EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/4/2007

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ABA

Strong Island Sound Members Continue Summer Dominance -by Surujh Roopnarine
Members of the Strong Island Sound have continued their winning ways on the playground courts of New York City this summer. Led by Head Coach Dytanya Mixson along with top assistants Peter Wehye and Ray Copper, the X-Men (Coach Mixson's longstanding NY tournament team) are at or near the top of many major tournaments. At the world-famous Entertainers Basketball Classic held at Holcombe Rucker Memorial Park, the X-Men are 5-1 and tied for first place after defeating Jolt 103-100 on Wednesday. Leading the way for the X-Men was Reggie Roberson, who was in Sound camp two years ago and is expected to be on the team this upcoming season, with 28 points. Ex-Sound guard Nate Brown followed that up with 22 points and a game high eight assists. In other action from this week, former Sound players Phil Grant and Miguel Millien combined for 28 points as co-leader HUNC Records fell to EBC Dream Team 78-77.
Over at Orchard Beach in the Bronx the X-Men are finding similar success at Hoops in the Sun (H.I.T.S.). Currently tied for first with two other teams at 5-1, X-Men won by forfeit after Enterprise did not have a team ready for their game on Saturday.
At Hunter College, where arguably the “realest” summertime basketball goes down during the annual Nike Pro City Tournament, the X-Men were led by one of the most prolific scorers in Sound history, Mike Campbell, who had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 129-124 victory over Prime Time. Coach Mixson has the X-Men sitting at 4-2, primed for the playoffs in his first season at Pro City.


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ALGERIA

OUKID BACK IN EUROPE -by Foued Benhenni
After a convaincing try-out with hungary team "NYKK" which finished 8th last year in Hungary top league "A DIVISION",Tarek OUKID should be signed by NYKK's coach Zoran PRELEVIC,who knows OUKID very well as he coached him already in the team of Al-Ittehad in EgyptTarek Oukid (205-C-79)

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ANGOLA

Stankovic Cup: Official Considers It Premature To Assesss Angola`s Participation -by Carlos Pereira


Stankovic Cup: Official Considers It Premature To Assesss Angola`s Participation -by Carlos Pereira
The chairman of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Gustavo da Conceicao, said Angola`s presence at Borislav Stankovic Cup was important, for it served as preparation for the coming African competition, although he thinks it is premature to assess that participation.
Gustavo da Conceicao, who was speaking to ANGOP, explained that that the performance of the squad in the Stankovic Cup helped to bring the athletes to the desired competitive form, getting them ready for the African championship that will start on 15 August.
According to FAB`s official the national squad is going through a stage of adaptation and experiments, aimed at finding a base team.
In his opinion, it is still early to make an assessment of the country`s performance in the Borislav Stankovic Cup, since the coach is still evaluating the players that make up this pre-selected team.
Gustavo da Conceicao has regretted the absence of Abdel Boukar, who is recovering from an injury, considering the 1º de Agosto athlete as an important element in the goals of the African champions, who are seeking to win their ninth continental title.

Meanwhile, The federation official believes that Victor Muzadi or Vladimir Ricardino can replace the injured athlete.
At the Borislav Stankovic competition, which was held in China, Angola defeated New Zeland (67-55), China (68-63) and Venezuela (94-54) and were beaten by the United States of America (72-85) and Slovenia (52


Afrobasket2007: Egypt, Rwanda Confirm Arrival Date -by Carlos Pereira
The national basketball teams of Egypt and Rwanda are to arrive on August 13 in Luanda to participate at the African Championship, expected for August 15-25, ANGOP has learnt.
According to the spokesman of the organising committee (COCASM), Carlos Garcia, the two teams will come in the same aeroplane.
Cape Verde has confirmed its presence in the competition with a 21-people delegation, however, it is not known the date for their arrival.
The Afrobasket competition will take place in the provinces of Benguela, Huila, Huambo, Cabinda and Luanda.


Afrobasket-2007: Cape Verde Cancel Friendly With Angolan Teams -by Carlos Pereira
Cape Verde`s basketball squad have cancelled the three friendly games against Angolan teams, ahead of their participation in the 24th edition of the African Cup of Nations, scheduled for August 15-25, in Angola, ANGOP has learnt.
The islanders were expected to play ASA, Interclube and a Cabinda mixed group, but due to organisational reasons the games had to be cancelled, informed the Cape Verdean Embassy in Luanda, on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the source did not mention the date for the squad`s arrival.
The Cape Verdean, who have already confirmed their presence at the championship, ended Wednesday the first stage of preparation in that state`s Sal island, with a victory (80-39) over a mixed team of Praia City.
The second stage will involve the team in an international tournament, in that country, in tribute to the technical director of Cape Verde`s Basketaball Federation, Claude Constantine, to which Angola`s 1º de Agosto team has been invited.


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ARGENTINA

Belgrano starts to complete roster -by Facundo Iatzky
Belgrano San Nicolas, as was announced days ago will play in Liga A again replacing Deportivo madryn. For this reason, They have started to sign players. They are Gabriel Dominguez (184-G-82) Cristian Cadillac (194-G-83) Walter Cordero (192-F-80) Ariel Eslava (202-G/F-79) Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) Lucas Bianco (198-F-80) and Omar Canton (210-C-82). Head coach will be "patota" Pablo Dastugue .

Foreigners Movement -by Facundo Iatzky
Liga A:
Boca jrs: signed Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville)
Libertad: signed Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel)
Quilmes: signed Antonio Reynolds (200-F-77, college: Rhode Island)
Ben hur: released Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Ronsport, college: Cal.St.-Bakersfield) and signed Durelle Brown (202-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) and Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Wash.-St.Louis)
Estudiantes: re-signed Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest)
Gimnasia comodoro: signed Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) and Marvin Rashad (193-F-193, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Fairmont St.)
Central entrerriano: signed Kwan Johnson (195-G-74, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: New Orleans)

TNA:
Alma juniors: signed Eric Price (200-C, agency: CDM consultoria, college: Trevecca Nazarene)
Atletico Echague parana: signed Emmanuel Clifton (198-F-81, college: Washburn)
Española: signed Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point)


Argentina takes on the World Champion -by Eurobasket
The Argentinean Basketball Confederation (CABB in Spanish) announced the name of the players who are scheduled to be active when Team Argentina faces Team Spain, current World Champion, in an exhibition game in Mar del Plata, as part of their training process for Team Argentina on their way to the “Tuto” Marchand Continental Cup in San Juan (August 16 - 18), and the FIBA Americas Championship 2007 in Las Vegas (from August 22 to September 2).
They also informed that the player Matias Sandes will not be part of the preliminary team currently training for Las Vegas, due to an injury suffered during his participation in the Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that prevented him from practicing, and playing, during the last week of the competition.
Team Argentina will arrive in Mar del Plata with the following players: Pablo Prigioni and Antonio Porta (point guards); Paolo Quinteros and Carlos Delfino (shooting guards); Federico Kammerichs (small forward); Leonardo Gutierrez and Diego Lo Grippo (strong forwards); Juan Gutierrez, Luis Scola, Martin Leiva, Roman Gonzalez, and Juan Manuel Torres (centers).
Team Argentina's head coach, Sergio Hernandez , annouced that new additions to their line-up are expected.
This game is part of the Super 4 tournament, in which the national teams from Uruguay, Canada, Spain, and Argentina, will be active.
By Javier Otero of FIBA AMERICAS


Argentinian National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)
Antonio Porta (188-G-83) of Angelico Biella (ITA)
Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) of CAI Zaragoza (ESP)
Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) of Toronto Raptors (USA)
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) of Polaris World Murcia (ESP)
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Boca Juniors Capital Feder
Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) of Autocid Ford Burgos (ESP)
Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of CB Granada (ESP)
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Houston Rockets (USA)
Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Autocid Ford Burgos (ESP)
Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78) of Penarol Mar del Plata Buenos Aires
Juan Manuel Torres (208-C-84) of C.B. L'Hospitalet (ESP)
Head Coach: Sergio Hernandez


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AUSTRIA

Kapfenberg adds size with Byron Ray -by Cueneyt Tuerk

Kapfenberg Bulls completed their roster for the upcoming season by announcing that power-forward Byron Ray (201-F-84) has signed a one-year contract with the Bulls. Ray arrives from the University of Arkansas Little Rock, where he averaged 8,7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 block per game.


Kapfenberg Bulls roster for the upcoming season:

Damir Zeleznik (190-G-80)

Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90)

Jesse Seilern und Aspan (187-G-90)

Paul Niederbichler (-90)

Mike Hall (191-G/F-82, college: BYU)

Shawn Ray (193-F-80, college: N.C.Central)

Samuel Knabl (204-C/F-82)

Romed Vieider (196-F-91)

Jason Forrestal (204-F-69, college: Benedictine (IL))

Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy)

Heinz Kugerl (209-C-86)

Byron Ray (201-F-84)

Jovan Torbica (209-C-84)



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BAHAMAS

Bahamas rebound against Dominican Republic -by Eurobasket News
Bahamas U17 - Dominican Republic U17 72:68
Bahamas U17 National team celebrated their first victory at the Centrobasket tournament in Humacao. They defeated Domincan Republic team in a closely fought contest and tied them in the ladder at 1-1 record.
Bahamas emerged strong in the first half. They played aggressive defensive basketball and held their opponents to 21 points in the half, while Bahamain players scored 33. Domincan Republic found the touch in the third stanza as Andres Terrero and Yohansi Jimenez knocked down consecutive long jumpers and led their team to a local 25:18 success. Dominican Republic tried hard to save the encounter at the end but a strong performance from Donathen Moss (-91) and Jermine Storr (-90) ensured a winning outcome for the Islanders.
Donathen Moss provided 21 points and 12 rebounds for Bahamas. Jermine Storr added 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kelvin Valdez (-91) responded with 15 points and 4 blocks for Dominican Republic. Yohansi Jimenez and Jhony De La Cruz produced 14 points apiece in defeat.
Bahamas had a huge dominance under the rims as they pulled down 54 rebounds, including 20 offensive ones. They also converted 44% of two-pointers and 68% of free throws. Dominican Republic players lacked accuracy from the charity stripe hitting just 50%.
Bahamas will next take on hosting Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic is scheduled to play against Mexico in the third round.

Bahamas U17: Donathen Moss 21+12 boards, Jermine Storr 20+9 boards
Dominican Republic U17: Kelvin Valdez 15, Yohansi Jimenez 14, Jhony De La Cruz 14


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BELGIUM

Belgian Lions hope to roar in Euro 2007 qualifying campaign -by Bertrand Larsimont

The Belgian Lions' preparation campaign for the Euro 2007 qualifying round is now well under way after a camp in Dallas, Texas, home of the Mavericks and two scrimmage games in Belgium against Bulgaria.

The Belgian NT played Bulgaria first in Herve Battice on Tuesday and lost 70-88. We were told that Belgian Lions seemed lifeless in the second half of this first match-up with Bulgaria led by Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances), K. Ivanov and D. Ivanov. Despite Axel Hervelle's efforts in offense (25 points), Belgians could not avoid an 18-point debacle. But for several observers, this has just been a short setback in a well organized but rather tiring preparatory campaign. The camp organized by Lions' Manager Jacques Ledure in Dallas allowed the NT to play against some athletic US teams and Senegal, also present in Dallas (home of Belgian Lion and Maverick Didier Mbenga (214-C-80) not participating in the NT campaign this time), and was very positive.

On Wednesday, Belgians played the Balkan team at the Spiroudome of Charleroi in front of a very sparse attendance. Christophe Beghin was missing due to injury (foot). Lichodzijewski also sat on the bench because of back injury and will most probably not take part in the Euro 2007 qualification campaign. Led by their superstar Todor Stoykov again, the Bulgarians took a large lead before half-time (29-38). The Lions had had a very good first quarter but never seemed able to challenge the Bulgarian shooters in the second quarter. Only Sacha Massot (7 points at the half) had played at his best level. The second half was much more pleasant and, when the gap reached 14 points in favour of Bulgaria, Axel Hervelle as well as Sam Van Rossom played the role of leaders to bring the Lions into the game. It was 66-66 with a few minutes to go and Bosco, Massot, Muya (just back on the team on the occasion), Hervelle and Van Rossom had been good at battling offensively as well as defensively. With 8 seconds left on the clock, Massot made his two free-throw attempts to give a 79-78 lead to his team but it was without counting on a brilliant clutch player like Todor Stoykov (20 points) who, in the paint, drove for a spectacular lay-up on the buzzer allowing the Bulgarian NT to win this second scrimmage game in Belgium: 79-80.

Belgium will still play France (without Tony Parker) in Aix-les-Bains this weekend before starting the Euro 2007 qualifying campaign in Ukraine next Wednesday. With Beghin and Ralph Biggs added to the group and if they play like they did in the second half on Wednesday, the Lions keep a good chance to qualify in their group with Ukraine, Denmark and Israel. All Euro 2007 qualifying round games of the Belgian NT at home will be played at the Spiroudome of Charleroi. If fans show up, they could also play a significant role for the qualification. The Lions of Coach Eddy Casteels deserve it and not much is still needed to hear them roar after a victory!

Here are the stats of the Lions in the last two games against Bulgaria:

in Herve: VAN ROSSOM 8, MOORS 10, BELLIN 9, HERVELLE 25, MASSOT 6, Bosco 8, Van der Jonckheyd 2, Driesen 0, L'Hoest 0, Pirlot 2;
in Charleroi: MOORS 3, VAN ROSSOM 21, Muya 7, A. Hervelle 22, Bosco 6, VAN DER JONCKHEYD 5, MASSOT 11, Driesen 2, BELLIN 2, N. Hervelle 0.

Program of the Euro 2007 qualifying round:

Game 1, Ukraine vs. Belgium 08/08/2007-Kiev
Game 2, Belgium vs. Denmark 11/08/2007-Charleroi 20:00
Game 3, Israël vs. Belgium 15/08/2007-Tel Aviv
Game 4, Belgium vs. Ukraine 18/08/2007-Charleroi 20:00
Game 5, Denmark vs. Belgium 22/08/2007-Aahrus
Game 6, Belgium vs. Israël 25/08/2007-Charleroi 20:00

Belgian NT Roster:

Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Court Side)
Guy Muya (190-G-83)
Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St.)
Jef Van der Jonckheyd (205-F-82, agency: Court Side)
Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management)
Yannick Driesen (215-C-88)
Axel Hervelle (205-F-83)
Nathan Hervelle (192-G-84)
Francois L'hoest (196-F-85)
Julien Pirlot (198-F-81)
Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86)
Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side)
Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Oakland)
Lionel Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side)
Alexander Lichodzjewski (200-C-84, injured)

Coach: Eddy Casteels
Assistant: Jacques Stas


MonsTransfer News -by Peter Buyse

Dexia Mons-Hainaut has signed English forward Andrew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) for the coming season.
Sullivan who played 4 years at Villanova played the past season for Spanish ACB team Joventut Badalona.
After leaving Villanova he played one season in Holland for Eiffeltower Nijmegen before heading to England to play for the Newcastle Eagles.
Averaged 21.2 ppg, 5.rpg and 4.0apg during the 2005-2006 season when Newcastle won the English Championship and Cup.


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BRAZIL

Lula optimistic about FIBA Americas Championship -by Eurobasket
Brazil head coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira is confident of reaching the 2008 Olympic Games via the FIBA Americas Championship later this month.
Brazil won their third consecutive Pan American gold medal in Rio de Janeiro last month, but now the Selecao are turning their focus to the FIBA tournament that gets under way on August 22 in Las Vegas.
That championship awards two direct berths to next summer's Olympics in Beijing and coach Ferreira, nicknamed Lula, wants to get one of them.
He told the Brazilian Basketball Confederation's official website: "The group will go to Las Vegas more mature, stronger and more conscious.
"On paper, we have a real chance to put Brazil in the Olympics, but we have to prove that potential on court, by beating our rivals.
"In the Pan American Games, Brazil showed their strength and was considered one of the favourites to get the Olympic berth alongside the United States. We are proud of it, but we have to play our best basketball in Las Vegas."
Lula added that training resumes on Friday, with Nene, Leandro Barbosa, Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao and Guilherme Giovannoni all joining up with the squad.
By Javier Otero of FIBA AMERICAS


Looking for insurance -by Eurobasket
The Brazilian Basketball Confederation has a few days to pay the insurance of three of their national team players that are in the NBA in order to play in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
The players are: son Nene, of Denver; Anderson Varejao, of Cleveland and Rafael Araujo, from Utah.
Guard Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix), Marcus Vinicius (New Orleans/Oklahoma City) already have their insurance for the tournament. CBB President, Gerasime Bozikis believes that he will get it for the trio of players soon.
By Javier Otero of FIBA AMERICAS


Basketball Without Borders begins in Brazil -by Eurobasket
Basketball without Borders Americas will take place July 31-Aug. 3 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where more than 50 participants from America take part of this event.
Camp participants are selected by FIBA and participating basketball federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport . To promote friendship and diversity, the campers will be divided into teams without regard to race and nationality. They also will participate in motivational and life-skills seminars that promote education, leadership, character development, and healthy living with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
FIBA Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, is in the event that unites the top young basketball players (ages 19 & under) from across the region to take part in basketball instruction and competition.
Brazilian natives Nenê of the Denver Nuggets, 'Leandrinho' Barbosa (190-G-82) of the Phoenix Suns, Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rafael Araujo of the Utah Jazz and a host of NBA stars act as coaches for the young athletes across the region.
By Javier Otero of FIBA AMERICAS


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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

BVI roster for CBC revealed -by David Edole

The British Virgin Islands senior national men's team are scheduled to leave the island on Saturday for Caguas, Puerto Rico where they will participate in the 19th Caribbean Basketball Federation Championships that will take place from August 4-12.
The BVI is drawn in group B with Cuba, Barbados, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago. Group A consists of Jamaica, Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominican Republic and Guyana.
The top three teams in each category will qualify for the 2008 Centro Basketball tournament.
There will be four daily games in the first five days of the competition. Then there will be games against each group in the next rounds to decide the semifinalist and finalists.

SCHEDULE
BVI last played in the tournament in 2002 and finished in seventh place. Jamaica won the CBC Tournament in the last edition of the tournament.
The team comprises of point guards: Chaurbin Smith (178-G), Jovaughn Cameron (186-G), Trevon Lewis, shooting guards: Halstead Chiverton, Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson), Gary Hillhouse, small forwards: Steve Parillon (196-F-78, agency: Sanni Hoops, college: Henderson St.), power forwards: Houston Penn (198-F/C, college: McKendree), Avery Percival and centers Eric Matthias, Dwayne Penn (198-F/C) and Kleon Penn (211-C-87).

TEAM OFFICIALS
Keith Malone - Head Coach
Brian Brewley - Assistant Coach
Derwin Scatliffe - Trainer
Norval Young - Referee
Guy Malone - Head of Delegation



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BULGARIA

Bulgaria falls short to Turkey despite a fierce comeback effort -by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18 - Turkey U18 78:81
Bulgaria U18 national team had somewhat a sour start to their European championship campaign. They were dramatically beaten by Turkey in the opening game of Group B in Madrid.
Bulgaria drove to a narrow 19:18 advantage after the first frame. However Turkey started the second quarter with a 14:0 run and maintained the lead throughout the frame. Mukremin Kilicli dropped a jumper to give Turkey a maximim 54:37 advantage early in the third quarter. Bulgaria though responded with a 14:0 of their own and cut the deficit to just 3 points midway through the third stanza. Can Ozcan (200-F-89) capped the third quarter with a trey to establish a 65:55 advantage for Turkey.
Hristo Zahariev (196-G-90) scored 12 consecutive points for Bulgaria to get them back on track 5 minutes into the frame 74:77. The teams exchanged a couple of free throws to stay within three points with 4 minutes remaining. Dogus Balbay then scored two pointer to lift Turkey to 81:76 distance. Dimitre Marintchechki answered with a jumper to keep the distance at three points. However the teams then kept it scoreless for 2 last minutes and Turkey celebrated their first win at the tournament.
Can Ozcan ensured 21 points for Turkey. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) poured in 14 points for the winners. Hristo Zahariev fired 22 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov (194-G-90) had 21 points in a loss.
Bulgaria will next play against Greece in the second round. Turkey faces Israel tomorrow.

Bulgaria U18: Hristo Zahariev 22, Bozhidar Avramov 21
Turkey U18: Can Ozcan 21, Birkan Batuk 14


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CAMEROON

Makanda signs at Samara... -by Yann Tientcheu
Our countryman, Cyrille Etogo Makanda (6'3" Guard ) from Douala, Cameroon signed a two year contract with CSK VVS Samara
a Russian Superleague A team. A lot can be exected from Makanda who solidly contributed to Keravnos victory in the Cyprus Cup
this year finishing the season with an average of 15 ppg, 2.9 apg and 2.9 rpg in 10 games of the eurocup Challenge. Other individual
stats of our Countryman in the Eurocup Challenge are: 70.7% 2fgp, 32.5% 3fgp and 78.4% FT.


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CARICOM

Guyana"s Roster for the CBC 2007 in Puerto Rico -by Kristian Santiago
After the U.S. Embassy denied all Guyana-based players, coaches and referees visas for the trip to Puerto Rico, the GABF decided to send a national team with U.S. - based players to the CBC.
Head coach will be Steve Nurse assisted by Mike Creppy Jr. and Larry Davis.
Lets take a look on the roster:

Antric Klaiber (208-C/F-76, college: Connecticut)
Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)
Darren Ainsworth
Michael Creppy (190-G)
Kevan Creppy (193-G/F-87)
Clive Bentick (186-G-78)
Carl Benn (G- college: UMass-Lowell)
Desmond Herod (193-G/F-80, college: Seton Hall)
Robert Davis
Dexter Martin
Alanzo Phillips (200-F , college:Old Westbury)
Lorenzo Withrite (204-F/C-81, college: Lee)


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CENTROBASKETU17

Puerto Rico are dominant at home -by Eurobasket News
Group A

Mexico U17 - Trinidad and Tobago U17 96:52
Mexican U17 national team continued their perfect campaign in Puerto Rico. They handled Trinidad in the second round of Centrobasket tournament in Humacao. The win saw them improve to 2-0 record and stay on top of the ladder together with hosts.
The teams started the game in somehow cautiously. They kept it close in the opening frame and Mexico led 16:15 at the end of it. Trinidad did not allow Mexican players to clear off in the second quarter and trailed by just 5 points at halftime 32:37. However breakaway came in the third frame as Mexican team put on impressive basketball performance and spurred ahead to an unassailable 75:46 advantage entering the fourth frame. Trinidad never recovered from the blow and managed just 6 points in the final 10 minutes to suffer their second defeat at the tournament.
Juan Pablo Casillas led all scorers with 23 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals for Mexico. Carlos Lypez secured another 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kyle Rowley (-91) answered with 13 points and 15 rebounds for Trinidad. Sheldon Esdelle-Blackburn (-92) had 12 points in a losing effort.
Mexico dominated the boards and shot more accurately from the field. They also forced Trinidad players to 29 turnovers.
Mexico will next take on Dominican Republic. Trinidad will try to improve against Virgin Islands.

Mexico U17: Juan Pablo Casillas 23+8 assists, Carlos Lypez 19
Trinidad and Tobago U17: Kyle Rowley 13+15 boards, Sheldon Esdelle-Blackburn 12



Bahamas U17 - Dominican Republic U17 72:68
Bahamas U17 National team celebrated their first victory at the Centrobasket tournament in Humacao. They defeated Domincan Republic team in a closely fought contest and tied them in the ladder at 1-1 record.
Bahamas emerged strong in the first half. They played aggressive defensive basketball and held their opponents to 21 points in the half, while Bahamain players scored 33. Domincan Republic found the touch in the third stanza as Andres Terrero and Yohansi Jimenez knocked down consecutive long jumpers and led their team to a local 25:18 success. Dominican Republic tried hard to save the encounter at the end but a strong performance from Donathen Moss (-91) and Jermine Storr (-90) ensured a winning outcome for the Islanders.
Donathen Moss provided 21 points and 12 rebounds for Bahamas. Jermine Storr added 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kelvin Valdez (-91) responded with 15 points and 4 blocks for Dominican Republic. Yohansi Jimenez and Jhony De La Cruz produced 14 points apiece in defeat.
Bahamas had a huge dominance under the rims as they pulled down 54 rebounds, including 20 offensive ones. They also converted 44% of two-pointers and 68% of free throws. Dominican Republic players lacked accuracy from the charity stripe hitting just 50%.
Bahamas will next take on hosting Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic is scheduled to play against Mexico in the third round.

Bahamas U17: Donathen Moss 21+12 boards, Jermine Storr 20+9 boards
Dominican Republic U17: Kelvin Valdez 15, Yohansi Jimenez 14, Jhony De La Cruz 14



Puerto Rico U17 - Virgin Islands U17 112:67
Puerto Rico posted another stunning win at the U17 Centrobasket tournament in Humacao. They thrashed Virgin Islands 112:67 to improve to 2-0 record.
The home side marked their dominance in the first frame outscoring Virgin Islands team 30:13. Virgin Islands struggled to maintain Puerto Rican offense and allowed them to pour in another 24 points in the second quarter. Establishing a 54:27 lead at halftime Puerto Rico continued to entertain the home crowd and rolled to a 31:19 third frame. All the questions about the outcome were dropped and Puerto Rico cruised to an overall victory at the end.
Raymond Cortes topscored for Puerto Rico with 25 points and 7 assists. Steven Bonefont contributed 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in a win. Lamar Bough (-G-91) nailed 16 points and collected 9 rebounds for Virgin Islands. Olani Vanterpool added 11 points in a loss.
Puerto Rico outrebounded their opponents 55:48. They shot 42% from two-point range, while the Islanders converted 34%. The home side also forced Virgin Islands players to 31 turnovers.
Puerto Rico plays against Bahamas in the third round. Virgin Islands will seek for their first victory against Trinidad and Tobago.

Puerto Rico U17: Raymond Cortes 25+7 assists, Steven Bonefont 24
Virgin Islands U17: Lamar Bough 16, Olani Vanterpool 11


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CYPRUS

Keravnos signs Bocevski -by Chris Mammides

According to the Greek basketball side, basketblog.gr, Keravnos Cyprus College agreed terms with the Skopje center Dusan Bocevski. The 34 years old center will add power in the paint for the Strovolos team. Even though he had a not so good season with the Polish Anwil as he had only 4ppg and 2rpg in 14 games, Dusan will be a very big help for Coach Frangias, as he will create an amazing duo with the Cypriot Power forward Trisokkas. Bocevski has experiences from French, German, Russian, Israeli, Polish, Skopje and Serbian leagues. He is a strong inside performer who has a career average of 6.5ppg and 5.5 rebounds the last seven seasons

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DENMARK

New Head Coach for Bakken Bears -by Eurobasket
Bakken Bears announced the hiring of new Head Coach Brett Vana for the upcoming season. Winners of 4 consecutive Danish Championships, Bakken also competes in the FIBA Europe Cup for the 2007-2008 season. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Vana, helped TV Lich overachieve last season in Germany's 2.Bundesliga South after previously working in Switzerland as an assistant with Birstal Starwings. Bakken's strong winning tradition in Denmark made the job attractive for many coaches as Bears SportDirector Michael Piloz narrowed the field before appointing his new man. The 34yr old Vana will arrive in Aarhus August 10th to begin preparations for the new season.

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D-LEAGUE

Ambassadors Fall to China 82-67; Finish Third at Stankovic Cup -by Surujh Roopnarine

Yi Jianlian (7'0''-C/F-87) was impressive, scoring a game high 28 points as the Chinese National Team (3-2) knocked off the D-League Ambassadors (3-2) in the fifth and final game of the 2007 Stankovic Cup. With the loss, the Ambassadors dropped to third place in the six team tournament behind China who finished in second and first place Slovenia. China controlled the game for most of the second half and cruised to the victory. For the Ambassadors, Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, college: Fresno St.) led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds while Cheyne Gadson (6'4''-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed 14 points and four assists.

2007 Stankovic Cup Final Standings

Place Team Record
1 Slovenia 4-1
2 China 3-2
3 D-League Ambassadors 3-2
4 Angola 3-2
5 New Zealand 2-3
6 Venezuela 0-5

Final D-League Ambassadors Stats

Terrance Thomas: 14.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.0apg 60.0 FG%

Renaldo Major: 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 51.1 FG%

Quemont Greer: 11.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8spg, 47.8 FG%

Pooh Jeter: 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 35.1 FG%

Clay Tucker: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6spg, 28.3 FG%

Kevin Lyde: 7.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 50.0 FG%

Rick Rickert: 5.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 42.3 FG%

Cheyne Gadson: 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, 41.4 FG%

Lance Allred: 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 41.2 FG%

Eddy Fobbs: 1.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 40.0 FG%



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DOMINICAN REP.

Bahamas rebound against Dominican Republic -by Eurobasket News
Bahamas U17 - Dominican Republic U17 72:68
Bahamas U17 National team celebrated their first victory at the Centrobasket tournament in Humacao. They defeated Domincan Republic team in a closely fought contest and tied them in the ladder at 1-1 record.
Bahamas emerged strong in the first half. They played aggressive defensive basketball and held their opponents to 21 points in the half, while Bahamain players scored 33. Domincan Republic found the touch in the third stanza as Andres Terrero and Yohansi Jimenez knocked down consecutive long jumpers and led their team to a local 25:18 success. Dominican Republic tried hard to save the encounter at the end but a strong performance from Donathen Moss (-91) and Jermine Storr (-90) ensured a winning outcome for the Islanders.
Donathen Moss provided 21 points and 12 rebounds for Bahamas. Jermine Storr added 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kelvin Valdez (-91) responded with 15 points and 4 blocks for Dominican Republic. Yohansi Jimenez and Jhony De La Cruz produced 14 points apiece in defeat.
Bahamas had a huge dominance under the rims as they pulled down 54 rebounds, including 20 offensive ones. They also converted 44% of two-pointers and 68% of free throws. Dominican Republic players lacked accuracy from the charity stripe hitting just 50%.
Bahamas will next take on hosting Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic is scheduled to play against Mexico in the third round.

Bahamas U17: Donathen Moss 21+12 boards, Jermine Storr 20+9 boards
Dominican Republic U17: Kelvin Valdez 15, Yohansi Jimenez 14, Jhony De La Cruz 14


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E.CHAMPS U18

Sofia welcomes to Division B -by Eurobasket News

Division B will be settled down this year in Bulgaria. A great interest brought 20 teams that are divided into 4 groups with 5 teams in each. Group A will consist of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark and Slovak Republic. Armenia, Finland, Netherlands, Poland and Sweden made up Group B. In Group C we will find Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Ukraine. England, Hungary, Montenegro,Norway and Portugal were sent to Group D.

Last year Champion Romania went to Division A and now many teams have good chances to lift the trophy. Estonia that played in the Final with Romania will start in Division A as well. 2006 Tournament MVP Vlad Moldoveanu of Romania celebrated both triumphs.

The tournament in Division B will last from August 3 to August 12. In comparison with Division A it will not have any day-offs. The Qualifying round will start on the August 8th. The final is set up for the August 12, 19.00.
Eurobasket will be informing you about the news, stats and the results of the competition.



Spain invites to U18 European Championship -by Eurobasket News
U18 European Championship has just started in Madrid region, Spain. Sixteen teams are divided into four groups with four teams in each. The hosts of the tournament made up Group C together with Romania, Serbia and Russia. The 2006 Champions France is in Group A with Italy, Estonia and Latvia. Lithuania that finished second in the previous tournament settled down in Group D with Croatia, Germany and Slovenia. And Group B consists of Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and Israel.

Some games are already finished in the first day of the tournament. In group A Latvia had a victorious start to their European championship campaign. They came from behind in the second half to narrowly edge Italy in Group A opener.
Italian team controlled the game in the first half. They took a 22:20 lead at the end of the first frame on Luca Tardito's jumper. Marco Portannese (-G-89) connected from the outside midway through the second frame to give Italy their biggest lead 39:33. Italy secured a 45:39 advantage at halftime. Latvia though spurred ahead after the break. Dairis Bertans converted a long jumper to regain the lead for Latvia three minutes into the quarter 47:46. The lead changed 7 times till the end of the third quarter but Latvia emerged leading 61:59.
The teams were tied at 73 with 90 seconds to go in the game. Later Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) nailed a jump shot to put Latvia in front 75:73 with 33 seconds left. Marco Portannese responded with one free throw to cut the deficit to 74:75 with 16 seconds remaining. Lauris Mizis got fouled and knocked dowm one of two free throws. Italy had 11 seconds to save the encounter but Marco Portannese committed a turnover and Italy had to surrender.
Roberts Mednis led Latvia with 18 points. Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) added 15 points for the winners. Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) paced Italy with game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds. Andrea Renzi had 13 points and 8 rebounds in a losing clause.

Turkey beat Bulgaria in the opening game of Group B. Bulgaria drove to a narrow 19:18 advantage after the first frame. However Turkey started the second quarter with a 14:0 run and maintained the lead throughout the frame. Mukremin Kilicli dropped a jumper to give Turkey a maximim 54:37 advantage early in the third quarter. Bulgaria though responded with a 14:0 of their own and cut the deficit to just 3 points midway through the third stanza. Can Ozcan (200-F-89) (200-F-89) capped the third quarter with a trey to establish a 65:55 advantage for Turkey.
Hristo Zahariev scored 12 consecutive points for Bulgaria to get them back on track 5 minutes into the frame 74:77. The teams exchanged a couple of free throws to stay within three points with 4 minutes remaining. Dogus Balbay then scored two pointer to lift Turkey to 81:76 distance. Dimitre Marintchechki (198-F-90) answered with a jumper to keep the distance at three points. However the teams then kept it scoreless for 2 last minutes and Turkey celebrated their first win at the tournament.
Can Ozcan ensured 21 points for Turkey. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) poured in 14 points for the winners. Hristo Zahariev fired 22 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov had 21 points in a loss.
The results, stats and all the news will be available from Eurobasket daily reports.


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EGYPT

Tarek El Sabag new coach for ITTHAD -by Andrew Youssef

Itthad club decided to nominate Tarek ElSabag instead of serbian Zoran,and that is because bad results for Itthad last season and both tarek sobhy (coach of team 20) and wesam Gaber are assistant.
Tarek El Sabag last year lead Sporting club to the forth position in the league then can he this year returned the shine of Itthad in the league.

In another side the club begin testing junior to join for club and today the last day in this testing which they choose the tall and talented player to help Itthad in the next future return his shine in the league also the club will inaugurate school to raising the junior talent from 1st August in Itthad closed hall.



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GERMANY

Violets land Jahmar Thorpe -by Moritz Korff
BG 74 Goettingen has taken the next step in constructing a roster which will be able to cope with the new challenges that will be waiting in the future after earning promotion to the 1. Bundesliga. The latest addition to Coach John Patrick's team was annouced today: Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) brings a lot of athleticism to the Violets-team. The 22-year-old native from Morristown, N.J. is supposed to fill the 4-spot, but his versatility makes him a good player for other positions on the court as well. A job he used to do for the University of Houston (NCAA1) during the past two years. Thorpe scored 10.9 points per contest for the Cougars as a senior, while grabbing 6.1 rebounds.

Trier: Skuchas arrives -by Eurobasket
Ted Skuchas (211-C-83, agency: Warren Sports) signed a one-year-contract with TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga).
From 2003 to 2007 he played for the Vanderbilt University (NCAA Divison 1). Last season he averaged 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game (34 games).
Skuchas will join former teammate Dan Cage, who already signed a contract with TBB Trier some weeks ago.


Bremerhaven signed Latvian Forward -by Moritz Korff
Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) has agreed terms with 1. Bundesliga-side Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and signed a contract for one year. The Latvian Forward, who represented his country at the 2005 European Championship in Belgrade, will move abroad for the first time in his career as a pro. However, Timermanis already owns quite some international experience, not only from his trips with the National Team, but also from participating in the ULEB-Cup with KB Ventspils in every season since 2003. In 2006-2007 the three-time Latvian Champion averaged 2.7 points and 2 rebounds in 9 international encounters of the ULEB-Cup and 7.4 points plus 2.8 rebounds in the LBL (20 contests).

Tigers add DeeAndre Hulett -by Moritz Korff
DeeAndre Hulett (200-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Coll.Sequoias CC) has inked a one-year-contract with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1. Bundesliga). Hulett is an athletic wing and was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the 2000 NBA-Draft (2nd round, 46th). However, the 26-year-old never made the roster of any NBA-franchise in the following years. From 2000 to 2002 Hulett played in the IBL, USBL and NBDL, before joining Fabriano Basket (Italy, SerieA) for 12 games (14.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg). He also played for teams in France, Finland, Iceland already and spent the past two years in the Dominican Republic.

MBC: Michael Buse will stay -by Moritz Korff
Michael Buse (207-F-80) is not taking his game to Greece, but will stay in Weissenfels as a member of Mitteldeutscher BC (2. Bundesliga Pro A) one more season. Eurobasket Greece reported earlier this week that Buse has been added to the roster of Dafni Athens. This information turned out to be incorrect. Instead he will continue to help the MBC-Wolves in the paint like he did during this past season, when he averaged 11 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1 blocked shot per contest.

Giessen: Tory Walker arrives - Roster completed -by Moritz Korff
The officials of Giessen 46ers (1. Bundesliga) have done their homework and thus were happy to announce the addition of the last new player to complete the roster for the upcoming season. Tory Walker (203-F-79, agency: Rhonda Price, college: New Orleans) has joined the 46ers and inked a contract until 2009. Walker played for the New Yorker Phantoms from Braunschweig during this past season and averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 assists per game. He was a member of the Artland Dragons the year before.
The end of the 46ers' pre-season roster-moves means at also that Robert Maras (216-C-78, agency: Court Side), Ernests Kalve (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances), Brian Snider (198-G-83, college: W.Michigan), Jean Francois (197-F-80, college: Georgia Southern), James Head (201-G/F-75, college: E.Michigan) and Mike Helms (184-G-80, college: Oakland) didn't get a contract-extension and are won't return to Giessen.


Merlins add two new players -by Moritz Korff
The proveo Merlins (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have signed Mark Reynolds (197-F-84) and Steven Pratta (180-G-77, college: Stony Brook). Reynolds is a member of the Irish National Team, while Pratta is an American with Italian passport. He played college-basketball at the University of Houston (NCAA1) and graduated from Stony Brook (NCAA1) in the year 2000, after he had averaged 10.6 ppg, 3 rpg and 3.7 apg as a senior. Since becoming a pro Pratta had spells in England, Italy and Spain.

News from Nuernberg -by Moritz Korff
Three more prospects for Coach Stephan Harlander of Dimplex Falke Nuernberg (2. Bundesliga Pro A): Dominik Schneider (203-F-85), Juan Reile (193-G/F-87) and Julian Holtz (188-G-88) will play for the Falcons in the upcoming season. Schneider had a good 2006-2007 campaign at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach, posting 10.6 points and 5.5 boards per game in the 2. Bundesliga South. Reile averaged 21.2 ppg (11 games) at TS Herzogenaurach (2. Regionalliga) in this past season, while Holtz scored 10.7 ppg (22 games) for Franken Hexer (Oberliga) and also had 14 appearances in the NBBL.

New player for EnBW Ludwigsburg -by Moritz Korff
EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) has added a new player for the Power Forward/Center-spot to the roster. Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) will join the team of Head Coach Silvano Poropat. Collins, 21, spent four years at Virginia Tech (NCAA1) and averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds over 33 games of the 2006-2007 campaign, his final year in college. In July the native from Princeton, N.J. shot hoops in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as a member of the Denver Nuggets.

New Head Coach for Bakken Bears -by Eurobasket
Bakken Bears announced the hiring of new Head Coach Brett Vana for the upcoming season. Winners of 4 consecutive Danish Championships, Bakken also competes in the FIBA Europe Cup for the 2007-2008 season. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Vana, helped TV Lich overachieve last season in Germany's 2.Bundesliga South after previously working in Switzerland as an assistant with Birstal Starwings. Bakken's strong winning tradition in Denmark made the job attractive for many coaches as Bears SportDirector Michael Piloz narrowed the field before appointing his new man. The 34yr old Vana will arrive in Aarhus August 10th to begin preparations for the new season.

Regionalliga-News -by Moritz Korff
The COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Regionalliga South-East) added Alexander Kolb (184-G-87) to the roster. He is the first newcomer for the upcoming campaign and comes from BSC Saas Bayreuth (Oberliga). He averaged 20.2 ppg in 30 games there.

Tus Bramsche (2. Regionalliga) signed a new import player in Matt Cenatus (191-G-85, agency: Guardian, college: Eckerd). The Guard from Eckerd College (NCAA2) averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 boards and 2.1 assists per game as a senior. Meanwhile, his countryman Wade Joseph (196-F, college: NW Nazarene), who scored 15.3 points per contest in his first season in Germany, will stay for one more season, so will big man Ingo Voss (205-C-78), while Marcel Kosiol (192-G-84) left with an unknown destination.


Trier signed second Vanderbilt-graduate -by Moritz Korff
Ted Skuchas (211-C-83, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) and TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga) have come to an agreement for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old Center averaged 4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 34 games for Vanderbilt University (NCAA1) in the final year of his collegiate career. Some weeks ago Trier already signed Dan Cage (196-G/F-85, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) from the same school.

SV Haspe 70 adds two foreign players -by Daniel Poerschke
SV Hagen-Haspe 70 of the 2. Regionalliga West added two new foreigners to their roster for the upcoming season: Canadian Guard Edson Jones (193-G) and US center TJ Arterberry (203-C-82) join the squad coached by Omar Rahim. Jones played in Germany before with Capone Dusseldorf. Arterberry spend his collegiate career at California Baptist College (NAIA), where he averaged 6.1ppg and 3.3rpg in 20 games in his senior season in 2005/06.

Leverkusen: New big man -by Simon Tietmann
According to local newspaper "Leverkusener-Anzeiger" Bayer Giants Leverkusen (1. Bundesliga) adds Rans Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina, agency: Championship Sports) to their roster.
Last season Brempong, who is a member of the Canadian national team, averaged 10.4 points and 11 rebounds for the Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (NED-Eredivisie,1T).
Brempong signed a contract for one year.


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GREECE

Big transfer for AEK Athens -by Serafim Karaiskakis
AEK Athens officially announced the signing of K'Zell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle). After many days of negotiations, AEK managed to sign the experienced PF.

Friday's market news -by Chris Mammides

A1
Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-F-76) agreed terms with Kolossos Rodou even though Ionikos Lamias was very close to sign him.
Maroussi will lent Theodoros Tsiotras to an A2 team which will be announced very soon
Nikos Boudouris is very close to sign with Maroussi Athens.
Panionios will announce three players within the next 48 hours (Xanthopoulos and Sakota from Panathinaikos - on a lending agreement for one year, and Levon Kendal) while the American target is no other than the ex Olympiakos player Jerry McNamara

Kutluay could be the new announcment from AEK Athens.

A2
Iraklis renewed Anestis Tzinopoulos contract for another season while contacted Angelos Siamandouras after “losing” Vagenas. Finally, Iraklis agreed terms with Theodoros Onasoglou
Kostas Kefalas, ex Kolossos Rodou player agreed terms with Xanthi for one year
Yannis Rodostoglou, ex Milonas player agreed terms with P. Faliro
Theodoros Vardianos, ex Ionios Lamias player agreed terms with Rethymno for one year.
Giannis Athanasoulas, ex AEK's player agreed terms with Ilysiakos
Anastasios Kantartzis, ex Halkida player is very close to sign with MENT
Halkida is very close to sign the veteran player Milan Tomic to become the new head coach of the team.



UMCOR U18 European Championship Men-Group B : Greece - Israel 75-70 -by Chris Mammides
The first official game of Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) with the Greek National team was out of this world!! The young talented all around center scored 21 points, dashed down 15 rebounds and block his rivals 6 timeswith one assist and three steals to voted as the MVP of the Day 1 for the Hellenic team in the Euroepan Championship which takes place in Madrid. The Hellenic national team beat Israel 75-70 with quarters being: 16-21, 38-37, 60-62 and 70-75. The Greek Nt got serious at the end and with great defence didn't allow the Israelis to get the game.
The points for the two teams were made by the following player:
Israel: Daniel 16, Pitshon 11, Gosnhor 11, Rom 2, Sabag 10, Soutvic 15, Skverer 5
Greece: Pappas 7, Ioakeimidis 6, Matalon 14, Giannopoulos 10, Arapis 2, Theodorakos 7, Sloukas 8, Koufos 21.

In the other game of the group Turkey beat Bulgaria 81-78.
Next game for the Helleniv NT is tomorrow against Bulgaria


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GUYANA

Guyana"s Roster for the CBC 2007 in Puerto Rico -by Kristian Santiago
After the U.S. Embassy denied all Guyana-based players, coaches and referees visas for the trip to Puerto Rico, the GABF decided to send a national team with U.S. - based players to the CBC.
Head coach will be Steve Nurse assisted by Mike Creppy Jr. and Larry Davis.
Lets take a look on the roster:

Antric Klaiber (208-C/F-76, college: Connecticut)
Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)
Darren Ainsworth
Michael Creppy (190-G)
Kevan Creppy (193-G/F-87)
Clive Bentick (186-G-78)
Carl Benn (G- college: UMass-Lowell)
Desmond Herod (193-G/F-80, college: Seton Hall)
Robert Davis
Dexter Martin
Alanzo Phillips (200-F , college:Old Westbury)
Lorenzo Withrite (204-F/C-81, college: Lee)


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ISRAEL

Jonson moves from LIsbon to Nahariya -by Tamar Goldman


It seems that Hapoel Ironi Nahariya is starting a tradition of signing former players of Benefica Lisbon. After they took Sasa Ocokoljic (184-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) in the middle of 2006/7 season, now the club brings from Lisbon the American Forward Ashante Johnson (204-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas). Israel would be the 5th European stop for experienced player, after France, Finland, the Czech Republic and Portugal. Jonson played 31 games eith LIsbon last season, and averaged 16.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.2 apg.

Nahariya keeps on looking for two other foreigners that could play in the power forward and center position.



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ITALY

Latvia U18 beats Italy at the start of the European championship -by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Italy U18 76:74
Latvia U18 had a victorious start to their European championship campaign. They came from behind in the second half to narrowly edge Italy in Group A opener.
Italian team controlled the game in the first half. They took a 22:20 lead at the end of the first frame on Luca Tardito's jumper. Marco Portannese connected from the outside midway through the second frame to give Italy their biggest lead 39:33. Italy secured a 45:39 advantage at halftime. Latvia though spurred ahead after the break. Dairis Bertans converted a long jumper to regain the lead for Latvia three minutes into the quarter 47:46. The lead changed 7 times till the end of the third quarter but Latvia emerged leading 61:59.
The teams were tied at 73 with 90 seconds to go in the game. Later Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) nailed a jump shot to put Latvia in front 75:73 with 33 seconds left. Marco Portannese responded with one free throw to cut the deficit to 74:75 with 16 seconds remaining. Lauris Mizis got fouled and knocked dowm one of two free throws. Italy had 11 seconds to save the encounter but Marco Portannese committed a turnover and Italy had to surrender.
Roberts Mednis led Latvia with 18 points. Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) added 15 points for the winners. Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) paced Italy with game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds. Andrea Renzi (210-F/C-89) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in a losing clause.
Latvia will next play against Estonia. Italy takes on France in the second round.

Latvia U18: Roberts Mednis 18, Janis Kaufmanis 15
Italy U18: Niccolo Martinoni 22+9 boards, Andrea Renzi 13


Last Serie A Transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Scavolini-Spar Pesaro announced the agreement with Pasco Pervis (206-F/C-81, college: Kansas St.). Armani Jeans Milano agreed to terms with Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi), last season at Eldo Napoli. Marcus Melvin (203-F/C-82, college: N.Carolina St.) signed a one-year contract with Cimberio Varese. Marco Carra (182-G-80) signed a two-year extension with Pallacanestro Reggiana, and then agreed to be loaned for the next season at Siviglia Wear Teramo.

Italy routs Australia -by Gianni Pascucci
Pointing on a strong second half, Team Italy defeated Australia 86-54 in the Semifinal Game of the "Gianatti International Tournment" and tonight will meet Croatia (winner over Serbia 84-76 in the other semis) in the Final Game. Veteran Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) has been this time the top scorer, with 17 points, while Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 14 pts and Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) 13 pts. Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the night that Italy was playing without Andrea Bargnani, kept out for coach's decision. Patrick Mills (187-G-88) and Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) were the best in trhe Aussies, with 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Lega 2 market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Andrea Costa Imola has been officially added to the 2007-08 Lega 2 line-up. Imola replaces Reggio Calabria, that wasn' t able to meed the financial terms required. Veteran Leonardo Busca (181-G-72) inked a one-year contract with Pallacanestro Reggiana. Indesit Fabriano signed Mike Gansey (193-G/F-82, college: W.Virginia) and Alessandro Piazza (174-G-87). Ignis Draghi Novara announced the agreement with Phil Martin (201-F-80, college: Hawaii), who inked a one-year extension with the team, and the signing of Francesco Basei (205-F-83). Agricola Gloria Montecatini Terme signed veteran import Darryl Wilson (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mississippi St.). Prima Veroli signed Marco Rossi (183-G-81)

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JORDAN

Thank you Nashama.... -by Mohammed Malas
Maybe we should have won against Japan yesterday...but...We must thank our players for their big efforts in FIBA-Asia, We musnt' forget their hard work which led them to be a team which is feared by all the teams around.

To all the NT players and coach....

Thank you so much, We did'nt acheive our goals but you deserve to be thanked for all what you gave for the sake of our country, Lets think about 5th place guys and forget what happened.

Hope for you the best in the upcoming events, You already became onf the big teams of this game in Asia, Thats what we acheived and its important for our future.


Welcome back MAZ -by Mohammed Malas
Fastlink sports clubs has announced the come back of the ex-team head coach American-Jordanian Maz Trakh according to Al Ghad Newspaper.

Trakh was the coach of the team in season 2004-2005 and part of 2003-2004 leading them to win the title of Asian Clubs championship 2006 in kuwait after winning over Al Jalaa Aleppo of Syria, He was the head coach of Lebanese team Blue Stars last season 2005-2006 and won with them the 2nd place in both Lebanese league and cup.

Dr Nasooh Al Kaderi the Chairman of the team mentioned also to the same newspaper yesterday that he is closer than before to sign with the naturalized Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, agency: 123 Podium, college: District of Columbia) who is currently with Jordan National Team in japan playing in FIBA-Asia Championship adding to renewing the contract with Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, agency: Rhonda Price, college: Midwestern St.) for additional year.

Welcome back Maz and hope for you the best with the team in the new season 2007/2008.


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KOREA

"Two Guards" Carry Korea -by Nathan Schwartzman


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LATVIA

Latvia U18 beats Italy at the start of the European championship -by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Italy U18 76:74
Latvia U18 had a victorious start to their European championship campaign. They came from behind in the second half to narrowly edge Italy in Group A opener.
Italian team controlled the game in the first half. They took a 22:20 lead at the end of the first frame on Luca Tardito's jumper. Marco Portannese connected from the outside midway through the second frame to give Italy their biggest lead 39:33. Italy secured a 45:39 advantage at halftime. Latvia though spurred ahead after the break. Dairis Bertans converted a long jumper to regain the lead for Latvia three minutes into the quarter 47:46. The lead changed 7 times till the end of the third quarter but Latvia emerged leading 61:59.
The teams were tied at 73 with 90 seconds to go in the game. Later Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) nailed a jump shot to put Latvia in front 75:73 with 33 seconds left. Marco Portannese responded with one free throw to cut the deficit to 74:75 with 16 seconds remaining. Lauris Mizis got fouled and knocked dowm one of two free throws. Italy had 11 seconds to save the encounter but Marco Portannese committed a turnover and Italy had to surrender.
Roberts Mednis led Latvia with 18 points. Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) added 15 points for the winners. Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) paced Italy with game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds. Andrea Renzi (210-F/C-89) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in a losing clause.
Latvia will next play against Estonia. Italy takes on France in the second round.

Latvia U18: Roberts Mednis 18, Janis Kaufmanis 15
Italy U18: Niccolo Martinoni 22+9 boards, Andrea Renzi 13


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MALAWI

Malawi National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Hope Chisamaga (181-G-78) of Mangang'a
5 Daniel Khomba (180-G-82)
6 Alinafe Harawa (190-F-85)
7 Wellington Mwafulirwa (186-F-80)
8 Victor Jere (183-G-78)
9 Mwasoni Phiri (178-G-74)
10 Daudi Sulemani (198-F-79) of Mimbulu Lilongwe
11 George Chauma (184-F-86)
12 Atusaye Mulaga (180-G-80)
13 Nchane Jere (180-G-76)
14 Chikondi Mwendera (188-F-80) of Bricks
15 Richard Chavula (183-G-84) of Spitfire
Head Coach: Biair Phiri
Assistant: Bob Kandulu


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MEXICO

Mexico remains undefeated after second day of action -by Eurobasket News
Mexico U17 - Trinidad and Tobago U17 96:52
Mexican U17 national team continued their perfect campaign in Puerto Rico. They handled Trinidad in the second round of Centrobasket tournament in Humacao. The win saw them improve to 2-0 record and stay on top of the ladder together with hosts.
The teams started the game in somehow cautiously. They kept it close in the opening frame and Mexico led 16:15 at the end of it. Trinidad did not allow Mexican players to clear off in the second quarter and trailed by just 5 points at halftime 32:37. However breakaway came in the third frame as Mexican team put on impressive basketball performance and spurred ahead to an unassailable 75:46 advantage entering the fourth frame. Trinidad never recovered from the blow and managed just 6 points in the final 10 minutes to suffer their second defeat at the tournament.
Juan Pablo Casillas led all scorers with 23 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals for Mexico. Carlos Lypez secured another 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kyle Rowley (-91) answered with 13 points and 15 rebounds for Trinidad. Sheldon Esdelle-Blackburn (-92) had 12 points in a losing effort.
Mexico dominated the boards and shot more accurately from the field. They also forced Trinidad players to 29 turnovers.
Mexico will next take on Dominican Republic. Trinidad will try to improve against Virgin Islands.

Mexico U17: Juan Pablo Casillas 23+8 assists, Carlos Lypez 19
Trinidad and Tobago U17: Kyle Rowley 13+15 boards, Sheldon Esdelle-Blackburn 12


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MONTENEGRO

BC Niksic : Djokic Bosko new head coach,Mijuskovic Rasa new Sport Director -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Niksic anonuced that new head coach of club is Bosko Djokic (ex head coach of S.Lions Takovo).Djokic in his carriear work in FMP,Vojvodina and may others basketball clubs.In his carrier he won with FMP in Adriatic League.Bosko Djokic singed 3-year contract with BC Niksic.In same way BC Niksic anounced that new Sport Director of club will be Mijuskovic Rasa.Mr. Mijuskovic replace Gutovic Dragan ho resigned.

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MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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Magolico
4 Fernando Mandlate (191-G-85) of Maxaquene Maputo
5 Armando Baptista (199-F-85) of Academica Maputo
6 Luis Barros (188-G-86) of Academica Maputo
7 Silvio Letela (195-G/F-82)
8 Felisberto Macuacua (196-F-76) of Ferroviario Maputo
9 Samora Mucavel (186-G-86)
10 Stelio Nuaila (196-F-85)
11 Custodio Muchate (198-F-82) of Ferroviario Maputo
12 Octavio Magolico (199-F-84) of Ferroviario Maputo
13 Ivan Gouveia (193-F-79)
14 Tomas Banze (194-F-80) of Academica Maputo
15 Sete Muinga (202-F-79) of Academica Maputo
Head Coach: Milagre Macome of Costa do Sol Maputo
Coach Assistant: Carlos Alberto Niquice of Ferroviario Maputo


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NBA

Pargo Staying Put. -by Bryan Floyd
Combo Guard Jannero Pargo has re-signed with the New Orleans Hornets, according to his agent. Pargo signed a two-year deal to return to the Hornets after averaging 9.2 points and 2.5 assists per game last season.It's believed that the deal, which includes a player option for the second season, is worth about $4 million.

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NCAA

Top of Their Class.... -by Eurobasket
Top of their Class (In no particular order)

This past week was the first ever International Pro-Exposure Camp at the beautiful USBA facility in Blue River, Oregon. 70 plus of some of the nation's best kept secrets and unknown talents arrived in anticipation of displaying their god given talents in hopes of earning a spot in the very selective CBA Draft camp, which is going to be held in Hawaii.

I witnessed the sweat, effort and dedication, each of these young men went through to chase their dreams of playing professional basketball. As difficult as it was to pick the top players at the camp, as they were all very unique and talented, below is my list of the top 15 players at this years camp (In no particular order):

*players 1-6

Brandon Cole (Xavier '07) 6'8 240lbs - The name may not be as familiar as the school he went too, but Brandon Cole is a load. Cole has the potential to be a Paul Millsap like player who can rebound and utilize his strong build to muscle defenders in the post. He shoots the mid range jumper fairly well for a player of his size, and is a heady basketball player. Look out for BC to make an immediate impact on any team he is on.

Shawn Malloy (University of New Orleans '06) 6'10 255lbs- Nicknamed “Greg Oden” at camp, Malloy is a true physical specimen. He runs the floor like a guard and has the build of a big man. His nickname says it all. Malloy is very raw offensively but shows flashes of brilliance, has some of the softest hands for a player of his size. Shawn had numerous thunderous dunks and block shots over the course of the three day tournament.

Rodney Blackstock (UNC-Greensboro) 6'5 205lbs - One of the top 3 shooters in the entire camp, he was third in overall scoring and number 1 at the charity stripe. A throw back player, who can shoot the midrange and long jumpers with consistency. Rodney has exceptional leadership qualities and can become a great player at any level. He has great size and moves well without the ball, is far more athletic then he looks.

Marcus Hamilton (Cal State LA '07) 6'5 185lbs- In an era where defenders are a premium, Marcus “Stretch” Hamilton is as solid as they come. Marcus has the chance to become a prototypical lockdown defender at the next level. He is extremely lanky and athletic and always stays in front of his man. Offensively he is quick to the ball and can shoot over many defenders because of his reach advantage.

Marquis Wright (University of Alabama) 6'8 230lbs- Wright is an absolute terror in the box, and on the break. One of the top three finishers in the entire camp, has NBA type athleticism, and allows the game to come to him, does not force or make bad decisions. Wright plays better defense at his height/weight then others do at a larger frame.

Travis Leech (Winona State '04) 6'8 230lbs - One of the most entertaining player's I have ever seen. Plays with great passion, coupled with a tremendous amount of pure skill. Travis runs the floor as good as any player at the camp, and is one of the better finishers in transition. He plays extremely hard each possession, and has the size and athleticism to post up smaller forwards and bang with the big guys.


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NEW ZEALAND

Breakers sign imports -by Eurobasket News
American imports Wayne Turner (188-G-76, agency: Passing Lane, college: Kentucky) and Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) will round out the Harvey Norman NZ Breakers‘ 11-strong roster for the forthcoming Philips Championship.
Turner, a point guard, and power forward Rickert were both college stand-outs, have NBA experience and join the Breakers on one-year deals.
The 31-year-old Turner has played more games anyone else in NCAA history, leading the University of Kentucky to two NCAA titles and twice gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.
He played for the USA Junior Men's team in 1995 alongside future stars such as Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury, and had a taste of the NBA with the Celtics in his native Boston in 1999/2000, before joining the Harlem Globetrotters.
Turner played under Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis in Townsville in 2002/2003, but his immediate return was curtailed by a charge of possessing an illegal firearm back in the United States, an accusation that was subsequently dismissed.
“He was a stand-out at the Crocs, extremely popular and fantastic as an on-court leader,” said Lemanis. “He is the right sort of guy to control the talent we've been able to assemble and I'm looking forward to hooking up with him again.
“In putting the roster together, our focus was on getting the mix of local players right before targeting imports, who could complement our selections and do specific roles.
“Our imports aren't superstars who are expected to carry the team. We've gone for guys with the right chemistry, leadership attributes and skill in their particular areas - a point guard to guide us around the court and a big man to mix it in the paint.”
The 6ft 11in Rickert played in the 2001 High School All-American game, before excelling at University of Minnesota, where he became the first Big Ten Freshman of the Year in school history.
Rickert (24) chose to enter the 2003 NBA draft after just two years at college, but surprisingly slipped to the second round where he was eventually selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as 55th overall pick.
Pointed towards Europe to develop his game, Rickert has played in Slovenia, Greece and Spain, and had court time with the Detroit Pistons in the latest NBA season.
A member of the NBA Development team that beat the Tall Blacks earlier this week at the Boris Stankovic Continental Cup in China, Rickert's decision to head Down Under was made after glowing reports from Kirk Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and former Breakers import Rich Melzer.
“He is a realistic NBA prospect and people will be surprised he's joining us instead of chasing the bigger money on offer in Europe,” Lemanis said.
“But it goes to show that lifestyle choices can outweigh financial considerations and his friendship with Kirk has certainly helped our cause.
“All in all, our scouting program has been extensive, we're confident in our selections and I'm just keen to get them down here and into training as soon as possible.”
Turner is due in Auckland towards the end of next week and Rickert should fly in around August 20. Their signings are subject to NBL clearance.
The Breakers' first match of the season is against the Cairns Taipans at the North Shore Events Centre on Thursday, September 20.
The completed 11-man roster is Turner, Paul Henare (183-G-79), Brent Charleton (194-G-82), Kirk Penney, Phill Jones (196-G-74), Paora Winitana (195-G-76), Oscar Forman (205-G-82), Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72), Rickert and Tim Behrendorff (211-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb).
The three development players are Ryan Kersten, Chris Daniel and Mike Townsend.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.org.nz


Tall Blacks defeat Venezuela -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Venezuela 76:73
New Zealand Tall Blacks drove to the third win over Venezuela in the season. After beating them twice in the test-series one week ago New Zealand repeated an enjoyable result. They narrowly beat Venezuela in the last round of the Borislav Stankovic Continental Cup in Macao.
Kiwis were solid in the first half and used shooting accuracy as the key to a 43:34 lead at halftime. Tall Blacks maintained the gap throughout the third quarter and enterd the final stanza 59:50 ahead. Venezuela however performed almost successful comeback attempt as they tried twice from three point range in the closing seconds to tie the score. However both efforts hit the rim and sealed the win for New Zealand.
Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) led New Zealand with 22 points. Phill Jones (196-G-74) had 16 points in a win. Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87) nailed 20 points for Venezuela. Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79, agency: Edge Sports) secured another 14 points in a loss.
Tall Blacks completed the tournament with 2-3 record. They will now travel to Latvia for another International tournament. Kiwis will play alongside Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia. Point guard Mark Dickel is expected to join the roster for this competition. Pero Cameron and Dillon Boucher are also should be fit to participate.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 22, Phill Jones 16
Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 20, Alejandro Barrios 14


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PARAGUAY

FPC defeats Libertad -by Gianni Pascucci
In day 2 of the "Quadrangolar Tournment", Felix Perez Cardozo prevailed over Libertad por 61-57, reaching that team at the top of the table. Uruguayan Danny Trapote (201-C-80), Sergio Aceval (180-G-78), Daniel Talavera (-77) and Aldo Acosta (192-F/G-76) were the most outstanding in FPC, while import Jorge de Pena was awful in Libertad. In the other game of the night, Deportivo San Jose defeated Sol de America 68-67 thanks to a free throw hit by Carlos Morris (194-F-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) just before the buzzer. The standings are now: Felix Perez and Libertad 4 pts, San Jose 3, Sol de America 2,50.

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PHILIPPINES

NATIONALS GEAR UP FOR WAR FOR 9TH PLACE vs. CHINA -by Benny Lirio

Hurting Alapag rarin' to suit up but Caguioa out with injured shoulder
TOKUSHIMA, Japan. - San Miguel-Pilipinas and dethroned champion China, the two most dominant forces in Asia on different decades, clash for 9th place Saturday in the 24th FIBA-Asia Championship at the ASTY Tokushima Gym.

Both teams had their final practice Friday, the Philippines first from 10-11 a.m., followed by China, from 11-12 noon.
The Chinese walked into the playing venue just as the Nationals were stepping off the court. Neither team acknowledged the other, providing a hint of how they would be approaching the third and last of their virtual three-game series this year.

The two countries' previous two meetings had virtually the same final scores.

The Mainlanders got the measure of the PBA-backed national team during the 4-Nation Manila Invitational Championship last month, winning their elimination round meeting 77-74. But the Nationals got back at the Chinese when it matter more - the FIBA-Asia,
coming back from 12 points down in their preliminary round showdown to win 79-74 and send the "Great Wall" on its knees for the first time in 22 years.

"This campaign has gone from being a quest for an Olympic berth to a quest for respect," said national coach Vincent Reyes after the win over Kuwait. "And the way we play China would be a big part of that quest for respect."

Reyes added: "We're saving our best for last."

Jimmy Alapag, the lion-hearted point guard of SMC-RP, had his stiff neck rubbed with oil by a team masseur just before practice, and he spoke for the whole team.

"It was a lot worse the last two days," he said. "But our masseur has fixed it up real good so I could play one more game…one more big game. I'll be fine, we'll be fine, when China comes along,"

One won't be, however,

Mark Caguioa, who hyper-extended his right shoulder during the Syria game, will sit out the rubber match with the Chinese.

"As much as I want to play, I can't risk aggravating my injury," he said during practice. "I can't even raise my arm above my shoulders without experiencing so much pain."

Game time is set at 10:15 a.m.

While the Philippines and China, which swept their respective consolation round games, are battling for the spoils this morning, Iran - which topped the controversial Group A, where three of the top four finishers from the 2006 Doha Asian Games were lumped together, along with SMC-RP - and three other semifinal qualifiers will be getting ready for the crossover matches later in the afternoon.

Lebanon takes on South Korea at 5 p.m., while Iran battles Kazakhstan at 7:15 p.m.

Lebanon, behind the 22 points of Fadi El Khatib and the 19 of 6-11 Joseph Vogel, routed Iran, 82-60, to top Group I of the quarterfinal Friday.

Kazakhstan, on the other hand, crashed into the Final 4 by edging South Korea, 75-73, and by the grace of host Japan, which denied Jordan outright entry with a 71-68 win.

The Jordanians, coached by the belligerent Brazilian Mario Palma, had no excuse this time after trailing, 21-7, at the end of the first quarter, falling behind by as many as 20 points before scrambling in the last 10 minutes to close the gap.

Matches for meaningless rankings are set Saturday between Syria against Indonesia for 11th place, Jordan versus Qatar and Japan versus Taipei for the 5th to 8th spots, India against the United Arab Emirates for 15th, and Kuwait versus Hong Kong for 13th.

The championship is Sunday at 7:15 p.m.

SOURCE:PBA.PH



FAN'S CORNER -by Benny Lirio
Hi Mr Lirio,

I just want to congratulate the RP basketball squad in the Fiba-Asia championship for showing up and going toe-to-toe with the top Asian teams, which fell in our group. I am upset by the fact that we went down too early because of facing the potential winners right away without us heating up after a long lay-off from international competition. We beat Lebanon a couple of times and they're in the semis and they beat Iran by 22. Plus the fact that we lost to Iran because of a technical foul out of ignorance and zero tolerance from the refs.

Here are my personal insights on our performance and some constructive criticisms:
In the games against china and Jordan, our substitution patterns were so questionable.

1)Against Jordan, I can't believe us not resting Asi in the 2nd half to the point that he is not effective anymore on rebounding. Eric Menk should've been inserted since he can stick with the Jordanian big men to the perimeter after they were killing us with their outside shots. Plus Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) was playing very well when he came in for Asi in the first half. We also built a small lead with Menk in the game in the first half.

2) We should've gone big when that #10 played guard for them at that point, together with wright
were feasting on our defense in the middle lane against our 2 point guards. I mean we have norwood who can play pg. We should've had a line-up of norwood, hontiveros in the backcourt to guard wright and that tall #10 guard, then a frontcourt of williams, kerby and menk when they were slowly pulling away. We could've broken their momentum by being aggressive on offense with our big line-up and made them work on defense instead because this line-up are all slashers inside.

3) In the game vs china, we almost collapsed because we failed to called a timeout and strategize against the press defense of china. Alapag was alone in bringing down the ball for a time,
which shouldn't be the case. The main point is we should adjust to the international game. I'm not a coach but these are the things that I observed carefully.

Nevertheless, I hope they keep their heads up for another chance, this time for the world basketball championship qualifier. In my opinion, we should hire a European coach for our RP team so that we get accustomed to the international play, because a Filipino coach will always go back to plays where he's comfortable. In this case the one-on-one's which is a disadvantage for a short team like us in international play. I also hope SBP will require the players to practice with the RP team alternate with their mother club practices. Good fight RP and let's get better and
more importantly develop younger players early for international competition because the opportunities doesn't come often for players.

Sincerely Yours,
Vittorio Ortega

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Hi Benny,

Is there a pool of players that the pilipino has for training for the U18 Asia Championship in January 2008!?? Hope there is so this will be the start of our basketball supremacy again in ASIA.

Thanks,

marK
Mark David Estelita
Accenture Delivery Center in Manila , Philippines


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PORTUGAL

Portuguese view of Elvas tournament -by Bruno Baltazar

It pulls out today, at 7pm, the International Tournament of Elvas, with the meeting that opposes Portugal and Tunisia.
Its the first game of preparation for Portugal wich starts in September, and which equips it intends to start to gain international experience.
"What it lacks for Portugal is international experience. If we look at our group in the European, we verify that we will confront three great equips in the World . All have players in the NBA, the ULEB Cup and in the main European championships ", the national selector Valentyn Melnychuck commented, being thankful the the portuguese federation: "the FPB made a great effort to be able to participate in all this tournaments in: Elvas, Germany and France ", said.
The adversary of today is, for the technician, one equips of "top" in Africa-Tunisia.
"They have great players, with much physical power and stature", commented, before the comments relating the opponents of the next days: ´´ Georgia brings two players of the NBA. Romenia still is an incognit ", synthecized.
Melnychuck is not gotten tired to praise the players he have , ´´is composed of players that we do not necessary need to pull their ears . I limit to co-ordinate it the movements technician and questions not the discipline. All have much pride in being here, which facilitates allot the work to me, therefore have to only worry me about the things that really interest ", were thankful.


Schudle of the tournament:


Friday, 08.3
7pm - Portugal x Tunisia
9pm - Georgia x Romenia

Saturday, 08.4
4pm - Portugal x Georgia
6pm - Romenia x Tunisia

Sunday,08.5
7pm - Georgia x Tunisia
9.15pm - Romenia x Portugal

Portugal time



Portugal debut in Elvas Tournament with win over Tunisia -by Bruno Baltazar

Portugal entered with the right foot in the first game of preparation in the International Tournament in Elvas winning against Tunisia 74-69.
Portugal had a strong opposition and still gave many time of game to all the players convocated for this tournament ,althoug Jorge Coelho, Joao Santos, Mario Fernandes and Paulo Cunha didnt played, Portugal was stronger in the final part of the game coming against a difficult tunisian obstacle.
The game was marked by the equilibrium on the score during almost all the game. In the first period Portugal entered strong but it did not obtain to gain significant advantage in the score (20-19). This kind of game remained in the 2nd quarter with Portugal going for the half with just 4 points of advantage.
The reaction of the Africans appeared in the third period and entered in last partial with the game tie (58-58).
In the 4th quarter Portugal imposed and obtained an advantage that arrived to be of 9 points to few minutes of the end, managing the savings until end and conquering the first victory in this stage of preparation.
The score at the end of quarters was the fallowing;
1st quarter -20-19 for Portugal
Half-41-37 Portugal leading
3rd Quarter a tie 58-58
4th quarter-74-69 Portugal WIN

Scorers:
PORTUGAL
Joao Gomes (16) The MVP of the game,added aswell 6 rebounds, Francisco Jordao (8), Filipe da Silva (9), Paulo Simao (12) AND Elvis Evora (12). Played aswell Miguel Minhava, Jose Costa, Sergio Ramos (2), Carlos Andrade (7), Nuno Marcal, Miguel Miranda (6) and Nuno Cortez (2).
TUNISIA;
Slimane (19), Difallah (8), Dhowibi, Rzig (12) AND Maalaoui (4). Played aswell Amri (5), Laijnes (7), Stiti, Maoura (9), Ouallani and Braa (5).

More notes in the game Nuno Marcal got a lil touched in the few minutes he played because he a Romania player got his knee against abdomen of Marcal.







As the other game of the night between Romania and Georgia had short history with the Georgians to conquer early advantages above 10 points and they dominated all the game .
In the half, the score of 41-27 already denounced what it would be the remaining portion of the game, with the point differences between teams got even more notorious till the 30 points of diference favorable to the Georgians in the end of the game with a final result for Georgia 88- Romania 58.



Portugal in European U-18 first game first loss -by Bruno Baltazar
The portuguese U-18 team opened their participation today with a defeat in the European of the category (division B), in Sofia, losing with Hungary for 61-49, in the inaugural day of group D.
Portugal started really good in the game and they had a lead of 13 points (21-8) in the 1,15 minutes of the end of the first period, but, later, it was 15,39 minutes without marking any basket, and in second quarter Portugal only scored 1 point ending the second quarter lossing 22-29. Jose Silva with 19 points and five rebounds, and Claudio Fonseca, with 13 points and 18 rebounds, had been distinguished in portuguese team , while Adam Hanga (21 points) lead Hungary.
The European continues tomorrow, with Portugal playing against Norway, that today lost with Montenegro for 74-81.


Qarter by quarter result Hungary-Portugal - 11-21 18-1 21-11 11-16
Individual stats leaders:
Adam Hanga (21) Pts Jose Silva (19)
Gergely Somogyi (10) Reb Claudio Fonseca (18),
Pedro Pereira (10)
David Vojvoda (4) Ass Pedro Pereira (3)
David Vojvoda (3) ST Jose Silva (2)
Gergely Somogyi (5) BS Claudio Fonseca (6)


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PUERTO RICO

Santurce wins title -by Eurobasket
In a historic game in front of 18,000 fans, Cangrejeros de Santurce won their sixth title in ten years by beating Capitanes de Arecibo 102-97 in overtime at Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) was selected as the finals MVP after he scored 34 points in the final game and averaged 24.71 points per game during the series.
Robert "Tractor" Traylor was key with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Ricardo Dalmau had 15.
In a losing effort Marcus Fizer had 37 points, Rafael Cruz 25 and Angel Figueroa 21.
In the final minutes Richie and Ricardo Dalmau were key along with Orlando Santiago who netted four straight free throws to seal the game.
Since their return in 1998 they won titles in their first year and 1999, 2000, 2001 y 2003.
By Javier Otero of FIBA AMERICAS


Puerto Rico are impressive at the start -by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U17 - Virgin Islands U17 112:67
Puerto Rico posted another stunning win at the U17 Centrobasket tournament in Humacao. They thrashed Virgin Islands 112:67 to improve to 2-0 record.
The home side marked their dominance in the first frame outscoring Virgin Islands team 30:13. Virgin Islands struggled to maintain Puerto Rican offense and allowed them to pour in another 24 points in the second quarter. Establishing a 54:27 lead at halftime Puerto Rico continued to entertain the home crowd and rolled to a 31:19 third frame. All the questions about the outcome were dropped and Puerto Rico cruised to an overall victory at the end.
Raymond Cortes topscored for Puerto Rico with 25 points and 7 assists. Steven Bonefont contributed 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in a win. Lamar Bough (-G-91) nailed 16 points and collected 9 rebounds for Virgin Islands. Olani Vanterpool added 11 points in a loss.
Puerto Rico outrebounded their opponents 55:48. They shot 42% from two-point range, while the Islanders converted 34%. The home side also forced Virgin Islands players to 31 turnovers.
Puerto Rico plays against Bahamas in the third round. Virgin Islands will seek for their first victory against Trinidad and Tobago.

Puerto Rico U17: Raymond Cortes 25+7 assists, Steven Bonefont 24
Virgin Islands U17: Lamar Bough 16, Olani Vanterpool 11


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SEBL

City Conference B-League Standings & Recent Results... -by David Archer


2007 SEBL City B-League - East Division
Team Won Lost Div. Pct. PF PA
*Baseline-2 7 0 4-0 1.000 573 466
BC Sixers 5 2 2-2 .714 446 479
Summer Hill 5 3 2-3 .625 608 519
Future Entertainment 3 4 2-2 .429 521 552
Trinity Industries 0 6 0-3 .000 402 507

* = Clinched Division Title

Recent East Division Game Results...

7/30/2007 F Baseline-2 82 BC Sixers 59 Baseline-2 opens up close game, buries Sixers, 82-59...
7/30/2007 F Future Entertainment 76 Summer Hill 72 Future rallys to win on Dexter Shaw three...
7/29/2007 F Summer Hill 95 Trinity Industries 69 Summer Hill fights off Trinity early, then pulls away...
7/28/2007 F BC Knicks-2 84 Trinity Industries 78 Knicks-2 win close one over Trinity...
7/28/2007 F Baseline-2 75 BC Howren 63 Baseline-2 remains unbeaten with 12-point win over BC Howren
7/28/2007 F BC Sixers 83 ServPro-2 76 Sixers surprise ServPro-2 with upset...
7/28/2007 F Summer Hill 87 Adairsville Tigers 69 Summer Hill tames Tigers, 87-69...
7/28/2007 F Cedartown Bulldogs 92 Future Entertainment 76 Cedartown serves Future, 92-76...

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2007 SEBL City B-League - West Division
Team Won Lost Div. Pct. PF PA
*ServPro-2 6 1 4-0 .833 542 438
Cedartown Bulldogs 4 3 2-2 .571 492 481
BC Knicks-2 (5) 1 6 1-3 .333 422 455
BC Howren (4) 1 6 1-3 .167 428 447
Adairsville Tigers (3) 2 5 2-2 .167 404 494

* = Clinched Division Title

Recent West Division Game Results:

7/30/2007 F ServPro-2 85 Cedartown Bulldogs 62 ServPro-2 gets back on track with 85-62 win over Cedartown..
7/30/2007 F BC Howren 92 BC Knicks-2 74 BC Howren blows past Knicks-2, 92-74...
7/28/2007 F BC Knicks-2 84 Trinity Industries 78 Knicks-2 win close one over Trinity...
7/28/2007 F Baseline-2 75 BC Howren 63 Baseline-2 remains unbeaten with 12-point win over BC Howren
7/28/2007 F BC Sixers 83 ServPro-2 76 Sixers surprise ServPro-2 with upset...
7/28/2007 F Summer Hill 87 Adairsville Tigers 69 Summer Hill tames Tigers, 87-69...
7/28/2007 F Cedartown Bulldogs 92 Future Entertainment 76 Cedartown serves Future, 92-76...

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2007 WSEBL Women's Division
Team Won Lost Pct. PF PA
BaselineUSA Women 5 1 .833 315 255
Prime Time 3 2 .600 233 207
North Georgia Stars 3 2 .600 219 214
Lady Blast 0 6 .000 228 319

Recent WSEBL Game Results:

7/29/2007 F BaselineUSA Women 52 Lady Blast 46 Baseline overpowers Blast in second half...
7/28/2007 F Prime Time 54 Lady Blast 34 Prime Time breaks free for 54-34 win over Lady Blast...
7/28/2007 F North Georgia Stars 39 BaselineUSA Women 38 Stars upset Baseline women, 38-37...



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SERBIA

Mega Aqua Monta inked Tomislav Tomovic -by Dragan Jankovski
Ex point guard of Bosna Sarajevo, Tomislav Tomovic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) signed contract with participant of Serbian A1 league Mega Aqua Monta. Tomovic started last season in Panionios Athens but in October moved to Bosna Sarajevo where he also played two years ago. He inured his knee in February and was off for the rest of the season. Tomovic was member of Serbian U17 NT and with them won European Championship 1999. He also won one National Cup (2005) and two championship titles of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2005 and 2006) with BC Bosna.

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SLOVENIA

Rudar names coach and inks Lisica -by Zeljko Zule
Andrej Cop (195-G-74) retired as player to focus on his duties as coach of Rudar (B1) who inked Mileta Lisica (206-C-66, agency: Beo Basket) ex Novi Sad and Matic Skrinjar (190-G-82) ex Zagorje. Matjaz Cizej (200-F-72) retired.

EC U18: Incredible Muric for Slovenia's first win! -by Matej Bergant
Slovenia made a huge upset beating Croatian U18 NT 72:62 in first game of European Championship U18 held in Spain. Slovenians were led by incredible performance of Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) who scored tournament high 37 points and also had 13 rebounds. He was followed by Zoran Dragic (194-G-89) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The best player on Croatian side was Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Next game Slovenian U18 NT will play tomorrow vs. Germany U18.

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SWITZERLAND

Friendly game Suisse-France 56-74 (28-30) -by Julien Pousaz

Attendance : 5000.

France :Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, college: Gonzaga) 14 pts ; Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) 12 pts ; Aymeric Jeanneau (185-G-78) 10 pts ; Michel Morandais (198-G/F-79, college: Colorado) 9 pts ; Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) 8 pts ; Pape Badiane (211-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.) 6 pts ;
Yakhouba Diawara (200-F-82, college: Pepperdine) 5 pts ; Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) 4 pts ; Cedric Ferchaud (195-F-80) 3 pts ; Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) 2 pts ; Sacha Giffa (195-F/G-77) 1 pt.
Switzerland : Warner Nattiel (184-G-82) 0 pt ; Roman Imgruth (196-G-82) 0 pt ; Jan Sainte-Rose (204-F/C-84) 0 pt ; Cedric Mafuta (192-F-84) 1 pt ; Valentin Wegmann (192-G-79) 13 pts ; David Ramseier (198-C-87) 6 pts ; Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) 21 pts ; Kgomotso Sefolosha (199-F-83, college: Mineral Area CC) 6 pts ; Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80, college: American) 0 pt ; Nicolas Porchet (188-G-79) 4 pts ; Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) 5 pts.

France : 17/37 (2 pts); 5/15 (3 pts); 34 reb.
Switzerland : 11/30 (2 pts); 8/21 (3 pts); 19 reb.

France play without Frederic Weis (217-C-77), Tony Parker (183-G-80) and Boris Diaw
Switzerland play without Thomas Studer (198-F-84) and Maxime Jaquier (180-G-80)

TV link : http://www.tsr.ch/tsr/index.html?siteSect=500002&bcid=518474&vid=8063675&format=450



Roster of MGS is complete -by Julien Pousaz
MGS has found its 3 import players. Paul Pardue (208-C-81, college: Rollins) who was announce last days is the center. Lamar Karim (178-G-83, college: So.Polytechnic St.), is a spectacular playmaker, who comes Tindastoll Express (Iceland), he averaged 23 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 5.8 apg. The last player who will land at MGS is Kenneth Saunders (198-F) from Fort Valley University where his statistics were 5.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg. His university did one of its best performance this season and Kenneth figured in the second team of his conference.

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TRINIDAD

Gimel Lewis to Spanish TeamTenerife -by Don Farrell
Tenerife Rural has signed a one year deal with Trinidadian Gimel Lewis (211-C-82, college: Mobile (AL)), that comes from Golden LEB Alerta Cantabria, where last season completed a good year. Lewis will continue in Spain, where he arrived three seasons ago from University.Lewis will now be on the same team with fellow Trinidadian Duane Virgil.

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TURKEY

Juniors Take Down Bulgaria -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Despite suffering in the final quarter Turkish U18 NT managed to beat Bulgaria 81-78 on the first day FIBA U18 European Championship. After an even first quarter Turkey opened the second period with a 12-0 run and went to the locker room 43-31 ahead. In the second half Hristo Zahariev (196-G-90) rallied Bulgaria and cut the lead to two points but Dogus Balbay (184-G-89)'s effort sealed the deal for Turkey. Alpella forward Can Ozcan (200-F-89) led his team in scoring as Dogus Balbay, Melih Mahmutoglu (192-G-90) and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) scored in double figures. On the other hand Hristo Zahariev&Bozhidar Avramov (194-G-90) duo totally added 43 points for Bulgaria. Turkey will take on Israel on the second day of the championship.

Transactions -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Mutlu Aku Selcuk Uni announced former Central Missouri State star Michael Hicks (193-G-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Cent.Missouri St.) as their second import signing of 07 summer. The former D2 All American selection led Evreux Basket of France and Puerto Rico's Grises De Humacao in scoring in the previous season.
After adding 9 new players to the upcomnig season roster TTNET Beykoz is joining forces with Umut Gorur (208-C/F-78) from Turk Telekom. Gorur who inked a two year deal, has played for Tuborg Pilsener, Besiktas, Darussafaka and Turk Telekom so far.
Darussafaka inked former Penn State forward Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) who is known with his mobility, helped Tofas to make the TBL in 2005-2006 season and spent the last year playing for Telekom Baskets Bonn of Bundesliga.
Oyak Renault added the youngster Oguz Erdogan (188-F-88) from the other Bursa side Yesimspor who are withdrawing from TB2L and going to be replaced by Bursa Basketball Club.
Genc Banvitliler of TB2L started reinforcing their roster as the Bandirma club agreed terms to sign with former Concordia big guy Cihan Mumcuogullari (203-F-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Concordia (MI)) who spent the last season at Tekel averaging 2.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Genc Banvitliler also added Yesimspor's young power forward Baturay Yilmaz (203-F-86) who played for Beykoz in 05-06 season.
Despite being announced as a brand new Akcakoca Poyraz player, Baris Karasu (198-F-75) of Casa TED Kolejliler signed with ITU and started to attend the practices.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

ISV 85- Trinidad 73 -by David Edole

The Virgin Islands junior basketball team finally picked up their first win of Centro Basket 2007 by defeating Trinidad & Tobago, 85-73, Thursday afternoon.

The V.I. team used held a half time score of 37-35 and put on a defensive clinic in the third to separate themselves from the overwhelming bigger team. The V.I. team held Trinidad to just 15 points in the frame while putting up 25 points.

Trinidad has a 7-foot 280 pound center (Kyle Rowley) that did what ever he wanted to do,” said assistant coach Pedrito Estrill. “We (V.I) put significant pressure on their guards to limit his touches and it worked.”

The V.I. defense pressure forced Trinidad into 41 turnovers and 15 percent in three-point shooting. The VI also outrebounded their bigger foes 56 to 47.

Curtio Fredricks and Kyle Sylvester were the catalyst for the separation as both had their best games of the tourney. Fredricks finished with a team high 27 points while Sylvester tallied nine points, seven rebounds and five steals. O'lani Vanterpool and Lamar Bough joined Fredricks in double finished with 19 and 14 points respectively.

“Four hours before the game I worked with Fredricks on his shot,” said head coach Jareem Dowling. “I told him to hold his shot a little longer and he put on a shooting exhibition. Curtio was on fire, knocking down ESPN type highlight shots.”

“Sylvester surprised me, he was a man on a mission,” added Dowling. He is only 6-foot-1 but Kyle was banging with the big bodies and was diving on the floor for loose balls. His blocked shots changed the direction of the game.”

Moriba De Freitas and Ashton Demurrell led Trinidad (0-3) with 16 points a piece and Rowley chipped in with 12.

The Virgin Islands (1-2) are still in the hunt for a qualifying spot for the 2008 Tournament of the Americas. They must defeat Bahamas (Today at 3:30 pm) and Mexico (Saturday) for any hopes of advancing.

In other scores Puerto Rico (3-0) defeated Bahamas (1-2), 116-84, and Dominican Republic (2-1) defeated Mexico (2-1), 82-79.

Only the top four teams will qualify for the next round of play, the FIBA Under-18 Championships for men, also known as the Tournament of the Americas.

Boxscore



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URUGUAY

The NT named to play a tournament in Argentina -by Hector Lopez
Uruguay maintained basically the team which won the bronze medal during the Panamerican Games to play a Super Four tournament in Santa Fe, Argentina with the local NT plus Spain and Canada. The two exception were Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85), injured, replaced by Omar Galeano (197-F/C-81) and Juan Silveira (190-G-86), returning to his University in the US, replaced by Luis Silveira (190-G/F-71). The tournament will be played Monday (Argentina-Uruguay and Spain- Canada) and Tuesday (the winners for the first place and the losers for the third place). Uruguay, Argentina and Canada wil play the Preolimpic championship in Las Vegas from Aug.22 to Sept. 2.
The team named by the coach Alberto Espasandin is the following:
Fernando Martinez
Emilio Taboada (193-F-82)
Mauricio Aguiar (198-F-83, agency: Players Group)
Omar Galeano
Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group)
Claudio Charquero (202-C-77)
Leandro Garcia Morales (188-G-80, college: Texas A&M)
Martin Osimani (190-G-81, college: Duquesne)
Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79)
Luis Silveira
Sebastian Izaguirre (203-C/F-85)
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83)


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VENEZUELA

Tall Blacks defeat Venezuela -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Venezuela 76:73
New Zealand Tall Blacks drove to the third win over Venezuela in the season. After beating them twice in the test-series one week ago New Zealand repeated an enjoyable result. They narrowly beat Venezuela in the last round of the Borislav Stankovic Continental Cup in Macao.
Kiwis were solid in the first half and used shooting accuracy as the key to a 43:34 lead at halftime. Tall Blacks maintained the gap throughout the third quarter and enterd the final stanza 59:50 ahead. Venezuela however performed almost successful comeback attempt as they tried twice from three point range in the closing seconds to tie the score. However both efforts hit the rim and sealed the win for New Zealand.
Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) led New Zealand with 22 points. Phill Jones (196-G-74) had 16 points in a win. Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87) nailed 20 points for Venezuela. Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79, agency: Edge Sports) secured another 14 points in a loss.
Tall Blacks completed the tournament with 2-3 record. They will now travel to Latvia for another International tournament. Kiwis will play alongside Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia. Point guard Mark Dickel is expected to join the roster for this competition. Pero Cameron and Dillon Boucher are also should be fit to participate.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 22, Phill Jones 16
Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 20, Alejandro Barrios 14


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ZAMBIA

Zambian National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Ntilla Chaila (185-G-86)
5 Kanomoisa Sinyinda (198-C-79) of NAPSA Hurricanes
6 Elijah Kasempa (185-F-86)
7 Obert Muleza (190-G-81) of Green Buffaloes
8 Mwaka Mwitangeti (185-F-79)
9 Lubimda Simukwela (183-G-86) of NAPSA Hurricanes
10 Gabriel Kashimoto (175-G-76) of Bwana Mukubwa
11 Malindi Chipili (198-F-74) of Barclay Magic
12 Christopher Kabongo (188-F-76)
13 Sizimuthela Kutempa (178-G-81)
14 Abraham Mwasa (190-C-82)
15 Sipho Nakelowa (195-F-86)
Head Coach: Lovemore Sikaale
Assistants: John Zimba , Cuthbert Tembo




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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Sweden U16 outscored Belarus 60:48 -by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16-Belarus U16 60:48 (15-12, 18-4, 13-16, 14-16)

Sweden U16 beat Belarus in the last game of the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship for Women. Having won the first two quarters Sweden prepared for the rest and led to 60:48 win. Nijaz Goga (185-G-76) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Salome Kabengano (176-G-92) and Frida Fogdemark (184-F-91) finished with 11 points each. Alitsyia Kurouskaya (170-G-91) top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort.

Belarus U16 had the lead only once in the game. It was in the beginning of the game when Chubkavets made a lay-up. In the rest of the game the spectators saw only one team in front-Sweden. The team ripped off a 15-0 spurt and eventually pulled ahead 41:20 early in the third period. That happened after Sweden won the second 18:4.
In the second half Belarus woke up, but they missed too much in the first half. Alitsyia Kurouskaya and Veranika Valeuskaya (170-G-91)'s effort was not enough as the leader of the team Filonchyk scored only 9 points. As a result Sweden outscored Belarus 60:48 to finish third in the group.

Tomorrow Sweden faces Latvia for the 5/8 places. Belarus will meet Belgium on another stage for the 9-12 places.

Sweden U16: Nijaz Goga 20+10 rebs, Salome Kabengano 11, Frida Fogdemark 11
Belarus U16: Alitsyia Kurouskaya 16, Veranika Valeuskaya 10



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BELGIUM - Women

Even defeating Belgium, Russia U16 stays out of the semis -by Eurobasket News

Russia U16-Belgium U16 72:67 (16-11, 22-19, 13-19, 21-18)

Russia U16 thought probably more about another game than about Belgium. Spain and France was the game that had more interest for the Russian team, however Russia has to beat Belgium in any case. In the last game of the Qualifying Round of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Russia overcame Belgium 72:67, but did not qualify to the semifinals as Spain beat France 77:63. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed out of the semis. Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) led the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) nailed 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Yana Matveeva (182-F-92) added 10.
Russia started with 16:11 in the opening quarter. In the midway through the second quarter a lead was increased to 28:17. The advantage was still 50:42 with three minutes left in the third.
Meanwhile Belgium created a 12-1 run and reduced to 56:54. It was then Alexandra Tarasova who answered with seven consecutive points that gave Russia back the lead 65:63. The favorites kept the score and finished third in the group.
Russia will play tomorrow against hungary for the 5/8 places. Belgium meets Belarus on the stage for the 9/12 places.


Russia U16: Alexandra Tarasova 19+15 rebs, Viktoria Medvedeva 15+10 rebs, Yana Matveeva 10+9 rebs
Belgium U16: Shamira Linskens (183-C-91) 16+10 rebs, Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91) 11



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BRAZIL - Women

Brazil will fight for the 9th spot -by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Lithuania U19 77:64
Brazil U19 National team grabbed a 77:64 win over Lithuania in classification round. They will now clash with Canada for the 9th spot. Lithuania will battle for the 11th place against China tomorrow.
Brazil used a strong first half to accumulated necessary lead. They surged ahead 41:29 at halftime and continued to roll in the third quarter. Brazil extended their advantage to 18 points entering the final frame and never looked back allowing Lithuania to enjoy a small success in the fourth stanza.
Ariani Silva (-89) and Patricia Ribeiro (174-F-90) secured 13 points apiece for Brazil. Nadia Calhado added another 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) netted 33 points and pulled down 7 boards for Lithuania. Vitalija Vasciunaite (172-G-88) had 11 points in defeat.
Brazil were more accurate from the field as they knocked down 45.6% of their shots, including 71.4% from the stripe. Lithuania struggled from the range converting 36.5% of attempts, including just 52.4% of free throws. Lithuania at the same time dominated the battle under the rims as they outrebounded Brazil 41:33. Brazil forced their opponents to 25 turnovers.

Brazil U19: Ariani Silva (-89) 13, Patricia Ribeiro 13, Nadia Calhado 10+8 boards
Lithuania U19: Laima Rickeviciute 33, Vitalija Vasciunaite 11


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CANADA - Women

Canada thumps China, will go for the 9th spot -by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - China U19 75:64
Canadian U19 National team clebrated another victory at the World Championship in Slovakia. They edged China in classification round game today. The win means that now Canada will take on Brazil in tomorrow's contest to decide on the 9th place. China will play against Lithuania for the 11th overall spot.
China got to a better start of the game as they enjoyed a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. Canada kept it a striking distance throughout the second quarter and completed the first half trailing by 5 points 27:32. The breakthrough for Canadian team came in the third frame as they rushed ahead and managed to outscore their opponents 24:18. Tara Watts (175-G-88) and Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) dominated the contest in the final quarter and never allowed China to perform any sort of comeback.
Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) chipped in game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Canada. Tara Watts added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Cao Fei (-88) was the only Chinese player to score in double figures. She poured in 17 points hitting 5/10 from outside. Wu Jinzhu (175-G-88) posted 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a loss. Canada had an obvious edge under the rims as they outrebounded China 48:28. They also shot impressive 51.7% from the field. China at the same time converted only 35.6% of their attempts.

Canada U19: Krysten Boogaard 22+10 boards, Tara Watts 16
China U19: Cao Fei 17, Wu Jinzhu 9


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CHINA - Women

Canada thumps China, will go for the 9th spot -by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - China U19 75:64
Canadian U19 National team clebrated another victory at the World Championship in Slovakia. They edged China in classification round game today. The win means that now Canada will take on Brazil in tomorrow's contest to decide on the 9th place. China will play against Lithuania for the 11th overall spot.
China got to a better start of the game as they enjoyed a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. Canada kept it a striking distance throughout the second quarter and completed the first half trailing by 5 points 27:32. The breakthrough for Canadian team came in the third frame as they rushed ahead and managed to outscore their opponents 24:18. Tara Watts (175-G-88) and Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) dominated the contest in the final quarter and never allowed China to perform any sort of comeback.
Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) chipped in game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Canada. Tara Watts added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Cao Fei (-88) was the only Chinese player to score in double figures. She poured in 17 points hitting 5/10 from outside. Wu Jinzhu (175-G-88) posted 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a loss. Canada had an obvious edge under the rims as they outrebounded China 48:28. They also shot impressive 51.7% from the field. China at the same time converted only 35.6% of their attempts.

Canada U19: Krysten Boogaard 22+10 boards, Tara Watts 16
China U19: Cao Fei 17, Wu Jinzhu 9


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CZECH REP. - Women

Serbia U16 stays the only undefeted team in U16 Championship -by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16- Czech Republic U16 67:65 (17-18, 15-17, 17-17, 18-13)

Serbia U16 and Czech Republic had an outstanding performance from both sides. Serbia guaranteed the semifinal place even before the gam and in case of loss could finish second. For Czech Republic U16 the game had more interest as they could be out of the semis due to some factors. Luckily for the latter they lost the game but advanced from the second spot. Serbia grabbed 67:65 win and the first place in Group E of the Termosteps U16 European Championship. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) paced the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) collected 15, while Krnjic added 10. Lenka Bartakova (170-G-91) top-scored for the Czechs with 15 points.

Czech Republic desired more win in the game and went on a 6-0 run. They still held the victory in the end of the first, 18:17. With an even game in the second quarter Lenka Bartakova's jump shot brought Czech Republic 35:32 at the half.
Elhotova's free throw and the Czechs had 8 points deficit in the third quarter. The gap was reduced as Serbia scored some baskets. Lenka Bartakova gave back the 8-point lead, but that was the last for the team. Serbia tied at 62:62 and then led the game to a 67:65 win.

Serbia U16: Tijana Ajdukovic 17+10 rebs, Maja Vucurovic 15, Krnjic 10+9 rebs
Czech Republic U16: Lenka Bartakova 15, Andrea Sladkova (186-C-91) 9


USA ease into semifinals -by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Czech Republic U19 85:66
USA U19 National team never stopped en route to the semifinal at the World championship in Bratislava. They cruised to their 7th straight victory in the quarterfinal as they defeated Czech Republic 85:66.
Czechs were furious at the start of the game as they dominated the court and rolled to a 23:21 advantage after the first frame. USA though was not taken aback and gradually took over the initiative. They surged ahead midway through the second quarter and secured a 42:37 lead at halftime. United States capitalized on a shaky shooting from Czech players and extended the gap to 11 points 64:53 at the end of the third quarter. Czechs were not able to revive the intrigue in this one as they were routed by a strong United States armada 21:13 in the final stanza. Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) topscored for USA with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Maya Moore (6'1''-F-89) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Katerina Elhotova (5'11''-G-89) netted 18 points for Czech Republic. Andrea Ovsikova (5'10''-F-89) and Romana Hejdova (5'11''-F-88) notched 10 points apiece in defeat.
USA reigned under the rims outrebounding Czech team 50:33. They also converted 40.7% of field goals and committed just 13 personal fouls throughout the game. Czech Republic knocked down 35.1% from the field and committed 18 turnovers down the stretch.
USA will now await for the winner of Australia versus Spain clash to face them in the semis. Czech Republic will play in the classification round for the 5th-8th places.

USA U19: Jantel Lavender 25+9 boards, Maya Moore 13
Czech Republic U19: Katerina Elhotova 18, Andrea Ovsikova 10, Romana Hejdova 10


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E.CHAMPS U16 - Women

Division B: The last day of the Qualifying Round -by Leslie Anderson


Alice Quarta



The semi-finalist from group E was already known before the final day and the interest in this group was in the minor placing. A bad second quarter for Croatia cost them the match against Finland (67 - 79) and now leave them in playing in the 9th - 12th classification round. Portugal recorded their first victory of the competition beating Slovenia (67-66). Italy beat Bosnia (74-58) with 26 points coming from Alice Quarta.


Bar Galinski


In group nothing was sure with 3 teams still in the hunt for a semi-final spot. Israel beat Ireland (40-31) in a low scoring game with Bar Galinski the match winner scoring 13-points and picking 18 boards and blocking two shots.


Ronny Kahn, Israel's head coach, commented after his team's victory: "When things are not in your hands, you have to wait for other people to help you. That's the hardest thing for a coach. It was a great achievement for us as we are not considered to be one of the top four teams in terms of talent here and physically structured. My girls are heroes."


Lianne Miller & Katrin Chiemeka


England beat Romania (60-54) in the match for minor places with double doubles for Lianne Miller (18pts &15 rebounds) and Katrin Chiemeka (20pts & 11 rebounds).

Sonja Greinacher



A clinical performance by Germany in their demolition of Holland in a one sided game (75-35) put them in the semi-final. Sonja Greinacher scored game high 18 points and 6 rebounds.

Germany's head coach, Alexandra Marz, said "Okay I think it was a difficult game for us, especially in defence and also offence. Congratulations to the girls as they really played well and were focused to the point."





Division A: The last day of the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News

GROUP F

Russia U16-Belgium U16 72:67 (16-11, 22-19, 13-19, 21-18)

Russia U16 thought probably more about another game than about Belgium. Spain and France was the game that had more interest for the Russian team, however Russia has to beat Belgium in any case. In the last game of the Qualifying Round of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Russia overcame Belgium 72:67, but did not qualify to the semifinals as Spain beat France 77:63. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed out of the semis. Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) led the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) nailed 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Yana Matveeva (182-F-92) added 10.
Russia started with 16:11 in the opening quarter. In the midway through the second quarter a lead was increased to 28:17. The advantage was still 50:42 with three minutes left in the third.
Meanwhile Belgium created a 12-1 run and reduced to 56:54. It was then Alexandra Tarasova who answered with seven consecutive points that gave Russia back the lead 65:63. The favorites kept the score and finished third in the group.
Russia will play tomorrow against hungary for the 5/8 places. Belgium meets Belarus on the stage for the 9/12 places.


Russia U16: Alexandra Tarasova 19+15 rebs, Viktoria Medvedeva 15+10 rebs, Yana Matveeva 10+9 rebs
Belgium U16: Shamira Linskens (183-C-91) 16+10 rebs, Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91) 11



France U16-Spain U16 63:77 (13-21, 21-14, 12-23, 17-19)

Spain and France had one of the toughest and most interesting game in the U16 European Championship. Spain U16 not only recovered from the loss from Russian team, however left the latter out of the semis. Spain won one of the most important game so far beating France U16 77:63. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) (177-G-91) (177-G-91) led the winners with 20 points. Gimeno Martinez posted 19, while Amaya Ganuza (188-F-91) added 11. Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed out of the semis. France had to lose not more than 10 points, however did not sove the task and finished second.

The defending champions Spain took the first spot in the group, even though yesterday many specialist did not predict them a place in the semis.The game was back and forth in the early but Spain had a 9-2 run to pull ahead 21:13 after one period. France answered with 11-4 run as both teams closed the half with 35:34.
Spain had a desire to win more and made two spurts to stay on the way. With a 14-0 run Spain was in front having 53:44 in the end of the third. A 17-4 rush later in the game answered fior all the questions.

France U16: Allison Vernerey 14+10 rebs, Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) 10
Spain U16: Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) 20, Gimeno Martinez 19, Amaya Ganuza 11

Ukraine U16-Latvia U16 65:85 (9-16, 17-26, 16-24, 23-19)
Latvia made the fans to celebrate in the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. With the superb three quarters the hosts beat Ukraine 85:65. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) (182-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) ended up with 16, while Anna Sonka (179-F-91) collected 14 points. Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) as usual represented Ukarinian side with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Latvia improved to 2-3 and play in the 5th-8th place games. Ukraine is fifth and will play for the 9-12 places.

Latvia went on a 6-0 run already in the opening tip. Both teams could not score in the last 2 minutes as Latvia closed the first with 16:9. In the second period the gap became bigger as the hosts played more offensive. Ukraine had no team game at all. A best result was only 1 assist that some players finished with. Ukraine lost also the third quarter and there was nothing they could hope for. Although Olesya Malashenko's effort helped the team to win the last quarter, that was the end of the game.

Ukraine U16: Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) 29+16 rebs, Anastasiya Bogdanova (179-G-91) 12
Latvia U16: Sabine Niedola 17+12 rebs, Linda Pagrode 16, Anna Sonka 14

GROUP E

Sweden U16-Belarus U16 60:48 (15-12, 18-4, 13-16, 14-16)
Sweden U16 beat Belarus in the last game of the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship for Women. Having won the first two quarters Sweden prepared for the rest and led to 60:48 win. Nijaz Goga (185-G-76) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Salome Kabengano (176-G-92) and Frida Fogdemark (184-F-91) finished with 11 points each. Alitsyia Kurouskaya (170-G-91) top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort.

Belarus U16 had the lead only once in the game. It was in the beginning of the game when Chubkavets made a lay-up. In the rest of the game the spectators saw only one team in front-Sweden. The team ripped off a 15-0 spurt and eventually pulled ahead 41:20 early in the third period. That happened after Sweden won the second 18:4.
In the second half Belarus woke up, but they missed too much in the first half. Alitsyia Kurouskaya and Veranika Valeuskaya (170-G-91)'s effort was not enough as the leader of the team Filonchyk scored only 9 points. As a result Sweden outscored Belarus 60:48 to finish third in the group.

Tomorrow Sweden faces Latvia for the 5/8 places. Belarus will meet Belgium on another stage for the 9-12 places.

Sweden U16: Nijaz Goga 20+10 rebs, Salome Kabengano 11, Frida Fogdemark 11
Belarus U16: Alitsyia Kurouskaya 16, Veranika Valeuskaya 10


Poland U16-Hungary U16 54:70 (8-15, 13-18, 13-21, 20-16)

Hungary U16 finished the Qualifying round on a happy note beating Poland 70:54.
Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) led the winners with 16 points. Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) ended up with 9, while Alma Nemeth (180-F-92) produced 8. Aleksandra Dziwinska (170-G-91) nailed 14 points for the Polish squad. The latter ended up with no wins on the second stage and finished with 0-5 record. Hungary increased to a positive result (3-2) but is only 4th.

Aleksandra Dziwinska with a two opened the game for Poland. That was however the only lead of the Polish team. Hungary caught up very quickly and finished the quarter with 15:8. In the second quarter Adamecz brought the favorites the 10-points deficit after a jump shot.
The third quarter was not a lucky one for Poland. Hungary pushed the tempo and reached 20 points. Both teams played 30 minutes of the game and Hungary stayed in front with 54:34. Only in the last quarter Hungary did not worry too much about the game that was done. Poland won the last quarter 20:16 that only reduced to 16 points. Hungary celebrated the third win in the group and finished fourth.

Poland U16:
Aleksandra Dziwinska 14, Roze Ratajczak (178-G-91) 9
Hungary U16:
Krisztina Raksanyi 16, Dorottya Tamis 9, Alma Nemeth 8


Serbia U16- Czech Republic U16 67:65 (17-18, 15-17, 17-17, 18-13)

Serbia U16 and Czech Republic had an outstanding performance from both sides. Serbia guaranteed the semifinal place even before the gam and in case of loss could finish second. For Czech Republic U16 the game had more interest as they could be out of the semis due to some factors. Luckily for the latter they lost the game but advanced from the second spot. Serbia grabbed 67:65 win and the first place in Group E of the Termosteps U16 European Championship.
Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) paced the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) collected 15, while Krnjic added 10. Lenka Bartakova (170-G-91) top-scored for the Czechs with 15 points.

Czech Republic desired more win in the game and went on a 6-0 run. They still held the victory in the end of the first, 18:17. With an even game in the second quarter
Lenka Bartakova's jump shot brought Czech Republic 35:32 at the half.
Elhotova's free throw and the Czechs had 8 points deficit in the third quarter. The gap was reduced as Serbia scored some baskets.
Lenka Bartakova gave back the 8-point lead, but that was the last for the team. Serbia tied at 62:62 and then led the game to a 67:65 win.

Serbia U16:
Tijana Ajdukovic 17+10 rebs, Maja Vucurovic 15, Krnjic 10+9 rebs
Czech Republic U16:
Lenka Bartakova 15, Andrea Sladkova (186-C-91) 9



One of the toughest game of the Division A -by Eurobasket News
France U16-Spain U16 63:77 (13-21, 21-14, 12-23, 17-19)

Spain and France had one of the toughest and most interesting game in the U16 European Championship. Spain U16 not only recovered from the loss from Russian team, however left the latter out of the semis. Spain won one of the most important game so far beating France U16 77:63. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) led the winners with 20 points. Gimeno Martinez posted 19, while Amaya Ganuza (188-F-91) added 11. Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed out of the semis. France had to lose not more than 10 points, however did not sove the task and finished second.

The defending champions Spain took the first spot in the group, even though yesterday many specialist did not predict them a place in the semis.The game was back and forth in the early but Spain had a 9-2 run to pull ahead 21:13 after one period. France answered with 11-4 run as both teams closed the half with 35:34.
Spain had a desire to win more and made two spurts to stay on the way. With a 14-0 run Spain was in front having 53:44 in the end of the third. A 17-4 rush later in the game answered fior all the questions.

France U16: Allison Vernerey 14+10 rebs, Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) 10
Spain U16: Leonor Rodriguez 20, Gimeno Martinez 19, Amaya Ganuza 11


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FINLAND - Women

INTERNATIONAL: Finland - Estonia 93-72 -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Baltic Sea Cup, Tallinn, Estonia 3.-5.8.07: Finland - Estonia 93-72 (49-36). FIN: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) 19/9, Taru Tuukkanen 17/11, Heta Korpivaara 17/3.
EST: Merike Anderson 16, Anzela Okuneva 16. 4.8. Finland - Sweden. 5.8. Finland - Latvia.


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FRANCE - Women

One of the toughest game of the Division A -by Eurobasket News
France U16-Spain U16 63:77 (13-21, 21-14, 12-23, 17-19)

Spain and France had one of the toughest and most interesting game in the U16 European Championship. Spain U16 not only recovered from the loss from Russian team, however left the latter out of the semis. Spain won one of the most important game so far beating France U16 77:63. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) led the winners with 20 points. Gimeno Martinez posted 19, while Amaya Ganuza (188-F-91) added 11. Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed out of the semis. France had to lose not more than 10 points, however did not sove the task and finished second.

The defending champions Spain took the first spot in the group, even though yesterday many specialist did not predict them a place in the semis.The game was back and forth in the early but Spain had a 9-2 run to pull ahead 21:13 after one period. France answered with 11-4 run as both teams closed the half with 35:34.
Spain had a desire to win more and made two spurts to stay on the way. With a 14-0 run Spain was in front having 53:44 in the end of the third. A 17-4 rush later in the game answered fior all the questions.

France U16: Allison Vernerey 14+10 rebs, Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) 10
Spain U16: Leonor Rodriguez 20, Gimeno Martinez 19, Amaya Ganuza 11


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GERMANY - Women

German U16 team advances to the semis -by Eurobasket News
German National team qualified into the semifinal of the U16 European championship in Italy. They remained undefeated en route to the semis. Securing two wins over Israel and Romania at the preliminary round Germany stayed alert and extended their perfect record throughout the qualifying round. They edged Ireland in the first game 51:31 and then continued the winning streak against England 50:40. Finally Germany handled Netherlands 75:35 in the last round of the qualifying round.
Germany will now face Slovenia in the semifinal tomorrow. Slovenian team won 4 games and suffered 2 defeats so far at the tournament.
Sonja Greinacher (185-C-92) leads her team in scoring and rebounds averaging 11.4 points and 8.8 boards per game. Svenja Brunckhorst (176-G-91)'s 3.0 assist per game is the third best result at the championship.

July 4
Germany vs. Slovenia


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GREECE - Women

Reeves and Williams agreed with Megas Aleksandros -by Chris Mammides
Brook Reeves renewed her contract with M. Alexandros for another year. Reeves was among the top scorers and top rebounders of the Greek league while she was the main key figure of the positive results which M.Alexandros had all over the season. The second American player is Kimberly Williams (168-G-74, college: De Paul); the American forward had a very successful season with the Polish team of Koukierki where she had 17ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.5apg. In the period 1998-1999 played with Sporting's jersey in her very first season in the European courts.

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HUNGARY - Women

Hungary U16 finishes with 3-2 beating Poland -by Eurobasket News
Poland U16-Hungary U16 54:70 (8-15, 13-18, 13-21, 20-16)

Hungary U16 finished the Qualifying round on a happy note beating Poland 70:54. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) led the winners with 16 points. Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) ended up with 9, while Alma Nemeth (180-F-92) produced 8. Aleksandra Dziwinska (170-G-91) nailed 14 points for the Polish squad. The latter ended up with no wins on the second stage and finished with 0-5 record. Hungary increased to a positive result (3-2) but is only 4th.

Aleksandra Dziwinska with a two opened the game for Poland. That was however the only lead of the Polish team. Hungary caught up very quickly and finished the quarter with 15:8. In the second quarter Adamecz brought the favorites the 10-points deficit after a jump shot.
The third quarter was not a lucky one for Poland. Hungary pushed the tempo and reached 20 points. Both teams played 30 minutes of the game and Hungary stayed in front with 54:34. Only in the last quarter Hungary did not worry too much about the game that was done. Poland won the last quarter 20:16 that only reduced to 16 points. Hungary celebrated the third win in the group and finished fourth.

Poland U16: Aleksandra Dziwinska 14, Roze Ratajczak (178-G-91) 9
Hungary U16: Krisztina Raksanyi 16, Dorottya Tamis 9, Alma Nemeth 8


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ITALY - Women

European U16, Italy defeat Bosnia (74-58): now the semis -by Carlo Grilli
In the last classification game, Italy overcame a slow start to past Bosnia; Marco Rota's athletes went ahead for good in second quarter, lead by a spectacular Alice Quarta (175-G-91). Today rest; tomorrow the semifinal against Israel that qualifies to Division A. The other semifinal is Germany - Slovenia.

Italy-Bosnia 74-58 (16-21; 36-29; 53-49)

Italy: Pasqualin 8, Bestagno, Nannucci 9, Alice Quarta (175-G-91) 25, Primossi 14, Pieropan ne, Grenga 2, Tava 9, Tognalini, Brotto 5, Richter 2, Lei. 2PS 20/42; 3PS 7/29; FT 13/18.
Bosnia: Matea Tavic (177-G-92) 26, Lukic V., Lukic D., Dzombeta, Fazlic, Milosevic, Kapor 8, Rahamanovic 5, Dzinic 5, Kapetanovi, Suljagic, Hamsic 14. 2PS 18/38; 3PS 1/5; FT 19/39.


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LATVIA - Women

Latvia finishes the Qualifying round with a convincing 85:65 victory over Ukraine -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16-Latvia U16 65:85 (9-16, 17-26, 16-24, 23-19)

Latvia made the fans to celebrate in the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. With the superb three quarters the hosts beat Ukraine 85:65. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) ended up with 16, while Anna Sonka (179-F-91) collected 14 points. Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) as usual represented Ukarinian side with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Latvia improved to 2-3 and play in the 5th-8th place games. Ukraine is fifth and will play for the 9-12 places.

Latvia went on a 6-0 run already in the opening tip. Both teams could not score in the last 2 minutes as Latvia closed the first with 16:9. In the second period the gap became bigger as the hosts played more offensive. Ukraine had no team game at all. A best result was only 1 assist that some players finished with. Ukraine lost also the third quarter and there was nothing they could hope for. Although Olesya Malashenko's effort helped the team to win the last quarter, that was the end of the game.

Ukraine U16: Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) 29+16 rebs, Anastasiya Bogdanova (179-G-91) 12
Latvia U16: Sabine Niedola 17+12 rebs, Linda Pagrode 16, Anna Sonka 14


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LITHUANIA - Women

Brazil will fight for the 9th spot -by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Lithuania U19 77:64
Brazil U19 National team grabbed a 77:64 win over Lithuania in classification round. They will now clash with Canada for the 9th spot. Lithuania will battle for the 11th place against China tomorrow.
Brazil used a strong first half to accumulated necessary lead. They surged ahead 41:29 at halftime and continued to roll in the third quarter. Brazil extended their advantage to 18 points entering the final frame and never looked back allowing Lithuania to enjoy a small success in the fourth stanza.
Ariani Silva (-89) and Patricia Ribeiro (174-F-90) secured 13 points apiece for Brazil. Nadia Calhado added another 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) netted 33 points and pulled down 7 boards for Lithuania. Vitalija Vasciunaite (172-G-88) had 11 points in defeat.
Brazil were more accurate from the field as they knocked down 45.6% of their shots, including 71.4% from the stripe. Lithuania struggled from the range converting 36.5% of attempts, including just 52.4% of free throws. Lithuania at the same time dominated the battle under the rims as they outrebounded Brazil 41:33. Brazil forced their opponents to 25 turnovers.

Brazil U19: Ariani Silva (-89) 13, Patricia Ribeiro 13, Nadia Calhado 10+8 boards
Lithuania U19: Laima Rickeviciute 33, Vitalija Vasciunaite 11


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NCAA - Women

USA ease into semifinals -by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Czech Republic U19 85:66
USA U19 National team never stopped en route to the semifinal at the World championship in Bratislava. They cruised to their 7th straight victory in the quarterfinal as they defeated Czech Republic 85:66.
Czechs were furious at the start of the game as they dominated the court and rolled to a 23:21 advantage after the first frame. USA though was not taken aback and gradually took over the initiative. They surged ahead midway through the second quarter and secured a 42:37 lead at halftime. United States capitalized on a shaky shooting from Czech players and extended the gap to 11 points 64:53 at the end of the third quarter. Czechs were not able to revive the intrigue in this one as they were routed by a strong United States armada 21:13 in the final stanza. Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) topscored for USA with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Maya Moore (6'1''-F-89) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Katerina Elhotova (5'11''-G-89) netted 18 points for Czech Republic. Andrea Ovsikova (5'10''-F-89) and Romana Hejdova (5'11''-F-88) notched 10 points apiece in defeat.
USA reigned under the rims outrebounding Czech team 50:33. They also converted 40.7% of field goals and committed just 13 personal fouls throughout the game. Czech Republic knocked down 35.1% from the field and committed 18 turnovers down the stretch.
USA will now await for the winner of Australia versus Spain clash to face them in the semis. Czech Republic will play in the classification round for the 5th-8th places.

USA U19: Jantel Lavender 25+9 boards, Maya Moore 13
Czech Republic U19: Katerina Elhotova 18, Andrea Ovsikova 10, Romana Hejdova 10


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POLAND - Women

Hungary U16 finishes with 3-2 beating Poland -by Eurobasket News
Poland U16-Hungary U16 54:70 (8-15, 13-18, 13-21, 20-16)

Hungary U16 finished the Qualifying round on a happy note beating Poland 70:54. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) led the winners with 16 points. Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) ended up with 9, while Alma Nemeth (180-F-92) produced 8. Aleksandra Dziwinska (170-G-91) nailed 14 points for the Polish squad. The latter ended up with no wins on the second stage and finished with 0-5 record. Hungary increased to a positive result (3-2) but is only 4th.

Aleksandra Dziwinska with a two opened the game for Poland. That was however the only lead of the Polish team. Hungary caught up very quickly and finished the quarter with 15:8. In the second quarter Adamecz brought the favorites the 10-points deficit after a jump shot.
The third quarter was not a lucky one for Poland. Hungary pushed the tempo and reached 20 points. Both teams played 30 minutes of the game and Hungary stayed in front with 54:34. Only in the last quarter Hungary did not worry too much about the game that was done. Poland won the last quarter 20:16 that only reduced to 16 points. Hungary celebrated the third win in the group and finished fourth.

Poland U16: Aleksandra Dziwinska 14, Roze Ratajczak (178-G-91) 9
Hungary U16: Krisztina Raksanyi 16, Dorottya Tamis 9, Alma Nemeth 8


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PORTUGAL - Women

First win for Portugal in European U-16 in Italy -by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal obtained the first victory in the European U-16 in Chieti, Italy, after defeating Slovenia for 67-66. So far the Portugal had four defeats in four games, but it finished for obtaining the victory in the last game of the first phase. The game was really close finished in the last seconds of game.
Maria Correia was the player in bigger prominence with 27 points and nine rebounds. The victory did not prevent the last place of the group and the Portuguese team now go to fight for the places between 9th and 12th place.


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RUSSIA - Women

Even defeating Belgium, Russia U16 stays out of the semis -by Eurobasket News

Russia U16-Belgium U16 72:67 (16-11, 22-19, 13-19, 21-18)

Russia U16 thought probably more about another game than about Belgium. Spain and France was the game that had more interest for the Russian team, however Russia has to beat Belgium in any case. In the last game of the Qualifying Round of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Russia overcame Belgium 72:67, but did not qualify to the semifinals as Spain beat France 77:63. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed out of the semis. Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) led the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) nailed 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Yana Matveeva (182-F-92) added 10.
Russia started with 16:11 in the opening quarter. In the midway through the second quarter a lead was increased to 28:17. The advantage was still 50:42 with three minutes left in the third.
Meanwhile Belgium created a 12-1 run and reduced to 56:54. It was then Alexandra Tarasova who answered with seven consecutive points that gave Russia back the lead 65:63. The favorites kept the score and finished third in the group.
Russia will play tomorrow against hungary for the 5/8 places. Belgium meets Belarus on the stage for the 9/12 places.


Russia U16: Alexandra Tarasova 19+15 rebs, Viktoria Medvedeva 15+10 rebs, Yana Matveeva 10+9 rebs
Belgium U16: Shamira Linskens (183-C-91) 16+10 rebs, Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91) 11



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SERBIA - Women

Serbia U16 stays the only undefeted team in U16 Championship -by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16- Czech Republic U16 67:65 (17-18, 15-17, 17-17, 18-13)

Serbia U16 and Czech Republic had an outstanding performance from both sides. Serbia guaranteed the semifinal place even before the gam and in case of loss could finish second. For Czech Republic U16 the game had more interest as they could be out of the semis due to some factors. Luckily for the latter they lost the game but advanced from the second spot. Serbia grabbed 67:65 win and the first place in Group E of the Termosteps U16 European Championship. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) paced the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) collected 15, while Krnjic added 10. Lenka Bartakova (170-G-91) top-scored for the Czechs with 15 points.

Czech Republic desired more win in the game and went on a 6-0 run. They still held the victory in the end of the first, 18:17. With an even game in the second quarter Lenka Bartakova's jump shot brought Czech Republic 35:32 at the half.
Elhotova's free throw and the Czechs had 8 points deficit in the third quarter. The gap was reduced as Serbia scored some baskets. Lenka Bartakova gave back the 8-point lead, but that was the last for the team. Serbia tied at 62:62 and then led the game to a 67:65 win.

Serbia U16: Tijana Ajdukovic 17+10 rebs, Maja Vucurovic 15, Krnjic 10+9 rebs
Czech Republic U16: Lenka Bartakova 15, Andrea Sladkova (186-C-91) 9


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SPAIN - Women

Esther Farre extended until 2008 in Cadi La Seu -by Ivan Villar
The power forward Esther Farre (191-C-83) was resigned by Cadi La Seu Urgell for next season.So the team of Victor Lapeña is closed.Meanwhile,in Vilagarcia are waiting still for the signing of a big center who need to be bossman or national player.The managers said this week to be close of an agreement with one.

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SWEDEN - Women

Sweden U16 outscored Belarus 60:48 -by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16-Belarus U16 60:48 (15-12, 18-4, 13-16, 14-16)

Sweden U16 beat Belarus in the last game of the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship for Women. Having won the first two quarters Sweden prepared for the rest and led to 60:48 win. Nijaz Goga (185-G-76) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Salome Kabengano (176-G-92) and Frida Fogdemark (184-F-91) finished with 11 points each. Alitsyia Kurouskaya (170-G-91) top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort.

Belarus U16 had the lead only once in the game. It was in the beginning of the game when Chubkavets made a lay-up. In the rest of the game the spectators saw only one team in front-Sweden. The team ripped off a 15-0 spurt and eventually pulled ahead 41:20 early in the third period. That happened after Sweden won the second 18:4.
In the second half Belarus woke up, but they missed too much in the first half. Alitsyia Kurouskaya and Veranika Valeuskaya (170-G-91)'s effort was not enough as the leader of the team Filonchyk scored only 9 points. As a result Sweden outscored Belarus 60:48 to finish third in the group.

Tomorrow Sweden faces Latvia for the 5/8 places. Belarus will meet Belgium on another stage for the 9-12 places.

Sweden U16: Nijaz Goga 20+10 rebs, Salome Kabengano 11, Frida Fogdemark 11
Belarus U16: Alitsyia Kurouskaya 16, Veranika Valeuskaya 10



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TURKEY - Women

TBBL program is announsed -by Iva Ivanova
Program for the upcoming season 2007/08 in Turkish Women`s Basketball league is announsed. First round will be on 3th and 4th November 2007. Normal season will ending on 30th March. Playoff`s will stariting on 9th April and end 14th May. Play`off serie will be start from 0-0. Home advantage is on team wich one have a higher position in standing. There will be games upto one of the team make 3-0 in the serie.
Six cityes will hosts Turkish basketball league. Istanbul (Fenerbahce, Besiktas Cola Turka, Galatasaray, Istanbul Univeristesi and Migros), Ankara (Cankaya Universitesi), Kayseri (TED Kayseri Pankup), Mersin (Mersin BSB), Adana (Botas and Burhaniye), Balikesir (Burhaniye and Erdemit).

1.Week
Fenerbahce - Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji
Istanbul Universitesi - Ceyhan Belediyesi
Botas - Besiktas Cola Turka
Burhaniye Belediyesi - Migros
Cankaya Universitesi - Galatasaray
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas

2.Week
Besiktas Cola Turka-Cankaya Ьniversitesi
Fenerbahce-Istanbul Ьniversitesi
Migros-Botas
Ceyhan Belediyesi-Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas-Burhaniye Belediyesi
Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji-Galatasaray

3.Week
Galatasaray - Besiktas Cola Turka
Istanbul Universitesi - Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji
Botas - Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas
Burhaniye Belediyesi - Ceyhan Belediyesi
Cankaya Universitesi - Migros
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - Fenerbahce

4.Week
Fenerbahce - Burhaniye Belediyesi
Migros - Galatasaray
Istanbul Universitesi - Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Ceyhan Belediyesi - Botas
Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas - Cankaya Universitesi
Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji - Besiktas Cola turka

5.Week
Galatasaray-Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas
Besiktas Cola Turka-Migros
Botas-Fenerbahce
Burhaniye Belediyesi - Istanbul Universitesi
Cankaya Universitesi - Ceyhan Belediyesi
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji

6.Week
Fenerbahce - Cankaya Universitesi
Istanbul Universitesi - Botas
Ceyhan Belediyesi - Galatasaray
Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas - Besiktas Cola Turka
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - Burhaniye Belediyesi
Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji - Migros

7. Week
Galatasaray - Fenerbahce
Besiktas Cola Turka - Ceyhan Belediyesi
Migros - Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas
Botas - Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Burhaniye Belediyesi - Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji
Cankaya Universitesi - Istanbul Universitesi

8.Week
Fenerbahce - Besiktas Cola Turka
Istanbul Universitesi - Galatasaray
Ceyhan Belediyesi - Migros
Burhaniye Belediyesi - Botas
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - Cankaya Universitesi
Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji - Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas

9.Week
Galatasaray - Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Besiktas Cola Turka - Istanbul Universitesi
Migros - Fenerbahce
Botas - Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji
Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas - Ceyhan Belediyesi
Cankaya Universitesi - Burhaniye Belediyesi

10.Week
Fenerbahce - Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas
Istanbul Universitesi - Migros
Botas - Cankaya Universitesi
Burhaniye Belediyesi - Galatasaray
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - Besiktas Cola Turka
Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji - Ceyhan Belediyesi

11.Week
Galatasaray - Botas
Besiktas Cola Turka - Burhaniye Belediyesi
Migros - Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Ceyhan Belediyesi - Fenerbahce
Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas - Istanbul Universitesi
Cankaya Universitesi - Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji


Galatasaray build a new team with young players -by Iva Ivanova
Istanbul 1st Division team Galatasaray announced for our media www.eurobasket.com that up to now keeping few young players. Their names are Junior National Yasemen Beril, Senior national Saynur Tozlu (187-C-87). In selection of international coach Cem Akdag are also Didem Sarica, Esra Sencebe, Isil Alben, Gulsah Akkaya, Sebnem Kimyacioрlu. They are new players and also members of Senior National team. "Our foreigner player are Sofia Young, Wicki Jhonson and Petra Ulreihi and Chantel Anderson", says coach Akdag. In first round in new season Galatasaray will play againts Cankaya Universitesi. According to Coach Akdag, Changes in TBBL organizations are good for team and management of the teams.

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UKRAINE - Women

Latvia finishes the Qualifying round with a convincing 85:65 victory over Ukraine -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16-Latvia U16 65:85 (9-16, 17-26, 16-24, 23-19)

Latvia made the fans to celebrate in the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. With the superb three quarters the hosts beat Ukraine 85:65. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) ended up with 16, while Anna Sonka (179-F-91) collected 14 points. Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) as usual represented Ukarinian side with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Latvia improved to 2-3 and play in the 5th-8th place games. Ukraine is fifth and will play for the 9-12 places.

Latvia went on a 6-0 run already in the opening tip. Both teams could not score in the last 2 minutes as Latvia closed the first with 16:9. In the second period the gap became bigger as the hosts played more offensive. Ukraine had no team game at all. A best result was only 1 assist that some players finished with. Ukraine lost also the third quarter and there was nothing they could hope for. Although Olesya Malashenko's effort helped the team to win the last quarter, that was the end of the game.

Ukraine U16: Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) 29+16 rebs, Anastasiya Bogdanova (179-G-91) 12
Latvia U16: Sabine Niedola 17+12 rebs, Linda Pagrode 16, Anna Sonka 14


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W.CHAMPS U19 - Women

Canada and Brazil will decide on the 9th place -by Eurobasket News
Classification games

Brazil U19 - Lithuania U19 77:64
Brazil U19 National team grabbed a 77:64 win over Lithuania in classification round. They will now clash with Canada for the 9th spot. Lithuania will battle for the 11th place against China tomorrow.
Brazil used a strong first half to accumulated necessary lead. They surged ahead 41:29 at halftime and continued to roll in the third quarter. Brazil extended their advantage to 18 points entering the final frame and never looked back allowing Lithuania to enjoy a small success in the fourth stanza.
Ariani Silva (-89) and Patricia Ribeiro (174-F-90) secured 13 points apiece for Brazil. Nadia Gomes (193-C-89) added another 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) netted 33 points and pulled down 7 boards for Lithuania. Vitalija Vasciunaite (172-G-88) had 11 points in defeat.
Brazil were more accurate from the field as they knocked down 45.6% of their shots, including 71.4% from the stripe. Lithuania struggled from the range converting 36.5% of attempts, including just 52.4% of free throws. Lithuania at the same time dominated the battle under the rims as they outrebounded Brazil 41:33. Brazil forced their opponents to 25 turnovers.

Brazil U19: Ariani Silva 13, Patricia Ribeiro 13, Nadia Gomes 10+8 boards
Lithuania U19: Laima Rickeviciute 33, Vitalija Vasciunaite 11


Canada U19 - China U19 75:64
Canadian U19 National team clebrated another victory at the World Championship in Slovakia. They edged China in classification round game today. The win means that now Canada will take on Brazil in tomorrow's contest to decide on the 9th place. China will play against Lithuania for the 11th overall spot.
China got to a better start of the game as they enjoyed a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. Canada kept it a striking distance throughout the second quarter and completed the first half trailing by 5 points 27:32. The breakthrough for Canadian team came in the third frame as they rushed ahead and managed to outscore their opponents 24:18. Tara Watts (175-G-88) and Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) dominated the contest in the final quarter and never allowed China to perform any sort of comeback.
Krysten Boogaard chipped in game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Canada. Tara Watts added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Cao Fei (-88) was the only Chinese player to score in double figures. She poured in 17 points hitting 5/10 from outside. Wu Jinzhu (175-G-88) posted 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a loss. Canada had an obvious edge under the rims as they outrebounded China 48:28. They also shot impressive 51.7% from the field. China at the same time converted only 35.6% of their attempts.

Canada U19: Krysten Boogaard 22+10 boards, Tara Watts 16
China U19: Cao Fei 17, Wu Jinzhu 9


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WNBA - Women

Mercury brighter than the Stars -by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Mercury won 6th straight game after they rolled past San Antonio Silver Stars away from home. San Antonio enjoyed a 45:38 lead at halftime but Phoenix surged ahead in the second half. Diana Taurasi (5'11''-G-82, college: Connecticut) nailed three consecutive treys to ignite an 11:1 run at the end of the third quarter which put the Mercury in front 62:59. Phoenix connected from outside for a couple of times at the start of the final stanza and posted a 76:64 advantage midway through the quarter. However the Silver Stars rushed to save this one at the dying stage and cut the deficit to 2 points with under 2 minutes remaining 79:81. Sean Crossley (6'3''-F-84) then had a chance to force overtime but her three pointer with 4 seconds left in regulation missed the target.
Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 24 points. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) contributed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Sean Crossley secured 21 points in a loss.

Meanwhile New York Liberty finally managed to put an end to their 7-games losing streak as they defeated Minnesota Lynx 71:66 at home. New York seemed to be in control of this one as they led by 17 points late in the third quarter but the Lynx responded with a 12:0 run to come within 5 points midway through the fourth quarter. Kristen Mann later nailed 5 points in the final minute for Minnesota to put them as close as 2 points with 20 seconds on the clock. However Erin Thorn secured three consecutive free throws to seal the victory for the Liberty at the end. Cathrine Kraayeveld (6'4''-F-81, college: Oregon) scored 16 points to pace New York. Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) added 14 points for the winners. Simona Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) netted 17 points for the Lynx.

San Antonio - Phoenix 79:84
San Antonio: Sean Crossley 21, Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) 17
Phoenix: Diana Taurasi 24, Cappie Pondexter 18

New York - Minnesota 71:66
New York: Cathrine Kraayeveld 16, Janel McCarville 14
Minnesota: Simona Augustus 17, Svetlana Abrosimova (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) 14