EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/15/2008

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ABA

New GM and website for Las Vegas -by Gianni Pascucci

The new Las Vegas ABA team, formerly named North Las Vegas Aces, changed his name to Las Vegas Lights. The team also announced the agreement with Carl Dossenbach as the new General Manager, who stated to media: 'In addition to bringing the most fan-friendly professional sports experience to the Las Vegas Valley, the Las Vegas Lights plan to raise funds for local charities and scholarship funds, provide employment opportunities and internships for young people and students and to donate thousands of dollars in tickets to youth groups and charities. The brand new team website is at http://www.lasvegaslightsbasketball.com



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ANGOLA

Alberto Carvalho Angola coach -by Carlos Pereira
Coach Alberto de Carvalho 'Ginguba' was on Thursday reappointed to the post of national manager of the senior males basketball team, in view of future commitments.
This was announced in Luanda by the chairperson of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Gustavo da Conceicao, at a ceremony designed to present the three-member technical team.
Ginguba shall be assisted by Artur Barros and Anibal Moreira, who will work with their attentions on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the African Nations Cup, to be held in Nigeria in 2009.
With Alberto de Carvalho 'Ginguba', the Angolan national team won its ninth continental title and the best position ever achieved by an African team in a World Cup, in Japan.

These are the players :Miguel Lutonda, Kikas Gomes, Olimpio Cipriano, Carlos Almeida, Armando Costa, Felizardo Ambrosio, Vlademir Ricardino (1 de Agosto), Abdel Bouckar, Eduardo Mingas, Milton Barros, Victor Muzadi, Luis Costa, Carlos Morais, Domingos Bonifacio, Leonel Paulo, Francisco Horacio (Petro de Luanda), Idelfonso Quiteculo (ASA), Divaldo Bunga e Emanuel Neto (Usa).


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ANTIGUA

Diamond Stars and Lion Feast Kings will play in the Finals -by Eurobasket News
Diamond Stars and Lion Feast Kings advanced to the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Basketball Association Second Division playoff finals. Both teams completed a 2-0 sweeps in their respective semifinal clashes to claim the spot in the title series. The Diamond Stars overcame Refelxions 57:52 to reach the championship games. N'Degwa Malone nailed 25 points to lead the charge. Adessa Harris added 13 points for the winners. John Samuels answered with 13 points and 16 boards for Reflexions. Bernard Andrew had 12 points in defeat.
The Lion Feast Kings snatched a narrow 74:71 win over Fire Links. The Kings managed to withstand a fierce final seconds as the Links tried hard to save the day but Torian Matthew and Roger Miller ensured the winning outcome for the Kings. Torian Matthew led the winners with 19 points and 11 boards. Ronnie James and Roger Miller contributed 15 points apiece for the victors. The Fire Links answered with game-high 25 points from Olivierre Morris. Errol Quallis notched 12 points, 13 boards and 8 steals in a losing case. The championship series are due to tip off on Monday.
Meanwhile the First Division action continued with Medi Care Pharmacy Kings driving to a hard 53:51 win over the defending champions Big Banana Express. Marvin Franklyn came up with 15 points, 9 boards and 9 assists to ensure the winning result for the Kings. The Express were paced by 14 points from Lindsay McDonald.


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BARBADOS

Patrick, Pinelands rout Patriots; take Intermediate title -by Justin Marville
One season was all it took for Pinelands' 24-year legacy in Premier League to come to an end.

It took just another for the men from The Pine to get back there to build a new legacy.

Behind a game high 32 points from combo guard Kirk Patrick, Pinelands booked their return tickets to the Premier League on Saturday, capturing the Intermediate League crown by routing the Patriots 85-50 in Game 2 of the finals at the Wildey gym.

The storied club never had any intentions of making the Intermediate Division a long stay, serving notice to the rest of the league with a 22-point thrashing of perennial title contenders Jose y Jose Cougars in the very first game of the season.

And how fitting it was that they would make good on those intentions by thrashing another perennial title contender in the season's last game. Missing leading scorer and rebounder Gary Miller to a one-game suspension, Pinelands started the contest slowly, managing a mere six points in the first four-and-a-half minutes.

However, The Pine would make up for their offensive woes at the other end of the floor, restricting the Patriots to just five points by containing national forward George Haynes with a stifling brand of interior defence.

And it would only be a matter of time before Pinelands got going on the offensive side of the court.

Sparked by some timely baskets from veteran forward Trevor Small, they wrapped up the first on an 11-4 run, highlighted by Francois Badenock's buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the quarter that gave the side a 17-9 advantage.

But the Patriots would refuse to quit; with reserves Jehnard Brewster and Kevin Lashley igniting an ensuing 11-5 surge they reduced the deficit to just 22-20 early in the second quarter.

However, since the opposition had no intentions of quitting, Patrick was forced to use more coercive methods to get them to submit.

Through an array of drives to the basket, perimeter jumpers and even uncontested lay-ups in transition, Patrick would impose his will on the game's proceedings the rest of the way, dismantling whatever or whoever the Patriots sent his way.

Without any warning the explosive combo guard erupted for 17 second quarter points - after scoring just two in the previous period - to open up a 42-23 half-time advantage in a matter of minutes.

Clearly shell shocked by Patrick's sudden offensive outburst, Patriots coach Roger Walker switched to the role of player to start the third quarter in hopes of lifting his side.

The move would prove futile as Patrick continued his onslaught; this time with some added firepower.
National swingman Ramon Simmons would also run hot, pairing with Patrick out on the perimeter while Small provided the perfect foil on the inside to keep the Patriots defence honest.

The trio combined for 25 of the side's 27 third quarter points as Pinelands duly put away the game in the period, extended their lead to 30, 69-39, heading into the fourth.

Simmons ended with 20 points, Small added a further 12 while Haynes was the lone Patriots player in double digits with 13 points.


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BELGIUM

Optima Gent Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

Optima Gent is one player closer to finalizing its roster with the arrival of American forward Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.).
Melson played college ball at Wright State University, school he left at the end of the 2000-2001 season with 2 All conference first team nominations.

Was voted MCC Newcomer of the Year in 1998-1999.
After his college career he played for various US minor leagues before finally heading overseas to Portugal during the 2003-2004 season when he played 5 games for Belenenses.
Returned to play in the ABA before he returned back to Europe to play in the Spanish LEB1 league for Ourense at the end of the 04-05 season.

Between then and the 2006-2007 Melson played in Dominican Rep, Argentina, the CBA and again in Portugal for Lusitania, follwed by Germany (Tubingen).

Played almost the whole 2007-2008 season in Holland for Groningen. In 39 games in the Dutch league he averaged 14.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

In the 10 games he played in the Uleb Cup he had averages of 11.9ppg and 4.5rpg.



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BOSNIA

Bosnian Final - Igokea win in second game, the Champion will known on Tuesday -by Elvir Halilovic
Igokea Partizan - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 80:78
(23:16, 20:20, 21:22, 16:20)
Aleksandrovac, SD Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 1.500; Ref.: Zurapovic, Obradovic, Jovanic
IGOEKA PARTIZAN: Tosic 9, Patterson 5, Bocka 9, Stazic 8, Djurica 2, Vucurovic 16, Cup, Wright, Lydeka 12, Stefanovic 12, Kovacevic, Allen 7
Coach: Drago Karalic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 10, Sehovic, Tomovic, Ikonic 17, Bavcic 14, Djurasovic, Bailey 12, Rahimic 2, Hajric 3, Pasalic, Jackson 5, Williams 15
Coach: Jurij Zdovc


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BULGARIA

Lukoil Akademik is without head coach yet -by Eurobasket News
After fantastic season in Bulgarian championship, where Lukoil Akademik grabbed the title with perfect score 40-0, the team still doesn't have a head coach for the next season. It is not known yet will Zeljko Lukajic, who led the team last season, stay in the club for one more year. He gave an interview to Bulgarian media but he didn't confirm information that Russian team Universitet Surgut wants to sign him. He also stated that he didn't have official negotiations with Lukoil yet.

'I have information that there is a lot of speculations in Bulgarian media about my future. It is happening since the beginning when I took over Lukoil. Nobody called me to ask will stay or will I leave but every day there is some other information about me. It is true that I have other offers. I don't want to hide that. But Lukoil Akademik is on the first place for me. I am currently in Bosnia where I watch the final of Bosnian championship between Bosna ASA and Igokea Partizan. My plan is to return to Sofia in the next two or three days when I will negotiate with director of the club Vezenkov. It should happen last week but we could make it because he was on Cyprus and later in Varna. I feel responsibility to talk first with Lukoil and I want to hear their offer at the first place' - said Zeljko Lukajic.

Russian club Universitet Surgut didn't confirm but also didn't deny rumors that the team wants to see Lukajic on their bench next season. The officials from Russian team stated that they can not answer on question about Zeljko Lukajic.


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CHINA

Does China have to copy NBA? -by Robert Wang
Does China have to copy NBA? Does NBA really fit China? This has been a hot questions in China these years. As we know, NBA is the best league in the world and all chinese fans included CBA knows it. CBA has been arranged the league in China for over 10 years and they has been learning something from NBA already and put into China league already. And they have earned something good from this. so, it seemed that they are starting to copying NBA now. This year, China have a summer training camp in south of China. All CBA teams went there already and training together. study skill and play games together. Then it says that they will hav a pre-season later this year which is completely as same as NBA system. Is China really US? Are chinese players really US players? Did chinese players received good basketball training when they were a kids? These are the questions from the people both in/out of basketball field in China. most chinese players start to play the basketball when they are about 15 years old in school. some kids were took to the hospital and see the doctor how tall would they grew to? If the doctor said he/she would grew up to over 6'6 or 6'8, then their parents would go to upper school and put their kids to lear the basketball skill there. Some kids even never touched the basketball when they were less than 15 kids. In the US, even a 3 years old kid would like to watch the basketball game in a gym and play the ball. Even shot the ball into the basket and this is not happen in China at all. Chinese players did not see the good training facility and did not train the condition well without a good trainer. Some teams even doesn't care about how important the body condition at all. Last season, some US players even brought their personel tranerduring the season and this will not happen in chinese pro. teams in the past seasons. Chines players' body system is not as same as US players, so some teams practise 2 times a days and make players practise harder in order to improve players' condition but not focus on the body condition training. We can learn a lot from NBA and would have benifit from NBA, but do chinese teams have to copy NBA? Is chinese league really NBA? Can chinese teams be NBA teams if they copy everything from NBA? It seemed like to have a long path to go in the future. China has Yao Ming, has Yi Jian Lian, but it doesn't mean all players are NBA players. a lot stuff needs to be considered and should be improved. Wish China to be the second league next NBA in the near future!

China Defeats Croatia 76-66 -by Arthur Volbert
Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) had 18 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes to lead China to a 76-66 victory over Croatia. Wang Shipeng scored 17 and Wang Zhizhi and Chen Jianghua each scored 12.

Yi hit 4 of 10 shots and 10 of 15 free throws. Wang Shipeng hit 6 of 9 shots, including 4 of 5 three-pointers. Wang Zhizhi hit 5 of 8 shots. Chen hit 2 of 5 shots and all 8 of his free throws.

Ding Jinhui scored only 1 point but grabbed 5 rebounds in 13 minutes.

China led 18-11 after one quarter, 38-26 at the half and 62-47 after three quarters.

Box Score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=2058
The 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

China-- 18 20 24 14 76
Croatia 11 15 21 19 66

Jianlian Yi 11 29min+18p+13r+2a+2s, Zhang Kai 23 11min+3p+1r+2s+4to, Liu Wei 5 11min+3p+1r+1a, Li Nan 10 26min+8p+2r+2a, Wang Shipeng 7 34min+17p+4r+3s, Sun Yue 6min+2p+1a, Zhu Fangyu 8 20min+0p+2r+2s, Zhang Qingpeng 2min+0p, Zhou Peng 21 3min+0p+1r, Chen Jianghua 16 17min+12p+1r+1a, Wang Zhizhi 14 19min+12p+1r+1a+4to, Ding Jinhui 20 13min+1p+5r+1a


Summer League Game Info. -by Robert Wang
Here is the summer league game result from last game:

Jiang su 119:112 tian Jin , Guang dong 98:88 Hei Long Jiang , He Nan 99:96 Shen Zhen , Qing Dao 118:99 Dong Guan. Guang dong still led on the top and 6 games games won in the row. Tian Jin was on the top but Guang Dong has been won all 6 games and tian jin is right nest to guang dong and they are fighting for the candidate for going up to D-1.


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COSTA RICA

Barva advances to Semis -by Gianni Pascucci
At the end, the team Coopealianza UNA Perez Zeledon wans' t able to host the single Quarterfinal game vs. Ferreterias Brenes Barva, sadly leaving them to advance to the Semifinals, to meet Santa Cecilia. Game 1, played two nights ago, ended 90-75 for Barva, with Isaac St.Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown) scoring 25 in Barva and Ivan Jaen (201-C-66) leading the way at 26 in Santa Cecilia. The other semifinal series is currently led by Liceo, winner over Limon 76-68 in Game 1, with Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) scoring 19 in losing effort and Lemark Clarck leading the winners with 24 pts.

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CROATIA

Zadar keeps head coach Aleksandar Petrovic -by Eurobasket News
Management board of new Croatian champion Zadar had important meeting yesterday afternoon. It seems that Zadar will double its budget from the previous season, which will be around 2 millions euros. Important news is that the club also accepted all conditions of their head coach Aleksandar Petrovic regarding new contract.

'We already count that the contract extension with Aleksandar Petrovic is finished thing. We got a green light from him so now we have to resolve just couple of non important terms in new contract. We also made an agreement about the roster for the next season. Body of the team will stay and it means that we have to extend contracts with Stimac, Barac and Gecevski. At this moment it is very difficult to say how much these extensions will cost' - said Pino Giergia, GM of the team.

Each member of the management board supported signing of the new contract with head coach Aleksandar Petrovic and the caoch announced that he will make a decision during the next 24 hours.

'Management board accepted all my conditions and I am satisfied because of it. I took a 'timeout' but I don't se any problems about new contract. Also I don't see any reason to change my opinion about that' - said Aleksandar Petrovic .

Aleksandar Petrovic took over Zadar in March 2007 after he leaved Italian Scafati. He had very successful one and a half seasons with the team. Zadar was a regular season champion this year and later they won the title. The team also reached final of Adriatic league, where it suffered defeat against Partizan Igokea.


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CUBA

National Team in Venezuela -by Alessandro Fontana
The Cuban National Team is in Venezuela to play some friendly games. The national team needs to play some games against other teams to obtain more experience and to be fit and ready for the next important Caricom Tournaments.
Allens Jemmott (193-G-80), the top scorer of Matanzas, one of the strongest player of Cuba is also in Venezuela and he will be 'the cuban diamond', the protagonist of these friendly games in Venezuela. Jemmott has the charachter and the power to lead up Cuba to great results in Latin AMerica and worldwide.
Allens Jemmott played a great season with Matanzas, Matanzas could qualify to the LSB thanks to his points and his incredible games. To mention also the season of Danys Torrientes (190-G-85), another important 'yumurino' player who can give a lot at the Cuban National Team.
A. Fontana


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FINLAND

INTERNATIONAL: Mika Turunen moves to Luxembourg -by Rauno Hurmalainen
New challenges are waiting for Coach Mika Turunen , 43. After being the Head Coach at YMCA Lappeenranta for 18 years (seven years on top level)
Turunen was fired last April just before the play-off-games. Now Turunen and US Heffingen in Luxembourg are going to sign a contract in the upcoming days.
US Heffingen is the newcomer on top level in Luxembourg. Turunen led his team YMCA LPR twice to Finnish Championships.


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FYRMACEDONIA

Junior team of Vardar Centar wins championship title -by Eurobasket News
New winner of the Macedonian championship for juniors is Vardar Centar. In the final game Vardar was better than Petreski on the road 53-50 winning the gold medal.

Youngsters of both teams showed pretty good basketball level in the final game which was interesting until the very end. It was the most important game in city of Gostivar since the time when Nikol Fert won championship title for seniors. Gorgieski was the best scorer for the winners with 17 points. Guroski followed him with 14 points while Lefkoski added 15 points for Petreski.

In game for the third place Fersped Rabotnicki outplayed Pop Sport 96-81.


Petreski - Vardar Centar 50-53
(9-13,11-14,17-18,13-8)

Petreski:
Lefkoski 15, Dimitrieski 12, Janeski 10
Vardar Centar: Gorgieski 17, Guroski 14, Kiricievski 11, Petrov


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GERMANY

Heidelberg: Adeberg stays, Stoll leaves -by Manuel Schust
ProA team USC Heidelberg re-signed 25-year-old Sebastian Adeberg (198-F-84) for one more season. Adeberg, who also attends medical school in Heidelberg, joined Heidelberg in 2006. The german Forward already played for AC Mainz and TV Langen before. Last season he was a top performer for his team averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 28 games.

Meanwhile head coach Torsten Daume decided not to extend the contract with Tobias Stoll (186-F-83, college: Cent.Washington), who played the last three seasons in Heidelberg.


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ITALY

Serie A market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Scavolini-Spar Pesaro will announce soon the agreements with Casey Shaw (208-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Toledo) and Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group). Bruno Arrigoni agreed to serve as the Team Director/GM of Pallacanestro Tisettanta Cantu for another three seasons. Olimpia Armani Jeans Milano officially introduced to media Livio Proli as the team CEO and Lucio Zanca as the new General Manager of the team. New Serie A team Carife Ferrara announced a two-year extension with Fabio Zanelli (196-G-76) and a one-year extension with Harold Jamison (204-C-76, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Clemson).

McIntyre named Finals MVP -by Gianni Pascucci
Just after the end of the Serie A Finals, Montepaschi Siena PG Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) was awarded as the 'Finals MVP'. McIntyre was the winner of a ballot among all the media operators who attended the Italian League playoffs.

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LIBYA

Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 17-3 
 2. Ahli 17-3 
 3. Shabab 16-4 
 4. Nasr 15-5 
 5. Alibenghazi 13-7 
 6. Madina 11-9 
 7. Hilal 8-12 
 8. Jazeera 8-12 
 9. Morog 7-13 
 10. Yarmook 4-16 
 11. Tahaddi 3-17 
 12. Wahda 1-19 


National Cup ,Round 3 -by Anas Seddigh
three games were played in this round :
Jazera - Madina 69-57
Naser - Tahade 95-74
Shabab - Wahda 86-68

with these results Madina and Tahade suffered their second loss thus they were knocked out from the cup competition.

Round 4 :
Ahli Tripoli - Wahda
Shabab - Ittihad
Ahli Benghazi - Hilal
Naser - Moroj

In the fourth round of the cup competition an exciting match is expected between Shabab and Ittihad, Shabab the last two years champion looking to continue their cup success after failling in the league competition while Ittihad looks forward to beat Shabab and enhance their chance of wining both league and cup titles


National League ,Week 20 -by Anas Seddigh
With two more weeks remaining Ittihad and Ahli Tripoli continue sharing the first spot , Ittihad defeated Hilal while Ahli Tripoli beat Naser the defending league champion to make them lose their chance of a back to back championship and put the pressure on Ittihad with two difficult games ahead of them.
meanwhile a win for Shabab over Ahli Benghazi keeps their championship hopes alive.
Whada won their first game this season and after a 19 straight loss they hope that this victory will help them move away from the relegation zone.
Week 20 :
Hilal - Ittihad 53-69
Ahli Tripoli - Naser 93-84
Moroj - Yarmook 68-47
Wahda - Madina 67-48
Tahade - Jazera 60-71
Shabab - Ahli Benghazi 70-61


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NBA

Mike Woodson remains in Atlanta -by Eurobasket News
Head coach of Atlanta Hawks Mike Woodson remains with his team. Woodson, finishing his fourth season as Hawks head coach, led the team to a thrilling seven-game, first round playoff series against Boston that is one step from the title. Mike resigned the contract and hopes to continue rising up with his team.
Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) is questionable for Sunday night's Game 5 of the NBA finals against Lakers. Perkins strained his left shoulder in Boston's 97:91 victory. In Game 4 Perkins played 13 minutes, scored 3 points and made 1 rebound. Kedrick started in the line up and his absence will be a disadvantage for the team.
Meanwhile, Matt Harpring (6'7''-F-76, college: Georgia Tech) had surgery to remove two bone spurs from his right ankle. The forward of Utah Jazz stays with his team for a long time. He just finished his 10th season in the league, averaging 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds as Utah's sixth man. In his previous years he played for Philadelphia,Cleveland and Orlando. However from 2002 Matt joined Jazz and stays with the team until now.
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) lead the lists of the NBA's Most Popular Jerseys for the 2007-08 season based on sales at the NBA Store. Kobe Bryant ends the season second and LeBron James moves up on the third spot.


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NCAA1

Speights leaves Gators for NBA -by Kevin Cochran

University of Florida center Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C) will keep his name in the upcoming NBA Draft, forgoing his final two years of eligibility.

Speights entered his name in the draft on April 8, but left open the option of a return to Florida. After numerous NBA workouts, however, Speights received enough positive feedback to remain in the draft, to be held on June 26 in New York, N.Y.

I had the opportunity to speak with Marreese this morning and based on the information he is receiving, he informed me of his intentions to remain in the NBA Draft, said University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan . I completely support his decision, this is what he wants to do. I wish him nothing but the best of luck on June 26 and in the future.

Speights finished second on UF in scoring during his sophomore season, averaging 14.5 points per game. He led the Gators in rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per contest, as well as team-highs of 49 blocked shots and 10 double-doubles.

I want to thank Coach Donovan and the entire staff for helping me develop my game and become a better player over the past two years, said Speights. Even though Im leaving the University of Florida early, Ill forever be a Gator.

He scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against Massachusetts in the semifinals of the MasterCard NIT in what would be the final game of his career. In his two-year career, Speights averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and blocked 64 shots.

Courtesy: University of Florida Sports Information and Gatorzone.com



Calathes to try out for Greek National Team -by Kevin Cochran

Heralded University of Florida freshman guard Nick Calathes has been invited to try out for the Greek National Team in preparation for the Olympics this summer.

Calathes, a third-generation Greek-American received an invitation to try out for the Olympic squad and will depart for Greece on June 25. If he makes the squad, he would take part in the Olympic qualifying games in Athens from July 14-20.

The University of Florida has never had an Olympian in men's basketball.

Calathes was the co-SEC Freshman of the Year and the SEC's Newcomer of the Year in 2007-08, averaging 15.3 points per game, while setting a UF record with 221 assists. He led the SEC in assists per game at 6.1 per contest

Courtesy: Gatorzone.com



Matt Shaw of UNLV to have surgery -by Eurobasket News

UNLV men's basketball junior Matt Shaw (6'8''-F-86, college: S.Illinois) has been diagnosed by team physician Dr. Gerald Higgins as having a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery, head coach Lon Kruger announced Friday.

Because of the nature of the injury, surgery will be scheduled within two to three weeks after swelling in the knee decreases.

Shaw, a 6-8 forward from Los Angeles, played in all 35 games for the Runnin' Rebels last season, helping the team to a 27-8 record, its second consecutive MWC Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament's second round. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures 10 times. He was fourth on the team in made 3-pointers with 24 and averaged 19.0 minutes per contest.

Typical rehabilitation for this type of injury is six to nine months. Shaw will miss the entire 2008-09 season.

'Matt tweaked his knee last month in a pick-up game,' Kruger said. 'He tried to play when practice started earlier this week, but he was uncomfortable and had it evaluated.

'We are really disappointed for Matt because he has worked so hard to have an outstanding junior season. It is very disappointing in the short term, but he will turn it into a positive and take advantage of what becomes a redshirt season. He will have two years left of playing after this season and will finish those strong.'

Courtesy of ncaa.com



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NICARAGUA

Wins for Tiburones and Tigres -by Gianni Pascucci
Despite playing without Noel McKenzie and Vandell Thomas, Tiburones Bancentro defeated 78-67 Vikingos de Pizza Valentis in the last round of ACB league. Hernol Hall scored 20 pts to be the game top performer, Johnny Lampson (198-F/C-80) added 16 pts and the best in Vikingos was Jasser Jimenez at 18. Tigres dde la UdeM kept the pace of Tiburones winning over Halcones de la Red Nicarao 107-94, with Jason Walters leading the way at 25 pts and William Waterhouse adding 19. Omar Montoya scored 19 points to be the best player in Halcones.

ACB Standinga
D1 Standings
ACB
 1. Tiburones 7-2 
 2. Tigres 7-2 
 3. Vikingos de V. 4-3 
 4. Pumas 3-2 
 5. Delfines 3-5 
 6. Halcones 0-7 
Liga Premier
 1. Jaguares 4-2 
 2. American Coll. 3-2 
 3. Fupade Coast 3-3 
 4. Caimanes 1-4 


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PARAGUAY

National League ends second phase -by Gianni Pascucci
Sol de America ended undefated the Second phase of the competition defeating San Jose Vitathon, 96-87, in the last game of the Group 'A2'. Jamaal Levy scored 22 pts to lead Sol, and Renzo Ferrari added 19 pts in the win. Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) led San Jose with 21 pts in losing effort. America de Pilar ended the Group 'B2' with two wins. They defeated before Sacachispas, 88-86, with Marcus Watts leading the way at 35 points and then prevailed over Felix Perez Cardozo 94-77, with Jose Fabio (198-F-77) scorin 27 pts. The Group 'B2' ends tonight with the game Sacachispas-FPC, and the Semifinal Round will start on Thursday, June 19, with the games Sol de America - San Jose Vitathon and Sacachispas - America

National League Standings
National Standings
Group A
 1. Sol de Am. 6-0 
 2. D.San Jose 2-4 
 3. Libertad 1-5 
Group B
 1. America 6-0 
 2. Sacachispas 2-3 
 3. Felix Perez 0-5 


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RUSSIA

Market News- Unics,Dinamo intrested in Drew Nicholas -by Andrei Maminov
Dinamo Moscow and Unics Kazan are intrested in American guard - Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) according to Sovetsky Sport.
The highly rated former Efes Pilsen guard has been released from the Turkish giants due to personal reasons in February and was a free agant since then.
Euroleague runners up Maccabi Tel-Aviv are also intersted in the sharpshooter guard but there offer to Nicholas wasn't satisfing the player and his agant and Dinamo and Uncis are now in the frame according to the report.
Nicholas already played under coach Blatt in Benetton Treviso and in Efes Pilsen and he is very keen to adding him to the roster.


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SERBIA

Steven Markovic wants to leave Crvena Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski
Point guard of Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade, Steven Markovic (190-G-85), wants to part ways with the team. He sent request to Serbian Basketball Federation which will make a decision about it soon. At the same time Markovic also received Italian citizenship. Namely, mother of the player is from Italy so Markovic, beside Serbian and Australian, will have Italian passport.

Markovic joined Crvena Zvezda in 2005 from Australian team West Sydney Razorbacks. He was a member of Australian NT which won gold medal on WC 2003 in Greece. The player signed new 3-years contract with Zvezda previous summer but it seems he will terminate it earlier.


Ivan Jeremic joined Sasa Obradovic in Kyiv -by Zoran Popovic
Ivan Jeremic , former coach assistant of Dusan Ivkovic in CSKA Moscow and coach of Libyan national team, joined Sasa Obradovic in Kyiv (Ukraine). He spent last season as assistant of Aleksandar Trifunovic in Lietuvos Rytas, which played in final of Lituanian play off.

Jeremic signed contract in Kyiv as assistant of Sasa Obradovic . Obradovic made agreement with Ukrainian team few days ago and signed contract on two years.


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SLOVENIA

Candidates for U-16 and U-20 EC -by Zeljko Zule
Basketball Federation of Slovenia today announced candidates for U-20 and U-16 European Championships.
U-20 NT: Luka Lapornik of Alpos Sentjur, Dejan Mlakar of Geoplin Slovan, Sinisa Bilic of Triglav, Zoran Dragic of Geoplin Slovan, Jakob Virk of Geoplin Slovan, Klemen Lorbek of Hopsi, Daniel Vujasinovic of Hopsi, Boban Tomic of Hrastnik, Matija Trampus of Ilirija, Dejan Milasinovic of Jance, Grega Jakhel Kolarevic of Kraski zidar Jadran, Miha Markic od Luka Koper, Ilija Gavric of Casino Maribor, Klemen Muha of Misel Postojnska jama, Dejan Cigoja of Rogla, Dejan Radojevic of Jance, Edin Alisaphic of Zlatorog.
Coach: Miro Alilovic. Assistant: Andrej Zakelj.
U-16 NT: Alen Kahvedzic of Pakman Celje, Matija Vravnik of Dravograd, Marko Pajic of Geoplin Slovan, Jure Besedic of Lastovka, Luka Rupnik of Idrija, Matic Krivic of Krka II, Urban Gorjanc of Mario Primorac/Casino Maribor, Aljaz Korosec of Lastovka, Matej Luznar of Parklji, Uros Pavlovic of Radenska Creativ, Matej Rojc of Kos, Andrej Volk of Kos, Alen Hodzic of Kos, Jaka Brodnik of Kos, Blaz Kastelic of Triglav, Klemen Prepelic of Zlatorog.
Coach: Dejan Mihevc. Assistant: Dejan Cikic.


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SPAIN

Latest news from Barcelona and Bruesa -by Eurobasket News
AXA Barcelona announced that contract of 32-years old center Denis Marconato (211-C-75) expired and they will not extend it. Experienced Italian center joined Barca in 2005 signing 3-years contract. He played 21 games in Euroleague last season averaging 3.6 ppg and 3 rpg while in ACB league regular season he had 5.9 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Interesting is that Marconato holds the record in Euroleague with 165 appearances. J. R. Holden of CSKA follows him with 3 games less. Before Barcelona, Marconato spent 8 seasons in Benetton Treviso. He was a member of Italian National Team from 1996 to 2007.

Meanwhile, Bruesa GBC extended contract with Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)). He played 32 games in ACB league last season adding 5 ppg and 2.1 rpg.


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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

John back at basketball helm -by Don Farrell

Earl John, reinstated president of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT), will chair his first meeting this morning at the Maloney Indoor Sports Arena in Maloney.

John was put back as the sport's top man following a decision taken by the two-man mediation team of Kerston Coombs, a Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) trustee, and attorney J Tyrone Marcus at the TTOC office in Port of Spain on Wednesday.

The mediation team was put in place to look into John's alleged unconstitutional removal as president at an NBFTT annual general meeting on March 29 at Maloney.

At the AGM, John was 'replaced' by Brian Manning, son of Prime Minister Patrick Manning, as the new boss of the federation through a vote of no confidence.

According to John, the move was contrary to Article 17 of the constitution of the NBFTT (Removal from Office and Filling Vacancies) and, in addition, it was not an election year.

The election of officers to fill positions on the NBFTT's executive or board of directors is held every two years and John and his team were voted in last year.

Following discussions at the TTOC office, the mediators concluded that the AGM held on March 29, and which reconvened on April 5, should be deemed 'unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect, hence the directors removed must be reinstated with immediate effect'.

The other officers affected at the March annual general meeting were vice-president of communications and marketing, June Rogers, who was replaced by Nadine Khan, and assistant secretary Darren Joseph, who handed over his duties to Denisha Harris.

The TTOC also recommended that the NBFTT constitution be revised to remove ambiguities and that a dispute resolution tribunal be appointed, in accordance with the requirements of the constitution.

The mediation process got underway following correspondence sent to the TTOC on April 11, in the wake of what transpired at the Federation's AGM.

John and Manning were present at the mediation sessions in May and earlier this month and after reviewing all the evidence, the mediators decided that John and the other members who were wrongly removed be reinstated.

On Thursday, John said that today's meeting was always on the Federation's schedule. He added that he did not know what the agenda would look like, but stated that the NBFTT executive will be seriously looking into the recommendations made by the mediators.

And Manning (B), who resigned from the National Professional Basketball League (NPBL) in April, is now no longer an associate member of the NBFTT.

Manning was an associate member of the Federation at the time when he was unlawfully elected as president.

Several attempts to contact Manning went unanswered.

On Wednesday, a T&T Olympic Committee official told the Express that the findings of the mediation team would be announced on June 18, but in a media release on Thursday, the TTOC suggested that the confidentiality agreement between the two parties had been broken and the public disclosure in Thursday's media could damage efforts at remedying the situation.

'As far as the TTOC is concerned, the mediation/arbitration process involving Messrs Earl John and Brian Manning of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT)is ongoing,' the statement said. 'Accordingly, the confidentiality agreement that formed the basis of the mediation/arbitration effort by the TTOC, to which all parties subscribed, remains in place.'

It further added that the TTOC mediation panel have made certain recommendations, 'however, the recommendations have no binding effect unless both parties agree and communicate such to the TTOC office by June 18.

'Any communication at this time by the disputants are therefore premature and can be prejudicial to the efforts of the TTOC. Further, the TTOC wishes to clarify that the recommendations must be accepted in their entirety.

'The TTOC remains confident that this matter will be concluded on June 18.'


source: trinidadexpress



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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Mini-Basketball clinics in St. Croix and St. Thomas -by David Edole
The Basketball Academy of the Americas, the National Basketball Federation of Virgin Islands, and its President Mr. Usie Richard, will be offering a workshop for Mini-Basketball coaches in both St. Croix and St. Thomas.

In St. Croix, the mini-basketball clinic will be held on July 16 - 17, 2008. The other is scheduled for August 18 - 19, 2008 in St. Thomas.

Mr. Usie Richards invites every mini-basketball coach from the vicinities of St. Croix and St. Thomas to join this movement. These clinics are part of the annual program of the Academy and the Mini-Basketball Commission (whose coordinator is Prof. Fernando Lusternick).

The results already witnessed in other Federations clearly point out that the quality level of both players and teams allows for a higher participation rates in international competitions. Please help us to improve the training programs and to develop the quality of basketball for the youth.



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UKRAINE

Kyiv close to sign ex NBAer Rawle Mashall -by Eurobasket News
Kyiv already started with the signings for the next season. Its first move was deal with head coach Sasa Obradovic, who arrived in Kyiv from German Koln. It seems that the team finally wants to stop Azovmash next season as their opponent captured last three Ukrainian championship titles. Kyiv is close to agree terms with ex NBA player Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland), who still playing this season in the final of Serbian championship with Hemofarm Vrsac. He played 22 games for Hemofarm in Adriatic league averaging 15.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.4 apg. Marshall also had 12 appearances in ULEB Cup having 17.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.1 apg. He spent two consecutive seasons in NBA. At his first year he played 23 games for Dallas Mavericks while a year later he had 40 games for Indiana Paces averaging 2.5 ppg.

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URUGUAY

Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Aguada 14-4 
 2. Capurro 12-4 
 3. Verdirrojo 11-6 
 4. Nacional 10-7 
 5. Goes 9-8 
 6. Larranaga 8-8 
 7. Urunday Univ. 8-9 
 8. 25 de Agosto 8-10 
 9. Yale 8-10 
 10. Guruyu Waston 8-10 
 11. Olivol Mundial 7-11 
 12. Larre Borges 6-12 
 13. Marne 4-14 


The 19th round for the Metro League -by Hector Lopez
Alexander Blackwell netted 15 points out of 21 scored by Waston during the last quarter leading his team to beat Larre Borges 79-70, in a key game to avoid relegation, during the 19th round of the Metro League. For Larre Borges 'Pop' Thornton netted 18 points. The results (and figures for import players were:
Verdirrojo 81 - Cam-Ron Clay 29 points and 17 rebounds
25 de Agosto 65 -
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Yale 92 - Tarrie Monroe 37 points 20 rebounds
Urunday Universitario 79
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Aguada 97 - Wendell Gibson 23 points 20 rebounds
Marne 78 - Antonio Mc Million 11 points
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Goes 80 - Howard Wilkerson 30 points 15 rebounds
Olivol Mundial 76
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WBA

Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Decatur CK 4-1 
 2. Buford M. 4-2 
 3. Memphis B. 3-3 
 4. Cartersville W. 3-4 
 5. Mississippi HH 2-4 
 6. Tri-State 2-4 




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Women News

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ANGOLA - Women

Latvia easily smashes Angola in the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Angola 84:26 (23-9, 16-5, 23-6, 22-6)

Latvia smashed Angola in the Quarterfinals of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. European team won 84:26 to reach the Olympics for the first time in the nation's history. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) collected 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) and Elina Babkina (172-G-89) produced 11 points each. Jacquelina Francisco (185-F-78) was the only one to reach double digits scoring 12 points and Nassecela Mauricio (181-F-80) added 4 points and 7 rebounds.
It was the game of two different styles in the court. European one dominated in the whole game and it was hardly believed that the game was scheduled to be quarterfinal. Angola however tried hard and deserved at least thanks for participation. Latvia started with 23:9 in the opening quarter to propel for the easy game. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had 20 points to lead Latvia, who broke open a close game in the second quarter when they reeled off 17 consecutive points to lead 30:9. Another 16:5 in the second quarter made the score inappropriate at 39:14 when the teams went to the lockers.
Latvia did not stop in the second half and even improved the defense. At first they produced 23:6 in the third quarter to make plus 42 on the board. With 22:6 European team sealed an easy victory and now together with three other teams from the same continent will struggle for Madrid's gold.
The African side will now take on Brazil. The winner in that clash will advance to a final on Sunday against the winner of the other semi-final between Japan and Cuba.

Latvia:Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 20+7 rebs, Zane Tamane 13+8 rebs, Ieva Kublina 11, Elina Babkina 11
Angola:Jacquelina Francisco 12, Nassecela Mauricio 4+7 rebs


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BELARUS - Women

Belarus wins an overtime thriller -by Eurobasket News
Brazil-Belarus 79:86 OT

Belarus created a real upset in Madrid, FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women sending the candidate number one to the decisive campaign. Belarus beat Brazil 86:79 in an overtime thriller to join four other European teams for Olympics. Natalia Martchenko led the winners with 21 points. Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-F/C-87) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Olga Masilionene (181-F-80, agency: LBM Management) posted 12. Karla da Costa top-scored for Brazil with 22 points. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) had 12, while Patricia Ferreira (180-F/G-79) and Franciele Nascimiento scored 10 apiece.
Brazil was the favorite not only of the game, but of the whole tournament as well. Belarus however proved their ambitions in the opening quarter staying tough at 22:22. Moreover a perfect defensive style in the second period led to 13:6 in the quarter. Belarus led 44:31, but could not keep the score. Brazilians cut the margin to 46:43 in the beginning of the third period. Karla da Costa's three behind the arc at the end of the third quarter reduced the arrears to 51:50.
Brazil found its game and increased the lead to 58:52. With less than 2 minutes in the game the board showed 72:67 for Latin Americans. Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) buried a three-pointer to reduce to 2 points. Olga Masilionene and Anastasiya Verameyenkaboth scored a free throw to send the game into overtime. In the extra time Europeans used a 14-7 margin to seal a dramatic victory.
Brazil still have a chance to reach the Beijing Games as they take on Angola on Saturday and if they prevail, the South Americans will take on the winner of Cuba's game with Japan for the final spot on offer for China.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Iziane Castro 12, Patricia Ferreira 10, Franciele Nascimiento (187-F/C-87) 10
Belarus:Natalia Martchenko 21, Anastasiya Verameyenka 19+10 rebs, Olga Masilionene 12


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BELGIUM - Women

Another two wins for Belgian player -by Eurobasket News
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and San Antonio Silver Stars reached another two wins in WNBA. Belgian player was the key one in both games. At first San Antonio Silver Stars put on an impressive defensive performance to topple the visiting Indiana Fever. Sophia Young 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 and LaTanya White answered with 13 points apiece for the Fever. Ann Wauters collected 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The hosts led by as many as 19 points in the final period.
Last night San Antonio outlasted the Seattle Storm 74:69 at the AT&T Center. The hosts had to come back from behind in the second half to celebrate their 5th win in the season. Becky Hammon put the home side up by 4 points with just over a minute left in the game. However Lauren Jackson replied with a jumper and a free throw to shave the deficit to a single point. Sophia Young was fouled and nailed both freebies to make it a 71:68 game. Sue Bird hit just one free throw, while Vickie Johnson drained them both and the Silver Stars never surrendered the lead at the end. Becky Hammon netted 17 points, while Vickie Johnson had 16 for San Antonio. Ann Wauters nailed 8 points and made 12 rebounds. Sue Bird responded with game-high 21 points and 7 assists.


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BRAZIL - Women

Belarus wins an overtime thriller -by Eurobasket News
Brazil-Belarus 79:86 OT

Belarus created a real upset in Madrid, FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women sending the candidate number one to the decisive campaign. Belarus beat Brazil 86:79 in an overtime thriller to join four other European teams for Olympics. Natalia Martchenko led the winners with 21 points. Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-F/C-87) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Olga Masilionene (181-F-80, agency: LBM Management) posted 12. Karla da Costa top-scored for Brazil with 22 points. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) had 12, while Patricia Ferreira (180-F/G-79) and Franciele Nascimiento scored 10 apiece.
Brazil was the favorite not only of the game, but of the whole tournament as well. Belarus however proved their ambitions in the opening quarter staying tough at 22:22. Moreover a perfect defensive style in the second period led to 13:6 in the quarter. Belarus led 44:31, but could not keep the score. Brazilians cut the margin to 46:43 in the beginning of the third period. Karla da Costa's three behind the arc at the end of the third quarter reduced the arrears to 51:50.
Brazil found its game and increased the lead to 58:52. With less than 2 minutes in the game the board showed 72:67 for Latin Americans. Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) buried a three-pointer to reduce to 2 points. Olga Masilionene and Anastasiya Verameyenkaboth scored a free throw to send the game into overtime. In the extra time Europeans used a 14-7 margin to seal a dramatic victory.
Brazil still have a chance to reach the Beijing Games as they take on Angola on Saturday and if they prevail, the South Americans will take on the winner of Cuba's game with Japan for the final spot on offer for China.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Iziane Castro 12, Patricia Ferreira 10, Franciele Nascimiento (187-F/C-87) 10
Belarus:Natalia Martchenko 21, Anastasiya Verameyenka 19+10 rebs, Olga Masilionene 12


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BULGARIA - Women

News from Slavia -by Eurobasket News
It seems that Slavia, who finished last season in A league on 6th place with score 5-17, will have 50% bigger budget for the next one. New target of the team for the next season will be one of the medals in domestic championship. It is expected that during the next two months body of Slavia's roster be known. The team will also call couple of players on a try out.

Management of Slavia negotiates with new sponsors which showed willingness to help the team in order to return on position where it was in the past. Slavia will also focus on its youngsters. Except of the medal in Bulgarian championship, priority of the team will be development of its younger selections.


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CUBA - Women

Cuba wins over Japan, still alive for Olympics -by Eurobasket News
Cuba-Japan 66:58 (21-18, 16-8, 16-17, 13-15)

Cuba beat Japan in one of two games scheduled for tonight of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. The team from Latin America won 66:58
and probably will meet Brazil for the 5th place that will give a ticket to Beijing. The latter will have to beat Angola to join the Latin American thriller for the last spot to China. Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) led the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) ended up with 12 points, while Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) scored 8. Noriko Koiso (183-C-74) top-scored for Japan with 12 points and Rika Tanaka (173-G-82) added 8.

For both teams this stage is decisive even though the winner does not take it all. Japan is eliminated, however Cuba will have a do or die game versus Brazil. Latin Americans opened the game with 21:18 taking a bit of control in the game. With 16:8 in the second period Cuba took full responsibility in the court dominating it over Japan. Both teams disappeared in the lockers for Cubans 11 points lead.
In the second half Japan brought the intrigue back providing at first 17:16 in the third quarter. In the last minutes of the game Japan closed to 61:58 but could not score anymore. Even though they won the period 15:13 it was not enough for the total win. Cuba nailed 5 more consecutive points in the end to seal a victory over the Asians.

Cuba:Yayma Boulet 24+9 rebs, Yakelin Plutin 12, Clenia Noblet 8
Japan: Noriko Koiso 12, Rika Tanaka 8


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FRANCE - Women

Gruda and Lawson continue their WNBA campaign -by Eurobasket News
Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) and Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) continue their WNBA campaign. The Western conference leaders Los Angeles Sparks held off the Eastern top team Connecticut Sun at home in overtime yesterday. The Sparks relied on a three-pointer from Sidney Spencer and accurate free throw shooting from Kiesha Brown to prevail in the extra period. Lisa Leslie had 22 points and 10 boards to lead the winners. Delisha Milton-Jones secured 20 points, while Marie Ferdinand-Harris knocked down 19 in a winning case. Sandrine Gruda ended up with 8 points 2 block-shots and 2 rebounds. Lindsay Whalen answered with 20 points for the Sun as they suffered just their second loss in the season. The Sparks led throughout the majority of the game enjoying a 14-point advantage at times. The hosts were still in front 87:83 with under 2 minutes remaining but Lindsay Whalen drained two jumpers to tie the score with a minute to go in regulation.
The San Antonio Silver Stars outlasted the Seattle Storm 74:69 at the AT&T Center. The hosts had to come back from behind in the second half to celebrate their 5th win in the season. Becky Hammon put the home side up by 4 points with just over a minute left in the game. However Lauren Jackson replied with a jumper and a free throw to shave the deficit to a single point. Sophia Young was fouled and nailed both freebies to make it a 71:68 game. Sue Bird hit just one free throw, while Vickie Johnson drained them both and the Silver Stars never surrendered the lead at the end. Becky Hammon netted 17 points, while Vickie Johnson had 16 for San Antonio. Edwige Lawson played only 2 minutes, but could make a brilliant assist for her team mate. Sue Bird responded with game-high 21 points and 7 assists.


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GERMANY - Women

Wolfenbuettel Wildcats land Jezabel Ohanian -by Moritz Korff
The BC Wolfenbuettel Wildcats, newcomer to the DBBL, signed Jezabel Ohanian (172-F-77) for the upcoming season, as the local newspaper 'Braunschweiger Zeitung' reported. The 30-year-old former German international inked a one year-contract with the team of Coach Heiko Bischoff. Ohanian played internationally for Germany on the Women's NT (3 caps) and on the University National Team. After serving as a team captain of MTSV Schwabing for a couple of years, she moved on to TSV Wasserburg in 2006 and won the German double (Championship and DBBL-Cup) in 2007. Ohanian spent this past season abroad as a member of ColdAIR Carugate (Italy, A2-League) and most recently at Expofinques Tanit Eivissa in the Spanish LF2-League. In 14 games for Eivissa she averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 rebounds.

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JAPAN - Women

Cuba wins over Japan, still alive for Olympics -by Eurobasket News
Cuba-Japan 66:58 (21-18, 16-8, 16-17, 13-15)

Cuba beat Japan in one of two games scheduled for tonight of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. The team from Latin America won 66:58
and probably will meet Brazil for the 5th place that will give a ticket to Beijing. The latter will have to beat Angola to join the Latin American thriller for the last spot to China. Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) led the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) ended up with 12 points, while Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) scored 8. Noriko Koiso (183-C-74) top-scored for Japan with 12 points and Rika Tanaka (173-G-82) added 8.

For both teams this stage is decisive even though the winner does not take it all. Japan is eliminated, however Cuba will have a do or die game versus Brazil. Latin Americans opened the game with 21:18 taking a bit of control in the game. With 16:8 in the second period Cuba took full responsibility in the court dominating it over Japan. Both teams disappeared in the lockers for Cubans 11 points lead.
In the second half Japan brought the intrigue back providing at first 17:16 in the third quarter. In the last minutes of the game Japan closed to 61:58 but could not score anymore. Even though they won the period 15:13 it was not enough for the total win. Cuba nailed 5 more consecutive points in the end to seal a victory over the Asians.

Cuba:Yayma Boulet 24+9 rebs, Yakelin Plutin 12, Clenia Noblet 8
Japan: Noriko Koiso 12, Rika Tanaka 8


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LATVIA - Women

Latvia easily smashes Angola in the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Angola 84:26 (23-9, 16-5, 23-6, 22-6)

Latvia smashed Angola in the Quarterfinals of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. European team won 84:26 to reach the Olympics for the first time in the nation's history. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) collected 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) and Elina Babkina (172-G-89) produced 11 points each. Jacquelina Francisco (185-F-78) was the only one to reach double digits scoring 12 points and Nassecela Mauricio (181-F-80) added 4 points and 7 rebounds.
It was the game of two different styles in the court. European one dominated in the whole game and it was hardly believed that the game was scheduled to be quarterfinal. Angola however tried hard and deserved at least thanks for participation. Latvia started with 23:9 in the opening quarter to propel for the easy game. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had 20 points to lead Latvia, who broke open a close game in the second quarter when they reeled off 17 consecutive points to lead 30:9. Another 16:5 in the second quarter made the score inappropriate at 39:14 when the teams went to the lockers.
Latvia did not stop in the second half and even improved the defense. At first they produced 23:6 in the third quarter to make plus 42 on the board. With 22:6 European team sealed an easy victory and now together with three other teams from the same continent will struggle for Madrid's gold.
The African side will now take on Brazil. The winner in that clash will advance to a final on Sunday against the winner of the other semi-final between Japan and Cuba.

Latvia:Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 20+7 rebs, Zane Tamane 13+8 rebs, Ieva Kublina 11, Elina Babkina 11
Angola:Jacquelina Francisco 12, Nassecela Mauricio 4+7 rebs


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SERBIA - Women

Serbian junior NT cruises past Bosnia in friendly game -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian junior National Team played a friendly game against Bosnian juniors beating them 86-48. Serbia took control on Bosnia at the early beginning while one the other side visitors struggled of lot with their offensive sets. It resulted with joust 6 points by Bosnia in the first period. Serbia finished it 24-6. After this early lead Bosnia woke up showing better performance in the second quarter 17-21. However, it was enough only for 41-27 at the half time. During the next 20 minutes Serbia totally dominated on the court. Bosnians weren't able even to threat until the end so Serbia registered win in its first friendly game this year.
Sanja Orozovic (184-G-90) was the top scorer for the winners with 14 points. Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) also shined with 12 points while Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) and Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) netted 10 points each. Bosnia got 13 points from Stojanovic. Deura followed her with 12 points.

Head coach of Serbian junior National Team, Zoran Kovacic, was satisfied after the game shortly saying: 'I am satisfied with the attitude and willingness of my players. There is a lot of thing which we have to improve.'

It was the first friendly game of Serbia as part of preparations for the European championship this summer. The competition will be held in Slovakia from 18th to 27th of July.


Serbia - Bosnia and Herzegovina 86-48
(24-6,17-21,21-11,24-10)

Serbia:
Orozovic, 14, Krnjic 12, N. Jovanovic 10, T. Jovanovic 10
Bosnia: Stojanovic 13, Deura 12, Omerpasic 8


Hemofarm STADA wants to defend title tonight -by Dragan Jankovski
After two wins in the play-off final against Crvena Zvezda, Hemofarm STADA is ready to defend championship title. They will have a chance to do it tonight at the front of their fans. Hemofarm smashed Crvena Zvezda in the first game 81-58 while in the next one the orange team had extremely tough job. Zvezda had lead 61-39 with 8 minutes to go but Hemofarm, thanks to Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87), made fantastic come-back celebrating 70-72.

Hero from the last game, Tamara Radocaj, called the orange fans to stay in the gym tonight after the second final game for men's championship between Hemofarm and Partizan Igokea. Her plan is to celebrate the title together with them.

Head coach of Hemofarm STADA and daughter of well respected coach Bozidar Maljkovic, Marina Maljkovic, said that it will be maybe to toughest game for her team this season.

'We had really bad but also really bright moments in the last game in Belgrade. First 30 minutes were totally disappointing for us but in the last quarter we showed amazing performance. At the end those 8 minutes were enough for the win' - said Marina Maljkovic at the official press conference.

She also said that Zvezda gave its best trying to take the championship title from Hemofarm but her team now has big advantage.

'We are ready for the third game. It will be maybe the toughest game for us this season but on the other side it could be very sweet one if we win. I hope it will be just like that' - said Maljkovic.

Third game of the play-off final, which will be maybe the decisive one, is scheduled for tonight just after the game number two of men's final between Hemofarm STADA and Partizan Igokea.


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WNBA - Women

The Sun dims in Los Angeles -by Eurobasket News
The Western conference leaders Los Angeles Sparks held off the Eastern top team Connecticut Sun at home in overtime yesterday. The Sparks relied on a three-pointer from Sidney Spencer (6'3''-F-85, college: Tennessee) and accurate free throw shooting from Kiesha Brown (5'11''-G-79, college: Georgia) to prevail in the extra period. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) had 22 points and 10 boards to lead the winners. Delisha Milton-Jones secured 20 points, while Marie Ferdinand-Harris knocked down 19 in a winning case. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) answered with 20 points for the Sun as they suffered just their second loss in the season. The Sparks led throughout the majority of the game enjoying a 14-point advantage at times. The hosts were still in front 87:83 with under 2 minutes remaining but Lindsay Whalen drained two jumpers to tie the score with a minute to go in regulation.
The San Antonio Silver Stars outlasted the Seattle Storm 74:69 at the AT&T Center. The hosts had to come back from behind in the second half to celebrate their 5th win in the season. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) put the home side up by 4 points with just over a minute left in the game. However Lauren Jackson replied with a jumper and a free throw to shave the deficit to a single point. Sophia Young was fouled and nailed both freebies to make it a 71:68 game. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) hit just one free throw, while Vickie Johnson (5'10''-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) drained them both and the Silver Stars never surrendered the lead at the end. Becky Hammon netted 17 points, while Vickie Johnson had 16 for San Antonio. Sue Bird responded with game-high 21 points and 7 assists.
The Washington Mystics posted their first road win in the season beating the Chicago Sky 64:57 UIC Pavilion. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) chipped in 22 points to lead the Mystics. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points for Washington as they improved to 3-7 record. Chicago lost the seconds game in a row and slipped to 3-5 record. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) topscored for the hosts with 17 points.


Standings
WNBA Eastern Standings
 1. Connect. S. 8-2 
 2. Detroit S. 7-3 
 3. Seattle S. 7-4 
 4. L.Angeles S. 6-2 
 5. Minnesota L. 6-3 
 6. Indiana F. 5-3 
 7. Sacram. M. 5-4 
 8. S.Antonio SS 5-4 
 9. New York L. 4-4 
 10. Chicago Sky 3-5 
 11. Washingt. M. 3-7 
 12. Phoenix M. 2-5 
 13. Houston C. 1-7 
 14. Charlotte S. 0-0 


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ZIMBABWE - Women

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