EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/16/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


The last transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
TNA (second division)
Alma Juniors: agreed terms with: Emmanuel Clifton (198-F-81, college: Washburn), Lucas Martina (201-C-80), Lucas Bertucelli (195-F-80), Damian Palacios (176-G-85) and Matias Tomatis (190-G-74)
Asociacion Espanola: signed Claudio Sollberg (183-G-74), Christian Schoppler (180-G-86), Mauro Rotschy (192-G-77), Martin Pasquinelli (201-F/C-75) and Juan Manuel Ruiz (189-F-77)
Central Entrerriano: signed Ricardo Centeno (204-C-79), Mariano Garcia (202-F-86) and Kwan Johnson (195-G-74, college: New Orleans).
Ciclista signed Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) as foreign player.
Firmat FC: signed Daniel Felipe Ederra (190-G-87), Emiliano Stenta (189-F-79), Diego Foradori (175-G-81), Alejandro Pappalardi (198-C-80), Patricio Alloco (199-F-86), Martin Ghirardi (187-G-82), Matias Cudos (193-G-81) and Nicolas Bessone (203-C-87)
Obera TC: signed Jose Fabio (198-F-77), Nestor Braccia (192-G/F-84) and Facundo Giorgi (203-F-85, college: Florida Intern.)
Gimnasia La Plata: agreed terms with Pablo Bendel (189-G-83), Nicolas Ojeda (209-C-83), Ezequiel Manzanares (197-G-90), Maximiliano Bertolino (180-G-81) and Lucas Perez (183-G-87).
San Martin Marcos Juarez signed Diego Brezzo (207-F/C-84) and Juan Brusino
Union Sunchales signed Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88) who is playing in Paraguay right now.


Argentina beats Uruguay in U18 FIBA Americas championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Uruguay U18 86:52

Argentinean U18 National Team tipped off their Tournament of the Americas campaign with a cruising win over Uruguay. Yesterday Argentina entertained the home crowd in Formosa with a furious game in the tournaments opener and deservedly posted the initial win. The teams looked raw in the opening stanza and Uruguay jumped to an early 9:7 lead. But Argentina closed the frame on an 8:3 run capped by the basket from Federico Glinberg (201-C-90). The breakthrough came in the second stanza as the hosts went on a stunning 26:9 run to accumulate a 20-point cushion at halftime. Uruguay however did not look taken aback completely and tried to strike back in the third quarter. They outgunned the home team 20:16 but could not keep up the pace further on. Argentina regained the tempo in the fourth term and knocked their opponents down with a 29:11 final period. Mateo Gaynor (198-G-90) and Lisandro Rasio (201-F/C-90) led Argentina with 13 points apiece. Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91) secured 10 points for the winners. Emiliano Suarez (183-G-91) dropped 15 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for Uruguay. Alex Silva contributed 7 points in a losing effort. Argentina dominated the paint with 37 rebounds. The hosts converted 54% from the field, while Uruguay knocked down just 34% of field goals. Argentina will face Mexico today. Uruguay will look for the initial win against Canada.

Argentina U18: Mateo Gaynor 13, Lisandro Rasio 13, Juan Emilio Fernandez 10
Uruguay U18: Emiliano Suarez 15, Alex Silva 7


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  AUSTRALIA   


The Emus beat Jordan for the third win in Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Jordan 84:78 (OT)

The Emus used overtime to earn their third win at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. Jorden Page (183-G-90) scored 23 points to pace the Emus past the Cup defending champions. Australian youngsters got to a slow start as Jordan outscored them 23:14 in the first period. But the Emus eventually came back to life. They clipped the distance to 6 points at the interval. The teams went neck and neck in the third stanza with Australia getting closer and trailing by 5 points before the final quarter. The dramatic fourth term saw the Emus square things up and send the game into overtime. Jorden Page tied the scoreline and then hit a go-ahead jumper to put Australia in charge 72:70 with 16 seconds remaining. Jordan however answered with basket with time expiring and forced overtime. Nevertheless the Emus looked unstoppable at the moment. Christian Sale, Jorden Page and Mitchell Young (205-F-90) propelled the Emus to an impressive win at the end. Brock Motum (205-F-90) had 12 points, while Cody Ellis (202-F-90) delivered 10 in a win. Islam Abbas (201-C-80) poured in 20 points for Jordan. Jordan outrebounded the Emus 36:30 but shot just 39% from the field. Australian U19 Team will next take on Qatar.

Australia U19: Jorden Page 23, Brock Motum 12, Cody Ellis 10
Jordan: Islam Abbas 20


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  AUSTRIA   


Ricky Moore returns to Wels - by Stefan Heinrich
The 32 year old Guard Ricky Moore (189-G-76, agency: Megasport, college: Mesa St.) will return to Wels for the 2008/09 season. Moore came to Wels during the 2003/004 and in 17 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg and he led Wels to the Semi-Finals in their first season in the highest Austrian league. After his time in Wels he played in the Ukraine and he played his last game in February 2007 in Sweden for Sodertalje, where he had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

Moore will receive a one-year contract and Wels has an option to extend to contract for another season.


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  BAHAMAS   


Puerto Rico prevails over Bahamas at the start of U18 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U18 - Bahamas U18 97:65

Puerto Rican U18 National Team breezed past Bahamas in the Tournament of the Americas opener yesterday. Bahamas that were the last second invitee could not match Puerto Rican team. The Latin American team rushed ahead right from the start and soon accumulated a 26:16 advantage. Having an obvious advantage inside and outside the paint Puerto Rico easily stretched the margin to 25 points at the interval. The Caribbean side finally showed character as they outscored their opponents 26:23 in the third frame. But it was a short spark as Puerto Rico answered with a deadly 25:15 spurt in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Carlos Lopez (208-F-90) led all scorers with 24 points and 10 boards for Puerto Rico. Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) had 17 points, while Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) provided 13 points for the winners. Shavaro Bowleg (198-F-90) answered with 15 points for Bahamas. Jermine Storr (183-G-90) had 11 points and 11 boards in a losing effort. Puerto Rico outrebounded their opponents 52:42 and forced those to 18 turnovers. The winners also shot solid 49% from the field. Puerto Rico will face Venezuela, while Bahamas will take on the USA in todays action. Puerto Rico finished the tournament in the 5th spot in 2006. Four best teams will qualify to the U19 World Championship in New Zealand.

Puerto Rico U18: Carlos Lopez 24+10 boards, Isaac Sosa 17, Raymond Cintron 13
Bahamas U18: Shavaro Bowleg 15, Jermine Storr 11+11 boards


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  CAMEROON   


Cameroon plays Croatia tough in first Pre-Olympic Qualifying game - by Cyril Empig
Despite the strike, despite the fact no help from the Cameroon Government came even to the last minute, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon took the floor in Athens and played Croatia tough.

The team got to this Pre-Olympic Qualifying tournament because of their runner-up finish in last year's FIBA Africa Championships. Because of their hard work and impressive achievement, the Cameroon government had promised monetary compensation as well as support for preparing and competing in the Pre-Olympic Qualifying tournament. Unfortunately, none of these promises came to fruition.

Prior to leaving Lyon, France for Athens, Greece, the team went on strike to demand these payment and support that were promised to them, jeopardizing the opportunity for Cameroon to compete in the world stage of basketball, an opportunity they worked so hard to achieve.

But despite all these tribulations, the team came together and elected to end their strike and play in the tournament: for their country, family, friends, fans and themselves.

With a heavy heart, Cameroon played Croatia, a favorite to win a spot in the Beijing Olympics basketball competition, tough. Cameroon got solid games from 6-8 forward Nana Harding (who finished with a team-high 24 points), 6-2 point guard Parfait Bitee (14 pts, 6 assists), and 6-2 shooting guard Cyrille Makanda (11 pts). Cameroon dominated the boards, outrebounding Croatia 39-26. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (6-11, center) finished with 10 boards. However, it was not enough to overcome Croatia's offense as they had 5 players scoring in double figures, led by Marko Tomas (6-7,sg/sf) and M Popovic (6-1,pg) who had 22 and 17 points, respectively.

You could say that the team was running on empty, literally, but what they lack in financial support, they overcame with pride and heart.

It remains to be seen whether Cameroon plays in the next match up against Puerto Rico today.


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  CANADA   


Canadian Junior Team wins FIBA Americas U18 championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Mexico U18 78:65

Canadian U18 National Team celebrated a comfortable victory at the beginning of the FIBA Americas U18 championship in Formosa, Argentina. Yesterday they held off Mexican team for the starting win in preliminary Group A. The teams fight for four available spot at the U19 World championship to be held in New Zealand. Canada opened the game in a stunning manner as they clinched a 10:1 lead. Mexico failed to recover and trailed 11:24 at the end of the first period. Canada pushed harder and widened the margin to 25 points early in the second frame. However Mexico clipped the distance to 20 points at halftime 24:44. Mexican team showed their character after the long break. They went out of the dressing room ready to fight back the deficit and eventually quite succeeded. The Latin American team cut the gap to 12 points heading into the final stanza. Their run continued in the fourth quarter as they came as close as 8 points from Canada. But some missed shots allowed Canada to come back to life and regain control. The North Americans withheld the Mexican effort and posted an important victory at the end. Tristan Thompson (203-F) was impressive with 19 points and 14 boards for Canada. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) delivered 17 points and 12 boards, while Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) registered 10 points for the winners. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) responded with 20 points and 8 steals for Mexico. Juan Favela (183-G-91) led all scorers with 21 points in a loss. Canada will face Uruguay, while Mexico plays versus Argentina today.

Canada U18: Tristan Thompson 19+14 boards, Mangisto Arop 17+12 boards, Marc Trasolini 10
Mexico U18: Juan Favela 21, Carlos Toussaint 20


Canada loses to Slovenia at the Olympic Games qualifying tournament - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Slovenia 70:86

Canadian National Team got a sobering lesson at the start of their Olympic Games qualifying tournament. They were hardly beaten by Slovenia in Athens today. Canada now must win against South Korea tomorrow to advance to the knockout stage in Greece. The teams kept it close early in the first period but Slovenia used a balanced offense to gradually take over. The European team jumped to a 27:22 advantage at the first intermission. Defense prevailed in the second term as the teams combined for just 26 points. Slovenia stretched the lead to 7 points at halftime. An impressive shooting accuracy helped Slovenia to stay in front throughout the third quarter. Canada struggled to overcome some sloppiness as Slovenia continued to pile up the advantage. The North American team trailed by 15 points before the fourth stanza. The breakthrough never came in the final minutes as Slovenia wisely kept their opponents at bay. Slovenia thus posted their second straight win and qualified to the playoffs in Athens. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) paced Slovenia with 19 points. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15 points, while Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) had 14 points and 9 boards for the winners. Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points for Canada. David Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) knocked down 10 points, while Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) and Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) posted 9 points apiece in a loss. Canada got outrebounded 27:30 and shot 40% from the field. Slovenia converted 50% of field goals and committed only 13 turnovers down the stretch.

Canada: Rowan Barrett 16, David Thomas 10, Joel Anthony 9, Jermaine Anderson 9
Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 19, Sani Becirovic 15, Radoslav Nesterovic 14


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  CAPE VERDE   


Kaman, Germans thump Cape Verde to reach quarter-final - by Pedro Gomes
ATHENS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men) Chris Kaman enjoyed a winning debut as Germany beat Cape Verde 104-68 to clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Kaman, the American center of the Los Angeles Clippers who only got his German passport at the beginning of this month, started and had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes.

This is new for me, Kaman said to FIBA.Com immediately after the game.

I had a little nerves going into it and Im glad to get it out of the way. The rust was out there.

I was missing some easy looks. I was fumbling the ball. The ball was different. When the ball gets wet in the NBA, it sticks to your hands better. Here, it gets more slippery.

Germany now have two bona fide stars in Dirk Nowitzki and Kaman, though the biggest strength of the team is probably the familiarity that most of the players have with each other, and Dirk Bauermanns system.

Nowitzki had a game-high 16 to lead a balanced German attack in their first game in Athens.

Because New Zealand won their game against Cape Verde on Monday, they also sealed a quarter-final spot with this outcome.

First place will be decided on Wednesday when the Tall Blacks take on the Germans.

The 2.13m Kaman, whose great grandparents were German, wasnt able to play in the build-up to the qualifying event in Greece.

Insurance issues also had to be settled and he only received the all-clear to take part on Friday night after Germanys victory over Canada in Mannheim.

Kaman says communicating with his new teammates hasnt been a problem.

The cool thing about Germany is their second language is English, he said.

All the guys speak English. The problem is I dont speak any German, a few words here and there, but they go so fast. Its not such a big deal.

The experience has already been a refreshing one for Kaman.

These guys have been playing together for 10 years now, he said.

Theyre like best friends, but theyve been very welcoming. It reminds me of college.

Im excited to be here.

Wednesdays game will be a stiffer test, just as Fridays quarter-final will be when Germany take on Brazil or Greece.

Were trying to focus on the game tomorrow, Kaman said. New Zealand, theyre a good team.

We dont want to get too far ahead.

www.fiba.com


FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament for men : Cape Verde ruled out after losing against Germany - by Pedro Gomes

The national team of Cape Verde sustained its second consecutive defeat against Germany 68 104 this evening in the day 2 of Group B counting for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament form men taking place in Athletic Olympic centre of Athens, Greece.

Germany won the three first quarters (34 11 ; 25 13 et 22 16) while Cape Verde won the last one 28 23.

The best scorer of the game was Jeff Xavier from Cape Verde with 21 points.

With two defeats in row, Cape Verde ruled out after ending third in group B.


Backstage interview with Jeff XAVIER after the game Cape Verde vs Germany.


http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/inte/vide/inte/p/newsid/26680/inte.html



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  CROATIA   


Split suspends Hrvoje Peric, Zadar shows interest for Aleks Maric - by Eurobasket News
After almost a month since conflict between Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) and his team Split started, it finally resulted with a player's suspension. Namely, Peric is persistent in his statements that the club owes his big amount of money, what is the main reason of his decision to leave Split. He even stated to Croatian media that he is ready to end his career rather than to continue with Split next season. On the other side president of the club Dino Radja has totally different story. Radja states that Peric has a valid two-year contract with the team, which already paid him even more money that it was specified in the contract. Radja said that he is ready to cover his statements with official documentation. Head coach of the team Slobodan Subotic wanted to resolve this problem offering much better status to Peric but it didn't change anything.

In the meantime Zadar shows serious interest in Australian player Aleks Maric (211-C-84). During the last couple of weeks new Croatian champions negotiates with Macedonian center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) but they are still far away from the agreement. According to Zadarsport the team is close to sign Maric, who would be the fifth reinforcement of Zadar for the upcoming season. As a reminder, the team already inked Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR), Deian Ivanov (205-C-86), Damir Rancic (198-G-83) and Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) to its roster. Maric graduated this year at Nebraska University averaging 15.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.7 bpg for 33 games in NCAA1. He was a member of Australian U18 National Team which went gold on the World Championship in Greece in 2003. Maric currently participates at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as a player of San Antonio Spurs.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Top D-League Performers from Day 4 of Vegas Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
New York Knicks (97) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (94)
KNICKS: Anthony Roberson (6'1''-G-83, college: Florida) (22p), Von Wafer (7p)
CAVALIERS: Clay Tucker (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) (17p+6rb), Will Conroy (9p), Jawad Williams (8p), Billy Thomas (6p)

Toronto Raptors (79) vs. Denver Nuggets (90)
RAPTORS: John Lucas (5'11''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) (11p), Sean Banks (8p), Desmon Farmer (6p)
NUGGETS: Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Duke) (16p), Taurean Green (17p), Elton Brown (11p+10rb), Bobby Jones (10p)

Washington Wizards (73) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (78)
WIZARDS: Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86) (17p+8rb+5to)
TRAIL BLAZERS: Danilo J.R. Pinnock (6'5''-G-83, college: George Washington) (5p)

Phoenix Suns (97) vs. Houston Rockets (100)
SUNS: Alando P.J. Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) (22p+6rb), DJ Strawberry (22p+6rb+5as), Marcus Vinicius (6p)
ROCKETS: Mike Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) (21p+13rb), Aaron Brooks (13p+6to)

Dallas Mavericks (88) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (74)
MAVERICKS: Pape Sow (6'10''-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) (6p+6rb), Aaron Miles (6as+3rb)
TWOLVES: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) (17p), Pooh Jeter (9p+5as)

San Antonio Spurs (78) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (76)
SPURS: Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86) (18p+8rb), Anthony Tolliver (13p), Devin Green (12p), Michael Cuffee (8p)
GRIZZLIES: P.J. Tucker (12p+9rb), Alan Anderson (4p)


2008 Installment of D-League Ambassadors Set to Play at RMR - by Surujh Roopnarine

The 2008 NBA D-League Ambassadors will play a three-game schedule at the Rocky Mountain Revue, at Lifetime Activities Center on the Redwood Campus of Salt Lake Community College in Utah.
he Rocky Mountain Revue will mark the fourth competition in the Ambassadors history. In the summer of 2000 the Ambassadors played in the Asian Basketball Association League, finishing with an 18-2 record and winning the league championship. In 2001, the D-League squad participated in the South American Club Championship in Brazil and Argentina and advanced to the quarterfinals. Last summer, the team captured the bronze medal at the Stankovic Cup in China.
The Ambassadors will begin play on July 19 against the San Antonio Spurs summer league team which includes first-round selection George Hill. NBA TV will broadcast the game on tape delay July 23 at 3 pm ET.
The Atlanta Hawks, led by Al Horford and Acie Law IV, will provide the Ambassadors their next challenge on July 21 (shown on NBA TV on delay July 24th, 1 pm ET), and the schedule concludes on July 24 against Marco Belinelli, Brandan Wright and the Golden State Warriors.
The Rocky Mountain Revue is comprised of eight teams - six NBA teams featuring rookies, second-year players and select free agents I.R. Iran, the 2007 FIBA Asian Champion, and the NBA D-League Ambassadors.

2008 NBA Development League Ambassadors

Number
Player (2007-08 D-League Team)
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Birthdate
College
2
Forward
6-6
205
11/25/83
UNC-Greensboro
10
Guard
6-1
195
7/4/83
Southern Cal
11
Guard
6-4
190
7/27/83
Cal-Santa Barbara
18
Forward
6-7
210
7/22/83
Nevada
21
Forward
6-9
235
9/20/83
Iowa
22
Guard
6-5
205
5/6/82
Tennessee
23
Guard
6-4
220
4/9/83
George Washington
41
Forward
6-10
235
4/20/83
San Diego
42
Forward/Center
6-9
225
3/23/81
Pepperdine
99
Forward
6-10
265
10/17/83
Central Park Chris. HS



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LIDOBA: Metros are ready to DEFEND their title! - by Ozell Wells
The two time champions of the LIDOBA, Metros de Santiago have begun their last week of preparation, the team from 'the city of the 30 gentlemen' will be ready to defense the titles that they have earned both of the previous seasons. The 4th tournament of the TOP DIVISION begins this friday July 18 when the Reales de la Vega will face the Metros in the newly rennovated, majestic 'Arena of the Cibao', Dr. Oscar Gobaira.
Dominican National Team playmaker Joel Ramirez (191-G-81) has joined the team practices from today, as well as the American import players, forward Robert Sanders (201-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) and center Alvin Snow (189-G-81, college: E.Washington). The team will be coached by the distinguished Nelson Urena who has already won 2 superior tournaments this year, Santiago with GUG and in Puerto Plata with Gustavo Behal, his assistant coach will be another coach with a huge reputation, Jose Santos Ceballos .
The team began training 2 weeks ago with stars like: Franklin Matos (190-G-82), Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81), Hugo Rodriguez (195-F-81), Joerickson Duvarsier (182-G-81), Jos Paulino, Manuel Liranzo (180-G-81), Jos Rodrguez, Carlos Orlando Paulino (191-F-81), Willy Abreu, Leonel Liriano Jr. Edsel Vila Jr, and others.
The board of directors of the team, headed by Raymundo Alvarez, have stated that they will have special prices for general admission to see the Metros play will be 40 pesos, lower box seats will be 100 pesos, and any child with an adult will be admitted free of charge into all games.
courtesy of Raymundo Alvarez


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League (Las Vegas) All Tournament Team & Awards - by Darryl Reshaw
The Eurobasket Summer League (Las Vegas) announces the following names on the All Tournament Team.

Co-MVP Derrick Stevens (180-G-80, college: Colorado St.): He had an outstanding tournament controlling the tempo of the games, making great decisions, scoring, utilizing his amazing quickness and using his strength and athleticism to finish baskets in the paint among the big guys. Derrick can play at the highest level in Europe now.

Co-MVP Pele Paelay (193-G-84, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: Co.Carolina): Pele showed why he averaged 16ppg in the CBA this year and was Big South Player of the year a couple of seasons ago in Las Vegas. Pele simply showcased his athletic ability with a lot of dunks, great scoring, shooting touch, great creativity and ball handling skills in the three days. He is an amazing player who is ready for top level European action now.
Unfortunately for the rest of the teams in the Las Vegas event both of these guys played on the same team and won the ESL event in Las Vegas.


First Team ALL ESL Las Vegas:

Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern): Bennet who played in Israel in 2007-08 in the top league was so smooth throughout the week and showed nice athleticism. His midrange and turnaround jump shot was really sweet. He also took the ball to the basket well and showed why he should be playing in the top leagues in Europe.

Aristide Sawadogo (213-C-81, agency: college: Clayton St.): The seven foot center made his presence felt over the three day period defensively blocking a lot of shots and altering others making players have to think twice before entering the paint. Aristide rebounded and outlet passes were great all tournament. His 12 foot bank shot worked well but will need to improve his post up game for the next level. Has the potential defensively to play in the NBA.

Tim Morris (193-G-84, college: Washington) (193-G-84, college: Washington): The 2007-08 University of Washington player look like a high-level big guard that can play at the highest level in Europe over the three day event. Tim has a great jump shot and created off of the dribble very well. He has a pro body and can play both guard positions, rebounds and passes the ball very well. He is an outstanding prospect for the pro game.

Leonard Houston (191-G-85, college: Drake): The Co-MVP from the ESL Chicago continued to impress scouts in Las Vegas with his scoring, athleticism and ultra smooth jump shot. He is an excellent combo guard that impressed some of the big name teams in attendance. He will need more experience but will play at the highest level in Europe real soon.

Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: William Carey): The other Co-MVP from the ESL in Chicago came to the Las Vegas event and performed extremely well against bigger and better competition. Kyle has great ball handling ability and can get to the paint against anyone, he scores extremely well and he is a big time athlete who will play in a major European league soon.

Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.): This season veteran who average big numbers in the CBA looked extremely well over the three day period at the ESL in Las Vegas. Nate can score and create his own shot anywhere from 15 feet to the post. He is a great rebounder who knows the game well and has the best set of hands we have seen in a long time. His 17 point and 17 rebound game performance in the last game showed why he is a great prospect for top European teams.

Bennett Davison (203-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Arizona): This former Euroleague player who played in Greece last season played extremely well and illustrated to the young guys why he has had a great career in Europe. He made great decisions, scored and rebounded well. He was in excellent shape and ran the floor well in the three day period. Bennett is still a high-level player in Europe and looked the part at the ESL in Las Vegas.

J.J. Tauai (190-G-85, college: Bradley): This former Bradley University standout looked awesome in the ESL in Las Vegas as he shot the ball extremely well but impressed us with his passing ability and rebounding from the big guard position. J.J. is a sleeper for European teams looking for that 6'5' big guard or swing player who can flat out play.

Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Columbus St.): Derrick at 6'10' was the most athletic player in the ESL (Las Vegas). Some of his rebounds and dunks were definitely of NBA caliber. At his size he shot the 3pt ball extremely well and his showed great ball handling skills. One scout from Italy said he was the best prospect at the ESL in Las Vegas. Last year he won a championship in Saudi Arabia and was the best player in the country but is a far better European league prospect.

Josh Stanhiser: This former volleyball player was a late entry to the ESL who was introduce to us by the great Spencer Haywood. Josh at 6'11' runs the floor like a deer and is a great rebounder and shot blocker. He would be a still for a team in Europe looking for an athletic big man who has tremendous upside potential once he improves his offensive game to the next level.

Coach of the ESL in Las Vegas: Glen Hayes
Glen showcased quality drills all week at his stations and his offensive schemes were quality and professional.
He motivated his players extremely very well and had a great substitution system during the ESL.
As a result his team won the championship while playing the pressure defense that Glen enforced.

ESL Las Vegas All Big Man Team:
Aristide Sawadogo (7'1' & 265lbs)
Josh Stanhiser (6'11' & 230lbs)
Derrick Franklin (6'10' & 225lbs)
Nathan Green (6'8' & 250lbs)
Glenn Elliott (206-C-83, college: Florida A&M) Glen was a beast all week using his strong low post game and nice jump hook to dominate guys. Some of his blocks were outstanding on the first couple of day before he got injured. He looks like he can play at a high level in Europe making six figures.
Travis Knight (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut): (7'0' & 250lbs) This former NBA player looked good in the drills and hit some nice perimeter shots in the first game including some nice rebounding and block shot plays. Did not play the last game due to minor issues.
Chad Bell (213-C-82, college: Nevada): (7'1' & 265lbs) Chad had a quality first game and was a major presence in the middle all three days. He has a NBA body and a nice touch. Needs some experience in Europe but has tremendous upside potential to play at a high-level in Europe.






Statistics from the ESL Day 3 are below:

ESL Las Vegas Championship Game (Monaco 97, Brussels 75)

Monaco: 97

Glenn Elliottt: DNP (Injured)
Lance Ortiz: 9pts;
William Maupins: 8pts; 5rbs; 6ast
Mario Brown: 13pts; 6rbs
Tyler Franklin: 8pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Jeffrey Mayi: 9pts;
Larry Morinia: 2pts; 2ast
Pele Paelay: 21pts; 7rbs; 5ast
Derrick Stevens: 19pts; 5rbs; 10ast
Josh Stanhiser: 8pts; 10rbs; 2blk

Brussels: 75

Bennet Davis: 15pts; 3rbs; 2ast; 2blk
Aristide Sawadogo: 9pts; 9rbs; 4ast; 4blk
DShon Cannon: 2pts; 3rbs; 5ast
Whit Holcomb-Faye: 7pts; 3ast
Reggie Huffman: 6pts; 5rbs; 5blk
Tim Morris: 16pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Temi Soyebo: 5pts; 2rbs; 4ast
Dan Fitzgerald: 11pts; 3rbs
Phillip Scott: 1pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Joseph Powell: 3pts; 4rbs; 2ast

ESL Las Vegas 3rd Place Game: (Venice 91, Geneva 74)

Venice: 91

Travis Knight: DNP
Zack Alvidrez 3pts; 4rbs
Nathan Green: 17pts; 17rbs; 5ast
Ryan Read: 11pts; 3rbs; 1ast
Jermaine Dailey: 10pts; 11rbs; 2ast
Leonard Houston: 18pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 1blk
Kyle Lamonte: 18pts; 5rbs; 10ast
Alex Davenport: 10pts; 2rbs; 1ast; 1blk
L.Patterson: 4pts; 2rbs


Geneva: 74

Dedrick Bates: 10pts;1rbs;1ast
Tremaine Dalton: 11pts; 1rbs; 5ast
Bennett Davison: 12pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Derrick Franklin: 6pts; 8rbs; 2ast; 4blk
Chris Brooks: 9pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Joseph Frazier: 11pts; 1rbs; 2ast
JJ.J. Tauai: 14pts; 10rbs; 5ast; 1blk
Chad Bell: 1pts; 5rbs; 4ast


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INTERNATIONAL: Raptors hired Gordon Herbert - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The Toronto Raptors have hired Gordon Herbert (CAN-FIN) as an assistant coach/player development. Herbert, a former Canadian NT player,
has extensive coaching experience in Europe. Herbert started coaching in Finland (1994) after his career as a player (1982-1994). Then followed Austria (Wurzburg),
Germany (Frankfurt), France (Paris Racing, Pau-Orthez), Georgia (NT) and Greece (Aris Thessaloniki).


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  FRANCE   


PRO A Trades: Morandais joins Nancy - by Chris Spiesser
The Est Republicain announces in its today's edition the signature of Michel Morandais (198-G/F-79, college: Colorado) for Nancy. The lorrain team answers Le Mans and the ASVEL which are also building tremendous rosters. This stresses out several points. At first there will be many players in the outside rotation a new outside player wasn't really expected. John Cox should be used as a PG with Tchicamboud, and as SG with Jeff Greer. Morandais might join Ricardo Greer as a number 3 while Wilson could mostly play inside. But coach Monschau has a serious asset with Wilson and Greer's polyvalency. Though a foreign center has still to be inked. Hopefully, Morandais' recruitement will not tighten the budget for the expected '5' because this will be the decisive point to a bright Euroleague season.

Team engagements: Green light for Clermont and Chalons - by Chris Spiesser
Clermont is officially in ProB and will try to build a competitive team despite the delay due to this late engagement. The coach wille be Rgis Racine, a former player from the squad and only two player have a contract: Lensly Bengaber and Benoit Gillet.

Other good news, Chalons is allowed to start in NM1 for the next season. The team found the money to build a 1.000.000 budget but now has to build a complete roster with a championnship start in the early of September.

This means that Mulhouse should join NM2, but the municipality refused to allow the team its 350.000 subvention arguing that after this new relegation the team has to start on new financial basis. Two years after being in the upper part of ProB, this former french top team is once more condemed to a low-level start. Probably in the first regional division, the alsatian pre-nationale...


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Todor Gecevski too expensive for Zadar, Rajkovic calls Vukadinovic to join U20 NT - by Eurobasket News
According to the Croatian media one of the best Macedonian centers, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), is no more one of the options for Zadar. Croatian champion negotiated with the player almost the entire month and it seems that Gecevski won't stay in the club next season. Unofficially Macedonian center asked for 350 thousand euros for the next season which Zadar's management refused. However, according to Zadarsport despite Gecevski's deadline to accept Zadar's offer is Sunday, the team is already gave up on him. According to the same source they already started search for the new players and the first name on their list in Australian Aleks Maric. Gecevski stated to Macedonian media that he is surprised with this news as nobody from the club call him. Over the past four years Gecevski was one of the best Zadar's players. During this period the team grabbed title in Croatian championship twice and reached the final of Adriatic league last season.

Meanwhile, despite many news that participation of Strumica 2005 in Balkan League (BIBL) is under the question mark, president of the club Panagiotis Karapiperis stated that his team will take a place in regional championship for sure.

Head coach of Macedonia U20 Emil Rajkovic faced with another problem before the international tournament in Bulgaria which starts tomorrow. Dimitar Petrusev (190-G-89) injured his hand and he will be sidelined for at least two weeks. Rajkovic immediately called Nikola Vukadinovic, who was at the preliminary list, to join the team. The first inconvenient for coach Rajkovic was ankle injury of Ivan Atanasovski (190-G-88), who is recovering yet. According to the last news Atanasovski will start to practice with the team until the end of the week.


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  GAMBIA   


Taal turns pro - by Rolando Delabarrera
According to our own Eurobasket website, Njagu Taal has turned pro and attended the Courtside Agencies' pro camp in Frankfurt, Germany. This is a positive step for Gambian Basketball since Courtside is an established agency and will put him in situations that will foster his talent. He is of course also under representation with Courtside. I am glad that somebody reads my posts on the Gambia page from time to time.
Njogu Taal (201-F, agency: Court Side)


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  GERMANY   


Exclusive Eurobasket interview goes one-on-one with American point guard Garriden Wolff - by Moritz Korff
Garriden Wolff (193-G-85, agency: 22ft, college: Bethany (CA)) the first American to ever play for the Velbert Baskets Regionalliga is recognized for his bravery.

Tell us how The Velbert Baskets acquired you.
I have always dreamed of playing professional basketball in another country. Prior to this past season, I did not have an agent, just the motivation, experience, athleticism, mental skill set, and training to outperform when the opportunity emerged. I took the risk and bet on myself, I left for Germany without placement on a team, or representation. I created this opportunity by arriving to team practice one day (which happened to be the Velbert Baskets) and said, 'I'm here to play!'

What is your impressions of Germany?
Arriving in Germany, I felt a very warm welcome. A quarter German myself, I sensed a familiarity that I was exploring a land inhabited by my relatives. I was amazed at how the German culture was vastly different than what I had expected. One aspect that every nation could idealize are those efforts and incentives that go into recycling, energy, resource, and environmental conservation. Their family values, and the passion they exude for their sporting events standout as well. The overall safety and quality of life within the cities and the preponderance of a vibrant and healthy senior population make for desirable place to live at any age. A quality of life that encourages longevity and sustainability.

Are you looking forward to returning to Germany?
Germany is a great place to play basketball. I have been training extensively this summer, improving all aspects of my game. I would feel very fortunate to return to Germany. I have also been taking German classes and feel comfortable interacting with the language. If the opportunity unifies me with Germany once again, I would be thrilled.

Garriden, what makes you a standout player?
My expertise is basketball. My policy is performance, not politics. My interest lies in applying my talent, collaborating with and developing a winning team, not landing a spot on one.
A great player will standout on a team, a truly outstanding player will make his team standout!
Which one would you rather have on your team?

Any Club interested in Garriden Wolff can contact him directly at garriden@hotmail.com
Game film at
http://www.youtube.com/braven12

http://www.derwesten.de/nachrichten/staedte/velbert/2007/11/16/news-5199264/detail.html


Lamar Morinia to leave Osnabrueck - by Moritz Korff
Though having made a deal with the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro B) for this upcoming season Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) will not continue to play for the Ballers. The 2007-08 Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North Player of the Year asked the Ballers' management at the beginning of this current week to terminate his contract. The Osnabrueck officials agreed. Morinia scored 22.6 points a game for the Ballers in 2007-08 and led the team to a RLN-championship.

Brian Jones signs contract with EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Moritz Korff
EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) clinched the signing of Brian Jones (191-G-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Santa Clara). The 2005 Bundesliga All-Star spent this past season in Spain and averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals through 36 games for Plus Pujol Lleida of the LEB Gold. Jones previously played in Germany for Tuebingen and Bremerhaven. During 2006-2007 he appeared in 38 matches of the Bundesliga and produced the following stats for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven: 7.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.1apg, 1.4spg. Jones and EnBW Ludwigsburg agreed on a two-year contract.

Duesseldorf: Winters stays, Kosmalski arrives - by Moritz Korff
The Giants Duesseldorf (1. Bundesliga), formerly known as Bayer Giants Leverkusen, and Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson), a member of the 2007-08 Eurobasket.com All-German 1. Bundesliga First Team, agreed on extending their contract for one more year. Winters hit 88 three-pointers in this past season, more than any other player in the 1. Bundesliga during the regular season. He averaged 13.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.
In his second year in Germany Winters will be re-united with a former team mate, as the Giants landed Logan Kosmalski (203-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Davidson). The 26-year-old Post Player inked a two-year contract with Duesseldorf. Kosmalski graduated from Davidson College like Winters. He started his pro-career in France at Hermine Nantes Atlantique - as did Winters. During 2006-07 Kosmalski averaged 13.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 33 matches of the French Pro B-league. He was supposed to play in Poland in this past campaign, but suffered a knee-injury in pre-season and was forced to sit out.


Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Germany starts with an easy win over Cape Verde - by Moritz Korff

The German National Team opened the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Greece with a 104:68 win over Cape Verde.
Germany looked dominating from the beginning on and won the first quarter easily (34:11). Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) was a starter in his first official game for the German National Team and played side by side with Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) in the German frontcourt. The Center of the LA Clippers posted a double-double. Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) made it a 30-point game (42:12) with a lay-up already in the middle of the second stanza. Cape Verde struggled on both ends of the floor, while Germany almost shot 70% from the field in the first half. At 3:30 min in the second period Nowitzki nailed a threy to increase the lead to 40 points (53:13). At the half the score was 59:24.
In the third and fourth quarter Germany's Coach Dirk Bauermann made a lot of substitutions and Germany had to overcome some little difficulties in the third quarter, but never really got in serious trouble. Nowitzki finished the game with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Germany, Philip Zwiener (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) added 11 points, Kaman contributed 10 points and 10 boards. On the other end Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, college: Manhattan) netted 21 points in defeat.
Germany will meet New Zealand on Wednesday (18:30 CET).
Boxscore: click

If you want hear what Chris Kaman had to say about his first appearance on the German National Team, check out an interview on the official website of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament: click



Yannick Evans joins S04 - by Moritz Korff
FC Schalke 04 (2. Bundesliga Pro A) added another young German player to its 2008-09 roster. Yannick Evans (202-F/C-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) will join the Royal Blues. Evans, formerly a member of the German U20 National Team, is a product of TuS Lichterfelde and also played a couple of Bundesliga-games for ALBA Berlin and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the 1. Bundesliga. In this past season he had 28 appearances for TuSLi in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B and averaged 9.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest.

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The hosts are too good in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Lebanon 119:62

Greece was too strong at home hosting FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men. It was another win of the day for the European team that proved the ambitions for China. Greece smashed Lebanon 119:62 with tremendous wins in every quarter. Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) led the winners with 15 points. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) netted 14, whilst Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had 13. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) led the way for the guests with 14 points. Brian Feghali chipped in 12 and Rony Fahed posted 9.
Greece opened up a 16-4 lead midway through the opening quarter and by half-time, the result was all but assured as the home side were on top 54:27.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 second half Greek team controlled the court as well winning the third 32:14. They easily reached three digits in the middle of the last quarter. Greece did not stop and led to 11:62 win in the end. Lebanon's next game will be against Brazil today. Greece will play over Brazil tomorrow.

Greece:Kostas Tsartsaris 15, Antonis Fotsis 14, Ioannis Bouroussis 13
Lebanon: Fadi El Khatib 14, Brian Feghali 12 , Rony Fahed 9


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  HUNGARY   


Interview with Mark Jarrell - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket: What is your name, position, and how do you describe your game?
Mark Jarrell-Wright (198-G-81): My name is Mark Jarrell-Wright. I play the 1 if necessary, but I am a natural 2 and 3. I describe my game as a display of athleticism with a very high basketball IQ. Over the years, I've learned more of the mental game since I've always been a natural born athlete, but that is just the maturation of a basketball player that's willing to grow.

Eurobasket: You played in the states and finally made the transition to Venezuela, how was that experience? Why do you want to play in Europe?
Mark Jarrell-Wright: I played in the ABA for a few seasons with the Jersey Skycats, Harlem Strong Dogs, and New Jersey Express. Then I was offered a position in Venezuela and I played there for a month. Needless to say that was an experience. I saw a lot of different things there that changed my life and I left appreciating the little things we have in the US.

I always wanted to play in Europe once my NBA dream ended. I see Europe as a great opportunity to play the game I love, get paid, and see the world. I also have former teammates and friends who have played in Europe and love going back every year.

Eurobasket: Why didn't you go to Europe out of college?
Mark Jarrell-Wright: When I graduated college, my NBA dream was over and a lot of people talked about Europe, but I did not get an offer which interested me more than the coaching field. Since I love the game, I decided to get into coaching. I always worked summer camps but I really got involved with the AAU team, The Playaz Basketball Club, which was and still is one of the top AAU programs in the United States. The team embraced me since I was a former Playa and college graduate. It was difficult to leave this position right after college.

Eurobasket: You put up very nice numbers in every situation you've been in. Every team from St. Benedicts High School, Fordham, the ABA to Venezuela, you've scored 20+ ppg, why is this?
Mark Jarrell-Wright: Every situation I've been in, I feel I've done well due to my great teammates that appreciated my love for the game. Also, I play hard every game, something I feel cannot be taught. My style of play allows me to put up points because I love to run and gun, and shoot from the outside. Though I do score a lot of points, I take more pride in my defense. In every league Ive played, I have always been a league leader in steals and welcome guarding the opposing teams best player.

Eurobasket: Why should a team take a chance on you?
Mark Jarrell-Wright: A team should take a chance on me because my hard play is contagious to a team. Also, through my coaching experience, I have become a better player since I have learned the game from a different perspective. I provide my players with the dos and donts of playing, so consciously, I play the right way on the court.

Eurobasket: Any closing remarks?
Mark Jarrell-Wright: I don't have any closing remarks because I want this to be an opening to a great situation. I know, when I get to Europe, I am going to provide a leader on the floor, a major scorer, and someone who takes pride intheir defense. I know the team that gives me an opportunity will love what I bring to the table.


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  IRAN   


Iran gets Olympic spot after 60 years - by Houman Bagheri
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - When the call came, Rajko Toroman was jobless and ready for just about any offer. Iran sounded like a good proposition.
The Serbian basketball coach has not regretted accepting the offer and neither has Iran regretted making it, especially since he is taking the country to the Olympics for the first time in 60 years. The Iranians will also have a chance to experience what kind of Olympic opposition they will face when they go through an NBA summer league over the next few days.
'We need games, games, games,'' Toroman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. 'We need all the experience we can get.''
With 2004 gold medalist Argentina, loaded with NBA stars, plus Australia, Lithuania and Russia in its group at the Olympics, no number of preparation games can be too many for Iran.
The team went on its first European tour in May and came away with three wins, beating second-string Italy and Croatia, and Algeria.
'It was good to play in Europe, to measure up against some tough teams with tradition, to gain some confidence,'' Toroman said.
Iran then lost a three-game series in Australia, getting comprehensively beaten in all games.
The team is touring Croatia, Slovenia and Lithuania before it participates in the Rocky Mountain Revue, the Utah Jazz-hosted summer league, later this month. The Iranians will play a series of games against NBA teams and will also have the opportunity to observe NBA team practices.
Toroman said the invitation came after he had sent a DVD of two of Iran's games at the Asian Championship to the NBA. The NBA liked what it saw enough to invite Iran, although it did not think Iran would actually win a game, Toroman said.
Iran will also participate in the Diamond Ball pre-Olympic tournament in Nanjing, China, where it will play the host nation and Serbia.
'It's a long, hard schedule but my players are like soldiers, they are enduring everything,'' Toroman said.
Iran qualified for the Olympics for the first time since 1948 by winning the Asian Championship last year in Japan. Iran stunned Lebanon 74-69 in the final, although it had lost to the favored Lebanese in the second-stage group.
That was Toroman's first major tournament in charge of Iran and his contract was then extended to include the Olympics.
'Most likely I will extend my contract after that,'' he said.
The 53-year-old Toroman took up the job after getting a call from Zoran Radovic, a fellow Serb and a member of FIBA, the international basketball federation, in January 2007.
'I was without a job. I had been coaching in Hungary but my Debrecen team went bankrupt,'' said Toroman, whose coaching career has included stops in Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Cyprus, China, Poland and his native Serbia. 'I knew something about the Iranian team, they came to a summer camp in Serbia and I had watched them play one game.''
Toroman also consulted two other Serbs who had coached in Iran before taking up the job.
His first assignment was to guide Iran through the Asian Championship, a tournament held every two years that Iran had never won before.
'We had four months to prepare, we held two training camps in Turkey and Serbia. We were missing five key players who were kicked off the team by the Iranian federation for disciplinary and other reasons. We did not go as favorites and we had the youngest team with an average age of 23,'' Toroman said. 'But we had a very good atmosphere in the team. We were a surprise for everyone.
'My job was to install discipline both on and off the court. Iranian players are good athletes, they are quick. But tactically they are way behind European teams,'' Toroman added. 'We have a young, talented generation and Iran's basketball is progressing rapidly.''
Iran, however, suffered a huge setback when it lost its captain and best player Aidin Bahrami, who died in a car crash in December.
'He was our key player, our power forward. We don't have another player like that,'' Toroman said.
Bahrami's brother, Samad, a forward, remains on the team.
To be able to compete with European teams, Iran needs to beef up its league and to send some top players to clubs abroad, Toroman said.
'The 12-team domestic league is uneven. There are five, six serious clubs. But there are not enough tough, competitive games. About 30 games a season, half of which are no stress, just isn't enough,'' he said. 'Iran also has to send several players to Europe, to taste real competition.''
The 7-foot-1 starting center, Hamed Hadadi, was invited to play for Partizan Belgrade, the Serbian champion which narrowly missed the quarterfinals of the Euroleague last season.
Toroman is still mystified by Hadadi's decision to turn down an opportunity to play with the best in Europe.
'I don't know why he turned it down. He said it was for personal reasons, but he may have opened the door for other Iranian players to go abroad,'' he said.


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  ITALY   


High School sensation Jennings to sign for Roma ? - by Gianni Pascucci

According to Italian source basketcentral.it, Oak Hill Academy star player Brandon Jennings (6'0'-G-89) has received an offer from Lottomatica Roma for a 1+1 contract but Jennings prefers a one-year deal. It was yet known that Jennings would have not gone to college this year (he had commited with Arizona but seems to have grad problems), and he would play only one year abroad to return soon to the NBA. Lottomatica Roma will also play in the Euroleague next season, and could be an interesting site to play. For further informations about Brandon Jennings, check www.brandonjennings.net



Lega 2 last transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Montepaschi Siena agreed to loan promising inside player Giacomo Eliantonio (205-C-88) to Legea Scafati Basket. Edimes Pavia inked Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86), but could move soon from Pavia to Novara. Andrea Costa Imola confirmed the sponsorization agreement with Aget company and should announce soon the signing of Federico Pugi (206-F-85). Aurora Fileni Jesi signed import player Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona). Reyer Umana Venezia and Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, agency: Players Group) agreed to extend their pact for another season.

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


Hail Mary shot keeps Knights unbeaten streak intact - by Leonard Whyte
Urban Knights dodged a major bullet last night when a last second hail Mary heave from Andy Smith swished through the net to preserve their unbeaten streak, as Knights rallied to defeat Runnin Rebels 72-69 in a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) National Basketball League (NBL) encounter. The defending champions have now joined Port Royal Bulls at the top of the standing with an 8-0 record. Down 36-29 at halftime, Knights tried to catch up in the third, but only managed to cut the advantage down to three (51-48) at the end. Knights rallied the troops, however, in the fourth but Rebels would not surrender their advantage. With the score tied 69-69, and just 1.8 seconds on the clock, Smith launched the miracle shot to avert what looked like certain overtime. Javon Bailey led Knights with 18 points while Smith added 15. Paron Brown led Rebels with 16 points and Omari Green added 11 points.

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JUCO News - by C Martin
JUCO, Power house Cecil College of Maryland, sends three players to D- I NCAA schools. Cecil College mens basketball team has won five MDJUCO titles in a row, and only lost one game last season, the regional championship which they lost to Prince Georges Community College. This is a normal thing for Coach Lewit, who has had the number 1 team in the country for what seems like years now, before and after winning the national title for D-II in 2006. Lewit has seen at least 35 of his players mover on to D-I schools since 1996. This year All- American Rod Lowery, who played the point this year has signed to U. of Dayton of Ohio, Lowery avg. 18.2 points, 8.7 assists and 40 percent shooting from 3-point range in leading Cecil to a 31-1 record and a No. 1 national ranking for much of the season. Then Josiah Whitehead who was a 66 forward for Cecil signed a D-I national letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Robert Morris University. Jabril Bailey a 64 Guard has signed with D-I Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. A graduate of Delcastle Technical High School, Bailey earned Third Team All Region 20 honors at Cecil in the 2007-08 season, he averaged 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

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  LIBYA   


Shabab Defeats Ittihad, Qualify to the Cup Final - by Anas Seddigh
For the third consecutive year Al Shabab and Al Ittihad find them selves playing the Group 1 final game ,and for the third year Al Shabab prevails, Al Ittihad the recently league champions defeated their rivals Ahli Tripoli on their way to the cup semi final in a close game 65-64 to find them selves against Al Shabab for the second time in this year's cup competition, and for them a loss could end their season and dreams of the double ' League - Cup titles'.

The first and second quarters were close ,Al Shabab managed to end each quarter with only a three point advantage ,19-16 for the first quarter ,35-32 for the second.

After half time Al Ittihad headed to the third quarter and took a 5 point lead 47-42 in the 6th minute only to fall short to an amazing 16-0 come back run for Al Shabab made by a three consecutive 3-point shots from Mohammed Issa and another seven points from Eslam El Karbal (-83) ended the third quarter 58-47 for Al Shabab.

Al Shabab dominated the forth quarter, kept their lead and gave no chances to Al Ittihad ending the game 81-66 to qualify to the cup final for the third year.

The last two years Cup champions Al Shabab will try to win the title for the third year and tie Al Madina record when they won the cup title for three consecutive years back in 97,98,99 while Ahli Benghazi the other side of the final and last year's runner-ups will make sure not to let the title escape from their hands as the game will be played in Benghazi.

The Fateh Cup Final will be played on monday 21\ July \ 2008 in Solaiman Al Darat Arena in Benghazi.


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Canadian Junior Team wins FIBA Americas U18 championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Mexico U18 78:65

Canadian U18 National Team celebrated a comfortable victory at the beginning of the FIBA Americas U18 championship in Formosa, Argentina. Yesterday they held off Mexican team for the starting win in preliminary Group A. The teams fight for four available spot at the U19 World championship to be held in New Zealand. Canada opened the game in a stunning manner as they clinched a 10:1 lead. Mexico failed to recover and trailed 11:24 at the end of the first period. Canada pushed harder and widened the margin to 25 points early in the second frame. However Mexico clipped the distance to 20 points at halftime 24:44. Mexican team showed their character after the long break. They went out of the dressing room ready to fight back the deficit and eventually quite succeeded. The Latin American team cut the gap to 12 points heading into the final stanza. Their run continued in the fourth quarter as they came as close as 8 points from Canada. But some missed shots allowed Canada to come back to life and regain control. The North Americans withheld the Mexican effort and posted an important victory at the end. Tristan Thompson (203-F) was impressive with 19 points and 14 boards for Canada. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) delivered 17 points and 12 boards, while Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) registered 10 points for the winners. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) responded with 20 points and 8 steals for Mexico. Juan Favela (183-G-91) led all scorers with 21 points in a loss. Canada will face Uruguay, while Mexico plays versus Argentina today.

Canada U18: Tristan Thompson 19+14 boards, Mangisto Arop 17+12 boards, Marc Trasolini 10
Mexico U18: Juan Favela 21, Carlos Toussaint 20


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  MONTENEGRO   


Vladimir Golubovic continues at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas - by Eurobasket News
Center of Montenegrin National Team, Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86), showed decent performance at the NBA Summer League in Orlando, which he played for Indiana Pacers. Golubovic's team grabbed two wins and suffered three defeats in Orlando. The Pacers were better than Miami Heat 94-85 and Oklahoma City 95-78. On the other hand Chicago Bulls beat them 89-84 while Orlando registered tight win 82-80. New Jersey Nets also was too strong for the Pacers winning 107-99. In these five games Golubovic averaged 6 ppg and 5 rpg for 13 minutes per game. He touched the best shape in the last game against the Nets adding 11 points and 8 rebounds for 20 minutes. He had very good shot percentage from the field in that game making five of six. He mad much lower percentage from the free throw line having just 1 of 4. Generally, people from Indiana Pacers were satisfied with Golubovic's performance. They described him as a strong player who has enough talent which is needed for improvement. They also stated that his upside is high and that the club made a good decision calling him to play at the Orlando Summer League. However, nobody from the club didn't mention any kind of future cooperation.
In the meantime, Phoenix Suns had an eye on Vladimir Golubovic and his games in Orlando. They decided to call him for another Summer League in Las Vegas, which started today early in the morning. This Summer League counts a way more teams than it was in Orlando so Golubovic will have a more chance to demonstrate his talent.


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  NBA   


Rookies continue to impress in Las Vegas - by Eurobasket News
There were some memorable performances over Monday in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Houston Rockets overcame the Phoenix Suns 100:97 in a thrilling game. Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88, college: Syracuse) was sensational with 40 points, 3 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals 36 minutes of action. The Suns enjoyed a 13-point lead at the interval but Greene led the Rockets in the second half. Houston took their first lead of the game late in regulation when Maarty Leunen (6'9''-F-85) hit a layup to put the Rockets in charge 98:97. D.J. Strawberry (6'5''-G-85, college: Maryland) missed a three-pointer and Houston sealed the winning outcome at the end. Mike Harris secured 21 points and 13 boards, while Maarty Leunen had 16 points for the winners. Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) and D.J. Strawberry answered with 22 points apiece for the Suns. Robin Lopez contributed 19 points in a losing effort.
Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, agency: CGL Sports, college: De Paul) poured in 26 points and collected 8 rebounds to propel the New York Knicks past the Cavaliers 97:94. Will Conroy scored a jumper to cap the first period and the Cavs hold to a 7-point lead. The game was a tight contest thereafter with Clay Tucker putting the Cavs behind one from the Knicks 94:95 with 7.5 seconds remaining. But Wilson Chandler converted two freebies and the Knicks got away with a win. Anthony Roberson delivered 22 points, while Mardy Collins had 17 for New York. Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) had a solid performance of 14 points and 6 rebounds in a win. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with 26 points and 9 boards for the Cavaliers.
O.J. Mayo tallied 18 points and 6 boards but the Grizzlies came up short against San Antonio 76:78 yesterday. The Spurs led throughout the major part of the game and withheld Memphis comeback effort to secure the first win in Las Vegas. Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86) produced 18 points to pace the Spurs. George Hill (6'2''-G-86) had 17 points and 8 caroms for the winners. Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) replied with 23 points for the Grizzlies in defeat.


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  NCAA1   


USA U18 Team grabs the first win in Argentina - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Venezuela U18 82:73

The USA U18 Team got to a winning start of the FIBA Americas championship in Formosa. Yesterday they held off their counterparts from Venezuela to earn the first win in the preliminary Group B. Travis Wear (6'9''-F-90) delivered 15 points and 7 boards to pace the USA. Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F-91) delivered 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kemba Walker (6'0''-G-90) nailed 10 first points for the North American side but Venezuela kept it close and jumped to a 23:17 lead late in the first stanza. Emilio Cappare (6'3''-F/G-90) and Yonaiker Ecker (5'11''-G-90) allowed Venezuela to go up 28:23 at the start of the second period. But the USA answered with a 10:3 run that was capped by the jumper from Maalik Wayns (6'1''-G-91). The USA accumulated a 47:36 advantage at halftime and never looked back in the second half. They stretched the gap to as many as 14 points heading into the final period. The USA team let Venezuela no closer than 8 points in the final quarter and celebrated their first win at the tournament. Emilio Cappare led all scorers with 17 points for Venezuela. Jorge Rondon (6'4''-G/F-90) delivered 14 points in a losing effort. The USA had a 44:34 rebounding advantage. They also forced Venezuelan team to 20 turnovers and limited them to just 29% from close range. The USA however had some facets to improve as they shot 1/16 from downtown. The USA will take on Bahamas today. Venezuela opposes Puerto Rico in the second game in Group B.

USA U18: Travis Wear 15, Ryan Kelly 12+10 boards, Kemba Walker 12
Venezuela U18: Emilio Cappare 17, Jorge Rondon 14


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Dion Prewster signs with San Jacinto College - by Kahn Hart
New Zealand Junior NT star Dion Prewster (196-G/F-91) has signed a letter of intent to play for the San Jacinto CC Ravens basketball team for the upcoming season. San Jacinto College is a two year Junior College located in Houston, USA. Prewster has been sidelined since arriving in Iowa last year to play for Iowa City High School, but was ruled ineligible due to speculation he was recruited to play there. San Jacinto has produced some great players over the years, two notable ones being Steve Francis (191-G-77, college: Maryland) and Sam Cassell (191-G-69, college: Florida St.). Prewster will be looking to make an impact on the JUCO scene and recieve offers from NCAA Division 1 teams.

Alex Pledger of New Zealand NT transfers - by Kahn Hart
New Zealand Tall Blacks player Alex Pledger (216-C-87) has transferred from NCAA division 1 team UMKC to NCAA division 2 team Belm.Abbey where he will be eligible to play the upcoming season. Alex Pledger is currently in Athens with the Tall Blacks trying to help them qualify for the Beijing Olympics, Pledger played well for UMKC when he was given playing time but suffered from injuries last season and was only able to participate in one game. It is hoped he will earn enough playing time to be able to live up to his tremendous potential. Belm.Abbey is located in North Carolina, USA and are coached by Stephen Miss .

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  NIGERIA   


Nigeria wont underrate any country Bakare - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Head Coach of the Nigeria senior men national team, Ayo Bakare says the era of minnows in Africa basketball is over and that the country would approach all the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifying games billed for Cote dIvoire with all seriousness.

Speaking ahead of the commencement of training Wednesday, the most achieved coach with the Nigeria national team believed that with proper selection and support from the Nigeria federation the team is capable of picking one of the two ticket from the zone to 2009 25th FIBA Africa Championship for Men slated for Libya.

The Nigeria team opens training Wednesday from 11.00 hours local time at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium with all invited players expected to be present.

Nigeria will fight for one of the two tickets of the zone alongside host Cote dIvoire, Benin Republic, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic, Ghana and Liberia.

Coach Bakare submission was based on the ground that Nigeria was knocked out of the 24th edition of the Cup of Nations in the quarter-final by less fancied Cape Verde in Angola last year.


Royal Hoopers hold 50-Man Camp - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Followers of the game of basketball will soon have a lot to cheer as the Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt, Rivers State South South Nigeria has set out to take the game to a different level as it has concluded plans to host its first camp in the oil rich city later this month.

The camp which will run from July 27th 30th, 2008 and aptly titled the Royal Hoopers Elite Basketball Camp is supported by the Global Sports Advantage - a basketball foundation from the United States of America and run by Coach Alex Nwaora, head coach of Eric Community College, Buffalo, New York.

According to the organizers the amp is aimed at giving Nigerian players an opportunity to improve their skills in the game as well as helps develop the players in country and to help compare the talent level of players in south south part of the country against players from other parts of Nigeria.

No less than 15 players are drawn from the Port Harcourt axis for this camp that promises to have the best hands in the game while 35 others are selected from different clubsides across the country.

The camp will be a mixture of all categories of players-both young and the experienced drawn from around the country.

The camp will be staged at the Police Officers mess basketball court on Olumi Street, Old GRA will see all players and officials invited are to be accommodated and feed by the organizers.

Players and officials are therefore requested to report to the venue on arrival for necessary briefing.

The Royal Hoopers basketball camp will also have in attendance top basketball coaches and scouts who have identified Nigeria as a breeding ground for top level basketball.

In fact the exploits of the great Hakeem Olajuwon and many other Nigerian players that have played in the prestigious American NBA are sweet tales that have remained heart warming to the Americans.

With the level of competition at last years Royal Hoopers basketball championship, players are already looking forward to having a fun filled camping exercise that will add to the their knowledge of the game.


Royal Hoopers hold 50-Man Camp - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Followers of the game of basketball will soon have a lot to cheer as the Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt, Rivers State South South Nigeria has set out to take the game to a different level as it has concluded plans to host its first camp in the oil rich city later this month.

The camp which will run from July 27th 30th, 2008 and aptly titled the Royal Hoopers Elite Basketball Camp is supported by the Global Sports Advantage - a basketball foundation from the United States of America and run by Coach Alex Nwaora, head coach of Eric Community College, Buffalo, New York.

According to the organizers the amp is aimed at giving Nigerian players an opportunity to improve their skills in the game as well as helps develop the players in country and to help compare the talent level of players in south south part of the country against players from other parts of Nigeria.

No less than 15 players are drawn from the Port Harcourt axis for this camp that promises to have the best hands in the game while 35 others are selected from different clubsides across the country.

The camp will be a mixture of all categories of players-both young and the experienced drawn from around the country.

The camp will be staged at the Police Officers mess basketball court on Olumi Street, Old GRA will see all players and officials invited are to be accommodated and feed by the organizers.

Players and officials are therefore requested to report to the venue on arrival for necessary briefing.

The Royal Hoopers basketball camp will also have in attendance top basketball coaches and scouts who have identified Nigeria as a breeding ground for top level basketball.

In fact the exploits of the great Hakeem Olajuwon and many other Nigerian players that have played in the prestigious American NBA are sweet tales that have remained heart warming to the Americans.

With the level of competition at last years Royal Hoopers basketball championship, players are already looking forward to having a fun filled camping exercise that will add to the their knowledge of the game.



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  PARAGUAY   


Fabio is uncertain for the next two games - by Gianni Pascucci
According with top local media source ABC Digital, Argentinean scorer Jose Fabio (198-F-77) could not go on the court for America de Pilar in next two games of teh NL Finals, in consequence of an injury he suffered at one knee during the last game. America has yet Ruben Fretes (197-F-82) and Danny Trapote (201-C-80) injured, and the absence of Fabio could limit a lot the offensive performing of the team. By the way, Jose Fabio is one of the two players currently registered as imports who could obtain soon a Paraguayan passport and become available for the Paraguayan National Team. The other one is Brazilian Amoroso Tiago (215-C), who resides in Ciudad del Este.

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  POLAND   


Poznan /Kijewski/ takes Rafal Bigus. - by David Roguski

After signed Adam Matelski [206-C-25], Alex McLean [203-F] and Miah Davis [183-G-27], Politechnika Poznan decided to sign Rafal Bigus (214-C-76, college: Villanova). Bigus, who played in Kotwica Kolobrzeg last season was averaging 10.9 ppg and 8.9 rpg. Bigus played for Euegeniusz Kijewski /coach of Politechnika/ in Prokom. In 1995-1999 he played for the Villanova University. After that he played in Poland for Slask Wroclaw, Prokom Sopot, Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski and Turow Zgorzelec. He played also for Olimpia Larisa and MENT Vasilliakos in Greece and for CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic.


Source: http://www.ppbasket.pl/



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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico prevails over Bahamas at the start of U18 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U18 - Bahamas U18 97:65

Puerto Rican U18 National Team breezed past Bahamas in the Tournament of the Americas opener yesterday. Bahamas that were the last second invitee could not match Puerto Rican team. The Latin American team rushed ahead right from the start and soon accumulated a 26:16 advantage. Having an obvious advantage inside and outside the paint Puerto Rico easily stretched the margin to 25 points at the interval. The Caribbean side finally showed character as they outscored their opponents 26:23 in the third frame. But it was a short spark as Puerto Rico answered with a deadly 25:15 spurt in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Carlos Lopez (208-F-90) led all scorers with 24 points and 10 boards for Puerto Rico. Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) had 17 points, while Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) provided 13 points for the winners. Shavaro Bowleg (198-F-90) answered with 15 points for Bahamas. Jermine Storr (183-G-90) had 11 points and 11 boards in a losing effort. Puerto Rico outrebounded their opponents 52:42 and forced those to 18 turnovers. The winners also shot solid 49% from the field. Puerto Rico will face Venezuela, while Bahamas will take on the USA in todays action. Puerto Rico finished the tournament in the 5th spot in 2006. Four best teams will qualify to the U19 World Championship in New Zealand.

Puerto Rico U18: Carlos Lopez 24+10 boards, Isaac Sosa 17, Raymond Cintron 13
Bahamas U18: Shavaro Bowleg 15, Jermine Storr 11+11 boards


Puerto Rico wins first game at Pre Olympic Tournament - by Luis Ramirez
Team Puerto Rico had a good first quarter 22-7 to take a comfortable lead on their way to a 81-72 win over Cameroon. In this first quarter Puerto Rico had Ricky Sanchez (212-C-87) with a hot hand and combined with Carlos Arroyo who scored 3 three pointer on a 10-0 run. In the 2nd quarter Ricky Sanchez continued his hot hand and Puerto Rico finished the 1st half with a commanding 46-29 lead over Cameroon. In the 2nd half Cameroon would not give up and they had a 10-0 run of their own to cut the lead to 58-47. In the 4th quarter Cameroon made another effort to reduce the margin and with 6:11 left in the game they managed to cut the lead to just 4 points 65-61. Puerto Rico regrouped and with Larry Ayuso scoring a 3 pointer gave Puerto Rico some breathing room and finally sealing the game with 2 free throws. For Puerto Rico, Ricky Sanchez scored 17 points followed by Carlos Arroyo with 16 points. For Cameroon, Harding Nana scored 22 points followed Parfait Bitee with 17 points.

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  QATAR   


Wojtak signs for Al Sadd - by Ali Ahmed
Al Sadd basketball team management agreed terms with the Austrian Coach John Wojtak for next season 2008/2009.


Wojtak is a first Division Coaching Experience in Austrial,Qatar and Bahrain.

he coached Qatar club , Al Ahli club also, and won the league champion in Bahrain with Muharraq club.


Awards/Achievements:
Bahrain League Champion -08
Bahrain Cup Finalist -08
Asian Club Championships -08


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  SEBL   


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 Celtics 1-1 
 4. BC Skyline 1-1 
 5. BC Force 1-1 
 6. ServPro-1 1-1 
 7. Smyrna K. 0-1 
 8. Supreme 0-2 
Metro A-South
 1. BC Lakers 3-0 
 2. Young Gunz 2-1 
 3. Speedboys 2-1 
 4. Tri-County 1-2 
 5. Black Monop 1-2 
 6. D.O.T.S. 0-3 


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  SERBIA   


Another win of U20 Serbia against U20 Greece - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U20 National Team registered the second win in two days against the U20 Greece. This game also was played in Athens where Serbia celebrated 73-63. Head coach of Serbian U20 National Team, Slobodan Klipa, decided to rest Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) and Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) in order to avoid any injuries before the trip to China. The hosts once again played very aggressively in defense taking one point lead after first 10 minutes. Serbia struggled at the offensive end but anyway they equalized the score before the half time. Finally in third period Serbians started to make good decisions in offense and mostly owing to Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) and Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored 26 points in this quarter. On the other side Greeks stop on 11 points in this quarter which meant that Serbia entered into the last 10 minutes with advantage of 15 points. Nothing has changed until the end of the game as Greeks didn't succeed to come any closer than 10 points.
Miroslav Raduljica was the best for the winners in this game netting 22 points. Marko Keselj , who paced Serbia to win in the first game, this time stopped on 11 points. Panther Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) also scored 13 points for the today's winners. The good news for coach Klipa is that Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) improves his shape every day.

U20 Team Serbia is already on their way to China where they will participate on 'Borislav Stankovic Cup'. Their rivals will be Russian senior B National Team, senior NT of Angola as well as senior NT of China.


U20 Greece - U20 Serbia 63-73
(18-17,13-14,11-26,21-16)

Greece:
Kalatsis 11, Ksiarelis 10
Serbia: Raduljica 22, Keselj 13, Jeremic 13


BC Falco extends contract with Andrija Ciric - by Zoran Popovic
Management of Falco KC-Szombathely decides to extend contract with Serbian player Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket). Last season Ciric was one of most important players of Falco KC-Szombathely in winning Hungarian championship. Ciric started career in Hemofarm Vrsac and played for them from 2000 till 2003 and in season 2003-2004 moved in Ergonom Nis. After Ergonom Nis Ciric played for TEC Spirou Charleroi from March 2004 to the end of season and won Belgian championiship, in season 2004-2005 Ciric won Polish championship with Prokom Trefl Sopot. He came back in Serbian basketball in season 2005-2006 and played for KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac Afther the end of the season in Serbian league he signed contract short term contract with SK Cherkassy Monkeys. Season 2006-2007 Ciric started in Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo and from December 2006 played for Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia.

Partizan Igokea inks young Luka Basta - by Dragan Jankovski
Young prospect Luka Basta (202-F) joined reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea. Basta played last season for BC Beovuk 72, which competed in Serbian B league. It was his first senior season as a year before that he played for Beovuk's junior team. Basta was very close to move to some of top USA Universities but he decided to join Partizan. The black-and-white team signed young prospect on a 4-year contract.

Basta is the third new player who joined Partizan during the off-season as the team already agreed terms with Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket). According to the rumors Partizan showed some interest in Slovenian player Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) but it seems he is close to reach an agreement with Barcelona.


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  SLOVENIA   


Mucic moves to Belgium, Mihailovic joins Kolin - by Zeljko Zule
Sasa Mucic (202-F-83, agency: Interperformances) of Luka Koper signed with Belgian Pepinster for the upcoming season.
After the tryout, Czech team Kolin inked Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-82) ex Krka for one season.
Ales Zivanovic (208-C/F-74, college: Hawaii) of Konjice (B1) decided to retire.

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Slovenia becomes first team to advance into QF of Olympic Qualifying Torunament - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenia became the first team to storm into the Quarterfinals of Olympic Qualifying Torunament at Athens as defeated Canada 86-70 in Round 2 of Group C.
Slovenia had almoist all starters in double figures. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) 16 of his 19 points netted in first quarter, Sani Becirovic finished with 15 points and 5 assists, Radosav Nesterovic added 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and Uros Slokar posted 10 points. Slovenia shot 50 percent from the field and 24-of-27 from the free throw line while Canada dished out just 5 assists and NBA center Samuel Dalember was limitied to just 4 points on shooting 1-of-8 from the field.
SLOVENIA 86 (27+14+23+22): Zagorac, Lakovic 19, Klobucar 3, Becirovic 15, Nesterovic 14, Dragic 3, Slokar 10, Joksimovic 4, Preldzic 8, D.Lorbek 8, Drobnjak 2, Zupan.
CANADA 70 (22+12+15+21): Anderson 9, Kepkay, Dalembert 4, Famutimi 5, English 5, Barrett 16, Rautins 3, Thomas 10, Doornekamp DNP, Brmepong 2, Kendall 7, Anthony 9.


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  SPAIN   


Vidaurreta arrives to Fuenlabrada, Manresa keeps Alzamora - by Eurobasket News
Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada announced signing of Rafael Vidaurreta (205-F-77, college: Wake Forest) on a two year contract. Vidaurreta is coming from CB Granada, where he had 2.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 27 games. Two years ago he played for Zaragoza reaching the semifinals of LEB. Before season and two months, how much he spend with Zaragoza, Vidaurreta played almost five years in Adecco Estudiantes Madrid. During this period Estudiantes reached ULEB Cup semifinals twice as well as ACB play-off semifinals three times. In 2004 the team succeeded to reach the final in domestic championship but unfortunately to Vidaurreta they weren't able to make the last step. Vidaurreta graduated at Wake Forest University in 2001.

Ricoh Manresa extended contract with Alfonso Alzamora (206-F/C-79) for one more season. It means that it will be Alzamora's second year in Manresa as he joined the club during the previous summer. He played 34 games for his team in ACB averaging 4.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He arrived to Manresa from Vive Menorca where his average stats was 3.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg. Before Menorca he played two seasons for Leche Rio Breogan. In the past he also was a member of DVK Joventut and Barcelona. At his last season with Barca the team captured title in ACB and was Euroleague champion. Alzamora didn't have a lot of chance to play that season. He averaged just 2.4 ppg in ACB and less than a point in Euroleague. In 2001 he got a call to join Spanish B National Team.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Latest signings - by Eurobasket News
American Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon) signed one year contract with BBC Monthey. Anderson's previous club was Otago Nuggets from New Zealand where he played just two months. He had 7 appearances for the Nuggets in NBL averaging 18.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.3 spg. Before New Zealand he spent the entire 07/08 season in Romanian team Tigru Mures adding 22 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.7 apg. In the past, actually in March 2007, he already played 12 games for the Romanian team. In the meantime he played for a while in IBL as well as on Dominican Republic. From 2004 to 2006 he was a second scorer of German Regionalliga as a player of SB DJK Rosenheim. In his first season with the team he netted 26.4 ppg while in the next one he had 21.1 ppg. Jay Anderson graduated at Oregon in 2004.

Lausanne Basket announced signing of Guillaume Rais (183-G-82) on a one year contract. Rais will return to professional basketball after two years. His last team was Boncourt, where he didn't spend a lot of time on the court on season 05/06 . Rais has less than a point per game and 1.8 apg in LNA. It was his 7th year with Boncourt, which was two times LNA champion in that period. The team also won Swiss National Cup in 2005.


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  TAIWAN   


Day 6: Korea, Taiwan both lost five straight - by Chris Wang
First off, sorry for the delay. I fell asleep last night in the middle of this story. And I have been busy these two days so I didn't record any game nor make screen captures. Nevertheless, please feel free to download the game stats with the link on the right.

After six days, AIA became the first team earning a semifinal place while Australia U-19 NT, Qatar and Jordan had a three-way tie at 4-2. They will clinch the remaining three semi seeds if theres no upset on Day 7.

Kazakhstan got a much-needed win from the host Taiwan NT and is now 3-3, tied with Egypt. A loss on Wednesday means no semifinal for both teams. They will put up a fight.

Taiwan NT and Korea University Select Team both dropped fifth straight and are out of the semifinals.

AIA 93-76 Egypt (47-30)

AIA clinched a semifinal berth with a 93-76 win over Egypt. The Egyptians were no match against the U.S. team, which made 15 three-pointers in the game, including seven in the first half. Egypt fell to 3-3.

AIA: D. Brugamin 23p, B. Woodside 22p+6a, W. Smith 14p+6rb, M. Kitts 10p
EGY: M. Khorshed 12p, T. Mostafa 10p

Australia 75-54 Qatar (33-25)

The kids from Australia pulled off another upset and boosted its record to a very comfortable 4-2. The game actually was close before the final period, when the Australians made five threes en route to a 30-13 quarter theta made the score out of reach.

AUS: R. Broekhoff 14p, B. Motum 11p, C. Ellis 10p
QAT: S.A. Ali 18p+8rb, D. Mousa 14p, B.A. Mohammed 11p

Jordan 79-76 Korea (36-56)

Trailing by 20 at the half, Jordan showed everyone why it won the Jones Cup last year. Jordan had a 17-0 run in the third quarter and Islam Abaas had five points in the last two minutes as Jordan, which trailed by as many as 22 points, pulled off an improbable comeback win.

Korea, one of the most inconsistent teams in the tournament, let another one get away after squandering a 13-point halftime lead against Egypt on Day 3. After a 56-point first half, Koreans scored only seven points in the final quarter.

JOR: J.A. Shmala 22p, Z. Alkhas 15p+10rb, I. Abaas 10p+8rb, W. Al-Sous 11p+10a
KOR: Heo Il-young 25p, Byun Hyun-soo 19p+6a, Choi Yun-ho 12p, Kim Kang-sun 9p+7a

Kazakhstan 84-69 Taiwan (38-29)

Kazakhstan opened the game with a 12-4 run and never trailed. Taiwan once again experienced a scoring drought in the second quarter, going scoreless in four minutes, and trailed by as many as 24 points.

KAZ: R. Yargaliyev 23p+6rb, A. Ponomarev 15p+18rb, Y. Issakov 15p+10rb, S. Fadeikin 14p+9rb
TW: Yang Chin-min 17p, Lee Hsueh-lin 15p

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


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Canada2-0
2. Argentina2-0
3. Bahamas0-2
4. Mexico0-2
Group B
1. P.Rico2-0
2. USA2-0
3. Venezuela0-2
4. Uruguay0-2


FIBA Americas U18 Champioship. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Venezuela U18 82:73
The USA U18 Team got to a winning start of the FIBA Americas championship in Formosa. Yesterday they held off their counterparts from Venezuela to earn the first win in the preliminary Group B. Travis Wear (206-F-90) delivered 15 points and 7 boards to pace the USA. Ryan Kelly (207-F-91) delivered 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kemba Walker (183-G-90) nailed 10 first points for the North American side but Venezuela kept it close and jumped to a 23:17 lead late in the first stanza. Emilio Cappare (190-F/G-90) and Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) allowed Venezuela to go up 28:23 at the start of the second period. But the USA answered with a 10:3 run that was capped by the jumper from Maalik Wayns (184-G-91). The USA accumulated a 47:36 advantage at halftime and never looked back in the second half. They stretched the gap to as many as 14 points heading into the final period. The USA team let Venezuela no closer than 8 points in the final quarter and celebrated their first win at the tournament. Emilio Cappare led all scorers with 17 points for Venezuela. Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) delivered 14 points in a losing effort. The USA had a 44:34 rebounding advantage. They also forced Venezuelan team to 20 turnovers and limited them to just 29% from close range. The USA however had some facets to improve as they shot 1/16 from downtown. The USA will take on Bahamas today. Venezuela opposes Puerto Rico in the second game in Group B.

USA U18: Travis Wear 15, Ryan Kelly 12+10 boards, Kemba Walker 12
Venezuela U18: Emilio Cappare 17, Jorge Rondon 14


Puerto Rico U18 - Bahamas U18 97:65
Puerto Rican U18 National Team breezed past Bahamas in the Tournament of the Americas opener yesterday. Bahamas that were the last second invitee could not match Puerto Rican team. The Latin American team rushed ahead right from the start and soon accumulated a 26:16 advantage. Having an obvious advantage inside and outside the paint Puerto Rico easily stretched the margin to 25 points at the interval. The Caribbean side finally showed character as they outscored their opponents 26:23 in the third frame. But it was a short spark as Puerto Rico answered with a deadly 25:15 spurt in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Carlos Lopez (208-F-90) led all scorers with 24 points and 10 boards for Puerto Rico. Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) had 17 points, while Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) provided 13 points for the winners. Shavaro Bowleg (198-F-90) answered with 15 points for Bahamas. Jermine Storr (183-G-90) had 11 points and 11 boards in a losing effort. Puerto Rico outrebounded their opponents 52:42 and forced those to 18 turnovers. The winners also shot solid 49% from the field. Puerto Rico will face Venezuela, while Bahamas will take on the USA in todays action. Puerto Rico finished the tournament in the 5th spot in 2006. Four best teams will qualify to the U19 World Championship in New Zealand.

Puerto Rico U18: Carlos Lopez 24+10 boards, Isaac Sosa 17, Raymond Cintron 13
Bahamas U18: Shavaro Bowleg 15, Jermine Storr 11+11 boards


Canada U18 - Mexico U18 78:65
Canadian U18 National Team celebrated a comfortable victory at the beginning of the FIBA Americas U18 championship in Formosa, Argentina. Yesterday they held off Mexican team for the starting win in preliminary Group A. The teams fight for four available spot at the U19 World championship to be held in New Zealand. Canada opened the game in a stunning manner as they clinched a 10:1 lead. Mexico failed to recover and trailed 11:24 at the end of the first period. Canada pushed harder and widened the margin to 25 points early in the second frame. However Mexico clipped the distance to 20 points at halftime 24:44. Mexican team showed their character after the long break. They went out of the dressing room ready to fight back the deficit and eventually quite succeeded. The Latin American team cut the gap to 12 points heading into the final stanza. Their run continued in the fourth quarter as they came as close as 8 points from Canada. But some missed shots allowed Canada to come back to life and regain control. The North Americans withheld the Mexican effort and posted an important victory at the end. Tristan Thompson (203-F) was impressive with 19 points and 14 boards for Canada. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) delivered 17 points and 12 boards, while Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) registered 10 points for the winners. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) responded with 20 points and 8 steals for Mexico. Juan Favela (183-G-91) led all scorers with 21 points in a loss. Canada will face Uruguay, while Mexico plays versus Argentina today.

Canada U18: Tristan Thompson 19+14 boards, Mangisto Arop 17+12 boards, Marc Trasolini 10
Mexico U18: Juan Favela 21, Carlos Toussaint 20


Argentina U18 - Uruguay U18 86:52
Argentinean U18 National Team tipped off their Tournament of the Americas campaign with a cruising win over Uruguay. Yesterday Argentina entertained the home crowd in Formosa with a furious game in the tournaments opener and deservedly posted the initial win. The teams looked raw in the opening stanza and Uruguay jumped to an early 9:7 lead. But Argentina closed the frame on an 8:3 run capped by the basket from Federico Glinberg. The breakthrough came in the second stanza as the hosts went on a stunning 26:9 run to accumulate a 20-point cushion at halftime. Uruguay however did not look taken aback completely and tried to strike back in the third quarter. They outgunned the home team 20:16 but could not keep up the pace further on. Argentina regained the tempo in the fourth term and knocked their opponents down with a 29:11 final period. Mateo Gaynor (198-G-90) and Lisandro Rasio (201-F/C-90) led Argentina with 13 points apiece. Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91) secured 10 points for the winners. Emiliano Suarez (183-G-91) dropped 15 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for Uruguay. Nicolas Alvarez (196-G/F-92) contributed 7 points in a losing effort. Argentina dominated the paint with 37 rebounds. The hosts converted 54% from the field, while Uruguay knocked down just 34% of field goals. Argentina will face Mexico today. Uruguay will look for the initial win against Canada.

Argentina U18: Mateo Gaynor 13, Lisandro Rasio 13, Juan Emilio Fernandez 10
Uruguay U18: Emiliano Suarez 15, Nicolas Alvarez 7


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Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul sign Alexis Hornbuckle - by Eurobasket

Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul signed two time NCAA Champion 23-year old American guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85, college: Tennessee). Besiktas has signed Detroit Shock guard and two time NCAA Champion Alexis Hornbuckle. Hornbuckle the #4 pick in the 2008 WNBA draft by Detroit Shock (WNBA) is represented by Brian Dyke of Shibumi Sports in cooperation with Jay Baptiste of Gladiator Sports. 'The deal could not have been completed without the co-operation of Vesko Draskicevic of ISM of Istanbul.



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Elegar Scores 10 Points in NBA Summer League Debut with Washington - by David Edole
Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: CAA Sports) scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in his debut with the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Summer League. Elegar, who graduated from Drexel in June, was 3-for-4 from the floor in 15 minutes of play as the Wizards fell to Portland, 78-73. The 2008 NBA Summer League runs through July 20 in Las Vegas.
Andray Blatche and Nick Young led Washington with 17 points. Jerryd Bayless led the Trail Blazers with a game-high 28 points. The Wizards face the 76ers summer league team on Wednesday night in a game that can be seen on NBA TV at 8 p.m.


Christmas in July - by David Edole
By Brian Crownover
July is the biggest month when it comes to basketball recruiting. Once the 'live' period gets going, it hits with a flurry of action. I attended various events during that first week, including the Reebok All American Camp, the Reebok Summer Classic East, Hoop Group Elite Camp, Hoop Group Team Camp and even the Stellar 'Catch a Rising Star'
Tournament. Here is a look at some of the standout players along with other notes.

Although I didn't get to see him at the Hoop Group Elite Camp, by all accounts Rakeem Christmas had an outstanding week. The 2011 prospect made it into the Top 20 All-Star Game and dominated in that. While I missed him at that event, I did witness him dominate at the Team Camp.
Rakeem is starting to develop an array of moves. He's very long, quick and displays great touch. At times, he made plays that are typically only seen by upperclassmen. He still does miss easy ones from time to time. Perhaps most impressive is where Rakeem's game was at during the winter. He wasn't even the best freshman post player on his North
Catholic team. He rarely played and didn't do much when he did. Rakeem has gone from little used to 'the guy.'


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Rocks Staying in Glasgow - by George Manousidis
The Scottish Rocks professional basketball team are pleased to announce a new long-term agreement with Culture and Sport Glasgow and Glasgow City Council.

The partnership will see the Rocks ultimately play their home games from the new National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) being built in Glasgow's east end. Until the NISA facility is ready in 2011/2012 the Rocks will be based at the Kelvin Hall.

The agreement also assures support by Glasgow City Council of the highly successful 'education through sport' programmes run by Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) - a Govan based charity. The Rocks are key in the delivery of SSF programmes which are both primary school and community based.

The partnership will also give Glasgow an opportunity to market itself to a UK and international audience through the Rocks.

'This is an exciting time for us,' said Rocks General Manager Bruce Cook. 'Culture and Sport and the City Council have really stepped in to ensure that the Rocks have a very bright future.

'In a few years we'll help open one of the UK's finest international sports facilities and until then we'll be based in one of the city's best locations.'

The new NISA facility will be ideally suited for a growing professional basketball franchise. With modern office space, training facilities, media centre, and a very fan-friendly 5,000 seat arena.

Councillor Archie Graham, the Council's Executive Member for Culture and Sport and Commonwealth Games Delivery said: 'We are delighted to welcome the Rocks to Glasgow and I have no doubt that by being based in Glasgow, the team will enjoy further success and attract a huge audience.

'Key to this partnership is our desire to see further participation in basketball and see many more Glaswegians take-up the sport. The Rocks will be made more than welcome at Kelvin Hall and at our world-class facility at NISA in due course.'

At Kelvin Hall, new, permanent retractable seating and a new floor will be installed. The venue will be home to the Rocks for both practice and games, bringing them a permanent base for the first time.

Cook added: 'I think fans may also find the game atmosphere better than before as spectators will be closer to the court and we expect to sell out our games on a regular basis. Kelvin Hall has such a great track record that I think there will be a real buzz about the place.'

A seating capacity of approximately 1,200 is planned for Rocks games at Kelvin Hall.


Moore for Raiders - by George Manousidis
The Plymouth Raiders have announced that Gaylon Moore is back with the club, and has signed a 2 year contract. Moore has been with the Raiders for the last three years, after previous spells with the SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks and the Worthing Thunder.

The 6'7' Moore was a key contributor for the Raiders last season, particularly after Christmas, averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds per game. As with Drew Lasker, the Raiders faced a monumental fight with teams from Europe to capture the signature of the Tennessee native who holds a British passport.

'It was vital for us to get Gaylon on a 2 year deal,' said Head Coach Gary Stronach. 'He's vitally important for us, with his experience and drive to win more championships together with his status as a naturalised player; he's someone that a lot of teams would love to have on board. We had to fight hard to get him this summer, with offers on the table from Spain and Iceland to name but a few. We're delighted to have him back, and it just gives us one more spot to fill now.

'Gaylon was fantastic for us last year,' added Stronach, 'and I'm going to be looking for even more from him again this season. Everyone looks at him as being one of the team's senior players now, one of the leaders. He can't wait to come back and get started, and help push us to become one of the toughest and most consistent teams in the league.'

Moore graduated from Union University, Tennessee in 2000 and right away joined the Rocks. He then went on to sign for BBL new boys Worthing, where he stayed for 4 years before joining Raiders in 2005.

Moore has averaged 14.56 points and 9.21 rebounds in 107 BBL Championship games over his career so far and was part of the Plymouth squad that won the BBL Trophy in 2006/07 - he had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the biggest game in the club's history.

Upon securing this signing, the Raiders have returned the entirety of their starting five from last season. New to the team this season is 6'5' forward Patrick Fitzpatrick, and in a move sure to excite the team's fans, Coach Stronach also went on to disclose that he is still looking at a number of very exciting prospects for his 10th and final signing of the summer,

'Things are starting to look up in that area,' announced Stronach. 'There are a few players on the radar and I'm still just as busy talking to players, agents and other coaches, gathering information to put together the strongest squad Plymouth has ever seen. We'll be legitimately 10 players deep this year, and everyone will have their roles and jobs to do.'


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Argentina beats Uruguay in U18 FIBA Americas championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Uruguay U18 86:52

Argentinean U18 National Team tipped off their Tournament of the Americas campaign with a cruising win over Uruguay. Yesterday Argentina entertained the home crowd in Formosa with a furious game in the tournaments opener and deservedly posted the initial win. The teams looked raw in the opening stanza and Uruguay jumped to an early 9:7 lead. But Argentina closed the frame on an 8:3 run capped by the basket from Federico Glinberg (201-C-90). The breakthrough came in the second stanza as the hosts went on a stunning 26:9 run to accumulate a 20-point cushion at halftime. Uruguay however did not look taken aback completely and tried to strike back in the third quarter. They outgunned the home team 20:16 but could not keep up the pace further on. Argentina regained the tempo in the fourth term and knocked their opponents down with a 29:11 final period. Mateo Gaynor (198-G-90) and Lisandro Rasio (201-F/C-90) led Argentina with 13 points apiece. Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91) secured 10 points for the winners. Emiliano Suarez (183-G-91) dropped 15 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for Uruguay. Alex Silva contributed 7 points in a losing effort. Argentina dominated the paint with 37 rebounds. The hosts converted 54% from the field, while Uruguay knocked down just 34% of field goals. Argentina will face Mexico today. Uruguay will look for the initial win against Canada.

Argentina U18: Mateo Gaynor 13, Lisandro Rasio 13, Juan Emilio Fernandez 10
Uruguay U18: Emiliano Suarez 15, Alex Silva 7


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LPB 2008 Quarter Finals - Gameday 3: Marinos, Gatos and Guaiqueries wake up - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui, Gatos de Monagas and Guaiqueries de Margarita got closer in their quest for a spot in the next round, as they won their first match in the LPB 2008 Quarter Finals to be 2-1 down now.

SERIES A
MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 115 - TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 65

'Luis Ramos' Gymnasium - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui
(Trotamundos leads 2-1)

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 29-28-31-27= 115
TRO: 14-17-22-12= 65


Scorers
MAR: Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 19 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, Oscar Torres 18 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 16 points and 9 rebounds, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 16 points, Jason Edwin 15 points, John Romero 4 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 3 points, Elvis Montero 3 points, Kervin Bracho 2 points

TRO: Will Caudle 13 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 10 points, Joe Shipp (197-F-81) 10 points, Facundo Sucatzky 8 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 7 points, Yorbis Umbria 6 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 6 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 4 points, Leonardo Cappare 1 point



SERIES B
GATOS DE MONAGAS 99 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 97 (2 ET)

'Gilberto Roque Morales' Gymnasium - Maturin, Monagas
(Cocodrilos leads 2-1)


Quarter by quarter
GAT: 15-15-9-32-11-17= 99
COC: 19-16-15-21-11-15= 97


Scorers
GAT: Ruben Pachano 22 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 18 points, Manuel Guzman 17 points, Ernesto Mijares 16 points, Duke Freeman 10 points, Francisco Sanabria 5 points, Roque Osorio 5 points, Edgar Arteaga 2 points, Alejandro Otaiza 2 points, Roberto Basanta 2 points
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 18 points and 16 rebounds, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 17 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 13 points, Jesus Centeno 11 points, Edgar Moreno 7 points, Henry Paez 7 points, Victor David Diaz 6 points, Juan Herrera 5 points, Kevin Palacios 1 point


SERIES C
GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 77 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 68
Ciudad de La Asuncion Gymnasium - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta
(Gaiteros leads 2-1)


Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 19-22-25-11= 77
GAI: 24-14-16-14= 68

Scorers
GUAI: Marcus Fleming 15 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno 15 points, Darnell Miller 11 points and 8 rebounds, Dennis D'Adezzio 11 points, Rogers Washington 9 points, Alex Quiroz 7 points, Jose Mora 6 points, Ludwing Irazabal 3 points
GAI: Chris Jeffries 14 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 13 points, Luis Felipe Lopez 10 points, Luis Julio 8 points, Jorge Leon 8 points, Hernan Salcedo 5 points, Askia Jones 5 points, Miguel Angel Marriaga 3 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza 2 points


LPB 2008 Quarter Finals - Gameday 5: Guaiqueries still alive, Marinos and Cocodrilos go ahead 3-2 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui and Gatos de Monagas tied things up in their respetive LPB 2008 Quarter Finals series, while Gaiteros del Zulia got one step closer to the Semifinals.

SERIES A
MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 105 - TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 85

'Luis Ramos' Gymnasium - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui
(Marinos leads 3-2)

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 36-25-24-20= 105
TRO: 24-19-24-18= 85


Scorers
MAR: Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 35 points, Hector Romero 18 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 12 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 11 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 11 points, Jason Edwin 7 points, Oscar Torres 6 points, Elvis Montero 3 points, Gregory Vargas 2 points

TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 20 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 16 points and 11 rebounds, Will Caudle 14 points, Leonardo Cappare 11 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 9 points, J.R. Wallace 5 points, Facundo Sucatzky 4 points, Manuel Berroteran 4 points, Yorbis Umbria 2 points



SERIES B
COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 89 - GATOS DE MONAGAS 84

'Gilberto Roque Morales' Gymnasium - Maturin, Monagas
(Cocodrilos leads 3-2)


Quarter by quarter
GAT: 28-16-20-20= 84
COC: 26-15-16-32= 89


Scorers
COC: Victor David Diaz 24 points, Juan Herrera 15 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 10 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 10 points, Jesus Centeno 10 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 10 points, Edgar Moreno 10 points
GAT: Manuel Guzman 24 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 18 points, Ernesto Mijares 13 points, Duke Freeman 11 points and 10 rebounds, Edgar Arteaga 9 points, Roque Osorio 4 points, Francisco Sanabria 2 points, Roberto Basanta 2 points, Alejandro Otaiza 1 point


SERIES C
GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 94 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 93
Ciudad de La Asuncion Gymnasium - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta
(Gaiteros leads 3-2)


Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 29-17-30-18= 94
GAI: 19-19-19-36= 93

Scorers
GUAI: Rogers Washington 28 points, Dennis D'Adezzio 17 points, Marcus Fleming 15 points, Alex Quiroz 8 points, Cesar Silva 7 points, Carlos Cedeno 7 points, Heberth Bayona 6 points, Darnell Miller 4 points
GAI: Chris Jeffries 27 points, Askia Jones 12 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza 12 points, Miguel Angel Marriaga 10 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 9 points, Jorge Leon 9 points, Hernan Salcedo 9 points, Jose Juan Bravo 5 points


USA U18 Team grabs the first win in Argentina - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Venezuela U18 82:73

The USA U18 Team got to a winning start of the FIBA Americas championship in Formosa. Yesterday they held off their counterparts from Venezuela to earn the first win in the preliminary Group B. Travis Wear (6'9''-F-90) delivered 15 points and 7 boards to pace the USA. Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F-91) delivered 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kemba Walker (6'0''-G-90) nailed 10 first points for the North American side but Venezuela kept it close and jumped to a 23:17 lead late in the first stanza. Emilio Cappare (6'3''-F/G-90) and Yonaiker Ecker (5'11''-G-90) allowed Venezuela to go up 28:23 at the start of the second period. But the USA answered with a 10:3 run that was capped by the jumper from Maalik Wayns (6'1''-G-91). The USA accumulated a 47:36 advantage at halftime and never looked back in the second half. They stretched the gap to as many as 14 points heading into the final period. The USA team let Venezuela no closer than 8 points in the final quarter and celebrated their first win at the tournament. Emilio Cappare led all scorers with 17 points for Venezuela. Jorge Rondon (6'4''-G/F-90) delivered 14 points in a losing effort. The USA had a 44:34 rebounding advantage. They also forced Venezuelan team to 20 turnovers and limited them to just 29% from close range. The USA however had some facets to improve as they shot 1/16 from downtown. The USA will take on Bahamas today. Venezuela opposes Puerto Rico in the second game in Group B.

USA U18: Travis Wear 15, Ryan Kelly 12+10 boards, Kemba Walker 12
Venezuela U18: Emilio Cappare 17, Jorge Rondon 14


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
(Gaiteros 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


LPB Quarter Finals - Gameday 2: Trotamundos, Cocodrilos and Gaiteros 2-0 ahead - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Trotamundos de Carabobo, Cocodrilos de Caracas and Gaiteros del Zulia took a 2-0 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 94 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 89
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo
(Trotamundos leads 2-0)

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 26-22-26-20= 94
MAR: 25-20-20-24= 89


Scorers
TRO: Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 20 points and 18 rebounds, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 20 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 20 points, J.R. Wallace (183-G-81) 17 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 7 points, Joe Shipp (197-F-81) 4 points, Leonardo Cappare 3 points, Facundo Sucatzky 3 points
MAR: Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 25 points and 10 rebounds, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 23 points, Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 20 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 14 points and 7 rebounds, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 7 points

SERIES B
COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 85 - GATOS DE MONAGAS 75

Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.
(Cocodrilos leads 2-0)


Quarter by quarter
COC: 24-20-21-20= 85
GAT: 21-23-14-17= 75


Scorers
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 18 points and 16 rebounds, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 17 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 13 points, Jesus Centeno 11 points, Edgar Moreno 7 points, Henry Paez 7 points, Victor David Diaz 6 points, Juan Herrera 5 points, Kevin Palacios 1 point
GAT: Manuel Guzman 19 points, Francisco Sanabria 11 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 9 points, Ernesto Mijares 9 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 7 points, Ruben Pachano 7 points, Roque Osorio 7 points, Kenya Capers (194-F-73) 4 points, Edgar Arteaga 2 points

SERIES C
GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 93 - GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 84

Belisario Aponte Gymnasium - Maracaibo, Zulia
(Gaiteros leads 2-0)


Quarter by quarter
GAI: NA-NA-NA-NA= 96
GUAI: NA-NA-NA-NA= 79

Scorers
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 27 points, Luis Felipe Lopez 20 points
GUAI: Marcus Fleming 28 points


LPB 2008 Quarter Finals - Gameday 4: Gaiteros one step closer, series A and B get tied 2-2 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui and Gatos de Monagas tied things up in their respetive LPB 2008 Quarter Finals series, while Gaiteros del Zulia got one step closer to the Semifinals.

SERIES A
MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 108 - TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 106

'Luis Ramos' Gymnasium - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui
(Series tied 2-2)

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 23-21-26-38= 108
TRO: 19-25-28-34= 106


Scorers
MAR: Oscar Torres 26 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 23 points and 10 assists, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 23 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 19 points, Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 16 points and 8 assists, Kervin Bracho 1 point

TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 27 points, Facundo Sucatzky 19 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 15 points, J.R. Wallace 15 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 13 points and 13 rebounds, Will Caudle 9 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 7 points, Manuel Berroteran 1 point



SERIES B
GATOS DE MONAGAS 82 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 75

'Gilberto Roque Morales' Gymnasium - Maturin, Monagas
(Series tied 2-2)


Quarter by quarter
GAT: 19-21-18-24= 82
COC: 21-15-21-18= 75


Scorers
GAT: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 19 points, Roque Osorio 14 points, Manuel Guzman 13 points, Duke Freeman 12 points, Ernesto Mijares 10 points, Edgar Arteaga 4 points, Ruben Pachano 3 points, Alejandro Otaiza 3 points, Francisco Sanabria 2 points, Roberto Basanta 2 points
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 16 points, Jesus Centeno 16 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 7 points, Edgar Moreno 7 points, Juan Herrera 5 points, Victor David Diaz 4 points, Henry Paez 2 points


SERIES C
GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 82 - GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 81
Ciudad de La Asuncion Gymnasium - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta
(Gaiteros leads 3-1)


Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 12-17-30-22= 81
GAI: 17-24-25-16= 82

Scorers
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 22 points, Chris Jeffries 13 points and 7 rebounds, Askia Jones 12 points, Luis Julio 11 points, Miguel Angel Marriaga 9 points, Luis Felipe Lopez 8 points, Hernan Salcedo 7 points
GUAI: Marcus Fleming 23 points and 7 rebounds, Rogers Washington 17 points, Darnell Miller 16 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno 13 points, Alex Quiroz 5 points, Cesar Silva 4 points, Dennis D'Adezzio 3 points




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Belarus U20-Ukraine U20 56:52 - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20-Ukraine U20 56:52 (13-17, 15-17, 8-10, 20-8)

Belarus U20 enjoyed 20:8 in the last quarter to beat Ukraine U20 in the Qualifying Round. The latter won the first three quarters but could not keep the score for good. Tsikhamirava and Kozun brought the important win for Belarus scoring last four points in the game. Likhtarovich paced all the winners with 18 points. Kozun posted 13, while Sharkova added 9. Prystupa collected tremendous 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Bovykina and Kisilova chipped in 9 each. Belarus improved to 2-1, and Ukrainian side fell to 1-2.
Vashkevich scored first for Belarus, but her team could not dominate the court in the opening quarter. Ukraine played better and after 10 minutes the latter was in front, 17:13. Ukraine did not stop and produced another winning period in the second. Malashenko made it 23:17 for her team in the middle of the second. Bovykina closed the half with a jump-shot for 34:28.
Ukraine reached even plus 10 in the end of the third quarter when Prystupa made her second free throw. Malashenko remained the big lead, 48:39 in the beginning of the fourth. From that time Belarus came up with another squad. They created 9-0 run to tie the game at 48:48. Likhtarovich tied it again later for 52:52 with 1 minute remaining. Ukraine was scoreless in the end, while Tsikhamirava and Kozun brought the important win for Belarus.

Belarus U20: Likhtarovich 18, Kozun 13, Sharkova 9
Ukraine U20: Prystupa 15+16 rebs, Bovykina 9, Kisilova 9


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Wauters celebrated her 7th win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and her 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. Ann Wauters ended up with 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Yesterday however the Los Angeles Sparks snapped two-game losing skid to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 75:62 at home. Candace Parker notched 24 points and 10 boards to pace the hosts. Delisha Milton-Jones delivered 15 points as the Sparks improved to 13-8 record. Becky Hammon answered with 21 points for the Silver Stars. Ann Wauters contributed 18 points and 8 boards as San Antonio suffered their first loss in eight games. The Sparks jumped to a 13-point first period lead. However the Silver Stars cut the gap to 2 points at the interval. Ann Wauters later nailed a jumper to put the visitors in charge with under 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. But Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie took over in the final term and carried Los Angeles to an impressive rout at the end. The Sparks shot season-low 36% from the field but played a terrific defense. They forced their opponents to 20 turnovers and allowed the Silver Stars to pull down just one offensive board.
Ann Wauters scored 23 points on July 10th and the Silver Stars ran with a 75:67 win over the Sky on Thursday night.


Germany U20 earns first win In Italy - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Belgium U20 66:62

German U20 National Team finally delivered the initial victory at the European Championship in Italy. They held off their Belgian counterparts in the classification round encounter. The lead changed hands for four times in the opening frame and the teams appeared tied at 15 at the end. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) opened the second stanza with a jumper to put Germany ahead but Van Honacker answered with a layup to keep things knotted. Finally Belgium went on a 7:0 run to grab a 29:21 advantage late in the half. Tracy Wittebolle (193-C-88) capped the quarter with a free throw and Belgium led 36:28 at the interval. Four straight points from Ireti Amojo (174-G/F-90) cut the deficit to 2 points in the third frame. Later Bruns knocked down two freebies and the teams were all square once again 44:44. Tina Menz (176-G/F-88) put Germany in front but Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) finalized three quarter outcome at 46:45 for Belgium. Three-pointers from Sara Leemans and Rosseel lifted Belgian team to a 59:51 advantage with over 5 minutes left in the game. However Julia Trogele (191-C-89) nailed 4 points, while Nicole Dietz (187-F/C-88) and Bruns came up with 4 more to draw things level with just over two minutes left. The teams traded baskets before Julia Trogele and Tina Menz nailed free throws to make it 64:62 for Germany with 38 seconds remaining. Belgium failed to deliver, while Julia Trogele and Fatsawo sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Julia Trogele led the charge with 20 points and 12 boards. Nicole Dietz netted 9 points for the winners. Sara Leemans answered with 24 points and 14 boards for Belgium. Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort. Belgium plays Greece, while Germany faces Bulgaria tomorrow.

Germany U20: Julia Trogele 20+12 boards, Nicole Dietz 9, Ireti Amojo 8
Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 24+14 boards, Fanny Tirtiaux 10


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Bulgaria U20 celebrated the first victory - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 -Bulgaria U20 44-59 (17-19, 12-18, 13-10, 2-12)

Bulgaria U20 celebrated the first victory in the opener of the Classification Round over Greece. Both teams finished the Preliminary Round with 0-3 record and now struggling for the stay in Division A. Bulgaria edged Greece 59:44 with great defensive skills in the end. Georgieva and Zlatanova paced all the winners with 14 points apiece. Tzankova and Todorova followed them with 9 points each. Spyridopoulou top-scored for Greece with 22 points and Nikolopoulou scored 9.
Spyridopoulou scored from the arc as Greece dreamed for the first win. Having 17:13 advantage they did not keep the score and got 6 points from the opponent. Georgieva gave her team 19:17 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second quarter Bulgaria played better reaching 18:12 in it. It gave them 37:29 at the halftime when Georgieva scored her second free throw.
Greece started the second half with 6-0 run to reduce to 35:37. They still remained in it after the third quarter trailing 42:45. The last period was a disaster for Greece that could score only once. Bulgaria used it as a chance to win the period at 12:2.

Greece U20: Spyridopoulou 22, Nikolopoulou 9
Bulgaria U20: Georgieva 14+13 rebs, Zlatanova 14, Tzankova 9, Todorova 9


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Canada Basketball names2008 Junior Women's National Team - by Simon Yau
TORONTO Canada Basketball announced Monday the 12 athletes named to the 2008 Canadian Junior Womens National Team, set to represent Canada at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 23-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The team is an exciting representation of upcoming basketball talent from across Canada, featuring two players from Nova Scotia, one each from New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta, two from British Columbia and four from Ontario.

We had a great tryout -- all the girls from the invitational and open sessions all competed like crazy, said Junior Womens National Team head coach Rich Chambers. The choices were extremely tough and were very proud of the competitive spirit and nature of all the girls who tried out. None of the girls had egos -- they all were there for each other even though they were competing.

The Junior Women are currently training at Barrie, Ontarios Georgian College, where they will practise and reside side-by-side with Canadas Senior Womens National Team for a week before flying to Argentina on Sunday, July 20.

Canadas last Junior Womens National Team captured a silver medal in the 2006 U18 FIBA Americas Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., followed by a ninth place finish at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships in the Slovak Republic.

The 2008 squad, which is highlighted by seven members of the 2007-2008 National Elite Development Academy class, seek to better that result this summer. The top four finishers who emerge from the Argentine tournament will automatically be qualified for the 2009 FIBA World U19 Championship for Women to be held in Thailand July 23-August 2, 2009.

We play tough teams in all our games, said Chambers of the qualifier. Hopefully if we continue to improve well be in a great frame of mind and be able to battle everyone we play.

The schedule for Canadas Junior Womens National Team at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship is as follows (all times local):

July 23 - Canada vs. Brazil, 5pm
July 24 Canada vs. USA, 3pm
July 25 Argentina vs. Canada, 7pm
July 26 Puerto Rico vs. Canada, 5pm
July 27 Venezuela vs. Canada, 5pm

2008 Canadian Junior Women's National Team
Name Position Home Town Home Province Height
Abbey Duinker Forward Cambridge Station Nova Scotia 62
Elyse Jobin Guard Moncton New Brunswick 5'11
Emilie Cloutier Forward Ancienne-Lorette Quebec 6'1
Felicia Wijenburg Centre Maple Ridge British Columbia 6'2
Jenny Vaughn Guard Dundas Ontario 5'9
Julie Seabrook Centre North Vancouver British Columbia 6'3
Justine Colley Guard East Preston Nova Scotia 5'9
Kayla Alexander Centre Milton Ontario 6'4
Natalie Achonwa Forward Guelph Ontario 6'2
Steph MacDonald Guard Ottawa Ontario 5'10
Stephanie Vermunt Forward Airdrie Alberta 6'0
Taryn Wicijowski Centre Regina Saskatchewan 6'2

Coaches
Head Coach: Rich Chambers (Terry Fox Secondary School, B.C.)

Assistant Coaches: Dave Wilson (Queen's University), Mireille Beland (Vanier College

Staff
Physiotherapist: Patrice Pepin

Team Manager: Erin McDiarmid


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Serbia U20 recovers from the loss edging Czech Republic U20 - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20 -Serbia U20 54-71 (6-19, 14-21, 19-13, 15-18)

Serbia U20 won the first game of the Qualifying round in U20 European Championship for Women. Serbian squad won over the Czech Republic 71:54 due to the easy start in the game.Serbia raced out to a 22-point advantage early in the second quarter and never allowed the Czechs back into the game in improving to 2-1 in Group E in Chieti. Petrovic led the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Miljkovic netted 13, while Cerina scored 9. Hindrakova top-scored with 17 points in defeat. Gergelova, Stepanova and Ovsikova all added 8 in the losing effort.
Hindrakova nailed from the arc in the early beginning as Czechs tasted the only lead in the game. Serbia answered with a 20-3 run the rest of the first quarter to lead 19:6. Matovic's lay up made it 30:10 in the second quarter as Serbia dominated the court. Gobeljic kept the same difference at the end of the first half, 40:20. The advantage grew to 45-20 only to see the Czechs hold Serbia scoreless for nearly five minutes in reeling off an 11-0 run to make it 45:31. Hindrakova remained Czech Republic in the game, 39:53. In the last period Serbia held the game and even increased the lead. They produced 7-0 run in the final stanza to seal 71:54 victory.

Czech Republic U20: Hindrakova 17, Gergelova 8, Stepanova 8+11 rebs, Ovsikova 8
Serbia U20: Petrovic 20+13 rebs, Miljkovic 13, Cerina 9


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Division B results and stats. Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Group A

Great Britain - Hungary 35-59
In the fourth round of European Championship division B Hungary registered an easy win against Great Britain booking a spot for the quarterfinal round. Thus Hungary is undefeated yet in Group A with score 3-0. On the other side Great Britain is still without a victory in Poland as well as without any chance to reach the quarterfinals. British struggled a lot with their offensive sets scoring just 4 points for the first 10 minutes. At the same time Hungary netted 13 points mostly owing to Mansare and Varga. British succeeded to recover after terrible first stanza playing almost leveled second period. Interesting is that British outrebounded their rivals in this game but their main problem were turnovers as they committed 29 matched with only 9 by Hungary. After the breather teams had another almost leveled 10 minutes but this time Great Britain finished it 13-12. It was a hope for British that after real fiasco in the first quarter they are able to do something more until the end of the game. But it was a kind of a signal for Hungary, which intensified defense letting their opponent to net just 5 points. At the end British finished the game with only 35 points.

Mansare was the key player for Hungary registering double-double. She added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Zsofia Varga followed her with 12 points while Kovats stopped in 11 points. Rose Anderson was the best for the British scoring 12 points. At the same time she had 11 turnovers. In the last round Hungary will take on Romania while Great Britain will play against Slovak Republic.


Great Britain - Hungary 35-59
(4-13,13-14,13-12,5-20)

Great Britain:
Anderson 12 (11 to), Yea 7
Hungary: Mansare 14 (12 rebs), Varga 12, Kovats 11

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Romania - Ireland 74-47
After victory against Ireland in round number four of the European Championship division B, Romania is already seen as a one of the participants of the quarterfinal round. Ireland also advanced to the quarterfinals despite they had just one victory in four games.
Romania got the most from Meszaros today as she finished the game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Claudia Pop also shined against Irish collecting 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 9 steals. At the same time she committed 10 turnovers for 28 minutes. Tarta was the last player with double digits in Romania adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ireland got 11 points from Westbrooks while Sulivan stopped on 10 points.

Everything started good for Romanians as they ended first quarter 19-9. During the next ten minutes the hosts in this game extended its lead even more. The same story continued in third frame which Romania won 16-12. It means that Romanians entered into the last 10 minutes having advantage of 18 points. Until the end Irish weren't able even to threat. Romania dominated under the basket recording 16 offensive and 25 defensive rebounds in this game. It was a way more than their opponent which had only 24. Irish had terrible shot percentage from behind the arc making just 4 of 22 attempts. They also had just 35.3% for FG2. In the last round of the Preliminary Round Romania plays against Hungary while Ireland already had four appearances.


Romania - Ireland 74-47
(19-9,19-15,16-12,20-11)

Romania:
Meszaros 18 (7 rebs), Pop 17 (6 rebs, 6 as, 9 st, 10 to), Tarta 15 (6 rebs)
Ireland: Westbrooks 11, Sulivan 10
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Group B

Israel - Portugal 57-56
Israel grabbed an extremely important victory over Portugal at the day number four of the European Championship division B in Poland. Thus Israel improved to score 1-2 advancing to the quarterfinal round. Portugal already finished participation on the European Championship suffering four defeats. Golan was the key player for Israel today having 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winners also got 11 points from Levy while Shalom almost registered double-double, 10 points and 9 rebounds. Ahronov also scored 10 points including 5 steals. As ussualy Portugal got the most form Nadia Tavares. Airosa livulo also was good netting 14 poinst and grabbing the same number of rebounds.

Isral showed much better performance in the first half taking advantage of 8 points. Third quarter totally belonged to Portugal which decreased minus on just two points. Game is decided with four seconds remaining when Levy netted first free throw after what she missed the second one. Fortunately to Israel Shalom grabbed an offensive rebound securing a spot in the quarterfinals for her team. Israel will take on Sweden in the last round tomorrow. Portugal had a chance to keep its hopes alive after this game but they finished the competition winless.


Israel - Portugal 57-56
(10-7,21-16,8-14,18-19)

Israel:
Golan 13 (5 rebs), Levy 11, Shalom 10 (9 rebs), Ahronov 10 (5 st)
Portugal: Tavares 16 (10 rebs), Airosa Livulo 14 (14 rebs)

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Netherlands
- Sweden 48-73
After four rounds of U20 European Championship division B Netherlands and Sweden already advanced to the quarterfinal round. After today's win, Sweden remain unbeaten in Preliminary Group B improving to score 3-0. Netherlands suffered the first defeat on Eurobasket dropping on 1-2. After first ten minutes of the game it seemed that it will be a tough one. Both teams played very concentrated finishing it 16-16. Situation started to change in the second frame when Swedish took control on their rivals. Twins Eldebrink and Halvarsson took care for the points in Sweden which resulted with 31-25 for the Scandinavians. After the breather Netherlands suffered a real fiasco. They missed a big number of 3-pointers. Actually they finished the game adding just 2 of 19. Swedish exploited their chance taking 20 points lead before the last period.

Halvarsson paced the winners collecting 13 points and 5 rebounds while Aili followed her adding 13 points. Elin Eldebrink shined once again adding 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Her sister Frida Eldebrink also netted 11 points but with 4 rebounds. Netherlands got 10 points by Craak while De Roos was the second scorer for the defeated team with 9 points. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Sweden will play against Israel. On the other Netherlands will meet the host Poland.


Netherlands - Sweden 48-73
(16-16,9-15,11-25,12-17)

Netherlands:
Kraak 10, De Roos 9 (4 rebs)
Sweden: Halvarsson 13 (5 rebs), Aili 13, Elin Elderbink 11 (6 as, 5 st), Frida Eldebrink 11 (4 rebs)


Division B - Stats leaders after three days - by Eurobasket News
Eldebrink twins of Swedish National Team put their names on the list of Top 5 scorers after three days on U20 European Championship Division B. Frida and Elin are the main reason why Sweden is still undefeated in Preliminary Group B with score 2-0. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) is currently the top scorer of the championship averaging 21 ppg. At the opening day of the competition she demonstrated pretty good performance adding 15 points and 8 rebounds in win against Portugal. In the next appearance of Swedish National Team, which was on day number 3 against the host Poland, Frida stepped up with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assist and 4 steals. She made two free throws for overtime against Poland just one second before the end of regular time. Later, with 8 seconds remain in the extra five minutes, she drained a winning triple for her team.
Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) of Portugal is currently the second scorer of the championship with 16 ppg. Unfortunately to Tavares, her team is winless yet in Group B with score 0-3. In the first round of the competition against Sweden, Tavares netted 23 points. Polish players kept her on just 4 points in the second while in the next round she shined once again with 21 points against Netherlands.
Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) is currently on the third place with 15.5 ppg. She recorded 19 points against Ireland and 12 points against Slovak Republic. Claudia Pop (186-F-89, agency: LBM Management) of Romania and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) follow Varga with 15 ppg each.

Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) of Romania, Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89) of Hungary and Sharon Beld (184-F-88) of Netherlands recorded 9 rpg each thus they share position of the leading rebounder so far.

Francisca Donders (170-G-89) of Netherlands and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) of Great Britain currently have 5.5 apg each. Elin Eldebrink is behind them with 4 apg.


Division A Qualifying Round. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Latvia U20 57:53

French U20 National Team celebrated a tough win over Latvian counterparts at the start of the qualifying round of the European championship today.
Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) led balanced offense with 13 points and France team grabbed their third win at the tournament. France posted a 9:2 rally to close the starting period and led 20:11. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88), Sarah Michel and Amant allowed French team to spur ahead to a 30:15 distance early in the second stanza. Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) tried to keep Latvia in visibility as she poured in 8 points in the second frame but France persisted. They mounted the pressure and finished the first half leading by 21 points 41:20. Baiba Eglite and Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) opened the second half with back-to-back jumpers. Sabine Niedola and Nimane teamed up for 5 straight points and Latvian team narrowed the gap to 17 points. Baiba Eglite and Neimane crowned the third frame on a high shaving the deficit to 11 points. Nimane converted a three-point play at the start of the final period and Latvia clawed their way back into contest. Diana Ozolina (179-F-89) and Sabine Niedola made it a 6-point game with just over 3 minutes remaining. Baiba Eglite and Steinberga soon put Latvia just two points behind. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) scored a jumper, while Steinberga missed three-pointer for France to secure a difficult victory at the end. Carine Paul and Ingrid Tanqueray nailed 9 points apiece for the winners. Baiba Eglite knocked down 18 points and pulled down 6 boards for Latvia. Sabine Niedola canned 10 points in defeat.

France U20:
Sarah Michel 13, Carine Paul 9, Ingrid Tanqueray 9
Latvia U20:
Baiba Eglite 18, Sabine Niedola 10

Italy U20-Turkey U20 49:65

Turkey U20 held off hosts Italy 65:49 at the U20 European Championship for Women. They grabbed the lead from the very beginning and led it to 2-1 record in the group. Caglar led the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Yavuz and Dalgalar followed her with 17 points as Turkey became the team of three leaders. Zampieri ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Rossi added 9.
Turkey scored first six points in the game to take 6-0 in the opening tip of it. Cinili closed the gap to 9:11, but then Dalgalar made it 22:15 after the first quarter. It was her again to make it plus 10 in the beginning of the second, 27:17. Zampieri reduced for 26:34 as both teams wen to the lockers.
Turkey held Italy at bay and then Ilknur Dumlu knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the third quarter to push the lead to 48:31. Yavuz made it 50:35 as the teams entered the last quarter. Italy did not give up and produced 7-0 run for 42:50. They had time at that moment but Turkey deserved a win more than the hosts. Dalgalar's 4 points in the end brought her team the important win and lifted Turkey to the top position with Serbia and France.

Italy U20: Zampieri 13, Rossi 9
Turkey U20: Caglar 21+10 rebs, Yavuz 17, Dalgalar 17

Czech Republic U20 -Serbia U20 54:71
Serbia U20 won the first game of the Qualifying round in U20 European Championship for Women. Serbian squad won over the Czech Republic 71:54 due to the easy start in the game.Serbia raced out to a 22-point advantage early in the second quarter and never allowed the Czechs back into the game in improving to 2-1 in Group E in Chieti. Petrovic led the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Miljkovic netted 13, while Cerina scored 9. Hindrakova top-scored with 17 points in defeat. Gergelova, Stepanova and Ovsikova all added 8 in the losing effort.
Hindrakova nailed from the arc in the early beginning as Czechs tasted the only lead in the game. Serbia answered with a 20-3 run the rest of the first quarter to lead 19:6. Matovic's lay up made it 30:10 in the second quarter as Serbia dominated the court. Gobeljic kept the same difference at the end of the first half, 40:20. The advantage grew to 45-20 only to see the Czechs hold Serbia scoreless for nearly five minutes in reeling off an 11-0 run to make it 45:31. Hindrakova remained Czech Republic in the game, 39:53. In the last period Serbia held the game and even increased the lead. They produced 7-0 run in the final stanza to seal 71:54 victory.

Czech Republic U20: Hindrakova 17, Gergelova 8, Stepanova 8+11 rebs, Ovsikova 8
Serbia U20: Petrovic 20+13 rebs, Miljkovic 13, Cerina 9


GROUP F
Russia U20 - Montenegro U20 88:58
Russian U20 National Team opened the qualifying round right from where they left in preliminary one. They defeated Montenegrin team to stay perfect at the European Championship. The fourth win in a row was not a difficult task for Russia.
Olga Petrova (184-G-88) scored 4 points and Russian team opened the game with an 8:2 run. Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) added four points in a row and the advantage read 12:5 midway through the frame. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) and Irina Romanova carried Russia to a 21:9 advantage after the opening stanza. Turcinovic and Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) cut the gap to 10 points but Sizyakova answered with two triples to keep Russia in charge. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) added 6 points in the second frame and Russian side enjoyed a massive 51:24 advantage at halftime. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) finally found her touch as she nailed 6 points early in the third stanza but it was far from being enough to spark any sort of intrigue. Russia kept their opponents at bay and secured a 34-point cushion after three quarters of action. They later breezed to a comfortable victory. Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) and Natalia Vieru notched 16 points apiece to pace Russia. Olga Zhuzhgova and Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) had 11 points each in a winning effort. Snezana Aleksic had 21 points and 8 boards for Montenegro. Milica Jovanovic had 19 points in a loss. Russia will face Belarus, while Montenegro will clash with Lithuania tomorrow.

Russia U20:
Yulia Lukina 16, Natalia Vieru 16, Olga Zhuzhgova 11, Katerina Keyru 11
Montenegro U20:
Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 19

Lithuania U20 -Spain U20 54:66
Spain U20 remained perfect at the U20 European Championship for Women. Group F saw Spanish win over Lithuania U20 66:54. The latter controlled the game after three quarter and had 6 points advantage entering the final stanza. Spain stayed cool and did not allow to be beaten. Carbo led the winners with 21 points. Ocete posted 12, while Bokesa added 10. Kontautaite top-scored for the Baltic team with 19 points, while Petronyte collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Lithuanians fell to 0-3 in Group F but shows better game in comparison with the group stage.
Lithuania made a start a bit surprising scoring first 6 points in the game. Spain woke up immediately and replied with 10 consecutive points. Bokesa was the last to end the streak making a jump shot. Ocete closed the first quarter at 16:13. Spain seemed to find its game in the second quarter, but Lithuania caught up by the end of it. Kontautaite closed 6-0 run for her team to trail only 28:31 at the half time.
Lithuania surprised with the third quarter that they won 18:9. Jasiunskaite nailed two for 46:40 before the last quarter. It took less than three minutes for the favorites to recover and grab the lead back. Freixanet was the last to score in the game making the final score, 66:54 for the Spanish squad.

Lithuania U20: Kontautaite 19, Petronyte 16+10 rebs
Spain U20: Carbo 21, Ocete 12, Bokesa 10

Belarus U20-Ukraine U20 56:52
Belarus U20 enjoyed 20:8 in the last quarter to beat Ukraine U20 in the Qualifying Round. The latter won the first three quarters but could not keep the score for good. Tsikhamirava and Kozun brought the important win for Belarus scoring last four points in the game. Likhtarovich paced all the winners with 18 points. Kozun posted 13, while Sharkova added 9. Prystupa collected tremendous 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Bovykina and Kisilova chipped in 9 each. Belarus improved to 2-1, and Ukrainian side fell to 1-2.
Vashkevich scored first for Belarus, but her team could not dominate the court in the opening quarter. Ukraine played better and after 10 minutes the latter was in front, 17:13. Ukraine did not stop and produced another winning period in the second. Malashenko made it 23:17 for her team in the middle of the second. Bovykina closed the half with a jump-shot for 34:28.
Ukraine reached even plus 10 in the end of the third quarter when Prystupa made her second free throw. Malashenko remained the big lead, 48:39 in the beginning of the fourth. From that time Belarus came up with another squad. They created 9-0 run to tie the game at 48:48. Likhtarovich tied it again later for 52:52 with 1 minute remaining. Ukraine was scoreless in the end, while Tsikhamirava and Kozun brought the important win for Belarus.

Belarus U20: Likhtarovich 18, Kozun 13, Sharkova 9
Ukraine U20: Prystupa 15+16 rebs, Bovykina 9, Kisilova 9
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Classification Round
Germany U20 - Belgium U20 66:62
German U20 National Team finally delivered the initial victory at the European Championship in Italy. They held off their Belgian counterparts in the classification round encounter. The lead changed hands for four times in the opening frame and the teams appeared tied at 15 at the end. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) opened the second stanza with a jumper to put Germany ahead but Van Honacker answered with a layup to keep things knotted. Finally Belgium went on a 7:0 run to grab a 29:21 advantage late in the half. Tracy Wittebolle (193-C-88) capped the quarter with a free throw and Belgium led 36:28 at the interval. Four straight points from Ireti Amojo (174-G/F-90) cut the deficit to 2 points in the third frame. Later Bruns knocked down two freebies and the teams were all square once again 44:44. Tina Menz (176-G/F-88) put Germany in front but Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) finalized three quarter outcome at 46:45 for Belgium. Three-pointers from Sara Leemans and Rosseel lifted Belgian team to a 59:51 advantage with over 5 minutes left in the game. However Julia Trogele (191-C-89) nailed 4 points, while Nicole Dietz (187-F/C-88) and Bruns came up with 4 more to draw things level with just over two minutes left. The teams traded baskets before Julia Trogele and Tina Menz nailed free throws to make it 64:62 for Germany with 38 seconds remaining. Belgium failed to deliver, while Julia Trogele and Fatsawo sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Julia Trogele led the charge with 20 points and 12 boards. Nicole Dietz netted 9 points for the winners. Sara Leemans answered with 24 points and 14 boards for Belgium. Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort. Belgium plays Greece, while Germany faces Bulgaria tomorrow.

Germany U20: Julia Trogele 20+12 boards, Nicole Dietz 9, Ireti Amojo 8
Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 24+14 boards, Fanny Tirtiaux 10

Greece U20 -Bulgaria U20 44:59
Bulgaria U20 celebrated the first victory in the opener of the Classification Round over Greece. Both teams finished the Preliminary Round with 0-3 record and now struggling for the stay in Division A. Bulgaria edged Greece 59:44 with great defensive skills in the end. Georgieva and Zlatanova paced all the winners with 14 points apiece. Tzankova and Todorova followed them with 9 points each. Spyridopoulou top-scored for Greece with 22 points and Nikolopoulou scored 9.
Spyridopoulou scored from the arc as Greece dreamed for the first win. Having 17:13 advantage they did not keep the score and got 6 points from the opponent. Georgieva gave her team 19:17 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second quarter Bulgaria played better reaching 18:12 in it. It gave them 37:29 at the halftime when Georgieva scored her second free throw.
Greece started the second half with 6-0 run to reduce to 35:37. They still remained in it after the third quarter trailing 42:45. The last period was a disaster for Greece that could score only once. Bulgaria used it as a chance to win the period at 12:2.

Greece U20: Spyridopoulou 22, Nikolopoulou 9
Bulgaria U20: Georgieva 14+13 rebs, Zlatanova 14, Tzankova 9, Todorova 9


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  FRANCE - Women  


Lawson recorded 11 points in a win - by Eurobasket News
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) had a great game for her team recording 11 points. The San Antonio Silver Stars won over Chicago Sky on July 10th 75:67. San Antonio trailed only once early and took command in the second quarter with a 16-8 surge, anchored by guard Edwige Lawson, who scored seven points in a reserve role.
In the latest game Edwige Lawson and her 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.
Yesterday however the Los Angeles Sparks snapped two-game losing skid to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 75:62 at home. Candace Parker notched 24 points and 10 boards to pace the hosts. Delisha Milton-Jones delivered 15 points as the Sparks improved to 13-8 record. Becky Hammon answered with 21 points for the Silver Stars. Ann Wauters contributed 18 points and 8 boards as San Antonio suffered their first loss in eight games. The Sparks jumped to a 13-point first period lead. However the Silver Stars cut the gap to 2 points at the interval. Ann Wauters later nailed a jumper to put the visitors in charge with under 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. But Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie took over in the final term and carried Los Angeles to an impressive rout at the end. The Sparks shot season-low 36% from the field but played a terrific defense. They forced their opponents to 20 turnovers and allowed the Silver Stars to pull down just one offensive board. Edwige Lawson nailed 2 points and made 2 rebounds for her Stars.


France U20 narrowly beats Latvia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Latvia U20 57:53

French U20 National Team celebrated a tough win over Latvian counterparts at the start of the qualifying round of the European championship today. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) led balanced offense with 13 points and France team grabbed their third win at the tournament. France posted a 9:2 rally to close the starting period and led 20:11. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88), Sarah Michel and Amant allowed French team to spur ahead to a 30:15 distance early in the second stanza. Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) tried to keep Latvia in visibility as she poured in 8 points in the second frame but France persisted. They mounted the pressure and finished the first half leading by 21 points 41:20. Baiba Eglite and Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) opened the second half with back-to-back jumpers. Sabine Niedola and Nimane teamed up for 5 straight points and Latvian team narrowed the gap to 17 points. Baiba Eglite and Neimane crowned the third frame on a high shaving the deficit to 11 points. Nimane converted a three-point play at the start of the final period and Latvia clawed their way back into contest. Diana Ozolina (179-F-89) and Sabine Niedola made it a 6-point game with just over 3 minutes remaining. Baiba Eglite and Steinberga soon put Latvia just two points behind. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) scored a jumper, while Steinberga missed three-pointer for France to secure a difficult victory at the end. Carine Paul and Ingrid Tanqueray nailed 9 points apiece for the winners. Baiba Eglite knocked down 18 points and pulled down 6 boards for Latvia. Sabine Niedola canned 10 points in defeat.

France U20: Sarah Michel 13, Carine Paul 9, Ingrid Tanqueray 9
Latvia U20: Baiba Eglite 18, Sabine Niedola 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


German Women's National Team 2008 - by Moritz Korff
Head Coach Imre Szittya announced the roster of the German Women's National Team yesterday. The players is currently having a training camp in Kienbaum and will travel to France on Friday to play three exhibition games.

Sarah Austmann (182-G/F-85) - Oberhausen
Romy Baer (187-F-87) - Saarlouis
Katja Bavendam (203-C-85) - last team: St. Francis College (USA)
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) - Gorzow (Poland)
Annika Danckert (182-F-81) - last team: TSV Noerdlingen
Magdalena von Geyr (180-F-84) - Wasserburg
Petra Glaeser (194-F-81) - Oberhausen
Natalie Gohrke (180-F-83) - Marburg
Cornelia Janzon (190-F/C-81) - Leipzig
Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) - Marburg
Sabine Loewe (193-C-82, college: San Diego) - Bolzano (Italy)
Lea Mersch (168-G-87) - Oberhausen
Hicran Oezen (169-G-81) - Marburg
Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) - last team: Pecs (Hungary)

Head Coach: Imre Szittya
Assistant Coach: John Bruhnke


Germany U20 earns first win In Italy - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Belgium U20 66:62

German U20 National Team finally delivered the initial victory at the European Championship in Italy. They held off their Belgian counterparts in the classification round encounter. The lead changed hands for four times in the opening frame and the teams appeared tied at 15 at the end. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) opened the second stanza with a jumper to put Germany ahead but Van Honacker answered with a layup to keep things knotted. Finally Belgium went on a 7:0 run to grab a 29:21 advantage late in the half. Tracy Wittebolle (193-C-88) capped the quarter with a free throw and Belgium led 36:28 at the interval. Four straight points from Ireti Amojo (174-G/F-90) cut the deficit to 2 points in the third frame. Later Bruns knocked down two freebies and the teams were all square once again 44:44. Tina Menz (176-G/F-88) put Germany in front but Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) finalized three quarter outcome at 46:45 for Belgium. Three-pointers from Sara Leemans and Rosseel lifted Belgian team to a 59:51 advantage with over 5 minutes left in the game. However Julia Trogele (191-C-89) nailed 4 points, while Nicole Dietz (187-F/C-88) and Bruns came up with 4 more to draw things level with just over two minutes left. The teams traded baskets before Julia Trogele and Tina Menz nailed free throws to make it 64:62 for Germany with 38 seconds remaining. Belgium failed to deliver, while Julia Trogele and Fatsawo sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Julia Trogele led the charge with 20 points and 12 boards. Nicole Dietz netted 9 points for the winners. Sara Leemans answered with 24 points and 14 boards for Belgium. Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort. Belgium plays Greece, while Germany faces Bulgaria tomorrow.

Germany U20: Julia Trogele 20+12 boards, Nicole Dietz 9, Ireti Amojo 8
Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 24+14 boards, Fanny Tirtiaux 10


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  GREECE - Women  


Bulgaria U20 celebrated the first victory - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 -Bulgaria U20 44-59 (17-19, 12-18, 13-10, 2-12)

Bulgaria U20 celebrated the first victory in the opener of the Classification Round over Greece. Both teams finished the Preliminary Round with 0-3 record and now struggling for the stay in Division A. Bulgaria edged Greece 59:44 with great defensive skills in the end. Georgieva and Zlatanova paced all the winners with 14 points apiece. Tzankova and Todorova followed them with 9 points each. Spyridopoulou top-scored for Greece with 22 points and Nikolopoulou scored 9.
Spyridopoulou scored from the arc as Greece dreamed for the first win. Having 17:13 advantage they did not keep the score and got 6 points from the opponent. Georgieva gave her team 19:17 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second quarter Bulgaria played better reaching 18:12 in it. It gave them 37:29 at the halftime when Georgieva scored her second free throw.
Greece started the second half with 6-0 run to reduce to 35:37. They still remained in it after the third quarter trailing 42:45. The last period was a disaster for Greece that could score only once. Bulgaria used it as a chance to win the period at 12:2.

Greece U20: Spyridopoulou 22, Nikolopoulou 9
Bulgaria U20: Georgieva 14+13 rebs, Zlatanova 14, Tzankova 9, Todorova 9


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Sweden cruises past Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Sweden 48-73

After four rounds of U20 European Championship division B Netherlands and Sweden already advanced to the quarterfinal round. After today's win, Sweden remain unbeaten in Preliminary Group B improving to score 3-0. Netherlands suffered the first defeat on Eurobasket dropping on 1-2. After first ten minutes of the game it seemed that it will be a tough one. Both teams played very concentrated finishing it 16-16. Situation started to change in the second frame when Swedish took control on their rivals. Twins Eldebrink and Halvarsson took care for the points in Sweden which resulted with 31-25 for the Scandinavians. After the breather Netherlands suffered a real fiasco. They missed a big number of 3-pointers. Actually they finished the game adding just 2 of 19. Swedish exploited their chance taking 20 points lead before the last period.

Halvarsson paced the winners collecting 13 points and 5 rebounds while Aili followed her adding 13 points. Elin Eldebrink shined once again adding 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Her sister Frida Eldebrink also netted 11 points but with 4 rebounds. Netherlands got 10 points by Craak while De Roos was the second scorer for the defeated team with 9 points. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Sweden will play against Israel. On the other Netherlands will meet the host Poland.


Netherlands - Sweden 48-73
(16-16,9-15,11-25,12-17)

Netherlands:
Kraak 10, De Roos 9 (4 rebs)
Sweden: Halvarsson 13 (5 rebs), Aili 13, Elin Elderbink 11 (6 as, 5 st), Frida Eldebrink 11 (4 rebs)


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Hungary advances to the quarterfinals beating Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Hungary 35-59

In the fourth round of European Championship division B Hungary registered an easy win against Great Britain booking a spot for the quarterfinal round. Thus Hungary is undefeated yet in Group A with score 3-0. On the other side Great Britain is still without a victory in Poland as well as without any chance to reach the quarterfinals. British struggled a lot with their offensive sets scoring just 4 points for the first 10 minutes. At the same time Hungary netted 13 points mostly owing to Mansare and Varga. British succeeded to recover after terrible first stanza playing almost leveled second period. Interesting is that British outrebounded their rivals in this game but their main problem were turnovers as they committed 29 matched with only 9 by Hungary. After the breather teams had another almost leveled 10 minutes but this time Great Britain finished it 13-12. It was a hope for British that after real fiasco in the first quarter they are able to do something more until the end of the game. But it was a kind of a signal for Hungary, which intensified defense letting their opponent to net just 5 points. At the end British finished the game with only 35 points.

Mansare was the key player for Hungary registering double-double. She added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Zsofia Varga followed her with 12 points while Kovats stopped in 11 points. Rose Anderson was the best for the British scoring 12 points. At the same time she had 11 turnovers. In the last round Hungary will take on Romania while Great Britain will play against Slovak Republic.


Great Britain - Hungary 35-59
(4-13,13-14,13-12,5-20)

Great Britain:
Anderson 12 (11 to), Yea 7
Hungary: Mansare 14 (12 rebs), Varga 12, Kovats 11


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  IRELAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Romania better than Ireland but both teams reach QF - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Ireland 74-47

After victory against Ireland in round number four of the European Championship division B, Romania is already seen as a one of the participants of the quarterfinal round. Ireland also advanced to the quarterfinals despite they had just one victory in four games.
Romania got the most from Meszaros today as she finished the game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Claudia Pop also shined against Irish collecting 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 9 steals. At the same time she committed 10 turnovers for 28 minutes. Tarta was the last player with double digits in Romania adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ireland got 11 points from Westbrooks while Sulivan stopped on 10 points.

Everything started good for Romanians as they ended first quarter 19-9. During the next ten minutes the hosts in this game extended its lead even more. The same story continued in third frame which Romania won 16-12. It means that Romanians entered into the last 10 minutes having advantage of 18 points. Until the end Irish weren't able even to threat. Romania dominated under the basket recording 16 offensive and 25 defensive rebounds in this game. It was a way more than their opponent which had only 24. Irish had terrible shot percentage from behind the arc making just 4 of 22 attempts. They also had just 35.3% for FG2. In the last round of the Preliminary Round Romania plays against Hungary while Ireland already had four appearances.


Romania - Ireland 74-47
(19-9,19-15,16-12,20-11)

Romania:
Meszaros 18 (7 rebs), Pop 17 (6 rebs, 6 as, 9 st, 10 to), Tarta 15 (6 rebs)
Ireland: Westbrooks 11, Sulivan 10


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Israel books a spot for the QF in thriller against Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Portugal 57-56

Israel grabbed an extremely important victory over Portugal at the day number four of the European Championship division B in Poland. Thus Israel improved to score 1-2 advancing to the quarterfinal round. Portugal already finished participation on the European Championship suffering four defeats. Golan was the key player for Israel today having 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winners also got 11 points from Levy while Shalom almost registered double-double, 10 points and 9 rebounds. Ahronov also scored 10 points including 5 steals. As ussualy Portugal got the most form Nadia Tavares. Airosa livulo also was good netting 14 poinst and grabbing the same number of rebounds.

Isral showed much better performance in the first half taking advantage of 8 points. Third quarter totally belonged to Portugal which decreased minus on just two points. Game is decided with four seconds remaining when Levy netted first free throw after what she missed the second one. Fortunately to Israel Shalom grabbed an offensive rebound securing a spot in the quarterfinals for her team. Israel will take on Sweden in the last round tomorrow. Portugal had a chance to keep its hopes alive after this game but they finished the competition winless.


Israel - Portugal 57-56
(10-7,21-16,8-14,18-19)

Israel:
Golan 13 (5 rebs), Levy 11, Shalom 10 (9 rebs), Ahronov 10 (5 st)
Portugal: Tavares 16 (10 rebs), Airosa Livulo 14 (14 rebs)


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  ITALY - Women  


Masciadri snapped two-game losing skid - by Eurobasket News
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) snapped two-game losing skid with her Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. At first however Seattle managed to ice visiting Los Angeles at the Key Arena yesterday to secure their 6th consecutive win. The Storm had 18 points from Sue Bird to knock the Sparks down 70:52 at the end. Lauren Jackson came up with 14 points, while Sheryl Swoopes had 13 in a win. Candace Parker answered with 14 points for the Sparks. The visitors led midway through the third stanza but the Storm went on a 14:6 run to enter the final period up by 9. Later the hosts crafted a 9:1 rally to leave their opponents far behind and never looked back again. Seattle enjoyed a 47:29 advantage on the boards. They also forced the Sparks to 20 turnovers. Delisha Milton-Jones had 11 points in a loss. Raffaella Masciadri nailed 3 points making 1/2 of the court.
Yesterday however the Los Angeles Sparks snapped two-game losing skid to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 75:62 at home. Candace Parker notched 24 points and 10 boards to pace the hosts. Delisha Milton-Jones delivered 15 points as the Sparks improved to 13-8 record. Becky Hammon answered with 21 points for the Silver Stars. Ann Wauters contributed 18 points and 8 boards as San Antonio suffered their first loss in eight games. Raffaella Masciadri produced 6 points and 4 rebounds for the winners. The Sparks jumped to a 13-point first period lead. However the Silver Stars cut the gap to 2 points at the interval. Ann Wauters later nailed a jumper to put the visitors in charge with under 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. But Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie took over in the final term and carried Los Angeles to an impressive rout at the end. The Sparks shot season-low 36% from the field but played a terrific defense. They forced their opponents to 20 turnovers and allowed the Silver Stars to pull down just one offensive board.


Turkey U20 held off hosts - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Turkey U20 49:65 (15-22, 11-12, 9-16, 14-15)

Turkey U20 held off hosts Italy 65:49 at the U20 European Championship for Women. They grabbed the lead from the very beginning and led it to 2-1 record in the group. Caglar led the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Yavuz and Dalgalar followed her with 17 points as Turkey became the team of three leaders. Zampieri ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Rossi added 9.
Turkey scored first six points in the game to take 6-0 in the opening tip of it. Cinili closed the gap to 9:11, but then Dalgalar made it 22:15 after the first quarter. It was her again to make it plus 10 in the beginning of the second, 27:17. Zampieri reduced for 26:34 as both teams wen to the lockers.
Turkey held Italy at bay and then Ilknur Dumlu knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the third quarter to push the lead to 48:31. Yavuz made it 50:35 as the teams entered the last quarter. Italy did not give up and produced 7-0 run for 42:50. They had time at that moment but Turkey deserved a win more than the hosts. Dalgalar's 4 points in the end brought her team the important win and lifted Turkey to the top position with Serbia and France.

Italy U20: Zampieri 13, Rossi 9
Turkey U20: Caglar 21+10 rebs, Yavuz 17, Dalgalar 17


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  LATVIA - Women  


France U20 narrowly beats Latvia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Latvia U20 57:53

French U20 National Team celebrated a tough win over Latvian counterparts at the start of the qualifying round of the European championship today. Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) led balanced offense with 13 points and France team grabbed their third win at the tournament. France posted a 9:2 rally to close the starting period and led 20:11. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88), Sarah Michel and Amant allowed French team to spur ahead to a 30:15 distance early in the second stanza. Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) tried to keep Latvia in visibility as she poured in 8 points in the second frame but France persisted. They mounted the pressure and finished the first half leading by 21 points 41:20. Baiba Eglite and Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) opened the second half with back-to-back jumpers. Sabine Niedola and Nimane teamed up for 5 straight points and Latvian team narrowed the gap to 17 points. Baiba Eglite and Neimane crowned the third frame on a high shaving the deficit to 11 points. Nimane converted a three-point play at the start of the final period and Latvia clawed their way back into contest. Diana Ozolina (179-F-89) and Sabine Niedola made it a 6-point game with just over 3 minutes remaining. Baiba Eglite and Steinberga soon put Latvia just two points behind. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) scored a jumper, while Steinberga missed three-pointer for France to secure a difficult victory at the end. Carine Paul and Ingrid Tanqueray nailed 9 points apiece for the winners. Baiba Eglite knocked down 18 points and pulled down 6 boards for Latvia. Sabine Niedola canned 10 points in defeat.

France U20: Sarah Michel 13, Carine Paul 9, Ingrid Tanqueray 9
Latvia U20: Baiba Eglite 18, Sabine Niedola 10


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Spain U20 remains undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 -Spain U20 54:66 (13-16, 15-15, 18-9, 8-26)

Spain U20 remained perfect at the U20 European Championship for Women. Group F saw Spanish win over Lithuania U20 66:54. The latter controlled the game after three quarter and had 6 points advantage entering the final stanza. Spain stayed cool and did not allow to be beaten. Carbo led the winners with 21 points. Ocete posted 12, while Bokesa added 10. Kontautaite top-scored for the Baltic team with 19 points, while Petronyte collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Lithuanians fell to 0-3 in Group F but shows better game in comparison with the group stage.
Lithuania made a start a bit surprising scoring first 6 points in the game. Spain woke up immediately and replied with 10 consecutive points. Bokesa was the last to end the streak making a jump shot. Ocete closed the first quarter at 16:13. Spain seemed to find its game in the second quarter, but Lithuania caught up by the end of it. Kontautaite closed 6-0 run for her team to trail only 28:31 at the half time.
Lithuania surprised with the third quarter that they won 18:9. Jasiunskaite nailed two for 46:40 before the last quarter. It took less than three minutes for the favorites to recover and grab the lead back. Freixanet was the last to score in the game making the final score, 66:54 for the Spanish squad.

Lithuania U20: Kontautaite 19, Petronyte 16+10 rebs
Spain U20: Carbo 21, Ocete 12, Bokesa 10


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Russia U20 remains undefeated in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Montenegro U20 88:58

Russian U20 National Team opened the qualifying round right from where they left in preliminary one. They defeated Montenegrin team to stay perfect at the European Championship. The fourth win in a row was not a difficult task for Russia. Olga Petrova (184-G-88) scored 4 points and Russian team opened the game with an 8:2 run. Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) added four points in a row and the advantage read 12:5 midway through the frame. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) and Irina Romanova carried Russia to a 21:9 advantage after the opening stanza. Turcinovic and Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) cut the gap to 10 points but Sizyakova answered with two triples to keep Russia in charge. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) added 6 points in the second frame and Russian side enjoyed a massive 51:24 advantage at halftime. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) finally found her touch as she nailed 6 points early in the third stanza but it was far from being enough to spark any sort of intrigue. Russia kept their opponents at bay and secured a 34-point cushion after three quarters of action. They later breezed to a comfortable victory. Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) and Natalia Vieru notched 16 points apiece to pace Russia. Olga Zhuzhgova and Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) had 11 points each in a winning effort. Snezana Aleksic had 21 points and 8 boards for Montenegro. Milica Jovanovic had 19 points in a loss. Russia will face Belarus, while Montenegro will clash with Lithuania tomorrow.

Russia U20: Yulia Lukina 16, Natalia Vieru 16, Olga Zhuzhgova 11, Katerina Keyru 11
Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 19


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Israel books a spot for the QF in thriller against Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Portugal 57-56

Israel grabbed an extremely important victory over Portugal at the day number four of the European Championship division B in Poland. Thus Israel improved to score 1-2 advancing to the quarterfinal round. Portugal already finished participation on the European Championship suffering four defeats. Golan was the key player for Israel today having 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winners also got 11 points from Levy while Shalom almost registered double-double, 10 points and 9 rebounds. Ahronov also scored 10 points including 5 steals. As ussualy Portugal got the most form Nadia Tavares. Airosa livulo also was good netting 14 poinst and grabbing the same number of rebounds.

Isral showed much better performance in the first half taking advantage of 8 points. Third quarter totally belonged to Portugal which decreased minus on just two points. Game is decided with four seconds remaining when Levy netted first free throw after what she missed the second one. Fortunately to Israel Shalom grabbed an offensive rebound securing a spot in the quarterfinals for her team. Israel will take on Sweden in the last round tomorrow. Portugal had a chance to keep its hopes alive after this game but they finished the competition winless.


Israel - Portugal 57-56
(10-7,21-16,8-14,18-19)

Israel:
Golan 13 (5 rebs), Levy 11, Shalom 10 (9 rebs), Ahronov 10 (5 st)
Portugal: Tavares 16 (10 rebs), Airosa Livulo 14 (14 rebs)


Boa Viagem signs 2 new players - by Luis Rocha
Although many doubts about who will bw the teams that feel able to compete next season, B.Viagem dont have any, and keep on getting players to made its roster better. Now its time to confirm Solange Neves (171-F-89) and Ines Aragao (187-C-85) both are coming from Unio da Madeira ( a club with seruious problems to keep its place in Liga) . In~es plays as a center and from some years now is trying to confirm all the ideas about her potencial. She has a big and strong body, and many thought that she can become one of the best portuguese centers, but untill now she fail to achieved that higher spot. Solange can play as a 2 or a 3 and has been making her career slowly but firmly. Shes born in Aores and now she comes back, not only to Aores but also to B.Viagem.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Romania better than Ireland but both teams reach QF - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Ireland 74-47

After victory against Ireland in round number four of the European Championship division B, Romania is already seen as a one of the participants of the quarterfinal round. Ireland also advanced to the quarterfinals despite they had just one victory in four games.
Romania got the most from Meszaros today as she finished the game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Claudia Pop also shined against Irish collecting 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 9 steals. At the same time she committed 10 turnovers for 28 minutes. Tarta was the last player with double digits in Romania adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ireland got 11 points from Westbrooks while Sulivan stopped on 10 points.

Everything started good for Romanians as they ended first quarter 19-9. During the next ten minutes the hosts in this game extended its lead even more. The same story continued in third frame which Romania won 16-12. It means that Romanians entered into the last 10 minutes having advantage of 18 points. Until the end Irish weren't able even to threat. Romania dominated under the basket recording 16 offensive and 25 defensive rebounds in this game. It was a way more than their opponent which had only 24. Irish had terrible shot percentage from behind the arc making just 4 of 22 attempts. They also had just 35.3% for FG2. In the last round of the Preliminary Round Romania plays against Hungary while Ireland already had four appearances.


Romania - Ireland 74-47
(19-9,19-15,16-12,20-11)

Romania:
Meszaros 18 (7 rebs), Pop 17 (6 rebs, 6 as, 9 st, 10 to), Tarta 15 (6 rebs)
Ireland: Westbrooks 11, Sulivan 10


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U20 remains undefeated in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Montenegro U20 88:58

Russian U20 National Team opened the qualifying round right from where they left in preliminary one. They defeated Montenegrin team to stay perfect at the European Championship. The fourth win in a row was not a difficult task for Russia. Olga Petrova (184-G-88) scored 4 points and Russian team opened the game with an 8:2 run. Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) added four points in a row and the advantage read 12:5 midway through the frame. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) and Irina Romanova carried Russia to a 21:9 advantage after the opening stanza. Turcinovic and Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) cut the gap to 10 points but Sizyakova answered with two triples to keep Russia in charge. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) added 6 points in the second frame and Russian side enjoyed a massive 51:24 advantage at halftime. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) finally found her touch as she nailed 6 points early in the third stanza but it was far from being enough to spark any sort of intrigue. Russia kept their opponents at bay and secured a 34-point cushion after three quarters of action. They later breezed to a comfortable victory. Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) and Natalia Vieru notched 16 points apiece to pace Russia. Olga Zhuzhgova and Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) had 11 points each in a winning effort. Snezana Aleksic had 21 points and 8 boards for Montenegro. Milica Jovanovic had 19 points in a loss. Russia will face Belarus, while Montenegro will clash with Lithuania tomorrow.

Russia U20: Yulia Lukina 16, Natalia Vieru 16, Olga Zhuzhgova 11, Katerina Keyru 11
Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 19


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  SERBIA - Women  


U16 National Team: Coach Crnogorcic cuts two players - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U16 National Team continues preparation for European Championship with 15 players. Namely, head coach of the team Predrag Crnogorcic decided to cut Aleksandra Popovic and Dijana Stancic from the preliminary list. Fifteen players which continue to work with U16 National Team are: Isidora Madzarevic, Jovana Karakasevic, Aleksandra Bodlovic, Gorana Crnogorcic, Nevena Radojevic, Jelena Stulic, Tamara Rajic, Ivana Brajkovic, Natasa Kovacevic, Jelena Repic, Elvira Kustura, Kaja Stankovic, Snezana Colic, Danica Dragicevic and Emilija Stojanovic.

Serbian cadets are currently in the city of Loznica where they assembled at the end of the last month. On Sunday the team goes to Niksic for two friendly games against Montenegro. As soon as they return from Montenegro they will play another friendly game against Belgium.

Serbia had very good beginning at the previous European Championship which was held in Latvia. The passed through Preliminary and later Qualification Round undefeated with score 6-0. Unfortunately France was much better in the semifinals 76-57 knocking Serbia out of the battle for the gold. In the game for the third place Serbia suffered another shocking defeat. This time it was against Czech Republic 62-65. Interesting is that Czechs were in the same Qualification Group with Serbia finishing it on the third place registering 2 defeats.

Serbian U16 National team is placed in the Preliminary Group C on the following European Championship in Poland. Their rival at the opening day will be Italy while in the next round Serbia will meet Hungary. Their last opponent in Group C will be the host Poland. Championship starts on August 8th and it will finish nine days later.


U20 NT head coach Jovica Antonic: 'Defeat against France is a big warning for us' - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U20 National Team succeeded to grab the top position in Preliminary Group A on U20 European Championship in Italy. After two comfortable victories against Germany and the host Italy, advantage of 22 points against France was not enough for the win. Thus Serbia continues the battle on EC in Group E together with Turkey, France, Latvia, Czech Republic and Italy. Interesting that all teams in Group E starts the second stage of the competition with the same score 1-1.

In interview which Jovica Antonic gave to Serbian daily newspapers Sportski Zurnal he said: 'If we had to suffer defeat on this European Championship it is good that it happened at the first stage. After two confident wins it came as a big warning to us. My players learned from last defeat that despite any bigger lead they have to keep good attitude and willingness to compete during the entire game. Our defense supposes to be our most powerful weapon in Italy. If we play it right we will have a chance for many easy points and a fast breaks, what is very important. But if we stop playing with attitude, doesn't matter how big advantage we have, strong teams such as France will exploit that chance. We suffered it on our skin two days ago.'

About the new opponents at the second stage Antonic said: 'All teams transfers one win and one defeat to the second stage of the competition. Our new rivals in Group E are dangerous as all of them posses good quality. We have to compete against them with attitude and we have to keep it during the entire time. What is the most important, our defense have to be on high level if we want to reach our target.'

Serbia will meet Czech Republic today at 17:45h.


Serbia U20 recovers from the loss edging Czech Republic U20 - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20 -Serbia U20 54-71 (6-19, 14-21, 19-13, 15-18)

Serbia U20 won the first game of the Qualifying round in U20 European Championship for Women. Serbian squad won over the Czech Republic 71:54 due to the easy start in the game.Serbia raced out to a 22-point advantage early in the second quarter and never allowed the Czechs back into the game in improving to 2-1 in Group E in Chieti. Petrovic led the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Miljkovic netted 13, while Cerina scored 9. Hindrakova top-scored with 17 points in defeat. Gergelova, Stepanova and Ovsikova all added 8 in the losing effort.
Hindrakova nailed from the arc in the early beginning as Czechs tasted the only lead in the game. Serbia answered with a 20-3 run the rest of the first quarter to lead 19:6. Matovic's lay up made it 30:10 in the second quarter as Serbia dominated the court. Gobeljic kept the same difference at the end of the first half, 40:20. The advantage grew to 45-20 only to see the Czechs hold Serbia scoreless for nearly five minutes in reeling off an 11-0 run to make it 45:31. Hindrakova remained Czech Republic in the game, 39:53. In the last period Serbia held the game and even increased the lead. They produced 7-0 run in the final stanza to seal 71:54 victory.

Czech Republic U20: Hindrakova 17, Gergelova 8, Stepanova 8+11 rebs, Ovsikova 8
Serbia U20: Petrovic 20+13 rebs, Miljkovic 13, Cerina 9


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U20 remains undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 -Spain U20 54:66 (13-16, 15-15, 18-9, 8-26)

Spain U20 remained perfect at the U20 European Championship for Women. Group F saw Spanish win over Lithuania U20 66:54. The latter controlled the game after three quarter and had 6 points advantage entering the final stanza. Spain stayed cool and did not allow to be beaten. Carbo led the winners with 21 points. Ocete posted 12, while Bokesa added 10. Kontautaite top-scored for the Baltic team with 19 points, while Petronyte collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Lithuanians fell to 0-3 in Group F but shows better game in comparison with the group stage.
Lithuania made a start a bit surprising scoring first 6 points in the game. Spain woke up immediately and replied with 10 consecutive points. Bokesa was the last to end the streak making a jump shot. Ocete closed the first quarter at 16:13. Spain seemed to find its game in the second quarter, but Lithuania caught up by the end of it. Kontautaite closed 6-0 run for her team to trail only 28:31 at the half time.
Lithuania surprised with the third quarter that they won 18:9. Jasiunskaite nailed two for 46:40 before the last quarter. It took less than three minutes for the favorites to recover and grab the lead back. Freixanet was the last to score in the game making the final score, 66:54 for the Spanish squad.

Lithuania U20: Kontautaite 19, Petronyte 16+10 rebs
Spain U20: Carbo 21, Ocete 12, Bokesa 10


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Sweden cruises past Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Sweden 48-73

After four rounds of U20 European Championship division B Netherlands and Sweden already advanced to the quarterfinal round. After today's win, Sweden remain unbeaten in Preliminary Group B improving to score 3-0. Netherlands suffered the first defeat on Eurobasket dropping on 1-2. After first ten minutes of the game it seemed that it will be a tough one. Both teams played very concentrated finishing it 16-16. Situation started to change in the second frame when Swedish took control on their rivals. Twins Eldebrink and Halvarsson took care for the points in Sweden which resulted with 31-25 for the Scandinavians. After the breather Netherlands suffered a real fiasco. They missed a big number of 3-pointers. Actually they finished the game adding just 2 of 19. Swedish exploited their chance taking 20 points lead before the last period.

Halvarsson paced the winners collecting 13 points and 5 rebounds while Aili followed her adding 13 points. Elin Eldebrink shined once again adding 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Her sister Frida Eldebrink also netted 11 points but with 4 rebounds. Netherlands got 10 points by Craak while De Roos was the second scorer for the defeated team with 9 points. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Sweden will play against Israel. On the other Netherlands will meet the host Poland.


Netherlands - Sweden 48-73
(16-16,9-15,11-25,12-17)

Netherlands:
Kraak 10, De Roos 9 (4 rebs)
Sweden: Halvarsson 13 (5 rebs), Aili 13, Elin Elderbink 11 (6 as, 5 st), Frida Eldebrink 11 (4 rebs)


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


National team named for Centro Basket Tournament - by Don Farrell

Trinidad and Tobago National Women's Team

Dorasiel Jello Moore (captain), Sharmion Selmon, Trecha Kennedy Jackson, Ayanna Phillip, Alicia Liverpool, Fanta Paterson, Mahalia Simpson, Hanifah Hector, Patrice Edwards, Natalie Peters, Annola Charles, Pietra Gay, Rhea Cordio, Tishana Edwards.



T&Ts basketball womens team leaves today to compete in the Centro Basket Tournament in Monrovis, Puerto Rico which starts on Thursday.

The senior team will face tough competition from teams from seven countries including Cuba, who is currently ranked sixth in the world, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and host nation Puerto Rico.

The top three teams from the playoffs will earn a spot to compete at the Tournament of the Americas Championship while the top two teams will advance to the World Championships. The top teams from this championship will advance to the 2012 Olympics Games.

T&T earned its spot at the Centro tournament after finishing second at the Caribbean Basketball Championship last year which was also played in Puerto Rico.

The T&T team will be captained by foreign-based player Doursiel Jello Moore and have the services of professional players, guard/forward Pietra Gay, who also plays for reigning T&T champion team Courts Horizon, guard Trecha Kennedy-Jackson, who campaigns in the United States (US) and Rhea Cordio, who only recently completed university studies in the United States.

Among the top local players are Patrice Edwards of former national champion team UTC Maloney Pacers, Mahalia Simpson of Sportworld Straker Nets and Defence Forces Alicia Liverpool.

The team is being managed by former national player Erica Downes Plouden, who will also perform the duties as an assistant coach.

Head coach Christopher Jackson Charles will be assisted by former national standout Trevor McLeod.

The last time T&T was represented at the Centro Basket was in the 1980s. The mens team finished sixth in 1987 and ninth in 1989.

Cuba is the defending champion of the womens tournament after beating Mexico in the 2006 finals. In third place was Jamaica. The Cubans also emerged as champions in 2003 and 2004.

The competition ends on July 27.

source:guardian



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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey U20 held off hosts - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Turkey U20 49:65 (15-22, 11-12, 9-16, 14-15)

Turkey U20 held off hosts Italy 65:49 at the U20 European Championship for Women. They grabbed the lead from the very beginning and led it to 2-1 record in the group. Caglar led the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Yavuz and Dalgalar followed her with 17 points as Turkey became the team of three leaders. Zampieri ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Rossi added 9.
Turkey scored first six points in the game to take 6-0 in the opening tip of it. Cinili closed the gap to 9:11, but then Dalgalar made it 22:15 after the first quarter. It was her again to make it plus 10 in the beginning of the second, 27:17. Zampieri reduced for 26:34 as both teams wen to the lockers.
Turkey held Italy at bay and then Ilknur Dumlu knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the third quarter to push the lead to 48:31. Yavuz made it 50:35 as the teams entered the last quarter. Italy did not give up and produced 7-0 run for 42:50. They had time at that moment but Turkey deserved a win more than the hosts. Dalgalar's 4 points in the end brought her team the important win and lifted Turkey to the top position with Serbia and France.

Italy U20: Zampieri 13, Rossi 9
Turkey U20: Caglar 21+10 rebs, Yavuz 17, Dalgalar 17


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Belarus U20-Ukraine U20 56:52 - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20-Ukraine U20 56:52 (13-17, 15-17, 8-10, 20-8)

Belarus U20 enjoyed 20:8 in the last quarter to beat Ukraine U20 in the Qualifying Round. The latter won the first three quarters but could not keep the score for good. Tsikhamirava and Kozun brought the important win for Belarus scoring last four points in the game. Likhtarovich paced all the winners with 18 points. Kozun posted 13, while Sharkova added 9. Prystupa collected tremendous 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Bovykina and Kisilova chipped in 9 each. Belarus improved to 2-1, and Ukrainian side fell to 1-2.
Vashkevich scored first for Belarus, but her team could not dominate the court in the opening quarter. Ukraine played better and after 10 minutes the latter was in front, 17:13. Ukraine did not stop and produced another winning period in the second. Malashenko made it 23:17 for her team in the middle of the second. Bovykina closed the half with a jump-shot for 34:28.
Ukraine reached even plus 10 in the end of the third quarter when Prystupa made her second free throw. Malashenko remained the big lead, 48:39 in the beginning of the fourth. From that time Belarus came up with another squad. They created 9-0 run to tie the game at 48:48. Likhtarovich tied it again later for 52:52 with 1 minute remaining. Ukraine was scoreless in the end, while Tsikhamirava and Kozun brought the important win for Belarus.

Belarus U20: Likhtarovich 18, Kozun 13, Sharkova 9
Ukraine U20: Prystupa 15+16 rebs, Bovykina 9, Kisilova 9


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Hungary advances to the quarterfinals beating Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Hungary 35-59

In the fourth round of European Championship division B Hungary registered an easy win against Great Britain booking a spot for the quarterfinal round. Thus Hungary is undefeated yet in Group A with score 3-0. On the other side Great Britain is still without a victory in Poland as well as without any chance to reach the quarterfinals. British struggled a lot with their offensive sets scoring just 4 points for the first 10 minutes. At the same time Hungary netted 13 points mostly owing to Mansare and Varga. British succeeded to recover after terrible first stanza playing almost leveled second period. Interesting is that British outrebounded their rivals in this game but their main problem were turnovers as they committed 29 matched with only 9 by Hungary. After the breather teams had another almost leveled 10 minutes but this time Great Britain finished it 13-12. It was a hope for British that after real fiasco in the first quarter they are able to do something more until the end of the game. But it was a kind of a signal for Hungary, which intensified defense letting their opponent to net just 5 points. At the end British finished the game with only 35 points.

Mansare was the key player for Hungary registering double-double. She added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Zsofia Varga followed her with 12 points while Kovats stopped in 11 points. Rose Anderson was the best for the British scoring 12 points. At the same time she had 11 turnovers. In the last round Hungary will take on Romania while Great Britain will play against Slovak Republic.


Great Britain - Hungary 35-59
(4-13,13-14,13-12,5-20)

Great Britain:
Anderson 12 (11 to), Yea 7
Hungary: Mansare 14 (12 rebs), Varga 12, Kovats 11


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  WNBA - Women  


The Sparks eclipse Silver Stars in LA City - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks snapped two-game losing skid to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 75:62 at home. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) notched 24 points and 10 boards to pace the hosts. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) delivered 15 points as the Sparks improved to 13-8 record. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) answered with 21 points for the Silver Stars. Ann Wauters (6'5''-C-80) contributed 18 points and 8 boards as San Antonio suffered their first loss in eight games. The Sparks jumped to a 13-point first period lead. However the Silver Stars cut the gap to 2 points at the interval. Ann Wauters later nailed a jumper to put the visitors in charge with under 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. But Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) took over in the final term and carried Los Angeles to an impressive rout at the end. The Sparks shot season-low 36% from the field but played a terrific defense. They forced their opponents to 20 turnovers and allowed the Silver Stars to pull down just one offensive board.
In the meantime the leagues weekly honours were distributed. Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. It was the fourth career Week award for Hammon. She averaged 21.7 points, 5.0 assists and 3.7 boards in a perfect week for the Silver Stars.
Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) also earned her fourth-career Week award after she came up with 26.5 points, 7.5 boards and 7.0 assists in two appearances for the Sun.


Standings
WNBA Western Standings
 1. S.Antonio SS 15-7 
 2. Detroit S. 14-6 
 3. L.Angeles S. 13-7 
 4. Seattle S. 13-7 
 5. Connect. S. 13-8 
 6. Indiana F. 9-9 
 7. New York L. 9-9 
 8. Phoenix M. 9-10 
 9. Minnesota L. 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