EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/7/2007

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ABA

Team news and transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA reigning champions Vermont Frost Heaves announced the re-signing of veteran shot-blocker Antoine Hyman (6'10''-C-75, college: Keuka). Former Seattle Mountaineer (IBL) standout Lynell Ingram (6'7''-F, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) inked a contract with the Halifax Rainmen. The new ABA team based in Delaware officially announced that the team name will be "First State Fusion". This is a result of a "Name Your Team" contest in which the local public was asked for their support in helping to give Delaware's newest professional sports organization a name. The contest winner is slated to receive many firsts including an official production jersey as well as the 13th man roster spot for the inaugural home game. The Fusion will tip-off their inaugural season in November 2007, and all home games are planned to be played at Memorial Hall Gym on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover, DE.

Two More Tycoons Sign in Europe -by Chris Terrell

Dallas, TX - The Texas Tycoons had two more of their former players sign in Europe with Josh Gonner (6'2''-G-82, college: S.Carolina) signing with ToPo Helsinki (Finland-1) and Marcus Sloan (6'9''-F-82, college: TCU) signing with Benetton Fribourg Olympic (Switzerland-1).

Josh Gonner prepped at Fort Worth's Paschall High School en route to a stellar career at South Carolina. As a member of the Gamecocks, Gonner led USC to an SEC Tournament Quarterfinal and an NIT Championship. Gonner was also featured on the cover of ESPN's College Basketball 2k5 video game for Sega. After his collegiate career, Gonner went on to star for the Houston Blaze in tournament play in Nicaragua and last season for the Texas Tycoons, helping lead Texas to the ABA Title game averaging 16.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 44.8%FG, and 39.6%3PFG.

Marcus Sloan prepped at Houston's Eisenhower High School and later starred at TCU, leading the Horned Frogs in blocked shots for three successive seasons. Sloan and TCU were eliminated in the final 4 of the NIT in 2005, the same season Gonner's Gamecocks won the tournament. After his collegiate career, Sloan won numerous accolades while playing in Germany such as Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-League, and Import Player of the Year for TV Lich averaging a double-double of 20.0ppg and 10.3rpg to go with 1.7apg, 2.3spg, 1.4bpg while shooting 58.4% from the field.

When asked about all the former Tycoons players that are signing in Europe this summer; Texas Tycoons Head Coach Chris Terrell said "We're really proud of the success we have had. Josh and Marcus are tremendous basketball players and even better people. They are going to bring a lot to an organization not only on the basketball court but also in the locker room and in the community. I know both to have NBA aspirations and we know they'll both have great seasons in Europe and work towards playing in NBA summer leagues. Hey Funky Town, Represent."


The Texas Tycoons Free Agent and Rookie Camp will be held on September 15th, 2007 in DeSoto, Texas. For more information about attending the tryouts, purchasing season tickets, or getting more information about your Texas Tycoons visit www.txtycoons.com, email beseenhoop@yahoo.com, or call the office at 214-749-0134.



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AUSTRIA

Market news in Austria - Furstenfeld presented their new roster -by Stefan Heinrich
WBC Wels completed their roster with Jamaal Davis (206-F-79, college: Cincinnati), who played last saeson for Tubingen in the German Bundesliga. Before this season he played in Iran and diffent league in the United States and Mexico. Wels decided not to keep E.J. Drayton (206-F-82, college: Charlotte) on their roster and he moved to Hungary where he joined the team of Kormend.

Gussing invited 3 players for a try-out period. Its the PG Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Weber St.) who won the NAIA tournament in the last season and they'll also test Dustin Brown (202-F-83), who didnt make it into the roster of Kormend (HUN) and the former Wiscon Badger Jason Chappell (208-F/C-83).

Today the Furstenfeld Panthers presented their new roster for the upcomming season at a press conference. Coach Stahl has a new Assistant Coach in Aaron Mitchell and together the formed a strong roster and due to President Fischl the goal of the team is to win the championship in this season. Here is the full roster of the Panthers:

4 Cedrick Hensley (196-F/G-83)
6 David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) - captain
7 Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, college: Missouri St.)
8 Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents)
9 Alexander Lanegger (192-G-86)
10 Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM)
11 Trevor Gaines (201-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Vermont)
12 Akim Dietrich (182-G-87)
13 Sebastian Gallwitz (192-G/F-86)
14 Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.)
15 Mike Fraser (203-C)


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Stimac stays in Valmiera -by Ricards Vambuts


Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) are staying in BK Valmiera. And so Valmiera have complete team composition for new season.

At last season in 18 Baltic games of Basketbol league Stimac had 11,8ppg, 8rpg. Stimac had 14,6ppg, 9,6rpg, 1,2apg in LBL.

In summer Stimac played in U-20 European Champonship. Stimac had got 6,5ppg, 6,5rpg at eight games.

BK Valmiera team in new season:
Edmunds Gabrans
Andrejs Jansons
Janis Kaufmanis
Arturs Pilkevics
Gatis Melderis
Ingus Bankevics
Ilmars Bergmanis
Sandis Amolins
Agnis Cavars
Martins Berkis
Jouzas Ramanauskas
Vladimir Stimac.


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BARBADOS

Basketball never sleeps on Barbados -by Eurobasket News
The basketball action continued on Barbados as Division 3 enjoyed a couple of fixtures during the week. Pirates delivered a stunning defeat to Deacons 103:53. Pirates opened the game in a confident manner and enjoyed an early 10:2 lead. Manuel Alleyne and Decino Corbin paced Deacons to a 28:15 lead after the starting frame. But the main blow came in the second term as Pirates overwhelmed their opponents 24:6 and entered the second half with a comfortable 52:21 advantage. James Thorington emerged strong in the third quarter and Pirates stayed in front never allowing Deacons to come closer.
Decino Corbin led the action with 29 points. Manuel Alleyne secured another 25 points, while James Thorington had 22 points for the winners. Aamir Morris replied with 22 points for Deacons. Michael Maynard added 12 points in defeat.

In another game forward Stefan Clarke led his Station Hill Cavaliers in the first half and they enusred a 45:39 advantage over Clapham Bulls at halftime. However the Bulls grabbed control over the game late in the third stanza and secured the winning outcome at the end 80:74. Ramon Byer and Negus Alleyne provided 18 points apiece for the Bulls. Daniel Lovell scored 17 points in a win. The Cavaliers were led by Stefan Clarke with 21 points.
One more fixture saw Senators edge Warriors 50:29.

Pirates - Deacons 103:53
Pirates: Decino Corbin 29, Manuel Alleyne 25
Deacons: Aamir Morris 22, Michael Maynard 12

Clapham Bulls - Station Hill Cavaliers 80:74
Bulls: Ramon Byer 18, Negus Alleyne 18
Cavaliers: Stefan Clarke 21, Corey Howard (-F) 15


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BELIZE

Belize Ends in Fourth Place in Central American High Schools Competition. -by David Magana
The XII High School Central American Games held this year in Guatemala has come to an end and the young Belizean team placed fourth in the male's division. In the first two days of competition, the Belizean team was undefeated after beating Honduras, 78-56, and Costa Rica, 78-54. Then they suffered three straight losses at the hands of El Salvador by 76-91, Panama by 74-85 and the home team Guatemala by 72-83. In their final game against Nicaragua, they blow out the Nicaraguan team by a score of 110-86. For the Belizean team the outstanding players were; Winston Pratt best rebounder, Daniel Nolberto, Leroy Lauriano, and Deron Spencer.

The female team ended in last place.

Final Standing:

1. Guatemala 5-1
2. El Salvador 5-1
3. Panama 4-2
4. Belize 3-3
5. Honduras 2-4
6. Nicaragua 2-4
7. Costa Rica 0-6


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BOSNIA

Tournament: "Tuzlanski kosarkaski velikani" in Tuzla -by Emil Suceska
14. and 15. September is date for international tournament in Tuzla who was named "Tuzlanski kosarkaski velikani", on this tournament playing; Buducnost, Zlatorog, Crvena Zvezda and host team Sloboda Dita. Schedule of tournament: 14.September (1/2 final games) 19:00 - Buducnost - Zlatorog and 21:15 Sloboda Dita - Crvena Zvezda, next day will be played game for third place and final game. Last season captain of Sloboda Dita and young national team player Elmedin Kikanovic will be played for his new team Crvena Zvezda. In new seson captain of Sloboda Dita will be young talented player 16 years old Miralem Halilovic

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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

Parillon signs with Sheffield Sharks -by David Edole
Sheffield Sharks have added some much needed experience to their new look squad with the signing of forward Steve Parillon (196-F-78, agency: Sanni Hoops, college: Henderson St.).

The former Brighton Bears small forward, who played in Iceland last season, will be the elder statesman of Peter Scantlebury's team at just 28-years of age but has valuable playing time in the BBL, which should help his new colleagues settle in.

“It was important that we have a guy that knows the league because the majority of the rest of the squad will be new to British basketball,” said Scantlebury.

Parillon is the Sharks' second major signing in two days after the club announced that Chester Jets point-guard Alto Virgil is moving to the east of the Pennines for the 2007/08 season on Thursday.

While Virgil will add some sparkle to the Sharks backcourt, Scantlebury says Parillon will probably be underappreciated because of his businesslike manner.

“He's one of those guys that goes unnoticed most of the time but then you look at his stats and he's got 17-points and six rebounds or something like that. He's the ultimate ‘glue' player that holds everyone together.”

With the Sharks welcoming Scottish Rocks to the EISS in a fortnight Scantlebury's line-up is slowly beginning to take shape.

Justice Graham and Virgil will alternate between the two guard spots and Parillon will start at small forward, but it is the as yet unnamed big men who will be pivotal to Sharks' success according to Scantlebury.

“Last year with Eddie Cage and Todd Cauthorn we knew what we were going to get. This season will be new for everyone so Steve's experience will be vital, particularly during the first few matches.”

More new signings are expected before Monday with Sharks management busy sorting out passport and work-permit issues to give Scantlebury ample time to ensure his new team gels before the start of the season.


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CANADA

A new professional team was born in Canada -by Gianni Pascucci
The International Basketball League officially announced that a team from Vancouver, British Columbia, will join the league for the 2009 season. The team will be owned by Vancouver resident Jonathan Mara, who was a member of the Basketball BC Board of Directors for the past four years and Assistant Coach of the White Rock Christian Warriors senior boys' high school basketball team for the past five years. The yet-to-be-named Vancouver team will not participate in the upcoming 2008 season but will instead focus on building a strong community base before launching full-time in 2009. Information regarding team name, venue and player roster will be announced at a later date.

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COSTA RICA

Saprissa Club in Political Controversy -by Max Blair
Costa Rica's most popular basketball and football club is embroiled in a political controversy. A propaganda pamphlet supporting the "yes" vote for the upcoming CAFTA referendum is circulating around San Jose. The controversial pamphlet contains Saprissa's logo and name, as if to suggest tacit support for the "yes" cause. The club owner, Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara, emphatically denied any link to the pamphlet. The pamphlet is a believed to have been written by "vote yes" political operatives who want to trick fans into thinking Saprissa officially wants thet CAFTA referendum to pass. If Saprissa did have a political stance, the club would be subject to national laws that govern political campaigns and contributions.

Saprissa Basket has struggled since winning the Apertura Tournament in July. They lost star player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) when he left for try-outs in Mexico, causing an uproar among the coaching staff and fans. The struggling team is in the middle of Group A with only five games played.


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CUBA

Today TNA, Metropolitanos-Habana is "the game" -by Alessandro Fontana

Today there will be 6 games of TNA, the Cuban League. One of the most important games is the "derby of Habana" Metropolitanos (5-1) against Habana (1-2). Metropolitanos is the surprise of this TNA. A team where you can find no star, but a great collective, a double-team. It is very hard to defeat the Metropolitanos this season. The coach Barbaro Betarte is doing a great job. In the team there are a lot of young interesting players as Reinier Muniz (184-G-85), Ariel Sotelo (1988) and Yosel Gomez (191-F-89).

The other games are:
Las Tunas (3-1)-Santiago de Cuba (4-0); Holguin (2-4)-Granma (0-4); Matanzas (0-3)-Pinar del Rio (0-4); Sancti Spiritus (2-4)-Villa Clara (1-3); Ciego de Avila (4-0)-Cienfuegos (0-4).
A. Fontana



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EURO CHAMPS

Spain 76 - 58 Greece -by Robert Mayor
As in the past World Championship, Spain had no mercy of Greece and defeated Panagiotis Giannakis team much more easy than expected.

It wasn't a good basketball night, and the start was a disaster for both teams, unable to score after more than 3 minutes of game, but after Greece first points, started to work the Spanish engine with a Jimenez three-pointer and Gasol points (also taking advantage the Spaniards of two technical fouls). A 10-0 run for locals that continued with this good offensive momentum the next two quarters. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) once again from beyond the arc helped with his points, but in front, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) were doing a good job and keeping alive Greek options.

Also important in the first half was the Papadopoulos defense over Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80), a real nightmare for Grizzlies star, but foul troubles sent center to bench and Grizzlies forward took advantage of Bouroussis. Spain had one more offensive option, apart of Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Rudy outside. Halftime arrived, and things were going well for host team: 42-23.

Last 20 minutes were Spanish, although Panagiotis Giannakis pupils tried almsot everything (a very good third quarter defense, allowed Spaniards to score only 11 points), but never seemed to be able to stole victory from the ”Golden Boys”.


Russia 78 - Portugal 65,2nd stage-easy Russia win thru inside game -by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal for the first time got in the second phase of the European but didn´t had a great first game against Russia.
The keys for Russia win was their defense and their tall players(inside game),Portugal with many 3point shots missed was off today ,1 of the reason might be the team was just playing their game since the historical act they did against Latvia.

With Madrid Arena almost empty at 4.30pm and being the first game of the 2nd phase explains alot why it was like that.
The game had a start that showed how Russia would play-Kirilenko with a dunk made the 2-0,Portugal was never in the lead like the others games and at7minuts to play Jordao scored first portuguese points on the game fallowed by Elvis Evora (6-4),J R Holden with a steal assisted kirilenko for a spectalular dunk(12-4),thru defense pressures on the court and a great inside game by Russia they was in the lead(many 3pt shots for Portugal-seem they only wanted to shot 3´s).
Portugal didn´t scored during 4 minuts and Evora cuuted Russia partial(12-7 - 3m),Jordao and M. Fernandes scored a pair of 3 point shots and got Portugal at just 1 point diference(14-13)but finishing the first quarter Kirilenko responded (16-13).

Second quarter - Russia during the game always missed many FT , Russia got back with alot of defensive pressure on the portuguese point guards and with steals fallowed by fast break got a 16 point lead(36-20-4minuts remaining) and menaged that lead till half time,in the last second Mario Fernandes got a basket reducing to 44-30.

Third Quarter- At the first half Joao Gomes and Joao Santos the 2 offensive weapons had 0 points but Joao Gomes started well scoring a basket reduced to 48-37 but they got quickly 4 fouls and him and Elvis Evora got relegated to the bench because the fouls and thru Kirilenko and Savrecenko inside putted their lead back and J R Holden got his time to shine with 7 straight points thru shots ,penetration and in the FT line ,arriving at the end of the quarter with a 68-49 lead.

The last quarter didn´t showed much with both teams knowing this would be a Russia win ,Portugal rotated the players and introduced in the game players like Miguel Minhava and Paulo Simao for let them get more minuts ,the final result was 78-65 for Russia.


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FIJI

Fiji leaves the hosts without title game -by Eurobasket News
Fiji - Samoa 65:58
Fiji team continued to dominate the courts in Samoa. They grabbed another victory at the South Pacific Games and remained with a perfect record in the ladder. The win also guaranteed the spot in the Final game for Fiji. Samoa needed a victory by 5 points or more to advance to the title decider but could not beat the main stronghold at the tournament. Fiji entered the game confidently enough and posted an early 22:16 advantage. The home side leveled the game in the second quarter and managed to perform a 14:14 second quarter but still trailed by 6 points at halftime 30:36. The things never changed for Samoa after the break as they still could not find the clue to Fiji defense and limped behind. The gap widened to 9 points at the start of the fourth stanza and Samoa needed heroics to ensure the Final birth. However it did not come and the hosts just outplayed 2 points but it had little impact on the outcome. Fiji will play in the Final.
Marques Wippy paced Fiji with 16 points and 6 boards. Adrian Bossley contributed 14 points for the winners. Samoa responded with 17 points from Julius Barnes (186-G-81, college: Stanford). Brandyn Akana had 11 points in a losing effort.
Fiji shot solid 50% from the field and 57% from charity stripe. They pulled down 48 rebounds and committed just 4 turnovers.
Fiji will most probably face Guam in the Final game.

Fiji: Marques Wippy 16+6 boards, Adrian Bossley 14
Samoa: Julius Barnes 17, Brandyn Akana 11


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GERMANY

ALBA Berlin signed Back-Up Center -by Moritz Korff
Mladen Pantic (210-C-82) has signed a one-year-deal (plus option for two more seasons) with ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga). The 25-year-old Serb and former member of the Yugoslavian Junior National Team played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd in the past two years. In 2006-2007 he only had 7 appearances in the Adriatic League (8.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1apg) and a single game in the ULEB-Cup, before he suffered a season-ending virus-infection (mononucleosis) in December 2006. In the meantime Pantic has recovered to full strength.

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GREECE

Transfer news and rumors -by Chris Mammides

A1
Kolossos Rodou is very close to agree terms with Marian Cvetkovic, the Croat player was Egaleo's target but due to delay the player seems to have already agreed with Coach Alexandris's islanders for the coming two years.
According to some rumors and the part of the Greek sport media, Charlie Bell (191-G-79, college: Michigan St.) travelled to Athens and already sign an initiall contract with Pini Gershon's Olympiakos, this is not yet official but very soon we will be able to infor our readers about the real deal and wether this is just an action to kind of "push" Jasicevicius to proceed with his three years contract with the Reds.
Olimpiada Patras agreed terms witht he young talented Giannis Vavatsikos (201-F-90), ex Mantoulidis player.

A2
Alexandros Anthis, ex Egaleo player agreed terms with Alimos. The experienced Greek player sign an one year's contract with the team of Alimos
Panerythraikos made the "colpo grosso" as added the experineced A1 center Costas Maglos (208-F/C-75, college: Boston Coll.)! Maglos is a very good player and Coach Dimitris Houhoulis won the jack pot wth this last adding as the strength he received in the paint is amazingly great!

Peristeri made the last transaction of the seazon as they agreed with the experienced guard, Ralf Bucci. Ralf is among the most experience Bosman players in the A2 as he already played in Dafni and Ilysiakos the previous seazons with quite good numbers, besides he will add quite some experience as he will be the second most experienced player after the Greek-Serbian Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74).

Halkida is coming closer to the Cypriot-American center Jo-Jo Garcia, even though (according to the Cyprus press) the veteran player already agreed terms with his ex club Dentalcon Apoel Nicosia. In a couple of days we will be able to give you the exact information as they will come officially from the teams.

B' Division

C' Division

GS Messinis and Head Coach Gioprgos Rozakeas are facing a huge problem as one oof their "aces" Vaggelis Stilianopoulos (196-F-80) got injures and there is the fear that the experienced player could loose more than 1 month. Furhtermore, Rozakeas saw the comeback of his player Panagiotis Palamidis from his injury.



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HUNGARY

News from Kormend -by Tamas Deri
E.J. Drayton (206-F-82, college: Charlotte), the rookie forward from Charlotte just left Vichy and is on a tryout with the team of Kormend! American forward had a great senior season with 13.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in the NCAA! He did not get the job in France, cause the team was looking for a player who can play more as a small forward.
Comment of Jean-Louis BORG from Vichy: "This player is not confirming in our team because his profile is not exactly witch we are looking for. E.J. Drayton is a real number 4 but we are looking for a combo player 4/3. He's an athlete, he is really 2.04 meter. He is a player who plays face to the basket, with good ability on high post and behind the 3 points line, he as capacity to make the difference and take his shoot on one or two dribble. With his good game vision, he can give the ball to player on good position. Defensively, he plays charge on help defensive. Good on defence on position 4 but lees on position 3. He has a good placement on rebounds (offence and defence). He has basketball comprehension very correct."

The two national team members, Csaba Ferencz (192-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) got back to the team and started to practice 2 days ago.

Even american guard James Wright (187-G-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Colorado) arrived to the team and will play the first pre-season game against the Furstenfeld Panthers tomorrow!


Gazdavar-Cup -by Tamas Deri
In Kecskemet 4 teams (Kecskemet, Szolnok, Hodmezovasarhely and Pecs) are playing a pre-season tournament this weekend!

Thursday, 6th of September

Univer-Kecskemet-Pecsi VSK 76-63
(22-23, 17-12, 20-14, 17-14)
Kecskemet, Att.: 700, Referees: Csősz, Balogh, Gal
UNIVER: Vida , Toth P. 6/3, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) 27/12, Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) 18/6, Vucicevic 2, Csorvasi 6, Csabay 3/3, Halmai 7, Szabo Zs. 7/3, Lekli, Coach: Zsolods Andras
PVSK: Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 15/6, Alekszics 5/3, Toth N. 1, Hosszu G., Lapov 6, Kutasi 8, Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) 21, Czigler 4, Feher Cs. 3, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


The team of Szolnok played only with hungarian players as the foreigners - Thomas Kelley, Vernard Hollins, Andrius Jurkunas and Miroslav Lopatka - will arrive in the next couple of days to Hungary!

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Hodmezővasarhely 96-89
(20-23, 24-19, 12-17, 25-22, 15-10)
Kecskemet, Referees.: Adam, Kiraly, Bogardi
SZOLNOK: Gaal 9/3, Laszlo Cziczas (187-G-79) 29/12, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 15/3, Cseh 9/3, Tamas Harazin (203-F-85) 16, Szabo 2, Toth V. 5/3, Mondzinger, Kovacs David 9, Kenyeres 2, Coach: Por Peter
HÓDMEZŐVASARHELY: Gabor Drahos (187-G-79) 11, Brooks 6, Eric Freeman (206-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 22/9, Kukla 7, Levente Gemes (207-C-73, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 28, Boszormenyi 11/6, Kovats 4, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo


Dombovar: Wiley is back! -by Tamas Deri
Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) just arrived yesterday to Dombovar where he played a couple of games last season! He was in excellent performance on the beginning of the season 2006/07, so he got a very good offer from his ex-club FALCO KC and decided to take it! Now, he is signed for the whole season and the management is looking forward to see him to play in blue-and-white

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ISRAEL

Deon Thomas Joins Haifa -by Elad Zeevi
The veteran forward, Deon Thomas (204-C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Illinois), who played in Givat-Shmuel last season, will join Maccabi Maccabi Haifa from the national league (second division). Haifa, one of the biggest clubs in the Israeli basketball, is trying to re-create its glory days, and aiming to comeback to the premier league in the end of the season. Thomas, who won the euroleague title with Maccabi Tel-Aviv in 2003-04 & 2004-05 seasons, averaged 6.8 PPG and 3.3 RPG last season in Givat-Shmuel.

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ITALY

Serie A News -by Stefano Pini
David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) was suspended for 3 months for cannabis. He'll be out until October. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) is not in great physical condition and Climamio is thinking to add a new player: the hottest name is Iker Iturbe (200-F/C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Clemson). 13th. Cimberio Varese will leave Shagari Alleyne (221-C-84, college: Manhattan) free. The team needs a man in the middle, the first choice is Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79). Virtus Bologna, to complete the roster is interested in Armands Skele (193-G/F-83). Alain Digbeu (195-F-75) should stay at Alicante. Marcelo Nicola (207-C/F-71, agency: Interperformances) could continue to play at Reggio Emilia. At Roma is arrived Matt Sylvester (201-F-82). For the moment he'll help the team for practice and friendly game.

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JAPAN

JBL 2007-08 season import player lineup -by Kenny
The JBL is set to tip-off the new season with a pre-season tournament called the "Challenge Cup" from September 21st before starting the regular season on October 11th.

Now that all of the teams in the JBL has signed their imports for the upcoming season, here's a quick rundown on who is playing with who this season:

Toyota Alvark:
F Charles O'Bannon-7th season in Japan (all with Toyota)
G Louis Campbell-2nd season (both with Toyota)

Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins:
C Jerald Honeycutt-3rd season in Japan (2nd season with Mitsubishi)
F Johnny Taylor-1st season in Japan

Panasonic Trians:
F Ace Custis-5th season in Japan (2nd season with Panasonic)
F Tilo Klette-2nd season in Japan (both with Panasonic)

Aisin Sea Horses:
C J.R. Sakuragi (formerly known as Henderson/now Japanese citizen)-7th season in Japan (all with Aisin)
G/F Alpha Bangura-2nd season in Japan (both with Aisin)
F Sean Lampley-1st season in Japan

HItachi Sun Rockers:
F Jermaine Tate-3rd season in Japan (all with Hitachi)
F Carl Thomas-3rd season in Japan (1st season with Hitachi)

Toshiba Brave Thunders:
F Randy Holcomb-2nd season in Japan (both with Toshiba)
F/C Jamar Smith-1st season in Japan

OSG Phoenix:
F/C Marquis Estill-1st season in Japan
G Mike Wells-1st season in Japan

Rera Kamuy Hokkaido:
F Jawad Williams-1st season in Japan
F/C Tyler Newton-1st season in Japan


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LATVIA

Stimac stays in Valmiera -by Ricards Vambuts


Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) are staying in BK Valmiera. And so Valmiera have complete team composition for new season.

At last season in 18 Baltic games of Basketbol league Stimac had 11,8ppg, 8rpg. Stimac had 14,6ppg, 9,6rpg, 1,2apg in LBL.

In summer Stimac played in U-20 European Champonship. Stimac had got 6,5ppg, 6,5rpg at eight games.

BK Valmiera team in new season:
Edmunds Gabrans
Andrejs Jansons
Janis Kaufmanis
Arturs Pilkevics
Gatis Melderis
Ingus Bankevics
Ilmars Bergmanis
Sandis Amolins
Agnis Cavars
Martins Berkis
Jouzas Ramanauskas
Vladimir Stimac.


LBL teams tournament in Cesis -by Ricards Vambuts
Semifinals

ASK/Juniors - Keizarmezs 76:78 (9:17, 14:12, 21:16, 23:22, 9:11).
ASK/Juniors: Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) 17, Prilins 12, R.Sulcs 10, J.Rozitis 9, Tiss 8, Steinbergs 7, I.Strelis 6, Hromcenko 4, Dilevka 2, Keirans 1.
Keizarmezs: Strelnieks 23, Kravalis 11, Raiskums 10.

Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK - Cesis/Remarks 114:73 (36:15 28:18 28:19 22:21).

Final:
Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK - Keizarmezs

Game for third place:
ASK/Juniors - Cesis/Remarks


Tournament in Kaunas -by Ricards Vambuts

1st day

VEF Riga - Aisciai-Atletas 83:89 (27:26, 18:25, 22:23, 16:15).
VEF Riga: Reinis Strupovics (191-G-87) 16, Sheleketo 15, Aleksejevs 14, Gulbis 11, Jeromanovs 10, Gumenyuk 9, Gailitis 8.
Aisciai-Atletas: Vileita 21, Vetrenka 17, Barstys 11, Dabkus 10, Vasiliauskas 8, Dimsa 7, Rakauskas 5, Skurdauskas 4, Kalvelis 2, Sumskis 2, Navickas 2, Metelica.

Valmiera - Nevezis 90:97 (15:25, 18:29, 31:17, 26:26).
Valmiera: Bankevics 20, Cavars 16, Jansons 14, Amolins 10, Pilkevics 10, Ramanauskas 7, Bergmanis 6, Stimac 4, Gabrans 3.
Nevezis: Stankus 25, Veikalas 14, Viskontas 14, Sakinis 14, Butkevicius 12, Mineikis 7.


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LUXEMBOURG

Diamond in the rough -by Alexis Kreps
I just received more info on the new player in Etzella Ettelbruck. Might we be seeing another Dwayne Smith (191-G-80, college: Eckerd) in the making. By the way in Dwayne first friendly in match in Estonia he lead his team in scoring with 37 and a victory not bad. Marcus Kennedy (193-F) is the only player in the history of the Gulf South Conference to be named player of the year twice and he is also a three year All- American. Last year he was a consensus First team All- American. He was first team on every All - American team. Marcus is the University of Montevallo 's all time leading scorer with 2,173 points and Montevallo's second all time leader in rebounding at 970. Marcus averaged 20 ppg and 8rpg this season. Sommerset who Marcus replaced played against each other in the Elite Eight and Marcus had 23 and 7 and Sommerset had 16and 6. Even at 6'4 ½”

Third to seond, second to first!!! -by Alexis Kreps
One player from the Luxbasket camp 2007 has officially decided to play in Luxembourg.The 25-year-old American Troy Weisshaar (201-F-82, agency: EM-PA), team captain of Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan, who received 1st Team All-Conference, Conference Newcomer of the Year, and All-American recognitions during senior year, occupies the foreign spot at Grengewald Hostert men's team this season. The seond division team will be enforced by Eric Reisch (190-F-80) and Max Kess (184-G-79), who both return to their native club. Philippe Molitor (193-F-88), Jeff Kremer (182-G-78) and Valentino Nardella complete the 2007/2008 roaster. Coach of the men's team will be the 34-year-old Franco-American Matt Williams. He will be assisted by Mike Schmit (183-F-78), who retired from active playing for the men's team. With this line up we may see this team jumping to the DBBL by the end of the season.

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MALAWI

CEZOBAL:Trojans Beats Likuni Clippers -by Blena Chisenga
In the Central Zone Basketball, Trojans(One of the biggest teams in the Cental region)
beats Likuni Clippers after struggles with 67 baskets to 58 baskets.During an Interview
with the Trojan captain Rookie,he said "we dont deserve this win coz the other team was
tough,we were failing to break through their zone,lucky we were good at shots".So far
Trojans has won all their three games in their second round while Likuni Clippers has only
managed to beat the 36ers.

In other games, Mimbulu whipped Bayonets while Capital city blazers whipped
Bunda College of Agriculture with 123 baskets.

While the Central region and southern region are on their middle of the second round
the Nothern region is about to start the second round next week.


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MALAYSIA

NBL 2007- Who can stop Kuete Chris? -by Chong Jzen

tomorrow NBL will played in KL MABA stadium, there will be a another tide for Malaysian basketball fans to take part in support their favourite team in the weekend. WCT land import player Kuete Chris(195-F/G-83) is already show his outstanding ability in Malaysia contest. his avreage 26.3pts,16.7reb and 2.7stl is top of the individual average, if doubtless, he may be the MVP for this year. WCT Land are placed bottom in last year NBL, but with the participate of Chris, the team overall is get higher. Beside that, the joined of philippines coach Advindula is helped the player explore their potential.


Tomorrow WCT Land will faces YSL in MABA stadium, to remind you that, YSL is a team which full of veteran player and also some current starking like Chan Kek Thai(198-C-84) and Pang Wai chong(180-G-84).Both of them also represent Malaysia played in U-19 World Championship held in Greece in year 2003. Pang also have the experaince in represent China Fujian Huaqiao University to played in CUBA(China University Basketball Association) in year 2004, accompany by Melaka Player Chee Li Wei(198-C-83) and Guganeswaran(180-G-83).


Chan is a tall and faster player in Malaysia,he can either play center or Power Forward. He also represent Malaysia National Team triumph the SEABA championship in KL in year 2005.with his agility movement, he was help malaysia win in the crucial game against Indonesia that time. Can you imagine that, a Center dribbe the ball from own court to opponent court, and have a foul in, that crazy!!! Don't be surprise, it real! he is Chan Kek Tai!!


I hope Chan can stop chris in tomorrow game!!!



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MEXICO

Soles Fall. Puebla to Miss Carlton Holmes? -by Justin Brink

Soles 76-Dorados 90
Last season they took the LNBP crown in only their second year of existence. They defended their 'casa' with the longest unbeaten streak in the league last year. However, last night for the Soles was less than memorable as they were humbled on the road, 90-76 by the expansion Dorados of Chihuahua. Defensive lapses and lackluster shooting late allowed the Dorados to rain on the Soles championship parade. Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) picked up where he left off last year leading the Soles with 19 followded by Richard Lewis' 14. Horacio Llamas (211-C-73, agency: Interperformances), coming off a successful campaign with the NT in Las Vegas dropped 13 and collected 6 boards. Rafael Cruz led all scorers with 24 for the Dorados while his teamate Detrick White notched 15.

Panteras 93- Angeles 68 Pobre Puebla! Playing on the road in their first LNBP game, the Angeles of Puebla got smoked 93-68 by the Panteras of Aguas Calientes. The consistent and deadly Devon Ford (193-G-77, agency: 123 Podium, college: Idaho) paced the Panteras with 24 followed by Jesus Campos (193-G-83) with 20. American Jason Wilson (183-G), Puebla's pick up at the En Fuego Hoops Player Showcase in San Diego, dropped 11 for Puebla. Puebla may be lacking some firepower, which they seemed to have a few weeks ago in guard Carlton Holmes. Holmes is an American who lit up Uruguay's NT for 25 and then was dismissed by Puebla for no apparent reason. Puebla faces the Lechugueros this Saturday.

Check more LNBP scores here.



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NEW ZEALAND

NZ Breakers pre-season heats up -by Eurobasket News
NZ Breakers continue their preparation for the upcoming NBL season. They now play preseason encounters and quite succeed in them. Lately NZ Breakers visited Geelong Arena to take on South Dragons. NZ Breakers got the taste of the approaching season as they celebrated a tough overtime victory 110:109. Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) who signed with the Breakers in summer led the action with 39 points, 19 boards and 5 assists. He combined efforts with Oscar Forman (205-G-82) to secure a 53:49 lead for NZ Breakers at halftime. Cortez Groves (196-G/F-78, college: Kansas St.) though kept the Dragons in the contest and they trailed by 6 points after three quarters 76:82. Nick Horvath (209-F-81, college: Duke) helped his side surge ahead in the dying minutes but NZ Breakers returned strong and tied the scoreline at 97. Phill Jones (196-G-74) then connected from afar to put New Zealand team in front 100:97. But Cortez Groves nailed a buzzer beater to send game into overtime.
NZ Breakers opened extra time with a 6:0 rally but South Dragons dropped 4 consecutive points to retain the pressure on Kiwis. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) scored two free throws late in the overtime to spur NZ Breakers ahead but once again it was Cortez Groves who sparked intrigue with another three pointer to put the hosts within one point. He then had a chance to save the day for the Dragons but his trey missed the target and sealed the win for the Breakers.
Oscar Forman added 15 points for the winners. Nick Horvath paced the Dragons with 28 points and 10 boards. Cortez Groves had 12 points and 4 assists in defeat.

NZ Breakers - South Dragons 110:109 (OT)
Breakers: Rick Rickert 39+19 boards, Oscar Forman 15
South Dragons: Nick Horvath 28+10 boards, Jacob Holmes (198-G-83) 20


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PANAMA

Pinnock selected as first draft in NBDL -by Miguel Sanchiz
Panamian guard Danilo Pinnock was selected first in the D-League Expansion Draft by Rio Grande Valley. Pinnock played last season in Arkansas where he averaged 11 points and 6.8 rebounds.
He also played for Panama in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship where he netted 16.5 points per game.


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PARAGUAY

Metropolitan League restarts next week -by Gianni Pascucci
The top Paraguayan League will start next week its second part, named "Clausura Tournment". The teams allowed to participate are only six, Libertad, Sol de America, UAA, Rowing, Felix Perez Cardozo and Deportivo San Jose. All the teams are negotiating to strengthen their roster. According with team President, Mr. Miguel Figueredo, titleholders of Sol de America should keep the same roster and coaching staff. The only change will be an import player from USA at the place of Javier Martinez (189-G-78), who has yet joined Argentinean Liga A team Regatas de Corrientes.

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PERU

Real and Regatas command the standings -by Andres Seminario


Real Club and Regatas Lima are the leaders of the Peruvian tournament, having already played three games.
Real has defeated Militar (63-51), Circolo (66-62), Misiones (70-18) - can this result be possible in the strongest division of basket in Peru?-, and Fap by walk over ( this only can happened in Peru, because of the bad organization of the league of Lima, with teams that doesn't help to increase the level of basket in Peru, because they don't have resources, and the ability to generate them, resulting in weak and amateurs organizations that aren't prepare to help develop basket here; if the league of Lima continue running things here, the level of basket will continue falling down; here we need a pro-league with strong organizations and publicity and foreign players that will help to rise the level in Peru-like almost every country in south America had-)
Regatas also defeated Misiones (96-47), Circolo (80-52) and San Marcos (98-65); playing today with Militar (1-2) in Circolo Coliseum at 930pm.

This Tuesday will start the Superior tournament for Women -final rounds-, with Alas Peruanas trying to repeat last years championship, they will have to fight hard especially Centro Naval, that in the first part of the year show that they were a stronger and more prepare team.
Games will be played in the Dibos Coliseum (800pm) every Tuesday.


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PORTUGAL

Russia 78 - Portugal 65,2nd stage-easy Russia win thru inside game -by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal for the first time got in the second phase of the European but didn´t had a great first game against Russia.
The keys for Russia win was their defense and their tall players(inside game),Portugal with many 3point shots missed was off today ,1 of the reason might be the team was just playing their game since the historical act they did against Latvia.

With Madrid Arena almost empty at 4.30pm and being the first game of the 2nd phase explains alot why it was like that.
The game had a start that showed how Russia would play-Kirilenko with a dunk made the 2-0,Portugal was never in the lead like the others games and at7minuts to play Jordao scored first portuguese points on the game fallowed by Elvis Evora (6-4),J R Holden with a steal assisted kirilenko for a spectalular dunk(12-4),thru defense pressures on the court and a great inside game by Russia they was in the lead(many 3pt shots for Portugal-seem they only wanted to shot 3´s).
Portugal didn´t scored during 4 minuts and Evora cuuted Russia partial(12-7 - 3m),Jordao and M. Fernandes scored a pair of 3 point shots and got Portugal at just 1 point diference(14-13)but finishing the first quarter Kirilenko responded (16-13).

Second quarter - Russia during the game always missed many FT , Russia got back with alot of defensive pressure on the portuguese point guards and with steals fallowed by fast break got a 16 point lead(36-20-4minuts remaining) and menaged that lead till half time,in the last second Mario Fernandes got a basket reducing to 44-30.

Third Quarter- At the first half Joao Gomes and Joao Santos the 2 offensive weapons had 0 points but Joao Gomes started well scoring a basket reduced to 48-37 but they got quickly 4 fouls and him and Elvis Evora got relegated to the bench because the fouls and thru Kirilenko and Savrecenko inside putted their lead back and J R Holden got his time to shine with 7 straight points thru shots ,penetration and in the FT line ,arriving at the end of the quarter with a 68-49 lead.

The last quarter didn´t showed much with both teams knowing this would be a Russia win ,Portugal rotated the players and introduced in the game players like Miguel Minhava and Paulo Simao for let them get more minuts ,the final result was 78-65 for Russia.


Portugal 63- Russia 78 -by Luis Rocha
Good run. Nothing simple to describe what happens. Portugal stood simple and workfull, playing is game with no fears, and getting a good result in the end. Once again I highlight the eficacity of Mario Fernandes (176-G-82), who continues to be the only one who can run while playing, specially when playing the pick and roll, Filipe is too slow, and decide (in most of the times) to penetrate instead of shooting or finding the open man. The fight for the rebounds was well fought, and it wasn´t there that the diferences seemed to be more significant, it´s when Portugal plays it´s offense that the majority of the players aren´t quick and agressive enough to outbeat the opposition. The pace of the competitions were they play, is not the adequate to permit a stonger evolution, the turn overs the shots taken with a no good balance made things turn out for the worst. Now this one as past, time to prepare the next, always looking back to the others, when it comes to atributte responsabilcities and claim for finding better solutions, that´s been in High competition, that´s the job they take.

Russia reaction to win over Portugal -by Bruno Baltazar
"I don't think we did a great job on the defensive end tonight but we won and that's the most important thing " said Kirilenko.
Kirilenko had great support from Victor Khryapa, who contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds.
"I'm just happy we got a win today," said Holden.
"This was important to put us on the way to the quarter-finals.
"But we still have some work to do. We got a little bit sloppy when we were up pretty big a lot of the second half. We need to clear some things up and get ready for Spain now."


Portugal might be candidate to a European -by Bruno Baltazar
Portuguese federation intends to organize a European, in the next years.
The inclusion of basketball in the Projecto Olimpico is guaranteed and is to be made efforts to bring the best european players to Portugal.
In accordance with the edition of this friday of the periodical "Record", the FPB is to face the possibility to advance with a candidacy for the organization of a final phase of a European .
"For we, Federation, the interest in this organization is really strong. We have the certainty that to obtain to bring for Portugal a so important event it will be fulcral for the evolution of the national basketball ", assumes the president of the Federation, Mario Saldanha.
The federative controller remembers that one project of these needs governmental supports and the private sector, but believes that the success of Portugal, in Spain, can give an aid, this direction. "We know that we will only be able to advance if the State, as well as some companies,help us .
But, for this happen , I believe that the people will be sensetized for the importance of this.
Beyond the impulse to the modality, seems obvious that the country also will leave strengthened, therefore we are to speak of a sufficiently competitive, spectacular test and that attracts innumerable visitors. We had some governing to attend our games in Seville and I think that they had felt the dimension of this event ", affirms Saldanha. Of remaining portion, the president of the FPB disclosed, this thursday, during the stay in Seville, portuguese leader invited Spain to participate in a match in Lisbon - in Pavilhao Atlantico, in mid July of the next year - that the homologous Spaniard, Jose Luis Saez, accepted immediately. The match would serve to prepare the participation of Spain in the Olimpic games in Pequim, necessarily in 2008, the test would count with France, and Germany.
However, the president of the Comite Olimpico of Portugal, the commander Vicente Moura, advanced, also this thursday, that the basketball goes to enter, for the first time, in a Projecto Olimpico, for the fact of the Portuguese seleccao to be between the twelve better European formations. The national seleccao of basketball will be integrated in the Projecto Olimpico Pequim 2008, from next day 1 to October, a time that since it reached the qualitative level demanded by the COP.


Vagos new signing -by Luis Rocha
Dokun Akingbade (206-F-84, college: George Washington), is set to play for Vagos. The ex. George Washington (NCAA1) was playing since June for Long Island Primetime. He´ll be the third foreign player in Vagos, let´s wait to see if he can help this team who´s gonna start fresh in Liga UZO.

Portugal-Russia -by Luis Rocha
Today Portugal plays against Russia. Russia aroses as a natural favourite, the match- ups in the game seemed to be in all cases favourable to the russians. Portugal, will certainly try to avoid the fast breakof the russians , playing a well motionned attack. But no doubts on the Portuguese team, even in the 5x5 on half-court, is evident that players like Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81), Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) or Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) are unlikely to be stopped without drwing faults. Box out , will also be a decisive word for today, if the portuguese players fail to do it, then the russians will shoot 2, 3 or even more times in our boards, otherwise if Portugal wants to score easy baskets, most win some rebounds to run through the lane. All in all a wonderfull game to portuguese players to play, hard, extremely though on the physical way, games like this one make players grow and get more awerness. Play as good as it one can, profit with the class of the opponents, and made the correct "transfert" to other games, this will be the task for today.

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PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico Tip Off on 15th November. In Mexico "Pachy" Cruz 24pts. -by Alessandro Fontana
The "San Juan Coliseum" will host from 15th November to 18th November the 2007 O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip Off. The Puerto Rico Tip Off will be an interesting tournament with NCAA College basketball teams. ESPN will have the exclusive of this tournament. ESPN2 and ESPNU, the 24 hours College Basketball TV, will broadcast the 12 games. The College teams are: Miami University, Temple, Houston University, Virginia Commonwealth, Providence, Charleston, Arkansas and Marist. The tickets will be available since 15th October.

In Mexico Los Dorados de Chihuahua won yesterday their first game in the new season LNBP, Mexican League. They won against Soles Mexicali (a strong team with Horacio Llamas and De Juan Wheat) 90-76. The MVP of the game was "our Boricua" Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz (187-G-79, agency: Next Level, college: Youngstown St.) with 24pts. Next game it will be against Galgos Tijuana.
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

Russia stays the only unbeaten team in Group E -by Eurobasket News
Portugal-Russia 65:78 ( 13-16, 17-28, 19-24, 16-10)

Russian National squad won the first game of the Qualifying Round. In the first game of the day the team overcame Portugal 78:65. A great achievement into the win was brought by the NBA star Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81). He poured in 16 points, made 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Nikita Morgunov (211-F-75, agency: Interperformances) and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) scored 11 points each. Coelho top-scored for Portugal as other 4 players finished the game with 10 points.

Russia stays the only unbeaten team in Group E. It became known after Israel beat Croatia 80:75. The keys for Russia win was their defense and their tall players. The Russian team took a control in the opening quarter and led the period to 16:13. In the second quarter Russia got back with a lot of defensive pressure on the Portuguese point guards and with steals fallowed by fast break got a 16 point lead. Mario Fernandes (176-G-82) got a basket reducing to 44:30 at the half.
Having 52:41 midway through the third quarter, Russia went on a 10-0 run, with JR Holden scoring five points in that surge, to take command. In the end of the game Portugal rotated the players and won the period 16:10. The total score was after Russia that celebrated 78:65 victory.

Portugal: Coelho 11, Mario Fernandes 10, Jordao 10, Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 10, Miranda 10
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 16, Nikita Morgunov 11, Viktor Khryapa 11+11 rebs


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SAMOA

SPG2007: Day 7 Results - Fiji, Guam and Samoa leading the pack -by Gauthier Gerard
Only one day left before the Gold medal game in the 2007 South Pacific Games. Three teams are fighting for the two spots in the final game: Fiji, Guam and Samoa. Fiji is so far undeated after they won by 1 point against Guam. At second equal is Guam and Samoa and the game tonight will decide whether Samoa will play for the gold tomorrow or for the bronze. The Samoa boys will not only have to win their game against Fiji but in order to be number one on the charts, they have to win by 5 or more points. The defending champion New Caledonia will not win another SPG title and will have to defeat the Solomons to play for the Bronze medal.

Medal Round:
Guam - New Caledonia: 65-62
William Stinnett 18pts 4/7FG - Fabrice Chaliot 27pts 8/11FG
Solomon Islands - Fiji: 54-91
Allen Wanefai 18pts 8/20FG - Marques Whippy 18pts 9/14FG
American Samoa - Samoa: 50-78
Ata Perese 22pts 9/18FG - Brandyn Akana 18pts 7/11FG

Day 8 schedule:
Fiji - Samoa
New Caledonia - Solomon Islands
American Samoa - Guam

Standings:
1- Fiji 4-0
2- Guam 3-1
2- Samoa 3-1
4- New Caledonia 1-3
4- Solomon Islands 1-3
6- American Samoa 0-4


Fiji (photo: SPG2007)


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SERBIA

Friendly games -by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda celebrated against Romanian champion Asesfot Ploiesti 81:77 in the second friendly game this season. Asesoft had 75:77 and was close to the win but in the last two offenses Zvezda made turn thanks to Kovac's 3-pointer and two successful free throws by Boris Bakic. Zvezda got 17 points from Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) while Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) and Mirko Kovac (199-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points each.

Mega Aqua Monta won in thriller over Napredak Rubin 95:93. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) was the best for the winners netting 20 points. Aleksandar Mitrovic (197-G-90), who scored the last basket, finished the game with 10 points.

Before this game Mega AM lost against Ukrainian team Cherkasy Monkeys 78:89.


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SPAIN

Spain 76 - 58 Greece -by Robert Mayor
As in the past World Championship, Spain had no mercy of Greece and defeated Panagiotis Giannakis team much more easy than expected.

It wasn't a good basketball night, and the start was a disaster for both teams, unable to score after more than 3 minutes of game, but after Greece first points, started to work the Spanish engine with a Jimenez three-pointer and Gasol points (also taking advantage the Spaniards of two technical fouls). A 10-0 run for locals that continued with this good offensive momentum the next two quarters. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) once again from beyond the arc helped with his points, but in front, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) were doing a good job and keeping alive Greek options.

Also important in the first half was the Papadopoulos defense over Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80), a real nightmare for Grizzlies star, but foul troubles sent center to bench and Grizzlies forward took advantage of Bouroussis. Spain had one more offensive option, apart of Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Rudy outside. Halftime arrived, and things were going well for host team: 42-23.

Last 20 minutes were Spanish, although Panagiotis Giannakis pupils tried almsot everything (a very good third quarter defense, allowed Spaniards to score only 11 points), but never seemed to be able to stole victory from the ”Golden Boys”.


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TURKEY

Greene to Galatasaray -by Cem Guvener
Galatasaray signed Brian Greene (204-F-81, college: Colorado St.) from ASVEL for the power forward position. Greene, who has also played in Poland and Belgium before France, averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists at ProA. Galatasaray had also signed Willam Avery, Charles Gaines, Huseyin Besok, Cuneyt Erden and Erdem Turetken this summer.

Efes Finishes the Pre-Season Camp with 3-1 Record -by Sinan Kocak
Efes Pilsen lost against last year's Italian League Champs Montespaschi Siena 76 - 70 in the third game of the pre-season camp. M.Siena lead the whole way, 43 - 31 at the half, untill 3 minutes to go when Efes lead 65 - 64 but it was the Italian side to finish.

Periods: 14-28 / 31-43 / 49-56 / 70-76

Rashad Wright 7, Drew Nicholas 11, Kenny Gregory 20, Andre Hutson 13, Loren Woods 4, Bora Pacun 9, Lamar Butler 2, Mustafa Abi 2, Deniz Kilicli 2.

In the last game of the camp, Efes Pilsen beat Russia's Spartak Vladivostok 73-61, leading 33-22 at the half.

Periods: 23-10 / 33-22 / 54-40 / 73-61

Rashad Wright 15, Drew Nicholas 13, Kenny Gregory 5, Andre Hutson 13, Loren Woods 17, Bora Pacun, Lamar Butler 4, Mustafa Abi 2, Deniz Kilicli 2, Baris Hersek 2


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Marist, Temple to play in Puerto Rico Tip Off -by David Edole
Virgin Islanders will have the unique opportunity to see a couple of their native sons in action at the 2007 O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip Off. The inaugural tournament is compromised of eight NCAA Division I teams including two teams with Virgin Islanders on their rosters. Kaylen Gregory (190-G/F-86, college: Marist), a junior at Marist University, along with Craig Williams (201-F/C-90) of Temple University will be playing on two of the eight teams that will converge on the San Juan Coliseum Thanksgiving Week (November15-18).
Gregory had a busy summer as he played with the Virgin Islands senior men's national team at the FIBA Americas Championship and at the Pan Am games. The Red Foxes are coming off a season which saw them set a program record for wins, earn their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference outright regular-season championship and record their first postseason victory, a triumph over Oklahoma State in the NIT.
The Virgin Islands high school player of the year, Craig Williams will be a tour guide to his teammates in San Juan since he has played there with in his high school days. Williams had a busy summer trying to get acclimated to American style by participating in the Sonny Hill League in Philadelphia. One of Williams's better performances, was a 12 points effort to help Honor Foods to a 67-64 win over Temple teammate Semaj Inge's Camille Cosby squad in the Hank Gathers College Division playoff game. Williams play inspired Temple Owls reporter Michael Mudrick to state “If his solid performance in the Sonny Hill League this summer is any indication, Williams could be a contributor for the Owls as a freshman this season.”
The other six teams in the tourney are Miami University, Houston University, Virginia Commonwealth, Providence, Charleston and Arkansas.
“We are very excited to bring men's college basketball to Puerto Rico and ESPN in November," said Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager of ERT. "The combination of eight quality basketball teams and this wonderful setting will make the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off truly a one-of-a-kind sporting event.”
ESPN and family of networks will have the exclusive television rights for the tournament. ESPN2 and ESPNU, the 24 hours College TV station, will broadcast 12 games live. Tickets go on sale on October 15th.
The tournament will be held at the same time as Paradise Jam tourney on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.


Edwin ranked 5th best player at FIBA Americas to never play a minute in the NBA. -by David Edole

By

If you've been watching the FIBA Americas tournament, then you've probably noticed that there are a lot of talented players out there who have never played a minute in the NBA. This tournament, unlike the Olympics, doesn't have many hot prospects who are making millions elsewhere, as most of the non-NBA talent is in Europe.

Nonetheless, the FIBA Americas tournament has been a great place for some players to showcase their skills. This year in particular has been a great opportunity for lesser-known players to shine because of the spotlight that has been put on them, due to the lack of NBA player participation. Sure, the teams are understandably weaker, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the talented individuals that have decided to play.

Here's a list of the top five players in this tournament who have never played a minute in the NBA:

5. Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) - Virgin Islands

Jason Edwin was a pretty good guard at Kent State University back in 2004-2005. He has shown moments of brilliance playing for his home country at the FIBA Americas tournament this year. The Virgin Islands may not have won a game, but Edwin earned himself a lot of attention with his 32-point performance against Venezuela in the opening round. That game added itself to solid performances against Canada and Brazil, leaving Edwin at third place overall in tournament scoring per game.

4. Elias Ayuso - Puerto Rico
3. Tiago Splitter - Brazil
2. Romel Beck - Mexico
1. Luis Scola - Argentina

Honorable Mention: Jaime Lloreda (Panama), Hector Romero (Venezuela), Gary Forbes (Panama), Nicolas Mazzarino (Argentina), Roman Gonzalez (Argentina), and Jermaine Anderson (Canada).



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UKRAINE

Kyiv Sign Josh Davis -by Alexei Naumov
Ukrainian Superleague vice-champions BC Kyiv have made another addition to their roster. American Forward Josh Davis (203-C/F-80, college: Wyoming) (203 cm, 110 kg) is joining the team at a training camp in Slovenia.

During his 5-year pro career Davis was on a roster of 6 NBA teams, playing in 42 games for Philadelphia 76ers in 2004/05 season. He had 3 stopovers in the NBA the following year, but played most of it for the CBA side Idaho Stampede, averaging almost 21 points and 9 rebounds per contest.

Josh started the 2006/07 season in Moscow region, where he joined local Dynamo. There he averaged 10.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in 10 FIBA Europe Cup appearances.


Azovmash to Hold Annual Cup -by Alexei Naumov
Ukrainian Superleague Champions BT Azovmash Mariupol are preparing to hold their annual warm-up tournament - Cup of Azovmash.

Lokomotiv Rostov (Russia), Proteas EKA AEL (Cyprus), CEZ Nymburk (Czech Republic) and Azovmash (Ukraine) will be battling for the Cup on September 22 and 23.

The tournament, which will be held for the 5th time, has a Final Four format. Nymburk will face Lokomotiv and Azovmash will play against AEL in the semifinals on Day 1. The Consolation game and the Final will be played on Day 2.

http://www.ukrbasket.net/fbu/en/news/70.html


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URUGUAY

A horse race decided the calendar -by Hector Lopez
A horse race decided the calendar for the Uruguayan League 2007. Each one of the 13 teams sponsored a horse, with the jersey of each one of the teams running a 1.200 meter race to define the games fixture. More than 300 guests attened the race in the main track in Montevideo. The League will star Sept. 10. Soriano won the race followed by Paysandu and Aguada. The first games therefore will be:
Paysandu-Soriano
Trouville-Aguada
Union Atletica-Bigua
Atenas-Sayago
Hebraica-Welcome
Olimpia-Defensor Sporting
Malvin, the last chamions will be bye in the first round.


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USBL

MAYLES NAMED USBL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The USBL announced that AL MAyles will be the next executive league director, Mayles had been serving the league as the supervisor of officials the past three seasons. His main responsibilty will be building league relationships and overseeing franchise development.



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Women News

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AFRICAN CHAMPS - Women

ANC '07: Nigeria begin preparation -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women, Nigeria resume camping ahead the 20th edition of the championship expected to dunk-off on September 21 in Dakar, Senegal.

According to information made available to FIBA Africa website by the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, players and officials of the 9th All Africa Games silver medallist will converge in Nigeria capital, Abuja from today.

Nigeria Basketball Federation Secretary General, Francis Gbiri says the players and their handlers have been asked to report to Abuja where the team is expected to fine tune its preparedness to defend the title it won in 2003 (Mozambique) and 2005 (Nigeria).

The Nigerian side coached by the trio of Kevin Cooks, Scott Nnaji and Adewumi Aderemi is reported to be determined to stunn home team and 9th All Africa Games gold medal winner, Senegal and book a second straight Olympic Games ticket.

Nigeria drawn in group-B and will play her opening game against Cameroon on September 21, the Mfon Udoka captain side will take to the court against Angola next day and will battle the women from DR. Congo before observing a day rest.

Upon resumption of hostilities on the fifth day of the championship the Nigerian Ladies will lock horn with Cape Verde and round off her group games against Kenya
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Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)


ANC '07: Nigeria begin preparation -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women, Nigeria resume camping ahead the 20th edition of the championship expected to dunk-off on September 21 in Dakar, Senegal.

According to information made available to FIBA Africa website by the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, players and officials of the 9th All Africa Games silver medallist will converge in Nigeria capital, Abuja from today.

Nigeria Basketball Federation Secretary General, Francis Gbiri says the players and their handlers have been asked to report to Abuja where the team is expected to fine tune its preparedness to defend the title it won in 2003 (Mozambique) and 2005 (Nigeria).

The Nigerian side coached by the trio of Kevin Cooks, Scott Nnaji and Adewumi Aderemi is reported to be determined to stunn home team and 9th All Africa Games gold medal winner, Senegal and book a second straight Olympic Games ticket.

Nigeria drawn in group-B and will play her opening game against Cameroon on September 21, the Mfon Udoka captain side will take to the court against Angola next day and will battle the women from DR. Congo before observing a day rest.

Upon resumption of hostilities on the fifth day of the championship the Nigerian Ladies will lock horn with Cape Verde and round off her group games against Kenya.


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AUSTRALIA - Women

WNBA: Lauren Jackson is the Most Valuable Player! -by Gauthier Gerard
World Champion Opals Captain Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) has capped off her record breaking season in America's WNBA by being awarded the 2007 Most Valuable Player Award. It is the second time Jackson has won the prestigious award, having taken home the trophy in 2003.
article by Bill Baxter for BA media

I'm honoured and flattered and it has been an unbelievable year for me personally,” Jackson said. “I'm very excited.”
Jackson received a total of 473 points, including 42 first-place votes, while guard Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars finished second with 254 points and Australia's Penny Taylor finished sixth with 48 points. Jackson led the league in scoring and rebounding with 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, bettering her career scoring average by more than five points. She ranked top of the league in double-doubles (double figures in two statistical categories in a single game) with 17 and was named Western Conference Player of the Week a record five times. In July she became the youngest player in WNBA history to reach the 4000 point plateau.


photo: WNBA


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BOSNIA - Women

Tournament: "Davorin Popovic - Pimpek" and new signed in Zeljeznicar -by Emil Suceska
28. and 29. September is date of international woman basketball tournament in Sarajevo. In this tournament will be play four teams from four countries. Sibenik Jolly JBS - Croatia, Buducnost Podgorica - Montenegro, Szolnok - Hungary and host team Zeljeznicar Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). On this tournament fans from Sarajevo will be see new signed players in Zeljeznicar from this season: Martina Gambiroza from Sibenik and last signed Aleksandra Music player guard from Mladi Krajisnik.

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BULGARIA - Women

Israel rebounds against Bulgaria -by Eurobasket News

Israel - Bulgaria 76:64

Israel gained their first win at the Additional qualifying round for Eurobasket 2007. Israel edged Bulgaria at home to improve to 1-1 record. Bulgaria slowed down after a starting victory and fell to 1-1 record.
Israeli team enetered the game brave enough and posted an early 10:2 lead. But Bulgaria found the touch from beyond the arc and capped the first frame with two consecutive treys to tie the game at 15. Bulgaria developed their success in the second quarter and ran away to a 35:32 advantage at halftime. But 5 points from Liron Cohen (173-G-82) at the start of the third stanza allowed the hosts to regain the lead. Israel completed the third quarter in front 53:48. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) and Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) netted 4 points early in the fourth term and Israel stayed ahead 57:48. However three pointer from Teodora Petrova (180-G-79) put the visitors back into the contest as they trailed by just a single point 57:58. Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) then added another trey to to tie the scoreline at 60. Israel though was not stunned and responded with a 10:0 run to clear off to a safe distance with just over 2 minutes left. Bulgaria did not find the way to perform another comeback and lost the battle.
Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) paced Israel with 16 points and 6 boards. Liron Cohen contributed 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Tanya Chirov had 17 points for Bulgaria. Milena Tomova chipped in another 15 points in a losing case.
Israel converted 59% from close range and 75% from free throw line. They outrebounded Bulgaria 33:30 and forced those to 18 turnovers.
Israel will next face Hungary on September 12. Bulgaria takes on Hungary on September 8.

Israel: Laine Selwyn 16+6 boards, Liron Cohen 15+7 assists
Bulgaria: Tanya Chirov 17, Milena Tomova 15



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FRANCE - Women

NT: France beat Australia in the first match -by Leslie Anderson

Australia arrived in France earlier this week on the first leg of their Northern Hemisphere autumn international programme. Penny Taylor and Lauren Jackson absent this week will join the world champions on third leg of their tour in the USA.

France wasted no time in taking control of this game and quickly put the first 8-points on the board and by the end of the first period had a comfortable lead (28-13). France increased their advantage to 26 points by the interval and appeared to have the game won (50-24).

The half time break appeared to have broken the French rhythm and Australia took full advantage and reduced their deficit (55-40) while exposing some weakness in the French armour. France struggled for a while with their opponent's defence and turned the ball over quite a bit before finally taking control of the game to win (75-52)


France 75-52 Australia (28-13, 22-11, 9-21, 16-7)

France: Emilie Gomis 13, Sauret-Gillespie 10, Gruda 10, Lawson-Wade 8, Dumerc 7, Le Drean 6, Yacoubou 6, Beikes 5, Bade 4, Bertal 2, Dijon 2, Ndongue 2

Australia: Grima 13, Randall 8, Cox 7, Screen 6, Porter 5, Poto 5, Camino 2, Smith 2, Summerton 2, Wilson 2, Mac Leod 0



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HOLLAND - Women

Publicaties Jeanine Tjin-A-Sioe - Headcoach with Ambition -by Eurobasket News
Next season Jeanine Tjin-A-Sioe (157-G-83) will reign the scepter on the Under20 team of AutoCAD Amazone. With her age of 24 she's one of the youngest national league coaches ever. Last season the coach still was a dynamic guard in the highest division, but she ended the season as coach in the semi finals of the play-offs during the Dutch Championships. Next season she will take care over the talented Under 20 girls.

,,The passed season I learned a lot,'' looks Tjin-A-Sioe back to her role as assistent with Ray Laatst. ,,I learned a lot about tactics.'' The rookie headcoach has a lot of good memories. ,,The second half of the competition was really a highlight for me. I noticed that the girls were getting to start playing better and the things we practiced at came back in their game.'' The greatest moment was in the North of Holland. ,,The away game at Den Helder was a game I really was very proud on the girls. Unfortanally we lost the game by a few points. The girls showed dedication this game. They fought untill the final seconds.''

DEBUTE AS NATIONAL DIVISION COACH
After Tjin-A-Sioe threw away her basketballshoes, she had her debute as coach on the highest level. ,,Coaching ladies is something different compared to Under 20. With the ladies you are only busy with tactics, like when to choose another kind of defense,'' explains the coach. Her debute was possible because of the suspension of headcoach Dwight van West. But the U20 coach still postpones a definitive role as headcoach. ,,To me it was a very instructive and something I for real want to do in the future, but only in a few years. First I want to grow as a coach working with the talents.''

Besides that the ambitious coach takes care of the running program from all the selections. ,,I obvious will be there in the pre season,'' she explains her job. ,,Every practice I will be working for 45 to 60 minutes with running excersises. During the season I will repeat that once a week with the ladies.''

TO THE FINAL FOUR WITH U20?
Her mainjob is at the amazone youngsters. ,,I will be working as headcoach from the U20 team. But not on my own, Ray will help me fullfillng that job.'' A function with perspective. ,,This year will be the second season for the Under 20 girls in the national league. They now know that this game is played faster. I expect to reach a higher ranking than last season. In fact I expect that we will make the Final Four,'' thinks Tjin-A-Sioe.
That her playing carrere is hıstory doesn't bother the Under 20 coach. ,,Untill now I don't miss the game. I'm just only looking forward to be aonly working as a coach.'' In the meantime the coach already started the season program. Her goals are really top-coach-look-a-like: ,,I hope that the girls will develope themselves to allround players and that everybody will stay healthy and well during the season.''
Courtesy of: http://www.amazone-leidscherijn.nl


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HUNGARY - Women

European Championship qualifier -by Balazs Radics
HUNGARY - ISRAEL 73-54 (17-16, 13-13, 21-9, 22-16)
Győr, 400 spectators. Ref: Szczerba (polish), Vyklicky (czeh)
HUNGARY:
IVANYI 8, FEGYVERNEKY 14, Karolyi 3/3, BERES 14, UJHELYI 14
Sub: Andrea Csaszar (200-C-82, college: Kent St.) 10, Nemeth 2, Honti 8/3, Horvath I Zs.
ISRAEL
SELWYN 13, Doron 4, L. Cohen 10, SUEZ 17/6, Fleischer 2
Sub: Dori 6/3, Abramzon, Levitsky 2, A. Cohen, Kolodny, Nusel


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ISRAEL - Women

Israel rebounds against Bulgaria -by Eurobasket News

Israel - Bulgaria 76:64

Israel gained their first win at the Additional qualifying round for Eurobasket 2007. Israel edged Bulgaria at home to improve to 1-1 record. Bulgaria slowed down after a starting victory and fell to 1-1 record.
Israeli team enetered the game brave enough and posted an early 10:2 lead. But Bulgaria found the touch from beyond the arc and capped the first frame with two consecutive treys to tie the game at 15. Bulgaria developed their success in the second quarter and ran away to a 35:32 advantage at halftime. But 5 points from Liron Cohen (173-G-82) at the start of the third stanza allowed the hosts to regain the lead. Israel completed the third quarter in front 53:48. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) and Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) netted 4 points early in the fourth term and Israel stayed ahead 57:48. However three pointer from Teodora Petrova (180-G-79) put the visitors back into the contest as they trailed by just a single point 57:58. Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) then added another trey to to tie the scoreline at 60. Israel though was not stunned and responded with a 10:0 run to clear off to a safe distance with just over 2 minutes left. Bulgaria did not find the way to perform another comeback and lost the battle.
Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) paced Israel with 16 points and 6 boards. Liron Cohen contributed 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Tanya Chirov had 17 points for Bulgaria. Milena Tomova chipped in another 15 points in a losing case.
Israel converted 59% from close range and 75% from free throw line. They outrebounded Bulgaria 33:30 and forced those to 18 turnovers.
Israel will next face Hungary on September 12. Bulgaria takes on Hungary on September 8.

Israel: Laine Selwyn 16+6 boards, Liron Cohen 15+7 assists
Bulgaria: Tanya Chirov 17, Milena Tomova 15



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NEW CALEDONIA - Women

New Caledonia finishes at the 6th spot in Samoa -by Eurobasket News
New Caledonia - Samoa 54:72
New Caledonia National team completed their South Pacific Games campaign. They faced hosting Samoa in the game for the 5th spot. New Caledonia did not manage to upset the home side and lost the battle. Samoa looked solid during the game and deservedly celebrated victory. Samoa took the initiative early on and drove to a 20:10 lead after the first frame. New Caledonia tried to stay close in the second but the gap still grew to 40:25 at halftime. The game then turned pretty close and New Caledonia were able to slow the host down. However it never helped them to cut the deficit. Samoa widely stuck to their advantage and rolled to an overall win. Latoya Wily (183-C-86) and Artevia Wily led well-balanced Samoan offense with 16 points apiece. Anny Soliai added 13 points for the winners. Yolande Luepack replied with game-high 22 points for New Caledonia. Marie-rose Ofatuku had 12 points and 10 boards in a loss.
New Caledonia were outrebounded 43:71. They shot just 27% from the field and 50% from free throw line.
New Caledonia ended the tournament with a 1-6 record.

New Caledonia: Yolande Luepack 22, Marie-rose Ofatuku 12+10 boards
Samoa: Latoya Wily 16, Artevia Wily 16


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NIGERIA - Women

Maputo '07: First Bank, Dolphins move into close camp -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The two clubs that will represent Nigeria at the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination billed for Cotonou, Republic of Benin next month, First Bank
and Dolphins basketball clubs have intensify their training ahead the qualifiers.

Though date for the qualifiers is yet to be fixed but report has it that the zone's elimination would hold after the 20th FIBA Africa Championship for Women in Dakar, Senegal.

Zone-3 President, Muktar Khaleh said his desire is to see the combined elimination of the Women and Men so that the zone can present its four representative (two Men and two women teams) for the grand finale of the continent's apex club championships holding in Mozambique (Women - October 19-28) and Angola (Men - November).

First Bank have since moved into close camp at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria while Dolphins who train at its home court at the Punch Estate in Lagos is considering moving into close camp this weekend with the aim of clinching one of the tickets to represent the zone at the finals.

Both team (First Bank and Dolphins) book the ticket to represent Nigeria after finishing first and second in the Zenith Bank/NBBF Women Premier league in June this year while the league department of the Nigeria federation is mapping out plans to have a one-off championship for the 13 clubs in the nation's premier league to determine the two teams that will fly the country flag at the zonal eliminations.
Chioma Udeaja (192-F/C-84)


ANC '07: Nigeria begin preparation -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women, Nigeria resume camping ahead the 20th edition of the championship expected to dunk-off on September 21 in Dakar, Senegal.

According to information made available to FIBA Africa website by the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, players and officials of the 9th All Africa Games silver medallist will converge in Nigeria capital, Abuja from today.

Nigeria Basketball Federation Secretary General, Francis Gbiri says the players and their handlers have been asked to report to Abuja where the team is expected to fine tune its preparedness to defend the title it won in 2003 (Mozambique) and 2005 (Nigeria).

The Nigerian side coached by the trio of Kevin Cooks, Scott Nnaji and Adewumi Aderemi is reported to be determined to stunn home team and 9th All Africa Games gold medal winner, Senegal and book a second straight Olympic Games ticket.

Nigeria drawn in group-B and will play her opening game against Cameroon on September 21, the Mfon Udoka captain side will take to the court against Angola next day and will battle the women from DR. Congo before observing a day rest.

Upon resumption of hostilities on the fifth day of the championship the Nigerian Ladies will lock horn with Cape Verde and round off her group games against Kenya
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Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)


ANC '07: Nigeria begin preparation -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women, Nigeria resume camping ahead the 20th edition of the championship expected to dunk-off on September 21 in Dakar, Senegal.

According to information made available to FIBA Africa website by the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, players and officials of the 9th All Africa Games silver medallist will converge in Nigeria capital, Abuja from today.

Nigeria Basketball Federation Secretary General, Francis Gbiri says the players and their handlers have been asked to report to Abuja where the team is expected to fine tune its preparedness to defend the title it won in 2003 (Mozambique) and 2005 (Nigeria).

The Nigerian side coached by the trio of Kevin Cooks, Scott Nnaji and Adewumi Aderemi is reported to be determined to stunn home team and 9th All Africa Games gold medal winner, Senegal and book a second straight Olympic Games ticket.

Nigeria drawn in group-B and will play her opening game against Cameroon on September 21, the Mfon Udoka captain side will take to the court against Angola next day and will battle the women from DR. Congo before observing a day rest.

Upon resumption of hostilities on the fifth day of the championship the Nigerian Ladies will lock horn with Cape Verde and round off her group games against Kenya.


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POLAND - Women

American cousins Ty and Shan Moore go back to USA -by Jakub Gieryluk
The American cousins Shan and Ty Moore (188-F-84 ) who signed to Odra Brzeg few weeks ago, will not play for the Polish club.

Odra's director Boleslaw Garnczarczyk said that after arriving to Brzeg, both players stated that the contract rules which they agreed with their American agent are different than these mentioned in the contact between their European agent and the club.

Graduates of Louisiana Tech didn't go to any training of Odra and didn't even want to negotiate a deal. In forthcoming days, they will fly back to the USA. The club is searching for replacement and will probably sign a playmaker and power forward soon, also from the United States.

according to www.odra.polskikosz.pl


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PORTUGAL - Women

Portugal 65 - Bosnia 74 -by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal lost against Bosnia Herzegovina (65-74),the bosnians yesterday guarantee already the ticket to the playoff.

Portugal will have to win the games in Estonia and Evora, with Great Britain , to reach playoff that they will be able to give access to division A.

It was a dificil game for Portugal that they faced a team with a great physically players that created many difficulties in the interior game with the ball to enter inside and to leave for open 3 point shots. Bosnia entered well and controlled the game since the beginning arriving to have 14 points of advantage in the first half that finished with 30-41.
Portugal improved in the second half, reacting in the marker arriving 3 points behind . But Bosnia was stronger and again moved away in the marker, managing this advantage until end. Portugal plays day 12 in the Estonia against Great Britain.


Carlos Sousa is the new assistant coach for CAB Madeira -by Bruno Baltazar
Joao Paulo Silva already found its aid for 07/08 season.
The chosen one was Carlos Sousa, a "man of the house", former-athlete and already with a great experience as trainer The aid chosen for Juca, counts already in its career, for beyond the long years guiding equips of formation in CAB Madeira (he conquered a National Cup of Juniores B), with one short ticket for the leadership of seniores with the performance of the paper of aid in he equips masculine to the side of trainers as Jorge Araujo, Nelson Serra and Jorge Enriques. At the previous year he was main trainer of Masculine Cadets and now will go to have plus a stage in its career.


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RUSSIA - Women

Becky Hammon will play for CSKA -by Eurobasket News
CSKA Samara signed a two-year contract with a WNBA star guard Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.). San Antonio Silver Stars guard was among leading players in WNBA this season. She averaged 18.8 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in regular season. She also delivered 20.8 points and 5 assists per game in the playoffs.
Becky Hammon started her career at the Colorado State University. The she played for Tennessee Fury in NWBL, where she scored 20.6 points and dished out 5.9 assists per game. Later Becky Hammon moved to the Colorado Chill and gained a NWBL MVP award in 2006. In 2007 she signed with Rivas Futura from Spanish league. There Becky Hammon posted 17.5 points and 4.0 assists per game.
Another addition to CSKA squad is a 24-year-old forward Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83). She spent last three seasons with Vologda. She averaged 12.2 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 assists per game in Russian Superleague. She was the part of Russian National selection for the 2005 European championship in Turkey. There Irina Sokolovskaya recorded 2.8 points and 1.3 boards in 4 games. The contract is meant for one year with the option of extension.


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SAMOA - Women

SPG2007: Day 7 Results - End of the pool phase -by Gauthier Gerard

The pool phase is over in the 2007 South Pacific Games. Fiji easily defeated American Samoa by 18 in a preview of the upcoming Gold medal game, both teams will face each other again for the SPG title and a spot in the Oceania Series against Australia and New Zealand. Tahiti and Papua New Guinea will play for the Bronze while New Caledonia and Samoa will compete for the 5th place. The Solomon Islands ended their tournament with a sixth loss in six games.

Day 7:
Fiji - American Samoa: 80-62
Valerie Nainima 26pts 9/19FG - Derisa Taleni 19pts 6/19FG
Tahiti - New Caledonia: 73-28
Maea Lextreyt 14pts 6/9FG - Myriam Fenuafanote 6pts 3/6FG
Papua New Guinea - Solomon Islands: 63-56
Nape Waka 15pts 7/16FG - Miriam Basia 16pts 5/14FG

Standings:
1- Fiji 6-0
2- American Samoa 5-1
3- Tahiti 4-2
4- Papua New Guinea 3-3
5- Samoa 2-4
6- New Caledonia 1-5
7- Solomon Islands 0-6

Playoffs Schedule
Gold medal game:

Fiji - American Samoa
Bronze medal game:
Tahiti - Papua New Guinea
5th place game:
Samoa - New Caledonia


Solomon Islands (yellow) vs Papua New Guinea (black) (photo: SPG2007)



SPG2007: Day 6 Results - Fiji and Am Samoa to play for the Gold -by Gauthier Gerard
Fiji and American Samoa will face each other in the South Pacific Games Gold medal game. Both teams will play a preview of this game tomorrow, in the last day of the pool phase. Papua New Guinea will face Tahiti in the Bronze medal game. The host nation Samoa was pushed out of the medal race after a one-point loss against American Samoa. New Caledonia registered its first win of the tournament but will only play in the 5th place game.

Day 6:
Samoa - American Samoa: 59-60
Latoya Wily 16pts 5/9FG - Derisa Taleni 20pts 6/9FG
Fiji - Tahiti: 81-58
Valeria Nainima 27pts 7/16FG - Vera Yansaud 11pts 4/4FG
New Caledonia - Solomon Islands: 73-59
Yolande Luepack 16pts 5/10FG - Joycelyn Basia 26pts 6/13FG

Day 7 schedule:
Fiji - American Samoa
Tahiti - New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea - Solomon Islands

Standings:
1- American Samoa 5-0
1- Fiji 5-0
3- Tahiti 3-2
4- Papua New Guinea 2-3
5- Samoa 2-4
6- New Caledonia 1-4
7- Solomon Islands 0-5


Fiji (white) vs Tahiti (red) (photo: SPG2007)


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SLOVENIA - Women

Slovenia easily over Finland -by Zeljko Zule
Slovenia made a big step to avoid last position in Group A of 2007 European Championship - Additional Qualiyfing Round as defeated Finland by 72-56. Slovenians in second quarter made a 17-2 run and in thir period scored 16 consecutive points. Maja Erkic posted 15 points but missed plenty shots, Katarina Ristic added 14 off the bench and expreinced Katja Temnik (188-C/F-78) netted 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and had 3 blocks. Nina Laaksonen lead the guest with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Taru Tuukkanen aded 15 points.
SLOVENIA 72 (17+23+21+11): *Jereb 2, Radulovic 7, Zajec 4, *Temnik 13, Erzen 5, *Erkic 15, Ristic 14, *Markovic 2, *Drozg 8, Verbole DNP, Furman DNP, Pirsic 2.
FINLAND 56 (17+16+7+16): *Piipari 6, Tuukkanen 15, Helenius 8, Kesanen DNP, *Puustinen 3, Valtakari DNP, N.Laaksonen 17, *Korpivaara 7, Jahilo DNP, J.Laaksonen, Oljemark DNP, Tuure.


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VENEZUELA - Women

Ivaney Marquez making us proud -by Wolfgang Lucena
This year 2007 Ivaney Marquez (-83) enter her junior season at Missouri Southern State University, She is one of our proud girls playing basketball at NCAA level, Marquez had a tremendous seasons at Grayson County College, finishing as the best 10th scoring girls of the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. Ivaney plays an important roll with the Venezuela senior women's National basketball team. This young lady was MVP in the South American Tournament on the year of 2000. She is for instance an admirable representative of Venezuelan over seas…all her hard work paid off.

Ivaney Marquez (-83)
Valencia, Venezuela / Grayson County College
March 1983
Business management
5'11'' Point/ guard


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WNBA - Women

Detroit start the Finals with victory -by Eurobasket News
Detroit - Phoenix 108:100
Detroit Shock celebrated the first win in the WNBA Finals. They handed in the first playoff loss to the Phoenix Mercury this season and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the series. Detroit entered the game without the services of the All-Star MVP Cheryl Ford but it never slowed them down. In the highest scoting Final ever Detroit used their reserves dominance to seal the victory. Detroit's bench outscored their opponents 50:12 and brought victory to the Motor City.
Detroit got to a better start of the game and led by as many as 6 points at halftime 41:35. However cappie Pondexter nailed 8 straight points early in the third term to give Phoenix a lead. The game remained close throughout the third quarter and Detroit finally managed a sigh of relief midway through the final term when Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) connected from afar to put the Shock in front 87:78. Phoenix struggled to come close enough for a final strike before Cappie Pondexter drained a three pointer and cut the deficit to 4 points with 15 seconds remaining 100:104. But perfect free throw shootong from Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) sealed the win for the hosts.
Plenette Pierson led the home side with 26 points and 10 boards. Katie Smith added 22 points for the winners. Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) replied with game-high 32 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Phoenix. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) nailed 27 points in a losing clause.
Detroit outrebounded the visitors 48:30 and converted 39% from the field. Phoenix shot 41% of field goals but committed 32 personal fouls.
Game 2 of the Final series is scheduled for Saturday.

Detroit: Plenette Pierson 26+10 boards, Katie Smith 22
Phoenix: Penny Taylor 32+9 boards, Cappie Pondexter 27


Lauren Jackson gets MVP award -by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) was named WNBA MVP award for the second time in her career. Australian player received 473 total votes and claimed her second MVP title since 2003. She added this trophy to the Defensive Player of the Year award she got earlier. Lauren Jackson was also named to the first All-WNBA Team and All-Defensive WNBA Team.
Aussie forward led league in scoring averaging 23.8 points per game and in rebounding pulling down 9.7 rebounds per game. She also averaged 2 blocks per game (2nd in the league) and 51.9% from the field (3rd in the league). Lauren Jackson also tied the league's record in scoring in a single game as she fired 47 points against Washington.
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) from San Antonio was the second in the voting with 254 points. Diana Taurasi (5'11''-G-82, college: Connecticut) and Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) became the third and the fourth in the poll.