EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/29/2007

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ABA

Quad Cities and Rock River move from ABA to PBL -by Gianni Pascucci
The Premier Basketball League announced the addition of the Quad City Riverhawks and the Rock River Fury professional basketball teams for their inaugural eason beginning in January of 2008. The Riverhawks and Fury join the Maryland Nighthawks, Minnesota Ripknees, Reading Railers, Rochester RazorSharks, Wilmington Sea Dawgs and the Dallas expansion team. Additional individual team announcements will be made once ownership groups finalize the PBL application process. Both the new teams are owned by Tom McGinn, a Rock Falls, Illinois businessman, and were scheduled to play in the ABA the upcoming season.

Last league transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen announced that Kevin MaBone won't be the head coach of the team for their inaugural season in the ABA. MaBone stepped down from his post to return to his home in Flint, Mich. to help take care of his ailing mother. Replacing him as the Rainmen head coach is Rick Lewis, who has been working with the Rainmen in the team's player selection process. Also, the team announced the signing of five new players, the best known is former NBA swingman Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston). The other ones are Devino Williams (6'3"-G-86), Brian Silverhorn (6'6''-G-84, college: Georgetown, KY), James Booyer (6'8''-F, college: IUPU-Indianapolis) and Walt Waters (6'11''-C-84, college: Macomb CC). The Montreal Royals offered a contract to veteran player Wayne Clark (6'4''-G-77, college: Georgia Perimeter). Markus Austin (6'6''-F-83, college: E.Michigan) agreed to return to the Vermont Frost Heaves for the forthcoming season. The Jersey Express signed Joey Britto (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Mass.-Dartmouth).

MAYWOOD BUZZ 2007 FALL BASKETBALL CLASSIC -by Chris Terrell
Maywood, CA. The ABA Maywood Buzz and GM Burrel Lee III would like to announce its 2007 Fall Basketball Classic. This tournament is open to any and all basketball teams looking for great competition and a shot at winning the $3000 cash prize.

Date: September 28-30, 2007 (Friday thru Sunday)
Site: Maywood Activity Center, 4801 East 58th Street, Maywood CA 90270
Cost: $650 per team
Prizes: 1st Place: $3000, 2nd Place $1000.
Rules: 2007-2008 ABA Rules

For more information on the Maywood Buzz Basketball Tournament or the Maywood Buzz 2007-2008 season, please visit www.buzzbasketball.com, email buzzbasketball@gmail.com
or call 310 493 4391.


HOUSTON TAKERS THROW HAT IN RING FOR ALL-STAR GAME -by Chris Terrell
Houston, TX. At the ABA League Meeting in Indianapolis, Houston Takers owner Larry Leonard II and a group of local investors "put their hat in the ring" for hosting the ABA All Star Game in January. "We are aware of the various components to host the game having seen the extraordinary job they did last season in Halifax at the meeting," stated Leonard. "Houston is a terrific city and has been host to many major events the past few years such as the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star Game, NBA All-Star Game, Conference USA Championship Game and the MLS Championship Game. We are more than capable to host this great event; we just need this great city to come together again and make it a super weekend. We are pleased that the league is giving us this consideration."

The ABA All Star Weekend is planned for Saturday, January 26 with a concert followed by the 3-Point Shooting Contest and Slam Dunk Competition and ending on Sunday, January 27 with the greatest show on the court in the ABA All Star Game. "I believe that we turned a corner in our meeting this past week and I am really excited about this opportunity in our great city of Houston," added Leonard.

The league also announced that the 18 Houston Takers home games would be part of the broadcasts of the games being done by PlayON! Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting this season. The league plans to webcast nearly 300 games. Full details are available on the ABA website, www.abalive.com.

For more information about the Houston Takers, call 877 407 1199, ext 3 or email houstontakers@yahoo.com or visit www.houstontakers.com or www.abalive.com.


MARKUS AUSTIN TO RETURN TO VERMONT FOR 2007-08 -by Chris Terrell
South Burlington, VT. Markus Austin (6'6''-F-83, college: E.Michigan), the 6'6" wing player whose feisty spirit and opportunistic scoring helped deliver an ABA championship to Vermont in the team's first year, will return to the Frost Heaves for the forthcoming season.

Austin played in 35 games for Vermont a year ago, averaging 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He was a critical part of the Frost Heaves' pressure defense, which was tops in the league.

"Marcus has only scratched the surface of his potential as a basketball player," said coach Will Voigt. "With his length and athleticism, he could become one of the premier defenders in the ABA. We are all very excited to see his continued development with us this year."

Austin starred at Eastern Michigan from 2001 to 2005, playing in 116 games over a four-year career. The White Plains, N.Y. native brought leadership to the squad, captaining the Eagles for two seasons, and was named the team's Most Valuable Player his sophomore year. He averaged more than 12 points a game to finish his collegiate career as the 11th-leading scorer in school history, racking up more than 1,400 points.

"They always say that the second time around is harder, so I'm looking forward to all the challenges," said Austin. "I know we'll have the target on our backs. I've been focusing on improving my jump shot and stepping it up on defense."

Austin joins forwards John Bryant and Antonio Burks and guard B.J. Robertson as returnees from the team's championship season. Vermont has also signed 6'4" guard Brett Gravitt, a former star at South Alabama and MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in Norway's first division.

The Frost Heaves open their season on Nov. 9 at Montreal. Once again, they will split their 18 home games evenly between Barre and Burlington. Season tickets may be purchased online at www.vermontfrostheaves.com or by calling 802 860 0082. Or check out the Frost Heaves booth at the Champlain Valley Fair through Labor Day, where fans can buy team gear and pick out reserved season tickets for the Aud in Barre, Memorial in Burlington or both. Or visit www.abalive.com.


EXPRESS ADDS JOE BRITTO TO ROSTER -by Chris Terrell
Madison, NJ. Joey Britto (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Mass.-Dartmouth) of Northumberland, PA has signed his official contract to play with the ABA Jersey Express for the upcoming season. Assistant Coach Quaasim Austin first saw Britto play during the joint try-out between the Express and the Vermont Frost Heaves.

Joe played two years at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he played multiple positions. Known as a multi-dimensional player, Joe played the 2, 3 and 4 positions.

Britto also played in the ABA, for the Boston Frenzy for a season, before going overseas to play. Joey Britto was a key player on AT&T Coastals, Jersey Shore Basketball League Championship run over the summer. Head Coach Clarence Thompson was able to see what Joe could do first hand, against some of the most talented players around.

The highflying Britto will bring fun, exciting, highflying athleticism to the Express this season. Britto joins returning Captain Duquan Everett, 14pts and 10 rebounds per game and Chris Hendershot.

For more information on Joey Britto, or to request your Express photo of Joe, email info@jerseyexpress.net. See Joe live by ordering your Season Ticket today. Log onto www.jerseyexpress.net or visit www.abalive.com.


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ARGENTINA

Belgrano news -by Facundo Iatzky
Belgrano San Nicolas follows setting their roster for the upcoming 2007/2008 season of liga A. They signed Marcus Fleming (204-F-78, college: Alcorn St.) and Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mississippi St.) as foreigners. Both will have a great impact in the team. The rest of the roster is: Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) Walter Cordero (192-F-80) Diego Ferrero (204-F/C-83) Cristian Cadillac (194-G-83) Omar Canton (210-C-82) Gabriel Dominguez (184-G-82) and Jorge Sanchez (193-F-77) . The coach is Pablo Dastugue

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AUSTRIA

Traiskirchen adds Spencer Rhynes -by Stefan Heinrich
Traiskirchen added their first new player for the upcomming season to their roster. Its the well known 196 cm Forward Spencer Rhynes (196-G/F-74, college: Huston-Tillotson) who played already since 2000. His first 2 seasons he spent in the second Division playing for Innsbruck, after that he moved to Klosterneuburg where he played 4 years and last season he played 16 games for the Basket Clubs of Vienna. In this games he scored 17.5 ppg and grabbed 6.1 rpg. During his time in Austria, the 33 year old Rhynes was 4 times in the All-Star-Game, 1 time he was All-Bundesliga 1st Team (2003) and once he was All-Imports-Team (2003).

Traiskirchen Coach Magehelli expects that Rhynes is leads the young Lions squad in the upcomming season.


Austria easily over Luxembourg -by Stefan Heinrich
The Austrian team celebrated their first win this summer win an easy 79:46 victory over Luxembourg. In the first quarter the team had a very nervous start and they had big problems to find their rythum, but during the second quarter they found a flow to their game and they had a comfortable halftime lead. In the third quarter Austria decided the game with a lot of fastbreat points and at the end all the bench players got enough playing time.

Austria: Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) 16 (11 reb), Benjamin Ortner (206-F-83, college: Metro St.) 15 (10 reb), Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) 12, Lamesic 11, Hutter 8, Woschank 7, Kohlmaier 4, Schoninger 4, Kollik 2
Luxembourg: Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield) 14, Tom Schumacher (188-G-87) 10, Alvin Jones (211-C-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) 9 (13 reb), Melchior 7, Picard 3, Weisen 2, Delgado 1


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BELIZE

Belize Telemedia wins this year's Interoffice Basketball Championship!!! -by David Magana
After eliminating the previous undefeated Belize City Council team from the playoffs, Belize Telemedia went on to sweep Home Protector/Brodies to become the new Interoffice Champion of Belize City. In the first game last Friday night at the Belize Civic Center, it was a close match with both teams fighting hard. In the first half the game ended in a stalemate of 24 points each and everything was decided in the last seconds when Mervin Castillo (-C) scored the winning basket to post the 56-54 win for Telemedia.

The second game was different nevertheless Belize Telemedia was too much for the Home Protector/Brodies team and again they were beaten on Sunday at the City Center this time by a score of 71-65.

Ronald Alarcon led the league in scoring with 26 points. Edward Thompson was honored with the M.V.P. award while Bernard Aguet was voted best coach. Devon Lozano led the playoffs in scoring with a 19 point average.

Congratulations to the Belize Telemedia Team for a swept well done and for hold the title of champions!!!


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BRAZIL

Brazil rebounds against Mexico -by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Mexico 104:90
Brazil snapped their losing skid beating Mexico yesterday. The win came after two losses from USA and Puerto Rico and imrpoved Brazilian chances to advance to the semis. Brazil dominated the first three frames of the encounter and deservedly secured the winning outcome at the end.
This time Brazil did not depend on just Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82)'s effort and five players finished scoring in double figures.
Mexico kept it close in the starting frame and trailed by just 2 points 22:24. But Nene Hilario (207-C-82) and Murilo da Rosa (207-C-83) lifted their side to a 53:39 advantage at halftime. Mexico tried to come back in this one as Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: UNLV) was deadly from all the ranges but it was not enough to spark Mexican team. Leandrinho Barbosa delivered 3/4 three pointers and sealed the win for Brazil in the contest. He led Brazil with 21 points.

Nene Hilario contributed 17 points and 7 boards for the winners. Romel Beck once again was the topscorer for Mexico with 29 points. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) had 17 points and 10 boards in a losing effort.
Brazil showed a high shooting accuracy as they converted 60% from close range, 47% from beyond the arc and 75% from free throw line. Brazilian players also outrebounded their opponents 39:35 and forced those to 19 turnovers.
Brazil will next face Argentina in highly anticipated encounter later today.

Brazil: Leandrinho Barbosa 21, Nene Hilario 17+7 boards
Mexico: Romel Beck 29, Adam Parada 17+10 boards



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BULGARIA

Antonio Burks signed with Lukoil -by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Akademik has a new playmaker. His name is Antonio Burks. He will take the place of Lamont Jones in the starting line-up of the team. Burks is 183 cm tall - the same like Professor Jones. But Antonio is 8 years younger than 35-years old American veteran. In Lukoil will try to build a new, young selection for the future. That was the reason they let Jones to leave and sign in Israel after three successful years together.
27-years old former guard of Orlando, Memphis and Miami in NBA - Burks already signed a contract with the best Bulgarian club in the last five-six seasons. Antonio decided to say “yes” to “The Students”, because of their big ambitions for the next season. Lukoil is the only one Bulgarian club which will participate in ULEB Cup. Akademik will play in the tournament for 5th time in a row. “The Students” have three 1/8 finals there. Only last season they failed ro continue after the first phase.
Last season Burks started with Miami Heat, but in October was cut and signed for the first time of his professional career in Europe - in Red Star Belgrade. It's interesting, because the main sponsor of this Serbian team is Lukoil and the owner of his new Bulgarian home - Akademik is Lukoil again.



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CAMEROON

National Championship -by Gilles Bouwe
The youth national championship was played two weeks at yaounde involving ten teams coming from five regions of the country.This championship confirm the domination of Friendship of coach Mouelle Ndengue leading on the court by Tchoyi and Nje Penda.
This is the standing at the end
1-FRiendship of yaounde
2-Onyx of Yaounde


The African silver medallists are at Home -by Gilles Bouwe
Our national team return home two days ago coming from LUANDA were they have won the silver medal at the African Championship.The team make a stop at Douala were the national men championship is taking place to celebrate first with the national basketball familly.This familly is very proud of their sons who have show at every body that our country have many basketball talents but need just more material and financial support add to a good management.
We are just expecting that this good news is going to change the attitude of our goverment face of some sports.
One more time Congratulations boys.


The National championship -by Gilles Bouwe
The national championship is going on at Douala with ten team involved after two days of play the former champion PHOENIX of Douala is in troouble in his group after loosing both of his two games.Today is the third day of play we are going to see the first teams qualified for the semi finals.

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CANADA

Canada rallied by Argentina -by Eurobasket News
Canada - Argentina 70:85
Canada endangered their semifinal birth at the Fiba Americas championship after they were beaten by Argentina yestarday. Argentina meanwhile remained undefeated on top of the ladder. Canada could not threaten thier opponents in this one as they started the game too slowly and never recovered from it later on. Canada shot low 25% from the fieild in the first half and managed just 16 points. Argentina capitalized on poor figures from North American players and built a 46:16 lead at halftime. Canada found the touch after the intermission and started to cut the deficit but the effort was never successful. Argentina wisely secured their 6th straight win and matched USA record.
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) paced Argentina with 23 points. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) added 15 points for the winning side. Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) provided 13 points for Canada. Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) had 10 points apiece in defeat.
Canada converted 38% from two-point range, 50% from beyond the arc and 60% from charity stripe. They managed to outrebound Argentina 44:40 but committed 19 turnovers.
Canada will next face Mexico and needs to win to reamain with the chances to qualify for the Top 4. Argentina takes on Brazil later tonight.

Canada: Dave Thomas 13, Jermaine Anderson 10, Carl English 10
Argentina: Luis Scola 23, Carlos Delfino 15


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CBA

Skyrockets name new Assistant Coach -by Gianni Pascucci
The Minot Skyrockets announced the hiring of a new assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. Don Sellers, who last season was the assistant coach for the Utah Eagles, will be joining the Skyrockets' coaching staff, pending league approval.

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CHINA

CBA Info. -by Robert Wang
We had reported the info. about the former NBA player Bater who was planning to go to Xin Jiang this season with very high payment this year. But it is still un-confirmed since the deadline is not reached at the end of this month. CBA is working on this situation and will make the final decission on this good player.Bater will play in china this season for sure and he would be another shining player after Wang Zhi zhi. Hope he can bring us a good performance no matter which team he plays for.

Another news is about former National coach Jiang. He was registered in Zhe jiang Wan Ma team and now he is coaching in Xin Jiang team. Wan Ma has sued Xin Jiang team to the CBA headquator since Jiang is still belongint to Zhe Jiang team. CBA will anouned which team Jiang should be in soon.


Convinced of Getting Adequate Playing Time, Yi Joins Bucks -by Arthur Volbert
Yi Jianlian (212-C/F-87) joined the Milwaukee Bucks today, convinced by team representatives at a meeting in Hong Kong that he will get the playing time that he desires next season. When Yi was drafted, Milwaukee general manager Larry Harris stated that Yi would likely average 20 minutes a game. That is comparable to the playing time last year of LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trailblazers, the number two pick in the 2006 draft, who averaged 22 minutes.

This is a good amount of playing time for a player who is learning the NBA game. Harris, the son of Del Harris who coached the Chinese National Team in the 2004 Athens Olympics, was very aware that Yi would need adequate playing time to prepare for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Given the opportunity to draft a player of Yi's potential, Harris was willing to sacrifice some wins this season to help the Bucks to be a championship contender in the future. Note that Yi was drafted ahead of Corey Brewer, Brandan Wright and Joachim Noah, giving an indication of how highly Harris regards Yi.

United States Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is owner of the Bucks and, as I thought, Senator Kohl would not want to offend China and China would not want to offend Senator Kohl. So once things quieted down a bit and feelings were soothed an agreement was very likely to be reached.

According to the Associated Press, Yi's handlers in China were impressed with the Bucks decision to come overseas. That helped negotiations conclude quickly after nearly two months of discussion since the draft. Senator Kohl, of course, is politically skillful and therefore understood what he and his team had to do to conduct successful negotiations with Chinese officials.

Sen. Kohl wasted little time in honoring a request by Chen Haitao, owner of Yi's former pro team in China, the Guangdong Tigers, to meet with the Bucks.

According to the AP Chen said, 'Would you do us the honor of traveling to Hong Kong so that we can continue and hopefully finalize our dialogue?"' Kohl said in a conference call. "We of course instantly said 'yes' and here we are."

The Bucks signed Yi, the number six pick in the draft, to a rookie scale contract. The club also gave his former team, the Guangdong Tigers, money in the deal, but declined to discuss details.

"Yi impressed us," Kohl said. "There's going to be no question about his character, about his work ethic, about his desire to do good for himself and his team and his country."

Later, the group -- including Yi's parents -- went out to dinner.

"It sort of cemented the relationship in a human and social sort of way," Kohl said. "He has wonderful parents, which is not surprising because he's a wonderful guy. And we sit here very pleased and happy."

Yi said he was very happy, too, after months of saying nothing publicly.

"Today's agreement means I finally, formally enter the door of the NBA," Yi said in Chinese to the media contingent at the signing in Hong Kong. "This will be a great challenge for me. I know I will have a lot of opportunities, but also a lot of difficulties. But I'll do my best."


Yi Jianlian to join Milwaukee Bucks -by Eurobasket
The Milwaukee Bucks announced today that 2007 first round draft pick Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) (EE jee-AHN-lee-AHN) has signed a multi-year contract. The Bucks 6th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, Jianlian Yi signed his contract in Hong Kong following a negotiating session with Mr. Chen Haitao, owner of the Guangdong Tigers. Bucks owner and team president Senator Herb Kohl , General Manager Larry Harris and Bucks Vice President Ron Walter were able to meet with Mr. Chen, as well as Yi and his family, as part of the process.
Jianlian Yi is expected to join the team for training camp that begins on Monday, October 1 at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, WI.
“There has been a genuine excitement throughout our city and state, as well as internationally, following our selection of Yi in the NBA Draft,” said Senator Herb Kohl . “We all anticipate Yi's arrival and welcome him and his family to Milwaukee. We look forward to a successful relationship for many years to come.”
“We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge and thank Mr. Chen for his assistance and support in the negotiating process,” Kohl added.
“We were thrilled to be able to draft Jianlian Yi in June and are equally excited to sign him to a NBA contract as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Harris. “We drafted Yi with the expectation that he would be a part of our franchise for a very long time and this is the first step in that process. Yi is a skilled and versatile young man who we have seen play numerous times over the last few years including this summer in the NBA Summer League. Our players and coaches look forward to working with Yi and I know our fans will enjoy watching him compete with the many talented, young players on our roster.”
NBA Commissioner David J. Stern commented, “We are happy that Yi will be playing with the Bucks to further develop his skill and his contribution to both the Chinese National Team and the NBA. This is another great example of cooperation between the CBA and the NBA and I want to congratulate the CBA, Mr. Chen, the Guangdong Tigers and the Milwaukee Bucks.”
A 6-11, 238-lbs. forward, Jianlian Yi has played professionally for the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) since 2002-03, when he was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. He has competed in the last five CBA Finals and won titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006, earning the Finals Most Valuable Player honors in 2006. In 2003-04, he averaged 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 28 games, including his first CBA title. The following season in 53 contests, Yi improved his numbers to 16.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots on his way to a second consecutive CBA title. Yi led Guangdong to a third straight CBA title in 2005-06, averaging 20.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 52 games. Last season, Yi posted career-high averages with 24.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30.7 minutes. He led Guangdong to a fifth straight appearance in the CBA Finals, but bowed to Bayi in five games (4-1).
This summer, Jianlian Yi and Team China Basketball played five games in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Yi averaged 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in 28.0 minutes per game. He tallied a team-high 23 points vs. Memphis, and 20 points, including the game-winner, in Team China Basketball's win over Cleveland.
Most recently in the Efes Pilsen World Cup in Izmir, Turkey, Yi averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds over three games against Poland (28 points, 10 rebounds), Serbia (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Latvia (24 points, 5 rebounds).
Yi competed for the Chinese National Team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

Courtesy of NBA


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COLOMBIA

Federation Cup, Day 8, August 28 results: -by Victor Garcia

All the host teams won its games, Bucaros took revenge of the lost against Soles and defeated them , Arrieros again defeated Piratas, and Indervalle won its first back to back games against Condores.

Bucaros 105 - Lorenzo Trudo 28 Pts
Soles 78

Arrieros 79 - Jermaine Walker 29 pts
Piratas 62

Indervalle 115
Condores 73


Standings:
1-Soles 5-3 13 pts
2-Bucaros 5-1- 11 pts
3-Arrieros 5-1 11 pts
4-Piratas 3-5 11 pts
5-Indervalle 3-3 9 pts
6-Condores 1-7 9 pts
7-Alcaldia de tunja 2-4 8 pts



Piratas changing its imports -by Victor Garcia
Piratas will change its imports Antonio Cool and Ryan Holmes, trying to find a true point guard and a post up player, Piratas agrees with Dajuan Gouard (6´2" G- Loyola Il), and Marvin Phillips (6´7" F ), Gouard is a point guard with experience in Austria and shortly in Croatia, Phillips has played in minor leagues as ABA, WBA and USA league,.
With the new imports Piratas is trying to be back in the way.
DaJuan Gouard (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Loyola, IL)


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CUBA

TNA Review. Statistics after 4 games. -by Alessandro Fontana

Best Scorers:
Allens Jemmott (Matanzas) 41,0

Tomas Garcia (Las Tunas) 32,0
Andy Boffill (Villa Clara) 28,0
Henry Simon (199-F-79) (Holguin) 27,5
Alexander Guillen (Granma) 25,5
Yoanis Soria (Guantanamo) 24,2

Rebounds:
Giordano Leguen (Capitalinos) 9,7
Alexander Guillen (Granma) 9,5
Orestes Torres (Capitalinos) 9,0
Humberto Garcia (La Habana) 8,0
Antonio Sanchez (Granma9 8,0

Assists:
Manuel Arias (Santiago de Cuba) 6,0
Junior Donatien (Granma) 4,5
Honay Calzada (Guantanamo) 3,7
Jaime Bell (Santiago de Cuba) 3,3

Blocks:
Eddy Hechevarria (Santiago de Cuba) 2,0
A. Fontana



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CYPRUS

Transfer news -by Chris Mammides
Achilleas Kaimakli renewed the contract of the veteran Cypriot American player Darrin Darrin Fowlkes (198-F-67, college: Butler) for another seazon. Darrin had one of his best seazons (last year with Achilleas Kaimakli) even though he is nearly 40 years old!! Another veteran player, Mbonu will continue with the team of Kaimakli. The Nigerian Cypriot is now 37 years old but he was also among the key players for last seazon's Achilleas's great comeback in the first division. At the same time, the Kaimakli team will try to sign another veteran player, Isac Burton, the American (who haven't received his Cypriot passport yet!) had also a very good seazon last year with Achilleas. Lastly, the Kaimakli team is very close to sign two Bosnian guards (one shooting guard and one point guard) more news will have very soon.

Second Division news
The team od Anagennises Yermasogeias with new management and new prospects inthe team already sign a number of very good local players which shows that will be a very serious competitor this seazon, the Limassol team already sign Hatzivasileiou, Prokopiou, Kyriakos Agathokli (183-G-75) and according to valid information will be signing very soon a player who played last seazon with Pizza Express Apollon Limassol in the first division.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Kauhajoki inked Darryl Hudson -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Karhu (Kauhajoki) has replaced American PG Alonzo Evans (injured) by American combo guard Darryl Hudson (193-G/F). Hudson is very athletic and averaged as a Sr at Howard U. 14,4 ppg, 5,7 rpg and 1,8 apg in 31,8 mpg and 31 contests.

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FRANCE

ProB ; Market news -by Aurelien Hipp
*Besancon has signed Prosper Karangwa (201-G/F-78, college: Siena:, agency:Courtside) for next season, after having tested Skip Mills a couple of weeks before. Prosper was a player of Vichy last season and posted 13.9ppg 3.9rpg 3.0apg in 2006-2008.


*Boulazac has signed Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) for next season. Last season, Ringstrom helped Vichy to reach the ProA, posting 10.3ppg 5.2rpg in ProB.


The 2007/2008 NM1 presentation (part 3) -by Chris Spiesser
For this final part of the presentation, we'll focus on teams that could be concerned by the second part of the standings. The 6 following teams seem, on the paper, less strong then than the ones treated in part 2 or even considering some promoted or relegated squads. But each staff made efforts to build an appropriate roster to avoid relegation or try to appear as the perfect outsider.

Bordeaux:
Hard to list the girondins in this "second" category, but the thing is that their roster appears short in terms of experience. Not any bench player will be more than 22 years old. The last season's spine remains the same (Diop, Preira, Beesley, Kent). A good news is that coach Davis welcomes back, the doctor, Joseph Owona (205-C-76) who leaves ProB with figures that all improved over the season (7,2ppg; 5,2rpg). He won't be too much to help Kent, Fradet and Caille in the paint. Though, in the backcourt, Choquet left for Le Portel, and this departure has not really been compensated. Another change at the PG position where the historic Meheut retired. His replaceman is Baptiste Curculosse (180-G-86) who comes from Bayonne where he posted 11ppg. The group appears really healthfull, if they maintain a good cohesion they could quickly range among the best teams. But everybody will have to look in the same direction and avoid the injuries.

CFBB:
As usual, many moves in the Bois de Vincennes. The leaving generation is dedicated to an exceptionnal future: Diot is going to Le Mans, Jackson to ASVEL, Louves to Orleans, Jacques to Nancy, Wilson to Roanne and Ona Embo to Milano... The keys are given to players born in 90 and 91. Only Frens Johwe Casseus (211-C) is from 89, around the big man, progression will be the moto. Alexis Tanghe (205-C-90) and Christophe Leonard (198-F-90) have also a nice NM1 experience. Most of the newcomers are members of the Cadet NT that ended at the 6th place during the european championnship, this summer. Malela Mutuale (183-G-91) was the best scorer of a defensively strong team. Other key prospects are Joffrey Lauvergne (202-F-91), Frederic Bourdillon (188-G-91) or even Leo Westermann (192-G) born in 1992. The team appears less talented then last year but the guys have a huge progression margin and their defensive intensity will make them hard to play from the beggining.

Feurs:
The greens went through 2 complicated years where they had to fight to stay in NM1. For this new season, they kept almost the same players than last year. Especially, their two leaders, Dan Aultman and Fabrice Periac. Nevertheless, 2 key players have gone (Lukasz Biela and Emmanuel Soeria-Ouemba) which gives the team less impact from outside. Only Harold Trobo (192-G-83) has been hired as a replaceman (11,4ppg, 3,6rpg). The staff built a more balanced team as they had a lack from inside last season. They hired two frenchmen in the paint: Herve Jalce (202-C-80) who is an experienced power forward coming from Boulogne (ex NM2) and Nicolas Dos Santos (200-C-87) from Reims young team (10,6ppg; 6,9rpg). One thing is sure: the team will have to gain in defensive intensity to progress. The recruitement seems to take this direction. Will this be done and the next season could be quiter then the last ones.

Lievin:
Coach Van Butsele will enter the season with a well known backcourt: Eddy Morand will be in charge of the PG spot with Valentin Lehut, the SG position will be dedicated to the excellent Damien Pistre and two youngsters: Antoine Belkessa and Simon Cretaux. Young but Talented we could say. At position 3, Gauthier Lemon is back with a newcomer: Loic Firmin (195-F-82). He had a difficult last year with injuries but posted over 10ppg two years ago wih Valence-Condom. More movements in the paint where only Olivier Lamothe remains. Exit Roland N'Kembe and the historic Kelvin Robinson. Welcome David Cilly (196-G/F-81) (12,4ppg; 6,4rpg) from Longwy and Anthony Jackson (203-F-79, college: Cleveland St.), who is used to the US minor leagues and had an NM1 experience in St-Chamond in 2003/2004 (16,8ppg; 8,2rpg). This paint is the key sector, Jackson will give the pace. Will the outside sector raise its level to the rest of the NM1 teams remains in question.

Longwy:
New coach, new players, the lorrains changed almost everything except captain Lopes and Traore. The management hired Franck Meriguet at the head of the team after his first coaching experience in NM2 (Frontignan). The famous french shooter will have two frenchmen driving his team. Jonathan Godin (184-G-82) comes from Autun with a good NM1 experience (10,0ppg with Le Portel in 04/05) and Zaka Alao (187-G-81) will try to confirm his huge potential after a blank year (10,4; 2,7rpg, 2,6apg in Swiss LNA in 05/06). Lopes and Lukasz Biela (16,3ppg, 4,3rpg last year in Feurs) will bring their experience to the forward position. In the paint some experienced NM1 players also: Alexandre Atinkpahoun (202-F/C-79) from Bordeaux (6,1ppg; 4,8rpg) and Aaron Coombs (209-F-82, college: NC-Wilmington) (17ppg; 7,9rpg in St-Chamond in 05/06). They will be seconded Jean-Victor Traore who remains in the roster and Goran Hane (201-F/C-85) who climbs from NM2 (Rodez) to NM1. Coombs and Biela will have to assume their leadership for Longwy to spend a good season. The most interresting remains the integration of Godin and Alao who could be serious assets.

Toulouges:
Here also, a new coach is in town. It is Alex Casimiri , the former Fred Forte's second in Limoges. He built a new inside sector densified by an US center: Jason Osborne (203-F-83, agency: Duran International, college: St.Francis,PA). He has tremendous references in exotic championnships. He posted 27,3ppg in Luxemburg last year and took part in the Uruguayian final the season before. This remains interresting for the french NM1. The PF will be Mickael Altier (206-F-82) who comes from the spanish EBA (14,5ppg; 9,0rpg). Fabrice M'Balla (201-F-82) will try to settle as a 3/4 after his experience in the german 1st Division in Karlsruhe. The other players are the same, the big question is the outside scoring because nobody will replace the US Rawlins, last year's best offensive asset.


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GABON

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO LIBREVILLE -by Tim Ndjiki
RESULTS OF THE FIRST DAY
All meetings are played at the Gymnasium of the stadium President BONGO
Tuesday 28 August 2007
18 hours:
LA REUSSITE Loses against BLACK STAR (53 - 66)
20 hours:
STADE MANDJI beats AOBB (55 - 43)
22 hours:
MANGA BASKET beats CAS 1987 (75 - 57)
Two clubs retired to this national championship: TOUNGUI BB and SOMO B the holder of the national cup 2007. We will come back in the all next days on this surprising departure of the two better clubs of the League of Basketball of the estuary.
It didn't remove in anything the quality of athlete game. Three leagues on six are present to the fence of the sporty season.
If the first two meeting one been balanced, the third meets made us live a team of MANGA BASKET still as dynamic and exploding, with players as BOUNDOU CABREL (25 points, 4 rebounds) and his team mates MADAMA MARTIAL (14 points, 9 rebounds) and NZE DIGONDI (11 points, 4 rebounds), the team of CAS 1987 didn't know how to react during all the meeting; at the end of the meeting the score was 75 to 57 for MANGA BASKET.
The meeting was directed well by the referee international MAVOUNGOU BAYONNE and arbitrates it to him of zone NZAME ESIA.


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GEORGIA

ANYWAYS SHIELDS IS FOREIGNER… NEXT KRZYZEWSKI ON WORLD CUP... -by Levan Mikeladze
This time Georgian NT head coach Ken Shields cut Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) from his team. Of course our top talent Giorgi Shermadini was replaced by one of the top and experienced Power Forward but there are some players in NT who don't really deserve to be in NT, because they have to make at first themselves in club's starting five players. Giorgi Shermadini is worlds chosen and his stats are incredible in Georgian league. Ken Shields is cutting player, who is considered as top NBA Draft picks in 2008. Even if we do not mention cutting Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) who has 5 years experience of NBA. We doubt he did the same in Canadian or Australian NT.

HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE!! HORRILE!!! - Our team was HORIBBLE! THANK YOU Mr. Shields -by Levan Mikeladze


Georgian National Team arrives to Iceland -by Eurobasket News
Georgian National Team arrived to Iceland, where on August 29-th (23:15) will play Euro Qualification game against the host NT.

GNT is at the Foss Hotel, where the overall situation is far from being perfect.

Ken Shields has forward Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81, agency: World Sport Agency) on the roster. Vladimir Boisa has replaced center Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) in the 12 man lineup.
Courtesy of: http://www.gbf.ge


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GERMANY

TV Lich waive J.T. Williams -by Moritz Korff
TV Lich (2. Bundesliga Pro A) cancelled the contract with J.T. Williams (196-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Mc Neese St.). The 23-year-old Forward should have taken the plane to Germany, but never did. He suffered a foot-injury shortly before the scheduled travel-date and also didn't accept the clubs' offer of medical treatment in Germany. Lich will sign another American Forward and plans the addition of a big man, too.

German NT defeated in final test -by Moritz Korff
The German National Team has lost the final preparation game prior to the start of the EURO on Monday. In Mallorca the team of Head Coach Dirk Bauermann was defeated by Spain (56:72). The current World Champion will be the host of the upcoming tournament. Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) ended the game with 10 points as the German topscorer. Germany will open the EURO in an encounter with the Czech Republic. Read more about the tournament on its official website: http://www.eurobasket2007.org/en/

Germany: Robert Garrett (10 pts), Dirk Nowitzki (8), Ademola Okulaja (8), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (6), Patrick Femerling (5), Johannes Herber (5), Mithat Demirel (4), Steffen Hamann (4), Demond Greene (3), Guido Gruenheid (3), Pascal Roller, Sven Schultze.


FC Bayern: Two signings - Knezevic named Assistant Coach -by Moritz Korff
FC Bayern Muenchen (Regionalliga South-East) have completed its roster for the upcoming campaign with the addition of Nedu Onyeuku (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Illinois St.) and Tony Thomason (188-G-85, college: Minn.St.-Mankato).
Thomason averaged 12.7 points, 3.4 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 29 contests for Minnesota State University Mankato (NCAA2) during this past season. Onyeuku spent the final two years of his collegiate career at Division One-Program Illinois State University. He averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27 games of the 2005-2006 season.
Meanwhile, Mario Knezevic (188-G/F-75) was named an Assistant of Head Coach Georg Kaempf. The 32-year-old suited up for the Reds until 2005 and helped winning the 2004 title in the Regionalliga South-East division.


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GREECE

Market news and transfers. -by Chris Mammides
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) is officially off Madrid and Eurobasket 2007. The experienced ex NBAer, did not received the positive reply from the Russian physicians of Dynamo Moscow (his team) in regards to his injury, so simply he will missed the European championship. The Greek head coach is really loosing one of his major key players. His position will be taken by Michalis Pelekanos. The empty spot of Fotsis is really a huge problem for the Hellenic NT, as Antonis was in a great shape and he proved it in the latest Acropolis tournament especially against the very strong team of Lithuanians where he was the top scorer and the player to change the overall result…
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Rethymno is targeting the Cretan center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81), Sotiris Karapostolou (195-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire) (who just left from Egaleo) and the Cypriot shooting guard Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78).
Nikos Pettas is officially player of Olympiada Patras, the Greek guard signed an one year's contract
Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79) and Egaleo split ways, the Greek center will join his ex team AEL 1964, as he already agreed terms with the Thessalians.

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Nikos Kourtis (195-F-77), ex Sporting player agreed terms with Pagrati Athens for one year.


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HOLLAND

Aris Friesland Leeuwarden sign Jesse Kimbrough -by Eurobasket
Aris Friesland Leeuwarden signed 25-year old American guard Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville). Kimbrough played most recently at Jacksonville University (NCAA) in the U.S.

Den Helder Seals sign J.R. Duffey -by Eurobasket
Den Helder Seals strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American swingman J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side). Duffey played most recently at Niagara University (NCAA) in the U.S.

Den Helder Seals sign Matt Unicomb -by Eurobasket
Den Helder Seals added to their roster 22-year old Australian guard Matt Unicomb (193-G-85, college: Tusculum). Unicomb played most recently at Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Australia).

West-Brabant Giants sign Maurice Sumter -by Eurobasket
West-Brabant Giants strengthened their roster with addition of American swingman Maurice Sumter (196-G/F, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side). Sumter played most recently at Longwood College (NCAA) in the U.S.

EiffelTowers extends contract with Robert Owens -by Fred Roggen
EiffelTowers Den Bosch and Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) have reached an agreement to extend the contract for one more year. With the signing of Owens, Eiffeltowers has completed their roster for the coming season.

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HUNGARY

Market news! -by Tamas Deri
Univer KSE invited Icelandic NT-guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) for a try-out. He is now playing with his NT and will arrive in a couple of days in Kecskemet. Coach Zsoldos means, that he is a very smart, exprerienced guard, played college-ball in the USA. Afther that he played in the first division of Germany - Leverkusen - and second league of Spain - Vigo -.
Milan Vucicevic (205-F/C-85) could be the new center of the club, who will be also on tryout with the team. Serbian center played last season in Poland for Unia Tarnow, where he was a key player and one of the best scorers in the play-out with 19 points per game!

The team of Kaposvar is travelling to Lucenec this weekend to play on the annual pre-season tournament. They will test slovakian center, Peter Praznovsky (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Tarleton St.), who could be the new big man of the team!

The team of Kormend found the replacement for Chauncey Leslie! James Wright (187-G-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Colorado), will be the new guard of the club, his arriving is expected for the next week! He had a great season in Finland last year, where he played for the team of Pyrinto and put up very good numbers: 20.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 4.9 apg, FG: 53.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 77.3%.


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INDIA

Former Basketballer & Official passes away -by Anil Kumar

Pardeep Bhalla, secretary of the Chandigarh Basketball Association, died while playing a game in the morning at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here last week at Chandigarh.

A national basketball player and a qualified referee of the Basketball Federation of India, Bhalla was also a member of the Chandigarh Basketball team, which won a gold medal in the junior national basketball championship held at Trichur, Kerala, in 1977.


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NBA

Yi Jianlian to join Milwaukee Bucks -by Eurobasket
The Milwaukee Bucks announced today that 2007 first round draft pick Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) (EE jee-AHN-lee-AHN) has signed a multi-year contract. The Bucks 6th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, Jianlian Yi signed his contract in Hong Kong following a negotiating session with Mr. Chen Haitao, owner of the Guangdong Tigers. Bucks owner and team president Senator Herb Kohl , General Manager Larry Harris and Bucks Vice President Ron Walter were able to meet with Mr. Chen, as well as Yi and his family, as part of the process.
Jianlian Yi is expected to join the team for training camp that begins on Monday, October 1 at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, WI.
“There has been a genuine excitement throughout our city and state, as well as internationally, following our selection of Yi in the NBA Draft,” said Senator Herb Kohl . “We all anticipate Yi's arrival and welcome him and his family to Milwaukee. We look forward to a successful relationship for many years to come.”
“We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge and thank Mr. Chen for his assistance and support in the negotiating process,” Kohl added.
“We were thrilled to be able to draft Jianlian Yi in June and are equally excited to sign him to a NBA contract as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Harris. “We drafted Yi with the expectation that he would be a part of our franchise for a very long time and this is the first step in that process. Yi is a skilled and versatile young man who we have seen play numerous times over the last few years including this summer in the NBA Summer League. Our players and coaches look forward to working with Yi and I know our fans will enjoy watching him compete with the many talented, young players on our roster.”
NBA Commissioner David J. Stern commented, “We are happy that Yi will be playing with the Bucks to further develop his skill and his contribution to both the Chinese National Team and the NBA. This is another great example of cooperation between the CBA and the NBA and I want to congratulate the CBA, Mr. Chen, the Guangdong Tigers and the Milwaukee Bucks.”
A 6-11, 238-lbs. forward, Jianlian Yi has played professionally for the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) since 2002-03, when he was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. He has competed in the last five CBA Finals and won titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006, earning the Finals Most Valuable Player honors in 2006. In 2003-04, he averaged 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 28 games, including his first CBA title. The following season in 53 contests, Yi improved his numbers to 16.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots on his way to a second consecutive CBA title. Yi led Guangdong to a third straight CBA title in 2005-06, averaging 20.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 52 games. Last season, Yi posted career-high averages with 24.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30.7 minutes. He led Guangdong to a fifth straight appearance in the CBA Finals, but bowed to Bayi in five games (4-1).
This summer, Jianlian Yi and Team China Basketball played five games in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Yi averaged 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in 28.0 minutes per game. He tallied a team-high 23 points vs. Memphis, and 20 points, including the game-winner, in Team China Basketball's win over Cleveland.
Most recently in the Efes Pilsen World Cup in Izmir, Turkey, Yi averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds over three games against Poland (28 points, 10 rebounds), Serbia (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Latvia (24 points, 5 rebounds).
Yi competed for the Chinese National Team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

Courtesy of NBA


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NICARAGUA

Tiburones tie the Finals -by Gianni Pascucci
Tiburones-Bancentro overwhelmed Vikingos de Valenti's Pizza 94-67 in Game 2 of the ACB Final Series, answering in this way to all the critics for how soft they had played Game 1. Vandell Thomas (176-G-86) scored 23 points to lead Tiburones, Anthony Gayle (185-G-80) added 22 and Lester Ferrety 19 points. The best in Vikingos was Donald Olivas (188-F-85), who scored 18 points, while Julio Gonzalez (-F) added 15 and newcomer Roberto Moody 10 pts. Game 3 will be played tomorrow night, again at the Universidad de Managua Gymnasium

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PBL

Quad Cities and Rock River move from ABA to PBL -by Gianni Pascucci
The Premier Basketball League announced the addition of the Quad City Riverhawks and the Rock River Fury professional basketball teams for their inaugural eason beginning in January of 2008. The Riverhawks and Fury join the Maryland Nighthawks, Minnesota Ripknees, Reading Railers, Rochester RazorSharks, Wilmington Sea Dawgs and the Dallas expansion team. Additional individual team announcements will be made once ownership groups finalize the PBL application process. Both the new teams are owned by Tom McGinn, a Rock Falls, Illinois businessman, and were scheduled to play in the ABA the upcoming season.

Ripknees add another player -by Gianni Pascucci
The Minnesota Ripknees announced the agreement with former Minnesota Gopher Steve Esselink (6'6''-F/G-81, college: Sioux Falls). He just finished a stint with the Cimaarrones UABC, Mexico, where he scored 25.3 ppg. Before that, Esselink played for the Soles de Mexicali, where he averaged 19.3 ppg and scored a game high 50 points, which earned him a ranking in the top 5 scorers in the LNBP.

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POLAND

Dion Harris in Polpak -by Michal Falkowski
Dion Harris (190-G-85) joined Polpak Swiecie. American shooting guard has signed one-yeard contract and will be a starting five member of Polpak in the upcoming season. Last four years Harris played at the Michigan University. He finished it with the averages: 13.4 ppg., 3.6 apg. and 2.4 rpg. Harris will replace Jeremy Hunt whom contract has been solved.

Hughes out of Asco Slask Wroclaw -by Michal Falkowski
Despite Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) had signatured the extension deal with Asco Slask Wroclaw he won't play there in the 2007/2008 season..
American player had to come to Wroclaw at the end of the past week. Later the date has changed to Tuesday, 28th but so far Hughes hasn't arrived. It means the board of Asco Slask decided to break off the deal. From now Hughes is a free agent.
The same problem is with Deng Gai. Firstly Sudanese center wasn't able to fly to Poland due to the storm in Chicago, secondly it turned out he has got visa and passport problems. Despite these obstacles the board of club is still waiting for him.


Vasylius in Anwil for try-out -by Michal Falkowski
Talented small forward Valdas Vasylius (201-F-83, agency: Priority Sports) arrived to Wloclawek for try-out. Lithuanian player will undergo the tests in Anwil Wloclawek which will last until August, 31. Then will be known the final decision about his future. Vasylius is graduated from ODU University where he spent last four years. In the first three years his averages looked quite well: about 8-9 ppg. and 4-4.5 rpg. The best season for him was the last period of time. In the 33 games he scored 15.6 ppg. and 6.1 rpg.

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PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico- USA 78-117 -by Alessandro Fontana
Puerto Rico is defeated by United States 78-117. This American team is really unbeatable in the FIBA 2007. They are 5-0 and they are already sure to go to the Semifinals. Puerto Rico tried to contrast the power of United States but it was impossible. In the first quarter (15-24) Puerto Rico found difficulty to play his own Basket and since the second quarter there was no more game, USA ended the 2nd quarter 59-27 with the victory in their own hands.
The third quarter ended 29-29 (56-88) but the game was already gone. The defeat of Puerto Rico against United States was presumable. Puerto Rico has to win the two next games against Venezuela and Canada. If Our Boricuas win these games, it can be still possible to qualify for the Semifinals. In so a strong tournament it will be a great result.
The best scorer against USA was Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) with 13pts.
PUERTO RICO- USA= 78-117
PR= Ayuso 13, Arroyo 12, Apodaca 9, PJ Ramos 8, Lee 7, Sanchez 7, Reyes 7 (6rebs), Figueroa 4, Barea 4, Valenzuela 4, Rivera 3, Falcon 0
USA= James 21, Anthony 17, Redd 15, Bryant 14, Stoudemire 12, Howard 9, Williams 8, Prince 7, Miller 7, Chandler 4, Billups 3, Kidd 0.
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti sign Darius Hargrove -by Eurobasket
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti added back to their roster 25-year old American guard Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union). Hargrove gradutaed from Virginia Union University (NCAA) last season and joined Romanian team, where he averaged in FIBA EuroCup 6 games: 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7spg.

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SERBIA

International tournaments -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Belgrade, Dinamo Moscow, Bosna ASA BHT and Pirot will participate on international tournament in Serbian town Pirot. Today is the first day of the tour and it will finish on Sunday, September 2nd.

Yet, Mega Aqua Monta will organize an international tournament called "Lasta Cup" from 21-23 September in Belgrade's hall "Sumice". Participants will be: Galatasaray Cafe Crown, ALBA Berlin, Mega AM and FMP Zeleznik.

Another tournament called ''Actavis Trophy 07'' starts today in Leskovac. Except of the hosts Zdravlje Actavis, there will also be Dynamo Moscow, Hemofarm and Borac Banja Luka. Games are scheduled for today and tomorrow.


Friendly games -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian and Adriatic league champion, Partizan Belgrade, celebrated against Ukrainian Khimik 91:87 (27:21, 18:22, 25:17, 21:27) in their first game since last season. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was the best in Partizan scoring 26 points while Aleksandar Djuric (209-F/C-82) netted 18 for Khimik.

Swisslions Takovo outplayed Mahram from Iran 84:58 (23:16, 23:12, 20:20, 18:10) at home, in Vrsac.

Khimik was better than Mega Aqua Monta 84:77. Khimik got 21 points from Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) while Strahinja Dragicevic (202-F-86) was the best in Mega AM adding 18 points.

Hemofarm finished 3-weaks preparations on mountain Kopaonik. The team returned to Vrsac while on Wednesday they will travel to Leskovac on “Actavis Trophy 07”.


Mitar Trivunovic signed with Leotar from Trebinje -by Nenad Ilijev
Experienced guard/forward Mitar Trivunovic (196-G/F-77) has agreed terms with Leotar Trebinje and signed the contract till end of this season. Coach Petar Rodic is looking to make strong team which should play more important role in Bosnian league this year. Trivunovic marked his name in Europe scoring 56 points in one game of Swiss League in 02/03 season. Last year Trivunovic spent in Slovakia playing for Inter Slovnaft Bratislava. He averaged 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.2apg.

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SLOVENIA

Primc joins COB Ourense -by Zeljko Zule
Ales Primc (201-F-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) ex Zagorje signed after a try-out with Spanish team COB Ourense (LEB-2) for one season.

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T.OF THE AM-CAS

USA, Argentina ensure their semifinal birth -by Eurobasket News
Qualifying round

Brazil - Mexico 104:90
Brazil snapped their losing skid beating Mexico yesterday. The win came after two losses from USA and Puerto Rico and imrpoved Brazilian chances to advance to the semis. Brazil dominated the first three frames of the encounter and deservedly secured the winning outcome at the end.
This time Brazil did not depend on just Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82)'s effort and five players finished scoring in double figures.
Mexico kept it close in the starting frame and trailed by just 2 points 22:24. But Nene Hilario (207-C-82) and Murilo da Rosa (207-C-83) lifted their side to a 53:39 advantage at halftime. Mexico tried to come back in this one as Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: UNLV) was deadly from all the ranges but it was not enough to spark Mexican team. Leandrinho Barbosa delivered 3/4 three pointers and sealed the win for Brazil in the contest. He led Brazil with 21 points. Nene Hilario contributed 17 points and 7 boards for the winners. Romel Beck once again was the topscorer for Mexico with 29 points. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) had 17 points and 10 boards in a losing effort.
Brazil showed a high shooting accuracy as they converted 60% from close range, 47% from beyond the arc and 75% from free throw line. Brazilian players also outrebounded their opponents 39:35 and forced those to 19 turnovers.
Brazil will next face Argentina in highly anticipated encounter later today.

Brazil: Leandrinho Barbosa 21, Nene Hilario 17+7 boards
Mexico: Romel Beck 29, Adam Parada 17+10 boards


Canada - Argentina 70:85
Canada endangered their semifinal birth at the Fiba Americas championship after they were beaten by Argentina yestarday. Argentina meanwhile remained undefeated on top of the ladder. Canada could not threaten thier opponents in this one as they started the game too slowly and never recovered from it later on. Canada shot low 25% from the fieild in the first half and managed just 16 points. Argentina capitalized on poor figures from North American players and built a 46:16 lead at halftime. Canada found the touch after the intermission and started to cut the deficit but the effort was never successful. Argentina wisely secured their 6th straight win and matched USA record.
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) paced Argentina with 23 points. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) added 15 points for the winning side. Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) provided 13 points for Canada. Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) had 10 points apiece in defeat.
Canada converted 38% from two-point range, 50% from beyond the arc and 60% from charity stripe. They managed to outrebound Argentina 44:40 but committed 19 turnovers.
Canada will next face Mexico and needs to win to reamain with the chances to qualify for the Top 4. Argentina takes on Brazil later tonight.

Canada: Dave Thomas 13, Jermaine Anderson 10, Carl English 10
Argentina: Luis Scola 23, Carlos Delfino 15


Uruguay - Venezuela 79:88
Uruguay dicreased their Top 4 appearance chances yestarday by losing to Venezuela in the qualification round in Las Vegas. This was the second consecutive defeat for Uruguay in the second round of action at the Fiba Americas championship. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) was on fire for Venezuelan side as he dropped 35 points and grabbed 11 boards in 36 minutes on the floor. He reigned the court throughout the game and led Venezuela to their second success at the tournament and the first win at the qualifying round.
The teams started the encounter pretty closely and were evenly matched after the opening frame 25:25. But Uruguay struggled in accuracy in the second term which resulted in Venezuela outscoring their opponents 26:10 and piling up a confident 51:35 lead at halftime. Uruguay battled to come back in this one after the break but hardly succeeded and had to surrender at the end.
Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79, agency: Edge Sports) scored 19 points for Venezuela. Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) proved his perfect form as he produced 21 points and 20 boards for Uruguay. Mauricio Aguiar (198-F-83, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in a loss.
Uruguay shot 37% from the field and 75% from free throw line. Venezuela converted impresive 48% from three point territory knocking down 13 treys. They also outmuscled Uruguay under the rims 43:39 despite heroics from Esteban Batista.
Uruguay will next play against USA.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 21+20 boards, Mauricio Aguiar 20
Venezuela: Hector Romero 35+11 boards, Alejandro Barrios 19

USA - Puerto Rico 117:78
USA team grabbed their sixth consecuitve victory at the home Fiba Americas championship. Yesterday they easily overcame Puerto Rico and remained on top of the standings. United States led comfortably 59:27 at halftime and never looked in the second half. LeBron James (203-F-84) this time led the action with 21 points. Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) recorded 17 points, while Michael Redd (198-G-79, college: Ohio St.) scored 15 points in a win. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) answered with 13 points, while Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) had 12 points in a losing case. USA were impressive from close range shooting 78%. They dominated under the rims 48:37 and committed just 4 turnovers.

USA: LeBron James 21, Carmelo Anthony 17, Michael Redd 15
Puerto Rico: Larry Ayuso 13, Carlos Arroyo 12


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TRINIDAD

Kyle Rowley Looking For An NBA Future -by Don Farrell

At 14 years old, I was six feet seven inches. When I was in form one, I was about 5' 7" or 5 ' 8". Then between that period to form two, I grew to about 6' 3" in that summer. And from then on, I started shooting up two, three inches, sometime four in a summer. Now, I am seven feet ....and still growing."

Kyle Rowley's ultimate goal is to grow into an NBA player. On realising that he was growing bigger than the average teenager, Rowley reasoned that he was getting too big for football, and logically switched to basketball. Since then he has been recruited by an American high school, has attracted interest from several top American colleges, and dreams of making a name in American basketball and ultimately being a National Basketball Association (NBA) professional. The journey has only just begun.

"I started playing basketball pretty recently, because I was a 14-year-old when I was first introduced to the game," he says. "Right now, I am 17. I started playing basketball with Joseph 'Lenny' Guy, so it was he who first introduced me to the game."

Kyle grew up in Santa Rosa Springs, Arima, with his mom Cheryl, 11-year-old brother Dominic and dad Keith Rowley. He attended St Mary's College, where he obtained nine subjects, including five distinctions. He played just one year basketball with CIC, who played unbeaten, winning the under-20 division of the NGC/Express School Basketball League. However, a five-game season seemed woefully inadequate to what Kyle has experienced in his year at an American high school.

"For the past two seasons my high school have won our conference.An average regular season is about 30 games, and this year our team went 19 (wins) and 11. We usually have preseason games, which are about five or six. And, after that, we go to the club level where we play seven or eight games per weekend, and that goes on probably a month and a half to two months. So, you find at club level we probably play close to 40 or 45 games."


Kyle's introduction to basketball was through the Millennium Basketball Academy Programme run by former national player and coach Guy, and his partner Albert Lee Young. Through the programme, Kyle was able to learn the game's fundamentals and was spotted by coaches in the United States when the Academy made their annual Easter tour. He hasn't a moment of regret since.

"I used to play soccer before I started playing basketball. My dad thought it was a good idea for me to take up basketball because I started growing at such a rapid rate. The first time I actually walked into a court, I didn't know what to expect. I was all new to me. I walked in and started doing all the drills and stuff, and I thought it was really challenging. But, I kept on going and as the weeks passed and the months passed, I started seeing a lot of improvement. The following year we made a trip to Texas with the Millennium Basketball camp, Lenny Guy's group, and that is when the I first realised that I could go to the 'States, study, and play basketball"

Described as a big baby by his father, Kyle says that he had not been away from home at any point in his life and his mother was not completely sold on the idea of him being away at the tender age of 16.

"But my mom began to realise how far I could reach with this thing after speaking to all the coaches and stuff. We went to an NBA game and we got a chance to go down on the tunnel at half-time....and meet the 'big boys' , and give them high fives and so on. That really opened up my eyes as to how far I could go, and coming back from that tour, I really revamped my chain of thought. So, I really started working harder and harder so that I could improve, and maybe one day play at that level."

Following the Texas trip, American coach William Colon visited Trinidad and had a work-out with the young player. The American then recommended him to the Lake Academy. After doing SATs to make sure he has the academic requirement to enter the American system, Kyle was accepted. His first challenge was dealing with a totally unknown environment.

"Lake Forrest Academy is a boarding school. So, 50 percent of the school population are boarding and live on campus, while the others live nearby. So, I would have been living in the dorms, and seeing about everything myself. I came from an environment where my mom used to do a lot of things for me. She used to wash my clothes and so on, so I had to learn to do a lot of things myself. It helped me grow up and be a lot more responsible in that short space of time."

On the court, Kyle was an instant success at Lake Forrest scoring an average 14 points, nine rebounds and three block shots, playing at the centre position or occasionally as a power forward. As a result, he started getting attention from all the top universities.

"Over the summer, there is this league called AU, which is club basketball. This summer I had a very successful stint and the likes of the University of Wisconsin, Southern Illinois, Baylor, Indiana, all showed interest in recruiting me to play basketball at the high Division One level. "

"Our team made it to the finals in one tournament; the final four in the next; and the sweet sixteen in the last tournament, which was the biggest one in Las Vegas. The one in Las Vegas had over 300 teams participating in that tournament, so it was a great accomplishment for me as well as the team, because I started both at my high school and at my club."

He also got the attention of the National Under-17 coaches and was on the T&T national team which recently played at the championship in Puerto Rico. He believes that inexperience was the greatest down fall of the local team, but with time felt they could grow to be very successful. Of his own aspirations, Kyle is still working hard at developing his skills and dreams of ultimately of growing into an NBA player. At the rate he is growing, the sky may be his only limit....trinidadexpress



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TURKEY

Transactions -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Banvit signed Mickael Mokongo (180-G-86, agency: ACMT) of France who finished the last season at Upea Capo D'orlando averaging 6.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6 spg. Mokongo is known as one of hot prospects of French basketball and he was the leading scorer of French U20 NT during EC held in Izmir last year.
Oyak Renault of Bursa extended with the experienced point guard Andre Woolridge (183-G-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa) for one more year. Former Besiktas guard arrived at Bursa in the middle of previous season and helped his side avoid the relegation.
Pertevniyal of TB2L, the Efes Pilsen's farm team announced former George Mason star Lamar Butler (187-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: George Mason) as their brand new guard. Butler, who was one of the main guys of George Mason's NCAA tournament squad, spent last year in Czech Republic and poured in 17.3ppg in Fiba EuroCup Challenge for Prostejov. Butler who can play both guard positions, will also take place in Efes Pilsen's Euroleague games.
Duzce Genclik inked talented forward Orbay Kaya (205-F/C-82) from Istanbulspor - withdrew from the league - and announced Yunus Akcay (-89) who spent the last year playing for Darussafaka Juniors.


Only Missing Part Is A Scorer -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Galatasaray Cafe Crown keeps reinforcing its roster for the ULEB Cup as they inked former Turkish international Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances) right after Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi), William Avery (188-G-79, college: Duke), Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77) and Erdem Turetken (199-F-79). Coach Murat Ozyer expressed his delight with the recent signings and added “We have completed our front court with the signings of Gaines and Besok. Now we have got a very decent team and the only missing part is a good scorer who can play SG or SF positions. We are looking for a court leader who is going to take the responsibilty in cruical moments and lead us to victories with his offensive production. We are checking out our shortlist and looking forward to see more options.”

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U.KINGDOM

Changes in Worthing's roster -by Eurobasket News
Worthing Thunder introduced two new players who will join the team. Demetrius Scott (188-G-85) and James Mooney (191-G-84, college: Mt.St.Vincent) are the two guards that should help the team definetely.

Demetrius Scott is an American guard who attended NCAA Division 1 Appalachian State University.In his senior year, Scott averaged 10 points and three assists per game as the team had a winning 25-8 record.

James Mooney can play both guard and forward. He attended the College of Mount St Vincent in New York, where he left as the leading scorer in the College's history. Mooney averaged 15.5 points per game in the first year, 19.3 in the second and 26.8 in the third. In 2006/07 playing for Abrakebabra Tigers (IRL-SuperLeague,1T) he participated in 18 games. Mooney averaged 17.0 points per game and had 2.8 assists. In 2007 he won Irish National Cup and became Irish Superleague South Conference Champion.

With 2 new players in the rosters Worthing Thunder had to waive to two others. Alfredo Ott (193-G/F-83, college: Dillard) and Janis Ivanovskis (201-F-80, college: Cumberland) will leave the team soon. One of the best players in the team Alfredo Ott is moving on to play for Navarra in Spain. Janis Ivanovskis will go and play in Denmark.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

FIBA drama comes from the stands -by David Edole
By Rob Miech
Las Vegas Sun

Usie Richards combines his two passions as president of both the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature and that territory's basketball federation.

Sometimes, those passions runneth over, as they did last week in the Thomas & Mack Center, where the most exotic participant in the FIBA Americas Championship also provided the most drama.

The Virgin Islands - St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John - was blasted by the U.S. in its opener. Still needing only one victory against Canada, Brazil or Venezuela to advance to the second round, V.I. proceeded to go 0-for-3.

It had first-half leads against all three of those opponents, but its lack of roster depth caught up with it in each game.

The drama occurred Friday, at the end of a 94-84 defeat by Canada.

Carl Krauser, who played at the University of Pittsburgh, led a 2-on-1 fast break for V.I. He didn't pass, then missed a close but tough shot with 10 seconds remaining.

As Krauser retreated downcourt, Richards yelled , "Pass the ball!" from the eighth row of the nearly empty arena. Each of the roughly 200 fans then heard Krauser bark "(Expletive) you!" back at Richards.

Richards appeared to stand up and challenge Krauser, daring him to come into the stands.

Virgin Islands coach Tavester Anderson pulled Krauser from the game. As he stomped to the bench, Krauser unleashed another expletive-filled salvo.

Richards boiled during the game about a report by Channel 8 sports anchor Chris Maathuis, who, tongue-in-cheek, said he didn't even know the Virgin Islands had a basketball team.

"Those were some disparaging comments," Richards said. "That's an affront. The Islands have been playing international competition since 1964. We're among the top 10 of the 44 countries in the Americas . That's why we're in Las Vegas.

"We're proud that the Virgin Islands is here."

V.I. - what its players yell in unison on breaking huddles - advanced through a Centro Basket tournament in Panama to reach Las Vegas and get a shot at its first Olympics in basketball.

Richards' pride comes from getting that chance despite living in a territory with fewer than 150,000 inhabitants. No other country in the Americas tournament has a population of less than 4 million.

"We're ranked 32nd out of 228 FIBA members," Richards said. "We see that as a big accomplishment."

The effort fizzled in the Virgin Islands' final two games, though, when severe dehydration kept Krauser out of the second half against Brazil and the entire game against Venezuela.

Richards was not offended by Krauser's very public comments toward him at the end of the Canada game.

"No, because he's from the streets - he's from Brooklyn," Richards said. "He'll be OK. We look forward to having him on the team for a couple years."

No V.I. T-shirt

One of the most popular items at the concession stands has been the gray T-shirt that bears the flags of each of the 10 participants. It goes for $22.

U.S. custom jerseys fetch $140 or $95. U.S. sweats cost $120 - $55 for the top and $65 for the bottom.

Individual country T-shirts cost $22. Don't look for a Virgin Islands T-shirt, though, because none was produced. Richards doesn't need another reason to fume.

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Jim Harrick, an assistant to Tavester Anderson on the Virgin Islands' staff, guided UCLA to a national title in 1995.

Harrick, who sat on the end of the V.I. bench and all but ran strategy sessions and mapped plays during timeouts, will coach Bakersfield in the NBA Developmental League again this season.


Showtime for Shoquan -by David Edole
Maloney's Stevens returns to homeland to play basketball for Virgin Islands

Last winter, as a junior, Shoquan Stevens (198-F-90) was a key player off the bench for the Maloney Spartans in their undefeated run to the CIAC Class L state basketball final. This summer, Stevens suited up for the Virgin Islands' U-17 national team for a FIBA tournament. Stevens was born in the Virgin Islands.
Maloney's Stevens returns to homeland to play basketball for Virgin Islands

By Sean Krofssik
Record-Journal staff
MERIDEN — Two-sport Maloney star Shoquan Stevens was given an opportunity to do something that few athletes get to do this summer: play for their homeland.
Stevens, along with 11 other players from the Virgin Islands, recently com­peted in the FIBA America's 2007 Centro Basketball Under-17 Tourna­ment in Humacao, Puerto Rico on Aug. 1-5. FIBA is the governing body of international basketball.
Stevens, 17, was born in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands before his family moved to New York when he was just an infant. While they would later move to Meriden, the islands al­ways remained his birthplace, which made him eligible to play for their na­tional team.
"It was a great experience," Stevens said. "There were a lot of tough play­ers over there. We had one big win against Trinidad and Tobago, but we lost our four other games. They all were tough games."
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Stevens was a big part of Maloney's state championship appearances last year in basketball (as a forward) and foot­ball (as a defensive end).
He said his international team lacked the perimeter shooting that other teams had.
"It was like playing Northwest Catholic and Weaver every night," Stevens said of the other participating teams (the Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico). "All of the teams had players that could shoot lights out. We didn't have that. They all had players on their teams who were at least 6-foot-8."
Before the tournament, Stevens practiced with teammates and met Virgin Islands coach Jareem Dowling for two weeks in St. Croix, where they prepared for the tournament.
Forty players tried out for the team. Dowling said he knew right away that Stevens would be a big part of the team.
"As soon as I saw him I was im­pressed," Dowling said. "His body type is outstanding and I did a 10­minute workout with him and he was very impressive right away."
Stevens started each game for the Virgin Islands and finished in the top five in both blocks and rebounds in the tournament. Dowling said he sees a lot potential in Stevens.
"He has the passion," Dowl­ing said. "His skills are still raw and he's not a big scorer, but those things can be worked on. The important thing is he has the passion to improve. He is such an explosive player. He had many monster dunks that propelled our team to big runs."
Dowling said playing in the tournament is a great accom­plishment and that says a lot about the players who made it.
"Off the top of my head, eight players of the 12 players on the senior Virgin Islands team were on the 17-and under team," Dowling said. "These are potential Olympians. If you excel, you could advance to the senior team and represent the Virgin Islands at the Olympic Games."
Playing in the tournament certainly left an impact on Stevens.
"It's a sense of pride to play," Stevens said. "Where I come from is not a big place. All of the other countries we played against were much bigger. We weren't just playing for our­selves; we were playing for the Virgin Islands. I take a lot of pride in that."
The main islands include St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, with a population of just 108,612 according to the 2000 census.
Stevens, an incoming senior at Maloney, is now focusing his efforts on the gridiron. He's just started practice this week with the Spartans football team, of which he was chosen as a captain. Maloney is hoping to return to the state champi­onship again this fall, but with a better result than last year's 53­-21 lost to New Canaan.
"We look great," Stevens said. "We're picking up right where we left off last season, but we have some unfinished business."


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URUGUAY

Uruguay stumbles over Venezuela -by Eurobasket News
Uruguay - Venezuela 79:88
Uruguay dicreased their Top 4 appearance chances yestarday by losing to Venezuela in the qualification round in Las Vegas. This was the second consecutive defeat for Uruguay in the second round of action at the Fiba Americas championship. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) was on fire for Venezuelan side as he dropped 35 points and grabbed 11 boards in 36 minutes on the floor. He reigned the court throughout the game and led Venezuela to their second success at the tournament and the first win at the qualifying round.
The teams started the encounter pretty closely and were evenly matched after the opening frame 25:25. But Uruguay struggled in accuracy in the second term which resulted in Venezuela outscoring their opponents 26:10 and piling up a confident 51:35 lead at halftime. Uruguay battled to come back in this one after the break but hardly succeeded and had to surrender at the end.
Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79, agency: Edge Sports) scored 19 points for Venezuela. Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) proved his perfect form as he produced 21 points and 20 boards for Uruguay. Mauricio Aguiar (198-F-83, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in a loss.
Uruguay shot 37% from the field and 75% from free throw line. Venezuela converted impresive 48% from three point territory knocking down 13 treys. They also outmuscled Uruguay under the rims 43:39 despite heroics from Esteban Batista.
Uruguay will next play against USA.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 21+20 boards, Mauricio Aguiar 20
Venezuela: Hector Romero 35+11 boards, Alejandro Barrios 19


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VENEZUELA

First win in the second round -by Wolfgang Lucena

The Vinotinto won its first game in the second round of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas Nevada.

Hector Romero led the Venezuelan squad with 35 points to defeated Uruguay 88-79; Alejandro Barrios contributed 19 digits for the Vinotinto squad.

The NBA Esteban Batista was the best player for Uruguay, posting a double-double with 21 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.


Venezuela / first quarter / 25 / second quarter / 26 / third quarter / 17 / fourth quarter / 20 / total / 88


Uruguay / first quarter / 25 / second quarter / 10 / third quarter / 20 / fourth quarter / 24 / total / 79


Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans)

Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79, agency: Edge Sports)




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Komplet extends with Merkur, Gambiraza moves to Zejeznicar -by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian runner-up Merkur Celje have extended their contract with NT member Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) till June 2010.
Martina Gambiraza (176-G-82) has left Ragusa to join Bosnian champion Zeljeznicar.


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Australian teams for Europe and US tours announced -by Gauthier Gerard
Australian Defence Force Opals captain Lauren Jackson will suit up for the national team she led to World Championship glory when the Opals play two games against the United States next month. Jackson, along with US-based World Champions Tully Bevilaqua and Belinda Snell, will join the Opals for the final two games of a 7-game, 19-day tour of France, Russia and the United States. World Championship MVP Penny Taylor, who's Phoenix Mercury knocked Jackson's Seattle Storm out of the WNBA playoffs today, has made herself unavailable for the duration of the tour.
source: Bill Baxter for BA media

The Opals are using the tour as part of their preparation for Beijing and will depart Sydney on September 3 and return on September 22. They will also play one game against China while in Russia.
“Building on from the games we had in China last month and being able to access some of our younger Sapphires continues the excitement for this program leading into Beijing,” Australian Defence Force Opals head coach Jan Stirling said. “Our games against the US will provide opportunities to evaluate any gaps or deficiencies, allowing us time to adjust and prepare for Olympic competition. As current World Champions we become a targeted team and to achieve Olympic Gold will require even greater diligence to the process, but it is achievable.”


The 2007 Opals touring team for France and Russia:
Michelle BROGAN F Dandenong Rangers
Renae CAMINO G Adelaide Lightning
Rohanee COX F/C Townsville Fire
Kathleen MACLEOD G Bendigo Spirit
Hollie GRIMA F/C Napoli (Italy)
Alicia POTO G Sydney Uni Flames
Natalie PORTER F Sydney Uni Flames
Emma RANDALL F/C Bulleen Melbourne Boomers
Jenni SCREEN F Parma (Italy)
Deanna SMITH G/F Montigarda (Italy)
Laura SUMMERTON F Taranto (Italy)
Carly WILSON G/F Perth Lynx

*Renae Camino, Kathleen Macleod and Deanna Smith will be released from duty before the team heads to the United States to make way for Jackson, Bevilaqua and Snell.

The 2007 Opals touring team for the United States:
Tully BEVILAQUA G Indiana Fever (USA)
Michelle BROGAN F Dandenong Rangers
Rohanee COX F/C Townsville Fire
Hollie GRIMA F/C Napoli (Italy)
Lauren JACKSON F/C Seattle Storm (USA)
Alicia POTO G Sydney Uni Flames
Natalie PORTER F Sydney Uni Flames
Emma RANDALL F/C Bulleen Melbourne Boomers
Jenni SCREEN F Parma (Italy)
Belinda SNELL G Phoenix Mercury (USA)
Laura SUMMERTON F Taranto (Italy)
Carly WILSON G/F Perth Lynx

Touring staff:
Jan STIRLING Head Coach
Gary FOX Assistant Coach
Amanda Berntsen Physiotherapist
Donna O'CONNOR Strength & Conditioning
Diana GLAZER Massage Therapist
Maja MARKOVIC Doctor
Marian STEWART Team Manager

Touring Schedule:
(all times local)
3 Sep - Depart Sydney International on QF31 at 4:55pm
6 Sep - Game 1 AUS v FRA 8pm @ Palais des Sports, Lille
7 Sep - Game 2 AUS v FRA 8pm @ Complexe Sportif, Denain
8 Sep - Depart France for Russia
9 Sep - Game 3 AUS v RUS
11 Sep - Game 4 AUS v CHN
12 Sep - Game 5 AUS v RUS
13 Sep - Depart Russia for USA
16 Sep - Game 6 AUS v USA @ 1pm - Sovereign Bank Arena, New Jersey
19 Sep - Game 7 AUS v USA @ 7pm - Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
20 Sep - Depart USA for Australia
22 Sep - Arrive Australia


Rebecca Brincat Thoresen to play for Malta -by Eurobasket
Magistrate Mizzi announced yesterday that Rebecca Brincat Thoresen (179-F-78) has just become eligible to play for Malta after receiving her Maltese passport on Wednesday.
Rebecca last played in Germany with NB Oberhausen, but she also played for and captained the Leipzig Eagles, Perth Lynx, Sheffield Hatters, Powerbasket Wels, Melbourne Tigers and Dandenong Rangers as well as Kilsyth Cobras.
Included in her career achievements are her feats when becoming the German League's top scorer in 2001-02 and 2002-03, played in the European Cup in the same two seasons and was the third highest scorer in the European Cup in season 2002-03. In 1998, she won the Australian Basketball Association Championship with Kilsyth.
MBA president Magistrate Tonio Mizzi said yesterday the girl's availability became possible after the government recently drafted new laws involving Maltese citizenship. Rebecca is the second person to avail herself of this opportunity, which the MBA hoped, would also be available to others.
He added that another person, Costantino Axisa, had been working hard for the last six years on the possibility of Rebecca and others playing for Malta. "Now that this dream has come true, it is time to announce that the MBA also have two young men and five other young Maltese girls who are willing to play for Malta in future," said Magistrate Mizzi.


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BELARUS - Women

Belarus brings a sensation over the Czechs -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Belarus 66:67

Belarus National team won the first of a three-game series over Czech Republic 67:66. The win was achieved in a road. The two teams will meet again in Mikulov on Tuesday evening. Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 13 points.Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored a game-high 16 points for the Czechs.
Czech Republic had a 19:12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but it was not a problem for Belarus. The latter took a control in the second half and satisfied with 1-point win.


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BULGARIA - Women

Roksana Yordanova signed in Dunav Econt -by Valentin Anguelov
Dunav Econt ended with the selection for the upcoming season. The last addition in the club is Roksana Yordanova (184-G-84). She is coming from Ukraine where last he wear the jersey of Olimp NAEK.
23 years old Yordanova started her career in Levski Spartak. During the summer of 2005 she signed wqith Bnei Yehuda in Israel. She played there 10 games with average of 6.0 points per contest. After that she came back and played for Rilski Sportist in Samokov where she won the bronze medal in the championship of Bulgaria.
Last summer she moved to Olimp NAEK in Ukraine. Yordanova was one of the best players for Ukrainian squad but they failed to reach latest stages of the championship there. She scored average of 11.1 points and added 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
Few days ago she arrived in Rouse and earler today signed one year contract with the club. “With Roksana we are finished with the selection of our team,” said the president of Dunav Econt Nikolay Padalski. “She is very good, team player, with good shooting abilities and perfect basketball skills. She is very positive and this is what type of player we needed for position “3”. Beside that she has international experience and will help in the games in FIBA Eurocup. The coach Stefanov was insisting to have her in the team. We made one good team. I though we ended very good job in the offseason, we made one team to give lot of joy to the fans in Rouse. I hope this team will make history in our basketball.”


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CAMEROON - Women

The National Championship -by Gilles Bouwe
The national championship played two weeks ago has see the consecration of the young team of PHI SLAMA JAMA of President and trainer JC NKE.This team was very active during this season on transfert by acquering two( NYATCHO and OYENG) of the best women players of the country to add on their young and talented squad(BEYINI,NGANO,DOUNG,ZEDONG...).This tean dominated this championship by winning all their games.
This is the final standing.
1-PHI SLAMA JAMA
2-INJS
3-BEAC


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CANADA - Women

Sutton-Brown's Indiana overcame 22-point deficit to edge Connecticut in overtime -by Eurobasket News
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers)'s Indiana made almost impossible thing as they overcame 22-point deficit to edge Connecticut in overtime and secure the Eastern Final birth. Connecticut Sun got to a flying start of the game and led by 12 points after the opening quarter 29:17. They later rolled to a massive 39:17 advantage midway through the second term and seemed to be on the way to the win. But Indiana was not about to surrender. They still trailed 48:64 early in the fourth quarter when Sheri Sam sparked with 5 point and ignited 11:0 run to put the Fever within 5 points from their opponents with more than 6 minutes to go in regulation. Tamika Whitmore (188-C-77, college: Memphis) later connected from the outside to cut the deficit to 64:66 with 3 minutes left and finally surged ahead when Tamika Whitmore added one more from beyond the arc. Indiana then led 75:72 on two free throws from Tamika Catchings (186-F-79, college: Tennessee) and 20 seconds on the clock. However Nykehsa Sales dropped three pointer and tied the scoreline at 75. Tamika Catchings was once again perfect from free throw line but Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) penetrated under the rim and sank a jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.
The teams were still drawn with 42 seconds left in the first overtime when Tamika Catchings drained a long jumper and gave Indiana a 89:86 lead. Tamika Whitmore then added a free throw and extended the lead to 90:86. Nykesha Sales cut the gap to 2 points 88:90 with 5 seconds remaining. But Connecticut committed an offensive foul in their next possession and actually buried hopes for a positive result.
Tamika Catchings topscored for the Fever with 30 points and 13 boards. Tamika Whitmore added 24 points for the winners. Katie Douglas replied with 27 points for Connecticut. Asjha Jones and Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) provided 21 points apiece in a defeat. Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 4 points and made 3 rebounds. She averages 3 points and 2,3 rebounds per game in the Play-offs this year.

Indiana - Connecticut 93:88 (OT)
Indiana: Tamika Catchings 30+13 boards, Tamika Whitmore 24, Tammy Sutton-Brown 4
Connecticut: Katie Douglas 27, Asjha Jones 21, Lindsay Whalen 21


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CROATIA - Women

Maganjic and Fabbri leaved National Team -by Zeljko Zule
Croatia again defeated Great Britain and head coach Linda Antic-Mrdalj decided to cut Milijana Maganjic and Lea Fabbri (170-G-85, college: S.Carolina) from the squad for European Championship.
CROATIA 94 (26+33+19+16): Popovic-Mandir 9, Jelavic 9, Cakic 3, Lelas 15, Ivezic, Stampalija 17, Erceg 20, Kireta 6, Mazic 5, Klein-Sumanovac 2, Podrug 8, Maganjic 2.
GREAT BRITAIN 79 (12+15+19+33): Mason 11, Kaznica 12, Collins 19, Lavin 5, Jones 3, Deng 9, Crowley, Hutchinson 5, Butters 7, Handy 6, Congreaves, Moody 2.


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CZECH REP. - Women

Belarus brings a sensation over the Czechs -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Belarus 66:67

Belarus National team won the first of a three-game series over Czech Republic 67:66. The win was achieved in a road. The two teams will meet again in Mikulov on Tuesday evening. Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 13 points.Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored a game-high 16 points for the Czechs.
Czech Republic had a 19:12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but it was not a problem for Belarus. The latter took a control in the second half and satisfied with 1-point win.


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E.CHAMPS U18 - Women

Day 1: Malta and Luxembourg proves their superiority -by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg-Gibraltar 60:45 (15-14, 18-10, 21-9, 6-12)

Luxembourg U18 starts European Championship with a win. In the first game of the tournament the team overcame Gibraltar 60:45. A second and a third quarters brought more confidence to the favorites in the game. Marie Hetto (171-G-90) led the winners with 16 points. Gengler ended up with 7 rebounds, while Marcus had 5 assists. Reyes top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points.

If you compare Gibraltar with the previous years you will see a great improvement in their game. Over the last Championships Luxembourg smashed the opponents with 94:16 and 90:19 respectively. This year Gibraltar shows another basketball which is respected by the fans.

Luxembourg was happy to get 15:14 lead in the opening tip of the game. In the second quarter the favorites increased to 8 more points and reached 33:24 at the half. The third quarter was a benefit for Luxembourg as they produced 21:9.
Gibraltar won the last quarter 12:6 and finished the game with 60:45, that is a great improvement for them. Today Luxembourg faces Monaco, while Gibraltar will play against Andorra.

Luxembourg: Marie Hetto 16, Gengler 7rebs, Marcus 5ast
Gibraltar: Reyes 15, Parody 8rebs, Mauro 3ast


Andorra-Malta 37:48 (12-5, 0-13, 10-14, 15-16)
Malta won the opener of U18 European Championship. In the first game for the teams and the second of day 1 Malta overcame Andorra 48:37. A 13:0 in the second quarter brought the hosts the positive result. Grima led the winners with 15 points. Muscat made 16 rebounds, while Moore had 4 assists. Pla top-scored for Andora with 14 points.

After trailing 12:5 after the opening quarter, the Maltese hit back in style scoring thirteen points without reply in the second session to take an 18:12 lead at half-time. That was so called record when the team stays scoreless in the quarter. However after -7 in the beginning of the game made the hosts angry.

Malta kept control of the match on the restart and went on to extend their advantage to 32:22 at the start of the final session. With 16:15 in the last Malta led to 48:37 in the end of the game.

Today Malta will have a day-off as there are 5 teams in the group. Andorra will face Gibraltar for the first win in the group for both teams. The spectators will be able to see another team, Monaco that starts the tournament today.

Andorra: Pla 14, Vicente 16 rebs+6 ast
Malta: Grima 15, Muscat 16 rebs, Moore 4 ast


29.08.2007

16.45 Gibraltar-Andorra

19.00 Monaco-Luxembourg



Division C begins in La Valletta -by Eurobasket News
U18 European Championship is on the way to start in La Valletta, Malta. Five teams will struggle for the best team among the small states. Luxembourg, Malta, Andorra, Monaco and Gibraltar will play with each other in a group. The tournament is scheduled from August 28 till September 1.

In the last Championship Scotland took the first spot. Luxembourg finished second and Albania ended up on the third place. Scotland beat Luxembourg 59:57 with 16:11 in the last quarter. So, probably without the winners Luxembourg will be the favorite of the tournament.
Today Luxembourg faces Gibraltar in the opener at 16.45. Andorra and Malta will meet ech other at 19.00, right after the first game. Principality of Monaco will start the competition tomorrow.

The U18 European Championship of the Division C will be probably as not rich as A and B, however it will be interesting for sure. Moreover it gives not only the teams to show their best, but for the players to be seen in Europe. Just a reminder that Division A was won by Serbia. Croatia triumphed in the Division B.


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INDIA - Women

Southern Railways took women's Trophy in TBC silver jubilee tourney -by Murali Krishnan
Tirupur, 26 Aug 2007:

It looks tougher at the beginning. The Bilaspur-based South East Central Railways dominated the initial stages of women's final, leading the first quarter in 15-13. Southern Railways, which entered the fray with large number of Tamil Nadu players, aided by the experienced Meenalatha and Athirai lifted the team up at the half-time (29-26).

SECR's Anju Lakra shunted fast on the court in an attempt to pull back her team on the lead again. However, an excellent show by Shyamala (10), Athirai (16) and Meena (16) kept the Southern Railways team in pulse at the end of the third quarter in 49-39.

Anju, the top-scorer of the finals with 24 points, saw her team losing its cadence as the fan-club continue to raise the spirits up for the marvelous Southern Railway squad. The Chennai team cashed-in the opportunity by bagging INR 50,000 award and the winner's trophy sponsored by Angel group of companies.

South East Central Railways received INR 40,000 prize sponsored by Akshera group of companies besides the trophy for runners-up.


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IRELAND - Women

IRISH SENIOR WOMEN OPEN EURO CAMPAIGN THIS SATURDAY -by Patrick Maher
IRISH SENIOR WOMEN OPEN EURO CAMPAIGN THIS SATURDAY

Ireland's senior women's team open their European campaign with a home tie with Norway at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday, September 1. (Tip off: 19:00)

The ‘girls in green' continued their preparations on Monday night with a 56-41 defeat to Portugal and take on the Liberian outfit on Tuesday as part of a double header.

Ireland are boosted this season by having home advantage on two occasions with the game with Norway followed up with ties against Netherlands (A) (September 8) before concluding their campaign at home to Iceland. (September 15)

The side will be hoping for better fortunes this time round after losing to Norway (72-62), Netherlands (53-77) and Iceland (56-68) last season.

Recently appointed coach Sasa Punosevac is hoping this year's round of fixtures mark the beginning of a bright new era for women's basketball in this country.

“This is a building period in the women's game with games such as the ones in our European group giving a few of the rookies some experience at the top level of international basketball,” said Punosevac.

“The recent friendly matches against Luxembourg and Portugal afforded us much needed preparation and I have been delighted with the performances of some of our recent additions to the squad.”

Meanwhile, Ireland's senior men continue their campaign with a trip to Sibiu to take on Romania. The game with an original 18:00 start has now been changed to 18:30.

Greg Gurr and his side will be hoping for better fortunes after suffering a 86-58 loss to Switzerland in front of a large attendance at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday last.

Courtesy : Shane Whelan BasketballIreland.....E-mail :swhelan@basketballireland.ie

Michelle Fahy (-82)


Senior Women's International Friendly Ireland 45 - 54 Portugal -by Patrick Maher
Senior Women's International Friendly
Ireland 45 - 54 Portugal

Ireland produced another gritty display but were undone by a strong Portugal side on a scoreline of 45 - 54 at the National Basketball Arena on Tuesday night.

Portugal made it two wins out of two after claiming a 56-41 success the night previous at the NBA. The opening quarter was played at a frantic pace with Niamh Dwyer opening Ireland's account with a sumptuous three point score. Portugal's Fatima Silva netted for the visitor's before Tamara Milovac equalled Dwyer's earlier effort with an impressive three point basket.

Kate Maher took centre stage in the following minutes with two baskets before unleashing a superb three pointer. Portugal proved once again to be dogged opponents with scores from Sofia Ramalho, Paula Maxiri and Debora Escorio giving the Portuguese a three point lead at the end of the quarter. (12-15)

Portugal registered the first basket of the second quarter through Joana Lopes before Maxiri, who hit a total of 23 points on Monday night, struck a couple of baskets in quick succession to open up an eight point gap. (13-21)

This latest friendly encounter looked to be slipping away from Ireland until a late rally courtesy of points from Lyndsey Peat, Breen and a three pointer from TEO Vilnius star Dwyer closed to gap to within seven points. (26-33)

The beginning of the third quarter saw Maxiri extend her personal tally before the lively Peat and Sinead O'Reilly responded with two quick baskets. This latest crop of Irish youngsters were showing tremendous spirit and clawed their way within six points of their Liberian counterparts through excellent displays from Kate Maher and Ann Marie Healy. (36-42)

Portugal pulled away from Ireland in the final quarter of Monday's encounter and threatened to do the same with the opening score through Joana Lopes. Fatima Silva followed it up with an excellent individual effort before the imposing figure of Maxiri extended their advantage to 12 points.

A late basket from the hard working Dwyer and a basket from Ann Marie Healy left Ireland with a nine point loss but plenty of cause for optimism for the weekend. Ireland next outing is at home to Norway on Saturday (Tip off: 19:00) in the opening encounter of their European campaign.

Top Scores

Ireland
Niamh Dwyer 10
Lyndsey Peat 10
Kate Maher 9
Ann Marie Healy 9
Marie Breen 5
Sinead O'Reilly 2

Portugal
Paula Muxiri 23
Fatima Silva 9
Tamara Milovac 6
Joana Lopes 6

Courtesy Shane Whelan BasketballIreland : e-mail :swhelan@basketballireland.ie
Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth)


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ISRAEL - Women

Raanana Herzeliya Published Their Squad -by Jonathan Oren
Raanana Herzeliya has signed Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) from the Seattle Storm who played for Hapoel TA in last Israeli season.
The team from the Sharon also signed Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) for a second consecutive Israeli season after playing also for Hapoel TA, Wabara and Wright will play with the Lithuanian PG Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) who joined the team from Arvi Marijampole.
The Israeli roster will include Chen Nusel (176-G-86), Ornit Schwartz (186-F-79) and Yael Aharonov (164-G-88) who played for the team at the last season , Noa Ganor (172-G-86) who played for Bnei Yehuda and from the junior squad Hadas Levi, Chen Holtzer, Lior Machnes and the Israeli u18 national team guard Coral Dolev (173-G-90) to complete the roster.
Raanana Herzeliya is now looking for a foreign player in the PF or C position.


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ITALY - Women

Italy NT lost to Turkey (57-65) at Zafer Cup -by Carlo Grilli
Italy couldn't overcome a slow start against Turkey; the Azzurre filled the gap in the second quarter, but the second part of the game was conducted by the hosts; Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) and Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) lead Turkey, while on the Italian side the best player was Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.).

Italy-Turkey 57-65 (14-24; 29-27; 46-53)
Italy: Maria Chiara Franchini (182-G-79) 2 (1/1, 0/1), Sottana (0/2), Zara 9 (3/6, 1/3), Zanoli 5 (1/3, 1/1), Modica 7 (2/4, 1/3), Masciadri (0/4, 0/5), Ciampoli 2 (0/3, 0/1), Zanon 4 (2/4, 0/1), Kathrin Ress 19 (7/11), Giauro 2 (1/5), Nadalin 7 (3/6, 0/1, 9 rimb.), Zanoni. 2PS 20/49; 3PS 3/17; FT 8/10.
Turkey: Sencebe, Alben (0/1), Birsel Vardarli 10 (2/5, 2/6), Yigit 7 (1/2, 1/4), Kimyacioglu 8 (1/4, 2/7), Tuncluer 16 (4/8, 0/4), Akkaya 1, Yilmaz 4 (2/8), Sarica (0/1), Yasemin Horasan 13 (4/9, 0/1), Caglar 6 (2/4), Tozlu. 2PS 16/42; 3PS 5/23; FT 18/23.

On www.tbf.org.tr it is possible to follow the complete play-by-play of the tournament.

Day-1 results:
Serbia-Lithuania 77-68 (Dabovic 24, Kresojevic 17; Brazdeykite 16)
Turkey-Italy 65-57
Standings: Turkey, Serbia 2; Lithuania, Italy 0.

Wednesday, August 29th schedule:
h. 17.00 Italy-Lithuania
h. 19.15 Serbia-Turkey


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LITHUANIA - Women

Serbia defeats Lithuania in the first day of Zafer Cup -by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-Serbia 68:77 (13-26, 15-15, 18-20, 22-16)

Serbia defeats Lithuania in the first day of Zafer Cup in Kusadasi, Turkey. The game mostly belonged to the Serbs, however in the last quarter Lithuania stayed closer. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 24 points. Kresojevic collected 17, while Mitov added 7. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) top-scored for the Baltic state with 16 points.

Serbia won the first game and today might be the only leader if they beat Turkey. In the opening quarter against Lithuania, Serbia produced 26:13. It gave them a good opportunity to handle the game as Lithuania could only tie the second quarter at 15:15. Serbia stayed in front with 41;28 at the half.
In the third quarter Lithuania tried to catch the opponents but could not reduce even to 10 points. Serbia maintained to 20:18 in the third and solved the task for the game. Even though the Baltic team won the last 22:16, the Serbs celebrated the first win.

In another game of the day Turkey beat Italy 65:57. Today Turkish national team will play against Serbia, while Lithuania faces Italy.


Lithuania: Vengryte,Lina Brazdeikyte 16, Sauliute 2, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 11, Valentiene 3, Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) 12, Vizbariene 14, Kuktiene 4, Sulciute 6
Serbia:Kresojevic 17, Petrovic 6, Migkovic, Veselovski 5, Mitov 7, Puskar 6, Ilic 2, Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) 24, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 6, Perovic 4



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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Luxembourg goes to La Valletta in order to win -by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg will start today the U18 European Championship in La Valletta, Malta. Five teams will struggle for the best team among the small states. The tournament is scheduled from August 28 till September 1.

In the last Championship that was held in 2005 Luxembourg finished second. The team lost only one game and it was Scotland that upset Luxembourg 59:57. First four games were won by the team of Luxembourg and two of them did not bring any difficulties to them. At first Luxembourg smashed Wales 66:26 and then overwhelmed Gibraltar 94:16. Later the team beat Albania 77:68 and Malta 68:66.

This year Scotland is out of the Division C, so Luxembourg has all the chances to advance. Malta, being the host team of the tournament will be the only team against this rule.

Today Luxembourg faces Gibraltar in the opener at 16.45. Andorra and Malta will meet each other at 19.00, right after the first game. Principality of Monaco will start the competition tomorrow.

Luxembourg will have the following roster in the tournament:
Stephanie Gengler
Vicky Greischer
Lena Hetto
Sandie Lorsche
Celine Marcus
Jana Putz
Sophie Scheider
Michelle Schenten
Paulina Simonne Scheuren
Florence Welsch
Laura Ute Wilwert
Julie Zovile



Luxembourg U18 starts with a win -by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg-Gibraltar 60:45 (15-14, 18-10, 21-9, 6-12)

Luxembourg U18 starts European Championship with a win. In the first game of the tournament the team overcame Gibraltar 60:45. A second and a third quarters brought more confidence to the favorites in the game. Marie Hetto (171-G-90) led the winners with 16 points. Gengler ended up with 7 rebounds, while Marcus had 5 assists. Reyes top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points.

If you compare Gibraltar with the previous years you will see a great improvement in their game. Over the last Championships Luxembourg smashed the opponents with 94:16 and 90:19 respectively. This year Gibraltar shows another basketball which is respected by the fans.

Luxembourg was happy to get 15:14 lead in the opening tip of the game. In the second quarter the favorites increased to 8 more points and reached 33:24 at the half. The third quarter was a benefit for Luxembourg as they produced 21:9.
Gibraltar won the last quarter 12:6 and finished the game with 60:45, that is a great improvement for them. Today Luxembourg faces Monaco, while Gibraltar will play against Andorra.

Luxembourg: Marie Hetto 16, Gengler 7rebs, Marcus 5ast
Gibraltar: Reyes 15, Parody 8rebs, Mauro 3ast


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MALTA - Women

Malta welcomes to U18 European Championship -by Eurobasket News
La Valletta, Malta welcomes all the teams and guests to U18 European Championship. Five teams will struggle for the best team among the small states. The tournament is scheduled from August 28 till September 1.

In the last Championship that was held in 2005 Malta finished on the 4th spot. The team lost three games and finished the group with 2-3 record. In the first game Malta lost to the winner of the Division C that time Scotland 37:55. After that the team deserved the first win smashing Monaco 72:21. The next victory was achieved over Andorra 60:34 and only after that Luxembourg and Albania defeated our team. As a result fourth place was the best starting from 1997. Taking into consideration the fact that Malta will host the Championship it gives them even more chences to increase their record.

Today Luxembourg faces Gibraltar in the opener at 16.45. Andorra and Malta will meet each other at 19.00, right after the first game. Principality of Monaco will start the competition tomorrow.

Malta will have the following roster in the tournament:
Justine Busuttil
Lonneke Calleja
Stephanie De Martino
Jean Doughty
Christina Grima
Dana Mc Keon
Emma Jane Moore
Abigail Muscat
Rebecca Naudi
Leanne Sciberras
Samantha Tabone
Kristie Tonna


Malta U18 wins the opener -by Eurobasket News

Andorra-Malta 37:48 (12-5, 0-13, 10-14, 15-16)

Malta won the opener of U18 European Championship. In the first game for the teams and the second of day 1 Malta overcame Andorra 48:37. A 13:0 in the second quarter brought the hosts the positive result. Grima led the winners with 15 points. Muscat made 16 rebounds, while Moore had 4 assists. Pla top-scored for Andora with 14 points.

After trailing 12:5 after the opening quarter, the Maltese hit back in style scoring thirteen points without reply in the second session to take an 18:12 lead at half-time. That was so called record when the team stays scoreless in the quarter. However after -7 in the beginning of the game made the hosts angry.

Malta kept control of the match on the restart and went on to extend their advantage to 32:22 at the start of the final session. With 16:15 in the last Malta led to 48:37 in the end of the game.

Today Malta will have a day-off as there are 5 teams in the group. Andorra will face Gibraltar for the first win in the group for both teams. The spectators will be able to see another team, Monaco that starts the tournament today.

Andorra: Pla 14, Vicente 16 rebs+6 ast
Malta: Grima 15, Muscat 16 rebs, Moore 4 ast



Rebecca Brincat Thoresen to play for Malta -by Eurobasket
Magistrate Mizzi announced yesterday that Rebecca Brincat Thoresen (179-F-78) has just become eligible to play for Malta after receiving her Maltese passport on Wednesday.
Rebecca last played in Germany with NB Oberhausen, but she also played for and captained the Leipzig Eagles, Perth Lynx, Sheffield Hatters, Powerbasket Wels, Melbourne Tigers and Dandenong Rangers as well as Kilsyth Cobras.
Included in her career achievements are her feats when becoming the German League's top scorer in 2001-02 and 2002-03, played in the European Cup in the same two seasons and was the third highest scorer in the European Cup in season 2002-03. In 1998, she won the Australian Basketball Association Championship with Kilsyth.
MBA president Magistrate Tonio Mizzi said yesterday the girl's availability became possible after the government recently drafted new laws involving Maltese citizenship. Rebecca is the second person to avail herself of this opportunity, which the MBA hoped, would also be available to others.
He added that another person, Costantino Axisa, had been working hard for the last six years on the possibility of Rebecca and others playing for Malta. "Now that this dream has come true, it is time to announce that the MBA also have two young men and five other young Maltese girls who are willing to play for Malta in future," said Magistrate Mizzi.


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POLAND - Women

Dydek and her Connecticut is out of the Play-offs -by Eurobasket News
Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74) and her Connecticut is out of the Play-offs in WNBA. In the decisive third game over Indiana the latter made almost impossible thing as they overcame 22-point deficit to edge Connecticut in overtime and secure the Eastern Final birth. Connecticut Sun got to a flying start of the game and led by 12 points after the opening quarter 29:17. They later rolled to a massive 39:17 advantage midway through the second term and seemed to be on the way to the win. But Indiana was not about to surrender. They still trailed 48:64 early in the fourth quarter when Sheri Sam sparked with 5 point and ignited 11:0 run to put the Fever within 5 points from their opponents with more than 6 minutes to go in regulation. Tamika Whitmore (188-C-77, college: Memphis) later connected from the outside to cut the deficit to 64:66 with 3 minutes left and finally surged ahead when Tamika Whitmore added one more from beyond the arc. Indiana then led 75:72 on two free throws from Tamika Catchings (186-F-79, college: Tennessee) and 20 seconds on the clock. However Nykehsa Sales dropped three pointer and tied the scoreline at 75. Tamika Catchings was once again perfect from free throw line but Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) penetrated under the rim and sank a jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.
The teams were still drawn with 42 seconds left in the first overtime when Tamika Catchings drained a long jumper and gave Indiana a 89:86 lead. Tamika Whitmore then added a free throw and extended the lead to 90:86. Nykesha Sales cut the gap to 2 points 88:90 with 5 seconds remaining. But Connecticut committed an offensive foul in their next possession and actually buried hopes for a positive result.
Tamika Catchings topscored for the Fever with 30 points and 13 boards. Tamika Whitmore added 24 points for the winners. Katie Douglas replied with 27 points for Connecticut. Asjha Jones and Lindsay Whalen provided 21 points apiece in a defeat. Malgorzata Dydek ended up with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Indiana - Connecticut 93:88 (OT)
Indiana: Tamika Catchings 30+13 boards, Tamika Whitmore 24
Connecticut: Katie Douglas 27, Asjha Jones 21, Lindsay Whalen 21, Malgorzata Dydek 4


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PORTUGAL - Women

Ticha and the Monarchs just got eliminated but had a great season -by Bruno Baltazar
Our star Ticha Penicheiro played 27 minuts ,2 rebounds,3 assists,1 steal,6 pts but also 4 TO.
Vickie Johnson and Becky Hammon were teammates for seven seasons in New York. Their first season together in San Antonio has lifted the Silver Stars a step closer to their first WNBA Finals.
Johnson scored an easy layup on a pass from Hammon with half a second remaining and the Silver Stars beat the Sacramento Monarchs 80-78 to win their Western Conference playoff series Monday night.
"We either wanted to take the last shot or go into overtime,'' Hammon said of the winning play that started on an inbounds pass with 24 seconds remaining and the score tied at 78.
"Luckily, I found my good friend Vickie Johnson.''
Johnson signed as a free agent last season after nine years with the New York Liberty. Hammon left the Liberty after a draft-day trade this year.
Although Sacramento overcame a 20-point deficit and took a lead with just more than a minute remaining in the game, San Antonio won the best-of-3 series behind a franchise playoff-record 26 points from Sophia Young.
Hammon added 22 points and seven assists while Johnson scored 14 and also had seven assists.
Nicole Powell led the comeback with 10 fourth-quarter points. She led the Monarchs with 20 points.
Kara Lawson added 12, while Rebekkah Brunson and Yolanda Griffith each scored 10.
Brunson missed the last shot when she attempted to redirect an inbounds pass from Powell.
The Silver Stars will play the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday in the Western Conference finals. It's a best-of-3 series that will begin in San Antonio before moving to Phoenix for a second and, if necessary, third game.
The Mercury swept Seattle in the first round and had a 3-1 edge over San Antonio during the regular season.
With the Monarchs ahead by one, Hammon hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining to give the Silver Stars a 78-76 lead. Hammon had missed a layup before Ruth Riley grabbed a long rebound and fired a pass back over to Hammon in the right corner.
Sacramento tied the game again when Lawson grabbed a rebound on Powell's missed 3-pointer with 24 seconds to go.
The game-winner came when Hammon drove to the lane and fired a pass to Johnson, who was underneath the basket by herself when Powell came up to confront Hammon.
"It wasn't designed for me,'' Johnson said. "I just kept moving. It was just a great play. I cut through and just moved back in. I saw where Powell went to help on Becky, and Becky hit me for the layup.''
It was a tough way for Powell to end the game after leading the comeback.
"It's not a decision that any basketball player wants to be in, to see Becky Hammon coming at the hoop and have a shooter like Vickie Johnson who always makes big plays,'' Powell said. "Obviously it wasn't the right decision. I could have made the fake and gone back.''
The defeat ended the Monarchs' string of two straight appearances in the WNBA Finals. Sacramento won the championship in 2005 and fell to Detroit in five games last year.
San Antonio led by 20 points late in the first half after hitting 7-of-11 3-pointers. But the Monarchs rallied when Powell hit several key baskets.
Powell cut the lead to 66-60 when she hit a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 8:02 left in the game.
Powell's short jumper cut it to four with 6:16 to go. And with 4:24 left she knocked down another 3-pointer to cut the San Antonio lead to two points.
The lead was chopped to one point when Lawson hit a 3-pointer with 3:39 remaining.
Hammon answered with a 3-pointer 18 seconds later to put San Antonio ahead 75-71.
The Monarchs went ahead 76-75 with 1:08 left in the game when Lawson made a driving layup past Riley.
It's the Silver Stars' second trip to the conference finals. The other came in 2002 when the franchise was in Utah, and the team lost 2-0 to Los Angeles.
San Antonio led 27-21 after the first quarter when they shot 60 percent from the floor, including 5-of-7 3-pointers.
That tied the WNBA mark for 3-pointers in one quarter set by Seattle last year against Los Angeles.
The Silver Stars expanded the lead to 20 with 1:46 remaining before halftime. The surge was led by Young, who shot 4-of-5 from the floor while the rest of the Silver Stars went 4-of-14 during the second quarter.
Young finished the first half with 17 points and five rebounds while Johnson had 12 points and five assists.
After trailing by 20, Sacramento scored seven straight points to finish the first half.


Regadleing this Ticha had a great season and more things are to come for our players.


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ROMANIA - Women

Bulgarian player for BC ICIM Arad -by Bogdan Bocaniala
After the tournament that BC ICIM Arad played in Belgium and Luxembourg coach Adrian Budurean decide to put out the Slovak player Denisa Hazuchova (178-G/F-76, agency: LBM Management).
Bulgarian Marinela Agalareva (179-F/G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is waited to come in her place and she will have to stand on Coach Budurean standards.
We have to say that BC ICIM Arad won the Flanders Trophy Cup.


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SAMOA - Women

South Pacific Games: tip-off tomorrow -by Gauthier Gerard
The 2007 South Pacific Games will start tomorrow in Samoa with only seven teams. All the participating teams are in the same pool, the teams ranked 1st and 2nd will compete in the Gold medal game. The SPG champ will earn the right to play against Australia and New Zealand in the Oceania series.

Pool:
Tahiti
Solomon Islands
Samoa
New Caledonia
American Samoa
Papua New GuineaFiji


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SERBIA - Women

Serbia defeats Lithuania in the first day of Zafer Cup -by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-Serbia 68:77 (13-26, 15-15, 18-20, 22-16)

Serbia defeats Lithuania in the first day of Zafer Cup in Kusadasi, Turkey. The game mostly belonged to the Serbs, however in the last quarter Lithuania stayed closer. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 24 points. Kresojevic collected 17, while Mitov added 7. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) top-scored for the Baltic state with 16 points.

Serbia won the first game and today might be the only leader if they beat Turkey. In the opening quarter against Lithuania, Serbia produced 26:13. It gave them a good opportunity to handle the game as Lithuania could only tie the second quarter at 15:15. Serbia stayed in front with 41;28 at the half.
In the third quarter Lithuania tried to catch the opponents but could not reduce even to 10 points. Serbia maintained to 20:18 in the third and solved the task for the game. Even though the Baltic team won the last 22:16, the Serbs celebrated the first win.

In another game of the day Turkey beat Italy 65:57. Today Turkish national team will play against Serbia, while Lithuania faces Italy.


Lithuania: Vengryte,Lina Brazdeikyte 16, Sauliute 2, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 11, Valentiene 3, Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) 12, Vizbariene 14, Kuktiene 4, Sulciute 6
Serbia:Kresojevic 17, Petrovic 6, Migkovic, Veselovski 5, Mitov 7, Puskar 6, Ilic 2, Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) 24, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 6, Perovic 4



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ST.VINCENT - Women

Sophia Young top-scores for San Antonio and lifts them to the Finals Conferences -by Eurobasket News

An outstanding performance by Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) in Game 3 helped her San Antonio to advance to the Finals of the Conference. Born on Dec. 15, 1983 in St. Vincent, Sophia Young is now one of the top players in WNBA. She poured in 26 points last night and now averages 19.3 points per game in the Play-offs.
Vickie Johnson scored a basket with less than a second left to lift San Antonio past Sacramento in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. San Antonio dominated the game in the first half and led by 13 points at halftime 49:36. But the Monarchs paved their way back into the contest late in regualtion and surged ahead with less than a minute to go 76:75. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) though replied with a three pointer to regain the lead for the Silver Stars 78:76. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) missed her tree point attempt but Kara Lawson (173-G-81, college: Tennessee) grabbed a rebound and tied the scoreline with 24 seconds on the clock. San Antonio almost used them all before Becky Hammon found Vicky Johnson under the rim and she brought victory to the home side.
Sophia Young led San Antonio with 26 points. Becky Hammon had 22 points, while Vicky Johnson produced 14 points in a winning clause. Nicole Powell netted 20 points and Kara Lawson added 12 points in a loss.

In the Finals of the Conference San Antonio will play against Phoenix. The latter swept Seattle in two games to reach the Finals.


San Antonio - Sacramento 80:78
San Antonio: Sophia Young 26, Becky Hammon 22, Vicky Johnson 14
Sacramento: Nicole Powell 20, Kara Lawson 12



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TURKEY - Women

Zafer Cup: 1st Day:boxscore -by Iva Ivanova
In first day of international tournament Zafer Cup in Kusadasi Turkey beat Italy 65-57. Today Turkish national team will play against Serbia, in other game Litva-Italy.

TURKEY - ITALY 65-57 (24-14, 3-15, 26-17, 12-11)
Hall: Kusadasi Ugur Inan
Referees: Tomas Vasilevicius (Lit), Serkan Sert
Turkey: Alben, Vardarli 10, Yigit 7, Kimyacioglu 8, Tuncluer (171-G-80) 16, Sencebe, Yilmaz 4, Horasan 13, Yapar 6, Tozlu, Akkaya 1
Italy: Ciampoli 2, Franchini 2, Giauro 2, Masciadri, Modica 7, Nadalin 7, Ress 19, Zanoli 5, Zanon 4, Zanoni, Zara 9

LITVA - SERBIA 68-77 (13-26, 15-15, 18-20, 22-16)
Hall: Kusadasi Ugur Inan
Referees: Emin Mogulkoc, Turgut Isik
Litva: Vengryte,Brazdeikyte 16, Sauliute 2, Ciudariene 11, Valentiene 3, Briedyte 12, Vizbariene 14, Kuktiene 4, Sulciute 6
Serbia: Kresojevic 17, Petrovic 6, Migkovic, Veselovski 5, Mitov 7, Puskar 6, Ilic 2, Dabovic 24, Grubor 6, Perovic 4


Zafer Cup will start today -by Iva Ivanova
Turksin National team will take part of the Zafer Cup tournament. This is a part of the preparaton of the Turkish National team for Eurobasket 2007. In this competition will play also Litva, Serbia and Italy.
Tournament start today and ends 30th August. Before tournament there was a Friendly Game between National Teams of Turkey and Serbia, played prior the 4 Teams International Tournament in Kusadasi ended with the score 68:63 (19-14, 16-12, 21-18, 12-19). Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) scored 18 for Turkey, Nevryie Ylmaz added 16 points. Milica Dabovic scored 16 for the opponents.

There is a program for Zafer Kup:
28th August
17:00 Litva - Serbia
19:00 TURKEY - Italy

29 th August
17:00 Italy - Litva
19:00 TURKEY - Serbia

30 thAugust
17:00 Serbia - Italy
19:00 TURKEY - Litva


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WNBA - Women

Defending champs survive overtime to stay in the playoffs -by Eurobasket News
Detroit - New York 71:70
Detroit balanced on the brink of elimination in the opening round against New York but some heroics from Cheryl Ford (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) save the day for the champs. The Shock forward played with an injured knee but still managed to deliver 17 points and 10 boards in a spectacular dramatic victory over New York in the third game of the Eastern semifinal series. New York had a better start to the gama and piled up a 33:23 lead at halftime. The Liberty held on to the gap 5 minutes into the third quarter but could not save the advantage. Detroit recovered late in the third quarter and finally tied the scoreline early in the fourth. Later in regulation Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) connected from afar to give Detroit a 60:55 advantage with just over 2 minutes remaining. Cathrine Kraayeveld (6'4''-F-81, college: Oregon) responded with two converted free throws to cut it to 60:57. Loree Moore (5'9''-G-83, college: Tennessee) then added another free throw to put New York within 2 points from the hosts 58:60. Swin Cash lost the ball and Cathrine Kraayeveld replied with a made attempt to draw the teams at 60 with 53 seconds left. Katie Smith once again put Detroit in front but Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) penetrated to the rim and knocked down a layup to force overtime.
The teams were still drawn with 73 seconds remaining in overtime. Detroit missed two consecutive attempts but Katie Smith and Cheryl Ford pulled down two offensive boards before Swin Cash finally would drop a layup to lift the home side to a 71:69 lead with 8 seconds left in extra time. Janel McCarville got fouled in the next possession but could deliver just one free throw and sealed the win for Detroit.
Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) paced the defending champs with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. Katie Smith had 12 points for the winners. Cathrine Kraayeveld replied with 16 points for New York. Tiffany Jackson (6'3''-F-85, college: Texas) posted 14 points and 10 boards in a losing effort.
Detroit will now face Indiana in the Eastern conference final. The tip off in the series is scheduled for Friday.

Detroit: Deanna Nolan 22, Cheryl Ford 17+10 boards, Katie Smith 12
New York: Cathrine Kraayeveld 16, Tiffany Jackson 14+10 boards


Indiana and San Antonio make it through to the conference Finals -by Eurobasket News
Indiana - Connecticut 93:88 (OT)
Indiana Fever made almost impossible thing as they overcame 22-point deficit to edge Connecticut in overtime and secure the Eastern Final birth. Connecticut Sun got to a flying start of the game and led by 12 points after the opening quarter 29:17. They later rolled to a massive 39:17 advantage midway through the second term and seemed to be on the way to the win. But Indiana was not about to surrender. They still trailed 48:64 early in the fourth quarter when Sheri Sam sparked with 5 point and ignited 11:0 run to put the Fever within 5 points from their opponents with more than 6 minutes to go in regulation. Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C-77, college: Memphis) later connected from the outside to cut the deficit to 64:66 with 3 minutes left and finally surged ahead when Tamika Whitmore added one more from beyond the arc. Indiana then led 75:72 on two free throws from Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) and 20 seconds on the clock. However Nykehsa Sales dropped three pointer and tied the scoreline at 75. Tamika Catchings was once again perfect from free throw line but Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) penetrated under the rim and sank a jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.
The teams were still drawn with 42 seconds left in the first overtime when Tamika Catchings drained a long jumper and gave Indiana a 89:86 lead. Tamika Whitmore then added a free throw and extended the lead to 90:86. Nykesha Sales (6'0''-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) cut the gap to 2 points 88:90 with 5 seconds remaining. But Connecticut committed an offensive foul in their next possession and actually buried hopes for a positive result.
Tamika Catchings topscored for the Fever with 30 points and 13 boards. Tamika Whitmore added 24 points for the winners. Katie Douglas replied with 27 points for Connecticut. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) provided 21 points apiece in a defeat.


San Antonio - Sacramento 80:78
Vickie Johnson (5'10''-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) scored a basket with less than a second left to lift San Antonio past Sacramento in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. San Antonio dominated the game in the first half and led by 13 points at halftime 49:36. But the Monarchs paved their way back into the contest late in regualtion and surged ahead with less than a minute to go 76:75. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) though replied with a three pointer to regain the lead for the Silver Stars 78:76. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) missed her tree point attempt but Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) grabbed a rebound and tied the scoreline with 24 seconds on the clock. San Antonio almost used them all before Becky Hammon found Vicky Johnson under the rim and she brought victory to the home side.
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) led San Antonio with 26 points. Becky Hammon had 22 points, while Vickie Johnson produced 14 points in a winning clause. Nicole Powell netted 20 points and Kara Lawson added 12 points in a loss.

Indiana - Connecticut 93:88 (OT)
Indiana: Tamika Catchings 30+13 boards, Tamika Whitmore 24
Connecticut: Katie Douglas 27, Asjha Jones 21, Lindsay Whalen 21

San Antonio - Sacramento 80:78
San Antonio
: Sophia Young 26, Becky Hammon 22, Vickie Johnson 14
Sacramento: Nicole Powell 20, Kara Lawson 12