EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/30/2008

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  ABA   


Last team news and transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
The Kentucky Mavericks ABA basketball team decided to move from Bowling Green, KY to Owensboro, Kentucky, where found a comfortable home venue in the local Sports Arena. The team's CEO Jason Smith stated,' We have no choice but to move the Kentucky Mavericks to Owensboro. We have bent over backwards in order to work with athletics department at Western Kentucky University, we had the ABA ready to accommodate any scheduling problems. It seems that the Bolwing Green's E.A. Diddle Arena was just far too costly and the Mavericks opted to relocate immediately. The Georgia Gwizzlies announced another player signing in leaping phenom and former Kentucky High School Mr. Basketball candidate Kevin Reinhardt (6'4''-F-83, college: Georgetown, KY). The Texas City Rangers announces their first player signing in Courtney Captain (6'1''-G-85), out of East Carolina, but originally from Galveston, Texas.

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  ANGOLA   


Diamond Ball: China too strong for Angola in day 1 - by Eurobasket News
China - Angola 83-74

The host team celebrated at the opening day of 'Diamond Ball' against winner of 'Borislav Stankovic Cup', Angola. As usually NBA superstar Ming Yao (226-C-80) was the key player for Team China. He spent 29 minutes on the court scoring 21 points and grabbing 5 boards. He had wonderful stroke shooting 8 of 10 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free throw line. In fact Chinese generally had a pretty good shooting day. They made 26 of 40 attempts for FG2 and 7 of 16 for 3-pts. Interesting is that the winning side committed 21 turnovers matched with only 13 by Angolans.

Angola showed slightly better performance in the first quarter closing it with 2 points lead. Their joy didn't last long as Ming Yao and his teammates woke up very soon heading into the second half with 40-37. Following ten minutes were crucial in this game as Chinese succeeded to create many open shots which they successfully realized. On the other side Angolans struggled from behind the arc having less than 30%. Everything resulted with plus 10 for China before the last frame. It turned out as unreachable lead for Angola until the end.

Excepted of above mentioned Ming Yao, Liu Wei (190-G-80) also shined for the winners adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) followed these two players scoring 13 points. Angola got the most from Olimpio Cipriano (193-F-82), who drained 24 points. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) also registered nice performance stopping on 21 points and 8 boards. At the second day of 'Diamond Ball' China will play against Australia while Angolans will take a rest until Thursday.


China - Angola 83-74
(20-22,20-15,22-15,21-22)

China:
Ming Yao 21 (5 rebs), Liu Wei 18 (5 rebs, 6 as), Wang Shipeng 13
Angola: Olimpio Cipriano 24, Joaquim Gomes 21 (8 rebs)


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  ARGENTINA   


Diamond Ball: Argentina beats Iran in day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Iran 81-71

Reining Olympic champion Argentina had to work very hard in order to beat Iran. It was 10 points deference at the end but Iranians showed pretty good performance. It seems that European tour helped players of Rajko Toroman to improve their quality. Anyway, first 10 minutes were totally leveled. Both teams had pretty good decisions at the offensive end but their defense wasn't on a good level. During the next stanza powerful Argentina took control on Iranians. Killing trio Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) woke up. Iranians didn't want to give up so Argentina succeeded to create just 7 points lead until the half time. After the breather Argentineans continued with their solid stroke from the field. Actually they finished the game having 52.5% for FG2 and 60.5% from behind the arc. Their main problem yesterday were free throw. Olympic champions entered into the last frame with plus 10 which was unreachable for Iranians until the very end. The most interesting data is that Iran registered 29 rebounds while Argentina with Luis Scola and Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) under the basket had just 21.

Luis Scola was very productive in offense leading his team to win with 23 points. New acquisition of Russian Khimky Carlos Delfino had 18 points and 4 rebounds while NBA superstar Emanuel Ginobili stopped on 15 points. Ehadadi collected 20 points and 9 rebounds in Iran while Khahbahrami added 18 points and 4 rebounds. At the second day of 'Diamond Ball' Iran will meet Serbia while Argentina has a day-off.


Argentina - Iran 81-71
(24-24,18-11,20-17,19-19)

Argentina:
Luis Scola 23, Carlos Delfino 18 (4 rebs), Emanuel Ginobili 15
Iran: Ehadadi 20 (9 rebs), Khahbahrami 18 (4 rebs)


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  AUSTRALIA   


Diamond Ball: Australia outsmarts China in day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Australia - China 67-55

Australia celebrated at the second day of 'Diamond Ball', which is taking place in Chinese city Nanjing. It was the first appearance of Australians in Nanjing but quite successful. China was better then Angola yesterday bit this time Ming Yao (226-C-80) and his teammates were faced with the strong Boomers. Interesting that nobody in Australia registered more that 11 points in this game. Actually just Chris Anstey (213-C-75) and David Andersen (212-C-80) succeeded to register double digits while the same situation was in Team China.

Australia was better team from the beginning. They played very aggressively at the defensive end which resulted with many turnovers by Chinese. Actually they committed 24 during the entire time while the Boomers were much careful with the ball having 14 mistakes. Australians grabbed 4 points lead after first ten minutes while during the next period they created advantage of 10 points. After the breather both teams continued with not so well shooting day ending third quarter totally leveled, 17-17. It seemed that the Boomers played as much as they need to ensure win in the last frame.

Chris Anstey helped his team today with 11 points and 4 rebounds while David Andersen scored 10 points. NBA superstar Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) contributed in this win adding 9 points and 8 boards. Another famous NBAer Ming Yao collected 14 points and 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough for his team today. Li Nan (198-F-76) was behind him with 11 points. Australia will meet Angola tomorrow while China will have a day-off.


Australia - China 67-55
(20-16,18-12,17-17,12-10)

Australia:
Chris Anstey 11 (4 rebs), David Andersen 10, Andrew Bogut 9 (8 rebs)
China: Ming Yao 14 (7 rebs), Li Nan 11


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  AUSTRIA   


U18 EC, division B: Czech Republic grabs win against Austria for top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 Czech Republic 73-77

Czech Republic made excellent victory against Austria in the last game of Preliminary Round taking top position in Group A. On the other side Austria is the second ranked team in the same group thus these two countries will continue competition in the Qualifying Round creating a new Group E together with two best team from Preliminary Group B. First game of the Qualifying Round is scheduled for Thursday.

Czechs opened the game with 2-8 but Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) and Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) made turn until the end of the first quarter setting the score on 22-15. After three minutes of the next stanza their lead became even bigger, 28-20. It was a signal for Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90), Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) and Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) to wake up what they done making impressive 15-0 run. Czechs ended first quarter 8-23 heading into the second half with plus 8. Austrians didn't give up until the end and they got awarded in 37th minute tying the score on 66-66. Unfortunately to them Jan Vesely and Jakub Kudlacek were concentrated from the free throw line in the last minute while Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) committed turnover after what Rasid Mahalbasic made flagrant foul. The bad thing for Austrians that this defeat will be transferred to the Qualifying Round where Czechs will enter undefeated.

Jan Vesely once again demonstrated his domination under the basket. He netted 20 points and grabbed 13 boards. Jakub Kudlacek also shined for the winning side adding 19 points while Tomas Satoransky contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds. As usually Moritz Lanegger was the best in Austria collecting 20 points and 11 rebounds while Rasid Mahalbasic had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Jesse Seilern followed these two players scoring 12 points.


U18 Austria - U18 Czech Republic 73-77
(22-15, 8-23, 24-18, 19-21)

Austria:
Moritz Lanegger 20 (11 rebs), Rasid Mahalbasic 14 (6 rebs), Jesse Seilern 12
Czech Republic: Jan Vesely 20 (13 rebs), Jakub Kudlacek 19, Tomas Satoransky 17 (6 rebs)


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  BAHRAIN   


Bahraini Star Al Mutawa returning Home? - by Yousef Ahmed

Bahrain Basketball might soon get 'BigMan' Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) back on home ground; Kuwait eligibility 'Rule' for GCC players has changed from local to Professionals only.

However, the manager of kuwait Club Basketball Mr. Bader Al Osaimi is trying for the player to remain in Kuwait as well as other teams affected by this rule.

If this rule does not change, Ahmed Al Mutawa wil most likely be released from Kuwait Club and be a free agent before returning to Bahrain. But Where will he play?
Since Al Mutawa left Manama club there has been 2 different champions in the league. And there has not been any power house team dominating the Bahraini League since.
So it will be a deciding factor where Al Mutawa will play because he is an all around player and will contribute greatly to help build a championship team.

Ahmed Al Mutawa since his injury has made a fulll recovery and recently visited the Aspire School of Excellence in Doha where he got tested and also confirmed his recovery.

The new season could be very interesting and exciting to see our Bahraini players returning home and improving the level of the league.



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  BELGIUM   


Bulgaria get taste of victory in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18 - Belgium U18 83:50

Bulgarian Junior Team celebrated their first win at the European Championship in Greece today. They defeated Belgium at the start of the classification round and stepped closer to securing the spot in Division A. Hristo Zahariev (198-G/F-90) led the charge with 32 points and 11 boards for Bulgaria. Belgium opened the game confidently and posted a 10:0 lead in the first 2.30 minutes. However Bulgaria used a 19:2 run to close the frame as they gained a 29:16 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) and Hristo Zahariev shone in the second term and Bulgaria stretched the gap to 24 points. Back-to-back triples from Hristo Zahariev and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) gave Bulgarian team a 60:28 advantage with just over a minute left in the third quarter. The advantage of Bulgarian team was pretty obvious in the final stanza and they cruised to the victory at the end. Bozhidar Avramov nailed 13 points for Bulgaria. Tihomir Zhelev had 10 points, while Aleksandar Yanev (202-F-90) finished with 7 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) was the only player to score in double figures for Bulgaria as he knocked down 10 points. Senna Hounhanou (194-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) added 8 points and 14 rebounds in defeat. Bulgaria converted 47% of field goals, while limiting their opponents to 30%. The winners committed only 10 turnovers down the stretch and outrebounded Belgium 47:43. Bulgaria will next take on Estonia, while Belgium will try to bounce back against Germany.

Bulgaria U18: Hristo Zahariev 32+11 boards, Bozhidar Avramov 13, Tihomir Zhelev 10
Belgium U18: Quentin Serron 10, Senna Hounhanou 8+14 boards


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  BOSNIA   


U18 EC, division B: Bosnia better than Slovenia which remains on top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Slovenia 87-63

Bosnia and Herzegovina registered second win on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. Bosnians showed much better performance than Slovenians yesterday. The reason for sure is that Slovenians didn't need this victory as they already secured a top position in Preliminary Group B. Thus Slovenia will continue competition in Debrecen in Qualifying Group E together with Sweden, Czech Republic and Switzerland. Their win against Sweden will be transferred to the next stage. The first game of the Qualifying Round is scheduled for tomorrow. Bosnians will have to be satisfied with Classifications Group G. Their rivals for the position number 9 will be Montenegro, Netherlands and Switzerland, which was in the same preliminary group with Bosnians. The bad thing for Bosnians is that they lost against Swiss so that defeat will be transferred to Group G.

Bosnians celebrated in this game mostly owing to wonderful performance by Aldin Majstoric (198-G-90). He was unstoppable at the offensive end draining 38 points. Aldin Majstoric had pretty good shot percentage making 10 of 13 for FG2, 3 of 7 from behind the arc and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Bosnians were better team from the beginning. After 20 minutes they already had plus 9 while in the next quarter they extended it to 12 points. Last stanza totally belonged to them which resulted with final plus 24 for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Beside Aldin Majstoric, Bosnians also got 15 points and 4 rebounds from Kresimir Mustapic (200-F-90) while Miralem Halilovic (202-F-91) stopped on 14 points and 5 rebounds. Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) was the best scorer in Slovenia with 17 points and at the same time he grabbed 7 more rebounds. Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) was behind him with 14 points while Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) this time had 10 points and 5 rebounds.


U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Slovenia 87-63
(21-18,23-17,14-11,29-17)

Bosnia:
Aldin Majstoric 38, Kresimir Mustapic 15 (4 rebs), Miralem Halilovic 14 (5 rebs)
Slovenia: Dino Muric 17 (7 rebs), Mirza Sarajlija 15, Marko Vranjkovic 10 (5 rebs)


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria get taste of victory in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18 - Belgium U18 83:50

Bulgarian Junior Team celebrated their first win at the European Championship in Greece today. They defeated Belgium at the start of the classification round and stepped closer to securing the spot in Division A. Hristo Zahariev (198-G/F-90) led the charge with 32 points and 11 boards for Bulgaria. Belgium opened the game confidently and posted a 10:0 lead in the first 2.30 minutes. However Bulgaria used a 19:2 run to close the frame as they gained a 29:16 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) and Hristo Zahariev shone in the second term and Bulgaria stretched the gap to 24 points. Back-to-back triples from Hristo Zahariev and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) gave Bulgarian team a 60:28 advantage with just over a minute left in the third quarter. The advantage of Bulgarian team was pretty obvious in the final stanza and they cruised to the victory at the end. Bozhidar Avramov nailed 13 points for Bulgaria. Tihomir Zhelev had 10 points, while Aleksandar Yanev (202-F-90) finished with 7 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) was the only player to score in double figures for Bulgaria as he knocked down 10 points. Senna Hounhanou (194-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) added 8 points and 14 rebounds in defeat. Bulgaria converted 47% of field goals, while limiting their opponents to 30%. The winners committed only 10 turnovers down the stretch and outrebounded Belgium 47:43. Bulgaria will next take on Estonia, while Belgium will try to bounce back against Germany.

Bulgaria U18: Hristo Zahariev 32+11 boards, Bozhidar Avramov 13, Tihomir Zhelev 10
Belgium U18: Quentin Serron 10, Senna Hounhanou 8+14 boards


Latvia hold off Bulgaria to stay in the title race - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Bulgaria U18 80:75

Latvian Junior Team overcame Bulgaria in a key matchup for both teams in Group D of the European Championship. The victory allowed Latvia to advance to the qualifying round of the tournament. Bulgaria finished the preliminaries with 3 straight losses and would try to secure their Division A spot in the classification play. Kalvis Krumins (182-G-90) was the hero for Latvian side. He delivered 22 points, 6 assists and 2 steals to propel the Baltic team to the crucial win. Bulgaria was not helped by a sizzling performance from Aleksandar Yanev (202-F-90). He dropped game-high 29 points but received little help from his teammates. Latvia built a 25:18 advantage after the starting frame but Bulgaria rebounded in the second stanza. Aleksandar Yanev sparked a 15:2 run from Bulgaria as they stepped in front 40:39 late in the second quarter. Aleksandar Yanev capped the first half with two freebies Kristers Zeidaks (201-F-90) opened the second half with a triple as Latvia regained the lead. The teams exchanged the baskets in the third frame and Latvian side held a 60:57 advantage heading into the fourth term. Rozitis and Martins Laksa (196-F-90) stretched the distance to 11 points and Latvia never looked back again. Martins Laksa had 12 points for Latvia. Kristers Zeidaks posted 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Hristo Zahariev (198-G/F-90) scored 16 points for Bulgaria in defeat.

Latvia U18: Kalvis Krumins 22, Martins Laksa 12, Kristers Zeidaks 11
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Yanev 29, Hristo Zahariev 16


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  CHINA   


Sun Yue Likely to Be at Lakers Training Camp - by Arthur Volbert
According to the Daily News of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers have had ongoing conversations with the agent for Sun Yue (205-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane), their second-round draft choice from 2007. Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers general manager, affirmed that he expected Sun to be with the team in training camp. Sun just needs permission from Beijing Aoshen to come to the U.S., and his agent said that process has already begun.

Sun will be competing for a roster spot with this year's second-round pick, Joe Crawford of Kentucky, and Coby Karl, son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl.


China Defeats Angola 83-74 in Diamond Ball Tourney - by Arthur Volbert
Yao Ming had 21 points in 29 minutes, hitting 8 of 10 shots, as China avenged its loss in the Stankovic Cup and defeated Angola 83-74 in the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in Nanjing.

Liu Wei (190-G-80), who did not play in the previous game against Angola, had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 32 minutes. He also had 4 turnovers and fouled out.

Wang Shipeng added 13 points and Yi Jianlian had 11 points and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes.

Olimpio Cipriano had 24 points for Angola and Joaquim Gomes scored 21.

The Diamond Ball Tournament has a website with box scores in English, you can go to the link for the full box score:
http://www.nanjing2008.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/08/diamBall/men/scheResu/p/eventid//gamename/1/groupname/A/langlc//roundid/6361/fe_scheStat_boxScor.html

China used the lineup that it will likely use in the Olympics. It used only nine players as Du Feng, Wang Lei and Zhang Qingpeng did not see action.

Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi played all the minutes at center and power forward. Wang had 5 points and 2 rebounds in 23 minutes. Zhu Fangyu and Li Nan shared the small forward slot. Wang Shipeng played most of the minutes at shooting guard with Sun Yue playing 16 minutes backing up both shooting guard and point guard. Chen Jianghua scored 6 points in 7 minutes but also had 2 turnovers.

Angola led 22-20 after one quarter but China rallied to lead 40-37 at the half. China led 62-52 after three periods.

China hit 59 percent of its shots and outrebounded Angola 27-24. China had 21 turnovers to 13 for Angola but Angola is an extremely quick team. However, turnovers could still be a problem for China in the Olympics.

In the other game today Argentina defeated Iran 81-71 behind 23 points from Luis Scola, 18 from Carlos Delfino and 15 from Manu Ginobili. 7-2 center Hamed Ehadadi scored 20 points for Iran.

Box Score:
http://www.nanjing2008.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/08/diamBall/men/scheResu/p/eventid//gamename/1/groupname/B/langlc//roundid/6361/fe_scheStat_boxScor.html

There are six teams playing the Diamond Ball Tournament, divided into two groups. One group has China, Angola and Australia while the other has Argentina, Iran and Serbia. On the final day of the tournament the first, second and third place teams of each group play against each other.

China will play Australia tomorrow while Iran faces Serbia.


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  CROATIA   


Croatia roll past Ukraine to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18 - Ukraine U18 88:76

Croatian Junior National Team kept their record spotless with a cruising win over Ukraine. The teams met at the start of the Qualifying round in Amaliada yesterday. Ukraine who were the last second inductees to the qualifying round could not match Croatian tempo. Mario Delas (210-C-90) exploded with 25 points and 16 boards to propel the Balkan team to yet another impressive victory. Oleksandr Osnach (202-C-90) and Otverchenko kept Ukraine ahead at the start of the game but soon Croatia surged in front. They used a 14:0 run to accumulate a 25:17 advantage late in the first stanza. Batur and Toni Prostran (188-G-91) hit back-to-back trebles early in the second frame as Croatia opened a double digit lead. Oleksandr Gudkov (201-F-90) and Oleksandr Lypovyy (198-G-91) trimmed it to 8 points at halftime. Consecutive treys from Oleksandr Gudkov and Oleksandr Lypovyy allowed Ukraine to come as close as 4 points midway through the third stanza. However Croatia reacted with a 16:6 surge to ensure some breathing space at the end of the third quarter. Radosevic and Toni Prostran gave Croatian side a 21-point buffer at the start of the fourth period and they rolled to a confident win at the end. Toni Prostran netted 21 points for Croatia. Tomislav Zubcic (213-C/F-90) had 16 points for the winners. Oleksandr Gudkov netted 14 points to pace Ukraine. Oleksandr Osnach chipped in 12 points in a loss.

Croatia U18: Mario Delas 25+16 boards, Toni Prostran 21, Tomislav Zubcic 16
Ukraine U18: Oleksandr Gudkov 14, Oleksandr Osnach 12


Sandro Nicevic in Benetton Treviso, Zabok adds a big guy - by Eurobasket News
Member of Croatian National Team Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) will continue career in Italian Benetton Treviso. Nicevic spent last season in Turkish team Beskitas Cola Turka finishing ULEB Cup regular season undefeated. He had 15 appearances for Beskitas in this European competition averaging 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.7 spg. Nicevic also played 33 games in domestic championship adding 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 2.3 apg. He changed four teams during the past four years. Two seasons before he was a member of Le Mans Sarthe Basket while on season 05/06 he played for Unicaja Malaga winning the title in Spanish ACB league. At the same year Unicaja was a regular season champion in ACB and reached semifinals of 'Copa del Rey'. In the past he also spent two more years in Le Mans as well as one in AEK Athens and Olimpija Ljubljana. He proved himself as a player in Cibona Zagreb. Nicevic is currently with Croatian senior National Team which prepares for the Olympic Games in Beijing. As a reminder Croatia earned a spot for the Olympics after pretty good performance at FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.

In the meantime Croatian A1 team Zabok announced signing of center Zoran Pehar (210-C-81) on a one year contract. Pehar arrives to Zabok from Sibenik where he averaged 7.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 29 games. He also used to play for Croatian teams Kvarner, Hermes Analitica and Zagreb. Pehar, who in the past was a member of Croatian U18 and U20 National Team, supposes to replace Jure Lozancic in his new team.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U18 EC, division B: Czech Republic grabs win against Austria for top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 Czech Republic 73-77

Czech Republic made excellent victory against Austria in the last game of Preliminary Round taking top position in Group A. On the other side Austria is the second ranked team in the same group thus these two countries will continue competition in the Qualifying Round creating a new Group E together with two best team from Preliminary Group B. First game of the Qualifying Round is scheduled for Thursday.

Czechs opened the game with 2-8 but Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) and Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) made turn until the end of the first quarter setting the score on 22-15. After three minutes of the next stanza their lead became even bigger, 28-20. It was a signal for Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90), Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) and Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) to wake up what they done making impressive 15-0 run. Czechs ended first quarter 8-23 heading into the second half with plus 8. Austrians didn't give up until the end and they got awarded in 37th minute tying the score on 66-66. Unfortunately to them Jan Vesely and Jakub Kudlacek were concentrated from the free throw line in the last minute while Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) committed turnover after what Rasid Mahalbasic made flagrant foul. The bad thing for Austrians that this defeat will be transferred to the Qualifying Round where Czechs will enter undefeated.

Jan Vesely once again demonstrated his domination under the basket. He netted 20 points and grabbed 13 boards. Jakub Kudlacek also shined for the winning side adding 19 points while Tomas Satoransky contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds. As usually Moritz Lanegger was the best in Austria collecting 20 points and 11 rebounds while Rasid Mahalbasic had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Jesse Seilern followed these two players scoring 12 points.


U18 Austria - U18 Czech Republic 73-77
(22-15, 8-23, 24-18, 19-21)

Austria:
Moritz Lanegger 20 (11 rebs), Rasid Mahalbasic 14 (6 rebs), Jesse Seilern 12
Czech Republic: Jan Vesely 20 (13 rebs), Jakub Kudlacek 19, Tomas Satoransky 17 (6 rebs)


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Larry Turner Will Be Included In Dominican National Team - by Kerwin Abreu
Dominican Republic: The 6'11'' Center Larry Turner (210-C-82, college: Tennessee St.) is expected to be included in the Dominican National Team for the Next Centrobasket this August. Dominican Republic with plenty of talent is searching for USA Players like Larry Turner to nationalize them. This is a practice that started with Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) who is not with the team now. Larry Turner will receive Dominican Passport next week. Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) and Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports)(188-G) are expected to join the team in mid august. They will now play the Finals in Venezuela.

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  EGYPT   


Egypt recorded 2 wins in KAC held in Jordan - by Sherif Soliman
Egypt national team got to an impressive start with 2 wins in KAC ( King Abdulla cup).They over comed Morroco with 13 points,final score 78 - 65 ,Tarek Eghanam played a great game scoring 12 points.In the second game Egypt crushed Sayria 90-65.The Egyptian team still have to face the hostes Jordan then face Tunisia team who showed a good performance with 2 wins.The Egyptian team just came back from Taiwan after finishing in the 5th posision in J. williams cup.Tarek El Ghanam (211-C-78)Ramy Gunady (185-G-81)


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  ESTONIA   


Estonia loses fourth in a row in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - Germany U18 57:87

Estonian Junior National Team could not deliver their first win at the European Championship in Greece yesterday. They were heavily beaten by German counterparts at the start of the Qualifying round in Amaliada. Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90) scored 18 points and Germany eased past Estonia to the impressive win. Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) opened the scoring list with a three-pointer but Germany quickly denied the deficit. They went on a 12:0 run to establish a 15:5 advantage late in the first period. Maurice Stuckey scored 5 points in an 8:0 rally from Germany midway through the second term as they cleared off to an 18-pont distance. Estonia struggled to keep the tempo and trailed by as many as 13-points at halftime. Alexander Schrempf (196-G/F-90) nailed 4 points in a row for German youngsters as they gained a 20-point advantage midway through the third stanza. Estonia never recovered entering the final quarter down by 32 points. Germany breezed throughout the fourth frame and scored a crucial win in their attempt to secure Division A spot for the next year. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) produced 14 points and 12 boards for Germany. Akeem Vargas (190-G-90), Alexander Schrempf and Simon Schmitz (188-G-90) nailed 9 points apiece in a win. Kristjan Kitsing (201-F/C-90) dropped 12 points for Estonia. Madis Saarmets delivered 10 points in a losing effort. Germany outrebounded Estonia 47:25 and forced those to 21 turnovers. Germany will next take on Belgium, while Estonia will play versus Bulgaria.

Estonia U18: Kristjan Kitsing 12, Madis Saarmets 10
Germany U18: Maurice Stuckey 18, Maik Zirbes 14+12 boards


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League (Salt Lake City) Day 1 results and boxscores - by Darryl Reshaw
Barcelona and Naples squared off in the third game on Friday night as Naples nipped Barcelona 96-91.
The Naples team had five players scored in double figures as they outscored Barcelona 26-5 at the free throw line.
Naples continued to go inside and drive and lived on the charity stripe all night.
Derrick Courtney (198-G/F-84) led the Naples team with 18 points as he got drove the ball to the basket all evening.
Brian Sewald (196-F-86, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) and Chris Keller (196-F-85, college: Northwest) also had great games and added 17pts and 18pts as well.
Chris Keller was hot as he made 4 of 6 three point shots for the Naples team.
Kevin Mitchell (188-G-80, college: UTPA) the smooth point guard with the nice jump shot ran the team and made great decisions and had 13 pts and 5ast for Naples.
Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) also played extremely well and added 14 points for the winning team.
Barcelona had six players scored double figures as well in the high scoring contest.
Joshua Richardson (195-F-78, agency: Promotex) paced Barcelona with 18 points as he scored buckets all night long and was unstoppable.
Marcus Heard (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) who was on the CBA All Rookie Team in 2007-08 was very impressive and athletic powering a couple of serious dunks; he scored 16 points and hailed down 11 rebounds.
Chris Hunt (198-F-85, college: Occidental) was solid as he scored 16pts; Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) added another 15pts and the talented Kenny Pascley (183-G-85, college: Tiffin) chipped in 11pts for the losing team.

The rest of the weekend results and full stats will be posted on the Eurobasket web site with full details of the Salt Lake City event later.
The ESL will announce the Salt Lake City All Tournament Team and the All Big Men Team on Wednesday.


Game 4 on Thursday saw the strong Rotterdam team beat Belgrade 90-81.
Melvin Jones (206-F-84, college: St.John's) (206-F-84, college: St.John's) of Rotterdam was dominant in this game as he scored 19pts and pulled down 10 rebounds as he controlled the painted area on both ends.
Christopher Agnes (193-F-84, college: Morehouse) had a great floor game as he pitched in 18pts and had 5ast and Robin Hood was a surprise addition as he scored 17 points and shot the ball well.
Troy Gwynn (196-G/F-80, college: Evergreen St.) showed his crazy athleticism by powering and dunking in an interesting 17 points.
Belgrade was led by the very athletic Marcus Saunders (203-F/C-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) who played in Spain last season with 18pts and 7rbs.
He received some help from Kareem Grant (198-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.) (16pts) and Monty Rogers (196-F-82, college: Mayville St.) who chipped in 13pts.

Thursdays Games Boxscores:

Game 1: Sevilla (Play to Win) 95, Frankfurt 91

Sevilla: 95

Shawn Daniels: 2pts
Adrian McCullough: 12pts, 4ast
Jeff Franklin: 8pts, 2ast
Lawrence Blackledge: 0pts
Maurice Spillers: 10pts, 6rbs, 4ast
Justin Taylor: 8pts,
Kenneth Walker: 13pts, 9rbs, 4ast
Ryan Williams: 25pts, 5rbs
Ryan Davis: 9pts

Frankfurt: 91

Travis Knight: 9pts, 11rbs, 3blk
Guy Meyer: 6pts
Rick Cardoso: 14pts, 8rbs
Andre Thompson: 19pts
Nic Fuller: 3pts, 4ast
Todd Okeson: 0pts
Marcus Watts: 29pts; 5rbs
Jeremy Walker: 7pts


Game 2: Munich 109, Sofia 89

Munich: 109

Emmanuel Little: 13pts; 5rbs
Marcus King-Stockton: 10pts, 7rbs
Joseph Jackson: 12pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Kevin Young: 15pts, 6rbs
Nathan Green: 15pts, 10rbs
Isiah Allen: 19pts, 3ast
Nick Covington: 26pts, 4rbs, 8ast
Phillipe Harris: 7pts


Sofia: 89

Micah Smith: 9pts, 3rbs
Issac Spencer: 26pts, 9rbs, 5ast
Kurtis Rice: 26pts, 8rbs, 3ast
Julian Franklin: 9pts, 4rbs
J. Williams: 2pts
Shawn Sridhar: 2pts
Gordon Chase: 19pts, 5rbs


Game 3: Naples 96, Barcelona 92

Naples: 96

Derrick Courtney: 18pts, 4rbs
Clayton Cruse: 6pts, 5rbs
Emmitt Thomas: 8pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Joseph Thomas: 0pts
Brian Sewald: 17pts, 4rbs
Charles Gaines: 14pts, 3ast
Chris Keller: 18pts, 2ast
Jon Sheets: 2pts
Kevin Mitchell: 13pts, 3rbs, 6ast


Game 4: Rotterdam 90, Belgrade 81

Rotterdam: 90

Marlo Saunders: 9pts, 4rbs
Melvin Jones: 19pts, 10rbs
Brian Dailey: 2pts
Christopher Agnes: 18pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Jamaal Conley: 4pts, 3rbs
McCade Olsten: 0pts
Troy Gwynn: 17pts, 6rbs
Zack Alviderez: 4pts, 3rbs
Robin Hood: 17pts, 4rbs, 4ast


Belgrade: 81

Marcus Saunders: 18pts, 6rbs, 3ast
Nocola Bodic: 10pts, 4rbs
Kareem Grant: 16pts, 3rbs
Hasan Houston: 8pts, 3rbs, 3ast
Quincy Saxton: 2pts
Matt Wheaton: 5pts, 4rbs
Clive Williamson: 5pts, 5ast
Monty Rogers: 13pts, 3rbs
Matt Thomas: 6pts,
Ron Senior: 4pts, 3rbs


The Salt Lake City ESL began on Thursday - Day one games 1 & 2 - by Darryl Reshaw

The ESL in Salt Lake City began on Thursday night to conclude a successful series of thre day tournaments around the USA that has created a buzz in the industry.
There has been a lot of jobs offers to a range of players that have competed in Chicago, Las Vegas and New York City events.

We are currently promoting some of the outstanding hidden talent that we have discovered in our events and we have DVD's of the ESL games for coaches, scouts and agents to scout the ESL players.

The ESL in Salt Lake City started last night as the summer basketball season is closing and most of the European scouts from the Rocky Mountain Revue are heading back to Europe and we saw the result last night at the Franklin Covey gym as there were a low number of scouts attending the ESL.

However the ESL has been followed by hundreds of coaches around Europe on-line and have contacted our staff regarding several talented players who have done well at our previous events.
As of a result players have been getting a range of job offers due to their performances at the ESL which has been amazing.

In the first game last night we saw the talented squad of Sevilla (Delta Jammers Play to Win) who formerly have won the Summer Pro League in Los Angeles four years in a row defeat a Frankfurt team headed by the former NBA player Travis Knight (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut) 95-91.

The game was a tight contest until the end when the brute power and inside play of Sevilla was too much for Frankfurt.

Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.), Ryan Williams and Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) led the way for the Sevilla (Delta Jammers Play to Win) team who scored 10pts; 15pts and 13pts a piece.

The games leading scorer was Marcus Watts (201-F) who was brilliant in the first half but was slowed down in the second half as he finsihed with 29pts. He simply shot the lights out and created off of the dribble very well. Travis Knight looked good and was a great defensive force for the Frankfurt team as he was blocking shots and rebounding well all evening.
When he left the court for a brief rest in the forth quarter Sevilla led by the athletic force Ryan Williams and Maurice Spillers was simply to overpowering and edged out a 95-91 victory.
Rick Cardoso (201-F-85) for Frankfurt had an outstanding game as he scored 14pts and grabbed 7rbs.
Adrian McCullough scored well for the Sevilla team and added some nice guard play as he scored 12pts to add to the victory.

In the second game of the night Munich beat Sofia 109-89 as the talented team rolled to an easy victory to set up the semi-final showdown with the Belgrade team on Friday night.

Munich was led by some great play by all of their players except for one scored double figures. Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) was outstanding as he scored 26 points and shot the lights out, played great defense and provided nice point guard play.
Isaiah Allen (191-G-85, college: UTSA) simply is a great shooter who did not miss as he had a sweet 19pts as he made five 3pt shots. Kevin Young (196-F-83, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) and Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) were both impressive as they scored 15 points each. Kevin Young is a stud with a lot of talent and Nathan Green showed why he was one of the best players in the CBA last season.
Joe Jackson (192-G-86, agency: AI Sports MM, college: Denver) from Denver University chipped in 12 points with some nice drives to the basket and Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) and Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) both scored 10pts and 13pts each.

Marcus King-Stockton blocked a lot of shots and rebounded well for the Frankfurt team.

The Sofia team had three players who were just outright outstanding but did not get a lot of help from the rest of the team.

Gordon Chase (188-F-86) is the modern day era Adrian Dantley and you won't beleive his game until you see it as he is a 6'3' & 240lbs inside scoring machine. He showed why he was a 1st Team NAIA All American in 2007-08 and was NAIA Player of the Year- Runnerup. He has some amazing skills, moves and great shooting touch and is very physical like Adrian Dantley. He scored 19pts and should have had more. Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) and Kurtis Rice (202-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.) both scored 26 points a piece and are some serios players who are very versatile.
Both of these guys looked like they had been playing together for years as the scored inside and outside all night long and they both have talent to play at a high level in Europe.

Later on today will will publish the information on games three and four which were played on Thursday night and publish the complete statistics of all four games.


Game 1: Sevilla (Play to Win) 95, Frankfurt 91

Sevilla: 95

Shawn Daniels: 2pts
Adrian McCullough: 12pts, 4ast
Jeff Franklin: 8pts, 2ast
Lawrence Blackledge: 0pts
Maurice Spillers: 10pts, 6rbs, 4ast
Justin Taylor: 8pts,
Kenneth Walker: 13pts, 9rbs, 4ast
Ryan Williams: 25pts, 5rbs
Ryan Davis: 9pts

Frankfurt: 91

Travis Knight: 9pts, 11rbs, 3blk
Guy Meyer: 6pts
Rick Cardoso: 14pts, 8rbs
Andre Thompson: 19pts
Nic Fuller: 3pts, 4ast
Todd Okeson: 0pts
Marcus Watts: 29pts; 5rbs
Jeremy Walker: 7pts


Game 2: Munich 109, Sofia 89

Munich: 109

Emmanuel Little: 13pts; 5rbs
Marcus King-Stockton: 10pts, 7rbs
Joseph Jackson: 12pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Kevin Young: 15pts, 6rbs
Nathan Green: 15pts, 10rbs
Isiah Allen: 19pts, 3ast
Nick Covington: 26pts, 4rbs, 8ast
Phillipe Harris: 7pts


Sofia: 89

Micah Smith: 9pts, 3rbs
Issac Spencer: 26pts, 9rbs, 5ast
Kurtis Rice: 26pts, 8rbs, 3ast
Julian Franklin: 9pts, 4rbs
J. Williams: 2pts
Shawn Sridhar: 2pts
Gordon Chase: 19pts, 5rbs



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Division A. Qualifying round Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Israel U18 - Lithuania U18 72:61
Israeli Junior National Team surprised the Lithuanian counterparts at the start of the qualifying round of the European Championship in Greece. Lithuania entered the stage undefeated but was slowed down by impressive performance from Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) and Ben Reis (196-F-90). Tamir Ariely nailed 20 points, while Ben Reis added 18 points and 13 boards to pace Israeli to big time victory over the tournaments favorites. Lithuania seemed to be well in control in the opening stanza as they drove to Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) closed it with 6 straight points and gave the Baltic team a 19:13 advantage. However Tamir Ariely sparked a 9:0 run from Israel midway through the second period as they spurred ahead 28:24. Pecikevicius however closed the first half with two freebies and retained advantage for Lithuania 31:30. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame and Lithuania secured a 51:49 lead with one quarter to go. However Daniel Tamir (206-C-91), Ron Sabag and Ben Reis put Israel up early in the fourth term. Another outburst from Ben Reis and Ron Sabag opened a double digit cushion with just 27 seconds remaining. Lithuania managed to answer with a three-pointer from Kristijonas Gaska before running out of time and losing the battle. Daniel Tamir contributed 14 points for Israel. Donatas Motiejunas (215-C-90) answered with 18 points and 14 boards for Lithuania. Mantas Kadzevicius had 9 points in a losing case. Israel sank 40% from the field and held their opponents to only 35% accuracy. Lithuania also committed deadly 22 turnovers down the stretch.

Israel U18: Tamir Ariely 20, Ben Reis 18+13 boards, Daniel Tamir 14
Lithuania U18: Donatas Motiejunas 18+14 boards, Mantas Kadzevicius 9


Greece U18 - Italy U18 68:63
Italian U18 Team opened the qualifying round at the European Championship with the game against one of the main favorites of the tournament Greece. Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) paced balanced Greek offense and they held off Italy to stay undefeated at the tournament. Italy fell to 0-3 record at the bottom of the qualifying Group E. Italian side got to a better start to the game but failed to capitalize. Andrea Muner (196-F-90) scored 4 points early in the game to make it 8:2 for the visitors. Greece shaved the deficit and trailed 9:13 at the end of the first period. Italy kept in front throughout the second term and rolled to a 29:25 advantage at halftime. However Greece came out of the dressing room firing from all guns. They posted a 13:0 run at the start of the period and grabbed a 38:29 advantage. Nikolaos Pappas soon notched 5 straight points and the hosts opened a double digits advantage. Lorenzo Panzini capped the third stanza with a three-pointer but cut the deficit to 10 points only. Andrea De Nicolao and Andrea Muner dragged Italy within 6 points from Greece with under 5 minutes remaining. However Mantzaris answered with a bomb from beyond the arc as Greece took a sigh of relief. Italy made one more desperate effort to save the game as David Cournooh and Pasquale Paolisso (203-F/C-90, agency: Court Side) trimmed the gap to 4 points with 34 seconds left. Zisis Sarikopoulos nailed a free throw and sealed the winning outcome for the home side. Zisis Sarikopoulos scored 17 points and collected 11 boards for Greece. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) added 16 points and 11 boards, while Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) had 11 points and 11 caroms for the winners. Andrea Muner answered with 13 points for Italy. Pasquale Paolisso secured 12 points in a losing case.

Greece U18: Zisis Sarikopoulos 17+11 boards, Leonidas Kaselakis 16+11 boards, Konstantinos Sloukas 11+11 boards
Italy U18: Andrea Muner 13, Pasquale Paolisso 12


Serbia U18 - Spain U18 93:87
Serbian youngsters ensured a tough win over the Spanish counterparts in the Qualifying round opener at the European Championship in Greece. Spain denied an unbelievable 23-point deficit after the starting stanza to trail by just 3 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. However Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) nailed vital two free throws, while Aleksandar Vlahovic and Bojan Subotic (204-F/C-90) sealed the winning result for Serbian team in the dying seconds. Filip Sepa finished with game-high 23 points to pace Serbia. Bojan Subotic added 16 points and 6 boards, while Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) had 14 points for the winners. Alejandro Hernandez (190-G-90) replied with 18 points for Spain. Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) tallied 14 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Serbia overwhelmed Spaniards in the opening term as they poured in impressive 42 points to pile up a 23-point cushion before the second stanza. However Spain were not done just yet. Alejandro Hernandez nailed 12 points and Spain cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime. They opened the third quarter with 6:0 run to come as close as 1 point from Serbia. Later Antoni Vicens converted a jumper and the teams were knotted up at 53. Serbia though did not allow Spaniards to surge in front. Aleksandar Vlahovic, Filip Sepa and Andreja Milutinovic secured an 11-point lead for the reigning champions with one quarter to go.
Serbia outrebounded their opponents 42:36 and limited those to only 21% from beyond the arc. Serbian players sank 46% from the field in a win.

Serbia U18: Filip Sepa 23, Bojan Subotic 16, Andreja Milutinovic 14
Spain U18: Alejandro Hernandez 18, Ignacio Llovet 14+11 boards


Group F
Latvia U18 - France U18 83:62

Kristers Zeidaks (201-F-90) scored 24 points and Latvia beat all odds sinking France at the start of the Qualifying round at the European Championship in Greece. Latvia entered the round from the third place in their preliminary Pool but they proved they should be treated with respect teaching France a good lesson. It all went Latvian way right from the start. Kalvis Krumins (182-G-90) and Blaus gave them a 6:0 early lead. Armands Osins and Martins Laksa continued to keep Latvia running as they made it 14:3 midway through the first period. Latvia enjoyed an 18:6 lead before Nicolas Lang and Alexis Tanghe (207-F/C-90) clipped it to 8 points at the end of the starting stanza. Kristers Zeidaks came up with 9 points in the second frame and Latvia cleared off to a 40:26 distance at the interval. Armands Osins, Martins Laksa and Kristers Zeidaks all connected from beyond the arc early in the third stanza as Latvian team established a 55:32 advantage. Kristers Zeidaks and Oto Osenieks (201-F-90) opened the final stanza with 5:0 run that put Latvia up by 30 points. France never recovered and fell to 2-1 record in Group F. Kalvis Krumins netted 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Latvia. Oto Osenieks had 11 points in a winning case. Alexis Tanghe answered with 15 points for France. Jonathan Bourhis (183-G-90) secured 11 points in a loss. Latvia enjoyed a solid advantage on the glass with 44 rebounds. They also converted 53% from the field, while limiting French team to just 34% accuracy.

Latvia U18: Kristers Zeidaks 24, Kalvis Krumins 16, Oto Osenieks 11
France U18: Alexis Tanghe 15, Jonathan Bourhis 11


Turkey U18 - Russia U18 72:82
Russian Juniors held off Turkey at the start of the Qualifying round despite sizzling performance from Enes Kanter (205-C-92). Turkish talented centre finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds but was eclipsed by balanced Russian squad. Russia used an 8:0 run early in the game to build a 14:6 advantage. Turkey cut it to 2 points at the end of the first frame 16:18. Back-to-back triples from Pavel Antipov (200-F-91) kept Russia in charge at the start of the second term. Finally Kanter's jumper put Turkey up 30:29 late in the period. But Pavel Antipov immediately answered with 4 straight points and Russia were back in the driving seat 33:30. Alexey Murychev struck from beyond the arc to close the first half with Russia leading by 7. Maxim Grigoryev (191-G-90) and Pavel Antipov opened the second half with 5 straight points to give Russia a 12-point buffer. Turkey fought bravely and entered the fourth term down by 8 points. Mukremin Kilicli (206-F/C-90) nailed 4 points in a 6:0 run from Turkey midway through the fourth term to trim the deficit to 6 points. But Pavel Antipov nailed a jumper and Maxim Grigoryev supported him with a three-pointer as Russia cleared off for good in this one. Pavel Antipov dropped 22 points to lead Russia. Maxim Grigoryev added 19 points, while Vladimir Pichkurov (195-G-90) drained 18 for the winners. Mukremin Kilicli topscored for Turkey with 27 points. Turkey had an overwhelming advantage under the rims outrebounding Russia 43:27. But Russian players converted 54% from the field and forced their opponents to 21 turnovers.

Turkey U18: Mukremin Kilicli 27, Enes Kanter 26+22 boards
Russia U18: Pavel Antipov 22, Maxim Grigoryev 19, Vladimir Pichkurov 18


Croatia U18 - Ukraine U18 88:76
Croatian Junior National Team kept their record spotless with a cruising win over Ukraine. The teams met at the start of the Qualifying round in Amaliada yesterday. Ukraine who were the last second inductees to the qualifying round could not match Croatian tempo. Mario Delas (210-C-90) exploded with 25 points and 16 boards to propel the Balkan team to yet another impressive victory. Oleksandr Osnach (202-C-90) and Otverchenko kept Ukraine ahead at the start of the game but soon Croatia surged in front. They used a 14:0 run to accumulate a 25:17 advantage late in the first stanza. Batur and Toni Prostran (188-G-91) hit back-to-back trebles early in the second frame as Croatia opened a double digit lead. Oleksandr Gudkov (201-F-90) and Oleksandr Lypovyy trimmed it to 8 points at halftime. Consecutive treys from Oleksandr Gudkov and Oleksandr Lypovyy allowed Ukraine to come as close as 4 points midway through the third stanza. However Croatia reacted with a 16:6 surge to ensure some breathing space at the end of the third quarter. Radosevic and Toni Prostran gave Croatian side a 21-point buffer at the start of the fourth period and they rolled to a confident win at the end. Toni Prostran netted 21 points for Croatia. Tomislav Zubcic (213-C/F-90) had 16 points for the winners. Oleksandr Gudkov netted 14 points to pace Ukraine. Oleksandr Osnach chipped in 12 points in a loss.

Croatia U18: Mario Delas 25+16 boards, Toni Prostran 21, Tomislav Zubcic 16
Ukraine U18: Oleksandr Gudkov 14, Oleksandr Osnach 12


Classification Round
Bulgaria U18 - Belgium U18 83:50
Bulgarian Junior Team celebrated their first win at the European Championship in Greece today. They defeated Belgium at the start of the classification round and stepped closer to securing the spot in Division A. Hristo Zahariev (198-G/F-90) led the charge with 32 points and 11 boards for Bulgaria. Belgium opened the game confidently and posted a 10:0 lead in the first 2.30 minutes. However Bulgaria used a 19:2 run to close the frame as they gained a 29:16 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) and Hristo Zahariev shone in the second term and Bulgaria stretched the gap to 24 points. Back-to-back triples from Hristo Zahariev and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) gave Bulgarian team a 60:28 advantage with just over a minute left in the third quarter. The advantage of Bulgarian team was pretty obvious in the final stanza and they cruised to the victory at the end. Bozhidar Avramov nailed 13 points for Bulgaria. Tihomir Zhelev had 10 points, while Aleksandar Yanev finished with 7 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) was the only player to score in double figures for Bulgaria as he knocked down 10 points. Senna Hounhanou (194-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) added 8 points and 14 rebounds in defeat. Bulgaria converted 47% of field goals, while limiting their opponents to 30%. The winners committed only 10 turnovers down the stretch and outrebounded Belgium 47:43. Bulgaria will next take on Estonia, while Belgium will try to bounce back against Germany.

Bulgaria U18: Hristo Zahariev 32+11 boards, Bozhidar Avramov 13, Tihomir Zhelev 10
Belgium U18: Quentin Serron 10, Senna Hounhanou 8+14 boards

Estonia U18 - Germany U18 57:87
Estonian Junior National Team could not deliver their first win at the European Championship in Greece yesterday. They were heavily beaten by German counterparts at the start of the Qualifying round in Amaliada. Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90) scored 18 points and Germany eased past Estonia to the impressive win. Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) opened the scoring list with a three-pointer but Germany quickly denied the deficit. They went on a 12:0 run to establish a 15:5 advantage late in the first period. Maurice Stuckey scored 5 points in an 8:0 rally from Germany midway through the second term as they cleared off to an 18-pont distance. Estonia struggled to keep the tempo and trailed by as many as 13-points at halftime. Alexander Schrempf nailed 4 points in a row for German youngsters as they gained a 20-point advantage midway through the third stanza. Estonia never recovered entering the final quarter down by 32 points. Germany breezed throughout the fourth frame and scored a crucial win in their attempt to secure Division A spot for the next year. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) produced 14 points and 12 boards for Germany. Akeem Vargas, Alexander Schrempf and Simon Schmitz nailed 9 points apiece in a win. Kristjan Kitsing (201-F/C-90) dropped 12 points for Estonia. Madis Saarmets delivered 10 points in a losing effort. Germany outrebounded Estonia 47:25 and forced those to 21 turnovers. Germany will next take on Belgium, while Estonia will play versus Bulgaria.

Estonia U18: Kristjan Kitsing 12, Madis Saarmets 10
Germany U18: Maurice Stuckey 18, Maik Zirbes 14+12 boards


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Czech R. 3-1
2. Austria 3-1
3. Holland 2-2
4. Montene. 2-2
5. Norway 0-4
Group B
1. Slovenia 3-1
2. Sweden 3-1
3. Switzerl. 2-2
4. Bosnia 2-2
5. Ireland 0-4
Group C
1. Poland 4-0
2. Portugal 2-2
3. Romania 2-2
4. Belarus 1-3
5. U.Kingd. 1-3
Group D
1. Slovakia 3-1
2. Denmark 2-2
3. Finland 2-2
4. Georgia 2-2
5. Hungary 1-3


Standings Division A
Standings
Group E
1. Greece3-0
2. Lithuania2-1
3. Serbia2-1
4. Israel1-2
5. Spain1-2
6. Italy0-3
Group F
1. Croatia3-0
2. France2-1
3. Russia2-1
4. Turkey1-2
5. Latvia1-2
6. Ukraine0-3
Group G
1. Bulgaria1-0
2. Germany1-0
3. Estonia0-1
4. Belgium0-1


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U18 EC, division B: Finland smashes Georgia for third place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
U18 Finland - U18 Georgia 84-52

Finland outplayed Georgia in the last game of Preliminary Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Unfortunately to their fans both teams will continue competition at the classification stage fighting for the 9th place. Namely, Finland and Georgia have the same score as Denmark 2-2 but interesting is that Denmark's two wins came against these two rivals. It means that Denmark is the second ranked team in Preliminary Group D, Finland third while the fourth place belongs to Georgia.

From the very beginning Finland took control on Georgians. After opening five minutes it already was 16-5 for the official host in this game. Until the end of the first stanza Lauri Tiainen (192-F/G-90) and Lauri Toivonen (197-G/F-91) took care for 24-14. Nothing has changed in the second stanza as Finland continued its domination. At the middle of it the score already was set to 37-16. Until the end of the game Georgia wasn't able even to threat. Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) was almost alone without any help of his teammates. On the other side Finish players were in the right mood recording promising shot percentage during the entire time. They had 20/32 for FG2 and 13/26 for 3-pts. Interesting is that Finland had only 7 free throw during the whole game.

Sasu Salin (187-G-91) was a key player for Finland in this game collecting 19 points and 7 rebounds. Roopi Ahonen (185-G-90) scored 17 while Lauri Toivonen and Jouni Vanttaja (203-F-91) had 12 points each for the winning side. Tornike Shengelia was the only player with double digits in Georgia scoring 15 points. Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) was behind him with 9 points.


U18 Finland - U18 Georgia 84-52
(24-14,17-10,18-16,25-12)

Finland:
Sasu Salin 19 (7 rebs), Roopi Ahonen 17, Lauri Toivonen 12 (4 rebs), Jouni Vanttaja 12
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 15, Giorgi Sharabidze 9


1.DIV.: Kauhajoki has seven signed players - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Karhu (Kauhajoki) has now seven signed players for coming 2008-09 season. The very last signees are Finnish F Kwamena Brace (200-G-87), who re-signed with Karhu and Team's third American player F-C Brandon Polk (198-F-84, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: Butler), who signed a 1-year-contract on Sunday. Brace averaged last season in Top League (Korisliiga) 4,4 ppg and 3,1 rpg in 17 mpg. Polk comes from Butler U. where he averaged 18,2 ppg - 4,6 rpg - 1,5 bpg. In Switzerland (2006-07, Fribourg Olympic) Polk played 19 games and averaged 13,6 ppg - 5,4 rpg in 26 mpg. Last season Polk had a couple try outs in Finland (KTP, YMCA Lahti), but injuries (knee) hurt Polk's chances for getting a contract. Kauhajoki has now signed all three American players (Brandon Polk, Maurice Horton, Eric Washington) and will be the favourite team # 1 in 1. division coming season - at least on the paper.

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Latvia stun France in Amaliada - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - France U18 83:62

Kristers Zeidaks (201-F-90) scored 24 points and Latvia beat all odds sinking France at the start of the Qualifying round at the European Championship in Greece. Latvia entered the round from the third place in their preliminary Pool but they proved they should be treated with respect teaching France a good lesson. It all went Latvian way right from the start. Kalvis Krumins (182-G-90) and Blaus gave them a 6:0 early lead. Armands Osins (190-G-91) and Martins Laksa (196-F-90) continued to keep Latvia running as they made it 14:3 midway through the first period. Latvia enjoyed an 18:6 lead before Nicolas Lang (195-G-90) and Alexis Tanghe (207-F/C-90) clipped it to 8 points at the end of the starting stanza. Kristers Zeidaks came up with 9 points in the second frame and Latvia cleared off to a 40:26 distance at the interval. Armands Osins, Martins Laksa and Kristers Zeidaks all connected from beyond the arc early in the third stanza as Latvian team established a 55:32 advantage. Kristers Zeidaks and Oto Osenieks (201-F-90) opened the final stanza with 5:0 run that put Latvia up by 30 points. France never recovered and fell to 2-1 record in Group F. Kalvis Krumins netted 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Latvia. Oto Osenieks had 11 points in a winning case. Alexis Tanghe answered with 15 points for France. Jonathan Bourhis (183-G-90) secured 11 points in a loss. Latvia enjoyed a solid advantage on the glass with 44 rebounds. They also converted 53% from the field, while limiting French team to just 34% accuracy.

Latvia U18: Kristers Zeidaks 24, Kalvis Krumins 16, Oto Osenieks 11
France U18: Alexis Tanghe 15, Jonathan Bourhis 11


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U18 EC, division B: Finland smashes Georgia for third place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
U18 Finland - U18 Georgia 84-52

Finland outplayed Georgia in the last game of Preliminary Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen. Unfortunately to their fans both teams will continue competition at the classification stage fighting for the 9th place. Namely, Finland and Georgia have the same score as Denmark 2-2 but interesting is that Denmark's two wins came against these two rivals. It means that Denmark is the second ranked team in Preliminary Group D, Finland third while the fourth place belongs to Georgia.

From the very beginning Finland took control on Georgians. After opening five minutes it already was 16-5 for the official host in this game. Until the end of the first stanza Lauri Tiainen (192-F/G-90) and Lauri Toivonen (197-G/F-91) took care for 24-14. Nothing has changed in the second stanza as Finland continued its domination. At the middle of it the score already was set to 37-16. Until the end of the game Georgia wasn't able even to threat. Tornike Shengelia (201-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) was almost alone without any help of his teammates. On the other side Finish players were in the right mood recording promising shot percentage during the entire time. They had 20/32 for FG2 and 13/26 for 3-pts. Interesting is that Finland had only 7 free throw during the whole game.

Sasu Salin (187-G-91) was a key player for Finland in this game collecting 19 points and 7 rebounds. Roopi Ahonen (185-G-90) scored 17 while Lauri Toivonen and Jouni Vanttaja (203-F-91) had 12 points each for the winning side. Tornike Shengelia was the only player with double digits in Georgia scoring 15 points. Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) was behind him with 9 points.


U18 Finland - U18 Georgia 84-52
(24-14,17-10,18-16,25-12)

Finland:
Sasu Salin 19 (7 rebs), Roopi Ahonen 17, Lauri Toivonen 12 (4 rebs), Jouni Vanttaja 12
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 15, Giorgi Sharabidze 9


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Artland Dragons snap up Drew Neitzel - by Moritz Korff
Today it was announced that Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, college: Michigan St.) has penned a contract that will keep him in Quakenbrueck until 2009. 'Drew is the combo-guard we were looking for', Artland Dragons-Coach Thorsten Leibenath stated on the club's website. 23-year-old Neitzel, who is of German origin as his family name indicates, spent the past four years at Michigan State University (NCAA1) and was named an All-American Honorable Mention by CollegeHoops.net after he averaged 13.9 points, 2.5 boards and 4 assists as a senior, guiding the Spartans to an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. In July he attended the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
While playing at NCAA level, Neitzel has already made some experience in international basketball: He shot hoops at the 2007 Panamerica Games in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the US National Team and scored 8.2 points over 5 games.


Skyliners seal Simmons deal - Hunt leaves - by Moritz Korff
The Frankfurt Skyliners (1. Bundesliga) have signed Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) to a contract for the 2008-09 campaign, while Jimmie Hunt (187-G-82, college: Franklin Pierce) will leave the club.
Simmons spent this past season in Turkey and played 30 games for first division-side Kepez Bld Antalya, producing 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per outing. The 23-year-old native of Kingston, NY is a graduate of College of Holy Cross. In his final year in the NCAA (2006-07) Simmons led the Crusaders with a team-best 16.9 points a game and also tallied 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 assists per contest.


Adam Hess returns to Quakenbrueck - by Moritz Korff
Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) and the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1. Bundesliga) have agreed on a one year-contract, as the club announced today. Hess, 27 years of age, already wore the Quakenbrueck jersey in the 2006-07 season and finished the campaign as the Dragons' topscorer, being selected to the Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Second Team. He then moved on to France and joined Chorale de Roanne Basket. He averaged 9.6 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the Pro A-league and 10.5 points, 3.8 boards and 1.3 assists in the Euroleague.

Czech/German giant makes deal with MBC - by Moritz Korff
Martin Ides (217-C-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Davidson) is the name of the new big man on the roster of Mitteldeutscher BC (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The former Czech International (member of the squad which fell short to Germany 68:77 at the 1999 EURO) holds a German passport. Ides, a native of Ostrava, returned to Europe in 2002 after four years of college-basketball at Davidson College (NCAA1). He joined KB Nymburg of the Czech NBL and played some games for the Italian top-team Benetton Treviso during 2003-04, followed by a stint at Vichy Auvergne (France - Pro A). In 2005-06 Ides averaged 15.8 points and 10.9 rebounds through 30 games for the Swedish club Akropol BBK and was named to the Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Bosmans Team. The 28-year-old lefty started this past season in Greece, but left Apollon Patras (A2-league) in December 07 (9 games: 4.8ppg, 3.3rpg) and returned to the Czech Republic. He appeared in 29 NBL-games for BK Kondori Liberec with averages of 7.8 points and 4 rebounds.

U18 EURO: Germany back on the winning track - by Moritz Korff
An outstanding performance in the third quarter (31:12) against Estonia helped the German U18 National Team to its second victory at the European Championships in Greece. After a 87:57 win the boys of Coach Kay Bluemel only need one more victory to stay in Division A.
Germany received a balanced performance from the entire squad: 11 players contributed in scoring, led by Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90) who tallied 18 points. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) finished the game with 14 points and 12 boards, Simon Schmitz (188-G-90), Erik Land (203-C-90), Akeem Vargas (190-G-90) and Alexander Schrempf (196-G/F-90) each chipped in 9 points. The German Post Players dominated the paint and outrebounded Estonia 47:25. Germany returns to the court on Thursday and will take on Belgium that fell short 50:83 to Bulgaria earlier today.
Boxscore: click


Noerdlingen adds Julius Page to its 2008-09 roster - by Moritz Korff
Julius Page (191-G-82, college: Pittsburgh) is the newest member of the Giants Noerdlingen, as the club announced on its website today. The 26-year-old Guard will fill one of the backcourt slots on the Noerdlingen roster. He played college-basketball at the University of Pittsburgh (NCAA1) until 2004 and then started his pro-career in the ABA and CBA, averaging 5.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 6 games for Idaho Stampede in 2005. After a stint in the Dominican Republic Page moved to Israel in 2006 and joined Bnei Hasharon of the Premier League. He appeared in 19 encounter during the 2006-07 season and scored 5.1 points per game. In his past campaign he played 9 matches for Hasharon with averages of 2.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.2 steals. He left the club in February 08 due to an injury.

Austrian Forward commits to Stahnsdorf - by Moritz Korff
RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf from the 2. Bundesliga Pro B have tied up a deal with Stephan Balga (194-F-84), a 24-year-old Swingman from Austria. Balga played for the Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg in the Austrian Bundesliga from 2005 to 2007 and averaged 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 20 contests of the 2006-07 regular season. He spent this past campaign at UKJ Mistelbach (Landesliga).
Joe Deister (187-G-83) and Marco Woamey (183-G-82, college: West Plains JC) will not return to Stahnsdorf and to play one more season for RSV Eintracht. It is unsure yet, if Deister, the 2006-07 and 2007-08 RSV-topscorer and 2006-07 Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North Player of the Year, will continue his playing career.


Phoenix Hagen lands Aaron Fleetwood - by Moritz Korff
Phoenix Hagen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has completed the signing of Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Delaware St.) from the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck. Fleetwood has accepted a one-year contract at the Ischelandhalle and becomes the club's fifth summer signing. The Forward/Center won the Regionalliga North-championship with Osnabrueck in this past season and contributed to the success with 15.5 points per contest. At the end of his first year abroad Fleetwood received Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Second Team-honors.

Three new players for Kaiserslautern - by Moritz Korff
The Kaiserslautern Braves (2. Bundesliga Pro A) completed the signings of three import players, as the club announced today. Mike Dean (188-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.), Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, college: N.Illinois) and Brice Brooks (201-F, college: Sacred Heart) will join the Braves' 2008-09 roster. Meanwhile, Mirko Damjanovic (204-C-80), Dimitri Kreis (185-G-88), Yannick Schulze (190-G/F-88), Tim Schwartz (199-F-87) and Michael Skender (202-F-78) have extended their agreements with the team of Coach Vladimir Bogojevic.
Dean is 24 years old and played university-basketball at Middle Tennessee State (NCAA1) until his graduation in 2005. He then made his first steps on the professional level in some minor-leagues in the USA and shortly suited up for Polpak Swiecie in Poland during the 2005-06 campaign. Later in the same year Dean played in the Dominican Republic, the WBA and the SEBL, before moving to Mexico for the 2007-08 season. He averaged 27 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 11 games for Mayas de Yucatan Merida (LNBP) and then headed back to the USA to shoot hoops in the CBA. He was named a 2008 CBA All-Star and scored 19.2 points over 20 contests for the East Kentucky Miners and 25.1 points a game through 16 encounters on the team of the Rio Grande Valley Silverados.
Smallwood averaged 14.3 points and 9.4 boards as a senior at Northern Illinois (NCAA1) during 2003-04 and played in Poland, Finland and Sweden the following year. In 2005-06 he produced impressive stats for the Finnish second division-team Forssan Koriopojat (26 games: 19.7ppg, 11.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 1.4bpg) and led the club to a second place in the league. Finnland was his last stop in Europe before he now agreed to terms with Kaiserslautern. Since leaving Finland Smallwood played basketball for the Elgin Racers in the IBL.
The third new face on Bogojevic' team is going to be Brice Brooks. He completed his collegiate career in spring. In this past season he averaged 12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 steal over 32 contests for Sacred Heart University (NCAA1).


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Terrel Castle ready to return - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Olimpia Larissa is close to a big transfer. Terrell Castle (182-G-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St.) former player of Aris will probably take the deal and sign in Larissa. The Bosman PG had a big career in Greece the last four seasons. Last year he moved in Unicaja Malaga to clear space for Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) but this summer Aris is trying to sell him.

Terrell Castle's averages in Greece:

2004-2005: Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 11 games: 8,2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3Pts: 37.0%; Greek League Regular Season: 26 games: 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3FGP: 36.0%; Greek League Play-Offs: 3 games: 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg
2005-2006: Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 16 games: 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 35.9%, FT: 78.6%; Greek League: 26 games: 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 83.0%
2006-2007: Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five), injured in Dec.'06 and was off for 2 weeks: Euroleague: 18 games: 9.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 37.3%, FT: 78.5%; Greek League: 23 games: 12.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 39.0%, FT: 85.0%
2007-2008: Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1): Greek League Regular Season: 12 games: 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 65.0%; Euroleague: 13 games: 7.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 36.6%, FT: 66.7%:


U18 European Championship Men - Qualifying Round: Italy - Greece 63-68 - by Chris Mammides

GROUP E
U18 European Championship Men - Qualifying Round: Italy - Greece 63-68
An amazing Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) a heroic Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) and the always persistence and steady Sloukas helped the Hellenic NT to add its fourth positive result (4/4) in this European Tournament. Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) was once more unbelievable with his double-double figures playing very good defence against the Italian star David Cournooh (190-G-90) (he finished the game with just 7 points) and his rebounding abilities for another game brought into horizon. Sloukas finished the game with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, from a close distance was the shooing gum Leonidas Kaselakis who came of the bench to replace the unlucky Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90), Leonidas Kaselakis top performance until now gave him the MVP title as with his 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists he was the man of the mach, lastly, the giant of the Hellenic team Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) with 17 points and 11 rebounds, being once more the stepping stone of the Hellenic teams victorious result.
The Hellenic NT U18 beat the aggressive team of Italy 63-68 and is mathematically just a step from the semi finals as the Lithuanian team lost earlier on against Israelis and the Hellenic team is now leading the Group E with 3 wins against 2-1 record of Lithuania, of course the game to judge the first position will the one between the two teams (Hellenic vs Lithuanian)

It is worth mentioning that Mantzaris organisational game was amazing and he nearly succeded a double -double figure as he ended the game with 9 points and 9 assists



George Sigalas: A soldier of National Team - by George Manousidis
Because of his strength in the courts Giorgos Sigalas has the nick name 'Rambo'. The achievement in his basketball carrier was plenty. At 10th of June Giorgos Sigalas was named the new coach of U20 National team. If someone knew Giorgos Sigalas as a player, he would definitely say that he is a hard worker. As a coach he is more hard worker. For the records, Giorgos Sigalas has 185 appearances with the Greek Mens National Team and 1487 points.

Eurobasket.com: What would you like to be shown through this interview, that Giorgos Sigalas is a friendly coach or a little away of all?

Coach Giorgos Sigalas : It is neither the first nor the second. Ive told the players that it is the beginning of my career as a coach and they should follow some principles and a basketball philosophy that I have in my mind which would make their life in the basketball court easier. I was honored to accept the position that the basketball federation offered me. There have been many difficulties since the beginning but it is going to be a great school for me, you know. The main difficulty is that the time is too little for such a great event. The second is the players level. I dont think that they were trusted so much so I want to cover this part and make them cover a past piece and gain power for a future piece in this period of one and a half month. So if the team is able with my help and the players effort to achieve a winning in the European Championship, it will be a good result for all of us. This, however, is the third thing I care about. What I am most interested in, is that these players were forgotten for a whole year and I want them to learn things. During the last days weve been together, Ive noticed that there are many gaps, so I believe that through our co-operation they will be given some positive things. They will also have basketball experiences which will help them for the future and they will get to know a coach work they may not have had so far.

Eurobasket.com: What would be the piece of advice for the coaches of the teams that these players belong?

Coach Giorgos Sigalas : I cannot do something like that because when a coach chooses not to let some players play, we dont know the reason for that. I believe that everyone has powers, abilities, a way of thinking and a personal way of working therefore they could be given more chances. I cannot force someone to do on not to do some things, because this might be contrary to their way of thinking. I only think that if this team were in A2 or A1 championship, I would do many things with them because I believe in them, I feel that they really want to play basketball, so what they needed was a little more time. If this team were in A1, and with two foreign players, I strongly believe that they would achieve high goals. Of course something like that is not easy; it is not manageable to gather all these players in a team, because someone is good someone is not as good. So when these players create their own high ability through the image they show until the tournament, they will be given more responsibilities by their teams.

Eurobasket.com: How different is it being a player from being a coach?

Coach Giorgos Sigalas : Sweat changes. I dont sweat the same way now. The obvious difference is physical fatigue. However, I feel the same in both cases. Being a coach makes your mind and soul tired. You have to deal with 14 or 16 different characters; you have to organize, combine them, you have to work deeply with them, paying attention to every detail. Although I consider this opportunity a great camp for the players, Im also interested in the result even if its not my first priority as I said before. I believe that there is a way to win and there is a way to lose. I try to make them realize that if we put what we learn and do into force, we can win but even if we lose, we should give out a nice image. This is very important for me. A team can lose a game and you may say God, this team was awful!, or they tried hard but the others were just better.

Eurobasket.com: Are we ready to repeat the success of 1992 with the U22 Greek National team, when George Giorgos Sigalas gained a medal?

Coach Giorgos Sigalas : No. I cannot compare that team with the present. We had real experiences with our teams; most of us were in great teams, used to act in the basketball court. These ones havent experienced many games. So you understand that even if youre very good, when you havent actually played, it is shown during trainings, everywhere. So what these sixteen best players need is to gain confidence because they can go for it. Therefore it is a very good chance for them to play in the summer, during these tournaments, the European championship, so that they build up their experience and, as a result, their confidence.

Eurobasket.com: Would you consider positive an organization such as D-League in NBA?

Coach Giorgos Sigalas : What I would consider positive is that second championship in Spain with the ACB teams and their second circuit where players up to 23 years old play. They gather and create teams with young people -some professional players with not much playing time can participate as well. They play a game every week. But, you know, we avoid taking pictures from other countries, even if they could help our championship I believe that the Greeks have abilities in basketball, something that they have proved so far, but they dont follow any examples from abroad.

When i ask Georgios Bogris (210-C-89) one of the players to tell me what is the team goal from this tournament, he said : 'The goal is after the tournament; the real achivment for us is to be better players'.
And when you hear, that statment, from a player with short time cooperation with the coach, the only thing that you can mention is that Coach Giorgos Sigalas and his team is going to have a great future.


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U18 EC, division B: Slovakia outsmarts Hungary grabbing top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Hungary 95-92

Slovakia had to work very hard in order to beat Hungary in the last game of Preliminary Group D. It was an extremely important win for Slovakians as they grabbed first position in ther group looking forward to the Qualifying Round. Slovakians are placed in new Group F together with Poland, Portugal and Denmark. Their victory against Denmark will be transferred to Group F what is a very important fact for the semifinals. The host of U18 European Championship division B ended Preliminary Round on the bottom of Group D. Thus Hungarians will continue competition fighting for the 17th place.

After leveled first stanza, Slovakians succeeded to grab 7 point lead in 15th minute. Thanks to Matej Marchyn's (188-F-90) jump shot with 5 seconds remaining in the first half Slovakians extended it even more, 51-42. At the half way of third frame it looked that the game is already over as Slovakia had plus 15 but Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Andras Helmeczi (192-G-90) didn't have the same thoughts. These two players, together with Norbert Takacs (196-G-90), made 20-7 taking lead 88-91 with 2:21 to go. Later Scorvasi missed two FTs after what Marko Ravasz (189-F-90) at the first point made one and later both free throws for 95-92. Andras Helmeczi pulled a 3-pointer for over time but he missed. Slovakia registered fantastic stroke from behind the arc in this game making 14 of 23 attempts, 60.9%. Interesting is that Hungary totally outrebounded Slovakians yesterday grabbing 13 rebounds more.

Matej Marchyn paced Slovakia to win draining 27 points. Marko Ravasz also demonstrated nice performance scoring 21 points for 23 minutes. Richard Grznar (187-G-91) this time stopped on 16 points and 4 rebounds. Janos Eilingsfeld was the best in Hungary with 28 points while Andras Helmeczi also shined adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. Norbert Takacs was the last player with double figures in Hungary having 18 points and 5 rebounds.


U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Hungary 95-92
(26-26,25-16,25-22,19-28)

Slovakia:
Matej Marchyn 27, Marko Ravasz 21, Richard Grznar 16 (4 rebs)
Hungary: Janos Eilingsfeld 28, Andras Helmeczi 24 (8 rebs), Norbert Takacs 18 (5 rebs)


Spain eliminated our NT! - by Tamas Deri
Our NT played last night in Zaragoza against Spain, which team had the last practice game before the tournament of the Olympic Games in Beijing. Our team got the invitation by the spanish federation last Friday, as the croatian NT decided not to play that game. All the famous stars from Spain - the Gasol brothers, Navarro, Garbajosa, etc. step ont he court, and did not give any chance for our team.

SPAIN - HUNGARY 103 - 45 (26 - 13, 28 - 13, 25 - 10, 24 - 9)
Zaragoza, Att.: 12 000, Referees: Alzuria, Peruga, Tutor
SPAIN: Rubio 4, Navarro 8/6, Reyes 11, Jimenez 3/3, Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) 32/3, Caldern 2, Garbajosa 8/3, Mumbru 7, Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) 20, Fernndez 8/6, Rodriguez, Head coach: Aito Garcia Reneses
HUNGARY: Simon B. 6, Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/6, Hendlein 4, Sitku 6/6, Bencze Z, Molnar A. 3/3, Grebenr, Horvtah . 5, Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) 7/3, Ferencz 2, Simon L., Coach: Meszaros Lajos


Albacomp signed rookie big man - by Tamas Deri
Albacomp signed Canadian center, Scott Morrison (211-C-86) for the upcoming season. The 212 cm tall big man will spend a three-weeks tryout in Szekesfehervar, after that the management will decide about keeping him on the roster for the season. Morrison played for Portland State University in the NCAA, the 22 years old big man averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his senior season. He got voted to the best defender of the conference!

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Diamond Ball: Argentina beats Iran in day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Iran 81-71

Reining Olympic champion Argentina had to work very hard in order to beat Iran. It was 10 points deference at the end but Iranians showed pretty good performance. It seems that European tour helped players of Rajko Toroman to improve their quality. Anyway, first 10 minutes were totally leveled. Both teams had pretty good decisions at the offensive end but their defense wasn't on a good level. During the next stanza powerful Argentina took control on Iranians. Killing trio Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) woke up. Iranians didn't want to give up so Argentina succeeded to create just 7 points lead until the half time. After the breather Argentineans continued with their solid stroke from the field. Actually they finished the game having 52.5% for FG2 and 60.5% from behind the arc. Their main problem yesterday were free throw. Olympic champions entered into the last frame with plus 10 which was unreachable for Iranians until the very end. The most interesting data is that Iran registered 29 rebounds while Argentina with Luis Scola and Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) under the basket had just 21.

Luis Scola was very productive in offense leading his team to win with 23 points. New acquisition of Russian Khimky Carlos Delfino had 18 points and 4 rebounds while NBA superstar Emanuel Ginobili stopped on 15 points. Ehadadi collected 20 points and 9 rebounds in Iran while Khahbahrami added 18 points and 4 rebounds. At the second day of 'Diamond Ball' Iran will meet Serbia while Argentina has a day-off.


Argentina - Iran 81-71
(24-24,18-11,20-17,19-19)

Argentina:
Luis Scola 23, Carlos Delfino 18 (4 rebs), Emanuel Ginobili 15
Iran: Ehadadi 20 (9 rebs), Khahbahrami 18 (4 rebs)


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U18 EC, division B: Sweden leaves Ireland undefeated in Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
U18 Ireland - U18 Sweden 56-63

As it was expected Sweden grabbed victory in the last day of Preliminary Round against Ireland improving to 3-1 in Group B. It means that Sweden will continue U18 European Championship division B in Qualifying Group E together with Slovenia, Czech Republic and Austria. The bead thing for Swedish is a fact that they suffered defeat against Slovenia in the Preliminary Round and it will be transferred to Group E. Anyway if Sweden succeed to beat the other two rivals, which are Czech Republic and Austria, they will have a chance for the semifinals. On the other side Ireland, which remained the only undefeated team in Group B will continue championship in classification stage fighting for the 17th place.

It was not an easy win for Sweden. This time Ireland showed itself as a very inconvenient rival. After ten minutes Sweden couldn't make more than plus one and the same scenario was seen in the second stanza. Ireland continued to play tough and after lay-up by Daniel James (192-F/G-90) in 25th minute Ireland grabbed 2 point lead, 36-34. Until the end of the period Sweden succeeded to get it back on plus two. Beginning of the last frame was a crucial period of the game as Andreas Person (188-G-91) and Erik Persson (195-F-91) led their team to 12-5 run keeping that lead until the very end.

In this game Sweden got the most from Erik Persson, who netted 12 points. Omar Zaghden (204-F/C-90) and Andreas Person scored 10 points each while Omar Zaghden had 8 more rebounds. Daniel James collected 16 points and 7 rebounds for the loosing side. Stephen Tummon (197-F-90) and Conor James (191-G/F-90) stopped on 10 points each.


U18 Ireland - U18 Sweden 56-63
(13-14,14-15,14-14,15-20)

Ireland:
Daniel James 16 (7 rebs), Conor James 10 (10 rebs), Stephen Tummon 10 (4 rebs)
Sweden: Erik Persson 12, Omar Zaghden 10 (8 rebs), Andreas Person 10


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Clark to Jerusalem, Goodman to Haifa - by Tamar Goldman

The American forward, Rahshon Clark (198-F-84) is the latest addition to Hapoel Jerusalem. The 24 years old player joins Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Memphis) and Timmy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) in the foreigners section of the team. Clark, that played in Iowa State University as a SF averaged last season 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2bp in 31 games. This would be Clarks debut out said of the US.

Tamir Goodman (191-G-82, college: Towson) returns to Israel this time to Maccabi Haifa. The 26 years old guard gave up a chance to play for Maryland Nighthawks (PBL) and after one year abroad signed again in an Israeli club. Goddman was brought to Israel in the summer of 2002 by Maccabi Tel Aviv that gave him a 5 years contract. He was loaned to Givat Shmuel where he played on 2002/03, 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons.


Israel hands first loss to Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18 - Lithuania U18 72:61

Israeli Junior National Team surprised the Lithuanian counterparts at the start of the qualifying round of the European Championship in Greece. Lithuania entered the stage undefeated but was slowed down by impressive performance from Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) and Ben Reis (196-F-90). Tamir Ariely nailed 20 points, while Ben Reis added 18 points and 13 boards to pace Israeli to big time victory over the tournaments favorites. Lithuania seemed to be well in control in the opening stanza as they drove to Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) closed it with 6 straight points and gave the Baltic team a 19:13 advantage. However Tamir Ariely sparked a 9:0 run from Israel midway through the second period as they spurred ahead 28:24. Pecikevicius however closed the first half with two freebies and retained advantage for Lithuania 31:30. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame and Lithuania secured a 51:49 lead with one quarter to go. However Daniel Tamir (206-C-91), Ron Sabag (184-G-90) and Ben Reis put Israel up early in the fourth term. Another outburst from Ben Reis and Ron Sabag opened a double digit cushion with just 27 seconds remaining. Lithuania managed to answer with a three-pointer from Kristijonas Gaska (188-G-90) before running out of time and losing the battle. Daniel Tamir contributed 14 points for Israel. Donatas Motiejunas (215-C-90) answered with 18 points and 14 boards for Lithuania. Mantas Kadzevicius had 9 points in a losing case. Israel sank 40% from the field and held their opponents to only 35% accuracy. Lithuania also committed deadly 22 turnovers down the stretch.

Israel U18: Tamir Ariely 20, Ben Reis 18+13 boards, Daniel Tamir 14
Lithuania U18: Donatas Motiejunas 18+14 boards, Mantas Kadzevicius 9


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  ITALY   


Market News and Rumors - by Stefano Pini
Cant signed point guard Sundiata Gaines (185-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports), that made good impressions at last Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and the the center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83). Capo D'Orlando inked Tony Binetti (186-G-83, college: Seattle Pacific) that played for GM Vacirca at Castelletto Ticino a couple of seasons ago. As we anticipated Sunday Capo D'Orlando announced the deal with Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland). Treviso should announce the deal with Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85), while Rieti is very close to Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.). At Montegranaro, the big name for the pivot is Shawn Kemp (209-F-69, college: Trinity Valley JC).

Another loss for Team Italy - by Gianni Pascucci
Luca Vitali (201-G-86) didn't hit the desperate outside shot at the buzzer, and Italy suffered another loss, this time to Poland, 74-75, in the second test match prior to the Eurobasket '09 Qualifying Round. After another good start, the Azzurri disapponted again, being not able to fully immerse in the 'battle atmosphere' of this kind of games. Poland, instead, played a good game, pointing on the size and the skills of Marcin Gortat (213-C-84), who ended the game as the MVP, with 28 pts and 13 rebs. The best in Italy were veterans Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75), who scored 13 pts each. The only true good new for coach Recalcati is that NY Knicks draft selection Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) has just joined the camp, and should go on the court soon. The next game of Team Italy will be on Thursday, July 31, again vs. Poland, for the first day of the 'Diego Gianatti International Tournment'

Italy could not match Greece in Pyrgos - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Italy U18 68:63

Italian U18 Team opened the qualifying round at the European Championship with the game against one of the main favorites of the tournament Greece. Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) paced balanced Greek offense and they held off Italy to stay undefeated at the tournament. Italy fell to 0-3 record at the bottom of the qualifying Group E. Italian side got to a better start to the game but failed to capitalize. Andrea Muner (196-F-90) scored 4 points early in the game to make it 8:2 for the visitors. Greece shaved the deficit and trailed 9:13 at the end of the first period. Italy kept in front throughout the second term and rolled to a 29:25 advantage at halftime. However Greece came out of the dressing room firing from all guns. They posted a 13:0 run at the start of the period and grabbed a 38:29 advantage. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) soon notched 5 straight points and the hosts opened a double digits advantage. Lorenzo Panzini (185-G-90) capped the third stanza with a three-pointer but cut the deficit to 10 points only. Andrea De Nicolao (175-G-91) and Andrea Muner dragged Italy within 6 points from Greece with under 5 minutes remaining. However Mantzaris answered with a bomb from beyond the arc as Greece took a sigh of relief. Italy made one more desperate effort to save the game as David Cournooh (190-G-90) and Pasquale Paolisso (203-F/C-90, agency: Court Side) trimmed the gap to 4 points with 34 seconds left. Zisis Sarikopoulos nailed a free throw and sealed the winning outcome for the home side. Zisis Sarikopoulos scored 17 points and collected 11 boards for Greece. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) added 16 points and 11 boards, while Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) had 11 points and 11 caroms for the winners. Andrea Muner answered with 13 points for Italy. Pasquale Paolisso secured 12 points in a losing case.

Greece U18: Zisis Sarikopoulos 17+11 boards, Leonidas Kaselakis 16+11 boards, Konstantinos Sloukas 11+11 boards
Italy U18: Andrea Muner 13, Pasquale Paolisso 12


Tyus Edney to Capo D'Orlando - by Stefano Pini
Tyus Edney (178-G-73, college: UCLA) will be the starting five pointguard for Capo D'Orlando. He came back in Italy after a season at Azvomash. Cantu added to his roster Barry Elder (193-G-82, college: Georgia Tech), last season at Biella. Jacob Jaacks (208-F-77, college: Iowa) signed with Teramo for one season. Snaidero Udine added the veteran Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) positon number 3. Udine is looking for a pointguard now. As we anticipated yesterday Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) inked a 2 years contract with Rieti. Napoli signed Massimiliano Monti (205-F/C-75) and Thomas Viglianco (206-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Birmingham Souther).

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Latvia hold off Bulgaria to stay in the title race - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Bulgaria U18 80:75

Latvian Junior Team overcame Bulgaria in a key matchup for both teams in Group D of the European Championship. The victory allowed Latvia to advance to the qualifying round of the tournament. Bulgaria finished the preliminaries with 3 straight losses and would try to secure their Division A spot in the classification play. Kalvis Krumins (182-G-90) was the hero for Latvian side. He delivered 22 points, 6 assists and 2 steals to propel the Baltic team to the crucial win. Bulgaria was not helped by a sizzling performance from Aleksandar Yanev (202-F-90). He dropped game-high 29 points but received little help from his teammates. Latvia built a 25:18 advantage after the starting frame but Bulgaria rebounded in the second stanza. Aleksandar Yanev sparked a 15:2 run from Bulgaria as they stepped in front 40:39 late in the second quarter. Aleksandar Yanev capped the first half with two freebies Kristers Zeidaks (201-F-90) opened the second half with a triple as Latvia regained the lead. The teams exchanged the baskets in the third frame and Latvian side held a 60:57 advantage heading into the fourth term. Rozitis and Martins Laksa (196-F-90) stretched the distance to 11 points and Latvia never looked back again. Martins Laksa had 12 points for Latvia. Kristers Zeidaks posted 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Hristo Zahariev (198-G/F-90) scored 16 points for Bulgaria in defeat.

Latvia U18: Kalvis Krumins 22, Martins Laksa 12, Kristers Zeidaks 11
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Yanev 29, Hristo Zahariev 16


Latvia stun France in Amaliada - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - France U18 83:62

Kristers Zeidaks (201-F-90) scored 24 points and Latvia beat all odds sinking France at the start of the Qualifying round at the European Championship in Greece. Latvia entered the round from the third place in their preliminary Pool but they proved they should be treated with respect teaching France a good lesson. It all went Latvian way right from the start. Kalvis Krumins (182-G-90) and Blaus gave them a 6:0 early lead. Armands Osins (190-G-91) and Martins Laksa (196-F-90) continued to keep Latvia running as they made it 14:3 midway through the first period. Latvia enjoyed an 18:6 lead before Nicolas Lang (195-G-90) and Alexis Tanghe (207-F/C-90) clipped it to 8 points at the end of the starting stanza. Kristers Zeidaks came up with 9 points in the second frame and Latvia cleared off to a 40:26 distance at the interval. Armands Osins, Martins Laksa and Kristers Zeidaks all connected from beyond the arc early in the third stanza as Latvian team established a 55:32 advantage. Kristers Zeidaks and Oto Osenieks (201-F-90) opened the final stanza with 5:0 run that put Latvia up by 30 points. France never recovered and fell to 2-1 record in Group F. Kalvis Krumins netted 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Latvia. Oto Osenieks had 11 points in a winning case. Alexis Tanghe answered with 15 points for France. Jonathan Bourhis (183-G-90) secured 11 points in a loss. Latvia enjoyed a solid advantage on the glass with 44 rebounds. They also converted 53% from the field, while limiting French team to just 34% accuracy.

Latvia U18: Kristers Zeidaks 24, Kalvis Krumins 16, Oto Osenieks 11
France U18: Alexis Tanghe 15, Jonathan Bourhis 11


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  LITHUANIA   


Israel hands first loss to Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18 - Lithuania U18 72:61

Israeli Junior National Team surprised the Lithuanian counterparts at the start of the qualifying round of the European Championship in Greece. Lithuania entered the stage undefeated but was slowed down by impressive performance from Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) and Ben Reis (196-F-90). Tamir Ariely nailed 20 points, while Ben Reis added 18 points and 13 boards to pace Israeli to big time victory over the tournaments favorites. Lithuania seemed to be well in control in the opening stanza as they drove to Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) closed it with 6 straight points and gave the Baltic team a 19:13 advantage. However Tamir Ariely sparked a 9:0 run from Israel midway through the second period as they spurred ahead 28:24. Pecikevicius however closed the first half with two freebies and retained advantage for Lithuania 31:30. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame and Lithuania secured a 51:49 lead with one quarter to go. However Daniel Tamir (206-C-91), Ron Sabag (184-G-90) and Ben Reis put Israel up early in the fourth term. Another outburst from Ben Reis and Ron Sabag opened a double digit cushion with just 27 seconds remaining. Lithuania managed to answer with a three-pointer from Kristijonas Gaska (188-G-90) before running out of time and losing the battle. Daniel Tamir contributed 14 points for Israel. Donatas Motiejunas (215-C-90) answered with 18 points and 14 boards for Lithuania. Mantas Kadzevicius had 9 points in a losing case. Israel sank 40% from the field and held their opponents to only 35% accuracy. Lithuania also committed deadly 22 turnovers down the stretch.

Israel U18: Tamir Ariely 20, Ben Reis 18+13 boards, Daniel Tamir 14
Lithuania U18: Donatas Motiejunas 18+14 boards, Mantas Kadzevicius 9


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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
Cedric Schroeder - Etzella
Ben Hemmen - Soleuvre
Marco Leschek - Residence
Thierry Abdiu - Residence
Jerome Hanson - Black Star



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ALGODONEROS off to PERU - by Alejandro Martinez
Algodoneros de Torreon have embarked on a southern american tour in preparation for their upcoming 2008 LNBP season. Led by head coach Javier Diaz Castroverde, The team plans to start physical conditioning in the beach under the direction of physical trainer Javier Beltran . Algodoneros will then play exhibition games in Peru against Castroverde's former team Regatas. Castroverde is traveling with his assistant Nathan Mott, 10 players and hopes that the team relishes the opportunity to get away in preparation for the season. Under Castroverde, Algodoneros enjoyed one of its most succesful seasons in their history last year, and with an improved roster, the expectations are high. Regatas will pay the visit to Algodoneros next month in Torreon. The team is expected back on August 18th to continue its preparation in Torreon.

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Krstic leaves the NBA and Bobcats re-sign Okafor - by Bruno Baltazar
Charlotte Bobcats have agreed in principle on a six-year contract worth at least $72 million with restricted free agent Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut).
Okafor averaged 13.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks last season in 33.2 minutes per game

Nenad Krstic (7'0''-C-83) won't be wearing a Nets uniform next season, or the uniform of any another NBA team, either.
The restricted free agent, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Nets, signed a two-year deal that could be worth $10 million with a team in Moscow Monday night.
Krstic becomes the second former Net to leave for Russia in recent days. Unrestricted free agent Bostjan Nachbar signed with Dynamo Moscow last week. Krstic's team is called Triumph.
The Nets made a $2.7 million qualifying offer to Krstic several weeks ago, giving them the right to match any other NBA offers. But the market for the 7-footer was apparently not what Krstic had hoped for.
Krstic, 25, missed most of the 2006-2007 season after suffering a torn left knee ligament. He then struggled all of last season to return to form, averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 45 games. He was averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds when he got hurt the year before.


More teams updating their rosters - by Bruno Baltazar
Ryan Gomes (6'7''-F-82, college: Providence) and the Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a new contract for the forward entering his fourth NBA season.
Last season, Gomes averaged 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in playing in all 82 games, starting 74. Re-signing him was rightly seen as a top priority for the team. The versatile former Providence star played his first two seasons in Boston before coming to Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett deal prior to the 2007-08 season, and quickly proved himself to be a valuable piece to Minnesota's future.
Minnesota's roster is now all but finalized, as the two remaining free agents (Michael Doleac (6'11''-C-77, college: Utah) and Chris Richard (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Florida)) are expected to depart and return, respectively.

The Pistons are expected to sign Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports). Look past the cautionary tale, however, and youll find a 26-year-old who has averaged 7.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game over his career.
A two-year deal at $4 million per year, but with a player option after the 2008-09 season. Perhaps the Pistons are hopeful that Brown, who garnered virtually no free-agent interest this summer, will realize he needs to produce to get another big payday, and will take advantage of this opportunity in 2008-09, then opt out of the second year. He failed to capitalize at the end of last season when he averaged just 3.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15 games for Memphis after his trade from the Lakers. Thats in part why Brown will be making less than half of the $9.1 million he was paid in 2007-08, the last year of his previous three-year deal.

The 76ers have reached an agreement with free-agent guard Kareem Rush (6'6''-F-80, agency: Beo Basket, college: Missouri).
Rush played last season with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He also shot 38.9 percent from the three-point line. Last season, the Sixers were last in the league in three-point shooting.
They also signed free agent guard Royal Ivey (6'3''-G-81, college: Texas).
Last season for Milwaukee, Ivey saw action in 75 games with 20 starts, averaging career-highs of 5.6 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game. He hit 35 3-pointers in 2007-08 after having just 12 3FGM total his first three seasons combined.

Los Angeles Clippers today signed veteran free agent swingman Ricky Davis (6'7''-G-79, college: Iowa) to a multi-year .
Carrying career averages of 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 31.1 minutes, Davis tallied 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 82 games played for the Miami Heat during the 2007-08 season. The 6-foot-7-inch Iowa product also connected on 420-971 FG (.433), 135-333 3FG (.405) and 155-197 FT (.787) on the year.

Golden State Warriors have re-signed center Andris Biedrins (7'0''-C-86) to a multi-year contract.
Biedrins, 22, appeared in 76 games with Golden State last season, posting career-high averages in scoring (10.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg).

Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed free-agent guard Will Solomon (6'2''-G-78, college: Clemson). Solomon, 30, played the past two seasons in Istanbul, Turkey for Fenerbahce Ulker. He averaged 17.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 13 regular season games last season.
Solomon, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, was selected 33rd overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He appeared in 62 games with the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2001-02 season, averaging 5.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 14.2 minutes.

Denver Nuggets have acquired forward Renaldo Balkman (6'7''-F-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: S.Carolina) and cash considerations from the New York Knicks in exchange for guard Taurean Green (6'0''-G-85, college: Florida), forward Bobby Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Washington) and a 2010 second round draft pick.
Balkman, 6-8, 210, averaged 3.4 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 65 games for the Knicks last season.
Green was acquired by the Nuggets in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers on February 21. He averaged 1.1 ppg in nine appearances with Denver last season.
In two stints with the Nuggets during the 2007-08 season, Jones averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 25 games.


Former NBA referee sentenced to 15months in prison - by Bruno Baltazar
Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday for setting off a gambling scandal that tarnished the league's reputation and raised questions about the integrity of its officiating.
The sentencing in Brooklyn federal court culminated a case that hung over the league throughout the season and even into the NBA finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. League commissioner David Stern has repeatedly denied Donaghy's claim that corruption among referees goes beyond him.

Donaghy's lawyer had asked the judge for probation. Donaghy had faced up to 33 months in prison, but the judge gave him credit for his cooperation.

Folding his arms but showing no other emotion, the 41-year-old Donaghy apologized to the court. 'I brought shame on myself and my family,' he said.

Donaghy pleaded guilty last August to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce for taking payoffs from a professional gambler for inside tips on games.

'By having this nonpublic information, I was in a unique position to predict the outcome of NBA games,' he told a judge at the time.

Donaghy didn't stop there: In June, he marred the NBA finals by making fresh accusations that the league routinely encouraged refs to ring up bogus fouls to manipulate results but discouraged them from calling technical fouls on star players to keep them in games and protect ticket sales and television ratings.

The allegations contained in court papers arguing that Donaghy deserved leniency for voluntarily disclosing the alleged corruption included one instance claiming referees rigged a 2002 playoff series to force it to a revenue-boosting seventh game.

Though the papers didn't name the teams involved, only the Los Angeles Lakers-Sacramento Kings series went to seven games during those playoffs. The Lakers went on to win the championship.

Both Stern and the league's officials have said Donaghy made the claims to get a lighter sentence.

'We anticipate that the judge's sentencing decision, together with the changes we have made to our referee operations staff, will enable us to continue with the improvements we are making to our anti-gambling rules, policies and procedures,' Stern said Tuesday.

'There is little comfort to be gained from the mandatory prison sentence, especially as it affects Mr. Donaghy's children and their mother, but hopefully the healing process can begin in earnest for all.'

The NBA has made a number of changes to its officiating program in the wake of the scandal. Former Army Gen. Ron Johnson was hired as senior vice president of referee operations, Bernie Fryer and Joe Borgia were promoted to new management positions and the league reassigned Ronnie Nunn, who had been the director of officials for five years.

Last week, two of Donaghy's former high school classmates were sentenced to over a year in prison for their roles in the scheme.

James Battista, a professional gambler and admitted drug addict, got 15 months in prison for making bets based on inside tips. Thomas Martino, the scheme's middleman, was sentenced to a year and one day for paying the referee thousands of dollars for the tips. The three men attended school together in Springfield, Pa.

The league had demanded nearly $1.4 million in restitution. But the judge last week set the restitution at $217,266, to be paid jointly by the three defendants.

'Though we believe no sentence would ever be able to repair or justify the damage caused by this criminal and scoundrel, we are glad to finally put this behind us,' said Lamell McMorris, spokesperson for the National Basketball Referees Association.

'Tim acted in a completely selfish and unforgivable way, and has forever compromised the way people look at sports and officiating. However, NBA referees will continue to officiate with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.'

Cortesy of . TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer


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Crawford officially joins Xavier - by Kevin Cochran

As eurobasket.com reported two weeks ago, Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88) will join Xavier's basketball program. The release from the Xavier athletic department is as follows:

Xavier University head coach Sean Miller announced today that 6-4 sophomore guard Jordan Crawford has transferred to Xavier University. Crawford has signed a scholarship agreement with Xavier University. Crawford played in 30 games last season as a freshman at Indiana University.

'Jordan Crawford is an exceptionally talented player,' said Miller. 'He is extremely versatile, which will allow him to play with numerous combinations of players on the floor. He is also a great competitor that has proven himself against the best competition at the highest level of college basketball. Jordan will make a significant impact in our program and will add to our tradition of successful Hargrave Military Academy graduates that have attended Xavier - David West and Stanley Burrell (6'3''-G-84).'

Crawford played in 30 games, starting eight times, as an IU freshman in the 2007-08 while logging 25.3 minutes per game. Crawford averaged 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman, while helping the Hoosiers finish 25-8 overall and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. He scored in double figures 15 times, including a career-high 21 at Northwestern and 20 against Kentucky in a pair of wins. In fact, IU recorded a 13-2 record when Crawford scored in double figures.

Crawford was rated as the 11th best post-graduate player in the 2007 recruiting class by Scout.com after averaging 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.5 assists for Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy in the 2006-07 season. Prior to attending Hargrave, Crawford earned All-State honors at Detroit's Communications and Media Arts High School.


Courtesy: Xavier athletics



Spiders suffer major loss - by Kevin Cochran

Richmond just lost its best player for the season.


Junior big man Dan Geriot (6'9''-F/C-88), who averaged 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds and started all 31 games, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee while playing in the Sonny Hill summer league in Philadelphia and is out for the season.

Look for Chris Mooney and the Spiders to play small at times and it will also allow guys like Aussie big man Josh Duinker (6'9''-F/C) and freshman forward
Darius Garrett a chance to get increased playing time.

Richmond will go to Spain in mid-August and that should help Mooney figure things out as far as replacing Geriot's production.

Courtesy: Foxsports.com



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DTigers beat Union Bank 72-63 in warm-up game - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Nigeria senior men national team, DTigers Tuesday defeated Atlantic conference premier league leader, Union Bank basketball club by 72-63 points but gave a sign that the team is yet to blend well.

The banker took the national team to the cleaner in the first two quarters 19-16 and 18-12 with point guard Michael Ohiero of Union Bank basketball club playing one of the best games of his career.

The banker however, succumbed in the third quarter with Dennis Ebikoro, Azuoma Dike, Abubakar Usman combining beautifully and the presence of Tunji Awojobi to lift the national team in the third quarter with a big win of 28-10 points to go into the last quarter with a nine points advantage of 56-47 points.

Ohiero once again led Union Bank basketball club onslaught early in the fourth quarter but allowed the national team some room mid-way into the last quarter thereby ending the fourth quarter with 16 points apiece for a final score-line of 72-63 points.

Awojobi said the game proved a real test for the national team who are preparing for the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination billed for Cote dIvoire from august 4 through 10 this year and believed the team would get better with the few practice session left before the team jets out for the zones elimination.

The Nigeria national team captain whose birth day celebration comes up today (Wednesday) at the Union Bank Sports Club in Lagos decried the present situation Nigeria found itself saying it is hard to belief that the country would go through a qualifying stage before it could make to the final round of the biennial continental championship The FIBA Africa Championship.

He implored those saddled with the responsibilities of running the nations basketball to be alive to their responsibility so that the game can move forward.

The team coached by Coaches Ayodele Bakare and Sani Ahmed looks forward to another friendly game before jetting out on Sunday.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


Awojobi leads 11 other Tigers to Yamoussoukro - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The twelve players that will represent Nigeria at the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination holding in Yamoussoukro, Cote dIvoire have been named by the coaching crew after weeks of screening exercise.

The list of the lucky twelve who will don the country colour in the battle for a place in next year FIBA Africa Championship for Men slated for Libya includes ageless Israeli-based Tunji Awojobi (forward), USA-based Ejike Ugboaja (forward) and stand-in captain Abdulrahman Mohammed (guard) of Nigeria Customs Service basketball club, Nigeria.

Others in the team are Abubakar Usman (guard) Niger Potters basketball club, Nigeria; Daniel Daudu (guard) Union Bank basketball club, Nigeria; Azuoma Dike (guard) Union Bank basketball club, Nigeria; Orseer Ikyaator (guard) Ebun Comets basketball club, Nigeria and Mohammed Bukir (guard) Dodan Warriors basketball club, Nigeria.

Other players who made the list include Stanley Gumut (forward) Plateau Peaks basketball club, Nigeria; Ibrahim Yusuf (forward) Kano Pillars basketball club, Nigeria; Dennis Ebikoro (forward) Ebun Comets basketball club, Nigeria and Boniface Edegie (forward) Yelwa Hawks basketball club, Nigeria.

An inside source within the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF says the present squad are capable of retuning smiles to the faces of teeming supporters of the game.

Nigeria will battle for one of the two tickets from the zone against host Cote dIvoire, Togo, Ghana, Benin Republic, Niger, Burkina Faso and Liberia.

Nigeria found herself at this present when she was bundled out of the 2007 edition of the Cup of Nations by Cape Verde at the quarter-final stage with a side that was not prepared to challenge for honours.
Abdulrahman Mohammed (191-G-77)


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Argentina0-0
2. Australia0-0
3. Croatia0-0
4. Iran0-0
5. Lithuania0-0
6. Russia0-0
Group B
1. Angola0-0
2. China0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. Germany0-0
5. Greece0-0
6. USA0-0


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  POLAND   


U18 EC, division B: Poland remains perfect celebrating over Portugal - by Eurobasket News
U18 Poland - U18 Portugal 86-60

Poland ended Preliminary Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen perfect with score 4-0. Poles will continue competition in the Qualifying Group E together with Czech Republic, Austria and England or Portugal. The last participant of Qualifying Group E will be known after today's game between England and Romania. If Romania take it Portugal will advance to the next stage.

Poland outrebounded its rival today also having much better percentage from the field. Portugal showed pretty good performance in the first half. Portuguese didn't let Poles to create any bigger advantage. They could even had 1 point lead after 20 minutes but Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) made a jump shot at the buzzer for 37-36. Game is decided at the beginning of third stanza when Poles made 13-2 run. Ten minutes later they created another one 14-0 resolving question about the winner.

Sebastian Szymanski (182-G-91) once again demonstrated fantastic performance. This time he stopped on 26 points and 4 rebounds for 31 minutes. Jakub Wojciechowski helped his team today registering 16 points and 13 boards. Portugal got the most from Andre Pereira (198-F, college: Rider), who added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) was behind him scoring 12 points.


U18 Poland U18 Portugal 86-60
(19-14,18-22, 22-12, 27-12)

Poland:
Sebastian Szymanski 26 (4 rebs), Jakub Wojciechowski 16 (13 rebs)
Portugal: Andre Pereira 13 (11 rebs), Diogo Correia 12


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  PORTUGAL   


U18 EC, division B: Poland remains perfect celebrating over Portugal - by Eurobasket News
U18 Poland - U18 Portugal 86-60

Poland ended Preliminary Round on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen perfect with score 4-0. Poles will continue competition in the Qualifying Group E together with Czech Republic, Austria and England or Portugal. The last participant of Qualifying Group E will be known after today's game between England and Romania. If Romania take it Portugal will advance to the next stage.

Poland outrebounded its rival today also having much better percentage from the field. Portugal showed pretty good performance in the first half. Portuguese didn't let Poles to create any bigger advantage. They could even had 1 point lead after 20 minutes but Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) made a jump shot at the buzzer for 37-36. Game is decided at the beginning of third stanza when Poles made 13-2 run. Ten minutes later they created another one 14-0 resolving question about the winner.

Sebastian Szymanski (182-G-91) once again demonstrated fantastic performance. This time he stopped on 26 points and 4 rebounds for 31 minutes. Jakub Wojciechowski helped his team today registering 16 points and 13 boards. Portugal got the most from Andre Pereira (198-F, college: Rider), who added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) was behind him scoring 12 points.


U18 Poland U18 Portugal 86-60
(19-14,18-22, 22-12, 27-12)

Poland:
Sebastian Szymanski 26 (4 rebs), Jakub Wojciechowski 16 (13 rebs)
Portugal: Andre Pereira 13 (11 rebs), Diogo Correia 12


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  ROMANIA   


U18 EC, division B: Thriller win Romania against England - by Eurobasket News
U18 Romania - U18 England 86-77

Romania was better than England in the last game of Preliminary Group C finishing it on third place. Interesting is that the second ranked team Portugal also has score 2-2 but unfortunately to Romanians they was faced with serious defeat against Portuguese. Thus instead of Qualifying Round, Romania will continue its way on U18 European Championship division B at the classification stage. Romanians are placed in Group H together with Finland, Belarus and Georgia. Two best team from this group together with two best team from Group G will fight for the position number 9. Good thing for Romania is that win against Belarus will be transferred to the classification round. England will continue championship fighting for the position number 17.

England showed pretty good performance against Romania. After minus 7 at the opening quarter, England played furious second stanza and mostly owing to Leigh Greenan (211-C-90) finished it 11-25. It means that England had solid 7 points lead at the half time. At the middle of third period excellent Rolland Torok (198-C-90) brought his team to minus 5 but Manghum and Leigh Greenan immediately answered which resulted with 53-64 before the last frame. Romanians totally took control on their opponent equalizing on 75:75 with 35 seconds remaining. England had a last offense but William Neighbour (203-F-90) missed a 3- pointer. During the next five minutes England scored just 2 points while on the other side Rolland Torok and his teammates netted 11.

Rolland Torok was a central figure of the game netting 32 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. He had wonderful shot percentage during the entire time making 10 of 15 for FG2, 12 of 13 from the free throw line including one missed shot from behind the arc. Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) followed him with 14 points while Ioan Pop (175-G-90) had 11 points. England got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Leigh Greenan while Joshua Houghton (188-G-91) had 11 points. William Neighbour and Nigel van Oostrum (194-G-90) contributed in this game scoring 10 points each.


U18 Romania - U18 England 86-77
(22-15,11-25,20-24,22-11,11-2)

Romania:
Rolland Torok 32 (17 rebs), Adrian Gutoaia 14, Ioan Pop 11
England: Leigh Greenan 17 (10 rebs), Joshua Houghton 11, William Neighbour 10, Nigel van Oostrum 10


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  RUSSIA   


Enes Kanter not enough for Turkey against Russia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Russia U18 72:82

Russian Juniors held off Turkey at the start of the Qualifying round despite sizzling performance from Enes Kanter (205-C-92). Turkish talented centre finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds but was eclipsed by balanced Russian squad. Russia used an 8:0 run early in the game to build a 14:6 advantage. Turkey cut it to 2 points at the end of the first frame 16:18. Back-to-back triples from Pavel Antipov (200-F-91) kept Russia in charge at the start of the second term. Finally Kanter's jumper put Turkey up 30:29 late in the period. But Pavel Antipov immediately answered with 4 straight points and Russia were back in the driving seat 33:30. Alexey Murychev (203-F/C-90) struck from beyond the arc to close the first half with Russia leading by 7. Maxim Grigoryev (191-G-90) and Pavel Antipov opened the second half with 5 straight points to give Russia a 12-point buffer. Turkey fought bravely and entered the fourth term down by 8 points. Mukremin Kilicli (206-F/C-90) nailed 4 points in a 6:0 run from Turkey midway through the fourth term to trim the deficit to 6 points. But Pavel Antipov nailed a jumper and Maxim Grigoryev supported him with a three-pointer as Russia cleared off for good in this one. Pavel Antipov dropped 22 points to lead Russia. Maxim Grigoryev added 19 points, while Vladimir Pichkurov (195-G-90) drained 18 for the winners. Mukremin Kilicli topscored for Turkey with 27 points. Turkey had an overwhelming advantage under the rims outrebounding Russia 43:27. But Russian players converted 54% from the field and forced their opponents to 21 turnovers.

Turkey U18: Mukremin Kilicli 27, Enes Kanter 26+22 boards
Russia U18: Pavel Antipov 22, Maxim Grigoryev 19, Vladimir Pichkurov 18


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  SEBL   


North Metro clinches West Divsion, while AWU and Dalton even their records... - by David Archer
Cartersville, GA - In SEBL City B-League action, North Metro clinches West Division, while AWU-Howren and Dalton Wholesale move into second place in their respective Divisions.

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Tue., July 29th @ JH Morgan Gym:


Sixers 80 Owen FH 76... Mario Jordan downed 29 points, to lead a balanced Sixers attack, in a hard fought win over Owen FH. Michael Woodard and Roman Gilliam provided the bulk of the scoring for AWU, but they could not contain the miriad of scoring threats of the Sixers. Timmy Dudley also had 19 for the Sixers, as Ricardo Dupervil had 12, Demetrius Metcalf 10, Darrell Wilkins eight and Sammy George two. For Owen, who slipped to 2-4, Joe Owen also had six, Greg Johnson five and John Owen four. The Sixers upped their record to 3-4.

AWU-Howren 89 Polk County 67... Rod Ashmore's 41 points for AWU outshined a great 33-point outburst by Polk's Tie Fezzia. AWU built a 48-29 lead by half-time and fought off a second half rally. Polk managed to trim their deficit to 61-56 at the mid-way point of the second half, but AWU put the clamps on and regenerated. Mike Howren support Ashmore with 22 and Carter Deems had 17. For Polk, Byron backed Fezzia with 15 and Tory Levarity had 14.

North Metro 59 Cedartown 50... North Metro jumped out to an 18-3 lead early in the game, only to hold off a Cedartown rally down the stretch. North Metro led 27-18 at the break. Scott Windom paced North Metro with 18 points, while Chris Taylor had 12, Anrda Pope 10, Brandon Harris six. For Cedartown, Nagee Smith chalked up 18, while Elijah Smith had 13. The win allowed North Metro to clinch the West Division regular season title.

Exhibition: Dalton Wholesale 87 North Metro 84 (OT)... Dalton WS actually was credited with a win over Rockmart, who was unable to play the regularly scheduled game. A weary North Metro squad stepped in to play back-to-back games. Dalton WS started out slow, falling behind by as many as 16 in the first half, before making a run to close the half down only 40-33. In the second half, Dalton turned the tides behind the outside shooting of Tim Fortenberry and TJ McDaniel, and the penetration of DeVante McClain. Richard Davis and Darryl Williams did what they could to curb the onslaught with serveral treys of their own. Dalton fought back to tie the score and actually pulled ahead by as many as eight with about four minutes left in regulation. North Metro got big buckets to get back. With 4.2 remaining, Chris Taylor drove the lane for a basket at the buzzer to send it to overtime tied at 81-all. Dalton WS quickly went up by four in the OT period, as McClain's penetration proved to be the difference. He made a basket and drew a foul, and a subsequent freethrow. Then he drew another foul and hit one of the two freethrows. Richard Davis then drove the lane and also got an old fashioned three-point play after making the free shot at the line. Down three, North Metro fouled McClain again on a dribble drive. McClain made both, putting Dalton WS up by three with 20 seconds left. With a chance to tie, Metro's Darryl Williams missed on a great look at the basket. Davis raced to the long rebound in the corner and tried to get another desparation shot at the buzzer, which was wide. Fortenberry finished with 21 points for DWS, while Ryan Chattam had 20, Chris Wilson 18, and TJ McDaniel and McClain both finished with 12. For North Metro, Davis downed 33, was Taylor had 16, Williams 13 and Scott Windom nine.
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Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
1. Summ.Hill BD 6-0
2. BC Howren 3-3
3. BC Sixers 3-4
4. Owen FH 2-4
5. Polk Co. 1-5
City B-West
1. Metro Tech 6-0
2. Cedart.B. II 3-3
3. BC Dalton 3-4
4. BC Knicks-2 1-4
5. Rockmart 1-5
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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  SERBIA   


Serbia shoots down Spain in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Spain U18 93:87

Serbian youngsters ensured a tough win over the Spanish counterparts in the Qualifying round opener at the European Championship in Greece. Spain denied an unbelievable 23-point deficit after the starting stanza to trail by just 3 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. However Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) nailed vital two free throws, while Aleksandar Vlahovic (193-G-90) and Bojan Subotic (204-F/C-90) sealed the winning result for Serbian team in the dying seconds. Filip Sepa finished with game-high 23 points to pace Serbia. Bojan Subotic added 16 points and 6 boards, while Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) had 14 points for the winners. Alejandro Hernandez (190-G-90) replied with 18 points for Spain. Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) tallied 14 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Serbia overwhelmed Spaniards in the opening term as they poured in impressive 42 points to pile up a 23-point cushion before the second stanza. However Spain were not done just yet. Alejandro Hernandez nailed 12 points and Spain cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime. They opened the third quarter with 6:0 run to come as close as 1 point from Serbia. Later Antoni Vicens (202-C/F-90) converted a jumper and the teams were knotted up at 53. Serbia though did not allow Spaniards to surge in front. Aleksandar Vlahovic, Filip Sepa and Andreja Milutinovic secured an 11-point lead for the reigning champions with one quarter to go.
Serbia outrebounded their opponents 42:36 and limited those to only 21% from beyond the arc. Serbian players sank 46% from the field in a win.

Serbia U18: Filip Sepa 23, Bojan Subotic 16, Andreja Milutinovic 14
Spain U18: Alejandro Hernandez 18, Ignacio Llovet 14+11 boards


Otasevic extend contract with Buducnosti for one more season - by Zoran Popovic
Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) extend contact with BC Buducnost Podgorica for more season. Last season Otasevic scored for BC Buducnost Podgoricai in ULEB Cup average 6.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 3.7 assistants and in Adriatic league 9.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.5 assistants per game. Last season BC Buducnost Podgorica won Montenegro championship. In career Otasevic played for Uzice, Beopetrol, Ergonom, KK Zdravlje, OKK Beograd and WTK Anwil Wloclawek. Otasevic was member of Yugoslavia National team U 18.

Nenad Krstic signed contract with Triumph - by Zoran Popovic
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) decided to temporary leave NBA league and he signed contract with Triumph Lyubertsy. Russian team was faster and more concrete then other intrested NBA and European clubs. Krstic and Triumph Lyubertsy signed contract for next two yeras. Together with Krstic in Triumph Lyubertsy will be Ognjen Askrabic, who extend contract with club. Moscow team was on the 4th place in Russian championship and in new season will play qualification for Eurocup (former ULEB Cup).
Nenad Krstic was drafted from New Jersy as 24th pick, when he played for Partizan. In season 2004-2005 Krstic joined Nets (starting five) and he had great year. Krstic continue with excellent games and in season 2005-2006, but he got knee injury in December 2006. After the long break Krstic came back in the Nets team and in season 2007-2008 he scored average 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds on 45 games. Nenad Krstic is member of Serbian National team.


Defending champion is ready for U20 European Championship in Riga! - by Dragan Jankovski

Serbian U20 National Team travels today to Riga for European Championship which starts on Friday. As a reminder Serbia U20 grabbed the Gold on the previous European Championship which was played in Nova Gorica. Almost all players which head coach Slobodan Klipa takes to Riga won U19 World Championship in Novi Sad last summer. They succeeded to beat strong USA led by Michael Beasley (206-F-89, college: Kansas St.) in the final. Except of this gold medal, some of those guys also celebrated at the U18 European Championship 2007 in Spain: Dusan Katnic (193-G-89), Stefan Stojacic (192-G-89) and Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89).

U20 Serbia is placed in Preliminary Group D together with Russia, Slovenia and France. First rival of Serbian golden guys will be Russia and game is scheduled for Friday at 18:30h. At the second day of the competition Serbia will meet Slovenia and finally on Sunday Serbians will play against France.
There will be 16 teams divided in four groups. Three top teams from each group will advance to the qualifying round. Of course all records from the preliminary round will be transferred to the next stage expect games with 4th ranked teams from each group. Preliminary Group D, where Serbia is placed, will mix with Preliminary Group C where Latvia, Montenegro, Spain and Bulgaria are. Two best teams from this group will qualify for the semifinals. The final game is scheduled August 10th.

Serbia U20 is going to Riga having biggest ambitions, especially after wonderfull performance at the 'Borislav Stankovic Cup', which was held in China.



Roster of U20 Serbia for European Championship in Riga
Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) of FMP
Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) of FMP
Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) of Hemofarm STADA
Milan Macvan of Hemofarm STADA
Petar Despotovic (195-G-88) of Hemofarm STADA
Bojan Radetic (203-F-88) of Borac
Marko Cakarevic (200-F-88, agency: Octagon) of Avsel (France)
Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket)
Nikola Koprivica (198-G-88)
Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Vizura
Stefan Stojacic of Mega Basket
Dusan Katnic of Mega Basket

Head coach: Slobodan Klipa of FMP
Assistant coach: Vlada Jovanovic of Partizan Igokea
Assistant coach: Milan Mandaric



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  SLOVAKIA   


U18 EC, division B: Slovakia outsmarts Hungary grabbing top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Hungary 95-92

Slovakia had to work very hard in order to beat Hungary in the last game of Preliminary Group D. It was an extremely important win for Slovakians as they grabbed first position in ther group looking forward to the Qualifying Round. Slovakians are placed in new Group F together with Poland, Portugal and Denmark. Their victory against Denmark will be transferred to Group F what is a very important fact for the semifinals. The host of U18 European Championship division B ended Preliminary Round on the bottom of Group D. Thus Hungarians will continue competition fighting for the 17th place.

After leveled first stanza, Slovakians succeeded to grab 7 point lead in 15th minute. Thanks to Matej Marchyn's (188-F-90) jump shot with 5 seconds remaining in the first half Slovakians extended it even more, 51-42. At the half way of third frame it looked that the game is already over as Slovakia had plus 15 but Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Andras Helmeczi (192-G-90) didn't have the same thoughts. These two players, together with Norbert Takacs (196-G-90), made 20-7 taking lead 88-91 with 2:21 to go. Later Scorvasi missed two FTs after what Marko Ravasz (189-F-90) at the first point made one and later both free throws for 95-92. Andras Helmeczi pulled a 3-pointer for over time but he missed. Slovakia registered fantastic stroke from behind the arc in this game making 14 of 23 attempts, 60.9%. Interesting is that Hungary totally outrebounded Slovakians yesterday grabbing 13 rebounds more.

Matej Marchyn paced Slovakia to win draining 27 points. Marko Ravasz also demonstrated nice performance scoring 21 points for 23 minutes. Richard Grznar (187-G-91) this time stopped on 16 points and 4 rebounds. Janos Eilingsfeld was the best in Hungary with 28 points while Andras Helmeczi also shined adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. Norbert Takacs was the last player with double figures in Hungary having 18 points and 5 rebounds.


U18 Slovak Republic - U18 Hungary 95-92
(26-26,25-16,25-22,19-28)

Slovakia:
Matej Marchyn 27, Marko Ravasz 21, Richard Grznar 16 (4 rebs)
Hungary: Janos Eilingsfeld 28, Andras Helmeczi 24 (8 rebs), Norbert Takacs 18 (5 rebs)


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  SLOVENIA   


U18 EC, division B: Bosnia better than Slovenia which remains on top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Slovenia 87-63

Bosnia and Herzegovina registered second win on U18 European Championship division B in Hungary. Bosnians showed much better performance than Slovenians yesterday. The reason for sure is that Slovenians didn't need this victory as they already secured a top position in Preliminary Group B. Thus Slovenia will continue competition in Debrecen in Qualifying Group E together with Sweden, Czech Republic and Switzerland. Their win against Sweden will be transferred to the next stage. The first game of the Qualifying Round is scheduled for tomorrow. Bosnians will have to be satisfied with Classifications Group G. Their rivals for the position number 9 will be Montenegro, Netherlands and Switzerland, which was in the same preliminary group with Bosnians. The bad thing for Bosnians is that they lost against Swiss so that defeat will be transferred to Group G.

Bosnians celebrated in this game mostly owing to wonderful performance by Aldin Majstoric (198-G-90). He was unstoppable at the offensive end draining 38 points. Aldin Majstoric had pretty good shot percentage making 10 of 13 for FG2, 3 of 7 from behind the arc and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Bosnians were better team from the beginning. After 20 minutes they already had plus 9 while in the next quarter they extended it to 12 points. Last stanza totally belonged to them which resulted with final plus 24 for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Beside Aldin Majstoric, Bosnians also got 15 points and 4 rebounds from Kresimir Mustapic (200-F-90) while Miralem Halilovic (202-F-91) stopped on 14 points and 5 rebounds. Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) was the best scorer in Slovenia with 17 points and at the same time he grabbed 7 more rebounds. Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) was behind him with 14 points while Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) this time had 10 points and 5 rebounds.


U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Slovenia 87-63
(21-18,23-17,14-11,29-17)

Bosnia:
Aldin Majstoric 38, Kresimir Mustapic 15 (4 rebs), Miralem Halilovic 14 (5 rebs)
Slovenia: Dino Muric 17 (7 rebs), Mirza Sarajlija 15, Marko Vranjkovic 10 (5 rebs)


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL KICK OFF SET FOR NOVEMBER 1ST - by Rick Ross

The 2008 Korean Basketball season is now schedualed to open up
Nov 1st as the new Imports Travel to Seoul Korea mid Aug and some
Due by Sept, Most Teams prepare for Training and Conditioning thru
August and Sept, Ten teams have completed its Draft and the Imports

The Number 1 Team Dongbu and Runner Up Samsung Remain Tops Going into the
2008 Season, Samsung Head Coach Ahn Jun-Ho will look for new recruit Damon Thornton
To come in with the Thunder as Head Coach Chun Chang-Jin Dongbu look for Wendell White
To defend its Title.

ET BLACKSLAM Carlos Powell & Eric Chenowith
Mobis Bryant Dunston & Blankson Odartey
Orions Garnett Thompson & Robert Daniels
KTF Steve Thomas & James Peters
LG Sakers Ivan Johnson & Crump Brandon
SK Terrence Shannon & Toree Morris (209-C-82, agency: Passing Lane)
KCC Micah Brand & Brian Harper
KT&G Chandler Marquin & Warner Calvin
Samsung Terrence Leather & Damon Thornton
Dongbu Okosa Reggie & Wendell White



LG Sakers Part Ways With Lengendary Coach Rick Ross - by Rick Ross
In a turn of events LG Sakers who Finished in 7th place has
Replaced Coach Shin Sun Woo with a new Coach from the college Ranks
In Coach Kang who brought in 2 assistants Sung Sik Oh and Dai Eui Kim,
The Coaching Staff and Management met and decided that The American Coach
Ross Rick who spent 7yrs off and on with teams SBS Stars-KCC Egis-KT&G Kites
LG Sakers was unable to Guarantee The Contract and would look for another Coach
For Scouting and possible 2 month try,

The USBASKET wire Contacted me and wanted to know how things were:

Coach Ross Replied:
LG Sakers are a class Organization which gave me an Opportunirty to excel,
It is always difficult to part ways with any Organization and We understand
The business at hand, The CEO General Mgr and My Good Friend Mr Shawn Kim
Were Geniune to the end and Showed class and respect as they Invited me back
In the near Future, Good Luck and May all the Teams Prosper and have the devine
Rewards of becoming the 2008-2009 KBL Champions.


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  SPAIN   


Signings and problems - by Robert Mayor
- According to several medias, Martin Rancik (204-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) is close to sign a deal with MMT Estudiantes, that after a bad season and with several financial problems continues working in order to have a competitive team.

- Also in Madrid, Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada seems close to ink Angolan guard Olimpio Cipriano (193-F-82), that comes from Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto.

- DKV Joventut announced an agreement with power forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) but player seems more interested in NBA. Pops signed a precontract with Badalona squad with an NBA clause that allowed him to leave if any American team signed a contract with him before July 25th. Mensah-Bonsu tried to get a contract with an American franchise during the Summer Leagues and several teams showed interest in him, but there's no contract with any NBA team and DKV Joventut is waiting for player to come. If British player decides not to come to Badalona in the next days, club will send the signed precontract to FIBA and NBA.


Serbia shoots down Spain in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Spain U18 93:87

Serbian youngsters ensured a tough win over the Spanish counterparts in the Qualifying round opener at the European Championship in Greece. Spain denied an unbelievable 23-point deficit after the starting stanza to trail by just 3 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. However Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) nailed vital two free throws, while Aleksandar Vlahovic (193-G-90) and Bojan Subotic (204-F/C-90) sealed the winning result for Serbian team in the dying seconds. Filip Sepa finished with game-high 23 points to pace Serbia. Bojan Subotic added 16 points and 6 boards, while Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) had 14 points for the winners. Alejandro Hernandez (190-G-90) replied with 18 points for Spain. Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) tallied 14 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Serbia overwhelmed Spaniards in the opening term as they poured in impressive 42 points to pile up a 23-point cushion before the second stanza. However Spain were not done just yet. Alejandro Hernandez nailed 12 points and Spain cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime. They opened the third quarter with 6:0 run to come as close as 1 point from Serbia. Later Antoni Vicens (202-C/F-90) converted a jumper and the teams were knotted up at 53. Serbia though did not allow Spaniards to surge in front. Aleksandar Vlahovic, Filip Sepa and Andreja Milutinovic secured an 11-point lead for the reigning champions with one quarter to go.
Serbia outrebounded their opponents 42:36 and limited those to only 21% from beyond the arc. Serbian players sank 46% from the field in a win.

Serbia U18: Filip Sepa 23, Bojan Subotic 16, Andreja Milutinovic 14
Spain U18: Alejandro Hernandez 18, Ignacio Llovet 14+11 boards


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  SWEDEN   


U18 EC, division B: Sweden leaves Ireland undefeated in Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
U18 Ireland - U18 Sweden 56-63

As it was expected Sweden grabbed victory in the last day of Preliminary Round against Ireland improving to 3-1 in Group B. It means that Sweden will continue U18 European Championship division B in Qualifying Group E together with Slovenia, Czech Republic and Austria. The bead thing for Swedish is a fact that they suffered defeat against Slovenia in the Preliminary Round and it will be transferred to Group E. Anyway if Sweden succeed to beat the other two rivals, which are Czech Republic and Austria, they will have a chance for the semifinals. On the other side Ireland, which remained the only undefeated team in Group B will continue championship in classification stage fighting for the 17th place.

It was not an easy win for Sweden. This time Ireland showed itself as a very inconvenient rival. After ten minutes Sweden couldn't make more than plus one and the same scenario was seen in the second stanza. Ireland continued to play tough and after lay-up by Daniel James (192-F/G-90) in 25th minute Ireland grabbed 2 point lead, 36-34. Until the end of the period Sweden succeeded to get it back on plus two. Beginning of the last frame was a crucial period of the game as Andreas Person (188-G-91) and Erik Persson (195-F-91) led their team to 12-5 run keeping that lead until the very end.

In this game Sweden got the most from Erik Persson, who netted 12 points. Omar Zaghden (204-F/C-90) and Andreas Person scored 10 points each while Omar Zaghden had 8 more rebounds. Daniel James collected 16 points and 7 rebounds for the loosing side. Stephen Tummon (197-F-90) and Conor James (191-G/F-90) stopped on 10 points each.


U18 Ireland - U18 Sweden 56-63
(13-14,14-15,14-14,15-20)

Ireland:
Daniel James 16 (7 rebs), Conor James 10 (10 rebs), Stephen Tummon 10 (4 rebs)
Sweden: Erik Persson 12, Omar Zaghden 10 (8 rebs), Andreas Person 10


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  TAIWAN   


Roundup: Junior NT and TB's HK visit - by Chris Wang
-- Taiwan U-18 NT, which will compete in the Asian Men's U-18 Championship in Iran from August 28 - September 5, started its training under Korean head coach Chung Kwang-suk this past week in Beitou, Taipei.

The team started its training camp earlier this month under assistants Hsieh Yu-chuan and Yang Yi-feng when Chung was coaching Taiwan NT in the Jones Cup.

Taiwan is slated in Group C with the Philippines, United Arab Emirates and Syria. The roster is down to 13 after losing two players to injury. With a height average of 188.5cm, this team has a long way to go in the tournament.

-- This is an old news but I haven't written about it. Yulon head coach Lee Yung-kwang resigned after the team failed to win the SBL champion in consecutive years. The Dinos won the first three SBL titles from 2004-2006.

Lee officially ended his 14-year career with Yulon as a player and a coach when he submitted his resignation in early June.

Zhang Xuelei, a former China NT member who came to Taiwan and played in the pro league CBA, will take over. Actually Zhang has been listed as the Head Coach since last season while Lee was listed as a 'coach' but functioned as the real head coach.

-- Taiwan Beer finished as third place with one win and two losses in the Strait Cup tournament in Hong Kong on July 27 after an 116-69 win over Macao.

Fans in Hong Kong and Taiwan were not happy with the two-time SBL champion. TB players took this tournament lightly and did not give their full effort, which disappointed HK fans. Back home, fans wondered why Lin Chih-chieh, Wu Tai-hao, Ho Shou-cheng and Chen Shih-nian, who all sat out the Jones Cup due to INJURY, were alive and kicking in Hong Kong just days after the Jones Cup. They did not look INJURED at all.

So much for 'attitude, ' TB's team slogan which has become a hot marketing commodity which you can see printed on T-shirts, caps and many other TB merchandise.


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  TURKEY   


Enes Kanter not enough for Turkey against Russia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Russia U18 72:82

Russian Juniors held off Turkey at the start of the Qualifying round despite sizzling performance from Enes Kanter (205-C-92). Turkish talented centre finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds but was eclipsed by balanced Russian squad. Russia used an 8:0 run early in the game to build a 14:6 advantage. Turkey cut it to 2 points at the end of the first frame 16:18. Back-to-back triples from Pavel Antipov (200-F-91) kept Russia in charge at the start of the second term. Finally Kanter's jumper put Turkey up 30:29 late in the period. But Pavel Antipov immediately answered with 4 straight points and Russia were back in the driving seat 33:30. Alexey Murychev (203-F/C-90) struck from beyond the arc to close the first half with Russia leading by 7. Maxim Grigoryev (191-G-90) and Pavel Antipov opened the second half with 5 straight points to give Russia a 12-point buffer. Turkey fought bravely and entered the fourth term down by 8 points. Mukremin Kilicli (206-F/C-90) nailed 4 points in a 6:0 run from Turkey midway through the fourth term to trim the deficit to 6 points. But Pavel Antipov nailed a jumper and Maxim Grigoryev supported him with a three-pointer as Russia cleared off for good in this one. Pavel Antipov dropped 22 points to lead Russia. Maxim Grigoryev added 19 points, while Vladimir Pichkurov (195-G-90) drained 18 for the winners. Mukremin Kilicli topscored for Turkey with 27 points. Turkey had an overwhelming advantage under the rims outrebounding Russia 43:27. But Russian players converted 54% from the field and forced their opponents to 21 turnovers.

Turkey U18: Mukremin Kilicli 27, Enes Kanter 26+22 boards
Russia U18: Pavel Antipov 22, Maxim Grigoryev 19, Vladimir Pichkurov 18


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


CentroBasket 2008 Schedule - by David Edole

CANCUN - FIBA Americas and the organizing committee announced the calendar for the schedule of the CentroBasket 2008 that will be played in two cities in Mexico, Chetumal and Cancun, from the 27 to August 31.

Both cities are part of Quintana Roo State with Chetumal being the capital and hosts of the Group A. Group B will play their games in Cancun.

Host country Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands make up Group A. Group B consists of perennial power Puerto Rico, Cuba, Costa Rica and defending gold medalist Panama.

The Virgin Islands team was the surprised silver medalist of the 2006 edition of CentroBasket. The team dominated Dominican Republic by 30 points and defeated Puerto Rico on three-pointer at the buzzer by Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.).

The last time the Virgin Islands played in Centrobasket 2003 in Mexico, the Cagers lost three games by a total of four points. The team lost to Mexico in the Bronze Medal game 78-76. The team played without starters Kitwana Rhymer (broken leg) and Raja Bell (suspended for two games) whom got into WWE action with Puerto Rico in a semifinal game. Was Cuthbert Victor fouled with time on the clock? We will never know. The V.I. team lost, 87-86. Aditionally the Virgin Islands lost to Mexico in pool play 92-91 in overtime.

The top two teams in each group automatically qualify for the Tournament of the Americas 2009. They will go on to the semifinals where they will cross (1A vs. 2B and 1B vs. 2A) to determine the finalists. The two winners in the semifinal will advance to the finals with the losers to meet in the third place game. The semifinal will be played August 30 and the finals on the 31st.


Group A Itinerary:
Group A: Republica Dominicana, Mexico, Virgin Islands, El Salvador (Chetumal, Estado de Quintana Roo, Mexico).

Wednesday, 27 of August:
Virgin Islands vs. Republica Dominicana
Mexico vs. El Salvador

Thursday, 28 of August:
Republica Dominicana vs. El Salvador
Virgin Islands vs. Mexico

Friday, 29 of August
El Salvador vs. Virgin Islands
Mexico vs. Republica Dominicana

Group B Itinerary:
Group B: Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba y Costa Rica (Cancun, Estado de Quintana Roo, Mxico).


Wednesday, 27 de August:
Cuba vs. Panama
Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico

Thursday, 28 de August:
Panama vs. Costa Rica
Puerto Rico vs. Cuba

Friday, 29 of August:
Costa Rica vs. Cuba
Puerto Rico vs. Panama


*The top two teams from each group advance to the Tournament of Americas 2009.



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  UKRAINE   


Croatia roll past Ukraine to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18 - Ukraine U18 88:76

Croatian Junior National Team kept their record spotless with a cruising win over Ukraine. The teams met at the start of the Qualifying round in Amaliada yesterday. Ukraine who were the last second inductees to the qualifying round could not match Croatian tempo. Mario Delas (210-C-90) exploded with 25 points and 16 boards to propel the Balkan team to yet another impressive victory. Oleksandr Osnach (202-C-90) and Otverchenko kept Ukraine ahead at the start of the game but soon Croatia surged in front. They used a 14:0 run to accumulate a 25:17 advantage late in the first stanza. Batur and Toni Prostran (188-G-91) hit back-to-back trebles early in the second frame as Croatia opened a double digit lead. Oleksandr Gudkov (201-F-90) and Oleksandr Lypovyy (198-G-91) trimmed it to 8 points at halftime. Consecutive treys from Oleksandr Gudkov and Oleksandr Lypovyy allowed Ukraine to come as close as 4 points midway through the third stanza. However Croatia reacted with a 16:6 surge to ensure some breathing space at the end of the third quarter. Radosevic and Toni Prostran gave Croatian side a 21-point buffer at the start of the fourth period and they rolled to a confident win at the end. Toni Prostran netted 21 points for Croatia. Tomislav Zubcic (213-C/F-90) had 16 points for the winners. Oleksandr Gudkov netted 14 points to pace Ukraine. Oleksandr Osnach chipped in 12 points in a loss.

Croatia U18: Mario Delas 25+16 boards, Toni Prostran 21, Tomislav Zubcic 16
Ukraine U18: Oleksandr Gudkov 14, Oleksandr Osnach 12


Strike about non-'4+1'! / Donewald to Dnipro - by Alexander Muzyka

FBU had a meeting on Tuesday. There were the following decisions accepted:
- No necessary Ukrainian at the court (4+nec.1U scheme) this season. This formula will have place at the next season.
- Foreigners' limit will stay at the 9 ones (the team has to pay more fee for every foreigner after 6th).
- Common 'super+farm' player's time limit is cancelled (had to be as summary 40 minutes for the both games for a round last season).
- The contract keeper will have the finance compensation from FBU for the player playing for the NT.
- The team is allowed to keep 28 players.


First point was voiced by majority but no Budivelnyk, Cherkasy Monkeys and Kryvbasbasket-Lux headquarters arrived to the meeting. Some hours ago Dnipro, BC Odesa and Politekhnika-Halychyna officially decided to turn back their players from Ukrainian NT's of all of the ages because of the strike. Remind, NT had Hryhori Khyzhniak, Viktor Kobzystyi, Maksym Vilkhovetskyi, Maksym Kornienko, Oleksandr Panchenko and Yaroslav Zubrytskyi invited to NT. Plus there were a lot of players in U-16, U-18 and U-20 teams. Nobody knows a future of these teams in Eurochamps now but everybody agrees with Valentyn Melnychuk - that was a strange and ubnormal decision about the strike.

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Bob Jr. Donewald was inked as a head coach of Dnipro.



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


An Nasr inks Antic - by Mohammed Malas
Al Nasr Sports Club Dubai agreed with Srdjan Srdjan Antic to be the new head coach for one year. The former head coach of NIS Vojvodina (Serbian profesional league), also coached Partizan, Red Star and Vozdovac (Serbia), man and woman, junior and senior teams.

He was also coach with man and woman senior teams in professional leagues in Spain and Portugal. Coach Antic achieved Libyan Championship as Al Ittihad Tripoli Head Coach (2005-06) and clasification on Arab Clubs Championship quarter of final as Al Nasr Benghazi Head Coach (the best result on Libyan basketabll clubs history). He was Libyan National Senior Team Head Coach on Arab Basketball Nation Championship and Pan Arab Games 2007.


Galloway signs for An Nasr - by Ali Ahmed

An Nasr basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) to play for them this season 2008/2009.


Galloway is an all-around, versatile player who can score, rebound, pass, and defend at a high level solid ball handler versatile enough to play 2, 3, or 4 position unselfish player.

Awards/Achievements:
A-Sun Tournament Semifinals -04
Spanish LEB2 Cup Finalist -05
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB2 Forward of the Year -05
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB2 1st Team -05
Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB2 All-Imports Team -05


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U18 EC, division B: Thriller win Romania against England - by Eurobasket News
U18 Romania - U18 England 86-77

Romania was better than England in the last game of Preliminary Group C finishing it on third place. Interesting is that the second ranked team Portugal also has score 2-2 but unfortunately to Romanians they was faced with serious defeat against Portuguese. Thus instead of Qualifying Round, Romania will continue its way on U18 European Championship division B at the classification stage. Romanians are placed in Group H together with Finland, Belarus and Georgia. Two best team from this group together with two best team from Group G will fight for the position number 9. Good thing for Romania is that win against Belarus will be transferred to the classification round. England will continue championship fighting for the position number 17.

England showed pretty good performance against Romania. After minus 7 at the opening quarter, England played furious second stanza and mostly owing to Leigh Greenan (211-C-90) finished it 11-25. It means that England had solid 7 points lead at the half time. At the middle of third period excellent Rolland Torok (198-C-90) brought his team to minus 5 but Manghum and Leigh Greenan immediately answered which resulted with 53-64 before the last frame. Romanians totally took control on their opponent equalizing on 75:75 with 35 seconds remaining. England had a last offense but William Neighbour (203-F-90) missed a 3- pointer. During the next five minutes England scored just 2 points while on the other side Rolland Torok and his teammates netted 11.

Rolland Torok was a central figure of the game netting 32 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. He had wonderful shot percentage during the entire time making 10 of 15 for FG2, 12 of 13 from the free throw line including one missed shot from behind the arc. Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) followed him with 14 points while Ioan Pop (175-G-90) had 11 points. England got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Leigh Greenan while Joshua Houghton (188-G-91) had 11 points. William Neighbour and Nigel van Oostrum (194-G-90) contributed in this game scoring 10 points each.


U18 Romania - U18 England 86-77
(22-15,11-25,20-24,22-11,11-2)

Romania:
Rolland Torok 32 (17 rebs), Adrian Gutoaia 14, Ioan Pop 11
England: Leigh Greenan 17 (10 rebs), Joshua Houghton 11, William Neighbour 10, Nigel van Oostrum 10




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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


United States U18 Team completes FIBA Americas Championship unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Argentina U18 81:37

Nneka Ogwumike secured 20 points and 15 rebounds for the United States Junior Team as they claimed wrapped up their FIBA Americas Championship campaign with a comprehensive win over hosting Argentina. So the USA finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record and celebrated a well-deserved title at the end. Argentina lost 3 of their five games but still clinched the 4th spot that gave them the opportunity to qualify for the U19 World Championship in Thailand. The USA could not clear off substantially in the opening frame as Argentina maintained the pressure on the visitors. The USA team led 19:16 after ten minutes of action and Argentina tied it all at 19 with a three-pointer early in the second stanza. But the North American side replied with 21:7 run to close the first half leading by 14 points. The USA stunned their opponents in the third frame as they outscored them 20:2 en route to a 60:28 advantage with one quarter to go. The United States players cruised to an easy win at the end. Kelsey Bone (6'5''-C-91) came up with 12 points and 9 boards for the USA. Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) had 11 points for the winners. Nayla Kraft (5'6''-G-90) answered with 13 points for Argentina. Agostina Burrani (6'2''-C-90) added 10 points in defeat. The USA enjoyed an overwhelming advantage on the glass 68:26. They limited Argentinean players to just 21% accuracy from the field. Argentina also committed 21 turnovers down the stretch.

USA U18: Nneka Ogwumike 20+15 boards, Kelsey Bone 12, Skylar Diggins 11
Argentina U18: Nayla Kraft 13, Agostina Burrani 10


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil beat Puerto Rico to close U18 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U18 - Puerto Rico U18 82:41

Brazilian Junior National Team grabbed their third win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires. They defeated Puerto Rico and claimed the third spot at the tournament. Brazil thus booked the ticket to the U19 World Championship in Thailand next year. Puerto Rico failed to deliver a single victory in Argentina and finished at the bottom of the ladder. Patricia Teixeira (177-G/F-90) scored 6 points in the starting frame and Brazil opened a 20:9 lead. Puerto Rico could not match Brazils tempo and trailed by as many as 20 points at the interval. Brazil were not about to slow down in the third stanza as they scored 25 points to accumulate a 33-point advantage with one quarter left in the game. Brazilian team looked dominant in the fourth term and easily secured a thumping win at the end. Patricia Teixeira scored 18 points to pace Brazilian side. Monica Da Silva (189-F/C-91) had 14 points and 12 boards, while Tassia Pereira (175-G-92) added 11 points in a win. Katia Acevedo (155-G-90) netted 11 points for Puerto Rico. Rita Acevedo (168-G-92) knocked down 6 points in a losing effort. Brazil pulled down 65 boards including 22 offensive ones. They limited Puerto Rico to woeful 20% accuracy from the field.

Brazil U18: Patricia Teixeira 18, Monica Da Silva 14+12 boards, Tassia Pereira 11
Puerto Rico U18: Katia Acevedo 11, Rita Acevedo 6


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  CANADA - Women  


Canada rout Venezuela in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Venezuela U18 88:68

Canadian Junior National Team overcame Venezuela to complete their FIBA Americas Championship campaign. Canada scored 4 wins in 5 games at the tournament and occupied the second overall spot. This automatically qualified them for the U19 World Championship in Thailand to be held next year. Venezuela finished at 1-4 record and clinched the 5th spot. Venezuelan team got to a better start of the game as they outgunned Canada 20:18 in the opening stanza. Canada shook off some sloppiness in the second frame and managed to pull ahead 39:37 at halftime. The third term brought things to more expected looks as Canada thrashed Venezuela. The North American team accounted for 28 points in the period and piled up a 20-point advantage with one quarter to go. Venezuela leveled the tempo in the fourth stanza but failed to come any closer at the end. Jennifer Vaughan (175-G-90) topscored with 17 points for Canada. Elyse Jobin (180-G-90) had 15 points, while Justine Colley (175-G) and Taryn Wicijowski (188-F/C) contributed 10 points apiece in a win. Roselis Silva (-G-90) nailed 19 points for Venezuela. Dahilifer Iserny (-90) tallied 17 points in a loss. Canada outrebounded their opponents 45:30 and forced Venezuela to 17 turnovers. Canada shot 46% from the field, while limiting Venezuela to 38%.

Canada U18: Jennifer Vaughan 17, Elyse Jobin 15, Justine Colley 10, Taryn Wicijowski 10
Venezuela U18: Roselis Silva 19, Dahilifer Iserny 17


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic clinch third spot in Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18 - France U18 70:61

Czech Republic Juniors finished the European Championship campaign with a solid win over France to occupy the third spot in the final ladder. Czech team managed to overcome the bitter memories of a narrow defeat to Russia in the semis to knock down French opponents in the Bronze medals game. A tough defense and balanced offense was the key to the Czech success. Zavazalova and Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) ignited a 9:0 run for Czech team midway through the opening frame to grab a 13:5 lead. France however cut it to 2 points at the end of the frame. Karolina Elhotova and Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) stretched the distance to 8 points in the second frame however France stayed at a striking distance. Medenou and Strunc shaved it to 6 points at halftime. The teams traded baskets early in the second half before Diandra Tchatchouang (187-F/C-91) and Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) spurred France ahead 46:45. Czech needed a 9:0 run late in the quarter to regain the advantage and enjoy a 56:49 buffer before the final stanza. Diandra Tchatchouang and Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) converted a bunch of free throws at the start of the fourth term to draw things level at 56. However back-to-back trebles from Renata Brezinova and Michaela Stara (172-G-90) set Czech team back in charge at 66:58. Soon Rosenbaumova opened a double-digit lead for Czech Republic and they never looked back in the dying minutes. Renata Brezinova scored 16 points for Czech Republic. Michaela Stara added 15 points, while Karolina Elhotova provided 14 in a winning case. Diandra Tchatchouang nailed 27 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for France. Allison Vernerey and Alexia Plagnard had 7 points apiece in a losing effort.

Czech Republic U18: Renata Brezinova 16, Michaela Stara 15, Karolina Elhotova 14
France U18: Diandra Tchatchouang 27, Allison Vernerey 7, Alexia Plagnard 7


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Division A. Finals - by Eurobasket News
Final
Lithuania U18 - Russia U18 63:57

Lithuanian Junior National Team narrowly defeated Russian counterparts to celebrate the title at the European Championship in Slovakia. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) scored 27 points, grabbed 8 boards and dished out 4 assists to lead Lithuania to the first title at this level. Lithuanian guard was named the MVP of the tournament after the game as she averaged 19 points, 8 boards, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the event.
Lithuanian team got to a flying start of the game as Aurime Rinkeviciute and Marina Solopova (180-G-90) drained trebles. Two more three-pointers from Aurime Rinkeviciute late in the period allowed the Baltic team to maintain a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) nailed 7 points during a 9:0 run from Russia that capped the first half and brought them within a single point from Lithuania at halftime. But the Baltic side kept in front throughout the third stanza and rolled to a 50:45 advantage with one quarter remaining. Aurime Rinkeviciute chipped in 5 straight points midway through the final term to give Lithuania an 8-point cushion. Petrushina connected from beyond the arc and Anastasia Logunova added two freebies to shave the deficit to 4 points with under 2 minutes left. However Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) came up with jumper after misses from Loginova and Petrushina to seal the winning outcome for Lithuania at the end. Marina Solopova had 15 points, while Giedre Paugaite contributed 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Anastasiya Shilova answered with 14 points for Russia. Ekaterina Kiryanova, Anastasia Logunova and Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) secured 8 points each in defeat. Lithuania outrebounded Russia 51:43 and limited their opponents to only 30% accuracy from the field.

Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute 27, Marina Solopova 15, Giedre Paugaite 11+12 boards
Russia U18: Anastasiya Shilova 14, Veronika Dorosheva 8+5 boards


3rd-4th spots
Czech Republic U18 - France U18 70:61

Czech Republic Juniors finished the European Championship campaign with a solid win over France to occupy the third spot in the final ladder. Czech team managed to overcome the bitter memories of a narrow defeat to Russia in the semis to knock down French opponents in the Bronze medals game. A tough defense and balanced offense was the key to the Czech success. Zavazalova and Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) ignited a 9:0 run for Czech team midway through the opening frame to grab a 13:5 lead. France however cut it to 2 points at the end of the frame. Karolina Elhotova and Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) stretched the distance to 8 points in the second frame however France stayed at a striking distance. Medenou and Strunc shaved it to 6 points at halftime. The teams traded baskets early in the second half before Diandra Tchatchouang (187-F/C-91) and Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) spurred France ahead 46:45. Czech needed a 9:0 run late in the quarter to regain the advantage and enjoy a 56:49 buffer before the final stanza. Diandra Tchatchouang and Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) converted a bunch of free throws at the start of the fourth term to draw things level at 56. However back-to-back trebles from Renata Brezinova and Michaela Stara (172-G-90) set Czech team back in charge at 66:58. Soon Rosenbaumova opened a double-digit lead for Czech Republic and they never looked back in the dying minutes. Renata Brezinova scored 16 points for Czech Republic. Michaela Stara added 15 points, while Karolina Elhotova provided 14 in a winning case. Diandra Tchatchouang nailed 27 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for France. Allison Vernerey and Alexia Plagnard had 7 points apiece in a losing effort.

Czech Republic U18: Renata Brezinova 16, Michaela Stara 15, Karolina Elhotova 14
France U18: Diandra Tchatchouang 27, Allison Vernerey 7, Alexia Plagnard 7


5th-6th spots
Serbia U18 - Spain U18 64:69

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

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


7th-8th spots
Slovak Republic U18 - Poland U18 76:46

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

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


9th-10th spots
Sweden U18 - Turkey U18 67:76

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

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


11th-12th spots
Ukraine U18 - Bulgaria U18 72:60

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

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


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  FRANCE - Women  


Czech Republic clinch third spot in Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18 - France U18 70:61

Czech Republic Juniors finished the European Championship campaign with a solid win over France to occupy the third spot in the final ladder. Czech team managed to overcome the bitter memories of a narrow defeat to Russia in the semis to knock down French opponents in the Bronze medals game. A tough defense and balanced offense was the key to the Czech success. Zavazalova and Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) ignited a 9:0 run for Czech team midway through the opening frame to grab a 13:5 lead. France however cut it to 2 points at the end of the frame. Karolina Elhotova and Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) stretched the distance to 8 points in the second frame however France stayed at a striking distance. Medenou and Strunc shaved it to 6 points at halftime. The teams traded baskets early in the second half before Diandra Tchatchouang (187-F/C-91) and Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) spurred France ahead 46:45. Czech needed a 9:0 run late in the quarter to regain the advantage and enjoy a 56:49 buffer before the final stanza. Diandra Tchatchouang and Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) converted a bunch of free throws at the start of the fourth term to draw things level at 56. However back-to-back trebles from Renata Brezinova and Michaela Stara (172-G-90) set Czech team back in charge at 66:58. Soon Rosenbaumova opened a double-digit lead for Czech Republic and they never looked back in the dying minutes. Renata Brezinova scored 16 points for Czech Republic. Michaela Stara added 15 points, while Karolina Elhotova provided 14 in a winning case. Diandra Tchatchouang nailed 27 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for France. Allison Vernerey and Alexia Plagnard had 7 points apiece in a losing effort.

Czech Republic U18: Renata Brezinova 16, Michaela Stara 15, Karolina Elhotova 14
France U18: Diandra Tchatchouang 27, Allison Vernerey 7, Alexia Plagnard 7


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  GERMANY - Women  


Saarlouis Royals land Wellers and Goodwin - by Moritz Korff
The TV Saarlouis Royals completed the signings of Janina Wellers (180-F-88) and Fantasia Goodwin (183-G/F-85, college: Syracuse), as announced today. By adding these two players the summer signings in Saarlouis as come to a close. Wellers, a former German Junior International, was among the best domestic players in the 2. Bundesliga North in this past season and played an important role at Osnabruecker SC. Saarlouis coach Rene Spandauw thinks that Wellers can adapt to the level of competition in the DBBL quickly.
The second new Royal is going to be 22-year-old Fantasia Sharon Goodwin from Hastings, NY. She averaged 12.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals through 31 games for Syracuse University (NCAA1) in this past season.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania are the new U18 European Champions! - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Russia U18 63:57

Lithuanian Junior National Team narrowly defeated Russian counterparts to celebrate the title at the European Championship in Slovakia. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) scored 27 points, grabbed 8 boards and dished out 4 assists to lead Lithuania to the first title at this level. Lithuanian guard was named the MVP of the tournament after the game as she averaged 19 points, 8 boards, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the event.
Lithuanian team got to a flying start of the game as they Aurime Rinkeviciute and Marina Solopova (180-G-90) drained trebles. Two more three-pointers from Aurime Rinkeviciute late in the period allowed the Baltic team to maintain a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) nailed 7 points during a 9:0 run from Russia that capped the first half and brought them within a single point from Lithuania at halftime. But the Baltic side kept in front throughout the third stanza and rolled to a 50:45 advantage with one quarter remaining. Aurime Rinkeviciute chipped in 5 straight points midway through the final term to give Lithuania an 8-point cushion. Petrushina connected from beyond the arc and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) added two freebies to shave the deficit to 4 points with under 2 minutes left. However Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) came up with jumper after misses from Loginova and Petrushina to seal the winning outcome for Lithuania at the end. Marina Solopova had 15 points, while Giedre Paugaite contributed 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Anastasiya Shilova answered with 14 points for Russia. Ekaterina Kiryanova (179-F/G-90), Anastasia Logunova and Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) secured 8 points each in defeat. Lithuania outrebounded Russia 51:43 and limited their opponents to only 30% accuracy from the field.

Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute 27, Marina Solopova 15, Giedre Paugaite 11+12 boards
Russia U18: Anastasiya Shilova 14, Veronika Dorosheva 8+5 boards


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  NCAA1 - Women  


United States U18 Team completes FIBA Americas Championship unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Argentina U18 81:37

Nneka Ogwumike secured 20 points and 15 rebounds for the United States Junior Team as they claimed wrapped up their FIBA Americas Championship campaign with a comprehensive win over hosting Argentina. So the USA finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record and celebrated a well-deserved title at the end. Argentina lost 3 of their five games but still clinched the 4th spot that gave them the opportunity to qualify for the U19 World Championship in Thailand. The USA could not clear off substantially in the opening frame as Argentina maintained the pressure on the visitors. The USA team led 19:16 after ten minutes of action and Argentina tied it all at 19 with a three-pointer early in the second stanza. But the North American side replied with 21:7 run to close the first half leading by 14 points. The USA stunned their opponents in the third frame as they outscored them 20:2 en route to a 60:28 advantage with one quarter to go. The United States players cruised to an easy win at the end. Kelsey Bone (6'5''-C-91) came up with 12 points and 9 boards for the USA. Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) had 11 points for the winners. Nayla Kraft (5'6''-G-90) answered with 13 points for Argentina. Agostina Burrani (6'2''-C-90) added 10 points in defeat. The USA enjoyed an overwhelming advantage on the glass 68:26. They limited Argentinean players to just 21% accuracy from the field. Argentina also committed 21 turnovers down the stretch.

USA U18: Nneka Ogwumike 20+15 boards, Kelsey Bone 12, Skylar Diggins 11
Argentina U18: Nayla Kraft 13, Agostina Burrani 10


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Portugal under16 results in the CPLP competition - by Bruno Baltazar
The portuguese under16 team is representing Portugal in Brazil at the VI edition of the CPLP competition(comunity of portuguese language countrys).
In the first day of competition they played and won against Guine (70-26),in their second game they defeated Mozambique (67-45).
So far easy games for Portugal that is showing they the favorites to win the title ,next game will be against Brazil in two days.


Ticha update before the olimpic break - by Bruno Baltazar
As everyone already know this season is been the season at the personal level as being the season with the better career averages for the portuguese star sensation Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU).
Sacramento Monarchs so far before the olimpic break has a record of 15-12 in the 4th place and last place for the playoffs in their division,before the lose in the last game they were in a franchise record of 7 straight wins.
Patricia Penicheiro stats this season are the fallowing: PPG 9,9 RPG 3,00 APG 5,1 .


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Brazil beat Puerto Rico to close U18 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U18 - Puerto Rico U18 82:41

Brazilian Junior National Team grabbed their third win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires. They defeated Puerto Rico and claimed the third spot at the tournament. Brazil thus booked the ticket to the U19 World Championship in Thailand next year. Puerto Rico failed to deliver a single victory in Argentina and finished at the bottom of the ladder. Patricia Teixeira (177-G/F-90) scored 6 points in the starting frame and Brazil opened a 20:9 lead. Puerto Rico could not match Brazils tempo and trailed by as many as 20 points at the interval. Brazil were not about to slow down in the third stanza as they scored 25 points to accumulate a 33-point advantage with one quarter left in the game. Brazilian team looked dominant in the fourth term and easily secured a thumping win at the end. Patricia Teixeira scored 18 points to pace Brazilian side. Monica Da Silva (189-F/C-91) had 14 points and 12 boards, while Tassia Pereira (175-G-92) added 11 points in a win. Katia Acevedo (155-G-90) netted 11 points for Puerto Rico. Rita Acevedo (168-G-92) knocked down 6 points in a losing effort. Brazil pulled down 65 boards including 22 offensive ones. They limited Puerto Rico to woeful 20% accuracy from the field.

Brazil U18: Patricia Teixeira 18, Monica Da Silva 14+12 boards, Tassia Pereira 11
Puerto Rico U18: Katia Acevedo 11, Rita Acevedo 6


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Lithuania are the new U18 European Champions! - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Russia U18 63:57

Lithuanian Junior National Team narrowly defeated Russian counterparts to celebrate the title at the European Championship in Slovakia. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) scored 27 points, grabbed 8 boards and dished out 4 assists to lead Lithuania to the first title at this level. Lithuanian guard was named the MVP of the tournament after the game as she averaged 19 points, 8 boards, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the event.
Lithuanian team got to a flying start of the game as they Aurime Rinkeviciute and Marina Solopova (180-G-90) drained trebles. Two more three-pointers from Aurime Rinkeviciute late in the period allowed the Baltic team to maintain a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) nailed 7 points during a 9:0 run from Russia that capped the first half and brought them within a single point from Lithuania at halftime. But the Baltic side kept in front throughout the third stanza and rolled to a 50:45 advantage with one quarter remaining. Aurime Rinkeviciute chipped in 5 straight points midway through the final term to give Lithuania an 8-point cushion. Petrushina connected from beyond the arc and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) added two freebies to shave the deficit to 4 points with under 2 minutes left. However Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) came up with jumper after misses from Loginova and Petrushina to seal the winning outcome for Lithuania at the end. Marina Solopova had 15 points, while Giedre Paugaite contributed 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Anastasiya Shilova answered with 14 points for Russia. Ekaterina Kiryanova (179-F/G-90), Anastasia Logunova and Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) secured 8 points each in defeat. Lithuania outrebounded Russia 51:43 and limited their opponents to only 30% accuracy from the field.

Lithuania U18: Aurime Rinkeviciute 27, Marina Solopova 15, Giedre Paugaite 11+12 boards
Russia U18: Anastasiya Shilova 14, Veronika Dorosheva 8+5 boards


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18 - Women  


Standings (Women)
A Standings
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. CAN 4-1 
 3. BRA 3-2 
 4. ARG 2-3 
 5. VEN 1-4 
 6. PUR 0-5 


FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Day 5 - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Argentina U18 81:37
Nneka Ogwumike secured 20 points and 15 rebounds for the United States Junior Team as they claimed wrapped up their FIBA Americas Championship campaign with a comprehensive win over hosting Argentina. So the USA finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record and celebrated a well-deserved title at the end. Argentina lost 3 of their five games but still clinched the 4th spot that gave them the opportunity to qualify for the U19 World Championship in Thailand. The USA could not clear off substantially in the opening frame as Argentina maintained the pressure on the visitors. The USA team led 19:16 after ten minutes of action and Argentina tied it all at 19 with a three-pointer early in the second stanza. But the North American side replied with 21:7 run to close the first half leading by 14 points. The USA stunned their opponents in the third frame as they outscored them 20:2 en route to a 60:28 advantage with one quarter to go. The United States players cruised to an easy win at the end. Kelsey Bone (196-C-91) came up with 12 points and 9 boards for the USA. Skylar Diggins (175-G-90) had 11 points for the winners. Nayla Kraft (166-G-90) answered with 13 points for Argentina. Agostina Burrani (188-C-90) added 10 points in defeat. The USA enjoyed an overwhelming advantage on the glass 68:26. They limited Argentinean players to just 21% accuracy from the field. Argentina also committed 21 turnovers down the stretch.

USA U18: Nneka Ogwumike 20+15 boards, Kelsey Bone 12, Skylar Diggins 11
Argentina U18: Nayla Kraft 13, Agostina Burrani 10


Canada U18 - Venezuela U18 88:68
Canadian Junior National Team overcame Venezuela to complete their FIBA Americas Championship campaign. Canada scored 4 wins in 5 games at the tournament and occupied the second overall spot. This automatically qualified them for the U19 World Championship in Thailand to be held next year. Venezuela finished at 1-4 record and clinched the 5th spot. Venezuelan team got to a better start of the game as they outgunned Canada 20:18 in the opening stanza. Canada shook off some sloppiness in the second frame and managed to pull ahead 39:37 at halftime. The third term brought things to more expected looks as Canada thrashed Venezuela. The North American team accounted for 28 points in the period and piled up a 20-point advantage with one quarter to go. Venezuela leveled the tempo in the fourth stanza but failed to come any closer at the end. Jennifer Vaughan (175-G-90) topscored with 17 points for Canada. Elyse Jobin (180-G-90) had 15 points, while Justine Colley (175-G) and Taryn Wicijowski (188-F/C) contributed 10 points apiece in a win. Roselis Silva (-G-90) nailed 19 points for Venezuela. Dahilifer Iserny (-90) tallied 17 points in a loss. Canada outrebounded their opponents 45:30 and forced Venezuela to 17 turnovers. Canada shot 46% from the field, while limiting Venezuela to 38%.

Canada U18: Jennifer Vaughan 17, Elyse Jobin 15, Justine Colley 10, Taryn Wicijowski 10
Venezuela U18: Roselis Silva 19, Dahilifer Iserny 17


Brazil U18 - Puerto Rico U18 82:41
Brazilian Junior National Team grabbed their third win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires. They defeated Puerto Rico and claimed the third spot at the tournament. Brazil thus booked the ticket to the U19 World Championship in Thailand next year. Puerto Rico failed to deliver a single victory in Argentina and finished at the bottom of the ladder. Patricia Teixeira (177-G/F-90) scored 6 points in the starting frame and Brazil opened a 20:9 lead. Puerto Rico could not match Brazils tempo and trailed by as many as 20 points at the interval. Brazil were not about to slow down in the third stanza as they scored 25 points to accumulate a 33-point advantage with one quarter left in the game. Brazilian team looked dominant in the fourth term and easily secured a thumping win at the end. Patricia Teixeira scored 18 points to pace Brazilian side. Monica Da Silva (189-F/C-91) had 14 points and 12 boards, while Tassia Pereira (175-G-92) added 11 points in a win. Katia Acevedo (155-G-90) netted 11 points for Puerto Rico. Rita Acevedo (168-G-92) knocked down 6 points in a losing effort. Brazil pulled down 65 boards including 22 offensive ones. They limited Puerto Rico to woeful 20% accuracy from the field.

Brazil U18: Patricia Teixeira 18, Monica Da Silva 14+12 boards, Tassia Pereira 11
Puerto Rico U18: Katia Acevedo 11, Rita Acevedo 6


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


Canada rout Venezuela in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News
Canada U18 - Venezuela U18 88:68

Canadian Junior National Team overcame Venezuela to complete their FIBA Americas Championship campaign. Canada scored 4 wins in 5 games at the tournament and occupied the second overall spot. This automatically qualified them for the U19 World Championship in Thailand to be held next year. Venezuela finished at 1-4 record and clinched the 5th spot. Venezuelan team got to a better start of the game as they outgunned Canada 20:18 in the opening stanza. Canada shook off some sloppiness in the second frame and managed to pull ahead 39:37 at halftime. The third term brought things to more expected looks as Canada thrashed Venezuela. The North American team accounted for 28 points in the period and piled up a 20-point advantage with one quarter to go. Venezuela leveled the tempo in the fourth stanza but failed to come any closer at the end. Jennifer Vaughan (175-G-90) topscored with 17 points for Canada. Elyse Jobin (180-G-90) had 15 points, while Justine Colley (175-G) and Taryn Wicijowski (188-F/C) contributed 10 points apiece in a win. Roselis Silva (-G-90) nailed 19 points for Venezuela. Dahilifer Iserny (-90) tallied 17 points in a loss. Canada outrebounded their opponents 45:30 and forced Venezuela to 17 turnovers. Canada shot 46% from the field, while limiting Venezuela to 38%.

Canada U18: Jennifer Vaughan 17, Elyse Jobin 15, Justine Colley 10, Taryn Wicijowski 10
Venezuela U18: Roselis Silva 19, Dahilifer Iserny 17