EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/27/2007

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ARGENTINA

Liga A 2007/2008 official rosters: Asociacion Quimsa -by Facundo Iatzky
Alejandro Reinick
Victor Hugo Cajal
Sebastian Castiñeira
Jonatan Treise
Andres Rodriguez (202-C-77)
Fernando Small
Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois)
William McFarlan (201-F-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas)
Julio Mazzaro (186-G-79)
Franco Ferrini (205-C-88)

Youngster team:
Jonatan Melian (G-91)
Sebastian Acevedo
Nicolas Zanni

Coach: Marcelo Richotti


Liga A latest news -by Facundo Iatzky
Estudiantes Bahia blanca:
Kevin Freeman left the team. His replace is J.R. Wallace (183-G-81, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Cent.Michigan). Pablo moya was released due to injury.

Atenas Cordoba:
Miguel Gerlero was loaned to 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (liga B)

Obras sanitarias:
Gonzalo Traverso (196-G/F-88) loaned to Obera Tennis club (liga B)

Peñarol:
Signed Alejandro Konsztadt

Gimnasia comodoro:
released Marvin Rashad

Central Entrerriano:
Lucas Arn (194-G-89) loaned to Union y Fuerza Roque Saenz Peña (liga B)

El Nacional:
Alejandro Carmona left the team due to personal problems


Liga A 2007/2008 official rosters: Centro Juventud sionista -by Facundo Iatzky
Alejandro Burgos (206-C/F-78)
Alejandro Zilli
Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82)
Mike Robinson (198-F-76, college: Purdue)
Daniel Hure
Mariano Byro
Fernando Malara
Todd Williams (193-G-69, college: Sacred Heart)
Pablo Jaworski
Agustin Carnovale
Ramiro Iglesias
Emiliano Bortagaray (180-G)

Youngster team:
Edgardo Torne (C-89)
Eric Bellman (G)
Augusto Bortagaray (G-91)

Coach: Sebastian Svetliza


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AUSTRALIA

AIS names 11 player for Italian tour -by Gauthier Gerard
Basketball Australia announced the 11 player AIS Men's team that will depart Sydney this evening for a 3-week tour of Italy - the start of preparations for the 2009 junior world championship. Following the graduation of the majority of last year's group, a fresh faced squad of athletes aged between 15 and 17 will depart Sydney International airport at 5pm AEST today on Qantas flight QF001.
article by Ben Hawes for BA media

“The aim of the tour is to expose the 2009 world championship group to European style of play and really everything else that goes with touring such as travel, living away from home for a long period and living together for a long stretch of time,” Head Coach Marty Clarke said. “It is an opportunity to take them away from everything and for the next three weeks they will have to live, think and breathe basketball. We will go and watch division 1 team practice sessions and games and we will obviously play some tough games ourselves but this tour will start off the international experience for the 2009 world championship group.”
The group will play eight games in ten days against Division 2 and 3 Italian teams, exposing them to different European styles of play as well as go through a number of intensive training sessions.
It is a really young group,” Clarke said. “We are going to play under 22 teams as well as Division 2 and 3 teams and the games will be very tough because those teams are fully professional with very experienced players. A big part of it is finding what system suits each group we have so it will be an experimental time as far as the system of play goes. Our overall depth of talent will be quite significant.”

AIS Team:
Hugh GREENWOOD (06/03/1992 187)
James ORR (08/08/1990 198)
Brock MOTUM (16/10/1990 204)
Clint STEINDL (15/03/1989 198)
Shane HARRIS-TUNKS (27/05/1990 208)
Dwayne RADCLIFFE (21/04/1990 203)
Jordan VANDENBERG (25/03/1990 211)
Jorden PAGE (6/10/1990 181)
Christian SALECICH (1/09/1990 192)
Mitchell YOUNG (6/08/1990 204)
Matthew DELLAVEDOVA (8/09/1990 188)

Staff:
Marty CLARKE Head Coach
Paul GORISS Assistant Coach
Ben RUSH Assistant Coach
Tony WARD Physiotherapist


NBA: Bogut relaxed, refreshed and ready -by Gauthier Gerard
Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) went home to Australia during the off-season and made a few headlines for his comments about the culture of riches in the National Basketball Association. But he probably received even more attention for a really bad haircut, a bald look featuring a long tail in the back, which showed up on YouTube and other spots on the Web. The 22-year-old Bogut hopes to make headlines for more conventional reasons during the approaching Milwaukee Bucks season. He showed up at the Bucks' annual golf outing at Ozaukee Country Club on Monday, and his head was nearly shaved, but the tail was gone.
article by Charles Gardner for Journal Sentinel

"I lost the bit," the 7-foot center said with a grin.
Bogut said he felt rejuvenated after taking the summer (or Australian winter) to recharge. He did not play for the Australian national team and had his first truly free off-season in the last five years. It helped him recover from the season-ending left foot injury he suffered in early March.
"I basically took the rest of April and May off, went on holiday with my mom and dad and my girlfriend," Bogut said. "We went to Queensland, and it was in the 90s; for our winter it's pretty good. I did some body boarding, that type of stuff. I started light training in June and really kind of built it up, did a bit more in the gym. I'm building my own (training) facility in Melbourne, which is exciting."
Bogut arrived in Milwaukee on Sept. 3. Since that time he has settled into a new home in the suburbs, bought a Siberian Husky and started preparing for the opening of training camp next week.
"I have a house, nice property," Bogut said. "I can actually go outside and have a coffee for once, instead of sitting on a balcony 26 floors up (in the city). I'm really happy in Milwaukee. The winters are cold but it's really peaceful and I like it."
Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, thinks the lessons he has learned in his first two years in the NBA will help him this season. In Year 2 he averaged 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 66 games, all starts, and played 34.2 minutes per game. He also thinks he can help the Bucks' newest international player, 7-foot Chinese power forward Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87), the No. 6 pick in the draft.
"I'm not a veteran by any means, but I've been here long enough to know that you've got to be different as an international player," said Bogut, who played two years at Utah before becoming the first Australian selected No. 1 overall."I think international players take it a bit harder when they get to the league. You've just got to figure out you've got 82 games, forget about the last game and look to the next game. I think he will be all right once he meets some people."
Bogut said he followed the Bucks' summer moves from afar and spoke a few times with Bucks general manager Larry Harris. The Melbourne native said he wasn't surprised the Bucks selected Yi, despite the initial reluctance of the Chinese star's representatives to have him play in Milwaukee.
"I think he has a chance to be very, very good," Bogut said. "I've played against him a couple of times and he's just very quick and mobile for a big guy. It's going to take time to adjust. He's probably going to come out and play well and then have an adjustment, especially coming from China. I think it was a great pick. A lot of people knocked it, and I applaud Larry Harris for sticking to his guns."
Bogut said he liked the way the team was shaping up, including the signings of guards Maurice Williams (186-G-82) and Charlie Bell (191-G-79), both of whom were offered contracts by the Miami Heat. The Bucks matched Miami's five-year, $18 million offer to Bell last week.
"Mo was probably the big one, and that kind of hurt us in the Charlie sweepstakes," Bogut said. "You've got to feel for what he (Bell) went through. I'm just glad we have Charlie back. I think he's an integral part of our team."

photo: Gary Porter


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AUSTRIA

Furstenfeld signed Brown -by Stefan Heinrich
After not passing try-outs in Kormend (HUN), Gussing and Oberwart the Forward Dustin Brown (202-F-83) is now in Furstenfeld where he'll be tried out by the Panthers. Brown is able to play on the 4 and the 3 and he joined the team already today.

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BALTIC LEAGUE

Barons sign contract with two players -by Ricards Vambuts

Barons/LMT sign contracts with two players - Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) and Dainius Adomaitis (201-G/F-74).


Demetrius Alexander is very talented and young player. He can do it all. He can shoot the three-pointer, rebound, dish the ball, defend, block. He is very athletic. Last season Alexander played in Spain - Cajasol team. In 27 games Alexander has got 13,7 ppg, 5,7 rpg.


Lithuania player Dainius Adomaitis played in two best Lithuania teams - Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas. He is very smart player, who knows the game. He can score many points every evening. In 2006./2007 season Adonaitis played in Gravelines (France). In France league he has got 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg.

Barons/LMT team at this season:
Kristers Zeidaks
Martins Kravcenko
Demetrius Alexander
Raimonds Vaikulis
Edgars Eglitis
Einars Tukiss
Dainius Adomaitis
Arturs Brunins
Kaspars Berzins
Michal Hlebowicki
Rudolfs Rozitis
Armands Skele
Giedrius Gustas
Kebu Stewart
Lauris Mizis



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BOSNIA

Vogosca MIMS signs several players -by Sead Buljina
New Division1 member, Vogosca MIMS has signed Nikola Sormaz, Danko Delibasic and Aldin Kadic. Elnis Prasovic and Serbian center, Ivica Markovic (209-F/C-83) are expected to sign contracts tomorrow.

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CBA

CBA DRAFT RECAP -by Eurobasket News
With the first pick of the 2nd Annual Continental Basketball Association College Draft, the Oklahoma Cavalry selected Caleb Green (6'8''-F-85, college: ORU) from Oral Roberts University.

For three straight seasons Green was named a Mid-Major All-American and was an honorable mention AP All-American. Green was also a three time Player of the Year in the Mid-Continent Conference. Green helped ORU to three straight regular season championships in the Mid-Continent Conference and back-to-back CAA tournament appearances (2006 and 2007). This past season he averaged 20.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as ORU posted a 23-11 overall record and he ended his career as Mid-Con career leader in points (2,503) and rebounds (1,189). Only the 18th player in NCAA history to reach the 2,500-point, 1,000-rebound marks, Green's AP honorable mention made him just the fourth player in ORU history to receive at least three All-America honors.

“Caleb is a pure scorer,” said Oklahoma Head Coach Micheal Ray Richardson. “For a guy that weighs 250 pounds he is quick on his feet and goes to the boards hard. He is also a good shooter and has range on his jumper. We understand he is in Germany, but we hope to have him with the Cavalry sometime this season.”

Director of Scouting Mark Argenziano compares him, “to a Ryan Gomes or Stephen Graham type of player.” “He was a three time All-American and becomes the first Oral Roberts player to be honored since Mark Acres accomplishes the same feat. Oklahoma made an excellent selection.”

‘I thought each team did an outstanding job tonight in terms of talent,” said Director of Player Personnel Jeff Argenziano. “There seemed to be a premium of big men and interior defenders tonight, with the emphasis on team defense.”

Sixteen players that were selected in the CBA Draft participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Two players from the NCAA Champion Florida Gators (Lee Humphrey and Chris Richard) were selected. The Albany Patroons selected their former head coaches (George Karl) son, Coby Karl (6'4''-G, college: Boise St.) in the 1st round.

- FOLLOWING ARE ROUND-BY-ROUND AND TEAM-BY-TEAM RESULTS -

2007 CBA DRAFT
Round-by-Round
FIRST ROUND
1. Oklahoma Cavalry - Caleb Green (6-6, Forward, Oral Roberts)
2. Rio Grande Valley Silverados - Ivan Jenkins (5'11''-G-83, college: Winthrop) (6-0, Guard, Lambuth)
3. East Kentucky Miners - Earl Calloway (6'3''-G, agency: CAA Sports) (6-3, Guard, Indiana)
4. Atlanta Krunk - Chris Holm (7'0''-F) (6-11, Center, Vermont)
5. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Justin Cage (6'6''-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) (6-6, Forward, Xavier)
6. Butte Daredevils - Jeremy Hunt (6'5''-G-83, agency: CAA Sports) (6-5, Guard, Memphis)
7. Great Falls Explorers - Mike Chavez (6'7''-G/F) (6-7, Forward, Montana)
8. Minot Skyrockets - Larry Turner (6'11''-C-82, college: Tennessee St.) (6-10, Center, Tennessee State)
9. Albany Patroons - Coby Karl (6-5, Guard, Boise State)
10. Yakama Sun Kings - Jahsha Bluntt (6'6''-G-84, college: Delaware St.) (6-6, Guard, Delaware State)
SECOND ROUND
11. Oklahoma Cavalry - Rashad Jones-Jennings (6-8, Forward, Arkansas-Little Rock)
12. Rio Grande Valley Silverados - Cedric Smith (6-9, Forward, Texas A & M - Corpus Christi)
13. East Kentucky Miners - Marcus Heard (6-7, Forward, DePaul)
14. Atlanta Krunk - Jamaal Tatum (6-2, Guard, Southern Illinois)
15. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Trey Johnson (6-5, Guard, Jackson State)
16. Butte Daredevils - Anthony Tolliver (6-9, Forward, Creighton)
17. Great Falls Explorers - William Maupins (6-5, Guard, St. Scholastica - MN)
18. Minot Skyrockets - Brad Brickens (6-4, Guard, Texas A & M - Commerce)
19. Albany Patroons - Chris Richard (6-9, Center, Florida)
20. Yakama Sun Kings - Mario Bogin (6-7, Forward, Oklahoma State)

THIRD ROUND
21. Oklahoma Cavalry - DeAngelo Alexander (6-5, Guard, UNC-Charlotte)
22. Rio Grande Valley Silverados - Patrick Fields (6-8, Forward, Baylor)
23. East Kentucky Miners - Zach Malvick (6-2, Guard, Winona State)
24. Atlanta Krunk - INELIGIBLE SELECTION
25. Yakama Sun Kings - Curtis Sumpter (6-7, Forward, Villanova)
26. Butte Daredevils - Tyronne Beale (6-8, Forward, Bowie State)
27. Great Falls Explorers - Kevin Kruger (6-2, Guard, UNLV)
28. Minot Skyrockets - Jeremy Overstreet (6-22, Center, Paine)
29. Albany Patroons - Dwight Brewington (6-5, Guard, Liberty)
30. Yakama Sun Kings - Quinton Hosley (6-6, Guard, Fresno State)

FOURTH ROUND
31. Oklahoma Cavalry - Rashaun Freeman (6-9, Forward, UMASS)
32. Rio Grande Valley Silverados - Jarrius Jackson (6-1, Guard, Texas Tech)
33. East Kentucky Miners - Dwight Jones (6-3, Guard, Houston Baptist)
34. Atlanta Krunk - Joel Anthony (6-9, Forward, UNLV)
35. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Terrance Roberts (6-9, Forward, Syracuse)
36. Minot Skyrockets - James Hughes (6-11, Center, Northern Illinois)
37. Great Falls Explorers - Derek Raivio (6-3, Guard, Gonzaga)
38. Minot Skyrockets - Courtney Bohannon (6-8, Forward, Tennessee State)
39. Albany Patroons - Lee Humphrey (6-2, Guard, Florida)
40. Yakama Sun Kings - Mike Jones (6-5, Guard, Maryland)

FIFTH ROUND
41. Oklahoma Cavalry - Demetrius Nichols (6-8, Forward, Syracuse)
42. Rio Grande Valley Silverados - Colin Lien (7-1, Center, Texas - Pan American)
43. East Kentucky Miners - Andrew Preston (6-10, Center, Belmont)
44. Atlanta Krunk - Romeo Travis (6-7, Forward, Akron)
45. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Ron Lewis (6-4, Guard, Ohio State)
46. Butte Daredevils - Chaz Crawford (6-10, Center, Drexel)
47. Great Falls Explorers - Omar Guinea (6-8, Forward, Henderson State)
48. Minot Skyrockets - Avis Wyatt (6-9, Forward, Virginia Tech)
49. Albany Patroons - Rob Summer (7-0, Center, West Virginia)
50. Yakama Sun Kings - DeShaun Wood (5-11, Guard, Wright State)

SIXTH ROUND
51. Oklahoma Cavalry - Carl Landry (6-7, Forward, Purdue)
52. Rio Grande Valley Silverados - Robert Lawrence (6-3, Guard, LaGrange)
53. East Kentucky Miners - Lukasz Obrzut (7-2, Center, Kentucky)
54. Atlanta Krunk - Kellen Lee (6-11, Center, Los Angeles CC)
55. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Antonio Graves (6-3, Guard, Pittsburgh)
56. Butte Daredevils - Quin Humphrey (6-4, Guard, Youngstown State)
57. Great Falls Explorers - Quentin Day (6-1, Guard, Missouri - Kansas City)
58. Minot Skyrockets - Adam Haluska (6-5, Guard, Iowa)
59. Albany Patroons - Haron Hargrave (6-0, Guard, Sacramento State)
60. Yakama Sun Kings - Alan Wiggins, Jr., Forward, San Francisco)






2007 CBA DRAFT
Team-by-Team (Round, Selection)
ALBANY PATROONS
(1st round, 9th pick) - Coby Karl (6-5, Guard, Boise State)
(2nd round,19th pick) - Chris Richard (6-9, Forward, Florida)
(3rd round, 29th pick) - Dwight Brewington (6-5, Guard, Liberty)
(4th round, 39th pick) - Lee Humphrey (6-2, Guard, Florida)
(5th round, 49th pick) - Rob Summers (7-0, Center, West Virginia)
(6th round, 59th pick) - Haron Hargrave (6-0, Guard, Sacramento State)

ATLANTA KRUNK
(1st round, 4th pick) - Chris Holm (6-11, Center, Vermont)
(2nd round,14th pick) - Jamaal Tatum (6-2, Guard, Southern Illinois)
(3rd round, 24th pick) - INELIGIBLE SELECTION
(4th round, 34th pick) - Joel Anthony (6-9, Forward, UNLV)
(5th round, 44th pick) - Romeo Travis (6-7, Forward, Akron)
(6th round, 54th pick) - Kellen Lee (6-11, Center, Los Angeles CC)

BUTTE DAREDEVILS
(1st round, 6th pick) - Jeremy Hunt (6-5, Guard, Memphis)
(2nd round, 16th pick) - Anthony Tolliver (6-9, Forward, Creighton
(3rd round, 26th pick) - Tyronne Beale (6-8, Forward, Bowie State)
(5th round, 46th pick) - Chaz Crawford (6-10, Center, Drexel)
(6th round, 56th pick) - Quin Humphrey (6-4, Guard, Youngstown State)

EAST KENTUCKY MINERS
(1st round, 3rd pick) - Earl Calloway (6-3, Guard, Indiana)
(2nd round,13th pick) - Marcus Heard (6-7, Forward, DePaul)
(3rd round, 23rd pick) - Zach Malvick (6-2, Guard, Winona State)
(4th round, 33rd pick) - Dwight Jones (6-3, Guard, Houston Baptist)
(5th round, 43rd pick) - Andrew Preston (6-10, Center, Belmont)
(6th round, 53rd pick) - Lukasz Obrzut (7-2, Center, Kentucky)

GREAT FALLS EXPLORERS
(1st round, 7th pick) - Mike Chavez (6-7, Forward, Montana)
(2nd round, 17th pick) - William Maupins (6-5, St. Scholastica-MN)
(3rd round, 27th pick) - Kevin Kruger (6-2, Guard, UNLV)
(4th round, 37th pick) - Derek Raivio (6-3, Guard, Gonzaga)
(5th round, 47th pick) - Omar Guinea (6-8, Forward, Henderson State)
(6th round, 57th pick) - Quentin Day (6-4, Guard, Missouri-Kansas City)


MINOT SKYROCKETS
(1st round, 8th pick) - Larry Turner (6-10, Center, Tennessee State)
(2nd round,18th pick) - Brad Brickens (6-4, Guard, Texas A&M - Commerce)
(3rd round, 28th pick) - Jeremy Overstreet (6-11, Center, Paine)
(4th round, 36th pick) - James Hughes (6-11, Center, Northern Illinois)
(4th round, 38th pick) - Courtney Bohannon (6-8, Forward, Tennessee State)
(5th round, 48th pick) - Avis Wyatt (6-9, Forward, Virginia Tech)
(6th round, 58th pick) - Adam Haluska (6-5, Guard, Iowa)

OKLAHOMA CAVALRY
(1st round, 1st pick) - Caleb Green (6-8, Forward, Oral Roberts)
(2nd round, 11st pick) - Rashad Jones-Jennings (6-8, Forward, Arkansas-Little Rock)
(3rd round, 21st pick) - DeAngelo Alexander (6-5, Guard, UNC-Charlotte)
(4th round, 31st pick) - Rashaun Freeman (6-9, Forward, UMASS)
(5th round, 41st pick) - Demetrius Nichols (6-8, Forward, Syracuse)
(6th round, 51st pick) - Carl Landry (6-7, Forward, Purdue)

PITTSBURGH XPLOSION
(1st round, 5th pick) - Justin Cage (6-6, Forward, Xavier)
(2nd round 15th pick) - Trey Johnson (6-5, Guard, Jackson State)
(4th round, 35th pick) - Terrance Roberts (6-9, Forward, Syracuse)
(5th round, 45th pick) - Ron Lewis (6-4, Guard, Ohio State)
(6th round, 55th pick) - Antonio Graves (6-3, Guard, Pittsburgh)



RIO GRANDE VALLEY SILVERADOS
(1st round, 2nd pick) - Ivan Jenkins (6-0, Guard, Lambuth)
(2nd round,12th pick) - Cedric Smith (6-9, Forward, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi)
(3rd round, 22nd pick) - Patrick Fields (6-8, Forward, Baylor)
(4th round, 32nd pick) - Jarrius Jackson (6-1, Guard, Texas Tech)
(5th round, 42nd pick) - Colin Lien (7-1, Center, Texas Pan American)
(6th round, 52nd pick) - Robert Lawrence (6-3, Guard, LaGrange)

YAKIMA SUN KINGS
(1st round, 10th pick) - Jahsha Bluntt (6-6, Guard, Delaware State)
(2nd round,20th pick) - Mario Bogin (6-7, Forward, Oklahoma State)
(3rd round, 25th pick) - Curtis Sumpter (6-7, Forward, Villanova)
(3rd round, 30th pick) - Quinton Hosley (6-6, Guard, Fresno State)
(4th round, 40th pick) - Mike Jones (6-5, Guard, Maryland)
(5th round, 50th pick) - DeShaun Wood (5-11, Guard, West Virginia)
(6th round, 60th pick) - Alan Wiggins, Jr. (6-9, Forward, San Francisco)
Courtesy of:http://www.cbahoopsonline.com


Oklahoma Cavalry select Caleb Green with 1st pick in CBA draft -by Eurobasket News
With the first pick of the 2nd Annual Continental Basketball Association College Draft, the Oklahoma Cavalry selected Caleb Green (6'8''-F-85, college: ORU) from Oral Roberts University.

For three straight seasons Green was named a Mid-Major All-American and was a honorable mention AP All-American. Green was also a three time Player of the Year in the Mid-Continent Conference. Green helped ORU to three straight regular season championships in the Mid-Continent Conference and back-to-back CAA tournament appearances (2006 and 2007). This past season he averaged 20.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as ORU posted a 23-11 overall record and he ended his career as Mid-Con career leader in points (2,503) and rebounds (1,189). Only the 18th player in NCAA history to reach the 2,500-point, 1,000-rebound marks, Green's AP honorable mention made him just the fourth player in ORU history to receive at least three All-America honors.

“Caleb is a pure scorer,” said Oklahoma Head Coach Micheal Ray Richardson. “For a guy that weighs 250 pounds he is quick on his feet and goes to the boards hard. He is also a good shooter and has range on his jumper. We understand he is in Germany, but we hope to have him with the Cavalry sometime this season.”

“Director of Scouting Mark Argenziano compares him, “to a Ryan Gomes or Stephen Graham type of player.” “He was a three time All-American and becomes the first Oral Roberts player to be honored since Mark Acres accomplishes the same feat. Oklahoma made an excellent selection.”
Courtesy of:http://www.cbahoopsonline.com


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COLOMBIA

Federation Cup, September 25, results -by Victor Garcia
Bucaros 75
Piratas 87
- Marvin Phillips 33 pts.
Same history of the Monday night but a different end, Piratas took control of the game early thanks again to its accurate 3 point shooting.
Enielsen Guevara´s sprained finger was in pain, and the Bucaros misses lots its big guy, with him on the bench Alvaro Teheran had an easy game in the boards and Marvin Phillips was free to score.
Bucaros cut the difference to 5 points in the last quarter but Guillermo Moreno called a time out and give a hard speech to his team, then Piratas came back to the court a finished the game.

Indervalle 98 - Brian Woodward 34 pts
Soles 95 - Kendrick Jones 29 pts
Indervalle is still breathing after defeat Soles in Cali, Brian Woodward leaded the locals with 34 pts and Kendrick Jones again leaded Soles with 29, Indervalle´s taks is very hard they need to win all its 4 remaining games as visitors , two of them against Piratas and wait that Piratas lost its 4 games at home.

Alcaldia de Tunja 94 - John Perez 26 pts
Condores 83
Alcaldia de Tunja swiped Condores after defeat them 94 - 83, John Perez leaded alcaldia with 26 pts.


Bucaros keeps Terrell -by Victor Garcia
Kevin Freeman changed his mind and move to Delfines in Venezuela, the Bucaros manager Carlos Parra decided to keep Terrell in the team

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COSTA RICA

Rodrigo Mora Dies in Pick-Up Game -by Max Blair
Costa Rican basketball lost one of their pioneering stars last week when Rodrigo Mora Salas suffered a heart-attack on September 18, 2007.

Mora, 55-years-old from Cartago, was playing with his ex-teamates when the first heart attack happened in the middle of the court. He was taken by the Red Cross to a hospital where he suffered two more heart attacks before dying. This comes as a shock according to friend and journalist Eduardo Castillo, because "Rodrigo Mora was an athlete who took a lot of care about his physical condition."

In the 1970s, Mora played with San Luis Gonzaga during the initial years of professional Costa Rican basketball. He will be buried at the Cartago General Cemetary.


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CUBA

TNA results. -by Alessandro Fontana
These are the results of TNA on 22th September:
Guantanamo- La sTunas= 103-91 (G= Pons 35, Elias 31, Masso 11; LT= Garcia 26, Ayala 25)
Holguin- Santiago de Cuba= 83-81 (H= Simon 33, Fonseca 10, Fargie 10; S= Martinez 24, Del Toro 17)
Ciego de Avila- Sancti Spiritus= 89-54
Cienfuegos- Camaguey= 51-103
Capitalinos- Pinar= 101-68 (C= valdes 20, Leguen 12, Torres 11; P= R. Diaz 24, Y. Diaz 10)
Matanzas- Metropolitanos= the game was not played due to the rain and the infiltration of water in the Aurelio Janet Coliseum.
A. Fontana


TNA results, Capitalinos defeats Pinar. -by Alessandro Fontana

Capitalinos wins a great game and they confirm to be "the team" of this TNA 2007. Metropolitanos are defeated by Matanzas with a great Allens Jemmott (193-G-80), the best scorer of the TNA 2007.

These are the results:
Matanzas-Metropolitanos= 90-87 (M= Jemmot 34, Torriente 31, Norona 12; Me= Walvin 20, Simon 19)
Capitalinos- Pinar del Rio= 93-59 (C= Torres 24, Valdes 18, Lima 11; P= Diaz 13, Rojas 11)
Cienfuegos- Camaguey= 56-71
Holguin- Santiago de Cuba= 82-90 (H= H. Simon 21, Caballero 15; SC= Martinez 23, Hechevarria 19, Del Toro 18)
Guantanamo- Las Tunas= 79-89 (G= Elias 24, Masso 17; LT= Garcia 21, Ayala 14, Medina 14)

A. Fontana



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D-LEAGUE

Miami Heat Sign D-League Standout Brian Chase -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Miami Heat have signed former Virginia Tech star Brian Chase (5'10''-G-81, college: Virginia Tech). After spending the first seven games of the NBA season with the Utah Jazz, Chase went on to play for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League, where in his 32 games (32 starts), he averaged 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.41 steals and 33.2 minutes while shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the foul line. Chase also earned All D-League Honorable Mention honors and was selected to play in the 2007 D-League All-Star Game.
A veteran of the US minor leagues, Chase has spent time in the CBA with Gary (05-06), the ABA with Maryland (04-05) and the USBL with Nebraska (2006).
Chase finished his collegiate career at Virginia Tech as the all-time leader in three-point percentage at 40.9 percent.


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EUROLEAGUE

Kellena Azubuike close to Partizan ? -by Nenad Ilijev
According to Eurobasket UK section, Serbian champion Partizan Belgrade is seriously interested in Kelenna Azubuike (196-G/F-83, college: Kentucky). 'Buike' is still training with Golden State Warriors but it is not sure whether he will stay in NBA or not. Azubuike started last season in D-League but he got a call-up from the Warriors in January. He averaged 7.1ppg and 2.3rpg in 41 contest of NBA regular season. Rumours are saying that Maccabi Tel-Aviv is also interested in Azubuike.

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FINLAND

1.DIV.: PuHu made a quick change -by Rauno Hurmalainen
PuHu (Vantaa) has made a quick change on Team roster just a few days before season start (Sep 30). American G Tim Forbes (180-G-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Bentley) can go and Forbes will be replaced by another American SG Akeem Scott (186-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: High Point). Scott played last season 18 games on Korihait (Uusikaupunki) roster averaging 17,3 ppg and 4,1 rpg.

FINNISH CUP: Lapua upset Kataja -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Cup, Sweet 16: Honka (Espoo) - Vilpas (Salo) 94-67, Team Componenta - Kouvot (Kouvola) 71-90, ToPo (Helsinki) - Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 91-72,
KTP (Kotka) - YMCA Helsinki 100-69, Kataja (Joensuu) - Lapua 74-100, YMCA Lappeenranta - Kauhajoki 87-59, YMCA Lahti - FC Passe 122-49, Tarmo (Porvoo)
- Pyrinto (Tampere) 72-77. Next games 3.10.: Honka vs Kouvot, ToPo vs KTP, YMCA LPR - Lapua, Pyrinto vs YMCA Lahti.


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FRANCE

ProA,ProB,N1 : Various Market news -by Aurelien Hipp

Cholet signed Alan Wiggins (206-F-84, college: USF) and released Kevin Pittsnogle (210-C-84, college: W.Virginia). Wiggins posted 14.3ppg 7.2rpg as a senior at San Francisco University.

*Quimper signed John III Thomas (175-G-76, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: St.Francis,NY) III to replace injured Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida).

*John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) signed back at Le Havre. He posted 14.4ppg 3.6rpg 2.7apg last season in the same team

*Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, college: Michigan St.) signed with Orleans that now has a complete roster. He will replace Gueye, injured at his knee.

*Sanjay Adell (198-F-77, college: Ohio) signed back with Mulhouse after he spent the season there last year in ProB. Adell posted 14.4ppg 4.6rpg 1.6apg in ProB last season.


*DeRon Hayes (197-F-70, agency: SportsTalent, college: Penn St.) is back in business. He will replace Joah Tucker (196-F-83, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) at Limoges while the US forward is injured.



*Bob Menama (202-F-80, agency: Court Side) will play 2 months with Evreux to replace injured Jean-Emmanuel LeBrun (195-F-74). Menama knows the club since he played for Evreux 2 seasons ago (6 games, 12.2ppg 3.5rpg). He spent the whole season in Châlons last year (7.1ppg 3.7rpg).



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GEORGIA

Mahoric gives credit to Markoishvili -by Eurobasket News
Manuhar Markoishvili (196-G-86) got a praise from the head coach of Manu's new team BC Kyiv, Tomo Mahoric.

"Manu soon will be in a best shape. He is very experienced player and we rely on him a lot", - said Mahoric.

BC Kyiv played two test-games and won both of them. First, they beat Slovenian side Coper 108:79 and after that, they palyed great defence against Poland's Turow and beat this team 88:72.

In the first game of the upcoming Ukrainian championship Manu's team faces Politekhnika (Lvov) on 6-th of October.
Courtesy of:http://www.gbf.ge


Tskitishvili's team is beaten by Larissa -by Eurobasket News
Another game has been played by Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) and his new club Teramo. Nika's team was beaten in a test-game by Olimpia Ge Larissa 69:56.

Nika did not have his best game and finished with only 4 points, while he has got 17 in the previous match against Besiktas. After that game the head coach of Besiktas Ergin Ataman called Nika "important and useful addition".
Courtesy of:http://www.gbf.ge


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GERMANY

Jerome Coleman in Trier for two months -by Moritz Korff
TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga) signed Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers) to a two-months-contract. In that period of time Coleman will take the position of Playmaker Marcus Taylor (191-G-81, college: Michigan St.) who is suffering from a toe-injury. Coleman was the 2006 Eurobasket.com Guard of the Year in the Lithuanian first division and the 2007 Eurobasket.com All-Swedish League Import Player of the Year. He led "Basketligan" in points per game last season (26.8) and also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals per contest. At the end of the campaign he joined Etendard de Brest of the French Pro B-League and had four appearances, scoring 23 points per contest.

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GREECE

Hellenic Cup - Part 2: Results and scorers -by Chris Mammides
The third phase (first with A1 teams) of the Hellenic cup took place last night. There only two teams from the A2 which qualified in the next round, especially Peristeri's win over Egaleo was the best as the two teams are separated by a division. In the other games, the home team of Lavrio feels unjust (home lost over Xanthi 76-77) and has many complains against the men in gray - Xanthos and Maherianakis and they do claim that with a 50-50 treatment from the referees they would have been qualifying now in the next round. On the other games Maroussi didn't face any real problems against Ilysiakos, as on a fast mode, Coach Russo's team took the lead and the difference from the early minutes of the game and only in the fourth quarter Ilysiakos, mainly with Bogris and Papanikolaou cut the deficit to the 15 points. Another derby took place in Pagrati who qualified in the next round due to a three pointer from Giorgos Gotzogiannis who beat the buzzer and Panerythraikos. Kolossos Rodou took the road win from Near East (2 divisions difference between the two teams), while Rethymno and AEK bea quite easily Amyntas and AEL 1964 respectively.

Ilysiakos - Maroussi 62-77
Quarters: 12-28, 30-51, 37-66, 62-77.
Ilysiakos (Daglas): Kobodietas 5, Gajic 8, Papanikolaou 11, Kahrimanovic 2, Mihaloglou 4, Athanasoulas 10, Koutroulias 2, Tsarouhas 3 (1), Bogris 10, Papadakis 3, Papadopoulos 5.
Maroussi (Ruso): Noeas 7, Haralambidis 2, Boudouris 5, Jazvin 2, Briand 19, Stefanidis 7, Mavroidis 8, Kojadinovic 2, Paragios 5, Kaimakoglou 16 (1).

Pagrati - Panerythraikos 62-60
Quarters: 15-14, 32-23, 43-40, 62-60.
Pagrati (Lykogiannis): Koukas 6 (2), Liakopoulos 15, Gotzogiannis 7 (1), Tsolatos 12 (1), Klimis 1, Tziallas 9, Maheras 9, Varypatis 3.
Panerythraikos (Houhoulis): Kodoudis 5 (1), Manoljovic 4, Georgaros 11 (1), Ifantis 4, Skouzis 2, Siristatidis 3, Koutouzis 5, Skoutaris 2, Tsotsos 4, Doumanis 12, Gribaviotis 8.

Lavrio - Xanthi 76-77
Quarters: 21-27, 41-41, 63-64, 76-77.
Lavrio (Serelis): Rallis 10, Kassanos 4, Kousoulas 3, Giannakopoulos 21, Agapitos 1, Notis 18, Psileas 19.
Xanthi (Zafiroudis): Moulakis 13 (3), Stefanidis 7, Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-80) 24, Seferidis 4, Koutsogiannis 6, Skara 2, Loupos 21.

Near East - Kolossos Rodou 68-81
Quarters: 15-21, 33-39, 49-56, 68-81
Near East (Karnesis): Nikou 6, Mihalos 8, Karabas 2, Lykogiannis 7, Papoulidis 11, Gavanopoulos 17, Sizopoulos 11, Stamatis 6.
Kolossos (Alexandris): Stinson 2 Kounounis 4, Josipovic 22, Tceskovic 12, Panogiotarakos 2, Koupidis 10, Asimakopoulos 12, Tziganovic 13, Todic 4.

Peristeri - Egaleo 82-73
Quarters: 21-26, 38-39, 61-52, 82-73.
Peristeri (Manouselis): Mantzanas 11, A. Mantzaris 7, Kokkalis 6, V. Mantzaris 2, Cuk 6, Margaritis 13, Deligiannis 6, Tribanski 9, Bucci 15.
Egaleo (Skourthopoulos): Hochler 3 (1), Bracey 15 (3), Sakellariou 2, Magkounis 4, Jaaber 22 (3), Kallinikidis 8,Maras 10, Paterson 9 (1).

Amyntas - Rethymno 62-94
Quarters: 17-32, 31-57, 47-79, 62-94.
Amyntas (Vlahos): Zoupas 7, Barbas 10 (1), Samothrakis 3 (1), Grammatikos 3 (1), Tzogopoulos 2, Korizis 23, Vogiatzis 8, Christofakis 2, Moumouris 4.
Rethymno (Koufos): Petropoulos 8, Koumoulos 13, Makris 11, Zuza 13, Gagaloudis 18, Karapostolou 6, Gitxogiannis 10, Vougioukas 9 (2).

AEL 1964 - AEK 60-74
Quarters: 18-14, 30-31, 47-54, 60-74.
AEL 1964 (Pilafidis): Ting 7 (1), Kolokas 2, Kis 12 (1), Papanikolopoulos 10 (2), Papachristos 5 (1), Klimavicius 8, Ceranic 11, Angelakopoulos 5 (1).
AEK (Koronios): Si 13 (2), Wesson 8, Tapoutos 9, Vasiljevic 7 (1), Kyritsis 3 (1), Hatzis 18 (2), Papanikolaou 8 (1), Lee 2, Tsamis 2, Barlos 4.


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GUATEMALA

End of Regular Season in Metropolitan League -by Gianni Pascucci
The Top basketball tournment in Guatemala, named Liga Metropolitana, ended its regular season last week. The final standings have been as follows:
1. Elite Sport 43 pts
2. Leones de Marte 42
3. USAC And One 38
4. Estudiantes 37
5. SLT 36
6. URL 34
7. Le Mans 32
8. Landivarianos 28
9. R L 28
10. Zencas 24
11. Deportivo Petapa 23
12. Cabras 26 -4 (relegated to Liga de Ascenso)
Yesterday night started the playoffs, with the best eight teams meeting themselves in quarterfinalsm, best of three games, with the following pairings:
Leones de Marte - Le Mans
Estudiantes - SLT
Elite Sport Pollo Rey - Landivarianos
USAC - UR Landivar


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IBL

Explosion to Host Open Tryouts -by Trask Frost
The Snohomish County Explosion will be holding an open player tryout for the 2008 season. Tryouts are November 3rd at the Monroe Sports Arena, located at 17001 Tester Road, Monroe, WA 98272. Registration will begin at 10am, with the tryout beginning at 10:30am. Early registration is $50 before October 29th. Registration after October 29th will be $75.

The Explosion is part of the International Basketball League, which is a professional, spring basketball league. Players are paid for their participation with the team. Practices and community events will begin in January with the first game slated to be in March.

To register, go online to www.ExplosionBasketball.net and click on the link in the feature story.

If you have any questions, contact General Manager Brad Sturlaugson at 425.339.BALL. For more information on the team, visit www.ExplosionBasketball.net.


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ITALY

Imola completes its roster -by Gianni Pascucci
Andrea Costa Imola announced yesterday the signing of USA-ITA Brian Montonati (207-F-76, college: Oklahoma St.) and import Tang Hamilton (201-F-78, college: Mississippi St.), who complete the team roster for the upcoming Lega 2 season

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JAMAICA

Upset bug still alive in NBL as Panthers shock Wizards -by Leonard Whyte
The second round of the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) is becoming very unpredictable. Three days after shocking midseason champions Urban Knights 87-86, Blazing Panthers returned to the scene of the crime last night and did the same to third place Denham Town Wizards, coming from behind to score another close one-point (68-67) triumph. Panthers (6-6) is now unbeaten since the break, and next faces Pure Playaz on Saturday at Folly Oval in Port Antonio. In the opening game, Knights rebounded from their surprise loss to Running Rebels to demolish Link-up All Stars 66-47.

Not enough
Mowanga Campbell (19 points), Anthony Farquharson (18 points), and Dwayne Harris (16 points) combined to score 53 of Wizards 67 points but this was not enough as Panthers found enough to hold their more fancied opponents at bay. Wizards (9-4) led 28-23 at halftime and 46-45 after three quarters but came up one point short at the end. Kirk Ferguson (17 points) and Linford Brown (11 points) led the winners.

Knights rebound
O'neil Mundle and Dave Blackwood scored 16 points each to lead Knights (8-5) over Link-up in a one-sided contest. The 6' 9” Mundle also grabbed a game and season-high 22 rebounds. Link-up, who fell to 2-10 were paced by Leighton Meeks with 21 points and Garfield Campbell with 11 points. Knights will face Wizards on Sunday in a game with serious playoff implications.


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LATVIA

Barons sign contract with two players -by Ricards Vambuts

Barons/LMT sign contracts with two players - Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) and Dainius Adomaitis (201-G/F-74).


Demetrius Alexander is very talented and young player. He can do it all. He can shoot the three-pointer, rebound, dish the ball, defend, block. He is very athletic. Last season Alexander played in Spain - Cajasol team. In 27 games Alexander has got 13,7 ppg, 5,7 rpg.


Lithuania player Dainius Adomaitis played in two best Lithuania teams - Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas. He is very smart player, who knows the game. He can score many points every evening. In 2006./2007 season Adonaitis played in Gravelines (France). In France league he has got 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg.

Barons/LMT team at this season:
Kristers Zeidaks
Martins Kravcenko
Demetrius Alexander
Raimonds Vaikulis
Edgars Eglitis
Einars Tukiss
Dainius Adomaitis
Arturs Brunins
Kaspars Berzins
Michal Hlebowicki
Rudolfs Rozitis
Armands Skele
Giedrius Gustas
Kebu Stewart
Lauris Mizis



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MALAYSIA

NBL 2007- Melaka win first round Champion!! -by Chong Jzen

Melaka Chinwoo was get the first round champion after beat Klang WCT Land by 79-72. The game is very tight with the score, even Melaka have a lead of 12 points in third quater, but WCT Land Cameroon import Kuete Chris is try to get back the losing situation, however, Chris was foul out when the game still have 4 minute to finish. After Chris foul out, the WCT land player is unable to fight with Melaka Chinwoo which have center Chee Li Wei and Guard Guganeswaran. The WCT Land also try to get back the points through foul tactics,this was make subsitute Abdul Kader(185-G-84) are having a 6 points play after scored 3 free throw and 1 three-point. However, Guganeswaran is able to handling the last 4 free-throw which decide the winning position. Melaka Center Chee Li Wei is successfully hold Chrs. The Cameroonian is unable to get more opportunity to score more like before. Tonight WCT Land is unable to organise their offense properly, even Chris is also hard to get the ball easily from his teammates. Melaka was proved that Chris is STOPABLE!!


Another game is YSL against Segamat Rimba Timor.Segamat national team ex-captain Satyaseelan is scored 23 points include 5 three-points in the game. The Segamat is have a easy win over YSL by 89-67. Center Koh Way Tek is make 14 ponits in limited playing time, because the team is needed to save energy to play in the semi final in this saturday against Klang WCT Land. YSL is get in some trouble with the player stamina, most of the player is unable to play more minute due to most of them is veteran player. YSL coach Goh Cheng Huat is try to use all the player to let the key player to have sufficient rest, but this action is cannot get the better result,how Goh will do in this saturday against Melaka Chinwoo?


The final will be held at MABA stadium in this sunday.



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PARAGUAY

Metro Round 5: San Jose, FPC and Libertad again at the top -by Gianni Pascucci
Deportivo San Jose prevailed over Soll de America 92-88 at the end of a very battled game, With newly arrived Jamal Nichols (206-F, college: De Paul) starring in Sol de America with 20 pts and Carlus Groves (201-F-71, college: San Diego St.) answering with 23 pts for San Jose. Libertad took an easy win, 79-47, over Rowing Club, with Marcos Tannel (199-F/C) and Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) leading the way at 18 pts each. Felix Perez Cardozo defeated 94-66 Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion, keeping the top of the table.

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PHILIPPINES

PBA's Air21 to compete against CBA's Guandong and Liaoning, KBL's Samsung, etc. -by Hector Santos
Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) Air21 Express team, owned by Alberto Lina, accepted an invitation to play in the 2007 Grand Waldo Cup-Asian Basketball Association Championship.

The tournament, which attracted powerhouse teams from Asia, will be from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 in Dongguan, China, Chinese Basketball Association's (CBA) Guangdong Southern Tigers' home court.

Coach Bo Perasol will auspice the team along with assistant coaches Johny Tam and Ching Marcelino, trainer Christian Chiongson, and Basketball Association of the Philippines executive vice president Christian Tan, who is the head of delegation.

The Express will join the ABA-organized tournament as part of their preparations for the coming PBA All-Filipino Conference. The competition will also give Air21's prized rookies like JC Intal and Doug Kramer (193-F) the needed experience before they see action in the PBA.

Shawn Daniels will also play in the week-long meet as an Express' import.

The Express will compete against the following powerhouse squads from China, South Korea, Iran and Hongkong;

Guangdong Southern Tigers, CBA finalist for the past 6 years, (for this tournament - carries the name Winnerway instead of Southern Tigers since most of its players are in the China National Team),
Iranian All-Stars, which mostly consists of Beijing Olympics-bound Iranian national team players that won the last FIBA-Asian Championship,
Seoul Samsung Thunders, a Korean Basketball League powerhouse team.
Liaoning Pandas, also a CBA powerhouse team after reaching the semifinals of the last CBA season,
Winlin of Hongkong.

Below is the complete schedule of the tournament.

September 26
Winlin vs. Seoul Samsung Thunders
Liaoning Pandas vs. Iranian All-Stars
Guangdong Southern Tigers vs. Air21 Express

September 27
Air21 Express vs. Seoul Samsung Thunders
Iranian All-Stars vs.Winling
Guangdong Southern Tigers vs. Liaoning Pandas

September 28
Seoul Samsung Thunders vs. Iranian All-Stars
Winlin vs. Guangdong Southern Tigers
Liaoning Pandas vs. Air21 Express

September 30
Air21 Express vs. Iranian All-Stars
Guangdong Southern Tigers vs. Seoul Samsung Thunders
Liaoning Pandas vs. Winlin

October 1
Winlin vs. Air21 Express
Seoul Samsung Thunders vs. Liaoning Pandas
Iranian All-Stars vs. Guangdong Southern Tigers


PBA's Air21 Express drubs CBA's Guandong, will next face KBL's Samsung Thunder -by Hector Santos
Philippine Basketball Association's Air21 Express hurdle its first assignment in the 2007 Grand Waldo - Asian Basketball Association Championship in Dongguan, China by beating the mighty Guandong team via 85-82.

The team from Guandong consists mostly of players that played in the Chinese Basketball Association last season was led by its import Cassiano Matheus which scored 15 points. Dawei Chen and Zhe Zhang also contributed with 14 point each.

Air21 Express, on the other hand, was forefronted by PBA Slam Dunk King Nino Canaleta after notching 17 points. RP national team mainstay Ranidel De Ocampo and Arwind Santos added 12 and 14 points, respectively.

Express will next face Korean Basketball League's powerhouse team of Seoul Samsung Thunders which earlier trashed Winling squad from Hong Kong, 101-62.

Scoring by quarters:
22-16, 28-24, 16-30, 16-15


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POLAND

Market news in Poland -by Michal Falkowski
Mike King (193-G-78, college: George Washington) is a new face in Basket Kwidzyn. American player will replace Antonio Hudson who has been fired some weeks ago. King is well-experienced player. He is graduate from George Washington University. He finished the university in 2001 year with averages: 11.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg. i 2.0 apg. Later he played in semi-pro leagues in the USA for teams like: Fayetteville Patriots, gary Steelheads or Roanoke Dazzle. He has signed his first professional contract in 2005 - with Guaiqueries de Margarita. Later he played for Ramat Hasharon, Iraklis Thessaloniki or AEL Limassol last time. Some days ago he was given an invitation for tests in Basket Kwidzyn. After some friendly games the board of the club made a decision and inked a on-year deal with American players.
In the meantime Kager announced they are not interested in signing Jamaal Gibbons anymore.

Jason Eason has been fired from Gornik Walbrzych. American center had signatured one-year deal with some weeks ago but the didn't fulfill the expactations so due to bad performances he was released. The club is now looking for another player.

AZS Koszalin parted ways with Gary Hamilton. American center appeared in Koszalin one month ago and he signed one-month deal. Unfortunately for him - the board of the club decided to not sign a deal. American has to look for another team while AZS will probably look for no-one.


The players on tests -by Michal Falkowski
First player who is being tested now is Mike Benton (206-C-80, college: Charleston). The club Polpharma Starogard Gdanski had decided to invite hime for trial period. Benton has just played some friendly games but the board decided to prolong the trial. Benton started last season in Korea in KCC Egis team but he moved to Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt in January 2007. He noted 8.0 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. in 19 games.

Viking Gdynia club is testing three more players at the moment. First of them is Chet Stachitas. American player is graduated from St. Joseph's University (NCAA). He spent there four seasons. In the last season at the university he averaged 13.3 ppg., 2.5 rpg. and 2.2 apg. After 2005-2006 season he moved to Casino Figueira Ginasio. In 32 games he scored 10.9 ppg. and 3.3 rpg. Next player is 21-year-old Slovakian big man - Gabriel Szalay. Szalay has played for Norrkoping Dolphins lately - 20 games in Swedish League, 8.0 ppg. and 5.2 rpg. Last basketballer who is tested is Jermaine Thomas. American guard was tested by Asco Slask Wroclaw some weeks ago but he didn't sign a deal so he moved to Gdynia. After playing at the university (Le Salle) he was a representative of Gunaras KC Dombovar from Hungary. He was one of the best scorers - 16.0 ppg. and 4.5 apg.


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PORTUGAL

Champions Cup day 2 -by Luis Rocha


Champions Cup day 2 -by Luis Rocha
Barreirense run over CAB like a bus!!! With two games in two days, Barreirense playing at home was able to beat CAB 96-70, and CAb was playing is first game. Tomorrow, CAB has to beat Vagos in Vagos by 19 points if they wanna to get trough the next round. A worfull game performed by CAB, everything too messy, too slow, they didn´t look like a team who works togheter. Great game for Barreirense´s Deforrest Riley- Smith, he scored 27 points, made 2 assists and 2 steals. A much better game than yesterday, the home factor turned Barreirense and his young players too strong.

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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) scored 14 points in the friendly Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada against Valladolid, another ACB Spanish team. His team won 86-75.
In Italy, Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) played a great game against Khimki Moscow, in a tournament for the pre-season. He scored 19 points, but his team Eldo Napoli was defeated by the russian team 86-80.

BSN 2007: On 7th October the BSN teams can sign and deal with the free agent players. Great step for the beginning of the next exciting BSN 2008.
A. Fontana


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S.AFRICA

Engen Interprovincial Tournament underway in Pietermaritzburg -by Tshepo Ditshego
The biggest Under 18 tournament in South Africa is currently underway at St Johns Diocesan Girls High School in Pietermaritzburg. The Engen Interprovincial Tournament started on the 25th of September and will end on the 28th of September.

The Engen IPT has been sponsored by Engen for the last 7 years and features teams from all 9 Provinces for under 18 boys and girls. In 2006 Kwazulu Natal boys and the Gauteng girls lifted the title and will be favourites to lift the title again.

Engen has also brought US coaches Joyce Jenkins, Marvin "The Teacher" Harvey and Lynette Woodard to conduct coaching clinics and motivational speaches with the provincial teams during the course of the Engen Interprovincial Tournament. Engen, in collaboration with Marvin Harvey, also launched a DVD called "Get the Shot" last week to improve shooting amongst players in South Africa. This DVD will be distributed to players and coaches in South Africa.

Kwazulu Natal, Limpopo, Free State, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga are in group A of the boys tournament while Gauteng, Western Cape, North West and Eastern Cape are in Group B. In the girls tournament Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Western Cape, North West and Mpumalanga were drawn in group A whilst Limpopo, Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape were drawn in Group B.

A notable player who is a product of the Engen Inter Provincial Tournament and Engen Club Championships is Sakhile Sithole. He played for Kwazulu Natal in the Engen IPT and Durban High School in the Engen Club Championships. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Episcople High School in Washington D.C and will not be participating in this years IPT. The question is which young talent will fill his shoes this year?

I will be travelling to the tournament on Thursday and Friday and will be posting results from Tuesday the 25th of September, Wednesday the 26th of September and Thursday the 27th of September.


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SERBIA

Branko Milisavljevic and Valladolid parted ways -by Dragan Jankovski
Point guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Spanish team Grupo Capital Valladolid decided to terminate the contract. Namely, player was unsatisfied with his role in the team as he played mostly on position 2. Milisavljevic played last season in French Nancy where for 21 games in Pro A averaged 14 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 4.3 apg while in ULEB Cup for 7 games posted 14.3 ppg, 3.4 apg and 1.3 spg. Nancy was regular season champion and played in the final of play-off in Pro A while Milisavljevic was named to be the Bosman Payer of the year by Eurobasket.com.

FMP and Hemofarm in the final of tournament in Vrsac -by Dragan Jankovski
FMP advanced to the final of tournament in Vrsac celebrating against Vojvodina 88:84. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) was unstoppable netting 30 points. Marko Lekic (210-C-85) scored 15 points for Vojvodina Srbijagas.

Hosts, Hemofarm, justified expectations and beat Igokea Partizan from Aleksandrovac 76:69 so they will meet FMP in the final. Member of Slovenian NT Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 14 points, and Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), who posted 13, were the best for the winners. Igokea got 18 points from Milos Mirkovic (206-C/F-83, agency: Court Side).

Final game will be played today at 20:00h while Vojvodina and Igokea Partizan will play for the third place at 17:30h.


Kellena Azubuike close to Partizan ? -by Nenad Ilijev
According to Eurobasket UK section, Serbian champion Partizan Belgrade is seriously interested in Kelenna Azubuike (196-G/F-83, college: Kentucky). 'Buike' is still training with Golden State Warriors but it is not sure whether he will stay in NBA or not. Azubuike started last season in D-League but he got a call-up from the Warriors in January. He averaged 7.1ppg and 2.3rpg in 41 contest of NBA regular season. Rumours are saying that Maccabi Tel-Aviv is also interested in Azubuike.

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SEYCHELLES

Seychelles 1A League is under way -by Eurobasket News
PLS Hawks and Baya remained atop of the standings in Seychelles Division 1A league. They posted victories at the weekend and stayed close in the championship race.
PLS Hawks played against the Rockers and celebrated another win at the tournament 93:58. The Rockers used some aggressive defense in the first frame to trail by just 3 points 15:18. However the league leaders speeded up in the second quarter and outscored their opponents 28:8. The Hawks would never stop afterwards as they handled Rockers 30:12 in the third quarter and completed their victorious pace in the late stages. Rodney Loze (194-C) topscored for the Hawks with 21 points. Nigel Sinon (174-G) replied with 17 points for the Rockers.
Baya did not lag behind and recorded a 78:59 victory over Cascade Bullets. Baya dominated the opening term as they drove to a 17:7 advantage. However the Bullets tried to stay in contest and cut the gap by 3 points in the second quarter trailing by 7 points at halftime 26:33. But Baya was not about to drop this particular one and surged ahead after the break. They overwhelmed their opponents 45:33 in the second half and added another win to their record. Jean-Paul Camille chipped in 19 points for the winners. Dan Come (182-G) had 18 points for the Bullets.
The league leaders Baya and PLS Hawks will clash in the main event of the championship on Sunday.
In another 1A league fixture the Razorbacks rolled past the Falcons 78:77.


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SLOVENIA

Olimpija wins Super Cup -by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija easily defeated an injury-riddled Helios by 90-71 as won their fourth Supercup. Olimpija in second period made a 21-6 run and second half opened with an 14-3 run. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) posted 20 points on shooting 9-of-13 from the field, Sasa Doncic added 18 points, Maurice Bailey 13 and Miha Zupan collected 12 points and 8 rebounds while Jack Ingram led Helios with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
HELIOS 71 (17+16+21+19): Moro 4, Zalokar 6, Mihalic 10, Radojicic 4, Ingram 17, Zagorc 6, Krusic 2, Zerak, Korosec DNP, Lashkevich 8, Tratnik DNP, Krejic 14.
UNION OLIMPIJA 90 (15+25+30+20): Doncic 18, Mocnik, Mulalic DNP, Booker 2, Anderson 10, Milic 11, Hukic 4, Begic DNP, Bailey 13, Zupan 12, Taylor 20, Ozbolt DNP.



Another player in Olimpija on try-out -by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija called Luke Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) on try-out untill the end of the week. He comes from NCAA2 where he played for Minn.St.-Mankato. Anderson was top scorer of his team in past season and averaged 19.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg in 33 games. He also played NBA Summer League 2007 for Minnesota Timberwolves.

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SWITZERLAND

Market news -by Gregory Pepin
* BcBoncourt signed Jerod Adler (206-F-82, college: Indiana St.) to play inside along with Nils Gouacide and Kevin Corre. Jarod played with the team of Nyon last year where he was averaging 9,4pts 7.0rbs per game. They also annonced the signature of Carlao Ferro (198-F-84), a young spanish-Brazilian forward. To close their recruitment, they signed the point guard Adam Payton (191-G-84), rookie out of Williams & Marys college where he averaged during his senior year 13.8pts 4.0rbs 1.7ast per game.

* Lausanne Basket signed the new Portugese citizen David Vik (210-C-72, agency: Duran International, college: Washington St.) to complete their paint. He played in Portugal most of his career where he did some strong performance, specially in Uleb Cup.

* Tony Brown (193-G-79, college: Arkansas St.), the emotional leader of Lausanne last year as well as the best player, signed a one year extension with Lausanne and will then stay and keep his role of Captain of Lausanne. He was averaging 21.8pts 2.6rbs 4.3ast per game.

* Sion Herens decided to replace Patrick Tatham by Andre Smith (203-F-85), rookie out of North Dakota State, who has been tested already in Bundesliga 1 and in first division Poland. He was averaging 17pts 9.1rbs 1.8ast per game during his senior year.

* Fribourg, in order to replace the injured player Erroyl Bing, signed Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.) who played in Leb 1 last year where he was averaging 7.9pts 4.5rbs. He also played in France Pro A in 2004-2005 with Bourg En bresse, he averaged 11,2pts 5.2rbs during that season. Fribourg also annonced that Harold Mrazek will be out for at least 2 month.

* BBC Monthey signed Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa), who played in Reims Pro A last year and was member of Lausanne Basket during two years. He will have the tough responsability to replace Yunta Holland who joined St Etienne in Pro B. We are glad to see him back in Switzerland after his good experience in France.


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U.KINGDOM

Azubuike considering Euro option -by Glenn Johnson
British and Golden State Warriors forward - Kelenna Azubuike (196-G/F-83, college: Kentucky) is considering several offers from top European clubs.
London born Azubuike is still in the Final training camps of the Warriors but the lack of playing minutes in the NBA may drive him back to the continent for the first time.after successful career in the Kentucky Wildcats and and in the D-League with the Fort Worth Flyers he played 41 games for the Warriors last season avregeing 7.1ppg, 2.3rpg.
According to his agant in the States,Azubuike has two offers from Euroleague teams - Israeli Champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Serbian Champions Partizan Belgrade.


Eagles Take Game 2 in Norway -by Glenn Johnson
The Eagles travelled north to to play Game 2 against Gimle on the banks of the Hardanger Fjord and came away with a 104 - 71 win. Top scorers in the contest were Darius Defoe (204-F-84) with 31 points, followed by Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple) with 22 and Tom Sherlock (206-F-81, college: Wayne St., MI) with 20 points.
The team return to England on sunday night ready for match preparation leading up to the season opener against Guildford Heat on Friday 28st September.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Preview of the San Antonio Spurs -by David Edole

In a time when salary caps and luxury taxes and league expansion has made the idea of a dynasty on the level of the old Celtics, Lakers or Bulls nearly impossible, the Spurs have come as close as any team can to reaching that plateau. This team has won four titles since 1999 under the coaching of Gregg Popovich and the play of Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) and this year they will make their fourth attempt at winning back-to-back trophies.
To be fair, though, that accomplishment - or lack thereof - is going to make little difference in the way history remembers this team. There was a time when it notion of winning consecutive titles was a huge accomplishment. After the Bill Russell Celtics were disbanded no team went back to back until the LA Lakers did it under Magic and Kareem nearly twenty years later. Since that time, however, the Rockets, Lakers and Bulls (twice) have gone for two or more consecutive Championships. The achievement is still noteworthy, but hardly the Herculean measuring stick it once was.
That said, however, the Spurs would nonetheless like to be able to scale that mountain just so they can say they did. Going into this season (like so many seasons before it) the Spurs are the logical favorites to win the NBA Championship because no team can match their arsenal of weapons. No team has a coach as steady, respected and decorated as Popovich. No team has a leader as steady, respected and decorated as Tim Duncan. No team has a Sixth Man as steady, respected and decorated as Manu Ginobili. And no other team has the ex-factor as steady, respected and decorated as Tony Parker. This team has all of the tools, a claim other teams attempt to make, but the Spurs have the rings to back up their assertions. For all that Dallas and Phoenix would love to believe that they have what it takes to do what San Antonio does, they have to prove it if they want anyone else to believe it.
On the San Antonio front it was a fairly quiet off-season, even by their own post-Championship standards. They didn't lure any big-name free agent on the cheap. They didn't pull off any depth-strengthening trades. All they did was shore-up the end of their bench with contract extensions for Matt Bonner and Jacque Vaughn, bring in Portland forward Ime Udoka in free agency and draft - and stash away - Brazilian big-man Tiago Splitter with their 28th pick. The prevailing notion in San Antonio appears to be 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
That's the luxury of being such a model franchise in this day and age. While teams like Dallas, Phoenix, Houston and Miami all made furious attempts to remake parts of their team - all of them will be altering at least one part of their starting line-up this season - San Antonio can once again sit back and let other teams try and catch up to them.
There was a time when the Spurs felt a need to make deals to stay one move ahead and keep their top-spot, but more often then not those attempts yielded earlier-than-expected Playoff exits. Not directly, of course, but that always seemed to be the result of doing too much after winning a title. This season, they appear content to just maintain the status quo and allow all of the benefits of chemistry and success to wash over them during the '07-'08 season.
It may work, it may not. Let's face it; these Spurs have nothing left to prove. If they don't win the title this year, they'll strike even more fear into the league the following season because this team never goes too long without adding a ring to their fingers. They've gone the route of trying to bolster a Championship roster and it hasn't netted them that (marginally) coveted back-to-back title. So this year they're going a different route. There isn't much reason for this team to worry, though, because no team this summer has stepped-up and made the moves necessary to make anyone think they're the favorites going into the season. Which is why, once again, the Spurs look to be favored to take it all home 2008.

PROBABLE STARTING LINE-UP

PG - Tony Parker
It's funny how quickly Parker gets forgotten. Only two-and-a-half months after winning the Finals MVP he is once again an also-ran in the talk of the league's best point guards. Even though he dictated the pace of each and every game against the Cavaliers last June, choosing when and how to pick them apart, he is still considered just outside the elite two of Nash and Kidd in some circles, and behind Arenas, Deron, Paul and Chauncey in others. Perhaps it is because he isn't known as a passing point guard (he only averages about 5.4 assists per game on his career, right about what he averaged last year, as well). Even though the Spurs run a system that sees everyone play the role of passer, Parker is the one whose reputation is hurt by that fact. Another blemish is the fact that people seem obsessed with his inability to shoot, even though he shot 52% and 40% from two and three, respectively, last season. Perhaps he is just doomed to the same fate as his teammate, Tim Duncan, in that because he plays in a less publicized market he thusly becomes less publicized. If that is the case, I think that he'll take the lack of pub if it means he'll retire with no less than three rings and a Finals MVP to his name.

SG - Manu Ginobili
While at some point this year, as it is every year, this spot will be manned by either Michael Finley or Brent Barry while Ginobili will be sent to the bench to massacre opposing subs, for now the spot remains his. Ginobili has become the third banana on this team lately with the emergence of Parker, but he is still a very potent force to have at your disposal. He shoots well from everywhere on the court, he rebounds and passes and steals and he does it all without whining or demanding a permanent starting role. In fact, when the 'demotion' came last winter, he feigned surprise that coach had waited until that far into the season. So many teams have talented players that they'd love to be able to use as a weapon in their second unit but fragile egos make it nearly impossible. It's a pity that Ginobili has yet to win a Sixth Man award, if only because he is one of the few players in the league who wouldn't take it as proof that he should be starting.

SF - Bruce Bowen
The most rock-solid proof that a team doesn't need to stock their team with All-Stars to win a title sits right here. Bowen has never been anything short of crucial in this team's run for it's last three titles, providing suffocating defense and zone-busting three point shooting that proves that sometimes less-is-more from a starter on such a potent team. This is a guy who has never averaged over seven points per game in his career, never pulled down more than 4.1 boards per game, never dished out more than two assists per game, yet his contributions are as vital as any Parker or Ginobili. It's his defense that allows those two to conserve some of their energy by not guarding the LeBron's and Kobe's of the world. It's his outside shooting that opens up the paint for their penetrations. He may not have the most glamorous job in the NBA, but he has one of the most important. At least for his team.


PF - Tim Duncan
While people love to throw around the expressions of 'what's left to say' about endorsement-laden players like LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, I think the term is best suited for two-time MVP Tim Duncan. His game is so steady you could set your watch to it. There are the lowest of peaks and the shallowest of valleys in Duncan's career. He is consistency, personified, in the NBA today. Sure he could do better at the free throw line, but so could Shaq. In fact, at this point the comparisons with the career of Shaq - his only equally accomplished contemporary - are swinging in the other direction. While Shaq and Duncan both share the same number of titles, Duncan's career has been far more consistent than that of Shaq. While he has never dominated the league the way Shaq did in 2001 and 2002, he has never seen his career dip as low as Shaq's did last season, nor has he battled weight issues or suffered such publicized feuding with any of his teammates. While there is by no means a definitive answer to who has been superior at this stage, Duncan looks better poised to make a run at another title or two while Shaq looks to need Dwyane Wade to carry him to whatever success may await him before he retires.


C - Fabricio Oberto
While it would be unfair to call last season's free agent signing Francisco Elson a bust, it would be fair to say he performed below expectation. The Spurs had hoped his addition would make this team's frontline more explosive and athletic in an age where more and more teams are veering towards that style of play. By the end of the season, however, the Spurs felt far more comfortable with a more traditional and fundamentally sound centre manning the middle. Much like fellow Argentinean Luis Scola who will be suiting up for Houston this year, Oberto is a no-nonsense meat-and-potatoes player. He is always in the right spot on the floor, he is a solid passer and a very nice finisher and can play with this team whether they are running or walking the ball up the court. While he may not have the shot-blocking abilities of Elson, or his potency at dunking the ball, his well-rounded game is far better suited to this highly cerebral outfit, anyway.

By Tim Chisholm



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URUGUAY

The unbeaten Welcome is the leader -by Hector Lopez
Welcome defeated Sayago 93-83 to maitain the leadership of the Uruguayan League after the fifth round, will Defensor SPorting lost its first game with Trouville 84-75
Results and scorers (incluiding import players if different)
Welcome 93 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 23, Brandon Voorhees (201-G/F, college: Park) 12
Sayago 83 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 29 John Davis (201-F-84, college: Tarleton St.) 6
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Trouville 84 - Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, agency: Singer Sports, college: S.Carolina St.) 17 Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) 13
Defensor Sporting 75 - Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 17, David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) 7
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Atenas 79 - Robert Taylor (182-G, college: Rider) 19 Hakeem Rollins 13
Soriano - Jamal Johnson (201-C-81, college: Clayton St.) 19 Daryl Rufus 20




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Women News

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AFR.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Nigeria Udoka injured missed Kenya game -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria captain and reigning most valuable player of the Africa Nations Championship for Women, Mfon Udoka is down with a kneel injury which saw missing on the Nigeria line-up in Wednesday last group game against Kenya.

The former Tarbes Gespe Bigorre basketball club of France forward hurt her kneel why leading the Nigeria onslaught against Mwabi Mabika and her team in Nigeria third group-B game last Sunday in Thies.

Udoka who first dorn the Nigeria colour in 2003 8th All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria has been a major player with the Nigerian side ever since little wonder the coaches led by Kevin Cook decides to rest her against Kenya so to allow the injury to heal before the crucial quarter-final battle a against Mozambique on Friday.

Udoka a one time WNBA player with the Houston Comets is a hardworking and experienced player whose leadership is not doubt, should be back in action for the Africa champion on Friday.

Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)



Special Afribasket (Women): Level of women basketball is low in Africa - Gomes Zone-2 President -by Olusegun Ikuesan
A call has gone out to respective basketball federation in the continent to give women basketball equal opportunity as men.

Speaking in a brief chat with www.fiba-afrique.org in Dakar Wednesday during the 20th Africa Championship for Women is FIBA Afrique Zone-2 president, Henri Gomes from Cape Verde.

The one time Secretary General of Cape Verde Basketball Federation is bitter that in spite of the successes women basketball has brought to the continent the sector still get less attention than the men.

“The level of women basketball in the continent is low and this affects the standard and performance of national teams and club at major championship, even at that women basketball has brought lots of honour to Africa, a good example is the Nigeria women national becoming the first to win an Olympic Games match even when they qualifies for the first time and Nigeria and Senegal good showing at the last FIBA World Championship in Brazil.

“All hands must be on deck for the game to move out of its present stagnate position, federation should design and encourage competitions for women clubs whose players sometime form the bedrock of respective countries national team, competitions from cadets to senior level.

“Intra and Inter zone competitions should be encouraged not just the one-off club championship.

“I am happy on one hand that two of the three countries from my zone - Senegal and Mali are doing well at the 20th Africa Championship for Women but sad that my own country, Cape Verde have nothing to show for their efforts.

“I will like to see a Mali versus Senegal final but would rather stick to Mali to win the championship for one singular reason; they have proved that they are good side that is hungry for success.


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ANGOLA - Women

Angola dismantles Cameroon for the 4th straight win -by Eurobasket News
Angola - Cameroon 63:38

Angolan team cruised past Cameroon to secure their perfect record at African championship in Senegal. Angola imroved to 4-0 beating Cameroon in Thies and remained comfortable on top of Group B ladder. Cameroon meanwhile endangered their quarterfinal birth as they slipped to 2-2 record at the third spot in the standings. They however face hapless Cape Verde in the last round of the preliminary action and have all the chances to qualify.
The game was pretty close in the first half as Angola were ahead but Cameroon did not allow them to clear off to a major distance. Angolan team led by as many as 3 points at halftime 27:24. But some unexpected collapse occured with Camerron side in the third term. They managed only 2 points and were outscored 2:21 to fall behind by 22 points. They had little chances to revive in the dying stages of the game and suffered their second loss at the tournament.
Irene Guerreiro (170-F-70) led the action with 19 points for Angola. Astrida Vicente (174-F-78) added 10 points for the winners. Noah Babet replied with 8 points for Cameroon. Kebeumeu Zita scored 6 points in a losing effort.
Cameroon now takes on winless Cape Verde in a must-win fixture tonight. Angola will play against DR Congo.

Angola: Irene Guerreiro 19, Astrida Vicente 10
Cameroon: Noah Babet 8, Kebeumeu Zita 6


DR Congo beat Angola 52-42 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Die-hard Congo Democratic Republic found their rhythm beating Angola 52-42 points but still finish in the fourth position and a quarter-final duel against Senegal on Friday.

Spurred on by WNBA star, Mwabi Mabika, who did not feature in the match due to injury she sustain during the championship the Congolese side did not pretend to mean business winning the first quarter 16-07, but lost the second quarter by a narrow margin of 09-08 for a halftime scores of 24-16 points.

They went on to win the third quarter 17-15 points and tied the last quarter at 11 points apiece for a final score-line of 52-42 points.

Armelie Kalonda had a wonderful game pouring in 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds her team-mate Nelly Bopoli contributed 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and one block-shot while duo of Angolan Ngieendula Filipe and Irene Guerreiro scored 11 and 10 points respectively.


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Oceania Championships: Australia wins opening game -by Gauthier Gerard
Australia won the opening game of the 2007 Oceania Championships in Dunedin, the Opals defeated the host nation New Zealand 78-46. Tomorrow, the NZ players will face the South Pacific Champion Fiji. Even with an experimental team, Australia seems out of reach for its Oceanic opponents. The Opals produced a great defense, hold NZ to a 38.5%FG shooting game and were leading 36-22 at half-time. Nat Porter (16pts), Emma Randall (13pts) and Alicia Poto (12pts) led a very well-balanced australian team while the 18-year old Marianna Tolo recorded 6pts in her first game with the Opals. New Zealand enjoyed a solid performance by the youngsters Jessica McCormack (10pts 12rbs) and Angela Marino (15pts).

Australia - New Zealand: 78-46
Natalie Porter 16pts 8/16FG 5rbs - Jess McCormack 10pts 4/9FG 12rbs

Tomorrow's game:
New Zealand - Fiji

Standings:
1- Australia 1-0
2- Fiji 0-0
3- New Zealand 0-1


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BELARUS - Women

Belarus shocks Serbia and not only them -by Eurobasket News
Belarus-Serbia 79:53 (21-16, 22-20, 17-11, 19-6)

The National team of Belarus smashed Serbia in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2007. The latter, being the favorite of the game had nothing to do with an ambitious Belarus. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) paced the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) scored 12, while Veremeenko and Natalia Marchanka (168-G-79) added 11 each. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) was the only one to reach double digits nailing 15 points.


It was a game for the second place in the group as Spain atop the group D. It also meant that the winner would have 1-1 record entering the Qualifying Round. After Belarus first official win in Eurobasket last night, the team did not stop on that and showed even a better game with Serbia. The latter could only led the game in the opening tip when Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) gave her team 5:4. Later on Belarus controlled the game and dominated in the court.

Belarus won the first quarter 21:16 and then the second 22:20. Veremeenko's last two points in the first half gave Belarus 43:36. It was still a good chance for Serbia to catch up, however Belarus had another opinion. Instead of playing in defense and keeping the score for good, the team started to increase the lead. The teams finished the third quarter with 17:11 and then Belarus demonstrated 19:6 in the last. A more, than confident win of Belarus lifted them to the second place in the group.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 14+11 rebs, Nataliya Trafimava 12, Veremeenko 11, Natalia Marchanka 11
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 15, Sonja Petrovic 9


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BELGIUM - Women

A 17-0 run brought Belgium a 74:71 win over Romania -by Eurobasket News
Belgium-Romania 74:71 (20-23, 16-19, 23-16, 15-13)

Belgium stays undefeated and beat Romania in the last game of the group. A good first half of the Romanian squad left them in the game till the end of it. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. De Mondt chipped in 13, while Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) added 10. Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) top-scored for Romania with 14 points. The latter did not qualify to the next round having 0-3 record.

The game did not solve many problems and tasks. For the Belgium squad it was the repetition before the Qualifying Round, while Romania wanted to win at least once in the group. The latter lost all the chances even before the game. Anyway, Romania opened the game with 3-0 and controlled the first quarter. Brosovszky helped the team to finish the first at 23:20. A great game in the second quarter brought another achievement when Ancuta Stoenescu hit a three. At that time Romania had 42:32 lead and looked well. Kathy Wambe could reduce to 36:42 as both squads disappeared in the lockers.
Brosovszky's three in the third quarter returned Romania 10-points deficit. A 17-0 run that started in the end of the third and lasted till the fourth quarter lifted Belgium in front. Ann Wauters was the last to score in the game when she made 74:71.

Belgium: Ann Wauters 20+10 rebs, De Mondt 13, Kathy Wambe 10
Romania: Ancuta Stoenescu 14, Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) 13, Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) 13


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazilian National Team 2007 for FIBA Americas Championships -by Kasia
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'Claudinha' Das Neves (174-G-75) of Stade Clermontois Auvergne Basket 63 (FRA)<
Iziane Castro (185-G/F-82) of Seattle Storm (USA)
Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) of TTT Riga (LAT)
Tatiana Conceicao (188-C-81) of Unimed/Americana
Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) of Germano Zama Faenza (ITA)
Patricia Ferreira (180-F/G-79) of Unimed/Americana
Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) of New Wash Montigarda (ITA)
Soeli Garvao (187-C-77) of Unimed/Americana
Karen Rocha (175-G-84) of Unimed/Americana
Karla da Costa (173-G-78) of Catanduva Basquete Clube
Franciele Nascimiento (190-C-87) of Divino/COC/Jundiai
Isis Nascimiento (202-C-83) of Catanduva Basquete Clube


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CAMEROON - Women

Angola dismantles Cameroon for the 4th straight win -by Eurobasket News
Angola - Cameroon 63:38

Angolan team cruised past Cameroon to secure their perfect record at African championship in Senegal. Angola imroved to 4-0 beating Cameroon in Thies and remained comfortable on top of Group B ladder. Cameroon meanwhile endangered their quarterfinal birth as they slipped to 2-2 record at the third spot in the standings. They however face hapless Cape Verde in the last round of the preliminary action and have all the chances to qualify.
The game was pretty close in the first half as Angola were ahead but Cameroon did not allow them to clear off to a major distance. Angolan team led by as many as 3 points at halftime 27:24. But some unexpected collapse occured with Camerron side in the third term. They managed only 2 points and were outscored 2:21 to fall behind by 22 points. They had little chances to revive in the dying stages of the game and suffered their second loss at the tournament.
Irene Guerreiro (170-F-70) led the action with 19 points for Angola. Astrida Vicente (174-F-78) added 10 points for the winners. Noah Babet replied with 8 points for Cameroon. Kebeumeu Zita scored 6 points in a losing effort.
Cameroon now takes on winless Cape Verde in a must-win fixture tonight. Angola will play against DR Congo.

Angola: Irene Guerreiro 19, Astrida Vicente 10
Cameroon: Noah Babet 8, Kebeumeu Zita 6


Cameroon compound Cape Verde woes -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cameroonian Lioness booked a place in the quarter-final of the Africa Nations Championship for Women in her last group-B match decided in Thies, Senegal Wednesday with 65-40 points win over Cape Verde.

Cameroon who were the clear favourite in the match won in all four quarters of 14-10, 15-12, 23-10 and 13-08 for a final score-line of 65-40 points.

With the win the Cameroonians who almost pulled out of the championship due to financial constraint will move over to Dakar for the quarter finals which began on Friday, while Cape Verde will stay back in Thies for the classification matches.


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CANADA - Women

Canadian National Team 2007 for FIBA Americas Championships -by Kasia
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Adams


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Jordan Adams (191-C/F-81) of Birmingham Power
Uzoma Asagwara (175-G-84) of University of Winnipeg
Chelsea Aubry (188-F-84) of University of Nebraska
Amanda Brown (193-F/C-84) of The Pennsylvania State University
Devon Campbell (178-G-82) of Universitario de Ferrol (ESP)
Sarah Crooks (186-F-84) of University of Saskatchewan
Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) of Simon Fraser University
Isabelle Grenier (176-G/F-78) of BG Zehlendorf (GER)
Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84) of HoNsU (FIN)
Kim Smith (186-F-84) of Dexia Namur (BEL)
Tamara Tatham (185-F-85) of Catz Lappeenranta (FIN)
Sheila Mea Townsend (172-G-80) of Valosun KP Brno (CZE)
Head Coach: Allison McNeill
Coach Assistant: Lisa Thomaidis


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CAPE VERDE - Women

Cameroon compound Cape Verde woes -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cameroonian Lioness booked a place in the quarter-final of the Africa Nations Championship for Women in her last group-B match decided in Thies, Senegal Wednesday with 65-40 points win over Cape Verde.

Cameroon who were the clear favourite in the match won in all four quarters of 14-10, 15-12, 23-10 and 13-08 for a final score-line of 65-40 points.

With the win the Cameroonians who almost pulled out of the championship due to financial constraint will move over to Dakar for the quarter finals which began on Friday, while Cape Verde will stay back in Thies for the classification matches.


Special Afribasket (Women): Level of women basketball is low in Africa - Gomes Zone-2 President -by Olusegun Ikuesan
A call has gone out to respective basketball federation in the continent to give women basketball equal opportunity as men.

Speaking in a brief chat with www.fiba-afrique.org in Dakar Wednesday during the 20th Africa Championship for Women is FIBA Afrique Zone-2 president, Henri Gomes from Cape Verde.

The one time Secretary General of Cape Verde Basketball Federation is bitter that in spite of the successes women basketball has brought to the continent the sector still get less attention than the men.

“The level of women basketball in the continent is low and this affects the standard and performance of national teams and club at major championship, even at that women basketball has brought lots of honour to Africa, a good example is the Nigeria women national becoming the first to win an Olympic Games match even when they qualifies for the first time and Nigeria and Senegal good showing at the last FIBA World Championship in Brazil.

“All hands must be on deck for the game to move out of its present stagnate position, federation should design and encourage competitions for women clubs whose players sometime form the bedrock of respective countries national team, competitions from cadets to senior level.

“Intra and Inter zone competitions should be encouraged not just the one-off club championship.

“I am happy on one hand that two of the three countries from my zone - Senegal and Mali are doing well at the 20th Africa Championship for Women but sad that my own country, Cape Verde have nothing to show for their efforts.

“I will like to see a Mali versus Senegal final but would rather stick to Mali to win the championship for one singular reason; they have proved that they are good side that is hungry for success.


Nigeria beat Cape Verde to confirm Q/final ticket -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Championship defending champion, Nigeria Tuesday played a more relaxed with a 75-64 points win over bottom of the table Cape Verde to confirm her place in the last eight and a possible quarter-final pairing against Mozambique on Friday.

The Mfon Udoka captained side approach the game against the Cape Verdeans whose men team inflicted a bitter defeat of the Africa second rated team at the quarterfinal stage of the men championship in Angola with caution and all seriousness.

Nigeria last game against Kenya Wednesday is also expected to go the same way as that of Tuesday against Cape Verde who like Madagascar are the only teams that are yet to register a win so far in the championship.

Tuesday Results:

Mali 64-46 Mozambique

Cote d'Ivoire 62-49 Tunisia

Senegal 100-36 Madagascar

DR Congo 62-42 Kenya

Angola 63-38 Cameroon

Nigeria 75-64 Cape Verde

Wednesday pairing:

Group-A:

Madagascar Vs Cote d'Ivoire

Mozambique Vs Tunisia

Mali Vs Senegal

Group-B

Kenya Vs Nigeria

Cape Verde Vs Cameroon

DR Congo Vs Angola

Mercy Okorie (180-C/F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos)



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CHILE - Women

Chilean National Team 2007 for FIBA Americas Championships -by Kasia
Carolin Aguila (174-C-78)
Valentina Aragonese (170-F-79) of Baloncesto Dato Badajoz (ESP)
Tatiana Gomez (190-F/C-81) of C.B. Arxil Comervia (ESP)
Catalina Lopez (184-C-84)
Massiel Andrea Mondaca (173-G-83)
Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) of Banco di Sicilia Ribera (ITA)
Paola Naranjo (182-F/C-78)
Javiera Novion (168-G-87) of Eckerd College (USA)
Fabiola Pardo (165-G-76)
Claudia Schobitz (182-C-82)
Romina Valenzuela (178-F-86)


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CUBA - Women

Cuban National Team 2007 for FIBA Americas Championships -by Kasia
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Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) of Ciudad Habana
Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) of Ciego de Avila
Yulizeny Soria (182-C-79) of Ciudad Habana
Yamilet Martinez (195-C-70) of Holguin
Yamara Amargo (178-F-85) of Sancti Spiritus
Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) of Ciudad Habana
Ineidis Casanova (188-G-88) of Santiago de Cuba
Taimy Fernandez (181-G-82) of Pinar del Rio
Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) of Santiago de Cuba
Clenia Noblet (187-C-87) of Guantanamo
Yulianne Rodriguez (184-F-82) of Ciudad Habana
Arlenis Romero (176-G-84) of Pinar del Rio


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CZECH REP. - Women

Czech Republic looks great so far -by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-Turkey 86:62 (20-13, 19-10, 29-19, 18-20)

Czech Republic looks better than any other team in Eurobasket 2007. The next victim of the favorite was Turkey that lost 62:86. Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) led the Czechs with 17 points each. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) supported them with 11 points. Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) top-scored for Turkey with 20 points as one of the leaders Nevriye Yilmaz did not play in the game.

The Czechs took a 17-4 lead after seven minutes, and even when Turkey replied with a 9-1 run, to finish the first quarter down 20:13, there was not much of a challenge for the Czech. The team shows a great basketball so far and is better than any other team in the tournament.
For Turkey it was not an important game as they will take on Israel in a win-or-die game, where the winner will continue and the loser will go home. Turkey and Israel lost their first two games and in order to advance to the Qualifying Round they should have to win at least once.

Anyway, Czech Republic had 39:23 at the half and looked optimistic. In the second half they reached even more than 30 points deficit, when Hartigova made the score 77:46. A final, 86:62 result keeps the team on top of the group, however in order to finish first Czech Republic will have to beat Latvia tonight.

In another game of the group Latvia beat Israel 77:73. The Czechs should pay close attention to Jekabsone-Zogota who poured in 28 points over Israel.

Czech Republic: Jana Vesela 17, Eva Viteckova 17, Marketa Mokrosova 11
Turkey: Birsel Vardarli 20, Isil Alben (170-G-86) 8, Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) 8



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D.R. CONGO - Women

DR Congo brighten chances beat Kenya 62-42 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Mwali mabika and her colleagues from the Congo Democratic Republic Tuesday held their own against ambitious Kenyan team with a 62-42 point's victory.

The group-B match saw the Congolese tearing their opponent apart from the blast of the referees' whistle, with these win, the 2005 fourth place finisher now have a chance to finish third in the group dominated by Angola their last group opponent.

Kenya whose last group game against Nigeria must pray hard that Cameroon falls to bottom of the table Cape Verde while they must be at the best to snatch a win from Nigeria who have already book a quarter final ticket.


DR Congo beat Angola 52-42 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Die-hard Congo Democratic Republic found their rhythm beating Angola 52-42 points but still finish in the fourth position and a quarter-final duel against Senegal on Friday.

Spurred on by WNBA star, Mwabi Mabika, who did not feature in the match due to injury she sustain during the championship the Congolese side did not pretend to mean business winning the first quarter 16-07, but lost the second quarter by a narrow margin of 09-08 for a halftime scores of 24-16 points.

They went on to win the third quarter 17-15 points and tied the last quarter at 11 points apiece for a final score-line of 52-42 points.

Armelie Kalonda had a wonderful game pouring in 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds her team-mate Nelly Bopoli contributed 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and one block-shot while duo of Angolan Ngieendula Filipe and Irene Guerreiro scored 11 and 10 points respectively.


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E.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Day 3: The end of the Preliminary Round -by Eurobasket News

Israel-Turkey 58:70 (18-17, 23-26, 4-18, 13-9)

Israel lost the third game in Group A and finished on the last place. In the opening game of Group A Turkey beat Israel 70:58 in a live-or-die game. Turkey finished the group with 1-2 and took Israel spot in the Qualifying Round. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) led the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) produced 10 points each. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) top-scored for Israel with 12 points.

It was the game of two winless teams in the group, as Latvia and Czech Republic dominated there. Israel started well and scored first five points of the game. Turkey replied with 8-0 run when Yasemin Horasan gave her team the first lead. Mirav Dori (178-F-86)'s three pointer gave Israel the lead before the first 10 minutes of the game, 18:17.
In a very offensive second quarter Turkey managed to stay in front for the most of the time and grabbed 43:41 at the half. A 13-0 run buried all hopes of Israel to advance to the Qualifying Round. Yasemin Horasan made the score 56:41 and sent her team to the next round. Israel tried hard, but could not tie the game. Three teams except Israel will advance to the Qualifying Round that will start on September 28th.

Israel: Shay Doron 12, Katia Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 11, Mirav Dori 11
Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 13+11 rebs, Isil Alben 10, Saziye Karsli 10





Belgium-Romania 74:71 (20-23, 16-19, 23-16, 15-13)

Belgium stays undefeated and beat Romania in the last game of the group. A good first half of the Romanian squad left them in the game till the end of it. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) (194-C-80) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. De Mondt chipped in 13, while Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) added 10. Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) top-scored for Romania with 14 points. The latter did not qualify to the next round having 0-3 record.

The game did not solve many problems and tasks. For the Belgium squad it was the repetition before the Qualifying Round, while Romania wanted to win at least once in the group. The latter lost all the chances even before the game. Anyway, Romania opened the game with 3-0 and controlled the first quarter. Brosovszky helped the team to finish the first at 23:20. A great game in the second quarter brought another achievement when Ancuta Stoenescu hit a three. At that time Romania had 42:32 lead and looked well. Kathy Wambe could reduce to 36:42 as both squads disappeared in the lockers.
Brosovszky's three in the third quarter returned Romania 10-points deficit. A 17-0 run that started in the end of the third and lasted till the fourth quarter lifted Belgium in front. Ann Wauters was the last to score in the game when she made 74:71.

Belgium: Ann Wauters 20+10 rebs, De Mondt 13, Kathy Wambe 10
Romania: Ancuta Stoenescu 14, Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) 13, Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) 13





Greece-Russia 47:86 (13-29, 9-15, 12-21, 13-21)
Russia proved that the team's goal for the Championship is Gold smashing Greece in the last game of the Preliminary Round. The favorite of Group C won 86:47 and placed first. Greece will have to eliminate as the team lost three games in a row. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Ekaterina Demagina (175-G-82) ended up with 12, while Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) created 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) paced Greece with 22 points.

Many specialists compared first two games of the Czechs and the Russian team and Czech Republic looked much better in the first two games. It was the time to prove.
Russia nailed 29 points in the first quarter and it seemed the team could easily score 100. The first quarter ended up with 29:13 and gave no more battle in the game. Russia won the half 44:22 when Olga Arteshina made a lay-up.
In the second half Grudin gave opportunity almost to everybody to participate and to score. The team had already +31 when the teams finished the third quarter. Irina Osipova with a lay-up made the final score 86:47 for the Russian team.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 22, Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) 11
Russia: Irina Osipova 21+12 rebs, Ekaterina Demagina 12, Olga Arteshina 11+9 rebs+7 blk




Italy-France 48:64 (6-11, 10-17, 19-11, 13-25)

France showed good shape and clinched the second place in Group C; Italy finished third. The hosts scored only 15 points in the first half and trailed by 11 at intermission, but in the third quarter Dubravka Dacic and Laura Laura Macchi (187-F-79) made the Azzurre closer and closer (31-32) before Commeres team re-accelerate for good. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) led France with 14 points.Italy's Laura Laura Macchi, who had 15 points to lead all scorers on five of 14 shooting from the field, said that they lost a great opportunity, coming back in the second half.

Italy: Laura Macchi 15 Ress 8
France: Sandrine Gruda 14, Gomis 11, Le Drean 10, Emmeline Ndongue 9



Belarus-Serbia 79:53 (21-16, 22-20, 17-11, 19-6)
The National team of Belarus smashed Serbia in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2007. The latter, being the favorite of the game had nothing to do with an ambitious Belarus.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) paced the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) scored 12, while Veremeenko and Natalia Marchanka (168-G-79) added 11 each. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) was the only one to reach double digits nailing 15 points.

It was a game for the second place in the group as Spain atop the group D. It also meant that the winner would have 1-1 record entering the Qualifying Round. After Belarus first official win in Eurobasket last night, the team did not stop on that and showed even a better game with Serbia. The latter could only led the game in the opening tip when
Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) gave her team 5:4. Later on Belarus controlled the game and dominated in the court.

Belarus won the first quarter 21:16 and then the second 22:20. Veremeenko's last two points in the first half gave Belarus 43:36. It was still a good chance for Serbia to catch up, however Belarus had another opinion. Instead of playing in defense and keeping the score for good, the team started to increase the lead. The teams finished the third quarter with 17:11 and then Belarus demonstrated 19:6 in the last. A more, than confident win of Belarus lifted them to the second place in the group.

Belarus:
Yelena Leuchanka 14+11 rebs, Nataliya Trafimava 12, Veremeenko 11, Natalia Marchanka 11
Serbia:
Miljana Musovic 15, Sonja Petrovic 9



Standings (Women)
E.Championships (W) Standings
Group A
1. Latvia2-0
2. Czech R.2-0
3. Turkey1-2
4. Israel0-3
Group B
1. Belgium3-0
2. Germany1-1
3. Lithuan.1-1
4. Romania0-3
Group C
1. Russia3-0
2. France2-1
3. Italy1-2
4. Greece0-3
Group D
1. Spain2-0
2. Belarus2-1
3. Serbia1-2
4. Croatia0-2


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FIJI - Women

Oceania Championship: Fiji is ready -by Gauthier Gerard
Beating Australia and New Zealand is a mammoth task for the Fiji women's basketball as they embark to securing a spot in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The Michael Whippy-coached team that departed our shores in high spirits for the Olympics qualifiers in Dunedin, New Zealand this week are confident of their chances after an impressive outing in Samoa. Two teams from the Oceania region will qualify for the Olympics while the third team will have to go through another qualifying round in Europe in June next year.

"Upsetting Australia and New Zealand is definitely going to be tough but anything is possible," Whippy said. "We needed an improved performance from Samoa to boost our chances in the qualifiers and I guess the gold scoop at the SPG has lifted their confidence, There was no time for celebration for us upon our return as the girls headed back to training and now we're ready for another round of basketball,".
There is no turning back for the star studded side that retains the services of its two USA-based university reps Valerie Nainima (165-G-86) and Mickaelar Whippy. All players from the South Pacific Games gold-winning team were given visas to travel to New Zealand. A beefed up defence saw Fiji book a place in the qualifiers after edging American Samoa 70-62 in the SPG final at the Faleata Gymnasium in Apia. The Mickaelar Whippy-captained side took no chances utilising every opportunity they had and the big three pointer silenced the crowd as Sera Colata took Fiji to a 53- 40 lead in the third quarter of the game. With their mind set on a place to the qualifying tournament in New Zealand, the unbeaten Fiji side finished off winning the gold medal.
The Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament will run through this week starting today.

Fiji National Team:
Adi Lesianawai (86)
Agnes Sokosoko
Batiri Hughes
Brittany Hazelman (87)
Cecilia Oliver
Elenoa Naivalurua
Kelera Mataika
Leilani Saukawa (85)
Letava Whippy (173-G/F-91)
Mareta Mani
Mikaelar Whippy (173-F-86)
Seini Dobui (163-G-83)
Sera Colata (87)
Valeria Nainima (165-G-86)


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FRANCE - Women

NT: Italy lose to France but are still in the competition -by Leslie Anderson

Italy had to wait for 4 minutes to score their first points of the game but as luck will have it France had only scored 4 points, all from Sandra Le Drean. Both sides were just unable to make their way to the basket and so were forced to snatch at their shots to avail. The introduction of Celine Dumerc and Emily Gomis changed things for France as their pace and tenacity got France back on track finishing the first half on the back of a 5:0 run. So they extended their lead to 13 points midway through the second period.


Krissy Bade made sure France did not drop their intensity as she worked on both ends of the court at the start of the second period as France scored 6 straight points. With her performance and the defence now in place, Italy were not able to reach their basket for the first 3 minutes of the second period as France opened up the first significant lead of the match (19-6).


A change in defensive systems by Italy resulted in France turning over the ball and losing their rhythm which profited the hosts as they put together their best offensive action to slightly reduce their deficit. Afterwards France were unable to score for 3 minutes but once Yacoubou found her way to the free-throw line after a pair of missed free-throws from Le Drean, the French team was back in attack mode and went into the interval with a 12-point lead.


Right from the start of the third period the Italians were more aggressive with Kathrin Ress taking a slight knock right at the start of the period which appeared to slow her down. Dubravaka Dacic took it upon herself to keep her team in the game as she alone took on France during the first part of the period scoring the first 6 points for her side. Furthermore she found time to go back and defend and add a block including an assist to her performance as France's advantage dropped to 8 points (32-24). Then things went from bad to worse for France: first Celine Dumerc picked up 3 quick fouls and had to leave the field, secondly France were unable to score a single point while Italy had reduced the deficit to 3 points.


Finally France recovered when Emmeline Ndongue - not known for her speed - chased down Giorgia Sottana to block her just before she could lay up. Yet Sottana was to have the last laugh seconds later as she scored and herewith bringing Italy to within 1 point of France (32-31) while she concluded a 11-0 run. This was as close Italy was to come as France regained their composure and Edwige Lawson-Wade hit a critical 3-point shot that silenced the crowd shortly before both sides traded basket for basket with France scoring the last of the period to go into the final period leading by 4 points.


In comparison to the fireworks of the third period the final period was dull, but France silenced the crowd for good with 6 quick points (44-35). France, now in control, only allowed Italy one basket as they extended their lead to 13 points (37-50) to finish the match as a contest. So the French players went on to pace themselves to victory (64-48).


Three players finished with double digits for France with Sandrine Gruda leading the scoring with 14 points followed by Gomis and Le Drean with 11 and 10 points respectively. Laura Macchi finished with a game high 15 points for Italy.


Sabrina Reghaissia speaks with us after the match

What do you think of this competition so far?


It is a very open competition, all the teams are of a similar level. Any team can beat everybody. That means you shouldn't let down your guard. For us, France, we have done okay and today we won against Italy which was difficult. And now we attack the qualification round with the same energy and the same enthusiasm.


What are the goals?


We would like to stand on the podium, but we need to advance as far as possible to make sure that we qualify for the Olympic qualifying tournament first of all, then the podium and anything extra will be a bonus.


You still want to go to the Olympics?

Yes of course, we will take it very seriously to get there.


How is the championship going for you so far? Yesterday you played, today not so much.

Yes, that's how it is. It is the coach's decision on who plays when, and sometimes it is part of the strategy.
Everybody has to prepare and be prepared.

Anyway, the players are all part of the team, we've been together since 1st August And the coach does the maximum to rotate the players according to his plans and game situation.


USVO is waiting for you after the Euro. So how does it feel to go back to the North?


It is great. Well Montpellier was a good experience, a bit far from home, and now - after the Euro - I am looking forward to starting the season with USVO. It's really a good club with ambitions. Also the team is practically new with only two players from last season on board. I think the players are ready to work hard and achieve some success at the end of the season. But before thinking of the future with USVO I have to concentrate all my energy at the task here with the national team.



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GREECE - Women

Russia storms past Greece 86:47 -by Eurobasket News
Greece-Russia 47:86 (13-29, 9-15, 12-21, 13-21)

Russia proved that the team's goal for the Championship is Gold smashing Greece in the last game of the Preliminary Round. The favorite of Group C won 86:47 and placed first. Greece will have to eliminate as the team lost three games in a row. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Ekaterina Demagina (175-G-82) ended up with 12, while Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) created 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) paced Greece with 22 points.

Many specialists compared first two games of the Czechs and the Russian team and Czech Republic looked much better in the first two games. It was the time to prove.
Russia nailed 29 points in the first quarter and it seemed the team could easily score 100. The first quarter ended up with 29:13 and gave no more battle in the game. Russia won the half 44:22 when Olga Arteshina made a lay-up.
In the second half Grudin gave opportunity almost to everybody to participate and to score. The team had already +31 when the teams finished the third quarter. Irina Osipova with a lay-up made the final score 86:47 for the Russian team.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 22, Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) 11
Russia: Irina Osipova 21+12 rebs, Ekaterina Demagina 12, Olga Arteshina 11+9 rebs+7 blk


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ISRAEL - Women

Israel loses the third in a row and stays out of the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News
Israel-Turkey 58:70 (18-17, 23-26, 4-18, 13-9)

Israel lost the third game in Group A and finished on the last place. In the opening game of Group A Turkey beat Israel 70:58 in a live-or-die game. Turkey finished the group with 1-2 and took Israel spot in the Qualifying Round. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) led the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) produced 10 points each. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) top-scored for Israel with 12 points.

It was the game of two winless teams in the group, as Latvia and Czech Republic dominated there. Israel started well and scored first five points of the game. Turkey replied with 8-0 run when Yasemin Horasan gave her team the first lead. Mirav Dori (178-F-86)'s three pointer gave Israel the lead before the first 10 minutes of the game, 18:17.
In a very offensive second quarter Turkey managed to stay in front for the most of the time and grabbed 43:41 at the half. A 13-0 run buried all hopes of Israel to advance to the Qualifying Round. Yasemin Horasan made the score 56:41 and sent her team to the next round. Israel tried hard, but could not tie the game. Three teams except Israel will advance to the Qualifying Round that will start on September 28th.

Israel: Shay Doron 12, Katia Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 11, Mirav Dori 11
Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 13+11 rebs, Isil Alben 10, Saziye Karsli 10


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ITALY - Women

Italy back to reality: France won 64-48 in EC day-3 matchup -by Carlo Grilli
France showed good shape and clinched the second place in Group C; Italy finished third. The hosts scored only 15 points in the first half and trailed by 11 at intermission, but in the third quarter Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Laura Macchi made the Azzurre closer and closer (31-32) before Commeres team re-accelerate for good.

Italy wiil play on Saturday against Spain; the other opponents in the second round will be Belarus and Serbia.

Italy-France 48-64 (6-11; 16-28; 35-39)
Italy: Ress 8 (3/9), Franchini (0/1), Sottana 3 (1/4, 0/1), Zara 6 (3/8), Zanoli, Modica 4 (2/6, 0/1, Macchi 15 (4/12, 1/2), Masciadri 3 (1/7, 0/2), Ciampoli 2 (1/2), Zanon dnp, Giauro, Dacic 7 (3/9). 2PS 18/58; 3PS 1/6; FT 9/14. Rebounds: 37.
France: Beikes dnp, Le Drean 10 (4/5, 0/1), Dumerc 7 (1/3, 1/1), Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) 14 (2/8), Lawson 8 (2/3, 1/4), Sauret (0/6), Reghaissia (0/2), Gomis 11 (2/6), Bade 2 (1/1), Dijon (0/2), Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) 9 (4/7), Yacoubou 3 (1/1). 2PS 17/44; 3PS 2/6; FT 24/31. Rebounds: 43.
Referees: Robert (Ger), Marius (Rom), Tomas (Lit).


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IVORY COAST - Women

Cote d'Ivoire second time lucky beat Madagascar 51-43 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The young ladies from Cote d'Ivoire seat of the secretariat of the continent ruling body, FIBA Afrique displayed gut and resisted Madagascar who came into Wednesday last group-A game as if their lives depended on it with a 51-43 points win to move into the last eight.

The Ivories whose first win in the championship was against Tunisia Tuesday got back into the all important battle in the third and fourth quarters having trailed the bottom placed coach Hubert Manary tutored Malagasy ladies at half-time (23-16).

The Ivories won three of the four quarters with scores at 06-05, 10-18, 22-11 and 13-09 to finish fourth in group-A.

Kani kouyate led the floor with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while her compatriot Aichata Diomande contributed 11 points and 3 rebounds. Madagascar's playmaker, Ange Rasoambolanoro was the player in her team that record a double figure of 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Kani Kouyate (-90)


Cote d'Ivoire posts the first win at Afrobasket beating Tunisia -by Eurobasket News
Cote d'Ivoire - Tunisia 62:49

Cote d'Ivoire celebrated their first win at the African championship in Senegal. They handled Tunisia in what could be decisive game for the 4th spot in Group A. Both teams are now at 1-3 record and need wins in the final round to advance to the quarterfinal. Assetou Kolga (-88) and Kani Kouyate (-90) combined 8 points early in the opening frame to give Cote d'Ivoire a 14:3 lead. Maha Chelly (-82) responded with 5 points late in the frame to cut the deficit to 5 points 11:16. However Aichata Diomande and Mariam Kolga drained two treys for Cote d'Ivoire at the start of the second quarter and enlarged the lead to 11 points 24:13. Cote d'Ivoire held on to the advantage and completed the first half ahead 30:21. Both teams tried to play it safe in the third stanza but 6 straight points from Kani Kouyate sparked another rally from Cote d'Ivoire and they entered the final stanza leading by 15 points 47:32. Three quick points from Aichata Diomande virtually buried the opponents. Tunisia only managed to narrow the gap to 12 points but Cote d'Ivoire never allowed them to come any closer.
Kani Kouyate led the action with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Aichata Diomande and Assetou Kolga nailed 12 points apiece for the winners. Maha Chelly and Wafa Zaghdoud (-83) netted 8 points apiece for Tunisia. Zeina Chebli added 6 points in a loss.
Tunisia outrebounded their opponents 28:26 but Cote d'Ivoire answered with better shooting. They posted 54% from the field and 60% from free throw line. Tunisia recorded 48% of field goals and just 37% of free throws.
Cote d'Ivoire willl face winless Madagascar in the last preliminary round, while Tunisia will take on Mozambique.

Cote d'Ivoire: Kani Kouyate 14+6 boards, Aichata Diomande 12, Assetou Kolga 12
Tunisia: Maha Chelly 8, Wafa Zaghdoud 8


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JAMAICA - Women

Jamaican National Team 2007 for FIBA Americas Championships -by Kasia
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Bennett


Byfield


Edwards


Gidden


Jackson
Kimberly Bennett (184-F/C-83) of Dart Killester (IRL)
Althea Byfield (185-F/C-82) of Blades United
Simone Edwards (193-C-73) of MiZo-PVSK (HUN)
Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85) of Connecticut Sun (USA)
Simone Jackson (176-F-84) of Southeast Missouri State University (USA)
Nicole Louden (172-G-83) of Bnei Yehuda (ISR)
Erica Messam (174-G-83) of University of Hartford (USA)
Oberon Pitterson (177-G-71) of Waulgrovians
Rebecca Richman (190-C-83)
Sharon Wiles (175-G-78) of Clayton College & State University (USA)
Demoya Williams (186-F/C-80) of Arkansas Ballers (USA)


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KENYA - Women

DR Congo brighten chances beat Kenya 62-42 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Mwali mabika and her colleagues from the Congo Democratic Republic Tuesday held their own against ambitious Kenyan team with a 62-42 point's victory.

The group-B match saw the Congolese tearing their opponent apart from the blast of the referees' whistle, with these win, the 2005 fourth place finisher now have a chance to finish third in the group dominated by Angola their last group opponent.

Kenya whose last group game against Nigeria must pray hard that Cameroon falls to bottom of the table Cape Verde while they must be at the best to snatch a win from Nigeria who have already book a quarter final ticket.


Nigeria sees off Kenya - 73-60 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion, Nigeria Wednesday handed Kenya a painful 73-60 points defeat to maintain her second spot in group-B of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for Women.

With this victory the Africa champion, will square up against group-A third place finisher, Mozambique in the quarter-finals Friday in Dakar.

Nigeria took an early lead in the first quarter with a 32-15 points thus creating a 17 points deficit, the second quarter also went the way of the Africa representative at the basketball event of the 2004 Olympics with 11-08 points, efforts by the Kenyan to rally back in the third and fourth which it won (13-11 and 24-19) was too late to save them from defeat and an early exit from contention for the continent's sole Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ticket.

Nigeria's Olayinka Sanni led her team-mates with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, centre, Ugochukwu Oha added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 block-shots just as the duo of Sefi Mojidi and Chisaokwu Ononiwu contributed 10 points each.

Kenya Caroline Achieng led the floor with 18 points and 4 assists, Brenda Odula added 13 points and 3 assists Joyce Makungu had her name on the score sheet with 12 points while Miriam Awaccor had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Caroline Arato (-73)


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LITHUANIA - Women

Lithuania eliminates Romania -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Romania 67:50 (24-16, 11-11, 15-11, 17-12)

Lithuania tied at 1-1 in Group B action in Lanciano. Last night the team overcame Romania 67:50. Due ti the first quarter success the Baltic State could control the rest of the game. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) led the winners with 15 points. Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) posted 14, while Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Maria Pascalau (193-C-82) again top-scored for Romania, that time with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Their 0-2 record leaves Romania guaranteed a fourth-placed finish in the group since a victory against Belgium on Wednesday would not be enough to overtake Germany or Lithuania.

It was a good start from both teams after they reached 16 points each. Lina Brazdeikyte's three-pointer sparked a 12-0 run spanning the first and second quarters as Lithuania led 28:16. Petronyte made later 35:25 as the teams finished the half with 35:27.

Lithuania came out of the locker-room on a 9-0 run with Lina Brazdeikyte and Valuzyte combining for seven of those points and a 44:27 lead. Parau with a jump shot reduced to 50:38 before the last quarter. There was no time later in the game when the spectator could think of Riomanian win. Lithuania deserved a 67:50 victory and for sure will play in the Qualifying Round.

Lithuania: Lina Brazdeikyte 15, Agne Ciudariene 14, Egle Sulciute 11+10 rebs
Romania: Maria Pascalau 12+13 rebs, Simina Mandache (184-F-81) 8, Ciocan 8, Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) 8


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MADAGASCAR - Women

Senegal rolls past Madagascar, still undefeated -by Eurobasket News
Senegal - Madagascar 100:36
Senegal continues to impress the home crowd at the African championship in Dakar. They recorded their 4th consecutive victory and confidently occupy the top spot in Group A. Madagascar remained winless at the bottom of the ladder but can bring up sensation if beats Cote d'Ivoire in the last preliminary round later today.
Madagaskar started the game with 4 straight points and stunned the home side for a little bit. However Aya Traore (186-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) quickly found the touch from the field and nailed 8 consecutive points including two long bombs to claim the lead for the hosts. Senegal later completed their 18:0 rally and set up a comfortable 18:4 lead. They extended it to 29:6 by the end of the first quarter and entertained the fans further on. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) chipped in 17 points in the second quarter to give Senegal a 58:13 advantage at halftime. The questions about the outcome vanished and the teams allowed each other to exchange some blows in the second half. It never influnced Senegalese dominance on the court and they easily sealed the victory at the end.
Astou Traore and Aya Traore netted 21 poitns apiece for the home side. Awa Doumbia (182-F-79) added 13 points for the winners. Lydia Raoanirina answered with 10 points for Madagscar. Ange Rasoambolanoro had 7 points and 3 rebounds in defeat.
Senegal faces Mali later tonight. Madagscar will try to upset Cote d'Ivoire in their last preliminary battle.

Senegal: Astou Traore 21, Aya Traore 21, Awa Doumbia 13
Madagascar: Lydia Raoanirina 10, Ange Rasoambolanoro 7+3 boards


Cote d'Ivoire second time lucky beat Madagascar 51-43 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The young ladies from Cote d'Ivoire seat of the secretariat of the continent ruling body, FIBA Afrique displayed gut and resisted Madagascar who came into Wednesday last group-A game as if their lives depended on it with a 51-43 points win to move into the last eight.

The Ivories whose first win in the championship was against Tunisia Tuesday got back into the all important battle in the third and fourth quarters having trailed the bottom placed coach Hubert Manary tutored Malagasy ladies at half-time (23-16).

The Ivories won three of the four quarters with scores at 06-05, 10-18, 22-11 and 13-09 to finish fourth in group-A.

Kani kouyate led the floor with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while her compatriot Aichata Diomande contributed 11 points and 3 rebounds. Madagascar's playmaker, Ange Rasoambolanoro was the player in her team that record a double figure of 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Kani Kouyate (-90)


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MALI - Women

Senegal stops Mali run -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Host Senegal Wednesday stopped the smooth run of Mali in the last group-A of the 20th Africa nations Championship played in Dakar.

With maximum home support the Senegalese side narrowly won the first quarter 11-10 but added an extension in the second quarter for an halftime scores of 25-16, the Malian rallied back in the third quarter with a 14-12 points win but fell further in the last quarter which the home side picked by 11-09 points for a final scores of 48-37.

Fatou Ndiaye Balayara of Senegal and Malian Kadiatou Toure were the only player with double figure on the scorer sheet with 10 and 17 points respectively.


Special Afrobasket (Women): Africa, a force to reckon with - Coach Ruiz -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Jose Ruiz is the head coach of the women national team of Mali who are currently unbeaten in group-A of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for Women holding in Dakar and Thies, Senegal.

The Spanish-born tactician takes a hard look at the standard of the game in Africa and his team chances against host in her last group game tonight and the prospect of African players in a brief chat with www.fiba-afrique.org.

Ruiz who doubles as the head coach French division-one side Lattes Maurin Montpellier basketball club says Africa is the next basketball power house after Europe and the Americas.

On his team last group game against host, Senegal tonight, Coach Ruiz says the Malian will curtail the fast break style of play of the Senegalese and go on to top the group.

“I think the standard of play here is high, the followership is also great even greater than some European countries, the media have also been of tremendous support.

“There are a lots of quality players in this championship and to me it is a thing of joy as a coach, very athletic and skilful players that require just of polishing to become world class players.

“Africa might just be the next basketball power-house after the zones of Europe and the Americas judging by the avalanche of talents on display in this championship.

“Our last group game against the host tonight will be a tough duel but I think I have an answer to the foray of the Senegalese fast-break style of play, they a good defensive side but we hope to unleash our young team on them.

Nagnouma Coulibaly (192-F-89)



Mali too strong for Mozambique -by Eurobasket News
Mali - Mozambique 64:46
Malian team extended their winning streak to 4 games after they took advantage of Mozambique yesterday. Mali remained on top of Group A with a 4-0 record. Mozambique meanwhile fell to 2-2 record but secured the 4th qualifying spot. Mali looks as a key contender at this tournament and could really hope for a spot at the pedestal.
Malian players started the game aggressively and led 12:6 on Kadiatou Kanoute's three pointer. However Mozambqiue managed to cut the lead to 2 points at the end of the first frame 12:14. Clarisse Machunguana and Rute Muianga nailed first three points in the second quarter and gave Mozambique a 15:14 lead. The lead changed hands for a couple of times throughout the second term before Hamchetou Maiga (186-G/F-78, college: ODU) and Nare Diawara (192-F/C-88) (198-C-83, college: Virginia Tech) combined 5 points to spur Mali ahead 28:23. But still Mozambique found the way to come back and Carla Da Silva first nailed three pointer and then Clarisse Machunguana added two free throws to tie the scoreline at 32 at halftime.
Mali opened the second half with an 8:0 run and dominated the game further on. Diene Diawara netted 6 points at the end of the thrid stanza and allowed Mali to acquire a 54:38 advantage entering the fourth frame. Mozambique could not find the way to perform a comeback in the fourth stanza and Hamchetou Maiga led her teammates to an easy win at the end.
Diene Diawara finished the game with impressive 19 points and 20 rebounds. Hamchetou Maiga added 18 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Clarisse Machunguana nailed 12 points for Mozambique. Rute Muianga added 8 points in a losing effort.
Mali will next face hosting Senegal in the battle of still undefeated sides. Mozambique will try to improve their record against Cote d'Ivoire.

Mali: Diene Diawara 19+20 boards, Hamchetou Maiga 18+6 assists
Mozambique: Clarisse Machunguana 12, Rute Muianga 8


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MEXICO - Women

Mexican National Team 2007 for FIBA Americas Championships -by Kasia
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Arriola


Delgado


Gomez


Gutierrez


Machuca
Jennifer Arriola (186-F-83) of Itesm Campus Monterrey
Alejandra Delgado (180-F-83) of Itesm Campus Monterrey
Nancy Fermin (-90)
Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) of Cenhies
Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) of UPAEP
Lourdes Machuca (196-C-85) of Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
Taine Ramirez (171-G-78) of Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
Ana Renteria (-85)
Zazil Salman (-C-86) of Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
Sandra Sanchez (-90)
Brisa Silva (168-G-84) of Oklahoma State University (USA)
Pilar Vite (-90)


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MOZAMBIQUE - Women

Mali too strong for Mozambique -by Eurobasket News
Mali - Mozambique 64:46
Malian team extended their winning streak to 4 games after they took advantage of Mozambique yesterday. Mali remained on top of Group A with a 4-0 record. Mozambique meanwhile fell to 2-2 record but secured the 4th qualifying spot. Mali looks as a key contender at this tournament and could really hope for a spot at the pedestal.
Malian players started the game aggressively and led 12:6 on Kadiatou Kanoute's three pointer. However Mozambqiue managed to cut the lead to 2 points at the end of the first frame 12:14. Clarisse Machunguana and Rute Muianga nailed first three points in the second quarter and gave Mozambique a 15:14 lead. The lead changed hands for a couple of times throughout the second term before Hamchetou Maiga (186-G/F-78, college: ODU) and Nare Diawara (192-F/C-88) (198-C-83, college: Virginia Tech) combined 5 points to spur Mali ahead 28:23. But still Mozambique found the way to come back and Carla Da Silva first nailed three pointer and then Clarisse Machunguana added two free throws to tie the scoreline at 32 at halftime.
Mali opened the second half with an 8:0 run and dominated the game further on. Diene Diawara netted 6 points at the end of the thrid stanza and allowed Mali to acquire a 54:38 advantage entering the fourth frame. Mozambique could not find the way to perform a comeback in the fourth stanza and Hamchetou Maiga led her teammates to an easy win at the end.
Diene Diawara finished the game with impressive 19 points and 20 rebounds. Hamchetou Maiga added 18 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Clarisse Machunguana nailed 12 points for Mozambique. Rute Muianga added 8 points in a losing effort.
Mali will next face hosting Senegal in the battle of still undefeated sides. Mozambique will try to improve their record against Cote d'Ivoire.

Mali: Diene Diawara 19+20 boards, Hamchetou Maiga 18+6 assists
Mozambique: Clarisse Machunguana 12, Rute Muianga 8


Mozambique ends Tunisia dream -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Rampaging ladies from Maputo, Mozambique got the better of Tunisia in both sides last group-A game played inside the Marius Ndiaye gymnasium, Dakar with a 69-56 points' victory that guaranteed them passage into the last eight of the continent's flagship women championship.

The Mozambican whose rear was perfectly anchored by former Academica basketball club of Maputo points guard, 27 year-old Ngulela Deolinda won the first quarter by 22-17 points, slipped in the second by just one point of 11-12 points the Tunisian came back strongly in the third quarter tying score at 37 points apiece with 3 minutes 50 seconds left but failed to remain focus thereby allowing the quick Mozambican to escape with a 16-12 points win thus going into the last quarter with a 49-41 points advantage.

Deolinda who was the inspiration her team-mates relied on for victory had 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 9 points to her credit as the Mozambican win the quarter 20-15 for a final score-line of 69-56 points.

Carla Da Silva scored 15 points and 3 rebounds while Clarisse Machanguana added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, Tunisian duo, Mariem Ouertani and Henda Chebli had 11 points each with Chebli grabbing 9 rebounds.
Deolinda Ngulela (168-G-81)


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Tall Ferns fall short to “starless” Opals -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Australia 46:78
New Zealand Tall Ferns opened their Fiba Oceania championship campaign with a hurting loss to Australia. Tall Ferns faced the defending World champions today in Dunedin and could not beat the forecasts. The Opals turned out to be stronger and once again proved their ‘one-of-the-best-teams-in-the-world' status. Depleted Australia was without services of WNBA stars Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor. However the class of the Opals' squad was overwhelmingly good for young Kiwis. Australia dominated from the very start and piled up a 17:11 advantage after the first frame. Aussies shot more accurately from the field and won every other defensive battle. They outscored Tall Ferns 19:11 in the second quarter and enjoyed a comfortable 36:22 lead at halftime. New Zealand never showed any signs of recovery after the intermission. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) and Emma Randall (190-C-85) continued to spur their team ahead and Australia entered the fourth stanza with an insurmountable 56:35 advantage. New Zealand team can hardly match the tempo and looked weary late in the game. It resulted in the Opals winning the last part 22:11 and celebrating an overall victory.
Natalie Porter led the action with 16 points. Emma Randall added 13 points for Australia, while Alicia Poto (46-G-78) netted another 12 for the winners. Jessica McCormack (194-C-89) answered with 10 points and 12 boards for New Zealand. Angela Marino (166-G-86) nailed 15 points in a losing clause. New Zealand converted 30.5% from the field and 58% from free throw line. They were outrebounded 37:42 and committed 18 turnovers.
Australia already qualified for the Beijing Olympics as the world champions. So the main fixture of the tournament will take place the day after tomorrow, when New Zealand faces Fiji for another qualifying spot to the Olympic Games. Australia meanwhile plays against Fiji tomorrow.

New Zealand: Angela Marino 15, Jessica McCormack 10+12 boards, Michaela Cocks 7
Australia: Natalie Porter 16, Emma Randall 13, Alicia Poto 12


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NIGERIA - Women

Nigeria beat Cape Verde to confirm Q/final ticket -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Championship defending champion, Nigeria Tuesday played a more relaxed with a 75-64 points win over bottom of the table Cape Verde to confirm her place in the last eight and a possible quarter-final pairing against Mozambique on Friday.

The Mfon Udoka captained side approach the game against the Cape Verdeans whose men team inflicted a bitter defeat of the Africa second rated team at the quarterfinal stage of the men championship in Angola with caution and all seriousness.

Nigeria last game against Kenya Wednesday is also expected to go the same way as that of Tuesday against Cape Verde who like Madagascar are the only teams that are yet to register a win so far in the championship.

Tuesday Results:

Mali 64-46 Mozambique

Cote d'Ivoire 62-49 Tunisia

Senegal 100-36 Madagascar

DR Congo 62-42 Kenya

Angola 63-38 Cameroon

Nigeria 75-64 Cape Verde

Wednesday pairing:

Group-A:

Madagascar Vs Cote d'Ivoire

Mozambique Vs Tunisia

Mali Vs Senegal

Group-B

Kenya Vs Nigeria

Cape Verde Vs Cameroon

DR Congo Vs Angola

Mercy Okorie (180-C/F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos)



Nigeria Udoka injured missed Kenya game -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria captain and reigning most valuable player of the Africa Nations Championship for Women, Mfon Udoka is down with a kneel injury which saw missing on the Nigeria line-up in Wednesday last group game against Kenya.

The former Tarbes Gespe Bigorre basketball club of France forward hurt her kneel why leading the Nigeria onslaught against Mwabi Mabika and her team in Nigeria third group-B game last Sunday in Thies.

Udoka who first dorn the Nigeria colour in 2003 8th All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria has been a major player with the Nigerian side ever since little wonder the coaches led by Kevin Cook decides to rest her against Kenya so to allow the injury to heal before the crucial quarter-final battle a against Mozambique on Friday.

Udoka a one time WNBA player with the Houston Comets is a hardworking and experienced player whose leadership is not doubt, should be back in action for the Africa champion on Friday.

Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)



Nigeria sees off Kenya - 73-60 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion, Nigeria Wednesday handed Kenya a painful 73-60 points defeat to maintain her second spot in group-B of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for Women.

With this victory the Africa champion, will square up against group-A third place finisher, Mozambique in the quarter-finals Friday in Dakar.

Nigeria took an early lead in the first quarter with a 32-15 points thus creating a 17 points deficit, the second quarter also went the way of the Africa representative at the basketball event of the 2004 Olympics with 11-08 points, efforts by the Kenyan to rally back in the third and fourth which it won (13-11 and 24-19) was too late to save them from defeat and an early exit from contention for the continent's sole Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ticket.

Nigeria's Olayinka Sanni led her team-mates with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, centre, Ugochukwu Oha added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 block-shots just as the duo of Sefi Mojidi and Chisaokwu Ononiwu contributed 10 points each.

Kenya Caroline Achieng led the floor with 18 points and 4 assists, Brenda Odula added 13 points and 3 assists Joyce Makungu had her name on the score sheet with 12 points while Miriam Awaccor had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Caroline Arato (-73)


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NORWAY - Women

BiH beats Norway -by Kaare Vangen
The Norwegian ladies NT lost tonight 45-71 to Bosnia & Hercegovina (BiH)in Sarajevo. BiH had a four point win in Bærum on Sunday so the Norwegian ladies had to win by five to make it to the championship tournament. But it soon became clear that chances for Norway were very slim. Norway had the lead on 5-4 but that was the only time. BiH had a 30-19 lead at half time and was never in trouble. Sorry ladies, we were not good enough. But keep on fighting - this qualification has had some very good moments as well! But Eurobasket Women Div B will play without the Norwegian ladies.

Tattersdill, Sand and Hella were the ones in double figures and can feel not too bad about the offensive production. But BiH definitely won the battle under the boards. E. Demirovic had 19 rebounds, the Norwegian team had 21... The Norwegian ladies scored 29,5 % on 2-pointers which is way below what we can expect at an international level.


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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 (I= Bush 15+15rebs, Quiles 15; P= De jesus 12, Gonzalez 9, Santos 9)
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 (C= Clinesmith 23, Anderson 17, Escalera 13; C= Rodriguez 28, Casul 13)
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA - Women

Lithuania eliminates Romania -by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Romania 67:50 (24-16, 11-11, 15-11, 17-12)

Lithuania tied at 1-1 in Group B action in Lanciano. Last night the team overcame Romania 67:50. Due ti the first quarter success the Baltic State could control the rest of the game. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) led the winners with 15 points. Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) posted 14, while Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Maria Pascalau (193-C-82) again top-scored for Romania, that time with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Their 0-2 record leaves Romania guaranteed a fourth-placed finish in the group since a victory against Belgium on Wednesday would not be enough to overtake Germany or Lithuania.

It was a good start from both teams after they reached 16 points each. Lina Brazdeikyte's three-pointer sparked a 12-0 run spanning the first and second quarters as Lithuania led 28:16. Petronyte made later 35:25 as the teams finished the half with 35:27.

Lithuania came out of the locker-room on a 9-0 run with Lina Brazdeikyte and Valuzyte combining for seven of those points and a 44:27 lead. Parau with a jump shot reduced to 50:38 before the last quarter. There was no time later in the game when the spectator could think of Riomanian win. Lithuania deserved a 67:50 victory and for sure will play in the Qualifying Round.

Lithuania: Lina Brazdeikyte 15, Agne Ciudariene 14, Egle Sulciute 11+10 rebs
Romania: Maria Pascalau 12+13 rebs, Simina Mandache (184-F-81) 8, Ciocan 8, Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) 8


A 17-0 run brought Belgium a 74:71 win over Romania -by Eurobasket News
Belgium-Romania 74:71 (20-23, 16-19, 23-16, 15-13)

Belgium stays undefeated and beat Romania in the last game of the group. A good first half of the Romanian squad left them in the game till the end of it. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. De Mondt chipped in 13, while Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) added 10. Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) top-scored for Romania with 14 points. The latter did not qualify to the next round having 0-3 record.

The game did not solve many problems and tasks. For the Belgium squad it was the repetition before the Qualifying Round, while Romania wanted to win at least once in the group. The latter lost all the chances even before the game. Anyway, Romania opened the game with 3-0 and controlled the first quarter. Brosovszky helped the team to finish the first at 23:20. A great game in the second quarter brought another achievement when Ancuta Stoenescu hit a three. At that time Romania had 42:32 lead and looked well. Kathy Wambe could reduce to 36:42 as both squads disappeared in the lockers.
Brosovszky's three in the third quarter returned Romania 10-points deficit. A 17-0 run that started in the end of the third and lasted till the fourth quarter lifted Belgium in front. Ann Wauters was the last to score in the game when she made 74:71.

Belgium: Ann Wauters 20+10 rebs, De Mondt 13, Kathy Wambe 10
Romania: Ancuta Stoenescu 14, Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) 13, Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) 13


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RUSSIA - Women

Russia storms past Greece 86:47 -by Eurobasket News
Greece-Russia 47:86 (13-29, 9-15, 12-21, 13-21)

Russia proved that the team's goal for the Championship is Gold smashing Greece in the last game of the Preliminary Round. The favorite of Group C won 86:47 and placed first. Greece will have to eliminate as the team lost three games in a row. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Ekaterina Demagina (175-G-82) ended up with 12, while Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) created 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) paced Greece with 22 points.

Many specialists compared first two games of the Czechs and the Russian team and Czech Republic looked much better in the first two games. It was the time to prove.
Russia nailed 29 points in the first quarter and it seemed the team could easily score 100. The first quarter ended up with 29:13 and gave no more battle in the game. Russia won the half 44:22 when Olga Arteshina made a lay-up.
In the second half Grudin gave opportunity almost to everybody to participate and to score. The team had already +31 when the teams finished the third quarter. Irina Osipova with a lay-up made the final score 86:47 for the Russian team.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 22, Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) 11
Russia: Irina Osipova 21+12 rebs, Ekaterina Demagina 12, Olga Arteshina 11+9 rebs+7 blk


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SENEGAL - Women

Special Afrobasket (Women): Africa, a force to reckon with - Coach Ruiz -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Jose Ruiz is the head coach of the women national team of Mali who are currently unbeaten in group-A of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for Women holding in Dakar and Thies, Senegal.

The Spanish-born tactician takes a hard look at the standard of the game in Africa and his team chances against host in her last group game tonight and the prospect of African players in a brief chat with www.fiba-afrique.org.

Ruiz who doubles as the head coach French division-one side Lattes Maurin Montpellier basketball club says Africa is the next basketball power house after Europe and the Americas.

On his team last group game against host, Senegal tonight, Coach Ruiz says the Malian will curtail the fast break style of play of the Senegalese and go on to top the group.

“I think the standard of play here is high, the followership is also great even greater than some European countries, the media have also been of tremendous support.

“There are a lots of quality players in this championship and to me it is a thing of joy as a coach, very athletic and skilful players that require just of polishing to become world class players.

“Africa might just be the next basketball power-house after the zones of Europe and the Americas judging by the avalanche of talents on display in this championship.

“Our last group game against the host tonight will be a tough duel but I think I have an answer to the foray of the Senegalese fast-break style of play, they a good defensive side but we hope to unleash our young team on them.

Nagnouma Coulibaly (192-F-89)



Senegal stops Mali run -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Host Senegal Wednesday stopped the smooth run of Mali in the last group-A of the 20th Africa nations Championship played in Dakar.

With maximum home support the Senegalese side narrowly won the first quarter 11-10 but added an extension in the second quarter for an halftime scores of 25-16, the Malian rallied back in the third quarter with a 14-12 points win but fell further in the last quarter which the home side picked by 11-09 points for a final scores of 48-37.

Fatou Ndiaye Balayara of Senegal and Malian Kadiatou Toure were the only player with double figure on the scorer sheet with 10 and 17 points respectively.


Senegal rolls past Madagascar, still undefeated -by Eurobasket News
Senegal - Madagascar 100:36
Senegal continues to impress the home crowd at the African championship in Dakar. They recorded their 4th consecutive victory and confidently occupy the top spot in Group A. Madagascar remained winless at the bottom of the ladder but can bring up sensation if beats Cote d'Ivoire in the last preliminary round later today.
Madagaskar started the game with 4 straight points and stunned the home side for a little bit. However Aya Traore (186-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) quickly found the touch from the field and nailed 8 consecutive points including two long bombs to claim the lead for the hosts. Senegal later completed their 18:0 rally and set up a comfortable 18:4 lead. They extended it to 29:6 by the end of the first quarter and entertained the fans further on. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) chipped in 17 points in the second quarter to give Senegal a 58:13 advantage at halftime. The questions about the outcome vanished and the teams allowed each other to exchange some blows in the second half. It never influnced Senegalese dominance on the court and they easily sealed the victory at the end.
Astou Traore and Aya Traore netted 21 poitns apiece for the home side. Awa Doumbia (182-F-79) added 13 points for the winners. Lydia Raoanirina answered with 10 points for Madagscar. Ange Rasoambolanoro had 7 points and 3 rebounds in defeat.
Senegal faces Mali later tonight. Madagscar will try to upset Cote d'Ivoire in their last preliminary battle.

Senegal: Astou Traore 21, Aya Traore 21, Awa Doumbia 13
Madagascar: Lydia Raoanirina 10, Ange Rasoambolanoro 7+3 boards


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SERBIA - Women

Belarus shocks Serbia and not only them -by Eurobasket News
Belarus-Serbia 79:53 (21-16, 22-20, 17-11, 19-6)

The National team of Belarus smashed Serbia in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2007. The latter, being the favorite of the game had nothing to do with an ambitious Belarus. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) paced the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) scored 12, while Veremeenko and Natalia Marchanka (168-G-79) added 11 each. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) was the only one to reach double digits nailing 15 points.


It was a game for the second place in the group as Spain atop the group D. It also meant that the winner would have 1-1 record entering the Qualifying Round. After Belarus first official win in Eurobasket last night, the team did not stop on that and showed even a better game with Serbia. The latter could only led the game in the opening tip when Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) gave her team 5:4. Later on Belarus controlled the game and dominated in the court.

Belarus won the first quarter 21:16 and then the second 22:20. Veremeenko's last two points in the first half gave Belarus 43:36. It was still a good chance for Serbia to catch up, however Belarus had another opinion. Instead of playing in defense and keeping the score for good, the team started to increase the lead. The teams finished the third quarter with 17:11 and then Belarus demonstrated 19:6 in the last. A more, than confident win of Belarus lifted them to the second place in the group.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 14+11 rebs, Nataliya Trafimava 12, Veremeenko 11, Natalia Marchanka 11
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 15, Sonja Petrovic 9


Serbia lost to Spain 76:79 -by Eurobasket News
Spain-Serbia 79:76 (21-17, 22-19, 17-18, 19-22)

Serbia showed a great game against bronze medalists at the last three EuroBaskets. Serbia tried hard, but have to admit 76:79 loss to Spain in Group D. The Spanish led by as many as 13 points but found themselves leading 78:76 with just nine seconds remaining. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) led the winners with 22 points. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) netted 13, while Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) top-scored for Serbia with 15 points.

It was another good game by Serbians in Eurobasket 2007. The team trailed 24:22 early in the second quarter when Spain went on a 15-4 run. Spain won the half 43:36 but that was not time to give up for the Serbs.

In the third quarter the Serbians stunned with an 11-0 run to lead 51:48. With a 18:17 in the quarter the team however stayed at 54:60 before the last. After 64:74 Serbia came back to the game after 10-2 run and reduced to 74:76. When the score was 79:76 for Spain Veselovski missed two of her free throws.

Spain take on Croatia in the final Group D game while Serbia meet Belarus.

Spain: Elisa Aguilar 22, Ana Montanana 13, Amaya Valdemoro 12+8 rebs+7 ast
Serbia: Maja Miljkovic 15, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 10, Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) 10


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SPAIN - Women

Spain passes to next step after winning Serbia in an equalized game -by Ivan Villar
Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) drove the spanish car to next phase,with 22 points.The spanish team made a great defense again to defeat by 79:76 to Serbia,which left a good image.The serbian team was fighting all the game until last second where they had some option to win but spanish players won the second game of tournament thanks to good percentages from free throw line.Evaristo Perez could celebrate his birthday with a new victory.

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TUNISIA - Women

Cote d'Ivoire posts the first win at Afrobasket beating Tunisia -by Eurobasket News
Cote d'Ivoire - Tunisia 62:49

Cote d'Ivoire celebrated their first win at the African championship in Senegal. They handled Tunisia in what could be decisive game for the 4th spot in Group A. Both teams are now at 1-3 record and need wins in the final round to advance to the quarterfinal. Assetou Kolga (-88) and Kani Kouyate (-90) combined 8 points early in the opening frame to give Cote d'Ivoire a 14:3 lead. Maha Chelly (-82) responded with 5 points late in the frame to cut the deficit to 5 points 11:16. However Aichata Diomande and Mariam Kolga drained two treys for Cote d'Ivoire at the start of the second quarter and enlarged the lead to 11 points 24:13. Cote d'Ivoire held on to the advantage and completed the first half ahead 30:21. Both teams tried to play it safe in the third stanza but 6 straight points from Kani Kouyate sparked another rally from Cote d'Ivoire and they entered the final stanza leading by 15 points 47:32. Three quick points from Aichata Diomande virtually buried the opponents. Tunisia only managed to narrow the gap to 12 points but Cote d'Ivoire never allowed them to come any closer.
Kani Kouyate led the action with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Aichata Diomande and Assetou Kolga nailed 12 points apiece for the winners. Maha Chelly and Wafa Zaghdoud (-83) netted 8 points apiece for Tunisia. Zeina Chebli added 6 points in a loss.
Tunisia outrebounded their opponents 28:26 but Cote d'Ivoire answered with better shooting. They posted 54% from the field and 60% from free throw line. Tunisia recorded 48% of field goals and just 37% of free throws.
Cote d'Ivoire willl face winless Madagascar in the last preliminary round, while Tunisia will take on Mozambique.

Cote d'Ivoire: Kani Kouyate 14+6 boards, Aichata Diomande 12, Assetou Kolga 12
Tunisia: Maha Chelly 8, Wafa Zaghdoud 8


Mozambique ends Tunisia dream -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Rampaging ladies from Maputo, Mozambique got the better of Tunisia in both sides last group-A game played inside the Marius Ndiaye gymnasium, Dakar with a 69-56 points' victory that guaranteed them passage into the last eight of the continent's flagship women championship.

The Mozambican whose rear was perfectly anchored by former Academica basketball club of Maputo points guard, 27 year-old Ngulela Deolinda won the first quarter by 22-17 points, slipped in the second by just one point of 11-12 points the Tunisian came back strongly in the third quarter tying score at 37 points apiece with 3 minutes 50 seconds left but failed to remain focus thereby allowing the quick Mozambican to escape with a 16-12 points win thus going into the last quarter with a 49-41 points advantage.

Deolinda who was the inspiration her team-mates relied on for victory had 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 9 points to her credit as the Mozambican win the quarter 20-15 for a final score-line of 69-56 points.

Carla Da Silva scored 15 points and 3 rebounds while Clarisse Machanguana added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, Tunisian duo, Mariem Ouertani and Henda Chebli had 11 points each with Chebli grabbing 9 rebounds.
Deolinda Ngulela (168-G-81)


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TURKEY - Women

Cem Akdag: For us Championship start today -by Iva Ivanova
Turkey beat Israel today. As coach Cem Akdag said for the media: "For us Championship start today". With this win Turkey is on 3rd place in Group A. Turksih National team has made it to the qualifying round after beating Israel 70-58 (18-17, 23-26, 4-18, 13-9 ) sending the winners of the additional qualifying tournament home.
For the winners Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) finished with double-double: she scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Shai Doron added 12 for Israel team. Yasemin Horasan is on 10 place, scored 14.0 pts/ game, Leader is Jekabsone with 22.0 pts/ game. Championship will continue on 28th september.