EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/18/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Dzikic, Hukic and Ozbolt extends with Olimpija - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija re-signed coach Aleksandar Dzikic till June 2011 and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Bosnian NT member Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) for two seasons. Slovenian champion also inked Slovenian NT member Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) ex Geoplin Slovan for four seasons and officially announced that inked Croatian Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) ex Split CO to a 2+1 years contract. Union Olimpija is also negotiating with their former member, NBA player Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) ex Toronto Raptors.

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ARGENTINA

League Market so far... - by Leonardo Contieri
Atenas: the league team with more titles is trying to get back to the top of the league, and they shook the market with two bold signings. First, they signed coach Rubn Magnano, who coached Atenas to several titles and was also the coach of Argentinas national team on Indianapolis 2002 and Athens 2004. Quickly they also signed the MVP of the last two seasons, Leonardo Gutirrez and they kept most of the 2007/08 season nucleus as they re signed guards Juan Pablo Figueroa and Bruno Lbaque, forward Cristian Romero and center Diego Osella. They also signed shooting guard Juan Manuel Locatelli, from Pearol, and Federico Ferrini from El Nacional.
Ben Hur: alter having a good second half ofthe season that allowed them to avoid relegation, Ben Hur confirmed that coach Luis Oroo will return. They also kept center Walter Storani and forward Eduardo Calvelli and signed guard Mariano Castets.
Boca: alter losing league MVP Leonardo Gutirrez to Atenas, the team try to sign sharpshooter Luis Espil from spanish team Manresa, but the former nacional team guard declined the offer. They re signed centers Gabriel Fernndez and Alejandro Alloatti and also kept guard Raimundo Legaria. Oscar Snchez will coach the team that features the arrivals of shooter Leandro Massieri, power forward Fernando Calvi and they also signed forward Carl Edwards, who was coached by Snchez in Quilmes last season.
El Nacional: the team from Monte Hermoso has been pretty quiet as they wait for the bigger market teams to set the markets tone and then hire its players. Coach of the year Juan Garca will continue to run the team, which has re signed Fabin Sahdi, Ramiro Heinrich and Alexis Elsener.
Estudiantes: short after the season ended, Estudiantes managed announced the would sell its place. Currently they dont have any players hired, nor coach.
Gimnasia: alter rumours that they would sold its right to play, finally Gimnasia will assembly a low budget team. Nicols Casalnguida will be the head coach and they have signed guard German Sciutto, coming from Italys Legadue, city-born centre Diego Romero and kept forward Bruno Ingratta Diego Alba will also be a member of the team.
Independiente: the team from Neuqun has been very quiet and they have confirmed only its coach, Mauricio Santngelo and guard Leandro Lauro, both returning from last season.
Lans: One of the newcomers to the league has signed guards Diego Prego and Fernando Fnes, as they kept center Wendell Gibson and Nicols Laprovtola and Julin Olmedo from last season. Alvaro Castieira will continue as the coach after getting the promotion form TNA.
Libertad: the league champion was one of the teams that tried to keep its core, they re signed coach Julio Lamas, and players Sebastin Ginbili, Pablo Mold, Andrs Pelussi, Marcos Saglietti and Martn Muller. They added center Alejandro Zilli and shooter Gustavo Oron and they also announced their intention to keep center Robert Battle.
Obras Sanitarias: after reaching the semi-finals, Obras kept almost all of its roster as they re signed guards Fernando Titarelli and Gabriel Cocha, forwards Lzaro Borrel and Daniel Chaher and center Tyler Field. Junior guard Cristian Corts and Facundo Venturini will continue coming off the bench. The team is trying to fill the void left by Fernando Calvi, who signed with Boca.
Olmpico: the team from La Banda returns to Liga 18 years after its last participation, and they quickly signed guard Mariano Byr, forward Diego Cavaco, center Jorge Bentez and Shooter Leonel Schattman. Meanwhile they kept center Fernando Gutman, forward Anthony Glover and guard Martn Trovellesi from its TNA championship team. Gonzalo Garca will continue to run the team.
Pearol: Americas league champion kept coach Sergio Hernndez and re-signed Romn Gonzlez, Marcos Mata, Sebastin Rodrguez, Lucas Piccarelli, Alejandro Diez and secured the return of Jos Muruaga. The team has also secured its two foreign players, as Byron Johnson arrives from Independiente after being named foreign player of the year last season, and they also signed David Jackson, from Uruguay.
Quilmes: Esteban De La Fuente will make his debut as coach and the team will keep Pablo Gil, Hernando Salles, Maximiliano Maciel and Ezequiel Dentis. Esteban Lpez and Nicols Romano will join the team after playing alongside De La Fuente last season at Independiente.
Quimsa: alter reaching league finals, the team from Santiago del Estero choose to change its coach. Fernando Dur will run the team that features the returns of Julio Mzzaro, Gabriel Mkulas, Alejandro Reinick, Jonatan Treise and Victor Cajal.
Regatas Corrientes: after winning the South American League last season, Regatas decided to keep coach Silvio Santander, as long as most of its players, Ramzee Stanton, Roberto Lpez and Damin Tintorelli will return and Alejandro Montecchia is also expected to be back. They added guards Sebatsin Acosta and Luis Cequeira.
Sionista: Paranas team Hill be again coached by Sebastin Svetliza who will have Juan Cantero, Daniel Hure, Agustn Carnovale, Ramiro Iglesias, Eduardo Villares, Alejandro Burgos, Chuckie Robinson and Matas Fioretti under its command.


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AUSTRALIA

New Zealand Breakers extends Rick Rickert - by Eurobasket News

Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) extended contract with his team New Zealand Breakers. Rickert had 13 appearances in NBL last season averaging 17.8 ppg and 10.7 rpg. He was the second rebounder of the league for season 07/08. Before Breakers he used to play for NBDL teams Fayatteville Patriots and Colorado 14ers and also in Greek team Panelinios Athens and Slovenian Krka Novo Mesto. He had couple attempts to get into the NBA mix but he didn't succeed. He participated at the summer league in Minnesota in 2004 but he couldn't make it. Same story repeated a year later when Rickert tried to join Seattle Supersonics.


Breakers done a good job finishing one of the most important signings for the next season.



Four Kings declared free agents - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has officially declared former Sydney Kings players Glen Saville (197-G/F-76), Luke Kendall (193-G-81, college: Metro St.), BJ Carter (186-G-80) and Cameron Tovey (202-F-85, college: Augusta St.) as free agents.

The move came after the League office received notification from the representatives of all four players that their respective contractual agreements with the Sydney Kings had been terminated.

On Thursday 12 June, the NBL announced that the League had terminated the license of the Sydney Kings effective immediately after the clubs ownership failed to remedy outstanding player payments outlined in a default notice issued to the club.

NBL interim Chief Executive Officer Chuck Harmison said that the four could now look to move on with their professional careers.

'The League was approached by all four players and notified that their respective contracts with the Kings had been terminated,' said Harmison. 'As a result, we have declared all four as free agents and they are now able to negotiate and sign with other NBL teams, subject to the normal NBL salary and points cap limitations'.
Courtesy of nbl.com.au


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BELIZE

Awards in BECOL Tournament!!! - by David Magana

At the end of the tournament the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Basketball Association anounced the following awards...

Regular Season MVP
Under 17 Elvis Usher(L.A. Tigers)
Under 20 Garrett Bermudez(St. Ignatius High School)
Seniors Lester Cadle (188-G-80)(Belize Bank Diamonds)
Over 35 - Clifford King(Belmopan Bandits)

Finals MVP
Under 17 Elliott Bermudez(L.A. Tigers)
Under 20 Omar Yacab(St. Ignatius High School)
Seniors Mark Gentle(Christ for Life)
Over 35 - Maino Skull Bevans

Three Point Shootout Champions
Under 17 Dijan McNabb(Sacred Heart College)
Under 20 Zamir Gramox Usher(Young Stars)
Seniors Kurt Burgess (-F/C) (SHJC/BNE)
Over 35 - Marlon Snake Villanueva(Benque Rockers)

Slam Dunk Champion
Kurk Burgess (SHJC/BNE) defeated Evan Brown(West Side) in the finals.



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BOSNIA

Play-off final: Tonight is decisive game - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT will host Igokea Partizan today in third decisive game of the Bosnian play-off final. Current score in series is 1-1. This is the third consecutive year when championship will be decided in the last game. Bosna ASA BHT for sure will have great support from its fans but visitors also believe in success. Interesting is the in the last 6 meetings of Bosna and Igokea every time the host team celebrated.

'We don't have troubles with injuries what is very important. Another good news is that point guard Bailey is returning to a good shape. He is very important player for us but unfortunately he wasn't 100% ready for the last couple of games. We will give our best tonight in order to capture the title' - said Jurij Zdovc, head coach of Bosna ASA BHT.

In the play-off final in 2006 Bosna beat Siroki Prima pivo 2-1 while the next year Siroki done the same to Bosna. This is the first final where Bosna ASA BHT and Igokea Partizan will meet.

'I believe we are able to repeat performance from the last two games, which we played at high level. But at the end of the first game as well as in the last quarter of the second game we made couple of mistakes. Because of them we lost in Sarajevo and almost the same happed to us in Aleksandrovac. We have to eliminate these mistakes because one ball can be decisive tonight. We will try to play patiently with tough defense and, what is maybe the most important, we will try to take total control on rebounds under our basket' - said Drago Karalic, head coach of Igokea Partizan. 'There is no secretes between our rival and us as it will be our seventh game this season. We will have to stop Lance Williams and Goran Ikonic tonight. If we succeed to do that we will be on the good way to championship title'.

Game will be played tonight at 20h.


Bosna ASA is the Champion - by Elvir Halilovic
Bosna ASA BH Telecom Igokea Partizan 82:67
(21:16, 16:15, 20:14, 25:22)
Sarajevo, SD Mirza Delibasic; Att.: 5.000; Ref.: Obradovic, Zurapovic, Jovanic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson, Sehovic 10, Tomovic 9, Ikonic 20, Panic 3, Bavcic 3, Bailey 16, Rahimic 3, Hajric, Pasalic, Jackson, Williams 18
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 4, Patterson 2, Bocka 5, Stazic 4, Djurica 3, Vucurovic 12, Cup, Wright, Lydeka 8, Stefanovic 5, Kovacevic 5, Allen 19
Coach: Drago Karalic


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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Young Legs roll to 91-74 victory over defending champs East - by David Edole
Young Legs knocked defending champions East from the ranks of the unbeaten in the BVI Basketball Federation league on Saturday, with a convincing 91-74, victory.

'Definitely, we were sending a message, telling them that they did not dethrone us,' Coach Brian 'Bash' Brewley said. 'We have been the champions from 2001-2006. They are now holding it for us.'

The East's patented second half run did not materialize as Young Legs turned a five-point, 62-57, lead at the end of the third quarter into the 23-point run away victory by outscoring them 29-17 in the fourth quarter.

'I went small on them, brought in my best defensive team, put some pressure on them and made them make some turnovers,' Brewley recalled of his strategy. 'When they made their adjustments, we went big. But, we had the taste from East in our mouths from last year so everybody was pumped up and ready to go.'

Jason Edwin paved the way for the victory with 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. Kennedy Bass added a 16 point 10 rebound double, double and Trevorn Lewis followed up with 12.

Halstead Chiverton led four East's scores in double figures with 22 points. Douron Phillips and Dwayne 'Kobo' Penn chipped in 15 and 14 each, with Jahmal 'Trigga' Rabsatt, tossing in another 12.

Young Legs will face the Guns on Saturday, seeking to avenge their, 69-66, overtime loss in their first matchup on June 7.

'Right now, the Guns are back on the bill board again A.K.A the paper team, and they are going to see the real Young Legs,' Brewley promised. 'After this rematch they will see the real team.'

Before losing their 15 year coach and Sports Minister Andrew Fahie who resigned on Sunday, the Guns trimmed the Bad Boys, 67-66, on Friday ahead of their matchup with Young Legs. Steve Parillon was the leading scorer with 28 points. Houston Penn and Randy 'Chino' George followed up with 14 and 11 points each. Kelvin Samuel had the Bad Boys' top score with 22 points.

Travis Issac had 25 points in leading Ghetto Mix past Off Da Chainz, 85-82. Leando Creque and Calvin Smith added 14 and 11 each. Daryl George and Clemile Gibbs had Off da Chainz's leading scores with 15 points each.

Basics dominated the boards and overpowered Full Force, 68-53, behind Kyle Abraham's 22 points and 18 rebounds double. Jamal Serrant had 14 points and pulled 20 off the glass, to go with four blocks and four steals. Kemuel Jackson settled for 14 points and 14 rebounds as Full Forces top scorer. Keshawn Pope also had 14 points.

Da Boys pulled out a 3-point, 57-54, triumph over the Finishers. Andre Stoutt finished with 11 points. Alton Vanterpool had a game best 21 points for the Finishers, with Phillip Glasgow Jr. adding another 10 to the tally.

Shamori Morgan and Ryan Mills had 25 and 23 points respectively as And One crushed Young Gunners, 103-59. Dequan Byron and Dominic Ward contributed 15 and 12 points each. Jevon Serrant had Young Gunners' top score with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Wolf Pack beat All Ball, 75-54. Another Level downed the Elmore Stoutt High School Rams, 79-49, and Outkast nipped Against Da Odds, 62-61.

By DEAN 'The Sportsman' GREENAWAY
BVI News Online Chief Sports Correspondent


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BURKINA FASO

Update championship results, the Bulls stopped the Falcons - by Michel Pacere
June 05, 2008
- AS-Sonabhy # EFO
The stars did it! After defeated the electricians in the fourth quarter, the stars of EFO gave a lesson to the petroliers. They leaded the match from the beginning to the end.
Score: 44-52 for EFO
Best scorer Aboubacar SARA (AS-Sonabhy) with 20 points

- Faso Warriors # AS-Sonabel
Score: 38-52
Best scorer: Regis ZOUNGRANA (AS-Sonabel) with 12 points


June 07, 2008
- Faso Warriors # ASTY
Score: 35-25 for Faso Warriors
Best scorer: L. SIMPORE (ASTY): 11 points


- AS-Sonabel # Kadiogo Bulls
Its hard to know who will be the best team this year. The Bulls of Kadiogo, the second team of the last season, lost a match against the electricians.
Score: 39-24 for AS-Sonabel
Best scorer: J.P. BAYALA (AS-Sonabel): 16 points

June 08, 2008
- RCK # AS-Sonabhy
Score: 65-51 for RCK
Best scorer: Ismael KONE (RCK): 20 points

June 11, 2008
- EFO # ASTY
Score: 70-35 for EFO
Best scorer: Ludo SIMPORE (ASTY), 18 points

June 12, 2008
The Thursday was the day of every danger for the big teams; there were two matches!
The first match was between the Bulls and the falcons. The falcons never failed this season and they want to show that they are the best team. But the Bulls needed a victory after failed against the Electricians.
For the second match, after winning against the bulls, the electricians wanted to show that it was not a chance! The Petroliers needed a win if they want to have a chance for the second part of the competition.

- Kadiogo Bulls # RCK
The Bulls stopped the Falcons! It was a big match! The falcons begun the match slowly; they were sure that they can beat the Bulls. They were wrong! Coach Aboubacar DABIRE work hard these last days with his team. His one on one defence became hard. His system with a center Mamadou Sawadogo (-C) and his power forward (Isaac Palenfo (-C)) was a problem for the falcons. They win the first quarter by 9-6. In the second quarter, the Falcons awaked and Ben Sada DABIRE, Ismal KONE, Yves ARISTE became skilful. They move faster and score more. They win the second quarter (14-19). At the half time, the score was 23-25 for RCK.
The third quarter was for the Bulls and they lead the match, 32-30.
In the last quarter, the bench of the Falcons had to do the difference, but Coach COULIBALY will show us nothing but some bad choices. Ismal KONE was not in the game; he lost many shoots and the coach didnt want to take the substitution. Yves ARISTE worked hard to win the match (he was on fire). He got the last ball at 17 seconds of the end; he chose to give it to Ismal. He was wrong. Ismal did an offensive foul and lost the ball.
Final score: 43-42 for Kadiogo Bulls; Best scorer: Yves ARISTE with 21 points.

- AS-Sonabhy # AS-Sonabel
As every time, the Electricians lead the first halftime. Ibrahim OUEDRAOGO, Roland BASSINDJA and Norbert Parkouda (-G) play very well. At the halftime, AS-Sonabel leads the score by 14-24.
For the third quarter, the center BAYALA (Electrician) had 3 fouls. Coach COULDIATY leads the match but he let him in the game. The point guard Norbert Parkouda was tired but he didnt want to substitute him. BAYALA did a foul and took a technical foul in the same action. From that, AS-Sonabhy, with Aboubacar SARA, RenAƒΒ© OUEDRAOGO and Hamed Fabre (-G) speeded up the game. They got many free throws. At the end of the quarter, they were three points late (25-28).
The last quarter was for the Petroliers; they gave a 17-06 to the electricians and win the match.
Score: 42-34 for AS-Sonabhy; best scorer: Norbert Parkouda (AS-SONABEL) 13 points


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CAMEROON

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to stay in the NBA Draft - by Cyril Empig

Cameroonian Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, a starter on three UCLA Final Four basketball teams, said Monday, June 16, that he would hire an agent and forgo his final year of college eligibility in favor of entering the NBA draft.

According to Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times, Mbah a Moute is projected by most experts to be chosen about midway through the second round, where a guaranteed contract isn't likely, but he said he is convinced he will be on an NBA roster next season.

'I feel like I had a good career at UCLA,' Mbah a Moute said. 'Now I feel like I want to take on a new challenge.'

Mbah a Moute, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, didn't start playing basketball until he was 15 in his native Cameroon. Last season, he averaged 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds.

In the last few weeks Mbah a Moute has had private workouts with Chicago, Milwaukee, Charlotte and Dallas and is scheduled next for Portland and Detroit. 'I'm hearing I could go anywhere from late in the first round to late in the second round,' Mbah a Moute said, 'and I'm feeling really good after my workouts so far.'

UCLA Coach Ben Howland said Mbah a Moute called him Monday afternoon with the news.

'Luc made his own decision based on all the information he had gathered,' Howland said. 'It looks like he's slated to be a second-rounder, and I hope he gets drafted by the right team that will truly appreciate his strengths. He's special for me.'

Said Mbah a Moute: 'Coach said he wished I would have stayed another year and won a national championship. I'll always feel like winning a championship would have been the best, and that's the only thing I regret about this decision. But I feel like I've done a lot, played in a lot of winning games.'

Mbah a Moute was the first player since Michigan State's Andre Hutson and Charlie Bell (1999-2001) to start in three consecutive Final Fours. He was the first Bruins player to do it since Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes and Greg Lee (1972-74).

Monday was the deadline for college players to withdraw their names from NBA consideration and still retain NCAA eligibility.


Realistically, an NBA team cannot guarantee a player that they would select him late in the first round or in the second round, since it also depends on which players are still available when the time comes for a team to select a player. So, no team could guarantee Luc anything, really.

To read Diane Pucins article in the LA Times, visit
http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/ucla/la-spw-uclahoops17-2008jun17,0,3757573.story

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88)



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CAPE VERDE

National Team on its way to Greece - by Pedro Gomes
The Cape Verdean Basketball Federation is close to making an official announcement regarding the national basketball selections participation in the Pre-Olympic Tournament, which will take place in July in Greece. The information was given to A Semana Online by Basketball Federation president Kitana Cabral. According to Cabral, 10 million escudos are still needed in order to fulfill the budget for the athletes preparatory training and trip to Europe. Cabral also revealed that the Federation had managed to reduce the budget from 40 million to 27 million escudos.

On June 13, the Federation signed a 1,500,000-escudo sponsorship protocol with a telecommunications company, with 500,000 going to the team, 500,000 to competitions and 500,000 to the federation. We already have 17 million escudos, which helps a great deal. Were going after more sponsorship, and the government should cooperate with more, says Cabral.

The preparation period began on Monday, June 16, when players and the coaching staff met in a hotel in Praia and began training at the Vav Duarte sports pavilion. On the 28th, the national selections of Mali and Senegal will come to Praia to participate in an international mini-tournament alongside Cape Verde.

The team is scheduled to travel to France in July in order to play in another small-scale competition between the 5th and the 10th. From France, the national selection will go on to Greece to face New Zealand and Germany in the first phase of the classification tournament for the Beijing Olympics.


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CHILE

NT roster for the SouthAmerican championship - by Daniel Valencia
The national team head coach, Daniel Allende gave the list of players for the SouthAmerican championship that will be played in the city of Puerto Montt in july. One of the 13 players will be out of the roster for the championship.

Guards

Erik Carrasco (181-G-83)
Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83)
Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80)
Marcelo Hernandez (188-G-79)
Leonel Mendez (184-G-75)

Forwards

Emilio Paris (196-F/C-74)
Cristian Perez (194-F/G-74)
Pablo Coro (197-F/C-69)
Mike Elliot (193-G-79)
Lino Saez (195-F-77)

Centers

Patricio Briones (213-C-72)
Claus Prutzmann (204-C-79)
Jorge Valencia (206-C-77)


Centro-Sur: round 12 results - by Daniel Valencia
With two rounds remaining, the fight for the fourth spot in the Final Four of Centro-Sur league is very closed, with Liceo Mixto, Universidad Catolica and Deportivo Aleman in a closed race. On saturday night Liceo Mixto defeated Boston College, Deportivo Aleman defeat Universidad Catolica and in the game between the leaders, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated CD Puente Alto 70-69 with a last second three point shot by Marcelo Hernandez (188-G-79). These are the complete results of saturday night.

Round 12

Boston College 89 - Liceo Mixto 106
Bos: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) 28 pts. / Lic: Patricio Briones (213-C-72) 26 pts.

Deportivo Aleman 60 - Universidad Catolica 56
Ale: Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) 20 pts. / Uc: Mike Elliot (193-G-79) 16 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 70 - CD Puente Alto 69
Ucon: Samuel Bravo (194-F-82) 21 pts. / Pue: Percy Werth (185-G-78) 16 pts.

Standings

1. CD Universidad de Concepcion 10-2
2. CD Puente Alto 9-3
3. Boston College 8-4
4. Liceo Mixto 6-6
5. Universidad Catolica 5-7
6. Deportivo Aleman 5-7
7. Deportivo Espaol Talca 4-8
8. Sagrados Corazones 1-11


Dimayor: Iglesias to coach Provincial Llanquihue - by Daniel Valencia
The argentinian Carlos Iglesias will be the coach of Provincial Llanquihue for the 08/09 Dimayor season. After financial problems, the two time Dimayor champion is reconstructing the roster based on young players. They are also thinking in two national players to lead the team during the season. Iglesias coached CD Puente Alto the last two seasons and has and extensive career coaching in Chile for clubs like Universidad de Temuco, Union Deportiva Espaola and Deportes Ancud.

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COSTA RICA

The Final is Liceo-Barva - by Gianni Pascucci
As it was easy to expect, both Liceo de Costa Rica and Ferreterias Brenes Barva easily won the semifinals 2-0, advancing to the Apertura Finals. The best two teams of the last five seasons will prolong their rivalry starting from tonight, at 7 pm in the Gimnasio Nacional, the home of Liceo. Game 2 will be played on Sunday, at 6 pm, at the Palacio de los Deportes of Barva, where will be played also Game 3, if necessary, the next Wednesday. Most of the obeservers see Barva favourite, thanks to the home advantage, but Liceo is boosted by the new addition of import Lamar Rice (201-F-82, college: Georgetown, KY) and has Game 1 on his home court. Let's see...

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CROATIA

Croatia B drops third game in China - by Eurobasket News
China - Croatia B 80:76

Chinese National team completed the sweep of the reserve Croatian team in China yesterday. The hosts opened the friendly series with a 65:60 victory in Yantai. One day later China routed their European counterparts 76:66 in Shanghai. The third game was played in Jiyuan and once again was successful for the home team. Croatia opened the game confidently and enjoyed an 11:1 lead early on. But China went on 32:20 run to surge ahead 33:31 at the interval. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) bridged the second and third periods with a 17-point tally of his own to keep the hosts ahead. Croatia however kept it close. They cut the deficit to a single point several times throughout the final stanza entering the fourth term down by 3. The game remained extra close in the fourth stanza with China unable to clear off substantially. But Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) hit a three-pointer late in regulation to give the home team a 77:73 lead within the final minute. Croatia never rebounded and suffered their third loss. Jianlian Yi led all scorers with 26 points. Zhu Fangyu added 13 points, while Du Feng (206-C/F-81) had 12 for the winners. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) answered with 22 points for Croatia. Petar Babic (191-G-85) delivered 13 points in a losing case. China outrebounded their opponents 33:27 and forced Croatia to 17 turnovers.

China: Jianlian Yi 26, Zhu Fangyu 13, Du Feng 12
Croatia B: Ivan Novacic 22, Petar Babic 13


News from National Team - by Eurobasket News
Croatian National team officially started preparations for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Sunday. Head coach of NT, Jasmin Repesa, most probably will join them today afternoon or tomorrow morning. Despite 17 players showed up on Sunday, from today National Team will continue with 15 players. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) have to leave to New York for the NBA draft 2008. Both players will have couple of workouts for some NBA teams which could help them before June 26, when NBA draft will be held. They suppose to return to Croatia just one day after the draft. However, it is not sure yet will they rejoin Croatian National Team because they will have only one week together before the beginning of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. It is hard to believe that Repesa seriously counts on them to get in the roster for this important tournament. Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84) supposes to join National Team on Thursday. He finished the season with Lottomatica Roma 5 days ago after what he got 7 days off by head coach Repesa.

Meanwhile, the news that Aleksandar Petrovic remains on the bench of new Croatian champion Zadar is confirmed. Petrovic got budget of 1.6 million euros so he can start with a search for the new players. Zadar currently has two points les than Cibona in race for the new 3-year Euroleague contract but at the beginning of the next season Cibona will earn 3 more. It will happen because of its participation in Euroleague so it means that the score at the beginning of the next season will be 26-21 for Cibona. Corey Brewer and Shammel Stallworth already left Zadar while contracts of Todor Gecevski and Pankracije Barac have expired.


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CYPRUS

Transfer news - by Chris Mammides

Omonoia Nicosia and Renos Pittalis (who renew his contract for another 2 years lately) agreed financial terms with Giorgos Neofitou (193-G-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) ex player of Near East and for the last 5 years in the Greek league with various teams in both A2 and B Division quite successfully. The experienced guard considers being among the steadiest Cypriot guard in the last decade, a coachable player who will be giving many options to his coach as he is a starting five material.

Proteas EKA AEL and Dragan Dragan Raca agreed financial terms with the American star Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, college: LSU). Mitchell is a player which can give speed and organised offences to his team and his transfer considers being a really big success for Dragan Raca and the Cyprus basketball as he was most wanted from many other leagues, some of them quite serious such us the Turkish one and the French one, but he preferred to come and play in Cyprus and Coach Dragan Raca .

Achilleas Kaimakli agreed financial terms with the Cyprus international cetner Chris Kaskiris (206-C/F-79).



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CZECH REPUBLIC

Stats Leaders - NBL
NBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Rancik, Nym. 18.3
2 Hruby, Usti 17.3
3 Wooten, Liberec 17.3
4 Sarovic, Geofin 16.8
5 Sanders, Pard. 16.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 McMillian, Geofin 7.6
2 Andelija, Praha 7.3
3 Ofoegbu, Ostrava 7.4
4 Walker, Geofin 6.9
5 Tomaszek, Prost. 6.8
Assists Per Game
1 Vrubl, A Plus B 5.7
2 Mitchell, Ostrava 5.4
3 Grier, Decin 3.9
4 Sanders, Pard. 3.8
5 Phillips, Pard. 3.7
Steals Per Game
1 Mitchell, Ostrava 2.6
2 Rancik, Nym. 2.0
3 Sanders, Pard. 2.0
2FGP
1 Bojic, Prost. 67.8
2 Benda, Nym. 67.0
3 Pelikan, Geofin 65.7
3FGP
1 Sokolovsky, Nym. 46.8
2 Lee, Nym. 46.0
3 Votroubek, Prost. 45.2
Free Throws
1 Mujagic, Sadska 90.8
2 Sanders, Prad. 90.4
3 Milos, Decin 87.5


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EUROLEAGUE

Real Madrid extends Axel Hervelle, TAU returns Goran Dragic - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid announced signing of Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) on a 3-year contract extension. Hervelle was one of the most important Real's players over the past 4 years. Real Madrid showed great performance in the ACB regular season finishing it on top with 29 wins and 5 defeats while later in the play-off quarterfinals the team couldn't handle Unicaja Malaga. Axel Hervelle played 20 games for Real last season in Euroleague averaging 9.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg. He also had 34 appearances in ACB regular season adding 9.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Hervelle joined Real at the beginning of the season 04/05 from Belgian Pepinster and during these four years he captured two championship titles in Spain as well as ULEB Cup in 2007.

'Contract extension with Hervelle was very important move for Real Madrid. He was and he will be one of team's key players in the future' - said Alberto Herreros.

'It is real satisfaction for me and my work over the past 4 years. I will stay in Madrid which is my second house. I am glad to continue with one of the top ranked European teams with whom I won two ACB titles and one ULEB Cup' - said Axel Hervelle.


Meanwhile, TAU Ceramica decided to return point guard Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) from loan. Dragic spent last season in Union Olimpija winning the Slovenian championship as well as National Cup. His team played in the semifinals of Adriatic league loosing it against Partizan Belgrade. For 13 games in Euroleague last season Dragic posted 9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3.1 apg. He also played 28 games in Adriatic league averaging 12 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.1 apg.

'I spoke with the president of TAU Ceramica and he said they decided to have me in the roster for 2008/09. It means that it will be my first season with TAU since I signed the contract in 2006' - Dragic said.

Before Olimpija, TAU loaned Dragic one season to Murcia.


Dzikic, Hukic and Ozbolt extends with Olimpija - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija re-signed coach Aleksandar Dzikic till June 2011 and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Bosnian NT member Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) for two seasons. Slovenian champion also inked Slovenian NT member Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) ex Geoplin Slovan for four seasons and officially announced that inked Croatian Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) ex Split CO to a 2+1 years contract. Union Olimpija is also negotiating with their former member, NBA player Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) ex Toronto Raptors.

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

European Championship Division C. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Andorra - Wales 78:52
Andorra and Wales tipped off the action at the European Championship in Division C that started in Edinburgh. The teams got into preliminary Group B and began todays basketball action. The teams looked well matched early on and traded baskets throughout the first frame. Andorra managed to spur ahead late in the quarter to enjoy a 24:20 lead into the second frame. The pressure kept on growing as Andorra tightened up defense. They held their opponents to 10 points in the second stanza and built a 9-point cushion at the interval. The breakthrough came for Andorra right after the break as they went on another run and opened up a double-digit lead. Wales failed to recover and found themselves trailing by 18 points before the final term. Andorra breezed to an overall victory at the end and celebrated the initial victory at the tournament. Xavier Galera Ruz led Andorra with 17 points and 6 assists. Marc Martret Rebollar added 9 points and 10 boards for the winners. Alan Duppa (201-F/C-80) answered with 15 points for Wales. Anthony Berry provided 5 points and 13 boards in defeat. Andorra topped Pool B and would face Malta tomorrow. Wales will trey to rebound against hosting Scotland next.

Andorra: Xavier Galera Ruz 17, Marc Martret Rebollar 9+10 boards
Wales: Alan Duppa 15, Anthony Berry 5+13 boards


Moldova - San Marino 85:64
Moldova opened their European Championship Division C campaign with a cruising win over San Marino. The teams tipped off the action in Pool A. They got into the same group with Azerbaijan and Gibraltar and would fight for two tickets to the semis. San Marino got to a better start as they looked too good for Moldovan team in the early minutes. San Marino accounted for 29 points in the first period and led by 13 into the second frame. But Moldova gradually found the right tempo and started to cut the deficit. They outgunned their opponents 30:13 in the second stanza to grab a 46:42 lead at halftime. San Marino obviously ran out of steam in the second half as Moldova took over the control. They limited their counterparts to 8 points in the third stanza and stretched the gap to 13 points heading into the final period. San Marino raised the tempo but one of the tournaments favorites were ready for the effort and easily held San Marino at bay in the final stanza. Oleg Doros (204-C-68) topscored for Moldova with 21 points. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88) contributed 19 points and 9 boards, while Platon Jorneac (200-F-88) had 18 points and 15 boards for the winners. San Marino answered with 21 points from Elismar Guerra. Michelangelo Pamantini provided 20 points in a losing case. San Marino will face Azerbaijan, while Moldova will take on Gibraltar tomorrow.

Moldova: Oleg Doros 21, Vladimir Priscepnii 19, Platon Jorneac 18
San Marino: Elismar Guerra 21, Michelangelo Pamantini 20


Edinburgh invites to European Championship Division C - by Eurobasket News
Today is the start of European Championship Division C that will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Eight teams are divided into 2 groups with 4 teams in each. Group A will have Azerbaijan, Moldova, San Marino and Gibraltar. Scotland, Andorra, Wales and Malta will face each other in Group B.
At 12 o'clock Andorra and Wales will start the campaign. The game between Moldova and San Marino will follow their game, while Azerbaijan faces Gibraltar at 16.40. The game between Scotland and Malta is scheduled for 19.00.
In 2006 Azerbaijan triumphed in European Championship Division C. In the Final game the team overcame Albania 66:57. Winning the MVP award for the 2006 Promotion Cup was bitter-sweet for Albanian forward Gerti Shima (205-C/F-86). The visitors opened up a narrow 13-12 lead in the first quarter, but a scoring burst of 15-9 before the break gave them a seven-point lead they never looked like squandering. Alexandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Azerbaijan in the final. With 15-year old Amil Hamzayev, 17-year-old Emil Mirzayev (190-G-88) and 18-year-old Anar Hajiyev that time all having played some part in this tournament Azerbaijan went strength to strength.
Eurobasket will follow the coverage of the games and stats, so check the latest news in the section.


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FYRMACEDONIA

Vardar looks for the new head coach - by Eurobasket News
Management of Vardar will have to work very hard this summer. They have not only to find new players for the next season but they need to hire a new head coach also. According to Macedonian media Pance Milevski will continue his work in the club with younger selections. Vardar finished last season on 7th place with score 10-20 and they didn't succeed to reach play-off. Most probably the team will have much bigger ambitions for the next season. It is not known who will be Milevski's successor on Vardar's bench but it is mentioned that it could be a coach from abroad.

Milevski was named to be the best young coach in Macedonia for the last year. He was promoted on a head coach position in Vardar before the beginning of Macedonian National Cup replacing much experienced Tiho Matevski. It seems that in the future Milevski will have a chance to focus on work with Vardar's young selections as well as on work with U16 National Team. Just couple of days ago Macedonian Basketball Federation hired him as U16 NT head coach because of his successful work with youngsters over the past decade.

Meanwhile, head coach of U20 National Team, Emil Rajkovic, started preparations for European Championship division B, which will take a place in Romania on August. Most of the players which got a call showed up on at the first meeting on Monday. Rajkovic and his assistant Slobodan Petrovski at the first point called 18 players for U20 National Team but they will increase that number to 20. Coach Rajkovic announced that during the first couple of days he will check physical shape of his players after what they will start with the second phase. If some of the players came totally unprepared for this project Rajkovic and his assistsnt will have to remain at the first phase much longer.


Macedonian U20 National Team 2008 - by Todor Chalovski
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Jovan Markovski (197-F-88) of Torus Skopje
Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)
Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) of MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje
Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Torus Skopje
Bojan Krstevski (205-F-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje

Head Coach: Emil Rajkovic
Assistant Coach: Slobodan Petrovski


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GERMANY

Speyer: Reiner Chromik named Head Coach - by Moritz Korff
Reiner Chromik has been named new Head Coach of the BIS Baskets Speyer (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 41-year-old served as a Coach of the German Women's U18 National Team since 2005. In the 1990s Chromik stood at the helm of TSV Speyer and later TV Lich in the second German division and worked as a Director of the Speyer-Basketball-School from 1994-1999. He will be the successor to Horst Schmitz. The former German international decided to leave the BIS Baskets when this past season had come to a close.

2. Bundesliga-News - by Moritz Korff
Jens Hirschberg (200-F-88) has been added to roster of USC Heidelberg (2. Bundesliga Pro A). Thanks to a double-license the 20-year-old Forward already had 10 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A last season, but played mostly for SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim (25 games: 14.4ppg) in the Regionalliga South-West.

Joleik Schaffrath (206-C-88, agency: Heinrich Sports) leaves Oldenburger TB and heads to Hertener Loewen to compete in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B next season. The 19-year-old big man was named to the extended roster of the German U20-National Team just recently. In the 2007-2008 campaign Schaffrath scored 12.9 points per contest for OTB in the Regionalliga North.

RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) made an agreement with Mario Lueck (207-C-85) for the 2008-2009 season. Lueck, 23 years of age, first joined RSV in 2003. Coming from the bench he averaged 2.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 25 games for Stahnsdorf during 2007-2008. The team of Coach Vladimir Pastushenko also announced the arrival of another newcomer. 19-year-old Dennis Gebert (188-G-89) will wear the RSV-jersey next season. He led the youth-team of Central Hoops Berlin with 16.6ppg in 12 games of the NBBL in this past season.


ALBA Berlin claims eighth German Championship - by Moritz Korff
Telekom Baskets Bonn - ALBA Berlin 79:88 OT
A 88:79-overtime win made ALBA Berlin the 2008 German champion! It was the perfect birthday-present for Head Coach Luka Pavicevic who turned 40 today. He saw his side being behind after ten minutes (17:21) and at halftime (33:40). But ALBA turned things around in front of a sell-out crowd in the Telekom Dome. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern), who was named the Most Valuable Player of the finals after the game, took charge and led Berlin with 30 points. Also Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) did great offensively and followed with 24 points, while Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) finished the last game of the season with 15 points. The visitors won the third quarter (18:13) and made it a thriller in the last period. After 40 minutes played the score was tied at 71 and the encounter went into overtime. Bonn now struggled in offense and couldn't stop the Berlin-players from scoring. They netted 17 in extra time and earned a 88:79-victory in game 4 of the finals. It's the eighth German championship for ALBA after 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) who tallied 20 points was the leading scorer for Bonn, Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76) scored 14 and Miah Davis (183-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Pacific) had 13.
Boxscore: click


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HOLLAND

West Brabant Giants agree on extension with Patrick Pope - by Fred Roggen
Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) agreed on terms of the new contract with the West Brabant Giants. The attempts of technical staff and the governing board of the West Brabant Giants to bind pointguard Patrick Pope for another season has been successful. Pope got offers of several teams, but he still chose for a another year in Bergen op Zoom. 'He is really a leader on the floor, and he takes the team at difficult moments at the hand ', thus coach Braal. Pope averaged 15 points and 4.4 assists per game for the Giants.

Bas Rozendaal signs at Hanzevast Capitals - by Fred Roggen
Bas Rozendaal (213-F/C-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy) has signed a contract at Hanzevast Capitals. Bas Rozendaal ended up last season in the NCAA at Robert Morris. For that he played for Akrides and BS Leiden. From 2005 t he played for the Massanutten Military Academy (Prep. School) and averaged 10.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.5bpg , then he moved to Robert Morris were he was a redshirt in his first season. Last season Rozendaal played 10 games and averaged 1.3ppg.

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HUNGARY

Market movements - by Tamas Deri
The management of ZTE KK signed Peter Volgyi as a head coach of the team and he found his first new foreigner for the next season: Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) is the first american on the roster! American guard playerd last season in Austria with Klosterneuburg and had also two great games vs. NYKK in the CEBL.

American point guard Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) signed a one-year deal with PVSK-EXPO Center Pecs and should be a key player of Stojan Ivkovic's team in the season 2008/09.

Dragoljub Krivacevic signed for two more years with Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend and will even work as a personal coach for the female team in Sopron, where his daughter Tijana will play.


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IRAN

Iran appreciates Boomers battle - by Houman Bagheri


Iran coach Rajko Toroman believes the three-match series with Australia will help his side get invaluable experience as it looks towards the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Asian champion Iran may have been outclassed 87-68 by an undermanned Boomers side missing several international stars on Monday night, but Toroman feels his young players were exposed to some big game pressure and an impressive tactical performance from the mostly NBL-based Australian team.

But, while he is glad to be at the Olympics, where Iran faces Australia once again, Toroman feels that earning a medal may be beyond his team, although he feels the overall experience from the series and Beijing will give the Iranians a shot at gold in Turkey.

'This is a real team, they need time and they need some games like we play today to improve themselves,' said Toroman.

'We are without any experience. Our players are not international players, they are playing only in Iran. We will go and play everywhere where it is possible to play.'

'We don't have too much expectations for the Olympic games. We are just going, playing the game and getting some tactical experience that can help our players.'

'But anyway, I have to be satisfied in the game because I think it was the most difficult game (we have played) in one and a half years, that I was the coach of this team and to be a little bit competitive in a first game means too much for us.'

Toroman and his captain Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami also felt the players learned a lot simply by coping with the noisy crowd at Perth's Challenge Stadium, feeling his side was overwhelmed early on allowing Australia to grab a 17-7 lead during the first five minutes that was never threatened.

'This crowd and these fans come to the game for us, it's a new thing in Iran, they don't come to the game like that. (It) is a new thing and a new experience for us to play in front of these fans,' declared Bahrami.

'I think our players were a little bit afraid of the atmosphere,' added Toroman.

'Of the quality of these players (that they) had on the court and this was the reason why some of them didn't show themselves on the right way,' said Toroman.

One of the players looking overwhelmed was giant centre Hamed Hadadi, who stands at 217cm. Hadadi may have scored 31 points against Lebanon in the Asian champions final but he air-balled his first shot and looked lethargic before letting rip in the final quarter, scoring 11 of his 23 points while pulling down 11 rebounds overall.

'Now he (Hadadi) is not physically in a good shape and that's his problem,' said Toroman, adding that leading scorers Hadadi and Bahrami (20 points) had not been training with the team until a fortnight ago due to club commitments.

'Sometimes he's (Hadadi) tired, makes some mistake, he's not concentrating ... because he is not physically in a good shape.'

'(But) Hadadi is really high level player ... let's say 23 points, 11 rebounds, it's an impressive statistic for him ... (and) he will, in one month, be in really good shape.'

The veteran Serbian coach only took over the world No.32 last year but was previously involved in a golden basketball age for his country when it was previously Yugoslavia.

Courtesy Sportal (Paul Barbieri)


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ISRAEL

Maccabi signes Dror Hagag and Chester Simmons - by Netanel Dahan

Maccabi Tel Aviv continue to sign players,after Jason Williams (196-G/F-83, college: UTEP) Maccabi signes Dror Hagag(178-G-78, agency: Avi Zilberman)and Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington).
Dror Hagag played at the last year at Hapoel Jerusalem his averge at the Israeli league were:9.1 ppg,2.9 rpg,4.7 apg(third in the league),and 1.2 spg,at the Uleb Cup:
7 Ppg,3.1 rpg,4.3 apg,and 1.5 spg.
Hagag is a guard before Jerusalem he played at AEK Athens and at Vastiau Basket Groot Leuven,Hagag sign for tree years and he supposed to earn 240,000 $ per year.
The other sign of Maccabi is Chester Simmons,Simmons played at the last year at Hapoel Holon and beat Maccabi at the final,his averge at the Israeli league were:
15Ppg,3.7rpg,2.6apg,and1.3spg,Simmons aslo choose by our web site to the Honorable Mention team,at the last year he choosen to the guard of the year.
Simmons he is aslo a guard,before Holon He was at Hapoel Gilboa-Galil Elyon,and lead them to the Finel-For.

Simmons sign at Maccabi for two years,he supposed to earn 450,000 $ per year Maccabi will pay to Holon 120,000 $ for the transfer.



Maccabi signes Dror Hagag and Chester Simmons - by Netanel Dahan


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ITALY

Lega2 - Market news - by Gabriele Fioretti
After being promoted in Legadue, Venezia surprises with two big signs as Nate Green (196-G-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) from Udine and Otis George (205-C-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville), top rebounder last season in Legadue at Casale. And they could not be finished their great market: rumours talks about an interest in Denis Marconato (211-C-75), Alex Bougaieff (208-C-77, agency: Passing Lane) and Ivan Gatto (207-F/C-78), that could be interest also at Soresina. Pavia announced to agreed terms with Luca Bertolini (190-G-85), while Pistoia is looking to sign Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) and Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82), from Treviglio. Filippo Masoni (190-G-82) could sign at Sassari, while Andrea Trinchieri could be the new head coach of Veroli.

Under 20 NT convocation list - by Gianni Pascucci
'Coach Stefano Sacripanti called 15 players at the National Under 20 Team camp, to prepare tha European Championship 2008, scheduled for August 1-10 in Riga, Latvia. The camp will run from June 20 to 30 in Fermo (Ascoli Piceno). The list of the players called is as follows: Marco Ammannato (203-F/C-88) (Consum.it Siena), Giancarlo Ferrero (193-G-88, agency: Players Group) (Consum.it Siena), Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) (Lottomatica Roma), Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88) (Fileni Jesi), Giacomo Eliantonio (205-C-88) (Fileni Jesi), Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88) (TD Shop.it Livorno), Marco Giuri (192-G-88) (TD Shop.it Livorno), Massimo Chessa (188-G-88) (Banco di Sardegna Sassari), Costantino Cutolo (199-G/F-89) (Everlast Firenze), Riccardo Castelli (202-F-88) (Tubosider Asti), Riccardo Malagoli (207-F/C-88) (Abc Castelfiorentino), Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) (Robur et Fides Varese), Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) (Aget Imola), Giovanni Tomassini (190-G-88) (Edimes Pavia) and Valerio Mazzola (205-F/C-88) (Carife Ferrara).

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JAMAICA

Chung's triple-double paces Panthers over Catherine All Stars - by Leonard Whyte
Leon 'Ratty' Chung, formerly of St. George's Slayers, notched a triple-double as his new team, Blazing Panthers, destroyed newcomers Catherine Hall All Stars 111-47 in a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) National Basketball League (NBL) game at the National Stadium courts over the weekend. Chung finished with a career-best 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists as Cathrine Hall proved to be no match for the seasoned Panthers. Troy Campbell added 17 points and 13 rebounds, Brandon Grant 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Anthony White 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. In a most unusual game, Chung was not the only player in the triple-double club as Phillip Anderson also ended with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Gavan Malcolm 13 points and Dave Black with 11 led the losers. In another game Arnett Gardens Rockers edged JDF 64-61.

Standings
NBL Standings
 1. Slayers 2-0 
 2. Port Royal 2-0 
 3. Urban K. 1-0 
 4. Tivoli Wizards 1-0 
 5. Runnin' R. 1-0 
 6. Majestic G. 1-0 
 7. W.Cumberland 1-1 
 8. Arnett GR 1-1 
 9. Blazing P. 1-2 
 10. Catherine AS. 0-2 
 11. JDF 0-2 
 12. Linkup All-S. 0-2 


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LITHUANIA

Market news - by Simas Baranauskas
It is now officialy reported that Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) extended his contract with Zalgiris. The young forward signed a 2+1 year deal with the Lithuanian champions, who managed to keep one of their most important players even though such teams as Bareclona and other Euroleague teams wanted to see him in their jersey. Maciulis averaged 12 points and 3,5 boards in Euroleague games this season.

Andrius Mazutis (179-G-81) extended signed an extention to the just ended contract with ASK Riga. The Lithuanan point guard was really wanted in Siauliai, Neptunas and Atletas. But the Latvian powerhouse offered very good conditions.

Nevezis was reported to sign deals with two Lithuanians - Martynas Versinskas (206-C) from NCAA and Tomas Lisauskas (195-F-82), who was one of the best players in NKL.


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MEXICO

Marvin Phillips goes to Monterrey - by Carlos Chapa
LNBPs team Fuerza Regia Monterrey has announced US player Marvin Phillips (201-G/F-83, college: Claflin), as their first new addition, en route to the 2008-2009 season. Phillips can play either as a shooting guard or small forward, and has a great jumping ability despite his big size. On the other hand, long time idol Antonio Rivers (189-G-75, college: Cent.Missouri St.) was in the city to promote the summer camp, but said that he does not discard the possibility of playing with the team next year.
With information from Fuerza Regia's official website


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MOLDOVA

Moldova celebrates first win in Edinburgh - by Eurobasket News
Moldova - San Marino 85:64

Moldova opened their European Championship Division C campaign with a cruising win over San Marino. The teams tipped off the action in Pool A. They got into the same group with Azerbaijan and Gibraltar and would fight for two tickets to the semis. San Marino got to a better start as they looked too good for Moldovan team in the early minutes. San Marino accounted for 29 points in the first period and led by 13 into the second frame. But Moldova gradually found the right tempo and started to cut the deficit. They outgunned their opponents 30:13 in the second stanza to grab a 46:42 lead at halftime. San Marino obviously ran out of steam in the second half as Moldova took over the control. They limited their counterparts to 8 points in the third stanza and stretched the gap to 13 points heading into the final period. San Marino raised the tempo but one of the tournaments favorites were ready for the effort and easily held San Marino at bay in the final stanza. Oleg Doros (204-C-68) topscored for Moldova with 21 points. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88) contributed 19 points and 9 boards, while Platon Jorneac (200-F-88) had 18 points and 15 boards for the winners. San Marino answered with 21 points from Elismar Guerra. Michelangelo Pamantini provided 20 points in a losing case. San Marino will face Azerbaijan, while Moldova will take on Gibraltar tomorrow.

Moldova: Oleg Doros 21, Vladimir Priscepnii 19, Platon Jorneac 18
San Marino: Elismar Guerra 21, Michelangelo Pamantini 20


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MONTENEGRO

Dusko Ivanovic officially in TAU - by Eurobasket News
As it was already posted before that Dusko Ivanovic will rejoin TAU Ceramica today is officially confirmed. Well respected Montenegrin coach signed 3-years deal with new Spanish champion.

Dusko Ivanovic arrives to TAU from Barcelona, where he didn't have such good results. In the past he spent 5 very successful seasons with TAU (2000-2005). During this period TAU grabbed the title in ACB league and two times they won 'Copa del Rey'. TAU also two times participated at Euroleague Final 4. At the same time the team extended contract with one of its best players, Pete Mickael.


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NBA

Celtics won NBA Championship 2008 !!! - by Eurobasket
On a new parquet floor below aging championship banners, the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA title and a first oneat lastfor Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas), Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) and Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) their Big Three for a new generation.
After 22 long years, the NBA has gone green.
Lifted by ear-splitting chants of Beat L.A. from their adoring crowd, which included Boston legends Bill Russell John Havlicek and JoJo White, the Celtics concluded a shocking rebound of a season with a stunning 131-92 blowout over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 on Tuesday night.
With the outcome assured, Boston fans sang into the night as if they were in a pub on nearby Canal Street. They serenaded the newest champs in this city of champs, and taunted Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and his Lakers, who drowned in a green-and-white wave for 48 minutes.
Garnett scored 26 points with 14 rebounds, Allen scored 26 and Pierce, the finals MVP, added 17 as the Celtics, a 24-win team a year ago, wrapped up their first crown since 1986.
This was total domination. The Celtics obliterated the Lakers, who were trying to become the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals.
No way. No how. No chance.
Bostons 39-point win surpassed the NBA record for the biggest margin of victory in a championship clincher; the Celtics beat the Lakers 129-96 in Game 5 of the 1965 NBA finals.
Pierce doused Celtics coach Doc Rivers with red Gatorade. Owner Wyc Grousbeck , who named his group Banner 17 to leave no doubt about his goal, put an unlit cigar in his moutha tribute to Red Auerbach, the patriarch who had a hand in the franchises first 16 titles.
Garnett dropped to the parquet and kissed the leprechaun at center court, then found Hall of Famer Bill Russell for a long embrace.
I got my own. I got my own, Garnett said. I hope we made you proud.
You sure did, Russell said.
Rivers pulled Pierce, Garnett and Allen with 4:01 left and they shared a group hug with their coach, who was nearly run out of town last season. In the final minute, Rivers, who lost his father at the beginning of this remarkable season, was soaked by Pierce, the Celtics captain who decided to stay when things were bad and was rewarded for his loyalty
Its was Bostons first title since the passing of Auerbach, whose signature victory cigar was the only thing missing on this night. Even Auerbach, who died in 2006, got some satisfaction. Led by Rivers, his beloved team denied Lakers coach Phil Jackson from overtaking him with a 10th championship.
A perfect ending: a 17th title on the 17th of June.
The Boston-Los Angeles rivalry, nothing more than black-and-white footage from the 60s and TV highlights of players wearing short shorts in the 80s to young hoops fans, remains titled toward the Atlantic Ocean. The Celtics are 9-2 against the Lakers in the finals.
They missed their first crack at closing out the series in Game 5, but didnt miss on their second swing, running the Lakers out of their gym.
Bryant, the regular season MVP, finished with 22 points.
Garnett and Allen were All-Stars in other cities, stuck in Minnesota and Seattle, respectively, on teams going nowhere. But brought together in trades last summer by Celtics general manager Danny Ainge , a member of the 86 Celtics champions, they joined Pierce and formed an breakable bond, a trio as tight as the clubs lucky shamrock logo.
With Garnett scoring 17 points and Pierce adding 10, Boston built a 23-point halftime lead, and unlike Game 2 when they let the Lakers trim a 24-point lead to two in the fourth quarter before recoveirng, the Celtics kept coming in waves.
They pushed their lead to 31 in the third quarter, and with Boston still up by 29 after three quarters, plastic sheets started going up in the Celtics locker room in preparation for a champagne celebration.
Bryant started 4-of-5 from the field, but he missed seven shots in a row and finished 7-of-22. Everywhere he went, L.A.s No. 24 ran smack into a wall of Boston defense as high as the Green Monster a few miles away at Fenway Park.
Defense, Rivers said before the game. Is what we do.
In the second half, Celtics fans chanted Youre not (Michael) Jordan at Bryant, who will have to wait for his fourth title and first without former teammate Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU). The Lakers, who stole Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) away from Memphis in a mid-season trade to help Bryant, will have the all summer to think about what went wrong.
No team had to work harder for a championship than these Celtics, who were playing in their record 26th postseason game. They were pushed to seven games in the first round by Atlanta, another seven by Cleveland and then took care of Detroit in six to win the Eastern Conference title.
They entered Game 6 of the finals slowed by injuries as Pierce, Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) (shoulder) and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) (ankle) were less than 100 percent. There was also uncertainty surrounding Allen, who stayed behind in Los Angeles following Game 5 after his youngest son became ill.
But just as they had while winning 66 games during the regular season, the Celtics got plenty of help from their bench as P.J. Brown (6'11''-F-69, agency: Priority Sports, college: Louisiana Tech), James Posey (6'8''-G/F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier), Leon Powe (6'8''-F-84, college: California) and rookie Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) came in and contributed.
It was a group effort by this gang in green, which bonded behind Rivers, who borrowed an African word ubuntu (pronounced Ooh-BOON-too) and roughly means I am, because we are in English, as the Celtics unifying team motto.
The Celtics gave the Lakers a 12-minute crash course of ubuntu in the second quarter.
Boston outscored Los Angeles 34-19, getting 11 field goals on 11 assists while holding Bryant to three points, all on free throws. The Celtics toyed with the Lakers, outworking the Western Conferences best inside and out and showing the same kind of heart that made Boston the center of pro basketbals universe in the 60s.
House and Posey made 3-pointers to put the Celtics ahead by 12 points and baskets by Pierce, Garnett and Rondo put Boston ahead by 18.
In the final minute, Garnett floated in the lane, banked in a one-handed runner and was fouled. His free throw made it 56-35, and after Perkins scored, the Celtics ran to the locker room leading by 23.

Courtesy of Yahoo.com


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NCAA1

Clemson names Josh Postorino assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Josh Postorino has been promoted to an assistant coaching position with the Clemson men's basketball program, Head Coach Oliver Purnell announced Monday. Postorino, a former player and assistant coach under Purnell at Dayton, served as Clemson's director of basketball operations in 2007-08.

Postorino was initially hired as an assistant when Purnell was named Clemson's head coach in 2003, but left with Ron Jirsa to coach at Marshall University after just a short time with the Tiger program. Postorino returned to Clemson last June, where he was involved with the team's travel arrangements, scheduling, recruiting organization, and hiring and supervising of the managerial staff.

Postorino served as an assistant coach at Marshall from 2003-07 in Conference USA. He helped the Thundering Herd to a victory in 2006-07 over Virginia Tech, an eventual NCAA Tournament participant. He also was instrumental in helping Marshall to a 58-52 victory over a Sweet 16 West Virginia squad in 2005-06.

He spent the 2000-01 season as the director of operations at Dayton, before moving into a full-time assistant coaching position under Purnell for his final two years with the Flyers. In his three years as a full-time staff member, he helped Dayton to an overall record of 66-30 (.688 winning percentage) and three postseason appearances. He helped the Flyers to a 24-6 overall record in 2002-03 and #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Postorino was the first player signed by Purnell at Dayton. He lettered all four seasons (1995-99), but his playing career was cut short due to medical complications. He played in 75 career games with the Flyers and graduated from Dayton with a marketing degree in 1999.

A 31-year old native of Clearwater, FL, he and his wife Jennifer have a two-month old son, Brody Christopher.
Courtesy of clemsontigers.cstv.com


Jeremy Pargo of Gonzaga withdraws from NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
Guard Jeremy Pargo (6'2''-G-86) decided to withdraw his name from the NBA draft 2008. He made himself available for this year's draft but he had a chance to change his mind until today. As he did not hire any agent he is able to return to Gonzaga.

For 33 games for in NCAA last season Pargo averaged 12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 6 apg. He is named to District 14 second team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was an Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection. Interesting is that his brother, Jannero Pargo (6'2''-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas), already made successful basketball career in NBA. He spent last season in New Orleans Hornets while in the past he also was a member of Chicago Bulls and shortly of Los Angeles Lakers.


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NCAA3

Skidmore adds Ryan Mee to coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
Skidmore College men's basketball coach, Luke Flockerzi, announced the appointment of Ryan Mee as assistant coach. Mee comes to Skidmore after spending the last two seasons at Elmira College as the assistant basketball coach and head junior varsity coach.

During his two seasons with the Soaring Eagles, he helped the team increase its win total by four games and make steady improvement. He earned a master's degree in education from Elmira in 2008 with a certification in coaching.

Prior to Elmira, Mee served as an assistant men's basketball coach for the 2005-06 season at Hilbert College. In his lone campaign the team finished 12-14 and placed fourth in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, which was the team's best conference finish to date.

Mee graduated from the University of Rochester in 2005 where he was part of four NCAA Division III tournament teams. During his time at Rochester, Mee helped the team to four consecutive NCAA Division III tournaments (including two Final Four appearances) and an overall record of 97-17. As a senior captain in 2004-05, he helped lead the team to a national runner-up finish. He was honored as Honorable Mention All-University Athletic Association in 2004 and All-Academic UAA in 2005. A tremendous high school player, Mee was inducted into the Hilton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mee will join current assistant coaches Kiernan Gordon and John Lea.
Courtesy of skidmore.edu


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NEW ZEALAND

Waikato steps closer to the title - by Eurobasket News
Waikato - Wellington 95:78

The Waikato Pistons used their well-tested weapon. The dynamic duo of imports Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) and Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) teamed up for 50 points to pace the Pistons to an overwhelming win over the regular season champions Wellington in the opening game of the NBL Finals. The series now moves to the capital where the Saints are 10-0 in the season. Crowe and Wethers got a sufficient help from Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International), Mike Homik and Ben Hill en route to storming victory. The Pistons looked dominant after the long break and deservedly posted an easy win at the end to enjoy a 1-0 lead in the Finals. Jason Crowe orchestrated the game well in the first half. He posted 19 points and 9 assists as the hosts never trailed early on. They grabbed a 6-point lead into the second period and stretched to 7 soon after. But the Saints struck back late in the frame as Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) accounted for a couple of impressive plays including a treble that propelled the visitors in front 50:49 with under 2 minutes left in the first half. Waikato managed to regain the advantage as they were in charge 52:50 at the interval. The Pistons kept on mounting the pressure and went on an 11:0 rally to claim a 17-point buffer late in the third stanza. The Saints had little chances in the final quarter. Waikato wisely kept them at bay and drove to a stunning initial win in the series. Jason Crowe finished with 26 points for Waikato. Brian Wethers knocked down 24 points, while Pero Cameron had 15 points and 7 boards in a win. Nick Horvath replied with game-high 37 points and 11 boards for Wellington. He however received little help as the only other scorer in double figures was Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) with 13 points in defeat. The series moves at the TSB Bank Arena for the second game on Friday.

Waikato: Jason Crowe 26, Brian Wethers 24, Pero Cameron 15
Wellington: Nick Horvath 37+11 boards, Lindsay Tait 13


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NIGERIA

Islanders make it 1-1 on the road - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Atlantic conference of the Nigeria Basketball Federation premier league side, Islanders basketball club of Lagos secured a valuable win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos Tuesday after losing scandalously to Niger Potters basketball club of Minna on Monday.

The Coach Ogoh Odaudu side lost to the Minna-based Potters by 102-63 points on Monday the worst lose by the club this season but rose from that challenge to humble Tapgun by 64-57 points.

According to the Islanders coach who says, the lose to Potters does not in any way reflect the strength of the Minna side but just for his side to record a point without much ado.

WE decide to take the game against Potters with calm so as to avoid the type ugly incidence to happen when Union Bank basketball club came for their road-game when they almost lost a player due to hard play from one of the Potters player.

We are going to do our best to see if we can pick one or two more games in order to shore up our chances of a playoffs slot at the end of the regular games.

Islanders play Plateau Peaks Wednesday before moving to Bauchi where they will confront home side Bauchi Net on Thursday and Yelwa Hawks on Friday.


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NPBL

Bulldogs and Hawks to play the North Division Championship game - by Gianni Pascucci
The Elmira Bulldogs, winner's of 10 straight games and NPBL regular season Champions, will meet on June 21 the NPBL defending champion Hudson Valley Hawks on June 21 in the North Division Championship game in Elmira, NY. The Hawks defeated the Westchester Monarchs 126-110 in NPBL 1st round playoff action on the past weekend. Leading scorer for the Hawks was Tay Fisher (5'9''-G-86, college: Siena) with 36 points. Willie Coleman (6'0''-G-84) and Justin Skipwith (6'1''-G-83, college: Post) also had big games for the Hawks with 21 points a piece. Leading scorers for the Monarchs were Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, agency: Tank Sports, college: Columbia Union) with 25 points, Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) with 23 points, and Henri Burford (6'2''-G-80) with 14 points.

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PARAGUAY

Metropolitan league updating - by Gianni Pascucci
The four teams yet in the race started the Semifinal round during the past weekend. Universidad Automoma de Asuncion prevailed over Olimpia, 86-83 (17-20; 20-18; 23-25; 23-23) and Universidad Catolica clearly defeated Sportivo San Lorenzo 76-60 ( 23-19; 18-10; 15-17; 20-14). The main performers in this last game were Norbert Aguero (-G) and Alejandro Perez (-G/F), who scored 15 points each for UCA, and Luis Fernando Dose (201-F/C-65), who was the game top scorer at 19 for San Lorenzo. The standings of this so named 'Estadio Comuneros' are as follows:
1. UCA 3 points,
2. UAA 2,
3. San Lorenzo 1,75,
4. Olimpia 0.


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PHILIPPINES

COMPTON IS BACK - by Benny Lirio
The first time they attempted to assume the number one spot, Air21 came so close but came up short in the end.

The Express just couldn't hold on in the closing minutes so instead of taking over pole position, they joined the growing list of victims of the Alaska Aces, who escaped with an 84-82 decision.

Well, that was two weeks ago. How about a second chance?

Yes, opportunity is once again knocking at the doorsteps of the Express, who seem determined to make an impact in the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference.

'Everyone in the team pretty much understands the significance of this game,' said Air21 coach Bo Perasol of their 4:50 p.m. Wednesday date with the Welcoat Dragons at the Araneta Coliseum.

Air21 is coming off a stunning 112-111 victory over free falling Talk N Text and is currently tied for first place with Coca-Cola and Red Bull at 9-6.

The prospect to succeed appears brighter this time around unless, of course, the Express experience another major meltdown.

To make sure his troops don't mess up with their second chance, Perasol urged his players 'to keep on aiming high and be consistent with what we do.'

In their first meeting that took place two months ago, Air21 downed Welcoat, 105-96. Nothing much has changed from then as the Dragons (4-11) continue to
struggle and have lost seven of their last nine games.

With only three more games remaining in their campaign, the Dragons have become a strong candidate for elimination. Nevertheless, team co-owners Terry Que
and Raymund Yu indicated that they are not going down without a fight.

In the hope of staying in contention at least for a wildcard berth team management decided to terminate American guard Corey Santee in favor of assistant coach Alex Compton.

It was a sound decision on the part of management but whether they admit it or not, the move may have come a little bit too late.

Nevertheless, the possibility of the Dragons getting back at the Express isn't completely remote.

And you bet, Alaska coach Tim Cone and his Aces would be rooting for the Dragons.

That's because a loss by Air21 coupled by a victory by Alaska in its 7:20 p.m. encounter with slumping Sta. Lucia will enable the Aces (8-6) to tie for the lead.

The Aces are on a roll with a six-game winning streak but Cone is wary the long rest might take away their momentum.

Alaska has four more games remaining in its schedule and Cone considers them as 'very tough games'. After Sta. Lucia, the Aces battle Barangay Ginebra, followed
by Coca-Cola before closing their elimination round campaign against Magnolia.

'We know it won't last forever (winning streak) so we just keep on going. We'll see how far it goes,' Cone said.

After an impressive start, things appear to sour for the Realtors (6-8), who have been struggling in the second half of the eliminations.

The reigning Philippine Cup champions have lost four in a row the last one a 74-80 defeat against Magnolia on Friday and are now in danger of being relegated to the wildcard round. (DBC)
PBA.PH


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POLAND

Zmago Sagadin officially in Anwil Wloclawek - by Michal Falkowski
After the worst season in last years, Anwil Wloclawek did not offer a new contract to Ales Pipan, who has already agreed terms with Slovenian club Zlatorog Lasko. In the meantime Anwil was negotiating with some candidates. After some weeks the board of Anwil and Zmago Sagadin agreed all terms of the one-year (with the extension option after the season) contract and put the signatures under it.
Sagadin is a legendary Slovenian coach who is widely considered as most successful one. He was always strongly bound up with Olimpija Ljubljana. He triumphed over with this club. Sagadin won Slovenian League Championship 10 times in years 1992-95, 1997-99, 2001-02 and 2006. Simultaneously he was collecting Slovenian National Cup 11 times including 2000. However, in this year he did not achieve a league championship because he resigned in April 2000. In 1994 he achieved his first serious international cup Olimpija won the final game in European Cup (later Saporta Cup). Next, in 1997, Olimpija qualified for Euroleague Final Four and finally came the third team. After some years, in 2002 his Olimpija won also the whole Adriatic League. Besides in 2004 he achieved his only one title with the other team Crvena Zvezda Belgrade in Cup of Serbia and Montenegro. Moreover Zmago Sagadin has been recognised 9 times as a Slovenian Top Coach of the Year.
All things considered say he mainly coached Olimpija Ljubljana, however he spent one year at Split (95-96), three seasons in Belgrade (02-05). He has worked in Nova Gorica in Slovenian A2 division (only half a year) and in Vilnius coaching Lietuvos Rytas (only three months). Last season he was unemployed due to the knee surgery he had to undergo.
At the moment these players are under contract with Anwil: Andrzej Pluta, Lukasz Koszarek, Bartlomiej Woloszyn, Michal Gabinski, Kamil Michalski and Marek Piechowicz.


Official DBE awards - by Piotr Biernikowicz

Journalists from Poland picked the best players and coaches of Dominet Bank Ekstraleague 2007/2008.

MVP of the season - David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) (PGE Turow Zgorzelec)

Other votes: Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) (Prokom Trefl Sopot)

Best defender - Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) (Prokom Trefl Sopot)

Other votes: Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: LimeLight, college: Georgia)
(Kotwica), Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) (Polpak), Tomas Masiulis (204-F-75) (Prokom), Piotr Dabrowski (191-G/F-86) (Basket), Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81, college: American) (Turow)

Best young player (U23) - Pawel Kikowski (190-G-86, agency: LimeLight) (Polpak Swiecie)

Other votes: Iwo Kitzinger (188-G-85) (Turow), Bartlomiej Woloszyn (197-F-86)
(Anwil)

MIP: Pawel Kikowski (Polpak Swiecie) and David Logan (PGE Turow Zgorzelec)

Other votes: Kamil Chanas (188-G-85) (Slask), Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) (Prokom), Oliver Stevic (201-F-84) (Slask), Lukasz Wichniarz (197-F-82) (Gornik)

Best coach - Saso Filipovski
(PGE Turow Zgorzelec)

Other votes: Tomas Pacesas (Prokom), Mihailo Uvalin (Polpak)

DBE first team: Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, college: Troy) (Polpak Swiecie), David Logan (PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Milan Gurovic (Prokom Trefl Sopot), Filip Dylewicz (Prokom Trefl Sopot), Eric Hicks (Polpak Swiecie)

According to www.plk.pl



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RUSSIA

Spartak chooses between Collins and Wisniewski - by Eurobasket News
Spartak St. Petersbug is close to sign one of two American point guards DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) or Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary).

Andrew Wisniewski spent previous season in Ural Great Perm, who reached semifinals of Russian Superleague. The team also reached quarterfinal of FIBA EuroCup while Wisniweski got invitation for All-Star game. Wisniewski played 10 games for Ural in EuroCup averaging 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 4.3 apg. In Russian Superleague he registered much better stats 15.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 4.6 apg. Actually he was a fourth assistant of the league last season. A year before Ural, Wisniewski played for Cibona Zagreb winning Croatian A1 league with them.

DeJuan Collins was one of the key players of Zalgirs Kaunas last season. His Zalgiris won triple crown beating Lietuvos Rytas in the finals of three different competitions. They won Baltic league, Lithuanian championship and Lithuanian National cup, where Collins was MVP of the final game. He finished Euroleague as a top assistant with 5.3 assist per game. He also had around 9 ppg and 5 apg in Baltic and Lithuanian league.

Couple of days ago Spartak St. Petersburg hired Evgeni Pachoutine on a head coach position. Paschoutine arrived from CSKA Moscow where he was an assistant of Ettore Messina. He came to Spartak with big ambition to make strong team who is capable to play important role in Russian Superleague.

It will be known soon which of these two players Pachoutine will pick for his team.


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SERBIA

Aleksandar Dzikic extend contract with Union Olimpia - by Zoran Popovic
Aleksandar Dzikic extends contract with Union Olimpia on next three seasons. Dzikic came in Union Olimpia in January 2008. and played with them semi final of Adriatic league, won national Cup and Slovenian championship. Before Union Olimpia he was assistant coach in Partizan 1999-2006. As head coach he started season 2006. in Atlas banka Novi Beograd, then moved to Minesota Timberwolves 2006-2007. as assistant coach. He was head coach of Yugoslavian U17 National Team 1999.

Dusko Vujosevic: We will defend championship title - by Dragan Jankovski
In interview for the Serbian daily newspapers 'Sportski Zurnal' head coach of Partizan Igokea, Dusko Vujosevic, stated that he is sure that Partizan will win 7th consecutive title. Black-and-white team outplayed Hemofarm STADA last night 76-65 taking 2-1 lead in the play-off final. The fist chance to defend title Partizan will have tomorrow at 20h in Vrsac. Hemofarm for sure remembers ex player of Partizan from couple of years ago, Vlado Scepanovic, who scored a triple at the buzzer brining the title for Partizan in Vrsac. The orange team for sure won't give up and they will try to play one more game in Belgrade.

'It wasn't easy process to recover after defeat in game number two in Vrsac but we succeeded. We were under huge pressure yesterday and we handle it. After last night's win I am sure we will take one of the next two. If we loose in Vrsac it is not a big problem because we will play the last game at the front of our fans, which once again showed they are the best in Europe. We made many mistakes last nights on both sides of the court. Hemofarm had 21 free throws in the first half while we had just 8. It was a signal to me that we have to penetrate more. Second half was totally different story. Our fans helped us a lot last night and I very appreciate that. I call them to come with us in Vrsac where we will try to capture another title this season. Hemofarm is a very good team, organized on a highest level but I am sure we will beat them in one of the next two games. My players are very tired because we had many tough games this season but I can promise that we will be strong enough until the very end' - said Dusko Vujosevic, head coach of Partizan Igkoea.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - preparations started - by Nenad Ilijev
Players of Vojvodina Srbijagas started working out yesterday under instructions of head coach Ivica Mavrenski. However half of the team didnt practised because Danilo Sibalic (202-C-88), Ilija Pavkovic (203-G-88), Petkovic and Nemanja Besovic (217-C-92) are working out with Serbian national team selections while contracts expired to Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Marko Pekovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket). Young Djordje Gagic agreed moving to Red Star.
Future of the club is still in doubt because of some money that Vojvodina still owes to its current and former players.


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SLOVENIA

Candidates for U-18 NT - by Zeljko Zule
U-18 NT head coach Rade Mijanovic and his assistant Matjaz Cujes announced 16 candidates for 2008 European Championship, Division D.
Anze Pelc of Alpos Sentjur, Brane Lekic of Elektra, Uros Zadnik of Geoplin Slovan, Mitja Nikolic Smrdelj of Geoplin Slovan, Luka Snoj of Jance, Nejc Koracin of Krka, Maj Kovacevic of Krka, Sandi Skrbinsek of Mario Primorac, Jure Pelko of Mario Primorac, Marko Vranjkovic of Mario Primorac, Jan Petrovcic of Nova Gorica, Dino Muric of Parklji, Mirza Sarajlija of Union Olimpija, Nejc Buda of Union Olimpija, Jaka Zagorc of Union Olimpija, Luka Dimec of Zlatorog.


Olimpija inks Klobucar and extends with coach Dzikic, Hukic and Ozbolt - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija re-signed coach Aleksandar Dzikic till June 2011 and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Bosnian NT member Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) for two seasons. Slovenian champion also inked Slovenian NT member Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) ex Geoplin Slovan for four seasons and officially announced that inked Croatian Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) ex Split CO to a 2+1 years contract. Union Olimpija is also negotiating with their former member, NBA player Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) ex Toronto Raptors.

Anwil inks Sagadin and extends Damjanovic - by Zeljko Zule

Polish team Anwil Wloclawek has named former Slovenian NT coach Zmago Sagadin ex Lietuvas Rytas as head coach, signing him to a 1+1 year contract. One of his assistants will be Slovenian Dalibor Damjanovic who re-signed the contract with the club.

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SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Venezuela started trainings for 2008 South American Championship in Chile - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Senior National Team started training sessions in Caracas for the upcoming 2008 South American Championship, to be played in Puerto Montt, Chile, from June 30th till July 7th, in which they'll be playing to get one of three available tickets for the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, to be played in 2009.

New head coach Nelson Solorzano and recently named assistant coaches Carl Herrera (206-C-66) and Gustavo Garcia will observe a total of 19 players at Naciones Unidas Park and the Military Academy of Caracas in two daily sessions and a couple of friendly matches against Cuba in the cities of Valencia and San Juan de los Morros, followed by another couple of games in Rio de Janeiro against Brazil, prior to the trip to Chile, which will take place directly from Brazil.

Venezuela is willing to attempt their third consecutive presence in a World Cup (Indianapolis 2002, Japan 2006) and its fourth overall -they attended the World Cup in Argentina (1990)-, and though the Venezuelan Basketball Federation had begun a new process with younger players back in 2007, still with former head coach Nestor Salazar, the new coaches are willing to mix a little bit of everything in their quest for the best team possible.

Main players such as Hector Romero (202-F-80) of Montepaschi Siena (Italy), Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) of UPIM Bologna (Italy) and Rafael Perez (185-G-82) of Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico) were considered and the return of Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Atleticos de San German (Puerto Rico) was allowed by the FVB, but Lugo has a nose injury that requires surgery and is unlikely he'll be ready in time to play. Attempts to bring back guard Diego Guevara (184-G-77) of Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico) were made, but he's got visa problems back in the United States, where he lives, and he can't come back just yet.

Guard Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87), and NCAA sensation with the Maryland Terrapins in the United States, has academic compromises that prevent him from coming. Other NCAA talents such as David Cubillan (183-G-87) of Marquette Golden Eagles and Robert Palacios (187-G) of Northern Colorado Bears were not considered. Neither were John Cox (196-G-81), of Le Havre (France) and Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) of La Laguna (Spain).

These are the players called up by Solorzano to trainings:
Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85), Jesus Centeno (190-G-85), Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), Rafael Guevara (194-F-79), Rafael Perez, Oscar Torres, Hector Romero, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84), Axier Sucre, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77), Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84), Luis Julio (199-F-80), Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86), Amber Marin (208-C-81), Roque Osorio (206-C-76), Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) and Richard Lugo. Players Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) and Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) were left out due to technical decision and injury, respectively.


Venezuela defeats Cuba twice in friendly matches - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Senior National Team defeated Cuba twice in friendly matches played at the Forum of Valencia and the Olympic Dome of San Juan de los Morros, in preparation for the upcoming 2008 South American Championship to be played in Puerto Montt, Chile, from June 30th till July 7th.

Venezuela won on Saturday with a comfortable 86-61 scoreboard, even though they played without four key members of the squad due to different sorts of injuries. Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85), Luis Julio (199-F-80), Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) and Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) did not make the trip and were left in Caracas to work on their particular physical conditioning.

However, Venezuela won thanks to their relentless offensive weapons. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) netted 16 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) added 13 points and Rafael Perez (185-G-82) finally made his debut with the NT after a few shiny years in Puerto Rico and supported them with 12 points. Another newcomer, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), had a pleasant debut with 9 points coming off the bench. For Cuba, Henry Simon (199-F-79) scored 14 points, Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79) followed him with 13 and Allen Jemmont finished with 12 points.

In the second match, Venezuela won 86-81. This time, Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) was the top scorer with 16 points, Jose Vargas added 15 and Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) finished up with 11 points. For Cuba, Geoffrey Silvestre netted 23 points, Duquesne Allen added 16 points and Junior Perez with 12.


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SPAIN

Real Madrid extends Axel Hervelle, TAU returns Goran Dragic - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid announced signing of Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) on a 3-year contract extension. Hervelle was one of the most important Real's players over the past 4 years. Real Madrid showed great performance in the ACB regular season finishing it on top with 29 wins and 5 defeats while later in the play-off quarterfinals the team couldn't handle Unicaja Malaga. Axel Hervelle played 20 games for Real last season in Euroleague averaging 9.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg. He also had 34 appearances in ACB regular season adding 9.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Hervelle joined Real at the beginning of the season 04/05 from Belgian Pepinster and during these four years he captured two championship titles in Spain as well as ULEB Cup in 2007.

'Contract extension with Hervelle was very important move for Real Madrid. He was and he will be one of team's key players in the future' - said Alberto Herreros.

'It is real satisfaction for me and my work over the past 4 years. I will stay in Madrid which is my second house. I am glad to continue with one of the top ranked European teams with whom I won two ACB titles and one ULEB Cup' - said Axel Hervelle.


Meanwhile, TAU Ceramica decided to return point guard Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) from loan. Dragic spent last season in Union Olimpija winning the Slovenian championship as well as National Cup. His team played in the semifinals of Adriatic league loosing it against Partizan Belgrade. For 13 games in Euroleague last season Dragic posted 9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3.1 apg. He also played 28 games in Adriatic league averaging 12 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.1 apg.

'I spoke with the president of TAU Ceramica and he said they decided to have me in the roster for 2008/09. It means that it will be my first season with TAU since I signed the contract in 2006' - Dragic said.

Before Olimpija, TAU loaned Dragic one season to Murcia.


Dusko Ivanovic is back, Mickeal stays in TAU - by Natxo Mendaza
Two big news for Spanish champion TAU Ceramica this week. First one, US forward Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati), MVP of the ACB finals, will stay one more season in Vitoria. The player agreed terms with the Basque club for an 1+1 deal, rejecting bigger offers from other ACB and Euroleague clubs. Second one was the return of head coach Dusko Ivanovic , who will start his second stage coaching TAU (200-2005) after a very dissapointing 3-years period in Barcelona. According to TAU Ceramica official press release, Ivanovic has signed a 3-years deal with the club.

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TURKEY

Preliminary squad of Team Turkey announced - by Eurobasket News
Head coach of Turkish national team Bogdan Tanjevic announced list with 18 players which he called to the preliminary squad for Eurobasket 2009 qualifications.

Superstar of NBA team Orlando Magic, Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79), is selected to be the one them. Turkogly has fantastic NBA year behind him. For 82 games in regular season he averaged 19.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 5 apg while in the play-of he had 17.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.5 apg for 10 games. Hedo helped his team to reach the Eastern Conference semi-finals. He was third scorer of the previous European Championship in Spain with 19.2 ppg.

Coach Tanjevic decided to add point guard of Real Madrid, Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79), to the preliminary squad. After 8 consecutive years with Turkish national team, Tuncery missed previous European Championship. He will be good reinforcement for Tanjevic's team as he had a solid season with Real Madrid. He had 19 appearances in Euroleague averaging 7.6 ppg and 2.6 apg while his Real was a regular season champion in ACB league. For 33 games in ACB regular season he had 6.7 ppg and 1.9 apg.

Bogdan Tanjevic also called young prospect Dogus Balbay (185-G-89) of Texas University, which was NCAA Big 12 regular season champion. He was one of the key players of Turkish NT on U19 FIBA World Championship, which was held in Novi Sad last summer. He also demonstrated good performance with U18 NT on EC in Spain, which also was held last summer.

Beside these three players, Tanjevic to the preliminary squad also added: Ersin Gorkem, Ersan Ilyasova, Umit Sonkol, Engin Atsur, Sinan Guler, Baris Hersek, Bora Hun Pacun, Ender Arslan, Kerem Gonlum, Oguz Savas, Omer Faruk Asik, Omer Onan, Semih Erden, Cemal Nalga and Cenk Akyol.

Turkey is placed in Group C of the Eurobasket 2009 qualifications together with France, Belgium and Ukraine. In the first round Turkey will host Ukraine on September 3rd.


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U.KINGDOM

Andorra opens European championship in Division B with win over Wales - by Eurobasket News
Andorra - Wales 78:52

Andorra and Wales tipped off the action at the European Championship in Division C that started in Edinburgh. The teams got into preliminary Group B and began todays basketball action. The teams looked well matched early on and traded baskets throughout the first frame. Andorra managed to spur ahead late in the quarter to enjoy a 24:20 lead into the second frame. The pressure kept on growing as Andorra tightened up defense. They held their opponents to 10 points in the second stanza and built a 9-point cushion at the interval. The breakthrough came for Andorra right after the break as they went on another run and opened up a double-digit lead. Wales failed to recover and found themselves trailing by 18 points before the final term. Andorra breezed to an overall victory at the end and celebrated the initial victory at the tournament. Xavier Galera Ruz led Andorra with 17 points and 6 assists. Marc Martret Rebollar added 9 points and 10 boards for the winners. Alan Duppa (201-F/C-80) answered with 15 points for Wales. Anthony Berry provided 5 points and 13 boards in defeat. Andorra topped Pool B and would face Malta tomorrow. Wales will trey to rebound against hosting Scotland next.

Andorra: Xavier Galera Ruz 17, Marc Martret Rebollar 9+10 boards
Wales: Alan Duppa 15, Anthony Berry 5+13 boards


Andrew Bridge stays with the Eagles - by Eurobasket News
Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) agreed on terms of the new contract with the Newcastle Eagles. The reigning champions left their captain for one more year in Newcastle. Andrew Bridge led the Eagles to the BBL championship in the last season spending 7 years with the team. Bridge averaged 11 points, 4.2 boards and 1.7 assists per game for Newcastle. It was an obvious improvement from the 2006-2007 season when Andrew Bridge came up with 9.3 points per appearance. Bridge joins a number of players that have been already resigned by the franchise. Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: Mc Neese St.) and Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple) were already secured for the next campaign by the team. There are some more signings expected in the upcoming weeks.

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UGANDA

Malinga brothers beef up Kampala team ahead of Inter Cities hoops tourney - by Kristian Santiago
by Sande Bashaija

Kampala City Council (KCC) have turned to the experienced Malinga brothers, Henry Malinga (193-F) and Eric Malinga (186-G), as they seek to beef-up their team ahead of the Africa Zone 5 Inter Cities tournament due June 21-23 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The duo, who led Falcons to a sixth MTN-Fuba League championship last year, began training with the KCC Lions team on Tuesday.
The Malingas are already with us. We have also talked to Ken Balyejusa (172-G) Isaac Afidra (193-G/F) Ivan Enabu (182-G), and hopefully they will be joining us soon, KCC team manager Joy Olinga told Daily Monitor yesterday.
Another influential league player Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) (Kyambogo Warriors) has been invited to the team. KCC did not send a mens team to last years tournament held in Nairobi, Kenya but the women returned with a team bronze.
Agatha Baliddawa, who returned with the Most Valuable Players (MVP) accolade, is in USA and wont take part this time round but Olinga is confident of a good showing.
The team is good. Players just have to change their attitude and put in more effort, she said.

National League three-time top scorer Frances Nabuloobi, Flavia Oketcho (UCU), Hadijja Kizza (KIU) and Lilian Badaru (Lady Bucks) are to travel with the Kampala team.
Ethiopia (men), Mombasa (men and women), Kisumu (women), Arusha (men), Zanzibar (men and women), and Somalia (men) are some the teams that have confirmed participation.

Lusaka will participate as guests but Rwanda and Burundi are yet to send in their confirmation.


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UKRAINE

Ukrainians returns home from Italy - by Eurobasket News
After just one win in five games on Italian tour, Ukrainian National Team has returned home. Head coach of NT Valentin Melnychuk didn't show any concerns about this score in Italy. Melnychuk said that his team lost 3 games during the last four minutes. He stated that it happened because of lack of discipline, bad shape and tactical mistakes.

'I am satisfied with our performance in Italy. My team had just three players from the last summer which means that the guys who didn't have a chance to play on high-level international tournament finally got it' - said Melnychuk.

Ukrainians played these five games without 7 important players: Serhiy Lishchuk, Volodymyr Gurtoviy, Artur Drozdov, Ihor Krivych, Artem Butskiy, Kyrylo Fesenko and Olexei Pecherov (212-C-85). Most of them still struggles with injuries while Pescherov has an obligation in USA.

Missing of these players gave a chance to others to show what they can. One of the players who impressed in Italy is power forward / center Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances). He spent last season in Khimik but averaged just 4.9 ppg and 4 rpg in Ukrainian U21 competition. Coach Melnychuk stated that he is very satisfied with performance of young Agafonov in Italy. Despite he didn't have a chance to take so many shoots in his team last season, he showed that he can be a go-to player. Melnychuk used him on three positions 3, 4 and 5. Agafonov finished Italy tour as a player with best field-goal percentage in his team.

Another player who impressed coach Melnychuk is forward Oleksiy Onufriev. Both of the above mentioned players had a great start with national team and they have a great chance to become the most important player of the team in the future.

On the other hand the guy who supposed to be one of the leaders of national team in Italy, Rostyslav Krivych, was the biggest disappointment for coach Melnichyk. He was a top scorer of Ukrainian Superleague last season but he appeared in national team camp totally out of shape so naturally he wasn't able to show better performance.

At the end Melnichyk stated that his team wasn't ready for these games in Italy but they will be for the following important challenges.

Ukraine will take on Belgium, France and Turkey in EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Games this summer.


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URUGUAY

Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Aguada 15-4 
 2. Capurro 13-4 
 3. Verdirrojo 12-6 
 4. Nacional 10-8 
 5. Urunday Univ. 9-9 
 6. Goes 9-9 
 7. 25 de Agosto 9-10 
 8. Larranaga 8-9 
 9. Yale 8-11 
 10. Guruyu Waston 8-11 
 11. Olivol Mundial 8-11 
 12. Larre Borges 6-12 
 13. Marne 4-145 


The Metro League played the 20th round - by Hector Lopez
Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds when Capurro maintained the second position for the Metro League beating Marne 79-71. The best scorer for Marne was Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) with 20 points 13 rebounds. The results for the 20th round were (with import numbers for import players)

Aguada 81 - Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) 23 points 16 rebounds
Nacional 79 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 13 points 8 rebounds
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Olivol Mundial 90
Waston 86 - Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 29 points 15 rebounds
(After two overtime)
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Verdirrojo 85 - Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 23 points 10 rebounds
Yale 80 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 17 points 8 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 80
Larraaga 75
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Urunday 84 -
Goes 77 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 25 points


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VENEZUELA

Venezuela defeats Cuba twice in friendly matches - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Senior National Team defeated Cuba twice in friendly matches played at the Forum of Valencia and the Olympic Dome of San Juan de los Morros, in preparation for the upcoming 2008 South American Championship to be played in Puerto Montt, Chile, from June 30th till July 7th.

Venezuela won on Saturday with a comfortable 86-61 scoreboard, even though they played without four key members of the squad due to different sorts of injuries. Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85), Luis Julio (199-F-80), Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) and Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) did not make the trip and were left in Caracas to work on their particular physical conditioning.

However, Venezuela won thanks to their relentless offensive weapons. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) netted 16 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) added 13 points and Rafael Perez (185-G-82) finally made his debut with the NT after a few shiny years in Puerto Rico and supported them with 12 points. Another newcomer, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), had a pleasant debut with 9 points coming off the bench. For Cuba, Henry Simon (199-F-79) scored 14 points, Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79) followed him with 13 and Allen Jemmont finished with 12 points.

In the second match, Venezuela won 86-81. This time, Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) was the top scorer with 16 points, Jose Vargas added 15 and Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) finished up with 11 points. For Cuba, Geoffrey Silvestre netted 23 points, Duquesne Allen added 16 points and Junior Perez with 12.


Venezuela started trainings for 2008 South American Championship in Chile - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Senior National Team started training sessions in Caracas for the upcoming 2008 South American Championship, to be played in Puerto Montt, Chile, from June 30th till July 7th, in which they'll be playing to get one of three available tickets for the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, to be played in 2009.

New head coach Nelson Solorzano and recently named assistant coaches Carl Herrera (206-C-66) and Gustavo Garcia will observe a total of 19 players at Naciones Unidas Park and the Military Academy of Caracas in two daily sessions and a couple of friendly matches against Cuba in the cities of Valencia and San Juan de los Morros, followed by another couple of games in Rio de Janeiro against Brazil, prior to the trip to Chile, which will take place directly from Brazil.

Venezuela is willing to attempt their third consecutive presence in a World Cup (Indianapolis 2002, Japan 2006) and its fourth overall -they attended the World Cup in Argentina (1990)-, and though the Venezuelan Basketball Federation had begun a new process with younger players back in 2007, still with former head coach Nestor Salazar, the new coaches are willing to mix a little bit of everything in their quest for the best team possible.

Main players such as Hector Romero (202-F-80) of Montepaschi Siena (Italy), Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) of UPIM Bologna (Italy) and Rafael Perez (185-G-82) of Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico) were considered and the return of Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Atleticos de San German (Puerto Rico) was allowed by the FVB, but Lugo has a nose injury that requires surgery and is unlikely he'll be ready in time to play. Attempts to bring back guard Diego Guevara (184-G-77) of Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico) were made, but he's got visa problems back in the United States, where he lives, and he can't come back just yet.

Guard Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87), and NCAA sensation with the Maryland Terrapins in the United States, has academic compromises that prevent him from coming. Other NCAA talents such as David Cubillan (183-G-87) of Marquette Golden Eagles and Robert Palacios (187-G) of Northern Colorado Bears were not considered. Neither were John Cox (196-G-81), of Le Havre (France) and Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) of La Laguna (Spain).

These are the players called up by Solorzano to trainings:
Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85), Jesus Centeno (190-G-85), Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), Rafael Guevara (194-F-79), Rafael Perez, Oscar Torres, Hector Romero, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84), Axier Sucre, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77), Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84), Luis Julio (199-F-80), Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86), Amber Marin (208-C-81), Roque Osorio (206-C-76), Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) and Richard Lugo. Players Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) and Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) were left out due to technical decision and injury, respectively.


Gatos de Monagas to the Postseason - by Wolfgang Lucena
Gatos de Monagas was too much for Panteras de Miranda, and defeated them 81-73. It was a really close game. Panteras de Miranda was trying to stop Gatos de Monagas since the first minute of it.
The best man for Gatos de Monagas was
Alejandro Flores (203-F-81,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) who kept the score keeper busy with 27 points, followed by Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston )with 23 points while Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC) and Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76,college: Midwestern St.) put 10 points each.
With this victory, Maita Mercedes and his Gatos de Monagas get their ticket to the post Season of the 2008 professional basketball league of Venezuela.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Trotamundos 36-8 
 2. Cocodrilos 32-13 
 3. Guaiqueries 27-16 
 4. Gaiteros 27-17 
 5. Gatos 25-18 
 6. Marinos 24-20 
 7. Guaros 17-28 
 8. Dep.Tachira 14-30 
 9. Gigantes 10-35 
 10. Panteras 9-36 




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Women News

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ALBANIA - Women

Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Skenderbeu 0-0 
 2. Tirana 0-0 
 3. DHL 0-0 
 4. Flamutari 0-0 
 5. Studenti 0-0 
 6. Elbasani 0-0 
 7. Apolonia 0-0 
 8. Permeti 0-0 
 9. Mati 0-0 
 10. Luftetari 0-0 


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Bevilaqua averages 4.6 points per game for Indiana - by Eurobasket News
Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) averages 4.6 points per game for her Indiana which is a better result in comparison with her carreer. Silver Stars however overcame the Indiana Fever 70:60 away from home. Sophia Young added 18 points, while Vickie Johnson narrowly missed a triple-double with 9 points, 10 boards and 8 assists in a win. The Fever fans welcomed the long awaited return of Tamika Catchings. She torn her Achilles tendon last season and underwent a surgery that kept her away from the court till yesterday. She logged for 12 minutes to score 2 points and pull down a rebound. Katie Douglas nailed 17 points in defeat. Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 10 boards for the Fever as they fell to 5-4 record. Tully Bevilaqua ended up with 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists and 1 steal. The game was extra close in the first half. It saw eight ties and seven lead changes. The sides were all leveled at 28 at the interval. The visitors opened the lead in the third period but the Fever stayed close. They trailed by just a single point 48:49 at the end of the third frame. Ann Wauters hit from downtown and Ruth Riley canned a jumper to give the Silver Stars a 61:51 advantage. Katie Douglas dragged the hosts within 4 points with under a minute left. However Sophia Young dropped a jump shot and Ann Wauters converted free throws to seal the winning outcome for San Antonio. Indiana played without their starting centre Tammy Sutton-Brown as she missed the game with an Achilles tendinitis.
The Connecticut Sun returned to winning ways as they held off the Seattle Storm 74:67 at the Key Arena. Asjha scored 15 points to pace the winners. Barbara Turner and Lindsay Whalen contributed 13 points apiece for the Sun. Australian Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) answered with game-high 26 points for the Storm. Sue Bird posted 13 points as the home team fell to 7-6 record. The visitors enjoyed a 7-point buffer early in the final period before the Storm hit back. They organized a 15:6 run to spur ahead 65:63 with just over 2 minutes remaining. Barbara Turner knocked down a three-pointer to retain the lead for the Sun. Asjha Jones and Lindsay Whalen stretched the lead to 70:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Seattle failed to deliver for Lindsay Whalen and Tamika Whitmore to seal the outcome from charity stripe.


Fire snare Schatz for 2008/09 - by Eurobasket News
Townsville Fire are close to finalizing their roster for the 2008/09 season after signing their ninth player, AIS product Rebecca Schatz (185-F-88).

Schatz, who has been playing for the WNBL AIS team since the 2005/06 season, was forced to sit on the bench last year with a back injury.

But Townsville Basketball general manager Tony Wade said Schatz had undergone a medical check and was cleared for next season with the Fire.

The 185cm guard/forward averaged 5.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in the 21 games she played in the 2006/07 season.

'It was good news to have her signed and we found out she was friends with Rebecca Miles and Kirby Dalgleish,' Wade said.

'We didn't know that until she signed, so it's exciting news for all of us.'

Schatz played for Australia in the 2005/2007 junior world championships.

She then played for the Australian Gems (under-19) side which competed in the 2007 world championships in Slovakia where she averaged 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
By Natalie Peut - The Towsnville Bulletin


Bendigo Spirit keeps Gabe Richards - by Eurobasket News
Center Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84, college: Oregon) will continue her career in Bendigo Spirit for one more season. Despite strong interest from couple of teams Richards decided to remains with the Spirit. The teams head coach Bernie Harrower said that Richards had fantastic first season with the Spirit and he is looking forward to the next one.

'There's no doubt that Gabe is one of the most effective post players in the league and its a huge advantage for us to have such a strong presence,' Harrower said.

Richards stated that her team will try to reach the WNBL final next season. She also said that the Spirit has more experience now and exactly knows what is required for success in WNBL.

Richards played 24 games last season in WNBL averaging 14.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.5 apg.


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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Jan Bobrovsky's team is ready for Olympics - by Eurobasket News

Jan Bobrovsky 's team found out their opponents in the Olympic games. USA is the favorite number one in the group, while China will have huge support from the spectators.
FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women has just finished in Madrid and now we know all the participants of Beijing. Twelve women's national teams at the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are now finalized. The Olympic tournament will have 2 groups with 6 teams each. Group A will see Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Korea, Latvia and Russia. China, Czech Republic, Mali, New Zealand, Spain and USA made Group B. Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women will be played from 9th to 23rd August 2008 in the brand new Wukesong Indoor Stadium.
Spain became the first team to be sent to Olympic after quarterfinal game against Cuba. FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women saw the first battle of the next stage where Spain overcame Cuba 82:68. Trailing 16:17 in the opening quarter Spain reached the win that was highly appreciated by the fans in Madrid. Elisa Aguilar led the winners with 28 points. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) nailed 18, whilst Laia Palau scored 11.

Mali and New Zealand should not give lots of troubles for Europeans. They will also start the campaign between each other.
In 2004 Czech Republic lost the Quaretrfinal game to Russia 49:70. That time Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) top-scored for the team with 9 points and 7 rebounds, while Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) added 8. Korstine buried Czech Republic with 16 points and Baranova added 15.
Czech Republic will start the campaign against the favorite, USA.



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FRANCE - Women

French legion in WNBA - by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun returned to winning ways as they held off the Seattle Storm 74:67 at the Key Arena. Asjha scored 15 points to pace the winners. Barbara Turner and Lindsay Whalen contributed 13 points apiece for the Sun. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) finished the night with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Lauren Jackson answered with game-high 26 points for the Storm. Sue Bird posted 13 points as the home team fell to 7-6 record. The visitors enjoyed a 7-point buffer early in the final period before the Storm hit back. They organized a 15:6 run to spur ahead 65:63 with just over 2 minutes remaining. Barbara Turner knocked down a three-pointer to retain the lead for the Sun. Asjha Jones and Lindsay Whalen stretched the lead to 70:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Seattle failed to deliver for Lindsay Whalen and Tamika Whitmore to seal the outcome from charity stripe.
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) 's Silver Stars overcame the Indiana Fever 70:60 away from home. Sophia Young scored 18 points, while Vickie Johnson narrowly missed a triple-double with 9 points, 10 boards and 8 assists in a win. The Fever fans welcomed the long awaited return of Tamika Catchings. She torn her Achilles tendon last season and underwent a surgery that kept her away from the court till yesterday. She logged for 12 minutes to score 2 points and pull down a rebound. Katie Douglas nailed 17 points in defeat. Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 10 boards for the Fever as they fell to 5-4 record. The game was extra close in the first half. It saw eight ties and seven lead changes. The sides were all leveled at 28 at the interval. The visitors opened the lead in the third period but the Fever stayed close. They trailed by just a single point 48:49 at the end of the third frame. Ann Wauters hit from downtown and Ruth Riley canned a jumper to give the Silver Stars a 61:51 advantage. Katie Douglas dragged the hosts within 4 points with under a minute left. However Sophia Young dropped a jump shot and Ann Wauters converted free throws to seal the winning outcome for San Antonio. Indiana played without their starting centre Tammy Sutton-Brown as she missed the game with an Achilles tendinitis.


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FYRMACEDONIA - Women

FYR Macedonian National Team 2008 - by Todor Chalovski
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Jovanovska


Gavrilovska


Radenkovik


Samardziska


Georgievska

4 Aneta Jovanovska (168-G-76)

5 Vesna Balazoska (172-G-81) of Biljana 006 Ohrid
6 Ivana Udovalieva (170-G-85) of University of Northern Georgia (USA)
7 Monika Gavrilovska (191-F/C-76) of SV Halle Lions (GER)
8 Slavica Dimovska (172-G-85) of Fjolnir (ICE)
9 Ana Zhivkovic (183-F/C-87) of Vigor Skopje
10 Elena Radenkovik (189-C-85) of CP Natacao (POR)

11 Ines Kolarik (181-F-81) of Vigor Skopje
12 Aleksandra Stojanovska (180-F-78) of Spars (BIH)
13 Natali Georgievska (180-F-87) of Izgradba Komerc Mladinec Skopje

14 Hanka Musa (185-C-89) of Liberty Christian Academy (USA)
15 Bojana Samardziska (194-C-83) of Zepter Tigers Wels (AUT)

Jelena Antik (182-F-91) (182-F-91) of Liberty Christian Academy (USA)

Zorica Ackovska (171-G-88) of Vigor Skopje

Vesna Domlevska (185-C-80) of Vigor Skopje

Edina Musa (170-G-91) of Vodnjanski Lisici Skopje

Nena Sekuloska (170-G-87) of Vigor Skopje

Bisera Stojanovska (172-G-88) of Vigor Skopje

Ana Tanturovska (170-G-90) of Vigor Skopje

Arnela Hodza (185-C-91) of Izgradba Komerc Mladinec Skopje


Head coach: Vidoja Sekuloski

Assistants: Dejan Aleksievski, Jove Hristovski.



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GERMANY - Women

U16 warms up - by Cornelius Damm
In their first games in peperation of the U16 European Championship in Katowice (POL) August 8th through 17th the U16 national team of coach Alexandra Maerz played three games against France during the German French youth in exchange in Jena (GER) June 7th through 14th. All games were pretty close. The first two of them ended up in 42-47 and 50-51 losses (second one in overtime). Main Problem was the high turnover rate with 30 and 29. The third game finally brought the first success with a 66-61 win. Despite turning the ball over again 24 times the young Germans shot 45 percent from the field and draw 37 free throws of which they converted 25.

Due to the development of the team Coach Maerz evaluated the whole event as a success for her young girls. The next scheduled date for the squad is a training camp in Halle/Saale (GER) June 26th through 29th.


Saarlouis Royals in trouble - by Cornelius Damm
After already losing their topscorer in Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) earlier this month the DBBL runner-up and cup winner TV 1872 Saarlouis will have to replace another strong player. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) heads on to play in the Italian first league for this years second last team in the A1 Banco di Sicilia Ribera. The powerful post player poured in 15.9 PPG schooting 48 percent from the field and 73.5 percent from the foul line. She also grabbed 9 boards adding 1.9 APG and 1.5 SPG during the 07/08 campaign in 29 miinutes on the court. Page stayed for two seasons in Saarlouis where she fell twice to five time champion TSV 1880 Wasserburg in the play offs (semi finals in 06/07 and finals in 07/08).

Royals head coach Rene Spandauw admits that her loss will be quite difficult to compensate. He claims that she was 'an important player for the team on and off court that won a lot of games for the club'. But Page doesnt leave in bad terms as Spandauw adds: 'as a professional basketball player she had to take that next step. TV 1872 Saarlouis will support her on that move because she always gave 100 percent for the team'.

The Royals fans will have the possibility to say good bye when Page and her Great Britain national team will take on the German team including her former team-mate Romy Baer (187-F-87) in Saarlouis on August 23rd during the qualification for the European Championship.


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HOLLAND - Women

New faces in Binnenland - by Eurobasket News
Renes Binnenland started to shape up for the upcoming season. The last season could hardly be called successful for the team as they finished the regular season at 6-18 record at the 8th spot in the ladder. They were later swept by the Yellow Bike in the opening round of playoffs. So now the team is trying to bolster the quad to improve on the result. Binnenland added some new players to the roster in recent weeks. Firstly the team returned Mirelle Lagendijk (180-G-86). The 23-year-old guard spent the first two years of her career in Binnenland before moving to Yellow Bike last year. She won the Eredivisie with the new side but decided to come back to Renes Binnenland for the upcoming season.
Binnenland also added Martina Bergman to the squad. The 27-year-old guard/forward from Sweden will join the team next month. Originally from Korea Berman studied in well-known Sanda Basket Basketball School in Sweden. She later had stints with Ockelbo Basket and Hogsbo Basket at home.
Moreover Binnenland agreed on terms of contract with young talented centre Michele Visser (191-C-87). The 21-year-old prospect played for the Dutch U20 National team. She participated at the U20 European championship in Division B in Lithuania with Netherlands in 2006. There she averaged 1.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Renes Binnenland will become the first Eredivisie stop for the youngster.


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ITALY - Women

Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Taranto 23-3 
 2. Schio 21-5 
 3. Venezia 20-6 
 4. Napoli 18-8 
 5. Parma 14-12 
 6. Priolo 13-13 
 7. Faenza 12-14 
 8. La Spezia 12-14 
 9. Comense 11-15 
 10. Viterbo 10-16 
 11. Pozzuoli 10-16 
 12. Roma 8-18 
 13. Ribera 6-20 
 14. Montigarda 4-22 


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MEXICO - Women

Erica Gomez will continue her career in Alvargomez - by Eurobasket News
Spanish LF2 team Alvargomez strengthened their roster with addition of Mexican centre Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76). The 32-year-old veteran spent last season in Estudiantes. She led the team to the LF2 title scoring 15 points in the Final against Joventut Mariana, where Estudiantes celebrated an 80:75 victory. She averaged 14.7 points, 6.3 boards per game in the season. Gomez played for Mexican national team at Centrobasket tournament in 2006. There she came up with 24.0 points and 6.8 boards per game. Erika Gomez also played for Mexican National team at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. There she led Mexico to the 7th overall spot.

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MONTENEGRO - Women

NT head coach Baletic shows optimism before Eurobasket 2009 division B games - by Eurobasket News
After nice success of Montenegrin men's U20 National Team, who won promotion last year to division A, women's U20 NT done the same. They defeated Lithuania at their home court winning a gold medal.

Coach Miodrag Baletic will try to follow this trend with womens senior National Team which will compete on Eurobasket 2009 division B games. Montenegro is placed in group A together with Ireland, Netherlands, Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia. In the first round Montenegro will meet Ireland at home on August 27th.

'We have to prepare for these games very hard. In fact it has to be much harder than any other team. At the moment our roster is limited as we have just around 20 players who are capable to help. It is another reason why we have to work hard in this period and through practices to try to 'create' a new ones. I am sure we will succeed to 'produce' one or two new important players before the beginning of competition. We do not have any problems with the player's willingness to help. Since the beginning we clearly stated that only players who really want to play for Montenegro are welcome. Thus we resolved this question at the first point. Generally all of us are ready to give our maximum for Montenegro. I love my country and it is a big honor to for me to be on the bench of our women's national team. I can just promise that I will do my best to take our national team as high as possible'.


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Rajecka and Abelova stays in Goettingen - by Michal Maslany
Averaging 29 and 27 minutes per game last season Michaela Abelova (176-G-85) and Dasa Rajecka (188-C-87) were major conrtibutors in the successful 2007/08 squad of BG 74 Goettingen. Now the club announced that both of them will suit up for the 'Veilchen' another season. In 20 games Abelova scored 12.8 PPG while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the foul line. She dished out 2.5 APG and added 3.6 RPG and 1.7 SPG. The young power forward Rajecka finished with an even 10 points and nearly 6 boards per contest in 22 games shooting 42.2 and 66.7 percent.

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SPAIN - Women

Kasha Terry joins Olesa - by Eurobasket News
American forward Kasha Terry (191-F/C-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia Tech) will play for Olesa in the upcoming LFB season. Kasha Terry spent the 2006-2007 season with Porta Ensino before moving to Israel. Last year she played for Hapoel Haifa. She then returned to the States to train with the Indiana Fever. Terry made it to the squad and appeared in two games for the Fever averaging 1.0 points and 2.5 boards. Her WNBA career stats come up to 1.6 points and 1.6 boards in 21 games. Kasha Terry joins the Olesa list of already secured performers for the next season. These are Aija Putnina (191-F-88), Jael Freixanet (187-F-88), Tracy Reid (182-F/G-76, agency: Merit Sports, college: N.Carolina), Linea Listrand, Olga Podkovalnikova (195-C-84), Anna Cruz (175-G-86) and Noemi Jordana (173-G-80).
Meanwhile LF2 side Alvargomez bolster their roster with addition of Mexican centre Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76). The 32-year-old player spent the last season in Estudiantes. There she averaged 14.7 points, 6.3 boards per game. She played for Mexican national team at Centrobasket tournament in 2006. There she came up with 24.0 points and 6.8 boards per game. She also played for Mexican National team at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. There she led Mexico to the 7th overall spot.


Group B of Beijing will see Spain - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women has just finished in Madrid and now we know all the participants of Beijing. Twelve women's national teams at the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are now finalized. The Olympic tournament will have 2 groups with 6 teams each. Group A will see Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Korea, Latvia and Russia. China, Czech Republic, Mali, New Zealand, Spain and USA made Group B. Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women will be played from 9th to 23rd August 2008 in the brand new Wukesong Indoor Stadium.
Spain found out their opponents in the Olympic games last night. USA is the favorite number one in the group, while China will have huge support from the spectators.
Czech Republic won the Quarterfinal game against Japan to clinch the spot in China. FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women saw another European team dominating the court. Czech Republic trailed 16:21 in the opening quarter, but won 76:64. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 8 rebounds, while Hana Machova netted 19.
Mali and New Zealand should not give lots of troubles for Europeans. They will also start the campaign between each other.
In 2004 Spain lost the Quarterfinal game to Brazil 63:67. That time Fernandez Farres top-scored for Europeans with 16 points, while Sanchez Lujan netted 12. Janeth Arcain (181-G-69, college: Florida Intern.) was unstoppable for the winners with 27 points and 7 rebounds.
Spain will start the campaign against China in the opener.


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VENEZUELA - Women

Venezuela's Women NT advanced to FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Women National Team earned third place and the bronze medal in the 2008 South American Championship held in Loja, Ecuador, after successfully defeating teams of Chile, Colombia and Ecuadorand loosing only against Argentina and Brazil. The results allowed them to win one of the three available spots for the 2009 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament.

'We would always go to two or three international tournaments, but now we're close to advancing to the World Cup as well and make it four international tournaments for the Women NT, which shows our progress and the work we've been conducting alongside the Venezuelan Federation', said head coach Enrique Gil .

Venezuela could not make it to the finals, but was more than good enough against the other three countries in the tournament. Their vital factors towards the third place finish were Cleider Blanco (-C-90) and Maria Villarroel (174-G-78), a former WNBA player who won the Most Valuable Player award in Switzerland for Sierre Basket in the 2007-2008 season and is a solid scorer and game maker.

Coach Gil will not turn his head to prepare the Women U18 team, which is going to play its FIBA Americas Championship from July 21st till the 25th in Buenos Aires, Argentina, fighting to make history and advance to the 2009 U19 FIBA World Cup.


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WNBA - Women

Atlanta lose tenth straight at the start - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta failed to deliver the initial win in the franchise history losing to the Houston Comets away from home yesterday. Michelle Snow (6'5''-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) came up with 18 points and 13 boards to hand the Dream the 10th loss. Houston meanwhile recorded their second win a row. Tina Thompson had 12 points and season-high 7 assists as the Comets improved to 3-7 record. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) answered with game-high 29 points and 11 boards for the Dream. Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) provided 21 points in defeat. Atlanta became the third team in the WNBA history to lose the first 10 games in the season. Houston did the same last year, while Detroit suffered 13 consecutive defeats in 2003. The hosts led by 10 points at the interval but Atlanta cut the deficit to a single point late in the third period. Matee Ajavon and Mistie Williams scored 4 points to cap the frame and Houston entered the fourth term leading by 5 points. They never allowed the visitors to threaten the advantage in the final period and celebrated victory at the end.
The Connecticut Sun returned to winning ways as they held off the Seattle Storm 74:67 at the Key Arena. Asjha scored 15 points to pace the winners. Barbara Turner (6'0''-G/F-84, agency: Merit Sports, college: Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) contributed 13 points apiece for the Sun. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) answered with game-high 26 points for the Storm. Sue Bird posted 13 points as the home team fell to 7-6 record. The visitors enjoyed a 7-point buffer early in the final period before the Storm hit back. They organized a 15:6 run to spur ahead 65:63 with just over 2 minutes remaining. Barbara Turner knocked down a three-pointer to retain the lead for the Sun. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen stretched the lead to 70:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Seattle failed to deliver for Lindsay Whalen and Tamika Whitmore to seal the outcome from charity stripe.


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


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ZIMBABWE - Women

Zimbabwe girls beat regional pwerhouse - by Gracey Chirumanzu
THE Under-18 national basketball girls team beat the regional powerhouse,
Angola, 58-44 in a second leg face off of the Zone Six Championships,
played at the Harare City Sports Centre, last week.
Rachel Makoni top scored for the hosts with the highest points of 21 after
her outstanding shooting in their first victory against Angola on Tuesday.
Angolas Mercian Fernandes top scored for her side, but her 11 points
were not enough to enforce a victory against the Zimbabwe schoolgirls.
Angola Basketball Union co-odinator, Lugigilo Vangue, commended Zimbabwes
fighting spirits saying, they are experienced than our team, we are still to gain
experience in our juniors.
National team coach, Ngoni Mukukula, was impressed by his charges performance
attributing great team work for their victory.
I have never seen young girls rallying towards the same goal with great
commitment like what they did today. They played according to plan, putting
everything we taught them during training at practice, applauded Mukukula, they
are a good pull of players.
Angola is one of the favorites in the region at basketball showcases. Their
schoolboys are the defending African Nations Champions and their senior women
side beat Zimbabwe at the regional showdown the country hosted last year.
Zimbabwes victory over such heavyweights will go into history books with the Raiderz
mentor declaring a beginning of a new chapter in the history of our basketball.
It has always been the norm that first place and second place is for Mozambique and
Angola, but now that we have beaten Angola we are set for number two and we take
it forward, said an optimistic Mukukula.