incredible 15 trialists, and while they had the majority of their senior players on the court they controlled proceedings - going into the first break 20-12 ahead. The second period saw mainly trialists on show for home side, and Spartans took the Lions apart - outscoring them 36-5 to go into locker room 48-24 ahead. Lions did manage to outscore the visitors 17-10 in the third period, but despite briefly getting the margin down to single figures, Spartans held on to go home with a perfect record. Tim Pierce led the San Jose scoring with 25 points, with Hill adding 19.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

MORE ON TOURNAMENT OF AMERICAS -by David Edole
Virgin Islands senior men's national team have been practicing hard over the last two weeks in preparation for the biggest tournament of their lives. The team has even gone out to look for stiff competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past weekend, The team participated in the Southern Roundball Classic in preparation for the 2007 FIBA Americas championship.
The V.I opens the tourney on Thursday when they take on the number one team in the world, United States. The game will be broadcast live at 11:00 p.m. on ESPN Classic.
The Virgin Islands, ranked 38th in the world, must also face Canada (ranked No. 16) Brazil (17), and Venezuela (21).
"Although it doesn't matter what group you are in, we (Virgin Islands) seem to be in a tougher group," said Virgin Islands head men's basketball coach Tevester Anderson. “Most of the teams in our group have current or former NBA players on their roster.”
Anderson also spoke about Virgin Island involvement in the Championship.
"It's an honor for us to be involved in the FIBA Championships and I am happy for the players and for our country to be taking part in such a prestigious tournament. We have worked very hard to reach this point and must prepare to do our best when we get there."
Pool A has Argentina (2), Puerto Rico (13), Panama (29), Uruguay (30), and Mexico (34).
The top four finishers in each pool advance to the second round of the tournament.
The tournament's gold and silver medalists earn qualifying spots in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Teams that finish third through fifth overall will have a second chance to qualify for Beijing. They'll play in a 12-team qualifying tournament in July of 2008 which will determine the final three teams for the Olympics.

The Team:
A team with a definite New York City look full of tremendous athletes, all of whom have experience in U.S. college, most at the NCAA Division 1 level, the U.S. Virgin Islands qualified for the Tournament of the Americas last summer, clinching a spot after arguably the biggest win in U.S. Virgin Islands history, an 85-84 upset of Puerto Rico, who had NBAer Carlos Arroyo in the lineup. The U.S. Virgin Islands has produced several NBAers including Raja Bell and, of course, Tim Duncan, none of whom will be in their lineup. However, there are several solid players which will make this team very difficult to play against. Carl Krauser (188-G-81, college: Pittsburgh), who was a three-year starter at Pitt, graduating in 2006, will lead the team from the backcourt. Krauser is one of at least four USVI players who played high school basketball in New York. Krauser played in Germany last season. Other wing players who should see time in the rotation include Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.), who played at Kent State and has spent the past few seasons also playing in Germany, Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville), who is also playing in Europe and youngster Keylen Gregory (190-G/F-86, college: Marist), who is entering his junior year at Marist University. Defensive wiz Stephen Hodge (187-G-77, college: Edward Waters) is also on the roster as a guard. Up front, the team will look to Frank Elegar, who is entering his senior year at Drexel, where he led the team in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage last season after a stellar high school career at Bronx St. Raymond's. As well, forward Jameel Heywood (198-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Oklahoma), a 6 year pro from Oklahoma, averaged 19.1 points per game in the Puerto Rican professional league last season. Another Bronx St. Raymond's product, Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Massachusetts), is still plying his trade in China. Post Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, agency: EM-PA, college: Loyola, IL) will give the team another big body along with Omari Peterkin (203-F/C-83, college: Notre Dame). Peterkin recently graduated from Boston University where he was named third team All Conference. On the wing, look for Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) and Akeem Francis (198-F-83, college: Columbus St.) to add depth up front. The US Virgin Islands should be a team that will look to push the tempo, push up on teams defensively and look to run and get to the rim. The group is coming off a stellar effort in qualifying and this is their big summer event so expect them to be solid.

BRAZIL
Key Eligible Players: Leandro Barbosa, G, Phoenix Suns (NBA); Nene, C, Denver Nuggets; Marcus Vinicius, F/G, New Orleans Hornets; Alex Garcia, G, Universo/BRB (Brazil); Marcelinho Machado, F, Zalgiris (Lithuania); Tiago Splitter, F/C, Tau Ceramica (Spain)
The Skinny: Brazil was disappointing in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, finishing just 1-4 and failing to advance past the preliminary round. It did, however, play without the services of NBA centers Nene and Araujo, who could be with the team in Las Vegas. Even with as much talent as Brazil has had in recent years, it's been two decades since they've achieved anything significant in the realm of international basketball. Nevertheless, their depth upfront --should Nene, Varejao, Splitter and Araujo all play -- will overwhelm weaker opponents in this tournament. The presence of Barbosa, a true difference maker who's having a career year with the Suns, could spell an upset against Team USA or Argentina.


CANADA
Key Eligible Players: Samuel Delambert, C, Philadelphia Sixers; David Thomas, G, Michigan State (NCAA)/Melbourne Kmart Tigers (Australia); Carl English, G, Hawaii (NCAA)/ KK Zadar (Croatia); Levon Kendall, F, Pittsburgh (NCAA); Denham Brown, G, UConn (NCAA)/Tulsa 66ers (NBADL)
The Skinny: Steve Nash is retired from the Canadian National Team, and it's a different era for the squad, which relied so heavily on Nash's contributions for more than a decade. Canada now fields a markedly younger team that will pin its hopes on the efforts of players like English, who has been in training camp with the Indiana Pacers, Kendall, who once scored 40 points against the U.S. in Junior National Team play, and Brown, a 2006 draft pick of the Sonics who has spent his rookie year in the D-League. Canada also got an unexpected player in Philadelphia 76er Samuel Delambert. The Hatian became Canadian citizen several weeks ago. The 6-11 center led the Canadian team to a 2-1 record in the Tuto Marchand Cup that was played in Puerto Rico last week.

UNITED STATES
Key Eligible Players: Carmelo Anthony, F, Denver Nuggets; Chauncey Billups, G, Detroit Pistons; Kobe Bryant, G, Los Angeles Lakers; Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic; LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers; Michael Redd, G, Milwaukee Bucks; Amare Stoudemire, C, Phoenix Suns;
The Skinny: Team USA would have liked to have secured an automatic bid to the Olympic Games with a Gold Medal in Japan last summer, but a loss to Greece in the semifinals ended that hope. Instead, it will have to qualify with a top-two finish in the FIBA Americas Championship this summer, or, should it finish in places 3-5, at the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July 2008.
The United States has competed in three of the last four FIBA Americas championships that have been used to determine the Olympic representatives for the Americas zone. Team USA has compiled a perfect 26-0 record in those three competitions, claiming gold medals in 1992, 1999 and 2003. Already qualified for the Olympics as the host country in 1996, the United States did not participate in the 1995 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
As the United States continues its goal to prove its supremacy in the sport of basketball at the international level, make no mistake about it: players like Bryant, James and Stoudemire will be playing with a chip on their shoulders in Las Vegas this summer.

VENEZUELA
Key Eligible Players: Oscar Torres, G, CSKA Moscow (Russia); Miguel Marriaga, F, Gaiteros (Venezuela); Hector Romero
The Skinny: Though they aren't a basketball powerhouse, Venezuela finished third in the 2005 Tournament of Americas and fifth in 2003. Either of those finishes this year would keep them alive in the hunt for an Olympic berth. In the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Venezuela went 1-4, as it lacked the talent to compete with the world's best teams.
The Venezuelan Basketball Federation is in the process of making the National Team a lot younger. They have said bye to stalwarts David Diaz and Richard Lugo and have introduced a full sail of young talent. With the young talent en toe, Venezuela was unable to pick up a win in the 2007 Stankovic Cup. The team lost all five games played; they lost to China (64-62), Angola (94-54), D-League Ambassadors (89-80), Slovenia (88-68) and New Zealand (76-73).




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Jedinstvo close to Dabovic and Lalovic -by Zeljko Zule
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje is negotiating with UT18 NT member Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) from Herceg Novi and their former member Alesia Bialevich (186-F/C-79) from Vojvodina NIS.

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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Huima found new American players -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Huima Aanekoski has inked with two new American Forward-Centers. Jessi Loring comes from Cal St Bakersfield (14,4 - 6,0) and Keena Wicker (183-F) from
Charleston Southern University (17,0 ppg - 7,3 rpg). Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) will start her 10 th season on Top level and Sanna Jamsen (183-F-79) will have a "gap year" (baby).


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ITALY - Women

Benefit match in memory of Paola Mazzali in Bolzano -by Massimo Finizio

A2 team Baske club Bolzano will organize a memorial match in honor of Paola Mazzali (173-G-74) on Saturday August 25 between the actual Bolzano team and a selection of players who played with or against Paola who passed away one year ago in a car crash.

The match will be preceded by the Holy Mass celebrated near the "palaMazzali" and during the day a benefit auction of sport memorabilia will be presented.

Players adhesions will be higly appreciated.
For more informations please contact info@progettopaolamazzali.it



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NICARAGUA - Women

An international tournemnt is coming -by Gianni Pascucci
For the first time, the Instituto Nicaraguense de Deportes (IND) and the Universidad Americana de Managua will organize a female international tournment, named "Copa Internacional UAM", scheduled from October 26 to 30. Six female teams from Central America will compete in this tournment, and Nicaragua will be represented by the senior and the junior teams of Jaguares de la UAM.


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PARAGUAY - Women

Last female league results -by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of female First Division, Sol de America defeated Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion (UAA) 104-61 and Felix Perez Cardozo prevailed over Universidad Catolica 59-50. The table is now as follows: Olimpia and Sol de America 6 pts; Felix Perez Cardozo and Universidad Catolica 4, Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion 3.

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PORTUGAL - Women

Ticha with 4 steals,6 assists and 1 rebound on a hard loss -by Bruno Baltazar
Ticha Penicheir the portuguese PG of the Sacramento Monarchs didnt scored a point in 20minuts of game shotting 0-6 from the field.
Phoenix 87, Sacramento 73
Diana Taurasi scored 24 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to their fifth straight win, an 87-73 victory Sunday over the Sacramento Monarchs in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Penny Taylor added 14 points and Cappie Pondexter 13 for Phoenix (23-11), which goes into the postseason as the top seed from the Western Conference after winning 11 of its last 12 games.
Rebekkah Brunson had 24 points and 13 rebounds for No. 3 seed Sacramento (19-15).
The Mercury open the postseason at No. 4 seed Seattle on Friday night. The Monarchs begin the playoffs at home against second-seeded San Antonio on Thursday night.
Both teams played their regulars most of the game Sunday until the fourth quarter. The Mercury went on a 15-2 run midway through the third quarter to open up a close game. Taurasi scored eight points and Taylor had seven during the run that gave Phoenix a 60-45 lead with 3:05 left in the period. Sacramento never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
The Monarchs shot 23-for-82 (28 percent) and go into the playoffs 5-6 in their last 11 games. Sacramento has been in the playoffs five straight years. Phoenix's only loss since July 20 is a 111-101 decision at first-round playoff opponent Seattle.
The Mercury broke their season scoring record, averaging 89 points a game. Phoenix has led the league in scoring two years in a row. The only other club to do that was the WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02.
Phoenix got out to a 29-19 lead early in the second quarter, but Sacramento ran off eight straight points and trailed 43-40 at the break.
Phoenix won all four meetings with Sacramento this season and has beaten the Monarchs six straight times.


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Piergiorgio Manfre will coach Riva one more season -by Dimitri Toumayeff
Canti Riva Basket Ceresio (LNA) announced the re-signing of the Italian coach Piergiorgio MANFRE, who led the team to the semi-finals last season.

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TURKEY - Women

National team in Hungary -by Iva Ivanova
Turkish national team have a three games in Hungary as a part of the preparation program to Eurobasket 2007 in Italy. There is a friendly tournament. At day 1st our National team met Slovakia. In overtime Turkish team lost with 81-85 (21-19, 14-26, 22-18, 17-21, 7-11). Yesterday we was played against Senior Women's National Team of Hungary. Turkey loss with 91-65.
Today is a last day in Hungary. Game start at 18.00.

Turkey - Hungary 65-81 (14-25, 14-19, 19-24, 18-13)

Hungary: Furesz 16, Horvath 5, Nemeth 1, Ujhelyi 6, Ivanyi 7, Csaszar 5, Zsuzsanna Horvath 2, Honti 8, Fegyvenky 8, Beres 16, Karolyi 17
Turkey: Sencebe, Alben 16, Vardarli 4, Yigit 3, Kimyacioglu 11, Tuncluer 3, Akkaya 4, Yilmaz 15, Sarica, Horasan 5, Caglar 4, Saynur


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Clark pleased with Norway trip -by Dave Ryan
Great Britain women's coach Mark Clark was pleased with his side's overall display as they split a two game series in Norway over the weekend.
“I was pleased with the trip overall” he said. “It was excellent preparation, and we coped well with four of the players missing - especially as three of them are probable starters. We found out a lot about ourselves individually and as a group.
“Obviously we're disappointed to lose any game, but winning both games wasn't our major objective. We should have won both of those games, but I'm very happy with where we are in our preparations, and when the injured players are back, we will be a very effective unit.”
Clark was especially satisfied with his side's performance in the first game of the short tour as they defeated Norway 63-57 at the Rekkin National Basketball Centre: "This was a sound team performance” he said, “I was pleased with both the game win and how we closed out three quarters. Our team defence wore them down, and this is a strong foundation for us to build on."
The game ultimately came down to a particularly strong fourth quarter with a 16-8 pull away by GB's tenacious defence and patient offensive decisions. The athleticism of Rose Mason under the basket proved unstoppable, with only the officials decisions preventing GB receiving more from it.
Standout players for GB were second year inclusion Stef Collins who shot well from beyond the arc and down the lane on the break and newcomer Lisa Hutchinson who enforced her domestic club leadership qualities on the international scene with authority. 17 year old Georgia Jones also proved pivotal as her decisions in the closing elements of the second half created game-winning momentum.
Three - Chantelle Handy, Arek Deng (191-C-83, college: Delaware) and Lisa Hutchinson of the five new recruits were fit to put on the GB kit, and all made an impression.
The second game saw fine first period performance, but the rest of the game saw a disappointing display from Britain as they slipped to a 71-68 defeat. Collins again shot the ball well and Mason was very good before she fouled out in the middle of the final quarter. Kristy Lavin started playing a lot better, she had struggled a bit since camp started having been the leading scorer last year.


Britain prepare for Euro Championships -by Dave Ryan
Great Britain women's coach Mark Clark will take a 14-player squad into his side's four crucial European Championship games next month.
Clark's side host Estonia at the Ameachi Centre in Manchester on Saturday September 1, before traveling to Luxembourg the following Saturday. They return to Manchester on Wednesday September 11 to face group leaders Bosnia & Herzegovina before wrapping up the group stage of the competition with a trip to Portugal on Saturday September 15. Britain currently lie third in the group with two wins from four games, and a top two finish will see them progress to the promotion games where they would play a side from Group B. The winner of that game gains promotion to the A Division.
The British roster is as follows:
Andrea Congreaves, 6' 3” forward, Rhondda Rebels; Georgia Jones, 5' 9” guard, Manchester Magic; Lisa Hutchinson 6' 9” guard, Sheffield Hatters; Chantelle Handy, 6' 2” guard, Marshall University (USA); Stephanie Collins, 5' 7” guard, Rhondda Rebels; Sally Kaznica, 5' 9” guard, Rhondda Rebels; Katie Butters, 6' 0” forward, Nottingham Wildcats; Kristy Lavin, 6' 0” forward, Manchester Magic; Roz Mason, 5' 11” forward, Switzerland; Louise Gannon, 6' 2” centre, Vicenza (Italy); Kim Butler, 6' 3” centre, Anda Ramat, (Israel); Katie Crowley, 5' 10” guard, Sheffield Hatters; Arek Deng, 6' 2” centre, Playber Christ (France); Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa), 6' 2” forward, Gran Canaria (Spain).
Clark will be able to name 12 of the squad for each European Championship game.