EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/29/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina champion of Top 4 tournament - by Facundo Iatzky
Argentina beat Brazil in the third round and won the top 4 tournament played in Chile. Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) and Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) shined again for teh national team.

Argentina (93): Maximiliano Stanic 6, Paolo Quinteros 28, Marcos Mata 2, Andres Pelussi 13, Roman Gonzalez 15 (St); Diego Garcia 13, Juan Manuel Locatelli 5, Juan Gutierrez 5, Luis Cequeira 0, Leonardo Mainoldi 6 Nicolas de los Santos 0. coach: Guillermo Narvarte.

Brasil (83): Helio 6, Arthur 15, Guilherme Teichmann 7, Fernando Colonoze 9, Caio Torres 11 (St); Lucas Cipolini 2, Diego 11, Andre Stefanelli 9, William Drudi 13 Hatila 0. Coach: Paulo Sampaio

Now Argentina is waiting for the beggining of the southamerican championship the next Tueday when they will be playing against Venezuela.


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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian U18 Team loses twice in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Austrian U18 National Team travelled to Czech Republic to take on the Czech counterparts as part of the preparation for the upcoming European championship in Division B. The event is scheduled to start in Hungary on July 25. Austria got into preliminary Pool A alongside Czech Republic, Montenegro, Netherlands and Norway. Austia tips off their campaign against Netherlands on July 25. So the games with Czech team were important step towards getting to know their future opponents. However the test games left too many questions before head coach Robert Langer . Czech U18 Team prevailed in both outings. Austria got to a better start of the first test game as they outgunned the opponents 23:19 in the first frame. But Czech side quickly adjusted and stunned the visitors 24:7 in the second quarter. Austria struggled to find the right ways as they fell behind by 17 points before the fourth term. The intrigue was never revived in the final stanza as Czech Republic team breezed to a comfortable 87:59 victory. Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) topscored for Austria with 17 points. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) had 10 points and Eric Schranz (206-C-90) secured 6 points in a loss.
Austrian youngsters put up a much more heated fight in the second test game but still fell short of success. The teams traded baskets in the opening quarter with Czech Republic grabbing a 21:20 lead. Austria kept it close in the second stanza but still found themselves down by 6 points at the interval. The situation never changed in the second half as Czech dominated and kept their counterparts at bay through the reminder of the contest. Czech Republic registered an 87:71 victory at the end. Rasid Mahalbasic once again was the leading scorer for Austrian force with 19 points. Moritz Lanegger was helpful with 18 points in defeat.


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  BRAZIL   


Diego Aguiar struggles for Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Diego Aguiar (201-F-83, college: Nova SE) struggles for Berlin in Eurobasket Summer League. The first edition of the Eurobasket Summer League took place in Chicago at the famous Attack Athletics facility where some of the famous NBA players train daily during the summer. The ESL in Chicago feature 80 players across the United States and some international players looking to advance the careers in the European market. In the first day his team overcame Rome 73:48. Diego Aguiar produced 2 points for the team in the opener.
Last night London in the end overwhelmed Berlin by 83:65 by displaying outstanding defense and received superb play by Kyle Lamonte. The game was a closely fought contest with several lead changes the first 15 minutes of the game.However the defensive intensity of Kyle Lamonte, Emmanuel Little and Jermaine Dailey was too much for the Berlin team. London is probably the most athletic team in the ESL event in Chicago and the use their ability to out rebound Berlin.
Kyle Lamonte led London with 25 points and 6 assists. Emmanuel Little chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds and Leonard Houston scored 15 points. Brazilian Diego Aguiar collected 9 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. The championship game on Saturday will feature the best two teams in the Chicago ESL at 4pm. London will face Warsaw in the game for the title.


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  CAMEROON   


Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a Buck - by Cyril Empig
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 37th pick in the second round in yesterday's NBA 2008 Draft.
This does not guarantee that Luc has made the team, which is what players who were selected in the first round were able to get.
But what this says is that the Bucks are serious enough about Luc that he will be part of the Milwaukee summer league team in a few months. It is incredibly difficult to get an invitation to play in an NBA team's summer league team. It is one more step you would need to make in order to get closer to joining an NBA team, if you have to take the long route to the NBA that Luc needs to take. Luc has achieved this and will hope to impress the right people during the summer league, enough so that the Bucks sign him up with a contract. From all the chatter surrounding Luc, it looks like NBA folks are seeing him as a defensive stopper, similar to Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs, who has the unenviable task of trying to shut down the best scorer on the opposing team. Imagine Luc defending Kobe Bryant or Dwayne Wade. And people think that Luc will be a better player than Bowen since he is a much longer player. It seems common knowledge that Luc could improve on his offense, but he is primarily being seen as providing instant hard-nose defense. Plus, there is enough offensive firepower on the Bucks' roster. Luc joins Richard Jefferson who joined the Bucks from the Nets; All-star Michael Redd; and solid front court players in Charlie Villanueva and Desmond Mason. The Bucks also picked up Joe Alexander with the 8th pick in this draft. Alexander is a 6-8, 230 power forward from West Virginia University. And finally, the Bucks are now coached by Scott Skiles who came over from the Chicago Bulls.

Congratulations on being drafted, Luc. We wish you all the best and hope you have a successful summer and get signed up before the 2008-09 NBA season starts.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=766664

Bucks take standout defender in second round
Mbah a Moute exudes toughness
By TODD ROSIAK
trosiak@journalsentinel.com
Posted: June 26, 2008
St. Francis - The reshaping of the Milwaukee Bucks' frontcourt began Thursday afternoon and wound up carrying on well into the evening before ultimately being capped by the second-round selection of UCLA forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

Mbah a Moute, 6-foot-7, 221-pounder, started 106 of 107 games in three seasons for the Bruins, all of which ended in the Final Four. He averaged 8.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game over that span, forging a reputation as a top-notch defender and solid rebounder with a developing offensive game.

Hes from a winning program, hes got great length, he can guard two or three different positions, coach Scott Skiles said about Mbah a Moute, who was chosen 37th overall. Hes kind of an improving offensive player, and I think hell still improve, and another high-quality person.

Especially at that pick; thats an important thing to have right there.

Mbah a Moute averaged 8.8 points last season but his rebounding and shooting percentage 6.0 per game and 47.8%, respectively were well off the numbers he had put up as a freshman and sophomore. He did miss six games with a variety of injuries, however, and ultimately chose to forgo his senior season at UCLA despite the dip in his numbers.

Fit exactly, I think, for the rest of things that happened today, general manager John Hammond said. Energy, toughness, defender, role player. Kind of a guy that will do whatever it takes to win. Rock-solid person.

Feel good about having him here. You never know, but sometimes guys like that find a way to get on the court and play. Not saying that hes going to play, but you never know.

Mbah a Moute joins Richard Jefferson, for whom the Bucks traded Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons earlier in the day, and West Virginias Joe Alexander, whom the Bucks drafted in the first round with the eighth overall pick.

All three figure to bring versatility to a frontcourt that returns only two other proven commodities at the forward spot in Charlie Villanueva and Desmond Mason.

Obviously right now as we stand we traded away a power forward for a prototypical 3-man, Skiles said. Hopefully as the summer goes on well address some of our other issues, and well try to do that. But were going to need energy guys to get on the glass.

The games become so versatile . . . so to have guys you feel like can help you guard multiple positions, it gets you out of some mismatch situations that you may not have been able to deal with.

Mbah a Moute burst onto the scene as a freshman, averaging 9.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in helping lead the Bruins to the NCAA title game, which they lost to the Florida Gators.

Mbah a Moute averaged 8.2 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore, and ranked third in the Pacific 10 in steals at 1.7.

He posted 19 double-doubles in his three years at UCLA and ranks 15th on the schools all-time rebounding list with 775.

Mbah a Moute brings an interesting background with him to Milwaukee as well. A global studies major, Mbah a Moute is a prince in his village of Bia Messe in his native Cameroon. His father, Camille Moute a Bidias, is the king of his province in Yaounde, Cameroon.

From the June 27, 2008 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88)


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  CAPE VERDE   


National Team versus Praia Mix - by Pedro Gomes

The men's national basketball team will close the first phase of their preparation today, with a game agains a mix of the

top players in city of Praia. The preparations began on the 16 of June for the pre olympic tournament in Athens. This

game will also serve as a presentation to the country of the National team at the Vva Duarte pavillion.

The coaching staff has been working, in this first phase, with 18 pre selected players. But today, the final 12 selected

players will face the mix of Praia. The second phase of the preparation will continue in France, and than on to Greece for the
pre Olympic tournament, 14 to the 20 of June.

The National team was received today by the President of the country, Pedro Pires.



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  CHILE   


Argentina won the "Top 4" - by Daniel Valencia
The argentinian NT won the 'Top 4' played in Punta Arenas. In the final they defeated Brazil 93-83, with Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) as the offensive leader with 28 points. In the other game of the night, Uruguay defeated Chile 91-74. After two victories against Uruguay and Brazil in 'Copa Carranza', the team coached by Daniel Allende couldn't keep the same level of the games in Valparaiso. Now all the teams will travel to Puerto Montt to prepare the start of the SouthAmerican championship set for next tuesday.

Day 1

Brazil 78 - Uruguay 65

Chile 40 - Argentina 79

Day 2

Argentina 92 - Uruguay 72

Chile 68 - Brazil 82


Day 3

Chile 74 - Uruguay 91

Argentina 93 - Brazil 83


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  CROATIA   


Market News- Maccabi in for Tomic - by Davor Kosic
Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv is in talks with KK Zagreb for the signing of Croatian Starlet - Ante Tomic (217-C-87) according to reports today in Zagreb.
Tomic was picked in the 2008 Draft by the Utah Jazz in the 44th place and has two years left in his contract at KK Zagreb .
Maccabi are discussing the buyout clause with Zagreb President - Davor Jelavic.
Its reported that Maccabi are offering Tomic a long term contract as they see him as the future star of the team


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League - Friday - by Eurobasket

The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) was very exciting on Friday , the second day of the event.

All of the players seem to settle down and played a much better brand of basketball.

The coaches from Lithuania, Ukraine and Serbia identified several top prospects at the ESL event who were very impressive.

In the 5th game of the ESL Rome outlasted Athens by a 111-98 margin.

Alex Davenport (194-G-85, college: Ft.Hays State) of Rome was very impressive and was unstoppable as the 6'5' silky smooth guard from Fort Hayes State scored 23 points and caught the eyes of several coaches.

Chip Soderman, Jerrah Young (201-F-85, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Toledo) and Keith Hampton (198-G/F-80, college: St.Xavier) all added 16 points a piece to help pace Rome's balance attack. Chip Soderman also dished out 8 assists.

The Rome team is very talented and looked a lot better than they played on the first day.

Stanley Thomas (189-G-80) from the Chicago Throwbacks led Athens with 20 points while John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) and Phillip Gilbert (191-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Bradley) both added 19 points.

Both teams played better and scored more efficiently on day two of the ESL.

Game 6: of the ESL featured Amsterdam beating Paris 100-86 with Junior Austin (192-G-81, college: Philander Smith) leading the way with an impressive 22 points and 8 rebound performance. Jimmy Williams (196-F-86, college: Alders.-Broad.) chip in with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Eugene Seals (199-F-82, college: Miami, OH) added 19 points and 9 rebounds and Kevin Chester (203-C-84, agency: Champion Sports Management, college: Nova SE) control the inside with 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Paris was led by Elzie Bibbs (193-G/F-82, agency: Champion Sports Management, college: Ferris St.) with 29 points; 8 rebounds who is one of the most athletic guys in the ESL and is currently the scoring leader of the ESL. Bibbs is quietly capturing some attention from some of the scouts. Jontee Willhite (186-G-86, college: E.Illinois) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Mark Stovall (197-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: McKendree) chip in 12 points and 4 rebounds and Olalekan Esho (191-G-79, college: Rust) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Paris team. Courtney Bradley also was a significant player for Paris by scoring 12 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.

Game 7: of the ESL was probably the most entertaining game of the day featuring two teams with lots of talented players.


London in the end overwhelmed Berlin by 83-65 by displaying outstanding defense and received superb play by Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: William Carey) (191-G-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: William Carey).
The game was a closely fought contest with several lead changes the first 15 minutes of the game.

However the defensive intensity of Kyle Lamonte, Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) and Jermaine Dailey (201-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) was too much for the Berlin team.

London is probably the most athletic team in the ESL event in Chicago and the use their ability to out rebound Berlin.

This game featured some terrific dunks by Leonard Houston (191-G-85, college: Drake) of Drake University, Jermaine Dailey of Illinois-Chicago and David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.) from Southeast Missouri State.

Kyle Lamonte led London with 25 points and 6 assists; Emmanuel Little chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds and Leonard Houston scored 15 points.

Berlin was led by Bryan Edwards (187-G-69, college: JMU) who has played professionally in Austria and France scored 16 points and Danny Brown (193-G-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: St.Louis) added 14 points.

In the final game of the evening Warsaw came back from being down 8 points with 1:11 left in the game against Madrid and snatched a 106-105 victory.

Madrid with about five minutes remaining had a 15 point margin but crumbled by under the full court pressure a trapping defense by Warsaw.

Steve Taylor's Warsaw guards forced several turnovers and Madrid could not manage a simple inbounds strategy to close out the game.

The crowd at the Attack Athletics gym were stunned by the sudden collapse of Madrid.

Maurice Carter (191-G-74, college: Brandon) the European veteran scored 20 points and hit several key 3 pointers to lead Warsaw to the championship game.

Demarius Bolds (191-G-83, college: Missouri Western) scored 19 points and made all of the crucial free throws during crunch time for the Warsaw team.


Madrid played very well throughout the game was was led by another bright performance by Daniel Bandy (178-G-84, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who scored 25 points and dished out 5 assists.


Justin Johnson (203-F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: St.Louis) scored 17 points, Eric Vierneisel (201-F-85, college: California) had 15 points, Maurice Gibbs (188-G-85, college: UAB) pitched in 13 points and J.J. Tauai (190-G-85, college: Bradley) scored 12 points aslo for the Madrid team.

The championship game on Saturday will feature the best two teams in the Chicago ESL at 4pm (London vs.Warsaw).

During the past couple of days several notable NBA players have past through the ESL while working out at the famous Attack Athletics facility.

Michael Jordan was once trained by Tim Grover the owner of Attack Athletics and was credited as a major factor in Jordan success while winning several NBA title for the Chicago Bulls.

The week has been an interesting spectrum watching the group of young talented players trying to showcase the skills for the international market while the NBA guys past through the Attack Athletics training facility focussing on summer their conditioning program.

However there are a couple of players at the ESL that have NBA potential but will need some European experience to enhance their skills as they will be playing in the ESL Chicago Championship game on Saturday.

Stats:

Game 5: Athens 98, Rome 111

Athens: 98
Lawrence Brooks: 7pts; 3rbs
John Little: 19pts; 3ast
Stanley Thomas: 20pts; 6rbs
Jeffrey Mayi: 3pts; 4rbs
Mike Lylte: 7pts; 5ast
Roderick Smith: 9pts; 3rbs
Stephen Flucker: 8pts; 6rbs
Jordan Lear: 4pts; 10rbs
Tyler Sickmeyer: 2pts; 4rbs
Phillip Gilbert: 19pts; 5ast

Rome: 111
Ervin Youmans: 9pts; 3ast
Vangelo Smith: 2pts; 1ast
Edward James: 8pts;
Chip Soderman: 16pts; 8ast
Alex Davenport: 23pts; 6rbs
Tyler Moretto: 5pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Jerrah Young: 16pts; 10rbs
Jessan Gray: 3pts; 10rbs
Keith Hampton: 16pts; 5rbs
Ben Helb: 11pts; 2rbs



Game 6: Amsterdam 100, Paris 86

Amsterdam: 100
John Griffin: 6pts; 3rbs
Kevin Chester: 14pts; 5rbs
Eugene Seals: 19pts; 7rbs
David Jordan: 4pts; 2rbs
Fred Oguns: 9pts; 5rbs
Jimmy Williams: 18pts; 10rbs
Cortez Forte: 9pts; 4rbs
Junior Austin: 22pts; 8rbs

Paris: 86
Brent Cowles: 6pts
Elzie Bibbs: 29pts; 8rbs
Peter Gecelovsky: 7pts; 4rbs
Corey Niles: 3pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Courtney Bradley: 12pts; 4rbs
Jermel Nelson: 0pts
Ryosuke Nozawa: 0pts
Jontee Williams: 10pts; 6rbs; 3ast
Mark Stovalll: 12pts; 4rbs
Olalekan Esho: 14pts; 6 rbs

GAME 7: London 86, Berlin 65

London: 86
Ronnie Davis: 6pts; 5rbs
Leonard Houston: 15pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Emmanuel Little: 19pts; 8rbs
Marcus King-Stockton: 2pts; 9rbs
Kyle Lamonte: 25pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Jermaine Dailey: 9pts; 6rbs; 3blk
Dane Cruz: 3pts; 4 ast
Andre Muse: 2pts;
Corley Lee: 9pts; 3rbs
Carl Marshall: 2pts; 3ast

Berlin: 65
Diego Aguiar: 9pts; 5rbs
Terry Ayers: 2pts; 2rbs
Joel Haviland: 3pts; 3rbs
Danny Brown: 14pts
Brian Carter: 0pts;
Matt Salley: 4pts; 6rbs
David Johnson: 8pts; 4rbs
Jeremy File: 4pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Bryan Edwards: 15pts; 2rbs
Lantrice Green: 8pts; 4ast

GAME 8: Warsaw 106, Madrid 105

Warsaw: 106
Jimmy Miles: 6pts; 3rbs
Maurice Carter: 20pts; 3rbs
Marcus Arnold: 7pts; 5rbs
Giani Bearden: 10pts; 6rbs
Demarius Bolds: 19pts; 5rbs
Jason Warren: 8pts; 4rbs
Reo Logan (211-C-81, college: Georgia St.): 13pts; 11rbs
Brandon Watkins: 11pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Casey Love: 4pts; 4rbs
Perrick Robinson: 8pts; 4rbs; 5ast


Madrid: 105

Michael Rembert: 13pts; 5rbs

Matt Martin: 2pts; 1rbs; 3ast

J.J. Tauai: 12pts

Dshon Cannon: 9pts; 3ast

Eric Vierneisel: 15pts; 5rbs

Jangki Che: 2pts; 3ast

Maurice Gibbs: 13pts; 2rbs

Justin Johnson: 17pts; 4rbs

Daniel Bandy: 25pts; 3rbs; 4ast

Brian Filyes: 2pts; 2rbs



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


European Championship Division C. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Moldova U16 - San Marino U16 64:44
Moldovan U16 National Team grabbed their second consecutive win at the start of the European Championship in Division C. Today they held off San Marino to go on top of preliminary Group A. Guerra put San Marino ahead 3:0 at the very beginning of the game. But Moldova soon drew things even and the teams rolled to a 12:12 tie-game after ten minutes of action. Ribac scored 5 points in a row to open the second frame and put Moldova in front. Moretti and Stefanelli cut the deficit but Moldova kept on forcing the issue. Carali scored 4 points and Melniciuc capped the first half with a layup for a 30:17 Moldovan advantage. Melniciuc scored 5 points in an 8:0 rally from Moldova at the start of the third quarter. He tallied 9 points in the third quarter and Moldova led comfortably 50:30 heading into the final period. Giancecchi sparked hope for San Marino as he netted 4 straight points early in the fourth but the effort was quickly denied Cojuhari. Modlova kept their opponents at bay through the rest of the contest and finalized an impressive victory. Denis Melniciuc led all scorers with 14 points. Nicolai Cojuhari added 11 points in a win. San Marino answered with 13 points from Davide Macina. Three players came up with 6 points apiece in a losing case. Moldova booked their semifinal spot and would wrap preliminary action against hosting Gibraltar tomorrow.

Moldova U16: Denis Melniciuc 14, Nicolai Cojuhari 11
San Marino U16: Davide Macina 13


Malta U16 - Monaco U16 43:42
Maltese U16 National Team remained hopeful about their semifinal ambitions at the European championship in Division C. They managed to rebound after a stunning loss to Wales to put up a do-or-die fight against Monaco. Malta used a trey from Bugeja and a jumper from Cilia to gain a 7:4 lead early in the encounter. But Monaco answered with 8 unanswered points to cap the quarter and enjoyed a 15:11 advantage at the first break. Thirouard scored 4 points in a row and put Monaco ahead 22:15 midway through the second stanza. Ronal capped a low-scoring second frame with a freebie and Monaco led 23:15 at the interval. Thirouard added 4 more points at the start of the third term as Monaco built a comfortable 12-point cushion. However Cilia knocked down a jumper to ignite a 10:2 run from Malta to put the team just 4 points behind Monaco late in the quarter. Borg crowned the third frame with a long bomb and Malta trailed 28:30 heading into the final period. Borg and Bugeja put Malta in charge shortly after the start of the fourth term. The lead changed hands for 4 times before Cilia sank a layup for a 41:40 Maltese lead with just over a minute left in regulation. Ronenal answered with a jump shot to retain the advantage for Monaco. Malta had 42 seconds to pull away with a victory. Bugeja was accurate from the field giving Malta a 43:42 lead with 21 seconds on the clock. Robinaud and Bugeja exchanged turnovers and finally Thirouard committed a travelling and Malta celebrated the initial win at the tournament.
David Bugeja was dominant with 15 points, 10 boards and 8 steals. Mark Cilia contributed 10 points and 12 boards for the winners. Jeremy Thirouard chipped in 11 points to pace Monaco. Robert Rosenahl had 10 points and 15 boards in defeat.

Malta U16: David Bugeja 15+10 boards, Mark Cilia 10+12 boards
Monaco U16: Jeremy Thirouard 11, Robert Rosenahl 10+15 boards


Scotland U16 - Wales U16 97:58
Scottish U16 National Team claimed their second win in a row at the European Championship in Division C that is being held in Gibraltar now. Both teams entered the contest untamed with confident wins in the opening round. And the starting minutes of the game proved they were well-matched. Pulman scored 4 quick points to pull Wales in front 6:2. But Fraser and Reilly teamed up for 7 points and Scotland jumped ahead 11:8 late in the period. Fraser then completed his 9-point first frame tally to give Scottish team a 21:10 advantage. Fraser continued his heroics after the short intermission coming up with first 4 points of the second term. Scotland stretched the gap to 19 points before Trotman finally broke the silence for Wales from behind the arc. Scotland still dominated the scene and 5 straight points from Grieve gave them a 44:23 advantage late in the period. Welsh players capped the first half with a 7:0 rally to clip the distance to 16 points at the interval. Glass, Reilly and Fraser scored 7 points to tip off the second half and put Scotland up by 23. Wales struggled to cut the deficit and found themselves trailing by 28 points heading into the final period. Fraser and Bunyan combined for 17 points in the fourth quarter and Scotland celebrated an easy victory. Alasdair Fraser nailed 35 points to lead all scorers. Lee Reilly notched 20 points and 7 boards in a winning case. Daniel Pulman answered with 18 points for Welsh team. Ryan Adams dropped 11 points in a loss.

Scotland U16: Alasdair Fraser 35, Lee Reilly 20
Wales U16: Daniel Pulman 18, Ryan Adams 11


Gibraltar U16 Andorra U16 59:54
Gibraltar U16
: Jamie Sercombe 27, Derek Aston-Fox 14+17 boards
Andorra U16: Ricard Casellas 12+10 boards, Eduard Vives 10


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  FRANCE   


Pro A & B : Market News - by Aurelien Hipp
*Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) has extended his contract with Villeurbanne. He posted 9.6ppg 2.0rpg 2.3apg but also brought a lot of experience in this year where he had very few injury problems, in comparison with the season before.

*Pau-Orthez goes on recruting in Lega Due. After David Young last season, the team has signed Omar Thomas (195-F-82, college: UTEP), coming from Rimini Thomas is Pau-Orthez's second signature after Frederic Moncade. He posted 15.9ppg 6.9rpg for his first season in Europe last season.

*Ali Traore (205-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) goes back to Villeurbanne. He played there (in the U21team) til 2004 before moving first to the USA (South Idaho JC), then to ProB (Quimper) and finally to Roanne and Le Havre. Last season, he posted 11.0ppg 5.1rpg with Le Havre and was one of the keys of the great season of the team.

*Dijon Has signed Zeb Cope (205-F-82, college: William & Mary), from Orleans. Cope will find there his coach at Boncourt in 2006, Randoald Dessarzin.He has been playing 2 seasons with Orleans, posting 9.2ppg 4.3pg in 2007-2008.


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  GREECE   


Market News - by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos is very close to agree terms with an NBA legend, a transfer which considers being even bigger name than the one of Dominique Wilkins (204-F-60, college: Georgia Tech) 12 years ago. The player is 32 years of age and has 10 active and productive seasons in the NBA with double digits in points and rebounds. Eurobasket.com, will give o its readers more information very soon. The player has been seen and talked by the Assistant Coach of Zeljko Obradovic , Dimitris Itoudis three weeks ago upon his trip in USA. Some behind the scene news are taking Dimitris Itoudis in the States especially for the specific player!!

Other Transfer news - A1.
Igor Milosevic (193-G-86), the talented Greek-Serbian point guard agreed terms with Olympiakos Piraeus for the next three years
Greek head Coach Kostas Flevarakis agreed financial terms with his ex team the Polish Polpak Swiecie.
Nikos Papanikolopoulos (193-G-79), the successful Greek guard of AEL 1964 agreed financial terms with the team of Head Coach Giannis Sferopoulos , Kolossos Rodou and will be player of the islanders for the next two years
Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83), the Greek guard who succeed a wonderful season with Olimpia Larissas jersey is officially player of Marousi for the next three years. The player has agreed financial terms with Soulis Markopoulos team and is now an added power in the guard position for Marousi.
Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76) (as Eurobasket.com, stated a month ago) has finally agreed financial terms with Panellinios for the next two years, at the same time Coach Elias Zouros extended his contract for the next three years. It is worth mentioned that Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77) was the first transaction for Panellinios three weeks ago.
AEL 1964 agreed financial terms with the experienced coach Vangelis Alexandris . Alexandris was coaching Larissa in the periods 1992-1995.
Egaleo renewed financial terms with their Head Coach Skourthopoulos for the next two years.
Aris Thessalonikis agreed financial terms with the young talented Linos Chrysikopoulos (195-G-92) from the team of Faiakas Kerkyras. Furthermore, Mazzon and Nikos Vetoulas who are strategically working towards the development of the new Aris, have come to a verbal agreement with the power forward of Olympiakos, Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84), if Olympiakos agrees, Loukas will be wearing the yellow jersey of Aris for the next two years.
Christos Pappas will be the new assistant Coach of Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic in Panionios. The ex assistant coach of coach Giorgos Bartzokas and Olympia Larissas agreed financial terms early this week.
Dafni Athens agreed terms with Christos Vidalis (188-G-85) and Kostas Tzialas (207-C/F-84)


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  HOLLAND   


Erik Nelson return and Nick Domhof stay in Nijmegen - by Fred Roggen
Erik Nelson (201-F/C-76, college: Vermont) return in Nijmegen and play the season 2008-2009 for the Matrixx Magixx. The 32-year old Nelson played the previous season for the Vermont Frost Heaves in the ABA and became with this team champion. For Erik Nelson it becomes his 10th season in the Netherlands. Nelson played from 2001 up to 2005 for Nijmegen and moved then to EiffelTowers Den Bosch, earlier he played for Omniworld Almere and Landstede Zwolle.
Coach Michael Schuurs: ' he is a multi-purpose player whom we can use well for our desired game: fast, aggressive and winning basketball.

After in-depth negotiations, Nick Domhof (186-G-83) and the Matrixx Magixx has agreed terms for the season 2008-2009. Both parties has been satisfied concerning the cooperation for the coming season.


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  JAPAN   


Che Jangki tries hard at Eurobasket Summer League - by Eurobasket News
Che Jangki (172-G) tries hard at Eurobasket Summer League for Madrid. The first edition of the Eurobasket Summer League took place in Chicago at the famous Attack Athletics facility where some of the famous NBA players train daily during the summer. The ESL in Chicago feature 80 players across the United States and some international players looking to advance the careers in the European market. In the first day his team overcame Paris 114:102 in a good game from both squads. Che Jangki ended up with 2 points and 4 assist for the winners.
In the final game of the last night Warsaw came back from being down 8 points with 1:11 left in the game against Madrid and snatched a 106:105 victory.
Madrid with about five minutes remaining had a 15 point margin but crumbled by under the full court pressure trapping defense by Warsaw. Steve Taylors Warsaw guards forced several turnovers and Madrid could not manage a simple inbounds strategy to close out the game. The crowd at the Attack Athletics gym were stunned by the sudden collapse of Madrid. Maurice Carter the European veteran scored 20 points and hit several key 3 pointers to lead Warsaw to the championship game. Demarius Bolds scored 19 points and made all of the crucial free throws during crunch time for the Warsaw team. Madrid played very well throughout the game was was led by another bright performance by Daniel Bandy who scored 25 points and dished out 5 assists. Che Jangki produced 2 points and 3 assists in defeat.


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
1. Aishin 26-9
2. Toyota 21-14
3. OSG 20-15
4. Mitsubishi Melco Dolphins 18-17
5. Panasonic Trians 18-17
6. Hitachi S. 16-19
7. Toshiba 13-22
8. Hokkaido 8-27


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  LIBYA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 18-3 
 2. Ahli 18-3 
 3. Shabab 17-4 
 4. Nasr 15-6 
 5. Alibenghazi 14-7 
 6. Madina 11-10 
 7. Hilal 9-12 
 8. Jazeera 8-13 
 9. Morog 7-14 
 10. Yarmook 4-17 
 11. Tahaddi 3-18 
 12. Wahda 2-19 


Libyan Cup Round 4 , Libyan League week 21 - by Anas Seddigh

Four games were played in this round :

Al Ahli Tripoli - Al Wahda 82-51
Al Ittihad - Al Shabab 81-84

Naser - Al Morog 65-56
Ahli Benghazi - Al Hilal 60-44

Al Shabab - Al Ittihad game was so far the most exciting this season , after shabab lost their chances to win the league title , they are now trying to focus on the Cup competition and win it for the third consecutive year , the winner of this game will directly qualify to the first group final game while the loser will play another game against the winner from Al Ahli Tripoli - Al Jazeera to make the first group finals.

the first quarter ended 25-20 for ittihad ,as for the second quarter (40-38) and the third (65-59) ended also for Al Ittihad.

In the forth quarter eveything was going good for Al Ittihad and with 2 minutes left , 81-74 for Al Ittihad , a basket and a free throw made by Al Shabab Mauritanian player Babaker Wad and a three point shot by Mohammed Issa made the result 81-80 for Al Ittihad , then a steal by Al Shabab Player Mohammed Doji , a free throw made by the same player tied the result , Al Ittihad lost the position of the ball to Al Shabab before 3 seconds from the ending Mohammed Issa made a three point shot to leave Al Ittihad stunned by Al Shabab's 8 consecutive points comeback that made them win the game and qualify to the first group finals for the third year.

Al Ittihad now have to play against the winner from Ahli T - Al Jazeera game to determine the other finalist while in the second group Ahli B qualified to the final and will wait for the winner from An Naser Riyadh - Al Hilal game.

For the League's week 21 results :
Al Ittihad - Naser 74-73
Al Jazeera - Al Shabab 82-58
Al Yarmook - Al Wahda 73-75
Tahade - Al Hilal 54-57
Al Madina - Al Ahli Tripoli 63-88
Ahli Benghazi - Moroj 74-47



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  NIGERIA   


Fred Oguns shines for Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News
Fred Oguns (201-G/F-82, college: W.Illinois) and his Amsterdam lost the first game but won the second in Eurobasket Summer League. The first edition of the League took place in Chicago at the famous Attack Athletics facility where some of the famous NBA players train daily during the summer. The ESL in Chicago feature 80 players across the United States and some international players looking to advance the careers in the European market.
The first game of the last night featured a strong Warsaw team that bounced the Amsterdam team by the score of 131:103. Demarius Bolds, Jasson Warren and Maurice Carter scored 20, 28 and 20 a piece. Demarius Bold stood out with some nice athletic plays and a spectacular dunk. Amsterdam plated a strong game led by John Griffin's shooting, Eugene Seals had 24 points and Jimmie Williams scored 21 points.Fred Oguns ended up with 6 points and 1 rebound in defeat.
Amsterdam beat Paris 100:86 with Junior Austin leading the way with an impressive 22 points and 8 rebound performance in the second game. Jimmy Williams chip in with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Eugene Seals added 19 points and 9 rebounds and Kevin Chester control the inside with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Paris was led by Elzie Bibbs with 29 points; 8 rebounds who is one of the most athletic guys in the ESL and is currently the scoring leader of the ESL. Bibbs is quietly capturing some attention from some of the scouts. Jontee Willhite 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Mark Stovall chip in 12 points and 4 rebounds and Olalekan Esho scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Paris team. Fred Oguns finished the night with 9 points and 5 rebounds.


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  PORTUGAL   


Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB) the new Liga - by Luis Rocha
Organized by the Portuguese Federation (FPB), there s a new competition that will take the place of the dead Liga UZO runned by LCB. Many items are still cooking, but the rules on wich the competition will set are decide. LPB will be composed by 12 teams (the 8 that played in Liga UZO), and the 4 that played semi-finals in Proliga. Those 12 teams will play against eachother in two rounds, and there will bw a third round that will face contenders of LPB and contenders from Proliga (another 12 teams). After those 3 rounds the best 8 will play the playoffs, to find the new champions. The character of ths new LIga are not yet well defined, though the most part think that thois Liga will be a semi -professional one. In the next days FPB will release the total items that will certified the participation of all teams, then some more facts now covered, can be released to the public.

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  SCOTLAND   


Scotland holds off Wales at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Scotland U16 - Wales U16 97:58

Scottish U16 National Team claimed their second win in a row at the European Championship in Division C that is being held in Gibraltar now. Both teams entered the contest untamed with confident wins in the opening round. And the starting minutes of the game proved they were well-matched. Pulman scored 4 quick points to pull Wales in front 6:2. But Fraser and Reilly teamed up for 7 points and Scotland jumped ahead 11:8 late in the period. Fraser then completed his 9-point first frame tally to give Scottish team a 21:10 advantage. Fraser continued his heroics after the short intermission coming up with first 4 points of the second term. Scotland stretched the gap to 19 points before Trotman finally broke the silence for Wales from behind the arc. Scotland still dominated the scene and 5 straight points from Grieve gave them a 44:23 advantage late in the period. Welsh players capped the first half with a 7:0 rally to clip the distance to 16 points at the interval. Glass, Reilly and Fraser scored 7 points to tip off the second half and put Scotland up by 23. Wales struggled to cut the deficit and found themselves trailing by 28 points heading into the final period. Fraser and Bunyan combined for 17 points in the fourth quarter and Scotland celebrated an easy victory. Alasdair Fraser nailed 35 points to lead all scorers. Lee Reilly notched 20 points and 7 boards in a winning case. Daniel Pulman answered with 18 points for Welsh team. Ryan Adams dropped 11 points in a loss.

Scotland U16: Alasdair Fraser 35, Lee Reilly 20
Wales U16: Daniel Pulman 18, Ryan Adams 11


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  SLOVENIA   


Slokar sinks game-winning 3-pointer - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenia have beaten Croatia 73-70 in their first warm-up game for the upcoming Olympic Qualyfing Tournament.
Croatian Davor Kus made a pair of free throws with 0:09 remaining that tied the game at 70-all, but there was still time for Slovenia. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) hit game-winning 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left on the clock to give Slovenia upset of Croatia. Radosav Nesterovic had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Sani Becirovic scored 14 points and handed out 6 assists for Slovenia. Damir Markota posted 11 points, Niksa Prkacin added 10 and Davor Kus dished out 6 assists for
Yesterday, there was a scrimmage game in which Croatia won 70-66.


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  TAIWAN   


2008 SBL draft to be held on July 1 - by Chris Wang
A total of 56 players are in the field of the 2008 SBL local players draft and the second edition of local player draft will be held on July 1, the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) announced.

Several media outlets reported that Chen Kuo-wei, a 190cm forward from Taiwan Sports University in Taichung, is expected to be selected by Bank of Taiwan with the top pick.

Well, if this is true. It's kind of sad. Judged from what I have seen, Chen is at best a solid backup four in the SBL and now he is supposed to go No.1?

However, the situation has a lot to do with the draft rule. The university basketball federation has been in talks with the CTBA for years trying to come up with a plan to 'seperate' the university players and professional players. It used to be like 90% of the pro players in Taiwan are college students and the university sports official wanted to change that.

In the proposed plan which has now in effect, only college seniors and those non-NT players are eligible for this year's draft. Which explains why Chen Kuo-wei, who's now a graduate student, is expected to be the top pick because he can play right away.

Wu Feng-cheng, last year's top pick, did not play a single minute for Bank of Taiwan this past season because he was only a sophomore when he was drafted.

Yeah, I know it's difficult to understand but here's the deal. In short, 22 of 87 applicants were drafted last year and only five of those drafted players actually played in the SBL due to the rule mentioned above.

The draft order this year will be the reverse order of the regular season finish: BOT at No.1 and followed by Taiwan Mobile, Dacin, Pure Youth, dmedia, Taiwan Beer and Yulon.

194cm forward Chung Shiou-nai, son of former BBC Mars (now known as Taiwan Mobile) head coach Chung Chi-meng, is in the draft which also included three overseas players: 193cm forward-guard Chang Jun-wei from the University of Toronto and a pair of Taiwanese Americans Kuo Yen-yu and Lee Pi-chuan.


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  URUGUAY   


Aguada and Capurro are the main candidates - by Hector Lopez
Aguada and Capurro are the main candidates to reach the promotion to play the Uruguayan League after the 22th round of the Metropolitan League. Both are leading the tournament with 4 games lsot each one. The results were as follows (incluiding figures for the import players)
Capurro 82 - Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 8 points 9 rebounds
Nacional 74
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Aguada 104 - Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) 30 points 18 rebounds 2 blocks
Urunday 89
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Yale 85 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 21 points 14 rebounds
Larre Borges 83 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 22 points 8 rebounds
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Goes 94 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 25 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks
Verdirrojo 82 - Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 16 points 12 rebounds
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Larraaga 89
Marne 72
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Olivol Mundial 71
25 de Agosto 70


Granger will replace Osimani - by Hector Lopez
Jason Granger (186-G-89) will replace Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) in the Uruguayan NT to play the South American championship starting July 1st in Puerto Montt (Chile), announced the Uruguayan Federation. Granger, who is playing in Estudiantes Madrid, was called after Osimani was injured during quarell at a warm-up game against Brazil, in Punta Arenas (Chile). Both teams, Argentina and Chile were playing there a tournament prior to the regional championship.

Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Aguada 17-4 
 2. Capurro 16-4 
 3. Verdirrojo 12-8 
 4. Nacional 11-9 
 5. Goes 10-10 
 6. Larranaga 9-10 
 7. Urunday Univ. 9-10 
 8. Yale 9-11 
 9. 25 de Agosto 9-12 
 10. Olivol Mundial 9-12 
 11. Guruyu Waston 8-12 
 12. Larre Borges 7-13 
 13. Marne 5-16 


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  VENEZUELA   


N B A-lejandro Flores - by Wolfgang Lucena

Giovanni C. Funicielly (NBA agent), announced today that Alejandro Flores will join Miami Heats training on July 2nd.
Alejandro Flores played at Eastern Oklahoma State College where he was named to the second team all region mens, as well as to the first team Bi-State All-Conference Men.
The 6' 8' 240 pound, power forward, has an outstanding national and international professional basketball career, which began at his native Dominican Republic, in LIDOBA (Dominican Republic Professional Basketball league) with professional organizations as NACO, CDP, Don Bosco and Scorpions.
In Venezuela, Alejandro Flores started his participation as foreign player with Estudiantes Del Guarico in the National League. He was selected by the Venezuelas National team to help them in the South American Championship for professional Clubs, in Brazil, in 2007. Alejandro was one of the ten best players of this championship scoring 13.4ppg. After that, he went back to Venezuela to join Pescadores de Sucre, actual champions of the 2007 National League of Venezuela.
In the 2008 LPB (Professional Basketball League of Venezuela), Alejandro Flores joined Marinos de Oriente to then, get trade to Gatos de Monagas, leading this team with 16.1 points per games and 6.96 rebounds per game.


Last Wednesday the 25th, Alejandro Flores scored 31 points to defeated Marinos de Oriente. The same basketball team that trade him out by the beginning of the 2008 LPB 's season.


Alejandro Flores was also playing in the Venezuelas Profesional Basketball League All-Star Game.

Next week, Alejandro Flores will be facing his new challenge at the NBA level in his professional basketball career.

It's not the first time that a professional basketball player, can make the NBA level coming from the Venezuela's professional Basketball League, as Carl Herrera, Oscar Torres, Anthony Mason, David Wesley, Moochie Norris, etc

Good luck Caballo!!





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Women News

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  BRAZIL - Women  


Iziane too close for the win - by Eurobasket News
Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) and her Atlanta were too close to reach the first win in WNBA, but had to admit the loss from the Sun. The leagues leading Connecticut was on the verge of becoming the first team to lose to Atlanta. But the Sun leaders Asjha Jones and Tamika Whitmore stepped up in the extra period to bring the Sun to their 12th win in the season. Asjha Jones scored 8 points and Tamika Whitmore added 6 in overtime and Connecticut pulled away with a narrow win at the end. The Sun opened the game confidently and piled up an 11-point lead in the second stanza. However the Dream relied on a run late in the half to cut the deficit to 3 points at halftime. The Dream surged ahead in the third stanza and held to an 81:80 lead with late in regulation. The hosts spurred back in front but Kristen Mann nailed a three-pointer to make it 84:82 for Atlanta. Tamika Whitmore and Lindsay Whalen carried the Sun in front 89:86 with 19 seconds left. Tamera Young answered with a three-pointer to force overtime. The lead changed hands a couple of times throughout the extra term before Whitmore hit a free throw and Jones added a jumper for the Sun 99:96 advantage. Jones and Whitmore then teamed up for 4 more points and Connecticut built an unassailable advantage. Asjha Jones led the winners with 30 points. Tamika Whitmore had 28 points, while Lindsay Whalen secured 20 points and 10 boards for Connecticut. Atlanta responded with game-high 44 points from Betty Lennox. Ivory Latta contributed 15 points in the 14th straight loss for Atlanta. Iziane Castro ended up with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assist.

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  FRANCE - Women  


Gruda is victorious with the league leading team - by Eurobasket News
Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) and her Connecticut sent Atlanta to 14th straight loss in WNBA, while taking their 12th win. The leagues leading Connecticut was on the verge of becoming the first team to lose to Atlanta. But the Sun leaders Asjha Jones and Tamika Whitmore stepped up in the extra period to bring the Sun to their 12th win in the season. Asjha Jones scored 8 points and Tamika Whitmore added 6 in overtime and Connecticut pulled away with a narrow win at the end. The Sun opened the game confidently and piled up an 11-point lead in the second stanza. However the Dream relied on a run late in the half to cut the deficit to 3 points at halftime. The Dream surged ahead in the third stanza and held to an 81:80 lead with late in regulation. The hosts spurred back in front but Kristen Mann nailed a three-pointer to make it 84:82 for Atlanta. Tamika Whitmore and Lindsay Whalen carried the Sun in front 89:86 with 19 seconds left. Tamera Young answered with a three-pointer to force overtime. The lead changed hands a couple of times throughout the extra term before Whitmore hit a free throw and Jones added a jumper for the Sun 99:96 advantage. Jones and Whitmore then teamed up for 4 more points and Connecticut built an unassailable advantage. Asjha Jones led the winners with 30 points. Tamika Whitmore had 28 points, while Lindsay Whalen secured 20 points and 10 boards for Connecticut. Sandrine Gruda played 16 minutes and achieved 2 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Atlanta responded with game-high 44 points from Betty Lennox. Ivory Latta contributed 15 points in the 14th straight loss for Atlanta.
Two days ago Sandrine Gruda nailed 7 points and made 6 rebounds as her Connecticut lost to Detroit 61:70. Detroit used an 11-1 third-quarter scoring run to build a commanding lead after Connecticut trimmed the Shock's lead to five.


France U20 beats Spain at the 7th International Istanbul Tournament - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Spain U20 65:45

As the preparations for the upcoming U20 European championship is getting busier four teams arrived to Turkey to take part in the 7th International Tournament. Turkey, France, Spain and Russia are due to take part at the event that takes place at the Besiktas Cola Turka Akatlar Arena. Spanish and French U20 teams tipped off the competition yesterday. France got to a somehow unexpectedly easy victory. They opened the game with full speed and accumulated a 25:15 lead after one quarter of action. Spain struggled offensively as they managed only 9 points in the second frame. France capitalized to gain a 46:24 buffer at the interval. Spanish team finally adjusted in the third period as they fixed their defense and limited French side to 10 points. But still lacking offensive consistency Spaniards failed to cut the gap. France looked too good for Spain and celebrated a deserved win at the end. Sarah Michel (178-F-89) led France with 16 points and 5 boards. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (191-C-89) had 14 points in a winning case. Laura Herrera (185-F-89) answered with 9 points for Spain. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) knocked down 8 points in defeat. Spain will take on Russia, while France will play against hosting Turkey today.

France U20: Sarah Michel 16, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 14, Lorraine Lokoka (184-C-89) 9
Spain U20: Laura Herrera 9, Anna Carbo 8


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  GERMANY - Women  


Kerns another year in Goettingen - by Cornelius Damm
Jennifer Kerns (172-G-76, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Washington St.) captain and assistant coach of 2007/08 most surprising team in 1.DBBL BG 74 Goettingen will stay another year with the 'Veilchen'. The club is very pleased with this decision and hopes Kerns will continue being a true leader and transferring her game knowledge to the young squad of the 2007/08 fourth seeded 1.DBBL club. Kerns is looking forward to her 5th year in the purple dress. As an explanation for her return she named the chance to keep on learning from head coach Vlastibor Klimes of the womens team and John Patrick of the mens team. Goettingen is one of the few towns in Germany that competes in mens and womens first league.

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  GREECE - Women  


Market News - by Chris Mammides
Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78), probably the best Greek Basketball player in the last decade, agreed terms with Panathinaikos for the next two years. Kostaki is the first ever Greek player to play in NWBL.
Apollon Kalamarias agreed terms with Nelly Bibiri (187-F-80) and Dimitra Tellidou, both players got a contract for one year.
Aris Holargos dismiss three players, Fani Roidou (185-F-82) who agreed terms (1 year on lend) with Kronos Agiou Dimitriou, Katerina Spathari (172-G-81) who agreed terms for one year on a lending agreement) with Amaryllis and Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-83) who agreed terms with Esperides, while renew the contract of Theoni Tzegiannaki (162-G-85), Aristea Maglara (170-G-82), Zoe Kehagia (170-G-80) and Konstanti Ouzouni (171-G-85) for another year. Furthermore, agreed terms (lending agreement) with the talented guard form EA Patron, Zoe Papageorgaki (182-G-88)
Stavroula Prassa (170-G-79) agreed financial terms with Athinaikos and Head Coach Georgis Dikeoulakos , furthermore, Vasiliki Volonaki (179-F-80) agreed financial terms with Athinaikos for the next two years.

Kostas Kyratzis is the new head coach of the team Apollon Ptolemaidas for the next two years. Furthermore, Maria Moschopoulou (-84), ex player of Aris Thivas agreed terms with Apollon Ptolemaidas for the next year. Nasfika Stavridou (182-G-86) and Evgenia Ntampi (170-G-90) both players agreed terms with Apollon Ptolemaidas for one year (lending agreement)
Georgia Day (177-G-83) and Elena Vlani (174-G-86) agreed financial terms with P. Faliro for the next season. Antonis Boumpous will be the new head coach of the team for the season 2008-2009.
Simos Syropoulos is the Panathlitikos's new Head Coach for the season 2008-2009, the ex head coach of Megas Alexandros decided to get the control of the A2 team in order to bring the team buck to the A1 league.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Maccabi Ashdod inks Baker and Elohim - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Ashdod that finished the previous season on the 5th spot after the regular season signed Sherill Baker (174-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia) and Brahsheedah Elohim (180-F-80, college: Fayetteville). Both players had a great season for Ramla and won two trophies last season.
Sherill Baker became Israeli Cup Winner -08, Europe Cup Semifinals -08, Israeli League Champion -08 and was mentioned All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -08 by Eurobasket. She finished the season averaging 15.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Baker is currently playing for the WNBA's Indiana Fever in both back court positions. In the last game Meanwhile the Los Angeles Sparks outlasted the Indiana Fever 77:63 at the Staples Center. The game was highlighted by the second dunk in the WNBA history. Candace Parker followed the path of her teammate Lisa Leslie when she dribbled the court for a dunk with 29 seconds remaining in the contest. Leslie was the first player to dunk the ball in a WNBA game. Candace Parker provided 10 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks to help the Sparks improve to 9-3 record. Delisha Mitlon-Jones and Temeka Johnson had 10 points each for the winners. Tamika Catchings started for the Fever for the first time in the season and dropped 17 points in defeat. Sherill Baker played 6 minutes and had 2 rebounds, 1 point and 1 steal. In 2007 Baker played for New York Liberty in WNBA first three games but then moved to Los Angeles Sparks. She recorded there 24 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.9rpg, and 3.2apg.
Brahsheedah Elohim averaged 2.5 points per game in the last season. Her biggest game was game 4 of the playoff semi finals against Ramat Hasharon where she scored 11 points and helped Ramla avoid elimination. For her Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention also Israeli Cup Winner -08, Europe Cup Semifinals -08 and Israeli League Champion -08. In 2005 she participated in WBCBL All-Star Game.
Maccabi Ashdod hopes for a better position in the next season and will expect help from the new players.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian youngsters shoot down Romania - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Romania U18 79:62

Lithuanian U18 National Team continued their build-up for the European championship. Yesterday they took on Romanian counterparts. Lithuania controlled the tempo right from the start as the high-flying first frame saw them grab a 24:18 lead. Lithuanian stepped on the gas in the second frame and piled up a 17-point lead at halftime. After stretching the advantage to as many as 28 points before the final period Lithuanian side never looked back. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) dropped 30 points to lead the charge. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) scored 23 points, while Lina Pikciute (188-F-90) and Marina Solopova (178-G-90) had 7 points apiece for the winners.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U20 thumps Turkey in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Russia U20 48:65

Turkish U20 National Team hosted their Russian counterparts yesterday. The teams tipped off the 7th International Istanbul Tournament. The event will enjoy the participation of France and Spain teams alongside Russia and Turkey. The action began yesterday when Russian U20 squad left no chance for the hosts. Led by Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) Russia marked their dominance right from the start. They outgunned the home team 24:11 in the opening frame to enter the second frame with a comfortable cushion. However the hosts refused to surrender that early. They went on a 14:7 run to claw their back within 6 points late in the second period. Russia withheld the effort and led by 8 points at halftime. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) and Olga Petrova ignited a 13:3 run to open the third stanza. Turkey accounted for just 10 points in the frame and trailed by 15 points heading into the final frame. The teams exchanged baskets in the final frame and Russia easily ensured the winning outcome at the end. Olga Zhuzhgova notched 12 points and 8 boards for Russia. Natalia Vieru had 9 points, while Irina Romanova (185-G-88) and Olga Sizyapova dropped 8 points apiece in win. Ilknur Dumlu (166-G-89) led all scorers with 13 points. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) and Gizem Yavuz (168-G-88, agency: Prosportman) knocked down 6 points each for Turkey. Russia will try to extend the winning streak against Spain today. Turkey will look for the initial victory against France later tonight.

Turkey U20: Ilknur Dumlu 13, Bahar Caglar 6, Gizem Yavuz 6
Russia U20: Olga Zhuzhgova 12, Natalia Vieru 9, Irina Romanova 8, Olga Sizyapova 8


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  SPAIN - Women  


France U20 beats Spain at the 7th International Istanbul Tournament - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Spain U20 65:45

As the preparations for the upcoming U20 European championship is getting busier four teams arrived to Turkey to take part in the 7th International Tournament. Turkey, France, Spain and Russia are due to take part at the event that takes place at the Besiktas Cola Turka Akatlar Arena. Spanish and French U20 teams tipped off the competition yesterday. France got to a somehow unexpectedly easy victory. They opened the game with full speed and accumulated a 25:15 lead after one quarter of action. Spain struggled offensively as they managed only 9 points in the second frame. France capitalized to gain a 46:24 buffer at the interval. Spanish team finally adjusted in the third period as they fixed their defense and limited French side to 10 points. But still lacking offensive consistency Spaniards failed to cut the gap. France looked too good for Spain and celebrated a deserved win at the end. Sarah Michel (178-F-89) led France with 16 points and 5 boards. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (191-C-89) had 14 points in a winning case. Laura Herrera (185-F-89) answered with 9 points for Spain. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) knocked down 8 points in defeat. Spain will take on Russia, while France will play against hosting Turkey today.

France U20: Sarah Michel 16, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 14, Lorraine Lokoka (184-C-89) 9
Spain U20: Laura Herrera 9, Anna Carbo 8


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  TURKEY - Women  


Russia U20 thumps Turkey in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Russia U20 48:65

Turkish U20 National Team hosted their Russian counterparts yesterday. The teams tipped off the 7th International Istanbul Tournament. The event will enjoy the participation of France and Spain teams alongside Russia and Turkey. The action began yesterday when Russian U20 squad left no chance for the hosts. Led by Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) Russia marked their dominance right from the start. They outgunned the home team 24:11 in the opening frame to enter the second frame with a comfortable cushion. However the hosts refused to surrender that early. They went on a 14:7 run to claw their back within 6 points late in the second period. Russia withheld the effort and led by 8 points at halftime. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) and Olga Petrova ignited a 13:3 run to open the third stanza. Turkey accounted for just 10 points in the frame and trailed by 15 points heading into the final frame. The teams exchanged baskets in the final frame and Russia easily ensured the winning outcome at the end. Olga Zhuzhgova notched 12 points and 8 boards for Russia. Natalia Vieru had 9 points, while Irina Romanova (185-G-88) and Olga Sizyapova dropped 8 points apiece in win. Ilknur Dumlu (166-G-89) led all scorers with 13 points. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) and Gizem Yavuz (168-G-88, agency: Prosportman) knocked down 6 points each for Turkey. Russia will try to extend the winning streak against Spain today. Turkey will look for the initial victory against France later tonight.

Turkey U20: Ilknur Dumlu 13, Bahar Caglar 6, Gizem Yavuz 6
Russia U20: Olga Zhuzhgova 12, Natalia Vieru 9, Irina Romanova 8, Olga Sizyapova 8


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Atlanta puts up a fight against Connecticut, still lose in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut - Atlanta 109:101 (OT)

The leagues leading Connecticut was on the verge of becoming the first team to lose to Atlanta. But the Sun leaders Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) stepped up in the extra period to bring the Sun to their 12th win in the season. Asjha Jones scored 8 points and Tamika Whitmore added 6 in overtime and Connecticut pulled away with a narrow win at the end. The Sun opened the game confidently and piled up an 11-point lead in the second stanza. However the Dream relied on a run late in the half to cut the deficit to 3 points at halftime. The Dream surged ahead in the third stanza and held to an 81:80 lead with late in regulation. The hosts spurred back in front but Kristen Mann nailed a three-pointer to make it 84:82 for Atlanta. Tamika Whitmore and Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) carried the Sun in front 89:86 with 19 seconds left. Tamera Young answered with a three-pointer to force overtime. The lead changed hands a couple of times throughout the extra term before Whitmore hit a free throw and Jones added a jumper for the Sun 99:96 advantage. Jones and Whitmore then teamed up for 4 more points and Connecticut built an unassailable advantage. Asjha Jones led the winners with 30 points. Tamika Whitmore had 28 points, while Lindsay Whalen secured 20 points and 10 boards for Connecticut. Atlanta responded with game-high 44 points from Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech). Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) contributed 15 points in the 14th straight loss for Atlanta.