EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/7/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina beats Chile, will play final against Uruguay - by Leonardo Contieri
Despite playing poorly onthe first half, Argentina defeates Chile 87-70, won the round Robin of the South American championship and qualified to the final against Uruguay, that finished second after losing to Brazil.
Argentina took advantage of Chile's poor performance on the second half and was led once again by Roman Gonzalez, who scored 25 points, Paolo Quinteros scored 16,including 11 onthetjird quarter and Andres Pelussi added 13. Evandro Arteaga led Chile with 17 points, Emilio Paris added 14 and Jorge Valencia 16. Chile finished last after five winless game and will play next year in the second level of this championship with Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru trying to regain a berth for the 2010 South American Championship.
Argentina: Stanic 4, Quinteros 16, Locatelli 5, Pelussi 13, Gonzalez 25 (starters) Gutierrez 4, Garcia 9, Cequeira 6, Mainoldi 3, Mata 2, De Los Santos, Gerbaudo. Coach: G. Narvarte
Chile: Carrasco 3, Arteaga 17, Elliot 6, Valencia 16, Briones 9 (starters) Mendez 2, Campos, Saez 1, Paris 14, Prutzmann 1, Hernandez, Coro 1. Coach: D. Allende
Score by quarters: 17-15 / 40-34 / 68-55


Argentina beats Uruguay, claims South American Title - by Leonardo Contieri
Argentina defeated Uruguay 100-95 on the South American Championship title game to claim its 12th trophy.
After a close first quarter, with the scoring provided by Roman Gonzalez and Paolo Quinteros, Argentina began to take control of the game on the second quarter, but the team suffered from a scoring drought and Uruguay managed to trim the difference to three at halftime. On thethird quarter Argentina played its best ball, with good defense and balanced scoring, as Diego Garca, who started today helped Quinteros to carry the scoring burden, with Gonzalez in foul trouble, Juan Gutierrez played a lot of minutes and he scored 12 points and blocked three shots. Leandro Garca Morales toook command of Uruguay's offense but Argentina led by 13 after three quarters. After a 79-67 score, Uruguay made a 14-2 run based on a suffocating defense to tie tha game, first at 81, then at 83. Argentina finally could score to gain another seven point lead with less than two minutes to play, but Uruguay was as close as two points behind in the final minute. Diego Garca sealed the game with two free throws with 6 seconds remaining.
Argentina: Stanic 15, Quinteros 23, Garcia 21, Pelussi 9, Gonzalez 15 (starters) Gutierrez 12, Locatelli 3, Mainoldi 2, Cequeira, Mata.
Uruguay: Barrera 14, Aguiar 12, Mazzarino 4, Paez 2, Batista 18 (starters) Silvera 1, Charquero 2, Garcia Morales 33, Gonzalez, Castrillon 4.
Score by quarters: 28-21 / 50-47 / 76-63


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  AUSTRALIA   


Perth Wildcats offers contract to Isiah Victor - by Eurobasket News
Management of Perth Wildcats offered a three-year deal to Isiah Victor (206-F-78, college: Tennessee), ex player of Sydney Kings. Wildcats hope that he will put signature on the contract during the next week. Victor played 24 games for the Kings in NBL previous season averaging 10 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.3 apg. His team was a regular season champion as well as the play-off finalist. Melbourne Tigers stopped them on their way to the title. In the past Victors also used to play in Puerto Rico, Italy, NBDL, CBA and Korea. He had couple of attempts to get into the NBA mix but he didn't register any appearance in the most quality league on the World. He graduated at Tennessee University in 2001.

Tigers search for new import - by Eurobasket News

The Melbourne Tigers are looking to complete their 2008/09 NBL roster. Head Coach Al Westover and Tigers Director Seamus McPeake will go to Las Vegas next week to attend the NBA Prospects Camp, in search of the club's final import position. With the recent news about ex-Tigers star import Dave Thomas heading to the Cairns Taipans this season, Westover said he was disappointed to lose such a great player and part of the Tigers team. Anyway, Tigers will be looking to the unearth some new talent.

'DT has been a great asset to the Tigers, he's helped us win two Championships and he's been a real favourite amongst the players and our members,'

'We need to look to the future now, so we're looking forward to seeing what the NBA prospects camp has to offer, hopefully we find ourselves a great new talent.'

The Melbourne Tigers are close to completing their roster for the 2008/09 NBL season, and will be making further announcements over the coming weeks.

Courtesy of nbl.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Austria U18 loses two in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18 continues their preparation tour for European Championship. The team went to Italy to participate in the International tournament Alpe della Luna. Borgo Pace hosts Italy, Holland, Germany and Austrian squads.
In the opener of the competition Austrian U18 side lost to Germany 59:71. It was a good game where both teams could win. Austria opened the game with passion and confidence, however German team won the opening quarter 16:15. The second period saw Austrian side reaching their lead as they won the quarter 21:16. In the second half it was tough to compete with the German powerhouse that created 14:6 in the third period, showing great defensive skills. With 25:17 Germany finished the campaign and won the opener of the tournament. For Austria Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) top-scored with 18 points. Thomas Klepeisz (180-G-91) netted 9 and Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) produced 8.
In the second game Austria U18 played against Italy and also lost 53:64. It was a good start for the Austrian team again that opened the game with 23:17 advantage. Italian squad had a great defense in the second period to leave the guests with only 6 points in the period. Another massive 25:10 for Italians made the final quarter for them preparation for the last. Pasquale Paolisso (203-F/C-90, agency: Court Side) paced the winners with 13 points. Lorenzo Panzini (185-G-90) posted 11 and Crotta added 10. Seilern top-scored for Austria with 13 points.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil will play for Bronze medals in Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Uruguay 86:77

Brazil wrapped up their preliminary campaign at the South American Championship in style. Yesterday they handed the first loss to Uruguay at the competition. Brazil however did not make it to the Final and would play for Bronze medals against Venezuela later tonight. The game against Uruguay turned into a seesaw battle especially in the first half. The teams were equally matched during the first period however Brazilian players managed to pull away with a 25:24 lead. Uruguay adjusted their defense in the second quarter and surged ahead 40:37 at halftime. But an inspirational performance from William Fornou (204-C-81) after the long break changed the complexion of the encounter. Brazil went prevailed in the third quarter as they denied the deficit and built a 3-point cushion before the final frame. Brazil kept it cool at the dying stages and finalized an impressive 86:77 win at the end. William Fornou came up with game-high 30 points. Caio Torres (211-C-87) provided 18 points and 14 boards, while Helio Vitor Lima (185-G-81) and Arthur Luiz Belchior (197-G/F-82) knocked down 12 points apiece for the winners. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) answered with 18 points for Uruguay. Castrillion had 10 points in a loss. Uruguay advanced to the championship game despite the defeat. They would face Argentina later today.

Brazil: William Fornou 30, Caio Torres 18+14 boards, Helio Vitor Lima 12, Arthur Luiz Belchior 12
Uruguay: Nicolas Mazzarino 18, Esteban Batista 18


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  BULGARIA   


Stoykov - best player in ULEB Cup history, Papazov with most wins for Lukoil - by Valentin Anguelov
Todor Stoykov remained as all time leader in a lot of ULEB Cup's individual classifications. After the tournament officially was renamed and united with other one from FIBA, the Bulgarian will remain as the best player in almost all of the cattegories in whole history of ULEB Cup.

With his 914 total efficiency, (15.2 average per game) Stoykov is ahead of Jamey Arnold (883) and Mario Austin (862) in the standing for the best player in the tournament.

He was 13 points away from reaching the 1000-point mark in the history of ULEB. Despite that Todor remains as the top scorer ever with 987 points (16.5 average), second is Corey Brewer with 845 and third Jamey Arnold with 787. This is the place to mention that if Stoykov had received more chances last year he would have certainly passed this mark.

Stoykov is placed first also in assists with 169 total. Another player who was in Lukoil Academic Lamont Jones is the best in assists average per game with 5.13 in his 32 games.
Stoykov has scored most baskets - 309 or 5.2 per game. The captain of Lukoil Academic has scored 155 three-pointer followed by Brewer with 119 and Desmond Mallet with 104.

Also Stoykov is the most fouled player - 268 times, against Brewer's 265 and Felipe Reyes's 237.
Todor Stoykov is also the first player with triple-double in the tournament. On November 11th 2003 he finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his team's 116-115 win after three overtimes against KK Zagreb.

Another ex Lukoil Academic player Priest Lauderdale has the highest field goal percentage - 67.2% after scoring 125 times from 186 attempts.

Lukoil Academic was the only Bulgarian representative in ULEB in the years of the competition. For that time the team played 60 games and finished with 33 wins and 27 losses.

Konstantin Papazov remains in the history as the best coach who was in charge of Lukoil Academic in ULEB Cup. Titi has the best balance wins/losses - 14 wins and 10 losses, followed by Zeljko Lukaic with 8 wins and 6 losses, Slobodan Nikolic 7 and 5 and Marin Dokuzovski with 4 wins and 6 losses.

Papazov has most wins with Lukoil Academic outside Bulgaria - 5(Estudiantes, Zeleznik, Turk Telekom, Cantu and perhaps the biggest one ever against Dynamo in Moscow), followed by Lukaic (Pau Orthez, Artland and Ventspils) and Nikolic (Opel Skyliners, Demon Astronauts and KK Zagreb) with 3 and Dokuzovski has only one, against Ostende.

Papazov holds also the best successes for Lukoil Academic in Europe - the wins over Adecco Estudiantes (2 times), FMP Zeleznik (2 times), Cantu (2 times) and Dynamo Moscow as we also have to mention the great with from December 2nd 2003 against Real Madrid with 93-91 with Nikolic in charge.

Papazov is the only coach with in 1/8 finals phase defeating Crvena Zvezda in Sofia 85-82, while Lukaic and Nikolic only reached this phase without taking wins.

If we add also that Titi has led the national team of Bulgaria in another 20 official games (16 for men and 4 for women), this makes him the coach with most participations in Europe in the last year - 44 games in total. From those he has won 24 times.


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  CANADA   


Canada finishes Jack Donohue International beating Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Canada finished Jack Donohue International beating Lebanon in their last game of the tour. The final game of the Jack Donohue International Classic Saturday night at Ricoh Coliseum saw the North Amrican win over Lebanon 100:68. Leo Rautins's team finished 3-1 at the event against New Zealand and Lebanon, two long shots at Olympic qualifying.
The roster of Canadians missed again Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81, college: Seton Hall) but even without him they proved the ambitions. Samuel Dalembert and forward Jesse Young will return to practice Monday in Germany. It was not a difficult game as Canada controlled every aspect of it. Dave Thomas led the winners with 17 points. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) nailed 14, whilst Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) added 11 points.
Canada travels to Germany tonight to prepare for the friendly games against German squad on Wednesday and Friday. July 15 will be the opener of the Qualifying tournament versus Slovenia. After facing Slovenia, Canada squares off against Korea on July 16. The Canadians will need at least one win in those two games to secure a spot in the sudden-death, eight-team playoffs.
Meanwhile Lebanon will play versus Greece and Brazil in Group A. Altogether twelve teams will struggle for three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were divided into four groups with 3 teams in each. The teams placed first and second in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals. The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the third place for one remaining Olympic spot. The Final is scheduled for 20th July 2008.


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  CHILE   


Chile unable to tame Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Chile - Argentina 70:87

Chilean National Team wrapped up their South American Championship campaign winless. They suffered the fifth straight loss against Argentina yesterday and remained at the bottom of the table. Chile never looked weaker down the stretch but Argentinean team used all the experience to prevail at the end. They will now play against Uruguay in the Final tonight. Chile trailed by just 2 points after the opening stanza 15:17. Argentina kept in front throughout the second quarter but managed to pile up only a 6-point advantage at halftime. The breakthrough came in the third stanza as the visitors led by Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) went on a run and opened a double-digit lead. Argentina were up 48:36 midway through the frame before stretching the margin to 14 points 57:43. Chile still kept fighting but could not deal with a well-balanced Argentinean offense. The visitors breezed in the final minutes and widened the gap to unassailable 20 points in the dying moments. Chile could not recover and suffered a bitter loss at the end. Roman Gonzalez led all scorers with 25 points. Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) provided 16 points, while Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) netted 13 in a win. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) answered with 19 points for Chile. Emilio Paris (196-F/C-74) dropped 14 points in a losing effort.

Chile: Evandro Arteaga 19, Emilio Paris 14
Argentina: Roman Gonzalez 25, Paolo Quinteros 16, Andres Pelussi 13


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  CHINA   


Rosters Announced for Asian Basketball Without Borders - by Arthur Volbert
Rosters have been announced for the NBA Basketball Without Borders Camp being held in New Delhi India from July 3 through July 6.

China has nine players at the camp, the most from any nation in Asia. Only the names and countries of the players have been announced but I have researched height, club origin and alleged birth year for the Chinese athletes.

These are supposed to be the most promising players among rising seniors. Allegedly these players would be seniors in high school in the United States, with perhaps the best juniors thrown in.

Not all seniors in the U. S. are the same age and likely neither are the Chinese players. But these players are the ones considered the most promising in this age group, whereas the National Under-19 team would largely be made up of those who would, in the U. S., be college freshmen.

As with American players who are rising high school seniors, at least half or more of these players will no longer be among the best when they attain maturity. Others will rise in their place.

But some of these players are going to be stars. Big men Xu Tao and Dong Hanlin have been noticed since last year. Sui Ran has also been considered highly promising since last year and was at the 2007 Nike Global Challenge in Oregon.

Zhang Zhoujun was a candidate for the Under-19 team last year. Ren Junwei and Ren Junfei of Dongguan are twins and played at the recent Asian Nike Camp. Unlike players at that camp such as Zhang Dayu and Zhang Yongpeng, none of these players are on senior CBA rosters. All come from junior teams.

Most of the Chinese players come from Shandong or Guangdong. None come from Shanghai or Bayi. This may or may not mean that the selection process for China was not truly national.

FIBA/NBA BWB Camp [July 3-6 New Dehli, India)
Coach: Kyle Korver (Jazz), Ronny Turiaf (Lakers), Pat Garrity (Magic), Linton Johnson (Suns)

Chinese Players
Xu Tao China 210 cm 1991 Shandong
Wang Ruheng China 193 cm 1990 Shandong
Sui Ran China 194 cm 1992 Shandong
Tao Hanlin China Shandong
Zhang Zhoujun China 203 cm 1991 Zhejiang
Dong Hanlin China 207 cm 1991 Guangdong
Li Yuanyu China 205 cm Guangdong
Ren Junwei China 200 cm Guangdong
Ren Junfei China 203 cm Guangdong

Other Asian Players
Po-Chen Chou Chinese Taipei
Kuo-Wei Lai Chinese Taipei
Ming-Hui Lim Chinese Taipei
Pratham Singh India
Hirendra Singh Rathore India
Shadab Khan India
Vishesh Bhriguvansh India
Arjun Singh India
Ramin Honarmand Iran
Mehdi Shirjang Iran
Mohammed Hasanzadeh Iran
Sooren Derboghosian Iran
Pouria Kazemi Iran
Daichi Taniguchi Japan
Makoto Hiejima Japan
Yuki Mitsuhara Japan
Seiya Kano Japan
Mao Fukuda Japan
Ali El-Zubi Jordan
Abdellatif AlQaddoumi Jordan
Alexandr Zhigulin Kazakhstan
Ruslan Baltiyev Kazakhstan
Roman Khudyakov Kazakhstan
Anton Melnichenko Kazakhstan
Byung Jun Bae Korea
Min Wook Kim Korea
Jong Ill Lim Korea
Jung Hoon Park Korea
Byeong Hun Yoo Korea
Dong Yeop Lee Korea
Ivan Makarchuk Kyrgyzstan
Ivan Zhdanov Kyrgyzstan
Vincent El-Khoury Lebanon
Khalil Aoun Lebanon
Joseph Zaloum Lebanon
Ralph Akl Lebanon
Kuek Tian Yuan Malaysia
Jeric Allen Teng Philipines
Philip Paredes Philipines
Samuel Joseph Marata Philipines
Ahmed Yousif Al-Darwish Qatar
Sheng Yu Lim Singapore
Alexsandr Yahin Uzbekistan
Artur Sharafutdinov Uzbekistan


Dong Hanlin and Xu Tao are Two Names to Remember - by Arthur Volbert
According to sinobball at http://forums.interbasket.net/ Dong Hanlin has won the award as highest jumper at the Asian Basketball Without Borders camp while Xu Tao won the sportsmanship award. Dong and Xu are two of the most promising young Chinese big men.

A 207 cm high flyer, Dong can play power forward or center. A 210 cm widebody, Xu was listed as weighing 120 kg when he attended the United States Basketball Academy in Oregon in December 2006. He could be an updated version of Bateer, raised with modern basketball training methods. Both Dong and Xu are players to watch in the future.

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, a young Indian player, was named MVP of the camp. The NBA is trying to promote basketball in India, a major reason the Asian camp was held in New Delhi. Lim Jong Il of Korea was named MVP of the All-Star game, in which the West defeated the East 74-53. Lim Ming-Hui of Chinese Taipei won the three-point shooting contest, and then defeated NBA star Kyle Korver 7-3 in a further test.


China Defeats Australia 66-61 - by Arthur Volbert
China won its tenth straight practice game 66-61, defeating Australia. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and is clearly the team's second best player behind Yao Ming. He was too young to play that role in 2004 or 2006. His year in the NBA has clearly improved his skills. Wang Zhizhi had 7 points in 17 minutes but no rebounds and no blocks. He did not gain as much from his NBA experience as did Yi, perhaps because he had poorer preparation in China. China's basketball program has advanced considerably since Wang was a young player there.

Sun Yue had 1 point in 13 minutes backing up Liu Wei at the point. It is too bad he did not immediately accept the offer of the Los Angeles Lakers last fall. He would have likely spent the year mostly playing in the D-League but this would have been far better than playing less-than-intense ABA competition in Singapore.

Liu Wei was China's second-high scorer today with 10 points on 1 of 6 shooting in 27 minutes. He did hit 8 of 9 free throws. Zhu Fangyu had eight points as did Wang Lei. Wang had one of his better performances of the practice games, hitting two of his three shots. Zhang Kai was left off the team today, as were Zhou Peng and Yao Ming.

Yao will begin his play in the Stankovic Cup, where China will face the National Teams of Olympic opponents Iran, Angola and Russia. Yao Ming will make his first appearances in this competition and China will be aiming to win rather than merely practicing to improve techniques and to find out who its best players are.

I will unfortunatley be taking a vacation to see family in New York from this Tuesday through July 22. I am not sure if I will have Internet access. If I do not, I will report on the games when I return from vacation on July 22.

4th Stankovic Continental Champions Cup
2008.7.17 China vs. Iran
2008.7.18 China vs. Angola
2008.7.20 China vs. Russia

Box Score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=2070
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---- 10 19 20 17 66
Australia 10 19 19 13 61

Liu Wei 5 27min+10p+2r+1a+2to, Jianlian Yi 11 32min+17p+14r+1a+1s+4bl, Wang Shipeng 7 15min+0p(0-5)+1a+1s+4to, Zhu Fangyu 8 27min+9p+2r+1a+1s+3to, Wang Zhizhi 14 17min+7p+1a, Chen Jianghua 16 3min+0p+1a, Wang Lei 19 18min+8p(2-3)+2s+1to, Zhang Qingpeng 17 7min+4p+1s, Du Feng 15 17min+5p+2r+1s, Sun Yue 9 13min+1p+1r+1to+1s+1bl, Li Nan 10 15min+5p+1r+3s, Ding Jinhui 8min+0p+2r+3s


Yi Li to Play for Lakers in Summer League - by Arthur Volbert
According to pryuen of http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/index.php Yi Li (204-F/G-87) will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the Rocky Mountain Review Summer League.

Yi is a very talented 204 cm player who has been playing out of position at power forward for Jiangsu. Yi did not make the National Team because he is too thin to play power forward, even in the CBA. He used to be considered a more promising small forward than Wang Lei, but his lack of weight has hindered him. He is really a combo type player very much like Sun Yue and his physique resembles Sun's. Yi has some point guard skills which he exhibited when he attended the Adidas Camp in the United States several years ago.

Los Angeles General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who drafted Sun Yue, likely wants to compare Yi to Sun. Perhaps he will decide that Yi is the more promising of the two.

I wonder what year of birth Yi will use when he appears on the Lakers summer roster. His listed year of 1987 would make him ineligible for the summer league, since he would be draftable next spring.

But if he was really born in 1985, this would make him the same age as Sun. It seems to be common for young Chinese players to chop two years off their ages. If Yi Li was born in 1985, when was Yi Jianlian born?

The Lakers summer league schedule is as follows:
July 11 vs Detroit Pistons
July 13 vs Memphis Grizzlies
July 15 vs Philidelphia 76ers
July 16 vs Minnesota Timberwolves
July 18 vs Toronto Raptors
July 19 vs Denver Nuggets


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  CROATIA   


Todor Gecevski is close to leave Zadar - by Eurobasket News
One of the best players of the new Croatian champion, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), could leave Zadar after four successful years. During the season Gecevski was very close to sign a new contract with the team but situation is different now. According to Zadarsport, Gecevski's conditions are extremely high for Zadar's management.

'Manager of Todor Gecevski asks an extremely big salary for his client. I would like not to say this but we are not able to meet their expectations and it is the main problem. We still negotiate but I have to say it once again they are looking for unreasonable amount. We have the budget for the next season so naturally we have a limits for Gecevski. Their conditions are much higher than we counted. Anyway, Gecevski is not the only center on the World. If we don't reach an agreement with him we will have to find another guy to fulfill his position' - said Giuseppe Giergia for Zadarsport.

Gecevski had very successful four years in Zadar. He joined them in 2004 from Macedonian team Fersped-Rabotnicki. He played 14 games for Zadar in ULEB Cup last season averaging 11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.1 bpg. For 21 games in Croatian league he had 11.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.1 spg. Gecevski finished the season in Adriatic league as a third blocker as well as 3 rebounder of the competition. Over the past four years Zadar won two championship titles in Croatia and participated in the final of Adriatic league this season. Gecevski was named to be the center of the Croatian championship twice and in 2006 he got the same award in Adriatic league.


News from A1 league - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Federation of Croatia made decision about the imports in A1 league for the next season. At the first stage of the competition teams will be able to register two import players. However, they can not be on the court at the same time. It is an important change for the first phase as over the past three seasons teams did not have a green light to have any imports. Situation didn't change for the second stage (8 participants). In the battle for the title teams will be able to have four imports. As it was the last season, just two of those four players can be on the court at the same time.

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  CYPRUS   


Subotic in Proteas EKA AEL! - by Chris Mammides

Another great transfer has been finalised in AEL's team through Head Coach Dragan Raca . The talented guard Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) has agreed financial terms with the Limassol team and the Serbian/Cypriot coach to wear the yellow jersey for the coming season. It seems that while the rest of the teams in the Cyprus league are hesitating in doing transfers or even failing and losing players, the team of AEL is by far ahead and is taking all the necessary steps to become the queen of Cyprus basketball as used to be the previous years. Dragan Raca succeeded four major transfers until now while all its Cypriot players plus the two Cyprus international adding, Kounounis and Pantouris which joined forces lately with AEL, are creating a team which not only will 'fight' for the title but will definitely go for the best feasible result in the European courts as in the Cypriot ones seems to be 'alone'

In some other transfer news, Pavlos Pavlou (189-G-77) the ex Etha's player has agreed financial terms with Omonia Nicosia for the coming season. The Nicosia team under Coach Renos Pittalis management is also doing great job in regards to the local transfer made until now.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Studying and playing bball - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Studying and playing basketball. That's what Viljami Vanjoki (194-G/F-86) wants to do the next three years. Vanjoki re-signed with YMCA Lappeenranta - this time
a 3-year-contract. Vanjoki averaged 3,0 ppg - 1,9 rpg on YMCA LPR roster last season. Also Tuukka Kulha (193-F-85) (3,7 ppg - 0,8 rpg) and Jouko Jarvinen (190-G-87) (2,9 ppg - 1,1 rpg) are studying in Lappeenranta. Both re-signed a 1-year-contract with YMCA LPR, which Team has now four signed players on the roster.
Markus Myllyla (201-F-77) instead is no more going to school, but wants to continue his basketball career and play under KTP Basket's new Head Coach Miikka Sopanen . Myllyla will start his 14th season on KTP roster. Last season Myllyla averaged 3,8 ppg and 3,0 rpg in 13 mpg.


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  FRANCE   


Gravelines inks two players - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque announced signing of two players for the next season.

The first new player of Gravelines is Tony Skinn (186-G-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: George Mason), who was a member of Clermont since January 2007. He was a fifth scorer of Pro A previous season with 16.5 ppg. Two years before he changed three teams when he finally stopped at Clermont. He started the 06/07 season in Chorale Roane and later moved to Croatian team Split. Tony Skinn graduated at George Masson in 2006. At his senior season he had 12.6 ppg and 3.5 rpg while his team reach NCAA Final Four.

The second one who agreed terms with Gravelines is Nick George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth), ex player of Spanish team Alicante Costablanca. He had 39 appearances last season in LEB Gold averaging 7.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg. He was a teammate of Alain Digbeu in Spanish team. Before Alicante, he was a member of Benetton Treviso spending there first half of the season 06/07. At the time Nick George was there Benetton was Italian Serie A Supercup winner. He also had 9 appearances in Euroleague but without any points. In January 2007 George moved to Lega due team Imola where he had impressing role. For 15 games he averaged 15.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 1.5 spg. He graduated at Virginia Commonwealth and was a member of British University National Team in 2005.


Steed Tchicamboud joins Nancy, William Soliman in Vichy - by Eurobasket News
New French champion Sluc Nancy signed Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) on a 2-year contract with escaping clause after the first one. Tchicamboud played previous two seasons for Cholet having 12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg and 1.2 spg for 29 games in Pro A. He also had 8 appearances in FIBA Eurocup adding 12.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg , 2.6 apg and 2 spg. Cholet grabbed one trophy last season and it was 'La Semaine des As Cup'. Tchicamboud got an invitation to participate at the previous Pro A All-Star game. Before Cholett, where he joined in 2006, Tchicamboud played for Chalons, St. Quentin and Autun. His name is placed on the list of 28 candidates of French National Team for Eurobasket 2009 qualifications.

28-year old William Soliman (203-F-80, agency: ACMT) agreed terms with Vichy. Soliman was a member of Chorale Roanne since 2006 winning the title in Pro A at his first season. The team also won another trophy that year what was 'La Semaine des As Cup'. He played 14 games for Roanne in Euroleague previous season averaging 4.2 ppg and 2.1 rpg. For 30 games in Pro A he added 3.6 ppg and 2.9 rpg. In the past Soliman also used to play for Rouen, Evreux and Nanterre. In 2005 he was named to be the most improved player of the year in Pro B. His team Rouen won promotion to Pro A while he was the second blocker of the league at the same time posting 14.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg. As Tchicamboud, Soliman is also one of the 28 candidates of French NT for Eurobasket 2009 qualifications.


ProA : Amadi McKenzie to Vichy - by Aurelien Hipp
*Vichy just announced the signature of youngster Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) , coming from Tennessee Tech University. The young american player posted 14.5ppg 8.4rpg for his senior season, and has been scouted at the Columbus Camp (Ohio), where a lot of french coaches go for their summer market. McKenzie will share the paint with Dounia Issa (best ProA defensive player last year), Zach Moss (re-inked for 2 seasons) and William Soliman, coming from the neighbours of Roanne.

Pro A : Tony Dobbins signs for Orleans - by Aurelien Hipp
*Tony Dobbins (195-G-81, college: Richmond) has signed for Orleans, for next season. After one season and a half at Cholet, Dobbins leaves the team and joins the ambitious roster of Orleans. As a matter of fact, Orleans is preparing a pretty strong roster for next season. Dobbins, maybe the most all-around profile of the french league, will be a key player of Philippe Herve's roster. Last season, he was posting 9.7ppg 6.8rpg 2.4apg (about the same statistics than the 6 months before) and was a member of the bosman team of the year. His italien passport offers him great opportunities.

Pro A : Cyril Akpomedah from Paris to Gravelines - by Aurelien Hipp
*Although he still was under contract with Paris, Cyril Akpomedah (202-F-79) has found an agreement with his former team, falling to ProB. Akpomedah will play for Christian Monschau next season, and is joining newcomers in the team, as Tony Skinn or Nick George. Paris logically loses a player who posted 8.8ppg 4.8rpg last season but the team has signed Jimmal Ball and is expecting new signatures soon. Gravelines is still waiting for 2 imports in the paint and a combo-guard.

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Todor Gecevski is close to leave Zadar - by Eurobasket News
One of the best players of the new Croatian champion, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), could leave Zadar after four successful years. During the season Gecevski was very close to sign a new contract with the team but situation is different now. According to Zadarsport, Gecevski's conditions are extremely high for Zadar's management.

'Manager of Todor Gecevski asks an extremely big salary for his client. I would like not to say this but we are not able to meet their expectations and it is the main problem. We still negotiate but I have to say it once again they are looking for unreasonable amount. We have the budget for the next season so naturally we have a limits for Gecevski. Their conditions are much higher than we counted. Anyway, Gecevski is not the only center on the World. If we don't reach an agreement with him we will have to find another guy to fulfill his position' - said Giuseppe Giergia for Zadarsport.

Gecevski had very successful four years in Zadar. He joined them in 2004 from Macedonian team Fersped-Rabotnicki. He played 14 games for Zadar in ULEB Cup last season averaging 11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.1 bpg. For 21 games in Croatian league he had 11.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.1 spg. Gecevski finished the season in Adriatic league as a third blocker as well as 3 rebounder of the competition. Over the past four years Zadar won two championship titles in Croatia and participated in the final of Adriatic league this season. Gecevski was named to be the center of the Croatian championship twice and in 2006 he got the same award in Adriatic league.


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ProA: Chemnitz signs 3 germans - by Manuel Schust
With the new rule that forces ProA teams to play with at least one german player on the floor, all teams have to reorganize their rosters.
Chemnitz announced yesterday the signing of three german players: Waldemar Buchmiller (195-G-80), Rodney Scruggs (190-G-82) and Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C-86) will join BV Chemnitz 99 next season.

Buchmiller, a 28-year old wingman, spent last season with Noerdlingen and finished on first place with his former team. He averaged 6.6 points and 2 rebounds last season and with his experience of 73 games in the first league 'the veteran' will be very important for Chemnitz.
With Rodney Scruggs another guard joins the team. Scruggs played in the first league with Giessen in the 2001/2002 campaign at the age of 17! This move up to BBL might have come a little too early and Scruggs returned to the second division. He spent some time with Lich, Wolfenbuettel and Rhoendorf and joined Schalke for the last two seasons. Last year he averaged 5.5 points and 1.5 assists for the royal-blues.
22-year old Center Ralph Schirmer spent last season with MBC in ProA and also played for MBC II in Regionalliga North. The young prospect is now ready for the next step in his career and Chemnitz head coach Torsten Loibl wants him to come from the bench to support their starting frontcourt.

Meanwhile austrian Forward Andreas Worenz (199-F-82) remains with Chemnitz and will play his fifth season with the team. Worenz will be the only player from last year's roster to stay with Chemnitz.


Mahmut Ataman new coach of Wolfenbuettel Dukes - by Moritz Korff
Mahmut Ataman has been named the new Head Coach of the Wolfenbuettel Dukes (2. Bundesliga Pro B). Ataman was born in Samsun, Turkey and came to Germany when he was four years of age. He grew up in Hannover and started his career as a coach at TK Hannover. In the past years Ataman stood at the helm of the BG 74 Goettingen Women's Team in the DBBL and left his position last year to take a break. In 2004 he was a nominee for the DBBL Coach of the Year-Award.

Q&A with Kendall Webb - by Moritz Korff
If you are following basketball in Germany the name of Ty Harrelson (190-G-80, college: Wayland Baptist) will sound familiar to you. The 2007 Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South Guard of the Year enjoyed a successful collegiate career and played two years at Wayland Baptist University before turning pro in 2003. He was a NAIA All-American First Team-member after his senior season, Kendall Webb (179-G-84, college: Wayland Baptist) received the same honor, when he completed his career at university level last year. Webb, a native of Amarillo, Texas left the Pioneers as the alltime-leading scorer of WBU (2074 points) and Player of the Year in the Sooner Athletic Conference. He also tallied 477 assists and 381 rebounds in four years. An average of 22.6 points per game, including 86 three-pointers made in 29 encounters, put the lefthanded guard in 5th place in scoring in the entire NAIA Division One during the 2006-07 season. In his first year overseas Webb joined the Bergheim Bandits and then moved on to Lithuania.

Though scoring close to 20 games per game you left the Bergheim Bandits during this past season. What happened?
The club I was playing for I feel I was disrespected and not taken care of. I was promised an apartment when I got there and ended up staying in a hotel. In the league you are only allowed 3 import players and one week we had 4. We ended up having a new coach and during warm ups one of the players tells me I am not going to play because the new coach wants this new guard to play who had not practiced with us for 2 weeks. I ended up playing instead of him but I dont see the logic in not playing any player who is averaging close to 20 points a game. I feel I was disrespected by the owner and the club and decided it was best to part ways and I am glad I did because the club no longer exist.

Your next stop was Lithuania where you played for Sakalai Vilnius in the LKL and in the Baltic League. How did you like it there?
I really liked the town, it was just hard because not very many people spoke English there. I did enjoy the fans, they were great and no matter the outcome of the game they were always supporting the team. I have never had a group of fans that were shooting of flares in game when you are down 10 points in the game with 30 seconds left. It was a new experience for me.

Please compare the level of competition in the Regionalliga West and in the Lithuanian League and the Baltic League respectively.
The difference in the league is size, and great shooters. There are some great players in the Regionallia but the Lithuania and Baltic league you are playing against players who are playing in the Euroleauge. There really is not a weakness on a team.

What is your conclusion of your first season overseas?
Overall I had some ups and downs with clubs, but I enjoyed getting to see new countries. I think that overall it was a good season because I have some good stats and played at a high level.

As a senior at Wayland Baptist you played with long hair and a full beard. There is a story to that look, right?
Yes. I grew my hair out for locks of love. http://www.locksoflove.org/. The organization is for children who lose their hair due to some sort of disease. They sometimes go bald and donating locks of hair they build a wig for the children. I stumbled upon the site and grew my hair out for about a year and 6 months. The length has to be 10 inches long in a pony tail, but overall it was a great experience and helping out someone who is in needed I really enjoyed it.

Robert Davenport, the WBU coach, once said: 'Kendall is one of those kind of kids that if you walked into a gym full of guys ready to play basketball sitting in the bleachers, because of his stature, he'd be the last guy you'd pick to haven your team.' How did you become the alltime-leading scorer at WBU and a two time NAIA All-American anyway?
That is true. I do not look like a basketball player. One time at the airport I was asked by a security guard if I was the coachs son. He did not believe me that I played basketball. I think I became a good player due to working hard. All my life I have been told you are too small, not strong enough, and I think that is what motivates me. This year I was told by a coach I am not sure if you are strong enough for the Pro B. I played at a top level in Lithuania last year and being doubted is what motives me to prove people wrong. I dont think you can measure a person on size, because there are so many things that make up the game of basketball.

What would be your perfect place to play in the 2008-09 season?
I think last year I proved I can play professionally at a high level. I would hope to play for a competitive club that will take care of me. I know I am not the biggest guard. I need a team to look past that and look at my achievements and what I can bring to the team. The main thing is no matter what team I play for, they will get a player who will work hard and a player who wants to win.

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Supercup: Day 2 - by Moritz Korff
The Greek National Team has won the 2008 Supercup. The team defeated Puerto Rico 93:86 Saturday and secured the second victory in Bamberg within two days. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) led Greece with 17 points, Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-C-85) followed with 14, while Ricky Sanchez (212-C-87) netted 16 points for Puerto Rico.
Germany held off Slovenia in the second game on day two and earned a 77:67 win. Local hero Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points for the Germans, Slovenia that was without Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) received 14 points from Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78).

Greece - Puerto Rico 93:86, Boxscore
Germany - Slovenia 77:67, Boxscore

Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) will probably arrive in Germany in the middle of next week and could get his first minutes for the German National Team in a friendly match against Canada in Hamburg (July 9). These two teams will meet again only two days later in Mannheim. Meanwhile, Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) and Rouven Roessler (200-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) were cut from the German roster. With Kaman's arrival Coach Dirk Bauermann now has 13 players. For the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Greece the number of players has to be reduced to 12.


Maedrich stays in Quakenbrueck - by Manuel Schust
German A2 national player Dirk Maedrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) signed a new one year contract with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck.
The 24-year old Forward joined Artland last year and played a solid season with the team.
In 19 BBL games he averaged 4.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting impressive 46.7% from the threepoint line.
Maedrich also played Uleb Cup for the Dragons and produced 4.5points and 1.8 rebounds there.
He spent most of his career with Braunschweig's basketball program and will now meet some old colleague in Quakenbrueck: Flavio Stueckemann (187-G-85) and Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side) played on his side in Braunschweig.

With the re-signing of Maedrich, the Artland have got 8 players on their new roster: Lamont McIntosh (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia St.), Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky), Jan Rohdewald (194-G/F-73, agency: Court Side), Zack Whiting (193-G-84, college: Chaminade), Paul Johnson (198-F-83, college: Rider), Flavio Stueckemann , Leo Niebuhr and Dirk Maedrich .


Bernau adds shooter from Pace University - by Moritz Korff
SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) added a second import player to its roster for the 2008-09 season. Ryan Williams (191-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) agreed to terms with the team of Coach Torsten Schierenbeck. The 22-year-old graduate of Pace University (NCAA2) received All-America Honorable Mention honors after his senior season and also attended the D2 Allstar-Game. He played 28 games for Pace in 2008-09 and averaged 19.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He was 15th in Three-Point Field Goals per game (3.2) in the entire NCAA Division 2 during this past season.

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No surprises! Leones and Sat-Cybertech to meet in the Finals - by Victor Padilla
Leones de Marte and Sat-Cybertech fulfilled everybody's expectatives by surpassing Lemans and Corpoevisa, respectively in the Semi Finals of Liga Metro Torneo de Apertura 2008. Leones won 92 to 64, and Sat-Cybertech did its own with 59 to 42. Therefore, it is now up to the two winningest teams of Liga Metro to prove who will get the crown of Champions in this first tournament of the year. The battle: Ortiz, Morales, Lopez, Del Cid and Esquivel of Leones versus Salguero, Gillespie, Padilla, Samayoa and Amaya of Sat-Cybertech. The Finals are to start next Tuesday July 8th, will continue on Thursday the 10th and, if necessary, will end on next Tuesday July 15th, when Liga Metro will finally get its new 2008 champion.

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Basketball without Borders starts off in Delhi - by Anil Kumar
The ‘Basketball Without Borders' kicked off here on Friday with some top NBA players coaching young players from across Asia.

NBA players Kyle Korver (Utah Jazz), Ronny Turiaf (L.A. Lakers), Pat Garrity (Orlando Magic) and Linton Johnson (Phoenix Suns) along with legends of the sport, Sam Perkins and Dominique Wilkins, coaches Don Casey and Don Newman, trained 53 under-19 players from 15 countries at the American Embassy School here. Five Indians are taking part in the programme.

Wilkins said the camp in India could grow in stature in future.

'Since this is just the start, the first camp in India, we have taken only a few players. It's important to educate these young players about basketball and we can carry it on from here,' he said.

In Asia, this is for the first time that the programme is being held outside China. International Basketball Federation (FIBA) President Bob Elphinston and Basketball Federation President R.S. Gill were also present.


The President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Bob Elphinston, says a professional national league is imperative for India to emerge as a strong force in the sport.

Mr. Elphinston said on Friday that the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and the Union Government should join hands to start a national league that would boost the sport.

'There is a need to have a national league. If they start a senior national league they can bring some foreign players in that league,' said Mr. Elphinston.

The FIBA chief said the league would also create ‘major commercial opportunity' for corporate houses.

In his response, Mr. Gill, said the blueprint of the professional league was ready and if things fell in place it would start in the latter part of the year.


'We are in search of a big sponsor because we want to start with a bang, not with a whimper. We want to give good accommodation, food and travel facilities to the players. If we get a sponsor, then it should ideally be held in October or November.

'To start with, we will have six teams from various states and organisations. We might have some foreign players, on par with the standard of our players, to make it more interesting,' Mr Gill said.

On the larger picture, Mr. Elphinston said Asia's progress in the game was dependent upon India's development.

'Asia is a sleeping giant of world basketball. China is good, Korea, Japan, Philippines are reorganising themselves. In India, Indonesia and Middle East, there is possibility.

'We also see that India needs to play a stronger role in Asian basketball. For Asia to be strong, India needs to play a stronger role â€' in terms of being influential in administration of the sport, in particular on the court.'

Mr. Elphinston expressed the hope that India would be able to host the 2010 Commonwealth Championships.

'Unfortunately, basketball is not part of the Commonwealth Games in India. We are disappointed with that. The Indian federation has agreed and they have asked to host the Commonwealth Championship. We shall bring top teams like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa and Nigeria,' he said.


Courtesy - The Hindu



India Pro League - looking for a sponsor says BFI - by Anil Kumar
After football, now the professional basketball league in the country. The Basketball Federation (BFI) is ready with the blueprint for a pro league and is in the process of tying up sponsorship deal.

FIBA president Bob Elphinston told reporters here Friday the world body will do everything it can to raise the standard of the game in the country and make it a force to reckon with in the continent.

The BFI is ready with a six-team league and it is in the process of finalising a sponsor.

'India is strong and influential and we want it to play a bigger role in Asian basketball. Basketball is a popular sport across the world and if India succeeds in international competitions, the rest of the world will look at them with great respect,' said Elphinston on the sidelines of a Basketball-Without-Borders Clinic here.

'We will provide whatever help is needed to launch the national league. They can have players from other countries in the league and that would help India to get on a par with other major basketball nations.' he said.

Elphinston said India is a booming economic nation and there is enough scope for basketball to get commercial support.

'India's economy is growing and one of the objectives of FIBA would be to get commercial support for the sport through television and other market streams,' he said.

BFI President R S Gill said they are ready with the blueprint to start the pro league.

'We will start with the senior league for men and the women's league will follow soon. Some corporate houses have shown interest, but we are looking for someone to pour in the kind of money we need to start the league. We want to start with a bang and not with a whimper,' Gill said.

'We need to have proper infrastructure and facilities to start a professional league. Also, the right coaches.'

Initially, the top six teams of the country will compete in the league.

'It can be either state teams or departmental teams. We can bring players from Asia, Africa and Europe to play in the league. FIBA Asia is in touch with players who are interested in playing in India.'

'We have also asked FIBA Asia to send us teams of our level to play in India regularly. Teams like Thailand, the Philippines and other Asian nations can come here and play Test matches. Our boys need continuous international exposure. One or two exposure trips abroad a year is not going to help. FIBA Asia have given us one coach in Alexander who is working with the women's team. It will recommend another coach for the junior programme.'


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Israel U20 starts with two wins - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20 National team continued their build-up before the European championship. The team went to Italy to participate in Torneo Internazionale citta di San Benedetto del Tronto. In the first game Israeli youngsters overcame Russia U20 79:66. It was a great opener for the team that controlled the majority of the game. Israel paid also too much attention to defense and won the encounter. Brandvin led the winners with 18 points. Gal Mekel (190-G-88) nailed 14, while Pishton and Daniel added 10 points apiece. Maxim Krivosheev (206-F/C-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 16 points and 8 rebounds. In another game of the day Italy beat Germany 87:79.
In the second game Israel beat Italy 68:63. The latter started better and opened the game with 18:14 in the opening quarter. Israel bounced back with 17:15 in the second to reduce the gap to 2 points at the half. The second half belonged mostly to Israeli squad that led the game to the winning end. Italan Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) who top-scored in the first game for the team could not help for the hosts.
Today Israel will meet Germany in the last day of Torneo Internazionale citta di San Benedetto del Tronto.


Market news - by tamar goldman

Ironi Nahariya keeps building itself for next season and during the weekend to Israelis signed with the club. The first is the guard Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) that spent the last three seasons in Bnei Hasharon. The 22 years old guard had a good season and he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.6rpg. Another addition to the club is Mushon Yaakusi (203-C/F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Fordham), the 28 years old F/C that spent the last two years in Ashkelon.
Bnei Hasharon didnt waste too much time after loosing Hanochi and Elad Hofman (193-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) will fill his place. Hofman made his debut in the first Div while playing for Galil Elion on 2003/04 season, but he was very young and didnt play too much. Since the 23 years old guard played for a couple of teams in the second Div (Yavne, Hod Hasharon and Ramla).


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Italy hosts Torneo Internazionale Citta di San Benedetto del Tronto - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 hosts International tournament with 4 participated teams. The hosts welcome their counterparts from Israel, Russia and Germany.
In the opener of the tournament Italy beat Germany 87:79. The hosts did not start confident and trailed 15:18 after the first quarter. Germany looked also better in the second period taking 21:20 victory. In the second half Italian squad made some changes in the court and bounced back in the game. The team looked offensive to seal the first win in Torneo Internazionale Citta di San Benedetto del Tronto. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) paced the winners with 26 points over Germany. Costantino Cutolo (199-G/F-89) netted 14 and Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) scored 8.
In the second game Italy played without the top-scorer of the opener and lost to Israel 63:68. Italy however started better and opened the game with 18:14 in the opening quarter. Israel bounced back with 17:15 in the second to reduce the gap to 2 points at the half. The second half belonged mostly to Israeli squad that led the game to the winning end. Roberto Rullo and Ferero top-scored for Italians with 12 points, while Tomassini netted 8.
Today Italy will meet Russia in the last day of Torneo Internazionale Citta di San Benedetto del Tronto.


Italy U18 welcomes in Borgo - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18 continues their preparation tour for European Championship. The team hosts International tournament Alpe della Luna. Borgo Pace welcomed Italy, Holland, Germany and Austrian squads.
In the first game Italy overcame Holland 102:76. The hosts dominated the court and won all the quarters in it. They started with 26:21 to take full control of the court. Another 26:15 in the second period gave them 16 points advantage at the half time. It was not a big deal to lead the game to the first win in the tournament. David Reginald Cournooh (190-G-90) paced the winners with 19 points. Moreno netted 17 and Prolisso had 16 for the win.
In the second game Italy U18 played against Austria and also won 64:53. It was a good start for the Austrian team again that opened the game with 23:17 advantage. Italian squad had a great defense in the second period to leave the guests with only 6 points in the period. Another massive 25:10 for Italians made the final quarter for them preparation for the last. Pasquale Paolisso (203-F/C-90, agency: Court Side) paced the winners with 13 points. Lorenzo Panzini (185-G-90) posted 11 and Crotta added 10. Jesse Seilern (188-G-90) top-scored for Austria with 13 points.


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A second win for Jordan NT in China - by Mohammed Malas

The jordanian men national team had won earlier today over CBA side Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers 106-83 for the 2nd time in the camp which is held in China.

Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '
27 pts & 12 reb', Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) '18 pts & 11 reb', Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) '13 pts & 7 reb' and Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) '10 pts' assured that they are ready to be vital parts in the roster of the NT following their good performance over the chinese team who played without their NT players.

Those game will be a good preperation for the upcoming tournament William Jones Cup in Taiwan which will begin next Thursday.



Jordan NT in William Jones Cup - by Mohammed Malas
The Jordanian men national team who is currently in a camp in China will participate in William Jones Cup (Taiwan, July 10 - 18) for the 2nd consecutive time, Some absents will be cleared in the roster of the NT due to injuries and they are Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) and Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.), Those players will be most probably ready to be back at the beginning of September.

Below you can find the roster of the NT in William Jones Cup with the team's schedule in the 1st round.

- Players:
4- Fadel Najjar (194-G-85) of Orthodox
5- Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) of University of Minnesota (NCAA)
6- Eyad Abdeen (202-F/C-79) of Orthodox
7- Mahmoud Abdeen (186-G-87) of Orthodox
8- Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) of Zain
9- Francis Ireifej (186-G-82) of Zain
10- Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) of ASU Sports Club
11- Wesam Sous (181-G-83) of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
12- Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro) of Zain
13- Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) of Zain
14- Islam Abbas (201-C-80) of ASU Sports Club
15- Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Zain

- Technical Staff:
* Head Coach: Mario Leonel Palma
* Assistant: Mario Gomes
* Assistant: Mo'tasem Salameh

- Jordan's games in 1st round of William Jones Cup (Jordan time +3 GMT):
* Thursday 10/7:
12:00 PM: Vs. Athletes in Action
* Friday 11/7:
10:00 AM: Vs. Egypt
* Saturday 12/7:
8:00 AM: Vs. Kazakhstan
* Sunday 13/7:
2:00 PM: Vs. Taiwan
* Monday 14/7:
10:00 AM: Vs. Australia U19
* Tuesday 15/7:
12:00 PM: Vs. South Korea University NT
* Wednesday 16/7:
12:00 PM: Vs. Qatar


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Canada finishes Jack Donohue International beating Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Canada finished Jack Donohue International beating Lebanon in their last game of the tour. The final game of the Jack Donohue International Classic Saturday night at Ricoh Coliseum saw the North Amrican win over Lebanon 100:68. Leo Rautins's team finished 3-1 at the event against New Zealand and Lebanon, two long shots at Olympic qualifying.
The roster of Canadians missed again Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81, college: Seton Hall) but even without him they proved the ambitions. Samuel Dalembert and forward Jesse Young will return to practice Monday in Germany. It was not a difficult game as Canada controlled every aspect of it. Dave Thomas led the winners with 17 points. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) nailed 14, whilst Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) added 11 points.
Canada travels to Germany tonight to prepare for the friendly games against German squad on Wednesday and Friday. July 15 will be the opener of the Qualifying tournament versus Slovenia. After facing Slovenia, Canada squares off against Korea on July 16. The Canadians will need at least one win in those two games to secure a spot in the sudden-death, eight-team playoffs.
Meanwhile Lebanon will play versus Greece and Brazil in Group A. Altogether twelve teams will struggle for three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were divided into four groups with 3 teams in each. The teams placed first and second in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals. The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the third place for one remaining Olympic spot. The Final is scheduled for 20th July 2008.


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Duhon on the way to New York - by Eurobasket News
Chris Duhon (6'1''-G-82, college: Duke) verbally agreed with the New York Knicks on a two-year contract. His agent said the Knicks have made it clear that Chris Duhon could start, which could mean that Stephon Marbury's days with the Knicks are numbered. Marbury is in the final year of his contract.
In 2004 Duhon was drafted by Chicago Bulls. In 2004-2005 he played for Chicago Bulls 82 games in the regular season averaging 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.9apg. He increased the stats in the same year as the Bulls advanced to the Play-Offs. In 6 games Chris Duhon posted 6.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg.
In 2005-2006 the player spent 74 games averaging 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg. Years 2006-2007 saw Chicago Bulls's player with 78 games averaging 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg. In the Play-Offs Chris Duhon played 9 games and had 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg.
Last season Chris Duhon spent 66 games: and averaged 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg.
Chris Duhon had also been talking with the Orlando Magic, but the agent said the Magic never offered Chris Duhon a contract.
For his Awards and Achievements it is a must to mention that he participated in Nike All-Star Game 2000 for U.S. U18 National Team. At the age at 21 he won World Championship For Young Men (U21) averaging 11.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 6.8ast


Market news - by Eurobasket News
Spanish superstar Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) finally got a chance to try himself in NBA. Portland Trail Blazers announced his signing last week. Fernandez played for only one club so far. He started career in DKV Joventut Badalona ending his European session there. He was the top scorer of Spanish ACB League previous season averaging 21.1 ppg. At the same time he was the top 'stealer' of the competition with 2.2 spg. Fernandez also had wonderful performance in ULEB Cup, which Joventut won at the Final Eight tournament in Turin. In 15 ULEB Cup appearances he added 15.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2.0 spg. He was named to be the player of the year in this European competition as well as MVP of the final tournament of Spanish National Cup called 'Copa del Rey'. Fernandez had very important role at the previous European Championship when Spain grabbed silver medal. He had 9 appearances on EC averaging 9.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.3 spg. Fernandez also participated on the World Championship in Japan as well as on the European Championship in Belgrade in 2005.

Miami Heat agreed terms with David Padgett (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Kansas) and Jason Richards (6'2''-G, agency: Pro One Sports). Padgett graduated at Louisville this year after what he had couple of pre-draft workouts with New Orleans Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers. At his senior year in Louisville he averaged 11.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.1 bpg for 26 games.
Richards arrived from Davidson where demonstrated nice performance previous season. He had 12.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 8.1 apg and 1.4 spg in 36 games. His Davidson was a Southern Conference South Division regular season champion and he was named to be in the first team of the Conference.


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Alabama's JaMychal Green a finalist for USA U-18 Team - by Eurobasket News
Montgomery's Jamychal Green (6'8''-F/C), who will be a freshman forward on the University of Alabama's basketball team this fall, is one of 14 finalists named Thursday for a spot on the USA U-18 National Team. The eventual 12-member team will be finalized by July 8.

Originally 18 players were invited to the trials which were July 1-3 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The 14 finalists, including Green, will remain there to train. The 12 players who are selected by July 8 will represent the USA at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina. Teams from North, South and Central America and the Carribbean compete. The top four finishing teams qualify for the 2009 FIBA U-19 World Championship which will be in New Zealand July 2-12, 2009.

The 14 finalist include: Dominic Cheek (St. Anthony H.S. / Jersey City, NJ); Jamychal Green (St. Jude H.S. / Montgomery, AL); Matt Humphrey (Hales Franciscian H.S. / Chicago, IL); Ryan Kelly (Ravenscroft H.S. / Raleigh, NC); Mason Plumlee (Christ H.S. / Arden, N.C.) Kemba Walker (Rice H.S. / New York, N.Y.); Maalik Wayns (Roman Catholic H.S. / Philadelphia, PA); David Wear (Mater Dei H.S. / Santa Ana, CA); Travis Wear (Mater Dei H.S. / Santa Ana, CA) and Wesley Witherspoon (Berkman H.S. / Lilburn, GA), Malcolm Lee (John W. North H.S./Riverside, Calif.), Leslie McDonald (B riarcrest H.S./Memphis, Tenn.), Travis Releford (Bishop Miege H.S./Shawnee Mission, Kan.), and Lance Stephenson (Abraham Lincoln H.S./Brooklyn, N.Y.).

Green, who prepped at St. Jude High School but just finished his first summer semester of classes at Alabama, will continue training twice a day with the other finalists through July 8. After two players are cut from the team, the 12 will practice twice on July 9. On July 10 the team will train in the morning at Georgetown University before travelling to Argentina later that day.
Courtesy of ncaa.com


Three leave ORU - by Kevin Cochran

Marchello Vealy (6'7''-G/F), a former Oklahoma high school basketball player of the year, has left the Oral Roberts squad along with two other players, a source within the athletic department said. No ORU spokesman would confirm Thursday, but the names of Vealy and guards Curtis Allen (6'4''-G) and Jonathan Dunn (6'4''-G) were not included on a 2008-09 roster posted on the school's athletic Web site.

Vealy and Allen would have been seniors in the upcoming season and Dunn would have been a redshirt sophomore.

ORU head coach Scott Sutton could not be reached for comment.

The 6-foot-7 Vealy was named as the Tulsa World's high school player of the year in 2005, from OKC Southeast. But he flashed his potential only fleetingly for the Golden Eagles.

He made 7-of-8 from 3-point range and scored 22 points in ORU's 78-71 upset of third-ranked Kansas in November 2006, but made only 25 more 3-pointers over three seasons.

Vealy appeared in 89 games, with career averages of 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Allen transferred from Kansas St. to ORU in 2006 and averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 2007-08, his only ORU season.

Courtesy: Tulsa World



Kelly lands at K State - by Kevin Cochran
Former Connecticut basketball player Curtis Kelly (6'9''-F) has transferred to Kansas St.. In two seasons with the Huskies, Kelly averaged just over two points and two rebounds per game.

After missing the final six games with an elbow injury, Kelly met with coach Jim Calhoun . The two concluded that the former Rice High School (Bronx, NY) standout would have a better chance to play in another program. Kelly says he enjoying playing at UConn, and will miss his teammates, but needed to do what will make him happy.

Kelly will sit out the 2008-09 season, then will have two years to play. He adds length to a Kansas St. team that lost star forwards Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89) and Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87) to the NBA after this season.


Woodard walks away from Rams - by Kevin Cochran
Jesse Woodard (6'1''-G-88), Colorado State's fifth leading scorer as a true freshman last season, is leaving the team.

CSU coach Tim Miles said 'After meeting with Jesse at the conclusion of the season, I felt he would be better served in another program. We wish Jesse all the best in his future endeavors.'

Miles declined to comment further other than he believed Woodard was academically eligible to return to school. Woodard did not immediately return calls.

Woodard, a 6-foot-1 guard, played in all but one game, averaging 18.2 minutes and 5.2 points.

The Compton (Calif.) Centennial H.S. product signed in the fall of 2006 with former coach Dale Layer . His transfer leaves only one player, Ronnie Aguilar (7'0''-C), who played under Layer. The Rams fired layer 14 months ago after seven seasons as their head coach.

Miles hasn't decided whether to use Woodard's scholarship for immediate help or bank it for the Fall 2009 class.

Courtesy: Denver Post


Stansbury extends stay in Starkville - by Kevin Cochran
Mississippi St. and coach Rick Stansbury have agreed to a new four year contract through the 2012-13 season.

'We are excited that we have a signed contract with Coach Stansbury,' athletic director Greg Byrne said. 'Our mens basketball program is a perennial post-season tournament contender due to Coach Stansbury's leadership.'

MSU has posted a 208-115 record during Stansbury's 10 seasons as Bulldog head coach. He has taken eight of those teams to post-season play, including five NCAA appearances. Stansbury has guided MSU to one Southeastern Conference championship, an SEC Tournament title and four SEC West crowns.

'I want to thank Dr. Watson and Greg Byrne for the support they have given our basketball program with this contract,' Stansbury said. 'My staff and I appreciate the confidence they have in us.'

Courtesy: mstateathletics.com


Pearl earns extension at UT - by Kevin Cochran
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has extended his contract with the school through the 2014 season. The Volunteers were ranked number one in the country last season after they upset Memphis, and advanced to the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Tennessee finished 31-5, which is the best season in school history. Pearl was also named the SEC coach of the year for the second time in his three seasons at UT.

'Bruce has had a tremendous impact on our basketball program. His energy and enthusiasm have brought new life to Tennessee basketball,' said athletic director Mike Hamilton.

Pearl will see a huge financial benefit as well. His base salary rises to an average of $2.3 million a year, and includes a bonus of $1.5 million.

'We went to Bruce and talked about giving him some upfront money to incent him to feel even better about Tennessee than he already does,' Hamilton said.


Vaughn to play this season for Hoyas - by Kevin Cochran

Georgetown University Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson III announced that Julian Vaughn (6'10''-F-88), a transfer student from Florida St., has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will not have to sit out a year before playing at Georgetown.

'Julian transferred to be closer to his home for personal reasons which he wishes to keep private. This was considered by the NCAA along with his good academic standing and the lack of objection from FSU. They granted him a waver from the usual transfer rules and we're very pleased that Julian will be part of our program and have the opportunity to lend support to his family.'

At Florida St., Vaughn, a 6-10, 245-pound freshman averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 21 blocked shots. Vaughn connected on 51.5 percent of his field goals (35-of-68) and 68.8 percent of his free throws (22-of-32).

He played in 31 of the Seminoles' 34 games as a freshman, averaged 13.3 minutes played per game and reached double figure minutes in 13 of the team's final 15 games of the season

A native of Vienna, Va., Vaughn was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Virginia following his senior season by the Roanoke Times and World News. He played at South Lakes High School and at Oak Hill Academy. While at South Lakes, he averaged a double-double of 20.1 points and 12.5 rebounds while making 32 three-point field goals and shooting 36.4 percent from outside the arc as a junior, when he earned All-Met Second Team honors from The Washington Post. He led South Lakes to a 17-9 record in 2006.

Courtesy: NCAA.com



Billikens lose coach, 4 players - by Kevin Cochran
St.Louis assistant coach Paul Biancardi is leaving the school, and will join ESPN as their National Recruiting Director of High School/College Basketball.

'I am very happy for Paul,' St.Louis head coach Rick Majerus said. 'He did a terrific job for us. Paul is an excellent teacher of the game and an outstanding coach who will be missed by me, our staff and our players. Paul was a tireless worker. In a difficult situation, he excelled. Paul distinguished himself by his class and work ethic.'

'ESPN is a great organization,' Majerus said. 'They call them the 'World Wide Leader' for a reason. Paul will fit right in. He has demonstrated the adept ability to identify and evaluate talent at a high level. He is diligent, determined, very smart and a self-starter. Above all else, Paul is the consummate family man. This is a terrific opportunity for his wife and kids. It provides job security. I'm happy for both ESPN as well as for Paul. I am sad for myself and especially our players because they will miss his coaching prowess as well as his genuine care and concern for their academic and athletic well being.'

Biancardi served as an assistant at Ohio State for six seasons, and was the head coach at Wright State from 2003-2006. He also worked for ESPN 360 as a color analyst and for ESPNU as a high school recruiting analyst during the 2006-07 season.

'I feel extremely fortunate that ESPN has offered me a position on its team,' Biancardi said. 'This will be an exciting opportunity to lead ESPN in the world of high school and college basketball recruiting. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with coach Majerus. I have been blessed over the years to have some special relationships that will last a lifetime, and I consider coach Majerus one of those special people. He is a man who cares deeply for his student-athletes' education while possessing the rare ability to bring out the best of their basketball skills. It was an honor to work with a future Hall of Fame coach.

In addition to Biancardi, four players are leaving the Billikens. Adam Knollmeyer (6'9''-F) is leaving for Missouri-Rolla, Dustin Maguire (6'5''-G) is heading to Northern Kentucky, and Marcus Relphorde (6'7''-F) is heading to Indian Hills CC in Iowa. The fourth player, Anthony Mitchell (6'4''-F), has not decided where he will transfer.


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Standings - CBS
CBS Standings
 1. Caimanes 9-0 
 2. Magnates 5-2 
 3. Navieros 4-3 
 4. Canguros 3-5 
 5. Fieras 3-5 
 6. Colosos 3-5 
 7. Toros 0-7 


Colosos de Tumba Muerto and Caimanes de Rio Abajo won in CBS 2008.- - by Eddie Munoz
Colosos de Tumba Muerto coached by Victor Macias defeated Fieras de Juan Diaz 61-54 Ivan Picart 17 Points and Angel Rivera 12 Points were the best scorers by the winners and Winston Galimore 11 Points and Luis Boza 8 Points by Fieras de Juan Diaz. In the 2nd game in a game with 2 overtimes Caimanes de Rio Abajo mantained their undefeated condition winning over Navieros de Colon 92-83 the best scorers of the game were Ernesto Oglivie 23 Points and Alfonso Stoute 21 Points.

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Sol and America will play the Finals - by Gianni Pascucci
After dominating the regular season, Sol de America Asuncion and America de Pilar advanced to the Final Series of the Paraguayan National League. The last two days of the Semifinal Round played in Asuncion ended as follows:
Sol de America - America de Pilar 102-94
San Jose Vitathon - Sacachispas 98-86
America de Pilar - Sacachispas 109-102
San Jose Vitathon - Sol de America 94-87
The final Standings were:
1. America 5-4 15 pts
1. Sol de America 5-4 15 pts
3. Dep.San Jose 5-4 14 pts
4. Sacachispas 3-6 12 pts
The Finals (best of seven games) will start on friday 11 in Asuncion.


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Riverhawk player Keith Gayden to play with Chicago Bulls on summer league team - by Eurobasket News
Quad City Riverhawks are proud to announce that 2008 Riverhawk Keith Gayden (6'8''-F-83, college: Duquesne) will be on the Chicago Bulls summer league roster. Gayden, a 6'8 215 lbs. forward from Duquesne, averaged 14.6 ppg. and 7.8 rebounds for the 'Hawks and helped lead the team to the 2008 PBL West Division Regular Season Crown with his energetic play. The Chicago native played with the Elgin Racers of the International Basketball League (IBL) this summer. In 14 games he averaged 17.5 ppg. and grabbed 10.2 rpg. which ranked him third in the IBL.

Gayden will be playing along side fellow Chicago native Derrick Rose who the Bulls picked with the first choice in the 2008 NBA Draft on June 26th. He'll also join former Bulls first round draft picks Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas on the roster for new Bulls Head Coach Vinnie Del Negro's first summer camp.

The Bulls will tip off the 2008 Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando, FL on July 7th taking on the Miami Heat and 2nd overall pick Michael Beasley in the second game of the day. The Bulls will five games during the summer league that runs from the 7th through the 11th. The first games of each day tip off at 3:00 est. with the rest the day's games starting 30 minutes after each game. All games during the 2008 Pepsi Summer Pro League will be broadcast live on the internet at www.orlandomagic.com. For more information on the Chicago Bulls 2008 summer league team log on to www.bulls.com.
Courtesy of oursportscentral.com


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Gilbert ( Agent zero ) Arenas in Manila! - by Benny Lirio

One of the best point guards in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Gilbert Arenas (190-G-82, college: Arizona) of the Washington Wizards, hits town July 5 to 8 for the adidas Agent Zero Tour 2008. His jampacked calendar includes meeting his countless basketball fans through mall tours, community events and a special appearance in one of the most celebrated games in the history of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the first Ateneo-La Salle showdown at the Araneta Coliseum. Conveniently, both the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers are adidas teams.

Arenas will also be here to promote his Gil Zero II footwear collection. Each shoe in the collection tells a story in the mind of Gilbert Arenas. The Black President is a black shoe with pinstripe pattern with the words In Gilbert We Trust on the strap, with The Black House pictured in the liner and a heel that features the Black President Seal.

The Benihana Hibachi is a name creatively devised by Gil Arenas in collaboration with Benihana, one of his favorite restaurants. Move out of his way once you hear him yell Hibachi! or hell make a grilled chicken out of you on court.

The Vote for Gilbert speaks for itself in brushed gold and matte black suede, this shoe is fit for every MVP. The NBA Live 2008 with the words Cover Boy graced atop the shoe commemorates Gil Arenas appearing in a magazine. Channel Zero marks his appearances in television. Customize, an all-white leather shoe, comes with a dry erase marker that lets you customize your style and comes with Gils self-portrait on the heel from his Impossible is Nothing TV spot.

The Gilwood shows Gil Arenas West Coast background. Having been raised in North Hollywood this shoe reads California King. The all-black leather shoe designed for the original East Coast assassin, which he called Agent Zero features a liner of the map of Washington D.C. Gilbert Arenas also comes in Looney Tunes specials Tweety and Bugs Bunny, created for his son Alijah Amani Arenas.

Arenas has scheduled visits at various adidas concept stores on July 6 such as Mall of Asia, Rockwell and TriNoma. This will be followed by the Agent Zero Tour 2008 statement show at the TriNoma Activity Center where fans and sports buffs alike can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet and greet Gilbert Arenas. Guests will enjoy the activities surrounding the venue and may just get lucky by winning the chance to have their Gil Zero jerseys autographed through the Agent Zero raffle promo.

Arenas is the only player who wears the 0 Jersey in the NBA, a number which had been a mark of the player since he was criticized in high school and was told that he would only play zero minutes of a game in college. Today, this blazing agent has become an MVP of the rookies-sophomores game during the All-Star Weekend in 2003, and a bona fide basketball star.

Now, thats what Arenas means when he says: Zero to Hero

MANILA TIMES




Ginebra makes it to quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Barangay Ginebra, a team with rich history of epic come-from-behind feats, has gotten yet another good tale to tell.

The Kings completed a 6-0 (win-loss) closing romp in the double-round elimination phase and snatched the last outright slot in the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference quarterfinal round with a 97-90 win over the Alaska Milk Aces Sunday night at the Astrodome.
The post-elims plays begin with the wildcard round Wednesday at the Ynares Center with Alaska battling Sta. Lucia and Talk n Text taking on Purefoods in a pair of knockout tussles.

Ginebra avoided the wildcard as it beat out Alaska for the last slot in the Magic Five, closing out its elims stint with 10 wins against eight losses.

The Kings even finished third behind the Air21 Express and the Red Bull Barakos with better quotient than the Coca-Cola Tigers and the Magnolia Beverage Masters who also wound up at 10-8.

'Credit goes to the players who responded well to the challenge after our 0-5 start in the tourney,' said Ginebra coach Joseph Uichico. 'Kinailangan pa namin maghabol. But it feels good getting this tough feat.'

Ginebra takes a shot at the semifinal round against the survivor of the wildcard round. The other quarterfinals pairing pits Magnolia and Coca-Cola.

Air21 (12-6) and Red Bull (11-7) gained the two outright seats in the semifinals. They will await the winners of the quarterfinals for at least two weeks.

Chris Alexander, a major factor in Ginebras big rally in the elims, had another hulking performance with 29 rebounds, 18 points, three blocks and two assists against Randy Holcomb and Co.

Jayjay Helterbrand contributed 18 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals, Junthy Valenzuela chipped in 18 points, five rebounds and three assists while Mark Caguioa added 15 points and four rebounds.

Caguioa played off-the-bench role, firing seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

'Hiningi sa akin ni Mark yun mga big plays and he delivered, showing a mark of a real winner and great player,' said Uichico.

The two teams figured in a fierce battle until the Kings made a decisive 10-3 run to gain a commanding 86-77 lead entering the last three minutes of play.

Willie Miller, Randy Holcomb, LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier and Joachim Thoss carried the fight for the Aces in the contest. They all finished with at least 10 points.

Ronald Tubid failed to finish the game as he suffered a suspected dislocated left ankle. He was rushed to the hospital at halftime. (NC)

The scores:

Ginebra 97 - Helterbrand 20, Alexander 18, Valenzuela 18, Caguioa 15, Menk 8, Tubid 6, Mamaril 4, Artadi 3, Salvacion 3, Pacana 2, Crisano 0.

Alaska 90 - Miller 16, Holcomb 15, Tenorio 14, Fonacier 14, Thoss 10, Dela Cruz 9, Cariaso 9, Ferriols 2, Hugnatan 1, Quinahan 0.
Courtesy of pba.ph


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Air21 12-6 
 2. Red Bull 10-7 
 3. Magnolia 10-8 
 4. Coca-Cola 10-8 
 5. Ginebra 9-8 
 6. Alaska 9-8 
 7. Talk N Text 9-9 
 8. Purefoods 8-10 
 9. Sta Lucia 7-10 
 10. Welcoat D. 4-14 


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Henderson officially in Anwil, Roszyk chooses Turow and Ansley joins Polonia - by Michal Falkowski
Anwil Wloclawek and Gerrod Henderson (193-G-78, agency: Octagon, college: Louisiana Tech) have finally agreed all terms of contract and both sides have inked a one-year-deal.
Henderson is well-known in Wloclawek after he spent there half-a-year. He started last season in Anwil, however in the middle of that season he got an offer from Azovmash Mariupol and decided to leave Anwil. Although, at the moment American point guard is admits that his decision in that case wasnt so good. He played less in Ukrainian team than in Polish so his averages also dropped.

Krzysztof Roszyk (200-F-78) left Prokom Trefl Sopot. Polish small forward surprisingly signatured one-year-contract with PGE Turow Zgorzelec where he had already played in years 1997-99 and 2006-07. Roszyk is a defense specialist so his averages are not on so high level 6.6 ppg., 2.3 rpg. and 1.8 apg. in DBE and 3.5 ppg., 2.3 rpg. in Euroleague.
Besides, Harding Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) Cameroonian power forward moved to Spain where he will a member of Beirasar Rosalia. After so great season in Polpak Swiecie two years ago, Nana may have felt so disappointed playing for PGE Turow. His averages rapidly dropped from about 30 mpg. to 8 mpg. and from 14 ppg. and 7.5 rpg. to 3.5 ppg. and 2 rpg.
Moreover, there are some rumours that Vjeko Petrovic (193-G-81) will leave PGE Turow and will be replaced by Gorjan Radonjic (199-F-81).

Michael Ansley (200-F-67, college: Alabama) is a new face of SPEC Polonia Warsaw. It will be his sixth team in Poland after Prokom Trefl, Unia-Wisla, Turow Zgorzelec, Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski and Basket Kwidzyn. This 41-year-old veteran of Polish courts was averaging 9.3 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. Moreover the club from Warsaw is very close to extend a deal with Hubert Radke (208-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Loyola, IL) who may be the second Polish player (except for juniors) after Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz (202-G/F-79).

Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) changed his team. After probably the worst season in his career in Energa Czarni Slupsk, when he scored only 6 points in 39 minutes of 5 games, American shooter will play in German ratiopharm Ulm in the season season.


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Belenenses has a new coach - by Luis Rocha
After some doubts about getting a team in LPB, Belenenses decided to go ahead and play the competition, and furthemore, they sign former player Artur Cruz (205-C-71) to be the head coach in 2008-2009. Cruz has now decided to end his player career, and take a mens team in his hands. He is not a begginer in the coaching business, for several years he was the head coach of Basket Almada (senior womens team). Now with a head coach signed its time to Belenenses start to rebuild is roster, knowing by now, that Daniel Monteiro (182-G-82) one of its best players has taken the leave, to play with Porto next season.

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Team Puerto Rico defeated by Greece - by Luis Ramirez
The Puerto Rico squad had beaten the German squad the day before and was optimistic with their chances when they were to play the next day against Greece, but Puerto Rico playing with a short roster could not repeat the winning formula. The Greece squad beat Puerto Rico 93-86. Greece took the 1st quarter 32-26 and they would continue to lead as the 1st half came to an end 61-49. Puerto Rico was able to win the 2nd half 18-17 and 19-15 but the 12 point lead in the 1st half was just too big for the Boricuas to make up. For Greece, Antonis Fotsis scored 17 points followed by Vassilios Spanoulis with 16 points. For Puerto Rico, Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) scored 32 points followed by Ricky Sanchez with 16 points. Puerto Rico will now travel to Slovenia to participate in a 3 game tune up against Iran, New Zealand and Slovenia. Puerto Rico will first face New Zealand on July 8th, on the next day Team Puerto Rico will face Iran and finally Puerto Rico against host Slovenia on July 10th.

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News from National Team - by Dragan Jankovski

Serbian National Team from today continues preparations for Eurobasket 2009 qualifications with the strongest roster. Players of Partizan Igokea and Hemofarm STADA, which participated in the Serbian play-off final, as well as a point guard Milos Vujanic (190-G-80) will join NT today. Head coach Dusan Ivkovic from this evening will count on Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket), Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86), Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Markovic (191-G-88). Serbian hot prospect, center Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88), is currently taking part in preparations of Serbian U20 National Team. As soon as he finishes obligations with them he will join the senior team. It is expected that Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona), who had some problems in the USA regarding his master studies, will also show up today in Belgrade.

Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who missed couple of games in Serbian Superleague as well as some of the NBA workouts because of slight knee injury, already works with the team but on special program. It is expected that he will be 100% ready to join a regular team practices very soon.

Nine players of Team Serbia had a physical examination yesterday morning. The rest of the team will have it most probably on Monday. After the results of the tests coach Ivkovic will be aware of current health and condition shape of his players.

All misunderstandings about participations of Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) on Eurobasket 2009 qualifications are resolved. Head coach of Golden State Warriors, Don Nelson, gave him a green light to participate at the entire NT project this summer. There was a misunderstanding in the club who was a person who gave Perovic a green light to play for Serbia. It is resolved as Neslon stated that he believes it will help Perovic to improve his skills and physical characteristics even more.



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South American Championship. Day 5 - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela - Colombia 82:75
Venezuelan National Team claimed the last available spot in the South American Championship Final Four. It also means they already qualified for the 2009 FIBA Americas tournament. Venezuela will now meet with Brazil in today's Bronze medals clash. Yesterday Venezuela took on Colombia in the must-win fixture of the last round of preliminary action. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) came up with the strongest performance at the tournament so far to propel Venezuela to a vital win at the end. He finished with 22 points and 8 boards and the team got the last train to the Final Four. Venezuela opened the game confidently as they outscored their opponents 26:18 in the first frame. Venezuela relied mainly on their defense as they limited Colombia to 13 points in the second period to enjoy an 11-point cushion at halftime. The complexion of the game never changed in the third period as Venezuela always stayed one step in front. They stretched the margin to 14 points before the final period. And though Colombia fought bravely and clawed their way back within a striking distance Venezuela secured the winning outcome at the end and celebrated an important victory. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) provided 17 points, while Oscar Torres nailed 11 points and grabbed 7 boards in a win. Camilo Londono (188-G-83) answered with 25 points for Colombia. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) had 15 points and 10 boards in defeat. Venezuela outrebounded their opponents 32:28 and converted 51% from the field.

Venezuela: Axiers Sucre 22, Jose Vargas 17, Oscar Torres 11
Colombia: Camilo Londono 25, Enielsen Guevara 15+10 boards


Brazil - Uruguay 86:77
Brazil wrapped up their preliminary campaign at the South American Championship in style. Yesterday they handed the first loss to Uruguay at the competition. Brazil however did not make it to the Final and would play for Bronze medals against Venezuela later tonight. The game against Uruguay turned into a seesaw battle especially in the first half. The teams were equally matched during the first period however Brazilian players managed to pull away with a 25:24 lead. Uruguay adjusted their defense in the second quarter and surged ahead 40:37 at halftime. But an inspirational performance from William Fornou (204-C-81) after the long break changed the complexion of the encounter. Brazil went prevailed in the third quarter as they denied the deficit and built a 3-point cushion before the final frame. Brazil kept it cool at the dying stages and finalized an impressive 86:77 win at the end. William Fornou came up with game-high 30 points. Caio Torres (211-C-87) provided 18 points and 14 boards, while Helio Vitor Lima and Arthur Luiz Belchior knocked down 12 points apiece for the winners. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) answered with 18 points for Uruguay. Castrillion had 10 points in a loss. Uruguay advanced to the championship game despite the defeat. They would face Argentina later today.

Brazil: William Fornou 30, Caio Torres 18+14 boards, Helio Vitor Lima 12, Arthur Luiz Belchior 12
Uruguay: Nicolas Mazzarino 18, Esteban Batista 18


Chile - Argentina 70:87
Chilean National Team wrapped up their South American Championship campaign winless. They suffered the fifth straight loss against Argentina yesterday and remained at the bottom of the table. Chile never looked weaker down the stretch but Argentinean team used all the experience to prevail at the end. They will now play against Uruguay in the Final tonight. Chile trailed by just 2 points after the opening stanza 15:17. Argentina kept in front throughout the second quarter but managed to pile up only a 6-point advantage at halftime. The breakthrough came in the third stanza as the visitors led by Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) went on a run and opened a double-digit lead. Argentina were up 48:36 midway through the frame before stretching the margin to 14 points 57:43. Chile still kept fighting but could not deal with a well-balanced Argentinean offense. The visitors breezed in the final minutes and widened the gap to unassailable 20 points in the dying moments. Chile could not recover and suffered a bitter loss at the end. Roman Gonzalez led all scorers with 25 points. Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) provided 16 points, while Andres Pelussi netted 13 in a win. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) answered with 19 points for Chile. Emilio Paris (196-F/C-74) dropped 14 points in a losing effort.

Chile: Evandro Arteaga 19, Emilio Paris 14
Argentina: Roman Gonzalez 25, Paolo Quinteros 16, Andres Pelussi 13


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LEB Oro transfers recap - by Francisco Martinez
Beirasar Rosalia signed Harding Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware)
Ciudad de La Laguna extended Alejandro Martinez , Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83, college: Edinboro), Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78), Jason Detrick (198-G-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Oklahoma) and signed Alberto Juan Manuel Ruiz (199-F-78) de Galarreta (198-G-83), Antonio Moron (202-C/F-80), Antonio Bustamante (182-G-84, agency: Court Side)
Tenerife Rural signed Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87) and Adrian Boccia (196-G/F-82) and extended Ivan Javier Rodriguez (202-F-84) (189-G-75), Francis Sanchez, Rafael Sanz
Aguas de Valencia extended Javier Rodriguez , Shalawn Miller (204-C/F-74, college: Mass.-Lowell)
CB Illescas signed Ignacio Yanez (203-F-73, agency: Interperformances) and extended Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81, agency: AMI, college: Cent.Florida), Duane Virgil (205-F/C-74, college: Murray St.), Jose M. Alonso (191-G-71), Juan Jimenez (180-G-76, agency: Interperformances)
Los Barrios signed Levi Rost (201-F-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: W.Michigan), Jesus Castro (190-G-83) and extended Moncho Fernandez
Lucentum Alicante extended Oscar Quintana
Breogan signed Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) and extended Daniel Lopez (188-G-82), Roberto Morentin (206-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Cent.Florida)
Melilla signed Daniel Lopez (204-C-86), Dave Fergerson (184-G-78, college: St.Louis) and extended Juan Manuel Ruiz, Rafael Huertas (189-G-84, agency: Court Side)
Valladolid signed Porfirio Fisac
Burgos extended Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85)


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New player for Sdent Nyon - by Eurobasket News
Sdent BBC Nyon announced signing of Jules Aw (200-F-86) on a one-year contract. Aw is Senegalese / Suisse player who spent last season in Al Ansar from Saudi Arabia. He averaged 18.4 ppg and 8 rpg previous season in Saudi Arabian championship. Aw already has experience from Switzerland as he played one season for Herens Basket. For 7 games for Herens in 06/07 he had 16.4 ppg and 1.8 spg. He was a member of Senegalese National Team which participated on the World Championship in Japan in 2006. Aw played 6 games in Japan averaging 9.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.8 spg.

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The final will be played by Uruguay and Argentina - by Hector Lopez
Uruguay will play the final game for the South American Championship altough it was defeated by Brazil 86-77
in the last game of the preliminary round. Brazil failed to reach the 22 points lead over Uruguay to advance to the final game.
Brazil took the lead in the third quarter after a 15-2 rally. The best scorer for Brazil was Drudi with 30, while for Uruguay Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) netted 18 points each one.
Uruguay (4-1) will play now against Argentina (4-1) for the gold medals, while Brazill (4-1) will meet Venezuela (2-3)for bronze.


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  VENEZUELA   


Gaiteros will face Guaiqueries - by Antonio Gomez

Gaiteros del Zulia defeated, today, Marinos de Anzoategui 93-75 and caught the third place of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesco (LPB).

Now, in the playoffs, the musical team will face Guaiqueries de Margarita. The series will begin on wednesday (8:00 pm) at the Pedro Elias Belisario Aponte Arena in Maracaibo.

In the last game of the regular season, Gaiteros contained the oriental team with Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, agency: Duran International, college: Weber St.) shining again with 19 points. Hernan Salcedo scored 16 and Travis Garrison made 14. In the other side, Kevin Bracho made 18 points and Cordell Hendry 14.

Also, Trotamundos de Carabobo will go against Marinos in Valencia. Cocodrilos de Caracas will battle against Gatos de Monagas.

'We did it. Mission accomplished, we remain with the third position', said to Diario Panorama, Jorge Arrieta, Gaiteros head coach.



Venezuela books 2009 FIBA Americas Championship spot - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela - Colombia 82:75

Venezuelan National Team claimed the last available spot in the South American Championship Final Four. It also means they already qualified for the 2009 FIBA Americas tournament. Venezuela will now meet with Brazil in today's Bronze medals clash. Yesterday Venezuela took on Colombia in the must-win fixture of the last round of preliminary action. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) came up with the strongest performance at the tournament so far to propel Venezuela to a vital win at the end. He finished with 22 points and 8 boards and the team got the last train to the Final Four. Venezuela opened the game confidently as they outscored their opponents 26:18 in the first frame. Venezuela relied mainly on their defense as they limited Colombia to 13 points in the second period to enjoy an 11-point cushion at halftime. The complexion of the game never changed in the third period as Venezuela always stayed one step in front. They stretched the margin to 14 points before the final period. And though Colombia fought bravely and clawed their way back within a striking distance Venezuela secured the winning outcome at the end and celebrated an important victory. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) provided 17 points, while Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11 points and grabbed 7 boards in a win. Camilo Londono (188-G-83) answered with 25 points for Colombia. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) had 15 points and 10 boards in defeat. Venezuela outrebounded their opponents 32:28 and converted 51% from the field.

Venezuela: Axiers Sucre 22, Jose Vargas 17, Oscar Torres 11
Colombia: Camilo Londono 25, Enielsen Guevara 15+10 boards


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  WBA   


Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Decatur CK 9-1 
 2. Buford M. 6-4 
 3. Memphis B. 3-4 
 4. Cartersville W. 3-7 
 5. Tri-State 2-6 
 6. Mississippi HH 2-7 




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Women News

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  BRAZIL - Women  


Castro tastes the first win - by Eurobasket News
Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) and her Atlanta Dream finally delivered what all their fans were waiting for. The Dream held off Chicago to score the franchises first victory. Ivory Latta nailed 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half and the Dream celebrated a 91:84 win over the Sky. The WNBA expansion team got to a woeful 0-17 start of the season but never surrendered to bring some rejoicing to Atlanta. The Dream got 18 points from Jennifer Lacy and 11 points and 11 assists from Kristin Haynie to overcome the Sky. Iziane Castro ended up with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Atlanta got to a slow start and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first period. But Jennifer Lacy ignited a comeback effort for the hosts as they grabbed a 46:35 lead at halftime. Chicago stayed in the contest and Dominique Canty brought the Sky back to an 81:80 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. However Atlanta scored 6 straight points and never looked back in the dying seconds. Jia Perkins finished with 24 points for the Sky. Candice Dupree nailed 19 points as Chicago fell to 5-11 record.
Before that the Comets beat Atlanta 72:65. Houston jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter, holding the Dream without a field goal until Jennifer Lacy made a layup with 1:04 left in the period. Atlanta shot 1-for-17 from the field during the opening period, committing eight turnovers. Iziane Castro finished the game with 5 points and 1 assist.


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  FRANCE - Women  


France hosts Troy International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
French U18 National Team is too good for their opponents so far hosting Troy International Tournament. The team invited Italy, Latvia, Slovakia for a 4-team competition against. The hosts started over Italy and dominated throughout the game and eased to an overall victory. French team led by 8 points at halftime and stretched the gap to 15 points before the final term. Italian Juniors never recovered and suffered a 49:64 loss at the end. Erica Striulli (166-G-90) and Alessandra Tava led Italy with 12 points each. Giulia Pasqualin (177-G-91) had 9 points in a losing case.
Yesterday French juniors took on the Latvian team in the second round of the tourney. Latvia was once again beaten and this time it was stunning loss. Ieva Krastina was the only Latvian player to score in double figures as she scored 11 points and Latvia could not match their French counterparts. The hosts marked their dominance right from the start as they outgunned Latvian team 25:14 in the opening period. The visitors stayed in the race throughout the second quarter and lost it by just a single point 11:12. However France stepped on the gas after the long break. They eclipsed the Latvian side with a 30:9 rally to build a 33-point buffer before the final frame. Latvia managed just 10 points in the fourth term while conceding 24. France thus cruised to an overwhelming 91:44 victory and would meet Slovakia in the title game tonight. Latvia will face Italy in the tournaments finale for them today.France had a massive advantage in the paint. They outrebounded Latvian team 61:29 including 24 offensive rebounds. Latvian players also committed 22 turnovers down the stretch. The visitors shot 27% from the field and 55% from charity stripe.


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U18 loses two in a row in France - by Eurobasket News
Italian U18 National Team got to a slow start of the Troy International Tournament in France. They opened a 4-team competition against France two days ago. The hosts dominated throughout the game and eased to an overall victory. French team led by 8 points at halftime and stretched the gap to 15 points before the final term. Italian Juniors never recovered and suffered a 49:64 loss at the end. Erica Striulli (166-G-90) and Alessandra Tava (183-F-91) led Italy with 12 points each. Giulia Pasqualin (177-G-91) had 9 points in a losing case.
Yesterday Italy took on Slovakia. And once again the game left too many questions about Italian team form. Slovakia got to a better start to the game and enjoyed a 12:9 lead after the first period. It grew to 10 points at halftime as Slovakian players kept mounting the pressure. Italy managed only 10 points in the third stanza and appeared trailing by 18 points before the final quarter. Slovak team never loosened the grip in the final frame and celebrated an impressive win. Alessandra Tava paced Italy with 19 points. Alice Quarta (175-G-91) contributed 9 points in a losing effort. Italy converted just 2/16 from beyond the arc and only 32% field goals. Italy is scheduled to play against Latvian counterparts today.


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Latvia U18 could not handle France - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - France U18 44:91

Latvian U18 National Team continued their preparation for the European championship to take place this summer. They currently travelled to France to take part in Troy International Tournament. Yesterday Latvian juniors took on the hosts in the second round of the tourney. Latvia was once again beaten and this time it was stunning loss. Ieva Krastina (176-G-90) was the only Latvian player to score in double figures as she scored 11 points and Latvia could not match their French counterparts. The hosts marked their dominance right from the start as they outgunned Latvian team 25:14 in the opening period. The visitors stayed in the race throughout the second quarter and lost it by just a single point 11:12. However France stepped on the gas after the long break. They eclipsed the Latvian side with a 30:9 rally to build a 33-point buffer before the final frame. Latvia managed just 10 points in the fourth term while conceding 24. France thus cruised to an overwhelming victory and would meet Slovakia in the title game tonight. Latvia will face Italy in the tournaments finale for them today. Ilze Gotfrida (180-F-91) provided 8 points and 4 boards for Latvia. Ance Celmina (188-F-91) and Ieva Jansone (178-F-90) had 7 points apiece in a loss. France had a massive advantage in the paint. They outrebounded Latvian team 61:29 including 24 offensive rebounds. Latvian players also committed 22 turnovers down the stretch. The visitors shot 27% from the field and 55% from charity stripe.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Boa Viagem in the market - by Luis Rocha
After the depart of Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) and Sara Filipe (187-F-82), B.Viagem felt the need to go to the market and arrange substitutes for those players. The first signing known is the one of Anabela Martins (-G-78) a point guard who comes from CPN (it seems that this club will step out of Liga, on account of finantial problems). Anabela is an excellent point guard, who has a terrific 3 point range, and can drive the ball up with security. She certainly can help B.Viagem on the point guard position, and maybe the not so well achieved season of Carla Nascimento can be erased with Anabela, shes a more experienced player and will meet her old companion Celia Simoes (168-G/F-85), who can surely help her adjusting to the life in Aores.

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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovakian juniors dominate Troy - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia U18 National team traveled to France to take part in the International Tournament in Troy. In the group with Latvia Italy and France in round-robin format the team played already two games and showed outstanding results. Slovakia opened their campaign against Latvia and won the opener. The teams were equally matched at the start of the game and the scoreline read 18:18 after one quarter of action. The things hardly changed in the second period as the teams exchanged baskets and were knotted at 32 at halftime. However the third stanza proved the difference. Slovakian team raised the tempo and pretty easily ran away to a 9-point distance. Latvia failed to recover in the fourth period as they shot woefully from the field. So Slovakia finalized a 71:56 victory at the end and celebrated their first win at the tournament. Ilze Gotfrida scored 13 points and made 4 steals to pace Latvia. Liene Priede (180-G-90) added 11 points, while Arta Strupovica (170-G-90) and Ieva Krastina knocked down 9 points apiece in a loss. Latvia shot just 32% from the field and 65% from charity stripe. They also committed deadly 27 turnovers down the stretch.
Last night Slovakia overcame Italy for 2-0 record. Slovakia got to a better start to the game and enjoyed a 12:9 lead after the first period. It grew to 10 points at halftime as Slovakian players kept mounting the pressure. Italy managed only 10 points in the third stanza and appeared trailing by 18 points before the final quarter. Slovak team never loosened the grip in the final frame and celebrated an impressive 70:51 win. Alessandra Tava (183-F-91) paced Italy with 19 points. Alice Quarta contributed 9 points in a losing effort. Italy converted just 2/16 from beyond the arc and only 32% field goals.


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  WNBA - Women  


Stats Leaders
WNBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Taurasi, PHO 24.9
2 Pondexter, PHO 23.6
3 Jackson, SEA 19.7
4 Lennox, ATL 19.5
5 Beard, WAS 19.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Leslie, LAS 9.5
2 Parker, LAS 9.2
3 Ford, DET 9.0
4 Dupree, CHI 8.8
5 Hoffman, IND 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Bird, SEA 6.0
2 Whalen, CON 5.7
3 Moore, NYL 5.6
4 Penicheiro, SAC 5.4
5 Nolan, DET 5.4
Steals Per Game
1 Hornbuckle, DET 2.6
2 Anosike, MIN 2.2
3 Penicheiro, SAC 2.2
3FGP
1 Lawson-Wade, SAN 61.5
2 Spencer, LAS 55.2
3 Koehn, WAS 47.8
Free Throws
1 Hammon, SAN 94.9
2 Jackson, SEA 94.0
3 Ferdinand-Harris, LAS 93.3


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


The Dream comes true in Atlanta - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream finally delivered what all their fans were waiting for. The Dream held off Chicago to score the franchises first victory. Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) nailed 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half and the Dream celebrated a 91:84 win over the Sky. The WNBA expansion team got to a woeful 0-17 start of the season but never surrendered to bring some rejoicing to Atlanta. The Dream got 18 points from Jennifer Lacy (6'3''-F-83, college: Pepperdine) and 11 points and 11 assists from Kristin Haynie (5'9''-G-83, college: Michigan St.) to overcome the Sky. Atlanta got to a slow start and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first period. But Jennifer Lacy ignited a comeback effort for the hosts as they grabbed a 46:35 lead at halftime. Chicago stayed in the contest and Dominique Canty brought the Sky back to an 81:80 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. However Atlanta scored 6 straight points and never looked back in the dying seconds. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) finished with 24 points for the Sky. Candice Dupree nailed 19 points as Chicago fell to 5-11 record.
The Seattle Storm torn the Minnesota Lynx apart in the third period and then cruised to a 96:71 victory yesterday. Seattle piled up a 5-point advantage at halftime but went on a massive run in the third quarter. The hosts knocked out the Lynx with a 32:13 rally that put them ahead by 24 points and breezed to the 11th win at the end. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) had season-high 34 points and 7 boards to pace the Storm. Katie Gearlds (6'1''-G/F-84, college: Purdue) contributed 17 points, while Sue Bird dished out 11 assists in a win. Nicky Anosike replied with 15 points for Minnesota. Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) and Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) had 14 points apiece as the Lynx fell to 9-9 record.