EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/25/2007

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ABA

Former Sound Member Finds Overseas Opportunity -by Surujh Roopnarine

Brian "20" Woodward (6'3''-G-81, college: Rhode Island), who started 10 of his 17 games with Strong Island last season, has signed on with InderValle of Colombia.

Brian, who is the younger brother of international veteran Duane Woodward of Boston College, was an instrumental performer for the Sound last season, providing efficient scoring while handling lead guard duties for the majority of his time on the court. In 17 contests, the former University of Rhode Island standout, averaged 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 50.0% from the field.



Jamaal Wise Joins ABA Champ Frost Heaves -by Surujh Roopnarine
The reigning ABA Champion Vermont Frost Heaves have signed former University of Rhode Island product Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island). Named Mr. Basketball during his senior season at Paint Branch High School in Silver Springs, MD, Wise went on to have a productive career at URI where he temaed with other ABA alum such as Dustin Helenga, Brian Woodward and Scott Hazleton.
This past season Wise had a successful stint with UCC Demons of the Irish SuperLeague. In 7 games Wise averaged 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds.


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Olimpija is testing Booker -by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija is calling to try out another American player. Slovenian runner-up will testing Chris Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue) ex Tofas Bursa till end of the week.

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ARGENTINA

Liga A 2007/2008 official rosters: Obras Sanitarias -by Facundo Iatzky
Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71)
Tyler Field (got argentinian citizenship)
Fernando Calvi
Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82)
Daniel Chaher
Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances)
JuShay Rockett (196-F-84, college: Texas St.-San Marcos)
Emilio Olsson
Sergio Ravina
Emanuel Arevalo
Sebastian Paz Duarte
Cristian Cortes

Youngster team:
Franco Giuletti (200-C-90)
Alan Omar (195-G-90)
Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90)
German Chiaruttini (194-F-90)
Franco Rivero (191-G-90)
Horacio Cardani (206-C-89)
Leonardo Alvarez (208-C-89)
Adrian Rivas (181-G-88)
Ivan Jaskowsky (190-F-92)
Kevin Gorfinkel (185-G-92)
Dario Sosa (196-C-92)
Lautaro Fraga (180-G-92)


Coach: Bernardo Murphy


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AUSTRIA

Oberwart Gunners 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Boone


Johnson


Stegnjaic


Youngblood


Artner

Oberwart Gunners:

4 Adam Boone (190-G-81)
5
Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) (cap)
6 Georg Florian (-89)
7 Hannes Artner (185-G-84)
8 Tomislav Gaspar (200-F-83)
9 Paul Radakovics (187-G-88)
10 Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-G-85)
11 Stefan Ulreich (184-G-85)
12 Milan Stegnjaic (205-F/C-82)

13 Jay Youngblood (196-G-84)
14 Yao Schaefer (202-C-73)

15 Dragisa Najdanovic (183-G-88)


Left: Christoph De Marinis (193-F-88) (UBSC Graz), Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) (Cholet - ProA/FRA), Ivan Kartelo (208-C-79, college: Purdue), Armond Williams (196-F/C-82, college: Illinois-Chicago)
Arrived: Yao Schaefer (Basketball St. Polten), Milan Stegnjaic (Furstenfeld Panthers), Jay Youngblood (Kapfenberg Bulls)

Coach: Ante Perica
Ass. Coach: Goran Patekar



Allianz Swans Gmunden wins Supercup -by Cueneyt Tuerk

Gmunden won their fourth straight (Supercup) Tournament of the Champions by defeating Kapfenberg Bulls 82-71at the Kraftwerk Arena in Wels. Deteri Mayes came back in style and recorded 21 points in 35 min., Ian Boylan added 17 in a complete performance rounded by 3 boards and 7 assists.

Gmunden (82): Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) 21, Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 17, 7 ass., Mathias Mayer 14, Peter Hutter 14, Kevin Johnson 13, 9 reb, Florian Schoninger 2, Andreas Helmigk 1

Kapfenberg (71): Mike Hall (191-G/F-82, college: BYU) 25, Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) 16, 9 reb., Jason Forrestal 11, Damir Zeleznik 8, 4 ass., Shawn Ray 7, Heinz Kugerl 4


(30-22; 23-18; 14-15; 15-16)



Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Watson


Nagler


Spann


Martin


Martin

Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg

4 Lukas Sallomon (191-G/F-87)
5 Marko Anselgruber (204-C-81)
6 Christian Fritz (-86)
7 Damir Hamidovic (205-C/F-71) (cap)
8 Stephan Balga (194-F-84)
9 Christoph Nagler (193-G-84)

10 Christof Hetzmannseder (181-G-88)
11 Sam Spann (198-F-79)
12 Calvin Watson (196-G-85)
13 Manuel Gartner (199-F-86)
14 Kevin Martin (208-C-83)
15 Andreas Diwald (186-G-82)

16 Bernd Stuppacher (195-F-86)
17 Christof Gschwind (182-G-90)
18 Moritz Foster
19 Christoph Gangl (194-F-73)

Left: Bryan Edwards (188-G-81, college: Cornerstone), Muhamed Granic (188-G-76) (both unknown), Robert Wagenlechner (210-C-87) (UBC St. Polten)
Arrived: Manuel Garnter (Danube City), Christoph Nagler (Oberwart Gunners), Calvin Watson (North Texas/NCAA)

Coach: Werner Sallomon
Ass. Coach: Armin Gottlicher



okoStadt Gussing Knights 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Mullner


Miletic


Chappell


N'Diaye


Knor

okoStadt Gussing Knights

4 Sebastian Koch (198-F-88)
5 Christoph Knor (195-F-85)
6 Lukas Unger (192-G-86)
7 Wolfgang Trager (200-F-82)
8 Daniel Mullner (188-G-82) (cap)
9 Manuel Jandrasits (183-G-87)
10 Dragan Miletic (195-G-82)

11 Matthias Klepeisz (189-G-89)
12 Jason Chappell (208-F/C-83)
13 Philipp Horvath (175-G-87)
14 Christoph Poller (200-C-81)
15 Seuni N'Diaye (215-F/C-83)


Left: Johannes Astl (192-G/F-86), Richard Bautista (188-G-82), Joey Knight (186-G-83, college: Lehigh), J.C. Mathis (204-F-82, college: Michigan) - all unknown
Arrived: Jason Chappell (Wisconsin/NCAA)

Coach: Gerald Vogler
Ass. Coach: Laszlo Ori



BasketClubs Vienna 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Moric


Bryant


Stockhammer


Rajkovic


Pinterits
BasketClubs Vienna

4 Lukas Laska (190-G-82)
5 Mathias Gunka (204-F-91)
6 Dominik Mullner (190-G/F-85)
7 Marko Moric (207-F-81) (cap)
8 Denis Soldo (198-F-85)
9 Paris Bryant (184-G-70)
10 Lukas Pinterits (193-F-86)
11 Michael Stockhammer (191-G-80)
12 Mathias Brazovits
13 Philipp Seel (186-G-85)
14 Damir Rajkovic (195-F/C-77)
15 Matthias Dockner (205-F/C-84)
16 Kristian Panganiban (190-G/F-87)

Left: Matej Hopp (180-G-85), Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Georgetown, KY), David Mogyoro (189-G-81), Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton), AlleAllen Watson (170-G-74, college: Coppin St.) - all unknown, Spencer Rhynes (196-G/F-74, college: Huston-Tillotson) (Traiskirchen)
Arrived: Paris Bryant (DNP last year), Lukas Pinterits (VIVA 49ers Mattersburg), Michael Stockhammer (Chico Stats/NCAA II)

Coach: George Libbon
Ass. Coach: George Matyas


UBSC Graz 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Glanz


De Marinis


Kanlic


Lanegger


Trifunovic

UBSC Graz

4 Anton Maresch
5 Markus Bobik (185-G/F-88)
6 Stacey Nolan (196-G-72) of UBSC Graz (cap)
7 Markus Gale
8 Franz Grossmann (183-F-87)
9 Martin Pap (196-C-81)
10 Reiner Glanz (190-G-81)
11 Christoph De Marinis (193-F-88)
12 Marvin Achatz (-86)
13 Ervin Kanlic (197-F-87)

14 Reinhard Lanegger (196-F-81)
15
Jasmin Trifunovic (197-G/F-85)

16 Felix Kubin (180-G-87)
17 Otto Weirer (-91)
18 Hrvoje Mijatovic (185-G-84)
19 Nino Dietrich (193-F-85)

Left: Samuel Knabl (204-C/F-82) (Kapfenberg Bulls), Bruce Zabukovec (209-C-75, college: Seattle Pacific) (Boblingen/GER)
Arrived: Chistoph de Marinis

Coach: Stacey Nolan
Ass. Coach: Felix Jambar



Gmunden Swans 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich

Here we are present you all rosters, their coaching stuff and the players who arrived and left the team during this off-season.

Allianz Swans Gmunden

4 Enis Murati (195-F-88)
5 Johannes Kienesberger (178-G-85)
6 Luke Lloyd (202-C/F-77)
7 Thomas Stelzer (185-G-81)
8 Florian Schoninger (186-G-82)

9 Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80) (cap)
10 Kristijan Splajt (194-F-81)

11 Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83)
12 Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81)
13 Deteri Mayes (189-G-74)
14 Andreas Helmigk (206-C/F-79)
15 Kevin Johnson (201-F)
16 Michael Janisch (202-G-89)

Left: Bojan Barjaktarevic (207-F-77, agency: Court Side), Blake Hamilton (202-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Monmouth), Martin Gruber - all unknown
Arrived: Kevin Johnson (Humbold State - NCAA II), Luke Lloyd (Kataja - FIN)

Coach: Bob Gonnen
Ass. Coach: Bernd Sr. Wimmer



UBC St. Polten -by Stefan Heinrich
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Kollik


Schreiner


Kohlmaier


Kerschbaummayr


Speiser

UBC St. Polten

4 Christian Kollik (203-G/F-80)
5
Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87)
6 Hannes Obermann (182-G-90)
7 Martin Speiser (200-F-83) (cap)
8 Alexander Heuberger (198-F/C-89)
9 Stefan Kerschbaummayr (183-G-84)

10 Andreas Bauch (186-G-85)
11 Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84)

12 Robert Wagenlechner (210-C-87)
13 Jakob Breinl
14 Christoph Greimeister (204-C-90)
15 Lukas Bock

Left: Ljubomir Avramovic (201-C-79) (unknown), David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) (Leidern/NED), Adam Radomirovic (190-G-86, agency: Octagon) (unknown), Ersin Sancak (198-F-85) (Landesliga), Yao Schaefer (202-C-73) (Oberwart Gunners), Ronald Sprung (176-G-87) (Steyr), James Warwick (198-G-85, college: Grayson County CC) (unknown)
Arrived: Alexander Heuberger (Kapfenberg Bulls), Martin Kohlmaier (Tarragona/ESP), Christian Kollik (Furstenfeld Panthers), Thomas Schreiner (Furstenfeld Panthers), Robert Wagenlechner (xion Dukes Klosterneuburg)

Coach: Miodrag Radomirovic
Ass. Coach: Christian Fabian



Raiffeisen Panthers Furstenfeld -by Stefan Heinrich
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Shavies


Goljovic


Grum


Gaines


Fraser

Raiffeisen Panthers Furstenfeld

4 Cedrick Hensley (196-F/G-83)
6 David Jandl (180-G-84) (cap)
7 Anthony Shavies (191-G-83)

8 Milan Goljovic (203-F-71)
9 Alexander Lanegger (192-G-86)
10 Samo Grum (194-G/F-79)
11
Trevor Gaines (201-F-80)
12 Akim Dietrich (182-G-87)
13 Sebastian Gallwitz (192-G/F-86)
14 Shelton Colwell (202-F-80)
15 Mike Fraser (203-C)


Left: Jason Detrick (198-G-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Oklahoma) (La Laguna/ESP), Valentin Hasiba (185-G-85) (Gratkorn), Christian Kollik (203-G/F-80, college: Rice) (UBC St. Polten), Johnny McNeil (203-C/F-68, college: Georgia Tech) (retired), David Przybyszewski (215-C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) (Ostrow/POL), Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) (UBC St. Polten), Dennis Stanton (191-G-82, college: Ursinus) (Palencia/ESP), Milan Stegnjaic (205-F/C-82) (Oberwart), Milan Stegnjaic (205-F/C-82) (retired)

Arrived: Shelton Colwell (Leiden/NED), Akim Dietrich (UBSC Graz), Mike Fraser (Oklahoma Baptist/NAIA), Milan Goljovic (Ludwigsburg/GER), Cedrick Hensley (DNP last season), Lanegger (UBSC Graz), Anthony Shavies (Worthersee Piraten), Samo Grum (Worthersee Piraten), Assistant Coach Aaron Mitchell (VIVA 49ers Mattersburg)

Coach: Peter Stahl
Ass. Coach: Aaron Mitchell



Kapfenberg Bulls 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Zeleznik


Ray


Knabl


Hall


Suljanovic
Kapfenberg Bulls

4 Damir Zeleznik (190-G-80)
5 Jesse Seilern (187-G-90)
6 Paul Niederbichler (-90)
7 Jason Forrestal (204-F-69)
8 Shawn Ray (193-F-80) (cap)
9 Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90)
10 Samuel Knabl (204-C/F-82)
11 Romed Vieider (196-F-91)
12 Heinz Kugerl (209-C-86)
13 Mike Hall (191-G/F-82)
14
Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79)
16 Jovan Torbica (209-C-84)

Left: Adnan Bajramovic (210-C-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (unknown), Alexander Heuberger (198-F/C-89) (UBC St. Polten), Juergen Kogler (195-F/G-77) (retired), Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, college: Kent St.) (Oberwart Gunners)
Arrived: Mike Hall (Bringham Youngs/CBA), Samuel Knabl (UBSC Graz), Jesse Seilern und Aspan (Innsbruck), Jovan Torbica (Korac/SRB), Romed Vieider (Innsbruck)

Coach: Michael Schrittwieser
Ass Coach: Midhat Kamenica


WBC Kraftwerk Wels 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Woschank


Pargfrieder


Davis


Prince


Palmer

WBC Kraftwerk Wels 2007/08

4 Armin Woschank (184-G-82)
5 Thomas Csebits (187-G-89)
6 Markus Pargfrieder (194-F-78) (cap)
7 Igor Mamic (178-G-83)

8 Pavel Burianek (203-C-72)

9 Casey Archibald (193-G-84)

10 Patrick Diensthuber (194-F-91)
11 Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76)
12 Kendrick Davis (193-G-84)
13
Flagan Prince (202-F-78)

14 Richard Anderson (199-F-77)

15 Elijah Palmer (201-F-81)

Left: Curtis Bobb (196-G/F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Utah St.) (Rosalia/ESP), Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Minnesota) (Luxembourg), Hrvoje Henjak (214-C-78) (Panorama/GRE), Roderick Platt (205-C-75, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola, MD) (Prag/CZE), Ass. Coach John Griffin (Head Coach in Heffingen/LUX)
Arrived: Casey Archibald (British Columbia/CAN), Thomas Csebits (Kapfenberg), Kendrick Davis (North Texas/NCAA), Elijah Palmer (Brussels/BEL), Ass. Coach John Dieckelman (Dornbirn)

Coach: Raoul Korner
Ass. Coach: John Dieckelman



kelag Worthersee Piraten 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Buggelsheim


Husanovic


Creddle


Kuttnig


Breithuber

kelag Worthersee Piraten

4 Martin Breithuber (184-G-88)
5 Selmir Husanovic (200-F-78)
6 Marko Breithuber (183-G-85)
7 Bernhard Weber (202-C-87)
8 Andreas Kuttnig (192-F-82)

9 Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90)
10 Joachim Buggelsheim (193-F-75) (cap)
11 Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78)
12 Sebastian Schaal (187-G-90)
13 Melvin Creddle (186-G-82)

14 Maximilian Kunovjanek (200-F-87)
15 Mark Dawson (206-C)
16 Edgar Allesch
17 Bernhard Duller
18 Michael Munzer

Left: Kris Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Widener) (Walbrzych/POL), Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) (unknown)
Arrived: Mark Dawson (Long Beach/NCAA), Melvin Creddle (Vermont/ABA)

Coach: Emir Osmanovic
Ass. Coach: Joachim Buggelsheim



Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 2007/08 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Vickery


Geisler


Lamesic


Rhynes


Bokanovic

Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions

4 Joey Vickery (180-G-67)
5
David Geisler (185-G-80) (cap)
6 Tobias Stadelmann (178-G-88)
7 Davor Lamesic (205-F-83)
8 Maximilian Graf (191-F-88)
9 Benedikt Danek (174-G-86)
10 Dmitri Paliashchuk (196-G/F-85)
11 Eric Schranz (206-C-90)
12 Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87)
13 Nemanja Bjelica,
14 Spencer Rhynes (196-G/F-74)
15
Kristijan Bokanovic (200-F-84)

16 Patrick Csar (205-C-90)

Left: Mike English (193-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mo.-Kansas City), Roman Fenzal (180-G-87) Viachaslau Skidan (206-C-85), Stjepan Stazic (198-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency), Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-G-88, agency: Interperformances) - all unknown
Arrived: Spencer Rhynes (Basket Clubs Vienna), Eric Schranz (VIVA 49ers Mattersburg)

Coach: Andrea Maghelli
Ass. Coach: Zoran Kostic



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BARBADOS

Under 21: Cavs beat Senators despite Holder's 30 -by Justin Marville
The Senators are making habit of wasting Andre Holder's big games.

Despite getting a game high 30 points from the dominant 6'8” forward/centre, the Colombian Emeralds International Senators (3-2) lost their second successive game in the Barbados Light and Power under-21 tournament, falling to the Station Hill Cavaliers 87-81 at the Barbados Community College on Sunday.

This latest defeat comes on the heels of a heartbreaking 78-75 loss against the league leading Bulls (4-0) in Clapham on Friday in which Holder poured in 29 points, leaving the Senators' coaching staff to wonder about the contributions from the rest of the Rockley side.

They would actually get those offensive contributions early in the first quarter in the form of Andre Freeman, as the Senators swingman caused problems for the Cavs defence by attacking the paint from the right wing, forming a formidable inside-outside duo with Holder.

The pair wreaked havoc on Station Hill's interior, combining for 15 first quarter points but they would only find themselves trading baskets with the defending champs in the period as their half court defence was found wanting at the other end.

Led by small forward Corey Howard's penetration from the wing and sharp outside shooting from Ricardo Yearwood and Stefan Clarke, the Cavaliers (4-1) showed off their well balanced offensive that has been their trademark this tournament, keeping pace with their opponents in the first quarter and locking the scores at 21 to end the period.

It would be their defence that would be their Achilles heel in the first half though as Holder continued to score at will in the low blocks, sparking the Senators on a 12-2 run to open up a double digit lead at the start of the second quarter despite Station Hill finding ways to keep Freeman out of the lane.

The Cavs' offence would also suffer a major blow, with Clarke forced to sit out the entire period in foul trouble after picking up his third foul late in the previous quarter. But Station Hill's offence has never been reliant on one man and when the Cavaliers appeared stagnant on the offensive end athletic guard/forward Darren Hunte rose to the occasion.

Hunte was everywhere on the court, hustling for loose balls, grabbing offensive rebounds and getting out in transition for lay-ups in the open court to give the previously listless defending champs a much needed boost energetically.

The Senators didn't help their cause any at either end of the court late in the second, watching their double digit advantage dissipate to just four points, 43-39, at the end of the half by failing to clear the defensive glass and keeping the ball out of Holder's hands far too long on offence by settling for too many perimeter jumpers.

With the momentum clearly in the favour the Cavs took their first lead since the first quarter by scoring nine unanswered points to start the third quarter, seven of which came from Clarke, as the long stay on the bench did nothing to phase the Station Hill forward offensively.

Howard too would get in on the act, getting to the rack at will against a lacklustre defensive effort from the Senators as the Cavaliers threatened to run away with the game, stretching their advantage to eight points late in the third.

But Holder would ensure that his side would stay within reach of the Cavs, adding a further eight points in the period to his first half tally of 15 and with Clarke returning to the bench with four fouls close to the end of the quarter the Senators managed to reduce the deficit to three, 63-58, heading into the fourth.

It wouldn't be enough to prevent Station Hill from securing a victory in the ensuing period however as Howard picked up the slack with his front court mate watching from the side. Howard continued to find his way to the front of the ring, pouring in seven quick points early in the quarter to restore the Cavs' double digit lead while the Senators failed to get Holder enough touches to start the period.

The Cavaliers blew open an 82-69 lead with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter despite Holder scoring a further seven points in the period prompting coach Adrian Craigwell to play his reserves in garbage time.

This move with so much time on the clock nearly back fired as the Senators got within four points of the Cavs inside a minute to play by applying full court pressure on defence to force turnovers which Freeman converted into points at the other end. But the deficit would prove to be too much to overcome as this late rally from the Senators merely made the score-line look respectable.

Howard led Station Hill with a team high 19 points, Hunte finished with 16, Harewood added a further 13 while Clarke and Jamai Puckerin both chipped in with 12 points apiece. Freeman's 22 points was the only other double digit contribution for the Senators outside of Holder's 30.


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BELGIUM

Division II Results - Regular Season (Round 3) -by Bertrand Larsimont

CEP Fleurus vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 87-52
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 15-21, 43-36, 67-46 and 87-52.
Fleurus: A. Bastianini 2; N. Tsasa 7; J. Vanesse 22; S. Tison 6; B. Penninck 10; S. Moris 12; A. Jadin 18; T. Rosewicz 8; L. Pourtoit 2.
Willebroek: K. Roelandts 19; R. Leclercqs 7; J. Casteels 7; P. Lauwerijs 8; P. Loridon 7; D. D'Haens 4.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 50-70
Box score not available.

BBC Boom vs. Falco Ghent 80-75
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 20-26, 35-37, 59-54 and 80-75.
Boom: K. Van Wert 7; S. Salden 6; P. Bayer 15; Y. Lambreghts 31; R. Kitieu 11; D. Van den Brande 4; T. Van den Eynde 6.
Falco: S. Dhondt 11; O. Foucart 12; T. Foucart 3; J. De Schepper 16; J. Van de Vondel 18; J. Selhorst 5; M. Seghers 6; M. Brysse 4.

Power Liefmans Wevelgem vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 85-63
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 25-21, 37-32, 56-51 and 85-63.
Wevelgem: J. Vandenberghe 9; T. Van de Keere 20; S. Robeyst 19; S. Naudts 7; B. Tooms 11; A. Flanders 17; B. Guillemyn 5.
Sint-Truiden: J. Van Hoecke 7; D. Souveryns 21; Z. Thoelen 2; P. Pipeleers 14; D. Willegems 1; H. Baert 10; P. Van Hoecke 2; K. Kuppens 6.

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. BC Ninane 66-74
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 16-31, 35-44, 45-58 and 66-74.
Zwevezele: B. Bobb 11; J. Bourdeaux 18; K. Desloovere 6; Y. Lombart 2; A. Tandt 11; B. Van Hulle 18.
Ninane: L. Lhote 16; D. Offermann 5; R. Delhaes 7; J. Vanbergen 4; F. Delsaute 14; M. Hawley 10; B. Brkic 7; S. Muric 11.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. BS Waregem: to be played on 2007-11-01


Interview of Lions' Manager Jacques Ledure: enthusiasm, solidarity and pride after the Additional Qualifying Round -by Bertrand Larsimont

Find here an interview of Jacques Ledure, the Manager of the Belgian Lions (the Belgian national team). Belgium had an excellent Additional Qualifying Round but did not qualify for the European Championship in Spain which will be held in early September. With 5 wins and 1 loss, the Lions finsihed second in Group C, just behind Israel. The Israeli NT qualified for the Euro 2007 Additional Qualifying Tournament in Menorca thanks to a large 19-point victory over Belgium in Tel Aviv.

Here is what Jacques Ledure told Eurobasket after the nice campaign of the Belgian NT:

Eurobasket (EB): What would you answer to some observers who criticized your choice of going to Dallas, Texas for the preparation of the Lions (you had already gone with the national team in Orlando, Florida a few years ago)? What lesson can you draw from this experience and what would you change in future preparations?

Jacques Ledure (J.L.): Besides Eddy Casteels and Jacques Stas , I've probably been one of the few people to believe in the purpose of going to Dallas. The aim was to give a necessary kick to the group and therefore get away from the kind of moroseness which has prevailed around the national team for several years. This investment turned out to be fruitful thanks to the enthusiasm generated among the whole group (players and staff) as well as the very professional environment of the Mavs.
The experience taught us several things in many ways: gaining better knowledge of the men, continuously keeping up with the players during a rather long period, preparing in a more valuable and progressive way (nobody was injured during the whole campaign), creating a team spirit and being proud to be there.
I wouldn't change many things in the future even if it won't be possible to fly to Dallas each year. In any case, I'll find something similar (at least, if I'm asked to go on with national team's management, what I'd pursue with pleasure).

EB: Ralph Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St., Belgian passport) was announced in the group before the campaign. On one hand, Axel Hervelle was an example and a real leader for the group. On the other hand, Ralph Biggs never showed up. What happened and do you think that, with him and the presence of other players with international experience such as Tomas Van den Spiegel (214-C-78), Didier Mbenga (214-C-80) or Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79), the Lions could have avoided the 19-point defeat in Israel and gone further?

J.L.: Certainly! In fact, we've been missing two players: a strong center like Didier Mbenga and a shooter like Dimitri Lauwers, Ralph Biggs or Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena). I think that with these two players, showing the same spirit as the others, we would have had big chances to go to the Eurobasket 2007.
As far as Ralph Biggs is concerned, I suspect some regrettable influence from his manager when he had to decide on his participation.

EB: What will you particularly remember about this campaign? First, something positive? Then, a negative point (if there was any)?

J.L.: Something positive: the sporting success and the always growing interest from the attendance (respectively 2200, 3000 and 5000 cheering spectators for all three official home games). Something negative: too many good-level players still not motivated enough to play for the national team.

EB: What do you think about the situation of four Belgian Lions still looking for a job? This reflects the problem of our national competition where there is almost no more limit as far as allowed foreign players in Division I are concerned, not leaving any place for the best Belgian players.

J.L.: You're right! In the past, you were going to the national team because you belonged to the best players in clubs. Nowadays, some good-level players are coming for being in good conditions in order to find a club. It's just the other way round.
I've made the following proposition: I'd like to see a Division I club for which only Belgian players who have great potential would play. The club could possibly be strenghtened by no more than two young foreign players.

EB: How does the Belgian Lions' staff see the future of the group and what are the next objectives for the Lions?

J.L .: The staff sees the future by continuing in this year's direction and add some new young players having the same motivation to the group (we don't want to bow to the ground in front of recalcitrants anymore).
The objective is to approach or play for a qualifying spot to the Eurobaskt 2009 after having reinstated Didier Mbenga and Dimitri Lauwers. If this does not work out well in 2009, it has to be a success in 2011.

EB: Three words to summarize the last campaign?

J.L.: Enthusiasm, solidarity and pride.


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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

Bad Boys Complete Sweep of Young Legs -by David Edole

By Dean Greenaway

The Bad Boys avenged last year's sweep by turning returning the favor to oust defending champions Young Legs from the BVI Basketball Federation senior division playoff series, with a thrilling 81-80, Friday night victory at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

Bad Boys jumped out to a 45-29 halftime lead over Young Legs who were seeking their third ring. Young Legs used a 29-19 third quarter run to pull within 64-58 at the end of the period. They also outscored the Bad Boys, 23-18 in the fourth quarter that had five lead changes. Young Legs had a chance to win with 2.3 seconds left, when leading scorer Kennedy Bass missed a lay up.

“It was a good feeling because for the past few years, they swept us out of the playoffs and I felt we just had to give them back the favor,” said Dalvern Blyden who had 11 points, nine rebounds and dished out six assists. “Knocking them out, that was a really good feeling.”

Chaurbin Smith burnt the nets for a game high 27 points and five steals. Nathaniel Malone added 13 points and Ricardo Farrington 11. Bass, who had been sidelined with injuries, suited up to top score with 25 points, 11 rebounds and grab five steals. Jevaughn Cameron and Trevon Lewis followed up with 13 points a piece.

“We were a banged up team and they gave it their all,” Young Legs' coach Brian “Bash” Brewley said. “They played hard but just ended with the short end of the stick.”

In the intermediate division, Ghetto Mix advanced to meet the Run It Red/Da Boys winner, with a 64-50, victory over Against Da Odds on Saturday night for their second straight victory after leading 31-27 at halftime. Ghetto Mix had and 87-80 victory over Against Da Odds on Friday night.

David Susana and McKenzie Baltimore paced Ghetto Mix with 14 points a piece. Susana had 11 rebounds and five assists, while Baltimore pulled six rebounds. Leando Creque followed up with 11 points and 12 boards, while Nigel Williams added another 10 points. Trevor Searles snatched 13 rebounds to go with his four points and five blocks.

Angel Brown was Against Da Odds' top scorer with 12 points and five rebounds. Vaughn Bassue narrowly missed a double double with 11 points and nine rebounds. He also had four assists. David Barronville snatched 12 rebounds to go with his four points.

Da Boys pulled out an 83-74, triumph over Run It Red to even their intermediate division series at 1-1. Sean Woods led Da Boys with 23 points. Gerrard Vanterpool tossed in 21 points and 10 rebounds. Clint Weston had 14 points and 14 boards before fouling out with 4 minutes and 30 seconds left. Winston Farrington scored 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter. He also had 10 rebounds. Jamal Todman was Run It Red's top scorer with 23 points and four steals. Reynaldo Smith added another 18 points to the tally.



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COLOMBIA

Federation Cup, September 21 results -by Victor Garcia
Arrieros 82 - Norbey Aragon 35 pts, Jorge Leon 17 pts.
Soles 73
Good teams plays good defense, that is the true and Arrieros prove it in this Federation Cup, Soles arrived to Medellin trying to steal a game, but was not the first , Norbey Aragon and Jorge Leon, in the fastbreak and from the perimeter leaded Arrieros to this victory.
Anton Kerley played good defense over Curtis Williams but Arrieros pressure forced many turnovers of Soles, and each time Arrieros had points in the fast break, Lever fight to keep Soles alive on the game, but each time the Soles cut the distance, Arrieros waked up and keep the game under control.

Bucaros 106
Soles 74

Not to much to say, Bucaros won easily, using its backup players, this Condores are maybe the weakest team in the Federation Cup history.

Alcaldia de Tunja 77
Piratas 109

Piratas won as visitor, a very important victory for Guillermo Moreno´s team in the road to the Semifinals, Alcaldia de Tunja played maybe its worst game at home


Bucaros wants Kevin Freeman to replace Terrell -by Victor Garcia
Jamil Terrell did not filled the expectations of Bucaros coaching staff, and the team thinking on the semifinals is trying to agree with Kevin Freeman, Freeman played last LPB in Venezuela with Cocodrilos averaging close to 17 PPG.Kevin Freeman (201-F-78, college: Connecticut)

Federation Cup, September 22 results -by Victor Garcia
Arrieros 82 - Curtis Williams 19 pts, Norbey Aragon 17 pts
Soles 68 - Anton Kerley 15 pts
Arrieros won its third game against soles, Curtis Williams took revenge of the former game and leaded the team with 19 pts, Aragon had another solid night with 17 pts, Soles´Anton Kerley had 15 pts, but no other player of the Soles had enough production.

Bucaros 133
Condores 67
This game was another practice for Bucaros, 66 points of distance says everything about the game, juts one team on the court.

Alcaldia de Tunja 87
Piratas 77
Alcaldia de Tunja defeated Piratas in its second game at home, for Piratas this is a very bad result, since still have to face Bucaros and Arrieros and Indervalle is juts two points behind and with its game against Condores coming.
It was just the third victory of Alcaldia at is home in Tunja.


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CUBA

TNA results. -by Alessandro Fontana
These are the results of TNA on 22th September:
Guantanamo- La sTunas= 103-91
Holguin- Santiago de Cuba= 83-81
Ciego de Avila- Sancti Spiritus= 89-54
Cienfuegos- Camaguey= 51-103
Capitalinos- Pinar= 99-68
Matanzas- Metropolitanos= the game was not played due to the rain and the infiltration of water in the Aurelio Janet Coliseum.
A. Fontana


Cuban Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) reached the Semifinals of Copa Argentina 2007. His team Obras won against Argentinos 84-77. For Lazaro Borrell 12 points (2/2 FT 5/8 2pts) and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. The teams who will play the Semifinals are: Obras, Penarol, Quisma and Regatas.

In Uruguay, Richard Matienzo (202-F/C-69, college: Miami Dade CC) scored 4 points and his team Atenas was defeated by Aguada 60-59 in the 4th game of the LUB 2007. Atenas has now a 2-2 standings. Next game for Richard Matienzo will be on Tuesday 25th September against Soriano.
A. Fontana


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D-LEAGUE

Coco Cofield Among Six Hopefuls Invited to 2007 D-League Draft -by Surujh Roopnarine
Coco Cofield (6'1''-G-81, college: N.Dakota St.), a veteran of the US minor league circuit was one of six players named to the “Miller Lite 6-Pack.” The "6-Pack" are six of the final 30 players from the Miller Lite Go-Pro Challenge who attended the D-League Pre-Draft Camp over two days in July. These six individuals will be invited to the 2007 NBA Development League Draft on Thursday, Nov. 1 with a chance to be selected by one of the 14 D-League franchises for this upcoming season.
Notable players who did not hear their name called included former NBA draft pick Melvin Levett, Texas Tycoon (ABA) standout Brandon Lee and All-ACC Tournament 2nd Team Selection (2006), Louis Hinnant of Boston College.

The "Milller Lite 6-Pack"
Coco Cofield
Ramon Dyer (6'7''-F-84)
Forrest Fisher
Bayete Gordon
Fred Robinson (6'2''-G)
Marcus Saunders (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Texas-PB)


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DOMINICAN REP.

Dominicans In LEB- 1st week completed! -by Ozell Wells
In Spain, the first weekend of action came to a thrilling close and 4 of our fellow Dominicans were in play last night. Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 17 pts & grabbed 6 rebounds & teammate Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) 10 points & 6 rebounds, but it was not enough as Sabadell lost to Vic 53-60. For Vic, Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) was the difference maker in the game with 13 pts and 11 rebs, shooting a blistering 6 of 7 from the floor for 86% shooting!
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) had a victory in his first weekend of action as Caceres defeated Palencia 74-73. Kelvin notched 11 pts in the last second victory.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Peter Cipriano came to Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Kouvot (Kouvola) and Team Componenta (Karkkila) have signed more height to their rosters. American F-C Peter Cipriano (206-F-83, college: Southern) arrived last Saturday to Finland and Kouvola, American F Nick Wallery (201-F, college: Albany St.) has already played a few practce games on TC roster. Wallery has played earlier in the WBA and in Argentina, Cipriano played last season in Germany (GER-1. Bundesliga) averaging 6,5 ppg - 5,9 rpg in 34 contests.

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FRANCE

NM1: The point after Day 03 -by Chris Spiesser
The three first NM1 days have yet been played. The results are already revealing some interesting trends. Three teams remain underfeated, among them the two ambitious promoted: Boulogne and Blois. 6 teams grabbed two victories and 6 others, only one. And finally the tree lasts are still looking for a first victory.

Undefeated: Antibes, Blois, Boulogne
The azureans, with their long history, don't want to get stuck in NM1. Their strong roster appears with an inflexible defense (55.33papg) and the names of defeated teams (Fos, GET, Angers) reveal that Mollinari (17.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, 4.0apg) and Co already found the good chemistry.
The two promoted have also taken a bright star and confirmed their ambitions. Blois scores 84.0ppg with a three headed punch: Blot, Brazil, Orr who scores 61,3ppg, grabs 16rpg, steals 6.7 balls and dishes 8.6 assists.
Boulogne is also in buisness. The "maritims" who welcomed Momo Kante in the paint have a 51% accuracy figure and 6 players
above 11 evaluation points (Sylla, Pierre-Joseph, Kante, Szymkowiak, Sahraoui and Miller).

They are starting well: , Angers, Challans, Charleville, Fos, GET Vosges, Lievin
Not many surprises here, for some of those teams their single loss is already a disillusion. Fos lost its opening game @ Antibes but grabbed two strong wins vs Bordeaux and @ Charleville. Babou Cisse suffered against Mollinari but found the good rythm since (12.3ppg, 4.7apg). Toto (17.3ppg 64%, 5.0rpg, 3.7apg) and Wallace (15.3ppg 65%, 8.7rpg) are in the best conitions to
accomplish a tremendous year.
Charleville had a nice start but we've seen that Fos grabbed the two points in the Ardennes. If the frenchmen are quite satisfying the foreigners are suffering. Epperson (8.3ppg 32%, 4.7rpg) is ways under the expactations and Bjegovic is unexistant (1.7ppg 20%, 1.7apg).
Angers had also to face Antibes's jaws but did the job @ Lievin and vs Andrezieux. If Michael Doles assumes his scoring leadership (17.0ppg 50%, 5.0rpg), the rest of the teams will have to raise its offensive level. The accuracy figures are skinny (43% in global, 52% at the FTs), the rebounding sector reveals only 23 boards per game.
The GET Vosges ranks also among Antibes's victims but with 40 points allowed to Andrezieux and a serious win in Bordeaux, the vosgians are in their end 2006/2007 footprints. Especially as Cransac and Thevenon are expected soon at a better level. For the moment the two combo-guards only totalize 4.0 and 6.0 ranking points. The assist/TO rating is also to be improved as it is negative by 4.3.
Challans still ranks in the first part but did not meet any team from the first part. Marc Judith has a tremendous start (13.3ppg 53%, 5.3rpg, 2.7spg, 3.3apg), Boutry, Correa and Dora have also nice figures but the reds loose round 20 balls per game.
Lievin starts well also. No surprising victory nevertheless but a unhabitual solidity (+13 vs Longwy, +15 @ Andrezieux). Anthony Jackson made the figure of the season start: 20pts, 23rbs vs Longwy. The paint looks strong with Jackson associated to Cilly who also grabs round 10 boards per game.

Already under pressure: Bordeaux, Feurs, Lille, Longwy, St-Chamond, Toulouges
This is especially true for some teams that are not used to have a negative balance like Bordeaux, Lille or St-chamond. St-Chamond erased its initial loss in Boulogne by defeating Challans but lost last week in Longwy. Russel isn't the go-to-guy yet (8.7ppg 43%, 6.3rpg) and Massenya plus M'Baye are injured. A situation that weakens the inside sector.
Lille couldn't contain Charleville and Blois and had to wait its third game to grab an expected victory against the CFBB. Accuracy is a huge problem as only three players are above 40% over the first games. On the other side Taccoen and Kere's productions are really interresting with respectively 13.7ppg (55%), 8.0rpg and 10.0ppg (53%), 7.0rpg.
Bordeaux didn't confirm its initial victory vs Mulhouse. But with Fos and GET, the menu was heavy. The team grabs its energy from its 9 men rotation (all evaluated between 4.3 and 14.7) but Owona and Kent count for 37% of the total evaluation. With Preira and Diop shooting under 40% and 16.7 turnovers, coach Davis knows what to work.
Feurs totalizes a single win @ CFBB but had also difficult games against Challans and Boulogne. Three main problems for coach Sorrentino: with only 5 players above 4.0 ranking points, the rotation is too short. Moreover, Soderberg hasn't the same impact than the injured Aultman (9.0ppg, 5.0rpg) and the team can't reach an average of 25 boards per game. Hopefully, Herve Jalce is in a wonderfull shape (20.0ppg 56%, 5.3rpg) and he is nicely seconded by Trobo and Gourgeon.
Toulouges follows the same scheme with a single win against CFBB. If the menu was also heavy, the losses were huge: -24 @ Blois and -20 @ Boulogne. For the moment Altier and N'Sima are injured what leads to a skinny rotation in the paint despite Nelson's efforts (13.7ppg 59%, 6.0rbs).
Longwy started with two losses on the road (Challans, Lievin) but grabbed a short win last Saturday against St-Chamond. Two big problems can be underlined: a 39.7% accuracy and 18.33 turnovers per game. Coombs had some nice games but the rotation is too short as Lopes and Atinkpahoun bring only a total of 2.3evaluation points.

Still chasing a winning game: Andrezieux, CFBB, Mulhouse
For the two first nominated it is not quite a surprise. But who could think that the mulhousians would start this year with three defeats.
The Alsatians got kicked by Bordeaux for the opener (-24), then Charleville won by 16 at the palais des Sports and finally last Saturday, Blois had already a 15pts advantage at halftime. Enough for the staff who called Sandjay Adell back to Mulhouse. The team was really missing a scoring leader. Brandon Crone will be released as he never confirmed his CV (7.7ppg 31%). Yet, only the inside sector can be ranked in the team "pros": 23.4ppg, 14.4rpg but 7.6topg for the duo N'Dour-Kaczmarow. The assist/TO ratio is desperate (-6.7) as well as the accuracy (39%) and the 79.33papg (18th).
Not the same surprise for Andrezieux but the same urgency in the situation. The problem is located in the offensive sector. With only 55.6ppg (40-59 at home vs GET!) and nobody over 1.7apg, the third (!) NM1 team from the Loire will have to react soon to avoid a very difficult season. Here also, the staff is looking for a new player, in the inside sector.
The CFBB launched its (very) new generation in the NM1 jungle. Two difficult games to get initiated (-20 vs Feurs, -17 @ Toulouges) but some progresses have been seen against Lille (66-73). The good surprise is Alexis Tanghe's performance (14.7ppg 62%, 8.0rpg), Malela Mutuale is also showing good things (6.7ppg 30%, 2.7rpg, 3.0to, 4.0apg). But the team will have to find a scorer, for the moment Christophe Leonard is not at his best (9.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.5to).


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FYR MACEDONIA

Mavrovo qualifies for the final eight of the Cup -by Todor Chalovski
Mavrovo from Gostivar is the last qualifier for the final eigrh tournametn od the Macedonian national Cup. Mavrovo beat Droga Kolinska Negotino from Second Division on aggregate to reach top 8 of the National Cup.

Droga Kolinska won at home 83:72, to set up a thrilling game in Gostivar. But, Mavroto eventually won the game 90:63, and booked their ticket to the final tournament.

MАVRОVО - DRОGА KОLINSKА 90:63
Result by quarters: 24:16; 23:17; 20:19; 23:11.

MАVRОVО: Iljаzi 2, Gjurоski, Оsmаn, Gjоrgjеski, Gеgоski 8, Sеkicki 22, Аndriеski 18, Mоmirоski 10, Јаnеski 28, Pејаkоvic 2.

DRОGА KОLINSKА: Јаnkulоv 4, Rizоv 4, Bеbеdzаkоv 7, Pаnеv 15, Gеоrgiеv, Kаmchеv, Ilоv, Mihајlоv 16, Sаpundziеv 2, Nikоlоv 2, Stаnisic, Ristоv 13.

DRОGА KОLINSKА - MАVRОVО 83:72
Result by quarters: 20:10; 17:19; 19:25; 28:18.

DRОGА KОLINSKА: Zlаtеvski, Rizоv 3, Bеbеdzаkоv 5, Pаnеv 13, Gеоrgiеv 1, Kоlеv, Ilоv 10, Mihајlоv 24, Sаpundziеv 10, Nikоlоv, Stаnisic, Ristоv 17.

MАVRОVО: Iljаzi 2, Sеkicki 18, Gjurоski, Gеgоski 8, Gjоrgjеski, Аndriеski 6, Mоmirоski 24, Јаnеski 26.

The final tournament will be prlaed from March 13th to 16th 2008. The teams of: Strumica, Fersped Rabotnicki, Vardar Osiguruvanje, Swisslion Pelister, MZT Skopje, Feni Industri and Amak SP are pre qualified.


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GREECE

Hellenic Cup - Second Phase. -by Chris Mammides

The second phase of the Hellenic cup took place this weekend. Some of the games were amazing, it is most certain that both the leagues (A2 and B') this season will be much better than the previous seasons. The level of the competition will be quite high and the basketball fans allover the Hellenic region, will really enjoying themselves.
In regards to the second phase of the cup, they were 6/8 away victories with most dramatic being the one in Trikala and in Doukas home court, where Xanthi needed 10 extra minutes (2 overtime sessions) in order to beat Doukas. Top scorer in this phase was Arsenis of Doukas but his 27 points couldn't help his team, Doukas, against Xanthi. The results and the scorers were the following:

Trikala 2000 - Ilysiakos 76-78
Quarters: 11-19, 36-29, 51-51, 76-78
Trikala 2000 (Tzimas): Lepeniotis 9, Siakas 6, Foros 6, Balafas 3, Bogdanos 2, Kaklamanos 23, Jeremic-Sagias 2, Harismidis 7, Fountas 15, Papavasileiou 3.
Ilysiakos (Daglas): Athanasopoulos 9, Kombodietas 16, Gajic 6, Papanikolaou 15, Kahrimanovic 3, Tsarouhas 8 (1), Bogris 1, Papadopoulos 6, Koutroulias 14.

Amyntas - Ermis Lagkada 71-67
Quarters: 18-11, 32-30, 51-45, 71-67
Amyntas (Vlahos): Zoupas 21, Barbas 8, Samothrakis 8, Boutros 3, Grammatikos, Korizis 8, Dorkofikis 5, Vogiatzis 11, Christofakis, Moumouris 7.
Ermis Lagkada (Karadimos): Moshopoulos. Troulialis 7, Kostelidis, Paritsis 3, Bellos 2, Papakonstantinou 22 (3), Vourlitis 5, Dimitriadis, Danielidis, Gamouras 4, Lefkaditis 2, Siolios 11
Alimos - Pagrati 63-70
Quarters: 11-14, 21-33, 39-50, 63-70
Alimos (Panoulias): Moutoupas, Koutsoukos 6, Thomas 3, Anthis 13, Kalatzis 4, Bourousis, Drinas, Tsolakis 5, Daliotis, Yfantis 15, Kallimanas 10, Tzougarakis 7.
Pagrati (Lykogiannis): Tsolatos 9, Liakopoulos 15, Gitzogiannis 6, Koukas 14, Voulgaris, Kourtis 13, Tzialas, Maheras 4, Varyupatis 9 (1).

Panorama - Peristeri 74-84
Quarters: 14-20, 34-37, 56-55, 74-84
Panorama (Takianos): Behlivanis 5, Panaras 19, Falekas 4, Houbavlis, Panagiotopoulos 14, Orfanos 6, Kakaroudis 9, Giasmas 3, Henjak 14.
Peristeri (Manouselis): Mantzanas 10 (1), Moshovitis 14, Mantzaris 7, Kokkalis 5, V. Mantzaris 3, Cuk 7, Margaritis 8, Deligiannis 2, Buci 19, Tribanski 5, kotinis 4.

KAOD - Lavrio 64-65
Quarters: 14-16, 37-38, 54-50, 64-65
KAOD (Grigoriadis): Bourdanos 8, Papadopoulos 11, Kiosses, Filiousis 10, Michaelidis 5, Maslarinos 15, koukouravas 5, Daliaris 5.
Lavrio (Serelis): Trikaliotis 6, Rallis 11, Kousoulas 8, Aiviziotis 3, Agapitos 7, Notsis 10, Psileas 20.

Anagennisis/Floga - Panerythraikos 66-74
Quarters: 20-16, 33-34, 47-58, 66-74.
Anagennisis/Floga (Touloumis): Triftanidis, Rozolis 2, Moisiadis 10, Galanidis 8, Touloumis 1, Sidiropoulos 3, Pittakas 2, Zarogiannis 14, Spiropoulos 14, Pallis 10, Tsakaleris 2.
Panerythraikos (Houhoulis): Kontoudis 4, Manoljovic 15, Georgaros 12, Skoutaris 3 (1), Skouzis 1, Hompson 19, Tsotsos 9, Doumanis 11 (2).

Doukas - Xanthi 97-101
Quarters: 22-19, 41-36, 57-58, 76-76 , 86-86 (1st OT'), 97-101 (2nd OT)
Doukas (Linoxilakis) Tsohlas 16, Karagiannis 2, Papaioannou, Mantzioris 24, Petrakis 7, Arsenis 27, Koutsouvas, Ahis, Kouvaris 2, Kritsalos 19 (2).
Xanthi (Zafiroudis): Moulakis 24, Frousklias, Kefalas 2, Stefanidis 18 (2), Nikoloudis 7, Seferidis 19, Koutsogiannis 3, Voivatopoulos, Skara 12, Loupos 6.

Near East - Ikaros Kallitheas 72-61
Quarters: 19-16, 35-39, 53-51, 72-61
Near East (Karnesis): Nikou 10, Fasoulopoulos, Michalos 22, Karabas 4, Lykogiannis 4, Papoulidis 15, Gavanopoulos 9, Sizopoulos 4, Stamatis 4.
Ikaros Kallitheas (Haritatos): Tsopokis 5, Martzos 4, Emmanouilidis 6, Rallatos, Georgiou 15, Katranas 5, Karastamatis 5, Evangelitsis 4, Agelopoulos, Krasopoulos, Delichristos 6, Katoufas 11, Koukouras.

The third phase will take place on Tuesday. The pairs are:

Ilysiakos - Maroussi
Lavrio - Xanthi
Peristeri - Egaleo
Near East - Kolossos
Amynstas - AGOR
Olympiada Patras - Olympia Larissas
AEL 1964- AEK
Pagrati - Panerythraikos



Market news -by Chris Mammides

A1
Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) agreed terms with Panionios Forthnet Athens. The team of Minas Gekos is now having a front line of very experienced and very good players and will be defienetely a strong competitor for all the teams, especially in its home court.
AO Kolossos Rodou and Head Coach Vangelis Alexandris decided that Tony Bland (196-G-80, college: San Diego St.) is not the player they were looking for so they allready begun to look for a new American guard.

Olympiakos will loose Panagiotis Kafkis (195-G-80) as the newcomer guard is in the injury list and will be off the courts for at least one month. It is worth mentioning that Panagiotis Kafkis is the third player after Seibuti and Schortsianitis (different reason) who are currently missing the training period. Furthermore, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) is very close to sign with Gershon's reds and Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) will be probably playing only in the Euroleague games or even dismissed as there are strong rumors about signing the Brazilian center (with spanish Passport) Anderson Varejao (205-C-82). Anderson Varejao is very well known in the Greek fans after the "proffessional" elbowing to Zisis face in the World league last year in the gaem between the Brazilian Nt and the Hellenic NT

Olimpiada Patras agreed terms with Georgios Passalidis (200-G-87)


A2

Iraklis Thessaloniki agreed terms with Dimitros Apostolopoulos (188-G-78)




Panellinios made the surprise: Sklavos at Kipseli -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Panellinios may have recently announced that Georgios Apostolidis (199-G-84, agency: FCM) would be its last transfer movement for the following season, however it surprised all the Greek basketball fans tonight since it announced that Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) agreed and signed his one-year contact with the team from Kipseli. Vangelis Sklavos returns to the Greek championship after his successful two years' playing at Spain and Russia respectively, and this transfer certainly strengthens Panellinios a lot at its front line, next to Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans), Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), N' Diaye and Pantelis Papaioakim (206-C/F-75)

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HOLLAND

PromotieDivisie Scores: Week 2 -by Terry Cooper

Week 2 in the 'Promoite' was a bit easy for some teams while a bit of a struggle for others. Although the season is quite early, most clubs are establishing themselves as a potential powerclub and making statements. MSV won at home against MyGuide2 78-62 while EBBC held on in the final minutes to defeat a pretty good Cangeroes team 71-60. Emmen Eagles came from behind to beat BS Leiden 86-83 which I must say was an exciting game and very well played by both teams. Punch Delft is starting the season strong with a road win over the Pigeons 92-84 while Landstede cruised over the Orca's 94-64. Initial High Five got things back to normal by beating newcomers BV Rooi 76-50 which are plagued with injuries early in the season. Finally De Groene Uilen wins a close one on the road against VBC Akrides 53-52 to get over the hump early in the season. It's a long road to ride to the final four (Hopefully the first and much needed final 8 playoff) however, the early you get prepared, the better. Well see what happens.

Week 2 Scores:

LANDSTEDE - KEUKEN3000 ORCA'S 94-64
CANGEROES - EBBC 60 -71
AKRIDES - DE GROENE UILEN 52-53
INITIAL HIGH FIVE - BV ROOI 76-50
MSV - MYGUIDE 78-62
PIGEONS - PUNCH 84-92
ZZ LEIDEN - EMMEN EAGLES 83-86



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IBL

Seattle Mountaineer Terrence Woodyard Signs Overseas Contract -by Trask Frost
Seattle, WA—Terrence Woodyard (6'9''-F/G, college: W.Carolina) (6'9''-F/G, college: W.Carolina), the Seattle Mountaineers 6'9” reserve forward, has signed a contract with DMU Leicester City Riders of the British Basketball League, Premier Division. “Terrence is a multi-talented player who can play all five positions on the court. We are happy that another Mountaineer has signed a professional contract.” stated Mountaineer Coach Don Sims. Woodyard is the sixth Mountaineer to sign an overseas contract this year.

PRO HOOPS TEAM TO CALL LANGELY HOME -by John Gary
courtesy OURSPORTSCENTRAL.com Six years after pro hoops lumbered to the US, Peininsula businessman John Mara is hoping to bring it back on a smaller scale. Mara, father of former White Rock Christian captains Tyrell and Jordan and current point guard Eli, have secured the rights to an expansion franchise in the IBL, which he hopes can tip off in the lower mainland by the fall of 2009. Mara is confident a minor pro team can thrive.

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ICELAND

Powerade Cup. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR beat Hamar 94-79 in Powerade Cup. Brynjar Bjornsson and Joshua Helm with 25 points each for KR. Bojan Bojovic 19 for Hamar.
Njardvik 87- IR 80. Chuck Long 25 for Njardvik. Steinar Arason 21 for IR.

In final four next thursday it will be KR vs. Skallagrimur and Njardvik vs. Snaefell


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ISRAEL

Holon lands Horowitz -by Yarone Arbel
Hapoel Holon continues to force their roster for their new appearance in the BSL. Jeff Horowitz is the latest signing of the club. Horowitz, who will get an Israeli passport, played two years in Charleston but spent the last season with NC-Wilmington where he averaged 5.3ppg and 3.5 rpg. Holon is still searching the market for a big guy to complete the roster.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has left to their training camp in Slovenia. Tal Burstein, who's still recovering from an injury, didn't go with the team. Nikola Vujcic, who broke his finger and will miss the next couple of weeks, did travel but not expected to play in the practice games.


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ITALY

Recalcati confirmed as the NT coach -by Gianni Pascucci
During the past weekend, the Italian Basketball Federation Board agreed to conrfirm coach Carlo Recalcati as the Senior National Team Head Coach and Main Player Selector for the upcoming two seasons, together with all his staff. This decision was expected, and closes some polemics that came out after the disappointing Eurobasket 2007. The bitter truth is that Italian basketball has slipped donw a lot in the international ranking, and no one could make so better than Recalcati did, with the current group of players available for Team Italy.

Tim Supercup 2007: Siena humbles Treviso -by Gianni Pascucci

The traditional season opener challenge beteween the League and the Cup winner, named "Tim Supercup", had an unexpected result yesterday night: home team Montepaschi Siena swept Benetton Treviso 96-50. After a first quarter enough balanced, the two teams were 20-20 during the second quarter, when Treviso stopped to score a single point for almost 15 minutes, suffering a 0-32 partial that ended the game and posted a huge question mark in the minds of Benetton technical staff. In fact, while Siena showed to be yet in great shape and ready to compete for the Italian title, the Treviso team, with a new coach and seven new players, most of them arrived during the last weeks, is very, very behind in the season preparing process. If all the market choices were right...... However, Benetton travels to China this week, and this could help them in building a true group, while Siena grabs the first trophy of the new season, conquered without sweating a lot. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) were the best scorers in Siena, with 14 and 13 points respectively, but the Game MVP was Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio), who scored 12 pts, grabbed 9 rebs and stole 8 balls, showing what do exactly mean the words "point forward". The complete game boxscore is at http://195.56.77.208/other/supercup2007.html




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JAMAICA

Majestic still sizzling; Knights left searching for answers -by Leonard Whyte
Don't look now but Majestic Gardens is secretly creeping up on the leaders in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL). On the flip side, midseason champions Urban Knights suffered their second straight defeat at the hands of Blazing Panthers and fell to 0-2 in the second round. Saturday night at the National Stadium, Majestic (9-3) led wire-to-wire in an effortless 92-75 victory over Arnett Gardens Rockers. Majestic led 44-28 at halftime and cruised home behind a 25 point -14 rebound - six steal performance from Baldon Todd. He shared top honors with Kemar McLeish who also sank 25 points. Kwame Lawrence sank 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Arnett (4-7) and Ian Gooden chipped-in with 18 points.

Knights ambushed again
The long break between rounds seems to have disrupted Knight's midseason momentum. After two good quarters they headed to their bench at halftime leading 46-40 but voluntarily gave up 28 points in the third quarter and trailed Panthers 68-64 going into the final quarter. Despite the free gift, Knights (7-5) had many chances to recover, but costly turnovers proved too much to overcome in the end. Panthers (5-6) refused to lose and held on for the narrow 87-86 victory. Lynford Brown finished with a game-high 25 points for Panthers followed by Rohan Cruise and Dushane White with 15 points each. Captain Linton Murray led Knights with 24 points but received able assistance from Javon Bailey (17 points) and Fernando Young 16 points.


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KUWAIT

Missavage finally signs with Al Tadhamon!!! -by Mohammed AlRaad

Al Tadhamon Sporting club was searching for a new coach in July to come in and turn things around. The coach they found was Paul Missavage, 48 of Illinois in the USA. Missavage, who arrived in Kuwait on July 31st, has been hashing out negotiations with the Tadhamon Sporting Club in Farwanitya club for the past 7 weeks and has finally signed on for the season and will be working with the club with as head Coach of the Men's team and the U-18 team as well, at least until April of 2008. has been working hard with his players having over 35 practices trying to improve their fundamentals and to get the team physically and mentally motivated ready for the upcoming season which my be another difficult one for the club. According to assistant manager Mr. Hamad Hajras, "The objective is to reach the top six this season and move up even farther next year. We like how Coach Missavage is working with our players. They are responding very well to him as coach and seem to be very motivated to learn and progress." Top six is an extremely lofty goal however as Al Tadahamon is low on talent and size. We will have to wait and see what Missavage produces with this young, weak club.

Al Tadhamon has a very young team in the Kuwaiti Basketball League. They finished somewhere amongst the bottom three spots last season. This year they decided to go west to search for a coach who could come in and develop the youth program, work with the young talent for the future and try to motivate the guys to make an effort to be in the top six this year. "We've got a long way to go! , Missavage continues, "The attidude, concentration level and work ethic is poor still, but in time, they will fall in line and when they realize how important it is to focus, they will learn and improve leaps and bounds. It will take some time. But, we'll get there."

Missavage has a lot of experience and has been a winner everywhere he has been thus far in his 28 years of coaching. Last season, Missavage led the women's team of Black Star Mersch, Luxembourg to a 25-5 season; winning the FLBB Cup and moving them up to National 2 for this 07-08 season. The two seasons prior to that, he was assistant coach at BBC Etzella Ettelbruck in Luxembourg with the Men's team. The 2004-05 season brought Etzella the Cup Championship and 2nd Place in the DBBL, Luxembourg's top league while serving under Coach Ron Billingslea of Norway. The 2005-06 campaign brought Etzella the double (DBBL Champion and Luxembourg Cup Champion) with former Sweden National Team Coach Jan Enjebo as head coach and Missavage as his assistant.

As head coach, Missavage has been no stranger to success either. His 1990-91 AB Contern team won Luxembourg's Cup and finished 2nd in the league and he did the same with Luxembourg's BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen back in 1997-98. Missavage, an eternal optimist is looking forward to the season ahead here in Kuwait. Missavage says, "We have been working pretty hard on fundamentals and team concepts along with pre-season conditioning.I am pretty demanding and expect nothing less than one hundred per cent effort from everyone every time out in practice and in the games. My guys are learning a completely different new way how to play and they are staring to figure out and understand what it is that iexpect from them. We are taking baby steps, but in the right direction. In time, this team will surprise some people. We still have no imports yet so, when we do get ours here, i am sure it will give us a boost. The most important things are that the guys are going to learn how to defend in the next months their shot selection will most certainly improve as we get further along into the season. As our skills get better, we will turn the ball over much less. We are working hard improving fundamentally. Its gonna take some time, but we will get there i am sure of it. I am a patient guy and my players have big hearts and like to play. Right now we are making more turnovers than points. I am positive that things will get better and better!"

Coach Paul Missavage spent several years since 1979 coaching in the Chicago area at the high school level in his native state Illinois and served a season as an assistant coach at the Junior College level at the College of Lake County. He was also the coach of another newcomer to Kuwait, 6'11" Center, Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) of Kuwaiti Club back in 1995-96 at Waukegan High Scool in Waukegan, Illinois. "Its nice to see JJ again after all these years." Missavage says, "He has grown up to be quite a man, I am very proud of Jonanthan for what he has accomplished as a player but most importantly also as a person in life. He has really matured and changed a lot since I saw him last. JJ will do well here I am sure. His goals are set very high and he is a hungry competitor who will have a lot of success in this league."

Missavage indeed has his work cut out for him. Eurobasket-Asia wishes him the best of luck in all of his endeavors in the Middle East and welcomes him to Kuwait.
Come back soon for a visit and a read as we will interview Head Coach Rob Shapiro of Kuwaiti Club next.


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MALAYSIA

NBL 2007-Segamat day 1-WCT land 85:70 YSL -by Chong Jzen

in segamat indoor stadium, Klang WCT Land beat YSL by 85-70.Cameroonian Kuete Chris have scored his career low 12 points but still can grabbed 17 rebounds.YSL is just have 7 player to finish the game, YSL ex-national player Toh Chin Thiam(190-F-76) is have a double-double 19 points,10 rebounds and 7 assist.YSL is now have 1 win 4 lose in the NBL, is hard to fight for the league champion, but they still can play the semi final due to Bintulu Rainbow is still unbale to get a win after defeated by Segamat Rimba Timor yesterday.


Statistic: http://nbl.com.my/statistics.php?cid=71



NBL 2007- YSL get the semi final ticket!! -by Chong Jzen
However Rainbow win the Klang WCT Land, But the YSL still able to enter the semi final after beat leader Melaka Chinwoo. So, Now the hot topic is who is the season champion of NBL?The champion will be play against YSL,is either Melaka Chinwoo or Klang WCT Land,both also have 5 win 2 lose currently, both of them also will meet in this wednesday for the NBL season last game. can YSL be the "Bottom" Champion? Please take your attention!!

NBL 2007-Ipoh Day 1-Rainbow 83:73 YSL -by Chong Jzen
Sarawak Team Bintulu rainbow are get their first win in NBL after beat the host team YSL by 83-73. The team is now have the chance to get in to semi final because they are same position with YSL which also just have 1 win in the league.

Statistic: http://nbl.com.my/statistics.php?cid=76


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MEXICO

Fuerza Wins with Quintero, Ming Breaks Out, Kind of -by Justin Brink
First, let's get the LNBP results from Sunday. In an interesting twist, that has gone mostly unoticed since his snubbing of the Panteras two weeks ago, point guard Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene), helped lead Fuerza Regia to an 82-72 victory over the visiting Correcaminos of Matamoros. Scandal erupted two weeks ago when Quintero, who verbally agreed to sign with the Panteras, changed his mind and instead was going to sing with Cordoba. As of yesterday Quintero is now with Fuerza. Yes, there are more questions than answers. Ming Ming Sun (235-C-83) had what might be his first breakout game for Fuerza notching 13 points while Quintero added 16. For the Correcaminos, Aaron Lynch's 29 went in vain. No word yet out of Monterrey how familia Ganem got their paws on Quintero. Check here for an exclusive interview in spanish with Ming Ming Sun.

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PERU

Regatas Lima vs. Real Club -by Andres Seminario


This Friday 28, in Circolos Coliseum the top 2 teams in the superior league standings, will meet in a highly anticipated game.
Regatas (6-0) that have average almost 90 points and only 52 points allowed, have been the best offensive team so far in the tournament, winning for an average of almost 38 points.
In the other hand, Real (6-0) has shown the best defense so far allowing only 45 points to their opponents, winning for an average of 20 points.
This game will match the best offense vs. the best defense of the league, and it would be a taste for both teams for the playoffs.

In other results of women basketball Alas Peruanas -2006 champions- continues their bad year loosing their first matches by an average of 20 points to Regatas and Naval, the favorites at this moment. Alas steel doesn't find the way to raise their level, showing the same mistakes they have had all year long. This Tuesday Regatas and Naval will play for the lead of the women tournament.


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PHILIPPINES

Norwood - No to SEA Games/PBL/PBA? Yes to Europe? -by Hector Santos
THERE might be no Gabriel Norwood (196-G/F-85) on the Philippine men's basketball team for the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Thailand this December.

A source close to the Filipino-American guard told BusinessMirror that Norwood is mulling to play in Europe as an import and might abandon his commitment to play for the country again.

“He is weighing all of his options,” said the source who requested anonymity. “Kung hindi siya makakuha ng (if he can't get) papers that will prove his Filipino citizenship, baka tanggapin niya 'yung (he may accept) offer in Europe.”

The former George Mason U star has told some of his teammates at SMC-Pilipinas that he might accept a job in Europe and may not be returning for good.

RP team mentor Chot Reyes discovered Norwood in one of their scrimmages in the US as part of the country's preparations in the FIBA-Asia Championships in Tokushima, Japan, last July.

Reyes was impressed with Norwood's ball-handling skills and athleticism that he was immediately included in the squad that saw action in the 10-nation William R. Jones Cup where the Filipinos finished third.

After the FIBA-Asia tournament, Norwood was asked to beef up the national team that will see action in SEA Games. He agreed and promised to return after his vacation in the States. But up to now, he has not showed up in the daily scrimmages of the SEA Games-bound team at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The source mentioned that Norwood had a change of heart after realizing that he can't make it to the Philippine Basketball Association because he lacked pertinent papers that will prove his Filipino lineage.

San Miguel Corp.'s farm team in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Magnolia, is keen on enlisting him in the coming season of the PBL.

Norwood's father, Brian, a former football star for the University of Hawaii, and mother, Tifanny, were both natives of Hawaii, while his grandmother is a Filipina, making him “a quarter-blooded” Filipino.

With the PBA's strict guideline for Filipino-foreigners wishing to apply in the league, the source added that Norwood “doubts” if he can secure the documents that will help him to qualify for the PBA.

Norwood helped the Patriots reached the Final Four of the US Division One in 2006. Some international scouts were impressed by his game, and Norwood was bombarded with offers to bring his acts to either US or Europe.

RP coach Junel Baculi, the man tasked to defend the SEA Games title set from December 6 to 16 in Nakhon Ratchisima province in Thailand, is still hopeful that Norwood would keep his promise to play for the country. (Business Mirror)


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PORTUGAL

Another pre season tournament -by Bruno Baltazar
Ginasio still showed poor details about the new season ,with their new brazilians additions to the team showing almost nothing and the american showed he still out of shape aswell ,Mario Goncalves and Sergio Correia for Ginasio showed good details,Benfica with a great Miguel Minhava showed hes in a good shape after the European ,Antonio Tavares still have a long road to play because he didn´t showed much in the time he played ,Academica and Sangalhos showed good basketball.
Saturday 22th September:

Academica 64 - Ginasio 66
Benfica 65 - Sangalhos 42

Sunday 23 of September
3rd place game;
Academica 70 Sangalhos 60

Final
Benfica 68 - Ginasio 58


Porto wins against Sampaense and Guimaraes in pre season -by Bruno Baltazar

For the first time this season,Sampaense played in their house against F. C. Porto.
The house almost fulled to see the shock between the two vice champions , the environment was fantastic in the return of the basketball to the interior of Portugal.
Before this adversary, Porto, many already said a powerful exhibition of the visitors that would go "to jam" for complete Sampaense, but the sport has of these things.
In the passed week in Viseu, Sampaense presented in a very embryonic phase of their preparation, with very low physical indices . Yesterday was practically the opposite.

Sampaense theoretically played with a stronger Porto in its offensive units, with players of a quality and experience very above of the average found in Proliga. It fought of equal for equal, front to a composed for some of the best Portuguese players and more three Americans with impressive a physical .
The game was, to the end very balanced, with both teams to dispute the advantage of the always very emotive marker .
The partial had been 11-18 (1º period) and 23-18 (2º period) in the first part of the game 15-14 (3º period) and 13-23 (4º period) in the second part, being that the final result was 62-73. The MVP of the game was Frederick Gentry of Porto with 18 points.
Both the trainers had twirled all the players without whom this lowered general level of the game, being obvious that bench of Porto disclosed more strong and that in the last minutes finished for creating the final advantage in the marker.
Sampaense left a respectable image, of one equips that it is started to find, with level players equivalent to the ones they usually have. It was equally legible that, in relation to previous games, this is one equips fast and efficient, that when all the athletes find in the best physical levels will be candidate to the best places of Proliga.

The champion of Proliga Vitoria de Guimaraes, lost aswell against Porto 78-63, Nuno Marcal (16 points) and Augusto Sobrinho (13 points).

A quadrangular tournament in Albufeira was marked for the next end-of-week, but this was cancelled by the desistance of one of equips them invited. Being thus,Sampaense comes back to the competition in days 5,6 and 7 of October in the final eight for the Cup Antonio Pratas.



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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana

In the week-end, a lot of Boricuas played a friendly or an official game in Europe and South America.
In Mexico Dorados de Chihuahua were defeated by Santos Reales 89-78. Keenan Jourdon scored 25 points and Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz 11 points. On Saturday Dorados won against Correcaminos Victoria 82-79 with a great Keenan Jourdon with 29 points, Our MVP. Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz gave also a good contribution with 20 points and a great defensive intensity.


In Argentina, for la Copa Argentina 2007, Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79, agency: Next Level) played two good games with his team Penarol Mar de la Plata who could defeat 2-1 Indipendiente de Neuquen and Penarol reached the Semifinals of the Copa Argentina 2007. Erick Rodriguez scored 11 points (3/5 2pts 1/5 3pts 2/3 FT) in the defeat 78-84. But in the crucial game, Penarol defeated Indipendiente de Neuquen 101-71. Erick Rodriguez was one of the best players of the game, with 17 points (2/4 2pts 3/6 3pts 4/4 FT) in 26 minutes.
Jeff Aubry (205-C-76, agency: Next Level, college: Cornell) played with his team Libertad de Sunchales a great game against Quisma with 16 points ( 7/10 2pts 2/5 FT), 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, but Quisma won 86-83.

In Europe, there were a lot of games where some Boricuas played. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, college: USC) and his Cibona Zagreb played two friendly-games in the week end, Cibona won against Nancy 94-90 and Larry Ayuso scored 18 pts. In the other game Cibona was defeated by LeMans 66-76 and El Jefe scored 12 points.
Besiktas Istanbul the team of Rick Apodaca and Christian Dalmau played against CSKA Moscow, the Russian team won 90-83, for "The Wizard" 20 points, for Dalmau 8 points.
In Spain, Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) scored 10 pts in the friendly Fuenlabrada- Real Madrid 62-71. Daniel Santiago scored 8pts in the Andalucia Cup, Unicaja Malaga won against Sevilla 71-66.
In Italy, Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) played a friendly with his team Napoli. His team was defeated by Capo D'Orlando 62-71. For Our Boricua 11 points (0/4 2pts 3/4 3pts).
A. Fontana



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SERBIA

Galatasaray Cafe Crown won "Lasta Cup" -by Dragan Jankovski
On the last day of "Lasta Cup", Galatasaray Cafe Crown succeeded to beat ALBA Berlin 79:78 and to win the tournament. Turkish star, center Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances), led the winners scoring 23 points. However, hero of the game was William Avery (188-G-79, college: Duke) who scored last 5 points for his team. Once again ALBA got the most from Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, college: Georgia Southern), 16 points.

In the game between two teams from Serbia FMP Zeleznik celebrated over Mega Aqua Monta 76:71. Dragan Labovic netted 19 points for FMP while Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Uros Nikolic (204-F-87) were better than the others in Mega AM scoring 16 points each.

Julius Jenkins, of ALBA Berlin, is named to be the MVP of the tournament while Ivan Demcesen of Mega AM got award for the youngest participant of “Lasta Cup”

Final standings:
1. Galatasaray Cafe Crown 2-1
2. FMP Zeleznik 2-1
3. ALBA Berlin 1-2
4. Mega Aqua Monta 1-2


Milos Pavlovic signed in Ukraine -by Dragan Jankovski
After seven days of try out period in Ukrainian team Kryvbasket Lux, power forward Milos Pavlovic (209-F-84) signed contract with the team. Pavlovic played last season in Makedonikos Kozani where for 21 games in Greek A1 league averaged 7.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg. In the past Pavlovic also played for Beovuk, Radnicki and FMP Zeleznik with whom he won National Cup 2003.

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SINGAPORE

Singapore Slingers losing skid continues -by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Perth Wildcats 80:112
Singapore Slingers got to somewhat shaky start of the NBL season. They suffered the second straight loss and fell to 0-2 record in the standings. The game started the wrong way for the Slingers as hungry for action Wildcats raced to a 13:4 lead. Aaron Trahair (194-G-76) added three long jumpers to maintain the pressure and Perth gradually piled up an impressive 34:12 advantage. The onslaught continued in the second frame as the Slingers conceded 67 by halftime and were trailing by 32 points. Mike Helms (184-G-80, college: Oakland) drained a couple of treys for the Slingers in the third stanza and did not allow his team to fully collapse. Despite his efforts Perth dominated the game and finished it with a comprehensive victory. Perth now improved to 1-0 record in the NBL ladder.
Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) topscored for the Wildcats with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Loughton (205-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: ODU) contributed 20 points and 13 boards for the winners. Mike Helms had 23 points for the Slingers. Ben Knight (204-F-76) added 20 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.
Perth converted 50% of field goals and were perfect from free throw line hitting 12/12. The Slingers replied with just 37% from the field and 71% from charity stripe. Singapore also lost the battle under the rims 44:53 and suffered 24 turnovers.
Singapore Slingers will next face Gold Coast Blaze on September 26.

Singapore Slingers: Mike Helms 23, Ben Knight 20+10 boards
Perth Wildcats: Shawn Redhage 26+11 boards, Alex Loughton 20+13 boards


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SLOVENIA

Olimpija is testing Booker -by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija is calling to try out another American player. Slovenian runner-up will testing Chriss Booker ex Bursa till end of the week.

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SPAIN

Jason Blair MVP LEB Silver and Brett Beeson MVP LEB Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

This weekend started the LEB competition and these were the most value players in the 1st round:

MVP 1st round

LEB Silver: Jason Blair (201-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego) 30 Eff. (Plasencia Galco)
LEB Bronze: Brett Beeson (193-G-72, college: Moorhead St., MN) 38 Eff. (Balneario Archena)


Top Scores 1st round

LEB Silver: Brandon Wolfram (207-F/C-79, college: UTEP) 24 points (Farho Gijon)

LEB Bronze: Brett Beeson 37 points (Balneario Archena)



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ST.KITTS

Arizona State Lands St. Kitts Big Man -by Jay
Basseterre, St.Kitts (August 2007):-Kraidon Woods has spent time in all kinds of climates. From the snowy mountains to the beautiful beaches of St. Kitts, the power forward tabbed the Valley of the Sun as his next destination.
Arizona State had some obvious struggles during the 2006-2007 campaign, but it can only get better this year with the signing of the high school phenom . The 6'9" 200 pounder was touted by Villanova last season as their next big signing. Villanova announced on Match 31, 2006, that Woods will attend prep school in 2006-07. However the future NBA star visited the West Coast and got a taste of Pac-10 country, and the strong impression the Arizona State Sun Devils made on him was enough to convince prep star to sign with the Division 1 school.
The forward was one of Swiftwater Pennsylvania , Pocono Mountain East High School's best players the last few years. As a sophomore he led the team to Mountain Valley Conference title and 24-3 mark. His recruitment heated up considerably as a junior, where he averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks a game. His senior season was cut short because of a calf injury, and he was averaging 16 points a contest up to that point. Many Big East and Atlantic 10 schools were courting Woods, and NC State, then coached by Sendek, was also among the list of suitors.

"My biggest strengths are my versatility and my athleticism," said Woods of his skills. "I do need to get stronger before I go to the next level. My target weight is 225, and before I go to college I probably want to be at 215. " The ASU prospect can play either forward spot, and doesn't have a strong preference to play one over the other - a fact that can help him play within the Sun Devil system. "In coach Sendek's offense it really doesn't matter," he commented. "I think I would fit in perfectly there. I do have the strength to play down low, but my outside shot is probably better (than his post game)."

These days Woods is attending Hill Prep School in Pottstown, Penn. "I went there so I could work on my skills and get stronger after I injured my calf," he explained, "and get my game ready for college."

The forward indicated that Villanova hasn't stopped recruiting him and still has a scholarship offer on the table. Woods hasn't trimmed down his list of schools yet, and is trying to sort through the recruiting frenzy he's experiencing. "Right now I'm just looking at other schools and see what's the best fit for me," he said. "Arizona State was my first official visit and I did visit a lot of schools here in the (Northeast) area unofficially. But Arizona State will most definitely be on the final list, when I make that list."

"Playing away from home isn't that much of a problem," claimed Woods. "Anywhere you're gonna play it will be away from home. Whatever the best fit is for you basketball wise and school
Arizona State University has nine men's and eleven women's varsity teams competing in the NCAA Pacific Ten Conference. The men compete in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Track, and Wrestling. Women compete in Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, and Water Polo. ASU competes in the PAC-10 Conference and the men's basketball team has participated in 12 NCAA tournaments . Former and current NBA stars inclduing Joe Caldwell, Fat Lever, Byron Scott, Ike Diogu, Eddie House, Mario Bennett are all Sun Devils alumni.
Kraidon Woods is the grandson of Muriel Woods of Upper Market Street and the son of Charles "Dr. Pepper" Woods a former SKABA player with various teams inclduing Basseterre High School , Pistons and Blazers basketball teams of the 80's.
Courtesy of stkittsbasketball.com


Blue Devils cools off the Fireballs while Lindsay Grant Exodus ties series -by Jay
In what can only be described as an upset the 2007 Digicel SKABA “A” division regular season champions the Conaree Fireballs were swept out of the division playoffs by the 4th seeded Blue Devils this past Sunday evening at the Challengers hardcourt. The Fireballs ran torrid through the entire season losing just 2 games and winning 16. Basketball fans and pundits all declared that Conaree was a sure finals bet. However the Blue Devils obviously did not share that sentiment as they showed their mettle and experience as they outlasted the Fireballs for a second straight game to take the series 2-0. The devils led for most of the game ending the first half up 24-23 behind the exceptional play of the diminutive but very effective 5'-3” guard Cleavon Flemming who led all scorers with 16 points. The 2nd half saw the devils increase their 1 point advantage to end the game with an impressive 59-55 victory over the stunned Fireballs. Tavo Sergeant and Derrick Williams had 13 points each for Blue Devils while Errol O'Loughlin had another valiant effort for the fireballs with 12 points and 10 rebounds. “A” division MVP front runner Harold Wharton had 11 points and 12 rebounds while teammate Donnie Tyson had 11 points for the Fireballs. The Blue Devils will now await the winner of the 2nd semifinals series which features Exodus and Ghetto Roots.
The Lindsay Grant Exodus Challengers fought back and tied the series 1-1 as they took game 2 on their home court with a 60-52 victory over the Horsford's Ghetto Roots. The game was very close throughout with the Exodus holding on to a very slim advantage at the end of the first half up 28-27. The game remained close until the final minutes when the Exodus raised their intensity and increased their advantage much to the delight of team sponsor Lindsay Grant who was visibly delighted and the scores of village supporters who rallied their team to an exciting victory.
“The guys played well and they must be commended for their hard work in reaching thus far and I am certain that they will continue their exceptional play on Wednesday when they win game 3 , take the series and move on to the finals,” said Exodus Team sponsor Lindsay Grant.
Horsford Ghetto Roots team manager Glenroy Blanchette commented “ The team has played well throughout the season and I am proud of the efforts of the players and Coaches Ayinde Osborne and Raul Lake and although we fell short this evening I remain confident that they will book a spot in the finals with another victory on Wedsnday evening.”
The series will be decided in game 3 on Wednesday at Dorset Park at 7pm.
Courtesy of stkittsbasketball.com


Hitters And Basseterre High Takes Series' Lead -by Jay
Basseterre, St.Kitts (September 24th 2007);-The Williams Electrical Services Hitters and the Basseterre High School Broncos took 1-0 leads in their respective semifinals series on Saturday at the Dorset hardcourt.
Basseterre High School had a relatively comfortable victory over the Blue Devils in their encounter. The Blue Devils led the first half 43-38 but it was all Basseeterre High in the 2nd as Shamile Jeffers had another monster outing with 27 pts and 18 rebounds to lead his broncos to a 83-73 victory. Calvin “Butters” Wallace supported well for BHS with 16 pts while teammates Davel Sutton and Javid Liburd has 12 points each. Blue Devils guard Eustus Hanley led all scorers with 28 points while teammates Yogesh Jacobs and Rovan Wigley had 14 and 13 points respectively. The victory gave the BHS Broncos a 1-0 lead in the 3 game semifinal series.
In the other semifinal series Hitters took full advantage of the absence of the Sandy Point Fruta Falcons star player Javal Hodge who unavailable for the game. Javal is arguably the best player in the Junior Division and undoubtedly the best guard. His absence obviously became a huge factor nin the game as unlike the two previous encounters featuring the two teams Hitters led for most of the game . At the end of the first half they enjoyed a very slim 33-32 advantage. The game remain closely contested foor the remainder of the encounter with the Hitters being able to exploit the guard play of Sandy Point who were obviously struggling without their star player and leader. However despite a less than par performance from the defending champions Sandy Point they still were able to give a good account of themselves as they lost by just 3 points 68-65 to the very formidable Hitters team. Hitters guard had a spectacular performance leading all scorers with 21 points. Akeem Matthew and Javid Williams had 13 and 11 points respectively for Hitters. Kareem Warner led the Sandy Point Falcons with 19 pts while teammates Sheno Liddie and Lyle Browne had 14 and 11 pts respectively. Hitters takes game 1 and will return to their home court Dorset on Thursday at 8pm to play Game 2 to try and closeout the Falcons season with what would have to be an upset victory.
Courtesy of stkittsbasketball.com


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TURKEY

Dee Brown At Galatasaray Cafe Crown -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Galatasaray Cafe Crown agreed terms to sign with Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79)'s team mate Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois) and completed 07-08 roster. After talking to numerous wing players but finding nobody suitable the Istanbul club decided to ink a pure point guard and former Illinios sensation who has been rumored with various Euroleague teams, found himself on the road to Galatasaray. Brown who averaged 1.9ppg and 1.7apg in his rookie season at Utah, will become a part of red-yellow team's back court with William Avery (188-G-79, college: Duke).

Transactions -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Alpella found a replacement for Curtis Withers (203-F-84, college: Charlotte) who moved to Pau Orthez this summer and signed former Pinar Karsiyaka and Banvit big guy Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tennessee Tech). Kinloch is a hustle guy who can play power forward and center positions.
TBL newcomers Kepez announced their third import signing. Dominick Mejia (196-G, college: Drexel) from Dominic National Team who graduated from Drexler University averaging 16.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg, will play for the souther club.
Mersin Bsb put an end to their point guard search and added veteran guard Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) to their 07-08 roster. Stefanov who has been one of the leading guards of European basketball since 2000, is going to have his third season in Turkey but this time with Mersin not Pinar Karsiyaka or Ulker.
Mutlu Aku Selcuk Uni. announced University of Nevada-Las Vegas big man Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: Weatherford JC) as their fourth import of the upcoming season. Cameroonian Essengue is known as a good role player to come off the bench and provide some hustle and muscle. Konya team also inked the experienced guard Serdar Koymen (184-G-71) to strengthen their back court.
CASA TED of Ankara agreed terms to sign with Venezuelan international Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) who is an effective post player thanks to his long arms and athletisism.
ITU of TB2L signed import big man Jason McCoy (206-F, agency: 7-Miracles Management, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) from Wisconsin-Milwaukee who spent the last season in Montenegro as Gelisim Koleji of Izmir reinforced their front court with David Monds (203-F-83, college: Oklahoma St.) from Oklahome State.
TB2L side Usak Belediyesi inked domestic forward Serkan Cerinan (197-F-77) from ENKA and gave up on signing import center Nate Williams (210-C-80, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgia St.) due to his injury status as announced from the western club.


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UKRAINE

Ukraine Cup: First stage results and stats -by Alexander Muzyka

Ukraine Cup first stage took place last week-end. Higher League teams started to fight for the tickets into the second stage, where Superleague teams are waiting. There will be four qualifiers for the second stage this season.
Firstly let's see some teams have changed their names. BASCO-Dynamo is BC Vinnytsia now - it hasn't played this stage because of financial troubles of MNTU which can disappear this year. Politekhnik is playing as Kharkiv-Politekhnik but lost to Kremen-Politekhnik without Oleksi Tsymbal, Igor Maltsev etc. to growing BC Donetsk. KDPU Kryvbasbasket-Lux cut the 'Kryvbasbasket-Lux-2' name-part after farm's league was born and the team was divided by two - but that was not enough to win vs KTU.
Two more pairs are interesting. SC Adzhalyk and Domograd played both games at home - the opponents have agreed to bury their hopes out of their home courts.


Ukraine Cup
First stage. Quarterfinals


First games

Sep. 21


Kremen-Politekhnik (Kremenchuk) - Kharkiv-Politekhnik (Kharkiv) 92:69 (21:19, 20:14, 18:15, 33:21)
KP
: Marchenko 20, Rozhenko 19
KhP: Arabadzhi 33

BC Donetsk (Donetsk) - Koksokhim-Stal (Alchevsk) 98:78 (19:22, 23:12, 28:16, 28:28)

KDPU (Krivyi Rih) - KTU (Krivyi Rih) 69:96 (14:31, 14:26, 27:9, 14:30)
KD
: Snitko 13, Koverga 11
KT: Malchevskyi 21, Netreba 27

Domograd (Odesa) - DniproAzot (Dniprodzerzhynsk) 99:85 (29:16, 18:20, 24:23, 28:26)
Do
: Krasilnikov 18, Narivonchik 16 + 11 rbs, Lapenko 16, Bulakh 16 + 7 rbs
DA: Shakula 21 + 9 rbs, Bolshakov 12, Kvitkovskyi 11, Yevseievychev 10

BC Ternopil (Ternopil)- Hoverla (Ivano-Frankivsk) 65:93 (14:18, 17:24, 13:28, 21:23)
T
: Mudrak 27, Cherednichenko 16, Fedorchuk 13
H: Kodova 18, Kiba 12

SC Adzhalyk (Yuzhnyi) - Orlan (Symferopil) 109:52 (28:12, 22:9, 28:22, 31:9)
A
: Zelenis 24 + 11 rbs, Lapygin 11 + 6 rbs, Dranchenko 10 + 6 rbs
O: Fedisko 22, Mironov 10

DUEP (Dnepropetrovsk) - Fero-ZNTU (Zaporizhia) 107:110 (35:34, 27:21, 22:30, 23:25)

MNTU (Kyiv) - BC Vinnytsia (Vinnytsia) 0:20


Return games

Sep. 22


KTU (Krivyi Rih) - KDPU (Krivyi Rih) 95:65 (18:20, 33:10, 20:21, 24:14)
KT
: Netreba 44, Savin (198-F-79) 17

Domograd (Odesa) - DniproAzot (Dniprodzerzhynsk) 87:72 (27:17, 20:12, 22:22, 18:21)
Do
: Krasilnikov 17 + 5 rbs, Narivonchik 16 + 9 rbs, Shymanskyi 14 + 6 ast, Lapenko 14
DA: Dykyi 17, Alfiorov (190-G-84) 14

SC Adzhalyk (Yuzhnyi) - Orlan (Symferopil) 85:66 (23:14, 18:16, 19:14, 25:22)
A
: Lapygin 25 + 8 rbs, Brynza 17 + 6 rbs, Chernobrychenko 11 + 4 rbs
O: Fedisko 26 + 8 rbs, Mironov 13 + 7 rbs, Volokhov 12 + 7 rbs


Sep. 23

Kharkiv-Politekhnik (Kharkiv) - Kremen-Politekhnik (Kremenchuk) 82:80 (20:28, 19:22, 20:18, 23:12)
KhP
: Arabadzhi 35, Sainiev 11, Pecherskyi 10
KP: Marchenko 17, Khorunzhyi 13, Rozhenko 11

Koksokhim-Stal Alchevsk - BC Donetsk (Donetsk) 62:94 (7:23, 13:20, 17:26, 25:25)
KS
: Bereziuk 14, Anufriev 11
D: Petrenko 17, Tsymbal 12, Yangicher 12

Hoverla (Ivano-Frankivsk) - BC Ternopil (Ternopil) 96:83 (19:26, 22:14, 17:15, 28:18)
T
: Shostukha 27 + 4, Cherednichenko 18 + 4 ast, Ploschenko 17 + 7 rbs

Fero-ZNTU (Zaporizhia) - DUEP (Dnepropetrovsk) 93:92 (33:21 25:24 17:30 18:17)

BC Vinnytsia (Vinnytsia) - MNTU (Kyiv) 20:0


Semifinal pairs (Sep. 26, 29)


BC Donetsk - Kremen-Politekhnik
Domograd - KTU
SC Adzhalyk - Hoverla
BC Vinnytsia - Fero-ZNTU



Cherkasy Monkeys with Amit Tamir: From Latvia to Czech Republic -by Alexander Muzyka
Cherkasy Monkeys has ended their warm-ups in Latvia with one win and three loses (stats underneath). The next step will have place in Prostejov, CZE where Andri Podkovyrov's team will face Khimik, Ratiopharm Ulm and BK Prostejov in a friendly tournament.

Warm-ups

Sep. 19
BK Ventspils - Cherkasy Monkeys 61:92
ChM: Tamir 18 + 13 rbs, Rodgers 18

Sep. 21
Cherkasy Monkeys - Plannja Basket 87:89 (22:22, 20:19, 27:21, 18:27)
ChM
: Andriukaitis 15, Tamir 14, Lebedev 14, Rodgers 11, Jarutis 9
PB: Drains 21, Enbom 16, Jackson 16, Ayuba 10, Larsson 10, Rosendahl 8, Williams 6

Sep. 22
Barons/LMT - Cherkasy Monkeys 88:77 (21:24, 21:15, 24:16, 22:22)
B
: Berzins 17 + 7 rbs, Skele 17, Kravcenko 13, Gustas 13 + 6 rbs, Hlebowicki 12, Stewart 8, Brunins 5, Vaikulis 3, Rozitis 0
ChM: Straight 21, Cekovski 17 + 11 rbs, Radunovic 17 + 10 rbs, Jarutis 9, Lebedev 7, Andriukaitis 6, Podoliako 0

Sep. 23
ASK Riga - Cherkasy Monkeys 95:73 (31:12, 25:22, 16:20, 23:19)
R: Sanders 22 + 6 stl, Broyles 17, Vilums 15, Bramlett 14, Jahovics 13, Buskevics 4 + 11 ast + 7 rbs, Millage 4 + 8 ast, Grafs 4, Freimanis 2
ChM: Tamir 17, Lebedev 14, Radunovic 12, Rodgers 10, Cekovski 7, Straight 6, Jarutis 3 + 6 ast, Andriukaitis 2, Podoliako 2


One more home cup for Azovmash -by Alexander Muzyka
Azovmash has one its home tournament and performed its new roster to Mariupol. Total standings were the following: Azovmash (Mariupol, UKR), Nymburk (Nymburk, CZE), Lokomotiv (Rostov-na-Donu, RUS), AEL (Limassol, CYP).

Azovmash Cup (Mariupol, Ukraine)

Sep. 22

Semifinal
Azovmash - AEL 90:62 (25:16, 17:18, 26:14, 22:14)
Az
: Edney 16, Liadelis 15, Delininkaitis 13, Meshcharnakou 11 + 6 rbs, van de Hare 9, Harper 7 + 5 rbs, Podorvannyi 6, Reese 5, Archibald, jr 4 + 8 rbs + 4 tos, Lischuk 3, Skutelnik 0
AE: Woodward 19 + 3 ast, Randle 14 + 5 rbs, Trepalovac 6, Aleksic 5, Souchu 5, Zavoruev 4, Ilunga 4, Cuic 3, Liatsos 2, Perentos 0, Kamarace DNP, Spirou DNP

Semifinal
Lokomotiv R - Nymburk 70:72 (16:25, 9:18, 25:11, 20:18)
L
: Goldwire 21 + 4 rbs, Vorotnikov 10, Zagorac 9 + 6 rbs, Sneed 8 + 10 rbs, Kuzyakin 8, Karaulov 7, Kubrakov 5 + 6 rbs, Szewczyk 4, Aleksandrov 0, Babichev 0, Grigoryev 0, Vzdyhalkin DNP
N: Rancik 24 + 6 rbs + 5 tos, Schilb 12 + 4 rbs, Benda 11, Sokolovsky 8 + 7 rbs, Everett 6, Necas 4, Mack 4, Benes 2, Chan 1, Kremen 0 + 6 rbs, Slezak DNP

Sep. 23

3rd place game
Lokomotiv R - AEL 81:76 (11:24, 22:17, 22:15, 26:20)
L
: Goldwire 18 + 4 ast, Szewczyk 15 + 7 rbs, Zagorac 10 + 5 rbs, Karaulov 8 + 5 rbs, Kuzyakin 8, Aleksandrov 8, Kubrakov 6, Sneed 5, Vorotnikov 3, Vzdyhalkin 0, Babichev 0, Grigoryev DNP
A: Randle 22, Woodward 14 + 4 rbs, Souchu 12, Aleksic 9 + 6 ast + 5 rbs, Cuic 7, Ilunga 7, Trepalovac 3, Liatsos 2, Zavoruev 0, Perentos 0, Spirou DNP

Final
Azovmash - Nymburk 79:63 (17:15, 19:15, 18:19, 25:14)
A
: Edney 15 + 4 rbs, Lischuk 12 + 9 rbs, Harper 11 + 9 rbs, Archibald, jr 10 + 5 rbs, Delininkaitis 10, Reese 9, Meshcharnakou 6 + 4 rbs, Liadelis 3, Skutelnik 2, van de Hare 1, Podorvannyi 0, Loktionov DNP
N: Rancik 18 + 8 rbs, Benda 10, Mack 10, Sokolovsky 7, Everett 4 + 5 ast + 4 rbs, Necas 4, Slezak 3, Kremen 3, Chan 2, Schilb 2, Benes 0


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ULEB CUP

Dee Brown At Galatasaray Cafe Crown -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Galatasaray Cafe Crown agreed terms to sign with Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79)'s team mate Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois) and completed 07-08 roster. After talking to numerous wing players but finding nobody suitable the Istanbul club decided to ink a pure point guard and former Illinios sensation who has been rumored with various Euroleague teams, found himself on the road to Galatasaray. Brown who averaged 1.9ppg and 1.7apg in his rookie season at Utah, will become a part of red-yellow team's back court with William Avery (188-G-79, college: Duke).



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Women News

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AFR.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Women Special Afrobasket '07- Action resume after a day rest -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Actions resume Tuesday in Dakar and Thies, Senegal in the 20th African Nations Championship for Women after all the teams observed Monday as rest.

In Dakar venue for group-A teams, the top of the star-match of the group will be between group leader, Mali and third place team, Mozambique.

The Mozambican who lost to host Senegal Sunday night by 59-42 points their first lose since the championship commenced last Thursday will attempt to halt the unbeaten run of the Malian side who have displayed good basketball skill so far.

The Mozambique side will bank on sheer determination which almost saw them scaring the Senegalese side last Sunday before the latter falls back on experience and team-work for the maximum points, while the Malians who have shown a lot of promising so far will rely on the mixture of youthful and experience to further compound the woes of the Mozambicans whose last group game will be against Tunisia who seems to have rediscover themselves after suffering two quick defeats in the hands of Mali and Senegal.

The other group-A matches will see Tunisia gunning for a second win against Cote d'Ivoire in order to guarantee a quarter finals ticket after recording her first win against Madagascar Sunday, while home team Senegal who occupies the second spot in the group no thanks to the high scores recorded by Mali so far which shot them to the top of the group table take on hapless Madagascar at 20.30 hours.

In Thies the battle ground for group-B countries DR Congo and Kenya will take to the court at 14.30 hours.

This match looks interesting as the teams have only one win and two loses and a win either side could mean a quarter final berth and former WNBA most valuable player (MVP), Mwali Marie Mabika and her co-travellers from Congo knows this fact and will want to guide against an early exit from the championship, Kenya on the hand would want to give their largely home-base players the opportunity of making it to Dakar for the quarter finals and a further exposure.

Group-B leader, Angola will have her hands full when it filed out against rejuvenated Cameroon side at 17.00 hours.

While the Angolans will be searching for a win in order to consolidate on the top spot of the group's table and extend her unbeaten run, Cameroon on their part would try to guide against any slip as both Kenya and DR Congo are waiting in the wings to pick a spot in the last eight.

The last match in Thies will be between back-to-life defending champions, Nigeria versus Cape Verde and one thing that will continue to reoccur in the mind of the coaches Kevin Cook, Scott Nnaji and Adewumi Aderemi tutored side is that there are no more minnows in this game any more especially the quarter finals defeat suffered by the Nigerian Men team in the hand of Cape Verde in Luanda, Angola during the men championship.


FIBA Afrique
Amaka Adibeli (172-G-85)


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BELARUS - Women

Belarus opens Eurobasket strong, but Spain dominates -by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Spain 62:76 (12-17, 15-23, 24-20, 11-16)

Belarus lost the debut game of Eurobasket 2007 in Italy. In the first game against the bronze medalists at the last three EuroBaskets Belarus lost 62:76. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was the best for the Spanish squad with 17 points. Marta Zurro (187-C-80) netted 12, while Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) added 10 points each. Katsiaryna Snytsina top-scored for Belarus with 18 points.

Belarus started strong and even though Spain led 17:12 going into the second quarter. Katsiaryna Snytsina's free throws late in the first half cut the deficit to 26:25. Marta Zurro's jump shot in the end of the second quarter gave Spain 40:27.

Spain then went on a 25-4 run that bridged the second and third quarters to take command with 51:29. Led by Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina), Belarus trimmed the deficit 55:45 with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter. Immediately Spain made the score 60:45 and answered for the question about the winner. In the last quarter with 11:16 for Belarus, Spain triumphed at 76:62.


In another game of the group Croatia plays versus Serbia. Tomorrow Belarus will play Croatia and will have a chance to celebrate the first win in Eurobasket.

Belarus: Katsiaryna Snytsina 18, Tatyana Troina 11
Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17, Marta Zurro 12, Ana Montanana 10, Elisa Aguilar 10



Belarus national team will debut in Eurobasket -by Eurobasket News
Belarus National team will debut in Eurobasket tonight. The team is the underdog of the tournament, however is ready to bring a sensation. The one that they already had was the win over the defending champions-Czech Republic.

Belarus National team won the first of a three-game series over Czech Republic 67:66. The win was achieved in a road. Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Czech Republic had a 19:12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but it was not a problem for Belarus. The latter took a control in the second half and satisfied with 1-point win.

During the years of independence, Belarus had never qualified for EuroBasket Women. That all changed last year when they did get through the qualifying round for the first time in country history.

Last year in order to qualify the team won 4 games and lost 2. The four victories were against Bulgaria two times, Hungary, and Greece. The key players of the team are Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87), Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia), Tatyana Troina and Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79). All the other players will try to prove that they are ready to help the team as well.
Belarus starts tonight against Spain and it will be the first game in the Eurobasket final stage. Serbia and Croatia will play in another game of the group.


24.09.2007
Belarus-Spain

25.09.2007
Belarus-Croatia

26.09.2007
Belarus-Serbia


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BELGIUM - Women

Belgium believes in Ann Wauters -by Eurobasket News

Belgian National team is on the way to start Eurobasket 2007. The team will play in Group B together with Romania, Germany and Lithuania. The group is tough, however the task is to advance to the Quarterfinals.

In 2003 Belgium had probably the best participation so far. The team had a great year and finished sixth in the tournament. In the game for the fifth place France seeing off a determined Belgium 94:75. Belgium, blown out in a quarter-final by the Czech Republic, rebounded with a success over Slovakia and they pushed the French hard for three quarters before Les Bleues pulled away. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Belgium.
With 23.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in the EuroBasket Women 2007 qualifying round, Ann Wauters was the key player for the Belgian team just as she had been during the final round of EuroBasket 2003.

In the Qualifying round Belgium placed second having two wins and two losses. In the first game the team lost to Latvia 67:71 and then beat Slovak Republic 77:58. Latvia then again upset Belgium 70:63 and then Slovak Republic was beaten again 77:73.

Belgium starts the tournament against Lithuania, that is the favorite of the group. First three teams will advance to the Qualfying Round from the group.

24.09.2007
Belgium-Lithuania

25.09.2007
Belgium-Germany

26.09.2007
Belgium-Romania



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CAMEROON - Women

CAMEROON NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER -by Gilles Bouwe

This is the roster of our female national team at Dakar for the African Championship,
4- MUNA MBICK NADEGE (Western Kentucky)
5-MBIANDJA PRISCILLIA LAURE
6-GANO NJIOGAP SILOISE (Phi SLama Jama)
7-KEUBEMEN JAMEN ALICE (OHIO STATE)
8-KOUBITEB BOUYOM ELISABETH (NORTH TEXAS)
9-MBA NINA (BEAC YDE)
10-MENDENG ALVINE ( ISRAEL)
11-BAPOO CAROLE (HOWARD COLLEGE)
12-NOMENDOUE NADINE (LINCOLN UNIVERSITY)
13-SIEWE MONGOUE G (USA)
14-NOAH BABETTE (S.Connecticut )
15-TAFEN T FRANCOISE (U. Pittsburgh .)

Coach:ANGOUAN'D JOHN/ SIMEN NGAPING


We can note the absence of the BOFIA sister and NJONKOU AMINA of ARIZONA



AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP -by Gilles Bouwe
Our country have played already three games in the African championship in Dakar .These are the results
CAMEROON lose face of NIGERIA 35-61
CAMEROON beat RDC 54-52
CAMEROON beat KENYA 59-55
After three days of competitions our country have all the chances to be present in the second part of this championship they haave to won one of their two last games against ANGOLA and CAP VERT


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CROATIA - Women

Croatia looked great in the preseason tournaments. Time to prove in Eurobasket -by Eurobasket News
Croatian National team opens Eurobasket 2007 with the game against Serbia. The team went prepared and showed some good results in the preparation tournaments.

Croatia participated in the Cervia Tournament and the tournament in Romania. In the first one Croatia won a tough game against Serbia 79:73.Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) led the winners with 22 points. She made four out of five three pointers to have such an outstanding result. A thriller against the hosts, Italy brought double overtime 101:88 win. Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) led the winners with 23 points. Lelas ended up with 19, while Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) netted 17. The game was tough and reminded the upcoming tournament. Croatia led in the opening quarter and finished it with 24:21. Italy, meanwhile went to the interims with 2 points deficit, 41:39. Everything fine was for Croatians before the last quarter as they had 60:56 advantage, but Italy tied the score in the end. The specators were pleased to see another quarter and as it was known and another one.

Cluj-Napoca hosted the Omnilogic International tournament for the National team of Croatia, National team of Greece, National team of Romania and BC ICIM Arad the vice -Champion team in women Romanian championship. Croatia won the tournament reaching two wins. In the first game of Day 1 Croatia beat Romania 87:77. Croatia opened the game with a 16-0 run and led till the end of the game. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) paced the winners with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Mandir Sandra produced 18, while Selavic Anda added 15. Toma Larisa collected 19 points in the losing effort. In the second game Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) led Croatia with 23 points and 14 rebounds over Greece, 73:67.

For basketball fans in Croatia, the fact that the National Team made it to the 2007 EuroBasket is a success by itself. The advance to the Quarterfinal will be a real goal for the team.

24.09.2007
Croatia-Serbia

25.09.2007
Croatia-Belarus

26.09.2007
Croatia-Spain


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E.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Standings (Women)
E.Championships (W) Standings
Group A
1. Latvia1-0
2. Czech R.1-0
3. Israel0-1
4. Turkey0-1
Group B
1. Belgium1-0
2. Germany1-0
3. Lithuan.0-1
4. Romania0-1
Group C
1. France1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Greece0-1
4. Italy0-1
Group D
1. Spain1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Belarus0-1
4. Croatia0-1


Italy welcomes to Eurobasket 2007 -by Eurobasket News
September 24th is the start of Eurobasket 2007, that will be held this year in Italy. Sixteen teams that are divided into 4 groups are ready to struggle not only for the gold, silver and bronze, however for the first five places that will give a chance to participate in the Olympics. In the previous two championships Czech Republic and Russia saw each other in the Final, while Spain grabbed bronze for the last three years. What will happen this year? The answer is scheduled for October 7th, the day of the Final game.

Czech Republic start the competition against Israel. The goal for the Eurobasket 2007 is to win. Even though for many teams it will be already a success to participate in the tournament, Czech Republic's role will be to win again. The Czech Republic will rely on their dynamic duo of Hana Machova and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82). The defending champions are a team consisting of almost the exact same players that won the title two years ago.

While defending this year title, it is a proud to recollect last time success. In the final game the team grabbed the win from Russia 72:70. Eva Nemcova (191-F-72) completed a dream Eurobasket Women for the Czech Republic by burying a three-pointer with just eight seconds remaining to lead her side to a thrilling gold medal game triumph over Russia. It was a brilliant tournament for the team that showed 8-0 record.

Russian National team will start Eurobasket 2007 against Italians. The team made up group C together with the hosts of the championship Italy, Greece and France.

After two previous and successful campaigns Igor Grudin now possesses a more experienced but still very young team with a better understanding of his defensive concept. With their speedy wings and fluid front line, Russia will definitely try to play at the speed they always have but avoid playing out-of-control as has sometimes happened in the past.



24.09.2007
Italy -Russia
Romania-Germany
France-Greece
Belarus-Spain
Turkey -Latvia
Belgium-Lithuania
Serbia-Croatia
Israel-Czech Republic


Preliminary Round: Day 1 results -by Eurobasket News
Group A

Turkey-Latvia 62:73 (17-18, 13-20, 18-21, 13-14)

Group A first game saw the battle between Turkey and Latvia. The latter winning the second quarter 20:13 led the game to the happy end. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) (181-F-80, college: Siena) showed a brilliant game with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) supported her with 16 points each. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) and Nevriye Yilmaz (196-C-80) top-scored with 21 points each for Turkey. Moreover they made 18 rebounds together.

500 spectators came to enjoy the first game in Group A. The first quarter was very tough and no one could predict the winner. Only in the second quarter after 2 three pointers in a row Latvia took a pleasant lead. Ieva Kublina and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota brought Latvia 32:24 with less than 4 minutes in the first half. The teams went to the lockers with 38:31 for the Baltic state.
Eglite's three increased the lead to 13 points and brought the feeling of the first victory. Turkey resisted well, but trailed by 10 points before the last quarter. With 13:14 in the fourth Turkey had nothing to do, but to admit the first loss.

In another game of the group Israel is facing now Czech Republic.

Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 21+10 rebs, Nevriye Yilmaz 21+8 rebs,
Latvia: Gunta Basko 17+7 rebs+7 ast, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 16, Ieva Kublina 16


GROUP B
Romania-Germany 78:85 (19-25, 21-17, 19-26, 19-17)

Romania lost the opener of 2007 EuroBasket Women Group B campaign. In the first game of the tournament Germany upset Romania 85:78. As two years ago in Eurobasket 2005 the Bundersteam became stronger again. Alexandra Mueller (175-G-83) led the way with 22 points. Henning Frohlich (183-G-82) scored 20, while Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) added 19. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) showed a good game for the Romanians nailing 26 in defeat.

Maria Pascalau scored first 4 points for the team as Romania had 2:0 and then 4:2 lead. The Germans immediately answered with some runs to finish the first with 25:19.
Romania took advantage of some German struggles and Palau's jumper made it 31:30 halfway through the second period. After that the team missed a 0-9 from the opponents and had 30:38. Thanks to 4 free throws from Hutanu Romania stayed with 40:42 behind after the half.

In the second half Palau's basket brought Romania to within 68:65 but Sarah Austmann hit a three-pointer to give Germany back some momentum. The latter won 85:78 and opened the tournament with a victory.

Tomorrow Germany face Belgium while Romania must bounce back against Lithuania.

Romania: Maria Pascalau 26, Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) 13, Annemarie Parau (174-G-84) 13
Germany: Alexandra Mueller 22, Henning Frohlich 20, Anne Breitreiner 19

GROUP C
Italy-Russia 55:60 (18-22, 13-12, 8-8, 16-18)
Russian National team won the opener of the EuroBasket Women in Chieti. In the first game Russia outscored the hosts, Italians 60:55. Not many people expected a tough game from Italy, however the team fought till the end. Russia had no leader in that game as Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 10 points and made 9 rebounds. Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F-82) and Osipova netted 9 points each. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Arteshina opened the game with a three and after Maria Stepanova's two free throw Russia thought of an easy win. Karpunina brought her team the biggest lead at that time, 18:9. Even though Russia dominated, Italy reduced to 22:18 after the first 10 minutes.
In the second quarter the favorites led by 3-5 points and went to the interims with 34:31. The same saw the spectators in the third quarter as when Italy tried to catch up Russia held 3 points.

Italy tied the contest at 44:44 early in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer from Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80). An 11-0 run helped Russia not to feel sad after the first game of the tournament. The next game Russia will play tomorow against France.

Italy: Laura Macchi 17+9 rebs, Francesca Zara (178-G-76) 13, Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 10 rebs
Russia: Maria Stepanova 10+9 rebs, Tatiana Shchegoleva 9, Osipova 9


France-Greece 58:50 (17-13, 10-6, 13-13, 18-18)
The National team of France got the first win in Eurobasket 2007. In the second game of the group the team beat Greece 58:50. Due to the first half the winner could hold the score for good. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) paced France with 14 points. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 10, while Le Drean added 9. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) collected 16 points in the losing effort.

Who knows, maybe it was an important game in order to advance to the next round or maybe another one. Le Drean opened the scoring list for her team as Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with a three. Dimitra Kalentzou's free throw brought the last lead for Greece as later on France dominated in the court. Yacoubou sent the teams after the first 10 minutes with 17:13.
In the second quarter there was nothing about the teams, however they stayed scoreless for more than 5 minutes. After Stachtiari made a lay-up with 7.34 remaining, Gomis scored a free throw with 2.06 left in the quarter. Both squads went to the lockers with 27:19 for the French team.

In the second half the favorites kept the advantage and led the game to the happy end.

France: Sandrine Gruda 14, Emilie Gomis 10, Le Drean 9
Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Evanthia Maltsi 11



GROUP D

Belarus-Spain 62:76 (12-17, 15-23, 24-20, 11-16)

Belarus lost the debut game of Eurobasket 2007 in Italy. In the first game against the bronze medalists at the last three EuroBaskets Belarus lost 62:76. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was the best for the Spanish squad with 17 points. Marta Zurro (187-C-80) netted 12, while Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) added 10 points each. Katsiaryna Snytsina top-scored for Belarus with 18 points.

Belarus started strong and even though Spain led 17:12 going into the second quarter. Katsiaryna Snytsina's free throws late in the first half cut the deficit to 26:25. Marta Zurro's jump shot in the end of the second quarter gave Spain 40:27.

Spain then went on a 25-4 run that bridged the second and third quarters to take command with 51:29. Led by Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina), Belarus trimmed the deficit 55:45 with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter. Immediately Spain made the score 60:45 and answered for the question about the winner. In the last quarter with 11:16 for Belarus, Spain triumphed at 76:62.


In another game of the group Croatia plays versus Serbia. Tomorrow Belarus will play Croatia and will have a chance to celebrate the first win in Eurobasket.

Belarus: Katsiaryna Snytsina 18, Tatyana Troina 11
Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17, Marta Zurro 12, Ana Montanana 10, Elisa Aguilar 10



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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: PuHu signed two American players -by Rauno Hurmalainen
There are no more names Heli Roukanoja (21,2 ppg - 9,3 rpg), Aneta Kausaite (19,4 ppg - 8,3 rpg) or Savka Pavlovic (11,5 ppg - 4,0 rpg) on PuHu (Vantaa)
roster. Instead PuHu has signed two American players: Katherine Sunwall and Whitney Connolly (191-C) will play in Finland starting 2007-08 season.


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FRANCE - Women

NT:European Championship Day 1 France first match - first victory -by Leslie Anderson



Audrey Sauret-Gillespie & Edwige Lawson-Wade



France got their European campaign off to a perfect start with a laborious win against Greece (58-50). In a match that had Audrey Sauret Gillespie failing to score and Edwige Lawson-Wade picking up foul after foul, you would have expected the opponents to have taken full advantage. Yet also Greece managed to blend high quality technical moves with some very poor finishing.


After an entertaining and very promising first quarter, won by a single point by France, the game became stale. And the match officials' questionable calls at times did not help the flow of the game either. With France's solid defence and Lawson's court-cleverness, France went into overdrive and were leading comfortably at the interval (27-19).

France's inability to kill the game off for good in the 3rd period due to their unforced errors shooting the ball was the only reason their opponents remained in contact. Greece almost profited in the final period from France's generosity when Evanthia Maltsi scored 9 consecutive points to make it a 5-point game (50-45). Then Sandrine Gruda came to the rescue with 5 points as France put a 7 :2 run to extend their advantage to 10 points in the closing stage of the match to make the game safe.



Dimitra Kalentzou top-scored with 16 points for the losers. Sandrine Gruda top-scored with 14 points for France but it was Sandra Le Drean (186-F-77) who stole the show with her all-round performance to finish up with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.


Box scores and further details can be found in the Eurobsket European championship section here



France won the opener against Greece -by Eurobasket News
France-Greece 58:50 (17-13, 10-6, 13-13, 18-18)

The National team of France got the first win in Eurobasket 2007. In the second game of the group the team beat Greece 58:50. Due to the first half the winner could hold the score for good. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) paced France with 14 points. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 10, while Le Drean added 9. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) collected 16 points in the losing effort.

Who knows, maybe it was an important game in order to advance to the next round or maybe another one. Le Drean opened the scoring list for her team as Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with a three. Dimitra Kalentzou's free throw brought the last lead for Greece as later on France dominated in the court. Yacoubou sent the teams after the first 10 minutes with 17:13.
In the second quarter there was nothing about the teams, however they stayed scoreless for more than 5 minutes. After Stachtiari made a lay-up with 7.34 remaining, Gomis scored a free throw with 2.06 left in the quarter. Both squads went to the lockers with 27:19 for the French team.

In the second half the favorites kept the advantage and led the game to the happy end. In another game Russia beat Italy 60:55.

France: Sandrine Gruda 14, Emilie Gomis 10, Le Drean 9
Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Evanthia Maltsi 11


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GERMANY - Women

Espoo Team wins "Pentosin-Cup" in Wedel -by Moritz Korff
The Espoo Team from the first Finnish division has won the "Pentosin-Cup", an international tournament in Wedel, Germany. In the final game Espoo defeated the Visby Ladies (First division Sweden) 65:60 and had one of the dominating players of the tournament in Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: Louisiana-Lafayette). Espoo outclassed the Danish first division-side Falcon in the semi-final (88:27), while Visby edged DJK Koeln-Nord (Germany, 2nd division) 71:70. Host SC Rist Wedel finished the tournament on fifth place and BC Wolfenbuettel (both from Germanys 2nd division) sixth.

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GREECE - Women

France won the opener against Greece -by Eurobasket News
France-Greece 58:50 (17-13, 10-6, 13-13, 18-18)

The National team of France got the first win in Eurobasket 2007. In the second game of the group the team beat Greece 58:50. Due to the first half the winner could hold the score for good. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) paced France with 14 points. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 10, while Le Drean added 9. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) collected 16 points in the losing effort.

Who knows, maybe it was an important game in order to advance to the next round or maybe another one. Le Drean opened the scoring list for her team as Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with a three. Dimitra Kalentzou's free throw brought the last lead for Greece as later on France dominated in the court. Yacoubou sent the teams after the first 10 minutes with 17:13.
In the second quarter there was nothing about the teams, however they stayed scoreless for more than 5 minutes. After Stachtiari made a lay-up with 7.34 remaining, Gomis scored a free throw with 2.06 left in the quarter. Both squads went to the lockers with 27:19 for the French team.

In the second half the favorites kept the advantage and led the game to the happy end. In another game Russia beat Italy 60:55.

France: Sandrine Gruda 14, Emilie Gomis 10, Le Drean 9
Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Evanthia Maltsi 11


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ITALY - Women

Russia powered Italy (60-55) in the EC opening game -by Carlo Grilli
PRELIMINARY ROUND - GROUP C

In a tough game, Russia prevailed in the final minutes against Italy in Chieti, who hosts the 2007 European Championship. Igor Grudin's team lead in the score all game long, but Italy never gave up; Raffaella Masciadri evened the score (44-44) by a triple with 8 minutes left; after that, Russia defense became stronger and stronger and conducted Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and her teammates to the victory.

ITALY - RUSSIA 55-60 (18-22; 31-34; 39-42)
ITALY: Ress 3 (1/7), Franchini 2 (1/1), Sottana 4 (1/3), Zara 13 (3/10, 2/3), Zanoli dnp, Modica 5 (1/4, 1/1), Laura Macchi (187-F-79) 17 (3/7, 1/4), Masciadri 7 (1/7, 1/7), Ciampoli (0/2), Zanon 2 (1/1), Giauro (0/1), Dacic 2 (1/10). Coach: Lambruschi
RUSSIA: Arteshina 7 (2/3, 1/2), Rakhmatulina 6 (2/7, 0/2), Vodopyanova 6 (3/3), Demagina 2 (1/2), Karpunina 3 (0/1 da 3), Schegoleva 9 (2/9, 1/2), Korstin 6 (2/4), Maria Stepanova 10 (2/6), Sokolovskaya dnp, Lisina dnp, Abrosimova 2 (0/3, 0/1), Osipova 9 (3/6). Coach: Grudin
Referees: Lottermosser (Ger), Lucis (Let) e Ciucin (R.Ceca).
Notes - FT Italy 14/20; Russia 20/28. 2PS: Italy 13/53; Russia 17/43. 3PS: Italy 5/15; Russia 2/8. Rebounds: Italy 39 (15 offensive); Russia 46 (8 offensive) .


European Championship Italy 2007 - the definitive schedule -by Carlo Grilli


European Championship Italy 2007 - the definitive schedule -by Carlo Grilli
PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP A, Vasto

Israel, Turkey, Latvia, Czech Republic

A/1 24.09.07 Israel - Czech Republic h 21.00
A/2 24.09.07 Turkey - Latvia h 18.30
A/3 25.09.07 Latvia - Israel h 18.30
A/4 25.09.07 Czech Republic - Turkey h 21.00
A/5 26.09.07 Israel - Turkey h 18.30
A/6 26.09.07 Latvia - Czech Republic h 21.00


GROUP B, Lanciano

Belgium, Romania, Germany, Lithuania

B/1 24.09.07 Belgium -Lithuania h 20.30
B/2 24.09.07 Romania - Germany h 18.00
B/3 25.09.07 Germany - Belgium h 18.00
B/4 25.09.07 Lithuania - Romania h 20.30
B/5 26.09.07 Belgium - Romania h 18.00
B/6 26.09.07 Germany - Lithuania h 20.30


GROUP C, Chieti

Italy, France, Greece, Russia

C/1 24.09.07 Italy - Russia h 15.30
C/2 24.09.07 France - Greece h 18.00
C/3 25.09.07 Greece - Italy h 15.30
C/4 25.09.07 Russia - France h 18.00
C/5 26.09.07 Italy - France h 15.30
C/6 26.09.07 Greece - Russia h 18.00

GROUP D, Ortona

Belarus, Serbia, Croatia, Spain
D/1 24.09.07 Belarus - Spain h 18.00
D/2 24.09.07 Serbia - Croatia h 20.30
D/3 25.09.07 Croatia - Belarus h 18.00
D/4 25.09.07 Spain - Serbia h 20.30
D/5 26.09.07 Belarus- Serbia h 18.00
D/6 26.09.07 Croatia - Spain h 20.30


QUALIFICATION ROUND

Two six-teams groups: Group E with the three firsts of groups A and B; Group F with the three first of groups C and D; three more games for each team.


Ortona and Vasto

September 28th - October 3rd 2007

E/1 28.09.07 Team (B/3) vs. Team (A/1) h 16.00 Vasto
E/2 28.09.07 Team (B/2) vs. Team (A/2) h 18.30 Vasto
E/3 28.09.07 Team (A/3) vs. Team (B/1) h 21.00 Vasto

F/1 29.09.07 Team (D/3) vs. Team (C/1) h 16.00 Ortona
F/2 29.09.07 Team (D/2) vs. Team (C/2) h 18.30 Ortona
F/3 29.09.07 Team (C/3) vs. Team (D/1) h 21.00 Ortona

E/4 30.09.07 Team (A/1) vs. Team (B/2) h 16.00 Vasto
E/5 30.09.07 Team (B/3) vs. Team (A/3) h 18.30 Vasto
E/6 30.09.07 Team (A/2) vs. Team (B/1) h 21.00 Vasto


F/4 01.10.07 Team (C/1) vs. Team (D/2) h 16.00 Ortona
F/5 01.10.07 Team (D/3) vs. Team (C/3) h 18.30 Ortona
F/6 01.10.07 Team (C/2) vs. Team (D/1) h 21.00 Ortona

E/7 02.10.07 Team (B/1) vs. Team (A/1) h 16.00 Vasto
E/8 02.10.07 Team (A/2) vs. Team (B/3) h 18.30 Vasto
E/9 02.10.07 Team (A/3) vs. Team (A/3) h 21.00 Vasto

F/7 03.10.07 Team (D/1) vs. Team (C/1) h 16.00 Ortona
F/8 03.10.07 Team (C/2) vs. Team (D/3) h 18.30 Ortona
F/9 03.10.07 Team (D/2) vs. Team (C/3) h 21.00 Ortona


QUARTER FINALS: CHIETI - October 4th to 5th

The four firsts of each group advance to quarterfinals:

43/A 04.10.07 Team (E/1) vs. Team (F/4) h 18.30 Chieti
44/A 04.10.07 Team (E/2) vs. Team (F/3) h 21.00 Chieti

45/A 05.10.07 Team (E/3) vs. Team (F/2) h 18.30 Chieti
46/A 05.10.07 Team (E/4) vs. Team (F/1) h 21.00 Chieti



SEMIFINALS 5°/8° PLACE: CHIETI - October 6th

47/A Loser (43) vs. Loser (45) h 13,30 Chieti
48/A Loser (44) vs. Loser (46) h 16.00 Chieti


SEMIFINALS 1°/4° PLACE: CHIETI - October 6th

49/A 06.10.07 Winner (43) vs. Loser (45) h 18.30 Chieti
50/A 06.10.07 Winner (44) vs. Winner (46) h 21.00 Chieti


FINALS: CHIETI - October 7th

7°-8° PLACE

51/A 07.10.07 Loser (47) vs. Loser (48) h 12.15 Chieti

5°-6° PLACE

52/A 07.10.07 Winner (47) vs. Winner (48) h 14.30 Chieti


3°- 4° PLACE

53/A 07.10.07 Loser (49) vs. Loser (50) h 17.00 Chieti


FINAL

54/A 07.10.07 Winner (49) vs. Winner (50) h 19.30 Chieti


Italy NT ready for opening EC game against Russia -by Carlo Grilli

Italy will open the 2007 European Championship hosting Russia; coach Gianni Lambruschi made his definitive choices and selected those 12 players for the tournament:

4 Eva Giauro (204-C-86)
5 Maria Chiara Franchini (182-G-79)
6 Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88)
7 Francesca Zara (178-G-76)
8 Valeria Zanoli (170-G-84)
9 Francesca Modica (175-G-81)
10 Laura Macchi (187-F-79)

11 Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80)
12 Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80)
13 Manuela Zanon (185-F-80)
14 Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.)
15 Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances)



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IVORY COAST - Women

Mali thrashes Cote d'Ivoire to stay unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
Mali - Cote d'Ivoire 74:34
Mali routed Cote d'Ivoire in Dakar yesterday and remained undefeated in Group A standings. The start of the game never predicted the outcome as 4 early points from Assetou Kolga (-88) kept Cote d'Ivoire in the contest. They even led 6:4 on two free throws from Massourata Djire and 8:6 on a jumper from Assetou Kolga. However Mali capped the first frame with an 11:2 run and surged ahead 19:11. Mali then opened the second quarter with an 8:0 rally to clear off to a 28:11 distance. Mali held on to the lead throughout the frame and completed the first half with a 35:19 advantage. Hamchetou Maiga (186-G/F-78, college: ODU) nailed 4 first points for Mali in the second half and they enjoyed a 41:19 lead. The gap was widened to massive 54:23 at the end of the third frame. Cote d'Ivoire had nothing to hope for in the final stages of the encounter and Mali easily drove to an overall victory.
Hamchetou Maiga paced Mali with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Diene Diawara (192-F/C-88) contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cote d'Ivoire responded with 9 points from Assetou Kolga. Kani Kouyate (-90) had 6 points in a losing clause.
Mali now leads Group A with a perfect 3-0 record. Cote d'Ivoire suffered three consecutive defeats and seats at the bottom of the ladder.

Mali: Hamchetou Maiga 15+7 boards, Diene Diawara 13+9 boards
Cote d'Ivoire: Assetou Kolga 9, Kani Kouyate 6


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LATVIA - Women

Basko led Latvia over Turkey in the first game of Group A -by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Latvia 62:73 (17-18, 13-20, 18-21, 13-14)

Group A first game saw the battle between Turkey and Latvia. The latter winning the second quarter 20:13 led the game to the happy end. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) showed a brilliant game with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) supported her with 16 points each. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) and Nevriye Yilmaz (196-C-80) top-scored with 21 points each for Turkey. Moreover they made 18 rebounds together.

500 spectators came to enjoy the first game in Group A. The first quarter was very tough and no one could predict the winner. Only in the second quarter after 2 three pointers in a row Latvia took a pleasant lead. Ieva Kublina and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota brought Latvia 32:24 with less than 4 minutes in the first half. The teams went to the lockers with 38:31 for the Baltic state.
Eglite's three increased the lead to 13 points and brought the feeling of the first victory. Turkey resisted well, but trailed by 10 points before the last quarter. With 13:14 in the fourth Turkey had nothing to do, but to admit the first loss.

In another game of the group Israel is facing now Czech Republic.

Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 21+10 rebs, Nevriye Yilmaz 21+8 rebs,
Latvia: Gunta Basko 17+7 rebs+7 ast, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 16, Ieva Kublina 16



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MADAGASCAR - Women

Tunisia shrugs Madagascar for the first win -by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - Madagascar 59:41
Tunisia celebrated their first win in the Afrobasket 2007 tournament in Senegal. After two loses at the start of the competition Tunisia finally found their touch and handled Madagascar. The victory saw North African side improve to 1-2 record and they revived their chances of qualifying to the quarterfinal stage.
The game was pretty close at the start and the lead changed hands a couple of times before Lydia Raoanirina and Nahirae Solinasoa nailed 5 straight points to put Madagascar in front 13:8. A 6:0 run early in the second quarter allowed Tunisia to regain the lead 16:15. But Ange Rasoambolanoro replied with a three pointer and Nirina Rabemiarana added another two points to lift Madagascar ahead 24:20 at the end of the first half. Both teams kept t close before Maha Chelly (-82) sparked a run away effort for Tunisia. Her jump shot marked a 34:28 advantage for Tunisian team late in the third stanza. However Ange Rasoambolanoro would return Madagascar side into 2-point territory entering the final term 32:34. But Tunisia survived late stages of the game and managed to delive where it counted most. Mouna Khriji (-76) and Fatma Barkallah drained three pointers late in regulation to ensure Tunisian victory.
Thouraya Adsi (-82) led Tunisia with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Fatma Barkallah added 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ange Rasoambolanoro replied with 12 points for Madagascar. Nahirae Solinasoa netted 6 points and grabbed 7 boards in a loss.
Tunisia now reached 4th spot in Group A ladder.

Tunisia: Thouraya Adsi 9+5 boards, Fatma Barkallah 9
Madagascar: Ange Rasoambolanoro 12, Nahirae Solinasoa 6+7 boards


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MALI - Women

Mali thrashes Cote d'Ivoire to stay unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
Mali - Cote d'Ivoire 74:34
Mali routed Cote d'Ivoire in Dakar yesterday and remained undefeated in Group A standings. The start of the game never predicted the outcome as 4 early points from Assetou Kolga (-88) kept Cote d'Ivoire in the contest. They even led 6:4 on two free throws from Massourata Djire and 8:6 on a jumper from Assetou Kolga. However Mali capped the first frame with an 11:2 run and surged ahead 19:11. Mali then opened the second quarter with an 8:0 rally to clear off to a 28:11 distance. Mali held on to the lead throughout the frame and completed the first half with a 35:19 advantage. Hamchetou Maiga (186-G/F-78, college: ODU) nailed 4 first points for Mali in the second half and they enjoyed a 41:19 lead. The gap was widened to massive 54:23 at the end of the third frame. Cote d'Ivoire had nothing to hope for in the final stages of the encounter and Mali easily drove to an overall victory.
Hamchetou Maiga paced Mali with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Diene Diawara (192-F/C-88) contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cote d'Ivoire responded with 9 points from Assetou Kolga. Kani Kouyate (-90) had 6 points in a losing clause.
Mali now leads Group A with a perfect 3-0 record. Cote d'Ivoire suffered three consecutive defeats and seats at the bottom of the ladder.

Mali: Hamchetou Maiga 15+7 boards, Diene Diawara 13+9 boards
Cote d'Ivoire: Assetou Kolga 9, Kani Kouyate 6


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MOZAMBIQUE - Women

Senegal extend their winning streak edging Mozambique -by Eurobasket News
Senegal - Mozambique 59:42
Senegalese team remained undefeated at the home African championship. They succeeded in the third round of preliminary action beating one of their main rivals Mozambique. Both teams entered the game with 2-0 records and needed a win to strengthen leading position.
Aya Troare nailed 5 stright points early in the game to give the hosts a 7:4 lead. Four free throws from Awa Gueye (182-F-78) enabled Senegal to enjoy a 17:9 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Mozambique remained competitive and Carla Silva (173-G-78) soon nailed three consecutive treys to put Mozambique in front 20:19. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) replied with 6 points midway through the stanza and Senegal went into the dressing room leading by 5 points 32:27. Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) and Astou Traore combined 5 points early in the third frame to enlarge the lead to 38:29. Later Senegal capped the third term with a 10:0 run and established a comfortable 48:33 advantage entering the fourth part of the game. Ndeye Ndiaye chipped in 4 straight points at the start of the fourth term and Senegal were en route to the win. Mozambique were hardly able to perform any sort of comeback and surrendered.
Aya Traore (186-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) led the action with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Awa Gueye netted 8 points and grabbed 4 boards in a winning effort. Carla Silva notched game-high 17 points for Mozambique. Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, college: ODU) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Senegal shot 35% from the field and 70% from free throw line. They managed to outrebound their opponents 43:21.

Senegal: Aya Traore 15+9 boards, Awa Gueye 8+4 boards
Mozambique: Carla Silva (173-G-78) 17, Clarisse Machanguana 10+7 boards


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Kerr, Tini in charge -by Eurobasket News
Veterans Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) and Jody Tini (179-F-76) have been handed the joint captaincy of the NZ Tall Ferns for this week's FIBA Oceania Championships in Dunedin as the Kiwi women attempt to qualify for next year's Beijing Olympics.
Her promotion completes a unique family double for Tini, whose brother Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International) is NZ Tall Blacks captain.
The pair will inherit the leadership role off guard Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP), who has held it through most of the national team's 2007 campaign during the absence of Kerr, Tini and previous skipper Donna Wilkins.
“This is about recognizing their service to the programme,” acknowledges Fern coach Mike McHugh . “The way they play the game and the way they go about things demonstrate leadership … they are looked up to in our team.”
It is no co-incidence the duo are the longest serving members of this week's roster.
Kerr (26) debuted for the Tall Ferns in 1999 and returns to the line-up for the first time since ACL reconstruction late last year. Tini (31) was first selected in 1996 and was also unavailable through most of the 2007 schedule, returning to lead the side against University of Wisconsin last month.
Noni Wharemate sat out that encounter, played on a Sunday, for religious reasons.
“Jody demonstrated in that game that her own game improves with the extra responsibility,” says McHugh.
“Both Aneka and Jody are canny players … they're clever and know the tricks of the game. It's great to have them pass that on to their team-mates.”
The captaincy solution illustrates the development that has taken place within the Ferns over the past six months. With their veterans unavailable, the young squad has had to develop their own leadership group.
Noni Wharemate was appointed to the job, but Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) has that honour with the Christchurch Sirens franchise in the Australian WNBL. Point guard Angela Marino is another prospect awaiting her turn.
“The position can be a burden if things are not going well,” says McHugh. “But we now have a number of people with strong leadership traits and whoever is captain now has plenty of support.”
New Zealand open the Oceania Championships against the world champion Australian Opals on Wednesday at Dunedin's Edgar Centre.
Australia have already qualified for the Olympics, so the Tall Ferns have to beat Fiji to claim the Oceania berth at Beijing.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.org.nz


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PORTUGAL - Women

Alges loses their preparation game againt Caceres -by Bruno Baltazar
In the past Saturday, 22 of September, Alges played a game of preparation against Spanish team of INIEXA CACERES 2016 that disputes the LF2-group.
The final result was of 78-47 favorable to the Spanish team. The Spaniard entered with everything in the game, and quickly they had arrived 14-4, after a timeout Alges made a partial of 15-0, finishing the first period with 5 points of advantage (19-14).
In 2nd quarter Alges arrived to make use of 11 points of advantage (25-14), after Caceres started to exert an enormous pressure on the ball and lines of pass, and through successive fastbreaks passed infront to the game,at the half they were successful by 10 points. The third period was balanced and played in low rhythm, the Spaniard team entered in the last period leading by 13 points. In the last period the physical power of the Spanish team came to the top and at the end of the game they finished with 31 points of difference.

Alges (19+16+8+4): Susan Foreid (4), Ana Alves (2), Joana Fogaca (11), Barbara (4) and Catarina Coelho (6); Inês Costa(2), Joana Claro (9), Cami (7) and Andreia Coelho (2).

Iniexa (14+31+11+22): Alicia Gonzalez (14), Ganes (12), Hernandez (6), Lozano (14) and Manzano (2); Ana Oliveira (6), Ramirez (13), Mejias (7), Acevedo (4).

In the next 6th and 7th October Alges plays in Caceres and in Lusitania Merida in Spain.


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PUERTO RICO - Women

Pietra Gay is a "tornado" and Juncos is still "the team". -by Alessandro Fontana
Valencianas de Juncos are the first team in the BSF 2007 with a 10-1 standings. Pietra Gay (-F/C-74) is a tornado. The American player was the MVP in the game against Ponce, with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Pietra Gay is a serious candidate to win the award for the Best Player in the regular season of BSF 2007. Carolina is the second team with the great duo Ashley Anderson and Stacey Clinesmith.
These are the results:
Caguas- Ponce= 43-75 (C= Rodriguez 14, Casul 12; P= Wilson 27+13rebs, Batiz 14, Gonzalez 6)
Guaynabo- Isabela= 68-59 (G= Villegas 24, Williams 16, Rivera 8; I= Bush 17+18rebs, Quiles 13)
Caguas- Juncos= 55-78 (C= Rodrigeuz 23, Santiago 8; J= Gay 24, Cabrera 12, Davila 9)
Morovis- Arecibo= 99-71 (M= Denson 31, Colon 16, Gonzalez 15; A= Drinks 31, Berrezueta 9)
Guynabo- Juncos= 79-88 (G= Williams 32+13rebs, Villegas 15; J= Gay 18, Yo. Cabrera 16, Ya. Cabrera 13)
Isabela- Ponce= 45-71
Isabela-Morovis= 56-91(I= Quiles 17, Rodriguez 12; M= Denson 21+14 rebs, Colon 15, Mendez 14)
Arecibo- Carolina= 54-64 (A= Drinks 20+16rebs, Rivera 11; C= Anderson 24, Escalera 18, De la Cruz 7)
Ponce- Juncos= 54-82 (P= Wilson 21, santos 12; J= Gay 26, Ya. Cabrera 22, Yo. Cabrera 15)
Carolina- Caguas= 85-71
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA - Women

Pascalau's 26 are not enough against Germany -by Eurobasket News
Romania-Germany 78:85 (19-25, 21-17, 19-26, 19-17)

Romania lost the opener of 2007 EuroBasket Women Group B campaign. In the first game of the tournament Germany upset Romania 85:78. As two years ago in Eurobasket 2005 the Bundersteam became stronger again. Alexandra Mueller (175-G-83) led the way with 22 points. Henning Frohlich (183-G-82) scored 20, while Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) added 19. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) showed a good game for the Romanians nailing 26 in defeat.

Maria Pascalau scored first 4 points for the team as Romania had 2:0 and then 4:2 lead. The Germans immediately answered with some runs to finish the first with 25:19.
Romania took advantage of some German struggles and Palau's jumper made it 31:30 halfway through the second period. After that the team missed a 0-9 from the opponents and had 30:38. Thanks to 4 free throws from Hutanu Romania stayed with 40:42 behind after the half.

In the second half Palau's basket brought Romania to within 68:65 but Sarah Austmann hit a three-pointer to give Germany back some momentum. The latter won 85:78 and opened the tournament with a victory.

Tomorrow Germany face Belgium while Romania must bounce back against Lithuania.

Romania: Maria Pascalau 26, Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) 13, Annemarie Parau (174-G-84) 13
Germany: Alexandra Mueller 22, Henning Frohlich 20, Anne Breitreiner 19


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RUSSIA - Women

Russia satisfies with a tough win over Italy -by Eurobasket News
Italy-Russia 55:60 (18-22, 13-12, 8-8, 16-18)

Russian National team won the opener of the EuroBasket Women in Chieti. In the first game Russia outscored the hosts, Italians 60:55. Not many people expected a tough game from Italy, however the team fought till the end. Russia had no leader in that game as Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 10 points and made 9 rebounds. Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F-82) and Osipova netted 9 points each. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Arteshina opened the game with a three and after Maria Stepanova's two free throw Russia thought of an easy win. Karpunina brought her team the biggest lead at that time, 18:9. Even though Russia dominated, Italy reduced to 22:18 after the first 10 minutes.
In the second quarter the favorites led by 3-5 points and went to the interims with 34:31. The same saw the spectators in the third quarter as when Italy tried to catch up Russia held 3 points.

Italy tied the contest at 44:44 early in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer from Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80). An 11-0 run helped Russia not to feel sad after the first game of the tournament. The next game Russia will play tomorow against France.

Italy: Laura Macchi 17+9 rebs, Francesca Zara (178-G-76) 13, Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 10 rebs
Russia: Maria Stepanova 10+9 rebs, Tatiana Shchegoleva 9, Osipova 9


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SENEGAL - Women

Senegal extend their winning streak edging Mozambique -by Eurobasket News
Senegal - Mozambique 59:42
Senegalese team remained undefeated at the home African championship. They succeeded in the third round of preliminary action beating one of their main rivals Mozambique. Both teams entered the game with 2-0 records and needed a win to strengthen leading position.
Aya Troare nailed 5 stright points early in the game to give the hosts a 7:4 lead. Four free throws from Awa Gueye (182-F-78) enabled Senegal to enjoy a 17:9 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Mozambique remained competitive and Carla Silva (173-G-78) soon nailed three consecutive treys to put Mozambique in front 20:19. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) replied with 6 points midway through the stanza and Senegal went into the dressing room leading by 5 points 32:27. Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) and Astou Traore combined 5 points early in the third frame to enlarge the lead to 38:29. Later Senegal capped the third term with a 10:0 run and established a comfortable 48:33 advantage entering the fourth part of the game. Ndeye Ndiaye chipped in 4 straight points at the start of the fourth term and Senegal were en route to the win. Mozambique were hardly able to perform any sort of comeback and surrendered.
Aya Traore (186-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) led the action with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Awa Gueye netted 8 points and grabbed 4 boards in a winning effort. Carla Silva notched game-high 17 points for Mozambique. Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, college: ODU) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Senegal shot 35% from the field and 70% from free throw line. They managed to outrebound their opponents 43:21.

Senegal: Aya Traore 15+9 boards, Awa Gueye 8+4 boards
Mozambique: Carla Silva (173-G-78) 17, Clarisse Machanguana 10+7 boards


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SERBIA - Women

Serbia starts Eurobasket 2007 against Croatia -by Eurobasket News
Serbia will start Eurobasket 2007 tonight. In the first game the team will face Croatia as Belarus will play against Spain in another game. The favorite of the group is Spain, that finished on the third place over the last three championships.

In the previous championship Serbia defeated Greece 79:65 in the fight for ninth place. Serbia and Montenegro team had lots to prove and they get easy victory over ambitious Greek team to take 9th place in the tournament.

This year in the preparation tournament Serbia already played with Croatia. Croatia won that time the first game in Cervia tournament in Italy. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) top-scored for Serbia with 19 points.
Serbia must be proud of Zafer Cup beating there Lithuania 77:68. The game mostly belonged to the Serbs, however in the last quarter Lithuania stayed closer. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 24 points. Kresojevic collected 17, while Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) added 7.

The Serbian girls will have a difficult task in the tournament, however will try to improve. It is a question weather this rising team, which truth is has a lot of talent, will have enough experience to get into the battle with the giants of Europe. First three teams will advance from the group and Serbia deserves a place there.

24.09.2007
Serbia-Croatia

25.09.2007
Serbia-Spain

26.09.2007
Serbia-Belarus


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SPAIN - Women

EuroItaly'07:Good beggining for Spain -by Ivan Villar
Spain passed its first exam of tournament after defeat to Bielorrusia by 62-76.The spanish team got first victory thanks to the hard job in defense of all players.While in offense all players were scoring,the players coached by Evaristo Perez assured the game with a great defense during all the game.Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was the best scorer (17) but rest of players were decisive else.

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TUNISIA - Women

Tunisia shrugs Madagascar for the first win -by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - Madagascar 59:41
Tunisia celebrated their first win in the Afrobasket 2007 tournament in Senegal. After two loses at the start of the competition Tunisia finally found their touch and handled Madagascar. The victory saw North African side improve to 1-2 record and they revived their chances of qualifying to the quarterfinal stage.
The game was pretty close at the start and the lead changed hands a couple of times before Lydia Raoanirina and Nahirae Solinasoa nailed 5 straight points to put Madagascar in front 13:8. A 6:0 run early in the second quarter allowed Tunisia to regain the lead 16:15. But Ange Rasoambolanoro replied with a three pointer and Nirina Rabemiarana added another two points to lift Madagascar ahead 24:20 at the end of the first half. Both teams kept t close before Maha Chelly (-82) sparked a run away effort for Tunisia. Her jump shot marked a 34:28 advantage for Tunisian team late in the third stanza. However Ange Rasoambolanoro would return Madagascar side into 2-point territory entering the final term 32:34. But Tunisia survived late stages of the game and managed to delive where it counted most. Mouna Khriji (-76) and Fatma Barkallah drained three pointers late in regulation to ensure Tunisian victory.
Thouraya Adsi (-82) led Tunisia with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Fatma Barkallah added 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ange Rasoambolanoro replied with 12 points for Madagascar. Nahirae Solinasoa netted 6 points and grabbed 7 boards in a loss.
Tunisia now reached 4th spot in Group A ladder.

Tunisia: Thouraya Adsi 9+5 boards, Fatma Barkallah 9
Madagascar: Ange Rasoambolanoro 12, Nahirae Solinasoa 6+7 boards


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TURKEY - Women

Basko led Latvia over Turkey in the first game of Group A -by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Latvia 62:73 (17-18, 13-20, 18-21, 13-14)

Group A first game saw the battle between Turkey and Latvia. The latter winning the second quarter 20:13 led the game to the happy end. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) showed a brilliant game with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) supported her with 16 points each. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) and Nevriye Yilmaz (196-C-80) top-scored with 21 points each for Turkey. Moreover they made 18 rebounds together.

500 spectators came to enjoy the first game in Group A. The first quarter was very tough and no one could predict the winner. Only in the second quarter after 2 three pointers in a row Latvia took a pleasant lead. Ieva Kublina and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota brought Latvia 32:24 with less than 4 minutes in the first half. The teams went to the lockers with 38:31 for the Baltic state.
Eglite's three increased the lead to 13 points and brought the feeling of the first victory. Turkey resisted well, but trailed by 10 points before the last quarter. With 13:14 in the fourth Turkey had nothing to do, but to admit the first loss.

In another game of the group Israel is facing now Czech Republic.

Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 21+10 rebs, Nevriye Yilmaz 21+8 rebs,
Latvia: Gunta Basko 17+7 rebs+7 ast, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 16, Ieva Kublina 16



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WBCBL - Women

Major Expansion Planned for 2008 -by Willie McCray
The Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) is currently accepting team applications for the 2008 season. Our goal for the 2008 season is to establish at least 30 teams across North America.
Each team will play 3 to 4 home games and 3 to 4 regional road games. The top 2 teams in each region will be eligible for the WBCBL National Championship Tournament in August.

Team enrollment for the upcoming season ends January 31, 2008.
Season: June - August

If you are interested in your team joining the WBCBL, contact us via email at Info@WBCBL.com or call us at 972-463-1917.