EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/5/2008

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  ABA   


Last league news and transactions - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association announced that it will return to San Antonio, Texas, the home of the original ABA San Antonio Spurs, which moved to the NBA along with the Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets. The name of the new team is South Texas Showboats and the Head Coach/Owner is Benjamin Mireles. For more information, email Coach at coachb_showboats@yahoo.com or visit www.santonioproball.com. NBA veteran Jerry Reynolds (6'8''-F-62, college: LSU) will be running the upcoming Jersey Express Open Tryout on July 19th at the Morristown Neighborhood House located at 12 Flagler Street, Morristown, NJ. Chris Glisson has accepted the position as General Manager of the ABA Knoxville Storm professional team that begins play in December. The team's Head Coach will be Knoxville native Chad Smith. Smith is currently in his second year as a staff member of the Tennessee Travelers, an elite summer traveling team that is sponsored by Nike.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zdovc splits with Bosna, changes in Zadar - by Dragan Jankovski
Bosna ASA BHT will have to find a new head coach for the next season. Bosna had a great year in domestic championship winning the title of Bosnia and Herzegovina and after one year break returned to Adriatic league. After third decisive game of the play-off final against Igokea Partizan, its head coach Jurij Zdovc stated that he is not sure will he stay in the club. The reason for his thoughts to leave were, as he said, many problems which the club faced during the season. Zdovc confirmed his decision on Wednesday so he definitely won't lead Bosna next season. The team from Sarajevo will now have to find a new head coach before any signings of new players.

Jure Lalic (212-C-86) parted ways with Croatian champion Zadar. He was unsatisfied with role which he had in the team previous season showing intention to leave the club after the play-off. It finally resulted with his moving to Belgian team Charleroi, whose head coach is Drazen Anzulovic. Lalic had a valid contract with Zadar for one more year thus Chareroi will have to pay buy-out fee for him. Lalic signed two-year contract with his new team.

At the same time Zadar agreed terms with Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79), ex player of Turkish team Kepez. For 28 games in TBL Ruzic averaged 14.7 ppg, 9 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.2 spg. Before Kepez, he played for Besancon, ASVEL, Beskitas and Cibona. Interesting is that Ruzic grew-up in Zadar spending there 6 seasons at the beginning of his career. The team also negotiates with Andrej Stimac and Damir Rancic.


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  ARGENTINA   


Uruguay beats Argentina - by Leonardo Contieri
With a great second half, that produced 62 points, led by Nicolas Mazzarino, who scored 36 points going 6 for 9 from three point range and adding 6 assits, Esteban Batista helped with 24 points and 16 boards and Gustavo Barrera added 16, Uruguay defeated Argentina 102-93 in the fourth day of play. Argentina now must beat Chile on saturday to play the final on sunday. Roman Gonzalez was argentina's best player with 23 points and 13 rebounds and Paolo Quinteros added 28 points. Argentinean coach Guillermo Narvarte was ejected in the second half after getting two technichal fouls when Urugauy, which led by as many as 18 points was clearly dominating the game.
Argentina: Stanic 3, Quinteros 28, Locatelli, Pelussi 9, Gonzalez 23 (starters) Garcia 16, Gutierrez 2, Mainoldi 3, Mata 2, Cequeira 7.
Uruguay: Barrera 16, Aguiar, Mazzarino 36, Batista 24, Paez 2 (starters) Charquero 10, Silvera 1, Garcia 8, Gonzalez 2, Castrillon 3.
Score by quarters: 20-19 / 38-40 / 61-75.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Croatia strikes back against the Boomers - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Australia 82:81

Croatian National team celebrated a narrow win over visiting Australia in Rijeka in the second exhibition game yesterday. The Boomers opened their European tour with a 78:74 win over Croatia two days ago but yesterday the Croatian side answered with a last second victory. This time hosts got to a better start and built a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. Australia kept it close but could not deny the deficit. Croatian team enjoyed a 6-point buffer at halftime. The Boomers finally found their touch in the third period as they outscored the hosts and grabbed a 58:54 lead into the final period. Croatia however never gave it up as they spurred the tempo in the final minutes. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) showed some brilliancy as he dropped three trebles in the final minutes and propelled Croatia to a dramatic win at the end. He led all scorers with 18 points. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 12 points, while Davor Kus (190-G-78) had 10 points in a win. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) replied with 17 points for Aussies. Chris Anstey (213-C-75) added 12 points, while Patrick Mills (178-G-88) and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) secured 11 points in defeat. The Boomers and Croatia will now move to Athens to take part in Acropolis Tournament starting July 12. They will play against Greece and Brazil there. Australia then returns back home for the training camp from July 15-23. Later they are scheduled to participate in the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in China.

Croatia: Marko Popovic 18, Sandro Nicevic 12, Davor Kus 10
Australia: David Barlow 17, Chris Anstey 12


Dave Thomans arrives to Cairns Taipans - by Eurobasket News
Cairns Taipans announced signing of ex member of Canadian National Team Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) on a one-year contract. Thomas has huge experience in NBL as he played last 5 years for Melbourne Tigers. He had 20 appearances in NBL last season averaging 9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.1 spg. During these 6 years Thomas won two NBL titles. He was named to be the MVP of the championship in 2002. Before Tigers, Thomas spent some time in German team Frankfurt Opel Skyliners as well as in Canberra Cannons. He graduated at Michigan State in 2001. A year before his Michigan won NCAA title while Thomas had limited playing time adding only 3 ppg and 2.8 rpg.

Cairns Taipans roster:
Larry Abney
Gary Boodnikoff
Stephen Black
Darnell Mee
Aaron Grabau
Martin Cattalini
Scott Cook
Dwayne Vale
Ian Crosswhite
Dave Thomas

Developments Players:
Kerry Williams


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  BELGIUM   


VOO Verviers-Pepinster Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


VOO Verviers-Pepinster has now officially announced the signing of their new coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck .
After a distinguished playing career Van Meerbeeck took the step to coaching some years ago and was the last 2 seasons coach of Belgian's most prestigious women's team Dexia Namur.

As a player Jurgen played for Brussels, Oostende, Charleroi and Mons-Hainaut.

He also served as assistant coach at Mons-Hainaut for 8 years before taking over as headcoach.

Next he moved to Vilvoorde where he coached during the 2005-2006 season.



Belgacom Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Belgacom Liege Basket has added another big guy to their roster for the upcoming season.
The new recruit is power forward Jerald Fields (201-F-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) and played college ball at East Tennessee State between 2000 and 2004 with good stats his last 3 years.
After his college career he headed to Europe where in his first 2 seasons he played in the Spanish LEB2 league for Ciudad Laguna.
After his adventure in Spain he left for Northern Europe, namely Finland. He played his first season there for KTP Kotka and the past season was spent in TOPO Helsinki. With TOPO he averaged 14.6ppg and 9.6 rpg.


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  BOSNIA   


Borac keeps coach Pejic, new head coach in Igokea Partizan? - by Eurobasket News
Serbian coach Milos Pejic extended contract with Borac Banja Luka for two more years. Pejic replaced coach Slobodan Nikolic on Borac's bench after two defeats in League 8. After that moment Borac started to play much better and was pretty close to reach the play-off semifinals.

Director of Borac, Slobodan Simovic, confirmed this news for Fokus: 'We agreed terms with Milos Pejic because management of the team was very satisfied with his work. For a very short time he done a lot of good things and we have a big interest to keep him on the bench' - said Simovic.

Players of Borac, as well as a head coach Pejic, are currently on the vacation. Pejic will return to Banja Luka on July 10th when Borac will start a search for the new players.

'Coach Pejic already has couple of players on his mind. We will try to find a best possible solution for the club's future' - said Simovic.

Borac looks to the next season having big appetites. The team wants to fight for the top of Premier league. More precisely, Borac's target for the next season is to reach the semifinals of play-off after what the team wants to fight for the title. Borac has the same ambitions in Bosnian National Cup.

Meanwhile, Igokea Partizan expects a 'wild-card' for Adriatic league as a runner-up of Bosnian championship. If this happen Igokea will most probably have a new head coach for the next season. According to the rumors it could be Miroslav Nikolic or Velimir Gasic. Sports director of the club, Darko Cubrilovic, stated that it is too early for any talks about the new head coach as they still wait a decision from Adriatic league. If management of regional championship deicide to give a 'wild-card' to Igokea it will be the first season of the team from Aleksandrovac in this competition.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil suffers first defeat in Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Argentina 68:102

Argentina became the first team to book the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship birth at the South American Championship in Chile. Yesterday Argentinean team celebrated a stunning win over their arch-rivals Brazil and advanced to the semifinal meaning they would play at the FIBA Americas championship next year. Argentina proved stronger as they took care of the depleted Brazilian team. Brazil could not bring their best ballers to the tournament and it paid off against the stronger opponents. Argentina claimed a 17:13 lead after the starting stanza and kept mounting the pressure afterwards. They outgunned their opponents 35:16 in the second period to build a 23-point buffer at the interval. Brazil never recovered and conceded 26 points in the third stanza. It led to Argentina accumulating an unassailable 34-point cushion before the final quarter. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) and his teammates eased to an overall victory at the end posting their third straight win at the competition. Gonzalez scored 20 points to lead the charge. Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) had 17 points, while Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) nailed 12 in a win. Helio Vitor Lima answered with 14 points for Brazil. Diego Pinheiro (196-F/G-80) notched 10 points and 5 assists in a loss. Brazil will face Venezuela next. Argentina will take on undefeated Uruguay tonight.

Brazil: Helio Vitor Lima (185-G-81) 14, Diego Pinheiro 10
Argentina: Roman Gonzalez 20, Andres Pelussi 17, Luis Cequeira 12


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  BULGARIA   


Deyan Ivanov signed with the champion of Croatia - by Valentin Anguelov
National team player Deian Ivanov (205-C-86) left his team Split to join Zadar. The Bulgarian who left good impressions in Croatia last season will be one of the new players of the champions.
The chairman of KK Zadar Christian Magas confirmed for 'Vecernij list' newspaper the news.
KK Split with Ivanov lost exactly from Zadar the final of the Croatian championship.

KK Zadar finished second in the regular season of Adriatic League and played the semifinals of the competition. The team is expected to play in ULEB Cup or Eurocup(as the new name) next season, so Deian Ivanov will have the possibility to play on bigger stage.

The media in Croatia are reporting that one of the twin brothers Ivanov was from the most desired players coach Aleksandar Petrovic wanted.


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  BURKINA FASO   


LIGUE DU CENTRE (Ouagadougou), the second tour - by Michel Pacere
the second tour of the competition in Ouagadougou started on the June 18, 2008. after that, we'll which team will pla the semi finals against the 2 best team of the west league (Bobo Dioulasso, ligue des hauts bassins)

June 18, 2008

EFO # RCK
Yves ARISTE and Ben Sada DABIRE didnt give any chance to the stars of EFO. Ben Sada as point guard (as last year) and Yves played faster; the public enjoyed their combinations and their passes. The stars played well in the first quarter, but they had no bench. Osa hurt himself the last weekend and Eric SALOU (the Stalion) hurt himself during this match (second quarter).
Score: 39-58 for RCK
Best scorer: Ben Sada DABIRE (RCK) with 15 points



June 19, 2008

- ASTY # Kadiogo Bulls
Score: 34-57 for Kadiogo Bulls;
Best scorer: Pel KONE with 18 points

- Faso Warriors # AS-Sonabhy
Score: 29-66 for AS-Sonabhy;
Best scorer: Ren OUEDRAOGO with 11 points


June 21, 2008
- Kadiogo Bulls # Faso Warriors
Score: 39-25 for Kadiogo Bulls,
Best scorer: Isaac PALENFO (Kadiogo Bulls) with 12 points


- AS-Sonabel # EFO
Judickael OUANGO, who was in Italy for studies went back. He played this match with the stars of EFO. This guard was selected in our national team and he played in 1998 against RCI, Ghana and Togo during the Tournoi de la Solidarit in the zone III. He is a good player but without training, he couldnt do anything. At the halftime, the score was 24-25 for the stars. In the third quarter the center Bayala (electricians) was fouled out for 5 fouls. We thought that the stars would do the difference with Judickael who was very offensive in the restrictive area. But since this time, the stars did many fouls and the point guard Stephane ZARE beat Norbert PARKOUDA. The referee fouled him out. It became very hard for the stars. In the fourth quarter, Sam scored two times at two points and Regis after his entry scored his shoot at three points. Without Eric SALOU and Osa NGAKA, the stars lost the match in the fourth quarter. It will be very hard for this team to qualify for the finals.
Score: 51-48 for AS-Sonabel
Best scorer: Ibrahim OUEDRAGO (AS-Sonabel) with 14 points



June 22, 2008
- AS-Sonabhy # ASTY
Score: 55-44 for AS-Sonabhy;
Best scorer: Aboubacar SARA (AS-Sonabhy) and Ludo SIMPORE (ASTY) with 18 points everyone.


June 25, 2008
- EFO # Kadiogo Bulls
Score: 30-60 for Kadiogo Bulls
Best scorer: Cdric CONMBO (Kadiogo Bulls) with 24 points


June 26, 2008
- Warriors # RCK
Score: 38-62 for RCK
Best scorer: Yves ARISTE (RCK) with 13 points

- ASTY # AS-Sonabel
Score: 40-67 for AS-Sonabel
Best scorer: Alain DIASSO (AS-Sonabel) with 16 points


June 28, 2008
- RCK # ASTY
Score: 20-00 for RCK

- EFO # AS-Sonabhy
Score: 48-57 for AS-Sonabhy
Best scorer: Aboubacar SARA 33 points

June 29, 2008
- AS-Sonabel # Warriors
Score: 59-41 for AS-Sonabel
Best scorer: Alfred TAPSOBA (AS-Sonabel) with 22 points


July 02, 2008
- ASTY # Warriors
Score: 58-76 for Warriors
Best scorer: Michael BAZIE (ASTY) with 23 points


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  BURUNDI   


Country's Clubs Eye Liberation Glory - by Carlos Pereira
by Julius Mbaraga

Burundi's renowned basketball clubs will attempt to make an improved showing at this year's Liberation day tournament which gets under today until Sunday at Amahoro stadium indoor courts.

Dynamo and New star basketball clubs arrived in Kigali on Wednesday and will battle against Rwanda's heavy weights APR (defending champions), CSK A, National University of Rwanda (NUR) and Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) for the top prize in the three-day tournament.
However, league defending champions Marine have not been drafted into the tournament after missing the first round which was staged last weekend.
'It's unfortunate that they (Marine) will not participate because they are the best team in the country.
'They play attractive basketball and it is obvious that their presence could have spiced up the tournament,' a close source to the local basketball governing body acknowledged yesterday.
On the road to last year's title, APR dislodged Dynamo at the semi-final before ousting local rivals Espoir in the final.


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  CANADA   


Dave Thomans arrives to Cairns Taipans - by Eurobasket News
Cairns Taipans announced signing of ex member of Canadian National Team Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) on a one-year contract. Thomas has huge experience in NBL as he played last 5 years for Melbourne Tigers. He had 20 appearances in NBL last season averaging 9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.1 spg. During these 6 years Thomas won two NBL titles. He was named to be the MVP of the championship in 2002. Before Tigers, Thomas spent some time in German team Frankfurt Opel Skyliners as well as in Canberra Cannons. He graduated at Michigan State in 2001. A year before his Michigan won NCAA title while Thomas had limited playing time adding only 3 ppg and 2.8 rpg.

Cairns Taipans roster:
Larry Abney
Gary Boodnikoff
Stephen Black
Darnell Mee
Aaron Grabau
Martin Cattalini
Scott Cook
Dwayne Vale
Ian Crosswhite
Dave Thomas

Developments Players:
Kerry Williams


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  CBA   


Patroons franchise running out of time - by Eurobasket News
The end of the Albany Patroons could come by the end of this month.The two-time Continental Basketball Association champions will be bounced out of the troubled CBA by the end of July if they dont come up with at least 600 season ticket-holders at Washington Avenue Armory for the 2008-09 campaign. Acting CBA commissioner Jim Coyne said Thursday he has given the Patroons until the end of July to find those ticket-holders. It will be an uphill battle for them, said Coyne, the original founder and president of the Patroons. As of Thursday, the Patroons had 50 season tickets sold for next year. With former standout Vincent Askew as the coach, the Patroons finished with a 21-27 record this past season. They missed the CBA playoffs for only the third time in the teams history, and only the second time since the club was formed in 1982.
Times are changing, said Coyne, former Albany County supervisor. Back in the 1980s we didnt have Siena College playing at this level and University at Albany was only a Division III team. There is only so much of a basketball pie. Coyne added, High school basketball has improved. Bishop Maginn High is one of the best high school teams in the state. The economy also has its effects. Coyne was also critical of the Patroons players and coach. The team was not a good team, he said. Coaching could have been better. Nat Burton (6'3''-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Georgetown), Lucious Jordan (6'2''-G/F-83, college: Albany) and Chad Timberlake (6'4''-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) were the best of the Patroons this past year. Of course, the CBA is also a changed league. The CBA finished the season with 10 teams but Coyne said there are only six teams in the league for 2008-09. One of them is the Patroons. Defending league champion Oklahoma Cavalry will return along with the Rio Grande Valley Silverados, Pittsburgh Xplosion, Minot (N.D.) Skyrockets and Eastern Kentucky Miners. The CBA has reduced its schedule from 48 games to 36 for the upcoming season. A year ago the Patroons sold game tickets at $16 each (reserved seats) and $7 each (unreserved seats). Season tickets were priced in the $200-$600 levels. The team reported average attendance at 1,000 per game but there were hundreds of no-shows for many
of the contests. In their glory, the Patroons won CBA titles in 1984 (with Phil Jackson the coach) and 1988 (with the late Bill Musselman the coach). George Karl directed the team in 1991 when the Patroons had the CBAs best record 48-6. With Musselman coaching in the 1987-88 campaign, Albany set a league record with 19 consecutive victories. NBA players Michael Brooks, Micheal Ray Richardson, Tony Campbell, Lowes Moore, Derrick Rowland, Scott Roth and Scott Brooks played for that team, which beat the Wyoming Wildcatters for the league title.
The Patroons were forced out of Albany after the 1993 season. Coyne brought the team back three years ago and hoped for a better ending.
Courtesy of: www.troyrecord.com


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  CHINA   


China Wins Ninth Straight Practice Game - by Arthur Volbert
China won its ninth straight game with an 89-73 victory over an Australian All-Star team. As with the other teams China has been defeating, this was a young team and not the caliber of the national teams that it will be facing in the Olympics. But these teams are exactly what China wishes to face as it practices for its Olympic competition.

Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi led China with 22 points and 19 points respectively as China focuses on its inside game while waiting to welcome Yao Ming back to its lineup.

The 12 players who took to the court today are the twelve who are most likely to make the cut minus one. The player cut is likely to be the least healthy among the reserves at the time of the Olympics. Players usually have some minor injuries and the reserve player most hindered by his ailments at the beginning of August is the one most likely to be cut.

Liu Wei scored 10 points and Du Feng (206-C/F-81) scored 9. Zhang Qingpeng and Zhou Peng, along with Yao Ming, did not play. Chen Jianghua played 20 minutes to 9 for Sun Yue as the two competed to see who will back up Liu Wei at the point. Both can also play shooting guard and Sun can back up at small forward. Playing 18 minutes, with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, Du Feng made his case for getting significant playing time at the Olympics.

The Australian All-Star team:
Matthew Burston; 2.10M, Forward
Greg Vanderjage; 2.13M, Centre
Peter Crawford; 1.93M, Guard
Darren Ng; 1.89M, Guard
Matt Knight; 2.07M, Forward
Cameron Tragardh; 2.09M, Forward
Rhys Carter; 1.90M, Guard
Alexander Loughton; 2.06M, Forward
Oscar Ceglar Forman; 2.05M, Forward
Cameron Heath Tovey; 1.99M, Forward

Box Score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=2069
The columns, in order, are name, uniform number, starter, minutes, field goals attempted-made, three-pointers attempted-made, free throws attempted-made, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, fouls, steals, turnovers, blocks,?, ?, ?, total points

China---- 25 11 26 27 89
Australia 19 18 18 18 73

Liu Wei 5 20min+10p+6r+3a+4to, Yi Jianlian 11 28min+22p+8r+1a+1s+1bl, Wang Shipeng 7 24min+8p+3a, Zhu Fangyu 8 23min+3p+5r+1a, Wang Zhizhi 14 19min+19p+3r+2a+2s, Chen Jianghua 16 20min+6p+3r+3a+2s+2to, Wang Lei 19 10min+3p+1a, Zhang Kai 23 4min+0p, Du Feng 15 18min+9p+3r+1a+2s, Sun Yue 9 9min+3p+1r+1a+1to+1bl, Li Nan 10 18min+2p+2r+1a, Ding Jinhui 20 8min+4p+1r


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  COLOMBIA   


Colombia defeated Chile in the Sudamerican Championship - by Victor Garcia
Colombia got its first win in the Sudamerican Championship in Chile, defeating the host 71 - 68 in a very intense game, the national team began with Edgar Moreno , Camilo Londoo, Norbey Aragn, Enielsen Guevara and Jorge Canedo.
The first quarter was for Chile who took advantage thanks to its 3 point shooting, the Colombian defense did not move quick enough and allow many open shots to Elliot, Arteaga and Carrasco, Briones did also its job in the paint.
But in the second quarter the history began to change and the duo of Moreno and Aragn made its job in the ofensive side, with great help of a telented Enielsen Guevara.
Both teams alterned the lead in the last quarter bt Colombia had a better end winning 71-68.
The national team have a chance to go to the FIBA Americas tourmanent, the team needs to defeat Venezuela tomorrow
Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82)


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.

Norbey Aragon and Edgar Moreno left the soul in the hardwood, Aragon with a great offensive night hurted Ururguay with 28 points (international career high), 3 assits and 4 rebounds, but his defensive work was very expensive and the fouls limited him just to 33 minutes in the court, finally Aragon left the game with 5 fouls, Moreno in the other hand added 19 points with and amazing 80% field goal shooting, and 2 of 2 from the 3 pointer, Edgar added also 5 assits, Canedo and Guevara combined to 16 points both and made a good job in defense over charrua's star Esteban Batista.


Uruguays backcourt power made its job, Leandro Garcia Morales with 21 points and Nicolas Mazzarino with 16 leaded the winners, Uruguya clinched a place to the FIBA Americas Championship.

Colombia still have a chance to get a place, the National team needs to win the remaining two games against Chile and Venezuela.


Colombia will face Chile tomorrow



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  CROATIA   


Roko Leni Ukic joins Toronto Raptors - by Eurobasket News
Member of Croatian National Team, Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84), most probably will sign contract with Toronto Raptors during the next week. Raptors picked Ukic at the second round of NBA draft 2005. Thus after three years in Europe, since he was drafted, Ukic will continue career in NBA.

Roko Leni Ukic confirmed to the Croatian media that all terms with Raptors are agreed. He will sign 3-years contract and it is expected to be officially announced on July 9th. At the same day, Raptors will extend Jose Calderon and ink Hassan Adams. Ukic will start season as a replacement of Spanish point guard. Raptors will probably sign another experienced PG who will compete with Ukic for a spot.

Ukic stated that he would be very satisfied if he succeeds to get 15 minutes per game in his rookie season in NBA.

'I am 23 years old and I am moving forward step by step. When Calderon started his NBA career he was at the same situation as me' - said Ukic.

Ukic started basketball career in Split where he played until 2005. With Split he won Croatian championship 02/03 as well as National Cup a year later. After NBA draft 2005 Ukic spent one year in TAU Ceramica winning 'Copa del Rey'. Next year he played for AXA Barcelona capturing the same trophy. Last season his team Lottomatica Roma reached the play-off final of Italian Serie A but they couldn't handle strong Montepaschi Siena. Ukic had 43 appearances in Serie A averaging 11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.7spg. He also played 19 games form Lottomatica in Euroleague adding 12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.1 spg.


Rozic stays in Cibona, Cedevita inks young Djugum - by Eurobasket News

Cibona Zagreb announced signing of contract extension with Marin Rozic (201-F-83). It is the first news from Cibona since Velimir Perasovic took over the team. Rozic played 14 games for Cibona in Euroleague last season adding 5 ppg and 3 rpg. He had the best digits in Croatian A1 league where he for 17 games averaged 11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.9 spg. Rozic joined Cibona in 2004 from Italian team Livorno. New contract will keep him in the club for two more seasons.

According to the rumors, Niksa Prkacin is close to return in Cibona after many years abroad. Luksa Andric, Franko Kastropil, Vedran Vukusic, Vedran Princ, Luka Zoric, Filip Kruslin, Goran Vrbanc, Robert Troha, Tomislav Zubcic and Leon Radosevic are under the contract. Two Americans, Sam Hoskin and Chris Warren, are also under the under the contract but with option to leave the club if other team pays buy-out fee.

Young center Ante Djugum (211-C-88) agreed terms with A1 team Cedevita. Djugum played last season for another A1 team Borik Puntamika. He had 10 appearances in Croatian top division averaging 3.9 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 8.5 minutes per game. Before Borik, Djugum spent one senior season in Zadar, where he passed all young selections. Djugum is currently member of U20 National Team, which will participate on European Championship in Latvia this summer.

In the meantime experienced Stipe Modric (207-F-79) joined Polish team Anwil from Wloclawek. Modric played last season in Geoplin Slovan where he for 19 games in Adriatic league added 8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. In Slovenian league he averaged 10.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.6 apg in 27 games. Modric changed couple of teams in the past. He started career in Alkar Sini and later he played for Olimpija, Ludwigsburg, Cholet Basket, Cedevita and Geoplin Slovan.



Croatia strikes back against the Boomers - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Australia 82:81

Croatian National team celebrated a narrow win over visiting Australia in Rijeka in the second exhibition game yesterday. The Boomers opened their European tour with a 78:74 win over Croatia two days ago but yesterday the Croatian side answered with a last second victory. This time hosts got to a better start and built a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. Australia kept it close but could not deny the deficit. Croatian team enjoyed a 6-point buffer at halftime. The Boomers finally found their touch in the third period as they outscored the hosts and grabbed a 58:54 lead into the final period. Croatia however never gave it up as they spurred the tempo in the final minutes. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) showed some brilliancy as he dropped three trebles in the final minutes and propelled Croatia to a dramatic win at the end. He led all scorers with 18 points. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 12 points, while Davor Kus (190-G-78) had 10 points in a win. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) replied with 17 points for Aussies. Chris Anstey (213-C-75) added 12 points, while Patrick Mills (178-G-88) and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) secured 11 points in defeat. The Boomers and Croatia will now move to Athens to take part in Acropolis Tournament starting July 12. They will play against Greece and Brazil there. Australia then returns back home for the training camp from July 15-23. Later they are scheduled to participate in the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in China.

Croatia: Marko Popovic 18, Sandro Nicevic 12, Davor Kus 10
Australia: David Barlow 17, Chris Anstey 12


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Danish Basketligaen to have 10 teams in 2008/2009 season - by Eurobasket News
Danish Basketligaen will have 10 teams in 2008/2009 season. In comparison with the previous year Roskilde BC will join the top Division. The team won Division 1 last season and will try to settle down with the top teams.
In 2006/07 The Bakken Bears claimed their second straight Basketligaen title after overcoming Svendborg in the Finals. The Bears completed a 4-0 sweep and proved their status as the best Danish team at the moment. The Svendborg Rabbits entered the fourth encounter with their backs against the wall, down 3-0 in the final series and desperately needing some heroics to survive. But the Bears looked simply unstoppable, getting off to an aggressive high-flying start and soon building a 32-23 lead. The Rabbits, however, restored intrigue in the second quarter as Brayden Billbe (208-C-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: American) fueled the hosts' comeback effort. Svendborg managed to trim the deficit to 3 points at halftime, 53-50. The game turned into a heated battle after the break as Svendborg tried fiercely to deny the deficit, but the experienced Bears squad kept the home team in bay: Bakken outrebounded the hosts 30-20 and converted impressive 64% from the field, never allowing their opponents to surge in front and celebrated an impressive victory that gave them another Basketligaen Gold. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) paced the Bears with 25 points that time. Brayden Billbe answered with game-high 30 points for Svendborg.
Both Bakken Bears and Svendborg will represent Denmark in EuroChallenge. It will be a great challenge for the top teams in the country and Eurobasket will fllow all the games of the teams.

Basketligaen 2008/2009
Bakken Bears
Svendborg Rabbits
BK Amager
Horsholm 79ers
Randers Cimbria
Horsens IC
Team Fog Naestved
Aabyhoy
Sisu
Roskilde BC


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Korvpalli Meistriliigas announced the teams for the next season - by Eurobasket News
Korvpalli Meistriliigas announced the teams for the next season. In comparison with the previous one, EMKL will have 9 teams. The top teams of the last seasons Tartu Ulikool/Rock and Tallinna BC Kalev/Cramo will also participate in BBL Elite Division. Last season Tallinna BC Kalev/Cramo spent a better season in Baltic league reaching the Quarterfinals. Estonian team needed two games to overcome Ventspils from Latvia. In the second game Kalev/Cramo opened the encounter with 13:25 and maintained the lead. In the last minute of the opening quarter Scott and Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84, agency: FCM) exchanged with three pointers and Kalev/Cramo had 13:25. Ventspils continued to struggle in offense but at the same time Kalev/Cramo increased the lead. Estonian team had plus 20 at the end of the first half and looked pessimistic towards the second. Rock finished the League after being defeated by Siaulia in two games.
In 2006/2007 Tartu University/Rock came out from a 19-point deficit in last 6 minutes and defeated BC Kalev/Cramo 64:59 in Game 4 of Estonian SEB Meistriliiga final series. Rock won the title by a clean sweep, 4:0. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) that time scored 19 points and took 11 rebounds and was honoured as the Finals MVP. Tanel Tein added 14 pts and 4 assists, Janar Talts 9 pts and 10 rbs, including a key three-pointer with 3 minutes left.
Moreover Kalev will participate next season in EuroChallenge, while Tartu will start in EuroCup.

EMKL 2008/2009
Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Tallinna BC Kalev/Cramo
BC Pirita
Triobet/Dalkia
Valga Welg
Prnu KK
BC Kraft Moobel/Kohila
BC Rakvere Tarvas
TT Korvpalliklubi


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Messina wins second Gomelskiy Trophy - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Euroleague Basketball announced today that CSKA Moscow's head coach Ettore Messina is the Aleksander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy winner for the 2007-08 season. In just his third season in Moscow, Ettore Messina led the club to its third straight appearance in the Euroleague title game and second Euroleague title in that span by topping Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final Four in Madrid. One of the great minds of modern basketball, Ettore Messina becomes the first person to win the Aleksander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy twice after winning the award in 2006 as well. Ettore Messina was voted the winner of the award by a combined panel of his peers, the 24 coaches who finished the Euroleague's 2007-08 season.
Ettore Messina's accomplishments since joining CSKA in 2005 have cemented his status among the great coaches of all time. He was named as one of the 50 legends for the 50 Years of European Club Basketball celebration this season even before he lifted his fourth Euroleague crown, placing him in a tie with greats Pedro Ferrandiz, Aleksandr Gomelskiy and Bozidar Maljkovic for the second most Euroleague titles. Zeljko Obradovic, the 2007 Aleksander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy winner, leads that list with six titles. Ettore Messina is also the only coach to win multiple Euroleague crowns with two teams. He won his first two with Virtus Bologna in 1998 and 2001.
The Aleksander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy pays tribute to the Russian coaching legend, who was the winning coach of the first-ever Euroleague title. Gomelskiy, the father of basketball in the Soviet Union and Russia, led CSKA to its last Euroleague crown before Ettore Messina arrived, in 1971. He passed in 2005 at age 77, shortly after Ettore Messina was hired by CSKA. The award has been handed out to the best coach of the Euroleague Basketball season as voted by his peers since 2005.
Ettore Messina led CSKA to another remarkable campaign last season. The club won seven straight games at one point en route to winning its regular season and Top 16 groups, despite injuries that forced rotation tinkering and roster changes during the season. The club faced adversity after losing the first game of the best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs at home against Olympiakos a loss that also ended the club's Euroleague record 27-game home-court winning streak, all under Ettore Messina's watch but Ettore Messina calmly guided his team back to win Game 2 in Greece and then Game 3 handily at home for CSKA's sixth consecutive trip to the Euroleague Basketball Final Four. He capped the season by winning the Russian championship in a sweep over Khimki.

By the courtesy of Euroleague.net


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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), Veselinovski.

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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Ukrainian and Georgian U18 teams exchanged the wins - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian and Georgian U18 teams exchanged the wins in the friendly campaign consisted of 4 games. In the first two games the hosts, Georgian were too good for the Ukrainian side and started with 2-0. At first Georgia grabbed 67:62 win as Nika Metreveli (212-C-91, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Tomaradze nailed 13 points and Tato Chachibaia (200-F-90) added 11. Dmytrienko top-scored for the Ukrainin side with 17 points and 5 assists.
In the second game Georgian squad smashed the guests 81:61 with 25:7 in the third period. Nika Metreveli top-scored for the winners with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Tomaradze collected 18 points and 4 rebounds and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) nailed 15. Andriy Lebedintsev (194-G-91) ended up with 11 points in defeat.
In the last two games of the series between Georgian U18 and Ukraine U18, the visitors won both times and evened the finals core at 2:2. Ukraine won the third game 71:61 with 22:3 in the opening tip of the game. Georgian team recovered later but could not stay closer. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-F-90) and Dmytrienko paced the winners with 14 points. Tomaradze produced 10 in the losing effort.
The last game was held in Tbilisi again and despite falling behind early on, Ukraine managed to stay close and won the game by being more accurate. The visitors misfired on 21 free throws out of 39 attempts, but managed to win 76:70. Andriy Lebedintsev was unstoppable with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Nika Metreveli finished the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Geogria and Maisuradze had 6 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists.

Georgia- Ukraine 67:62
Georgia: Nika Metreveli (21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks), Tomaradze (13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), Tato Chachibaia (11 points).
Ukraine: Dmytrienko (17 points, 5 assists), Ruslan Otverchenko (14 points).

Georgia- Ukraine 81:61
Georgia: Nika Metreveli (20 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists), Tomaradze (18 points, 4 rebounds), Beqa Chikviladze (15 points), Tato Chachibaia (12 points, 3 rebounds).
Ukraine: Andriy Lebedintsev (11 points), Dmytrienko (9 points).

Georgia -Ukraine 61:71
Georgia: Tomaradze (10 points, 3 assists), Nika Metreveli (8 points, 8 rebounds).
Ukraine: Ruslan Otverchenko (14 points), Dmytrienko (14 points), Andriy Lebedintsev (10 points, 5 assists).

Georgia- Ukraine 70:76
Georgia: Nika Metreveli (20 points, 12 rebounds), Maisuradze (6 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists).
Ukraine: Andriy Lebedintsev (27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals).


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TBB Trier lands Jamal Shuler - by Moritz Korff
According to the local newspaper Volksfreund TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga) has sealed its fourth signing of the summer after making an agreement with Jamal Shuler (191-G-86, college: Va Commonwealth) who is set to serve as a backup of team captain James Gillingham (194-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Bradley). Shuler spent his four years of college-basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University (NCAA1) and produced the following numbers in 32 games for the Rams as a senior: 15.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 41.3%, FT: 79.8%. He was chosen first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association and was selected to the All-CAA defensive-team.

Supercup starts today - by Moritz Korff
The Supercup for National Teams kicks off in Bamberg today. Greece will take on Slovenia in the first game of the tournament, the German hosts play against Puerto Rico later. All four participating countries will use the Supercup to prepare for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Schedule:
Friday (July 4):
Greece - Slovenia (18:00 CET)
Germany - Puerto Rico (20:30 CET)

Saturday (July 5):
Greece - Puerto Rico (16:00 CET)
Germany - Slovenia (18:30 CET)

Live score of all games: click


Coach Matthias Fischer heads from Luxembourg to Austrian basketball - by Moritz Korff
The German Matthias Fischer has been named the new Head Coach of Kelag Woerthersee Piraten, a team from the Austrian Bundesliga. 37-year-old Fischer worked for Black Star Mersch in Luxembourg in this past season. From 2004 to 2006 Fischer served as an Assistant Coach in Koeln, when the team captured the German Cup-title in 2005 and the German championship one year later. His new club finished the regular season 2007-08 in the Austrian first division in 10th place.

Tuebingen lands Daniel Fountain and lets Tim Modersitzki go - by Moritz Korff
Germany seems to be a good place for graduates of UNC Wilmington to start their pro-careers. John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) did it, Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) as well and Mitch Laue (201-F-83, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) shot hoops in Germany in this past season too. Daniel Fountain (193-G-86, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Wilmington) will be next. The 21-year-old Guard agreed on a one-year-contract with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1. Bundesliga). In 2005-06 these four players were teammates on the roster of the Seahawks. While Goldsberry, Laue and Wyrick moved overseas after the season Fountain had two year of eligibility left and developed from a role player into a starter. With 12.9 points per game he finished this past season as the second best scorer on the team, nailing 42.4% (92/217) of his shots from beyond the arc. He also added 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per contest.
Tim Modersitzki (194-F-85, agency: Heinrich Sports) will meanwhile leave the Tigers and move back to his hometown Berlin. He averaged 1 point in 12 Bundesliga-games wearing the Tuebingen-jersey and 22.5 points for the farm-team in 2. Regionalliga-play.


Giessen: Simon Cote named new Head Coach - by Moritz Korff
The LTi Giessen 46ers announced the appointment of Simon Cote as their new Head Coach. The 36-year-old American will sign a contract that runs through the 2009-10 season. He is the successor of Thorsten Leibenath who had signed with the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. Cote returns to Germany after serving a two-year stint as an International Scout of the Denver Nuggets. From 2003 to 2006 the native of Concord, Massachusetts spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach of the Frankfurt Skyliners. During the 1990s Cote assisted Kevin O'Neill at the University of Tennessee, followed by four years as a member of the coaching-staff at Southern Methodist University.

BBC Bayreuth, Derrick Taylor agree on new contract - by Moritz Korff
BBC Bayreuth (2. Bundesliga Pro A) and Head Coach Derrick Taylor have agreed to a new two-year contract that will carry through the 2009-10 season. Taylor took over BBC on an interim basis in February 2008, when Marco Amelow stepped down. 44-year-old Taylor started his coaching-career in 2004 at TSV Breitenguessbach and served as an Assistant to Dirk Bauermann in Bamberg the next two years, helping to win the 2006-07 Bundesliga-championship. As a player Taylor suited up for four different clubs in the Bundesliga and enjoyed a three-year stint in Bayreuth from 1993 to 1996.

Oldenburger TB announces 2008-09 roster - by Moritz Korff
Oldenburger TB announced its roster for the 2008-09 season in the Regionalliga North today. OTB is cooperating closely with 1. Bundesliga-side EWE Baskets and can be considered as the talent-pool of the 'Thunderbirds'. Coach Thomas Glasauer will keep the following players from this past campaign: Steffen Kiese (189-G-87), Marco Adamczewski (192-F-81), Maximilian Endres (200-F-86), Christopher Ihnen (197-F-86), Benka Barloschky (189-G-88), Klaas Zoellner (204-F/C-79, college: Akron), Alexander Witte (206-F-90) and Joscha Kolnisko (200-F-90). The list of new team members includes the two Nigerian youngsters Chiwendu Nwaigbo (188-G-90) and Daniel Iremiren (208-F/C-90), Till Wargala (200-F/C-80) of Vegesacker TV, Matthias Moelle (199-F-87), who played for the Bremen Roosters in 07-08 and some players who move up from the youth-academy to the RLN-squad: Haye Rosenbusch (195-G-90), Simon Dolkemeyer (197-F-91), Alexander Grote (200-G/F-89) and Michael Fastje (208-C-89).

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Transfer news - by Chris Mammides
Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77) agreed financial terms with Panathinaikos. The Serb power forward will join forces with his team-mate in Serbia, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86).
Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-F-76) renewed his contract with Kolossos Rodou for another one year. At the same time Panagiotis Panagiotarakos (194-G-74) and Kolossos split ways. At the same time the ex player of AEK Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) agreed financial terms with Kolossos for one year.
Manolis Papamakarios (190-G-80) and Olympiakos split ways; Olympiakos announced officially the agreement between Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81) and the red team.
Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) agreed financial terms with MAroussi for the next two seasons.
Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) renew his contract with Panionios for another one year


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ZZ Leiden signs Cedric McGowan - by Fred Roggen
Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) will join ZZ Leiden for the 2008-09 season. Beside JS Nash and David Chiotti who both staying another season, is Cedric McGowan attracted for the coming season to strengthened up the team of coach Ivo Boom. McGowan is 23 years of age and played last season in Finland as a member of Kauhajoki . He averaged 17.5 points and grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game.
The native of Miami, Florida played two seasons NCAA college-basketball at Cincinnati and came from the juniorcollege of Kilgore, Texas.


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Impressions after defeat of Team Iran against Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Reining Asian champion, National Team of Iran, which is at the same time one of the nine participants of the Olympic Games, suffered defeat in a friendly game against Croatia 79-101. Despite this 22 points defeat head coach of Team Iran, Rajko Toroman, was satisfied with the performance of his players.

'We played totally leveled second half against strong Croatia, what is very good sign for us. We came here to learn and to gain more experience before the Olympics. I want to say that my team has a potential. They are fighters and I hope that this preparation period will help us to be an equal rival against teams like Croatia and even stronger' - said Toroman.

NT of Iran doesn't have a favourite role at the Olympic Games but it is not a problem for Toroman's team.

'We really do not have any bigger targets or imperatives in China. For sure we will try to play as best as we can and I hope we will be dangerous rival against much stronger teams in Peking. Our main goal is World Championship in Turkey 2010 where this young team will be much powerful than this summer. As a part of that program we will play 25 games against much better rivals. It will be a precious experience to my players because they competes in Iranian championship and they need international experience' - said Rajko Toroman.

NT of Iran suffered a huge lost as its best player Aidin Nikkhaha Bahrami passed away in car accident in 2007.

'Aidin was a key player of our Narional Team. He was real go-to guy who was able to create a good position and a basket on his own. It is extremely big loss for us and we still do not have a replacement for him' - said Toroman.
Interview taken and translated from kosarka.hr


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Last lega 2 transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Veteran Alberto Rossini (192-G-69) and Fileni Jesi agreed to extend their pact for another two seasons. Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari announced that Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU), Giacomo De Vecchi (196-F-85, agency: Players Group) and Luigi Dordei (202-F-81) will play with the team for another season. Trenkwalder Reggiana Reggio Emilia signed import Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Auburn) and domestic player Filippo Masoni (190-G-82), who is back in his hometown team. TD Shop.it Livorno announced the one-year contract extension with Troy Ostler (209-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Hawaii)

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Gilbert Arenas stays in Washington - by Eurobasket News
Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) resigned the contract with his Washington Wizards and over six years will get $111 million. Arenas became a free agent after opting out of the final year of his six-year contract at the end of last season. He initially said he was opting out to receive a max contract, but he later indicated he would be flexible in negotiations.
He moved to Washington in 2003-2004 where he played 55 games. Gilbert averaged 19.6 ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.0apg, 1.9spg that season being the top-scorer for the team. The season after became even more productive as Gilbert Arenas played 80 games and averaged 25.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.1apg, 1.7spg. Another huge improvement saw his team in 2005-2006 as he had 29.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.1apg, 2.0spg. Arenas's stats in the play-offs were even better: 6 games: 34.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.3apg, 2.2spg.
In 2006-2007 he averaged 28.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.0apg, 1.9spg, but could not help his Washington in the play-offs. Last season Washington Wizards saw only 13 games from Arenas who had 19.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.1apg, 1.8spg.
Gilbert Arenas has proven to be one of the most dynamic players in the NBA when healthy, but a major knee and an overzealous rehabilitation sidelined him for most of the last season. Gilbert Arenas has averaged 22.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in his seven-season NBA career. He will not stop improving his stats in the nearest future. Arenas also said that he would not re-sign unless the team retained his team mate Jamison. The Wizards lived up to that part of the bargain Monday by giving Jamison a four year, $50 million contract.


Latest signings - by Eurobasket News
Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) put signature on the contract with San Antonio Spurs. Previous year, Green spent a short time at the pre-season with Boston Celtics after what he joined Minnesota Timberwolves. In February he finally agreed terms with Houston Rockets where he had 30 appearances in regular season averaging 5.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg. It was not enough for the Rockets as they parted ways with the player very soon. It was Green's third year in NBA since Celtics picked him on 2005 draft. His second NBA season was his best one so far when he as a player of Celtics for 81 games averaged 10.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg. Green won Slam Dunk Contest on NBA All-Star game 2007. He also was a member of USA U18 National Team in 2005.

22nd pick of the first round, Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services), signed contract with Orlando Magic. Lee showed nice performance during the pre-draft workouts. He spent some time with Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers but at the end Orlando decided to pick him. He graduated at Western Kentucky reaching NCAA Sweet 16. At his senior season he averaged 20.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.8 spg in 36 games. Lee had more than 14.8 and 4.5 rebounds since his first year at Western Kentucky. Actually he was All-Sun Belt Freshman of the year in 2005. Previous season he got the biggest award in his career so far All-Sun Belt player of the year.

Chicago Bulls named Del Harris , Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka assistant coaches. They will be a part of the Vinny Del Negro's coaching staff. Bulls also announced that Pete Myesr will remain his assistant coach role in the team for the next season.


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Luster leaves New Mexico State; moves to Wyoming - by Kevin Cochran

Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer has announced that Jaydee Luster (5'9''-G) has signed a scholarship offer from the Cowboys and will transfer to UW from New Mexico St.. Luster must sit out of competition during the 2008-09 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to compete as a redshirt sophomore during the 2009-10 season.

'We are really excited about adding a player of JayDee's caliber to the Wyoming basketball program,' said Schroyer. 'He is a very talented young man who will make an immediate impact. He has a very high basketball IQ, plays at a high gear and can really push the tempo as a pure point guard. He is a proven winner and has seen success everywhere he has been.'

Luster is a 5'9', 165-pound point guard from San Diego, Calif. In his only season with the Aggies, Luster appeared in 27 games as a true freshman. On the year, he shot 40 percent from the field while dishing out 30 assists and recording nine steals.

By signing Luster to a scholarship, the Cowboys have concluded their 2008-09 recruiting class. The Cowboys inked one signee in the fall, Mahamoud Diakite (6'7''), and two others this spring, A.J. Davis (6'3''-F) and Boubacar Sylla (7'1''-C-86). Djibril Thiam (6'9''-F-86) is also included in the 2008-09 class, as he transferred to UW prior to the 2008 spring semester from Baylor.


Courtesy: Wyoming athletics



Adams leaves Oklahoma State - by Kevin Cochran

Martavius Adams (6'8''-F/C), a freshman on the Oklahoma St. mens basketball team last season, has been granted a release to transfer, it was announced by head coach Travis Ford.

'Martavius and I sat down last week and agreed that it would be mutually beneficial for both parties if we simply went our separate ways,' said Ford. 'We appreciate his efforts at Oklahoma St. and wish him nothing but the best of luck. Ultimately, we want him to be happy.'

Adams played in 30 games last season for the Cowboys, starting three. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Courtesy: okstate.com



Probation for SE Missouri State - by Kevin Cochran
SE Missouri St. has been placed on two years of probation after allowing ineligible transfers to practice and travel with the team. The NCAA says the Redhawks gained a competitive advantage because players were able to get used to road travel, and got additional coaching and practice time.

The university has decided not to appeal the penalty. Their self imposed guidelines include reductions in scholarships and recruiting activity, plus financial penalties.

Coach Scott Edgar will be entering his third season in Cape Girardeau. The university is declining to provide any further comments.


Howland agrees to seven year deal - by Kevin Cochran

UCLA head men's basketball coach Ben Howland and the University have agreed on a new seven-year contract. The deal, which runs through the 2014-15 season, includes guaranteed compensation of $1.97 million for the 2008-09 season and escalates to $2.3 million for the 2014-15 season.

Howland is also one of just three coaches in the history of college basketball to win at least 30 games in three consecutive seasons. He has also produced four NBA first-round draft choices in the last three seasons, including the fourth and fifth selections in the 2008 draft--Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88) and Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88).

'Ben Howland and UCLA are a great combination,' said athletic director Dan Guerrero. 'Ben is at the top of his profession and is deserving of this commitment by the University. He has returned UCLA to the nation's elite, as illustrated by three straight Finals Fours and three consecutive 30-win seasons. He is an outstanding recruiter, and the foundation Ben has built for our program promises to keep us at the forefront for the foreseeable future.'

'I have said this before, but there is no place I would rather be coaching than UCLA,' said Howland, 51. 'I grew up a Bruin basketball fan and this is my dream job. We have great young men in our program, both on and off the field, and they are the real reasons for our success. UCLA is a special name in college basketball thanks to Coach Wooden and I am proud to be the caretaker of his program. I am also grateful to Chancellor (Gene) Block and Dan for the faith they continue to show in me.'


Courtesy: uclabruins.com



Big Easy Feeling: Mack transfers to New Orleans - by Kevin Cochran
Former Memphis guard Doneal Mack (6'5''-G-87) has transferred to the University of New Orleans. Mack will sit out the 2008-09 season, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Mack played in 74 games the past two seasons, starting five. He led Memphis in 3 pointers last season with 66 and averaged 6.9 points as the Tigers advanced to the national championship game. A decrease in playing time was the main reason he cited for his transfer.

'Doneal will be a tremendous impact player on our program,' said coach Joe Pasternack , who led UNO to 19 wins in his first season in 2007-08. 'He is a great athlete and an unbelievable shooter. He will help us in practice this year, and people should really look forward to seeing him at Lakefront Arena in the years to come.'


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Yelwa Hawks battles Comets, Union Bank - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Visiting Savannah Conference team, Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi will today (Thursday) continue its road trip campaign to the Atlantic conference when it take on Ebun Comets basketball club of Lagos at 19.00 hours in Lagos.

The Bauchi-based side who has a record of 1-2 with one unresolved match against Delta Force (Men) basketball club of Asaba looks forward to a real test as it confront the Comets who has gone through some bashing lately.

Comets who lost two straight games in the premier and Lagos city leagues to Union Bank and Whales basketball clubs seek a lifeline against the Hawks from Bauchi.

The Hawks will round-off its adventure to the Atlantic conference Saturday against Union Bank basketball club in a game that promises to be a thriller.

....Local derby in Kano, Jos

The city of Kano will be agog as two home sides Kano Pillars and AHIP basketball clubs entertain their fans in a Savannah conference Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF organized Premier league.

Pundits are giving it to the Pillars due to the players on their roster and experience but the AHIP side are capable of springing surprises.

Another local derby will be in Jos, Plateau State capital when Tapgun Rockets host city favorites, Plateau Peaks basketball club.

And in Lagos fans will be treated to the best of basketball action as three top games on the bill on Sunday.

At 14.00 hours Nigeria Customs basketball club (Men) will do battle against Ebun Comets basketball club.

The match promises to be a thriller especially with the return of runaway Customs experience off-guard, Abdulrahman Mohammed and point guard Priwitt Gagara, Comets led by Dennis Ebikoro are surely in for a big challenge.

And at 16.00 hours Islanders look forward to a pay-back period against visiting Delta Force (Men) basketball club of Asaba.

The first meeting between the two side had ended 71-70 in favour of the Asaba-based Force while the last match of the day comes alive at 18.00 hours between 2007 Lagos City league finalists, Union Bank and Dodan Warriors with the Warriors spoiling for a pay-back after losing to the bankers in the first leg.


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


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MAGNATES and CAIMANES won in CBS 2008.- - by Eddie Munoz
In a very disputed journey Magnates de Calidonia obtained a buzzer win 79-78 with 2 Free throws of Adolfo Alvarado with .09 seconds for the buzzer. Magnates coached by Jose Munoz tried to open a lead but Toros del Chorrillo were playing hard to mantained the score closed.With few seconds to end the game Magnates were winning by 2 points then Toros went to the FT line scoring the 1st throw and miss the 2nd but they tip the ball and scored a 2 points shot, and took 1 point lead with 3 seconds for the buzzer Magnates went to the paint a Toros fouled the shooter and he scored the 2 points and won the game. Joel Munoz (179-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency) again with 33 Points leaded the winners and Daniel King 24 points by Toros del Chorrillo. In the 2nd game the undefeated Caimanes de Rio Abajo won over Canguros de Parque Lefevre 82-76.

Standings - CBS
CBS Standings
 1. Caimanes 8-0 
 2. Magnates 5-2 
 3. Navieros 4-2 
 4. Fieras 3-4 
 5. Canguros 3-5 
 6. Colosos 2-5 
 7. Toros 0-7 


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PBL announces first Tryout Combine - by Gianni Pascucci

The Premier Basketball League will host the first of several National PBL Player Tryout Combines on Saturday July 26, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. The PBL Combine will be held at the famed Attack Athletics facility from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Players can register online at www.pblproball.com Registration will also be accepted on site beginning at 8:00 a.m. Player agents and professional scouts are welcome at no charge but are asked to e-mail prior so credentials will be ready upon arrival. The PBL Mid-West Combine will be the first of several National Player Combines hosted by the Premier Basketball League, leading to the PBL Lottery Draft in early fall. Twenty-five (25) players will be selected from the tryout camps to become eligible to be selected by a PBL team. PBL teams will hold a lottery draw before the Draft to slot each club's selection order. Players included in the PBL Lottery Draft may also be considered for one of the limited League Franchise Player contracts.



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PBA Fiesta Cup Results - by Lorenzo Gahol
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Parada


Rhalimi


Helterbrand


Cortez


June 25 (Wed) Araneta Coliseum
Red Bull 103 Welcoat 90
RBB: Adam Parada (213-C-81) 26 pts, 14 rebs, 4 blks
WD: Devance 21 pts, 14 rebs

Air21 90 Magnolia 88
A21: Thomas 22 pts, 17 rebs
MBM: McCaskill 20 pts 15 rebs

June 27 (Fri) Araneta Coliseum
Alaska 77 Coca-Cola 73
AA: Holcomb 20 pts
CCT: Copeland 18 pts, Dixon 18 pts

Purefoods 104 Sta. Lucia 89
PG: Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82) 25 pts, 10 rebs, Simon 24 pts
SLR: Miranda 17 pts

June 29 (Sun) Araneta Coliseum
Magnolia 80 Alaska 79
MBM: Mike Cortez (183-G-80) 18 pts
AA: Dela Cruz 19 pts

Talk N Text 89 Ginebra 100
BGK: Anthony Helterbrand (183-G-76) 30 pts, 7 asts, 3 stls
TNT: Leather 23pts, 18 rebs

July 2 (Wed)Araneta Coliseum
Air21 113 Purefoods 103
A21: Gary David (187-G/F-78) 30 pts
PG: J. Yap 24 pts

Coca-Cola 89 Sta. Lucia 80
CCT: Copeland 32 pts, Cabagnot 17 pts
SLR: Benson 18 pts



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Goree heads to Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Goree (201-F-77, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia) moves from Russian CSKA to Triumph. By mutual agreement between the clubs American forward leaves for Triumph to play in the next season.
In 2004-2005 he played for Italian Benetton Treviso in the starting five. He participated with his team in Euroleague averaging 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg. In the season after he had almost the same stats for Italian team wih 11.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg. In Italian Serie A he played 46 games that year averaging 12.4ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg. In 2006-2007 Marcus Goree improved his stats in Euroleague as after 18 games he had 12.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg. In June 2007 he signed a 3-year contract with CSKA Moscow. Last season he played 25 games in Euroleague having 7.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0bpg. In Russian League Goree spent 18 games avergaing 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. He was number one in the league with 1.2 blocks per game. With CSKA Marcus Goree became Russian Cup Finalist, Euroleague Champion, Russian A Superleague Regular Season Champion and Russian A Superleague Champion.
Meanwhile Euroleague Basketball announced that CSKA Moscow's Ettore Messina won Aleksander Gomelskiy Trophy for the 2007-08 season. In just his third season in Moscow, Ettore Messina led the club to its third straight appearance in the Euroleague title game and second Euroleague title in that span by topping Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final Four in Madrid. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Coach of the Year in 2006 and Eurobasket.com European Coach of the Year in the same year. In 2007 he got award being Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Coach of the Year.


Dynamo Moscow lands Darius Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow continues with signings this summer. After two the most important arrivals, David Blatt and Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma), the team from Moscow announced signing of another one. It is a center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79), brother of Italian player of the year Ksystof Lavrinovic. Darjus arrived to Dynamo from Unics Kazan where he for 8 games in ULEB Cup averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 2.4 bgp. He also had 13 appearances in Russian Superleague adding 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2 apg and 1.5 spg. After very good third position at the regular season with score 17-7, Unics stopped in the play-off quarterfinals. They couldn't handle Ural Great, which celebrated 2-1. In ULEB Cup German team Artland Dragons was too strong for Unics in the quarterfinals.
Before last two seasons, which he spent in Unics, Darjus Lavrinovic played 3 years in Zalgiris Kaunas. With Zalgiris he captured the title in Lithuanian championship twice. The team also became the champion of Baltic league on season 04/05. Lavrinovic was a member of Lithuanian National Team on European Championships in Serbia and Spain as well as on the World Championship in Japan. He started basketball career in Lithuanian team Alytus Alita.

In the meantime, FIBA Europe and ULEB officially announced that Russia will have 9 representatives in international competitions next seasons. As usually CSKA will take a place in elite competition - Euroleague. Khymky and Dynamo are automatically placed into the regular season of new competition called Eurocup. Ural Great will start this contest from the second qualification round. Unics Kazan and Triumph Lybertsy will have to fight for the Eurocup from the first stage. Lokomotiv Rostov will automatically take a place in EuroChalenge while Spartak St. Petersburg and Samara will participate in qualifications.


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ALBA Berlin extends Dragan Dojcin - by Dragan Jankovski
Lefty power forward / center Dragan Dojcin (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) extended contract with German champion ALBA Berlin for one more season. ALBA grabbed the championship title beating Telekom Basket Bonn in the play-off final 3-1. Dragan Dojcin contributed in the Bundesleague play-off averaging 4.6 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 11 games. He had a bit better digits in regular season adding 5.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 39 games. Before ALBA Berlin, Dojcin used to play for Panionios Athens, Khimik Yuzny, Atlas Banka, Pivovarna Lasko and Zdravlje. The championship title with ALBA is the first one for Dojcin in his career. Four years ago he won Slovenian National Cup with Pivovarna Lasko.

Vujadin Subotic moves to Cyprus - by Dragan Jankovski
Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) signed one year contract with Cypriot team AEL Limassol. Subotic started last season in ALBA Berlin where he averaged 4.5 ppg and 2 rpg for 10 games in ULEB Cup. In February he agreed terms with Crvena Zvezda showing much better performance. He played 14 games in Serbian Superleague averaging 10.6 ppg and 3.5 rpg. In the past, as a member of Union Olimpija, Subotic captured the trophy in Adriatic league as well as in Slovenian National Cup. In 2006 he won National Cup of Serbia and Montenegro with Crvena Zvezda. He got an invitation to join Montenegrin National Team by its head coach Dusko Vujosevic.

At the beginning of June AEL agreed terms with Serbian coach Dragan Raca, who signed 3 years contract. Except Subotic, AEL also inked Haris Mujezinovic, Milan Dozet and Aleksandar Radojevic which means that the team from Limassol is the biggest candidate for Cypriot title next season.


Market news - by Dragan Jankovski
Forward Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81) signed 2-years deal with participant of Balkan basketball league (BIBL) Cherno More from Varna. Bojkovic spent last season in Beograd, which competed in Serbian B league. He already had some experience form the Balkan countries as he played two years in Romanian division 1. In the past Bojovic also played for Slovakian team TU Kosice.

Meanwhile, Partizan Igokea showed interest in Bosnian power forward Milan Milosevic (205-F-85), who played last season in Sloboda Dita. Sports director of Serbian champion, Dragan Todoroic, announced that Partizan already contacted Sloboda but nothing is clear yet. He also started that Partizan negotiates with couple of Serbian players so the team's next move will be known very soon. Milosevic was the second scorer of Bosnian league last season averaging 17.8 ppg. At the same time he was a third rebounder of the competition with 6.4 rpg.


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Becirovic moves to Roma, Mlakar sidelined with broken foot - by Zeljko Zule

Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) ex Panathinaikos inked with Roma for three seasons. He won the Euroleague title in 2007 and last season averaged 6.8 points in 17 minutes per game. 'My objective with Roma is to help the club make the last step forward in the Italian League and the Euroleague. The presence of (sports director) Dejan Bodiroga and (head coach) Jasmin Repesa was a determining factor in my decision,' said Becirovic.

U-20 NT member Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88) of Geoplin Slovan has broken bone in his left foot and will be out for at least three weeks. He had an MRI scan on the injury, sustained during the NT camp at Zrece on Wednesday.



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South American Championship. Day 3 - by Eurobasket News
Chile - Venezuela 76:94
Venezuela finally delivered when it matter the most. They overcame Chile on Day 3 of the South American Championship in Puerto Montt to spark their hopes to qualify to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. The teams had their backs against the wall before the game as they hoped to claim the first win and retain chances of making it to the final four at the end. The hosts opened the game in full speed quickly jumping to a comfortable lead. Chile grabbed a 19:11 lead into the second stanza. But Venezuela pretty quickly recovered to stun the hosts in the second period. The visitors outgunned Chilean team 26:11 to clinch a 37:30 advantage at halftime. Venezuela never stopped after the break led by Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes). They stretched the gap to 11 points before the final stanza. The fourth term turned into some high-flying basketball performance as the teams teamed up for 67 points. But Venezuela secured the winning outcome leaving Chile without FIBA Americas tournament in 2009. Jose Vargas knocked down 22 points to lead Venezuela. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) notched 16 points, while Jesus Centeno provided 14 in a winning effort. Patricio Briones (213-C-72, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Dade CC) answered with 20 points for Chile. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) nailed 17 points in a loss. Venezuela takes on Brazil today. Chile will looking for their initial victory against Colombia later tonight.

Chile: Patricio Briones 20, Evandro Arteaga 17
Venezuela: Jose Vargas 22, Axiers Sucre 16, Jesus Centeno 14


Brazil - Argentina 68:102
Argentina became the first team to book the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship birth at the South American Championship in Chile. Yesterday Argentinean team celebrated a stunning win over their arch-rivals Brazil and advanced to the semifinal meaning they would play at the FIBA Americas championship next year. Argentina proved stronger as they took care of the depleted Brazilian team. Brazil could not bring their best ballers to the tournament and it paid off against the stronger opponents. Argentina claimed a 17:13 lead after the starting stanza and kept mounting the pressure afterwards. They outgunned their opponents 35:16 in the second period to build a 23-point buffer at the interval. Brazil never recovered and conceded 26 points in the third stanza. It led to Argentina accumulating an unassailable 34-point cushion before the final quarter. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) and his teammates eased to an overall victory at the end posting their third straight win at the competition. Gonzalez scored 20 points to lead the charge. Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) had 17 points, while Luis Cequeira nailed 12 in a win. Helio Vitor Lima (185-G-81) answered with 14 points for Brazil. Diego Pinheiro (196-F/G-80) notched 10 points and 5 assists in a loss. Brazil will face Venezuela next. Argentina will take on undefeated Uruguay tonight.

Brazil: Helio Vitor Lima 14, Diego Pinheiro 10
Argentina: Roman Gonzalez 20, Andres Pelussi 17, Luis Cequeira 12


Uruguay - Colombia 88:78
Uruguay became the second team to qualify for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. They defeated Colombia yesterday to post their third straight victory at the South American Championship in Puerto Montt. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) poured in 21 points to pace Uruguayan side. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) was helpful with 16 points, while Esteban Batista reigned in the paint with 17 boards to go with 12 points. Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) dropped game-high 28 points in the third straight loss for Colombia.

Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 21, Nicolas Mazzarino 16, Esteban Batista 12+17 boards
Colombia: Norbey Aragon 28, Edgar Moreno 19


Standings
Standings
1. Argentina3-0
2. Uruguay3-0
3. Brazil2-1
4. Venezuela1-2
5. Chile0-3
6. Colombia0-3


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Market News - by Paul Nilsen
Unicaja captain Bernardo Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) has finally penned a new deal that could keepo him with the Malaga club until 2012. He has signed a contract until 2009/10 with an option to extend up until 2011-2012 season. The player has already been with the side for his whole career after moving up from the Junior programme and making his debut way back in 1999.

Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) has become the first official signing of the summer for newly promoted CAI Zaragoza. The 2.11m centre returns to his former club having played last season in the same league as Zaragoza for Bruesa where he averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 37 games. Arteaga has some experience of playing ACB basketball having had a handful of apperances for Pamesa Valencia between 2002 and 2005.

James Singleton (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) has waved goodbye to Tau Ceramica having left the play-off champions on a high by releasing a clause in his contract allowing him to depart as he seeks a return to NBA action having finally returned to full fitness. He had until the 21 July to activate the clause that enables him to sign for an NBA team having already played many games for the Clippers in the past. Tau have expressed their best wishes for Singleton whose new destination is unknown.

Finally Fuenlabrada have captured centre Antonio Bueno (208-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) from Cajasol Seville as new coach Luis Guil looks to keep the minnows in the ACB during his first year of ACB action. Bueno has signed for the Madrid team for two seasons and completes the set in the capital having played for the other two teams in his home city, Real and Estudiantes. The 27 year old averaged just over 5 points and 2 rebounds last year with Seville, averaging only 16 minutes and losing a lot of court time to preferred centre Andy Betts.


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College Stars Series- Interview with Haves Jackson - by Alexander Davis
Starting in July each month we will feature a college star who is trying to get his professional career started in Europe. Just like Germany, Austria, Finland, and Hungary, Switzerland is a league where young players can blossom and go on to bigger countries in Europe! Our first player is Haves Jackson, a 6'4 (190) combo guard, who was born in 1985, and was a NAIA all-american last year.

1.Where have you played and where are you hoping to play next season? (List a few of your accomplishments)

I recently played at MACU which is NAIA small school in Oklahoma, i averaged 15 points 6 rebounds, and 5 assists last year. I also won the junior college championship at Rose State in Oklahoma as well. I really dont have any preference on where I play initially. Im only interested in getting my foot in the door, if I had a spaceship I would play on Jupiter. But seriously Im devoted to the game of basketball and I feel like I have something to offer, I just want to get paid to do what I love.

2. What situation are you looking to come into for next year, i.e salary wise, playing time, etc. Do you have any expectations?

Im not looking to come into any particular situation, in my mind Im prepared to work no matter where I start or what scenario Im given. Im really open when it comes to salary, I understand that my salary may be less than what I want going in but im confident it will be much higher once I prove myself on the hardwood. My expectations are to get on a team and be the best player that I can possibly be.

3. Many teams in Europe sign players from big name colleges, coming from a small school do you feel like you can compete with these players?

Many people may look at players from small schools and immediately be turned off or skeptical because they feel like the school represents the level of skill of a player. Personally I feel this assumption works to my advantage, so I look forward to playing players from bigger schools. I feel that I can not only compete with players from bigger institutions but dominate in ways my critics would not believe.

4. If you could give a scouting report on your game, what would it say?

Im a defensively strong guard, who is developing into an exciting combo perimeter player. I can shoot the mid range jumper as well as the three and penetrate the paint. I posses fluid quickness, and athletic ability to be an outstanding defender and excellent finisher in the paint. I have outstanding court vision and basketball intelligence that allows me to control the tempo in games.

5. There are several leagues in Europe where players from small schools can move up the ranks and further their careers, i.e Germany, Switzerland, Austria. etc, can you see that happening for you?

Moving up in the Euro ranks is a reality for me because Im dedicated to my craft. Im going to get bigger stronger and faster without question but most importantly my intellect on the court is going to grow because I will become a student of the professional game and unlock the doors of my game I never knew existed.


For any teams, coaches or agents interested, Haves can be contacted at cocopuffs8291@yahoo.com


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2008 Jones Cup Tournament Team Rosters - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NT

WANG, Chih-Chun 1982.04.23 180 80
LEE, Hsueh-Lin 1984.01.31 176 75
AUYANG, Ching-Hen 1979.10.28 191 88
YANG, Chin-Min 1984.01.23 188 85
LIN Yi-Huei 1986.03.2419189
CHEN, Tzu-Wei 1985.01.30 200 100
LIN, Chin-Pang 1985.06.15 190 80
YANG, Che-Yi 1978.10.20 193 87
LU, Cheng-Ju 1986.04.13 194 88
HSU, Chih-Chiang 1982.10.30 195 93
WU, Chien-Lung 1988.09.05 193 93
HSU, Hao-Cheng 1982.09.14 178 80
YUE, Ying-Li 1984.08.09 195 85
LEE, Chi-Yi 1978.10.27 200 90
LEE, Feng-Yung 1980.12.15 197 98

Head Coach: CHUNG, Kwang-Suk
Coach: CHENG, Chih-Lung
Coach: CHOU, Chun-San

Athletes in Action

Damian LONG 1977.05.16 192 88
Nick GRAHAM 1980.10.02 185 82
Stephen McDOWELL 1985.07.19 185 82
Laval LUCAS-PERRY 1989.03.15 186 88
William WILSON 1988.06.06 185 84
Dane BRUMAGIN 1986.08.09 193 88
Benjamin WOODSIDE 1985.07.01 186 83
Gabriel Wellington SMITH 1987.05.01 201 97
Brett WINKELMAN 1986.01.30 202 99
Jamel McLEAN 1988.04.18 205 106
DaSean BUTLER 1988.01.25 201 102
Marcus KITTS 1989.01.31 206 95

Coach: David BLISS
Coach: Morris MICHALSKI
Assistant Coach: Phil BOLLIER

Qatar NT

Saad Abdulrahman ALI 1985.05.02 192 89
Khalid Masoud Al NASR 1980.09.10 175 77
Daoud Mousa DAOUD 1982.02.02 193 94
Ali Turki ALI 1982.01.10 203 116
Yasseen Ismail MUSA 1980.08.12 203 90
Omer Abdgader SALEM 1983.01.10 205 95
Salamn Ahmed ABU-FAISAL 1979.04.06 177 78
Ahmed Yousif Al DARWISH 1990.12.04 188 89
Khalid Suliman ABDI 1987.07.02 195 77
Erfan Ali SAEED 1983.12.20 200 93
Hashim Zaidan ZAIDAN 1980.08.13 211 112
Mansour Atif ELHADARY 1990.01.01 176 67
Mohammed Al NAIMI 1980.11.25 175 76
Baker Ahmad MOHAMMED 1986.08.11 200 106
Hammam Omer ISMAIL 1983.09.15 200 87
Mohammed ALI 1987.02.02 192 85

Coach: Kent Leigh DAVISON
Assistant Coach: Clifford Evgene LEVINGSTON
Assistant Coach: Christopher Adam WESTLAKE


Jordan NT

Fadel ANAJJAR 1985.04.03 194 92
Jamal Abu SHMALA 1987.07.25 195 90
Eyad ABDEEN 1979.08.08 203 96
Mahmoud ABDEEN 1987.12.23 180 82
Mohammad HADRAB -- 198 95
Francis IREIFEJ 1987.07.25 195 90
Zaid ABBAAS 1983.11.21 203 96
Wesam AL-SOUS 1983.02.24 181 78
Jamal ALMAAYTAH 1981.02.24 213 120
Zaid ALKHAS 1976.03.07 204 115
Islam ABBAS 1980.03.11 200 115
Ayman IDAIS 1978.06.28 205 96

Head Coach: Mario PALMA
Assistant Coach: Mario GOMES
Assistant Coach: Mutasem SALAMEH

Kazkahstan NT

Yegor BIRYULIN 1986.11.17 186 85
Ivan NECHAEV 1980.12.09 183 72
Kirill RAU 1985.07.13 207 118
Mikhai YEVSTIGNEYEV 1984.07.05 202 106
Maxim VOYEIKOV 1988.09.13 196 84
Andrey SHPEKHT 1976.01.31 196 95
Roman MURAVYEV 1984.08.15 190 86
Anton PONOMAREV 1988.10.31 209 102
Yevgeniy ISSAKOV 1982.04.20 204 92
Rustam YARGALIYEV 1986.12.20 194 88
Dmitriy GAVRILOV 1986.11.27 203 82
Vsevolod FADEIKIN 1985.10.31 206 104

Head Coach: Vitaliy STREBKOV
Coach: Evgeniy OVSYANNIKOV

Egypt NT

Mohamed SAID 1980.10.20 205 95
Mahmoud M. MAHMOUD 1986.11.25 185 82
Rami GUNADY 1981.12.20 185 82
Wael BADR 1978.12.01 193 95
Mohamed ADLY 1987.06.17 211 120
Ahmed Khaled ELSAID 1984.02.22 193 77
Tarek El-GANNAM 1978.10.06 210 125
Haytham ELSAHARTY 1985.08.26 196 95
Mohamed KHORSHED 1985.09.28 204 108
Kareem SHAMSEYA 1983.03.16 198 90
Mohamed EL-KERDANY 1977.04.24 195 115
Momen Abou ELANIN 1986.06.25 198 88
Mostafa SHAAWAT 1987.11.14 203 119
Tamer MOSTAFA 1982.07.05 187 85

Head Coach: Samy El SHAROUNY
Coach: Sabry ABDEL-NABY

Korean University Select Team

KIM, Hyeon-Ho 1988.03.19 183 73
PARK, Rae-Hun 1989.10.01 192 84
HUR, Jin-Sung 1986.03.23 183 73
BYUN, Hyun-Soo 1986.08.08 184 76
YOO, Seung-Ho 1988.07.02 200 100
KIM, Kang-Sun 1986.10.14 190 80
SONG, Su-In 1986.04.11 193 82
HEO, Il-Young 1985.08.05 197 92
CHOI, Yun-Ho 1986.04.25 188 80
KIM, Myung-Hoon 1985.11.08 200 98
KIM, Hyeon-Min 1987.09.15 200 97
BANG, Deo-Kwon 1988.01.22 210 110

Head Coach: CHANG, Bong-Kun
Assistant Coach: PARK, Sang-Kwan

Australia U-19 NT

Jorden PAGE 1990.10.06 183 73
Matthew DELLAVEDOVA 1990.09.08 189 88
Ryan GODFREY 1990.03.10 187 80
Christian SALECICH 1990.09.01 194 84
Todd BLANCHFIELD 1991.11.07 200 94
Hugh GREENWOOD 1992.03.06 188 85
Ryan BROEKHOFF 1990.08.23 196 82
Brock MOTUM 1990.10.16 205 98
Cody ELLIS 1990.04.24 202 104
Bradley SIMPSON 1990.07.19 198 92
Mitchell YOUNG 1990.08.06 205 100
Shane HARRIS-TUNKS 1990.05.27 208 107

Head Coach: Martin CLARKE
Assistant Coach: Damian COTTER


2008 Jones Cup Tournament game schedule - by Chris Wang
Venue: Sinjhuang Stadium, Taipei County

Teams:
Taiwan NT (TWN), Korean University Select Team (KOR), Australia U-19 NT (AUS), Athletes in Action (AIA), Qatar NT (QAT), Egypt NT (EGY), Kazakhstan NT (KAZ), Jordan NT (JOR)

July 10
1300 KAZ - AUS
1500 EGY - QAT
1700 USA - JOR
1900 Opening Ceremony
1930 TWN - KOR

July 11
1300 QAT - AIA
1500 JOR - EGY
1700 KOR - KAZ
1900 AUS - TWN

July 12
1300 KAZ - JOR
1500 EGY - KOR
1700 AIA- AUS
1900 TWN - QAT

July 13
1300 KOR - AIA
1500 AUS - EGY
1700 KAZ- QAT
1900 JOR - TWN

July 14
1300 AIA - KAZ
1500 JOR - AUS
1700 QAT - KOR
1900 TWN - EGY

July 15
1300 QAT - AUS
1500 EGY - AIA
1700 KOR - JOR
1900 KAZ - TWN

July 16
1300 AUS - KOR
1500 EGY - KAZ
1700 JOR - QAT
1900 TWN - AIA

July 17
1300 5-8 Placing: #5 - #8
1500 5-8 Placing: #7 - #6
1700 Semifinal: #4 - #1
1900 Semifinal: #2 - #3

July 18
1300 7-8 Placing
1500 5-6 Placing
1700 3-4 Placing
1900 Final
Closing Ceremony


About 2008 Jones Cup - by Chris Wang
Where: Taipei, Taiwan
Venue: Sinjhuang Stadium, Taipei County
When: Men's competition July 10-18; Women's competition July 20-24
Teams:
Men (8):
Women (4): Taiwan NT, Australia U-19 NT, Israel U-20 NT, Woori Bank or another team to be identified from Korea's WKBL

Format:
Men: single round robin preliminary games, cross-over semifinal and 5-8 placing games, classification games
Women: single round robin preliminary games, cross-over semifinal, classification games

Ticket information:
http://www.ticket.com.tw/points/ticket_points.asp


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  TURKEY   


Peker and Thornton arrives to Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
After signing of head coach Ergin Ataman, assistant coach Ufuk Sarica, Sinan Guler and Milos Vujanic, Efes Pilsen added two more players to its rosters. The first one is a center Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side), who after two years returned to his second home. Peker spent previous season in Besiktas Cola Turka, which had almost the perfect season in ULEB Cup until the quarterfinals. Peker played 15 games for Beiktas in ULEB Cup averaging 13.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.7 apg. At the same time he had 35 appearances in TBL adding 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.3 apg. Two years ago Peker was a member of TAU Ceramica, with whom he was a regular season champion in ACB. The team also participated in the Euroleague Final Four 2007. Before TAU, Peker spent 6 seasons in his Efes Pilsen. It was the brightest 6 years in Peker's career as he won 2 championship titles of Turkey and three National Cups. Now he returned to Efes signing a 2-year deal with the team.

Efes also announced signing of Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) on a one-year contract. Thornton had wonderful season with Montespchi Seina, which defended the title in Italian Serie A. Siena totally dominated this season in Italy while the team also showed great performance in Euroleague reaching Final Four in Madrid. Thornton played 24 games for Siena in Euroleague having 10.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.3 spg. In Italian Serie A he had 9.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.3 spg for 45 games. Thornton is named to be in the All-Euroleague second team and he was MVP of the month February. He arrived to Montepaschi from Akasvayu Girona in 2007.


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  UKRAINE   


Ukrainian and Georgian U18 teams exchanged the wins - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian and Georgian U18 teams exchanged the wins in the friendly campaign consisted of 4 games. In the first two games the hosts, Georgian were too good for the Ukrainian side and started with 2-0. At first Georgia grabbed 67:62 win as Nika Metreveli (212-C-91, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Tomaradze nailed 13 points and Tato Chachibaia (200-F-90) added 11. Dmytrienko top-scored for the Ukrainin side with 17 points and 5 assists.
In the second game Georgian squad smashed the guests 81:61 with 25:7 in the third period. Nika Metreveli top-scored for the winners with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Tomaradze collected 18 points and 4 rebounds and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) nailed 15. Andriy Lebedintsev (194-G-91) ended up with 11 points in defeat.
In the last two games of the series between Georgian U18 and Ukraine U18, the visitors won both times and evened the finals core at 2:2. Ukraine won the third game 71:61 with 22:3 in the opening tip of the game. Georgian team recovered later but could not stay closer. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-F-90) and Dmytrienko paced the winners with 14 points. Tomaradze produced 10 in the losing effort.
The last game was held in Tbilisi again and despite falling behind early on, Ukraine managed to stay close and won the game by being more accurate. The visitors misfired on 21 free throws out of 39 attempts, but managed to win 76:70. Andriy Lebedintsev was unstoppable with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Nika Metreveli finished the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Geogria and Maisuradze had 6 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists.

Georgia- Ukraine 67:62
Georgia: Nika Metreveli (21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks), Tomaradze (13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), Tato Chachibaia (11 points).
Ukraine: Dmytrienko (17 points, 5 assists), Ruslan Otverchenko (14 points).

Georgia- Ukraine 81:61
Georgia: Nika Metreveli (20 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists), Tomaradze (18 points, 4 rebounds), Beqa Chikviladze (15 points), Tato Chachibaia (12 points, 3 rebounds).
Ukraine: Andriy Lebedintsev (11 points), Dmytrienko (9 points).

Georgia -Ukraine 61:71
Georgia: Tomaradze (10 points, 3 assists), Nika Metreveli (8 points, 8 rebounds).
Ukraine: Ruslan Otverchenko (14 points), Dmytrienko (14 points), Andriy Lebedintsev (10 points, 5 assists).

Georgia- Ukraine 70:76
Georgia: Nika Metreveli (20 points, 12 rebounds), Maisuradze (6 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists).
Ukraine: Andriy Lebedintsev (27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals).


Ageev back to Lviv / Morrow: NBA or Budivelnyk? / Hill to Odesa? - by Alexander Muzyka
- Anton Ageev (191-G-84) is back to Lviv! The Russian Avtodor-former guard spent two years in Severstal after he had played in Politekhnika-Halychyna and now he is added by this team again. Ageev scored 12,4 ppg in Superleague B last season, Politekhnika-Halychyna official site informed.

- One more American can defend the colours of Budivelnyk. Anthony Morrow (196-G-85) from Georgia Tech agreed all of the terms with Kyiv team and can join Derrick Zimmerman. But there can be one moment - he won't play in Ukraine if he's invited to NBA this summer. He has taken part in Portsmouth pre-NBA draft already. Young guard had 14,3 ppg and 4,1 rpg with 44,8% 3pts last season.

- Rumours say Otis Hill (203-C-74) joined BC Odesa but no official info existed.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Thunder Agree Terms with Woods - by George Manousidis

BBL new-boys Worthing Thunder have agreed terms with American forward Jonathan Woods (201-F-82, college: Fresno St.) ahead of their debut season in Britain's top flight.

The move reflects another look back to their successful EBL Division 1 title winning teams of the past few years. The 6'8' Woods featured for the Thunder in the 2005/06 season when he averaged a double-double of 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

The popular native of Chicago, who graduated from Fresno State, has put pen to paper on a contract for the 2008/09 season, and the club are now awaiting a work permit.

Director of Coaching Gary Smith is looking forward to being reunited with one of the stars of Thunder's past,

'Jonathan was one of the first names I put down as soon as I heard we were going to be in the BBL. He is quick, and gives me options at the forward spots.

'I'm looking forward to seeing him link up with Janis (Ivanovskis), as although they both played at power forward for me in the past, Jonathan can certainly play small forward too.

'Defensively, he gives me cover at four positions from shooting guard to centre if required, as he did on a number of occasions when he was here before.'

Thunder's new signing is subject to receiving a work permit and will fill one of the three spots available to non EU players.

Woods is the sixth player to commit this season, following James Brame, Janis Ivanovskis, Daniel Hildreth, Daniel Midgley and Ciaran Burns, who have all been part of Division 1 winning teams at the 'Thunderdome'.

Further signings will be revealed in the coming weeks.

From the official site of BBL



McNally The Man For Lions - by George Manousidis
Marshall Milton Keynes Lions today announced their first signing of the season, 64 American guard/forward, Carl McNally (193-G/F, agency: Profibasketball.de) (193-G/F, agency: Profibasketball.de)

The 22-year-old joins the Lions from Florida Tech in the United States where he has been playing for former BBL Champion coach, Billy Billy Mims , and led his team to a 20-8 record this season as Captain.

McNally has been stunning in his career at Florida Tech, he was the leading scorer in his Conference, the Sunshine State Conference, averaging 21 points per game and across his last six games a whopping 27 points a game. McNally was voted to the All Conference First Team whilst also leading his team in steals.

I am delighted to get Carl, said Lions Owner and Head Coach, Vince Macaulay , He comes recommended not only by Billy but also by Jim Brandon, a previous BBL Championship winner, one thing those two have is a good eye for a player.

McNally averages 61% from the field, 83% from the free throw line and 46% from the three point line. Macaulay added, Carls field goal percentage alerted me and when we saw tapes of him I was staggered, his rate from the floor was 19th in all of College basketball last year, I think he will fit into the different style of basketball we will be playing this season.

The youngster from Florida was also excited about coming to England and getting his pro career on the move, It feels good to finally know where I'm going and I feel very grateful for this opportunity, said McNally. This is a good place for me to start my professional career. Now that I have a pro deal its my responsibility to advance to higher levels. I have no excuses or distractions. I will have so much free time from College to focus on my game, learn new things and continue to improve. I'm excited.

Coach Billy Mims added, 'Having spent 10 years coaching in the BBL myself, I know first hand just how fantastic an opportunity this is for Carl, said Billy Mims . Besides being a great place to start a promising international basketball career, it will be an unbelievable opportunity to experience a foreign culture and gain a better understanding of what it's like to live and work in a modern European environment.

Lions are in action in pre-season when they face a touring US team at the Bletchley Leisure Centre on the 12th of September and then enter a two legged series in the Cup Winners Cup against the Guildford Heat, before the season starts.

Information on all Lions home games available on www.mklions.com


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  URUGUAY   


Uruguay defeatd Colombia 88-78 - by Hector Lopez
Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) scored 11 points on a row at the begining of the third quarter leading Uruguay to defeat Colombia 88-78 for the South American Championship. Uruguay is now 3-0 and already qualify for the preworld tourenament 2009. Colombia was on the lead for the two first quarters 22-20 and 42-36. The third quarter was won by Uruguay 63-59. For Uruguay Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 21 points - incluiding 3 three-point shots. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83), with 12 points, grabbed 17 rebounds. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) made 12 assists. For Colombia Norbey Arango netted 28 points.

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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela beats Chile to earn win #1 at South American Championship - by Eurobasket News
Chile - Venezuela 76:94

Venezuela finally delivered when it matter the most. They overcame Chile on Day 3 of the South American Championship in Puerto Montt to spark their hopes to qualify to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. The teams had their backs against the wall before the game as they hoped to claim the first win and retain chances of making it to the final four at the end. The hosts opened the game in full speed quickly jumping to a comfortable lead. Chile grabbed a 19:11 lead into the second stanza. But Venezuela pretty quickly recovered to stun the hosts in the second period. The visitors outgunned Chilean team 26:11 to clinch a 37:30 advantage at halftime. Venezuela never stopped after the break led by Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes). They stretched the gap to 11 points before the final stanza. The fourth term turned into some high-flying basketball performance as the teams teamed up for 67 points. But Venezuela secured the winning outcome leaving Chile without FIBA Americas tournament in 2009. Jose Vargas knocked down 22 points to lead Venezuela. Axiers Sucre notched 16 points, while Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) provided 14 in a winning effort. Patricio Briones (213-C-72, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Dade CC) answered with 20 points for Chile. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) nailed 17 points in a loss. Venezuela takes on Brazil today. Chile will looking for their initial victory against Colombia later tonight.

Chile: Patricio Briones 20, Evandro Arteaga 17
Venezuela: Jose Vargas 22, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) 16, Jesus Centeno 14




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia announces the strongest roster - by Eurobasket News
Australia announced the roster for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This year it seems strong, really strong. The team heading to Beijing has just two changes in the roster since the history-making World Championship win in 2006. The team will consist of six Olympians in Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81), Kristi Harrower (166-G-75), Penny Taylor (185-F-81), Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management), Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) and Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and hope also for the other players.
Australia will be a favorite of Group A in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. We still remember 2004 game in Athens when USA beat Australia 74:63 due to the last period. That time Tina Thompson led the winners with 18 points, while Staley netted 14. Taylor top-scored for Oceania team with 16 points and Lauren Jackson ended up with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Lauren Jackson had another outstanding season in Russia winning Gold with Spartak in both Russian Superleague and Euroleague. Kristi Harrower and Penny Taylor moved Russian UMMC up to the top teams in the country. Belinda Snell was the best Import in France having a great season with Bourges. Suzy Batkovic also started with UMMC but then moved to Taranto from Italy to help the team in the next season. Laura Summerton enjoyed the season in Taranto but decided to go to Parma for the next season.
All in all together Australians will have a great team to be one of the favorite in Beijing.

Suzy Batkovic / Centre / 194cm
Tully Bevilaqua / Guard / 164cm
Rohanee Cox / Forward / 182cm
Hollie Grima / Forward,Centre / 190cm
Kristi Harrower / Guard / 163cm
Lauren Jackson / Forward, Centre / 195cm
Erin Phillips / Guard / 173cm
Emma Randall / Forward,Centre / 188cm
Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) / Guard / 180cm
Belinda Snell / Guard / 180cm
Laura Summerton / Forward / 188cm
Penny Taylor / Guard / 185cm

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OFFICIALS
Jan Stirling - Head Coach
Gary Fox - Assistant Coach
Peter Lonergan - Assistant Coach



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  EUROCUP WOMEN - Women  


EuroCup Women participants for the upcoming season - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Women will have 58 teams altogether in 2008/2009 years. Thirty eight teams will qualify automatically for the Preliminary Round. The draw of the EuroCup Women will take place in Freising,Germany, next Thursday, July 10. Russia and Spain will have more than any other country representatives, 5. Russia will send Vologda-Chevakata, BC Moscow, Dynamo Kursk, Dinamo Moscow and Spartak Noginsk. Spain will have such participants as EBE Promociones,San Jose, Rivas Futura, Extrugasa, Baloncesto Islas Canarias. AE Esperides, GS Panionios, AS Athinaikos and Aris Holargou are the four teams from Greece. Also four teams EuroCup will see from Romania: C.S. Baschet Arad, CSS-LMK SF. Gheorghe, CSS.CST Alexandria and BCM Targoviste. Three teams will be from Croatia: Gospic Croatia Osiguranje, Ragusa Dubrovnik and Medvescak Zagreb as well as France, Challes Les Eaux Basket, Tarbes GB Elite and USO Mondeville. Italy will hope for Cras Basket Taranto, Basket Parma and Pallacanestro Ribera. Israel's three are Elitzur Ramla,Ramat Hasharon Electra and Bnot Ra'Anana Herzelia. Portugal's best teams are Olivais F.Clube, Desportiva de Vagos and Clube Amigos Basquete. Bosnia will have 2 participants BC Zeljeznicar Sarajevo and BC Mladi Krajisnik as well as Hungary with Szeviep-Szeged and Seat-Foton Gyr, Lithuanian Lemminkainen Klaipeda, ARVI Marjampole, Turkish Galatasaray and Botas Adana, Serbian ZKK Hemofarm Stada and ZKK Crvena Zvezda and Swedish Solna Vikings plus 08 Stockholm HR. Other countries will enjoy one participant from their land. Austria will have Flying Foxes Post SV and Belgium sends Dexia Namur. Dunav Econt will go from Bulgaria and Cyprus will be represented by A.E.L. Limassol. Czech R. sends Kara Trutnov and Estonia will have BC Star. Latvian SK Cesis, BBT Ros Casares Letzebuerg from Luxembourg, Buducnost from Montenegro, KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow from Poland, MKK Ruzomberok from Slovak R., Universite BC Neuchatel from Switzerland and Dnipro from Ukraine will be also only teams from their countries.


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  FINLAND - Women  


INTERNATIONAL: Niina Laaksonen will play in Italy - by Rauno Hurmalainen
'I still want new challenges and experiences abroad', says Finnish NT F-C Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) and signs a 1+1-year-contract with Phard Napoli in Italy.
Laaksonen will join by the same Finnish NT C Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) on the same Napoli roster next season. Laaksonen has played earlier in Germany (BG Dorsten) and in Spain (Cajacanarias). In Germany she was winning bronze 2005 and silver 2006. Last season Laaksonen won bronze in Finland (YMCA Helsinki) averaging 19,4 ppg - 13,9 rpg. Laaksonen was named 'The Player of the Year 2008'.


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  FRANCE - Women  


3 Scots in GB U-20 squad hits Scotland - by Sandy Sutherland
Annie Rowan (173-G-90) (Edinburgh Kool Kats) will join fellow-Scots clubmate Rose Anderson (175-G-88) and Marie Buchan (Falkirk Fury) in the Great Britain Under-20 team to contest the Euro B championship beginning in Poznan, Poland a week today.
Rowan's surprise but welcome selection means that she has had to withdraw from the Scottish senior women's team for the Euro C Championship beginning in Luxembourg on Monday.
All three Scots are expected to be in action for the GB team against African Olympic qualifiers Mali in Nevers, France today (Sat) and tomorrow and there are high hopes that one or more can step up and play for the GB senior team in the 2012 London Olympics.
Scotland coach Shirley Birch , who had originally included Rowan in her 12 for Luxembourg but had omitted Anderson and Buchan, fully supports the Portobello player's decision: 'Well done to Annie - we'll just go with 11 players now as both my reserves are now unavailable.'
Scotland open against Wales on Monday then play Malta on Tuesday.
Great Britain u-20 women, who have a new coach Sergio Lara-Bercial, had a five-two winning record in last year's event and only narrowly failed to qualify for Euro A.
They play Romania a week today followed by Ireland, Hungary and Slovakia.


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  NIGERIA - Women  


First Bank win Nigeria league, as Dolphin bounce back - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Nigeria domestic women league, First Bank basketball club of Lagos Thursday sealed victory, even with two days to go in the final phase of the Zenith Bank Women League currently on in Lagos.

The Elephant Girls as the bankers are often referred to on Thursday pummeled Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure by 71-38 points to confirm her pre-season rating.

The Adewumi Aderemi coached side remain the only side that is yet to taste defeat after 25 games with two games left.

The Nigeria Champion, who hopes to do well at the continental outing this year will today (Friday) engage Dolphin basketball club who bounces back to reckoning after Monday shock lose to Nigeria Immigration.

The Wale Aboderin Dolphin roared back to live like a true warrior to pick two important games Wednesday and Thursday to reclaim her second spot behind league leader, First Bank.

Dolphin Wednesday played the game of its life to beat Sunshine Angels by 45-43 points and posted a dramatic 62-57 points win over Delta Force basketball club of Asaba, Thursday in a keenly contested match.

Amazons make a big statement Thursday with a 74-65 points victory over Adolescent Health and Information Project, AHIP basketball club of Kano to give a befitting birthday gift to owner and mentor, Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) who clock 50 years July 3.

Day-7 results:

Nigeria Customs 57, AHIP 67

Plateau Rocks 41, Delta Force 60

Nigeria Immigration 30, First Bank 87

Amazons 43, FCT Angels 51

Sunshine Angels 43, Dolphin 45

Day-8 Results:

FCT Angels 48, Nigeria Customs 61

Plateau Rocks 41, Nigeria Immigration 48

AHIP 65, Amazons 74

First Bank 71, Sunshine Angels 38

Dolphin 62, Delta Force 57

Day-9 Games:

Sunshine Angels Vs Amazons

AHIP Vs Nigeria Immigration

FCT Angels Vs Plateau Rocks

Nigeria Customs Vs Delta Force

First Bank Vs Dolphin


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Australia announces the strongest roster - by Eurobasket News
Australia announced the roster for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This year it seems strong, really strong. The team heading to Beijing has just two changes in the roster since the history-making World Championship win in 2006. The team will consist of six Olympians in Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81), Kristi Harrower (166-G-75), Penny Taylor (185-F-81), Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management), Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) and Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and hope also for the other players.
Australia will be a favorite of Group A in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. We still remember 2004 game in Athens when USA beat Australia 74:63 due to the last period. That time Tina Thompson led the winners with 18 points, while Staley netted 14. Taylor top-scored for Oceania team with 16 points and Lauren Jackson ended up with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Lauren Jackson had another outstanding season in Russia winning Gold with Spartak in both Russian Superleague and Euroleague. Kristi Harrower and Penny Taylor moved Russian UMMC up to the top teams in the country. Belinda Snell was the best Import in France having a great season with Bourges. Suzy Batkovic also started with UMMC but then moved to Taranto from Italy to help the team in the next season. Laura Summerton enjoyed the season in Taranto but decided to go to Parma for the next season.
All in all together Australians will have a great team to be one of the favorite in Beijing.

Suzy Batkovic / Centre / 194cm
Tully Bevilaqua / Guard / 164cm
Rohanee Cox / Forward / 182cm
Hollie Grima / Forward,Centre / 190cm
Kristi Harrower / Guard / 163cm
Lauren Jackson / Forward, Centre / 195cm
Erin Phillips / Guard / 173cm
Emma Randall / Forward,Centre / 188cm
Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) / Guard / 180cm
Belinda Snell / Guard / 180cm
Laura Summerton / Forward / 188cm
Penny Taylor / Guard / 185cm

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OFFICIALS
Jan Stirling - Head Coach
Gary Fox - Assistant Coach
Peter Lonergan - Assistant Coach



Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Australia0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Russia0-0
Group B
1. China0-0
2. Mali0-0
3. N.Zealand0-0
4. USA0-0


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


3 Scots in GB U-20 squad hits Scotland - by Sandy Sutherland
Annie Rowan (173-G-90) (Edinburgh Kool Kats) will join fellow-Scots clubmate Rose Anderson (175-G-88) and Marie Buchan (Falkirk Fury) in the Great Britain Under-20 team to contest the Euro B championship beginning in Poznan, Poland a week today.
Rowan's surprise but welcome selection means that she has had to withdraw from the Scottish senior women's team for the Euro C Championship beginning in Luxembourg on Monday.
All three Scots are expected to be in action for the GB team against African Olympic qualifiers Mali in Nevers, France today (Sat) and tomorrow and there are high hopes that one or more can step up and play for the GB senior team in the 2012 London Olympics.
Scotland coach Shirley Birch , who had originally included Rowan in her 12 for Luxembourg but had omitted Anderson and Buchan, fully supports the Portobello player's decision: 'Well done to Annie - we'll just go with 11 players now as both my reserves are now unavailable.'
Scotland open against Wales on Monday then play Malta on Tuesday.
Great Britain u-20 women, who have a new coach Sergio Lara-Bercial, had a five-two winning record in last year's event and only narrowly failed to qualify for Euro A.
They play Romania a week today followed by Ireland, Hungary and Slovakia.


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  SERBIA - Women  


Friendly games - Serbian U20 NT beat Montenegro twice - by Dragan Jankovski
As a part of preparations for European Championship which starts on July 11th, Serbian U20 National Team outplayed Montenegro twice in friendly games 95-58 and 86-49. Serbia opened both games in style making advantage of more than 16 points very quick, actually it was 28-6 after 10 minutes in the first game. Defense of Serbian NT looked very good and the fact that Montenegro in the second game scored 16 points for both second and third quarter talks for itself. Head coach of Serbian U20 NT, Jovica Antonic, gave a chance to every single player in these two games. In the first one Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) paced the winners netting 18 points while Jelena Cerina (194-C-88) followed her with 9 points. Montenegro got 19 points from Aleksic. In game number two Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) was the best player of her team scoring 15 points. She also had 8 points in the first game. This time Jovanovic added 22 points for Montenegro.

'We are much better team than Montenegro and it is not a real picture of our capability. On the other side these two games were very useful for us to implement everything what we practiced during the last month' - said Jovica Antonic.

Antonic already cut 3 players from the preliminary list: Lidija Vuckovic (174-G-88), Natasa Krnjetin (180-G-88) and Jelena Mitic (190-C-89).

'I want to say that all players showed very good performance during these preparations. They are very good persons as well as a good players. I would really love to have all of them in the roster but it is impossible. I am very grateful to them because they showed strong willingness to fight for the place in NT' - said Antonic.

Most probably head coach Antonic will have to cut three more players today.


Serbia - Montenegro 95-58
(28-6,18-23,30-20,19-9)

Serbia:
Milovanovic, 18, Cerina 9, Petrovic 8, Roglic 7
Montenegro: Aleksic 19, Vujadinovic 16, Jovanovic 13



Serbia - Montenegro 86-49
(27-11,17-9,16-7,26-22)

Serbia:
Petrovic 15, Mesaros 7, Jovanovic 7, Milovanovic 7
Montenegro: Jovanovic 22, Aleksic 13, Vujadinovic 6


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNA: will be eight the team that take part to the Edition 08/09 - by germano foglieni
Will be eight the teams that will take part to the 2008/2009 edition of the Swiss Ligue Feminine A:
Elfic Fribourg Basket, Helios Basket Vetroz Sion, Universite BC Neuchatel, Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin, Esperance Sportive Pully, Sdent Sierre Basket, Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents and the Swiss Champion 07/08 Canti Riva Basket Ceresio. Retired Brunnen Basket, Martigny Rhone Basket and Lancy Meyrin Basket


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  WNBA - Women  


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connect. S. 13-5 
 2. Detroit S. 12-6 
 3. Indiana F. 8-8 
 4. New York L. 8-8 
 5. Washingt. M. 6-10 
 6. Chicago Sky 5-10 
 7. Atlanta D. 0-17 
Western
 1. S.Antonio SS 11-6 
 2. L.Angeles S. 10-6 
 3. Seattle S. 10-7 
 4. Minnesota L. 9-8 
 5. Phoenix M. 8-7 
 6. Sacram. M. 8-9 
 7. Houston C. 8-9