EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/19/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Helios named assistant coach - by Zeljko Zule

Helios had named former NT member Rado Trifunovic as assistant coach and is testing Croatian Zdravko Vuckovic (198-F-79) ex Zrinjski Mostar, Croatian Luka Zitko (201-F-81) ex Grude and SUI U-18 NT member Marko Milicevic (194-G-89) ex STB Bern Basket.

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One more open place for season 08/09 - by Dragan Jankovski
Bosna ASA BHT returned to Adriatic league. After one season without it basketball public in Sarajevo will have a chance to enjoy Adriatic league games in their city. Thus 13 participants of Adriatic league 08/09 are already known. Two Bosnian teams, Igokea Partizan and SIroki Prima, pivo expect to get a 'wild card' for the next season. If Igokea Partizan gets it, it will be their debut in regional championship. Igokea had very good year in Bosnian championship. Close to the end of the season Igokea was a top ranked team in Bosnia. However, they unexpectedly suffered two defeats, against Sloboda DIta and Borac Nektar, so they finished regular season on the second place while new Bosnian champion was on top. Igokea Partizan and Siroki Prima pivo met in the play-off semifinals where Igokea beat them twice. In the first game it was 81-65 while the second one ended 77-86 so Igokea advanced to the final where Bosna ASA BHT was better 2-1. Participation in the final and performance which Igokea Partizan demonstrated is one big plus for them. On the other side Siroki also has a reason to expect 'wild card' as they are the winners of Bosnian National Cup. Anyway, it for sure won't be an easy decision for management of Adriatic league as both teams have their reasons to expect invitation for season 08/09. Serbia will once agin have 5 representatives while Croatia will have 3. Slovenia will participate also with 3 teams while Montenegro has one place. Most probably Bosnia and Herzegovina will have two teams but noting is officially confirmed yet.


Participants of Adriatic league for season 08/09

1. Partizan Igokea
2. Zadar
3. Hemofarm STADA
4. FMP
5. Union Olimpija
6. Crvena Zvezda
7. Cibona
8. Vojvodina Srbijagas
9. Buducnost
10. Helios
11. Krka
12. Split
13. Bosna ASA BHT
14. Igokea Partizan / Siroki Prima pivo / other team


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ARGENTINA

Latest news - by Facundo Iatzky
Libertad agreed in terms with Gustavo Orona (196-G-75). Libertad wants to repeat the championship and started well keeping the most of champion team adding two grat players like Orona and Zilli.
Atenas Cordoba resigned Cristian Romero (198-F-82). Cristian will have less minutes than the last season but he prefered stay in Atenas due to the good team-mates he will have.
Boca Jrs. added small forwards Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) and Leandro Masieri.
Lanus made noise with three new players for their roster. They are Juan Pablo Sanchez, Fernando Funes and Patricio Rodriguez (193-F-84, agency: Players Group).
Sionista parana agrred terms with Clarence Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) and Matias Fioretti.

TNA:
San Martin Corrientes surprised everything adding Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) to their roster. 'Bebo' comes from Libertad where he was champion and he will have an important impact in the TNA.


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AUSTRALIA

Crosswhite and Mottram are free agents - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has officially declared former Sydney Kings players Ian Crosswhite (212-F-82, college: Oregon) and Neil Mottram (205-F-81) free agents.

Crosswhite and Mottram were granted free agent status after the League office received notification from their agents that they had terminated their contractual agreement with the Sydney Kings.

The League declared four other former Kings players - Glen Saville, Luke Kendall, B.J. Carter and Cameron Tovey free agents on Wednesday after they also terminated their contracts with the Kings.

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.

Crosswhite and Mottram are now eligible to sign for any other NBL team subject to regular League approval with regards to the salary and points caps.
Courtesy of nbl.com.au


Wollongong Hawks returns Glen Saville - by Eurobasket News
Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) agreed terms with Wollongong Hawks. After just one year out of the team, which he spent in Sydney Kings, Saville decided to return home. He spent 13 of his 14 seasons in NBL as a member of Hawks. Director of the club, Richard Clifford, said that Saville is huge asset to their team. He also stated that the people around the club love him and they are happy because of his return.

Saville played 28 games for Sydney Kings in NBL averaging 10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.8 apg. He became the NBL winner with Hawks on season 00/01 and was named to be the MVP of the finals. Saville also participated on the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens with Australian national team.


Boomers too good for Iran - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Iran 97:53

Australia extended their winning streak against Iran to two games thumping them in Adelaide today. CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) and Patrick Mills (178-G-88) led the charge for the Boomers as they grabbed a 2-0 lead in the three-game friendly series against the Asian powerhouse. Patrick Mills scored 17 points to lead the hosts to an impressive victory. CJ Bruton was helpful with 15 points. Iran had a woeful shooting night as they knocked down just 28% from the field. They missed their first eleven shots allowing Australia to run away to a safe distance. The Boomers held to a comfortable 20:7 advantage at the first intermission. The home team opened the third frame on a 10:2 run to keep the pressure growing. CJ Bruton capped the first half with a three-pointer and the Boomers built a 50:20 lead at the interval. Australia were untamed in the third period as they stretched the margin to as many as 45 points. Iran finally outgunned the hosts by one point in the final term but hardly received any consolation about the fact. Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) added 14 points for the winners. Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) led all scorers with 18 points and 10 boards for the visitors. Samad Bahrami (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency) contributed 14 points in defeat. Australia improved their game in the paint as they outrebounded Iranian team 38:30. The teams will play again on Friday.

Australia: Patrick Mills 17, CJ Bruton 15, Glen Saville 14
Iran: Hamed Hadadi 18+10 boards, Samad Bahrami 14


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AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijan beats Gibraltar in Scotland - by Eurobasket News
Azerbaijan - Gibraltar 96:61

Azerbaijan National team celebrated the first win in the European Championship Division C opener. They toppled Gibraltar in the starting round of the preliminary round of Group A. The teams played evenly in the first frame and Azerbaijan led by just 2 points at the end. But soon Azerbaijan stepped on the gas and started to get away. They outgunned their opponents 21:10 in the second period to enjoy a 13-point buffer at halftime. Tahir Bakhshiyev (199-F-82) led the charge for Azerbaijan as they continued to run confidently after the break. They built an insurmountable 23-point cushion before the fourth period and never looked back again. Azerbaijan never allowed Gibraltar to come any closer and posted a cruising win at the end. Tahir Bakhshiyev led all scorers with 24 points. Alexandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points, while Davit Barbakadze (204-F-82) had 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. Raul Garcia Fernandez produced 19 points and 8 boards for Gibraltar. Adam Cassaglia (192-G) provided 13 points in defeat. The teams were almost equally matched on the boards with Azerbaijan pulling down 37 boards and Gibraltar accounting for 36. Azerbaijan in the meantime posted solid 48% from the field. Azerbaijan will next face San Marino later tonight. Gibraltar will play against Moldova.

Azerbaijan: Tahir Bakhshiyev 24, Alexandr Rindin 20, Davit Barbakadze 19+11 boards
Gibraltar: Raul Garcia Fernandez 19, Adam Cassaglia 13


Azerbaijan narrowly defeats San Marino - by Eurobasket News
Azerbaijan - San Marino 75:69

Azerbaijan National team posted their second straight win at the European Championship in Division C held in Scotland. San Marino suffered their second loss and opened the way for Azerbaijan and Moldova towards the semifinal. The teams traded baskets early on with neither side able to clear off substantially. San Marino held to a 10:8 lead after the first frame. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Davit Barbakadze (204-F-82) and Tahir Bakhshiyev (199-F-82) nailed back-to-back triples to put Azerbaijan in front 16:12. However Andrea Raschi (198-G/F-79) and Bottirolli soon carried San Marino back in charge 20:19. Nevertheless Azerbaijan had the last laugh in the half as Davit Barbakadze capped it with a jumper to make it 36:31 for Azerbaijan. Tahir Bakhshiyev and Davit Barbakadze continued to terrorize San Marino defense in the third period as they opened up a double-digit lead 49:39. Ugolini and Andrea Raschi cut it back to 6 points before Azerbaijan finalized three-quarter outcome at 57:48. Rzaguliyevs trey marked an 11-point cushion for Azerbaijan early in the final period. San Marino refused to give up as Stefano Rossini (184-G-74) accounted for 5 straight points and Bottirolli added layup to shave the distance to 5 points. Two free throws from Stefano Rossini allowed San Marino to get within 4 points with 32 seconds remaining in regulation but Azerbaijan withstood. Davit Barbakadze dunked the ball home, while Stefano Rossini and Andrea Raschi missed three-pointers to seal the winning outcome for Azerbaijan. Davit Barbakadze finished with game-high 27 points and 9 boards. Alexandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Tahir Bakhshiyev added 13 points apiece for the winners. Stefano Rossini nailed 20 points and pulled down 6 boards for San Marino. Andrea Raschi had 15 points and 10 boards in a loss.

Azerbaijan: Davit Barbakadze 27, Alexandr Rindin 13, Tahir Bakhshiyev 13
San Marino: Stefano Rossini 20, Andrea Raschi 15+10 boards


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BELGIUM

D1 News - by Peter Buyse


The Beobasket agency website annouces the transfer of Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84) to Base Oostende.
Ljubotina played the past 2 seasons in Poland for Turow Zgorzelec.

Played 15 games for Turow in the Uleb Cup and averaged 7.1ppg and 5.2rpg.

Also played 36 games in the Polish league with strangly enough lower stats, 4.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg.

Played for the Serbian U21 team in 2004.

the news has not been made official by Oostende as of Wed evening.

Another agency's website namely Courtside has former Mons-Hainaut center George Evans (202-F/C-71, college: George Mason) playing for Trier as of next season where he will play for his former coach Yves Defraigne.
Evans played his whole professional overseas career at Mons-Hainaut.

In other news from Mons-Hainaut the following players will not be on next season's roster, Mike Lenzly, Andrew Sullivan next to the already announced departures of Jim Cantamessa and Roger Huggins.



Div 1 Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Antwerp Giants have just signed their second new player. Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, college: Drexel) a Belgian of Congolese descent is headed back to Belgium for at least the next 2 seasons.
Oveneke played the past 4 years for NCAA D1 team Drexel located in Philadelphia.

This past season he was in the starting lineup 32 out of 32 games and averaged 6.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg.
With his 4.9 rpg he was the second leading rebounder for Drexel.

Played for the U20 Belgian National team.

Accoring to the official Nymburk website former Dexia Mons-Hainaut player Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) is headed that way.
Gray played 2 seasons in Belgium; first for Verviers-Pepinster and last year for Mons.

He averaged 15 ppg for the past season and was one of the better 3tp shooters in Belgium.



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BOSNIA

Bosna ASA BHT grabs championship title - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT - Igokea Partizan 82:67 (2-1)

Bosna ASA BHT outplayed Igokea Partizan in third decisive game of Bosnian play-off final 82-67 winning the championship title. After one year break Bosna ASA BHT succeeded to get back in Adriatic league for season 08/09. It is still not known will Igokea Partizan get an invitation to participate in regional championship as Bosnian runner-up.

At the front of around 5.000 fans Bosna ASA BHT showed much better performance. Igokea had control on this game only at the beginning when the team from Aleksandrovac had 7-11. The hosts immediately answered with 14-2 run grabbing 8 points lead. Until the breather Bosna ASA BHT couldn't made any bigger lead as Igokea's players were very successful from behind the arc. Despite these shots Igokea Partizan couldn't get any closer than 6 points. After 21-16 in the first frame, Bosna ended the next one 16-15. Third quarter was the crucial one last night in Sarajevo. Bosna intensified defense which resulted with many tough and unsuccessful shots by visitors. On the other side Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) led his team at the offensive end so close to the end of this period Bosna made advantage of 15 points, 57-42. Visitors couldn't handle the pressure last night and they are not able to come any closer in the last stanza. Couple of minutes before the end big joy of Bosna's fans started while after the game president of Bosnian Basketball federation, Nikica Petrovic, handed trophy to the winning team.
Goran Ikonic led Bosna to championship title netting 20 points while Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) scored just 2 points less than him. Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Bucknell) followed these two players scoring 16 points. Myron Allen (180-G-79, college: Lee JC) was the best in Igokea Partizan adding 19 points. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) was the last one with double digits in Igokea scoring 12 points.


Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Igokea Partizan 82:67
(21:16, 16:15, 20:14, 25:22)

Bosna
: Goran Ikonic 20, Lance Williams 18, Bryan Bailey 16, Sehovic 10
Igokea: Myron Allen 19, Nikola Vucurovic 12, Lydeka 8, Stefanovic 5


Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Hertzegovina League Awards 2007-08 - by Eurobasket
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Williams


Ikonic


Milosevic


Bailey


Stemberger
Player of the Year - Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Guard of the Year - Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Forward of the Year - Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
Center of the Year - Lance Williams (206-C-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Newcomer of the Year - Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) of Borac Nektar Banja Luka
Most Improved Player of the Year - Dimitrije Matic (204-F/C-78) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
Bosman Player of the Year - Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) of KK Slavija Istocno Sarajevo
Import Player of the Year - Lance Williams (206-C-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Domestic Player of the Year - Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Defensive Player of the Year - Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Coach of the Year - Jurij Zdovc of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo

1st Team
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) of Borac Nektar Banja Luka
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
Lance Williams (206-C-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo

2nd Team
Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Siroki Prima pivo
Milijan Bocka (187-G-82) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac
Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac
Dimitrije Matic (204-F/C-78) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac

Honorable Mention
Ivan Bakovic (192-G-81) of HKK Capljina Lasta
Myron Allen (180-G-79) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac
Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Siroki Prima pivo
Greg Grays (185-G-79) of Siroki Prima pivo
Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Zdravko Vuckovic (198-F-79) of BC Zrinjski Mik Company Mostar
Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) of KK Slavija Istocno Sarajevo
Robert Rothbart (216-C-86) of Borac Nektar Banja Luka

All-Domestic Players Team
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) of Borac Nektar Banja Luka
Milijan Bocka (187-G-82) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac
Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
Dragan Timotic (206-C-76) of HKK Capljina Lasta

All-Imports Team
Myron Allen (180-G-79) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Greg Grays (185-G-79) of Siroki Prima pivo
Lance Williams (206-C-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac

All-Defensive Team
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Milijan Bocka (187-G-82) of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac
Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Siroki Prima pivo
Robert Rothbart (216-C-86) of Borac Nektar Banja Luka

All-Newcomers Team
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) of Borac Nektar Banja Luka
Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
Milan Brecic (188-G-86) of BC Zrinjski Mik Company Mostar
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
Tomislav Ramljak (203-F/C-85) of HKK Posusje


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BRAZIL

FIBA Qualifier: Brazilian update - by Gustavo Cardoso


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BURKINA FASO

The Bulls lead th competition in Ouagadougou - by Michel Pacere
June 14, 2008
- EFO # Faso Warriors
The first overtime of the season.
The Stars of EFO had many difficulties to beat the young team of the warriors. Before the match, at the warming, the center of EFO, Osagyevo Ngaka hurt himself and was out for 2 weeks; during the match, his team mates, Leopold Bado, Eric Salou, Stephane ZARE and Achille DIENDERE were fouled out for 5 fouls (all the starting five). It was a black day for the Stars! Coach Charles BADO was asking himself to know how to win this match. Fortunately, there was a player, Herman Ouedraogo who, at 5 seconds of the end of the match, took a long three points shoot, scored it, and thrown his team to the overtime. He worked so hard that he won the match.
Score: 55-54 for EFO, best scorer: A. BAKYONO (Faso Warriors), 13 points


- AS-Sonabel # RCK
For the second time consecutively, the Falcons have been stopped.
As every time, AS-Sonabel played so well during the first quarter; the electricians win it by 14-06. Ibrahim Ouedraogo lead his team and scored 8 of the 14 points. The falcons awaked in the second quarter and gave a 06-24 with their center Losseni DRABO, Telesphore SOME, and the point guard Michael MOMO. With 10 points late at the third quarter, everyone thought that the electricians were out. At this time, Norbert Parkouda (-G) and Ibrahim shown the way to their team; they became more offensive. BAYALA scored his points in the zone. The Falcons had many problems with their defence. At the end of the quarter, there were 6 points between the two teams. Score: 34-40 for the Falcons.
The electricians continued to play hard in the fourth quarter. The best scorer of the falcons, Yves ARISTE couldnt have the ball. Coach Achille COULDIATY put his best defenders on him during the second halftime. The Falcons showed us a big problem: anybody didnt want to work for his team mate. So at the end of the match (45-43), coach COULIBALY substituted Yves by Ismael KONE for a three points shoot. He had to work for the overtime. Yves is the best scorer and he gave many fouls to his defenders; he can get some three throws. Ismael didnt score during all the match.
AS-Sonabel won by: 45-43; the best scorer was Ibrahim Ouedraogo, 17 points


June 15, 2008
- Kadiogo Bulls # AS-Sonabhy
It was the match to know which team will lead the competition (ligue du centre, Ouagadougou) after the first part. The bulls won the first, the second and the third quarter (50-39). In the fourth quarter, Aboubacar Sara (-F) begun his show and scored 12 points of the 17 points of his team (56-46); they gave a (06-17) to the bulls but it was late.
Score: 56-46 for the bulls; best scorer: Aboubacar Sara 20 points


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CANADA

Team Canada is preparing for the 2008 fiba olympic qualification - by kirolos beshay

On his preparation for the fiba olympic qualifying tournment which will be held in Athens, the capital of Greece, from the 13th to 20th of july. Team canada will play in 2008 Jack Donohue International classic with the teams of New Zeland and Lebanon. Each team will play twice aganist the other two team. Canada will start the tournment by playing aganist lebanon in june 30, and here is the full shcadule:

Canada vs. Lebanon

June 30

McMaster University

7:00 pm

Canada vs. New Zealand

July 1

McMaster University

4:00 pm

Lebanon vs. New Zealand

July 2

McMaster University

7:00 pm

Canada vs. New Zealand

July 4

Ricoh Coliseum

7:00 pm

Canada vs. Lebanon

July 5

Ricoh Coliseum

7:00 pm

The tournment will be played in toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.



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CHILE

Libsur: four teams for two spots in the F4 - by Daniel Valencia
With Deportivo Valdivia and Provincial Osorno already qualified to the Final Four, four teams (Ancud, Castro, Lautaro and ULA) will play for the chance to join the two leaders and play in the Finals. This is the schedule for the remaining games.

July 21

Deportes Lautaro v/s Deportes Castro

Universidad de Los Lagos v/s Asociacion Ancud

July 22

Deportes Castro v/s Deportes Lautaro

Asociacion Ancud v/s Universidad de los Lagos


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


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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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CYPRUS

Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 17-1 
 2. APOEL 15-3 
 3. AEL 14-4 
 4. Etha 9-9 
 5. Omonia 8-10 
 6. AEK 6-12 
 7. Apollon 6-12 
 8. ENAD 4-14 
 9. Achilleas K. 2-16 


Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
 1. A.Yermasogias 22-1 
 2. Philips Coll. 20-3 
 3. Doxa 16-6 
 4. Olympos A. 16-7 
 5. APOP Paphou 16-7 
 6. Digenis 15-7 
 7. Paralimni 13-9 
 8. Achilleas Agrou 11-12 
 9. Asteras 7-15 
 10. Enosis K. 4-15 
 11. Argonaftes 3-17 
 12. Onisilos 3-19 
 13. A.Yeroskipou 0-22 


Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 16.1
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 15
Hatzifedonos (Olym) 15
Christodoulou (APOP) 15
Alexandrou(Anagen) 14
Antoniou (APOP) 14
Georgiadis (Philips) 13
Grigoriou (Anagen) 13
Papadopoulos(Paral)13
Rebounds Per Game
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 8
Papadopoulos (Paral) 7.5
Alexandrou (Anagen) 7.1
Hristodoulou (APOP) 7
Christodoulou (Digeni) 7 Grigoriou (Anagen) 6
Assists Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 2.9
Georgiadis (Philips) 2.4
Papadopoulos(Paral) 2.1
Hatzifedonos (Olym) 2.1
Daniel (Digenis) 1.7
Steals Per Game
Karagiannis (Anagn) 2.1
Hristodoulou (APOP) 2.1
Alexandrou (Anagen) 2.1
Karvazonis (Digen) 1.5
Achilleos (Argon) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
Christodoulou (APOP) 2
Papadopoulos (Paral) 1.5
Hatzifedonos (Olymp) 1.1
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 1
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 1
Zagorov (Philips) 1
2FGP
Prokopiou (Anagn) 68
Antoniou (APOP) 65
Haralambus (Doxa) 60
Mihail (Achilleas Ag) 58
Christodoulou (Digen) 58
Zagorov (Philips) 57
3FGP
Christodoulou (Digen) 55
Philippou (Doxa) 54
Shiakallis (Olympos) 53
Papanikolaou (Philips) 50
Georgiadis (Philips) 50
Free Throws
Prokopiou (Anagen) 85
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 85
Hatzifedonos (Olymp) 83
Antoniou (APOP) 82
Mastoris (APOP) 82
Ranking
Prokopiou (Anagen)
Christodoulou (APOP)


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 wants to sign the Cyprus international cetner Chris Kaskiris (206-C/F-79), the ex player of Apollon Limassol and Keravnos Strovolou could be an excellent solution in the center position for the Kaimakli team.



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CZECH REPUBLIC

Nymburk enters market - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk started to strengthen their champions' squad with addition of new players. They announced the signing of three new players yesterday. Nymburk agreed on terms of contract with forward Robert Tomaszek (205-F-81, college: Texas Tech) from Prostejov. The 27-year-old Polish player averaged 12.5 points and 6.8 boards per game for Prostejov in the last season. He also played in two games FIBA EuroCup with his team scoring 1.5 points and grabbing 2.5 boards per game. The Texas Tech graduate had stints across Europe. He played from Bremerhaven in Germany, Casale in Italy before finally moving to Czech Republic. He also took part in Polish National team training camps.
Nymburk also inked the 24-year-old guard Matej Venta (187-G-84) from Geofin. Young Slovenian played a solid season with Geofin. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 boards per appearance. Venta played for Krka back home before moving to Czech Republic. He also performed for Slovenian U21 National team in the World Championship in Argentina in 2005. He bruised Nymburk for 11 points in the fourth game of the NBL Finals.
Finally Nymburk bolstered their squad with American point guard Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest). The 24-year-old Wake Forest graduate spent the last season in Belgium. He played for Mons Hainaut and averaged 15.1 points, 1.9 boards and 1.8 assists per game. He led Mons Hainaut to the Belgian League semis.


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D.R. CONGO

Didier Mbenga looses his first NBA final - by Eurobasket News
Didier Mbenga (214-C-80) and his team Los Angeles Lakers couldn't handle Boston Celtics in NBA play-off final. Celtics demonstrated much better performance and deserved to win 17th championship title in their history. Interesting is that this title number 17 came on June 17th. In the last night's game number 6 of the play-off final Mbenga and his teammates suffered very inconvenient defeat 131-92.

Actually the beginning of the final series didn't promise a lot for Didier Mbenga and Lakers. Celtics beat them in the first two games setting the score in the final on 2-0. In third game Kobe Bryant and Sasha Vujacic led their team to first win against Celtics in the final coming closer on 1-2. During the game number four it seemed that Lakers are capable to tie the score on 2-2 but despite they had plus 24 it didn't happen. Celtics took care for third and maybe the crucial victory of the entire series. After that, Lakers had enough power to celebrate once again coming on 2-3. Nobody knew at that moment that it will be their maximum this season. Celtics gave Lakers real basketball lesson last night finishing the game with plus 39.

Didier Mbenga didn't have an opportunity to play in NBA final but he had 8 games in play-off at earlier stages when he for 7 games averaged 1.4 ppg and 1.3 rpg. He started the season in Dallas Mavericks, where he played over the past 3 years, but the team waived him before the beggining of the competition. In November he joined Golden State Warriors but his new team decided to release him so in January he finally signed with Lakers. He played 42 games for them in regular season averaging 2 ppg and 1.7 rpg.


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

No NBA ring for Trevor Ariza - by Eurobasket News
Trevor Ariza (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) and his team weren't strong enough to grab NBA title this season. Boston Celtics showed much better performance in the final series ending it 4-2. Lakers suffered serious defeat last night in game number six 131-92. Ariza and his teammates couldn't stop Allen, Garnett and Pierce. Actually, Lakers couldn't stop these three players during the entire final series.

After two consecutive defeats at the beginning, Lakers succeeded to celebrate in third game 87-81. Trevor Ariza contributed in this victory with 4 points and 1 rebound for 8 minutes. He had even better performance in game number four when he for 8 minutes collected 6 points and 5 rebounds. His team had advantage of 24 points during the game and a nice chance to tie the score in the final on 2-2. At the end Celtics showed their power turning the score and grabbing maybe the crucial victory in the final series. Fifth game belonged to Lakers 103-98 but Ariza got only one minute by head coach Jacskon. Last night Lakers suffered a real terror by Celtics. They did not have any chance to come closer during the entire game. At the end Ariza's team was defeated by 39 points. Ariza played 9 minutes last night adding 3 points and 1 rebound.

Trevor Ariza joined Lakers in November 2007 from Orlando Magic. He had 24 appearances in regular season adding 6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.1 spg. He also played 8 games in play-off averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.4 rpg.


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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Standings (Men)
European Championships Standings
Group A
1. Moldova2-0
2. Azerbai.2-0
3. Gibralt.0-2
4. San Mar.0-2
Group B
1. Andorra1-0
2. Scotland1-0
3. Wales0-1
4. Malta0-1


European Championship Division C. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Moldova - Gibraltar 97:54
Moldova gained their second win at the European Championship in Division C in Edinburgh. Gibraltar meanwhile suffered their second straight loss and remained at the bottom of Pool A. Adam Cassaglia (192-G) scored a layup to put Gibraltar in charge. However Moldova quickly hit back. Maxim Rusu (196-G-88) and Tcaci nailed back-to-back trebles to put Moldova up for good. Melinic and Tcaci extended the run for Moldova as they piled up a 22:12 lead at the first intermission. Tcaci, Maxim Rusu and Evgeni Scripcaru (202-F-83) nailed three consecutive bombs from beyond the arc to open the second period. Gibraltar struggled to slow down their opponents and trailed by 27 points at halftime. Nartov and Caputerco continued long-range bombardment as Moldova widened the gap to 39 points midway through the third stanza. Moldova never looked back in the final quarter and celebrated a cruising win at the end. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88) provided 16 points and 5 boards to lead Moldova. Evgeni Scripcaru added 13 points, while Tcaci had 12 in a win. Camacho Mena netted 14 points to pace Gibraltar. Guerrero Torres delivered 8 points and 7 boards in defeat. Moldova outrebounded their opponents 47:30 and forced those to 16 turnovers. Moldova will face Azerbaijan in the final round of preliminary action. Gibraltar will look for their initial victory against San Marino tomorrow.

Moldova: Vladimir Priscepnii 16, Evgeni Scripcaru 13, Tcaci 12
Gibraltar: Camacho Mena 14, Guerrero Torres 8


Azerbaijan - San Marino 75:69
Azerbaijan National team posted their second straight win at the European Championship in Division C held in Scotland. San Marino suffered their second loss and opened the way for Azerbaijan and Moldova towards the semifinal. The teams traded baskets early on with neither side able to clear off substantially. San Marino held to a 10:8 lead after the first frame. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Davit Barbakadze (204-F-82) and Tahir Bakhshiyev (199-F-82) nailed back-to-back triples to put Azerbaijan in front 16:12. However Andrea Raschi (198-G/F-79) and Bottirolli soon carried San Marino back in charge 20:19. Nevertheless Azerbaijan had the last laugh in the half as Davit Barbakadze capped it with a jumper to make it 36:31 for Azerbaijan. Tahir Bakhshiyev and Davit Barbakadze continued to terrorize San Marino defense in the third period as they opened up a double-digit lead 49:39. Ugolini and Andrea Raschi cut it back to 6 points before Azerbaijan finalized three-quarter outcome at 57:48. Rzaguliyevs trey marked an 11-point cushion for Azerbaijan early in the final period. San Marino refused to give up as Stefano Rossini (184-G-74) accounted for 5 straight points and Bottirolli added layup to shave the distance to 5 points. Two free throws from Stefano Rossini allowed San Marino to get within 4 points with 32 seconds remaining in regulation but Azerbaijan withstood. Davit Barbakadze dunked the ball home, while Stefano Rossini and Andrea Raschi missed three-pointers to seal the winning outcome for Azerbaijan. Davit Barbakadze finished with game-high 27 points and 9 boards. Alexandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Tahir Bakhshiyev added 13 points apiece for the winners. Stefano Rossini nailed 20 points and pulled down 6 boards for San Marino. Andrea Raschi had 15 points and 10 boards in a loss.

Azerbaijan: Davit Barbakadze 27, Alexandr Rindin 13, Tahir Bakhshiyev 13
San Marino: Stefano Rossini 20, Andrea Raschi 15+10 boards


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FRANCE

Ronny Turiaf stopped by Boston Celtics - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics were too strong Ronny Turiaf's (208-C/F-83, college: Gonzaga) Lakers beating them in the game number six 131-92. It means that Celtics captured the 17th NBA title finishing final series against Lakers 4-2. It also means that Ronny Turiaf will have to wait for another chance to get NBA ring.

The finals series started badly for Lakers as they lost first two games. From the beginning of the final they couldn't find a solution to stop Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Lakers finally grabbed victory in third game 87-81. Turiaf's team had a nice chance to do the same and to tie the score in the finals after fourth game as they had great 24 points lead but Celtics didn't give up. They made fantastic turn celebrating in this game 97-91. In seemed that it was a crucial game in this NBA final. Lakers took the next one coming closer once again on 2-3 but last night they suffered serious defeat. Once again Garnett, Pierce and Allen were unstoppable. Celtics smashed Lakers winning 131-92. Kobe Bryant had terrible shooting night having only 7 of 22 from the field. It for sure wasn't performance which Lakers' fans expected from their superstar.

At his third season with Lakers Ronny Turiaf was close to win the NBA ring. He played 78 games for Lakers in regular season averaging 6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 bpg. He had much lower digits in the play-off where he for 19 games averaged 2 ppg and 1.4 rpg. Turiaf joined Lakers in 2005 after he graduated at Gonzaga University.


Pro B : Evreux builds its new team - by Aurelien Hipp
*Team of ALM Evreux Basket is building its new team for the 08/09 season. Coach Remy Valin decided to ink James Mathis (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara), Jerome Monnet (205-C-75, agency: ANYPEX) and Gregory Lessort (196-C-85) for one more season. All these players were with the team last season and will be joined by new teammates :

-Abdoulaye N'Diaye (211-C-84, college: USC), coming from the LA D-fenders where he posted 4.4ppg 4.0rpg last season.
-Nick Pope (196-F, college: Oklahoma Baptist), a french-american player (son of former ProA/B Player Derrick Pope) coming from North Georgia State University (NCAA-2, 13.8ppg 5.7rpg 1.8 apg)


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GERMANY

Osnabrueck signs Sascha Ahnsehl - by Moritz Korff
Sascha Ahnsehl (186-G-86), a product of BV Chemnitz 99 who played 28 games for the Niners in the 2. Bundesliga Pro last season, leaves his hometown and joins the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro B). Ahnsehl averaged 3.3 points and 1.2 assists through the 2007-2008 season. He scored a season-high 12 points and dished out 6 assists against the Kaiserslautern Braves on the final gameday. Though he had some offers from clubs of the Pro A as well, Ahnsehl decided to make a deal with the 2007-2008 Regionalliga North-champion.

Ivey from Goettingen to Bremerhaven - by Moritz Korff
1. Bundesliga-side Eisbaeren Bremerhaven signed Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Portland St.), who shot hoops for the Violets of BG 74 Goettingen in this past season. Ivey made a deal with Bremerhaven for the 2008-2009 campaign, but his contract also includes an option for the following year. The 27-year-old Guard averaged 12.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists a game for the Violets and attended the Bundesliga-Allstar Game. In the two encounters against Bremerhaven he netted 20 and 23 points respectively.

Q&A with Mario Matic - by Moritz Korff
Eurobasket Germany caught up with Mario Matic (202-C-79) to talk about the upcoming season, which the 29-year-old is going to spend as a member of BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen.

What are the reasons for your decision to leave Weiden and to join BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen for the upcoming season?
The main reason for that change is the shorter distance between Augsburg and Noerdlingen, where I live. To Augsburg it's a 45 minutes-drive, while to Weiden it takes two hours. Furthermore did Coach Goschenhofer and Manager Santiago immediately convice me of their program.

What is going to be your job on the Red Kangaroos' roster?
They want me to add stability and experience to the froncourt of a young team and to support the developement of the domestic players. These talented young players are the future of the club. But in a strong and competitive league like the Regionalliga you also need veterans like me.

At the same time you are working as a youth-coach in Noerdlingen. Do you recognize some kind of euphoria in the city of Noerdlingen after the men's team won the Pro A and the women's team finished the 2. DBBL in first place as well?
There is much more euphoria around the men's team than the ladies. The whole town is going crazy and the people just can't wait for the first Bundesliga-game. The club-officials have a lot of work to do to make this project run, but I think all this hard work will pay off, when you are going to watch the team from a tiny little town like Noerdlingen take on ALBA Berlin or Bonn in the future. There is going to be much more to come from Noerdlingen in the next years. One of the tasks is to keep improving the youth-program.

Do you see yourself in coaching-business in a couple of years?
Already when I played in Noerdlingen, I was working in the youth-program of the club and have enjoyed great success with my team. It's a lot of fun and I could definitly imagine to work even more as a coach when my playing career as come to an end.

How do you handle being a coach and a player at the same time?
The time and effort which you have to spend being a Regionalliga-player cannot compare with a player in the Pro A or even in the Bundesliga. You don't have to practice every day and if I'm not able to be with my team at practice or contest once in a while, I still have an Assistant to take care of that.

Back to Leitershofen/Stadtbergen. Any news regarding the roster for 2008-2009 yet?
The club and coach really enjoy a good reputation. That's why many German players have already committed to the team. However, we are still looking for two American players: One point guard and one power forward/small forward. Players who are interested can contact me at mariomatic1979@yahoo.de. I will get the information to the management then.


Noerdlingen: Giants keep Jeanty, sign McGhee - by Moritz Korff
The Giants Noerdlingen, champion of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A in the 2007-2008 season, extended the contract of Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) for the upcoming year. The 5-time-Canadian College Champion spent an outstanding first season in Germany, leading the Giants to gold as the player who received most time on the court per contest (34:16mpg). The Canadian international also was second on the team in points per game (14.8ppg) and handed out a team-high 2.5 assists a game. After receiving tons of accolades during his collegiate career at CIS-powerhouse Carleton University Jeanty also finished his rookie-year in Germany with distinction. He was named to the 2007-08 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team and Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team.
And a player who joined him on both squads will be his teammate next season. Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) has agreed to terms with Noerdlingen. The athletic Forward led the Pro A-runners up Cuxhaven BasCats with 18.8 points and 9.2 boards per contest. Meanwhile, Dima Rastatter (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), Waldemar Buchmiller (195-G-80) and LaShon Sheffield (186-G-84, college: Tarleton St.) will not return to the Noerdlingen-team for the 2008-2009 campaign. The first one of these named players already found a new place to play. The talented Wing inked a contract with BG Karlsruhe.


Trier lands veteran George Evans - by Moritz Korff
TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga) announced its first new player for the 2008-2009 campaign. George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) will join the squad and ink a two-year-contract. The 36-year-old Forward/Center was a member of Dexia Mons-Hainaut of the Belgium D1-league since 2001 and averaged 12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 34 matches during 2007-2008. From 2001 to 2005 he played for Coach Yves Defraigne, who he is now going to meet in Trier as well. In 2007 Evans was named the All-Belgian D1 League Forward of the Year and also made the All-League First Team. Before he enrolled at the George Mason University at the age of 25, Evans served as a soldier of the US Army in the Gulf War, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia.

Coach Poropat to leave Ludwigsburg - Ongoren stays in Tuebingen - by Moritz Korff
EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) and Head Coach Silvano Poropat part ways, as the club announced today. Poropat has been the Ludwigsburg-coach for the past four and a half years and led the team to three playoffs-appearances. His best result was making the Bundesliga-semifinal once and he also guided the EnBW-squad into the final game of the German cup-competition earlier this year. Ludwigsburg will announce the name of his successor in a couple of days.
Meanwhile, also the cooperation between the club and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) has come to a close. The German joined the team in November after having begun the season in the Regionalliga North with Central Hoops Berlin. In 24 Bundesliga-games for Ludwigsburg Schaffartzik averaged 10.1 points, 1.5 boards and 1.6 assists.

Head Coach Tolga Ongoren agreed with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1. Bundesliga) on a new contract for the 2008-2009 campaign. The Turk finished this past season with the Tigers in 15th place in the Bundesliga.


Anish Sharda to play with Mainz in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B - by Moritz Korff
The team captain and topscorer will return. As ASC Theresianum Mainz published on its website today, Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary) will continue his career with the current champion of the Regionalliga South-West who has earned the ticket for the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. It's gonna be interesting to see if Sharda, who led ASC with 22.6 points per game to an undisputed RLSW-title and also got honored as the 2007-2008 Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Player of the Year, will do as good in Pro B-action as in Regionalliga-play. Besides Sharda also five German players have made an agreement with team of Coach Hans Beth for the upcoming campaign in the Pro B: Niklas Adeberg (194-G/F-89), Christian Ebenrecht (212-C-79), Benjamin Frisch (196-F-86), Ilija Ickert (201-C-81) and Sebastian Knaack (189-G).

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GREECE

Olympiakos announced Nikola Vujcic - by Simon Varvakis
Olympiakos announced their first transfer for this year, a player that will surely empower the front line of the Piraeus team.

Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) will be a player of Olympiakos for the next for the next 2 years. The 30-year old croatian center will be the first official addition to the roster of the 'Reds' that still have not announced the transfer of Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) from FMP Zeleznik. Nikola Vujcic's stats this year were the following:

2007-2008: Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (ISR-Premier League, starting five): Euroleague: 12 games: 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 55.9%; Israeili League: 17 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 63.0%, FT: 66.7%

Vujcic played for Maccabi Tel Aviv this year but a serious injury did not allow him to play for the whole year. Olympiakos signed the player after he passed the medical tests because they wanted to be sure that the player will be fit to play in order to save themselves from the grief that Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) frequent injuries have caused to the team. Nikola Vujcic is one of the most versatile centers in europe with his ability to pass the ball like a point guard and his soft touch near the basket make him a formidable entry for every top euroleague team.


Market news - by Chris Mammides

A1
Panathinaikos agreed financial terms with the talented guard of PAOK, Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87), the Greek guard will be wearing the green jersey of the permanent champions for the next three years. In the mean time Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) could be the replacement of Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) in CSKA Moscow as some rumors are taking the Lithuanian super star to the Russian team in order to replace the Greek super star who is most probably the new player of Olympiakos Piraeus.
Panellinios agreed financial terms with the ex guard of Aris and Panathinaikos, Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76). The contract is 1+1 years.
Trikala 2000 agreed financial terms with Theodoros Panaras, the ex player of Panorama was the second top scorer in the A2 this season.
Vladimir Maistrenko agreed financial terms with AEL 1964 to be the assistant coach of Vangelis Alexandris . Vangelis Alexandris who agreed financial terms with AEL 1964 earlier on last week will add in his team the talented guard Marios Matalon (188-G-89, college: Wyoming) who had as player in the team of Kolossos Rodou this season.
Giannis Sferopoulos , the new head coach of Kolossos Rodou already choose his first player, the experienced center Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76), the bosman player agreed financial terms with Kolosso Rodou for one year.
Soulis Markopoulos renewed his contract with Maroussi while Stavros Elliniadis will be the new Manager of the team. Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) is the first player to sign with Maroussi this seazon, Boudouris and Stevenson will renew their contracts too.

A2
Leonidas Thalassinos (195-G/F-73) and Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87) agreed financial terms with the team of Coach Houhoulis, Panerythraikos.
Costas Sdrakas (188-G-72) agreed financial terms with KAOD for the next two years.


B Division
Head Coach Makis Dendrinos will be the new Technical Advisor of Ikaros Kallitheas. The Experienced head coach will be helping Coach Haritatos work.



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IBL

Mike Williams joins Battle Creek Knights - by Trask Frost
Battle Creek, Michigan-The Battle Creek Knights professional basketball team have announced that Mike Williams has joined the team for the remainder of the 2008 season.

Williams, a 67 Forward attended Detroit Country Day High School and Western Michigan University. Mike was the first Team All Mid American Conference and MAC player of the year.

Williams was a member of the 2005 Knights squad that went 21-0 en route to the title. That season, Williams averaged 20.8 points per game, and earned IBL All-Star honors.

Since the conclusion of his 2005 campaign with the Knights, Williams continued to play professional basketball on the international stageincluding stints in Chile, South America and Spain

The team is glad to have Mike join the Knights and we are excited about him helping us in win another IBL championship, said Battle Creek Knights Head Coach Terry Sare.


AMAYAS 40 POINT NIGHT HELPS SLAM BACK INTO WIN COLUMN - by John Gary
Courtesy oursportscentral.com Tyler Amaya and the Slam avenged their loss to VANCOUVER SATURDAY BY DEFEATING THE portland CHINOOKS 148-137 IN A SPIRITED ibl GAME AT warner PACFIC college on sunday. AMAYA notched a career high 40 points in the victory. Unlike the night before, the Slam were hot early and raced out to an 18 point lead in the middle stages of the first quarter and eventually went into halftime with a 72-66 advantage. Brandon HARTLEY was key for the SLAM in the first half scoring 21 points on 8 for 8 shooting,including five three pointers. Hartley finished with 30 points.

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IRAN

Boomers too good for Iran - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Iran 97:53

Australia extended their winning streak against Iran to two games thumping them in Adelaide today. CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) and Patrick Mills (178-G-88) led the charge for the Boomers as they grabbed a 2-0 lead in the three-game friendly series against the Asian powerhouse. Patrick Mills scored 17 points to lead the hosts to an impressive victory. CJ Bruton was helpful with 15 points. Iran had a woeful shooting night as they knocked down just 28% from the field. They missed their first eleven shots allowing Australia to run away to a safe distance. The Boomers held to a comfortable 20:7 advantage at the first intermission. The home team opened the third frame on a 10:2 run to keep the pressure growing. CJ Bruton capped the first half with a three-pointer and the Boomers built a 50:20 lead at the interval. Australia were untamed in the third period as they stretched the margin to as many as 45 points. Iran finally outgunned the hosts by one point in the final term but hardly received any consolation about the fact. Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) added 14 points for the winners. Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) led all scorers with 18 points and 10 boards for the visitors. Samad Bahrami (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency) contributed 14 points in defeat. Australia improved their game in the paint as they outrebounded Iranian team 38:30. The teams will play again on Friday.

Australia: Patrick Mills 17, CJ Bruton 15, Glen Saville 14
Iran: Hamed Hadadi 18+10 boards, Samad Bahrami 14


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ITALY

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

Jordan named to Conference USA All-Defensive Team and Player of the Week - by Leonard Whyte
Memphis, TN (3-12-2008) - Sophomore Center, Jerome Jordan who led Conference USA in blocked shots, picked up two individual awards yesterday before his impressive performance last night. First, he was named Conference USA 'Player of the Week' after averaging 14.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots in two games last week, while shooting 66 percent from the field and 88 percent from the free throw line. For the season, Jordan averages 9.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots. He also has a team-leading .600 field goal percentage. Jordan was also named to the 'All-Defensive Team.' He blocked 100 shots for a 3.45 average per game, 39 blocks more than the second-place finisher. He became Tulsa's single-season blocked shots record-holder and also ranks fourth on the school's career list with 117 blocks in his two seasons.

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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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MALTA

Scotland survives Maltese challenge - by Eurobasket News
Scotland - Malta 58:49

Scotland opened their home European Championship in Division C with a hard-fought win over Malta. The teams got into preliminary Group B and closed the first day schedule. The encounter turned into a real seesaw battle with the outcome unclear till the final moments. Scotland jumped to an early lead as Malta struggled offensively. The hosts piled up a comfortable 19:5 advantage and seemed to control the tempo well. Malta refused to give in that early and struck back in the second period. They stiffened their defense and limited the local favorites to only 8 points in the second stanza. It allowed Malta to cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime. But Scotland continued to deliver in the third quarter as they gained the speed again and outscored the visitors 21:14 for a 17-point buffer before the final frame. Malta fought bravely and shaved the gap back to single digits. Nevertheless Scotland withstood the effort and posted the initial win at the tournament. Nicholas Collins (-84) led the winners with 16 points and 7 boards. Gareth Murray (199-F-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) provided 13 points and 6 boards for Scotland. Malta answered with 17 points and 6 from Lee Ross. Steve Schembri (187-F-79) knocked down 10 points in a losing effort. Malta faces Andorra, while Scotland takes on Wales later tonight.

Scotland: Nicholas Collins 16, Gareth Murray 13
Malta: Lee Ross 17, Steve Schembri 10


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MOLDOVA

Moldova crush Gibraltar in Edinburgh - by Eurobasket News
Moldova - Gibraltar 97:54

Moldova gained their second win at the European Championship in Division C in Edinburgh. Gibraltar meanwhile suffered their second straight loss and remained at the bottom of Pool A. Cassaglia scored a layup to put Gibraltar in charge. However Moldova quickly hit back. Maxim Rusu (196-G-88) and Tcaci nailed back-to-back trebles to put Moldova up for good. Melinic and Tcaci extended the run for Moldova as they piled up a 22:12 lead at the first intermission. Tcaci, Maxim Rusu and Evgeni Scripcaru (202-F-83) nailed three consecutive bombs from beyond the arc to open the second period. Gibraltar struggled to slow down their opponents and trailed by 27 points at halftime. Nartov and Caputerco continued long-range bombardment as Moldova widened the gap to 39 points midway through the third stanza. Moldova never looked back in the final quarter and celebrated a cruising win at the end. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88) provided 16 points and 5 boards to lead Moldova. Evgeni Scripcaru added 13 points, while Tcaci had 12 in a win. Camacho Mena netted 14 points to pace Gibraltar. Guerrero Torres delivered 8 points and 7 boards in defeat. Moldova outrebounded their opponents 47:30 and forced those to 16 turnovers. Moldova will face Azerbaijan in the final round of preliminary action. Gibraltar will look for their initial victory against San Marino tomorrow.

Moldova: Vladimir Priscepnii 16, Evgeni Scripcaru 13, Tcaci 12
Gibraltar: Camacho Mena 14, Guerrero Torres 8


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MONTENEGRO

Goran Nikolic captures the title with ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) won championship title last night with German team ALBA Berlin. Nikolic and his teammates were better than Bonn in fourth game of the play-off final 88-79. It wasn't an easy night for ALBA as it was in third game when they destroyed Bonn 99-69. This time the host team, Telekom Basket Bonn, played much better finishing first quarter 21-17. ALBA's players couldn't come any closer in the second stanza when Bonn actually extended its lead even more. It was 40-33 for Bonn at the half time and it seemed that the hosts are ready to tie the series in the final on 2-2. But ALBA woke up in third frame decreasing its minus on 2 points before the crucial period. Team were totally leveled during these 10 minutes but fortunately to Goran Nikolic and his teammates ALBA succeeded to reach the over time, 71-71. It was the most important 5 minutes of the season for Nikolic's team and they played it in style. ALBA netted 17 points in over time while Bonn had just 8.
Goran Nikolic contributed in this win adding 4 points and 5 rebounds for 27 minutes. He made 2 of 2 from the field and except of one missed free throw he didn't take any other shot. Nikolic played 44 games for ALBA in domestic championship this season having 9 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Coach Luka Pavicevic let him play around 23 minutes on every single game.


Dragan Ceranic joins Kolossos Rhodes - by Eurobasket News
Center Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) signed one year deal with Greek A1 team Kolossos from Rhodes. He spent last season in another Greek team, AEL 1964 Larissa. For 26 appearances in A1 league Ceranic averaged 10.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.5 apg. He was the third rebounder of Greek A1 regular season.

Ceranic changed many teams during his long career. He was a member of Barons Riga, AEL Limassol, Panelinios Athens, Telindus Oostende etc. It will be his third season in Greek top division.


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MOROCCO

Ronny Turiaf stopped by Boston Celtics - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics were too strong Ronny Turiaf's (208-C/F-83, college: Gonzaga) Lakers beating them in the game number six 131-92. It means that Celtics captured the 17th NBA title finishing final series against Lakers 4-2. It also means that Ronny Turiaf will have to wait for another chance to get NBA ring.

The finals series started badly for Lakers as they lost first two games. From the beginning of the final they couldn't find a solution to stop Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Lakers finally grabbed victory in third game 87-81. Turiaf's team had a nice chance to do the same and to tie the score in the finals after fourth game as they had great 24 points lead but Celtics didn't give up. They made fantastic turn celebrating in this game 97-91. In seemed that it was a crucial game in this NBA final. Lakers took the next one coming closer once again on 2-3 but last night they suffered serious defeat. Once again Garnett, Pierce and Allen were unstoppable. Celtics smashed Lakers winning 131-92. Kobe Bryant had terrible shooting night having only 7 of 22 from the field. It for sure wasn't performance which Lakers' fans expected from their superstar.

At his third season with Lakers Ronny Turiaf was close to win the NBA ring. He played 78 games for Lakers in regular season averaging 6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 bpg. He had much lower digits in the play-off where he for 19 games averaged 2 ppg and 1.4 rpg. Turiaf joined Lakers in 2005 after he graduated at Gonzaga University.


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NAIA

Southern Nazarene hires new head coach - by Eurobasket News
Southern Nazarene University Director of Athletics, Bobby Martin, announced on Tuesday that current West Point Assistant Coach, Adam Bohac, will become the schools seventh, and second youngest, Head Coach. The youngest coach in SNU history was Dr. Larry Mills, who took the head post at the age of 24 back in 1969. Bohac, 26, replaces Mike Broughton, who resigned in May to take the Director of Athletics position at Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Indiana.

I am grateful to Dr. Gresham and Coach Bobby Martin for an opportunity to return to SNU and serve as the Men's Basketball Coach, said Bohac. I believe strongly in the University's mission and am looking forward to joining the tremendous faculty and staff at SNU. The people of SNU make it a great place to work and go to school.........I can't wait to get started!'

Bohac (pronounced Bo hah ch) comes to SNU from the United States Military Academy, where he served as assistant for Jim Crews for the past season. At West Point, Bohac focused on recruiting. Army was a Patriot League Semifinalist last season and posted the programs most Patriot League wins in school history last year. Bohacs recruiting class was ranked 77th in the nation this season by Hoop Scoop.

Bohac came to Southern Nazarene in 2004, where he served as an assistant for Mike Broughton for three seasons. At SNU, Bohac was Broughtons main recruiter and helped guide SNU to the 2007 SAC Tournament Championship and the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Tournament. In 2007, SNU finished 6th in the nation in the final NAIA National Poll. Bohac was SNUs recruiting coordinator, scouting coordinator, video coordinator, and he coached SNUs perimeter players.

I coached Adam at Nebraska and he was my assistant at SNU for three years, said former SNU Head Coach, Mike Broughton. He is very disciplined, a hard worker and will be a very good coach. He will do a good job of carrying on our tradition.

Bohac also coached the Athletes First AAU Team, guiding that team to a 25-2 record from 2005-07, including four tournament championships. With Athletes First, Bohac coached OUs Blake Griffin and Oklahoma States Obi Muonelo.

Bohac is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he played for former Cornhuskers coach, Barry Collier. Bohac was a First Team Academic All Big Twelve selection in 2004 and a four year letterman. Bohac was Nebraskas Most Outstanding Attitude Award winner in 2003 and 2004 and was a Big Twelve Commissioners Honor Roll recipient five times.

Bohac went to Nebraska from Kimball High School in Kimball, Nebraska, where he was a standout player during his career. At Kimball, Bohac was an All-State selection in 2000 and was the leading scorer in the state of Nebraska in 2000, averaging 25.6 points per game. Bohac was also an All-State football selection in 2000.

We are very excited to have Adam as our new mens coach, said SNU Director of Athletics, Bobby Martin. Adam has a tremendous work ethic and is extremely knowledgeable about the sport of basketball. He did an outstanding job for Mike while he was here as an assistant and brings Division I experience to our program. We believe he will do a great job with our program.

SNU went 23-9 under Mike Broughton in 2007-08 and finished ranked 9th in the final NAIA national poll. SNU has an all-time record of 793-539 since the inception of the program in 1964-65. Southern Nazarene claimed the 1980-81 NAIA National Championship under current school President, Dr. Loren Gresham. SNU then went 29-9 and finished as the NAIA National Runners-Up under current Athletic Director, Bobby Martin, in the 1997-98 season.

'It is a privilege to be a part of such a tradition rich program, added Bohac. I look forward to helping build on the great foundation that has been established here and to re-connecting with many of our supporters and am anxious to meet the entire SNU extended family.'
Courtesy of sports.snu.edu


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NBA

Grizzlies sign coach Kevin O'Neill - by Eurobasket News
Kevin O'Neill is named to be the new assistant coach of Memphis Grizzlies. O'Neill spent last year at University of Arizona while three seasons before he was an assistant coach of Indiana Pacers. Coach O'Neill also has one year of experience in NBA as a head coach. He signed 2+1 contract with Toronto Raptors in 2003 but he spent there only one season. In the past he also used to work at Marquette, Tulsa and Delaware.

Memphis Grizzlies had not so good last season. The team finished it on the bottom of Southwest Division with score 22-60.


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NCAA1

Northern Illinois promotes Will Smith assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
After spending the last four seasons as Ricardo Patton's Director of Basketball Operations, both at Colorado and Northern Illinois, Will Smith has been promoted to assistant coach for the Huskie men's basketball team.

'Will has done an exceptional job as our Director of Basketball Operations both here (at Northern Illinois) and at Colorado and has been extremely patient,' Patton said. 'He is a very focused and astute young man who has a bright future ahead of him as a coach.'

Patton's relationship with the Memphis, Tennessee native goes back further, as Smith was his first recruit at Colorado in 1996. Smith has been honing his coaching chops ever since and plans to utilize all the knowledge that Patton has imparted upon him.

'I'm excited to be able to move to the next part of my coaching career,' Smith said. 'I'm looking forward to having another avenue to help develop our student-athletes on the court, as well as off.

'I want to thank Coach Patton for the opportunity and look forward to helping promote Northern Illinois basketball not only locally, but at the national level.'

As the Huskies' Director of Basketball Operations, Smith was responsible for travel, practice plans, film exchange, scouting and academics. This is Smith's first coaching job.

Smith replaces John Anderson who accepted a job in the private sector.
Courtesy of cstv.com


Walker stays in - by Kyle Stefan
Heralded Kansas State swing man Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87) will remain in the NBA Draft.

Walker has worked out for Detroit, which has the 29th pick, and Toronto, which picks 17th, according to ESPN.com.

His adviser, Chris Rivers, said Walker would remain in the draft despite injuring his right knee at a workout this weekend.

Walker averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds for the 21-12 Wlidcats last season.


Cal's Anderson remains in - by Kyle Stefan
Cal sophomore forward Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F, agency: Arik Krayn Services) will remain in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.

'I felt like this was the best possible decision for me,' Anderson told ESPN.com.

The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft was Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Anderson, who is projected as a late first-round or high second-round pick, averaged 21.1 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Bears last year.

He has conducted workouts for Orlando, Toronto, Boston, Indiana, Detroit, Cleveland and Golden State, and more are on the horizon.


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NCAA2

Western Oregon Adds Recruits - by Sanjey Noriega
From wouwolves.com

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University head basketball coach Craig Stanger has announced the additions of Junction City's Blair Wheadon and McCall, Idaho's Marcus Harris to the Wolves program.


Wheadon and Harris, who signed National Letters of Intent this week, join previous 2008 signees Kyle Long (McMinnville) and Kolton Nelson (Klamath Falls/Mazama HS) as new members of the Wolves program.


Wheadon, a 6-1 combo guard, was a first team all-state selection (4A) at Junction City this year. He was the Sky-Em League Player of the Year, averaging 22 points a game for the Tigers. He set school records for most points, field goals and free throws in a season, and will play in the OACA Gatorade All-Star game.


'Blair is a very versatile player, and has an excellent knowledge of the game,' Stanger assessed. 'We are really excited to have him in our program. He is a great competitor. We are looking for better scoring on the perimeter, and he helps us with that goal.'


Harris is a 6-0 shooting guard from McCall-Donnelly High School. Originally from North Kitsap High School (Washington), Harris played his last two seasons in Idaho.


'We felt like Marcus kinda flew under the recruiting radar,' Stanger said. 'He is a very good scorer, has a great ability to get off his shot, but he is also a team player. He is also a very smart player.'


Harris averaged 21 points a game and was the Snake River Valley Conference Player of the Year. He was an all-state pick and has been chosen to the Boise Flite Select team. He nailed 52 three-pointers this season, and hit for a school-record 45 points in one game.


'With our returning point guard Dane Johnson, who runs the transition game so well, we wanted to get quicker and better on the perimeter,' Stanger added. 'These two guys and also Kyle Long fit the bill to make us better in that area.'


Western Oregon plays in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Wolves finished 15-12 last season in Stanger's third year as the head coach.


New assistant coach at Cameron - by Eurobasket News
Alexander Wade, the assistant men's basketball coach at East Central University (Ada, Oklahoma), a fellow Lone Star Conference school, was officially announced as the new head mens basketball coach at Cameron University this morning. CU Athletic Director Jim Jackson has finalized the hiring and Alexander has already begun his duties at CU.

Alexander is from the Southwest Oklahoma area and grew up in Marlow, Oklahoma . He takes the place of recently departed Maurice Leitzke who left the Aggies for personal and family reasons.

I'm very excited to hire Alexander Wade, Jackson said. What excites me is that he has the reputation of being one of the top recruiters in this area and in the LSC. He knows the LSC and he has been successful at three different institutions. He comes highly recommended and is ready to take over his own program. Im delighted he is coming on board to join our family.

Alexander, who has been a head coach of mens and womens golf (Bacone College ) but never of mens basketball, was equally excited about the move to Cameron and to Lawton.

I think this is a great opportunity, Alexander said. I think Cameron University is a gold mine, and I think we can really get some big things done here. I am from the area and know a lot about the area. Ive followed CU for many years and this is truly a place I have always wanted to be.

As mentioned above, Alexander served as the assistant mens basketball coach under head coach Terry Shannon at East Central University from 2005-2008. While at ECU he helped lead the Tigers to a third-place finish in the LSC after the 2005-2006 season, and was instrumental in the development of seven LSC All-Conference players. He also served as the programs recruiting coordinator under head coach Terry Shannon and was responsible for all of the administrative duties.

Wade has a tireless work ethic and is driven to succeed, Jackson said. I expect great things from him. Hes paid his dues and he has been a very good assistant coach. There comes a point when youre ready to become a head coach and somebody has to give you that break. I know Wade will do great things at Cameron.

Prior to ECU, Alexander was the assistant mens basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Kingsville, TX ), another fellow Lone Star Conference school. While on the Javelina coaching staff under head coach Pete Peterson, Alexander helped to guide the squad to a third-place finish in the LSC after the 2004-2005 season. He also was instrumental in TAMUKs #10 regional ranking that year.

I think my Lone Star Conference experience is huge, Alexander said. It is great to already know the conference so well. To know the LSC and to know the teams youll be going against gives me a slight edge over the other new people in the conference.

Alexander started his coaching career at Bacone College ( Muskogee, OK ) as the assistant mens basketball coach and head mens and womens golf coach. With the Warriors and under head coach Alan Foster, Alexander helped lead the team to a second-place finish in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) after the 2003-2004 season. Like at ECU and TAMUK, Alexander was the recruiting coordinator at Bacone College.

Alexander received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from East Central in May of 2001. He then stayed at ECU to achieve his Masters degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis on Sports Administration in December of 2002.

Id like to thank Coaches Cobb, Shannon, Peterson, and Foster for all giving me a chance, Alexander said. They all helped me to get to the point where Im at today. I couldnt be more excited about the opportunity to come to Cameron.

The Aggie mens basketball team is currently in the offseason training portion of their schedule. Cameron begins their 2008-2009 season with an exhibition contest against the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 8.

Like Wades former head coaches, I feel that he is more than ready to take this next step, Jackson said. I am certain that he is a good fit for Cameron and for Lawton and for our mens basketball program. He will do some great things, and with this hiring we have started the process of turning this program into a winner.
Courtesy of kauz.com


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NEW ZEALAND

Jason Crowe named NBL MVP - by Eurobasket News
The Waikato Pistons point guard Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) was trumped the NBL Most Valuable Player. The NBL had little doubts about delivering its MVP award to Crowe. He had an outstanding season with the Pistons. American point guard led Waikato to the second overall spot in the regular season and continued to deliver in the playoffs. Waikato stand one win away from the title at the moment. Crowe posted three triple-doubles in the season and finished atop of the Player Power Rankings. He also was honoured the Player of the Week for five times. The 31-year-old guard surpassed his teammate Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California), Aucklands Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) and Wellingtons Ernest Scott (200-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Valdosta St.) for the award. Jason Crowe averaged 21.7 points, 8.3 assists, 7.2 boards and 1.3 steals per game in the season.
Jason Crowe also got into the All-Star Five selection. He was accompanied by Casey Frank, Brian Wethers, Ernest Scott and Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke). Casey Frank added a Kiwi MVP to his Outstanding Forward and Outstanding Kiwi Forward nominations. He averaged 21.6 points and 8.5 boards per game in the season. Brian Wethers won the scoring title for the season. He registered 27.6 points per appearance and masterminded the successful year for the Waikato Pistons. Ernest Scott played a key role in the Wellington Saints claiming the regular season title. He came up with 21.3 points and 6.7 boards per game. Nick Horvath provided sufficient help for Scott in the Saints brilliance. Kiwi center averaged 17.5 points, 9.2 boards and 1.9 blocks.


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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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PUERTO RICO

Captains draw first Blood - by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains led by Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) took the first game of the final with a win 87-82 over the Carolina Giants. Figueroa led all scorers as he scored 30 points and scored s bucket with 12 seconds to go in the game to seal the victory for the Captains. The Giants took the 1st quarter 23-20, but it was the Captains who came back strong in the 2nd quarter 25-16 to take the lead as the 1st half came to an end 45-39. In the 2nd half it was Angel Figueroa who came up big for the Captains scoring 18 points of his 30 points during this half. The Giants are looking forward to tie the series tonight when they receive the Captains on their home turf. For Arecibo, Bobby Joe Hatton was the second best scorer with 17 points to follow Figueroa with his 30 points. For Carolina, Alejandro Carmona scored 21 points followed by Angelo Reyes with 15 points.

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Finals
1. Arecibo 1-0
2. Carolina 0-1
Others
1. Bayamon 16-16
2. Humacao 16-16
3. Ponce 15-17
4. San German 15-17
5. Mayaguez 7-25
6. Guayama 6-26


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SCOTLAND

Scotland survives Maltese challenge - by Eurobasket News
Scotland - Malta 58:49

Scotland opened their home European Championship in Division C with a hard-fought win over Malta. The teams got into preliminary Group B and closed the first day schedule. The encounter turned into a real seesaw battle with the outcome unclear till the final moments. Scotland jumped to an early lead as Malta struggled offensively. The hosts piled up a comfortable 19:5 advantage and seemed to control the tempo well. Malta refused to give in that early and struck back in the second period. They stiffened their defense and limited the local favorites to only 8 points in the second stanza. It allowed Malta to cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime. But Scotland continued to deliver in the third quarter as they gained the speed again and outscored the visitors 21:14 for a 17-point buffer before the final frame. Malta fought bravely and shaved the gap back to single digits. Nevertheless Scotland withstood the effort and posted the initial win at the tournament. Nicholas Collins (-84) led the winners with 16 points and 7 boards. Gareth Murray (199-F-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) provided 13 points and 6 boards for Scotland. Malta answered with 17 points and 6 from Lee Ross. Steve Schembri (187-F-79) knocked down 10 points in a losing effort. Malta faces Andorra, while Scotland takes on Wales later tonight.

Scotland: Nicholas Collins 16, Gareth Murray 13
Malta: Lee Ross 17, Steve Schembri 10


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SEBL

SEBL set to tipoff in early July... - by David Archer

Cartersville, GA - The SEBL Summer Pro League is set to start its 2008 summer campaign. The league, in its 20th season of operation, will again boast two men's Conferences.


The NCAA sanctioned Metro A-league will consist of an 8-team North Division in Cartersville and an 8-team South Division in Morrow, Georgia. The City B-League (non NCAA-sanctioned) will have a East and West Divisions that will both compete at the JH Morgan location in Cartersville, as well as an Oklahoma affiliate division, which is being operated by Onpoint Hoops and Jonathan Reed in Oklahoma City.


In the Metro A-League, traditional teams such as the Baseline Warriors, ServPro-1, BC Celtics, BC Knicks and others will return to the North Division, while in the South the Atlanta Speedboys, BC Lakers, Metro Stars, will return along with new squads such as one headed up by long-time pro Johnny McClenton and the Young Gunz, featuring Jesse Wheeler, B.J. Puckett, Antron Pippen and former Lander star Adrian Penland.


In the City B-League, the Baseline-2 squad will return, along with ServPro-2, Cedartown, BC Howren, and the Sixers. North Metro Technical College will field a summer league team before its inaugural season in the 2008-09 school year and will supplant the Summer Hill Blue Devils in the City Conference this summer.


The City B-League will kick off on July 6th, while the Metro A-League will tip off on July 7th. The women's WSEBL league will also begin on July 10th in Cartersville. There are teams who are still looking for roster players for this summer. For information regarding the SEBL please contact David Archer, Jr. at darcherjr@yahoo.com. For information regarding the WSEBL please contact Melissa Bunce at mbbasketball42@hotmail.com




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SERBIA

Vladimir Radmanovic without NBA ring - by Dragan Jankovski
Boston Celtics are the new champions of NBA. Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers in sixth game of the NBA final 131-92. Vladimir Radmanovic (208-F-80) and his teammates couldn't stop Ray Allen (197-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Kevin Garnett (208-F-76), who netted 26 points each for the winners.

NBA final series started badly of Lakers as they lost first two games against Celtics. Radmanovic and his team managed to grab the first win in game number three 87-81. In the next game, which was maybe the most important one in this series, Lakers was very close to tie the score on 2-2. The team from Los Angeles had advantage of 24 points but they couldn't keep it until the end. Pierce, Allen and Garnett took care for the fantastic turn making a huge step forward to 17th title for the Celtics in NBA. Ten points and five rebounds by Vladimir Radmanovic didn't help his team in fourth game. Last night Celtics controlled every move of their opponent. Superstar of Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), had extremely bad night shooting only 7 of 22 from the field. Vladimir Radmanovic played 21 minutes in the game number six adding 6 points and 3 rebounds. Unfortunately to him Celtics grabbed 17th NBA title on June 17th.

Radmanovic played 65 games for Lakers in regular season averaging 8.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.9 apg. He also played 21 games in play-off adding 8 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.5 apg. He was a member of the starting five in all play-off games.


Partizan Igokea wins 7th consecutive title ! - by Dragan Jankovski

Partizan Igokea captured the seventh consecutive title in Serbian championship. Black-and-white team outplayed Hemofarm STADA on the road in fourth game 45-67. Thus Partizan finished final series against Hemofarm 3-1 winning the third trophy this season.

Teams were equalized at the first couple of minutes but Partizan very soon took control on Hemofarm reaching 15-10. At the last Partizan's possession in the first quarter Tepic missed an opportunity to bring plus 7 to his team after what Pekovic also was unsuccessful. Couple of minutes in the second period was enough for Partizan to made double digits lead, 14-25. Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) was the key player for visitors during the first 20 minutes as he netted 14 points. Reining Serbian champion went on the half time with comfortable 21-37. At that time it was already clear that the orange team won't have enough power to threat until the end. Namely, Hemofarm made many mistakes at the offensive end. The hosts also had just 1 of 10 from behind the arc. As it was expected Partzian continued third quarter in the same rhythm keeping its lead without problems. With three minutes left in the third period visitors extended lead to 17 points. Last ten minutes both teams just were obligated to play despite the question about the winner was resolved a long time ago.


Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) collected 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning team while Dusan Kecman stopped on 14 points and 4 rebounds. On the other side Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 11 points, was the only one with double digits in Hemofarm.

Partizan ended this season winning three trophies: Serbian Superleague, National Cup and Adriatic league. Dusko Vujosevic justified his nick name 'James Bond 007' as he won seven championship titles in the row with his team. It was a third final this season and all three times Partizan was too strong for Hemofarm.


Hemofarm STADA - Partizan Igokea 45-67

(10-15, 11-22, 9-11, 15-19)

Hemofarm: Bozovic 11, Macvan 9 (4 rebs), Vukosavljevic 7 (4 rebs)

Partizan: Palacio 15 (5 rebs), Kecman 14 (4 rebs), Tepic 9 (7 as)



Small Serbian colony in Germany celebrate - by Dragan Jankovski
Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76), Dragan Dojcin (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket), Mladen Pantic (210-C-82) and coach Luka Pavicevic won the title in German Bundesleague. They celebrated in game number 4 on the road against Telekom Basket Bonn 88-79 after over time. It means that ALBA finished final series against Bonn registering 3 wins and 1 defeat. Interesting is that ALBA's head coach Luka Pavicevic won German title on his 40th birthday. It seems that he couldn't get better present that this.

Serbian players did not have bigger impact in the last game. Dragan Dojcin scored 3 points, Aleksandar Nadjfeji had two while Mladen Pantic did not play. However, they showed very good performance during the entire year. ALBA Berlin finished regular season on top with score 54-14. Later the Albatross crushed Bremerhaven 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Oldenburg was the next rival of small Serbian colony, which knocked out them 3-1. At the end ALBA dominated in the final series against Bonn. In game number one ALBA won 78-69 while Bonn was better in the second 81-71. Third game was a real terror by ALBA's players, especially by Aleksandar Nadjfeji . It was 99-69 for new German champion.

Nadjfeji joined ALBA from Koln 99ers in February. For 26 games in Bundesleague he averaged 12.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 21 minutes per game. Dragan Dojcin played 39 games for ALBA adding 5.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg also for 21 minutes.


Slobodan Ljubotina in BC Telindus Oostende - by Zoran Popovic
Slobodan Ljubotina (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) has moved from PGE Turow Zgorzelec to Telindus BC Oostende. In the last season Ljubotina and his former team PGE Turow Zgorzelec played final play-off with Prokom Trefl Sopot and lost 4-3 in serie. Milan Gurovic (207/F/76, agency: Beo Basket) was key player with 36 points and stopped Turow Zrorzalec and Ljubotina in the last play-off game and great season.

His statistics in Turow is 3.3Pts, 2.3Reb, 0.2 Ast per game. Before PGE Turow Zgorzelec Ljubotina played for KK Sinalco Spartak Subotica, BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd and Union Olimpija Ljubljana.


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SLOVENIA

Helios named assistant coach - by Zeljko Zule

Helios had named former NT member Rado Trifunovic as assistant coach and is testing Croatian Zdravko Vuckovic (198-F-79) ex Zrinjski Mostar, Croatian Luka Zitko (201-F-81) ex Grude and SUI U-18 NT member Marko Milicevic (194-G-89) ex STB Bern Basket.

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Sasha Vujacic still dreams about the NBA title - by Eurobasket News
Guard Alexander Vujacic (200-G-84) didn't succeed to capture the title in his first NBA final. It was his fourth and the best season with Los Angeles Lakers, when Vujacic played in the final of the most quality championship on the World. However, his team gave its best but they weren't able to compete against Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen of Boston Celtics. They lost the final series 4-2.

Play-off final started very bad for Alexander Vujacic and his team as their registered two defeats at the beginning. They recovered for the game number three beating Celtics 87-81. Actually it was the best game of the season for Vujacic, who delivered 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds for 28 minutes. With that win Lakers came closer on 1-2 in the final. In game number 4 they had a chance to tie the score but despite huge advantage of 24 points they didn't succeed to win. Pierce and Garnett took care for that making great turn. It was the crucial victory of the final series as the score was 1-3 for the Celtics. Lakers answered in the next one setting the score on 2-3 but last night they suffered serious defeat. Celtics destroyed them 131-92 winning 17th NBA ring in clubs history.

Alexander Vujacic arrived to Lakers in 2004 from Italian team Snaidero Udine. He played 72 games in regular season 07/08 averaging 8.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1 apg. He also had 21 appearances in play-off having 8.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg.


Candidates for U-18 NT - by Zeljko Zule
U-18 NT head coach Rade Mijanovic and his assistant Matjaz Cujez announced 16 candidates for 2008 European Championship, Division D.
Anze Pelc (190-G-90) of Alpos Sentjur, Brane Lekic (206-F/C-90) of Elektra, Uros Zadnik (187-G-90) of Geoplin Slovan, Mitja Nikolic Smrdelj (204-C-91) of Geoplin Slovan, Luka Snoj (200-F-90) of Jance, Nejc Koracin (190-G-90) of Krka, Maj Kovacevic (190-G-90) of Krka, Sandi Skrbinsek (205-C-90) of Mario Primorac, Jure Pelko (190-G-90) of Mario Primorac, Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) of Mario Primorac, Jan Petrovcic (194-F-90) of Nova Gorica, Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) of Parklji, Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) of Union Olimpija, Nejc Buda (207-C-91) of Union Olimpija, Jaka Zagorc (190-G-92) of Union Olimpija, Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) of Zlatorog.


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SPAIN

Garbajosa splits with Raptors, new player for TAU - by Eurobasket News
After two not so successful seasons in NBA, Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) decided to terminate the contract with NBA team Toronto Raptors.

'I know that Jorge wanted to play basketball and to be happy here but he felt that doesn't get a real chance. That is the reason why he was unsatisfied and frustrated previous season' - said Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80), superstar of Los Angeles Lakers.

Garbajosa missed last 15 games of Toronto Reptors in 06/07 while during the lasts season he had just 7 appearances. One of the most important facts for his decision was rumor that Toronto won't let him play on Olympic Games this summer. GM of the Raptors, Bryan Collangelo, thinks that it could be very risk move for his team.

'Termination of the contract is the best choice for me and for the club. We agreed to do it and from today I will start to think about my next destination' - said Garbajosa.

According to the Spanish media Unicaja Malaga and Real Madrid already showed serious intention for Garbajosa's service. Before Toronto, Garbajosa played 2 years in Unicaja and 4 seasons in Benetton Treviso.

Meanwhile, TAU Ceramica added another player to its roster during the last couple of days. It is Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84), who arrived from Akasvayu Griona. Emeterio played 34 games in regular season for Girona averaging 12 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.7 apg. As a member of Girona he won FIBA EuroCup in 2007 while last season his team played in the final of ULEB Cup, which was held in Turin. In the past he spent 6 years in Valladolid.

San Emeterio put signature on 3+1 deal with new Spanish champion.


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URUGUAY

The NT was named - by Hector Lopez
Uruguay named the 12 players who will be playing the South American Championship from July 1 to July 6, in Puerto Montt (Chile)
The HC Gerardo Jauri named:
Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group)
Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85)
Diego Castrillon (199-F-75)
Sebastian Izaguirre (203-C/F-85)
Fernando Martinez (170-G-79, agency: Interperformances)
Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79)
Juan Pablo Silveira (191-G-86
Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group)
Claudio Charquero (202-C-77)
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83)
Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M)
Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne)
The team will be flying to Chile Saturday 21 to play two exhibition tournaments with the local NT, Argentina and Brazil


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WBA

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




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Ann Wauters was one step from Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) from San Antonio was one step from Players of the Week in WNBA. Janel McCarville from New York and Lisa Leslie of Los Angeles however were named the WNBA Players of the Week. Ann Wauters came up with 19 points and 10 boards and the Silver Stars 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. 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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BURKINA FASO - Women

ASFA-Y, on the way to the finals - by Michel Pacere

Saturday June 14, 2008
- ASTY # AS-Sonabel
We dont know why the basketball association doesn't take off ASTY from the championship. For the second time, this team was absent at the time of the match!
Score: 00-20 for AS-Sonabel.

Sunday June, 15, 2008
- AS-Sonabhy # ASFA-Y
We dont know why every time, the Amazons lost the first and the second quarter. They have difficulties to begin the matches. AS-Sonabhy with Kuniko plays faster. The center Diane PODA scored in the zone. At the end of the quarter, the Petroliers leaded by 11-10.
In the second quarter, Marietou COULIBALY of the Petroliers did her entry. She gave fast breaks to her team and scored free throws. She scored 8 of the 16 points of her team in this quarter.
Half time: 27-21 for AS-Sonabhy
In the third quarter, the man to man defense of the amazons couldnt stop the Petroliers. The coach chose a zone defense (1-2-2). Slowly the Amazons, who seemed to be too heavy, speed up their play. Assitan CAMARA helped by Alida PODA, played with Mariam TRAORE and Claudine TIOYE in the restricted zone. Its was hard for their defenders. Claudine TIOYE scored 9 of the 14 points of her team in this quarter.
In the fourth quarter Assitan and Mariam for the amazons by little passes and fast breaks scored 15 of the 18 points of the quarter. It was the best match of Assitan who was the best scorer of the Petroliers last year.

Score: 46-53 for ASFA-Y; best scorer, Mariam TRAORE (ASFA-Y) with 17 points



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CYPRUS - Women

Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL 14-0 
 2. Keravnos 12-2 
 3. Anagennises 8-6 
 4. Achilleas 8-6 
 5. Etha 4-10 
 6. ENAD 4-10 
 7. Apoel 3-11 


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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 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.


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ISRAEL - Women

Erin Phillips joins Ramat Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
The week was full of news for Ramat Hasharon team. First one of the most renowned Israeli players Limor Mizrachi (172-G-70) announced her retirement from the game. Mizrachi enjoyed a brilliant basketball career that was full of emotions and high-class basketball. She earned four Israeli championships and cups. She also won three more championships as well as two cups in Europe. She had stints in the USA before wrapping up her career in Ramat Hasharon. She orchestrated the team well in the last season averaging 5.7 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 boards per game. She also came up with 4.2 points, 2.4 boards and 2.4 assists per appearance in the EuroCup.
Ramat Hasharon immediately announced the signing of Erin Phillips (173-G-85). The 23-year-old Australian guard has never played in Europe before. She won the World championship with the Opals. Erin Phillips played for the Connecticut Sun last season averaging 5.4 points and 2.4 assists per game. She prepares for the upcoming Olympic Games with the Australian National team at the moment. Erin Phillips spent six years of her career back in Australia playing for the Adelaide Lightning. There she averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 boards and 3.3 assists per game. She led the Lightning to the title in the last season. Erin Phillips will join already secured Liad Suez-Karni (191-F/C-81, college: Villanova), Mirav Dori (178-F-86), Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor), Naomi Kolodny (172-G-82), Ayelet Cohen (172-G-85) and Shanni Levin (174-G-84) on the Ramat Hasharon's squad.


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TURKEY - Women

Saziye Karsli one more time in Italy - by Iva Ivanova
After non-agreement with tree teams in Turkey, forward Saziye Karsli is on the way to go back to Italy. Two teams are interested to signed with Saziye for the upcoming season. Last season she signed with Montigarda, but breaks contract because of some health problem.

Saziye signed contract with Besiktas. For the half of season she have 24 minutes with 8,22 pts, 2,5 rpg and 0,6 ass.

According to rummors, she have an offer from Poland.


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WNBA - Women

WNBA names Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) from New York and Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) of Los Angeles were named the WNBA Players of the Week. It was the first award for Janel McCarville in her four-year WNBA career. The former #1 pick averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 boards per game in two victories for the Liberty. New York managed to reach 50% wins mark for the first time in the season after edging Minnesota and Atlanta. Janel McCarville matched her career-high against Atlanta nailing 25 points in an 81:77 victory. She shot 11/14 FG and 3/5 FT, distributed career-best 7 assists to pace the Liberty to the victory. Later the Liberty held off the Lynx 77:76 on the road. Janel McCarville produced 12 points (5/12 FG, 2/2 FT), 7 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Her average season stats come up to 10.3 points, 4.2 boards and 2.0 assists per game. McCarville was named the Most Improved Player in 2007.
In the meantime Lisa Leslie earned her 15th-career Player of the Week award. She averaged 17.7 points, 9.3 boards, 4.0 blocks and 2.3 assists per game for the Sparks in three games during the week. The Sparks won them all accounting for victories against Detroit, Connecticut and Sacramento. Lisa Leslie came up with 17 points (6/10 FG, 5/5 FT), 12 boards and 5 blocks in an 80:73 win over the Shock. Later in the week Lisa Leslie masterminded an impressive dramatic win over the Connecticut Sun 98:93 in overtime. She provided 22 points (10/16 FG, 2/2 FT), 10 boards and 4 assists to pace the Sparks. Los Angeles wrapped up the weeks action with a 74:66 road win over the Monarchs. Leslie posted 14 points (5/11 FG, 4/6 FT), 6 caroms and 4 blocks for the winners. Lisa Leslie averages 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per appearance in this season.
Janel McCarville and Lisa Leslie overcame Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) of Connecticut, Tasha Humphrey (6'3''-F-85, college: Georgia) of Detroit, Phoenixs Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) from Sacramento, Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) of Seattle and Ann Wauters (6'5''-C-80) from San Antonio for the award.