EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/15/2008

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  ABA   


Last ABA transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
The South Texas Showboats, a new team based in San Antonio, Texas, have officially announced Michael Meloccaro as Team Manager. The new ABA team Alaska Dream named it's new Head Coach, Al Sokaitis . He is a former University of Alaska Fairbanks coach and produced one of the nation's best records for turning programs with a history of losing into champions. During his 31 year career, he has coached in 8 programs and led teams to a basketball first in first 7 institutions including setting records in all 7.

Overview- The World Basketball Cup (WBC) - by Anil Kumar
The World Basketball Cup (WBC) is a subsidiary corporation of the American Basketball Association (ABA), a US-based professional basketball league with over 40 teams in four countries, the US, Canada, Mexico and China. The WBC is managed by a separate WBC Executive Committee composed of representatives from several continents.

The WBC will be held every two years and will feature the top professional basketball teams from participating countries around the world. The tournament will be staged in two parts - the Qualifying Round to determine the best team in each country and the Final Round to determine the best professional team in the world (outside the NBA).

The Qualifying Round will consist of a series of tournaments conducted by a Tournament Promoter in each participating country. The Qualifying Round tournaments will be supervised by the WBC Executive Committee and will play with WBC Rules to be provided. The Final Round will consist of a single-elimination tournament to be held in the Host City with a minimum of
16 teams, maximum of 32 teams competing in the Final Round (first year only). As WBC grows, Qualifying Rounds and Final Rounds subject to change.

The representative teams will be professional basketball teams, not All Star teams or country's national teams. To be eligible to participate in Qualifying Round, the team must compete in a professional league in its country.

The WBC Executive Committee will seek out Tournament Promoters in each participating country which will pay a nominal fee to the WBC for the rights to conduct the Qualifying Tournaments. The Tournament Promoter will receive 100% of the revenues derived from the entry fees, sponsorships, ticket sales, and local media for his Qualifying Tournaments. The Qualifying Tournaments will be held between April 1,
2009 and March 31, 2009 with the Final Team from each country being selected no later than April 30, 2010.

The Final Tournament will be held in Atlanta, Georgia in mid 2010.
Thereafter, the host country will be determined by the WBC Executive Committee and will rotate to countries around the world. The Final Tournament will be a PRIZE MONEY tournament with the Final 4 Teams receiving prize money; the winner receiving the World Basketball Cup in addition.

The WBC and the Final Teams will share in the media revenues generated for the Final Tournament.


R.Anil Kumar named to executivecommitee of World Basketball Cup (WBC) - by Anil Kumar
Anil Kumar, CEO of Sportzindia Management (P) Ltd has been named to the Executive Committee of the World Basketball Cup (WBC).
Sportzindia is a pioneer in the sports management industry in Kerala, South India.

'We currently provide client services in the areas of contract negotiations, competition scheduling, marketing and sports infrastructure consulting,'
stated Kumar. 'We have been involved with sporting event management as well as athlete representation. We believe strongly in the World Basketball Cup concept and I am honored to be serving in this important role.'

'Mr. Kumar will be overseeing activities in India, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries and will be working closely with counterparts in Europe, Africa, Asia, South/Central America and the Middle East to maximize the potential of this extraordinary undertaking, stated Joe Newman, WBC Chairman. 'We are very impressed with his knowledge, his experience, his energy and enthusiasm and feel very fortunate to have him as part of the WBC team.'

Sportzindia was the sole promoter of the Indian tour of one of the world's best sports entertainment teams, the US-based Harlem Globetrotters. Their first-ever Indian tour across five South Indian cities concluded very successfully. The NBA Legends Clinic at Ludhiana was coordinated by Sportzindia in 2006 featuring 10-year NBA star Robert Reid and Sportzindia promoted the entry of India's top Woman Basketball Player, Geethu Anna Jose, into the Big V League in Australia in 2006-07. They also managed two teams from Argentina and Brazil for the Nayanar Gold Cup International Football Tournament in Kerala in April 2008 in partnership with Talentplus Nigeria, Caddelli Group Sao Paulo, ABC Sports Agency Buenos Aires and is developing a domestic football program in the Asian region.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinian U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Mateo Gaynor (198-G-90) of Bahiense del Norte
5 Juan Manuel Fernandez (195-G-90) of Temple University (USA)
6 Federico Glinberg (201-C-90) of Nautico Hacoaj Buenos Aires
7 Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91)
8 Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) of Atenas Cordoba
9 Matias Nocedal (192-G-90) of Alaior Opel Coinga Jovent (ESP)
10 Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) of Atletico Echague Parana
11 Claudio Ramirez (197-F/G-90) of Boca Juniors Capital Feder

12 Maximiliano Martin (197-G/F-90) of Real Madrid (ESP)
13 Nicolas Laprovittola (191-G-90) of Lanus Buenos Aires
14 Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90) of Libertad Sunchales
15 Lisandro Rasio (201-F/C-90) of Sportivo Escobar
Head Coach: Enrique Tolcachier
Coach Assistants: Eduardo Japez , Marcelo Fernandez


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  AUSTRALIA   


Vic Metro earns the title at the Australian U18 championship - by Eurobasket News
Vic Metro - SA Metro 88:70

Victoria Metro celebrated a comfortable win over South Australia Metro in the championship game in Ballarat. The teams met in the preliminary round and SA Metro turned out stronger. But Victoria bounced back in the main game. Josh Wilcher paced Victoria in the opening stanza. Several his three-pointers allowed Vic Metro to accumulate a 12-point advantage at the first break. Vic Metro controlled the game from there on. They withheld all the comeback efforts from SA Metro and celebrated an impressive win at the end. Josh Wilcher led all scorers with 24 points. Samir Omberbasic added 12 points for the winners. Nathan Spehr dropped 17 points for SA Metro. Warbout delivered 14 points in a loss.

Vic Metro: Josh Wilcher 24, Samir Omberbasic 12
SA Metro: Nathan Spehr 17, Warbout 14


Ebi Ere arrives to Melbourne, Razorbacks continues with a new name - by Eurobasket News
Hot days on the market continue as Melbourne South Dragons announced signing of their fourth player during the off-season. After arriving of Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), Mika Vukona (197-F-82) and Adam Gibson (188-G-86), the team finalized 2-year deal with Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma), who played last season for Brisbane Bullets. He finished the competition as a top scorer netting 27.1 ppg. At the same time he registered 6.1 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.8 spg for 29 appearances. It was Ere's second year with the Bullets as he joined them in 2006 from Belgian team Liege Basket. He was named to be the 'Import player of the year -08' by australiabasket.com while two seasons ago his Bullets were the NBL champions. It is not the only title for Ere in NBL as he grabbed one with the Kings in 2004. At that time he also demonstrated impressive performance as he was named to be the MVP of Australian NBL Finals. Except of Kings and the Bullets, Ebi Ere in the past also played for German team Ludwisburg, USBL team Oklahoma Storm and above mentioned Belgian team Liege Basket. Ere was a member of Nigerian National Team which participated on the World Championship in Japan as well as on African Championship in Angola last year. He had 6 appearances in Japan adding 11.2 ppg, 3 rpg and 1 spg. Ere is currently playing for the Grizzlies on NBA Summer league and his arrival to Melbourne is expected in August.

In the meantime management of West Sydney Razorbacks announced that the team will continue to compete in NBL with different name. Instead of the old name West Sydney Razorbacks it will be changed to Sydney Spirit. CEO of the club, Steve Aquilina, stated that they want to offer Sydney sports fans a team that they can be proud of, irrespective of where they live.


The Emus are 2-2 in Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Australian U19 National team posted two victories in the starting four games at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. After a narrow loss to Kazakhstan in the tournaments opener Australia rebounded well against Taiwan. The Emus got to a better start and earned a 24:20 lead ten minutes into the contest. Aussies limited their opponents to just 12 points in the second period and built a 10-point lead at halftime. Australia then kept the hosts at bay throughout the second half and celebrated an important 80:67 win at the end. Mitchell Young (205-F-90) led balanced offense with 17 points. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) scored 15 points for the winners.
Australian U19 team took on Athletes In Action from the USA in the third round of action. The Emus looked better early on. They managed to roll to a 6-point advantage after ten minutes of game. However Athletes In Action quickly found their rhythm and knocked their opponents down with a 30:16 second quarter. Aussies never came back to life trailing by 27 points heading into the fourth quarter. Athletes In Action finalized a stunning 98:71 victory at the end. Brott Winkelman scored 16 points to pace Athletes In Action. Matthew Dellavedova notched 15 points for Australian side. Brad Simpson (198-F-90) delivered 11 points in defeat.
Yesterday the Emus returned to winning ways. They held off Egypt for the second win at the tournament. Egyptian team used a 24:7 second period to enjoy a 7-point advantage at halftime. But the Emus recovered after the long break and celebrated a tough 75:68 win. Cody Ellis (202-F-90) provided 18 points and 8 boards for Australia. Jorden Page (183-G-90) contributed 12 points in a winning case. The Emus will take on the defending champions Jordan later today.


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  BAHAMAS   


Bahamas U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
4 Jermine Storr (183-G-90)
5 Olen Smith (-90)
6 Cyle Hepburn (188-G-90)
7 Leon Cooper (188-G-91)
8 Edrico McGregor (201-C-90)
9 Lynden David (198-F-91)
10 Kristian Rolle (201-C-92)
11 Donathen Moss (201-C-90)
12 Dario Cox (191-G-91)
13 Manjaro Lundy (180-G-90)
14 David Nesbitt (198-F-91)
15 Shavaro Bowleg (198-F-90)
Head Coach: Mario Bowleg
Coach Assistants: Chevy Simmons , Darrell Sears


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  BELGIUM   


Spotter Leuven News - by Peter Buyse

According to the official site of UC-Irvine one of their graduated players Darren Fells (201-F/C; college: UC Irvine) is headed to Belgium to play for Leuven.
Fells left UC-Irvine as the teams 3rd all time leading rebounder. He led them in rebounding the past 3 seasons.
The past season he averaged 14.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg. He was also selected to the All Big West 2nd team and All Tournament team.
Leuven has now officially announced this tranfer and said they are looking to add 3 more players, a center, point guard and shooting guard.


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  BOSNIA   


Siroki Prima pivo returns coach Josip Vrankovic - by Eurobasket News
Management of Siroki Prima pivo finally reached an agreement with Josip Vrankovic (198-G/F-68), who will take over the team once again. Vrankovic had very successful season with Siroki two years ago when the team won championship title in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He started the last season in Cibona Zagreb but he parted ways with the team in December. President of the club Ante Suton was very satisfied after reaching the agreement with Vrankovic. For the teams official web site he stated that Siroki brought the key person who supposes to return the team on top of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

'Of course I am delight with signing of Vrankovic because we know what he done for our club in the past. I am sure he will repeat the same success once again. At the same time his come-back is a real prove of Siroki's serious work and plans for the future in order to take back the title in domestic championship' - said Suto.

In the meantime management of Igokea Partizan is disappointed with the decision of Adriatic league to give a wild-card to Croatian team Zagreb.

'We are very disappointed with this decision because we think that it is totally unfair. The city of Zagreb already had one representative in Adriatic league while Croatia had 3 of them. On the other side Bosnia and Herzegovina will have just one team in regional championship next season. However, the wild-card went to Zagreb. After this decision we can only say that there was not any sports aspects for it. We will respect this decision as the entire competition is a private thing of company Sidro, who is owner of the Adriatic league. I am sure that they made a mistake as our entire region has huge basketball tradition. One thing is sure, interest for Adriatic league in our region would be extremely high' - said Mirko Dobric, member of Igokea Partizan's management board, for Bosnian media Glas Srpske.


Ikonic stays in Sarajevo - Bosna adds Vucurovic! - by Nedzad Kladusak
KK Bosna and its young headcoach Alen Abaz have made their first effort by keeping one of the magic trio that brought the title to Sarajevo.According to the major bosnian sports information site sportsport.ba Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) ,who is expected to be the leading SG of the BIH NT, decided to stay with KK Bosna rejecting an 150 000 offer of slovenian Helios and a russian team.
He is the most popular domestic player in Sarajevo and blossomed after the arrival of Jure Zdovc.
The second decision is related to Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) the SF of Igokea their opponent in the finals. After Igokea has not been offered with the NLB wild card one of their best players Nikola Vucurovic decided to join KK Bosna where he fill the SF spot that has been considered one of the weakest points. Vucurovic impressed the Bosna staff by netting more than 60% of his threepointers.He signed a two-year contract.
Bosna claimed that a final agreement with Bryan Bailey is very close. The US guard a key player in Bosnas 2008/2009 campaign and would be a great asset in a roster mainly based on young domestic players.
Bosna announced to sign a strong inside player who will try to replace one of the most popular import player ever played in Sarajevo, Lance Williams who signed recently for Banvit.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Murilo da Rosa (207-C-83) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Marcelo Huertas (191-G-83) of Iurbentia Bilbao Basket (ESP)
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)
Fulvio De Assis (187-G-81) of Paulistano/DIX Saude
Rafael Paulo Araujo (210-C-80) of Spartak St.Petersburg (RUS)
Jonathan Tavernari (196-F-86) of Brigham Young University (USA)
J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81) of Barons/LMT Riga (LAT)
Eduardo Duda Machado (197-F-82) of Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro
Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75) of Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro
Ricardo Luis Probst (200-F/C-76) of Conti / A.M.E.A. / Assis
Marcus Vinicius (202-F-86) of Plus Pujol Lleida (ESP)
Head Coach: Moncho Monsalve


Brazil is ready for the Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Today 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.
Brazil will start their campaign tomorrow with Lebanon. The latter will open their tournament today with the hosts, Greece. The roster of the Brazilian team is published already in our website and most of you know the missing gaps in it. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) is definetely out of the Brazil squad for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens after being told by doctors to rest his knee. Brazilian player had a great season in Phoenix Suns. Leandrinho Barbosa will be replaced by Fulvio De Assis (187-G-81), who is already training with the national team. The South Americans are in Group A with Greece and Lebanon, and will attempt to advance to the quarter-finals where Germany, New Zealand or Cape Verde would await them. Leandrinho Barbosa played for Brazil at the FIBA World Championship in Japan, and the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas. Earlier Anderson Varejao and Nene Hilario's sad news were mentioned to the team. The Moncho Monsalve 's squad however will do the best in order to be a good representative of the continent in the group.


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Ouagadougou: Bulls and Falcons for the semifinals - by Michel Pacere
July 10, 2008
For the last day, we had two matches. The bulls are qualified for the semifinals! If the falcons lost the first match, we must wait the second, to know who will be the second team of Ouagadougou!

- RCK # AS-Sonabel
The electricians won against the falcons in the first tour of the competition. If they win this match, they have a chance to play the semifinals; if they lost it, the falcons will take the second place; it must be a big match.
At the beginning of the match, Yves ARISTE, Ben Sada DABIRE and Ismael KONE scored their first shoot; itll be hard for the electricians; the falcons were in the place to win and only to win. They defend hard and run faster. Ben and Yves played very well. There was nobody to stop them. Fast breaks, assists
Score final: 65-40 pour le RCK
Best scorer: Yves ARISTE (RCK) with 17 points

- AS-Sonabhy # Kadiogo Bulls
The petroliers lost 3 matches in the first tour; but in the second tour they lost only one. In this tour, the young players of the team begun to play very well; Wilfried ZERBO and Emmanuel PODA leaded their team to the victory against the electricians! For their last match, they were better than ever.
They won the match and gave the third place to AS-Sonabhy in Ouagadougou;
Score: 49-35 for AS-Sonabhy
Best scorer: Wilfried ZERBO (AS-Sonabhy) with 14 points

So for Ouagadougou, the two teams which is qualified for the semifinals are Kadiogo Bulls and RCK



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Croatia wins over Cameroon in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Croatia-Cameroon 93:79 (19-16, 26-9, 20-28, 28-26)

Croatia celebrated the first win in the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens. Game 3 of the day saw European team overcoming representative from Africa 93:79. The win was achieved mostly due to the third period when Croatians were too strong 26:9. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) led the winners with 22 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 17, while Marko Banic (204-F-84), Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) added 12 each. Harding Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) ended up with 24 points in defeat, whilst Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) had 14.
European team proved it once again in the day that they are the favorites of the tournament. Group D saw a great game between Croatian style and the team from Cameroon. The opening quarter did not bring lots of differences and Croatia enjoyed 19:16 lead. Later on the court saw only one team, Croatia that dominated the court. Europeans created 26:9 in the second quarter for 20 points advantage at the half time.
Cameroon however came back being another team after the break. At first they started to play offensive game and reached 28:20 win in the third period. The last quarter started with plus 12 for Croatian but did not guarantee them easy victory. Cameroon tried hard and played on nerves until the end of the campaign. Croatia stayed tough and due to 28:26 won the opener of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens.

Croatia: Marko Tomas 22, Marko Popovic 17, Marko Banic 12, Zoran Planinic 12, Nikola Prkacin 12
Cameroon:Harding Nana 24, Parfait Bitee 14


Cameroon National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Cyrille Makanda (190-G-80) of CSK VVS Samara (RUS)
Alfred Aboya (203-F/C-85) of Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles (USA)
Christian Bayang (193-G-87) of BEAC Yaounde
Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) of Rhode Island University (USA)
Patrick Bouli (188-G-86) of Manhattan College (USA)
Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (212-C-78) of EWE Baskets Oldenburg (GER)
Joachim Ekanga Ehawa (188-G-77) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (FRA)
Jean Pierre Elong (-85) of BEAC Yaounde
Harding Nana (203-F-81) of Beirasar Rosalia (ESP)
Franck Ndongo (201-F-88) of Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)
Brice Vounang (203-F-82) of SPO Rouen Basket (FRA)
Alexis Wangmene (203-F/C-89) of The University of Texas (USA)
Head Coach: Lazare Adingono


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  CANADA   


Canadian U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Ty Nurse (182-G-90)
5 Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90)
6 Michael Allison (206-F-90)
7 Robert Dewar (208-F/C-91)
8 Mangisto Arop (197-G-90)
9 Tristan Thompson (203-F)

10 Tyrone Watson (193-G-90)
11 Murphy Burnatowski (197-G/F-90)
12 Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) of Santa Clara University
13 Simon Bibeau (185-G-91)
14 Sean Walker (206-F-91)
15 Kelly Olynyk (203-F)
Head Coach: Greg Francis


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Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (FRA)
David Thomas (204-G/F-76) of Cairns Taipans (AUS)
Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83) of Walter Tigers Tuebingen (GER)
Joel Anthony (206-C-82) of Miami Heat
Rans Brempong(203-F-81) of Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (NED)
Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81) of Philadelphia 76ers
Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) of Carleton University
Carl English (192-G-81) of Kalise Gran Canaria (ESP)
Olu Famutimi (197-G-84) of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (UKR)
Levon Kendall (209-F-84) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (GRE)
Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87) of University of Utah
Andy Rautins (196-G-86) of Syracuse University
Head Coach: Leo Rautins


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NZL/CPV Kiwis blow out Cape Verde in opener - by Pedro Gomes
ATHENS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men) New Zealand thrashed Cape Verde on the first day of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Tall Blacks scored the games first 16 points and rolled to a 77-50 victory to put one foot in the quarter-finals.

With several new faces in the squad following the international retirements of players like Phill Jones and Dillon Boucher, the Kiwis led by as many as 22 points in the first half and 28 in the third quarter as they rolled to a decisive triumph.

We were really nervous about their team, theyre an unknown , said New Zealand captain Pero Cameron.

They had some good results against some teams at the last World Championship.

We got the win. They had a nervous start, but we have to get ready for the next one.

New Zealand will face a far more difficult task against Germany in their next game.

Any team that we face we want to beat, Cameron said. We dont prepare to fail.

Kirk Penney, who like Cameron played in the side that reached the semi-finals of the 2002 FIBA World Championship, had 25 points and seven rebounds to lead the team.

Turnovers were a huge problem for New Zealand in their preparation games and they continue to plague them.

Nenad Vucinics team had 13 in the first half and 22 for the game.

Cape Verde now face the nightmare scenario on Tuesday of having to beat Germany, who have NBA stars Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman, to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive.

We cant think about the names, said Cape Verde guard Tony Barros.

We just have to come back, play better defense and execute.

We finished off this game on a positive note and have to take it from there.

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Cape Verde was led by Jeff Xavier with 22pts, and 4 assist, and Rodrigo Mascarenhas with 11rbs.


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ABC 9-3 
 2. Seven Stars 8-4 
 3. Predio 6-6 
 4. Ach.Grande 1-11 


CPV - Post-game interview with Tony BARROS [video] - by Pedro Gomes

CPV - Post-game interview with Tony Barros (193-F-84) [video]

ATHENS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament for men) -
Backstage interview with Tony Barros after the game Cape Verde vs New Zealand.
More videos on www.fiba.com & www.youtube.com/fibaworld

click the link and go directly to the interview on the FIBA website,
and see Tony speak about the game against NZ and the next game versus Germany.

http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/inte/vide/inte/p/newsid/26617/inte.html



Rough baptism for Cape Verde at elite level - by Pedro Gomes
ATHENS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men) Cape Verde now know what its like to play at the highest level of the mens game after suffering a 77-50 mauling at the hands of New Zealand on Monday in Athens.

Playing in the curtain-raiser of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the Africans suffered for most of the game and their coach Eric Silva admitted after that his team had been totally out-classed.

There is a big difference in quality between the two teams, Silva said.

This was our first game at that level. New Zealand has played many games in international level - world championships and other major competitions. For us its not the same.

When the game started, there was a bounce in the step of all the Cape Verdeans but it quickly became apparent they would struggle for 40 minutes.

They didnt score a point until captain Rodrigo Mascarenhas, with New Zealand leading 16-0 seven minutes into the game, went up for a lay-up.

Nenad Vucinic, the New Zealand head coach, tried to offer some words of comfort after the contest.

I would like to welcome Cape Verde and its coach to international competition, he said.

This was their debut and it has been always hard to play in that level.

I know they are a better team than they showed today.

Vucinic then spoke of his relief that the Tall Blacks had cleared their first hurdle as they attempt to make it back to the Olympics.

We wanted to start tough and build a lead, he said. Indeed, we ran a good streak to begin the game.

However, Cape Verde showed their spirit as they didnt give up until the end and I have to say that as a coach, I never felt comfortable until the very end of the game.

Now New Zealand will take on Germany on Wednesday in a battle for Group B supremacy, with the losers almost certain to take on Greece in the quarter-finals.

We have to play smart and tough, Vucinic said.

We feel we are in a good position. The teams rebuilding process is underway. Seven players of our golden age that reached the 2002 World Championships semi-finals are now retired.

From now on, we play (here) with the odds against us. But, we usually play well in these cases.

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Croatia wins over Cameroon in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Croatia-Cameroon 93:79 (19-16, 26-9, 20-28, 28-26)

Croatia celebrated the first win in the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens. Game 3 of the day saw European team overcoming representative from Africa 93:79. The win was achieved mostly due to the third period when Croatians were too strong 26:9. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) led the winners with 22 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 17, while Marko Banic (204-F-84), Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) added 12 each. Harding Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) ended up with 24 points in defeat, whilst Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) had 14.
European team proved it once again in the day that they are the favorites of the tournament. Group D saw a great game between Croatian style and the team from Cameroon. The opening quarter did not bring lots of differences and Croatia enjoyed 19:16 lead. Later on the court saw only one team, Croatia that dominated the court. Europeans created 26:9 in the second quarter for 20 points advantage at the half time.
Cameroon however came back being another team after the break. At first they started to play offensive game and reached 28:20 win in the third period. The last quarter started with plus 12 for Croatian but did not guarantee them easy victory. Cameroon tried hard and played on nerves until the end of the campaign. Croatia stayed tough and due to 28:26 won the opener of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens.

Croatia: Marko Tomas 22, Marko Popovic 17, Marko Banic 12, Zoran Planinic 12, Nikola Prkacin 12
Cameroon:Harding Nana 24, Parfait Bitee 14


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Czech Republic U18 comes back from Petrenko Cup - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18 continues to prepare for the European Championship that will be held in Greece, July 25-August 3. Recently the juniors hosted Petrenko Cup that was held in Khimki, Russia. The team participated with Italy, Greece and Russia. In the opener of the competition Czech Republic U18 lost to Greece 68:84 that later triumphed in the competition. Russia beat Italy 90:73 in another game.
In the second game Russia won over Czech Republic U18 79:68. The hosts opened the game with 22:12, but the Czechs replied with 16:23 in the second. In the third quarter it was still hard to mention the winner as Russia added 18:17 in the period. The last quarter belonged to the hosts that produced 23:16 to seal the second win in a row. Pichkurov top-scored for Russia with 18 points. Maxim Grigoryev nailed 14 and Palkin ended up with 11 points.
In the last game Italian team struggled hard with Czech Republic U18 but failed in the very beginning. The latter produced 27:11 from the start and controlled the entire encounter. Italy however reduced to 33:38 at the half time as both teams went to the lockers. Another 24:20 for the Czechs wrapped up the gap to 53:62 and it was not a big deal to lead the game to the first win for Czech Republic U18. Melli shined with 28points for Italian team. Amici nailed 9, whilst Borra and Panzini had 7 each. Czech Republic U18 finished third in the tournament and comes back from Russia.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguer Kirk Penney Leads New Zealand to Victory over Cape Verde - by Surujh Roopnarine
Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin), a key member to the 2005 Asheville Altitudes D-League Championship season, scored a game high 25 points as New Zealand routed Cape Verde 77-50 in the first game of the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece. With three spots ups for grabs to this summers Beijing Olympics, New Zealand needed to start strong and put away the Cape Verde team. The Tall Blacks ran out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back. Penney, shot 8-13 on the day and grabbed seven rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals. The former Wisconsin Badger appeared in 46 games in the D-League for Asheville, averaging 12.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. This past season he played in his Native New Zealand for the Breakers of the NBL where he was third in the league in scoring at 24.0ppg

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Engin Atsur joins Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Hot summer continues as Efes Pilsen inked another player to its roster. It is talented Engin Atsur (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.), who arrives to Efes from Benetton Treviso. Interesting is that Atsur already was a member of Efes as a 16-year old player. One year after that he moved to USA on North Carolina State University. He graduated last year averaging 11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.2 apg and 1.1 spg at his senior season. Very soon Atsur moved to Beneton Treviso where he didn't have a lot chance to play. For 31 games in Serie A he had 4.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.1 apg. Interesting is that Atsur signed 3-year contract with Benetton last summer but he leaves the club after the first one.

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  FINLAND   


1.DIV.: Maurice Horton back to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Will American G Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive, N.C.) do it again? When coming to Finland first time and joining Karhu (Kauhajoki) roster for the season 2006-07, Kauhajoki became Finnish 1st Division Champion and made the way up to Top League (Korisliiga). Horton averaged then 12,4 ppg, 4,3 rpg, 2,5apg and 3,5 spg in 24 contests. Last season (2007-08) Kauhajoki learned by the hard way the difference between 1st Division and Top League. But coming season (2008-09) Kauhajoki has decided to win it all again and return to top level. Horton will have another chance to be a hero in the spring 2009.

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  FRANCE   


Pro A Trades: Two new PG in France - by Chris Spiesser
Le Mans finalized its recruitement with the signing of Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) who played the end of the last season for Besiktas. This could be his first complete season in Europe after having had many experiences in the US competions since he left Virginia Tech. To succeed he will have to share the ball with Spencer, Bluthenthal and Co, and, at least, confirm his 10pts / 3ass from Turkey. The orange team is now looking for a heavy inside player to conclude the signings.

Greg Beugnot also found his PG. It will be Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.) who had tremendous figures in Spot Up Medien Braunschweig: 24.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.9apg, 3.5spg. But the main challenge for this young player will be to adapt from the german Pro B to the french Pro A, and drive the team on the court. Beugnot qualified him as a little Terrell Everett.


Latest signings - by Eurobasket News
Asvel agreed terms with Nigerian forward Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Texas), who changed three teams last season. He started it in NBDL team Rio Grande Valley Vipers and in December he joined TAU Ceramica. Muoneke played 11 games for TAU in Euroleague averaging 6.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg. He also had 14 appearances in ACB where his average stats was 5.2 ppg and 3.1 rpg. After his 3-months contract with TAU expired he moved to Iranian team Saba Battery. His team won Asian club championship while he was named to be the 'All-Asian Club Championships Best Forward -08' by asia-basket.com. He changed many teams in the past as well as many countries. Some of the countries where he played are Puerto Rico, China, Korea and Philippines. Muoneke was a member of Nigerian National Team on the World Championship in Japan in 2006.

Meanwhile, Thomas Larrouquis (197-F/G-85) signed contract with Cholet Basket. Larrouquis arrived to Cholet from Limoges CSP Elite. He played 34 games for his team in Pro B adding 9.1 ppg, 3. 8 rpg and 2.0 apg. Before Limoges he spent two seasons in Clermont, which competed in Pro A. After his second season with Clermont he got a call to joined French senior National Team. A year before that he played for U20 National Team on European Championship in Moscow where he got 'All-Tournament Honorable Mention' award.

After his leaving, Limoges immediately agreed terms with Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville), ex player of Holland team Matrixx Magix. Actually he started last season in Germany as a member of Pedeborn Basket 91 where he averaged 7.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 9 games. In December he decided to return to Holland where he was once again top scorer of the competition. He moved to Matrixx Magix in 2005 from CBA team Idaho Stampede.


Bingo Merriex continues in Le Havre - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) will continue career in Pro A team Le Havre. Merriex spent last season in Walter Tigers Tubingen finishing competition in German Bundesleague as a fourth rebounder with 7.8 rpg. For 34 games he also added 11.3 ppg and 1.2 apg. It was the second year of Merriex in German team as he already played there on season 05/06. Between these two years he played one for Belgian team Dexia Mons-Hainaut. In the past he also used to play for Italian Lega due team Imola as well as for Filipino Red Bull Barako. He participated at the NBA Summer League in 2004 but he didn't succeed to get into the NBA mix.

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  GERMANY   


Paderborn signs Bryant McAllister - by Manuel Schust
Digibu Baskets Paderborn announced the signing of Point Guard Bryant McAllister (191-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Duquesne) today.
The 24-year old american spent last season with Muenchen Basket in ProB and produced outstanding numbers. In 29 games he averaged 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals and became the third best scorer in the entire league. This performance was honored with Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team 2008 and also coach Douglas Spradley must have noticed that McAllister is ready for a new challenge.

With the signing of Lavelle Felton (193-G-79, agency: Octagon, college: Louisiana Tech), Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky) and Bryant McAllister it seems certain that BBL's topscorer of last season Tim Black (178-G-81, agency: LimeLight, college: Barton (NC)) will not return to Paderborn.
Also the contracts of Christoph Hackenesch (204-F/C-86), John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Metro St.), Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona), Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.), Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: CAA Sports, college: Amer.Internat.) and Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) will not be extended.
Marius Nolte (206-C-81), Steve Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio), Thomas Gajda (200-G/F-89), Robert Oehle (209-C-88) and Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) will remain with the team.


Bremen Roosters keep Acha Njei - by Moritz Korff
Acha Njei (190-G-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) has signed a contract extension with the Bremen Roosters (2. Bundesliga Pro A) and will go into his fourth year with the team. The talented Forward played 26 games for the Roosters in this past season and averaged 7.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists per outing. He had his outbreak-season the year before when averaging double-figures in scoring and being named the 2006-2007 Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga North Most Improved Player of the Year.
After Jordan Sabourin (212-C-81, college: Oakland), Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) and Fabian Franke (198-F-88) Njei is the fourth player from last seasons' roster to stay in Bremen.


Dawidowski from Hagen to Vechta - by Moritz Korff
Lukas Dawidowski (198-F-83) will leave Phoenix Hagen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) and join SC Rasta Vechta, a newcomer to the Regionalliga North, as derwesten.de reported. The 25-year-old Forward and former member of the German A2-National Team averaged 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds for Hagen in this past season. After the 2006-07 season, when shooting hoops for the Cuxhaven BasCats, Dawidowski was named to the Eurobasket.com German 2. Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Defensive Team.

U18 National Team: Big losses in Spain - by Moritz Korff
The members of the German U18-National Team learned the hard way at an international tournament in San Juan de Alcazar, Spain this past weekend. The team of 'Bundestrainer' Kay Bluemel was hit by some injuries before and during the tourney. Nevertheless the three big losses did hurt:

Germany - Spain 61:96
Germany (pts):
Nico Adamczak (189-G-90): 6, Simon Schmitz (188-G-90): 2, Melvin Gyau (183-G-90): 3, Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90): 5, Akeem Vargas (190-G-90): 7, Erik Land (203-C-90): 12, Marvin Kruchen (208-C-90): 2, Alexander Schrempf (196-G/F): 2, Steven Monse (200-F-90): 0, Bastian Winterhalter (200-F-90): 0, Maik Zirbes (205-C-90): 10, Jonas Wohlfahrt-Bottermann (207-C-90): 12.

Germany - France 37:70
Germany (pts):
Nico Adamczak: 0, Simon Schmitz: DNP, Melvin Gyau: 4, Jusuf El Domiaty: 0, Akeem Vargas: 6, Erik Land: 7, Marvin Kruchen: 4, Alexander Schrempf: DNP, Steven Monse: 0, Bastian Winterhalter: 0, Maik Zirbes: 6, Jonas Wohlfahrt-Bottermann: 10.

Germany - Croatia 48:73
Germany (pts):
Nico Adamczak: 0, Simon Schmitz: DNP, Melvin Gyau: 2, Jusuf El Domiaty: 9, Akeem Vargas: 10, Erik Land: 2, Marvin Kruchen: 0, Alexander Schrempf: 8, Steven Monse: 0, Bastian Winterhalter: 2, Maik Zirbes: 9, Jonas Wohlfahrt-Bottermann: 4.

The U18 Euro in Amaliada, Greece starts on July 23. Coach Bluemel and his players will have a final training camp. Afterwards the roster for the EURO will be announced.


U20 National Team: One win and two losses against Turkey - by Moritz Korff
The German U20 National Team met Turkey for a series of three exhibition games in the Hamburg area this past weekend. The German team of Head Coach Emir Mutapcic earned one victory and got defeated twice. Here are the results:

July 11: Germany - Turkey 69:72 (35:48)
Germany (points):
Bastian Doreth (183-G-89): 0, Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89, agency: Court Side): 11, Elias Harris (202-F-89): 18, Oskar Fassler (198-G-88): 7, Ziyed Chennoufi (202-F-88): 2, Tom Spoeler (206-F-88): 0, Robin Benzing (209-F-89): 5, Robert Oehle (209-C-88): 8, Tibor Pleiss (215-F/C-89): 5, Phillipp Heyden (208-C-88): 2, Per Guenther (187-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services): 10, Philip Noch (200-G/F-89): DNP

July 12: Germany - Turkey 65:61 (39:33)
Germany (points):
Bastian Doreth: 2, Philipp Schwethelm: DNP, Elias Harris: 11, Oskar Fassler: 4, Ziyed Chennoufi: 2, Tom Spoeler: 5, Robin Benzing: 13, Robert Oehle: 1, Tibor Pleiss : 2, Phillipp Heyden: 4, Per Guenther: 15, Philip Noch: 0

July 13: Germany - Turkey 68:72 (36:38)
Germany (points):
Bastian Doreth: 8, Philipp Schwethelm: 13, Elias Harris: 2, Oskar Fassler: 10, Ziyed Chennoufi: 5, Tom Spoeler: 5, Robin Benzing: 8, Robert Oehle: 4, Tibor Pleiss : 2, Phillipp Heyden: 3, Per Guenther: DNP, Philip Noch: 6, Karsten Tadda (190-G-88): 2

The Germans will now take on Belgium in a three-games series to continue their preparations for the U20 EURO (Group B) which takes place in Targu Mures, Romania August 1-10.


Kruel and Davis leave Bonn - Kruel returns to Hagen - by Manuel Schust
After signing their first new player for the upcoming season, Bonn has to deal with the departure of two players that really stood out in the play-offs.
American Point Guard Miah Davis (183-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Pacific) and german veteran Center Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76) decided to leave the club.

After some difficulties at the beginning of the season, Davis turned out to be one of the best BBL Point Guards and was one of the main factors that led Bonn to the finals. In Game 5 against Frankfurt he recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists even though his wife gave birth to their child the night before. In 46 games with the Baskets Davis averaged 8.3 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds. Due to family reasons, Davis decided to return to Poland and signed with Politechnica Poznan for next season.

Bernd Kruel , nicknamed the stork, was also one of the play-off heroes last season. After John Bowler 's (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) injury he managed to fill the gap and compete with Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) in the finals. During the play-offs he averaged 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds after producing 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds during the regular season. The 32-year-old decided to sign a 3-year contract with ProA team (2. Bundeliga) Phoenix Hagen and returns to his home town. After his player career Kruel will join Hagen's management.


Three more players for Rasta Vechta - by Moritz Korff
Lukas Dawidowski (198-F-83) from Phoenix Hagen will not be the only new player to join the squad of SC Rasta Vechta (Regionalliga North) for the 2008-09 campaign. Marek Pazur (188-G-83), Niels Eckstein (207-C-83, college: Casper CC) and Leon Hientz (200-F-87) agreed to terms with the team of Coach Malte Scheper as well. Meanwhile, Andreas Scholl (192-G-82), Lars Kaniok (195-F-80) and Dejan Stojanovski (184-G-79) are leaving.
Pazur and Eckstein both played for TSV Lesum-Burgdamm (2. Regionalliga) in this past season. Pazur averaged 14.7 points in 17 appearances, Eckstein scored 14.5 points over 22 contests. Hientz joins Vechta coming from Oldenburger TB. He had 12.7 points a game in 18 matches for OTB II (2. Regionalliga) during 2007-08.


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Greek National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Panathinaikos Athens
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Panathinaikos Athens
Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
Andreas Gliniadakis (215-C-81) of Costa Cafe Marousi
Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) of Panathinaikos Athens
Panagiotis Vassilopoulos (202-F-84) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
Head Coach: Panagiotis Yannakis


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PEPSI 2008 NATIONAL SCHOOLS - by Joe Chapman
LTI SNEAK PAST KWAKWANI TO WREST PEPSI BASKETBALL TROPHY
REVENGE was sweet on Saturday evening for Linden Technical Institute (LTI) as they produced a terrific performance to sneak past Kwakwani High 78-74 in a hard-fought and entertaining final of the Pepsi National Schools Basketball Festival.
The two teams, who were also last year's finalists, had players returning from that tournament, but it was LTI who wanted the title more after missing out last year.
Kwakwanis previous victories in the tournament were the compliments of stiff, organised defence and a collective offence, marshalled by captain and point guard Shelroy Thomas. Their game plan was to play tough defence on the LTI unit, boasting several players comfortably over six feet in height.
However, it was their opponents who were able to better execute that plan.
LTI ensured that from the outset they shut down the support scorers of Kwakwani - Leron La Fleur, Dencil Plak and Marlon Russell - all of whom were a part of last year's team.
That left it all up to their captain Shelroy Thomas to carry the offence which was most times just a one-man attack.
Kwakwani came out with their tails up but were quickly reeled in by a composed LTI. Thomas went off injured with under seven minutes to play in the first half after landing on the foot of an opponent while contesting a ball.
The slight sprain that he endured kept him out of the remainder of the half. Initially, Kwakwani's defence withstood the test and at the third time-out of the half, LTI were up by only one (19-18).
But without Thomas the Kwakwani offence was toothless and his absence began to show. The bulky La Fleur had an off night. The highlight of his misery was a free throw that bounced no less than three times on the rim before falling outside. Teammate Russell was also struggling and Trevor Wilson (who had a slight strain going into the match) was unable to impose himself on the match.
Praise must be given to LTI for producing the sternest defensive test Kwakwani have faced in the tournament.
They used their superior height and body size to great advantage. Devon Wills of LTI showed brilliance in taking the ball to the basket but often failed to finish. Nevertheless LTI had the players to provide the points when they needed them.
The majority of the crowd supported the smaller lads (Kwakwani) but the Linden supporters lungs and boisterousness made up for their lack of numbers.
Roared on by their handful of supporters LTI went into the break with a slim four-point lead at 29-25.
Kwakwani came out after the break with a three-pointer from Thomas (who had iced and rested his ankle) to reduce the gap to one.
LTI were soon to have their own injury woes as Orin Rose went down and had to be helped off the court by teammates with just fewer than 16 minutes to play in the second half. However they were still creeping away since Kwakwani were still playing a one-man attack in Thomas.
Rose (on the bench) had some fiery words of encouragement for his colleagues during a time-out as victory looked within sight.
Dencil Plak, the tallest member of the Kwakwani outfit had a quiet night as the taller Travis Leitch and company from LTI negated the height advantage which he was able to exercise over previous opponents.
Kwakwani were in chase down mode as La Fleur managed to reduce the seven-point deficit to five but LTI's Keon Cameron, who took on a more commanding role in the second half, brought it back to seven. And so it continued.
With 10:51 to play Thomas reduced the gap to three and it remained so a minute and a half later. Rose announced his return to the court with a three-pointer from well outside the arc to spur his team on.
The game was beginning to slip away from the defending champions as the deficit increased to eight with under five minutes to play. Somehow hustling and bustling, Kwakwani managed to pull within four with 2:16 to play. But luck was also on the side of LTI this time around and a free throw from Orin Rose bounced thrice on the rim before dropping in.
Thomas eked out three points to pull his team within one but Cameron hit one of two free throws to put some breathing distance between the two schools.
Thomas once more pulled one out of the bag to tie the game with less than a minute to go. However Rose was not going to return to Linden for the second year without the Champions trophy as he fought his way to the basket and completed his play to the joy of LTI's bench and supporters. Kwakwani choked on their final possession and committed a foul that saw the last two points of the game being scored in free throws as LTI, who were celebrating before the final buzzer, redeemed themselves.
Thomas' game-high 43 points proved to be inadequate while Rose (21), Wills (10) and Cameron (10) were the chief scorers for LTI.
Thomas once more carted off the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
His teammate Dencil Plak was adjudged the Best Defensive Player while Stravin Etienne of Wismar-Christianburg Mulitlateral (Multi) was given the Most Prolific Scorer award. His school defeated President's College (who were awarded a trophy for displaying the best sportsmanship) to finish third.
Etienne led his team's scoring with 21 points while Richard Mohandat was PC's leading scorer with 17.
The earlier match-up had also produced excitement as Multi who dominated the match comfortably, eased up a bit towards the end and allowed PC to pull within six before clinching the win 52-44.
The tournament, which was also used to select players for the Inter-Guiana Games basketball squad, was lauded by Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony who presented the prizes and congratulated the teams.
(Courtesy Guyana Chronicle)


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


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Torey Thomas joins Hanzevast Capitals - by Fred Roggen
Hanzevast Capitals has added pointguard Torey Thomas (180-G-85, college: Holy Cross) to its 2008-09 roster. The 23-year-old pointguard from White Plains, N.Y. is a graduate of Holy Cross (NCAA) and finished his NCAA-career with impressive statistics: He played 34 games for Holy Cross in 2006-07 and averaged 13.7 points (3Pts-Percentage: 40.3%), 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Torey Thomas has signed for one season in Groningen. The previous season Torey ended up for Akropol in the Swedish competition where he was chosen to 'Player of the Year'.


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R.Anil Kumar named to executivecommitee of World Basketball Cup (WBC) - by Anil Kumar
Anil Kumar, CEO of Sportzindia Management (P) Ltd has been named to the Executive Committee of the World Basketball Cup (WBC).
Sportzindia is a pioneer in the sports management industry in Kerala, South India.

'We currently provide client services in the areas of contract negotiations, competition scheduling, marketing and sports infrastructure consulting,'
stated Kumar. 'We have been involved with sporting event management as well as athlete representation. We believe strongly in the World Basketball Cup concept and I am honored to be serving in this important role.'

'Mr. Kumar will be overseeing activities in India, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries and will be working closely with counterparts in Europe, Africa, Asia, South/Central America and the Middle East to maximize the potential of this extraordinary undertaking, stated Joe Newman, WBC Chairman. 'We are very impressed with his knowledge, his experience, his energy and enthusiasm and feel very fortunate to have him as part of the WBC team.'

Sportzindia was the sole promoter of the Indian tour of one of the world's best sports entertainment teams, the US-based Harlem Globetrotters. Their first-ever Indian tour across five South Indian cities concluded very successfully. The NBA Legends Clinic at Ludhiana was coordinated by Sportzindia in 2006 featuring 10-year NBA star Robert Reid and Sportzindia promoted the entry of India's top Woman Basketball Player, Geethu Anna Jose, into the Big V League in Australia in 2006-07. They also managed two teams from Argentina and Brazil for the Nayanar Gold Cup International Football Tournament in Kerala in April 2008 in partnership with Talentplus Nigeria, Caddelli Group Sao Paulo, ABC Sports Agency Buenos Aires and is developing a domestic football program in the Asian region.


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Great 2008 IBL Finals, Promising League - by Ocky Tamtelahitu
It's been a while since the team from Bandung, West Java went to final. Seems like it's always been Aspac and Satria Muda in the finals since forever. As we all know both regular finalist teams are from the same city of Jakarta.

2008 finals gave us something different from league perspective. IBL showed to the Basketball enthusiasts in the country, which the league is running forward. Picture of boredom we did not see in this year finals.

No more all Jakarta's teams finals, no more Aspac - Satria Muda Britama nemesis games. No more blow-out games in the finals, like back in 2006 when SM Britama led ballooning to huge margin vs Aspac Putra Riau.

None of that happening this year. We are going somewhere. Started by SM Britama's Super Star Guard (Sumargo) going out and played this year for Garuda Bandung. Face of the competition's never been the same again. It's tougher now. Many more games that was a close game, spectators stayed until sound of the end buzz.

Buzzing is also rumors that stated many of star players from big four teams are moving to other club. Heart of this competition next year will beat faster and harder.

Everyone looking forward to come to IBL games. Not knowing who'll be the # 1 by the end of next season. Tell me who your favorite is , is it Muba Hangtuah ?!


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Asian champs Iran accept NBA invitation to play Olympic tune-up tourney in Utah - by Houman Bagheri
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's basketball team have departed for a tournament in the United States, an official said on Monday, for a rare sporting encounter between the two countries.
Mohammad Mashoun, head of Iran's basketball federation, said the Asian champions had been invited to a tournament in the state of Utah by the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA), ahead of next month's Olympic Games in Beijing.
'After many requests made to Iran by the U.S. basketball federation and after a review of the request by Iranian officials we accepted this invitation,' Mashoun told Reuters, without giving details on which U.S. teams they would play.
Mashoun, declining to comment on any link between the event and politics, said Iran flew to Dubai on Sunday and planned to continue to the United States later on Monday where they would stay until July 22.
'I'm not a politician. Please don't ask me these kinds of questions,' he said when asked about any political significance of an Iranian team competing in the US.

Basketball is one of Iran's most popular sports and several former NBA players have in recent years played for teams in the Iranian league.


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Market News - by Or Berger
Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) sign in Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv for two years. White played in Charlot college and averaged 18.7ppg and 6.5rpg, he was picked 7th in 01' Draft by Detroit Pistons. He played 4 seasons and a half in the NBA and averaged 7.1ppg and 2.2rpg.
In Europe he played in Manasera and Bilbao from the Spanish League, where he was waived from both teams. He also played in Italian league, Chinese league and Porto Rican league.
Jonatan Nir Signed with Givat Shmuel after one year in Ironi rishon LeZion.


Nir joins Givat Shmuel, Watson Stays in Holon - by tamar goldman

The Israeli Champion Hapoel Holon that lost many of her players made its first move and signed the American/Israeli forward Chris Watson (200-F-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Niagara). The forward played for Holon in the past season and although he had some alternatives in other Israeli teams decided to stay with Holon. This would be Watsons fourth year in Israel after playing in Migdal Haemek (2003/04), Givat Shmuel (2004/05) and Holon (2007/08)
Givat Shmuel added another Israeli player to its roaster, this time the forward Jonatan Nir (202-F-86, agency: Avi Zilberman). The 22 years old player moved to Givat Shmuel from Rishon Le Zion after a fair season during which he averaged 4.8ppg and 3.3rpg. this would be Nirs fifth stop in his carrier after playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, Ramat Gan, Bnei Hasharon and Rishon Le Zion


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Italy U18 finishes the tournament in Russia - by Eurobasket News
Italian U18 continues to prepare for the European Championship that will be held in Greece, July 25-August 3. Recently the juniors participated in Petrenko Cup that was held in Khimki, Russia. The latter hosted Italy, Greece and Czech Republic. In the opener of the competition Russia beat Italy 90:73. It was a tough beginning for both teams as they all played the first game. Russian juniors opened the game with 21:20 and then led to 48:38 at the half time. The hosts increased to 15 points advantage after three quarter played and benefit from the game. David Reginald Cournooh (190-G-90) top-scored for Italian squad with 19 points. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) and Jacopo Borra (211-C-90) both supported him with 8 points apiece.
In the second game Italy lost to Greece 62:72. Greek side grabbed 20:11 lead and never looked behind. Raffaele Martone (211-C-90) top-scored for Italy with 10 points, while Sandri posted 9 points.
In the last game Italian team struggled hard with Czech Republic U18 but failed in the very beginning. The latter produced 27:11 from the start and controlled the entire encounter. Italy however reduced to 33:38 at the half time as both teams went to the lockers. Another 24:20 for the Czechs wrapped up the gap to 53:62 and it was not a big deal to lead the game to the first win for Czech Republic U18. Nicolo Melli shined with 28points for Italian team. Alessandro Amici (197-G-91) nailed 9, whilst Jacopo Borra and Panzini had 7 each.


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Lebanese National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Rony Fahed (182-G-81) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Jean Abdel-Nour (198-G/F-83) of Blue Stars
Bassem Balaa (198-F/C-81) of Blue Stars
Brian Beshara-Feghali (204-F-77) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Omar El Turk (186-G-81) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Hussein Tawbe (198-F-82) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Head Coach: Fuad Abou Chakra


Lebanon suffered a big defeat against Greece - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

After having drawn in the strongest group in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament , Lebanon had to face in its First game of the tournament the home team Greece.

The Lebanese National Team missed its Leader Joe Vogel for the first time since 2001 , so it was very hard for the team to meet a team like Greece with less capacities than the normal days.

The well known Greek team dominated the game from the first seconds by applying the Full Court press which led to turnovers by the Lebanese players and easy baskets for the Greek players .The Greek players imposed their rhythm .Lebanon with the absence of Vogel was crippled by the Height and size handicap , while the Greeks had their roster full of big sizes , this handicap gave the Greeks the dominance inside the paints offensively and defensively throughout all minutes of the game .In the end of the game the Greek had the perfect wanted start for the Tournament by beating Lebanon on the score of 119-62.

Lebanon who expected to be in a different group in this Tournament after having played two consecutive times in the World championship was ranked one more time a third category team in the draw which decreased its chances to meet weaker opponents in the tournament.

Lebanon who missed a golden opportunity to be crowned Asian Champs last year after failing to win the final against Iran in Tokushima in 2007 knowing that Lebanon had trashed in the 2nd Round Iran in the same Championship .

Lebanon's next game will be against Brazil Tomorrow , the Lebanese Players will regroup hoping to create another big achievement for Lebanese Basketball.

Q1 : 32 -17 Q2: 22-10 Q3: 32-14 Q4: 33-21


Best Performances :

Fadi El Khatib (14pts) , Brian Feghali (12pts) , Rony Fahed (9pts), Roy Samaha (8pts)



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Mexican U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
4 Armando Fernandez (188-G-90) of Faraones de Nuevo Casas Grandes
5 Rogelio Castaneda (201-F-91) of Faraones de Nuevo Casas Grandes
6 Juan Favela (183-G-91)
7 Jose Santana (186-G-91) of Dorados de Chihuahua

8 Adrian Gonzalez (180-G-90)
9 Jorge Casillas (196-F-90) of Panteras de Aguascalientes
10 Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91)
11 Cesar Urias (203-C-90)
12 Daniel Vivas (198-F-90)
13 Daniel Onofre (196-F-90)
14 Diego Herrera (201-C-90)
15 David Sanchez (196-F-91)
Head Coach: Angel Gonzalez
Coach Assistants: Adolph Sanchez , Jaime Leyua


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Marco Belinelli and Arron Affalo shine in Las Vegas - by Eurobasket News
The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas continued its action yesterday. Four games were played with some more rookies and sophomores action involved. The Detroit Pistons earned their second win as they held off the Los Angeles Clippers 75:66. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) nailed 25 points to pace the Pistons past the Clippers. He netted 13 points in the third stanza when Detroit built an unassailable 20-point cushion. The Clippers fought bravely and clipped the distance to 6 points but failed to come any closer. Will Bynum (5'11''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) nailed 10 points for the winners. DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88) had 15 points and 10 boards for the Clippers. Al Thornton added 14 points in defeat.
The LA Lakers found the way to slow down O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) and it allowed them to topple Memphis 85:76 yesterday. The Lakers led from the start and piled up a 40:30 at halftime. The Grizzlies never loosened the grip in the second half and celebrated victory at the end. Coby Karl (6'4''-G-83, college: Boise St.) scored 16 points for the Lakers. Bozeman delivered 12 points in a win. O.J. Mayo had 15 points to pace the Grizzlies. Ebi Ere (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) notched 14 points off the bench in defeat.
Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) showed his superb form with a 25-point outburst against Dallas. Golden State led 46:38 at halftime and stretched the margin to 16 points in the third frame. The Mavericks cut the distance back to 5 points heading into the final frame but Belinelli took over. He drained 11 points in the final stanza and the Warriors surged to a comfortable win. Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) tallied 15 points and 7 boards for the Warriors. James Singleton (6'8''-F-81, college: Murray St.) replied with 17 points, while Gerald Green had 15 in defeat.
Bobby Brown (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) drilled a winning basket with 30 seconds left in regulation to propel the New Orleans Hornets past the Charlotte Bobcats 77:75 yesterday. The game was tight and everything came down to the final seconds. Bobby Brown and the Hornets turned out luckier. Hilton Armstrong secured 14 points in a win. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87) nailed 15 points for the Bobcats.


Market news - by Eurobasket News
Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) officially signed six-year contract with Washington Wizards. At the beginning of the July it was announced that both sides agreed terms but official confirmation showed-up yesterday. During the next six years Arenas will earn 111 million dollars. Interesting is that he accepted less money than the team offered him at the beginning. He wanted to make some space for the Wizards to sign another good player in order to be capable to compete for the NBA title next season. One of the important conditions of Aranas also was for signing of free agent Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina). The Wizard inks Jamison on a 4-year contract worth 50 millions dollars.

Dallas Mavericks announced signing of Antoine Wright (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) on a contract extension. The Mavericks also agreed terms with Keith McLeod (6'2''-G-79, college: Bowling Green) and James Singleton (6'8''-F-81, college: Murray St.). Wright arrived to Dallas from New Jersey Nets before the beginning of the last season. His average stats was 6.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.4 apg for 56 games in regular season. Wright joined the Nets in 2005, after his third year at Texas A&M. At the same year he was chosen as a 15th overall pick on NBA draft. Keith McLeod played just one month last season and it was in Italian Team Montepaschi Siena. In the past he was a member of Indiana Pacers Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves. James Singleton has a pretty good season behind him in Spanish ACB league. His team TAU Ceramica grabbed the championship title outplaying Barcelona 3-0 in the play-off final. His ex team also captured the Supercup at the beginning of the season and later reached Euroleague Final Four. Singleton played 8 games for TAU in play-off averaging 6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He registered lower digits in ACB regular season as well as in Euroleague. Before TAU, Singleton spent one season in Los Angeles Clippers.


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USA U18 National Team -08 - by Eurobasket
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4 Kemba Walker (6'0''-G-90)
5 Maalik Wayns (6'1''-G-91)
6 Malcom Lee (6'4''-G-90)
7 Dominic Cheek (6'5''-G-90)
8 Travis Releford (6'5''-G-90)
9 Matthew Humphrey (6'5''-G-90)
10 Leslie McDonald (6'5''-G-91)
11 David Wear (6'9''-F-90)
12 Travis Wear (6'9''-F-90)
13 Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F-91)

14 JaMychal Green (6'9''-F/C-90)
15 Mason Plumlee (6'11''-F-90)
Head Coach: Bob McKillop
Coach Assistants: Anthony Grant , John III Thompson


Bassett and Davis are reunited - by Kevin Cochran
Armon Bassett (6'1''-G-86), one of four players dismissed from Indiana after the 2007-08 season, will transfer to UAB. The transfer lets the 6'1 guard reunite with Mike Davis , the former Hoosier coach who recruited him out of high school.

Bassett was Indiana's third leading scorer with 11.4 points per game, and his 3.3 assists were second on the squad. Those numbers made him a third team all Big 10 selection, but he ran into numerous problems. He was suspended for three games during the season after breaking team rules, then missed a meeting with interim coach Dan Dakich after the NCAA Tournament. His refusal to run laps after that incident led to his dismissal from the Hoosiers.

'Its tough, man, but going through that makes you stronger,' Bassett said. 'Things happen for a reason. When God closes one door, he opens another.'

Current Blazer guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G-85), also a former Indiana player, played a large role in getting Bassett to Birmingham.

'I'm good friends with Robert,' Bassett said. 'Coach Davis put Robert in a good situation and he'll probably be a top 20 pick next year. Seeing that put me over the edge (toward UAB).'

Besides UAB, Bassett's finalists were West Virginia, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Cincinnati. He says he chose to play for the Blazers because he trusts Davis and 'it was the right basketball situation for me.'

Bassett is the second transfer of the offseason to join the UAB program. Elijah Millsap (6'5''-G-87) joined the team in June from Louisiana-Lafayette. Both players will be part of the 2009-10 class that includes four high school standouts and a junior college transfer.


Lawrence lands at SHU - by Kevin Cochran
Keon Lawrence (6'2''-G) firmly slammed the door on any possible return to Missouri basketball.

Lawrence, a former sophomore guard who led the Tigers in minutes played last season, confirmed to The Star that he would transfer to Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J.

'Today,' Lawrence said, then refused to discuss the matter further, adding, 'What do you want with me? I dont want to talk to y'all.'

Lawrence announced July 1 that he was leaving Missouri to be closer to his home in Newark, N.J. Missouri coach Mike Anderson confirmed later that day he had granted Lawrence his release from MU.

That separation came when Lawrence informed Anderson he had been unhappy at MU and, as in December, he was looking around.

Sources have confirmed that Lawrence actually had second thoughts about leaving MU but that the MU coaches, tired of talking Lawrence into staying, told him goodbye and good luck elsewhere.

It didnt take Lawrence long to move out of Columbia and just slightly longer to decide on Seton Hall, where he will have to sit out one season and then have two to play as a Pirate.

Coincidentally, Missouri and Seton Hall could meet in the Puerto Rico Tipoff during Nov. 18-24. Although the field has not been officially announced, MU has confirmed plans for that trip, and Seton Hall is advertising alumni travel offers to the tourney.

Courtesy: Kansas City Star


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 Olson 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. But the salary there would likely be around $25,000. Add in that he'd be a marked man every night. Opposing guards would look to use any maneuvers (not all of them legal according to the rule book) to get to the NBA.


So Europe it appears to be. There is a team that will give him a six figure deal, perhaps Armani Jeans Milano, which is losing Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) to the NBA, or La Fortezza Virtus Bologna, where Melvin Booker (6'1''-G-72, college: Missouri) 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. College has a way of humbling even the best players a little.

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, of which he has almost none. 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 choice.



Mills going to Beijing - by Kevin Cochran

Early Friday morning in Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced its 12-man roster for the men's basketball team. St.Mary's point guard Patrick Mills' (5'10''-G-88)' (5'10''-G-88) dream came true and he will make his Olympic debut in Beijing, China on August 10.

'It is such an honor for Patrick Mills to represent his country in the 2008 Olympic games, and to earn this honor at an early age, makes it even more impressive,' said St.Mary's, CA Head Men's Basketball Coach Randy Bennett. 'St.Mary's College is extremely proud to have a member of its program achieve such an outstanding accomplishment. It will be exciting for our program and community to watch one of our own represent Australia in the Olympic Games.'

With 12 teams competing for the gold medal in Beijing, Mills will be the only mens basketball player that is a current player in collegiate basketball in the United States. Additionally, at the age of 19 (he turns 20 on August 11) he is the youngest player on any Olympic roster. He is also the youngest player to ever make the Boomers roster for Olympic competition.

'There are only 12 countries that qualified for the Olympic games, and for Patrick, who will be 20 years old when the Games begin, to make the Australian National Teamn team and be in a position to contribute is unbelievable. Patrick is not just a spectacular player, hes a special person as well. Its a once in a lifetime opportunity to coach an Olympic athlete,' said Bennett.

Mills becomes just the third undergraduate student and fourth student at St.Mary's to compete in the Olympic Games. The other three students are Joseph Lang '33, who competed in boxing in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles; Heather Pease, who competed in synchronized swimming in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta; and graduate student Valerie Fleming M'03, who competed in bobsledding in the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Mills is among six Australian National Team players making their Olympic debut in Beijing. 'The young players are going to be very important to our results,' said Brian Goorjian , Australia head men's basketball coach. 'They'll be playing and contributing in Beijing but you'll be watching them for the next two Games to come.'

Australia has drawn a tough group for the Games, facing Athens gold medallists Argentina, Asian champions Iran, Lithuania, European champions Russia and one team to be determined in a qualification series next week. Goorjian will however put his team up against the United States in a pre-Olympic face-off in Shanghai on August 5.

Courtesy: smcgaels.com



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Top of the World Classic Cancelled for 2008 - by Sanjey Noriega
from alaskananooks.com
The University of Alaska Fairbanks announced today that it is canceling this years BP Top of the World Classic. The cancellation is a result of a change in NCAA rules governing college basketball tournaments and the resulting bidding wars taking place between events.

The decision to cancel this years tournament was not of our making or of our choice, said Brian Hove, tournament director. The escalation in appearance fees precipitated by the 2006 NCAA rule change has effectively priced the Classic out of the market.

Prior to 2006, there were only 10 certified preseason basketball tournaments in the country, including the Classic and Anchorages Great Alaska Shootout. A rule change in 2006 opened the door for any institution to host a multiple-team event. The 2007 NCAA schedule featured 45 such tournaments, with more planned at schools all over the country this year.

UAF athletics director Forrest Karr said that the growth in tournaments greatly changed how much schools were being paid to participate in tournaments. We have worked diligently to sell teams on the Alaskan experience, but the landscape has changed, said Karr. It is now nearly impossible to find a school that will travel to Fairbanks when they can take a bus ride to a neighboring university and receive a game guarantee of $100,000, or more in some cases.

Karr said that the decision was not an easy one to make.

Many people reviewed the current climate and, unfortunately, nobody can justify spending university general fund money or student fee dollars to entice seven Division I schools to participate in a tournament, he said. The Classic has been self-sustaining and we felt it needed to continue operating on a fiscally responsible basis.

By November 2006 tournament organizers had signed three teams for the 2008 event: Stanford University, Morehead State University and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Within the last three months the latter two had dropped out, paying a $30,000 buyout fee in favor of participating in higher-paying events closer to home.

In the meantime, UAF secured commitments from Bradley University, University of Central Florida and Austin Peay State University, leaving the university three teams shy of completing the eight-team field. Karr said significant effort was given to just finding one more team and creating a six-team tournament, with the university fully committed to putting extra funds toward the endeavor. Even with that effort, the university was unable to secure the sixth team.

No matter how disheartening, its critical to operate with integrity, said Karr. We set July 1 as the cutoff date and felt that if we could not secure a sixth team by then, we had no choice but to let the teams currently under contract pursue other options.

Karr said that the university is focused now on discussing options with the community organizing committee, sponsors and staff to potentially develop a new format that will allow UAF and Fairbanks to have a basketball tournament beginning again in 2009 and for the foreseeable future.

Hove said that while this years circumstances are unfortunate, it was important to remember the tournaments successes over the years, particularly in the area of hospitality.

Much of the success the Classic has enjoyed over the years can be directly attributed to the dedication of the various committee chairs, committee volunteers, host families and sponsors who have supported this event since 1996, said Hove. BP, in particular, is to be thanked for its support as title sponsor.

Every participating team dating back to the inaugural event has departed Fairbanks having thoroughly enjoyed the experience, said Hove. I dont believe Hawaii, Puerto Rico or any tournament can match the hospitality and warmth these teams have enjoyed over the years at the Top of the World Classic.


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New Zealand draw the first blood - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Cape Verde 77:50

New Zealand Tall Blacks opened their chase for the Olympic Games birth in Athens today. The first challenge was successfully overcome as New Zealand thumped Cape Verde today. The Kiwis got to a flying start of the game and scored first 16 points in the encounter. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) nailed 12 points in the first stanza and New Zealand enjoyed a 21:4 advantage. Nick Horvath opened the second period with a triple as the Tall Blacks piled up a 20-point lead. Cape Verde finally showed some signs of life with 7 points in a row to get within 13. However Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) and Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International) replied with trebles to restore a safe cushion for the Kiwis. New Zealand went to the dressing room having a comforting 42:20 lead. Cape Verde struggled to adjust their offense and never came closer than 20 points. Kirk Penney led all scorers with 25 points. Craig Bradshaw nailed 14 points and corralled 7 boards, while Pero Cameron dropped 13 points for the winners. Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, college: Manhattan) responded with 22 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Cape Verde. Avery Oliver (193-F-83, college: Indiana, PA) had 9 points in defeat. Cape Verde will face Germany tomorrow. New Zealand will take on Germany on Wednesday.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 25, Craig Bradshaw 14, Pero Cameron 13
Cape Verde: Jeff Xavier 22, Avery Oliver 9


New Zealand U18 finish 8th in Ballarat - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U18 failed to post a win in the final two days of the Australian U18 Championship. New Zealand first lost to West Australia Country in the knockout game. The Junior Tall Blacks enjoyed a 4-point advantage at halftime but could not stop their opponents after the long break. West Australia Country stunned their opponents 63:23 over the next twenty minutes and grabbed a comfortable 90:54 victory at the end. Winston Li provided 12 points and 5 boards for the Kiwis. Ethan Rusbatch had 12 points, while Tom Rowe (205-F-91) posted 11 points and 4 boards in defeat.
New Zealand then faced Victoria Country in the game for the 7th spot. New Zealand team trailed by just 4 points at the interval but could not convert in the dying stages and suffered their 6th loss at the competition. Winston Li dropped 16 points and pulled down 8 boards for the Kiwis. Tom Rowe and Jake Ashby contributed 11 points and 12 boards apiece in a losing case.


New Zealand National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Paora Winitana (195-G-76) of Adelaide 36ers (AUS)
Kirk Penney (194-G-80) of New Zealand Breakers (AUS)
Pero Cameron (199-F-74) of Waikato Pistons
Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83) of Brisbane Bullets (AUS)
Michael Fitchett (183-G-82) of Nelson Giants
Ben Hill (196-F-79) of Waikato Pistons
Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Wellington Saints
Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) of Canterbury Rams
Alex Pledger (216-C-87) of Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City (USA)
Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) of Wellington Saints
Mika Vukona (197-F-82) of Harbour Heat
Corey Webster (180-G-88) of Lambuth University (USA)
Head Coach: Nenad Vucinic


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Slovenia handles South Korea in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia- South Korea 88:76

Slovenian National Team got to a winning start of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens. They bruised South Korean team to have one foot in the quarterfinal. Korea now must win against Canada on Wednesday to hope to qualify to the knockout stage. Slovenian team led by their NBA star Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) spurred ahead early on. They were widely considered favorites prior to the game and lived up to the expectations in the first half. Dominating the boards and shooting deadly 55% from the field Slovenia controlled the contest and rolled to a 53:37 lead at halftime. However the game was far from being done. South Korea went out of the dressing room firing from all guns. Joo-sung Kim and Min-soo Kim drained several three-pointers and Korea took over. The Asian team cut the deficit and trailed by just 11 points with a quarter to go. Korea clawed their way within single digits from Slovenia in the final term but the European team survived. Radoslav Nesterovic and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) sealed the winning outcome for Slovenia at the end. Radoslav Nesterovic nailed 26 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace Slovenia. Uros Slokar had 12 points, while Zupan and Dragic added 11 apiece for the winning side. Joo-sung Kim replied with 21 points and 4 assists for Korea. Jung Young-Sam (188-G/F-84) nailed 18 points in a loss. Slovenia will face Canada tomorrow.

Slovenia: Radoslav Nesterovic 26, Uros Slokar 12, Zupan 11, Dragic 11
South Korea: Joo-sung Kim 21, Jung Young-Sam 18


Qualifying tournament. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand - Cape Verde 77:50

New Zealand Tall Blacks opened their chase for the Olympic Games birth in Athens today. The first challenge was successfully overcome as New Zealand thumped Cape Verde today. The Kiwis got to a flying start of the game and scored first 16 points in the encounter.
Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) nailed 12 points in the first stanza and New Zealand enjoyed a 21:4 advantage. Nick Horvath opened the second period with a triple as the Tall Blacks piled up a 20-point lead. Cape Verde finally showed some signs of life with 7 points in a row to get within 13. However Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) and Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International) replied with trebles to restore a safe cushion for the Kiwis. New Zealand went to the dressing room having a comforting 42:20 lead. Cape Verde struggled to adjust their offense and never came closer than 20 points. Kirk Penney led all scorers with 25 points. Craig Bradshaw nailed 14 points and corralled 7 boards, while Pero Cameron dropped 13 points for the winners. Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, college: Manhattan) responded with 22 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Cape Verde. Avery Oliver (193-F-83, college: Indiana, PA) had 9 points in defeat. Cape Verde will face Germany tomorrow. New Zealand will take on Germany on Wednesday.

New Zealand:
Kirk Penney 25, Craig Bradshaw 14, Pero Cameron 13
Cape Verde:
Jeff Xavier 22, Avery Oliver 9


Slovenia- South Korea 88:76
Slovenian National Team got to a winning start of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens. They bruised South Korean team to have one foot in the quarterfinal. Korea now must win against Canada on Wednesday to hope to qualify to the knockout stage. Slovenian team led by their NBA star Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) spurred ahead early on. They were widely considered favorites prior to the game and lived up to the expectations in the first half. Dominating the boards and shooting deadly 55% from the field Slovenia controlled the contest and rolled to a 53:37 lead at halftime. However the game was far from being done. South Korea went out of the dressing room firing from all guns. Joo-sung Kim and Min-soo Kim drained several three-pointers and Korea took over. The Asian team cut the deficit and trailed by just 11 points with a quarter to go. Korea clawed their way within single digits from Slovenia in the final term but the European team survived. Radoslav Nesterovic and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) sealed the winning outcome for Slovenia at the end. Radoslav Nesterovic nailed 26 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace Slovenia. Uros Slokar had 12 points, while Zupan and Dragic added 11 apiece for the winning side. Joo-sung Kim replied with 21 points and 4 assists for Korea. Jung Young-Sam (188-G/F-84) nailed 18 points in a loss. Slovenia will face Canada tomorrow.

Slovenia: Radoslav Nesterovic 26, Uros Slokar 12, Zupan 11, Dragic 11
South Korea: Joo-sung Kim 21, Jung Young-Sam 18


Croatia-Cameroon 93:79
Croatia celebrated the first win in the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens. Game 3 of the day saw European team overcoming representative from Africa 93:79. The win was achieved mostly due to the third period when Croatians were too strong 26:9. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) led the winners with 22 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 17, while Marko Banic (204-F-84), Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) added 12 each. Harding Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) ended up with 24 points in defeat, whilst Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) had 14.

European team proved it once again in the day that they are the favorites of the tournament. Group D saw a great game between Croatian style and the team from Cameroon. The opening quarter did not bring lots of differences and Croatia enjoyed 19:16 lead. Later on the court saw only one team, Croatia that dominated the court. Europeans created 26:9 in the second quarter for 20 points advantage at the half time.
Cameroon however came back being another team after the break. At first they started to play offensive game and reached 28:20 win in the third period. The last quarter started with plus 12 for Croatian but did not guarantee them easy victory. Cameroon tried hard and played on nerves until the end of the campaign. Croatia stayed tough and due to 28:26 won the opener of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens.


Croatia: Marko Tomas 22, Marko Popovic 17, Marko Banic 12, Zoran Planinic 12, Nikola Prkacin 12
Cameroon:Harding Nana 24, Parfait Bitee 14



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  PANAMA   


Navieros defeated Magnates and Joel Munoz top scorer of CBS 2008.- - by Eddie Munoz
Navieros de Colon won over Magnates de Calidonia 81-73 in a disputed game with this victory Navieros is in 2nd place of the table with 6-3 same record of Magnates but they have won the 2 games against Magnates. Yosimar Stewart 19 Points, Juan Gondola 14 Points, Enrique Phillips and Jamar Johnson both with 13 Points were the best scorers by the winners and Alejandro Cajar 16 Points, Ricardo Yearwood 14 Points and Adolfo Alvarado with Joel Munoz (179-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency) 13 Points. At this moment Joel Munoz point guard of Magnates de Calidonia is the top scorer of CBS 2008 win 212 Points in 9 games with average of 23.5 Points per game.


Standings - CBS
CBS Standings
 1. Caimanes 10-0 
 2. Navieros 6-3 
 3. Magnates 6-3 
 4. Canguros 4-5 
 5. Fieras 3-6 
 6. Colosos 3-6 
 7. Toros 0-9 


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  PHILIPPINES   


Valenzuela keys big finish to give Ginebra QF opener - by Eurobasket News
Coach Jong Uichico didnt regret not losing trust and confidence on Junthy Valenzuela (189-F-79) even as the Cebuano warrior struggled in the first three quarters.

Valenzuela groped for form early on but came through with big plays in the final quarter as Barangay Ginebra scored a come-from-behind 92-90 win over Sta. Lucia Realty in the opener of their 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference best-of-three quarterfinal showdown at the Astrodome Sunday night.

The former Salazar Tech stalwart, scoreless in the first 36 minutes of play, had two three-pointers and a crucial offensive rebound in the payoff period, helping the Kings Big Time in stopping the Sta. Lucia charge.

'Hes a veteran and hes been there before. We know we can count on him to do things even as he struggles in the early part of a game,' said Uichico in lauding Valenzuela after the contest.

Valenzuela clinched the win on an offensive rebound off his own missed three-point shot with only six seconds left and the Kings enjoying a 90-87 lead.

Earlier, he banged away a trey coming off the bench, sparking a decisive 12-to-nothing run that pushed the Kings ahead at 84-74.

Then after the Realtors came within four at 81-85, Valenzuela rifled in another trifecta, easing the pressure for the Kings with 57 seconds left.

The Realtors, however, still refused to give up, threatening for the last time at 87-90 on back-to-back three-pointers by Kelly Williams.

Then came the most crucial sequence in the night Valenzuela misfiring another three-point attempt, but getting the offensive rebound himself, thus dashing Sta. Lucias hopes to salvage the game.

Valenzuelas endgame heroics preserved Mark Caguioas 30-point showing and Chris Alexanders double-double game of 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Kelly Williams and Lee Benson had their own double-double games that went to naught.

Williams, the leading MVP contender, logged 24 points and 13 rebounds with 13 markers coming in the final period.

Benson and Nelbert Omolon spearheaded Sta. Lucias attack in the early goings, enabling the Realtors to take control from the opening tip to the third quarter.

The Kings scored 10 of the first 12 points in the final period to seize the lead for the first time at 72-68.

'It was a grind. We had to work for our points and work on defense. We have to play better Wednesday if we want this series over with,' said Uichico. (NC)


The scores:

Ginebra 92 - Caguioa 30, Alexander 19, Artadi 11, Helterbrand 11, Mamaril 8, Valenzuela 8, Salvacion 5, Pacana 0, Wilson 0, Menk 0.

Sta. Lucia 90 - Williams 24, Benson 23, Omolon 17, Reyes 9, Yeo 9, Aquino 4, Miranda 2, Espino 2, Mendoza 0.

Quarterscores: 14-24, 37-42, 62-66, 92-90.

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


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  POLAND   


Kotwica takes four - by Filip Stanczyk


Donald Copeland in Turow, Cesnauskis extends with Czarni Slupsk - by Eurobasket News
Donald Copeland (178-G-84, college: Seton Hall) signed contract with Polish play-off finalist PGE Turow. In his new team Copeland will replace new David Logan, new acquisition of Prokom Trefl Sopot. He arrives to Turow from Filipino team Coca-Cola Tigers, where he moved after he finished the season with Polphamra-Pakmet Starograd. He played 8 games for the Tigers averaging 17.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 3.9 apg. Copeland finished the competition in Polish DBE as a second scorer with 19.5 ppg. At the same time he was the third leading assistsant dishing out 4.6 apg. Before Polphamra, Copeland spent one year in Puerto Rico. He graduated at Seton Hall where he added 16.1 ppg, 3 rpg and 4.5 apg at his senior year.
In the meantime Turow also agreed terms with Serbian player Gorjan Radonjic (199-F-81), who played last season for Swisslion Takovo. Radonjic also has international experience as was a member of French teams Paris, Dijon and Nancy.

Czarni Slupsk announced signing of Mantas Cesnauskis (188-G-81, agency: LimeLight) on a two year contract extension. It will be his third year with Czarni as he joined the team in 2006 from Lithuanian Nevezis. He had 23 appearances last season in DBE averaging 11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.4 spg. Three years before he played for Cypriot team APOEL Nicosia after what he joined Nevezis. He was the best scorer and the second assistant of Lithuanian LKL on season 04/05 having 23.6 ppg and 4.7 apg with Nevezis. Very soon he joined Belgian team Dexia Mons-Hainaut.


Kotwica takes four - by Filip Stanczyk
Unusually big transfer was done by SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. They decided to sign contracts with four American players: Brandon Crone (200-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler), Drew Naymick (208-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International), Adam Liberty (188-G-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wichita St.) and Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Ball St.) (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Ball St.). They seem to be cheap weakly-known guys. The most experienced one is Julien Mills, who played in Hungary last season. He got to play-offs with his team Dombovar and despite finishing games without any team success, Mills was called the best foreign player in the league.

Drew Naymick and Adam Liberty are freshmen from NCAA. The first one played for Michigan State, where he was averaging 4 ppg., 4 apg. and 2bpg. Liberty is a typical playmaker, who was averaging 9.5. ppg. and 3.3. apg at Oral Roberts University.

Brandon Crone his last season spent in Sweden, Sodertalje, where he was one of the shooting leaders with 13 ppg.

Source: http://PLK.pl


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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal wins 1st game of preparation before the Euro qualification - by Bruno Baltazar
After 15 days of hard work with practises in Evora,Portugal played against B team of Spain ,same spanish team that 1 week before won against Angola that will be in the Olimpics and it is the african nationals holders title.
In the Evora arena around 1500 persons witnessed the portuguese win by 77-69 ,in the 1st quarter both defenses were the stronger side of the game ending the quarter with 12-13 lead for Spain,Portugal got a liltle better on the ofense side and at the half was leading 28-24.

The second half was a complete diferent game with both teams scoring more,Portugal in the 3rd quarter made the diference getting a lead of 10 points that just managed that lead in the last quarter.

Portugal devided their points by their 12 players ,Joao Gomes is no longer in the portuguese team because Moncho Lopez the national head coach decided to pick Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) over Betinho due the fact both are naturalized players and only 1 can play.


Portugal NT under20 and 18 results in Oliveira de Azemeis tournament - by Bruno Baltazar
In this past weekend in the city of Oliveira de Azemeis both portuguese national teams of under 20 and 18 played in the same tournament to prepare their participation in the European that will be competed in Romania and Hungry respectivly.
Besides the portuguese NT of under 20 that won all games and the under 18 team,Galiza and Holand participated as well in this tournament.
Under20 team showed they playing togheter well having their biggest point in the defense ,the under 18 team showed a competitive side,they will go right way to the european.

Complete list of results:
Portugal under 18 .- 81 - 77 Galiza

Portugal under 18 - 72 - 76 Holand under 20

Portugal under 18 - 59 - 66 - Portugal under 20

Portugal under 20 - 81- 45 - Galiza

Portugal under 20 - 63 - 57 - Holand under 20

Portugal under 20 team was placed in 1st,in 2nd came Holand under20,Portugal under18 team in 3rd place and Galiza in the last place.


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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rican U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
4 Cristian Pellot (206-C-90) of High School USA (USA)
5 Raymond Cintron (186-G-90)
6 Carlos Rodriguez (178-G-90)

7 Joseph Vegerano (183-G-90)
8 Isaac Sosa (188-G-90)
9 Erick Rodriguez (203-C-90)
10 Steven Miro (188-G-91)
11 Jesus Rivera (196-F-90)
12 Carlos Lopez (208-F-90) of University of Nevada -Las Vegas (USA)
13 Jose Lopez (196-F-91)
14 Xavier Zambrana (193-G/F-91)
15 Miguel Bocachica (196-F-90)
Head Coach: Hector Marrero
Coach Assistants: Juan Cardana , Edmundo Baez


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  RUSSIA   


Russia U18 hosted an international tournament - by Eurobasket News
Russian U18 continues to prepare for the European Championship that will be held in Greece, July 25-August 3. Recently the juniors hosted Petrenko Cup that was held in Khimki, Russia. The team participated with Italy, Greece and Czech Republic. In the opener of the competition Russia beat Italy 90:73. It was a tough beginning for both teams as they all played the first game. Russian juniors opened the game with 21:20 and then led to 48:38 at the half time. The hosts increased to 15 points advantage after three quarter played and benefit from the game. David Reginald Cournooh (190-G-90) top-scored for Italian squad with 19 points. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) and Borra both supported him with 8 points apiece.
In the second game Russia won over Czech Republic U18 79:68. The hosts opened the game with 22:12, but the Czechs replied with 16:23 in the second. In the third quarter it was still hard to mention the winner as Russia added 18:17 in the period. The last quarter belonged to the hosts that produced 23:16 to seal the second win in a row. Vladimir Pichkurov (190-G-90) top-scored for Russia with 18 points. Maxim Grigoryev (-90) nailed 14 and Sergey Palkin (191-G-90) ended up with 11 points.
In the final day of the competition Russia was defeated by Greece 77:90. The latter won all three games and triumphed in the tournament. Greece started with 26:21 and even increased to 11 points at the halftime. The hosts pushed the tempo in the third period and produced 20:10 in the quarter. It was the battle in the last quarter and Greece proposed its own game. They created 26:14 in the final stanza to become a winner of the tournament.


Ralph Biggs stays in Ural Great - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great Perm extended contract with Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) for two more seasons. Biggs is the second player who extended contract with the team during the last few days as Vanja Plisnic done the same at the end of the last week. American forward, who at the same time possesses Belgian passport, played 22 games for Ural in Superleague averaging 6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1 spg. In FIBA Eurocup, where Ural reached quarterfinals, Biggs had 6.5 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 11 appearances. Before Ural, Biggs spent three years in Telindus Oostende winning the National Cup in 2004. From 2000 to 2007 he spent just one season out of Oostende playing for Liege in 03/04. His Oostende was the winner of Belgian Championship twice while the team also grabbed the National Cup at Biggs' first year there.

In the meantime Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) left the team from Perm signing contract with Ukrainian BC Kyiv. Wright was the fifth rebounder of the Russian Superleague last season grabbing 7.2 rpg. At the same time he recorded 13.9 ppg, 3.2 apg and 1.2 spg in 22 games. He had 11 appearances in FIBA Eurocup averaging 14.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 1.9 apg. He arrived to Ural from Cibona Zagreb, which won the title in Croatian championship. Interesting is that he joined Cibona after winning the title in Belgian D1 with Telindus Oostende. A season before that he lifted the trophy in Latvian championship with Venstpils. Despite he was one of the best players of the above mentioned clubs he decideed to leave them after winning the championship title.


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  SEBL   


ServPro on track, Celtics win thriller, Baseline and Marietta tally victories... - by David Archer
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Hamilton


Wooten
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 Jones 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. The Celtic's Jeff Croft was on fire in the first half with four triple-point baskets. 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, Jones 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. Marietta O. 1-0 
 3. BC Force 1-1 
 4. BC Celtics 1-1 
 5. BC Skyline 1-1 
 6. ServPro-1 1-1 
 7. Smyrna K. 0-1 
 8. Supreme 0-2 
Metro A-South
 1. BC Lakers 2-0 
 2. Young Gunz 1-1 
 3. Tri-County 1-1 
 4. Black Monop 1-1 
 5. Speedboys 1-1 
 6. D.O.T.S. 0-2 


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  SERBIA   


Zdravlje Actavis hires new head coach - by Dragan Jankovski
After not so good pervious season Zdravlje Actavis decided to part ways with Dragan Arsic. The team from Leskovac announced signing of Velislav Veskovic as a new head coach. Veskovic started last season as a head coach of B league team Kotez Bambi. Later, actually in February, he agreed terms with Radnicki Invest Inzenjering which competes in A1 league. Interesting is that Radnicki and Zdravlje Actavis struggled until the very end for the survival in A1 league. At the end Veskovic's new team finished the competition on 11th place. Both teams had 9 wins and 13 defeats but Radnicki had better score in two regular season games than the team from Leskovac.

Mihailo Uvalin returnes to Mega Basket - by Zoran Popovic
After one season in Polpak Swiecie, Mihailo Uvalin signs two years contract as a head coach of Mega Basket (BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd). Last season as a head coach of Polpak Swiecie, Uvalin played semifinal of Polish league and lost from Prokom 4-2. Before Polpak Swiecie Uvalin was head coach of Zito Vardar (Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje)1997-1999, Innsbruck 1999-2000, Facom Damme 2004-2005, then he moved in April 2005 in Telindus BC Oostende. In season 2005-2006 Uvalin won Beligian National league. From February 2007 till the end of the season Uvalin was first time head coach of Mega Basket (BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd). Former head coach of Beovuk, Milenko Bogicevic will be assistant coach of Mihailo Uvalin .

U20 Serbia outplays U20 Greece in friendly game - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U20 National Team celebrated in the first friendly games against U20 Greece in Athens 72-66. It was a first game of basketball legend Jorgos Sigalas on the bench of Greek U20 National Team. After almost leveled first half of the game Serbia put into the fifth gear in third period. They intensified defense which resulted with just 8 points by the Greeks in this quarter. On the other side Serbians netted 16 points which meant that they had plus 11 before the last 10 minutes. Actually two minutes later visitors extended lead to 18 points, 66-48. Until the end Greeks succeeded just to decrease minus to 6.
Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winners in this game scoring 13 points. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) and Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) followed him scoring 9 points each. Petar Despotovic (195-G-88) also was good with 7 points. Interesting is that the teams played extra 10 minutes after the regular time when Serbians once again won 24-13.

Head coach of Serbian U20 National Team, Slobodan Klipa, after the games said: 'Our main goal in this game was to see are we able to show on the court everything what we practiced during the past period. We want to play as much as we can under the basket. The main problem for us today was very aggressive defense by the Greeks. I hope that for the next couple of games we will be on much higher level in organizing the plays.'

Next game between these two rivals is scheduled for today at 17:15h.


U20 Greece - U20 Serbia 66-72
(19-20,21-23,8-16,18-13)

Greece:
Katsis 15, Ksiarelis 14
Serbia: Keselj 13, Macvan 9, Raduljica 9, Despotovic 7


Serbian cadets third on tournament in Moscow - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U16 National Team finished the international tournament in Moscow on third place. Serbian cadets lost in the last game against Turkey 65-67. As a reminder in the first day of the contest Serbia was better than Ukraine 86-65 while in the next game Russia celebrated 64-55. Generally Serbian cadets didn't show such a good performance in Moscow. The reason for that for sure is a fact that it were the first friendly games of the team which started preparation last month. Serbian cadets had 3 points lead after 10 minutes against Turkey. Later, Serbia went on the half time having 33-31. After well played third quarter it seemed that it will be an easy win for Serbia but Turkey didn't give up. Serbians was not able to keep plus ten with just three minutes remaining. Actually Serbia had 65-64 with 15 seconds to go after what Turkish made one free throw missing the second one, which was followed by the offensive rebound. They succeeded to score at the buzzer grabbing tight win 65-67.
Head coach of Serbian cadets, Dragan Vascanin, gave chance to all players in this game. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92) showed the best performance scoring 13 points. Nastic and Siladji were behind him adding 11 points each. Serbians cadets are already on their way to city of Novi Becej, where they will continue preparation for the European Championship.

After the game Dragan Vascanin had understanding for not so good level of his team in Moscow. 'It were our first games this summer and my players are not in a good shape yet. I would like to say that our defense looked good on this tournament but we struggled a lot at the offensive end. The good thing is that we will have enough time to work on that segment. All players showed willingness to work very hard on every practice and I am sure it will affect on our performance in the future.'


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  SLOVAKIA   


Anton Gavel heads to Aris - by Eurobasket News
Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) moved to Greek Aris and signed the two-year contract there. Slovakian player started his career in 2001-2002 for BG Post/Suedstern Karlsruhein Germany . In 27 games he averaged 5.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.6apg. The season after he had better results averaging 13.6 ppg, 3.1 apg in the same team. In 2004-2005 played for Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga) and in 39 games had 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg. He improved his stats in the season after averaging 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg. In July 2006 signed a 2-years contract with Polaris World Murcia and remained there until the last season. In 2006-2007: Polaris World Murcia played 34 games having 6.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg. The last season Polaris World Murcia saw 34 games from Anton Gavel who averaged 4.4ppg, 1.0rpg.
His new team Aris will play also in EuroCup tournament. First sixteen teams of EuroCup found out their opponents in the first Qualifying Round. The draw was held in Berlin, Germany. The season will start on October 14th. Aris however directly advanced to the group stage where it will play with Israeli Bnei Hasharon and Turkish Turk Telecom. Last season Aris finished the regular season on the 3rd place with 18-8 record.


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  SLOVENIA   


Koper complete roster - by Zeljko Zule
Luka Koper inked CRO-SLO Drazen Bubnic (207-F-86) ex Elektra Esotech and Denis Toroman (190-G-82) ex Atomeromu Paks as completed their roster for the upcoming season.
LUKA KOPER 2000/09
GUARDS: Miha Cmer, Grega Nachbar, Emanuel Richter, Denis Toroman, Jure Janicijevic, Miha Mofardin.
FORWADS: Miha Markic, Ivan, Drzic, Jernej Mihalic.
CENTERS: Ales Kunc, Ivan Simunic, Drazen Bubnic.
COACH: Ivan Stanisak. ASSISTANT: Konstantin Subotic.


Slovenia open Olympic Qualiyfing with win - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenia opened up their Olympic Qualifying Tournament with an 88-76 win over Korea in Group C. Slovenia never trailed and had their largest lead at 58-37 early in second half. Korea managed to reduce the deficit to 72-67 with five minutes to go but Slovenia put the game away.

Radoslav Nesterovic had 26 points on shooting 13-of-18 and 9 rebounds, Uros Slokat added 12 points and Goran Dragic and Miha Zupan 11 apiece. Slovenia shot 55 percent (34-of-62) from the field, handed out 17 assists and outrebounded Korea 37-20.

SLOVENIA 88 (24+29+16+19): Zagorac DNP, *Lakovic 7, Klobucar DNP, *Becirovic 9, *Nesterovic 26, Dragic 11, *Slokar 12, Joksimovic 1, Preldzic 2, *D.Lorbek 5, Drobnjak 4, Zupan 11.
KOREA 76 (17+20+21+18): Ha, Jung 18, Lee 3, Kim, Jeon, Joo 6, Kang 4, Yang 1, Oh 4, Yoon 21, Kim 14.


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Korean National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Seung-Jin Ha (222-C-85) of Anaheim Arsenal (USA)
Jeon Jung-Gyu (188-G-83) of Inchon ET Land Black Slamer
Joo Hee-Jung (181-G-77) of Anyang KT&G Kites
Jung Young-Sam (188-G/F-84) of Inchon ET Land Black Slamer
Kang Byung-Hyun (192-G-85) of Chungang University
Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) of Dongbu Promy
Kim Min-Soo (204-C-82) of Kyong Hee University
Kim Tae-Sool (180-G-84) of Seoul SK Knights
Lee Kwang-Jae (188-G/F-84) of Dongbu Promy
Oh Sekeun (201-C-87)
Yang Hee-Jong (195-F-84) of Anyang KT&G Kites
Yoon Ho-Young (196-F-84) of Chungang University
Head Coach: Kim Nam-Gi


Slovenia handles South Korea in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia- South Korea 88:76

Slovenian National Team got to a winning start of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens. They bruised South Korean team to have one foot in the quarterfinal. Korea now must win against Canada on Wednesday to hope to qualify to the knockout stage. Slovenian team led by their NBA star Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) spurred ahead early on. They were widely considered favorites prior to the game and lived up to the expectations in the first half. Dominating the boards and shooting deadly 55% from the field Slovenia controlled the contest and rolled to a 53:37 lead at halftime. However the game was far from being done. South Korea went out of the dressing room firing from all guns. Joo-sung Kim and Min-soo Kim drained several three-pointers and Korea took over. The Asian team cut the deficit and trailed by just 11 points with a quarter to go. Korea clawed their way within single digits from Slovenia in the final term but the European team survived. Radoslav Nesterovic and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) sealed the winning outcome for Slovenia at the end. Radoslav Nesterovic nailed 26 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace Slovenia. Uros Slokar had 12 points, while Zupan and Dragic added 11 apiece for the winning side. Joo-sung Kim replied with 21 points and 4 assists for Korea. Jung Young-Sam (188-G/F-84) nailed 18 points in a loss. Slovenia will face Canada tomorrow.

Slovenia: Radoslav Nesterovic 26, Uros Slokar 12, Zupan 11, Dragic 11
South Korea: Joo-sung Kim 21, Jung Young-Sam 18


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Latest signings and rumors - by Eurobasket News
Barcelona announced signing of Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) on a contract extension. It means that Ilyasova will stay in the club for at least one more season. He joined Barca in 2007 from NBA team Milwaukee Bucks. He had 33 appearances in ACB regular season adding 6.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg. Ilyasova registered much better digits for 11 games in play-off having 13 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 1.1 apg. Unfortunately to his team, TAU Ceramica kept them winless in the play-off final series. In Euroleague last season Ilyasova averaged almost the same digits as it was in ACB. Two seasons before he had 66 appearances in NBA with the Buck registering 6.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg. Milwaukee grabbed him in the second round on NBA draft 2005. Before the Bucks he spent one season in Ulker Istanbul as a 17-old player. Ilyasova was a member of Turkish National Team on World Championship in Japan as well as on the previous European Championship in Spain.

Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Florida) agreed terms with Caceres, which finished last season on 7th position in LEB Silver with score 20-14. Moss arrives to Caceres from CD Villa de Los Barrios where his average stats was 13.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 32 games in LEB Gold. Before Los Barrios he spent one season in Danish team Cimbria Raners after what he joined Swiss Lausanne just for the play-off. Interesting is that Moss was NCAA champion with Florida in 2006. He averaged 3.1 pppg and 2.4 rpg in his senior year at Florida.

According to the rumors Barcelona showed serious interest in Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) while Pamesa Valencia would like to see Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) in its roster for the next season. At the same time ViveMenorca is interested in Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) and Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.).


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Day 4: Three teams tied for first place at 3-1 - by Chris Wang
AIA 103-65 Korea (53-32)

AIA didn't give Koreans a chance, pounding them on the boards 44-21 and pick their pockets 16 times in the game.

AIA: Brett Winkelman 20p+5rb+3a, Marcus Kitts 17p+8rb+3blks, Stephen McDowell 11p, Laval Lucas-Perry 10p, Jamel McLean 10p+8rb+4s, Da'Sean Butler 8p+7rb+4a+3s
KOR: Heo Il-young 18p, Kim Kang-sun 10p

Australia 75-68 Egypt (30-37)

AUS: Cody Ellis 18p+8rb, Shane Harris 10p, M. Dellavedova 10p, J. Page 12p, Brock Motun 8p+6rb
EGY: Rami Gunady 24p, Wael Badr 13p+7rb, T. El-Gannam 12p+8rb

Qatar 78-69 Kazakhstan

Qatar limited Kazakhstan to nine points in the 4th quarter in the come-from-behind win. Kazakhstan was not able to compete with Qatar inside. Rustam Yargaliyev had one of his best games in the Jones Cup with 26 points but Anton Ponomarev was disappointing so far in the tournament, mostly launching shots from the perimeter.

QAT: Saad Abdulrahman Ali 16p, Daoud Mousa 15p+6rb+9a, E.A. Saeed 13p+9rb, Hashim Zaidan 10p+8rb, Baker Ahmad Mohammed 13p+8rb
KAZ: Rustam Yargaliyev 26p+9rb, Seva Fadeikin 19p, Anton Ponomarev 10p+4rb

Jordan 87-73 Taiwan (41-37)

Taiwan NT made eight threes in the first half, including 7 for 14 in the second quarter, and trailed by only four at the half, 41-37. Things were looking good until Jordan opened the second half with 13 unanswered points and turned an exciting game into a rout.

Taiwan scored only THREE points, all on free throws, in the third quarter. Think about that. All of a sudden Jordan led by more than 20 points and the rest of the game was garbage time.

JOR: Jamal Abu Shmala 18p, Wesam Al-Sous 13p, Islam Abbas 12p+10rb, Zaid Abbaas 8p+9rb+4a
TW: Chen Tzu-wei 19p, Yang Che-yi 10p

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. Korea Univ. Selects 0-4


Day 5: Emus beat Jordan in OT - by Chris Wang
AIA 86-69 Kazakhstan (46-27)

Athletes in Action kept improving as the quickly-assembled team got familiar with each other and now working as a cohesive unit. On the opposite side, Kazakhstan gradually lost its steam with each passing day.

Combine these two factors together, you get a lopsided game like AIA's 86-69 win today. The U.S. representative improved to tournament-best 4-1.

The Americans used a 22-9 second quarter to make the game out of reach. Brett Winkelman of North Dakota State had another brilliant outing with 19 points to go with 10 boards while Jamel McLean (Xavier) also turned in a double-double with 19 and 10.

Kazakhstan, which suffered three straight losses after opening the tourney 2-0, was led by Seva Fadeikin's 18 points. Anton Ponomarev had 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Australia 84-78(OT) Jordan (32-38, 72-72)

Jorden Page had a game-high 23 points, including seven in overtime, as Australia youngster rallied in the final 15 minutes and beat the older and experienced Jordan NT 84-78 in overtime.

Trailing by 11 points in the first quarter, Australia never gave up. It cut the deficit to six at the half and trailed by only three after three quarters.

Australia had a 12-4 run in the last five minutes and took the lead 72-70. Al-Sous' jumper tied the score at 72 all with three seconds to go and sent the game into over time.

Page then took over, scoring five straight points on a three-pointer and two free-throws to open the extra session as Australia gained the momentum just in time and recorded their third win in the tournament.

Center Mitchell Young had two crucial blocks in the 4th quarter, providing the much-needed momentum for this youngest team in the eight-team tournament. Australia is now 3-2 and tied with Jordan.

Qatar 86-62 Korea

Korea managed to stay with Qatar for five minutes before hell freezed over. Qatar pounded the Koreans on the boards 48-26 and limited their fearsome three-point shooting to 25%, pushing the lead to 10 points after the first quarter and cruised to an easy win.

Led by Daoud Mousa who scored 20, five Qatari players reached double-digit scoring. Ali Turki Ali had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Choi Yun-ho had 23 points and Heo Il-young scored 13 for Korea university select team, which remained winless after five games.

Egypt 88-67 Taiwan

Not many expected Taiwan to win this game, after all, Egypt finished for fourth in the last African Championship and Taiwan NT was actually a national second team, but not many expected them to lose by 21 points either.

For 10 minutes spanning the first and second quarter, Taiwan failed to score. That gave Egypt a 25-0 run and the rest was history. Taiwan cut the deficit to 14 in the second half but that's the best they could do.

Rami Gunady had 18 points, shooting 6 for 11 from three. Mohammed El-Kerdany scored 16 points while Tarek El-Gannam pulled down 13 boards.

Taiwan was led by Yang Che-yi's 17 points. Ouyang Ching-heng had 16.

Standings:
1. Athletes in Action 4-1
1. Qatar NT 4-1
3. Jordan NT 3-2
3. Egypt NT 3-2
3. Australia U-19 3-2
6. Kazakhstan NT 2-3
7. Taiwan NT 1-4
8. Korea Univ. Selects 0-5


Day 3: Egypt rallies to beat Korea in second half - by Chris Wang

Jordan 61-39 Kazakhstan (31-25)

Jordan had another subpar shooting night but fortunately there was always defense to fall back on. The defending champ limited Kazakhstan to four points in the final quarter en route to a 22-point lopsided win.

Kazakhstan suffered the first loss after going 2-0. After scoring 25 in the firt half, Kazakhstan managed to score only 14 points in the final 20 minutes.

Jordan: J.A. Shmala 9p, Zaid Alkhas 9p
Kazakhstan: Seva Fadeikin 10p

Egypt 99-96 Korea (44-57)

The most exciting game on a day full of routs. Korea, the only winless team in the eight team field, came out with fire in their eyes, making nine three-pointers in the first quarter alone.

Korea shot the lights out in the first half, leading by 13 at intermission after 14 three-pointers made.

Tarek El-Gannam, who was kept on the bench for the entire first half, came to the rescue in the final 20 minutes. El-Gannam, who had 14 points in 15 minutes last night, once again changed the momentum of the game with his inside presence.

Jordan made it a one-point game in the end of the third, trailing 70-69, and briefly took the first lead in the game early in the 4th quarter. With 40 seconds left and Korea trailing by three (95-92), Kim Myeon-hoon's traveling violation ruined Korea's chance to tie the game.

Both team engaged in a series of intentional fouls in the final 30 seconds with Egypt trying to prevent Koreans from making another three and Koreans trying to freeze the time and close the gap. But Wael Badr did not miss any free-throws and Korea failed to make the desperation three-pointer.

Korea shot 20 for 31 as a team from the three-point territory.

Egypt: Wael Badr 21p (11-11 FT), Tarek El-Gannan 16p+9rb, M. El-Kerdany 18p, M. Khorshed 14p, Ram Gunardy 10p
Korea: Choi Yun-ho 20p, Heo Il-young 18p, Park Rae-hun 17p, Kim Hyeonmin 17p

AIA 98-67 Australia (48-40)

For a while, everyone thought the high schoolers from Down Under might humiliate a collection of U.S. college players. That did not happen. AIA used a 26-7 third quarter to turn a close game into a rout, closing out the game with a 31-point win.

It was a pretty nice present for AIA coach Dave Bliss on the day of his 30th wedding anniversary.

Australia led 24-18 in the end of the first period. Bliss decided to go small and it paid dividends. Australia failed to keep up with the AIA and could only watch the Americans pull the game away.

AIA: Brett Winkelman 16p, Dane Brumagin 14p, Wellington Smith 14p
Australia: M. Dellavedova 15p, Bradley Simpson 11p

Qatar 84-80 Taiwan

E.A. Saeed scored 12 of his game-high 21 points as Qatar jumped to a 12-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Taiwan trailed by as many as 19 before closing the gap in garbage time.

Qatar: E.A. Saeed 21p
Taiwan: Yang Che-yi 17p, Ouyang Ching-heng 16p, Lu Cheng-ju 12p, Yang Chin-min 11p

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


Jones Cup news clipping July 15 - by Chris Wang
Taiwan head toward door after loss
By Paul Huang / Taipei Times
CONTRIBUTING REPORTER
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008, Page 20

Held to three points in a gruesome third quarter performance, Team Taiwan dropped its third straight game in the Jones Cup Basketball Tournament with an 87-73 loss to Jordan in Sinjhuang on Sunday.

The hosts were held to no field goals in the quarter, missing all seven of the shots taken with all their points coming by means of free throws.

Before their woeful third quarter, Taiwan had put on a solid first half performance, hitting seven of 14 three-pointers to rally from 10 down (22-12) in the first quarter to within four at the half (41-37).

But what followed cruelly transpired into a 20-plus point Jordanian lead during the fatal third.

Even though Taiwan scored 33 points in the fourth quarter to cut the final deficit to 14, it did not make up for the fact that the defending champions had totally embarrassed the home squad with a lopsided 51-17 rebounding margin that made the two previous losses by Taiwan commendable triumphs in comparison.

Chen Tzu-weis game-high 19 points was the lone highlight for Taiwan as the dimunitive forward racked up 12 of Taiwans 25 points in the second quarter to keep the game close at that point.

The win proved costly for Jordan, who lost top scorer Fadel Anajjar for the remainder of the tournament with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

TONIGHTS GAME

Next up for Taiwan is Kazakhstan.

The struggling home side face a tall order as their central Asian visitors, who have only won twice in the tournament so far, have six players taller than 200cm, headed by giant center Anton Ponomarev at 209cm.

Game time is scheduled for 7pm.


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Standings (Men)
A Standings
 1. ARG 0-0 
 2. BAH 0-0 
 3. CAN 0-0 
 4. MEX 0-0 
 5. PUR 0-0 
 6. URU 0-0 
 7. USA 0-0 
 8. VEN 0-0 


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TPBL OFFICIALLY WELCOMES THE "SYNERGY" TO THE LEAGUE - by Chris Cardenas


CYPRESS, TX- will be the new location of a new Texas pro league team. John Carswell, owner/founder , of the Cypress, Tx Synergy is very happy to have the opportunity to show the state of Texas how much talent his team is bringing to the table. The synergy who played out of Houston,Tx last season as a floater team in which they played in 4 very contested TPBL exhibition games is ready to go a full season. In fact look for the Cypress Synergy to make a run at the TPBL title.

team: CYPRESS,TX SYNERGY
home gym : ARAGON MIDDLE SCHOOL & QUILLIAN CENTER
1st official team try out: SEPTEMBER 13 , 2008
registration fee: $25 per player
time : 12 noon
location: WEST UNIVERSITY RECREATION CENTER

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TEAM TRYOUTS CONTACT JOHN CARSWELL HERE :
Team Headquarters:
Houston Synergy
17430 Prospect Meadows Drive
Houston, Texas 77095(281) 924-6491
info@houstonsynergy.com
www.houstonsynergy.com


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Turkish League Stars in NBA Summer Leagues - by James Mullins
Fans of the Beko Turkish Basketball League dont need to wait to for the season to begin in October to watch some of their favorite players. The rosters of teams participating in the NBA Summer Leagues will feature several standout players from the Turkish League's 2007-2008 season. These players include:

James White (198-G-84, University: Cincinnati): This athletic swingman just completed a championship season with Istanbuls Fenerbahce-Ulker. This summer he joins the roster of the NBAs Western Conference championship team, namely, the Los Angeles Lakers. White formerly played for the San Antonio Spurs and was a standout at the University of Cincinnati. As the winner of the 2007-2008 Beko All-Star Slam Dunk contest, White is well known for his gravity defying dunking ability.

Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80, University: Florida): Working along side Joe Crispin, Harvey helped lead Bandirmas Banvit Spor to a playoff birth last season. He averaged 15.67 points and 10.7 rebounds during the regular season. He will be working along side recent draft pick D.J. Augustin on the Charlotte Bobcats Summer League roster. Harvey was a standout at the University of Florida and was drafted (#22 pick) by the Knew York Knicks in 2000.

Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, University: Hartford): As Donnell Harveys teammate on Banvit Spor, Kenny used his strong body, ability to get position in the paint, and aggressiveness to average 14.9 ppg and 11.4 rpg. This rebounding specialist will play for the San Antonio Spurs Summer League team.

Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82, University: Oklahoma State University): Ivans statistics of 8.93 ppg and 7.3 rpg dont accurately portray Ivans value to a team. Last season he played for Casa TED Kolej in Ankara and helped his team by doing the immeasurable things such as hustle, defense, and setting solid screens. Ivan previously played for the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded, along with Allen Iverson, to the Denver Nuggets. He has joined the Phoenix Suns Summer League roster.

Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, University: Boston College): This exciting shooting guard/ small forward was one of Pinar Karsi Yakis most important players. Although he was often overshadowed by the success of Quinton Hosley, Marshall displayed enough talent to be invited to the New Jersey Nets Summer League roster that played in Orlando last week.

Some of these players will continue to play in Turkey, some will transfer to other European teams, and some might even make an NBA roster. Whatever happens to these five players, their presence in the NBA Summer League will continue to attest to the high level of basketball in Turkey.


Engin Atsur joins Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Hot summer continues as Efes Pilsen inked another player to its roster. It is talented Engin Atsur (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.), who arrives to Efes from Benetton Treviso. Interesting is that Atsur already was a member of Efes as a 16-year old player. One year after that he moved to USA on North Carolina State University. He graduated last year averaging 11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.2 apg and 1.1 spg at his senior season. Very soon Atsur moved to Beneton Treviso where he didn't have a lot chance to play. For 31 games in Serie A he had 4.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.1 apg. Interesting is that Atsur signed 3-year contract with Benetton last summer but he leaves the club after the first one.

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Lemyk changed Lviv to Sumy / Green and Merritt to Ukraine - Lebedev to Poland - by Alexander Muzyka
- Sumykhimprom landed more newcomers. There were Yaroslav Lemyk (203-F-85) and Brian Green (180-G) arrived in Sumy after Linas Lekavicius (185-G-84) has been inked. Lemyk played last seasons in Politekhnika-Halychyna but had a little time in season 2007/08. Green scored 9.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg in Jacksonville St.. Now Sumykhimprom is interested in Corey Santee (188-G-83), Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) and Rashid Byrd (213-C-81) - they have arrived for try-outs already.

- Budivelnyk made one more American step - after John DeGroat, Anthony Morrow and Derrick Zimmerman signings there was Scott Merritt (208-F-82) from Tulsa 66ers (7.0 ppg and 3.6 rpg) landed in Kyiv.

- BC Donetsk satisfied Anatoli Dubniuk's (202-F-76) asking and parted ways with a talented powerforward who was inked just a two months ago.

- Andri Lebedev (189-G-79) (10.2 ppg for Cherkasy Monkeys) agreed the invitation by Andri Podkovyrov to play in Czarni Slupsk.


NT second phase roster - by Alexander Muzyka
- There was a wrong information about Andri Lebedev's (189-G-79) inking by Energa Czarni. As Andri said he's got the invitation but no agreement had place so far. He doesn't exclude his future in Poland but asks not to say about his play in Czarni as a fact.

- Ukrainian NT began a second own camp - in Yuzhnyi. Valentyn Melnychuk has invited the following 15 players:
Oleksandr Panchenko (184-G-84)
Tymur Arabadzhi (192-G-81)
Tymur Yevseievychev (180-G-85)
Dmytro Zabirchenko (191-G-84)
Ihor Silkovskyi (194-G-85)
Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F-78)
Ihor Kryvych (199-F-78)
Viktor Kobzystyi (200-F-79)
Oleksi Onufriev (200-F-82)
Yaroslav Zubrytskyi (202-F-74)
Maksym Kornienko (201-F/C-87)
Andri Agafonov (207-F-86)
Serhi Lischuk (210-C/F-82)
Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87)
Hryhori Khyzhniak (216-C-74)

Vitaly Kovalenko (201-F-84) and Roman Gumeniuk (221-C-87) have left the NT. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) can join the team at Aug. 31. Kyrylo Fesenko (213-C-86) has to end the summer camp in NBA and will arrive in Ukraine at the beggining of August. Maksym Vilkhovetskyi (191-G-88), Serhi Gladyr (196-G/F-89) and Oleksandr Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) will join the trainings after their U-20 NT ends its work. Artem Butskyi (185-G-81) and Oleksandr Skutelnik (192-G-77) asked for a delay for being injured.


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All Whyte for Sharks - by George Manousidis
The Sheffield Sharks have announced their third signing ahead of the 2008/09 BBL Championship season in returning favourite James Whyte (201-F/C-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mass.-Lowell).

The 6'7' small forward joined the club half way through the 07-08 season to help bolster the efforts of the Sharks' recovery, following the most difficult season in the history of the club.

Born in London, Whyte emigrated with his family to Canada where upon he developed his skills in basketball, culminating in a scholarship to the United States to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Massechusetts Lowell.

Following periods in Israel and Finland, Whyte came to Sheffield and made an immediate impact: securing the Sharks a position in the Play Offs, recording an average statistic of 13 points and 6 rebounds per game.

'In terms of continuity, we felt that James would be a key player to retain, particularly as he had time to get to know the league, he is British, and ultimately a high quality player,' stated Sharks' MD Sarah Backovic. 'We look forward to welcoming him back and improving the performance of the club once again.'

Whyte is in the unusual position of returning to play with his long-term friend, and now Head Coach, Atiba Lyons,

'I have no problem playing for Atiba, I know him well enough to understand what he will be expecting,' said Whyte. 'With the right additions we will be looking forward to a very positive season'.

The Sharks continue in their quest to complete the roster, but Coach Lyons is pleased with progress so far.

'It's great to have James on board along with Arnaud Dahi; I believe we have a great core upon which to build and I am looking forward to putting the final pieces in place,' finished Lyons.


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Uruguay U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
4 Juan Manuel Silveira (178-G-90)
5 Facundo Roselli (188-G-91) of Hebraica Macabi
6 Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91)
7 Miguel Barriola (193-F-90) of Club Trouville
8 Nicolas Alvarez (196-G/F-92) of Club Trouville
9 Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) of Bohemios
10 Emiliano Suarez (183-G-91)
11 Maximiliano Alonzo (193-G/F-91)
12 Mathias Galfani (201-C-92)
13 Diego Garcia (180-G-92)
14 Juan Pablo Alvarez (201-C-92)
15 Marcel Souberbielle (198-F-91)
Head Coach: Fernando Cabrera
Coach Assistant: Marcelo Gallicchio


Uruguay clinches the second spot at the Cuidad Buenos Aires Cup - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay earned the second spot in prestigious Buenos Aires tournament in Argentina. Uruguayan National team opened the competition with a cruising win over Poland 73:59. The game was rather a one-sided traffic with Uruguay dominating the scene. They led throughout the majority of the contest and deservedly posted the victory at the end. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) drained 26 points to pace Uruguay. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) nailed 16 points, while Juan Silveira (191-G-86) contributed 9 points for the winners. Poland answered with 11 points from Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Szewzyc. Uruguay advanced to the Final game where they clashed with Argentina. Argentinean National team prevailed against Mexico in the tournaments opener.
Uruguay and Argentina met in the title decider but the game turned out to be an easy journey for Argentinean team. They proved their recent status of the best team in the South America. Argentina overcame a slow start to victimize their opponents. The teams traded baskets early on and were tied at 25 after the first quarter of action. Argentina soon surged ahead and led 49:35 at halftime. Uruguay failed to recover in the second half. The pressure just mounted for Uruguay and Argentina established a 24-point buffer before the fourth quarter. They never slowed down in the final period and celebrated an easy victory at the end. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) notched 24 points to pace Argentina. Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) knocked down 21 points, while Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) had 14 points in a win. Esteban Batista delivered 23 points for Uruguay in defeat.


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LPB 2008 Quarter Finals - Gameday 1: Trotamundos, Cocodrilos and Gaiteros take the lead - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Trotamundos de Carabobo, Cocodrilos de Caracas and Gaiteros del Zulia took the lead in their respective LPB 2008 Quarter Finals series A, B, and C, as they made themselves respected at home against Marinos de Anzoategui, Gatos de Monagas and the current champions Guaiqueries de Margarita.

SERIES A
TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 109 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 89
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo
(Trotamundos leads 1-0)

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 21-26-36-26= 109
MAR: 20-16-29-24= 89


Scorers
TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 24 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 16 points and 9 rebounds, J.R. Wallace (183-G-81) 16 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 12 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 12 points, Joe Shipp (197-F-81) 12 points
MAR: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 17 points, Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) 16 points, Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 15 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 15 points and 10 rebounds, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 10 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 10 points

SERIES B
COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 74 - GATOS DE MONAGAS 73

Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.
(Cocodrilos leads 1-0)


Quarter by quarter
COC: 18-21-22-13= 74
GAT: 13-16-21-23= 73

Scorers
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 16 points and 13 rebounds, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 16 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 10 points and 8 rebounds
GAT: Kenya Capers (194-F-73) 17 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 14 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 13 points

SERIES C
GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 93 - GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 84

Belisario Aponte Gymnasium - Maracaibo, Zulia
(Guaiqueries leads 1-0)


Quarter by quarter
GAI: 29-19-19-26= 93
GUAI: 12-20-19-33= 84

Scorers
GAI: Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 32 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 20 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 18 points
GUAI: Rogers Washington (202-F-77) 26 points, Darnell Miller (195-G-82) 21 points


Venezuelan U18 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Carmona
4 Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) of Deportivo Tachira
5 Luis Abello (175-G-91) of Deportivo Tachira
6 Elder Gimenez (186-G-91)
7 Emilio Cappare (190-F/G-90)
8 Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
9 Josmar Acevedo (196-F-90) of Guaros de Lara
10 Juan Coronado (198-F-90) of Deportivo Tachira
11 Luis Carmona (191-F/G-90)
12 Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90)
13 Miguel Rivas (182-G-90)
14 Gregory Echenique (208-C-90) of Rutgers, The State University (USA)
15 Samuel Marsielle (193-G-91)
Head Coach: Daniel Centeno
Coach Assistants: Alfredo Madriz , Manuel Silvera




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


New faces in Bulleen Boomers - by Eurobasket News
Bulleen Boomers announced signing of three players for the upcoming season. The team agreed terms with Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU), Shelley Hammonds (188-F-83, agency: LBM Management) and Lisa Pardon (173-G-82, college: Oregon St.).

Katrina Hibbert arrived from German team TSV 1880 Wasserburg, where she spent previous two seasons. At her second one with the team she had 28 appearances in German league averaging 17.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.0 apg and 3.0 spg. She also had pretty good performance in EuroCup adding 14.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg and 2.7 spg. Wasserburg grabbed two championship titles in Germany while last season Hibbert was named to be the 'Player of the Year' by eurobasket.com. Wasseburg also captured National Cup at her first season in Germany. Interesting is that Hibbert already played 4 years for Bulleen Melbourne Boomers. Actually she didn't play for any other club in Australia.

Forward Shelley Hammonds played previous three seasons for Dandenong Rangers. At the last one her average stats was 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.2 bpg for 25 games in WNBL. She was a member of Australian National Team Camp in 2006.

Kiwi international Lisa Pardon also joined the Boomers for the upcoming season. She played 24 games for Bendigo Spirit in WNBL having 6.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg. She played for New Zealand National Team on Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on 2006 winning the silver medal.


Victoria Metro celebrates - by Eurobasket News
Vic Metro followed the mens team footsteps and also grabbed the title at the Australian U18 championship. Vic Metro team edged NSW Metro in a dramatic final game to claim the crown. Victoria enjoyed the better start to the game but NSW Metro stayed in the race. They trailed by just four points at the interval and never allowed Vic Metro to clear off. The game remained close in the second half and Ashleigh Karaitiana sent the game into overtime. Vic Metro jumped to an early lead and never gave an inch of it till the final buzzer. Alice Kunek converted decisive freebies to seal the win for Vic Metro. Elizabeth Cambage paced the winners with 19 points. Ashleigh Karaitiana answered with 12 points in defeat.

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  BRAZIL - Women  


Castro's effort for the Dream - by Eurobasket News
Brazilian player continues to struggle in WNBA for her Atlanta. San Antonio celebrated their 7th win in a row as they overcame the Atlanta Dream 82:74 at home. The Silver Stars closed on the franchise record of 8 consecutive victories. Becky Hammon nailed 26 points for the hosts. Sophia Young added 25 points and 11 boards, while Vickie Johnson delivered 10 points and 8 boards for the winners. The Dream entered the game with two straight wins and looked ahead to the third one. They grabbed a 16-point advantage at the interval. But the home team opened the second half on a 17:1 rally to square things up. The Dream however remained ahead after three quarters of action 59:55. But Becky Hammon scored some crucial baskets down the stretch and the Silver Stars celebrated a tough victory at the end. San Antonio leads the Western Conference with a 15-6 record. Betty Lennox secured 22 points for the Dream. Ivory Latta had 14 points in defeat. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) had 7 points for her team that time.
On July 9th the Dream remained real for Atlanta as they posted the second straight win. The WNBA extension team lost their first 17 games of the season before breaking the curse with win over Chicago several days ago. The Dream overcame a 13-point first period deficit to knock down the Minnesota Lynx away from home. Betty Lennox notched 24 points 17 of them coming in the second half. Ivory Latta and Jennifer Lacy produced 11 points apiece in a winning case. Seimone Augustus came up with 17 points to pace the Lynx. The hosts enjoyed a 6-point lead with just over 3 minutes left in regulation. But the Dream went on a 13:1 run to claim a narrow 73:67 win at the end. Nicky Anosike and Candice Wiggins had 11 points each in a loss.
Last night the Chicago Sky avenged of the loss to Atlanta earlier in the season beating them 79:66 at home. Jia Perkins and Candice Dupree dropped 18 points apiece for the winners. Chasity Melvin delivered 10 points for the winners. Katie Feenstra answered with season-high 21 points for the Dream. Atlanta missed 10 of 11 field goals in the first quarter to trail 6:21. The Sky never surrendered the advantage and rolled to an easy victory. Jennifer Lacy and Betty Lennox finished with 11 points each in defeat. Iziane Castro started in the line up and had 1 assist for 9 minutes in the court.


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  CROATIA - Women  


Ten withdrawals in Croatian senior National Team - by Eurobasket News
Croatian senior National Team this week-end officially started preparations for the Eurobasket 2009 qualifications. Head coach of National Team, Nenad Amanovic, faced with the big problems at the very beginning. Ten players which he called to join National Team had to cancel their participation. Some of them supposed to be the key players of Team Croatia during the upcoming qualifications. The players which canceled participation in National Team of Croatia due to various reasons are: Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond), Ana Semren, Emanuela Salopek, Sandra Mandir, Dea Klein Sumanovac, Marianna Raguz, Sonja Kierta, Bozena Erceg, Tihana Abrlic Juric and Emilija Podrug.

The players which showed up at the first day of the preparation are: Matea Vrdoljak, Ivona Matic, Josipa Bura, Petra Stampalija, Luce Ivankovic, Marija Vrsaljko, Iva Sliskovic, Marina Mazic, Andja Jelavic, Iva Ciglar, Marta Cakic, Nikolina Ilijanic, Ana Lelas, Jelena Ivezic and Antonela Anic.

The first friendly game of Team Croatia is scheduled for July 20th against Hungary. Before the qualifications, which will start on August 13th, Croatia will also meet Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Great Britain in a friendly games. Croatia is placed in group C for Eurobasket qualifications together with Romania, France and Slovakia. At the opening game Croatia will take on France.

In interview for Croatian media Sportske Novosti head coach of Croatian National Team, Nenad Amanovic, said that some of the withdrawals are with a good reason and some of those are not.

'Some of the players which canceled the participation for the upcoming qualifications has a really good reason. For example Raguz and Klein Sumanovac underwent surgery while Mandir is pregnant. On the other side some of the players done the same because their obligations at the University. We will see which of those reasons are right and which are' - not said Amanovic.


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  DENMARK - Women  


Dameligaen for 2008/2009 - by Eurobasket News
Danish League will have 9 teams in 2008/2009 season. It is one team more in comparison with the previous year. Lemvig will join previous 8 teams and will try to show the necessary result to be a competent representative there.
Last year Horsholm 79ers claimed the Dameligaen crown after sweeping Amager in the Final series. Horsholm celebrated a close victory in the opening game of the best-of-three series and did not wait for too long before finalizing an overall success. The Dameligaen defending champions Horsholm 79ers got to a winning start of the Final series against Amager. The 79ers came from behind to deliver a 61:55 home victory and pulled ahead in the series. Kristine Jensen topscored for the home team with 20 points and 9 boards. Pernille Jensen added 13 points and Anne Thorius had 10 in a winning case. Sussie Kruuse scored game-high 21 points for Amager. Tine Freil notched 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Amager had a slight dominance under the rims 27:23 but suffered 20 turnovers. Horsholm converted 41% from the field.
In Game 2 the 79ers stormed past Amager away from home to clinch yet another Dameligaen title. Everything was decided in the first half as Horsholm accumulated an unassailable 18-point advantage. The visitors stretched it to 25 points before breezing to the victory in the final period. Anne Thorius finished that time with 15 points for the winners. Kristine Dalgaard notched 13 points for the 79ers. Sussie Kruuse answered with 16 points for Amager. Tine Freil dropped 11 in defeat.

Dameligaen for 2008/2009
Horsholm 79 ers
BK Amager
Horsens Pirates
Sisu
Aabyhoj
Virum
Falcon
VaerloseLemvig


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Stats Leaders (Women)
EC U20 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Aleksic MNT 25.3
2 Jovanovic MNT 19.0
3 Niedola LAT 19.0
4 Caglar TUR 18.7
5 Kozun BLR 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Niedola LAT 14.7
2 Milovanovic SRB 10.7
3 Caglar TUR 10.7
4 Amant FRA 9.7
5 Vieru RUS 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 Ocete ESP 3.3
2 Yavuz TUR 3.3
3 Ciappina BEL 3.3
4 Aleksic MNT 3.3
5 Lysyuk UKR 2.3
Steals Per Game
1. Likhtarovich BLR 4.0
2. Niedola LAT 3.0
3. Ocete ESP 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1.Caglar TUR 2.0
2. Consolini ITA 1.7
3. Cerina, SRB 1.3
2FGP
1. Kozun BLR 70.0
2. Carbo ESP 70.0
3. Amant FRA 66.7
3FGP
1. Butsyanava BLR 75.0
2. Michel FRA 64.3
3. Rosseel BEL 63.6
Free Throws
1. Battisodo, ITA 100.0
2. Sinol ESP 100.0
3. Petrovic SRB 95.0


All tops after Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
Preliminary Round of European Championship Division A went to the end and now Eurobasket introduces you all top after three games played. Aleksic from Montenegro leads all top-scorers averaging 25.3 points per game. Montenegrin player celebrated a key victory with her team 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. 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 and averages 19.0 points per game which is the second result. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) from Latvia also has 19.0. In day 3 Latvia U20 won over Greece U20 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 was unstoppable with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Due to that result Sabine Niedola is the top player in rebounds stats. She averages 14.7 rebounds per game which is an outstanding result. Milovanovic from Serbia is second with 10.7. The latter collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in the last game over France. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) from Turkey has the same result as her 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. Bahar Caglar collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Gaby Ocete (170-G-88) from Spain, Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) from Turkey, Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) from Belgium and Snezana Aleksic from Montenegro all have 3.3 assists per game.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Gruda starts in the line up - by Eurobasket News
Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) started in the line up for the Sun in WNBA. The Washington Mystics however looked too good for the Connecticut Sun yesterday. Nikki Blue exploded with career-high 13 points to pace the Mystics to a 69:64 victory. The Sun lost their third straight win and were dethroned in the East. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 11 points and 10 boards for the winners. Lindsay Whalen nailed game-high 33 points for the Sun as they fell to 13-8 record. Washington led by just 2 points at halftime but overcame a minor injury of their leading scorer Alana Beard to prevail after the long break. The hosts shot the Sun down 23:12 in the third frame and held to the advantage in the final stanza. The Mystics played first-class defense limiting the Suns leading scorer Asjha Jones to just 6 points. Sandrine Gruda had 4 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
On July 8th Detroit overcame a 5-point first period deficit to knock down the Connecticut at the Palace of Auburn Hills. 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. Asjha Jones answered with 21 points for the Sun. Lindsay Whalen tallied 20 points, 8 assists and 7 boards in defeat. Sandrine Gruda collected 5 points and 3 rebounds.


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  GERMANY - Women  


First roster announcements in Halle - by Cornelius Damm
Looking forward to its second season in the Germanys highest league the club SV Halle Lions announced its first roster changes. Halle native and captain of the team Nicole Gleinig (176-F/C-81) will suit up for the Lions another season. In addition Andrea Krug (185-F/C-84), Nadja Protzig (178-F-89), Jitka Peterkova (183-F) and the two youngsters Sandra Liesegang and Lydia Potschke from last years team will also return. But the team will welcome some new players just as well. Former National Player Susanne Biemer (176-G/F-78) comes back to Germany after playing in Italy and Iceland. In Halle she is expected to repeat her good 1.DBBL performances from her years in Bonn and Bensberg. Another German returning to her home country as a new member of the Halle squad is former youth National Player Ana-Maria Kammer (178-F/C-86) who topscored in the 2.DBBL for Hofheim and got some first league experience playing for Mainz in 2006/07 before a year of college basketball at Bridgeport University last season 07/08.

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  ISRAEL - Women  


Bnei Yehuda inks Futrell - by Eurobasket News
Bnei Yehuda signed Candaca Futrell (178-G-82, college: Duquesne) and completed their foreigners roster. The team also signed U20 Women's NT members Dana Yahalomi (180-F-89) and Roni Ben Nun.
Candaca Futrell opened her career in 2001-2002 in Duquesne NCAA. She spent there three season and then in 2004 was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In 2005 moved to Israel and played for Anda Ramat Hasharon. She participated in 22 games averaging 14.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg. As it was a long year in Israel she also took part in Europe Cup. In 9 games she showed tremendous 15.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2.1spg. In 2005-2006 went to Tukey for Ceyhan Belediyespor (TUR-D1). She played 2 games in EuroCup having 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg. In 2006-2007 started for USO Mondeville bu got injured in December 2006. Last season Candaca Futrell played shortly at KR Reykjavik in Iceland. After 5 games played she had enormous 29.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2.4spg. In February 2008 signed at TTT Riga in Latvia but left after 1 game.
Dana Yahalomi played in Ramat Hen last season in just 15 games and averaged 0.5 points in 4.4 minutes per game. She also joins Bnei Yehuda along with Roni Ben Nun. Both players are currently participating with the U20 National Team in European Championships in Poland.


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U18 triumphs in Penne - by Eurobasket News
Italian U18 continues to prepare for European Championship that will be held on July 18-27 in Slovak Republic. Recently the team hosted the international tournament welcoming Sweden, Holland and Romania.
In the opener of Penne tournament Italy beat Sweden 67:58. The guests were too strong in the beginning of the game opening it with 6:15. They controlled also the entire half and finished it with 33:25 victory. Italian team bounced back in the second half and at first closed the gap in the third quarter. Mostly due to Federica Nannucci (169-G-91)'s effort Italy reduced to 43:48 before the last quarter. In the final stanza Italy was too good and beat the opponent in the opener. Federica Nannucci top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Tava followed her with 14, while Alice Quarta (175-G-91) scored 13. Cleopatra B. Goga (178-G-91) top-scored for Sweden with 22 points. Stefanie Yderstrom netted 14, while Sofia Estrom and Danielle Hamilton Carter had 8 each.
In the second game Italy overcame Romania 78:53. The game was not easy as both teams stayed close to each other in the beginning. Italy used 21:20 to win the opening quarter and then increased to 42:30. The game became easier for the hosts in the second half as the controlled the game. After 62:45 entering the last period Italy led the game to the second straight win. Federica Tognalini (181-F-91) paced all the winners with 18 points. Alice Quarta added 12 and Bestagno E. notched 10 in a win.
The last day of the tournament saw an easy win for Italy over Holland 68:34. Italy opened the encounter with 23:8 and never looked behind after. The hosts finished the half at 35:20 and then even pushed the tempo in the second half. Erica Striulli (166-G-90) led the winners with 15 points. Nausicaa Fassina (180-G-90) and Federica Nannucci followed her with 10 points each. Italy triumphed in the tournament and is reasy for the European Championship.


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand Team concludes Australian U18 championship - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U18 team finalized their Australian championship campaign. They bruised ACT in the first knockout game. Jasmine Davis nailed 15 points to lead New Zealand to a 57:52 victory. Natasha Hall was helpful with 14 points and 12 boards for the winners. New Zealand trailed by 5 at the interval but relied on an 18:12 third stanza to gain the lead for good in this one.
The Kiwis however failed to maintain the winning pace. Queensland North upset them 79:52 on the final day of the tournament and New Zealand finished in the 10th spot. Natasha Hall delivered 12 points and 8 boards for New Zealand. Mesha Blair secured 11 points and 8 boards in defeat.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Ticha Penicheiro speaks with us and with the WNBA site - by Bruno Baltazar
Portuguese star player in her 11th season in the WNBA with the Monarchs and maybe this season candidate to the most improved award,Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) speaked with us regarding the season she is having so far ,one of the bests by far averaging 9.9 points per game are on pace to be a career high and she's shooting at her best clip ever (43 percent).

Eurobasket.com - Hi Ticha how are you? You are having a great season. Do you want to end your career with the Monarchs? After your career what you want to do?
Ticha Penicheiro
- I honestly don't see myself playing for any other team. I've been playing here since the beginning. Every year I get offers from other teams and I listen for a little bit, but my heart is here. I love the city and the fans and I can't see myself playing anywhere else. After I'm done playing, I want to be a sports agent.

WNBA.COM -So, besides Arco Arena which other WNBA venue do you like to play at?
Ticha Penicheiro-
Madison Square Garden in New York is the Mecca of basketball. I remember being so excited to play there the first time. Even not being an American, I still know the history of what's happened in that arena.

WNBA.COM-In your eyes, what has to happen for the team to continue getting better to eventually regain the elite status it used to enjoy in the league?
Ticha Penicheiro
-We lost Yo and we lost DeMya to injury and those are two great veteran players. We just need to keep getting better with the players we have and hopefully we can get DeMya back as well. We just need to compete. The league is so competitive. We just have to work individually and as a team to get better. It's tough.

WNBA.COM-Since this is your 11th season playing in the WNBA, how much longer do you think you'll continue playing?
Ticha Penicheiro-
I don't really put a time to it, it just depends on how my body and mind feels. I still have the same passion for basketball that I did when I first started playing. If my body and mind hold up and I can still play the game, then I'll keep playing for a while.

WNBA.COM-What prompted you to look for your shot more this year (the same shot you had when you were at ODU)?
Ticha Penicheiro-I didn't play overseas and I worked on my game and my technique in the offseason. I don't have a shooter's mentality per se, but I put in the work and its paying off so far this year and I'm happy about that.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Romania U18 pre-tournament games - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18 continues to prepare for the European Championship. Recently the team participated in the international tournament with Italy, Holland and Sweden.
In the game versus the hosts, Italians Romania was defeated 53:78. The game was not easy as both teams stayed close to each other in the beginning. Italy used 21:20 to win the opening quarter and then increased to 42:30. The game became easier for the hosts in the second half as the controlled the game. After 62:45 entering the last period Italy led the game to the second straight win. Tognalini paced all the winners with 18 points. Quarta added 12 and Bestagno E. notched 10 in a win.
In another game played in the tournament Sweden overcame Romania 49:44. It was a slow start from the both squads and Romania grabbed 8:7 led after the first 10 minutes of the game. They pushed the tempo for 14:9 in the second period and finished the half with 6 points deficit. Nothing had changed in the third quarter as Romania remained in front after 13:10 in the third. Sweden woke up in the last quarter smashing the opponent with 23:9. They flew in the court and scored almost as much points as they did in the first three quarters. Danielle Hamilton Carter top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Stefanie Yderstrom ended up with 9, while Cleopatra B. Goga and Frida Fogdemark had 7 each.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


MBK Ruzomberok signed Megan Duffy - by Michal Maslany

MBK Ruzomberok found a new playmaker. Second team of slovak extraliga signed one-year contract with american guard Megan Duffy (170-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame) from New York Liberty. 24-years old player played last season in Italy in Banco di Sicilia Ribera and in WNBA she already played 41 matches. 'We were looking for experienced guard, who could be leader of the team and could take responsibility for the team in crucial moments,' said GM Ludovit Betko for www.eBasket.sk.

Duffy will replace Lindsey Wilson (176-81) in Ruzomberok. The team is still looking for one center, becouse Regina Palusna (192-C-89) signed with spain team Valencia.



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Nnamaka is back on track with her Atlanta - by Eurobasket News
Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) is back on track with her Atlanta in WNBA. Her Atlanta Dream finally delivered what all their fans were waiting for. The Dream held off Chicago to score the franchises first victory. Ivory Latta nailed 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half and the Dream celebrated a 91:84 win over the Sky. The WNBA expansion team got to a woeful 0-17 start of the season but never surrendered to bring some rejoicing to Atlanta. The Dream got 18 points from Jennifer Lacy and 11 points and 11 assists from Kristin Haynie to overcome the Sky. Atlanta got to a slow start and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first period. But Jennifer Lacy ignited a comeback effort for the hosts as they grabbed a 46:35 lead at halftime. Chicago stayed in the contest and Dominique Canty brought the Sky back to an 81:80 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. However Atlanta scored 6 straight points and never looked back in the dying seconds. Jia Perkins finished with 24 points for the Sky.
Last night the Chicago Sky avenged of the loss to Atlanta earlier in the season beating them 79:66 at home. Jia Perkins and Candice Dupree dropped 18 points apiece for the winners. Chasity Melvin delivered 10 points for the winners. Katie Feenstra answered with season-high 21 points for the Dream. Chioma Nnamaka played 4 minutes and grabbed 1 rebound for such a short period of time. Atlanta missed 10 of 11 field goals in the first quarter to trail 6:21. The Sky never surrendered the advantage and rolled to an easy victory. Jennifer Lacy and Betty Lennox finished with 11 points each in defeat.


Sweden U18 getting ready for the European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 continues to prepare for the European Championship. Recently the team participated in the international tournament with Italy, Holland and Romania.
In the opener of Penne tournament Italy beat Sweden 67:58. The guests were too strong in the beginning of the game opening it with 6:15. They controlled also the entire half and finished it with 33:25 victory. Italian team bounced back in the second half and at first closed the gap in the third quarter. Mostly due to Nannucci's effort Italy reduced to 43:48 before the last quarter. In the final stanza Italy was too good and beat the opponent in the opener. Nannucci top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Tava followed her with 14, while Quarta scored 13. Cleopatra B. Goga (178-G-91) top-scored for Sweden with 22 points. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) netted 14, while Sofia Estrom and Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-C-90, college: Fayetteville) had 8 each.
In another game played in the tournament Sweden overcame Romania 49:44. It was a slow start from the both squads and Romania grabbed 8:7 led after the first 10 minutes of the game. They pushed the tempo for 14:9 in the second period and finished the half with 6 points deficit. Nothing had changed in the third quarter as Romania remained in front after 13:10 in the third. Sweden woke up in the last quarter smashing the opponent with 23:9. They flew in the court and scored almost as much points as they did in the first three quarters. Danielle Hamilton Carter top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Stefanie Yderstrom ended up with 9, while Cleopatra B. Goga and Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) had 7 each.


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  WNBA - Women  


Jennifer Gillom to join Women's Basketball Hall of Fame - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota Lynx assistant coach Jennifer Gillom will be one of six women who will be a part of the Class of 2009 inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame revealed its 11th group of inductees today.

Gillom will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on her 45th birthday on June 13, 2009, joining fellow former WNBA legends Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and Jennifer Azzi, former Louisiana Tech head coach Sonja Hogg, former Illinois State head coach Jill Hutchison and legendary tennis and basketball player Ora Washington.

'I am incredibly humbled to be going into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and to have my name listed among not only this great class of inductees, but also the truly great men and women in the game of women's basketball,' Gillom said. 'I played a long time overseas, and I enjoyed a wonderful college career at Mississippi, but one of my greatest accomplishments in my career was being a pioneer of the WNBA. People said the league wouldn't make it, but we were determined to make this league a success. It is great to know that I was one of the important pieces of the WNBA puzzle. I won an Olympic gold medal in 1988, but this honor is truly the pinnacle of women's basketball and it will be a wonderful gift for my 45th birthday.'

Gillom, who was one of the first players signed by the WNBA, played seven seasons in the league, including six with the Phoenix Mercury. She led the Mercury to three playoff berths (1997, 1998, 2000), where they advanced to the 1998 WNBA Finals, losing to the Houston Comets. After playing her final season with the Los Angeles Sparks, Gillom retired from the WNBA in 2003 with career averages of 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Her best season in the WNBA came with the Mercury in 1998, where she closed out the season with career-high averages of 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

The WNBA's 2002 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award recipient, Gillom was selected to the 1999 All-Star team and was also named to the 1997 All-WNBA first team and 1998 All-WNBA second team. She was named the 1985 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. She collected a total of six gold medals, including the gold at the 1988 Olympics, and one silver medal as a member of USA Basketball.

Gillom played for former Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor at Ole Miss, where she was the 1986 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Female Athlete of the Year. A 1986 Kodak All-American, Gillom earned 1986 NCAA Midwest Regional MVP and 1985 NCAA All-Mideast Regional honors and was a four-time All-SEC first team selection. She led the Lady Rebels in scoring her final three seasons and finished, behind her sister Peggie, as Ole Miss' all-time second leading scorer (2,186 points). During her four-year career, Gillom helped her teams to a 103-23 record with four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet Sixteens (1983, 1984) and two trips to the Elite Eight (1985, 1986), and three SEC West titles.

Gillom was named one of Arizona's top athletes of the 20th century (No. 74). She and her sister Peggie have a sports complex named after them at the University of Mississippi. The Gillom Sports Center is home to women's athletics at Ole Miss.

Gillom also enjoyed a lengthy professional career overseas prior to joining the WNBA, playing for teams in Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey. Spending most of her time in Italy, Gillom played in Ansona, Messina, Milan and Taranto and was selected to several Italian League All-Star teams.


With the addition of the Class of 2009, the list of individuals who have been recognized as Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductees will increase to 109.

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining which individuals will be inducted each year. Voting is based on various factors, which may include moral character, integrity, sportsmanship, record of performance, ability, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women's basketball.


In order to be considered for selection for induction, an individual must meet the following prerequisites:

- Player: Must be retired from the highest level of play for at least five years.

- Coach: Must have coached the women's game at least 20 years.

- Referee: Must have officiated the women's game at least 10 years.

- Contributor: Must have significantly impacted the game of women's basketball.

The mission of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which opened in June 1999, is to 'honor the past, celebrate the present, and promote the future' of women's basketball.


The other inductees include:

Jennifer Azzi: Two-time Olympian, led the USA to the gold medal in 1996. One of the original players of the ABL, stared for the San Jose Lasers and appeared in the ABL all-star game in 1996, 1997 and 1998. An All-American guard at Stanford, Azzi is the program's all-time three-point shooter, won the 1990 Wade Trophy, Naismith Player of the Year and led the Cardinal to the 1990 National Championship. Played five seasons in the WNBA.

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke: Two-time Olympian, two-time National Champion at Southern California (1983, 1984) and four-time WNBA champion with the Houston Comets (1997-2000), Cooper is currently the head coach of Prairie View A&M University. Was the first WNBA player to reach 500, 1000, 2000 and 2500 points, and was recognized as the 1998 Women's Professional Basketball ESPY award winner. Won a gold medal with team USA in the 1988 Olympics and was a member of seven USA squads.

Sonja Hogg: Coached and promoted the game of women's basketball for over 30 years. Started the Louisiana Tech women's basketball program and nicknamed the team the 'Lady Techsters.' In her 11 seasons as head coach of the Lady Techsters, Hogg compiled a record of 307-55, including two national championships (last AIAW title and first NCAA title) and six Final Fours. Recipient of the 2004 Naismith Women's Outstanding Contribution to Basketball Award and inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. Also coached for five seasons at Baylor.

Jill Hutchison: Head coach of the Illinois State women's basketball team for 28 seasons, Hutchison earned 428 wins and guided ISU to three NCAA tournaments, six WNIT appearances and was a three-time conference coach of the year. Was the first president of the WBCA in 1982 and received the Carol Eckman Award from the WBCA in 1992. Chaired the WBCA's five-year planning committee.

Ora Washington: Legendary African American athlete from the Germantown section of northwest Philadelphia, played center for the Philadelphia Tribune for 18 years, only losing six games, all of which were to men's teams. Widely considered the greatest African American athlete of her generation and the finest black female basketball player of the pre-World War II era. Inducted into Temple University's Sports Hall of Fame in the mid-80s.

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Standings
WNBA Western Standings
 1. S.Antonio SS 15-6 
 2. Detroit S. 14-6 
 3. Seattle S. 13-7 
 4. Connect. S. 13-8 
 5. L.Angeles S. 12-7 
 6. Indiana F. 9-9 
 7. New York L. 9-9 
 8. Minnesota L. 9-10 
 9. Phoenix M. 9-10 
 10. Sacram. M. 9-11 
 11. Houston C. 9-11 
 12. Washingt. M. 8-12 
 13. Chicago Sky 6-12 
 14. Charlotte S. 0-0 


Its all Mystics in Washington - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Mystics looked too good for the Connecticut Sun yesterday. Nikki Blue (5'8''-G-84, college: UCLA) exploded with career-high 13 points to pace the Mystics to a 69:64 victory. The Sun lost their third straight win and were dethroned in the East. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 11 points and 10 boards for the winners. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) nailed game-high 33 points for the Sun as they fell to 13-8 record. Washington led by just 2 points at halftime but overcame a minor injury of their leading scorer Alana Beard to prevail after the long break. The hosts shot the Sun down 23:12 in the third frame and held to the advantage in the final stanza. The Mystics played first-class defense limiting the Suns leading scorer Asjha Jones to just 6 points.
Meanwhile the Chicago Sky avenged of the loss to Atlanta earlier in the season beating them 79:66 at home. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) and Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) dropped 18 points apiece for the winners. Chasity Melvin delivered 10 points for the winners. Katie Feenstra (6'8''-C-82, college: Liberty) answered with season-high 21 points for the Dream. Atlanta missed 10 of 11 field goals in the first quarter to trail 6:21. The Sky never surrendered the advantage and rolled to an easy victory. Jennifer Lacy and Betty Lennox finished with 11 points each in defeat.


Ticha Penicheiro speaks with us and with the WNBA site - by Bruno Baltazar
Portuguese star player in her 11th season in the WNBA with the Monarchs and maybe this season candidate to the most improved award,Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) speaked with us regarding the season she is having so far ,one of the bests by far averaging 9.9 points per game are on pace to be a career high and she's shooting at her best clip ever (43 percent).

Eurobasket.com - Hi Ticha how are you? You are having a great season. Do you want to end your career with the Monarchs? After your career what you want to do?
Ticha Penicheiro
- I honestly don't see myself playing for any other team. I've been playing here since the beginning. Every year I get offers from other teams and I listen for a little bit, but my heart is here. I love the city and the fans and I can't see myself playing anywhere else. After I'm done playing, I want to be a sports agent.

WNBA.COM -So, besides Arco Arena which other WNBA venue do you like to play at?
Ticha Penicheiro-
Madison Square Garden in New York is the Mecca of basketball. I remember being so excited to play there the first time. Even not being an American, I still know the history of what's happened in that arena.

WNBA.COM-In your eyes, what has to happen for the team to continue getting better to eventually regain the elite status it used to enjoy in the league?
Ticha Penicheiro
-We lost Yo and we lost DeMya to injury and those are two great veteran players. We just need to keep getting better with the players we have and hopefully we can get DeMya back as well. We just need to compete. The league is so competitive. We just have to work individually and as a team to get better. It's tough.

WNBA.COM-Since this is your 11th season playing in the WNBA, how much longer do you think you'll continue playing?
Ticha Penicheiro-
I don't really put a time to it, it just depends on how my body and mind feels. I still have the same passion for basketball that I did when I first started playing. If my body and mind hold up and I can still play the game, then I'll keep playing for a while.

WNBA.COM-What prompted you to look for your shot more this year (the same shot you had when you were at ODU)?
Ticha Penicheiro-I didn't play overseas and I worked on my game and my technique in the offseason. I don't have a shooter's mentality per se, but I put in the work and its paying off so far this year and I'm happy about that.