EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/13/2008

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AUSTRALIA

NBL terminates Kings license -by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has terminated the licence held by the Sydney Kings effective immediately after the club's ownership failed to remedy outstanding player payments outlined in a default notice issued to the club. The Kings, whose licence was held by Dasolina Pty Ltd, were issued with a second consecutive default notice on 27 May for failure to pay a number of players. The latest notification gave the Kings until 5:00pm AEST on Wednesday 11 June to remedy the default or face termination of the team's licence. Despite repeated communication of the seriousness of the situation to Kings ownership and management, the outstanding payments were not made by the deadline. As a result, the 13 other NBL Participants (Basketball Australia and the other 12 clubs) resolved that the Kings licence be terminated immediately.
NBL Chief Executive Officer Chuck Harmison said it was sad that the League was forced to take such drastic action, but that it was left with no other choice. 'The termination of a team's licence is the most extreme action the League can take when a club is placed in default, but in the current circumstances it was quite simply the only course available to us,' said Harmison. 'The team's ownership and management were repeatedly warned that the League was prepared to take this ultimate step and yet they chose to completely ignore the latest default notice. As a result, the NBL Participants regretfully made the only choice open to them - to terminate the Kings' licence. The Sydney Kings are no longer a participant in the National Basketball League.' Harmison said the League had not taken the decision to terminate the Kings' licence lightly, but that it was clearly necessary for the good of the competition. 'The League always has been and always will be larger than any one team,' said Harmison. 'The League could simply no longer tolerate one team letting all the others down, even if that team happened to be the Sydney Kings. We can now focus on preparations for the 2008/09 season without the unwelcome distraction the Kings crisis was providing. While the loss of their club will be keenly felt by Kings fans, just as it is by the rest of the League, the NBL must move on and continue with its business of providing world class basketball in three countries.' Harmison said the last ditch effort by businessman and former Kings owner Mike Wrublewski to take over ownership of the team from Dasolina Pty Ltd had failed because it did not satisfy the criteria for the NBL to begin considering the transfer of the licence. 'Under League rules, proposed new owners need to provide detailed information about their business model, but no such detail was submitted with Mike Wrublewski's request for a transfer of the licence before the default was triggered at the close of business yesterday. That made it simply impossible for the NBL even to consider the application and this was clearly communicated to Mike. The termination of the Kings licence however does not preclude future bids for a new NBL licence for Sydney, and the League is more than willing to consider any such application on its merits' Harmison added. Harmison said that the League's first priority now was to ensure that the players who had been contracted to the Kings did not suffer any undue hardship. 'The NBL is working closely with the players who were contracted with Sydney for the 2008/09 season to protect their interests. With the Kings licence terminated, some players may now be eligible to access funds from the NBL's Hardship Fund should they find themselves suffering genuine financial hardship. I will be talking to the Kings players who are still owed money to ensure they are aware of the options open to them in what is undoubtedly a difficult and distressing time for them and their families.'
Courtesy of: www.nbl.com.au


Wollongong Hawks inks Rhys Martin -by Eurobasket News
Rhys Martin (187-G-86, college: Nova SE) put signature on one year deal with Wollongong Hawks. Martin spent last season in Brisbane Bullets, where he didn't have a lot of chance to play. For 16 apperiances he averaged just 1.1 ppg. Martin was a member of Australian U21 National Team in 2005. At the same year he got award 'All-U20 1st team' by Australiabasket.com.

Head coach of Hawks, Eric Cooks, said that Martin will bring some young legs to the squad. He also stated that Martin has a big future in NBL.


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AUSTRIA

Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Awards 2007/2008 -by Stefan Heinrich
#s#
#e#6


Youngblood


Lamesic


Johnson


Boylan


Shavies

Player of the Year - Jay Youngblood (196-G-84) of Oberwart Gunners
Guard of the Year - Jay Youngblood
Forward of the Year - Davor Lamesic (205-F-83) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Center of the Year - Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) of Oberwart Gunners
Newcomer of the Year - Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) of kelag Worthersee Piraten
Most Improved Player of the Year - Martin Speiser (200-F-83) of Basketball St. Polten
Bosman Player of the Year - Milan Goljovic (203-F-71) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Import Player of the Year - Jay Youngblood
Domestic Player of the Year - Davor Lamesic
Defensive Player of the Year - Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Coach of the Year - Ante Perica

1st Team

Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Jay Youngblood

Ian Boylan

Davor Lamesic

Jason Johnson


2nd Team

Adam Boone (190-G-81) of Oberwart Gunners

Deteri Mayes (189-G-74) of Allianz Swans Gmunden

Milan Goljovic

Shelton Colwell (202-F-80) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of Kapfenberg Bulls


Honorable Mention

Mike Fraser (203-C/F-84) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) of Basketball St. Polten

Shawn Ray (193-F-80) of Kapfenberg Bulls

Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of Basketball St. Polten

Samo Grum (194-G/F-79) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Benedikt Danek (174-G-86) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions

Kevin Johnson (201-F) of Allianz Swans Gmunden

Dragan Miletic (195-G-82) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

All-Domestic Players Team

Benedikt Danek

Thomas Schreiner

Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg

Davor Lamesic

Martin Kohlmaier


All-Imports Team

Anthony Shavies

Jay Youngblood

Ian Boylan

Shelton Colwell

Mike Fraser


All-Bosmans Team

Damir Zeleznik (191-G-80) of Kapfenberg Bulls

Samo Grum

Milan Goljovic

Marko Moric (207-F-81) of Oberwart Gunners

Ramiz Suljanovic


All-Defensive Team

Adam Boone

Shawn Ray

Ian Boylan

Shelton Colwell

Jason Johnson


All-Newcomers Team

Benedikt Danek

Thomas Schreiner

Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) of Kapfenberg Bulls

Manuel Gartner (199-F-86) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg

Rasid Mahalbasic


(voted by the ÖBL coaches!)



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CANADA

Former Canada basketball president honored by CIS -by Eurobasket News
Former Canada Basketball president and retired University of Saskatchewan athletic director Ross Wilson was to be honored by Canadian Interuniversity Sport Wednesday night, along with television producer Pierre Durivage and long-time basketball coach Lou Pero.

Wilson was to receive the Austin-Matthews Award, presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to interuniversity sport.

Durivage was to receive the Fred Sgambati Media Award, presented annually by CIS to a member of the media, and Pero was the recipient of the Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching Excellence Award, presented since 2007 to a coach who has left a lasting impression on all levels of Canadian university sport.

The awards dinner was held at the Brookstreet Resort in Ottawa as part of the CIS annual general meeting.

'We are indebted to this year's award winners for the outstanding contributions they have made to university sport over the years,' said CIS president Dick White. 'They have had a profound and indelible impact.'

Ross Wilson was president of Canada Basketball from 1980-1988 and retired in 2006 after 15 years as athletic director at the University of Saskatchewan.

In addition to his position at the U of S, he was vice-president of sport for both the Canada West Universities Athletic Association and CIS, executive director of the Saskatoon Sports Council (1986-1991), a member of the Canadian Olympic Association Board of Directors, executive of the Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations, and the youngest ever member of the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

A multi-sport athlete who played soccer at the U of S and was a member of the Saskatchewan basketball team at the 1975 Western Canada Games, Wilson coached basketball, soccer, track and field and volleyball for a variety of age groups from 1967-1997, including six years as head coach of the Huskies women's soccer team. He was also a basketball official from 1971-1991, including working provincial and national championships, the 1989 Canada Games and U of S games in CIS competition.

'Ross is a wonderful choice for the Austin-Matthews Award. He gave his heart and soul to not only the University of Saskatchewan but also to the Canada West and CIS organizations,' said Bill Seymour, who succeeded Wilson as Saskatchewan athletic director two years ago. 'His knowledge, wisdom and understanding of CIS policies and procedures helped him be an amazing resource for all, which continues still to this very day.'
Courtesy of basketball.ca


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CAPE VERDE

National Basketball Championship - North Section Schedule -by Pedro Gomes

The model for this year Cape Verde National championship is very different from all the previous ones. This year the championship will be divided into two sections,
Barlavento and Sotavento, the North and South Sections.

The regional champions of Sao Vicente, Sal and Santo Antao Island, will play each other this weekend in the city of Mindelo, for the North Section of the National championship.
The games will be played at the 'Municipio de Oeiras' pavilion, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The opening game will be between Mindelense, of Sao Vicente and Fiorentina, of Santo Antao at 18:30 hours on Friday.

On Saturday, at 19:00 hours, Pantera Negra of Sal and Fiorentina will face each other, and to close, on Sunday, 18:30 hours, Mindelense versus Pantera Negra (the two
best team of the North section).

The winner of the north section, will dispute the National title against the winner of the South section.



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CENTRAL AFRICA

Sato and his teammates misses first chance for the title -by Eurobasket News
Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) and his team Montepaschi Siena missed the first opportunity to tin Italian championship title. After fantastic three wins in the play-off final, this time Lottomatica celebrated at home 84-70. The top ranked team of regular season wasn't able to make a turn as it was in the last game.

The game started badly for Romain Sato and his team as Lottomatica grabbed 15-5 lead after 8 minutes. But the same scenario from the last game happened once again. Montepachi woke up and very soon came closer. Until the breather score was tied 39-39. It seemed that Montepaschi will have an easy job in the second half as Lottomatica's players were frustrated. Namely, in the last three games almost every time they had a bigger lead which Siena melted without problems. But Lottomatica's players showed themselves as tougher opponent than Siena expected. They played third stanza a little bit better what was enough for plus 3 at the end of it. The hosts entered into the last frame strongly and thanks to Roko Leni Ukic and Ibrahim Jaaber made 9-2 run. It meant that they once again created bigger lead 71-58. It was under the big question mark will they succeed to keep it because in the last three game they weren't able to do that. But unfortunately to Romain Sato and his teammates it seems that Lottomatica learned a lesson as the played strongly the rest of the game.

Romain Sato was in a starting five for regular season champion. He got 28 minutes scoring 9 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. He struggled from the field as he made just 1 of 6 attempts but he was much more concentrated from the free throw line adding 7 of 8.

Next game will be played in Siena where Sato and his teammates will have another chance to capture the championship title.


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CHILE

Assembe joins Provincial Osorno -by Gianni Pascucci
Local media 'El Austral de Osorno' introduced yesterday Samuel Assembe (187-G-81), an African guard who will be tested for some weeks by Provincial Osorno. Assembe played in Paraguayan National League with Estrellas de Este and then moved to Universidad Catolica Santiago, where he wasn' t signed simply because that team was looking for an inside player.

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CHINA

China Defeats Croatia 65-60 as Wang Zhizhi, Yi Jianlian Play -by Arthur Volbert
China defeated Croatia today 65-60 as the team continues to prepare for the Olympics. Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) and Yi Jianian made their first appearances for the team. Wang had 19 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes while Yi had 8 points and 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. Zhang Kai did not play today and Yao Ming is still recuperating from foot surgery.

Wang was the only Chinese player to score in double figures as eleven players received playing time. Wang Shipeng played the longest at 25 minutes. Liu Wei had the next longest appearance at 19 minutes, 47 seconds. However, on further inspection, the total minutes add up to about 160, not the 200 that are in a full 40-minute game. Sometimes, in Chinese box scores, the minutes are not fully up to date.

China trailed 17-15 after one quarter but led 29-26 at the half. The game was tied 46-46 after three quarters.

I have added the uniform numbers of the Chinese players to my summary of the box score so you can more readily read the Chinese box score from the link. The box score columns, in order, are name, uniform number, starter, minutes, field goals attempted-made, three-pointers attempted-made, free throws attempted-made, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, fouls, steals, turnovers, blocks,?, ?, ?, total points

Box Score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=2057

China-- 15 14 17 19 65
Croatia 17 09 20 14 60

China 65
Wang Zhizhi 14 17min+19p+6r, Yi Jianlian 11 15min+8p+7r+1a, Liu Wei 5 20min+8p+2r+2a, Zhu Fangyu 8 18min+6p+4r+1a, Wang Shipeng 7 25min+9p+5r, Ding Jinhui 20 12min+7p+3s, Li Nan 11 17min+0p(0-4)+2r+1a, Sun Yue 9 17min+5p+1r+2a, Li Xiaoxu 22 12min+3p+2r, Zhang Qingpeng 17 4min+0p+1r+1a, Wang Lei 19 6min+0p


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COLOMBIA

National Men Tournament in Medellin, Wednesday Results: -by Victor Garcia
Bogota and Antioquia A clinched the first place in its group after the Wednesday night games.
In the most important game of the group A, Antioquia A with 32 points of Norbey Aragon (6'4' F/G) defeated Valle.
Antioquia A 83
Valle 70

Bogota lost against San Andres, but still got the first place in the group, San Andres was leaded by Edgar Moreno (6'3' G) and finished fourth in its group.
Bogota 73
San Andres 91

Norte got an important victory defeating Magdalena, Sebastian Marquez (6'4' F) leaded the scorers with 32 points.
Norte 100
Magdalena 66

Cundinamarca won its game against Caldas and got the place in the next round.
Cundinamarca 79
Caldas 73

Standings:

Group A:
Antioquia A 3-0
Valle 2-1
Norte 1-2
Magdalena 0-3

Group B:
Bogota 3-1
Cundinamarca 2-2
Caldas 2-2
San Andres 2-2-
Antioquia B 0-4

Quarter finals today

Antioquia vs San Andres
Bogota vs Magdalena
Valle vs Caldas
Cundinamarca vs Norte.


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CROATIA

Zadar wants to return Marko Popovic -by Eurobasket News
New Croatian champion Zadar already looks forward to the next season. The most important thoughts for Zadar's management for sure is the budget. They showed strong willingness to keep head coach Aleksandar Petrovic and continue battle with Cibona for new 3-years contract with Euroleague. They made good moves last year when they signed Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) and Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) but Brewer already left the team after the last game of the season. One of the biggest wishes of Zadar is their former player Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC), whose contract with Zalgiris Kaunas has expired.

'We did not have any official negotiations but my emotions already started to work. I would be very glad to return in Zadar but Euroleague is priority to me at this moment. As I done it before when I left Zadar for Cibona it is still my main target for the next season. I want to play in the best European international competition' - said Marko Popovic.

Popovic played six Euroleague seasons in his career so far, and he spent the last two in Zalgiris Kaunas. Popovic stated that his Zalgirs wants to see him in the roster for the next season but he can not be cool when he thinks about Zadar.

'My come-back to Zadar is not excluded. It is my team and it will always be' - said Popovic.

Popovic currently practices in Zadar where he waits for June 15th when preparations of Croatian National Team will officially start. He stated that he is very motivated to play for NT in qualifications for the Olympic Games and he hopes that Croatian NT will be one of the participants in China.


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CYPRUS

Marjanovic in Keravnos -by Chris Mammides
Keravnos agreed terms with the ex power forward of Egaleo, Ninoslav Marjanovic (205-F-77) for the coming season. Furthermore, Keravnos renew the contract of the veteran Serb, Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) whom the coaching team of Strovolos team found capable enough to help Keravnos in 2008-2009 duties in both Cyprus and European courts.
Other market news
In the mean time Giorgos Palalas (185-G-81) is just a step towards signing his new contract with Pizza Express Primetel Apollon. The experienced guard played two years ago quite successfully in the Limassol team.
Alexis Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) renewed his contract for another 3 years with Proteas EKA AEL, while Konstantinos Perentos (198-F-83) is history as he can't be committed with AEL's targets.
Omonoia Nicosia agreed terms with Alexis Georgiadis (194-F-79), ex player of Philips College while its next target is the champion with Near East for the Second division Greek league, Giorgos Neofitou (193-G-83), Giorgos is returning back to his home land after 5 years in the Greek courts.


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CZECH REPUBLIC

Holesovsky wins the trophy abroad -by Eurobasket News
Tomas Holesovsky (189-G-79) and his Pezinok finished their season in style crushing Inter in Bratislava and finalizing the winning outcome in the Extraliga Final series. Pezinok entered the playoffs with the best regular season record and lived up to the status beating all of their opponents en route to the second Slovakian title in team's history. The visitors opened the game in a storming manner as they led 12:2 three minutes into the game. Inter however cut the deficit but still trailed by 3 points at the end of the first period 24:27. Pezinok kept mounting the pressure and stretched the gap to 13 points late in the second frame. Inter capped the first half with a 7:2 run to stay down by 8 at halftime. A couple of successful plays from the hosts allowed them to cut the deficit to 2 points early in the third stanza. But Pezinok reacted with a 20:4 rally to clear off to an 18-point distance late in the quarter. Inter once again were more impressive in the closing moments of the frame as they managed to clip the difference to 10 points. Pezinok opened the fourth term on an 11:3 run to grab an 18-point cushion. Inter failed to recover. They shaved the deficit to 8 points but it was as close as they could get. Andrej Lukjanec finished the game with 27 points. Peter Micuda provided 23 points, while Glen Whisby had 15 for the winners. Tomas Holesovsky ended up with 12 points to clinch the title with his team. Dusan Pandula answered with 26 points for Inter. Daniel Novak contributed 24 points in defeat.

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EGYPT

Gezira faces Sporting in the cup final -by Sherif Soliman
Gezira killed Zamalek's dreams last night with a great 84-73 victory in a semifinal cup game. Gezira players wanted to proove that they are the best team in the league, while Zamalek players wanted to keep alive their chances to win anything this season. Gezira players started the game poorly and couldn't stop the muscle game performed by Zamalek players. However, the Zamalek players started to get tired and the bench wasn't in a good shape, while the Gezira players kept their strength through the last quarter and finshed the game with an 11-point win. Ramy Gunedy, Danny Johnson (190-G-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Charleston), and M.Kerdany form Gezira played great games. For Zamelek, Samir Gouda, Haytham El Saied, and Tarek el Saied performed well. (edited by Jeremy Rubio)

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EUROLEAGUE

Coach Xavi Pascual stays in AXA Barcelona -by Eurobasket News
Management of AXA FC Barcelona extended contract with head coach Xavier Pascual for two more years.

Barcelona appointed Xavier Pascual as a head coach in February this year, just couple of hours before the beginning of Euroleague TOP 16. Later the team reached Euroleague quarterfinals loosing it against Unicaja Malaga. They finished ACB regular season on 3rd place with score 24-10. Barcelona's rival in the quarterfinals was Bilbao, who was knocked out 2-0. At the next stage Barca crushed Joventut also 2-0. They couldn't do anything in the final as TAU touched the best shape of the season. After first two games in Palau Blaugrana it was clear that Barca reached its maximum.

Before the promotion, which happened in February, Pascual spent two and a half years in the club as an assistant coach. In the past he was a head coach of LEB1 team CB Aracena.

It is not the only news from Barca as the team has new General Manager. Joan Creus replaced Zoran Savic, who will take the same position in Italian Fortutudo.

‘We agreed terms with our head coach for two more years. We considered couple of interesting options for our bench and we think that Pascual is the most suitable one for Barca's future. One of the very important facts for our decision was that the team showed pretty good performance during the last two months' - said Joan Creus.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Ben Perkins third time in Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
It will be Ben Perkins' (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.) third visit to Finland as the American F will return back to Honka (Espoo) for the season 2008-09. Honka and Perkins have agreed and signed a new 1-year-contract. Perkins played last season only 17 games on Honka's roster, but was helping by 11,6 ppg - 5,6 rpg
Team Honka to Finnish Championship. Also F Eldar Skamo (195-F-86) stays on Honka roster. Skamo was averaging 3,2 ppg - 2,3 rpg in 11:13 mpg passed
season. The newcomer will be young G Antto Nikkarinen (183-G-91), who signed a 2-year-contract. Nikkarinen averaged 6,7 ppg - 1,5 apg on PuHu (Vantaa)
roster in division 1.


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FYRMACEDONIA

Arsic Announces a 24 man squad -by Todor Chalovski
Macedonian NT coach Јоvicа Аrsic announced a list of 24 players for the qualifying games for EC 2009 in Poland. The list is consisted of:

Prеdrаg Sаmаrdziski (FMP Zеlеznik),
Tоdоr Gеcеvski (Zаdаr),
Jeremiah Massey (Rеаl Mаdrid),
Pеrо Аntic (Lukоil Аkаdеmik),
Zlаtkо Gоcеvski (Fеni Industri),
Pеrо Blаzеvski (Vаrdаr Оsiguruvање),
Mаrјаn Gjurоv (Fеni Industri),
Dimе Tаsоvski (Strumicа 2005),
Ristе Stеfаnоv (Lukоil Аkаdеmik),
Dаrkо Sоkоlоv (Strumicа 2005),
Vојdаn Stојаnоvski (Аmаk SP),
Gоrаn Sаmаrdziеv (Fеni Industri),
Vrbicа Stеfаnоv (Mеnоrkа),
Vlаdо Iliеvski (Mоntеpаschi),
Dimitаr Mirаkоvski (Fеrspеd Rаbоtnicki),
Оgnеn Stојаnоvski (Fеrspеd Rаbоtnicki),
Јаnе Pеtrоvski (MZT FОN Univеrzitеt Skоpје),
Еftim Bоgоеv (Strumicа 2005),
Dаrius Wаshingtоn (Аris),
Mајk Wilkinsоn (Khimky),
Gjоrgji Cеkоvski (Cherkassy),
Tоni Grncаrоv (Strumicа 2005),
Аlеksаndаr Dimitrоvski (Fеni Industri),
Аlеksаndаr Kоstоski (Grаvelinnes).

Macedonia will play in the Group B, against Portugal, Latvia and Estonia.


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GERMANY

Leutloff re-signs with MBC -by Manuel Schust
MBC's teamcaptain Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82, agency: LimeLight) signed a new one-year contract with the wolves.
After re-signing starting Point Guard Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech), Leutloff is the second starting five player, who remains with the team located in Weissenfels.
Small Forward Sascha Leutloff started his career with Alba Berlin's farm team TUS Lichterfelde in 2000. In the 04/05 and 05/06 campaign he played 24 games for Alba Berlin, but returned to Lichterfelde for the next season.
Last year Leutloff joined ProA team MBC and averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

With Will Chavis, Sascha Leutloff, Frieder Diestelhorst (201-F-87) and Robert Cardenas (200-F-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) the wolves have signed 4 players for the upcoming season.
MBC also announced that Roderick Middleton (191-G/F-82, college: Buffalo), Lance Den Boer (198-F-84, college: Cent.Washington), Michael Buse (207-F-80), Lars Buss (202-C-78, agency: LimeLight) and Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81, college: Morehouse) will not receive new offers and leave the club.


Nate Harris and Ludwigsburg part ways -by Manuel Schust
EnBW Ludwigsburg announced today, that Forward Nate Harris (201-F-83, college: Utah St.) will not play for them next season. Harris, who had signed a two-year deal last season, decided to opt out.

The club asked Harris to do some parts of a stamina training in Germany to prevent future injuries. But even after several talks the player was not willing to do so and decided to make use of his termination clause.
The 25-year old american spent his first two pro years with Ludwigsburg after a successful college career with Utah State.
In his first season in Germany, he averaged 8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 42 games.
Last season, Harris was injured at the beginning of the season and could only play 21 games. He produced 7 points and 3.3 rebounds last year.


Frankfurt re-signs McKinney -by Manuel Schust
Frankfurt Skyliners re-signed american Shooting Guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) for the next two seasons.
McKinney, a former member of the University of Missouri (NCAA I), joined Frankfurt two years ago.
In his first season overseas, the 24-year old managed to produce 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
His second season in Germany started with a serious injury. McKinney suffered a muscle rupture in his left chest and had to sit out until late December. Just a few months later he had to face a torn ligament in his shooting hand.
But McKinney did not want to let his team down and played with a taped hand for the rest of the season, averaging 9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.


Gillingham remains loyal with Trier -by Manuel Schust

After receiving a wildcard for the 2008/2009 campaign, TBB Trier announced the re-signing of James Gillingham (194-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Bradley) for one more season.
The 26-year old canadian joined Trier in 2004 and especially his great defense soon made him a fan favourite.

In every season with Trier Gillingham averaged at least 11 points, last season precisely 11.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.


After signing german youngsters Christian Hoffmann (184-G-87) and Konstantin Karamatskos (195-G-86), Gillingham is the third player, who remains with Trier.



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GHANA

Other Ghana League results -by Gianni Pascucci
On June 7, the team 'Fire' and the team 'Panthers' tied the score 68-68 at the end of the regulation. Given that the game was played in an open space, the overtime was scheduled the next morning due to poor visibility and... Fire did not show up, leaving to Panthers the win, and the points in the standing table. Three days after, 'Braves of CEPS' destroyed 'Flames' 83-39 with Dodzi Baniba (G-83) leading the way as the game top performer.
with the help of Claudius Thompson


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GREECE

Vouyoukas is the top young talent in the Greek league -by Chris Mammides
Ian Vouyoukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) was voted by ESAKE as the top talent of the Greek basketball league, A1 for the seazon 2007-2008. The talented center with Rethymno's jersey in his very first seazon in the Greek A1 was scoring 11.2 points, 6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 block shots per game. It is worth mentioning that Ian is Olympiakos player and played in the islanders of Rethymno as a loan from the Reds. Ian Vouyoukas was 7th in rebounds, 4th in Block shots, 5th in TENDEX. He received 31 votes, 24 votes more than the second young talent Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87), the third player in this special category was Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, college: N.Carolina St.) of Panellinios with just 6 votes

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HOLLAND

Interview with Tyler Smith -by Fred Roggen
Through the Off-season a short interview with Tyler Smith (203-F-80, college: Penn St.), one of the key-players of the Matrixx Magixx last season. He played 40 games: 15.9ppg, 7.8rpg and achieved All-Dutch Eredivision Power Forward of the Year -08, All-Dutch Eredivision 1st Team -08 and Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention -08.

You have played for Landstede Zwolle in 2002 - 2003 and now for Matrixx Magixx, is the level in the league changed?
Yes, in fact, I was here in 2002-2003 and I had a great experience with Landstede Zwolle. That was a big reason why I retuned to Holland. I knew the country and that the league had improved in the past 5 years quite a bit. There are more teams now, more media coverage with games regularly on TV, and the level of play has really improved quite a bit throughout the league.

What was the role that you had on the team of Matrixx Magixx.
This year I was one of the oldest guys on the team, so I was able to be a leader with the Matrixx Magixx. As far as playing goes, I tried to be a guy who could always be counted on defensively to help my teammates and to make shots when we needed them.

You have left your team during the Play-offs because of personal reasons, can you explain why you did it?
Yes, my wife was due to have a baby any day in the U.S. and it was really important to me that I be there for her and for the birth of our first child. I felt terrible that I had to leave at such an important time of the season. We worked hard all year long to make it to that point and it was VERY difficult to make that decision because I really love my team, coaches, and organization. They were very supportive of me and I am truly thankful for that. By the way, our little girl's name is Hannah and she is sleeping, eating, and pooping like a champ!

Before Nijmegen, your career took you to Italy, Uruguay ,Argentina ... What did you learn from those experience?
I have some amazing stories that you might not believe. Basketball games cancelled due to rain. Chickens running on the court. Eating cow's blood (only once and never again). Even carrying my own toilet paper to away games! It makes me appreciate Holland MUCH more. Truthfully, I have enjoyed every place that I have played. I've learned that there are wonderful people all around the world. And even though they may not speak the same language or eat the same foods, it's incredible to meet such fun and friendly people who are just like you and me. I've also learned that it's really important to be able to have an open mind and be willing to try new things because there is more than one way of doing things.

What have you been doing since the season ended.
I've been changing hundreds of diapers and I have not slept for more than 3 hours in a single stretch. I also have been doing a LOT of work on the website I created called www.ProPlayerVideo.com. Players can post their game video online so they can send their video out instantly to unlimited teams around the world which saves time and money. It's very high video quality and I love it because it is helping players, agents, and teams to connect faster and easier. I took some time off from playing as my body was pretty sore from the season. Now, I am back in the gym working out and getting ready to play again.

Do you have any plans for the next season?
Lord willing, I will continue playing. So, it will be interesting to see where I land next. Thank you very much for the interview and the great coverage of bball in Holland! God Bless!

Eurobasket would like to thank Tyler Smith for taking the time to do this interview. We wish him all the best with his basketballcareer.


Downey and Giles to Eiffel Towers Den Bosch -by Fred Roggen
EiffelTowers Den Bosch has reinforces their team for the upcoming season with two new players. Guard Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest) signed for a season and powerforward Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech) put his signature under a two-year contract. Taron Downey played two years ago for Upstairs Weert and previous year in France at Evreux.
Devonne Giles played last season with the WestBrabant Giants and averaged 15.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He was the second rebounder in the Dutch competition. Eurobasket mentioned him as the best powerforward of the Dutch competition.


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IBL

Stats Leaders
IBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lucas Portland 38.3
2. Springs Holland 28.8
3. Moodie Elkhart 27.2
4. Murray L.A. 26.5
5. Dunn C. Oregon 26.4
6.Diggs Bellingham 26.1
7.Langhorne G.Rapids 25.9
8. Watkins Elgin 24.5
9. Butler Las Vegas 24.1
10.Horton C. Oregon 23.8
Rebounds Per Game
1.Murray L.A. 12.2
2.Horton C. Oregon 10.6
3.Charles Elkhart 10.5
4.Shaw G.Rapids 10.0
5.Gayden Elgin 10.0
Assists Per Game
1.Hall Las Vegas 10.0
2.Bradford W.City 8.8
3.Springs Holland 8.1
4.Tyner Vancouver 7.2
5.Kyle B.Creek 7.1


Standings
IBL Standings
East
 1. Elkhart E. 16-1 
 2. Windy City S. 11-11 
 3. Holland B. 9-7 
 4. Battle Creek K. 7-8 
Midwest
 1. Gary S. 15-4 
 2. G.Rapids F. 6-10 
 3. Elgin R. 5-8 
 4. USA All-Stars 1-21 
Southwest
 1. Portland C. 11-13 
 2. Las Vegas 9-9 
 3. C.Oregon H. 8-15 
 4. Los Angeles 7-8 
 5. Shanxi Zh. 1-8 
West
 1. Vancouver V. 15-4 
 2. Bellingham S. 14-2 
 3. Snohomish C. 10-9 
 4. Edmonton C. 9-6 
 5. Tacoma J. 6-11 


PLAY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Chill returned to the scene of the slaughter from last saturday with visions of a win in their minds. The team,at one point,built a seven point lead,but still short handed with four members of the regular rotation back home in Edmonton, could not stand up to the 16 member Elkhart Express roster as they absorbed a 138-14 loss. EDMONTONS record on the road trip is now 1-4.

Anthony Miller joins Elkhart Express -by Eurobasket News
The deepest team in the International Basketball League just got a little deeper.

The Elkhart Express, two-time defending champs, have added Anthony Miller (6'9''-C-71, agency: CGL Sports, college: Michigan St.) to its already long and loaded roster.

Miller, a former Mr. Basketball winner at Benton Harbor High School, is expected to join the league leaders for tonight's home game versus Edmonton. He will stretch the Express player list to 18, including four players from China's Shanghai Sharks.


'He brings the whole package,'' said Express coach Daimon Beathea of the 36-year-old 6-foot-9 forward. 'He gives us another veteran for our playoff push. He brings leadership, toughness, scoring on the block and rebounding. This makes us a lot deeper team.''

Beathea, an Elkhart Memorial High grad, was a teammate of Miller's at Michigan State. Miller, was a second round draft pick by Golden State in 1994 and has played in eight NBA seasons for four teams. His last appearance in the NBA came during the 2004-05 season for Atlanta.

Elkhart faces its most demanding stretch of the regular season over the next five days. The Express host Edmonton tonight, Battle Creek Friday and Los Angeles Saturday (all 7:15 p.m. tip-offs at North Side Gym). They then play at Elgin (Ill) Sunday afternoon. The Express lead the IBL at 15-1, including a 150-90 blowout of Edmonton this past Saturday.

'Our mindset has to be this is gearing us up for the playoffs,'' Beathea said.

The contest with Battle Creek Friday will feature some familiar faces to Elkhart fans. The Knights, 7-8, feature former Express players Rashi Johnson, Anthony Kyle and Corey Hadley. Kyle played at Elkhart Central and Hadley at Concord.

Elkhart continues to be led by red-hot Cedric Moodie (27.2 points a game, third-best in the IBL). Coleco Buie is at 12.7 points a game, followed by Chris Charles (12.2), Ron Timus (11.5), Will Whittington (11.2) and Tim Pledger (10.5).

The Express are completely focused on the task at hand and that's why no stars from the team will take part in the IBL All-Star Game slated for Thursday night in Gary. Beathea has decided to send his four players from China to represent his franchise and take part in the game in which participation is strictly voluntary. The league will honor its All-Star selections after the season. Each coach can nominate four players to be considered for All-Star honors.
Courtesy of southbendtribune.com


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IRELAND

Flanders Basketball Trophy -by Mariano Galindo
The Flanders Basketball Trophy is a unique event not be missed. The 6th edition takes place in and around Gent on Aug 23 and 24th of this year.
This basketball tournament is without a doubt the biggest event in Belgium. The organizers again expect between 130 and 140 teams from 20 different countries, including Canada and the USA.
for the first time ever teams from Russia (U14 team CSKA Moscow), Ukraine, Iran and possibly Nigeria will participate. At present there are still free spots in 10 age categories.
Games are played with 2 international refs (140 refs from 25 countries). On Saturday a game between Belgian Div 1 team Dexia Mons-Hainaut and Columbia University (USA) will take place at 20.15 followed by a show by the world famous Crazy Dunkers (http://www.crazydunkers.com/).
More information as well as enrollment forms can be found on the following site
http://www.flandersbasketballtrophy.com/


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LIBERIA

Patrick Flomo grabs the first win in Bundesleague final -by Eurobasket News
Patrick Flomo (203-F-80, college: Ohio) enjoys the first win in the play-off final of German Bundesleague. His team Telekom Basket Bonn beat regular season champion ALBA Berlin 81-71 in the second game of the final series. Thus Telekom Basket Bonn tied the score on 1-1. After not so good sixth place in regular season, Bonn is showing much better performance in play-off. They outplayed National Cup winners, Artland Dragons, 3-1 in the quarterfinals while at the next stage Patrick Flomo and his team were better than Frankfurt 3-2.

Telekom Basket Bonn suffered defeat in first game of the play-off final but they recovered quickly outsmarting ALBA last night in Bonn. From the beginning Bonn took control on his opponent finishing first stanza 21-13. They showed strong willingness prove that they deserved this final so Bonn's players continued at the same rhythm in second quarter. But ALBA Berlin is very inconvenient team, who played the second period jus a little bit better. However, the hosts were strong enough to keep plus 8 at the half time. Third frame totally belonged to Patrick Flomo‘s team as they let regular season champion to net just 11 points. Interesting is that Bonn had just 9 attempts from behind the arc scoring 5 of them while ALBA attempted 21 times making 10 triples. The main problem for visitors were turnovers as they committed 19, matched with Bonn's 11. Anyway, the hosts succeeded to keep advantage until the very end without bigger effort.

Patrick Flomo got almost 19 minutes from Bonn's head coach Michael Koch. He scored 3 points shooting 1/1 FG and 1/2 FTs. He also had one offensive at one defensive rebound. Flomo had almost the same digits in the first game, which Bonn lost on the road 78-69. He added 2 points and 4 rebounds for 15 minutes. Next game will be played on Sunday in Berlin.


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MEXICO

Standings - Lower Leagues
Other Standings
CIMEBA Northern
 1. Cuervos 0-0 
 2. Aztecas 0-0 
 3. Chamanes 0-0 
 4. Titanes 0-0 
CIMEBA Southern
 1. Coras 0-0 
 2. Caudillos 0-0 
 3. Indios 0-0 
 4. Guerreros 0-0 
Liga del Sureste
 1. Dorados 12-4 
 2. Leopardos 11-5 
 3. Marineros 9-7 
 4. Peppers 8-8 
 5. Aluxes 0-16 


Liga del Sureste: playoff at the start -by Gianni Pascucci
At the end, Peppers de Progreso truely decided to withdraw from Liga del Sureste, and the consequence was that Aluxes de Cancun, a team without any win in regular season, will play the post season, meeting in the Semifinals top team Dorados de Playa del Carmen. The 2008 playoffs will start the upcoming weekend, and the pairings are:
Dorados-Aluxes
Leopardos-Marineros
The Semifinals are best of 5 games, with the first two ones played at home of the best ranked team (format 2-2-1) The Finals will be instead best of seven games, with the format 2-3-2.


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NCAA1

Top Prep Hoopsters Set To Contend For 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Slots -by Eurobasket
Headlined by nine returning USA Basketball veterans, including two starters from the Nike Hoop Summit Junior National Select Team, 25 of the nation's top-18-and-younger prep sensations are set to attend the 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Trials, July 1-3 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The 25 athletes, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, will compete for one of 12 roster spots on the 2008 Men's U18 National Team. Athlete selections for the USA Basketball Trials were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim .
'We have the best young players in the country participating in the trials and we've assembled an outstanding coaching staff to coach with them,' said Boeheim. 'The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee did an outstanding job of identifying a tremendous group of young players who will compete for a roster position on the USA Basketball U18 National Team.'
Following trials, the Men's Collegiate Committee is expected to announce the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster, plus alternates. The selected finalists will remain in Washington for the July 4-10 training camp. The USA squad will then depart for the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men, July 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina.
Two athletes on the trials roster will return to the hardwood to represent the USA for a third time in July. Drew Gordon (6'8''-F) (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, CA) and Malcom Lee (6'4''-G) (John W. North H.S. / Riverside, CA) helped lead the USA to a 98-78 victory over the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in April. Gordon, the Junior National Team's second-leading scorer, accounted for 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks while shooting 85.7 percent from the field. However, in spite of his stellar performance, Gordon credited much of the team's success to the USA's backcourt play. Among the cast of tenacious guards was Lee, who helped force 25 World turnovers and 18 USA steals.
Gordon and Lee first showcased their talent in a USA Basketball uniform at the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, held in Colorado Springs, Colo. Also returning from the Festival are: Isaiah Armwood (Montrose Christian H.S. / Rockville, MD); Leslie McDonald (6'2''-G) (Briarcrest H.S. / Memphis, TN); Reeves Nelson (6'7''-F) (Modesto Christian H.S. / Modesto, CA); Travis Releford (6'5''-G) (Bishop Miege H.S. / Shawnee Mission, KS); Lance Stephenson (6'5''-G-90) (Lincoln H.S. / Brooklyn, NY); Dexter Strickland (6'3''-G) (St. Patrick H.S. / Elizabeth, NJ); and Kemba Walker (6'0''-G) (Rice H.S. / New York, NY).
Rounding out the trials roster are USA Basketball newcomers: Kenny Boynton (6'3''-G-89) (American Heritage H.S. / Plantation, FL); Dominic Cheek (6'5''-G) (St. Anthony H.S. / Jersey City, NJ); Jamychal Green (6'8''-F/C) (St. Jude H.S. / Montgomery, AL); Kenny Hall (6'8''-F) (Redan H.S. / Stone Mountain, GA); Matt Humphrey (6'5''-G) (Hales Franciscian H.S. / Chicago, IL); Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F) (Revenscroft H.S. / Raleigh, NC); Sylven Landesberg (6'6''-G/F) (Holy Cross H.S. / Flushing, NY); Darius Miller (6'6''-F) (Mason County H.S. / Maysville, KY); Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F) (Christ H.S. / Arden, NC); Ari Stewart (6'7''-F) (Wheeler H.S. / Marietta, GA); Hollis Thompson (6'6''-F) (Loyola H.S. / Los Angeles, CA); Terrell Vinson (6'5''-F) (Montrose Christian H.S. / Rockville, MD); Maalik Wayns (6'1''-G) (Roman Catholic H.S. / Philadelphia, PA); David Wear (6'9''-F) (Mater Dei H.S. / Santa Ana, CA); Travis Wear (6'9''-F) (Mater Dei H.S. / Santa Ana, CA); and Wesley Witherspoon (6'6''-F) (Berkman H.S. / Lilburn, GA).
Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop will lead the USA's 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men Team, while Virginia Commonwealth University's head mentor Anthony Grant and Georgetown University's head coach John III Thompson will serve as assistant coaches. Collegiate head coaches Steve Donahue , Cornell University; Kevin McCarthy, the State University of the New York at Cobleskil; Joe Niland , the University of Mobile; and Gary Stewart , the University of California at Davis will serve as court coaches at the 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Trials.
The USA U18 Trials session will be held July 1-3 at the Verizon Center, home to the Washington Wizards, in Washington, D.C. The first trials session will be held on Tuesday, July 1, at 5:00-7:00 p.m. (all times local). On Wednesday, July 2, trials sessions will be conducted at 10:00-noon and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The final pair of trials sessions is scheduled for Thursday, July 3, at 10:00-noon and 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Overall, the trials roster boasts of nine Parade Magazine All-America honorees, four McDonald's All-Americans, five Gatorade State Players of the Year and one USA Today All-USA First Team selection (Stephenson).
Included on the 2008 Parade Magazine All-America High School Boys Basketball Teams were Landesberg, Stephenson and Walker as second team picks, Green, McDonald, Miller and Strickland earned third team honors, while Boynton and Lee collected fourth team honors.
Helping the East team to a 107-102 victory in the 2008 McDonald's All-American game were Green, Landesberg and Walker, while Lee was the sole representative for the West team.
Trials invitees were also well represented on the 2007-08 Gatorade Boys Basketball State Players of the Year listing with Green selected for the state of Alabama, Releford for Kansas, Miller for Kentucky, Landesberg for New York and McDonald for Tennessee.
Rivals.com ranked six of the seniors among its top 50 players, while the remaining three seniors rounded out the top 100. Walker listed No. 14, Green placed No. 21, Witherspoon was No. 34, Miller ranked No. 43, Gordon at No. 46, Lee was No. 48, Landesberg at No. 66, Releford listed No. 70, while Humphrey ranked No. 95.
Eleven of the rising juniors rank among Rivals.com top 50 players in the class of 2009. Stephenson lists No. 7, Cheek is No. 11, Strickland is No. 16, Armwood is No. 23, Wayns at No. 24, Nelson ranks No. 30, McDonald is No. 32, Plumlee ranks No. 40, Hall lists No. 41, Kelly is No. 44 and Thompson is No. 46. Four additional juniors also listed amongst Rivals' top-65: Wear (David) ranks No. 54, Wear (Travis) lists No. 55, Stewart is No. 59, while Vinson ranks No. 61.
Nine of the 25 trials hopefuls will be college freshman in the 2008-09 season, and the remaining 17 will be high school seniors in the class of 2009. All nine graduating senior players have signed with prominent NCAA Division I institutions. Gordon and Lee have both been signed by UCLA, Green will play for Alabama, Humphrey was inked by Oregon, Landesberg signed with Virginia, Miller will play at Kentucky, Walker with UConn, Releford at Kansas and Witherspoon will play at Memphis.
Eight additional athletes slated to finish their high school careers in 2008-09 have verbally committed to NCAA Division I programs: Hall with Tennessee; Nelson with UCLA; Plumlee with Duke; Thompson with Georgetown; Wayns with Villanova; and Strickland, David Wear and Travis Wear with North Carolina.
Courtesy of USABasketball


SMU names Brion Raven director of operations -by Eurobasket News
Brion Raven has been named director of operations for SMU men's basketball, head coach Matt Doherty announced on Wednesday. Raven comes to the Hilltop after two seasons as the program coordinator with the Georgia men's basketball team. He has also worked for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Bobcats.

'Brion is an excellent addition to our staff,' says Doherty. 'He brings outstanding operations experience at the collegiate and professional levels. His experience and attention to detail will help us continue to advance the SMU basketball program.'

Raven is returning to his hometown area. He is a Grand Prairie, Texas, native and a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M. Raven's duties will include scheduling practice, arranging travel, coordinating video exchange, and overseeing the team's managers.

'Coach Doherty and his staff have SMU basketball headed in the right direction,' states Raven. 'The commitment from the University and athletic department are obvious through the Crum Basketball Center and other improvements. I am excited and honored to be a part of SMU basketball.'

As Georgia's program coordinator for the men's basketball team, he managed the day-to-day operations of the basketball office, served as the team's traveling administrative assistant, helped monitor the academic progress of several players and worked as a liaison between the program and support groups such as the 'G' Club and Tip-Off Club.

Raven went to Georgia after an internship with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2005-06 NBA season. He served primarily in the 76ers' video operation, working closely with the General Manager and Director of Player Personnel in producing tapes of all prospective draftees. He also videotaped practices and individual workouts, as well as managed and updated scouting databases.

Before joining the 76ers, Raven spent the summer of 2005 as an intern with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. He served his internship in the Community Relations department and also worked as a counselor at the 2005 Bernie Bickerstaff Basketball Camp in Charlotte.

A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Raven is a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in sports management. He worked two years in the Aggies' marketing and promotions office as a student. In his last year in College Station, he played on an intramural basketball team which won the American Collegiate Intramural Sports national championship.
Courtesy of smumustangs.cstv.com


Indiana ready to defend itself vs. NCAA -by Eurobasket News
Indiana University is about to go on defense with the NCAA.

School officials are scheduled to go before the NCAA infractions committee Friday in Seattle over alleged rules violations by former basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

They will be trying to avoid penalties beyond the scholarship and recruiting restrictions the school imposed when the allegations came to light last year.

The case against Sampson was detailed in a 96-page report sent to the university in May and made public last week. The NCAA accuses Sampson of providing false and misleading information to investigators about more than 100 impermissible calls and knowingly violating NCAA recruiting restrictions imposed because of a previous phone-call scandal at Oklahoma.

What Indiana must do now is explain how all this happened while making the case it has endured enough punishment and made major changes through its buyout of Sampson's contract and reorganization of its athletic compliance staff.

A decision is not expected from the NCAA committee until at least late July.

``I felt the penalties that were self-imposed were significant and, of course, that's in addition to all the changes you just mentioned,'' university trustees president Stephen Ferguson told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ``Those are significant changes, and I don't know what more the university could do.''

Among the self-imposed penalties were Sampson's forfeiture of a $500,000 pay raise, the loss of one scholarship for 2008-09 and a one-year extension of the restrictions placed on Sampson and his staff. Indiana bought out Sampson's contract in February for $750,000 and hired Tom Crean away from Marquette in April as his replacement.

According to the NCAA's report, Indiana officials agreed with most of the facts laid out by the NCAA. But the university will likely have to answer questions on whether the alleged infractions should have been detected earlier and whether Sampson should have been fired when the allegations were raised last summer.

Those concerns have been debated for months by Hoosiers fans.

``When this all came up, I thought Sampson should have been on a short string already and I would have fired him right then,'' said Peter Obremsky, a former school trustee who was an IU basketball team captain in the 1950s. ``Why he was hired, I can't answer that one. That would be Adam Herbert and the trustees, and I suppose Rick Greenspan was involved to some extent although I don't know how much.''

Among the accusations are Sampson's participation in about 10 three-way calls. Former assistant Rob Senderoff is accused of making recruiting calls in the presence of Sampson and handing the phone to recruits and recruits' parents and coaches on recruiting trips, so they could speak to Sampson. The NCAA banned all those practices when it handed down the Oklahoma punishment in May 2006.

Sampson has repeatedly denied he was knowingly involved in three-way calls, and Senderoff and Sampson both dispute the NCAA's contention that they did not tell investigators the whole truth.

But the NCAA cited interviews with seven recruits, some of whom said Sampson, Senderoff and a third person were all on the phone at the same time. Sampson has questioned the credibility of the witnesses because he contends they made mistakes on dates, times and certain events that were discussed.

Questions also have been raised about whether school officials should have known about the phone calls earlier.

The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday that phone records show the three-way calls were marked on bills with the designation ``3W.'' Sampson wrote to the NCAA committee in his response that he was surprised the compliance office had not notified him of those irregularities until last summer.

One problem with the billing is that the alleged handoffs Senderoff made to recruits only showed up as calls from coach-to-coach. Some Indiana supporters believe the compliance office and athletic department did their jobs adequately.

``The university did almost everything it could,'' former trustee Ray Richardson said. ``A little better supervision in advance would have been helpful. But there is a presumption of innocence. I don't know when that certainty set in, but when it did, he (Sampson) should have been immediately disciplined, fired.''

The question for Greenspan, who declined comment through an athletic department spokesman Wednesday, and other Indiana officials is whether they've done enough to avoid more serious penalties, such as a postseason ban.

Many Indiana supporters believe the basketball program has been penalized sufficiently.

``Looking at this from the outside, we self-reported, we imposed sanctions, we removed the coaches, we cooperated in every way possible with the investigation,'' school trustee Philip Eskew said. ``Obviously, the NCAA has the capability of getting more information than we did. But I think we've done a lot of things to rectify this situation, and I feel we've done everything we possibly can.''
By Michael Marot, AP sports writer


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NCAA3

Elmhurst complete successful European trip -by Eurobasket News
The Elmhurst College Basketball team has just returned from an exciting trip to Europe. The team played five friendly games registering 4-1 record. The Bluejays played four games in Belgium, before travelling to Paris, Amsterdam and Luxembourg.
The Bluejays opened their European campaign with a 78:60 victory over Belgian U19 team in Lairs. Later Elmhurst moved to Antwerp to face the Belgian Select Team. Belgium celebrated an easy 111:86 victory. Ryan Burks (6'4''-G) scored 24 points to lead the charge for Elmhurst. The loss was followed by the game against Oxaco Basketball Club in Antwerp. This time the Bluejays dominated the game and posted a deserved 93:48 victory. Dustin Bainter (6'2''-G) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Aaron Hintzsche (6'5''-F) and Matt Bernier (6'2''-G) nailed 11 points for Elmhurst.
Elmhurst completed their Belgian tour with a 93:78 win over the YSE Select Team. Brent Ruch (6'9''-C) and Matt Bernier dropped 19 points apiece for the Bluejays. Robert Strzemp (6'3''-F) added secured 16 points in a winning case.
Finally the Elmhurst College team took on the Luxembourgish National team and also pulled away a 90:75 victory. Ryan Burks provided 16 points for the Bluejays. Brent Ruch delivered 13 points as Elmhurst ensured the 4th win of the tour.


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NEW ZEALAND

Wellington becomes the first finalist -by Eurobasket News
Wellington - Nelson 86:75

The NBL will have a new champion. The defending champions Nelson Giants were knocked out of the competition losing to the Wellington Saints away from home in the first semifinal. The Saints entered the game undefeated at home and were not about to snap the winning streak. But Nelson fought bravely and jumped to a 25:22 lead at the first intermission. The Giants kept dominating in the court as Christopher Reay nailed 6 straight points to give the visitors a 35:26 lead. But the hosts finally shook off the sloppiness and tied it all at 45 at the interval. The hosts went on a run early in the third period and cleared off to a 6-point lead midway through the frame. However the Michael Harrison (206-F-84, agency: Interperformances) drew things level at 54. Lindsay Tait came up with 5 straight points for the Saints as they headed into the fourth term ahead 59:54. Nelson tried to stay in the contest early in the fourth quarter but Ernest Scott (200-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Valdosta St.) keyed the win for the hosts. He nailed back-to-back trebles to ignite a 14:2 run that gave the Saints a 77:63 lead with under two minutes left in regulation. Nelson never recovered. Five players scored in double figures for the winners. Luke Martin (181-G-81, college: UTEP) paced the Saints with 21 points. Ernest Scott netted 18 points, while Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) provided 16 in a win. Michael Harrison nailed 21 points for the Giants. Phill Jones (196-G-74) had 17 in defeat. Wellington will now take on the winner of Auckland vs. Waikato clash in the best-of-three finals series.

Wellington: Luke Martin 21, Ernest Scott 18, Nick Horvath 16
Nelson: Michael Harrison 21, Phill Jones 17


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PHILIPPINES

Stern welcomes Filipino cagers to NBA -by Hector Santos
LOS ANGELES - NBA commissioner David Stern yesterday opened the league's doors to Filipino players interested in tryouts and welcomed the possibility of further cementing relations with the Philippines which he described as 'one of our best markets.'

Stern, who is supervising his 25th Finals, said the presence of Solar broadcasters covering the Los Angeles-Boston series on-site for live satellite transmission to the Philippines is 'always a pleasure' in acknowledging the Filipino's passion for the game.

Deputy commissioner Adam Silver said he will suggest to NBA teams to send scouts to the Philippines to check out potential recruits. Silver previously visited Manila with NBA executive Heidi Ueberroth and broadcaster Ahmad Rashad and was impressed by the basketball IQ of Filipino fans.

Stern asked the Solar broadcasters who are the Filipino players now seeing action in US colleges, inferring that NBA scouts are always on the lookout for foreign prospects. He was told 6-9 Japeth Aguilar is enrolled at Western Kentucky University, an NCAA Division I school. Another Filipino, 6-9 Gian Chua, is playing at Oberlin College in Ohio.

'NBA teams have scouts all over and I'm sure they're keeping an eye on outstanding players around the world, including the Philippines,' said Stern. 'If there's a talent in the Philippines, I'm certain by now the NBA scouts know about him.'

Silver said he'd like the next foreign star in the NBA to be a Filipino.

'That's what we've been waiting for,' he said. 'I know how big basketball is in the Philippines and it would be fitting for the best Filipino player to be in the NBA.'

Stern was just as upbeat. 'Bring them on,' he said. 'We welcome the best Filipino players in the NBA.'

Regarding the Finals, Stern said the return of the legendary rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics has rekindled memories of the past but for the new generation of fans, it's not about tradition but the fierce competition among today's stars like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Stern said with Boston ahead 2-1 in the series, the title is up for grabs and wouldn't predict an ending.

'As commissioner, I couldn't tell you how I think this will end,' he said. 'All I know is our TV ratings in the US are up. I still don't know about the response overseas but I'm hoping the US trend is an indication.'

The TV coverage of the first two games of the NBA Finals rated 1-2 in the US last week, according to Nielsen Media Research. Game 2 was the most-watched program with 13.5 million viewers and Game 1 was second with 13.38 million. Viewership was 51 percent higher than last season. The two games were the only programs in double-digit millions, outdrawing popular series like CSI, House, Hell's Kitchen, CSI New York, NCIS, CSI Miami, Rules of Engagement and Cold Case.

Silver said it's too early to forecast a short or long series. The turning point is Game 4 this morning (Manila time) because if the Lakers win, there will definitely be a Game 6 in Boston but if the Celtics prevail, Boston could close it out in Game 5 at the Staples Center.

NBA international TV staffer Danijela Draganic said she will contact former NBA star Vlade Divac, now living in Madrid, and mention the possibility of taking a trip to Manila to scout Filipino players. Divac was the Lakers international scout in 2005-06 before he became Real Madrid's head of basketball operations.

Divac, 40, played 16 years in the NBA and retired in 2006. He was recently in China to conduct clinics and check out potential NBA players.

Stern said this year's Finals is 'as good as it's ever been.'

'We're coming off what we think is one of the best seasons in years, exciting young stars, exciting little older stars, exciting international players, terrific race in the West, pretty good race in the East and surprising playoffs,' he said.

'We've had a great playoffs both ways (East and West). And No. 1 seeds, which is not uncommon, have made it through into the Finals. So the two teams with the best seeds are showing America what NBA basketball is all about coast to coast.' (Article by Joaquin Henson of Philstar)


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PUERTO RICO

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Super 6
1. Carolina 25
2. Arecibo 24
3. Santurce 22
4. Caguas 21
5. Guaynabo 21
6. Fajardo 16
Others
1. Bayamon 16-16
2. Humacao 16-16
3. Ponce 15-17
4. San German 15-17
5. Mayaguez 7-25
6. Guayama 6-26


Arecibo close to Finals with win over Caguas -by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains have drawn closer to the finals as they beat the Caguas Criollos 92-78 and made it look easy. The game started with the Captains taking an 8 point lead 23-15 in this 1st quarter. By the end of the 1st half the Captains were comfortably in control of the game, 46-31. In the 2nd half the Criollos could not muster up much of a threat and the Captains coast to an easy victory. For Arecibo, Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) scored 24 points followed by David Cortes with 18 points. For Caguas, Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) scored 30 points followed by Jonathan Garcia with 17 points. This was the only game on tap last night.

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SENEGAL

Moussa Diagne cruises past ALBA in German final 1-1 -by Eurobasket News
After defeat in first game of the German play-of final, Moussa Diagne (203-F/C-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Furman) and his team Telekom Basket Bonn celebrated in the second game against ALBA Berlin 81-71. Diagne and his teammates demonstrated much better performance than it was on Sunday. As a reminder, this is already nice success for Bonn as they finished regular season on 6th place with score 42-26. On the other side ALBA totally dominated in that part of the season with 54 wins.

At the front of the 6.000 fans in Bonn, the hosts grabbed lead at the early beginning. After first ten minutes it already was 21-13. Regular season champion, ALBA Berlin, struggled a lot with Bonn's defense which resulted with 13 points in this quarter. In second period visitors showed some attitude but anyway Bonn didn't let them to come too close. It was 45-37 at the breather. Same scenario continued in third quarter when ALBA scored even less points than it was in the first one. This time they stopped on just 11. It meant that Moussa Diagne and his team extended their lead on plus 13. That was more than enough for Bonn until the end as ALBA did not have power even to threat. At the end Bonn celebrated 81-71 tying the score in the play-off final on 1-1.

Moussa Diagne contributed in this win with 4 points and 2 rebounds. He spent 11 minutes on the court having 2 successful attempts from the field but he missed two shots from behind the arc.

Next game will be played on Sunday when ALBA will be the host.


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SERBIA

The show begins today ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Final series of the Superleague play-off begins today (best-of-3). Regular season champion, Partizan Igokea, will host Hemofarm STADA in hall Pionir at 20h.

The main target of Partizan Igokea since the beginning of the season is to capture the championship title once again. It would be the 7th consecutive title for Partizan and its head coach Dusko Vujosevic. The black-and-white team already made fantastic results this season. They reached Euroleague quarterfinals loosing it against TAU Ceramica 2-1. They also defended title in Adriatic league and captured another trophy in National Cup.

'It is not a coincidence that Partizan and Hemofarm will meet in another final this season. They are for sure two best Serbian teams. It will be our third final (Adriatic league, National Cup) and it talks about Hemofarm's quality but it also talks a lot about us as we won two times. This is the most important part of the season for us as we want to capture another title in domestic championship. It is also important because we want to compete in Eurolague next season. So everything is mixed together and we have to end this season with triple crown' - said Dusko Vujosevic, head coach of Partizan Igokea.

On the other side head coach of Hemofarm STADA, Vlada Vukoicic , said: 'I believe in success. I know that my players as well as management of the club have the same thoughts. I have experience and I know it will be very difficult job as Partizan is better team and plus they have home court advantage. We have on our mind how difficult is to play in Pionir where many top European teams, like Panathinaikos and TAU, were crushed. However, as I said I am an optimist. We beat Partizan in our last meeting and I am sure we are able to do it again.'


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SLOVAKIA

Pezinok clinches the title -by Eurobasket News
Inter - Pezinok 92:111

Pezinok finished their season in style crushing Inter in Bratislava and finalizing the winning outcome in the Extraliga Final series. Pezinok entered the playoffs with the best regular season record and lived up to the status beating all of their opponents en route to the second Slovakian title in team's history. The visitors opened the game in a storming manner as they led 12:2 three minutes into the game. Inter however cut the deficit but still trailed by 3 points at the end of the first period 24:27. Pezinok kept mounting the pressure and stretched the gap to 13 points late in the second frame. Inter capped the first half with a 7:2 run to stay down by 8 at halftime. A couple of successful plays from the hosts allowed them to cut the deficit to 2 points early in the third stanza. But Pezinok reacted with a 20:4 rally to clear off to an 18-point distance late in the quarter. Inter once again were more impressive in the closing moments of the frame as they managed to clip the difference to 10 points. Pezinok opened the fourth term on an 11:3 run to grab an 18-point cushion. Inter failed to recover. They shaved the deficit to 8 points but it was as close as they could get. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) finished the game with 27 points. Peter Micuda (206-C-72) provided 23 points, while Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) had 15 for the winners. Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) answered with 26 points for Inter. Daniel Novak (201-F/G-78, agency: Interperformances) contributed 24 points in defeat.

Inter: Dusan Pandula 26, Daniel Novak 24
Pezinok: Andrej Lukjanec 27, Peter Micuda 23, Glen Whisby 15


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SLOVENIA

Zerak extends with Helios Domzale -by Matej Bergant
Domen Zerak (203-C-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) extended the contract with Helios Domzale for another two years with an option to extend it for another one. This season he averaged 8.5ppg and 5.8rpg in Adriatic League and 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg in Slovenian Championship. Zerak also won Slovenian Cup and Slovenian Championship in 2006/2007 season with Helios Domzale. This year he played in finals of Slovenian Championship and Cup where his Helios Domzale lost to Union Olimpija. In his career he also played for Zlatorog Lasko.

Ingram to Krka or Israel? -by Zeljko Zule

Alpos Sentjur coach Bostjan Kocar's contract has been extended for and additional two years, it was announced today by club.

Krka is negotiating with Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) ex Helios who has an offer from Israel, too.
Geoplin Slovan and Rudar (B1) are negotiating with Miha Cmer (182-G-77) ex Luka Koper.

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SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Standings
South American Championships Standings
1. Argenti.0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Chile0-0
4. Colombia0-0
5. Uruguay0-0
6. Venezue.0-0


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SPAIN

Coach Xavi Pascual stays in AXA Barcelona -by Eurobasket News
Management of AXA FC Barcelona extended contract with head coach Xavier Pascual for two more years.

Barcelona appointed Xavier Pascual as a head coach in February this year, just couple of hours before the beginning of Euroleague TOP 16. Later the team reached Euroleague quarterfinals loosing it against Unicaja Malaga. They finished ACB regular season on 3rd place with score 24-10. Barcelona's rival in the quarterfinals was Bilbao, who was knocked out 2-0. At the next stage Barca crushed Joventut also 2-0. They couldn't do anything in the final as TAU touched the best shape of the season. After first two games in Palau Blaugrana it was clear that Barca reached its maximum.

Before the promotion, which happened in February, Pascual spent two and a half years in the club as an assistant coach. In the past he was a head coach of LEB1 team CB Aracena.

It is not the only news from Barca as the team has new General Manager. Joan Creus replaced Zoran Savic, who will take the same position in Italian Fortutudo.

‘We agreed terms with our head coach for two more years. We considered couple of interesting options for our bench and we think that Pascual is the most suitable one for Barca's future. One of the very important facts for our decision was that the team showed pretty good performance during the last two months' - said Joan Creus.


Latest signings -by Eurobasket News
Cajasol Sevila extended contract with experienced Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college: Notre Dame) for one more season. Bennett joined Sevilla in January 2008 after what he showed nice performance in ACB league. For 19 games he averaged 11.5 ppg, 2 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.1 spg. His team finished ACB regular season on 10th place with score 14-20. Before Cajasol, Elmer Bennett used to played two years for Joventut Badalona, with whom he won FIBA EuroCup. In the past he also played for Real Madrid as well as 5 seasons in TAU Ceramica. With TAU he captured the title in ACB in 2002 and was named to be the MVP of the final series. Bennett had couple of attempts to get into the NBA mix in the past but it wasn't successful.

After contract extension with head coach Ricard Casas, Menorca also agreed terms with Jose Maria Guzman (183-G-84) to stay in the club for two more years. Guzman had 28 appearances in ACB regular season averaging 4.2 rpg and 1.6 apg. Menorca succeeded to avoid relegation finishing it on 16th position with 12 wins and 22 defeats. It was the third year for Menroca in ACB league. Guzman moved to Menorca in 2007 from CB Tarragona, where he spent two seasons. He started basketball career in Joventut Badalona.


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TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U19

Standings (Men)
Tournament of the Americas U19 Standings
Group A
1. Argenti.0-0
2. Bahamas0-0
3. Canada0-0
4. Mexico0-0
Group B
1. P.Rico0-0
2. Uruguay0-0
3. USA0-0
4. Venezue.0-0


Top Prep Hoopsters Set To Contend For 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Slots -by Eurobasket
Headlined by nine returning USA Basketball veterans, including two starters from the Nike Hoop Summit Junior National Select Team, 25 of the nation's top-18-and-younger prep sensations are set to attend the 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Trials, July 1-3 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The 25 athletes, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, will compete for one of 12 roster spots on the 2008 Men's U18 National Team. Athlete selections for the USA Basketball Trials were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim .
'We have the best young players in the country participating in the trials and we've assembled an outstanding coaching staff to coach with them,' said Boeheim. 'The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee did an outstanding job of identifying a tremendous group of young players who will compete for a roster position on the USA Basketball U18 National Team.'
Following trials, the Men's Collegiate Committee is expected to announce the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster, plus alternates. The selected finalists will remain in Washington for the July 4-10 training camp. The USA squad will then depart for the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men, July 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina.
Two athletes on the trials roster will return to the hardwood to represent the USA for a third time in July. Drew Gordon (6'8''-F) (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, CA) and Malcom Lee (6'4''-G) (John W. North H.S. / Riverside, CA) helped lead the USA to a 98-78 victory over the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in April. Gordon, the Junior National Team's second-leading scorer, accounted for 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks while shooting 85.7 percent from the field. However, in spite of his stellar performance, Gordon credited much of the team's success to the USA's backcourt play. Among the cast of tenacious guards was Lee, who helped force 25 World turnovers and 18 USA steals.
Gordon and Lee first showcased their talent in a USA Basketball uniform at the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, held in Colorado Springs, Colo. Also returning from the Festival are: Isaiah Armwood (Montrose Christian H.S. / Rockville, MD); Leslie McDonald (6'2''-G) (Briarcrest H.S. / Memphis, TN); Reeves Nelson (6'7''-F) (Modesto Christian H.S. / Modesto, CA); Travis Releford (6'5''-G) (Bishop Miege H.S. / Shawnee Mission, KS); Lance Stephenson (6'5''-G-90) (Lincoln H.S. / Brooklyn, NY); Dexter Strickland (6'3''-G) (St. Patrick H.S. / Elizabeth, NJ); and Kemba Walker (6'0''-G) (Rice H.S. / New York, NY).
Rounding out the trials roster are USA Basketball newcomers: Kenny Boynton (6'3''-G-89) (American Heritage H.S. / Plantation, FL); Dominic Cheek (6'5''-G) (St. Anthony H.S. / Jersey City, NJ); Jamychal Green (6'8''-F/C) (St. Jude H.S. / Montgomery, AL); Kenny Hall (6'8''-F) (Redan H.S. / Stone Mountain, GA); Matt Humphrey (6'5''-G) (Hales Franciscian H.S. / Chicago, IL); Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F) (Revenscroft H.S. / Raleigh, NC); Sylven Landesberg (6'6''-G/F) (Holy Cross H.S. / Flushing, NY); Darius Miller (6'6''-F) (Mason County H.S. / Maysville, KY); Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F) (Christ H.S. / Arden, NC); Ari Stewart (6'7''-F) (Wheeler H.S. / Marietta, GA); Hollis Thompson (6'6''-F) (Loyola H.S. / Los Angeles, CA); Terrell Vinson (6'5''-F) (Montrose Christian H.S. / Rockville, MD); Maalik Wayns (6'1''-G) (Roman Catholic H.S. / Philadelphia, PA); David Wear (6'9''-F) (Mater Dei H.S. / Santa Ana, CA); Travis Wear (6'9''-F) (Mater Dei H.S. / Santa Ana, CA); and Wesley Witherspoon (6'6''-F) (Berkman H.S. / Lilburn, GA).
Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop will lead the USA's 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men Team, while Virginia Commonwealth University's head mentor Anthony Grant and Georgetown University's head coach John III Thompson will serve as assistant coaches. Collegiate head coaches Steve Donahue , Cornell University; Kevin McCarthy, the State University of the New York at Cobleskil; Joe Niland , the University of Mobile; and Gary Stewart , the University of California at Davis will serve as court coaches at the 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Trials.
The USA U18 Trials session will be held July 1-3 at the Verizon Center, home to the Washington Wizards, in Washington, D.C. The first trials session will be held on Tuesday, July 1, at 5:00-7:00 p.m. (all times local). On Wednesday, July 2, trials sessions will be conducted at 10:00-noon and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The final pair of trials sessions is scheduled for Thursday, July 3, at 10:00-noon and 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Overall, the trials roster boasts of nine Parade Magazine All-America honorees, four McDonald's All-Americans, five Gatorade State Players of the Year and one USA Today All-USA First Team selection (Stephenson).
Included on the 2008 Parade Magazine All-America High School Boys Basketball Teams were Landesberg, Stephenson and Walker as second team picks, Green, McDonald, Miller and Strickland earned third team honors, while Boynton and Lee collected fourth team honors.
Helping the East team to a 107-102 victory in the 2008 McDonald's All-American game were Green, Landesberg and Walker, while Lee was the sole representative for the West team.
Trials invitees were also well represented on the 2007-08 Gatorade Boys Basketball State Players of the Year listing with Green selected for the state of Alabama, Releford for Kansas, Miller for Kentucky, Landesberg for New York and McDonald for Tennessee.
Rivals.com ranked six of the seniors among its top 50 players, while the remaining three seniors rounded out the top 100. Walker listed No. 14, Green placed No. 21, Witherspoon was No. 34, Miller ranked No. 43, Gordon at No. 46, Lee was No. 48, Landesberg at No. 66, Releford listed No. 70, while Humphrey ranked No. 95.
Eleven of the rising juniors rank among Rivals.com top 50 players in the class of 2009. Stephenson lists No. 7, Cheek is No. 11, Strickland is No. 16, Armwood is No. 23, Wayns at No. 24, Nelson ranks No. 30, McDonald is No. 32, Plumlee ranks No. 40, Hall lists No. 41, Kelly is No. 44 and Thompson is No. 46. Four additional juniors also listed amongst Rivals' top-65: Wear (David) ranks No. 54, Wear (Travis) lists No. 55, Stewart is No. 59, while Vinson ranks No. 61.
Nine of the 25 trials hopefuls will be college freshman in the 2008-09 season, and the remaining 17 will be high school seniors in the class of 2009. All nine graduating senior players have signed with prominent NCAA Division I institutions. Gordon and Lee have both been signed by UCLA, Green will play for Alabama, Humphrey was inked by Oregon, Landesberg signed with Virginia, Miller will play at Kentucky, Walker with UConn, Releford at Kansas and Witherspoon will play at Memphis.
Eight additional athletes slated to finish their high school careers in 2008-09 have verbally committed to NCAA Division I programs: Hall with Tennessee; Nelson with UCLA; Plumlee with Duke; Thompson with Georgetown; Wayns with Villanova; and Strickland, David Wear and Travis Wear with North Carolina.
Courtesy of USABasketball


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TURKEY

Another signing of Turk Telekom -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom continues with signing for the next season. After inking of pure shooter Serkan Erdogan, the team agreed terms with experienced center Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency).

The Bosnian native Pars spent last season in TBL team Pinar Karsiyaka from Izmir, who finished regular season on 7th place with score 17-13. The team reached play-off quarterfinals where Efes Pilsen beat them 3-1. Pars played 32 games for Karsiyaka averaging 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.8 apg. A year before he was a member of Russian team Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. In the past he also was a player of all Turkish best teams: Efes Pilsen, Tuborg, Ulker, Fenerbahce and Tofas.

This will be his first participation in ULEB Cup.


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U.KINGDOM

Plymouth Raiders agree on extension with James Noel -by Eurobasket News
The Plymouth Raiders continued their build up process prior to the next BBL season. They recently agreed with James Noel (201-F-82, college: Master's) to extend his contract as he would return to the team in the next season. Noel became the second player to remain the Raider in the upcoming season. Previously Plymouth secured the contract of Terrence Durham (203-C-77, college: St.Bonaventure) for the next year. James Noel joined the Raiders last season moving from the Worcester Wolves. Noel averaged 6.8 points and 4.7 boards per game last season. He was also named the Raiders' Player of the Month in April. The Plymouth Raiders posted the third best record in the BBL last season (24-9).
In the meantime veteran forward James Hamilton (201-F-72, college: Iowa St.) decided to stay with the Cheshire Jets for another season. The 36-year-old forward has already spent 7 seasons with the Jets. His average stats come up to 15.4 points and 7.5 boards per game over 10 years of the BBL experience. He won 6 BBL trophies and three times made it to the BBL All-Star team. Last season Hamilton averaged 11.9 points and 8.7 boards per game.
The BBL organization announced that the new BBL championship season is set to begin on Friday 26th September. Each team will play 33 regular season games and top eight squads will advance to the playoffs. The BBL Trophy competition will undergo minor changes ahead of the 2008/09 campaign. BBL clubs will be separated into four groups of three teams on a regional basis and will play each other home and away within their group. After each team has played their four group stage games, the top team from each group will progress to the knockout semi-finals, with the two winners going on to contest the final.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Rakeem Christmas at Rasul Butler's All City Classic -by David Edole
A look at the action from the Rasual Butler All-City Classic and Rutgers team camp

The calendar might say today is only June 10th, but judging by the temperature outside the last few days in the northeast as well as the amount of basketball Brian Crownover has seen of late, it could easily be mistaken for the middle of July!

This coming weekend Crownover plans to check out some of the action of the Villanova team camp Friday night before heading to the Rumble in the Bronx on Saturday. This past weekend he warmed up by taking in the action of the Rasual Butler All-City Classic in Philly and stopping in Saturday night at the Rutgers team camp on Saturday evening. Read on for his weekend re-cap of some of the top players he got to see at both events.


By Brian Crownover

RUTGERS TEAM CAMP (Saturday Night Action)

Rakeem Christmas
Rakeem is a very athletic forward. He had several high flying dunks and ran the floor well. He also pulled down a number of rebounds. He did appear to be improving his wing skills some, but missed from the outside in this one. Rakeem pulled down a couple boards too. He is certainly a player with huge upside in this freshman class.


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ULEB CUP

Another signing of Turk Telekom -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom continues with signing for the next season. After inking of pure shooter Serkan Erdogan, the team agreed terms with experienced center Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency).

The Bosnian native Pars spent last season in TBL team Pinar Karsiyaka from Izmir, who finished regular season on 7th place with score 17-13. The team reached play-off quarterfinals where Efes Pilsen beat them 3-1. Pars played 32 games for Karsiyaka averaging 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.8 apg. A year before he was a member of Russian team Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. In the past he also was a player of all Turkish best teams: Efes Pilsen, Tuborg, Ulker, Fenerbahce and Tofas.

This will be his first participation in ULEB Cup.


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VENEZUELA

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Trotamundos 35-7 
 2. Cocodrilos 29-13 
 3. Gaiteros 26-16 
 4. Guaiqueries 25-15 
 5. Gatos 23-17 
 6. Marinos 23-18 
 7. Guaros 17-26 
 8. Dep.Tachira 14-28 
 9. Gigantes 9-34 
 10. Panteras 8-35 




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Women News

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ANGOLA - Women

Czech Republic wins Pool B in Madrid -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Angola 86:54

Czech Republic celebrated their second win in the Olympic Qualifying tournament for Women in Madrid. Thus Czechs claimed the first spot in Group B and advanced to the quarterfinal. There they will take on Japan. Angola clinched the second spot in the Pool and would play versus Latvia for the ticket to Beijing.
Czech team dominated in the yesterday's encounter as they rallied to a 15-point distance after the opening stanza. However Angola struck back in the second period. They cut the deficit to just 8 points at halftime. The African side effort ran dry after the break as the European outfit regained control. They limited Angola to 10 points in the third frame and enjoyed a 19-point cushion heading into the final frame. Czech Republic could not recover in the final minutes of action and lost the battle. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) led the charge with 21 points. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) and Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) delivered 12 points apiece for Czech Republic. Astrida Vicente (174-F/G-78) answered with 12 points for Angola. Angela Cardoso (180-F-79) and Nassecela Mauricio (-F-80) had 9 points apiece in a loss. Czechs forced Angola to as many as 27 turnovers and shot 52% from the field. Angola managed just 37% of field goals in defeat.

Czech Republic: Hana Machova 21, Marketa Mokrosova 12, Ivana Vecerova 12
Angola: Astrida Vicente 12, Angela Cardoso 9, Nassecela Mauricio 9


Angolan National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Afonso


Francisco


Vicente


Manuel


Mauricio

4 Maria Afonso (185-C-68)
5 Jacquelina Francisco (185-F-78)
6 Domitila Ventura (165-G-78)
7 Angela Cardoso (180-F-79)
8 Isabel Francisco (170-G-80)
9 Barbara Guimaraes (169-G-80)
10 Irene Guerreiro (170-F-70)
11 Sonia Guadalupe (188-F/G-85)
12 Astrida Vicente (174-F/G-78)
13 Judith Queta (186-D-85)
14 Nadir Manuel (183-F-86)
15 Nassecela Mauricio (181-F-80)

Head Coach : Raul Duarte



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ARGENTINA - Women

Argentinian National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Thomas


Paoletta


Landra


Sanchez


Fernandez
4 Mariana Cava (168-G-85)
5 Veronica Soberon (177-G/F-77)
6 Sthefany Thomas (179-G-89)
7 Melisa Cejas (184-F-84)
8 Sandra Pavon (175-F-85)
9 Maria Landra (188-F-83)
10 Paula Gatti (177-G/F-78)
11 Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79)
12 Maria A. Fernandez (186-C-76)
13 Constanza Landra (187-C-82)
14 Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76)
15 Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86)


Head Coach :
Eduardo Pinto



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AUSTRALIA - Women

Another new player for Townsville Fire -by Eurobasket News

In just two days Townsville Fire inked two players. The latest signing is Rebecca Miles (185-F-86), who already played for the Fire when she was 16-years old. Finally, after 6 years she decided to return to Townsville. Management of the club believes that Miles will be the team's key player for the next WNBL season.


Rebecca Miles spent last two years in USA. She was a member of Boston College (NCAA). At her last year in the States she averaged 3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.9 apg for 32 games.



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BELARUS - Women

Belarusian National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Podobed


Masilionene


Verameyenka


Leuchanka


Troina

4 Olga Podobed (174-G-79)
5 Olga Masilionene (181-F-80)

6 Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G?F-85)
7 Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88)
8 Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79)
9 Natalia Anufrienko (174-G-85)
10 Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-F/C-87)
11 Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83)
12 Natalia Martchenko (170-G-79)
13 Tatyana Troina (188-C-81)
14 Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79)
15 Marina Kress (193-F/C-80)

Head Coach : Anatoliy Buyalskiy



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CUBA - Women

Cuban National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Plutin


Amargo


Boulet


Noblet


Avila

4 Arlenys Romero (176-G-84)
5 Ineidis Casanova (188-G-88)
6 Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79)
7 Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83)
8 Yulizeny Soria (181-F-79)
9 Yamara Amargo (180-F-85)
10 Yayma Boulet (193-C-83)

11 Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85)
12 Clenia Noblet (191-C-87)
13 Taimy Fernandez (181-G-82)
14 Leidis Oquendo (179-F-82)
15 Suchitel Avila (183-F-82)

Head Coach : Alberto Zabala



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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Czech Rep. National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Vesela


Machova


Mokrosova


Elhotova


Viteckova

4 Jana Vesela (194-F-83)
5 Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79)
6 Romana Hejdova (183-F-88)
7 Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83)
8 Michaela Uhrova (166-G-82)
9 Hana Machova (182-F/G-79)
10 Edita Sujanova (190-C-85)
11 Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85)
12 Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81)
13 Petra Kulichova (198-C-84)
14 Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89)
15 Eva Viteckova (190-F-82)

Head Coach :
Jan Bobrovsky


Czech Republic wins Pool B in Madrid -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Angola 86:54

Czech Republic celebrated their second win in the Olympic Qualifying tournament for Women in Madrid. Thus Czechs claimed the first spot in Group B and advanced to the quarterfinal. There they will take on Japan. Angola clinched the second spot in the Pool and would play versus Latvia for the ticket to Beijing.
Czech team dominated in the yesterday's encounter as they rallied to a 15-point distance after the opening stanza. However Angola struck back in the second period. They cut the deficit to just 8 points at halftime. The African side effort ran dry after the break as the European outfit regained control. They limited Angola to 10 points in the third frame and enjoyed a 19-point cushion heading into the final frame. Czech Republic could not recover in the final minutes of action and lost the battle. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) led the charge with 21 points. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) and Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) delivered 12 points apiece for Czech Republic. Astrida Vicente (174-F/G-78) answered with 12 points for Angola. Angela Cardoso (180-F-79) and Nassecela Mauricio (-F-80) had 9 points apiece in a loss. Czechs forced Angola to as many as 27 turnovers and shot 52% from the field. Angola managed just 37% of field goals in defeat.

Czech Republic: Hana Machova 21, Marketa Mokrosova 12, Ivana Vecerova 12
Angola: Astrida Vicente 12, Angela Cardoso 9, Nassecela Mauricio 9


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FIJI - Women

Fiji National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Whippy


Nainima


Moce


Mani


Robanakavu

4 Letava Whippy (180-F-91)
5 Mikaelar Whippy (173-G-86) of Long Island University (USA)
6 Bulou Tuisue (-90)
7 Valerie Nainima (165-G-86)
8 Brittany Hazelman (185-F-90)
9 Ofa Moce (-89)
10 Seini Dobui (160-G-83)
11 Mareta Mani (180-F/C-80)
12 Alisi Tabualevu (-87)
13 Lusiani Robanakavu (185-F-83)
14 Kelera Mataika (180-F-82)
15 Vitorina Matila (187-C-81)

Head Coach : Michael Whippy



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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Jymy hired more coaches -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Jymy (Orimattila), first time ever on Top level in Finland, has hired more coaches. Antti Koskelainen was named as Team Head Coach already earlier
and now he will have two assistant coaches as Jouni Makalainen and Anu Rajaniemi have been named on Team roster. Rajaniemi will also be the
Head Coach for Team's all juniors. Jymy has also signed one new player as G Tiina Aaltonen (170-G-86) will transfer from Kataja (Joensuu). Aaltonen averaged
last season in 1. division 11,6 ppg and 2,6 apg.


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GERMANY - Women

Almind and Nawrotek depart from Saarlouis -by Cornelius Damm
Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) captain and topscorer of the 2007/08 DBBL runner-up Saarlouis will head on to Szeviep Szeged. After three years with the Royals the Eurobasket.com All-DBBL 2007/08 2nd Team selection is looking forward to a new challenge with the Hungarian EuroCup team. To do so she rejected a 'considerable salary increase' by the Royals as it is said on the teams webpage.

Former Polish youth national player Dominika Nawrotek (187-F-87) will return to her home country in order to finish school and achieve her university degree. According to the Royals announcement she is willing to extend her playing career in the Polish first league PLKK.


DBB announces dates for European Championship Qualifikation -by Cornelius Damm
German basketball federation DBB announced the following dates for the female national team. On August 13th the team will start off with a test game against Belgium in Koblenz (GER). A little side note in that game will be the meeting of the two coaches Olaf Stolz (BEL) and Imre Szittya (GER). Many years the two of them led the German squad together. But as Stolz stepped down in November 2006 Szittya emerged as the new head coach. Now just a few weeks ago in May 2008 Stolz was named new head coach of the Belgium female national team around their star Ann Wauters (194-C-80).

In the qualifikation for the European Championship 2009 in Latvia the German national team will face Israel in Hagen (GER) on August 16th. Then the team heads on to play in Ukraine on August 20th before returning home to Germany for a game in Saarlouis against Great Britain on August 23rd. Afterwards the team around former WNBA player Linda Froehlich (188-F/C-79, college: UNLV) will face Lithuania (Aug. 27th) and Isreal (Sept. 2nd) on the road. In Berlin (GER) the rematch against Ukraine will take place on September 6th. For the last away game they will meet with Great Britain on September 10th. Only three days later (Sept. 13th) the qualifikation round comes to an end with the final game against Lithuania in Marburg (GER).


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LATVIA - Women

Latvian National Team 2008 -by Gunars Gailitis
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Basko


Jansone


Jekabsone-Zogota


Tare


Kublina

4 Elina Babkina (172-G-89)
5 Anda Eibele (170-G-84)
6 Zane Eglite (170-G-84)
7 Zane Tamane (194-C-83)
8 Gunta Basko (181-F-80)
9 Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81)
10 Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83)

11 Aija Putnina (191-F-88)
12 Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84)
13 Ieva Tare (185-F-74)
14 Ieva Kublina (193-C-82)

15 Aija Brumermane (191-C-86)
Head Coach: Ainars Zvirgzdins

Assistent: Ainars Cukste

Assistent: Aigars Nerips

Director: Edgars Buls

Manager: Edijs Eglitis



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PORTUGAL - Women

Penicheiro's stats are highly improved -by Eurobasket News
Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) nailed 10 points, made 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the latest game played for Sacramento Monarchs. The latter held on for a 79:76 win over the Washington Mystics. Trailing 21:18 at the end of the first quarter, the Monarchs strung together a 17-4 run to start the second capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Lawson and they led 43:37 at halftime. Lawson made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to put the Monarchs, who have won back-to-back road games and three of four overall, up by three.
In the meantime the Sacramento Monarchs got their first road win of the season as they rallied past the New York Liberty 70:63 at the Madison Square Garden. Patricia Penicheiro was the mastermind for the win as she chipped in 9 points in the final frame. The Liberty led by 6 points early in the fourth term but the Monarchs went on a 15:1 run to surge ahead for good. Patricia Penicheiro finished with 18 points to lead the charge. Nicole Powell dropped 13 points, while Kara Lawson and Adrian Williams-Strong delivered 11 points apiece for the winners. Lisa Willis answered with 11 points for the Liberty.
In comparison with 2007 Patricia Penicheiro averages 9.8 points per game, while last year it was 5.7. She improved also in rebounds stats making 3.7 per game, not 2.6 in 2007. The assists section remains the same as she averages 4.5 per game.


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SENEGAL - Women

Senegalese National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Dieng


Traore


Gueye


Diouf


Diakhate

4 Fatou Dieng (166-G-85)
5 Aya Traore (186-F-83)
6 Awa Gueye (182-F-78)
7 Ndeye Sene (-88)
8 Diodio Diouf (170-G-84)
9 Salimata Diatta (178-F/G-81)
10 Tening Diata (86)
11 Sokhna Sy (-88)
12 Awa Doumbia (182-F-79)
13 Khady Diakhate (-83)
14 Jeanne Senghor (191-C-82)
15 Bineta Diouf (186-C/F-79)

Head Coach : Moustapha Gaye



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SERBIA - Women

Big turn in Belgrade, 2-0 for Hemofarm STADA in the final -by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda suffered defeat against Hemofarm STADA in second game of the play-off final 70-72. Thus the score in the final series currently is 2-0 for Hemofarm, who needs only one more win for the title.

Crvena Zvezda played fantastic 32 minutes of the game. The hosts totally smashed defending champion in this period. They opened the game very aggressively which led to 25-12 after first stanza. Both teams missed many open shots in the second quarter which resulted with just 16 points by both teams. After the breather Zvezda once again took control on Hemfofarm extending lead to 61-39 in 32nd minute. It seemed that defending champion will suffer a real disaster in Belgrade but then Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) stepped up and without any missed shot led his team to big turn. Hemofarm's head coach Marina Maljkovic set full court press, what was the only reasonable and very successful move. Zvezda's guards made many mistakes so very soon visitors melted Zvezda's advantage of 22 points. With 1:13 to go score was tied 67-67. Marija Dosen (182-F-84) of Hemofarm made a basket 24 seconds before the end for 70-68 for his team. Hemofarm's head coach told her players to commit a foul what they done after what Iva Roglic (189-F-88) scored 2 FTs for 70-70. At the last Hemofarm's possession PG Tamara Radocaj was successful setting the score in the final on 2-0.
Center Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) paced the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tamara Radocaj was hero of the game netting 19 points while Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) this time stopped on 8 points. Crvena Zvezda got 10 points and 11 rebounds from Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81).


Crvena Zvezda - Hemofarm STADA 70-72 (0-2)
(25-12,8-8,23-16,14-36)

C. Zvezda:
Velinovic 20 (11 rebs), Zupancic 12 (4 rebs), Prcic 11 (6 rebs, 5 as, 6 st)
Hemofarm: Kovacevic 22 (10 rebs), Radocaj 19, Butulija 8, Dosen 8


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SPAIN - Women

Stats Leaders - LF2 - A -by Sahereh
LF2 A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ramirez, Alvag. 19.0
2 Watson, Efmo 18.6
3 Gomez, ArxilXIL 18.6
4 Gesteira, Verona18.3
5 Crooks, Ferro 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Wells, Canoe 13.0
2 Watson, Efno 11.9
3 Bell, Coslada 11.8
4 Crooks, Ferro 11.5
5 N.Ramirz, Cace.10.0
Assists Per Game
1 Gesteira, Caja 5.4
2 Valek, Caja 3.6
3 Da Costa, Canoe 3.5
4 Castrillo, Alcobe. 3.3
5 Cobian, Comervia 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Gesteira, Caja 4.1
2 R.Gomez, Duran 3.6
3 Grande, PIO Xll 2.9
Blocks Per Game
1 Watson, Efmo 1.8
2 Gimeno, Caja 1.5
3 N.Ramirz, Cace. 1.5
2FGP
1 Szoke, Caja 64.5
2 Da Costa, Garb. 59.8
3 Manzan., Garb. 59.6
3FGP
1 Cinite, Efmo 67.0
2 Suarez, Pio Xll 62.0
3 Lineira, Pio Xll 60.0
Free Throws
1 Sanchez, Ferrol 92.0
2 Gesteira, Caja 89.0
3 Lozano, Cace. 86.0


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Canti Riva Basket Ceresio hires new head coach -by Eurobasket News
Italian head coach Fabio Bassani agreed terms with Canti Riva Basket Ceresio.

Riva Basket made great success this year. They finished LNA regular season on third place with 15 wins and 6 defeats. Later, in the play-off quarterfinals the team knocked out Fribourg 2-0. Their next opponent was BBC, who had home court advantage because of better results in regular season but it wasn't enough for the final. Riva outplayed them 3-1. They met regular season champion Union Neuchatel in the play-off final. Neuchatel had an impressive score in the first stage finishing it 20-1. However, Riva Basket made surprise and grabbed the title finishing final series 3-1.

Fabio Bassani will replace Piergiorgio Manfre on Riva's bench.


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TAIWAN - Women

Taiwanese National Team 2008 -by Richard
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Chien


Chiang


Wen


Lin


Cheng

4 Huang Fan Shan (174-G-87)
5 Chien Wei Chuan (171-G-71)
6 Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81)
7 Wen Chi (169-G-84)
8 Lin Chi Wen (186-C-83)

9 Chu Yung Hsu (185-F/C-81)
10 Tsai Pei Chen (186-C-84)
11 Cheng Hui Yun (185-F/C-77)
12 Lin Hui Mei (177-F-81)
13 Ma Yi Hung (-80)
14 Li Wan Tin (180-G-86)
15 Liu Chia Hsiu (180-F-83)

Head Coach : Lin Hung Ling Yao



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TURKEY - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
TBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lovelace, Besiktas 19.2
2 Newlin, Botas 17.5
3 Pondexter, Fener. 17.4
4 Norman, Burhan. 15.9
5 Brown, Mersin 15.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Newlin, Botas 11.2
2 Campbell, Cey. 10.1
3 T.J Brown, Mersin 9.9
4 Lovelace, Besiktas 9.3
5 Moore, TED 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Yigit, Besiktas 6.5
2 Vardarli, Fener. 5.4
3 Bristol, Burhan. 4.9
4 Alben, Galat. 4.8
5 Givens, Botas 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 Smith, Ceyhan 3.0
2 Givens, Botas 2.8
3 Bristol, Burhan. 2.7
2FGP
1 Bakirci., Fener. 66.7
2 Kimyac., Galata 66.7
3 Amachree, TED 62.5
3FGP
1 Lovelace, Besiktas 50.0
2 Pinar, Botas 50.0
3 Norman, Burhan. 50.0
Free Throws
1 Lovelace, Besiktas 83.3
2 Vulic, Edremit 83.3
3 Brown, Fener. 80.0


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WNBA - Women

Stats Leaders
WNBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pondexter, PHO 26.3
2 Taurasi, PHO 23.7
3 Douglas, IND 21.2
4 Jackson, SEA 19.9
5 Beard, WAS 19.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Parker, LAS 11.2
2 Leslie, LAS 10.5
3 Hoffman, IND 9.0
4 De Souza, ATL 9.0
5 Ford, DET 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Bird, SEA 6.6
2 Whalen, CON 6.2
3 Nolan, DET 5.9
4 Parker, LAS 5,7
5 Moore, NYL 5.2
Steals Per Game
1 Hornbuckle, DET 2.9
2 Anosike, MIN 2.5
3 Moore, NYL 2.4
3FGP
1 Spencer, LAS 72.7
2 Lawson-Wade, SAN 66.7
3 Koehn, WAS 50.0
Free Throws
1 White, HOU 100
2 Ferdinand-Harris, LAS 96.2
3 Jackson, SEA 94.4


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connect. S. 8-1 
 2. Detroit S. 7-3 
 3. Indiana F. 4-3 
 4. New York L. 4-4 
 5. Chicago Sky 3-4 
 6. Washingt. M. 2-7 
 7. Atlanta D. 0-8 
Western
 1. Seattle S. 7-3 
 2. Minnesota L. 6-2 
 3. L.Angeles S. 5-2 
 4. S.Antonio SS 4-4 
 5. Sacram. M. 4-4 
 6. Phoenix M. 2-5 
 7. Houston C. 1-7 


Seattle holds off Phoenix at the Key Arena -by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm survived game-high 37 points from Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) to nip the Mercury 83:77 at home. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) had 20 points and 14 boards to pace the hosts. Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech) provided season-high 17 points including a key three-pointer that put the Storm away for good. Cappie Pondexter drained a treble to cut the deficit to 3 points within the final minute of regulation. But Sheryl Swoopes exploded with a trey of her own to give the home team an 81:75 advantage with 30 seconds left. The Mercury never recovered afterwards. Swin Cash added 17 points for the winners. Cappie Pondexter produced 18 points in a losing effort.
The Los Angeles Sparks closed on the Minnesota Lynx in the Western conference ladder after edging the Detroit Shock 80:73 at home yesterday. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) came up with 17 points, 12 boards and 5 blocks to lead the Sparks. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) and Keisha Brown had 12 points each for the winners. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) answered with 16 points for the Shock. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) chipped in 14 points as Detroit suffered their 3rd loss in the season. The hosts enjoyed a 10-point advantage early in the fourth period but Detroit clawed their way back within a single point midway through the stanza. Delisha Milton-Jones and Candace Parker stepped up for the home team nailing jump shots and putting them away for good. The Sparks improved to 5-2 record after the win.
The San Antonio Silver Stars put on an impressive defensive performance to topple the visiting Indiana Fever. Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) returned from a minor injury and fired 17 points to lead the Silver Stars to a 64:53 win over dangerous Indiana. Ann Wauters delivered 12 points, while Vickie Johnson had 10 to silence the visitors. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and LaTanya White (5'7''-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 13 points apiece for the Fever. The hosts led by as many as 19 points in the final period.