EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/14/2008

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  AUSTRALIA   


Australian U19 Team loses to Kazakhstan at William Jones Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Kazakhstan 71:74

Australia U19 got to a losing start of their William Jones Cup campaign. They were narrowly beaten by Kazakhstan National team in the tournaments opener. Aussies struggled to maintain the physically stronger Kazakh team but tried to stay within reach in the opening stanza. The Emus trailed by just a single point at the first intermission 16:17. Kazakhstan stepped on the gas in the second frame and using their dominance inside the paint outgunned the young Aussies 20:13 to earn an 8-point advantage at halftime. The things changed little after the long break. Kazakhstan tried to keep the Emus at bay and did it pretty successfully. Australian side managed to stay within a striking distance in the final period but some misses from charity stripe doomed them in the dying moments. Kazakhstan celebrated the initial win at the tournament. Mitchell Young (205-F-90) scored 11 points to pace the Emus. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) had 10 points, while Brock Motum (205-F-90) secured 8 in defeat. The Emus will next take on hosting Taiwan. There are eight teams participating in the Cup. Four best squads will qualify to the playoffs. Jordan defend their title, while Egypt, Kazakhstan, Korea, AIA (the US based team), Qatar and Taiwan try to achieve the pedestal.


Dragons inks Jason Smith - by Eurobasket News
South Dragons announced signing of Jason Smith (194-G-74) on a three year contract (two plus an option). Smith spent last three years in Sydney Kings. For 30 games in NBL last season he averaged 13.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1 spg. He got the award All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention by Australiabasket.com. Smith also has some experience from Europe as he played for Croatian team Cibona Zagreb in 2005. On season 2002/03 he was a member of Italian Lega due team Scafati after what he moved to Scavolini Pesaro. With the Kings he grabbed the title in NBL on season 04/05. Smith was a member of Australian National Team on Olympic games in Sydney and Athens as well as on the World Championship in Japan.

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  BOSNIA   


Latest news - by Nedzad Kladusak
One week before the start of BIH NT preparations some of the players are free agents and are looking for new offers.
So far following players have changed their teams:

Transfers

Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80) has different offers. from greek,turkish, czech and french teams.There are some reports that ASVEL so far has got the the best chances to sign the center of the BIH NT.
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) is currently one of the most interesting bosnian player. Red Star Belgrade, Partizan, KK Bosna but also top teams from Croatia and Slovenia are chasing the highly praised young SF.
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) signed with BC Kiev. He became the best paid bosnian player signing a 2year-contract that guarantees him approximately one million dollar per year.
Miodrag Tanasilovic (197-G-84) expressed his wish to leave Sloboda Dita. According to croatian sources he has been offered a croatian team but he has been rejected.
Former NT players Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana) and Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) signed for cypriotic AEL. They will face former KK Bosna Aleksandar Damjanovic who returns after a short period with Slavija to Keravnos.
Aldin Kadic extended with Alpos Kemoplast.
Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) is free agent and there have been some rumours that Alba Berlin wants to ink him.He is currently playing the Las Vegas Summerleague where he played 11 and 6 minutes per game scoring 2 respectively 0 points. It is not ruled out that he extends with KK Bosna in case of unfavourable offers.

Other important transfers

Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul), the MVP of the domestic championship signed with Banvitspor in Turkey. Financial details have not been revealed.
Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74) signed a few days after the end of the season with KK Zagreb despite having expressed his wish to extend with KK Bosna.
Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83), the best PF in the domestic championship extended his contract for two more years.
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) one of the best PG in the 2007/2008 series signed with KK Sloboda Dita that added also Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) who will replace Dimitrije Matic (204-F/C-78) who signed after two excellent seasons in Bosnia-Hercegovina for Atlas Stal in Poland.
Robert Rothbart (216-C-86) (Boris Kajmakovic) is free agent and left Borac. He is currently in Israel while Borac expressed its wish to sign him despite heavy financial problems.


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  BURKINA FASO   


The Bulls in semifinal - by Michel Pacere
July 03, 2008
The lasts matches of the second tour are decisive for the teams of Ouagadougou. We need 2 teams for the semi finals; so these matches will determinate which teams will be qualified for the finals.

- Kadiogo Bulls # AS-Sonabel
During the first tour, the electricians win against the bulls by 39-24. The bulls lead the competition and they have to win if they want to stay leader. The electricians want to play a semi final. The bulls lead the match from the beginning to the end. The play was hard. Ibrahim OUEDRAOGO of the electrician is the man to stop. He was everywhere and he hurt himself. He came back in the third quarter. Cedric CONOMBO the best shooter of the Bulls score one shoot after another. At the end of the third quarter the score was 42-32 for the bulls. Mamadou SAWADOGO of the bulls was fouled out after two technical fouls. It was the chance of the electricians. They lost it!during the last seconds, Regis ZOUNGRANA and the center BAYALA tried to send their team at the overtime; they scored their shoots at three points. It was late!
Score: 50-47 for the Bulls
Best scorer: Cdric CONOMBO (Kadiogo Bulls), Pel KONE (Kadiogo Bulls), Ibrahim OUEDRAOGO (AS-Sonabel) with 11 points everyone


- AS-Sonabhy # RCK
Kader TAPSOBA of the falcons was the man of the match. This young player of the team score 17 points and give a lesson to the centers of the petroliers. He can shoot at three points and played rebound very well this day. This center did the show time to the public and dunked three time in the face of the petroliers. It was his day. Aboubacar SARA tried to reduce the score but he was alone.
Score: 38-53 for the RCK
Best scorer: Kader TAPSOBA with 17 points


July 05, 2008
- EFO # ASTY
Score: 65-43 for EFO
Best scorer: Leopold BADO (EFO) with 16 points


- RCK # Kadiogo Bulls
For the second time, the bulls won against the Falcons this season. The last season champion have many difficulties to this season. Ben Sada DABIRE and his team mates, this season couldnt find the way to play a collective play. Paton Ismael KONE, Telesphore SOME, Losseni DRABO and the others forgot that the one man show cant win a championship two times consecutively. Its hard to win by three points shoots. Coach Roger COULIBALY doesnt know that he won last year because he had the best players and that the other teams didnt work during the preseason. Today, its not the same thing. Many teams worked hard to rise up their level. Kadiogo Bulls is one of these teams. This team is here today to win the competition and as we saw it this year, the Bulls can do it.
For this match, Mamadou SAWADOGO didnt play. He took two Technical fouls the last match and was suspended for one match. Everyone thought that the Falcons will win easily. During the first and the second quarter, coach DABIRE tried his system at all the position (from the point guard to the center). The score was tied at the halftime.
In the third quarter, the falcons took advance of 4 points. During the fourth quarter, the bulls saw that they can win this match. They defended hard. Pele KONE was at the beginning of the system; when the falcons played a one man show, the bulls played collectively; the falcons lost many balls... and the match.
the Kadiogo Bulls is the first team of Ouagadougou which is qualified for the semifinals
Score: 41-44 for the Bulls
Best scorer: Ismal Paton KONE (RCK) with 15 points


July 06, 2008
- AS-Sonabel # AS-Sonabhy
This time again, the electricians were not able to win against the petroliers; they lead the match and at the halftime the score was 23-35.
In the third quarter, Ibrahim OUEDRAOGO, BAYALA and the point guard Norbert PARKOUDA were too tired! Coach COULDIATY didnt want to take substitutions. The petroliers speeded up the game; at the end of the quarter the electricians leaded with 4 points.
In the last quarter, Emmanuel PODA, Wilfried ZERBO and Aboubacar SARA by fast breaks and free throws gave victory to the petroliers.
Score: 53-59 for AS-Sonabhy
Best scorer: Aboubacar SARA (AS-Sonabhy) with 21 points


July 09, 2008
- EFO # Warriors
Score: 47-68 for EFO
Best scorer: Lopold BADO (EFO) with 15 points


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  CAPE VERDE   


Backstage interview with Rodrigo MASCARENHAS & Mario CORREIA [video] - by Pedro Gomes
Check out FIBA's interview of Rodrigo and Marito in Athens, before their first game.

ATHENS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament for men) - Backstage interview with Rodrigo Mascarenhas (197-F-80) & Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant)
from Cape Verde before the preliminary round of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament for men in Athens. More videos on
www.fiba.com & www.youtube.com/fibaworld

http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/26564/arti.html


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  CROATIA   


Josip Vrankovic returns to Siroki, Split inks Shannon - by Eurobasket News
After one season Josip Vrankovic will return to Bosnian team SIroki Prima pivo. During the last couple of weeks he was mentioned as one of the main candidates for head coach position but according to the rumors his first condition was participation in Adriatic league. Unfortunately to Siroki they didn't get a wild card but anyway Vrankovic decided to return to his ex team. As a reminder Siroki waived previous coach during the play-off semifinal series against Igokea Partizan. Vrankovic's first season as a head coach was very successful. Siroki won the title in Bosnian championship beating Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo. He started last season in Cibona Zagreb but their cooperation ended in December. Vrankovic still didn't sign contract with his new-old team but it is expected to happen very soon.

In the meantime after arriving of Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) to Split, the team announced signing of first import for the next season. It is American point guard, Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida), who spent last season in French Pro A team Strasbourg. For 30 appearances in Pro A he averaged 13 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.6 apg and 1 spg. His team finished the competition on 13th place with score 12-18. Shannon also played 10 games for Strasbourg in ULEB Cup having 11.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.6 apg. He arrived to France from Latvian team Ventspils, which two years ago was a regular season champion in domestic league. Shannon had a very good performance for Latvians in ULEB Cup as he finished it as a top assistant averaging 5 apg. Before Venstpils, he played two seasons for Snaidero Udine while in the past he also was a member of Ural Great Perm and Plannia Basket.


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  CYPRUS   


Cypriot Players on Strike! - by Nasios Orinos
In an effort to exert pressure on their teams to compromise with less Bosman players, the Cypriots are ready to go on strike.
Last Friday (11th of July), the Cypriot basketball players have decided that they can only accept 2 and 4 (2 American and 4 Bosman) players in the Cyprus league. Anything different will give them no other option but to go on strike. As they say, this has been agreed two years ago and it seems that their teams are now reconsidering, with a few teams even asking for an unlimited number of Bosman players. It is obvious that this cannot be accepted as it will indefinitely affect the future of most players.
Last day for the teams to decide is the 24th of July and in case of an unfavorable decision the strike will consequently affect the national team.


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  D-LEAGUE   


D-Fenders head coach Dan Panaggio to coach Lakers in NBA Summer League - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Dan Panaggio will lead the Lakers entry in this year's NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports. It features 53 games over eleven days at the COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Panaggio led Los Angeles to a 32-18 record, good for second best in the NBA Development League during the 2007-08 season, and their first postseason appearance in franchise history. Panaggio will be joined in Vegas by D-Fenders assistant coaches Chucky Brown and Rasheed Hazzard.

Several former D-Fenders players are participating in the various summer leagues, looking to earn an invitation to an NBA training camp. Notable D-Fenders in summer league action are the franchise's first NBA Gatorade Call-ups Jelani McCoy, with the Denver Nuggets in Las Vegas, and Stephane Lasme, with the Miami Heat in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Coby Karl, who was assigned to the D-Fenders during the 2007-08 season, will play under coach Panaggio for the Lakers.
Courtesy of oursportscentral.com


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Dimitar Mirakovski leaves Fersped Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News

Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) won't wear jersey of Ferpsed Rabotnicki any more. He was one of the top players in Macedonian league last season. In 28 games Mirakovski averaged 19.1 ppg, 3 rpg and 6 apg. He was named to be domestic player of the year as well as guard of the year in FYROM. Most probably Mirakovski will continue career in one of Greek, Bulgarian or Romanian teams. He already has experience from Bulgaria as he spent one season in CSKA Sophia. In the past he also used to play for Nemetali Ograzden, Kumanovo, Vardar and Peje. If he leaves the club it will be another problem for Rabtotnicki as Goran Veselinovski already announced his retirement.

Swisslions Pelister is looking for the new players from abroad. At this moment the team has just one non Macadonian player for the next season and it is Milan Miljkovic (186-G-86). They are looking for two more players on position power forward / center as well as one forward. Pelister will announce its targets after July 20th when management of the club will have important meeting with their Serbian partner.

In the meantime FYROM U20 National Team won't play against Greeks on tournament in Bulgaria as their south neighbors canceled participation just 7 days before it. The new team which will take their place is announced very soon and it was a big surprise. Except of Bulgaria U20 and Romania, Macedonians will have to take on Bulgarian senior National Team which is led by Pini Gershon. First game is scheduled for July 16th when FYROM will meet Romania.



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  GHANA   


Alhaji Mohammed continues in France - by Eurobasket News
Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) agreed terms with French Pro B team CSP Limoges. Mohammed started last season in Germany as a member of Paderborn Basket 91. For 9 games he averaged 7.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg. In December he returned to his ex team Matrixx Magix from Holland where he once again was the top scorer of the league. His average stats was 19.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2 spg in 21 games. It was his third season in Holland Eredivisie. He arrived to Matrixx Magix from CBA team Idaho Stampede in 2005. Mohammed was named to be the guard of the year in Holland in 2007.

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  GREECE   


Greek National Team: Olympic Qualifying Tournament Press Conference - by Kostas Papadopoulos

The press conference for the Olympic Qualifying Basketball Tournament that will be held from the 14th until the 20th of July in the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, took place on Friday. In this tournament Hellas will be fighting for one of the three last tickets that lead to the Olympic Games in Beijing. The federal head coach, Panagiotis Giannakis and the international players Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) spoke about their expectations; they invited the Hellenic supporters to stand by their side.
The players of the Greek National Team and Mr. Panagiotis Giannakis were asked questions. Vasilis Spanoulis, when asked if the National team has adjusted to the new game philosophy, stressed: This has been put to effectiveness up to some point. Some guys left, others came along. In this national team this is the direction we will all stir towards. But the team itself is something that will always exist. At this very moment in time our game is pleasing. But from Monday on, just this might not be enough. The important thing is prevailing. I personally prefer winning regardless of the means that have led me to this result over losing after instrument miraculous basketball. If it is feasible to indulge in the coincidence of both, the only certainty is that we will be more than content!


Seal it with a no-miss
Nikos Zisis when asked initially about the Greek National Teams 5 out of 5 winning streak in all friendly matches given stated: This years preparation was briefer. Not intensiveness wise but in duration terms. We started friendly games sooner than usual and in spite of basic members absences, we left good impressions. Victories build both team and player confidence. Of course experience has instructed as in the pass, that prevailing in the friendly games doesnt mean anything. It might be psychology boosting for me as a player to hear Mr.Miaoulis saying: Qualification is a sure thing, but we cant allow ourselves to adopt such a state of mind, thinking that we have a done deal job. It is my personal wish that we are all in good health and that we catch our goals which is what we are all here for. About the difficulties that might present themselves in the opening of the tournament, something that the team experienced in 2006 against Qatar in the World Championship, Nikos Zisis added: The coaching team and all of us the players have confidence in our dynamic. We have an obligation to be strong, to pass across the reason of our being here; we must allow no margin of error for our rivals to take advantage of thus sealing the victory package with a no-miss in any cases of rendezvous with its features.

Obliged to qualify
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos referred to the National Teams first presentation in official games, after its recent successes, on Hellenic ground: Certainly to play in the presence of your loved ones is a unique thing. I have been hearing gossip about us not being able to perform under pressure that might come up in light of this situation. Thankfully all of us are use to this kind of weight over our shoulders and we are confident that we will be able to function perfectly. Just as the Hellenic Basketball Federation did its duty in bringing the Tournament to Athens, so must we keep our end of the deal and qualify onto the Olympic Games. When he was asked the ifs of the 2007 Eurobasket, with the absences then of Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-C-85), Panagiotis Vasilopoulos stressed: I do not dwell upon such thoughts. Presume what could have happened if Antonis and Sofoklis were in the team? Fingers crossed we are now all here, preparing for our first match. There is no time to guess what could have been. We are too busy dealing with the present!

Our fans by our side
The federal head coach, Panagiotis Giannakis stated: Basketball has become a very important sport all over the world. There are many players, who play in many different teams all over the planet but do not present according effectiveness. What is needed is patience and compassion from the crowd even in the boys eras because only by doing this are the fans able to help their ability to become effective. The team is aiming to improve velocity in both offence and defense but overall is in a good state. Admittedly we did commit a few hasty mistakes which led to nervousness. I think that when the time comes the boys have both the quality and the character to be effective. I believe that each team has its merits and its shortcomings. What we want is to be able to hide the latter and flaunt our talents. In life it is not a good technique to try to go straight to the finishing line. We must look out for what is exactly ahead of us. Our efforts focus on how we will play against Lebanon. In 2006 it is a known fact that we had a hard time and we have stated in the past that every one is extra-motivated when up against our national team. It is a good chance for families to come to the arena, especially now that the national team is competing. We want to be as best prepared as possible, have the boys in best possible shape. We are moving on with all 14 guys up to the end having the final 12 members being announced primarily to the team and then to the rest involved. We would like to invite everyone to come to the games, to show their love for the game. And we want everyone to understand that although everyone loves winning, only few work towards succeeding it. ...



Papaloukas: The national team is on track - by Kostas Papadopoulos
In his first 20 only days as a captain of the Greek National Team, he already is with two trophies in his arms (the first one came a few days ago in the international German Supercup Tournament). Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances), tallied up in favor of the Hellenic Basketball Federations site, the summarized outcome from the Acropolis Eurobank tournament , which was -traditionally- owned by the undefeated Hellas team.
Q: In this tournament our National team came up against Brazil, its great rival from the first round of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. What do you make of their dynamic and their competitiveness from that match?
T. P. : The important thing for us, is how we play not the manor in which our rivals choose to compete. We presented an overall pleasing character, we showed punctuality, but these are preparation games. What is crucial is our acts in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Q: Is there something that has to be remedied in Hellas teams game, so that it can be 100% ready to participate in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament?
T. P. : Stability could be brought on with a bit more conviction. We experienced some blank periods, whilst committing a few mistakes. Mistakes, of course, are a normal thing to have, but limiting their number is something we must succeed in doing if we want to reach the goals we have set.
Q: The absences of Kakiouzis, Dikoudis, Papadopoulos and Chatzivrettas have affected you, the guys from the previous national team?
T. P. : When the teams roster changes it somewhat strange and peculiar, but life goes on for all of us. At some point we to will leave and others will come to fill our spots, just as we succeeded our predecessors. Its a natural evolving phenomenon. The important thing in the national team is that it is built in such a way that the way the new comers are added, the possibility from them to learn from its older members exists thus gaining smother adaptation and a healthy flow.
Q: Was the teams chemistry, something that was broadly discussed after all the new additions, fluctuated at all?
T. P. : We had good chemistry in all the teams before, we have good chemistry now. We tried to follow our coachs instructions down to his very last word and we all try our best. We dont have much time ahead for preparation, but, we have bonded quite well and apparently we are improving game by game. The same thing goes for the teams atmosphere. It was and it remains in an upbeat tempo. I believe that our national team is on track.
Q: In the Acropolis-Eurobank tournament you got a good whiff of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, competing in front off a Hellenic crowd being another reason on top
T. P. : The people that came were a great help, but, all that is of importance begin now. That is why we need them next to us, to support us and make the official matches sold out, feeling the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens arena. Though what we have overtaken is not an easy aspiration, our fans can make it seem so...


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  HAITI   


Voila Nationa Standings
Division 1 Standings
1. Exposant 3-0
2. ASBA 2-0
3. Giants 2-1
4. Ninja 1-1
5. Topaz 1-2
6. Bazooka 1-2
7. Bota's House 1-2
8. Dynamic 0-3


Giants overpower Topaz in one of the greatest Haitian basket rivalries - by Stardeak Durand

In one of the greatest Haitian basket-ball rivalries, the two-time LSB champions Giants got the best of Topaz 69-53. It was an other slow start for the Giants who scored their first point from the free-throw line with 5:15 to go in the first quarter when Pascal Jeune hit one of his two free-throws after he has gotten fouled by Guerino Joseph. As usual Topaz started well scoring the first three basket of the game. Samuel Danache showed the way with a sweet jump-shot when the clock showed 8:23, followed by two bullets from Alexis Brunel. Giants took control of the game in the last second of the second period ( 29-28 ). Topaz was leading the game at the end of the third quarter ( 45-42 ), but couldn't handle the Giants led by their point guard Kendy Jean-Francois.

But, Topaz had several chances to steal the game in the fourth period, but could find any solution to a problem named Kendy Jean-Francois who was shooting well, dishing great assits and having an open eye on Michael Tilus the Topaz play maker. And Brunel Alexis couldn't really find his way to the basket like he is used to.

Kendy Jean-Francois had a game high 19 points, lifting the Giants to a logical victory over Topaz, 69-53. Pascal Jeune added 17 points, shooting 6-on-14 from the field including a pitiful 0/7 from beyond the arc, and 4 steals, and Brisly Paul had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Giants. Brunel Alexis lead the losers with 16 points hitting 8 of his 19 field goals attempted but struggled from the 3-point line ( 0/6 ), and Jimmy Marcelin helped with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Topaz outrebounded Giants 32 to 22 but hit only 1-on-17 3-point field-goals and made 29 turnovers. The next game will be tough for Topaz because they will host one of the best team of the country, ASBA. And Giants will travel to Cap-Haitien where The Bota's House will be waiting for them.



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  HUNGARY   


Transfer news from Kormend - by Tamas Deri
The managament of POLAROID-KORMEND published yesterday, that hungarian NT-guard Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) decided to stay in his hometown. He got several offers in our country, but will not leave Krmend for any other hungarian club the next season. Fodor would like to play abroad, and got one option to leave Hungary for a better offer until the end of August.
Tamas Kocsis (189-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) was getting offers from more 2nd division teams, but the 24 years old, 193cm tall guard wants to improve the coaching staff and get more minutes on the court. He signed also a one-year contract with the club.
Rafael Keresztes (211-C/F-79) will be the new backup big man of the team. The 212 cm tall, 28 years old big man came in 1998 to Kormend, where he spent 6 seasons and played his first professional game. After 6 years the management of Kormend decided not to keep him, than he changed to the big rival ZTE KK, where he spent other 5 seasons. This summer, the same decision felt in Zalaegerszeg, so the management of Kormend contacted him and he is really happy about his come-back.
Tamas Hencsey will be the assistant coach of the 1st team and of course the head coach of the U20 team.

This weekend the coaching staff is testing 4 players: Gergely Hegedus (198-F-83) spent the last season with Veszprem in the 2nd division and averaged 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game. American power forward Latece Williams (203-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) played the last season in Holland for Weert, where he had 9.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per gamen. Also two players from Ex-Yugoslavia try to get a job in Kormend: Luka Zitko (201-F-81) played the last year in Grude, Bosnia and Nikola Vidovic.


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi adds Rodney White - by Yehonatan Eliahu
The press came up with tens of candidates, but Maccabi Tel Aviv made everyone surprised, by announcing today the signing of Forward Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) (206-F-80, college: Charlotte). The former ninth pick in 2001 NBA Draft has just signed two years deal with Euroleague's runner-up and will take Terence Morris' (206-F-79, college: Maryland) spot as a Power Forward. White has started his career playing for prestigious North Carolina college where he was named as the best Freshman in the NCAA. After being picked ninth overall by the Detroit Pistons he started his career in the NBA playing for Detroit, Denver and Golden State but didn't met the expectations and moved overseas. His first European experience as a player of Spanish Ricoh Manresa ended up by averaging 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. He started the next season with Iurbentia Bilbao Basket and after being released quickly he moved to Italy and helped Scavolini-Gruppo Spar Pesaro winning the Legadue title. White extended his wanderings over the world all the way to China, where he spent the past season playing for Guansha Lions. He also played most recently for Puerto-Rican Arecibo where he avraged 21 points per game.

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  ITALY   


Last Serie A transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna (last season sponsirized by Upim) announced the signing of import Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC). Pallacanestro Tisettanta Cantu' announced the one-year agreement with Tony Giovacchini (188-G-79, college: Stanford). Pepsi Juvecaserta inked Italian NT member Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) with a two year contract

Lega 2 last market news - by Gianni Pascucci
Vanoli Soresina announced the agreement with Francesco Basei (207-C-83). Legea Scafati inked veteran Leonardo Busca (180-G-72) and USA-ENG Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford). Aget Andrea Costa Imola inked high scoring forward Joe Bunn (198-F-75, college: Phillips (OK)). Edimes Pavia agreed to terms with Marco Ammannato (203-F/C-88) and Federico Zambrini (193-G-85). Prima Basket Veroli signed Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket)

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  JAMAICA   


8th Annual NIKE Star Search Camp to be Bigger and Better - by Leonard Whyte
St. Cathrine, Jamaica - July 13, 2008 -- The 8th annual NIKE Star Search Basketball & Life Skills Development Camp started today with the registration of over 130 student/athletes. This number is expected to swell to at least 180, with the expected late registration tomorrow. The camp runs through July 18th at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sports in St. Catherine. Since its inception, over 80 male and female student/athletes have secured full basketball scholarships to U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities. The 2008 camp promises to be bigger and better, with the participation of a record number of representatives from education institutions all over the United States.

The Jamaica Basketball Development (JBD) Inc, Jamaica Amateur Basketball Association (JABA), NIKE, and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) are again the official sponsors of the camp, while G.C. Foster College will once again provide accommodations for the student/athletes. 'We are excited to be able to host this camp for another year and to provide a positive influence on all camp participants,' declared Gary Henry, President of JBD, Inc. 'Young adults, now more than ever, need positive support and mentorship to guide character development and to help them work towards their future aspirations,' Henry said.


JBD, Inc, JABA to Visit Marlie Mount and Old Harbour Bay Primary Schools - by Leonard Whyte
St. Catherine, Jamaica - July 13, 2008 - Representatives from the Jamaica Basketball Development (JBD) Inc., and the Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) will pay a courtesy visit to Marlie Mount and Old Harbour Bay Primary schools in St. Catherine on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, as part of their Kids First Program; an extension of the annual Star Search Basketball & Life Skill Development Camp. Officials from both organizations, as well as some overseas-based student/athletes, will read with the students and stress the importance of academics in todays society. Books and school supplies will also be presented to both schools. Last year the officials visited St. Anns Bay and St. Ann Primary schools.

JBD, Inc. Establishes Academic Scholarship Foundation - by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL - July 13, 2008 - Jamaica Basketball Development (JBD), Inc. is pleased to announce the establishment of the 'Kids First Foundation,' a scholarship fund that will provide future scholarships to local student/athletes for academic achievement. 'At JBD, Inc., we recognize that not every student/athlete has the opportunity to receive an athletic scholarship. As a result, we have established this fund to account for those students with great academic results so they too can get an opportunity to further their educational aspirations,' explained Gary Henry, President of JBD, Inc. The fund is being managed by the Greater Kansas City Foundation, who currently manages foundations for fortune 500 companies such as Hallmark Cards.

Are the Bulls for real? - by Leonard Whyte
KINGSTON, Jamaica - July 13, 2008 - Port Royal Bulls, with some of their detractors looking on from the stands, took a big step to legitimizing their claim that they belong in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) National Basketball League (NBL), when they came from behind to defeat St. George's Slayers 71-61 at the National Stadium court this evening. Damion Young with 22 points and 15 rebounds led the way for the unbeaten bulls, who extended their unbeaten streak to 8-0, while the former champions fell to 4-4 on the season. Many have questioned the Bulls auspicious start in the league and this win could go a long way in silencing their critics.

After trailing 18-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Bulls scored 21 second-quarter points and held Slayers to only nine to take a 31-27 halftime lead. Slayers came out smoking in the third period as resident marksman Michael Jackson found his range. The Bulls behind Young, and Paul Oliphant kept pace, however, and found themselves down by only one (51-50) going into the fourth quarter. A tenacious assault on both the offensive and defensive boards by the Bulls proved to be too much for Slayers to overcome and they gave up their lead and eventually the game. Oliphant chipped in with 16 points for the winners while Dwayne Goldbourne with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jackson with 17 points led Slayers. The Bulls and defending champions Urban Knights are the only two unbeaten teams in the league and their uncoming encounter shout be a treat. Bulls fans began chanting 'we want Knights' midway through the fourth quarter, with some of the Knight sitting just a few feet away.


Standings
NBL Standings
 1. Port Royal 8-0 
 2. Urban K. 7-0 
 3. Slayers 4-4 
 4. Tivoli Wizards 1-0 
 5. Runnin' R. 1-0 
 6. Majestic G. 1-0 
 7. W.Cumberland 1-1 
 8. Arnett GR 1-1 
 9. Blazing P. 1-2 
 10. Catherine AS. 0-2 
 11. JDF 0-2 
 12. Linkup All-S. 0-2 


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Munakata to lead Alvark ship - by John Scribe
The Toyota Alvark of the JBL announced that Koju Munakata, a long time member of the JBL powerhouse will be the Head Coach for the 2008-2009 season.

Munakata was a long time player and captain for Toyota and served as an assistant coach last season. He will replace Torsten Loibl, who left the team to return to his native Germany.
Munkata will be leading a cast of talented players in Takuma Watanabe, Michael Takahashi, and veteran big man Satoru Furuta. Munakata will be leading a deep team that will again be expected to compete for the JBL title.


BJ League Complete Import Tryouts - by John Scribe
The BJ League just completed it's first-ever Las Vegas tryouts for imports and it was reported that nearly 200 players participated to vie for a spot on a BJ League team roster next season.

The tryout, held at the Tarkanian Center, played host to more than 150 international players and young developmental players from the league. The emphasis was for team executives to discover talent for its team next season and test the imports to see if they can play with Japanese players. Additionally, the Japanese players gained the opportunity to compete against American talent and hone their games.

There should be more transaction news coming as each team narrows down their choice and complete negotiations for the imports that they want next season.


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30th WJ Day 4: Jordan shares the 1st place with other 2 teams - by Mohammed Malas
Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) continued his successful performance in the 1st ever tournament with Jordan NT after scoring 18 points against the William Jones Cup host Taiwan who lost 87-73.

Taiwan who made good 1st half scored only 3 points (All free throws) in the 3rd quarter which was under control by Jordanians thanks to Abu-Shamala, Wesam Sous (181-G-83) '13 pts' and Islam Abbas (201-C-80) '12 pts & 10 reb'.

After Day 4, Jordan shares the 1st place with Qatar & the american team Athletes in Action (AIA), The upcoming games will show the whole shape of the competition between teams who really deserve to be the champions of the 30th edition of the tournament.

# Day 4 games results:
AIA 103 - South Korea 65
Qatar 78 - Kazakhstan 69
Jordan 87 - Taiwan 73
Australia U-19 NT 75 - Egypt 68

# Standings:
1. Athletes in Action 3-1
1. Jordan NT 3-1
1. Qatar NT 3-1
4. Kazakhstan NT 2-2
4. Egypt NT 2-2
4. Australia U-19 2-2
7. Taiwan NT 1-3
8. South Korea Univ. Selects 0-4

# Day 5 games schedule (Jordan time +3 GMT):
- July 14
0800 AIA - KAZ
1000 JOR - AUS
1200 QAT - KOR
1400 TWN - EGY


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Kazakhstan is 2-2 so far in William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan is 2-2 so far in William Jones Cup that is held in Taipei. The team even started with two consecutive wins but then lost two in a row. In the opener Kazakhstan beat Australia U-19 74:71. Vsevolod Fadeykin led all scorers with 18 points while Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88) finished with 11 for Kazakhstan. Australia U-19 NT was led by Mitchell Youngs 11 points, while Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points.
In the second game Kazakhstan overcame Korea 87:71. Kazakhstan handed Korea its second straight defeat by controlling the boards (41-19) and making open shots. Vsevolod Fadeykin led again all the winners with 27 points and Anton Ponomarev collected 14 points and 9 rebounds. Park Rae-hun topscored with 18 points in the losing effort.
Jordan National Team topped Kazakhstan by 22 points 61:39 in the 3rd day of 30th William Jones Cup. Kazakhstan was out of action especially in the last quarter except Vsevolod Fadeykin' s 10 points who tried their best to prevent the huge loss.
Today Qatar edged Kazakhstan for the third win at the Cup. Qatar managed to overcome a 9-point first period deficit to deliver an impressive win at the end. Saad Abdulrahman Ali delivered 16 points for the winners. Daoud Musa was helpful with 15 points, 9 assists and 6 boards for Qatar. Rustam Yargaliyev fired game-high 26 points for Kazakh team.


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The final formation to Olympic preliminaries supplementary - by Hassan Thini
The squad consisted of 12 players as below:

Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency) ; Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83) ; Hussein Tawbe (198-F-82) ; Bassem Balaa (198-F/C-81).

Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) ; Brian Beshara (204-F-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: LSU) ; Jean Abdel-Nour (198-G/F-83) ; Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) ;Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) ; Sabah Khoury (196-G-82).

Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) ; Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83)

Fouad Abou Chakra said that the Lebanese team looks forward to preparing for the Asian Nations Championship qualifiers 2009 and the World Championship finals in 2010.
Lebanon will play in the first group that includes host Greece and Brazil.
Lebanon will mett Greece Monday July 14 at 10:00 pm.and Brazil tuesday July 15 at 10:00 pm. (Beirut Time) which means 8:00 pm (GMT)

In other side , the match against african stars in frensh league which was scheduled yesterday was cancelled.


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Lithuanian U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Orelikas


Kadzevicius
Gilvydas Biruta (200-F-91)
Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Donatas Motiejunas (214-C-90) of Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas
Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) of Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys
Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) of Akademija-MRU Vilnius
Augustas Peciukevicius (190-G-91) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-F-90) of Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas
Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) of Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas
Donatas Gudeliauskas (179-G-90) of Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas
Kristijonas Gaska (184-G-90) of Akademija-MRU Vilnius
Mindaugas Markevicius (187-G-90)
Rokas Jukonis (193-G-90) of Akademija-MRU Vilnius
Gediminas Bertasius (196-F-90) of Akademija-MRU Vilnius
Evaldas Kairys (205-C/F-90) of KM-SSK-Perlas Vilnius
Marius Meilunas (196-F-90)
Tomas Milinskas (200-F-90) of KKM-Aisciai Kauno
Martynas Bareika (191-G-90) of Nevezis Kedainiai
Vainius Kaleda (190-G-90)
Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-C-90) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Head coach: Vitoldas Masalskis
Coach Assistant: Gintaras Razutis


Lithuanian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Jasikevicius


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Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE)
Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82) of Azovmash Mariupol (UKR)
Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena (ITA)
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)
Linas Kleiza (203-F-85) of Denver Nuggets (USA)
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78) of Washington Wizards (USA)
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena (ITA)
Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Head Coach: Ramunas Butautas


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Adidas Nations Africa U18 Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Dibo


Kaba


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Koita


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Remi Dibo (201-F-91) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (FRA)
Bandja Sy (-F)
Harouna Abdoulaye (-G)
Amadou Kaba (191-F/G-90) of AS Real (MLI)
Thierno Ibrahima (-G)
Amath M'Baye (203-F-89) of STB Le Havre (FRA)
Eric Katenda (-F)
Mohamed Koita (188-G-90) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (FRA)
Youssoupha Mbao (216-C-90) of CB Dunas Hotels Gran Canaria Las Palmas (ESP)
Abdou Amar Niang (206-F)
Aristide Kabasu (-F)
Mamadou Samb (207-C-89) of WTC Cornella (ESP)
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (FRA)
Head Coach: Lionel Hollins
Coach Assistants: Babacar Sy


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Dorados win Liga del Sureste - by Gianni Pascucci
Leopardos de Merida-Yucatan started well the decisive Game 6 of the Liga del Sureste Finals, ending the first quarter 26-24, but it wasn' t enough. Home team Dorados de Playa del Carmen surpassed them during the following quarter and never looked back, ending the game ahead, 114-68, for the definitive 4-2 in the aggregate result, becoming the 2008 Champions of Liga de Baloncesto del Sureste. Local player Edwin Sanchez (170-G-73), nicknamed Pajarito, was the leader of the Dorados, ending the game at 18 points, while Nick Jones (190-G-81, college: UCSB) was the game top scorer at 20 pts in Leopardos. This last team, however, had to say farewell to both Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77, college: Weber St.) and Reggie Jordan (193-G-68, college: N.Mexico St.) some days before the last game of the playofffs, and this seriously limited the Leopardos performing.

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NBA Summer League results - by Eurobasket News
Yesterday there was a bunch of games played at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Sacramento Kings tipped off the action with a 93:86 win over the Toronto Raptors. Trailing by 2 points at halftime the Kings struck back after the long break to grab a narrow win. Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) came up with 23 points and 9 boards for the Kings. Quincy Douby (6'3''-G-84, college: Rutgers) delivered 20 points, while Shelden Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: Duke) contributed 16 points and 10 boards for the winners. Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) paced the Raptors with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Carroll had 14 points in defeat.
Alabama graduate Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) scored 15 points and the Charlotte Bobcats mastered the LA Clippers 81:66 in their first game in the league. The Bobcats led right from the start and entered the final stanza with an 8-point cushion. The Clippers failed to recover and suffered their initial loss at the camp. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87) secured 14 points, while Diaz had 9 for the winners. Al Thornton answered with 22 points and 7 boards for the Clippers. Eric Gordon canned 15 points in defeat.
Denver sent the 76ers to the second straight loss beating them 99:85 yesterday. Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) fired 21 points to pace the Nuggets. Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Ark.-Ft.Smith JC) registered 17 points, while Langford delivered 14 for the winners. Young led the 76ers with 22 points. Jason Smith had 15 points in a losing effort.
Finally the Memphis Grizzlies and O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) held off Milwaukee 88:79. The Southern California talent tallied 26 points and 5 rebounds to ice the Bucks effort. Tucker and Alan Anderson had 11 points apiece for the winning side. Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) answered with 12 points and 9 assists for the Bucks in defeat.


New signings - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs announced signing of free agent Roger Mason (6'5''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Virginia) on a two-year contract. According to Associated Press Mason will earn 'just a little less' than 8 million dollars during this period. Mason's ex club was Washington Wizards where he averaged 9.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.7 apg for 80 games in NBA regular season. He also had 6 appearances in play-off registering 8 ppg. It was his second year with the Wizards where he arrived in 2006 from Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Mason had a very good season with Hapoel reaching semifinals of ULEB Cup and play-off final in Israeli Permier league. He was named to be in All-ULEB Cup 2d team. Before Hapoel, he played for Greek Olympiakos, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls.

First round draft pick Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88) put signature on two year contract worth 5.4 million dollars with Timberwolves. It is also announced the Minnesota has an option to keep him for another two years. After just one year at UCLA, Love will try himself in NBA. In his freshman season in UCLA he had 17.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.4 bpg.

New Jersey Nets landed two free agent forwards Jarvis Hayes (6'7''-G/F-81, college: Georgia) and Eduardo Najera (6'8''-F-76, college: Oklahoma). Hayes had 82 appearances for the Pistons last season averaging 6.7 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Before Pistons he spent four years with the Wizards, which grabbed him as 10th pick of the first round on NBA draft 2003. Najera played last season for Denver having 5.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.2 apg in 78 games. Before three and a half seasons with the Nuggets, Najera was member of Golden State and Dallas.


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Jennings jumps to Europe....is it the right move? - by Kevin Cochran
Point guard Brandon Jennings, Arizona's top recruit for the 2008-09 season, will not be joining the Wildcats, and instead will pursue a pro career in Europe. Jennings plans to play one year in Italy, Spain, or Israel, then declare for the 2009 NBA Draft.

As usbasket.com reported in June, Jennings was asked by the NCAA to retake the SAT after a large jump in his score. His test results have yet to be released, but he has still decided to turn pro.
His lawyer, Jeff Valle, says a number of European teams have already expressed interest in the 6'1 standout who was rated as the #1 recruit in the nation by many services. In addition to Valle, former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro will be advising Jennings. Both say they expect Jennings to play on a top level club team.

'Brandon will have a European agent, who only deals with European contracts, and he will pick a marketing firm that is not connected to the agent who is American based,' said Vaccaro. He also claims the shoe industry is trying to sign Jennings to a lucrative sneaker deal.

Jennings becomes the first high school player to head directly to Europe to avoid the NBA's minimum age rule. It says a player must be 19, and one year removed from high school in order to play in the league. 10 first round choices in the recent draft played the minimum one year in college before moving on.

Valle says Jennings will consider a multi-year deal, even though he wants to play the 2009-10 season in the NBA. Vaccaro adds that a long-term contract with a buyout is possible as it would give Jennings some security and would give his team some leverage with the NBA team that drafts him.

This saga has soured Arizona coach Lute Olsen on elite high school players. He says 'It's a situation now that if someone's a 'one-and-done,' we're not going to pursue them anymore, no way,'

Give Jennings credit for being a brave soul, but this is a boneheaded move on his part that appears to be a money grab. Even if his test score was too low, Jennings could still play one year of junior college basketball, put up monster numbers, then go to the NBA. He could also play in a number of domestic leagues, the best being the NBA Developmental League (NBDL). That league has a team in Jennings' hometown of Los Angeles, the D-Fenders, who are owned by the NBA's Lakers. There is a team that will give him a six figure deal, perhaps Armani Jeans Milano, which is losing Danilo Gallinari to the NBA, or Virtus Bologna, where Melvin Booker is rumored to be considering retirement, but is it worth it?

The answer is no. Going to Europe is going to test this young man in ways he never dreamed. Jennings says he wants to be with a team that needs a point guard, has a coach who will work with him, an American to 'show him the ropes' and playng time to show off his game. Here's a news flash Brandon: European teams want American players who can help them win right away, or who will put up big numbers. They don't want a coddled high school player who is used to being the star and will pout if he isn't.

Jennings is used to putting up big numbers and being flashy. Neither will happen in Europe. The competition is too good, and the style of play focuses on fundamentals. It is possible Jennings could have a good season and average less than 10 points a game, which could cripple his draft stock.

Playing overseas will give Jennings a more well rounded game, along with cultural experiences he'd never get here. It could also cost him millions

So here's the question for Brandon Jennings.....are you willing to gamble? The answer appears to be yes, but we'll all have to wait to see if it is the right one.


Doneal's do over: Mack returning to Memphis - by Kevin Cochran
Doneal Mack (6'5''-G-87) a rising junior for the 2008-09 season, is returning to Memphis, Tiger head coach John Calipari announced Friday. Mack had transferred to New Orleans, and enrolled in summer school, but withdrew after one week of classes.

'I'm happy for Doneal, and I'm proud of our university for allowing him to return,' said Calipari. 'When working with kids, they sometimes make illogical decisions. Once again, our administration steps up and does the right thing by letting this young man return and attend this great university.'

Last season, Mack played in 39 games and averaged 6.9 points and 1.6 boards. He shot 36.3 percent from the arc and hit a team-best 66 three-pointers. He left the Tigers for New Orleans saying he wanted more playing time, but now projects to back up heralded recruit Tyreke Evans at shooting guard.

Mack was a member of the 2007-08 Tiger squad that won an NCAA record 38 games (38-2 record) and played in the NCAA championship game. Memphis swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and won the NCAA Tournament South Region crown.

For his career to date, Mack has been a part of Memphis teams that have posted an incredible 71-6 record (33-4 in 2006-07; 38-2 in 2007-08). The 71 victories makes the Tigers the second-winningest program over a two-year span in NCAA Division I history (Montana State is first with 72 wins from 1928-29).

Courtesy: Memphis Athletics


Second ex-Hoosier chooses Musketeers - by Kevin Cochran

Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88) one of Indiana's top players last season, will transfer to Xavier, and may be eligible immediately. Crawford normally would have to sit out one season, but Xavier is planning to ask the NCAA for a waiver, claiming the turmoil at Indiana caused his transfer.

'I really wanted to stay at Indiana,' he said. 'I was taking summer school classes, planning on going back, but my teammates were leaving and I wasn't 100 percent focused on school, working out to get better. I was kind of depressed every day because of what went down.'


The situation that went down has already resulted in Indiana losing two scholarships. After former head coach Kelvin Sampson and former assistant Rob Senderoff left due to an NCAA investigation, the Hoosier program began to fall apart. Star guard Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88) left for the NBA, 4 players were dismissed from the team, and another transferred. That left Crawford as the only recruited scholarship player.


'It went from something that was extremely exciting at the start, had so much possibility. And all of a sudden in the spring they're at the total opposite end of that situation,' said Sylvia Crawford, Jordan's mother. 'None of the players Jordan had come to know, had camaraderie with -- things had just turned around so quickly. It wasn't a healthy situation. He wasn't as certain as he had been about what things would be like in the future.'


Coming out of prep school in Virginia, Crawford nearly chose to play at Xavier, and says the classy way they handled his choice of Indiana was a big reason for choosing the Musketeers now.

Crawford averaged 9.7 points last season, and is the second Hoosier to join the Musketeers. Recruit Terrell Holloway was released from his committment when Sampson left the school, and is expected to be Xavier's point guard this season.



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Greek National Team: Olympic Qualifying Tournament Press Conference - by Kostas Papadopoulos

The press conference for the Olympic Qualifying Basketball Tournament that will be held from the 14th until the 20th of July in the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, took place on Friday. In this tournament Hellas will be fighting for one of the three last tickets that lead to the Olympic Games in Beijing. The federal head coach, Panagiotis Giannakis and the international players Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) spoke about their expectations; they invited the Hellenic supporters to stand by their side.
The players of the Greek National Team and Mr. Panagiotis Giannakis were asked questions. Vasilis Spanoulis, when asked if the National team has adjusted to the new game philosophy, stressed: This has been put to effectiveness up to some point. Some guys left, others came along. In this national team this is the direction we will all stir towards. But the team itself is something that will always exist. At this very moment in time our game is pleasing. But from Monday on, just this might not be enough. The important thing is prevailing. I personally prefer winning regardless of the means that have led me to this result over losing after instrument miraculous basketball. If it is feasible to indulge in the coincidence of both, the only certainty is that we will be more than content!


Seal it with a no-miss
Nikos Zisis when asked initially about the Greek National Teams 5 out of 5 winning streak in all friendly matches given stated: This years preparation was briefer. Not intensiveness wise but in duration terms. We started friendly games sooner than usual and in spite of basic members absences, we left good impressions. Victories build both team and player confidence. Of course experience has instructed as in the pass, that prevailing in the friendly games doesnt mean anything. It might be psychology boosting for me as a player to hear Mr.Miaoulis saying: Qualification is a sure thing, but we cant allow ourselves to adopt such a state of mind, thinking that we have a done deal job. It is my personal wish that we are all in good health and that we catch our goals which is what we are all here for. About the difficulties that might present themselves in the opening of the tournament, something that the team experienced in 2006 against Qatar in the World Championship, Nikos Zisis added: The coaching team and all of us the players have confidence in our dynamic. We have an obligation to be strong, to pass across the reason of our being here; we must allow no margin of error for our rivals to take advantage of thus sealing the victory package with a no-miss in any cases of rendezvous with its features.

Obliged to qualify
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos referred to the National Teams first presentation in official games, after its recent successes, on Hellenic ground: Certainly to play in the presence of your loved ones is a unique thing. I have been hearing gossip about us not being able to perform under pressure that might come up in light of this situation. Thankfully all of us are use to this kind of weight over our shoulders and we are confident that we will be able to function perfectly. Just as the Hellenic Basketball Federation did its duty in bringing the Tournament to Athens, so must we keep our end of the deal and qualify onto the Olympic Games. When he was asked the ifs of the 2007 Eurobasket, with the absences then of Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-C-85), Panagiotis Vasilopoulos stressed: I do not dwell upon such thoughts. Presume what could have happened if Antonis and Sofoklis were in the team? Fingers crossed we are now all here, preparing for our first match. There is no time to guess what could have been. We are too busy dealing with the present!

Our fans by our side
The federal head coach, Panagiotis Giannakis stated: Basketball has become a very important sport all over the world. There are many players, who play in many different teams all over the planet but do not present according effectiveness. What is needed is patience and compassion from the crowd even in the boys eras because only by doing this are the fans able to help their ability to become effective. The team is aiming to improve velocity in both offence and defense but overall is in a good state. Admittedly we did commit a few hasty mistakes which led to nervousness. I think that when the time comes the boys have both the quality and the character to be effective. I believe that each team has its merits and its shortcomings. What we want is to be able to hide the latter and flaunt our talents. In life it is not a good technique to try to go straight to the finishing line. We must look out for what is exactly ahead of us. Our efforts focus on how we will play against Lebanon. In 2006 it is a known fact that we had a hard time and we have stated in the past that every one is extra-motivated when up against our national team. It is a good chance for families to come to the arena, especially now that the national team is competing. We want to be as best prepared as possible, have the boys in best possible shape. We are moving on with all 14 guys up to the end having the final 12 members being announced primarily to the team and then to the rest involved. We would like to invite everyone to come to the games, to show their love for the game. And we want everyone to understand that although everyone loves winning, only few work towards succeeding it. ...



Papaloukas: The national team is on track - by Kostas Papadopoulos
In his first 20 only days as a captain of the Greek National Team, he already is with two trophies in his arms (the first one came a few days ago in the international German Supercup Tournament). Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances), tallied up in favor of the Hellenic Basketball Federations site, the summarized outcome from the Acropolis Eurobank tournament , which was -traditionally- owned by the undefeated Hellas team.
Q: In this tournament our National team came up against Brazil, its great rival from the first round of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. What do you make of their dynamic and their competitiveness from that match?
T. P. : The important thing for us, is how we play not the manor in which our rivals choose to compete. We presented an overall pleasing character, we showed punctuality, but these are preparation games. What is crucial is our acts in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Q: Is there something that has to be remedied in Hellas teams game, so that it can be 100% ready to participate in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament?
T. P. : Stability could be brought on with a bit more conviction. We experienced some blank periods, whilst committing a few mistakes. Mistakes, of course, are a normal thing to have, but limiting their number is something we must succeed in doing if we want to reach the goals we have set.
Q: The absences of Kakiouzis, Dikoudis, Papadopoulos and Chatzivrettas have affected you, the guys from the previous national team?
T. P. : When the teams roster changes it somewhat strange and peculiar, but life goes on for all of us. At some point we to will leave and others will come to fill our spots, just as we succeeded our predecessors. Its a natural evolving phenomenon. The important thing in the national team is that it is built in such a way that the way the new comers are added, the possibility from them to learn from its older members exists thus gaining smother adaptation and a healthy flow.
Q: Was the teams chemistry, something that was broadly discussed after all the new additions, fluctuated at all?
T. P. : We had good chemistry in all the teams before, we have good chemistry now. We tried to follow our coachs instructions down to his very last word and we all try our best. We dont have much time ahead for preparation, but, we have bonded quite well and apparently we are improving game by game. The same thing goes for the teams atmosphere. It was and it remains in an upbeat tempo. I believe that our national team is on track.
Q: In the Acropolis-Eurobank tournament you got a good whiff of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, competing in front off a Hellenic crowd being another reason on top
T. P. : The people that came were a great help, but, all that is of importance begin now. That is why we need them next to us, to support us and make the official matches sold out, feeling the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens arena. Though what we have overtaken is not an easy aspiration, our fans can make it seem so...


Athens will open doors tomorrow for the Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
July 14 is the start of the Qualifying Tournament which will be held in Athens, Greece. The event that was expected so long time before is on the way to start. Three spots are yet to be taken as 12 teams will fight for the available tickets during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The participating sides will be Cameroon, Caper Verde, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, Korea, Lebanon, Greece, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and New Zealand.
The twelve teams will struggle for three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were divided into four groups with 3 teams in each. Group A will consist of Brazil, Greece and Lebanon. Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand made up Group B, while Canada, Korea and Slovenia will play in Group C. Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico were sent to Group D. The teams placed first and second in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals.
The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the third place for one remaining Olympic spot. The Final is scheduled for 20th July 2008.
Over the last few months all the teams had tough encounters for the preparation. The hosts Greece was the winner of the 22nd Acropolis Eurobank tournament. Greece beat Croatia 77:64 after another impressive appearance based mostly on its good defense. Dimitris Diamantidis played for the first time in this tournament (he missed the first two games due to a small injury), scoring 14 points while Nikos Zisis, Vasilis Spanoulis and Antonis Fotsis followed him in double-digit points. Greek team never faced any problems during the game, it was always ahead and increased the difference at the second half, even at 16 points. In another game of the tournament, Australia overcame Brazil 89:84. Antonis Fotsis was announced as the MVP of the tournament while Vasilis Spanoulis as the first scorer.
About the preparation for all the teams you are able to check the country's sections and to find out about their games. Eurobasket will follow all the games in Athens paying much attention to each team.


Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon
Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand
Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia
Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


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Ayarza to transfer to Arizona Western Community College - by Rolando Delabarrera
Josimar Ayarza was not in attendance this past week at the Jerry Mullen top 120 camp in Tulsa to face NJCAA competition, but he will have a season's worth of opportunities when he suits up for the Arizona Western men's basketball team for the 2008/2009 season. Ayarza has signed a letter of intent to play for the matadors. Ayarza played his freshman season at Cuesta College in California where he lead the team in scoring and recieved recognition for his efforts. The transfer should increase his scholarship opportunities as Arizona Western is a top NJCAA program.Josimar Ayarza (204-F-87)


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Finals are 2-1 for Sol - by Gianni Pascucci
After that America de Pilar had triumphed in Game 1, 89-88, Sol de America won Game 2 yesterday night 112-95,staying ahead in the score almost all the game (the quarters ended 23-27, 50-41, 81-65) and now leads Final Series 2-1 in the aggregate, thanks to the additional 1 point gained in the regular season. Eulalio Ramoa (175-G-74) was the best at the winning side with 23 pts, Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added 19 and Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) 18. Marcus Watts (204-F/C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) scored 26 to lead America in losing effort, with Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) adding 23. Game 2 and 4 will be played the next weekend in Pilar.

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Qatar posts three wins at the start of William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News
Qatari team got to a successful start of their William Jones Cup campaign. They suffered just one loss in four games and stayed at the top of the table. Qatar stole a narrow 82:80 win over Egypt in the first game of the competition. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) scored 18 points to pace Qatari team. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) nailed 17 points, while Mansour El added 16 in a win.
Qatar next face American team Athletes In Action. Athletes accumulated a 9-point cushion at the interval and never allowed Qatar to threaten the lead in the second half. Benjamin Woods poured in 19 points for Athletes In Action. Laval Lucas had 14 points for the winners. Daoud Musa answered with 17 points for Qatar. Erfan Ali Saeed had 16 points and 6 boards in a losing case.
The stunning first frame helped Qatar to surprise hosting Taiwan in the third encounter of the competition. Qatar built a 12-point buffer before the second stanza and withheld all comeback efforts from the hosts. Erfan Ali Saeed knocked down 21 points for Qatar. Daoud Musa netted 16 points in a win. Chin-Yi Yang replied with 17 points for Taiwan in defeat.
Finally today Qatar edged Kazakhstan for the third win at the Cup. Qatar managed to overcome a 9-point first period deficit to deliver an impressive win at the end. Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85) delivered 16 points for the winners. Daoud Musa was helpful with 15 points, 9 assists and 6 boards for Qatar. Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) fired game-high 26 points for Kazakh team.


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ServPro on track, Celtics win thriller, Baseline and Marietta tally victories... - by David Archer
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Metro A-League Action in Cartersville Sunday afternoon...

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Sun., July 13th @ JH Morgan Gym:


BC Celtics 77 vs. BC Force 76... Andrew Brown's hit the game winning shot with 1.1 seconds left to help the Celtics escape the Force. The Celtics broke open a close game in the first half to pull out to a 51-36 lead by the half and seemed to be in total control. But, the Force began a slow, but methodical comeback behind the scoring of Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80) and John Allison. It was Marc Reese's basket that put the Force ahead by one with only :18 ticks remaining. The Celtics brought the ball up and called timeout with :12 left. On the inbounds, the ball went to Andrew, who held his dibble until 4.5 seconds showing then he drove down the left side of the lane and layed it in with 1.1 showing. The Force called timeout and advanced the ball to half court. They threw long into the lane in an attempt to get it the 7'1' Allison. The ball was tipped by a Celtic and time expired. Allison paced the Force with 21, while Cook had 18, Reese and Darrell Wilkins (6'1''-G-84) 10 each, Kelvin McConnell 8, Neon Winters 7 and Johny Pritchett 3. For the Celtics, Jeff Croft (6'34'-G) had 18, Brown 17, Mike Reynolds 14, Dexter Shaw 13, Scott Windom 7, Kyle Hartsook 7 ad Reggie King 2.

ServPro-1 96 vs. Supreme 59.... Brandon Byers and Shan Finley had 28 and 25, respectively, to lead ServPro-1 to cake-walk victory over team Supreme. Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors also had 18, Spencer Dixon 10, Jermaine Spivey 9 and Jonathan Whipple six. Supreme's lone bright spot was the 25-point performance by Carlos Hampton. Robert McKinney, Cedric Ward and Jazz Bryant each had 6, while Jason Bryant and Mike Carson each had 5. Ale Burt had 4 and Kenyatta Baylor had 2.

Baseline-1 72 vs. Skyline 64... Baseline-1 moved to 2-0 with a nice win over a very good Skyline team. The two evenly matched teams battled it out in the first phase, when the Warriors began to open things up with tough defense and capitalizing on the other end. At the 3:20 mark of the first half, Skyline found themselves down by 39-20. But, they generated a 6-0 run to close the half. Skyline continued their momentum shift in the second half as they battled back on several long treys by J.D. Pollock and dribble-drives by Nick Mattone. Chris Palmore also got some big shots and Mike Howren's three with got Skyline to with in 56-53 with 6:20 left. Later, Palmore drove the lane for a bucket, cutting Baseline's lead to 63-62. Ronell Wooten (6'4''-G-85) answered with an athletic move to the cup, drew the foul and dropped the shot. He connected on the freethrow to put Baseline up 66-62, with :45 seconds remaing. After a Skyline miss, Kurtis Woods was fouled and sank both shots giving Baseline a six-point cushion. Mattone connected on a shot in the lane while drawing a foul on Baseline at the :31 mark. He missed the free shot, effectively killing Skyline's chances to steal one. Wooten was fouled and sank two more with 18 seconds left. After a Skyline miss, Woods got a basket in the closing seconds for Baseline for the final tally. For Skyline, Pollock led the way with 18, Mattone had 16, Palmore 14, Antone Anderson 7, Howren 6 and Alex Cornett 4. For Baseline, Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79) had 15, Wooten and Rod Ashmore (6'5''-F/G-79) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors 14 each, Mike Linley 12, Courtney Stanley 6, Chris Jones 6 and Kurtis Woods 5.

Marietta Outlaw 66 vs. BC Knicks-1 57... The two newcomers the Metro A-League North Division fought it out in the night-cap on Sunday. Marietta made its return to the league a good one with a 66-57 win over a sloppy BC Knicks-1 squad. Marietta held a slim lead most of the first half. In the final 20 seconds of the first half, Isaac Cook drilled a three and Courtney George got a break away lay-in to go in with a 28-22 lead. Outlaw spread their lead to as many as 57-40 in the second half and Cooke nailed several tri-fectas and Chris Brown's tough defense produced some quick baskets. The Knicks batteled back to trim their deficit to five, but Outlaw's Keith Lundy hit a big three and Brandon Chambers got a couple of clutch baskets down the stretch to ice the win for Marietta. Lance James led the Knicks-1 with 26 points, while Mark Harp had 11, Curtis Dunham 10 Michael Frazier ad O'Brian Wilkins 2. For Marietta, Chris Brown had 16, George 15, Cook 14, Chambers 11, Lundy 8 and Timothy Botley had 2.
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Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 3-0 
 2. BC Howren 0-1 
 3. Polk Co. 0-2 
 4. Owen FH 0-2 
 5. BC Sixers 0-3 
City B-West
 1. BC Dalton 2-1 
 2. Metro Tech 1-0 
 3. Rockmart 1-1 
 4. Cedart.B. II 1-1 
 5. BC Knicks-2 1-2 
Metro A-North
 1. Cartersville W. 2-0 
 2. ServPro-1 1-1 
 3. BC Force 1-1 
 4. BC Celtics 1-1 
 5. BC Skyline 1-1 
 6. Supreme 0-2 
Metro A-South
 1. Tri-County 2-0 
 2. BC Lakers 2-0 
 3. Young Gunz 1-1 
 4. Black Monop 1-1 
 5. Speedboys 1-1 
 6. D.O.T.S. 0-2 


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Adidas Nations Africa U18 Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Remi Dibo (201-F-91) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (FRA)
Bandja Sy (-F)
Harouna Abdoulaye (-G)
Amadou Kaba (191-F/G-90) of AS Real (MLI)
Thierno Ibrahima (-G)
Amath M'Baye (203-F-89) of STB Le Havre (FRA)
Eric Katenda (-F)
Mohamed Koita (188-G-90) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (FRA)
Youssoupha Mbao (216-C-90) of CB Dunas Hotels Gran Canaria Las Palmas (ESP)
Abdou Amar Niang (206-F)
Aristide Kabasu (-F)
Mamadou Samb (207-C-89) of WTC Cornella (ESP)
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (FRA)
Head Coach: Lionel Hollins
Coach Assistants: Babacar Sy


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Defeat of Serbian cadets in Moscow, juniors in Greece - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U16 National Team suffered defeat in the second game on tournament in Moscow. The hosts Russia was better 55-64. Serbians outplayed Ukraine on Friday but they played not so brilliant first quarter of the game after what they showed much better performance. This time Serbian cadets opened the game better. After ten minutes they had 2 points lead. Nothing has drastically changed in the second period so Serbia went on the half time with 28-27. Third quarter was crucial period of the game as Russia finished it 18-10 and that advantage was unreachable for Serbia until the end. Serbian cadets made only 1 of 12 attempts from behind the arc while they also had bad percentage from the FT line, 28/44. Their next rival in Moscow is U16 National Team of Turkey.

Head coach of Serbia U16, Dragan Vascanin, after the game said: 'The main reason of our defeat is extremely bad shot percentage. We managed to play leveled first half because we grabbed many rebounds. We had 23 boards matched with 10 by the Russians. Our opponent made bigger lead in third quarter and we were not able to get back into the game. I am satisfied with some elements which we showed against Russia and I am sure that our shot selection as well as percentage will improve very soon.'

Serbian U18 National Team will play a friendly game against Greece today at 17:15h. Serbian juniors will play another friendly tomorrow against the hosts of the following U18 European Championship.


Uros Lucic in Zlatorog Lasko - by Dragan Jankovski
Uros Lucic (207-C-83) agreed terms with Slovenian team Zlatorog Lasko. Lucic started previous season in A1 team Zdravlje Actavis where he played 22 games averaging 13.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg. After the end of A1 league he joined Vizura for Superleague. In 14 games for the team from New Belgrade Lucic had 13.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Before Zdravlje he spent one year in Ergonom Nis. In the past he also used to play for Sloga, Radnicki Belgrade and Mladost Zemun. Lucic's new team Zlatorog Lasko finished last season on fourth place in Slovenian A1 league.

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Korean University Select Team loses three in a row at the start of William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News
Korean University Select Team got to a slow start of their William Jones Cup campaign in Taiwan. South Korean team faced hosting Taiwan in the opener. Taiwan got to a better start and led 24:18 after the first frame. The teams stressed the defense in the second period as they teamed up for just 26 points. Taiwan stretched the lead to 10 points at halftime. Korea sparked the intrigue outgunning the hosts 20:14 in the third frame. But Taiwan withstood the comeback efforts from Korean team in the final period and celebrated a tough win at the end. Yang Chin-Min (188-G-84) led Taiwan with 22 points. Hsu Chih-Chiang (195-F-82) and AuYang Ching-Hen (191-F-79) delivered 11 points apiece for the winners. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) nailed 26 points for South Korea. Park Rae-Hun (192-F-89) dropped 16 points in defeat.
South Korea could not recover in the second round. They took on Kazakhstan and were left no chance as Kazakhs drove to an 87:71 victory at the end. The third quarter turned out decisive as Kazakhstan outscored their opponents 27:18 to maintain the margin till the final buzzer. Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) and Dimitri Gavrilov (201-F-86) led the charge for Kazakhstan team. Rae-Hun Park answered with 18 points for Korean team. Heo Il-Young notched 12 points in a loss.
Yesterday South Korean University Select Team faced Egypt. Korean players stunned their opponents in the opening frame spurring ahead 35:22. Egypt however gradually came back to life and slowed Korea down. The African team trailed by 13 points at halftime but things changed radically in the second half. Egypt rolled to a 25:13 third stanza to close the gap. They later snatched a dramatic win in the dying seconds with Wacl Badr leading the way with 21 points for Egypt. Mohamed El-Ker delivered 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Choi Yun-Ho (188-G-86) answered with 20 points for Korea. Heo Il-Young knocked down 18 points in the third straight loss for South Korean University Team. They will play against Athletes In Action team today.


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BC Kyiv signs Wright and Jeretin - by Eurobasket News
Over the last few days BC Kyiv signed Brent Wright and Goran Jeretin to upgrade the roster for the upcoming season.
Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) started his career in Italy. Later in 2005-2006 he joined Telindus BC Oostende Belgium and played 34 games averaging 14.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg. In 2006-2007 moved to Croatian KK Cibona VIP Zagreb and had 28 games in Adriatic League with 12.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg. Overall stats of the year were 64 games, 12.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg. The last season Wright played in Russian Ural Great Perm and was of the leaders of the team. In FIBA EuroCup he participated in 11 games averaging 14.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg. Russian League saw him in 22 games as Wright had 13.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg.
Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) is a playmaker from Montenegro. In 2006 he signed a 2-years contract with Dynamo St.Petersburg but then signed at BC Buducnost Podgorica. In Adriatic League he had tremendous 18.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg. In January 2007 moved to Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv and in Israeli League played 17 games averaging 5.0ppg, 2.1apg. Goran had experience in Euroleague as well as in 10 games with his team Goran averaged 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg. In 2007-2008 signed with ALBA Berlin but had injury before the season.


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Assists Ace Signs With Wolves - by George Manousidis
The Worcester Wolves have secured the signature of 62 American point guard Will Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) (188-G-82, college: Portland St.). Funn has shown throughout his career he is a quality point guard that is one of the top passer in the game.

As an NCAA Division 1 player Funn led Portland State to the 2005 Big Sky Conference title. Remarkably, Funn led NCAA Division 1 (over 300 teams) in assists per game with 8.0. This helped him be named Big Sky All-Conference. His 2.2 steals per game saw him finish second in the conference. Funn has had impressive stops since his collegiate days including 16 assists per game in the 2005/06 season with the Gallup Tallons of the American Basketball Association (ABA). That season saw him tally 24 assists twice which is an ABA record. He was named an ABA All-Star in 2006 as well as in 2007 as he led the ABA again with 11 assists per game with the Tijauna Dragons. Funn then went on to lead the competitive International Basketball League in assists in the summer 2007 with 14.9 per game to go along with 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. 2007/08 saw Will compete in the ABA with the top ranked San Diego Wildcats. He finished the 2008 season being called in late to help out Frayles de Guasave of the top flight CIBACOPA in Mexico. He took the 7th ranked team all the way to the 7th and final game of the CIBACOPA Finals while scoring 16.5 points per game and dishing out nearly 7 assists per game.

Worcester Wolves are delighted to have Funn at the head of the offense. Coach Skouson Harker explains Will is our new floor general and he has shown he can run a team as good as anyone. Will can be a top player in the BBL. He has a great attitude and is focused on his ultimate dream of playing at the highest level in the future. As a coach you want guys to be focused a determined on achieving their dreams. I am happy that Will has decided on Worcester as another step in the right direction for him.

Funn has shown throughout his career that he can make his teammates better and he thinks Worcester will be no different as he comments Coach Harker told me where he thought we stood in the BBL, and in my mind you only shoot for he top spot. This is my mentality and I plan to bring this attitude to Worcester. We will set our sights very high as winning is what I am all about.

Director of Basketball Mick Donovan added, This is always an exciting part of the season as we rebuild the team and finding the court leader for the Wolves is always one of the biggest challenges. The capture of Will Funn is genuinely exciting and Skouson has worked hard to find a player he really believes in we cannot wait to introduce him to the Wolves fans


As the 2008/09 season draws near the Worcester Wolves look to secure other major signings in the weeks to come.


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Angeles de Puebla confirm Hernan Salcedo for next season in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The new head coach of Angeles de Puebla, Tomas Canizalez , confirmed that he wants Venezuelan forward Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) to come back to the team for the upcoming edition of Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP), which will begin next September.

Salcedo, 28 years old, is a former member of Venezuela's Senior NT who averaged 22.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Angels last season in 33 games. He was the third best 'ball stealer' of the league with 1.9 per match. He's currently playing for Gaiteros del Zulia in Venezuela's LPB playoffs. For the musical team, he played all 54 games in the regular season and left good numbers, with 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per outing.

Preseason will begin on July 14th for the Angels, but Salcedo is not expected till the month of August. The first official preparation match will take place against Mexico's Senior NT on August 11th.


Greivis Vasquez wants to be a leader - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guard Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87) declared to the official website of his team, the Maryland Terrapins, that he hopes to become a leader during the next 2008-2009 NCAA season in the United States, which will be his third in this team after a couple of successful years.

Vasquez gave this declaration in a recent interview prior to his trip to Venezuela and already knowing he was not going to be part of Venezuela's Senior Team in the South American Championship played in Puerto Montt, Chile, at the beginning of July. He even participated in a basketball camp alongside some NBA players such as Chris Paul (183-G-85), Rudy Gay (206-F/G-86) and Jarrett Jack (191-G-83), among others.

'I need to become a leader this year, no question about it. I hope to guide this team and do whatever it takes to have a great season. I have a lot of responsibilities as a member of the roster but I think I'm ready to assume that', said Vasquez. 'I speak with head coach Gary Williams on a daily basis and he expects a lot of me. I like to play for him. I've got to lead by the example and improve day by day', he added.

He's taken the chance of not coming to Venezuela's Senior Team to improve some aspects of his game. 'One of the main reasons that I've wanted to work on is my speed on court, gain some weight and strenght. I worked very hard in the benching room to get to the point that I want in my physical condition. I decided not to play for the NT of Venezuela this summer but I've been getting ready to be in shape early in the upcoming season'.

Vasquez shared a little bit of what he had to to in the NBA camp with Chris Paul. 'I was assigned to teach a group of kinds how to improve ball handling, feet movement and dribbling. Chris (Paul) gave me some techniques so that I could work those with them and he taught me on how to evaluate them and how to make them improve their game', he said about it.


David Cubillan in recovery - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Shooting guard David Cubillan (183-G-87), who underwent surgeries to recover from injuries in his shoulder after completing his first season in the United States NCAA basketball as a member of Marquette Golden Eagles, was interviewed by the official website of his team and said he was in a phase of recovery now and very optimistic regarding next season.

'I had a brace, and knew it was there, but it really didn't bother me that much. Not really. It was difficult for me to lift but not to play basketball', he said about it. 'Now it's going well and it's coming along'. Cubillan played 34 games last season, always as the sixth man and provided good minutes in that role.

He's focused on getting better to be back on court right now. 'Right now, I can't play basketball at all. I'm not about me, I know I need to improve as a player but I'm concerned about the team. I just want to improve so I can help the team so we can have more success, go farther in the tournament, win the BIG EAST Championship. That's my goal'.

Not to be able to do so, makes him a little anxious. 'It's hard, it's really tough. You know, you see your teammates and people you go to work with getting better and I want to be part of that, but I know things happen for a reason. I know I've got to take care of my body so I can get back at it'.

He averaged 5.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per outing and got the Floor Burn award at the end of the season's annual banquet. Cubillan is majoring in corporate communications and arrived to Marquette after successfully playing for Saint Benedict's High School in New Jersey. He was a member of Venezuela's Senior NT last season during practices prior to the Las Vegas 2007 FIBA Americas Preolympic Tournament, though he didn't make the final cut.

'We traveled to China, New Zealand and Spain and it was a great experience for me. I played with teammates that were older than me', he remembered about it. 'I take pride on my defense. I don't like it when people scores points on me in the one on one. That's the thing that concerns me the most about my game'.

He doesn't mind being on the bench most of the time. 'I've never started a game here, but I just play my role. I knew that's what the team needed of me, and that was my role on the team to come off the bench and bring energy. I did my best and I try to always do my best at whatever - if I start [or] if I'm the sixth man'.


Venezuela's U18 NT set to play in FIBA Americas U18 Qualy for World Cup - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's U18 NT is already in Formosa, Argentina, and will start tomorrow its participation in the 2008 U18 FIBA Americas Qualy for the 2009 U19 FIBA World Cup, to be played in New Zealand. Venezuela's group will be completed by United States, Puerto Rico and Bahamas, while hosts Argentina will face Mexico, Uruguay and Canada.

Head coach Daniel Centeno and his assistants, Manuel Silvera and Alfredo Madrid , selected players Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90), Luis Abello, Jorge Rondon, Elder Jimenez, Emilio Cappare (192-F-90), Luis Carmona (192-F-90), Samuel Marseille, Miguel Rivas (183-G/F-90), Javinger Vargas (203-C-90), Juan Coronado, Josmar Acevedo (190-F-90) and Gregory Echenique (208-C-90). Echenique plays for Saint Benedict's High School in New Jersey, United States, while Vargas comes from a season in Spain with Salesianos de Vigo.

The team's physical trainer is Jose Morales and the travelling group is completed by managers Eligio Liscano and Gustavo Ansemi. This team performed a four month concentration in Barquisimeto and also played in Cuba's Senior Olympic Games as preparation for this tournament last April in the city of Pinar del Rio.

They've played a significant number of friendly matches and come highly motivated to try and improve last year's silver medal, due to the fact that they were playing at home in Guanare's Carl Herrera Allen Gymnasium and were unable to get the gold, though they eliminated Brazil in the process of advancing to this tournament.


Jose Vargas and Tomas Aguilera will play for Fuerza Regia in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan players Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) and Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77), both members of Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela's Liga Profesional and currently playing the playoffs, will join Fuerza Regia de Monterrey, a team in Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP) as soon as they finish their compromises in the country, as they'll become imported players of that team in the upcoming 2008 season, due to start next September.

Vargas, a 26 year-old shooting guard and small forward, averaged 18.3 points in 41 games for Trotamundos during the regular season and recently played in the South American Championship with Venezuela's NT, earning the bronze medal and a spot in the 2009 FIBA Americas Tournament towards the FIBA 2010 World Cup. Aguilera, averaged 13.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.2 steals per match in 46 outings with Trotamundos, but did not make the NT due to injury.

Unlike Vargas, who'll play outside of Venezuela for the first time in a pro club and is one of the best promising young talents in the country, Aguilera has played before in Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay with first division teams.


Hector Romero couldn't attend invitation of NBA's Memphis Grizzlies to Las Vegas - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan forward Hector Romero (202-F-80) was invited to play in the 2008 edition of Las Vegas Summer League as number 19 for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, but problems with his personal documents to enter the United States, specifically with his current visa, made it impossible for him to attend what would have been his second chance of playing in this prestigious tournament, reserved mostly for the top draft picks selected by NBA teams and international signings.

Romero, 28 years old and 2.02m tall, played for the Portland Trail Blazers back in 2006 and left a good impression and before had the chance to train with the Dallas Mavericks in 2005 and was also tempted by the Cleveland Cavaliers last year. He just finished playing for Montepaschi Siena, the champions of Italy's Lega A and participants of the 2008-2009 Euroleague's Final Four, a team that he joined at the beginning of the year after averaging 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in 10 contests with another italian team, Legea Scafati.

The sudden change of plans made it possible for his team in Venezuela, Marinos de Anzoategui, to make an offer and try to make him play in the LPB playoffs, but the owner of Marinos, Domingo Cirigliano, said in a public statement that it had been impossible to reach an agreement with Romero's agent, Eric Fleisher, unlike what happened in the case of former NBA player Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76), who already joined the team. Romero is on vacations and at home with his relatives and loved ones after months in Italy.


Henry Paez earns LPB's Best Sixth Man of the Year honors - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Shooting guard Henry Paez (184-G-70), of Cocodrilos de Caracas, was named LPB's Best Sixth Man of the Year by the league's main technical board of experts, who took into account his 7.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per games in 54 matches coming off the bench for the reptiles.

Paez, a virtually flawless free-thrower and also a very dangerous long range shooter, was a vital factor for Cocodrilos to end at second place during the regular season with a 37-17 record. The current runner ups, who lost last season's Finals against Guaiqueries de Margarita, are coached by former Venezuela's Senior NT head coach, Nestor Salazar .


John Cox from Le Havre to Nancy in France's ProA league - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- American-Venezuelan John Cox (196-G-81) changed teams in France's ProA League, after the official announcement of Nancy, who signed the former player of Le Havre for the 2008-2009 season, in which they'll also have Euroleague action.

Cox, a 27 year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela but whose played his entire career in the United States, the homeland of his parents, and France, was supposed to come to Venezuela and play for Marinos de Anzoategui so that Venezuelan fans could see him live for the first time, but Marinos announced through its general management and the press department that they had not been able to reach an agreement.

The talented guard, who is a cousin of NBA star Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), had shown public interest about coming to Venezuela and having the chance to be tested to play for the Senior National Team, but he was not contacted by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation or head coach Nelson Solorzano to evaluate the possibility of having him play in the South American Championship played in Puerto Montt, Chile, played at the beginning of July.

In the mean time, he played 29 games for Le Havre, was the league's fourth best scorer with 18.8 points per match and also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals.


Heissler Guillent named LPB's Rookie of the Year - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- 21 year-old guard Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), of Guaros de Lara, was named Liga Profesional de Baloncesto's 2008 Rookie of the Year by the technical comission, after becoming the season's greatest cinderella story by playing 47 matches as a started, averaging 12.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists for a team he had hardly played for in the past four seasons, which led him to an invitation for the league's All-Star Game and the Venezuelan Senior National Team trainings.

Guillent was given the confidence to play every day as a started by head coach Gustavo Garcia at the beginning of the season, due to the absence of star Diego Guevara (184-G-77), who decided to play in Puerto Rico instead of joining Guaros. His impressive skills as a game maker made him a permanent 'must see' player every matchday and he kept his job as a starter even after the firing of Garcia and the arrival of Puertorrican Tony Ruiz , who liked him so much that he wants to take him to Mexico's LNBP as an imported player.

Guillent made it to the Venezuelan Team's roster in the LPB All-Star Game and was called up by Nelson Solorzano to Venezuela's Senior NT trainings towards the South American Championship of Puerto Montt, Chile. Ultimately, Solorzano did not elect him and chose to go with Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) and Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) to the tournament in which Venezuela gained third place and a ticket to the 2009 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy to be played in Mexico.

'I'm very happy', said Guillent to the LPB's press department. 'I thank God for the good season I had and this award is recognition to the work I performed throughout the season'. He was a little bit nervous about substituting Guevara, a fan favorite in his hometown Barquisimeto, but he did so in such a way, that the fans now call his name every match. 'It was pretty rough. I had a huge responsibility that made me live a lot of new experiences and opened doors for me to keep improving my game in LPB'.

The native of Barrio Kennedy in Caracas is now surrounded by his family and loved ones in the capital city and explained how the season had been for him emotionally. 'The hardest for me was that I had to become the soul of the team and I had only been a reserve player in the previous seasons, so it wasn't easy to have that responsibility over my shoulders. The thing I liked the most was that it was a great experience and I could earn the fans's hearts, which is the thing that makes me the most happiest player'.

Guillent, however, could not make Guaros advance to the playoffs. 'I'm hungry of playoff basketball. I'll be more mature in the next season and among my personal plans there's the will to advance to the playoffs and win the championship. The worst part for me in the 2008 season was not being able to go the playoffs'.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Jackson secures 6th consecutive win with the Storm - by Eurobasket News
Seattle managed to ice visiting Los Angeles at the Key Arena yesterday to secure their 6th consecutive win. The Storm had 18 points from Sue Bird to knock the Sparks down 70:52 at the end. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came up with 14 points, while Sheryl Swoopes had 13 in a win. Candace Parker answered with 14 points for the Sparks. The visitors led midway through the third stanza but the Storm went on a 14:6 run to enter the final period up by 9. Later the hosts crafted a 9:1 rally to leave their opponents far behind and never looked back again. Seattle enjoyed a 47:29 advantage on the boards. They also forced the Sparks to 20 turnovers. Delisha Milton-Jones had 11 points in a loss.
Before that Lauren Jackson nailed 19 points in the second half and the Seattle Storm overcame the visiting Phoenix Mercury 89:78 at the Key Arena. Swin Cash added 14 points, while Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright secured 11 points apiece for the winners. Cappie Pondexter dropped 20 points for the Mercury. Diana Taurasi was held to 16 points in a loss. Back-to-back trebles from Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson allowed the Storm to build a 10-point lead late in the third frame. The hosts then did not look back stretching the gap to as many as 19 in the final quarter. The Mercury dropped the third out of the last four games.


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Spain U20 defeats Belarus in Sulmona - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Belarus U20 70:58

Spanish U20 Team wrapped up their preliminary campaign at the European championship in Italy in style. Spanish team posted their third consecutive victory at the European event beating Belarus today. Spaniards got to a slow start as Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) and Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) paced Belarus to a 7:0 start. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) and Butsyanava kept the Belarusian team in front and soon Belarus extended their lead to 13 points. Ocete and Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) clipped the distance to 9 points at the end of the first quarter. Georgina Bahi ignited a 19:2 run from Spain to open the second frame. Spanish team took over and drove to a 39:38 lead at halftime. Natallia Kozun and Butsyanava regained the lead for Belarus early in the second half. Natallia Kozuns jumper opened a double digit lead midway through the frame but Georgina Bahi closed the quarter with 4 points in a row and Spain trailed by just 3 points. Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) drained a three-pointer to give the start to the fourth stanza and squared things up at 51. Georgina Bahi nailed 4 points and Agullo fired from downtown to post a 58:53 advantage for Spanish team. Noelia Oliva (175-G-88), Bokesa and Agullo stretched the margin and eventually sealed the victory for Spain. Georgina Bahi led the charge with 15 points. Noelia Oliva and Jael Freixanet notched 11 points for the winning side. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Volha Vashkevich answered with 13 points for Belarus. Natallia Kozun had 11 points and 7 boards in a loss. Both Spain and Belarus advanced to the qualifying round of the tournament.

Spain U20: Georgina Bahi 15, Noelia Oliva 11, Jael Freixanet 11
Belarus U20: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 13, Volha Vashkevich 13


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Montenegro U20 defeats Belgium to reach qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Belgium U20 92:83

Montenegrin U20 National Team celebrated a key victory over Belgium in the preliminary Group D of the European Championship. They overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to grab their first win at the tournament and advanced to the qualifying stage. Montenegro jumped to a quick start as Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) and Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) put them up 10:2. However Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Julie Vermeire (184-C-89) teamed up for 13 points and Belgium tied the score at 22 at the end of the first frame. Ciappina nailed 7 straight points for Belgium as they surged ahead midway through the second stanza. Demonceau and Julie Vermeire capped the second frame and Belgian side claimed a 43:36 advantage at the interval. Julie Vermeire and Sara Leemans stretched the margin to as many as 11 points early in the third stanza. But Montenegro never surrendered as Milica Jovanovic sparked a comeback effort. She nailed 10 points and the teams were all square at 67 after three quarters of action. The lead changed hands for six times before Snezana Aleksic and Marija Vujadinovic (175-G-90) put Montenegro up by 7 points with a minute remaining. Belgium failed to recover and Snezana Aleksic sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Snezana Aleksic was simply unbelievable with 37 points, 7 assists, 6 steals and 5 boards for Montenegro. Milica Jovanovic nailed 27 points, while Marija Vujadinovic had 14 points for the winners. Sara Leemans answered with 20 points and 8 boards for Belgium. Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89) and Julie Vermeire had 13 points apiece in defeat. Belgium outrebounded their opponents 41:33 but suffered 19 turnovers.

Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 37, Milica Jovanovic 27, Marija Vujadinovic 14
Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 20, Jasmina Rosseel 13, Julie Vermeire 13


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Santos netted 6 in a win - by Eurobasket News
Kelly Santos (192-C-79) and her Seattle managed to ice visiting Los Angeles at the Key Arena yesterday to secure their 6th consecutive win. The Storm had 18 points from Sue Bird to knock the Sparks down 70:52 at the end. Lauren Jackson came up with 14 points, while Sheryl Swoopes had 13 in a win. Candace Parker answered with 14 points for the Sparks. The visitors led midway through the third stanza but the Storm went on a 14:6 run to enter the final period up by 9. Later the hosts crafted a 9:1 rally to leave their opponents far behind and never looked back again. Seattle enjoyed a 47:29 advantage on the boards. They also forced the Sparks to 20 turnovers. Delisha Milton-Jones had 11 points in a loss.
Before that Lauren Jackson nailed 19 points in the second half and the Seattle Storm overcame the visiting Phoenix Mercury 89:78 at the Key Arena. Swin Cash added 14 points, while Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright secured 11 points apiece for the winners. Cappie Pondexter dropped 20 points for the Mercury. Diana Taurasi was held to 16 points in a loss. Back-to-back trebles from Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson allowed the Storm to build a 10-point lead late in the third frame. The hosts then did not look back stretching the gap to as many as 19 in the final quarter. The Mercury dropped the third out of the last four games.
On July 5th Seattle Storm torn the Minnesota Lynx apart in the third period and then cruised to a 96:71 victory. Seattle piled up a 5-point advantage at halftime but went on a massive run in the third quarter. The hosts knocked out the Lynx with a 32:13 rally that put them ahead by 24 points and breezed to the 11th win at the end. Lauren Jackson had season-high 34 points and 7 boards to pace the Storm. Katie Gearlds contributed 17 points, while Sue Bird dished out 11 assists in a win. Kelly Santos had 6 points and 1 assist for just 8 minutes in the court. Nicky Anosike replied with 15 points for Minnesota.


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Lithuanian U20 team takes the last train to qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Bulgaria U20 65:60

Lithuanian U20 National Team rebounded well after a stunning loss from Ukraine to deliver the performance their fans had been waiting for. Lithuania snatched a narrow but vital victory over Bulgaria to book their spot in the qualifying round of the European championship. The teams opened the game in a seesaw manner. The punched were flying high as the tension grew with every passing second. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) finally found her touch as she knocked down 8 points in the first frame and Lithuania grabbed a 19:17 advantage before the second frame. Georgieva nailed a jump shot to tie teams at the start of the second frame. Lithuania however regained the lead and kept ahead throughout the second stanza. Lithuanian youngsters enjoyed a 31:28 lead at halftime. Todorova and Maria Tzankova (179-F/G-88) put Bulgaria in charge early in the third frame but Gintare Petronyte and Kamile Nacickaite (174-G-89) propelled Lithuania back in front. Povilionyte crowned the quarter with a jumper and Lithuania earned a 52:44 lead before the final stanza. Gintare Petronyte scored 4 points at the beginning of the final term as the margin grew to 12 points. Georgieva and Maria Tzankova cut the deficit to 6 points with less than 2 minutes remaining. But Lithuania withstood the effort and Morkunaite sealed the must-win for the Baltic team. Gintare Petronyte tallied 24 points and 11 caroms to pace Lithuania. Kamile Nacickaite had 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Maria Tzankova nailed 16 points for Bulgaria. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the third straight loss for Bulgaria.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 24+11 boards, Kamile Nacickaite 11, Saule Kontautaite (175-G-89) 8
Bulgaria U20: Maria Tzankova 16, Jaklin Zlatanova 14


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Turkey U20 clinches the top place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20- Turkey U20 56:78

Turkey U20 clinched the top position in Group B beating Czech Republic U20 78:56. After a loss in the opener of the U20 European Championship for Women the team won the next two to finish the first round with 2-1 record. Czech Republic U20 also has the same record but due to the game with each other finished second with the same record. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) led the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) scored 18, while Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) chipped in 11 in defeat and Sipova added 10.
Turkey held the Czechs scoreless for 4 minutes in the opening quarter and used a 9-0 surge to pull ahead 15:6. It was Yasemin Dalgalar with the second free throw made to give such a lead to her team. Andrea Ovsikova struggled hard for the Czechs and reduced to 12:18 after the first. It was her again with her team who grabbed the lead 22:20, completing a 16-5 run spanning the first and second periods. In the second quarter Turkey held the lead and led to 7 points. Bahar Caglar with a jump shot made it 37:30 at the half time.
It was the same scenario in the second half as Turkey pushed the tempo even more. Bahar Caglar started the ruin in the beginning of the third quarter and then Turkey had 56:43 after 30 minutes of the game. Svoboda's team could not find an answer for the Turks in the fourth quarter as they trailed by as many as 22 points.Gizem Yavuz with a free throw set up the final score 78:56 for the winners to finish 2-1 Group B campaign.

Czech Republic U20: Andrea Ovsikova 11, Sipova 10
Turkey U20: Yasemin Dalgalar 22+11 rebs, Gizem Yavuz 18, Bahar Caglar 15+12 rebs


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Division A results and stats. Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Serbia U20-France U20 59:66

France U20 upset the favorite of U20 European Championship for Women beating Serbia U20 66:59. Trailing 13:29 in the opening quarter, French squad came back to the game and recovered 24 points after the first half. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) led the winners with 19 points. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) nailed 14, while Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) scored 10. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat, while Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) posted 14 and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Serbia U20 was too good in the beginning of the game and proved the ambitions for the top places. Jelena Milovanovic gace her team 16:6 in the opening tip with no doubt for the favorite. Serbia created 12-0 run to finish the first period at 29:13 and looked awesome in the game. Moreover Sonja Petrovic made plus 20 in the middle of the second quarter. It was her again to close the first half at 45:23.
The second half was a huge difference in comparison with the first. French squad came back to the game with another mood and desire. Dragana Gobeljic's lay-up left Serbia ahead 57:46 only to have the French finish the game on a 20-2 spurt. Sarah Michel drained another long ball and was later followed by triples from Ingrid Tanqueray and Carine Paul, the later of which evened the game at 59:59 with less than two minutes to play. Amant sent France in front and then Sarah Michel made a lay-up for the team. Tanqueray brought French team the second win and the hard win over the tough Serbia.

Serbia U20:Sonja Petrovic 17+7 rebs, Dragana Gobeljic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13+11 rebs
France U20:Sarah Michel 19, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 14, Lorraine Lokoka 10



Italy U20-Germany U20 67:55

Italian U20 team had another win in U20 European Championship for Women to improve to 2-1 record. The last game of Group A saw Italian team edging Germany U20 67:55. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) and Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) led the winners with 14 points each. Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) supported them with 12 points as Italy advanced to the Qualifying round. Julia Trogele (191-C-89) top-scored with 13 points in the losing effort as Germany will play for stay in Division A.
Italy opened the game slow but confident and won the opening tip if it. In the end of the first quarter Italy used 7-0 run to finish the period at 17:7. Mugge reduced for Germany in the middle of the second quarter scoring for 23:18. Bove'a three closed the half at 34:25 for Italian squad. Germany came back to the game fresher producing first 5 points in the second half. Moreover Wiebke Bruns (182-F-90) with a lay-up cut the deficit to 37:34 with 6.26. Italy created 17-5 run to seal 52:39 at the end of the third quarter. Germany mounted in the last spurt in the final stanza reducing to 4 points. Julia Trogele from the free throw line made it 56:52. Italy held the score and even increased the win due to some baskets in the end.

Italy U20:Chiara Consolini 14, Sabrina Cinili 14, Valeria Battisodo 12
Germany U20:Julia Trogele 13, Wiebke Bruns 7



GROUP B
Czech Republic U20- Turkey U20 56:78

Turkey U20 clinched the top position in Group B beating Czech Republic U20 78:56. After a loss in the opener of the U20 European Championship for Women the team won the next two to finish the first round with 2-1 record. Czech Republic U20 also has the same record but due to the game with each other finished second with the same record. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) led the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) scored 18, while Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) chipped in 11 in defeat and Sipova added 10.
Turkey held the Czechs scoreless for 4 minutes in the opening quarter and used a 9-0 surge to pull ahead 15:6. It was Yasemin Dalgalar with the second free throw made to give such a lead to her team. Andrea Ovsikova struggled hard for the Czechs and reduced to 12:18 after the first. It was her again with her team who grabbed the lead 22:20, completing a 16-5 run spanning the first and second periods. In the second quarter Turkey held the lead and led to 7 points. Bahar Caglar with a jump shot made it 37:30 at the half time.
It was the same scenario in the second half as Turkey pushed the tempo even more. Bahar Caglar started the ruin in the beginning of the third quarter and then Turkey had 56:43 after 30 minutes of the game. Svoboda's team could not find an answer for the Turks in the fourth quarter as they trailed by as many as 22 points.Gizem Yavuz with a free throw set up the final score 78:56 for the winners to finish 2-1 Group B campaign.

Czech Republic U20: Andrea Ovsikova 11, Sipova 10
Turkey U20: Yasemin Dalgalar 22+11 rebs, Gizem Yavuz 18, Bahar Caglar 15+12 rebs

Latvia U20-Greece U20 57:50
Latvia U20 won over Greece U 20 to finish Group B with 2-1 record. Only due to the third quarter Greece could not celebrate the first win in U20 European Championship for Women. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) was unstoppable with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Signe Langenfelde (179-F-88) netted 9, while Neimane scored 8. Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) top-scored for the Greek team with 16 points, while Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 11. Greece dropped to 0-3 and will play to stay in Division A.
Latvia pulled the game for 3-0 in the opening tip and Spyridopoulou tied at 7:7. Gailite made it 15:12 and then again Anna Spyridopoulou closed the quarter at 15:15. Merisioti gave Greece plus 10 and Diela made it 29:17 for them. Latvia could create 11-2 to finish the half at 31:31.
The Latvian defence stepped up at the start of the second half, holding Greece without a basket for nearly 5 minutes. Tsiaousi tied at 36:36 with 2.42 remaining in the third. Signe Langenfelde knocked down a three-pointer and two foul shots in a 9-1 run for a 45:37 going into the fourth. In the last period Greece trailed for the whole time, however closed to 50:46 with 4 minutes in the game. Nikolopoulou's shot brought intrigue at 53:50 with 2 minutes in the last stanza. A 4-0 run was however the last in the game for Latvia that celebrated a win sending them to the qualifying round.

Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 22+ 14 rebs, Signe Langenfelde 9, Neimane 8
Greece U20:Anna Spyridopoulou 16, Ioanna Diela 11

GROUP C
Ukraine U20-Russia U20 58:60
Russia U20 won the battle for the top place in Group B of U20 European Championship for Women. The team finished the group with 3-0 record, while Ukraine advanced as well with 2-1. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) led the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elena Pavlova (184-G/F-89) posted 11, whilst Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) scored 9. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 17 points.
Russia easily scored first 8 points in the game as Elena Pavlova and Ezhova nailed three pointers each. Ukraine had difficult time catching up but ended up with 13:20 after the opening quarter. Kisilova's three closed the gap from the arc. In the second period Ukraine played better but still could not tie the score. Again Kisilova made a free throw for 30:31 and then Prystupa sent the teams to the lockers with 31:33.
Arina Lysyuk tied the campaign at 35:35 as both teams appeared in the court. Russia played tough and did not allow to grab the opponents the lead. After 30 minutes of the game the board showed 48:45 for the Russian squad. The most interesting part was in the end of the game when Ukraine tied the game again. Malashenko made two free throws for 58:58 with 26 seconds remaining in the game. Yevgeniya Sharovka (170-G-88) got 5th personal foul and Petrova made two free throws for Russia. Ukraine tried hard in the last 11 seconds but could score, being defeated 58:60.

Ukraine U20: Arina Lysyuk 17, Yevgeniya Sharovka 13

Russia U20: Natalia Vieru 14+12 rebs, Elena Pavlova 11, Olga Zhuzhgova 9

Lithuania U20 - Bulgaria U20 65:60
Lithuanian U20 National Team rebounded well after a stunning loss from Ukraine to deliver the performance their fans had been waiting for. Lithuania snatched a narrow but vital victory over Bulgaria to book their spot in the qualifying round of the European championship. The teams opened the game in a seesaw manner. The punched were flying high as the tension grew with every passing second. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) finally found her touch as she knocked down 8 points in the first frame and Lithuania grabbed a 19:17 advantage before the second frame. Georgieva nailed a jump shot to tie teams at the start of the second frame. Lithuania however regained the lead and kept ahead throughout the second stanza. Lithuanian youngsters enjoyed a 31:28 lead at halftime. Todorova and Maria Tzankova (179-F/G-88) put Bulgaria in charge early in the third frame but Gintare Petronyte and Kamile Nacickaite (174-G-89) propelled Lithuania back in front. Povilionyte crowned the quarter with a jumper and Lithuania earned a 52:44 lead before the final stanza. Gintare Petronyte scored 4 points at the beginning of the final term as the margin grew to 12 points. Georgieva and Maria Tzankova cut the deficit to 6 points with less than 2 minutes remaining. But Lithuania withstood the effort and Morkunaite sealed the must-win for the Baltic team. Gintare Petronyte tallied 24 points and 11 caroms to pace Lithuania. Kamile Nacickaite had 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Maria Tzankova nailed 16 points for Bulgaria. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the third straight loss for Bulgaria.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 24+11 boards, Kamile Nacickaite 11, Saule Kontautaite (175-G-89) 8
Bulgaria U20: Maria Tzankova 16, Jaklin Zlatanova 14

GROUP D
Montenegro U20 - Belgium U20 92:83
Montenegrin U20 National Team celebrated a key victory over Belgium in the preliminary Group D of the European Championship. They overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to grab their first win at the tournament and advanced to the qualifying stage. Montenegro jumped to a quick start as Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) and Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) put them up 10:2. However Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Julie Vermeire (184-C-89) teamed up for 13 points and Belgium tied the score at 22 at the end of the first frame. Ciappina nailed 7 straight points for Belgium as they surged ahead midway through the second stanza. Demonceau and Julie Vermeire capped the second frame and Belgian side claimed a 43:36 advantage at the interval. Julie Vermeire and Sara Leemans stretched the margin to as many as 11 points early in the third stanza. But Montenegro never surrendered as Milica Jovanovic sparked a comeback effort. She nailed 10 points and the teams were all square at 67 after three quarters of action. The lead changed hands for six times before Snezana Aleksic and Marija Vujadinovic (175-G-90) put Montenegro up by 7 points with a minute remaining. Belgium failed to recover and Snezana Aleksic sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Snezana Aleksic was simply unbelievable with 37 points, 7 assists, 6 steals and 5 boards for Montenegro. Milica Jovanovic nailed 27 points, while Marija Vujadinovic had 14 points for the winners. Sara Leemans answered with 20 points and 8 boards for Belgium. Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89) and Julie Vermeire had 13 points apiece in defeat. Belgium outrebounded their opponents 41:33 but suffered 19 turnovers.

Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 37, Milica Jovanovic 27, Marija Vujadinovic 14
Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 20, Jasmina Rosseel 13, Julie Vermeire 13

Spain U20 - Belarus U20 70:58
Spanish U20 Team wrapped up their preliminary campaign at the European championship in Italy in style. Spanish team posted their third consecutive victory at the European event beating Belarus today. Spaniards got to a slow start as Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) and Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) paced Belarus to a 7:0 start. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) and Butsyanava kept the Belarusian team in front and soon Belarus extended their lead to 13 points. Ocete and Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) clipped the distance to 9 points at the end of the first quarter. Georgina Bahi ignited a 19:2 run from Spain to open the second frame. Spanish team took over and drove to a 39:38 lead at halftime. Natallia Kozun and Butsyanava regained the lead for Belarus early in the second half. Natallia Kozuns jumper opened a double digit lead midway through the frame but Georgina Bahi closed the quarter with 4 points in a row and Spain trailed by just 3 points. Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) drained a three-pointer to give the start to the fourth stanza and squared things up at 51. Georgina Bahi nailed 4 points and Agullo fired from downtown to post a 58:53 advantage for Spanish team. Noelia Oliva (175-G-88), Bokesa and Agullo stretched the margin and eventually sealed the victory for Spain. Georgina Bahi led the charge with 15 points. Noelia Oliva and Jael Freixanet notched 11 points for the winning side. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Volha Vashkevich answered with 13 points for Belarus. Natallia Kozun had 11 points and 7 boards in a loss. Both Spain and Belarus advanced to the qualifying round of the tournament.

Spain U20: Georgina Bahi 15, Noelia Oliva 11, Jael Freixanet 11
Belarus U20: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 13, Volha Vashkevich 13


Division B results and stats. Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Group A

Hungary - Slovak Republic 64-52
Slovak Republic suffered the first defeat in Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B in Poland thus it currently has score 2-1. On the other side Hungary recorded second victory on the championship thanks to nice performance Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89) and Zsofia Varga (182-F-89). Slovakia had terribly shot percentage from behind the arc as well as from the free throw line (20% 3-pts, 57% FTs). Slovakians also committed 29 turnovers. Hungary started the game with attitude creating 8 points lead very soon. In the second quarter Hungarians extended lead even more so they went on the half time with 34-22. Afther the breather it was expected that Slovakia show better performance but that didn't happen. Slovakians succeeded to score just 9 points in this period having minus 17 before the last stanza. During these 10 minutes Slovakia succeeded just to make this defeat acceptable decreasing its minus to 12 points.

Finda Mansare paced the winners registering 18 points and 8 rebounds. Zsofia Varga also shined for Hungary with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Dora Szondy (173-G-88) followed scoring 9 points. Slovakia got double-double from Lucia Krc Turbova (184-F-87), who added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) and Janka Mincikova (169-G-89) stopped on 9 points each. All teams will have day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday Hungary will meet Great Britain. Slovakia will play its next game on Wednesday against the same team.


Hungary - Slovak Republic 64-52
(20-12,14-10,14-9,16-21)

Hungary:
Finda Mansare 18 (8 rebs), Zsofia Varga 12 (7 rebs), Dora Szondy 9
Slovak Republic: Lucia Krc Turbova 12 (10 rebs), Katarina Slimakova 9, Janka Mincikova 9
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Ireland - Great Britain 78-66
Ireland managed to register first win on U20 European Championship division B. After two inconvenient defeats against Hungary and Slovakia, Ireland finally demonstrated nice performance. Their opponent Great Britain remains winless on this competition with score 0-2. Everything started good for British as they grabbed 6 points lead after first stanza. Visitors on this game succeeded to resist during the next 10 minutes which resulted with 34-39 at the half time. Third frame didn't change anything as Great Britain, thanks to Mrashi Nilla Karumba (-89) and Leah Dehaan (178-G-89), extended its lead even more. They entered into the crucial 10 minutes having solid advantage of 7 points and at that time it seemed that British confidently head to the win in this game. Suddenly Irish woke up starting to play more aggressive showing strong attitude. They intensified defense stopping Great Britain on just 6 points in this quarter. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88), Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) and Mairead McNally (-88) made their shots and very soon big turn happened.

Rachel Clancy was the best player for the winners collecting 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Aishling Sullivan, who scored 14 points, and Mairead McNally, who netted 13 points, followed her. Great Britain got 14 points and 5 rebounds from Mrashi Nilla Karumba while Leah Dehaan scored 12 points. Ireland will take on Romania on Tuesday while Great Britain will play against Hungary.


Ireland - Great Britatin 78-66
(13-19,21-20,19-21,25-6)

Ireland:
Rachel Clancy 14 (5 rebs, 4 as), Aishling Sullivan 14, Mairead McNally 13
Great Britain: Mrashi Nilla Karumba 14 (5 rebs), Leah Dehaan 12
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Group B

Sweden - Poland 69-66
Sweden remains undefeated in Preliminary Group B on U20 European Championship. The game between Swedish and Polish turned into a real thriller. Sweden took control on the host team at the early beginning. Thanks to two triples by Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) and one by Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) Swedish grabbed 14-8 lead. Very soon Polish answered through Agnieszka Skobel but they still didn't succeeded to equalize. Twins Eldebrink continues in the same rhythm in the second frame while Polish struggled a lot with their offensive sets. After 20 minutes it was 36-25 for Sweden. Situation started to change during the next 10 minutes while in the last stanza Poland made great finish. With just one second remaining Poland had advantage of two points but then Frida Eldebrink gout fouled after what she scored two free throws for the over time. After almost three minutes of the extra time teams were equalized 66-66. During the last two minutes Poland committed two turnovers after what Agnieszka Skobel missed a jump shot. On the other side Frida Eldebrink drained 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining improving score of her team to 2-0. Poland dropped on 1-2.

Elin Eldebrink showed very good performance finished the game with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink followed her sister with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Agnieszka Skobel was the best in Poland with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) had 13 points and 8 rebounds. All teams will have day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday Sweden will play against Netherlands. Poland will also meet Netherlands but on Wednesday.


Sweden - Poland 69-66
(20-17,16-8,10-13,14-22,9-6)

Sweden:
Elin Eldebrink 25 (5 rebs), Frida Eldebrink 17 (8 rebs, 4 as, 4 st)
Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 19 (10 rebs, 4 as), Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 13 (8 rebs)
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Portugal - Netherlands 66-69
In very interesting game Netherlands succeeded to create second victory in its second appearance on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Portugal was very close to first win in Group B but unfortunately to its fans they dropped to score 0-3. Interesting is that Portugal totally outrebounded its rivals today. Portuguese finished the game having 53 boards while on the other side Netherlands made 37. Both teams played almost leveled first quarter. In the second one Portugal improved a little bit what was enough for plus 4 at the half time. Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) dominated at the offensive end while her teammate Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) couldn't find a good stroke from behind the arc. Different picture was seen on the court in third stanza. Portugal succeeded to score just 8 points in this period while on the other side Francisca Donders (170-G-89) took care for points in Netherlands, which made plus 3 before the last stanza. Portugal managed to equalize until the end of the regular time but players from Netherlands were more concentrated during the extra five minutes.

Netherlands got the most from Francisca Donders, who had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sharon Beld (184-F-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds while Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nadia Tavares was the best in Portugal scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 boards. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) registered 12 points and 9 rebounds while Joana Bernardeco stopped on 10 points. Netherlands will meet Sweden on Tuesday while Portugal will play against Israel.


Portugal - Netherlands 66-69
(18-20,16-10,8-15,16-13,8-11)

Portugal:
Nadia Tavares 21 (11 rebs), Larisse Lima 12 (9 rebs), Joana Bernardeco 10
Netherlands: Francisca Donders 16 (7 rebs, 4 as), Sharon Beld 14 (8 rebs), Myrthe Beld 12 (4 rebs, 4 as)



W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Italy2-1
2. Serbia2-1
3. France2-1
4. Germany0-3
Group B
1. Latvia2-1
2. Turkey2-1
3. Czech Repu.2-1
4. Greece0-3
Group C
1. Russia3-0
2. Ukraine2-1
3. Lithuania1-2
4. Bulgaria0-3
Group D
1. Spain3-0
2. Belarus2-1
3. Monteneg.1-2
4. Belgium0-3


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  FRANCE - Women  


Trailing 24 points France U20 egdes Serbia U20 - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20-France U20 59:66

France U20 upset the favorite of U20 European Championship for Women beating Serbia U20 66:59. Trailing 13:29 in the opening quarter, French squad came back to the game and recovered 24 points after the first half. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) led the winners with 19 points. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) nailed 14, while Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) scored 10. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat, while Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) posted 14 and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Serbia U20 was too good in the beginning of the game and proved the ambitions for the top places. Jelena Milovanovic gace her team 16:6 in the opening tip with no doubt for the favorite. Serbia created 12-0 run to finish the first period at 29:13 and looked awesome in the game. Moreover Sonja Petrovic made plus 20 in the middle of the second quarter. It was her again to close the first half at 45:23.
The second half was a huge difference in comparison with the first. French squad came back to the game with another mood and desire. Dragana Gobeljic's lay-up left Serbia ahead 57:46 only to have the French finish the game on a 20-2 spurt. Sarah Michel drained another long ball and was later followed by triples from Ingrid Tanqueray and Carine Paul, the later of which evened the game at 59:59 with less than two minutes to play. Amant sent France in front and then Sarah Michel made a lay-up for the team. Tanqueray brought French team the second win and the hard win over the tough Serbia.

Serbia U20:Sonja Petrovic 17+7 rebs, Dragana Gobeljic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13+11 rebs
France U20:Sarah Michel 19, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 14, Lorraine Lokoka 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


Berger stays in Wasserburg - by Cornelius Damm
The successfull German inside duo Katharina Kuehn and Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) of TSV 1880 Wasserburg will rumble again in the paints in German DBBL. Berger earned a contract extension for 2008/09 by Wasserburg just as well as her friend and roomie Kuehn a couple of days ago. TSV 1880 Wasserburg head coach Hans Brei called her his best center until her injury in the beginning of the year 2008. She returned just before the Play Offs to help her team win its fifth consecutive championship. Berger wont play for the German National Team this summer to recover completely and return strong for the upcoming season 2008/09.

Italy U20 sent Germany U20 to play for stay in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Germany U20 67:55

Italian U20 team had another win in U20 European Championship for Women to improve to 2-1 record. The last game of Group A saw Italian team edging Germany U20 67:55. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) and Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) led the winners with 14 points each. Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) supported them with 12 points as Italy advanced to the Qualifying round. Julia Trogele (191-C-89) top-scored with 13 points in the losing effort as Germany will play for stay in Division A.
Italy opened the game slow but confident and won the opening tip if it. In the end of the first quarter Italy used 7-0 run to finish the period at 17:7. Mugge reduced for Germany in the middle of the second quarter scoring for 23:18. Bove'a three closed the half at 34:25 for Italian squad. Germany came back to the game fresher producing first 5 points in the second half. Moreover Wiebke Bruns (182-F-90) with a lay-up cut the deficit to 37:34 with 6.26. Italy created 17-5 run to seal 52:39 at the end of the third quarter. Germany mounted in the last spurt in the final stanza reducing to 4 points. Julia Trogele from the free throw line made it 56:52. Italy held the score and even increased the win due to some baskets in the end.

Italy U20:Chiara Consolini 14, Sabrina Cinili 14, Valeria Battisodo 12
Germany U20:Julia Trogele 13, Wiebke Bruns 7


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  GREECE - Women  


Latvia advances, Greece will play to stay in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Greece U20 57:50

Latvia U20 won over Greece U 20 to finish Group B with 2-1 record. Only due to the third quarter Greece could not celebrate the first win in U20 European Championship for Women. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) was unstoppable with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Signe Langenfelde (179-F-88) netted 9, while Neimane scored 8. Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) top-scored for the Greek team with 16 points, while Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 11. Greece dropped to 0-3 and will play to stay in Division A.
Latvia pulled the game for 3-0 in the opening tip and Spyridopoulou tied at 7:7. Gailite made it 15:12 and then again Anna Spyridopoulou closed the quarter at 15:15. Merisioti gave Greece plus 10 and Diela made it 29:17 for them. Latvia could create 11-2 to finish the half at 31:31.
The Latvian defence stepped up at the start of the second half, holding Greece without a basket for nearly 5 minutes. Tsiaousi tied at 36:36 with 2.42 remaining in the third. Signe Langenfelde knocked down a three-pointer and two foul shots in a 9-1 run for a 45:37 going into the fourth. In the last period Greece trailed for the whole time, however closed to 50:46 with 4 minutes in the game. Nikolopoulou's shot brought intrigue at 53:50 with 2 minutes in the last stanza. A 4-0 run was however the last in the game for Latvia that celebrated a win sending them to the qualifying round.

Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 22+ 14 rebs, Signe Langenfelde 9, Neimane 8
Greece U20:Anna Spyridopoulou 16, Ioanna Diela 11


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Netherlands celebrates in thriller against Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Netherlands 66-69

In very interesting game Netherlands succeeded to create second victory in its second appearance on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Portugal was very close to first win in Group B but unfortunately to its fans they dropped to score 0-3. Interesting is that Portugal totally outrebounded its rivals today. Portuguese finished the game having 53 boards while on the other side Netherlands made 37. Both teams played almost leveled first quarter. In the second one Portugal improved a little bit what was enough for plus 4 at the half time. Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) dominated at the offensive end while her teammate Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) couldn't find a good stroke from behind the arc. Different picture was seen on the court in third stanza. Portugal succeeded to score just 8 points in this period while on the other side Francisca Donders (170-G-89) took care for points in Netherlands, which made plus 3 before the last stanza. Portugal managed to equalize until the end of the regular time but players from Netherlands were more concentrated during the extra five minutes.

Netherlands got the most from Francisca Donders, who had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sharon Beld (184-F-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds while Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nadia Tavares was the best in Portugal scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 boards. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) registered 12 points and 9 rebounds while Joana Bernardeco stopped on 10 points. Netherlands will meet Sweden on Tuesday while Portugal will play against Israel.


Portugal - Netherlands 66-69
(18-20,16-10,8-15,16-13,8-11)

Portugal:
Nadia Tavares 21 (11 rebs), Larisse Lima 12 (9 rebs), Joana Bernardeco 10
Netherlands: Francisca Donders 16 (7 rebs, 4 as), Sharon Beld 14 (8 rebs), Myrthe Beld 12 (4 rebs, 4 as)


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U20 EC, division B: First defeat for Slovakia, Hungary perfect so far - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Slovak Republic 64-52

Slovak Republic suffered the first defeat in Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B in Poland thus it currently has score 2-1. On the other side Hungary recorded second victory on the championship thanks to nice performance Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89) and Zsofia Varga (182-F-89). Slovakia had not so good shot percentage from behind the arc as well as from the free throw line (20% 3-pts, 57% FTs). Slovakians also committed 29 turnovers. Hungary started the game with attitude creating 8 points lead very soon. In the second quarter Hungarians extended lead even more so they went on the half time with 34-22. Afther the breather it was expected that Slovakia show better performance but that didn't happen. Slovakians succeeded to score just 9 points in this period having minus 17 before the last stanza. During these 10 minutes Slovakia succeeded just to make this defeat acceptable decreasing its minus to 12 points.

Finda Mansare paced the winners registering 18 points and 8 rebounds. Zsofia Varga also shined for Hungary with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Dora Szondy (173-G-88) followed scoring 9 points. Slovakia got double-double from Lucia Krc Turbova (184-F-87), who added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) and Janka Mincikova (169-G-89) stopped on 9 points each. All teams will have day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday Hungary will meet Great Britain. Slovakia will play its next game on Wednesday against the same team.


Hungary - Slovak Republic 64-52
(20-12,14-10,14-9,16-21)

Hungary:
Finda Mansare 18 (8 rebs), Zsofia Varga 12 (7 rebs), Dora Szondy 9
Slovak Republic: Lucia Krc Turbova 12 (10 rebs), Katarina Slimakova 9, Janka Mincikova 9


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  IRELAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Ireland grabs first win, Great Britain still winless - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Great Britain 78-66

Ireland managed to register first win on U20 European Championship division B. After two inconvenient defeats against Hungary and Slovakia, Ireland finally demonstrated nice performance. Their opponent Great Britain remains winless on this competition with score 0-2. Everything started good for British as they grabbed 6 points lead after first stanza. Visitors on this game succeeded to resist during the next 10 minutes which resulted with 34-39 at the half time. Third frame didn't change anything as Great Britain, thanks to Mrashi Nilla Karumba (-89) and Leah Dehaan (178-G-89), extended its lead even more. They entered into the crucial 10 minutes having solid advantage of 7 points and at that time it seemed that British confidently head to the win in this game. Suddenly Irish woke up starting to play more aggressive showing strong attitude. They intensified defense stopping Great Britain on just 6 points in this quarter. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88), Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) and Mairead McNally (-88) made their shots and very soon big turn happened.

Rachel Clancy was the best player for the winners collecting 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Aishling Sullivan, who scored 14 points, and Mairead McNally, who netted 13 points, followed her. Great Britain got 14 points and 5 rebounds from Mrashi Nilla Karumba while Leah Dehaan scored 12 points. Ireland will take on Romania on Tuesday while Great Britain will play against Hungary.


Ireland - Great Britatin 78-66
(13-19,21-20,19-21,25-6)

Ireland:
Rachel Clancy 14 (5 rebs, 4 as), Aishling Sullivan 14, Mairead McNally 13
Great Britain: Mrashi Nilla Karumba 14 (5 rebs), Leah Dehaan 12


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U20 sent Germany U20 to play for stay in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Germany U20 67:55

Italian U20 team had another win in U20 European Championship for Women to improve to 2-1 record. The last game of Group A saw Italian team edging Germany U20 67:55. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) and Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) led the winners with 14 points each. Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) supported them with 12 points as Italy advanced to the Qualifying round. Julia Trogele (191-C-89) top-scored with 13 points in the losing effort as Germany will play for stay in Division A.
Italy opened the game slow but confident and won the opening tip if it. In the end of the first quarter Italy used 7-0 run to finish the period at 17:7. Mugge reduced for Germany in the middle of the second quarter scoring for 23:18. Bove'a three closed the half at 34:25 for Italian squad. Germany came back to the game fresher producing first 5 points in the second half. Moreover Wiebke Bruns (182-F-90) with a lay-up cut the deficit to 37:34 with 6.26. Italy created 17-5 run to seal 52:39 at the end of the third quarter. Germany mounted in the last spurt in the final stanza reducing to 4 points. Julia Trogele from the free throw line made it 56:52. Italy held the score and even increased the win due to some baskets in the end.

Italy U20:Chiara Consolini 14, Sabrina Cinili 14, Valeria Battisodo 12
Germany U20:Julia Trogele 13, Wiebke Bruns 7


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  JAPAN - Women  


Oga loses three in a row with her Phoenix - by Eurobasket News

Last night Chelsea Newton nailed career-high 18 points for the Monarchs and they dropped Yuko Oga (170-G-82)'s Phoenix 105:97 at home court. Nicole Powell and Kara Lawson delivered 15 points each as the Monarchs improved to 10-11 record in the season. Cappie Pondexter poured in game-high 33 points, while Diana Taurasi secured 20 points in a losing effort. The Mercury committed 19 turnovers down the stretch and lost their second game in row. Yuko Oga ended up with 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.
On July 10th Lauren Jackson nailed 19 points in the second half and the Seattle Storm overcame the visiting Phoenix Mercury 89:78 at the Key Arena. Swin Cash added 14 points, while Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright secured 11 points apiece for the winners. Cappie Pondexter dropped 20 points for the Mercury. Diana Taurasi was held to 16 points in a loss. Back-to-back trebles from Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson allowed the Storm to build a 10-point lead late in the third frame. The hosts then did not look back stretching the gap to as many as 19 in the final quarter. The Mercury dropped the third out of the last four games. Yuko Oga netted 2 points making 2/2 free throws.

Her Phoenix is now 9-11 and covers the bottom of the Western Conference.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia advances, Greece will play to stay in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Greece U20 57:50

Latvia U20 won over Greece U 20 to finish Group B with 2-1 record. Only due to the third quarter Greece could not celebrate the first win in U20 European Championship for Women. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) was unstoppable with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Signe Langenfelde (179-F-88) netted 9, while Neimane scored 8. Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) top-scored for the Greek team with 16 points, while Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 11. Greece dropped to 0-3 and will play to stay in Division A.
Latvia pulled the game for 3-0 in the opening tip and Spyridopoulou tied at 7:7. Gailite made it 15:12 and then again Anna Spyridopoulou closed the quarter at 15:15. Merisioti gave Greece plus 10 and Diela made it 29:17 for them. Latvia could create 11-2 to finish the half at 31:31.
The Latvian defence stepped up at the start of the second half, holding Greece without a basket for nearly 5 minutes. Tsiaousi tied at 36:36 with 2.42 remaining in the third. Signe Langenfelde knocked down a three-pointer and two foul shots in a 9-1 run for a 45:37 going into the fourth. In the last period Greece trailed for the whole time, however closed to 50:46 with 4 minutes in the game. Nikolopoulou's shot brought intrigue at 53:50 with 2 minutes in the last stanza. A 4-0 run was however the last in the game for Latvia that celebrated a win sending them to the qualifying round.

Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 22+ 14 rebs, Signe Langenfelde 9, Neimane 8
Greece U20:Anna Spyridopoulou 16, Ioanna Diela 11


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian U20 team takes the last train to qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Bulgaria U20 65:60

Lithuanian U20 National Team rebounded well after a stunning loss from Ukraine to deliver the performance their fans had been waiting for. Lithuania snatched a narrow but vital victory over Bulgaria to book their spot in the qualifying round of the European championship. The teams opened the game in a seesaw manner. The punched were flying high as the tension grew with every passing second. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) finally found her touch as she knocked down 8 points in the first frame and Lithuania grabbed a 19:17 advantage before the second frame. Georgieva nailed a jump shot to tie teams at the start of the second frame. Lithuania however regained the lead and kept ahead throughout the second stanza. Lithuanian youngsters enjoyed a 31:28 lead at halftime. Todorova and Maria Tzankova (179-F/G-88) put Bulgaria in charge early in the third frame but Gintare Petronyte and Kamile Nacickaite (174-G-89) propelled Lithuania back in front. Povilionyte crowned the quarter with a jumper and Lithuania earned a 52:44 lead before the final stanza. Gintare Petronyte scored 4 points at the beginning of the final term as the margin grew to 12 points. Georgieva and Maria Tzankova cut the deficit to 6 points with less than 2 minutes remaining. But Lithuania withstood the effort and Morkunaite sealed the must-win for the Baltic team. Gintare Petronyte tallied 24 points and 11 caroms to pace Lithuania. Kamile Nacickaite had 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Maria Tzankova nailed 16 points for Bulgaria. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the third straight loss for Bulgaria.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 24+11 boards, Kamile Nacickaite 11, Saule Kontautaite (175-G-89) 8
Bulgaria U20: Maria Tzankova 16, Jaklin Zlatanova 14


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro U20 defeats Belgium to reach qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Belgium U20 92:83

Montenegrin U20 National Team celebrated a key victory over Belgium in the preliminary Group D of the European Championship. They overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to grab their first win at the tournament and advanced to the qualifying stage. Montenegro jumped to a quick start as Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) and Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) put them up 10:2. However Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Julie Vermeire (184-C-89) teamed up for 13 points and Belgium tied the score at 22 at the end of the first frame. Ciappina nailed 7 straight points for Belgium as they surged ahead midway through the second stanza. Demonceau and Julie Vermeire capped the second frame and Belgian side claimed a 43:36 advantage at the interval. Julie Vermeire and Sara Leemans stretched the margin to as many as 11 points early in the third stanza. But Montenegro never surrendered as Milica Jovanovic sparked a comeback effort. She nailed 10 points and the teams were all square at 67 after three quarters of action. The lead changed hands for six times before Snezana Aleksic and Marija Vujadinovic (175-G-90) put Montenegro up by 7 points with a minute remaining. Belgium failed to recover and Snezana Aleksic sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Snezana Aleksic was simply unbelievable with 37 points, 7 assists, 6 steals and 5 boards for Montenegro. Milica Jovanovic nailed 27 points, while Marija Vujadinovic had 14 points for the winners. Sara Leemans answered with 20 points and 8 boards for Belgium. Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89) and Julie Vermeire had 13 points apiece in defeat. Belgium outrebounded their opponents 41:33 but suffered 19 turnovers.

Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 37, Milica Jovanovic 27, Marija Vujadinovic 14
Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 20, Jasmina Rosseel 13, Julie Vermeire 13


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Sanni scores over the Sun - by Eurobasket News
Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) and her Detroit overcame a 5-point first period deficit to knock down the Connecticut at the Palace of Auburn Hills on July 8th. The victory meant Detroit leapfrogged Connecticut for the top spot in the Eastern conference ladder. Plenette Pierson nailed 23 points to lead the Shock. The Sun still led by 3 points at halftime but the hosts took over in the second half. Cheryl Ford scored 9 points in the final period to lead the Shock to an 80:75 advantage, while Deanna Nolan followed the effort with a three-pointer to put the home team away for good late in regulation. Katie Smith scored 17 points, while Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan had 16 points each in a win. Olayinka Sanni ended up with 2 points showing 100% from the field. Asjha Jones answered with 21 points for the Sun. Lindsay Whalen tallied 20 points, 8 assists and 7 boards in defeat.
The New York Liberty held off the Detroit Shock 74:64 at the Madison Square Garden yesterday. The hosts overcame an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to drive to the 10th win in the season. Shameka Christon dropped 19 points for the Liberty. Loree Moore and Janel McCarville secured 13 points apiece in a winning case. Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson responded with 13 points apiece for the Shock. Cheryl Ford accounted for 11 points and 12 boards as Detroit lost their fourth straight on the road.


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  POLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Sweden outsmarts Poland in extremely dramatic finish - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Poland 69-66

Sweden remains undefeated in Preliminary Group B on U20 European Championship. The game between Swedish and Polish turned into a real thriller. Sweden took control on the host team at the early beginning. Thanks to two triples by Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) and one by Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) Swedish grabbed 14-8 lead. Very soon Polish answered through Agnieszka Skobel but they still didn't succeeded to equalize. Twins Eldebrink continues in the same rhythm in the second frame while Polish struggled a lot with their offensive sets. After 20 minutes it was 36-25 for Sweden. Situation started to change during the next 10 minutes while in the last stanza Poland made great finish. With just one second remaining Poland had advantage of two points but then Frida Eldebrink gout fouled after what she scored two free throws for the over time. After almost three minutes of the extra time teams were equalized 66-66. During the last two minutes Poland committed two turnovers after what Agnieszka Skobel missed a jump shot. On the other side Frida Eldebrink drained 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining improving score of her team to 2-0. Poland dropped on 1-2.

Elin Eldebrink showed very good performance finished the game with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink followed her sister with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Agnieszka Skobel was the best in Poland with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) had 13 points and 8 rebounds. All teams will have day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday Sweden will play against Netherlands. Poland will also meet Netherlands but on Wednesday.


Sweden - Poland 69-66
(20-17,16-8,10-13,14-22,9-6)

Sweden:
Elin Eldebrink 25 (5 rebs), Frida Eldebrink 17 (8 rebs, 4 as, 4 st)
Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 19 (10 rebs, 4 as), Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 13 (8 rebs)


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Penicheiro reaches another wins with the Monarchs - by Eurobasket News
Chelsea Newton nailed career-high 18 points for the Monarchs and they dropped Phoenix 105:97 at home court. Nicole Powell and Kara Lawson delivered 15 points each as the Monarchs improved to 10-11 record in the season. Cappie Pondexter poured in game-high 33 points, while Diana Taurasi secured 20 points in a losing effort. The Mercury committed 19 turnovers down the stretch and lost their second game in row. Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) produced 14 points and 6 assists for her team.
The Sacramento Monarchs held off the Los Angeles Sparks 87:69 at home court on July 10th. Nicole Powell nailed 24 points to pace the Monarchs. Kara Lawson added 13 points 10 of them coming in the decisive third period in the game. Lawson ignited the hosts to a 29:11 run in the third period as the Monarchs built an unassailable 15-point cushion before the final stanza. Patricia Penicheiro contributed 15 points and dished out season-high 9 assists. Candace Parker answered with 14 points, 11 boards and 6 blocks in defeat. Sidney Spencer had 14 points for the Sparks. Sacramento forced Los Angeles to as many as 27 turnovers and shot 44% from the field. The Monarchs are now tied with the Houston Comets at the bottom of the Western Conference.
On July 9th Patricia Penicheiro scored 6 points in a 64:79 loss to Seattle.


U20 EC, division B: Netherlands celebrates in thriller against Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Netherlands 66-69

In very interesting game Netherlands succeeded to create second victory in its second appearance on U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Portugal was very close to first win in Group B but unfortunately to its fans they dropped to score 0-3. Interesting is that Portugal totally outrebounded its rivals today. Portuguese finished the game having 53 boards while on the other side Netherlands made 37. Both teams played almost leveled first quarter. In the second one Portugal improved a little bit what was enough for plus 4 at the half time. Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) dominated at the offensive end while her teammate Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) couldn't find a good stroke from behind the arc. Different picture was seen on the court in third stanza. Portugal succeeded to score just 8 points in this period while on the other side Francisca Donders (170-G-89) took care for points in Netherlands, which made plus 3 before the last stanza. Portugal managed to equalize until the end of the regular time but players from Netherlands were more concentrated during the extra five minutes.

Netherlands got the most from Francisca Donders, who had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sharon Beld (184-F-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds while Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nadia Tavares was the best in Portugal scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 boards. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) registered 12 points and 9 rebounds while Joana Bernardeco stopped on 10 points. Netherlands will meet Sweden on Tuesday while Portugal will play against Israel.


Portugal - Netherlands 66-69
(18-20,16-10,8-15,16-13,8-11)

Portugal:
Nadia Tavares 21 (11 rebs), Larisse Lima 12 (9 rebs), Joana Bernardeco 10
Netherlands: Francisca Donders 16 (7 rebs, 4 as), Sharon Beld 14 (8 rebs), Myrthe Beld 12 (4 rebs, 4 as)


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  RUSSIA - Women  


A battle for the first - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Russia U20 58:60

Russia U20 won the battle for the top place in Group B of U20 European Championship for Women. The team finished the group with 3-0 record, while Ukraine advanced as well with 2-1. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) led the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elena Pavlova (184-G/F-89) posted 11, whilst Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) scored 9. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 17 points.
Russia easily scored first 8 points in the game as Elena Pavlova and Ezhova nailed three pointers each. Ukraine had difficult time catching up but ended up with 13:20 after the opening quarter. Kisilova's three closed the gap from the arc. In the second period Ukraine played better but still could not tie the score. Again Kisilova made a free throw for 30:31 and then Prystupa sent the teams to the lockers with 31:33.
Arina Lysyuk tied the campaign at 35:35 as both teams appeared in the court. Russia played tough and did not allow to grab the opponents the lead. After 30 minutes of the game the board showed 48:45 for the Russian squad. The most interesting part was in the end of the game when Ukraine tied the game again. Malashenko made two free throws for 58:58 with 26 seconds remaining in the game. Yevgeniya Sharovka (170-G-88) got 5th personal foul and Petrova made two free throws for Russia. Ukraine tried hard in the last 11 seconds but could score, being defeated 58:60.

Ukraine U20: Arina Lysyuk 17, Yevgeniya Sharovka 13
Russia U20: Natalia Vieru 14+12 rebs, Elena Pavlova 11, Olga Zhuzhgova 9


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  SERBIA - Women  


Trailing 24 points France U20 egdes Serbia U20 - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20-France U20 59:66

France U20 upset the favorite of U20 European Championship for Women beating Serbia U20 66:59. Trailing 13:29 in the opening quarter, French squad came back to the game and recovered 24 points after the first half. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) led the winners with 19 points. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) nailed 14, while Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) scored 10. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat, while Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) posted 14 and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Serbia U20 was too good in the beginning of the game and proved the ambitions for the top places. Jelena Milovanovic gace her team 16:6 in the opening tip with no doubt for the favorite. Serbia created 12-0 run to finish the first period at 29:13 and looked awesome in the game. Moreover Sonja Petrovic made plus 20 in the middle of the second quarter. It was her again to close the first half at 45:23.
The second half was a huge difference in comparison with the first. French squad came back to the game with another mood and desire. Dragana Gobeljic's lay-up left Serbia ahead 57:46 only to have the French finish the game on a 20-2 spurt. Sarah Michel drained another long ball and was later followed by triples from Ingrid Tanqueray and Carine Paul, the later of which evened the game at 59:59 with less than two minutes to play. Amant sent France in front and then Sarah Michel made a lay-up for the team. Tanqueray brought French team the second win and the hard win over the tough Serbia.

Serbia U20:Sonja Petrovic 17+7 rebs, Dragana Gobeljic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13+11 rebs
France U20:Sarah Michel 19, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 14, Lorraine Lokoka 10


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U20 EC, division B: First defeat for Slovakia, Hungary perfect so far - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Slovak Republic 64-52

Slovak Republic suffered the first defeat in Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship division B in Poland thus it currently has score 2-1. On the other side Hungary recorded second victory on the championship thanks to nice performance Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89) and Zsofia Varga (182-F-89). Slovakia had not so good shot percentage from behind the arc as well as from the free throw line (20% 3-pts, 57% FTs). Slovakians also committed 29 turnovers. Hungary started the game with attitude creating 8 points lead very soon. In the second quarter Hungarians extended lead even more so they went on the half time with 34-22. Afther the breather it was expected that Slovakia show better performance but that didn't happen. Slovakians succeeded to score just 9 points in this period having minus 17 before the last stanza. During these 10 minutes Slovakia succeeded just to make this defeat acceptable decreasing its minus to 12 points.

Finda Mansare paced the winners registering 18 points and 8 rebounds. Zsofia Varga also shined for Hungary with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Dora Szondy (173-G-88) followed scoring 9 points. Slovakia got double-double from Lucia Krc Turbova (184-F-87), who added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) and Janka Mincikova (169-G-89) stopped on 9 points each. All teams will have day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday Hungary will meet Great Britain. Slovakia will play its next game on Wednesday against the same team.


Hungary - Slovak Republic 64-52
(20-12,14-10,14-9,16-21)

Hungary:
Finda Mansare 18 (8 rebs), Zsofia Varga 12 (7 rebs), Dora Szondy 9
Slovak Republic: Lucia Krc Turbova 12 (10 rebs), Katarina Slimakova 9, Janka Mincikova 9


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U20 defeats Belarus in Sulmona - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Belarus U20 70:58

Spanish U20 Team wrapped up their preliminary campaign at the European championship in Italy in style. Spanish team posted their third consecutive victory at the European event beating Belarus today. Spaniards got to a slow start as Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) and Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) paced Belarus to a 7:0 start. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) and Butsyanava kept the Belarusian team in front and soon Belarus extended their lead to 13 points. Ocete and Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) clipped the distance to 9 points at the end of the first quarter. Georgina Bahi ignited a 19:2 run from Spain to open the second frame. Spanish team took over and drove to a 39:38 lead at halftime. Natallia Kozun and Butsyanava regained the lead for Belarus early in the second half. Natallia Kozuns jumper opened a double digit lead midway through the frame but Georgina Bahi closed the quarter with 4 points in a row and Spain trailed by just 3 points. Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) drained a three-pointer to give the start to the fourth stanza and squared things up at 51. Georgina Bahi nailed 4 points and Agullo fired from downtown to post a 58:53 advantage for Spanish team. Noelia Oliva (175-G-88), Bokesa and Agullo stretched the margin and eventually sealed the victory for Spain. Georgina Bahi led the charge with 15 points. Noelia Oliva and Jael Freixanet notched 11 points for the winning side. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Volha Vashkevich answered with 13 points for Belarus. Natallia Kozun had 11 points and 7 boards in a loss. Both Spain and Belarus advanced to the qualifying round of the tournament.

Spain U20: Georgina Bahi 15, Noelia Oliva 11, Jael Freixanet 11
Belarus U20: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 13, Volha Vashkevich 13


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Sweden outsmarts Poland in extremely dramatic finish - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Poland 69-66

Sweden remains undefeated in Preliminary Group B on U20 European Championship. The game between Swedish and Polish turned into a real thriller. Sweden took control on the host team at the early beginning. Thanks to two triples by Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) and one by Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) Swedish grabbed 14-8 lead. Very soon Polish answered through Agnieszka Skobel but they still didn't succeeded to equalize. Twins Eldebrink continues in the same rhythm in the second frame while Polish struggled a lot with their offensive sets. After 20 minutes it was 36-25 for Sweden. Situation started to change during the next 10 minutes while in the last stanza Poland made great finish. With just one second remaining Poland had advantage of two points but then Frida Eldebrink gout fouled after what she scored two free throws for the over time. After almost three minutes of the extra time teams were equalized 66-66. During the last two minutes Poland committed two turnovers after what Agnieszka Skobel missed a jump shot. On the other side Frida Eldebrink drained 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining improving score of her team to 2-0. Poland dropped on 1-2.

Elin Eldebrink showed very good performance finished the game with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink followed her sister with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Agnieszka Skobel was the best in Poland with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) had 13 points and 8 rebounds. All teams will have day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday Sweden will play against Netherlands. Poland will also meet Netherlands but on Wednesday.


Sweden - Poland 69-66
(20-17,16-8,10-13,14-22,9-6)

Sweden:
Elin Eldebrink 25 (5 rebs), Frida Eldebrink 17 (8 rebs, 4 as, 4 st)
Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 19 (10 rebs, 4 as), Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 13 (8 rebs)


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey U20 clinches the top place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20- Turkey U20 56:78

Turkey U20 clinched the top position in Group B beating Czech Republic U20 78:56. After a loss in the opener of the U20 European Championship for Women the team won the next two to finish the first round with 2-1 record. Czech Republic U20 also has the same record but due to the game with each other finished second with the same record. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) led the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) scored 18, while Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) chipped in 11 in defeat and Sipova added 10.
Turkey held the Czechs scoreless for 4 minutes in the opening quarter and used a 9-0 surge to pull ahead 15:6. It was Yasemin Dalgalar with the second free throw made to give such a lead to her team. Andrea Ovsikova struggled hard for the Czechs and reduced to 12:18 after the first. It was her again with her team who grabbed the lead 22:20, completing a 16-5 run spanning the first and second periods. In the second quarter Turkey held the lead and led to 7 points. Bahar Caglar with a jump shot made it 37:30 at the half time.
It was the same scenario in the second half as Turkey pushed the tempo even more. Bahar Caglar started the ruin in the beginning of the third quarter and then Turkey had 56:43 after 30 minutes of the game. Svoboda's team could not find an answer for the Turks in the fourth quarter as they trailed by as many as 22 points.Gizem Yavuz with a free throw set up the final score 78:56 for the winners to finish 2-1 Group B campaign.

Czech Republic U20: Andrea Ovsikova 11, Sipova 10
Turkey U20: Yasemin Dalgalar 22+11 rebs, Gizem Yavuz 18, Bahar Caglar 15+12 rebs


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Rogers, Jospeh pick schools - by David Edole
A pair of talented Virgin Islanders has made their collegiate decisions. Manor Schools Cheynae Rogers will e putting on an Arkansas Baptist Community College uniform while St. Croixs 2008 Big Baller Cherise Joseph will attend Georgia Perimeter College.
Rodger was named the 2007 MVP of the sunstroke classic when she scored a classic high of 32 points in a St. Croix win over the St. Thomas counterparts. The 5-10 post was also named to the 2008 All VI. High school First team by latinbasket.com
Joseph scored 17 points and was named 208 MVP in the sunstroke classic. The athletic 5-9 F/G led the St. Croix Central High School lady Caribs to an undefeated season (14-0) . Joseph will join a Georgia Perimeter team that recently sent four players to a four-year institution.
Thos two round out the class of 2008 but 209 class may be the best ever in Virgin Islands History.
Akeema Richards has a nice ten pack of schools that are seriously interested in her services. The lightning quick guard has South Florida, Louisville, Virginia, James Madison, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Seton Hall

Tanecka Carey , who recently won the overall 3-point shooting contest Friday night at the 44th annual Mississippi High School All-Star Game. She scored all 10 of her points in the first half to help the North build a 47-34 halftime lead. The North won easy 96-76 before an estimated 1,500 at Mississippi College's Wood Coliseum. Carey has listed LSU and Louisiana Tech as her favorites

Antilles School phenom Victoria Hamilton who was named V.I> High School player of the year by latinbasket.com has: drawn interests from West Virginia, Old Dominion, FIU, South Florida, UNLV, Marshall, and Radford

The class of 2010 is just as impressive as their predecessors,. 6-foot-4 Aesha Peters headlines the class along with 6-foot-1 Hanifah Hendericks. The guard play of Shayla Kelly and Shamyra Vanterpool round out the class.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


A battle for the first - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Russia U20 58:60

Russia U20 won the battle for the top place in Group B of U20 European Championship for Women. The team finished the group with 3-0 record, while Ukraine advanced as well with 2-1. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) led the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elena Pavlova (184-G/F-89) posted 11, whilst Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) scored 9. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 17 points.
Russia easily scored first 8 points in the game as Elena Pavlova and Ezhova nailed three pointers each. Ukraine had difficult time catching up but ended up with 13:20 after the opening quarter. Kisilova's three closed the gap from the arc. In the second period Ukraine played better but still could not tie the score. Again Kisilova made a free throw for 30:31 and then Prystupa sent the teams to the lockers with 31:33.
Arina Lysyuk tied the campaign at 35:35 as both teams appeared in the court. Russia played tough and did not allow to grab the opponents the lead. After 30 minutes of the game the board showed 48:45 for the Russian squad. The most interesting part was in the end of the game when Ukraine tied the game again. Malashenko made two free throws for 58:58 with 26 seconds remaining in the game. Yevgeniya Sharovka (170-G-88) got 5th personal foul and Petrova made two free throws for Russia. Ukraine tried hard in the last 11 seconds but could score, being defeated 58:60.

Ukraine U20: Arina Lysyuk 17, Yevgeniya Sharovka 13
Russia U20: Natalia Vieru 14+12 rebs, Elena Pavlova 11, Olga Zhuzhgova 9


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Ireland grabs first win, Great Britain still winless - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Great Britain 78-66

Ireland managed to register first win on U20 European Championship division B. After two inconvenient defeats against Hungary and Slovakia, Ireland finally demonstrated nice performance. Their opponent Great Britain remains winless on this competition with score 0-2. Everything started good for British as they grabbed 6 points lead after first stanza. Visitors on this game succeeded to resist during the next 10 minutes which resulted with 34-39 at the half time. Third frame didn't change anything as Great Britain, thanks to Mrashi Nilla Karumba (-89) and Leah Dehaan (178-G-89), extended its lead even more. They entered into the crucial 10 minutes having solid advantage of 7 points and at that time it seemed that British confidently head to the win in this game. Suddenly Irish woke up starting to play more aggressive showing strong attitude. They intensified defense stopping Great Britain on just 6 points in this quarter. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88), Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) and Mairead McNally (-88) made their shots and very soon big turn happened.

Rachel Clancy was the best player for the winners collecting 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Aishling Sullivan, who scored 14 points, and Mairead McNally, who netted 13 points, followed her. Great Britain got 14 points and 5 rebounds from Mrashi Nilla Karumba while Leah Dehaan scored 12 points. Ireland will take on Romania on Tuesday while Great Britain will play against Hungary.


Ireland - Great Britatin 78-66
(13-19,21-20,19-21,25-6)

Ireland:
Rachel Clancy 14 (5 rebs, 4 as), Aishling Sullivan 14, Mairead McNally 13
Great Britain: Mrashi Nilla Karumba 14 (5 rebs), Leah Dehaan 12


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  WNBA - Women  


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Detroit S. 14-7 
 2. Connect. S. 13-7 
 3. Indiana F. 10-9 
 4. New York L. 10-9 
 5. Washingt. M. 7-12 
 6. Chicago Sky 5-13 
 7. Atlanta D. 2-18 
Western
 1. S.Antonio SS 15-6 
 2. Seattle S. 14-7 
 3. L.Angeles S. 12-8 
 4. Minnesota L. 10-10 
 5. Sacram. M. 10-11 
 6. Phoenix M. 9-11 
 7. Houston C. 9-12 


Seattle posts sixth win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Seattle managed to ice visiting Los Angeles at the Key Arena yesterday to secure their 6th consecutive win. The Storm had 18 points from Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) to knock the Sparks down 70:52 at the end. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) came up with 14 points, while Sheryl Swoopes had 13 in a win. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) answered with 14 points for the Sparks. The visitors led midway through the third stanza but the Storm went on a 14:6 run to enter the final period up by 9. Later the hosts crafted a 9:1 rally to leave their opponents far behind and never looked back again. Seattle enjoyed a 47:29 advantage on the boards. They also forced the Sparks to 20 turnovers. Delisha Milton-Jones had 11 points in a loss.
The New York Liberty held off the Detroit Shock 74:64 at the Madison Square Garden. The hosts overcame an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to drive to the 10th win in the season. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) dropped 19 points for the Liberty. Loree Moore and Janel McCarville secured 13 points apiece in a winning case. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) and Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) responded with 13 points apiece for the Shock. Cheryl Ford accounted for 11 points and 12 boards as Detroit lost their fourth straight on the road.
Chelsea Newton (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Rutgers) nailed career-high 18 points for the Monarchs and they dropped Phoenix 105:97 at home court. Nicole Powell and Kara Lawson delivered 15 points each as the Monarchs improved to 10-11 record in the season. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) poured in game-high 33 points, while Diana Taurasi secured 20 points in a losing effort. The Mercury committed 19 turnovers down the stretch and lost their second game in row.