EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/18/2008

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  ABA   


ABA to return to Charlotte, NC in 2009 - by Eurobasket News
The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the league will return to Charlotte, NC in 2009 with the addition of a new team to be owned and operated by Nitram Enterprises, a multifunctional corporation headed by CEO Jawane Martin, President Donell Carter and Vice-President Michele Pierre. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'We are very confident that a well-run organization can do very well in great North Carolina basketball country. Afterall, I just read an article - 'Tickets Too Much for You? As teams continue to cater more to the corporate ticket buyer, the average family of four can't really afford to go to games anymore.' NBA ticket prices have increased to an average of $47.20 per ticket. The ABA brand of exciting professional basketball at affordable prices, especially in these economic times, should be very welcome in Charlotte. And we think that Jawane, Donnel and Michele are the right people for the job.'

Nitram Enterprises has three separate entities, one of which is Nitram Sports, which will own the ABA team. Another is Martin Music, a record label located in Rock Hill, SC and the third is The M.P.C. Corp which is a credit counseling business. The company also plans to expand into sports and entertainment management, TV & movie production, radio and fashion. The organization is developing a not-for-profit organization as well as a teen program, A.N.O.I.N.T.E.D, which provides counseling, encouragement and entrepreneurial programs and sports programs for kids.

CEO Jawane Martin is an aspiring music artist, executive and producer; President Donell Carter is a sporets agent and manager and played seven years of semi-pro football. VP Michele Pierre is a sports enthusiast and has a strong background in marketing and sales. 'We each have our very strong points - promotion, sports, business,' said Ms. Pierre. 'Working together, we know that we can make this one of the best organizations in the ABA. And we have enough time to do it right. We are thrilled to be part of the league. You'll be hearing a lot about us.' For more information, email michelepierre@nitramenterprise.com, or call 980 230 2272 or visit www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina U18 fires down Canadian counterparts in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Canada U18 74:64

Argentinean Junior National Team celebrated their third straight win at the start of the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa. Yesterday they held off Canada to remain undefeated and clinched the Pool A title. Both teams advanced to the semifinal stage. Canada will play against the USA, while Argentina will take on Puerto Rico for the right to play in the championship game. The hosts got to a 9:2 start to the game. Canada quickly rebounded and narrowed the deficit to 3 points 11:14 at the end of the first frame. Canada knotted things up at 14 early in the second frame but the hosts persisted. Argentina went on a 10:0 run and later piled up a 32:24 advantage at halftime. The home team used a 10:2 rally in the third frame to open up a double-digit lead. Argentinean youngsters spurred ahead 9:2 at the beginning of the final quarter and never looked back at the dying stages. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 16 points to lead Argentina. Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) nailed 13 points in a winning case. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) led all scorers with 17 points and 7 boards for Canada. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) delivered 12 points in a loss. Argentina held their opponents to only 30% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 38:28.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 16, Pablo Orlietti 13, Federico Glinberg (201-C-90) 10, Claudio Ramirez 10
Canada U18: Mangisto Arop 17, Robert Gagliardi 12


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  AUSTRALIA   


Brad Newley joins Greek Panelinios, Zadar wants Aleks Maric - by Eurobasket News
Panelinios from Athens, which will compete in Eurocup next season, announced signing of swingman Brad Newley (199-G-85) from local rival Panionios. Newley had important role in Panionios last season helping them to clinch a spot for Euroleague. He played 26 games for the team in regular season averaging 10.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1 apg and 1.3 spg. Aussie star also had 12 appearances in ULEB Cup adding 11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1 apg and 1.6 spg. Panionios lost in the play-off semifinals against Panathinaikos but later they made magnificent result. After 0-2 at the beginning of the series for third place against Maroussi, Newley and his teammates succeeded to make a big turn celebrating 3-2. It was a main reason why Panionios reached Euroleague after many years.
Brad Newley joined Panionios from Townsville Crocodiles, where he spent three seasons. At his last one with the Crocodiles he was the fifth scorer of NBL averaging 22.1 ppg. In the past he grabbed the gold medal with Australian U18 National Team on the World Championship in Athens in 2003. Newley also played for Australians, this time senior team, on the World Championship in Japan while he is currently with the team preparing for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Aleks Maric (211-C-84) participates at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In jersey of Portland Trail Blazers he played 4 games in Vegas so far averaging 3.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 15 minutes per game. It is not known yet will any of NBA team give him a chance to try himself in NBA. At the same time Croatian champion Zadar shows serious interest to sign Maric. The team gave up on its last season's star Todor Gecevski focusing of Maric. Zadar will compete in Eurocup as well as in Adriatic league next season.


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  BAHAMAS   


Venezuela U18 gets the taste of victory in Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela U18 - Bahamas U18 85:64

Venezuelan Junior National Team hammered Bahamas in the third game of the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. It was the first win for Venezuelan team, while Bahamas remained winless. Venezuela thus clinched the third spot in Pool B and would take on Mexico in the classification round. Bahamas will look for their initial win against Uruguay later today. Venezuela once again got a first-class performance from Gregory Echenique (208-C-90). He finished with 33 points and 15 boards to pace the team to the victory. Venezuela opened the game confidently and quickly built a 29:17 advantage. The teams slowed down in the second quarter and combined for 12 points apiece to remain separated by 12 points at halftime. Venezuela made the decisive push in the third stanza as they outgunned their opponents 27:14 to accumulate a crucial advantage. Bahamas managed to shoot down Venezuelan team in the final period but it hardly helped the team at the end. Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) came up with 11 points for the winning team. Leon Cooper (188-G-91) secured 18 points for Bahamas. Donathen Moss (201-C-90) chipped in 13 points in defeat. Venezuela shot solid 51% from the field, while limiting Bahamas to just 30% accuracy. Venezuela also reigned the boards outrebounding Bahamas 50:40.

Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 33+15 boards, Yonaiker Ecker 11, Miguel Rivas (182-G-90) 10
Bahamas U18: Leon Cooper 18, Donathen Moss 13


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  BELGIUM   


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


VOO Verviers-Pepinster has added Slovenian forward Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) to its roster for the upcoming season.
Mucic played most is his career in Slovenia for among others Krka Novo Mesto and Kraski Zidar Sezana.
Left Slovenia the first time during the 2006-2007 season when he played in Cyprus for Omonia Nicosia.
He started the 2007-2008 season playing for Atomeromu Pecs in Hungary but moved in Dec to Cyprus to once again play for Omonia.
In 8 games for Nicosia he averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
Went back to his home country to play for Luka Koper as of Feb 2008. There he played 18 games and had averages of 12.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg.

Sava was a member of the Slovenian U17 and U20 team.



Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


VOO Verviers-Pepinster added yet another player to its roster just one day after the previous addition.
Duane Erwin (206-F-82, college: Memphis) is the newest arrival in Verviers. Played college ball at Memphis till the 2004-2005 season with averages of 7.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg. Spent the 2006-2007 in the D-League playing for the LA D-Fenders and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (37g, 9.9 ppg, 7.6rpg).

Played a totel of 76 games over 2 seasons in the NBDL and averaged 8.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg.
Played the past season 2007-2008 in Switserland for Lugano. Was the leading rebounder in the Swiss league with 12.2 rpg. Also averaged 12.1 ppg.

Received several honors in Switserland such as Center of the Year and All LNA 1st team. His 12.2 rpg placed him first in the league.



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  CANADA   


Argentina U18 fires down Canadian counterparts in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Canada U18 74:64

Argentinean Junior National Team celebrated their third straight win at the start of the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa. Yesterday they held off Canada to remain undefeated and clinched the Pool A title. Both teams advanced to the semifinal stage. Canada will play against the USA, while Argentina will take on Puerto Rico for the right to play in the championship game. The hosts got to a 9:2 start to the game. Canada quickly rebounded and narrowed the deficit to 3 points 11:14 at the end of the first frame. Canada knotted things up at 14 early in the second frame but the hosts persisted. Argentina went on a 10:0 run and later piled up a 32:24 advantage at halftime. The home team used a 10:2 rally in the third frame to open up a double-digit lead. Argentinean youngsters spurred ahead 9:2 at the beginning of the final quarter and never looked back at the dying stages. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 16 points to lead Argentina. Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) nailed 13 points in a winning case. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) led all scorers with 17 points and 7 boards for Canada. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) delivered 12 points in a loss. Argentina held their opponents to only 30% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 38:28.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 16, Pablo Orlietti 13, Federico Glinberg (201-C-90) 10, Claudio Ramirez 10
Canada U18: Mangisto Arop 17, Robert Gagliardi 12


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  CHINA   


Stankovic Cup - by Robert Wang
Today is the first game of Stankovic Cup in China Hang zhou. Yao ming layed his first game after his 143 days rest from injuried date. Starters are Liu Wei, Zhu Fang yu, Yi Jian Lian, Wang zhi zhi, Wang shi Peng. Yao Ming played 12 minute and got 11 points, 4 rebounds. Yi Jian Lian played 20 minutes and got 14 points, 5 rebounds, Wang Zhi zhi played 27 minutes and got 18 points, 5 rebounds, Liu Wei played 15 minutes, got 9 points, 5 rebounds. July 19th, China will play against Angola. today is the 11th won game for China national team.

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  D-LEAGUE   


Top D-Leaguer Performances on Day 6 of NBA Vegas Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
San Antonio Spurs (82) vs. New York Knicks (67)
SPURS: Roger Powell (6'6''-F-83, college: Illinois) (15p+4rb), Ian Mahinmi (14p+10rb), Anthony Tolliver (10p+9rb), Devin Green (9p+5rb)
KNICKS: Anthony Roberson (6'1''-G-83, agency: CGL Sports, college: Florida) (12p), Von Wafer (5p)

Sacramento Kings (71) vs. Dallas Mavericks (93)
KINGS: Matt Walsh (6'6''-F/G-82, college: Florida) (4p+3rb)
MAVERICKS: Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) (18p+7rb), Pape Sow (9p+6rb), Aaron Miles (4p+4as)

Philadelphia 76ers (86) vs. Washington Wizards (72)
76ERS: Luke Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) (3p+3as)
WIZARDS: Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86) (18p+5rb+5to)

Minnesota TimberWolves (93) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (95)
TWOLVES: Eugene Jeter (5'11''-G-83, college: Portland) (15p+3rb+3as), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (12p+8to), Blake Ahearn (8p)
LAKERS: Nik Caner-Medley (6'8''-F-83, college: Maryland) (19p+6rb), Coby Karl (14p), Dwayne Mitchell (6p)

Memphis Grizzlies (74) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (82)
GRIZZLIES: P.J. Tucker (6'5''-F-85, college: Texas) (7p), Alan Anderson (3p), Aaron Pettway (2p)
CLIPPERS: Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) (23p+10rb), Mike Taylor (7p+10to), Curtis Stinson (4p+3rb)

Cleveland Cavaliers (72) vs. Houston Rockets (73)
CAVALIERS: Clay Tucker (10p+4rb+3as), Jawad Williams (9p+4rb), Will Conroy (4p+2rb)
ROCKETS: Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon) (16p+7as), Mike Harris (8p+6rb), David Noel (3p)


NBA Champion Celtics Sign Patrick OBryant - by Surujh Roopnarine
The NBA Champion Boston Celtics have picked up a project the Golden Stae Warriors no longer felt like working on when they signed former Bradley center Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley).. Going into his third NBA season, the 9th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft had not developed as quickly as some would have hoped in Golden State and now the Celtics will try to mold him into the type of player everyone thought he could be coming out of college. OBryant spent much of his last two seasons riding the pine in Don Nelsons system, which although does not favor young players, was not the sole reason for his limited playing time. Anemic at times while on the court, O'Bryant did flash the fire and domination at the D-League level occasionally. During his rookie campaign he played in 25 games for the Bakersfield Jam and averaged 12.0ppg, 7.4rpg and an impressive 2.9bpg while shooting 51.5% from the field. This past season he had an even briefer stint with the Jam, appearing in 8 games and showing marked improvement; 16.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.5bpg, 56.9 FG%. Unfortunately his strong D-League showings against at times, centers 3-4 inches shorter than himself, did not translate into solid NBA production. In 40 career NBA games OBryant has averaged 5.5 minutes, 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds. With aging veterans P.J Brown and Scott Pollard free-agents O'Bryant hopefully he will find renewed inspiration and life in Bostonif he can make it out of training camp.

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LIDOBA: Panteras Roster. - by Jaime Gomez
Panteras del Distrito Nacional will have a team with a mix of young and veteran players.
Cesar Rosario (180-G), Juan Bautista Araujo (206-F/C-83), Manuel Fortuna (187-G), Oskaris Lenderborg (189-G/F-72),Benito Flores (198-F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay), David Zabala, Henry Rodriguez, Francisco Alba, Henry Valdez, Francisco Alba, Juan Leyba, Ranss Silva, Jancarlos Guzman, Angel Encarnacion and Kelvin Valdez. Head Coach is Jose Perez .

Panteras del Distrito Nacional will host Constituyentes de San Cristobal in their first game.


LIDOBA Transactions. - by Jaime Gomez
Panteras del Distrito Nacional signed Marc Mazur (210-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Detroit Mercy) and sent Josue Abreu (188-G-66), Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) and Hansel Salvador (186-G-80) to Constituyentes de San Cristobal.
Mazur, from Detroit University, has played in the NBDL, CBA, Lithuania and Chile.

Reales de La Vega signed Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.), Paul Williams (208-F-83, college: St.Bonaventure) and Andres Sandoval (193-G-83, agency: AI Sports MM, college: Richmond).

Panteras del Distrito Nacional will host Constituyentes de San Cristobal de San Cristobal on Friday and Reales de La Vega travel to Santiago, to face defending champions Metros de Santiago.


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  EUROCUP   


Galatasaray Cafe Crown gets the big man - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray Cafe Crown got huge reinforcement under the basket for the next season. The team signed one-year contract with Croatian player Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM). As it was alredy announced Galatasaray added another big guy Polat Kocaoglu to its roster. Zizic was a member of Greek giant Panathinaikos last season which they finished celebrating the championship title. At the same time PAO won Greek National Cup but they didn't succeed to get through the Euroleague Top 16. PAO had a chance at the last round of Top 16 to do it but Partizan Belgrade stopped them taking place in the quarterfinals. Zizic averaged 5.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 18 Euroleague games in green jersey. He had 24 appearances in Greek A1 regular season delivering 6.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Interesting is that ZIzic arrived to Panathinaikos from its biggest rival Olympiakos, where he spent two years. Before Olympiakos he played half of the season in Barcelona. He won two titles in Croatian championship with Split and Cibona and also played for his country on European Championship in Beglrade in 2005. Zizic signed one-year deal with Galatasaray having an option for another one.

At the same time Galatasaray Cafe Crown extended contract with PG Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77), whose average stats last season in ULEB Cup was 6.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.1spg for 17 games. Erden arrived to Galatasaray from Efes Pilsen during the last summer. Experienced point guard changed many Turkish teams in the past and some of them are Darussafaka, Ulker, Karsiyaka and Turk Telekom. He won three championship titles as well as two National Cups in the past. Erden also was a member of Turkish National Team from 98-00.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


News from Zalgiris Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
American Loren Woods (215-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) decided to return to Zalgiris Kaunas after one year. He agreed to leave NBA team Houston Rockets and to rejoin Zalgiris despite he had a valid contract with the Rockets for the next season. Woods joined Lithuanian and Baltic league champion for the first time in 2007 from NBDL team Austin Toros. He started last season in Turkish Efes Pilsen where he played 16 games in Euroleague posting 8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.4 bpg. He had a very similar digits in Turkish D1 for 21 games. Woods left the team in March this year immediately signing 10-days contract with Houston Rockets. He had 8 appearances for the Rockets in regular season but he didn't get a lot chance to play as he averaged just less then a point. He has a very good part of the season with Zalgiris winning the Lithuanian Championship. Despite he played just 5 games for the team, he was one of the most important players with 15.2 ppg and 11.4 rpg. In the past he also was a member of Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. Woods graduated at Arizona in 2001.

Meanwhile, Damir Markota (209-C/F-85), who grabbed three titles with Zalgiris last season suffered knee injury at the oppening day of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In the first quarter of the game between his Croatia and Cameroon he jumped to get a rebound suffering meniscus injury. According to the first information he supposed to be surgered yesterday in Zagreb after what he will be sidelined for about a month. Markota was one of leading players of Zalgiris last season. The best performance he showed in Lithuanian league averaging 12.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 14 games.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: SEC players in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Last season American F Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports International) from Vanderbilt (SEC) helping Kouvot (Kouvola) to the finals and coming 2008-09 season another SEC player Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) coming to the same country and town. Smith was named 'The Player of the Year' and Kouvot has big expectations also on LeMelle. American F-G has international playing experience from season 2006-07, when LeMelle played 18 games in Spain (CB Ourense, LEB2) averaging 9,4 ppg - 3,8 rpg in 18 games. Last season LeMelle has played in minor American leagues (SEBL, IBL).

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  GERMANY   


ProA: Bayreuth signs Christian Simmons - by Manuel Schust
BBC Bayreuth adds their second new player to the roster for the upcoming season. Athletic swingman Christian Simmons (196-F-84, college: Cumberlands) signed a 2-year contract with Bayreuth.
The 24-year old american spent most of last season with BV Chemnitz 99 in ProA and averaged 9.6 points, 3.2 reounds and 1.5 assists in 23 games. He had a season high with 20 points against one of the strongest ProA teams Kaiserslautern.

Head coach Derrick Taylor and his assistant coach Tim Nees (208-C-71) got 4 players for next season: Christoph Tetzner (200-F-81, agency: LimeLight), Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio), LaShon Sheffield (186-G-84, college: Tarleton St.) and Christian Simmons.


Chris Brown makes deal with Cuxhaven BasCats - by Moritz Korff
The Cuxhaven BasCats continue to rebuild their roster after the loss of four key players who carried the team through this past season in the 2. Bundesliga Pro and the German Cup. The latest new signing of the summer has been clinched just today. Chris Brown (201-F-83, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Chattanooga) will make his entrance to Pro A-basketball, following a short stint in the Regionalliga South-East at BC Energie Zwickau. The Forward contributed close to 27 points per contest to save the BC Energie from relegation earlier this year. He had started this past season in England, but got released in November 07 after 3 appearances on the team of the Cheshire Jets and an average of 8.7 points and 6 rebounds per game.

Buljevic moves from Giessen to Oldenburg - by Moritz Korff
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg (1. Bundesliga) have sealed the signing of Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side), as the club announced today. The 21-year-old and the Oldenburg officials agreed on a contract for the 2008-09 campaign. Oldenburg will be Buljevic' second stop in the first German division after a two-year stint on the roster of the Giessen 46ers. Since 2006 the German A2-international saw action in 41 games of the Bundesliga. During 2007-08 he averaged 2.4 points in 21 matches for the 46ers.

2. Bundesliga Pro B Market News - by Moritz Korff
Dimitry McDuffie (198-F-89, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) leaves Franconia and will continue his career as a member of the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro B), as announced today. The 19-year-old Wing scored 5.8 points per contest for Dimplex Falke Nuernberg in 2. Bundesliga Pro A-play in this past season. McDuffie previously played on the German U16 National Team.

The Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (2. Bundesliga Pro B) appointed Ingo Enskat their new Head Coach. Enskat served as an Assistant Coach in Crailsheim over the past three years and coached the Bremen Roosters in the 2. Bundesliga from 2003-2005. Enskat is the successor for Arne Alig, who passed away at the beginning of this month.


Bonn: Diagne earns contract-extension - by Moritz Korff
Moussa Diagne (203-F/C-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Furman) has signed a one-year contract-extension with the Telekom Baskets Bonn (1. Bundesliga). The 23-year-old Senegalese international and graduate of Furman University had 47 Bundesliga-appearances for Bonn during 2007-08 and averaged 5.5 points as well as 2.5 rebounds per contest. He scored a season-high 15 points in the semifinal-series against Frankfurt and had a season-high 6 rebounds against Leverkusen in March.

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  GHANA   


Other Ghana League results - by Gianni Pascucci

The last league scores were as follows:
July 9 = CEPS vs. Yotive Yotive forfeit match due to late arrival

July 12 = Fire 30 - Yotive 39 MVP of the game: Fred Yeboah of Yotive


July 12 = Police 32 - Wizards 43

July 16 = Reformers vs. Warriors Warriors forfeit match due to late arrival

The league is now on break, the restart is scheduled for August 2, with Hoops vs Wizards and CEPS vs. Fire
with the help of Claudius Thompson



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Host Greece wins Group A of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Chris Mammides

The team of Panagiotis Giannakis proved once more that is not kidding at all, the Hellenic National Team thrashed the Brazilian team with 89-69 and in front of a crowded OAKA (16,000 basketball fans) made a crucial step in joining the Olympic games.
The Hellenic NT started the game quite nervously as the crowded court at the beginning was acted more or less like a boomerang for the Greeks. Panagiotis Yiannakis saw his team to loose quite many easy baskets and to be having big trouble on defence. Even though,
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) were trying to 'push' their team-mates, the Greek team couldn't unstack from the smart Brazilian game ( The Brazilian coach was changing every 10 seconds the defensive system and created some serious problems mainly with Splitter. The first half of the game ended with 18-17 for the host team.
Giannakis decided to rotate the team so Pelekanos, Schortsianitis and Tsartsaris with an amazing crescent and in only 3 minutes made the score 36-25 at the early beginning of the second quarter. The Brazilians were scoring only from the charity line, Theodoros Papaloukas though, proved why Angelopoulos brother brought him in Olympiakos as he performed an one man show and with his three consecutive steals brought his team into +10 by the end of the first half, (40-30) with Brazilians having big problem with the fould as Huertas already been called with four personal fouls after the 'small talk' he had in the court with
Vassilis Spanoulis (his first personal foul after the technical foul which both players called)
The third quarter was Show time for Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81), Antonis Fotsis is the to performer for the Greek team from the very beginning, the experienced forward was unstoppable and with 11 personal points took the Hellenic team into a difference which characterised as the beginning of the end for the Brazilians (+16 points), Batman as is the nickname of the powerful forward performed his show time after an amazing dunk who made the crowd become even more 'live'.
The fourth quarter was simply done for practical reasons as the winning team was obvious in the court. The difference went up to 24 points and upon everybody was waiting for the final cal of the referees, the men in Gray and especially the American Kennedy Williams (who had a 'problematic' attitude' in the overall game and not so friendly with the Greek team), called a technical foul against the best defender for three consecutive years, Dimitris Diamantidis, this was not enough to change the situation but to prove once more that the American referee was not exactly fair.
The final score was 89-69 and the quarters were: 18-17, 40-30, 66-50, and 89-69

The scorers for the two teams were:

Brazil: Marcelingo 14, Murilo 2, Huertas 14, Garcia 15, Batista 4, Splitter 20.

Greece: Theodoros Papaloukas 2, Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83) 10, Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) 10, Spanoulis 14, Vasilopoulos 7, Antonis Fotsis 18, Printezis 6, Tsartsaris 9, Diamantidis 6, Schortsianitis 3 and Pelekanos 4



Nikolai Padius comes back - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Great transfer for Marousi, the well known Russian Nikolai Padius (197-G-80) agreed to return in the Greek league. Last season he was playing in Russia for Unics Kazan where he had 6.6ppg.

Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) negotiates with Panionios and Jiri Hubalek (211-C-82, agency: Interperformances) is target for the frontline - chased also from Panellinios Athens.Hubalek and Seibutis are now in Las Vegas Summer League, the Czech Center had 10 points and 3 reb against Houston Rockets while the Lithuanian guard 6 points and 2 reb against Minesota, in his best game at the tournament.


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  HAITI   


Dalembert, Team Canada go separate ways - by Stardeak Durand
By MICHAEL GRANGE
theglobeandmail.com

If you like drama, then Canada's heart-stopping, lurching, improbably comeback win over South Korea Wednesday morning was for you.

There was conflict, tension and a major plot twist - and that was before the Canadian national team even left their hotel.

According to multiple sources, the decision to have Philadelphia 76ers centre Samuel Dalembert leave the team came just hours before Canada's do-or-die win against South Korea.

National team coach Leo Rautins confronted Dalembert as the team bus was about to leave for the arena, questioning his commitment to the team. Dalembert in turn challenged Rautins.

One source said it was Rautins who told Dalembert to 'get lost,' while another said it wasn't clear who had the final word, only that there was mutual agreement the team and it's high-profile centre should part ways.

Attempts to reach Dalembert yesterday were unsuccessful, but his agent, Marc Cornstein, disputed the notion his client's commitment to the national team program was ever in doubt.

'I did talk to him briefly,' Cornstein said from Las Vegas. 'The only thing I can say is questioning any type of commitment on Sam's part is ludicrous. It's been extremely difficult to get high level NBA players to become part of the national team program and Sam not only made the effort last year to get his Canadian citizenship, he committed his off-season last year to helping Canada qualify for Greece.

'And this summer, unless I'm mistaken, he was there at the beginning of training camp and hasn't asked for any special treatment, so I don't know why anyone would question his commitment.'

National team veteran Rowan Barrett said the team is unified going forward. 'The bottom line is you're representing Canada here,' Barrett said. 'The coaches, Leo, the last guy on the team, the doctors - we are all united here. We aren't waiting for Steve Nash or Sam Dalembert. We have to do it with the guys who are here.'

The move came only a day after Dalembert struggled badly in Canada's opening game against Slovenia in which he was 1-of-9 from the field and grabbed four rebounds.

In interviews after the game, Rautins called for Dalembert to give a greater effort offensively and defensively, but added he wasn't singling him out for the loss.

Yesterday, Rautins said the decision to part ways with Dalembert had been 'brewing for a while.'

According to sources, some of the tension began last summer in Las Vegas when Dalembert - though initially enthusiastic about being part of the national team program for the first time, even going so far as to treat his teammates to a few nights out - increasingly isolated himself from the team, was regularly late for meetings and was quick to opt out of practice.

This year, the frustrations started when Dalembert, despite advance warning of the national team's schedule, volunteered for the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program even though it conflicted with the summer season. Dalembert eventually withdrew from the program and arrived on time for the team's three-week training camp. Again, he took his teammates out for a night in Toronto, but once more seemed to lose enthusiasm for the task.

He took himself out of Canada's final three exhibition games, citing a pre-existing hip problem. At the time, Rautins praised Dalembert for continuing to participate in meetings and attend practice - and he was an enthusiastic teammate on the bench.

In Europe, insiders say Dalembert didn't participate in team meals and spent most of his time with a group of friends he had travelling with him.

'He's not a bad person,' said one player agent who asked not to be named. 'But his level of dedication isn't the same as a Rowan Barrett or a Joel Anthony. He's kind of got an NBA aura. He's a role player in the league, but he sees what stars can get away with there and now that he's in a smaller pond, he's pulling a lot of the same stuff.'

Dalembert came to Montreal from Haiti as a teenager before moving to New Jersey to pursue basketball and finish high school. Rautins worked diligently to push Dalembert to get his citizenship work done.

Sources say Rautins may have created some of the issues because the program was desperate to add a player of his stature in the absence of the likes of Nash. 'He's a player's coach and he was so happy to have Sam that he may have overlooked some things and set up a double-standard,' one source said.

Dalembert is the second big man Rautins has sent home in less than two weeks. On the eve of departing for Europe, he cut former Niagara University star Juan Mendez in favour of Rens Brempong.

Canada's inside rotation will be sorely tested today against Croatia, which boasts one of the bigger and more experienced front lines in the tournament.



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2007/08 eurobasket.com Hungary awards - by Balazs Radics
Player of the Year - Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (Falco)
Guard of the Year - Laszlo Kalman
Forward of the Year - Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) (Falco)
Center of the Year - Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) (Atomeromu SE)
Newcomer of the Year - Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) (Albacomp)
Most Improved Player of the Year - Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (Kecskemeti UNIVER)
Bosman Player of the Year - Arnas Kazlauskas (Falco)
Import Player of the Year - Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Ball St.) (Dombovar)
Domestic Player of the Year - Laszlo Kalman (Falco)
Defensive Player of the Year - Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (Kaposvar)
Coach of the Year - Dragoljub Krivacevic (BC Lami ved Kormend)
1st Team - Laszlo Kalman (Falco), Julien Mills (Dombovar), Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) (Falco), Arnas Kazlauskas (Falco), Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) (Atomeromu SE)
2nd Team - Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) (Dombovar), Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wright St.) (Szolnok), Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) (Falco), Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Sopron), Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) (Falco)
Honorable Mentions - Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (Atomeromu), Jitim Young (188-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Northwestern) (MAFC), Anthony Harris (188-G) (MAFC), Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) (Albacomp), Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) (Kecskemeti UNIVER), David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) (Bodrogi Bau), Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) (Bodrogi Bau), Jeff Viggiano (200-F-84, college: Massachusetts) (Sopron)
All-Domestic Players Team - Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) (Albacomp), Laszlo Kalman (Falco), Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (ZTE), Roland Hendlein (Kaposvar), Robert Gulyas (Atomeromu)
All-Imports Team - Mike English (Dombovar), Julien Mills (Dombovar), Andrija Ciric (Falco), Arnas Kazlauskas (Falco), Nikola Aliakseyeu (Falco)
All-Bosmans Team - Branko Savic (181-G-79) (Nyiregyhaza), Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) (Albacomp), Andrija Ciric (Falco), Arnas Kazlauskas (Falco), Nikola Aliakseyeu (Falco)
All-Defensive Team - Branko Savic, Mike English, Roland Hendlein, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) (Albacomp), Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) (Kecskemet UNIVER),
All-Newcomers Team - David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (Kaposvar), Adam Hanga (Albacomp), Gergely Toth (206-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (Kormend), Adam Toth (207-F/C-89) (ZTE), Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88, agency: FCM) (Kecskemeti UNIVER)


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Last market news - by Gianni Pascucci
As we anticipated two days ago, Lottomatica Roma announced the signing of USA prep star Brandon Jennings (6'0'-G-89), who will be the starting PG of the team in the upcoming season. In Lega 2, Prefabbricati Pugliesi Brindisi extended the contracts of Daniele Parente (190-G-78) and Roberto Feliciangeli (204-F-74) and announced the agreement with Latvian Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Stanley International). Aget Imola inked Jacopo Valentini (193-G-86) and Vanoli Soresina signed Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.). Carmatic Pistoia announced the signing of Alessandro Infanti (191-G-85) and Stefano Rabaglietti (190-G-83). The first official signing of Crabs Rimini is promising youngster Yankiel Moreno (190-G-90), from Vado Ligure.

Lega2 - Last market news - by Gabriele Fioretti
First announment in Roseto, after Toni Trullo , the sports director of the club, Domenico Sorgentone announced to have inked also Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services). Reggio Emilia is looking for an italian point guard and Robert Fultz (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances) could be close to sign for the team coached by Franco Marcelletti . From Reggio Emilia to Imola could drive Federico Pugi (206-F-85), while for the US spot BJ McKie (188-G-77, college: S.Carolina) continues to be a solution and in the paint could be true the interest in the Bosman player Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC). Surprise at Jesi, where the sports director Dario Bocchini gave his dismission to the Club. In his decision seem that should be important some different point of views about technical aspects. Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) is very close to be the 2nd US player of the Edimes Pavia 2008-09.

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Jordan to wait for AIA in the Final of 30th WJ - by Mohammed Malas
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) scored 23 pts and grabbed 11 rebounds earlier today to lead Jordan National Team to the final of the 30th edition of William Jones Cup following their win over Australia 75-60 in the semis.

Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '13 pts' and Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) '12 pts' were on the top of their level alongside with their teammates who viewed in a better image, Jordan is ready to defend their title of last year againt American Athletes In Action 'AIA' on the final of the tourney tomorrow, AIA won over Qatar 97-90 in the other part of the semis...

# Friday's games schedule (Jordan Time +3 GMT):
0800 Korea-Taiwan (7/8th places)
1000 Kazakhstan-Egypt (5/6th places)
1200 Third-place game: Australia-Qatar
1400 Final game: AIA-Jordan


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A new Basketball Club in Ferizaj - by Edona Shabani
A new basketball club registered in Basketball Federation of Kosova. Youngsters from Ashkali Community in Ferizaj who participated in the multiethnic basketball camp which took place from June 22 until June 29 2008 in CPSED in Vushtrri, formed a basketball club named Gzimi.
The president of BC Gzimi is elected Dashnim Behrami, while, as secretary is Naim Jasharaj.

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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News from Zalgiris Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
American Loren Woods (215-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) decided to return to Zalgiris Kaunas after one year. He agreed to leave NBA team Houston Rockets and to rejoin Zalgiris despite he had a valid contract with the Rockets for the next season. Woods joined Lithuanian and Baltic league champion for the first time in 2007 from NBDL team Austin Toros. He started last season in Turkish Efes Pilsen where he played 16 games in Euroleague posting 8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.4 bpg. He had a very similar digits in Turkish D1 for 21 games. Woods left the team in March this year immediately signing 10-days contract with Houston Rockets. He had 8 appearances for the Rockets in regular season but he didn't get a lot chance to play as he averaged just less then a point. He has a very good part of the season with Zalgiris winning the Lithuanian Championship. Despite he played just 5 games for the team, he was one of the most important players with 15.2 ppg and 11.4 rpg. In the past he also was a member of Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. Woods graduated at Arizona in 2001.

Meanwhile, Damir Markota (209-C/F-85), who grabbed three titles with Zalgiris last season suffered knee injury at the oppening day of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In the first quarter of the game between his Croatia and Cameroon he jumped to get a rebound suffering meniscus injury. According to the first information he supposed to be surgered yesterday in Zagreb after what he will be sidelined for about a month. Markota was one of leading players of Zalgiris last season. The best performance he showed in Lithuanian league averaging 12.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 14 games.


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Uruguay U18 grabs their first win in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay U18 - Mexico U18 63:51

Uruguayan U18 National team claimed their first win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They held off Mexican counterparts to clinch the third spot in preliminary Group A. Miguel Barriola (193-F-90) came up with a monster performance tallying 23 points and 27 boards to pace Uruguay to the initial success. Uruguay juniors will now take on Bahamas in the classification round. Uruguayan defense worked hard in the opening stanza to limit their opponents to just 8 points for a 12:8 lead heading into the second period. Mexico however struck back in the second quarter and clipped the gap to 2 points at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza and Uruguay remained on top 42:39. Mexican team surged ahead early in the fourth stanza and enjoyed a 44:43 advantage with just over 8 minutes left in the game. But Uruguay exploded with a 20:5 rally to celebrate victory at the end. Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) produced 16 points, while Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) secured 12 points in a win. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) answered with 13 points for Mexico. Daniel Vivas (198-F-90) netted 11 points in a losing case. Uruguay pulled down 55 boards including 20 offensive ones. Mexico will face Venezuela today.

Uruguay U18: Miguel Barriola 23+27 boards, Nicolas Catala 16, Bruno Fitipaldo 12
Mexico U18: Carlos Toussaint 13, Daniel Vivas 11


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Marcus Williams outguns O.J. Mayo in LA Clippers win over Memphis - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) scored 23 points and grabbed 10 boards to pace the Los Angeles Clippers past the Memphis Grizzlies 82:74 in the NBA Summer league yesterday. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) answered with 20 points for the Grizzlies. Williams scored 9 points in the opening stanza and the Clippers notched a 22:18 lead. O.J. Mayo came back to life in the final period when he delivered 9 points and the Grizzlies returned into contest tying the score at 70. But Los Angeles went on a 12:4 run to seal the winning outcome. Al Thornton (6'8''-F-83, college: Florida St.) dropped 20 points in a winning case. Steve Brutt Jr. had 13 points for the Grizzlies in defeat.
Meanwhile another much-talked rookie Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) tallied 18 points, 17 boards and 4 assists but could not prevent Minnesota from falling to the LA Lakers 93:95. Joe Crawford (6'5''-G-86) accounted for a winning basket with 2.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Nik Caner-Medley (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) posted 19 points, while Coby Karl had 14 points for the winners. Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) registered 19 points for the Timberwolves. Joe Crawford came up big in the opening stanza as his 9 points allowed the Lakers to hold a 26:21 lead. The Timberwolves remained close in the following quarters and drew things level at 93 on a three-pointer from Eugene Jeter.
The Houston Rockets held off the Cleveland Cavs 73:72 in the closing game of yesterdays action. Donte Green and Maarty Leunen (6'9''-F-85) canned 17 points apiece for the winners. Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Oregon) gave the Rockets a 71:68 advantage late in regulation. However J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) and Clay Tucker (6'5''-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 4 points in a row and the Cavaliers enjoyed a 72:71 lead with 14 seconds left. But Aaron Brooks managed to draw a foul and converted two freebies to carry the Rockets to the win at the end. Brooks finished with 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. J.J. Hickson replied with 18 points for the Cavs. Clay Tucker secured 10 in a loss.


Raptors inks Roko Leni Ukic, Boston adds Patrick O'Bryant - by Eurobasket News
Toronto Raptors announced signing of Roko-Leni Ukic (6'5''-G-84) on a three-year contract. Ukic is currently with Croatian National Team on FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens where his country will try to book a spot for the Olympics. Ukic spent last season in Italian team Lottomatica Roma as a loaned player from Barcelona. He played 19 games for Italian team in Euroleague averaging 12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.1 spg. He also had 43 appearances in Serie A adding 11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3 apg and 1.7 spg. His team reached the play-off final in Italian Serie A but Montepaschi Siena was too strong fro them celebrating 3-1. Before Lottomatica, Ukic spent one year with Barcelona winning the Spanish 'Copa del Rey'. He grew up as a player in Croatian team Split grabbing the title in domestic championship with them in 2003. The next year his team became the Croatian National Cup winner. Ukic played for his country on the last two European Championships in Spain and Serbia.

Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) agreed terms with NBA champion Boston Celtics. It will be the second season for O'Bryant in NBA as he played the last one in Golden State Warriors. He had 24 games in regular season adding 1.5 ppg and 1.2 rpg. During the year the Warriors sent him for a while to NBDL team Bakersfield Jam. Golden State picked him at NBA draft 2006 after just two years with Bradley. He played 25 games for his school in 05/06 season having 13.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 2.8 bpg.


Posey Signs Contract With Hornets. - by Bryan Floyd

James Posey has agreed to a four-year deal with the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday worth an estimated $25 million, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. Posey said the entire time he would have liked to return to Boston, but the Celtics were hesitant to offer him four years. Posey will bring veteran leadership to a team that had an amazing season last year. Losing Posey will also hurt the Celtics in the long run.




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United States succeed against Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas U18 championship - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Puerto Rico U18 106:64

The USA U18 National Team secured their third win in a row at the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They defeated Puerto Rico to finish the round on top of Group B. Five players delivered in double figures for the USA in the win. Matthew Humphrey (6'5''-G-90) and Kemba Walker (6'0''-G-90) had 15 points apiece. Travis Wear (6'9''-F-90) tallied 13 points, while JaMychal Green (6'9''-F/C-90) canned 12 for the winners. The USA and Puerto Rico both advanced to the semifinal. The USA will take on Canada, while Puerto Rico will clash with Argentina today. Puerto Rican team got to a quick start as they led 14:7 midway through the opening period. Puerto Rico maintained the lead and stayed in front 20:16 at the end of the quarter. Puerto Rico kept mounting the pressure with a bunch of triples to start the second frame. But the USA gradually came close for a strike and surged in front late in the half. Kemba Walker capped the second stanza with 5 straight points for a 44:36 advantage of the North American side. The Americans reeled off to a 20:0 rally in the third quarter and never looked back again. The USA team outrebounded their opponents 61:42 and shot 46% from the field. Puerto Rico had a woeful shooting night with only 27.6% of field goals. The USA team owns an incredible 32-1 all-time record at the championship. Steven Miro (6'2''-G-91) answered with 12 points for Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron (6'1''-G-90) had 11 points in a loss.

USA U18: Matthew Humphrey 15, Kemba Walker 15, Travis Wear 13
Puerto Rico U18: Steven Miro 12, Raymond Cintron 11


McCarthy lands long term deal - by Kevin Cochran

East Carolina has announced terms of head men's basketball coach Mack McCarthy's five-year contract, which secures his position through March 2013. The new agreement, approved Thursday by the University's Board of Trustees and announced by ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland, provides a total compensation package of $225,000 with the ability to earn additional incentives.

The contract establishes a base salary of $150,000, a $75,000 addendum for all radio, television show and Pirate Club appearances and a $50,000 bonus to monitor and support academic initiatives such as the continued improvement of the program's grade point average, graduation rate and the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR). Other incentive compensation includes a .500 or better won-lost record within Conference USA play, NCAA Tournament appearances and statistic-specific improvement.

'I appreciate the confidence shown in my staff and I by the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Steve) Ballard and Coach Holland in affirming us as the people to lead East Carolina basketball into a successful future,' McCarthy said. 'Be assured that we are hard at work improving every phase of the Pirate Basketball program. My family and staff couldn't be more excited about this challenge and opportunity.'

McCarthy, who was introduced by Holland as the program's acting head coach Aug. 9, 2007 and promoted to head coach status March 20, directed East Carolina to an 11-19 overall record last season, which marked the highest number of wins for a Pirate squad since the 2003-04 campaign. Of the 11 victories, five came during C-USA play - matching ECU's top league win total since becoming a basketball member in the Dallas-based conference beginning in 2001-02.

The Pirates also notched victories against a pair of Top 50 teams, including the program's first-ever triumph over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, and produced a three-game win streak in league play for the first time in four years.

In addition to the progress displayed on the court, McCarthy has also directed East Carolina's honors-winning development and growth in the classroom. The Pirates recently earned the 2008 C-USA Sport Academic Award after recording the top grade point average among all 12 league-member men's basketball programs with a 2.781 mark.


Courtesy: ECU Media Relations



Buckeyes welcome big transfer - by Kevin Cochran
Thad Matta , Ohio St. head mens basketball coach, announced the addition of Zisis Sarikopoulos (7'0''-C-90), a 7-foot, 265-pound center from Athens, Greece, to the Buckeye roster Thursday. Sarikopoulos played last season at the UAB. He will sit out the 2008-09 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2009-10 season.

Sarikopoulos appeared in 20 games as a rookie at UAB. He started four games, averaged 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds for the Blazers, who finished with a 23-11 record in 2007-08.

With extensive international experience, a year of NCAA college basketball and a year to develop as a Buckeye, Matta expects Sarikopoulos to contribute to the Ohio St. program down the road.

Zisis will give us a physical presence and some size, Matta said. We have a year to work with him on getting stronger and learning our system. He entered college at only 17 years old. He will help immediately in practice. We are excited about his decision to join our program.

Before traveling to the United States last August to join the UAB program, Sarikopoulos led the Under-18 Greece national team to a second-place finish in the 2007 Euro Championships and helped club team Olympiakos B.C. to a second-place finish in the country. He averaged about 20 points and 16 rebounds per game, all team highs for Olympiakos. He also averaged 7.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.1 steals per contest for Greece in the Under-18 European Championships.

Prior to joining the UAB squad, his only other appearance in the United States came earlier in 2007, when Michael Jordan hand-selected Sarikopoulos as the MVP of Greece, inviting him to compete at the Jordan Brand All-American Classic in New York City. Sarikopoulos joined a dozen other international stars as representatives of some of the top basketball players in their respective countries.

Ohio St. will enter the 2008-09 season with a full compliment of 13 scholarship players. At least two walk-on players, senior Danny Peters (6'2''-G) and junior Mark Titus (6'4''-G), also return. Another walk-on also will be added to the roster once Ohio St.s fall quarter begins in September.

The Buckeyes finished the 2007-08 season with a 24-13 record. Ohio St. won its final five games of the season to earn the 2008 National Invitation Tournament title at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Buckeyes defeated Massachusetts in the title game, 92-85.


Courtesy:ohiostatebuckeyes.com


Jennings signs deal in Italy - by Kevin Cochran
Brandon Jennings said he was passing up a scholarship at Arizona to play in Europe. That plan is now complete as Jennings has signed a three year contract with Lottomatica Virtus Roma of Italy's Serie A. The team chose Jennings to be their new point guard after Roko-Leni Ukic (6'5''-G-84) signed with the NBA's Toronto Raptors.

Jennings still plans to play only one season in Italy before entering the 2009 NBA Draft, but agreed to the three year deal to give himself some security. The contract does contain release provisions that would allow Jennings to go to the NBA, and is described as a multi-million dollar deal.

'David Stern said when the age limit was put in that this wouldn't force kids to college, that they could still go to the NBDL or Europe,' said Sonny Vaccaro, one of Jennings' advisors. 'Well, someone took David's advice.'

'I'm so excited,'' Jennings said. 'I can't believe that it happened so fast. I remember Sonny talking about it and then I called him and it happened so fast already.''

Vaccaro and Jennings will be in Rome for a press conference next week that will give the young point guard his first taste of the city. He plans to return in August with his mother to begin prearing for the season.

'I am really happy for his arrival in Rome,' said Lottomatica Virtus Roma GM Dejan Bodiroga. 'Brandon is one of the greatest American talents and he is considered as one of the top players for the next NBA draft. It's a big deal for us to have a player with such qualities.''

'I just can't wait,'' Jennings said. 'They're real excited about me coming to work for them. They know the deal. They know what they're getting in and feel comfortable about the whole situation.''

The team plans to provide education, tutoring and media training for Jennings.. He has hired a Rome-based attorney, Giovanni Imbergamo, as legal counsel for his contract.


Good Daye: Zags standout to play next season. - by Kevin Cochran

Gonzaga coaches Mark Few and Leon Rice ran onto the floor at Akron's Rhodes Arena. Their reason was Austin Daye (6'10''-F-88) laying on the floor at the Nike LeBron James Skills Academy in pain. Originally, they feared they would be without their star for an extended period.


The news has gotten much better since then.

After meeting with several doctors, Daye learned he has a bone bruise and a minor ACL tear that won't require surgery. He'll need to rest for the next three weeks, then will resume training for the season.

'It's been an emotional rollercoaster week,' Daye says. 'Now I'm getting off the ride.'

Originally, trainers believed the forward had suffered a tendon injury in his hamstring. An MRI revealed what was thought to be a torn ACL that would need to be surgically repaired and would have shelved Daye for 6-12 months. Doctors at UCLA looked at that MRI, and found the tear was not as bad as originally feared.

'I was really emotional,' Daye said. 'I just didn't want to miss so much time. We've got one of the best teams and schedules in the country. I wasn't expecting any of this when they first told me [in Akron] that it was my hamstring. Then the ACL came out of nowhere [from the first doctor in L.A.]. Then we met with two more doctors who gave me better news.'

Daye averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Zags last season, and is regarded as one of the top prospects for the 2009 NBA Draft.



Stewart breaks ankle, out 6-8 weeks - by Kevin Cochran
Mississippi St. guard Barry Stewart (6'2''-G-88) will be out for 6-8 weeks after breaking his ankle in a pickup game earlier this month.

Stewart was the Bulldogs third leading scorer last season with 11.5 points per game. He started all 34 gamed and averaged a team high of nearly 36 minutes a game. Stewart also ranked second on the squad with 88 assists.

Coach Rick Stansbury expects Stewart to be ready for the season opener. The junior will be the Bulldogs top perimeter player after Jamont Gordon (6'4''-G/F-87) left early for the NBA.


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Marcus Kahn named head coach at Cabrini College - by Eurobasket News

Marcus Kahn, who spent the last six seasons as head men's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg, has been named head men's basketball coach at Cabrini College. Kahn inherits a Cavaliers program ranked sixth in all-time winning percentage (.658) among NCAA Division III programs.

Joe Giunta, Cabrini's director of athletics and recreation, announced the appointment today.

'We are thrilled to welcome Marcus Kahn to Cabrini College as the head coach of our men's basketball program,' Giunta said. 'Marcus' emphasis on the complete student-athlete - in the classroom, on the court and in the community - is consistent with Cabrini's mission. Additionally, he brings a great deal of head coaching success at the Division III level. Under Marcus' guidance, we look forward to remaining one of the elite Division III programs in the country.'

At the helm of the Bobcats, Kahn became the program's all-time leader in career victories (77), recruited two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Newcomers of the Year (2005-06, 2007-08) and guided Pitt-Greensburg to its first postseason appearance since the 1999-2000 season. He becomes the fifth men's basketball head coach in Cabrini's 34-year program history.

'I want to thank Vice President Dr. Christine Lysionek and Director of Athletics and Recreation Joe Giunta for giving me the opportunity to be the head men's basketball coach at Cabrini College,' Kahn said. 'Cabrini embodies everything that I am looking for in a coaching position. With a strong athletic and academic reputation, as well as a great facility in the Dixon Center and a passionate athletic department staff, I know the Cabrini men's basketball program can be taken to the next level.'

Kahn mentored Pitt-Greensburg to two AMCC championship games (2005-07) and claimed the conference's regular season crown in 2004-05, the first in program history. In his first season in 2002-03, he led the Bobcats to a 14-12 overall record and trip to the conference tournament. Kahn inherited a team that had won just 10 games combined during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns.

In 2005-06, Kahn led UPG to a second-place finish in the AMCC Tournament and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship game. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, Kahn had coached the Bobcats to its fifth appearance in the conference tournament in six seasons.

Kahn brings a wealth of Division III coaching experience to Cabrini, beginning as an assistant at Wesley College in Dover, Del. (1998-2000). In two seasons, he assisted in all areas of the recruiting process, scheduling/scouting opponents and practice/game preparation.

During the 2000-01 season, Kahn served as an assistant coach at Albright College in Reading, Pa., directing the program's academic, recruiting and film exchange operations. He spent a season as the top assistant at Division II Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va. in 2001-02. With the Rams, Kahn served as the academic, recruiting and scouting/film exchange coordinator.

Kahn's coaching career began as an assistant in 1997-98 with NAIA Division II Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kahn's campus presence has reached beyond the hardwood throughout his sideline tenure, spending seven years in the classroom as a professor. He instructed a physical education and recreation course at Shepherd (2001-02) and a freshman seminar class at Pitt-Greensburg (2002-2008).

Kahn earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Redlands in 1997 and a master's degree in education from Wesley in 2000. He has been a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) since 1999.

Courtesy of www.cabriniathletics.com



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Host Greece wins Group A of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Chris Mammides

The team of Panagiotis Giannakis proved once more that is not kidding at all, the Hellenic National Team thrashed the Brazilian team with 89-69 and in front of a crowded OAKA (16,000 basketball fans) made a crucial step in joining the Olympic games.
The Hellenic NT started the game quite nervously as the crowded court at the beginning was acted more or less like a boomerang for the Greeks. Panagiotis Yiannakis saw his team to loose quite many easy baskets and to be having big trouble on defence. Even though,
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) were trying to 'push' their team-mates, the Greek team couldn't unstack from the smart Brazilian game ( The Brazilian coach was changing every 10 seconds the defensive system and created some serious problems mainly with Splitter. The first half of the game ended with 18-17 for the host team.
Giannakis decided to rotate the team so Pelekanos, Schortsianitis and Tsartsaris with an amazing crescent and in only 3 minutes made the score 36-25 at the early beginning of the second quarter. The Brazilians were scoring only from the charity line, Theodoros Papaloukas though, proved why Angelopoulos brother brought him in Olympiakos as he performed an one man show and with his three consecutive steals brought his team into +10 by the end of the first half, (40-30) with Brazilians having big problem with the fould as Huertas already been called with four personal fouls after the 'small talk' he had in the court with
Vassilis Spanoulis (his first personal foul after the technical foul which both players called)
The third quarter was Show time for Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81), Antonis Fotsis is the to performer for the Greek team from the very beginning, the experienced forward was unstoppable and with 11 personal points took the Hellenic team into a difference which characterised as the beginning of the end for the Brazilians (+16 points), Batman as is the nickname of the powerful forward performed his show time after an amazing dunk who made the crowd become even more 'live'.
The fourth quarter was simply done for practical reasons as the winning team was obvious in the court. The difference went up to 24 points and upon everybody was waiting for the final cal of the referees, the men in Gray and especially the American Kennedy Williams (who had a 'problematic' attitude' in the overall game and not so friendly with the Greek team), called a technical foul against the best defender for three consecutive years, Dimitris Diamantidis, this was not enough to change the situation but to prove once more that the American referee was not exactly fair.
The final score was 89-69 and the quarters were: 18-17, 40-30, 66-50, and 89-69

The scorers for the two teams were:

Brazil: Marcelingo 14, Murilo 2, Huertas 14, Garcia 15, Batista 4, Splitter 20.

Greece: Theodoros Papaloukas 2, Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83) 10, Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) 10, Spanoulis 14, Vasilopoulos 7, Antonis Fotsis 18, Printezis 6, Tsartsaris 9, Diamantidis 6, Schortsianitis 3 and Pelekanos 4



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  PBL   


Groove finalize deal to play at Jags' arena - by Eurobasket News
Four men representing three different entities in Augusta came together Wednesday for an announcement that made them all happy for three different reasons.

Augusta Groove executive vice president Rick Brown (left) and general manager Gary Perry talk at Christenberry Fieldhouse after announcing their team will play home games at the facility.

Augusta Groove co-owners Gary Perry and Rick Brown were happy that their new professional basketball team had finalized a deal to make Augusta State's Christenberry Fieldhouse its home.

Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant was pleased with the financial boost the deal would bring to his athletic department, and Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver wore a smile because the citizens of his city will now have another local entertainment option.

'When you look at minor league sports, they are affordable and family friendly,' Copenhaver said. 'When you consider gas prices these days, this gives our community an opportunity to see a really high level of basketball locally without having to drive to Atlanta to see a game.'
For Augusta State, the deal was more business than anything else.

Bryant said the school will get $20,000 for the 10 Groove home games it will play host to on weekends in January, February and March.

'We're excited about it. Hopefully this partnership will go on for some time,' Bryant said. 'We, at Augusta State, see it as a way that we can get some unanticipated revenue. So we're excited about that also.'
Bryant said the deal includes only game-day use of Christenberry Fieldhouse and won't impact the gym's availability to Augusta State's men's and women's basketball teams. He also said the university's alcohol-free campus policy would prohibit the Groove from selling alcohol at games.

'It all fell together pretty well,' Bryant said. 'It didn't put us out any, and we didn't have to compromise on any of our principles.'

The Groove are currently looking for office space in downtown Augusta, and Perry said they've been in talks with Augusta Recreation and Parks director Tom Beck to possibly use one of the city's gyms as a practice facility.

The team will use Augusta's May Park to hold its second local tryout on July 26.

Perry said four players have been invited to training camp so far, including former Thomson High School star Roderick McGahee and Kedrick Johnson, a 6-foot-4 forward from Greenwood, Miss., who was named an NAIA third-team All-American in 2006-07 as a senior at Lee University.
By Billy Byler

Courtesy of http://chronicle.augusta.com/


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  POLAND   


Gurovic released - by Filip Stanczyk
Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) is now a former player of Prokom Trefl Sopot. Today, on official Prokom's website, showed up a news about releasing their Serbian all-star player. This is not a surprise at all, because Polish Champions' budget will be about half smaller than that from the last season. Gurovic in Poland did well especially in the play-offs, where he pushed his team to win very often. Now Gurovic will look for another team to join.

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  PORTUGAL   


David Gomes moves to Vagos - by Luis Rocha
Vagos has sign David Gomes (200-F-86) a center who plays for Barreirense. Gomes has been a not so well succedeed career, but now he decided to take another step into his achievment. In Barreirense he was always looked as a player to play very few minutes, his development become to short, lets see how he does it in Vagos. The decision is corageous, but he have to work very hard to erase the image of a player who comes out from the bench to give minutes to foreign players, and step up into a new stage of evolution..

Fatima Silva returns to CAB - by Luis Rocha
After a short stay at Tarbes, Fatima Silva (169-G-73) returns to CAB, where she certainly is going to make a diference. CAB can really apreciate her return because last season they had some problems to perfectly fullfield their needs in position 1after the leaving of Fatima. Now with her return and the one of Carla Vieira (171-G-80), CAB gets an excellent leading of the game with two great perimeter players, point guard and shooting guard. It seems like a season to reconquer the tilte in Madeira.

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  PUERTO RICO   


United States succeed against Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas U18 championship - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Puerto Rico U18 106:64

The USA U18 National Team secured their third win in a row at the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They defeated Puerto Rico to finish the round on top of Group B. Five players delivered in double figures for the USA in the win. Matthew Humphrey (6'5''-G-90) and Kemba Walker (6'0''-G-90) had 15 points apiece. Travis Wear (6'9''-F-90) tallied 13 points, while JaMychal Green (6'9''-F/C-90) canned 12 for the winners. The USA and Puerto Rico both advanced to the semifinal. The USA will take on Canada, while Puerto Rico will clash with Argentina today. Puerto Rican team got to a quick start as they led 14:7 midway through the opening period. Puerto Rico maintained the lead and stayed in front 20:16 at the end of the quarter. Puerto Rico kept mounting the pressure with a bunch of triples to start the second frame. But the USA gradually came close for a strike and surged in front late in the half. Kemba Walker capped the second stanza with 5 straight points for a 44:36 advantage of the North American side. The Americans reeled off to a 20:0 rally in the third quarter and never looked back again. The USA team outrebounded their opponents 61:42 and shot 46% from the field. Puerto Rico had a woeful shooting night with only 27.6% of field goals. The USA team owns an incredible 32-1 all-time record at the championship. Steven Miro (6'2''-G-91) answered with 12 points for Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron (6'1''-G-90) had 11 points in a loss.

USA U18: Matthew Humphrey 15, Kemba Walker 15, Travis Wear 13
Puerto Rico U18: Steven Miro 12, Raymond Cintron 11


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  RUSSIA   


Lokomotiv Rostov lands Nikita Morgunov from Khimky - by Eurobasket News
After just one season in Russian runner-up and National Cup holder Khimky, veteran Nikita Morgunov (211-F-75, agency: Interperformances) will leave the club. His next destination will be Lokomotiv Rostov. Experienced Morgunov doesn't have a chance to spend a lot of time on the court last season in Khimky. For 18 games in Superleague he registered 5.1 ppg and 2.4 rpg while in ULEB Cup he had 2.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 7 games. Morgunov helped Russian National Team on their way to the Gold last summer in Spain. He contributed with solid 8.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1 apg for 9 games. He also played for the Russians on all important international events over the past 10 years. Before Khimky, Morgunov played three seasons for Dynamo Moscow Region. He won two Russian championship titles as a 20-year old player with CSKA. Later he spent two more years there but unfortunately to him it were the only two years when CSKA didn't celebrate title since 1992.

Regarding Morgunov's leaving director of UNICS Viktor Bychkov said: 'Nikita didn't get a lot of time to play last season. For the player of his age it is not a usual think to seat on the bench. I am sure he will be one of the leading players of Rostov next season. All of us are grateful to Nikita for his contribution in Khimky. He is a very good person as well as a real sportsman. I want to wish him luck in Rostov.'

Meanwhile, Alexandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of Ural Great Perm recovered after the knee surgery, which he underwent last year. Azerbaijan player was a member of Ural 2, which competed in Russian Higher league last season.


Market news - by Eurobasket News
The hottest story these days in Russia for sure is a possible arrival of Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) to Khimky. According to the rumors Russian team already offered Delifno 3-years contract worth 8.5 million dollars. Delfino, who spent last season in Toronto Raptors, remains client about this new yet. Khimky's director Viktor Bychkov also didn't want to comment this news. Delifno played 82 games for the Raptors in NBA regular season averaging 9 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.8 apg. He also had 5 appearances in play-off adding 8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.2 apg. Delfino was a member of Argentinean National Team which went gold the previous Olympic Games in Athens. He also played for Argentineans on the World Championship in Japan in 2006. At his rookie season with Detroit Pistons his team reached NBA final, what is his biggest achievement in USA so far.

The other hot news from the Russian market is possible signing of Michalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) for UNISC Kazan. According to Greek portal superbasket.gr UNICS offered Kakiouzis 2-year contract. During this period the player would earn 2.5 million euros. According to the same source Italian Virtus and Turkish Efes Pilsen also showed interest for his service. Kakiouzis spent last season in Cajasol Sevilla where for 34 games in ACB he averaged 12.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apg and 1.4 spg. Before Sevilla he spent two years with Barcelona winning 'Copa del Rey'. He played for the Greeks at the last two European Championships as well as on the World Championship in Japan.


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  SEBL   


SEBL City B-League scores... - by David Archer

Cartersville, GA - A week into the SEBL City B-League Schedule and there are already some surprises.

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Sun., July 6th @ JH Morgan Gym:
Baseline-3 53 vs. Prime Time 44... Melissa Bunce & Company built a lead and held off Prime Time. Bunce scored 21 in the win, while Racquel McGee had 14 for PM.


WHLB/HOL 38 vs. Lady Colonels 30... WHLB 104.9/HOL defeated Cass' Lady Colonels.


Dalton Wholesale 75 Cedartown 73... Dalton Ws made a great debut with a two-point win over a tough Cedartown team.


Summer Hill 68 vs. Owen FH 63... Summer Hill sputtered to a five-point win over a big Owen squad. SH let a double-digit cushion slip late in the game, as Roman Gilliam caught fire for OFH, to finish with 25 points. Mike Reynolds scored 18 and Mike Linley 11 in the win.


Summer Hill 91 Sixers 71... Summer Hill played back to back, as they helped out the absent Polk County team. The Sixers had trouble scoring early and were down by two dozen by the half. But, they played even in the second half, once more trooped arrived in Lamar Hudson, Demetrius Metcalf and Mario Jordan.


Knicks-2 68 Rockmart 59... Led by Lance James and O'Brian Wilkins, the Knicks-2 pulled away late for a nine-point victory over Rockmart. James Williams had 23 for Rockmart.
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Tue., July 8th @ JH Morgan Gym:
Baseline-3 67 vs. WHLB/HOL 30...
A balanced Baseline women's attack had WHLB on the ropes from the opening tip.


Summer Hill 78 vs. Sixers 62... SH moved to 2-0 on the season with another resounding win over the Sixers. The Sixers with a fluctuating roster, has a wealth of talent and will be a tough team once they become acclimated to each other. Summer Hill, meanwhile, as established themselves, as the team to beat. The SH roster is a combination of the SH Post Grad and Baseline-2 teams from last summer.


Prime Time 49 vs. Kennesaw 37... Kennesaw got it's first taste of the WSEBL, with a 12-point loss to Prime Time.


Knicks-2 76 vs. Dalton Wholesale 72.. Johnny Johnson had 22 points and Lance James 14 to lead the Knicks-2 past Dalton Wholesale.
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Sat., July 12th @ JH Morgan Gym:
Baseline-3 49 Kennesaw 36... The Baseline ladies got by Kennesaw in a game that was really closer than the score indicates.


L. Colonels 35 Prime Time 32... The young Lady Colonels came from 10 down to upset Prime Time.


Dalton Wholesale 49 Sixers 46... DW clipped the Sixers in a defensive battle. Dalton moved to 2-1, while a talented Sixers team is a dangerous 0-3 right now. Might not wanna be the Sixers next opponent!


Cedartown 87 Polk County 71... Cedartown jumped on Polk County in a 16-pt win that was probably 'worse' than the score indicates.


Rockmart 64 Owen FH 60... Rockmart squeeked by OFH in a great game.


North Metro 72 AWU-Howren 66... North Metro Tech debuted with an exciting come from behind win over AWU. The Blue Devils trailed 33-12 in the opening half, before figuring thing out and racing back for the win.


Summer Hill 114 Knicks-2 78.. SH destroyed the Knicks-2. Reynolds led SH with 32 pts, while Blake King had 20 for the Knicks-2
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Tue., July 15th @ JH Morgan Gym:
Summer Hill 107 Polk County 58
Sixers 76 AWU-Howren 70
N. Metro 67 Dalton Wholesale 41
Cedartown 60 Knicks-2 51
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Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 4-0 
 2. BC Sixers 1-3 
 3. Owen FH 0-2 
 4. BC Howren 0-2 
 5. Polk Co. 0-3 
City B-West
 1. Metro Tech 2-0 
 2. Cedart.B. II 2-1 
 3. BC Dalton 2-2 
 4. Rockmart 1-1 
 5. BC Knicks-2 1-2 
Metro A-North
 1. Cartersville W. 3-0 
 2. BC Force 2-1 
 3. BC Skyline 2-1 
 4. ServPro-1 2-1 
 5. Marietta O. 1-1 
 6. BC Celtics 1-2 
 7. Smyrna K. 0-2 
 8. Supreme 0-3 
Metro A-South
 1. BC Lakers 4-0 
 2. Speedboys 3-1 
 3. Young Gunz 2-2 
 4. Black Monop 2-2 
 5. Tri-County 1-3 
 6. D.O.T.S. 0-4 


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  SERBIA   


Zoran Sretenovic in Vojvodina Srbijagas - by Dragan Jankovski
Vojvodina Srbijagas hired Zoran Sretenovic as a new head coach. Sretenovic worked last season in Bosnian team Igokea Partizan. Couple of rounds before the end of Bosnian League 8 Igokea was on top of it having nice chances to keep that position. That didn't happen as Igokea suffered two inconvenient defeats against Borac and Sloboda Dita after what Sertenovic got fired. After extremely successful career as a professional player, Sretenovic took over Buducnost Podgorica on season 01/02. Later, in 2004 he joined Hemofarm Vrsac as an assistant coach of Zeljko Lukajic. Hemofarm celebrated in the final of Adriatic league that season beating Partizan in Belgrade. As a player Sretenovic won two gold medals with Yugoslavian National Team on European Championships in 1991 and 1995.
This is the first move this summer of Vojvodina Srbijagas and its new sports director Igor Kovacevic. The team still didn't resolve problems which showed up at the middle of the last season. The biggest one for sure is that the team has huge debts to the players. Almost 10 of them from the last season showed serious intention to leave the club and it is not known yet will they done it.

President of Crvena Zvezda, Mirko Petrovic, announced that the club succeeded to resolve some of the very important problems. He was very glad to say that Zvezda successfully fulfilled all obligations to Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Boris Bakic (195-G-86, agency: Beo Basket). Petrovic also said that the club already created shortlist with possible reinforcements. However, no one of the club's officials didn't say any word yesterday about the possibility that Bozidar Maljkovic take over the team.


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  SPAIN   


Bruesa adds Sergio Sanchez, Ukic agrees with the Raptors - by Eurobasket News
GBC Bruesa succeeded to ink Sergio Sanchez (190-G-81) from Estudiantes on a two-year deal. Sanchez spent in Madrid previous two seasons reaching the semifinals of FIBA EuroCup in 2007. Last season he played 33 games in ACB averaging 11.7 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.6 apg and 1.1 apg. He participated at the NBA Summer league in Las Vegas previous summer as a member of Boston Celtic but he wasn't able to put his name into the NBA mix. On season 06/07 Sanchez had 16 appearances in EuroCup adding 10.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.1 spg. He signed 3-year contract with Estudiantes in 2005 but the team loaned him to Fuanlabrada for one season. Before Estudiantes he used to play for Huelva and Caja San Fernando Sevilla. As a member of Huelva in 2005 he was named to be the 'Guard of the Year' in LEB.

In the meantime Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84), who according to some media was pretty close to return to Barca after one year loan in Lotomatica Roma, will continue career in NBA. Yesterday is officially announced that he signed 3-year deal with Toronto Raptors. Ukic arrived to Spain, actually to Tau Ceramica, in 2005 as a third scorer and top assistant of Adriatic league. After one season in Tau he joined Barcelona. During these two years Ukic had an opportunity to celebrate winning of 'Copa del Rey' twice. At the same time he became the winner of Spanish Supercup with Tau at the beginning of season 05/06. The best digits for two seasons in Spain he registered with Tau averaging 6.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.7 apg for 41 games in ACB.


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  TAIWAN   


AIA to meet defending champ Jordan for Jones Cup gold - by Chris Wang
Download game stats here

AIA 97-90 QAT

Actually, you can say it's North Dakota State beat Qatar 97-90. NDS Bison teammates Brett Winkelman and Ben Woodside combined for 57 points and helped AIA beat Qatar NT to advance to the championship game.

AIA has won seven straight following the opening loss to defending champ Jordan, AIA's opponent tomorrow in the championship game.

Winkelman scored 31 points and pulled down 8 rebounds while point guard Ben Woodside had 26 points and dishing out five assists. The NDS combo eliminated Qatar's upset bid in the final quarter.

Qatar trailed by as many as 18 but cut the deficit to three in the end of the third, 67-64.

AIA: B. Winkelman 31p+8rb, B. Woodside 26p+5a+2s
QAT: E.A. Saeed 31p+7rb, D. Mousa 29p

Kazakhstan 66-56 Taiwan

Taiwan NT was determined to end its six game losing streak, but Kazakhstan wouldn't agree. Kazakhstan used an 18-8 final quarter to knock out the home team.

Once again, Taiwan's poor rebounding proved to be one of the deciding factors. It was outrebounded 40-17.

KAZ: A. Ponomarev 20p+18rb, M. Voyeikov 16p
TW: Hsu Chih-chan 14p, Yang Chin-min 13p,

Egypt 85-81 Korea (42-52)

Korea University Select Team shared a same fate with Korea NT which is playing in the Olympic Qualifiers in Athens, Greece: they couldn't hold on to a double-digit lead.

Korea NT lost a heartbreaker that cost it a quarterfinal berth in the qualifiers, failing to defend a 10-point lead in the final two minutes against Canada. Korea was eliminated with two losses.

In Taiwan, Korea Univ. Select Team had squandered two games with double-digit advantage and they did it again today. Korean kids once again let a 10-point halftime lead slip away against Egypt, ending up losing by four.

Egypt outrebounded Korea by 28.

EGY: El-Saharty 22p, El-Kernady 15p
KOR: Heo Il-young 19p, Choi Yun-ho 19p, Byun Hyun-soo 14p+8a

Jordan 75-60 Australia (33-34)

Leading by one at the half, Australia U-19 NT lost its poise against the experienced Jordan NT. Emus team was outscored 21-8 in the game-changing third quarter of a physical game.

It also lost Mitchell Young to a wrist injury. Young hurt his wrist in a clash with a teammate on defense. His status was unclear.

From what I've seen, Jorden Page and Matthew Dellavedova dominated the ball too much and that hurt the whole team and eventually cost them the winnable game.

Don't get me wrong. Page and Dellavedova are both talented. But they failed to play within a team scheme in this game, playing too many one-on-ones and hurrying shots.

With the win, Jordan was ready to defend its Jones Cup title. It won the 10-team round-robin format 2007 Jones Cup last year.

JOR: A. Idais 23p+11rb, Z. Alkhas 13p+6rb, J.A. Shmala 12p
AUS: J. Page 15p, M. Dellavedova 14p, C. Ellis 12p

Friday schedule

1300 Korea-Taiwan (7/8)
1500 Kazakhstan-Egypt (5/6)
1700 Third-place game: Australia-Qatar
1900 Championship game: AIA-Jorda


Day 7: Athletes in Action tops preliminary round - by Chris Wang
The preliminary round concluded tonight as Athletes in Action took the top seed in the semifinals with a 6-1 record and Jordan at No. 2 with 5-2.

Australia, Qatar and Egypt had a three-way tie at 4-3 but Australia and Qatar advanced to the semifinals by a better head-to-head record. Egypt, which returned to the Jones Cup after 14 years, finished as 5th-place in the prelim.

Korea and host Taiwan both finished 1-6 but Taiwan ranked 7th for defeating Korea in the head-to-head matchup.

The semifinals begin tomorrow with AIA takes on No.4 Qatar and No.2 Jordan meets No. 3 Australia. In the 5-8 classification games, Taiwan meets Kazakhstan and Egypt faces Korea.

AIA 102-86 Taiwan (52-44)

Taiwan managed to stay with AIA for 10 minutes before collapsing again. AIA turned the game into its own playground with many dunks and fastbreak layups to make the score out of reach.

AIA: Laval Lucas-Perry 22p, B. Winkelman 21p, B. Woodside 16p
TW: Yang Chin-min 29p, Lee Hsueh-lin 12p, Lin Ching-pang 11p, Chen Tzu-wei 9p

Egypt 74-66 Kazakhstan (35-35)

EGY: T. El-Gannam 17p+12rb, W. Badr 15p+6rb+4a+5s, R. Gunady 14p
KAZ: A. Ponomarev 13p+13rb

Korea 82-76 Australia (32-31)

Koreans got their precious first win in the tourney by defeating Australia with a brilliant shooting game, making 10 threes and shooting 25 for 40 from two-point range.

KOR: Choi Yun-ho 30p, Byun Hyun-soo 15p, Kim Myung-hoon 14p, Heo Il-young 13p
AUS: C. Ellis 18p, B. Motum 16p

Jordan 79-52 Qatar (42-28)

Jordan made 15 three-pointers, seven came from J.A. Shmala, in the game and buried Qatar early. With the win, Jordan climbed up to No.2 in the preliminary while Qatar dropped to fourth-place.

JOR: J.A. Shmala 23p, A. Idais 12p
QAT: S.A. Ali 18p, E.A. Saeed 15p


Final preliminary round standing:

1. Athletes in Action 6-1
2. Jordan NT 5-2
3. Australia U-19 NT 4-3
4. Qatar NT 4-3
5. Egypt NT 4-3
6. Kazakhstan NT 3-4
7. Taiwan NT 1-6
8. Korea University Select Team 1-6


Jones Cup video update - by Chris Wang
Heres a big sorry for fans and readers whove been waiting for Jones Cup videos. A reader emailed and told me that Veoh.com has been blocked in Malaysia, which I didnt know. Also some of the uploads to Veoh.com did not go well. The site did not validate some of the uploaded videos. Thats why they are still being processed.

Maybe I shouldve chosen blip.tv or simply Google video in the first place? I dont know. But Veoh.com allows unlimited filesize which makes it easier for me to upload.

Until now I have managed to upload the following games to the Veoh Jones Cup channel:

Australia vs. Taiwan 1st half
Egypt vs. Korea 1st quarter
AIA vs. Australia 1st half


The full game of AIA vs. Taiwan is still uploading at this moment. I hope everything turns out fine.

PS: Obviously I recorded more games than those on the channel, but uploading takes tons of time and I have a day job. Sorry again.


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18   


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


FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Day 3 - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay U18 - Mexico U18 63:51
Uruguayan U18 National team claimed their first win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They held off Mexican counterparts to clinch the third spot in preliminary Group A. Miguel Barriola (193-F-90) came up with a monster performance tallying 23 points and 27 boards to pace Uruguay to the initial success. Uruguay juniors will now take on Bahamas in the classification round. Uruguayan defense worked hard in the opening stanza to limit their opponents to just 8 points for a 12:8 lead heading into the second period. Mexico however struck back in the second quarter and clipped the gap to 2 points at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza and Uruguay remained on top 42:39. Mexican team surged ahead early in the fourth stanza and enjoyed a 44:43 advantage with just over 8 minutes left in the game. But Uruguay exploded with a 20:5 rally to celebrate victory at the end. Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) produced 16 points, while Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) secured 12 points in a win. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) answered with 13 points for Mexico. Daniel Vivas (198-F-90) netted 11 points in a losing case. Uruguay pulled down 55 boards including 20 offensive ones. Mexico will face Venezuela today.

Uruguay U18: Miguel Barriola 23+27 boards, Nicolas Catala 16, Bruno Fitipaldo 12
Mexico U18: Carlos Toussaint 13, Daniel Vivas 11


Venezuela U18 - Bahamas U18 85:64
Venezuelan Junior National Team hammered Bahamas in the third game of the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. It was the first win for Venezuelan team, while Bahamas remained winless. Venezuela thus clinched the third spot in Pool B and would take on Mexico in the classification round. Bahamas will look for their initial win against Uruguay later today. Venezuela once again got a first-class performance from Gregory Echenique (208-C-90). He finished with 33 points and 15 boards to pace the team to the victory. Venezuela opened the game confidently and quickly built a 29:17 advantage. The teams slowed down in the second quarter and combined for 12 points apiece to remain separated by 12 points at halftime. Venezuela made the decisive push in the third stanza as they outgunned their opponents 27:14 to accumulate a crucial advantage. Bahamas managed to shoot down Venezuelan team in the final period but it hardly helped the team at the end. Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) came up with 11 points for the winning team. Leon Cooper (188-G-91) secured 18 points for Bahamas. Donathen Moss (201-C-90) chipped in 13 points in defeat. Venezuela shot solid 51% from the field, while limiting Bahamas to just 30% accuracy. Venezuela also reigned the boards outrebounding Bahamas 50:40.

Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 33+15 boards, Yonaiker Ecker 11, Miguel Rivas (182-G-90) 10
Bahamas U18: Leon Cooper 18, Donathen Moss 13


USA U18 - Puerto Rico U18 106:64
The USA U18 National Team secured their third win in a row at the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They defeated Puerto Rico to finish the round on top of Group B. Five players delivered in double figures for the USA in the win. Matthew Humphrey (196-G-90) and Kemba Walker (183-G-90) had 15 points apiece. Travis Wear (206-F-90) tallied 13 points, while JaMychal Green (205-F/C-90) canned 12 for the winners. The USA and Puerto Rico both advanced to the semifinal. The USA will take on Canada, while Puerto Rico will clash with Argentina today. Puerto Rican team got to a quick start as they led 14:7 midway through the opening period. Puerto Rico maintained the lead and stayed in front 20:16 at the end of the quarter. Puerto Rico kept mounting the pressure with a bunch of triples to start the second frame. But the USA gradually came close for a strike and surged in front late in the half. Kemba Walker capped the second stanza with 5 straight points for a 44:36 advantage of the North American side. The Americans reeled off to a 20:0 rally in the third quarter and never looked back again. The USA team outrebounded their opponents 61:42 and shot 46% from the field. Puerto Rico had a woeful shooting night with only 27.6% of field goals. The USA team owns an incredible 32-1 all-time record at the championship. Steven Miro (188-G-91) answered with 12 points for Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) had 11 points in a loss.

USA U18: Matthew Humphrey 15, Kemba Walker 15, Travis Wear 13
Puerto Rico U18: Steven Miro 12, Raymond Cintron 11


Argentina U18 - Canada U18 74:64
Argentinean Junior National Team celebrated their third straight win at the start of the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa. Yesterday they held off Canada to remain undefeated and clinched the Pool A title. Both teams advanced to the semifinal stage. Canada will play against the USA, while Argentina will take on Puerto Rico for the right to play in the championship game. The hosts got to a 9:2 start to the game. Canada quickly rebounded and narrowed the deficit to 3 points 11:14 at the end of the first frame. Canada knotted things up at 14 early in the second frame but the hosts persisted. Argentina went on a 10:0 run and later piled up a 32:24 advantage at halftime. The home team used a 10:2 rally in the third frame to open up a double-digit lead. Argentinean youngsters spurred ahead 9:2 at the beginning of the final quarter and never looked back at the dying stages. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 16 points to lead Argentina. Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) nailed 13 points in a winning case. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) led all scorers with 17 points and 7 boards for Canada. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) delivered 12 points in a loss. Argentina held their opponents to only 30% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 38:28.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 16, Pablo Orlietti 13, Federico Glinberg (201-C-90) 10, Claudio Ramirez 10
Canada U18: Mangisto Arop 17, Robert Gagliardi 12


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Galatasaray Loses Brown, Gains Kocaoglu - by James Mullins
Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois), the former playmaker for the University of Illinois and Utah Jazz, has decided to exercise an option in his contract that allows him to forgo his contract with Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul and sign with an NBA team. Brown has signed with the Washinton Wizards, a team in need of true point guards. This week he began playing for thier Summer League team in Las Vegas.

His presence will be missed on Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul's roster as he contributed 12.48 ppg, 4.8 apg and quality leadership. Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul is seeking to improve from their fourth place finish over the past two years. It will be difficult to go without Dee Brown, but Galatasaray Cafe Crown's front office is hard at work. This week they signed Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79), a forward who averaged 7.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi


Chatman the new eagle - by Sinan Can
It's been announced by Higher Vision Sports as Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) signed with Besiktas Cola Turka. Mire Chatman once ULEB CUP champion in 2006 opted out of his contract with Russian Club Dynamo Triumph and signed with ULEB Eurocup Turkish Club Besiktas. Chatman signed 1+1 deal and will be the floor general for the Turkish Club that had the best record in the Turkish League last season. 'I was looking for a place where I can show all my skills as a leader, a point guard and also as a scorer. I hope this is it.' Chatman says.

Galatasaray Cafe Crown gets the big man - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray Cafe Crown got huge reinforcement under the basket for the next season. The team signed one-year contract with Croatian player Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM). As it was alredy announced Galatasaray added another big guy Polat Kocaoglu to its roster. Zizic was a member of Greek giant Panathinaikos last season which they finished celebrating the championship title. At the same time PAO won Greek National Cup but they didn't succeed to get through the Euroleague Top 16. PAO had a chance at the last round of Top 16 to do it but Partizan Belgrade stopped them taking place in the quarterfinals. Zizic averaged 5.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 18 Euroleague games in green jersey. He had 24 appearances in Greek A1 regular season delivering 6.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Interesting is that ZIzic arrived to Panathinaikos from its biggest rival Olympiakos, where he spent two years. Before Olympiakos he played half of the season in Barcelona. He won two titles in Croatian championship with Split and Cibona and also played for his country on European Championship in Beglrade in 2005. Zizic signed one-year deal with Galatasaray having an option for another one.

At the same time Galatasaray Cafe Crown extended contract with PG Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77), whose average stats last season in ULEB Cup was 6.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.1spg for 17 games. Erden arrived to Galatasaray from Efes Pilsen during the last summer. Experienced point guard changed many Turkish teams in the past and some of them are Darussafaka, Ulker, Karsiyaka and Turk Telekom. He won three championship titles as well as two National Cups in the past. Erden also was a member of Turkish National Team from 98-00.


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  UGANDA   


Senegal pips Uganda to African University games Title. - by Rogers Senkwale
Ivan Enabu's 20 points and 12 assists were not enough to steer Uganda to her first ever gold at a continental stage in the their 60-56 win over Senegal.Before packed staduim the Hosts(Uganda) showed purpose and determination to over turn a 85-66 loss to the highly fancied Senegalese in the first game and led by the trio of Ivan Enabu, Ikong and Komakech Ben they launched an assault and had to employ a full court press to over power the more athletic senegalese in a close encounter that kept the fans on their toes . The turn up was poor however with only two teams participating of the expected 20 teams.I the ladies Category ,iot was one way traffic with the visitors Mozambique displaying scintilatng passing and accurate shooting to humle the hosts Uganda in the two games, 106-46 and 75-49 respectively.acation returns to the forthcoming Allstar game and the second leg action.

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  UKRAINE   


Fifth American in Budivelnyk and fifth Belorussian in Lviv / Other news - by Alexander Muzyka
- There is a fifth American guy in Budivelnyk after Derrick Zimmerman, Anthony Morrow, Scott Merritt and John DeGroat appearance in Kyiv. Borys Karebin made everything to invite center Rasean Dickey (208-F/C-85) from Georgia Tech (8.1 ppg + 5.3 rpg).

- Politekhnika-Halychyna likes native Belorussians. After Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80), Aliaksandr Pustahvar (200-G/F-85), Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) and Dmitri Kouzmine (197-G-75) its expected Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78) is back to Ukrainian championship. It was a time Nikola played in Khimik. Now he has got Hungarian champions title with Falco with 10.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg. One more newcomer - Gennadi Kuznetsov (204-F-75) has left BC Odesa (7.3 ppg + 4.1 rpg) for playing in Politekhnika. Note that Gennadi is a native-born Belorussian who has changed his citizenship a lot of years ago and Valentin Voronin is a Belorussian, too.

- Cherkasy Monkeys were close to ink Giorgos Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) but couldnt find the common language.

- Oleksi Yangicher (198-G/F-69) (one more link of him) and Kostiantyn Galionkin (206-F/C-71) stay in BC Donetsk. Rumours say Oleksi Tsymbal (197-F-77) appeared in there.


U-20 showed itself in Israel - by Alexander Muzyka

Ukrainian U-20 NT played three friendlies vs Israeli team. After one-point lose it was not so difficult to became blood-hounters and to show the opponents their real strength. Head coach Denys Zhuravliov was satisfied but noted: 'These results are nothing. Eurobasket wins are more important for us'.

Warm-ups

July 15
Israel U-20 - Ukraine U-20 79:78 (21:21, 18:12, 20:18, 20:27)
U
: Glebov 22 + 8 rbs, Gladyr 18 + 5 rbs + 4 ast, Norenko 14, Tonchenko 5, Tymofeienko 4, Shurmel 4, Vilkhovetskyi 3, Novikov 3, Kolchenko 3, Zaitsev 1, Lukashov 0, Glazyrin 0

July 16
Israel U-20 - Ukraine U-20 55:77 (15:25, 12:19, 11:20, 17:13)
U
: Vilkhovetskyi 10 + 3 rbs, Gladyr 10 + 4 rbs, Glebov 9 + 4 rbs + 3 stl, Tymofeienko 9 + 3 rbs, Lukashov 8 + 4 rbs, Tonchenko 7, Kolchenko 7 + 3 ast, Glazyrin 6 + 4 rbs, Norenko 5 + 6 rbs, Novikov 3, Schepkin 3, Shurmel 0, Zaytsev 0, Gorenkov 0

July 17
Israel U-20 - Ukraine U-20 93:70
U
: Glebov 15 + 7 rbs + 3 ast, Lukashov 11 + 7 rbs + 3 ast, Kolchenko 11, Vilkhovetskyi 9, Norenko 9 + 5 rbs, Schepkin 8 + 11 rbs + 3 bls, Gladyr 7, Glazyrin 5 + 5 rbs, Tymofeienko 5 + 3 rbs, Novikov 3, Shurmel 0, Zaytsev 0, Gorenkov 0



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Sanders Signs For Sharks - by George Manousidis


Sanders Signs For Sharks - by George Manousidis


Sanders Signs For Sharks - by George Manousidis


Sanders Signs For Sharks - by George Manousidis


Sanders Signs For Sharks - by George Manousidis


JETS NEW SEASON FIXTURES RELEASED - by George Manousidis
The BBL have just released the fixtures for the 2008-9 season, and there are some mouth-watering match-ups in prospect for BiG Storage Cheshire Jets supporters in all three major competitions - the BBL Championship, the BBL Cup and the BBL trophy.

The league season opens on Friday the 26th September when the Jets travel to play the Milton Keynes Lions, and the first home game, on Sunday 28th September sees them taking on last seasons surprise packet, the Worcester Wolves, the team that Chuck Evans, the new Jets playmaker, represented last year. October sees a game with perennial rivals Sheffield Sharks, with an extra spark added by the fact that latest signing Alto Virgil played for them last year.

The 19th October marks the Jets first foray into the seasons second competition, the BBL Cup, when they entertain London Capitals, and should they win this game a road trip to reigning League Champions Newcastle Eagles on 31st October awaits!

January 2009 is the time for the BBL Trophy group stages; the Jets have a proud record in this competition [Winners for four consecutive seasons;- 2001-4], and have been drawn in a group with closest geographical rivals Everton Tigers and the oldest surviving BBL franchise Leicester Riders on a home and away basis and only one team to qualify for the later stages. If the close proximity between Jets and Tigers were not enough to promote interest the presence of ex-Jets stalwarts Delme Herriman and John Simpson should ensure that not to mention the return of Calvin Davis to this side of the Mersey!

Following on from the success of moving the final league game of last season to Warrington, in terms of wakening interest in pro-basketball across the county, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets will be playing four of their home games at the Birchwood centre in Warrington on Sundays in November, January, March and April.

BiG Cheshire Jets Head Coach, Paul Smith commented, Its when the fixtures get released that the realities of the new season start to hit home. I am really looking forward to renewing old rivalries and meeting new faces and I am particularly looking forward to crossing swords with Everton Tigers on a regular basis. In sport it is rivalries such as these that motivate players, coaches and spectators alike. Our squad is really beginning to take shape now and I am as sure as I can possibly be that we will have a team capable of competing with the best!

BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Director, Pete Hawkins confirmed, We have been in negotiation with several other players, including some real fan favourite from the last season or two and we should soon be in a position to announce further additions to the roster. Looking at the fixtures tells us that we will need the strongest possible squad if we are to be able to make an impact in this most competitive of competitions. The expertise of our Chief Coach and the staunch support of our Main sponsors BiG Storage suggest that we are really on the way!


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Uruguay U18 grabs their first win in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay U18 - Mexico U18 63:51

Uruguayan U18 National team claimed their first win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They held off Mexican counterparts to clinch the third spot in preliminary Group A. Miguel Barriola (193-F-90) came up with a monster performance tallying 23 points and 27 boards to pace Uruguay to the initial success. Uruguay juniors will now take on Bahamas in the classification round. Uruguayan defense worked hard in the opening stanza to limit their opponents to just 8 points for a 12:8 lead heading into the second period. Mexico however struck back in the second quarter and clipped the gap to 2 points at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza and Uruguay remained on top 42:39. Mexican team surged ahead early in the fourth stanza and enjoyed a 44:43 advantage with just over 8 minutes left in the game. But Uruguay exploded with a 20:5 rally to celebrate victory at the end. Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) produced 16 points, while Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) secured 12 points in a win. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) answered with 13 points for Mexico. Daniel Vivas (198-F-90) netted 11 points in a losing case. Uruguay pulled down 55 boards including 20 offensive ones. Mexico will face Venezuela today.

Uruguay U18: Miguel Barriola 23+27 boards, Nicolas Catala 16, Bruno Fitipaldo 12
Mexico U18: Carlos Toussaint 13, Daniel Vivas 11


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  USBL   


USBL Alum in NBA Summer Leagues - by Surujh Roopnarine

Though the League of Opportunity has suspended operations for 2008, the USBL still produced a few remaining talents who are participating in NBA Summer Leagues hoping to crack an NBA or overseas roster this fall.

Orlando Pro Summer League
Keith Langford (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Kansas) (Kansas Cagerz 2006) Chicago Bulls
4 games: 11.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 68.0%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 72.7%

Marcus Campbell (7'0''-C-82, college: Mississippi St.) (Oklahoma Storm / Kansas Cagerz 2007) Miami Heat
No games played


Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) (New Jersey Flyers 2005) Miami Heat
5 games: 13.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 0.8apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.9%

Brian Hamilton (6'6''-F-82, college: La-Lafayette) (Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs 2005) / New Jersey Nets
5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 0.8apg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 0-5

NBA Summer League Las Vegas
Keith Langford Denver Nuggets
Thru 2 games: 9.0ppg, 0.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 100.0%

Billy Thomas (6'5''-G-75, college: Kansas) (Kansas Cagerz 2000, 01, 03, 07) Cleveland Cavaliers
Thru 1 game: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists

Keith McLeod (6'2''-G-79, college: Bowling Green) (St. Joseph Express 2002) / Dallas Mavericks
Thru 4 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 77.8%

Roderick Riley (6'11''-C-81, college: Prairie View A&M) (Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs 2005) Milwaukee Bucks
1 game: 3 minutes

Michael Cuffee (6'4''-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (Oklahoma Storm 2007) San Antonio Spurs
Thru 2 games: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 100.0%

Mike Peeples (6'7''-G/F-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) (Brooklyn Kings 2007) Washington Wizards
No games played



USBL GAINING TRACTION IN ASIA - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The USBL is targeting ASIA to increase its brand awareness and has hired Spencer Christensen as Director of International development. In August,Christensen will move to Seoul South korea to begin establishing a USBL presence during the Korean Basketball League season that runs from october through May. Mr. Christensen will be scouting the various Korean teams for top players with potential too make the leap to the USBL.

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Venezuela U18 gets the taste of victory in Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela U18 - Bahamas U18 85:64

Venezuelan Junior National Team hammered Bahamas in the third game of the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. It was the first win for Venezuelan team, while Bahamas remained winless. Venezuela thus clinched the third spot in Pool B and would take on Mexico in the classification round. Bahamas will look for their initial win against Uruguay later today. Venezuela once again got a first-class performance from Gregory Echenique (208-C-90). He finished with 33 points and 15 boards to pace the team to the victory. Venezuela opened the game confidently and quickly built a 29:17 advantage. The teams slowed down in the second quarter and combined for 12 points apiece to remain separated by 12 points at halftime. Venezuela made the decisive push in the third stanza as they outgunned their opponents 27:14 to accumulate a crucial advantage. Bahamas managed to shoot down Venezuelan team in the final period but it hardly helped the team at the end. Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) came up with 11 points for the winning team. Leon Cooper (188-G-91) secured 18 points for Bahamas. Donathen Moss (201-C-90) chipped in 13 points in defeat. Venezuela shot solid 51% from the field, while limiting Bahamas to just 30% accuracy. Venezuela also reigned the boards outrebounding Bahamas 50:40.

Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 33+15 boards, Yonaiker Ecker 11, Miguel Rivas (182-G-90) 10
Bahamas U18: Leon Cooper 18, Donathen Moss 13


Hernan Salcedo, Most Valuable Player in Venezuela's LPB - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Forward Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80), of Gaiteros del Zulia, was named Most Valuable Player of the LPB 2008's regular season, after helping his team advance to the playoffs in the third spot on the standings with a 34-20 record and also averaging 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.6 steals per outing in 54 games.

Salcedo, a former player of teams such as Guaros de Lara and Trotamundos de Carabobo and who's about to play for the second straight season in Mexico's Angeles de Puebla, outdueled players such as Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), Rogers Washington (202-F-77), Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) and J.R. Wallace (183-G-81) for the award.

His last experience with the Senior National Team was back in 2007's FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament played in Las Vegas. The previous MVP award was given to forward Tang Hamilton last season.


Luis Bethelmi, Most Improved Player of the Year in LPB - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86), of Cocodrilos de Caracas, was named as Most Improved Player of the LPB's 2008 season, after averaging over 10 points and 6 rebounds per match in 42 outings for the reptiles, a team that finished in second place with a 37-17 record.

Bethelmy played 27 minutes per match and scored 10.9 points per game, grabbed 6.6 rebounds per match and 1.1 block per match. He shot for 68% from the free-throw line and had a total of 337 points in the global ranking called CEI, whick ranked him 19th.

Bethelmy played in the Venezuelan Senior National Team at the beginning of the month as they faced the South American Championship in Puerto Montt, Chile. The runner up for this award was small forward Eduardo Torres (195-F-81), of Panteras de Miranda.


LPB Quarter Finals - Gameday 6: Gaiteros eliminates title holders Guaiqueries, other series to Game 7 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gaiteros del Zulia got their ticket to the Semis by eliminating the current title holders of the league, Guaiqueries de Margarita.. They must now wait for the winners of the other series and the lucky looser to know where and when will play the first match.



SERIES A
TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 121 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 104
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo
(Series tied 3-3)

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 36-23-34-28= 121
MAR: 19-29-25-32= 104


Scorers
TRO: Joe Shipp (197-F-81) 32 points, J.R. Wallace (183-G-81) 22 points and 7 assists, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 21 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 19 points and 6 assists, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 9 points and 8 rebounds, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 7 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 6 points, Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) 5 points and 8 assists
MAR: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 18 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 16 points, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 16 points, Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) 16 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 9 points, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) 8 points, Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 20 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 5 points and 9 rebounds, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 3 points

SERIES B
GATOS DE MONAGAS 79 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 76

Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.
(Series tied 3-3)


Quarter by quarter
COC: 24-20-21-20= 76
GAT: 21-23-14-17= 79


Scorers
COC: Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 15 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 14 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 13 points and 13 rebounds, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 13 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 7 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 6 points, Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) 5 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 3 points
GAT: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 22 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 16 points, Manuel Guzman (203-F-82) 15 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 12 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 6 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 4 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F) 4 points

SERIES C
GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 99 - GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 96

Belisario Aponte Gymnasium - Maracaibo, Zulia
(Gaiteros won series 4-2, advanced to Semifinals)


Quarter by quarter
GAI: 29-15-21-34= 99
GUAI: 22-19-23-32= 96

Scorers
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 24 points, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80) 22 points, Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74) 15 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 12 points
GUAI: Rogers Washington (202-F-77) 30 points, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 19 points, Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 17 points, Darnell Miller (195-G-82) 16 points




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  ALBANIA - Women  


Iceland U16 wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U16 - Albania U16 71:49

Iceland U16 won Group B of European Championship in Division C. In the game for the first place in it the team overcame Albania U16 71:49. Iceland won all the quarters and easily reached 2-0 record in the group to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Magnusdottir nailed 11, while Traustadottir produced 9. Dashja top-scored in defeat with 24 points and 14 rebounds and Mustafa collected 8 points and 18 rebounds.
Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir opened the campaign with a jump-shot as her team scored first 4 points in the game. Albania did not fall down and even grabbed the lead for a short period of time. Lalaj made two free throws for 12:11 lead in the opening tip. Her team however could not stay on track as Iceland won the first 20:14. Dashja reduced to 21:18, but then Iceland was too good for the opponent. They produced 21:14 in the period ta take 41:28 advantage at the half.
In the third quarter the game remained in the same current as the favorites controlled the game. Olafsdottir closed the third period at 60:40 as the teams were getting ready for the last quarter. It was a bit unpredictable as Iceland first started with 11-0 run and remained scoreless by the end of the game. Albania replied with 9-0 run to set up the final 71:49 score.

Iceland U16:Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 20, Magnusdottir 11, Traustadottir 9
Albania U16: Dashja 24+14 rebs, Mustafa 8+18 rebs


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Holly Smith joins Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Six months after BDS Logan Thunder signed their first Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) player, Cassie Smith, older sister Holly Smith has become the latest player to join the fledgling club.

After a tough debut WNBL season with the Townsville Fire, Smith made the decision to head south to link up with Cassie, on a one year contract.

The 187cm forward/centre is hopeful she can establish herself as a regular starter, but said it was the chance to be closer to family and work that influenced her decision to join the Thunder. 'I wanted to be at Logan so I can play in front of my friends and family that have been there and supported me throughout my life,' the Southern Districts Spartans junior said.

'I work with Branches Lifestyle Support, which helps kids with disabilities. It's close to my heart and the kids get a chance to come to some of the games with me and have a lot of fun,' she said.

The Thunder is confident Smith can produce the form she has shown this year with the Spartans in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).

Playing an average 26.5 minutes per match, Smith is shooting at a high 60 per cent from the field while averaging 14 points and almost six rebounds a game.

But the rare sight of seeing two sisters competing for the one WNBL team has Smith excited about the upcoming season.

That time might not come until a few weeks into the Thunder's inaugural WNBL season as Cassie continues her fight back from a knee reconstruction. During the first game of the 2008 SEABL season, Cassie fell awkwardly while attempting a 'layup' on a fast break.

While Cassie is hopeful of a return in time for the start of the WNBL season in October, the 18-year-old admits it could have been a tougher road to overcome if it wasn't for the support of her older sister.

'It's been hard, but it's coming along well and I started running again last week,' she said.

'There have been a couple of dark weeks during my recovery, but Holly's always been the first person I see when I look over my shoulder for support.'

When the news first hit the Smith sisters would be uniting at the Thunder for the 2008/09 WNBL season, no one was happier than proud parents, Jo and Gary Smith.

'Since I was born mum and dad brought me to their basketball games,' Smith said.

'I was always on the bench with them until they went on the court. Then I was passed down the bench until they came back on, so I guess basketball was bred into me.'

Thunder coach, Richard Orlick said he expects Smith to be a strong back up player coming off the bench.

'Holly and Cassie are like chalk and cheese when it comes to basketball. Holly's a solid player who is tough close to the basket and a solid rebounder and Cassie is smaller and shoots predominately from the perimeter at a high percentage.

'Holly's been fantastic in the SEABL this year and she'll be pushing for a starting spot in this team if she can bring her best game to the court every week,' he said.

Thunder assistant coach, David Mitchell agreed with Orlick and praised Smith's development as a basketball player.

'Holly's got a lot of talent and has grown quickly into a solid centre in the SEABL,' Mitchell said.

'I have heard a lot of good things about her from people I know around SEABL. She inspires her team mates around her, which we will need once she starts training with us.

'It's good she's had that experience with Townsville in the WNBL last year. Any experience is great and she'll be able to pass that on to the younger players including her sister,' he said.

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au



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Barbados National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Helios Basket (SUI) (captain)
Toni Atherley (173-G-83) of Fresno State University (USA)
Shakira Shorey (185-F/C-84) of Clapham Bulls
Astrid Alleyne (185-F/C-78) of Station Hill Cavaliers
Denise Alleyne (-F) of Pepsi Tigers
Irecka Louis (-F-81) of Pepsi Tigers
Jennifer Joseph-Hackett (179-G/F-82) of Pepsi Tigers
Ria Phillips (170-G-82) of Station Hill Cavaliers
Sade Clarke (-89) of Clapham Bulls
Kera Britney of Station Hill Cavaliers
Tracy Austin
Richelle Farley of Queen's College
Head Coach: Frederick Bynoe
Coach Assistant: Charles Arthur


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Lithuania surprises Belarus at the U20 European championship - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Belarus U20 81:46

Lithuanian U20 National Team overcame a slow start of their European championship campaign and showed their first-class form against Belarus today. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) tallied 32 points and 19 boards to pace Lithuania to the second straight win in Italy. Belarus were coming off a comeback win over Ukraine but could not deliver against determined Lithuanian squad. Gintare Petronyte nailed 11 points in the first frame and Lithuania opened up a 29:11 advantage. Lithuania never loosened the grip in the second term. They easily kept Belarus at bay and led 40:26 at halftime. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) netted 5 points at the start of the third frame and Belarus came within 13 points from Lithuania. But Lithuanian team went on an 11:0 run and built a 23-point advantage at three-quarter time. Lithuania started the final period on a 23:4 surge and never looked back again. Saule Kontautaite (175-G-89) delivered 14 points, while Agneta Morkunaite (186-G-89) and Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) dropped 9 points apiece in the win. Natallia Kozun answered with 15 points for Belarus. Alena Novikava (176-G-88) had 10 points in a loss. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 41:21 and converted 47% from the field. Lithuania however committed 31 turnovers. Belarus shot only 27% from the field and suffered 19 turnovers down the stretch.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 32+19 boards, Saule Kontautaite 14, Agneta Morkunaite 9, Sarune Jasiunskaite 9
Belarus U20: Natallia Kozun 15, Alena Novikava 10


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Belgium U20 surpass Greece - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20 - Greece U20 55:51

Belgian U20 National Team rebounded after the starting loss at the classification round and overcame Greek counterparts today. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) scored 16 points to pace Belgium. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) had 13 points and 9 boards for the winners. Belgium opened the game confidently and three-pointers from Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89), Romina Ciappina and Sara Leemans put them in charge 12:7. Emmanouela Androulaki (189-C-89) and Dionysia Alexandri (170-G-89) capped the first frame with 8 straight points and Greece grabbed a 15:14 advantage. Emmanouela Androulaki and Dionysia Alexandri added 5 more points at the start of the second frame as Greece stretched the lead to 6 points. They maintained the margin throughout the rest of the period and enjoyed a 31:26 advantage at halftime. Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) opened the second half with a jumper however Belgium were ready. They responded with a 13:2 run to spur in front. Ciappina and Sara Leemans crowned the stanza with 4 points to give Belgian team a 43:37 cushion heading into the final period. Dionysia Alexandri tied the score early in the fourth term and the teams traded baskets for some time. Ciappina converted a three-point play for a 53:49 Belgian lead with 20 seconds left. Dionysia Alexandri answered with a layup to cut to two points but Sara Leemans sealed the winning outcome for Belgium from charity stripe. Anna Spyridopoulou accounted for 17 points for Greece. Dionysia Alexandri knocked down 13 points in defeat. Belgium outrebounded their opponents 33:29 and held them to just 30% from the field.

Belgium U20: Romina Ciappina 16, Sara Leemans 13, Fanny Tirtiaux 9
Greece U20: Anna Spyridopoulou 17, Dionysia Alexandri 13


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Mexico National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Alejandra Delgado (180-F-83) of Tec. de Monterrey
5 Mariana Cota
6 Vianney Gomez
7 Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81) of Merida Yucatan
8 Annel Tapia (170-G-86) of Tec. de Monterrey
9 Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) of UPAEP Tehuacan
10 Nubia Garcia (188-F) of Montana State University (USA)
11 Zazil Salman (-C-86) of Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
14 Isis Garcia of UACH
15 Brisa Silva (168-G-84) of Oklahoma State University (USA)
17 Olga Casillas
18 Cristhian Pardo (162-G-86) of Tec. de Monterrey
Head Coach: Silvia Gutierrez
Assistant: Marisol Pedraza


Puerto Rican National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
Yahimilly Cabrera of Valencianas de Juncos
Yoliana Cabrera of Valencianas de Juncos
Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84) of Tenerife Aguere (ESP)
Lindsay Gonzalez (160-G-82) of Montaneras de Morovis
Carla Escalera (-84) of Gigantes de Carolina
Pamela Rosado (160-G-86) of Montaneras de Morovis
Natalie Emmanuelli (165-G-89)
Juanita Rivera (183-F-71) of Montaneras de Morovis
Nicole Davila (186-C-86) of Valencianas de Juncos
Tanaira Tapia (-C-83) of Valencianas de Juncos
Angeiely Morales (-87)
Head Coach: Omar Gonzalez


Barbados National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Helios Basket (SUI) (captain)
Toni Atherley (173-G-83) of Fresno State University (USA)
Shakira Shorey (185-F/C-84) of Clapham Bulls
Astrid Alleyne (185-F/C-78) of Station Hill Cavaliers
Denise Alleyne (-F) of Pepsi Tigers
Irecka Louis (-F-81) of Pepsi Tigers
Jennifer Joseph-Hackett (179-G/F-82) of Pepsi Tigers
Ria Phillips (170-G-82) of Station Hill Cavaliers
Sade Clarke (-89) of Clapham Bulls
Kera Britney of Station Hill Cavaliers
Tracy Austin
Richelle Farley of Queen's College
Head Coach: Frederick Bynoe
Coach Assistant: Charles Arthur


Centrobasket Championship 2008 begins today in Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Centrobasket Championship 2008 begins today in Morovis, Puerto Rico. Eight teams are divided in two groups. The best two teams from each group will take a place in the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal game of course will advance to the final while defeated teams will fight for the very important third place. Namely, the first three teams from this Centrobasket will qualify for the FIBA Americas Championship 2009. As usually, that championship is a qualifier for the FIBA World Championship 2010.

Participants of Group A are the host Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica and Barbados. On the other side Group B is reserved for Cuba, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. At the opening day of the competition Dominican Republic will meet Trinidad and Tobago while Cuba will take on Guatemala. In Group B, Mexico will play against Costa Rica while Puerto Rico will meet Barbados.

Cubans are the defending champions as they won the Gold medal on the previous Centrobasket which was held in Mexico in 2006. The hosts grabbed the Silver medal while Jamaica won the Bronze.

Centrobasket 2008 won't be the first tournament for the city of Morovis. Actually previous CBC Tournament, where Puerto Rico celebrated, was held there.


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France U20 advances to semifinal in Italy - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Czech Republic U20 72:65

French U20 National Team finished the qualifying round in style beating Czech Republic. France thus claimed the second spot in the qualifying Group E and would face Russia in the semis. Czech Republic fell to 1-4 record and would play for the 5th -8th spots. France that grabbed Bronze medals in 2006 and 2007 once again proved they are one of the main contenders for the trophy this year. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) scored 6 points early in the encounter and French team took charge. They kept in front and stretched the gap to 8 points on a three-pointer from Lucie Bouthors (174-G-88). Giacintova and Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) however clipped the distance to 3 points at the end of the first frame. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the period as France could not clear off. They however never surrendered the lead and led 33:31 at the interval. Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) exploded with back-to-back treys and Czechs surged in front 37:33 at the beginning of the third stanza. The seesaw action continued as the teams were knotted at 46 after 30 minutes. Melanie Arnaud (186-F-88) and Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) put France up by 7 points in the final term but Aneta Obrusnikova dropped another long bomb and Hindrakova drained another one as Czech Republic stay in contest. Carine Paul replied with a three-pointer and then Ingrid Tanqueray, Lokoka and Bouthors sealed the winning outcome from free throw line for France. Carine Paul had 22 points and 6 boards to lead France. Melanie Arnaud tallied 13 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Aneta Obrusnikova answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Gabriela Giacintova (171-G-88) produced 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.

France U20: Carine Paul 22, Ingrid Tanqueray 16, Melanie Arnaud 13
Czech Republic U20: Aneta Obrusnikova 22, Gabriela Giacintova 16+11 boards


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Division C. The end of the Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
Principality of Monaco U16 - Scotland U16 24:67

Scotland U16 won the second game of Group A to reach the semifinal of the European Championship in Division C. In the second game the team destroyed Principality of Monaco U16 67:24. The favorites opened the game with 20-0 in the first quarter and later controlled the entire game. Mc Garrachan led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lynn collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Rooney posted 11. Marechal top-scored for the hosts with 7 points and Marin Cruz added 6.
It took more than two minutes for the teams to score first in the game, however the hosts made it long time after. Scotland finished the opening quarter at 20-0 and even reached 22:0 in the beginning of the second. McKinlay was the last to have a tremendous streak with the favorites. Veuillez was the first to score for the hosts in the game to set up 1:22. It was her again to put 3 on the board for Principality of Monaco U16. McKinlay closed the half at 44:9 as both teams went to the lockers.
In the second half the teams played even as Principality of Monaco U16 had a good resistance. Anyway Scotland U16 won the third 12:8 and then the last 11:7.

Principality of Monaco U16:Marechal 7, Marin Cruz 6
Scotland U16:Mc Garrachan 18+7 rebs, Lynn, J. 12+12 rebs, Rooney, A. 11



Iceland U16 - Albania U16 71:49

Iceland U16 won Group B of European Championship in Division C. In the game for the first place in it the team overcame Albania U16 71:49. Iceland won all the quarters and easily reached 2-0 record in the group to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Magnusdottir nailed 11, while Traustadottir produced 9. Dashja top-scored in defeat with 24 points and 14 rebounds and Mustafa collected 8 points and 18 rebounds.
Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir opened the campaign with a jump-shot as her team scored first 4 points in the game. Albania did not fall down and even grabbed the lead for a short period of time. Lalaj made two free throws for 12:11 lead in the opening tip. Her team however could not stay on track as Iceland won the first 20:14. Dashja reduced to 21:18, but then Iceland was too good for the opponent. They produced 21:14 in the period ta take 41:28 advantage at the half.
In the third quarter the game remained in the same current as the favorites controlled the game. Olafsdottir closed the third period at 60:40 as the teams were getting ready for the last quarter. It was a bit unpredictable as Iceland first started with 11-0 run and remained scoreless by the end of the game. Albania replied with 9-0 run to set up the final 71:49 score.

Iceland U16:Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 20, Magnusdottir 11, Traustadottir 9
Albania U16: Dashja 24+14 rebs, Mustafa 8+18 rebs


Group A
1. Scotland 2 2/0 143/84 4
2. Malta 2 1/1 116/112 3
3. Principality of Monaco 2 0/2 60/123 2


Group B
1. Iceland 2 2/0 179/73 4
2. Albania 2 1/1 135/109 3
3. Gibraltar 2 0/2 62/194 2


Qualifying Round
17.07

Malta - Gibraltar
Albania -Principality of Monaco


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Division A. The end of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
GROUP E
Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 87:58

Serbian U20 National Team continued their chase for the European championship title. Today they cruised past Turkey in the Qualifying round Group E. Serbia improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E. Turkey fell to 2-3.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) put their names in the scoring list early in the game. Soon Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) fired from downtown and Serbia accumulated a 7:2 lead. But Turkey stepped on the gas late in the first frame and pulled ahead 12:10 at the end. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) opened the second stanza with a jumper and Turkey enjoyed a 14:10 advantage. But a couple of triples from Sonja Petrovic and Milijkovic allowed Serbia to pile up a 21:14 advantage midway through the second frame. Serbian team kept Turkey at bay through the reminder of the second stanza and built a 33:22 cushion at halftime. Dragana Gobeljic and Milovanovic teamed up for 8 points to open the third quarter and Serbia ran away to a 19-point distance. Turkey never threatened the lead and trailed by 38 points heading into the final stanza. Dalglar and Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) clipped the deficit early in the fourth term but Serbian reserves soon took over and breezed to a stunning win. Dragana Gobeljic delivered 14 points for Serbia. Sonja Petrovic knocked down 13 points and Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) secured 12 in a win. Bahar Caglar and Melek Bilge (193-C-89) answered with 16 points apiece for Turkey. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) netted 13 points in defeat. Serbia advanced to the semifinal and would take either on Russia or Spain on Saturday.

Serbia U20:
Dragana Gobeljic 14, Sonja Petrovic 13, Maja Miljkovic 12
Turkey U20:
Bahar Caglar 16, Melek Bilge 16, Gizem Yavuz 13

France U20 - Czech Republic U20 72:65
French U20 National Team finished the qualifying round in style beating Czech Republic. France thus claimed the second spot in the qualifying Group E and would face Russia in the semis. Czech Republic fell to 1-4 record and would play for the 5th -8th spots. France that grabbed Bronze medals in 2006 and 2007 once again proved they are one of the main contenders for the trophy this year. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) scored 6 points early in the encounter and French team took charge. They kept in front and stretched the gap to 8 points on a three-pointer from Lucie Bouthors (174-G-88). Giacintova and Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) however clipped the distance to 3 points at the end of the first frame. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the period as France could not clear off. They however never surrendered the lead and led 33:31 at the interval. Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) exploded with back-to-back treys and Czechs surged in front 37:33 at the beginning of the third stanza. The seesaw action continued as the teams were knotted at 46 after 30 minutes. Melanie Arnaud (186-F-88) and Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) put France up by 7 points in the final term but Aneta Obrusnikova dropped another long bomb and Hindrakova drained another one as Czech Republic stay in contest. Carine Paul replied with a three-pointer and then Ingrid Tanqueray, Lokoka and Bouthors sealed the winning outcome from free throw line for France. Carine Paul had 22 points and 6 boards to lead France. Melanie Arnaud tallied 13 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Aneta Obrusnikova answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Gabriela Giacintova (171-G-88) produced 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.

France U20: Carine Paul 22, Ingrid Tanqueray 16, Melanie Arnaud 13
Czech Republic U20: Aneta Obrusnikova 22, Gabriela Giacintova 16+11 boards

Latvia U20-Italy U20 77:68
Latvia U20 finished Group E of U20 European Championship for Women on the third place due to the win over Italy 77:68. Being led by three players the Baltic team improved to 2-3 record to clinch the higher place than the hosts. Diana Ozolina (179-F-89) led the winners with 22 points. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) collected 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) added 18. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) top-scored for Italians with 25 points and Arianna Zampieri (181-F-88) had 12.
The game was even for the first half of the first period with Italy leading 12:11.Latvia replied with 8-0 to finish the opening quarter at 19:12. Another tremendous 20:11 in the second quarter lifted them up to 39:20 advantage at the halftime.
Italy did not give up and woke up in the third quarter. Chiara Consolini's jump shot reduced to 43:33 in the middle of the period. Another Chiara Consolini three-pointer made it an eight-point game before Latvia led 54:45 after three periods. Cinili made it 54:49 and brought the intrigue back into the game. Latvia however had another opinion and produced 12-0 run to answer for all the questions about the winner. Latvian squad led the game to 77:68 win and clinched the third position in the group.

Latvia U20: Diana Ozolina 22, Sabine Niedola 20+17 rebs, Baiba Eglite 18
Italy U20: Chiara Consolini 25, Arianna Zampieri 12
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GROUP F
Russia U20 - Spain U20 68:64
Russian U20 National Team held off Spanish counterparts in thrilling game today. The victory meant Russia claimed the top spot in the qualifying Group F, while both teams advanced to the semis. Todays clash saw 2006 champions Russia took on the reigning queens Spain. The game lived up to the highest expectations turning out into a seesaw battle. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame but Spain pulled in front due to terrific form of Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) and Gaby Ocete (170-G-88). Spanish team led 14:12 ten minutes into the game. Carla Agullo (172-G-88) nailed a three-pointer to put Spain up by 4 points midway through the second period. However Russia answered with two freebies from Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) and a trey from Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88) to claim a 26:25 advantage. The lead changed hands for several times and Russian team held to a 32:31 lead at halftime. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) nailed 6 points early in the third frame to keep Russia in charge. Spain remained at a striking distance though and soon Carbo pulled them ahead. However the last laugh in the quarter belonged to Russia. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) converted 4 free throws, while Yulia Lukina added one more for Russian 52:49 advantage. Natalia Zhedik and Petrova came up with back-to-back trebles to open the final period and established a 58:49 lead. Spain refused to surrender and soon went on a 7:2 run to cut the gap to just 2 points. Petrova nailed a jumper with just over a minute remaining to give Russia a 68:64 advantage. Jael Freixanet and Murcia missed their shots in the dying seconds and Russia celebrated their sixth straight win at the tournament. Yulia Lukina led balanced offense with 11 points. Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) netted 10 points, while Natalia Vieru had 9 in a win. Jael Freixanet led all scorers with 14 points. Carla Agullo delivered 9 points in a losing effort.

Russia U20: Yulia Lukina 11, Irina Romanova 10, Natalia Vieru 9
Spain U20: Jael Freixanet 14, Carla Agullo 9

Ukraine U20-Montenegro U20 94:65
Ukraine U20 deserved a third position in Group F of the U20 European Championship for Women to secure them third place in the Qualifying Round Group F. In the last game of the Qualifying Round the team overcame Montenegro 94:65. The win was achieved mostly due to the second half where Ukraine dominated the court. Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) was unstoppable with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) netted 17, while Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) ended up with 13 points. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) top-scored in defeat with 21, while Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegro dropped to 0-5 and finished last in the group.
Even though the final score is too big, Montenegro won the opening tip of the game. Milica Jovanovic with a lay-up gave her team 13:11 lead. Oleksandra Prystupa hit back-to-back baskets as Ukraine finished the opening quarter at 19:13.
In the second quarter Montenegro scored some important baskets in the end and reduced the gap to 4 points entering the second half. Montenegro closed the gap even to 37:36 but it was all they could do. Oleksandra Prystupa continued to dominate with six more points while Arina Lysyuk had seven as Ukraine just pulled away from Montenegro, increasing the lead to 33 points. Ukraine won the encounter 94:65 and clinched the third position in the group.

Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Prystupa 34+13 rebs, Oksana Kisilova 17, Arina Lysyuk 13
Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 17+9 rebs

Lithuania U20 - Belarus U20 81:46
Lithuanian U20 National Team overcame a slow start of their European championship campaign and showed their first-class form against Belarus today. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) tallied 32 points and 19 boards to pace Lithuania to the second straight win in Italy. Belarus were coming off a comeback win over Ukraine but could not deliver against determined Lithuanian squad. Gintare Petronyte nailed 11 points in the first frame and Lithuania opened up a 29:11 advantage. Lithuania never loosened the grip in the second term. They easily kept Belarus at bay and led 40:26 at halftime. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) netted 5 points at the start of the third frame and Belarus came within 13 points from Lithuania. But Lithuanian team went on an 11:0 run and built a 23-point advantage at three-quarter time. Lithuania started the final period on a 23:4 surge and never looked back again. Saule Kontautaite (175-G-89) delivered 14 points, while Agneta Morkunaite (186-G-89) and Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) dropped 9 points apiece in the win. Natallia Kozun answered with 15 points for Belarus. Alena Novikava (176-G-88) had 10 points in a loss. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 41:21 and converted 47% from the field. Lithuania however committed 31 turnovers. Belarus shot only 27% from the field and suffered 19 turnovers down the stretch.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 32+19 boards, Saule Kontautaite 14, Agneta Morkunaite 9, Sarune Jasiunskaite 9
Belarus U20: Natallia Kozun 15, Alena Novikava 10


Division B stats leaders after Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
Sweden finished Preliminary Round of the U20 European Championship division B in Poland as the only undefeated team. Twins Eldebrink were the best players for Sweden and once again both of them find a place on the list with best five leading scorers of the competition so far. However, Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) of Portugal, jumped ahead Frida Eldebrink taking the position number one on this list. Tavares played 4 games averaging 16 ppg for her team, which unfortunately finished Preliminary Round winless. Her championship high so far happened in the first round against Sweden when she netted 23 points. Tavares posted two points less against Netherlands in day number two.
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) is very close to Tavares as she averaged 15.5 ppg. The reason why her name isn't on top of the list with leading scorer is maybe because she take a rest at the last game against Israel playing only 23 minutes. Anyway, she had a competition high in the first round against Tavares and her teammates draining 25 points.
Third leading scorer after Preliminary Round is Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) with 14 ppg. Fourth place belongs to Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) who has 13.8 ppg. The host Poland will remember Elin's performance against them in th second day of the championship when she was ustoappable scoring 25 points. Position number five is reserved for Claudia Pop (186-F-89, agency: LBM Management) of Romania who has 13.5 ppg.

Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89) of Hungary is the top rebounder of the competition so far with 10.3 rpg. Nadia Tavares follows her with 8.8 rpg. Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) in on position number three grabing 8.5 rpg.

Francisca Donders (170-G-89) of Netherlands is the best assistant at the moment with 4.8 apg. Elin Eldebrink is on the second place as she dished out 4.5 apg while Rose Anderson (175-G-88) in on the third place with 3.5 apg.


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. France4-1
2. Serbia4-1
3. Italy2-2
4. Turkey2-3
5. Latvia1-3
6. Czech Repu.1-4
Group F
1. Russia5-0
2. Spain4-1
3. Lithuania2-3
4. Belarus2-3
5. Ukraine1-3
6. Monteneg.0-4
Classification
1. Germany2-0
2. Belgium1-1
3. Bulgaria1-1
4. Greece0-2


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Slovakia 3-1
2. Hungary 3-1
3. Romania 3-1
4. Ireland 1-3
5. U.Kingdom 0-4
Group B
1. Sweden 4-0
2. Poland 3-1
3. Holland 2-2
4. Israel 1-3
5. Portugal 0-4


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France U20 advances to semifinal in Italy - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Czech Republic U20 72:65

French U20 National Team finished the qualifying round in style beating Czech Republic. France thus claimed the second spot in the qualifying Group E and would face Russia in the semis. Czech Republic fell to 1-4 record and would play for the 5th -8th spots. France that grabbed Bronze medals in 2006 and 2007 once again proved they are one of the main contenders for the trophy this year. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) scored 6 points early in the encounter and French team took charge. They kept in front and stretched the gap to 8 points on a three-pointer from Lucie Bouthors (174-G-88). Giacintova and Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) however clipped the distance to 3 points at the end of the first frame. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the period as France could not clear off. They however never surrendered the lead and led 33:31 at the interval. Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) exploded with back-to-back treys and Czechs surged in front 37:33 at the beginning of the third stanza. The seesaw action continued as the teams were knotted at 46 after 30 minutes. Melanie Arnaud (186-F-88) and Carine Paul (176-F/G-88) put France up by 7 points in the final term but Aneta Obrusnikova dropped another long bomb and Hindrakova drained another one as Czech Republic stay in contest. Carine Paul replied with a three-pointer and then Ingrid Tanqueray, Lokoka and Bouthors sealed the winning outcome from free throw line for France. Carine Paul had 22 points and 6 boards to lead France. Melanie Arnaud tallied 13 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Aneta Obrusnikova answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Gabriela Giacintova (171-G-88) produced 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.

France U20: Carine Paul 22, Ingrid Tanqueray 16, Melanie Arnaud 13
Czech Republic U20: Aneta Obrusnikova 22, Gabriela Giacintova 16+11 boards


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  GERMANY - Women  


Saarlouis Royals add Dutch talent to their roster - by Moritz Korff
The TV Saarlouis Royals from the DBBL signed 19-year-old Kelly Brugman (185-F/C-89) for the 2008-09 campaign. The member of the Dutch U20-National Team is a versatile player and is able to compete on three different spots on the court. She suited up for Woonbron/DAS Delft in her native Holland in this past season. The year before Brugman who has got some international experience from attending a couple of European Championships with the Dutch U20-selection attended the Eredivisie All-Star Game.

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  GREECE - Women  


Belgium U20 surpass Greece - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20 - Greece U20 55:51

Belgian U20 National Team rebounded after the starting loss at the classification round and overcame Greek counterparts today. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) scored 16 points to pace Belgium. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) had 13 points and 9 boards for the winners. Belgium opened the game confidently and three-pointers from Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89), Romina Ciappina and Sara Leemans put them in charge 12:7. Emmanouela Androulaki (189-C-89) and Dionysia Alexandri (170-G-89) capped the first frame with 8 straight points and Greece grabbed a 15:14 advantage. Emmanouela Androulaki and Dionysia Alexandri added 5 more points at the start of the second frame as Greece stretched the lead to 6 points. They maintained the margin throughout the rest of the period and enjoyed a 31:26 advantage at halftime. Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) opened the second half with a jumper however Belgium were ready. They responded with a 13:2 run to spur in front. Ciappina and Sara Leemans crowned the stanza with 4 points to give Belgian team a 43:37 cushion heading into the final period. Dionysia Alexandri tied the score early in the fourth term and the teams traded baskets for some time. Ciappina converted a three-point play for a 53:49 Belgian lead with 20 seconds left. Dionysia Alexandri answered with a layup to cut to two points but Sara Leemans sealed the winning outcome for Belgium from charity stripe. Anna Spyridopoulou accounted for 17 points for Greece. Dionysia Alexandri knocked down 13 points in defeat. Belgium outrebounded their opponents 33:29 and held them to just 30% from the field.

Belgium U20: Romina Ciappina 16, Sara Leemans 13, Fanny Tirtiaux 9
Greece U20: Anna Spyridopoulou 17, Dionysia Alexandri 13


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  ICELAND - Women  


Iceland U16 wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U16 - Albania U16 71:49

Iceland U16 won Group B of European Championship in Division C. In the game for the first place in it the team overcame Albania U16 71:49. Iceland won all the quarters and easily reached 2-0 record in the group to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Magnusdottir nailed 11, while Traustadottir produced 9. Dashja top-scored in defeat with 24 points and 14 rebounds and Mustafa collected 8 points and 18 rebounds.
Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir opened the campaign with a jump-shot as her team scored first 4 points in the game. Albania did not fall down and even grabbed the lead for a short period of time. Lalaj made two free throws for 12:11 lead in the opening tip. Her team however could not stay on track as Iceland won the first 20:14. Dashja reduced to 21:18, but then Iceland was too good for the opponent. They produced 21:14 in the period ta take 41:28 advantage at the half.
In the third quarter the game remained in the same current as the favorites controlled the game. Olafsdottir closed the third period at 60:40 as the teams were getting ready for the last quarter. It was a bit unpredictable as Iceland first started with 11-0 run and remained scoreless by the end of the game. Albania replied with 9-0 run to set up the final 71:49 score.

Iceland U16:Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 20, Magnusdottir 11, Traustadottir 9
Albania U16: Dashja 24+14 rebs, Mustafa 8+18 rebs


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  ITALY - Women  


Latvia upset the hosts in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Italy U20 77:68

Latvia U20 finished Group E of U20 European Championship for Women on the third place due to the win over Italy 77:68. Being led by three players the Baltic team improved to 2-3 record to clinch the higher place than the hosts. Diana Ozolina (179-F-89) led the winners with 22 points. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) collected 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) added 18. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) top-scored for Italians with 25 points and Arianna Zampieri (181-F-88) had 12.
The game was even for the first half of the first period with Italy leading 12:11.Latvia replied with 8-0 to finish the opening quarter at 19:12. Another tremendous 20:11 in the second quarter lifted them up to 39:20 advantage at the halftime.
Italy did not give up and woke up in the third quarter. Chiara Consolini's jump shot reduced to 43:33 in the middle of the period. Another Chiara Consolini three-pointer made it an eight-point game before Latvia led 54:45 after three periods. Cinili made it 54:49 and brought the intrigue back into the game. Latvia however had another opinion and produced 12-0 run to answer for all the questions about the winner. Latvian squad led the game to 77:68 win and clinched the third position in the group.

Latvia U20: Diana Ozolina 22, Sabine Niedola 20+17 rebs, Baiba Eglite 18
Italy U20: Chiara Consolini 25, Arianna Zampieri 12


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia upset the hosts in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Italy U20 77:68

Latvia U20 finished Group E of U20 European Championship for Women on the third place due to the win over Italy 77:68. Being led by three players the Baltic team improved to 2-3 record to clinch the higher place than the hosts. Diana Ozolina (179-F-89) led the winners with 22 points. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) collected 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Baiba Eglite (175-G-89) added 18. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) top-scored for Italians with 25 points and Arianna Zampieri (181-F-88) had 12.
The game was even for the first half of the first period with Italy leading 12:11.Latvia replied with 8-0 to finish the opening quarter at 19:12. Another tremendous 20:11 in the second quarter lifted them up to 39:20 advantage at the halftime.
Italy did not give up and woke up in the third quarter. Chiara Consolini's jump shot reduced to 43:33 in the middle of the period. Another Chiara Consolini three-pointer made it an eight-point game before Latvia led 54:45 after three periods. Cinili made it 54:49 and brought the intrigue back into the game. Latvia however had another opinion and produced 12-0 run to answer for all the questions about the winner. Latvian squad led the game to 77:68 win and clinched the third position in the group.

Latvia U20: Diana Ozolina 22, Sabine Niedola 20+17 rebs, Baiba Eglite 18
Italy U20: Chiara Consolini 25, Arianna Zampieri 12


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania surprises Belarus at the U20 European championship - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Belarus U20 81:46

Lithuanian U20 National Team overcame a slow start of their European championship campaign and showed their first-class form against Belarus today. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) tallied 32 points and 19 boards to pace Lithuania to the second straight win in Italy. Belarus were coming off a comeback win over Ukraine but could not deliver against determined Lithuanian squad. Gintare Petronyte nailed 11 points in the first frame and Lithuania opened up a 29:11 advantage. Lithuania never loosened the grip in the second term. They easily kept Belarus at bay and led 40:26 at halftime. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) netted 5 points at the start of the third frame and Belarus came within 13 points from Lithuania. But Lithuanian team went on an 11:0 run and built a 23-point advantage at three-quarter time. Lithuania started the final period on a 23:4 surge and never looked back again. Saule Kontautaite (175-G-89) delivered 14 points, while Agneta Morkunaite (186-G-89) and Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) dropped 9 points apiece in the win. Natallia Kozun answered with 15 points for Belarus. Alena Novikava (176-G-88) had 10 points in a loss. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 41:21 and converted 47% from the field. Lithuania however committed 31 turnovers. Belarus shot only 27% from the field and suffered 19 turnovers down the stretch.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 32+19 boards, Saule Kontautaite 14, Agneta Morkunaite 9, Sarune Jasiunskaite 9
Belarus U20: Natallia Kozun 15, Alena Novikava 10


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  MEXICO - Women  


Mexico National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Alejandra Delgado (180-F-83) of Tec. de Monterrey
5 Mariana Cota
6 Vianney Gomez
7 Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81) of Merida Yucatan
8 Annel Tapia (170-G-86) of Tec. de Monterrey
9 Fernanda Gutierrez (187-F-84) of UPAEP Tehuacan
10 Nubia Garcia (188-F) of Montana State University (USA)
11 Zazil Salman (-C-86) of Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
14 Isis Garcia of UACH
15 Brisa Silva (168-G-84) of Oklahoma State University (USA)
17 Olga Casillas
18 Cristhian Pardo (162-G-86) of Tec. de Monterrey
Head Coach: Silvia Gutierrez
Assistant: Marisol Pedraza


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Prystupa paces Ukraine U20 over Montenegro U20 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Montenegro U20 94:65

Ukraine U20 deserved a third position in Group F of the U20 European Championship for Women to secure them third place in the Qualifying Round Group F. In the last game of the Qualifying Round the team overcame Montenegro 94:65. The win was achieved mostly due to the second half where Ukraine dominated the court. Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) was unstoppable with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) netted 17, while Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) ended up with 13 points. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) top-scored in defeat with 21, while Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegro dropped to 0-5 and finished last in the group.
Even though the final score is too big, Montenegro won the opening tip of the game. Milica Jovanovic with a lay-up gave her team 13:11 lead. Oleksandra Prystupa hit back-to-back baskets as Ukraine finished the opening quarter at 19:13.
In the second quarter Montenegro scored some important baskets in the end and reduced the gap to 4 points entering the second half. Montenegro closed the gap even to 37:36 but it was all they could do. Oleksandra Prystupa continued to dominate with six more points while Arina Lysyuk had seven as Ukraine just pulled away from Montenegro, increasing the lead to 33 points. Ukraine won the encounter 94:65 and clinched the third position in the group.

Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Prystupa 34+13 rebs, Oksana Kisilova 17, Arina Lysyuk 13
Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 17+9 rebs


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Puerto Rican National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
Yahimilly Cabrera of Valencianas de Juncos
Yoliana Cabrera of Valencianas de Juncos
Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84) of Tenerife Aguere (ESP)
Lindsay Gonzalez (160-G-82) of Montaneras de Morovis
Carla Escalera (-84) of Gigantes de Carolina
Pamela Rosado (160-G-86) of Montaneras de Morovis
Natalie Emmanuelli (165-G-89)
Juanita Rivera (183-F-71) of Montaneras de Morovis
Nicole Davila (186-C-86) of Valencianas de Juncos
Tanaira Tapia (-C-83) of Valencianas de Juncos
Angeiely Morales (-87)
Head Coach: Omar Gonzalez


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia wins qualifying Group F in Sulmona - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Spain U20 68:64

Russian U20 National Team held off Spanish counterparts in thrilling game today. The victory meant Russia claimed the top spot in the qualifying Group F, while both teams advanced to the semis. Todays clash saw 2006 champions Russia took on the reigning queens Spain. The game lived up to the highest expectations turning out into a seesaw battle. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame but Spain pulled in front due to terrific form of Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) and Gaby Ocete (170-G-88). Spanish team led 14:12 ten minutes into the game. Carla Agullo (172-G-88) nailed a three-pointer to put Spain up by 4 points midway through the second period. However Russia answered with two freebies from Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) and a trey from Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88) to claim a 26:25 advantage. The lead changed hands for several times and Russian team held to a 32:31 lead at halftime. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) nailed 6 points early in the third frame to keep Russia in charge. Spain remained at a striking distance though and soon Carbo pulled them ahead. However the last laugh in the quarter belonged to Russia. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) converted 4 free throws, while Yulia Lukina added one more for Russian 52:49 advantage. Natalia Zhedik and Petrova came up with back-to-back trebles to open the final period and established a 58:49 lead. Spain refused to surrender and soon went on a 7:2 run to cut the gap to just 2 points. Petrova nailed a jumper with just over a minute remaining to give Russia a 68:64 advantage. Jael Freixanet and Murcia missed their shots in the dying seconds and Russia celebrated their sixth straight win at the tournament. Yulia Lukina led balanced offense with 11 points. Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) netted 10 points, while Natalia Vieru had 9 in a win. Jael Freixanet led all scorers with 14 points. Carla Agullo delivered 9 points in a losing effort.

Russia U20: Yulia Lukina 11, Irina Romanova 10, Natalia Vieru 9
Spain U20: Jael Freixanet 14, Carla Agullo 9


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Scotland U16 reaches semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Principality of Monaco U16 - Scotland U16 24:67

Scotland U16 won the second game of Group A to reach the semifinal of the European Championship in Division C. In the second game the team destroyed Principality of Monaco U16 67:24. The favorites opened the game with 20-0 in the first quarter and later controlled the entire game. Mc Garrachan led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lynn collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Rooney posted 11. Marechal top-scored for the hosts with 7 points and Marin Cruz added 6.
It took more than two minutes for the teams to score first in the game, however the hosts made it long time after. Scotland finished the opening quarter at 20-0 and even reached 22:0 in the beginning of the second. McKinlay was the last to have a tremendous streak with the favorites. Veuillez was the first to score for the hosts in the game to set up 1:22. It was her again to put 3 on the board for Principality of Monaco U16. McKinlay closed the half at 44:9 as both teams went to the lockers.
In the second half the teams played even as Principality of Monaco U16 had a good resistance. Anyway Scotland U16 won the third 12:8 and then the last 11:7.

Principality of Monaco U16:Marechal 7, Marin Cruz 6
Scotland U16:Mc Garrachan 18+7 rebs, Lynn, J. 12+12 rebs, Rooney, A. 11


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbian U20 Team thrashes Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 87:58

Serbian U20 National Team continued their chase for the European championship title. Today they cruised past Turkey in the Qualifying round Group E. Serbia improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E. Turkey fell to 2-3. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) put their names in the scoring list early in the game. Soon Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) fired from downtown and Serbia accumulated a 7:2 lead. But Turkey stepped on the gas late in the first frame and pulled ahead 12:10 at the end. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) opened the second stanza with a jumper and Turkey enjoyed a 14:10 advantage. But a couple of triples from Sonja Petrovic and Milijkovic allowed Serbia to pile up a 21:14 advantage midway through the second frame. Serbian team kept Turkey at bay through the reminder of the second stanza and built a 33:22 cushion at halftime. Dragana Gobeljic and Milovanovic teamed up for 8 points to open the third quarter and Serbia ran away to a 19-point distance. Turkey never threatened the lead and trailed by 38 points heading into the final stanza. Dalglar and Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) clipped the deficit early in the fourth term but Serbian reserves soon took over and breezed to a stunning win. Dragana Gobeljic delivered 14 points for Serbia. Sonja Petrovic knocked down 13 points and Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) secured 12 in a win. Bahar Caglar and Melek Bilge (193-C-89) answered with 16 points apiece for Turkey. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) netted 13 points in defeat. Serbia advanced to the semifinal and would take either on Russia or Spain on Saturday.

Serbia U20: Dragana Gobeljic 14, Sonja Petrovic 13, Maja Miljkovic 12
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar 16, Melek Bilge 16, Gizem Yavuz 13


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  SPAIN - Women  


Russia wins qualifying Group F in Sulmona - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Spain U20 68:64

Russian U20 National Team held off Spanish counterparts in thrilling game today. The victory meant Russia claimed the top spot in the qualifying Group F, while both teams advanced to the semis. Todays clash saw 2006 champions Russia took on the reigning queens Spain. The game lived up to the highest expectations turning out into a seesaw battle. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame but Spain pulled in front due to terrific form of Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) and Gaby Ocete (170-G-88). Spanish team led 14:12 ten minutes into the game. Carla Agullo (172-G-88) nailed a three-pointer to put Spain up by 4 points midway through the second period. However Russia answered with two freebies from Yulia Lukina (185-F-88) and a trey from Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88) to claim a 26:25 advantage. The lead changed hands for several times and Russian team held to a 32:31 lead at halftime. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) nailed 6 points early in the third frame to keep Russia in charge. Spain remained at a striking distance though and soon Carbo pulled them ahead. However the last laugh in the quarter belonged to Russia. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) converted 4 free throws, while Yulia Lukina added one more for Russian 52:49 advantage. Natalia Zhedik and Petrova came up with back-to-back trebles to open the final period and established a 58:49 lead. Spain refused to surrender and soon went on a 7:2 run to cut the gap to just 2 points. Petrova nailed a jumper with just over a minute remaining to give Russia a 68:64 advantage. Jael Freixanet and Murcia missed their shots in the dying seconds and Russia celebrated their sixth straight win at the tournament. Yulia Lukina led balanced offense with 11 points. Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) netted 10 points, while Natalia Vieru had 9 in a win. Jael Freixanet led all scorers with 14 points. Carla Agullo delivered 9 points in a losing effort.

Russia U20: Yulia Lukina 11, Irina Romanova 10, Natalia Vieru 9
Spain U20: Jael Freixanet 14, Carla Agullo 9


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Jones Cup women's group schedule - by Chris Wang
Teams: Taiwan NT, Australia U-19 NT, Malaysia NT, Woori Bank (WKBL, Korea)

July 20
1700 Taiwan vs. Korea
1900 Malaysia vs. Australia

July 21
1700 Australia vs. Korea
1900 Taiwan vs. Malaysia

July 22
1700 Malaysia vs. Korea
1900 Taiwan vs. Australia

July 23
1700 Semi: No. 1 vs. No. 4
1900 Semi: No. 2 vs. No. 3

July 24
1700 Third-place game
1900 Championship game

For more news please visit http://www.taiwanhoops.com/


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Trinidad Loses 'Centro' Opener To Dominican Rep - by Don Farrell
MOROVIS (National Team) The Centrobasket Championship for Women 2008 began in the city of Morovis, Puerto Rico, with the game between the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Dominicans broke the ice and took the lead, shooting 10-15 from the field and 5-7 from the three point line. Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago shot a measly 4-15 from the field. The first quarter ended 29-10, in favor of the Dominican squad
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The second quarter was some more of the same, yet Trinidad was able to set up a very tight defense and started to attack the basket more aggressively. Their efforts were not enough to take them to the lead, however. The first half ended 37-27, with the Dominican Republic in the lead.
The second half was a repeat of the first half.
In the end, the Dominican team managed to established their superior physiques and steamrolled Trinidad with a final score of 72-54.
Dominican Republic: Frias ended with 20 points, shooting 6-13 from the field. Paniagua scored 17 and took 6 rebounds.
Trinidad and Tobago: Gay scored 12 and took 5 rebounds.

FIBA Americas


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  TURKEY - Women  


Serbian U20 Team thrashes Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 87:58

Serbian U20 National Team continued their chase for the European championship title. Today they cruised past Turkey in the Qualifying round Group E. Serbia improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E. Turkey fell to 2-3. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) put their names in the scoring list early in the game. Soon Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) fired from downtown and Serbia accumulated a 7:2 lead. But Turkey stepped on the gas late in the first frame and pulled ahead 12:10 at the end. Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) opened the second stanza with a jumper and Turkey enjoyed a 14:10 advantage. But a couple of triples from Sonja Petrovic and Milijkovic allowed Serbia to pile up a 21:14 advantage midway through the second frame. Serbian team kept Turkey at bay through the reminder of the second stanza and built a 33:22 cushion at halftime. Dragana Gobeljic and Milovanovic teamed up for 8 points to open the third quarter and Serbia ran away to a 19-point distance. Turkey never threatened the lead and trailed by 38 points heading into the final stanza. Dalglar and Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) clipped the deficit early in the fourth term but Serbian reserves soon took over and breezed to a stunning win. Dragana Gobeljic delivered 14 points for Serbia. Sonja Petrovic knocked down 13 points and Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) secured 12 in a win. Bahar Caglar and Melek Bilge (193-C-89) answered with 16 points apiece for Turkey. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88, agency: Prosportman) netted 13 points in defeat. Serbia advanced to the semifinal and would take either on Russia or Spain on Saturday.

Serbia U20: Dragana Gobeljic 14, Sonja Petrovic 13, Maja Miljkovic 12
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar 16, Melek Bilge 16, Gizem Yavuz 13


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  UGANDA - Women  


A1 vow to defend un beaten run - by Rogers Senkwale
AI Challenge have vowed to protect their unbeaten run.In an interwiew with eurobasket,Team Captain Ali Mavita said that they are working out and are determined to keep team spirit high with the aim of winning a second league titile.AI currently top the tables with an impressive 8 wins with no loss but had tyo fight hard in their last game to defend yheirwinninig streak in a close 47-44 win over arch rivals KCC Leopards

A1 vow to defend un beaten run - by Rogers Senkwale
A1 Challenge are determined to defend their un beaten run in the first round of the league and become the first team to go un beaten in the history of ladies basketball. In an interview with eurobasket, captain Mavita Ali said they atre working hard as unit to ensure they achieve their goal and win a second trophy.she admitts it will be tough but it is achievable.she sighted major obstacles from KCC and KIU.

Senegal pips Uganda to African University games Title. - by Rogers Senkwale

Ivan Enabu's 20 points and 12 assists were not enough to steer Uganda to her first ever gold at a continental stage in the their 60-56 win over Senegal.Before packed staduim the Hosts(Uganda) showed purpose and determination to over turn a 85-66 loss to the highly fancied Senegalese in the first game and led by the trio of Ivan Enabu, Ikong and Komakech Ben they launched an assault and had to employ a full court press to over power the more athletic senegalese in a close encounter that kept the fans on their toes . The turn up was poor however with only two teams participating of the expected 20 teams.I the ladies Category ,iot was one way traffic with the visitors Mozambique displaying scintilatng passing and accurate shooting to humle the hosts Uganda in the two games, 106-46 and 75-49 respectively.acation returns to the forthcoming Allstar game and the second leg action.



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Prystupa paces Ukraine U20 over Montenegro U20 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Montenegro U20 94:65

Ukraine U20 deserved a third position in Group F of the U20 European Championship for Women to secure them third place in the Qualifying Round Group F. In the last game of the Qualifying Round the team overcame Montenegro 94:65. The win was achieved mostly due to the second half where Ukraine dominated the court. Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) was unstoppable with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) netted 17, while Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) ended up with 13 points. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) top-scored in defeat with 21, while Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegro dropped to 0-5 and finished last in the group.
Even though the final score is too big, Montenegro won the opening tip of the game. Milica Jovanovic with a lay-up gave her team 13:11 lead. Oleksandra Prystupa hit back-to-back baskets as Ukraine finished the opening quarter at 19:13.
In the second quarter Montenegro scored some important baskets in the end and reduced the gap to 4 points entering the second half. Montenegro closed the gap even to 37:36 but it was all they could do. Oleksandra Prystupa continued to dominate with six more points while Arina Lysyuk had seven as Ukraine just pulled away from Montenegro, increasing the lead to 33 points. Ukraine won the encounter 94:65 and clinched the third position in the group.

Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Prystupa 34+13 rebs, Oksana Kisilova 17, Arina Lysyuk 13
Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 17+9 rebs


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  WBCBL - Women  


To Tough to Tame the Warriors - by Willie McCray

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

No team has been able to tame the Savannah Lady Warriors this season!

The first year squad is undefeated on the hard court and in fact they've won every game by double digits. The closest anyone's got to them 12 points.

They had a big test Saturday night against the Atlanta Lady Diamonds and it was a test that the Lady Warriors passed with flying colors winning 97-57 to move their record to 7-0.

Crystal Woodley had 15 points and 9 steals while former Beach High star, Brandi Williams had 18 point, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.

The Lady Warriors are on the road next weekend and a win would clinch the division.


Reported by: Melissa Maikos, mmaikos@wtoc.com



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  WNBA - Women  


Atlanta beats Indiana away from home - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream got the taste of winning and secured their third win in the season. Iziane Castro (6'0''-G/F-82) scored season-high 24 points and the Dream prevailed against the Fever 81:77 away from home. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) was helpful with 16 points 11 of them coming in the final period. The Dream now won three out of the last five games. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) scored 18 points and collected 12 boards for the Fever. Indianas forward was however injured midway through the final term and did not return to the court in the dying minutes. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) provided 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) had 17 points and 8 boards in defeat. Indiana trailed by 10 points in the third frame but managed to recover. They cut the deficit before surging in front 63:61 with five and a half minutes left. Betty Lennox fired twice from beyond the arc to regain the advantage for the Dream later. She then sealed the winning outcome for Atlanta from charity stripe.
The Detroit Shock remained undefeated at home with a 66:63 win over Chicago. Cheryl Ford (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 14 points to keep the Palace of Auburn Hills deadly for the visitors. Tasha Humphrey (6'3''-F-85, college: Georgia) contributed 12 points in the tenth straight home win for the Shock. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) answered with 26 points for the Sky. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) secured 12 points in a loss. The hosts piled up a massive 39:22 lead at halftime. The Sky however stayed in the race as they closed within 6 points with just over 6 minutes left in regulation. Jia Perkins later tallied 5 points and the Sky trailed by just two. However Detroit survived as Jia Perkins missed two attempts in the final seconds.


Comets re-sign Roneeka Hodges for 2008 Season - by Eurobasket News
Houston Comets have re-signed Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, college: Florida St.) for the remainder of the 2008 season. Per team policy, details of the contract were not disclosed.

Hodges, a 5-11 guard from Florida State, was signed to a seven-day contract on July 5, 2008. In three games, she averaged 4.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

Hodges was lost by Houston in the WNBA Expansion Draft to the league's newest franchise, the Atlanta Dream, on February 6, and then became part of a trade to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Iziane Castro Marques and other considerations. She was selected by the Houston Comets in the second round (No. 15 overall) in the 2005 WNBA Draft.

Tomorrow, the Houston Comets face the Minnesota Lynx in Reliant Arena for an 11 a.m. tip-off of the team's annual Kids Day. Individual game tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase season tickets or group tickets, call 713-627-WNBA. For more information about the Houston Comets, visit www.houstoncomets.com.

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Houston Comets guard Mwadi Mabika underwent successful surgery - by Eurobasket News
Mwadi Mabika (5'11''-F-76), a 5-11 starting guard for the Houston Comets, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage on her right knee. The surgery was successful and she will spend the next four to six weeks completing rehabilitation.

Mabika has started in 10 of the 13 games in which shes played this season, posting averages of 6.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. A Los Angeles Spark for 11 years, Mabika was signed as a free agent by the Houston Comets on February 20, 2008.

The Houston Comets seek to even the score against Ticha Penicheiro and the Sacramento Monarchs during a July 5, 2 p.m. match at Reliant Arena. Individual game tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase season tickets or group tickets, call 713-627-WNBA. For more information about the Houston Comets, visit www.houstoncomets.com.

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Standings
WNBA Western Standings
 1. S.Antonio SS 16-7 
 2. Detroit S. 14-6 
 3. L.Angeles S. 13-7 
 4. Seattle S. 13-7 
 5. Connect. S. 13-9 
 6. New York L. 10-9 
 7. Indiana F. 9-9 
 8. Minnesota L. 9-10 
 9. Phoenix M. 9-11 
 10. Sacram. M. 9-11 
 11. Houston C. 9-11 
 12. Washingt. M. 8-12 
 13. Chicago Sky 6-12 
 14. Charlotte S. 0-0