EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/29/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Market news - by Facundo Iatzky
Liga A:
Gimnasia Comodoro agreed terms with Mariano Franco (200-F-80, agency: CDM Basketball)
Quilmes Mar del plata agreed terms with panamenian Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: CDM Basketball)
Estudiantes Bahia Blanca resigned Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest)

TNA:
San Martin Marcos Juarez agreed terms with nigerian Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.)
Asociacion Italiana added Lucas Saul (188-G-77), Rodrigo Alvarez (195-G/F-83) and Gustavo Bianco (197-F-78, agency: Interperformances) to their roster.
La union formosa resigned Marcos Sabaj (183-G-87)
Atletico Echague parana signed Javier Ledesma (188-G-81)
Obera TC signed Juan Pablo Rotta (194-G-86) and Javier Ceci (183-G-79).
Belgrano San Nicolas signed German Boero (192-F-81), Diego Ferrero (204-F/C-83), Ramiro Zarzo (191-F-87), Gregorio Eseverri (194-G/F-87) and Stan Easterling (206-C-67, college: Gardner-Webb).
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  AUSTRIA   


U18 EC, division B: Austria unbeaten yet, Montenegro suffers first defeat - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 Montenegro 71-65

Austria remains unbeaten after two days on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecin. On the other side Montenegro, which celebrated against Norway in the first round, dropped on score 1-1 in Preliminary Group A.

Austrians opened the game much better making quick 10-4 run. Montenegro recovered from it soon and after lay-up by Filip Barovic (205-F-90) made a turn 20-21 keeping that lead until the end of first stanza. Filip Barovic continued in the same rhythm at the beginning of the second quarter setting the score on 25-29. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) made some shots for Austria but still it wasnt enough for anything more than minus 4 at the half time. After the breather Montenegrins reached 40-50 what was their biggest lead during the entire game. It seemed that all hope for Austrians disappeared but Moritz Lanegger and Eric Schranz (205-C-90) didnt think so. They take care for fantastic 17-2 run making a big turn in just few minutes. Montenegro succeeded to tie the score once again at the middle of the last frame but during the last couple of minutes Moritz Lanegger was successful from the free throw line while Gunka and Schaal had nice penetrations for 69-65 with 32 seconds to go. At the last Montenegros possession Miljanic missed a 3-pointer which automatically meant that Austria will take this one.

Moritz Lanegger was the best Austrian player today adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Eric Schranz also shined for the winners with 12 points and 8 rebounds while Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) and Thomas Klepeisz (180-G-91) scored 10 points each. Filip Barovic netted 18 points for Montenegro while Milorad Sutulovic (-90) had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegro will meet Netherlands tomorrow while Austria will play the next game on Tuesday against Czech Republic having a chance to finish preliminary stage on top of Group A.


U18 Austria - U18 Montenegro 71-65
(22-23,16-19,21-12,12-11)

Austria:
Moritz Lanegger 17 (9 rebs), Eric Schranz 12 (8 rebs), Jesse Seilern 10, Thomas Klepeisz 10
Montenegro: Filip Barovic 18, Milorad Sutulovic 14 (7 rebs, 4 as)


Ian Boylan to play for Anwil Wloclawek - by Cueneyt Tuerk
WTK Anwil Wloclawek announced, the signing of shooting guard Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge). Boylan (6'6', 25) who played for Allianz Swans Gmunden the past two seasons and had great succes averaging (15.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.2asp, 2.2spg) the past campaign. In ULEB Cup he averaged (12.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.8apg, 2.3spg.) and took his team to the next round and was named ULEB Cup Week 7 MVP when he added 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assist and 5 steals, that game. Boylan began his professional career in Portugal with Casino Tigueria Ginasio (TMN) in 2005-06 following a successful college career at Cal. St. Northridge where he made it to the Big West Semifinals and was named All-BWC Defensive Player of the Year '05.

U18 EC, division B: Austria remains undefeated beating Norway - by Eurobasket News
U18 Norway - U18 Austria 63-78

Austria is the first team from Preliminary Group A which already booked a spot for the next stage on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. As a reminder Austrians were better than Netherlands in the first and later against Montenegro in the second round. Norway is winless yet after two appearances in Group A. As usually Lanagger was a key player for Austrians in this game. He registered double-double scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) also demonstrated wonderful performance for the winners collecting 20 points and 6 rebounds. Norway got the most from Roy Nwachukwu (193-F-90), who had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Anders Stien (194-G-90) followed him netting 14 points for the losing side.

It was a nice beginning of the game for Norwegians as after almost seven minutes they made advantage of seven points, 17-10. It was kind of signal for Austrians to wake up what they immediately done. In just 3 minutes Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) and Jesse Seilern made 9-2 run for 19-20 after first ten minutes. Norway showed much better performance in the second quarter making turn at the first point and later reaching plus 5. Unfortunately to their fans Norwegians succeeded to keep advantage of just 2 points until the half time. Austria opened the next quarter with 9-3 run extending its lead later to 11 points. Lanagger had pretty good last two minutes of this period brining 47-61 to his team. The closing frame was just a formality as Norwegians wasnt able to threat seriously until the end. After three victories Austria will take a rest tomorrow while Norway will try to record the first win against Czech Republic.


U18 Norway - U18 Austria 63-78
(19-20,19-16,9-25,16-17)

Norway:
Roy Nwachukwu 19 (11 rebs, 4 as), Anders Stien 14
Austria: Moritz Lanegger 21 (10 rebs, 4 as), Jesse Seilern 20 (6 rebs)


Klosterneuburg bring in Chris Woods - by Cueneyt Tuerk

Former SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf shooting guard Chris Woods (196-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) signed with the Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg on Monday. The 6'5' guard spent the last season with Dragons Rhoendorf, averaging 9.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 39,5%, FT: 73,2%, 3Pts: 30.5%.

Woods, 28, joins his seventh team after Lausanne Morges Basket (LNA), KR Reykjavik (ISL), Hamar Hveragerdi (ISL), Solskin Weert (NED), Hanzevast Capitals (NED), Dragons Rhoendorf (GER).

'Chris is a great addition to our team,' said Headcoach Sollomon. 'His success in the past demonstrates that he is a proven basketball player that will help us tremendously this season.'



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  BELARUS   


U18 EC, division B: Portugal smashes winless Belarus - by Eurobasket News
U18 Belarus - U18 Portugal 67-106

Portugal succeeded to grab the first win on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. Thus Portuguese made a step forward to the next stage improving to score 1-1 in Preliminary Group C. On the other side Belarus already lost all chances for the next stage suffering three defeats. The best player of this game and maybe of the entire round for sure in Joao Soares (197-F-90), who was totally unstoppable at the offensive end. For just 25 minutes he drained 34 points and grabbed 5 boards. His shot percentage was on impressive level as he made 5 of 10 from the field 4 of 5 from behind the arc and 12 of 13 from the free throw line. The fact that Belarus committed 41 turnovers talks for itself about the quality level between these two teams.

After first couple of minutes in the opening quarter Portugal already created 4-12. Belarus didnt want to give up coming on 24-26 twelve minutes later but Portuguese answered with quick 12-2 run taking 12 points lead at the half time. There was no any hope for Belarus after the breather. Valente scored whenever he wanted while Rodrigues joined him in style. Everything resulted with 44-75 before the last frame. During these 10 minutes Portugal didnt stop extending its lead to final 39 points. Except of above mentioned Joao Soares, Andre Pereira (198-F, college: Rider) also shined for Portugal adding 20 points and 12 rebounds. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) followed him scoring 18 points. Belarus got 16 and 8 boards from Viktar Ausepian (200-F-91) while Aliaksei Kachan (183-G-91) stopped on 14 points. Uladzimir Krysevich (205-C-91) need one more rebound for double-double as he recorded 12 points and 9 boards. Portugals next rival is Romania while Belarus will play against England.


U18 Belarus - U18 Portugal 67-106
(10-17,18-23,16-35,23-31)

Belarus:
Viktar Ausepian 16 (8 rebs), Aliaksei Kachan 14, Uladzimir Krysevich 12 (9 rebs)
Portugal: Joao Soares 34 (5 rebs), Andre Pereira 20 (12 rebs), Diogo Correia 18


U18 EC, division B: Belarus outplays England for the first win in Debrecen - by Eurobasket News
U18 England - U18 Belarus 67-72

After three very inconvenient defeats, Belarus finally succeeded to grab the first win on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Byelorussians are without any chances for the next stage but with this victory they could avoid the bottom of Preliminary Group C. It will depend of today's game between England and Romania.

The official host in this game struggled a lot from the field. They made just 14 of 47 attempts for the entire time (29.8%). They were much better from behind the arc as well as from the free throw line but it couldn't compensate poor percentage for FG2. Belarus played slightly better first quarter of the game closing it 15-17. During the next 10 minutes Byelorussians showed much better performance. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (190-G-91) and Viktar Ausepian (200-F-91) took care for the points which resulted with plus 13 with one minute to go until the half time. At the last England's possession in second period Bradley Wilkinson (198-F-90) succeeded to score a lay-up setting the score on 27-38. During the entire third quarter England wasn't able to come any closer than four points. After jump shot by Lawrence at the beginning of the last frame they finally done it 52-53. Game is decided at the half way of the last period when Belarus made 7-0 run for 62-70.

Valiantsin Ihnatchyk paced Belarus to first win netting 19 points and grabbing 4 rebounds for 34 minutes. Viktar Ausepian also had a nice performance adding 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrew Lawrence (186-G-90) collected 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the loosing side while William Neighbour (203-F-90) had 13 points and 8 boards. Bradley Wilkinson followed these two players with 11 points and 5 rebounds.


U18 England - U18 Belarus 67-72
(15-17,12-21,22-15,18-19)

England:
Andrew Lawrence 18 (7 rebs, 4 as), William Neighbour 13 (8 rebs), Bradley Wilkinson 11 (5 rebs)
Belarus: Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 19 (4 as), Viktar Ausepian 14 (4 rebs, 4 as)


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  BELGIUM   


Antwerp Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Looks like the Antwerp Diamond Giants have found their point guard to lead them during the coming season.
The team announced the signing for 2 year of American guard Tim Black (178-G-81, agency: LimeLight, college: Barton (NC)).
Left NCAA Div 2 school Barton at the end of the 2002-2003 season with averages of 25.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
Then moved to Europe to play for Monchengladbach in the German 2nd Bundesliga and got everyone's attention with his 32.9 ppg his first season.
Was signed by another 2nd Bundesliga team Paderborn where he played the past 4 seasons.
Played 2 years for Paderborn in the 2nd Bundesliga before moving up with the team to the top German division.
After having scored an average of 12.6 ppg in his first year in the Bundesliga he upped his stats to 21.3 ppg, 4.1 apg in 33 games tjhis past season.
Those 21.3 ppg ranked him as the leading scorer in Germany's top division.


Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Base Oostende signed American center Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) to a one year deal. Matt a Stanford grad played most of 2007-2008 in Germany.
Played 31 games for the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren and averaged 13.7 ppg and 7.9 rpg earning him All German Bundesliga second team honors.
Played his final season at Stanford during the 2005-2006 season. Drastically improved his stats at Stanford year after year ending with 16.2 ppg and 8.7 rpg in his senior year. This was enough to be selected to the All Pac 10 team at the end of his senior year.

Played for the D-Leagues Arkansas Rimrockers his first year out of college. Played 30 games for Arkansas and averaged 10.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg.

Was a member of Team USA who won the World University Games (Izmir) in 2005. Played all 8 games and scored 7.1 ppg to go with 2.8 rpg.

Former Oostende players Greg Brunner and Erik Hicks were some of his team mates on the gold winning Team USA.



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  BOSNIA   


U18 EC, division B: Bosnians better than Ireland for the first win - by Eurobasket News
U18 Ireland - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 70-79

Bosnia and Herzegovina finally registered the first win on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. After defeats against Sweden and Switzerland, Bosnia was too strong for Ireland improving to score 1-2 and staying in the race for the next stage. On the other side Ireland dropped on 0-2 decreasing its chances to reach one of the first two places in Preliminary Group B.

Beginning of the game belonged to Irish as they made 7-0 after three minutes. Since that moment Bosnians played much better tying the score on 28-28 10 minutes later. Game is decided in the last 5 minutes of third stanza when Bosnians made crucial 14-4 run heading to the last period with 51-61. After couple of minutes of it Aldin Majstoric (198-G-90) and Eldin Camdzic (195-G-90) took care to extend the lead of their team even more. Thus in 34th minute it already was plus 16 for Bosnia and every hope for Irish that they are able to do something in this game disappeared. Bosnians had pretty good percentage for the field during the entire time. They finished the game making 32 of 46 attempts, almost 70%. On the other side Irish struggled form the field as well as from the free throw line registering just 32%.

Bosnians took this one mostly owing to wonderful performance by Aldin Majstoric, who drained 30 points including 6 boards. He spent 31 minutes on the court shooting 12/13 FG2, 1/4 3-pts and 3/3 from the free throw line. Eldin Camdzic also helped his team with 14 points while Srdan Kovacevic (191-G-90) stopped on 11 points. Ireland got the most from Daniel James (192-F/G-90), who added 18 points and 8 rebounds, while OSulivan had 15 points. Stephen Tummon (197-F-90) contributed with 14 points and 8 boards fro the losing side. Bosnians will have a day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday they will meet Slovenia. Ireland will try to record the first win on the championship tomorrow against the same rival, Slovenia.


U18 Ireland - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 70-79
(19-16,19-21,13-24,19-18)

Ireland:
Daniel James 18 (8 rebs), OSulivan 15, Stephen Tummon 14 (8 rebs)
Bosnia: Aldin Majstoric 30 (6 rebs), Eldin Camdzic 14, Srdan Kovacevic 11


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


New basketball foundation launched... Parillon/George reports on the success of hoops summer camp - by David Edole
BVI HOOP IT UP is proud to announce the launching of its newly formed basketball foundation, built to reach the youths of the British Virgin Islands.

Basketball will be our main tool of emphasis in achieving these much needed goals, we want to keep the youths drug free, off the streets, and make sure academics is priority, and in doing this we will have basketball youth rallies, basketball camps, after-school programs, and basketball tournaments.

We also will be dedicated in making sure the dedicated basketball athletes pursue their ultimate goals in basketball which is playing college basketball then playing pro basketball. The BVI is in dying need of more foundations like this that would bring our youths together and make them better people. We know basketball is one of the high interest sports in the BVI so this will definitely be a successful procedure at hand.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK US OUT AT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BVIHOOPITUPFOUNDATION OR EMAIL US AT BVIHOOPITUP@HOTMAIL.COM

BVI HOOP IT UP FOUNDATION is also proud to announce the completion of Summer Hoops Basketball Camp; this camp was our first camp of the summer and it was a great success to the young and upcoming players that attended.

They learned the fundamentals of basketball, the key being the triple threat which gave them the treat to shoot, pass or dribble.

Coach Parillon noted that 'the triple threat is a huge missing piece from the development of the youths of the BVI, and that more basketball camps should be conducted so the fundamentals can be taught right'.

The camp had an attendance of 40 kids. They were not disappointed as coach Parillon and coach George shared their basketball knowledge and experience from abroad with them. Coach pariilon said: 'I feel good about this first camp and the launching of the BVI HOOP IT UP FOUNDATION, from traveling the world playing basketball I realize the commitment for basketball with the youths is rare here in the BVI compared to other countries. This camp which is the first of two camps we will be conducting this summer made me proud, because I met some wonderful children that was motivated to learn, listen and have fun doing that. I wish more kids from ages 12 to 18 would have attended the camp but I know there were a lot of summer jobs out there and they felt like the need for a little cash in their pockets, so that's why we are having another camp at the Multi-Purpose Complex from August 11th - 15th from 9am - 3 pm and I hope more kids would come out and grasp this valuable learning experience.'

Summer Hoops basketball camp would like to thank Ishmael Scatliffe and the workers at the complex for letting us use the facilities. They also would like to thank the parents for putting their trust in us to share our knowledge to your kids. For pics of the camp and information on the secnd camp visit WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BVIHOOPITUPFOUNDATION.


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  CAMEROON   


Luc Richard Mbah a Moute impressive overall in NBA debut in Las Vegas - by Cyril Empig

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (from Moute kicks Boute fame, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2006-2008) finished his crash course on the NBA on a high note. The venue: the 2008 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

As if on cue from my last post on Luc where I pointed out his offensive woes and foibles he racks three consecutive games in which he scores in double digits, even having a double-double on his 4th game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, with 13 points and 10 rebounds on July 19th.

On my last post, Luc and the Bucks were just about to tangle with an undefeated Denver Nuggets team on July 17th. Going into the game, Luc was shooting a woeful 20% of his shots. He was also not getting into the offensive groove until the third quarter. But this time around, Luc scored in the second quarter and finished the game with 10 points, 7 rebounds, a steal and a block. He upped his shooting percentage to 50%. Bucks take this one, 79-67.

July 19th saw the Bucks play Minnesota, where Luc continued improving. Against the Timberwolves, Luc made 60% of his shots, towards his double-double outing. Bucks win by 14, 81-67.

Then on the final game in the desert, the Bucks were matched up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 20th. Luc saved his best performance for last, as he made all of his shots (read it, a 100% shooting percentage), as he went 3-for-3, finishing with 11 points, 3 rebounds and an assist. Final, 88-72, Bucks. Luc and the Bucks were finished the summer league with an impressive 4-1 record.

New Bucks coach, Scott Skiles was extremely happy with Luc's summer showing. 'Luc was one of the best overall individual defenders here, and he made some nice passes. Early in the week, he had some easy ones around the basket that didnt go in for him. But he has a nice slashing game where he can cut to the basket,' Skiles said to the Journal Sentinel out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.


Luc's average numbers for the Summer League were an impressive 9.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game. He made close to 45% of his shots, and about 77% of his free throws. Looking at his shooting percentages, his numbers from game-to-game were 28%, 20%, 50%, 60% and 100%; quite a nice upward trajectory. Luc started all of the Bucks five games here in Las Vegas, averaging about 25 minutes a game.

One thing that Luc did (or did not do) that was different from his college days at UCLA, he did not attempt a single 3-point shot as a Buck. The 3-point shot is something Luc had explored in college to mix results: he made some, he missed a lot. I guess, that is where shot selection comes in.

Congratulations on a solid first 5 games in the pros, Luc. Continued good luck!

For the complete Journal Sentinel article, see http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=774569




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  CHILE   


Dimayor: roster moves - by Daniel Valencia
After the first weekend of action one team change a player from the roster and other two teams completed their foreigners.

Provincial Osorno released Walt Waters (211-C-84, agency: Tank Sports, college: Macomb CC) who averaged 3.5 points in two games. To replace Waters the leaders of Osorno agreed terms with Raphael Madera (208-C-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: Delaware).

Provincial Llanquihue signed three american players for the season. The first one is John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Columbus St.) who played with the team in the 06 season, when he become the league's scoring leader with an average of 26.6 points per game. The other two names are Raheim Lowery (201-C, college: Dowling) and Dominick Melton (198-F, college: Wisc.-Parkside).

Boston College signed the american forward B.J. Puckett (203-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Clayton St.). He completed the foreign couple alongside Trevon Bryant (206-F, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.).


Dimayor: round 3 & 4 results - by Daniel Valencia

Round 3


The reigning champions Liceo Mixto defeated Universidad Catolica 98-73 on friday night. The american center Kevin Frey was the scoring leader for Liceo with 28 points. With a great performance by Nakiea Miller (32 points), CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated CD Puente Alto 93-90. Playing as visitors, Espanol de Talca defeated Boston College 94-88 with the foreign couple of Banks and Hayden scoring 51 points. In Llanquihue, Provincial Llanquihue recovered for a 17 point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Deportes Ancud 90-86. John Thomas was the star of the night with 34 points in his return.

Liceo Mixto 98 - Universidad Catolica 73
Lic: Kevin Frey 28 pts. Brandon Mason 15 pts. Rodrigo Espinoza 14 pts.
Uc: Juan Pablo Montas 19 pts. Angelo Olivares 14 pts. Mike Elliot 10 pts.

Boston College 88 - Espanol de Talca 94
Bos: B.J. Puckett 27 pts. Felipe Ziegele 22 pts. Marco Cornez 14 pts.
Esp: Robbie Banks 27 pts. Marques Hayden 24 pts. Jose Madrid 17 pts.

CD Puente Alto 90 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 93
Pue: Percy Werth 21 pts. John Davis 21 pts. Franco Garrido 13 pts.
Ucon: Nakiea Miller 32 pts. Jefferson Agba 27 pts. Evandro Arteaga 12 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 90 - Deportes Ancud 86
Llan: John A. Thomas 34 pts. Dominick Melton 29 pts. Raheim Lowery 15 pts.
Anc: Leonardo Alves 27 pts. Eduardo Baeta 19 pts. Marcos Hubner 13 pts.


Round 4


CD Universidad de Concepcion finished a perfect weekend away from home after defeating Boston College 91-86 on sunday night. The shooting guard Evandro Arteaga was the scoring leader for the winners with 24 points. CD Puente Alto achieved the first win of the season on sunday night, defeating Espanol de Talca 81-58. Percy Werth was the offensive leader for Puente with 18 points. In Llanquihue, Deportes Castro defeated the host, Provincial Llanquihue 95-88, with Roy Morris scoring 20 points. These are the complete results of round 4.

Boston College 86 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 91
Bos: B.J. Puckett 22 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 15 pts. Felipe Ziegele 11 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 24 pts. Nakiea Miller 20 pts. Samuel Bravo 17 pts.

CD Puente Alto 81 - Espanol de Talca 58
Pue: Percy Werth 18 pts. Theo Little 13 pts. Joseph Works 13 pts.
Esp: Daniel McFaul 13 pts. Marques Hayden 12 pts. Robbie Banks 9 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 88 - Deportes Castro 95
Llan: Dominick Melton 37 pts. John A. Thomas 20 pts. Ignacio Navarrete 12 pts.
Cas: Roy Morris 20 pts. Jose Luis Campos 19 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 19 pts.

The games of Universidad de Los Lagos between Deportes Castro and Deportes Ancud will be played this wednesday and thursday.



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  CHINA   


Will China Produce Another Yao Ming or Two? - by Arthur Volbert
China appears to be developing exceedingly tall players who might play in the style of Yao Ming. Two of these players are 220 cm Sun Ming and 213 cm Li Muhao.

Here is a link to a picture of them on www.yaomingmania.com:
http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13152&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

The player on the right is Sun Zhe, a 220 cm center for Dongguan who played one game in the CBA last season and later went to train with the now-defunct Sydney Kings in Australia. He has since returned to Dongguan. I first heard of Sun in May 2005, when he was 214 cm and was predicted to grow to 7-3 or 7-4. Www.nbadraft.net now lists Sun as 7-4 and as honorable mention in its list of the best international players born in 1990.

The player on the left is Li Muhao, who also belongs to Dongguan. I first heard of Li at the 2007 Asian Adidas camp, where he was listed at 208 cm. At this year's Nike Camp he was listed as 213 cm. One observer has reported that he is 7-1 (about 216 cm) and playing for the Chinese Under-16 National Team.

Perhaps China has now learned how to identify young players who have the body potential to develop into the mold of Yao Ming. Sun and Li both appear to be that type of player.

It is much easier to identify the most athletic 7-footers when they are young than it is to identify the best potential guards, which is a major reason China does not yet have true superstar guard prospects. China can make much better use of its vast population in seeking out big men, even in rural areas which have most of the country's population but do not have the wealth and facilities of urban areas. Guard play depends much more on technique and learning proper 'instincts' for quick decisions than does the play of centers so it is not as easy to recognize talent in very young players.

As I have previously noted, China is just learning to play competitive basketball the way the rest of the world plays basketball. China used to play basketball in a much less physical way. It will still take some time for modern basketball techniques to filter down to the junior ranks and to get good coaching techniques for most young players. That is what will be necessary to produce top-flight guards.

But one day I believe that China's guards will be even better than its big men. China will produce guards with the physical skills of Chen Jianghua, the mental tenacity of Liu Wei, and the technique of Jason Kidd. This is what Chinese Basketball Theory has long predicted.


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  CROATIA   


Market news - by Eurobasket News
Croatian A1 team Dubrava announced signing of center Ivan Krolo (216-C-83) from Osijek 2006. He supposes to replace Ivan Kartelo (208-C-79, college: Purdue), who will most probably continue career abroad. Krolo played 26 games for Osijek in A1 league last season averaging 15.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.1 apg. Interesting is that he was member of French Pro A team Le Mans from 04 to 06. In his first year with Le Mans he had 4.1 ppg and 1.7 rpg in ULEB Cup while a year later his digits became lower 2.3 ppg and 2 rpg. Krolo fulfilled the gap between Le Mans and Osijek 2006 in Pro B team Poitiers Basket adding 8.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 30 games. In the past he also played for Cibona, Karlovac and Zabok.

In the meantime Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) officially agreed terms with Russian team UNICS from Kazan. It means that two Croats in just couple of days landed to Kazan. As a reminder Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) already put his signature on the contract with Russian team. Popovic had wonderful two seasons in Zalgiris. During this period they won Lithuanian championship twice and National Cup also two times. Last season Zalgiris captured the title in Baltic league where Popovic averaged 12.6 ppg and 1.8 apg for 16 games. There was some rumors at the off-season that Popovic could return to Zadar but it was a kind of unrealistic story at this moment.

Croatian champion Zadar, which will compete next season in Eurocup, will take on Bilbao instead of Akasvayu Girona in Group A. Namely, Girona officially went bankrupt two days ago while management board of FIBA and ULEB decided to move Bilbao from the qualification round straight to the regular season.


U20 Croatia outplays Italy in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
In the last game of tournament in Moscow Croatian U20 National Team blasted Italy 94-68 finishing it on a second position. Croatia had slightly better performance then Italy in the opening quarter ending it 19-23. During the next ten minutes Croatians totally took control on their rivals. Italians weren't able to stop Filip Vukicevic (202-F-88) and Ivan Milekovic (198-G/F-88), which had pretty good performance at the offensive end. Croatians also played very aggressive defensive which resulted with 11 points by Italians in the second quarter. On the other hand Croatia netted 27 heading into the second half with plus 20. Nothing has changed after the breather as Croatia was a better rival yet. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) tried to do something more in Italy but he didn't get any help from his teammates. Everything outcame with huge 26 points difference at the very end.

Croatia got the most points in this game from Filip Vukicevic, who netted 14. Ivan Milekovic also shined with 13 points while Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) and Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) had 10 points each. Pietro Aradori was totally the best in Italy scoring 27 points. Actually he was the only one with double figures for the loosing side.

U20 European Championship begins on Friday in Latvia. Croatia is placed in Preliminary Group A together with Ukraine, Lithuania and Greece, which will be its first rival. Three best teams from each group will advance to the Qualifying Round.


U20 Italy - U20 Croatia 68-94
(19:23, 11:27, 18:23, 20:21)

Italy:
Pietro Aradori 27
Croatia: Filip Vukicevic 14, Ivan Milekovic 13, Marino Sarlija 10, Miro Bilan 10


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  CUBA   


Angel Caballero "El Habanero" will play in Argentina next season - by Alessandro Fontana
'El Habanero' Angel Caballero (192-G-70, agency: Paris Global Sports) will play next year in Argentina. Obras Sanitarias, the team of another Cuban player, Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) signed him for a yaer.
For Caballero is a return in the team of Buenos Aires where He played in the season 1997-98. Angel Caballero is a very expert player in Argentina, He played there for a lot of teams as Obras Sanitarias, Boca Juniors, Gimnasia y Esgrima and Comodoro Rivadavia.
Caballero will be one of the points of strength of the team in the next season. He can give them points and all over rebounds and 'garra'. Caballero is a real fighter and He is a player who plays with the heart.
Last year 'El Habanero' played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez where scored 10.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 26 games.
A. Fontana


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Four games open the new season!! - by Nasios Orinos
Cypriot championship will be consisted of nine teams next year and promises thrilled moments. Keravnos, Apoel, AEL, Apollon, Omonoia, Etha, AEK, Achilleas and Enad promise to be worthy contenders. The championship opens with the following four games at which rivals are supposed to battle for their first points. These are:
Etha-AEK
Apoel-Enad
Keravnos-Apollon
Achilleas-Omonoia

Eurobasket.com will keep you posted for more news.


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U18 EC, division B: Montenegro grabs thriller win against Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

U18 Montenegro - U18 Czech Republic 81-79

Montenegrins made a huge step forward to the next stage on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. After three days they improved to score 2-1 while Czech Republic dropped on 1-1 in Preliminary Group A. Czechs had much better first period of the game finishing it 19-24. They touched plus 10 in the next one but Montenegro immediately answered with 20-9 run setting the score on 39-38. Krakovic scored at the last Czechs offense in the first half brining plus one to his team. Czech Republic was much better team also in third stanza once again reaching 10 points lead at the middle of it but Montenegrins didnt want to give up. Mostly owing to Nedeljko Bogdanovic (187-G-90) and Milorad Sutulovic (-90) they tied the score on 72-72 with 4:35 remaining in the game. The question about the winner is resolved in the last minute. Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90) missed a lay-up on 80-79 for Montenegro after what Stojanovic made the second free throw. Czechs had nine seconds for the last offense but Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) committed turnover (ball handling).

Nedeljko Bogdanovic was a leading player in Montenegro today. He spent 29 minutes on court collecting 18 points and 5 assists. Milorad Sutulovic also shined for the winners scoring 18 points while Filip Barovic (205-F-90) needed one more rebounds for double-double as he stopped on 13 points and 9 boards. Center Jan Vesely scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds while Adam Zampach (198-G-90) had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Tomas Satoransky demonstrated excellent performance for the Czechs missing 2 boards for triple-double. He had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Montenegro will play against Netherlands today while Czech Republic will meet Norway.


U18 Montenegro - U18 Czech Republic 81-79
(19-24,20-16,17-22,25-17)

Montenegro:
Nedeljko Bogdanovic 18 (5 as), Milorad Sutulovic 18, Filip Barovic 13 (9 rebs)
Czech Republic: Jan Vesely 24 (4 rebs), Adam Zampach 17 (6 rebs), Tomas Satoransky 16 (8 rebs, 10 as)



U18 EC, division B: Czechs smashes Norway for the second win - by Eurobasket News
U18 Czech Republic - U18 Norway 101-63

Czech Republic outplayed Norway staying in the race for the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Czechs currently have 2 wins and 1 defeat and they will play tomorrow against direct rival for the next stage, Austria. On the other side Norwegians lost all chances for the second stage so they will continue championship at classification stage.

Czech Republic proved its quality from the early beginning of the game. After 10 minutes Czechs already created advantage of 13 points, 21-8. Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) and Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) continued with nice performance so at the middle of the second stanza it was 35-15 for Czechs. Norwegians were not so bad at the offensive end but their defense was on a poor level. Czechs were unstoppable counting until 29 in the second period. Situation on the court was the same during the last two quarters. Norwegians continued with missing many shots while at the same time they committed 27 turnovers. Everything resulted with plus 38 for Czech Republic at the very end.

Center Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90) once again was the leading scorer of his team with 17 points. Tomas Satoransky had nice performance collecting 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Jakub Kudlacek also had 15 points but with 4 assists. Anders Stien (194-G-90) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for the loosing side. Nicholas Phillip and Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90) followed him posting 11 points each. At the last day of the Preliminary Round Norway will meet Netherlands.


U18 Czech Republic - U18 Norway 101-63
(21-8,29-18,22-20,29-17)

Czech Republic:
Jan Vesely 17, Tomas Satoransky 15 (6 rebs, 5 as), Jakub Kudlacek 15 (4 as)
Norway: Anders Stien 13 (5 rebs), Nicholas Phillip 11 (4 rebs), Magnus Midtvedt 11


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U18 EC, division B: Hungarians beat Denmark for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
U18 Hungary - U18 Denmark 76-64

Hosts of the U18 European Championship finally grabbed the first win. Hungarians were too strong for Denmark improving to 2-2 in Preliminary Group D while Denmark has 2-2 after four games. The last day of the competition in Preliminary Round will be very interesting as two places on top are not reserved for any team yet. Actually there is a possibility the all 5 teams finish it with same score 2-2.

Mate Mohacsi (192-F-90) was unstoppable in the first quarter leading Denmark to 26-12 at the end of it. Norbert Takacs (196-G-90) and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) joined him during the next period which resulted with 37-18 in 15th minute. Denmark showed a bit better performance until the end of the half time decreasing Hungarys lead to 9 points. With four minutes to go in third stanza Denmark finally succeeded to tie the score on 45-45 and later to take 2 points lead. Danish players couldnt know that it will be the end of the game for them as Hungarians totally exploded closing last stanza 27-13.

Hungary got the most from Mate Mohacsi, who collected 20 points and 9 rebounds. Janos Eilingsfeld also had a pretty good performance adding 17 points and 9 rebounds while Norbert Takacs stopped on 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Mads Frandsen (201-F-90) and Alexander Bak (-91) scored 14 points each for Denmark while Mads Frandsen had 14 more rebounds. Nicolas Christensen (190-G-90) contributed with 10 points for the loosing side. At the last day of the preliminary round Hungary will meet Slovakia.


U18 Hungary - U18 Denmark 76-64
(26-12, 15-20, 8-19, 27-13)

Hungary:
Mate Mohacsi 20 (9 rebs), Janos Eilingsfeld 17 (9 rebs), Norbert Takacs 17 (5 rebs, 5 as)
Denmark: Mads Frandsen 14 (14 rebs), Alexander Bak 14 (6 rebs), Nicolas Christensen 11


U18 EC, division B: Denmark outsmarts Georgia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Denmark - U18 Georgia 81-75

Denmark celebrated in the very important game against Georgia making a step forward to Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. Thus Denmark currently has 2 wins and 1 defeat while Georgia has 1-1 in Preliminary Group D.

It was almost a leveled game in all basketball elements. It started much better for Georgians as they made 7-12 after 5 minutes but their joy didnt last too long. During the next 5 minutes Denmark made 17-7 run grabbing 5 points lead. After lay-up and a successful free throw by Mads Frandsen (201-F-90), Denmark touched plus ten in 15th minute, 33-23. Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) and Aleko Dzidziguri (195-G-90) shined for Georgia coming on minus 4 at the beginning of third stanza but Denmark didnt wait too much for an answer. Until the end of third frame they created 14-7 run heading into the crucial ten minutes with 54-43. With three minutes remaining in the game Georgia finally succeeded to tie the score on 67-67 but unfortunately they committed one turnover missed three jump shots after that. On the other side Mads Frandsen and Alexander Bak (-91) were concentrated from the FT line for the final core 81-75.

Mads Frandsen was the clutch player for Denmark today adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Nicolas Christensen (190-G-90) had 20 points and 4 rebounds while Alexander Bak stopped on 11 points and 5 assists. Tornike Shengelia was the best in Georgia with 21 points and 6 boards while Aleko Dzidziguri was behind him scoring 16 points. Denmarks next rival on U18 EC will be Hungary. Georgians will take on Slovak Republic in order to reach the second win in Preliminary Group D.


U18 Denmark - U18 Georgia 81-75
(24-19, 16-12, 14-12, 27-32)

Denmark:
Mads Frandsen 21 (7 rebs), Nicolas Christensen 20 (4 rebs), Alexander Bak 11 (5 as)
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 21 (6 rebs), Aleko Dzidziguri 16


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Reales de La Vega sign John Jackson. - by Jaime Gomez
Reales de La Vega announced the signing of John Jackson (201-F-74, college: Mississippi). Jackson replaces Paul Williams (208-F-83, college: St.Bonaventure).
Jackson has played in several tournaments in the Dominican republic, including Santiago Regional, La Vega Regional, National District. He led LIDOBA in rebounding last year.

Jackson is a much needed presence in the post for Reales de La Vega.

The undefeated Reales host Marineros de Puerto Plata on Tuesday.


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Galatasaray Cafe Crown adds Strickland and Graves - by Eurobasket News
After signing of Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) and Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79), Galatasaray Cafe Crown got two more acquisitions for the upcoming season. The team agreed terms with combo guards Marshall Strickland (188-G-83, college: Indiana) and Antonio Graves (190-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh).

Marshall Strickland is coming from Alpella Istanbul where he averaged 16.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.2 spg for 26 games in TBL. It was his second season with Alpella, where he arrived in 2006 from Indiana University. Strickland led Alpella to the final of Turkish President Cup in 2007 but unfortunately to him they couldn't make it. Strickland was one of the best players at Indiana University on his senior year. He played 30 games adding 12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.4 apg helping his team to reach semifinals of Big 10 tournament.

Antonio Graves arrived to Galatasaray Cafe Crown from French Pro A team Pau-Orthez. Actually he started the last eason in CBA as a member of Pittsburgh Xplosion. For 13 games in CBA Graves averaged 19.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 3.6 apg. In December 2007 he decided to join Pau-Orthez finishing Pro A as a second scorer with 20.4 ppg. At the same time he added 2.2 rpg and 2.8 apg for 18 appearances. He also caught three games in ULEB Cup having 10.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.3 apg. At the end of the season he was named ot be in 'All-French Pro A first Team' by Eurobasket.com. Graves graduated at University of Pittsburgh last year.


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U18 EC, division B: Undefeated Slovakia celebrates against Finland - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Finland 77-74

Slovakians grabbed extremely important win against Finland on U18 European Championship division B. Thus they are the only undefeated team in Preliminary Group D with score 2-0. On the other side Finland dropped on 1-2 decreasing its chances for the next stage.

It was a very interesting game until the very end. Finland totally dominated during the first 10 minutes finishing it 18-29. Slovakians couldnt find a solution how to stop Roopi Ahonen (185-G-90), who had no mercy from the field. After Turja s successful jump shot at the end of the second stanza, it still was plus 11 for Finland, 33-44. Finland continued in the same rhythm after the breather. With one minute to go in third quarter it was 50-60 but then Ravasz and Bauer scored 6 points together after what Roopi Ahonen set the score on 56-62 before the last 10 minutes. At the middle of it Slovakians succeeded to tie the score for the first time, 71-71. Until the end of the game Finland missed 4 times, also committing one turnover, while Slovakians were more focused creating last 6-3 mini run.

Matej Marchyn (188-F-90) led Slovakia to win scoring 21 points. Richard Grznar (187-G-91) also shined with 15 points while Adam Bayer (198-F-90) had 13. On the other side Sasu Salin (187-G-91) and Roopi Ahonen netted 17 points each. Slovakia will meet Georgia tomorrow while Finish players will take a rest.


U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Finland 77-74
(18-29, 15-15, 23-18, 21-12)

Slovak Republic:
Matej Marchyn 21, Richard Grznar 15, Adam Bayer 13
Finland: Sasu Salin 17 (4 rebs), Roopi Ahonen 17 (6 as)


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U18 EC, division B: Important win for Georgia against Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - Slovak Republic 85-79

Georgia registered second victory on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen keeping its hopes for the next stage alive. On the other side Slovakians had a chance to come very close to the next stage but they will have another one tomorrow. Interesting is that two top positions in Preliminary Group D are available yet.

Slovakia had furious beginning of the game. Richard Grznar (187-G-91) netted 10 points for 5 minutes leading his team to 12 points lead, 4-16. He didnt stop until the end of it netting 20 points for ten minutes while his team kept advantage of 12 points. After triple by Matej Marchyn (188-F-90), Slovakia extended lead to 16 points at the half way of the second period. It seemed that Slovakians are too strong for Georgians but then Konstantine Tomaradze (197-G-90) and Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) stepped up for their team tying the score on 43-43 in just four minutes. Third quarter was almost leveled. It was a basket after basket game but thanks to jump shot by Konstantine Tomaradze Georgians headed into the last 10 minutes with plus 2. Game is decided in the last minute of it. After 77-77, Nika Metreveli (212-C-91, agency: Interperformances) netted two FTs while on the other side Richard Grznar and Matej Marchyn missed 3-pointers. Nika Metreveli had a nice penetration after that scoring a lay-up while Matej Marchyn missed another triple what automatically meant that the game is over for Slovakians.

As usually Tornike Shengelia was the best in Georgia adding 21 points and 9 rebounds. Nika Metreveli also netted 21 points but with 5 rebounds while Konstantine Tomaradze stopped on 18 points. Richard Grznar was totally the best player in Slovakia today. He drained 31 points while Matej Marchyn was a way behind him with 18 points. Georgias last rival at the preliminary stage will be Finland.


Georgia - Slovak Republic 85-79
(16-28, 27-15, 19-17.

Georgia:
Tornike Shengelia 21 (9 rebs), Nika Metreveli 21 (5 rebs), Konstantine Tomaradze 18
Slovak Republic: Richard Grznar 31, Matej Marchyn 18


U18 EC, division B: Denmark outsmarts Georgia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Denmark - U18 Georgia 81-75

Denmark celebrated in the very important game against Georgia making a step forward to Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. Thus Denmark currently has 2 wins and 1 defeat while Georgia has 1-1 in Preliminary Group D.

It was almost a leveled game in all basketball elements. It started much better for Georgians as they made 7-12 after 5 minutes but their joy didnt last too long. During the next 5 minutes Denmark made 17-7 run grabbing 5 points lead. After lay-up and a successful free throw by Mads Frandsen (201-F-90), Denmark touched plus ten in 15th minute, 33-23. Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) and Aleko Dzidziguri (195-G-90) shined for Georgia coming on minus 4 at the beginning of third stanza but Denmark didnt wait too much for an answer. Until the end of third frame they created 14-7 run heading into the crucial ten minutes with 54-43. With three minutes remaining in the game Georgia finally succeeded to tie the score on 67-67 but unfortunately they committed one turnover missed three jump shots after that. On the other side Mads Frandsen and Alexander Bak (-91) were concentrated from the FT line for the final core 81-75.

Mads Frandsen was the clutch player for Denmark today adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Nicolas Christensen (190-G-90) had 20 points and 4 rebounds while Alexander Bak stopped on 11 points and 5 assists. Tornike Shengelia was the best in Georgia with 21 points and 6 boards while Aleko Dzidziguri was behind him scoring 16 points. Denmarks next rival on U18 EC will be Hungary. Georgians will take on Slovak Republic in order to reach the second win in Preliminary Group D.


U18 Denmark - U18 Georgia 81-75
(24-19, 16-12, 14-12, 27-32)

Denmark:
Mads Frandsen 21 (7 rebs), Nicolas Christensen 20 (4 rebs), Alexander Bak 11 (5 as)
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 21 (6 rebs), Aleko Dzidziguri 16


U18 EC, division B: Georgia outplays Hungary for the first win - by Eurobasket News
U18 Georgia - U18 Hungary 73-63

First appearance of Georgia on U18 European Championship division B was very successful. Georgians were better than the host Hungary, which dropped on score 0-2 in Preliminary Group D. Hungarians couldnt resolve problem which is called Shendelia also seriously struggling with rebounding as Georgia had 20 of them more. At the same time Hungarians had poor percentage from behind the arc making just 7 of 37 attempts, 18.9%.

Everything started good for the hosts of U18 European Championship division B as they earned 16-21 after first 10 minutes. Beginning of the next stanza belonged to Georgians which made turn 26-23 but it didnt last long as Hungary tied the score on 30-30 very soon. With 2 minutes remaining before the half time Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) and Aleko Dzidziguri (195-G-90) stepped up for Georgia brining solid advantage of 9 points to their team. Hungary wasnt able to resists after the half time as Georgians extended their lead to 12 points. The last chance Hungarians had in 33rd minute when they came on 64-59 but Tornike Shengelia answered with a lay-up after what Aleko Dzidziguri drained a triple resolving question about the winner in this game.

Georgia got the most today from Tornike Shengelia, who stopped on 20 points and 10 rebounds. Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) was behind him with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Aleko Dzidziguri had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Norbert Takacs (196-G-90) was the best scorer for the losing side with 18 points. Andras Helmeczi (192-G-90) finished the game with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Georgia will play against Denmark tomorrow while Hungary has a day-off.


U18 Georgia - U18 Hungary 73-63
(16-21,25-11,21-18,11-13)

Georgia:
Tornike Shengelia 20 (10 rebs), Giorgi Sharabidze 14 (7 rebs), Aleko Dzidziguri 12 (4 rebs, 4 as)
Hungary: Norbert Takacs 18, Andras Helmeczi 14 (4 rebs)


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Feist seals Langen switch - by Moritz Korff
Hendrik Feist (193-G/F-83, college: Stony Brook) has signed for TV Langen (2. Bundesliga Pro A). He will strengthen the roster of the Giraffes in the 2008-09 campaign and return to the Artland Dragons for the following season. The 25-year-old German, who used to be a member of the A2-National Squad, spent the past two years in Quakenbrueck and played a total of 40 Bundesliga-games in these two seasons. During 2007-08 he averaged 0.8 points per outing. He agreed on a contract with the Dragons for the 2009-10 season and will use the upcoming campaign with the Giraffes to gain some more playing experience before heading back to Quakenbrueck.

Scott Freymond joins Bremen Roosters - by Moritz Korff
The Bremen Roosters (2. Bundesliga Pro A) announced the signing of another import player. Scott Freymond (188-G-80, college: Cent.Washington) will join the Roosters' roster. The 27-year-old Guard averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds as a senior at Central Washington (NCAA2) in 2003-04. Freymond spent most of his professional career in Mexico so far. As a member of Mineros de Cananea he was named a CIBACOPA All-Star in 2006 and made the Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Second Team the same year. Freymond returned to Mineros earlier this year and averaged 21.7 points, 3.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds through 34 games of the 2008 season.

German U20-National Team ready for EURO action - by Moritz Korff
Head Coach Emir Mutapcic announced his roster for the 2008 U20-European Championships (Division B) today. The tournament takes place in Targu Mures, Romania August 1 - August 10. Germany's goal is to reach the final to secure the return to Division A. The Germans will take on Azerbaijan (Aug. 1), Sweden (Aug. 2), Ireland (Aug. 3) and the Czech Republic (Aug. 4) in the preliminary round.

Coach Mutapicic selected the following players:
Robin Benzing (209-F-89)
Ziyed Chennoufi (202-F-88)
Oskar Fassler (198-G-88)
Per Guenther (187-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services)
Elias Harris (202-F-89)
Robert Oehle (209-C-88)
Tibor Pleiss (215-F/C-89)
Kevin Schaffartzik (184-G-88)
Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89, agency: Court Side)
Tom Spoeler (206-F-88)
Lucca Staiger (196-G-88)
Karsten Tadda (190-G-88)

Head Coach: Emir Mutapcic
Assistant Coach: Robert Bauer


Giants sign a pair of UNCW players - by Moritz Korff
The Giants Duesseldorf (1. Bundesliga) signed a pair of players in Todd Hendley (206-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) and T.J. Carter (191-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington). Both are graduates of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (NCAA1). Duesseldorf Coach Achim Kuczmann seems to think much of the UNCW basketball-program, as he added two former Seahawks to his team already in 2006, when John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) and Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) started their pro careers in Leverkusen.
Carter led UNC Wilmington in points per contest during this past season (15.8ppg) and also averaged 5.5 rebounds and another team best 4.1 assists. Hendley chipped in 12.5 points and grabbed 5.1 boards per game as a senior.


Roessler jets off to Spain - by Kristian Santiago
German national team-player Rouven Roessler (200-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) moves to Southern Europe and is set to begin the new season in Spain.
He signed a contract to play for Caceres 2016 C.B. in the LEB Gold after having a successful career in Germany's BBL where he averaged 13,6 ppg and 3,7 rpg for the LTi Giessen 46ers in '07-'08.


Crailsheim: Kadmous got contract extension - by Moritz Korff
John Kadmous (183-G-85) will stay with the Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 22-year-old Guard agreed to terms with the Merlins for the 2008-09 campaign. Kadmous, born in Nigeria, holds a Russian passport, but has been living in Germany since he was 13 years old. He is currently in the process of applying for the German citizenship. In this past season Kadmous developed into an important figure in the Crailsheim backcourt and averaged 9.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.

Konstanz lands Michael Lay - by Moritz Korff
Michael Lay (175-G-83, college: Concordia (OR)) has been named the first of two import players of TV Konstanz (Regionalliga South-West). The 24-year-old American spent the past two years shooting hoops in Australia.
He played 23 games for the Geraldton Buccaneers (SBL) during the 2008 season and averaged 22.7 points, 9.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 steals per contest. Lay is a former student of Concordia University, Oregon, a NAIA Division 2-school. In his senior-season (2005-06) he averaged 18.4 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 steals over 32 contests.


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Market News - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Trikala agreed with the experienced shoter Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78).

AEL Larissa filled their usa spots for the new season. Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) from Tisettanta Cantu (9.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP:61.6%, FT:64.8%) will be the starting center and Bruce Price (191-G-83) from Tennessee St. (17.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 32.5%, FT: 70.1%) will be the starting point guard.

Egaleo is close to sign Vladimir Kuljanin (208-C-85), NC-Wilmington graduate with averages: 12.8ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 52.3%.


U18 European Championship Men - Preliminary Round: Greece- Belgium 66-55 - by Simon Varvakis
The Hellenic NT U18 managed to defeat Belgium by 66-55 but lost Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90) in the process. Jankovic was injured during the 5th minute of the game in his right leg and he will stay out for the next 6 weeks or so.

The game was similar to the previous game where the team started well but had a quiet run for a minutes but in the end they managed to secure the victory with a difference. From the start of the game the point difference was in double digits but until the end of the second half Belgium managed to fight back and bring the difference down to a single digit. (39-32)

They even managed to bring it down to one basket(52-51) at 32 minutes into the game but the combined efforts of Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90), Papanikolaou and Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) were enough to secure the victory for the Hellenic team.

The Hellenic team had managed to secure the first position in the group since the previous game and didn't have to win that game but instead they fought against Belgium playing a mature game as always. In the next stage they will play against Lithuania, Serbia and Italy.

The top scorers for the Hellenic team were Konstantinos Sloukas with 16(1) and Zisis Sarikopoulos with 16 who also grabbed 12 rebounds.


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  HOLLAND   


U18 EC, division B: Netherlands better than Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
U18 Netherlands - U18 Montenegro 88-65

Montenegro missed a pretty good chance to come just a small step away form the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Netherlands was better yesterday improving to score 1-2 in Preliminary Group A. Montenegro will have a chance for the next stage only if Czech Republic suffer defeat against until this moment undefeated Austria. On the other side Netherlands with this win also kept some hopes for the next stage.

First quarter belonged to Montenegrins as they finished it 14-17. Following few minutes of the next quarter they played even better extending lead to 6 points. Mohammed Kherrazi (199-F-90) and Ken Schroder (195-F-90) woke up in Netherlands making couple of lay-ups which resulted with 29-29 with 3:33 remaining in the second stanza. It was a period of the game when Montenegrins struggled a lot in defense and their offensive also became less dangerous. Netherlands exploited this chance making 14-6 run until the half time. Montenegro didn't want to give up as this win would mean them a lot in order to qualify for the next stage. Mostly owing to Filip Barovic (205-F-90) Montenegro came closer on 53-50 but then Mohammed Kherrazi and Joshua Kramer (194-F/G-90) immediately stepped up creating 7-1 run for plus 9 before the last frame. Montenegrins weren't able to come any closer after that and it was more than comfortable win for Netherlands at the very end.

Mohammed Kherrazi shined for the winners collecting 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Ken Schroder also netted 16 points but with 5 rebounds while Joshua Kramer added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegro wasn't on a good level yesterday having only one player with double figures. It was Filip Barovic, who scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Nemanja Radovic (204-F/C-91) was a way behind him with 9 points. Montenegro already played its four games at the Preliminary Stage while Netherlands will meet winless Norway today.


U18 Netherlands - U18 Montenegro 88-65
(14-17,29-18,17-16,28-14)

Netherlands:
Mohammed Kherrazi 16 (7 rebs, 5 st), Ken Schroder 16 (5 rebs), Joshua Kramer 14 (6 rebs)
Montenegro: Filip Barovic 18 (6 rebs), Nemanja Radovic 9


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U18 EC, division B: Georgia outplays Hungary for the first win - by Eurobasket News
U18 Georgia - U18 Hungary 73-63

First appearance of Georgia on U18 European Championship division B was very successful. Georgians were better than the host Hungary, which dropped on score 0-2 in Preliminary Group D. Hungarians couldnt resolve problem which is called Shendelia also seriously struggling with rebounding as Georgia had 20 of them more. At the same time Hungarians had poor percentage from behind the arc making just 7 of 37 attempts, 18.9%.

Everything started good for the hosts of U18 European Championship division B as they earned 16-21 after first 10 minutes. Beginning of the next stanza belonged to Georgians which made turn 26-23 but it didnt last long as Hungary tied the score on 30-30 very soon. With 2 minutes remaining before the half time Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) and Aleko Dzidziguri (195-G-90) stepped up for Georgia brining solid advantage of 9 points to their team. Hungary wasnt able to resists after the half time as Georgians extended their lead to 12 points. The last chance Hungarians had in 33rd minute when they came on 64-59 but Tornike Shengelia answered with a lay-up after what Aleko Dzidziguri drained a triple resolving question about the winner in this game.

Georgia got the most today from Tornike Shengelia, who stopped on 20 points and 10 rebounds. Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) was behind him with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Aleko Dzidziguri had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Norbert Takacs (196-G-90) was the best scorer for the losing side with 18 points. Andras Helmeczi (192-G-90) finished the game with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Georgia will play against Denmark tomorrow while Hungary has a day-off.


U18 Georgia - U18 Hungary 73-63
(16-21,25-11,21-18,11-13)

Georgia:
Tornike Shengelia 20 (10 rebs), Giorgi Sharabidze 14 (7 rebs), Aleko Dzidziguri 12 (4 rebs, 4 as)
Hungary: Norbert Takacs 18, Andras Helmeczi 14 (4 rebs)


Transfer news from Szolnok - by Tamas Deri

Ntousan Kotsopoulos was born as Dusan Jelic (211-C-74) in Belgrade on the 13th of August 1974. Some years ago, he was one of the most promising European centers, but he never delivered as expected; now, he' s a big man who knqws how to use his size inside, and who can score and rebound; has an excellent speed, who allows him to run the court well.
The 211 cm tall, greek-serbian center started his professional carreer with Crvena Zvezda and signed in Greece with Panionios Athens, where he spent 7 seasons. In 2000 he got back to Crvena Zvezda, but spent some months with Alicante in Spain. 2001-02 he played for Olympiakos, step also on the court in 5 Euroleague games. The next season he spent in Italy with Air Avellino and averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in the Italian first division. 2003-04 he played 17 games in the championship and 8 games in the Euroleague for TAU Ceramica, in January 2004 changed to Prokom Sopot. He averaged 10 points and 3.5 rebounds in the ULEB cup, 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18 games of the polish league. The next season he started in Greece with Makedonikos and finished with Anwil in Poland: 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23 games. 2005-06 he played 18 games for Capo DOrlando in the Italian first division and put up really good numbers: 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. He played some games in the Italian and Spanish second division that season. 2006-07 he played for Ventspils and averaged 12.7 points and 7.2 rebounds in 11 games of the ULEB Cup and had 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 19 games of the Baltic League. September 2007 he signed a very high budget deal with Russian club Vladivostok, but left the team because of lack of payments. He just moved shortly to Nicosia in Cyprus and finished the season with BC Kallev in Estonia, Baltic League: 12 games, 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

American scoring guard, Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers) just signed his one year contract with the team too! Coleman had one amazing NCAA-carreer with Rutgers, in one of his best game he had 31 points against Syracuse with Carmello Anthony (Denver Nuggets) and Hakim Warrick (Memphis Grizzlies). The 185 cm tall guard started his pro-carreer in Venezuela in 2004. His first option station was in France, he averaged 20.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds as a player of SC Levallois. 2005-06 he played for Neptunas and was the best scorer of the Lithuanian League with 19.1 points. He played also 27 games in the Baltic League and averaged amazing 20.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 apg and 1.9 spg. The season 2006-07 he spent with Solna Vikins in Sweden, where he was the best scorer of the league with 26.8 points, but had also 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game. As the season finished earlier he played 4 games with Brest and averaged over 20 points in the Pro B in France. He signed last september a two months deal with Trier in Germany for replacing on injured player and averaged 15 points per game. He finished the season with Budivelnik Kyiv and put up great numbers again: 14.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 64.0%.

Hungarian Guard, Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79) signed also for one more season with OLAJ KK. The 29 years old guard spent already 11 seasons with the team of his home town and was a key player of the all-in-one team in the season 2006-07.

'I am very happy, that we could sign two very experienced foreigners for the next season! We had
very hard and long conversations with the players and their agents, but we could get it done. Kotsopoulos signed a 1+1 season deal, we hope to have a long, great cooperation with him! Also Jerome is a very high level player, it's enough to take a look at his profile. We will do our best for him and look forward to see him on the court! It is also a great thing, that our 'home-boy', Laszlo Cziczas accepted our offer and will stay our team-captain at least for one more season!' - Mr. Zoltan Toth, General Manager of OLAJ KK.



U18 EC, division B: Hungarians beat Denmark for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
U18 Hungary - U18 Denmark 76-64

Hosts of the U18 European Championship finally grabbed the first win. Hungarians were too strong for Denmark improving to 2-2 in Preliminary Group D while Denmark has 2-2 after four games. The last day of the competition in Preliminary Round will be very interesting as two places on top are not reserved for any team yet. Actually there is a possibility the all 5 teams finish it with same score 2-2.

Mate Mohacsi (192-F-90) was unstoppable in the first quarter leading Denmark to 26-12 at the end of it. Norbert Takacs (196-G-90) and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) joined him during the next period which resulted with 37-18 in 15th minute. Denmark showed a bit better performance until the end of the half time decreasing Hungarys lead to 9 points. With four minutes to go in third stanza Denmark finally succeeded to tie the score on 45-45 and later to take 2 points lead. Danish players couldnt know that it will be the end of the game for them as Hungarians totally exploded closing last stanza 27-13.

Hungary got the most from Mate Mohacsi, who collected 20 points and 9 rebounds. Janos Eilingsfeld also had a pretty good performance adding 17 points and 9 rebounds while Norbert Takacs stopped on 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Mads Frandsen (201-F-90) and Alexander Bak (-91) scored 14 points each for Denmark while Mads Frandsen had 14 more rebounds. Nicolas Christensen (190-G-90) contributed with 10 points for the loosing side. At the last day of the preliminary round Hungary will meet Slovakia.


U18 Hungary - U18 Denmark 76-64
(26-12, 15-20, 8-19, 27-13)

Hungary:
Mate Mohacsi 20 (9 rebs), Janos Eilingsfeld 17 (9 rebs), Norbert Takacs 17 (5 rebs, 5 as)
Denmark: Mads Frandsen 14 (14 rebs), Alexander Bak 14 (6 rebs), Nicolas Christensen 11


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  INDIA   


Asian Basketball hotting up?????? - by Anil Kumar
Asian Basketball seems to be hotting up with a lot of humming happening about newer events to help promote the game and take it to greater heights. With India and China having all the numbers that any market economics desires, we could expect a lot to happen in the near future. See the latest from SIngapore Slingers as below. Is everybody in Asian basketball listening?????

Singapore Slingers Announces SLINGERS SETS SIGHT ON ASIAN PRO LEAGUE FOLLOWING DECISION TO BOW OUT OF NBL

July 30, 2008, SINGAPORE - When the Singapore Slingers tip-off for the new basketball season on Sept 17 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, instead of going up against the likes of NBL sides Melbourne Tigers or Perth Wildcats, skipper Ben Knight and Co could be taking on the likes of professional teams from Korea, Philippines, Japan or China instead.


This was after the Slingers management announced that the Singapore-based team has officially pulled out of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL), and will not be taking part in the upcoming 2008/09 NBL season.

'We had every intention to play our third season in the NBL and had recruited a team to be very competitive and more relevant to Singapore, with three players of Asian heritage on the roster', said Slingers Managing Director Bob Turner.

'In spite of the team's financial readiness to participate, the recent withdrawal of two key teams from the NBL has had a negative impact on our business model and led to an unanticipated increase in travel costs. When the NBL could not accede to our request to help defray the exorbitant and rising travel costs, the board of the Slingers took the painful but necessary decision to leave the NBL and pursue the possibility of playing in a professional league in Asia instead'.

The withdrawal of the Slingers means that the NBL has now lost its third team before the start of the 2008/09 season, after Sydney Kings and Brisbane Bullets both pulled out of the competition in the past weeks, even as major restructure of basketball Down Under continues in earnest.

Explaining the decision to withdraw from the NBL, the Slingers Chairman Tony Fernandes, who is also Group CEO of Air Asia said, 'Since getting on board six months ago, I've firmly believed that the long-term future of the Slingers is in an Asian Professional League rather than in the NBL. The recent turn of events provided the catalyst to start looking more closely at the feasibility of playing professionally in Asia.'

'I am a big believer in ASEAN, with its fantastic market of 600 million people.Considering the potential sponsorships and television viewership, it makes tremendous commercial sense to go in this direction and take advantage of the popularity of basketball in the region', he added.

Said NBL interim CEO Chuck Harmison: 'Whilst the NBL is disappointed with the Slingers' decision, we do understand their rationale, especially with the cost of traveling continuing to spiral upwards. We have therefore reluctantly accepted the Slingers' decision to surrender their license. We do however remain very keen as a league to explore with Singapore, and more widely Asia, other more cost effective ways of establishing regular club and national team competition.'

Local basketball fans need not fret about the lack of top-class hoop action. In place of regular NBL league matches, the Slingers will be inviting some of the top professional teams from Asia's basketball powerhouses China, Korea, Japan, Philippines and even the Middle-East and Europe, as well as clubs from the NBL, to play in a series of challenge matches instead, having already started talks with several possible opponents.

Known as the Slingers Challenge Series 2008/09, the tournament will utilize the 15 home dates penciled in at the Singapore Indoor Stadium between Sept 17 and end of February. Prize money will be at stake, with the visitors walking away with the cash of up to $10,000 if they manage to beat the home team, guaranteeing that the matches will be competitive.

The Slingers board believes that the Slingers Challenge Series will be the perfect platform to give local fans a taste of what they can expect of an Asian Professional League, while showcasing the standard of basketball in Asia.

That vision is not far from becoming a reality as the Slingers are in talks with more than one party who are keen to set up the inaugural professional league featuring top teams from all around Asia. It is also working closely with basketball's governing bodies FIBA and FIBA Asia.

While details of the proposed Asian Pro League still need to be finalized, it is envisioned that it could take off even as early as April 2009, and will comprise pro teams each representing their home nation, as they battle it out for supremacy and boasting rights to be named champions of Asia.

'Being based in Singapore, it is a matter of time and in the Slinger's best interest to position itself in the region as part of an Asia-based league. This new direction is the future', said Michael Johnson, Head of Basketball Operations and a NBL Hall-of-Famer.

'All the players, including import Eric Sandrin who arrived over the weekend, are excited to take up the challenge and show that Singapore's very own professional basketball team can compete with the best in Asia'.

The Singapore Slingers are now working to finalize all opponents for the Singapore Challenge Series. A full schedule of dates is expected to be available in the coming two weeks.


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U18 EC, division B: Slovenia destroys Ireland for top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Ireland 94-42

Slovenia booked a spot for the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Important thing for Slovenians is that they are already seen as a top team of Preliminary Group B, despite there is a one more round to be played tomorrow. The last hope for Ireland gone today as it currently has 0-3.

9-0 for Slovenia after almost four minutes was a signal what will happen today in Debrecen. Very soon it was big 21-4 for Slovenians after 10 minutes. Their offense looked very nice while their defense was even better. Ireland couldnt find a way to the basket in the first quarter. 17 points lead was enough for Slovenians to slow down in the second one. They put into the third gear but it didnt help Ireland to come any closer. After the breather Slovenia kept smashing its opponent creating plus 44 after 30 minutes. Ireland was hopeless until the end committing 22 turnovers in total. The loosing side registered only 21% from the field, 8 of 38.

Slovenia got the most today from Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90), who scored 15 points including 6 rebounds. Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) and Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) also shined posting 14 points. The only player with double figures in Ireland was Conor James (191-G/F-90) with 12 points. Daniel James (192-F/G-90) was behind him adding 9 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenians will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow while Ireland will meet Sweden.


Slovenia - Ireland 94-42
(21-4, 18-12, 31-10,

Slovenia:
Luka Dimec 15 (6 rebs), Marko Vranjkovic 14 (4 rebs), Mirza Sarajlija 14
Ireland: Conor James 12, Daniel James 9 (5 rebs)


U18 EC, division B: Bosnians better than Ireland for the first win - by Eurobasket News
U18 Ireland - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 70-79

Bosnia and Herzegovina finally registered the first win on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. After defeats against Sweden and Switzerland, Bosnia was too strong for Ireland improving to score 1-2 and staying in the race for the next stage. On the other side Ireland dropped on 0-2 decreasing its chances to reach one of the first two places in Preliminary Group B.

Beginning of the game belonged to Irish as they made 7-0 after three minutes. Since that moment Bosnians played much better tying the score on 28-28 10 minutes later. Game is decided in the last 5 minutes of third stanza when Bosnians made crucial 14-4 run heading to the last period with 51-61. After couple of minutes of it Aldin Majstoric (198-G-90) and Eldin Camdzic (195-G-90) took care to extend the lead of their team even more. Thus in 34th minute it already was plus 16 for Bosnia and every hope for Irish that they are able to do something in this game disappeared. Bosnians had pretty good percentage for the field during the entire time. They finished the game making 32 of 46 attempts, almost 70%. On the other side Irish struggled form the field as well as from the free throw line registering just 32%.

Bosnians took this one mostly owing to wonderful performance by Aldin Majstoric, who drained 30 points including 6 boards. He spent 31 minutes on the court shooting 12/13 FG2, 1/4 3-pts and 3/3 from the free throw line. Eldin Camdzic also helped his team with 14 points while Srdan Kovacevic (191-G-90) stopped on 11 points. Ireland got the most from Daniel James (192-F/G-90), who added 18 points and 8 rebounds, while OSulivan had 15 points. Stephen Tummon (197-F-90) contributed with 14 points and 8 boards fro the losing side. Bosnians will have a day-off tomorrow while on Tuesday they will meet Slovenia. Ireland will try to record the first win on the championship tomorrow against the same rival, Slovenia.


U18 Ireland - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 70-79
(19-16,19-21,13-24,19-18)

Ireland:
Daniel James 18 (8 rebs), OSulivan 15, Stephen Tummon 14 (8 rebs)
Bosnia: Aldin Majstoric 30 (6 rebs), Eldin Camdzic 14, Srdan Kovacevic 11


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  ITALY   


Last transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Mindaugas Zukauskas (202-F-75, agency: World Sport Agency) and Scavolini-Spar Pesaro agreed to extend their pact for another season. Olimpia Armani Jeans Milano announced a 1+ 1 agreement with Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). AMG Sebastiani Rieti inked Donnell Harvey (203-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida). Basket Napoli signed Sotiris Gioulekas (202-F-79). In Lega 2, Prima Veroli agreed to terms with Michele Mian (195-G-73) and Pallacanestro Roseto 1946 annopunced the signings of Fulvio De Assis (187-G-81) and Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU)

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  JAMAICA   


Knights prevail in Battle of the Unbeatens clash - by Leonard Whyte
In one of the most anticipated Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) National Basketball League (NBL) games in recent history, defending champions, Urban Knights, outplayed newcomers Port Royal Bulls to walk away with a 66-56 victory on Friday night at the National Stadium courts in front of a large and rowdy crowd.

Damion Young registered 24 points, 18 rebounds and 12 blocks, but his rare triple-double was wasted as Knights used a stifling defense to lock-up the Bulls spark plug, Paul Oliphant, holding him to just nine points. Leading from the outset, Knights held a 12-point cushion with just over five minutes left, and used their defense to hold the Bulls at bay. Both teams will meet again in the mid-season final at a date and time yet to be decided, and the Bulls will have a chance to turn the tables on the champions. Player/coach Oneil Williams has boldly predicted a Bulls victory in that game. Andy Smith led Knights with 19 points followed by Omar Barnes with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Paul Brown with 13 points and 11 rebounds was the only other Bull to reach double figures.


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


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Third place for Latvia on 'Mechel Cup' in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
Latvian senior National Team demonstrated solid performance on 'Mechel Cup' in Moscow. As it was expected Latvians suffered defeat in the first round against the hoists and at the same time reining European Champions Russia 63-84. In the next round Latvians played against Serbia facing with another defeat 74-89. Actually Latvia was almost equal rival to Serbia during the first 20 minutes. Game is decided in third quarter when Serbians poured in 26 points while Latvian netted just 16.

The most important game for head coach Nenad Trajkovic and his team in Moscow for sure was the last one against Ukraine as both teams were winless at that moment. After almost leveled first stanza, Latvians succeeded to take 2 points lead until the half time. Ukrainians played not so god third quarter which Janis Blums (190-G-82) and his teammates exploited. They finished it 19-14 heading to the crucial 10 minutes with plus 7. Ukraine faced with a real fiasco in the last frame. Latvians intensified defense letting Ukraine to score just 5 points in this period. On the other hand they nailed 23 grabbing third position on 'Mechel Cup'.
Janis Blums scored 11 points for the winners while Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) followed him with 10 points. Ukraine got the most from Igor Krivych (199-F-78), who scored 13 points.


Latvia - Ukraine 85-60
(21-22, 22-19, 19-14, 23-5)

Latvia:
Janis Blums 11, Mareks Jurevicus 10, Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) 9
Ukraine: Igor Krivych 13, Grigori Khizhnyak (216-C-74) 10, Viktor Kobzisty 10


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  LITHUANIA   


Justinas Sinica in Lietuvos Rytas, Andrius Slezas returns to Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian runner-up Lietuvos Rytas announced signing of Justinas Sinica (203-F-85), who arrives from Sakalai. Interesting is that both teams are from the same city Vilnius. Sinica registered pretty good digits last season in Baltic league. For 20 appearances he averaged 16.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.8 spg. In Lithuanian league Sinica had 17 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.4 spg for 19 games. At the end of the season he was named to be the 'Most improved player of the Year' in Lithuania by Eurobasket.com. He played last four years for Sakalai, where he joined from Panevezys Aukstaitija in 2004. Sinica was a member of Lithuanian University National Team which participated at the World University Games in Bangkok in 2007. Terms of the contract are not announced.

In the meantime Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) left Lietuvos Rytas joining another Eurocup team Siaulai for the upcoming season. Experienced forward didn't have a lot of chance to play in Lietuvos Rytas last season. For 9 Euroleague games he averaged just 2.1 ppg and 1 rpg. He had much better stats in Baltic league and Lithuanian championship. Interesting is that Slezas leaves Lietuvos Rytas after 9 years to rejoin Siaulai, where he played on season 98-99. During these nine years with Lietuvios Slezas celebrated three titles in domestic championship and two in Baltic league. His team also became the champion of ULEB Cup in 2005 while they had a chance to do the same in 2007 but they suffered defeat in the final. Actually that title in 2005 is the only European trophy for Lietuvos Rytas in its history.


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DBBL Awards 2007-08 - by Alex Meyers

Player of the Year: Larrie Smith - Sparta
Import Player of the Year: Larrie Smith - Sparta
Domestic Player of the Year: Nelson DelGado - Etzella
Coach of the year: Philipe Giberti - Sparta

All-Imports

1st team

Phil Grant - BBC Nitia
Sean Hampton - Soleuvre
Scott Hazelton - Black Star
Larrie Smith - Sparta
Marcus Kennedy - Etzella

2nd team

Jerome Gumbs - T71
William Brand - Residence
Travis Depree - Amicale
Christopher Braier - Musel Pikes
Dave Mallon/Marwan Gaines - Contern

All-Domestic

1st team

Nelson DelGado - Etzella
Ziai Sohrab - Sparta
Samy Picard - Musel Pikes
Tom Schumacher - T71

Chris Wulff - Sparta

2nd team

Patrick Arbaut - Black Star

Guy Schmit - Musel Pikes
Eric Jeitz - Contern
Frank Muller - T71
Tim Giver - Etzella

3rd team

Frank Mangen - Residence
Jeff Bevilacqua - BBC Nitia
Yves Braun - Contern
Julien Hublart - Black Star
Gilles Becker - Contern


Honorable Mention

Pit Hoffmann - Sparta
Christophe - Baustert Sparta
Christian Schartz - Amicale
Pitt Koster - Soleuvre
Sam Ney - Amicale
Laurent Schwartz - Musel Pikes
Christian Weisen - Soleuvre
Christopher Jones - Amicale
Bob Kieffer - T71
Sylvain Felten - Residence
Chris Scholtes - Amicale
Jairo DelGado - Etzella
Cdric Schroeder - Etzella
Ben Hemmen - Soleuvre
Marco Leschek - Residence
Thierry Abdiu - Residence
Jerome Hanson - Black Star



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  MEXICO   


Mexican Nationals Finish Preparation - by Carlos Chapa
Mexicos National Team ended its three-game trip in Monterrey, with a balance of 3-0 against the CBA All-Stars (USA).

Ray Castillo (196-G/F-82, college: UTPA) leaded the greens in scoring at the end of the mini tournament, as Curtis Haywood (198-G-75, college: Oklahoma City) leaded CBA.

Mexico's coach, Silvio Jose Santander used this games to scout players for Centrobasket 2008, in which
he will have more players available like Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon), and Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV).


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  MONTENEGRO   


Latest market news : Bulatovic stay in ABS, Jovanovic,Komatina and Popovic in Mogren - by Dragan Scepanovic
DELFI SMG Agency announced that basketball players Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) (ex basketball player of basketball club Lovcen from Cetinje ) , Milos Komatina (ex basketball player of basketball club ABS Primorje from Herceg Novi ) and Novak Popovic (207-C-81) (ex basketball players of basketball club Radnicki from N.Sad ) agreed terms whit Basketball Club Mogren Budva, Goran Bulatovic ( renew contract ) agreed terms whit management of Basketball Club ABS Primorje from Herceg Novi.

U18 EC, division B: Montenegro grabs thriller win against Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

U18 Montenegro - U18 Czech Republic 81-79

Montenegrins made a huge step forward to the next stage on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. After three days they improved to score 2-1 while Czech Republic dropped on 1-1 in Preliminary Group A. Czechs had much better first period of the game finishing it 19-24. They touched plus 10 in the next one but Montenegro immediately answered with 20-9 run setting the score on 39-38. Krakovic scored at the last Czechs offense in the first half brining plus one to his team. Czech Republic was much better team also in third stanza once again reaching 10 points lead at the middle of it but Montenegrins didnt want to give up. Mostly owing to Nedeljko Bogdanovic (187-G-90) and Milorad Sutulovic (-90) they tied the score on 72-72 with 4:35 remaining in the game. The question about the winner is resolved in the last minute. Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90) missed a lay-up on 80-79 for Montenegro after what Stojanovic made the second free throw. Czechs had nine seconds for the last offense but Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) committed turnover (ball handling).

Nedeljko Bogdanovic was a leading player in Montenegro today. He spent 29 minutes on court collecting 18 points and 5 assists. Milorad Sutulovic also shined for the winners scoring 18 points while Filip Barovic (205-F-90) needed one more rebounds for double-double as he stopped on 13 points and 9 boards. Center Jan Vesely scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds while Adam Zampach (198-G-90) had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Tomas Satoransky demonstrated excellent performance for the Czechs missing 2 boards for triple-double. He had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Montenegro will play against Netherlands today while Czech Republic will meet Norway.


U18 Montenegro - U18 Czech Republic 81-79
(19-24,20-16,17-22,25-17)

Montenegro:
Nedeljko Bogdanovic 18 (5 as), Milorad Sutulovic 18, Filip Barovic 13 (9 rebs)
Czech Republic: Jan Vesely 24 (4 rebs), Adam Zampach 17 (6 rebs), Tomas Satoransky 16 (8 rebs, 10 as)



U18 EC, division B: Netherlands better than Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
U18 Netherlands - U18 Montenegro 88-65

Montenegro missed a pretty good chance to come just a small step away form the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Netherlands was better yesterday improving to score 1-2 in Preliminary Group A. Montenegro will have a chance for the next stage only if Czech Republic suffer defeat against until this moment undefeated Austria. On the other side Netherlands with this win also kept some hopes for the next stage.

First quarter belonged to Montenegrins as they finished it 14-17. Following few minutes of the next quarter they played even better extending lead to 6 points. Mohammed Kherrazi (199-F-90) and Ken Schroder (195-F-90) woke up in Netherlands making couple of lay-ups which resulted with 29-29 with 3:33 remaining in the second stanza. It was a period of the game when Montenegrins struggled a lot in defense and their offensive also became less dangerous. Netherlands exploited this chance making 14-6 run until the half time. Montenegro didn't want to give up as this win would mean them a lot in order to qualify for the next stage. Mostly owing to Filip Barovic (205-F-90) Montenegro came closer on 53-50 but then Mohammed Kherrazi and Joshua Kramer (194-F/G-90) immediately stepped up creating 7-1 run for plus 9 before the last frame. Montenegrins weren't able to come any closer after that and it was more than comfortable win for Netherlands at the very end.

Mohammed Kherrazi shined for the winners collecting 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Ken Schroder also netted 16 points but with 5 rebounds while Joshua Kramer added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegro wasn't on a good level yesterday having only one player with double figures. It was Filip Barovic, who scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Nemanja Radovic (204-F/C-91) was a way behind him with 9 points. Montenegro already played its four games at the Preliminary Stage while Netherlands will meet winless Norway today.


U18 Netherlands - U18 Montenegro 88-65
(14-17,29-18,17-16,28-14)

Netherlands:
Mohammed Kherrazi 16 (7 rebs, 5 st), Ken Schroder 16 (5 rebs), Joshua Kramer 14 (6 rebs)
Montenegro: Filip Barovic 18 (6 rebs), Nemanja Radovic 9


U18 EC, division B: Austria unbeaten yet, Montenegro suffers first defeat - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 Montenegro 71-65

Austria remains unbeaten after two days on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecin. On the other side Montenegro, which celebrated against Norway in the first round, dropped on score 1-1 in Preliminary Group A.

Austrians opened the game much better making quick 10-4 run. Montenegro recovered from it soon and after lay-up by Filip Barovic (205-F-90) made a turn 20-21 keeping that lead until the end of first stanza. Filip Barovic continued in the same rhythm at the beginning of the second quarter setting the score on 25-29. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) made some shots for Austria but still it wasnt enough for anything more than minus 4 at the half time. After the breather Montenegrins reached 40-50 what was their biggest lead during the entire game. It seemed that all hope for Austrians disappeared but Moritz Lanegger and Eric Schranz (205-C-90) didnt think so. They take care for fantastic 17-2 run making a big turn in just few minutes. Montenegro succeeded to tie the score once again at the middle of the last frame but during the last couple of minutes Moritz Lanegger was successful from the free throw line while Gunka and Schaal had nice penetrations for 69-65 with 32 seconds to go. At the last Montenegros possession Miljanic missed a 3-pointer which automatically meant that Austria will take this one.

Moritz Lanegger was the best Austrian player today adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Eric Schranz also shined for the winners with 12 points and 8 rebounds while Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) and Thomas Klepeisz (180-G-91) scored 10 points each. Filip Barovic netted 18 points for Montenegro while Milorad Sutulovic (-90) had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegro will meet Netherlands tomorrow while Austria will play the next game on Tuesday against Czech Republic having a chance to finish preliminary stage on top of Group A.


U18 Austria - U18 Montenegro 71-65
(22-23,16-19,21-12,12-11)

Austria:
Moritz Lanegger 17 (9 rebs), Eric Schranz 12 (8 rebs), Jesse Seilern 10, Thomas Klepeisz 10
Montenegro: Filip Barovic 18, Milorad Sutulovic 14 (7 rebs, 4 as)


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  NCAA1   


Islanders facing NCAA Violations - by Kevin Cochran

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is preparing its formal response to a letter from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) citing alleged violations by the Islander athletics department.

The NCAA's allegations detailed in the letter received Thursday, July 24, stem from the investigation that began shortly after the University received a notice of inquiry dated March 26, 2008. Possible violations were cited involving women's volleyball, men's tennis, men's basketball, and the reporting of income earned outside the University by athletic department staff.

Texas A&M - C.C. undertook the investigation jointly with the NCAA. President Flavius Killebrew appointed an investigative oversight committee to ensure the NCAA easy access to the Universitys people and records. The oversight committee has recommended the implementation of recent department restructuring for NCAA compliance and student-athlete academic advising now reporting to the University's academic affairs division.

'We take the issues presented to us by the NCAA very seriously,' President Killebrew said. 'Our intercollegiate athletic program must be transparent beyond any reproach and, from the first day we were notified, we have worked closely with the NCAA in its inquiry.'

'Our less than 10-year-old Islander athletic program is young when compared to programs at most of the nation's universities,' said the president. 'The solid achievements by our student-athletes clearly show that we have great promise ahead as a major name in intercollegiate athletics. We do not want that tarnished.'

The basketball program was accused of placing impermissibly phone calls to four recruits between August 2007 and February 2008. Coach Perry Clark was also told by athletics director Brian Teter to use personal funds for recruiting, a violation of school policies and NCAA regulations.


The athletic department is also charged with lack of insitiutional control, a major NCAA violation.


The University is working on its response for submission to the committee on infractions by the Oct. 29, 2008 deadline. The school is scheduled to appear before the committee Dec. 5 in Indianapolis, Ind.


Courtesy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sports Information



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  NIGERIA   


Royal Camp begins with fanfare - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The first Royal Hoopers Basketball Camp will today in Port Harcourt commence with all the players and officials already on ground for the event that promises to be full of excitement.

Already, the Police Officers Mess, venue of the camp is already beaming with activities as players used Sunday to formalize their registration while foreign and local coaches work out programme for the next three days.

However, fourteen players selected by FIBA and the NBA to represent Nigeria at this years Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be honing their skills at the Royal Hoopers Elite Basketball Camp taking place in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria from July 27 through 30.

The talented youngsters, who will represent the country in future international competitions, have been invited to the Garden City event to sharpen their skills as a dress rehearsal for the 2008 BWB.

Prominent amongst these players are Ayodeji Egbeyemi (Ebun Comets) and Mohammed Bukar (Dodan Warriors) who featured at BWB Africa 2007 and were also members of the Junior National team to the World Junior Men's Championship in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2007.

Others includes, Chidubem Okam (Dodan warriors), Daniel Ochefu (Police Rookies), Yemi Makanjuola (Police Rookies), Onyekachi Ochebo (Estate Whales), Imoh Silas Okon (Chariots), Godwin IKonshul (Cross Rivers), Gift Achuia (Royal Hoopers), Haruna Maitama Sule ( Kano Pillars), Ismaila Dauda (Kano Pillars), Adeolu Ojo ( ABU) and Ayotunde Oyeniyi (Warriors Academy).

Coach Mike Akuboh, who will be at both the Royal Hoopers and BWB Camps says, apart from learning new skills from the coaches and other elite players at the camp, the Port Harcourt event will provide the players a good avenue to prepare well in order to compete very well against their peers from other Africa countries in Johannesburg later in the year.


In a related development, the list of foreign coaches for the Royal Hoopers Basketball camp has increased.

Myke Schol an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University USA, Schol a regular feature in BWB Africa and in all camps around Africa. He was formerly coach of Johannesburg-based ESPN/ AND-1 basketball club to the 19th African Men's Championship Final Rounds hosted by the Dodan warriors in Lagos in 2006.

Just as Coach Schol has joined the camp, the list of participating players for the camp has increased from the original 50 to 65 with more players still angling to be part of show.

Some of the players attending the camp are Hilary Aigbokhaode (Islanders), Moses Johnson (Royal Hoopers), Seun Olarenwaju (Dodan Warriors), Haruna Maitama Sule (Kano Pillars), Jonathan Odia (Police Bombers), Ediga Ajonye (Royal Hoopers), Ronald Alalibo (Bayelsa Waves), Ayodeji Egbeyemi (Ebun Comets), Anyebe Alexander (Yelwa Hawks), Harry Ezenibe (AHIP) and Johsura Ahmedu of Warriors Academy among others.
Ayodeji Egbeyemi (193-G-90)



DTigers test might against Union Bank - by Olusegun Ikuesan
In order to test the readiness of the national team players ahead the August 4 to 10 FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers holding in Cote dIvoire the Nigeria national team, DTigers will Tuesday battle Atlantic conference leader of the Nigeria Basketball Federation premier league, Union Bank basketball club of Lagos.

The game against Union Bank is the first test match by the team since it commences training about three weeks ago.

The match billed for 16.00 hours local time is schedule to hold at the sports hall of the Lagos national stadium.

The test-match will afford coaches Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed the opportunity to see the level of preparedness of their players and an insight to pick the twelve players that will dorn the country colour for the qualifiers.
Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85, agency: Larry Fox Services)


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  NORWAY   


U18 EC, division B: Austria remains undefeated beating Norway - by Eurobasket News
U18 Norway - U18 Austria 63-78

Austria is the first team from Preliminary Group A which already booked a spot for the next stage on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. As a reminder Austrians were better than Netherlands in the first and later against Montenegro in the second round. Norway is winless yet after two appearances in Group A. As usually Lanagger was a key player for Austrians in this game. He registered double-double scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) also demonstrated wonderful performance for the winners collecting 20 points and 6 rebounds. Norway got the most from Roy Nwachukwu (193-F-90), who had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Anders Stien (194-G-90) followed him netting 14 points for the losing side.

It was a nice beginning of the game for Norwegians as after almost seven minutes they made advantage of seven points, 17-10. It was kind of signal for Austrians to wake up what they immediately done. In just 3 minutes Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) and Jesse Seilern made 9-2 run for 19-20 after first ten minutes. Norway showed much better performance in the second quarter making turn at the first point and later reaching plus 5. Unfortunately to their fans Norwegians succeeded to keep advantage of just 2 points until the half time. Austria opened the next quarter with 9-3 run extending its lead later to 11 points. Lanagger had pretty good last two minutes of this period brining 47-61 to his team. The closing frame was just a formality as Norwegians wasnt able to threat seriously until the end. After three victories Austria will take a rest tomorrow while Norway will try to record the first win against Czech Republic.


U18 Norway - U18 Austria 63-78
(19-20,19-16,9-25,16-17)

Norway:
Roy Nwachukwu 19 (11 rebs, 4 as), Anders Stien 14
Austria: Moritz Lanegger 21 (10 rebs, 4 as), Jesse Seilern 20 (6 rebs)


U18 EC, division B: Czechs smashes Norway for the second win - by Eurobasket News
U18 Czech Republic - U18 Norway 101-63

Czech Republic outplayed Norway staying in the race for the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Czechs currently have 2 wins and 1 defeat and they will play tomorrow against direct rival for the next stage, Austria. On the other side Norwegians lost all chances for the second stage so they will continue championship at classification stage.

Czech Republic proved its quality from the early beginning of the game. After 10 minutes Czechs already created advantage of 13 points, 21-8. Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) and Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) continued with nice performance so at the middle of the second stanza it was 35-15 for Czechs. Norwegians were not so bad at the offensive end but their defense was on a poor level. Czechs were unstoppable counting until 29 in the second period. Situation on the court was the same during the last two quarters. Norwegians continued with missing many shots while at the same time they committed 27 turnovers. Everything resulted with plus 38 for Czech Republic at the very end.

Center Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90) once again was the leading scorer of his team with 17 points. Tomas Satoransky had nice performance collecting 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Jakub Kudlacek also had 15 points but with 4 assists. Anders Stien (194-G-90) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for the loosing side. Nicholas Phillip and Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90) followed him posting 11 points each. At the last day of the Preliminary Round Norway will meet Netherlands.


U18 Czech Republic - U18 Norway 101-63
(21-8,29-18,22-20,29-17)

Czech Republic:
Jan Vesely 17, Tomas Satoransky 15 (6 rebs, 5 as), Jakub Kudlacek 15 (4 as)
Norway: Anders Stien 13 (5 rebs), Nicholas Phillip 11 (4 rebs), Magnus Midtvedt 11


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  PANAMA   


Team A defeated Team B in CBS All Stars Game and Hoy and Munoz winners.- - by Eddie Munoz
In the CBS All Stars Game team A won over team B 89-82 Ernesto Oglivie was the MVP of the game. In the Slam Dunks Championship Carlos Hoy won the competition over Jonathan Romero and Joel Munoz (179-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency) won the 3 Points shots Competition over Fabio Gomez. Next Tuesday Navieros de Colon and Magnates de Calidonia will play the 1st semifinal of CBS 2008 and next Thursday Caimanes de Rio Abajo and Canguros de Parque Lefevre will play the 2nd semifinal the winners of these 2 games will play the Final Championship Game next Sunday.

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U18 EC, division B: Undefeated Poland blasts Romania - by Eurobasket News
U18 Romania - U18 Poland 47-79

Polish players showed their power against Romania securing a spot for the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. On the other side Romania dropped on 1-1 in preliminary Group C but with a chances to get through it. Poland demonstrated its domination against Romania under the basket grabbing 15 rebounds more. The winning side also finished this game having solid 62.2% from the field matched with only 31% by Romania.

Poland entered into the first quarter strongly. Thanks to Sebastian Szymanski (182-G-91) and Piotr Pamula (190-G-90) they grabbed early 9-16 lead. First double digits advantage Poland touch at the beginning of the second stanza. After successful jump shot by Wojciechowski it was 21-33. Until the end of the game Romanians werent able to come any closer than 11 points, what was a case at the half time. Romanians suffered a real fiasco in third stanza. Polish players let them score just 5 points for 9 minutes while on the other side they netted 23 setting the score on 33-62. Same trend continued in the last frame but this time Romania registered double digits. Poland netted 15 points which resulted with finals plus 32.

Piotr Pamula paced Poland to win nailing 19 points while Sebastian Szymanski followed him netting 13. Romania got 15 points and 8 boards from Rolland Torok (198-C-90). Andras Stretea (186-G-90) also contributed for the losing side with 9 points and 4 rebounds. After three consecutive wins, Poland has a day-off tomorrow. Romania will meet Portugal in very important game for the next stage.


U18 Romania - U18 Poland 47-79
(16-24,12-15,9-25,10-15)

Romania:
Rolland Torok 15 (8 rebs), Andras Stretea 9 (4 rebs)
Poland: Piotr Pamula 19, Sebastian Szymanski 13


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  PORTUGAL   


U18 EC, division B: Portugal smashes winless Belarus - by Eurobasket News
U18 Belarus - U18 Portugal 67-106

Portugal succeeded to grab the first win on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. Thus Portuguese made a step forward to the next stage improving to score 1-1 in Preliminary Group C. On the other side Belarus already lost all chances for the next stage suffering three defeats. The best player of this game and maybe of the entire round for sure in Joao Soares (197-F-90), who was totally unstoppable at the offensive end. For just 25 minutes he drained 34 points and grabbed 5 boards. His shot percentage was on impressive level as he made 5 of 10 from the field 4 of 5 from behind the arc and 12 of 13 from the free throw line. The fact that Belarus committed 41 turnovers talks for itself about the quality level between these two teams.

After first couple of minutes in the opening quarter Portugal already created 4-12. Belarus didnt want to give up coming on 24-26 twelve minutes later but Portuguese answered with quick 12-2 run taking 12 points lead at the half time. There was no any hope for Belarus after the breather. Valente scored whenever he wanted while Rodrigues joined him in style. Everything resulted with 44-75 before the last frame. During these 10 minutes Portugal didnt stop extending its lead to final 39 points. Except of above mentioned Joao Soares, Andre Pereira (198-F, college: Rider) also shined for Portugal adding 20 points and 12 rebounds. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) followed him scoring 18 points. Belarus got 16 and 8 boards from Viktar Ausepian (200-F-91) while Aliaksei Kachan (183-G-91) stopped on 14 points. Uladzimir Krysevich (205-C-91) need one more rebound for double-double as he recorded 12 points and 9 boards. Portugals next rival is Romania while Belarus will play against England.


U18 Belarus - U18 Portugal 67-106
(10-17,18-23,16-35,23-31)

Belarus:
Viktar Ausepian 16 (8 rebs), Aliaksei Kachan 14, Uladzimir Krysevich 12 (9 rebs)
Portugal: Joao Soares 34 (5 rebs), Andre Pereira 20 (12 rebs), Diogo Correia 18


U18 EC, division B: Easy win for Portugal against Romania - by Eurobasket News
U18 Portugal - U18 Romania 88-63

Portugal celebrated against Romania making maybe the crucial step forward to the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship in Hungary. After this victory Portugal improved to 2-1 while Romania dropped on 1-2 in Preliminary Group C.

Portugal had a pretty good day form behind the arc making 9 of 21 attempts. Romanians struggled a lot with organizing the plays. Their main problem in this game were turnovers as they committed 30 of it. Interesting is that Romania had much better beginning making 9-15 after 7 minutes. They had even better performance at the few opening minutes of the next period. After Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) s dunk Romania created fantastic 15-28. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) and Joao Soares (197-F-90) finally woke up melting Portugals lead to 5 points until the half time. Crucial period of the game was last five minutes of third stanza when Portugal made impressive 19-0 run heading into the last quarter with 64-50. During the last 10 minutes Romanians were unable to come any closer suffering second defeat in Hungary.

Diogo Correia paced his team to win collecting 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Joao Soares also shed for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds while Andre Pereira had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Rolland Torok (198-C-90) showed the best performance in Romania. He finished the game registering double-double 17 points and 14 rebounds. Adrian Gutoaia was behind him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Portugal will take on strong Poles tomorrow while Romania will meet England.


U18 Portugal - U18 Romania 88-63
(13-17,22-23,29-10,24-13)

Portugal:
Diogo Correia 23 (5 rebs, 5 as), Joao Soares 20 (8 rebs), Andre Pereira 15 (7 rebs)
Romania: Rolland Torok 17 (14 rebs), Adrian Gutoaia 15 (5 rebs)


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U18 EC, division B: Undefeated Poland blasts Romania - by Eurobasket News
U18 Romania - U18 Poland 47-79

Polish players showed their power against Romania securing a spot for the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. On the other side Romania dropped on 1-1 in preliminary Group C but with a chances to get through it. Poland demonstrated its domination against Romania under the basket grabbing 15 rebounds more. The winning side also finished this game having solid 62.2% from the field matched with only 31% by Romania.

Poland entered into the first quarter strongly. Thanks to Sebastian Szymanski (182-G-91) and Piotr Pamula (190-G-90) they grabbed early 9-16 lead. First double digits advantage Poland touch at the beginning of the second stanza. After successful jump shot by Wojciechowski it was 21-33. Until the end of the game Romanians werent able to come any closer than 11 points, what was a case at the half time. Romanians suffered a real fiasco in third stanza. Polish players let them score just 5 points for 9 minutes while on the other side they netted 23 setting the score on 33-62. Same trend continued in the last frame but this time Romania registered double digits. Poland netted 15 points which resulted with finals plus 32.

Piotr Pamula paced Poland to win nailing 19 points while Sebastian Szymanski followed him netting 13. Romania got 15 points and 8 boards from Rolland Torok (198-C-90). Andras Stretea (186-G-90) also contributed for the losing side with 9 points and 4 rebounds. After three consecutive wins, Poland has a day-off tomorrow. Romania will meet Portugal in very important game for the next stage.


U18 Romania - U18 Poland 47-79
(16-24,12-15,9-25,10-15)

Romania:
Rolland Torok 15 (8 rebs), Andras Stretea 9 (4 rebs)
Poland: Piotr Pamula 19, Sebastian Szymanski 13


U18 EC, division B: Easy win for Portugal against Romania - by Eurobasket News
U18 Portugal - U18 Romania 88-63

Portugal celebrated against Romania making maybe the crucial step forward to the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship in Hungary. After this victory Portugal improved to 2-1 while Romania dropped on 1-2 in Preliminary Group C.

Portugal had a pretty good day form behind the arc making 9 of 21 attempts. Romanians struggled a lot with organizing the plays. Their main problem in this game were turnovers as they committed 30 of it. Interesting is that Romania had much better beginning making 9-15 after 7 minutes. They had even better performance at the few opening minutes of the next period. After Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) s dunk Romania created fantastic 15-28. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) and Joao Soares (197-F-90) finally woke up melting Portugals lead to 5 points until the half time. Crucial period of the game was last five minutes of third stanza when Portugal made impressive 19-0 run heading into the last quarter with 64-50. During the last 10 minutes Romanians were unable to come any closer suffering second defeat in Hungary.

Diogo Correia paced his team to win collecting 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Joao Soares also shed for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds while Andre Pereira had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Rolland Torok (198-C-90) showed the best performance in Romania. He finished the game registering double-double 17 points and 14 rebounds. Adrian Gutoaia was behind him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Portugal will take on strong Poles tomorrow while Romania will meet England.


U18 Portugal - U18 Romania 88-63
(13-17,22-23,29-10,24-13)

Portugal:
Diogo Correia 23 (5 rebs, 5 as), Joao Soares 20 (8 rebs), Andre Pereira 15 (7 rebs)
Romania: Rolland Torok 17 (14 rebs), Adrian Gutoaia 15 (5 rebs)


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  RUSSIA   


Zendon Hamilton in Spartak Primorie, UNICS inks Marko Popovic - by Eurobasket News
33-year old center Zendon Hamilton (209-C-75, college: St.John's) agreed terms with Spartak Primorie Vladivostok. Hamilton spent previous season in Enisey Krasnoyarsk finishing it as a second scorer in Russian Superleague with 19 ppg. At the same time he was a third rebounder grabbing 8.4 rpg but his team ended competition on the bottom with only 3 wins and 21 defeats. Before Krasnoyarsk, Hamilton played half of the season in Polish team Slask Wroclaw reaching the play-off semifinals in domestic championship. He has some NBA experience as a member Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers but without any important digits.

After Kresimir Loncar, UNICS Kazan announced signing of another Croat Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC). Popovic had very successful last season with Zalgiris Kaunas winning three trophies with them. The team beat Lietuvos Rytas in the final of Baltic league, domestic championship and National Cup. Popovic played 20 games for Zalgiris in Euroleague averaging 11.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2 apg and 1 spg. He also registered 12.6 ppg and 1.8 apg for 16 games in Baltic league. It was Popovic's second season in Kaunas. At his first one with the team they also captured the trophy in Lithuanian championship as well as in Lithuanian National Cup. Before Zalgiris, Popovic spent one season in Efes Pilsen winning Turkish National Cup. In the past he also played for Cibona, Pamesa and Zadar, where he grew up. Popovic is a member of Croatian National Team since 2003. He was a part of it on FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens where Croatia booked a spot for the Olympics in Beijing.


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Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
1. Summ.Hill BD 6-0
2. BC Howren 2-3
3. Owen FH 2-3
4. BC Sixers 2-4
5. Polk Co. 1-4
City B-West
1. Metro Tech 5-0
2. Cedart.B. II 3-2
3. BC Dalton 2-4
4. BC Knicks-2 1-4
5. Rockmart 1-4
Metro A-North
1. Cartersville W. 6-0
2. ServPro-1 5-1
3. BC Skyline 4-2
4. BC Force 3-3
5. Marietta O. 2-3
6. BC Celtics 2-4
7. Supreme 1-5
8. Smyrna K. 0-5
Metro A-South
1. Speedboys 6-1
2. BC Lakers 4-3
3. Young Gunz 4-3
4. Tri-County 3-4
5. Black Monop 3-4
6. D.O.T.S. 1-6

WSEBL

1. Baseline-3............ 7-0

2. Prime Time............ 3-4

3. Kennesaw........... 3-4

4. Lady Colonels...... 2-4

4. 104.9/HOL............ 2-4



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Branko Cvetkovic and Ivan Radenovic are free agents - by Dragan Jankovski
Member of Serbian National Team Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) received status of free agent. Namely his team Akasvayu Girona officially went bankrupt two days ago. Officials from ACB league also confirmed this news which means that Girona won't take a place in Spanish top division any more. Cvetkovic signed 3-year contract with Girona last summer but after this surprising news he will have to continue career in some other club. Cvetkovic played 34 games last season in ACB averaging 9.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg. At the same time he had 13 appearances in ULEB Cup having 10.1 ppg and 2.7 rpg. His team succeeded to reach the last stage at the ULEB Cup Final Eight in Turin but Joventut was better in the final. Cvetkovic arrived to Girona from FMP Zeleznik where he spent two successful seasons. With Panthers he reached semifinals of ULEB Cup where Lietuvos Rytas registered better score in two games. At the same year 2007 FMP won Serbian National Cup 'Radivoj Korac' while a year before Panthers became the Adriatic league champions. Cvetkovic is currently in China with Serbian National Team which will participate at the prestigious 'Diamond ball tournament'.

Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) is in the same situation like Cvetkovic. He also joined Girona last summer from University of Arizona. He played 15 games for his team in ULEB Cup adding 8.1 ppg and 3.3 rpg while for 24 games in ACB he had a bit lower digits. Radenovic was invited to join Serbian National Team this summer but he was unable to show up in Belgrade due to his obligation at the University in USA.

Igor Milosevic (193-G-86) officially became a member of Greek Olympiakos. He signed 2-year contract with his new team where he supposes to start season as a third point guard.


Swisslins Takovo inks Gajic and Pekovic, Habus in Vojvodina - by Dragan Jankovski
After leaving of Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) to Partizan Igokea, participant of Serbian A1 league and BIBL Swisslions Takovo immediately agreed terms with Aleksandar Gajic (186-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Pekovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket).

Aleksandar Gajic played last season for Ilysiakos Athens, which competed in Greek A2 league. Before Ilysiakos, Gajic spend one year in Igokea Alesandrovac winning the National Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the past he also used to play for Ukrainian Khimik, APOEL Nicosia, Bosna Sarajevo, Sloga, Lukoil Sofia, Crvena Zvezda and Partizan Belgrade. With Lukoil Akademik he won double crown in Bulgaria. His team dominated in its country grabbing championship title as well as National Cup. Gajic grew up in Partizan Belgrade winning the Yugoslavian championship and National Cup with them as a young prospect. He also was a member of Yugoslavian U17, U18 and U20 National Team.

Point guard / shooting guard Marko Pekovic spent lasts season in Vojvodina Srbijagas averaging 4.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1 apg in Adriatic league. Two years before Pekovic played for Buducnost Podrogica grabbing the trophy in National Cup as well as in domestic championship. As Gajic, Pekovic also grew up in Partizan Belgrade. Later he moved to FMP Zeleznik after what he joined Lavovi 063. He has experience from abroad as he played for Khimik Yuzhni, Romanian Asesoft and for a while in Turkish Banvit.

Vovodina Srbijagas announced signing of Darko Habus (186-G-82, agency: 011 Sports), who is coming from Masinac Kraljevo. It was Habus' second season in Kraljevo where he land in 2006 from Cypriot team InterCollege Etha Engomis. He averaged 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.6 spg for Masinac in A1 league last season.


Jagodnik leave Hemofarm, new destination is Nymburk - by Zoran Popovic
After one season in Hemofarm and bad knee injury Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) decided to change club and he signed contract with CEZ Basketball Nymburk. Jagodnik was back after the injury and played first game for the Slovenian National team in July. In the last season Jagodnik scored for Hemofarm in Adriatic league average 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assistants and ULEB Cup 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assistants per game.
Goran Jagodnik in his career played for Koper, Kovinotehna, Savinjska Polzela, Turk Telekom, Mydonose Kolejliler, Prokom Trefl Sopot, Dynamo Moscow and WTK Anwil Wloclawek


Serbia beats Russia 75-74 winning the tournament in Moscow - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian senior National Team grabbed third win on international tournament in Moscow. After victory against Ukraine and Latvia, Serbians were better than reining European champions Russia 75-74 winning the tournament undefeated. It was a very tough game as both teams take it very seriously. Serbia was better team in the first quarter finishing it with plus 6. In the next period Russians improved a bit but still it wasn't enough for anything more that minus 4 at the half time. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) and Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) were in a good shape while on the other side J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) was the best in Russia. After the half time Serbia continued in the same rhythm keeping its lead. Actually, before the crucial ten minutes Serbians extended it to 6 points. After that moment J.R. Holden and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) stepped up for Russia making quick turn. Suddenly Serbia was the team which had to fight for tying the score. After triple by Zoran Erceg they finally done it and it was 70-70. With 16 second remaining the game Zoran Erceg scored two free throws for 75-74. Russia had enough time for the last offense but J.R. Holden missed a triple after what Morgunov couldnt make it under the basket.

Zoran Erceg was the best player in Serbia adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. Uros Tripkovic followed him with 14 points while Nenad Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Russia got 20 points and 6 rebounds from J.R. Holden, who missed a chance to be a hero of the game. NBA superstar Andrei Kirilenko stopped on 10 points and 9 rebounds.

National Team of Serbia goes today to China for 'Diamond Ball' tournament.


Serbia - Russia 75-74
(24-18, 22-24, 14-12, 15-20)

Serbia:
Zoran Erceg 20 (6 rebs), Uros Tripkovic 14, Nenad Krstic 13 (6 rebs)
Russia: J.R. Holden 20 (4 rebs, 4 as), Andrei Kirilenko 10 (9 rebs)


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U18 EC, division B: Undefeated Slovakia celebrates against Finland - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Finland 77-74

Slovakians grabbed extremely important win against Finland on U18 European Championship division B. Thus they are the only undefeated team in Preliminary Group D with score 2-0. On the other side Finland dropped on 1-2 decreasing its chances for the next stage.

It was a very interesting game until the very end. Finland totally dominated during the first 10 minutes finishing it 18-29. Slovakians couldnt find a solution how to stop Roopi Ahonen (185-G-90), who had no mercy from the field. After Turja s successful jump shot at the end of the second stanza, it still was plus 11 for Finland, 33-44. Finland continued in the same rhythm after the breather. With one minute to go in third quarter it was 50-60 but then Ravasz and Bauer scored 6 points together after what Roopi Ahonen set the score on 56-62 before the last 10 minutes. At the middle of it Slovakians succeeded to tie the score for the first time, 71-71. Until the end of the game Finland missed 4 times, also committing one turnover, while Slovakians were more focused creating last 6-3 mini run.

Matej Marchyn (188-F-90) led Slovakia to win scoring 21 points. Richard Grznar (187-G-91) also shined with 15 points while Adam Bayer (198-F-90) had 13. On the other side Sasu Salin (187-G-91) and Roopi Ahonen netted 17 points each. Slovakia will meet Georgia tomorrow while Finish players will take a rest.


U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Finland 77-74
(18-29, 15-15, 23-18, 21-12)

Slovak Republic:
Matej Marchyn 21, Richard Grznar 15, Adam Bayer 13
Finland: Sasu Salin 17 (4 rebs), Roopi Ahonen 17 (6 as)


U18 EC, division B: Important win for Georgia against Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - Slovak Republic 85-79

Georgia registered second victory on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen keeping its hopes for the next stage alive. On the other side Slovakians had a chance to come very close to the next stage but they will have another one tomorrow. Interesting is that two top positions in Preliminary Group D are available yet.

Slovakia had furious beginning of the game. Richard Grznar (187-G-91) netted 10 points for 5 minutes leading his team to 12 points lead, 4-16. He didnt stop until the end of it netting 20 points for ten minutes while his team kept advantage of 12 points. After triple by Matej Marchyn (188-F-90), Slovakia extended lead to 16 points at the half way of the second period. It seemed that Slovakians are too strong for Georgians but then Konstantine Tomaradze (197-G-90) and Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) stepped up for their team tying the score on 43-43 in just four minutes. Third quarter was almost leveled. It was a basket after basket game but thanks to jump shot by Konstantine Tomaradze Georgians headed into the last 10 minutes with plus 2. Game is decided in the last minute of it. After 77-77, Nika Metreveli (212-C-91, agency: Interperformances) netted two FTs while on the other side Richard Grznar and Matej Marchyn missed 3-pointers. Nika Metreveli had a nice penetration after that scoring a lay-up while Matej Marchyn missed another triple what automatically meant that the game is over for Slovakians.

As usually Tornike Shengelia was the best in Georgia adding 21 points and 9 rebounds. Nika Metreveli also netted 21 points but with 5 rebounds while Konstantine Tomaradze stopped on 18 points. Richard Grznar was totally the best player in Slovakia today. He drained 31 points while Matej Marchyn was a way behind him with 18 points. Georgias last rival at the preliminary stage will be Finland.


Georgia - Slovak Republic 85-79
(16-28, 27-15, 19-17.

Georgia:
Tornike Shengelia 21 (9 rebs), Nika Metreveli 21 (5 rebs), Konstantine Tomaradze 18
Slovak Republic: Richard Grznar 31, Matej Marchyn 18


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U18 EC, division B: Slovenia destroys Ireland for top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Ireland 94-42

Slovenia booked a spot for the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Important thing for Slovenians is that they are already seen as a top team of Preliminary Group B, despite there is a one more round to be played tomorrow. The last hope for Ireland gone today as it currently has 0-3.

9-0 for Slovenia after almost four minutes was a signal what will happen today in Debrecen. Very soon it was big 21-4 for Slovenians after 10 minutes. Their offense looked very nice while their defense was even better. Ireland couldnt find a way to the basket in the first quarter. 17 points lead was enough for Slovenians to slow down in the second one. They put into the third gear but it didnt help Ireland to come any closer. After the breather Slovenia kept smashing its opponent creating plus 44 after 30 minutes. Ireland was hopeless until the end committing 22 turnovers in total. The loosing side registered only 21% from the field, 8 of 38.

Slovenia got the most today from Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90), who scored 15 points including 6 rebounds. Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) and Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) also shined posting 14 points. The only player with double figures in Ireland was Conor James (191-G/F-90) with 12 points. Daniel James (192-F/G-90) was behind him adding 9 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenians will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow while Ireland will meet Sweden.


Slovenia - Ireland 94-42
(21-4, 18-12, 31-10,

Slovenia:
Luka Dimec 15 (6 rebs), Marko Vranjkovic 14 (4 rebs), Mirza Sarajlija 14
Ireland: Conor James 12, Daniel James 9 (5 rebs)


U18 EC, division B: Slovenia cruises past Switzerland in day 3 - by Eurobasket News
U18 Switzerland - U18 Slovenia 56-86

Slovenians remained undefeated after their second appearance on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. As a reminder Slovenians outplayed Sweden yesterday while this time they grabbed another easy one vs Switzerland, which was undefeated in Preliminary Group B until today. Despite this defeat, Switzerland as well as Bosnia remains one of the biggest candidates for one of two first places in Group B.

Except of the early beginning when Switzerland grabbed 8-2 lead, Slovenia was the team which dominated during the entire time. In the last 6 minutes of the first stanza Slovenians made 4-18 run setting the score on 12-20 at the end of it. Nothing has changed on the court in the second quarter. Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) and Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) dominated at the offensive end for Slovenians which resulted with 24-42 in 17th minute. Switzerland had many troubles with organizing the plays and the reason is very aggressive defense by Slovenians. At the half way of third stanza official visitor today already made plus 25 what was a sign that the game is already over for Switzerland. The losing side showed slightly better performance in the last frame but is wasnt enough for anything more than minus 30 at the end.

Mirza Sarajlija was the top scorer in Slovenia with 19 points while Luka Dimec contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Matic Sirnik (201-F-91, agency: World Sport Agency) and Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) also had promising performance netting 11 points each. Florent Ramseier (198-F-90) drained 15 points for the losing side. Actually he was the only one with double digits in Switzerland as Stefan Petkovic (182-G-92) was behind him adding 9 points. In the next round Slovenia will take on Ireland while Switzerland will try to book a spot for the second stage against Sweden.


U18 Switzerland - U18 Slovenia 56-86
(12-20,21-31,8-20,15-15)

Switzerland:
Florent Ramseier 15, Stefan Petkovic 9
Slovenia: Mirza Sarajlija 19, Luka Dimec 14 (5 rebs), Matic Sirnik 11 (5 rebs), Dino Muric 11 (4 rebs)


Jagodnik joins Nymburk - by Zeljko Zule

Czech champion Nymburk inked Slovenian NT member Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) ex Hemofarm for the upcoming season with an optional one year extension. Jagodnik, who underwent knee surgery in February, returned to practice last month.

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European Basketball In Bilbao! - by Paul Nilsen
Iurbentia Bilbao will compete in this years Eurocup after agreeing to replace CB Girona who have dropped out of the competition and indeed the ACB due to financial difficutlies. Bilbao will fulfill the fixtures of Girona in Group H of the competition playing CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Czech Republic, KK Hemofram Stada of the Adriatic League and then the winner of the qualifying round paired to this particular group. Budocnost will face either Galatasaray or Siaulaiai for the right to get into the group proper. Bilbao start their campaign with a game in the Basque country at the end of November.

Market News From Valencia, Seville, Manresa, Murcia and Granada! - by Paul Nilsen

Cajsaol have announced the signing of Bosnian-Serb Mile Ilic (215-C-84) for two seasons. The centre replaces Andy Betts who was not given his second year by Manel Comas with Ilic having only briefly tasted ACB action in 10 games at Bilbao last season when he averaged 5.6 points an 4.1 rebounds filling in for the injured Martin Rancik. The 24 year old was a 2006 draft pick by New Jersey Nets and did not have a big impact so played for Colorado 46ers in the NBDL. A fearsome shot blocker, Ilic will line up inside with experienced veteran De Miguel and exciting talent Triguero.

CB Granada have swooped to sign Australian forward Aleks Maric (211-C-84) who also qualifies as an Croatian through his parents. He is 23 years old and has played in the NBA Summer leagues having graduated from the University of Nebraska. The Aussie is an International with the gold and green team and having turned down a number of big offers from across Europe he joins two high profile International team-mates in the ACB this season with David Anderson having signed with Barca and Daniel Kickert in Granca. New head coach of the Nazari Trifon Poch has described his player as very solid with a lot of consistency, a big capacity to rebound, tough and the potential to be a big help to the team this season. The Nazari fans will certainly look forward to Maric linking up with Curtis Borchardt if their talisman finally recovers from his injury problems.

Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) has finally put pen to paper on a two year deal with Pamesa Valencia after a protracted chase by the oranges for the Belgian. The forward turned 30 earlier this month and his experience will be vital in helping Tarjona to bridge the gap between themselves and the very top teams in the ACB. Having won 10 titles he has the capacity to deliver big time and it is a huge signing for Pamesa. The player has played for the likes of Bologna, Roma and CSKA Moscow in a distinguished European career having spent last year in Poland in Euroleague playing for Prokom.

Pamesa also inked another frontcourt player, Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) (2.06, PF) who has played in Valencia in two different spells (2003-04, reaching Euroleague TOP-16, and 2005-06 season, reaching the King's Cup Final). The player has signed one-year contract but Valencian club has the option to extend the deal until the 2009-10 season. The Greek player rejected an offer from Russia (UNICS Kazan offered him 3M euros in two seasons) and he will work again with coach Fotis Katsikaris. The greek was his assistant coach in AEK Athens a few years ago and he persuaded Dikoudis to sign with Valencia. With this former Euroleague champion, Pamesa moves and adds a good scorer and closes its frontcourt.

Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76) is yet another player to have inked a two year deal after Ricoh Manresa announced the Italian-Argentinian shooter as a replacement for the departed Rafa Martinez. Bulfoni joins from Leon where he stood out in a struggling team that was relegated to LEB Oro in June. A solid shooter and player with good stats and a knowledge of the league should mean a good pick up for the Barca based club.

Finally Polaris World Murcia have announced that Oscar Garcia (203-F-79, college: Fairfield) will continue for another season with the team. Ideal for Murcia who could struggle next year, and will need all of the hustle and toughness of Garcia in what is likely to be another season where survival comes first.



Roessler jets off to Spain - by Kristian Santiago
German national team-player Rouven Roessler (200-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) moves to Southern Europe and is set to begin the new season in Spain.
He signed a contract to play for Caceres 2016 C.B. in the LEB Gold after having a successful career in Germany's BBL where he averaged 13,6 ppg and 3,7 rpg for the LTi Giessen 46ers in '07-'08.


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U18 EC, division B: Sweden beats Switzerland for 2-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
U18 Sweden - U18 Switzerland 79-68

After inconvenient defeat against Slovenia, Sweden made huge a step forward to the Qualifying Round improving its score in Preliminary Group B on 2-1. Switzerland suffered second defeat on U18 European Championship division B dropping on 2-2 but still with a chance for the next stage.

Everything started good for the Swedish as they created 12-6 after 5 minutes. Andreas Person (188-G-91) took care for the rest of the way in the first stanza and together with Persson E set the score on 23-12. During the following ten minutes Swedish extended their lead to 16 points. Federico Fridel (196-F-91) shined for Switzerland after the breather bringing his team closer on 42-36 at the middle of third frame. After Stefan Petkovic (182-G-92) s lay-up they came even closer on 44-43 but Sweden immediately answered with 6-0 run. Crucial period of the game was few opening minutes of the last stanza. Sweden made couple of nice defenses scoring easy points on the other side of the court which resulted with 7-0 run for 63-52. It was unreachable for Swiss players until the end as they came on minus 3 just once.

Omar Zaghden (204-F/C-90) was the best player in Sweden collecting 23 points and 7 rebounds. Alexander Lindqvist (202-G-91) also shined for the winners with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Andreas Person scored 11 points. Switzerland got 12 points and 6 rebounds by Federico Fridel. Stefan Petkovic was behind him netting 11 points for the losing side. Switzerland played its four games in Preliminary Round while Sweden will take on Ireland tomorrow.


U18 Sweden - U18 Switzerland 79-68
(23-12, 13-10, 16-26, 27-20)

Sweden:
Omar Zaghden 23 (7 rebs), Alexander Lindqvist 17 (6 rebs, 4 as), Andreas Person 11
Switzerland: Federico Fridel 13 (6 rebs), Stefan Petkovic 11


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U18 EC, division B: Sweden beats Switzerland for 2-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
U18 Sweden - U18 Switzerland 79-68

After inconvenient defeat against Slovenia, Sweden made huge a step forward to the Qualifying Round improving its score in Preliminary Group B on 2-1. Switzerland suffered second defeat on U18 European Championship division B dropping on 2-2 but still with a chance for the next stage.

Everything started good for the Swedish as they created 12-6 after 5 minutes. Andreas Person (188-G-91) took care for the rest of the way in the first stanza and together with Persson E set the score on 23-12. During the following ten minutes Swedish extended their lead to 16 points. Federico Fridel (196-F-91) shined for Switzerland after the breather bringing his team closer on 42-36 at the middle of third frame. After Stefan Petkovic (182-G-92) s lay-up they came even closer on 44-43 but Sweden immediately answered with 6-0 run. Crucial period of the game was few opening minutes of the last stanza. Sweden made couple of nice defenses scoring easy points on the other side of the court which resulted with 7-0 run for 63-52. It was unreachable for Swiss players until the end as they came on minus 3 just once.

Omar Zaghden (204-F/C-90) was the best player in Sweden collecting 23 points and 7 rebounds. Alexander Lindqvist (202-G-91) also shined for the winners with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Andreas Person scored 11 points. Switzerland got 12 points and 6 rebounds by Federico Fridel. Stefan Petkovic was behind him netting 11 points for the losing side. Switzerland played its four games in Preliminary Round while Sweden will take on Ireland tomorrow.


U18 Sweden - U18 Switzerland 79-68
(23-12, 13-10, 16-26, 27-20)

Sweden:
Omar Zaghden 23 (7 rebs), Alexander Lindqvist 17 (6 rebs, 4 as), Andreas Person 11
Switzerland: Federico Fridel 13 (6 rebs), Stefan Petkovic 11


U18 EC, division B: Slovenia cruises past Switzerland in day 3 - by Eurobasket News
U18 Switzerland - U18 Slovenia 56-86

Slovenians remained undefeated after their second appearance on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. As a reminder Slovenians outplayed Sweden yesterday while this time they grabbed another easy one vs Switzerland, which was undefeated in Preliminary Group B until today. Despite this defeat, Switzerland as well as Bosnia remains one of the biggest candidates for one of two first places in Group B.

Except of the early beginning when Switzerland grabbed 8-2 lead, Slovenia was the team which dominated during the entire time. In the last 6 minutes of the first stanza Slovenians made 4-18 run setting the score on 12-20 at the end of it. Nothing has changed on the court in the second quarter. Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) and Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) dominated at the offensive end for Slovenians which resulted with 24-42 in 17th minute. Switzerland had many troubles with organizing the plays and the reason is very aggressive defense by Slovenians. At the half way of third stanza official visitor today already made plus 25 what was a sign that the game is already over for Switzerland. The losing side showed slightly better performance in the last frame but is wasnt enough for anything more than minus 30 at the end.

Mirza Sarajlija was the top scorer in Slovenia with 19 points while Luka Dimec contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Matic Sirnik (201-F-91, agency: World Sport Agency) and Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) also had promising performance netting 11 points each. Florent Ramseier (198-F-90) drained 15 points for the losing side. Actually he was the only one with double digits in Switzerland as Stefan Petkovic (182-G-92) was behind him adding 9 points. In the next round Slovenia will take on Ireland while Switzerland will try to book a spot for the second stage against Sweden.


U18 Switzerland - U18 Slovenia 56-86
(12-20,21-31,8-20,15-15)

Switzerland:
Florent Ramseier 15, Stefan Petkovic 9
Slovenia: Mirza Sarajlija 19, Luka Dimec 14 (5 rebs), Matic Sirnik 11 (5 rebs), Dino Muric 11 (4 rebs)


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Three signings at Pinar - by Sinan Can
Pinar Karsiyaka announced signings of three American players. Izmir side who has known with their brilliant recreuting in last few years , especially like Gary Neal, Quinton Hosley and Sean Marshall last year, has signed with Mike Benton (206-C-80, college: Charleston), Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Ohio) and Keith Brumbaugh (208-G/F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C). Pinar Karsiyaka GM Nihat Mala said, they generally prefer to bring rookies as this year they've made an exception for Mike Benton who has played in Turkey in 2005-06 season for Buyuk Kolej and added as 'Benton is a player we know very well. Leon Williams and Keith Brumbaugh will be our new presentatitons to European basketball. I'm pretty sure all these guys will be succesful in Turkey.'

Galatasaray Cafe Crown adds Strickland and Graves - by Eurobasket News
After signing of Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) and Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79), Galatasaray Cafe Crown got two more acquisitions for the upcoming season. The team agreed terms with combo guards Marshall Strickland (188-G-83, college: Indiana) and Antonio Graves (190-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh).

Marshall Strickland is coming from Alpella Istanbul where he averaged 16.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.2 spg for 26 games in TBL. It was his second season with Alpella, where he arrived in 2006 from Indiana University. Strickland led Alpella to the final of Turkish President Cup in 2007 but unfortunately to him they couldn't make it. Strickland was one of the best players at Indiana University on his senior year. He played 30 games adding 12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.4 apg helping his team to reach semifinals of Big 10 tournament.

Antonio Graves arrived to Galatasaray Cafe Crown from French Pro A team Pau-Orthez. Actually he started the last eason in CBA as a member of Pittsburgh Xplosion. For 13 games in CBA Graves averaged 19.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 3.6 apg. In December 2007 he decided to join Pau-Orthez finishing Pro A as a second scorer with 20.4 ppg. At the same time he added 2.2 rpg and 2.8 apg for 18 appearances. He also caught three games in ULEB Cup having 10.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.3 apg. At the end of the season he was named ot be in 'All-French Pro A first Team' by Eurobasket.com. Graves graduated at University of Pittsburgh last year.


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DV to coach at CSKA MOSCOW - by David Edole
Virgin Islander David Vanterpool (195-G/F-73, college: St.Bonaventure) returns to the team he helped win a Euroleague championship but not as a player. He returns as an assistant coach. Vanterpool has re-oined the Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, the team he helped to two Russian Premier Championships. Coach Ettore Messina who has nothing but good things to say about Vanterpool chimed in on the acquisition. ' I am very glad for the return of David. He is a young man with great charisma and has never ceased to be apart of our family.' After leaving CSKA two years ago, Vanterpool moved back to the nation's capital and worked on his businesses. He recently opened a Fitness Gym and did some real estate work. But his mind never wondered far from basketball. Basketball is in his blood and don't be suprised if you see DV on an NBA coaching staff in the near future. No one understands basketball from FIBA perspective like DV..

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Three NT's crushes in Moscow - by Alexander Muzyka
Mechel Cup
Moscow, RUS

July 25
Serbia - Ukraine 90:56 (23:18, 27:15, 14:11, 26:12)
S
: Cvetkovic 16, Erceg 12, Tripkovic 11, Krstic 9 + 8 rbs...
U: Rostyslav Kryvych 11, Arabadzhi 9, Zabirchenko 7, Agafonov 6 + 4 rbs, Kobzystyi 5, Onufriev 4 + 5 rbs, Kornienko 3 + 6 rbs, Khyzniak 3, Zubrytskyi 2, I.Kryvych 2, Yevseievychev 0, Kravtsov 0
Latvia - Russia 63:84

July 26
Russia - Ukraine 91:55 (20:20, 26:9, 21:18, 24:8)
R
: Monia 15 + 5 rbs, Keiru 9...
U: Rostyslav Kryvych 16 + 5 stl + 4 rbs, Khyzhniak 13 + 8 rbs, Agafonov 7, Kravtsov 5 + 4 rbs, Onufriev 5, I.Kryvych 3, Kornienko 2 + 4 rbs + 6 tos, Zabirchenko 2, Kobzystyi 2, Zubrytskyi 0, Arabadzhi 0, Yevseievychev DNP
Serbia - Latvia 89:74

July 27
Ukraine - Latvia 60:85 (22:21, 19:22, 14:19, 5:23)
U
: Ihor Kryvych 13 + 5 rbs, Kobzystyi 10 + 4 rbs, Khyzhniak 10, Kravtsov 7 + 4 rbs, Zubrytskyi 7, R.Kryvych 5, Agafonov 3 + 4 rbs, Onufriev 3, Zabirchenko 0, Arabadzhi 0, Kornienko 0, Yevseievychev DNP
L: Blums 11, Jurevicius 10, Cypruss 9 + 6 rbs
Russia - Serbia 74:75


Market news and rumours - by Alexander Muzyka
- Sumykhimprom officially announced Corey Santee (188-G-83) from Etha and Welcoat Dragons and Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) from Gonzaga are the Sumy's players.

- Khimik agreed the contract with Hungarian center Marton Bader (212-F/C-80) from BK Prostejov. He has the ULEB Cup experience with Krka and Olimpija.

- Rumours want to see Scoonie Penn (178-G-77) from Efes Pilsen in BC Kyiv.

- It is possible to see ex-Azovmash shooting guard Tyus Edney (178-G-73) in Capo d'Orlando.


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U18 EC, division B: Belarus outplays England for the first win in Debrecen - by Eurobasket News
U18 England - U18 Belarus 67-72

After three very inconvenient defeats, Belarus finally succeeded to grab the first win on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Byelorussians are without any chances for the next stage but with this victory they could avoid the bottom of Preliminary Group C. It will depend of today's game between England and Romania.

The official host in this game struggled a lot from the field. They made just 14 of 47 attempts for the entire time (29.8%). They were much better from behind the arc as well as from the free throw line but it couldn't compensate poor percentage for FG2. Belarus played slightly better first quarter of the game closing it 15-17. During the next 10 minutes Byelorussians showed much better performance. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (190-G-91) and Viktar Ausepian (200-F-91) took care for the points which resulted with plus 13 with one minute to go until the half time. At the last England's possession in second period Bradley Wilkinson (198-F-90) succeeded to score a lay-up setting the score on 27-38. During the entire third quarter England wasn't able to come any closer than four points. After jump shot by Lawrence at the beginning of the last frame they finally done it 52-53. Game is decided at the half way of the last period when Belarus made 7-0 run for 62-70.

Valiantsin Ihnatchyk paced Belarus to first win netting 19 points and grabbing 4 rebounds for 34 minutes. Viktar Ausepian also had a nice performance adding 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrew Lawrence (186-G-90) collected 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the loosing side while William Neighbour (203-F-90) had 13 points and 8 boards. Bradley Wilkinson followed these two players with 11 points and 5 rebounds.


U18 England - U18 Belarus 67-72
(15-17,12-21,22-15,18-19)

England:
Andrew Lawrence 18 (7 rebs, 4 as), William Neighbour 13 (8 rebs), Bradley Wilkinson 11 (5 rebs)
Belarus: Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 19 (4 as), Viktar Ausepian 14 (4 rebs, 4 as)


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  URUGUAY   


Goes is 1-0 in the semifinals - by Hector Lopez
Goes took a 1-0 lead over Aguada in the semifinal serie to get a promotion to the Uruguayan League. Goes won the first game for the best of three 86-82.
The import players were for Goes Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: Wofford) who scored 24 points , grabbed 9 rebounds, and made 2 assist, and for Aguada, Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra), who netted 16 points, and took 10 rebounds,
In the other semifinal serie Nacional is beating Verdirrojo 1-0.


Montgomery and Stukes will play the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) was inked by Paysandu BBC to play the Uruguayan League, it was announced here today. at the same time, itr was known that Levi Stukes (188-G-84) was signed by Trouville. Both are for the first time playing outside the US. The Uruguayan League is scheduled to start Aug. 11, with 14 teams. All of them, except Paysandu, are team base in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital city. The tournament will finished Mid-March.

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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2008 Semifinals - Gameday 7: Cocodrilos and Gaiteros to the Finals - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas and Gaiteros del Zulia became Venezuela's LPB 2008 finalists, after earning thrilling victories against Marinos de Anzoategui and Trotamundos de Carabobo in Game 7 of the Semifinal series A and B.



SERIES A
COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 90 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 82
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.
(Cocodrilos won series 4-3)

Quarter by quarter
COC: 17-23-22-28= 90
MAR: 21-19-21-21= 82


Scorers
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 17 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 14 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 12 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 8 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 8 points, Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) 6 points and 5 assists, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 6 points
MAR: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 21 points, Cordell Henry (178-G-80) 16 points and 6 assists, Lee Nailon (204-F-75) 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 14 points and 10 rebounds, Javier Mojica (190-G-84) 11 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 3 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 3 points


SERIES B
GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 92 - TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 83
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo
(Gaiteros won series 4-3)


Quarter by quarter
TRO: 15-24-19-28= 83
GAI: 21-19-24-28= 92

Scorers
TRO: J.R. Wallace (183-G-81) 25 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 14 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 13 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 13 points and 7 rebounds, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 8 points, James Boo Jackson 5 points and 7 rebounds, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 3 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 2 points
GAI: Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80) 31 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 21 points, Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74) 12 points and 6 rebounds, Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) 9 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 7 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 7 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 3 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) 2 points




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Women News

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  BULGARIA - Women  


New Assistant and 4 new players until now in Lukoil, another 3 on their way out - by Valentin Anguelov
After the signings of a few quality players for the new season, now the Bulgarian Cup holder and League runner-up Lukoil Neftochimic Bourgas has a new name in its coaching staff as well. It's Tsvetan Petkov, who will be assistant to Bourgas coaching legend Petko Marinov.

Petkov is a young coach, graduate of the National Sports Academy 'Vassil Levski'. He has previously worked at BC City University youth academy in the town of Pravets.

The new acquisitions for the team of Lukoil Neftochimic until now have been Silvia Peeva (171-G-79), Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) and American Dionne Brown (188-F/C-82, college: Baylor). All three of them are returning to the Bourgas club, after they have played there in the past as well. Another new player set to start pre-season training with the team on 1 September is Brown's compatriot Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.), whose contract has a 10-day try-out clause.

The team parted ways with national team members Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) and Nataliya Topalova (187-F-80), who have chosen to play for Lukoil's big rival in Bulgaria Dunav Econt. Another Bulgarian international - Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) - signed with CSS MCM Targoviste in Romania.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Whiteside and Menz new in Freiburg - by Cornelius Damm
Eisvogel USC Freiburg point guard Dana Penno is one of Germanys best at her position. But her university studies will take her to Leeds in England for one year. To replace her the Eisvoegel announced to new guards.

Tina Menz (176-G/F-88) perhaps Germanys biggest talent on the point guard position at her age will start her studies in Freiburg as well signing a two year contract with the South German club. The daughter of Germanys A2 Mens National Team head coach Frank Menz has played every summer in all German Youth National Teams from 2003 until just recently in Chieti (ITA) two weeks ago during the 2008 U20 European Championship where she averaged 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.3 APG and 2.0 SPG in 19 minutes per game of playing time. Menz will try to fill her mothers shoes Birgit Menz (maiden name: Eggert) a German National Team standout athlete. Tina faced some injuries in the past years. If she stays healthy she is expected to extend the long tradition of high quality German point guards in Freiburg set by former National Team players Esther Katona (168-G-82), A.J. Glasauer (185-G/F-83) and Dana Penno (173-G-85, college: UTEP).

As the first import player Freiburg announced the signing of Brittney Whiteside (175-G-85, college: Wright St.). The 2007 grandaunt of Wright State University had a good rookie season in Germany with SV Halle Lions in 2007/08 averaging 12.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.8 APG and 1.6 SPG shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 69.5 from the foul line. The highly athletic guard definitely has even more to come. Freiburg head coach Harald Janson believes that she will fit on and off court perfectly to the style of his team.


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
1. Saarlouis 0-0
2. Wasserburg 0-0
3. Leipzig 0-0
4. Goettingen 0-0
5. Marburg 0-0
6. Oberhausen 0-0
7. Wolfenbuettel 0-0
8. Freiburg 0-0
9. Chemnitz 0-0
10. Halle 0-0

11. Herne

12. Donau-Ries



Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Moritz Korff
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
1. Bielefeld 0-0
2. Bonn 0-0
3. Wedel 0-0
4. Hagen 0-0
5. Osnabrueck 0-0
6. Berlin 0-0
7. Koeln 0-0
8. Opladen 0-0
9. Jena 0-0
10. Quakenbrueck 0-0
11. Hagen 1860 0-0
12. Gotha 0-0
South
1. Keltern 0-0
2. SV Fellbach 0-0
3. Ludwigsburg 0-0
4. Langen 0-0
5. Speyer 0-0
6. Mainz 0-0
7. Herzogenaur. 0-0
8. Hofheim 0-0
9. Leimen 0-0
10. Sandhausen 0-0
11. Wuerzburg 0-0
12. Viernheim 0-0


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Junior Tall Ferns take out varsity girls section at Main Event tournament in Las Vegas - by Kahn Hart
With six straight wins, the Junior Tall Fern's, ensured they will bring championship trophies back to New Zealand after winning the varsity girls section at The Main Event tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday. With post player Chevannah Paalvast leading the way with 14 points and forward Milika Nathan compiling a 12-point and 10-rebound double-double, the Kiwis defeated ECI Select West, of North Dakota, 57-50 in a tight final. The final win capped an undefeated six-game run through the Main Event in their preparations for the three game FIBA Oceania Under-19 Championships in Adelaide this weekend, winning by an average margin of almost 19 points per game and allowing their opponents just 32 points per contest. With a lot of college scouts in attendance, the performance of the Junior Tall Ferns ensured they recieved alot of attention. The Junior Tall Ferns will be joined in Adelaide by Harbour pair Kezia Kelly (168-G-90) and Rebecca Dew, who were ineligible for The Main Event as they have already committed to American college programmes.

Tournament Results:

Final
Junior Tall Ferns 57 (Chevannah Paalvast 14, Milika Nathan 12, Erin Rooney 10) ECI Select West (ND) 50

Semifinal
Junior Tall Ferns 44 (Chevannah Paalvast 15, Erin Rooney 12, Cody Hippolite 10) Fort Worth Gray (TX) 27

Quarterfinal
Junior Tall Ferns 51 (Chevannah Paalvast 15, Erin Rooney 10) ECI Select East (ND) 28

Pool Matches
Junior Tall Ferns 36 (Erin Rooney 12) Bloomington Panthers (IN) 34
Junior Tall Ferns 75 (Jelena Vucinic 15, Chevannah Paalvast 14, Milika Nathan 12) Washington Triple Threat (WA) 30
Junior Tall Ferns 44 (Erin Rooney 16, Zoe Kensington 10) Hoop Dreams (ID) 25


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  WNBA - Women  


WNBA recap games before Olimpic break - by Bruno Baltazar
Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) scored 24 points and Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) had 22 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the New York Liberty to an 86-76 win over the Atlanta Dream.Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) had 18 points for Atlanta, which has lost five straight.
Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 27 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 82-60 victory over the Washington Mystics.Taj McWilliams-Franklin led Washington with 11 points and six rebounds.
San Antonio 76, Detroit 64 - Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.), who will be playing for Russia in the Olympics, scored 23 points but the key might have been 14 points each from San Antonio centers Ruth Riley (6'5''-C-79, college: Notre Dame) and Ann Wauters (6'5''-C-80).
Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 92-84 win over the Minnesota Lynx.
Leslie and rookie Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) each finished with 23 points for the Sparks.
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) scored a season-high 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 11.4 seconds left, to help the Indiana Fever to an 88-84 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.WNBA scoring leader Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) had 23 points for the Mercury.
Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored a season-high 24 points and the Seattle Storm fended off a Sacramento comeback to end the Monarchs' seven-game winning streak with a 77-71 victory.
Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) added 13 points for Seattle and Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) had 12 in the last WNBA game before a monthlong break for the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Scholanda Robinson (5'10''-G-83, college: LSU) scored 13 points for the Monarchs, who matched a franchise record with their winning streak.


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connect. S. 16-10 
 2. Detroit S. 16-11 
 3. New York L. 15-10 
 4. Indiana F. 12-14 
 5. Washingt. M. 10-16 
 6. Chicago Sky 8-17 
 7. Atlanta D. 3-24 
Western
 1. S.Antonio SS 18-9 
 2. Seattle S. 17-9 
 3. L.Angeles S. 15-12 
 4. Sacram. M. 15-12 
 5. Houston C. 14-12 
 6. Minnesota L. 13-13 
 7. Phoenix M. 12-15