EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/3/2008

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  ABA   


ABA ADDS WASHINGTON RAPTORS TO 2008-2009 EXPANSION TEAMS - by Bruno Baltazar
The American Basketball Association announced that the Washington Raptors have been added to the growing list of expansion teams for the upcoming season.

According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'We are very pleased to have the husband and wife team of Regina and Tim Joseph as part of the ABA and of course, we are very excited to be back in the Pacific-Northwest. Regina and Tim are very experienced and will lead the re-development of the area with a first class operation and team.'

Tim Joseph, President/GM and Founder, will also serve as Assistant Coach. He has over 20 years experience in professional sports having worked for the Seattle Sonics, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, NFL Celebrity Sports Challenge, Seattle Sounders FC, Tacome Sabercats and Lenny Randle's Pro Baseball Academy representing the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and California Angels. Most recently, Tim has been involved in the spring IBL for the past four years.

Regina Joseph, Owner and CEO of the Raptors, worked for the state of Washington under Secretary of State Sam Reed for 16 years and has been in the library field for more than 25 years. Regina also has 10 years of experience working alongside her husband in the professional sports industry and was also the first female owner of an IBL team.

'We are very excited about joining the ABA. It has a great tradition and hopefully we are the start of a resurgence of interest in the Northwest. We understand that there will be several teams here and that will make travel much easier though we're looking forward to some games with teams in the West Division.'
Additional information relating to the team, Web site, tryouts, coach and personnel will be forthcoming shortly.

For more information, email Regina Jospeh at rjoseph@washingtonraptors.com, call 360 442 9838 or email Tim Joseph at tjoseph@washingtonraptors.com or call 360 237 4331 or 360 270 4586.


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  ARGENTINA   


Manu Ginobili will be the Argentinean flag bearer in the Olympics - by Ana Soifer
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) has been selected, in an election in the Argentinean Olympic Committee, as the flag bearer for Argentina in the 2008 Olympics Games with 8 votes, despite his doubt of being there because of injury.
Manu is uncertain if he will participate at the Olympics due to a left ankle injury. 'I have to wait a couple of days for the answer', said Ginobili who was part in the Gold Medal team that played in the 2004 Olympics and of course the Best Player in Argentinean History.


Argentina beats Colombia - by Leonardo Contieri
Argentina defeated Colombia 104-75 in the opening game of round 2 of the South American Championship. After being a tough matchup for Brazil yesterday, Colombia seemed to be a dangerous team, but Argentina led 32-16 after the first quarter to cruise to a comfortable victory. Paolo Quinteros exploded for 30 points, Roman Gonzalez added 21and 10 rebounds and Andrs Pelussi 19 for Argentina. Edgar Moreno Asprilla led Colombia with 26 points. Argentina is going to play against Brazil, which plays tonight against Chile, tomorrow.
Argentina: Stanic 7 points (and 10 assists), Quinteros 30, Locatelli, Pelussi 19, Gonzalez 21, Gutirrez 2, Garca 4, Cequeira 6, De Los Santos 2, Mainoldi 7, Mata 6.
Colombia: Moreno Asprilla 26, Canedo Martinez 14, Guevara Redondo, Contreras Sandoval, Perez Solano, Mosquera Moreno 2, Barrios Olano 2, Aragon 16, Arcilla Arteaga, Londono Barrera 10, Montoya Zapata 5.


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  ARUBA   


Standings - A-Klas
A-Klas Standings
 1. Ling&Sons 9-1 
 2. Brenchie K. 7-3 
 3. Memco Imp. 6-4 
 4. Vitamalt 5-5 
 5. Fast and Sure 2-8 
 6. Estrella Club 1-8 


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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian U20 National Team - by Stefan Heinrich
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Hetzmannseder


O'Neal


Radakovics


Csebits


De Marinis
This is the Austrian 16 man squad for the European U20 Division B Championship:

Lukas Bock (184-G-89) of Basketball St. Polten
Thomas Csebits (192-G-89) of Kraftwerk Wels
Christoph De Marinis (193-F-88) of UBSC Graz
Boris Djuric (190-F-89) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners
Maximilian Graf (191-F-88) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Christof Hetzmannseder (181-G-88) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Alexander Heuberger (200-F/C-89) of Basketball St. Polten
Sebastian Koch (200-F-88) of Guessing Knights
Stefan Nathaniel (196-F-88) of Basket Clubs Vienna
Fridolin Ohlinger of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) of CSI (JUCO)
Markus Pinezich (170-G-88) of VIVA 49ers Mattersburg
Paul Radakovics (187-G-88) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners
Aleksandar Trivan (192-G/F-88)
Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) of Bayer Leverkusen II (GER)
Dragisa Najdanovic (188-G-88) of UBC St. Polten

Coach: Dietmat Sollner
Ass. Coach: Laszlo Ori


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil beats Colombia in Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Colombia 83:75

Brazilian National Team celebrated the initial win at the South American Championship held in Puerto Montt, Chile. They opened their campaign with a hard-fought win over Colombia. Six teams hot the road for four available tickets to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. Brazil made the first step towards the achievement yesterday. Colombia used a well-balanced offensive approach to take a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Brazil lived up to the status of the favorites in the second stanza. They outpaced Colombia 25:9 in the second stanza building a 44:31 lead at the interval. Colombia however were not taken aback completely. They came back to life after the long break and cut the deficit to 9 points after three frames. Colombian team fought bravely in the final quarter coming to a striking distance several times but Brazil stayed alert. They maintained the gap and pulled away a narrow win at the end. William Fornou (204-C-81) secured 23 points and 15 boards for Brazilian team. Andre Stefanelli (195-F/G-84) had 13 points, while 'Manteinguinha' Brugger (192-G-81) had 9 points in a win. Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) answered with 16 points for Colombia. Camilo Londoco and Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP) notched 15 points apiece in a losing effort. Brazil converted solid 47% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 36%.

Brazil: William Fornou 23+15 boards, Andre Stefanelli 13, 'Manteinguinha' Brugger 9
Colombia: Norbey Aragon 16, Camilo Londoco 15, Edgar Moreno 15


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  CANADA   


New Zealand gets bruised by Canada at Jack Donohue International Classic - by Eurobasket News
Canada - New Zealand 90:63

Canadian National Team extended their winning streak romping New Zealand in their second game at the Jack Donohue International Classic. The Tall Blacks could not put up a decent fight against Canada at the McMaster University in Hamilton. Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72, college: St.John's) sparked with yet another impressive performance leading Canada to an overwhelming victory over the hapless Tall Blacks. Barett that did not play for Canada for five years had a triumphant comeback as he paced the hosts in the opening game against Lebanon and never slowed down in the second game of the tournament. He converted 5/8 from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points for Canada. The home side shot solid 51% from the floor including 42% from the distance. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) had 16 points, while Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) delivered 13 points and 5 boards for the winners. The Tall Blacks jumped to an early 8:4 lead but the hosts reacted immediately. Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) and Rowan Barrett ignited a 13:0 run and Canada grabbed a 19:11 lead at the end of the first frame. Dave Thomas then opened the second period with a three-pointer and Canada earned a double-digit advantage. Canada maintained the lead and enjoyed an 8-point cushion at halftime. Canada went on an 11:0 run early in the third stanza and never looked back again. They entered the final quarter leading by as many as 19 points. Canada experienced a 32-point lead at one moment in the final term. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) scored 26 points in his return to the Tall Blacks lineup. Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) came up with 11 points and 10 boards in defeat. New Zealand will face Lebanon on Wednesday.

Canada: Rowan Barrett 19, Levon Kendall 16, Olu Famutimi 13
New Zealand: Kirk Penney 26, Craig Bradshaw 11+10 boards


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  CHINA   


New Team to CBA - by Robert Wang
Guang Dong Feng Lu team from Guang Dong area will play into the CBA this new season with another former CBA team (Ao Shen team from ABA) together. Guang Dong Feng Lu would be the 18 teams for CBA new season. Feng Lu received 2nd place last year in D-2 league last year and they got 1st place last week and enter the exit to CBA D-1 this year. They have some D-1 experince players who helped them to moved up like former PF from Liao Ning team Wang Shou Qiang, good 3-point shooter Yue Peng Fei, tian yu, etc...Now, there are 3 pro. teams from guang Dong. Guang Dong tiger team, Guang Dong NEw centery team and guang Dong Feng Lu team. Good luck new team!

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  COLOMBIA   


Colombia Lost in the opener against Brasil - by Victor Garcia
Colombia had a good begining, but the mistakes at the end of the game were too expensive and Brazil defeated Colombia 83 75 in the first game of the Southamerican Championship in Puerto Montt Chile.
The National team had a solid first quarter finishing 22-19 ahead, in the second quarter Brasilian defense improve a limited Colombia just to 9 points to take a 44-31 lead at the end of the half.
In the third quarter Colombias offense rise and cut the diference just to 9 points, in the fourth quarter Colombia come close, 1 point behind Brasil, but mistakes in the last 6 minutes allow the Brasilians to took distance and win the game 83-75.
Norbey Aragon leaded Colombia with 16 points and 6 rebounds, including 2 of 3 from the 3 point line, Edgar Moreno had 15 pts and and 3 assits, and Juan Camilo Londono had also 15 points with 3 of 7 from the 3 pointer, Enielsen Guevara posted 12 points and 6 rebounds, Jorge Canedo 5 points and 9 rebounds, Adison Mosquera 7 points and 5 rebounds, Felipe Barrios 4 points, Andres Arcila 1 point.
Brasilian William Drudi with 23 pts and 15 rebs leaded the winners.
Lost a game is never good, but the perfomance of Colombia show that we have quality players like Aragn, Moreno, Londoo, Guevara and Mosquera, and with a couple of additions like Stalin Ortiz and Juan Tello Palacios the history could be different.
Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW)


Brazil beats Colombia in Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Colombia 83:75

Brazilian National Team celebrated the initial win at the South American Championship held in Puerto Montt, Chile. They opened their campaign with a hard-fought win over Colombia. Six teams hot the road for four available tickets to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. Brazil made the first step towards the achievement yesterday. Colombia used a well-balanced offensive approach to take a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Brazil lived up to the status of the favorites in the second stanza. They outpaced Colombia 25:9 in the second stanza building a 44:31 lead at the interval. Colombia however were not taken aback completely. They came back to life after the long break and cut the deficit to 9 points after three frames. Colombian team fought bravely in the final quarter coming to a striking distance several times but Brazil stayed alert. They maintained the gap and pulled away a narrow win at the end. William Fornou (204-C-81) secured 23 points and 15 boards for Brazilian team. Andre Stefanelli (195-F/G-84) had 13 points, while 'Manteinguinha' Brugger (192-G-81) had 9 points in a win. Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) answered with 16 points for Colombia. Camilo Londoco and Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP) notched 15 points apiece in a losing effort. Brazil converted solid 47% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 36%.

Brazil: William Fornou 23+15 boards, Andre Stefanelli 13, 'Manteinguinha' Brugger 9
Colombia: Norbey Aragon 16, Camilo Londoco 15, Edgar Moreno 15


Colombia lost against Argentina in Chile - by Victor Garcia
Colombia lost against Argentina in its second game of the Southamerican Championship in Puerto Montt Chile, 104 - 75

Colombias field goal shooting had a dark night just reaching 33% , and had few second chances because Argentinas post players took control of the boards, the first quarter was a solid demonstration of Argentina and outscoring Colombia 32-16, in the second quarter Colombia rise his level a short the gap finishing 47 35.

But the last half was controlled for Argentina while Colombia missed Enielsen Guevara.

At the end, Edgar Moreno show his skills scoring 26 pts including 3 of 5 from the 3 pointer, Norbey Aragn added 16 points and 6 rebounds and Jorge Canedo 14 points and 6 rebounds, Camilo Londono scored 10 points, Felipe Montoya 5 points, Adison Mosquera 2 points and Felipe Barrios 2.

Argentinas Paolo Quinteros scored 30 points against Colombia as usual for him, and Romn Gonzalez 21.

Colombia will face Uruguay tomorrow.
Jorge Canedo (214-C-80, college: Colby-Sawyer)


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D-League Alum Strong Component of Orlando Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
With the NBA Draft now in the books, one of the most interesting and important part of the NBA off-season begins this month as Summer League's tip-off in Orlando, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
Here are the preliminary rosters for the 2008 Pepsi Pro Summer LEague in Orlando (taking place from July 7th - July 11th).
** Players with D-League experience in BOLD

SEATTLE SUPERSONICS
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Team/College
Russell WestbrookG 6'3' 190 11/12/1988 UCLA
Devin Green F 6'7' 210 10/25/1982 Hampton
D.J. White F 6'9' 250 8/31/1986 Indiana
Mykal Riley F 6'9' 185 7/14/1985 Alabama
Ndudi Ebi F 6'9' 200 6/18/1984 Westbury Christian HS (TX)
Aaron Bruce G 6'3' 185 12/19/1984 Baylor
Ronald Dupree F 6'7' 210 1/26/1981 Louisiana State
Jeff Green F 6'9' 235 8/28/1986 Georgetown
Ronell Taylor G 6'5' 200 7/26/1982 Alabama-Birmingham
Justin Williams F/C 6'10' 260 5/12/1984 Wyoming
Brian Randle F 6'8' 220 2/8/1985 Illinois
Nick Lewis F/C 6'10' 235 4/20/1983 San Diego
DeVon Hardin C 6'11' 250 6/3/1986 California


CHICAGO BULLS
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Team/College
Derrick Rose G 6'3' 190 10/4/1988 Memphis
P.J. Couisnard G 6'4' 217 10/17/1984 Wichita State
Marcel Jones F 6'8' 215 6/26/1985 Oregon State
Keith Langford G 6'4' 215 9/15/1983 Kansas
Joakim Noah F 6'11' 232 2/25/1985 Florida
Cedric Simmons F 6'9' 235 1/3/1986 NC State
Justin Bowen F 6'7' 210 5/26/1983 UIC
JamesOn Curry G 6'3' 190 1/7/1986 Oklahoma State

Chris Charles C 7'0' 215 2/23/1981 Villanova
Brad Buckman F 6'9' 270 1/11/1984 Texas
Tyrus Thomas F 6'9' 215 8/17/1986 Louisiana State
Aaron Gray C 7'0' 270 12/7/1984 Pittsburgh
Demetris NicholsF 6'8' 216 9/4/1984 Syracuse
Keith Gayden F 6'8' 215 12/15/1983 Duquesne
Doug Thomas F 6'8' 245 9/20/1983 Iowa
Rashaun FreemanF 6'9' 274 12/15/1984 Massachusetts
Will Daniels F 6'8' 228 4/21/1986 Rhode Island

INDIANA PACERS
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Team/College
Miguel 'Ali' BerdielF/G 6'6' 200 12/27/1983 Valparaiso
Tyrelle Blair C 6'11' 242 8/25/1985 Boston College
Stanley Burrell G 6'3' 210 9/16/1984 Xavier
Earl Calloway G 6'3' 175 9/30/1983 Indiana
Josh Davis F 6'8' 242 8/10/1980 Wyoming
Andre Emmett F 6'5' 220 6/11/1982 Texas Tech
Vladimir GulobovicC 7'0' 225 2/24/1986 Serbia
Stephen GrahamF 6-Jun 215 6/11/1982 Oklahoma State
Justin Gray G 6'2' 185 3/31/1982 Wake Forest
Aleks Maric C 6'11' 270 10/22/1984 Nebraska
Anthony Lever-PedrozaG 6'3' 185 3/7/1979 Oregon
Courtney Sims C 6'11' 245 10/21/1983 Michigan
David Teague G 6'5' 196 6/4/1983 Purdue
Shawne WilliamsF 6'9' 225 2/16/1986 Memphis
Pete Campbell F 6'7' 200 9/23/1984 Butler


MIAMI HEAT
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Team/College
Michael Beasley PF 6-9 235 1/9/1989 Kansas State
Pat Calathes F 6-10 206 12/12/1985 St. Joseph's
Marcus CampbellC 7'0' 280 3/11/1982 Mississippi State
Mario Chalmers G 6'1' 190 5/19/1986 Kansas
Daequan Cook G 6'5' 205 4/28/1987 Ohio State
Dion Dowell F 6-6 207 6/11/1985 Houston
Josh Duncan F 6'10' 240 5/12/1986 Xavier
Alejandro Flores F 6'8' 240 12/4/1981 Dominican Republic
Antonio Graves G 6'4' 195 4/17/1985 Pittsburgh
Marco KillingsworthF 6'7' 235 2/21/1982 Indiana
Stephane LasmeF 6'8' 215 12/17/1982 Massachusetts
Anthony MorrowG 6-6 207 9/27/1985 Georgia Tech
David Padgett C 6'11' 230 2/13/1985 Louisville
Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas Tech)
Jonny Reibel G 6'1' 180 2/22/1986 Rollins College
Jason Richards G 6-2 210 5/20/1986 Davidson
Anthony WashingtonC 6'10' 250 1/27/1983 Portland State


NEW JERSEY NETS
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Team/College
Maurice Ager G 6'5' 202 2/9/1984 Michigan State
Ryan Anderson F 6'10' 240 5/6/1988 California
Jamar Butler G 6'1' 185 9/27/1985 Ohio State
Jaycee Carroll G 6'2' 175 4/16/1983 Utah State
Will Conroy G 6'2' 195 12/8/1982 Washington
Chris Douglas-RobertsG 6'7' 200 1/8/1987 Memphis
Brian Hamilton F 6'6' 200 5/14/1982 Louisiana-Lafayette
Julius Hodge G 6'7' 210 11/18/1983 NC State
Brian Laing G/F 6'5' 215 12/7/1985 Seton Hall
Brook Lopez C 7'0' 260 4/1/1988 Stanford
Sean Marshall G/F 6'6' 212 4/11/1985 Boston College
Marcus SlaughterF 6'9' 228 3/18/1985 San Diego State
Yuta Tabuse G 5'9' 175 10/5/1980 BYU-Hawaii
Donnell Taylor G 6'5' 193 7/26/1982 Alabama-Birm
Anthony Tolliver F 6'8' 240 6/1/1985 Creighton
Sean Williams F/C 6'10' 235 9/13/1986 Boston College


ORLANDO MAGIC
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Team/College
Pero Antic F-C 6'11' 230 7/29/1984 Bulgaria - Lukoil Academic
James AugustineF 6'10' 235 2/27/1984 Orlando Magic
Derrick Byars G 6'7' 220 4/25/1984 Vanderbilt
Russell Carter G 6'4' 220 3/30/1985 Notre Dame
B.J. Elder G 6'4' 218 9/4/1982 Georgia Tech
D'or Fischer C 6'10' 247 10/12/1981 West Virginia
Marcin Gortat C 7'0' 240 2/17/1984 Orlando Magic
Cliff Hammonds G 6'3' 200 12/18/1985 Clemson
Kevin Kruger G 6'2' 185 5/1/1983 UNLV
Courtney Lee G 6'5' 200 10/3/1985 Western Kentucky
Justin Reed F 6'8' 238 1/16/1982 Mississippi
Brian Roberts G 6'2' 175 12/3/1985 Dayton
Antywane RobinsonF 6'8' 200 7/12/1984 Temple
Mark Tyndale G 6'5' 210 1/4/1986 Temple


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  EUROCUP   


Zimmerman to 'builders' / Three FIBA-Europe wild-cards to Ukraine - by Alexander Muzyka
- Budivelnyk inked Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81) from Siroki Prima pivo. This player has two NBDL's best guard titkes in his active. Played in Brose Baskets and Air Avellino.

- MBC Mykolaiv, BC Donetsk and Cherkasy Monkeys has got their wild-cards from FIBA-Europe for EuroCup Challenge participance. They added the big list of Ukrainans in eurocups - BC Kyiv and Azovmash in EuroCup plus Khimik, Politekhnika-Halychyna and Sumykhimprom in EuroCup Challenge. Dnipro wanted to play in EuroCup Challenge, too but was late with documents.
Remind, BC Kyiv will play in EuroCup from second qualification round while Azovmash will start from group stage.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


European Championship Division C. Finals - by Eurobasket News
Final
Scotland U16 - Wales U16 102:39
Scottish U16 Team improved on the 2006 European championship result this year. They thumped Welsh U16 side to claim the Gold medals of the 2008 edition of the event. Wales could not put up a worthy fight in the Final yesterday. Scottish players were dominant right from the start and never loosened the grip throughout the action. Alasdair Fraser came up with yet another extra class performance leading Scotland to a stunning victory. He tallied 38 points and 9 boards to almost outscore Wales singlehandedly. His four points early in the game put Scottish side 6:0 up. Alasdair Fraser dropped 16 points in the first frame and Scotland enjoyed a 33:9 lead. Scottish side opened the second period on a 12:0 run to pile up a 32-point cushion. Finally Wales managed to answer with some decent stuff as Daniel Pulman and Adams dropped back-to-back trebles. But it was just a brief display of skills from Wales as they trailed by 38 points at the interval. The teams traded baskets in the third period with Scotland still mounting their advantage. The scoreboard read 77:30 at the end of the third stanza and Wales were done for the day. Scottish team breezed to an overall victory at the end finalizing an overwhelming success for Scottish U16 side. Lee Reilly provided 17 points for Scotland. Jonathan Bunyan had 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Daniel Pulman and Alex Kilmartin answered with 8 points apiece for Wales. Jared Adams secured 7 points in defeat.

Scotland U16: Alasdair Fraser 38, Lee Reilly 17, Jonathan Bunyan 12
Wales U16: Daniel Pulman 8, Alex Kilmartin 8


Consolation final
Moldova U16 - Gibraltar U16 75:69 (2 OT)
Moldovan U16 National Team earned the spot at the pedestal at the European championship in Division C. They defeated hosting Gibraltar in the consolation final to claim Bronze medals. The game turned into a real basketball thriller that lasted for 50 minutes. Moldova used two overtimes before celebrating a dramatic win at the end. The hosts got to a better start to the game. Gracia and Sercombe capped the first frame with three straight trebles and Gibraltar piled up a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Gracia fired 5 more points early in the second stanza and Moldova found themselves down by 7 points. The home side maintained the gap throughout the second period and enjoyed a 29:22 lead at halftime. Aston-Fox and Sercombe opened up a double-digit lead for Gibraltar at the start of the third period. But Moldovan players stayed close and Mescoi and Cojuhari clipped the distance to a single point with one quarter to go. Cojuhari fired beyond the arc to tip off the fourth term and Moldova were in the driving seat at 45:43. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the final stanza before Mescois three-pointer gave Moldova a 59:55 lead with just over a minute left in regulation. But Gibraltar found time to answer. Sercombe converted back-to-back layups to force the first extra term. Aston-Fox and Lagares propelled the hosts to 65:61 advantage in overtime but this time it was Moldova to come from behind. Carali nailed 4 freebies in the final seconds and the teams headed into the second extra frame. Mescoi drained 7 points in it and Moldova pulled away with a sizzling 75:69 victory at the end. Carali finished the game with massive 24 points and 22 boards to pace Moldova. Mescoi had 22 points and 12 boards in a winning case. Gracia answered with 21 points for Gibraltar. Aston-Fox secured 15 points and 20 caroms in a loss.

Moldova U16: Vladimir Carali 24+22 boards, Sergei Mescoi 22+12 boards
Gibraltar U16: Nicholas Gracia 21, Derek Aston-Fox 15+20 boards


5th-6th spots
Monaco U16 - Malta U16 73:51
Maltese U16 National Team failed to wrap up their European Championship in Division C with a win. They were held off by Monaco counterparts in the game for the 5th spot. Monaco got to a quick start of the game as Rosenal scored 4 points and they accumulated a 6:0 lead. Varitto and Mereto soon stretched the margin to 12:1. Finally Gatt dropped a trey and Bugeja capped the first frame with a freebie for 5:16 Monaco advantage. Barte and Souciant nailed 4 points and Monaco led 20:5 early in the second period. Later Rosenal and Barte stretched the margin to 23 points as Monaco controlled the tempo. Malta failed to adjust and trailed by as many as 26 points at the interval. Bugeja took over for Maltese team as he canned 6 points to cut the deficit to 21 points at the beginning of the third period. But Monaco continued to mount the pressure and closed the third stanza up by 27 points. The distance proved unassailable for Malta in the final quarter and Monaco celebrated a cruising victory. Robert Rosenal led the charge with 19 points and 9 boards. Maxime Varitto provided 16 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for the winners. David Bugeja answered with game-high 24 points and 14 boards. Edward Bonello had 8 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort.

Monaco U16: Robert Rosenal 19, Maxime Varitto 16
Malta U16: David Bugeja 24+14 boards, Edward Bonello 8+12 boards


7th-8th spots
Andorra U16 - San Marino U16 69:36
Andorra U16
: Arnau Cerda 13, Marc Dabad 12+9 steals
San Marino U16: Davide Macina 9, Guiseppe Taddei 9


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


List of 24 players for the U 16 National Team - by Todor Chalovski
Macedonian U 16 National coach Panche Milevski announced a list of 24 players, who will be in contention for a place at the EC in Sarajevo in August:

Gorjan Markovski (Fersped Rabotnicki),
Nikola Gajdadziev (Karpos Sokoli 2000),
Darko Georgievski (Plejmejker Centar),
Vladimir Gotic (Plejmejker Centar),
Vedran Dizdarevic (Plejmejker Centar),
Stefan Vidinski (Plejmejker Centar),
Bojan Krstevski (Plejmejker Centar),
Marko Zdravkovski (Junior Skopje),
Jasmin Biberovic (Mladost),
Dimitar Delipetrov (Vardar Osiguruvanje),
Dino Krezovic (Vardar Centar),
Nenad Stankovski (Vardar Osiguruvanje),
Enis Pepic (Junior Skopje)
Branko Gavrilovski (Petreski),
Jani Pinzovski (Junior Skopje),
Gorjan Isjanovski (Fersped Rabotnicki),
Dimitrie Zdravkovski (Fersped Rabotnicki),
Stefan Popovski Medunjanin (FMP Zeleznik - Srbija),
Viktor Veljanovski (Student Bitola),
Pavel Stamatov (Plejmejker Centar),
Mihajlo Mihajlov (Vardar Osiguruvanje),
Andrej Papes (Plejmejker Centar),
Aleksandar Kojcevski (Junior Skopje),
Stevan Ristovski (Pop Sport VSA).


Macedonian U16 National Team 2007 - by Todor Chalovski

MACEDONIAN U 16 NATIONAL TEAM 2008

Gorjan Markovski (Fersped Rabotnicki),

Nikola Gajdadziev (Karpos Sokoli 2000),

Darko Georgievski (Plejmejker Centar),

Vladimir Gotic (Plejmejker Centar),

Vedran Dizdarevic (Plejmejker Centar),

Stefan Vidinski (Plejmejker Centar),

Bojan Krstevski (Plejmejker Centar),

Marko Zdravkovski (Junior Skopje),

Jasmin Biberovic (Mladost),

Dimitar Delipetrov (Vardar Osiguruvanje),

Dino Krezovic (Vardar Centar),

Nenad Stankovski (Vardar Osiguruvanje),

Enis Pepic (Junior Skopje)

Branko Gavrilovski (Petreski),

Jani Pinzovski (Junior Skopje),

Gorjan Isjanovski (Fersped Rabotnicki),

Dimitrie Zdravkovski (Fersped Rabotnicki),

Stefan Popovski Medunjanin (FMP Zeleznik - Srbija),

Viktor Veljanovski (Student Bitola),

Pavel Stamatov (Plejmejker Centar),

Mihajlo Mihajlov (Vardar Osiguruvanje),

Andrej Papes (Plejmejker Centar),

Aleksandar Kojcevski (Junior Skopje),

Stevan Ristovski (Pop Sport VSA).

Head coach: Panche Milevski

Assistants: Bojan Hristovski, Marjan Ilievski



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  GERMANY   


BSV Wulfen signs Eric Breland - by Daniel Poerschke
BSV Wulfen of the 1. Regionalliga West announced the signing of US power forward Eric Breland (196-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) today. Breland comes from the canadian college Cape Breton University and averaged 17.6ppg and 9.2rpg last season for the Capers. New Wulfen Head Coach Phillip Kappenstein gets a two time All-Canadian 2nd Team and three time All-Atlantic 1st Team selection for his second foreigner spot. 'Eric is exactly the type of player for us we were looking for. He will cause match-up problems, because he can play inside and outside', Phillip Kappenstein was quoted.
The club also added youngster Steffen Diederich (200-F-89) to the roster, who spent last season with the U-19 NBBL squad of Bonn-Rhndorf.


MBC inks combo-guard - by Moritz Korff
Mitteldeutscher BC (2. Bundesliga Pro A) announced the signing of Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) today. The 26-year-old combo-guard inked a one-year-agreement (including a clausel for a second season) with the Wolves. Bernard graduated from Davidson College (NCAA1) in 2003 and started his professional career in Israel in the following season. He took his game to the Greek A1-League, the Swedish Basketligan (being named to the Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Defensive Team in 2005), the Pro B in France and most recently the Finnish Korisliiga. He joined Kouvot Kouvola in January 07 and stayed with the club until the end of this past season. In 47 games for Kouvot Bernard averaged 16.3 points (Field-Goal Percentage: 62.0%), 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals per contest in 2007-08. He helped his team to the final game of the Finnish Cup and to the Korisliiga-Finals. At the end of the season the native of San Diego, California grabbed All-Korisliiga Second Team and All-Import Team honors.

Artland Dragons sign Leo Niebuhr - by Moritz Korff
Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side) makes the move back to his home-state Lower Saxony and will join the 2008-09 roster of the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1. Bundesliga). The former member of the German U18, U20 and A2-National Team, who attended the 2006 European Championships for U20-Teams, played for SG Braunschweig until 2007 and then headed South to spent one season at BG Karlsruhe. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.2 boards for BG in 20 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A in 07-08.

Chris Oliver from Kaiserlautern to Goettingen - by Moritz Korff
BG 74 Goettingen signed Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) for the 2008-09 season, as announced by the Violets today. The athletic Forward made impact during his first season in Germany and was named to the Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A First Team and All-Imports Team. The graduate of Radford University produced the following statistics in 30 appearances for the Kaiserslautern Braves during this past campaign: 20.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg. With Oliver and Roderick Trice the Violets acquired two of the dominating figures of the Pro A-league for the upcoming Bundesliga-season.

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  GUATEMALA   


Sat-Cybertech wins again and Lemans outroots Elite Sport with a solid victory - by Victor Padilla
Sat Cybertech easily overcame Creaciones RL with a score of 107-60 in the first playoff game of Torneo de Apertura. With quick transition plays and a full-court press, the winners demonstrated once more to be a favorite to take first place. Pablo Cano (176-G-88) poured 19 points in this game, and received the usual help from Oscar Salguero (196-F-87), Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis) and Victor Padilla (196-G/F-70) (each with 15 points) in a match that resulted as expected to the fans that attended Gimnasio Universidad Popular (UP). However, in the second game of the night, an unexpected surprise took place as Lemans convincely defeated the strong Elite Sport, 94 to 89. Adrian Lemcke led his Lemans team with 33 points of high-quality perimeter play, and 'Momo' Barrios contributed with his strong inside play and with 27 points on his own. On the contrary, Elite Sport found only in Alejandro Carrillo (21 pts) and Juan Jose Rosales (19 pts) a reply at the losing effort, in a match that was Lemans' since half time (43-39), and where the former 2007 Torneo de Apertura champions forgot to take care of their defensive boards.

Sat-Cybertech ends Third place in Liga Centroamericana - by Victor Padilla
Sat-Cybertech concluded its participation in Liga Centroamericana 2008 with a 69-80 loss against Liceo 'Expreso Rojo', in a game where the Costa Rican team ended undefeated their participation in the Final Four held at Cancun, and thus, became the Champions of this tournament. Hernol Hall (205-C-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Lon Morris JC) and import player Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.), who was named MVP of the tournament, scored 23 and 20 points each to lead the now champions to their last victory. Sat-Cybertech's scorers were import player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) with 29 points and Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) with 14. Therefore, with one win and two losses in the Final Four, Sat-Cybertech ended Third in the tournament, behind Liceo and runner-up Pioneros de Quintana Roo, who will represent Centroamerica at Liga de las Americas 2008 now being announced for August.

Guatemala is candidate to host the Final Four Round of Liga Centroamericana - by Victor Padilla
Fibaamericas (www.fibaamericas.com) has invited Liga Premier 2007 Champions, SAT-Cybertech, and the National Basketball Federation of Guatemala to host the Final Four Round of Liga Centroamericana de Clubes 2008, scheduled tentatively for the end of April. Although the Second Round of the classification phase is still under way, having Sat-Cybertech at the top of Group B of the tournament has ignited the process to evaluate the feasibility of this event, which will include an International Satellite TV Broadcast under FIBA requirements for the six final games of the competition. -'It will be very interesting to organize this event in Guatemala, as our people would have the chance to see at home a high level of professional basketball, because the leading teams in the competition are including former NBA players in their rosters', meditated Mr. Everardo Berreondo, owner of SAT-Cybertech. Preliminary talks have concluded that Gimnasio Nacional Teodoro Palacios Flores, with a 5000 seats capacity, would be used as the main venue for the event, and discussions are under way with TV stations and sponsors to define key details for the project. 1st and 2nd places of the Final Four of Liga Centroamericana will capture two spots to participate in the Second Edition of Liga de las Americas, a tournament that is also organized by Fibaamericas and is scheduled for later this year.

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  HUNGARY   


Velibor Radovic will be back to Albacomp - by Tamas Deri
Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) and ALBACOMP Sekesfehervar agreed terms and extend contract for one more season. In his 18 years long career Radovic played for Jugoplastika Split 1990-1991, Buducnost 1991-1992, Munich 1992-1993, Hapoel Nahariye 1993-1994, Maccabi Kiriat Motzkin 1994-1995, Shakhter Cheremkovo 1995-1996, Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1996-2001, Maccabi Raanana 2001-2002, KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd 2002-2003, Nancy 2003-2004, Keravnos Nicosia 2004-2005, Hapoel Tel-Aviv 2005-2006 and TU Kosice 2007.

Radovic was member of Yugoslavia National team U16 (won European championiship 1989), U18 and U22. He also won European and Yugoslavian championship with Jugoplastika 1991, National league 1998 and National league and Cup of Israel 2001 with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and in the same year Suproleague championship.

He played 25 games last season for Albacomp and averaged 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.


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  ISRAEL   


Market news - by Netanel Dahan

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv signed Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates),Green back to Maccabi after good season at Samara(Russia),Yaniv aslo selected to play at FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game.
His averge this year at the FIBA EuroCup were:11.6 ppg,8.4 rpg(Second at the competion),1 apg,and 1.4 bpg(Third at the competion).
His averge at the Russian League this year were:8.9 ppg,6.1 rpg,Yaniv will earn at Maccabi 500,000 $ per year.


Iscar Nahariya signed two guards,Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances),and Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services).
Yogev played at the last season at Hapoel Galil Elyon,his averge at the Israeli league were:11.3 ppg,3.4 rpg,4.3 apg and 2 spg(First at the league),at the Uleb Cup:9.8 ppg,3.9 rpg,3.9 apg,and 1.8 spg.
Yogev will earn this year 70,000 $.
The Second sign of Nahariya is Raviv Limonad,Raviv back to Nahariya after one season in Le Mans(France),his averge this year at the French League were:
9.4 ppg,2.5 rpg,and 3.6 apg,at the Euroleague:10.5 ppg,2.3 rpg,and 4.1 apg,Raviv aslo mentioned this year as candidate to Maccabi Tel Aviv.


Hapoel Gilboa-Galil Elyon signed Guni Izraeli (185-G-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA),Guni played in 2006/07 at Hapoel Gilboa/Afula,his averge this year were:4.8 ppg,1.8 rpg,and 2.6 apg.
Guni played at the last season at Hapoel Holon and won in the champion.



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  JORDAN   


8 NTs in the 7th KAC - by Mohammed Malas
ddAccording to today's newspapers in Jordan, Eight National Teams confirmed their participation in King Abdullah II Cup in the last few days, The tournament will start on the 25th of July until the 1st of August in Prince Hamza Hall in Amman.....

The national teams are: Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait & Cyprus with the Jordan National Team and ability to include the Jordan OlympicTeam who may have some benifits before being part of Brinei Cup (Brunei, 23rd-31st August) under the name of 'Jordan All-Stars'......

Most probably that 8 teams will be devided into two groups and cross in the quarter finals.....


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  LIBYA   


Ittihad the League's Champions - by Anas Seddigh
Al Ittihad managed to beat Al Ahli Tripoli in the final game to clinch their 17th league title in club history.
the game was played in Nelson Mandela Gym. in Zwara , Although it was not a high score game but it was exciting, Al Ittihad managed to take the lead only in the forth quarter.

the first two quarters was too close both teams could not build more than a two point lead but in the final seconds of the second quarter Al Ahli Tripoli stole the ball and gave it to Khalid Al Dersi who scored a three point shot at the buzzer to give Al Ahli Tripoli a 5 point lead (28-23).

in the third quarter Al Ittihad took control of the game , cutting down Al Ahli Tripoli lead but it was the forth quarter that saw Al Ittihad crushing Al Ahli Tripoli and building a 15 point lead to end the game (58-43) for them and win their 17th title while Al Ahli Tripoli made it to the final game for the first time since 2001 when they won their last championship against Al Ittihad.

with this game the league competition is over ,still there is the Cup competition to be completed in the next two weeks Al Ahli Tripoli will play against Al Jazeera the winner will play against Al Ittihad then the winner will qualify to the group 1 final against Al Shabab meanwhile Al Nasr will play against Al Hilal the winner will play against Ahli Benghazi in group 2 final.


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  MALTA   


Maltese U16 team finishes at the 6th spot in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News
Monaco U16 - Malta U16 73:51

Maltese U16 National Team failed to wrap up their European Championship in Division C with a win. They were held off by Monaco counterparts in the game for the 5th spot. Monaco got to a quick start of the game as Rosenal scored 4 points and they accumulated a 6:0 lead. Varitto and Mereto soon stretched the margin to 12:1. Finally Gatt dropped a trey and Bugeja capped the first frame with a freebie for 5:16 Monaco advantage. Barte and Souciant nailed 4 points and Monaco led 20:5 early in the second period. Later Rosenal and Barte stretched the margin to 23 points as Monaco controlled the tempo. Malta failed to adjust and trailed by as many as 26 points at the interval. Bugeja took over for Maltese team as he canned 6 points to cut the deficit to 21 points at the beginning of the third period. But Monaco continued to mount the pressure and closed the third stanza up by 27 points. The distance proved unassailable for Malta in the final quarter and Monaco celebrated a cruising victory. Robert Rosenal led the charge with 19 points and 9 boards. Maxime Varitto provided 16 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for the winners. David Bugeja answered with game-high 24 points and 14 boards. Edward Bonello had 8 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort.

Monaco U16: Robert Rosenal 19, Maxime Varitto 16
Malta U16: David Bugeja 24+14 boards, Edward Bonello 8+12 boards


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  MEXICO   


Leopardos add Burditt - by Gianni Pascucci
Leopardos de Merida decided to releas Eric Martin (197-F-76, college: Cincinnati), signing at his place Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) for the rest of LBS Finals. The Final Series will restart tomorrow night, and Leopardos will play the next three games at home. The move of signing Burditt seems pointed on strengthening the inside game of the team

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  MOLDOVA   


Moldova U16 clinches the third spot in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News
Moldova U16 - Gibraltar U16 75:69 (2 OT)

Moldovan U16 National Team earned the spot at the pedestal at the European championship in Division C. They defeated hosting Gibraltar in the consolation final to claim Bronze medals. The game turned into a real basketball thriller that lasted for 50 minutes. Moldova used two overtimes before celebrating a dramatic win at the end. The hosts got to a better start to the game. Gracia and Sercombe capped the first frame with three straight trebles and Gibraltar piled up a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Gracia fired 5 more points early in the second stanza and Moldova found themselves down by 7 points. The home side maintained the gap throughout the second period and enjoyed a 29:22 lead at halftime. Aston-Fox and Sercombe opened up a double-digit lead for Gibraltar at the start of the third period. But Moldovan players stayed close and Mescoi and Cojuhari clipped the distance to a single point with one quarter to go. Cojuhari fired beyond the arc to tip off the fourth term and Moldova were in the driving seat at 45:43. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the final stanza before Mescois three-pointer gave Moldova a 59:55 lead with just over a minute left in regulation. But Gibraltar found time to answer. Sercombe converted back-to-back layups to force the first extra term. Aston-Fox and Lagares propelled the hosts to 65:61 advantage in overtime but this time it was Moldova to come from behind. Carali nailed 4 freebies in the final seconds and the teams headed into the second extra frame. Mescoi drained 7 points in it and Moldova pulled away with a sizzling 75:69 victory at the end. Carali finished the game with massive 24 points and 22 boards to pace Moldova. Mescoi had 22 points and 12 boards in a winning case. Gracia answered with 21 points for Gibraltar. Aston-Fox secured 15 points and 20 caroms in a loss.

Moldova U16: Vladimir Carali 24+22 boards, Sergei Mescoi 22+12 boards
Gibraltar U16: Nicholas Gracia 21, Derek Aston-Fox 15+20 boards


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  NBA   


Davis Verbally Agrees With Clippers. - by Bryan Floyd
Baron Davis has reached a verbal agreement with the Clippers on Tuesday night and will sign a new multi-year contract with the club after the league wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 9.Davis surprised the Warriors by opting out of the final season of his $17.8 million contract on Monday. Davis will receive a five-year deal worth an estimated $65 million. 'From a basketball standpoint it's always been about winning for Baron,' his agent Todd Ramasar told the Los Angeles Times. 'This presented a good opportunity to do that to pair him with Chris Kaman and Elton Brand is expected back.'

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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand gets bruised by Canada at Jack Donohue International Classic - by Eurobasket News
Canada - New Zealand 90:63

Canadian National Team extended their winning streak romping New Zealand in their second game at the Jack Donohue International Classic. The Tall Blacks could not put up a decent fight against Canada at the McMaster University in Hamilton. Rowan Barrett (197-G/F-72, college: St.John's) sparked with yet another impressive performance leading Canada to an overwhelming victory over the hapless Tall Blacks. Barett that did not play for Canada for five years had a triumphant comeback as he paced the hosts in the opening game against Lebanon and never slowed down in the second game of the tournament. He converted 5/8 from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points for Canada. The home side shot solid 51% from the floor including 42% from the distance. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) had 16 points, while Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) delivered 13 points and 5 boards for the winners. The Tall Blacks jumped to an early 8:4 lead but the hosts reacted immediately. Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) and Rowan Barrett ignited a 13:0 run and Canada grabbed a 19:11 lead at the end of the first frame. Dave Thomas then opened the second period with a three-pointer and Canada earned a double-digit advantage. Canada maintained the lead and enjoyed an 8-point cushion at halftime. Canada went on an 11:0 run early in the third stanza and never looked back again. They entered the final quarter leading by as many as 19 points. Canada experienced a 32-point lead at one moment in the final term. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) scored 26 points in his return to the Tall Blacks lineup. Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) came up with 11 points and 10 boards in defeat. New Zealand will face Lebanon on Wednesday.

Canada: Rowan Barrett 19, Levon Kendall 16, Olu Famutimi 13
New Zealand: Kirk Penney 26, Craig Bradshaw 11+10 boards


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Little chat With Cameroon National Coach - by George Manousidis

George Manousidis: What is your expectations of the Cameroon National Team?
Lazare Adingono : My expectations for the National Team are simple play together and compete.


George Manousidis: Do you believe that Hellenic Basketball Federation has the experience to organize top basketball events such FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men ?
Lazare Adingono : Yes, I believe the Hellenic Federation is not only qualify but the are committed to make this event a total success.


George Manousidis: What is your opinion about the development and the progress of FIBA Africa ?
Lazare Adingono : I think fiba has done a great job in put different events in place in order to gave most countries of the African continent to compete and have the exposure needed earn some experience.


George Manousidis: Do you think Africa's basketball can come closer to the European standards?
Lazare Adingono : I Believe African basketball is well on his way of compete against the very worldwide.


George Manousidis: Do you consider that European or American basketball culture is closer to the Africa's basketball culture?
Lazare Adingono : Although there are some similarities, i believe African basketball has a unique culture and i hope it hold on to that unique god given potential.




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  PHILIPPINES   


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Air21 11-6 
 2. Red Bull 10-6 
 3. Magnolia 10-8 
 4. Coca-Cola 9-8 
 5. Alaska 9-8 
 6. Ginebra 8-8 
 7. Purefoods 8-9 
 8. Talk N Text 8-9 
 9. Sta Lucia 7-9 
 10. Welcoat D. 4-13 


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  POLAND   


Sroka to Czarni, Stelmach to Kotwica - by Michal Falkowski
Energa Czarni Slupsk announced sealing one-year deal with Marcin Sroka (198-F-81, agency: Promotex). Polish small / power forward played in Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski last season where he was averaging 9.0 ppg. and 3.6 rpg. in 19 mpg. Sroka has got many offers from Polish clubs including his former ones Anwil and Atlas, however he chose the club from Slupsk.
He will be the fourth Polish player signed this summer break after Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex), Lukasz Ratajczak (201-F-86) and Pawel Malesa (198-F-85, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C).

Piotr Stelmach (206-F-84, college: Mississippi St.) agreed all terms of contract with Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Last season this power forward spent in Prokom Trefl Sopot, but in the majority of that season he represented Prokom II Sopot. He was scoring about 15 ppg. and grabbing 7 rpg. In his career he played for SMS Warka and Mississipi State in NCAA too.

Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-G-86) is probably going to Znicz Jaroslaw. The newcomer of Polish League is trying to convince him of representing Znicz next season. Dutkiewicz played in Polonia 2011 Warsaw last time averaging 15.1 ppg. and 5.6 rpg. Moreover the club has four players under the contracts: Tomasz Celej (198-F/G-78, agency: Promotex), Marek Miszczuk (212-C/F-77, agency: Promotex), Tomasz Fortuna (186-G-81), Artur Mikolajko (197-F-79) and Tomasz Przewrocki (192-G-76). However, the future of the last player is not so certain.


Daniels and Kitzinger in BOT Turow Zgorzelec - by Michal Falkowski
Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: LimeLight, college: Georgia) and Iwo Kitzinger (188-G-85) are first players who are in BOT Turow Zgorzelec roster for the upcoming season. American power forward, who inked one-yeard deal will be the new face in the team, while Polish guard extended his contract. Daniels is graduated from Georgia University and finished with averages: 10.2 ppg. and 8.1 rpg. After that he moved to Landstede Zwolle, but since 2006-2007 season he has been a member of Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Last time he was averaging 14.4 ppg., 9.4 rpg., 2.3 apg. and 2.5 spg. When it comes to Kitzigner it will be his second season in Turow in a row. Last season he was scoring 5.9 ppg. and noting 1.5 rpg. and 1.3 apg.

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More market news - by Bruno Baltazar

Benfica signed the portuguese PROLIGA champion Miguel Barroca (182-G-84) that leaves Fisica,also in Fisica Ekjersey Viana (203-F/C-77) will leave them but still not confirmed for which team he will go,meanwille they see two of their biggest players go they signed Miguel Salvador (187-G-81) (ex Lusitania) and Ricardo Rodrigues (185-G-81)(ex Queluz).
Porto signed Daniel Monteiro (182-G-82) former Belenenses guard that was in great focus in the last regular season games and in the playoffs with many points scored,Porto looking to replace their guards ,one of the weakest points in their game past season.

Filipe Da Silva (193-G-79, agency: Players Group) will compete in Boulazac BD a team in France PRO B division next season and Nuno Manarte (184-G-75) says he will stay with Ovarense.



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  SCOTLAND   


Scotland U16 are crowned European champions in Division C - by Eurobasket News
Scotland U16 - Wales U16 102:39

Scottish U16 Team improved on the 2006 European championship result this year. They thumped Welsh U16 side to claim the Gold medals of the 2008 edition of the event. Wales could not put up a worthy fight in the Final yesterday. Scottish players were dominant right from the start and never loosened the grip throughout the action. Alasdair Fraser came up with yet another extra class performance leading Scotland to a stunning victory. He tallied 38 points and 9 boards to almost outscore Wales singlehandedly. His four points early in the game put Scottish side 6:0 up. Alasdair Fraser dropped 16 points in the first frame and Scotland enjoyed a 33:9 lead. Scottish side opened the second period on a 12:0 run to pile up a 32-point cushion. Finally Wales managed to answer with some decent stuff as Daniel Pulman and Adams dropped back-to-back trebles. But it was just a brief display of skills from Wales as they trailed by 38 points at the interval. The teams traded baskets in the third period with Scotland still mounting their advantage. The scoreboard read 77:30 at the end of the third stanza and Wales were done for the day. Scottish team breezed to an overall victory at the end finalizing an overwhelming success for Scottish U16 side. Lee Reilly provided 17 points for Scotland. Jonathan Bunyan had 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Daniel Pulman and Alex Kilmartin answered with 8 points apiece for Wales. Jared Adams secured 7 points in defeat.

Scotland U16: Alasdair Fraser 38, Lee Reilly 17, Jonathan Bunyan 12
Wales U16: Daniel Pulman 8, Alex Kilmartin 8


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  SERBIA   


Miroslav Beric Team manager of Serbian National team - by Zoran Popovic
Head coach of Serbian National team Dusan Ivkovic has completed coaching staff by adding Miroslav Beric (198-G-73) on position of Team manager. 'As a player I had a dream to play for Serbian National team. Now, as a retired player I am opening new page in my basketball career as a team manager of Serbian team. I believe that my experience will help our players to easier get beyond all problems. We have young and perspective team and Iam sure well qualified on European championship in Poland 2009' said Beric for Serbian daily news.

In his great career Beric played 70 games for the National team, scored 374 points, won two golden medals on European championisps in Athens 1995 and Barcelona 1997, and silver medal on Olimpic games in Atlanta 1996. He played for BC Partizan Igokea Beograd 1992-1997 and 2000-2001, Scavolini-Gruppo Spar Pesaro 2001-2003, B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas 2003-2004, Panellinios Athens 2004-2005, Azovmash Mariupol and Lianera Vive Menorca 2005-2006 and Calefacciones Farho Gijon 2006-2007.


Velibor Radovic one more season in ALBACOMP - by Zoran Popovic
Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) and Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar agreed terms and extend contract for one more season. In his 18 years long career Radovic played for KK Split (Jugoplastika) 1990-1991, BC Buducnost Podgorica 1991-1992, Munich 1992-1993, Hapoel Nahariye 1993-1994, Maccabi Qiryat Motzkin 1994-1995, Shakhter Cheremkovo 1995-1996, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 1996-2001, Maccabi Raanana 2001-2002, KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd 2002-2003, Sluc Nancy Basket Pro 2003-2004, Keravnos Strovolou Nicosia 2004-2005, Hapoel Tel-Aviv 2005-2006 and Slavia TU Kosice 2007.

Radovic was member of Yugoslavia National team U16 (won European championiship 1989), U18 and U22. He also won European and Yugoslavian championship with KK Split (Jugoplastika) 1991, National league 1998, National league and Cup of Israel 2001 with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, and in the same year Suproleague championship.


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  SLOVENIA   


Kunc to Koper, Lichartovsky out for four months - by Zeljko Zule
Former NT member Ales Kunc (208-C-73, agency: VTBM/SRBM, college: Missouri St.) has left Elektra to join Luka Koper for the upcoming season.
Stefan Licartovsky (200-G/F-84) has been ruled out for at least four months with a injury.

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Udrih and Kings agree to five-year conract - by Zeljko Zule

The Sacramento Kings found a way to keep their starting point guard, Beno Udrih (194-G-82), despite some fierce competition. Udrih and the Kings have verbally agreed to a five-year contract for the full mid-level exception.
Assuming the full mid-level comes in at $5.5 million this year, Udrih would get a contract worth $33.3 million and he would have a player option for the fifth year of his contract.
'I am so happy and honored to be returning to the Kings,' Udrih told. 'They took a chance on me and believed in me. I can't wait to get back to my teammates and the city that has become home to me.'
The Kings outbid the Los Angeles Clippers, who also offered Udrih a five-year deal for the mid-level. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy flew to New York and met with Udrih at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning -- the earliest NBA teams were permitted to commence negotiations and strike verbal agreements with free agents. Dunleavy was persuasive, but at the end of the day Udrih wanted to return to the team that gave him his big break (espn.com)

The Los Angeles Lakers extended qualifying offers to Alexander Vujacic (200-G-84) which allows the team to establish a right of first refusal. If Vujacic, whose offer was for about $2.2 million sign an offer sheet with another team, the Lakers can match the offer and retain them. Vujacic is seeking long-term deals and hope their agents can come to an agreement with the Lakers.

One thing is clear: The new Jersey Nets' interest in retaining Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) increased after the Richard Jefferson trade to Bucks, even if Nachbar may not be the 15- to 20-point scorer they need at the small forward spot. And remarkably, GM Kiki Vandeweghe said there are 'absolutely' bigs on his list, even though the only bigs worth having are restricted free agents such as non-scorers Andris Biedrins, Emeka Okafor, and Nenad Krstic. (nj.com)



Market News - by Zeljko Zule

Miha Cmer (182-G-77, agency: AB Agency) extended his contract with Luka Koper.
Elektra Esotech inked Tadej Horvat (196-G-87) ex Zlatorog for two seasons and their former member Ziga Mravljak (180-G-87) ex Medvode.
Alpos Sentjur agreed terms with Jasmin Catovic (199-G-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) and their former member Peter Jovanovic (200-F-80) both ex Hopsi Polzela.

Krka is negotiating with Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) ex Alpos Sentjur.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


South American Championship. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Colombia 83:75
Brazilian National Team celebrated the initial win at the South American Championship held in Puerto Montt, Chile. They opened their campaign with a hard-fought win over Colombia. Six teams hot the road for four available tickets to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. Brazil made the first step towards the achievement yesterday. Colombia used a well-balanced offensive approach to take a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Brazil lived up to the status of the favorites in the second stanza. They outpaced Colombia 25:9 in the second stanza building a 44:31 lead at the interval. Colombia however were not taken aback completely. They came back to life after the long break and cut the deficit to 9 points after three frames. Colombian team fought bravely in the final quarter coming to a striking distance several times but Brazil stayed alert. They maintained the gap and pulled away a narrow win at the end. William Fornou (204-C-81) (204-C-81) secured 23 points and 15 boards for Brazilian team. Andre Stefanelli (195-F/G-84) (195-F/G-84) had 13 points, while 'Manteinguinha' Brugger (192-G-81) had 9 points in a win. Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) (193-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) answered with 16 points for Colombia. Camilo Londoco and Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP) notched 15 points apiece in a losing effort. Brazil converted solid 47% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 36%.

Brazil: William Fornou 23+15 boards, Andre Stefanelli 13, 'Manteinguinha' Brugger 9
Colombia: Norbey Aragon 16, Camilo Londoco 15, Edgar Moreno 15


Venezuela - Argentina 77:79
Venezuelan National Team opened their South American Championship campaign with a bitter loss to Argentina yesterday. The championship that tipped off in Puerto Montt in Chile has four qualification spots for the FIBA Americas Championship in 2009 and six teams are eyeing the chance. Venezuela got to a better start as they outscored their opponents 26:19 in the opening stanza. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) paced the charge for Venezuela as they kept ahead. However Argentina quickly denied the deficit and drew things level midway through the second stanza. Venezuela drove to the main sides change leading by a single point 43:42. But the situation changed right after the break. Argentinean side led by Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) raised the tempo and left Venezuela behind. Some offensive mistakes saw Venezuela trail by 7 points at three-quarter time. Venezuela tried to fight back in the final period and closed the gap to minimum late in regulation. Argentina however withstood the rally and celebrated a last-second victory at the end. Roman Gonzalez dropped 23 points to lead Argentina. Diego Garcia (184-G-75) (184-G-75) scored 15 points, while Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) had 14 in a win. Oscar Torres answered with 20 points and 11 boards for Venezuela. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) provided 14 points and 12 boards in defeat. Venezuela had an overwhelming dominance on the boards 42:28 but committed 20 turnovers down the stretch. Venezuela will face Uruguay, while Argentina will take on Colombia tonight.

Venezuela: Oscar Torres 20+11 boards, Axiers Sucre 14+12 boards
Argentina: Roman Gonzalez 23, Diego Garcia 15, Paolo Quinteros 14


Chile - Uruguay 66:81
Chile
: Jose Campos (-G-84) 20, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Dade CC) 13+11 boards
Uruguay: Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) 26+18 boards, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 17, Nicolas Mazzarino 13


Standings
South American Championships Standings
1. Argenti.1-0
2. Brazil1-0
3. Uruguay1-0
4. Venezue.0-1
5. Chile0-1
6. Colombia0-1


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  UKRAINE   


Zimmerman to 'builders' / Three FIBA-Europe wild-cards to Ukraine - by Alexander Muzyka
- Budivelnyk inked Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81) from Siroki Prima pivo. This player has two NBDL's best guard titkes in his active. Played in Brose Baskets and Air Avellino.

- MBC Mykolaiv, BC Donetsk and Cherkasy Monkeys has got their wild-cards from FIBA-Europe for EuroCup Challenge participance. They added the big list of Ukrainans in eurocups - BC Kyiv and Azovmash in EuroCup plus Khimik, Politekhnika-Halychyna and Sumykhimprom in EuroCup Challenge. Dnipro wanted to play in EuroCup Challenge, too but was late with documents.
Remind, BC Kyiv will play in EuroCup from second qualification round while Azovmash will start from group stage.


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  URUGUAY   


Uruguay beat Chile for the South American Championship - by Hector Lopez
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds when Uruguay beat Chile 81-66, their first game for the South American Championship, which is played in Puerto Montt, Chile. In the third quarter Uruguay netted a 19-6 rally to lead by 16 points. Also for Uruguay, Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) scored 13 with 4/8 in three points shots, and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) added 17. The best scorer for Chile was Jose Campos (-G-84) with 20 and Patricio Briones (213-C-72, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Dade CC) with 13 and 11 rebounds. (By quarter Uruguay 17-21, 36-33, 57-43)

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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela narrowly loses to Argentina in South American Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela - Argentina 77:79

Venezuelan National Team opened their South American Championship campaign with a bitter loss to Argentina yesterday. The championship that tipped off in Puerto Montt in Chile has four qualification spots for the FIBA Americas Championship in 2009 and six teams are eyeing the chance. Venezuela got to a better start as they outscored their opponents 26:19 in the opening stanza. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) paced the charge for Venezuela as they kept ahead. However Argentina quickly denied the deficit and drew things level midway through the second stanza. Venezuela drove to the main sides change leading by a single point 43:42. But the situation changed right after the break. Argentinean side led by Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) raised the tempo and left Venezuela behind. Some offensive mistakes saw Venezuela trail by 7 points at three-quarter time. Venezuela tried to fight back in the final period and closed the gap to minimum late in regulation. Argentina however withstood the rally and celebrated a last-second victory at the end. Roman Gonzalez dropped 23 points to lead Argentina. Diego Garcia (184-G-75) scored 15 points, while Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) had 14 in a win. Oscar Torres answered with 20 points and 11 boards for Venezuela. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) provided 14 points and 12 boards in defeat. Venezuela had an overwhelming dominance on the boards 42:28 but committed 20 turnovers down the stretch. Venezuela will face Uruguay, while Argentina will take on Colombia tonight.

Venezuela: Oscar Torres 20+11 boards, Axiers Sucre 14+12 boards
Argentina: Roman Gonzalez 23, Diego Garcia 15, Paolo Quinteros 14


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  WBA   


Decatur Claims WBA Title in 131-128 (2OT) Thriller... - by David Archer
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2008 WBA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 6/29/08
Buford Majic 128 @ Decatur Court Kings 131

Buford 128
Stat Leaders: #11 Jacob Frazier- 34pts, 5reb, 4asst, #22 B.J. Puckett (6'8''-F-83)- 32pts, 5reb, 6asst, #3 William Belton (6'1''-G-84)- 24pts, 6reb, 5asst, 5stl, #5 Mike Griffin- 16pts, 6reb, 7asst

Decatur 131
Stat Leaders: #32 Anthony Miller (6'9''-C-71)- 33pts, 21reb, 4blk, 3stl,
#10 Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83)- 33pts, 12reb, 10asst, 5stl, #34 Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82)- 18pts, 11reb, 6blk,
#9 Dele Ojo (5'11''-G)- 18pts, 4reb, 4asst

Having to face each other for the third time, both teams came prepared to take home the championship trophy. The atmosphere was intense and the Buford Majic wasted no time imposing their fury onto the Decatur Court Kings. Buford's defense was so aggressive that Decatur struggled to score and to control the ball, committing 8 turnovers in the first quarter, giving Buford an 11pt lead going into the second. Decatur entered the bonus early in the second quarter due to Buford's aggressive defense but struggled to make their free throws, only shooting 57% for the game. Buford held a 54-46 lead over Decatur at the half. Al Stewart would lead for the Court Kings with 16pts, 5reb and Pig Miller would add 12pts, 13reb. But, it was Buford's B.J. Puckett who made the difference for the Majic with his 19pts, 5reb. The Court Kings came out more focused in the third quarter and began to take over. Powerhouse duo Pig Miller and Al Stewart brought Decatur back, giving them a 1pt lead going into the fourth but the Majic refused to give up easy. With six minutes left Buford tied the game and the teams stayed neck and neck the rest of the way. Then with 42.7 seconds left and the game tied the Court Kings head coach, Reggie Fox, called a time out to draw up a play. Decatur missed the 3-pt attempt but Pig Miller recovered the offensive rebound and scored, putting Decatur up by 2 with 20 seconds left in regulation. Buford came down and missed a 3-pt attempt also but Mike Griffin recovered the long rebound and dished it to B.J. Puckett for a lay up who tied the game 103 103 in the final seconds, forcing the overtime. One minute into overtime, Pig Miller fouled out for Decatur which left the Court Kings to go the rest of the way without their leading scorer. Shortly thereafter, Buford lost their leading scorer B.J. Puckett to fouls leaving both teams without their key player. Buford dominated the overtime and forced Decatur to turn the ball over, giving Buford a 4pt lead with 30 seconds left in overtime. Then, Court Kings #17 Isaac Cook (6'4''-F-78) hit a 3 pointer with 5.8 seconds left putting them down by one. Decatur fouled Mike Griffin who hit two more freethrows to build a 3pt lead. With 4.6 seconds left and no time outs, #51 Brian Thompson inbounded the ball throwing it across half court to Dele Ojo who knocked down a last second three to tie the game 118 118, forcing a second overtime. Double overtime would come down to the last 30 seconds also. Buford put the ball in Jacob Fraziers hands down by one with 21 seconds on the clock. After his missed shot, Buford captured two offensive rebounds with a chance to take the lead but Decaturs #34 Chad Eichelberger saved the Court Kings with a spectacular block recovered by #3 Ken Kenneth McKenzie (6'0''-G-82) who was fouled. Kenneth McKenzie converted both freethrows to seal the win 131-128 for Decatur. After losing their first game, Decatur would go undefeated the rest of their season to capture the 2008 WBA Championship title as a first year franchise.

1st- Buford 31, Decatur 20
2nd- Buford 54, Decatur 46
3rd- Buford 78, Decatur 79
4th- Buford 103, Decatur 103
OT: Buford 118, Decatur 118
2OT: Buford 128, Decatur 131

Written By:
Meisha Stevenson




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Women News

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  GERMANY - Women  


Sterner leaves Muenchen, moves to Leipzig - by Moritz Korff
The BBV Leipzig Eagles (DBBL) added Caroline Sterner (175-G/F-83) to their squad. The 24-year-old Shooting Guard inked a one-year-contract with the Eagles. Sterner comes from Muenchen and averaged 5.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 steals per contest for Muenchen Basket in this past season. Meanwhile, Coach Ritz Ingram will keep the two youngsters Tanja Maciej and Anna Opel from last season's roster. Besides Opel, Maciej and Sterner Ingram now has the following players on his team for the upcoming season: Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska), Twiggy McIntyre (165-G-84, college: Kansas St.), Joanna Semerda (172-F-82) and Svetlana Odnovolenko (190-C-87).

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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Incredible Ticha Penicheiro - by Bruno Baltazar
As in Portugal we say about Porto wine 'The older the better' , thats exactly what we say about Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU), yesterday infront of 5705 spectators she scored a team high 17 points,8 assists,4 rebounds and 3 steals in 29 minuts of use to become their leader in one more win (8-8) ,Kara Lawson added and helped her with 13 points,on the Mystics side Alena Beard scored 31 points in another good game for her.
The Monarchs entered strong in the game doing a partial of 24-17 but Mystics recovered with 20-26 to go to the half ,in the 3rd quarter the game was decided with 20-15 for the Monarchs.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Gresnerova and Simova in Ruzomberok - by Michal Maslany

MBK Ruzomberok signed two slovak players: Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) from Cassovia Kosice and Beata Simova (184-87) from UMB Banska Bystrica. Both are former junior national players. MBK is still looking for playmaker and one center, which will replace Lindsey Wilson and Regina Palusna. Ruzomberok anouced that in new season the head couch will be Anton Panis and Stanislav Onuska will be his asistant and general manager of the team.



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  WNBA - Women  


San Antonio nips Detroit in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) scored 27 points and collected 8 boards to carry the Silver Stars past the Detroit Shock at the AT&T Center yesterday. The Silver Stars survived the extra period to post a 79:72 win over the Shock at the end. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) provided sufficient help as she knocked down 19 points 10 of them coming in overtime. The Silver Stars were trailing by 2 points with less than 15 seconds left but Ann Wauters hit a jumper to send the teams into extra period. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) put the visitors ahead when the veteran converted a three-pointer. But the hosts soon took over. The Silver Stars hit all of their 8 attempts from free throw line and secured a difficult victory at the end. Ann Wauters finished with 17 points and 9 boards for the winners. Katie Smith notched 17 points for the Shock. Kara Braxton nailed 16 points in defeat.
The Los Angeles Sparks could not tame the New York Liberty at home. The Sparks got 18 points, 10 boards, 4 blocks, 3 assists and 3 steals from sensational rookie Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) but it was not enough to overcome Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) heroics. Christon came up with career-high 28 points and the Liberty drove to an 89:78 win. Janel McCarville tallied 15 points and 8 boards for the visitors as they improved to 8-7 record. Loree Moore tied her career best with 9 assists. Delisha Milton-Jones answered with 15 points for the Sparks as they fell to 10-5 record. The hosts enjoyed a 62:51 advantage before the final period but the Liberty denied and went on a massive run to accumulate a decisive lead late in regulation.
Connecticut remained at the top of the Eastern conference with a 78:68 victory over the Houston Comets. The Comets started another game without their main star Tina Thompson as she broke finger. Houston however led by as many as 14 points late in the first period before surrendering it. Connecticut capped the first half on with an 8:2 run to narrow the margin. Later they went on a 13:5 rally to jump ahead for good. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) finished with 15 points and 8 boards for the Sun. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) had 14 points and 9 assists as the hosts improved to 13-5 record. Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) answered with 14 points for the Comets.


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