EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/28/2008

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  ABA   


Lofton named Washington Head Coach - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Washington Raptors announced that Lewis Lofton (6'3''-F/G-72, college: Weber St.) has been named Coach and will also play for the team. The 1991 Centralia High School has been playing professional basketball in Poland and is also the Founder of the Utah Sports Academy, www.utahsportsacademy.org and is currently running EUROBASKET'S Summer League (ESL) being held July 24th-26th at the Utah Sports Academy. 'We are very pleased to have Lewis Lofton aboard,' stated Washington Raptors owner Regina Joseph. 'Lewis has played overseas and has a vast knowledge of basketball that will bring many strong and talented players to our team.' 'As the head coach, Lewis still wants to play for the fans at our home games,' added Raptors President/GM Tim Joseph. 'As a local favorite he expects a great fan support for the upcoming season.' Tim Joseph will serve as the Assistant Coach, coaching at the home games, so that Lewis can live his dream of playing for his hometown fans once again.

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  CAPE VERDE   


ABC TIES THE SERIES AND GO ON TO GAME 5 - by Pedro Gomes

ABC tied their finals playoff series against Seven Stars by winning 67 to 52, in the fourth game disputed in the Vava Duarte pavilion in the city of Praia.

With this victory the teams are now tied 2 games a piece, the champion will be decided in the fifth and final game of the Santiago South playoff series.
ABC dominated the game, practically from beginning to the end, since it had the advantage during all four periods. At half time the Nationals champions

were leading 32-21.
ABC head coach, Marcos Moreira, guarantees that his team has players with abilities, wiliness, and the heart to keep their title.
The Seven Stars coach, Orlandinho Mascarenhas, said his team took too long to react in game which they couldve came out as champions. He believes that his team is capable of dethroning ABC.



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  COSTA RICA   


Clausura league has restarted - by Gianni Pascucci
One week ago restarted the Costarican Firs Division, with the so-named Clausura Tournment. The following ones are some of the first games results: Cooepenae Liceo de Costa Rica defeated Coyotes de Santa Ana, 118-54, thanks to 22 points from newly added Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances). Santa Cecilia prevailed over BCR Colono Limon, 72-88, with Delio Brenes (182-F-71) scoring 19 pts in Santa and Winston Campbell (187-G-70) scoring 17 in Limon. Reigning champions of Ferreteria Brenes Barva took the first two wins, defeating Tiendas El Parque Escazu 78-72 and then prevailing ofer Coyotes de Santa Ana, 95-51. Some days before, Santa Ana had defeated Cooopealianza UNA Prez Zeledon 81-72. Santa Cecilia had a game won 20-0 over Goicoechea due to not showing at the game of the host team, and this same team had yet been defeated by San Luis Gonzaga, 68-57.

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LIDOBA: Reales de La Vega still undefeated! - by Jaime Gomez

Reales de La Vega de La Vega in dramatic fashion, defeated Indios de San Francisco 94-92.
Reales de La Vega were up 83-70, with 4.53 left in the 4th quarter. Then Indios made a furious run and tied the game 91-91. With 4 seconds left, Luis Nelson Ferreiras (191-F-76) went to the free throw line and made 1. With Reales de La Vega down by 1, and 1.4 secons left, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Lehman) hit a three pointer from basket to basket to give Reales de La Vega de La Vega their 5th consecutive win.

For Reales de La Vega, Andres Sandoval (193-G-83, agency: AI Sports MM) 22 points, Juan Coronado (198-F-90) 16 points and 8 rebounds, Ramon Ruiz (188-G-85) 15 points, Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: E.Washington) 12 points and 13 rebounds, Bobby Pandy (198-F, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) 15 points and 5 steals, Edgar Lugo 11 points

For Indios de San Francisco, Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) 24 points and 11 rebounds, Luis Nelson Ferreiras 16 points, Henry Paulino (198-F-73) 15 points, Aneudy Morel 10 points.

Caneros de La Romana 99, Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris 87

For Caneros de La Romana, Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 24 points and 13 rebounds, Marlon Dumont (206-F-77, college: TCU) 20 points and 7 rebounds, Andy Williams (195-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) 17 points and 7 rebounds, Carlos Sanchez 11 points.


For Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris, Alberto Ozuna (203-F-82) 32 points, Henry Lalane (199-F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) 13 points, Sammy Villegas (198-G-83, agency: Next Level, college: Toledo) 10 points.

Marineros de Puerto Plata 103, Metros de Santiago 97

For Marineros de Puerto Plata, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) 24 points, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) 22 points and 7 rebounds, Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) 22 points, Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80, college: Angelo St.) 15 points, Sandro Encarnacion (203-86) 10 points and 8 rebounds.

For Metros de Santiago, Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) 22 points, Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) 18 points and 8 rebounds, Robert Sanders (201-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) 15 points and 9 rebounds, Joel Ramirez (191-G-81) 10 points and 8 assists, Charlie Rodriguez (202-F/C-78) 10 points.

Constituyentes de San Cristobal 96, Panteras del Distrito Nacional 76

For Constituyentes de San Cristobal, Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) 24 points, Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) 16 points, Josue Abreu (188-G-66) 13 points, Jose Fortuna (180-G-84) 12 points, Hansel Salvador (186-G-80) 12 points, Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) 11 points and 10 rebounds.

For Panteras del Distrito Nacional, Juan Bautista Araujo (206-F/C-83) 20 points and 10 rebounds, Manuel Fortuna (187-G) 17 points, Benito Flores (198-F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 10 points and 6 rebounds.

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Indio's Coach Quit - by Kerwin Abreu
San Francisco De Macoris: After an 0-3 start, Los Indios De San Francisco coach Waskar Paredes quitted this thursday. He alleged that he was under lot of pressure by the GM. He was the Indios coach since the first season. He had been the coach for 3 years and this was his 4th. He also said that what they arranged was not completed and that the team was not completed and that the efford to build it big was not enough.

Vladimir Frias was named Indios coach this Friday and lost in Puerto Plata. Indios are now 0-4. this season.


National Teams Workout start Monday. - by Jaime Gomez

Workouts for Dominican Republic's National Team will begin tomorrow, Monday 28th, 9.30 a.m. at Palacios de Los Deportes, for Centrobasket 2008.

Head Coach Scott Roth sent his assistan, Jeffrey Martin, to start preparations. Roth's staff include Edgar De La Rosa , Jose Dominguez , Jose Maita Mercedes and Antonio Sibilio .

Invitees to National Team Workout are:

Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville), Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida), Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan), Antonio Pena (203-F-86), Eniel Polynice (196-G-88), Stevie Mejia, Edgar Sosa (185-G-88), Dominick Mejia (196-G-83, college: Drexel), Luis Martinez (196-F, college: William Paterson), Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul), Manny Quezada (188-G-85, college: Rutgers), Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence), Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan), Alejandro Flores (203-F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81), Otto Vantroy (180-G-75), Andres Sandoval (193-G-83, agency: AI Sports MM), Franklin Matos (190-G-82), Ivan Almonte (198-F-81, college: Florida Intern.), Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC), Ricky Soliver (191-G-84, college: Iona), Alberto Ozuna (203-F-82), Andy Williams (195-G/F-80, agency: Court Side), Manuel Fortuna (187-G), Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.), Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois), Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.), Joel Ramirez (191-G-81), Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports), Sandro Encarnacion (203-86).


Mawel Soler with Indios - by Kerwin Abreu
San Francisco De Macoris: Mawel Soler (196-G-83, college: Bowling Green) who once played with Los Cocolos is now with Los Indios. The 6'5'' Guard was trade from los Cocolos for Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76, college: Tenn Temple). Soler who played with Bowling Green played this past friday with Los Indios making 4 points in the lost vs. Los Marineros in Puerto Plata. Paniagua in his first game with los Cocolos made 8 points in 29 minutes. It will be a matter of time to get those players in shape. Paniagua will be a great addtion to los Cocolos. Los Indios are 0-4 are seeking for free agents cause Players like David Diaz (189-G-78) is not with the team due to low payment.

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  FRANCE   


France cruise to the initial win at the U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Ukraine U18 70:50

French Juniors earned their first win at the European Championship in Greece. They eased past Ukraine to improve to 1-1 record in preliminary Group C. Ukraine slipped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Both teams got to a slow start as defense prevailed at the moment. However France was the first to strike as Chrislain Cairo (196-F-91) and Lang capped the first period with 5 straight points for a 19:12 French lead. Otverchenko nailed 5 points early in the second stanza to keep Ukraine in contest. However Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) soon netted 5 points in a row and France cleared off to an 11-point distance. They went on a15:2 run to tip off the third term and Ukraine appeared trailing by as many as 20 points. Oleksandr Osnach (202-C-90) netted 7 points late in the quarter to shave the deficit to 14 points with one quarter remaining. However Florian Thibedore (192-G-90) and Andrew Albicy quickly denied Ukrainian team any hope as they knocked down 8 points and built a 20-point advantage once again. Ukraine never rebounded in the final minutes and suffered another defeat at the tournament. Alexis Tanghe (207-F/C-90) had 15 points and 8 boards for France. Florian Thibedore added 14 points, while Chrislain Cairo contributed 12 points and 9 boards in a win. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-F-90) netted 12 points to pace Ukraine. Roman Dmytrenko (200-F-90) secured 11 points in a losing clause.

France U18: Alexis Tanghe 15, Florian Thibedore 14, Chrislain Cairo 12
Ukraine U18: Ruslan Otverchenko 12, Roman Dmytrenko 11


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  GERMANY   


Brandon Gary makes move to Luxembourg - by Moritz Korff
Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC) has signed a deal with AB Contern from Luxembourg. In the past two years the 25-year-old Forward has had great success in Germany and was named the 2006-07 Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga North Forward of the Year after a stellar campaign with the Iserlohn Kangaroos. Followed by a 2007-08 season which Gary spent at BG Karlsruhe in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. He had 30 appearances on the BG squad with averages of 16.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocked shots. At AB Contern Gary will play for the former coach of BBC Bayreuth, Marco Amelow.

U18 EURO: Germany routed by Ukraine - by Moritz Korff
The Ukraine was too big a hurdle for the German team at the U18 European Championship in Greece. The boys of Coach Kay Bluemel were shot down 53:76 in the final game of the group-stage and thus failed to make it to the Qualifying Round. A horrable second half including an Ukrainian 11:0-run in the third quarter damaged the German hopes after a good start (9:5) and a balanced score at halftime (34:34). Another ten straight points at the beginning of the final stanza made the Ukraine pull away to 64:42. Alexander Schrempf (196-G/F-90) and Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) who scored 10 points apiece were the only Germans in double-figures.
Germany's U18 National Team is now facing the classification games and will take on Estonia, Belgium and Bulgaria. The last two teams of this round will be relegated to Division B for the next season.
Boxscore: click


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  ISRAEL   


Greece perfect at the start - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Israel U18 89:67

Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) poured in 23 points and Greek U18 team continued to roll confidently at the home European Championship. They climbed to 2-0 record and stayed on top of Group A. Israel slipped to 1-1 record. Greece got to a better start as they enjoyed a 21:14 advantage at the first intermission. They never loosened the grip in the second stanza and stretched the margin to 9 points at the interval. However an inspirational performance from Nadav Heyman (187-G-90) and Reis sparked the intrigue in this one. Nadav Heyman scored 8 consecutive points for Israel as they jumped ahead 55:53 late in the third stanza. Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) however secured a 61:56 lead for Greece after thirty minutes of action. Konstantinos Sloukas then netted 8 points in a row midway through the final quarter to give Greece an 80:64 advantage. It proved just enough to knock Israel out of the competition as Greece cruised to an overall victory at the end. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) provided 15 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) had 16 points in a winning case. Nadav Heyman answered with 19 points for Israel. Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) canned 13 points in defeat.

Greece U18: Konstantinos Sloukas 23, Nikolaos Pappas 16, Vlantimir Giankovits 15+10 boards
Israel U18: Nadav Heyman 19, Yotam Shiran 13


Spain U18 beat Israel to advance to the qualifying round in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Israel U18 87:65

Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) notched 25 points and 10 rebounds as Spain thumped Israel in the third preliminary round of the U18 European Championship in Greece. Spain thus climbed to 2-1 record in Group A, while Israel fell to 1-2 record. Israel got to a flying start of the game as they led 11:2 early on. Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) and Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) soon stretched the gap to 10 points and entered the second period leading 21:12. Rub tipped off the second stanza with 4 straight points to make it 25:12. Spain struggled to come any closer in the second frame and trailed by 13 points at halftime. However Ignacio Llovet and Jorge Santana (193-G-90) teamed up for 10 points at the start of the third term as the deficit was narrowed to 6 points. Ignacio Llovet and Jorge Santana continued to deliver points and Spain drew things level at 53 with under 3 minutes left in the third period. Daniel Perez (188-G-90) fired back-to-back trebles afterwards and Spain picked up a 5-point advantage. Spaniards posted a 9:2 run at the beginning of the final quarter to accumulate a 10-point advantage. Israel looked distressed at the moment and Spain capitalized. They easily kept Israel at bay through the rest of the battle and ensured a solid victory at the end. Jorge Santana had 19 points for Spain. Daniel Perez added 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Tamir Ariely replied with 21 points for Israel. Carmel Bouchman (205-F-91), Yotam Shiran and Nadav Heyman (187-G-90) netted 8 points apiece in defeat.

Spain U18: Ignacio Llovet 25+10 boards, Jorge Santana 19, Daniel Perez 10
Israel U18: Tamir Ariely 21, Carmel Bouchman 8+8 boards


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  ITALY   


Lithuania pull away with narrow win over Italy - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Italy U18 76:73

Lithuanian Junior National Team grabbed the second straight win at the European Championship in Greece. Yesterday they defeated Italy to remain on top of the ladder in Group B. Italy meanwhile suffered their first lost at the event. Lithuania closed the first frame on a 9:0 run to build a 20:11 lead. Tautvydas Slezas (210-C-90) converted a three-point play at the start of the second stanza to give Lithuania a 12-point advantage. But Italy then notched a 26:14 run to tie the score at 37 at halftime. David Cournooh (190-G-90) opened the second half with a layup to put Italy up 39:37. The lead then changed hands for several times before Augustas Peciukevicius (190-G-91) dropped 4 points late in the stanza and Lithuania enjoyed a 58:54 advantage with one quarter to go. Tautvydas Slezas delivered 4 points early in the final stanza and the Baltic team jumped to a 62:54 advantage. But Italy stayed in the race and were able to knot things up at 67 with just under 4 minutes left. Pasquale Paolisso (203-F/C-90, agency: Court Side) put Italy in charge 73:71 with 1.25 remaining. However first Augustas Peciukevicius converted two freebies to draw things level and then hit a three-pointer to bring victory for Lithuania at the end. He finished with game-high 26 points to pace Lithuania. Tautvydas Slezas added 22 points and 14 boards for the winners. Pasquale Paolisso answered with 14 points for Italy. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) had 13 points in a losing effort.

Lithuania U18: Augustas Peciukevicius 26, Tautvydas Slezas 22+14 boards, Giedrius Staniulis (205-C-91) 9
Italy U18: Pasquale Paolisso 14, Nicolo Melli 13


Team Italy falls to Israel - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end, the Italian players decided to suspend the vile strike announced and went to the camp, all but Joel Zacchetti (209-C/F-82), who had to stay at home due to familiar reasons. His replacement was Luca Infante (204-F/C-82). The problems for coach Recalcati, however, seems to not be over. In the first test match, in fact, Italy felt to Israel 72-77 after ending the first half ahead 39-27. The Azzurri had a bad FT percentage (13/27) and shot the 3 pointers so-so (11/34), while Israeli players showed their usual tougness and smartness, and deserved the win. Their best performers were Guy Pniny (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) with 21 points and Amit Tamir (208-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California) with 12, while Team Italy was led by Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) with 17 pts in losing effort. The next test match for Italy is scheduled for tuesday night vs. Poland.

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  JAPAN   


Panasonic will Cutt to the Ace - by Kenny
The Panasonic Trians of the JBL have reportedly signed free-agent C Jerald Honeycutt (205-F/C-74, college: Tulane), who played last season with the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins. This will the 3rd JBL team for the well-traveled 'Cutt' as he first came to Japan in 2005 to play for the OSG Phoenix. After spending 1 season with OSG and teaming with F Ace Custis to lead the Phoenix to the 2006 JBL Finals, where they lost to Toyota, Honeycutt moved on to Mitsubishi in 2006 after both he and Custis were inexplicably let go by OSG after the 2005-06 season.

Cutt then led Mitsubishi to the 2007 JBL Finals where he again lost to Toyota. Cutt returned to Mitsubishi for 1 more season in 2007-08, but his noticeable weight gain diminished his effectiveness and led to Mitsubishi releasing him after the season.

This move by Panasonic reunites Honeycutt with Ace Custis, who has spent the last 2 seasons with Panasonic. They formed a formidable duo in the 2005-06 season at OSG, but with the only-1-import-on-the-court rule to come into play from this season, it'll be interesting to see how the Trians will use the 2 Americans.

Meanwhile, the man that Honeycutt will be replacing on the Trians roster, F/C Tilo Klette, is reportedly in negotiations with the Tochigi Brex, the newest member of the JBL. Klette came to Japan in 2006 and has spent the past 2 seasons with Panasonic before being let go by the Trians after last season. The 6-9 German native has been the only non-American import player in the JBL during his tenure in Japan, although F Carl Thomas, who played with Hitachi last season, is technically from the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Notes: The Toyota Alvark have reportedly re-signed both PG Louis Campbell and F Charles O'Bannon. Campbell will be entering his 3rd season in Japan (all with Toyota) while former UCLA star O'Bannon will be entering his 9th season in the JBL (all with Toyota).


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  JORDAN   


Day 2 - 7th KAC - by Mohammed Malas

* Friday 27/7/2008

Tunisia and Egypt recorded their 2nd win in the 2nd of 7th King Abdullah Cup II, While Cyprus made their debut with a desrved defeat....

Egypt 78 - Morocco 65 (Qs: 19-9, 26-16, 16-17 & 21-16)
* Best scorers from Egypt: Tarek El Ghanam (211-C-78) '12 pts', Karim Fathi '10 pts'
* Best scorers from Morocco: Zakaria Al Misbahi & Waleed Rahimi '11 pts for each'

Tunisia 83 - Qatar 76 (Qs: 20-17, 24-20, 22-20 & 17-19)
* Best scorer from Tunisia: Ameen Zraik '17 pts'
* Best scorer from Qatar: Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) '22 pts'

Cyprus 70 - Kuwait 62 (Qs: 15-13, 13,12, 17-17 & 25-20)
* Best scorer from Cyprus: Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) '19 pts'
* Best scorer from Kuwait: Shaye' Al Muhanna '13 pts'


# Day 3 - 7th KAC games schedule (Jordan Time +3 GMT):
* Sunday 27/7:
1600 Qatar - Kuwait
1800 Syria - Jordan
2000 Cyprus - Tunisia



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  LEBANON   


Last Transferes - by Hassan Thini
The coach Ghassan Sarkis Return back to Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut .
Sarkis was the coach of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut for many years when he won the Lebanese League
many times and the Arab Championchip and th Asian Championchip.
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut looking to win the lebanese League and the arab Championchip under Sarkis
who is the best coach in Lebanon an he know's the lebanese basketball well.

Some of our sources speaks about a big transfere that sarkis can do it that is to bring
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) back to the club.


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania pull away with narrow win over Italy - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Italy U18 76:73

Lithuanian Junior National Team grabbed the second straight win at the European Championship in Greece. Yesterday they defeated Italy to remain on top of the ladder in Group B. Italy meanwhile suffered their first lost at the event. Lithuania closed the first frame on a 9:0 run to build a 20:11 lead. Tautvydas Slezas (210-C-90) converted a three-point play at the start of the second stanza to give Lithuania a 12-point advantage. But Italy then notched a 26:14 run to tie the score at 37 at halftime. David Cournooh (190-G-90) opened the second half with a layup to put Italy up 39:37. The lead then changed hands for several times before Augustas Peciukevicius (190-G-91) dropped 4 points late in the stanza and Lithuania enjoyed a 58:54 advantage with one quarter to go. Tautvydas Slezas delivered 4 points early in the final stanza and the Baltic team jumped to a 62:54 advantage. But Italy stayed in the race and were able to knot things up at 67 with just under 4 minutes left. Pasquale Paolisso (203-F/C-90, agency: Court Side) put Italy in charge 73:71 with 1.25 remaining. However first Augustas Peciukevicius converted two freebies to draw things level and then hit a three-pointer to bring victory for Lithuania at the end. He finished with game-high 26 points to pace Lithuania. Tautvydas Slezas added 22 points and 14 boards for the winners. Pasquale Paolisso answered with 14 points for Italy. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) had 13 points in a losing effort.

Lithuania U18: Augustas Peciukevicius 26, Tautvydas Slezas 22+14 boards, Giedrius Staniulis (205-C-91) 9
Italy U18: Pasquale Paolisso 14, Nicolo Melli 13


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Junior Tall Blacks player Brooke Ruscoe close to US scholarship - by Kahn Hart
Brooke Ruscoe (189-G-90) who was one of the stars of the Junior Tall Blacks at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in March, is hoping to earn a scholarship at a high school or college in the United States. Brook sent video footage of his play to a number of schools in the US and Utah and BYU are said to be interested along with New Hampton High School. Ruscoe led New Zealand in scoring with 16.6 points per game at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany. The combo guard was named Most Valuable Player at the 2007 national secondary schools championships, leading his team St. Patricks College to the title with 35 points in the title game. He is hoping to have something locked up in the next month or so.

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  PANAMA   


Munoz leading again the scorers, Ortega is the top rebounder - by Gianni Pascucci
After almost two months of CBS 2008 action, Joel Munoz (179-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency) of Magnates is again the league top scorer, with 267 points in 11 games (26,7 ppg), followed by Jonathan King (187-G-90) (Toros) with 228 (22,8 ppg), while Orlando Ortega (196-F-81) of Caimanes is again the league top rebounder, with 7,6 rpg and Alberto Hinds (-G) is the league best assist man with 4,6 apg, see here down all the individual stats leaders:
BEST SCORERS:
1. Joel MUOZ (MAGNATES) 267
2. Jonathan KING (TOROS) 228
3. Fabio GOMEZ (FIERAS) 205
THREE POINTERS:
1. Fabio GOMEZ (FIERAS) 41
2. Joel MUOZ (MAGNATES) 31
3. Alfonso STOUTE (CAIMANES) 28
FREE THROWS:
1. Joel MUOZ (MAGNATES) 74
2. Ernesto OGLIVIE (CAIMANES) 64
3. Jonathan KING (TOROS) 56
TOTAL REBOUNDS:
1. Orlando ORTEGA (CAIMANES) 84
2. Ernesto OGLIVIE (CAIMANES) 79
3. Winston GALLIMORE (FIERAS) 72
ASSISTS:
1. Alberto HINDS (CAIMANES) 51
2. Daniel MUOZ (CANGUROS) 43
3. Joel MUOZ (MAGNATES) 38
STEALS:
1.Daniel MUOZ (CANGUROS) 19
2. Jonathan KING (TOROS) 14
3. Omar HERRERA (FIERAS) 13
BLOCKED SHOTS:
1.- Jorge TATON (CANGUROS) 15
2.- Luis ARCINIEGAS (CANGUROS) 7
3.-Carlos PARRIS (COLOSOS ) 6


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  PARAGUAY   


UAA will challenge UCA for the Metropolitan League title - by Gianni Pascucci
The male team of Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion (UAA) prevailed over Sportivo San Lorenzo in the Metropolitan League Semifinal series advancing to the league Finals, where will meet Universidad Catolica. Game 1 of the Semifinals had ended 78-70 for San Lorenzo, bur UAA came back, winning Game 2, 92-77, and then Game 3, 88-85, winning the series. The best performers of Game 3 were Luis Fernando Dose (201-F/C-65), who scored 27 points in losing effort, Aldo Acosta (192-F/G-76), who led UAA with 24 pts and Mario Olmedo (178-G-78), who added 20 pts. Game 1 of the Metro Finals will be played on Tuesday night. The Finals are best of five games, and the winner team will gain the participation to the 'Top Five Tournament', that will start on August 7, 2008.

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  PORTUGAL   


Sampaense signs Carvalho - by Luis Rocha
Helder Carvalho (203-F/C-84) who plays in Angra for some years, signs with Sampaense and comes back to the Continent. Its a good signing By Sampaense carvalho hes a good player who can help a lot in positions 4 or5. samapense is trying hard to get a good roster that allows the club to come back to higher stages, and with Carvalho it seems that they get another worthable player that can made them stronger and with a deeper roster.

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  SEBL   


WSEBL and SEBL City B-League results for 7/26.08... - by David Archer

Cartersville, GA - The SEBL's City B-League and WSEBL played a full slate of games Saturday. All Games were tightly contested. The results are below...


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Sat., July 26th @ JH Morgan Gym:

(WSEBL) Baseline-3 53 House Liberty/104.9 48... 104.9FM got down by 16 by the half, but made a comeback attempt in the second half after Timolyn Dudley go thot and sank four threes in the latter stages of the game. Baseline-3 used balanced scoring down the stretch by Tamera Watkins and Brandi Smith to hold 104.9FM off. Watkins and Smith both had 13, while Melissa Bunce-Winters had 11. Leah Kessenich had 9 and Shana Perkinson seven for Baseline-3. For 104.9FM, Dudley finished with 22, while Meneshea Wilkins had 10 and Chantel Bradley six.

(WSEBL) Prime Time 43 Kennesaw 37... Prime Time took advantage of a short-handed but competitive Kennesaw squad. Racquel McGee had 13 points, Crishondra Banks 12, Shannon Williams eight, Ariel Anderson six and Hannah Hibbert four to fuel Prime Time. For Kennesaw Mattatha Bunson led the way with 19 points.

AWU-Howren 75 Rockmart 64... Rockmart led the whole way and seemed to have the game in control, but could not hang on down the stretch as AWU-Howren began to chip away with long range buckets. Even as late as 1:49 remaining, Rockmart went up 60-49 after Darius White's two freethrows. But, AWU's Mike Howren nailed consecutive threes to 60-55. Rockmart

Summer Hill 76 Dalton Wholesale 66... Summer Hill jumped out on DW, building a 46-33 lead by half-time behind Mike Reynolds' 14 and Chris Morgan's 11. In the second half, Tim Fortenberry got hot and DW used a 11-0 run to trim SH's big lead down to 71-66 with only 32 seconds left. But, SH got clutch freethrows in the waning seconds from Marcus Henderson, Morgan and Chris Brown to ice the win. Morgan paced SH with 18 pts, while Reynolds finished with 17, Brown 13, Chris Jones 11, Mike Linley 10, Henderson four and Brashawn Knaff three. Ryan Chattam led DW with 18 pts, as Allen Moore had 16, Fortenberry 12, TJ McDaniel and Josh Wilson five each, Tim Crawford four and Byron Washington and Chris Wilson three apiece.


Cedartown 58 Owen FH 54... Given a reprieve, Cedartown returned with a vengance, picking up what had begun to be a strong summer season for them. Nagee Smith leaped his way to 23 points, while Deon Smith and Elijah Smith got 10 each to lead Cedartown to a 58-54 win over an Owen FH team who had won two straight games coming in. Ronnie Donaldson fought his way to a game-high 28 points, and Roman Gilliam had 11, but it wasn't enough for Owen FH get a third straight win.

North Metro 64 Sixers 59... North Metro used a super first half defensive effort to build a 27-18 lead at the break. Brandon Harris hit six early points, while Richard Davis scored eight for North Metro in the first half. North Metro maintained a double-digit lead most of the second half behind clutch perimeter shooting by Darryl Williams, Jr. But, the Sixers applied a full-court press, causing North Metro to cough the ball up. The Sixers fought back to tie the score 58-all with under a minute left. North Metro's Scott Windom got a put-back, then later was fouled sinking one freethrow. After a Sixer's miss they were forced to foul. This time Windom sank both. Brandon Harris sank another freethrow for North Metro to ice the win. For North Metro, Windom finished with 16, Williams had 15, Chris Taylor 11, Richard Davis 10 and Harris seven. For the Sixers, Mario Jordan had 14, while Demetrius Metcalf and Darrell Wilkins both had 13 and Lamar Hudson seven.

Polk County 75 Knicks-2 72... This game was a see-saw battle from buzzer to buzzer. Tied 36-all at the half, Polk pushed out to an eight point lead in the second half behind the inside play of Montero Fezzia and Tory Levarity, before Chris Nichols nailed three straight treys to catapult the Knicks-2 back into the lead. But, Polk was a little too strong inside down the stretch as they pulled out the victory. Montero Fezzia finished with 16 points, while Leverity got 15, Tie Fezzia and Byron Hall had 11 each, Jarmond Bailey nine, Patrick Printup seven and Deshawn Cooley two. For the Knicks-2, Cory Warn had 19, Chaz Leonard 15, Blake King 14, Nichols finished with 11, Deric Williams nine and Brandon Davis two.


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Skyline, Baseline, ServPro & Supreme pick up SEBL A-League wins... - by David Archer
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Cartersville, GA - Skyline gets back on win track, Baseline hangs on again, ServPro-1 fights off a tough Marietta squad, and Supreme finally gets one in the win column. SEBL Metro A-League results from Sunday July 27 are below...

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Sun., July 27th @ JH Morgan Gym

Skyline 69 BC Celtics 67... Skyline found itself in the same position as last Wednesday when the allowed The Force to inch back into the game late and steal a victory at the buzzer. On this night, after leading much of the game, including a 41-31 spread at the intermission. The Celtics worked themselves back into the game with a balance of dribble drives by Andrew Jones and three point bombs by Jeff Croft. Skyline seemed to be buckling again. Mike Reynolds' three finally put the Celtics back up 65-64 with under a minute left. J.D. Pollock (6'5''-G) answered with a bucket in the lane to put Skyline back up by one. After a Celtic miss, Reggie King pulled an offensive board and connected to put his team back up, 67-66. JD Pollock then hit a huge three for Skyline to push them back up 69-67 with 20 seconds remaining. With fouls to give, Skyline forced the Celtics to inbound in the back court, then fouled after they ran some time down, to make it more difficult for the Celtics to get a clean look at the basket. After fouling twice and batting the inbounds pass out another, Skyline was able to the Celtics into an off balanced buzzer shot in the corner. Nick Mattone (6'4''-G) led Skyline with 23 points, while Pollock had 21. Alex Cornett (6'11''-C) also had 13 while Antone Anderson had six point and a boat load of rebounds, as Carter Deems contribued four and Mike Howren was held to two. For the Celtics, Dexter Shaw had a cool 22 points, while Croft finished with 18, King 10, Mike Reynolds nine, DeRon Davis six and Andrew Jones was held to two.


Baseline-1 91 BC Force 86... Baseline-1 never dazzles, with a bend but don't break mentality, but some how has been able to pull out victories in the end. Baseline-1 managed to dig a hole early again, before finally waking up and giving a more spirited effort. Neon Winters repeatedly found the seems under the basket for The Force, to the tune of 10 points in the early going and Darrell Wilkins (6'1''-G-84) downed three treys. Baseline, down by as many as 10 in the first half and little production or defense. Rod Ashmore and Marcus Henderson entered the game and provided a more balanced offense as they worked the middle on both ends. The changed opened the offense up, as Chris Jones and Terrence Hundley (6'2''-G-85) combined for 18 points in a run that saw Baseline race back to take a 38-36 lead at the half. A re-tooled offensive scheme allowed Baseline to build its lead and maintain most of the second half. Joe Hamilton got free under the basket for consecutive baskets and Ronnell Wooten had a stretch where he sank three straight NBA-range threes. The Force threatened, cutting it to one on several occassions in the latter stages, as Wilkins hit a couple of crucial threes and Tony Cook showed he can still go inside and out, by posting for two baskets, then hitting a clutch three pointer. The Force were forced to foul in the final minute, but Kurtis Woods and Terrence Hundley combined to knock down 7 of 8 freethrows to ice the win. Hundley and Wooten both finished with 20 for Baseline-1, while Hamilton had 17, Woods 15, Jones 10, Ashmore seven and Henderson two. For The Force Wilkins finished with 23, Marc Reese 17, Neon Winters 16, Cook 13, Kelvin McConnell (6'0''-G-89) 12 and Cedric McClinic five.

ServPro-1 84 Marietta 74... After battling most of the first half, ServPro-1 closed the half on a 7-0 run and took a 36-31 lead into the half. Marietta fought back early in the second half to re-take the lead. ServPro-1 regrouped with a clever inside-out game. When they did not convert from the perimeter, ServPro-1 would pound the ball in to Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84). Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) would also penetrate and dish to a waiting Cox. Marietta had no answer for Cox, but they would stay with in striking distance behind the scoring of guards Courtney George and Brandon Chambers, who combined for 22 second half points. DeAndre Washington's consecutive three-pointers gave Marietta its first lead since early in the game, at 63-62 with 6:40 remaining in the game. ServPro-1 didn't seem to like that very much as they kicked into another mode. Spencer Dixon drained two long shots and Cox got a put-back, two freethrows and a slam to help ServPro-1 re-build their lead to 10 points with in two minutes. Marietta had to play a catch-up style that didn't bode well, because Spivey, Cox and Jay Nelson collectively went 8-9 at the line. Cox got free for an exclamation slam at the buzzer, adding insult to injury. Cox pace all scorers with 32 points, while Dixon got 21, Spivey 16, Nelson 10, Courtney Stanley (6'4''-F-79) three and Rodney Stallings (6'7''-F, college: Chattanooga) two.

Supreme 93 Knicks-1 84... After letting two straight leads slip away, the Supreme finally got it right as they put together a solid effort down the stretch after building a spread in the second half against the Knicks-1. Carlos Hampton (6'4''-F) led the Supreme with 23 points, Mike Carson (6'4''-G, college: Reinhardt) had 18, as did Jazz Gregoire. Ale Burt (6'7''-F/C) of Clark Atlanta University also had 14, Jason Bryant (6'3''-G, college: Reinhardt) 10, Kenyatta Baylor eight and Ced Ward two. For the Knicks-1, Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Atlanta Metro JC) had 27, Jonathan Johnson (6'6''-F-85, college: S.Georgia Tech CC) 23, DeMarlo Simmons 14, O'Brian Wilkins 11 and Mike Frazier nine.

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  SPAIN   


Spain U18 beat Israel to advance to the qualifying round in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Israel U18 87:65

Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) notched 25 points and 10 rebounds as Spain thumped Israel in the third preliminary round of the U18 European Championship in Greece. Spain thus climbed to 2-1 record in Group A, while Israel fell to 1-2 record. Israel got to a flying start of the game as they led 11:2 early on. Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) and Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) soon stretched the gap to 10 points and entered the second period leading 21:12. Rub tipped off the second stanza with 4 straight points to make it 25:12. Spain struggled to come any closer in the second frame and trailed by 13 points at halftime. However Ignacio Llovet and Jorge Santana (193-G-90) teamed up for 10 points at the start of the third term as the deficit was narrowed to 6 points. Ignacio Llovet and Jorge Santana continued to deliver points and Spain drew things level at 53 with under 3 minutes left in the third period. Daniel Perez (188-G-90) fired back-to-back trebles afterwards and Spain picked up a 5-point advantage. Spaniards posted a 9:2 run at the beginning of the final quarter to accumulate a 10-point advantage. Israel looked distressed at the moment and Spain capitalized. They easily kept Israel at bay through the rest of the battle and ensured a solid victory at the end. Jorge Santana had 19 points for Spain. Daniel Perez added 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Tamir Ariely replied with 21 points for Israel. Carmel Bouchman (205-F-91), Yotam Shiran and Nadav Heyman (187-G-90) netted 8 points apiece in defeat.

Spain U18: Ignacio Llovet 25+10 boards, Jorge Santana 19, Daniel Perez 10
Israel U18: Tamir Ariely 21, Carmel Bouchman 8+8 boards


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Stars Beat Soul in UBL Final - by Mac Claire
Addison, TX - What a day of post season action for the UBL, topped off with a hard fought championship game won by the Central Texas Stars, 113-107 over the San Antonio Soul.
The Stars had to come from 25 points behind in their semi round playoff game to defeat the Texas Wranglers, 132-128. The Soul stunned the Arkansas Warriors in the other semi round contest, 97-91. That set the stage for what was a terrific battle for the championship.
'I'm glad it's (the season) over,' said league VP Ozzie Denson, whose Wranglers came so close. 'The league has earned credibility as we have completed the season.'
CEO Mac Claire offered this: 'A goal has been reached in completing our first season. While we lost two teams as the season begun, the six remaining teams played the entire season, minus a few cancellations that were unavoidable.
'This should be a feel good moment for the league, but we need to improve upon the things that we didn't do well so that we have stronger teams next season. We can't rest on our laurels.
'Overall though, this was a good inaugural season.'
Congratulations go out to all of the players, coaches, owners, and other staff who made the season successful.





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France cruise to the initial win at the U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Ukraine U18 70:50

French Juniors earned their first win at the European Championship in Greece. They eased past Ukraine to improve to 1-1 record in preliminary Group C. Ukraine slipped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Both teams got to a slow start as defense prevailed at the moment. However France was the first to strike as Chrislain Cairo (196-F-91) and Lang capped the first period with 5 straight points for a 19:12 French lead. Otverchenko nailed 5 points early in the second stanza to keep Ukraine in contest. However Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) soon netted 5 points in a row and France cleared off to an 11-point distance. They went on a15:2 run to tip off the third term and Ukraine appeared trailing by as many as 20 points. Oleksandr Osnach (202-C-90) netted 7 points late in the quarter to shave the deficit to 14 points with one quarter remaining. However Florian Thibedore (192-G-90) and Andrew Albicy quickly denied Ukrainian team any hope as they knocked down 8 points and built a 20-point advantage once again. Ukraine never rebounded in the final minutes and suffered another defeat at the tournament. Alexis Tanghe (207-F/C-90) had 15 points and 8 boards for France. Florian Thibedore added 14 points, while Chrislain Cairo contributed 12 points and 9 boards in a win. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-F-90) netted 12 points to pace Ukraine. Roman Dmytrenko (200-F-90) secured 11 points in a losing clause.

France U18: Alexis Tanghe 15, Florian Thibedore 14, Chrislain Cairo 12
Ukraine U18: Ruslan Otverchenko 12, Roman Dmytrenko 11


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  VENEZUELA   


Oscar Torres and Hector Romero will play together in Italy's Snaidero Udine - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan Senior NT players Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) and Hector Romero (202-F-80), who already play together in Venezuela's LPB for Marinos de Anzoategui, will now experience the same feeling overseas, as their agent, Rolando Urdaneta, announced that they'll both play for Snaidero Udine in the 2008-2009 season of Italy's Lega A basketball.

For Torres, a 31 years old small forward and a former NBA player with the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors back in 2001 and 2002, it will be his third team in Italy, where he played last season for UPIM Fortitudo Bologna averaging 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 36 league games, while posting 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per outing in the ULEB Cup. His first experience in that country came after his NBA stint and in between 2002 and 2004 for Pompea Napoli.

Torres, currently playing alongside Romero in Venezuela's LPB playoffs for Marinos, recently played for Venezuela's Senior NT in the South American Championship of Chile. In his pro career, he's also played internationally for russian teams BC Khimki of Moscow and the prestigious CSKA Moscow.

Meanwhile, Romero will play for his third italian team in less than 18 months, as he began last season's Lega A with Legea Scafati, for whom he averaged 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in 10 games prior to his move to Italy's best team, Montepaschi Siena, a Euroleague's Final Four contestant and the 2007-2008 league champion. For Siena, Romero could not play as often as he would have liked to and was always used coming off the bench with nearly no minutes to showcase his talent.

In his international career, he's already had the chance to play in several leagues after he departed from the NCAA's New Orleans starting five. He was a star for Ramat Hasharon in Israel and later on has moved to LG Sakers in Korea, AEL Larissa in Greece and Polaris Murcia in Spain. He played for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers in the 2006 Las Vegas Summer League and was supposed to do the same this year for the Memphis Grizzlies, but trouble with his visa prevented him from making it to Nevada.


LPB 2008 Semifinals - Gameday 6: Cocodrilos and Trotamundos prevail at home, Game 7 for both series - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas and Trotamundos de Carabobo earned home victories in Game 6 and thus stood alive in the race for a spot in Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2008 Finals, by tying their respective series, 3-3. Game 7 will be needed to determine the finalists.



SERIES A
COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 85 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 80
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.
(Series tied 3-3)

Quarter by quarter
COC: 18-22-22-23= 85
MAR: 29-15-18-18= 80


Scorers
COC: Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 23 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 16 points and 11 rebounds, Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) 14 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 12 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 9 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 5 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 4 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 2 points
MAR: Lee Nailon (204-F-75) 22 points and 7 rebounds, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 20 points and 10 rebounds, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 13 points and 8 rebounds, Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 10 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 7 points and 6 assists, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 6 points, Javier Mojica (190-G-84) 2 points


SERIES B
TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 98 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 76
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo
(Series tied 3-3)


Quarter by quarter
TRO: 27-34-15-22= 98
GAI: 23-10-25-18= 76

Scorers
TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 22 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 17 points, J.R. Wallace (183-G-81) 16 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 16 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 10 points and 9 rebounds, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 8 points, James Boo Jackson 5 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 4 points
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 20 points and 5 assists, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80) 12 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 11 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 9 points, Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74) 8 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 7 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) 3 points, Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) 2 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 2 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 2 points




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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Argentina edges Venezuela to book U19 World Championship ticket - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Venezuela U18 81:38

Argentinean Juniors celebrated a key win in their chase for the spot at the U19 World Championship to be held in Thailand next year. They held off Venezuela yesterday to ensure their visiting Bangkok in 2009. It was a do-or-die battle for both sides and the tension filled the air in the first period. The teams committed too many mistakes in the starting frame and teamed up for just 24 points. Venezuela used a 7-point heroics from Yosimar Corrales (-G-90) to lead 13:11 at the first break. However Argentina surged ahead in the second period cheered by the home crowd. They posted an 18:4 run late in the period and accumulated 31:19 advantage at halftime. The hosts went on a 9:0 surge at the start of the third stanza to maintain a 21-point lead throughout the frame. Argentina limited the visitors to only 6 points in the third quarter and piled up a 26-point cushion before the fourth term. Venezuela never recovered conceding 30 points in the fourth term and losing the crucial battle at the tournament. Debora Gonzalez (170-G-90) came up with 22 points for Argentina. Andrea Boquete (178-F-90) had 15 points, while Macarena Rosset (178-F-90) netted 12 points in a win. Germary Blanco (-90) had 10 points in defeat. Argentina converted solid 45% from the field and forced their opponents to 24 turnovers.

Argentina U18: Debora Gonzalez 22, Andrea Boquete 15, Macarena Rosset 12
Venezuela U18: Germary Blanco 10, Yosimar Corrales 9


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  BRAZIL - Women  


United States win U18 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Brazil U18 96:51

The United States Junior National Team ensured a cruising win over Brazil in the fourth round of action at the FIBA Americas Championship. Thus the USA improved to 4-0 record and secured the top-spot finish at the tournament. Brazil fell to 3-2 record in the middle of the ladder. The USA jumped to an early 21:4 lead and never looked back en route to yet another comprehensive victory in Buenos Aires. The North American team overwhelmed their opponents 35:10 in the opening stanza. Nneka Ogwumike scored 10 points in the second period and the USA stretched their lead to as many as 34 points at the interval. The United States Juniors never slowed down in the second half and outgunned the Latin American side 19:14 in the third stanza. Brazil failed to win at least one quarter coming up short 15:21 in the fourth and losing the game. The USA outrebounded their opponents 58:23. Brazil converted none of their 21 three-point attempts and suffered 17 turnovers down the stretch. Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) and Nneka Ogwumike posted 13 points apiece to lead the USA. Sarah Boothe (6'5''-C-90) accounted for 12 points in a winning case. Cristiane Simoes (6'4''-F/C-91) replied with 10 points for Brazil. Leila Zabani (5'11''-G/F-91) dropped 8 points in defeat. The USA will wrap up their campaign against Argentina tomorrow. Brazil faces Puerto Rico in the final round of action.

USA U18: Skylar Diggins 13, Nneka Ogwumike 13, Sarah Boothe 12
Brazil U18: Cristiane Simoes 10, Leila Zabani 8


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Ukraine clinches the 11th spot in Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Bulgaria U18 72:60

Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) exploded with 30 points to lead Ukrainian Juniors to the win in the final game at the European Championship in Slovakia. Today Ukraine held off Bulgarian counterparts to claim the 11th overall spot at the tournament. Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) reigned the boards with game-high 24 caroms and Ukraine survived a second-half rally from Bulgaria to score a hard-fought win at the end. Ukrainian team closed the opening stanza on a 6:0 run to grab a 17:15 lead. Kateryna Dorogobuzova opened the second stanza with 6 straight points as Ukraine cleared off to an 8-point distance. Kateryna Dorogobuzova would not go quiet as she added three straight treys later on to lift Ukraine to a 37:17 advantage late in the period. The gap would go up to 22 points at the interval. Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) opened the third quarter with yet another treble as Ukrainian Juniors piled up a 25-point advantage. But Bulgaria then answered with a 14:4 rally to cut the deficit to 16 points heading into the fourth period. Anna-Maria Boshkova (182-F-90) and Stanislava Stankova (168-G-90) shaved the margin to 7 points with 5 minutes to go in regulation. Later Antonia Zagorova (184-C-90) nailed a jumper and Bulgaria were down by only 6 points with just over 2 minutes left. But Nataliya Havrylyuk (178-G-90) fired from downtown and Kateryna Dorogobuzova was deadly from free throw line to seal the victory for Ukrainian team at the end. Ol'ha Maznichenko provided 22 points and 12 boards for Ukraine. Nataliya Havrylyuk had 13 points in a winning case. Stanislava Stankova answered with 20 points and 7 assists for Bulgaria. Anna-Maria Boshkova had 11 points in defeat.

Ukraine U18: Kateryna Dorogobuzova 30, Ol'ha Maznichenko 22+12 boards, Nataliya Havrylyuk 13
Bulgaria U18: Stanislava Stankova 20, Anna-Maria Boshkova 11


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Canada secures second-spot finish in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Puerto Rico U18 78:65

Canadian Junior National Team ensured their second-place result at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They beat Puerto Rican team yesterday to improve to 3-1 record in the ladder just behind undefeated USA. Canada also booked the ticket to Thailand for the U19 World Championship next year. Canada got to a brave start against winless Puerto Rico claiming a 22:16 advantage at the first intermission. However the Caribbean side burst out with an 11:0 run late in the second stanza to build a 38:33 advantage at halftime. The gap was stretched to 7 points at the start of the third frame. However Canada came back to life after a timeout and answered with a 9:0 rally to pull ahead. They enjoyed a 53:49 advantage at three-quarter time. Puerto Rico failed to spark the intrigue in the fourth period and Canada eased to their third victory at the tournament. Taryn Wicijowski (188-F/C) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Kayla Alexander (195-F/C-91) added 16 points and 14 boards, while Elyse Jobin (180-G-90) added 14 points in a win. Cristina Centeno (175-G-90) answered with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Lorraine Morales (180-C/F-90) dropped 12 points in a losing effort. Canada outmuscled their opponents on the glass pulling down 46 rebounds including 15 offensive ones. They also limited Puerto Rico to just 31% from the field.

Canada U18: Taryn Wicijowski 18, Kayla Alexander 16+14 boards, Elyse Jobin 14
Puerto Rico U18: Cristina Centeno 13, Lorraine Morales 12


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  NCAA1 - Women  


United States win U18 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Brazil U18 96:51

The United States Junior National Team ensured a cruising win over Brazil in the fourth round of action at the FIBA Americas Championship. Thus the USA improved to 4-0 record and secured the top-spot finish at the tournament. Brazil fell to 3-2 record in the middle of the ladder. The USA jumped to an early 21:4 lead and never looked back en route to yet another comprehensive victory in Buenos Aires. The North American team overwhelmed their opponents 35:10 in the opening stanza. Nneka Ogwumike scored 10 points in the second period and the USA stretched their lead to as many as 34 points at the interval. The United States Juniors never slowed down in the second half and outgunned the Latin American side 19:14 in the third stanza. Brazil failed to win at least one quarter coming up short 15:21 in the fourth and losing the game. The USA outrebounded their opponents 58:23. Brazil converted none of their 21 three-point attempts and suffered 17 turnovers down the stretch. Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) and Nneka Ogwumike posted 13 points apiece to lead the USA. Sarah Boothe (6'5''-C-90) accounted for 12 points in a winning case. Cristiane Simoes (6'4''-F/C-91) replied with 10 points for Brazil. Leila Zabani (5'11''-G/F-91) dropped 8 points in defeat. The USA will wrap up their campaign against Argentina tomorrow. Brazil faces Puerto Rico in the final round of action.

USA U18: Skylar Diggins 13, Nneka Ogwumike 13, Sarah Boothe 12
Brazil U18: Cristiane Simoes 10, Leila Zabani 8


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  POLAND - Women  


Slovak Republic wrap up home campaign with win - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18 - Poland U18 76:46

Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) came up with probably her best performance at the European Championship and Slovakia routed Poland to clinch the 7th spot in Nitra. Slovakian centre finished with 25 points and 23 boards to propel Slovakia to a comprehensive win earlier today. The hosts looked better down the stretch and deservedly scored an impressive victory. Klaudia Lukacovicova and Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) teamed up in the opening stanza to carry the home team ahead 15:7. Three-pointers from Katarina Balintova (177-G-90) and Barbora Novocka (168-G-90) allowed Slovakia to accumulate a 37:22 advantage at halftime. Klaudia Lukacovicova and Veronika Cernakova were once again the key figures for Slovakia in the third stanza as they combined for 16 points and Slovakia stretched the margin to as many as 23 points with one quarter left. Poland never seriously threatened the margin in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Veronika Cernakova posted 24 points for Slovakia. Anna Medvidova (170-G-90) had 8 points in a winning effort. Klaudia Sosnowska (186-F-90) replied with 12 points for Poland. Olivia Tomialowicz (182-G-90) dropped 11 points in a losing case. Slovakia limited their opponents to only 24% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 47:40. Slovakia committed just 10 turnovers down the stretch and converted 45% of field goals.

Slovak Republic U18: Klaudia Lukacovicova 25+23 boards, Veronika Cernakova 24, Anna Medvidova 8
Poland U18: Klaudia Sosnowska 12, Olivia Tomialowicz 11


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Canada secures second-spot finish in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Puerto Rico U18 78:65

Canadian Junior National Team ensured their second-place result at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They beat Puerto Rican team yesterday to improve to 3-1 record in the ladder just behind undefeated USA. Canada also booked the ticket to Thailand for the U19 World Championship next year. Canada got to a brave start against winless Puerto Rico claiming a 22:16 advantage at the first intermission. However the Caribbean side burst out with an 11:0 run late in the second stanza to build a 38:33 advantage at halftime. The gap was stretched to 7 points at the start of the third frame. However Canada came back to life after a timeout and answered with a 9:0 rally to pull ahead. They enjoyed a 53:49 advantage at three-quarter time. Puerto Rico failed to spark the intrigue in the fourth period and Canada eased to their third victory at the tournament. Taryn Wicijowski (188-F/C) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Kayla Alexander (195-F/C-91) added 16 points and 14 boards, while Elyse Jobin (180-G-90) added 14 points in a win. Cristina Centeno (175-G-90) answered with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Lorraine Morales (180-C/F-90) dropped 12 points in a losing effort. Canada outmuscled their opponents on the glass pulling down 46 rebounds including 15 offensive ones. They also limited Puerto Rico to just 31% from the field.

Canada U18: Taryn Wicijowski 18, Kayla Alexander 16+14 boards, Elyse Jobin 14
Puerto Rico U18: Cristina Centeno 13, Lorraine Morales 12


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  SERBIA - Women  


Spain earn fifth spot in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Spain U18 64:69

Spanish Junior National Team prevailed over Serbian team today and clinched the 5th spot at the European Championship. The game turned out to be a replay of the last seasons title encounter but this time the stakes were still high. The teams fought for the spot at the U19 World Championship in Thailand next year. Spanish team used an impressive first half to craft the victory the needed to get the ticket to Bangkok. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) paced Spaniards with 18 points. Isabel Perez (184-F-90) contributed 14 points for the winners. Jovana Popovic (173-G-90), Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) and Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) all scored 13 points apiece for Serbia in defeat. Spain dominated in the first half. They used a 10:2 run in the starting frame to open a double-digit lead 17:7. Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) hit a jumper to accumulate an 11-point advantage for Spain early in the second stanza. Spain maintained the margin well throughout the second stanza and enjoyed a 14-point cushion entering the second half. But Serbia bounced back in the third frame. They accounted for 28 points in the quarter and drew things level at 53 with ten minutes to go in the game. Gimeno nailed 5 straight points for Spain to set them back in charge 64:57 midway through the final frame. Serbia came back within 3 points with 54 seconds remaining but Leonor Rodriguez and Marta Tudanca (182-F-90) converted freebies and sealed the win for Spain.

Serbia U18: Jovana Popovic 13, Sara Krnjic 13, Tina Jovanovic 13
Spain U18: Leonor Rodriguez 18, Isabel Perez 14, Cristina Ouvina 10, Marta Tudanca 10


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovak Republic wrap up home campaign with win - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18 - Poland U18 76:46

Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) came up with probably her best performance at the European Championship and Slovakia routed Poland to clinch the 7th spot in Nitra. Slovakian centre finished with 25 points and 23 boards to propel Slovakia to a comprehensive win earlier today. The hosts looked better down the stretch and deservedly scored an impressive victory. Klaudia Lukacovicova and Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) teamed up in the opening stanza to carry the home team ahead 15:7. Three-pointers from Katarina Balintova (177-G-90) and Barbora Novocka (168-G-90) allowed Slovakia to accumulate a 37:22 advantage at halftime. Klaudia Lukacovicova and Veronika Cernakova were once again the key figures for Slovakia in the third stanza as they combined for 16 points and Slovakia stretched the margin to as many as 23 points with one quarter left. Poland never seriously threatened the margin in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Veronika Cernakova posted 24 points for Slovakia. Anna Medvidova (170-G-90) had 8 points in a winning effort. Klaudia Sosnowska (186-F-90) replied with 12 points for Poland. Olivia Tomialowicz (182-G-90) dropped 11 points in a losing case. Slovakia limited their opponents to only 24% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 47:40. Slovakia committed just 10 turnovers down the stretch and converted 45% of field goals.

Slovak Republic U18: Klaudia Lukacovicova 25+23 boards, Veronika Cernakova 24, Anna Medvidova 8
Poland U18: Klaudia Sosnowska 12, Olivia Tomialowicz 11


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain earn fifth spot in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Spain U18 64:69

Spanish Junior National Team prevailed over Serbian team today and clinched the 5th spot at the European Championship. The game turned out to be a replay of the last seasons title encounter but this time the stakes were still high. The teams fought for the spot at the U19 World Championship in Thailand next year. Spanish team used an impressive first half to craft the victory the needed to get the ticket to Bangkok. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) paced Spaniards with 18 points. Isabel Perez (184-F-90) contributed 14 points for the winners. Jovana Popovic (173-G-90), Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) and Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) all scored 13 points apiece for Serbia in defeat. Spain dominated in the first half. They used a 10:2 run in the starting frame to open a double-digit lead 17:7. Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) hit a jumper to accumulate an 11-point advantage for Spain early in the second stanza. Spain maintained the margin well throughout the second stanza and enjoyed a 14-point cushion entering the second half. But Serbia bounced back in the third frame. They accounted for 28 points in the quarter and drew things level at 53 with ten minutes to go in the game. Gimeno nailed 5 straight points for Spain to set them back in charge 64:57 midway through the final frame. Serbia came back within 3 points with 54 seconds remaining but Leonor Rodriguez and Marta Tudanca (182-F-90) converted freebies and sealed the win for Spain.

Serbia U18: Jovana Popovic 13, Sara Krnjic 13, Tina Jovanovic 13
Spain U18: Leonor Rodriguez 18, Isabel Perez 14, Cristina Ouvina 10, Marta Tudanca 10


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Tugce Canitez carries Turkey past Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Turkey U18 67:76

Turkish U18 National Team finished the European Championship at the 9th spot. Today they fired down Sweden to complete their European campaign with victory. Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) tallied monster double-double of 20 points and 20 boards to propel Turkey to the win. Moreover Turkey managed to hold Swedish sensation Cleopatra Forsman (180-G-91) to only 13 points. Sweden used their usual weapon as they poured in a barrage of three-pointers early in the game to surge in front. They were up by 7 points late in the starting period but Tugce Canitez capped the first frame with a jumper and Turkey trailed 16:21. Sweden maintained the minimum lead throughout the second stanza and drove to the interval ahead by one 29:28. Gamze Takmaz (182-F-91) opened the second half with a layup to put Turkey in front. The lead changed hands for several times before Tugce Canitez and Firat put them in charge 47:41. Kucukkaya and Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) reestablished Swedish advantage late in the period but Turkey had the last laugh of the term. Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) drained a three-pointer and gave Turkish team a 50:48 lead heading into the final stanza. Turkey began the fourth quarter with a 9:0 run to clear off to an 11-point distance. Nevertheless Sweden were far from being done. They answered with a 13:4 run to come within 2 points from Turkey. But it was as close as Sweden could get. Gamze Takmaz, Damla Gezgin (172-G-90) and Tugce Canitez pulled Turkey away and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Ozge Yavas contributed 18 points for the winners. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) scored 18 points for Sweden. Frida Fogdemark had 13 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Sweden U18: Stefanie Yderstrom 18, Cleopatra Forsman 13+13 boards, Frida Fogdemark 13
Turkey U18: Tugce Canitez 20+20 boards, Ozge Yavas 18, Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) 9


Sweden will play for the 9th spot in Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Ukraine U18 74:60

Cleopatra Forsman (180-G-91) once again reminded of herself when she tallied monster double-double of 21 points and 15 boards to lift Swedish U18 Team past Ukraine. Thus Sweden will take on Turkey for the 9th overall spot at the European Championship in Slovakia today. Ukraine will play for the 11th place against Bulgaria later tonight. Sweden quickly built a 14:2 lead at the start of the game and maintained the gap through the rest of the first term. They enjoyed a 12-point buffer heading into the second quarter. The margin grew to 15 points at one point in the second frame but Ukraine managed to shave it back to 12 at halftime. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) chipped in some key baskets in the third period to allow Ukraine cut the deficit to 6 points at three-quarter time. However Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) nailed 4 points early in the fourth term to give Sweden a 10-point advantage. Kathleen Smith (183-F-90) knocked down consecutive triples midway through the fourth stanza and Sweden never looked in the reminder of the contest. Frida Fogdemark notched 17 points for Sweden. Kathleen Smith added 9 points in a winning case. Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) netted 27 points and pulled down 14 boards to pace Ukraine. Kateryna Dorogobuzova secured 17 points in a losing effort. Ukraine outrebounded Sweden 55:42 but shot just 25% from the field. Sweden answered with 45% accuracy of field goals.

Sweden U18: Cleopatra Forsman 21+15 boards, Frida Fogdemark 17, Kathleen Smith 9
Ukraine U18: Ol'ha Maznichenko 27+14 boards, Kateryna Dorogobuzova 17


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18 - Women  


FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Day 4 - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Brazil U18 96:51
The United States Junior National Team ensured a cruising win over Brazil in the fourth round of action at the FIBA Americas Championship. Thus the USA improved to 4-0 record and secured the top-spot finish at the tournament. Brazil fell to 3-2 record in the middle of the ladder. The USA jumped to an early 21:4 lead and never looked back en route to yet another comprehensive victory in Buenos Aires. The North American team overwhelmed their opponents 35:10 in the opening stanza. Nneka Ogwumike scored 10 points in the second period and the USA stretched their lead to as many as 34 points at the interval. The United States Juniors never slowed down in the second half and outgunned the Latin American side 19:14 in the third stanza. Brazil failed to win at least one quarter coming up short 15:21 in the fourth and losing the game. The USA outrebounded their opponents 58:23. Brazil converted none of their 21 three-point attempts and suffered 17 turnovers down the stretch. Skylar Diggins (175-G-90) and Nneka Ogwumike posted 13 points apiece to lead the USA. Sarah Boothe (196-C-90) accounted for 12 points in a winning case. Cristiane Simoes (192-F/C-91) replied with 10 points for Brazil. Leila Zabani (180-G/F-91) dropped 8 points in defeat. The USA will wrap up their campaign against Argentina tomorrow. Brazil faces Puerto Rico in the final round of action.

USA U18: Skylar Diggins 13, Nneka Ogwumike 13, Sarah Boothe 12
Brazil U18: Cristiane Simoes 10, Leila Zabani 8


Canada U18 - Puerto Rico U18 78:65
Canadian Junior National Team ensured their second-place result at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. They beat Puerto Rican team yesterday to improve to 3-1 record in the ladder just behind undefeated USA. Canada also booked the ticket to Thailand for the U19 World Championship next year. Canada got to a brave start against winless Puerto Rico claiming a 22:16 advantage at the first intermission. However the Caribbean side burst out with an 11:0 run late in the second stanza to build a 38:33 advantage at halftime. The gap was stretched to 7 points at the start of the third frame. However Canada came back to life after a timeout and answered with a 9:0 rally to pull ahead. They enjoyed a 53:49 advantage at three-quarter time. Puerto Rico failed to spark the intrigue in the fourth period and Canada eased to their third victory at the tournament. Taryn Wicijowski (188-F/C) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Kayla Alexander (195-F/C-91) added 16 points and 14 boards, while Elyse Jobin (180-G-90) added 14 points in a win. Cristina Centeno (175-G-90) answered with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Lorraine Morales (180-C/F-90) dropped 12 points in a losing effort. Canada outmuscled their opponents on the glass pulling down 46 rebounds including 15 offensive ones. They also limited Puerto Rico to just 31% from the field.

Canada U18: Taryn Wicijowski 18, Kayla Alexander 16+14 boards, Elyse Jobin 14
Puerto Rico U18: Cristina Centeno 13, Lorraine Morales 12


Argentina U18 - Venezuela U18 81:38
Argentinean Juniors celebrated a key win in their chase for the spot at the U19 World Championship to be held in Thailand next year. They held off Venezuela yesterday to ensure their visiting Bangkok in 2009. It was a do-or-die battle for both sides and the tension filled the air in the first period. The teams committed too many mistakes in the starting frame and teamed up for just 24 points. Venezuela used a 7-point heroics from Yosimar Corrales (-G-90) to lead 13:11 at the first break. However Argentina surged ahead in the second period cheered by the home crowd. They posted an 18:4 run late in the period and accumulated 31:19 advantage at halftime. The hosts went on a 9:0 surge at the start of the third stanza to maintain a 21-point lead throughout the frame. Argentina limited the visitors to only 6 points in the third quarter and piled up a 26-point cushion before the fourth term. Venezuela never recovered conceding 30 points in the fourth term and losing the crucial battle at the tournament. Debora Gonzalez (170-G-90) came up with 22 points for Argentina. Andrea Boquete (178-F-90) had 15 points, while Macarena Rosset (178-F-90) netted 12 points in a win. Germary Blanco (-90) had 10 points in defeat. Argentina converted solid 45% from the field and forced their opponents to 24 turnovers.

Argentina U18: Debora Gonzalez 22, Andrea Boquete 15, Macarena Rosset 12
Venezuela U18: Germary Blanco 10, Yosimar Corrales 9


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  TURKEY - Women  


Tugce Canitez carries Turkey past Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Turkey U18 67:76

Turkish U18 National Team finished the European Championship at the 9th spot. Today they fired down Sweden to complete their European campaign with victory. Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) tallied monster double-double of 20 points and 20 boards to propel Turkey to the win. Moreover Turkey managed to hold Swedish sensation Cleopatra Forsman (180-G-91) to only 13 points. Sweden used their usual weapon as they poured in a barrage of three-pointers early in the game to surge in front. They were up by 7 points late in the starting period but Tugce Canitez capped the first frame with a jumper and Turkey trailed 16:21. Sweden maintained the minimum lead throughout the second stanza and drove to the interval ahead by one 29:28. Gamze Takmaz (182-F-91) opened the second half with a layup to put Turkey in front. The lead changed hands for several times before Tugce Canitez and Firat put them in charge 47:41. Kucukkaya and Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) reestablished Swedish advantage late in the period but Turkey had the last laugh of the term. Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) drained a three-pointer and gave Turkish team a 50:48 lead heading into the final stanza. Turkey began the fourth quarter with a 9:0 run to clear off to an 11-point distance. Nevertheless Sweden were far from being done. They answered with a 13:4 run to come within 2 points from Turkey. But it was as close as Sweden could get. Gamze Takmaz, Damla Gezgin (172-G-90) and Tugce Canitez pulled Turkey away and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Ozge Yavas contributed 18 points for the winners. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) scored 18 points for Sweden. Frida Fogdemark had 13 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Sweden U18: Stefanie Yderstrom 18, Cleopatra Forsman 13+13 boards, Frida Fogdemark 13
Turkey U18: Tugce Canitez 20+20 boards, Ozge Yavas 18, Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) 9


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Sweden will play for the 9th spot in Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Ukraine U18 74:60

Cleopatra Forsman (180-G-91) once again reminded of herself when she tallied monster double-double of 21 points and 15 boards to lift Swedish U18 Team past Ukraine. Thus Sweden will take on Turkey for the 9th overall spot at the European Championship in Slovakia today. Ukraine will play for the 11th place against Bulgaria later tonight. Sweden quickly built a 14:2 lead at the start of the game and maintained the gap through the rest of the first term. They enjoyed a 12-point buffer heading into the second quarter. The margin grew to 15 points at one point in the second frame but Ukraine managed to shave it back to 12 at halftime. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) chipped in some key baskets in the third period to allow Ukraine cut the deficit to 6 points at three-quarter time. However Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) nailed 4 points early in the fourth term to give Sweden a 10-point advantage. Kathleen Smith (183-F-90) knocked down consecutive triples midway through the fourth stanza and Sweden never looked in the reminder of the contest. Frida Fogdemark notched 17 points for Sweden. Kathleen Smith added 9 points in a winning case. Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) netted 27 points and pulled down 14 boards to pace Ukraine. Kateryna Dorogobuzova secured 17 points in a losing effort. Ukraine outrebounded Sweden 55:42 but shot just 25% from the field. Sweden answered with 45% accuracy of field goals.

Sweden U18: Cleopatra Forsman 21+15 boards, Frida Fogdemark 17, Kathleen Smith 9
Ukraine U18: Ol'ha Maznichenko 27+14 boards, Kateryna Dorogobuzova 17


Ukraine clinches the 11th spot in Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Bulgaria U18 72:60

Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) exploded with 30 points to lead Ukrainian Juniors to the win in the final game at the European Championship in Slovakia. Today Ukraine held off Bulgarian counterparts to claim the 11th overall spot at the tournament. Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) reigned the boards with game-high 24 caroms and Ukraine survived a second-half rally from Bulgaria to score a hard-fought win at the end. Ukrainian team closed the opening stanza on a 6:0 run to grab a 17:15 lead. Kateryna Dorogobuzova opened the second stanza with 6 straight points as Ukraine cleared off to an 8-point distance. Kateryna Dorogobuzova would not go quiet as she added three straight treys later on to lift Ukraine to a 37:17 advantage late in the period. The gap would go up to 22 points at the interval. Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) opened the third quarter with yet another treble as Ukrainian Juniors piled up a 25-point advantage. But Bulgaria then answered with a 14:4 rally to cut the deficit to 16 points heading into the fourth period. Anna-Maria Boshkova (182-F-90) and Stanislava Stankova (168-G-90) shaved the margin to 7 points with 5 minutes to go in regulation. Later Antonia Zagorova (184-C-90) nailed a jumper and Bulgaria were down by only 6 points with just over 2 minutes left. But Nataliya Havrylyuk (178-G-90) fired from downtown and Kateryna Dorogobuzova was deadly from free throw line to seal the victory for Ukrainian team at the end. Ol'ha Maznichenko provided 22 points and 12 boards for Ukraine. Nataliya Havrylyuk had 13 points in a winning case. Stanislava Stankova answered with 20 points and 7 assists for Bulgaria. Anna-Maria Boshkova had 11 points in defeat.

Ukraine U18: Kateryna Dorogobuzova 30, Ol'ha Maznichenko 22+12 boards, Nataliya Havrylyuk 13
Bulgaria U18: Stanislava Stankova 20, Anna-Maria Boshkova 11


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


Argentina edges Venezuela to book U19 World Championship ticket - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U18 - Venezuela U18 81:38

Argentinean Juniors celebrated a key win in their chase for the spot at the U19 World Championship to be held in Thailand next year. They held off Venezuela yesterday to ensure their visiting Bangkok in 2009. It was a do-or-die battle for both sides and the tension filled the air in the first period. The teams committed too many mistakes in the starting frame and teamed up for just 24 points. Venezuela used a 7-point heroics from Yosimar Corrales (-G-90) to lead 13:11 at the first break. However Argentina surged ahead in the second period cheered by the home crowd. They posted an 18:4 run late in the period and accumulated 31:19 advantage at halftime. The hosts went on a 9:0 surge at the start of the third stanza to maintain a 21-point lead throughout the frame. Argentina limited the visitors to only 6 points in the third quarter and piled up a 26-point cushion before the fourth term. Venezuela never recovered conceding 30 points in the fourth term and losing the crucial battle at the tournament. Debora Gonzalez (170-G-90) came up with 22 points for Argentina. Andrea Boquete (178-F-90) had 15 points, while Macarena Rosset (178-F-90) netted 12 points in a win. Germary Blanco (-90) had 10 points in defeat. Argentina converted solid 45% from the field and forced their opponents to 24 turnovers.

Argentina U18: Debora Gonzalez 22, Andrea Boquete 15, Macarena Rosset 12
Venezuela U18: Germary Blanco 10, Yosimar Corrales 9


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  WNBA - Women  


Monarchs match a franchise record with 7 straight wins - by Bruno Baltazar
Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) scored 16 points and Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, college: Florida St.) added 15 for the Houston Comets, who beat the Chicago Sky, 79-65.
Rookie Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) (13 points), Shannon Johnson (5'7''-G-74, college: USC) (12 points) and Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) (11 points) also scored in double digits for Houston (14-12), which moved into a tie with Los Angeles for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Chicago's Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) made 9 of 15 shots and finished with a season high-tying 28 points. Leading scorer Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) added 15 points for Chicago (8-17), which has lost seven straight on the road.

Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs, who beat the Indiana Fever 70-62 to match a franchise record with seven straight victories.
Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) made three 3-pointers and scored 23 points for the Fever, which has lost three in a row and five of six overall.