EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/17/2008

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  ABA   


ABA EXPANDS TO BLUEFIELD, WEST VIRGINIA, WILL PLAY THIS SEASON - by Bruno Baltazar
The American Basketball Association announced that it will add Bluefield, West Virginia to its growing roster of teams for the upcoming season beginning in December.

According to Joe Newman, 'We are very pleased and proud to have the West Virginia Blazers as part of the ABA; this is one of the most unusual ownership groups ever - and not only makes a major sports statement, but a major social statement. I'm not sure that anything quite like this has ever been done, but our hats are off to the State of West Virginia, the City of Bluefield and the Bluefield Housing Authority for undertaking such a great endeavor. We are excited.'

The team will be owned by the Bluefield Housing Authority, a government agency operating in Mercer County, WV. The agency office is located in the City of Bluefield WV. The Authority operates under the direction of a five member Board of Commissioners, and in accordance with the laws of the State of West Virginia and Federal Laws applicable to Housing Authorities.

The agency provides rental subsidy programs to low and very-low income families within Mercer County, and operates the Public Housing Program in the City of Bluefield. Approximately 565 families within the County depend on the Housing Authority for help with obtaining and keeping safe, decent, sanitary and affordable housing. Housing programs are funded solely by federal funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Authority has a ten year history of providing activities and programs for youth and young adults in the community. Statistics show that children who are economically disadvantaged meet the federal and state guidelines for being 'at-risk' for drug and alcohol abuse, and involvement in criminal activities. Programs offered by the Authority through camps, sports programs, and other activities provide educational and recreational activities to keep young community members involved in alternative activities to drugs, alcohol and crime. These programs are funded by grants, when available, and by contributions from local business that support the agency's efforts to work.

'The agency is a proud sponsor of the Bluefield Blazers youth basketball team, which has helped many young men in the area to improve athletic abilities and sportsmanship, relate to role models, develop and improve social skills, and increase awareness of the effects of drugs and alcohol,' said Cindy Preast,
Executive Director. 'The team has traveled to many states in the east to compete in tournaments, and has hosted successful tournaments in Bluefield. To participate on the team, players must maintain a minimum GPA or be in tutoring (provided by the agency), and must remain drug and alcohol free. They also must remain free of behavior that violates federal, state and local laws.'

'On July 14th, The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to develop a team to participate in the American Basketball Association,' added Ms. Preast. 'The goals of the agency in developing our team, the West Virginia Blazers, are to provide another positive activity for young men in the area, to provide the community with benefits of a professional basketball team and to raise money to continue to support programs and activities to serve at-risk youth. We are very proud to be part of the ABA.'

For more information, email cindybha@comcast.net or call (304) 325-9653 ext. 21.


Ex-Rainmen Jermaine Anderson Helps Propel Canada Over Korea into Olympic Qualifying Quarterfinals - by Surujh Roopnarine
Jermaine Anderson's (6'2''-G-83, college: Fordham) key three-point shot with 34 seconds left helped propel Canada to a wild and improbable 79-77 come-from-behind victory over Korea at the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens. This knock-out game in the preliminary round was almost a nightmare for Canada, who played with just 11 men after releasing NBA center Samuel Dalembert (undisclosed reasons) after their loss to Slovenia on Monday. Canada trailed by 18 points early in the second half and were still down by 10 with less than two minutes remaining but ended up winning 79-77. After Anderson split a pair of free throws for a 79-77 advantage, Korea had 11 seconds remaining to tie or take the lead. Oh Sekeun drove into the lane and put the ball up but missed as time expired. Anderson finished with 17 points and five rebounds on 7-10 shooting from the field in 32 minutes.
A member of the 2007-08 Halifax Rainmen who recently joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL), the ex-Fordham star appeared in 20 games (16 starts) averaging 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and a team high 6.6 assists in just less than 30 minutes per contest.
Canada will now face Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals, after they defeated Croatia 95-81 to claim the top spot in Group D.

Three former D-Leaguers also played key roles in Canadas shocking victory over Korea as Carl English (6'4''-G-81, college: Hawaii) (12 points), Joel Anthony (6'9''-C-82, college: UNLV) (7 points + 6 rebounds) and Olu Famutimi (6'6''-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) (7 points) each played 20 minutes. English was a All D-League Honorable Selection in 2005 with the Florida Flame after averaging over 14 points per game, while Famutimi had two productive seasons for the Arkansas RimRockers (2005-2007) averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 92 games. Anthony, the least experienced of the trio, but arguably one of the most valuable Canadians with the departure of Dalembert, spent three games with the Iowa Energy during his rookie campaign last season with the Miami HEAT.


Tryout and other ABA news - by Bruno Baltazar
The Alaska Dream professional basketball team scheduled to begin play in December today announced that it would hold its first team tryouts on August 3, 2008 at the Cellular One Sports Center at 11051 O'Malley Centre Dr, Anchorage, AK. Registration and check-in will start at 2pm and tryouts will begin promptly at 4 pm.

Registration will be $100 cash or money order only if you pre-register by August 1, 2008. If you register the day of the tryout, it will be $150 cash or money order only.

To pre-register or more information, call (907) 250-8369 or email thealaskadream@gci.net.



Jason Smith, Kentucky Mavericks team owner, and his front office at the Mavs are getting things done in the community. The calendar this week includes another round of tryouts at Philmoore Park located at 7101 Scottsville Road about 1.5 miles past Greenwood High School. The tryouts will be held on Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th between 3 pm and 7 pm.

Also, the team is putting together a charity fundraiser for the Potter Home Orphanage in Bowling Green. They will be seeking donations to the Potter Home until Labor Day and then hold a drawing with everyone who donates $20 ore more. The winner of the drawing will receive an All-Expense paid trip to Hawaii with the Kentucky Mavericks management. The trip will be for seven days from September 14th thru the 21st. Donations can be made at any South Central Bank in an account for the Potter Home Orphanage.

For more details contact David Landreth at david@mykymavericks.com, call (270) 782-7556, or visit www.mykymavericks.com


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Dejan Borovnjak leaves Partizan Igokea, news from Crvena Zvezda - by Dragan Jankovski
Hot summer for Serbian champion Partizan Igokea continues. After leaving of Pekovic, Kecman and Palacio and three singings during the last seven days, another player decided to leave the club. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) agreed to terminate the contract with Partizan in order to find a team where he will get a more chance to play. Borovnjak grew up in black-and-white team first as a cadet, later junior and finally as member of senior team. Since 2004 he has played for seniors while at the same time he was helping Partizan II, which competed in Serbian B league. During these four years Partizan grabbed four championship titles in Serbia as well as one National Cup. The team also was a champion of Adriatic league twice. Borovnjak registered the best digits last season in Adriatic league averaging 4.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 28 games. In Serbian Superleague he had 3.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 14 games while in Euroleague he didn't have a lot of chance to play. Borovnjak was a member of Serbian University Team which won silver medal on World University Games in Bangkok last summer.
In interview for Serbian media Borovnjak thanked to all people in the club because they gave him a chance to grow up as a player. At the same time he stated that he is young and the playing minutes are the most important thing for him at this moment. It is not known yet where Borovnjak will continue his career.

Crvena Zvezda still didn't find a head coach for the next season. Its first option Mihailo Uvalin already agreed terms with A1 team Mega Basket from Belgrade. The club is very interested in well respected head coach Bozidar Maljkovic but during the next couple of days it will be known are they able to meet all Maljkovic's expectations. Of course there are two big problems for Zvezda at the moment. First is Maljkovic's salary and the second one is a budget which will allow them to sign new players.


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  ARGENTINA   


First movements in Liga B - by Facundo Iatzky
Some teams of Liga B (third division) started to sign players.

Anzorena Mendoza: signed Emiliano Maldonado (186-G-84), Facundo Rubia (194-F-85), Lucas Rubia (182-G-86)
Atletico Regina: Leonardo Ansaloni (183-G-79), Nicolas Francisco (184-G-87), Gaston Gonzalez (175-G-79), Diego Felicevich (196-F/C-87), Luciano Zupanovich (187-G-83), Braian Stanford (195-G-82), Christian Collar, Matias Estalles (195-F/C-84) Martin Trimboli (197-F-85).
Banda Norte: Mariano Mazzini (193-F-81), Juan Pablo Martinez), Hector Martirena (198-F/C-82), Lucas Barlasina (194-F-82), Gaston Campana (201-F/C-79), Radbel Hechavarria (188-G-75), Javier Llanos (185-G-79), Nicolas Arese (198-F-85)
Barrio Parque: Federico Sarmiento (199-C/F-80), Sebastian Rodriguez (194-F-83), Alfredo Ganami (198-C-78), Marcos Ferreyra (182-G-79), Carlos Flores (184-F-80), Lionel Sola (183-G-83), Nicolas Rossi (196-C-85), Andres Mariani (188-F-87), Samuel Aladin (190-F-88).
Brown San Vicente: Jaime Cabre (186-G-83), Ignacio Fernandez (195-F-81), Federico Roman Medina (197-F/C-85), Jonatan Morero (199-F/C-89), Javier Giletta (180-F-79), Marcelo Suarez (185-G-81), Marcelo Piuma (196-F-83) Joaquin Baeza (180-G-86).
Gimnasia Villa del Parque: Sebastian Festa (179-G-72), Javier Montero (200-F/C-71), Andres Lopresti (175-G-76), Juan Pablo Zilla, Luciano Canzutti, Martin Zekas,.
Sp. 9 de Julio: Victor Chana (192-F-86), Adrian Forastieri (185-G-83), Leonardo Segura (206-C-77), Juan Gallo (195-G/F-87), Gustavo Acosta (198-C-89) Leandro Giovanna (187-G-87)
Racing Gualeguaychu: Santiago Vesco (174-G-70), Fabricio Rebecchi (190-G/F-85), Cristian Delgui (185-G-81), Ivan Castelli (198-F/C-72), Matias Novello (198-C-84), Aldo Risso (200-F-73) Christian Balcells (200-F/C-73).
Tomas de Rocamora: Federico Salvarredy, Juan Manuel Varas, Dante Predazzi (195-F-85), Miguel Ricci (183-G-82), Lujan Caire (196-F/C-76), Sebastian Bernasconi (201-C-86), Oscar Cabrera (192-F-89), Franco Dellavedoba (182-G-89), Horacio Rigada (191-F-89),
Velez Sarsfield: Pablo Israeloff (198-F-78), Andres Molteno (190-G-86), Federico Pollio (190-F-79), Alejandro Fidalgo (180-G-82), Leonardo Miranda (199-C-76)


Kammerichs and Espil return to Argentina - by Facundo Iatzky
Finally, Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) agreed terms with Regatas Corrientes for the 2008/09 season. Federico will play as power forward most of time despite he can play very well as small forward. He will be very important in a team which will play the argentinian league, southamerican league and Liga de las Americas.

On the other hand, Juan Espil (193-G-68, agency: Interperformances) returned to Argentina after 12 years playing in Spain. Juan was signed by Boca Juniors.


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.


Argentinean U18 Team marches past Mexico - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Mexico U18 108:69

Argentinean Junior National Team earned their second consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas championship. Argentina is hosting the event and is widely taken as one of the main favorites for the title. They achieved their first goal yesterday as the win meant they had qualified for U19 World Championship to be held in New Zealand in 2009. The hosts also booked their spot in the semis leaving Mexican counterparts without the playoffs. Mexico tried to stay in the contest in the opening frame and trailed by just a single point 24:25. But Argentinean youngsters soon showed who wear the breeches. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated well-balanced Argentinean offense and the home team went on a 32:13 rally in the second frame to build a 20-point cushion at halftime. Mexico failed to recover in the third stanza as Argentina dropped 25 points limiting their opponents to just 9. The outcome was pretty much decided on and the teams cruised to the end. Matias Nocedal topscored with 20 points for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) had 16 points, while Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90) tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds in a win. Juan Favela (183-G-91) answered with 16 points for Mexico. Jorge Cassilas notched 11 points in a losing case. Argentina outrebounded their opponents 54:23 and held them to 39% accuracy. Argentina in the meantime converted 53% of field goals. Argentina will face Canada in the final game of the elimination round today. Mexico takes on Uruguay.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 20, Luciano Gonzalez 16, Andres Landoni 13
Mexico U18: Juan Favela 16, Jorge Cassilas 11


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Rhys Carter joins South Dragons - by Eurobasket News
South Dragons announced signing of Rhys Carter (190-G-84) from West Sydney Razorbacks. It means that the Dragons finalized their roster for the season 08/09. Carter is the fifth signing of the team during the off-season. As a reminder South Dragons already agreed terms with Adam Gibson, Cortez Groves, Joe Ingles and Ebi Ere.
Carter played 28 games for Razorbacks in NBL last season averaging 4.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.0 spg. Before Razorbacks, where he spent three years, Carter was a member of Victoria Giants. He played for the Australian U18 National Team which won the gold medal on the World Championship in Greece in 2003.


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United States celebrate second win at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Bahamas U18 115:51

United States Junior National Team earned their second win in a row in Formosa. The success meant United States team advanced to the semifinal stage at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and thus qualified for the U19 World Championship in New Zealand in 2009. Bahamas in the meantime suffered their second straight loss at the tournament. The USA dominated the game from the tip off. They outgunned their opponents 29:5 in the first period and were well in control of the situation throughout the rest of the contest. They held Bahamas team to 6 points in the second stanza and built a 59:11 lead at halftime. Bahamas finally came back to life in the second half and notched 40 points but it was still not enough to outscore the North Americans. The USA secured a thumping victory and remained on top of Group B. Travis Wear (6'9''-F-90) tallied 15 points and 4 boards for the USA. Mason Plumlee (6'11''-F-90) had 14 points and 14 boards, while JaMychal Green (6'9''-F/C-90) added 13 points and 8 caroms for the winners. Donathen Moss (6'7''-C-90) answered with 10 points for Bahamas. Olen Smith (-90) posted 9 points in a losing case. The USA team outrebounded their opponents 58:28 and forced those to 29 turnovers. United States will face Puerto Rico tonight. Bahamas and Venezuela will fight for the initial win at the tournament.

USA U18: Travis Wear 15, Mason Plumlee 14+14 boards, JaMychal Green 13
Bahamas U18: Donathen Moss 10, Olen Smith 9


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Benacek leaves Borac Nektar, Bavcic on Vegas Summer League - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Benacek, who spent last season as a Director of Bosnian D1 team Borac Nektar, stepped down on his position. Benacek decided to return in Czech Republic due to personal reasons. He stated for Bosnian media that he had a nice time with Borac and there wasn't any misunderstanding between him and any of club's officials. Before Borac, Benacek spent two seasons as a head coach of Cypriot team Pizza Express Apollon from Limassol. He also was a head coach of Cypriot National Team in 2007. From 1994 to 2005 Benacek used to work in Czech Republic. He started as a coach in youth selections of Sparta Prague while at his last two years he was as a head coach of BK Prostejov.

In the meantime Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) participates at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In his third game with 76ers he scored 4 points shooting 2 of 2 from the field. He also added 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 turnover for 11 minutes. His team improved to score 2-1 while their next rival will be Washington Wizards.

Suad Sehovic (198-G-87) of Bosna ASA BHT got an invitation from Dusko Vujosevic to join Montenegrin National Team. Thus Sehovic and 24 more players will prepare together for the European Championship division B. Sehovic already has experience from Montenegrin U20 National Team as he participated last summer on U20 European Championship in Poland winning the gold medal. Sehovic spent last 4 seasons with Bosna ASA BHT.


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Cameroon gives Puerto Rico all it could handle but loses 81-72 - by Cyril Empig

For the second game in a row, the Cameroon Indomitable Lions exceeded all expectations and gave a highly-touted Puerto Rico team all it could handle. Cameroon showed their mettle by playing hard-nose ball. While Puerto Rico had double-digit leads throughout the game, Cameroon kept storming back. Cameroon cut the lead down to 6 points, 65-59, following a three-pointer from 6-2, pg Parfait Bitee, with less than seven minutes left in the game. Minutes later, Harding Nana, 6-8, f, took the ball hard to the rack for a deuce, making the score 65-61. After the team traded baskets, Nana made a jump shot to keep Cameroon close, 70-67 with 1:40 remaining in the game. However, in the end, Puerto Rico had too much offense for Cameroon to overcome. Puerto Rico held on to win in a hard-fought battle, 81-72, to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Nana had another monster outing for Cameroon, tallying a total of 22 points. Bitee had an exceptional game as well; scoring 17 points (four 3-pointers), 2 assists and 2 steals. 6-8 pf Brice Vounang had a solid game as well, scoring 10 pts. Finally, 6-11, c Ruben Boumtje Boumtje was Lord of the Boards, with 8 rebounds, a follow-up to his 10 rebound total in the previous game against Croatia.

6-11 c Ricardo Sanchez (17 pts) and NBA 6-2 pg Carlos Arroyo (16 pts) led a balanced Puerto Rico attack that saw five of its players scoring in double digits for the game.

With this second loss, Cameroon bows out of the tournament in Athens. But the team should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished. Cameroon should be proud of what these fine men had done for their country. Putting this in proper perspective, what the Indomitable Lions had done in Athens, burdened by inferior all-around support from home, is truly awe-inspiring. And despite all these difficulties, they played both Croatia and Puerto Rico tough. A lot of credit goes to these men, for the sacrifices they made this week. A lot of credit also goes to their great leader, Coach Lazare Adingono, who also had to work hard under extreme levels of stress, being able to keep the team motivated and driven in the middle of such crisis.

Congratulations to the Cameroon Indomitable Lions: Alfred Aboya, Christian Bayang, Parfait Bitee, Patrick Bouli, Ruben Boumtje Boumtje, Joachim Ekanga Ehawa, Jean Pierre Ellong Ebongue, Cyrille Makanda, Harding Nana, Franck Ndongo, Brice Vounang, Alexis Wangmene, and Coach Lazare Adingono.


 

Hopefully, this inspirational effort would encourage the country to support the game of basketball back home. Without a doubt, Cameroon has the skilled players. It would be truly great when the time comes when the National Basketball Teams have the full support of the Cameroon Government, allowing these fine men and women to compete at the highest level without any stress, apart from stress on the court.



Luc Richard Mbah a Moute hard at work - by Cyril Empig

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is working this summer. He is in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA , taking part in the NBA Summer League. The Milwaukee Bucks signed Luc to a multi-year contract and quickly put him to work along with other Buck players and Buck hopefuls.

In his first NBA game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Luc was in the Bucks starting five at the one forward position. The 6-8, 230 lb UCLA alum started out cold. He would struggle offensively throughout the game, not scoring until the third quarter. He made less than 30% of his shot attempts to finish with 4 points, scoring on a layup and a dunk. But Luc contributed positively to the Buck efforts by manning the boards, finishing the game with a total of 7 rebounds. Unfortunately, the Bucks lost this one, 88-79.

On his second game against the Detroit Pistons, Luc was again in the starting lineup. Again, he had another tough outing offensively; he did not score until 3:34 of the third quarter. Luc finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Shooting wise, it was another tough-going for Luc as he made only 2-out-of 10 shot attempts for an abysmal 20% field goal percentage. The Bucks eventually won the game 73-59. Another African player on the Bucks roster is Nigerian Olumide Oyeji (6-10 pf/c), who had a solid game coming off the bench, scoring 10 points along with 8 rebounds for the game.

So far, Luc is averaging 5.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1 steal and 0.5 blocks in two games. Along with the rebounds, another impressive stat for Luc is his free-throw shooting. He is making 75% of his free throw attempts. He would need to improve on his anemic 24% shooting, however, going forward. To do that, he either needs to improve his shooting or his shot selection. No reason he cannot work on both.

Next up for Luc and the Bucks are the Denver Nuggets on July 17. The Nuggets are undefeated in summer league play.

Continued good luck to Luc!

 

Pic of Luc in his work clothes courtesy of http://www.nba.com/bucks/


Luc Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88, college: UCLA)



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Canada stays in the race, sends Korea packing - by Eurobasket News
Canada - South Korea 79:77

Canadian National Team crafted a spectacular comeback effort just hour ago to stay alive in the race for the Olympic birth. South Korea put up a fierce fight against Canada and put them on brink of losing it all. The teams entered the game having lost their first games and must win to remain in the contention. Korea jumped to an early 7:2 lead but Canada stayed alert and surged ahead after Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) and Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72, college: St.John's) nailed back-to-back treys. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) scored 4 points and Jeon Jung-Gyu (188-G-83) added two freebies to tie the scoreline at 20 at the end of the first period. However the Korean team went on a 12:2 run at the start of the second frame to grab a comfortable lead. Jeon Jung-Gyu and Joo-sung Kim capped the second frame with 10 straight points and Korea held to a 49:33 advantage at halftime. Jung Young-Sam (188-G/F-84) stretched the gap to 18 points early in the third quarter. But Canada refused to surrender. Joel Anthony and Rowan Barrett ignited a comeback effort that resulted in Korea leading by just 5 points at the end of the stanza. Rowan Barrett and Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) hit back-to-back trebles to put Canada in charge 78:77 with 34 seconds left. Joo-sung Kim missed a jumper and Jermaine Anderson sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Rowan Barrett led the winners with 22 points. Jermaine Anderson had 17 points, while Carl English added 12 for Canada. Jeon Jung-Gyu answered with 19 points for South Korea. Jung Young-Sam had 13 points in defeat. Canada will now face either Croatia or Puerto Rico in the quarterfinal.

Canada: Rowan Barrett 22, Jermaine Anderson 17, Carl English 12
South Korea: Jeon Jung-Gyu 19, Jung Young-Sam 13


Canada U18 qualifies for the U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Uruguay U18 76:56

Canadian Junior National Team remained perfect at the U18 FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa. They defeated Uruguay on the second day of the tournament and automatically ensured their U19 World Championship birth next year. Uruguay got to a better start to the game as they led 20:16 after ten minutes of action. But Canada had their secret weapon. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) nailed 11 points in a row for Canada in the second quarter, while defense worked hard and Canadian team gradually took over. They limited Uruguayan team to only 8 points in the period and established a 41:28 advantage at halftime. Canada kept on running well and piled up a 20-point cushion in the third frame. Uruguay never recovered suffering their second loss at the start of the event. Canada and Argentina share the top spot in Group A and would play for the top seed today. Robert Gagliardi finished with game-high 33 points for Canada. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) delivered 14 points and 12 boards, while Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) added 8 points and 7 caroms for the winners. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) replied with 14 points for Uruguay. Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) had 12 points in a losing effort. Canada held an advantage under the rims 45:33 in rebounds and limited their opponents to only 29% accuracy from the field. Uruguay will face Mexico tonight.

Canada U18: Robert Gagliardi 33, Mangisto Arop 14+12 boards, Marc Trasolini 8
Uruguay U18: Mathias Calfani 14, Nicolas Catala 12


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  CHILE   


Dimayor 08/09: Foreigners forthe upcoming season - by Daniel Valencia
Dimayor 08/09 will start this weekend with the first phase of the tournament. For this season the teams are allowed to sign three foreign players. These are the roster moves for the upcoming season.

Liceo Mixto

The champion of the 07/08 edition signed the american small forward Brandon Mason (194-G/F-81, college: N.Mexico St.), that played the past season with Atenas de Cordoba in Argentina. They will play the regular season of Dimayor with only two foreigners.

Universidad Catolica

Miguel Ureta's team signed the dominican forward Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-85) and the american center Jeff Fahnbulleh (201-C). They also will play with only two foreigners.

CD Puente Alto

The new head coach, the argentinian Marcos Beltramella signed for the upcoming season the americans John Davis (201-F-84, agency: AMI, college: Tarleton St.), Theo Little (208-C-84, college: Arkansas St.) and Dexter Gray (201-F-85, agency: AMI, college: St.John's). They are all young players with not much experience playing abroad.

Deportivo Espanol de Talca

For the upcoming season Espanol signed the national forward Jose Madrid (from Boston College) and the americans Marques Hayden (201-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Kansas St.) (he played the past season with Espanol), Robbie Banks (210-F/C-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Daniel McFaul (198-F).

CD Universidad de Concepcion

Last years' runner up signed a contract with the argentinian Jorge Luis Alvarez as their head coach for the 08709 season. Alvarez was the assistant coach for Narvarte but he is going to participate with the argentinian team in the olimpics and then will coach in Uruguay. With this, the first roster decision for Alvarez was the signing of the american players. Concepcion signed Jefferson Agba (210-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) (who played with Puente Alto last year) and Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Iona).

Deportivo Valdivia

Mario Spada choose two americans with experience in our country. The first was Tony Bishop (201-F-73, college: S.Alabama) (champion with Valdivia in the 01 season) and Bobby Madison (198-F-82, agency: Duran International, college: W.Michigan) (with expererience in Castro and Ancud). For the third spot they signed Mike Lytle (201-G-83, college: Bryan). The american played a few friendly games and the head coach decided to replace him because he wasn't what the team was looking for. In replace they signed Deshawn Danzey (198-F) as their third import player.

Provincial Osorno

After a dissapointing 07/08 season Provincial Osorno is looking to enter the playoffs once again. For this they signed the guard Ronald Cruces (177-G-87) along with the americans Walt Waters (211-C-84, agency: Tank Sports, college: Macomb CC) for help in the paint zone and the guard DaJuan Gouard (189-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Loyola, IL). The head coach, the argentinian Gustavo Noria, told the media that during the season they will decided if they need a third import player.

Universidad de Los lagos

For their first season in Dimayor the team from Puerto Montt signed the american coach Carlton Johnson. With players like Leonel Mendez and Johnny Gomez as their national leaders they decided to signed three foreigners. The names are Tim Jennings (191-G-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Gardner-Webb), Donald Gray (200-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands) and Dean Browne (206-C-80, college: Nevada).

Deportes Ancud

Ancud signed three brazilians as their import players. The names are Leonardo Alves, Eduardo Baeta (195-G/F-84) and Marcos Hubner (204-F/C-82, college: Abil.Christian).

Deportes Castro

For the upcoming Dimayor season, Deportes Castro signed the shooting guard Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) as the key national player. They also signed three foreigners. The first was Duane John (198-F-81, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: Oklahoma City), who played with Castro last season. The other two names are Roy Morris (188-G, college: San Diego) and Jackson Marlow (214-C-81, college: Fresno St.).


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Croatia wins Group D of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico -Croatia 81:95

Croatian National team won Group D of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men. Today European team overcame Puerto Rico 95:81. Trailing 14:26 after the opening quarter Croatia bounced back and finished with 2-0 record. Davor Kus (190-G-78) and Marko Tomas (200-G-85) led the winners with 15 points apiece. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84), Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and Marko Banic (204-F-84) all netted 12 points in a win. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) top-scored for the Latino Americans with 22 points. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) had a good game with 20 points and Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) posted 10. Croatia will face Canada in a quarter-final on Friday, while Puerto Rico must take on Slovenia.
Puerto Rico had a good start and desired to be first in the group. They started offensively and mounted in 14-2 run in the opening tip. Larry Ayuso three-ball extended the advantage to 26:9. Croatia woke up immediately and could reduce to 26:14 entering the second quarter. The second quarter saw Europeans taking the full advantage of the court. Croatia produced 29:14 to take the lead in the game. They went to the changing rooms in front at 43:40.
In the third quarter Croatia also played better and started to increase the lead. Davor Kus drilled a jumper to start a 14-2 run that Marko Marko Banic capped with two free throws to make it 61:48. In the last period the deficit was more than 10 points all the time and Croatia led the game to the winning end.

Puerto Rico:Larry Ayuso 22, Carlos Arroyo 20, Peter John Ramos 10
Croatia:Davor Kus 15, Marko Tomas 15, Roko-Leni Ukic 12, Nikola Prkacin 12, Marko Banic 12


Damir Markota undergoes knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Bad news came from Athens where Croatian senior National Team participates on the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) got injured at the opening day of the competiton. Actually he suffered an injury during the first quarter of the game against Cameroon when he jumped to get a rebound. He immediately left the court after what he was sidelined for the rest of the game. National Team doctors announced that Markota suffered knee injury (meniscus) and he will have to undergo surgery as soon as possible. Surgery is already scheduled for today after what Markota will have to take a rest for at least one month. If Croatia succeeds to qualify for the Olympics his participation will be under the big question mark.

U18 Croatia returns from Spain - by Eurobasket News
Croatian U18 National Team returned from Spain where they participated on international tournament which was a part of preparation for the European Championship in Greece. Croatia is placed in the Preliminary Group D on U18 European Championship where they will take on Turkey, Latvia and Bulgaria. The opening day of the competition is July 25th.

Croatians showed decent performance in the first game on tournament in Spain. They outplayed France 80-69 mostly owing to 14 points and 8 rebounds by Tomislav Zubcic (210-C/F-90). Toni Prostran (190-G-91) followed him adding 16 points and 5 rebounds while Sven Smajlagic (190-G-90) had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Mario Delas (210-C-90) also shined against France grabbing 12 rebounds.
At the second day of the tournament the hosts Spain celebrated against Croatia 86-75. It was a crucial win for Spanish on their way to finish the tournament on top. Sven Smajlagic was the best Croatian player in this game adding 25 points and 7 rebounds. Toni Prostran registered 17 points and 4 rebounds while Mario Delas once again was the top rebounder of the team grabbing 10 boards.
In day number three Croatia smashed Germany 73-48. This time it was Mario Delas who was the key player of the game. Delas was unstoppable for the Germans collecting 19 points and 9 rebounds. Sven Smajlagic also had 19 points but with 8 rebounds. The best player from the first game against France, Tomislav Zubcic, scored 17 points and made 7 rebounds this time.


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Ex-Rainmen Jermaine Anderson Helps Propel Canada Over Korea into Olympic Qualifying Quarterfinals - by Surujh Roopnarine
Jermaine Anderson's (6'2''-G-83, college: Fordham) key three-point shot with 34 seconds left helped propel Canada to a wild and improbable 79-77 come-from-behind victory over Korea at the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens. This knock-out game in the preliminary round was almost a nightmare for Canada, who played with just 11 men after releasing NBA center Samuel Dalembert (undisclosed reasons) after their loss to Slovenia on Monday. Canada trailed by 18 points early in the second half and were still down by 10 with less than two minutes remaining but ended up winning 79-77. After Anderson split a pair of free throws for a 79-77 advantage, Korea had 11 seconds remaining to tie or take the lead. Oh Sekeun drove into the lane and put the ball up but missed as time expired. Anderson finished with 17 points and five rebounds on 7-10 shooting from the field in 32 minutes.
A member of the 2007-08 Halifax Rainmen who recently joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL), the ex-Fordham star appeared in 20 games (16 starts) averaging 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and a team high 6.6 assists in just less than 30 minutes per contest.
Canada will now face Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals, after they defeated Croatia 95-81 to claim the top spot in Group D.

Three former D-Leaguers also played key roles in Canadas shocking victory over Korea as Carl English (6'4''-G-81, college: Hawaii) (12 points), Joel Anthony (6'9''-C-82, college: UNLV) (7 points + 6 rebounds) and Olu Famutimi (6'6''-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) (7 points) each played 20 minutes. English was a All D-League Honorable Selection in 2005 with the Florida Flame after averaging over 14 points per game, while Famutimi had two productive seasons for the Arkansas RimRockers (2005-2007) averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 92 games. Anthony, the least experienced of the trio, but arguably one of the most valuable Canadians with the departure of Dalembert, spent three games with the Iowa Energy during his rookie campaign last season with the Miami HEAT.


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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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Fenerbahce Ulker inks Marques Green and Devin Smith - by Eurobasket News
Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker announced signing of Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia). Both players arrive from Air Avelino and both of them signed 2-years contract with their new team.

Marques Green had 40 appearances for Avelino in Serie A finishing it as a second assistant with 6.7 apg. At the end of regular season he also was the third 'stealer' of the competition having 3.6 spg. Beside this he averaged 13.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg grabbing 'Guard of the year' and 'Import player of the year' awards. He already has experience from Turkey as he played for Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara two years ago. After 31 games in Turkish D1 he was a fifth leading scorer with 17.1 ppg as well as a top assistant and a 'stealer'. In May last year Green agreed terms with Nancy just for the play-of games after what he landed to Air Avelino. In the past he already spent one year in Nancy as well as one season in Roanne. Green graduated at St. Bonaventure in 2003.

Devin Smith also had wonderful last season with Avelino averaging 18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg and 2.2 spg for 39 games in Serie A. He is also awarded with getting his name to 'All-Italian Serie A 1st Team'. Before Avelino, Smith spent two seasons in Spanish Bruesa, one in LEB gold and the other one in ACB. He was third scorer in LEB gold with 15.8 ppg at this first season while his team captured the title and promotion to ACB. He graduated at Virginia University adding 16.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg at his senior year.


DKV Joventut lands Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
As Eurobasket already wrote about the possibility that Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) will join DKV Joventut it became officially announced by the club yesterday. Mensah-Bonsu put signature on a one year deal with the team. He played previous season in Benetton Treviso where he had 11 appearances in ULEB Cup finishing the competition as a fourth rebounder with 8.4 rpg. At the same time he registered 10 ppg and 1.0 spg. Mensah-Bonsu played 31 games in Italian Serie A where his average stats was 9.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.3 spg and 1.1 bpg. He already has some experience in ACB as he spent really short period in CB Granada joining them in May this year. After he graduated on George Washington in 2006, Mensah-Bonsu agreed term with NBA team Dallas Mavericks. He played only 12 games in regular season having 2.4 ppg and 1.8 rpg. Almost half of it he spent with NBDL team Fort Worth Flyers. Actually the Mavericks called him back to the roster couple times during the year. I his senior season at George Washington Mensah-Bonsu averaged 12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.7 bpg.

In the meantime James Singleton (203-F-81, college: Murray St.), who played last season for Tau Ceramica, signed contract with the Mavericks. Singleton grabbed the championship title with Tau outplaying Barcelona 3-0 in the play-off final while his team also became a winner of Spanish Supercup at the beginning of 07/08. The best stats last season Singleton registered in the play-off of when he for 8 games averaged 6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He had a bit lower digits in ACB regular season as well as in Euroleague. It won't be Singleton's first appearance in NBA as he already played for Los Angeles Clippers a season before Tau.


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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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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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Nikagbatse joins SSCBasket Napoli - by Moritz Korff
Misan Nikagbatse (193-G-82), a former member of the German National Team, heads back to Italy, a country that he knows pretty well from previous stints in the Serie A. Nikagbatse made an agreement with SSCBasket Napoli for the upcoming season. The 26-year-old Berlin native averaged 8.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 15 Bundesliga-appearances for the Koeln 99ers in this past season. Nikagbatse played for the Italian clubs Premiata Montegranaro and Snaidero Udine earlier in his career.

Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Germany stays perfect with win over New Zealand - by Moritz Korff

The German National Team continued its run towards Beijing and earned the second win in the second game at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece. The Germans held off New Zealand 89:71 and advance to the Quarterfinals as the number one-team of Group B.
After overcoming some early nerves, Germany pulled away in the second quarter and limited the 'Tall Blacks' offense to seven points, while netting 24 on the other end to make it a 47:33 game at half. New Zealand reduced the gap after the break, but the Germans finally brought about a decision at the beginning of the closing ten minutes, when they went on a 9:0 spurt. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) led all scores with 35 points, hitting 14 out of 22 from the field and 3 out of 6 from beyond the arc. Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) tallied 20 points (8/12 FG), Pascal Roller (180-G-76) added 10 points. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) produced 29 points (5 treys) in the loss, Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International) had 14 points.
The German team will return to action on Friday (18:30 CET) and take on Greece or Brasil in the Quarterfinal.
Boxscore: click

Post-game interviews on the official website of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament:

Steffen Hamann and Konrad Wysocki: click

Coach Dirk Bauermann and Ingo Weiss (President of the German Basketball Federation): click



Paderborn Baskets land Minnesota Post Player - by Moritz Korff
The Digibu Baskets Paderborn (1. Bundesliga) added some size to their 2008-09 roster. Spencer Tollackson (206-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) will join the team of Coach Douglas Spradley , as announced today. Tollackson, a graduate of the University of Minnesota (NCAA1), averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 boards and dished out 1.2 assists through 33 matches for the Golden Gophers in 2007-08. In June the native of Chaska, Minnesota worked out with the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Facts and Figures from the 2008 Olympic Qualifing Tournament in Athens - by George Manousidis

Memories: Lebanon is the team that Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) faced in his breakout year with the Mens National Team. The 28-year old guard competed with the National Team for the very first time on September 5, 2001
in the context of the Tunis Mediterranean Games (Greece Lebanon 101 56) and scored 6 points.
The one-hundred+ club: During the Supercup Tournament, which was held in Bamberg and in the National Teams game against Puerto Rico, Dimitris Diamantidis celebrated 100 participations wearing the national teams uniform, while in the game against Croatia (during the Acropolis Tournament) he marked his 101st. From the Greek Mens National Team current players Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (with 120) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) (with 103) are also part of the 100+ participations club, while Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) (with 98) is only two away from becoming a member as well.
Euroleague: Twenty-nine players who competed in the 2007-2008 Euroleague competitions will be vying in the tournament. Greece has the lead in the list of representatives (with 10 players), followed by Croatia (7),
Slovenia (4), Brazil (3), Germany (3), and Puerto Rico (2).
ΝΒΑ: Eight representatives of NBA teams will be there in the roll-call of the tournament, the name most heavily weighing on the list of NBA stars being that of Dallas Mavericks German native Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78).
Germany, Canada, Slovenia and Puerto Rico number two representatives each. Dallas and Toronto have two players each in the Tournament, while Miami, Philadelphia, Orlando and Clippers just one apiece.
A peculiar case: Slovenian native Uro Slokar is the only player to have competed on both sides of the
Atlantic last year. He began the season as a Raptors player, but not having been given time in the games he chose to finish his career with Dynamo Moscow Region (Russia).
Exact opposites: All Lebanese players compete with teams from their homeland, whereas none of the
Cape Verde players compete in theirs.
Inactive: Korean Seung Jin Ha and Cape Verdes Tony Barros and Fidel Mendonca do not currently belong to a club.
Fifth division player: Cape Verde player Antonio Monteiro competes with the French CS Мeaux, a 5th
division club. (!)
The lions share: Six of the Lebanon Mens National Team players last year competed for the Al Riyadi club of Beirut.
Draft: The player ranking highest in the NBA drafts is Chris Kaman of Germany : in 2003 he was drafted at number 6 by the L.A. Clippers, where he still plays to this day.
Father - Son: In Canada, Leo Rautins has been sitting on the Senior Mens National Team bench since 2004 and the players on his roster include his son Andy, age 22, whos a Syracuse University graduate and is making his debut with the national team.
Change of nationality: Chris Kaman has become a German national thanks to his grandparents and acquired the right to participate in the German national team. Nick Horvath was a US citizen till last year; however his marriage to a New Zealand native at the beginning of 2008 earned him the right to appear with the Tall Blacks.
Diversity: Cape Verde counts with eight players not having been born in the country, while Lebanon has players originating from five different countries (Lebanon, the USA, United Emirates, Kuwait and Canada).
ACB at No 1: Spain may very well not be partaking in the Tournament; nevertheless ACB is the league in which most of the Tournament players compete in (17).
Youngster: Born on January 11, 1978 Lazare Adingono (Cameroon) is the youngest amongst the 12 teams coaches.
Around the block and back: Right at the other end of the spectrum lies Brazils coach, the Spanish native Jos Manuel Moncho Monsalve, who was born on New Years Day in 1945.
Tower power: Measuring 2.22meters in height, Koreas Ha Seung-Jin ranks first amongst the tall guys, followed by Peter John Ramos of Puerto Rico who stands 2.20 meters tall.
In small packages: The shortest players in the Tournament are Pascal Roller (Germany), Kim Taesul (Korea), and Corey Webster (New Zealand) with a mere 1.80 m.
Wise old man: Canadian Rowan Barrett, who played for Daphni (2001-02), is the oldest of the bunch having been born on November 24, 1972.
Teenager: Born on March 1, 1989, Cameroon native Alexis Wangmene is the youngest player in the Tournament.
Happy birthday: During the Tournament, there will be birthday candles blown by Brazils Murilo Becker da Rosa (14/07), Puerto Ricos Joel Jones Camacho (17/07) and Cape Verdes Antonio Monteiro (19/07).
Teams statistics: With 39-15 wins against the remaining eleven teams participating in the Tournament,
Brazil has the best track record. It has never known defeat from Korea (6-0) or Lebanon (1-0) and is running a 13-1 streak against Canada that last beat Brazil in the 1936 Olympic Basketball Tournament (with a score of 24-17). Korea has the worst track record with 17 %, that is to say just 4 victories in 23 games, followed by New Zealand with 1-4 victories (20%). Greece has never been beaten by Canada (2-0),
Korea (3-0), and Lebanon (1-0)....


From the official web site of HEBA



PAOK: Is Drossos the new Owner? - by George Manousidis

PAOK from the last game in 2007-8 seasons has no owner, no management, no coach and no team. Mr. Dimitris Drossos visited yesterday Thessaloniki and he had a meeting with Mr. Galatsopoulos (ex president) and fans, in PAOK Sports Arena. Rumors from PAOK family mention that: In 7-10 days the legal departments of the two companies have all the papers ready for share transfer and Mr. Drossos would be the new owner of PAOK.
'It is difficult to believe that we will develop negative things' he pointed characteristics to the representatives of the press in the PAOK Sports Arena.

The big question is: Where is going to be PAOK, If the lawyers of the two sides dont agree for the transaction?



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Sat-Cybertech: New Champions at Liga Metro - by Victor Padilla
In what was one of the most exciting games of the year, Sat-Cybertech triumphed over Leones de Marte in Game 2 of the Finals of Torneo de Apertura, with a final score of 111 to 110 (in overtime), and concluded its participation undefeated in the first 2008 tournament organized by Liga Metropolitana. The top scorers for the winners were Oscar Salguero (37 pts), Enrique Samayoa (24 pts) and Ricardo Amaya (16 pts). But it was in the hands of Pablo Cano (11 pts) that the winning streak and final blow came over the former champs, as in the finals seconds of the game this young player signed two consecutive 3-pointers that erased the advantage that Leones de Marte had produced in overtime with the intent of taking the Finals to a decisive Game 3 on Thursday. A full recap of the game serves justice to both teams: When the game started, Sat-Cybertech comfortably showed a strong play both at the boards and at their outside shooting, and Leones de Marte seemed to have yielded to their rivals' motions when the score showed at half-time a 15 points lead that favoured Sat-Cybertech. HOWEVER, a 33-16 come back from Leones de Marte in the 3rd Quarter demonstrated the validity of the old advice that wisely says: 'Never underestimate the heart of the champion'. In that manner, when the 4th Quarter started, the game came back to a practical tie, as the spectacular play of Walter Morales and Luis del Cid, who scored 30 and 26 points each at the losing side, seemed to have given Leones de Marte enough momentum to steal Game 2. But, Oscar Salguero, with only 4.39 seconds to end regulation, nailed a traditional 3-point play for Sat-Cybertech, and gave the now champions the chance to go into overtime, and win there their well-deserved, hard-worked championship. So, fans and media from Guatemala now have a new Champion team, Sat-Cybertech, and proclaim: 'The King is dead. Long live the King'.

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  IRAN   


NBA: Iran National Team Schedule in Utah - by Houman Bagheri

NEW YORK, July 15, 2008 - The Basketball Federation of I.R. Iran and its FIBA Asia Champion mens national basketball team have been invited by the NBA, to compete against NBA teams and the NBA Development League Ambassadors over the next six days in Utah. As part of its trip, the Iranian national team will participate in the Rocky Mountain Revue presented by StoresOnline, the Utah Jazz-hosted summer league.

The Iranian national team will play four games during its stay in Utah as part of its preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games, which will be played in Beijing, China. In addition to games and scrimmages, the team will also observe NBA team practices and engage NBA and D-League players and coaches in basketball dialogue. The team will also have the opportunity to visit American cultural sites.

In an increasingly turbulent world, it is rewarding to bring people together to celebrate teamwork, discipline and respectful competition on the court, said NBA Commissioner David Stern. In this spirit, the NBA embraces the opportunity to welcome the Basketball Federation of Iran and the Iranian Olympic team in a demonstration of how something as simple as a game of basketball can promote understanding.

The Iranians will play two exhibition games against the NBA D-League Ambassadors at The Factory, the practice facility of the NBA D-Leagues Utah Flash. The first game vs. the Ambassadors is Thursday, July 17 at 5 p.m. MT, while the second matchup between the two teams is Sunday, July 20 at 5 p.m. MT. The NBA D-League Ambassadors roster consists of 10 players who competed in the D-League this past season. The Ambassadors are coached by Tulsa 66ers coach Joey Meyer, the leagues all-time leader in wins.

The Iranian national team will also play two games in the Rocky Mountain Revue presented by StoresOnline against NBA summer league teams. On Saturday, July 19, the Iranians face the Dallas Mavericks at 2:15 p.m. MT at the Lifetime Activities Center on the campus of Salt Lake Community College. The Iranians conclude their trip to Salt Lake City on Monday, July 21 when they play the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m. MT at the Lifetime Activities Center.

IRAN NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE
(All Times Local to Salt Lake City)
Thu., July 17 vs. NBA D-League Ambassadors, 5 p.m. (Utah Flash The Factory Facility)
Sat., July 19 vs. Dallas, 2:15 p.m. (Lifetime Activities Center, Salt Lake Community College)
Sun., July 20 vs. NBA D-League Ambassadors, 5 p.m. (Utah Flash The Factory Facility)
Mon., July 21 vs. Utah, 7 p.m. (Lifetimes Activities Center, Salt Lake Community College)



Iran basketball team invited to train in Utah - by Houman Bagheri
NEW YORK (AP) - Iran's national basketball team has been invited by the NBA to train in Utah and play against NBA and NBADL teams in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.
Iran will take part in the Rocky Mountain Revue, the Utah Jazz-hosted summer league and will play four games. The team will also observe NBA team practices and talk to players and coaches about basketball.

'In an increasingly turbulent world, it is rewarding to bring people together to celebrate teamwork, discipline and respectful competition on the court,' NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement. 'The NBA embraces the opportunity to welcome the Basketball Federation of Iran and the Iranian Olympic team in a demonstration of how something as simple as a game of basketball can promote understanding.'

Iran will play two games against the NBA D-League Ambassadors, a team consisting of 10 players who competed in the developmental league last season, on July 17 and July 20 at The Factory - the Utah Flash's practice facility. Iran will also face a Dallas Mavericks team on July 19 and a Utah Jazz squad on July 21, with both games at Salt Lake Community College.


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  ISRAEL   


Market News - by Or Berger
Chris Watson (200-F-75) signed with Hapoel Holon to two years contract. Chris Watson an American-Israeli player declined a better offer from Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem.
Moshe Mizrahi (202-F-80,) who played in Paris Levallois is negotiating with Maccabi Haifa
Maccabi Haifa is negotiating with Gur Porat (197-G-79) who played the last year in Gilboa\Afula. Maccabi Haifa also wants to re-sign Oru Kukia.
Elizur Kiryat Ata is finally the last team in 'Ligat Haal', the first division in Israeli basketball, the team has the minimum Budget in the Israeli Division 1 League-1M dollar.
Tal Burstein (198-G-80), the guard of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, will not start the trainings with the national team, because a surgery.
Shmulick Brener is in the way to Elizur Ashqelon.
Guy Pnini signed with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv for 3 years.
D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) will sign in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv after a season in Bree from Belgue where he averaged
14.4ppg, Reb-1(10.8rpg), 1.8apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-1(2.8bpg), 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 79.0%


Jones joins Ramat Gan Tamir moves to Ashkelon - by tamar goldman

The Puerto Rican/American SF/SG Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) signed with Ironi Ramat Gan. This is the first time the 27 years old guard plays in Europe, but he has lots of experience after playing I n China, Puerto Rico, USA (D League and NCAA). Jones spent the last two seasons in Puerto Rico (Leones de Ponce) and in the Puerto Rico National Team.
Elitzur Ashkelon inked the Israeli Center Amit Tamir (208-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California) that left Hapoel Holon after wining the championship with the Club Last Year. Tamir grew up in Hapoel Jerusalem and after three years in the club moved to California where he played for the local university for three years. Since graduation Tamir started every season abroad (Greece, Belgium, Ukraine) but returned in the middle of the season to Israel. This is the first time since the summer of 2004 that Tamir starts the season in Israel


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  ITALY   


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.

Serie A market news - by Gianni Pascucci
Basket Napoli announced that Misan Nikagbatse (193-G-82) inked a one year contract with the team. Olimpia Armani Jeans Milano officially announced a two year agreement with Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, agency: Priority Sports). The new main sponsor of JuveCaserta will be Eldo company, and the new name of the team will be Eldo Caserta. Air Avellino is expected to announce soon the signing of Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances).

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  JAMAICA   


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.

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 


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  MEXICO   


Argentinean U18 Team marches past Mexico - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Mexico U18 108:69

Argentinean Junior National Team earned their second consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas championship. Argentina is hosting the event and is widely taken as one of the main favorites for the title. They achieved their first goal yesterday as the win meant they had qualified for U19 World Championship to be held in New Zealand in 2009. The hosts also booked their spot in the semis leaving Mexican counterparts without the playoffs. Mexico tried to stay in the contest in the opening frame and trailed by just a single point 24:25. But Argentinean youngsters soon showed who wear the breeches. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated well-balanced Argentinean offense and the home team went on a 32:13 rally in the second frame to build a 20-point cushion at halftime. Mexico failed to recover in the third stanza as Argentina dropped 25 points limiting their opponents to just 9. The outcome was pretty much decided on and the teams cruised to the end. Matias Nocedal topscored with 20 points for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) had 16 points, while Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90) tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds in a win. Juan Favela (183-G-91) answered with 16 points for Mexico. Jorge Cassilas notched 11 points in a losing case. Argentina outrebounded their opponents 54:23 and held them to 39% accuracy. Argentina in the meantime converted 53% of field goals. Argentina will face Canada in the final game of the elimination round today. Mexico takes on Uruguay.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 20, Luciano Gonzalez 16, Andres Landoni 13
Mexico U18: Juan Favela 16, Jorge Cassilas 11


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New head coach at Dillard University - by Eurobasket News
After a record-breaking season with the Moss Point Tigers, head coach Dale Brown is leaving the program to fulfill his dream of becoming a college head coach at Dillard University.

'Coaching college basketball has always been a dream of mine,' Brown said. 'I had it (leaving Moss Point) in my mind at the end of last year.'

Brown will begin work next week at the private liberal arts university in New Orleans.

The former Pascagoula High basketball player and graduate returned to the Gulf Coast to coach the 2007-2008 season at Moss Point. The team ended its season at 32-6 after losing in the 4A state semifinals to Picayune. The Tigers broke the school record of 27 wins in a season by five.

'It was probably the best season in Moss Point High School history,' Brown said. 'Moss Point has been excellent, and they have given me the opportunity to be around family, friends and to bring scholarships to local kids.'

As a player, Brown received a scholarship to the University of Kentucky. He played there from 1991-93, but did not receive his degree before leaving. Brown returned to school at age 32 because former coaches and colleagues were offering him opportunities to coach that he could not take without a degree, he said.

'I didn't value my education in college. I had to learn the hard way,' Brown said.

In 1994 Brown signed a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, but left the team after his mother died in a car accident the same day.

Brown walked out of the Kings' training camp to be with his family. He went on to play in France and Greece.

One of Brown's goals at Moss Point was to obtain scholarships for local students, and four of the seven seniors from last year's team have received scholarships. Two of those seniors, Travis Jackson and Avry Ingram, will receive scholarships to attend Dillard and play under Brown.

'I know how hard it was to get a scholarship out of that area,' Brown said. 'I got on my guys every day to keep them on the right track.'

Travis Jackson, a 6-foot-7 power forward, planned to attend Arkansas State next year, but has decided to follow Brown because of his coaching style.

'I learned a lot from Coach Brown. He taught me a lot about the game of basketball, other than just putting the ball in the hoop,' Jackson said. 'I wouldn't want to play with any other coach. I'm glad to get more experience with him, and I'm going to make Moss Point proud.'

Avry Ingram, who played both shooting guard and point guard in his senior year, will receive a partial scholarship from Dillard. Ingram said he will play whatever position Brown assigns him.

'I feel more comfortable playing for him. I know his strategy,' Ingram said. 'I'm going to have to work as hard as the other players on the team, and show him that I want my spot on the team.'

Courtesy of www.gulflive.com


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  NBA   


Signing and injury news - by Bruno Baltazar

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) has signed a multi-year contract . Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In the past season Gibson averaged career highs of 10.4 points on .432 shooting, 2.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 58 games played (26 starts). He ranked fifth in the NBA in three-point percentage (.440). During the 2008 All-Star Weekend, the 22-year old guard was named MVP of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge after scoring 33 points on a game-record 11 three-pointers and finished second in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout.
It was clear at the end of the season that the Cavs would need to resign him due the fact they have 1 of their weakest points at the guard spot,Eric Snow is old and did not got many minuts of use ,so seems clear next season Gibson will get more minuts.

In another news,LA Lakers forward Luke Walton (6'8''-F-80, college: Arizona) will have bone spurs removed from his ankle this Friday ,he averaged 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds last season off the bench and in 21 playoff games, Walton averaged just six points and 2.6 rebounds in limited action, averaging just 16.8 minutes in 21 games.He will have the same type of surgery Ray Allen had early in 2007 .


The Indiana Pacers signed 2 players, guard Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) and center Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) on Tuesday.

Hibbert was drafted 17th overall in June out of Georgetown by the Raptors, and came to the Pacers in the trade that sent Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto. Rush, a guard from Kansas, was picked 13th by Portland and then deal to the Pacers for Jerryd Bayless.

Rush averaged 13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for national champion Jayhawks last season, and will join his brother, Kareem, on the Pacers roster. The 7-foot-2 Hibbert averaged 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Hoyas.



Latest signings - by Eurobasket News
After just one year at Texas A&M, DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88) signed contract with Los Angeles Clippers. The team grabbed him in the second round of the previous NBA draft. Jordan played 35 games for Texas A&M as a freshman averaging 7.9 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.3 bpg. He was named to be in 'Big 12 All-Freshman Team -08'. Previous summer Jordan was a member of USA National Team which participated at the World Championship in Belgrade winning the silver medal. They lost in the final game against the host Serbia U19.
Another reinforcement for the Clippers is Mike Taylor (6'2''-G-86, college: Iowa St.), who arrives from NBDL team Idaho Stampede. He played 31 games for the team adding 14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.3 apg and 1.3 spg. Idaho Stampede waived him in December 2007. Taylor had couple of work-outs this summer after what Trail Blazers picked him in the second round. Later Portland traded rights on him to the Clippers.
L.A. Clippers also acquired NBA veteran Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) from Denver. The Nuggets will have the option to exchange second round picks with the Clippers in 2010. Camby played 79 games for the Nuggets in regular season finishing it as a second rebounder greabbing 13.1 rpg. At the same time has also was the leading blocker of the league with 3.6 bpg. Before almost 6 years with the Niggets, Camby used to play for New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors. Los Angeles Clippers will be his fourth team in so far 13-year long NBA career .

Golden State Warriors announced signing of Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F-89), their 14th pick from the last NBA draft. As DeAndre Jordan, Randolph also got an NBA contract after just one year at LSU. He had 31 appearances for his school averaging 15.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 2.3 bpg.


Marco Belinelli leads Golden State in Summer League - by Eurobasket News
Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) had yet another night to remember as he erupted for 30 points to propel the Golden State Warriors past the Charlotte Bobcats 99:93. C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) delivered 23 points for the Warriors in the win. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87) paced the Bobcats with 30 points. The Warriors capitalized on 10 turnovers from Charlotte in the opening stanza to earn a 28:17 lead. Golden State stayed in front and enjoyed a 51:44 advantage at halftime. D.J. Augustin scored 12 points in the fourth period to revive the intrigue but the Warriors still survived. Belinelli added 9 points to his tally and led Golden State to the win. Brandan Wright and DeMarcus Nelson came up with 11 points apiece for the winners. Kyle Hines knocked down 14 points in defeat.
Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rider) converted a three-point play late in overtime to carry the Sacramento Kings past the Portland Trail Blazers 75:74. Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-G-88, college: Arizona) nailed a jumper at the of regulation and the teams were forced to play overtime. There Jason Thompson took over bringing the Kings a narrow win. Thompson finished with 17 points off the bench. Quincy Douby (6'3''-G-84, college: Rutgers) nailed 24 points to lead Sacramento. Jerryd Bayless led all scorers with 26 points for the Trail Blazers. Petteri Koponen (6'4''-G-88) dropped 18 points in a loss.
The Philadelphia 76ers overcame a 10-point first period deficit to topple the LA Lakers yesterday. Jason Smith (7'0''-F-86, college: Colorado St.), Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87) and Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) each scored 16 points and the 76ers celebrated an 81:73 victory at the end. Coby Karl (6'4''-G-83, college: Boise St.) answered with 18 points for the Lakers.


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  NCAA1   


United States celebrate second win at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Bahamas U18 115:51

United States Junior National Team earned their second win in a row in Formosa. The success meant United States team advanced to the semifinal stage at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and thus qualified for the U19 World Championship in New Zealand in 2009. Bahamas in the meantime suffered their second straight loss at the tournament. The USA dominated the game from the tip off. They outgunned their opponents 29:5 in the first period and were well in control of the situation throughout the rest of the contest. They held Bahamas team to 6 points in the second stanza and built a 59:11 lead at halftime. Bahamas finally came back to life in the second half and notched 40 points but it was still not enough to outscore the North Americans. The USA secured a thumping victory and remained on top of Group B. Travis Wear (6'9''-F-90) tallied 15 points and 4 boards for the USA. Mason Plumlee (6'11''-F-90) had 14 points and 14 boards, while JaMychal Green (6'9''-F/C-90) added 13 points and 8 caroms for the winners. Donathen Moss (6'7''-C-90) answered with 10 points for Bahamas. Olen Smith (-90) posted 9 points in a losing case. The USA team outrebounded their opponents 58:28 and forced those to 29 turnovers. United States will face Puerto Rico tonight. Bahamas and Venezuela will fight for the initial win at the tournament.

USA U18: Travis Wear 15, Mason Plumlee 14+14 boards, JaMychal Green 13
Bahamas U18: Donathen Moss 10, Olen Smith 9


Andrew Moore returns to EMU basketball program - by Eurobasket News
Andrew Moore, the director of basketball operations at Eastern Michigan University from 2000-02, is returning to the EMU men's basketball program as a full-time assistant coach, EMU head mens basketball coach Charles E. Ramsey has announced. He replaces Dave Donnelly who left to become the head mens basketball coach at Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas.

The 38-year-old Moore spent the 2007-08 season as a mens assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green State University and the previous five years as an assistant mens basketball coach at the University of Michigan. While with the Wolverines, he spent four years as an assistant coach and one season as the Director of Basketball Operations.

During his tenure in Ann Arbor, Michigan posted three 20-win seasons and had an overall record of 98-65 in the five seasons. The Wolverines won the postseason NIT title in 2004 and advanced to that tournaments championship game in 06.

Before making the short move to Ann Arbor, Moore spent two years as the director of basketball operations at EMU. His resume also includes four years at California University of Pennsylvania (1996-2000). After serving as an assistant coach for his first three years, he was promoted to assistant head coach for the 1999-2000 season.

Moore began his coaching career at Mt. Vernon High School, where he was an assistant coach for the varsity boys team (1992-94). He then moved on to Kenyon (Ohio) College, where he served as an assistant mens basketball coach and head mens golf coach (1994-96).

Moore is a 1992 graduate of Muskingum College, where he was named first-team All-American and Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1991-92. He was a three-time All-OAC selection and finished his career as the schools all-time scoring leader. Moore was inducted into Muskingums Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Moore and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Ypsilanti.

THE ANDY MOORE FILE
Name: Andrew Moore
Born: Born Feb. 19, 1970 in London, Ohio
High School: Mt. Vernon H.S. - Graduated in 1988
College: Muskingum College -
Graduated in 1992 with a bachelors degree in Speech and Communications
Married: Wife: Stephanie (Bromhead)

Coaching Experience
Year School/Business Position
2007-08 Bowling Green State University Mens basketball-Assistant mens basketball coach
2002-07 University of Michigan Mens basketball staff
2002-03 Mens basketball-Director of basketball operations
2003-07 Mens basketball-Assistant mens basketball coach
2000-02 Eastern Michigan University Mens basketball-Director of basketball operations
1999-00 California University of Pennsylvania Mens basketball-Associate head coach
1996-99 California University of Pennsylvania Mens basketball-Assistant head coach
1994-96 Kenyon College Mens basketball assistant coach; Mens golf head coach
1992-94 Mt. Vernon (Ohio) High School Boys varsity basketball assistant coach

Courtesy of www.emueagles.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Penney tries hard, Nowitzki tries better - by Eurobasket News
Germany -New Zealand 89:71

The New Zealand National Team lost the second game of the group to Germany but will continue to struggle for three spots for the Beijing Games. Germany reached the second win in the second game at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece. The Germans held off New Zealand 89:71 and advance to the Quarterfinals as the number one-team of Group B. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) was unstoppable with 35 points and 7 rebounds. Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) supported him with 20 points, while Pascal Roller (180-G-76) added 10. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) tried hard for the team from Oceania nailing 29 points and Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International) scored 14. The German team will return to action on Friday and take on Greece or Brazil in the Quarterfinal. New Zealand will now have to take on the winners of Group A in the quarter-finals and that means a likely quarter-final showdown against tournament hosts Greece, who were hosting Brazil in Wednesday's last game.
New Zealand gave as good as they got for 15 minutes with five of eight shooting from three-point range in the first quarter allowing them to take a 26:23 lead. They were never able to put any distance between themselves and the Germans, though, and the momentum started to swing midway through the second quarter when the score was knotted at 30:30.After overcoming some early nerves, Germany pulled away in the second quarter and limited the 'Tall Blacks' offense to seven points, while netting 24 on the other end to make it a 47:33 game at half. New Zealand reduced the gap after the break, but the Germans finally brought about a decision at the beginning of the closing ten minutes, when they went on a 9:0 spurt. Germany won the battle but both teams remain alive in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.

Germany:Dirk Nowitzki 35+7 rebs, Chris Kaman 20, Pascal Roller 10
New Zealand: Kirk Penney 29, Pero Cameron 14


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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  NICARAGUA   


Liga Premier updatings - by Gianni Pascucci
In last regular season game, Fupade Coast defeated 89-76 American College Eagles with Troy Watson (197-F/C-82) leading the way at 33 points and Jose Perez (180-G-80) adding 19, while Julio Gonzalez (-F) scored 22 pts for the Eagles. Some days after, started the playoffs, and American College prevailed over Jaguares UAM 94-76 with Servio Abea (191-F-78) and Carlos Rocha (-G/F) being the main performers, at 21 and 15 points, respectively. In the other semifinal, Fupade Coast is leading 2-1 over Caimanes de Santa Teresa

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  NORWAY   


BLNO - summer gossip - by Kaare Vangen
Ulriken Eagles:
Nima Taheri is ready for his sixth club. He started his career in Kristiansand Pirates, moved to Brums Verk and then to Bergen where he has played for Frya Ambassadors, Hop, Gimle and from this fall, Ulriken Eagles. Eagles will get a point guard with a lot of experience. Taheri is expected to be backup for Audun Eskeland who still not is fit for fight after he broke his ankle in December 2007.

David Hammer has also signed (another) season for Eagles. Nicholas Berge will come from Loddefjord to Eagles. The Eagles roster look like this at the moment: Audun Eskeland, Camilo Tellez, Leo Storm Omre, Nicholas Berge, Peter Bullock, Nima Taheri, Arne Danielsen, Marco Elsafadi, David Hammer, Ali Ouakkaha, Gunnar Voigt Nesb, Stephan Torsvik and Zdravko Brkic. Eagles look for one more import player and another Norwegian.

Morten Wede will be new assistant coach for Eagles. He is the son of the first chairman of the club, Gunnar Wede.

Fjellhamar Stallions:
Willy Sharma, Jan Terje Normann, Vegard Ludvigsen, Ahti Muhu, Marcin Jacubowski, Stephen Sliwinski and Adrian Rey will be back from last seasons roster. Alexandar Paunovic is close to signing a new contract.

New players are Stian Klokkersen, Jinsen He, Andreas Strm and Runar Olson. Xavi Mestdag, a Belgian guard who has played in the EBA-league in Spain is also signed.

Stallions expect to have a complete roster sometime in July.

Gimle:
Lose Nima Taheri to Ulriken Eagles and get Willie Dunn from Kristiansand Pirates.

Troms Storm:
Ronald Timus will leave 3B/Brums Verk and play for Troms next season. He was the leading scorer for 3B and will now be the American part of Troms together with a point guard. Anthony Williams and Mike Campbell is reported NOT to play for Storm next season. Galin Mihaylov and Dag Christensen have also signed for another season. Kelvin Woods will be new manager for basketball operations.


Pirates signed coach? - by Kaare Vangen
Local rumours says that Kristiansand Pirates have signed Goran Tomic as their new head coach. Pirates have got a license to play in Div 1 after pulling out of BLNO in April. Tomic played his first basketball in Bosnia. He has been coaching local teams in the Kristiansand area for many years. He is also the father of Toni Tomic who has a BLNO career in Kristiansand Pirates, Asker Aliens and Harstad Vikings.

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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Croatia wins Group D of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico -Croatia 81:95

Croatian National team won Group D of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men. Today European team overcame Puerto Rico 95:81. Trailing 14:26 after the opening quarter Croatia bounced back and finished with 2-0 record. Davor Kus (190-G-78) and Marko Tomas (200-G-85) led the winners with 15 points apiece. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84), Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and Marko Banic (204-F-84) all netted 12 points in a win. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) top-scored for the Latino Americans with 22 points. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) had a good game with 20 points and Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) posted 10. Croatia will face Canada in a quarter-final on Friday, while Puerto Rico must take on Slovenia.
Puerto Rico had a good start and desired to be first in the group. They started offensively and mounted in 14-2 run in the opening tip. Larry Ayuso three-ball extended the advantage to 26:9. Croatia woke up immediately and could reduce to 26:14 entering the second quarter. The second quarter saw Europeans taking the full advantage of the court. Croatia produced 29:14 to take the lead in the game. They went to the changing rooms in front at 43:40.
In the third quarter Croatia also played better and started to increase the lead. Davor Kus drilled a jumper to start a 14-2 run that Marko Marko Banic capped with two free throws to make it 61:48. In the last period the deficit was more than 10 points all the time and Croatia led the game to the winning end.

Puerto Rico:Larry Ayuso 22, Carlos Arroyo 20, Peter John Ramos 10
Croatia:Davor Kus 15, Marko Tomas 15, Roko-Leni Ukic 12, Nikola Prkacin 12, Marko Banic 12


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  PHILIPPINES   


Important night for Ginebra and Magnoila - by Eurobasket News
When they march onto the court of the Ynares Center Wednesday night, the Barangay Ginebra Kings and the Magnolia Beverage Masters know exactly what they have to do.

Three very important letters W I N are foremost on the minds of these teams coaching staffs.

The Kings and the Beverage Masters know fully well that if they accomplish their goal they would be rewarded with a place in semifinals of the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference.

That certainly sounds great for the two teams who have not gone into the Final Four for quite some time.

Ginebra survived a belated rally by Sta. Lucia for a 92-90 decision and Magnolia dominated Coca-Cola, 108-96, in the opener of their quarterfinal pairings on Sunday to move within a win of advancing to the Final Four.

Moments after their conquest of the Realtors, the reigning Philippine Cup champions, Ginebra coach Jong Uichico declared they are going for the kill, although he was frank enough to admit that carrying the plan won't be easy.

Their hunger though should be a great motivation for the Kings who have not been in the Final Four of the Fiesta Conference since the 2005-06 edition. Testament to it was their seven-game winning streak dating back to the eliminations.

Uichico said he is counting on his entire bench to get the job done.

'Everybody must step up offensively and defensively. We have to match their (Realtors) energy and intensity if we intend to get this series over with as soon as possible,' said Uichico.

Nobody can blame Uichico if he sounds pressured going into their scheduled 4:50 p.m. showdown.

The Realtors, after all, are no pushovers. They have shown they could be dangerous when their backs are against the wall. They underscored their resiliency in the wild card phase as they eliminated defending champion Alaska and pre-season favorite Talk N Text in the knockout round.

In this most crucial moment, Uichico is counting on Mark Caguioa for another explosive performance. The Ginebra hotshot scattered 30 points last Sunday.

Magnolia coach Siot Tanquingcen is also anticipating a tough challenge against the Coca-Cola in their 7:20 p.m. date.

The Beverage Masters completely dominated the Tigers in the opener but the Magnolia coach expects Coca-Cola mentor Binky Favis would make the necessary adjustments.

'In a short series like this, it's always good to win the first game. But definitely it doesn't mean anything,' Tanquingcen said.

Of course the Tigers can bounce back and maybe turn things round. But that will require a great deal of effort from big man Jason Dixon. But the bad news is that Dixon, who carried the Tigers on his broad shoulders in the eliminations, has been struggling the past few games.

Last Sunday he managed just six points on 3-of-8 shooting and cornered just seven boards. Things just got worse because Coke's new import Brandon Dean could do no better than eight points.

Unless Dixon rediscovers his deadly form and Dean submits respectable numbers in Game 2, chances of the Tigers forcing a sudden death playoff is unlikely.

The quarterfinals is a best-of-three series. The winner of the Ginebra-Sta. Lucia matchup will advance to a best-of-seven duel against Red Bull while the survivor of the other series between Magnolia and Coca-Cola will tangle with eliminations topnotcher Air21. (DBC)

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


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  POLAND   


Anwil almost completed its roster - by Michal Falkowski
Anwil Wloclawek is only one step to finish its roster for the upcoming season. Today, the official website of Anwil announced the signing of Marko Brkic (206-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) from Polpak Swiecie. Brkic is Serbian who typically is positioned as power forward, however he mainly prefers shooting behind the 6,25 m line. Last time he was a member of Polpak and helped team in beating Anwil in the quaterfinal of play-off phase. Last season he performed in 41 games and in 27 mpg. he was scoring 10,2 ppg. and grabbing 5,2 rpg. Before Swiecie, he had played, say, in Hemofarm, OKK Beograd and Igokea Aleksandrovac.
Morevoer, Anwil Wloclawek is negotiating with Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cal.St. Northridge) from Allianz Swans Gmuden, Austrian team. He plays as small forward and in the last season he was averaging 15,2 ppg., 5.2 rpg. and 3.6 apg. He also made his debut in ULEB Cup. American player will be the last strenghtening, if he signs a deal.


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Nuno Sousa goes to Coimbra - by Luis Rocha
Academica sign Nuno Sousa (186-G-84), a good point guard who plays last season in Liga UZO for Ginsio. This signing its the club response to the departure of Alexandre Gama (184-G-76), and now with the former signing of Diogo Simoes (178-G-80), Acadmica gets a very good tandem of point guards. Nuno is trying hard to establish himself as a top point guard in Portugal, but so far he didnt make it. Now another season and another club can be the exact turning point on his career. Also in Coimbra he can continue his studies, he follows a major in engineering.

Eki signs with Benfica - by Luis Rocha
The rumour as come true, Ekjersey Viana (203-F/C-77) sign with Benfica to play there next season. Eki was champion of Proliga this season playing for fisica and is good performances were able to provid him a better contract with one of the bigger clubs in Portugal. He can play 3, 4 or 5, hes tremendously quick for his height and that versatility make him very hard to be guarded. Benfica is near to complete its roster, untill now Miguel Barroca (182-G-84), Eki and Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) are the only signings, it is talked, that next the team will go for 3 foreign players.

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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.

Puerto Rico holds off Venezuela at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U18 - Venezuela U18 94:76

Puerto Rican U18 National Team achieved the main task at the FIBA Americas Championship. They posted their second straight win and booked the U19 World Championship ticket. Puerto Rico also qualified for the semifinals in Formosa, Argentina. They needed to overcome a slow start against Venezuelan team to deliver a winning result at the end. Venezuela relied on a sizzling performance from Gregory Echenique (208-C-90) in the first half to maintain the lead. They piled up a 25:18 advantage after the first quarter. Puerto Rico struck back in the second frame and Jesus Rivera put them in charge 34:32 midway through the frame. But Venezuela persisted and Echenique allowed them to enjoy a 44:42 advantage at the interval. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third stanza before Miguel Bocachica (196-F-90) drew things level at 64 at the end of the third frame. Puerto Rico opened the final period on an 8:0 run and never surrendered the lead. Six Puerto Rican players scored in double figures. Steven Miro (188-G-91) led the team with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Bocachica added 14 points, while Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) and Raymond Cintryn delivered 13 points apiece for the winners. Gregory Echenique led all scorers with 25 points and 15 rebounds for Venezuela. Miguel Rivas (182-G-90) secured 14 points in defeat. Puerto Rico will clash with the USA for the top spot in preliminary Group B today. Venezuela will play against Bahamas.

Puerto Rico U18: Steven Miro 19, Miguel Bocachica 14, Isaac Sosa 13, Raymond Cintryn 13
Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 25+15 boards, Miguel Rivas 14


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  SERBIA   


Kokoskov will be head coach of Phoenix Suns during the summer league - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian coach Igor Kokoskov will lead Phoenix Suns as a head coach during the summer league in Las Vegas. 'I am very flattered with fact that my new club and organization give me a chance to run our young team during the summer league. Our tendency is to expend number of young players in rotation with our experienced players, including NBA legends Shaquil ONeal, Grant Hill and Steve Nash' said Igor Kokoskov .
At the end of June Igor Kokoskov moved from Detroit Pistons to Phoenix Suns, where he will be assistant coach of Terry Porter.


Dejan Borovnjak leaves Partizan Igokea, news from Crvena Zvezda - by Dragan Jankovski
Hot summer for Serbian champion Partizan Igokea continues. After leaving of Pekovic, Kecman and Palacio and three singings during the last seven days, another player decided to leave the club. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) agreed to terminate the contract with Partizan in order to find a team where he will get a more chance to play. Borovnjak grew up in black-and-white team first as a cadet, later junior and finally as member of senior team. Since 2004 he has played for seniors while at the same time he was helping Partizan II, which competed in Serbian B league. During these four years Partizan grabbed four championship titles in Serbia as well as one National Cup. The team also was a champion of Adriatic league twice. Borovnjak registered the best digits last season in Adriatic league averaging 4.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 28 games. In Serbian Superleague he had 3.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 14 games while in Euroleague he didn't have a lot of chance to play. Borovnjak was a member of Serbian University Team which won silver medal on World University Games in Bangkok last summer.
In interview for Serbian media Borovnjak thanked to all people in the club because they gave him a chance to grow up as a player. At the same time he stated that he is young and the playing minutes are the most important thing for him at this moment. It is not known yet where Borovnjak will continue his career.

Crvena Zvezda still didn't find a head coach for the next season. Its first option Mihailo Uvalin already agreed terms with A1 team Mega Basket from Belgrade. The club is very interested in well respected head coach Bozidar Maljkovic but during the next couple of days it will be known are they able to meet all Maljkovic's expectations. Of course there are two big problems for Zvezda at the moment. First is Maljkovic's salary and the second one is a budget which will allow them to sign new players.


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  SLOVENIA   


Alpos Sentjur adds two Bosnians, Zagorac moves to Gandia, Markovic joins Kolin - by Zeljko Zule

Alpos Sentjur inked Armin Avdibegovic (189-G-84) ex Celik Zenica and his teammate Asmir Sadibasic (204-F/C-82) for one season with an option to extend the contracts for another one year.
Avdibasic averaged 28,5 minutes, 12,2 points and 1,5 assists in 21 games of B&H League and Sadibasic averaged 29,5 minutes, 11,4 points, 5,5 rebounds amd 0,4 blocks in 22 games of B&H League.

Spanish team Gandia (LEB ORO) inked Saso Zagorac (206-F/C-84, agency: World Sport Agency) ex Melilla for the upcoming season.

Marko Markovic (197-G/F-85, agency: World Sport Agency) has left Rudar (B1) to join Czech team Kolin.



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The Ashraf Lodewyk Memorial Tournament 2008 - by Tshepo Ditshego
Ashraf Lodewyk was a charismatic and talented former Wits University shooting guard who passed away in a car accident outside Cape Town 5 years ago. Before he passed Ashraf Lodewyk was loved and known by all in the South African basketball community before he passed on so early in his life along with his girlfriend. Every year in honour of his memory Wits University hosts this prestigious basketball tournament at Hall 29. This year the tournament started on Friday the 11th of July until Sunday the 13th of July. The tournament was not as well publicized as previous years and because of that not many teams entered. There was only a no-show of spectators throughout.

This year defending champions Wits Alumni, Egoli Magic, Momentum, Wits Rebels, Wits University and Scorpions entered the Mens tournament whilst Wits University, Raptors and Scorpions all competed for a title in the womens competition. Absent from the tourney were teams like UJ, Pretoria University, Pretoria Heat and Vaal who would have added much needed flavor and depth in the quality of ball at the A Lodewyk Memorial.

Although Wits Alumni were the defending champs, Egoli Magic was the favorite heading into the Mens tournament. They had beat Wits Alumni twice before, once in the first half of the LOP league and once at the Slam da Trash festival where they won R5000 in the process. So Wits Alumni had a point to prove and were looking to get revenge while Egoli wanted to prove that the previous victories were no fluke. They even recruited Neo Mothiba who normally plays for Pretoria Heat.

Egoli Magic cruised to the semi-finals in their group after blowing out Wits University by 45 Friday and beating down the Scorpions by 63 on Saturday. Wits Alumni had a tough opener against Wits Rebels who they beat by 5 points in a close game on Friday. They had an easier day in the office on Saturday after cruising past Momentum by 21 points and booking their place in the semis.

In the Womens tourney the Scorpions beat Wits by 6 points on Saturday but went on to lose to the Raptors by 8 later on that day. Wits recovered by beating the Raptors by 9 points and booking a place in the final against the Raptors on Sunday.

In the Semis Wits Alumni Crib-walked all over Wits University in an easy 37 point victory while Egoli dominated Wits Rebels in a 34 point victory. Wits Alumni and Egoli Magic started their game at 2pm on Sunday afternoon after the early morning semi. Wits Alumni got to the venue 10 minutes before tip-off and didnt really get a chance to warm up properly. But when the game started you couldnt really tell as Alumni got out to an early lead. The game was close until the end of the second quarter when Egoli Magic took the lead and never looked back. Egoli killed Alumni off drives from Joseph Mazibuko, Sifiso Ngcobo and by hitting all of their open jumpers. The easily shot over 60% from the field. Alumni on the other hand were not making theirs and also werent aggressive enough on offense. The Alumni D gave Egoli a lot of open looks and points in the paint. The highlight of the game was the defensive collapse which led to Lesego Molebatsi of the Magic getting an open look on the wing, passing up an open shot and deciding to take it strong to the hole where Joe Loo stood trying to take a charge. Lesego used the opportunity to dunk on Joe Loo who is usually the one who dunks on people. Talk about exclamation mark. Alumni just couldnt get back into it after that and went on to lose the game by 16 points. Alumni seems to be a lot weaker and less disciplined and this is why they have never been able to beat Egoli this year. Mboshe Ronunu of Alumni proved this when he earned a technical foul after complaining about a foul call.

After the final most of the players from Wits went to Ashrafs moms house in Maraisburg to have dinner with the Lodewyk family.

Hopefully next year the tournament will be bigger and better. Personally Im looking forward to that cooking again and hopefully winning the tournament for my dear friend Ashie who would have been a Wits Alumni player if he was still alive.


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Canada stays in the race, sends Korea packing - by Eurobasket News
Canada - South Korea 79:77

Canadian National Team crafted a spectacular comeback effort just hour ago to stay alive in the race for the Olympic birth. South Korea put up a fierce fight against Canada and put them on brink of losing it all. The teams entered the game having lost their first games and must win to remain in the contention. Korea jumped to an early 7:2 lead but Canada stayed alert and surged ahead after Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) and Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72, college: St.John's) nailed back-to-back treys. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) scored 4 points and Jeon Jung-Gyu (188-G-83) added two freebies to tie the scoreline at 20 at the end of the first period. However the Korean team went on a 12:2 run at the start of the second frame to grab a comfortable lead. Jeon Jung-Gyu and Joo-sung Kim capped the second frame with 10 straight points and Korea held to a 49:33 advantage at halftime. Jung Young-Sam (188-G/F-84) stretched the gap to 18 points early in the third quarter. But Canada refused to surrender. Joel Anthony and Rowan Barrett ignited a comeback effort that resulted in Korea leading by just 5 points at the end of the stanza. Rowan Barrett and Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) hit back-to-back trebles to put Canada in charge 78:77 with 34 seconds left. Joo-sung Kim missed a jumper and Jermaine Anderson sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Rowan Barrett led the winners with 22 points. Jermaine Anderson had 17 points, while Carl English added 12 for Canada. Jeon Jung-Gyu answered with 19 points for South Korea. Jung Young-Sam had 13 points in defeat. Canada will now face either Croatia or Puerto Rico in the quarterfinal.

Canada: Rowan Barrett 22, Jermaine Anderson 17, Carl English 12
South Korea: Jeon Jung-Gyu 19, Jung Young-Sam 13


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  SPAIN   


DKV Joventut lands Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
As Eurobasket already wrote about the possibility that Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) will join DKV Joventut it became officially announced by the club yesterday. Mensah-Bonsu put signature on a one year deal with the team. He played previous season in Benetton Treviso where he had 11 appearances in ULEB Cup finishing the competition as a fourth rebounder with 8.4 rpg. At the same time he registered 10 ppg and 1.0 spg. Mensah-Bonsu played 31 games in Italian Serie A where his average stats was 9.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.3 spg and 1.1 bpg. He already has some experience in ACB as he spent really short period in CB Granada joining them in May this year. After he graduated on George Washington in 2006, Mensah-Bonsu agreed term with NBA team Dallas Mavericks. He played only 12 games in regular season having 2.4 ppg and 1.8 rpg. Almost half of it he spent with NBDL team Fort Worth Flyers. Actually the Mavericks called him back to the roster couple times during the year. I his senior season at George Washington Mensah-Bonsu averaged 12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.7 bpg.

In the meantime James Singleton (203-F-81, college: Murray St.), who played last season for Tau Ceramica, signed contract with the Mavericks. Singleton grabbed the championship title with Tau outplaying Barcelona 3-0 in the play-off final while his team also became a winner of Spanish Supercup at the beginning of 07/08. The best stats last season Singleton registered in the play-off of when he for 8 games averaged 6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He had a bit lower digits in ACB regular season as well as in Euroleague. It won't be Singleton's first appearance in NBA as he already played for Los Angeles Clippers a season before Tau.


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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   


FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Bahamas U18 115:51
United States Junior National Team earned their second win in a row in Formosa. The success meant United States team advanced to the semifinal stage at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and thus qualified for the U19 World Championship in New Zealand in 2009. Bahamas in the meantime suffered their second straight loss at the tournament. The USA dominated the game from the tip off. They outgunned their opponents 29:5 in the first period and were well in control of the situation throughout the rest of the contest. They held Bahamas team to 6 points in the second stanza and built a 59:11 lead at halftime. Bahamas finally came back to life in the second half and notched 40 points but it was still not enough to outscore the North Americans. The USA secured a thumping victory and remained on top of Group B. Travis Wear (206-F-90) tallied 15 points and 4 boards for the USA. Mason Plumlee (210-F-90) had 14 points and 14 boards, while JaMychal Green (205-F/C-90) added 13 points and 8 caroms for the winners. Donathen Moss (201-C-90) answered with 10 points for Bahamas. Olen Smith (-90) posted 9 points in a losing case. The USA team outrebounded their opponents 58:28 and forced those to 29 turnovers. United States will face Puerto Rico tonight. Bahamas and Venezuela will fight for the initial win at the tournament.

USA U18: Travis Wear 15, Mason Plumlee 14+14 boards, JaMychal Green 13
Bahamas U18: Donathen Moss 10, Olen Smith 9


Canada U18 - Uruguay U18 76:56
Canadian Junior National Team remained perfect at the U18 FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa. They defeated Uruguay on the second day of the tournament and automatically ensured their U19 World Championship birth next year. Uruguay got to a better start to the game as they led 20:16 after ten minutes of action. But Canada had their secret weapon. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) nailed 11 points in a row for Canada in the second quarter, while defense worked hard and Canadian team gradually took over. They limited Uruguayan team to only 8 points in the period and established a 41:28 advantage at halftime. Canada kept on running well and piled up a 20-point cushion in the third frame. Uruguay never recovered suffering their second loss at the start of the event. Canada and Argentina share the top spot in Group A and would play for the top seed today. Robert Gagliardi finished with game-high 33 points for Canada. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) delivered 14 points and 12 boards, while Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) added 8 points and 7 caroms for the winners. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) replied with 14 points for Uruguay. Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) had 12 points in a losing effort. Canada held an advantage under the rims 45:33 in rebounds and limited their opponents to only 29% accuracy from the field. Uruguay will face Mexico tonight.

Canada U18: Robert Gagliardi 33, Mangisto Arop 14+12 boards, Marc Trasolini 8
Uruguay U18: Mathias Calfani 14, Nicolas Catala 12


Puerto Rico U18 - Venezuela U18 94:76
Puerto Rican U18 National Team achieved the main task at the FIBA Americas Championship. They posted their second straight win and booked the U19 World Championship ticket. Puerto Rico also qualified for the semifinals in Formosa, Argentina. They needed to overcome a slow start against Venezuelan team to deliver a winning result at the end. Venezuela relied on a sizzling performance from Gregory Echenique (208-C-90) in the first half to maintain the lead. They piled up a 25:18 advantage after the first quarter. Puerto Rico struck back in the second frame and Jesus Rivera put them in charge 34:32 midway through the frame. But Venezuela persisted and Echenique allowed them to enjoy a 44:42 advantage at the interval. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third stanza before Miguel Bocachica (196-F-90) drew things level at 64 at the end of the third frame. Puerto Rico opened the final period on an 8:0 run and never surrendered the lead. Six Puerto Rican players scored in double figures. Steven Miro (188-G-91) led the team with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Bocachica added 14 points, while Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) and Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) delivered 13 points apiece for the winners. Gregory Echenique led all scorers with 25 points and 15 rebounds for Venezuela. Miguel Rivas (182-G-90) secured 14 points in defeat. Puerto Rico will clash with the USA for the top spot in preliminary Group B today. Venezuela will play against Bahamas.

Puerto Rico U18: Steven Miro 19, Miguel Bocachica 14, Isaac Sosa 13, Raymond Cintron 13
Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 25+15 boards, Miguel Rivas 14


Argentina U18 - Mexico U18 108:69
Argentinean Junior National Team earned their second consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas championship. Argentina is hosting the event and is widely taken as one of the main favorites for the title. They achieved their first goal yesterday as the win meant they had qualified for U19 World Championship to be held in New Zealand in 2009. The hosts also booked their spot in the semis leaving Mexican counterparts without the playoffs. Mexico tried to stay in the contest in the opening frame and trailed by just a single point 24:25. But Argentinean youngsters soon showed who wear the breeches. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated well-balanced Argentinean offense and the home team went on a 32:13 rally in the second frame to build a 20-point cushion at halftime. Mexico failed to recover in the third stanza as Argentina dropped 25 points limiting their opponents to just 9. The outcome was pretty much decided on and the teams cruised to the end. Matias Nocedal topscored with 20 points for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) had 16 points, while Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90) tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds in a win. Juan Favela (183-G-91) answered with 16 points for Mexico. Jorge Cassilas notched 11 points in a losing case. Argentina outrebounded their opponents 54:23 and held them to 39% accuracy. Argentina in the meantime converted 53% of field goals. Argentina will face Canada in the final game of the elimination round today. Mexico takes on Uruguay.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 20, Luciano Gonzalez 16, Andres Landoni 13
Mexico U18: Juan Favela 16, Jorge Cassilas 11


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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce Ulker inks Marques Green and Devin Smith - by Eurobasket News
Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker announced signing of Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia). Both players arrive from Air Avelino and both of them signed 2-years contract with their new team.

Marques Green had 40 appearances for Avelino in Serie A finishing it as a second assistant with 6.7 apg. At the end of regular season he also was the third 'stealer' of the competition having 3.6 spg. Beside this he averaged 13.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg grabbing 'Guard of the year' and 'Import player of the year' awards. He already has experience from Turkey as he played for Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara two years ago. After 31 games in Turkish D1 he was a fifth leading scorer with 17.1 ppg as well as a top assistant and a 'stealer'. In May last year Green agreed terms with Nancy just for the play-of games after what he landed to Air Avelino. In the past he already spent one year in Nancy as well as one season in Roanne. Green graduated at St. Bonaventure in 2003.

Devin Smith also had wonderful last season with Avelino averaging 18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg and 2.2 spg for 39 games in Serie A. He is also awarded with getting his name to 'All-Italian Serie A 1st Team'. Before Avelino, Smith spent two seasons in Spanish Bruesa, one in LEB gold and the other one in ACB. He was third scorer in LEB gold with 15.8 ppg at this first season while his team captured the title and promotion to ACB. He graduated at Virginia University adding 16.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg at his senior year.


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Defend Ours, AGSUF wins Zero Tolerance hoops titles - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS - Defend Ours defeated the Blazers, 47-45, in double overtime in the 13-15 division, while Ain't Gonna See Us Fall topped the Brothers, 53-50, in the 16-18 division, as both teams swept their division championships on Monday night at the CAHS gym in the HP&R/Zero Tolerance Summer Basketball League.

Deshawn Holliday's 18 points and Shanel Caines' 14 points led Defend Ours, while Sekayi Petersen's 15 points and Roland Murrell's 11 led the Blazers. Defend Ours won Game 1 on Saturday, 43-36.

Alson Creque led AGSUF with 14 points, followed by Jelani Walters with 10. Curtio Fredericks and Charles Pemberton led the Brothers with 11 points each. AGSUF took Game 1 on Saturday, 60-51.

Game 3 of the 9-12 division championship series between the Brothers and Come 2 Defend is tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the BCB gym

Interneighborhood basketball tournament

ST. CROIX - Caribbean Education Initiative, in conjunction with SunStroke Promotions, will host the CEI Interneighborhood Basketball Tournament beginning on July 24. The tournament is open to children ages 13-15 and will be played in various housing communities.

There will be a mandatory meeting for all coaches at Central High's Ronald Charles Gymnasium on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and the deadline for rosters will be on Friday. All persons interested in entering a team can e-mail their rosters to: visunlover@live.com or call Tamarah at 332-6280.


Hoyas Outlast Lakers 76-75 in CBA Barn Burner - by David Edole
July 15, 2008 -- The defending-champion Hoyas are showing everyone in the Choices Basketball Association League that they are not ready to go gentle into that good night, as they took down yet another hot upstart team Monday night -- the previously undefeated Lakers -- 76-75 at the Central High School Gym.
This game was arguably the most exciting of the season, with fans for both teams screaming their approval. The teams exchanged leads some six times in the last two minutes. In the end, though, it would be a defensive breakdown by the Lakers that cost them the game. Twice they took the lead in the waning minutes only to see the Hoyas retake the lead on breakaway layups. The final breakaway layup by the Hoyas' Eddie 'Hot Sauce' Castillo, after the Lakers had taken the lead with 16 seconds, proved to be the dagger.
The teams played an evenly matched first half, with the Lakers enjoying a two-point lead at the break, 37-35. The big story for the Lakers -- along with good team defense -- was 'Sugar' Shane Hodge, who started the game on fire with 10 first-quarter points and six in the second period for a total of 16 first-half points.
The defending champs opened the second half on a 13-8 run to take their first lead of the game at 48-45. They would maintain control of the game mostly because of the excellent play of one of their star players, Karl John. He exploded for 11 third-quarter points to help propel his squad to the lead. After a three-pointer by Castillo, the Hoyas would enjoy their biggest lead, eight points, at 55-47. They ended the third quarter with a seven-point lead at 56-49.
Robert Duck got hot for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, and he and Hodge poured in eight points apiece to bring the Lakers right back into the game. The Lakers had appeared to catch a huge break at the 5:30 mark when John was ejected for aggressively arguing a call by one of the referees. They trailed at the time by six at 67-61.
Consecutive baskets by Hodge and Rondel Harris brought the Lakers to within two at 67-65 with 3:27 left in the game. After an exchange of baskets, Duck tied the game at 69 on a put-back dunk. Three straight points by the Hoyas gave them the lead again at 72-69. Hodge then scored to make the score 72-71. A turnover and a foul put the Lakers' Jerome Nathaniel at the foul line to shoot two free throws. He made both shots to give his team the lead at 73-72, to the delight of his team's loudly cheering fans.
However, the Lakers did not get back on defense after the made basket, and Castillo was down on the other end collecting a long pass from Hendricks for an easy layup, giving the Hoyas the lead with 35 seconds left. Hodge would then swoop to the basket on the Lakers' next possession to give the lead back to his team at 75-74. But again the Lakers failed to get back on defense, and with 13 seconds left in the game Castillo was on the other end of another long Hoyas pass for an easy layup -- the game clincher this time.
With John out of the game, the Hoyas had to turn to their other star players, Castillo and Darnell Hendricks, to provide the offense down the stretch, and they did not disappoint. Hendricks hit six of six clutch free throws down the stretch, and Castillo scored the last two baskets for the Hoyas on breakaway layups to help put away the Lakers.
The Hoyas had three players netting 20 points in the game in the persons of Castillo, Hendricks, and John. John also had four blocks and four steals on the night. For the Lakers, 'Sugar' Shane poured in a game-high 29 points and hauled down eight boards, while Duck netted 17 points with 14 rebounds and five assists.


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Facts and Figures from the 2008 Olympic Qualifing Tournament in Athens - by George Manousidis

Memories: Lebanon is the team that Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) faced in his breakout year with the Mens National Team. The 28-year old guard competed with the National Team for the very first time on September 5, 2001
in the context of the Tunis Mediterranean Games (Greece Lebanon 101 56) and scored 6 points.
The one-hundred+ club: During the Supercup Tournament, which was held in Bamberg and in the National Teams game against Puerto Rico, Dimitris Diamantidis celebrated 100 participations wearing the national teams uniform, while in the game against Croatia (during the Acropolis Tournament) he marked his 101st. From the Greek Mens National Team current players Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (with 120) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) (with 103) are also part of the 100+ participations club, while Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) (with 98) is only two away from becoming a member as well.
Euroleague: Twenty-nine players who competed in the 2007-2008 Euroleague competitions will be vying in the tournament. Greece has the lead in the list of representatives (with 10 players), followed by Croatia (7),
Slovenia (4), Brazil (3), Germany (3), and Puerto Rico (2).
ΝΒΑ: Eight representatives of NBA teams will be there in the roll-call of the tournament, the name most heavily weighing on the list of NBA stars being that of Dallas Mavericks German native Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78).
Germany, Canada, Slovenia and Puerto Rico number two representatives each. Dallas and Toronto have two players each in the Tournament, while Miami, Philadelphia, Orlando and Clippers just one apiece.
A peculiar case: Slovenian native Uro Slokar is the only player to have competed on both sides of the
Atlantic last year. He began the season as a Raptors player, but not having been given time in the games he chose to finish his career with Dynamo Moscow Region (Russia).
Exact opposites: All Lebanese players compete with teams from their homeland, whereas none of the
Cape Verde players compete in theirs.
Inactive: Korean Seung Jin Ha and Cape Verdes Tony Barros and Fidel Mendonca do not currently belong to a club.
Fifth division player: Cape Verde player Antonio Monteiro competes with the French CS Мeaux, a 5th
division club. (!)
The lions share: Six of the Lebanon Mens National Team players last year competed for the Al Riyadi club of Beirut.
Draft: The player ranking highest in the NBA drafts is Chris Kaman of Germany : in 2003 he was drafted at number 6 by the L.A. Clippers, where he still plays to this day.
Father - Son: In Canada, Leo Rautins has been sitting on the Senior Mens National Team bench since 2004 and the players on his roster include his son Andy, age 22, whos a Syracuse University graduate and is making his debut with the national team.
Change of nationality: Chris Kaman has become a German national thanks to his grandparents and acquired the right to participate in the German national team. Nick Horvath was a US citizen till last year; however his marriage to a New Zealand native at the beginning of 2008 earned him the right to appear with the Tall Blacks.
Diversity: Cape Verde counts with eight players not having been born in the country, while Lebanon has players originating from five different countries (Lebanon, the USA, United Emirates, Kuwait and Canada).
ACB at No 1: Spain may very well not be partaking in the Tournament; nevertheless ACB is the league in which most of the Tournament players compete in (17).
Youngster: Born on January 11, 1978 Lazare Adingono (Cameroon) is the youngest amongst the 12 teams coaches.
Around the block and back: Right at the other end of the spectrum lies Brazils coach, the Spanish native Jos Manuel Moncho Monsalve, who was born on New Years Day in 1945.
Tower power: Measuring 2.22meters in height, Koreas Ha Seung-Jin ranks first amongst the tall guys, followed by Peter John Ramos of Puerto Rico who stands 2.20 meters tall.
In small packages: The shortest players in the Tournament are Pascal Roller (Germany), Kim Taesul (Korea), and Corey Webster (New Zealand) with a mere 1.80 m.
Wise old man: Canadian Rowan Barrett, who played for Daphni (2001-02), is the oldest of the bunch having been born on November 24, 1972.
Teenager: Born on March 1, 1989, Cameroon native Alexis Wangmene is the youngest player in the Tournament.
Happy birthday: During the Tournament, there will be birthday candles blown by Brazils Murilo Becker da Rosa (14/07), Puerto Ricos Joel Jones Camacho (17/07) and Cape Verdes Antonio Monteiro (19/07).
Teams statistics: With 39-15 wins against the remaining eleven teams participating in the Tournament,
Brazil has the best track record. It has never known defeat from Korea (6-0) or Lebanon (1-0) and is running a 13-1 streak against Canada that last beat Brazil in the 1936 Olympic Basketball Tournament (with a score of 24-17). Korea has the worst track record with 17 %, that is to say just 4 victories in 23 games, followed by New Zealand with 1-4 victories (20%). Greece has never been beaten by Canada (2-0),
Korea (3-0), and Lebanon (1-0)....


From the official web site of HEBA



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Canada U18 qualifies for the U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Uruguay U18 76:56

Canadian Junior National Team remained perfect at the U18 FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa. They defeated Uruguay on the second day of the tournament and automatically ensured their U19 World Championship birth next year. Uruguay got to a better start to the game as they led 20:16 after ten minutes of action. But Canada had their secret weapon. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) nailed 11 points in a row for Canada in the second quarter, while defense worked hard and Canadian team gradually took over. They limited Uruguayan team to only 8 points in the period and established a 41:28 advantage at halftime. Canada kept on running well and piled up a 20-point cushion in the third frame. Uruguay never recovered suffering their second loss at the start of the event. Canada and Argentina share the top spot in Group A and would play for the top seed today. Robert Gagliardi finished with game-high 33 points for Canada. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) delivered 14 points and 12 boards, while Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) added 8 points and 7 caroms for the winners. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) replied with 14 points for Uruguay. Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) had 12 points in a losing effort. Canada held an advantage under the rims 45:33 in rebounds and limited their opponents to only 29% accuracy from the field. Uruguay will face Mexico tonight.

Canada U18: Robert Gagliardi 33, Mangisto Arop 14+12 boards, Marc Trasolini 8
Uruguay U18: Mathias Calfani 14, Nicolas Catala 12


Capurro will play the Uruguayan League 2009 - by Hector Lopez
Matias Lado (174-G-85) netted a two points shot with six seconds left giving Capurro the Metropolitan Championship with a win over Aguada 64-63, in the last game of the regular season. Capurro will play the Uruguayan League 2009. The teams placed from the 2nd place to the 5th. will play for the second spot fot the LUB. Aguada will play against the winner of three teams tied Yale, Goes and Urunday Universitario), while Verdirrojo and Nacional will play the other best of three semifinal serie. Marne already lost their position in the Metro League and will play for the Third Division. Larre Borges and Waston will play an extra game and the loser will also go to Third Divisin.
The results ann import playters figures were as follows:
Capurro 64 - Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 10 points and 6 rebounds
Aguada 63 - Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) 19 points and 11 rebounds
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Nacional 80 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 10 points and 10 rebounds
Goes 78 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: Wofford) 26 and 12 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 92
Larre Borges 85 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 29 points and 6 rebounds
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Yale 79 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 17 and 24 rebounds
Marne 78
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Waston 85
Larranaga 83
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Urunday 78
Verdirrojo 70 - Cam-Ron Clay 20 points 11 rebounds


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Capurro 20-4 
 2. Aguada 19-5 
 3. Verdirrojo 14-10 
 4. Nacional 13-11 
 5. Urunday Univ. 12-12 
 6. Yale 12-12 
 7. Goes 12-12 
 8. Olivol Mundial 11-13 
 9. 25 de Agosto 10-14 
 10. Larranaga 10-14 
 11. Larre Borges 9-15 
 12. Guruyu Waston 9-15 
 13. Marne 5-19 


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Puerto Rico holds off Venezuela at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U18 - Venezuela U18 94:76

Puerto Rican U18 National Team achieved the main task at the FIBA Americas Championship. They posted their second straight win and booked the U19 World Championship ticket. Puerto Rico also qualified for the semifinals in Formosa, Argentina. They needed to overcome a slow start against Venezuelan team to deliver a winning result at the end. Venezuela relied on a sizzling performance from Gregory Echenique (208-C-90) in the first half to maintain the lead. They piled up a 25:18 advantage after the first quarter. Puerto Rico struck back in the second frame and Jesus Rivera put them in charge 34:32 midway through the frame. But Venezuela persisted and Echenique allowed them to enjoy a 44:42 advantage at the interval. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third stanza before Miguel Bocachica (196-F-90) drew things level at 64 at the end of the third frame. Puerto Rico opened the final period on an 8:0 run and never surrendered the lead. Six Puerto Rican players scored in double figures. Steven Miro (188-G-91) led the team with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Bocachica added 14 points, while Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) and Raymond Cintryn delivered 13 points apiece for the winners. Gregory Echenique led all scorers with 25 points and 15 rebounds for Venezuela. Miguel Rivas (182-G-90) secured 14 points in defeat. Puerto Rico will clash with the USA for the top spot in preliminary Group B today. Venezuela will play against Bahamas.

Puerto Rico U18: Steven Miro 19, Miguel Bocachica 14, Isaac Sosa 13, Raymond Cintryn 13
Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 25+15 boards, Miguel Rivas 14


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 (195-F/G-76) 18 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 16 points and 9 rebounds, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 16 points, Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) 15 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 4 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 3 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 3 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 2 points

TRO: Will Caudle (206-C-82) 13 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 10 points, Joe Shipp (197-F-81) 10 points, Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) 8 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 7 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 6 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 6 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 4 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 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 (185-G-76) 22 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 18 points, Manuel Guzman (203-F-82) 17 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 16 points, Duke Freeman-McKamey (208-F-80) 10 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 5 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 5 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 2 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 2 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F) 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 (190-G-85) 11 points, Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) 7 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 7 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 6 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 5 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 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 (204-F-78) 15 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 15 points, Darnell Miller (195-G-82) 11 points and 8 rebounds, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 11 points, Rogers Washington (202-F-77) 9 points, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 7 points, Jose Mora (188-G-73) 6 points, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 3 points
GAI: Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80) 14 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 13 points, Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74) 10 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 8 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 8 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 5 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 5 points, Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) 3 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) 2 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 (186-G-80) 3 points, Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) 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 (190-G-85) 11 points, Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) 7 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 7 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 6 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 5 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 1 point
GAT: Manuel Guzman (203-F-82) 19 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 11 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 9 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 9 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 7 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 7 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 7 points, Kenya Capers (194-F-73) 4 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 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, Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74) 20 points
GUAI: Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 28 points




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  ALBANIA - Women  


Albania U16 smashes Gibraltar U16 in Monaco - by Eurobasket News
Albania U16 - Gibraltar U16 86:38

Albania U16 smashed Gibraltar U16 at the European Championship in Division C. It was a slow start from both teams but Albania jumped on top, 12:10. Later on they controlled the game increasing the lead from quarter to quarter. The last period saw Albanian team too good for the opponent as they had 35:4 in it. Dashja led the winners with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Lalaj ended up with 11, while Metani had 9. Currie top-scored with 15 points in defeat and Reyes had 14.

Albania U16:Dashja 20+15 rebs, Lalaj 11, Metani 9
Gibraltar U16: Currie 15, Reyes 14


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Russia U20 the first to book their spot in the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20-Belarus U20 90:50

Russia U20 became the first team to book their spot in the semifinals of the U20 European Championship for Women. The team had another massive win over the opponent, that time Belarus 90:50. The win in all quarters lifted them to 4-0 record and remain undefeated in the tournament. Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) paced all the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) and Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) followed her with 12 points apiece. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 13 points and Tatsiana Sinkevich (168-G-88) netted 12.
Romanova opened the game for the winners making the first jump shot in the opening quarter. Belarus replied every time the Russian scored and after 4 minutes in the court took even 10:9 lead. That was however the only lead for Belarus in the game. Alexander Kovalev's side opened a five-point gap in leading 19:16 after the first period. Russia mounted in 16-3 surge to pull ahead 35:21. Natalia Vieru closed the first half at 43:23 for the favorites.
In the third quarter Belarus played more offensively and could score 21 points, which was more than in the second and the last together. Russia did not mind and suggested their 67:44 after three periods.The end of the game did not bring lots of interest, but brought success for the Russian squad that advanced to the semis of the tournament. Keyru set up the final, 90:50 score.

Russia U20:Yulia Lukina 16+9 rebs, Olga Zhuzhgova 12, Natalia Vieru 12
Belarus U20:Natallia Kozun 13, Tatsiana Sinkevich 12


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New signings in Lukoil Neftochimik - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian runner-up Lukoil Neftochimik announced signing of Dionne Brown (188-F/C-82, college: Baylor) on a one year contract. Brown already played for Lukoil two seasons ago when she was named to be the 'Player of the Year' by eurobasket.com. For 29 games in Bulgarian top division she averaged 21.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 1.6 spg. She finished the competition as a fourth scorer as well as a fifth rebounder. Lukoil Neftochimik was the regular season champion in Bulgaria reaching the play-off final. At the same time the team reached final in Bulgarian National Cup. In the past Brown spent half of the season in Turkish team Migros.

At the same time Lukoil Neftochimik inked Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) for the upcoming season. Wojwoski is a guard who can be used on position 3 as well. She spent previous two seasons in German runner-up TV 1872 Saarlouis. Wojdowski had 18 appearances in DBBL averaging 12.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. For the first time she joined Saarlouis during the summer 2006 but she played first half on the previous season in Luxembourgian team Musel Pikes. She appeared in Musel's jersey only in EuroCup where she played 6 games having 13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.3 spg. Her last team Saarlouis grabbed the trophy in German National Cup this year. Rachel Wojdowski signed contract with 10-day try-out option with Lukoil. She supooses to arrive in Burgas on September the first.

Before these two players, Lukoil Neftochinik already agreed terms with Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) and Silvia Peeva (171-G-79).


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Trinidad and Tobago National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Doursiel Moore (188-F/C) of Florida International University (USA)
Sharmion Selmon (183-F) of American International College (USA)
Trecha Jackson-Kennedy (170-G-82) of Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE)
Ayanna Phillip (188-F/C-82) of Pantterit Helsinki (FIN)
Alicia Liverpool (188-C-85) of Defence Force
Fanta Patterson (183-F-88) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Mahalia Simpson (178-G-76) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Hanifah Hector (183-C/F) of Alpha Engineering Star Seekers
Patrice Edwards (198-C-84) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Natalie Peters (178-G-74) of UTC Maloney Pacers
Annola Charles (178-G-86) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Pietra Gay (183-F-74) of Courts Horizon
Rhea Codio (173-G-88) of Independence CC (USA)
Tishana Edwards (178-G) of Fairleigh Dickinson University (USA)
Head Coach: Christopher Jackson
Coach Assistant: Trevor McLeod
Coach Assistant: Erica Plouden

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


The hosts edged Czech Republic U20 - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20-Italy U20 68-80 (22-21, 13-18, 12-17, 21-24)

The hosts of U20 European Championship beat in the last game of the day Czech Republic U20 80:69. It was the second win for Italy that improved to 2-2. Trailing 21:22 after the opening quarter Italy bounced back in the second half and won the campaign. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) led the winners with 19 points. Arianna Zampieri (181-F-88) posted 17, while Emilia Bove (185-C-88) added 14. Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) and Eva Mrhalkova (175-F/G-88) top-scored for the Czechs with 16 points each. Lenka Sipova (185-C-88) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds as her team fell at 1-3.
Czech Republic U20 did not mind to take the first lead playing with the hosts. Even trailing some points later, Bartakova brought her team to 17:13 advantage. Czech Republic U20 still remained in front after the opening quarter 22:21. Italy did not wait for a long time and replied with 18:13 in the second period. Rossi sent the team to the locker for 39:35 home advantage.
Arianna Zampieri scored five points in the last minute of the third quarter to see her team taking 56:47 lead. It was her again in the beginning of the last stanza making 64:54 as Italians were ready to benefit from the game. Czech Republic U20 tried hard to recover but could not upset the hosts. Emilia Bove nailed two to set up the final 80:68 win.

Czech Republic U20:Katerina Hindrakova 16, Eva Mrhalkova 16, Lenka Sipova 14+14 rebs
Italy U20: Chiara Consolini 19, Arianna Zampieri 17, Emilia Bove 14


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Division C. First games - by Eurobasket News
14.07
Scotland U16 - Malta U16 76:60


Scottish U16 National Team rolled to the initial victory at the European Championship in Division C. The event started on Monday in Monaco and featured six teams. Scotland entered the tournament as the defending champions as they celebrated the title in 2006. The teams looked well-matched in the opening stanza with Scotland earning an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the action. However Erin McGarrachan proved the difference later on. She was merely unstoppable in the paint and ignited a massive rally from Scottish team that left Malta far behind. Scotland accumulated a 38:23 lead at halftime and never looked back afterwards. Malta managed to clip the deficit by a single point in the third frame but it was not enough to spark the intrigue. Scottish team breezed to an overall win at the end. Erin McGarrachan exploded with massive 36 points and 12 boards for Scotland. Jennifer Lynn posted 14 points, while Emilia Rossi had 12 in a winning case. Stephanie De Martino answered with 16 points and 14 boards for Malta. Rebecca Naudi notched 15 points and 9 rebounds in a loss. Two best teams of each group will await their opponents in the semis. Two other semifinals will be decided on in the qualifying round. Scotland will play against Monaco tonight.

Scotland U16: Erin McGarrachan 36+12 boards, Jennifer Lynn 14, Emilia Rossi 12
Malta U16: Stephanie De Martino 16+14 boards, Rebecca Naudi 15



Albania U16 - Gibraltar U16 86:38
Albania U16 smashed Gibraltar U16 at the European Championship in Division C. It was a slow start from both teams but Albania jumped on top, 12:10. Later on they controlled the game increasing the lead from quarter to quarter. The last period saw Albanian team too good for the opponent as they had 35:4 in it. Dashja led the winners with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Lalaj ended up with 11, while Metani had 9. Currie top-scored with 15 points in defeat and Reyes had 14.

Albania U16:Dashja 20+15 rebs, Lalaj 11, Metani 9
Gibraltar U16: Currie 15, Reyes 14



15.07
Iceland U16 - Gibraltar U16 108:24


Icelandic U16 National Team got to a flying start of their European Championship in Division C campaign. Yesterday they blew out Gibraltar to post the first win in the preliminary Group B. The pool also features Albania and Iceland will play against them today to decide on the winner of the Group. The top team will automatically secure the semifinal appearance. The second and third teams of the group will play in the qualifying round for a chance to join in the semis stage. Iceland looked too good for Gibraltar in this one. They stunned their opponents in the opening stanza 37:4. Gibraltar never recovered losing the second stanza 31:8 and trailing by unassailable 56 points at halftime. Iceland completed the task in the second half finalizing an impressive rout. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the action with 24 points and 9 boards for Iceland. Bergdis Ragnarsdottir delivered 15 points and 9 boards, while Heidrun Kristmundsdottir contributed 12 points for the winners. Zainya Reyes knocked down 10 points for Gibraltar but committed massive 16 turnovers down the stretch. Iceland will take on Albania later tonight. Gibraltar lost two games in a row and would face the second-best team from Pool A in the qualifying round.

Iceland U16: Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 24, Bergdis Ragnarsdottir 15, Heidrun Kristmundsdottir 12
Gibraltar U16: Zainya Reyes 10


Malta U16 - Principality of Monaco U16 56:36
Maltese Cadet team rebounded posting their first win at the tourney. They defeated hosting Monaco 56:36 to top the table in Group A. Malta led right from the start and enjoyed a 31:19 advantage at halftime. Monaco scored just two points in the final quarter and never threatened Maltese lead. Rebecca Naudi nailed 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Malta. Elena Cassar had 10 points and 15 boards for the winners. Cecilia Marechal dropped 16 points for Monaco in a loss.

Malta U16: Rebecca Naudi 15 points, 7 rebounds, Elena Cassar 10 points and 15 boards
Principality of Monaco U16: Cecilia Marechal 16 points


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Division A. Qualifying round. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP E
France U20-Turkey U20 65:57

France U20 beats Turkey U20 in the game of two different halves at U20 European Championship. The French side trailed after the first one, but then produced 17:6 in the third quarter to seal 65:57 victory in Group E.
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) had a great game with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) netted 14, while Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) scored 9. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) finished the night with 19 points in defeat and Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. France improved to 3-1 and Turkey dropped to 2-2 in the group.
Turkey opened the game with 5 straight points and the rest of the first quarter was a real battle, ending with Turkey up 14:13.
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga was the last to score in the quarter to reduce the gap for her team. In the second quarter the teams exchanged the lead often but again Turkey was in front by the end of it. The latter went to the lockers having 31:29 advantage at the halftime.
Bilge scored for Turkey in the beginning of the third quarter, but then the spectators saw silence from Turkey.
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga tallied eight points in a 17-4 French surge over the remainder of the third period for a 46:37 lead going into the fourth. The game was not over as Turkey closed the gap to 57:53 with 3.23 remaining in the game. France however pushed the tempo and reached 65:57 win.


France U20:
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 22+16 rebs, Carine Paul 14, Lorraine Lokoka 9
Turkey U20:
Bahar Caglar 19, Yasemin Dalgalar 12+11 rebs

Serbia U20 - Latvia U20 61:57
Serbian U20 National Team withheld a determined comeback effort from Latvian Junior Team to celebrate another win at the European championship in Italy. The victory improved Serbia to 3-1 record in the qualifying Group E. Latvian youngsters fell to 1-3 record. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) (191-F/C-89) put Serbia up 8:2 early in the game. However Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) nailed all 10 Latvian points in the first frame to keep the Baltic team in contest. However Sonja Petrovic capped the frame with 5 straight points and Serbia led 17:10 ten minutes into the game. Jelena Milovanovic netted 12 points in the second quarter and Serbian team maintained an 8-point lead at halftime. However Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) and Steinberga chipped in 8 points early in the third frame to cut the deficit to 2 points. The teams traded baskets before Sonja Petrovic crowned the third quarter with a layup for Serbian 45:42 advantage. Latvian U18 team clipped the difference to a single point midway through the final period but Serbia answered with an 8:3 run to accumulate a 6-point buffer with just over a minute remaining. Kristine Vitola (196-C-91) drained a three-pointer to carry Latvia within two points from Serbia with 7 seconds left. However Sonja Petrovic sealed the winning outcome with two freebies. Jelena Milovanovic secured 23 points and 7 boards for Serbia. Sonja Petrovic contributed 18 points and 13 boards for the winners. Sabine Niedola was impressive with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Latvia. Baiba Eglite had 12 points in defeat. Serbia will take on Turkey, while Latvia will face Italy tomorrow.

Serbia U20: Jelena Milovanovic 23, Sonja Petrovic 18+13 boards, Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) 7
Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 20+18 boards, Baiba Eglite 12

GROUP F
Russia U20-Belarus U20 90:50
Russia U20 became the first team to book their spot in the semifinals of the U20 European Championship for Women. The team had another massive win over the opponent, that time Belarus 90:50. The win in all quarters lifted them to 4-0 record and remain undefeated in the tournament. Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) paced all the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) and Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) followed her with 12 points apiece. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 13 points and Tatsiana Sinkevich (168-G-88) netted 12.
Romanova opened the game for the winners making the first jump shot in the opening quarter. Belarus replied every time the Russian scored and after 4 minutes in the court took even 10:9 lead. That was however the only lead for Belarus in the game. Alexander Kovalev 's side opened a five-point gap in leading 19:16 after the first period. Russia mounted in 16-3 surge to pull ahead 35:21. Natalia Vieru closed the first half at 43:23 for the favorites.
In the third quarter Belarus played more offensively and could score 21 points, which was more than in the second and the last together. Russia did not mind and suggested their 67:44 after three periods.The end of the game did not bring lots of interest, but brought success for the Russian squad that advanced to the semis of the tournament. Keyru set up the final, 90:50 score.

Russia U20:Yulia Lukina 16+9 rebs, Olga Zhuzhgova 12, Natalia Vieru 12
Belarus U20:Natallia Kozun 13, Tatsiana Sinkevich 12

Montenegro U20- Lithuania U20 48:100
Lithuanian team that lost two openers with the inappropriate results is progressing game after game and now thrashes the opponents. Montenegro with two best top-scorers in the Preliminary round had nothing to do against Baltic team in the first game of Group F. Busaite 's three with 8 seconds in the end made the score 100:48. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) was unstoppable with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Radvile Autukaite (175-G-91) posted 15, while Dovile Miliauskaite (188-F-89) nailed 13. Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) top-scored for Montenegro with 22 points and Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) added 10. Lithuania improved to 1-3 in the Qualifying Round group, while Montenegro has no wins.
Lithuania scored first six points in the game as the team spurt for the win. In the end of the first quarter the Baltic team created 9-0 run to take 24;12 advantage by the end of the opening quarter. In the second one Montenegro played horrible in offense and scored only 7 points. Lithuania remained in control and produced their offensive style. The first half the teams leaving the court for 45:19.
Milica Jovanovic scored first in the third quarter as Montenegro scored the first four points in the game. Povilionyte's three closed the quarter at 67:34 to send the teams to the last period. The end of the game was too different for both teams. Montenegro desired to reduce the gap, while Lithuania wished to reach three digits. In the end Baltic team mounted in 11-2 run to seal 100:48 win. Busaite 's three with 8 seconds in the end was the last as Lithuania was too good to celebrate.

Montenegro U20:Milica Jovanovic 22, Snezana Aleksic 10
Lithuania U20:Gintare Petronyte 31+12 rebs, Radvile Autukaite 15, Dovile Miliauskaite 13


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  FRANCE - Women  


The game of two different halves - by Eurobasket News
France U20-Turkey U20 65:57

France U20 beats Turkey U20 in the game of two different halves at U20 European Championship. The French side trailed after the first one, but then produced 17:6 in the third quarter to seal 65:57 victory in Group E. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) had a great game with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) netted 14, while Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) scored 9. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) finished the night with 19 points in defeat and Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. France improved to 3-1 and Turkey dropped to 2-2 in the group.
Turkey opened the game with 5 straight points and the rest of the first quarter was a real battle, ending with Turkey up 14:13. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga was the last to score in the quarter to reduce the gap for her team. In the second quarter the teams exchanged the lead often but again Turkey was in front by the end of it. The latter went to the lockers having 31:29 advantage at the halftime.
Bilge scored for Turkey in the beginning of the third quarter, but then the spectators saw silence from Turkey. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga tallied eight points in a 17-4 French surge over the remainder of the third period for a 46:37 lead going into the fourth. The game was not over as Turkey closed the gap to 57:53 with 3.23 remaining in the game. France however pushed the tempo and reached 65:57 win.


France U20:Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 22+16 rebs, Carine Paul 14, Lorraine Lokoka 9
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar 19, Yasemin Dalgalar 12+11 rebs


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Poland is the second in group B, Netherlands third - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Netherlands 57-54

The hosts of U20 European Championship division B grabbed victory in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Thus second place in Group B belongs to Polish, which registered 3 wins and 1 defeat at the first stage. Their rival in the quarterfinal will be Romania. Netherlands had a nice chance to take this position from Poland but at the end the hosts were more concentrated. With score 2-2 Netherlands also advanced to the next stage where they will meet Hungary.

Polish once again dominated in the paint against its rivals on European Championship. They registered 18 offensive and 22 defensive boards while on the other side Netherlands had just 6 + 20. Game is decided in the last minute. With 52 seconds to go the score was equalized 54-54. At the next Poland's possession Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) made a lay up with a foul. She scored the following free throw for 57-54. On the other side Klein threw a bad pass after what she committed a personal foul what automatically meant that the game is over for her team.

Agnieszka Skobel was the leading player for Poland today finishing the game with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) registered double-double as she added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Poland also got 12 points from Lidia Kopczyk (171-G-88), who also grabbed 4 boards. Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) was the best in Holland with 12 points and 5 assists. Jantine Kraak (190-C-89) helped her team with 8 points and 5 rebounds.


Poland - Netherlands 57-54
(15-12,6-13,20-15,16-14)

Poland:
Agnieszka Skobel 17 (4 rebs, 5 st), Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 12 (14 rebs), Lidia Kopczyk 12 (4 rebs)
Netherlands: Myrthe Myrthe Beld 12 (5 as), Jantine Kraak 8 (5 rebs)


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Romania celebrates over Hungary in a low point game - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Romania 35-41

Romanians ended Preliminary Round registering third victory but they remain on position number three in Group A with score 3-1. Thus Romania will play against the host Poland or Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the U20 European Championship division B. Despite this defeat second position in the same group is reserved for Hungary, which has the same score as Romania 3-1.

It was a game with extremely low number of points. It seems that Romanians adapted better on that kind of game celebrating at the end with plus 6. The winner of today's game opened it very strong making 8-1 run. After few minutes they extended its lead to 5 points, 18-3. Until the end of the first half Romanians succeeded to transfer 14 points lead into the third stanza. Interesting is that spectators couldn't see any points almost 5 minutes after the breather. Both teams made many mistakes also missing many wide open shots. Anyway, with almost two minutes remaining in third period Romania had 36-17. Hungary finally started to make some shots at the beginning of the last 10 minutes but they couldn't come any closer than 8 points.

Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) paced Romania to win today almost registering double-double. She finished the game with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Ramona Tarta (173-G-89) also shined for the winners with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Hungary got 12 points and 7 rebounds from Nora Kovats (180-G-88) while Emese Szasz (171-G-88) had 11 points.


Hungary - Romania 35-41
(5-18, 7-8, 8-10, 15-5)

Hungary:
Nora Kovats N 12 (7 rebs), Emese Szasz 11
Romania: Anita Meszaros 13 (9 rebs), Ramona Tarta 9 (6 rebs)


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  ICELAND - Women  


Icelandic Cadet Team thrashes Gibraltar in Monaco - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U16 - Gibraltar U16 108:24

Icelandic U16 National Team got to a flying start of their European Championship in Division C campaign. Yesterday they blew out Gibraltar to post the first win in the preliminary Group B. The pool also features Albania and Iceland will play against them today to decide on the winner of the Group. The top team will automatically secure the semifinal appearance. The second and third teams of the group will play in the qualifying round for a chance to join in the semis stage. Iceland looked too good for Gibraltar in this one. They stunned their opponents in the opening stanza 37:4. Gibraltar never recovered losing the second stanza 31:8 and trailing by unassailable 56 points at halftime. Iceland completed the task in the second half finalizing an impressive rout. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the action with 24 points and 9 boards for Iceland. Bergdis Ragnarsdottir delivered 15 points and 9 boards, while Heidrun Kristmundsdottir contributed 12 points for the winners. Zainya Reyes knocked down 10 points for Gibraltar but committed massive 16 turnovers down the stretch. Iceland will take on Albania later tonight. Gibraltar lost two games in a row and would face the second-best team from Pool A in the qualifying round.

Iceland U16: Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 24, Bergdis Ragnarsdottir 15, Heidrun Kristmundsdottir 12
Gibraltar U16: Zainya Reyes 10


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Sweden outplays Israel but both teams reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Israel 73-42

Sweden remained the only unbeaten team in Preliminary Group B on the U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Thus Swedish, which had an easy job over Israel, will take on Ireland in the quarterfinals. Israel dropped on score 1-3 after the last game of the preliminary round finishing it as a fourth ranked team in Group B. As Sweden, Israel also advanced to the quarterfinals where its rival will be Slovak Republic. The first game of the quarterfinals is scheduled for Friday.

Israel was not an equal rival to Sweden at all. Twins Eldebrink led Swedish to first three wins on the championship but this time they had a chance to take some rest. After first ten minutes it was already clear that Swedish won't have to give their maximum. Later they went on the half time having confident advantage of 20 points. Sweden totally outrebounded Israel having 29 boards more than its opponent. The fact that Israel had just 27.3% for FG2 talks for itself how easy this game was for the Swedish.
Despite she got only 20 minutes in this game, Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) succeeded to collect 14 points. At the same time she grabbed 6 more rebounds as well as 4 assists. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) also netted 14 points but including 7 rebounds. Agnes Nordstrom (179-G-88) finished the game with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Israel got 12 points and 6 boards from Nofar Shalom (177-F-88).


Sweden - Israel 73-42
(26-10,14-10,21-12,12-10)

Sweden:
Louice Halvarsson 14 (7 rebs), Elin Eldebrink 14 (6 rebs, 4 as), Agnes Nordstrom 12 (8 rebs)
Israel: Nofar Shalom 12 (6 rebs), Adi Rachel Lux 6


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  ITALY - Women  


The hosts edged Czech Republic U20 - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20-Italy U20 68-80 (22-21, 13-18, 12-17, 21-24)

The hosts of U20 European Championship beat in the last game of the day Czech Republic U20 80:69. It was the second win for Italy that improved to 2-2. Trailing 21:22 after the opening quarter Italy bounced back in the second half and won the campaign. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) led the winners with 19 points. Arianna Zampieri (181-F-88) posted 17, while Emilia Bove (185-C-88) added 14. Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) and Eva Mrhalkova (175-F/G-88) top-scored for the Czechs with 16 points each. Lenka Sipova (185-C-88) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds as her team fell at 1-3.
Czech Republic U20 did not mind to take the first lead playing with the hosts. Even trailing some points later, Bartakova brought her team to 17:13 advantage. Czech Republic U20 still remained in front after the opening quarter 22:21. Italy did not wait for a long time and replied with 18:13 in the second period. Rossi sent the team to the locker for 39:35 home advantage.
Arianna Zampieri scored five points in the last minute of the third quarter to see her team taking 56:47 lead. It was her again in the beginning of the last stanza making 64:54 as Italians were ready to benefit from the game. Czech Republic U20 tried hard to recover but could not upset the hosts. Emilia Bove nailed two to set up the final 80:68 win.

Czech Republic U20:Katerina Hindrakova 16, Eva Mrhalkova 16, Lenka Sipova 14+14 rebs
Italy U20: Chiara Consolini 19, Arianna Zampieri 17, Emilia Bove 14


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  LATVIA - Women  


Serbian U20 team topples Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Latvia U20 61:57

Serbian U20 National Team withheld a determined comeback effort from Latvian Junior Team to celebrate another win at the European championship in Italy. The victory improved Serbia to 3-1 record in the qualifying Group E. Latvian youngsters fell to 1-3 record. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) put Serbia up 8:2 early in the game. However Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) nailed all 10 Latvian points in the first frame to keep the Baltic team in contest. However Sonja Petrovic capped the frame with 5 straight points and Serbia led 17:10 ten minutes into the game. Jelena Milovanovic netted 12 points in the second quarter and Serbian team maintained an 8-point lead at halftime. However Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) and Steinberga chipped in 8 points early in the third frame to cut the deficit to 2 points. The teams traded baskets before Sonja Petrovic crowned the third quarter with a layup for Serbian 45:42 advantage. Latvian U18 team clipped the difference to a single point midway through the final period but Serbia answered with an 8:3 run to accumulate a 6-point buffer with just over a minute remaining. Kristine Vitola (196-C-91) drained a three-pointer to carry Latvia within two points from Serbia with 7 seconds left. However Sonja Petrovic sealed the winning outcome with two freebies. Jelena Milovanovic secured 23 points and 7 boards for Serbia. Sonja Petrovic contributed 18 points and 13 boards for the winners. Sabine Niedola was impressive with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Latvia. Baiba Eglite had 12 points in defeat. Serbia will take on Turkey, while Latvia will face Italy tomorrow.

Serbia U20: Jelena Milovanovic 23, Sonja Petrovic 18+13 boards, Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) 7
Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 20+18 boards, Baiba Eglite 12


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania U20 progresses from game to game - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20- Lithuania U20 48:100

Lithuanian team that lost two openers with the inappropriate results is progressing game after game and now thrashes the opponents. Montenegro with two best top-scorers in the Preliminary round had nothing to do against Baltic team in the first game of Group F. Busaite 's three with 8 seconds in the end made the score 100:48. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) was unstoppable with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Radvile Autukaite (175-G-91) posted 15, while Dovile Miliauskaite (188-F-89) nailed 13. Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) top-scored for Montenegro with 22 points and Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) added 10. Lithuania improved to 1-3 in the Qualifying Round group, while Montenegro has no wins.
Lithuania scored first six points in the game as the team spurt for the win. In the end of the first quarter the Baltic team created 9-0 run to take 24;12 advantage by the end of the opening quarter. In the second one Montenegro played horrible in offense and scored only 7 points. Lithuania remained in control and produced their offensive style. The first half the teams leaving the court for 45:19.
Milica Jovanovic scored first in the third quarter as Montenegro scored the first four points in the game. Povilionyte's three closed the quarter at 67:34 to send the teams to the last period. The end of the game was too different for both teams. Montenegro desired to reduce the gap, while Lithuania wished to reach three digits. In the end Baltic team mounted in 11-2 run to seal 100:48 win. Busaite 's three with 8 seconds in the end was the last as Lithuania was too good to celebrate.

Montenegro U20:Milica Jovanovic 22, Snezana Aleksic 10
Lithuania U20:Gintare Petronyte 31+12 rebs, Radvile Autukaite 15, Dovile Miliauskaite 13


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  MALTA - Women  


Maltese U16 Team splits games in Monaco - by Eurobasket News
Maltese U16 National Team got a win and a loss at the start of their European championship campaign in Division C. On Monday Malta were bruised by Scotland 60:76. Scotland entered the tournament as the defending champions as they celebrated the title in 2006. The teams looked well-matched in the opening stanza with Scotland earning an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the action. However Erin McGarrachan proved the difference later on. She was merely unstoppable in the paint and ignited a massive rally from Scottish team that left Malta far behind. Scotland accumulated a 38:23 lead at halftime and never looked back afterwards. Malta managed to clip the deficit by a single point in the third frame but it was not enough to spark the intrigue. Scottish team breezed to an overall win at the end. Erin McGarrachan exploded with massive 36 points and 12 boards for Scotland. Jennifer Lynn posted 14 points, while Emilia Rossi had 12 in a winning case. Stephanie De Martino answered with 16 points and 14 boards for Malta. Rebecca Naudi notched 15 points and 9 rebounds in a loss.
However yesterday Maltese Cadet team rebounded posting their first win at the tourney. They defeated hosting Monaco 56:36 to top the table in Group A. Malta led right from the start and enjoyed a 31:19 advantage at halftime. Monaco scored just two points in the final quarter and never threatened Maltese lead. Rebecca Naudi nailed 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Malta. Elena Cassar had 10 points and 15 boards for the winners. Cecilia Marechal dropped 16 points for Monaco in a loss.


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Lithuania U20 progresses from game to game - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20- Lithuania U20 48:100

Lithuanian team that lost two openers with the inappropriate results is progressing game after game and now thrashes the opponents. Montenegro with two best top-scorers in the Preliminary round had nothing to do against Baltic team in the first game of Group F. Busaite 's three with 8 seconds in the end made the score 100:48. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) was unstoppable with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Radvile Autukaite (175-G-91) posted 15, while Dovile Miliauskaite (188-F-89) nailed 13. Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) top-scored for Montenegro with 22 points and Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) added 10. Lithuania improved to 1-3 in the Qualifying Round group, while Montenegro has no wins.
Lithuania scored first six points in the game as the team spurt for the win. In the end of the first quarter the Baltic team created 9-0 run to take 24;12 advantage by the end of the opening quarter. In the second one Montenegro played horrible in offense and scored only 7 points. Lithuania remained in control and produced their offensive style. The first half the teams leaving the court for 45:19.
Milica Jovanovic scored first in the third quarter as Montenegro scored the first four points in the game. Povilionyte's three closed the quarter at 67:34 to send the teams to the last period. The end of the game was too different for both teams. Montenegro desired to reduce the gap, while Lithuania wished to reach three digits. In the end Baltic team mounted in 11-2 run to seal 100:48 win. Busaite 's three with 8 seconds in the end was the last as Lithuania was too good to celebrate.

Montenegro U20:Milica Jovanovic 22, Snezana Aleksic 10
Lithuania U20:Gintare Petronyte 31+12 rebs, Radvile Autukaite 15, Dovile Miliauskaite 13


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand National Team 2008 - by Kahn Hart
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Bodensteiner


Wharemate


Marino


Harmon


Kerr
#e#6

4 Clare Bodensteiner (175-G-84) of Stanford University (USA)
5 Noni Wharemate (171-G-82) of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
6 Angela Marino (166-G-86) of Adelaide Link Lightning (AUS)

7 Micaela Cocks (173-G-86) of University of Oregon (USA)
8 Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79) of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
9 Suzie Bates (175-G-87) of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
10 Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
11 Natalie Purcell (183-F-82) of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
12 Jessica McCormack (196-F-89) of University of Connecticut (USA)
13 Charmain Purcell (180-G/F-79) of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
14 Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) of Stanford University (USA)
15 Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)

Head Coach: Mike McHugh
Assistants: Leigh Gooding

Video Technician: Kennedy Kereama



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  POLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Poland is the second in group B, Netherlands third - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Netherlands 57-54

The hosts of U20 European Championship division B grabbed victory in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Thus second place in Group B belongs to Polish, which registered 3 wins and 1 defeat at the first stage. Their rival in the quarterfinal will be Romania. Netherlands had a nice chance to take this position from Poland but at the end the hosts were more concentrated. With score 2-2 Netherlands also advanced to the next stage where they will meet Hungary.

Polish once again dominated in the paint against its rivals on European Championship. They registered 18 offensive and 22 defensive boards while on the other side Netherlands had just 6 + 20. Game is decided in the last minute. With 52 seconds to go the score was equalized 54-54. At the next Poland's possession Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) made a lay up with a foul. She scored the following free throw for 57-54. On the other side Klein threw a bad pass after what she committed a personal foul what automatically meant that the game is over for her team.

Agnieszka Skobel was the leading player for Poland today finishing the game with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) registered double-double as she added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Poland also got 12 points from Lidia Kopczyk (171-G-88), who also grabbed 4 boards. Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) was the best in Holland with 12 points and 5 assists. Jantine Kraak (190-C-89) helped her team with 8 points and 5 rebounds.


Poland - Netherlands 57-54
(15-12,6-13,20-15,16-14)

Poland:
Agnieszka Skobel 17 (4 rebs, 5 st), Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 12 (14 rebs), Lidia Kopczyk 12 (4 rebs)
Netherlands: Myrthe Myrthe Beld 12 (5 as), Jantine Kraak 8 (5 rebs)


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


New coach at Esgueira - by Luis Rocha
Esgueira has decided to continue in Liga Feminina. Things were difficult to be runned , but after a talk with everyone at the club, they managed to settle some doubts and go forward. Then they go for a new coach, to take the place of Joao Janeiro who leaves, and the choice was Joao Moutinho , a very experienced coach who as a long career coaching both men and women. Now with a new coach its time to set a good roster, who can make good shows and allow the team to keep on playing at top level in women.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Romania celebrates over Hungary in a low point game - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Romania 35-41

Romanians ended Preliminary Round registering third victory but they remain on position number three in Group A with score 3-1. Thus Romania will play against the host Poland or Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the U20 European Championship division B. Despite this defeat second position in the same group is reserved for Hungary, which has the same score as Romania 3-1.

It was a game with extremely low number of points. It seems that Romanians adapted better on that kind of game celebrating at the end with plus 6. The winner of today's game opened it very strong making 8-1 run. After few minutes they extended its lead to 5 points, 18-3. Until the end of the first half Romanians succeeded to transfer 14 points lead into the third stanza. Interesting is that spectators couldn't see any points almost 5 minutes after the breather. Both teams made many mistakes also missing many wide open shots. Anyway, with almost two minutes remaining in third period Romania had 36-17. Hungary finally started to make some shots at the beginning of the last 10 minutes but they couldn't come any closer than 8 points.

Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) paced Romania to win today almost registering double-double. She finished the game with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Ramona Tarta (173-G-89) also shined for the winners with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Hungary got 12 points and 7 rebounds from Nora Kovats (180-G-88) while Emese Szasz (171-G-88) had 11 points.


Hungary - Romania 35-41
(5-18, 7-8, 8-10, 15-5)

Hungary:
Nora Kovats N 12 (7 rebs), Emese Szasz 11
Romania: Anita Meszaros 13 (9 rebs), Ramona Tarta 9 (6 rebs)


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U20 the first to book their spot in the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20-Belarus U20 90:50

Russia U20 became the first team to book their spot in the semifinals of the U20 European Championship for Women. The team had another massive win over the opponent, that time Belarus 90:50. The win in all quarters lifted them to 4-0 record and remain undefeated in the tournament. Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) paced all the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) and Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) followed her with 12 points apiece. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 13 points and Tatsiana Sinkevich (168-G-88) netted 12.
Romanova opened the game for the winners making the first jump shot in the opening quarter. Belarus replied every time the Russian scored and after 4 minutes in the court took even 10:9 lead. That was however the only lead for Belarus in the game. Alexander Kovalev's side opened a five-point gap in leading 19:16 after the first period. Russia mounted in 16-3 surge to pull ahead 35:21. Natalia Vieru closed the first half at 43:23 for the favorites.
In the third quarter Belarus played more offensively and could score 21 points, which was more than in the second and the last together. Russia did not mind and suggested their 67:44 after three periods.The end of the game did not bring lots of interest, but brought success for the Russian squad that advanced to the semis of the tournament. Keyru set up the final, 90:50 score.

Russia U20:Yulia Lukina 16+9 rebs, Olga Zhuzhgova 12, Natalia Vieru 12
Belarus U20:Natallia Kozun 13, Tatsiana Sinkevich 12


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Scottish U16 team victorious in European championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Scotland U16 - Malta U16 76:60

Scottish U16 National Team rolled to the initial victory at the European Championship in Division C. The event started on Monday in Monaco and featured six teams. Scotland entered the tournament as the defending champions as they celebrated the title in 2006. The teams looked well-matched in the opening stanza with Scotland earning an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the action. However Erin McGarrachan proved the difference later on. She was merely unstoppable in the paint and ignited a massive rally from Scottish team that left Malta far behind. Scotland accumulated a 38:23 lead at halftime and never looked back afterwards. Malta managed to clip the deficit by a single point in the third frame but it was not enough to spark the intrigue. Scottish team breezed to an overall win at the end. Erin McGarrachan exploded with massive 36 points and 12 boards for Scotland. Jennifer Lynn posted 14 points, while Emilia Rossi had 12 in a winning case. Stephanie De Martino answered with 16 points and 14 boards for Malta. Rebecca Naudi notched 15 points and 9 rebounds in a loss. Two best teams of each group will await their opponents in the semis. Two other semifinals will be decided on in the qualifying round. Scotland will play against Monaco tonight.

Scotland U16: Erin McGarrachan 36+12 boards, Jennifer Lynn 14, Emilia Rossi 12
Malta U16: Stephanie De Martino 16+14 boards, Rebecca Naudi 15


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbian U20 team topples Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Latvia U20 61:57

Serbian U20 National Team withheld a determined comeback effort from Latvian Junior Team to celebrate another win at the European championship in Italy. The victory improved Serbia to 3-1 record in the qualifying Group E. Latvian youngsters fell to 1-3 record. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) put Serbia up 8:2 early in the game. However Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) nailed all 10 Latvian points in the first frame to keep the Baltic team in contest. However Sonja Petrovic capped the frame with 5 straight points and Serbia led 17:10 ten minutes into the game. Jelena Milovanovic netted 12 points in the second quarter and Serbian team maintained an 8-point lead at halftime. However Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) and Steinberga chipped in 8 points early in the third frame to cut the deficit to 2 points. The teams traded baskets before Sonja Petrovic crowned the third quarter with a layup for Serbian 45:42 advantage. Latvian U18 team clipped the difference to a single point midway through the final period but Serbia answered with an 8:3 run to accumulate a 6-point buffer with just over a minute remaining. Kristine Vitola (196-C-91) drained a three-pointer to carry Latvia within two points from Serbia with 7 seconds left. However Sonja Petrovic sealed the winning outcome with two freebies. Jelena Milovanovic secured 23 points and 7 boards for Serbia. Sonja Petrovic contributed 18 points and 13 boards for the winners. Sabine Niedola was impressive with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Latvia. Baiba Eglite had 12 points in defeat. Serbia will take on Turkey, while Latvia will face Italy tomorrow.

Serbia U20: Jelena Milovanovic 23, Sonja Petrovic 18+13 boards, Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) 7
Latvia U20: Sabine Niedola 20+18 boards, Baiba Eglite 12


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia looks for the next stage, British winless - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Great Britain 93-38

At the last day of the Preliminary Round Slovak Republic didn't have a difficult job against Great Britain. Thus Slovakians finished Preliminary Round on top of Group A with score 3-1 and they will meet Israel in the quarterfinals. British are on the bottom of the same group winless and they will take on Portugal in the battle for the position number nine.

Slovakians were too strong for the British from the very beginning. Difference of the quality level between these two teams was obvious. First quarter ended with just 9 scored points for the British while on the other side Slovakian netted 31. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) and Stefania Kandracova (174-G-89) took care for the continuation of that trend in the second stanza. Slovakia's defense looked even better during the next 10 minutes. British were able to post just 5 points in this period. At the half time Slovakians already had huge advantage. It was magnificent 58-14. British offense was totally unorganized which resulted with 37 turnovers in one single game. Nothing has changed until the end as Slovakians kept their domination. Actually in the last frame their pressure at the defensive end decreased which British exploited to score the first double digits in one quarter today.

Katarina Tetemondova and Stefania Kandracova scored 14 points each for the winners while Tetemondova registered 4 more rebounds. Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88) also was good adding 12 points for Slovakia. Rose Anderson (175-G-88) was the best for the British with 11 points and 5 rebounds despite she had 12 turnovers. Verity Peets (186-F-88) stopped on 7 points.


Slovak Republic - Great Britain 93-38
(31-9,27-5,15-9,20-15)

Slovak Republic:
Katarina Tetemondova 14 (4 rebs), Stefania Kandracova 14, Katarina Pindrochova 12
Great Britain: Rose Anderson 11 (5 rebs, 12 to), Verity Peets 7


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U20 claims semifinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Spain U20 59:81

Spain U20 became the second semifinalist from Group E and remain undefeated in U20 European Championship in Italy. Spain overcame Ukraine 81:59 and claimed semifinal birth of the tournament. Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) led the winners with 20 points to 4-0 record in the group. Gaby Ocete (170-G-88) netted 14 and Anna Carbo (176-F-88) posted 10. Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) and Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 12 points each.
Jael Freixanet opened Spanish gambit from the very beginning as her team never trailed in the game. The favorite quickly added 12-0 run to be comfortable in the opening quarter. Gaby Ocete closed the first period at 27:9 as the game saw only one team in the court. Later in the game Ukraine played better in comparison with the opening. Taisiia Bovykina was the last to score in the first half making one of two free throws.
Jael Freixanet made it plus 30 for her team in the middle of the third quarter. Ievtushenko's jump shot reduced the gap to 71:42 as both teams finished three periods. Spain did not take it too serious in the last quarter and Ukraine could reduce the margin. They won the quarter 17:10 that gave 81:59 as final. Jorge's jump shot was highly applaud by her team mate that saw themselves in the semis.

Ukraine U20:Oksana Kisilova 12, Taisiia Bovykina 12
Spain U20:Jael Freixanet 20, Gaby Ocete 14, Anna Carbo 10


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Sweden outplays Israel but both teams reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Israel 73-42

Sweden remained the only unbeaten team in Preliminary Group B on the U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Thus Swedish, which had an easy job over Israel, will take on Ireland in the quarterfinals. Israel dropped on score 1-3 after the last game of the preliminary round finishing it as a fourth ranked team in Group B. As Sweden, Israel also advanced to the quarterfinals where its rival will be Slovak Republic. The first game of the quarterfinals is scheduled for Friday.

Israel was not an equal rival to Sweden at all. Twins Eldebrink led Swedish to first three wins on the championship but this time they had a chance to take some rest. After first ten minutes it was already clear that Swedish won't have to give their maximum. Later they went on the half time having confident advantage of 20 points. Sweden totally outrebounded Israel having 29 boards more than its opponent. The fact that Israel had just 27.3% for FG2 talks for itself how easy this game was for the Swedish.
Despite she got only 20 minutes in this game, Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) succeeded to collect 14 points. At the same time she grabbed 6 more rebounds as well as 4 assists. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) also netted 14 points but including 7 rebounds. Agnes Nordstrom (179-G-88) finished the game with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Israel got 12 points and 6 boards from Nofar Shalom (177-F-88).


Sweden - Israel 73-42
(26-10,14-10,21-12,12-10)

Sweden:
Louice Halvarsson 14 (7 rebs), Elin Eldebrink 14 (6 rebs, 4 as), Agnes Nordstrom 12 (8 rebs)
Israel: Nofar Shalom 12 (6 rebs), Adi Rachel Lux 6


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNA: Canti Riva Basket Ceresio signs Leslie Knight - by germano foglieni
Canti Riva Basket Ceresio, LNA 2007/2008 National Champions, don't find an agreement to renew the contract with Jessica Smith (F-185-1985 - Stony Brook 2007- Slammers Basketball Agency), one of the best of the last season (24,8pts and 11,5 reb. pg) . Canti Riva Basket Ceresio has signed Leslie Knight (F/C -185 - 1986 - University of Minnesota 2008) that had a good senior season (13,6 pts and 5,9 reb pg) with the Gophers.

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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Jackson-Kennedy


Hector


Edwards


Gay


Moore
#e#6
Doursiel Moore (188-F/C) of Florida International University (USA)
Sharmion Selmon (183-F) of American International College (USA)
Trecha Jackson-Kennedy (170-G-82) of Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE)
Ayanna Phillip (188-F/C-82) of Pantterit Helsinki (FIN)
Alicia Liverpool (188-C-85) of Defence Force
Fanta Patterson (183-F-88) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Mahalia Simpson (178-G-76) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Hanifah Hector (183-C/F) of Alpha Engineering Star Seekers
Patrice Edwards (198-C-84) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Natalie Peters (178-G-74) of UTC Maloney Pacers
Annola Charles (178-G-86) of Sportworld Straker Nets
Pietra Gay (183-F-74) of Courts Horizon
Rhea Codio (173-G-88) of Independence CC (USA)
Tishana Edwards (178-G) of Fairleigh Dickinson University (USA)
Head Coach: Christopher Jackson
Coach Assistant: Trevor McLeod
Coach Assistant: Erica Plouden


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  TURKEY - Women  


The game of two different halves - by Eurobasket News
France U20-Turkey U20 65:57

France U20 beats Turkey U20 in the game of two different halves at U20 European Championship. The French side trailed after the first one, but then produced 17:6 in the third quarter to seal 65:57 victory in Group E. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) had a great game with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) netted 14, while Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) scored 9. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) finished the night with 19 points in defeat and Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. France improved to 3-1 and Turkey dropped to 2-2 in the group.
Turkey opened the game with 5 straight points and the rest of the first quarter was a real battle, ending with Turkey up 14:13. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga was the last to score in the quarter to reduce the gap for her team. In the second quarter the teams exchanged the lead often but again Turkey was in front by the end of it. The latter went to the lockers having 31:29 advantage at the halftime.
Bilge scored for Turkey in the beginning of the third quarter, but then the spectators saw silence from Turkey. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga tallied eight points in a 17-4 French surge over the remainder of the third period for a 46:37 lead going into the fourth. The game was not over as Turkey closed the gap to 57:53 with 3.23 remaining in the game. France however pushed the tempo and reached 65:57 win.


France U20:Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 22+16 rebs, Carine Paul 14, Lorraine Lokoka 9
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar 19, Yasemin Dalgalar 12+11 rebs


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Spain U20 claims semifinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Spain U20 59:81

Spain U20 became the second semifinalist from Group E and remain undefeated in U20 European Championship in Italy. Spain overcame Ukraine 81:59 and claimed semifinal birth of the tournament. Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) led the winners with 20 points to 4-0 record in the group. Gaby Ocete (170-G-88) netted 14 and Anna Carbo (176-F-88) posted 10. Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) and Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 12 points each.
Jael Freixanet opened Spanish gambit from the very beginning as her team never trailed in the game. The favorite quickly added 12-0 run to be comfortable in the opening quarter. Gaby Ocete closed the first period at 27:9 as the game saw only one team in the court. Later in the game Ukraine played better in comparison with the opening. Taisiia Bovykina was the last to score in the first half making one of two free throws.
Jael Freixanet made it plus 30 for her team in the middle of the third quarter. Ievtushenko's jump shot reduced the gap to 71:42 as both teams finished three periods. Spain did not take it too serious in the last quarter and Ukraine could reduce the margin. They won the quarter 17:10 that gave 81:59 as final. Jorge's jump shot was highly applaud by her team mate that saw themselves in the semis.

Ukraine U20:Oksana Kisilova 12, Taisiia Bovykina 12
Spain U20:Jael Freixanet 20, Gaby Ocete 14, Anna Carbo 10


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia looks for the next stage, British winless - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Great Britain 93-38

At the last day of the Preliminary Round Slovak Republic didn't have a difficult job against Great Britain. Thus Slovakians finished Preliminary Round on top of Group A with score 3-1 and they will meet Israel in the quarterfinals. British are on the bottom of the same group winless and they will take on Portugal in the battle for the position number nine.

Slovakians were too strong for the British from the very beginning. Difference of the quality level between these two teams was obvious. First quarter ended with just 9 scored points for the British while on the other side Slovakian netted 31. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) and Stefania Kandracova (174-G-89) took care for the continuation of that trend in the second stanza. Slovakia's defense looked even better during the next 10 minutes. British were able to post just 5 points in this period. At the half time Slovakians already had huge advantage. It was magnificent 58-14. British offense was totally unorganized which resulted with 37 turnovers in one single game. Nothing has changed until the end as Slovakians kept their domination. Actually in the last frame their pressure at the defensive end decreased which British exploited to score the first double digits in one quarter today.

Katarina Tetemondova and Stefania Kandracova scored 14 points each for the winners while Tetemondova registered 4 more rebounds. Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88) also was good adding 12 points for Slovakia. Rose Anderson (175-G-88) was the best for the British with 11 points and 5 rebounds despite she had 12 turnovers. Verity Peets (186-F-88) stopped on 7 points.


Slovak Republic - Great Britain 93-38
(31-9,27-5,15-9,20-15)

Slovak Republic:
Katarina Tetemondova 14 (4 rebs), Stefania Kandracova 14, Katarina Pindrochova 12
Great Britain: Rose Anderson 11 (5 rebs, 12 to), Verity Peets 7


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  WNBA - Women  


History will be made in basketball next Saturday - by Bruno Baltazar
The first regular season outdoor game in professional basketball history will be held next Saturday at 7.30pm in Arthur Ashe Stadium ,home of the US tennis open,in New York City.
Ticket prices are $10.00, $15.00, $34.50, $39.50, $64.50, and $85.00. To score a Liberty ticket plan starting at just three games call 212-465-6073 to purchase. Group ticket orders of 20 or more can be purchased by calling 212-465-6080.

And the WNBA will be the competition that will make the history ,the game will feature the New York Liberty against the Indiana Fever,both teams are already practising outdoor in which will be a diferent thing for the players,the viewers and every one who fallows or do not fallow basketball at all ,many media will be there and the WNBA as a pioner will be a good market strategy trying to bring more fans to the womans NBA side of the game.


The Sun cool down as Connecticut loses fourth in a row - by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun losing skid continued as they suffered their fourth straight defeat yesterday. The New York Liberty outgunned the Sun 77:71 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Liberty posted their third consecutive victory and appeared just one win behind the Sun in the Eastern Conference ladder. Lisa Willis (6'0''-G/F-84, college: UCLA) nailed career-high 18 points to propel the Liberty past the ailing Sun. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) delivered 14 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld dropped 11 in a winning effort. The hosts were up by one midway through the final period however the Liberty were not giving up. Willis notched a three-pointer and sparked a 9:0 run from the visitors as they built a 66:59 advantage and never surrendered it at the end. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) had 19 points for the Sun. Jamie Carey (5'6''-G-81, college: Texas) secured career-high 18 points all of them coming from downtown.
Meanwhile the San Antonio Silver Stars consolidated their top position in the West. Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) led all scorers with 26 points and the Silver Stars silenced the Phoenix Mercury 97:87 in Arizona. Becky Hammon nailed 19 points, while Ann Wauters and Erin Buescher (6'2''-G-79, college: Master's) dropped 15 points apiece for the winners. The Silver Stars used a 14:4 run in the third quarter to open a 75:61 advantage. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) answered with 23 points apiece in the third straight loss for the Mercury. Phoenix are now tied with the Houston Comets for the last spot in the West.