EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/30/2007

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ABA

Even Pasadena joins the ABA -by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that it has added a team in the rapidly-expanding league that will play this season - the Pasadena Push. The team is owned by Los Angeles businessman Donye Mitchell, a seasoned entrepreneur passionately fond in basketball. Mitchell immediately announced that the team will be coached by well-known coach Otis Hailey , the former head coach of the ABA Calgary Drillers and Tijuana Dragons

Manchester names Lessett as Head Coach -by Carl Berman
September 28, 2007 Manchester, New Hampshire: The Manchester Millrats have announced that they have hired Larry Lessett to serve as the Head Coach of the franchise for it's upcoming inaugural season. Coach Lessett served as the camp coordinator for the Millrats open tryout camp last Saturday at the Sportszone. “Coach brings a tremendous basketball resume to the table, in addition to be a very enthusiastic, highly passionate person when it comes to competing on the basketball court,” stated Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy.

He recently served as the Head Basketball Coach for division 1 Maryland-Eastern Shore from 2004-2007. Prior to that, Coach Lessett worked for Magic Johnson International Basketball, and coached several very successful teams in the International Basketball Association (IBA), another minor league similar to the ABA. During his career he has had the opportunity to coach many great players including several then NBA players Magic Johnson, Tracey Murray, and Elden Campbell. “I look forward to being the Millrats Coach, and feel that with players we are inviting to Veteran's Camp we have the opportunity to do something special in Manchester,” wrote Larry Lessett in an email to the team accepting the position.

The Millrats Veteran's Camp is scheduled for October 5th and 6th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the SportsZone in Derry, NH. Immediately following the camp, the team's players will be introduced a to-be-announced press conference. The Millrats are a new entry in the American Basketball Association (ABA), and will play their home games in the ‘Fieldhouse' on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. The season and home opener is set for Sunday November 11, 2007 at 4:35 p.m. versus the Boston Blizzard. Single game, season and half season ticket plans are on sale now on www.manchestermillrats.com or by calling 1-866-9-GET TIX (1-866-943-8849).


Georgia Gwizzlies Announce Pre-Season Roster -by Surujh Roopnarine
Georgia Gwizzlies owner Emby Malone has announced the members of the franchises pre-season roster for their upcoming training camp;

B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83, college: Clayton St.)
Charlie Ludwig (7'0''-C-78, college: ORU)
Jason Warren (6'8''-F-83, college: Missouri Western)
Mike Toth (6'3''-G-84, college: Delaware St.)
6'7 Brian Festog (6'6''-F)
6'7 Mike Davis (5'7''-G)
6'7 James Webb
6'5 Chad Thomas
6'8 Durrell Minor
6'1 Stuart Mitchell (co-captain)
6'10 Harold Brian Cardwell (6'10''-C-80)
6'5 Ron Jackson

Also on the squad for the training camp are Josh Harris, Marcus Ward (5'10''-G-78, college: Clark Atlanta), Andrell Hoard (6'3''-G-74, college: NE Illinois), Rufus Rufus Talmadge (6'7''-F, college: Abraham Balwin JC) and Joaquin O"Neal (6'3''-G)


Rome Legions won' t play in the ABA this season -by Gianni Pascucci
Tony Rodriguez, the owner of new ABA team named Rome Legions, announced to local media that his team will delay its inaugural season for another year, opting to wait until the 2008 season to begin play in the ABA. Even if the Legions held a tryout in August in Atlanta and were scheduled to hold a final one this weekend at the Rome-Floyd YMCA, Rodriguez changed his mind and fired the team's coach, Larry Lessett , and general manager Chris Coates, who were also part-owners of the team. Lessett eventually accepted a coaching job at the Manchester Millrats.

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AUSTRIA

Wels opens the season with a win! -by Stefan Heinrich
Today the first game of the 2007/08 season took place in Wels. WBC Kraftwerk Wels faced the newcomer of UBSC Graz. Wels dominated the whole game and they won at the end with 90:56.

Wels (90): Kendrick Davis (193-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Texas) 22, Casey Archibald (193-G-84, agency: ProSportsCareers) 21, Palmer 19 (13 Reb, 4 Ass), Stanek 11, Anderson 6, Pargfrieder 5, Prince 4, Woschank 2
UBSC Graz (56): Stacey Nolan (196-G-72, college: Hawaii-Pacific) 17, Mike Dale (196-G-84) 15 (7 reb, 4/23 FG), Rhodes 14 (15 Reb, 4 TO), Kanlic 6, Petricevic 2, Jambor 1, Galle 1


Last movements for the first round! -by Stefan Heinrich
UBSC Graz has 2 new americans: Nicholas Rhodes (206-C) and Mike Dale (196-G-84). It will be the first season for both in Europe and noone has pro-experience eighter.

Klosterneuburg released the Austrian Stephan Balga (194-F-84) and they invited their former player Darnell Scott (198-F-76, college: Kutztown). Scott didnt play in the past 2 seasons and its unlikly that he'll play on Sunday against Furstenfeld.

Worthersee released their Center Mark Dawson (206-C, college: Long Beach St.) who didnt satisfy the management and they invited the American Marquis Wright (203-F/C-80, college: Alabama).

Gussing also has 2 new players. The new Insideplayer on the side of Jason Chappell is Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, agency: Vision Sports Management, college: Monmouth). He started the season in Hungary (Sopron) but didnt pass the try-out and know he is tested by the Knights. Last season he played on the Monmouth University. The new Guard of the team is the American Akbar Abdul-Ahad (183-G, college: Idaho St.). Abdul-Ahad was on a short try-out this summer in Nordlingen and he joined the team during the weak. Last season he played for the Idaho State University and he played the most minutes of all players in the BigSky Conference. He finished 3rd in Assists per game in the BigSky too.


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BOSNIA

Memorial Tournament "Mirza Delibasic", Day 1 -by Sead Buljina

In the honor of one of the best European players of all times, Mirza Delibasic Kindje, a memorial tournament was open yesterday in Sarajevo. Many Kindje`s friends came to pay tribute to him. All of three guest teams at this year`s tournament are lead by former Bosna players and coaches. Fenerbahce/Ulker is coached by Bogdan Tanjevic. Braunschweig by Emir Mutapcic, while FMP is led by Ratko Radovanovic.

In the first game of day one, FMP blew out Fenerbahce vinning by 30 points (96:67). The second game Bosna - Braunschweig drew more attention and spectators. Team from Sarajevo introduced its new team for the season 2007/08. For the first time in club`s history they played with four Americans on its roster. Bosna won by 88:74 (51:33). The best Bosna player was Edin Bavcic with 20 points and an excellent overall game. Lance Williams also played huge for the host as well as Kyle Hill. New point guard Bailey seems to be a great addition to the team. Although he came to Sarajevo just two days ago, he played very well and gained appreciation from the home crowd. Unfortunatelly, the fourth American, Quemont Greer, a great player does not seem a good fit to Bosna. After practicing with the team for a month and a half he has not shown much so far. From friendly games with Split, Osijek, tournaments in Pirot, Split and France through yesterday Greer had only one strong game. It was at a tournament in France when he scored 23 points. It appears that Greer is a great player who has not adapted well to the European style of basketball. To make things worse, Greer plays at the same position as Bavcic and American can play neither SF nor C. It`s hard to imagine Greer staying much longer with the team.

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BULGARIA

Aris won the second game -by Lubomir Neshev
Aris came back strong today and won the second friendly game against Lukoil Academic by 96-88. The greek side played much better than yesterday, especially in the second half. Both coaches put in play all of their players and were making a lot of substitions.
Today's game started like yesterday's one. Lukoil Academic played better in the beginning and took 15-5 lead in the 5th minute and 23-17 after the first quarter. In the second quarter the greeks stayed close to their opponent and didn't let them increase the lead like the previous game. So the first half ended 46-40 in favour of Lukoil Academic.
In the third quarter Aris played very strong in attack. In the second minute of the second half they took the lead for first time in both games. They played very strong and scored 32 points for those 10 minutes against 23 for Lukoil. So the greek side led by 3 before the last quarter. In this last minutes Aris managed to held on to the lead and won this friendly game.
For the visitors from Greece impressed Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) who finished this game with 21 points. Jeremiah Massey added 19 and Simonas Serapinas 15. Despite his team's loss, macedonian Pero Antic was above all in the game with 28 points and 6 rebounds.


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CAMEROON

Cameroonians in the French pro league... -by Yann Tientcheu
The French league just launched the 2007/2008 campaign, and our countrymen are already illustrating themselves as key players of their
respective teams. After two games in the Pro B French league, Brice Vounang is averaging 12 pts, 6 rbds and 2 assists with Rouen basketball club,
while Wampfler Jacques posted 3 points and 1 rebd in the same game that opposed his team Boulazac basketball club to Vounang's Rouen Basketball club. In Pro A, Victor Samnick is up to a great start after his first game, making the starting five of Nancy Basketball club, registering the top scoring performance of his team with 14 pts, grabbing 7 rebounds, and dishing 2 assistsfor a win the first time out in the season. Ekanga-Ehawa Joachim, who made his debut in Pro A with Chalon/Saone, had an encouraging season kickoff with 4 points and 4 rebounds in 15 mns of playing time. An exciting season can already be envisaged for our countrymen.


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CBA

Butte Daredevils Try-Out Camp -by Eurobasket News
Start Date/Time: 2007-09-29 9:00 AM
End Date/Time: 2007-09-30 2:00 PM

Date: September 29th & 30th 2007

Place: Fairfax High School
7850 Melrose Ave
L.A. CA 90046

Times: September 29th Registration: 9am-10am
10am to 5pm(no lunch provided)

September 30th from 9am to 2pm

Registration: $125 (cash or money order ONLY)

Contact: John Williams at (310) 344-1438
Terri O'Herron at terri@buttedaredevils.com

 All players are required to bring a resume and your registration form

 Payment will be accepted at the door the first day of try-outs. Cash and money orders will be the only forms of payment accepted!!!! Money orders should be made out to: Butte Daredevils.
Courtesy of: http://www.cbahoopsonline.com


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CYPRUS

Keravnos Strovolou Tournament - Results of the first day. -by Chris Mammides

Tournament 1st Day
During the first day of the tournament the host team of Strovolos, Keravnos and Koukoulekidis team Pizza Express Apollonas Limasol werte the winners over Maccabi Rishon Le Zion and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agiou Dhometiou, respectively. The final results were: Pizza Express Apollon - Enad 73 - 67 and Keravnos - Maccabi 80 - 73.
It is mentioned here that the Strovolos team played without their second American Cedrik Henderson against their ex head coach's team Azulay and their ex player Jerrel Blasingame. The quarters were: 19-20, 43-35, 62-61 and 80-73. The scorers for the home team were: Giannas Panagiotis 5, Lee Patrick 17 (3), Kosanovic Predrag 5(1), Bocevski Dusan 2, Ivan Vukadinov (193-G-81) Ivan 12 (2), Damjanovic Aleksandar 10, Vidakovic Domagoi 4, Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) 14, Anastasiades George 11 (2), Zachariou Alexis, Aristodemou Charalambos. Top scorer and performer was the American guard Patrick Lee (187-G-75, college: Va Commonwealth) which seems to be in a mood and will help coach Frangias team very much. Very good performance by the two Cypriot Internationals, Trisokkas and Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77) (as always) while the newcomer ex power forward of Pizza Express Apollon, Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) showed that he will help a lot his new team in the coming seazon the same goes for teh ex Larissa player Vukadinoc.


Transfer news of last minute

Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) is most probably leaving Dentalcon Apoel Nicosia as the club owes him a lot of money and he is considering legal measures agaisnt them.

Dimitris Prokopiou (187-G-83) agreed terms with Anagennises Yermasogeias



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D-LEAGUE

Dontell Jefferson to Attend Grizzlies Training Camp -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Dakota Wizards guard Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) has been signed by the Memphis Grizzlies. Jefferson played for current Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger with the Wizards during their championship run, averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists and 1.37 steals in 49 contests.

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FINLAND

1.DIV.: FoKoPo got a strong start -by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.DIV.: Round 1: The new season 2007-08 got started on Saturday with two contests. FoKoPo (Forssa) visited in Turku and defeated YMCA Turku by 18 pts.
BCJyvaskyla did not have any difficulties to beat RU (Vantaa) by 18 pts as well.

TuNMKY - FoKoPo 60-78 (24-43) (Charlie Frierson 30/12, Sauli Silvonen 10 - Ronnie Clark 25/16, Chris Smith 20/13).

BC JKL - RU 80-62 (44-26) (Monty Rogers (196-F, college: Mayville St.) 33/16, Antti Kanervo 13 - Vesa Linturi 17, Harri Hohteri 13).



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GREECE

A2: The most exciting A2 League of the last decade just started! -by Chris Mammides
The most thrilling league opens its gates earlier on today. The results showed that it will definitely be the best league since early 90's. There are at least six teams which will fight for the A1 and there are at least another three which can create the big surprise and beat any opponent. In the first day of the league (only five games out of 8 because of the cup games) we had four out of five road wins with a small surprise being Sporting's road win over Ilysiakos as theoretically the team of Coach Daglas was better in the papers. Top performer and score in this first day was the Greek American Philip Hopson who scored 25 points but couldn't help his team to win the game against Coach Sorotos better team. 25 points scored by Yannis Rodostoglou too in the only home win of P. Faliro over Apollon Patras.
The results and the scorers were as follows:

Panerythraikos - Dafni 66-70
Quarters: 17-14, 30-30, 52-40, 66-70
Panerythraikos : Kontoudis 2, Manoljovic 4, Georgaros 10, Skouzis 2, Koutouzis 2, Hopson 25 (6), Doumanis 4, Gribaviotis 17.
Dafni: Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) 14 (1), Kakiouzis 11, Sourlis 6 (1), Kerasoviti 6 (2), Sioutis12 (1), Angelopoulos 2, Vlahopoulos 10, Petrodimopoulos 9.

Panorama-ICBS 64-62
Quarters: 16-18, 32-31, 49-47, 64-62.
Panorama: Behlivanis 8 (1), Panaras 11 (2), Falekas 2, Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-F-80) 12 (1), Orfanos 2, Hatzipetrou 4, Kuburovic 9 (1), Giosmas 3, Henjak 6.
ICBS: Kandic 6, Bardas 7, Kounas 13 (1), Giorgos Maslarinos (194-G-74) 14 (1), Jovanovic 3, Anagnostopoulos 12 and 10 rebounds, Nisiotis 2, Tselios 5 (1)

MENT - Iraklis 64-67
Quarters: 22-14, 36-34, 54-47, 64-67.
MENT: Gakis 2, Karydas 10, Dimitris Spanoulis (192-G-79) 21, Skarlatos 2, Giannakidis 5, Bursic 4, Mandic 11 (2), Despos 9.
Iraklis: Siamandouras 9, Totsios 13, Ozren Misic (188-G-83) 13, Foutsitzis 2, Daniel 4, Traina 12, Symeonidis 14.

Ilysiakos - Sporting 71-78
Quarters: 20-14, 42-39, 58-57, 71-78.
Ilysiakos: Kombodietas 10, Gajic 13, Papanikolaou 6, Armend Kahrimanovic (198-F/G-80, college: Idaho) 13, Athanasoulas 5, Tsarouhas 5, Bogris 10, Koutroulias 9.
Sporting : Kakavas 8, Tsiotras 2, Dimos Fotiou (197-F-82) 19, Houmas 11, Moutran 14, Perrakis 9, Morfis 15.

P. Faliro - Apollon Patras 62-60
Quarters: 19-18, 35-33, 46-44, 62-60.
P. Faliro: Tsirigotakis 3, Pavlisevic 3, Mentzos 1, Zoukas 9, Koronidis 10, Efthimiou 6, Yannis Rodostoglou (191-G-83) 25, Halkiadakis 5.
Apollon Patras: Athanasiadis 10, Kados 10, Manousos 11, Papadopoulos 4, Lianos 5, Kapotas 4, PJ Isaacson 5, Georgitsis 4, Ides 7.


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GUATEMALA

Leones and SLT advance to semifinals -by Gianni Pascucci
Leones de Marte defeated 99-76 Le Mans in the Game 2 of the quarterfinals, advancing to the Liga Metropolitana Semifinal Round. The same made S L T, that defeated Estudiantes 89-74. These two teams are now waiting for the end of other two series, to complete the semifinals line-up

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GUINEA

A Guinean outstanding in the ABA -by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA team named Quebec City Kebekwa announced some personnel changes last week, one of them involving a well-known player from Guinea, Djibril Bah . He has been confirmed as the team Assistant coach, and will aso serve as the 12th man in the team roster. Bah is a former Universitè de Laval player, a 6-3 guard/forward, who started his coaching career last season, with the same Kwebekwa team.

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IBL

Kenny Langhorne of the Grand Rapids Flight signs in the CBA with the Oklahoma Cavalry! -by Lucius Jones
Kenny Langhorne (6'5''-F/G-83, college: S.Arkansas) of the Grand Rapids Flight has signed to play in the CBA for the Oklahoma Cavalry this upcoming season. He will be looking forward to continuing his professional career in a tradition-filled league that has birthed many many NBA dreams. This is a prime opportunity for Langhorne to raise his overall stock in his efforts to travel abroad with his talents. As a versatile player who can literally play any position other than center on both offense and defense,Kenny Langhorne should find a niche with the Oklahoma Cavalry and enjoy his first CBA year. He is a veteran of 3 ABA teams {Las Vegas Venom; Arkansas Aeros; Arkansas RiverCatz} and an IBL team {Grand Rapids Flight}.

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ICELAND

Powerade Cup.Final Four. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR 95 - Skallagrimur 70After close first quarter KR controlled the game till the end.Joshua Helm 21 pts & 11 rebs. Darri Hilmarsson 16. Fannar Olafsson & Jovan Zradvevski 15 each for KR. Darrell Flake 17 + 10 rebs. Milojica Zekovic 15 for Skallagrim.
Njardvik 79 Snaefell 85 Snaefell had the lead most of the time. Brenton Birmingham 24. Sverrir Sverrisson & Johann Olafsson 15 each for Njardvik. Justin Shouse 24. Jon Olafur Jonsson17 for Snaefell

KR-Snaefell in Finals on sunday


Jakob Sigurdarson sign in Hungary -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) 6"4 Icelandic National team point guard has sign with Univer Kesckemet in division 1 Hungary.
Last season Sigurdarson played in LEB 2 Spain


Icelandic players in Spain. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Logi Gunnarsson 6"3 guard resign with Gijon LEB 2 Spain.
Damon Johnson (196-F-74, college: Tennessee) 6"4 guard & Pawel Ermolinskij sign with Huelva in LEB 1.


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ITALY

Lega2-Albano injured -by Gabriele Fioretti
Bad news for Vanoli Soresina at only one week to the start of the championship: Corey Albano (206-F/C-76, college: Monmouth) got injured (knee) and he's going to be out for 4 months. Seems that Vanoli could be back on the market to look for a substitute.

Serie A Round 1: Virtus Bologna wins the opener -by Gianni Pascucci

Virtus La Fortezza Bologna defeated on the road Pierrel Capo d'Orlando 88-84 in the Serie A season opener yesterday night. The home team was limited by playing without star guard Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72), injured, but fought till the end, led by Tamar Slay (204-G-80, college: Marshall) and Judson Wallace (204-F/C-82, college: Princeton), who scored 19 and 17 points, respectively. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) scored the last points for Virtus from the charity line and confirmed that he can become one of the Serie A top scorers, ending the game at 18 points, well assisted by Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) at 14.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it



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JUCO

September 2007 Juco Report -by Terrence Blake


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KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan Open Cup is at quarterfinal stage -by Eurobasket News

Kazakhstan Open Cup held in Almaty reached its quarterfinal stage. All the games were held in Sports Arena "Dostyk". First Irkut took on the tournament's favorites Saba Battery from Iran. The key match up was in the paint as Russian team needed to neutraliza Iranian main force American centre Garth Joseph (217-C-73, college: St.Rose (NY)). By the start of the fourth frame Garth Joseph forced three Irkut players to leave the court due to foul trouble. It resulted in Saba Battery easily securing the win at the dying stages 86:72. Saba Battery became the first semifinalist of the Cup.
Almaty took on Tobol from Kostanai. The teams kept it close in the starting frame and were all square 13:13. Almaty raised the tempo in the second quarter and managed to clear off to a 12-point distance. The hosts held on to the lead in the third stanza and entered the final frame confident enough. But Tobol fulfilled almost impossible task. They outscored the home side and cut the deficit to just a single point with 12 seconds left. Pavel Miheev nailed a jump shot with seconds left in regualtion and made the Arena silent. Almaty did not manage to save the encounter and were seen off the title race. Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) paced Tobol with 15 points.

Quarterfinals:

Saba Battery - Irkut 86:72
Tobol - Almaty 80:79
TSM Kashpagai - Barsy Atyrau 79:71
Kazygurt - Astana Tigers 49:109



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KOREA

LG Sakers Top JinLin NorrthEast Tigers In Russia -by Rick Ross
The LG Sakers Came out Flat as a pancake
and couldn't By a basket as Jinlin Performed
Supherbly in the opening 1st Quarter leading
The Sakers By As Many as 18 Points,

By the 2nd Quarter Head Coach Shin Sun Woo
Had Seen enough and gathered the troops with
a fierce time out and by 2nd Quarters end the
Half time score was Jinlin 54 LG Sakers 51,

Half Time in the locker room was ever lasting as
Those of you who know basketball and being down
by 18 points can relate to the education verbally
and mentally what was said to say the least,

By the 3rd and 4th Quarter LG Sakers were back and in for
a battle as the Jinlin Northeast Tigers fought well
as LG Sakers escaped with a 72-66 win.

The Sakers were led by Calvin Warner (201-F/C-80, college: Jacksonville) netting 25 points
12 Rebounds 3 Blocks and 5 assist,
Lee Hyun-Min (176-G-83) netted 13 points 7 Rebounds and Cho Sang-Hyun (190-G/F-76)
had 13 points.

The Last of the Friendly Tournament held in Russia
Will Pit Russia's SPARTAK PRIMORIE VLADIVOSTOK (RUS-A SUPERLEAGUE)
Against LG Saker Sunday In VLADIVOSTOK.


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KOSOVO

Results of Round 5th in Tournament "ME RAMUSHIN" -by Alban Salihu

Here are the results of three games played yesterday in the Tournament :

Group A :

Drita - Trepca
85 : 88

AS Prishtina - Kastrioti
67 : 57

Group B

Kosova (V) - Vllaznimi
on Monday

Sigal Prishtina - Ylli

90 : 76



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LATVIA

Tournaments and friendly games -by Ricards Vambuts

Tournament in Riga
Barons/LMT - ASCO Slask 81:69 (29:21, 20:12, 13:15, 19:21)
Barons/LMT: Armands Skele (193-G/F-83) 26+6reb, Gustas 15+6reb, Hlebowicki 12, Berzins 7, Alexander 6+5reb, Stewart 6+12reb, Vaikulis 4, Kravcenko 3, Adomaitis 2, Eglitis, Rozitis.
ASCO Slask: Ubaka 18, Hyzy 12+6reb, Sulliger 12+5reb, Stevic 6, Tomczyk 6, Fountain 6, Diduszko 5, Janckin 2, Kiausas 1, Rizvic 1, Gai.

Tabulation
1. Barons/LMT
2. ASCO Slask
3. Odessa

Tournament in Ventspils
BK Ventspils - AEL 91:68 (28:12, 13:13, 23:20, 27:23)
BK Ventspils: Gilchrist 24, Love 16+6reb, Vitols 13, Skirmants 9+5reb, Helmanis 8, Vairogs 8, Gabrans 7, Cipruss 4, Veselovs 2, Zakis.
AEL: Trepaiovac 15, Souchou 14, Woodword 13, Randle 11+5reb, Zavareu 5, Perentos 4, Aleksic 2, Cuic 2, Liatsos 1, Illunga 1.


Anwil - Plannja Basket 95:74 (31:25, 29:19, 15:15, 20:14)


Friendly games
VEF Riga - Ventspils Augstskola 109:61
VEF Riga: Gumenyuk 19, Strupovics 17, Platmalnieks 16, Gulbis 11, Gailitis 10, Buikis 9, Jeromanovs 7, Aleksejevs 7, Selakovs 6, Rozitis 5.

Liepajas Lauvas - Ventspils Augstskola 69:59 (16:20, 13:17, 22:12, 18:10)



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LITHUANIA

Siauliai is on top so far in LKL -by Eurobasket News

Four games were played over the last two days and 3 more are expected tonight. Siauliai is on the top now as the team played 2 games already and won in both of them. In the last game the team overcame Suduva 81:72. Before that Siauliai beat at home Atletas 73:61. Antonio Grant poured in 19 points for the winners. , Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) supported him with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the team got the win mostly in the end. The spectators were happy to see that Siauliai made 23:14 in the last quarter to start the championship with a victory.
Lietuvos Rytas started the Championship with the win. In the first game the team had a road win over Alytus 112:62. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) led the winners with 19 points. Jomantas and Slezas supported him with 15 points each. Marius Janisius (202-F-77) top-scored in the losing effort with 25 points. In each quarter the favorite was better in every aspect. The most problematic one for the hosts was the last quarter as they lost 13:30.
Sakalai opened the LKL with a home win over Neptunas 79:69. Justinas Sinica (203-F-85)'s 20 points and Vytautas Sarakauskas (202-C-82)'s 17, where the most important. Matulis however also shone in the court with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Vitalijus Stanevicius (201-F-83) produced 14 in defeat.

Suduva-Arvi -Siauliai 72:81

Alytus-Lietuvos Rytas 62:112 (17-27 14-23 18-32 13-30 )
Alytus: Marius Janisius 25, Kazevicius 14
Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Lukauskis 19, Jomantas 15, Slezas 15

Sakalai-Neptunas 79:69 (12-20 23-19 19-15 25-15 )
Sakalai: Justinas Sinica 20, Vytautas Sarakauskas 17, Matulis 16+17 rebs
Neptunas: Vitalijus Stanevicius 14, Pridotkas 13

Siauliai -Aisciai-Atletas 73:61 (15-20 25-10 10-17 23-14 )
Siauliai: Antonio Grant 19, Saulius Kuzminskas 18+12 rebs
Aisciai Atletas: Gintautas Vileita (192-G-75, college: Monmouth) 22+10 rebs, Dabkus 18



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MALAYSIA

NBL 2007- Final-Melaka Chinwoo VS Klang WCT Land -by Chong Jzen


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MALTA

Phoenix Suns' Diaw chats with young Maltese players -by Eurobasket News
A career in NBA is the dream of all young basketball players all over the world, never mind Malta.

Earlier this week, 40 basketball hopefuls from several clubs across the country got a clearer idea of what it is like to be a NBA player when they accepted an invitation from the US Embassy in Floriana to take an active part in a video-conference with Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82), of the Phoenix Suns.

The 2.03m guard has just completed his commitments in the European Championships in Spain where France finished a disappointing eighth and missed out on a place in next year's Beijing Olympics.

Diaw addressed the Maltese youngsters from the American Embassy in Paris, fielding a series of questions on a variety of basketball-related topics. He spoke on the transition from European basketball to NBA, his lifestyle as a basketball player, tactical and technical preparations for a match and also named his favourite NBA players.

At the end of the discussion, he had one important message for the enthusiastic youngsters.

"I play basketball to have fun," Diaw said. "The most important thing is to enjoy yourself. Basketball is such a beautiful game that once I get on court, everything else just doesn't seem to matter much."
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


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MEXICO

Impressive pace for Halcones Xalapa -by Carlos Chapa

Halcones UV Xalapa has been a continuous menace to its opponents, this is in part because of their winning streak
with yesterday's victory against Tecos de la UAGuadalajara, they raised it to 7 wins and no loses, remaining at the top of the standings.

A mexican base that includes members from the national team like Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.), Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) and Victor Mariscal (198-F-72), completed with
a solid foreign base with Carldell Johnson (178-G-83, college: UAB) and Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana), make this team unstopable.

Last night against UAG, the high man was Mariscal with 27 points, then Sam Bowie with 16,

followed by "Squeaky" Johnson who made 14 units and 9 dimes,
Tecos de la UAGuadalajara resisted a 75-52 third quarter lead from Xalapa to record a 21-28 mark in the last period and finish the game
96-80 favouring the locals, the leader from Tecos de la UAGuadalajara was Wesley Fluellen (194-F/G-78, college: Robert Morris) with 21.



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PORTUGAL

Porto release players and Vagos signs one -by Bruno Baltazar
Porto released KASHIF HAMEED and TYRONE LEVETT ,that last month they signed ,they didn´t gave Porto coach what he expected them to produce.
After Porto released Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80, agency: 123 Podium, college: Alabama St.) ,AD Vagos signed him giving the team another american for face their first season in LIGA UZO.


Sangalhos with a new player -by Luis Rocha


Sangalhos with a new player -by Luis Rocha
Sangalhos sign Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quinnipiac). This player comes with good averages, and if he can get well adapted, will certainly be a good addition to Sangalhos roster. although is heigth, this guy can play strongly in the painted area, make most of his points there and grab many rebounds.

Portugal wins European Championships Division C in wheelchairs -by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal just won the European Championship for Men, Division C in Wheelchairs in National Basketball Arena, Dublin - Ireland in something we needed to let everyone know about this great sucess for portuguese basketball that seems in every ways to improving.
The champions started their tournament in September the 24th against Finland where they dominated (1st half Portugal 42 - Finland 16 and at the end of the game PORTUGAL-71 FINLAND -43).
The portuguese domination keeped in the same line they showed against Finland winning against Serbia 53 -Portugal - 77 and PORTUGAL 59 UKRAINE 42 ).
In the semi finals against Greece they was battling for a spot in division B wich happened PORTUGAL 61 - Greece 45.
In the final against Lituania they had more troubles in wich was the dificult game they faced in the tournament winning the final 69-60.
A great achieve for portuguese basketball .
In the individual plan Portugal had 2 players in the best starting 5 of competition with Pedro Goncalves and Hugo Lourenco .

Final classication:
1º PORTUGAL
2º LITUANIA
3º FINLAND
4º GREECE
5º SERBIA
6º IRLAND
7º LETÓNIA
8º UKRAINE


First Antonio Pratas tournament edition-Results of 1st round -by Bruno Baltazar
Atletico shocked everyone eliminating Queluz ,same team they played in Sintra Tournament 1 week ago,Benfica won easily against Seixal in a match up between two of portuguese teams with most history,Vitoria easily passed thru CTM without using their americans for paper problems ,they also rotated every player,somehow surprised was the elimination of Sangalhos against Academica


Fisica T. Vedras - Maia Basket - 72 / 66
Illiabum - Angra/Susiarte/Samsung - 70 / 57

Illiabum allready was winning at half 34-30 ,Daniel Felix, Dinis Amorim, Pedro Silva, Malcolm Thomas e Robert Cheeks all in good plan.
Queluz Sintra PMundial - Atletico/Slimcei - 60 / 62

Queluz - Furtado,D. (2 pontos e 3 ressaltos e 0 assistências), Pedroso,A. (7,3,1), Pinto,T. (16,1,2), Dias,C. (8,7,4), Moisao,D. (0,0,0), Sanders,B. (8,10,2), Rodrigues,R. (14,2,2), Cruz,G. (0,0,0) e Araujo,R. (5,0,1)

Head coach - Andre Martins

Atletico - Trigueiro,P. (6,4,5), Henriques,A. (2,4,0), Ambriz,E. (n.j.), Marques,J. (0,0,0), Trinchante,B. (4,6,2), Gomes,N. (0,0,0), Sousa,N. (14,4,0), Barreiros,R. (n.j), Afonso,J. (22,4,1), Wentenfeld,T. (6,8,0) e Bagio,P. (8,3,1).

Head Coach- Hugo Sousa

Ass.Academica Coimbra - Cv. Alianca/Sangalhos - 70 / 58
VSC -M.Couto Alves - CTM Vila Pouca Aguiar - 95 / 59
Esgueira /OLI - Galitos FC - 72 / 64
Maybe the best game of the night with overtime,Esgeira was lossing for 20points but recovered and got a win in the thrilling game,they could have won without overtime ,but they missed 2 free throwns with 4 seconds to play ,in overtime they dominitaded even without Joao Rui fouled with 5 fouls.
Esgueira 72 - Samuel Loio (22pts, 8 ressaltos e 4 assistências), Ben Frederick (5pts , 7 ressaltos), Claudio Sardo (5pts, 7 ressaltos), Joao Rui (11pts), Rodney Gatson (7pts,7ressaltos); Fernando Martins (10pts), Bruno Santos (12pts), Mauro Santos e Francisco Mota

Galitos 64 - George Baker (21 pts 6 ressaltos), Allen Morill (20 pts 14 ressaltos), Rui Quintino (7pts,14ressaltos), Tiago Brito (1pt), Angelo Brito (8pts , 8ressaltos); Jorge Ramos (5pts), Sergio Veiguinha (2pts) e Armenio Silva

1quarter 9-15; 2P 20-37; 3P 35-48; 4P 59-59;PRO 72-64

Seixal FC /SLIMCEI - Sport Lisboa e Benfica - 46 / 77
14 - 19
6 - 21
12 - 15
14 - 22
Edson Sequeira, Miguel Minhava, Antonio Tavares, Seco Camara and Leroy Watkins in good plan.
At the start of 2nd quarter Seixal got a tie at 19-19 but till half in 9minuts they only scored 1 point.


In the next 5th of October will have place the quarter finals:
Academica vs Fisica, Vitoria vs Illiabum, Esgueira vs Atletico and Benfica vs Sampaense


Champions Cup day 3 -by Luis Rocha
Four teams played today to choose only one, who next weekend will join Porto, Ovarense and Lusitania to fight for the Champions Cup. Barreirense won over Ginasio (84-69), with another great game, they were very good on the boards, that allowed them to get many fastbreaks wich destroyed Ginasio. Barreirense played the third game this week, but phisically was much more strong then the opposition, besides that, coach Salvador (Ginasio´s coach) has to start thinking carefully about the performances of some of he´s players , they seemed unmotivated apart the lackness of phisicl shape. The second game showed a strong Belenenses who take advantage on a Vagos that seemed a little bit tired from the earlier two games they played this week. Belenenses plyed with a great pace for this season time, and Vagos was not able to cope with that at the end. Tomorrow Belenenses and Barreirense will fight for the place in the final four of this tournment. Belenenses has the chance to play at home, and at the same time Barreirense will play it´s fourth game this week. Will Barreirense be able to stay fresh all the game?, that´s the question, if they can it will be a good game, if not Belenenses will take profit and things can turn they´re way.

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PUERTO RICO

Maratonistas will not take part in BSN 2008. -by Alessandro Fontana
Maratonistas de Coamo will not take part in BSN 2008.They will stop one year to be more competitive for the BSN 2009. The Coamo Staff decided to stop for a year the activity of the team to settle better the administration and the finance of the team and to be ready for the BSN 2009. Coamo for 2009 will have a young team with a lot of talent, we do not have to forget that Los Maratonistas have the rights for the "young Boricua" Alex Galindo (201-F-86, college: Kansas), a future important player for Coamo and the Boricua National Team and important young players as Jason Wingate (183-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Manhattan) and Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, agency: Next Level, college: Florida Intern.).

Boricuas Abroad: Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79, agency: Next Level) began good the Final Four of the Copa Argentina 2007. His team Penarol defeated Obras 83-67. For our Boricua 7 points (2/4 2pts, 1/2 3pts) and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes. Today Penarol will play against Quisma. Tomorrow in Italy, there will be the debut of Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) in the Italian Competition. He will play with his team Eldo Napoli in Milan against Armani Jeans Milano, the owner of the team of Milan is the famous stylist Giorgio Armani.
A. Fontana


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SCOTLAND

Rocks Ready to Rebound on Sunday - Showtime Begins! -by Eurobasket News
The SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks take to their freshly branded home court on Sunday for their first home game of the 2007/08 British Basketball League season. Player/Coach Sterling Davis hopes the 5:00pm match-up with Cheshire Jets will also be his first win at the helm of the Braehead side.

"We're ready to go. We had a tough loss in our first game at Sheffield, but I saw a lot of positives too. The team is really working together well and we'll have a few more bodies on Sunday, which will help."

Davis is referring primarily to new signing Bilal Clarance (195-G/F-79, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NW Missouri St.), the Danish national team captain who joined the Rocks on Monday. The 6'5" sharp-shooter adds yet another outside weapon to the already lethal Rocks arsenal.

"He can definitely shoot, but he's also tough enough to go inside, and I really like his defence," added Davis. "He's multi-dimensional and that gives us a lot of options."

Also new to the Rocks this year are Scots Dan Donnelly and Scott Russell who make the step up from Falkirk Fury. 6' 10" Andrew Sanders, from Edinburgh, has returned home after a stint in the Irish SuperLeague and Neil Fraser (St Mirren) will join the squad once fully recovered from minor knee surgery.

Returning Stars
While the centre circle at Braehead Arena will have a new look to reflect the team's new sponsors (SAMG and Verve), fans will be looking forward to seeing their favourites from last year's BBL Playoff finalist squad back in the Rocks saltired vest.

The nucleus of that fearsome squad returns including Davis, Americans Rob Yanders and Maurice "Squeaky" Hampton, German Moritz Wohlers, Arbroath's Gareth Murray, and the Rocks' veteran Londoner Julius Joseph.

General Manager Bruce Cook summed up the Rocks outlook for the new season.

"Sterling has put together a very strong squad, so we're definitely ready on the court. If the '6th man' (the fans) turn up and fill the house, we can certainly do big things this year. This is where the fun begins."

It's Showtime!
The "fun" is not just in the basketball competition, Cook notes:

"It's really about the whole entertainment package we put together. I love talking to people after their first Rocks game. It's always so much more than they expect."

While the competition is fierce, the Rocks also showcase the famous Rockettes dance squad who perform at every break - up to a dozen dance routines per night. There are also competitions for young and old, kids are invited onto the court at half-time to try a shot at the hoop, and the whole evening is produced and presented by Rock Radio's on air DJ's.

"You really have to see it to believe it," Cook added.
Courtesy of: http://www.scottishrocks.co.uk


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SPAIN

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo sign Maurice Jeffers -by Eurobasket
Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) added to their roster 28-year old American swingman Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis). Jeffers played most recently at Plus Pujol Lleida (LEB). In his first (lost game against Bruesa) game he got 10 points and 4 rebounds.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

O'reilly and Jackson have offers.. -by David Edole

On paper South Kent is definitely one of the two most talented programs in New England. So is this the year they can come away with the NEPSAC crown?

Raphael Chillious is entering his fifth season as the head men's basketball coach at the South Kent School. In each of the previous four seasons his teams have always had extremely talented players, and yet South Kent has yet to get over the hump and pick up that elusive NEPSAC crown.

While the level of talent on this year's team remains consistent with years past, there are some noticeable differences. While last year's squad was based in large part around their interior players this year's team clearly holds their biggest advantage in the backcourt.

“We're definitely going to be perimeter oriented,” said Chillious. “We have to make sure we maximize our quickness.”

With a starting lineup that could feature Washington bound point guard Isaiah Thomas, junior swingman Maurice Creek, super sophomore Dion Waiters, and junior forward Jin Soo Kim all playing around either Christian Morris or Assane Sene in the post, this team is not just quick, but they are extremely talented.

“We have a lot of guys who can score the basketball and a lot of guys who can make shots,” Chillious said. “But these guys are unselfish too.”

Players of note that will contribute to the team are Virgin Islanders Jervan Jackson (196-F/G) and Stephen O'reilly. Jackson, a slasher, is said to have picked up scholarship offers from Rhode Island and Lehigh. Jackson exhibits a nice feel for the game and is an excellent student. Before his day ended early with a foot injury, Jackson was getting better as the day went along as an active wing who can handle and pass the ball. On several occasions, he found an open teammate with a good pass, and the 6'5" wing wasn't afraid to do some work close to the basket with rebounds and driving baskets.

Oreilly is expected to offer depth in the backcourt and has already generated a good deal of interest from Quinnipiac and Fairfield. O'Reilly is a solid defender with good quickness and a good body, and he can really thrive in a press as he can put pressure on a ball handler 94 feet away from the basket.

Overall, this is certainly another talented South Kent team. But it is also one that is better suited to win at the prep level as they will have excellent guard play, experienced leadership, and if today's open gym was any indication a group of players who are hard working and anxious to prove their worth during the upcoming season.

NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com



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URUGUAY

Bigua was defeating Welcome, but the game was interrupted -by Hector Lopez
Bigua was defeating Welcome 85-68 when the game was interrupted with 6.25 minutes still to play, after the player Pedro Xavier had in incident with one of the referees. The League will decide if the game is finished or not.
Results (Main scorers and import players)
Bigua 85 Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 31 Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) 12, Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Columbus St.) 9
Welcome 68 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F/C-83) 18, Brandon Voorhees (201-G/F, college: Park) 15 Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 10
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Soriano 85 - Darryl Rufus 24 Jamal Johnson (201-C-81, college: Clayton St.) 10
Olimpia 79 - Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82) 29 Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 10


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USBL

Former USBL Standouts Sign With NBA Teams -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former USBL Rookie of the Year Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA) and Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) have signed on with NBA teams to attend training camp.
Brown, a 2nd round draft pick of the Kansas Cagerz in 2002, went on to average 17.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in 30 contests that season. Brown has bounced around the NBA the last few seasons, having a very productive 06-07 season with the New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets.
Powell is a veteran of NBA training camps, having spent the past the last three wit the Orlando Magic (2006), Chicago Bulls (2005) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2004).
The 26-year-old averaged 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists in 67 games with Texas Tech from 2001-03. In 2005, Powell spent time with the New Jersey Flyers where he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.4apg and1.2spg in 10 games.




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Women News

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AFR.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Special Afrobasket - Senegal stops Mozambique, keep a date with Mali -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Backed by vociferous home fans Senegal Saturday night fought a big battle to get pass Mozambique in the second semi-finals of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for Women running away with a 63-48 point's victory.

Inspired by the superb form of Polish-based forward, Aya Traore who was a torn in the flesh of the Mozambican whose best moment in the game was a 19-18 points lose in the third quarter.

The home side won in all four quarters with 15-12, 16-10, 19-18 and 13-08 to advance to her second straight finals.

24 year-old Traore poured in 12 points grabbing 7 rebounds for the Lioness, her team-mates Ndeye Ndiaye grabbed 10 rebounds and 2 blocks while Mame Diodio Diouf had 6 assists to put the 2005 runner-up to set-up a final against Mali.

The duo of Clarisse Machanguana and Aleia Rachide grabbed 7 and 5 rebounds respectively for the Mozambicans.

With the victory, Senegal and Mali will light up the 6,000 capacity Marius Ndiaye gymnasium, Dakar for the grand finale of the championship while Angola and Mozambique fights for the third place.


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ANGOLA - Women

Special Afrobasket - Mali book grand finale ticket, beat Angola -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Mali is through to the grand finale of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for women with a 69-6à point's victory over hard fighting Angola in a keenly contested match at the Marius Ndiaye gymnasium, Dakar, Senegal.

The enterprising Malian with WNBA star, Hamchetou Maiga playing a leading role her side hard won battle over the Angolan won in three of the four 17-16, 16-13, 23-10 and 13-21 with the Angolans staging a late fight in the exciting match which got fans cheering both sides.

Mali centre, Nagnoumba Coulibaly for the second day running led her team in scoring with a double double of 18 points and 15 rebounds, Nare Diawara poured in 12 points, 7 rebounds and one block while her younger sister Djene Diawara added 11 points and 9 rebounds to lift their side into the finals of the match.

Angolan Nacessela Mauricio led the floor with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, Domitila Ventura contributed 12 points and 6 assists.


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ARGENTINA - Women

Argentina eliminates Chile from title race -by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Chile 66:63 (OT)
Argentinean team dramatically overcame hosting Chile in the last round of the preliminary action at the Fiba Americas Championship. Both teams needed to win in order to advance to the semifinal stage and gave out everything to succeed. However Argentina turned out to be a little bit better at the end and qualified to the next stage of the tournament. Tatiana Gomez (190-F/C-81) nailed 6 straight points for the home side to give Chile a 56:55 lead with 5 seconds remaining in regulation. But Argentina delivered the ball to Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79) who got fouled with 2 seconds on the clock. She drained one of two free throws and sent the game into overtime.
Paola Naranjo (182-F/C-78) and Javiera Novion (168-G-87) sank five points for Chile early in the extra time to give the hosts a 61:58 lead. But Argentina first closed the gap and then 4 points from Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) saw them grab a 64:61 advantage. Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) responded with a jump shot to cut the deficit to a single point 63:64 with 52 seconds left. Argentina then scored two free throws at the dying stages and managed to keep their opponents scoreless. The final buzzer marked Argentinean victory and they will face USA in the semifinal.
Florencia Fernandez paced Argentina with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Marcela Paoletta added 13 points for the winners. Ziomara Morrison answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Chile. Tatiana Gomez secured another 14 points in a losing clause.
Chile will now play against Jamaica in classification round today.

Argentina: Florencia Fernandez 23+8 boards, Marcela Paoletta 13
Chile: Ziomara Morrison 14+9 boards, Tatiana Gomez 14


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazil blows out Mexico for the third win -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Mexico 119:44
Brazil completed the Group A action with style. They dismantled Mexico and finished the preliminary action with a perfect 3-0 record. It allowed Brazilian squad occupy the top spot in the Group and advance to the semifinal. Mexico meanwhile remained winless and will face Canada in classification round.
Brazil set the tone early in the game as they outscored Mexican players 31:9 in the first frame. The second term became a real nightmare for Mexico as they managed just a single point conceding 32 in return. Brazil eased the pressure in the second half but still did not allow their opponents to overcome them in any of the remaining quarters.
Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) led the action with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Brazil. Iziane Castro (185-G/F-82) contributed 20 points, while Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) scored 18 points in a win. Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) replied with 11 points for Mexico. Lourdes Machuca (196-C-85) and Zazil Salman (-C-86) netted 8 points apiece in a losing effort.
Brazil sank 57% from the field and 84% from free throw line. Mexico posted 32% of field goals and 87% of free throws. Brazil outrebounded Mexico 36:26 and forced those to 34 turnovers.
Brazil will take on Cuba in the intriguing semifinal later today.

Brazil: Jucimara Dantas 22+7 boards, Iziane Castro 20, Micaela Jacintho 18
Mexico: Fernanda Gutierrez 11, Lourdes Machuca 8, Zazil Salman 8


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CANADA - Women

USA thrashes Canada to stay unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
USA - Canada 85:37
United States posted their third straight victory in Chile. They beat Canadian team and improved to 3-0 record in Group B ladder. Canada at the same time suffered the second consecutive loss and did not make it to the semifinal stage. The teams exchanged the blows early in the game. First USA opened the game with a 12:2 rally but later Canada tightened defense and responded with an 11:3 run to close the gap to 13:17. But United States proved the difference in the second period. They started it with a 6:0 run and continued to dominate throughout the stanza. Canada were trailing by 19:39 at halftime. USA did not slow down after the break and accumulated a 34-point advantage entering the final frame. Canada lacked accuracy from the field and USA capitalized igniting another 7:0 run. The outcome was pretty clear and USA saved the energy for the upcoming battles. They will face Argentina in today's semifinal. Canada will play against Mexico in classification round.
Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) nailed 14 points to lead USA. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Candace Parker (6'4''-F-86) added 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Teresa Gabriele (5'5''-G-79) scored 7 points for Canada. Uzoma Asagwara (5'9''-G-84) and Chelsea Aubry (6'2''-F-84) netted 6 points apiece in a loss.

USA: Tina Thompson 14, Delisha Milton-Jones 12+7 boards, Candace Parker 12
Canada: Teresa Gabriele 7, Uzoma Asagwara 6, Chelsea Aubry 6


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CAPE VERDE - Women

Cape Verde beat Madagascar 60-57 to finish 9th -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cape Verde Saturday in Thies recorded another win in the Africa Nations Championship for Women beating Madagascar 60-57 points to finish 9th on the final standing.

In another match played also in Thies, Tunisia defeated Kenya 72-60 for the 11-12 placement while Nigeria handed down a 72-61 points defeat to DR Congo to set up a 5-6 placement battle against Cameroon who rallied back to subdue young Invorian team by 50-47 points.


Special Afrobasket (Women): Cape Verde, Madagascar in surprise wins -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Madagascar and Cape Verde posted surprised wins Friday in the classification stage of the 20th Africa Nations Chapionship for Women played in Thies, Senegal.

Cape Verde defeated more experienced Tunisian side that missed the quarter-final stage by the whister by 79-72 points while Madagascar handed down a 69-58 points defeat of Kenya.

Madagascar and Cape Verde will meet at placement 9-10 while Kenya and Tunisia fights for 11-12 position today in Thies.


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CHILE - Women

Argentina eliminates Chile from title race -by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Chile 66:63 (OT)
Argentinean team dramatically overcame hosting Chile in the last round of the preliminary action at the Fiba Americas Championship. Both teams needed to win in order to advance to the semifinal stage and gave out everything to succeed. However Argentina turned out to be a little bit better at the end and qualified to the next stage of the tournament. Tatiana Gomez (190-F/C-81) nailed 6 straight points for the home side to give Chile a 56:55 lead with 5 seconds remaining in regulation. But Argentina delivered the ball to Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79) who got fouled with 2 seconds on the clock. She drained one of two free throws and sent the game into overtime.
Paola Naranjo (182-F/C-78) and Javiera Novion (168-G-87) sank five points for Chile early in the extra time to give the hosts a 61:58 lead. But Argentina first closed the gap and then 4 points from Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) saw them grab a 64:61 advantage. Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) responded with a jump shot to cut the deficit to a single point 63:64 with 52 seconds left. Argentina then scored two free throws at the dying stages and managed to keep their opponents scoreless. The final buzzer marked Argentinean victory and they will face USA in the semifinal.
Florencia Fernandez paced Argentina with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Marcela Paoletta added 13 points for the winners. Ziomara Morrison answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Chile. Tatiana Gomez secured another 14 points in a losing clause.
Chile will now play against Jamaica in classification round today.

Argentina: Florencia Fernandez 23+8 boards, Marcela Paoletta 13
Chile: Ziomara Morrison 14+9 boards, Tatiana Gomez 14


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CUBA - Women

Cuba- Jamaica 76-62. Our Hermanas reach the Semifinals. -by Alessandro Fontana

Cuba defeats Jamaica 76-62 and with this victory Cuba qualifies for the Semifinals. Tonight Cuba will play against Brazil to reach the Final of this Fiba Americas 2007. The other game is United States against Argentina. Only the winner of this tournament will qualifiy directly for Beijing 2008. The second, the third and the fourth team will obtain the right to participate at the PreOlympics Tournament next year. To reach the Semifinals for Cuba is a great result, Cuba is still in the game to win the FIBA 2007 and Our Hermanas are already sure to participate at the PreOlympics 2008 to obtain a classification for Beijing 2008.
The game against Jamaica was strictly in the hands of Cuba. The first quarter ended 24-11for Cuba, Cuba was too strong and Our Hermanas played as a team and with a wonderful Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) who scored 22 points (9/10 2pts, 4/5 FT). Cuba was 38-30 at the end of the second quarter. In the third and fourth quarter Cuba controlled the game and they obtained this important victory and the qualification for the Second Round of Fiba Americas 2007. Our MVP was Yayma Boulet. To mention also the game "all-garra" of Suchitel Avila with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

CUBA-JAMAICA=76-62
C=Boulet 22, Plutin 12+5rebs, Martinez 10, Suchitel Avila 8, Amargo 7, Gelis 6, Noblet 4, Romero 4, Martinez Calderon 2, Casanova Gonzalez 1, Soria 0, Rodriguez 0
J= Edwards 18, Louden 16, Gidden 7, Holness 6, Aikens 6, Simmonds 5, Pitterson 4.
A. Fontana



Cuba edges Jamaica to go to the semis -by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Jamaica 76:62
Cuban team advanced to the semifinal stage of the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. They overcame winless Jamaica in the third round of action in Valdivia and secured the second spot in Group B of the tournament. Cuba will now face undefeated Brazil in today's highly anticipated clash. Jamaica remained at the bottom of the ladder with 0-3 record and is looking forward to their first victory as they play against hosting Chile in the classification round tonight.
Cuba opened the game quite confidently and built a 24:11 lead by the end of the first frame. However Jamaica looked aggressive enough and some sloppiness from Cuban players resulted in the lead cut to 8 points at halftime 30:38. Jamaica never allowed Cuba to spur ahead in the third stanza and kept at a striking distance. But finally Cuban experienced players changed the complexion of the game and Cuba drove to a win at the dying stages of the game. Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) topscored for Cuba with 22 points. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds for Jamaica. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) had 16 points in defeat.
Cuba converted 48% of field goals, while Jamaica answered with 35%. Cuba also looked better under the rims outrebounding their opponents 29:26.

Cuba: Yayma Boulet 22, Yakelin Plutin 12
Jamaica: Simone Edwards 18+8 boards, Nicole Louden 16


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E.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Group F: the first games of the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News

Italy-Spain 64:79 (18-25, 14-22, 15-16, 17-16)

Spain remains undefeated in Eurobasket 2007. In the first game of the Qualifying Round the team upset the hosts 79:64. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) led the winners with 17 points. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) produced 16, while Sanchez added 11. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. A three-ball by the latter closed the gap to 32-26 midway through the second quarter, and after an Isabel Sanchez jumper from the left made it 34:26, Zara pulled up at the top of the key and cut the deficit to 34:28 in the first half. Italy got no closer than 12 points in the second half.

Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 16, Zara 13, Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 13
Spain: Elisa Aguilar 17, Ana Montanana 16, Sanchez 11




Serbia-Russia 67:65

Serbia creates another sensation in Eurobasket 2007 as yesterday Germany beat Czech Republic 54:47. Serbia overcame Russia 67:65 and improved to 1-2 in Group F. Russia lost for the first time in the tournament and now has 2-1.
Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 28 points scoring most important points in the end of the game. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 18 and made 11 rebounds for Russia, while Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds.

First half was the preparation for the second as both teams stayed together most of the time. Russia was the favorite of the game, however could not deserve it.

In the last quarter it was the game between
Maria Stepanova and Milica Dabovic. Even their team mates tried to find the leaders of the teams for the final shots. After two jump shots, Milica Dabovic nailed a three with 4.25 remaining. At that time Serbia took a 57:53 lead, while Russia took a timeout. The timeout did not give enough time to rest for the Russian squad as right after it Shchegoleva received unsportsmanlike foul that gave Serbia 1 more point from Puskar's free throw.
It was
Maria Stepanova's time again to reduce the score. She made another jump-shot with 2.44 remaining. Milica Dabovic replied with the same jump-shot to take 60:55 lead. As Russia understood that Maria Stepanova's effort would not be enough they saw Ilona Korstine to help the team. She scored 4 points in a row, however Serbia had 2 more points from Milica Dabovic who scored 2 free throws. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) nailed two three pointers in a row to tie the score at 65:65 with 7 seconds remaining. Milica Dabovic nailed two points with 2 seconds in the fourth quarter and as it became clear in the last. Maria Stepanova's shot did not reach the basket.

Serbia:
Milica Dabovic 28, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 8
Russia:
Maria Stepanova 18+11 rebs, Ilona Korstine 16+11 rebs, Olga Arteshina 8



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FRANCE - Women

NT: France beat Belarus for victory number 3 -by Leslie Anderson

The start was fast and furious with Anastasiya Veremeenko from Belarus contesting the offensive boards as she scored 8 of her teams 12 points while they held a little advantage (12-9) after 6 minutes of play.


Emilie Gomis once again was the catalyst as France went on a 6:0 run to edge in front (15:14) with a little more than 2 minutes left in the first quarter. The Belarus head coach, Anatoiki Buyalski, called a time-out and changed his team tactics keeping France scoreless for the remaining of the period while his team Belarus regained the lead (18-15).


A different France in the second period, more aggressive in all sectors of the game, with Sandra Dijon taking control of the defensive boards and the guards using their pace to create space, they edged in front (28-23). Then Buyalski called a time-out but this time France remained focused: Sandrine Gruda ran back to retrieve a wayward pass by Dijon and managed to get it to Edwige Lawson-Wade who hit a 3 with the 24-second clock winding down. Immediately afterwards Clemence Beikes concluded another quick French move to give France the first significant advantage of the game (33-23). Despite France's dominance Jacques Commères was furious with his players for allowing Belarus to - finally - score a couple of 3-pointers. Despite his obvious annoyance Emmeline Ndongue concluded the last play just before the interval to give France an 8-point cushion.


During the third period Belarus, slightly more aggressive and adventurous, made the better start and scored the first 4 points. Both teams covered the perimeter making it difficult to work openings from the outside so they had to apply a little patience. In this exercise Belarus proved to be better than France and by the end of this quarter France's lead was reduced to 4 points.


Another system was adopted by France at the top of the final period with Gomis and Dijon scoring from the field while Gruda extended their lead to 11 points from the free-throw line. Belarus reverted back to their 3-point-play system but only hit their 3rd of the night. France continued to hold the advantage and Dumerc decided to give a little demonstration of running circles round the defence and dish out an assist right under the basket for Dijon to score her 10th point of the night (64-52).

Belarus, struggling to get any offensive game going, did not trouble France any more who recorded victory number 3 for this tournament.


Gruda finished with a game-high of 17 points followed by Ndongue with 12 and Dijon with 10 points. The team's collective game concluded with 16 assists with Lawson-Wade 5 and Audrey Sauret-Gillespie 3 of them. For Belarus the top-scorer with points was .Veremeenko with 15.



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GERMANY - Women

NT: Germany learn the act of patience -by Leslie Anderson

One second of magic in the dying minutes was all it took to turn this game around as Germany beat the defending champions Czech Republic 54-47 to put them back in the competition.


A lively first period in which the Czech Republic was forced to shoot from outside as they were not able to break through the German wall to score any points. Germany solid in defence and more conservative in their shot selection relied heavily on Linda Frohlich as they edged the first period (17:14). Defence was the order of the day in this match and during five minutes of the second period the defending champions gave a master class as they kept their opponents scoreless and regained the lead when Hana Machova perseverance paid off as she stripped Natalie Gohrke and went on to finish a lay up for Czech to regain the lead (17:18 . It required the entry of Roli-Ann Nikagbatse to get the German offensive back into action and by the time Margret Skuballa put Germany back in front with a shot from down (24:23) the recovery was complete. The game was nicely poised at the interval with Germany trailing by the smallest of margins (25:26)

The game became more physical as both teams matched each other blow for blow defensively with neither team able to get away as they exchanged the lead several times in what turned into a shooting contest that neither side could win and the game was tied (38-38) going into the final period.

The ding dong battled continued for most of the final period until the unthinkable happened, German finally managed to get a basket right under the bucket in the paint which just happened to be Linda Frohlich last basket of the night and suddenly with 1:57 left on the clock Germany had a gap of 4-points. That the defending champions did not score again was due some great defence. Germany had only hit 3-of-11 coming into the final stretch from the charity strip but hit all six in the dying minutes to win the match and keep their Quarter final hopes alive.

Frohlich may have been the star on the statistic side with 18 points, 10 rebound and 3 steals but the very quiet Imre Szittya outwardly calm persona was a critical factor in this victory.





Comments from Alexandra Mueller

I am not making my shots right now but that's fine as long as we win as a team and I try to do my best in defence and to get the ball inside and to help my team mates so I am satisfied and with a win everything is fine. As for the defence it was great today and I do not think that they expected that from us and that is what help us to win over them.


Comments from Linda Frohlich


First of all this is a very young team and in the first round we lost many games and many moments because we do not know how to hold on to the moment and I think today was hopefully the turning point that the teams see that when we are ahead , to stay focused, stay positive and not be shaken by the fact our opponents are going to score, but we should not be shaken by their strengths but to continue to believe in our strength.


She admitted that her knees trembled a bit because of the free throw situation: Oh my God it is a two point game and we keep missing the free throws but people stepped up and they all hit them and that some of them were big when they counted.


On the short selection she added: thats another focus point from the previous round we tried to get better shots and not get rushed into shots because in the first round we just took quick shots and that is not to our advantage, because then we have to go back and play defence and then it is hard to get those points and today I was happy that was visible we tried to take the best shot possible


Comments from Anne Breitreiner I guess impossible is nothing, we believed in ourselves and our coaches prepared us pretty well, we were a bit unlucky in two games against Belgium and Lithuania because we could have won these games but at the key moments we were no there. May be our opponents under estimated us and that may have been the difference.

If you want to listen to the full Audio Interval please click here http://www.wbbuzz.com/News/FIBA/Eurobasket-Women-2007/1474.html





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ITALY - Women

NT Spain remain unbeaten after beating Italy -by Leslie Anderson

Italy got off to a flying start scoring the first 7 points of the match with Dubravka Dacic hitting the first 4 points for her team. It took a 3-point shot from Laia Palau to get Spain going a little after two minutes into the match. Spain then went on to score 13 more unanswered points which also was terminated by a wonderful 3-point shot by Amaya Valdemoro in just under five minutes of exquisite Spanish team basketball. Italy not having any luck from the outside concentrated on working within the perimeter (7-of -10) to stay in touch and looked comfortable despite trailing by 7 points at the end of the first period after Francesca Zara scored what was t be the last score of the period (25-18).


Italy switched to zone at the beginning of the second period which initially slowed Spain down offensive wise as they had to spend more time in setting up their offence and play wide. While Italy excelled in defence their were unable to gain in offence as their ball handling let them down . After nearly five minutes of stale mate Evaristo Perez called a time-out which actually profited the Italians as Raffaella Masciadri hit her second 3 of the night. Amaya Valdemoro and Zurro came back in to the action and Spain went on the rampage and finished the period with a 13:4 which included a couple of clutch 3-pointers by Aguilar as they went in o the interval leading comfortably (47-32).


Spain maintained their movement and hit the first 6 points of the quarter concluding with a reverse spin hook shot for Amaya Valdemoro. After an Italian time-out Raffaella Masciadri came back with some delightful play and hit a trey from down to start an Italian fight back. Giorgia Sottana of the bench and full of energy around cause no ends of problems as Italy went on a 9:2 that required immediate action by Spain and a time out was called (55-41).

This break did break the Italian rhythm and despite the physical nature of the game, Gianni Lambrushi 'slack of offensive power with only Masciadri and Kathrin Ress in double digits against the well balanced attack of Spain still trailed by 15 points going in to the final period.


The final period was a formality for Spain as they run out winners (79-64).


For Italy Raffaella Masciadri finished with 16 points , while contributed 13 points and dish out six assists and Kathrin Ress contributed 13 points. Italy hit 62% from within the arc today.


For Spain Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) top scored with 17 points, Anna Montanana contributed 16 points, Isabel sanchez and Valdmore scored 11 and 10 respectively


After match comments


Giorgia Sottana explained after the match that it is difficult to explain what went wrong because the team really tried hard to play our game but some things did not work but at the same time we did not show our best side in this game. On a personal note for me playing here with the national team is like a dream come true, when I was young I through about playing for the national team and too play in a major tournament with the senior team in your own country it does not come better. Playing with the seniors or playing with the Juniors is no different because on the court we have to play basketball. We have to concentrate now because we have to win our last two games

She also spoke about her energy on the court, I love basketball and I play with all my heart and I try to show that on the court


more comments to come





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JAMAICA - Women

Cuba edges Jamaica to go to the semis -by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Jamaica 76:62
Cuban team advanced to the semifinal stage of the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. They overcame winless Jamaica in the third round of action in Valdivia and secured the second spot in Group B of the tournament. Cuba will now face undefeated Brazil in today's highly anticipated clash. Jamaica remained at the bottom of the ladder with 0-3 record and is looking forward to their first victory as they play against hosting Chile in the classification round tonight.
Cuba opened the game quite confidently and built a 24:11 lead by the end of the first frame. However Jamaica looked aggressive enough and some sloppiness from Cuban players resulted in the lead cut to 8 points at halftime 30:38. Jamaica never allowed Cuba to spur ahead in the third stanza and kept at a striking distance. But finally Cuban experienced players changed the complexion of the game and Cuba drove to a win at the dying stages of the game. Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) topscored for Cuba with 22 points. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds for Jamaica. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) had 16 points in defeat.
Cuba converted 48% of field goals, while Jamaica answered with 35%. Cuba also looked better under the rims outrebounding their opponents 29:26.

Cuba: Yayma Boulet 22, Yakelin Plutin 12
Jamaica: Simone Edwards 18+8 boards, Nicole Louden 16


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JUCO - Women

September 2007 Juco Report -by Terrence Blake


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MADAGASCAR - Women

Special Afrobasket (Women): Cape Verde, Madagascar in surprise wins -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Madagascar and Cape Verde posted surprised wins Friday in the classification stage of the 20th Africa Nations Chapionship for Women played in Thies, Senegal.

Cape Verde defeated more experienced Tunisian side that missed the quarter-final stage by the whister by 79-72 points while Madagascar handed down a 69-58 points defeat of Kenya.

Madagascar and Cape Verde will meet at placement 9-10 while Kenya and Tunisia fights for 11-12 position today in Thies.


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MALI - Women

Special Afrobasket - Mali book grand finale ticket, beat Angola -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Mali is through to the grand finale of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for women with a 69-6à point's victory over hard fighting Angola in a keenly contested match at the Marius Ndiaye gymnasium, Dakar, Senegal.

The enterprising Malian with WNBA star, Hamchetou Maiga playing a leading role her side hard won battle over the Angolan won in three of the four 17-16, 16-13, 23-10 and 13-21 with the Angolans staging a late fight in the exciting match which got fans cheering both sides.

Mali centre, Nagnoumba Coulibaly for the second day running led her team in scoring with a double double of 18 points and 15 rebounds, Nare Diawara poured in 12 points, 7 rebounds and one block while her younger sister Djene Diawara added 11 points and 9 rebounds to lift their side into the finals of the match.

Angolan Nacessela Mauricio led the floor with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, Domitila Ventura contributed 12 points and 6 assists.


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MALTA - Women

Women's national squad in Priolo -by Eurobasket News
As part of their preparations for next year's FIBA Europe Division C Championship, 12 players from the women's national squad are currently undergoing a training camp in Priolo.

Practice sessions are being conducted by national coach Santino Coppa and Sandro Farrugia. Cadets national coach Dorianne Galea is also taking part in the training camp which comes to an end on Saturday.

The Maltese squad is made up of the following players: B. Beverly Zammit (172-F-87), M. Sciortino, D. Hollier, C. Grima , C. Fenech D. Parnis, G. Zarb, S. Pace, J. Cardona, Josephine Grima, A. Borg, R. Brincat.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


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MEXICO - Women

Brazil blows out Mexico for the third win -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Mexico 119:44
Brazil completed the Group A action with style. They dismantled Mexico and finished the preliminary action with a perfect 3-0 record. It allowed Brazilian squad occupy the top spot in the Group and advance to the semifinal. Mexico meanwhile remained winless and will face Canada in classification round.
Brazil set the tone early in the game as they outscored Mexican players 31:9 in the first frame. The second term became a real nightmare for Mexico as they managed just a single point conceding 32 in return. Brazil eased the pressure in the second half but still did not allow their opponents to overcome them in any of the remaining quarters.
Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) led the action with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Brazil. Iziane Castro (185-G/F-82) contributed 20 points, while Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) scored 18 points in a win. Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) replied with 11 points for Mexico. Lourdes Machuca (196-C-85) and Zazil Salman (-C-86) netted 8 points apiece in a losing effort.
Brazil sank 57% from the field and 84% from free throw line. Mexico posted 32% of field goals and 87% of free throws. Brazil outrebounded Mexico 36:26 and forced those to 34 turnovers.
Brazil will take on Cuba in the intriguing semifinal later today.

Brazil: Jucimara Dantas 22+7 boards, Iziane Castro 20, Micaela Jacintho 18
Mexico: Fernanda Gutierrez 11, Lourdes Machuca 8, Zazil Salman 8


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MOZAMBIQUE - Women

Special Afrobasket - Senegal stops Mozambique, keep a date with Mali -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Backed by vociferous home fans Senegal Saturday night fought a big battle to get pass Mozambique in the second semi-finals of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for Women running away with a 63-48 point's victory.

Inspired by the superb form of Polish-based forward, Aya Traore who was a torn in the flesh of the Mozambican whose best moment in the game was a 19-18 points lose in the third quarter.

The home side won in all four quarters with 15-12, 16-10, 19-18 and 13-08 to advance to her second straight finals.

24 year-old Traore poured in 12 points grabbing 7 rebounds for the Lioness, her team-mates Ndeye Ndiaye grabbed 10 rebounds and 2 blocks while Mame Diodio Diouf had 6 assists to put the 2005 runner-up to set-up a final against Mali.

The duo of Clarisse Machanguana and Aleia Rachide grabbed 7 and 5 rebounds respectively for the Mozambicans.

With the victory, Senegal and Mali will light up the 6,000 capacity Marius Ndiaye gymnasium, Dakar for the grand finale of the championship while Angola and Mozambique fights for the third place.
Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, college: ODU)


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

New Zealand loses Oceania series Final to Australia -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Australia 46:87

New Zealand lost the second consecutive game against Austrlia at the Oceania series in Dunedin. The Opals remained unsurpassable challange for Tall Ferns as they both now heading for Beijing Olympics in 2008. It was yet another argument that Aussies are still dominant at the region's scene.
The Opals started the game quickly and scored in double figures before the hosts managed to open their scoring stats. Australia easily secured a 22:13 lead after the first frame and did not give it up further on. The gap grew to a 22:37 mark at halftime and New Zealand looked hapless. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86), Toni Edmondson and Lisa Pardon (173-G-82, college: Oregon St.) scored consecutive points midway through the third stanza as Kiwis came as close as 12 points. But it was just a momentum as Australia reacted immediately and cleared off to a 20-point distance moments later. They capped the game with another nearly perfect 22:6 quarter and celebrated well-deserved title.
Natalie Porter (185-F-80) topscored for Australia with 14 points. Renae Camino (177-G-86) ensured 12 points for the winners. New Zealand were paced by 10 points from Angela Marino (166-G-86). Lisa Pardon provided 8 points in a losing clause.
Tall Ferns shot just 26% of field goals and 46% of free throws. The Opals replied with 53% from the field and 62% from free throw line. Australia had an obvious advantage under the rims as they outrebounded the home side 56:32.

New Zealand: Angela Marino 10, Lisa Pardon 8, Jessica McCormack (194-C-89) 6+7 boards
Australia: Natalie Porter 14, Renae Camino 12, Carly Wilson (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) 11


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NIGERIA - Women

Cape Verde beat Madagascar 60-57 to finish 9th -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cape Verde Saturday in Thies recorded another win in the Africa Nations Championship for Women beating Madagascar 60-57 points to finish 9th on the final standing.

In another match played also in Thies, Tunisia defeated Kenya 72-60 for the 11-12 placement while Nigeria handed down a 72-61 points defeat to DR Congo to set up a 5-6 placement battle against Cameroon who rallied back to subdue young Invorian team by 50-47 points.


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OCEANIA CHAMPS - Women

New Zealand loses Oceania series Final to Australia -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Australia 46:87

New Zealand lost the second consecutive game against Austrlia at the Oceania series in Dunedin. The Opals remained unsurpassable challange for Tall Ferns as they both now heading for Beijing Olympics in 2008. It was yet another argument that Aussies are still dominant at the region's scene.
The Opals started the game quickly and scored in double figures before the hosts managed to open their scoring stats. Australia easily secured a 22:13 lead after the first frame and did not give it up further on. The gap grew to a 22:37 mark at halftime and New Zealand looked hapless. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86), Toni Edmondson and Lisa Pardon (173-G-82, college: Oregon St.) scored consecutive points midway through the third stanza as Kiwis came as close as 12 points. But it was just a momentum as Australia reacted immediately and cleared off to a 20-point distance moments later. They capped the game with another nearly perfect 22:6 quarter and celebrated well-deserved title.
Natalie Porter (185-F-80) topscored for Australia with 14 points. Renae Camino (177-G-86) ensured 12 points for the winners. New Zealand were paced by 10 points from Angela Marino (166-G-86). Lisa Pardon provided 8 points in a losing clause.
Tall Ferns shot just 26% of field goals and 46% of free throws. The Opals replied with 53% from the field and 62% from free throw line. Australia had an obvious advantage under the rims as they outrebounded the home side 56:32.

New Zealand: Angela Marino 10, Lisa Pardon 8, Jessica McCormack (194-C-89) 6+7 boards
Australia: Natalie Porter 14, Renae Camino 12, Carly Wilson (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) 11


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PORTUGAL - Women

ESSA signs two foreign players -by Luis Rocha
ESSA actual Portugal women champions, has signed they´re new foreign players. Last year they get it right, let´s see if this year they also succeed. Lindsay Brown (191-F-84) and Crista Ricketts (185-F) are the choosen ones.

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RUSSIA - Women

Ready for another sensation? Dabovic destroys Russia -by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Russia 67:65

Serbia creates another sensation in Eurobasket 2007 as yesterday Germany beat Czech Republic 54:47. Serbia overcame Russia 67:65 and improved to 1-2 in Group F. Russia lost for the first time in the tournament and now has 2-1. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 28 points scoring most important points in the end of the game. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 18 and made 11 rebounds for Russia, while Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds.

First half was the preparation for the second as both teams stayed together most of the time. Russia was the favorite of the game, however could not deserve it.

In the last quarter it was the game between Maria Stepanova and Milica Dabovic. Even their team mates tried to find the leaders of the teams for the final shots. After two jump shots, Milica Dabovic nailed a three with 4.25 remaining. At that time Serbia took a 57:53 lead, while Russia took a timeout. The timeout did not give enough time to rest for the Russian squad as right after it Shchegoleva received unsportsmanlike foul that gave Serbia 1 more point from Puskar's free throw.
It was Maria Stepanova's time again to reduce the score. She made another jump-shot with 2.44 remaining. Milica Dabovic replied with the same jump-shot to take 60:55 lead. As Russia understood that Maria Stepanova's effort would not be enough they saw Ilona Korstine to help the team. She scored 4 points in a row, however Serbia had 2 more points from Milica Dabovic who scored 2 free throws. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) nailed two three pointers in a row to tie the score at 65:65 with 7 seconds remaining. Milica Dabovic nailed two points with 2 seconds in the fourth quarter and as it became clear in the last. Maria Stepanova's shot did not reach the basket.

Serbia: Milica Dabovic 28, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 8
Russia: Maria Stepanova 18+11 rebs, Ilona Korstine 16+11 rebs, Olga Arteshina 8


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SENEGAL - Women

Special Afrobasket - Senegal stops Mozambique, keep a date with Mali -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Backed by vociferous home fans Senegal Saturday night fought a big battle to get pass Mozambique in the second semi-finals of the 20th Africa Nations Championship for Women running away with a 63-48 point's victory.

Inspired by the superb form of Polish-based forward, Aya Traore who was a torn in the flesh of the Mozambican whose best moment in the game was a 19-18 points lose in the third quarter.

The home side won in all four quarters with 15-12, 16-10, 19-18 and 13-08 to advance to her second straight finals.

24 year-old Traore poured in 12 points grabbing 7 rebounds for the Lioness, her team-mates Ndeye Ndiaye grabbed 10 rebounds and 2 blocks while Mame Diodio Diouf had 6 assists to put the 2005 runner-up to set-up a final against Mali.

The duo of Clarisse Machanguana and Aleia Rachide grabbed 7 and 5 rebounds respectively for the Mozambicans.

With the victory, Senegal and Mali will light up the 6,000 capacity Marius Ndiaye gymnasium, Dakar for the grand finale of the championship while Angola and Mozambique fights for the third place.


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SERBIA - Women

Ready for another sensation? Dabovic destroys Russia -by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Russia 67:65

Serbia creates another sensation in Eurobasket 2007 as yesterday Germany beat Czech Republic 54:47. Serbia overcame Russia 67:65 and improved to 1-2 in Group F. Russia lost for the first time in the tournament and now has 2-1. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 28 points scoring most important points in the end of the game. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 18 and made 11 rebounds for Russia, while Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds.

First half was the preparation for the second as both teams stayed together most of the time. Russia was the favorite of the game, however could not deserve it.

In the last quarter it was the game between Maria Stepanova and Milica Dabovic. Even their team mates tried to find the leaders of the teams for the final shots. After two jump shots, Milica Dabovic nailed a three with 4.25 remaining. At that time Serbia took a 57:53 lead, while Russia took a timeout. The timeout did not give enough time to rest for the Russian squad as right after it Shchegoleva received unsportsmanlike foul that gave Serbia 1 more point from Puskar's free throw.
It was Maria Stepanova's time again to reduce the score. She made another jump-shot with 2.44 remaining. Milica Dabovic replied with the same jump-shot to take 60:55 lead. As Russia understood that Maria Stepanova's effort would not be enough they saw Ilona Korstine to help the team. She scored 4 points in a row, however Serbia had 2 more points from Milica Dabovic who scored 2 free throws. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) nailed two three pointers in a row to tie the score at 65:65 with 7 seconds remaining. Milica Dabovic nailed two points with 2 seconds in the fourth quarter and as it became clear in the last. Maria Stepanova's shot did not reach the basket.

Serbia: Milica Dabovic 28, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 8
Russia: Maria Stepanova 18+11 rebs, Ilona Korstine 16+11 rebs, Olga Arteshina 8


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SPAIN - Women

Surprise!Margot Dydek is pregnant -by Ivan Villar
The surprise came to Ros Casares when the center biggest of world,Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74),confirmed that she was pregnant.The polish player was a decisive player of recent champion of spanish league so this is a big problem for valencian team.General manager,Carme Lluveras,confirmed the new and said that it shall be very difficult to find other center (bossman-A or national) who can replace with guarantees to Dydek.

Zana Lelas leaves the basketball -by Ivan Villar
The player of Arranz Burgos had decided to leave the basketball for her back's pain.Zana Lelas (-70) was last season playing in Zaragoza with many trouble in her back but could finish the season making a good job.But the first weeks of pratices in her new team,Burgos,she decided to finish her basketball career.She has demonstrated to be very good professional because she resigned to her contract with Burgo's team.Now the managers are looking for a center to replace her.On the other hand Perfumerias Avenida won to Garbaprom Bembibre in a friendly game by 56-79.Rivas Futura continues working for the future of club after the signing of best player of brazilian team U21,Franciele Aparecida Nascimiento.She don't play this season with senior team but will have a contract by 4 years with team coached by Alberto Ortego,who likes to work with young players.The young player is a power forward of 1,87 cm. who made a great season in the league of her country.

Extrugasa looses against Pio XII Santiago in Galician Cup by 39-42 -by Ivan Villar
Low score in second semifinal of Galician Cup where home team of Pio XII won to Extrugasa in a equalized final.The team coached by Mozan played better than team from Vilagarcia thanks to their better shape,Extrugasa only practices from 2 weeks ago.Laura Grande (176-G-73) was the best player of game.In other semifinal,Celta Vigo trashed Ensino Lugo easily and tomorrow they'll play the final at 12.00 in Santa Isabel Gym.

Quarterfinals assured for national team after defeating to Italy 64-79 -by Ivan Villar
Spain touched perfection in the game against Italy.They won at half by 32-47 with high percentages in all kind of throws and continuing with a hard defense.This great stats were quite to get the quarterfinals before last 2 games.The team coached by Evaristo Perez is also making a great team's job which let them to be regular in all games played until the moment.Elisa Aguilar (17 p.) and Ana Montanana (16 p) were this time the best scorers,and also this players are specially brilliant during this tournament.Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington)

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Day 3: Brazil and USA enter semifinal stage unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Chile 66:63 (OT)
Argentinean team dramatically overcame hosting Chile in the last round of the preliminary action at the Fiba Americas Championship. Both teams needed to win in order to advance to the semifinal stage and gave out everything to succeed. However Argentina turned out to be a little bit better at the end and qualified to the next stage of the tournament. Tatiana Gomez (190-F/C-81) nailed 6 straight points for the home side to give Chile a 56:55 lead with 5 seconds remaining in regulation. But Argentina delivered the ball to Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79) who got fouled with 2 seconds on the clock. She drained one of two free throws and sent the game into overtime.
Paola Naranjo (182-F/C-78) and Javiera Novion (168-G-87) sank five points for Chile early in the extra time to give the hosts a 61:58 lead. But Argentina first closed the gap and then 4 points from Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) saw them grab a 64:61 advantage. Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) responded with a jump shot to cut the deficit to a single point 63:64 with 52 seconds left. Argentina then scored two free throws at the dying stages and managed to keep their opponents scoreless. The final buzzer marked Argentinean victory and they will face USA in the semifinal.
Florencia Fernandez paced Argentina with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Marcela Paoletta added 13 points for the winners. Ziomara Morrison answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Chile. Tatiana Gomez secured another 14 points in a losing clause.
Chile will now play against Jamaica in classification round today.

Argentina: Florencia Fernandez 23+8 boards, Marcela Paoletta 13
Chile: Ziomara Morrison 14+9 boards, Tatiana Gomez 14


Brazil - Mexico 119:44
Brazil completed the Group A action with style. They dismantled Mexico and finished the preliminary action with a perfect 3-0 record. It allowed Brazilian squad occupy the top spot in the Group and advance to the semifinal. Mexico meanwhile remained winless and will face Canada in classification round.
Brazil set the tone early in the game as they outscored Mexican players 31:9 in the first frame. The second term became a real nightmare for Mexico as they managed just a single point conceding 32 in return. Brazil eased the pressure in the second half but still did not allow their opponents to overcome them in any of the remaining quarters.
Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) led the action with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Brazil. Iziane Castro (185-G/F-82) contributed 20 points, while Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) scored 18 points in a win. Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) replied with 11 points for Mexico. Lourdes Machuca (196-C-85) and Zazil Salman (-C-86) netted 8 points apiece in a losing effort.
Brazil sank 57% from the field and 84% from free throw line. Mexico posted 32% of field goals and 87% of free throws. Brazil outrebounded Mexico 36:26 and forced those to 34 turnovers.
Brazil will take on Cuba in the intriguing semifinal later today.

Brazil: Jucimara Dantas 22+7 boards, Iziane Castro 20, Micaela Jacintho 18
Mexico: Fernanda Gutierrez 11, Lourdes Machuca 8, Zazil Salman 8


Cuba - Jamaica 76:62
Cuban team advanced to the semifinal stage of the Fiba Americas championship in Chile. They overcame winless Jamaica in the third round of action in Valdivia and secured the second spot in Group B of the tournament. Cuba will now face undefeated Brazil in today's highly anticipated clash. Jamaica remained at the bottom of the ladder with 0-3 record and is looking forward to their first victory as they play against hosting Chile in the classification round tonight.
Cuba opened the game quite confidently and built a 24:11 lead by the end of the first frame. However Jamaica looked aggressive enough and some sloppiness from Cuban players resulted in the lead cut to 8 points at halftime 30:38. Jamaica never allowed Cuba to spur ahead in the third stanza and kept at a striking distance. But finally Cuban experienced players changed the complexion of the game and Cuba drove to a win at the dying stages of the game. Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) topscored for Cuba with 22 points. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds for Jamaica. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) had 16 points in defeat.
Cuba converted 48% of field goals, while Jamaica answered with 35%. Cuba also looked better under the rims outrebounding their opponents 29:26.

Cuba: Yayma Boulet 22, Yakelin Plutin 12
Jamaica: Simone Edwards 18+8 boards, Nicole Louden 16


USA - Canada 85:37
United States posted their third straight victory in Chile. They beat Canadian team and improved to 3-0 record in Group B ladder. Canada at the same time suffered the second consecutive loss and did not make it to the semifinal stage. The teams exchanged the blows early in the game. First USA opened the game with a 12:2 rally but later Canada tightened defense and responded with an 11:3 run to close the gap to 13:17. But United States proved the difference in the second period. They started it with a 6:0 run and continued to dominate throughout the stanza. Canada were trailing by 19:39 at halftime. USA did not slow down after the break and accumulated a 34-point advantage entering the final frame. Canada lacked accuracy from the field and USA capitalized igniting another 7:0 run. The outcome was pretty clear and USA saved the energy for the upcoming battles. They will face Argentina in today's semifinal. Canada will play against Mexico in classification round.
Tina Thompson (188-F-75, college: USC) nailed 14 points to lead USA. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Candace Parker (193-F-86) added 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) scored 7 points for Canada. Uzoma Asagwara (175-G-84) and Chelsea Aubry (188-F-84) netted 6 points apiece in a loss.

USA: Tina Thompson 14, Delisha Milton-Jones 12+7 boards, Candace Parker 12
Canada: Teresa Gabriele 7, Uzoma Asagwara 6, Chelsea Aubry 6


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USA thrashes Canada to stay unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
USA - Canada 85:37
United States posted their third straight victory in Chile. They beat Canadian team and improved to 3-0 record in Group B ladder. Canada at the same time suffered the second consecutive loss and did not make it to the semifinal stage. The teams exchanged the blows early in the game. First USA opened the game with a 12:2 rally but later Canada tightened defense and responded with an 11:3 run to close the gap to 13:17. But United States proved the difference in the second period. They started it with a 6:0 run and continued to dominate throughout the stanza. Canada were trailing by 19:39 at halftime. USA did not slow down after the break and accumulated a 34-point advantage entering the final frame. Canada lacked accuracy from the field and USA capitalized igniting another 7:0 run. The outcome was pretty clear and USA saved the energy for the upcoming battles. They will face Argentina in today's semifinal. Canada will play against Mexico in classification round.
Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) nailed 14 points to lead USA. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Candace Parker (6'4''-F-86) added 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Teresa Gabriele (5'5''-G-79) scored 7 points for Canada. Uzoma Asagwara (5'9''-G-84) and Chelsea Aubry (6'2''-F-84) netted 6 points apiece in a loss.

USA: Tina Thompson 14, Delisha Milton-Jones 12+7 boards, Candace Parker 12
Canada: Teresa Gabriele 7, Uzoma Asagwara 6, Chelsea Aubry 6