EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/19/2008

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  ABA   


KENTUCKY MAVERICKS TALK WITH DIDDLE/WKU - by Bruno Baltazar
On Wednesday morning, four of the Kentucky Mavericks professional basketball team front office, including team owner Jason Smith, met with the athletic department of Western Kentucky University to discuss Diddle Arena as the possible home for the team when it begins play in December.

Attending the meeting with Jeff Younglove, Director of Campus Events; Craig Biggs, Associate Athletic Director and Todd Stewart of the Athletic Department, Jay Sills, co-owner of the Mavericks, stated that 'the meeting was very positive; they expressed their desire to have us play our home games there, but they did have concerns about scheduling conflicts because the ABA season coincides with theirs. However, the ABA is very flexible and hopefully the Mavericks can address their concerns and we can make WKU our home.'

The team also announced its intention to sign former WKU player Boris Siakom. At 6'7', Siakom was a solid player for the Hilltoppers. 'Our goal is to add several former WKU players; they're good,' added Sills. 'We're off to a good start and hope for a very successful season.'

For more information email david@mykymavericks.com, call (270) 782-7556, or visit www.mykymavericks.com.


ABA expands to Savanah,GA next season - by Bruno Baltazar
The ABA announced that the league as added a team in the great city of Savannah, GA for the upcoming season, and according to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'we couldn't be more delighted to be there and to have the ownership group that will be representing the city, the team and the ABA. I've been working with the Williams brothers for a couple of years; they are very nice young men, very experienced and bring a lot of energy, character and business acumen to the league. Plus, it really fits beautifully into our Southeast divisional plans.'

The team will be co-owned by Levi Williams and brother Mark. Natives of Atlantic City, NJ, but most recently from Sebring, Florida, 'This is something we have wanted for quite sometime,' stated Levi. 'We have been looking for the exact right situation, and the city and timing are perfect. We are excited.'

Levi is a 2003 graduate of Savannah State University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a four year letterman with the men's basketball program, servicing as co-captain in his junior and senior seasons. He has spent the last five years of his professional life as a basketball coach at both the high school and collegiate levels. He and his wife LaToya, who earned a degree in Public and Cultural Communications from the University of South Florida, are co-founders of The Paramount Sports Academy, an organization focused on the promotion of amateur athletics. Through Paramount Sports Academy, they have offered individual training and basketball camps and clinics for local youth. The couple and their daughter Kennedy currently reside in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Mark Williams graduated from the prestigious IMG Prep Academy in 2003. He first signed with the University of Akron before transferring to Savannah State University where in his freshman season he finished third in the nation among freshman in scoring with an average of 18.7. He has recently started a clothing apparel company known as The Marq Eduard Clothing Company - www.marqeduard.com - and is completing a political science degree at Clayton State University. He also resides in the Atlanta, Georgia area. 'Not only am I excited about working with Levi on the ownership of this team, but I am getting into playing shape and plan to play also...how's that for an interesting combination,' added Mark.

For more information email williamslevi@hotmail.com, call (863) 214-7224, email marq.williams@marqeduard.com, or call (863) 838-5716.


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  ARGENTINA   


Delfino moves to Russia - by Facundo Iatzky
Khimki Moscow announced earlier that Argentinian guard Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) signed with them for three seasons and a millionarie contract. Carlos was expecting for some team in the NBA which had showed interest in him like Cleveland or Detroit but Khimki offered him this great offer and Carlos accepted. Carlos is training with the national team but he could not play any friendly game till the moment because he was waiting for fix his situation. Now he can play without problems and he will be in the next game against Spain on Tuesday.

Argentina confirm roster for Olympics - by Leonardo Contieri
Last night Argentina defeated Mexico 92-74 after leading by only three points with ten minutes to play. Luis Scola was the best player on the team, but the focus of the night was on coach Sergio Hernandez, who was expected to announce the definitive 12 man roster for the Olympics. With three players competing for the final 3 spots(Juan Gutierrez, AntonioPorta and Nicolas Gianella), on the last few days it seemed the Hernandez was leaning toward a roster with only two point guards so Gutierrez, a center would be in. Antonio Porta hs more experience tha Nicolas Gianella, but he was recovering from a rightknee surgery and was not in good shape. Finally, Gianella was cut so the final roster will be comprised of: Pablo Prigioni, point guard, TAU Cermica, Spain ; Antonio Porta, point guard, Spartak Moscow, Russia ; Emanuel Ginobili, scoring guard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA; Carlos Delfino, scoring guard, Khimki, Russia ; Paolo Quinteros, scoring guard, CAI Zaragoza, Spain ; Andres Nocioni, forward, Chicago Bulls, NBA ; Federico Kammerichs, forward, Regatas Corrientes,Argentina ; Leonardo Gutierrez, forward, Atenas, Argentina ; Fabricio Oberto, center, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, Luis Scola, center, Houston Rockets, NBA ; Jaun Gutierrez, center, Granada, Spain and Roman Gonzalez, center, Pearol, Argentina.
The team will play three games in Spain before heading to China to take part in the Fiba Diamond Ball and the Olympic Games.


Argentina will play in the Final of FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Puerto Rico U18 83:68

Argentinean U18 National Team posted their 4th straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship. Yesterday they routed Puerto Rico in the semifinal and advanced to the title decider. Argentina will face the United States in the championship game tonight. Puerto Rico will take on Canada in the consolation final. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) paced the hosts in the first half as Argentina easily cleared off to a comfortable distance. They outgunned their opponents 20:11 in the first stanza and maintained the gap in the second frame. Puerto Rico found themselves trailing by 12 points at the interval. However the Caribbean team cut the deficit to 7 points in the third stanza. Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) and Carlos Lopez (208-F-90) kept Puerto Rican team in the race. Argentina remained at the coolest late in the quarter and regained an 11-point buffer heading into the final term. The home team went on a 9:3 run early in the final quarter and established an unassailable 17-point advantage. Matias Nocedal finished the game with 20 points for Argentina. Juan Fernandez secured 14 points, while Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) had 12 in a win. Isaac Sosa and Carlos Lopez answered with 15 points apiece for Puerto Rico. Steven Miro nailed 12 points in defeat.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 20, Juan Fernandez 14, Luciano Gonzalez 12
Puerto Rico U18: Isaac Sosa 15, Carlos Lopez 15


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  BAHAMAS   


Uruguay outscores Bahamas in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay U18 - Bahamas U18 76:69

Uruguayan U18 National Team will play for the 5th spot at the FIBA Americas Championship. Yesterday they held off Bahamas for the second straight win at the tournament. Bahamas will look for their first win at the event when they face Mexico in the game for the 7th spot. The game was not an easy walk for Uruguay. Bahamas put on a fierce fight in search for their first win. The teams were tied several times throughout the opening frame and Uruguay held a slender 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Bahamas kept on forcing the issue and surged ahead 37:33 at halftime. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) scored 6 points in an 11:2 run from Uruguay in the third period as they regained the lead. Uruguay dominated the third quarter and enjoyed a 58:50 advantage heading into the fourth term. Uruguay stretched the gap to 14 points early in the fourth period but Bahamas clawed their way back into single digits. Uruguay eventually withstood all the effort of the Caribbean team to succeed and posted a tough win at the end. Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) led all scorers with 22 points. Mathias Calfani nailed 20 points and pulled down 8 boards, while Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) had 17 points and 10 boards for the winners. Olen Smith (-90) answered with 18 points for Bahamas. Leon Cooper (188-G-91) delivered 11 points in a losing effort. Uruguay outrebounded their opponents 48:36 and converted 44% from the field.

Uruguay U18: Bruno Fitipaldo 22, Mathias Calfani 20, Nicolas Catala 17+10 boards
Bahamas U18: Olen Smith 18, Leon Cooper 11


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  BELGIUM   


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


VOO Verviers-Pepinster is gradually filling its roster, this time adding shooting guard Adrian Banks (191-G, college: Arkansas St.).
Banks had a pretty good career at Arkansas St. where in his junior year he was selected to the All Sun-Belt 1st team as well as newcomer of the year.
The 2006-2007 season was also his best statistically with 21.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg, shooting 47 pct from 3pt range.
This past season he has averages of 18.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg (21games). His 3pt shooting was 44 pct.

He missed the month of December due to a suspension for firing a gun within citylimits. Was reinstated on Jan 3rd 2008.

Was invited to the prestigeous Portsmouth Invitational in 2008.



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  BOSNIA   


News from Zenica Celik and Borac Nektar - by Eurobasket News
It is already known that Zenica Celik and Borad Nektar will compete next season in Bosnian D1 having much different rosters.

Ninth ranked team from League 13 last season, Zenica Celik, already announced leaving of Admir Alic (198-F-84) to Czech team Decin while the team also left Milan Oluic (210-C-84, agency: Promotex) and Andreja Djokic (195-G-78). As it was already published before Armin Avdibegovic (189-G-84) and Asmir Sadibasic (204-F/C-82) had offers from Slovenian teams. The latest official news is that both players signed 1+1 year contract with Alpos from Sentjur. The most important task for Zenica's management for sure will be to keep Haris Jahic (190-G-81), who was the captain of the team last season. If Jahic decides to stay in the club it will be his sixth year in Zenica.

Meanwhile, after contract extension with head coach Milos Pejic, Borac from Banja Luka started search for the new players. Head coach Pejic stated that he already has some contacts with the possible reinforcements. He didn't announce any names and according to his words it will happen as soon as they sign contract with the club. Borac will have a different policy next season. They will try to focus more in the future signing a long term contracts with the players. Director of the club Slobodan Simovic announced that the team will ink at least five new players for the upcoming season.
The first day of the preparation is scheduled for the beginning of August. Except of the domestic championship Borac will participate in EuroChallnge as well. Its first rival in this European competition will be Ukrainian team Politekhinka from Lvov.


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Brazil unable to overcome Germany in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Germany 65:78

Brazilian National Team hopes for the Olympic Games in Beijing were ceased today. Brazil fell short of win against Germany in the quarterfinal of Olympic Games Qualifying tournament and failed to deliver needed result. Germany will face Croatia in the semifinal of the event yesterday. The teams kept it close in the opening stanza with Germany going up 14:13 at the end. The Latin American powerhouse surged ahead 21:17 early in the second period and things looked hopeful for them at the moment. But then Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Co took over. German team exploded with 28:5 rally to crown the second frame and built a massive 45:26 advantage at halftime. Germany mounted the pressure and stretched the gap to 20+ points in the third frame. The Europeans extended the damage to 27 points but Brazil refused to surrender. They cut the deficit to 11 points late in regulation bit Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) allowed Germany to secure the victory in the dying moments. Dirk Nowitzki led the action with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for Germany. Pascal Roller came up with 15 points all coming from beyond the arc, while Chris Kaman produced 12 points and 14 rebounds in a win. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points and 6 rebounds for Brazil. Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) secured 11 points in a losing effort. Germany outrebounded their opponents 36:26 and held Brazil to 39% from the field. German players looked deadly from charity stripe knocking down 93% of freebies.

Brazil: Tiago Splitter 16, Marcelinho Machado 11
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 20, Pascal Roller 15, Chris Kaman 12+14 boards


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Croatia sends Canada packing - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Canada 83:62

Croatian National Team continued their journey in search of the Olympic Games ticket today. They thumped Canada to advance to the semifinal. There Croatian team will take on either Germany or Brazil for the right to play in Beijing. The teams kept it close in the opening stanza with Croatia enjoying a slender 18:16 lead. Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) scored a dunk and Rans Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) added a jumper to tie the score at 20. But the Europeans answered with a 7:0 run to maintain the pressure on Canada. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) nailed a three-pointer for Croatian 30:23 advantage, while Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) buried a trey for a 33:23 cushion. Canada fought back narrowing the gap to 7 points at halftime. Davor Kus (190-G-78) chipped all of his ten points in the third frame and Croatia went on a stunning 26:13 run. Canada were taken aback and never recovered in the reminder of the contest. Marko Popovic secured 17 points for Croatia. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 11 points, while Davor Kus, Marko Tomas and Marko Banic (204-F-84) all scored 10 points apiece for the winners. Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) had 14 points and 9 boards for Canada. Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72, college: St.John's) dropped 13 points in a loss. Canada outrebounded their opponents 40:33 but shot miserable 27% from the field. Croatia answered with 52% accuracy and suffered only 10 turnovers down the stretch.

Croatia: Marko Popovic 17, Sandro Nicevic 11
Canada: Olu Famutimi 14, Rowan Barrett 13


USA Junior National Team enters championship game in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Canada U18 82:66

The United States Junior National Team won their 4th straight game at the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa and advanced to the title clash. Yesterday they toppled Canadian counterparts in the semifinal. JayMychal Green (6'9''-F/C-90) tallied 16 points and 10 boards, while Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F-91) had 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace the United States to yet another impressive success at the event. Kemba Walker (6'0''-G-90) contributed 13 points in a win. If the USA team captures the title it would be their fifth success in the last six edition of the tournament. They face Argentina in the main game today. The USA led right from the start and finished the first frame up 26:16 courtesy of an 8:0 run late in the period. The States extended the margin to 14 points midway through the second quarter. They secured the distance at halftime. Canada failed to close the gap in the third frame and the United States ran away to a comfortable 15-point distance after three quarters of action. Canada however were not about to give this one up. They went on a 9:2 rally to cut the gap to 8 points. But the USA immediately came back to life responding with a 12:0 run to silence their opponents. Malcolm Lee (6'4''-G) secured 12 points in a win. Mangisto Arop (6'6''-G-90) topscored with 21 points and 9 boards for Canada. Simon Bibeau (6'1''-G-91) added 14 points in a losing effort. Canada will take on Puerto Rico in the Bronze medals game.

USA U18: JayMychal Green 16+10 boards, Kemba Walker 13, Ryan Kelly 12+10 boards, Malcolm Lee 12
Canada U18: Mangisto Arop 21, Simon Bibeau 14


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Croatia sends Canada packing - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Canada 83:62

Croatian National Team continued their journey in search of the Olympic Games ticket today. They thumped Canada to advance to the semifinal. There Croatian team will take on either Germany or Brazil for the right to play in Beijing. The teams kept it close in the opening stanza with Croatia enjoying a slender 18:16 lead. Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) scored a dunk and Rans Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) added a jumper to tie the score at 20. But the Europeans answered with a 7:0 run to maintain the pressure on Canada. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) nailed a three-pointer for Croatian 30:23 advantage, while Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) buried a trey for a 33:23 cushion. Canada fought back narrowing the gap to 7 points at halftime. Davor Kus (190-G-78) chipped all of his ten points in the third frame and Croatia went on a stunning 26:13 run. Canada were taken aback and never recovered in the reminder of the contest. Marko Popovic secured 17 points for Croatia. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 11 points, while Davor Kus, Marko Tomas and Marko Banic (204-F-84) all scored 10 points apiece for the winners. Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) had 14 points and 9 boards for Canada. Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72, college: St.John's) dropped 13 points in a loss. Canada outrebounded their opponents 40:33 but shot miserable 27% from the field. Croatia answered with 52% accuracy and suffered only 10 turnovers down the stretch.

Croatia: Marko Popovic 17, Sandro Nicevic 11
Canada: Olu Famutimi 14, Rowan Barrett 13


Roko Leni Ukic in NBA, Andrija Zizic in Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Member of Croatian National Team Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) officially signed three-year contract with Toronto Raptors. His former club Barcelona will earn 650 thousand dollars from this transfer. Ukic, who is currently with Team Croatia on the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, spent last season in Lottomatica Roma. Interesting is that after the season in Roma he continued to work with a head coach Jasmin Repesa fighting for the position which will secure a spot for Croatia on the Olympic Games in Beijing. Ukic had 19 appearances for Lottomatica in Euroleague averaging 12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.1 spg. At the same time he played 43 games in Italian Serie A having 11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3 apg and 1.7 spg. Lottomatica succeeded to reach the play-off final but the team couldn't handle strong Montepaschi Sienna loosing it 3-1. Roko-Leni Ukic arrived to Rome from Barcelona as a loaned player. On season 06/07 he celebrated in 'Copa del Rey' with Barca. He grabbed the same trophy with Tau Ceramica a year before that. He joined Tau from Split in 2005.

Meanwhile another Croatian international Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) put signature on 1+1 deal with Turkish team Galatasaray Cafe Crown. Zizic won two trophies last season with Panathinaikos Athens. The first one came after the final of Greek National Cup against Olympiakos while the second one he grabbed after the battle with the same rival but this time in the play-off final of Greek A1 league. The only bad thing which happened to PAO last season was defeat in Belagrade when Partizan knocked them out of the competition advancing to the Euroleague quarterfinals. Zizic played 18 games for PAO in Euroleague averaging 5.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg. For 24 games in Greek A1 league he had a bit better digits 6.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Before Panathianikos Zizic spent two seasons in PAO's biggest enemy Olympiakos.


New players in Slavonski Brod! - by Dani Erceg
Slavonski Brod signed 4 new players. These are Paolo Ticina (195-G-85) who played last season for Alkar Sinj, Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) who played for Vrijednosnice Darda, Ivica Cvitanovic (207-C-82) who spent last season in Slovakia and Marko Soldo (198-G-89) who came from Valpovo. It is also sure that David Grbesic, Kristijan Preglej and Dominik Stefanac will not play in Slavonski Brod in next season.

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Top D-League Performers from Day Seven of NBA Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Dallas Mavericks (79) vs. Detroit Pistons (73)
MAVERICKS: Aaron Miles (14p), Gerald Green (8p), Pape Sow (5p)
PISTONS: Will Bynum (20p), Cheikh Sammb (11p), Amir Johnson (10p+9rb)

New Orleans Hornets (80) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (76)
HORNETS: Brandon Bowman (2p+10rb), Courtney Sims (13p+5rb)
CLIPPERS: Marcus Williams (24p+10rb), Nick Fazekas (16p+6rb), Mike Taylor (12p+5to)

Toronto Raptors (85) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (87)
RAPTORS: John Lucas (10p), Desmon Farmer (6p), Deji Akindele (8p+7rb)
76ERS: Luke Anderson (5p)

San Antonio Spurs (74) vs. Phoenix Suns (98)
SPURS: Roger Powell (11p), Brian Morrison (9p), Michael Cuffee (7p)
SUNS: Alando Tucker (24p), DJ Strawberry (12p), Jared Jordan (8p), Marcus Vinicius (7p)

Portland Trail Blazers (78) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (88)
BLAZERS: JR Pinnock (9p), Chris Ellis (0p+5rb)
TWOLVES: Blake Ahearn (14p), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (11p+7rb), Pooh Jeter (11p)

Denver Nuggets (67) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (79)
NUGGEST: Dahntay Jones (20p), Elton Brown (8p+8rb), Bobby Jones (8p+6rb), Mike Hall (7p)
BUCKS: Ramon Sessions (13p+8rb+9as), Roderick Wilmont (13p), Darius Washington (8p), Awvee Storey (5p)


Top D-League Performers from Day Seven of NBA Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Dallas Mavericks (79) vs. Detroit Pistons (73)
MAVERICKS: Aaron Miles (6'1''-G-83, college: Kansas) (14p), Gerald Green (8p), Pape Sow (5p)
PISTONS: Will Bynum (5'11''-G-83, college: Georgia Tech) (20p), Cheikh Sammb (11p), Amir Johnson (10p+9rb)

New Orleans Hornets (80) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (76)
HORNETS: Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgetown) (2p+10rb), Courtney Sims (13p+5rb)
CLIPPERS: Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) (24p+10rb), Nick Fazekas (16p+6rb), Mike Taylor (12p+5to)

Toronto Raptors (85) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (87)
RAPTORS: John Lucas (5'11''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) (10p), Desmon Farmer (6p), Deji Akindele (8p+7rb)
76ERS: Luke Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) (5p)

San Antonio Spurs (74) vs. Phoenix Suns (98)
SPURS: Roger Powell (6'6''-F-83, college: Illinois) (11p), Brian Morrison (9p), Michael Cuffee (7p)
SUNS: Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) (24p), DJ Strawberry (12p), Jared Jordan (8p), Marcus Vinicius (7p)

Portland Trail Blazers (78) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (88)
BLAZERS: Danilo Pinnock (9p), Chris Ellis (0p+5rb)
TWOLVES: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) (14p), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (11p+7rb), Pooh Jeter (11p)

Denver Nuggets (67) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (79)
NUGGEST: Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Duke) (20p), Elton Brown (8p+8rb), Bobby Jones (8p+6rb), Mike Hall (7p)
BUCKS: Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) (13p+8rb+9as), Roderick Wilmont (13p), Darius Washington (8p), Awvee Storey (5p)


D-League Ambassadors Defeat Iranian National Team 79-60 in Scrimmage - by Surujh Roopnarine
D-League Ambassadors Defeat Iranian National Team 79-60 in Scrimmage
The D-League Ambassadors scrimmaged against the Iranian National Team in a scrimmage to prepare for their upcoming three-game run at the Rocky Mountain Revue in Utah. Playing at The Factory, the official practice facility of the Utah Flash, the Ambassadors use stifling defense to force 32 Iranian turnovers in a 79-60 victory. After a first quarter used to feel each other out, the Ambassadors jumped over Iran in the second and went into the half up 42-33 and then wore them down in the fourth to secure the victory. Nick Lewis (6'10''-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: San Diego) and Carl Elliott (6'4''-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) led the Ambassadors with 11 points a piece while Mohammad Samad Nikhah Bahrami led all scores with a game high 23. The Ambassadors will have today off facing the San Antonio Spurs Summer League entry tomorrow night at 6:30pm.
AMBASSADORS: Carl Elliott (11p+6rb), Glen McGowan (10p+10rb), Nick Lewis (11p), Josh Gross (9p)


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Reales 111, Metros 82. - by Jaime Gomez
Reales de La Vega started their season with an enfatic victory, on the road, over defending champions Metros de Santiago.
For Reales, Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.) 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 4 steals and 6 assists, Bobby Pandy (198-F, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) 20 points and 4 rebounds, Ramon Ruiz (188-G-85) 14 points and 6 rebounds, Juan Coronado (198-F-90) 14 points and 6 rebounds, Jorge Almanzar (193-G/F-76) 13 points, William Gomez (198-F/G-81, agency: Court Side) 11 points and 9 rebounds.

For Metros, Angel Sanchez (196-F-76) 15 points and 9 rebounds, Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) 11 points and 4 rebounds, Joel Ramirez (191-G-81) 10 points and 4 assists.


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  EUROCUP   


Besiktas Cola Turka lands Jovo Stanovevic and Mario Austin - by Eurobasket News
Extremely hot summer on Turkish basketball market continues. Beskitas Cola Turka announced signing of Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) and American Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.).

Jovo Stanojevic played previous season for Polish team Prokom Trefl Sopot celebrating in domestic championship as well as in National Cup. Stanojevic joined Prokom from Serbian team Mega Aqua Monta in November 2007. He registered 10 appearances in Euroleague last season averaging 9 ppg and 4.6 rpg. For 35 games in Polish DBE he had 10.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.5 apg. Before these two teams he spent 5 very successful years with ALBA Berlin grabbing the title in German Bundesleague. During this period his team also was a National Cup winner twice. Stanojevic contribution in ALBA was very important as he was named to be the Player of the Year in Germany two times. In the past he also played for Partizan Belgrade, Crvena Zvezda and Vojvodina Novi Sad.

Mario Austin arrived to Besiktas Cola Turka from Benetton Treviso where he played 12 games in ULEB Cup averaging 14 ppg and 6.7 rpg. In Italian Serie A he had 13.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 34 games. As a player of Hapoel Jerusalem Austin was named to be the Center of the Year in ULEB Cup a year ago. He spent two yeas with Hapoel winning the National Cup and getting the Center of the Year award in Israel twice. With the same team he was the MVP of ULEB Cup regular season in 2006. In the past he also played for Italian team Biella as well as for Jackson Rage in WBA. He was picked in the second round of 2003 NBA draft by Chicago bulls but he didn't succeed to get into the NBA mix.


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  GERMANY   


Ludwigsburg land Forward from Creighton University - by Moritz Korff
EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) signed Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) to a contract for the 2008-09 season. Watts will fill the Power Forward-spot on the Ludwigsburg team. He is 22 years of age and spent the past four years at Creighton University (NCAA1) and averaged 11.3 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds for the Bluejays in 2006-07. He shot 53.4 % from the floor in 33 games played and 42.5% from beyond the arc. In summer 2006 Watts toured with the 'Athletes in Action' through France.

Tuebingen: Anderson will stay - by Moritz Korff
Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham), who attended the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece with the Canadian National Team this week, will continue to suit up for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen of the 1. Bundesliga. In today's quarterfinal-game against Croatia Anderson tallied 7 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound in 27 minutes, when his country fell short 62:83 and dropped out of the tournament. Throughout the week in Athens Anderson was second on Canada's team in scoring (33 points) and dished out a team-best 7 assists in three encounters. In this past Bundesliga-season he averaged 13.9 points, 2.9 boards and 2.6 assists in 15 games for the Tigers.

Fenn makes move to Quakenbrueck - by Moritz Korff
Former Bamberg center Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Canisius) will sign a two-year contract with the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. Fenn, 28, played in the Bundesliga the past two seasons with Bamberg. During 2007-08 he had 38 appearances in the German league (11.3ppg, 5.8rpg) and played in 14 encounters of the Euroleague with averages of 9.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. He shot 54.5% from the floor and 65.2% from the foul line. In his first season on the Bamberg squad Fenn helped to clinch the 2007 German championship and received Eurobasket.com All German-Bundesliga Center of the Year and All-League First Team honors. At the end of this past campaign the native of Tonawanda, NY was named to the Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Second Team.

Chemnitz signs trio - by Moritz Korff
BV Chemnitz 99 (2. Bundesliga Pro A) completed three more signings and announced to have finished its transfer activity regarding the 2008-09 season. Kevin Weybright (198-F-85, agency: Sports Plus International), Nate Gerwig (206-F/C-83, college: Kent St.) and Claudio Ceccotti (202-F-83) are the names of the final three new players.
Weybright spent his four years of college-basketball at NCAA Division Two-school Christian Brothers. He is CBU's all-time leading scorer with 1,972 points and made 18.5ppg during 2007-08. Scoring-wise his sophomore-season (05-06) provided the highest numbers, when Weybright posted a career best with an average of 21.8 points per contest.
In comparism to Weybright the second new Chemnitz player, Nate Gerwig, has never been such a reliable scorer so far in his career. As a senior back in 2005-06 at Kent State (NCAA1) he averaged 6.4 points through 32 encounters. The native of Pittsburgh, Pa. spent his first year in Europe mostly at Porvoon Tarmo of the Finnish Korisliiga and produced 2.9 points and 2.6 boards per contest (22 games) there. Followed by a season in the NBA D-League. Gerwig played 40 times for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in this past season and averaged 3.6 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Last but not least the Niners return Claudio Ceccotti. The 24-year-old German already wore the Chemnitz jersey during the 2006-07 season and was a member of ETB Essen most recently.


Jena keeps Linke, lands Williamson - by Moritz Korff
Science City Jena, that suffered relegation to the 2. Bundesliga Pro A after a single campaign in the first league, has announced some more roster moves regarding the 2008-09 season today. Drew Williamson (183-G-84, college: ODU) has been signed as the first import player. The 23-year-old Guard will run the point for the Jena team. He averaged 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2 steals in 9 encounters for Mitteldeutscher BC in this past season, before a groin-injury stopped him in November. A second newcomer will be Bjoern Blossey (180-G-87) who played for Jena's reserve team in the Regionalliga South-East during 2007-08. Meanwhile, veteran Gregor Linke (200-F-77, agency: Court Side) and the club-officials agreed on continuing their cooperation. Linke will stay one more year in Jena and go into his fifth season with the team.

News from Bremerhaven - by Moritz Korff
Jannis Michael (196-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has received a one-year contract-extension at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The 23-year-old Berlin native inked the agreement on Friday. The 2008-09 campaign is going to be his third in Bremerhaven. In this past season he averaged 0.8 points in 17 Bundesliga-games. Meanwhile, the youngsters Femi Oladipo (197-F-90) and Mark Grube (198-F-90) will be part of the Bundesliga-squad in the upcoming season as well. Both will also continue to gain experience playing for the cooperation-team BSG Bremerhaven (2. Regionalliga) and the NBBL-side.

Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Germany faces Croatia in the Semifinal - by Moritz Korff

The German National Team has advanced to the semifinal of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens and is only one step away from booking the ticket to Beijing. The team of 'Bundestrainer' Dirk Bauermann overcame Brazil 78:65 in the quarterfinal and will take on Croatia tomorrow.
Defense ruled in the first quarter (14:13) after the Germans had started the game 7:2. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) hit 3 out of 3 from beyond the arc in the early going, while Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) stepped up offensively in the second stanza. In the final minutes of the first half Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) nailed a trey and made it a 37:26-game 90 seconds before halftime. And the Germans won't stop in the final seconds: Nowitzki completed a three-point play, Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) finished a fast-break with a dunk and Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) drained a three, which pushed the lead to 45:26 at halftime.
As the game went on, Germany extended the lead to 27, but Brazil had an answer and cut the deficit to 11 in the final ten minutes. Big shots from Greene, Nowitzki and Roller got the Germans back on track and finally destroyed the Brasilian dreams.
Nowitzki scored 20 points for Germany, four of his fellow countrymen followed him in double-figures: Roller hit 5 out of 6 from beyond the arc to finish the match with 15 points, Greene dropped 14 points, Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) posted 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Wysocki aded 10 points and 6 rebounds. On the other end Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) put in 11 points.

Boxscore: click


Postgame-interview with Pascal Roller on the website of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament: click



Nils Menck moves to Switzerland - by Moritz Korff
Nils Menck (203-F-82) leaves USC Freiburg (2. Bundesliga Pro B) behind and takes his game to Switzerland. The 25-year-old Forward agreed to terms with the Birstal Starwings from Basel, as the team announced yesterday. The city of Basel is only 70 kilometers away from Freiburg. The Starwings advanced to the semifinals of the LNA-Play Offs in this past season and had Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Simon Fraser) on their team, a player who is well-known in Germany too. Menck averaged 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1.2 steals for Freiburg in 2007-08 and totally spent four years as a member of the USC-squad.

2. Bundesliga Pro B Market News - by Moritz Korff
Sebastian Kling (193-G-84) returns to the Proveo Crailsheim Merlins (2. Bundesliga Pro B) after one year which he spent in Sweden and at TuS Lichterfelde. He joined TuSLi in February 08 and played ten games in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B with averages of 1.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Meanwhile, Daniel Doerr (202-F/C-83) decided to extend his contract with the Merlins for another season, his third in Crailsheim. During 2007-08 he scored 10.5 points per contest and pulled down 6.2 boards a game.

To replace its starting point guard Jacob Ndi (185-G-82) who left for the Cuxhaven BasCats the officials of RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) announced the signing of Dmitri Vizerskiy (188-G-83) for the 2008-09 campaign. Born in Kiev, Ukraine the 24-year-old Guard grew up in the United States, but returned to his home-country as a young man. He played at BC Kiev as a back-up and had some appearances on the international stage. During 2003-04 the former member of the Ukrainian Junior National-Team saw action in 4 games of the FIBA Europe Cup and averaged 6.5 points per contest.


Jeremy Crouch on his way to Braunschweig - by Moritz Korff
John Allen (196-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Seton Hall) does not come back to Braunschweig to play a second season with the New Yorker Phantoms (1. Bundesliga), but will be replaced by Jeremy Crouch (196-G-85, college: Bradley), as newsclick.de reported. Allen led the Phantoms in both points and assists per outing in this past campaign. If 22-year-old Crouch will be able to do the same in his first year abroad can be doubted. Nevertheless, the graduate of Bradley University (NCAA1) is a talented player, who proved in college to be an outstanding shooter and somebody who makes his team mates better. As a senior Crouch averaged a team-best 15.8 points per contest, pulled down 3.6 rebounds, handed out 3.2 assists and snagged 1.5 steals a game. Earlier this summer he worked out for NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

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Transfer news - by Chris Mammides

Panellinios Athens is very close to sign terms with Aleks Maric, the Australian with Croatian roots, will be a great adding for Elias Zouros's team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis is much closed to sign a contract with Costa Cafe Marousi

Giorgos Diamantopoulos agreed financial terms with the Ukrainian Kimky

Nikos Bohoridis agreed financial terms with CSKA Sofia and he will be wearing the jersey of the Bulgarian team for the season 2008-2009. The talented player is going to move in the Bulgarian league on a lending agreement as he belongs to Aris Thessaloniki.

AEL 1964 agreed financial terms with Giannis Lappas, Georgios Apostolidis and Marios Matalon.

Pantelis Papaioakeim and Alexandros Sigounas agreed financial terms with Olympia Larissas,

Brand Newley and Dimtiris Kompodietas agreed financial terms with Panellinios Athens for the coming season

Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.), the American power forward agreed financial terms with Aris Thessaloniki



Live from OAKA: First half: Greece New Zealand 37-20 - by Chris Mammides
Papaloukas and Zisis scored the first 4 points in the 2nd quarter for the Hellenic team while another four were scored by Cameron on behalf of New Zealand. Diamantidis and Vukona scored for their teams while in the mean time, Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) and Diamantidis blocked their opponents 100% legally even though the men in Gray decided upon calling a foul to Diamantidis. 3.26 before the end of the first half and the score is 33-19. Another time-out for the New Zealanders came up after missing two three pointers and Spanoulis adding his 4th point in the game making the score 35-19, 2.37 before the end of the first half. 3rd foul for Kostas Tsartsaris was called just 2.26 before the end of the first half. The score in the first half ended with 37-20. Top scorer for the Greek team is Diamantidis with 8 points followed by Kostas Tsartsaris with 6 while from the New Zealanders top scorer is Cameron with 5

LIVE from OAKA: Third quarter: Greece New Zealand 55-36 - by Chris Mammides
The third quarter begun with the referees inventing a technical foul against Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) and another foul against Vasilopoulos, with the New Zealanders taking the foul advantage of these calls and cutting the difference to 12 points (39-27). The referees continued their job by calling whatever for like 2 minutes The score was 43-27 after Fotsis scored a long one, 6.13 before the end of the third quarter. Theodoros Papaloukas has his moments and with 4 personal points made the score 47-29 before a three pointer from Cameron made the difference 47-32 4.39 before the end of the quarter. The American referee Kennedy Williams was once more the negative hero as together with the Czech Ivo Dolinek were not in their best A long jump by Vassilopoulos made the 20,000 basketball fans to cheer. The score became 52-36 after another great basket by Theodoros Papaloukas 1.41 before the end of the quarter. The final score for the third quarter was 55-36 with top scorer still being Dimitris Diamantidis with 9 followed by Theodoros Papaloukas who made a very good third quarter with 8 points

Greece - New Zealand 75-48 - by Chris Mammides
The fourth quarter started with a couple of baskets from both the teams but it was more than obvious that the Hellenic team was much better and there was not a doubt who would have been the final winner especially after the two consecutive steals from Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and the technical foul which was called to Penney. The score became 63-39, 7.45 before the end of the game. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) became the first player with double digits (11 points, 6 rebounds). The game continued with many baskets missed fro both teams and a bit of show time especially from Vassilis Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis, showing why they consider being among the top guards in Europe and not only! Vassilis Spanoulis became the second Greek to score double digits (11 points). An amazing dunk took place 5.04 before the end from Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81), the score was now 71-45 4.37 minutes to the end. The time out taken by Mr. Nenad Vucinic , the New Zealander Head Coach was simply to try and cut the deficit in the best feasible way. Another three pointer from Vassilis Spanoulis made the score 75-47, 2.37 before the end. Vassilis Spanoulis is now the top scorer with 14 points. The game ended 75-48 after a great game from the Hellenic team.
The top scorers for the winners were:
Vassilis Spanoulis 14 points, Dimitris Diamantidis 11 points, Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83) 9 points and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) 8 points.
The Hellenic team is playing tomorrow in the Semis against Puerto Rico which elliminate earlier the team of Slovenia
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Sat-Cybertech ends Third place in Liga Centroamericana - by Victor Padilla
Sat-Cybertech concluded its participation in Liga Centroamericana 2008 with a 69-80 loss against Liceo 'Expreso Rojo', in a game where the Costa Rican team ended undefeated their participation in the Final Four held at Cancun, and thus, became the Champions of this tournament. Hernol Hall (205-C-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Lon Morris JC) and import player Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.), who was named MVP of the tournament, scored 23 and 20 points each to lead the now champions to their last victory. Sat-Cybertech's scorers were import player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) with 29 points and Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) with 14. Therefore, with one win and two losses in the Final Four, Sat-Cybertech ended Third in the tournament, behind Liceo and runner-up Pioneros de Quintana Roo, who will represent Centroamerica at Liga de las Americas 2008 now being announced for August.

No surprises! Leones and Sat-Cybertech to meet in the Finals - by Victor Padilla
Leones de Marte and Sat-Cybertech fulfilled everybody's expectatives by surpassing Lemans and Corpoevisa, respectively in the Semi Finals of Liga Metro Torneo de Apertura 2008. Leones won 92 to 64, and Sat-Cybertech did its own with 59 to 42. Therefore, it is now up to the two winningest teams of Liga Metro to prove who will get the crown of Champions in this first tournament of the year. The Finals are to start next Tuesday July 8th, will continue on Thursday the 10th and, if necessary, will end on next Tuesday July 15th, when Liga Metro will finally get its new 2008 champion.

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Hordur Vilhjalmsson to Melilla in LEB gold, Spain - by Einar Johannsson
Hordul Vilhjalmsson (-G-88) has signed for Caja Rural Melilla in LEB gold in Spain. Vilhjalmsson is a point guard, born 1988 and one of the biggest prospect in Icelandic basketball. He started his career in Fjolnir Reykjavik but signed for Kalise Gran Canaria and was loaned to CB Dunas Hotels Kalise Gran Canaria Las Palmas (Spain-EBA) two years ago. Last year he played in Iceland Express league with UMFN Njardvik.
Vilhjalmsson was on icelandic roster for two friendly games against Lithuania last week.


Latest signings in Iceland Express leugue - by Einar Johannsson

Keflavik have resigned Sverrir Sverrisson, who went to play for rival team Njardvik for a year.

Ungmennafelagio Snaefell have hired new head coach; Jordanco Davitkov , who coached Strumica 2005 last season in FYR Macedonia

Grindavik have made some big signings. They signed Brenton Birmingham and Damon Bailey who played for Njardvik last season, both returning to the club. Arnar Freyr Jonsson, point guard from Keflavik has also signed.

IR have resigned Tahirou Sani (205-F-85) and also signed back Sigurdur Tomasson (-82) from Valur.

KR have not made any official signings yet.


Njardvik hired Valur Ingimundarson as head coach. Valur last time coached Skallagrimur 2006 and played against Njardvik in finals that year. Njardvik have also signed national team captain Magnus Gunnarsson (184-G-81), Heath Sitton who played in Ireland last season, Slobodan Subasic (191-G-79) from Ungmennafelagio Snaefell, and Saevar Saevarsson from Breidablik. 6 key players have left since last season.

Skallagrimur resigned Ken Webb as head coach and as publiced before, signed Eric Bell.

Thor Akureyri resigned Cedric Isom and also signed Gudmundur Jonsson from Njardvik. Magnus Helgason has left the team as he is going to school in England.

Tindastoll is still a question. No news from the club so far.

Stjarnan have signed Justin Shouse from Ungmennafelagio Snaefell.

Breidablik won 1st division last season and they have signed Darrell Flake (193-F-80) from Skallagrimur, Flake was Eurobasket player of the year last season. Club also signed Igor Beljanski who played for Grindavik last season, Hjalti Vilhjalmsson from Fjolnir, Birkir Heimisson from Thor Akureyri and Jonas Ingason from Throttur V.

Other newcomers, FSu have not made any public news on their roster so far.



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Iran falls in first American action. - by Ali Karimi

LEHI, UT, JULY 17, 2008 - Iran's first taste of America ended up being a sour one. The wheels came off the fatigued Iranian train late in the 4th, falling 79-60 in the first of two exhibition games against the D-league Ambassadors in the Flash Factory the practice home of the NBDL Utah Shock.

Fresh off a 35-hour plane ride and without their starting PG Mahdi Kamrany the Iranian team was visibly tired but still played a gritty and scrappy game, very physical and hard fought. Neither team really had much of a scouting report on the other. Starting Ambassador guard Cecil Brown made the remark, 'We found out who could shoot real quick in the 1st.' The Iranians even with 8 turnovers and an early Ambassador press wreaking havoc on Iranian timing, had it tied at the end of the quarter 18-18. Starting point-forward Samad Nikkhah scored 4 early points on route to a team high 23 for the game. Starting F Oshin Sahakian would also pour in 4 points in the quarter on route to a double-double for the game. Star player Hamid Ehadadi would get into early foul trouble and was never able to get into a rhythm. He is the focal point of the Iranian attack and they won't win many games when he is not contributing and playing a major role. The balanced Ambassador attack was lead early on by former Hawkeye Doug Thomas and Volunteer Scooter McFadgon each scoring 4.

In the 2nd the Iranians would began to fall behind as the Ambassadors would take advantage of Ehadadi's foul trouble by scoring 16 points in the paint to Iran's 6. 7'5 Jaber Rouzbahani was not available for the game and Iran doesn't have a deep bench in the frontcourt. For the game the Ambassadors would score 46 points in the paint to Iran's 26. When I asked Iranian Coach Rajko Toroman if a healthy Rouzbahani would play alongside Ehadadi, he replied, 'My system is not designed for these two players to be on the court at the same time.' The Iranian offense is based on body movement and many physical screens were set, sometimes resulting in moving pick violations. It was a real battle at times, with each team trying to impose their will on the other. It's an international style of play with more jump shots than lay-ups. Iranian guard play left a lot to be desired, as they would have 10 turnovers in the second and 32 for the game. Not many teams can overcome 15-20 turnovers yet alone 32. Cecil Brown had 6 in the quarter as the Ambassadors would get their lead up to 12 at one point before heading into the locker room with a 42-33 lead.

The 3rd quarter was a seesaw and with Ehadadi back in the game Iran was energized. They didn't outscore the D-leaguers but started to gain rhythm and confidence. Turnovers again killed much of the Iranian momentum. Buoyed by the 3rd quarter Iran mounted a comeback early in the 4th. When Amir Amini converted an old fashioned 3-point play Iran was within 6 with 5 minutes to play. However that is as close as they would come. Fouls and turnovers again killed the Iranian rally. The D-leaguers made some big shots as well, with Carl Elliot's 3 pointer essentially being the nail in the Iranian coffin. For the game Elliott and Nick Lewis each scored a team-high 11 points, while Glen McGowan registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.


The teams will play again this Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. ET at The Factory. Both teams will play in the Rocky Mountain Revue Saturday. Iran will be matched up against the Dallas Mavericks and the Ambassadors will get the San Antonio Spurs.



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Maccabi extends Casspi, Haifa brings in Porat - by Yehonatan Eliahu
After some difficulties to reach an agreement, young pearl Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) has finally extended his contract with Maccabi Tel-Aviv for two years more. The Forward was about to sign the contract one week ago but negotiations have hit an obstacle, as Maccabi reportedly asked Casspi to change a few details with the contract( probably the buy-out clause tag), but representatives from both sides found the way to finally reach the deal. Casspi, who is considered to be the best Israeli young prospect, will earn 300 thousand dollars for year and will share the Small Forward spot with newcomer Jason Williams. He averaged last season 10.4 points and 4 rebounds for game on the local scene and 4.5 points with 2 rebounds on Euroleague.

Earlier today newcomer Maccabi Haifa announced the signing of Israeli Forward Gur Porat (197-G-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services). Porat spent the last years playing for Gilboa-Afula, while averaging 10 points and 4.3 rebounds last season. Porat will make a comeback to Haifa where he played in 2004-2005 and will be the fourth Israeli to sign with the team after the signings of Ido Kozikaro, Amit Ben David and Kobi Izik (204-F-83).


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A Lithuanian team shows interest in Jordan's captain - by Mohammed Malas

According to some sources inside the William Jones Cup in taiwan, A Lithuanian 1st division team called Neptunas Klaipeda (Took 5th of the LKL last season) has shown a serious interest in Jordan National Team captain Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon).

Al Khas who led the NT to the 2nd consecutive title of William Jones Cup may be interested to take this oprtunity to add it to his experience, Some things will happen soon as Neptunas Klaipeda must enter to negotiations with Zaid's Club Zain as he still under contract with the Jordanian champions.




Jordan are WJ's champions again - by Mohammed Malas

Who plays with a heart will absolutely win...That was the main headline of the Jordanians today against Athletes in Action (AIA) of USA, The game was tough and the winner was Jordan who fought till the last second to end it with overtime 93-91 to snatch the title of William Jones Cup for the 2nd consecutive time, .

Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) was the man of the day following his impressive showup with 22 from the 27 he scored in the game in the last two quarters & the overtime, Zaid's partner under the basket Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) proved his worth to have an important role in the NT by powering 20 points and collecting 12 rebounds from the two boards, Other players including Francis Ireifej (186-G-82) and Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) '11 pts for each' must be thanked for their willing to win as well.

The tournament's committee chose Zaid Al Khas as the MVP of the tournament following his superb performance in the competition as whole....

In the other games, Australia U19 National Team defeated Qatar 91-90 to snap up the 3rd place while Egypt got 4th after their win over Kazakhstan and South Korea University Selects beat Taiwan to be 7th.



Picture Source: TSNA

Congratulations for Jordan!! Keep it up guys


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Siauliai signs Stanevicius and Volkus - by Erildas Budraitis
Eurocup club BC Siauliai announced signing of forward Vitalijus Stanevicius (202-F-83) and forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85, college: Redlands CC). 'Now we just need good center,' BC Siauliai GM Adomas Klimavicius said. Stanevicius averaged 16,2 points and 6 rebounds in 6 games last LKL season. Volkus last season played in University of Missouri and averaged 2,1 points and 1,6 rebounds in 8 minutes. In first Eurocup stage BC Siauliai will play against Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul.

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Venezuelan U18 Team will play for the fifth spot in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela U18 - Mexico U18 90:78

Venezuelan Junior National Team extended their winning streak to 2 games as they defeated Mexico yesterday. The win meant Venezuela would take on Uruguay for the fifth place at the FIBA Americas Championship tomorrow. Mexico will play against Bahamas for the 7th overall spot at the event. Gregory Echenique (208-C-90) came up with yet another impressive performance as he tallied 21 points and 17 boards to pace Venezuela. Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) was helpful with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Armando Fernandez (188-G-90) answered with game-high 24 points for Mexico. Venezuela got to a better start as they led 22:15 after the first frame. The complexion of the game hardly changed in the second period as Venezuelan team stretched the gap to 9 points at the interval 45:36. Venezuelan side stunned their opponents with a 23:10 rally in the third quarter and Mexican team never recovered. Venezuela had a massive advantage under the rims and easily secured the winning outcome in the final minutes. Venezuela shot 47% from the field and pulled down 58 rebounds including 25 offensive caroms. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) posted 17 points in a losing clause. Mexico shot 37% from the field and collected only 29 rebounds down the stretch. They also lacked accuracy from charity stripe knocking down only 45% of freebies.

Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 21+17 boards, Javinger Vargas 19+14 boards, Emilio Cappare (190-F/G-90) 17
Mexico U18: Armando Fernandez 24, Carlos Toussaint 17


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Clippers try to sign Warriors guard Azubuike - by Bruno Baltazar
The LA Clippers try to build their extreme roster makeover,at this time team has signed restricted free agent guard Kelenna Azubuike (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Kentucky) to an offer sheet to a multi-year agreement. Azubuike is currently a restricted free agent who has played the last two seasons with the Golden State Warriors.
The 24 years old player 24, has played two seasons in the NBA for the Warriors, with career averages of 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 122 games in a fast style of game that the Clippers will try to make next season.

Under the rules of NBA, once a restricted free agent is signed to an offer sheet, his current team has seven days to match the offer once it receives a copy of the original offer sheet. In this case, the proper documentation has been forwarded today via overnight carrier to the Warriors, and is scheduled to be received this Friday.


Utah Jazz keeps Deron Williams - by Eurobasket News
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) agreed to a three-year contract extension with Utah Jazz including a player option for the fourth year. Williams will earn around 50 million dollars for the first three years. Later, if he decide to exercise the option he will get around 20 million for year number four. Williams had 82 appearances in NBA regular season finishing it as a third assistant with 10.5 apg. At the same time he registered 18.8 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.1 spg. He also played 12 games in play-off improving his digits to 21.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 10 apg. He joined Utah in 2005 after three years at Illinois. The team grabbed him as a third overall pick in 2005 NBA draft. Williams was highly evaluated at his rookie season getting the 'NBA All-Star Game All-Rookies Team -06' award. A year later he was called to join USA National Team winning Tournament of the Americas. He played 10 games for his team having 4.7 ppg, 1 rpg and 4.6 apg.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks agreed terms with Tyronn Lue (6'0''-G-77, college: Nebraska) and Malik Allen (6'9''-F/C-78, college: Villanova).
Tyronn Lue changed three teams last season. He started it with the Hawks while in February he moved to Sacramento. Finally in March he joined Dallas Mavericks playing 50 games in regular season where his average stats was 5.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.5 apg. In the past, except of above mention teams, Lue also was a member of the Magic, Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers. He became the NBA champion in 2001 with the Lakers.
Malik Allen also arrives from Dallas where he averaged 4.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 72 regular season games. His best achievement in NBA so far was Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2004 and 2007 with Miami and Chicago.


Sixers sign their 1st round pick Marreese Speights - by Bruno Baltazar
Philadelphia 76ers announced today that the team has signed rookie Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87), the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Speights (6-10/245) appeared in five games for the Sixers at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 18.2 points along with team-highs of 10.2 rebounds and 2.20 blocks. Entering todays games, he was one of three players averaging a double-double in Vegas.
In college he played in the University of Florida, Speights was a member of the Gators NCAA Championship team in 2007.
The 20-year-old appeared in 36 games for the Gators in 2007-08, averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.36 blocks in 24.3 minutes per game.


Kevin Love gets things rolling for T-Wolves - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) finally delivered the performance the Timberwolves fans would be waiting for in the upcoming season. He notched 26 points and grabbed 15 boards to pace Minnesota past Portland in the NBA Summer League. Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Missouri St.) contributed 14 points for the Timberwolves as they grabbed an 88:78 win. Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-G-88, college: Arizona) answered with 29 points for the Trail Blazers in the loss. The Timberwolves outgunned the Trail Blazers 31:20 in the third period and claimed a 15-point advantage for good. Petteri Koponen (6'4''-G-88) had 14 points in defeat.
Meanwhile Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) nailed 24 points to carry the Phoenix Suns past the San Antonio Spurs 98:74. Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) tallied 14 points and 8 boards for the winners. The Suns crafted a 25:15 advantage at the first intermission. The Suns burnt hard as they opened the second period with a 10:2 run and later rolled to a 44:36 lead at the interval. Alando Tucker scored 10 points in the third frame and Phoenix piled up a 25-point advantage to never look back again. James Gist (6'8''-F-86) delivered 13 points for the Spurs. Roger Powell (6'6''-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) had 11 points in a loss.
Jamont Gordon (6'4''-G/F-87) converted a layup with less than a second left in regulation to give the Philadelphia 76ers past the Toronto Raptors 87:85. The Raptors led 84:79 with 51 seconds remaining in regulation. But the 76ers burst out with an 8:1 run to pull away with victory. Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) produced 21 points to pace the winners. Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87) added 15 points and 11 boards in a win. Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 17 points for the Raptors.


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  NCAA1   


Three Transfers find new schools - by Kevin Cochran

A few high-profile transfers made the decision to drop down and be eligible to play immediately, a move not practiced as much among big names in basketball circles as it is in football.


Former Tennessee player Duke Crews (6'7''-F-88) will play at Division II Bowie St.. Crews averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Vols last season.


Former Vols teammate Ramar Smith (6'2''-G-87) chose Oklahoma City, the reigning NAIA national champ. Smith averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 assists for UT.


And former Indiana forward Deandre Thomas (6'8''-F-86), who averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in his only season in Bloomington, will play at NAIA quarterfinalist Robert Morris College in his native Chicago.


Courtesy: Rivals.com



Benzig won't enroll at Michigan - by Kyle Stefan

German prospect Robin Benzing (6'10''-F-89) (6'10''-F-89) will not enroll at Michigan due to NCAA initial eligibility requirements.

The 6-10 forward committed earlier this year and had taken his official visit to U-M just about a month ago. However, questions arose from the start about Benzing's initial eligibility prospects, complicated by his late desire to attend an American university and participate in intercollegiate athletics en route to a potential professional career in the States.

'We felt Robin had a very good chance of qualification, but in the end the NCAA Eligibility Center found him to be just short of eligibility to receive a scholarship from any Division I university,' John Beilein told Rivals.com. 'While we were aware of the risk involved with this signing and we are disappointed for Robin, it does not deter our confidence in finding the right student-athletes for the future of this basketball program.

'Robin is a fine young man and we will continue to provide him with the NCAA information he will need if he continues to pursue options in the United States. If he does not pursue these options, I assume he will begin playing at a professional level in Europe starting this fall,' Beilein told the Web site.



Oregon extends coach Kent through 2012-13 - by Kyle Stefan
Ernie Kent and Oregon have agreed to terms on a new contract that will run through the 2012-13 season, according to the Associated Press.

This new contract raises Kent's annual minimum guaranteed salary from $1 million to $1,060,000. It also will provide more than $347,000 in additional salary and benefits for his staff. It will take the place of Kent's previous contract, which ran through 2010, and took effect July 1. The agreement also raises Kent's buyout clause from $1 million to $1.15 million.

Kent is 211-134 as head coach at Oregon. He has guided the Ducks to five NCAA tournament appearances, including two round-of-eight appearances, the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference regular-season championship, and two conference tournament titles.

'Ernie's acknowledgement of the role that his staff has played in the program's success reached the point that he was willing to deflect substantial personal gain to aid the continued growth of the program,' Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny said in a statement. 'That speaks a lot not only for the commitment he has for his players and staff but also the university and this community.'


USA Junior National Team enters championship game in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Canada U18 82:66

The United States Junior National Team won their 4th straight game at the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa and advanced to the title clash. Yesterday they toppled Canadian counterparts in the semifinal. JayMychal Green (6'9''-F/C-90) tallied 16 points and 10 boards, while Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F-91) had 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace the United States to yet another impressive success at the event. Kemba Walker (6'0''-G-90) contributed 13 points in a win. If the USA team captures the title it would be their fifth success in the last six edition of the tournament. They face Argentina in the main game today. The USA led right from the start and finished the first frame up 26:16 courtesy of an 8:0 run late in the period. The States extended the margin to 14 points midway through the second quarter. They secured the distance at halftime. Canada failed to close the gap in the third frame and the United States ran away to a comfortable 15-point distance after three quarters of action. Canada however were not about to give this one up. They went on a 9:2 rally to cut the gap to 8 points. But the USA immediately came back to life responding with a 12:0 run to silence their opponents. Malcolm Lee (6'4''-G) secured 12 points in a win. Mangisto Arop (6'6''-G-90) topscored with 21 points and 9 boards for Canada. Simon Bibeau (6'1''-G-91) added 14 points in a losing effort. Canada will take on Puerto Rico in the Bronze medals game.

USA U18: JayMychal Green 16+10 boards, Kemba Walker 13, Ryan Kelly 12+10 boards, Malcolm Lee 12
Canada U18: Mangisto Arop 21, Simon Bibeau 14


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  NICARAGUA   


Hardy scores 53 in a single game !! - by Gianni Pascucci
In last ACB round, Pumas defeated 127-123 Halcones thanks to a fantastic performing from Jamarr Hardy (193-G-83, agency: 011 Sports, college: Lenoir CC), who ended the game at 53 points, setting the new league record for individual scoring. The other game best performers were Larry Posey (196-F-86), who scored 43 pts for Halcones, and Harold Barberena, who added 26. Thanks to this win, Pumas reached on the table Vikingos at the third place and hope to surpass them. The first two places are kept by Tigres (1) and Tiburones (2) and these four teams are yet qualified for the playoffs, to start at the end of the month.

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  NIGERIA   


Wheelchair picks 20 for close camping - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 20 players who will proceed to the close camping exercise billed to commence in the first week of September this year will be decided Saturday after a week long rigorous screening exercise embarked upon by the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Association.

The open trial which began on Monday at the open court of the National Institute for Sports, NIS would be rounded up Saturday with the list of the 20 lucky player made public by the coaches led by OBrien Adoki.

The screening which was bank-rolled by First Deepwater Discovery Limited is to produce the twenty players who will fight for a place in the twelve players list that will represent Nigeria at the Africa qualifiers billed for Johannesburg, South Africa between September 25 and October 5 this year.

The Africa qualifications is meant to produce the continents sole representative at the 2009 World U23 Wheelchair Basketball Championship holding in France.

According to the Coordinator of the screening exercise, Adoki, who says over fifty players are attending the exercise from different part of the country.

The NIS senior lecturer thanked First Deepwater Discovery Limited especially its Managing Director, Babatunde Babalola for coming to the aid of the body.

He, however, called on other corporate bodies to assist the players so that they could give their best at the Africa championship.


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Germany beat Brazil 78-65 - by Chris Mammides

The German National team beat and eliminate the Brazilians in a game which finished just a couple of minutes ago. The three point game on behalf of Germans was the difference between the two teams as both Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Damon Green were amazing from the arc. The Brazilians had a very bad quarter, their second, which was enough to block their way in continuing to the specific tournament.
Dirk Nowitzki, Pascal Pascal Roller and Damon Green lead the German team and with an amazing scoring of 30 points against 13 in the second quarter, finished the last remaining hopes of
Moncho Monsalve team. The quarters were: 14-13, 45-26, 62-39, and 78-65

The top scorers for the two teams were:

Germany: Green 14 (4/4 threes), Pascal Roller 15 (5/5 threes), Nowitzki 20 and Caman 12

Brazil: Masado 11, Splitter 16 and Huertas 9



LIVE from OAKA: Third quarter: Greece New Zealand 55-36 - by Chris Mammides
The third quarter begun with the referees inventing a technical foul against Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) and another foul against Vasilopoulos, with the New Zealanders taking the foul advantage of these calls and cutting the difference to 12 points (39-27). The referees continued their job by calling whatever for like 2 minutes The score was 43-27 after Fotsis scored a long one, 6.13 before the end of the third quarter. Theodoros Papaloukas has his moments and with 4 personal points made the score 47-29 before a three pointer from Cameron made the difference 47-32 4.39 before the end of the quarter. The American referee Kennedy Williams was once more the negative hero as together with the Czech Ivo Dolinek were not in their best A long jump by Vassilopoulos made the 20,000 basketball fans to cheer. The score became 52-36 after another great basket by Theodoros Papaloukas 1.41 before the end of the quarter. The final score for the third quarter was 55-36 with top scorer still being Dimitris Diamantidis with 9 followed by Theodoros Papaloukas who made a very good third quarter with 8 points

Greece - New Zealand 75-48 - by Chris Mammides
The fourth quarter started with a couple of baskets from both the teams but it was more than obvious that the Hellenic team was much better and there was not a doubt who would have been the final winner especially after the two consecutive steals from Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and the technical foul which was called to Penney. The score became 63-39, 7.45 before the end of the game. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) became the first player with double digits (11 points, 6 rebounds). The game continued with many baskets missed fro both teams and a bit of show time especially from Vassilis Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis, showing why they consider being among the top guards in Europe and not only! Vassilis Spanoulis became the second Greek to score double digits (11 points). An amazing dunk took place 5.04 before the end from Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81), the score was now 71-45 4.37 minutes to the end. The time out taken by Mr. Nenad Vucinic , the New Zealander Head Coach was simply to try and cut the deficit in the best feasible way. Another three pointer from Vassilis Spanoulis made the score 75-47, 2.37 before the end. Vassilis Spanoulis is now the top scorer with 14 points. The game ended 75-48 after a great game from the Hellenic team.
The top scorers for the winners were:
Vassilis Spanoulis 14 points, Dimitris Diamantidis 11 points, Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83) 9 points and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) 8 points.
The Hellenic team is playing tomorrow in the Semis against Puerto Rico which elliminate earlier the team of Slovenia
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Live from OAKA: First half: Greece New Zealand 37-20 - by Chris Mammides
Papaloukas and Zisis scored the first 4 points in the 2nd quarter for the Hellenic team while another four were scored by Cameron on behalf of New Zealand. Diamantidis and Vukona scored for their teams while in the mean time, Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) and Diamantidis blocked their opponents 100% legally even though the men in Gray decided upon calling a foul to Diamantidis. 3.26 before the end of the first half and the score is 33-19. Another time-out for the New Zealanders came up after missing two three pointers and Spanoulis adding his 4th point in the game making the score 35-19, 2.37 before the end of the first half. 3rd foul for Kostas Tsartsaris was called just 2.26 before the end of the first half. The score in the first half ended with 37-20. Top scorer for the Greek team is Diamantidis with 8 points followed by Kostas Tsartsaris with 6 while from the New Zealanders top scorer is Cameron with 5

live from OAKA: First quarter: Greece New Zealand 22-12 - by Chris Mammides
The most crucial game for the Hellenic team just began. The court is fantastic and the basketball atmosphere from the nearly 20,000 fans is creating an amazing sense.
The New Zealanders started with their traditional dance haka while their starting five were: Cameron, Vukona, Tait, Bradshaw and Penney while on behalf of the Hellenic team Coach Yiannakis started with 4 greens and 1 red players: Fotsis, Spanoulis, Tsartsaris, Diamantidis and Vassilopoulos.
The Greek team started the game with more power and persistence and that was abvious after the two steals in the first three minutes, Fotsis scored the first two pointers 9.37 before the end of the game, while Diamantidis added the first three pointers 8.40 and Spanoulis another two pointer 10 seconds afterwards. Diamantidis already grabbed 3 rebounds. The only score for New Zealand came from the charity line from Bradshaw. The first time-out came for the New Zealanders with the score being 11-2 and the air battle being 100% for the Greeks (8-2 rebounds).The first change for the Hellenic team came 4.09 before the end when Bourousis changed Tsartsaris with the score being 17-6. The first half continued with the New Zealanders scoring a couple of threes cutting the deficit initially to 10 and ending the first half with 22-12. Top scorer for the Greeks was Dimitris Diamantidis with his 2 three pointers and 6 points while from the New Zealanders top scorer with 4 points was Penney.


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  POLAND   


DBE market news - by Piotr Biernikowicz

David Patten (203-F, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) is close to sign one year contract with Polpharma Starogard Gdanski. He spent last season in Spanish Caceres 2016 C.B. and averaged 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2bpg. Jacek Sulowski (192-G-79) and Nejc Glavas (190-G-86) has already signed the contract with the team. Glavas is prepared to be the first point guard of the team and Sulowski would be his substitute.

Lukasz Grys (184-G-87) has signed contract with AZ Koszalin. Talented 21 year old player is comming back from overseas where he was playing college basketball but decided to come back to Poland. His last season on Polish courts was 2007-2008 where he has played in Azoty Unia Tarnow averaging 0.6 ppg in 4.3 mpg.

Polonia SPEC Warszawa is willing to extend the contract with Greg Harrington (188-G-79, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa) (188-G-79, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa). 29 year old player is playing in Poland since 2004 and he has played in five cloubs till now. Propably Mariusz Bacik (207-G/F-72) would be the next player that would sign to the team from the capitol city. He's waiting with signing the contract for the new sponsor in the Club from Warsaw.

Politechnika Poznan has extended the contract with Grzegorz Radwan (200-G/F-80).


The board of the ASCO Slask Wroclaw is trying to sell the team. For today the most known Polish team would not participate in European Cups and it is possible that they would not play in Polish 1st division. The Polish Basketball Federation has given time to finish all the paper work that is necesarry to play in DBE.


According to www.polskikosz.pl



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  PORTUGAL   


Barreirense keeps Antonio Paulo Ferreira and coaching staff - by Bruno Baltazar
Barreirense will keep the coaching staff for the next season ,Antonio Paulo Ferreira will still be the head coach in a house he knows for years ,from the bottom formation teams to the senior team.
Last season they made the playoffs and lost to Ovarense in the 1st round but his work was a good work at the global level,Carlos Freire will still be as well the assistant coach,place he already did last season and Bruno Regalo will be the under20 coach with the help of Antonio Paulo Ferreira and the 2nd assistant coach in Barreirense due fact the the under20 team is almost the senior team.


Market news - by Bruno Baltazar
Belenenses signed two young former Benfica players such as Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) (199-F-88) the 20 years old,6'7 forward ,son of Arnette Hallman who played for Boston Celtics (NBA) in the 80's that is been one of the youth players in Portugal with more quality will get more minuts in his new team ,maybe 1 of the factors that decided him to pick Belenenses team and Tiago Freixo (187-G-87),position 2 player,very fast that will also get more minuts in Belenenses ,20 years old of age, two players that surely will straight Belenenses weapons for the next season.

Portugal 35 - Spain 84 recap - by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal started their participation in the International Extremadura Tournament in Badajoz with the left foot,could not been any worse then it was ,against a spanish side without Pau Gasol or Navarro but with all their other figures,Portugal was no oponent to the spanish side that did what they wanted in this game,the first game in Aito Garcia coach era in Spain ,in their road to the Olimpics against a portuguese side that if they want to be in the next European they have to change alot and not counting with Francisco Jordao still in holidays do not says everything.

Spain (84) - Calderon (0), Rudy Fernandez (2), Jimenez (5), Reyes (12) Marc Gasol (9) Rubio (9), Raul Lopez (7), Berni Rodriguez (11), Mumbru (2), Garbajosa (11), Claver (11), Triguero (2) and Sada (3).

Head Coach: Aito Garcia Reneses

PORTUGAL (35) - Joao Figueiredo (0), Paulo Cunha (8), Joao Santos, (3) Miguel Miranda (2) and Elvis Evora (4). Mario Fernandes (0), Jaime Silva (0), Nuno Cortez, (0) Jorge Coelho (6), Carlos Andrade (6), Nuno Marcal (3) and Jose Costa (3).

Head coach: Moncho Lopez

Partials: 24-11, 19-5, 20-2 and 21-17

Portugal started the game well in the 1st partial things were still more or less equilibrated but in the next 2 quarters Portugal ridiculouly just scored 7 points! ,the last quarter both teams were playing for nothing,Spain did some show and some highlights with some alley hoops and Portugal responded with some 3pts shots.

Next game it will be against Russia ,another game that seems might be another nightmare.

Moncho Lopez ,portuguese head coach said that this was a game to forget and keep working looking forward to the team future ,and said Spain is already better prepared as they will compete in the Olimpics next month and Portugal will just compete in September for the Euro qualification.


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  PUERTO RICO   


Argentina will play in the Final of FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Puerto Rico U18 83:68

Argentinean U18 National Team posted their 4th straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship. Yesterday they routed Puerto Rico in the semifinal and advanced to the title decider. Argentina will face the United States in the championship game tonight. Puerto Rico will take on Canada in the consolation final. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) paced the hosts in the first half as Argentina easily cleared off to a comfortable distance. They outgunned their opponents 20:11 in the first stanza and maintained the gap in the second frame. Puerto Rico found themselves trailing by 12 points at the interval. However the Caribbean team cut the deficit to 7 points in the third stanza. Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) and Carlos Lopez (208-F-90) kept Puerto Rican team in the race. Argentina remained at the coolest late in the quarter and regained an 11-point buffer heading into the final term. The home team went on a 9:3 run early in the final quarter and established an unassailable 17-point advantage. Matias Nocedal finished the game with 20 points for Argentina. Juan Fernandez secured 14 points, while Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) had 12 in a win. Isaac Sosa and Carlos Lopez answered with 15 points apiece for Puerto Rico. Steven Miro nailed 12 points in defeat.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 20, Juan Fernandez 14, Luciano Gonzalez 12
Puerto Rico U18: Isaac Sosa 15, Carlos Lopez 15


Puerto Rico gains Semifinal Berth - by Luis Ramirez
Facing possible elimination the Puerto Rico National Team rebounded from a loss to Croatia to beat Slovenia 81-70. Puerto Rico maintains its hope to reach one of the 3 places available in this tournament for the upcoming Olympic Games in China. Puerto Rico started the game with great determination as they went on to take the 1st quarter 21-15. In the 2nd quarter Slovenia came right back to tie the game as the 1st half ended with 34 points for each team. In the 3rd quarter Puerto Rico once again showed great sharp-shooting skills as they made important 3 pointers to take the lead, 59-52. Puerto
Rico kept Slovenia at a distance thru out the 4th quarter and thus claimed victory. For Puerto Rico, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) scored 17 points and had 5 assists, followed by Larry Ayuso with 12 points. For Slovenia, Uros Slokar scored 16 points followed by Sani Becirovic with 12 points. Puerto Rico will now face Greece tomorrow and a win would guarantee them a spot in the Olympics, a loss does not necessarily eliminates them from a slot but rather would have another shot a it by playing the loser of the next round for the last spot.


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  SEBL   


This week in the SEBL Metro A-League... - by David Archer

Cartersville, GA - Week two of the SEBL Metro A-League has already positioned some teams for the playoffs...

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Sun., July 13th @ JH Morgan Gym:


BC Celtics 77 BC Force 76... The Celtics get a last second basket to clip the Force.
ServPro-1 96 Supreme 59... ServPro is back and bombs Supreme.
Baseline-1 72 Skyline 66... Baseline wins a close one over its cousin, Skyline.
Marietta 66 Knicks-1 57... Marietta Outlaw is back! They humble the young Knicks-1 squad, who just made the move up from the City League.
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Mon., July 14th @ Clayton St:


Young Gunz 73 DOTS 70... B.J. Puckett (6'8''-F-83) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors pours in 42 points for YG in their close win over DOTS.
BC Lakers 97 Tri-County 76... Lakers continue to roll, in a surprisingly easy win over Tri-County.
Speedboys 82 Black Monop 75... Speedboys do what they do... dismantle folks!
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Wed., July 16th @ JH Morgan Gym:


ServPro-1 103 BC Celtics 73... ServPro used a 10-2 run to close the half with a 47-38 spread, but then took the same momentum into the second half and blew the Celtics off the court by 30. ServPro had four players with 20 or more points, as Shan Finley led the way with 23, Larry Cox had 22, Jermaine Spivey 21 and Brandon Byers 20. Spencer Dixon also had 17 for ServPro. For the Celtics, Jeff Croft (6'3''-G) sank 23, Andrew and Dexter Shaw each had 15 and Mike Reynolds contributed 14.


BC Force 66 Supreme 64... The Force held a 36-30 lead at the half behind the scoring of the 'timeless' Darrell Wilkins (6'1''-G-84). The 42-year old Wilkins, hit four threes in the opening half, scoring 16 of his game-high 20. Supreme fought back and the lead exhanged hands several times in the second half, but they could not seal the deal, allowing the Force to squeek out the win. Kelvin McConnell and Marc Reese both had 14 for the Force, while Antonio Cook had 11 and John Allison five. For Supreme, Cedric Ward and Ale Burt each had 13, Robert McKinney and Mike Carson both tallied 12 and Jazz Gregoire got 10.


Baseline-1 54 Knicks-1 51... Baseline-1 turned in a terrible performance but somehow managed to get by the Knicks-1 in the final minute of the game. The Knicks-1 led the entire game, but faltered in the final minute, as several missed shots and turnovers allowed Baseline-1 the opportunity to right their wrongs. Ronell Wooten's old fashioned three-pt play with 32 seconds left gave Baseline it's first lead since early in the contest. Wooten then went 3 of 4 at the line in the waning seconds. The Knicks-1 had a shot at the buzzer to tie, but Lance James' 35 footer was well short of the rim. James led the Knicks-1 with 17 points, while Mark Harp and Jonathan Johnosn each had 12. For Baseline, Wooten finished with 18, Chris Jones 13, Joe Hamilton 11, Kurtis Wood seven and Mike Linley three.


Skyline 68 Marietta 55... Skyline got a masterful performance from John Michael Nickerson, who had 23 points and a heap of rebounds. Skyline had built a 31-23 lead by half-time. Nickerson managed to come up with several timely baskets in the second half everytime Marietta made their move. Brandon Chambers and Isaac Cook made things interesting as they combined for dribble-drives and threes in separate runs in the second half. But, down the stretch, Mike Howren and Chris Palmore each nailed clutch treys for Skyline. Palmore also got an and-1. With Marietta fouling in the final minutes, Skyline combined to go 9-11 from the charity stripe to ice the win.
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Wed., July 16 @ Clayton State:


Speedboys 59 Tri-County 58... Martice Moore re-joined the Speedboys, scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack, as his team slipped past Tri-County. The Speedboys also got 13 each from Michael Sloan (6'4''-G) and Jamal Johnson. Brian Carruthers had 30 for Tri-County and Ray Canady had 14, in a losing cause.


BC Lakers 59 DOTS 42... BJ Fields downed 21 points for the Lakers as they handled the winless DOTS team. David Graham had 15 and Miguel Morton 11 for DOTS, who slipped to 0-4.


Black Monop 63 Young Gunz 61... Richard Lusane and Mike Jones (6'8''-F/C-83) of Tri-County Crusaders each had 13 for Black Monopoly (Allstar Sports Cafe'), as they snuck past the Young Gunz. BJ Puckett kept the hot hand for YG, with 20 points, while Bo Dillon made his SEBL debut with nine points.
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Thur., July 17 @ Clayton State: (late)


Young Gunz 94 BC Lakers 78... The Young Gunz put it all together Thursday night and pulled off an upset over the Lakers. YG canned 12 treys as a team in the first half while building a surprising 50-36 lead. Newcomer Brent Benson drained five, as the team made 17 total for the game. B.J. Puckett led YG for the third straight game with 21 points, while Benson finished with 20. For the Lakers, Brian Kelley tallied 23 points and Ricky Garret had 12.


Tri-County 67 Black Monop 64... Tri-County finally put one in the win column again with a tough 67-64 win over Black Monop (Allstar Sports Cafe'). Tri-County held a slim 31-29 lead at the half. Ray Canady led the way with 16 for Tri-County and Will Belton had 14. For BM, Richard Lusane had 17 and DeVario Hudson got 16 points. Both teams sit at 2-3 on the season.


Atl. Speedboys 92 DOTS 84... The Speedboys moved into a tie for first place with a nice 92-84 win over a struggling DOTS squad. Atlanta held a 45-30 lead at intermission. Jamal Johnson had 24 and Michael Sloan 19 for the Speedboys, who moved to 4-1 in the SEBL Metro A-League South Division. DOTS got 17 from David Graham and 10 from Xavier Trice, as they plummetted to 0-5.

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Upcoming Games in the Metro A-League Conference...


Sun., July 20th @ JH Morgan Gym:


5:00pm BC Force vs. ServPro-1
6:00pm BC Celtics vs. Supreme
7:00pm Baseline-1 vs. Marietta
8:00pm Skyline vs. Knicks-1
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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. Speedboys 4-1 
 2. BC Lakers 4-1 
 3. Young Gunz 3-2 
 4. Tri-County 2-3 
 5. Black Monop 2-3 
 6. D.O.T.S. 0-5 


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  SERBIA   


Yao Ming too strong for U20 Serbia - by Dragan Jankovski
At the opening game of 'Borislav Stankovic Cup' Serbian U20 National Team suffered defeat against senior National Team of China 72-96. China prepares for the Olympic Games which will be held in their country this summer while this tournament is a part of preparation of U20 Serbia for European Championship in Latvia. At the front of their fans China opened the game very motivated making 9-0 run. Very soon Serbian youngsters woke up coming closer on 19-16. However, the hosts mostly owing to NBA superstar Ming Yao (226-C-80) succeeded to finish first ten minutes with plus 9. Ming dominated in the paint keeping Serbian guards away from the basket in this game. At the middle of the second quarter Ming and his teammates already had 40-23. After the half time, Serbians saw the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) and Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). They come on 56-48 an it seemed that the turn is possible but at the next possession China made a triple after what they constantly kept lead of more than 10 points.

The best player for Serbia in this game was Milan Macvan, who scored 23 points. Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) followed him with 13 points while Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) had 12 points. Marko Keselj stopped on 8 points. NBA superstar Ming Yao netted 11 points for the winners. In the next round of 'Borislav Stankovic Cup' Serbia will play against B National Team of Russia.


China senior team - Serbia U20 96-72
(28-19,23-20,21-15,24-18)

China:
Zi Zi 18, Ming 11
Serbia: Macvan 23, Marjanovic 13, Raduljica 12, Keselj 8


Jovo Stanojevic in Besiktas Cola Turka - by Zoran Popovic


Jovo Stanojevic in Besiktas Cola Turka - by Zoran Popovic
Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) in new player of Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul. Stanojevic started last season in BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd and in November 2007 signed contract with Prokom Trefl Sopot. In Prokom Trefl Sopot Stanojevic scored average in Euroleague 9 points, 4.6 rebounds per game and in Polish league he scored 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1. 5 assistants per game. Before Prokom Trefl Sopot Stanojevic played for Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad 1993-1996, KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd 1996-2000, Maccabi Ranana 2000-2001, BC Partizan Igokea Beograd 2001-2002, ALBA Berlin 2002-2007. Last season Stanojevic won Polish Championiship with Prokom Trefl Sopot.

Stevan Karadzic is new head coach of Hemofarm - by Zoran Popovic

Former head coach of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Stevan Karadzic signed contract with KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac. Contract is signed on one season, with possibility to be expended. ''I am very satisfied, KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac has yound and talented players which are not only future of the club, they are future of Serbian basketball'' said Karadzic. ''My efforts will be focuse to rise up quality of young players, but that must be followed by results. KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac had last couple of seasons great results and we will give the best of us to win some trophy''.

Stevan Karadzic started his coach career in KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd in season 2000-2001, continue in seasons 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Karadzic was head coach of Yugoslavian junior team 2001, head coach of Serbia and Montenegro National team U21, Coach assistant of Serbia and Montenegro National team U20 same year, head coach of Serbia and Montenegro National team U19.



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Slovenia eliminated after loss to Puerto Rico - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian dream of an Olympic Games ended Slovenia was eliminated from the Qualyifing Tournament in Athens with 70-81 loss to Puerto Rico in Quarterfinals Round.
Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) scored 16 points, Sani Becirovic added 12, Jaka Lakovic 10 before he fouled out and Radosav Nesterovic finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Slovenia outrebounded Puerto Rico 34-21 but shot just 29 percent (7-of-24) from 3-point range while Puerto Rico made 10-of-18 shots.
SLOVENIA 71 (15+19+18+18): Zagorac DNP, *Lakovic 10, Klobucar DNP, *Becirovic 12, *Nesterovic 10, Dragic 5, *Slokar 16, Joksimovic 3, Preldzic 2, *D.Lorbek 3, Drobnjak, Zupan 9. Coach: Pipan.
PEURTO RICO 81 (21+13+25+22): Ramos 8, Barea 8, Rivera, Arroyo 17, Mojica 9, Camacho DNP, Ayuso 12, Sanchez 5, Silva DNP, Falcon 5, Lee 11, Santiago 6.+


Alispahic becomes Slovenian citizen - by Zeljko Zule

U-20 NT member Edin Alispahic (207-F/C-88) of Zlatorog, native Bosnian, obtained Slovenian citizenship and will play in EC.
Zan Vrecko (194-G-86, agency: Court Side) ex Elektra Esotech inked with Spanish team Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (LEB oro) for the upcoming season.

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Day 1 and 2 KBL Pre-Draft Camp - by Rick Ross

This Report Includes Day 1 and Day 2 of the annual Pre-Draft Camp
Which Started JULY 17TH tHRU JULY 19TH AT Bishop Gorman High School S.
Rancho Las Vegas, NV 89102,

111 players Registered will Vie for 20 Spots if selected Saturday JULY 19TH
During the Draft presentation at the Renaissance Hotel Ball Room,

The Registered Players are:

Uka Agbai (203-F-81, college: Boston Coll.)-Tony Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech)-Justin Allen (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.)-Steve Allen (208-C-83, college: Clemson)-Aubry Jeff-Reggie Bassette (206-C-77, college: ODU)-Chad Bell (213-C-82, college: Nevada)-Blair-Lakeith Blanks (198-F)-
Bowen Justin-Steffon Bradford (201-F-77, agency: Passing Lane, college: Nebraska)-Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts)-Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama)-Marlyn Bryant (193-G-82, agency: Champion Sports Management, college: S.Florida)

Babacar Camara (211-C-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)-Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level)-Eric Chenowith (215-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas)-Calvin Chitwood (203-F-86, agency: Passing Lane)-Kris Clack (195-G-77, college: Texas)
Brandon Cole (198-G-84)-DeAngelo Collins (206-F-82)-Boubacar Coly (206-F-83, college: Xavier)-Schea Cotton (196-G-78, agency: Ronsport, college: Alabama)-Jaz Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton)-Cunningham
Ray Robert Daniels-Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Tulane)-Drafts Trenton-Drayton E.J-Bryant Dunston (203-F)-Elliot Rodney-Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: UCLA)

Fuqua Elbert-Chris Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE)-Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.)-Aaron Haynes (202-F-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Boise St.)-Curtis Haywood (198-G-75, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Oklahoma City)-Hazekton Scott-
Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) Terrance Hunter (203-F-83, agency: AI Sports MM, college: Delaware St.)-Antoine Hyman (208-C-75, agency: Passing Lane, college: Keuka)-Sani Ibrahim (207-C-82, college: Gulf Coast CC)-Jackson Christopher-
James Jackson (206-F-81, college: E.Michigan)-Anthony Johnson (195-F-81, college: UAB)- Ivan Johnson (183-G-80, college: Cumberlands)-Justin Johnson (183-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Mississippi)-Kevin Johnson (186-G-66, college: California)-Joiner-Jones Jonathan

Jason Keep (208-C-78, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: San Diego)-Mark Kelley (204-F/C-84, college: Cal-Irvine)-Armein Kirkland (203-F/G-84)-William Knight (196-F/G-79, college: UCLA)(Billy)-Langhi Dan-Larkai Dzaflo
Orion Linton (186-G-87)-Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati)-Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, college: Virginia Tech)-Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Oklahoma Christian)-Corey Minnifield (202-F-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Loyola (LA))-Toree Morris (209-C-82, agency: Passing Lane)

Parham Ashely-Patterson-James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV)
Sullivan Phillips (196-F-79, college: Columbia Union)-Pippen William-Sidney Pointer (193-G/F, college: Chattanooga State JC)-Carlos Powell (201-F-83, college: S.Carolina)

Jason Sasser (201-F-74, college: Texas Tech)-Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point)-Smith Jason-Karim Smith (203-G/F-78, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: LIU Brooklyn)-Smith(Guruci)Leon-
Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.)-Stallworth Albert-Greg Stiemsma (211-C)-Summers Robert

Steve Thomas (203-F-81, agency: Promotex, college: Middle Tenn.St.)-Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence)-Damon Thornton (202-F-77, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: N.Carolina St.)

Mack Tuck (198-G/F-75, college: Cent.Oklahoma)-Vann Christopher
Anthony Wilkins (201-G-80, college: Kent St.)-William Tarvis-Curtis Williams (205-F/C-77, college: Louisiana Tech)-Demetrius Williams (206-F-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Loyola, IL)-Jermaine Williams (201-G/F-79, college: LSU)


VETERAN Players 2007 KBL
Blankson Odartey (201-F/G-82, agency: N.E.T., college: UNLV)-Crump Brandon (208-C-82, college: Tennessee)-Mitchell Carl (206-F-79, college: N.Kentucky)
Session Marcus (198-G/F-81, college: St.Mary's (TX))-Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: N.E.T., college: Elgin CC)-Thomas Victor (201-F-79, college: La Salle)-Warner Calvin (201-F/C-80, college: Jacksonville)-Wrenn Doug (203-F-80, college: Washington)

Some Names may have been over-looked and not on the manifest at this report,
Good Luck Participants for the 2008 KBL Pre-Draft Camp.



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Kevin Durant to visit Taiwan - by Chris Wang
NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) is scheduled to visit Taiwan from July 26-28, NIKE Taiwan announced.

A 6-9 forward selected by Seattle Sonics in the 2007 NBA Draft, Durant averaged for 20.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in his rookie season.

Durant will attend a number of events during his short two-day stay. Arriving in Taiwan on July 26, the former Texas Longhorn will attend a press conference in the afternoon and work as an instructor in Taiwan Junior NT training camp at night.

He will participate in a NIKE-sponsored five-on-five basketball competition the next day and team with the championship team in a match with local professional players.


2008 Jones Cup final day summaries - by Chris Wang
Final: Jordan 93-91(OT) AIA (34-34, 81-81)

Experience and poise proved to be they key down the stretch as Jordan edged Athletes in Action 93-91 in overtime in the championship game of the 30th Jones Cup and successfully defended its title.

And Jordan deserved its second Jones Cup title, beating AIA twice in the tournament which every team played nine games in nine days. Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) was named tournament MVP.

After a see-saw first half, AIA led by as many as 18 in the third quarter before Jordan rallied to tie the score at 79 with 11.7 seconds to go in regulation. Zaid Al Khas was fouled on a three-point attempt and made two of three free-throws to put Jordan up 81-79.

Brett Winkelman was also fouled on a three-point shot but missed two of the foul shots. Ben Woodside was fouled when he went for a rebound on Winkelman's last miss and split the free-throws to tie the score at 81.

An amazing thing happened after the final buzzer. Jordan head coach Mario Palma, who have been complaining about the officiating all tournament, furiously went after Australian referee Scott Baker. Baker left the stadium under escort.

It was not the first time Palmer threw his tantrum in the Jones Cup. Maybe he needed some anger management.


3/4: Australia 91-88(OT) Qatar (41-34, 75-75)

This is going to be Cody Ellis' most unforgettable night. Ellis made a pair of free-throws to send the game into overtime and followed that with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to help Emus conquer a powerful Qatar team. Australia U-19 NT finished the tournament with a very impressive third-place.

It was Qatar's game to win in regulation before it committed three consecutive turnovers. Australia made five free-throws, including Ellis' game-tying freebies, to tie the game at 75.

Australia opened the extra session with a 7-0 run, but Qatar wouldn't give up. E.A. Saeed's putback with 2.1 seconds left help Qatar go ahead 90-88, setting up Ellis' game winner.

Jorden Page led Australia with 28 points. Ellis tallied 26 points. Saeed led Qatar with 32 points and 17 rebounds.

Australia head coach Martin Clarke said after the game that actually Ellis was not the first option in the last possession but he made the winner anyway.

5/6: Egypt 98-89(OT) Kazakhstan

There was no one on Kazakhstan who could stop Wael Badr and especially Mohammed El-Kerdany. Badr had 29 points and El-Kerdany bullied his way inside for 25 points as Egypt used a 7-0 run in the last 1:30 in overtime to beat Kazakhstan 98-89.

El-Kerdany made three consecutive buckets by going one-on-one in the last two minutes of the regulation but there was nothing Kazakhstan could do. El-Kerdany (195cm, 115kg) even swished a three-pointer with 12 seconds to go as Egypt took a 80-77 lead.

On an amazing day, Maxim Voyeikov made an amazing three-point shot as the time ran out and all Egyptian players stunned. The three sent the game into overtime with score 80 all.

In overtime it was all Egypt though.

Voyeikov led Kazkahstan with 25 points while Anton Ponomarev had 18 points. Yevgeniy Issakov had 14.

7/8: Korea 83-74 Taiwan (37-35)

Can we say it's a tainted loss? Taiwan NT lost its eighth straight game in the Jones Cup to the Koreans and finished with an all-time worst last-place. In addition, Chen Tzu-wei punched Kim Hyeon-min with seconds to go before the end of the first half, breaking Kim's nose.

An unsportsmanlike foul was called but Chen was not ejected. Kim tried to charge to Taiwan NT bench area and go after Chen but was held back by teammates.

Korea used that as its inspiration in the second half by limiting Taiwan to five point in six minutes and led by as many as 18 points.

Taiwan made it a three-point gamee with 31 seconds to go and started fouling to freeze time. It worled a little bit but Taiwan failed to pull down rebounds following Korea's two misses and it cost them the game.

Byun Hyun-soo had 19 points for Korea University Select Team, which finished 7th-place in the tourney, while Heo Il-young had 17 points.

Taiwan receive 29 points from Lu Cheng-ju, who was 6 for 11 from threes. Hsu Chih-chan had 13 points.


Jordan beat AIA to defend its Jones Cup title - by Chris Wang
How exciting the final day of the 30th Jones Cup tournament was? Three of four games went into overtime, that is.

Jordan handed Athletes in Action its second loss in the most important game of the tournament and defended its title by a thrilling 93-91 victory.

Cody Ellis made the most satisfying buzzer beater in his short basketball career and helped Australia upset Qatar 91-88 in overtime. Australia U-19 NT finished with a surprising but impressive third place.

Egypt also defeated Kazakhstan 98-89 in yet another overtime game and won fifth.

Taiwan lost to Korea 83-74 and finished last for the first time in 30-year history of the Jones Cup.

(More game summaries to come...)

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


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Argentina3-0
2. Canada2-1
3. Uruguay1-2
4. Mexico0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. P.Rico2-1
3. Venezuela1-2
4. Bahamas0-3


FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals

Argentina U18 - Puerto Rico U18 83:68
Argentinean U18 National Team posted their 4th straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship. Yesterday they routed Puerto Rico in the semifinal and advanced to the title decider. Argentina will face the United States in the championship game tonight. Puerto Rico will take on Canada in the consolation final. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) paced the hosts in the first half as Argentina easily cleared off to a comfortable distance. They outgunned their opponents 20:11 in the first stanza and maintained the gap in the second frame. Puerto Rico found themselves trailing by 12 points at the interval. However the Caribbean team cut the deficit to 7 points in the third stanza. Isaac Sosa (188-G-90) and Carlos Lopez (208-F-90) kept Puerto Rican team in the race. Argentina remained at the coolest late in the quarter and regained an 11-point buffer heading into the final term. The home team went on a 9:3 run early in the final quarter and established an unassailable 17-point advantage. Matias Nocedal finished the game with 20 points for Argentina. Juan Fernandez secured 14 points, while Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) had 12 in a win. Isaac Sosa and Carlos Lopez answered with 15 points apiece for Puerto Rico. Steven Miro nailed 12 points in defeat.

Argentina U18: Matias Nocedal 20, Juan Emilio Fernandez 14, Luciano Gonzalez 12
Puerto Rico U18: Isaac Sosa 15, Carlos Lopez 15


USA U18 - Canada U18 82:66
The United States Junior National Team won their 4th straight game at the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa and advanced to the title clash. Yesterday they toppled Canadian counterparts in the semifinal. JayMychal Green (205-F/C-90) tallied 16 points and 10 boards, while Ryan Kelly (207-F-91) had 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace the United States to yet another impressive success at the event. Kemba Walker (183-G-90) contributed 13 points in a win. If the USA team captures the title it would be their fifth success in the last six edition of the tournament. They face Argentina in the main game today. The USA led right from the start and finished the first frame up 26:16 courtesy of an 8:0 run late in the period. The States extended the margin to 14 points midway through the second quarter. They secured the distance at halftime. Canada failed to close the gap in the third frame and the United States ran away to a comfortable 15-point distance after three quarters of action. Canada however were not about to give this one up. They went on a 9:2 rally to cut the gap to 8 points. But the USA immediately came back to life responding with a 12:0 run to silence their opponents. Malcolm Lee (193-G) secured 12 points in a win. Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) topscored with 21 points and 9 boards for Canada. Simon Bibeau (185-G-91) added 14 points in a losing effort. Canada will take on Puerto Rico in the Bronze medals game.

USA U18: JayMychal Green 16+10 boards, Kemba Walker 13, Ryan Kelly 12+10 boards, Malcolm Lee 12
Canada U18: Mangisto Arop 21, Simon Bibeau 14


5th-8th spots classification

Uruguay U18 - Bahamas U18 76:69
Uruguayan U18 National Team will play for the 5th spot at the FIBA Americas Championship. Yesterday they held off Bahamas for the second straight win at the tournament. Bahamas will look for their first win at the event when they face Mexico in the game for the 7th spot. The game was not an easy walk for Uruguay. Bahamas put on a fierce fight in search for their first win. The teams were tied several times throughout the opening frame and Uruguay held a slender 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Bahamas kept on forcing the issue and surged ahead 37:33 at halftime. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) scored 6 points in an 11:2 run from Uruguay in the third period as they regained the lead. Uruguay dominated the third quarter and enjoyed a 58:50 advantage heading into the fourth term. Uruguay stretched the gap to 14 points early in the fourth period but Bahamas clawed their way back into single digits. Uruguay eventually withstood all the effort of the Caribbean team to succeed and posted a tough win at the end. Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) led all scorers with 22 points. Mathias Calfani nailed 20 points and pulled down 8 boards, while Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) had 17 points and 10 boards for the winners. Olen Smith (-90) answered with 18 points for Bahamas. Leon Cooper (188-G-91) delivered 11 points in a losing effort. Uruguay outrebounded their opponents 48:36 and converted 44% from the field.

Uruguay U18: Bruno Fitipaldo 22, Mathias Calfani 20, Nicolas Catala 17+10 boards
Bahamas U18: Olen Smith 18, Leon Cooper 11


Venezuela U18 - Mexico U18 90:78
Venezuelan Junior National Team extended their winning streak to 2 games as they defeated Mexico yesterday. The win meant Venezuela would take on Uruguay for the fifth place at the FIBA Americas Championship tomorrow. Mexico will play against Bahamas for the 7th overall spot at the event. Gregory Echenique (208-C-90) came up with yet another impressive performance as he tallied 21 points and 17 boards to pace Venezuela. Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) was helpful with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Armando Fernandez (188-G-90) answered with game-high 24 points for Mexico. Venezuela got to a better start as they led 22:15 after the first frame. The complexion of the game hardly changed in the second period as Venezuelan team stretched the gap to 9 points at the interval 45:36. Venezuelan side stunned their opponents with a 23:10 rally in the third quarter and Mexican team never recovered. Venezuela had a massive advantage under the rims and easily secured the winning outcome in the final minutes. Venezuela shot 47% from the field and pulled down 58 rebounds including 25 offensive caroms. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) posted 17 points in a losing clause. Mexico shot 37% from the field and collected only 29 rebounds down the stretch. They also lacked accuracy from charity stripe knocking down only 45% of freebies.

Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 21+17 boards, Javinger Vargas 19+14 boards, Emilio Cappare (190-F/G-90) 17
Mexico U18: Armando Fernandez 24, Carlos Toussaint 17


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Govt witholds basketball $$ - by Don Farrell

GOVERNMENT has decided to indefinitely withhold financial assistance to the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT).

Newsday learnt yesterday that Government has called on the beleaguered basketball officials to iron out their differences and work together in the interest of the sport and its development before they are once again eligible for assistance.

This decision was taken on Friday of last week, close to a month since an agreement was reached between two warring factions of the national body.

Recently NBFTT president Earl John and fellow members June Rogers, Vice-President Marketing and Communications;Assistant Secretary Darrel Joseph and Technical Director Obadiah Asher were ejected from the organisation.

At an annual general meeting earlier this year Brian Manning, son of Prime Minister Patrick Manning was elevated to president but this development led to complaints to the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) who were called in to arbitrate. Last month the TTOC agreed to re-instate John and the other members following an agreement between the warring parties. However Newsday understands that TTOC officials are now demanding that the John-led federation call fresh elections now.

Contacted yesterday John would only confirm Governments decision to withhold their financial help to the federation pending the determination of the outstanding issues.

Another source however told Newsday that members of the federation are complaining that in the agreement brokered by the TTOC between the parties, executive members of the federation can only be removed outside of the constitutional date at a special meeting called by the president.

They are also claiming that the TTOC demand is not appropriate since no new time for elections was agreed to, neither has any member submitted their resignation to warrant a replacement.

According to the source the decision to re-instate John and the other members was taken based solely on the fact that their ouster was deemed unconstitutional. The re-instatement also came because the John-led faction complained that their removal was made by a vote of no-confidence outside of the election year which is due in 2009.

It is understood that the current administration intends to hold elections at the constitutionally due time next year. The TTOC had also recommended in their arbitration agreement that the NBFTT constitution be amended to remove ambiguities and anomalies. Now members of the federation are openly querying why the Olympic Committee, led by Larry Romany, is insisting that elections are held before it is constitutionally due.

They are also are charging that TTOC officials are renegging on aspects of the arbitration agreement.

Efforts yesterday to contact Romany and other members of the Olympic Committee proved futile.newsday


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Besiktas Cola Turka lands Jovo Stanovevic and Mario Austin - by Eurobasket News
Extremely hot summer on Turkish basketball market continues. Beskitas Cola Turka announced signing of Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) and American Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.).

Jovo Stanojevic played previous season for Polish team Prokom Trefl Sopot celebrating in domestic championship as well as in National Cup. Stanojevic joined Prokom from Serbian team Mega Aqua Monta in November 2007. He registered 10 appearances in Euroleague last season averaging 9 ppg and 4.6 rpg. For 35 games in Polish DBE he had 10.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.5 apg. Before these two teams he spent 5 very successful years with ALBA Berlin grabbing the title in German Bundesleague. During this period his team also was a National Cup winner twice. Stanojevic contribution in ALBA was very important as he was named to be the Player of the Year in Germany two times. In the past he also played for Partizan Belgrade, Crvena Zvezda and Vojvodina Novi Sad.

Mario Austin arrived to Besiktas Cola Turka from Benetton Treviso where he played 12 games in ULEB Cup averaging 14 ppg and 6.7 rpg. In Italian Serie A he had 13.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 34 games. As a player of Hapoel Jerusalem Austin was named to be the Center of the Year in ULEB Cup a year ago. He spent two yeas with Hapoel winning the National Cup and getting the Center of the Year award in Israel twice. With the same team he was the MVP of ULEB Cup regular season in 2006. In the past he also played for Italian team Biella as well as for Jackson Rage in WBA. He was picked in the second round of 2003 NBA draft by Chicago bulls but he didn't succeed to get into the NBA mix.


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Cuthbert Victor signs with Melilla Baloncesto - by David Edole
According to Solobasket.com, Virgin Islander Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) will stay in the Spanish Basketball League (LEB)Gold Division for at least one more season. The wing-pivot has signed with Melilla Basketball Club for the upcoming season. Despite the fact Victor was a pivotal player on CAI Zaragozas promotion to the ACB. He and the team could not come to teams. The strong player is expected to be the final piece to Melillas puzzle.

Victor began his career in the NCAA (Murray St.) until he came to Spain to play in Plasencia Galco (2004-2005); there he formed an unstoppable duo with Howard Brown. In the last three campaigns, he has played in the CB Tarragona Alert Cantabria, which ended as regular season leaders in Adecco LEB Gold Division playoffs.

With CAI Zaragoza, Victor averaged 23.45 minutes of play, 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and nothing less than an average of 14.9 efficiency

His best qualities on the court is versatile and being able to play with speed towards the hoop. Victor is also a great defender and can score from inside and his range extend beyond the three-point range.

Melilla finished the 2007-08 season in 11th place with 15-19 record. The top 9 teams advance to the playoffs.


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  URUGUAY   


Uruguay outscores Bahamas in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay U18 - Bahamas U18 76:69

Uruguayan U18 National Team will play for the 5th spot at the FIBA Americas Championship. Yesterday they held off Bahamas for the second straight win at the tournament. Bahamas will look for their first win at the event when they face Mexico in the game for the 7th spot. The game was not an easy walk for Uruguay. Bahamas put on a fierce fight in search for their first win. The teams were tied several times throughout the opening frame and Uruguay held a slender 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Bahamas kept on forcing the issue and surged ahead 37:33 at halftime. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) scored 6 points in an 11:2 run from Uruguay in the third period as they regained the lead. Uruguay dominated the third quarter and enjoyed a 58:50 advantage heading into the fourth term. Uruguay stretched the gap to 14 points early in the fourth period but Bahamas clawed their way back into single digits. Uruguay eventually withstood all the effort of the Caribbean team to succeed and posted a tough win at the end. Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) led all scorers with 22 points. Mathias Calfani nailed 20 points and pulled down 8 boards, while Nicolas Catala (196-F-91) had 17 points and 10 boards for the winners. Olen Smith (-90) answered with 18 points for Bahamas. Leon Cooper (188-G-91) delivered 11 points in a losing effort. Uruguay outrebounded their opponents 48:36 and converted 44% from the field.

Uruguay U18: Bruno Fitipaldo 22, Mathias Calfani 20, Nicolas Catala 17+10 boards
Bahamas U18: Olen Smith 18, Leon Cooper 11


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelan U18 Team will play for the fifth spot in Formosa - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela U18 - Mexico U18 90:78

Venezuelan Junior National Team extended their winning streak to 2 games as they defeated Mexico yesterday. The win meant Venezuela would take on Uruguay for the fifth place at the FIBA Americas Championship tomorrow. Mexico will play against Bahamas for the 7th overall spot at the event. Gregory Echenique (208-C-90) came up with yet another impressive performance as he tallied 21 points and 17 boards to pace Venezuela. Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) was helpful with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Armando Fernandez (188-G-90) answered with game-high 24 points for Mexico. Venezuela got to a better start as they led 22:15 after the first frame. The complexion of the game hardly changed in the second period as Venezuelan team stretched the gap to 9 points at the interval 45:36. Venezuelan side stunned their opponents with a 23:10 rally in the third quarter and Mexican team never recovered. Venezuela had a massive advantage under the rims and easily secured the winning outcome in the final minutes. Venezuela shot 47% from the field and pulled down 58 rebounds including 25 offensive caroms. Carlos Toussaint (191-G-91) posted 17 points in a losing clause. Mexico shot 37% from the field and collected only 29 rebounds down the stretch. They also lacked accuracy from charity stripe knocking down only 45% of freebies.

Venezuela U18: Gregory Echenique 21+17 boards, Javinger Vargas 19+14 boards, Emilio Cappare (190-F/G-90) 17
Mexico U18: Armando Fernandez 24, Carlos Toussaint 17




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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Irisi Mustafa leads Albanian U16 Team in Monaco - by Eurobasket News
Monaco U16 - Albania U16 37:63

Irisi Mustafa scored 28 points and Albanian U16 National Team celebrated a cruising victory over hosting Monaco at the European championship in Division C. Albania thus advanced to the semifinal stage where they would face Scotland later today. The teams got to a sloppy start as Dashja broke the scoring deadlock just with over 2 minutes past. Lalaj and Xhanaj soon stretched the gap to 6:0 for Albania. Xhanaj added 4 more points and Albania finished the opening stanza ahead by 8 points 12:4. Frasnetti and Hocquard kept Monaco in the race at the start of the second period. However Irisi Mustafa soon found her touch as she delivered 6 points and Albania mounted a 24:14 advantage at the interval. Mustafa added 12 points in the third period and Albania kept the hosts at bay. They maintained a 19-point advantage at the end of the third period. Ceruti scored 4 straight points and Marechal added one early in the fourth to clip the deficit to 16 points but it was as close as Monaco could get. Irisi Mustafa, Dashja and Lalaj ignited another run from Monaco team and they never looked back again. Irisi Mustafa added 9 rebounds and 2 steals to her stats. Dashja and Xhanaj had 10 points apiece for the winners. Ceruti answered with 9 points and 15 boards for Monaco. Veuillez had 6 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.

Monaco U16: Helne Ceruti 9+15 boards, Laura Veuillez 6+12 boards
Albania U16: Irisi Mustafa 28, Ingrit Dashja 10, Enxhi Xhanaj 10


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  BARBADOS - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Puerto Rico cruises past Barbados - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico - Barbados 68-47

The host of the Centrobasket Championship 2008 was too strong for Barbados at the opening day. Puerto Rico entered to this championship having big ambitions. They will have an opportunity to qualify for the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 at the front of their fans. In the other game of Group A, where Puerto Rico and Barbados are placed, Mexico already beat Costa Rica 93-57.
It was kind of erratic game for Puerto Ricans. Barbados gave its best in the first half trying to resist as much as it can. Fortunately to the host it doesn't last long. Puerto Rico totally dominated in the second half while Barbados struggled a lot with its offensive sets. It finally outcome with 66-40, what was the biggest lead for the Puerto Ricans in this game. Until the end of the last stanza Barbados was able just to decrease its minus a little bit.

Cindy Valentin paced the hosts to victory at the opening day netting 24 points. Important role for the winners also had Lindsay Gonzalez (160-G-82), who stopped on 12 points. Another player registered double digits for Puerto Rico and it was Pamela Rosado (160-G-86) who counted to 11 against Barbados. In the next round Puerto Rico will take on Costa Rica. On the other side Barbados will try to grab the first win on Centrobasket against Mexico.

Stats will be available soon...


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Castro recorded season-high 24 points - by Eurobasket News
Brazilian Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) was unstoppable in the latest game of her team. The Atlanta Dream got the taste of winning and secured their third win in the season. Iziane Iziane Castro scored season-high 24 points and the Dream prevailed against the Fever 81:77 away from home. Betty Lennox 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 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 provided 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Ebony Hoffman 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.
Iziane Castro improved her stats to 7.0 points per game. She also has 1.4 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Germany U20 grabs second straight win at the classification round in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Bulgaria U20 74:68

German U20 National Team celebrated their second win in a row at the classification round of the European championship in Italy. Yesterday they defeated Bulgaria to stay atop of classification Pool. Menz scored 4 consecutive points to set Germany in front early in the encounter. Germany maintained the lead throughout the major part of the opening quarter and enjoyed a 15:12 lead late in the frame. However Georgiyeva and Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) came up with 4 points to cap the first frame and Bulgaria surged ahead 16:15. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Tina Menz (176-G/F-88) nailed 4 points and Germany spurred in front 29:23. Nadja Protzig (178-F-89) and Julia Trogele (191-C-89) finalized the first half at a 38:33 advantage for Germany. Nadja Protzig, Tina Menz and Dietz exploded with 6 points in a row to give Germans a 48:39 cushion midway through the third quarter. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) and Maria Tzankova (179-F/G-88) pulled Bulgaria back in the driving seat at the start of the fourth period. But Germany withstood the effort. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90), Unger and Bruns posted 6 points to build a 71:64 advantage with under 4 minutes remaining in the stanza. Bulgaria never revered and fell to 1-1 record in the classification round. Julia Trogele came up with 13 points and 15 boards for Germany. Tina Menz added 13 points, while Nadja Protzig had 11 for the winners. Veselka Todorova led all scorers with 20 points. Maria Tzankova notched 18 points in defeat. Germany will face Greece, while Bulgaria will play versus Belgium tomorrow.

Germany U20: Julia Trogele 13+15 boards, Tina Menz 13, Nadja Protzig 11
Bulgaria U20: Veselka Todorova 20, Maria Tzankova 18


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  CANADA - Women  


Canadian Center's latest games - by Eurobasket News
On July 12th Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) had 9 points and 7 rebounds for Indiana Fever in WNBA. Her team mate Douglas scored 13 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Fever netted the final seven points in a 66:57 victory over the Chicago Sky. Despite making only four of its next 19 shots, Indiana led 32:27 at halftime.
Tammy Sutton-Brown netted 7 points and made 6 rebounds for the Fever last night. The Atlanta Dream however got the taste of winning and secured their third win in the season. Iziane Castro scored season-high 24 points and the Dream prevailed against the Fever 81:77 away from home. Betty Lennox 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 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 provided 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Ebony Hoffman 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.


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  CENTROBASKET - Women  


Results and stats - Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Mexico - Costa Rica 93-57
At the first day of Centrobasket Championship 2008 Mexico defeated Costa Rica without any extra effort. These two teams will struggle with the host Puerto Rico as well as with Barbados for the first two places in Group A. In this game Mexicans got the most from Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU), who drained 22 points for exactly the same number of minutes. She netted four triples while she also registered 2 offensive and 3 defensive rebounds. Nubia Garcia (188-F) was the second leading scorer in her team delivering 19 points including 8 boards. Annel Tapia (170-G-86) also showed good performance in the winning team scoring 15 points. Liliana Lewis's (-80) 11 points and 7 rebounds was not enough for Costa Rica in this game. She was the only Costa Rican player with double digits as Glendorlee Pinnock (-62) was the second scorer of the team with 8 points.

Costa Rica succeeded to resist during the first 10 minutes having minus of just 4 points. But in the next frame Mexico controlled rhythm of the game. Abril Garcia took care for 15 points advantage for her team at the half time. The same scenario was seen after the breather as Mexicans continues with extending the lead even more. At that point of game it was already clear that Costa Rica won't be able even to threat until the end.
At the day number 3 of Centrobasket Mexico will meet Barbados. On the other side Costa Rica will have to take on the host Puerto Rico.


Mexico - Costa Rica 93-57
(18-14,23-12,26-19,16-12)

Mexico:
Abril Garcia 22 (5 rebs), Nubia Garcia 19 (8 rebs), Annel Tapia 15
Costa Rica: Liliana Lewis 11 (7 rebs), Glendorlee Pinnock 8 (6 rebs)
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Puerto Rico - Barbados 68-47
The host of the Centrobasket Championship 2008 was too strong for Barbados at the opening day. Puerto Rico entered to this championship having big ambitions. They will have an opportunity to qualify for the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 at the front of their fans. In the other game of Group A, where Puerto Rico and Barbados are placed, Mexico already beat Costa Rica 93-57.
It was kind of erratic game for Puerto Ricans. Barbados gave its best in the first half trying to resist as much as it can. Fortunately to the host it doesn't last long. Puerto Rico totally dominated in the second half while Barbados struggled a lot with its offensive sets. It finally outcome with 66-40, what was the biggest lead for the Puerto Ricans in this game. Until the end of the last stanza Barbados was able just to decrease its minus a little bit.

Cindy Valentin paced the hosts to victory at the opening day netting 24 points. Important role for the winners also had Lindsay Gonzalez (160-G-82), who stopped on 12 points. Another player registered double digits for Puerto Rico and it was Pamela Rosado (160-G-86) who counted to 11 against Barbados. In the next round Puerto Rico will take on Costa Rica. On the other side Barbados will try to grab the first win on Centrobasket against Mexico.

Stats will be available soon...


GROUP B

Cuba - Guatemala 92-25
At the opening day of Centrobasket Championship 2008 defending champion Cuba totally dominated against Guatemala. Both teams are placed in Group B together with Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. Cuba showed all its strength against Guatemala letting them to score just 3 points in the first quarter. Difference of the quality level between these two teams was huge. Cubans dominated in all basketball elements. They grabbed 46 rebounds during the game, 14 offensive and 32 defensive. On the other side Guatemala stopped on 25 boards. Visitors in this game also committed huge number of turnovers, 25. It for sure was not enough even for a small threat against strong Cubans. Guatemala suffered a real terror in third quarter loosing it 4-33. Interesting is that Cuba had wonderful day from behind the arc making 12 of 21 attempts, 57%.

Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) was the best player of the winning team netting 26 points. She finished the game having nice shot percentage: 2/2 FG2, 7/11 3-pts, 6-11 FTs. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) also shined for the Cubans registering double-double. She stopped on 14 points and 10 rebounds for 20 minutes. Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) followed these two players adding 8 points and 10 rebounds. Guatemala got 13 points and 7 rebounds from Blanca Amado (-80). In the next round Cuba will meet Trinidad and Tobago. On the other hand Guatemala will try to show better performance against Dominican Republic.


Cuba - Guatemala 92-25
(27-3,19-7,33-4,13-11)

Cuba:
Suchitel Avila 26, Yakelin Plutin 14 (10 rebs), Oyanaisis Gelis 8 (10 rebs)
Guatemala: Blanca Amado 13 (7 rebs)

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Dominican Republic - Trinidad & Tobago 72-54
Dominican Republic garbed victory against Trinidad & Tobago at the opener of Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Puerto Rico. Thus Dominican Republic and defending champion Cuba currently have 1-0 in Group B. Two defeated teams in the first round of the same group are Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala. Dominican R. celebrated in this game mostly owing to well played first quarter. Since the very beginning they took control on Trinidad & Tobago which resulted with 19 points lead after first stanza. During the next ten minutes totally different picture was seen on the court. Visitors in this game started to played much better, especially at the defensive end. In this quarter Dominican Republic added just 8 points while on the other side Trinidad & Tobago had 17. It meant that the score at the half time was 37-27. Both teams played tied third frame 17-17. At the last one Dominicans put into the fifth gear heading to comfortable win. Interesting is that Trinidad & Tobago had six rebound more than their opponent. Their main problem in this game were 3-pointers as they made just 2 of 17 attempts. Dominican R. was much better in this segment of the game adding 8 of 20.

Charlenny Frias (-85) was the key player for Dominican Republic draining 20 points. Andreina Paniagua (-79) followed her collecting 17 points and 6 rebounds while Johanna Morton (-88) had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Trinidad & Tobago got 14 points and 7 rebounds from Patrice Edwards (198-C-84, college: Texas Tech) while Petra Luan Gay stopped on 12 points and 5 rebounds. In the next round Dominican R. will take on Guatemala. Defending champion Cuba waits for Trinidad & Tobago.


Dominican Republic - Trinidad & Tobago 72-54
(29-10,8-17,17-17,18-10)

Dominican Republic:
Charlenny Frias 20, Andreina Paniagua 17 (6 rebs), Johanna Morton 11 (4 rebs, 5 as)
Trinidad & Tobago: Patrice Edwards 14 (7 rebs), Gay 12 (5 rebs)



Standings (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Mexico1-0
2. P.Rico1-0
3. Barbados0-1
4. Costa Rica.0-1
Group B
1. Cuba1-0
2. Domin.R.1-0
3. Guatemala0-1
4. Trinid/T.0-1


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  COSTA RICA - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Comfortable win of Mexico against Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Costa Rica 93-57

At the first day of Centrobasket Championship 2008 Mexico defeated Costa Rica without any extra effort. These two teams will struggle with the host Puerto Rico as well as with Barbados for the first two places in Group A. In this game Mexicans got the most from Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU), who drained 22 points for exactly the same number of minutes. She netted four triples while she also registered 2 offensive and 3 defensive rebounds. Nubia Garcia (188-F) was the second leading scorer in her team delivering 19 points including 8 boards. Annel Tapia (170-G-86) also showed good performance in the winning team scoring 15 points. Liliana Lewis's (-80) 11 points and 7 rebounds was not enough for Costa Rica in this game. She was the only Costa Rican player with double digits as Glendorlee Pinnock (-62) was the second scorer of the team with 8 points.

Costa Rica succeeded to resist during the first 10 minutes having minus of just 4 points. But in the next frame Mexico controlled rhythm of the game. Abril Garcia took care for 15 points advantage for her team at the half time. The same scenario was seen after the breather as Mexicans continues with extending the lead even more. At that point of game it was already clear that Costa Rica won't be able even to threat until the end.
At the day number 3 of Centobasket 2008 Mexico will meet Barbados. On the other side Costa Rica will have to take on the host Puerto Rico.


Mexico - Costa Rica 93-57
(18-14,23-12,26-19,16-12)

Mexico:
Abril Garcia 22 (5 rebs), Nubia Garcia 19 (8 rebs), Annel Tapia 15
Costa Rica: Liliana Lewis 11 (7 rebs), Glendorlee Pinnock 8 (6 rebs)


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  CUBA - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Defending champion Cuba smashes Guatemala - by Eurobasket News

Cuba - Guatemala 92-25


At the opening day of Centrobasket Championship 2008 defending champion Cuba totally dominated against Guatemala. Both teams are placed in Group B together with Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. Cuba showed all its strength against Guatemala letting them to score just 3 points in the first quarter. Difference of the quality level between these two teams was huge. Cubans dominated in all basketball elements. They grabbed 46 rebounds during the game, 14 offensive and 32 defensive. On the other side Guatemala stopped on 25 boards. Visitors in this game also committed huge number of turnovers, 25. It for sure was not enough even for a small threat against strong Cubans. Guatemala suffered a real terror in third quarter loosing it 4-33. Interesting is that Cuba had wonderful day from behind the arc making 12 of 21 attempts, 57%.

Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) was the best player of the winning team netting 26 points. She finished the game having nice shot percentage: 2/2 FG2, 7/11 3-pts, 6-11 FTs. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) also shined for the Cubans registering double-double. She stopped on 14 points and 10 rebounds for 20 minutes. Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) followed these two players adding 8 points and 10 rebounds. Guatemala got 13 points and 7 rebounds from Blanca Amado (-80). In the next round Cuba will meet Trinidad and Tobago. On the other hand Guatemala will try to show better performance against Dominican Republic.


Cuba - Guatemala 92-25
(27-3,19-7,33-4,13-11)

Cuba:
Suchitel Avila 26, Yakelin Plutin 14 (10 rebs), Oyanaisis Gelis 8 (10 rebs)
Guatemala: Blanca Amado 13 (7 rebs)


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Fight in the neighbourhood - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18 - Czech Republic U18 76:72

Veronika Cernakova (192-G-90) dropped 23 points and Slovak Republic Junior Team got to a winning start of the home European championship. They held off a fierce comeback effort from Czech Republic in the second half to celebrate the initial win in Nitra. The teams got into preliminary Group A and tipped off the action earlier today. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) and Katerina Zavazalova (171-G-90) opened an early lead for Czechs. However Klaudia Lukacovicova (192-C-90) scored 4 straight points to put Slovak Republic in front 11:9 midway through the starting stanza. Cernakova posted 4 points in a row and Slovak Republic claimed a 20:13 advantage late in the period. The hosts kept in front and they opened a double-digit advantage late in the second frame. Barbora Novocka (165-G-90) converted a freebie to give Slovak Republic 47:36 lead at halftime. Klaudia Lukacovicova added 4 points to begin the second half as Slovak team enjoyed a 51:36 advantage. A scoring outburst from Stara as she nailed 9 points allowed Czech Republic to shave the deficit to 8 points. Katerina Bartonova, Aneta Pulpanova (176-G-90) and Behalova clawed Czech way within 2 points before Natalia Spodniakova (171-G-90) and Barbora Novocka finalized a 62:56 advantage at the end the third quarter. Elhotova and Svrdlikova propelled Czechs in front 69:68 with just over 5 minutes remaining in regulation. But Slovak Republic retained the lead and were deadly from free throw line to keep their opponents at bay throughout the rest of the contest. Klaudia Lukacovicova produced 20 points and 12 boards for Slovak Republic. Katerina Bartonova answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) had 11 points and 8 caroms in a losing effort.

Slovak Republic U18: Veronika Cernakova 23, Klaudia Lukacovicova 20, Natalia Spodniakova 9, Barbora Novocka 9
Czech Republic U18: Katerina Bartonova 13, Alena Hanusova 11


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Ngoyisa remains on track - by Eurobasket News
Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) netted 2 points and made 1 rebound for the Fever last night. The Atlanta Dream however got the taste of winning and secured their third win in the season. Iziane Castro scored season-high 24 points and the Dream prevailed against the Fever 81:77 away from home. Betty Lennox 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 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 provided 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Ebony Hoffman 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.
On July 12th Bernadette Ngoyisa had 4 points and 3 rebounds for Indiana Fever in WNBA. Her team mate Douglas scored 13 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Fever netted the final seven points in a 66:57 victory over the Chicago Sky. Despite making only four of its next 19 shots, Indiana led 32-27 at halftime.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Dominican Republic beats Trinidad & Tobago at the opener - by Eurobasket News
Dominican Republic - Trinidad & Tobago 72-54

Dominican Republic garbed victory against Trinidad & Tobago at the opener of Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Puerto Rico. Thus Dominican Republic and defending champion Cuba currently have 1-0 in Group B. Two defeated teams in the first round of the same group are Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala. Dominican R. celebrated in this game mostly owing to well played first quarter. Since the very beginning they took control on Trinidad & Tobago which resulted with 19 points lead after first stanza. During the next ten minutes totally different picture was seen on the court. Visitors in this game started to played much better, especially at the defensive end. In this quarter Dominican Republic added just 8 points while on the other side Trinidad & Tobago had 17. It meant that the score at the half time was 37-27. Both teams played tied third frame 17-17. At the last one Dominicans put into the fifth gear heading to comfortable win. Interesting is that Trinidad & Tobago had six rebound more than their opponent. Their main problem in this game were 3-pointers as they made just 2 of 17 attempts. Dominican R. was much better in this segment of the game adding 8 of 20.

Charlenny Frias (-85) was the key player for Dominican Republic draining 20 points. Andreina Paniagua (-79) followed her collecting 17 points and 6 rebounds while Johanna Morton (-88) had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Trinidad & Tobago got 14 points and 7 rebounds from Patrice Edwards (198-C-84, college: Texas Tech) while Petra Luan Gay stopped on 12 points and 5 rebounds. In the next round Dominican R. will take on Guatemala. Defending champion Cuba waits for Trinidad & Tobago.


Dominican Republic - Trinidad & Tobago 72-54
(29-10,8-17,17-17,18-10)

Dominican Republic:
Charlenny Frias 20, Andreina Paniagua 17 (6 rebs), Johanna Morton 11 (4 rebs, 5 as)
Trinidad & Tobago: Patrice Edwards 14 (7 rebs), Gay 12 (5 rebs)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Division C. Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Malta U16 - Gibraltar U16 54:33
Maltese U16 National Team celebrated a much-needed win over Gibraltar and advanced to the semifinal of the European championship in Division C. They will face Iceland tonight. Stephanie De Martino knocked down 17 points to pace Malta to the win. Reyes scored 10 points in the first frame for Gibraltar as they jumped to an 18:17 lead ten minutes into action. But Malta struck back in the second period as they limited their opponents to a single point going on a 14:1 run. Malta piled up a 31:19 advantage at halftime. Reyes reminded of her brilliant form with 6 points in the third frame but Malta were alert. They caped the third quarter with straight points from Xuereb, Serge and Cassar for a 48:31 lead. Cassar and Micallef stretched the gap to 19 points early in the fourth stanza and Gibraltar never recovered. Naudi accumulated 13 points, while Serge had 7 in a win. Reyes replied with 17 points, 7 boards and 6 steals for Gibraltar. Currie tallied 7 points and 14 boards in defeat. Gibraltar outrebounded their opponents 49:39 but forced unbelievable 44 turnovers down the stretch. They also shot woeful 25% from the field, while allowing Malta to convert 34% of field goals.

Malta U16: Stephanie De Martino 17, Rebecca Naudi 13, Louisa Serge 7
Gibraltar U16: Zainya Reyes 17, Harriet Currie 7+14 boards


Monaco U16 - Albania U16 37:63
Irisi Mustafa scored 28 points and Albanian U16 National Team celebrated a cruising victory over hosting Monaco at the European championship in Division C. Albania thus advanced to the semifinal stage where they would face Scotland later today. The teams got to a sloppy start as Dashja broke the scoring deadlock just with over 2 minutes past. Lalaj and Xhanaj soon stretched the gap to 6:0 for Albania. Xhanaj added 4 more points and Albania finished the opening stanza ahead by 8 points 12:4. Frasnetti and Hocquard kept Monaco in the race at the start of the second period. However Irisi Mustafa soon found her touch as she delivered 6 points and Albania mounted a 24:14 advantage at the interval. Mustafa added 12 points in the third period and Albania kept the hosts at bay. They maintained a 19-point advantage at the end of the third period. Ceruti scored 4 straight points and Marechal added one early in the fourth to clip the deficit to 16 points but it was as close as Monaco could get. Irisi Mustafa, Dashja and Lalaj ignited another run from Monaco team and they never looked back again. Irisi Mustafa added 9 rebounds and 2 steals to her stats. Dashja and Xhanaj had 10 points apiece for the winners. Ceruti answered with 9 points and 15 boards for Monaco. Veuillez had 6 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.

Monaco U16: Helne Ceruti 9+15 boards, Laura Veuillez 6+12 boards
Albania U16: Irisi Mustafa 28, Ingrit Dashja 10, Enxhi Xhanaj 10


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Slovakia1-0
2. Ukraine1-0
3. Czech Repu.0-1
4. Romania0-1
Group B
1. Italy1-0
2. Lithuania1-0
3. Poland0-1
4. Turkey0-1
Group C
1. Bulgaria1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Spain0-1
4. Belarus0-1
Group D
1. France1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Sweden0-1
4. Croatia0-1


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. France4-1
2. Serbia4-1
3. Turkey2-3
4. Italy2-3
5. Latvia2-3
6. Czech Repu.1-4
Group F
1. Russia5-0
2. Spain4-1
3. Lithuania2-3
4. Ukraine2-3
5. Belarus2-3
6. Monteneg.0-5
Classification
1. Germany2-0
2. Belgium1-1
3. Bulgaria1-1
4. Greece0-2


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  GERMANY - Women  


Germany U20 grabs second straight win at the classification round in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Bulgaria U20 74:68

German U20 National Team celebrated their second win in a row at the classification round of the European championship in Italy. Yesterday they defeated Bulgaria to stay atop of classification Pool. Menz scored 4 consecutive points to set Germany in front early in the encounter. Germany maintained the lead throughout the major part of the opening quarter and enjoyed a 15:12 lead late in the frame. However Georgiyeva and Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) came up with 4 points to cap the first frame and Bulgaria surged ahead 16:15. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Tina Menz (176-G/F-88) nailed 4 points and Germany spurred in front 29:23. Nadja Protzig (178-F-89) and Julia Trogele (191-C-89) finalized the first half at a 38:33 advantage for Germany. Nadja Protzig, Tina Menz and Dietz exploded with 6 points in a row to give Germans a 48:39 cushion midway through the third quarter. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) and Maria Tzankova (179-F/G-88) pulled Bulgaria back in the driving seat at the start of the fourth period. But Germany withstood the effort. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90), Unger and Bruns posted 6 points to build a 71:64 advantage with under 4 minutes remaining in the stanza. Bulgaria never revered and fell to 1-1 record in the classification round. Julia Trogele came up with 13 points and 15 boards for Germany. Tina Menz added 13 points, while Nadja Protzig had 11 for the winners. Veselka Todorova led all scorers with 20 points. Maria Tzankova notched 18 points in defeat. Germany will face Greece, while Bulgaria will play versus Belgium tomorrow.

Germany U20: Julia Trogele 13+15 boards, Tina Menz 13, Nadja Protzig 11
Bulgaria U20: Veselka Todorova 20, Maria Tzankova 18


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Defending champion Cuba smashes Guatemala - by Eurobasket News

Cuba - Guatemala 92-25


At the opening day of Centrobasket Championship 2008 defending champion Cuba totally dominated against Guatemala. Both teams are placed in Group B together with Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. Cuba showed all its strength against Guatemala letting them to score just 3 points in the first quarter. Difference of the quality level between these two teams was huge. Cubans dominated in all basketball elements. They grabbed 46 rebounds during the game, 14 offensive and 32 defensive. On the other side Guatemala stopped on 25 boards. Visitors in this game also committed huge number of turnovers, 25. It for sure was not enough even for a small threat against strong Cubans. Guatemala suffered a real terror in third quarter loosing it 4-33. Interesting is that Cuba had wonderful day from behind the arc making 12 of 21 attempts, 57%.

Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) was the best player of the winning team netting 26 points. She finished the game having nice shot percentage: 2/2 FG2, 7/11 3-pts, 6-11 FTs. Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) also shined for the Cubans registering double-double. She stopped on 14 points and 10 rebounds for 20 minutes. Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) followed these two players adding 8 points and 10 rebounds. Guatemala got 13 points and 7 rebounds from Blanca Amado (-80). In the next round Cuba will meet Trinidad and Tobago. On the other hand Guatemala will try to show better performance against Dominican Republic.


Cuba - Guatemala 92-25
(27-3,19-7,33-4,13-11)

Cuba:
Suchitel Avila 26, Yakelin Plutin 14 (10 rebs), Oyanaisis Gelis 8 (10 rebs)
Guatemala: Blanca Amado 13 (7 rebs)


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Hungary upsets Netherlands in the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Netherlands 61-52

Hungary is the first semifinalist of the U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Hungarians booked a spot for the semis mostly owing to Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) and Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89), which were unstoppable today for Netherlands. On the other side Netherlands will continue competition in classification stage fighting for the fifth position. Today's game started wonderful for Hungarians. After just couple of minutes at the very beginning, they already created double digits advantage. Jantine Kraak (190-C-89) and her teammates weren't able to stop Hungarians which finally resulted with 25-12 after first ten minutes. In the second stanza both teams showed their nerves. They scored together just 18 points in this quarter. Holland succeeded to finish it with plus two but still they hade minus 11 at the half time. Situation has change during the next ten minutes. Netherlands dominated in the paint grabbing many offensive rebounds. Jantine Kraak and Francisca Donders (170-G-89) led Netherlands to the crucial 10 minutes melting lead of their opponent on just 3 points. At the fist possession in the last stanza Kraak made a jump shot setting the score on 45-44. Then Zsofia Varga, Finda Mansare and Kovatz stepped up in Hungary immediately answering with 12-2 run. At that point it was clear that the game is over for Netherlands.

Zsofia Varga was a key player for the winners today adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. Hungarians also got 14 points and 4 rebounds from Finda Mansare while Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jantine Kraak was the best in Netherlands collecting 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Francisca Donders followed her with 8 points and 5 rebounds.


Hungary - Netherlands 61-52
(25-12,8-10,12-20,16-10)

Hungary:
Zsofia Varga 20 (5 rebs), Finda Mansare 14 (4 rebs), Edit Laczi 11 (5 rebs, 4 as)
Netherlands: Jantine Kraak 14 (12 rebs, 5 as), Francisca Donders 8 (5 rebs)


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Hungary upsets Netherlands in the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Netherlands 61-52

Hungary is the first semifinalist of the U20 European Championship division B in Poland. Hungarians booked a spot for the semis mostly owing to Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) and Finda Mansare (189-F/C-89), which were unstoppable today for Netherlands. On the other side Netherlands will continue competition in classification stage fighting for the fifth position. Today's game started wonderful for Hungarians. After just couple of minutes at the very beginning, they already created double digits advantage. Jantine Kraak (190-C-89) and her teammates weren't able to stop Hungarians which finally resulted with 25-12 after first ten minutes. In the second stanza both teams showed their nerves. They scored together just 18 points in this quarter. Holland succeeded to finish it with plus two but still they hade minus 11 at the half time. Situation has change during the next ten minutes. Netherlands dominated in the paint grabbing many offensive rebounds. Jantine Kraak and Francisca Donders (170-G-89) led Netherlands to the crucial 10 minutes melting lead of their opponent on just 3 points. At the fist possession in the last stanza Kraak made a jump shot setting the score on 45-44. Then Zsofia Varga, Finda Mansare and Kovatz stepped up in Hungary immediately answering with 12-2 run. At that point it was clear that the game is over for Netherlands.

Zsofia Varga was a key player for the winners today adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. Hungarians also got 14 points and 4 rebounds from Finda Mansare while Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jantine Kraak was the best in Netherlands collecting 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Francisca Donders followed her with 8 points and 5 rebounds.


Hungary - Netherlands 61-52
(25-12,8-10,12-20,16-10)

Hungary:
Zsofia Varga 20 (5 rebs), Finda Mansare 14 (4 rebs), Edit Laczi 11 (5 rebs, 4 as)
Netherlands: Jantine Kraak 14 (12 rebs, 5 as), Francisca Donders 8 (5 rebs)


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia outplays Israel for the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Israel 83-54

Slovak Republic is third semifinalist of U20 European Championship division B. Israel couldn't handle Slovakians in the quarterfinal thus they will continue participation at the championship in classification round. Slovak Republic had an easy job in this game. Since the very beginning it was clear who will be the team which will dominate until the end. After first frame Slovakians already made plus 14, 23-9. They had a way more rebounds than their opponent. During the next 10 minutes Israel showed some attitude but it wasn't enough for them to get any closer. Actually until the half time Slovakia extended its lead to 15 points. Second half continued in the same rhythm. Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88), Stefania Kandracova (174-G-89) and Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) dominated at the offensive end. They didn't stop during the last 10 minues finishing the game with plus 29.

Katarina Pindrochova paced the winners scoring 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Stefania Kandracova was behind her netting 14 points while Katarina Tetemondova made double-double. She collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Noa Schor (181-F-88) was the best for Israel with 13 points. Hadas Levy (165-G-88) also showed solid performance having 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist.


Slovak Republic - Israel 83-54
(23-9,17-16,18-13,25-16)

Slovak Republic:
Katarina Pindrochova 18 (8 rebs), Stefania Kandracova 14, Katarina Tetemondova 12 (16 rebs)
Israel: Noa Schor 13, Hadas Levy 7 (7 rebs, 4 as)


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U18 narrowly defeats Poland - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18 - Poland U18 59:56

Italian Junior National Team got to a winning start at the European Championship in Slovak Republic today. They overcame Polish counterparts for the lead in the preliminary Group B. The lead changed hands for 4 times early on before Poland went on a 7:0 run to pile up a 14:8 lead. Klaudia Sosnowska (184-F-90) capped the first period with a jumper and Polish side had an 18:13 advantage at the first intermission. Klaudia Sosnowska picked up from where she left in the first quarter and dropped 3 points early in the second frame to keep Poland rolling. Pasqualin finally tied the score late in the half and then Erika Striulli (170-G-90) and Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) finalized a 31:28 advantage for Italy at halftime. Martina Bestagno added three points for Italy to stretch the gap to 7 points. Paulina Antczak (180-F-90) and Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) hit back-to-back trebles to close the gap. Poland soon sparked with a 13:0 run to post a 49:39 cushion late in the third quarter. The seesaw action continued in the final term. The teams were all knotted at 54 with just under 3 minutes remaining. Magda Kaczmarska (183-F-90) put Polish team ahead but Rulli struck back with over a minute left. Nausicaa Fassina (180-G-90) then hit a three-pointer to seal the winning outcome for Italy. Magda Kaczmarska missed a potential tying trey and Italy got away with a win. Erika Striulli scored 15 points to lead Italian team. Martina Bestagno dropped 11 points for the winners. Olivia Tomialowicz and Paulina Antczak had 16 points for Poland. Klaudia Sosnowska delivered 8 points and 18 rebounds in defeat. Italy will face Turkey, while Poland will take on Lithuania tomorrow.

Italy U18: Erika Striulli 15, Martina Bestagno 11, Federica Nannucci (169-G-91) 8
Poland U18: Olivia Tomialowicz 16, Paulina Antczak 16


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian Junior Team wins European championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Turkey U18 79:56

Lithuanian U18 Team grabbed their first win at the European Championship in Slovak Republic. Earlier today Lithuania overcame Turkey in the preliminary Group B action. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) tallied 23 points and pulled down 13 boards to pace Lithuanian youngsters to a comfortable victory. Gamze Takmaz (180-F-91) notched 17 points and 9 boards but could not prevent Turkish team from falling short. Rinkeviciute nailed 8 points in the opening stanza as Lithuania jumped to a 19:14 advantage at the first intermission. Takmaz scored 5 straight points for Turkey as they clipped the distance to 4 points early in the second frame. However Marina Solopova (178-G-90) and Aurime Rinkeviciute drained back-to-back treys to put Lithuania away to a 9-point distance. Lithuania later finalized a 15:0 run and accumulated a 43:25 advantage at halftime. Marina Solopova and Gabriele Gutkauskaite (174-G-90) opened the third stanza with triples as the margin grew to 25 points. The Baltic team secured a 20-point advantage at three-quarter time. Demirok and Gezgin cut the deficit at the start of the fourth term but Marina Solopova quickly iced the effort from beyond the arc. Turkey never recovered in the dying minutes and Lithuania ensured the winning outcome at the end. Marina Solopova dropped 23 points, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) provided 12 points and 15 boards for the winners. Ozge Yavas (170-G-91) and Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) answered with 11 points apiece in a loss. Lithuania enjoyed a massive 56:37 advantage on the boards. They also limited Turkish Juniors to just 26% from the field.

Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute 23+13 boards, Marina Solopova 23, Giedre Paugaite 12+15 boards
Turkey U18: Gamze Takmaz 17, Ozge Yavas 11, Tugce Canitez 11


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  MALTA - Women  


Malta joins the semifinal stage in Monaco - by Eurobasket News
Malta U16 - Gibraltar U16 54:33

Maltese U16 National Team celebrated a much-needed win over Gibraltar and advanced to the semifinal of the European championship in Division C. They will face Iceland tonight. Stephanie De Martino knocked down 17 points to pace Malta to the win. Reyes scored 10 points in the first frame for Gibraltar as they jumped to an 18:17 lead ten minutes into action. But Malta struck back in the second period as they limited their opponents to a single point going on a 14:1 run. Malta piled up a 31:19 advantage at halftime. Reyes reminded of her brilliant form with 6 points in the third frame but Malta were alert. They caped the third quarter with straight points from Xuereb, Serge and Cassar for a 48:31 lead. Cassar and Micallef stretched the gap to 19 points early in the fourth stanza and Gibraltar never recovered. Naudi accumulated 13 points, while Serge had 7 in a win. Reyes replied with 17 points, 7 boards and 6 steals for Gibraltar. Currie tallied 7 points and 14 boards in defeat. Gibraltar outrebounded their opponents 49:39 but forced unbelievable 44 turnovers down the stretch. They also shot woeful 25% from the field, while allowing Malta to convert 34% of field goals.

Malta U16: Stephanie De Martino 17, Rebecca Naudi 13, Louisa Serge 7
Gibraltar U16: Zainya Reyes 17, Harriet Currie 7+14 boards


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  MEXICO - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Comfortable win of Mexico against Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Costa Rica 93-57

At the first day of Centrobasket Championship 2008 Mexico defeated Costa Rica without any extra effort. These two teams will struggle with the host Puerto Rico as well as with Barbados for the first two places in Group A. In this game Mexicans got the most from Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU), who drained 22 points for exactly the same number of minutes. She netted four triples while she also registered 2 offensive and 3 defensive rebounds. Nubia Garcia (188-F) was the second leading scorer in her team delivering 19 points including 8 boards. Annel Tapia (170-G-86) also showed good performance in the winning team scoring 15 points. Liliana Lewis's (-80) 11 points and 7 rebounds was not enough for Costa Rica in this game. She was the only Costa Rican player with double digits as Glendorlee Pinnock (-62) was the second scorer of the team with 8 points.

Costa Rica succeeded to resist during the first 10 minutes having minus of just 4 points. But in the next frame Mexico controlled rhythm of the game. Abril Garcia took care for 15 points advantage for her team at the half time. The same scenario was seen after the breather as Mexicans continues with extending the lead even more. At that point of game it was already clear that Costa Rica won't be able even to threat until the end.
At the day number 3 of Centobasket 2008 Mexico will meet Barbados. On the other side Costa Rica will have to take on the host Puerto Rico.


Mexico - Costa Rica 93-57
(18-14,23-12,26-19,16-12)

Mexico:
Abril Garcia 22 (5 rebs), Nubia Garcia 19 (8 rebs), Annel Tapia 15
Costa Rica: Liliana Lewis 11 (7 rebs), Glendorlee Pinnock 8 (6 rebs)


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  POLAND - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Poland defeats Romania booking a spot for the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Romania 59-53

The hosts of U20 European Championship division B succeeded to get through the quarterfinals against very dangerous Romania. Despite Poland entered into this game with better chances to reach the semis, they had to work very hard until the very end in order to do actually it. Romania showed much better performance at the beginning of the game making 7-0 run. Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) took care for 12-4 at the middle of the first frame. Poland succeeded to get a little bit closer until the end of the period coming on minus 5. Beginning of the second quarter was totally equalized but later, thanks to Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) and 3-points by Durak at the buzzer. the hosts succeeded to tie the score at the half time, 25-25. Beginning of third stanza belonged to Romania which made 27-31. Poland immediately answered with fantastic 15-2 run entering into the crucial ten minutes having advantage of 9 points. With three minutes remaining Romania succeeded to make a turn. After successful jump shot by Ramona Tarta (173-G-89) it was 48-49. Until the end Agnieszka Skobel and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) took care for the points in Poland while Romanians net just 4 which automatically meant that the host book a spot for the semifinals. On the other side Romanians will have to fight in the classification round for position number five.

Poland got the most from Agnieszka Skobel, who added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk also demonstrated wonderful performance collecting 16 points and 12 rebounds. Romania got 16 points and 6 rebounds from Anita Meszaros while Alexandra Uiuiu scored 11 points. Ramona Tarta followed these two players posting 8 points including 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.


Poland - Romania 59-53
(10-15,15-10,17-8,17-20)

Poland:
Agnieszka Skobel 17 (8 rebs, 5 st), Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 16 (12 rebs)
Romania: Anita Meszaros 16 (6 rebs), Alexandra Uiuiu 11, Ramona Tarta 8 (6 rebs, 5 as, 5 st)


U18 Team Poland defeated by Italy - by Maciej Schwarz
Women Team Poland U18 lost their first game on the U18 European Championship Women in Nitra, Slovakia. Italian team, after very tight game won 56-59 (18-13, 10-18, 21-10, 7-18). In Polish team two players scored more than 10 points: Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) and Paulina Antczak (180-F-90) both 16. The appearance of Klaudia Sosnowska (184-F-90) was also noticeable as she secured 18 rebounds (3off, 15 def). For Italy Erika Striulli (170-G-90) scored 15 and Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) 11. Team Poland will now face Lithuania and Turkey in next two days of tournament and need at least one win to step to the next round.

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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Portugal takes lead vs Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Portugal 44-59

Portugal registered first victory on U20 European Championship division B. In the first game of the classification stage for position number nine Portugueese once again were led by top scorer of the preliminary round Nadia Tavares (178-F-88). However, everything started not so good for Portugal. British entered into this game with strong willingness to take this one. Its aggressiveness at the both ends of the court resulted with 6 point lead after the first stanza. Portugal started to play a little bit better in the second quarter decreasing its minus to 4. British had a good result at the breather but they couldn't know it will be their maximum in this game. Third quarter totally belonged to Tavares and her teammates. The biggest problem for the British on this championship were turnovers and that problem didn't disappear today. British finished the game making 32 mistakes. Naturally, it affected at their offense which outcame with just 6 points in third and 9 points in the last frame.

Nadia Tavares drained 20 points for her team today. Rosinha Duarte (179-C-89) also shined following Tavares with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Great Britain got 13 points and 6 rebounds from Verity Peets (186-F-88). Rose Anderson (175-G-88) had 10 points and 5 rebounds but once again she had 8 turnovers. Second game of the battle for position number nine on the U20 European Championship division B will be played tomorrow.


Great Britain - Portugal 44-59
(17-11,12-14,6-16,9-18)

Great Britain:
Verity Peets 13 (6 rebs), Rose Anderson 10 (5 rebs)
Portugal: Nadia Tavares 20, Rosinha Duarte 14 (7 rebs)


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Puerto Rico cruises past Barbados - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico - Barbados 68-47

The host of the Centrobasket Championship 2008 was too strong for Barbados at the opening day. Puerto Rico entered to this championship having big ambitions. They will have an opportunity to qualify for the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 at the front of their fans. In the other game of Group A, where Puerto Rico and Barbados are placed, Mexico already beat Costa Rica 93-57.
It was kind of erratic game for Puerto Ricans. Barbados gave its best in the first half trying to resist as much as it can. Fortunately to the host it doesn't last long. Puerto Rico totally dominated in the second half while Barbados struggled a lot with its offensive sets. It finally outcome with 66-40, what was the biggest lead for the Puerto Ricans in this game. Until the end of the last stanza Barbados was able just to decrease its minus a little bit.

Cindy Valentin paced the hosts to victory at the opening day netting 24 points. Important role for the winners also had Lindsay Gonzalez (160-G-82), who stopped on 12 points. Another player registered double digits for Puerto Rico and it was Pamela Rosado (160-G-86) who counted to 11 against Barbados. In the next round Puerto Rico will take on Costa Rica. On the other side Barbados will try to grab the first win on Centrobasket against Mexico.

Stats will be available soon...


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U20 EC, division B: Poland defeats Romania booking a spot for the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Romania 59-53

The hosts of U20 European Championship division B succeeded to get through the quarterfinals against very dangerous Romania. Despite Poland entered into this game with better chances to reach the semis, they had to work very hard until the very end in order to do actually it. Romania showed much better performance at the beginning of the game making 7-0 run. Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) took care for 12-4 at the middle of the first frame. Poland succeeded to get a little bit closer until the end of the period coming on minus 5. Beginning of the second quarter was totally equalized but later, thanks to Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) and 3-points by Durak at the buzzer. the hosts succeeded to tie the score at the half time, 25-25. Beginning of third stanza belonged to Romania which made 27-31. Poland immediately answered with fantastic 15-2 run entering into the crucial ten minutes having advantage of 9 points. With three minutes remaining Romania succeeded to make a turn. After successful jump shot by Ramona Tarta (173-G-89) it was 48-49. Until the end Agnieszka Skobel and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) took care for the points in Poland while Romanians net just 4 which automatically meant that the host book a spot for the semifinals. On the other side Romanians will have to fight in the classification round for position number five.

Poland got the most from Agnieszka Skobel, who added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk also demonstrated wonderful performance collecting 16 points and 12 rebounds. Romania got 16 points and 6 rebounds from Anita Meszaros while Alexandra Uiuiu scored 11 points. Ramona Tarta followed these two players posting 8 points including 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.


Poland - Romania 59-53
(10-15,15-10,17-8,17-20)

Poland:
Agnieszka Skobel 17 (8 rebs, 5 st), Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 16 (12 rebs)
Romania: Anita Meszaros 16 (6 rebs), Alexandra Uiuiu 11, Ramona Tarta 8 (6 rebs, 5 as, 5 st)


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbian U18 National Team ready for European Championship - by Dragan Jankovski
U18 European Championship begins today. Serbia is placed into Preliminary Group D together with France, Croatia and Sweden. At the opening day Serbians will meet Croatia while in the next round they will take on France. At the third day of the competition Serbia will play against Sweden.

Head coach of the Serbian U18 National Team, Zoran Kovacic, showed huge optimism before the opening day of the competition.

'We worked very hard during the preparation period. The bad luck for us was injury of Sara Krnjic as well as missing of Milica Paligoric, who went to USA. However, a lot of our girls have experience from senior competitions what is a big plus for my team. Some of them play in top division and they are even key players of their teams. We are placed into the very strong group while at the next stage we will mix with even tougher one where Spain, Russia and Belorussia are. Our plan is to go step by step. The schedule is good but a lot of things will depend of our first game against Croatians. We have three goals to reach on this EC. The first one is semifinals because the best four teams from this competition will book a spot for the World Championship in Bangkok. The second one is to continue our way of winning the medals as during the last five years our young selections grabbed 14 of them. Third goal, which is also very important, is to create at leas one player who would be able to become a candidate for the senior National Team in the near future' - said Kovacic for Serbian daily newspapers Sportski Zurnal.


ROSTER OF SERBIAN U18 NATIONAL TEAM

Jovana Popovic
Sanja Krnjic
Sanja Orozovic
Tatjana Zivanovic
Kristina Baltic
Nevena Jovanovic
Jelena Jovanovic
Milana Zivadinovic
Maja Vucurovic
Latinka Dusanic
Tina Jovanovic
Aleksandra Dobranic

Head coach: Zoran Kovacic
Assistsnst coach: Milkan Mrdja


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Fight in the neighbourhood - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18 - Czech Republic U18 76:72

Veronika Cernakova (192-G-90) dropped 23 points and Slovak Republic Junior Team got to a winning start of the home European championship. They held off a fierce comeback effort from Czech Republic in the second half to celebrate the initial win in Nitra. The teams got into preliminary Group A and tipped off the action earlier today. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) and Katerina Zavazalova (171-G-90) opened an early lead for Czechs. However Klaudia Lukacovicova (192-C-90) scored 4 straight points to put Slovak Republic in front 11:9 midway through the starting stanza. Cernakova posted 4 points in a row and Slovak Republic claimed a 20:13 advantage late in the period. The hosts kept in front and they opened a double-digit advantage late in the second frame. Barbora Novocka (165-G-90) converted a freebie to give Slovak Republic 47:36 lead at halftime. Klaudia Lukacovicova added 4 points to begin the second half as Slovak team enjoyed a 51:36 advantage. A scoring outburst from Stara as she nailed 9 points allowed Czech Republic to shave the deficit to 8 points. Katerina Bartonova, Aneta Pulpanova (176-G-90) and Behalova clawed Czech way within 2 points before Natalia Spodniakova (171-G-90) and Barbora Novocka finalized a 62:56 advantage at the end the third quarter. Elhotova and Svrdlikova propelled Czechs in front 69:68 with just over 5 minutes remaining in regulation. But Slovak Republic retained the lead and were deadly from free throw line to keep their opponents at bay throughout the rest of the contest. Klaudia Lukacovicova produced 20 points and 12 boards for Slovak Republic. Katerina Bartonova answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) had 11 points and 8 caroms in a losing effort.

Slovak Republic U18: Veronika Cernakova 23, Klaudia Lukacovicova 20, Natalia Spodniakova 9, Barbora Novocka 9
Czech Republic U18: Katerina Bartonova 13, Alena Hanusova 11


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia outplays Israel for the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Israel 83-54

Slovak Republic is third semifinalist of U20 European Championship division B. Israel couldn't handle Slovakians in the quarterfinal thus they will continue participation at the championship in classification round. Slovak Republic had an easy job in this game. Since the very beginning it was clear who will be the team which will dominate until the end. After first frame Slovakians already made plus 14, 23-9. They had a way more rebounds than their opponent. During the next 10 minutes Israel showed some attitude but it wasn't enough for them to get any closer. Actually until the half time Slovakia extended its lead to 15 points. Second half continued in the same rhythm. Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88), Stefania Kandracova (174-G-89) and Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) dominated at the offensive end. They didn't stop during the last 10 minues finishing the game with plus 29.

Katarina Pindrochova paced the winners scoring 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Stefania Kandracova was behind her netting 14 points while Katarina Tetemondova made double-double. She collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Noa Schor (181-F-88) was the best for Israel with 13 points. Hadas Levy (165-G-88) also showed solid performance having 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist.


Slovak Republic - Israel 83-54
(23-9,17-16,18-13,25-16)

Slovak Republic:
Katarina Pindrochova 18 (8 rebs), Stefania Kandracova 14, Katarina Tetemondova 12 (16 rebs)
Israel: Noa Schor 13, Hadas Levy 7 (7 rebs, 4 as)


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Centrobasket 2008: Dominican Republic beats Trinidad & Tobago at the opener - by Eurobasket News
Dominican Republic - Trinidad & Tobago 72-54

Dominican Republic garbed victory against Trinidad & Tobago at the opener of Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Puerto Rico. Thus Dominican Republic and defending champion Cuba currently have 1-0 in Group B. Two defeated teams in the first round of the same group are Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala. Dominican R. celebrated in this game mostly owing to well played first quarter. Since the very beginning they took control on Trinidad & Tobago which resulted with 19 points lead after first stanza. During the next ten minutes totally different picture was seen on the court. Visitors in this game started to played much better, especially at the defensive end. In this quarter Dominican Republic added just 8 points while on the other side Trinidad & Tobago had 17. It meant that the score at the half time was 37-27. Both teams played tied third frame 17-17. At the last one Dominicans put into the fifth gear heading to comfortable win. Interesting is that Trinidad & Tobago had six rebound more than their opponent. Their main problem in this game were 3-pointers as they made just 2 of 17 attempts. Dominican R. was much better in this segment of the game adding 8 of 20.

Charlenny Frias (-85) was the key player for Dominican Republic draining 20 points. Andreina Paniagua (-79) followed her collecting 17 points and 6 rebounds while Johanna Morton (-88) had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Trinidad & Tobago got 14 points and 7 rebounds from Patrice Edwards (198-C-84, college: Texas Tech) while Petra Luan Gay stopped on 12 points and 5 rebounds. In the next round Dominican R. will take on Guatemala. Defending champion Cuba waits for Trinidad & Tobago.


Dominican Republic - Trinidad & Tobago 72-54
(29-10,8-17,17-17,18-10)

Dominican Republic:
Charlenny Frias 20, Andreina Paniagua 17 (6 rebs), Johanna Morton 11 (4 rebs, 5 as)
Trinidad & Tobago: Patrice Edwards 14 (7 rebs), Gay 12 (5 rebs)


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  TURKEY - Women  


TBBL - :Last Market news - by Iva Ivanova
First division Turksih team Besiktas Cola Turka signed with 3 new players.Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85, college: Tennessee) comes form WNBA Detroit Shock. Laura Harper (196-G-86) plays to Sacramento Monarchs. Third player is israel guard Shay Doron (175-G-85).

Hornbuckle plays in 22 games and have 5.8 ppt, 3.9 reb. Harper scored 5.0 ppt, 3.1 rebounds. Club Besiktas Cola Turka will take a part of Euroleague this season.


Lithuanian Junior Team wins European championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Turkey U18 79:56

Lithuanian U18 Team grabbed their first win at the European Championship in Slovak Republic. Earlier today Lithuania overcame Turkey in the preliminary Group B action. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) tallied 23 points and pulled down 13 boards to pace Lithuanian youngsters to a comfortable victory. Gamze Takmaz (180-F-91) notched 17 points and 9 boards but could not prevent Turkish team from falling short. Rinkeviciute nailed 8 points in the opening stanza as Lithuania jumped to a 19:14 advantage at the first intermission. Takmaz scored 5 straight points for Turkey as they clipped the distance to 4 points early in the second frame. However Marina Solopova (178-G-90) and Aurime Rinkeviciute drained back-to-back treys to put Lithuania away to a 9-point distance. Lithuania later finalized a 15:0 run and accumulated a 43:25 advantage at halftime. Marina Solopova and Gabriele Gutkauskaite (174-G-90) opened the third stanza with triples as the margin grew to 25 points. The Baltic team secured a 20-point advantage at three-quarter time. Demirok and Gezgin cut the deficit at the start of the fourth term but Marina Solopova quickly iced the effort from beyond the arc. Turkey never recovered in the dying minutes and Lithuania ensured the winning outcome at the end. Marina Solopova dropped 23 points, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) provided 12 points and 15 boards for the winners. Ozge Yavas (170-G-91) and Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) answered with 11 points apiece in a loss. Lithuania enjoyed a massive 56:37 advantage on the boards. They also limited Turkish Juniors to just 26% from the field.

Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute 23+13 boards, Marina Solopova 23, Giedre Paugaite 12+15 boards
Turkey U18: Gamze Takmaz 17, Ozge Yavas 11, Tugce Canitez 11


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U20 EC, division B: Portugal takes lead vs Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Portugal 44-59

Portugal registered first victory on U20 European Championship division B. In the first game of the classification stage for position number nine Portugueese once again were led by top scorer of the preliminary round Nadia Tavares (178-F-88). However, everything started not so good for Portugal. British entered into this game with strong willingness to take this one. Its aggressiveness at the both ends of the court resulted with 6 point lead after the first stanza. Portugal started to play a little bit better in the second quarter decreasing its minus to 4. British had a good result at the breather but they couldn't know it will be their maximum in this game. Third quarter totally belonged to Tavares and her teammates. The biggest problem for the British on this championship were turnovers and that problem didn't disappear today. British finished the game making 32 mistakes. Naturally, it affected at their offense which outcame with just 6 points in third and 9 points in the last frame.

Nadia Tavares drained 20 points for her team today. Rosinha Duarte (179-C-89) also shined following Tavares with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Great Britain got 13 points and 6 rebounds from Verity Peets (186-F-88). Rose Anderson (175-G-88) had 10 points and 5 rebounds but once again she had 8 turnovers. Second game of the battle for position number nine on the U20 European Championship division B will be played tomorrow.


Great Britain - Portugal 44-59
(17-11,12-14,6-16,9-18)

Great Britain:
Verity Peets 13 (6 rebs), Rose Anderson 10 (5 rebs)
Portugal: Nadia Tavares 20, Rosinha Duarte 14 (7 rebs)


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


Mercury beat Sparks , Milton-Jones performance not enaugh - by Bruno Baltazar
Houston beat Minnesota in a 1st quarter solid that let them get the win in a close game during the next quarters, Tina Thompson scored 25 points off the bench, helping the Houston Comets snap a three-game losing streak with a 96-88 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday.
Tamecka Dixon added 22 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Comets (10-12), who closed within a half-game of Minnesota and Sacramento for fourth place in the Western Conference. Sancho Lyttle scored 16 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds, and Maiga-Ba finished with 14 points.
Wiggins wound up with 27 points off the bench for Minnesota. Seimone Augustus finished with 17, Vanessa Hayden-Johnson had 14 and Kristen Rasmussen 10.

Ashley Battle scored 15 of the backups' 45 points to help New York cruise to a easy 77-56 victory over the Washington Mystics before they play in the first ever outdoor game.
The reserves scored the Liberty's final 25 points, combined to shoot 44 percent (16-for-36) from the field, had 19 of the team's 36 rebounds, nine of the 14 assists and seven of the 12 assists.

Cappie Pondexter scored 27 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Los Angeles Sparks 99-92 to snap a three-game losing streak.
Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida), who averages 13.1 points, scored 19 of her 38 in the first quarter and topped her previous career-high of 26 points before halftime. She ended the night making 13-of-20 from the field, 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and adding six rebounds and four assists.
Sparks first-round pick Candace Parker, the leading scorer among rookies in the WNBA, scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, her 12th double-double of the season.
The Sparks committed 23 turnovers, with Phoenix scoring 25 points off those miscues to stay in the game.