EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/10/2008

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


New faces in Zadar - by Dragan Jankovski
Finalist of Adriatic league last season and a new champion of Croatia, BC Zadar, continues with the signing this summer. After inking of Deian Ivanov (205-C-86), the team also agreed terms with Damir Rancic (198-G-83) and American Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR). Both players signed one year deal with the club.
Damir Rancic started last season in Union Olimpija but in December he moved to Panelionios from Athens. He played 17 games in Greek A1 regular season averaging 5.1 ppg. He also had 3 games in ULEB Cup adding 3 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1 apg. The team reached semifinals of Greek National Cup last season which was the second one for Rancic in Panelionios. Namely, he already played half of the season there in 2006. In the past Rancic used to play for Ukrainian team Kyiv and Cibona Zagreb. He won Ukrainian Cup with Kyiv reaching the play-off final. As a member of Cibona on season 05/06 he registered 4.8 ppg and 1.6 rpg in Euroleague. The team also captured the title in Croatian A1 league. Rancic was a member of Croatian senior National Team on European Championship in Belgrade.
Malik Dixon is a player who posseses huge international experience as he played in Israel, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy and France. Last season he spent in Israeli team Hapoel Holon averaging 10 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 2 apg in Premier League. Holon made unbelievable success last season taking crown from the Israeli giant Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Dixon never played in any of Adriatic region countries so far.

Zadar also negotiates yet with center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) who according to the Zadar's management asks for an amount of money which the team can not pay.


Eight Adriatic league teams in Euroleague and Eurocup - by Dragan Jankovski
Adriatic league will have seven representatives in European competitions for the next season. Partizan Igokea, Union Olimpija and Cibona will participate in Euroleague. On yesterday's Euroleague draw in Berlin their opponents are announced. Adriatic league champion, Partizan Igokea, is placed into group D together with CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, Efes Pilsen, Armani Jeans and Panionios. Place in group C is reserved for Union Olimpija. The Slovenian champion will compete with TAU Ceramica, Fenerbahce Ulker, Virtus Roma, Joventut and ALBA Berlin. Cibona Zagreb, who didn't win the championship title in Croatia last season but has the contract with Euroleague, will play against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Olympiakos, Unicaja, Le Mans and Avelino in Group A.

Five teams from Adriatic league will compete in Eurocup. It will be Zadar, Hemofarm STADA, Crvena Zvezda, FMP and Buducnost. Zadar is placed in the same group with Maroussi and French Roanne. They will still have to wait for the team number four which will be known after qualifications. Cholet, Riga or Bilbao could take that position. Hemfoarm is like Zadar placed directly to the regular season. They will play against Girona, Nymburk and Buducnost or Galatasaray or Siauliai (depens of the qualifications). Crvena Zvezda will meet Tartu rock or Swans Alianz in the second qualification round. FMP will have to start from the beginning playing against My Guide Amsterdam.


Krka extends Rakocevic - by Zeljko Zule

Krka re-signed Montenegrin Marko Rakocevic (205-C-83) for another one year. Last season he averaged 23,7 minutes, 10,6 points and 5,7 rebounds in 35 games of regular season of 1.A League UPC Telemach.

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  ARGENTINA   


Olympic team begins its journey - by Leonardo Contieri
Tonight the olympic national team will play its first game on uts road to Beijing olympics, without Ginobili, who made some on court moves yesterday for the first time, and probably without CarlosDelfino, who is still uncertain about his NBA future, Argentina will host poland.
Pablo Prigioni, Sebasrtian Porta, Nicolas Gianella, Carlos Delfino, Emanuel Ginobili, Paolo Quinteros, Andres Nocioni, Federico Kammerichs, Leonardo Gutierrez, Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto, Roman Gonzalez and Juan Gutierrez are the 13 current members, the last cut is expected to be made right before the team leaves for Spain, where will play 3 matches before travelling to China to play the Diamond Ball and the Olympic Games.


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  AUSTRALIA   


New era begins for 36ers - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide 36ers will begin their first official pre-season team training under new Head Coach, Scott Ninnis, on Monday July 14th 2008 at the Distinctive Homes Dome at 9.00am.

The bulk of the 2008/09 playing group will be in attendance with only New Zealand recruit, Paora Winitana (195-G-76), and the final US import spot to be added to the team.

Pocket Rocket Brad Davidson will also be missing next week while on his honeymoon and Adam Ballinger will not train due to back soreness.

Brett Maher will again lead the club in his 13th season as captain, and his 18th and final season at the club.

The full 36ers pre-season training squad is below.

Pre-Season Training Squad
Brett Maher, Brad Davidson, Luke Schenscher, David Cooper, Adam Ballinger, Brad Hill, Jacob Holmes, Ryan Kersten, Paora Winitana, Peter Hoban (Forestville Eagles), Brad Gerlach (Forestville Eagles), Erik Burdon (North Adelaide Rockets), Josh Wood (Southern Tigers), Trent Fildes (Forestville Eagles), Anthony Spadavecchia (West Adelaide Bearcats).

Coaches: Scott Ninnis, Richard Hill (assistant), Liam Flynn (assistant).
Courtesy of nbl.com.au



Australia U18 National Team for William Jones Cup Tournament 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Jorden Page (183-G-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Ryan Godfrey (187-G-90) of Rockingham EM Flames
Christian Salecich (194-G-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Todd Blanchfield (200-F-90) of Mackay Meteors
Hugh Greenwood (188-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Ryan Broekhoff (196-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Brock Motum (205-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Cody Ellis (202-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Brad Simpson (198-F-90) of Illawarra Seahawks
Mitchell Young (205-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Shane Harris-Trunk (208-C-90) of Australian Institute Sport
Head Coach: Martin Clarke
Assistant Coach: Damian Cotter


Australia lost the second game of Acropolis tournament - by Eurobasket News

Greece-Australia 89:69

Australia lost the second game of Acropolis tournament, being defeated by the Greek side on Day 2 69:89. It was a great start from the Boomers that won the first two quarters. Later on Greece took the full control of the court and won the game reaching plus 30. Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 18 points. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) nailed 16, whilst Theodoros Papaloukas added 12. David Andersen (212-C-80) top-scored for Australians with 13 points and David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) scored 12.

Both teams came to the second day with different records. In the first day Greece overcame Brazil, while Australia lot to Croatia. The Boomers did not mind it and even did not pay too much attention playing abroad. In the first quarter due to some important baskets in the end Australia grabbed 18:17 lead. They increased the lead to 4 points when both squads went to the lockers.
Another Greece came back to the court in the third period as they dominated the whole court. The hosts pushed the tempo and won the period 30:13. There was nothing Australians could do for the hosts that found its game. Greece won also the last quarter 23:16 and reached the second win in a row in Acropolis tournament.
In another game of the day Brazil bounced back from the first loss in Acropolis tournament and beat Croatia on Day 2 86:77. The South American team had a great start and never looked behind in the game.


Greece:Vasilis Spanoulis 18, Antonis Fotsis 16, Theodoros Papaloukas 12
Australia:David Andersen 13, David Barlow 12



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  AUSTRIA   


2 positive doping tests in the OBL - by Stefan Heinrich
The Austrian Basketball announced today that the players Mike Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) and Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) were tested positiv on cannabis and/or marihuana after the 4th Semifinale game of this season. Both players will be suspended for 7 month as they refused the opining of the B test. The suspention will be acitve from the day becomes valid.

Both players have to reimbure the money for the doping tests and they will be suspended internationally!


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  BELGIUM   


Readiness for the upcoming fall - by Eurobasket News
Belgian teams are ready for the battle in the European arena that will start in the upcoming fall. Last night the teams found out their opponents in the tournaments.
Ostende will face BC Triumph Lyubertsy in EuroCup Qualifying Round 1. First sixteen teams of EuroCup found out their opponents in the first Qualifying Round. The draw was held today in Berlin, Germany. The season will start on October 14th. Charlerois directly qualified to the regular season and will represent Belgium as well.
Dexia Mons-Hainaut and Liege will play in FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge. The winner and runner-up of EuroChallenge will earn the right to play in the EuroCup next season. Eight teams qualified directly to the first qualifying round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium), Keravnos (Cyprus), Kalev (Estonia), Larissa (Greece), Virtus Bologna (Italy), Ventspils (Latvia), Lokomotiv Rostov (Russia) and Khimik (Ukraine) will wait for their opponents. The season will be open on October 21st. Liege will play with Bakken Bears in the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round 1.
Eurobasket will follow all the European events and pay close attention to Belgian teams.


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  BOSNIA   


Bosna ASA BHT names Alen Abaz head coach - by Eurobasket News
Management of the new champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosna ASA BHT, hired Alen Abaz as a new head coach. At the same time the team also offered a position of assistant coach to Dejan Parezanin, who was one of the candidates for a hottest spot on Bosna's bench. Contract with Abaz is not officially signed yet but it is expected to happen very soon. Abaz will put signature on a 3-year deal with the club. Dejan Parezanin will respond on club's offer to be an assistant coach as soon as he return from the vacation. As a reminder, during the last month Slovenian coach Jurij Zdovc decided to leave the club despite winning the championship title.

In interview for Bosnian daily newspapers Dnevni Avaz new head coach of Bosna ASA BHT, Alen Abaz, said that he is honored with decision of the team's management.

'I am glad that I got a chance to lead the biggest basketball club in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was my dream since I started my coaching career. I am very involved in all happenings in the club. We will have to work very hard in order to make a strong team for the upcoming season. Zimic, Sehovic, Pasalic, Djurasovic and Hajric are under the contract. We negotiate with Ikonic and Bailey and I think they are very close to stay. It would be good if we don't change roster a lot than it was in the last season. It will be very hard task to keep Bavcic as he already has couple of offers from abroad. We will also have to find a good low post player after leaving of Lance Williams to Turkey' - said Alen Abaz.

Senad Redzic, who was a coordinator of Bosna's young selections, is named to be the second assistant of Alen Abaz.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil beats Croatia in Day 2 of Acropolis tournament - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-Brazil 77:86 (19:24, 20:29, 19:20, 19:13)

Brazil bounced back from the first loss in Acropolis tournament and beat Croatia on Day 2 86:77. The South American team had a great start and never looked behind in the game. Huertas Marcelo, Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) and Becker Murilo led the winners with 12 points each. Tavernari Jonatha and Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 11 points each. Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) top-scored for Europeans with 21 points, whilst Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) added 17.

Brazil won the opening quarter 24:19 to take control of the game. Another massive 29:20 in the second period gave South Americans 14 points advantage at the half. In order not to stop Brazil produced 20:19 in the third quarter to have 15 points before the last 10 minutes. Meanwhile Croatia responded with 19:13 in the last period to close the gap. Brazil held the score for good and reached the first win at Acropolis tournament sending Croatia also to 1-1 record.
In another game of the day Greece overcame Australia 89:69. It was a great start from the Boomers that won the first two quarters. Later on Greece took the full control of the court and won the game reaching plus 30. Spanoulis Vasilis paced all the winners with 18 points. Tonight Brazil faces Australia, while Greece will take on Croatia.


Croatia: Damir Markota 21, Nikola Prkacin 17
Brazil: Huertas Marcelo 12, Marcelinho Machado 12, Becker Murilo 12, Tavernari Jonatha 11, Tiago Splitter 11



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  CAMEROON   


Milwaukee Bucks signs Luc to a multi-year contract - by Cyril Empig

Congratulations, Luc!!!

Bucks Sign Second-Round Pick Mbah A Moute
Posted Jul 9 2008 7:37PM

MILWAUKEE, July 9 -- The Milwaukee Bucks signed Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced Wednesday. Mbah a Moute (6-foot-8, 230 pounds) was the 37th overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft and will participate in the 2008 Las Vegas Summer League with the Bucks (July 12-20).

A native of Yaounde, Cameroon, Mbah a Moute played three seasons for the UCLA Bruins and left the school as the 15th leading rebounder with 775. In 107 games (106 starts) with the Bruins, Mbah a Moute averaged 8.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 50.3 percent from the field. As a junior he was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention All-Defensive Team as he produced 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds (T-11th in the Pac-10). He has been a part of UCLA teams that reached the Final Four three consecutive years (2006-2008).

Mbah a Moute, pronounced Bah ah Moo-tay, will join Bucks first round draft pick Joe Alexander along with Ramon Sessions and Awvee Storey on the Bucks Summer League team. The five-game schedule kicks of Saturday against Memphis and includes games against Detroit (July 15), Denver (July 17), Minnesota (July 19) and Cleveland (July 20).

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


Read the NBA.com/Milwaukee Bucks release here:

http://www.nba.com/news/mbahamoute_080709.html



The National team in Camp - by Gilles Bouwe
Since one week the national men basketball team is in camp at LYON France preparing for the preolympic tournament sheduled for the 14 to the 20 of jully in Athenes.These are the players invited in the camp.
-Serval Amougui Zibi (Pont-Cherry de Lyon-France)
-Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (Ewebaskets of Ordenburg- Allemagne)
-Parfait Bitee Moto (University of Rhode Island- Usa)
-Cyrille Makanda Etogo (Cska de Samara-Russie)
-Patrick Bouli Elandi (University of Manhattan-Usa)
-Alfred Aboya Baliaba (Ucla-Usa)
-Joseph Vladimir Owona (Jsa Bordeaux N1-France)
-Brice Vounang Nanfah (Rouen pro A- France)
-Seydou Njoya (Nancy-France)*
-Stphane Pelle Pl (Belgacom Lige-Belgique)*
-Harding Ngueyep Nana (Turow de Zgorzele - Pologne)
-Franck Patrick Ndongo (Virginia Commonwealth University Usa)
-Alexandre Nkembe (France)*
-Joachim Ekanga (France)*
-Christian Bayang (Beac-Cameroun)
-Jean-Pierre Elong Ebongue (Beac-Cameroun)
-Alexis Wangmene (University of Texas-Usa)
-Luc Richard Mbah Mout (Milwaukee Bucks-Usa)*

Till two days ago four were still absent:
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Joachiml EKANGA,Alex NKEMBE and Seidou NJOYA


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  COLOMBIA   


Bucaros - Ivan Olivares School and Don Kelbick clinics in Colombia - by Victor Garcia
Carlos Parra, manager of the Bucaros and Ivan Olivares School in Colombia invited coach Don Kelbick to give two Basketball Clinics in Colombia, the first Clinic was on July 4 to 6 on Bucaramanga with great success.
The second one will be July 11 to 13 in Bogot at the Calasanz School.
Don Kelbicks coaching career included individual work with players like Raja Bell, Carlos Boozer and Carlos Arroyo, Kelbick also coached the Miami Tropics team in the FIBA AMERICAS League.


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  CROATIA   


Croatian teams in European competitions next season - by Eurobasket News
The draw for Euroleague regular season 08/09 is officially held yesterday in Berlin. As it was over the past years Cibona will once again be the only Croatian representative in this elite competition. The team from Zagreb is placed into group A together with Maccabi, Olympiakos, Unicaja, Le Mans and Avelino. Cibona's head coach, Velimir Perasovic, stated that he is satisfied with the draw results. In interview for Croatian media Perasovic said that Cibona will have a chance to reach Top 16 if they make a strong team which he already has on his mind.

In the meantime Zadar's officials weren't lucky after yesterday's Eurocup draw. Zadar will meet Choralle Roane, who played last season in Euroleague, as well as Maroussi from Athens. Name of the fourth team will be known after qualification rounds. It possibly could be Bilbao Basket, Cholet or ASK Riga. The teams will be divided in 8 groups with 4 teams each. Two best teams from each group will advance to the next stage.

Croaita will also have two representatives in EuroChallenge. It will be Cedevita and Zagreb but both teams will start competition from the first qualification round. Zagreb will play against Czech team Prostejov where better team from two games will reach the next stage. If Zagreb succeed to knock out Prostejov it will face with Russian Samara or Ukrainian Cherkassy. On the other side Cedevita will take on French Toulon in the first qualifications round. Its possible rivals at the next stage are Assesof Ploiesti and Spartak St. Petersbug.


Brazil beats Croatia in Day 2 of Acropolis tournament - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-Brazil 77:86 (19:24, 20:29, 19:20, 19:13)

Brazil bounced back from the first loss in Acropolis tournament and beat Croatia on Day 2 86:77. The South American team had a great start and never looked behind in the game. Huertas Marcelo, Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) and Becker Murilo led the winners with 12 points each. Tavernari Jonatha and Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 11 points each. Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) top-scored for Europeans with 21 points, whilst Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) added 17.

Brazil won the opening quarter 24:19 to take control of the game. Another massive 29:20 in the second period gave South Americans 14 points advantage at the half. In order not to stop Brazil produced 20:19 in the third quarter to have 15 points before the last 10 minutes. Meanwhile Croatia responded with 19:13 in the last period to close the gap. Brazil held the score for good and reached the first win at Acropolis tournament sending Croatia also to 1-1 record.
In another game of the day Greece overcame Australia 89:69. It was a great start from the Boomers that won the first two quarters. Later on Greece took the full control of the court and won the game reaching plus 30. Spanoulis Vasilis paced all the winners with 18 points. Tonight Brazil faces Australia, while Greece will take on Croatia.


Croatia: Damir Markota 21, Nikola Prkacin 17
Brazil: Huertas Marcelo 12, Marcelinho Machado 12, Becker Murilo 12, Tavernari Jonatha 11, Tiago Splitter 11



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  CYPRUS   


Three teams for Filippopoulos!!! - by Chris Mammides

Another great moment and great honor for the Cyprus Basketball, the well-known head coach Konstantinos Filippopoulos is in communication with three teams coming from two different countries. These teams from the German and Swedish league are considering seriously agreeing financial terms with the Greek-Cypriot Head coach. It seems like in many other cases that the Europeans do know and do respect much more the Cypriot basketball professionals than the local basketball people.

It is obvious that a professional in Cyprus has to become known and have a career outside the country in order for the locals to realize the real value and worth of its competence and knowledge and then make an offer or give the chance to work in locally in a serious level. Like many other cases of basketball people (such us Dragan Raca , Giannis Ioannides etc) Konstantinos Filippopoulos after a quite successful two seasons (during 2006-2007 as an assistant coach in the mens team of Achilleas Kaimakli where succeeded to bring the Kaimakli team- together with his head coach Takis Mirallais , to the fourth position of the regular season and with a budget much smaller than most of his competitors and during the last season 2007-2008 where he manage to coach the 'dismantle team of Keravnos Strovolou - women's team and lost the title in the very last game against the almighty AEL). After these two season the scoters from the German and Swedish leagues present the talented Head coach to their prospective clients and probably within the next couple of weeks we could have the second head coach (after Dragan Raca ) coaching a team in another European country/league.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Greek/Cypriot Head Coach.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Nymburk and BK Prostejov to play in Europe - by Eurobasket News
Even though BK Prostejov did not make it to the Final of Czech Republic it will be them to participate in the European arena together with CEZ Basketball Nymburk. The latter triumphed in Czech Republic Final defeating Geofin Novy Jicin in Game 5 93:70. A fourth win in the best-of-seven series brought the defending champions its fifth straight Czech League championship. Taking control from the very beginning the hosts benefit from the game. Radoslav Rancik paced the winners with 21 points. Radek Necas collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ladislav Sokolovsky posted 18.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk will start the season in EuroCup. The draw was held yesterday in Berlin, Germany. Nymburk will go directly to the regular season of the competition. The season will start on October 14th.
BK Prostejov will participate in FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge. The winner and runner-up of EuroChallenge will earn the right to play in the EuroCup next season. The season will be open on October 21st. BK Prostejov will meet Croatian KK Zagreb in the opener. The latter made it to Croatian semifinals but lost to Zadar in 3 games. The team however did not have a lucky season in Adriatic League finishing the regular season with 6-19 record.


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  DENMARK   


Bakken and Svendborg will start in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Bakken Bears and Svendborg Rabbits will start in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round 1. FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge is set up with a new system of playing. The draw was held in Berlin, Germany as well as EuroCup and Euroleague draws. The winner and runner-up of EuroChallenge will earn the right to play in the EuroCup next season. Eight teams qualified directly to the first qualifying round. Dexia Mons-Hainaus, Keravnos, Kalev, Larissa, Virtus Bologna, Ventspils, Lokomotiv Rostov and Khimik will wait for their opponents.
Bakken Bears will face Belgian Liege Basket. The latter finished the regular season with 20-15 record, but did not make it to the semifinals. While some teams seem not be making any moves other teams such as Liege are working hard on getting their team together for next season.Their latest recruit was American guard Chris Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) who came to Liege from Turkey where he played for Banvit Kulubu. Recently Liege Basket has added another big guy to their roster for the upcoming season. The new recruit was power forward Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) and played college ball at East Tennessee State between 2000 and 2004 with good stats his last 3 years.
Svendborg Rabbits will play against Bosnian CBC Siroki. The latter decided to release head coach Ivan Velic , after the third place in Bosnia last season. The season will be open on October 21st.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguer Performances From Day 2 of Orlando Pro Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
New Jersey Nets (81) vs. Miami HEAT (90)
NETS: Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) (7p+3rb), Will Conroy (5p+6as), Julius Hodge (4p+4rb)
HEAT: Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) (17p+5rb), Stephane Lasme (13p+4rb)

Orlando Magic (77) vs. Oklahoma City (100)
MAGIC: James Augustine (6'10''-F-84, college: Illinois) (10p+3rb), Antywane Robinson (7p+2rb+2as+3st), Kevin Kruger (3p+8as)
OKC: Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, college: LSU) (9p), Justin Williams (6p+5rb), Nick Lewis (3p)

Indiana Pacers (84) vs. Chicago Bulls (89)
PACERS: Earl Calloway (6'3''-G-83, college: Indiana) (20p+6rb+5as+3st+6to), Stephen Graham (15p+5rb), Andre Emmett (14p+4rb), Courtney Sims (10p+3rb)
BULLS: Keith Langford (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Kansas) (19p+2rb+3bs), Demetris Nichols (16p+3rb), JamesOn Curry (10p+6as)


Arsenal players make summer league rosters - by Eurobasket News
Four players from the 2007 - 2008 Anaheim Arsenal have made it onto rosters of NBA teams during the 2008 summer leagues.

Center Marcus Campbell (7'0''-C-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mississippi St.) (Miami Heat) and guard Yuta Tabuse (5'9''-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) (New Jersey Nets) are playing in the Orlando Pro Summer League while guard Guillermo Diaz (6'2''-G-85, college: Miami, FL) (Charlotte Bobcats) and forward Noel Felix (6'9''-C/F-81, college: Fresno St.) (Sacramento Kings) are competing in the 2008 NBA Summer League Presented by EA Sports.

During the 07 - 08 NBA Development League season, Diaz became the 99th Gatorade Call-Up when he signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, Anaheim's parent team, on January 8, 2008. He received a second consecutive 10-day contract on January 18, 2008.

Felix was a starter on Anaheim's opening day roster, and in eleven games averaged 7.5 points and 1.18 blocked shots.

Both Campbell and Tabuse helped the Arsenal win 10 out of their final 14 games to finish the 07 - 08 season on a winning note. Campbell recorded16 double-doubles in points and rebounds during the season, while Tabuse came off the bench averaging 4.4 points and 1.1 assists per contest.

The Orlando Pro Summer League began July 7 and will continue until July 11, while the NBA Summer League Presented by EA Sports runs from July 11 - 20. All games from the Orlando Pro Summer League will be broadcast live on the web at www.orlandomagic.com and select games from the NBA Summer League Presented by EA Sports can be seen on NBA TV. For a complete list and schedule of league games please visit www.nba.com.
Courtesy of oursportcentral.com


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  EGYPT   


The Egyptian team in Taiwan for jones cup - by Sherif Soliman
The Egytptian team left last night to participate in Jones cup held in Taiwan .The team head coach is Samy Sharouny,Assitant Sabry Abd EL Naby,the players,Wael Badr(zam) 1,93 m,30 y.Mohamed Mahmoud(GSC) 1.83 m, 22 Y.Ramy Guinedy(Gsc) 1,84 m, 27 Y.Tamer Mostafa(SSC) 1.87 m 27 y.Ahmed El saed(ZAM) 1.93 M, 24Y.Mohamed El Saharty 1,96 m, 23 Y.Mohamed El Kerdany(Ahly) 1,95 m,31 Y,Moemen Abo El Enien(ISC) 1,28 m, 22 Y.Karim Shamsia(Ahly) 1,98 m, 25 Y.Mohamed Saed(shorta) 2.02 m, 28 Y.Mostafa Shawat(Ahly) 2.03 m, 21 Y.mohamed khorshed( ASC) 2.04 m,23 Y.Tarek El Ghanam(Ahly) 2.10 m,30 Y.Mohamed Adly(Ahly) 2,11 m,21 Y.Tamer Mostafa

Egyptian National Team for William Jones Cup Tournament 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Mohamed Said (205-C-80) of Shorta-Police
Mahmoud Mahmoud (185-G-86) of Al Gezira
Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) of Al Gezira
Wael Badr (193-G-78) of Al Zamalek
Mohamed Adly (211-C-87) of Al Ahly
Ahmed El Said (193-F-84) of Al Zamalek
Tarek El Ghanam (211-C-78) of Al Ahly
Haitham El Saharty (197-F-85) of Al Zamalek
Mohamed Khorshed (204-C-85) of Sporting
Karim Shamseya (198-F-83)
Mohammed El Kerdani (195-F-77) of Al Gezira
Moumen El Enein (198-F-86) of Al Ittihad Alexandria
Mostafa Shaawat (203-C-87)
Tamer Mostafa (187-G-82) of Somouha
Head Coach: Samy El Sharony
Coach: Sabry Abdel-Naby


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  ESTONIA   


Tartu Rock will meet Basket Swans in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Two best Estonian teams will play also in European arena in the upcoming season. Yesterday the draw was held in Berlin, Germany. First sixteen teams of EuroCup found out their opponents in the first Qualifying Round. Russian Triumph and Unics will meet Base BC Oostende and Energa Czarni respectively. Other countries are represented by one team in this stage and will have BC Siauliai featuring Galatasaray, My Guide Amsterdam - BC FMP Zeleznik, Basket Swans- Tartu Ulikool/Rock. Panellionios will play against Telekom Baskets, while Benetton Olympic will take on Benetton. ASK Riga will struggle versus Cholet Basket. The season will start on October 14th.
Austrian Basket Swans is the opponent for the Estonian team. The Swans finished the regular season in Austria on the third place with 25-11 record. In the semifinal series the opponent lost to Furstenfeld 2-3 that later triumphed in the country.
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn will play in FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge. The draw was held in Berlin, Germany as well as EuroCup and Euroleague draws. The winner and runner-up of EuroChallenge will earn the right to play in the EuroCup next season. Eight teams qualified directly to the first qualifying round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium), Keravnos (Cyprus), BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia), Larissa (Greece), Virtus Bologna (Italy), Ventspils (Latvia), Lokomotiv Rostov (Russia) and Khimik (Ukraine) will wait for their opponents. The season will be open on October 21st.


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) Las Vegas - Day 1 - by Darryl Reshaw

The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) ventured to the popular Tarkanian Basketball Academy on Tuesday evening.

The group of fourty (40) players participating in the event featured guys with NBA, Euroleague, NBDL, CBA, ABA, NCAA and
international experience.

The ESL in Las Vegas featured the most seven footers and players over 6'9' than any other summer exposure event for the international mareket.

The variety of scouts that attended on Tuesday night were very impressed by the talent level assembled by the ESL.

There were representatives from Italy, Turkey, Germany, China, Spain, Finland, Japan, Mexico and other minor leagues at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy last night.

The Las Vegas ESL had a pre-draft style format featuring drill stations organized by Mike Taylor of Ulm Basket (Germany), Eric Dailey (198-F-71, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: W.Carolina) (www.daileytraining.com), Tony Lenard (Elite Sports- Former ABA and CBA coach),

Lewis Lofton (191-F/G-72, college: Weber St.) (Current professional player in Poland) and Glen Hayes (professional coach with international experience).

The drill staions provided an opportunity for the scouts to evaluate players performing a variety of professional basketball related drills in a controlled environment.

A lot of players looked good during the drill stations which were very well organized and gave the players a lot of professional instruction.

During the last part of the ESL event on Tuesday the players scimmaged for three (3) sessions of twenty minutes running clock and a lot of players were exhausted after the grueling three hour workout.

In the first scrimmage Ryan Read (190-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Concordia Irvine) just simply shot the lights out and hit an array of three-pointers to raise the eyebrows of the many scouts that were in attendance since he has an Italian passport.

Dan Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) also shot well and Bennett Davison (203-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Arizona) showed his European veteran experience. The big guys were blocking shots like crazy as there were an abundance of seven footers in the paint.

Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Columbus St.) looked extremely well as he was blocking everything in sight using his crazy athleticism and he also hit a couple of 3pt shots.

Glenn Elliott (206-C-83, college: Florida A&M) looked great in the drills and scrimmage as he was a beast among boys and hit his jump hook consistently.

Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern). was outstanding as he was very smooth and athletic and caught the eye of several big name teams at the ESL.

Travis Knight (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut) the former NBA veteran is getting back in shape and looked very polished in the drills.

The guards that looked good in on the first day were Joseph Frazier (188-G-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge), Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) and Leonard Houston (191-G-85, college: Drake).

On Wednesday the ESL will start at 5:15pm and there will be two games at 6:30pm and at 8:00pm in a semifinal format.

As we approach the beginning of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas the ESL is where all the international scouts and

coaches will be at the next two days because of the quality of talented players assembled.

The ESL definitely has the best players outside of the official NBA Summer League.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
 1. Eiff.Towers 0-0 
 2. Mykolaiv 0-0 
 3. KK Zagreb 0-0 
 4. APOEL 0-0 
 5. AEL 0-0 
 6. Olimpia L. 0-0 
 7. Spartak SP 0-0 
 8. Hyeres-Toulon 0-0 
 9. Kormend 0-0 
 10. CSU Sibiu 0-0 
 11. Spartak P. 0-0 
 12. Keravnos 0-0 
 13. Vichy 0-0 
 14. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 15. BK Ventsp. 0-0 
 16. Borac Nektar 0-0 
 17. Oldenburg 0-0 
 18. CSK VVS 0-0 
 19. Bakken 0-0 
 20. Zlatorog 0-0 
 21. Cedevita 0-0 
 22. Polit.Lvov 0-0 
 23. Energy 0-0 
 24. Siroki 0-0 
 25. Liege 0-0 
 26. CSU Ploies. 0-0 
 27. UMobitelco 0-0 
 28. BC Kalev 0-0 
 29. Frankfurt 0-0 
 30. Antalya 0-0 
 31. Khimik 0-0 
 32. Svendborg 0-0 
 33. Sumihipr. 0-0 
 34. Lok.Rostov 0-0 
 35. BK Donetsk 0-0 
 36. Banvit 0-0 
 37. Prostejov 0-0 
 38. La Fortezza 0-0 
 39. Cherkassy 0-0 
 40. AMMAK SP 0-0 


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 0-0 
 2. Marousi 0-0 
 3. Roanne 0-0 
Group B
 1. Barons/LMT 0-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 3. Lukoil A. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Pierrel 0-0 
 2. Khimky 0-0 
 3. Besiktas 0-0 
Group D
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. Bnei Hash. 0-0 
 3. T.Telekom 0-0 
Group E
 1. ASVEL 0-0 
 2. Lietuvos 0-0 
 3. Azovmash 0-0 
Group F
 1. Turow 0-0 
 2. Bamberg 0-0 
 3. Charleroi 0-0 
Group G
 1. Pamesa 0-0 
 2. Upim 0-0 
 3. Art.Dragons 0-0 
Group H
 1. Hemofarm 0-0 
 2. Nymburk 0-0 
 3. Akasvayu 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Galatasaray 0-0 
 2. Energa Czarni 0-0 
 3. Oostende 0-0 
 4. Cholet 0-0 
 5. Crvena Zvez. 0-0 
 6. Benetton 0-0 
 7. Jerusalem 0-0 
 8. Amsterdam 0-0 
 9. TU/Rock 0-0 
 10. Ural Great 0-0 
 11. Le Havre 0-0 
 12. Panellinios 0-0 
 13. G.Canaria 0-0 
 14. Bilbao 0-0 
 15. Gmunden 0-0 
 16. Bonn 0-0 
 17. Siauliai 0-0 
 18. FMP 0-0 
 19. Buducnost 0-0 
 20. ASK Riga 0-0 
 21. Triumph 0-0 
 22. BC Kyiv 0-0 
 23. Unics 0-0 
 24. Fribourg 0-0 


Some of the latest transactions in Eurocup - by Eurobasket News
Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) agreed terms with Charny Slupsk. Bennet graduated at South Alabama University averaging 19.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.3 spg at his senior season. His school reached the semifinals of Sun Belt tournament this year.

Hepoel Migdal Jerusalem inked Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Memphis) to its roster. Sneed joined Hapoel from another Israeli team Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. He arrived to his last club in March having just 8 appearances in Israeli Premier league. For a very short time he touched a good shape averaging 16.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.1 spg. He started previous season in Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu after what he had a short episode at Iranian team Saba Battery. As a member of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion he was player of the year in Israel on 2006.

Bnei Hasharon appointed Moshe Weinkrantz as a new head coach. 54-year old Weinkrantz is successor of Effi Birenboim, who joined Maccabi Electra. Weinkrantz led Israeli National Team on European Championship in Athens on 2003.

Italian team Capo d'Orlando announced signing of Gabriele Ganeto (200-G/F-87) on a three years contract. Ganetto spent last season on loan in B1 team Aironi Castelletto Ticino. For 24 games in B1 Ganeto averaged 10.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg. He started basketball career in Biella, where he played until 2007.

Turow Zgorzelec agreed terms with former member of Croatian National Team Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80). After he left Zagreb in 2004 Miljkovic joined Russian team Dynamo St. Petersburg. At the beginning of the next season he moved to Panionios Athens as his Dynamo went bankrupt. Miljkovic's previous club was Spartak Promorie Vladivostok where he played 20 games in Russian Superleague averaging 7.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 2 apg.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Vukasin Aleksic and Aleksandar Rasic in Partizan Belgrade - by Dragan Jankovski
Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion, Partizan Igokea, agreed terms with Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket). Aleksic played last season for Serbian Superleague team Swisslions Takovo averaging 11.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.9 apg and 1.1 spg. He was the second assistant of the competition after Omar Cook. Aleksic grew up in Hemofarm STADA after what he moved to Mega Ishrana. A year later he joined Zdravlje Leskovac where he was one of the best players of A1 league. The same performance Aleksic also demonstrated last season in Swisslions. He was a member of U16, U18, and U20 National Team. He also participated at the Global Games in Dallas and World University championship in Bangkok in 2007.

Aleksandar Rasic spent last season in German team ALBA Berlin winning the championship title in Bundesleague. During the season 06/07 he moved from FMP Zeleznik to Efes Pilsen. In summer 2007 he signed with Dynamo Moscow, whose head coach was well respected Svetislav Pesic. As Aleksic, Rasic also played on Global Games in Dallas in 2001 and was a member of Serbian U20 National Team. He grabbed the title in Adriatic league with FMP in 2006 while a year before and after that Panthers won National Cup Radivoj Korac while Rasic was the MVP of the final tournament in 2007.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Pieti Poikola new Head Coach for Pyrinto - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Pyrinto (Tampere) has found and signed the new Head Coach. Pieti Poikola will replace Jarmo Laitinen, who moved to Lappeenranta after new challenges.
Poikola has been coaching mainly juniors, women and men, but not on Top League level by now. This new situation will be a big challenge to Poikola as well.
On his and Team's roster there are already eight Finnish players: Antero Lehto (184-G-84) (2008-10) and the rest with one-year-contract; Joni Harjula (189-G-83), Sami Kajander (189-G-83), Eetu Koivuniemi (202-C-85), Riku Liljeberg (176-G-84), Jesse Niemi (187-F-90), Jukka-Pekka Jukka-Pekka Vaananen (194-F/G-84) and Olli Ahvenniemi (208-C-83, college: Maine) (new).


KORISLIIGA: Finnish centers change Teams - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Two Finnish Centers have changed teams. Jari Vanttaja (208-F/C-86, college: Baylor) played on Team Componenta (Karkkila) roster only one season (2007-08) averaging 6,6 ppg - 3,6 rpg in 22 contests. Vanttaja's new team will be YMCA Lahti and the contract is for seasons 2008-10. YMCA Lahti has now six Finnish players signed: Teemu Laine, Vesa Makalainen, Sami Pekkola, Ville Vesala, Ilkka Vuori and Jari Vanttaja. Sami Toiviainen continues as Team's Head Coach.

Another Finnish big man Olli Ahvenniemi (208-C-83, college: Maine) will leave Kauhajoki and moves to Tampere after his studies. Ahvenniemi will thus be on Pyrinto's (Tampere) roster. Ahvenniemi averaged 5,5 ppg - 4,8 rpg in 41 games last season.



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  FRANCE   


The french teams in the european cups - by Chris Spiesser
The european cups draws have been made yesterday. As usual, the french team can expect some complicated mid-week evenings.

In Euroleague, our two participants, Le Mans and Nancy will respectively compete in group A and B. Le Mans should suffer while playing against Maccabi, Olympiakos or Malaga but they have a serious Top 16 opportunity while facing Cibona and Avellino. The new coach, JD Jackson, mustn't forget the last year's false start that costed a lot of confidance to a team that is taking part to its third Euroleague campain.
Nancy shouldn't have any trouble to fullfill its Palais des Sports as Sienna, the Barca and the Pana will be hosted in Lorraine. The two remaining teams, Zalgiris and Sopot can be considered as Nancy's maintargets despite their serious Euroleague experience.

The Eurocup (ex-ULEB Cup) gave the ASVEL a serious taste of Euroleague. The greens which are trying to candidate to grab one of the two Euroleague's franchise wild cards are going to face the Lyetuvos Rytas and Mariupol. The strongest group as the ukrainians just inked the former ASVEL center, Uche Nsonwu as well as Marc Salyers. The fourth team coming from the qualification round will be Gran Canaria or Benetton Treviso...
The task will not be as hard for Roanne. The liguerians will play against Zadar and Maroussi. The last team will be Bilbao, ASK Riga or Cholet.
Coach Kunter's boys will have to eliminate the latvians and the spanish to reach Roanne in Group A. A tremendous job.
Le Havre has only one team to eliminate to join group C (Besiktas, CApo d'Orlando, Khimki Moscow) but the opponent will either be Oostend or the Dynamo Moscow Region.

Finally in the Fiba Eurochallenge, Vichy will face Apoel Nicosia and Hyeres-Toulon will meet Cedevita Zagreb for the first round.
Note that those teams will have to play a second round. 8 teams will win that second round and reach one of the eight groups of four. 8 other teams are direcly qualified, the 16 remaining teams will come from the 2 elimination rounds from the Eurocup. This means that Cholet and Le Havre are sure to take part to a complete european cup programm.


Mickael Pietrus in Orlando Magic, Ronny Turiaf rejects offer from Lakers - by Eurobasket News
Mickael Pietrus (198-F-82, agency: Court Side), who participated at the European Championship in Belgrade and World Championship in Japan with French National Team, signed a long term contract with Orlando Magic. It means that Pietrus left Golden State Warriors after five years. At his last season with the Warriors Pietrus added 7.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 66 appearances in regular season. It was not his best one in NBA as Mickel Pietrus registered 11.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg for Golden State on season 06/07. Before Warriors, Pietrus played for Pau-Orthes winning the title in Pro A on season 00/01. Two years later Golden State grabbed him as a 11th pick of the first round. At his last season in France Pietrus was named to be the player of the year in Pro A by Eurobasket.com.

Another news came from NBA this time for French star Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, college: Gonzaga), who played last season in Los Angeles Lakers. Turiaf rejected offer to extended contract with the Lakers getting the status of free agent. According to the Los Angels Times, Lakers offered Turiaf one million dollar for the next season which he rejected. According to the same source he asked for much bigger amount. Turiaf played 78 games for Lakers in regular season averaging 6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 bpg. He arrived to Los Angeles in 2005 after he graduated at Gonzaga University. At his senior season in Gonzaga Turiaf had 15.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.9 bpg what was the main reason why Lakers picked him on NBA draft same year as 37th pick of the second round. In the past Turiaf was a member of French U17, U18 and U20 National Team. He also participated at the European Championship in Spain last summer as well as on the World Championship in Japan a year before that.


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  GEORGIA   


Energy Invest will represent Georgia in Europe - by Eurobasket News
Energy Invest will represent Georgia in FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge. Yesterday the team found out their opponents in the first qualifying round. The draw was held in Berlin, Germany as well as EuroCup and Euroleague draws. The winner and runner-up of EuroChallenge will earn the right to play in the EuroCup next season. Energy Invest will face BC Sumykhimprom from Uktraine. The latter finished the regular season in Ukraine on the 5th position. In the Quarterfinals of the Play-offs Sumy lost to Polit.Lvov 1-3. Recently 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 rumors say Yevhen Podovannyi from Azovmash and Vadym Matiukevych from Dnipro appeared in Sumy. Podorvannyi scored 6,8 ppg in Superleague and 8,0 ppg in ULEB Cup last season.
Energy Invest should be a great representative from Georgia. For the second time in a row, Energy Invest, headed by David Ustiashvili, won the gold medals as a champion of Superleague. In the final, Energy downed Levan Moseshvili's Avia 3:1.Another dominant performance by Energy Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (208-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago), who made season high 39 points in the last game and this time was distuinguished from other by 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists. Giorgi Gamqrelidze showed solid play as well scoring 20 points. Misha Chochua replaced accordingly Besik Lezhava and made 15 points while Mikheli Chitashvili added 11.
The season will be open on October 21st.


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  GERMANY   


Yemi Nicholson joins Bremerhaven - by Moritz Korff
1. Bundesliga-team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven has sealed another signing and added Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) to its 2008-09 roster. The 25-year-old Center from Corvallis, Oregon is a graduate of Denver University (NCAA1) and finished this NCAA-career with impressive statistics: He played 31 games for the Pioneers in 2005-06 and averaged 19.9 points (FG-Percentage: 60.3%), 10.9 boards and 2.8 blocks per contest. Nicholson moved to Belgium for his rookie-season (06-07) and gained experience in the D1-league (34 games: 4.4ppg, 3.1rpg) and the ULEB-Cup (10 games: 9.3ppg, 4.8rpg). He started this past season in Spain at CD Villa de Los Barrios (LEB Gold), but left after three encounters (7.7ppg, 3.3rpg). Nicholson spent some time in Puerto Rico at Crillos de Caguas and then took his game to the NBA D-League. He finished the season as a member of the Austin Toros and saw action in seven games (2.3ppg).

Skyliners sign Daniel Russ - by Moritz Korff
Daniel Russ (207-C/F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Wittenberg) will join the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (1. Bundesliga) and sign a contract for one year (plus option for another season). Russ played college-basketball at Wittenberg University (NCAA3) and advanced to the Division 3 Championship Game with the Tigers in 2006. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 blocks as a senior (2005-06) and was named to the All-America 2nd Team by D3hoops.com. In his first year as a pro (06-07) Russ had 26 appearances for Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (Netherlands) and produced the following stats per contest: 7.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.8%, FT: 63.3%. Russ didn't play basketball in this past season. He is a mobile center with good post moves and a solid defender.

Germany upset by Canada 86:91 - by Moritz Korff
The German Men's National Team has suffered defeat 86:91 (33:40) in the first of two scrimmage games against Canada tonight.
Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) had arrived to Hamburg via Frankfurt earlier today, but was not ready to play his first game for Germany yet due to matters of insurance. However, he attended the game against Canada in the Color-Line-Arena sitting on the bench next to his new countrymen. The next chance for Kaman to make his debut on the 'Nationalmannschaft' could be on Friday, when Germany takes on Canada in Mannheim for a re-match.
Canada shot with a high percentage from the field in a hard fought game and was leading most of the time, while Germany struggled in offense to begin with. The guests won the first ten minutes by two (15:13) and the second stage by five (25:20). Thus, the Canadians were ahead 40:33 at halftime. In the third quarter Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) nailed a couple of shots and gave Germany the 63:61 lead with 18 seconds left in the period. Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) replied with a couple of free-throws to tie the score again.
Germanys Coach Dirk Bauermann started the final ten minutes with some of his substitutes. On the other end Anthony opened the period with a jumper, but Schultze hit another trey, before Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) put in a single from the charity stripe to get the Germans into the leading position again. However, the guests had an answer, as Anthony continued to impress in offense. With six minutes left to go Canada had increased the lead to 75:68. The German fans got new hope when Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) cut the lead to three at 1:57min with a long-distance shot. However, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) replied with another three points.
The game continued to go back and forth. Garrett made a lay-up with 17 seconds left to cut the lead to three points (84:87). Canada took a time-out and talked things over. Coming out of the break Pascal Roller (180-G-76) committed a foul and Rans Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) hit a couple from the line. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) struck back, drove to the basket and was fouled too. He converted both free-throws to make it a three-point game again. Canada called another time-out with 8 seconds left to play. Three seconds prior to the end of the game Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) was whistled for a foul and sent Anthony to the line who put in both attempts to decide the game at 91:86.

Germany: Nowitzki (33 pts, 6 rbs, 3 st), Schultze (15 pts, 3/4 3P), Greene (8 pts, 5 rbs), Femerling (6 pts), Garrett (6 pts, 5 rbs), Hamann (6 pts), Zwiener (6 pts), Jagla (5 pts), Wysocki (1 pt), Geib, Ohlbrecht, Roller.
Canada: Anthony (22 pts, 7/8 FG, 5 rbs), English (20 pts, 5/11 3P), Barrett (16 pts, 4/5 3P, 5 rbs), Kendall (9 pts), Dalembert (8 pts), Brempong (7 pts), Famutimi (4 pts), Rautins (3 pts), Anderson (2 pts, 7 rbs), Thomas.

Boxscore: click


ProA: Tim Nees new assistant coach in Bayreuth - by Manuel Schust
Tim Nees (208-C-71), former center of the german national team, was named the new assistant coach of BBC Bayreuth.
After 18 seasons of pro basketball Nees, a 208cm Center, had to finish his career as a player. The 37-year old played his last game for Bayreuth in February against Duesseldorf and could not return on the court for the rest of the season due to a foot injury. He averaged 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in his last season and immediatly helped the coaching staff of Bayreuth during practice.
From next season on Nees will officialy be the assistant coach of Derrick Taylor . Taylor and Nees played together from 1992 to 1996 and know each other very well.


Boumtje Boumtje re-signs with Oldenburg - by Manuel Schust
EWE Baskets Oldeburg announced today that Center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) signed a new one year contract with the thunderbirds.
The cameroonian Center, who played 44 NBA games with several teams from 2001 to 2006, joined Oldenburg in November 2007 and averaged 5.7points, 5.7rebounds and 1.1 block per game.

Meanwhile Dan McClintock (212-C-77, college: N.Arizona) will leave the club. The american Center had to deal with three different injuries during the season and was not able to show his skills last season.
Especially a Syndesmosis rupture forced him to sit out for most of the season, averaging just 4.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.


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  GREECE   


Market news - by Chris Mammides

A1
Kostas Harisis (211-F/C-79, college: USC), Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79) and Georgios Apostolidis (199-G-84) agreed finanacial terms with Kolossos Rodou for one year. The islanders become much stronger with the adding of these three experienced players.
Giannis Lappas (200-F-76) agreed finanacial terms with the newcomers in the division team of Trikalla 2000. The veteran player who retired earlier this year will be the new Team manager of last years champions of A2 league. Furthermore, in the Trikala team will continue their career both Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) and Giorgos Fountas (180-G-78) for another seazon.

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Other news
Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) is participating in the Summer leagues of the NBA world. The Greek American guard-forward received the chance from Orlando where he will be staying for anotehr week before heading to Los Angeles to try his powers with the lake people. If these two case scenarios do not have a positive result then the older brother of Nick Kalathis (200-G-89) will be coming back to his mother land and joint forces with a Greek team (rumors are bringing Panionios ON Telecoms Athens to be closer than other teams with the Greek-American player)



Acropolis tournament:: Second win for Greece - by Kostas Papadopoulos
After a tough game, only in the first half of the game, the national team of Greece achieved its second win for the 22nd Acropolis tournament, in its second day, against the relative one of Australia (89-69). Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) performed better for Greece for one more day, with a great help from Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) as on Monday, but also Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) played very well, while David Andersen (212-C-80) and David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) were the ones that distinguished from Australia.
The two teams were close at the score in the whole first half, which ended with Australia ahead (40-36). However, in the second half, Greece strengthened its defense a lot, and after getting an ideal rhythm in their offense game, they enlarged the difference up to 20 points at the end.
Periods: 17-18, 36-40, 66-53, 89-69
Greece: Theodoros Papaloukas 12 (1), Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) 8, Zisis 7, Vasilis Spanoulis 18 (2), Vasilopoulos, Antonis Fotsis 16 (2), Perperoglou 6 (2), Gliniadakis, Tsartsaris, Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 7, Pelekanos 9 (1), Printezis 6 (1).
Australia: Anstey, Mills 2, Inglis 8, Kendall, Newley 4, CJ Bruton 5 (1), Redhades 6, Worthington 5, Savil 6, David Andersen 13 (1), Nielsen 8, David Barlow 12 (2).

At the other game of the second day of the tournament, Brazil won Croatia 86-77


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  GUATEMALA   


Sat-Cybertech wins Game 1 of the Finals - by Victor Padilla
Last night, the stage was set for a great basketball show in Guatemala as Liga Metropolitana presented its best teams at the Finals of Torneo de Apertura 2008: Leones de Marte, the 2007 Champions and Sat-Cybertech, the only undefeated team during this year's competition. And the show did surpass all expectations, as fans of both teams witnessed how team Sat-Cybertech defeated Leones de Marte with a score of 86 to 76. With a game play designed by Coach Otto Larios to take advantage of his team's superior rebounding skills, and taking great care on defense of all perimeter shooters of Leones de Marte, the winners accomplished their victory #1 of the Finals, with Victor Padilla (22 pts), Ricardo Amaya (20 pts), Oscar Salguero (17 pts) and Thomas Gillespie (15 pts) charging over Leones since the match began, and demonstrating that their key weapons against their rivals were correctly chosen. And that is why the early lead taken by Sat-Cybertech at the start of the game was never challenged by Leones de Marte, although Joaquin Ortiz and Walter Morales, with 18 and 16 points each, tried to respond without success at the losing side. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday, and it is yet to see if Leones de Marte will be able to change the current course to the Finals that now seem to belong to Sat-Cybertech.

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  GUYANA   


National Schools Basketball - by Joe Chapman


Pepsi 2008 National Schools Basketball - by Joe Chapman

KWAKWANI HIGH DESTROY ST ROSES 65-19
DEFENDING National Schools Basketball champions Kwakwani High School sounded another warning to the pretenders of their title by decimating St Roses High in their match yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Their 65-19 demolition of St Roses comes on the heels of their 43-8 annihilation of Central High on the first day Monday.
Captain and point guard Shelroy Thomas once more was at the centre of his teams performance. He scored 20 points and dished out numerous assists. One of his more spectacular assists had the small gathering spellbound at his master class.
However, the Kwakwani lads solid all-round play was the hallmark of their victory. Power forward Leron La Fleur contributed 12 points while centre Dencil Plak scored 10.
In an invited comment, Thomas mentioned that the team is motivated to take away the trophy once more, since they are doing it for the people of their community who are their biggest supporters.
He warned, If any team fails to prepare, let them prepare to fail. We want it.
Meanwhile, in the other match Wismar-Christianburg Multilateral defeated the Bishops High School 46-30.
Wismar-Christianburg Multilateral were out of the blocks faster than their opponents and were comfortably ahead but turnovers and poor defence allowed the city lads to pull within one at halftime, with the scores 22-21 at the interval.
On resumption Bishops sank two free throws to move one point ahead. However, that seemed to propel Wismar into action as they subsequently went on a 7-0 run with top scorer Stravin Ettienne (23 points), finding his range behind the arc.
From then on, Bishops play was fraught with indiscipline - unusual for their school - resulting in numerous turnovers and missed shots. Wismar eventually cruised to a comfortable 16-point victory.
(Courtesy of the Guyana Chronicle)


National Schools Basketball - by Joe Chapman


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  HOLLAND   


Draw of EuroCup and EuroChallenge Dutch teams - by Fred Roggen
Dutch Champion MyGuide Amsterdam play in the first EuroCup qualification round against BC FMP Zeleznik from Serbian. The games are scheduled on 14 and 21 October.
As MyGuide Amsterdam pass these round, then the Russian Ural Great waits in the second qualification round.

Eiffel Towers Den Bosch meets in the first qualification round of the EuroChallenge the Hungarian team of Krmend. The games are scheduled on 14 and 21 October.
The winner of these games meets the winner between BC Amak and Zlatorog in the second qualification round.


Upstairs Weert add Omni Smith to their roster - by Fred Roggen
Upstairs Weert announced that American shooting-guard Omni Smith (191-G, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) will play for them in the upcoming season. The 24-year old, who spent last season with Romanian BC Targoviste where he averaged 24.3 pts. per game, signed a one-year deal with Upstairs Weert. Last season he belongs for a short period to the roster of Aris Friesland but did not play.
The native of Chicago, played NCAA college-basketball at Kent State University.


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  HUNGARY   


Ford BURGOS extands Lorant - by Tamas Deri
Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85, agent: Andras Lorant) agreed terms with the club for an 1+1 deal. The coming season is going to be the 3th with the team.

My goal, that play as much as i can in the league, I decided it because of this beside Burgos. I know the city and the fans. Myself feel it well here. In competition of LEB ORO good players are playing , that let me continue to improve my abilities.' said Lorant.

Peter Lorant starts the prepariton with the Hungarian National Team for the Europeon Championship qualification on next Monday.


Kormend will meet the Eiffel Towers - by Tamas Deri

Today was the draw of all european cups in Berlin, Germany. The only one hungarian team which will play in any international competition, Kormend will play against dutch team Eiffel Towers Den Bosch in the first round of EuroChallenge.
The Dutch team won the national championship 14times already and has been playing in ULEB Cup in the last years. In 2006 they beat in a very exciting game Real Madrid in their own arena. They lost in the finals against MyGuide Amsterdam after 7 games.

They have already a great roster for the next season, but still plan to sign a power forward and a center to fill in the 12men roster:
PG: Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa), 30years old american guard, with NBA-experince (Golden State Warriors) and great european carreer (Geoplin Slovan, KK Zadar, Wroclaw, Den Bosch). He was the starting point guard of his team last season and averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 assists per game in the dutch championship.
SG: Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest), 25years old, 186 cm tall guard, graduated on famous Wake Forest University in 2005. Played in Holland for Weert in 2006-07 and averaged 16.7 points, 7.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He spent the last season with ALM Evreux in Pro B France und put up also great numbers: 15.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
SG: Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall), 29years old, 184 cm tall shooting guard, who has been playing 7 season in Europe (6 in Holland). In 2004-05 as player of MPC Capitals he averaged 17.7 points 3.6 rebounds in 9 games of the ULEB Cup. He spent the last two season with Eiffel Towers and averaged 12.6 points in the ULEB Cup and 12.8 in the dutch championship last season.
SF: Fredericks Jos, 32years old, dutch small forward has been playing for 8 years for Den Bosch. He is a very good shooter, shot the three pointer with 42.9% in the season 2006-07.
SF: Kees Aberkom, 25years old, 199 cm tall, starting five forward signed a 4years deal with Den Bosch this summer. Averaged 11.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the ULEB Cup last season. He shot the three pointers with 46% in 36 games of the dutch championship last season.
SF: Djoenie Steenvoorde (195-G/F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy), 27 years old, 195 cm tall dutch player played for Rotterdam the last two seasons. He had a great last season with 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

PF: Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech), 25years old, 203 cm tall power forward graduaton on Texas Tech University in 2005. He played already two seasons in Holland, in the season 2007-08 he averaged 15.5 points and 10.2 rebounds in 37 games as the starting five forward of West-Brabant. He signed a 2-years deal with Den Bosch this summer.
C: Aarts Marcel, 25years old, 212 cm tall dutch center, averaged 6.2 points and 4.0 reobounds per game in the ULEB Cup last season.
C: Sharone Wright (211-C-73, college: Clemson), 35years old, 211 cm tall american center, with experiecnes from all over the world. In 1994 he was drafted by the Sixers in the NBA, where he spent two season. In 2000 he got back to the league and got cut by the Timberwolves just before the season started. In Europe he played in Poland, Spain, Greece and Holland - for Den Bosch - but spent also some months in Korea and China. He played last season only 13 games for the Towers and averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. It looks like that he will be only coaching next season, but if necessary in any case of injureis he can play as a replacement center.


On the roster there are also two young dutch players: Jeroen van Vugt and Joost Padberg.
Head Coach is 57years old american Randy Wiel, who worked in the NCAA and signed his first european contract Eiffel Towers in 2004. His assistant coach is Wierd Goedee, and also Sharone Wright is working as a personal center coach.



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  IRAN   


Iran loses to Slovenia at the Alpos Cup - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Iran 96:71

Iranian National Team continued their European tour. Yesterday they tipped off the Alpos Cup in Slovenia. In the opening day of the tournament Iran took on the hosts. Slovenian team led by the NBA star Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76)h cruised to an overall victory. The hosts marked their dominance early in the encounter as they outscored Iran 24:15 in the first quarter. Iranian team never rebounded in the second frame as Slovenia piled up a 48:33 advantage at halftime. Slovenia just mounted the pressure in the second half and ran away to a 23-point distance before the final quarter. Ales Pipan gave the reserves more time on the court in the final stanza but Slovenia still managed to maintain the margin and celebrated an overwhelming win at the end. Radoslav Nesterovic finished with 18 points for Slovenia. Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points, while Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) came up with 12 in a win. Samad Bahrami (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency) answered with game-high 22 points for Iran. Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) secured 17 points in defeat. Slovenia outrebounded their opponents 26:20 and forced those to 20 turnovers. The hosts also converted impressive 70% from the field, while Iran sank 44% of field goals. Iran will next take on Puerto Rico later today. Slovenia will be opposed by New Zealand.

Slovenia: Radoslav Nesterovic 18, Miha Zupan 13, Uros Slokar 12
Iran: Samad Bahrami 22, Hamed Afagh 17


Mostafa Hashemi, "A Man for All Seasons" - by Houman Bagheri
Mostafa Hashemi made his basketball debut in 1977. Three years later he was on the national team. He played for the Iranian side for 12 years. In 2001 he launched a coaching career as manager of Sanam in the Super League. His first year in the capacity of manager saw his team finish runner up. The next year his side was crowned champion of the league. On the bench he copied his stellar performance on court. In 2004 his team once again lifted the trophy. Three years later his new team Mahram finished first in the competitions. In his seven years as head coach his teams have always found their way to the final and have come in first three times.

His exemplary performance both on court and the bench prompted me to interview him on his own record and Iran's basketball at large. Here are excerpts of the interview:

Q. In the capacity of coach which year was your best in the past seven years?
A. All of them were good. What is certain is that 2004 was the toughest. Over the years Saba has signed many good players, both local and foreign. I would say it is the best team in the league. Getting the better of Saba seemed impossible back then.

Q. Weren't Saba and Sanam of equal caliber back then?
A. As I said, Saba was in much better form as far as players were concerned.

Q. In 2007 you came in first with Mahram. Were you any better than Saba?
A. No. In the most optimistic assessment we were as good as they were.

Q. What made you opt for coaching a basketball team? How long do you intend to stay on the job?
A. Well, I am in love withy basketball. Naturally I want to remain involved as much as I can. I don't know how long I will stay on the job. Even if I quit coaching I would give a shot to executive positions. If I managed to work my way up the ranks of the Basketball Federation, I would be at its helm someday.

Q. What are the strengths and weaknesses of our basketball?
A. In light of the fact that our league has been quite dynamic, has paved the way for recruitment of better and better foreign players and its organization has become better by the year, I would say the league is on the right path. Besides, efforts are underway to further improve it.

Q. You mean the pace of progress has been satisfactory?
A. Yes. If it weren't satisfactory we wouldn't win Asian titles. One big advantage associated with Iran's basketball is that we have the best of coaches. Technical and academic aspects aside, Iranian coaches are in love with their job and impart that feeling to their players. That means players develop an in-depth love for the game as they move on. That in turn results in flexibility and better tactics on the part of players which is something quite uncommon elsewhere. We teach players how to win. We never humiliate them.

Q. You're saying that the progress Iran's basketball has made is mainly thanks to the efforts of local coaches. Why was it that in the past few years which saw many foreign coaches in the Iranian league the national team did not achieve much expect for its Olympic qualification this year?
A. I completely disagree with you on this. Seven years ago the current national team members were all members of the under-18 squad. In fact, nine of the junior team members are now on the national team. They are the best players of the national side. Back then they did not have much experience. Thanks to the management of Mahmoud Mashhoon, improvement in the workings of the Basketball Federation, and camps and warm-up games, they gained more and more experience and became more stable. In fact, they developed an in-depth understanding despite their young age. In the past few years we have made steady progress: championship of the West Asian Conference, third place on the podium in the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and eventually Asian championship and a berth in the Olympics. Our basketball has a strong foundation. It is making more and more progress; because it does have the potential, progress continues no matter who is in charge.

Q. Rajco Toroman, the current head coach of the national team, believes Iranian players are good as far as techniques and physical features are concerned but not as much good when it comes to tactics and discipline. What you think?
A. He expresses his own viewpoint. I believe most teams do have what we call tactical capability. But some do not have the means to put it to practice. In Iran and in Asia as a whole, players do have a smaller build and are comparatively shorter. That means you don't have much of a choice. In Spain, for instance, in the absence of Pau Gasol, there are many players to fill his shoes. But if we lost Hamed Haddadi, there would be no one to take his place. That means players overseas are quite close when it comes to their capability. Teams like our own and China are applying up-to-date tactics. But because their players are comparatively short and light, they cannot become world champions.
Mr. Truman and I hold diametrically opposite views on that issue. On many occasions, our players get the chance to go for the hoop in the final moments of a game but they fail to score. That they do get the chance to score points means the team is ok tactic-wise. In other words, individual questions are to blame for failure to score last-minute points. As long as basketball schools do not crop up across the nation and children are not taught the game since an early age, this problem would persist. We do have the best of tactics but in the absence of physical strength things won't work in our favor.

Q. Why is it then that the federation insists on signing foreign coaches?
A. I believe it is a policy of the federation. The stage is set for the progress of Iranian basketball. We have always been successful. Success would become elusive though in the absence of Mr. Mashhoon. Our national team can become as much successful with local coaches. But it seems, as a matter of policy, the federation is more interested in foreign coaches.

Q. How much of a role do the clubs play in the success of the national team?
A. They play an undeniable role.

Q. You said the progressive state of our basketball today comes on the back of past efforts. Are you saying when current players retire, our basketball will decline?
A. The generation of players I belong to was known as the golden generation. When we retired, a mediocre generation took our place. We remained in a state of stagnation, so to speak, for years before good players surfaced. We need to prepare the ground for the emergence of good players when the current team retires. I hope the experience of a decline in basketball does not repeat itself. The current team is good but we need more good players. I believe the Education Ministry and clubs need to play a more prominent role so that each good player can be replaced by more players of the same or even better caliber.

Q. Does the fact that we have secured a berth in the Olympics mean we can be content?
A. No way. The next step is to defeat China which has a world-famous player named Yao Ming. Besides, we need to improve the national league.

Q. What does the league need to become more professional?
A. We are facing problems on both the software and hardware fronts. Each team needs to have its own court measuring up to international standards. That is where everything starts.

Q. Back to personal experience. What was the key to your success during the seven years you served as the head coach of different teams?
A. I believe the clubs I have worked for have been very good. That is 50% of the job. I would attribute the rest to hard work.

Q. What has contributed to your performance as a coach?
A. God-given talent, love, perseverance and careful analysis of high-level games.
One important quality I have is that I learn things fast and try hard to win my objectives.

Q. What are your plans for the next season?
A. Well, Mahram is my first priority. A lot of effort has been made for this team. It does have the potential to be crowned Asian champion. I have received no offers from other clubs. In fact, I have not been after such offers. Since day one I sought to lead Mahram to Asian championship. I'd like to remain on the team until that goal is met; of course, if nothing special happens.

Q. Why is it that Iranian players and coaches are not finding their way into foreign clubs?
A. Our international contacts in all sports are rather weak. Now that our team has qualified for the Olympics we need to seize on the opportunity and make our presence felt. Another point is that the Iranians cannot easily leave their family behind and move to another country. Of course, that becomes possible if the stage is set.

Q. Are you in favor of the idea of Iranian players playing for foreign teams?
A. European teams yes; Asians no. If the transfer did not follow expert analyses it would not be beneficial. Warming the bench not only deals a blow to the player himself, but deprives the Iranian basketball of a good player.

Q. What do you think of foreign players in Iran?
A. The trend of recruiting foreign players has been quite good and progressive.

Q. Do these foreign players live up to expectations created by the financial aspects of their contracts?
A. No. We have paid a lot because we have failed to use heavyweight transfer agencies which are confirmed by FIBA. In fact, we have not used proper channels to that end. In other words, any measure which helps the managerial aspects of the job is welcome because it gives brokers less room to rake in profits.

Thank you very much Mr. Hashemi. I wish you all the best.

Hooman Bagheri
FIBA Official Coresspondent in Iran


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  IRELAND   


UCC Demons name Douglas Leichner head coach - by Eurobasket News
UCC Demons announced that the team will be guided by Douglas Leichner next season. Douglas Leichner leaves his assistant coach stint with the University of Maine in the NCAA. His is expected to join UCC Demons as early as August. Leichner spent the last four seasons working with the University of Maine. The Blackbears posted 12-18 record in the last season. Leichner joined the Blackbears after seven long seasons at the helm of high school basketball team in Florida. Douglas Leichner began his coaching career in 1992 as an assistant coach with Naugatuck Valley CC. The team later reached the NCAA Junior College Elite Eight stage. In 1996-1997 Leichner worked as an assistant coach at Stonehill College.

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  ISRAEL   


Market News:First reinforcement for Haifa - by Yarone Arbel
National Team's big man, Ido Kozikaro (202-F/C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services), is the first signing for newcomer Maccabi Haifa for the upcoming season. The team who seem the have some ambitions announced the deal for one season today. Kozikaro spent the last two years in Ironi Naharia, posting 11.6 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. He also used to play for Hapoel Jerusalem back in 2004 when the team won the ULEB Cup title.

After signing Hakmon yesterday, Ironi Ramat Gan announced today another player coming from the second division, Geri Gendel (203-F-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services). The forward spent the past two years in Elitzur Ramla and was the best scorer in the league last season averaging 18.4 points. He'll make it to the first division for the third time in his career after playing there with Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Petah Tiqwa.


Market News - by tamar goldman

The Israeli guard, Roye Berkowitz (182-G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) is coming back home after psending two years abroad (Limassol CYP and Den Bosch NED). The guard signed with Givat Shmuel, one of the new additions to in the first Div. Berkovitz averaged last season in Holland 3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.9 apg and 1.4 spg (in the local league).
The Israeli forward, Lior Hakmon (200-F-85, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) is making a come back of his own. The 23 years old player signed with Ironi Ramat Gan, and this would be his second time playing in the first Div. after three years in the National league. Hakmon grew up in the youth section of Netanya and made his debut in the first Div on 2004-2005 season with Hapoel Haifa/Ramat Hasharon. After that season Hakmon returned to Netanya where he played for the last three years.


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  ITALY   


Lega2 - Market news - by Gabriele Fioretti
Summer League period and a lot of coaches and GM are in the States to look for new players to put in their teams. Antonello Riva and Andrea Trinchieri , Veroli's GM and coach, are both in the States but rumour talks about an interest in Ivan Gatto (207-F/C-78) (also Reggio is interested on him) and Raymond Tutt (194-G-75, agency: World Sport Agency, college: UCSB). Also Casale is looking to fill the roster with the US players, but the team coached by Marco Crespi could ink another big italian player: Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78). Imola could announce soon two new young players: Federico Pugi (206-F-85) loaned from Reggio Emilia and Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85) from Sant'Antimo (B1). Former Rimini player Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) could be one of the bigman of the team coached by Massimo Bianchi .

Last Serie A news and rumors - by Gianni Pascucci
Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) signed yesterday a two year contract with new Euroleague team Scandone Air Avellino after playing his last three seasons with KK Cibona Zagreb. Premiata Montegranaro officially announced its first addition for the new season in Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84). Virtus Bologna agreed to terms with veteran PG Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college: Missouri). Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) could come back to Teramo, thanks to his brand new Belgian passport.

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  JAPAN   


Four participants in the D-League Pre Draft camp - by kenji hilke
It was reported that four players from Japan has paticipated in the D-League Pre Draft Camp that was held in Atlanta, GA from June 27-29th. Yuta Kurihara (176-G) (176-G) who has played in several minor leagues had no problem showing his skills, proving his intelligence of the game.

Another guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-G-82) was showing his excellent ability to control the game. A star college player in Japan and ABA allstar is finally has caught up with his potential and getting ready for the neaxt level. Many people think that Nakagawa will be the next player to reach the NBA after Yuta Tabuse.

The Two time bj-League allstar Takanori Goya (188-G-83) found a little difficulty adjusting to the circumstances of a tryout and American basketball. Goya is known for his ability to score and to see the floor.

One of the biggest participants in the camp was Joji Takeuchi (205-C-85). known for his size and ability to expand his game outside of the ark. Although because he was one of the largest player in the camp it seemed he was not sure which position he wanted to play. Usually plays the PF at most times, might not be ready for the SF position yet. He would need to improve his ball handling and his perimeter defence. Takeuchi was the member of the national team of Japan in 2006 FIBA world championship.

It is not announced if any of these participants recieved a offer for a contract yet.


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  JORDAN   


Johnson is not a Riyadi yet - by Mohammed Malas
Zain's american forward Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) did'nt sign yet with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut despite having negotiations between the two parties according to the Jordanian champions officials.......

Johnson is waiting for a declaration about the situation of the Excellent League after the decision of not including imports next season, His stay in the team will depend on the updates which will happen in the upcoming days esspecially if the Jordanian Basketball Federation (JBF) will allow to Zain to participate in tournaments abroad or not following a previous agreement with all Excellent League club to concentrate on the National Team in the next period to prepare for Asian Championship 2009.

New updates will be known soon....


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Kazakhstan National Team for William Jones Cup Tournament 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Biryulin


Nechayev


Evstigneev


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Shpekht
Egor Biryulin (185-G-86) of BK Astana Tigers
Ivan Nechayev (187-G-82) of CSKA Almaty Alma-Ata
Kirill Rau (210-C-85) of BK Almaty Alma-Ata 2
Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F/C-84) of BK Almaty Alma-Ata
Maxim Voyeikov (195-F-88) of BK Almaty Alma-Ata
Andrei Shpekht (195-G/F-76) of BK Astana Tigers
Roman Muraviev (196-G/F-84) of BK Almaty Alma-Ata
Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88) of BK Astana Tigers
Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) of BK Astana Tigers
Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) of BK Astana Tigers
Dimitri Gavrilov (201-F-86) of Barsy Atyrau
Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) of BK Almaty Alma-Ata
Head Coach: Vitaliy Strebkov
Coach Assistant: Evgeniy Ovsiannikov


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  LATVIA   


Head coach of Latvian national team announces rooster for Eurobasket 2009 qualification. - by Rudolfs Petrovs

Head coach of Latvian national basketball team Nenad Trajkovic announced 18 candidates for Eurobasket qualification in September. Pavels Veselovs(BK Ventspils) un Raitis Grafs (ASK/Riga) will join them in August due to their health problems. The only latvian in NBA Andris Biedrins hasn`t signed contract with Golden State Warriors and the shortage of his insurance policy can be crucial for joining national team. First training camp starts 18. July, after week trainings Latvian National team will take part in international tounament 'Mechel' in Russia along with Russian, Unkrainian and Serbian National teams.
Current rooster.
Kristaps Valters point guard
Janis Blums point guard
Edgars Jeromanovs point guard
Armands Skele shooting guard
Aigars Vitols shooting guard
Kristaps Janicenoks shooting guard
Mareks Jurevicus shooting guard
Gatis Jahovics small forward
Juris Umbrako small forward
Janis Porzingis small forward
Uvis Helmanis small forward
Ivars Timermanis small forward
Ernests Kalve small forward
Janis Poznaks small forward
Ronalds Zakis power forward
Kaspars Berzins power forward
Kaspars Cipruss center

Andris Briedrins center



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  LEBANON   


Vogel Left The Team To Lebanon While Brian Joined The Team In Paris - by Hassan Thini
The Lebanese Team arrived to the French capital Paris via Charles de Gaulle airport, coming from Toronto to participate in the second international friendly located along Cape Verde and Africans Stars from the French league, but without Cameroon second of Africa, which withdrew from the session at the Last moments because of financial problems and personal with the French basketball. Cameroon will qualify in the fourth set with Croatia and Puerto Rico, while Cape Verde, Africa's third will play in the second group with Germany and New Zealand.The sporting club and national team player, Joseph Fogel left to the United States because of an injury to his back, the medical report said that he can not return to the stadiums less than three months,While Brian Beshara joined the team at Paris coming from States Nations.
The coach Fouad Abu Shaqra will choose 12 out of 13 players for the knockout matches . The administrative Nizar Al-Rawas said in contact with the Lebanese Newspaper 'Al-Akhbar' that the morale of the players are very good and of course the absence of Joe Fogel will impact them, but the coach Abou Chakra has an alternative plans always.Lebanon will play in the first set beside Greece,and Brazil.
Programme matches
Today: Cape Verde x Stars Africa (six p.m. Beirut time)
Thursday: Lebanon x Cape Verde (five p.m. Beirut time)
Friday: Lebanon x Stars Africa (five p.m. Beirut time)


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  LIBYA   


Ahli Benghazi to Cup Final - by Anas Seddigh
Ahli Benghazi qualified to the Cup Final for the second consecutive year after beating their rivals Al Nasr (78-67).
the game was played in Solaiman Al Darat arena in Benghazi without audience due to safety reasons.

Early in the first quarter Al Nasr managed to take a 6 points lead but they could not keep it when Ahli Benghazi came back and tied the score to end the first quarter (15-15).
The second quarter saw Al Nasr taking the lead again (25-17) but an outstanding performance by Ahli Benghazi player Osama Al Fezani scoring three consecutive 3-point shots that gave Ahli Benghazi the lead and end the second quarter (30-29) for them.
Ahli Benghazi dominated the third quarter, did not give any chances to Al Nasr, the third quarter ended (53-43) for Ahli.
in the forth quarter Ahli Benghazi managed to keep the lead although Al Nasr sometimes cut the lead to three points but in the end Ahli held on, ended the forth quarter and the game (78-67) to qualify to the Al Fateh Cup for the second year.

Ahli Benghazi will try to win the Cup competition as they lost last year's final against the champions Al Shabab in Tripoli, This year's final will be played in Benghazi, Ahli see this as a good chance to win the title in home and in front of their fans.

In the first group of the competition, Al Ahli Tripoli will meet Al Ittihad on Thursday, As Al Ahli Tripoli seeks revenge after losing the league's final to their rivals Al Ittihad, the winner will qualify to the semi final to meet Al Shabab.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost Podgorica in Eurocup, Golubovic shines in Orlando - by Eurobasket News
Champion of Montenegro, Buducnost Podgorica, will start competition in Eurocup 2008/09 from the second qualification round. The reason for that is a very good performance by Buducnost last season in Adriatic league. As a reminder the team from Podgorica finished it on sixth place with score 15-11. Possible rivals of Buducnost at the second stage of the competition will be Siauliai from Lithuania or Galatasaray from Turkey. If Buducnost succeed to eliminate its opponent in the second stage it will be placed into group H, where its rivals won't be easy. They will have to take on Spanish Girona, Czech Nymburk and Serbian Hemofarm Vrsac. Eurocup regular season begins on February 25th.

Meanwhile member of Montenegrin National Team, Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86), showed a nice performance at the NBA Summer League in Orlando. His team Indiana Pacers outsmarted Oklahoma City 95-78. Golubovic registered 7 points and 8 rebounds for 18 minutes in this game. He decided to try himself on NBA draft which was held this summer but neither of NBA teams picked him. Anyway, he had intention to show up in Orlando to demonstrate his capability. According to the rumors Serbian champion Partizan Belgrade is interested to sign Golubovic. After leaving of Nikola Pekovic there is an open spot in the paint of Belgrade's club. Interesting is that Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic is at the same time head coach of Montenegrin National Team, where Goulbovic will take a part this summer.


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James Jones goes to Miami ? - by Eurobasket News
It looks as if James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami, FL) was just a rent-a-player for the Blazers and will return home to South Florida and sign with the Miami Heat, this according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Following through on his vow to bolster his team's depth, Miami Heat President Pat Riley moved closer Tuesday to signing James Jones to a free-agent contract, extending a contract offer to the former University of Miami 3-point specialist.
Riley declined comment at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

With the free-agent signing period to commence at midnight, a five-year offer has been extended to Jones, starting at $4 million for next season. The final three years of the contract would be conditional, to protect the Heat for the 2010 free-agency period.


And a little more from the SS:

With Portland loaded in its perimeter rotation, Jones last month opted out of the $3.2 million on the final year of his Blazers contract to become a free agent July 1. His Heat contract will guarantee more than $8 million over the next two seasons, and considerably more over the following three.
Jones, a Miami native, has spent recent weeks working out at the YMCA in Weston, splitting his time between core training at the second-floor weight room and 3-point shooting sessions when summer campers there vacate the gym at midday, often interacting with the youths.

Jones also spent time with Heat forward Michael Beasley, when Beasley last month made his pre-draft visit to AmericanAirlines Arena. Beasley and Jones are represented by the same agent, Joel Bell.
Courtesy of oregonlive.com


Sixers Agree to Terms With Brand. - by Bryan Floyd
So much for Baron Davis and Elton Brand playing together. Last Night Brand verbally agreed to sign a five-year deal worth an estimated $82 million with the Sixers, who feared as recently as late last week that they wouldn't be able to compete financially for Brand with the Clippers and Golden State Warriors.But Philadelphia first reached an agreement in principle Monday with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a trade that, according to sources, will send Sixers forward Rodney Carney, center Calvin Booth and a future first-round pick to the Wolves without Philadelphia having to take back any salary. It's a trade that will shave nearly $3 million off the Sixers' payroll next season and increase what was already substantial salary-cap space, positioning Philadelphia to secure a verbal commitment from Brand on a five-year agreement believed to be starting in the $14-to-15 million range. The deal can't be finalized until today, which is the first day that NBA teams can officially complete signings and trades after the lifting of a leaguewide moratorium on rosters which began July 1. The Sixers must submit their trade with Minnesota for league approval before signing Brand, which isn't likely to happen until the league office opens for business Wednesday morning.But Brand was already in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, sources said, preparing to join his new team just seven days after Davis had verbally committed to sign with his hometown Clippers and seemingly ensure that the bruising power forward would be going nowhere. Brand could not be reached for comment, but one source close to the process said: 'Elton wants to go East.'

Latest market news - by Eurobasket News
Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) put signature on a long-term contract with Orlando Magic. Pietrus played last five years in Golden State Warriors, who picked him on NBA draft 2003. At his last season with the Warriors he averaged 7.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 66 games. His best season in Golden State was 06/07 when Pietrus had 11.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 72 appearances. Before Warriors, he used to play for French Pau-Orthez where he grew up. His team grabbed the championship title of France in 2001. Mickael Pietrus was a member of French National Team which participated on European Championship in Belgrade in 2005 as well as on the World Championship in Japan next year.

In the meantime, Alexander Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) and Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C/F-83, college: Gonzaga) rejected offers of Los Angeles Lakers for the contract extension. Both players decided to wait for the other onces having status of free agent. According to the Los Angeles Times, Vujacic asked for 6 millions dollar per season while the Lakers offered him 2.6. On the other side Turiaf wanted little bit less money than Vujacic but he got one million dollar offer from his club.
Alexander Vujacic played 72 games for Lakers in regular season adding 8.8 ppg and 2.1 rpg. He also showed good performance in the play-off final against Boston Celtics, which his team lost 4-2. He arrived to LA in 2004 from Italian Team Snaidero Udine.

Member of French National Team, Ronny Turiaf, had 78 appearances in regular season collecting 6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 bpg. He graduated at Gonzaga University in 2005 after what he joined Lakers. He participated at the last year's European Championship in Spain with French National Team. A year before he also took a part on World Championship in Japan.



Golden State reportedly inks Corey Maggette - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors and Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) agreed on terms of the contract. The sources reported that Maggette will sign a five-year contract worth about $50 million. The former Duke opted out of the contract with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this month. The Warriors lost their long-time leader Baron Davis who moved to the Clippers several days ago and tempted free agent Maggette to Oakland. Corey Maggette led the Clippers in scoring last season averaging 22.1 points per game. He also added 5.6 boards and 2.7 assists to his tally. The 28-year-old forward has played for the Clippers since 2000. However he rejected $7 million for the next season with the team to become free agent. The Warriors had some space on their salary cap when Baron Davis left the team and persuaded Maggette to join the franchise despite strong interest to the swingman from Detroit, Utah, Orlando and San Antonio.
Meanwhile the reports say that Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) has agreed with the Philadelphia Sixers to sign a multiyear contract. The Sixers sent Rodney Carney (6'7''-F-84, agency: Octagon, college: Memphis), Calvin Booth (6'11''-C-76, college: Penn St.) and future #1 Draft pick to Minnesota for undetermined player making enough space for the worthy offer to Elton Brand. Numerous reports tell that the offer could cost Philadelphia nearly $14 million in the starting season. Elton Brand averages 20.3 points and 10.2 boards per game during his career. He however missed the major part of the last season because of a knee injury. No transactions are allowed official till Wednesday.


Kevin Durant suits up for Oklahoma City as they fire down Orlando in summer league - by Eurobasket News
The leagues Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) donned the Oklahoma City jersey for the first time helping the team to shoot down the Orlando Magic 100:77 in the first game at the Orlandos summer league. Kevin Durant came up with 22 points in 28 minutes on the court. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) led the scorers with 28 points for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88) had 19 points on an 8/10 field goal accuracy. Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Kentucky) nailed 28 points for the Magic as they lost second straight game. Oklahoma led right from the start piling up an 18-point cushion at halftime. They never eased the grip in the second half and celebrated a well-deserved victory.
Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89) in the meantime slowed down after his sizzling performance in the debut summer league game for the Miami Heat. He followed his impressive 28-point explosion with rather bleak game against New Jersey. Michael Beasley scored 9 points and converted only 1/13 field goals. The Heat however grabbed a 90:81 victory at the end. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86) provided 19 points and 9 assists, while Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85) added 19 for the winners. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88) and Ryan Anderson answered with 18 points apiece for the Nets.
Finally the Chicago Bulls overcame Indiana 89:84 in the third game of the league. Keith Langford (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Kansas) came up with 19 points to lead the Bulls. Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) had 17 points and Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) notched 16 in a winning case. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) was rather quiet with 9 points and 7 assists in 28 minutes. Earl Calloway (6'3''-G-83, college: Indiana) answered with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the Pacers.


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Brandon Miller returns as assistant at Ohio State - by Eurobasket News
Brandon Miller was added to Ohio State's basketball coaching staff today, filling the vacancy created by John Groce's departure to become the head coach at Ohio University.

OSU coach Thad Matta stayed within his coaching family with the hire, bringing back Miller, 29, after his one-year stint as an assistant coach at Butler University. Miller played for Matta at Butler, had a pretty memorable senior season after Matta went to Xavier, then served on the OSU staff for three seasons as director of basketball operations and video coordinator. His move to Butler was a way to gain experience as a full-time assistant and prepare him for a return like this.

'Brandon is a person I had the utmost respect for as a player and now have for as a coach,' Matta said in a statement. 'I recruited him out of high school and coached him at Butler. He worked for me at Xavier and was crucial to the early success we experienced at Ohio State our first three years. He knows the collegiate game as a player having played in two NCAA Sweet 16s and as a coach having been part of an Atlantic 10 Championship and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance, two Big Ten championships and an NCAA national championship game appearance.

'He has been part of our coaching family and knows how I operate and what my vision is for this program. Brandon is very passionate about Ohio State and what this university represents and I know he is thrilled to call Columbus home once again.'

Miller will be the third assistant on a staff that includes Alan Major and Archie Miller. Archie Miller is expected to emerge as the lead assistant and directly fill Groce's shoes.
Courtesy of cleveland.com


Mike Green joins Cleveland Cavaliers summer team - by Eurobasket News
Mike Green (6'1''-G-85, college: Towson), who helped lead Butler to the best two-year men's basketball record in school history, has earned a roster spot on the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team. He will compete with the Cavaliers at the 2008 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 11-20, with hopes of landing an NBA roster spot in the fall.

Mike Green, who helped lead Butler to the best two-year men's basketball record in school history, has earned a roster spot on the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team. He will compete with the Cavaliers at the 2008 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 11-20, with hopes of landing an NBA roster spot in the fall.

Green, who led the 30-4 Bulldogs in scoring, rebounding and assists last season, is one of 13 players selected for the Cavaliers' summer roster. The summer team also includes Cleveland's 2008 draft picks, J. J. Hickson (19th overall) of North Carolina State and Darnell Jackson (52nd overall) of Kansas, plus former UW-Milwaukee player, Clay Tucker.

Green helped lead Butler to a two-year record of 59-11 and two straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2007. This past season, the Bulldogs captured Horizon League regular season and tournament championships, won the Great Alaska Shootout, captured a second consecutive Wooden Tradition championship and posted a first-round NCAA Tournament win over South Alabama. Butler was ranked in the 'Top 25' for a school-record 19 consecutive weeks, including a school-record five weeks in the 'Top 10.'

The lone Butler player to start every game over the past two seasons, Green averaged 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists as a senior. He was named the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2007-08 and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player at the 2008 Horizon League Championship. He also was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2007 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. A first team Mid-Major All-American, Green received both the Chip Hilton Award and the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award at the 2008 NCAA Final Four.

The Cavaliers begin play in the NBA Summer League on Monday, July 14, at 1 p.m. (PST) against the New York Knicks, followed by a game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. Cleveland will close summer league play with games against the Washington Wizards (5 p.m.), New Orleans Hornets (7:30 p.m.) and Milwaukee Bucks (3:30 p.m.) on three consecutive days, July 18-20.
Courtesy of ncaa.com


Athletes in Action for William Jones Cup Tournament 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Damian Long (6'3''-G-77) of Harvard University
Nick Graham (6'0''-G-80) of Aurora Cavalry
Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85) of Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga
Laval Lucas-Perry (6'1''-G-89) of University of Arizona
William WILSON
Dane Brumagin (6'4''-G-86) of Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City
Ben Woodside (6'0''-G-85) of North Dakota State University
Wellington Smith (6'7''-F-87) of West Virginia University
Brett Winkelman (6'7''-F-86) of North Dakota State University
Jamel McLean (6'8''-F-88) of Xavier University
Dasean Butler (6'7''-F-88) of West Virginia University
Marcus Kitts (6'9''-F-89) of College of William & Mary
Coach: Dave Bliss
Coach: Morris Michalski
Assistant Coach: Phil BOLLIER


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Wingate names Brian Good head coach - by Eurobasket News

Wingate University president Dr. Jerry McGee and vice-president and director of athletics Steve Poston announce the appointment of Brian Good as head men's basketball coach. Good begins his new duties immediately. Good replaces Parker Laketa, who resigned this spring after eight seasons at the Bulldog helm. A press conference will be held Wednesday, July 16 to introduce Coach Good to the Bulldog community. Indiana native spent the previous four seasons at Queens University of Charlotte.

'Brian Good brings extensive head coaching experience to the table,' Poston says. 'He has had tremendous success at the NCAA Division II and Division III levels. We believe he is an ideal fit for Wingate University.'

Most recently, Good spent four seasons as head men's basketball coach at Queens University of Charlotte. He led the Royals to a 72-45 overall record, helping Queens make back-to-back NCAA appearances in his final two seasons. A member of the ultra-competitive Conference Carolinas, the Royals have compiled a 51-29 league ledger during Good's tenure.

'I am very appreciative to Dr. McGee and Mr. Poston for giving me this opportunity,' Good says. 'I have had the chance to watch Wingate University men's basketball in close proximity the last four years. I believe I had a very good job (at Queens). I believe I have a great job (at Wingate).'

Good believes the pieces of the puzzle are in place to continue Wingate's success in men's basketball. 'The staff, the campus and the facilities are top-notch,' Good notes. 'Wingate University is a place where we can build a championship program.'

During the 2007-08 campaign, the Queens University of Charlotte Royals were 21-10 overall. In 2006-07, Queens completed the season 20-10 overall. The Royals lost in the 2007 NCAA Division II East Region quarter-finals to eventual national champion (and fellow league member) Barton College. For six of the last eight seasons, a Conference Carolinas member has been the East Region representative at the Elite Eight.

In addition to his coaching duties at Queens, Good spent three-and-a-half years as the school's NCAA Compliance Coordinator. On the hardwood, Good has 13 years of head coaching experience. Prior to his arrival in the Queen City, Good was the head men's basketball coach and associate athletic director at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is one of the nation's top engineering schools. Good helped the basketball program make great progress, as he led the Raiders to the 2002-03 Lake Michigan Conference tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Division III post-season tournament.

Good was an assistant coach at the University of South Dakota for two seasons, guiding the Coyotes to the 1994 Elite Eight. USD won the North Central Regional and the North Central Conference tournament championship to earn the trip to the Elite Eight. During the 1992-93 season, Good was an assistant at Edgewood (Wis.) College. The Eagles captured the Lake Michigan Conference championship during the 1992-93 campaign.

While a basketball student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was a four-year letter winner and Big Ten Conference free throw champion.

A native of Rossville, Ind., Good received a M.A. degree in Athletic Administration from the University of South Dakota in 1995. He earned a B.S. degree in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. Good and his wife Mary have two children: daughter Zoe (8) and son Carter (2).

'We were looking for three qualities in our head coach Poston acknowledges. head coaching experience, familiarity with our level of competition and our recruiting base and a keen understanding of the balance a student-athlete must achieve in NCAA Division II.'

For example, Poston mentions the new NCAA Division II regionalization model. Next year, the South Atlantic Conference will compete against the Conference Carolinas (Good's former conference) and the Peach Belt Conference for NCAA regional championships. 'Brian understands the high level of competition in our new region,' Poston asserts. 'He knows the quality of student-athlete we need to recruit to maintain our success (in men's basketball).'

Good's decade-plus experience at NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III schools gives him first-hand knowledge of the importance of the total college experience, Poston mentions. 'We believe Brian Good 's strengths in each of these areas will help us build on the successes our men's basketball program has achieved in the last decade,' Poston adds. 'We look forward to Brian and his family joining the Bulldog family.'

The Bulldog men's basketball team made the best run in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball history in 2006-07. Wingate (25-9 overall in 2006-07) won the Food Lion SAC Tournament for the second consecutive season in 2007. The Bulldogs took the 2007 South Atlantic Regional title on their way to becoming the first SAC men's basketball team to participate in an NCAA Division II Elite Eight event.

In 2007-08, the Wingate men's basketball team compiled a 24-7 overall record. The Bulldogs shared the SAC regular season title with Lenoir-Rhyne College. Wingate advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Division II play-offs, dropping a tough decision to eventual national runner-up Augusta State (Ga.) University.

Good hits the ground running, as he will spend most of this week recruiting. 'We lost an outstanding senior class (from last season),' Good notes. 'We can't afford to skip a beat.'

In the first days of his Wingate tenure, Good has clear-cut objectives. 'I want to get to know our returning players,' he says. 'I am excited about the opportunity to help them get an education, win basketball games and compete for national championships.'

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,041 students, offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, international study, faith development, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers 39 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, education, physical education, physician assistant studies, sport administration and the doctor of pharmacy degree.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Athletic Excellence Award for the past two years.

Courtesy of sports.wingate.edu



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Mike Maker named head coach at Williams - by Eurobasket News
Williams Athletic Director Harry Sheehy announced today that Mike Maker, a 20-year coaching veteran (17 years in Division I) and currently an assistant at Creighton, has been named head coach of the Ephs' men's basketball team.

Sheehy, the all-time leader in wins in men's basketball at Williams with 324 in 17 years, is confident that he and his committee have selected just the right person to lead the Ephs. I'm thrilled that Mike Maker will be the next basketball coach at Williams,' said Sheehy. 'He brings great basketball knowledge, work ethic, and enthusiasm to the position. He's worked with great coaches in some of the best programs in the country.

Mike is a great match for Williams. He'll be a great addition to the community, athletic department, and the Williams basketball family.

'I'm humbled and excited to be getting what I consider the opportunity of a lifetime,' Maker said. 'Williams has a great athletic tradition and is known around the world for its academics. I'm really looking forward to being around players who crave excellence in every area of their lives.'

Maker has New England roots and his family is most excited for him to return to the region. 'My dad was born and raised in Boston and I have a lot of family in the area and they're all as excited as I am about this job.'

Maker intends to head east as soon as possible and has plans to use an aunt's house in Wakefield, Mass., as his base for recruiting in July. 'We're a little bit behind in the recruiting process so I need to get right after it and get out to as many camps as soon as I can, but first I need to talk to the players at Creighton and Williams.'

Maker began his coaching career at California Baptist College, where he was both an assistant coach and the JV coach from 1988 to 1990.

Maker comes to Williams from a year as an assistant coach at Creighton University that saw the Bluejays record 20 wins and 10 conference wins for the 10th straight year, a feat matched only by Kansas and Stanford.

Prior to joining Dana Altman's staff at Creighton, Maker spent two years at West Virginia (2005-07) as an assistant to John Beilein and three years at Samford University (2002-05). His longest tenure was an 11-year run as an associate coach at Dartmouth (1991-2002).

At West Virginia Maker assisted Beilin in implementing the Two Guard Offense, a derivative of the Princeton Offense and helped the Mountaineers win the 2007 NIT and advance to the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

While Maker was coaching at Samford under Jimmy Tillette, the Bulldogs ranked second nationally in 3-point field goals and seventh in field goal percentage in 2004-05 and they also ran a version of the Princeton Offense.

During his years at Dartmouth, Maker helped The Big Green snap Penn's 34-game home court win streak, one year after breaking Penn's 48-game conference win streak.

Maker coached for one year at Hartnell College where he was the head coach of the women's team (1990-91).

Maker played his first two years of college basketball at Hartnell, where he earned an associate of arts degree in general education. He then transferred to California Baptist, graduating in 1988 with a B.S. in physical education. Maker earned a master's in education at Azuza Pacific in 1990.

Maker also played at California Baptist, serving as captain at both schools both years. He was also an Academic All-American at California Baptist.

Maker, who went on three foreign summer trips with Dartmouth, is looking forward to August when the Ephs will embark on a pre-planned two-week trip to Italy with the players who are returning from last year's roster. NCAA rules prohibit first-years from pre-season trips. The Ephs return three starters from last year's 17-8 team in senior co-captain Kevin Snyder a guard, junior center Joe Geoghegan, and junior swingman Blake Schultz.

'This will be a great opportunity for me to get to know the players and a chance for them to get to know me while we play some games and take part in cultural activities,' noted Maker. 'The basketball will be important because it'll be the first time I'll see the players in game conditions, but getting to know them and sharing the cultural aspects of the trip and bonding will be just as important.'

Maker replaces Williams alum Dave Paulsen who left in May to become the head coach at Bucknell.
Courtesy of williams.prestosports.com


Wittenberg alumni Daniel Russ signs in Germany - by Moritz Korff
Former NCAA D3-All American Daniel Russ (6'10''-C/F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Wittenberg) will join the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt of the 1. Bundesliga in Germany and sign a contract for one year (plus option for another season). Russ played college-basketball at Wittenberg University and advanced to the Division 3 Championship Game with the Tigers in 2006. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 blocks as a senior (2005-06) and was named to the All-America 2nd Team by D3hoops.com. In his first year as a pro (06-07) Russ had 26 appearances for Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (Netherlands) and produced the following stats per contest: 7.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.8%, FT: 63.3%. Russ didn't play basketball in this past season.

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Puerto Rico edges New Zealand at the Alpos Cup - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Puerto Rico 74:82

New Zealand National team suffered a defeat in their opening game at the Alpos Cup in Slovenia. The Tall Blacks could not handle Puerto Rican rally in the final period to lose the battle. New Zealand got to a better start as they adjusted faster. They limited Puerto Rico to 10 points in the first frame and grabbed an 18:10 lead. Mika Vukona hit from beyond the arc to stretch the advantage to 14 points midway through the second period. Puerto Rican side however closed the first half on a 13:6 run to cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime. The Tall Blacks maintained the lead throughout the third stanza and entered the final quarter ahead by one point. The teams were all square at 59 before Puerto Rico surged ahead. They scored 8 unanswered points but the Tall Blacks were not taken aback. Paora Winitana and Michael Fitchett answered with back-to-back trebles to stay in the race. However Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) sparked a 13:0 rally from Puerto Ricans as they cleared off for good. Jose Juan Barea finished with 13 points to lead Puerto Rico. Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) and Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) led all scorers with 24 points and 5 boards. Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) registered 13 points and 10 boards in a losing effort. Puerto Rico converted 49% from the field, while limiting their opponents to only 38%. Kiwis also suffered 17 turnovers down the stretch. New Zealand will take on Slovenia today. Puerto Rico will face Iran in another todays clash.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 24, Craig Bradshaw 13+10 boards, Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) 12
Puerto Rico: Jose Juan Barea 13, Joel Jones 12, Larry Ayuso 12


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ACB Standinga
D1 Standings
ACB
 1. Tiburones 12-2 
 2. Tigres 8-3 
 3. Vikingos de V. 8-5 
 4. Pumas 4-7 
 5. Delfines 3-7 
 6. Halcones 0-11 
Liga Premier
 1. Fupade Coast 6-3 
 2. Jaguares 6-3 
 3. American Coll. 4-5 
 4. Caimanes 2-7 


Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Walter, UAM 18.6
2.Gonzalez, Caima. 17.7
3.Watson, FUPADE 17.1
4.Olivas, UAM1 3.8
5.Rocha, A.College 11.9
Rebounds Per Game
1.Watson, FUPADE 7.7
2.Abea, A.College 7.3
3.Sanchez, Caima 6.0
4.Tijerino, FUPADE 5.7
4.Aray, Caimanes 5.2
Assists Per Game
1.Gonzalez, FUPADE 4.2
2.Esquivel, Caima 3.9
3.Walter, UAM 3.9
4.Silva, UAM 3.6
5.Lopez, UAM 3.4
Steals Per Game
1.Walter, UAM 2.1
2.Esquivel, Caimanes 2.1
3.Gonzalez, FUPA 1.9
2FGP
1.Watson, FUPADE 6.8
2.Gonzalez, Caima 6.3
3.Walter, UAM 6.0
3FGP
1.Olivas, UAM 2.0
2.Silva, UAM 1.7
3.Barberena, Caiman 1.4
Free Throws
1.Walter, UAM 6.8
2.Watson, FUPADE 6.8
3.Gonzalez, Caima 6.4


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Acropolis tournament:: Second win for Greece - by Kostas Papadopoulos
After a tough game, only in the first half of the game, the national team of Greece achieved its second win for the 22nd Acropolis tournament, in its second day, against the relative one of Australia (89-69). Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) performed better for Greece for one more day, with a great help from Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) as on Monday, but also Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) played very well, while David Andersen (212-C-80) and David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) were the ones that distinguished from Australia.
The two teams were close at the score in the whole first half, which ended with Australia ahead (40-36). However, in the second half, Greece strengthened its defense a lot, and after getting an ideal rhythm in their offense game, they enlarged the difference up to 20 points at the end.
Periods: 17-18, 36-40, 66-53, 89-69
Greece: Theodoros Papaloukas 12 (1), Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) 8, Zisis 7, Vasilis Spanoulis 18 (2), Vasilopoulos, Antonis Fotsis 16 (2), Perperoglou 6 (2), Gliniadakis, Tsartsaris, Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 7, Pelekanos 9 (1), Printezis 6 (1).
Australia: Anstey, Mills 2, Inglis 8, Kendall, Newley 4, CJ Bruton 5 (1), Redhades 6, Worthington 5, Savil 6, David Andersen 13 (1), Nielsen 8, David Barlow 12 (2).

At the other game of the second day of the tournament, Brazil won Croatia 86-77


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Acadmica sign Simes - by Luis Rocha
Acadmica decided to strenght is roster by signing point guard Diogo Simoes. Diogo has made good earlier days in his career, but since then his performances are not as good as one thinks he can offer. He was formed in Sangalhos and last year played in Sampaense. Last year he suffered an injury that made him be out for a few months. Next year hell be in Coimbra, and will try to get something better of hes game , in order to once and for all show everybody all his potencial.

Benfica sign Ramos - by Luis Rocha
After several years playing abroad, Sergio Ramos comes back to portugal and to his last portuguese club, Benfica. Sergio is a forward who can play as a 3 or 4, who had many injuries in the last years, but now it seems completely recovered and able to play. Its a great signing for Benfica, who are in need of a good portuguese player to act as a 3 or 4, with only 3 foreign players to sign next year in Portugal, good protuguese ones are scarce and every team fight to get them. Sergio Ramos and Miguel Barroca fit the descripton and rumours talk also about the signing of 'Eki' Viana to the roster. Little by little the market is flowing.

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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico beats Iran to continue Unbeaten in Slovenia - by Luis Ramirez
In a dramatic fashion team Puerto Rico defeated Iran 83-80. Iran gave Puerto Rico a run for their money as they took the 1st quarter 18-15. Half way thru the 2nd quarter the Iranian team had opened a 12 point lead with just under 5 minutes to play in the quarter. Puerto Rico would not find an answer to the Iranian team and they would finish trailing 45-32 in the first half. In the 3rd quarter Puerto Rico got hot from the 3 point line and with a dunk from Center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) the game was tied at 55 points with 1:16 left in the quarter. Iran then got some clutch 3 pointer of their own and finished in the lead at the end of the 3rd quarter 61-55. In the 4th quarter Iran keep the pressure on the Puerto Rican team until Santiago who was perfect from the free throw line sank consecutive free throws to cut the lead to just 4 points 69-65 with 4:48 to go in the game. Iran once again tried to put the game on ice but a 3 pointer from Larry Ayuso and another set of free throws from Santiago set the stage for consecutive baskets from Peter John Ramos to seal the win for Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico, Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) scored 17 points followed by Daniel Santiago with 15 points. For Iran, H. Ehadadi scored 17 points followed by M. Nikkhah with 14 points. Puerto Rico will now face Slovenia who like Puerto Rico is currently undefeated.

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  QATAR   


Coach Eric Darrel - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

The following is an updated profile of Coach Eric Darrel :

Awards/Achievements:

2007 GCC Champions (Gold Medal) Rayyan--Manama, Bahrain
2007 Asia (Bronze Medal) Al Rayyan--Tehran, Iran
2007 William Jones Cup Qatar NT-- Tai Pei, Taiwan
2007 Olympic Qualifier Qatar NT--Tokoushima, Japan
2007 Pan-Arab Games (Bronze Medal) Qatar NT--Alexandria, Egypt
2008 Qatar Basketball League, Qatar Sports Club--Doha, Qatar
2008 Heir Apparent Cup Finalist (Sliver Medal) Qatar Sports Club--Doha, Qatar
2008 Emir Cup Finalist (Sliver Medal) Qatar Sports Club--Doha, Qatar
2008 Arab Championships, Qatar Sports Club--Amman Jordan



Qatar National Team for William Jones Cup Tournament 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85) of Al Rayyan
Khalid Masoud Al Nasr (175-G-80) of Al Arabi Club
Daoud Musa (193-G-82) of Al Rayyan
Ali Turki (202-F-82) of Al Rayyan
Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) of Al Rayyan
Omar Abdgader Salem (205-C-83) of Al Rayyan
Salamn Abu Faisal (177-G-79)
Ahmed Al Darwish (188-G-90)
Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) of As Sadd Sports Club
Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) of Al Rayyan
Hashem Zaidan (211-C-80) of Al Arabi Club
Mansour El Hadary (178-G-90) of Al Arabi Club
Mohammed Al Naimi (175-G-80) of Qatar Club
Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) of Al Arabi Club
Hammam Ismail (200-C/F-83) of Al Wakrah
Mohammed Ali (192-G-87)
Head Coach: Kent Davison
Assistant Coach: Cliff Levingston
Assistant Coach: Adam Westlake


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  RUSSIA   


Russian teams find out their opponents in Europe - by Eurobasket News
The majority of Russian teams find out their opponents in European tournament scheduled for the beginning of autumn.
CSKA Moscow will be the only representative in Euroleague. The season will tip-off at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain, where Tau Ceramica will host the competition's traditional opening game on October 20.
First sixteen teams of EuroCup found out their opponents in the first Qualifying Round. The draw was held today in Berlin, Germany. Russian Triumph and Unics will meet Base BC Oostende and Energa Czarni respectively. Other countries are represented by one team. The season will start on October 14th.
FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge is set up. The draw was held in Berlin, Germany as well as EuroCup and Euroleague draws. The winner and runner-up of EuroChallenge will earn the right to play in the EuroCup next season. Eight teams qualified directly to the first qualifying round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium), Keravnos (Cyprus), Kalev (Estonia), Larissa (Greece), Virtus Bologna (Italy), Ventspils (Latvia), Lokomotiv Rostov (Russia) and Khimik (Ukraine) will wait for their opponents. The season will be open on October 21st. CSK-VVS Samara will meet Cherkaski Mavpy in the opener of EuroChallenge Qualifying Round 1. Spartak St P will face Romanian CSU Asesoft Ploiesti.


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  RWANDA   


APR Retain Liberation Title - by Kristian Santiago
The New Times (Kigali)

APR BC roared to their second successive Liberation title after an easy 98-66 win over Burundi's New Star on Sunday. The Indomitable Lions who had registered a massive 102-59 semi-final victory over Burundi's Dynamo kept their rhythm going in the final.

Bienvenue Ngandu playing in his first Liberation tournament, had 20 points to lead the defending champions but it was Kami Kabange who turned the tide, scoring 11 fourth-quarter points after a shaky start.

APR BC had been given a scare in the third quarter when New Star cut down their point deficit from 23 to just nine points but Kabange made a dramatic return to finish off with 18 points after scoring a meagre seven in the first three quarters.

'When they narrowed the gap at the end of the third quarter, pressure was on us. We had to re-organise our selves and I'm happy that we managed to do it,' APR BC's coach Cliff Owuor said after winning his 12th title with the club.

The atmosphere inside the Amahoro indoor courts was electric with anticipation of a thrilling final after an impressive run to the final from both clubs.

On top of the Liberation trophy, APR BC was also presented with Frw300.000 in cash prize courtesy of the local basketball governing body (Ferwaba).


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  SEBL   


Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 2-0 
 2. BC Howren 0-0 
 3. Polk Co. 0-1 
 4. Owen FH 0-1 
 5. BC Sixers 0-2 
City B-West
 1. BC Dalton 1-1 
 2. BC Knicks-2 1-1 
 3. Metro Tech 0-0 
 4. Rockmart 0-1 
 5. Cedart.B. II 0-1 
Metro A-North
 1. Cartersville W. 0-0 
 2. ServPro-1 0-0 
 3. BC Force 0-0 
 4. BC Celtics 0-0 
 5. BC Skyline 0-0 
 6. Supreme 0-0 
Metro A-South
 1. Black Monop 1-0 
 2. Tri-County 1-0 
 3. BC Lakers 1-0 
 4. Young Gunz 1-1 
 5. Speedboys 0-1 
 6. D.O.T.S. 0-1 


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  SERBIA   


Hemofarm STADA, Crvena Zvezda and FMP in Eurocup 08/09 - by Dragan Jankovski
As it was over the past couple of years Serbia will once again have three representatives in Eurocup (ex ULEB Cup). Draw for the Eurocup was held at the same day as Euroleague draw. Hemfoarm STADA is placed directly into the group H of regular season. Its opponents will be Akasvayu Girona and Czech Nymburk. The fourth team which will take a place in the same group will be known after two qualifications rounds. Possible candidates for that spot are Buducnost Podgorica, Galatasaray and Siauliai.

Crvena Zvezda will start its European adventure next season from the second qualification round. The team from Belgrade will wait for the winner of the games between Tartu Rock from Estonia and Swans Alianz from Austria. If Zvezda succeed to get through the second qualification round it will be placed into group D. Rivals of the red-and-white team would be Bamberg, Turow Zgorzelec and Charleroi.

The toughest task in Eurocup will have FMP from Zeleznik, who starts from the first stage of the competition. In October 14th FMP will host My Guide Amsterdam while 7 days later they will fly to Holland for the second game. If they pass Amsterdam next FMP's next rivals will be Russian team Ural Great Perm. If Panthers succeed to register better score in two games against Ural they will take a place in group G. Spanish Pamesa, German Artland Dragons and Italian Fortutudo wait for their last opponent in their group.

All teams which finish competition in the qualification rounds will automatically compete in the new one called EuroChallenge.


News from Crvena Zvezda and Vojvodina Srbijagas - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade could get a new head coach today. Namely, the team faced with a lot of problems after the end of the season. Couple of players already showed intention to leave the club. The main goal for people from Zvezda is to hire a new head coach as well to name a new management board. One of the main candidates for Zvezda's bench is Mihailo Uvalin, who had very successful last season Polish team Polpak Swecie. Nothing is officially confirmed yet but according to some sources he could be hired today as a new head coach of Crvena Zvezda.

Vojvodina Srbijagas also faced with many troubles this summer. The biggest one for sure is a debt of around 800 thousand euros. The most of this amount are debts to the players. New director of the club, Savo Dostanic, stated that Vojvodina doesn't have such a bright future if the situation remains as it is now. The club already sent a clear signal to company Srbijagas and the city of Novi Sad to 'save them'. Eight players from the last season want to leave the club because of lack of payment. Just four players for sure will stay in the team for the next season: Ilija Pavkovic (203-G-88), Velibor Buha (208-C-88), Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) and Vuk Ajdukovic (196-G-88). New sports director of the club, Igor Kovacevic, said that he negotiated with those 8 players who wants to leave the club and all of them wants to stay if they get earned money. It is expected that situation about future of Vojvodina Srbijagas will be known soon.

Aleksandar Grmusa is named to be the president of A1 team Novi Sad.


Vukasin Aleksic and Aleksandar Rasic in Partizan Belgrade - by Dragan Jankovski
Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion, Partizan Igokea, agreed terms with Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket). Aleksic played last season for Serbian Superleague team Swisslions Takovo averaging 11.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.9 apg and 1.1 spg. He was the second assistant of the competition after Omar Cook. Aleksic grew up in Hemofarm STADA after what he moved to Mega Ishrana. A year later he joined Zdravlje Leskovac where he was one of the best players of A1 league. The same performance Aleksic also demonstrated last season in Swisslions. He was a member of U16, U18, and U20 National Team. He also participated at the Global Games in Dallas and World University championship in Bangkok in 2007.

Aleksandar Rasic spent last season in German team ALBA Berlin winning the championship title in Bundesleague. During the season 06/07 he moved from FMP Zeleznik to Efes Pilsen. In summer 2007 he signed with Dynamo Moscow, whose head coach was well respected Svetislav Pesic. As Aleksic, Rasic also played on Global Games in Dallas in 2001 and was a member of Serbian U20 National Team. He grabbed the title in Adriatic league with FMP in 2006 while a year before and after that Panthers won National Cup Radivoj Korac while Rasic was the MVP of the final tournament in 2007.


Dusan Ivkovic invites Savanovic in National team - by Zoran Popovic
After the knee injury of Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and prolonged staying on college in US of Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona), head coach of Serbain National team Dusan Ivkovic invites Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket). 'Dragicevic must take rest and medical treatment, Radenovic is still candidate for national team, but now we have problem on the position '4' (forward), so we must invite one more player on that position' said Dusan Ivkovic .
Last season Savanovic played for Unics Kazan and he scored in ULEB Cup average 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assistants and in Russian league 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assistants per game. In next season Savanovic will play for Cajasol Sevilla.


Sasa Obradovic brings Jeretin in Kyiv - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian coach Sasa Obradovic brings Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) in BC Kyiv. Last season Goran Jeretin played pre-season for ALBA Berlin, but after knee injury and surgery he made long break. Before ALBA Berlin Jeretin played for Ibon 1997-2001, KK Lovcen Cetinje 2001-2002, KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd 2002-2006, Dynamo St.Petersburg, BC Buducnost Podgorica and Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 2006-2007. Except Obradovic and Jeretin in BC Kyiv are Ivan Jeremic as assistant coach and Pero Antic former player of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Jeretin is on the list of candidates of Dusko Vujosevic for Montenegro National team.

Goran Jagodnik is back after the injury - by Zoran Popovic
Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) who playes last season for KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac last night played his first match after the knee injury. He spent 11 minutes in the game and scored 5 points with perfect shot from the field (1/1 for 2 points, 1/1 for 3 points) and 1 assistant and 3 rebounds. Jagodnik got injured 6 months ago and last night he confirmed his fully recovered. Goran Jagodnik still not decided where he will spent next season, but couple of teams are very intrested for him. In the last season Jagodnik scored for Hemofarm in Adriatic league average 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assistants and ULEB Cup 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assistants per game.

Market News-Krstic considering Euro return - by Zoran Klansic
New Jersey Nets center - Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) is considering a return to Europe after 4 years in the NBA.
the 7'0 center has been playing in the nets since the 2004-2005 season.after a very good two seasons he extended his contract at the team but the last two years he suffred injuries and for now the nets didn't offer a new contract.the player has a qualifing offer at the team.but as said the nets didnt decide yet.
the player has stated that a return to Europe in in his minds as this alreted Israeli side - Maccabi Tel-Aviv are very keen in adding him to the team.Maccabi already sniffed around with the player but yet didn't materialized to an agreement


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  SLOVENIA   


Krka extends Rakocevic, Remus close to Loka - by Zeljko Zule

Krka re-signed Montenegrin Marko Rakocevic (205-C-83) for another one year. Last season he averaged 23,7 minutes, 10,6 points and 5,7 rebounds in 35 games of regular season of 1.A League UPC Telemach.

TCG Mercator is very close to former U-20 NT member Aljosa Remus (200-F-86) ex Rogla.

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Korean University Select Team for William Jones Cup Tournament 2008 - by Eurobasket
Kim Hyun-Ho (184-G-88)
Park Rae-Hun (192-F-89)
Hur Jin-Sung (183-G-86)
Byun Hyun-Soo (184-G-86)
Yoo Seung-Ho (203-C-88)
Kim Kang-Sun (190-G-86)
Song Su-In (195-F-86)
Heo Il-Young (197-F-85)
Choi Yun-Ho (188-G-86)
Kim Myung-Hoon (200-C-85) of Kyong Hee University
Kim Hyeon-Min (200-F-87)
Bang Deo-Kwon (210-C-88)
Head Coach: Chang Bong-Kun
Assistant Coach: Park Sang-Kwan


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  SPAIN   


ACB Market News - by Natxo Mendaza
CAI Zaragoza officially announced the arrival of Panamanian center Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) for the next season. Garces, who posesses Spanish passport and won't count as an import in CAI's roster, comes to Zaragoza after a long and succesful stage in Spain (Pamesa Valencia, Estudiantes, Breogan Lugo and Forum Valladolid). Meanwhile, Cajasol Seville also confirmed the signing of Spanish playmaker Pedro Rivero (186-G-79), who promoted to ACB League after spending last season in Villa de los Barrios (LEB Gold). Rivero will join Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college: Notre Dame) at the PG position, although it's rumored Cajasol is still looking for a starting playmaker to lead the team.

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Raiders Retain Lasker - by George Manousidis
The Kularoos Plymouth Raiders are delighted to announce a major coup in the re-signing of star guard Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma). Andrew Lasker returns to the team for his fourth consecutive year and rounds out Raiders' foreign player contingent. The Raiders were up against teams from across Europe and the BBL in an effort to secure Andrew Lasker's signature for 2008/09.

'This is a massive signing for us,' said coach Gary Stronach. 'European teams went after him hard in the off season, several teams were very interested in him. But he's decided to return to Plymouth and I couldn't be happier. We're now just a couple of players away from completing the roster. A lot of other teams haven't even announced their first player and we virtually have our team in place. I'm very excited about this season already.'

Andrew Lasker returns to Plymouth after having had his best season in the BBL to date. 'Drew had a great year last year and he will be coming back to Plymouth having worked on his game a lot over the course of the summer,' added Stronach. 'Teams were very aware of the threat he posed last season, afterall he finished 3rd in the Molten Player of the Season voting, so he's well known around the league. He was still able to increase his numbers in virtually every statistical category despite attracting a lot more attention from teams on defense, and that shows the kind of player he is.'

The 6'1' 25-year-old was a BBL All-Star last season and was eighth in the league's scoring charts with an average of 19 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, shooting 34% from three-point range.

It's not just at the offensive end of the floor where Andrew Lasker proved his worth to the team last season. He's considered the team's best individual man to man defender as well. At one point last season, James Life traveled to the Pavilions with his Worcester team mates on the back of some fantastic performances, and Andrew Lasker held him to one of his lowest scores of the season - just 15 points - nearly half of his season average.

'His value to the team can't be overstated,' said Chief Executive Dave Briggs. 'We were waiting for his contract to come through on the fax machine, and there's been a lot of smiles around the office since it came through yesterday.'

Andrew Lasker hails originally from Houston in Texas, and it was widely thought by many that when he played in the 3rd/4th playoff game at the BBL Playoff weekend in Birmingham, he had played his last game in the green of the Raiders. Raiders' coach Gary Stronach however, didn't give up and has spoken to Andrew Lasker a couple of times a week since.

Each team in the BBL are permitted a maximum of 3 foreign players. Raiders trio this year have all been re- signed early, with DeAntoine Beasley and Terrence Durham committing to the team and now being joined by Andrew Lasker.

From BBL official website.


BBL Fixtures 2008/09 - by George Manousidis
The fixtures for the forthcoming British Basketball League (BBL) season will be announced on Thursday 10th July at 11.00am.

The announcement will include the fixture list for the BBL Championship, the league's flagship competition, which sees each of the twelve teams contesting 33 games between September and April.

The draw for the BBL Cup, the straight knockout competition comprising of the league's twelve clubs, will also be announced, as will the BBL Trophy groups.




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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Albania clinches semifinal spot in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Albania - Scotland 70:67

Albanian National Team claimed a dramatic win over Scotland to clinch the semifinal birth at the European championship in Division C. Earlier today Albania withheld a fierce comeback effort from Scottish team in the second half to secure a narrow win and left their opponents without semis. Albania were considered underdogs entering the game with Scottish team winning Bronze medals in the last Division C campaign in 2006. However they got to a better start as Hasanaj scored 5 quick points to put Albanian team in charge 9:4. Sako later added 3 points for a 13:5 advantage. Deneko, Hasanaj and Sako kept Scotland at distance throughout the first period and built a 22:15 lead at end of it. Deneko and Cakici opened the second quarter with 6 straight points for Albania as they stretched the margin to 13 points. Bell and Moore clipped the distance but Cakici lifted Albania to a 42:27 halftime advantage. Deneko and Myrto gave Albanian team a massive 46:29 lead early in the third quarter but Scotland never surrendered. Chaloner scored 8 points in the third term and Scotland cut the difference to only 9 points heading into the final period. Bell and Chaloner clawed Scottish way back into contest with 5 points in a row at the start of the fourth stanza. Permeti and Deneko gave some breathing space for Albania but Schweikert converted a three-point play and Scotland trailed by just 2 points 58:60 with 6 minutes remaining. Chaloner tied the scoreline in the few moments but Albania answered with 6 straight points to regain the lead. Chaloner later shaved the distance to a single point with a treble but Myrto brought Albania to victory with two freebies with 22 seconds left. Chaloner missed the final shot of the game and Scotland lost the battle. Deneko finished with 22 points and 11 boards for Albania. Sako topscored with 23 points for the winners. Chaloner led all scorers with 25 points and 5 boards for Scotland. Bell delivered 11 points and 6 boards in a losing effort.

Albania: Valbona Sako (-72) 23, Enkela Deneko (-76) 22+11 boards, Elona Hasanaj 9
Scotland: Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) 25, Rowan Bell 11


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  AZERBAIJAN - Women  


Luxembourg wins Group A defeating Azerbaijan - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 101:24 (27-3, 21-8, 28-9, 25-4)

Luxembourg smashed Azerbaijan 101:24 in Day 3 of European championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament won the group with 3-0 record and advanced to the semifinal. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) led the winners with 20 points. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90) netted 16, while Jil Haentges (182-C-90) posted 14. Zycova ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Biryuchkova produced 6.
Haris opened the scoring list for the hosts from the arc. Zycova scored quickly for Azerbaijan for 3-2. After that Luxembourg produced 20-0 run to answer for all the questions about the winner. Ludivig with a jump shot closed the opening quarter at 27:3. Azerbaijan remained scoreless for another four minutes an scored only in the middle of the second for 38:4. Musayeva made one free throw for her team in the game. Biryuchkova's free throw was the last in the half, 48:11.
In the third quarter Luxembourg remained on top of the game and had 28:9 in it. Weynandt's three opened the last period with 79:20 and the task for the hosts was to reach three digits. With 36 seconds in the game Jil Haentges made a lay-up for 101:24 as Luxembourg triumphed in the game.

Luxembourg:Lynn Schreiner 20, Lisy Hetting 16, Jil Haentges 14
Azerbaijan: Zycova 12+10 rebs, Biryuchkova 6


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  BERMUDAS - Women  


Hamilton Parish Hurricanes clinch the title - by Eurobasket News
Hamilton Parish Hurricanes earned the Bermuda basketball championship title. They entered the playoffs as #2 seeds but proved they were all worth the challenge. The Warwick Suns were top seeds at the start of the semifinal stage. They ended the regular season in style beating their main opponents Hamilton 27:22 behind some heroics from Kimmisha Perenchief and Marie-Pierre Beaudion. Hamilton then lost their second game in the regular season as they fell short to the Somerset Hornets 30:33. This time Nicole Crumpler and Jahtchere Trott buried the Hurricanes.
However Hamilton Parish Hurricanes recovered well in the semis. They knocked down St. Georges Storm to advance to the title game. There they challenged the regular season champions Warwick Suns. The game into a real basketball thriller but the Hurricanes snatched a narrow 36:35 win. Tashae Gibbons accounted for some key plays at the dying seconds propelling the team to the victory. League MVP Tashae Gibbons was later named the Finals MVP. She accumulated 11 points, 9 boards and a steal in the victorious game for the Hurricanes. Sarita Ebbin led all scorers with 16 points for the Warwick Suns in defeat.
Earlier the league distributed their season awards. As we mentioned Tashae Gibbons was trumped MVP. Dominique Richardson received 18&Under Award. Marie-Pierre Beaudoin was given the Hustle Player Award.


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  E.CHAMPS (W) - Women  


European championship Division C. Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 101:24 (27-3, 21-8, 28-9, 25-4)

Luxembourg smashed Azerbaijan 101:24 in Day 3 of European championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament won the group with 3-0 record and advanced to the semifinal. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) led the winners with 20 points. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90) netted 16, while Jil Haentges (182-C-90) posted 14. Zycova ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Biryuchkova produced 6.
Haris opened the scoring list for the hosts from the arc. Zycova scored quickly for Azerbaijan for 3-2. After that Luxembourg produced 20-0 run to answer for all the questions about the winner. Ludivig with a jump shot closed the opening quarter at 27:3. Azerbaijan remained scoreless for another four minutes an scored only in the middle of the second for 38:4. Musayeva made one free throw for her team in the game. Biryuchkova's free throw was the last in the half, 48:11.
In the third quarter Luxembourg remained on top of the game and had 28:9 in it. Weynandt's three opened the last period with 79:20 and the task for the hosts was to reach three digits. With 36 seconds in the game Jil Haentges made a lay-up for 101:24 as Luxembourg triumphed in the game.

Luxembourg:Lynn Schreiner 20, Lisy Hetting 16, Jil Haentges 14
Azerbaijan: Zycova 12+10 rebs, Biryuchkova 6


Andorra - Gibraltar 53:45
Andorra National team secured their semifinal birth at the European championship in Division C. They overcame Gibraltar today to improve to 2-1 record in the preliminary Group A. The game was not an easy jog for Andorra though. Sene and Parody put Gibraltar in front early in the game. Sene capped the first frame with a three-pointer to give winless Gibraltar a surprising 17:7 advantage at the first intermission. Vicente and Meira nailed 5 points in a row midway through the second period to clip the distance to 6 points. However Sene immediately answered with 4 straight points to restore a 10-point buffer at halftime. Sene added another jumper to open the second half and Andorra trailed by 12 points. Then it was time for Meira to take the floor. She nailed 7 consecutive points for Andorra as they came as close as 3 points from Gibraltar. Later Vicente and Gomez accounted for five more points and the teams finished the third stanza all tied at 34. The lead changed hands for several times before Vicente dropped back-to-back treys to carry Andorra up by 5 with just over a minute remaining. Hernandez followed the bombardment with a three-pointer and Andorra never looked back in the dying seconds. Vicente finished with 18 points and 7 boards to pace Andorra. Gomez contributed 14 points and 8 boards in a win. Sene answered with 16 points and 7 boards for Gibraltar. Gomez had 11 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.

Andorra: Patricia Vicente 18, Laura Gomez 14, Patricia Meira 13+12 boards
Gibraltar: Kaira Sene 16, Karla Gomez 11+11 boards



Albania - Scotland 70:67

Albanian National Team claimed a dramatic win over Scotland to clinch the semifinal birth at the European championship in Division C. Earlier today Albania withheld a fierce comeback effort from Scottish team in the second half to secure a narrow win and left their opponents without semis. Albania were considered underdogs entering the game with Scottish team winning Bronze medals in the last Division C campaign in 2006. However they got to a better start as Hasanaj scored 5 quick points to put Albanian team in charge 9:4. Sako later added 3 points for a 13:5 advantage. Deneko, Hasanaj and Sako kept Scotland at distance throughout the first period and built a 22:15 lead at end of it. Deneko and Cakici opened the second quarter with 6 straight points for Albania as they stretched the margin to 13 points. Bell and Moore clipped the distance but Cakici lifted Albania to a 42:27 halftime advantage. Deneko and Myrto gave Albanian team a massive 46:29 lead early in the third quarter but Scotland never surrendered. Chaloner scored 8 points in the third term and Scotland cut the difference to only 9 points heading into the final period. Bell and Chaloner clawed Scottish way back into contest with 5 points in a row at the start of the fourth stanza. Permeti and Deneko gave some breathing space for Albania but Schweikert converted a three-point play and Scotland trailed by just 2 points 58:60 with 6 minutes remaining. Chaloner tied the scoreline in the few moments but Albania answered with 6 straight points to regain the lead. Chaloner later shaved the distance to a single point with a treble but Myrto brought Albania to victory with two freebies with 22 seconds left. Chaloner missed the final shot of the game and Scotland lost the battle. Deneko finished with 22 points and 11 boards for Albania. Sako topscored with 23 points for the winners. Chaloner led all scorers with 25 points and 5 boards for Scotland. Bell delivered 11 points and 6 boards in a losing effort.

Albania: Valbona Sako (-72) 23, Enkela Deneko (-76) 22+11 boards, Elona Hasanaj 9
Scotland: Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) 25, Rowan Bell 11


Malta - Wales 60:41 (16-5, 15-11, 16-16, 13-9)

Malta won Group B of European championship in Division C. In the last game of the group the team overcame Wales 60:41. The latter produced a good second half but could not upset the favorite of the group.
Josephine Grima (190-C-84) led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) posted 15, while Abigail Sciberras netted 7. Sarah Wagstaff top-scored for the Welsh team with 18 points and Lisa Trott had 8.
Josephine Grima being the top-scorer of the game opened the game with a jump shot. Wales remained tough and after Sarah Wagstaff's shot saw the first lead. Ellul however closed 10-0 run for Malta to take 10:3 advantage. Rebecca Thoresen was the last to score in the period for 16:5. In the second quarter Wales struggled for 11:15 and finished the half at 31:16.
Sarah Wagstaff and Short closed the gap to 33:19 as both teams started the third period. After 16:16 in the period Malta still had 47:32 before the final stanza. Again Sarah Wagstaff reduced to plus 12 but then Wales could not struggle anymore. Malta led the game to 60:41 win and sealed 3-0 record in the group that gave them the first spot in it.

Malta:
Josephine Grima 20+10 rebs, Rebecca Thoresen 15, Abigail Sciberras 7
Wales:
Sarah Wagstaff 18, Lisa Trott 8



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  EUROCUP WOMEN - Women  


Standings
6 Standings
 1. CAB Madeira 0-0 
 2. AZS Gorzow 0-0 
 3. Mondeville 0-0 
 4. Tarbes 0-0 
 5. Challes 0-0 
 6. Parma 0-0 
 7. Taranto 0-0 
 8. Ribera 0-0 
 9. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 10. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 11. Vologda 0-0 
 12. Extrugasa 0-0 
 13. San Jose 0-0 
 14. EBE Promoc. 0-0 
 15. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 16. Ramat H. 0-0 
 17. BC Moscow 0-0 
 18. Rivas Futura 0-0 
 19. Buducnost 0-0 
 20. Hemofarm 0-0 
 21. MBK Ruz. 0-0 
 22. Szeged 0-0 
 23. Foton 0-0 
 24. Crvena Zv. 0-0 
 25. Elizur Ram. 0-0 
 26. Bnot Hash. 0-0 
 27. Botas 0-0 
 28. Galatasaray 0-0 
 29. Trutnov 0-0 
 30. Dexia 0-0 
 31. Gospic 0-0 
 32. Medvescak 0-0 
 33. Arvi 0-0 
 34. Lemmink. 0-0 
 35. Dnipro 0-0 
 36. Vagos 0-0 
 37. Cesis 0-0 
 38. Fl.Foxes 0-0 
 39. Targoviste 0-0 
 40. Arad 0-0 
 41. Alexandria 0-0 
 42. Panionios 0-0 
 43. Solna Vikings 0-0 
 44. Ragusa 0-0 
 45. Zeljeznicar 0-0 
 46. M.Kraj. BL 0-0 
 47. U.Neuch. 0-0 
 48. 08 0-0 
 49. Olivais 0-0 
 50. Esperides 0-0 
 51. BC Star 0-0 
 52. Dunav 0-0 
 53. AEL 0-0 
 54. Aris H. 0-0 
 55. BBT Letz. 0-0 
 56. Athinaikos 0-0 
 57. Spartak N. 0-0 
 58. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Leipzig Eagles sign Cornelia Janzon - by Moritz Korff
Cornelia Janzon (190-F/C-81) has agreed terms with the BBV Leipzig Eagles (DBBL) and inked a contract with the team for the 2008-09 season. Janzon, who is German but was born in Sydney, Australia, just attended the training camp of the German National Team in Kienbaum. She played for Jahn Freising, KICKZ Munich, TSV Wasserburg and MTSV Schwabing in the past. For 2007-08 Janzon took her game to the fifth continent and suited up for the Sydney Flames.

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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Swedish U20 Team defeats Lithuanian counterparts in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 - Lithuania U20 89:87 (2OT)

Swedish and Lithuanian U20 National teams played an exhibition game recently. Both sides are preparing to the European championship however in different divisions. Lithuania will tip off their Division A campaign on July 11 against Russia. Sweden will begin Division B quest against Portugal the same day. The friendly game turned into a real basketball thriller. The sides needed two overtimes to decide on the winner. Lithuania got to a slightly better start as they grabbed a 19:15 lead into the second frame. However Sweden quickly denied the deficit. Tre Krunur outgunned their opponents in the second stanza to build a 2-point advantage at halftime. Sweden seemed to take over in the third period as they easily stretched the gap to 6 points heading to the final frame. But Lithuanian side tightened defense in the final quarter and drew things level at the end of regulation. The first extra period however brought little changes to complexion of the game. Neither side was able to pull away with a win and the second overtime was forced. There however Sweden appeared stronger and claimed a narrow 89:87 victory at the end. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) notched 26 points to lead Sweden. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) had 24 points, while Frida Grahn (184-F-88) secured 15 points for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) answered with game-high 32 points for Lithuania. Egle Sarapaite (172-G-88) delivered 16 points in a losing case.

Sweden U20: Elin Eldebrink 26, Frida Eldebrink 24, Frida Grahn 15
Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 32, Egle Sarapaite 16


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Luxembourg wins Group A defeating Azerbaijan - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 101:24 (27-3, 21-8, 28-9, 25-4)

Luxembourg smashed Azerbaijan 101:24 in Day 3 of European championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament won the group with 3-0 record and advanced to the semifinal. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) led the winners with 20 points. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90) netted 16, while Jil Haentges (182-C-90) posted 14. Zycova ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Biryuchkova produced 6.
Haris opened the scoring list for the hosts from the arc. Zycova scored quickly for Azerbaijan for 3-2. After that Luxembourg produced 20-0 run to answer for all the questions about the winner. Ludivig with a jump shot closed the opening quarter at 27:3. Azerbaijan remained scoreless for another four minutes an scored only in the middle of the second for 38:4. Musayeva made one free throw for her team in the game. Biryuchkova's free throw was the last in the half, 48:11.
In the third quarter Luxembourg remained on top of the game and had 28:9 in it. Weynandt's three opened the last period with 79:20 and the task for the hosts was to reach three digits. With 36 seconds in the game Jil Haentges made a lay-up for 101:24 as Luxembourg triumphed in the game.

Luxembourg:Lynn Schreiner 20, Lisy Hetting 16, Jil Haentges 14
Azerbaijan: Zycova 12+10 rebs, Biryuchkova 6


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  MALTA - Women  


Malta wins Group B of European championship - by Eurobasket News
Malta - Wales 60:41 (16-5, 15-11, 16-16, 13-9)

Malta won Group B of European championship in Division C. In the last game of the group the team overcame Wales 60:41. The latter produced a good second half but could not upset the favorite of the group. Josephine Grima (190-C-84) led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) posted 15, while Abigail Sciberras netted 7. Sarah Wagstaff top-scored for the Welsh team with 18 points and Lisa Trott had 8.
Josephine Grima being the top-scorer of the game opened the game with a jump shot. Wales remained tough and after Sarah Wagstaff's shot saw the first lead. Ellul however closed 10-0 run for Malta to take 10:3 advantage. Rebecca Thoresen was the last to score in the period for 16:5. In the second quarter Wales struggled for 11:15 and finished the half at 31:16.
Sarah Wagstaff and Short closed the gap to 33:19 as both teams started the third period. After 16:16 in the period Malta still had 47:32 before the final stanza. Again Sarah Wagstaff reduced to plus 12 but then Wales could not struggle anymore. Malta led the game to 60:41 win and sealed 3-0 record in the group that gave them the first spot in it.

Malta: Josephine Grima 20+10 rebs, Rebecca Thoresen 15, Abigail Sciberras 7
Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 18, Lisa Trott 8


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Albania clinches semifinal spot in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Albania - Scotland 70:67

Albanian National Team claimed a dramatic win over Scotland to clinch the semifinal birth at the European championship in Division C. Earlier today Albania withheld a fierce comeback effort from Scottish team in the second half to secure a narrow win and left their opponents without semis. Albania were considered underdogs entering the game with Scottish team winning Bronze medals in the last Division C campaign in 2006. However they got to a better start as Hasanaj scored 5 quick points to put Albanian team in charge 9:4. Sako later added 3 points for a 13:5 advantage. Deneko, Hasanaj and Sako kept Scotland at distance throughout the first period and built a 22:15 lead at end of it. Deneko and Cakici opened the second quarter with 6 straight points for Albania as they stretched the margin to 13 points. Bell and Moore clipped the distance but Cakici lifted Albania to a 42:27 halftime advantage. Deneko and Myrto gave Albanian team a massive 46:29 lead early in the third quarter but Scotland never surrendered. Chaloner scored 8 points in the third term and Scotland cut the difference to only 9 points heading into the final period. Bell and Chaloner clawed Scottish way back into contest with 5 points in a row at the start of the fourth stanza. Permeti and Deneko gave some breathing space for Albania but Schweikert converted a three-point play and Scotland trailed by just 2 points 58:60 with 6 minutes remaining. Chaloner tied the scoreline in the few moments but Albania answered with 6 straight points to regain the lead. Chaloner later shaved the distance to a single point with a treble but Myrto brought Albania to victory with two freebies with 22 seconds left. Chaloner missed the final shot of the game and Scotland lost the battle. Deneko finished with 22 points and 11 boards for Albania. Sako topscored with 23 points for the winners. Chaloner led all scorers with 25 points and 5 boards for Scotland. Bell delivered 11 points and 6 boards in a losing effort.

Albania: Valbona Sako (-72) 23, Enkela Deneko (-76) 22+11 boards, Elona Hasanaj 9
Scotland: Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) 25, Rowan Bell 11


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  SERBIA - Women  


Roster of Serbian U20 National Team - by Dragan Jankovski
Head coach of Serbian U20 National Team, Jovica Antonic, decided which 12 players will be in the roster for U20 European Championship in Italy.

U20 National Team roster
Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91)
Jelena Cerina (194-C-88)
Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89)
Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88)
Smiljana Ivanovic (176-G-88)
Irena Matovic (186-F-88)
Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88)
Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89)
Ivana Musovic (173-G-89)
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89)
Iva Roglic (189-F-88)
Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89)

European Championship starts on Friday when Serbia will meet Germany at 15:15h. Serbian NT will try at least to defend silver medal which they won last year in Bulgaria. It is not a secret that head coach Jovica Antonic is a big optimist to make even better result gold medal. Goran Stevanovic and Dragan Vukovic will assist Antonic in Italy.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Swedish U20 Team defeats Lithuanian counterparts in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 - Lithuania U20 89:87 (2OT)

Swedish and Lithuanian U20 National teams played an exhibition game recently. Both sides are preparing to the European championship however in different divisions. Lithuania will tip off their Division A campaign on July 11 against Russia. Sweden will begin Division B quest against Portugal the same day. The friendly game turned into a real basketball thriller. The sides needed two overtimes to decide on the winner. Lithuania got to a slightly better start as they grabbed a 19:15 lead into the second frame. However Sweden quickly denied the deficit. Tre Krunur outgunned their opponents in the second stanza to build a 2-point advantage at halftime. Sweden seemed to take over in the third period as they easily stretched the gap to 6 points heading to the final frame. But Lithuanian side tightened defense in the final quarter and drew things level at the end of regulation. The first extra period however brought little changes to complexion of the game. Neither side was able to pull away with a win and the second overtime was forced. There however Sweden appeared stronger and claimed a narrow 89:87 victory at the end. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) notched 26 points to lead Sweden. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) had 24 points, while Frida Grahn (184-F-88) secured 15 points for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) answered with game-high 32 points for Lithuania. Egle Sarapaite (172-G-88) delivered 16 points in a losing case.

Sweden U20: Elin Eldebrink 26, Frida Eldebrink 24, Frida Grahn 15
Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 32, Egle Sarapaite 16


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  TURKEY - Women  


Two players signed with Tarsus - by Iva Ivanova
TBBL team Tarsus officially announced the agreement with Ilsu Daricioglu and Ayse Unuvar. Dariciooglu spent a season with Kayseri TED Koleji. She is born at 1983. Last season she scored 7.9 pts, 2.3 reb and 2.3 ass in 23 games.

Unuvar left Besiktas Cola Turka, where she scored 6.3 pts, 2.6 reb an 1.4 ass in 26 games.
Tarsus is a newcomer in TBBL, after the succes in seccond division 2007/08. White-green team playes at TBBL in 2006/07.


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Malta wins Group B of European championship - by Eurobasket News
Malta - Wales 60:41 (16-5, 15-11, 16-16, 13-9)

Malta won Group B of European championship in Division C. In the last game of the group the team overcame Wales 60:41. The latter produced a good second half but could not upset the favorite of the group. Josephine Grima (190-C-84) led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) posted 15, while Abigail Sciberras netted 7. Sarah Wagstaff top-scored for the Welsh team with 18 points and Lisa Trott had 8.
Josephine Grima being the top-scorer of the game opened the game with a jump shot. Wales remained tough and after Sarah Wagstaff's shot saw the first lead. Ellul however closed 10-0 run for Malta to take 10:3 advantage. Rebecca Thoresen was the last to score in the period for 16:5. In the second quarter Wales struggled for 11:15 and finished the half at 31:16.
Sarah Wagstaff and Short closed the gap to 33:19 as both teams started the third period. After 16:16 in the period Malta still had 47:32 before the final stanza. Again Sarah Wagstaff reduced to plus 12 but then Wales could not struggle anymore. Malta led the game to 60:41 win and sealed 3-0 record in the group that gave them the first spot in it.

Malta: Josephine Grima 20+10 rebs, Rebecca Thoresen 15, Abigail Sciberras 7
Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 18, Lisa Trott 8


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  WNBA - Women  


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


Detroit prevails in the Eastern conference leaders clash - by Eurobasket News
Detroit overcame a 5-point first period deficit to knock down the Connecticut at the Palace of Auburn Hills yesterday. The victory meant Detroit leapfrogged Connecticut for the top spot in the Eastern conference ladder. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) nailed 23 points to lead the Shock. The Sun still led by 3 points at halftime but the hosts took over in the second half. Cheryl Ford scored 9 points in the final period to lead the Shock to an 80:75 advantage, while Deanna Nolan followed the effort with a three-pointer to put the home team away for good late in regulation. Katie Smith scored 17 points, while Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan had 16 points each in a win. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) answered with 21 points for the Sun. Lindsay Whalen tallied 20 points, 8 assists and 7 boards in defeat.
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) made history as she reached a 3,000-points milestone in fewer games than any other player. She canned 30 points against Houston yesterday leading Phoenix to a 99:94 victory. The Comets enjoyed a 14-point lead in the first half but the hosts denied it. The visitors led 90:89 with 54 seconds left. But Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) converted a freebie and Diana Taurasi knocked down a three-pointer following Lecoe Willinghams offensive boards to propel the Mercury 93:90 up. Cappie Pondexter and Kelly Miller later sealed the winning outcome for Phoenix. Cappie Pondexter poured in 22 points for the winners. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) had 23 points for the Comets. Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) delivered 18 points and 9 boards in a losing effort.