EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/21/2008

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ABA

Winston-Salem joins the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association announced the addition of a new team based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the 2008-09 season. Wesley E. Mason III will serve as co-owner of the team. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services in Winston-Salem. LaToya Camille Shine Mason is the other co-owner. Bryan Short has been appointed team General Manager. He is currently Director of Player Personnel at Alliance Sports Management. The team will be named Winston-Salem Storm, after the 'Name Your Team' contest that began last fall and concluded in January 2008. Community members voted online and at 12 local businesses. 'This is the community's team,' stated Mason. 'It was important to have the community involved from the beginning.' Currently there are negotiations with the Joel Coliseum to play at the Annex. The Storm is already in the running for the 2009 ABA All-Star Game,' stated Wesley Mason. 'I have discussed this with the ABA CEO. This is basketball country and there isn't a better choice than Winston-Salem to hold such an event.' For more information, email or call Wes Mason at 336 409 1936 or visit www.winstonsalemstorm.com or email Bryan Short at bryan@winstonsalemstorm.com



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AUSTRALIA

Boomers complete the sweep of Iran - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Iran 88:65

Australian National team grabbed their third straight victory over visiting Iran at the Boomers World Challenge friendly series. The third game took place at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne. Australia once again dominated right from the start. Joe Ingles, Chris Anstey (213-C-75) and David Barlow put the hosts in charge 8:2 early on. The Boomers kept Iran at bay throughout the starting term and finalized it at 29:13 advantage. Iran got back into contest through the bunch of tree-point bombs early in the second period. Samad Bahramai and Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) went deadly from beyond the arc and Iranian team cut the deficit to 10 points. Oshin Sahakian capped the second period with a jumper for Iran to trail by 8 points at halftime 33:41. Hamed Afagh cut the distance to 7 points early in the second half but the Boomers defense worked smoothly keeping it at safe side for the hosts. Australia enjoyed an 11-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Chris Anstey hit back-to-back trebles for the Boomers to stretch the gap to 16 points in the fourth term. Iran never recovered and suffered yet another defeat on Australian soil.
Mark Worthington provided 24 points and 12 boards to lead the Boomers. Chris Anstey had 12 points, while Wade Helliwell (212-C-79, college: Charlotte) added 9 for the winners. Samad Bahrami (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency) answered with 24 points and 6 boards for Iran. Hamed Afagh came up with 13 points in a loss. Australia limited Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) to just 8 points and 7 boards. Iran once again outrebounded their opponents 40:38 but shot just 30% from the field. The hosts meanwhile knocked down 44% of field goals and committed just 10 turnovers down the stretch.

Australia: Mark Worthington 24+12 boards, Chris Anstey 12, Wade Helliwell 9
Iran: Samad Bahrami 24, Hamed Afagh 13


Latest market news - by Eurobasket News
MVP of NBL 2007, Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76), parted ways with Brisbane Bullets. The club announced signing of contract termination which later also was confirmed by NBL. Mackinnon led the Bullets to the NBL title on season 06/07. He demonstrated an impressive performance during the entire year. For 39 games he averaged 18.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 4.2 apg. He registered a bit less numbers in the last season but still he was one of the most important players of his team. Unfortunately for Brisbane's fans they stopped in the NBL play-off semifinals. Mackinnon had 15 appearances last season in NBL adding 14 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 4.1 apg. Before Bullets, he used to play for Razorbacks, Crocodiles and Melbourne. He spent a short period abroad as a member of Italian Lega due team Rimini.

Singapore Slingers announced signing of import Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle Pacific) on one year deal. Sandrin has huge international experience as he played in Luxemburg, Brazil, CBA, Poland, Portugal and Korea. He played three pre-season games with Sacramento Kings in 2005. Sandrin also participated at the NBA Summer League playing for the Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. Interesting is that he spent some time with Harlem Globetrotters.

At the same day Singapore Slingers hired new assistant coach. It is Frank Arsego, ex head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport. As Sandrin, Arsego also signed one year deal with his new club.


Taipans ink deal with Williams - by Eurobasket News
The Cairns Taipans have announced the signing of Kerry Williams (185-G-87) to one of the club's development player spots for the upcoming 2008/09 NBL season.

Williams is another product of the Skytrans Cairns Taipans Academy program widely considered one of the best in the country and has been under the watchful eye, supervision and training of Taipans Assistant Coach Aaron Fearne for a number of years. The Taipans had to fend of significant interest from rival NBL clubs, with Williams regarded as one of a talented crop of youngsters coming through the basketball ranks in Australia, according to head Coach Alan Black.

We rate Kerry as one of the best young point guards in the country,' said Black. 'At only 16 years of age, he was a part of the Cairns Marlins team that won the National ABA title in 2004 and a vital member of the team who again took out the title in 2007. He has great vision, brings the ball up the court well, is a great defender and can shoot the ball.'

'He has the makings to become a complete player and we are looking forward to further developing his skills and talent with the Taipans for this season. It has certainly benefited him being a part of the Taipans Academy - being in that system for a number of years and is exactly why we have invested a lot of time, effort and money in our Academy program to develop players for the Taipans future.

Talent runs deep in the Williams family, with relation Matt Bowen a superstar with the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL, however it is basketball that Williams has excelled at, having represented Queensland numerous times at junior level and starring for junior college team North Idaho in the USA last year, before returning home to take up a contract with the Taipans an opportunity to good to pass up for the youngster;

To have a chance to play with the team I grew up supporting is a dream come true for me. I can stay at home with family and friends around me and start my career in the NBL with our own team. I am really looking forward to it and thank the Taipans for the opportunity, said William.
Courtesy of nbl.com.au


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BELGIUM

Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Seems it did not take long for Liege to replace the departing Stephane Pelle since today they announced the arrival of George Mason's Will Thomas (201-F-86).
Thomas was selected first-team All-CAA in 2007-08 and was named to the CAA All-Defensive Team for the third straight season.
He was runner-up for both the CAA Player of the Year and CAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Averaged 16.1 ppg and 10.4 rpg during his senior year.
His 10.4 rpg placed him first on the CAA top rebounders list. Placed second on the field goal leaders list with 64 pct fg shooting.

George Mason is the school where former Liege guard Michael Huger is assistant coach.

Thomas scored 18 pts and grabbed 13 rebs to lead George Mason to the CAA championship beating William & Mary, earning the team a trip to the NCAA tournament.



D1 News - by Peter Buyse


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

He played 15 games for Turow in the Uleb Cup, averaging 7.1ppg and 5.2rpg.

He also played 36 games in the Polish league, putting up overall lower numbers (4.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg).

In 2004, Ljubotina played on the Serbian U21 team.

The news has in the meantime been made official by Oostende.

Another agency's website (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 has played his entire 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, Jim Cantamessa, and Roger Huggins (the last two names having already been announced).


(edited by Jeremy Rubio)



Aalst Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Generali Okapi Aalstar has found its center player for next season to replace Eric Poole.
After 3 years at Liege Basket Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80, college: Colorado) is headed to the northern part of Belgium to play for Aalstar.
Pelle played for Liege between 2005 and 2008. In those 3 years he was always among the leading rebounders in the Belgian league.
Left Colorado after the 2002-2003 season as the school's all time leading rebounder.
Averaged 12.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the 2007-2008 season.


Mons Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Dexia Mons-Hainaut has signed its first new player for the 2008-2009 season in former Bree guard/forward Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.).
He signed a one year deal with Mons-Hainaut.
Torbert played the previous season in France for ProA team Paris-Levallois. In 29 games for Levallosi he averaged 7.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg.

Was teammates with former Liege player Cyril Akpomedah in Levallois.
Torbert already played for present Mons coach Chris Finch during the 2006-2007 season in Bree.
While at Bree he averaged 15.9ppg in 36 games.


In other news from Mons the team will be participating in the Fiba Cup next year. The same cup in which they played the finals last season.

But since the cooperation between Uleb and Fiba the competition in the Fiba Cup next year should be stronger.



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BERMUDAS

Paget Bearcats advance to basketball semi-finals - by Eurobasket
Paget Bearcats - Southampton Titans 71-49
Top seed Paget Bearcats steamrolled past the Titans with Chris Crumpler (-83) again leading the way. Crumpler also picked up his MVP award for the season. He averaged 30.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 4.5 assists per game. Aaron Jackson pulled down 13 rebounds in the win.
Johnny Minors and Adam Correia both had 15 points with Minors also collecting seven boards for the Titans.
Southampton was done in by its 22 turnovers.

Hamilton Tsunamis - Hamilton Parish Chargers 55-52
A balanced Tsunamis scoring attack saw them corral the Chargers and advance to the semi-finals. Phil Davis was the top scorer for the Tsunamis with 14 points while Jerry Friday cleaned the glass for 12 boards.
The Chargers were led by Chae Powell's 16 and Shawn Brown's 13 rebounds.

Smith's Wildcats - Pembroke Cane Toads 87-63
Jason Simons had his best game of the season as he pumped in 32 points for the Wildcats in an emphatic victory over the Cane Toads. Johnny Correia had 10 rebounds in a contest that saw the winners take care of the ball. The Wildcats only had four rebounds.
The Cane Toads benefited from Lee Greene's 23 points and nine rebounds from Simon Onabowale 9.

St. George's International - Warwick Rim Rockers 76-51
Dean Jones had 15 rebounds and Charjuan Knights 19 points as second seed St. George's had little trouble with the Rim Rockers.
In a well-played game that saw only nine turnovers between both teams, Vernon Lambe had 17 points for the Rim Rockers. Kent Tacklyn had 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Courtesy of Bermuda Sun


Standings PBL
PBL Standings
 1. Paget BC 8-1 
 2. Hamilton T. 7-2 
 3. Smith's WC 7-2 
 4. St.George's 7-2 
 5. Hamilton PC 5-4 
 6. Pembroke CT 4-5 
 7. Devonshire D. 2-7 
 8. Southampton 2-7 
 9. Warwick RR 2-7 
 10. Somerset F. 1-8 


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BOSNIA

News from Bosna ASA BHT - by Eurobasket News

Just 3 days after winning the championship title, management of Bosna ASA BHT started to think about the next season. During the celebration of the new title Bosna's head coach Jurij Zdovc said that he doesn't know will he lead the team in the future.

'I have a valid contract for one more year but honestly I don't know will I stay in the club. We have to talk and see will it be a good move for me and also for the club. Bosna needs to have a long term plan about the future not just for the next season' - said Zdovc.

Director of the club Admir Bukva (207-F-74) said he hopes that Zdovc will stay in the club.

'Jure had a many problems which all of us had this season. Situation in the club is not perfect but I am sure we will resolve everything very soon. He went to Ljubljana and most probably I will go there to talk with him during the next few days. Zdovc delighted us as a coach as well as a person. I really hope he will stay with us' - said Bukva.

Bosna ASA BHT already stared negotiations with Bailey, Hajric and Panic. The team also has intention to keep Bosnian player of the year Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul).

'We want to extend Williams but the question is are we capable to compete with other clubs who already offered him contract. One of our priorities is Goran Ikonic (196-G-80), who has a valid contract but also a clause that he can leave if some team pays buy out fee' - said Bukva.

The players who are still under the contract are: Muhamed Pasalic, Suad Sehovic, Goran Ikonic, Bozo Djurasovic, Emir Zimic, Amar Suljagic, Nikola Maric, Aldin Majstoric, Aldin Klinac and Eldin Camdzic.


Free agents are: Bryan Bailey, Tomislav Tomovic, Devayne Jefferson, Vladimir Panic, David Jackson, Edin Bavcic, Seid Hajric, Lance Williams and Dzenan Rahimic.

Bosna's management will negotiate with all players except Jackson and Jefferson.



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CAMEROON

Team Cameroon starts preparations for Athens - by Eurobasket News
President of Cameroonian basketball federation, Chrysogone Noah, announced that national team will start preparations for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament within the next few days. Namely, Cameroonians should start it on June 10th but it date had to delayed because travel documents for players and staff weren't issued on time. Two Cameroon-based players Serge Elong and Christian could have the biggest problems to show up in Lyon. Namely, the same difficulties abut the visas had some Cameroonian football players in the past. However, president of Cameroonian basketball federation hopes that all necessary papers will be obtained very soon.

Preparation of the Team Cameroon for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens will be held in French city Lyon. The coaching staff decided which 20 players will participate in this project of national team. Coaching staff is strengthen by USA-based coach Lazare Adingono. The biggest problem for Cameroonians for sure is decision of Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) to play for France. With these two players Cameroon would have much bigger chances for Beijing. Chrysogone Noah stated that he feels sorry because of their decisions.

'France is able to offer them much better conditions and it is an understandable decision. We have to work very hard in order to improve the professionalism. I am sure when we do it we won't have these kind of problems in the future' - said Chrysogone Noah.

Cameroon is placed in Group D of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens together with Croatia and Puerto Rico. At the opening day of the tournament on July 14th Cameroon will meet Croatia at 19:30h. Their first rival officially started preparations on Monday. Head coach of Croatian national team, Jasmin Repesa, counts the most on some of top European players Marko Popovic, Dalibor Bagaric and Roko Leni Ukic.


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CAPE VERDE

Cape Verde looks forward to Athens - by Eurobasket News

National team of Capre Verde on Monday officially started preparations for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. After just couple of practices head coach of national team, Eric Silva 'Rico', shows optimism. He called 15 players to join preparations making balance between those who played last year on FIBA African Championship and the others who arrives from Europe and USA. Cape Verde showed pretty good performance last year on above mentioned FIBA African Championship. The team grabbed fantastic victory in the battle for the bronze medal against Egypt 53-51.

Cape Verde is placed in Group B on FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament and their rivals will be New Zealand and Germany. Eric Silva stated that if Germany come to Athens without NBA Superstar Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) his team will have a chance.

'I will make my players aware that they are capable of fighting neck-a-neck with Germany' - said Silva.

Rico continued to talk with same optimism. He said that his team is very competitive and plays with attitude. Cape Verde counts on win against New Zealand as according to Silva it is the team within their reach. He hopes to avoid Greece in the quarterfinals. Namely, Greeks are the hosts and they have very good team thus it will be very hard to play against them. What is also very important Greeks have very supportive fans what is beside their quality another reason why Rico wants to avoid them.

Cape Verde will have to participate on this tournament without one of their players from the last year's African Championship Mario Jorge (190-G/F-77). Some of the players which Silva called to join preparations of Capre Verde NT are: Rodrigo Mascarenhas (197-F-80), Marques Houtman (190-G-79, college: Stonehill), Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant), Aldevino Lima (203-C-86), Tony Barros (193-F-84), Odair Santos, Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, college: Manhattan), Jorge Gomes, Peter Cipriano (206-F-83, college: Southern), Avery Oliver (193-F-83, college: Indiana, PA), Ivan Almeida (197-F-89), Fidel Mendonca (191-F-84) and Abdulay Faty.

Forward of NBA team Minnesota Timbervolves, Ryan Gomes (201-F-82, college: Providence), was mentioned as a possible reinforcement for Cape Verde but it seems that he has intention to play for USA at the 2012 Olympics.



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CROATIA

Silvano Poropat leaves Ludwigsburg, news from NT - by Eurobasket News
Silvano Poropat is no longer a head coach of German Bundesleague team Ludwigsburg. After four and a half years management of the team decided to part ways with Poropat. President of the club Alexander Reil stated that Poropat had great results but maybe it is the time for both sides to continue separately.
Poropat arrived to Ludwigsburg from Rovinj in 1999. He started to work as a coach of young selections after what he became a head coach of the second team. His next stage was position of assistant coach after what finally Ludwigsburg promoted him as a head coach in February 2004. His biggest success was play-off semifinals as well as the final of National Cup. On season 06/07 Ludwigsburg finished the regular season on second place. At the same year Poropat participated at the Bundesleague All-Star Game. At his fourth season in the club the team didn't succeed to reach play-off what is probably one of the reasons for clubs decision.

Meanwhile, Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84), who supposed to join the preparations of Croatian national team on Thursday, got 3 more days off. Ukic is a player who finished the season last than all other NT players so after a phone call head coach Jasmin Repesa decided to give him more days to rest. Ukic had problems with back injury almost the entire season. Despite it he played 65 games for Lottomatica Roma reaching Euroleague TOP 16 and final of Italian Serie A.
Other 15 players started the preparation for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Monday. The team will go to Slovenia on June 26th where they will play two friendlies against the hosts. Croatians will also play against Iranians on July 1st while two days later Team Croatia will meet Australia.


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

San Lazaro Favorite For The Title - by Herubey Grassals


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San Lazaro and Villa Duarte In The Finals - by Herubey Grassals
The Distrito Nacional basketball tournament finals starts tonight at 8:00Pm in Palacio de los Deportes of Santo Domingo and San Lazaro has the advantage to get the title over Villa Duarte de Calero. San Lazaro has a lot of big names players like former NBA Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan), Joel Ramirez (191-G-81), juan araujo, Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) and Carl Thomas; from the bench they have Oskaris Lenderborg (189-G/F-72), Benito Flores (198-F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay), Ivan Almonte (198-F-81, college: Florida Intern.) and Josue Abreu (188-G-66). In the other side Villa Duarte de Calero has Otto Vantroy (180-G-75) , league Mvp Hansel Salvador (186-G-80), Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Robert Sanders (201-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) and Juan Carlos Eusebio (203-C/F-73); from the bench comes Elvis Lora (183-G-85, college: Florida Intern.), Luis Martinez (196-F, college: William Paterson) and wilkin bonilla. San Lazaro lead the standing in the regular season and the playoffs so all experts give them the advantge on this finals againts Villa Duarte de Calero to beat them on 6 games. This'll be an amazing finals between these two great teams.


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EUROLEAGUE

Trifunovic the new head coach of Panionios!! - by Chris Mammides

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens is replacing the Bosnian head coach Nenad Markovic with the succesfull and very well known Serbian Head Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic . The ex Head coach of the Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas knows quite well the Euroleague competion and is expected to help the 'newcomer' team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens in this difficult league.

President Lianos is seriously developing a winning team as his moves are really targeting veru high. The team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens already agreed financial terms with the young talented Greek-Serbian forward, Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90) for the next four years even though this coming seazon the young player will be playing in the Serbian league (on a lending agreement from Panionios ON Telecoms Athens to BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd)

It is worth mentioning the fact that Panionios ON Telecoms Athens already (from February 2008) added in the team the most talented super scorer Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania), ex player of Egaleo.



Olympiakos: Halperin near to sign - by Kostas Papadopoulos
We have previously written about the case of Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) transfer to Olympiakos. The last information refer that the whole case is very close to the end (a happy end for the Reds), since the team from Piraeus and Maccabi Tel Aviv have agreed upon to all the matters of the transfer. The Israelian team has reduced its desire upon the compensation it required to free the 24-year old guard, up to EUR 650.000, as the Israelian site ynet.co.il has published, referring also that the player's new contract will have a three-year duration. In addition another Israelian media, the newspaper Maariv, has written that the amount referred above could be reduced even to EUR 500.000. In any case, the exact amount to be paid will be agreed on te following days, in order for the transfer to be completed.

Olympiakos: Teo is back!!!!!!!!!! - by Kostas Papadopoulos
What was heard during the first days of this summer and especially after the finals of the Greek championship finally became true: Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) is returning to the Reds, over than six years after his being fired from the team. However, during these years he proved the mistake that the Reds made at that time (in fact the Reds won their last title - Greek cup - on the last year of Theodoros Papaloukas at Piraeus).
The player didn't need to travel to Moscow in order to persuade CSKA to release him since Aggelopoulos Bros achieved the whole agreement by themselves, since they had already in their hands the oral, at least, agreement with the Greek play-maker and MVP of Euroleague two seasons ago. It has not yet been clarified the exact amount that the Reds would have to compensate CSKA for releasing Theodoros Papaloukas (as it was heard a week before it would be about a million), but the matter is that the biggest, probably, desire for Reds' fans this summer has become a reality. The player is rumoured to have signed a three-year contract, until 2011.
Now, and after signing Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) as well, the next matter for Olympiakos seems to be the one of Chris Harissis (191-G-76), who would like to return to Piraeus as well, after a year in Poland and Prokom. And certainly, everyone is waiting Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) to find out his way to be released from Maccabi, since his will and Reds' will to join their services is something already been told.


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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Andrea Raschi propels San Marino past Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News
San Marino - Gibraltar 91:80

San Marino grabbed their first win at the European championship in Division C in Scotland. They held off Gibraltar to claim the third overall spot in preliminary Group A. San Marino will now take on Malta in the lower playoffs for the 5th-8th spots. Gibraltar will look for their initial victory against Wales tomorrow.
San Marino relied on an impressive performance from Andrea Raschi (198-G/F-79) as he poured in 38 points, grabbed 5 boards and dished out 3 assists to lead San Marino. He was well helped by Flavio Bottiroli (197-G/F-77) with 21 points and 13 boards. Andrea Raschi scored 4 points and Rossini added a three-pointer to give San Marino a 15:8 lead midway through the first frame. But Buxton answered with 6 points for Gibraltar to get them in front 20:18 late in the period. But back-to-back trebles from Andrea Raschi allowed San Marino to lead 24:22 at the end of the first quarter. Flavio Bottiroli, Tentoni, Righi netted consecutive three-pointers for San Marino late in the second frame for a 50:34 advantage. San Marino enjoyed a 52:34 lead at the interval but Raul Garcia (202-C-74) opened the third stanza with 8 points in a row to cut the deficit. William Buxton and Ramagge added three freebies as Gibraltar got within 7 points. But San Marino secured a 12-point buffer at the end of three quarter. Gibraltar once again clipped the difference to just 5 points early in the final stanza but San Marino answered immediately. Flavio Bottiroli scored 6 straight points to give some breathing space for San Marino. Gibraltar failed to come close enough for the final strike and lost the battle. Raul Garcia knocked down 18 points and pulled down 9 boards for Gibraltar. William Buxton had 12 points in defeat.

San Marino: Andrea Raschi 38, Flavio Bottiroli 21, Emanuele Crescentini (198-F-83) 14
Gibraltar: Raul Garcia 18, William Buxton 12


Standings (Men)
European Championships Standings
Group A
1. Moldova3-0
2. Azerbai.2-1
3. San Mar.1-2
4. Gibralt.0-3
Group B
1. Scotland3-0
2. Andorra2-1
3. Wales1-2
4. Malta0-3


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FRANCE

EuroExposure Columbus day 1 - by Maxime Weber
The 13th edition of ACMT EuroExposure started yesterday in Columbus, Ohio. More than 60 players took part to the camp scout by Jean Denys Choulet, Jean Louis Borg, Germain Castano and some others European coaches. For the majority of players, that's the right place and the right moment to become the next Jimmal Ball or Marc Salyers.
The camp regroups European underdogs and US players who did not across the Atlantic yet.
During the individual work station, Neil MacDonald (208-C-84, agency: ACMT), John Ofoegbu (206-C-82, college: Idaho St.) and Thomas Compaore (202-F/C-87) showed great inside skills.
The level seams real high this year and we will see during 11 games the qualities on the court of the guys with European rules and European spirit.


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FYR MACEDONIA

U 20 National team - by Todor Chalovski
Macedonian U 20 National team head coach, Emil Rajkovic, announced a list of 22 players, for the preparations for EC Division B games in Romania in august. The list is consisted of these players:

Jovan Markovski (197-F-88) of Torus Skopje
Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)
Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) of MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje
Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Torus Skopje
Bojan Krstevski (205-F-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Petar Apcev (200-F/C-89) of Heraklea Bitola
Igor Atanasovski (188-G-88) of Torus Skopje
Ivan Atanasovski (190-G-88) of Torus Skopje
Vladimir Brckov (193-G-89) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
Uros Vasiljevic (-88)
Ivica Dimcevski (-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Daniel Kalov (204-F-89) of Goce Delchev
Aleksandar Kosteski (204-C-88) of Torus Skopje
Atanas Manev (188-G-90) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Milorad Minovski (198-F-88) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
Martin Petkovski (193-G-90) of Pop Sport VSA Skopje
Miroslav Petrovski (208-C-88) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Dimitar Petrusev (190-G-89) of Goce Delchev
Aleksandar Spasovski (193-G-89) of Warren Wilson College (USA)
Igor Stojanovski (201-C-91) of Torus Skopje
Igor Sarac (196-F-88) of Droga Kolinska Negotino.


Macedonian U20 National Team 2008 - by Todor Chalovski
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Jovan Markovski (197-F-88) of Torus Skopje
Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)
Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) of MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje
Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Torus Skopje
Bojan Krstevski (205-F-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Petar Apcev (200-F/C-89) of Heraklea Bitola
Igor Atanasovski (188-G-88) of Torus Skopje
Ivan Atanasovski (190-G-88) of Torus Skopje
Vladimir Brckov (193-G-89) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
Uros Vasiljevic (-88)
Ivica Dimcevski (-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Daniel Kalov (204-F-89) of Goce Delchev
Aleksandar Kosteski (204-C-88) of Torus Skopje
Atanas Manev (188-G-90) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Milorad Minovski (198-F-88) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
Martin Petkovski (193-G-90) of Pop Sport VSA Skopje

Miroslav Petrovski (208-C-88) of AMMAK SP Ohrid

Dimitar Petrusev (190-G-89) of Goce Delchev

Aleksandar Spasovski (193-G-89) of Warren Wilson College (USA)

Igor Stojanovski (201-C-91) of Torus Skopje

Igor Sarac (196-F-88) of Droga Kolinska Negotino


Head Coach: Emil Rajkovic
Assistant Coach: Slobodan Petrovski


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GERMANY

Cuxhaven inks "Mr. Courageous" - by Moritz Korff
The Cuxhaven BasCats (2. Bundesliga Pro A) already lost three key players from last seasons' roster in Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana), Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) and Rocky Trice (191-F-84, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: S.Carolina), but now the first new import player has been found. Josh Porter (191-G-85, college: LSU-Shreveport) will play for the BasCats in the next season. Porter was named a NAIA Co-Player of the Year by Basketball Times and also made the NAIA All-America First Team. He averaged 21.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals for Louisiana-Shreveport as a senior. In April he received the USBWA Most Courageous Award, as he returned to play after suffering a life-threatening neck injury in November 2006. Porter had broken the vertebrae in his neck in a collision with a teammate during a game, but returned to game-action for the 2007-2008 campaign to complete his university-career.

Jorge Schmidt signs with MBC - by Moritz Korff
Jorge Schmidt (193-G/F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) leaves the Braunschweig basketball-program after three years and agreed to terms with Mitteldeutscher BC (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The former German Junior-international signed a contract with the Wolves for the 2008-2009 season. Schmidt saw action in 11 Bundesliga-games for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in this past season and scored 6 points. He also appeared in 21 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B and averaged 12.2 points and 3 rebounds for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig.

Braunschweig hires Will Franklin for 08-09 season - by Moritz Korff
The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1. Bundesliga) closed a contract with Will Franklin (183-G-85, college: Bradley). The Guard from Houston, Texas is the first newcomer of the team for the next season. Franklin was a member of NCAA D1-school Bradley University from 2005 to 2007 and averaged 14.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg as a senior. He started this past campaign in Cyprus and scored 13.5 points through 15 contests of the Division A. In April 2008 he joined the Bosnian side Borac Nektar Banja Luka. He appeared in 11 encounters of the Bosnian league and produced the following stats: 11.5ppg, 2.8apg.

Keith Triplett joins ratiopharm Ulm - by Moritz Korff
ratiopharm Ulm (1. Bundesliga) announced the signing of Keith Triplett (191-G-80, college: Toledo) for the 2008-2009 season. The 27-year-old Guard spent his collegiate career at The University of Toledo (NCAA1) and graduated in 2005. He then joined 1. FC Kaiserslautern and averaged 26.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.3 steals in 8 games of the 2. Bundesliga, before he got injured and left the team in March 2006. Triplett played in the NBA D-League and in Portugal the following year and moved to Romania for the 2007-2008 season. He had 16 appearances for CSU Atlassib Sibiu, that is coached by the German Coach Peter Schomers. He led his team in points per contest (18.5), grabbed 5.1 boards a game and snagged 2.9 steals.

Raivio moves from Koeln to Trier - by Moritz Korff
Derek Raivio (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) will run the point for TBB Trier in the next two years. The 23-year-old Guard agreed to terms with the team of Coach Yves Defraigne, as announced today. In his first year in Germany Raivio played 27 league-games for the Koeln 99ers and scored 8 points per outing. He also handed out 3.2 assists a game. Raivio showed some good performances especially in the second half of this past season and posted a personal season-high 20 points against Goettingen in February.

Koeln 99ers land former Slovenian top-prospect - by Moritz Korff

The Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga) signed the Slovenian point guard Danilo Smigic (190-G-84) for the 2008-2009 season. Some years ago Smigic, who turns 24 years old next week, was considered as one of the top European prospects on his position and even a potential NBA-player. In 2002 he advanced to the final game at the U18 European Championships and won the prestigious International Tournament in Douai, France with his country one year later. Though he made a five-year deal with Real Madrid in 2002 Smigic hardly played any games for the Royals, but went back to his hometeam Union Olimpija Ljubljana and suited up for clubs in Hungary and Bosnia as his career continued. Also, some injury problems showed up through the years and slowed down his developement. During 2007-2008 Smigic played for Parklji Bezigrad of the second Slovenian division until December 2007 and then moved on to the Czech Republic. In 9 games of the NBL he averaged 1.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists for BK Synthesia Pardubice, before parting with the team in February. In Koeln he hopes to tie in with the great performances he showed at the beginning of this century.

Meanwhile, Roy Booker (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) is not going to return to the 99ers' squad for the upcoming campaign.



Herten: Pfeifer asks to leave and will join Chemnitz - by Moritz Korff
Dustin Pfeifer (173-G-83, college: Findlay (OH)) and Hertener Loewen cancelled their contract for the upcoming season, as the Lions published on their website. The point guard, who was second in assists per game (6.8apg) in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B as well as in steals per contest (3.0spg) and 11th in points per game (19.0ppg) during 07-08, will move one league up to suit up for BV Chemnitz 99 in the 2008-2009 season. Pfeifer who played his first year as a pro in Danmark and was named the 2006-2007 Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Guard of the Year. He started this past campaign as a member of Regionalliga West-side Benslips Baskets Salzkotten and headed to Herten in February 2008.

Hall to stay two more years in Quakenbrueck - by Moritz Korff
After eight years and the exit of Chris Fleming the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck signed a new head coach in Thorsten Leibenath recently, but one thing will stay the same. Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) aka 'Hall the Wall' extended his contract with the Dragons and is going to stay two more years in the basketball-hamlet. The 2008-2009 season will be his 5th in Quakenbrueck. The fans' favorite, who is 35 years of age and who started his professional career in Spain back in 1995, averaged 7.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Dragons in 38 Bundesliga-games in this past season.

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GREECE

Olympiakos: Teo is back!!!!!!!!!! - by Kostas Papadopoulos
What was heard during the first days of this summer and especially after the finals of the Greek championship finally became true: Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) is returning to the Reds, over than six years after his being fired from the team. However, during these years he proved the mistake that the Reds made at that time (in fact the Reds won their last title - Greek cup - on the last year of Theodoros Papaloukas at Piraeus).
The player didn't need to travel to Moscow in order to persuade CSKA to release him since Aggelopoulos Bros achieved the whole agreement by themselves, since they had already in their hands the oral, at least, agreement with the Greek play-maker and MVP of Euroleague two seasons ago. It has not yet been clarified the exact amount that the Reds would have to compensate CSKA for releasing Theodoros Papaloukas (as it was heard a week before it would be about a million), but the matter is that the biggest, probably, desire for Reds' fans this summer has become a reality. The player is rumoured to have signed a three-year contract, until 2011.
Now, and after signing Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) as well, the next matter for Olympiakos seems to be the one of Chris Harissis (191-G-76), who would like to return to Piraeus as well, after a year in Poland and Prokom. And certainly, everyone is waiting Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) to find out his way to be released from Maccabi, since his will and Reds' will to join their services is something already been told.


Trifunovic the new head coach of Panionios!! - by Chris Mammides

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens is replacing the Bosnian head coach Nenad Markovic with the succesfull and very well known Serbian Head Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic . The ex Head coach of the Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas knows quite well the Euroleague competion and is expected to help the 'newcomer' team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens in this difficult league.

President Lianos is seriously developing a winning team as his moves are really targeting veru high. The team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens already agreed financial terms with the young talented Greek-Serbian forward, Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90) for the next four years even though this coming seazon the young player will be playing in the Serbian league (on a lending agreement from Panionios ON Telecoms Athens to BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd)

It is worth mentioning the fact that Panionios ON Telecoms Athens already (from February 2008) added in the team the most talented super scorer Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania), ex player of Egaleo.



Olympiakos: Halperin near to sign - by Kostas Papadopoulos
We have previously written about the case of Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) transfer to Olympiakos. The last information refer that the whole case is very close to the end (a happy end for the Reds), since the team from Piraeus and Maccabi Tel Aviv have agreed upon to all the matters of the transfer. The Israelian team has reduced its desire upon the compensation it required to free the 24-year old guard, up to EUR 650.000, as the Israelian site ynet.co.il has published, referring also that the player's new contract will have a three-year duration. In addition another Israelian media, the newspaper Maariv, has written that the amount referred above could be reduced even to EUR 500.000. In any case, the exact amount to be paid will be agreed on te following days, in order for the transfer to be completed.

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HOLLAND

Pe Martins stays at Aris Friesland - by Fred Roggen
Pereka Martins (-87) will also play the coming season for Aris Friesland. Martins will appear as an amateur for the team of coach Pete Miller. Martins has the Angolan nationality and hopes on a fixed stay in the Netherlands. Up to that time, the shooting guard can only play as a amateur for Aris Friesland. Martins is the fifth player on the roster for the upcoming season.
The team will be completed with one Dutch and five Americansplayers.


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IRAN

Boomers complete the sweep of Iran - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Iran 88:65

Australian National team grabbed their third straight victory over visiting Iran at the Boomers World Challenge friendly series. The third game took place at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne. Australia once again dominated right from the start. Joe Ingles, Chris Anstey (213-C-75) and David Barlow put the hosts in charge 8:2 early on. The Boomers kept Iran at bay throughout the starting term and finalized it at 29:13 advantage. Iran got back into contest through the bunch of tree-point bombs early in the second period. Samad Bahramai and Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) went deadly from beyond the arc and Iranian team cut the deficit to 10 points. Oshin Sahakian capped the second period with a jumper for Iran to trail by 8 points at halftime 33:41. Hamed Afagh cut the distance to 7 points early in the second half but the Boomers defense worked smoothly keeping it at safe side for the hosts. Australia enjoyed an 11-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Chris Anstey hit back-to-back trebles for the Boomers to stretch the gap to 16 points in the fourth term. Iran never recovered and suffered yet another defeat on Australian soil.
Mark Worthington provided 24 points and 12 boards to lead the Boomers. Chris Anstey had 12 points, while Wade Helliwell (212-C-79, college: Charlotte) added 9 for the winners. Samad Bahrami (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency) answered with 24 points and 6 boards for Iran. Hamed Afagh came up with 13 points in a loss. Australia limited Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) to just 8 points and 7 boards. Iran once again outrebounded their opponents 40:38 but shot just 30% from the field. The hosts meanwhile knocked down 44% of field goals and committed just 10 turnovers down the stretch.

Australia: Mark Worthington 24+12 boards, Chris Anstey 12, Wade Helliwell 9
Iran: Samad Bahrami 24, Hamed Afagh 13


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IRELAND

Basketball Ireland Launch Emerald Hoops - by JMCK
Basketball Ireland announced a huge development for the sport on Thursday afternoon with the launch of the Emerald Hoops programme at the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin.
The centre in Merrion Square was a fitting venue with Notre Dame set to participate in the inaugural Emerald Hoops international series alongside the senior international mens teams from Ireland, Poland and Iceland.
Basketball Irelands President Tony Colgan, who was among the dignitaries at Thursdays launch believes the tournament will have a flavour of the old and new Ireland.

How fitting it is that the first Emerald Hoops brings together two cultures, the old and the new Ireland, said Colgan. There can be nobody more Irish than Notre Dame, the so-called Fighting Irish, and nothing represents the Polish people more than its national team. The other team competing in Emerald Hoops, along with our own national team, is Iceland.
Emerald Hoops has been developed as a five year programme, added Colgan. We are already negotiating with mens NCAA teams for a similar event in 2009 and 2010. We will also be adding a womens tournament next year. In future years we will be organising high school tournaments for boys and girls as well as clinics for coaches and referees.
The Notre Dame team will travel to Ireland on foot of another successful season in US college basketball. The team finished fourth in the regular season in the Big East Conference, one of the most competitive conferences in Division 1 college basketball. In addition to qualifying for the Big East tournament Notre Dame also qualified for the NCAA national championship. For the second successive year Coach Brey was voted Big East coach of the year and star forward Luke Harangody was awarded the Big East player of the year accolade.
For Coach Brey, the tournament is a unique opportunity to bring the Fighting Irish to their spiritual home. 'We are so thrilled to be part of Emerald Hoops,' said the vastly experienced Brey. The Irish visiting Ireland is something that is exciting for everyone in Notre Dame and we are looking forward to the tough challenge that will be put up from the likes of Ireland, Iceland and Poland.
For the international teams the Emerald Hoops International Series will be a key component in their preparation for the 2008/09 European Championships. The two year qualifying tournament leads to the Championship Finals which take place in Poland in late 2009.

The Polish/Irish Festival, which will be running in tandem with the International Series, was also launched on Thursday and is being run in conjunction with the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism. The Festival forms part of their annual schedule for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

An initial five year plan has been developed for the Emerald Hoops programme that will see the number of annual events held in Ireland increase from 1 in 2008 to over 10 by year five. These events will consist of
a) Tournaments featuring top US College basketball teams (men & women) and European teams
b) Tournaments featuring top US High School basketball teams (boys and girls) and European teams
c) Events featuring NBA players/teams
d) Coaching clinics from top US basketball coaches
e) Officiating clinics from top US basketball referees and table officials

These events will, in addition to supporting the development of basketball in Ireland, drive significant numbers of US visitors to Ireland from the ranks of players, coaches, referees, fans and families. They will also create a platform for destination marketing into US sports/basketball fans. College basketball in the US is one of the top TV events in terms of viewers and commercial incomes.

Emerald Hoops Tournament Dates 2008:

Thursday August 21st:
18:00 Poland Vs Iceland
20:00 Ireland Vs Notre Dame

Friday August 22nd:
18:00 Ireland Vs Iceland
20:00 Notre Dame Vs Poland

Saturday August 23rd:
16:00 Notre Dame Vs Iceland
18:00 Ireland Vs Poland


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ITALY

Market news and rumors - by Gianni Pascucci
Premiata Montegranaro announced that the new Team Director will be Ferencz Bartocci , last at Indesit Fabriano. Former Montegranaro Team Director Antonello Nevola agreed to terms with Air Avellino in the same position. After a good season in Fileni Jesi, David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) could sign soon at Tercas Teramo. In Lega 2, veteran Flavio Portaluppi (190-G-71) accepted the offers of Vanoli Soresina and became a team official, quitting the active playing. Crabs Rimini is succesfully testing USA-ITA Andrew Gabellieri (191-G) at the Imola Summer League. Fileni Jesi officially announced that Andrea Zanchi will be the team coach for the upcoming Lega 2 season

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LITHUANIA

Lietuvos rytas sign Slezas - by Erildas Budraitis
Krepsinis.net is writing that Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius added to their roster 18-year old center Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90). Vilnius club signed Lithuanian U-18 NT player on deal 2+2. Slezas played great season in NKL where he averaged 11,1 ppg, 9,9 rpg, 2,8 apg and led his home team all season. Slezas also won MKL league MVP title. Lietuvos rytas manager Giedrus Aidietis said that Slezas will play in Vilnius club junior team and BBL league.

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MONTENEGRO

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 10-0 
 2. Mogren 6-4 
 3. Niksic 5-5 
 4. ABS Primorje 4-6 
 5. Lovcen 3-7 
 6. Danilovgrad 2-8 
Play-Out
 1. Ulcijn 7-3 
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 7-3 
 4. Rudar 5-5 
 5. Primorje-M. 4-6 
 6. Kotor 0-10 


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Budva 18-0 
 2. Kotor 13-5 
 3. Ljubovic 12-6 
 4. Teodo Tivat 11-7 
 5. Gorstak 10-8 
 6. S.Centar 8-10 
 7. Un.Mediteran 7-11 
 8. Centar B.Polje 6-12 
 9. Buducnost II 4-14 
 10. Zeta 1-17 


Samir Leric inks for Sloboda from Tuzla - by Dragan Scepanovic
Delfi SMG Agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Mogren from Budva Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) singed two year contract with Basketball Club Sloboda from Tuzla member of Bosnian Premier league under very good financial condition. Samir Leric in basketball season 2007-2008 play for Basketball Clubs Mogren from Budva member MNT1A and Slavija form Sarajevo member of BiH Premier league. He was placed in first team of MNT championship in season 2007-2008

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NBA

Juan Carlos Navarro heads back to Spain - by Eurobasket News
Juan Carlos Navarro (6'4''-G-80) decided to return to Barcelona after a year with the Memphis Grizzlies. The sources told that Spanish guard signed a 5-year deal with his former ACB team. The 28-year-old shooting guard had a solid rookie year with the Grizzlies. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.6 boards and 2.2 assists per game. He was selected to the Second NBA All-Rookie team. He was also just two made trebles short (156) of the NBA record for the rookie. Navarro was initially drafted by the Washington Wizards in 2002. However he remained in Europe playing for Barcelona. He was key player in the Spanish successful 2006 World championship campaign. He then decided to have a stint with the Grizzlies. Memphis plans to make a qualifying offer for the guard so that the Grizzlies have the right to match any offer in case Navarro wants to return to the NBA.
In the meantime the numerous sources confirmed that Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest), Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85), Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) and Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) will play for the USA in Beijing. Dwyane Wade had a surgery on his left knee but is now ready for the challenge. Dwight Howard will be of a big help to the USA team especially after Amare Stoudemire's decision not to play at the Olympic Games. Michael Redd was a key player on the USA team roster during the FIBA Americas tournament in Las Vegas last summer. He averaged 14.0 points per game off the bench helping the USA to book the spot at the Olympics. Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) was also rumored to be selected to the team. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) is another possible candidate. Meanwhile Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) opted out of the selection. Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) is also talked to miss the event.


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NCAA1

Jeff Xavier will play for NT of Cape Verde - by Eurobasket News
Senior guard of Providence College, Jeff Xavier (6'1''-G-85, college: Manhattan), will play for National Team of Cape Verde on FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens. Xavier has double citizenship, USA and Cape Verde. His African country made great success winning bronze medal on last year's FIBA African Championship. This time they will have much tougher task as their rivals in Athens will be New Zealand and Germany. Just three of twelve teams competing in Greece will qualify for the Olympics.

Jeff Xavier showed pretty good performance last season at Providence. For 31 games he averaged 12.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.3 spg.


University of Massachusetts names Antwon Jackson assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
UMass basketball head coach Derek Kellogg announced the hiring of former William & Mary assistant coach Antwon Jackson as the newest member of the Minuteman men's basketball staff.

A top recruiter and skilled coach, Antwon Jackson has been hired by Derek Kellogg as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts. Jackson comes to Amherst after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. While with the Tribe, Jackson helped the team to one of its most successful seasons in program history as they reached the CAA title game for the first time.

'Antwon is a diligent worker with a national reputation as a great recruiter,' said Kellogg, who was hired as UMass' head coach in April. 'We relates very well with people and will be a role model and mentor for our current players and incoming recruits. We are privileged to hire a person of his character as his reputation throughout the country is impeccable.'

Jackson joins the UMass staff of assistant coaches Adam Ginsburg and Vance Walberg along with director of operations Andy Allison and director of player personnel Shyrone Chatman.

In 2007-08, Jackson helped the Tribe and CAA Coach of the Year Tony Shaver to a 17-16 record and within one game of the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The Tribe knocked off the CAA's regular-season champion Virginia Commonwealth on the way to the title game. During the regular season, William & Mary posted a 10-8 record in the CAA, just its second double-figure win campaign in its 23-year history in the CAA. Jackson was responsible for recruiting many of the players on the team in addition to working with post players and skill workouts along with handling team travel equipment.

Jackson joined William & Mary for his first college coaching position in 2005, after spending four years as an assistant boys' basketball coach in the high school ranks where he worked with many Division I prospects. He got his start in coaching in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, which is known as one of the top high school basketball leagues in the country. Prior to W&M, Jackson was at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., where he helped lead the team to an 18-8 record and an appearance in the Virginia Independent Schools championship game. While at Paul VI, he worked with Levi Franklin, who is currently an assistant coach at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa.

Prior to that, Jackson was an assistant for three years at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. He worked with Kevin Sutton, who is currently the head coach at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., for two seasons, before spending one season with current Bishop McNamara head coach Marty Keithline.

Jackson also served several years as an assistant coach for the successful DC Assault and Maryland Select AAU teams. Typically one of the top AAU teams in the nation, DC Assault has produced many Division I and NBA players and coaches. During his time with DC Assault, Jackson worked with and coached a number of Division I players. He also worked with several future Division I players with the Maryland Select program.

Jackson also has worked at some of the top summer basketball camps in the country, including the adidas Superstar Camp, and several years at the Five Star Basketball Camp.

Along with his coaching positions, Jackson spent 11 years at KPMG, LLP in Washington, D.C., and McLean, Va., most recently holding the position of senior associate in the company's real estate and mortgage division. Jackson graduated in 1993 from Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky., with a degree in business management and accounting. He was a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention selection as a junior in 1991-92 and as a senior in 1992-93. Jackson also led his team in assists each of those seasons.

Jackson and his wife Stephanie have two children, Melanie (12), and Elijah (5).
Courtesy of cstv.com


Luis Valera joins UTPA - by Eurobasket News
University of Texas-Pan American head coach Tom Schuberth announced that Luis Valera has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Broncs for the 2008-09 academic campaign.

'With the loss of senior Zach Trader at our forward position, Luis will be a great addition to our basketball team,' said Schuberth. 'He is a versatile forward that can score inside as well as an excellent face up shooter.'

'Luis is an extremely hard worker and was successful in a very competitive Iowa Junior College Conference,' added Schuberth.

Valera comes to the Rio Grande Valley from Marshalltown Community College where he led the Tigers to a first round Division I Region XI Tournament appearance. The newly-inked Bronc finished first on the team in rebounds (198), second in points scored (287) and third in scoring average with 9.9 points per game.

Valera appeared in 29 games for the Tigers and was a 2008 Region XI Honorable Mention Award Winner in his final season at Marshalltown Community College. In his first season with the Tigers, the Venezuela native appeared in 17 contests while averaging eight points and seven rebounds per game.

The newly-inked Bronc joins a program that finished the 2007-08 campaign with an 18-13 overall record while going 7-1 against independent opponents.

The future Bronc joins Reggie Cook (Lawton, OK/Cowley Community College), Jason Jensen (Milwaukee, WI/St. Francis High School), Matt Stilwell (Oviedo, FL/Seminole C.C.) and P.J. Turner (Auburndale, FL/ Santa Fe CC) as the newest members of the Valley's men's basketball team.
UTPA Sports Information


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NCAA2

GVSU hires Jeff Bauer assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Grand Valley State head men's basketball coach Ric Wesley announced today that Jeff Bauer has been named the top assistant in the men's basketball program. Bauer replaces Burt Paddock who left to become the head coach at Davenport University. Bauer has been an assistant coach in the GVSU men's basketball program the last two years, while also handling the role of Athletic Director at Tri-County High School.

'We are extremely excited to keep coach Bauer in the men's basketball program at Grand Valley State,' said Wesley. 'He has a great deal of experience in all facets of coaching and his work ethic is well known throughout the profession. After going through the interview process it was more and more obvious that the best man for the job was already on our staff.'

Jeff will be responsible for a variety of duties within the GVSU men's basketball program, including recruiting, camps, on-court coaching and scouting.

'I'm blessed to be able to continue my coaching career at Grand Valley State,' said Bauer. 'It is extremely exciting to be a part of the Grand Valley State men's basketball program and I want to thank coach Wesley for this opportunity,' added Bauer.

Following his graduation from Grand Valley State in 1997, Bauer was a student assistant at Central Michigan from 1997-99 while completing his graduate degree. He then spent the 1999-2000 season as an assistant at Lincoln Memorial, before moving on as an assistant with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the Continental Basketball Association during the 2001-02 campaign. Jeff served as the head coach at Grand Rapids Creston High School during the 2002-03 season and led the team to a 12-9 record. Bauer was a part of the Central Michigan staff from 2003-06 as an assistant coach.

A 1993 graduate of Newaygo High School, Bauer lettered in basketball, football and baseball. He was an all-area pick on the gridiron. Jeff is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has authored a coaching book, 'The Complete Motion Notebook.'
Courtesy of cstv.com


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NEW ZEALAND

Corey Webster becomes the youngest Tall Black - by Eurobasket News
Nenad Vucinic announced the Tall Blacks squad that would take on Australia in the friendly series. The announcement followed four days of trials at the North Shore Stadium. Nenad Vucinic decided to introduce Corey Webster (180-G-88) to the squad. The 19-year-old shooting guard spent the last year at the Lambuth University in the USA. There he was named the Freshman of the Year in the NAIA TranSouth Conference. He returned back home this summer and signed with the ANBL side New Zealand Breakers as a developmental player.
Nenad Vucinic also invited centre Alex Pledger (216-C-87) for the next weeks Al Ramsay Shield series against the Boomers. The 2.13cm centre played for the Junior Tall Blacks. He also spent two years in the USA playing for the University of Missouri Kansas City. There he averaged 5.2 points and 4.7 boards per game.
Another newcomer Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) has already trialed for the Tall Blacks for several years. The 24-year-old guard had a solid season in the NBL leading his Canterbury Rams. He also played for the Singapore Slingers and Wollongong Hawks in the ANBL.
Naturalized Kiwi Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) missed the trials as he still plays with the Wellington Saints in the NBL Finals. He will fight for the only naturalized spot in the roster with Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona). Nenad Vucinic will be unable to use Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) for the series against Australia. Tall Black leader is in the USA right now and would join the team in Canada prior to the friendly Jack Donoghue Tri-Series. New Zealand will play against Canada and Lebanon from July 1 through July 4. The Tall Blacks will open their 2008 campaign against Australia at the North Shore Events Centre next Thursday and then face the Boomers in Melbourne. Two players will then be culled either Horvath or Frank will be among them before the team contests tournaments in Canada and Slovenia en route to Greece for the qualifying event.


Waikato sweep Wellington in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Wellington - Waikato 79:84

The first home loss in the season turned too painful for the Wellington Saints. They were overwhelmed by the Waikato Pistons at the TSB Bank Arena tonight and lost the NBL Finals battle. The Waikato Pistons claimed the 2008 NBL championship title. It became the third championship crown in the franchise history. Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International) masterminded the win sinking 20 points as he grabbed his 8th career NBL title. Puke Lenden (195-G-80) came up with 15 points and 8 boards to be named the Finals MVP. The Pistons jumped to a better start as they held to a 10:4 lead. But the hosts answered with 8 straight points and then drove to an 18:16 lead after the first frame. Jason Crowe picked up his third foul early in the second quarter but it never slowed down the Pistons. They capitalized on a woeful shooting accuracy from the home side and limited Wellington to just 12 points in the stanza. Waikato claimed a 40:30 advantage at halftime. But the Saints readjusted their game after the long break coming off the dressing room ready to fight. They opened the second half with a 14:7 run to spur ahead. Wellington drained 6 triples during the quarter and accounted for 29 third-frame points. It was just enough for them to lead 59:56 heading into the fourth period. Waikato exploded with a bunch of treys early in the final quarter and stepped in front 65:62. Lindsay Tait dragged the home team within 2 points later on but the Pistons were unstoppable. They nailed 6 straight points for an 8-point buffer with just over 4 minutes remaining. Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) and Puke Lenden hit some key baskets down the stretch and Waikato ensured the title. Brian Wethers finished with 16 points, while Jason Crowe had 13 points and 6 assists in a win. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) and Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) scored 19 points apiece for the Saints. Luke Martin (181-G-81, college: UTEP) dropped 13 points in defeat.

Wellington: Brendon Polyblank 19, Nick Horvath 19, Luke Martin 13
Waikato: Pero Cameron 20, Brian Wethers 16, Puke Lenden 15


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PANAMA

Standings - CBS
CBS Standings
 1. Caimanes 5-0 
 2. Magnates 4-1 
 3. Navieros 3-1 
 4. Canguros 2-3 
 5. Fieras 2-3 
 6. Colosos 1-4 
 7. Toros 0-5 


Magnates and Navieros on in CBS 2008.- - by Eddie Munoz
Magnates de Calidonia defeated Fieras de Juan Diaz 88-86 in a very disputed game Joel Munoz tied the score with a 3 points shot 84-84 and then Fieras lost the ball in their chance to take the lead with 16 seconds for the buzzer Magnates mantained the ball the Coach Jose Munoz ordered the last play that was to take the last shot, and win Fieras thought the play will be with Munoz but was Alejandro Cajar who scored the winning basket. Again Joel Munoz (179-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency) wtih 28 Points and 4 Assistances was the best by Magnates and Winston Galimore 19 Points by the Fieras. In the 2nd game Navieros de Colon won over Colosos de Tumba Muerto 95-70, the best scorers were Eric Laguna 15 Points and Angel Rivera 19 Points.-

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PARAGUAY

America restarts with a win. - by Gianni Pascucci
Some organizing problems did not allow the regular start of the Day 1 of the National League Semifinal Round: the game between Sol de America and San Jose Vitathon was postponed to next tuesday. In the other game of the Day 1, America de Pilar prevailed on the road over Sacachispas 93-89 at the end of a very tensed and battled game. The standings are now: 1. America 4 pts, 2. Sol 1, 3. Sacachispas 1 and 4. San Jos 0. Tonight the teams will playe the Day 2, with teh games Sol - Amrica and San Jos - Sacachispas.

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POLAND

Changes in Slask and Turow - by Michal Falkowski
Asco Slask Wroclaw announced the extension of the deal with their coach last season - Rimas Kurtinaitis . The extension was confirmed by the sport director of Asco Slask, Lukasz Orzel: 'We had prolongued the contract with coach Kurtinaitis so he will coach the team in at least next season'. Some days ago Kurtinaitis took part in camp in Treviso where he had a chance to see some players.
Moreover, Asco Slask is interested in signing Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) - Lithuanian small / power forward from Sakalai Vilnius. In the last season he was a key player of the team - 16.7 ppg., 4.1 rpg. and 2.5 apg.

BOT Turow Zgorzelec loses next player. After Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81, college: American) who had decided to move to Ukraine, Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) chose Belgian team - Telindus Oostende. Serbian forward / center played last two years in Turow. Last season he performed in 36 games and in 14 mpg. he was scoring about 5 ppg. and grabbing 3 rpg.
Some rumours say Saso Filipovski , Slovenian coach of BOT Turow from last two years, is very close to extend his deal for more two years. The final decision will be known in the following days.


Market news in Poland - by Michal Falkowski
Victoria Gornik Walbrzych announced today Jerzy Chudeusz as their new coach. It means that previous headcoach of Gornik - Radoslaw Czerniak leaves the club and moves to LKS Lodz.
Chudeusz coached Polpharma Starogard Gdanski last season, but as a result of bad league position was released before the league ends. His successor, Adam Prabucki, was not able to maintain Polpharma in DBE (A1 Division), however the club bought out the wild card and will be a participant of DBE next season.

After hiring Mariusz Karol , Polpharma Starogard Gdanski started strenghtening their roster. First of all the club inked deals with their two juniors: Dawid Neumann (185-G-87) and Jaroslaw Drewa (201-F-84). Both players performed very sporadically last season. Next young player who may join Polpharma is Jacek Jarecki (196-G-88). This 20-year-old shooting guard was averaging 10.7 pts. and 3.6 rbs. in 32 games.
Morevoer the headcoach Mariusz Karol is determined to ink two players whom he coached in Basket Kwidzyn in the season 2007/2008 - Courtney Eldridge (175-G-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) and Wojciech Zurawski (200-F-76) are rumoured to join the club.


Filipovski stays in Turow - by Michal Falkowski
Saso Filipovski will spend his third season in a row in BOT Turow Zgorzelec - it is an effect of long-lasting negotiations. The president of BOT Turow, Piotr Wasniewski said 'Despite such a difficult negotiations which have been lasting so long and despite plenty of offers from many teams along the Europe, the club was very determined to stay coach Filipovski and we made it. We hope the upcoming season will bring a lot of success.'
Saso Filipovski spent last two years in Zgorzelec and achieved with this team silver medal. Moreover the team qualified for Final Eight of ULEB Cup last season.


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ROMANIA

Stats Leaders - Men
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. McCullough,MUR 24.6
2. Smith TAR 24.5
3. Djordjic, ORA 21.3
4. Krstanovi, UMOB 21.1
5. Mojica, 19.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Williams, DIN 14.2
2. Gnjato, PIT 11.2
3. Ambres, BRA 9.8
4. Pantelic, RAP 9.2
5. Krstanov, UMOB 9.0
Assists Per Game
1. Helcioiu, PIT 7.0
2. Cooley, MUR 6.9
3. Dawson, BRA 6.0
4. Telfer, 4.5
5. Tadic, DIN 4.5
2FGP
1. Stamate, TAR 100
2. Tadic, DIN 90.9
3. Bascovea, OTO 81.8
3FGP
1. Cunda, GAZ 69.2
2. Urucatu, DIN 62.5
3. Nixon, OTO 56.8


Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Serie I
 1. Arges Pitesti 3-3 
 2. CSU Craiova 2-4 
 3. S.Studentesc 2-5 
 4. Rovinari 0-0 
 5. Baschet Time 0-0 
Serie II
 1. Granitul Buc. 5-1 
 2. Politehnica 4-2 
 3. CSU Ploiesti 4-3 
 4. CSU Giurgiu 2-5 
 5. Metropola B. 1-6 
 6. Laguna 0-0 
Serie III
 1. Corona Bra. 4-2 
 2. Sf Gheorghe 3-3 
 3. Miercurea C. 0-0 
 4. Galactica 0-0 
 5. Brasovia 0-0 
 6. Tg Secuiesc 0-6 
Serie IV
 1. Baia Mare 10-1 
 2. T.Gladiator 9-2 
 3. Magic Sibiu 7-4 
 4. Timba Timis. 3-8 
 5. U Mobitelco 2 2-9 
 6. West Petrom 1-10 
Serie V
 1. Galati 6-0 
 2. Gama Cahul 5-1 
 3. Poli Iasi 4-2 
 4. Galati 3-3 
 5. Rapid II Buc. 1-5 
 6. Municipal 0-0 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. CSU Ploies. 24-2 
 2. CSU Sibiu 20-6 
 3. UMobitelco 19-7 
 4. BCM Tim. 16-10 
 5. Rapid Buc. 16-10 
 6. Tg Mures 15-11 
 7. Dinamo Buc. 15-11 
 8. Gaz Metan M. 14-11 
 9. BCM Pitesti 11-14 
 10. CS Otopeni 9-16 
 11. CSU Brasov 6-19 
 12. Rm Valcea 6-20 
 13. Targoviste 5-20 
 14. CSM Oradea 4-21 


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RUSSIA

Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. Magnitogorsk 34-14 
 2. Zaretchny 32-16 
 3. Chelabinsk 28-20 
 4. Khimky-2 26-22 
 5. Severstal 26-22 
 6. N.Novg.NBA 25-23 
 7. Revda 23-25 
 8. Triumph-2 22-26 
 9. Ural Ekater. 22-26 
 10. Dynamo-2 22-26 
 11. Krasnodar 21-27 
 12. Rjazan 20-28 
 13. Irkutsk 11-37 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Superleague A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nailon, Novos. 22.0
2 Hamilton, Krasn. 19.0
3 Warrick, Krasn. 17.5
4 Bremer, Vladiv. 16.2
5 Domercant, DynM 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Blair, Vladiv. 9.3
2 Nailon, Novos. 8.8
3 Hamilton, Krasn. 8.4
4 Araujo, St.Pet. 7.8
5 Wright, Perm 7.2
Assists Per Game
1 Bremer, Vladiv. 5.7
2 Papaloukas, CSKA 5.4
3 Cooper, Novos. 5.3
4 Wisniewski, Perm 4.6
5 Ponkrashov, Khim 4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Kirksay, Kazan 2.2
2 Nailon, Novos. 2.1
3 Chatman, Triumph 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Goree, CSKA 1.2
2 Sokolov, Kazan 1.1
2 Babitchev, Rostov 1.1
2 Fotsis, DynM 1.1
2FGP
1 Zisis, CSKA 68.5
2 Demeshkin, Sam 68.3
3 Vorontsevich, 68.2
3FGP
1 Burke, Khimky 58.3
2 Andersen, CSKA 56.7
3 Toporov, Triumph 53.9
Free Throws
1 Chikalkin, Kazan 95.7
2 Gratchev, Surgut 93.9
3 Zisis, CSKA 93.6


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Superleague B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Igumnov, Magnit. 21.6
2 Pustahvar, Zaret. 19.5
3 Kurtenok, NNovg 18.9
4 Lunev, Magnit. 18.0
5 Zvarykin, Dyn-2 15.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Mozgov, Khim-2 11.1
2 Tkatchenko, Dyn-2 9.5
3 Cheremnyh, Revda 8.6
4 Sharapov, Cherep 7.9
5 Jurtaev, Cherep. 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Glazunov, Ekater 6.4
2 Igumnov, Magnit. 4.7
3 Filin, Zaret. 4.7
4 Manikhin, Ekater 4.7
5 Krivko, Revda 4.6
Steals Per Game
1 Glazunov, Ekater 2.7
2 Baburin, NNovg 2.0
3 Lagutin, Krasnod 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Mozgov, Khim-2 2.1
2 Cheremnyh, Revda 1.5
3 Ponosov, Rjazan 1.3
2FGP
1 Pustahvar, Zaret. 61.0
2 Garshin, NNovg 60.0
3 Kurinnoy, Magnit 58.8
3FGP
1 Pivcaykin, Zaret. 46.5
2 Filin, Zaret. 46.3
3 Chirkov, Cherep 45.7
Free Throws
1 Bazhenov, Cherep 93.2
2 Baklenev, Dyn-2 91.9
3 Igumnov, Magnit. 87.0


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 23-1 
 2. Khimky 22-2 
 3. Unics 17-7 
 4. Triumph 16-8 
 5. Dynamo M. 15-9 
 6. Ural Great 12-12 
 7. Lok.Rostov 12-12 
 8. Spartak-P. 11-13 
 9. Samara 10-14 
 10. Univ.Surgut 6-18 
 11. Spartak St.P. 5-19 
 12. Lokomotiv N. 4-20 
 13. Krasnoyarsk 3-21 


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Div.A
 1. Saransk 50-6 
 2. Ural Great-2 44-12 
 3. Volzhan.-GES 39-17 
 4. Kursk 37-19 
 5. Akad.-Globus 35-21 
 6. CSKA-Trinta 31-25 
 7. Uniks-2 Kazan 29-37 
 8. Lobnya MR 26-30 
 9. Dinamo May. 25-31 
 10. Naltchik 21-35 
 11. Lipetsk 19-37 
 12. Spartak-2 SP 19-37 
 13. Ukhta 17-39 
 14. Stavropol 16-40 
 15. CSK VVS 12-44 
Div.B Center
 1. Voronezh 28-8 
 2. Tambov 26-10 
 3. Tula 24-12 
 4. Dizelist 24-12 
 5. Severstal-2 23-13 
 6. Bryansk 14-22 
 7. Cherkessk 13-23 
 8. Avtodor 11-25 
 9. Belgorod 9-27 
 10. Tolyatti 8-28 
Div.B Ural-Siberia
 1. Stary Sobol 41-11 
 2. Omsk 38-14 
 3. Orenburg 37-15 
 4. Tobolsk 36-16 
 5. Tomsk 36-16 
 6. Surgut 29-23 
 7. Ural-2 Ekat. 25-27 
 8. UPI Ekater. 25-27 
 9. NGU Novosyb. 25-27 
 10. Magnitogorsk-2 21-31 
 11. Krasnoyarsk-2 19-33 
 12. Seversk 18-34 
 13. Gaysky GOK 11-41 
 14. Izhevsk 0-52 


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SCOTLAND

Scotland clinches top spot in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Scotland - Andorra 84:81

Scottish National team celebrated a narrow win over Andorra to claim the top place in the preliminary Group B of the European championship in Division C. Andorra finished at the second spot and both teams advanced to the semifinal stage. Andorra got to a better start as two treys from Daniel Marin (-78) and a jumper from Sansa gave them a 20:12 lead midway through the opening stanza. Daniel Marin then drilled to more triples and Andorra jumped to a 26:16 advantage. Daniel Marin completed his 19-point first period tally finalizing a 30:23 lead for Andorra at the end of the quarter. Simon Flockhart (205-C) nailed 4 points early in the second period as the hosts kept it close. Gradually they denied the deficit and Andersons three-pointer squared things up at 39 with 4 minutes remaining in the second stanza. Daniel Marin kept piling up points as he restored the lead for Andorra. He crowned the first half with a jump shot for Andorra to dominate 49:43 at the interval.
Grant Gibson (186-G-83) nailed 5 straight points for Scotland to open the final stanza but Xavier Galera (182-G-82) and Sansa kept the home side at bay. Finally Attah exploded with 5 points in a row and Scotland surged ahead 56:55. Grant Gibson contributed 3 more points for a 4-point lead. However it was quickly denied as Xavier Galera knocked down a trey, while Alvarez came up with a layup. Simon Flockhart freebie knotted things up at 62 with just over 2 minutes left in the quarter. The teams failed to deliver just before Gareth Murray (199-F-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) capped the period with a jumper giving Scotland a 64:62 lead. Gordon, Nicholas Collins (-84) and Lodge got Scottish team to a fast start of the final term and the hosts led by 9 points. They soon opened up a double-digit lead before Daniel Marin and Martret cut it back to 4. Scotland survived the late threat and Nicholas Collins sealed the outcome from charity stripe. Gareth Murray led Scotland with 16 points and 7 boards. Nicholas Collins and Simon Flockhart dropped 13 points apiece for the winners. Daniel Marin nailed game-high 28 points in a loss. Xavier Galera had 13 points for Andorra. Scotland will face Azerbaijan, while Andorra will oppose Moldova in the semis tomorrow.

Scotland: Gareth Murray 16, Nicholas Collins 13, Simon Flockhart 13
Andorra: Daniel Marin 28, Xavier Galera 13


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 14-1 
 2. Falkirk F. 11-4 
 3. St.Mirren 10-6 
 4. Boroughmuir 10-6 
 5. Troon T. 10-7 
 6. Glasgow S. 8-8 
 7. Edinburgh B. 7-9 
 8. Grampian F. 4-12 
 9. Edinburgh U. 0-0 


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SERBIA

Aleksandar Trifunovic takes over Panionios Athens ! - by Dragan Jankovski

Highly respected head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic put signature on 1+1 year contract with Euroleague team Panionios from Athens. Trifunovic had very successful two seasons with Lietuvos Rytas. At his first year in Rytas 'Trifa' captured the title in Baltic league. He was named to be the coach of the year in this regional competition. Previous season Rytas played fantastic in domestic championship as well as in Baltic league finishing both of them on top after regular season. Unfortunately Rytas was not able to beat Zalgiris. The team from Caunas celebrated in three finals: Baltic league, Lithuanian championship and Lithuanian National Cup. Trifunovic's team also played in Euroleague TOP 16 and was very close to reach quarterfinals. Before Rytas, Trifunovic was a head coach of Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade.



Vladimir Jankovic loan to BC Mega Aqua Monta - by Zoran Popovic
Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90) (208-F-90), one of most talented Serbian/Greek players, signed yesterday his first profesional contract with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens for next 4 seasons. In the season 2008-2009 Panionios ON Telecoms Athens will be Euroleague competition and he havent got enough playing space, so managament of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens and Jankovic decide to young player be loan one year in BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd. In Serbian team Jankovic will have enough space to growth in Serbian and Balcan league.

Vladimir Jankovic is son of famous Red Star player, Slobodan Janokvic.


News from Hemofarm STADA - by Dragan Jankovski

The orange team from Vrsac once again proved that it is the second best team in Serbia. They gave many headaches to Partizan Igokea this season but unfortunately to Hemofarm's fans Partizan was too strong for them in three finals. However, people in the club are not unsatisfied. It is a good result and what is maybe the most important Hemofarm has a team for the future. They have couple of most talented players in the country: Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88), Stefan Markovic (191-G-88), Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89), Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Petar Despotovic (195-G-88).

Head coach of Hemofarm STADA, Vlada Vukoicic, also is satisfied with his role in Hemofarm.

'We lost this final but we had a strong Partizan at the front of us, who dominated the entire season in all competitions except in Euroleague. In fact they could easily reach Final 4 even there. We had a really good moments during the Superleague but on the other hand we also had some problems. 10-days break at the middle of the championship and injuries for sure were a bad things. We finished regular season on third place and later we knocked out FMP in the play-of semifinals. FMP had a home court advantage but we succeeded to beat them in third game in Zeleznik. In final series we had three very good games. In the first we were totally equal rival to Partizan while we celebrated in the next one in Vrsac. However, I am not satisfied how we played the last game at the front of our fans. The pressure was huge and we have a lot of young players in our roster. I didn't succeed to prepare the team mentally for the last game. Our good results are products of my work as well as of Miroslav Nikolic's work. He done a very good job in Hemofarm before me. All people in the club also gave their best helping us a lot. I am not unsatisfied but I am a little bit sad because we didn't succeed to win in two finals since I took over the team (Adriatic league, Superleague)' - said Vukoicic.

According to the rumors Vukoicic already agreed terms with ex Belgian champion Telindus Oostende.

'It is not the topic at the moment. It is not time nor place for that question. First we have to analyze this final, which was very nice and without any bad thing' - said Vukoicic.



Partizan's hero of the fourth game - Dusan Kecman - by Dragan Jankovski

Partizan Igokea grabbed seventh championship title in the row finishing this season with 3 trophies. Black-and-white team was better than Hemofarm STADA in fourth game beating them in Vrsac 67-45. Clutch player of the game for Partizan Igokea was Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket), who played the best season in his career so far. Partizan made crucial lead resolving the question about the winner in the first half. During these 20 minutes Kecman was perfect from the field. He was a main reason why Partizan went on the half time with 37-21. Kecman scored 14 points making 4 of 4 from behind the arc and 1 of 1 for FG2. American PG Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) also shined adding 15 points and 5 rebounds.

'This is a perfect season for us. We won everything we can and in fact I think this is the best season for Partizan over the last 10 years. We beat Hemofarm STADA three times in the finals. First it was National Cup Radivoj Korac than Adriatic league and finally Superleague. I want to congratulate my teammates and head coach Vujosevic because we worked very hard during the entire season. We showed that we are in the best 8 teams in Europe. I think we had a chance in Euroleague quarterfinals against TAU Ceramica but we needed to make one short step forward to Final 4 in Madrid. I agree it is the best season in my career and I will continue even harder. As I mentioned above all players and people around the club gave their maximum and it is not only my success. I am very proud on every game we played this year' - said Kecman.

His performance this season was more than enough for head coach of Serbian National Team, Dusan Ivkovic, to add his name on the list of candidates for Eurobasket 2009 qualifications.

After one great season in Partizan Igokea, Milton Palacio will leave the club. He already agreed terms with Russian Khymky.


'I feel great despite I am very tired from a long and exausting season. We made remarkable success in all competitions we participated. There was a chemistry in the team and we spent whole season without any problem between us. Our biggest target was to win the championship and we succeeded. I made fantastic move when I signed for Partizan. I knew it will be good decision but I couldn't even dream it will be like this' - said Palacio.

Beside Palacio, center Pekovic will also leave the club as he already agreed terms with Panathinaikos. It is also not known yet will Kecman stay in Partizan for one more year.



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SLOVAKIA

D2 - Standings
League Standings
Group East
 1. B.Bystrica 5-0 
 2. Michalovce 4-1 
 3. Legato Svit 3-2 
 4. Nova Ves 2 2-3 
 5. Zilina 2-3 
 6. Krompachy 2-3 
 7. Presov 1-4 
 8. Bask.Akad. 1-4 
Group West
 1. SKP Bratislava 5-0 
 2. Trnava 4-1 
 3. Pezinok 2 3-2 
 4. BSC Bratisl. 2-3 
 5. Inter B Brat. 2-3 
 6. Petrzalka 2-3 
 7. Prirodovedec 1-4 
 8. Ivanka 1-4 


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 34-10 
 2. Inter Brat. 30-14 
 3. Svit 28-16 
 4. Lucenec 28-16 
 5. Nova Ves 27-17 
 6. Komarno 21-23 
 7. Handlova 21-23 
 8. Levice 20-24 
 9. Nitra 20-24 
 10. Prievidza 17-27 
 11. Dolny Kubin 10-34 
 12. Kosice TU 8-36 


Stats Leaders - D1
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Milosevic, Hand 22.9
2. Majoros, Kom 22.0
3. Puljko, Priev 21.3
4. Hill, Nitra 19.3
5. Lukjanec, Pez 19.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Micuda, Pez 9.2
2. Cvitanovic, Kub 8.6
3. Hill, Nitra 8.2
4. Klaric, Svit 7.4
5. Novak, Inter 7.3
Assists Per Game
1. Milosevic, Han 6.8
2. Micka, Inter 5.9
3. Ristanovic, Lev 5.2
4. Immink, Priev 5.0
5. Kovacevic, Luc 4.4
Steals Per Game
1. Storcel, Priev 3.9
2. Pandula, Inter 3.2
3. Golian, Han 3.2
2FGP
1. Praznovsky, Luc 57.1
2. Bicvic, Luc 53.2
3. Utlak, Kos 52.0
3FGP
1. Laco, Chem 45.7
2. Hovanak, SNV 45.2
3. Pivac, Kom 43.2
Free Throws
1. Hill, Nitra 80.9
2. Lutovsky, Lev 80.6
3. Maric, Kom 78.3


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SLOVENIA

Krka extends Balazic, Smigic moves to Germany - by Matej Bergant

Krka extended the contract with their captain Jure Balazic (204-F-80) for another season. Balazic played great season in Slovenian Championship where he averaged 12.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg in 39 games and led his home team Krka again to Adriatic League. Besides Krka he also played in other teams such as: KK Zagreb, Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia and Atomeromu SE Paks. He was also Slovenian League Champion in 2000 and 2003. In 2003 he also made it to ULEB Cup final with his Krka.


Danilo Smigic (190-G-84) signed one year contract with German team Cologne Koeln 99ers. He played in BK Pardubice last year and Parklji Bezigrad.



Filipovski stays in Poland - by Matej Bergant
Slovenian coach Saso Filipovski agreed on staying in Polish ULEB Cup team Turow Zgorzelec for upcoming season despite having some other offers in the market. Saso Filipovski led his Turow Zgorzelec to ULEB Cup Quarterfinals this season and aswell reached Polish League Finals where his team lost to Euroleague participant Prokom Trefl in 5 games. He also got an award for best coach in DBE (Polish League) this season.

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Olimpija 13-1 
 2. Helios 10-4 
 3. Krka 8-6 
 4. Slovan 8-6 
 5. Zlatorog 8-6 
 6. Luka Koper 4-10 
 7. TCG Mercator 3-11 
 8. Elektra 2-12 
Places 9-13
 1. Alpos S. 12-18 
 2. Polzela 12-18 
 3. Zagorje 11-19 
 4. Kraski Zidar 9-21 
 5. Rogla 6-24 


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Postojna 23-3 
 2. Bezigrad 22-4 
 3. Nova Gorica 21-5 
 4. Hrastnik 19-7 
 5. Cerknica 14-12 
 6. Jance KK 13-13 
 7. Rudar 12-14 
 8. Rogaska 11-15 
 9. Litija 10-16 
 10. Konjice 10-16 
 11. Radenska 9-17 
 12. Triglav K. 7-19 
 13. Celjski KK 7-19 
 14. Medvode 4-22 


Stats Leaders - 1A
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Jokic, Rogla 20.8
2 Trivunovic, Kraski 19.3
3 Juric, Kraski 19.0
4 Panic, Luka 18.6
5 Goodrich, Zagorje 18.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dawson, Polzela 3.0
2 Jovanovic, Polzela 2.8
3 Panic, Luka 2.7
4 Grkovic, Rogla 2.6
5 Laskevic, Helios 2.6
Assists Per Game
1 Dawson, Polzela 3.0
2 Jovanovic, Polzela 2.8
3 Panic, Luka 2.7
4 Grkovic, Rogla 2.6
5 Laskevic, Helios 2.6
Steals Per Game
1 Dimnik, Zagorje 2.1
2 Brolih, Rogla 2.0
3 Jokic, Rogla 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Dawson, Polzela 1.8
2 Sissoko, Rogla 1.4
3 Jakhel, Kraski 1.2
2FGP
1 Hukic, Olimpija 72.2
2 Kadic, Alpos 70.0
3 Krivec, Krka 69.0
3FGP
1 Booker, Olimpija 71.4
2 Mance, Helios 50.8
3 Sivka, Rogla 50.0
Free Throws
1 Ribezl, Alpo 94.7
2 Stevenson, Alpo 94.4
3 Finzgar, Luka 94.1


Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.U.Ivanovic (Jance) 19.2
2.M.Ribic (Konjice) 19.1
3.T.Tusek (Hrastnik) 19.0
4.R.Dominko (Rad) 18.9
5.A.Blazevic (Litija) 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1.D.Dolinar (Medv) 11.0
2.U.Ivanovic (Jance) 10.8
3.T.Tusek (Hrastnik) 10.5
4.V.Petranovic (Rog) 10.2
5.M.Klepo (Post) 8.4
Assists Per Game
1.M.Brecko (Rudar) 4.5
2.J.Misic (Cerknica) 3.9
3.Z.Mravljak (Medv) 3.6
4.D.Divjak (Medvode) 3.3
5.M.Marcetic (Gorica) 3.1
Steals Per Game
1.J.Ravnihar (Konjice) 2.3
2.S.Kosec (Parklji) 2.0
3.A.Blazevic (Litija) 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1.D.Cikic (Gorica) 1.5
2.S.Kosec (Parklji) 1.4
3.M.Klepo (Postojna) 1.3
Ranking
1.M.Klepo (Post) 22.9
2.T.Tusek (Hrastnik) 22.5
3.S.Kosec (Parklji) 21.6
4.R.Dominko (Rad) 20.4
5.V.Petranovic (Rog) 19.9


Standings - D2
D2 Standings
East
 1. Casino M. 22-0 
 2. Maribor 16-6 
 3. Grosuplje 15-7 
 4. Ilirija 15-7 
 5. Union Olim. II 13-9 
 6. Jezica 12-10 
 7. Pakman C. 10-12 
 8. Mavrica 9-13 
 9. Terme Olimia 7-15 
 10. Ruse 6-16 
 11. Lastovka 5-17 
 12. Nazarje 2-20 
West
 1. Sencur 20-2 
 2. Tolmin 18-4 
 3. Portoroz 18-4 
 4. Plama Pur 14-8 
 5. Krka II 13-9 
 6. Idrija 13-9 
 7. Jesenice 11-11 
 8. Ajdovscina 8-14 
 9. Pingvini S. 8-14 
 10. Radovljica 5-17 
 11. Kolpa 4-18 
 12. Kocevje 0-22 


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SPAIN

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
LEB Silver Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Johnson, Caja 21.4
2 Kiefer, Gijon 17.9
3 Bravo, Tarr. 17.2
4 Prestes, Clinicas 17.1
5 Blair, Plasencia 16.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Prestes, Clinicas 9.3
2 Baez, Akasvayu 9.2
3 Santana, Alimentos 9.2
4 Guzman, Gabsa 8.8
5 Pearson, Almeria 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Marcos, Cornella 4.7
2 D.Garcia, Muro 3.5
3 Jimenez, CLM 3.4
4 Munoz, Imaje 3.4
5 Garrido, Tarragona 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Castro, ALM 2.5
2 Rueda, ALM 2.3
3 Ros Padilla, Juanes 2.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Diuf, Cajasol 1.9
2 Samp, Cornella 1.5
3 Patten, Caceres 1.2
2FGP
1 Adams, Palencia 72.0
2 Blair, Plasencia 66.0
3 Matali, CAI 66.0
3FGP
1 J.Santa., Juanes 53.0
2 Blackshear, Tarr. 52.0
3 Kaunisto, Cajasol 50.0
Free Throws
1 Rodrig., Basquet 94.0
2 Del Cura, Caja 93.0
3 Sant., Juanes 90.0


Navarro back in Barca! - by Paul Nilsen
Xavier Pascual must be pinching himself in disbelief this morning after the Barca coach had it confirmed that NBA star Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was coming home to play for Barca in the ACB once again. Not only that but he has signed for five seasons in a move that is a huge statement of intent by Joan Laporta and the Catalan club not only domestically to their big rivals in Madrid but also to Euroleague rivals.

Having kept his coaching job Pascual must be dreaming of what can be achieved next season although with it will come even more pressure to deliver trophies and one player who wont be part of the Navarro led revolution is Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) who is leaving Barca after just one season after being told his contract would not be renewed

The coup of bringing Navarro home is a major boost to basketball across Europe and with rumours of the return of Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances), the ACB just gets stronger and stronger in its reputation across the world.

The next big question is just where he will end up?


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Zaragoza 28-6 
 2. Leche Rio 24-10 
 3. Alicante 24-10 
 4. Bruesa 24-10 
 5. Plus Pujol 19-15 
 6. Tenerife 19-15 
 7. La Laguna 17-17 
 8. Rosalia 17-17 
 9. Los Barrios 17-17 
 10. Melilla 15-19 
 11. Burgos 15-19 
 12. Huelva 14-20 
 13. Aguas Gandia 13-21 
 14. Palma Aqua 13-21 
 15. Cantabria 12-22 
 16. Basquetinca 12-22 
 17. La Palma 12-22 
 18. L'Hospitalet 11-23 


Standings - LEB Silver / Bronze
LEB Standings
Silver
 1. Vic 27-7 
 2. Axarquia 24-10 
 3. Illescas 24-10 
 4. Caja Rioja 23-11 
 5. Gijon 23-11 
 6. Almeria 21-13 
 7. Caceres 20-14 
 8. Huesca 19-15 
 9. CB Tarrag. 17-17 
 10. Plasencia 17-17 
 11. Basq.Muro 14-20 
 12. Qalat Caja Sol 14-20 
 13. Palencia 12-22 
 14. Ourense 12-22 
 15. Cornella 11-23 
 16. Prat 11-23 
 17. Sabadell 9-25 
 18. Santa Pola 8-26 
Bronze
 1. Vigo 23-9 
 2. Archena 22-10 
 3. Guadalajara 19-13 
 4. Real M. II 18-14 
 5. Jerez 18-14 
 6. Torrealta 18-14 
 7. Coruna 18-14 
 8. Navarra 17-15 
 9. Salsa Musas 16-16 
 10. Cajasur 16-16 
 11. Esplugues-P. 15-17 
 12. Tijola 13-19 
 13. Opel Jovent 12-20 
 14. Merida 12-20 
 15. Badajoz 12-20 
 16. Obila 11-18 
 17. ADT Tarrag. 9-23 
 18. Torrevieja 0-0 


Stats Leaders - ACB
ACB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Fernandez, DKV 21.2
2 Gomis,VLL 18.0
3 Douglas, PAM 16.6
4 Gasol, GIR 16.2
5 English, KGC 15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Gasol, GIR 8.3
2 Weis, BLB 7.3
3 Reyes, MAD 6.9
4 Moss, MEN 6.2
5 Evtimov, VLL 6.1
Assists Per Game
1 Sanchez, BAR 5.4
2 Rodrguez, MAN 5.4
3 Williams, PAM 4.8
4 Prigioni, TAU 4.6
5 Sada, GIR 4.2
Steals Per Game
1 Fernandez, DKV 2.2
2 Rubio, DKV 2.2
3 Barton, DKV 1.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Asselin, MAN 2.2
2 Gasol, GIR 1.8
3 Barnes, LEO 1.5
2FGP
1 Gasol, GIR 67.7
2 Pietrus, EST 66.9
3 Hervelle, MAD 66.7
3FGP
1 Sundov, LEO 53.0
2 Rancik, BLB 50.0
3 Bueno, CAJ 50.0
Free Throws
1Marco, LEO 94.9
2 Lopez, MAD 94.0
3 Bullock, Louis 93.0


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Real 29-5 
 2. Joventut 25-9 
 3. Barcelona 24-10 
 4. Tau 22-12 
 5. Pamesa 22-12 
 6. Akasvayu 21-13 
 7. Lagun Aro 21-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-17 
 9. G.Canaria 16-18 
 10. Cajasol 14-20 
 11. Ricoh Man. 14-20 
 12. Murcia 13-21 
 13. Fuenlabrada 13-21 
 14. Estudiant. 12-22 
 15. Granada 12-22 
 16. Menorca 12-22 
 17. Grupo Capitol 11-23 
 18. Leon 8-26 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Barbour, Tener. 19.4
2 PHillip, Zara. 17.6
3 Oleson, Rosalia 18.5
4 Quinteros, Zara. 17.5
5 Bennerman, Hue. 16.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Donaldson, Laguna 9.9
2 Junyent, Hue. 9.7
3 Roe, Palma 8.4
4 Panko III, Bruesa 7.8
5 Starosta, Zara. 7.6
Assists Per Game
1 V.Acosta, Zara. 5.8
2 Puyada, Palma 4.5
3 Ciorciari, Melilla 4.5
4 Jimenez, Gand. 4.7
5 SalaLopez, Palma 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Lescano, Zara. 2.2
2 Boccia, Cant. 2.1
3 Barbour, Tener. 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Ibaka, L'Hospitalet 3.1
2 Southall, Melilla 2.4
3 Donaldson, Laguna 1.5
2FGP
1 Thompson, Pujol 72.0
2 Gerald, Tener. 70.0
3 Blackshear, Gand. 70.0
3FGP
1 Blackshear, Gand. 59.0
2 Schraeder, Bruesa 59.0
3 Moss, LosBarrios 57
Free Throws
1 Arrocha, Palma 93.0
2 Mestre, Basq. 92.0
3 Mendoza, Cant. 88.0


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SWITZERLAND

Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 18-4 
 2. Lugano Tigers 17-5 
 3. The Starwings 15-7 
 4. Monthey 14-8 
 5. Vacallo 11-11 
 6. Boncourt 11-11 
 7. Herens 11-11 
 8. Geneve 10-12 
 9. Nyon 9-13 
 10. Lausanne 7-15 
 11. Meyrin Gr.-S. 5-17 
 12. Vevey 4-18 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. SAM Massa. 18-3 
 2. Villars 17-5 
 3. Chene 14-7 
 4. Neuchatel 14-8 
 5. Luzern 12-10 
 6. BC Korac Z. 11-11 
 7. Bernex 9-12 
 8. Vernier 9-13 
 9. Martigny 9-13 
 10. Zurich W. 6-15 
 11. Cossonay 2-20 


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Dosic, KOR Z 26.9
2. Mrkonjic, BBC 24.1
3. Chambers, VER 21.9
4. Lewis, MAS 18.1
5. Kaiser, NEU 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Ristic, PUL 16.2
2. Morris, NEU 12.0
3. Chambers, VER 12.0
4. Dosic, KOR Z 11.7
5. Toure, BER 9.7
Assists Per Game
1. Gothuey, CHN 6.7
2. Cheren, PUL 5.1
3. Lazarevic, BER 4.3
4. Lewis, MAS 4.3
5. Mrkonjic, BBC 3.6
Ranking
1. Dosic, KOR Z 29.3
2. Ristic, PUL 27.2
3. Chambers, VER 25.5
4. Lewis, MAS 23.1
5. Toure, BER 21.5


Vladimir Buscaglia joins Benetton Fribourg Olympic - by Eurobasket News
Beneton Fribourg Olympic announced signing of Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80, college: American) on one year contract. Guard / small forward Buscaglia arrived to Fribourg from French team Saint Etienne, who reached semifinals in Pro B last season. In Saint Etienne Buscaglia averaged 8.4 ppg, 1 rpg and 1.3 apg. He graduated at American University (NCAA1) in 2002 having 8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.2 apg at his senior season. Later Buscaglia joined Boncourt but very soon he moved to Geneve Devils. After that season he got an invitation to play for Swiss National Team, actually after 2 years he returned to NT this summer. Buscaglia has huge experience in LNA as he also played for Grand-Saconnex and Herens.

Two young prospects in Basket-club Boncourt - by Eurobasket News
Basket-club Boncourt agreed terms with two U20 National Team players, who participated at the last European Championship division B in Poland. Reto Schwaiger (190-G/F-87) and Nicolas Dos Santos (200-C-87) signed one year deal with Boncourt.

Reto Schwaiger spent last season in LNA team Birstal Starwings where he did not have a lot of chance to play. For 16 games he averaged just 2.9 ppg. Before Starwings he played two seasons for LNB team Zurich Wildcats.

Nicolas Dos Santos was a member of French N1 team Feurs Enfants du Forez where he averaged 3.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg last season. In the past he also played for Reims Champagne Basket U20 team.


Stats Leaders LNA
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 J.McCurry, Star. 26.5
2 Mlandjan, Luga. 21.6
3 Brown, Laus. 20.8
4 Karim, Meyrin 20.7
5 SIR, Boncourt 20.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Erwin, Luga. 12.2
2 Blankson, Month. 10.1
3 Pellerin, Meyrin 10
4 Thomas, Star. 9.8
5 Pietras, Luga. 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 Bah, Luga. 7.6
2 Derogatis, Geneve 6.9
3 PLeux, Laus. 6.0
4 Karim, Meyrin 5.8
5 Perrier, Fribourg 5.6
Steals Per Game
1 Gibson, Vacallo 4.4
2 Smiljanic, Vacallo 2.9
3 Dacevic, Vacallo 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Johnson, Fribourg 3.4
2 Erwind, Luga. 2.0
3 MaddoxA, Vevey 1.7
2FGP
1 Mrazek, Fribourg 78.9
2 Buettner, Geneve 73.9
3 Kautzor, Geneve 70.6
3FGP
1 T.McCrory, Star. 53.8
2 Kautzor, Geneve 53.3
3 Mrazek, Fribourg 52.2
Free Throws
1 Senderos, Meyrin 96.4
2 Van Stein, Laus. 92.6
3 Walkers, Laus. 90.9


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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

SSBL Standings
CBA Standings
1. De Chosen Ones 0-0
2. Guidance 0-0
3. Rockerz 0-0
4. Lakers 0-0
5. Speak Da Word 0-0
6. Ujima 0-0
7. Hoyas

0-0

8. Legacy

0-0

9. W.D. Lite 0-0


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UKRAINE

Sumy make themselves stronger - by Alexander Muzyka
- MBC Mykolaiv forward Oleksandr Chausov (202-F/C-73) has ended his player's career.

- Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) from Fausto-Tartu joined Sumykhimprom. He scored 16,0 ppg and 4,3 rpg in BBL last season. Plus rumours say Yevhen Podovannyi (194-F/G-78) from Azovmash and Vadym Matiukevych (208-C-80) from Dnipro appeared in Sumy. Podorvannyi scored 6,8 ppg in Superleague and 8,0 ppg in ULEB Cup last season.

- Marty Richter has worked with Dnipro players for a two weeks. Dnipro's headquarters said it was very useful and probably the team will have the American coach next season. No candidates' surnames are known.


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WCBPL

West Coast Championship Series at the start - by Gianni Pascucci
The WCPBL playoffs start tonight, with the Carlsbad BeachDawgs facing the Pasadena Slam tonight at 5:00 pm at the Santa Barbara City College Gym. Home team Santa Barbara Breakers will meet the Ventura Jets in the second semifinal game at 7:05 pm. The two winner teams will meet tomorrow night for the first WCPBL Championship Game



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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Thunder sign Sarah Graham - by Eurobasket News
When pint-sized basketball star Sarah Graham (-G-89) returns to her Cornubia home at the end of the SEABL season, she will be reuniting with her family and former John Paul College coach, Richard Orlick.

Born and bred in Logan the 18-year-old has just been snapped up by Womens National Basketball League team, BDS Logan Thunder for one season.

Last week the 163cm guard had a brief stay in Logan during her two-week break from the SEABL competition with the Knox Raiders.

While up from Victoria, it was no surprise to see Graham back to where her basketball career all started ... at the John Paul College basketball indoor courts for a one-on-one training session with Orlick.

'It was good to have a quick break from basketball and come up and see my family,' the Southern Districts Spartan junior said.

'But I wanted to get a session in with Richard like the old times. It seems a while ago now, but this school has given me lots of great memories and, even though Ive only been gone for less than a year, it was great to be bback,' she said.

Grahams return was the first time she and Orlick had been on the same court together since the pair helped lead John Paul College to its second Australian Schools Championship last December at Geelong. With Graham captaining the team and Orlick as coach, the pair was an integral part of the schools triumph.

Graham first started playing basketball at an early age.

Her development into the sharp-shooting guard is thanks mostly to the guidance of Orlick and her former Spartans coaches, Brad Hamson and Donna Rinaldi.

While finishing her year 12 studies last year, Graham not only helped her school to another basketball crown, she got her first crack in the WNBL with Victorian club, Dandenong Rangers.

Despite only making four appearances in the 2007/08 WNBL season, Graham had the chance to learn from some of the leagues best players, including Caitlin Ryan, Michelle Brogan and Emily McInerny.

Orlick hopes Grahams brief stint at the Rangers and the opportunity to play for her home-town team will develop her as one of the best up-and-comers in the national arena.

'Ive coached Sarah for several years now and the most pleasing thing is she knows what I expect from her and shes a big-time player,' Orlick said.

'There have been lots of times where she has had the confidence to step up and make some crucial plays in big games. Shes also a terrific three-point shooter,' he said.

While Graham admits at times during her first season in the WNBL she got homesick, it was the chance to once again be coached by Orlick that swayed her choice to come home.

Richard has been a big part of my basketball career and knows my game inside and out, she said. Hes a great coach and I dont think there is any better coach that could lift my game to the level I need it to be in the WNBL. He has the ability to get the best out of his players and knows what parts of my game needs extra attention.

Despite her success with John Paul College, Graham also has countless representative achievements to her name, including three consecutive selections in the Australian Schoolgirls Team and this year helping Queenslands under-20 team to a bronze medal at the nationals.

Not only will Graham be reunited with Orlick, but shell also be met by a familiar face - Cassie Smith. Smith, 18, was the Thunders first player to be signed by the club and has played with Graham since under-12s at the Spartans.

Cassies a good player and a great friend, Graham said. Itll be great to be able to play with her again. Weve grown up and played in nearly every team from the Spartans to Queensland, and just like with Richard, Cassie and I will have a good chemistry on the court.

Smith and Graham could be the Thunders youngest players once the team roster is officially finished and are seen as the future of the club.
By Logan Thunder Media.


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CANADA - Women

Sutton-Brown returned after Achilles tendinitis - by Eurobasket News
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) returned to her full form as she dropped 10 points, grabbed 7 boards and made 2 blocks to pace the Indiana Fever past the New York Liberty 83:69 at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Katie Douglas topscored with 16 points and 8 boards for the winners. Janel McCarville was impressive with game-high 23 points for the Liberty but had little help.
Tammy Sutton-Brown as she missed the game against the Stars with an Achilles tendinitis three days ago. 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.


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HUNGARY - Women

MiZo lands Nicole Ohlde from WNBA - by Eurobasket News
Hungarian runner-up, MiZo from Pecs, announced signing of Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) on a one year contract. Ohlde is currently player of WNBA team Minnesota Lynx. It is her fifth season with Minnesota since she graduated on Kansas State University in 2004. She spent last season in French LFB team Valenciennes USVO. Nicole Ohlde was the top rebounder of Euroleague last season with 13.2 rpg. At the same time she posted 9.5 ppg while in French LFB she had 28 appearances averaging 12.7 ppg and 8 rpg. Ohlde played for the 'Rest of World team at the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game' last year in the Moscow Region.

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IRELAND - Women

Basketball Ireland Launch Emerald Hoops - by JMCK
Basketball Ireland announced a huge development for the sport on Thursday afternoon with the launch of the Emerald Hoops programme at the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin.
The centre in Merrion Square was a fitting venue with Notre Dame set to participate in the inaugural Emerald Hoops international series alongside the senior international mens teams from Ireland, Poland and Iceland.
Basketball Irelands President Tony Colgan, who was among the dignitaries at Thursdays launch believes the tournament will have a flavour of the old and new Ireland.

How fitting it is that the first Emerald Hoops brings together two cultures, the old and the new Ireland, said Colgan. There can be nobody more Irish than Notre Dame, the so-called Fighting Irish, and nothing represents the Polish people more than its national team. The other team competing in Emerald Hoops, along with our own national team, is Iceland.
Emerald Hoops has been developed as a five year programme, added Colgan. We are already negotiating with mens NCAA teams for a similar event in 2009 and 2010. We will also be adding a womens tournament next year. In future years we will be organising high school tournaments for boys and girls as well as clinics for coaches and referees.
The Notre Dame team will travel to Ireland on foot of another successful season in US college basketball. The team finished fourth in the regular season in the Big East Conference, one of the most competitive conferences in Division 1 college basketball. In addition to qualifying for the Big East tournament Notre Dame also qualified for the NCAA national championship. For the second successive year Coach Brey was voted Big East coach of the year and star forward Luke Harangody was awarded the Big East player of the year accolade.
For Coach Brey, the tournament is a unique opportunity to bring the Fighting Irish to their spiritual home. 'We are so thrilled to be part of Emerald Hoops,' said the vastly experienced Brey. The Irish visiting Ireland is something that is exciting for everyone in Notre Dame and we are looking forward to the tough challenge that will be put up from the likes of Ireland, Iceland and Poland.
For the international teams the Emerald Hoops International Series will be a key component in their preparation for the 2008/09 European Championships. The two year qualifying tournament leads to the Championship Finals which take place in Poland in late 2009.

The Polish/Irish Festival, which will be running in tandem with the International Series, was also launched on Thursday and is being run in conjunction with the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism. The Festival forms part of their annual schedule for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

An initial five year plan has been developed for the Emerald Hoops programme that will see the number of annual events held in Ireland increase from 1 in 2008 to over 10 by year five. These events will consist of
a) Tournaments featuring top US College basketball teams (men & women) and European teams
b) Tournaments featuring top US High School basketball teams (boys and girls) and European teams
c) Events featuring NBA players/teams
d) Coaching clinics from top US basketball coaches
e) Officiating clinics from top US basketball referees and table officials

These events will, in addition to supporting the development of basketball in Ireland, drive significant numbers of US visitors to Ireland from the ranks of players, coaches, referees, fans and families. They will also create a platform for destination marketing into US sports/basketball fans. College basketball in the US is one of the top TV events in terms of viewers and commercial incomes.

Emerald Hoops Tournament Dates 2008:

Thursday August 21st:
18:00 Poland Vs Iceland
20:00 Ireland Vs Notre Dame

Friday August 22nd:
18:00 Ireland Vs Iceland
20:00 Notre Dame Vs Poland

Saturday August 23rd:
16:00 Notre Dame Vs Iceland
18:00 Ireland Vs Poland


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JAPAN - Women

Oga returns to Phoenix - by Eurobasket News
After Cuba beat Japan in Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, Yuko Oga (170-G-82) returned to her Phoenix Mercury in WNBA. She will still need however some time to be back on her normal track.
The reigning champions Phoenix Mercury seem to get back in form. Yesterday they topples the recent Eastern conference leaders Connecticut Sun 102:81 at home to gain the third win in the season. Diana Taurasi fired 32 points to pace the Mercury as they improved to 3-6 record. Phoenix entered the season a woeful form losing 4 straight games but gradually overcame the starting problems. Cappie Pondexter came up with 22 points as the Mercury posted the third win in the last five outings. Diana Taurasi paced the hosts in the first half delivering 20 points. The Sun however stayed contestant as they trailed by just 2 points at halftime. But Phoenix stepped on the gas in the third period as they posted a 19:6 run and never looked back afterwards. Kelly Miller provided 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Yuko Oga was the last player to be substituted but added two more minutes for her stats. Asjha Jones answered with 18 points for Connecticut. Lindsay Whalen nailed 13 points as the Sun fell to 9-3 record.


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Standings - Women League
League Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 6-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 3-3 
 3. Roling Niksic 3-3 
 4. BC Kastel 0-6 
Premier League
 1. BC Rozaje 0-0 
 2. BC H.Novi 0-0 
 3. Kotor 0-0 
 4. Rudar 0-0 


Rade Petrovic replace Curovic on place of head coach U21 NT - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Federation of Montenegro announced that they brake out contract with Aleksandar Curovic , head coach of Montenegrin U18 and U21 NT for women. New Head coach is Mr. Rade Petrovic assistant of Miodrag Baletic head coach of senior NT of Montenegro. Montenegrin NT U21 is on Cetinje were they prepare for European Championship Group A which will be play in Italy in July 2008.Rade Petrovic was in last two season head coach of BC Danilovgrad (MNT1A) in season 2006-2007 and BC Gorstak (MNT1B) in season 2007-2008.

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ROMANIA - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Hodges, Alex. 20.0
2. Pop, Cluj Nap. 14.2
3. Orosz, Cluj Nap. 13.7
4. Dragusin, S.Stud. 12.8
5. Ondreikovics, S.Stud. 12.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. Hood, Alex. 13.5
2. Dragusin, S.Stud. 8.2
3. Urse, S.Stud. 7.8
Assists Per Game
1. Dragusin, S.Stud. 5.2
2. Ondreikovics, S.Stud. 3.0
3. Nicolaescu, S.Stud 3.0


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RUSSIA - Women

Standings - B Superleague - by Sahereh
B Standings
East
 1. Samara 23-5 
 2. Spartak P. 19-9 
 3. Nadezhda-2 17-11 
 4. Irtysh 16-12 
 5. Neftyanik 13-15 
 6. UMMC-Junior 11-17 
 7. Shelen-2 7-21 
 8. Slavyanka 2 6-22 
West
 1. Spartak M. 23-5 
 2. Spartak N. 23-5 
 3. Energy Iv. 18-10 
 4. Gloria M. 14-14 
 5. Moscow-2 14-14 
 6. Chevakata 9-19 
 7. Tver 6-22 
 8. Dyn-2 K. 5-23 


Stats Leaders
A Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lennox, Orenb. 22.2
2 Ekabsone, DynaM 19.4
3 Planet, BCMosc 17.9
4 Jackson, Spar.MR 16.9
5 Simon, DynaM 15.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Kiseleva, Chelyab. 9.5
2 Stepanova, CSKA 9.0
3 Bokareva, Vologda 8.4
4 Veremeenk, Orenb. 8.4
5 Shakirova, Orenb. 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 Marchenko, DinaE 6.2
2 Edvizh, CSKA 5.4
3 Taurazi, Spar.MR 5.3
4 Bridget, Spar.MR 5.1
5 Berseneva, Orenb.4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Kolosovs, Shelen 3.5
2 Fomina DynamoK 3.0
3 Mohr, Vologda 2.6
4 Vodopya, UMMC 2.5
5 Mironova, SparSP 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Veremeen, Orenb. 2.6
2 Kiseleva, Chelyab. 2.2
3 Stepanova, CSKA 2.0
2FGP
1 Taylor, UMMC 66.6
2 Vouters , CSKA 62.5
3 Nikitina, CSKA 60.7
3FGP
1 Voroby, Shelen 54.1
2 Popova, DinaE 50.0
3 Bridgit, Spar.MR 50.0
Free Throws
1 Rusakova, DynaM 93.7
2 Masilene, Orenb. 92.3
3 Miller, Spar.MR 92.0


Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
 1. Spartak MR 21-1 
 2. CSKA 21-1 
 3. UMMC 18-4 
 4. BC Moscow 13-9 
 5. Vologda 12-10 
 6. Dyn.-Energia 11-11 
 7. Nadezhda 9-13 
 8. Dynamo K. 9-13 
 9. Dynamo M. 9-14 
 10. Spartak SP 5-17 
 11. Cheliabinsk 3-19 
 12. Shelen 1-21 


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SCOTLAND - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. St.Mirren 15-0 
 2. Polonia P. 13-3 
 3. Edinburgh KK 7-7 
 4. Gladiators 5-9 
 5. Falkirk F. 5-10 
 6. Flyers 0-16 


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
1-6 Places
 1. Kosit 2013 28-0 
 2. MBK Ruz. 21-7 
 3. Nitra 17-11 
 4. UMB B.B. 12-14 
 5. Viktoria K. 12-15 
 6. Cassovia K. 8-17 
7-10 Places
 1. Poprad 13-10 
 2. Roznava 11-12 
 3. Slovan 3-20 
 4. Myjava 2-21 


Stats Leaders - Women
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Gresnerova Cass 18.7
2. Oravkova UMB 18.6
3. Antalecova Roz 18.0
4. McCarville Kos 17.8
5. Perostiyska Vik 17.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Perostiyska Vik 10.3
2. Antalecova Roz 10.1
3. Lalovic UMB 9.7
4. Sangare Pop 9.5
5. Podesvova, Ruz 8.7
Assists Per Game
1. L. Wilson Ruz 5.7
2. Jalcova KOSIT 5.7
3. Barenyiova Roz 4.2
4. Vackova Cass 3.9
5. Csavas MBK 3.6
2FGP
1. Benuskova Kos 50.0
2. McCarville Kos 49.1
3. Kupcíkova Ruz 45.3
3FGP
1. Michulkova KOS 53.7
2. Chlebovkova Nitra 49.2
3. Cikosova Kos 48.5
Free Throws
1. Malinkova CITY 90.0
2. Cikosova Kos 88.6
3. Michulkova KOS 87.9


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SLOVENIA - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.S.Humphrey (N.lh) 23,6
2.N.Grilanc (Odeja) 22,7
3.T.Trebec (Jez) 18,7
4.A.Pehadzic (AJM) 18,1
5.L.Becanovic (KrG) 17,8
Rebounds Per Game
1.J.Brown (N.lhke) 12,0
2.T.Gortnar (Triglav) 11,9
3.A.Prsa (Konjice) 10,5
4.M.Blake (Merkur) 10,1
I.Serdar (City c) 10,1
Assists Per Game
1.S.Panic (Jezica) 4,3
2.S.Humphrey (N.lh) 3,4
K.Fink (Crnomelj) 3,2
4.N.Kvas (Konjice) 2,9
5.N.Baric (Merkur) 2,8
Steals Per Game
1.N.Grilanc (Odeja) 4,2
2.T.Koprivsek (Trig) 3,5
3.Evtoukhovitch (Mer) 3.0
4.S.Panic (Jezica) 2,8
A.Bozic (City c.) 2,8
Blocks Per Game
1.J.Brown (N.lhke) 1,9
2.T.Gortnar (Triglav) 1,6
3.I.Serdar (C.center) 1,4
4.S.Erzen (Kr.G) 1,2
K.Smolic (Crnom) 1,2
Ranking
1.J.Brown (N.lhke) 22,8
2.T.Gortnar (Trig) 22,7
3.N.Grilanc (Odeja) 21,6
4.T.Trebec (Jezica) 21,3
5.Blake (Merkur) 21,1


Standings - Women
1A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Celje 8-2 
 2. Hit Kr.Gora 8-2 
 3. AJM Maribor 6-4 
 4. Jezica 4-6 
 5. Odeja 3-7 
 6. Neso Ihke 1-9 
Places 7-12
 1. Konjice 18-11 
 2. Domzale 13-16 
 3. Triglav 8-21 
 4. City Center 6-23 
 5. NT U16 2-3 
 6. Crnomelj 1-28 


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SPAIN - Women

Another top player joins Ros Casares - by Eurobasket News
Spanish LFB champion Ros Casares continues with new signings for the next season. After Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.), the team agreed terms with Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington).

Montanana already was a member of Ros Casares in the past. She played in Valencia on season 05/06 showing solid performance. Meanwhile she improved her game a lot. With Ros Caseres she won LFB Supercup reaching semifinals in domestic championship. Last two years she played for Perfumerias, who was beaten 2-1 by Ros Casares in LFB play-off final 07/08. Montanana had very good last season as she for 12 games in Euroleague averaged 15.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 apg and 2.1 spg. She played at the same level in LFB where for 34 games she had 15 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.1 spg. On previous European Championship in Italy she was one of the most important players of Spanish national team, who won silver medal.

General Manager of Spanish champion, Carme Lluveras, showed happiness because Monntanana returned to Valencia.

'Montanana improved drastically over the past two years. She demonstrated an impressive basketball level in Euroleague as well as in jersey of our national team. I think it is a good time to bring her back to Valencia' - said Lluveras.

Ros Casares will present Ana Montanana to the media on Friday.


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


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Ros Casares 23-3 
 2. Perfumerias 20-6 
 3. EBE Promoc. 19-7 
 4. Acis-Incosa 18-8 
 5. Rivas Futura 16-10 
 6. Real C.Vigo 14-12 
 7. Extrugasa 12-14 
 8. Olesa 10-16 
 9. Cajacanar. 10-16 
 10. Cadi la Seu 10-16 
 11. Hondar.-Irun 9-17 
 12. Mann Filter 8-18 
 13. Badajoz 8-18 
 14. Burgos 5-21 


Stats Leaders - LFB
Liga Femenina Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Hodges, Caja 20.2
2 Willingh., Olesa 18.8
3 Christon, Irun 17.5
4 Morales, EBE 15.8
5 Tuukkanen, Taru 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Willingham, Olesa 11.0
2 Lyttle, EBE 10.0
3 Wyckoff Caja 8.9
4 Da Silva, Extrem. 8.19
5 Tamane, Irun 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 Morales, EBE 5.0
2 Ciocan, Burgos 4.3
3 Santos, Cadi 3.4
4 Nunez, Extrem. 3.3
5 Palau Valencia 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Lyttle, EBE 2.9
2 Musovic, Olesa 2.5
3 Lebrato, Burgos 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Lyttle, EBE 1.2
2 Tamane, Irun 1.2
2FGP
1 Matic, Perfume. 59.9
2 Antibe, Rivas 59.8
3 Douglas, Valencia 58.9
3FGP
1 Rasmus., EBE 50.0
2 Maltsi, Valencia 48.6
3 Erceg, Zaragoza 47.9
Free Throws
1 Feaster, S.Jose 92.4
2 Brown, Extrug. 89.9
3 Tornikidou, Valen. 89.0


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SWITZERLAND - Women

New faces in Helios Basket - by Eurobasket News
Helios Basket agreed terms with two players for the next season. Point guard Martina Kurmann (160-G-78) and guard Melanie Cleusix (165-G-78) put signature on one year contract with their new team.

Martina Kurmann missed last season but two years ago she played for LNB team BBC Agaune averaging 9.2 ppg. Before Agaune she was a member of Fribourg Basket.

Melanie Cleusix demonstrated solid performance last season in Martigny-Rhne Basket. She had 8.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.5 apg in LNA. It was her second season at Martigny.


Standings - LNF
LNA Standings
 1. U.Neuch. 20-1 
 2. BBC 17-4 
 3. Riva Basket 15-6 
 4. Martigny 11-10 
 5. Brunnen 9-12 
 6. Fribourg 6-15 
 7. Meyrin 5-16 
 8. Pully 1-20 


LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Diouf, BRU 26.9
2. Smith, RIV 24.8
3. Maclot, MEY 23.5
4. Crisman, BBC 22.4
5. Covington, FRI 21.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Kane, PUL 17.1
2. Smith, RIV 11.5
3. Crisman, BBC 11.1
4. Perry, MAR 11.1
5. Logan-Friend, RIV 10.8
Assists Per Game
1. Charlier, NEU 5.4
2. Diouf, BRU 3.9
3. Slaviero, NEU 3.8
4. Chevillat, MEY 3.2
5. Despinic, MAR 3.1
Steals Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 4.6
2. Diouf, BRU 4.3
3. Chaix, MEY 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Kane, PUL 2.3
2. Logan, RIV 1.6
3. Charlier, NEU 1.3
2FGP
1. Covington, FRI 62.4
2. Charlier, NEU 62.4
3. Hicks, NEU 58.8
3FGP
1. Cochand, MAR 47.6
2. Crelot, NEU 45.9
3. Kellogg, BBC 43.2
Free Throws
1. Volpe, BBC 88.3
2. Maclot, MEY 86.6
3. Yanni, MEY 81.8
Ranking
1. Perry, MAR 27.0
2. Smith, RIV 26.8
3. Crisman, BBC 26.3


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TURKEY - Women

Turkish U18 team gets to slow start at Reze tournament - by Eurobasket News
Turkish U18 National team continued their build up for the European championship due to start next month. Yesterday Turkish youngsters tipped off the international friendly tournament in France. They faced Australia in the starting encounter and suffered a heavy 39:69 defeat. The result was mainly forecasted in the first frame when the Gems thumped their opponents 23:2. Turkish team quickly came back to life cutting the deficit by 13 points in the second period. But Australian young ladies took over once again in the second half. They outgunned their European counterparts 17:12 for a 13-point advantage heading into the final frame. Turkey ran out of steam in the final quarter and the Gems eased to a stunning overall victory at the end. Gamze Takmaz (180-F-91) led Turkey U18 team with 7 points. Ozge Yavas (170-G-91) had 6 points, while Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) secured 5 points and 7 boards in a loss.
Meanwhile Turkish U16 team played a friendly against their Russian counterparts. Russia snatched a narrow 69:61 victory at the end. Russia dominated the first three frames building a 23-point buffer before the final stanza. And though Turkey came back within 10 points from their opponents Russia managed to survive posting a win. Pelin led Turkey with 18 points. Rana delivered 16 points in a loss.