EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/4/2008

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Ivanov signed for Zadar! - by Dani Erceg

Bulgarian power forward Deian Ivanov (205-C-86) who spent last season in Split signed for Zadar. Ivanov avearged 11.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1spg in Adriatic League. Next player who is target of Zadar is US guard Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR) who spent last season in Hapoel Holon and won Israeli League.










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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina beats Brazil - by Leonardo Contieri
Argentina kept its undefeated status after the third day of play in the southamerican championship in Chile by easily defeating Brazil, which also arrived with a 2-0 record, 102-68.
After some parity in the opening minutes, led by Roman Gonzalez, Argentina started to get away on the score thanks to a very strong defense the forced brazilian players to shot only from outside, as the paint was very well guarded by Gonzalez and Pelussi. Early on the second quarter Argentina took the difference to double digits as reserves did as a good a job as starters and Brazil couldn't keep pace. Argentina had some steals on the first line of defense that led to fast breaks and easy points and the margin rose to stunning 23 points at halftime (52-29). As the third period started the margin stabilized around the 30 point mark and subsitutes entered the court for both sides.
Argentina: Stanic 7, Quinteros 8, Locatelli 7, Pelussi 17, Gonzalez 20 (starters) Gutierrez 4, Garcia 10, Mainoldi 7, Mata 7, Cequeira 12, Gerbaudo 3, De Los Santos.
Brazil: Arthur 9, Diego 10, Helio 14, Drudi 7, Torres 8 (starters) Dede 5, Gruber, Coloneze 3, Teichmann 2, Passos 6, Manteguinha 4, Alves.
Score by quarter: 27-17 / 52-29 / 80-45


Latest Transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Liga A:
Sionista: signed Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.)
Quimsa: signed Herb Courtney (201-F-84, agency: CAA Sports), James Moore (203-C-82, agency: Duran International, college: N.Mexico St.), Juan Manuel Torres (208-C-84), Federico Mansilla (190-G-87) and released Alejandro Reinick.
Libertad: Announced officially that Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) will be the replacement of Martin Muller until he be recovered of his injury.
Boca jrs: signed Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Buffalo) and Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88).
Penarol: signed Sebastian Vega (203-C-88) and David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.)
El Nacional: signed Facundo Venturini (198-F-87)
Obras: signed Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) and Omar Canton (210-C-82)
Quilmes: signed Nicolas Romano (197-F-87)
Ben Hur: signed Lucas Ortiz (190-G-87) and Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89)

TNA:
Union Sunch: signed Cristian Amicucci
Argentino: signed Federico Sureda (185-G-79), Selem Safar (190-G-87), Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88), Jonatan Slider and Juan Cansina.
Central Entrerriano: signed Cristian Cadillac (194-G-83) and Pablo Mander
Ciclista Juninense: signed Federico Arce (200-F/C-82), Alejo Barovero (201-G/F-85, college: Barton (NC)), Alejandro Konsztadt, Bruno Oprandi (190-G-85), Fabian Elias Saad.
La Union: signed Pablo Barrios and Ariel Zago.
San Martin Corrientes: signed Claudio Chiappero (203-C-74) and Ruperto Herrera (202-F-72).
San Martin Marcos Juarez: Diego Belvedere (184-G-75), Facundo Ortega, German Bernhardt, Pablo Bruna (185-G-87), Gaston Sieiro


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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia topples Croatia in Rijeka - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Australia 74:78

Australia tipped off their European tour with a narrow victory over Croatia. The Boomers arrived to Croatia just 36 hours prior to the game but still managed to deliver the performance worth a victory. David Andersen (212-C-80) joined the Boomers squad and immediately exploded with team-high 16 points. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) contributed 15 points for the winners. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) missed the encounter because of the stomach virus. The teams kept it close in the starting frame and were tied at 18 after ten minutes of action. However the visitors spurred ahead in the second stanza and built a 40:32 lead at halftime. Croatia stayed at a striking distance throughout the third term but the Boomers never allowed their opponents to come too close. The Aussies entered the final quarter ahead by 9 points and kept the hosts at bay throughout the rest of the action. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) came up with 12 points in a winning case. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) secured 13 points, while Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) had 8 points and 10 boards in defeat. The teams will meet again on Friday. Then they will travel to Athens for the Acropolis Tournament.

Croatia: Marko Popovic 19, Marko Tomas 13, Damir Markota 8+10 boards
Australia: David Andersen 16, Joe Ingles 15, Shawn Redhage 12


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  BAHRAIN   


Muharraq and Al Ahli in final U21 - by Yousef Ahmed

MUHARRAQ and Al Ahli booked berths in the final match of the Bahrain Under-21 Basketball League after respective victories over Al Hala and Manama last Tuesday at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex.

In the Golden Square knock-out semi-finals, Muharraq outplayed Al Hala 91-67 and Al Ahli followed suit beating Manama 89-69 to set up the final clash scheduled for Saturday at 7.30pm at the same venue.


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  BELGIUM   


Base Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


The rumour had been going around for a long time now but today it became official that 2 time Belgian player of the year Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) is leaving Oostende after 3 years and is headed to Italy.
The player himself told Oostende that he signed a 3 year contract with Armani Milan.
He will however play the 2008-2009 season for Scavolino Pesaro on loan from Milan.

The past season he averaged 11.5 ppg and 3.2 apg in the Belgian League and similar stats in the Uleb Cup.

Is a member of the Belgian National team and most recently was present at the Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso.


In other news from Base Oostende, the team was invited to take the place of Bree in this year's Eurocup (formerly Uleb Cup)



Belgacom Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


While some teams seem not be making any moves other teams such as Liege are working hard on getting their team together for next season.
Their latest recruit is American guard Chris Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) who comes to Liege from Turkey where he played for Banvit Kulubu.
Played 18 games in the Turkish league and averaged 13.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg.
Had a good 4 year career at Michigan State before going oveseas. His first 2 years he spent in France, first for Evreux in ProB.
His second year in France he spent with ProA team Stade Clermont.
had averages of 14.1ppg and 3.5 rpg during the 2006-2007 season.

Was selected to play for Team USA at the 2003 Pan Am games.



Dexia Mons-Hainaut Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Dexia Mons-Hainaut has signed its first new player for the 2008-2009 season in former Bree guard/forward Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.).
He signed a one year deal with Mons-Hainaut.
Torbert played the previous season in France for ProA team Paris-Levallois. In 29 games for Levallosi he averaged 7.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg.

Was teammates with former Liege player Cyril Akpomedah in Levallois.
Torbert already played for present Mons coach Chris Finch during the 2006-2007 season in Bree.
While at Bree he averaged 15.9ppg in 36 games.


In other news from Mons the team will be participating in the Fiba Cup next year. The same cup in which they played the finals last season.

But since the cooperation between Uleb and Fiba the competition in the Fiba Cup next year should be stronger.


Accoring to the official Nymburk website former Dexia Mons-Hainaut player Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) is headed that way.
Gray played 2 seasons in Belgium; first for Verviers-Pepinster and last year for Mons.

He averaged 15 ppg for the past season and was one of the better 3tp shooters in Belgium.



Generali Okapi Aalstar Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Generali Okapi Aalstar has found its center player for next season to replace Eric Poole.
After 3 years at Liege Basket Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80, college: Colorado) is headed to the northern part of Belgium to play for Aalstar.
Pelle played for Liege between 2005 and 2008. In those 3 years he was always among the leading rebounders in the Belgian league.
Left Colorado after the 2002-2003 season as the school's all time leading rebounder.
Averaged 12.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the 2007-2008 season.


Belgacom Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Seems it did not take long for Liege to replace the departing Stephane Pelle since today they announced the arrival of George Mason's Will Thomas (201-F-86).
Thomas was selected first-team All-CAA in 2007-08 and was named to the CAA All-Defensive Team for the third straight season.
He was runner-up for both the CAA Player of the Year and CAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Averaged 16.1 ppg and 10.4 rpg during his senior year.
His 10.4 rpg placed him first on the CAA top rebounders list. Placed second on the field goal leaders list with 64 pct fg shooting.

George Mason is the school where former Liege guard Michael Huger is assistant coach.

Thomas scored 18 pts and grabbed 13 rebs to lead George Mason to the CAA championship beating William & Mary, earning the team a trip to the NCAA tournament.



Antwerp Diamond Giants Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Antwerp Giants have just signed their second new player. Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, college: Drexel) a Belgian of Congolese descent is headed back to Belgium for at least the next 2 seasons.
Oveneke played the past 4 years for NCAA D1 team Drexel located in Philadelphia.

This past season he was in the starting lineup 32 out of 32 games and averaged 6.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg.
With his 4.9 rpg he was the second leading rebounder for Drexel.

Played for the U20 Belgian National team.



Belgacom Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Liege is working hard at getting its roster filled for next season. They now adding former Aalst center Eric Poole (204-F/C-76, college: Richmond) to their team.
Poole already played for present Liege and former Aalst coach Tom Johnson during the 2006-2007 season.
That year Poole was the leading rebounder in the Belgian league with over 9 rebounds per game.
The past season Eric averaged slightly over 7 rpg.

According to GM Giovanni Bozzi they are looking to use Poole as they did Moss the past season, coming off the bench and going for every rebound.

Wherever he has played in the past Poole has been the leading rebounder on his team.



Oostende and Mons Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


The Beobasket agency website announced the transfer of Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84) to Base Oostende.
Ljubotina played the past 2 seasons in Poland for Turow Zgorzelec.

He played 15 games for Turow in the Uleb Cup, averaging 7.1ppg and 5.2rpg.

He also played 36 games in the Polish league, putting up overall lower numbers (4.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg).

In 2004, Ljubotina played on the Serbian U21 team.

The news has in the meantime been made official by Oostende.

Another agency's website (Courtside) has former Mons-Hainaut center George Evans (202-F/C-71, college: George Mason) playing for Trier as of next season, where he will play for his former coach Yves Defraigne.
Evans has played his entire professional overseas career at Mons-Hainaut.

In other news from Mons-Hainaut, the following players will not be on next season's roster: Mike Lenzly, Andrew Sullivan, Jim Cantamessa, and Roger Huggins (the last two names having already been announced).




Voo Verviers-Pepinster Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


VOO Verviers-Pepinster has announced the return of Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89) to their team after a stint at Spirou Charleroi.
Also on next season's roster will be young Belgian Center Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87).
The most experienced player on the Verviers roster will once again be Aleksandar Zecevic (201-F-75).

It will be Zecevic's sixth season at Verviers. This past season he was the 3rd leading scorer for VP with over 11 points per game.

Also on the roster will be youngsters Yannick Moray and Gael Hulsen.


Jurgen Van Meerbeeck is rumoured to be the next Verviers-Pepinster coach.


The team management also said they hope to announce more transfers in the week to come.



Base Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Base Oostende has announced 2 new signings today.
First the arrival of their new head-coach Vlada Vukoicic to replace the departed Sharon Drucker.

Vukoicic most recently coached Hemofarm Vrsac with whom he played the played the finals of the Serbian Superleague against Partizan.


And last friday they signed a 2 + 1 deal with Mike Bauer (203-F-81, college: Minnesota) who most recently played for Nancy in the French ProA league.
Bauer won the championship with Nancy last season and Mike averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg in the french league.

His stats in the Uleb Cup were 11.6ppg and 4.7 rpg in 9 games. Upped his stats in the playoffs to 16.0ppg and 6.2 rpg (6games) and made 17 of 33 3pt shots.


The team is now looking for a dominant center to finalize its roster.



Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Fleurus 16-6 
 2. Falco Gent 16-6 
 3. Waregem 14-8 
 4. Wevelgem 13-9 
 5. Willebroek 13-9 
 6. St-Truiden 12-10 
 7. Boom 12-10 
 8. Sint-Jan Antw. 12-10 
 9. Hasselt 9-13 
 10. Ninane 6-16 
 11. De Westhoek 5-17 
 12. Nivelles 4-18 


Stats Leaders - Division I
D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Emmett, Liege 23.9
2 Freeman, Gent 18.8
3 Lewis, Leuven 17.8
4 Wilson, Pepinster 17.6
5 Miller, Gent 17.2
6 Perkins, Bree 15.6
7 Gray, MH 15.1
8 Gay, ADG 14.9
9 Lojeski, Aalst 14.6
10 Gonzales, Aalst 14.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Fisher, Bree 10.8
2 Turek, Gent 10.6
3 Cantrell, Aalst 8.6
4 Pelle, Liege 7.4
5 Ebong, MH 7.1
5 Poole, Aalst 7.1
7 Hodge, Bree 6.6
8 Riddick, Char 6.1
9 Oefugbu, Gent 6.0
10 Ovcina, Oost 6.0
Assists Per Game
1 Perkins, Bree 5.8
2 Bosco, Leuven 3.8
3 Conlan, MH 3.8
4 Van Rossom, Oost 3.2
5 Hamilton, Char 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Perkins, Bree 3.1
2 Sears, ADG 2.6
3 Bosco, Leuven 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Fisher, Bree 2.8
2 Riddick, Char 2.2
3 Turek, Gent 1.4


Belgacom Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Liege Basket has signed American guard Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) for the coming season.
It is the 4th player added to the 2008-2009 roster for Liege, others are Will Thomas, Larry Owens and Xavier Colette.
Wilson who played for Verviers-Pepinster this past season averaged 17.6 ppg, 3.0 apg and 2.2 rpg.
His 17.8 points ranked him 4th in the league.
The 2007-2008 season was his first overseas after leaving Albany as 2 time conference player of the year.


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  BRAZIL   


Another narrow loss for Chile at home - by Eurobasket News
Chile - Brazil 69:70

Brazilian National team grabbed their second straight win at the South American Championship in Puerto Montt. Yesterday Brazil snatched a narrow win over the hosts to remain among the top teams at the competition. Chile suffered their second consecutive defeat and once again it was a matter of the last seconds for Chile and they failed to convert. The hosts opened the game confidently keeping Brazilian depleted squad at distance. Chilean side limited their opponents to 13 points in the first frame and enjoyed a 4-point lead at the intermission. Brazil cut the distance to 2 points at halftime and soon spurred ahead. The visitors pulled ahead and accumulated a 2-point lead heading into the final stanza. They maintained the margin throughout the final term and still were up by 2 with 2 seconds left on the clock. Jorge Valencia got fouled and went to the charity stripe with a chance to force overtime. However only one of his shots hit the target and Brazil secured a dramatic victory. William Fornou (204-C-81) had 16 points and 6 boards to lead Brazil. Arthur Luiz Belchior (197-G/F-82) dropped 14 points, while Caio Torres (211-C-87) added 10 in a win. Patricio Briones (213-C-72, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Dade CC) answered with game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Chile. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) dropped 17 points in a losing case. Brazil outrebounded their opponents 40:31 and limited Chile to just 33% from the field. Chile will face Venezuela today in a must-win fixture. Brazil take on their archrivals Argentina later tonight.

Chile: Patricio Briones 25, Evandro Arteaga 17
Brazil: William Fornou 16, Arthur Luiz Belchior 14, Caio Torres 10


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  CAPE VERDE   


Seven Stars Advances to the Finals - by Pedro Gomes

Seven Stars advanced to the Santiago South championships finals, by beating Predio/CVT 75 to 56. The third and final game was

played Wednesday the 2 in the Vava Duarte Pavilion.

In the best of 3 series, Seven Stars won 2-1. They will now face ABC, who has been waiting for more than a month for the other finalist.

Predio dominate the first two periods, but the second half was totally controlled by the Seven Stars, who managed to control the game

and show their supremacy over Predio.

With two consecutive wins, Seven Stars confirmed that they were the better team, while Predio had to be content with their only win which

came from office.

The first game of the best of three for the Santiago South champ ship will start Saturday, the 5 of July in the Vava Duarte Pavilion.



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  CHILE   


Another narrow loss for Chile at home - by Eurobasket News
Chile - Brazil 69:70

Brazilian National team grabbed their second straight win at the South American Championship in Puerto Montt. Yesterday Brazil snatched a narrow win over the hosts to remain among the top teams at the competition. Chile suffered their second consecutive defeat and once again it was a matter of the last seconds for Chile and they failed to convert. The hosts opened the game confidently keeping Brazilian depleted squad at distance. Chilean side limited their opponents to 13 points in the first frame and enjoyed a 4-point lead at the intermission. Brazil cut the distance to 2 points at halftime and soon spurred ahead. The visitors pulled ahead and accumulated a 2-point lead heading into the final stanza. They maintained the margin throughout the final term and still were up by 2 with 2 seconds left on the clock. Jorge Valencia got fouled and went to the charity stripe with a chance to force overtime. However only one of his shots hit the target and Brazil secured a dramatic victory. William Fornou (204-C-81) had 16 points and 6 boards to lead Brazil. Arthur Luiz Belchior (197-G/F-82) dropped 14 points, while Caio Torres (211-C-87) added 10 in a win. Patricio Briones (213-C-72, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Dade CC) answered with game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Chile. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) dropped 17 points in a losing case. Brazil outrebounded their opponents 40:31 and limited Chile to just 33% from the field. Chile will face Venezuela today in a must-win fixture. Brazil take on their archrivals Argentina later tonight.

Chile: Patricio Briones 25, Evandro Arteaga 17
Brazil: William Fornou 16, Arthur Luiz Belchior 14, Caio Torres 10


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  COLOMBIA   


Colombia lost against Uruguay in Puerto Montt - by Victor Garcia
Colombia lost the third straight game in the Southamerican Championship in Puerto Montt, this time against Uruguay, the national team played its best first half, leading the first quarter 22 20, and finish the first half ahead 42 36.

But in the second half the lack of a deep bench hurt Colombian team, and Uruguay took advantage of his experience, taking the lead in the third quarter 63 59, in the last quarter Uruguay control the game and extended the lead to finish 88 78.

Colombia will face Chile tomorrow.


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  CROATIA   


Australia topples Croatia in Rijeka - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Australia 74:78

Australia tipped off their European tour with a narrow victory over Croatia. The Boomers arrived to Croatia just 36 hours prior to the game but still managed to deliver the performance worth a victory. David Andersen (212-C-80) joined the Boomers squad and immediately exploded with team-high 16 points. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) contributed 15 points for the winners. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) missed the encounter because of the stomach virus. The teams kept it close in the starting frame and were tied at 18 after ten minutes of action. However the visitors spurred ahead in the second stanza and built a 40:32 lead at halftime. Croatia stayed at a striking distance throughout the third term but the Boomers never allowed their opponents to come too close. The Aussies entered the final quarter ahead by 9 points and kept the hosts at bay throughout the rest of the action. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) came up with 12 points in a winning case. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) secured 13 points, while Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) had 8 points and 10 boards in defeat. The teams will meet again on Friday. Then they will travel to Athens for the Acropolis Tournament.

Croatia: Marko Popovic 19, Marko Tomas 13, Damir Markota 8+10 boards
Australia: David Andersen 16, Joe Ingles 15, Shawn Redhage 12


Ivanov signed for Zadar! - by Dani Erceg

Bulgarian power forward Deian Ivanov (205-C-86) who spent last season in Split signed for Zadar. Ivanov avearged 11.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1spg in Adriatic League. Next player who is target of Zadar is US guard Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR) who spent last season in Hapoel Holon and won Israeli League.










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  CYPRUS   


Bryant Smith is no longer Keravnos player!! - by Chris Mammides

One of the most successful American players in Strovolos the last many years, Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, college: Auburn), a worker in the court, good defender, very nice character and a cacheable player will no longer continue his career in Keravnos Strovolou, so after Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC), Patrick Lee (187-G-75, college: Va Commonwealth) and Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) now was Smith's time change a team, which simply means that the team which won the title for Strovolos team after nearly eight years and was considered to be successful in all the aspects, has already been dismantle to the bone!! It seems that in Strovolos they do not follow the saying 'You dont change a team that wins'....

The American all around player, Bryant Smith agreed terms last night with the Italian team Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. Smith in his second career in the Cyprus league (first in Apollon Limassol) won the title and a place in the hearts of the Cyprus basketball funs, From Limassol those days and after his magnificent seazon with Apollon got a transfer in the Italian league, this seazon once more Keravnos was his ticket to (once more) the Italian league.

Eurobasket.com, wishes all the best to the new career for one of the best and most solid American players visited the island, ever.



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  EGYPT   


Gezira loses lead, game in the last 2 minutes against Hekma (Leb) 66-71 - by Sherif Soliman
Gezira wasted an easy win last night in Dubai when they lost to Hekma by a score of 66-71. Gezira held the lead until the last 2:26 of the game 66-62 but stopped scoring until the end game while Hekma players scored 9 points. Gezira will play their last game on Thursday against the UAE national team. If they lose they will leave from the 1st round but if they win they will come on the 4th position in their group, then facing the 1st team in Group B in the quarterfinal. Gezira players seem to be getting old and need to be replaced with junior players. Jason Keep couldn't start the game because of fever and also khaled el Kady is in Cairo for exams.

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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Rosters and domestic player changes in the teams from the First league - by Todor Chalovski
Rosters and domestic player changes in the teams from the First Macedonian league, after closing the transfer window for Macedonian players on June 30th:

AMAK SP OHRID

Vojdan Stojanovski,
Damjan Stojanovski,
Vlatko Nedelkov,
Nikola Kuzeski,
Zoran Stojanov,
Aleksandar Stefanovski,
Eftim Bogoev,
Aleksandar Sovkovski,
Igor Trajkovski,
Miroslav Petrovski.

ARRIVED: Trajkovski, Kuzeski (Crn Drim - League 3), Sovkovski (Peja - Kosovo), Bogoev (Strumica 2005), Stefanovski (Teteks - League 2).

LEFT: Vegov (Strumica 2005), Gjorgoski and Cvetnic (Plejmejker Kubus - League 2), Stefanovski (Swisslion Pelister), Nikolovski (Pop Sport VSA), Naumoski (Vardar Osiguruvanje - League 2), Tasevski (MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje).

VARDAR 2000 SKOPJE

Bojan Krstevski,
Marko Simonovski,
Ivica Dimcevski,
Milivoe Trifunovski,
Drasko Nakic,
GJorgji Kocov,
Tomce Stojcevski,
Kiril Nikolovski,
Jove Kjurciev,
Borce Daskalovski.

ARRIVED: Stojcevski (Karpos Sokoli 2000), Nikolovski (MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje), Kjurciev (Ovce Pole - League 2).

LEFT: Blazevski i Kralevski (MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje), Sazdov (Karpos Sokoli 2000).

KARPOS SOKOLI 2000 SKOPJE

Nikola Gajdadziev,
Tome Disliev,
Sasko Vasilev,
Vladimir Georgievski,
Bojan Jakimovski,
Budimir Jolovic,
Angel Mitkov,
Dejan Nesovski,
Edis Nuri,
Goran Gjorgjievski,
Dragan Milenkovic,
Goran Kacarski,
Ivan Sazdov,
Aleksandar Jovancev.

ARRIVED: Gajdadziev (Vardar 2000 - junior team), Jolovic, Gjorgjievski (Plejmejker Kubus - League 2), Milenkovic, Sazdov (Vardar 2000).

LEFT: Todorovski (Plejmejker Kubus - League 2), Stojcevski (Vardar 2000), Ristov, Popivoda, Efremov.

MZT FON UNIVERZITET SKOPJE

Miroslav Despotovic,
Bojan Nikolovski,
Muhamed Taci,
Angel Tasevski,
Filip Kralevski,
Srdjan Stankovic,
Goran Mirkovski,
Jane Petrovski,
Pero Blazevski.

ARRIVED: Tasevski (Amak SP), Kralevski and Blazevski (Vardar 2000), Stankovic (Swisslion Pelister), Mirkovski (Vodnjanski Lisici - League 3).

LEFT: Ramadan, Gjorevski (Vardar Osiguruvanje - League 2), Konzulov (Torus), Milanovski (Swisslion Pelister), Nikolovski (Vardar 2000).

POP SPORT VSA SKOPJE

Bojan Apostolov,
Milorad Minovski,
Jordan Nikolovski,
Marko Sokolovski,
Aleksandar Joncevski,
Aleksandar Gjurcevski,
Igor Gjorgjievski,
Milos Mladenovski,
Aleksandar Krstev,
Nikola Danev,
Zlatko Poposki.

ARRIVED: Nikolovski (Amak SP), Sokolovski.

LEFT: Laks, Petkovski (Vardar Centar - League 2), Dejanovic (Ilinden - League 3), Milevski, Krstevski.

SWISSLION PELISTER BITOLA

Zoran Petkovski,
Glagojce Gjorgjievski,
Gjorgji Talevski,
Daniel Zaharievski,
Petar Apcev,
Dimitar Petrusev,
Dimitar Karadzovski,
Aleksandar Stefanovski,
Daniel Milanovski,
Ivan Nancevski,
Viktor Bendevski.

ARRIVED: Stefanovski (Amak SP), Karadzovski (Stjarnan - Iceland), Petrusev (Fersped Rabotnicki), Milanovski (MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje), Nancevski.

LEFT: Stankovic (MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje), Srbinovski, Andrevski, Atanasoski.

STRUMICA 2005

Darko Sokolov,
Viktor Krstevski,
Dime Tasovski,
Dean Vegov,
Petre Cvetkov,
Vane Zaev.

ARRIVED: Vegov (Amak SP).

LEFT: Bogoev (Amak SP), Grncarov (Fersped Rabotnicki), Karamanolev.

TORUS SKOPJE

Boban Tasevski,
Ivan Atanasovski,
Igor Atanasovski,
Ljubomir Stojanovski,
Aleksandar Kostevski,
Aleksandar Sterjov,
Antonio Dikovski,
Denis Selimi
Branko Janeski,
Filip Konzulov,
Vladimir Brckov.

ARRIVED: B. Janeski, Konzulov (MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje), Brckov (Fersped Rabotnicki).

LEFT: Saraulev (Ovce Pole - League 2)


FERSPED RABOTNICKI SKOPJE

Toni Simic,
Ognen Stojanovski,
Nikola Karakolev,
Marjan Janeski,
Nenad Zivcevic,
Bojan Trajkovski,
Jovan Markovski,
Toni Grncarov,
Dimitar Mirakovski.

ARRIVED: Grncarov (Strumica 2005).

LEFT: Brckov (Torus), Petrusev (Swisslion Pelister).

FENI INDUSTRI KAVADARCI

Aleksandar Angelov,
Dime Basnarkov,
Igor Krstev,
Atanas Manev,
Aleksandar Dimitrovski,
Darko Radulovic,
Zlatko Gocevski,
Marjan Gjurov,
Slobodan Mihajloski,
Goran Samardziev,
Gjorgi Cekovski.

ARRIVED: Cekovski (SK Cherkassy Monkeys - Ukraine).


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MANGA BASKET is 2008 champion of Gabon - by Tim Ndjiki
After one particularly rich year in revival, MANGA BASKET much makes proof of maturity in her organization, in her recruitments and especially in the discipline of her game, and take back of Gabon the two bigger titles.
It is necessary to come back behind fifteen years, with the team of Ndzimba Basket, to see a team with such a performance.
2008 will be an unforgettable year for players of MANGA BASKET and all the population that resides in this small mining city of Gabon; When MANGA BASKET takes back the Cup of Gabon to the month of March, no one would have bet for a second victory on the elite national championship.
The luck of the calendar of this championship made so that the last match of the season is a decisive meeting for the race to the national title. Indeed, the Saturday 28 June 2008 to 19hoo, the meeting MANGA BASKET - STADE MANDJI must decided that will be champion of Gabon; STADE MANDJI team, with four titles of Gabon, arrived three days before this last meeting of the championship, for a preparation worthy of a big club.
During the first two quarter times the two teams are in observation: the first is in favor of the team of MANGA BASKET (23-20), the second is taken back by the team of Stade Mandji (17-18).
During the 3rd and the 4th quarter times, STADE MANDJI team lowers arms and MANGA BASKET assures the spectacle, at the end of the meeting the score is 79 to 59 either 20 points of gap for MANGA BASKET.
A victory that allows the mining of Moanda, to be for the first time, of her history Champion of Gabon.
The MASRABE pivot (24 points; 11 rebounds; 11 decisive pass; 5 interceptions) and his strong wing, MADAMA Martial (15 points; 11 rebounds; 10 decisive pass; 2 interceptions), of MANGA BASKET, give the rhythm of game by the spectacular and efficient actions; of her side the ringleader of game very skilful OTOMBO to shootings to 3 points (18 points, of which 12 to 3 points; 4 rebounds), the wing ABESSOLO (19 points; 6 rebounds) and KOBANGOYE (10 points; 3 rebounds) were players the more in view.


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  GERMANY   


Lithuanian forward to Bremerhaven - by Moritz Korff
Sarunas Sakalauskas, Head Coach of 1. Bundesliga-team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, brings another countryman to his team. Arturas Valeika (206-F-85, college: Weber St.) will play for Bremerhaven in the 2008-09 campaign. The native of Vilnius spent the past four years in the USA, playing college-basketball at Midland CC and Weber State University (NCAA1). In this past season he averaged 9.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per contest for the Wildcats and made the All-Big Sky Conference First Team.
Meanwhile, Bremerhaven announced that Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: Ohio St.) and Nate Doornekamp (213-C-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Boston Coll.) are not going to return to the Eisbaeren-squad for the next season. The club used a clausel to cancel the contracts of these two players.


Itzehoe Eagles added two new players - by Moritz Korff
The Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga North) have added a second import player to their 2008-09 roster. Kedrick Johnson (195-F-83, college: Lee) will come to Northern Germany and strengthen the team of Coach Paul Larysz on the wing and under the basket. Johnson is a graduate of Lee University (NAIA), just like Brad Harris (191-G, agency: Profibasketball.de), who had been signed by Itzehoe earlier. However, these two have been not teammates as Johnson finished his collegiate-career in 2007, before Harris was transferred to Lee. In his senior-season (2006-07) 'Modie' Johnson led the NAIA-powerhouse in points and rebounds per game. He averaged 15.6ppg, 9.1rpg and 2.0apg, being named to the NAIA Division 1 All-America Third Team. Johnson spent this past season with the Atlanta Krunk Wolverines (CBA), played 4 games and produced 10.5 points as well as 8 boards a contest.
The Eagles-officials also added Nadim Abdel Aal (200-F-83) to the roster. The German played for TSG Bergedorf, SC Rist Wedel and most recently VfL Stade in the past. His last reported stats are from the 2006-07 season, when he scored 12.3 points in 22 games for Stade. Meanwhile, the talented twins Ole Wendt (188-G-92) and Lars Wendt (188-G-92) will join the program of the Paderborn Baskets. The three Americans Ivan Jenkins (180-G-83, college: Lambuth), John Waller (193-F-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: ODU) and Tony Champion (208-C-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Sacramento St.), who suited up for the Eagles in this past campaign, will not return to Itzehoe either. If Christian Strenge (204-F-87) continues to play for the Eagles is unsure, as he will probably leave his hometown Hamburg to study elsewhere.


Arne Alig is dead - by Moritz Korff
The entire German basketball-community mourns the loss of Arne Alig. He passed away suddenly on Wednesday at the age of only 40 on the Island of Rab, Croatia. His club, the Proveo Merlins Crailsheim, announced his death today. From 1988 to 1992 the Hannover-native played college-basketball in the USA and spent his entire pro-career in the German Bundesliga until he hung up his sneakers in 2001. He became a coach and worked for MTV Giessen, SC Rist Wedel, Avitos Lich and since 2004 for the Crailsheim Merlins.

Chris Kaman is a German citizen - by Moritz Korff
Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) is German! The 26-year-old Center was handed out the passport in the German embassy in Los Angeles yesterday. That means that Kaman, whose great-grandparents were Germans, is now eligible to play for the German National Team in international games. When he will join the team of Coach Dirk Bauermann to strengthen the roster for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament is not sure yet. The Germans will host the Supercup in Bamberg on Friday and Saturday. Maybe Kaman will play his first games on German ground in the upcoming week, when the National Team takes on Canada twice (in Hamburg and Mannheim). He averaged 15.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.8 blocks in 56 games for the Los Angeles Clippers during this past NBA-season.

Lorenzo Gordon will join the Skyliners - by Moritz Korff

Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) will join the Deutsche Bank Skyliners (1. Bundesliga) for the 2008-09 season. Gordon is 25 years of age and spent this past campaign in Turkey as a member of TBL-side Kepez Bld Antalya. He was third in scoring in the entire league and netted 21.3 points/game, also grabbed 8.6 rebounds per contest and was selected as a TBL-All Star. The native of St. Louis, Mo. played college-basketball at Mineral Area CC, Illinois State (NCAA1) and at Oklahoma City University (NAIA) as a senior. In his last year of university-hoops (27 games: 23.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg) he was a NAIA Division 1 All-American Honorable Mention and advanced to the NAIA Division 1 National Tournament Final Game with the OCU Stars.

Gordon then moved to Sweden for his first season as a pro and averaged 21.0 points and 8.6 rebounds for Gotha Basket and attended the Swedish All-Star Game in 2007. At the end of the 2006-07 season he headed to France and helped Pro A-club Entente Orleans in 3 games (7.7ppg, 4.3rpg).



Ulm acquires two-time NCAA-champ - by Moritz Korff
Ratiopharm Ulm (1. Bundesliga) has signed a new sharpshooter for the upcoming season. Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) will join the team of Coach Mike Taylor. The 24-year-old from Maryville, Tenn. spent his collegiate career at the University of Florida (NCAA1) and was a starter, when the Gators won the NCAA-title in 2006 and 2007. During his senior-year 06-07 Humphrey had 40 appearances for the Gators and averaged 10.3 points a game, leading his team in 3-pointers made. He started this past season as a member of PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece), averaged 8.8ppg in the FIBA EuroCup and 6.4ppg in the A1-league. After being released in December he moved on to Poland in February and tallied 1.2 points per contest for Energa Czarni Slupsk.
Signing Humphrey means at the same time that E.J. Gallup (193-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Co.Carolina) will not return to Ulm for the 2008-09 campaign.


ALBA Berlin: Dojcin stays, four players leave - by Moritz Korff
Dragan Dojcin (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) earned contract-extension at ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga) as the club used a clausel to sign him for another season.
While Dojcin stays four other players will leave the German champion: Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket), Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket), Mladen Pantic (210-C-82) and Yannick Evans (202-F/C-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) continue their careers at other places.
Meanwhile, Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) and Andreas Seiferth (206-F/C-89) are going to join the ALBA-roster and also play for the farm-team in the Regionalliga North.


Koeln 99ers land Jeremy Hunt from Kaiserslautern - by Moritz Korff
Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Memphis) has been selected as the new combo-guard of the Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga). He will mainly play on the point guard-spot. The 24-year-old Memphis-graduate (37 games: 14.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg as a senior in 06-07) signed a one-year-deal with the team of Coach Drasko Prodanovic. Hunt joined the Kaiserslautern Braves in February 2008 coming from a stint at SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gdanski in Poland. He saw action in 5 encounters of the Polish DBE and averaged 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest. His numbers increased in Kaiserslautern, when he scored 15.6 points, grabbed 4.1 rebounds and handed out 4.7 assists (9 games) per contest for the Braves.

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Market news - by Chris Mammides

Nikos Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) agreed financial terms with Aris for the next two years so after Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.), Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) and Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82), Nikos Barlos will be the fourth new addition for Aris roster for the upcoming season. Nikos Barlos has also played for two teams in Patras, Apoloniada and Apolon Patras, Olympiakos and AEK while Aris will be his fifth club.

Next targets for Aris are the players Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84), Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) and Manolis Papamakarios (190-G-80).
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens announced that Vagelis Magiras will be the new member in the coaching team (assistant coach) under Aleksandar Trifunovics command.



Koufos stays at Utah and will not come to Greece for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89) has recently insisted that his 'big dream' to play for Greece's national team still exists but also admitted that his new career with the NBA's Utah Jazz has to take priority at this time. The American-born center caused a stir in his parents' homeland of Greece last year when he played for the country at the U18 European Championship in Spain and earned the honour as tournament MVP after the Greeks' silver-medal showing.
Having decided to turn professional after just one year at Ohio State, Kosta Koufos was selected 23rd by the Utah Jazz in last week's draft. Thus, after his being selected, he stated that 'unfortunately I will not be able to compete with the Greek team this year, because I have to be in Utah due to my obligations with the team that has chosen me. However, it is still my big dream and personal goal to play for my national team. I would like to thank all of the people of the Hellenic Basketball Federation and all the Greeks for their support.'
Kosta Koufos was named in the preliminary squad by Panagiotis Giannakis but was no guarantee to make the team. Had he decided to attend the national team camp and made it, and then helped the Greeks claim one of three spots at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, he could have been an Olympian and taken on new Jazz teammate Andrei Kirilenko of Russia.
Kosta Koufos' mother, Katherine, expressed her gratitude to Greece: 'It was Kostas' dream to play for the Greek team, but unfortunately, he cannot do that now because he has to train with the Jazz. We hope that next summer, he can make his dream come true and play for the national team. We would like, though, to thank Mr George Vassilakopoulos (president of FIBA Europe) and Mr Panagiotis Giannakis for the interest they have shown for Kostas and for their help.'

By the courtesy of Fiba.com


Panellinios: Nadjfeji returns to Kipseli - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) agreed terms with Panellinios and returns back to Kipseli where he had also played for one year during the season 2006-2007. Coach Elias Zouros was looking for a forward to add in the team's roster and decided the Serbian player to be the one since his last appearance at the Greek Championship (playing for Rethimno BC) was very good: 17 games, 10.2 points on average, 4.6 rebs, 0.7 steals and 0.7 assists.
It is the third transfer for the next season for Panellinios, after Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76), while, at the same time, it is rumoured also to be interested in Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM), who has also played for Kipseli's team at a previous time and contributed very much to its succeesses.


AHEPANS beat the Hellenic NT (U20) 75-65 in a friendly game - by Chris Mammides

The team of AHEPANS after a great game beat the Greek NT with 75-65. Head Coach Giorgos Sigalas had a negative debut as a head coach of the Greek NT U20. The Hellenic team played without the NCAA Star Nick Kalathis (200-G-89) as he arrived in Greece only 4 days ago and Coach Sigalas preferred to let him be trained with his new team-mates in the NT for a couple of days more before actually playing with the Hellenic NT's jersey. It seems that there is another very good player in the team of AHEPANS, another Greek American player who was absolutely fantastic this afternoon, his name is Steve Panos (203-F-87) and it seems that he is of very high standards; Steve was the top scorer and the MVP with 23 points. The quarters of the game were: 21-25, 42-43, 56-61, 65-75
The points for the two teams were as follows:

Hellenic NT: Tzinopoulos 2, Antonios Michaloglou (204-F-88) 9, Giannakidis 2, Giannopoulos 5, Sakelariou 4, Karavasanis 3, Gemhagen 4, Michail Tsairelis (206-F/C-88) 9, Alexandros Sigkounas (200-F-88) 11, Plioukas 5, Koukounias 2, Marinos 3, Theodorakos 4 and Bogris 2
AHEPANS: Mavridis 5, Nick Livas (199-G/F-88) 8, Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos (178-G-85) 12, Bellers 10, Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87) 17, and Steve Panos 23.



A2 Transfer news - by Chris Mammides

The A2 transfer news for the last couple of days were as follows:

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Dimitris Delichristos (204-F/C-82) in HSBC Pagrati Athens agreed terms for the next one year.
AO Paleo Faliro Pireus bankrupted and will not play in the Professional divisions anymore, goes directly to the Fifth division.
HSBC Pagrati Athens agreed financial terms with Angelos Siristatidis (190-G-78), Zois Ballas (204-F-87) and Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80)
Giorgos Koumoulos (185-G-78) agreed financial terms with DASH Peristeri Athens while the same team agreed financial terms with Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) while Nasos Houbavlis (189-G-73) retired as player and agreed financial terms with DASH Peristeri Athens as the new Team manager
Stratos Nisiotis (203-F-78) agreed financial terms with DROP Ermis Lagkada
OFI Irakleio agreed financial terms with Vassilis Vagenas (202-F-80)
Christos Vidalis (188-G-85) and Kostas Tzialas (207-C/F-84) agreed financial terms with Dafni Athens, while Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) renew his contract with Dafni Athens
Panagiotis Mantzanas (194-G-80) agreed financial terms with Ago Rethimno Almeco
Giorgos Loupos (208-C-78) agreed financial terms with Panerythraikos AS
Dimitris Papantoniou (190-G-83) ageed finally financial terms with the newcomers in A2 team of Near East



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Rotterdam Challengers inks Aaron Williams - by Fred Roggen
Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, college: W.Chester) is the fourth American who is attracted by the Rotterdam Challengers for the coming season. Aaron Williams is an acquaintance of coach Stansbury and play inside.
The season 2007-2008 he ended up in the American professional-league PBL (Premier Basketball League), his team Reading Railers finished as third in the PBL.
Williams averaged 11 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and was named center of the year in the PBL last season.


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Lakatos signed with Falco KC! - by Tamas Deri
Peter Lakatos (194-G-79) signed yesterday a one-year deal with Falco Szova KC Szombathely. The 29 years old, 194 cm tall hungarian guard played last season in Sopron where he averaged 8.5 points in the regular season and 11 points in the 10 games of the playouts. He spent in average 26 minutes on the court, and was the best domestic scorer of Sopron. He has been playing for several teams in Hungary already: Szolnok, Debrecen, Pecs, Sopron. Now he will be replacing Kornel Varadi, as coach Sekulovic can use him on both guard positions.

Polaroid-Kormend in Eurochallenge - by Tamas Deri
With the draw for the three main European basketball competitions scheduled for next week in Berlin the teams who will be participating have been named.

FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge (formerly EuroCup) will feature eight teams who will qualify directly to the first qualifying round. That list includes 2008 EuroCup finalists Dexia Mons-Hainaut of Belgium and Italian side Virtus Bologna.

32 more teams will compete in two elimination rounds with eight eventually advancing to the first qualifying round. 2008 EuroCup Final Four hosts Proteas EKA AEL are among those teams as are Croatians KK Zagreb, Russians CSK-VVS Samara and Spartak St. Petersburg and a pair of French teams in Vichy and Toulon.

One of these 32 teams is POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND!


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NPBL PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON THE LEAGUE - by John Gary
How would you asses the season in terms of the overall health of the league? The league is being built on teams being stable and working towards that goal with a five year development plan. No league can be built solid overnight.
Do you think the league is a good opportunity for a small buisnessman? Yes,a small businessman must be willing to make a small investment in their team and the league and grow their business over a five year period. This is a business and it will take time.
Do you think bigger leagues will take notice of you and more players will move up? Yes, they have taken notice already. The big leagues such as the D-league,and the major over seas leagues will take notice once we have mastered our games, be stable in our communities and develop at least one player at a time.
Will you offer games on the net for free to build an interest in the league? Yes, thats being developed for the 2009 season.
Do you think your league is a throw back to the early days of pro basketball when crowds were small and regional rivalaries developed? I dont consider this league a throw back. This league is an opportunity for players,coaches and staff members to strengthen their skills in hopes of an opportunity with the D-league, NBA, and major overseas leagues. Its about everyone,all involved working together. We are going into our 3rd season slow and steady just the way we like it.
What cities do you think might join the league for 2009,are you optimistic about the leagues future? We had a lot of inquiries from cities all over. We plan on where we want teams. Markets outside areas where we would like to be are referred to other leagues to better suit them. We are very optimistic. We know are limitations, strenghts,and weaknesses. What we do well we continue,we recognize are short coming and turn them into strenghts Thats how the big boys tarted out.


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FIBA Chief visiting India - by Anil Kumar
Indian basketball will get a fillip when top officials of International Basketball Federation (FIBA) arrive in India and discuss crucial tie-ups that could change the face of the sport in the country.

The president and secretary-general of FIBA, Bob Elphinston and Patrick Bauman, and secretary-general of FIBA Asia Dato Yeoh Choo Hock will arrive here July 3 to announce a major bouquet for India.

Basketball Federation of India (BFI) secretary-general Harish Sharma is upbeat about the visit.

Sharma said in his discussion with Elphinston and Bauman during a meeting in the US early this year, they were keen to help.

'In BFI, we see the visit of these officials as a golden opportunity to create a good base for launching the professional league,' said Sharma.

'Our boys and girls have the potential to make it big. If FIBA helps our cagers, it would help us grow,' he said.

The FIBA bosses are coming to India for the first time for the Basketball Without Borders, a four-day FIBA-NBA joint venture, to be held at the American School in Delhi.

The two top men of FIBA will also meet Sports Minister M.S. Gill and Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi.



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  ITALY   


Serie A Market News - by Stefano Pini
Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) is the new Pesaro's pointguard. The italian-argentian player has signed a 2 years contract. Scavolini announced also the deal with Casey Shaw (208-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Toledo), last season at Armani Jeans Milano. Armani Jeans is continuing his great summer job: last signs are the italian NT player Marco Mordente (192-G-79) and the talented Ariel Filloy (190-G-87, agency: Interperformances). Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) comes back to Biella. The forward signed a 3 years contract. In 2005-06 the italian big man had a great season at Angelico (10,9ppg, 6,1 rpg) helping the team to reach an historical playoff qualification.

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New Zealand beats Lebanon in Hamilton - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Lebanon 84:71

New Zealand National Team finally snapped their losing streak as they held off Lebanese team at the Jack Donohue International Classic in Canada. Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) scored 18 points to pace the Tall Blacks. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was helpful as usual with 17 points as the Kiwis finally start the ball rolling. Five Tall Blacks scored in double figures as Paora Winitana (195-G-76) and Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) had 13 points apiece. Nick Horvath added 12 points in a winning case. The taller Lebanese team got to a better start as they dominated in the paint and built a 21:17 lead into the second quarter. However the Tall Blacks opened the second stanza on a 12:1 run to pull themselves in front. New Zealand maintained the lead and enjoyed a 4-point buffer at halftime. The teams traded baskets early in the third stanza and Lebanon managed to draw things even as Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) improved on his 4-point first half performance. But New Zealand capped the frame on a 13:5 rally to pile up an 8-point cushion heading into the final quarter. Craig Bradshaw drained a three-pointer to mark a 15:3 run from the Tall Blacks midway through the fourth stanza as they cleared off to a 20-point distance and never looked back again. Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) led Lebanon with 20 points, 7 boards and 7 assists. Fadi El Khatib delivered 16 points in a losing case. The Tall Blacks shot solid 58% from the field and limited their opponents to just 45% of field goals. New Zealand will now take on Canada again on Saturday.

New Zealand: Craig Bradshaw 18, Kirk Penney 17, Paora Winitana 13, Lindsay Tait 13
Lebanon: Rony Fahed 20, Fadi El Khatib 16


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  NBA   


The Supersonics finally moving to Oklahoma City - by Eurobasket News
Clay Bennett, the Supersonics owner, has finally agreed with the city of Seattle to move the franchise to Oklahoma City. It cost him $75 million. Seattle will leave the teams name and colours. The Supersonics have played in the city for 41 years and now the story is over. Clay Bennett announced that the move will start on Thursday and Oklahoma City will have the NBA team next season. Bennett bought the Sonics in 2006 from Howard Shultz and decided to move the team to his hometown. Seattle however remained with the teams name and colours and if the city finds necessary amount of money to renovate the KeyArena they can obtain the NBA team in the area once again.
Meanwhile the Golden State found their answer to the LA Clippers decision to sign Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, agency: Life Sports, college: UCLA). They responded with offering Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) a five-year contract worth about $90 million. That is $20 million richer than the Clippers would offer to the forward. Numerous sources however consider the Warriors deal unlikely due to Elton Brands commitment to re-sign with the Clippers. However it would not happen that fast as it was thought just yesterday. Elton Brand reportedly would meet his agent to discuss the options before finalizing his move. Elton Brand decided to opt out of his contact with the Clippers. He was followed by Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) and it provided the team with spare $25 million. It led to verbal agreement with Baron Davis to move to LA City. There would be no trades or signings till July 9. Thats the date when the league lifts moratorium on any moves that is taken in order to count the salary caps for the next season.


Brown and Easterling Tops at NBDL Pre-Draft Camp - by Carl Berman

200 prospects looking for an opportunity to be selected in the NBDL draft congregated in Sewanee, GA, outside of Atlanta, to show their skills at the NBDL Pre-Draft camp. The players were broken down into 20 teams with 10 players per team. Each player played about half of each game and all teams played four games. Of the 20 coaches 14 were ex-NBA players. The players participated in front of many NBDL coaches, NBA scouts, agents and representatives from overseas teams. Last year, of the 200 participants, 33 players either earned NBDL contracts or were selected in the NBDL draft. Of those players, 14 received extensive playing time in the NBDL this past season including Ivan Johnson and Michael Cuffie.


While the level of play was good, more emphasis should be placed on more varied participant selection by the camp organizers. Of the 200 players, 130 were guards, about 56 were small forwards and only 14 were power forwards or centers. Some players were clearly overmatched and many players were played out of position since so many point guards attended. A more varied selection of players by skill and size would have made the camp a better experience. That being said, once the players arrived, the camp was run very efficiently.


There were many players who performed very well. In this article, however, we are highlighting who we considered to be the top five players at the camp. We felt the top two players were Jamaal Brown (6'7''-F-83, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), a 6-8 forward from Cal-State Fullerton and Charles Easterling (6'3''-G/F-83), a powerful 6-3 guard who was an IBL All-Star. Brown, a solid 230 pounder is a complete player. He can score from mid-range on in, is an excellent rebounder and is strong enough to guard bigger players. Brown averaged over 17 ppg and 8 rpg as a senior at Fullerton and has overseas experience in the Netherlands and Germany.


Easterling, a legend from Hartford, CT, uses his strong body and driving skills to either score or dish off for teammates baskets. He was the #1 player at a USBA International Showcase camp last year in Oregon against better competition. In this camp he played out of position most of the time but still managed to score in double figures with about 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game in his 20 minutes or so of action. Easterling's team, coached superbly by Robert Pack, won all their games. This is not unexpected as Easterling's team also won all their 6 games at the Oregon camp. He is a player that makes his team better with his variety of skills. He has an NBA type body who can match up defensively against other point guards. This past season Easterling averaged over 25 ppg and 15 rpg with the Boston team of the ABA.


Michael Neal (6'3''-G-84, college: Oklahoma), a 6-3 guard from Oklahoma also impressed us with his solid all around game. Neal played two seasons at Oklahoma and averaged in double figures each year. This past season he played in France and Germany. TeJay Anderson (6'5''-F-81, college: Youngstown St.), a 6-5 small forward from Youngstown State also stood out. He has excellent athleticism and can rebound very well for his size. He has played in Sweden for the past three years where he averaged in double figures in points and rebounds and actually coached his team there also. A player just out of college that surprised us with his excellent play was Ryan Bright (6'6''-F), a 6-6 small forward. Bright just finished up at Sam Houston State where he averaged in double figures his last three seasons. He is a solid rebounder, he averaged 11 rebounds his senior year, and can score well from mid-range on in.


We wish these players and the others who attended this camp good luck in the upcoming NBDL draft.




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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand beats Lebanon in Hamilton - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Lebanon 84:71

New Zealand National Team finally snapped their losing streak as they held off Lebanese team at the Jack Donohue International Classic in Canada. Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) scored 18 points to pace the Tall Blacks. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was helpful as usual with 17 points as the Kiwis finally start the ball rolling. Five Tall Blacks scored in double figures as Paora Winitana (195-G-76) and Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) had 13 points apiece. Nick Horvath added 12 points in a winning case. The taller Lebanese team got to a better start as they dominated in the paint and built a 21:17 lead into the second quarter. However the Tall Blacks opened the second stanza on a 12:1 run to pull themselves in front. New Zealand maintained the lead and enjoyed a 4-point buffer at halftime. The teams traded baskets early in the third stanza and Lebanon managed to draw things even as Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) improved on his 4-point first half performance. But New Zealand capped the frame on a 13:5 rally to pile up an 8-point cushion heading into the final quarter. Craig Bradshaw drained a three-pointer to mark a 15:3 run from the Tall Blacks midway through the fourth stanza as they cleared off to a 20-point distance and never looked back again. Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) led Lebanon with 20 points, 7 boards and 7 assists. Fadi El Khatib delivered 16 points in a losing case. The Tall Blacks shot solid 58% from the field and limited their opponents to just 45% of field goals. New Zealand will now take on Canada again on Saturday.

New Zealand: Craig Bradshaw 18, Kirk Penney 17, Paora Winitana 13, Lindsay Tait 13
Lebanon: Rony Fahed 20, Fadi El Khatib 16


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  NICARAGUA   


Two Argentineans joined Vikingos - by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, ACB team Vikingos de Pizza Valentis added height and power signing Diego Gimenez (196-F-73) and Gabriel Beragua (205-F/C-85). These two players are both from Argentina, represented by Agency Global Sports Business/Anibal Pawlik and are the first Argentineans ever to play in Nicaragua.

Last ACB results - by Gianni Pascucci
Thanks to a great scoring performance from Jamarr Hardy (193-G-83, agency: 011 Sports, college: Lenoir CC) and Myles Guidry (193-F), Pumas de la Unival defeated 120-110 Halcones de la Red Nicarao. Hardy scored 30 points and Guidry 31 in the win. The best in Halcones were new imports Jamal Walker (193-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Briar Cliff) and Larry Posey (196-F-86), who performed for 35 and 34 pts, respectively. The night after, Pumas played another high scoring game, but this time they felt to Tigres, 106-116. Instead, Halcones prevailed over Delfines 108-102, but were sanctioned, and declared game losers, because they sent on the court Myles Guidry, from Pumas, with an unregular registration. Guidry scored 24 points, but, according with the ACB rules, he should have waited for at least another day to go on the court. This is why Delfines won the game

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  NPBL   


NPBL All-Star Game announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The NPBL has scheduled its 2008 All-Star game for August, and the league officials have yet named the team rosters, as follows:

All-Star North Players
Name HT WT POS School
Mackenzie Clark (Bulldogs) 6'10' C Auburn University-Montgomery
David Ruffin (Bulldogs) 6'4' F University of Hartford
Darwin Young (Bulldogs) 6'1' G University of Buffalo
Lester McNair (Bulldogs) 6'1' G Buffalo state College
Willie Coleman (Hawks) 6'0' G Newburgh Free Academy
Taye Fisher (Hawks) 5'9' G Siena
A. Foulke-Henderson (Hawks)6'6' F SUNY New Paltz
Dayshawn Wright (Hawks) 6'7' F Syracuse University
Telron Spell (Monarchs) 6'4' F University of Bridgeport
Henri Burford (Monarchs) 6'2' G Mt. St. Vincent College
Christopher Jean (Monarchs) 5'8' G Polytechnic University
Robert Rogers (Monarchs) 6'4' G Virginia State University

All-Star South Players
Name HT WT POS School
Brandon Weldon (Strikeforce) 6'0' G Mt. St. Mary's College
Michael Parker (Strikeforce) 6'2' G Springfield College
Carl Lee (Strikeforce) 6'7' F Utah Valley State
Terrell Taylor (Strikeforce) 6'4' G Creighton University
Darnell Sneed (Bayraiders) 6'5' G Charleston Southern
Antonio Manns (Bayraiders) 6'0' G University of Wyoming
Jarvis Wiggins (Bayraiders) 6'6' F UMES
Shaunte Arthur (Bayraiders) 6'7' F N/A
Eric Hill (Destroyers) 6'4' G Mendocino College
Tim Polk (Destroyers) 6'8' F Grambling State University
Faheed Cheatham (Destroyers) 6'6' F Cheyney University
Sami Wylie (Destroyers) 6'0' G Lincoln University


NPBL All-Star Game announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The NPBL has scheduled its 2008 All-Star game for August, and the league officials have yet named the team rosters, as follows:

All-Star North Players
Name HT WT POS School
Mackenzie Clark (Bulldogs) 6'10' C Auburn University-Montgomery
David Ruffin (Bulldogs) 6'4' F University of Hartford
Darwin Young (Bulldogs) 6'1' G University of Buffalo
Lester McNair (Bulldogs) 6'1' G Buffalo state College
Willie Coleman (Hawks) 6'0' G Newburgh Free Academy
Taye Fisher (Hawks) 5'9' G Siena
A. Foulke-Henderson (Hawks)6'6' F SUNY New Paltz
Dayshawn Wright (Hawks) 6'7' F Syracuse University
Telron Spell (Monarchs) 6'4' F University of Bridgeport
Henri Burford (Monarchs) 6'2' G Mt. St. Vincent College
Christopher Jean (Monarchs) 5'8' G Polytechnic University
Robert Rogers (Monarchs) 6'4' G Virginia State University

All-Star South Players
Name HT WT POS School
Brandon Weldon (Strikeforce) 6'0' G Mt. St. Mary's College
Michael Parker (Strikeforce) 6'2' G Springfield College
Carl Lee (Strikeforce) 6'7' F Utah Valley State
Terrell Taylor (Strikeforce) 6'4' G Creighton University
Darnell Sneed (Bayraiders) 6'5' G Charleston Southern
Antonio Manns (Bayraiders) 6'0' G University of Wyoming
Jarvis Wiggins (Bayraiders) 6'6' F UMES
Shaunte Arthur (Bayraiders) 6'7' F N/A
Eric Hill (Destroyers) 6'4' G Mendocino College
Tim Polk (Destroyers) 6'8' F Grambling State University
Faheed Cheatham (Destroyers) 6'6' F Cheyney University
Sami Wylie (Destroyers) 6'0' G Lincoln University


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Koufos stays at Utah and will not come to Greece for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89) has recently insisted that his 'big dream' to play for Greece's national team still exists but also admitted that his new career with the NBA's Utah Jazz has to take priority at this time. The American-born center caused a stir in his parents' homeland of Greece last year when he played for the country at the U18 European Championship in Spain and earned the honour as tournament MVP after the Greeks' silver-medal showing.
Having decided to turn professional after just one year at Ohio State, Kosta Koufos was selected 23rd by the Utah Jazz in last week's draft. Thus, after his being selected, he stated that 'unfortunately I will not be able to compete with the Greek team this year, because I have to be in Utah due to my obligations with the team that has chosen me. However, it is still my big dream and personal goal to play for my national team. I would like to thank all of the people of the Hellenic Basketball Federation and all the Greeks for their support.'
Kosta Koufos was named in the preliminary squad by Panagiotis Giannakis but was no guarantee to make the team. Had he decided to attend the national team camp and made it, and then helped the Greeks claim one of three spots at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, he could have been an Olympian and taken on new Jazz teammate Andrei Kirilenko of Russia.
Kosta Koufos' mother, Katherine, expressed her gratitude to Greece: 'It was Kostas' dream to play for the Greek team, but unfortunately, he cannot do that now because he has to train with the Jazz. We hope that next summer, he can make his dream come true and play for the national team. We would like, though, to thank Mr George Vassilakopoulos (president of FIBA Europe) and Mr Panagiotis Giannakis for the interest they have shown for Kostas and for their help.'

By the courtesy of Fiba.com


Standings
Olympic Games Standings
Group A
1. Argenti.0-0
2. Austral.0-0
3. Iran0-0
4. Lithuan.0-0
5. Russia0-0
Group B
1. Angola0-0
2. China0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. USA0-0


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  PARAGUAY   


Wins for Sol and San Jose - by Gianni Pascucci
The two teams from Asuncion dominated the restart of Paraguayan National League. Sol de America defeated Sacachispas 104-78 led by Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) and Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian), who scored 16 points each, while Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88) scored 27 points in losing effort. Deportivo San Jose defeated America de Pilar 116-102 thanks to a great night from Miguel Isola (198-F-83), who scored 3o pts, and Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85), who added 22 pts. Marcus Watts (204-F/C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) and Jose Fabio (198-F-77) combined for 54 points in America, but it wasn' t enough. The standings are now:
1. America 4-3
1. Sol de America 4-3
3. Sacachispas 3-4
3. Dep.San Jose 3-4


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  PORTUGAL   


Ovarense keep Rui Mota and Porto signs Jose Almeida - by Bruno Baltazar
Ovarense resigned another player in their championship roster ,this time was the portuguese Rui Mota (190-G/F-78) and Porto signed Jose Almeida (199-F-86, agency: Players Group) that returns to Porto where he played in 2003/04.
Jose Almeida played the past seasons in Spain but not with sucess ,returning to Portugal with 22 years old trying to show he is a good player in his country,he is a forward with 6'7 that played for portuguese youth national teams.


Sampaense keeps signing - by Luis Rocha
Sampaense sign Pedro Pinho (201-F/C-83), a good center who played last season for CAB. It was talked that Pinho could go to Vagos, but at the end he went to Sampaense, a nice signing for a team that didnt played at their used level last season. Now it seems that Sampaense is trying to get a good roster to be able to have a good season no matter in what competition they will play. Untill now they signed 3 good and experienced players who can help the team to step up into higher levels.

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  PUERTO RICO   


Team Puerto Rico to Tune Up In Germany - by Luis Ramirez

The Puerto Rico National Basketball Team has arrived in Germany where they will have a series of games as they get ready for the Olympic Qualifier to be held in Athens. The Puerto Rico squad will have their first tune up game against a German Team on July 4th. The winner will play the next day against the winner of Greece or Slovenia.

The National squad is composed of players such as Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.), Daniel Santiago, Carmelo Lee, Larry Ayuso, Filiberto Rivera, Jose Juan Barea who was just offered a 3 year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Also with the team will be Peter John Ramos, Javier Mojica, Alejandro Carmona, Ricky Sanchez, Luis Villafane and although it was thought that Angelo Reyes would not be with the team, it now seems that Angelo will join the team after all and his arrival is expected sometime next week. Player Joel Jones Camacho was included as the 13th player on the roster, he will not see much action unless someone gets injured and he would replace that player on the 12 man roster.


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  QATAR   


Darrel signs for Qatar - by Ali Ahmed
Qatar Club basketball team management agreed terms with the Amraican Coach Eric Darrel for next season 2008/2009.




Coach Darrel was the head coach of Al Rayyan team, Qatar Club team and Qatar National Team.


Head Coach:
2006-2007: Al Rayyan (QAT-D1)
2007-2008: Qatar Club (QAT-D1)

Awards/Achievements:
Asian Club Championships -07 (Bronze)
Head Coach: Quatar National Team -07
William Jones Cup Tournament -07
Qatar Emir Cup Finalist -08


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  RUSSIA   


CSKA completes the roster - by Eurobasket News
CSKA made huge changes for the next season and completed the roster recently. The last signings saw Slovenian forward/center Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) who will stay for minimum two years with CSKA. Last season Erazem Lorbek defended the colors of Italian Roma. Erazem Lorbek had an excellent season this year, averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6spg, 1.0bpg in 20 Euroleague games and 14.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg in 45 Italian League games for Lottomatica Roma. In Italy Erazem Lorbek struggled in the Final with his team over Montepaschi until the last game. In Game 5 however Siene grabbed the gold of the play-offs. His Roma stayed in the game for 35 minutes thanks to the ability to find easy baskets close to the rim. That time Slovenian player scored 8 points in defeat. Once he even nailed 24 points per game in the championship. Ettore Messina expressed his happines about signing Erazem Lorbek .
Meanwhile Dmitri Shakulin became an assistant for Ettore Messina in the upcoming season. Being a basketball player he became Russian champion twice in the late 90s.The record of player Dmitri Shakulin also includes two Eurobasket medals. In 1993 he got silver and in 1997 bronze with Russian national team.


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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 15-1 
 2. Falkirk F. 12-4 
 3. Troon T. 12-4 
 4. St.Mirren 11-5 
 5. Edinburgh B. 9-7 
 6. Glasgow S. 7-9 
 7. Grampian F. 4-12 
 8. Boroughmuir 2-14 
 9. Edinburgh U. 0-16 


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  SEBL   


Field for the 20th Anniversary Edition of the SEBL Summer League is set... - by David Archer

July 3, 2008 - Cartersville, GA - The field is set! The SEBL lineup of teams is ready to kick off the Summer League's 20th Anniversary on this coming Sunday at JH Morgan Gym in Cartersville. The teams and divisions are listed below...

2008 SEBL Summer Pro League Team Membership

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Metro A-League Conference:
(NCAA Certified Summer League)

North Division
1. Rome ServPro-1
2. Supreme
3. Baseline-1
4. BC Celtics
5. BC Force
6. BC Skyline

South Divsion
7. BC Lakers
8. Atlanta Speedboys
9. D.O.T.S.
10. Black Monop
11. Tri-County
12. Young Gunz
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City B-League Conference:
(non-NCAA Certified)

East Division
13. AWU-Howren
14. Summer Hill
15. Owen FH
16. Polk County
17. BC Sixers

West Division
18. North Metro Tech
19. BC Knicks-2
20. Rockmart
21. Cedartown
22. Dalton WS
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WSEBL (womens)
(non-NCAA Certified)

23. BaselineUSA
24. Prime Time
25. House of Liberty
26. Lady Colonels
27. Kennesaw
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Notes: The Chi-Town Heat, who were slated to participate were terminated from participation. Replacing them in the Metro A-League South Division is Young Gunz, moving down from the North Division. Moving up from the City Conference, Supreme slides into the North Division spot that Young Gunz previously occupied. Robert McKinney and Jason Bryant will head up the Supreme squad. Moving into the vacated City League spot will be Polk County, headed up by Marcus Barnes.


League play will begin with the following games on tap for the next couple of dates:


Sun., July 6th @ JH Morgan Gym:

3:30pm - Baseline-3 vs. Prime Time

4:30pm - House Lib. vs. Lady Colonels

5:30pm - Cedartown vs. Dalton Wholesale

6:30pm - Summer Hill vs. Owen FH

7:30pm - Sixers vs. Polk County

8:30pm - Rockmart vs. Knicks-2


Mon., July 7th @ Clayton St…

6:30pm - Lakers vs. Speedboys

7:30pm - DOTS vs. Black Monop

8:30pm - Tri-County vs. Young Gunz



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  SERBIA   


Milan Gurovic is leaving Prokom Trefl? - by Zoran Popovic
According to informations from Serbian daily news Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) is very close to leave Prokom Trefl Sopot. Champion of Poland decides to cut budget for next season and that is the main reason of moving first star of Polish team. In the same, time new Euroleague member Panionios ON Telecoms Athens is very intrested for him. In the last season Milan Gurovic helped Prokom Trefl Sopot to win Poland National Cup and championship, and in the 7th match in final play-off serie he scored 36Pts. During the season Gurovic scored in Euroleague 15.3Pts, 4.8Reb and in Polish league 16.0Pts, 3.5Reb and 1.3Ast per game.

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  SLOVENIA   


Erazem Lorbek joins Smodis in CSKA Moscow - by Matej Bergant
Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) signed two years contract with CSKA Moscow. Lorbek had an excellent season this year, averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6spg, 1.0bpg in 20 Euroleague games and 14.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg in 45 Italian League games for Lottomatica Roma. CSKA's headcoach Ettore Messina expressed his happines about signing Lorbek for official CSKA Moscow website: 'Lorbek showed himself as one of the best big men in Euroleague last season. He plays excellent offence and defense and we hope that together with Terence Morris he will help our team to win.'

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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
A Standings
 1. ARG 2-0 
 2. BRA 2-0 
 3. URU 2-0 
 4. VEN 0-2 
 5. CHI 0-2 
 6. COL 0-2 


South American Championship. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela - Uruguay 70:88
Venezuela suffered their second straight defeat at the start of the South American Championship in Puerto Montt. Yesterday Venezuelan National Team could not handle Uruguay. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) once again led the charge for Venezuela but his effort proved insufficient for the win. Uruguay side led by Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) looked too good and deservedly grabbed the second win in a row at the tournament. Uruguay took over right from the start and came out of the first period leading by 5 points. Venezuela struggled to contain a high-flying Uruguayan offense and conceded 28 points in the second stanza. It allowed Uruguay to accumulate a safe 15-point cushion at the interval. Venezuela however refused to give up that early. Oscar Torres ignited a comeback rally from Venezuelan team as they shaved the deficit to only 4 points heading into the final period. But it effort had gone dry and Uruguay restored a double-digit lead early in the final frame. Venezuela failed to recover again and Uruguay celebrated a stunning win at the end. Esteban Batista bruised Venezuela with 22 points and 9 boards. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) provided 21 points and 6 assists, while Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 13 points in a win. Oscar Torres replied with 21 points for Venezuela. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) tallied 12 points and 8 boards, while Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) nailed 11 in defeat. Venezuela take on hosting Chile tonight in the race for four available qualifying spots to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. Uruguay plays against Colombia tonight.

Venezuela: Oscar Torres 21, Axiers Sucre 12, Carlos Cedeno 11
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 22, Nicolas Mazzarino 21, Leandro Garcia Morales 13


Chile - Brazil 69:70
Brazilian National team grabbed their second straight win at the South American Championship in Puerto Montt. Yesterday Brazil snatched a narrow win over the hosts to remain among the top teams at the competition. Chile suffered their second consecutive defeat and once again it was a matter of the last seconds for Chile and they failed to convert. The hosts opened the game confidently keeping Brazilian depleted squad at distance. Chilean side limited their opponents to 13 points in the first frame and enjoyed a 4-point lead at the intermission. Brazil cut the distance to 2 points at halftime and soon spurred ahead. The visitors pulled ahead and accumulated a 2-point lead heading into the final stanza. They maintained the margin throughout the final term and still were up by 2 with 2 seconds left on the clock. Jorge Valencia got fouled and went to the charity stripe with a chance to force overtime. However only one of his shots hit the target and Brazil secured a dramatic victory. William Fornou (204-C-81) had 16 points and 6 boards to lead Brazil. Arthur Luiz Belchior (197-G/F-82) dropped 14 points, while Caio Torres (211-C-87) added 10 in a win. Patricio Briones (213-C-72, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Dade CC) answered with game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Chile. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) dropped 17 points in a losing case. Brazil outrebounded their opponents 40:31 and limited Chile to just 33% from the field. Chile will face Venezuela today in a must-win fixture. Brazil take on their archrivals Argentina later tonight.

Chile: Patricio Briones 25, Evandro Arteaga 17
Brazil: William Fornou 16, Arthur Luiz Belchior 14, Caio Torres 10


Argentina - Colombia 104:75
Argentinean National Team claimed the second consecutive win at the South American Championhip. They bruised Colombia yesterday to clinch the top spot in the ladder. Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) fired game-high 30 points and Argentina drove to a cruising win at the end. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) added 21 points and 10 boards, while Andres Pelussi dropped 19 in a winning effort. Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP) answered with 26 points for Colombia. Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) secured 16 points as his team fell to 0-2 record at the start.

Argentina: Paolo Quinteros 30, Roman Gonzalez 21+10 boards, Andres Pelussi 19
Colombia: Edgar Moreno 26, Norbey Aragon 16


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  SPAIN   


Madrid inks new players - by Robert Mayor
Real Madrid announced that guard Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) and forward Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) are new capital team players. Sanchez (that has signed a 1+1 deal) comes from F.C. Barcelona, that decided not to continue with Argentinean player services and now is trying to sign Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson). Madrid was looking for a guard after decided not to count with Tunceri.

Hosley, that comes from Turkey, will have the chance to show his quality in an European top team.


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  UKRAINE   


Young Shurmel and Slipenchuk to Superleague teams! - by Alexander Muzyka
Two ex BC Kyiv-2 players have returned to Ukraine will perform theirselves in Superleague this season. MBC Mykolaiv inked Vsevolod Shurmel (206-F/C-88) who played last season in Belorussian Sozh (7th place in Premier League) and then in Ukrainian Higher League MSDUShOR. Budivelnyk was glad to add ex-Ukrainian U-20 NT gurad Artem Slipenchuk (192-G-89) from American Chipola. Talented Artem once played in Superleague as BC Kyiv player for some games in 2006/07 season.

Salyers and Serapinas to Azovmash - by Alexander Muzyka
The best EuroLeague sniper Marc Salyers (205-F-79) from Roanne (21,8 ppg, 6,6 rpg) will play in Azovmash this season! He prefered Ukrainian team to Russian Dynamo. By the way, he will play face-to-face with Artur Drozdov from BC Kyiv who knows Salyers by the common work in Pau-Orthez.
Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) from Prokom Trefl is the one more newcomer in Azovmash. So now Mariupol has a strong new roster with Capin, Thompson, Nsonwu, el-Amin, Salyers, Rizvica and Serapinas.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Newcastle Eagles Turn Down Shot At Europe - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles Chairman Paul Blake has been explaining why he has chosen not to take the reigning BBL champions into European competition next season.

Blake, who also doubles-up as Chairman of the British Basketball League (BBL) has given an audio interview with UK basketball site www.badaball.com in which he has explained that he feels the club is still short logistically and needs another year to fully prepare itself for entry into European competiton.

Blake has also revealed that he is hopeful it will not damage the chances of a British basketball team entering European Cups in the future and has received a positive response despite declining the invitation to enter for 2008/09.

The Eagles will now focus on trying to win back to back league titles and to be able to re-consider their position next summer when they hope they have developed as a club.

While talking of development Blake also claimed during the interview that Newcastle are the best club in the UK but hinted they still have some way to go.

He also said that media in the country needed to give a higher profile to the sport.


Wolves close in on signings. - by George Manousidis

The Worcester Wolves coach Skouson Harker is travelling the globe in search
of new players for the Wolves next year. He is currently in Canada before
moving on to the united Sates and then Lithuania to look at potential
players.
Coach Skouson Harker says: we have really good links in these countries so it makes sense that we go
there first. I have a great belief that whenever possible it is always best
to try and meet and see players first hand rather than simply relying on
agents.'
A point guard is high on Harker's list following the transfer of Chuck Evans (180-G-71, college: Mississippi St.)
to BBL rivals Chester Jets and the Canadian player coach is close to signing
a very exciting prospect.
The Director of Basketball Mick Donovan says: 'Basketball fans throughout the country are

aware of Skouson's reputation for unearthing talent and some of the players that we have

discussed so far are certainly exciting prospects. We are hoping to make some

announcements fairly soon. We made our mark last season with an exciting team and we

firmly believe we can do that again and continue to make progress.



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  URUGUAY   


Uruguay is 2-0 after beating Venezuela - by Hector Lopez
Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 10 straigth points for a 21-4 rally in the second quarter leading Uruguay to beat Venezuela 88-70 during the second day of the South American Championship. Although Venezuela managed to tie 55-55 in the third quarter, three-point-shots by Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) and Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) gave again the leadershipo to Uruguay with a 2-0 record in the tournament. venezuela is now 0-2. The main scorer for Uruguay was Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) with 22 points and also 8 rebounds. Mazzarino netted 21 and Garcia Morales 13. The main scorer for Venezuela was Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) with
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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela loses second in a row at South American Championship - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela - Uruguay 70:88

Venezuela suffered their second straight defeat at the start of the South American Championship in Puerto Montt. Yesterday Venezuelan National Team could not handle Uruguay. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) once again led the charge for Venezuela but his effort proved insufficient for the win. Uruguay side led by Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) looked too good and deservedly grabbed the second win in a row at the tournament. Uruguay took over right from the start and came out of the first period leading by 5 points. Venezuela struggled to contain a high-flying Uruguayan offense and conceded 28 points in the second stanza. It allowed Uruguay to accumulate a safe 15-point cushion at the interval. Venezuela however refused to give up that early. Oscar Torres ignited a comeback rally from Venezuelan team as they shaved the deficit to only 4 points heading into the final period. But it effort had gone dry and Uruguay restored a double-digit lead early in the final frame. Venezuela failed to recover again and Uruguay celebrated a stunning win at the end. Esteban Batista bruised Venezuela with 22 points and 9 boards. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) provided 21 points and 6 assists, while Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 13 points in a win. Oscar Torres replied with 21 points for Venezuela. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) tallied 12 points and 8 boards, while Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) nailed 11 in defeat. Venezuela take on hosting Chile tonight in the race for four available qualifying spots to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. Uruguay plays against Colombia tonight.

Venezuela: Oscar Torres 21, Axiers Sucre 12, Carlos Cedeno 11
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 22, Nicolas Mazzarino 21, Leandro Garcia Morales 13


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Trotamundos 42-9 
 2. Cocodrilos 35-17 
 3. Guaiqueries 32-19 
 4. Gatos 32-19 
 5. Gaiteros 32-19 
 6. Marinos 30-22 
 7. Guaros 19-33 
 8. Dep.Tachira 17-35 
 9. Gigantes 10-42 
 10. Panteras 9-43 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australians abroad - by Eurobasket News
Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) and her Indiana Fever improved to 8-8 record in the WNBA ladder after beating the Chicago Sky at the Conseco Fieldhouse yesterday. Tamika Catchings came up with the performance of the season so far nailing 18 points and pivoting the Fever to their 7th all-time victory over Chicago. Catchings also had 6 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals to complete her tally. The Fever All-Star player missed the start of the season because of an injured Achilles tendon. She however is getting back to her form though coming off the bench in this one. Katie Douglas nailed 12 points, while Tammy Sutton-Brown had 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Tully Bevilaqua ended up with 5 points and 3 steals. Candice Dupree notched 20 points and 13 boards for the Sky. Dominique Canty produced 16 points in a losing effort. Indiana got to a better start as they piled up a 7-point lead after the starting frame. They pushed the advantage to 15 points midway through the second period. The gap grew to 16 points in the third stanza and the Fever never looked back again.
Before that Houston beat Indiana 75:61 and left the last spot in the Western Conference. It was the fourth straight win for the Comets that are improving from game to game. It was a good start for the hosts that opened the game with 20:14 in the opening quarter. Matee Ajavon scored the first seven points of the quarter, and Mistie Williams' layup capped a 9-0 run and gave Houston its largest lead of the half at 29:14. Again Matee Ajavon was on fire for Comets in the second quarter as Houston took a 39:29 lead into halftime. Indiana recovered a bit in the third quarter and produced 18:15 in it. In the last period to solve all the problems Houston went on a 19-3 run to capture 20-point lead in the game. Sancho Lyttle scored seven points in the run, and Snow netted six. With 21:14 Houston finished the period and grabbed 75:61 victory. Indiana committed 26 turnovers, which Houston turned into 29 points. Matee Ajavon was unstoppable with 24 points and 2 assists. Lyttle collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Snow added 12. Tammy Sutton-Brown top-scored for the guests with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Tully Bevilaqua produced 7 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal.
Meanwhile Seattle limited the visiting Washington Mystics to only 49 points to celebrate a confident 64:49 win at the end. Sue Bird came up with 14 points and 7 assists to pace the Storm to the 9th win in the season. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) notched 13 points, while Sheryl Swoopes added 11 in a win. Alana Beard tallied 16 points in the loss that followed three straight road victories for the Mystics. The hosts entered the final period up by 10 and never looked back again.


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  CANADA - Women  


The queen of the boards - by Eurobasket News
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and her Indiana Fever improved to 8-8 record in the WNBA ladder after beating the Chicago Sky at the Conseco Fieldhouse yesterday. Tamika Catchings came up with the performance of the season so far nailing 18 points and pivoting the Fever to their 7th all-time victory over Chicago. Catchings also had 6 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals to complete her tally. The Fever All-Star player missed the start of the season because of an injured Achilles tendon. She however is getting back to her form though coming off the bench in this one. Katie Douglas nailed 12 points, while Tammy Sutton-Brown had 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Candice Dupree notched 20 points and 13 boards for the Sky. Dominique Canty produced 16 points in a losing effort. Indiana got to a better start as they piled up a 7-point lead after the starting frame. They pushed the advantage to 15 points midway through the second period. The gap grew to 16 points in the third stanza and the Fever never looked back again.
Before that Houston beat Indiana 75:61 and left the last spot in the Western Conference. It was the fourth straight win for the Comets that are improving from game to game. It was a good start for the hosts that opened the game with 20:14 in the opening quarter. Matee Ajavon scored the first seven points of the quarter, and Mistie Williams' layup capped a 9-0 run and gave Houston its largest lead of the half at 29:14. Again Matee Ajavon was on fire for Comets in the second quarter as Houston took a 39:29 lead into halftime. Indiana recovered a bit in the third quarter and produced 18:15 in it. In the last period to solve all the problems Houston went on a 19-3 run to capture 20-point lead in the game. Sancho Lyttle scored seven points in the run, and Snow netted six. With 21:14 Houston finished the period and grabbed 75:61 victory. Indiana committed 26 turnovers, which Houston turned into 29 points. Matee Ajavon was unstoppable with 24 points and 2 assists. Lyttle collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Snow added 12. Tammy Sutton-Brown top-scored for the guests with 13 points and 6 rebounds.


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  D.R. CONGO - Women  


Mwadi Mabika underwent a surgery repairing her right knee - by Eurobasket News
Houston Comets starting forward Mwadi Mabika (180-F-76) underwent a surgery repairing her right knee. The surgery was reported successful and Mabika is going to miss four to six weeks in rehabilitation process. Mwadi Mabika averaged 6.0 points, 2.2 boards and 1.2 assists in this season. Mabika spent 11 years with the Los Angeles Sparks before signing with the Comets prior to the season.
Meanwhile Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) and her Indiana Fever improved to 8-8 record in the WNBA ladder after beating the Chicago Sky at the Conseco Fieldhouse yesterday. Tamika Catchings came up with the performance of the season so far nailing 18 points and pivoting the Fever to their 7th all-time victory over Chicago. Catchings also had 6 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals to complete her tally. The Fever All-Star player missed the start of the season because of an injured Achilles tendon. She however is getting back to her form though coming off the bench in this one. Katie Douglas nailed 12 points, while Tammy Sutton-Brown had 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Bernadette Ngoyisa produced 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 blocks. Candice Dupree notched 20 points and 13 boards for the Sky. Dominique Canty produced 16 points in a losing effort. Indiana got to a better start as they piled up a 7-point lead after the starting frame. They pushed the advantage to 15 points midway through the second period. The gap grew to 16 points in the third stanza and the Fever never looked back again.
Before that Houston beat Indiana 75:61 and left the last spot in the Western Conference. It was the fourth straight win for the Comets that are improving from game to game. It was a good start for the hosts that opened the game with 20:14 in the opening quarter. Matee Ajavon scored the first seven points of the quarter, and Mistie Williams' layup capped a 9-0 run and gave Houston its largest lead of the half at 29:14. Again Matee Ajavon was on fire for Comets in the second quarter as Houston took a 39:29 lead into halftime. Indiana recovered a bit in the third quarter and produced 18:15 in it. In the last period to solve all the problems Houston went on a 19-3 run to capture 20-point lead in the game. Sancho Lyttle scored seven points in the run, and Snow netted six. With 21:14 Houston finished the period and grabbed 75:61 victory. Indiana committed 26 turnovers, which Houston turned into 29 points. Matee Ajavon was unstoppable with 24 points and 2 assists. Lyttle collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Snow added 12. Tammy Sutton-Brown top-scored for the guests with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Bernadette Ngoyisa ended up with 1 point and 3 rebounds.


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  EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women  


Euroleague announces the teams for the next season - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague announced the teams for the next season that will participate in the same format in comparison with the previous year. Twenty four teams will be divided into four groups of six teams each for the Qualifying Round, with the top four of each group getting a ticket for the Eighth-Final Play-Offs. Two countries will be represented by 4 teams, Russia and France. The defending champions Spartak Moscow Region will have also CSKA Moscow, UMMC Ekaterinburg and Nadezda Orenburg. France will send Bourges Basket, Basket Lattes Montpellier, Union Hainaut Basket and ESB Villeneuve. Spain
will be represented by Ros Casares Valencia and Halcon Avenida. Turkey will hope for Fenerbahce and Besiktas Cola Turka. Gambrinus SIKA Brno
and USK Praha will be from Czech Republic, while Hungary will have MKB Euroleasing Sopron and MiZo Pcs 2010. Poland and Italy will have also 2 teams each, Wisla Can-Pack Krackow and Lotos PKO BP Gdynia as well as Umana Reyer Venezia and Famila Schio respectively. Four countries will hope for one team. Croatia will be represented by Jolly JBS Sibenik, whilst Latvia as usual TTT Riga. TEO Vilnius as always is the team from Lithuania and Kosice is from Slovak Republic.
The draw of the EuroLeague will take place in Freising, Germany, next Thursday, July 10. All the teams are eager to find out their opponents they will play with.




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  FRANCE - Women  


Lawson's Stars - by Eurobasket News
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79)'s San Antonio needed an overtime to reach another win. Sophia Young scored 27 points and collected 8 boards to carry the Silver Stars past the Detroit Shock at the AT&T Center yesterday. The Silver Stars survived the extra period to post a 79:72 win over the Shock at the end. Becky Hammon provided sufficient help as she knocked down 19 points 10 of them coming in overtime. The Silver Stars were trailing by 2 points with less than 15 seconds left but Ann Wauters hit a jumper to send the teams into extra period. Katie Smith put the visitors ahead when the veteran converted a three-pointer. But the hosts soon took over. The Silver Stars hit all of their 8 attempts from free throw line and secured a difficult victory at the end. Ann Wauters finished with 17 points and 9 boards for the winners. Katie Smith notched 17 points for the Shock. Kara Braxton nailed 16 points in defeat.
Before that San Antonio Silver Stars edged Minnesota Lynx 73:65 as Sophia Young scored 20 points and Belgian Ann Wauters added 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Silver Stars started with 17:10 in the opening quarter to build a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led by as much as 16 points in the second half. The Lynx won only the last period, but it was not enough to upset the hosts. Anosike top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Edwige Lawson played less than a minute but was lucky to celebrate another win.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Hapoel Tel Aviv remains in Division 1 - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Tel Aviv that was eliminated to Division 2 earlier will remain in Division 1. The next season Israeli league will have 10 teams. Due to this some players from the team decided to stay in the team. Shachar Alterman, Liran Buchris and Hadar Confortas who played in Hapoel last year have re-signed with the team.
Tierre Willson and Lauren Ervin (191-F-85, college: Arkansas) are the new foreigners in Hapoel. Willson averaged 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Lauren Ervin was a star at Arkansas in 06/07 with 22.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, Romanian national team player Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) signed with Ramla for the 08/09 season. It will be the first update for the defending champions of Israel. Starting from 2006 Anne-Marie Parau participated in Romanian League All-Star Game, was Romanian League Regular Season Runner-Up and Romanian League Champion. In the same year she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Guard of the Year and was chosen to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team. In 2007 she played in Dexia, Belgium and averaged 6.2 points and 2.5 assists in the Euroleague. She won Belgian Cup and Belgian League Regular Season. Last season Romanian guard spent last season in France. Anne-Marie Parau averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 assists per game.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Portuguese under20 team lose first game of preparation - by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal is preparing their participation in the European under 20 to be held in Poland from 11-20 this month.
The players that national coach Eugenio Rodrigues and his assistant coach Jose Araujo asked are the fallowing:

Ana Catarina Rodrigues (Santarem Basket)
Barbara Pedro (182-C-89) (Alges)
Catarina Caldeira (166-G-89) (CAB Madeira)
Catia Lirio (182-C-89) (CD Povoa)
Luciana Livulo (GDESSA)
Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) (ADESintra)
Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) (177-G/F-88) (GDESSA)
Marcia Costa (Montijo B.A.)
Sara Djassi (176-F-89) (GDESSA)
Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) (CAB Madeira)
Rosinha Rosario (Escola Amadora)
Solange Neves (171-F-89) (Uniao Madeira)


And yesterday in the 1st game of preparation they lost to Holand(65-59)in the overtime ,the game decided in the last seconds.Today another game against Holand to be held in Barreiro at 9pm,portuguese time.


Vagos in the market - by Luis Rocha
Vagos is not waiting to sign players. They marked their targets and started on the construction of a roster who can lead them to a better season then the one before. Carla Nascimento (171-G-86), Sara Filipe (187-F-82) and Ana Teixeira (184-C-79) are the ones signed. Sara and Carla both come from B.Viagem and Ana from Olivais. Ana and Sara are centers, and Carla is a point guard. Those 3 players are good players with lot of experience and can make a great defirence in the roster of Vagos. Ana had a grat season and was champion, Carla played well although many expected a bit more of hers performances, and SAra had a bad season, but has all the tools to invert that . Nice acquisitions for Vagos, and a good season ahead.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Annemarie Parau signs with Ramla - by Eurobasket News
Romanian national team player Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) signed with Ramla for the 08/09 season. It will be the first update for the defending champions of Israel. Starting from 2006 Anne-Marie Parau participated in Romanian League All-Star Game, was Romanian League Regular Season Runner-Up and Romanian League Champion. In the same year she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Guard of the Year and was chosen to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team. In 2007 she played in Dexia, Belgium and averaged 6.2 points and 2.5 assists in the Euroleague. She won Belgian Cup and Belgian League Regular Season. Last season Romanian guard spent last season in France. Anne-Marie Parau averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 assists per game.

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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


News from Pallacanestro Bellinzona - by Dimitri Toumayeff
Pallacanestro Bellinzona, freshly promoted to LNB, will still be coached by Daniele BRANCA. His assistant will be Claudio TETTAMANTI, who was involved in the youth movement of the club last season. All the players who took part in the 2nd league championship last season remain with the club.
Pallacanestro Belllinzona also announces the arrival of:
- Claudia IPPOLITO (1987, 175, 3-4)
- Marie-Louise MAAG (1983, 180, 4-5)
Both these players transfered from Cassarate Riva Ceresio II (LNB), where they spend the last couple of seasons.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Migros Will not be in TBBL Next Year - by Cem Guvener
Migrosspor announced that they will not be in TBBL next year. 10 year old club decided not to participate in TBBL next year. At the moment the new team has not been decided yet. Izmir Buyuksehir Belediyesi seems to be the biggest candidate to play in TBBL. This has been just another shock to Turkish basketball as almost each year a club stops their basketball operations or decide not to participate to TBBL.

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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Double Success for Worcester Student - by George Manousidis
Whilst, it is normally the University men's basketball team that grab most of
the headlines at Worcester. A female player has had a fantastic season by
being crowned English basketball League Division 2 Women's player of the
year. Crystal played for the league champions Black Country Bears who also
lost narrowly in the National play-off finals to the Sheffield Hatters.

Crystal also plays for the university team and the Worcester Wolves West
midland league team; and was selected to play for the English Universities
side that includes the best players from the powerful Basketball
Universities from Sheffield, Northumbria and Loughborough.

Crystal came to Worcester from the successful Northampton Academy and is
currently studying Sports Coaching Science. She is also an integral part of
the University Learning Through Sport initiative that delivers Basketball in
School together with maths and English. At the moment she is visiting primary
schools to deliver coaching sessions and listens to youngsters reading.
The Director of Basketball Mick Donovan says:
'Crystal has been a great role model for girls who want to progress in the
sport of their choice and has shown a tremendous commitment that matches her
talent. She thoroughly deserves her national success and we are all very
proud of her.'


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  WNBA - Women  


Kelly Santos Joins Brazilian National Team - by T.Saadiq Kamali
Seattle Storm team officials announced that center Kelly Santos has joined the Brazilian national team in Madrid, Spain in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
After joining the Brazilian national team in 1997, Santos won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia and competed in the 2004 Olympics. Originally drafted in the fourth round (#54 overall) of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock, Santos averaged 1.2 points in five games with the Storm during the 2008 season.

Kelly Santos (6'4''-C-79)


Ely Comfortable in the Post. - by T.Saadiq Kamali
Throughout her WNBA career, Shyra Ely had heard she was too small to play the post. Power forward was Ely's natural position and where she thrived at Tennessee, but as a senior she converted to the wing because of the expectation she would have to play small forward in the WNBA due to her 6-2 height. That proved to be the case after San Antonio took Ely with the first pick of the second round of the 2005 WNBA Draft. As a rookie, Ely started 11 games at small forward, where she played nearly exclusively through two years with the Silver Stars and one in Seattle.
This year, however, Ely has returned to her more familiar spot. Because new Storm Head Coach Brian Agler is fond of versatile lineups, he's comfortable playing Ely at power forward, and while splitting minutes at both forward positions this season, she has played primarily up front.
Ely has seen action off the bench in each of the Storm's first eight games, averaging 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, the latter mark tops amongst Storm reserves. Her 52.0% shooting from the field leads the entire team. Ely uses the skills she has honed while playing on the perimeter to her advantage when she moves up front. She's become a good enough three-point shooter that opposing defenses have to respect her jumper when the Storm runs the pick-and-pop with her setting the screen.






Shyra Ely (6'2''-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee)


Beck and Pascalau waived by Storm - by T.Saadiq Kamali

The Seattle Storm announced that center guard Kimberly Beck and center Florina Pascalau have been waived from the team.
Beck played in 15 games this season averaging 3.5 minutes a game and was a 3rd round draft pick of the Storm in 2008. Beck attended George Washington University.
Pascalau played in 3 games for the Storm and averaged 3 minutes per game this season.
The roster now stands at 11 players.
Kimberly Beck (5'8''-G-85, college: George Washington)



Indiana registers the 8th win in the season - by Eurobasket News
Indiana - Chicago 74:67

The Indiana Fever improved to 8-8 record in the ladder after beating the Chicago Sky at the Conseco Fieldhouse yesterday. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) came up with the performance of the season so far nailing 18 points and pivoting the Fever to their 7th all-time victory over Chicago. Catchings also had 6 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals to complete her tally. The Fever All-Star player missed the start of the season because of an injured Achilles tendon. She however is getting back to her form though coming off the bench in this one. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) nailed 12 points, while Tammy Sutton-Brown had 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) notched 20 points and 13 boards for the Sky. Dominique Canty produced 16 points in a losing effort. Indiana got to a better start as they piled up a 7-point lead after the starting frame. They pushed the advantage to 15 points midway through the second period. The gap grew to 16 points in the third stanza and the Fever never looked back again.
Meanwhile the Houston Comets starting forward Mwadi Mabika (5'11''-F-76) underwent a surgery repairing her right knee. The surgery was reported successful and Mabika is going to miss four to six weeks in rehabilitation process. Mwadi Mabika averaged 6.0 points, 2.2 boards and 1.2 assists in this season. Mabika spent 11 years with the Los Angeles Sparks before signing with the Comets prior to the season.


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


Chicago Sky 2 game win streak ended - by T.Saadiq Kamali
Candice Dupree finished lead the Sky with 20 points and 13 rebounds in losing 74-67 on the road against the Indiana Fever.
Dominique Canty scored 16 and Jia Perkins chipped in 13 for Chicago (5-10), which had won two straight following a five-game losing streak.
Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in her eighth game of the season after missing the team's first eight. She suffered a torn right Achilles' tendon in last year's Eastern Conference finals and underwent surgery in September.
Catchings came off the bench and played nearly 25 minutes. She had been a starter in the team's previous four games.
Katie Douglas had 12 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Fever, who improved to 7-2 all-time against Chicago and 4-1 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Fever pushed a seven-point first-quarter lead to 35-20 on Douglas' 3-pointer with 6:34 left in the second quarter. Catchings shot 4-of-5 from the field in the first half and scored 13 points.
Indiana, which led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, took its biggest lead, 67-49, on Catchings' three-point play with 7 minutes left.


Sky Beat Lynx on Road - by T.Saadiq Kamali
Candice Dupree had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Chicago past the Minnesota Lynx, 73-71 on Tuesday night.
Jia Perkins had 20 points and made a crucial late 3-pointer for the Sky, who have won consecutive games after a five-game losing streak. Chasity Melvin, starting in place of the injured Fowles, added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Rookie Candice Wiggins had 17 points to lead Minnesota. Reserves Vanessa Hayden-Johnson and Charde Houston each scored 13 points off the bench for the Lynx (8-8), who have lost two straight and seven of nine.
All-Star Seimone Augustus, returning to the lineup after missing Saturday's game with a toe injury, scored 10 for the Lynx but shot 4-for-13, including a missed tying shot for Minnesota as time expired.
With the teams tied at 67-67, Perkins made a wide-open 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining. Wiggins hit a driving lay-up, but Dupree finished the scoring with a driving lay-up that she was able to spin off the backboard from a tough angle.
With Lynx starting center Nicky Anosike in early foul trouble, Hayden-Johnson scored 12 points in the first half as Minnesota took a 46-43 halftime advantage. Wiggins knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
The Sky overcame 16 turnovers as the Lynx shot just 39 percent from the field, including an 8-for-29 mark in the second half.

Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple)