EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/13/2008

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  BAHAMAS   


Bennet conquers Las Vegas - by Eurobasket News
Bahamian Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) participated in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. Bennet Davis was outstanding as he was very smooth and athletic and caught the eye of several big name teams at the ESL. The ESL in Las Vegas featured the most seven footers and players over 6'9' than any other summer exposure event for the international market. The variety of scouts that attended on Tuesday night were very impressed by the talent level assembled by the ESL. In the first game Venice stormed back against Brussels after being down by nine points at half time to earn an 86:76 victory. During the first half Venice controlled the game and seem destined to play in the Championship game on Thursday but Brussels had a different plan. However the outstanding defense, shooting and guard play from the Brussels team controlled the second half as they outscored Venice 54:35 in the period. Brussels had a balance attack as all ten players scored between a minimum of 6 points with Temi Soyebo leading the way with 15 points. They shot and amazing 65% from the field and well over 50% from the 3pt line in the second period. The pro experience of Whit Holcomb-Faye and Temi Soyebo was the difference in the game as they made better decisions than the talented young guards from Venice. Philip Scott also shot well all night for Brussels and ended with 10 points and at one point they hit six straight 3 pointers in the second period. Bennet Davis also had an outstanding all around game with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
In the ESL Championship Monaco erased a twenty point deficit to storm back and crush the Brussels team 97:75. The game started out with Brussels storming out of the gate as Tim Morris and Bennet Davis were just destroying Monaco and most scouts thought the game was probably a mismatch. Bennet Davis nailed 15 points and played extremely well for Brussels along with Tim Morris, Reggie Huffman and Dan Fitzgerald.


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  BELGIUM   


Generali Okapi Aalstar Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Okapi Aalstar is also ready with its roster for the upcoming season after the signing of Mo Charlo (201-F-83, college: Nevada).
Charlo played the past season in the D-League for the Anaheim Arsenal and averaged 15.9 and 4.5 rpg.

Left Nevada at the end of the 2005-2006 season with averages of 10.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

Played during the 2006-2007 season for 3 teams in the D-league, Anaheim, Albuquerque and finally Colorado.

Also played for the D-league's Colorado 14ers during the past season before heading to Anaheim where he played the final 28 games of the season.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


East Tune Up For Guns by Beating Latinos, 100-73 - by David Edole
TORTOLANew comer Devon Judah Watty had his best game of the BVI Basketball Federation season for defending champions East, by leading five scorers in double figures during a 100-73 victory, as they tuned up for the Guns on Saturday.

Watty had 21 points and pulled 18 boards for the East, who were soundly beaten, by Young Legs, 91-74, last weekend. Douron Phillips and Halstead Chiverton followed up with 21 and 18 points a piece. Phillips pulled eight rebounds and Chiverton dished out six assists. David Bolo Lettsome and Jahmal Trigga Rabsatt, contributed 14 and 13 to the tally.

Danny Paulinos 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists were the top figures for the Latinos. Sandy Nadal and Angel Rodriguez added 16 points respectively. Arismenda Rodriguez tossed in another 12.

Ryan Mills paved the way with 36 points, as And One overhauled Basics, 87-76. Mills had eight rebounds, six steals and dished out six assists. Dequan Byron added 20, with Rowan Victor and Shamori Morgan chipping in with another 12 and 10 points respectively. Kyle Abraham narrowly missed a triple double for Basics, with 20 points and 10 steals, to go with nine rebounds and eight assists. Jaamal Serrant and Jareem Todman poured in another 15 and 12 to the mix.


Devon Lake had 29 points and Kareem Profit contributed 18, to lead Wolf Pack past Young Gunners, 74-68. Richardson Cruz added another 10. Jevon Serrant led Young Gunners with 21 points, while Marcus Jeffers tossed in 11.

The Finishers constructed a big lead then rolled over D-Unit, 92-55. Alton Sugar Vanterpool just missed a triple double as he amassed 25 points and 11 rebounds to go with nine steals and six assists. Nichols Charles and Gerald Vanterpool added 18 and 14 points, with Phillip Glasgow Jr., settling for 10 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and six assists. Dashawn Hodge and Louie Ploubette, had 14 points respectively for D-Unit.

Another Level pummeled the Saints, 115-55. Raheem Blyden had 21 points as the top scorer, while Michael Stevens led the Saints with 13.

Jamal Todman had 21 points as Run It Red downed the Rebels, 82-47. Dennis Hogan was the Rebels top scorer with 13 points.

By Dean Greenaway


East Avenges Loss With, 72-71, Win Over Guns - by David Edole
TORTOLAThe East took control of the game for the first time with 4 minutes and 24 seconds left in the first quarter, then David Bolo Lettsome sealed it in the fourth quarter after making two free throws with 18.2 seconds left for a thrilling 72-71, Saturday night victory at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town, avenging a 91-74 loss in their first encounter.

But, the Guns had several chances to steal the game under the basket after Lettsome scored, but turnovers cost them the game. This was a really exciting game and good coaching by our coaching staff, said the Easts coach Verne Bego Turnbull. We made some turnovers but, coming down the stretch, we played a lot of defense and showed them we were willing to play under this pressure. We werent playing well the last time we met them. The Guns are a good team, but tonight, we did a better job.

Guns coach Derwin Scatliffe said his team had poor executing in the waning moments. The play was ran, the man got the ball, and he just miss judged where he was two times, Scatliffe who sat on the bench long after the game ended noted. One he had a chance to dunk it, the other to lay it up. By the time he made up his mind, it was too late.

Halstead Chiverton had a game high 23 points for the East, while Dwayne Kobo Penn, followed up with 20. Randy Chino George, Steve Parillon, Calvert White and Houston Penn, all scored 12 points respectively for the Guns.

Other weekend games saw Cedric King had 20 points and Andre Stoutt added 19, as Da Boys beat Outkast, 85-63. Roger Frank narrowly missed a double double with 27 points and nine rebounds. Kirk Adams chipped in another 16.

The Latinos upended last years Sr. division runners up, Bad Boys, 71-67, behind Sandy Nadals game high 29 points. Ianocio Quesasa followed up with a 14 point 20 board double, double. Kelvin Samuels had 18 points to lead Bad Boys scores. Nathaniel Malone, Molik Malone and Eustace Boss Freeman, followed up with 15, 12 and 11 points each.

Tad Martin and Kevin Issac had 14 and 13 points to lift the Long Look Bulldogs past Squad Up, 64-49. Aren Barnes has Squad Ups leading score with 25 points.

Full Force held All Ball under 10 points in each quarter, during a 66-27 triumph. Alexander Jarius poured in 16 points, while Kashawn Pope and Jerrick Amaro tossed in 14 points each. Amaro added 12 rebounds, to go with six steals and four assists. Avon Fahie was the only scorer in double figures with 14.

By Dean Greenaway


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  BURKINA FASO   


Sawadogo participated in Eurobasket Summer League - by Eurobasket News
Burkinabe Aristide Sawadogo (213-C-81, agency: 22ft, college: Clayton St.) participated in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. The ESL in Las Vegas featured the most seven footers and players over 6'9' than any other summer exposure event for the international market. The variety of scouts that attended on Tuesday night were very impressed by the talent level assembled by the ESL. In the first game Venice stormed back against Brussels after being down by nine points at half time to earn an 86:76 victory. During the first half Venice controlled the game and seem destined to play in the Championship game on Thursday but Brussels had a different plan. However the outstanding defense, shooting and guard play from the Brussels team controlled the second half as they outscored Venice 54:35 in the period. Brussels had a balance attack as all ten players scored between a minimum of 6 points with Temi Soyebo leading the way with 15 points. They shot and amazing 65% from the field and well over 50% from the 3pt line in the second period. There big guy Aristide Sawadogo was a defensive force in the middle blocking and altering shots all night which made the Venice team very hesitant to enter the paint. Burkinabe player ended up with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 blocks.
In the ESL Championship Monaco erased a twenty point deficit to storm back and crush the Brussels team 97:75. The game started out with Brussels storming out of the gate as Tim Morris and Bennet Davis were just destroying Monaco and most scouts thought the game was probably a mismatch.
Aristide Sawadogo participated also in Dakota Wizards (D-League) training camp in 2007. He was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League,5rd(58)). In December 2007 acquired by Utah Flash (D-League) where he played 8 games. In February 2008 moved to Iowa Energy (D-League) and played 10 games there.


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  CANADA   


Canada splits games with Germany in Manheim - by Eurobasket News
Germany -Canada 84:74

Canadian National Team was beaten by Germany in the second exhibition game in Europe prior to the upcoming Olympic Games qualifying tournament in Greece. Germany overcame the absence of Chris Kaman to strike back after a narrow loss several days ago. Dirk Nowitzki nailed 25 point to pace the hosts. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) secured 12 points and 9 boards in a winning case. Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81, college: Seton Hall) knocked down 12 points and grabbed 8 boards for the visitors. Jermaine Anderson tallied 11 points and 2 assists in defeat. Germany led by just a single point after the opening stanza. However Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Co. spurred ahead in the second period. They outgunned their opponents 24:10 to build the decisive advantage at halftime. Germany kept Canada at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated a moral-boosting win at the end. Canada outrebounded their opponents 40:33 but committed 15 turnovers comparing to only 10 from the hosts. Both teams shot 43% from the field.
Germany once again played without Chris Kaman as his paperwork was not yet done. He is expected to join the team prior to the first Olympic qualifying game against Cape Verde. Canada will tip off their qualification campaign versus Slovenia on July 15.

Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 25, Jan-Hendrik Jagla 12, Steffen Hamann 11
Canada: Samuel Dalembert 12, Jermaine Anderson 11


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  CAPE VERDE   


Santiago South Finals - by Pedro Gomes
ABC took one step closer to revalidating their title as the Santiago South regional champions by beating Seven Stars 71 to 70 in their first game of the finals.

ABC started strong and won the first period 13-10, but Seven Stars took control of the second and at the half lead 28-25. Seven continued to control the
close game and finished the third period with a 3 point lead, 43-40. Seven held the lead until the last seven seconds of the fourth period, where they didnt
have enough concentration to maintain the lead, letting ABC tying the game at 61 and bringing the game to overtime.
The situation repeated itself in the last minutes of overtime, as Seven couldnt maintain their small lead of one point in the last 6 seconds. Seven pressured
full court and ABC calmly ran their break and Edmar Gomes (188-F-82) score the final two on a lay-up. ABC won 71-70.

ABC and Seven Stars will meet again on the 15 to play the second game of the finals. Who ever wins 3 games in this best of 5 is the Santiago South regional champions.


Cape Verde Ends Preparation - Heads to Athens - by Pedro Gomes
Virtually on the eve of the Pre-Olympic Tournament in Athens, Greece, which begins on Monday, July 14 with a game against New Zealand, the Cape Verdean national basketball team has won their last two exhibition matches in Paris. The first game against an all-star team of African athletes playing in the French pro basketball league. The final score 107 to 73 Cape Verde.
The second game was against the Lebanese national team, which Cape Verde won 90 to 88.

The players and coaching staff should arrive in Greece today, July 12. Cape Verdean Basketball Federation president Kitana Cabral gave a positive evaluation of the work being carried out in Europe, and said he was confident the team would qualify for the Beijing Olympics. Were aware of the difficulty well have, but were also aware of our worth and of the work weve developed. The game against New Zealand is essential for us to begin well with, with a win, he says.

Following New Zealand, Cape Verde will face Germany on Tuesday, July 15. If it manages to qualify for the Pre-Olympic quarter finals, the Cape Verde national basketball team will face one of the teams of group A: Brazil, Lebanon or Greece.


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  CROATIA   


Jasmin Repesa cuts Dalibor Bagaric and Branimir Longin - by Eurobasket News
Head coach of Croatian senior National Team, Jasmin Repesa, announced which 12 players will take a place in the roster for FIBA Olympic Qualification Tournament in Athens. After not so good performance of the entire team on 'Acropolis Cup', he decided to cut Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) and Branimir Longin (195-G-78). Croatia celebrated at the first day of the tournament against the Boomers 71-69. Davor Kus (190-G-78) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) showed the best performance for Croatia in this game. In the next round their opponent was Brazil, who grabbed an easy win 77-86. At the half time Croatians already had minus of 14 points. This time Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) and Niksa Prkacin shined for the defeated team. In the last game the hosts Greece team registered victory 77-64 winning the tournament. Damir Markota against was the best in Croatia while this time Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84) joined him.
After 'Acropolis Cup', coach Repesa stated that he is not satisfied with current shape of his team. He also said that there is a very short time before the extremely important event for his country. In the first round of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will be played on Monday, Croatia will meet Cameroon. Its next rival will be Puerto Rico two days later. The good news for Croatians is that new player of CSKA Moscow, Zoran Planinic (198-G-82), will be able to help his teammates in Athens. After two weeks without the practice he showed up on court on Thursday.


Roster of Croatian National Team
Davor Kus
Roko Leni Ukic
Marko Popovic
Zoran Planinic
Marin Rozic (201-F-83)
Marko Tomas (200-G-85)
Damir Markota
Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83)
Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75)
Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket)
Marko Banic (204-F-84)
Stanko Barac (217-C-86)


Dixon to Zadar, Zabok gets Garma and Nakic on loan - by Eurobasket News
New Croatian champion Zadar announced signing of Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR). Thus Dixon is fourth player which joined Zadar after the end of the season. As a reminder Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79), Deian Ivanov (205-C-86) and Damir Rancic (198-G-83) already arrived to 'Jazine'. Dixon was mentioned as one of Zadar's first options for starting point guard during the last period but he finally put signature on contract with the team yesterday. He played last season for Hapoel Holon, which captured the title in Israeli Premier league. They took it from Maccabi Tel Aviv, who dominated in Israel for a long time. Dixon played 10 games in domestic championship adding 10 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 2 apg. Before Hapoel Holon, he spent almost the entire season in Spanish team Leche Rio Brogan. He finished the competition as a leading scorer with 20.7 ppg. At the same time he registered 1.8 rpg and 3.2 apg in 23 games. Some of the teams where Dixon in the past play are also Panelinios, Galatasaray, Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion and Edimes Pavia. He also has experience from France, Holland and CBA.
In the meantime Zadar still negotiates with center Todor Gecevski, who is its first option under the basket.

A1 team Zabok got two important reinforcements for the upcoming season. They agreed with Zagreb to get Nikola Garma (203-F-85) and Vedran Nakic (184-G) on loan one season. Garma had 21 appearances in Adriatic league last season adding 4.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg. He was a member of all Croatian National Team selections in the past. On the other side Nakic played only two games for his team in Adriatic league but without any record.


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  EGYPT   


Egyptian team with a big victory over jordan - by Sherif Soliman
Egypt 80-63 Jordan,A needed victory over jordan last night to pass the unexpected defeat from quatar in jones cup oppening,Tarek El Ghanam scored 15 points,6 rebounds.The egyptian team still have to face Khazkhistan,Australia,American stars team,the hostes Korea.I talked to Ramy Guinedy he told me (if we had a chance to be well prepared we could win the jones cup easily).Egypt will particpate in the Arab champianship next month.Tarek El Ghanam (211-C-78)

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

The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) in Las Vegas on Thursday evening was the highlight of our summer events program.
There were over fifty (50) international coaches on hand to scout the talented players that were assembled by Eurobasket.
We received a lot of positive feedback from the variety of coaches who were very impressed by the quality of players and the format of the three (3) day event.

There were more international coaches and agents than the forty (40) players that participated in the highly advertised event.
There was an estimated 15-20 jobs offered on the spot to some of the top players that performed well during the event.

Our format over the three day period was a combination of drills instructed by our quality coaching staff headed by Mike Taylor , Tony Lenard , Glen Hayes , Eric Dailey (198-F-71, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: W.Carolina) and Lewis Lofton (191-F/G-72, college: Weber St.).
The concept was to give the players a mixture of European professional type of workouts combined with the United States type of drills commonly used by NBA, NBDL and CBA coaches.

The semi-final tournament during the last two days of the event combined with the drill station work provided the coaches a great opportunity to really scout the ability and level of the players.

The ESL event next year in Las Vegas will be higher quality and the most important summer event outside the NBA Summer League.

In the ESL Championship Monaco erased a twenty (20) point deficit to storm back and crush the Brussels team 97-75.
The game started out with Brussels storming out of the gate as Tim Morris (193-G-84, college: Washington) and Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) were just destroying Monaco and most scouts thought the game was probably a mismatch.
However the Monaco team who played with out the services of their high quality big man Glenn Elliott (206-C-83, college: Florida A&M) just picked up their intensity and defense and captured the lead by half time.
In the second half Brussels were still shell shocked and just fell apart as Derrick Stevens (180-G-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Colorado St.) (19pts; 5rbs; 10ast) and Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) (21pts; 7rbs; 5ast) put on a show for the scouts from all over the world.
Derrick Stevens the ultra quick and athletic point guard controlled the game tempo well, scored at will, made great decisions and just looked like a high quality professional all night.
Pele Paelay was simply outstanding with his superb ball-handling skills, creativity, athleticism and shooting ability which proved way too much for the Brussels squad.
Monaco also received quality play from Josh Stanhiser (8pts; 10rbs); William Maupins (196-G-85, college: St.Scholastica) (8pts; 5rbs; 6ast) and Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville) (13pts).

Bennet Davis (15pts) played extremely well for Brussels along with Tim Morris, Reggie Huffman (201-F-82, college: UAB) (6pts; 5blk) and Dan Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) (11pts).
As a result of the outstanding performances of Derrick Stevens and Pele Paelay both are the Co-MVPs of the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas.

In the 3rd Place game Venice dominated Geneva 91-74 and played a lot better team basketball oppose to the night before.
Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) led the Venice squad with 17 points; 17 rebounds and 5 assists in an outstanding performance by a quality professional player.
Again Leonard Houston (191-G-85, college: Drake) and Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: William Carey) the dual pair of very talented guards were spectacular as they both scored 18 points a piece and showcase their athleticism and skills.
Jermaine Dailey (201-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) had a great game which featured a few amazing dunks as he scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Bennett Davison (203-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Arizona) showed again why he has had an outstanding European career by providing quality play, great decision making and veteran leadership while adding 12 points and 5 assists to lead the Geneva team.
J.J. Tauai (190-G-85, college: Bradley) (14pts; 7rbs; 4ast) played extremely will and received help from Joseph Frazier (188-G-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) (11pts); Tremaine Dalton (186-G-83, agency: AI Sports MM, college: St.Mary) (11pts) and Dedrick Bates (180-G-84, college: Cal-Riverside) (10pts) but was overwhelmed by a talented Venice team.

The ESL event in Las Vegas was a big success for the players, scouts and Eurobasket as the event moves to New York City on July 19th & 20th at Fordham University.

On Monday the ESL will name the Las Vegas All Tournament Team and the Coach of the Tournament is Glen Hayes .

Glen Hayes was outstanding in ove the three day period and his skills and motivation fueled his team to an amazing comeback that the Brussels team will never forget.

Any teams in Europe looking for a high quality coach should consider Glen as a serious prospect.

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  GERMANY   


Straub to enroll at Mercer University - Froehlich to UTSA - by Moritz Korff

The German center Sidiki Straub (205-F/C-86) who spent the past two seasons playing basketball at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California continues his career at Mercer University (NCAA1). The Hamburg native has recently signed a national letter of intent as the Bears announced on their website. Straub averaged 4.1 points and 5.0 rebounds for Cabrillo in 2007-08, when the Seahawks won the championship in the California Community College Athletic Association's Coast Conference for the first time in school history. 'Sidikis length and ability to pursue the basketball cant be taught. His overall stats do not reflect what he brings to the table because he is quick and is a very talented rebounder. His per-minute stats are off the charts', Mercer coach Bob Hoffman stated on the teams' website.

Richard Froehlich (205-F-86), another player from Northern Germany, also finished his career at Junior College-level and will transfer to a team of the NCAA Division One for 2008-09. The younger brother of Germany's best female basketball-player Linda Froehlich (188-F/C-79, college: UNLV) leaves Citrus JC after two years and moves to the University of Texas San Antonio. Froehlich averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 boards for Citrus in this past season. His coach at UTSA will be former NBA player Brooks Thompson.



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  HUNGARY   


Bencze will replace Lapov - by Tamas Deri
After the retirement of Bojan Lapov the management of Pecs was working hard to find his replacement and had sucess with signing, hungarian NT-player Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81). The 214 cm tall, 27 years old center spent all the 8 seasons of his professional carreer with Albacomp, but decided to leave the team. In the season 2007-08 ha averaged 11.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 26.4 minutes on the court. In March 2008 he got voted to the MVP of the Hungarian All-Star Game in Pecs, where he had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

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NBA exploring India - by Anil Kumar
Chennai could be NBAs home in India within the next few months. After the success of its Basketball Without Borders programme in New Delhi last week, the worlds most famous professional basketball league now plans to set up a base in the country.

We plan to open a NBA office in India within the next six to eight months. We had a look at some of the facilities in Chennai, and at the SRM University, they are great. There is a lot of support for the sport too, Akash Jain, Director-International Development, NBA Entertainment, told The Hindu here on Thursday afternoon.

Of course, weve not finalised the venue yet. Weve seen Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and now Kochi and were still evaluating the locations, said Jain, after having a look at the facilities at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium here and the Star Lagoon Hotel at Thevara here along with Mark Aronson, Vice President, NBA Entertainments Events and Attractions Group. Kolkata will be their next halt. The two had been to Bangalore earlier.

Apart from initiating programmes to develop basketball at all levels in the country and strengthening the relationship with the Basketball Federation of India and basketball stake-holders, the NBA office will also manage and grow the NBA business in India, said Jain who has his roots in Rajasthan.

Strong base in China


China is the NBAs No. 1 market outside the U.S. nearly 300 million play basketball there and the NBA has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong, said Akash.

The NBA sees a lot of potential in India.

The BFI plans to launch its maiden professional basketball league in October and the world body FIBA and NBA are keenly watching the developments.

We believe that the Pro League is important for the overall development of the sport in India, said Aronson.

A strong foundation exists for basketball in India.

What we need is to organise and structure the sport to see that it thrives in the long term. We have discussed with the BFI on how to manage, structure and execute a pro league based on the 60 years experience of the NBA.

Cortesy - Stan Rayan, The Hindu


Basketball Commonwealth Championship at New Delhi in July 2010 - by Anil Kumar


NEW DELHI: The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has assigned India to host the inaugural Commonwealth basketball championship in 2010.

At a function organised here on Saturday night, FIBA President Bob Elphinston announced that India had agreed to host the event for men in late July, months before the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Basketball was a part of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. But it is not there in the 2010 Games. So this is the next best possible thing from which young boys and girls in India can know about the game. It is going to be a wonderful opportunity for Indian basketball to grow further, Elphinston told reporters.

Eight top teams will participate in the event and Australia, New Zealand, England, Nigeria and host India have confirmed participation.

Elphinston said the Indian Government and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will decide on the venue and dates of the event.

After conducting the mens event, the FIBA will organise the Commonwealth championship for women in 2012 in some other country.

BFI Secretary General Harish Sharma said they would leave no stone unturned to make the event a success.

This is a proud moment for us. I thank FIBA for this. They thought we were capable of hosting it. As the Indian government has put basketball in special category, we will have no problem in providing the best facilities, he said.

Basketball Australia confirmed that the Australia Post Boomers will contest the inaugural Commonwealth basketball championship in India in 2010.

The championship is set to be one of the biggest events in world basketball in 2010 as the sport will not be part of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The FIBA World Championships for men and women will take place in Turkey in 2010, making it a year to remember for the global game.


India Pro League - looking for a sponsor says BFI - by Anil Kumar

After football, now the professional basketball league in the country. The Basketball Federation (BFI) is ready with the blueprint for a pro league and is in the process of tying up sponsorship deal.

FIBA president Bob Elphinston told reporters here Friday the world body will do everything it can to raise the standard of the game in the country and make it a force to reckon with in the continent.

The BFI is ready with a six-team league and it is in the process of finalising a sponsor.

'India is strong and influential and we want it to play a bigger role in Asian basketball. Basketball is a popular sport across the world and if India succeeds in international competitions, the rest of the world will look at them with great respect,' said Elphinston on the sidelines of a Basketball-Without-Borders Clinic here.

'We will provide whatever help is needed to launch the national league. They can have players from other countries in the league and that would help India to get on a par with other major basketball nations.' he said.

Elphinston said India is a booming economic nation and there is enough scope for basketball to get commercial support.

'India's economy is growing and one of the objectives of FIBA would be to get commercial support for the sport through television and other market streams,' he said.

BFI President R S Gill said they are ready with the blueprint to start the pro league.

'We will start with the senior league for men and the women's league will follow soon. Some corporate houses have shown interest, but we are looking for someone to pour in the kind of money we need to start the league. We want to start with a bang and not with a whimper,' Gill said.

'We need to have proper infrastructure and facilities to start a professional league. Also, the right coaches.'

Initially, the top six teams of the country will compete in the league.

'It can be either state teams or departmental teams. We can bring players from Asia, Africa and Europe to play in the league. FIBA Asia is in touch with players who are interested in playing in India.'

'We have also asked FIBA Asia to send us teams of our level to play in India regularly. Teams like Thailand, the Philippines and other Asian nations can come here and play Test matches. Our boys need continuous international exposure. One or two exposure trips abroad a year is not going to help. FIBA Asia have given us one coach in Alexander who is working with the women's team. It will recommend another coach for the junior programme.'


Courtesy - IANS Sports



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  IRAN   


New Zealand outwit Iran in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Iran 91:80

New Zealand National team finished their Alpos Cup campaign on a positive note. They defeated Iran and headed into the Olympic Qualifying tournament full of cheerful emotions. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) bruised Iranian team for 24 points and led the Tall Blacks to an impressive victory. The Kiwis got to a better start as they piled up a 23:18 advantage before the second frame. New Zealand never gave up the cushion in the second stanza and widened the margin to 6 points at the interval. The third period saw a tense fight where the Tall Blacks came out winners opening up a double-digit lead heading into the final quarter. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) and Kirk Penney gave more breathing space for New Zealand as they knocked down back-to-back trebles early in the fourth stanza. Iran never gave up and climbed within 7 points from New Zealand in closing stages. But deadly free throw shooting from Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) and Mika Vukona (197-F-82) sealed it for the Kiwis. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) provided 14 points and 5 boards, while Paora Winitana had 11 points in a winning case. Samad Bahrami (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency) drained 24 points for Iran. Mehdi Kamrani (181-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) posted 21 points in a losing case. Tall Blacks shot solid 51% from the field including 46% from beyond the arc.
New Zealand will tip off the Olympic Qualifying tournament against Cape Verde on Monday. Iran will play against Russia in the opening game of Olympic Games basketball tournament in Pool A on August 10.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 24, Nick Horvath 14, Paora Winitana 11
Iran: Samad Bahrami 24, Mehdi Kamrani 21


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  ITALY   


Last market news - by Gianni Pascucci
Despite having reached the agreement with Virtus Bologna, Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college: Missouri) hasn't yet signed with the team, there are rumors he is considering to retire. Sebastiani Basket Rieti announced the signing of Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine), last at BC Telindus Oostende. Air Avellino announced the contract extension with Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest). Olimpia Armani Jeans Milano signed Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) with a one-year contract. This team also agreed to terms with Guido Saibene, who will serve as Coach Assistant. Pepsi JuveCaserta should announce soon the signing of Jamar Butler (185-G-85, agency: 540 Sports).

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  JORDAN   


Jordan recovers in Day 3 of 30th WJ - by Mohammed Malas
Jordan National Team recovered from their loss from Egypt yesterday (63-80) and topped Kazakhstan by 22 points 61-39 in the 3rd day of 30th Willaim Jones Cup (Taiwan) which will resume until the 22nd of July, Thats the 2nd win for the NT from 3 games so far....

The NT were having a shooting night today despite the low scoring game, Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) and Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) were enjoying their time in shooting from the arc 'Three 3-pt shots for each', Head coach Mario Palma played with his all 12 players, Kazakhstan was out of action esspecially in the last quarter except Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) '10 pts' who tried their best to prevent the huge lost....

# 30th William Jones Day 3 games results:
Jordan 61 - Kazakhstan 39
Egypt 99 - South Korea Univirsity Selects 96
Athletes In Action 98 - Australia U19 NT 67
Qatar 84 - Taiwan 80

# Standings:
1. Kazakhstan NT 2-1
1. Jordan NT 2-1
1. Egypt NT 2-1
1. Qatar NT 2-1
1. Athletes in Action 2-1
6. Australia U-19 1-2
6. Taiwan NT 1-2
8. Korea Univ. Selects 0-3

# Day 4 games schedule (Jordan Time +3 GMT):
July 13
0800 KOR - AIA
1000 AUS - EGY
1200 KAZ- QAT
0200 JOR - TWN


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  LIBERIA   


Paelay Pele triumphs with Monaco - by Eurobasket News
Liberian Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) played for Monaco in the Eurobasket Summer League ventured to the popular Tarkanian Basketball Academy on Tuesday evening. The group of forty 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 market.
In his first game of the night Monaco beat Geneva 91:80 as Pele Paelay top-scored with 25 points for the winners. Derrick Stevens supported him with 21 points as both of them have professional experience dominating the game. The game was a seesaw battle all night as the teams exchanged momentum swings throughout the game. Geneva was down at half time but came storming back and was in the position to win the game but did not benefit from a couple of dubious officiating no calls. Geneva had six players in double figures and had some really talented players on their team including Bennett Davison, Chad Bell, Derrick Franklin, Chris Brooks, Tremaine Dalton, J.J. Tauai and Joseph Frazier.
In the ESL Championship Monaco erased a twenty point deficit to storm back and crush the Brussels team 97:75. The game started out with Brussels storming out of the gate as Tim Morris and Bennet Davis were just destroying Monaco and most scouts thought the game was probably a mismatch.
However the Monaco team who played with out the services of their high quality big man Glenn Elliott just picked up their intensity and defense and captured the lead by half time. In the second half Brussels were still shell shocked and just fell apart as Derrick Stevens and Pele Paelay. The latter had tremendous 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to put on a show for the scouts from all over the world. Pele Paelay was simply outstanding with his superb ball-handling skills, creativity, athleticism and shooting ability which proved way too much for the Brussels squad.


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania crushed Belarus in a friendly match - by Lukas Zajancauskas

Yesterday Lithuania NT played her first friendly match against Belarus NT. It was like a training for hosts, Lithuania won 113:57. The main players didn't played, so the reserves had a chance. The top scorer was Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) 17 points, Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) also scored 17, Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) 16.

After the match Ramunas Butautas thanked the Belarus team for this match, because it's kind of difficult to find an opponent at this time. Also he announced that 14 players left in the team and now they will train in Kaunas. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79), Tomas Delininkaitis and Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) made to the first team from the reserves.

14 Candidates left:

Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland)

Tomas Delininkaitis

Marius Prekevicius

Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall)

Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78)
Mindaugas Lukauskis

Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82)

Linas Kleiza

Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances)

Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest)

Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79)

Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79)
Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona)

Marijonas Petravicius.



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  NBA   


Orlando Summer League concludes in Florida - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic wrapped up the Orlando Summer League with a 74:69 win over the Miami Heat. Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Kentucky) was impressive with 30 points to lead the Magic. Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) came up with 16 points and 12 boards for the winners. Courtney Lee scored 16 points in the first half to help the Magic to a 39:33 lead at halftime. But the Heat opened the second half on a 9:2 run to make it a one-point advantage. The teams kept it close throughout the reminder of the contest but Courtney Lee buried decisive baskets late in regulation to propel the Magic to an overall victory. Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89) answered with 25 points for Miami. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86) once again proved he is worth a chance with 15 points in defeat. Miami finished the league with 3-2 record, while Orlando registered 2 wins in 5 games.
Chicago could not deal with Oklahoma City without their top prospect Derrick Rose. The top Draft pick missed the game and the Bulls fell short 73:86 to fall to 2-3 record at the league. Oklahoma City also missed Kevin Durant and Jeff Green but it never slowed them down. They thumped the Bulls 32:19 in the second frame and eventually earned a comfortable win at the end. D.J. White (6'9''-F-86, college: Indiana) came up with 20 points and 7 boards for the winners. Ronald Dupree nailed 17 points for Oklahoma City. JamesOn Curry (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with 17 points for the Bulls. Aaron Gray produced 16 points and 12 boards in defeat.
New Jersey meanwhile posted their 4th win in the league beating Indiana 107:99. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88) secured 25 points to pace the Nets. Ryan Anderson had 20 points, while Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) tallied yet another sizzling performance with 15 points, 4 assists and 2 boards for the winners. Stephen Graham (6'6''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 16 points for the Pacers.
In the meantime the 2008 NBA Summer League tipped off at the COX Pavilion on the UNLV campus. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87) scored 15 points and dished out 5 assists as his Memphis edged New Orleans 88:75 in the opener. Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88) finished with 18 points for the winners. Hilton Armstrong (6'10''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) canned 13 points for the Hornets.
Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F-89) had 30 points and the Warriors toppled the 76ers 96:89 yesterday. Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) had 27 points for the 76ers in a loss.
Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) accounted for 21 points as Detroit nipped the LA Lakers 84:73. Coby Karl (6'4''-G-83, college: Boise St.) posted 14 points for the Lakers.


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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand outwit Iran in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Iran 91:80

New Zealand National team finished their Alpos Cup campaign on a positive note. They defeated Iran and headed into the Olympic Qualifying tournament full of cheerful emotions. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) bruised Iranian team for 24 points and led the Tall Blacks to an impressive victory. The Kiwis got to a better start as they piled up a 23:18 advantage before the second frame. New Zealand never gave up the cushion in the second stanza and widened the margin to 6 points at the interval. The third period saw a tense fight where the Tall Blacks came out winners opening up a double-digit lead heading into the final quarter. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) and Kirk Penney gave more breathing space for New Zealand as they knocked down back-to-back trebles early in the fourth stanza. Iran never gave up and climbed within 7 points from New Zealand in closing stages. But deadly free throw shooting from Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) and Mika Vukona (197-F-82) sealed it for the Kiwis. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) provided 14 points and 5 boards, while Paora Winitana had 11 points in a winning case. Samad Bahrami (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency) drained 24 points for Iran. Mehdi Kamrani (181-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) posted 21 points in a losing case. Tall Blacks shot solid 51% from the field including 46% from beyond the arc.
New Zealand will tip off the Olympic Qualifying tournament against Cape Verde on Monday. Iran will play against Russia in the opening game of Olympic Games basketball tournament in Pool A on August 10.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 24, Nick Horvath 14, Paora Winitana 11
Iran: Samad Bahrami 24, Mehdi Kamrani 21


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  POLAND   


Kurtinaitis leaves Wroclaw? - by Filip Stanczyk

Rimas Kurtinaitis , head coach of Slask Wroclaw, after the last season in DBE said, that he would like to stay in Wroclaw and rebuild there A-level basketball. But he also stated, that Slask must participate in some European tournament next season. In other way, there is nothing keeping him in the capital of Silesia. Lithuanian trainer resigned his contract, but Polish bronze medalists won't start in any European competition - inner business troubles made Slask resign from it.

Currently there is hard to stay if Kurtinaitis is going to leave Wroclaw. However, if he will stay, he will propably have to cope with many problems. Few days ago Kamil Chanas (188-G-85) stated, that him and Bartosz Diduszko (197-F-87) are the only Slask's players with contracts. It seems strange, but now Wroclaw fans have bigger reason to bother - it's not even sure if Slask is gonna play in Polish Extraleague.

Deadline to submit team's application to league passes on 15th July 2008.


Source: http://slaskpress.wordpress.com



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  SAMOA   


Tauai enjoyed the time in Las Vegas - by Eurobasket News
Samoan J.J. Tauai (190-G-85, college: Bradley) played for Geneva in the Eurobasket Summer League ventured to the popular Tarkanian Basketball Academy on Tuesday evening. The group of forty 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 market.
In his first game of the night Monaco beat Geneva 91:80. The game was a seesaw battle all night as the teams exchanged momentum swings throughout the game. Geneva was down at half time but came storming back and was in the position to win the game but did not benefit from a couple of dubious officiating no calls. Geneva had six players in double figures and had some really talented players on their team including Bennett Davison, Chad Bell, Derrick Franklin, Chris Brooks, Tremaine Dalton, J.J. Tauai and Joseph Frazier. J.J. Tauai produced 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
In the 3rd Place game later Venice dominated Geneva 91:74 and played a lot better team basketball oppose to the night before. Nathan Green led the Venice squad with 17 points; 17 rebounds and 5 assists in an outstanding performance by a quality professional player.Jermaine Dailey had a great game which featured a few amazing dunks as he scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Bennett Davison showed again why he has had an outstanding European career by providing quality play, great decision making and veteran leadership while adding 12 points and 5 assists to lead the Geneva team. J.J. Tauai collected 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist. He played extremely will and received help from Joseph Frazier, Tremaine Dalton and Dedrick Bates but was overwhelmed by a talented Venice team.


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  SERBIA   


Montenegro U20 once again better than Serbia U18 - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U18 National Team suffered another defeat in friendly game against two years older Montenegrins 76-78. However, Serbian juniors once again showed very good performance. Game is decideed at the very end thanks to Nemanja Djurisic (-92), who scored a triple which was followed by a free throw. Montenegrins had better first quarter finishing it 16-19. Serbians started to play more aggressively in the second one. Mostly owing to Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90), the hosts went on the half time with 2 points lead. In third quarter Montenegro pushed up its defense while Serbia couldn't even get close to the basket. Most of the points of Serbian U18 NT came from the free throw line in this period. Despite better performance in third quarter Montenegro didn't succeed to equalize as Serbia kept one point lead before the crucial ten minutes. That trend didnt continue and with two fast breaks visitors made turn with 8 minutes remaining. After that it was a point after point lead until the very end when above mentioned Djurisic resolved question about the winner.
As it was two days ago when he netted 34 points, Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) once again was the best for the winners scoring 20 points. Nemanja Djurisic followed him adding 12 points. Filip Sepa was the best player in Serbia scoring 28 points. Actually he was the only one with double digits in Serbian team.


U18 Serbia - U20 Montenegro 76-78
(16-19,23-18,34-35,19-25)

Serbia:
Sepa 28, Riznic 8, Ognjenovic 8, Milutinovic 7
Montenegro: Dasic 20, Djurisic 12, Sehovic 10


Victory of U16 National Team in Moscow - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U16 National Team opened the tournament in Moscow celebrating. Serbia outplayed Ukraine 86-65 but this comfortable win was not excepted after first ten minutes. The beginning of the game wasn't so brilliant for players of head coach Dragan Vascanin . Ukraine took control on them closing first period having advantage of four points. The reason for this not so good start could be the fact that it is the first friendly game of the team since they assemble together this summer. Anyway, Ukrainians showed themselves as a thought rival but Serbians finally started to played much better in the second quarter. They succeeded to grab 4 points lead after 20 minutes. This time beginning of the second half belonged to Serbians, which were led by Djumic and Pesovic. After 30 minutes it was clear that Ukraine won't be able to come any closer as difference already was huge. Until the end Serbian cadets extended its even more until the final plus 21.
Serbia got the most from Djumic, who finished the game with 13 points. Pesovic followed him delivering 12 points while Aleksandar Radenkovic (185-G-92) had 11. Next rival of Serbian U16 National Team on tournament in Moscow will be the host Russia.

After the game head coach of Serbian cadets, Dragan Vascanin, said: ' We didn't play a friendly game for a long time and we expected tough beginning. Ukraine had advantage after 10 minutes but very soon we showed our real face. I am very glad that we scored many easy points after fast breaks. On the other side we committed a lot of mistakes but we have to be patient as it is just the beginning.'


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Pre-Draft Camp July 17th Thru July 19th Policy Instructions - by Rick Ross
The Korean Basketball Pre-Season Draft Kicks Off's July 17th
With Player Registration at Bishop Gorman High,

The KBL has also set up a policy for 2008 KBL tryout & draft
that there must not be an illegal agreement between
KBL team personnel and invited players(or players agents)
from June 23rd to the end of 2008 KBL tryout & draft.
Fair procedures only include contacting by meeting or phone-call or e-mail and otherwise.

The person, who violates KBL policy, will be meted out
punishment in accordance with KBL reward & punishment regulation

KBL reward & punishment regulation for false contact of
2008 KBL tryout & draft is as followed.

1) The players can not play in KBL for next 5 years.
2) The agents & their companies can not have any kind of business with KBL nor KBL teams.

Date Time Location Contents

July 17th 8:30 am ~ 09:00 am Bishop Gorman High School Player Registration
9:00 am ~ 12:00 pm Bishop Gorman High School Player Orientation
2:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout(sec.I)

July 18th 8:30 am ~ 12:00 pm Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout(sec.II)
12:00 pm ~ 1:00 pm Bishop Gorman High School Break
1:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout(sec.III)

July 19th 8:30 am ~ 12:00 pm Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout(sec.IV)
2:30 pm ~ 6:30 pm Renaissance Hotel Player Draft

* Players must have a picture ID for registration & basketball gear
(jersey, shoes, etc.) for tryout.
* Players must sign up the Professional Services Agreement at
orientation time for prompt progress of the Player Draft.

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel (☎ 702-733-6533)
3400 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Bishop Gorman High School (☎ 702-732-1945)
5949 S. Hualapai Way
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further question.

Jung-bong Kim
Tel : 82-2-2106-3052
Fax : 82-2-2106-3094
Korean Basketball League / Operation Department




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Jones Cup Day 2 - by Chris Wang
AIA 81-67 Qatar (42-33)

AIA, which consists of NCAA players and lost to Jordan last night, was not intimidated by the more experienced Qatar NT this time. Led by Wellington Smith, the UWV forward who scored 10 points in a 13-4 opening run, AIA had a balanced inside-outside game and cruised to a 81-67 victory.

Benjamin Woodside, who came from North Dakota State, has been the most consistent performer on the team in the first two games, making three of AIAs 12 threes in the game. Woodside had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Laval Lucas-Perry had a fastbreak dunk, a three and a three-point play in the second quarter as AIA led by as many as 14 points.

AIA head coach Dave Bliss said after the game that AIA played better in the game in terms of defense and shot-making. The ad hoc team has a long way to go after a five-day mini training camp before the tournament, Bliss said.

Qatar fell to 1-1 after two games under its new American head coach Kent Davison, a highly respected veteran whose coaching experience spans most levels of basketball in the United States V high school, junior college, NCAA Division I and professional minor leagues.

AIA: Benjamin Woodside 19p+6rb+5a, Laval Lucas-Perry 14p+2s, Dane Brumagin 13p, Wellington Smith 12p
Qatar: Daoud Musa 17p, E.A. Saeed 16p+6rb

Egypt 80-63 Jordan (40-29)

Egypt, the 4th-place team in the 2007 Africa Championship, routed the defending champion Jordan NT 80-63 in a wire-to-wire victory.

210cm center Tarek El-Gannam had 13 of his 15 points in the first half as Egypt broke the game open early in the second quarter. El-Gannam pulled down 6 rebounds.

Jordan was hurt by its 18 turnovers as a team. The defending champion did close the gap to four points but Egypt just couldnt miss tonight, making 67% of its field goals attempts, and pulled away quickly.

Jordan was out of synch all game. Zaid Alkhas, who had 19 points yesterday, scored only one point today. I believe Jordan head coach Mario Palma would not be a happy man when his best player failed to score more than two points in a game.

Kazakhstan 87-71 Korea (37-31)

Kazakhstan handed Korea its second straight defeat by controlling the boards (41-19) and making open shots.

Judging from the first two games, I might be wrong but this Korean University select team is probably the weakest Korean college team Ive seen in years.

Kazakhstan: Seva Fadeikin 27p, Anton Ponomarev 14p+9rb
Korea: Park Rae-hun 18p, Heo Il-young 12p, Kim Myung-hoon 11p

Australia U-19 80-67 Taiwan (42-32)

Isnt it weird? Taiwan NT beat Korea University select team yesterday but was routed by a group of Australian high schoolers? Anything happens on the basketball court but it doesnt make sense.

Taiwan NT trailed the entire game and was outplayed by the Emus team inside and out. They couldnt control the board, losing 40-28, due to height disadvantage but they couldnt make shots either. The 13-point loss was definitely embarrassing.

Taiwans man-to-man defense failed to contain Dellavedova in the first half. A switch to zone defense in the second half did not help much.

Australia: Mitchell Young 17p, Matthew Dellavedova 15p
Taiwan: Yang Chin-min 14p

Standings:
Kazakhstan 2-0
Taiwan 1-1
Qatar 1-1
Jordan 1-1
AIA 1-1
Australia 1-1
Egypt 1-1Korea 0-2


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Vialet Scores 20 to Lead Guidance to Easy Win - by David Edole
July 9, 2008 -- Kori Vialet led three players in double figures with 20 points Tuesday night as Guidance blew by the Dread Eyes 73-61 in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate.
The Choices Basketball Association contest, played at the Educational Complex gymnasium, started fast as both teams really pushed the ball. With that style of play Dread Eyes was able to stay pretty close to Guidance in the first quarter, and they only trailed by four at 23-19 by the end of the period. At the start of the second quarter, however, Guidance came out with a full-court press that completely unraveled the Dread Eyes.
This defensive strategy forced numerous turnovers by the Dread Eyes, and Guidance took full advantage in outscoring them 28-12 in the period to lead 56-31 at the half. Vialet's tenacious defense on the Dread Eyes guards was exceptional and he came away with several steals in the quarter that enabled him to explode for 12 second-quarter points.
The second half was more of the same, but Guidance did call off the dogs for awhile in the third quarter. This enabled the Dread Eyes to make a bit of a run and close the gap to 16 points at the end of the period at 59-43.
Apparently that was too close for Guidance, and they came back with the full-court press to start the fourth. The results were the same as earlier in the game. Guidance quickly opened up a large lead and then called off the dogs. Facing a more lax defense, the Dread Eyes were able to score more freely to make the final score a more respectable 12-point loss at 73-61.
Along with his game-high 20 points, Vialet also pulled down six rebounds and had four steals. Teammates Mathew Ogarro and Richard Isles chipped in with 14 points each. Ogarro also had four assist and Isles chipped in with three blocks. For the Dread Eyes, Ivor James led his team with 14 points.

The Chosen Ones 85, Speak the Word 64

In the night's early game, the Chosen Ones blew out a good but young Speak the Word team 85-64. Wilson Fererance led the Chosen Ones with a game-high 22 points. Teammates Glenroy Coggins netted 16 points and Nybo Rogers dropped in 12. For Speak the Word, Jermaine Mulley led with 18 points and Marcello Jacob scored 10.

by Dave Davis


Hoyas Roll Over Legacy 98-77 in CBA Summer Action - by David Edole
The Hoyas showed why they are the two-time defending champions of the Choices Basketball League Tuesday night by dismantling a previously undefeated Legacy squad 98-77.
Six Hoyas scored in double figures in the balanced attack they employed in the game at the St. Croix Central High Gymnasium. In a skillful display of basketball teamwork, the Hoyas were able to push their lead to as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter before cruising to the lopsided victory.
'When we lost that first game, we had to start with five players and no bench because my team came late,' said Hoyas Coach Samuel Lee. 'We were down as many as 24 points in that game and actually came back to take the lead when the players showed up, but playing from behind took a lot out of us, and we ended up losing.'
It was a different story Tuesday night.
'Tonight we came here and we knew that Legacy was undefeated, but we were not worried,' Lee said. 'I know as long as my team shows up on time it is going to be hard for anybody to beat us in this league. And as good as we were tonight, we are still missing three key players, so I am not worried about other teams -- they have to worry about us, because we are the champs.'
Legacy's best quarter was the first. Led by three three-pointers by Chris Floyd, they held a one-point lead at 23-22 at the end of the period. Things would basically go downhill from there as the much bigger and overall more talented Hoyas began to show their class.
Led by eight points from Karl 'Mike Jones' John, the Hoyas erupted for 29 second-quarter points to take control of the game, while defensively only allowing 18 points to Legacy. Ten of legacy's 18 points in the quarter were as scored by Stephen O' Reilly, who single-handedly tried to keep his team in the game. The Hoyas went into the locker room with a 10-point advantage at 51-41.
Legacy's Floyd opened the second half with his fourth and fifth three-pointers of the game, and quickly his team was back in the game trailing by four at 51-47. The Hoyas, however, responded with a 26-11 run that propelled them to a 19-point lead at 77-58 with 2:57 left in the period. After a two-to-one exchange to end the quarter, the Hoyas held a 21-point advantage at 81-60. John had eight points and Eddie 'Hot Sauce' Castillo had seven in the period for the Hoyas as they outscored legacy 30-19.
The lead would swell to as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter, 95-65, before the Hoyas called off the dogs and allowed Legacy some easy baskets for a slightly more respectable 21-point loss.
John led six Hoyas in double figures with a game-high 22 points and 20 rebounds. Teammates Hendricks and Castillo chipped in with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Two other Hoyas finished with 14 points and one finished with 11. Legacy was led offensively by Kyle Sylvester with 20 points and O'Reilly with 15.

by Dave Davis


ABA Standings
ABA Standings
1. Jam Squad 7-2
2. To Win It 6-2
3. Jah Youths 6-2
4. VI Finest 3-5
5. Top Dogs 2-6
6. Heavy Hitters 2-7
7. Run Dem 1-6


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  WBA   


2008 WBA Awards Announced... - by David Archer
#s#
#e#5


Stewart


Spivey


Arnold


Puckett


Walker

WBA Team of the Year:

Decatur Court Kings


WBA Player of Year:

Anthony Miller (6'9''-C-71, college: Michigan St.), Decatur Court Kings


WBA Co-Rookies of the Year:

B.J. Walker (6'10''-F/C-84) Tri-State

Jacob Fraser, (6'6' G/F college: Indian River CC) Buford Majic


WBA Co-Defensive Players of Year:

Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic) ) Cartersville

Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, college: Drake) Decatur Court Kings


WBA Executive of the Year:

Leroy McMath, Buford Majic


WBA General Manager of the Year:

Lionel Garrett , Buford Majic


WBA Coach of the Year:

Reggie Fox , Decatur Court Kings

1st Team All-WBA:
Al Stewart, (5'10''-G-83, college: Drake) Decatur Court Kings
Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72, college: New Orleans) (6'3''-G-72) of Cartersville Warriors
Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, college: Tennessee St.) of Buford Majic
B.J. Puckett (6'8''-F-83, college: Clayton St.) (6'8''-F-83), Buford Majic
Anthony Miller (6'9''-C-71, college: Michigan St.) Decatur Court Kings
B.J. Walker, (6'9' PF- college: Oklahoma City/Buffalo) Tri-State Crusaders

2nd Team All-WBA:
Cedric Lewis (6'0''-G) , Memphis Blue Tornadoes
Michael Griffin (6'0''-G, college: Lander), Tri-State Crusaders
Jacob Fraser, (6'6' G/F), Buford Majic
Terrence Jones (6'8''-C-85, college: Livingstone), Mississippi Hardhats
James St. Roberts, Buford Majic

3rd Team All-WBA:
William Belton (6'1''-G-84, college: Wofford) (6'1''-G-84), Buford
Dele Ojo (5'11''-G), Decatur
Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.), Cartersville
Lorenzo Dorse (6'6''-F, college: Tennessee-Martin) , Memphis
Steve Eluett, Tri-State

4th Team - All-WBA:
Anthony Slater, Cartersville
Kenneth McKenzie (6'0''-G-82, college: Allen), Decatur
Jason Davis (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Sacramento St.), Memphis
Kendrick Fox (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Mississippi), Mississippi
Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84, college: Miss.Valley St.), Cartersville

WBA All-Defensive Team:
Anthony Slater, Cartersville
Al Stewart, Decatur
William Belton, Buford
Jason Davis, Memphis
Brian Thompson (6'6''-F-73, college: Florida), Decatur
Jacob Fraser, Buford
Charles Johnson (6'5''-F, college: Itawamba CC), Mississippi
Steve Eluett, Tri-State
Donovan McMullen (6'10''-C-85, college: Reinhardt), Cartersville





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  ALBANIA - Women  


Malta triumphs in European Championship Division C - by Eurobasket News
Albania- Malta 61:81

Malta triumphed in European Championship Division C as in the Final game the team overcame Albania 81:61. It was the last game of the tournament and brought more interest than any other encounter. Malta started offensively and opened the game with 33:15. Later on the winner controlled the entire court and trustfully honored the first position. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Josephine Grima (190-C-84) followed her with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Ellul netted 13. Enkela Deneko (-76) ended up with 15 points and Ina Permeti (-80) had 14.

Ellul scored three three-pointers in the first quarter as Malta scored almost everything the team shot. It was a great beginning for the winners of European Championship Division C. With 18:13 on the board Malta used a 12-0 run to take massive lead after the first ten minutes of the game. Albania woke up in the second quarter but could hardly reduce the gap. What they could do was 15:11 win in the period. Rebecca Thoresen sent the teams to the lockers for 44:30. Hasanaj's three in the end of the third period also left 14 points deficit for Malta. Albania played well and tied the period at 18:18. That was however all the could do. A 6-0 run in the last stanza gave the game early winner. Rebecca Thoresen remained in the court scoring basket after a basket. Sciberras set up the final 81:61 score as Malta triumphed in European Championship Division C.

Albania:Enkela Deneko 15, Ina Permeti 14
Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 33+14 rebs, Josephine Grima 18+8 rebs, Ellul 13


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  AZERBAIJAN - Women  


Azerbaijan earns 7th spot in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Azerbaijan - Gibraltar 54:39

Azerbaijan National Team celebrated their second win at the European championship in Division C. Both wins came against Gibraltar with the latter one bringing the overall 7th place for the team. Azerbaijan proved their strength throughout the encounter and never doubted their dominance. Gomez nailed 2 freebies to put Gibraltar ahead early in the game. But Azerbaijan went on a 9:0 run and never looked back again. Zycova capped the first frame with a jumper to give Azerbaijan a 12:5 advantage. Cross scored 4 points in a row, while Mauro hit from downtown as Gibraltar came as close as 4 points from Azerbaijan at the start of the second term. Rammage then dragged the team within two points from Azerbaijan. But Shimichenko accounted for 6 points as Azerbaijan cleared off to a safe distance once again. They led 30:20 at the interval. Mahmudova and Zycova enlarged the margin early in the third frame. Azerbaijan mounted the pressure throughout the frame and stretched the gap to as many as 17 points heading into the final quarter. Gibraltar cut the deficit to 10 points through Sene and Gomez but Azerbaijan withstood the effort. Mahmudova and Shimichenko sealed the winning outcome for Azerbaijan at the end. Shimichenko and Zycova dropped 16 points apiece for the winners. Alisultanova had 8 points and 9 boards for Azerbaijan. Cross and Sene answered with 7 points each for Gibraltar. Melissa Parody pulled down 11 boards in defeat.

Azerbaijan: Yana Shimichenko 16, Yulia Zycova 16, Naila Alisultanova 8
Gibraltar: Annika Cross 7, Kaira Sene 7


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  BELARUS - Women  


Sulmona sends Belarus first to the qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Belarus U20 67:73

Belarus U20 became the first team to reach qualifying round of the U20 European Championship for Women. In the first game of the Day 2 Belarus beat Belgium 73:67. Trailing 11:17 after the opening quarter Belarus suggested 27:10 in the second to seal a victory. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) was unstoppable with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) had another great night with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Tsikhamirava posted 9. Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) top-scored for Belgium with 24 points. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) had 11 and Vermeire collected 8 points and 15 rebounds. Belgium dropped to 0-2 in the Sulmona group and will play with Montenegro for the first win.
Fanny Tirtiaux opened the game with a jump shot as Belgium looked better in the beginning. An 11:9 lead in the middle of the quarter was the last in the period for Belarus. Belgium created a 8-0 run and finished the period at 17:11. Another Belarus started the second quarter as the team was too good for the opponent. The team produced 27:10 to take 38:27 lead at the half. Belgium did not panic and remained in the game. Ciappina closed the gap to 40:46 in the middle of the third. Later Fanny Tirtiaux scored three straight baskets as Belgium closed to within 62:60. Vermeire however missed an inside lay-up which would have evened the game. Belarus used is as a must and led the game to 73:67 win.

Belgium U20: Fanny Tirtiaux 24, Sara Leemans 11, Vermeire 8+15 rebs
Belarus U20: Natalya Kozun 23+11 rebs, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 22+10 rebs, Tsikhamirava 9


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Sulmona sends Belarus first to the qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Belarus U20 67:73

Belarus U20 became the first team to reach qualifying round of the U20 European Championship for Women. In the first game of the Day 2 Belarus beat Belgium 73:67. Trailing 11:17 after the opening quarter Belarus suggested 27:10 in the second to seal a victory. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) was unstoppable with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) had another great night with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Tsikhamirava posted 9. Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) top-scored for Belgium with 24 points. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) had 11 and Vermeire collected 8 points and 15 rebounds. Belgium dropped to 0-2 in the Sulmona group and will play with Montenegro for the first win.
Fanny Tirtiaux opened the game with a jump shot as Belgium looked better in the beginning. An 11:9 lead in the middle of the quarter was the last in the period for Belarus. Belgium created a 8-0 run and finished the period at 17:11. Another Belarus started the second quarter as the team was too good for the opponent. The team produced 27:10 to take 38:27 lead at the half. Belgium did not panic and remained in the game. Ciappina closed the gap to 40:46 in the middle of the third. Later Fanny Tirtiaux scored three straight baskets as Belgium closed to within 62:60. Vermeire however missed an inside lay-up which would have evened the game. Belarus used is as a must and led the game to 73:67 win.

Belgium U20: Fanny Tirtiaux 24, Sara Leemans 11, Vermeire 8+15 rebs
Belarus U20: Natalya Kozun 23+11 rebs, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 22+10 rebs, Tsikhamirava 9


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Russia U20 edges Bulgaria U20 83:50 - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 -Bulgaria U20 83:50

Russia U20 booked their second straight victory at the U20 European Championship beating Bulgaria U20 in Day 2. The winner trailed 15:16 after the opening quarter, but then was too good for the opponent to seal 83:50 win. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) led the winners with 13 points. Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88), Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) and Lukina all scored 10 in a win. Dimana Georgieva (189-C-88) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, while Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) and Miteva both posted 8. Russia improbed to 2-0 record and Bulgaria fell at 0-2.
The game was tight until Tzankova knocked down a three-pointer followed by a three-point play by Dimana Georgieva for a 14:10 Bulgaria lead. Tzankova still kept her team in front after the first quarter, 16:15. Nothing serious happened to Bulgaria in the second period as they remained tough in the court. Russia could only grab the lead and by the end of the half had 36:32. Later on the winner started to ruin Bulgarian defense. Lukina made it 62:45 in the end of the third period with a jump shot. The last quarter saw Russian squad mostly in defense, as Bulgaria could score only 5 points. Sizyakova closed the game for the winners at 83:50 as Russia celebrated the second win.

Russia U20: Olga Zhuzhgova 13, Natalia Zhedik 10, Irina Romanova 10, Lukina 10
Bulgaria U20:Dimana Georgieva 11, Veselka Todorova 8, Miteva 8


Bulgarian U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Doli Tsankova (172-G-89) of Rilski Sportist Samokov
5 Margarita Ilieva (187-F-88) of Lukoil Neftochimik Burgas
6 Maria Tzankova (179-F/G-88) of Viaonetti Vinaroz (ESP)
7 Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (FRA)
8 Lilyana Ilieva (191-C-88) of Slavia Sofia
9 Hristina Ivanova (184-F-89) of Rilski Sportist Samokov
10 Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) of Hondarribia-Irun (ESP)
11 Aneta Miteva (181-G-88) of Dunav Econt Rouse

12 Galina Stoyanova (175-G-88) of NSA Delta Sofia
13 Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) of Dunav Econt Rouse
14 Tsvetelina Nikolova (191-C-88) of Slavia Sofia
15 Dimana Georgieva (189-C-88)
Head Coach: Ivan Lepichev
Assistant Coach: Ivailo Jelev


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Czech Republic U20 beat Latvia U20 for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20- Czech Republic U20 56:65

Czech Republic U20 beat Latvia U20 for the second win in Group B of U20 European Championship for Women. The Czechs used some important runs in the second half for 65:56 victory. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Eva Mrhalkova (175-F/G-88) and Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) followed them with 11 points apiece. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) collected 17 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort. Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) poured in 13, whilst Karline Nimane (189-F-90) scored 8. Czech Republic U20 improved to 2-0, while Latvia U20 suffered the first loss.

Eva Mrhalkova opened the scoring account for the winners as they never looked behind in the opening quarter. Czech Republic U20 won the first period 18:14 and looked forward to conquer the rest of the game. Latvia however came back to the game in the second period and after Sabine Niedola made her second free throw the score was 19:18. Steinberga with a jump shot brought 35:32 for Latvia, but Vachova closed the half at 35:34. Even in the third quarter Latvia remained on top for the majority of time, but Czech Republic woke up later. Ozolina made 47:45, but Czech Republic scored last 7 points of the period.
In the last quarter both teams paid too much attention to defense. As a result it was an advantage for the Czechs. The beat Latvia 13:9 in the final stanza and clinched the second win in the group.

Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 17+14 rebs, Baiba Eglite 13, Karline Nimane 8
Czech Republic U20: Andrea Ovsikova 17, Eva Mrhalkova 11, Aneta Obrusnikova 11


Czech Republic U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Karla Gergelova (185-G/F-88) of University of Nevada -Las Vegas (USA)
5 Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91)
6 Gabriela Giacintova (171-G-88) of Gambrinus Sika Brno
7 Barbora Emmelova (173-G-89) of ZVVZ USK Praha
8 Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) of Kara Trutnov
9 Eva Mrhalkova (175-F/G-88) of Valosun KP Brno
10 Katerina Vachova (188-C-88) of Sparta Praha
11 Lucie Balakova (179-F-88) of BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice
12 Lenka Sipova (185-C-88) of BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice
13 Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) of ZVVZ USK Praha

14 Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) of Sparta Praha
15 Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) of Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove
Head Coach: Marian Svoboda
Assistant Coach: Jan Faltynek


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  E.CHAMPS (W) - Women  


European Championship Division C. Finals - by Eurobasket News

FINAL

Albania- Malta 61:81

Malta triumphed in European Championship Division C as in the Final game the team overcame Albania 81:61. It was the last game of the tournament and brought more interest than any other encounter. Malta started offensively and opened the game with 33:15. Later on the winner controlled the entire court and trustfully honored the first position. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Josephine Grima (190-C-84) followed her with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Ellul netted 13. Enkela Deneko (-76) ended up with 15 points and Ina Permeti (-80) had 14.

Ellul scored three three-pointers in the first quarter as Malta scored almost everything the team shot. It was a great beginning for the winners of European Championship Division C. With 18:13 on the board Malta used a 12-0 run to take massive lead after the first ten minutes of the game. Albania woke up in the second quarter but could hardly reduce the gap. What they could do was 15:11 win in the period. Rebecca Thoresen sent the teams to the lockers for 44:30. Hasanaj's three in the end of the third period also left 14 points deficit for Malta. Albania played well and tied the period at 18:18. That was however all the could do. A 6-0 run in the last stanza gave the game early winner. Rebecca Thoresen remained in the court scoring basket after a basket. Sciberras set up the final 81:61 score as Malta triumphed in European Championship Division C.

Albania:Enkela Deneko 15, Ina Permeti 14
Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 33+14 rebs, Josephine Grima 18+8 rebs, Ellul 13



Game for the 3rd place

Luxembourg - Andorra 55:45

Luxembourgish National Team earned the Bronze medals at the home European championship in Division C. Today Luxembourg handled Andorra in the consolation final. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter with neither side jumping to a solid lead. Hetting and Mossong gave a 6-point advantage for Luxembourg late in the first frame but Meira and Mun cut the gap to 2 points at the end of the first quarter. Margue ignited the hosts with two trebles early in the second frame. Stoll and Hetting added pain to Andorra as they spurred Luxembourg to a 32:24 advantage at halftime. Meira and Gomez teamed up for Andorras rally in the third quarter and they narrowed the margin to 2 points. Schreiner opened the final stanza with 5 consecutive points to give some breathing space for Luxembourg. Later Schreiner added 5 more points in a row as Luxembourg grabbed a 52:40 advantage with just over a minute remaining. Vicente and Gomez shaved the difference to 5 points with 50 seconds left to spark some sort of intrigue. However Schreiner and Hetting iced the effort from free throw line and sealed the winning outcome for Luxembourg.
Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) scored 18 points to pace Luxembourg. Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) knocked down 11 points, while Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) added 10 for the winners. Laura Gomez dropped 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Andorra. Nadia Mun delivered 12 points and 8 caroms in defeat.

Luxembourg:
Lynn Schreiner 18, Tessy Hetting 11, Nadia Mossong 10
Andorra: Laura Gomez 15, Nadia Mun 12


Game for the 5th place
Scotland - Wales 64:51
Scottish National Team completed their European championship campaign in style holding off Wales in the game for the 5th spot. Welsh team actually repeated their 2006 result when they ended at the 6th overall spot. Scotland could not boast of consistency. They clinched the Silver medals in their last campaign but could not reach the pedestal this time.
Stupart ignited Scottish team as she nailed 4 points to open the encounter. However back-to-back trebles from Trott and Murphy allowed Wales to grab an 8:4 lead. Wagstaff soon nailed 7 straight points and Wales enjoyed a 16:7 advantage. Cumming and Findlay fired from downtown, while Chaloner converted a layup to carry Scotland up 17:16. Murphy nailed a free throw and finalized the first period with a 17:17 tie. Chaloner put Scotland ahead early in the second frame but Jennings stole the lead back to Welsh team late in the quarter. Stupart crowned the first half with freebies and the teams were all square at 25 at halftime. The lead changed hands for 4 times before Chaloner, Bell and Cumming gave Scottish team a 7-point cushion late in the frame. Schweikert nailed two free throws at the end of the stanza and Scotland entered the final period ahead by 10 points. Wagstaff tried to ignite some kind of intrigue in the final quarter but Scotland stood firm and secured the winning outcome at the end. Rowan Bell produced 13 points and 6 boards for Scotland. Leanne Stupart and Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Sarah Wagstaff answered with game-high 19 points. Ruth Murphy (178-C) delivered 10 points in defeat.

Scotland: Rowan Bell 13, Leanne Stupart 12, Natalie Chaloner 12
Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 19, Ruth Murphy 10

Game for the 7th place
Azerbaijan - Gibraltar 54:39
Azerbaijan National Team celebrated their second win at the European championship in Division C. Both wins came against Gibraltar with the latter one bringing the overall 7th place for the team. Azerbaijan proved their strength throughout the encounter and never doubted their dominance. Gomez nailed 2 freebies to put Gibraltar ahead early in the game. But Azerbaijan went on a 9:0 run and never looked back again. Zycova capped the first frame with a jumper to give Azerbaijan a 12:5 advantage. Cross scored 4 points in a row, while Mauro hit from downtown as Gibraltar came as close as 4 points from Azerbaijan at the start of the second term. Rammage then dragged the team within two points from Azerbaijan. But Shimichenko accounted for 6 points as Azerbaijan cleared off to a safe distance once again. They led 30:20 at the interval. Mahmudova and Zycova enlarged the margin early in the third frame. Azerbaijan mounted the pressure throughout the frame and stretched the gap to as many as 17 points heading into the final quarter. Gibraltar cut the deficit to 10 points through Sene and Gomez but Azerbaijan withstood the effort. Mahmudova and Shimichenko sealed the winning outcome for Azerbaijan at the end. Shimichenko and Zycova dropped 16 points apiece for the winners. Alisultanova had 8 points and 9 boards for Azerbaijan. Cross and Sene answered with 7 points each for Gibraltar. Melissa Parody pulled down 11 boards in defeat.

Azerbaijan: Yana Shimichenko 16, Yulia Zycova 16, Naila Alisultanova 8
Gibraltar: Annika Cross 7, Kaira Sene 7


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Division A results and stats. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A
Italy U20-Serbia U20 53:71


Serbia U20 is on the right way to its previous achievement as the tea overcame Italy U20 71:53 in Day 2. Last year Spain U20 National team became the European champions edging Serbia 75:60 to complete their perfect campaign in Bulgaria. Miljana Musovic's 16 points for Serbia were not enough that night. Tonight Serbian Sonja Petrovic collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) and Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) netted 12 each. Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) scored from the arc in the very beginning to give Serbians the first lead. The latter rushed ahead 13-2 early on and led 21:15 after one period. Italians stayed in the game for two more minutes, but then missed 0-14 run from the winners. Serbians enjoyed 18:11 in the second quarter to finish the half at 39:26.
Another 15:10 in the third quarter was too much for Italy to recover. Although Chiara Rossi (170-G-88) reduce the gap from the arc to 36:54, the last ten minutes were not enough for them. Italy played even however and tied the period at 17:17. Chiara Rossi's three was the last for Italians, while Sonja Petrovic set up the final 71:53 score.

Italy U20:Valeria Battisodo 12, Chiara Rossi 10
Serbia U20: Ana Dabovic 16, Sonja Petrovic 14+10 rebs, Dragana Gobeljic 12, Maja Miljkovic 12


Germany U20-France U20 59:84
France U20 is back on track after the loss in the opener beating Germany U20 84:59. The latter lost the second in a row and covers the bottom of Group A of U20 European championship. A 17-0 from the start gave them good confidence later in the game. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) paced all the winners with 15 points. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) ended up with 13, while Marielle Amant (191-C-89) collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Ireti Amojo (174-G/F-90) top-scored in defeat with 15 and Hanna Mugge (170-G-89) chipped in 12 points.
The favorites jumped ahead 16-0 and crashed over Germany in the beginning. The loss from Italy was a good lesson for the French squad, however Germany has other tasks for the championship. The latter scored with 2.58 remaining in the first period as Hanna Mugge made a jump shot. Nicole Dietz's jumper for 25:12 only to see France push the lead up to 23 points on their way to a 42:21 scoreline at the break. Unger opened the second half and then Hanna Mugge again closed the gap. Germany played much better in comparison with the previous quarters and could even win the period 21:17. Kusion made the second free throw for 59:42 advantage. Ireti Amojo reduced to 14 points throughout last quarter, but massive 25:17 quarter brought French squad to 84:59. France is 1-1 now in the group, while Germany is still winless.

Germany U20:Ireti Amojo 15, Hanna Mugge 12
France U20: Sarah Michel 15, Carine Paul 13, Marielle Amant 11+14 rebs

GROUP B

Greece U20- Turkey U20 46:63

Turkey and Greece opened Day 2 in Group B of U20 European Championship Division A. After the losses in the openers both of them desired to reach the first win and Turkey was the one to get it. The latter gained 63:46 victory due to the second half of the game. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) and Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) top-scored with 13 points for the winners. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) supported them with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) chipped in 12 points in defeat, while Antigoni Chairistanidou (185-F-90) added 9.
It was a defensive start from both teams, while Greece scored first 4 points of the game. Turkey remained scoreless in the first 5 minutes, but then Tasbas scored with 4.44 for them. Yasemin Dalgalar was the last to nail in the period for 12:6 advantage. Ioanna Diela scored back-to-back baskets and Vaia Merisioti's three-pointer gave Greece a 15:12 advantage. Greece used 22:18 in the period to stay at 38:40 at the half time. Turkey used a 17-4 surge at the start of the second half to take control of the game at 47:32. The advantage was 51:36 after three periods as Bilge made a jump-shot. Bahar Caglar scored for 20-points deficit and it was the time Turkey could celebrate. In the end of the game Gonen closed the encounter at 63:46 for the Turkish side.

Greece U20: Ioanna Diela 12+5 rebs, Antigoni Chairistanidou 9
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar 13+10 rebs, Gizem Yavuz 13, Yasemin Dalgalar 12+8 rebs


Latvia U20- Czech Republic U20 56:65
Czech Republic U20 beat Latvia U20 for the second win in Group B of U20 European Championship for Women. The Czechs used some important runs in the second half for 65:56 victory. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Eva Mrhalkova (175-F/G-88) and Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) followed them with 11 points apiece. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) collected 17 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort. Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) poured in 13, whilst Karline Nimane (189-F-90) scored 8. Czech Republic U20 improved to 2-0, while Latvia U20 suffered the first loss.

Eva Mrhalkova opened the scoring account for the winners as they never looked behind in the opening quarter. Czech Republic U20 won the first period 18:14 and looked forward to conquer the rest of the game. Latvia however came back to the game in the second period and after Sabine Niedola made her second free throw the score was 19:18. Steinberga with a jump shot brought 35:32 for Latvia, but Vachova closed the half at 35:34. Even in the third quarter Latvia remained on top for the majority of time, but Czech Republic woke up later. Ozolina made 47:45, but Czech Republic scored last 7 points of the period.
In the last quarter both teams paid too much attention to defense. As a result it was an advantage for the Czechs. The beat Latvia 13:9 in the final stanza and clinched the second win in the group.

Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 17+14 rebs, Baiba Eglite 13, Karline Nimane 8
Czech Republic U20: Andrea Ovsikova 17, Eva Mrhalkova 11, Aneta Obrusnikova 11


GROUP C

Russia U20 -Bulgaria U20 83:50
Russia U20 booked their second straight victory at the U20 European Championship beating Bulgaria U20 in Day 2. The winner trailed 15:16 after the opening quarter, but then was too good for the opponent to seal 83:50 win. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) led the winners with 13 points. Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88), Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) and Lukina all scored 10 in a win. Dimana Georgieva (189-C-88) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, while Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) and Miteva both posted 8. Russia improbed to 2-0 record and Bulgaria fell at 0-2.
The game was tight until Tzankova knocked down a three-pointer followed by a three-point play by Dimana Georgieva for a 14:10 Bulgaria lead. Tzankova still kept her team in front after the first quarter, 16:15. Nothing serious happened to Bulgaria in the second period as they remained tough in the court. Russia could only grab the lead and by the end of the half had 36:32. Later on the winner started to ruin Bulgarian defense. Lukina made it 62:45 in the end of the third period with a jump shot. The last quarter saw Russian squad mostly in defense, as Bulgaria could score only 5 points. Sizyakova closed the game for the winners at 83:50 as Russia celebrated the second win.

Russia U20: Olga Zhuzhgova 13, Natalia Zhedik 10, Irina Romanova 10, Lukina 10
Bulgaria U20:Dimana Georgieva 11, Veselka Todorova 8, Miteva 8



Ukraine U20- Lithuania U20 101:50

Ukraine U20 clinched the place in U20 European Championship Division A Qualifying round smashing Lithuania U20 101:50. An explosion of 31:9 in the first quarter made the rest of the game into a walk-through. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 19 points. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) nailed 13, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sarune Povilionyte (183-F-88) was the best in the losing effort providing 10 points.
Ukrainian team scored first 9 points of the game to prove the ambitions in the tournament. Lithuania scored after 2.30 in the game and trailed 31:9 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Taisiia Bovykina pushed Ukraine further in front to open the second quarter. The period however was even for both teams even though Lithuania reduced to 44:24 at the half. They tried gamely after the half, but only got as close in the beginning. The third period was a disaster for Lithuanian that got 32:11 in it. Ukrainian team splashed in the end and had a task to reach three digits. Kovalova opened the last ruin netting 78th point or Ukraine in the beginning of the last period. Ukraine mounted in 9-0 run to go on 87:38. Tereshchenko's points were applaud more than any other as her jump shot brought 101:50 victory for the winners.

Ukraine U20: Taisiia Bovykina 19, Arina Lysyuk 13, Olesya Malashenko 12+10 rebs
Lithuania U20: Sarune Povilionyte 10


GROUP D
Belgium U20-Belarus U20 67:73

Belarus U20 became the first team to reach qualifying round of the U20 European Championship for Women. In the first game of the Day 2 Belarus beat Belgium 73:67. Trailing 11:17 after the opening quarter Belarus suggested 27:10 in the second to seal a victory. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) was unstoppable with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) had another great night with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Tsikhamirava posted 9. Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) top-scored for Belgium with 24 points. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) had 11 and Vermeire collected 8 points and 15 rebounds. Belgium dropped to 0-2 in the Sulmona group and will play with Montenegro for the first win.
Fanny Tirtiaux opened the game with a jump shot as Belgium looked better in the beginning. An 11:9 lead in the middle of the quarter was the last in the period for Belarus. Belgium created a 8-0 run and finished the period at 17:11. Another Belarus started the second quarter as the team was too good for the opponent. The team produced 27:10 to take 38:27 lead at the half. Belgium did not panic and remained in the game. Ciappina closed the gap to 40:46 in the middle of the third. Later Fanny Tirtiaux scored three straight baskets as Belgium closed to within 62:60. Vermeire however missed an inside lay-up which would have evened the game. Belarus used is as a must and led the game to 73:67 win.

Belgium U20: Fanny Tirtiaux 24, Sara Leemans 11, Vermeire 8+15 rebs
Belarus U20: Natalya Kozun 23+11 rebs, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 22+10 rebs, Tsikhamirava 9



Montenegro U20-Spain U20 61-80

Spain U20 National team being European champions are on the right way to defend their title. Last year they edged Serbia 75:60 to complete their perfect campaign in Bulgaria. It became the first ever title for Spanish team at U20 level.
Anna Carbo (176-F-88) produced 13 points and 5 steals in a winning effort that time. Today the Spanish star top-scored with 16 points and 6 rebounds in a 80:61 win over Montenegro. Gabriela Ocete (-88) finished the night with 13 points and Herrera added 11. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) top-scored in defeat with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Montenegrin U20 National team at the same time celebrated their first historic trophy at the European championship in Division B. They edged Lithuanian side 83:64 to claim the first ever title and ensured Division A birth. It was them taking 19:17 lead in the opening tip when
Snezana Aleksic nailed a three. The latter closed the first quarter as well for 23:21. Spain could not find the proper game until the end of th half as they had 3-6 points all the time. Again Snezana Aleksic made the score 34:36 as the teams went to the lockers. From that time Montenegro never stayed in front. Spain's intensity on defence caused four turnovers in the first six possessions after the break as Jordi Fernandez's team used a 10-2 run to open a 10-point lead 46:36. Spain scored the final six points of the period to lead 59:44 going into the fourth. In the last period the reigning champions held the score for good and did not allow the opponents to come closer. Spain reached the second win and advanced to the qualifying round in advance.

Montenegro U20:Snezana Aleksic 19+9 rebs, Biljana Turcinovic 13+10 rebs
Spain U20:
Anna Carbo 16+6 rebs, Gabriela Ocete 13, Herrera 11



Division B results and stats. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Group A

Romania - Slovak Republic 43-62
In the second game of Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B Romania suffered defeat against Slovak Republic. It was a game with not so many points as both teams struggled with their shots almost the entire time. Romania finished the game with 14.3% from behind arc and 25.9% for FG2. On the other side Slovakia was just a little bit better having 18.8% for 3-pts and 38% for FG2. Teams finished first quarter almost equalized, actually Slovakia had 1 points lead at that time. Slovakians showed better performance in the second one mostly owing to Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88), who had 7 offensive rebound in this game. Thanks to her and Katarina Slimakova (180-G-89), Slovakia had advantage of 6 points on the half time. After the breather once again it was seen totally equal battle as teams finished third stanza 15-15. The last 10 minutes actually were the crucial ones. Slovakia intensified defense while Romania continued with missing the important shots. With just 6 scored points in this period Romania couldn't count on turn for sure. On the other hand Katarina Slimakova and Katarina Tetemondova took care about the points for their team which resulted with 6-19 in the last frame.

Katarina Slimakova shined for the winners adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Katarina Tetemondova also had very god day registering double-double. She had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals. Claudia Pop (185-F-89, agency: LBM Management) collected 11 points and 4 rebounds for Romania. Anita Meszaros (189-C-88) needed one more point for double-double as she stopped on 9 points and 11 rebounds. Slovak Republic will meet Ireland today while Romania waits Great Britain.


Romania - Slovak Republic 43-62
(10-11,12-17,15-15,6-19)

Romania:
Claudia Pop 11 (4 rebs), Anita Meszaros 9 (11 rebs), Andra Ionescu 6 (4 rebs)
Slovak Republic: Katarina Slimakova 14 (7 rebs), Katarina Tetemondova 11 (16 rebs, 4 st), Janka Mincikova 11



Ireland - Hungary 44-80
In the first game of Group A on U20 European Championship division B in Poland Hungary registered comfortable win against Ireland. As a reminder these two teams are together with Slovak Republic, Romania and Great Britain placed in Preliminary Group A. From the beginning of the game Hungary took control on its opponent. 10 points lead after the first frame for Hungary didn't discourage Ireland as they improved a lot during the next ten minutes. However it was not enough for them to come any closer than it was in the first period. Ireland improved but on the other side Hungary showed toughness keeping advantage of 10 points until the half time. Third frame was crucial period of the game as Ireland recorded a big number of missed shots and bad decisions. The fact that they had 33 turnovers during the game talks everything for itself. On the other side Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) and Nora Kovats (180-G-88) continued to beat Irish defense which brought plus 22 for Hungarians at the end of third period. Ireland wasn't able to do anything in the last quarter. It was a chance for all Hungarian players to show what they can.

Zsofia Varga was the key player of the game collecting 19 points and 4 steals. Nora Kovats followed her netting 13 points while the last one with double digits in Hungary was Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89) with 10 points. Actually Mansare registered double-double as she grabbed 10 more boards. Shauna O'Connor (183-F-88) had 10 points and 4 rebounds for Ireland.


Ireland - Hungary 44-80
(11-21,14-14,9-21,10-24)

Ireland:
Shauna O'Connor 10 (4 rebs, 4 to), Rachel Clancy 6, Leah Westbrooks 5 (7 rebs)
Hungary: Zsofia Varga 19 (4 st), Nora Kovats 13, Finda Mansare 10 (10 rebs)



Group B

Portugal - Sweden 52-70
Sweden celebrated against Portugal at the opener of U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Both teams are placed into Preliminary Group B together with Israel, Netherlands and the host team Poland. Sweden grabbed the opening win on Eurobasket thanks to well played first half of the game. Namely, visitors in this game finished first stanza making advantage of 5 points, 10-15. During the next 10 minutes they intensified defense which resulted with many mistakes but Portuguese players. They had a lot of problems with running the plays which at the end of the game resulted with 17 turnovers. This aggressiveness by Sweden outcame with just 8 points from Portugal in this period. At the same time the hosts didn't succeeded to find a solution how to stop Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88), who dominated at the offensive end. Nothing has changed on the court after the breather. Eldebrink continued in the same rhythm while this time she got a help in offense from Frida Aili (178-G-88, agency: LBM Management). In this period Sweden extended lead even more entering into the last quarter with comfortable advantage of 21 points. It was not a difficult task for them to keep this lead until the very end.

Frida Eldebrink paced the winners draining 25 points and grabbing 8 rebounds for 30 minutes. At the same time she committed 8 turnovers. Frida Aili also shined for Sweden adding 14 points and 3 rebounds. Portugal got the most from Nadia Tavares (176-F-88), who had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) followed her with 14 points. Portugal struggled a lot from behind the arc in this game as they made only 4 of 20 attempts.


Portugal - Sweden 52-70
(10-15,8-19,11-16,23-20)

Portugal: Nadia Tavares 23 (7 rebs, 3 st), Joana Bernardeco 14
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 25 (8 rebs, 7 to), Frida Aili 14 (3 rebs)



Israel - Poland 59-86
In game number two of Preliminary Group B on U20 European Championship division B in Poland the host tam registered first win outsmarting Israel. It is strange that Poland finished the game committing 27 turnovers mached with only 16 by the defeated team. But on the other side the hosts of the European Championship totally outrebouned their rivals. Poland finished the game with unbelievable 53 rebounds, 16 at the offensive end and 37 in defense. Isreal had just 19 rebounds during the entire time. The game started better for Israel, which had 19-18 after first frame. Poland woke up after that and through Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) and Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) took control on its opponent. The hosts ended second quarter 12-25 taking 12 points lead at the half time. The rest of the game also belonged to Poland. At the end of third quarter it already was 46-63 for them. Poland continued at the same rhythm in the lat quarter while Israel wasn't able to decrease it minus. Actually Poland extended its lead even more which resulted with final plus 27.

Aneta Kotnis was unstoppable for Israeli players scoring 17 points and grabbing 8 boards. Agnieszka Skobel also shined adding 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Israel got 20 points and 5 rebounds from Lin Golan (172-G-89). In the next round, which is scheduled for today, Israel will take on Netherlands while Poland will meet Portugal.


Israel - Poland 59-86
(19-18,12-25,15-20,13-23)

Israel: Lin Golan 20 (5 rebs), Adi Rachel Lux (174-G-88) 9, Noa Schor 7
Poland: Aneta Kotnis 17 (8 rebs), Agnieszka Skobel 14 (6 rebs, 5 as, 5 st), Anita Szemraj 11 (6 rebs)



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France U20 recovers from the first loss - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20-France U20 59:84

France U20 is back on track after the loss in the opener beating Germany U20 84:59. The latter lost the second in a row and covers the bottom of Group A of U20 European championship. A 17-0 from the start gave them good confidence later in the game. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) paced all the winners with 15 points. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) ended up with 13, while Marielle Amant (191-C-89) collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Ireti Amojo (174-G/F-90) top-scored in defeat with 15 and Hanna Mugge (170-G-89) chipped in 12 points.
The favorites jumped ahead 16-0 and crashed over Germany in the beginning. The loss from Italy was a good lesson for the French squad, however Germany has other tasks for the championship. The latter scored with 2.58 remaining in the first period as Hanna Mugge made a jump shot. Nicole Dietz's jumper for 25:12 only to see France push the lead up to 23 points on their way to a 42:21 scoreline at the break. Unger opened the second half and then Hanna Mugge again closed the gap. Germany played much better in comparison with the previous quarters and could even win the period 21:17. Kusion made the second free throw for 59:42 advantage. Ireti Amojo reduced to 14 points throughout last quarter, but massive 25:17 quarter brought French squad to 84:59. France is 1-1 now in the group, while Germany is still winless.

Germany U20:Ireti Amojo 15, Hanna Mugge 12
France U20: Sarah Michel 15, Carine Paul 13, Marielle Amant 11+14 rebs


French U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Cata-Chitiga
4 Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
5 Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) of Valenciennes USVO

6 Lucie Bouthors (174-G-88) of Cote d'Opale Basket Calais
7 Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) of USO Mondeville
8 Alexia Kusion (181-F-89) of ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres
9 Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
10 Melanie Arnaud (186-F-88) of ASPTT Arras
11 Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
12 Marielle Amant (191-C-89) of ASPTT Arras
13 Doriane Tahane (191-C-89) of Valenciennes USVO
14 Marylene Guerra (185-F/C-88) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
15 Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) of Bourges II
Head Coach: Abdou N'Diaye
Assistant Coaches: Christophe Allardi , Jerome Fournier


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German U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Tanja Schaffner (162-G-88) of TUS Jena Burgaupark Ladybaskets
5 Hanna Mugge (170-G-89) of High School USA (USA)
6 Ireti Amojo (174-G/F-90) of Berlin Baskets
7 Maria Neufurth (177-F-88) of ASC Theresianum Mainz
8 Mirijam Unger (193-C/F-88) of BC Marburg
9 Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) of TV 1860 Hofheim
10 Nadja Protzig (178-F-89) of SV Halle Lions
11 Nicole Dietz (187-F/C-88) of SV Halle Lions

12 Wiebke Bruns (182-F-90) of evo New Basket Oberhausen
13 Tina Menz (176-G/F-88) of ChemCats Chemnitz
14 Julia Trogele (191-C-89) of The Pennsylvania State University (USA)
15 Jacqueline Fatsawo (180-F/C-88) of TV Langen
Head Coach: Julia Gajewski
Assistant Coach: Torsten Rothamel


France U20 recovers from the first loss - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20-France U20 59:84

France U20 is back on track after the loss in the opener beating Germany U20 84:59. The latter lost the second in a row and covers the bottom of Group A of U20 European championship. A 17-0 from the start gave them good confidence later in the game. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) paced all the winners with 15 points. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) ended up with 13, while Marielle Amant (191-C-89) collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Ireti Amojo (174-G/F-90) top-scored in defeat with 15 and Hanna Mugge (170-G-89) chipped in 12 points.
The favorites jumped ahead 16-0 and crashed over Germany in the beginning. The loss from Italy was a good lesson for the French squad, however Germany has other tasks for the championship. The latter scored with 2.58 remaining in the first period as Hanna Mugge made a jump shot. Nicole Dietz's jumper for 25:12 only to see France push the lead up to 23 points on their way to a 42:21 scoreline at the break. Unger opened the second half and then Hanna Mugge again closed the gap. Germany played much better in comparison with the previous quarters and could even win the period 21:17. Kusion made the second free throw for 59:42 advantage. Ireti Amojo reduced to 14 points throughout last quarter, but massive 25:17 quarter brought French squad to 84:59. France is 1-1 now in the group, while Germany is still winless.

Germany U20:Ireti Amojo 15, Hanna Mugge 12
France U20: Sarah Michel 15, Carine Paul 13, Marielle Amant 11+14 rebs


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  GREECE - Women  


Turkey and Greece opened Day 2 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20- Turkey U20 46:63

Turkey and Greece opened Day 2 in Group B of U20 European Championship Division A. After the losses in the openers both of them desired to reach the first win and Turkey was the one to get it. The latter gained 63:46 victory due to the second half of the game. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) and Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) top-scored with 13 points for the winners. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) supported them with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) chipped in 12 points in defeat, while Antigoni Chairistanidou (185-F-90) added 9.
It was a defensive start from both teams, while Greece scored first 4 points of the game. Turkey remained scoreless in the first 5 minutes, but then Tasbas scored with 4.44 for them. Yasemin Dalgalar was the last to nail in the period for 12:6 advantage. Ioanna Diela scored back-to-back baskets and Vaia Merisioti's three-pointer gave Greece a 15:12 advantage. Greece used 22:18 in the period to stay at 38:40 at the half time. Turkey used a 17-4 surge at the start of the second half to take control of the game at 47:32. The advantage was 51:36 after three periods as Bilge made a jump-shot. Bahar Caglar scored for 20-points deficit and it was the time Turkey could celebrate. In the end of the game Gonen closed the encounter at 63:46 for the Turkish side.

Greece U20: Ioanna Diela 12+5 rebs, Antigoni Chairistanidou 9
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar 13+10 rebs, Gizem Yavuz 13, Yasemin Dalgalar 12+8 rebs


Greek U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Androulaki
4 Dionysia Alexandri (170-G-89) of Ano Liosa
5 Angeliki Nikolopoulou (175-G-91)

6 Ypatia Stefania Limniati (172-G-89)
7 Kalliopi Zakynthinou (178-F-89)
8 Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) of Ano Liosa
9 Niki-Maria Tsakiridou (181-F-90) of Megas Aleksandros
10 Antigoni Chairistanidou (185-F-90)
11 Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) of Aris Thessalonikis
12 Dimitra Tsiaousi (190-C-88) of Megas Aleksandros
13 Vaia Merisioti (177-G/F-89) of AO Apollon Karditsas
14 Emmanouela Androulaki (189-C-89)
15 Christina Tsoukala (188-F/C-91) of Amilla Tripolis
Head Coach: Thanos Softsis
Assistant Coach: Yorgos Velisarakos


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Netherlands outplayes Israel - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Israel 61-47

Netherlands registered win in its first game on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. On the other side it is the second defeat of Israel in Preliminary Group B as the hosts Poland beat them yesterday 59-86. The most powerful weapon of Netherlands in this game were rebounds. They grabbed 9 offensive and magnificent 36 rebounds under their basket. They also had much better percentage from the field. Israel finished the game having only 30% for FG2. Netherlands was the better team from the very beginning. They made advantage of 9 points after first ten minutes but situation on the court changed during the next period. Israel showed some attitude which automatically resulted with 18-12 for them in the second quarter. However it means that Netherlands still kept its lead at the half time, 31-28. Third frame was totally leveled. Both teams showed toughness and willingness to take this one. At the opening minutes of the last stanza Israeli players somehow stopped while Netherlands touched its best moments today. Israel succeeded to score just 5 points in this period matched with 16 by Netherlands. At the end the final score creates a picture that it was an easy win but it wasn't as Israel was very close 30 minutes.

Jantine Kraak (187-F-89) led Netherlands finishing the game with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Myrthe Beld (175-G-89) stopped on 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals while Sharon Beld (180-F-88) made double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds. In the next round Netherlands will play against Portugal while Isreal has a day-off.


Netherlands - Israel 61-47
(19-10,12-18,14-14,16-5)

Netherlands:
Jantine Kraak 12 (4 rebs), Myrthe Beld 11 (4 rebs, 4 st), Sharon Beld 10 (10 rebs)
Israel: Yael Ahronov 10 (3 rebs, 5 st), Nofar Shalom 10, Lin Golan 9 (9 rebs)


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  IRELAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia too strong for Ireland - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Ireland 90-57

Slovakia grabbed the second win in Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. At the same time it is the second defeat for Ireland in this competition. As a reminder Slovakia outplayed Romania 62-43 yesterday while Ireland lost against Hungary 44-80. Slovakia demonstrated its quality from the beginning. It seemed that Ireland was too upset with yesterday's huge defeat that they once again showed poor performance. After first ten minutes Slovakia already made comfortable lead of 24 points, 32-8. Katarina Pindrochova (184-F-88) and Janka Mincikova (169-G-89) were unstoppable for Ireland's defense while on the other side Irish struggled a lot at the offensive end. The score 46-16 at the half time sent clear signal that game is already over. Until the end Ireland showed some of its qualities but for sure it was not enough for nothing else but to 33 points defeat.

Katarina Pindrochova paced the winners delivering 15 points including 4 rebounds. Janka Mincikova also showed nice performance adding 11 points and 4 steals. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88), who was Slovakian best player yesterday, this time stopped on 11 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Shauna O'Connor (183-F-88) netted 12 points for Ireland. Slovakia will take on Hungary tomorrow while Irelands rival will be Great Britain.


Slovak Republic - Ireland 90-57
(32-8, 14-8,27-16,17-25)

Slovak Republic:
Katarina Pindrochova 15 (4 rebs), Janka Mincikova 11 (4 st), Katarina Tetemondova 11 (4 as, 4 st)
Ireland: Shauna O'Connor 12, Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) 10


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Netherlands outplayes Israel - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Israel 61-47

Netherlands registered win in its first game on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. On the other side it is the second defeat of Israel in Preliminary Group B as the hosts Poland beat them yesterday 59-86. The most powerful weapon of Netherlands in this game were rebounds. They grabbed 9 offensive and magnificent 36 rebounds under their basket. They also had much better percentage from the field. Israel finished the game having only 30% for FG2. Netherlands was the better team from the very beginning. They made advantage of 9 points after first ten minutes but situation on the court changed during the next period. Israel showed some attitude which automatically resulted with 18-12 for them in the second quarter. However it means that Netherlands still kept its lead at the half time, 31-28. Third frame was totally leveled. Both teams showed toughness and willingness to take this one. At the opening minutes of the last stanza Israeli players somehow stopped while Netherlands touched its best moments today. Israel succeeded to score just 5 points in this period matched with 16 by Netherlands. At the end the final score creates a picture that it was an easy win but it wasn't as Israel was very close 30 minutes.

Jantine Kraak (187-F-89) led Netherlands finishing the game with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Myrthe Beld (175-G-89) stopped on 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals while Sharon Beld (180-F-88) made double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds. In the next round Netherlands will play against Portugal while Isreal has a day-off.


Netherlands - Israel 61-47
(19-10,12-18,14-14,16-5)

Netherlands:
Jantine Kraak 12 (4 rebs), Myrthe Beld 11 (4 rebs, 4 st), Sharon Beld 10 (10 rebs)
Israel: Yael Ahronov 10 (3 rebs, 5 st), Nofar Shalom 10, Lin Golan 9 (9 rebs)


U20 EC, division B: Poland too strong for Israel - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Poland 59-86

In game number two of Preliminary Group B on U20 European Championship division B in Poland the host tam registered first win outsmarting Israel. It is strange that Poland finished the game committing 27 turnovers mached with only 16 by the defeated team. But on the other side the hosts of the European Championship totally outrebouned their rivals. Poland finished the game with unbelievable 53 rebounds, 16 at the offensive end and 37 in defense. Isreal had just 19 rebounds during the entire time. The game started better for Israel, which had 19-18 after first frame. Poland woke up after that and through Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) and Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) took control on its opponent. The hosts ended second quarter 12-25 taking 12 points lead at the half time. The rest of the game also belonged to Poland. At the end of third quarter it already was 46-63 for them. Poland continued at the same rhythm in the lat quarter while Israel wasn't able to decrease it minus. Actually Poland extended its lead even more which resulted with final plus 27.

Aneta Kotnis was unstoppable for Israeli players scoring 17 points and grabbing 8 boards. Agnieszka Skobel also shined adding 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Israel got 20 points and 5 rebounds from Lin Golan (172-G-89). In the next round, which is scheduled for today, Israel will take on Netherlands while Poland will meet Portugal.


Israel - Poland 59-86
(19-18,12-25,15-20,13-23)

Israel:
Lin Golan 20 (5 rebs), Adi Rachel Lux (174-G-88) 9, Noa Schor 7
Poland: Aneta Kotnis 17 (8 rebs), Agnieszka Skobel 14 (6 rebs, 5 as, 5 st), Anita Szemraj 11 (6 rebs)


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Serbia U20 displays Italy U20 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Serbia U20 53:71

Serbia U20 is on the right way to its previous achievement as the tea overcame Italy U20 71:53 in Day 2. Last year Spain U20 National team became the European champions edging Serbia 75:60 to complete their perfect campaign in Bulgaria. Miljana Musovic's 16 points for Serbia were not enough that night. Tonight Serbian Sonja Petrovic collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) and Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) netted 12 each. Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) scored from the arc in the very beginning to give Serbians the first lead. The latter rushed ahead 13-2 early on and led 21:15 after one period. Italians stayed in the game for two more minutes, but then missed 0-14 run from the winners. Serbians enjoyed 18:11 in the second quarter to finish the half at 39:26.
Another 15:10 in the third quarter was too much for Italy to recover. Although Chiara Rossi (170-G-88) reduce the gap from the arc to 36:54, the last ten minutes were not enough for them. Italy played even however and tied the period at 17:17. Chiara Rossi's three was the last for Italians, while Sonja Petrovic set up the final 71:53 score.

Italy U20:Valeria Battisodo 12, Chiara Rossi 10
Serbia U20: Ana Dabovic 16, Sonja Petrovic 14+10 rebs, Dragana Gobeljic 12, Maja Miljkovic 12


Italian U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) of Famila Wuber Schio
5 Giulia Gatti (172-G-89) of New Wash Montigarda
6 Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) of Fiera di Roma basket Pomezia
7 Elisa Templari (172-G-89) of TermoCarispe La Spezia
8 Chiara Rossi (170-G-88) of New Wash Montigarda
9 Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) of Lavezzini Parma

10 Patrizia De Gianni (190-F-88) of Libertas Sporting Udine
11 Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) of Italia Geas San Giovanni
12 Martina Sandri (186-F/C-88) of Memar Reggio Emilia
13 Clelia Corsi (193-C-89) of Fotoamatore Firenze
14 Emilia Bove (185-C-88) of Kocca Jeans Napoli
15 Arianna Zampieri (181-F-88) of Umana Reyer Venezia
Head Coach: Nino Molino
Assistant Coach: Massimo Riga


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  LATVIA - Women  


Czech Republic U20 beat Latvia U20 for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20- Czech Republic U20 56:65

Czech Republic U20 beat Latvia U20 for the second win in Group B of U20 European Championship for Women. The Czechs used some important runs in the second half for 65:56 victory. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Eva Mrhalkova (175-F/G-88) and Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) followed them with 11 points apiece. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) collected 17 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort. Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) poured in 13, whilst Karline Nimane (189-F-90) scored 8. Czech Republic U20 improved to 2-0, while Latvia U20 suffered the first loss.

Eva Mrhalkova opened the scoring account for the winners as they never looked behind in the opening quarter. Czech Republic U20 won the first period 18:14 and looked forward to conquer the rest of the game. Latvia however came back to the game in the second period and after Sabine Niedola made her second free throw the score was 19:18. Steinberga with a jump shot brought 35:32 for Latvia, but Vachova closed the half at 35:34. Even in the third quarter Latvia remained on top for the majority of time, but Czech Republic woke up later. Ozolina made 47:45, but Czech Republic scored last 7 points of the period.
In the last quarter both teams paid too much attention to defense. As a result it was an advantage for the Czechs. The beat Latvia 13:9 in the final stanza and clinched the second win in the group.

Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 17+14 rebs, Baiba Eglite 13, Karline Nimane 8
Czech Republic U20: Andrea Ovsikova 17, Eva Mrhalkova 11, Aneta Obrusnikova 11


Latvian U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) of TTT Riga
5 Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) of Liepajas metalurgs
6 Diana Ozolina (179-F-89) of TTT/Rapa Riga
7 Anete Klintsone (176-G-90) of BK RTU / Klondaika Riga
8 Signe Langenfelde (179-F-88) of TTT/Rapa Riga
9 Madara Upeniece (182-F-88) of BK RTU / Klondaika Riga
10 Liene A. Neimane (176-G-88) of BK Cesis
11 Kristine Vitola (196-C-91) of SK Riga

12 Karline Nimane (189-F-90) of BK Cesis
13 Anna Gailite (197-C-90) of TTT/Rapa Riga
14 Liene Jekabsone (188-F/C-88) of Florida International University (USA)
15 Anete Steinberga (192-C-90) of TTT Riga
Head Coach: Aivars Vinbergs
Assistant Coach: Nikolajs Romanenko


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) of Lintel 118 Lithuanian Junior Team
5 Radvile Autukaite (175-G-91) of Lintel 118 Lithuanian Junior Team
6 Egidija Busaite (172-G-89)
7 Dovile Miliauskaite (188-F-89) of Towson University (USA)
8 Saule Kontautaite (175-G-89)
9 Agneta Morkunaite (186-G-89) of Lintel 118 Lithuanian Junior Team
10 Egle Sarapaite (172-G-88) of Arvi Marijampole
11 Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) of TEO Vilnius

12 Sarune Povilionyte (183-F-88) of TEO Vilnius
13 Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) of TEO Vilnius
14 Kamile Nacickaite (174-G-89)
15 Ieva Simkute (190-C-89) of TEO Vilnius
Head Coach: Rasa Kreivyte
Assistant Coach: Lina Dambrauskaite


Lithuania U20 still too weak for Division A, Ukraine U20 reaches second win - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20- Lithuania U20 101:50

Ukraine U20 clinched the place in U20 European Championship Division A Qualifying round smashing Lithuania U20 101:50. An explosion of 31:9 in the first quarter made the rest of the game into a walk-through. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 19 points. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) nailed 13, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sarune Povilionyte (183-F-88) was the best in the losing effort providing 10 points.
Ukrainian team scored first 9 points of the game to prove the ambitions in the tournament. Lithuania scored after 2.30 in the game and trailed 31:9 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Taisiia Bovykina pushed Ukraine further in front to open the second quarter. The period however was even for both teams even though Lithuania reduced to 44:24 at the half. They tried gamely after the half, but only got as close in the beginning. The third period was a disaster for Lithuanian that got 32:11 in it. Ukrainian team splashed in the end and had a task to reach three digits. Kovalova opened the last ruin netting 78th point or Ukraine in the beginning of the last period. Ukraine mounted in 9-0 run to go on 87:38. Tereshchenko's points were applaud more than any other as her jump shot brought 101:50 victory for the winners.

Ukraine U20: Taisiia Bovykina 19, Arina Lysyuk 13, Olesya Malashenko 12+10 rebs
Lithuania U20: Sarune Povilionyte 10


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Luxembourg clinches 3rd spot at the European Championship in Division C - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg - Andorra 55:45

Luxembourgish National Team earned the Bronze medals at the home European championship in Division C. Today Luxembourg handled Andorra in the consolation final. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter with neither side jumping to a solid lead. Hetting and Mossong gave a 6-point advantage for Luxembourg late in the first frame but Meira and Mun cut the gap to 2 points at the end of the first quarter. Margue ignited the hosts with two trebles early in the second frame. Stoll and Hetting added pain to Andorra as they spurred Luxembourg to a 32:24 advantage at halftime. Meira and Gomez teamed up for Andorras rally in the third quarter and they narrowed the margin to 2 points. Schreiner opened the final stanza with 5 consecutive points to give some breathing space for Luxembourg. Later Schreiner added 5 more points in a row as Luxembourg grabbed a 52:40 advantage with just over a minute remaining. Vicente and Gomez shaved the difference to 5 points with 50 seconds left to spark some sort of intrigue. However Schreiner and Hetting iced the effort from free throw line and sealed the winning outcome for Luxembourg. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) scored 18 points to pace Luxembourg. Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) knocked down 11 points, while Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) added 10 for the winners. Laura Gomez dropped 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Andorra. Nadia Mun delivered 12 points and 8 caroms in defeat.

Luxembourg: Lynn Schreiner 18, Tessy Hetting 11, Nadia Mossong 10
Andorra: Laura Gomez 15, Nadia Mun 12


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  MALTA - Women  


Malta triumphs in European Championship Division C - by Eurobasket News
Albania- Malta 61:81

Malta triumphed in European Championship Division C as in the Final game the team overcame Albania 81:61. It was the last game of the tournament and brought more interest than any other encounter. Malta started offensively and opened the game with 33:15. Later on the winner controlled the entire court and trustfully honored the first position. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Josephine Grima (190-C-84) followed her with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Ellul netted 13. Enkela Deneko (-76) ended up with 15 points and Ina Permeti (-80) had 14.

Ellul scored three three-pointers in the first quarter as Malta scored almost everything the team shot. It was a great beginning for the winners of European Championship Division C. With 18:13 on the board Malta used a 12-0 run to take massive lead after the first ten minutes of the game. Albania woke up in the second quarter but could hardly reduce the gap. What they could do was 15:11 win in the period. Rebecca Thoresen sent the teams to the lockers for 44:30. Hasanaj's three in the end of the third period also left 14 points deficit for Malta. Albania played well and tied the period at 18:18. That was however all the could do. A 6-0 run in the last stanza gave the game early winner. Rebecca Thoresen remained in the court scoring basket after a basket. Sciberras set up the final 81:61 score as Malta triumphed in European Championship Division C.

Albania:Enkela Deneko 15, Ina Permeti 14
Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 33+14 rebs, Josephine Grima 18+8 rebs, Ellul 13


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Spain U20 reaches Qualifying round defeating Montenegro U20 - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20-Spain U20 61-80

Spain U20 National team being European champions are on the right way to defend their title. Last year they edged Serbia 75:60 to complete their perfect campaign in Bulgaria. It became the first ever title for Spanish team at U20 level. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) produced 13 points and 5 steals in a winning effort that time. Today the Spanish star top-scored with 16 points and 6 rebounds in a 80:61 win over Montenegro. Gabriela Ocete (-88) finished the night with 13 points and Herrera added 11. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) top-scored in defeat with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Montenegrin U20 National team at the same time celebrated their first historic trophy at the European championship in Division B. They edged Lithuanian side 83:64 to claim the first ever title and ensured Division A birth. It was them taking 19:17 lead in the opening tip when Snezana Aleksic nailed a three. The latter closed the first quarter as well for 23:21. Spain could not find the proper game until the end of th half as they had 3-6 points all the time. Again Snezana Aleksic made the score 34:36 as the teams went to the lockers. From that time Montenegro never stayed in front. Spain's intensity on defence caused four turnovers in the first six possessions after the break as Jordi Fernandez's team used a 10-2 run to open a 10-point lead 46:36. Spain scored the final six points of the period to lead 59:44 going into the fourth. In the last period the reigning champions held the score for good and did not allow the opponents to come closer. Spain reached the second win and advanced to the qualifying round in advance.

Montenegro U20:Snezana Aleksic 19+9 rebs, Biljana Turcinovic 13+10 rebs
Spain U20: Anna Carbo 16+6 rebs, Gabriela Ocete 13, Herrera 11


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  MOZAMBIQUE - Women  


Zone Six women clubs championships - by Eurobasket News
Mozambique teams remain on top of Zone Six women clubs championships which is being held in Mozambique. Last night Ferroviario overcame JBC from Zimbabwe 105:41. JBC, who lost their opening two matches against Angola's Agosto de Primeiro and Desportivo of Mozambique, needed to win yesterday's match to remain in contention for one of the two slots reserved for the group at the finals in Nigeria in October. The hosts easily started with 31:14 and never looked behind. They increased to 60:20 at the half after 29:6 in the second period. Another 25:17 in the third quarter was too much for the guests in the game. Ferroviario finished the game with defensive 20:4 and reached three digits number on the board. Machanguane Clarisse led the game with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Brown Alenra and Chongo Sheila chipped in 18 points each. Mrandla Sibongile recorded 10 points and 4 rebounds while Charity Chigumba (-86) poured 9 points for JBC.
Another team from Mozambique Desportivo edged Masculusso from Angola 72:47, It was the third win in a row for the hosts of the tournament. Ferroviario is placed first with 7 points followed by Desportivo with 6 points. Primeiro de Agosto is third with 5 points, JBC fourth with 3 points while Masculusso is place fifth 3 points. The last day will see Maculusso face JBC and Desportivo will meet Maculusso later in the day.


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  POLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Poland too strong for Israel - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Poland 59-86

In game number two of Preliminary Group B on U20 European Championship division B in Poland the host tam registered first win outsmarting Israel. It is strange that Poland finished the game committing 27 turnovers mached with only 16 by the defeated team. But on the other side the hosts of the European Championship totally outrebouned their rivals. Poland finished the game with unbelievable 53 rebounds, 16 at the offensive end and 37 in defense. Isreal had just 19 rebounds during the entire time. The game started better for Israel, which had 19-18 after first frame. Poland woke up after that and through Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) and Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) took control on its opponent. The hosts ended second quarter 12-25 taking 12 points lead at the half time. The rest of the game also belonged to Poland. At the end of third quarter it already was 46-63 for them. Poland continued at the same rhythm in the lat quarter while Israel wasn't able to decrease it minus. Actually Poland extended its lead even more which resulted with final plus 27.

Aneta Kotnis was unstoppable for Israeli players scoring 17 points and grabbing 8 boards. Agnieszka Skobel also shined adding 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Israel got 20 points and 5 rebounds from Lin Golan (172-G-89). In the next round, which is scheduled for today, Israel will take on Netherlands while Poland will meet Portugal.


Israel - Poland 59-86
(19-18,12-25,15-20,13-23)

Israel:
Lin Golan 20 (5 rebs), Adi Rachel Lux (174-G-88) 9, Noa Schor 7
Poland: Aneta Kotnis 17 (8 rebs), Agnieszka Skobel 14 (6 rebs, 5 as, 5 st), Anita Szemraj 11 (6 rebs)


U20 EC, division B: Poland devastates Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Portugal 89-38

The hosts of U20 European Championship division B made extremely easy win against Portugal. Thus after yesterday's victory over Isreal, Poland is currently the only team with two wins in Preliminary Group B. At the same time it is the second lost for Portugal. Sweden was better than Portugal yesterday 70-52. The difference between today's rivals was seen already in the first frame. Poland opened the game strongly taking 9 points lead after 10 minutes. During the next quarter Portugal was not so bad at the offensive end as they succeeded to score 19 points. But their defense was so week which resulted with 31 points by Poland. The worst scenario for Portuguese was seen in the following 20 minutes. They suffered a real fiasco scoring only 8 points for two quarters. Poland didn't stop until the end finishing the game with plus 51. The hosts were better than Portugal in all basketball elements today.

Marta Jujka (191-C-88) shined for the winners registering double-double. She finished the game scoring 12 points and grabbing the same number of boards. Mirela Pultorak (188-F-88) was the best scorer for Poland with 14 points. Katarzyna Bednarczyk (184-F-89) also was good posting 12 points. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) and Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) scored 8 points each for Portugal. Poland will play its next game on Monday while Portugal will take on Netherlands tomorrow.


Poland - Portugal 89-38
(20-11,31-19,19-5,19-3)

Poland:
Mirela Pultorak 14, Marta Jujka 12 (12 rebs), Katarzyna Bednarczyk 12
Portugal: Larisse Lima 8 (3 rebs), Joana Bernardeco 8


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Poland devastates Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Portugal 89-38

The hosts of U20 European Championship division B made extremely easy win against Portugal. Thus after yesterday's victory over Isreal, Poland is currently the only team with two wins in Preliminary Group B. At the same time it is the second lost for Portugal. Sweden was better than Portugal yesterday 70-52. The difference between today's rivals was seen already in the first frame. Poland opened the game strongly taking 9 points lead after 10 minutes. During the next quarter Portugal was not so bad at the offensive end as they succeeded to score 19 points. But their defense was so week which resulted with 31 points by Poland. The worst scenario for Portuguese was seen in the following 20 minutes. They suffered a real fiasco scoring only 8 points for two quarters. Poland didn't stop until the end finishing the game with plus 51. The hosts were better than Portugal in all basketball elements today.

Marta Jujka (191-C-88) shined for the winners registering double-double. She finished the game scoring 12 points and grabbing the same number of boards. Mirela Pultorak (188-F-88) was the best scorer for Poland with 14 points. Katarzyna Bednarczyk (184-F-89) also was good posting 12 points. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) and Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) scored 8 points each for Portugal. Poland will play its next game on Monday while Portugal will take on Netherlands tomorrow.


Poland - Portugal 89-38
(20-11,31-19,19-5,19-3)

Poland:
Mirela Pultorak 14, Marta Jujka 12 (12 rebs), Katarzyna Bednarczyk 12
Portugal: Larisse Lima 8 (3 rebs), Joana Bernardeco 8


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Romania succeeds to beat Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Romania 61-69

Romania succeeded to register first win on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Romanians were better than Great Britain 69-61 thanks to nice performance by Claudia Pop (185-F-89, agency: LBM Management) and Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89). On the other side Harriett Yea (180-G-89) shined for Great Britain but it was not enough for the win. At the first day of the competition Romania suffered defeat against Slovakia. On the other side it was the first game of Great Britain in Poland. Everything started good for Britain as they had 18-12 at the end of the first frame. It was a kind of signal for Romanians to start playing. They done it and during the next ten minutes they let Great Britain to score just 10 points. It resulted with plus 5 for Romanians at the half time. Third quarter brought even bigger lead for Romanians while the last one was just the formality. Actually Great Britain threatened but they weren't able to make a turn. Interesting is that teams finished the game grabbing 37 rebounds each and almost the same number of assists and steals.

As it was mentioned above, Claudia Pop led the winners with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist. Alexandra Uiuiu followed her collecting 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Harriett Yea was the best in Great Britain adding 22 points and 4 rebounds. Tomorrow Great Britain will meet still winless Ireland while Romania will have day-off.


Great Britain - Romania 61-69
(18-12,10-21,13-19,20-17)

Great Britain:
Harriett Yea 22 (4 rebs), Rose Anderson 12 (8 rebs, 5 as, 4 st), Cristal Turner 12 (4 rebs)
Romania: Claudia Pop 19 (7 rebs, 4 as), Alexandra Uiuiu 18 (5 rebs, 4 st)


U20 EC, division B: Slovak Republic grabs win against Romania - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Slovak Republic 43-62

In the second game of Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B Romania suffered defeat against Slovak Republic. It was a game with not so many points as both teams struggled with their shots almost the entire time. Romania finished the game with 14.3% from behind arc and 25.9% for FG2. On the other side Slovakia was just a little bit better having 18.8% for 3-pts and 38% for FG2. Teams finished first quarter almost equalized, actually Slovakia had 1 points lead at that time. Slovakians showed better performance in the second one mostly owing to Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88), who had 7 offensive rebound in this game. Thanks to her and Katarina Slimakova (180-G-89), Slovakia had advantage of 6 points on the half time. After the breather once again it was seen totally equal battle as teams finished third stanza 15-15. The last 10 minutes actually were the crucial ones. Slovakia intensified defense while Romania continued with missing the important shots. With just 6 scored points in this period Romania couldn't count on turn for sure. On the other hand Katarina Slimakova and Katarina Tetemondova took care about the points for their team which resulted with 6-19 in the last frame.

Katarina Slimakova shined for the winners adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Katarina Tetemondova also had very god day registering double-double. She had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals. Claudia Pop (185-F-89, agency: LBM Management) collected 11 points and 4 rebounds for Romania. Anita Meszaros (189-C-88) needed one more point for double-double as she stopped on 9 points and 11 rebounds. Slovak Republic will meet Ireland today while Romania waits Great Britain.


Romania - Slovak Republic 43-62
(10-11,12-17,15-15,6-19)

Romania:
Claudia Pop 11 (4 rebs), Anita Meszaros 9 (11 rebs), Andra Ionescu 6 (4 rebs)
Slovak Republic: Katarina Slimakova 14 (7 rebs), Katarina Tetemondova 11 (16 rebs, 4 st), Janka Mincikova 11


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U20 edges Bulgaria U20 83:50 - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 -Bulgaria U20 83:50

Russia U20 booked their second straight victory at the U20 European Championship beating Bulgaria U20 in Day 2. The winner trailed 15:16 after the opening quarter, but then was too good for the opponent to seal 83:50 win. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) led the winners with 13 points. Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88), Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) and Lukina all scored 10 in a win. Dimana Georgieva (189-C-88) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, while Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) and Miteva both posted 8. Russia improbed to 2-0 record and Bulgaria fell at 0-2.
The game was tight until Tzankova knocked down a three-pointer followed by a three-point play by Dimana Georgieva for a 14:10 Bulgaria lead. Tzankova still kept her team in front after the first quarter, 16:15. Nothing serious happened to Bulgaria in the second period as they remained tough in the court. Russia could only grab the lead and by the end of the half had 36:32. Later on the winner started to ruin Bulgarian defense. Lukina made it 62:45 in the end of the third period with a jump shot. The last quarter saw Russian squad mostly in defense, as Bulgaria could score only 5 points. Sizyakova closed the game for the winners at 83:50 as Russia celebrated the second win.

Russia U20: Olga Zhuzhgova 13, Natalia Zhedik 10, Irina Romanova 10, Lukina 10
Bulgaria U20:Dimana Georgieva 11, Veselka Todorova 8, Miteva 8


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4 Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) of Dynamo Moscow
5 Daria Ezhova (175-G-89) of Chevakata-SDYUSHOR Vologda
6 Tatiana Yuzhakova (184-G-88) of Nadezhda Orenburg
7 Tatiana Abrikosova (179-G-89) of BC Moscow-2
8 Olga Petrova (184-G-88) of BC Moscow
9 Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88) of Spartak St.Petersburg
10 Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) of Slavyanka Cheliabinsk
11 Yulia Lukina (185-F-88)
12 Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) of VBM SGAU Samara
13 Elena Pavlova (184-G/F-89) of Spartak-2 Vidnoe
14 Olga Sizyakova (186-F-88)
15 Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) of Spartak Moscow Region
Head Coach: Alexander Kovalev
Assistant Coach: Dmitry Donskov


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Scotland finishes 5th in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Scotland - Wales 64:51

Scottish National Team completed their European championship campaign in style holding off Wales in the game for the 5th spot. Welsh team actually repeated their 2006 result when they ended at the 6th overall spot. Scotland could not boast of consistency. They clinched the Silver medals in their last campaign but could not reach the pedestal this time.
Stupart ignited Scottish team as she nailed 4 points to open the encounter. However back-to-back trebles from Trott and Murphy allowed Wales to grab an 8:4 lead. Wagstaff soon nailed 7 straight points and Wales enjoyed a 16:7 advantage. Cumming and Findlay fired from downtown, while Chaloner converted a layup to carry Scotland up 17:16. Murphy nailed a free throw and finalized the first period with a 17:17 tie. Chaloner put Scotland ahead early in the second frame but Jennings stole the lead back to Welsh team late in the quarter. Stupart crowned the first half with freebies and the teams were all square at 25 at halftime. The lead changed hands for 4 times before Chaloner, Bell and Cumming gave Scottish team a 7-point cushion late in the frame. Schweikert nailed two free throws at the end of the stanza and Scotland entered the final period ahead by 10 points. Wagstaff tried to ignite some kind of intrigue in the final quarter but Scotland stood firm and secured the winning outcome at the end. Rowan Bell produced 13 points and 6 boards for Scotland. Leanne Stupart and Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Sarah Wagstaff answered with game-high 19 points. Ruth Murphy (178-C) delivered 10 points in defeat.

Scotland: Rowan Bell 13, Leanne Stupart 12, Natalie Chaloner 12
Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 19, Ruth Murphy 10


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia U20 displays Italy U20 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Serbia U20 53:71

Serbia U20 is on the right way to its previous achievement as the tea overcame Italy U20 71:53 in Day 2. Last year Spain U20 National team became the European champions edging Serbia 75:60 to complete their perfect campaign in Bulgaria. Miljana Musovic's 16 points for Serbia were not enough that night. Tonight Serbian Sonja Petrovic collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) and Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) netted 12 each. Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) scored from the arc in the very beginning to give Serbians the first lead. The latter rushed ahead 13-2 early on and led 21:15 after one period. Italians stayed in the game for two more minutes, but then missed 0-14 run from the winners. Serbians enjoyed 18:11 in the second quarter to finish the half at 39:26.
Another 15:10 in the third quarter was too much for Italy to recover. Although Chiara Rossi (170-G-88) reduce the gap from the arc to 36:54, the last ten minutes were not enough for them. Italy played even however and tied the period at 17:17. Chiara Rossi's three was the last for Italians, while Sonja Petrovic set up the final 71:53 score.

Italy U20:Valeria Battisodo 12, Chiara Rossi 10
Serbia U20: Ana Dabovic 16, Sonja Petrovic 14+10 rebs, Dragana Gobeljic 12, Maja Miljkovic 12


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia too strong for Ireland - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Ireland 90-57

Slovakia grabbed the second win in Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. At the same time it is the second defeat for Ireland in this competition. As a reminder Slovakia outplayed Romania 62-43 yesterday while Ireland lost against Hungary 44-80. Slovakia demonstrated its quality from the beginning. It seemed that Ireland was too upset with yesterday's huge defeat that they once again showed poor performance. After first ten minutes Slovakia already made comfortable lead of 24 points, 32-8. Katarina Pindrochova (184-F-88) and Janka Mincikova (169-G-89) were unstoppable for Ireland's defense while on the other side Irish struggled a lot at the offensive end. The score 46-16 at the half time sent clear signal that game is already over. Until the end Ireland showed some of its qualities but for sure it was not enough for nothing else but to 33 points defeat.

Katarina Pindrochova paced the winners delivering 15 points including 4 rebounds. Janka Mincikova also showed nice performance adding 11 points and 4 steals. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88), who was Slovakian best player yesterday, this time stopped on 11 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Shauna O'Connor (183-F-88) netted 12 points for Ireland. Slovakia will take on Hungary tomorrow while Irelands rival will be Great Britain.


Slovak Republic - Ireland 90-57
(32-8, 14-8,27-16,17-25)

Slovak Republic:
Katarina Pindrochova 15 (4 rebs), Janka Mincikova 11 (4 st), Katarina Tetemondova 11 (4 as, 4 st)
Ireland: Shauna O'Connor 12, Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) 10


U20 EC, division B: Slovak Republic grabs win against Romania - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Slovak Republic 43-62

In the second game of Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B Romania suffered defeat against Slovak Republic. It was a game with not so many points as both teams struggled with their shots almost the entire time. Romania finished the game with 14.3% from behind arc and 25.9% for FG2. On the other side Slovakia was just a little bit better having 18.8% for 3-pts and 38% for FG2. Teams finished first quarter almost equalized, actually Slovakia had 1 points lead at that time. Slovakians showed better performance in the second one mostly owing to Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88), who had 7 offensive rebound in this game. Thanks to her and Katarina Slimakova (180-G-89), Slovakia had advantage of 6 points on the half time. After the breather once again it was seen totally equal battle as teams finished third stanza 15-15. The last 10 minutes actually were the crucial ones. Slovakia intensified defense while Romania continued with missing the important shots. With just 6 scored points in this period Romania couldn't count on turn for sure. On the other hand Katarina Slimakova and Katarina Tetemondova took care about the points for their team which resulted with 6-19 in the last frame.

Katarina Slimakova shined for the winners adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Katarina Tetemondova also had very god day registering double-double. She had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals. Claudia Pop (185-F-89, agency: LBM Management) collected 11 points and 4 rebounds for Romania. Anita Meszaros (189-C-88) needed one more point for double-double as she stopped on 9 points and 11 rebounds. Slovak Republic will meet Ireland today while Romania waits Great Britain.


Romania - Slovak Republic 43-62
(10-11,12-17,15-15,6-19)

Romania:
Claudia Pop 11 (4 rebs), Anita Meszaros 9 (11 rebs), Andra Ionescu 6 (4 rebs)
Slovak Republic: Katarina Slimakova 14 (7 rebs), Katarina Tetemondova 11 (16 rebs, 4 st), Janka Mincikova 11


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U20 reaches Qualifying round defeating Montenegro U20 - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20-Spain U20 61-80

Spain U20 National team being European champions are on the right way to defend their title. Last year they edged Serbia 75:60 to complete their perfect campaign in Bulgaria. It became the first ever title for Spanish team at U20 level. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) produced 13 points and 5 steals in a winning effort that time. Today the Spanish star top-scored with 16 points and 6 rebounds in a 80:61 win over Montenegro. Gabriela Ocete (-88) finished the night with 13 points and Herrera added 11. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) top-scored in defeat with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Montenegrin U20 National team at the same time celebrated their first historic trophy at the European championship in Division B. They edged Lithuanian side 83:64 to claim the first ever title and ensured Division A birth. It was them taking 19:17 lead in the opening tip when Snezana Aleksic nailed a three. The latter closed the first quarter as well for 23:21. Spain could not find the proper game until the end of th half as they had 3-6 points all the time. Again Snezana Aleksic made the score 34:36 as the teams went to the lockers. From that time Montenegro never stayed in front. Spain's intensity on defence caused four turnovers in the first six possessions after the break as Jordi Fernandez's team used a 10-2 run to open a 10-point lead 46:36. Spain scored the final six points of the period to lead 59:44 going into the fourth. In the last period the reigning champions held the score for good and did not allow the opponents to come closer. Spain reached the second win and advanced to the qualifying round in advance.

Montenegro U20:Snezana Aleksic 19+9 rebs, Biljana Turcinovic 13+10 rebs
Spain U20: Anna Carbo 16+6 rebs, Gabriela Ocete 13, Herrera 11


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  TPBL - Women  


womens / mens pro / am basketball tournament - HOSTED BY TPBL - by Chris Cardenas

SAN ANGELO, TX - will be the site for the 2009 TEXAS OPEN MENS AND WOMENS PRO/AM BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. A cash prize of $2000 will be given to 1st place in both divisions as well as 1st-3rd place team and individual awards. TPBL league owner chris cardenas, who will hosting the event, will have TASO certified officials calling games to ensure games are played and officiated to the highest level possible.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION:

WHAT: TEXAS OPEN MENS & WOMENS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

WHEN: AUGUST 16-17

WHERE: SAN ANGELO, TX

ENTRY FEE: $350 PER TEAM ($100 NON-REF DEP DUE BY DEADLINE)

DEADLINE TO ENTER : AUGUST 10

TO ENTER CALL CHRIS : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey and Greece opened Day 2 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20- Turkey U20 46:63

Turkey and Greece opened Day 2 in Group B of U20 European Championship Division A. After the losses in the openers both of them desired to reach the first win and Turkey was the one to get it. The latter gained 63:46 victory due to the second half of the game. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) and Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) top-scored with 13 points for the winners. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) supported them with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) chipped in 12 points in defeat, while Antigoni Chairistanidou (185-F-90) added 9.
It was a defensive start from both teams, while Greece scored first 4 points of the game. Turkey remained scoreless in the first 5 minutes, but then Tasbas scored with 4.44 for them. Yasemin Dalgalar was the last to nail in the period for 12:6 advantage. Ioanna Diela scored back-to-back baskets and Vaia Merisioti's three-pointer gave Greece a 15:12 advantage. Greece used 22:18 in the period to stay at 38:40 at the half time. Turkey used a 17-4 surge at the start of the second half to take control of the game at 47:32. The advantage was 51:36 after three periods as Bilge made a jump-shot. Bahar Caglar scored for 20-points deficit and it was the time Turkey could celebrate. In the end of the game Gonen closed the encounter at 63:46 for the Turkish side.

Greece U20: Ioanna Diela 12+5 rebs, Antigoni Chairistanidou 9
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar 13+10 rebs, Gizem Yavuz 13, Yasemin Dalgalar 12+8 rebs


Turkish U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Dumlu


Dalgalar


Caglar


Yavuz


Gezer
4 Ilknur Dumlu (176-G-89) of Istanbul Universitesi SK
5 Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) of Istanbul Universitesi SK
6 Tugba Gonen (170-G-90) of Besiktas Istanbul
7 Burcu Erbas (173-G-88) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
8 Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
9 Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) of Ceyhan Belediyespor
10 Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) of Istanbul Universitesi SK

11 Burcu Tasbas (178-F-89) of Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor
12 Melek Bilge (193-C-89) of Migrosspor
13 Mehtap Gezer (192-F-88) of Istanbul Universitesi SK
14 Candide Ozturk (188-C-89) of Cankaya Universitesi
15 Gamze Karatas (196-C-89) of Besiktas Istanbul
Head Coach: Aziz Akkaya
Assistant Coaches: Erkan Metin , Ersan Asuman


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Ukrainian U20 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Samburska


Malashenko


Lysyuk


Kisilova


Prystupa
4 Olena Samburska (172-G-89) of Olimp-NAEK Yuzhnoukrainsk
5 Kateryna Tereshchenko (174-G-89)
6 Alisa Ievtushenko (191-C-89) of Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye
7 Alina Iordan (192-C-88) of KNEU Kyiv
8 Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) of Dexia Namur (BEL)
9 Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) of Dynamo-2 Moscow (RUS)
10 Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) of Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk

11 Yevgeniya Sharovka (170-G-88) of Tim-Scuf Kyiv
12 Kateryna Kovalova (183-F-89)
13 Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89) of Universite (SUI)
14 Viktoriya Suzyk (182-F-88)
15 Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89) of Dynamo Kursk (RUS)
Head Coach: Iryna Nagorna
Assistant Coach: Larysa Yeshchenko


Lithuania U20 still too weak for Division A, Ukraine U20 reaches second win - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20- Lithuania U20 101:50

Ukraine U20 clinched the place in U20 European Championship Division A Qualifying round smashing Lithuania U20 101:50. An explosion of 31:9 in the first quarter made the rest of the game into a walk-through. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 19 points. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) nailed 13, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sarune Povilionyte (183-F-88) was the best in the losing effort providing 10 points.
Ukrainian team scored first 9 points of the game to prove the ambitions in the tournament. Lithuania scored after 2.30 in the game and trailed 31:9 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Taisiia Bovykina pushed Ukraine further in front to open the second quarter. The period however was even for both teams even though Lithuania reduced to 44:24 at the half. They tried gamely after the half, but only got as close in the beginning. The third period was a disaster for Lithuanian that got 32:11 in it. Ukrainian team splashed in the end and had a task to reach three digits. Kovalova opened the last ruin netting 78th point or Ukraine in the beginning of the last period. Ukraine mounted in 9-0 run to go on 87:38. Tereshchenko's points were applaud more than any other as her jump shot brought 101:50 victory for the winners.

Ukraine U20: Taisiia Bovykina 19, Arina Lysyuk 13, Olesya Malashenko 12+10 rebs
Lithuania U20: Sarune Povilionyte 10


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Romania succeeds to beat Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Romania 61-69

Romania succeeded to register first win on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Romanians were better than Great Britain 69-61 thanks to nice performance by Claudia Pop (185-F-89, agency: LBM Management) and Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89). On the other side Harriett Yea (180-G-89) shined for Great Britain but it was not enough for the win. At the first day of the competition Romania suffered defeat against Slovakia. On the other side it was the first game of Great Britain in Poland. Everything started good for Britain as they had 18-12 at the end of the first frame. It was a kind of signal for Romanians to start playing. They done it and during the next ten minutes they let Great Britain to score just 10 points. It resulted with plus 5 for Romanians at the half time. Third quarter brought even bigger lead for Romanians while the last one was just the formality. Actually Great Britain threatened but they weren't able to make a turn. Interesting is that teams finished the game grabbing 37 rebounds each and almost the same number of assists and steals.

As it was mentioned above, Claudia Pop led the winners with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist. Alexandra Uiuiu followed her collecting 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Harriett Yea was the best in Great Britain adding 22 points and 4 rebounds. Tomorrow Great Britain will meet still winless Ireland while Romania will have day-off.


Great Britain - Romania 61-69
(18-12,10-21,13-19,20-17)

Great Britain:
Harriett Yea 22 (4 rebs), Rose Anderson 12 (8 rebs, 5 as, 4 st), Cristal Turner 12 (4 rebs)
Romania: Claudia Pop 19 (7 rebs, 4 as), Alexandra Uiuiu 18 (5 rebs, 4 st)


Scotland finishes 5th in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Scotland - Wales 64:51

Scottish National Team completed their European championship campaign in style holding off Wales in the game for the 5th spot. Welsh team actually repeated their 2006 result when they ended at the 6th overall spot. Scotland could not boast of consistency. They clinched the Silver medals in their last campaign but could not reach the pedestal this time.
Stupart ignited Scottish team as she nailed 4 points to open the encounter. However back-to-back trebles from Trott and Murphy allowed Wales to grab an 8:4 lead. Wagstaff soon nailed 7 straight points and Wales enjoyed a 16:7 advantage. Cumming and Findlay fired from downtown, while Chaloner converted a layup to carry Scotland up 17:16. Murphy nailed a free throw and finalized the first period with a 17:17 tie. Chaloner put Scotland ahead early in the second frame but Jennings stole the lead back to Welsh team late in the quarter. Stupart crowned the first half with freebies and the teams were all square at 25 at halftime. The lead changed hands for 4 times before Chaloner, Bell and Cumming gave Scottish team a 7-point cushion late in the frame. Schweikert nailed two free throws at the end of the stanza and Scotland entered the final period ahead by 10 points. Wagstaff tried to ignite some kind of intrigue in the final quarter but Scotland stood firm and secured the winning outcome at the end. Rowan Bell produced 13 points and 6 boards for Scotland. Leanne Stupart and Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Sarah Wagstaff answered with game-high 19 points. Ruth Murphy (178-C) delivered 10 points in defeat.

Scotland: Rowan Bell 13, Leanne Stupart 12, Natalie Chaloner 12
Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 19, Ruth Murphy 10


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  WNBA - Women  


The Silver Stars win the eighth straight - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio celebrated their 7th win in a row as they overcame the Atlanta Dream 82:74 at home. The Silver Stars closed on the franchise record of 8 consecutive victories. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) nailed 26 points for the hosts. Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) added 25 points and 11 boards, while Vickie Johnson delivered 10 points and 8 boards for the winners. The Dream entered the game with two straight wins and looked ahead to the third one. They grabbed a 16-point advantage at the interval. But the home team opened the second half on a 17:1 rally to square things up. The Dream however remained ahead after three quarters of action 59:55. But Becky Hammon scored some crucial baskets down the stretch and the Silver Stars celebrated a tough victory at the end. San Antonio leads the Western Conference with a 15-6 record. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) secured 22 points for the Dream. Ivory Latta had 14 points in defeat.
Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) propelled the Detroit Shock past the Washington Mystics 79:66 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. She knocked down 23 points and Cheryl Ford (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) delivered 14 points as the Shock posted their 14th win in the season. This victory allowed Detroit to clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Tasha Humphrey contributed 12 points, while Plenette Pierson chipped in 10 for the winners. Coco Miller (5'9''-G-78, college: Georgia) answered with 15 points for the Mystics. Monique Currie dropped 13 points as Washington fell to 7-12 record.


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  ZIMBABWE - Women  


JBC could not qualify to Africa Basketball Club championships - by Eurobasket News
JBC from Zimbabwe could not qualify to Africa Basketball Club championships. Last night Ferroviario overcame JBC 105:41 in Zone Six women clubs championships. JBC, who lost their opening two matches against Angola's Agosto de Primeiro and Desportivo of Mozambique, needed to win yesterday's match to remain in contention for one of the two slots reserved for the group at the finals in Nigeria in October. The hosts easily started with 31:14 and never looked behind. They increased to 60:20 at the half after 29:6 in the second period. Another 25:17 in the third quarter was too much for the guests in the game. Ferroviario finished the game with defensive 20:4 and reached three digits number on the board. Machanguane Clarisse led the game with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Brown Alenra and Chongo Sheila chipped in 18 points each. Sibongile Mkandla (181-C-86) recorded 10 points and 4 rebounds while Chigumba Charity poured 9 points for JBC.
Ferroviario is placed first with 7 points followed by Desportivo with 6 points. Primeiro de Agosto is third with 5 points, JBC fourth with 3 points while Masculusso is place fifth 3 points. The last day will see Maculusso face JBC and Desportivo will meet Maculusso later in the day. JBC will complete their campaign with a tie against fellow strugglers in a battle for the wooden spoon.