EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/8/2008

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  AUSTRIA   


Austria U18 finishes the tournament in Borgo - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18 finished another preparation tour for European Championship. The team comes back from Italy where it participated in the International tournament Alpe della Luna. Borgo Pace hosted Italy, Holland, Germany and Austrian squads.
After the first two losses from Germany and Italy, Austrian side met Holland in the last game of the competition. Robert Langer 's team had a very good game but could not reach a positive result. Holland opened the game with offensive start and took the control from the very beginning. Holland won the first period 28:20 and looked forward for the next quarters. Austria however remained tough and produced 16:20 in the second stanza. It seemed that the game would not be interesting after Holland made 20:15 in the third quarter for 17 points advantage. But Austria bounced back and had a great period, that was last in the game. The team managed to go on 24:14 win in the last period to stay closer in the end. Holland however stayed cool and won the encounter 82:75.For Austria Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) top-scored with 24 points. Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) ended up with 15, while Eric Schranz (206-C-90) scored 14 points.
Italy U18 finished the tournament on the first place beating Germany 90:61. Italians started with 24:17 and then paid more attention to defense. As a result the hosts produced 23:7 and easily led the game to the winning end. David Reginald Cournooh (190-G-90) paced all the winners with 18 points. Moreno and Luca Campani nailed 11 each, whilst Amici posted 10.


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  BOSNIA   


Lance Williams leaves Bosna ASA BHT, Edin Bavcic goes to Las Vegas - by Eurobasket News
Player of the year of Bosnian championship, center Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul), leaved Bosna ASA BHT. American signed one year deal with Turkish team Banvit. Williams showed very good performance previous season in Bosna's jersey. He played 12 games in ULEB Cup averaging 19.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1 apg. Actually he was the fifth leading scorer of the competition. In domestic championship his team grabbed the title beating Igokea Partizan 2-1 in the play-off final. It was Williams' third season in Bosna as he already played for the club from 2004 to 2006. In the meantime he was a member of AEL Larissa and Turow Zgorzelec. His new team Banvit finished previous season at the eight position in TBL with score 14-16. They reached play-off quarterfinals but Beskitas beat them 3-1.

Captain of Bosna ASA BHT from the last season, Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), went to Philly, USA, to join 76ers with whom he will participate at the NBA Summer League. The league starts at July 11th in Las Vegas. Bavcic and his 76ers will meet Golden State in the first round. Their next rivals will be Denver Nuggets and LA Lakers. At the game number four 76ers will play against Washington Wizards. Bavcic is currently free agent as his contract with Bosna has expired.


Prasovic, Sadibasic, Avdibegovic in Slovenia or France - by Sead Buljina
Elnis Prasovic (Vogosca), Asmir Sadibasic (Zenica-Celik), Armin Avdibegovic (Zenica-Celik), have received written offers from a couple of Slovenian teams. There are some French teams interested in same players, but most likely they will sign this week with Slovenian teams. Elmir Forto might also join them as well as Faruk Basic who completed his studies in the USA this Spring. There is a strong demand for these players but they have not decided where to go, yet. Miodrag Tanasilovic (Sloboda Dita) has notified team management that he is leaving the club after six years. Let`s remind that Ronnie Ross, Vladimir Jocovic, Veljko Tomovic, and Ninoslav Milosevic have already left Tuzla. Sloboda will let Minja Milosevic lgo to Partizan, C. Zvezda or Bosna for a high buyout. Seid Hajric has signed a 1+1 contract extension with Bosna ASA BHTelecom.

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  BRAZIL   


Venezuela clinches Bronze in Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela - Brazil 87:72

Venezuela could have claimed the last available spot in the Final Four but they proved they were well worth it yesterday. Venezuelan team stunned Brazil to grab the Bronze medals at the South America Championship held in Chile. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) masterminded the victory nailing game-high 26 points and pulling down 8 boards. Brazil got to a better start to the game and opened an early lead. Venezuela however kept it close and trailed by just a single point 18:19 at the end of the first stanza. However Venezuela quickly denied the deficit. They prevailed in the second period to build a 40:34 advantage at halftime. Venezuela never slowed down after the break and kept mounting the pressure. They play very cautiously and were deadly from the charity stripe. Venezuela stretched the lead to 8 points heading into the final stanza. Venezuela limited offensive force of Brazilian backcourt and capitalized keeping their opponents at bay through the rest of the contest. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) produced 14 points and 9 boards for Venezuela. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) was helpful with 13 points in a win. William Fornou (204-C-81) answered with 21 points for Brazil. Caio Torres (211-C-87) had 16 points and 13 boards in defeat. The teams were well-matched on the glass with 37 boards apiece. Venezuela committed just 7 turnovers down the stretch and converted 85% from the free throw line. Both sides secured their 2009 FIBA Americas Championship birth.

Venezuela: Oscar Torres 26, Axiers Sucre 14, Jose Vargas 13
Brazil: William Fornou 21, Caio Torres 16+13 boards


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  BULGARIA   


Pini Gershon named Papazov as technical director - by Valentin Anguelov
Titi Papazov is the new technical director in Bulgarian national team informed Gong. As by words of Pini Gershon Papazov receives a promotion and will have this job in the coaching staff of our mens team. The Sports Director of Balkan League Shay Shtriks will be General Manager and in Gershon's crew will be also Lyubo Minchev, Toni Dechev and trainer Avram Kovalski.

'Titi is the best for this job. The titles are not so important. As I said in the beginning - this is my crew. Lyubo doesn't want this job and I gave it to Titi. I'm here to help and the titles are not important. If somebody wants I can also be assistant coach or technical director. I'm here to help. It's not about the pride or the ego of somebody' said Gershon when asked about the change in his crew in which Titi became technical director from assistant coach.

'If you want me to be here longer than my contract I'll be. If you want me to be coach I'll be here again. I want to help not only the national team but the whole Bulgarian basketball. For me the titles are not important. I'm here as a volunteer and I'm looking for partners not bosses. If somebody wants to be my boss he will have to pay a lot of money. I'm looking for partners and this is the way to succeed. Titi has more experience with the national team than me and that is why I decided that assistant coach is a job too low for him' said also our national team coach.

'Give me little more time because it's better to talk for the players after few practices. I saw some terrible games. Later we'll decide who will be the foreign player who will be part of the team. It's not serious to talk now about how we will play. To have NBA players doesn't guarantee a success. It's not the players, it's the team that wins games. I'll not take decisions alone. We'll decide together' said the famous Israelian who starts actively his work in charge of our national team for the forthcoming European qualifications.


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  CAMEROON   


Coach Lazare Adingono talks about Cameroon Team preparations for Athens - by Cyril Empig
This summer, Coach Lazare Adingono took some time off from his duties as an Assistant Coach at Canisius College (USA) to coach the Cameroon Senior Team in the upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece starting on July 14.

This is the second time that Coach Adingono is coaching the Cameroon National Team. In 2007, he guided the team at the FIBA Africa Championships, where the team went all the way to the championship game and earning a silver medal, the countrys first basketball medal in 34 years.

According to a recent posting on the Canisius basketball website, Coach Adingono has been in Lyon since June 28 and the hard work started immediately. The Coach and his staff started working with the team on understanding the style of play that the Coach intends to use during the upcoming games in Athens, both on the floor and by watching film. Then, they are scheduled to play some friendly games against various teams in France. Coach Adingono says that he hopes to instill coherence in the team which is absolutely critical in basketball.

I had a chance to ask Coach Adingono a few questions:
Cyril Empig: First off, congratulations on your successful career in college basketball here in the US. Second, congratulations on being selected to coach the Cameroon National Team in Athens, Greece this month.
Coach Adingono: Thanks for the kind words and support in everything you do to help bring a great deal of interest to Cameroon basketball.

Cyril Empig: How is the preparation for Athens coming along?
Coach Adingono: The team is currently in Lyon, France and they have been working hard in order to have a shot at these upcoming games. The group is composed of pros and college players a few players from home (Cameroon) as well.

Cyril Empig: What do you know about Puerto Rico and Croatia, the two teams in your group that you would need to beat in order to get to the playoffs in Athens for a possible shot at the Beijing Olympics?
Coach Adingono: I don't know much about the two teams we will play and I hope to learn something from those opponents some time soon.

Cyril Empig: I would have to say that despite my limited knowledge on international hoops, I know both of these teams are tough. I know Puerto Rico gave USA fits the last time they played. Puerto Rico had Carlos Arroyo and Larry Ayuso (from USC) then and looks like they still do. Croatia also has some NBA players on their roster. It looks like these will be tough competition.

Cyril Empig: A few days ago, Alfred Aboya had mentioned that he was heading to Lyon to join the team. Is he there now? And what do you think are the chances that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute might make the tournament in Athens?
Coach Adingono: Alfred is with us. I dont know if Luc will be able to free himself up to join the team.

(The choice of whether to join the Cameroon team in Lyon and Athens will be a difficult choice that Luc would have to make. The Milwaukee Bucks are involved in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada which also starts in mid-July as does the pre-Olympic tournament in Athens. So the Bucks would more than likely want Luc to join the Bucks team in Las Vegas. Luc still does not have a contract with the Bucks, this summer league is his opportunity to impress the Bucks, which hopefully results in a contract. So, more than likely, Luc will have to go to Vegas rather than Lyon/Athens this summer. But from what I have heard, Luc wants to join the Team Cameroon this July. Regardless of his decision, we wish Luc all the best.)

Cyril Empig: What are your thoughts on the status of Cameroon and African hoops?
Coach Adingono: Cameroon hoops and African hoops in general are on the rise which can be attributed mostly to technology which allows young people to be informed of the game.

(Both the Coach and I agree that financial support of Cameroon and African hoops could still be improved upon. Hopefully, moving forward these improvements could come to pass.)

Cyril Empig: Any words of advice for our aspiring basketball players back in Cameroon? How should they go about realizing their dreams of perhaps making it big in the sport? Surely, the successes of their countrymen are signs that such dreams do come true.
Coach Adingono: I think the most important thing is to Dream and Dream Big; Stay passionate about having the opportunity to earn a fantastic opportunity to compete in the US. I believe in the past few years there has been a number of US schools in the Cameroon looking for young talented athletes. So, the opportunities are there.

Cyril Empig: Thanks for your time Coach. Any final message for the fans back home and abroad?
Coach Adingono: I would like to thank every Cameroon basketball fan out there for their belief in this generation of players that are eager to make a difference for our sport. Take care.

Good luck to Coach Adingono, his staff and the team as they prepare for Athens!


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  CAPE VERDE   


Santiago South Finals - by Pedro Gomes
ABC took one step closer to revalidating their title as the Santiago South regional champions by beating Seven Stars 71 to 70 in their first game of the finals.

ABC started strong and won the first period 13-10, but Seven Stars took control of the second and at the half lead 28-25. Seven continued to control the
close game and finished the third period with a 3 point lead, 43-40. Seven held the lead until the last seven seconds of the fourth period, where they didnt
have enough concentration to maintain the lead, letting ABC tying the game at 61 and bringing the game to overtime.
The situation repeated itself in the last minutes of overtime, as Seven couldnt maintain their small lead of one point in the last 6 seconds. Seven pressured
full court and ABC calmly ran their break and score the final two on a lay-up. ABC won 71-70.

ABC and Seven Stars will meet again on the 15 to play the second game of the finals. Who ever wins 3 games in this best of 5 is the Santiago South regional champions.


National Team Phase II preparation - by Pedro Gomes

The Cape Verde Mens national team will play Cameroon next Wednesday to open a four team tournament in Paris. The two African

teams will continue on with their preparation for the pre Olympic tournament in Athens. The tournament will also include the National

team from Lebanon, and a team with a mix of pro players from Paris.


During this second phase of the training, the team played two games. The first game was against French Pro team Nanterre, with the

final score 98 to 69 Cape Verde win. The second game was against a lower division team in the French league, the NT won 111 to 58.

The first game came at a cost to the NT, as Captain Mario Correia was injured. Fortunately he has been recuperating well, and should

be ready for the pre Olympic tournament.



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  COLOMBIA   


Colombian Performance in the Southamerican Championship 2008 - by Victor Garcia
Colombia 5th place is not a bad result in this Southamerican Championship, the National Team had good moments with the exception of the game against Argentina, in the opener the team was closet o get a victory over Brasil, but just a couple of referees mistake , that did not call foul over Enielsen Guevara in the last minute avoid a better result.

In the game against Uruguay the team won the first half, but in the second half the lack of a deep bench hurted them,

Against Venezuela Camilo Londono emerged and the end of the game was closed, but again the lack of bench was an issue to get a best result.

Edgar Moreno proved all his value, hes the spark of the team, Edgar finished with 19.4 PPG, and 45% 3 pt fg, and 51% fg shooting, plus 4 assist and 2.3 steals per game, but beyond the numbers Edgar played solid in both ends of the court, his 3pt number were the best in his career and show all his development.

Norbey Aragon had two three very good games , Brasil, Argentina and Uruguay saw his skills and was the second scorer of the team wit 14.4 PPG, and his 5 RPG a great contribution.

Camilo Londono was the great surprise in this Southamerican, in his first treavel with the absolute team, Londono averaged 13.5 PPG, and 40% from the 3 pointer, a great development of his game .

Enielsen Guevara, was limited for a recent injury, but his 11 PPG and 6 RPG give Colombia a solid contribution in the paint, Enielsen at his 100% is can face in the same level all the top Power Forwards of the continent.

Jorge Caedo did his job, always play smart and took the rebounds, Canedo averaged 6.5 RPG, and 6.6 PPG, as the starting Center.

From the bench Adison Mosquera, Felipe Barrios and Felipe Montoya helped, but the team needs still a more deep help, Andres Arcila and Alvaro Contreras played too few minutes and did not give great help in a Championship of this level, Divier Perez and Gianlucca Bacci get more experience for his rising career and in the future should be part of the National Team.

Colombia really miss players like Stalin Ortiz, with him and Egdar in the backcourt the team could be a very powerfull scoring team, Juan Tello Palacios could bring experience and size in the frontcourt, Emiro Romero could be the kind of player that brings solid help in two or three positions, Freddy Asprilla als will add good size and talent to the post, and beyond them other quality players like Jean Otero and Jairo Mendoza should be part of the team in the future.
Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP)


Colombia finished 5th in the Southamerican Championship - by Victor Garcia
Colombia National team did not reach the dream of a ticket to the FIBA AMERICAS Cup, after lost against Venezuela 82 75.

Colombias 3 pt shooting fall and just the 30% of its shots were made, Camilo Lodoo played a great game with 25 points (international high), Edgar Moreno also posted 15 points in a 8 of 16 from the field performance, but just 1of 7 from the 3 pointer, Moreno served also 5 assits, Enielse Guevara played also a good game adding 15 points and 10 rebounds, Jorge Caedo contrution was 5 points and Norbey Aragn 6, from the bench Adison Mosquera helped with 6 points, Felipe Montoya 3 and Felipe Barrios 2.

Venezuela took control of the game from the begining, and just in the las quarter allow Colombia to cut the gap, Axiers Sucre leaded Venezuela with 22 points, while Jose grillito Vargas posted 17 and Oscar Torres 11.

Colombia finished in the 5th place of the Championship, and keep the place in the first group of Southamerica.

Finals Standings:
1- Argentina (Champion)
2-Uruguya
3- Venezueka
4- Brasil
5- Colombia
6- Chile.
Camilo Londono (188-G-83)


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Team Croatia arrived to Athens - by Eurobasket News
Team Croatia went to Athens yesterday where it will participate at the traditional 'Acropolis Cup'. It will be the final stage of the preparation for extremely important FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. As usually participants of the 'Acropolis Cup' are some of the top National Teams. Except of the hosts and Croatia, there also will be Brazil and Australia. Head coach of the National Team, Jasmin Repesa, won't be able to count on Zoran Planinic (198-G-82), who is recovering from the injury yet.
During the preparation period Team Croatia made three wins and two defeats so far. They were better than Australia, Iran and Slovenia. On the other side Slovenians and the Boomers grabbed one win each against Croats. In the first round of 'Acropolis Cup' Croatia will meet Australia while in the second round its rival will be Brazil. Last round is scheduled for Wednesday when Croatia will play against the host team Greece.

Meanwhile newcomer to A1 league Trogir extended contract with Toni Bizaca (200-F-82), its best player from the last season. Actually Bizaca has an option to leave the team just in case of some very interesting offer from abroad. It is not the only news from Trogir as Ante Ivancic resigned on his position of the club's president last week. At the annual assemble Trogir's management accepted his resignation but the team still didn't name his successor. Head coach of the team Boris Kurtovic will announce very soon what kind of players Trogir will need for the next season.

Forward of Bosnian team Sloboda Dita, Miodrag Tanasilovic (197-G-84), was offered to Croatian A1 team Svijetlost from Slavonski Brod. According to the rumors Svjetlost didn't have attention to signed Tanasilovic.


Croatia U20 and Iran played two friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Croatian U20 National Team and National Team of Iran played two friendly games in Zadar. Iranians are one of the nine participants of the Olympic Games in Peking which are already known. The team of coach Rajko Toroman, which won Asian Championship last year, is currently in Croatia where it will play couple of friendly games as a part of preparations for the Olympics. Both teams registered one win in these two games.
Croatians were much better rival in the first game, which was played on Friday. The hosts dominated during the entire time while on the other side Iranians struggled with their defense. It resulted with 92 points by Croatian matched with 71 points by Iranians. Key player for Croatia in this game was Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89), who scored 20 points. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) followed him delivering 15 points. Iran got 23 points by Mashadi while Mehdi Kamrani (181-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) netted 19.
The second game was different story. Iran showed much better performance keeping small lead until the end. It was not so confident victory as Croatia done it in the first game but anyway Iranians ended this two games with 50% success. At the end of the second game it was 80-73 for Iran. This time Bahrami was the best scorer for the winners with 20 points. Eslamen was behind him scoring 14 points. Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) and Ivan Milekovic (198-G/F-88) scored 13 points each for Croatia. It is important to be mentioned that Croatia played the second game without Djugim, Marcinkovic, Radic, Hajdic, Petkovic and Sarlija.


Croatia - Iran 92:71 (game one)

Croatia: Bogdanovic 20, Sakic 15, Djugum 9, Bilan 7
Iran: Mashady 23, Kamrany 19, Bahrami 11


Croatia - Iran 73:80 (game two)

Croatia: Bilan 13, Milekovic 13, Bubalo 11
Iran: Bahrami 20, Kamrani 14, Mashady 10


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Standings
Eurobasket Standings
Chicago
1. London 3-0
2. Warsaw 2-1
3. Berlin 2-1
4. Madrid 2-1
5. Rome 1-2
6. Amsterdam 1-2
7. Athens 1-2
8. Paris 0-3
Las Vegas
1. Venice 0-0
2. Brussels 0-0
3. Geneva 0-0
4. Monaco 0-0


Eurobasket and NBA Summer Leagues start in Las Vegas - by Eurobasket

The second of the series of four ESL summer camps will start tomorrow in Las Vegas. After very successful first camp in Chicago, the action moves to the gambling capital - Las Vegas. It will be preludium to NBA Summer League, which will start the following day in Las Vegas. The perfect combination of two camps, first Eurobasket and then NBA allows international coaches to see the players, who are trying to make to NBA and overseas. Les Vegas edition of ESL shows a different set of players than the first one in Chicago. There were few top players from previous camp, which will atetnd the event in Vegas. There are only four teams instead of eight in Chicago. It was much higher selection of the players and only these with pro experience or very good college stats were approved for Las Vegas event. There will be four teams competing at the ESL in Las Vegas. Similarly like in previous camp, the teams are named after well-known European cities: Brussels, Geneva, Monaco and Venice. Click on the team name to check the roster.
Below is the complete list of participants of Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas 2008:


Name 07-08 Team 07-08 stats College Awards
Zack Alvidrez (6'7''-F-83) Cicero Cometas (ABA) 13ppg; 11rpg Mayville State 2007 National Tourney Runner up
Dedrick Bates (5'11''-G-84) UC- Riverside (06-07) 6ppg, 4rpg UC Riverside Big West Defensive Player of the Year -06
Chad Bell (213-C-82) Lechugueros de Leon (MEX) N/A Nevada-Reno ABA Quarterfinals -08
Chris Brooks (193-G-81) NE Penns. Breakers (USBL) '06 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg '06 Florida Southern Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year -04
Mario Brown (6'7''-F-84) Bergheim Bandits (Germany) 18ppg; 12rpg Jacksonville University 2nd Team All Regonalia (Germany)
Rod Brown (6'1''-G-78) Bruesa (Spain) 8pg;4apg Western Michigan All-Eurobasket Bosman LEB Spain
BBL All Star
Dshon Cannon (5'10''-G-84) Cal State-Monterey Bay 16ppg; 4apg Cal St.-Monter.Bay 2008 All CCAA 1st Team; NABC All West 2nd Team
James Childs - N/A - -
Jermaine Dailey (201-F-86) Ill.-Chicago 5.6ppg, 4.6rpg Ill.-Chicago All-ESL in Chicago 1st Team -08
Tremaine Dalton (6'1''-G-83) Univ. of St Mary (06-07) 18ppg; 4apg University of St mary WVIAC Player of the Week
All WVIAC, 3rd Team All American
Alex Davenport (195-G-85) Ft.Hays State '07 N/A Ft.Hays State All-ESL in Chicago 1st Team -08
Bennett Davison (6'8''-F-75) AGOR Rethymno (Greece) 13ppg; 8rpg University of Arizona Euroleague Player; National Champion NCAA
All League in various European countries
Bennet Davis (6'9''-F-84) Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel) 8ppg; 5rpg Northeastern All CAA Team, All Rookie American East
Sean Denison (6'11''-F/C-85) Tofus (Turkey) 17ppg, 8pg Santa Clara University WCC Co-Player of the Year -07
AP All American, Canadian NT -07
Glenn Elliott (6'9''-C-83) Slask Wroclaw (Poland) 7ppg; 5rpg Florida AM -
Dan Fitzgerald (206-F-84) Marquette 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg Marquette -
Derrick Franklin (208-C-81) Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 25ppg, 13rpg, 7bpg Cypress College Japan (2nd leading scorer), Turkey (T2BL champion)
S.Arabia (Led league in bpg, 3pt % fg %)
Tyler Franklin (6'2''-G-86) Penn State - Altoona 17ppg; 3apg Penn State - Altoona MVP Team; All Confernce - 2yrs
Joseph Frazier (188-G-83) Harlem Globetrotters 25ppg, 6apg '06 Cal.St.-Northridge Big West All Tournament Team -04, 05
Nathan Green (203-F-75) Oklahoma Cavalry (CBA) 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg Idaho State Played pro basketball in 9 countries
Whit Holcomb (185-G-84) Kaiserslautern (Germany) 16.4ppg, 5.8apg Radford Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga 2nd Team
Leonard Houston (6'3''-G-85) Drake University 14ppg; 5rpg Drake University 2nd Team '07-'08 All Missouri Valley Conference
Reggie Huffman (201-F-82) UAB 7.7ppg, 6.3rpg UAB C-USA Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Travis Knight (6'11''-F/C-74) N/A - NBA Vet, 7 yrs. N/A Conneticut 7 year NBA Veteran, NBA Championship '99-'00
Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84) William Carey 18.8ppg, 4.8rpg William Carey All-Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago Co-MVP -08
William Maupins (6'5''-G-85) Great Falls (CBA) 7ppg; 6rpg St Scholastica Conference Player of the Year, MVP
Jeffrey Mayi (201-F-84) Manatee CC N/A Manatee CC French nationality
Ryan McBride (198-G-81) Georgia St. '07 6.2ppg, 3.1rpg '07 Georgia St. JUCO all-conference team -05, 06
Larry Morinia (180-G-80) Osnabrueck (Germany) 10.2ppg Montana St. Northern German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -08
Tim Morris (193-G-84) Washington Univ. 7.2ppg, 3.6rpg Washington Univ. NCAA Sweet 16 -08
Terrell Myers (6'3''-G-74) Murcia (Spain) 11pg; 47% from 3pt St Joesphs University Eurobasket Bosman Tean ACB Spain -06
BBL All Star -4 yrs, English passport
Lance Ortiz (6'0''-G-85) Cal State- Bernardino 12ppg; 5rpg Cal State- Bernardino All CCAA 1st Team - 07-08
Pele Paelay (193-G-84) Great Falls Explorers (CBA) 15.8ppg, 4.3rpg Co.Carolina Liberia nationality
Africabasket.com NCAA1 All-African 2nd Team -06
Ryan Read (190-G-84) Concordia Irvine 16.5ppg, 6.6rpg Concordia Irvine Victory Sports NAIA All-America Second Team -08
Carlos Rivera (6'2''-G-83) Polonia W-wa (Poland) 15ppg; 47% 3pt Hofstra University CAA Player of the Week
Puerto Rico BSN League All Star 2008
Aristide Sawadogo (7'1''-C-81) Iowa Energy (NBDL) 3ppg; 3rpg Clayton State Burundi nationality
Philip Scott (190-G-83) Prairie View A&M '05-06 N/A Prairie View A&M -
Temi Soyebo (183-G-84) As Sadd (Qatar) 7.2ppg, 4.5rpg ('07) NC-Wilmington CAA Tournament Winner -06
Derrick Stevens (180-G-80) Colorado 14ers (D-League) N/A Colorado State WBA Champion -07
J.J. Tauai (190-G-85) Bradley '07 7.3ppg, 4.3rpg '07 Bradley '07 MVC Tournament Semifinals -07
Fred Washington (6'5''-F-85) Stanford University 4ppg; 4rpg Stanford University PAC 10 All Defensive Team



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Panionios keeps Lonny Baxter - by Eurobasket News
Management of Panionios On Telecoms extended contract with center Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) for one more season. Baxter arrived to Panionios in February this year from Joventut Badalona. For a very short time he became one of the most important players of his team. Baxter played 12 games for Panionios in Greek A1 regular season averaging 10.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg. At the play-off, when Panionios made fantastic success reaching semifinals and later beating Maroussi in the battle for the Euroleague, Lonny Baxter had even better performance. For 10 games he added 12.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Two seasons before he was a member of Montepschi Siena winning the Italian Serie A with them. Basketball public in Greece knows Baxter from the time when he played for Panathinaikos. His team won Greek National Cup capturing the title in domestic championship for season 04/05. Baxter also has NBA experience as a member of Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats. He became the NCAA champion with Maryland at his senior season 01/02.

'In short interview which was published on Euroleague.net Baxter said that he couldn't reject offer from Panionios. 'In just half a season, I felt that I wore this jersey for many years. All my teammates make me feel that I was part of a family. I am looking forward to return to Greece and start working. We are expecting a historical season, taking part in the Euroleague' - said Baxter.

More than two weeks ago Panionios already agreed terms with Serbian coach Aleksandar Trifunovic as well as with scoring machine Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania). At the same time the team also signed 4-years contract with Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90), who will spent his first one in Serbian top division as a loaned player.


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  FINLAND   


1.DIV.: Kauhajoki signed with Roni Leimu - by Rauno Hurmalainen
After two seasons on top level in Iceland (Haukar, Hamar) Finnish G-F Roni Leimu (189-G-82) has made a decision to return back to Finland. Leimu has signed
a 1+1-year-contract with Karhu (Kauhajoki). Leimu wants to play on a winning Team/roster and although Kauhajoki fell out of 'Korisliiga' last season,
their only and realistic goal is to get right back to Top League coming season. Before Leimu Kauhajoki signed with Lasse Hintsala (193-G-84) (Joensuu) and re-signed
ex-NBA-player Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama). Greg Gibson continues as the Head Coach at Kauhajoki.


INTERNATIONAL: Aki Ulander back to Sweden - by Rauno Hurmalainen
NT G Juha Sten (191-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) (Solna) will not be the only Finnish player on Top League in Sweden coming season. NT C Aki Ulander (208-C-81) will also leave YMCA Lappeenranta and return back to Sweden. This time Ulander joins Sundsvall Dragons roster while playing 2006-07 on Sallen Basket roster in Uppsala. Last season Ulander played in Eurobasket (6,0 ppg - 8,1 rpg) and won bronze in Finland averaging 6,8 ppg - 6,9 rpg on top level.

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  FRANCE   


Pro B : Jean-Yves Zahoui signs for Poitiers - by Aurelien Hipp
*Poitiers has founds its back-up for the PG spot. Jean-Yves Zahoui (175-G-88) started his professionnal carreer at Chlons last season and will play on Cedric Gomez' rotation next year with Poitiers. The player posted 2.4ppg 1.3rpg with Chalons last season, behind starter Klemensas Patiejunas. Jean-Yves Zahoui will go on improving under Rudy Nelhomme, a coach who trusts the young players, like he did last season for Lamine Kante. Poitiers lost the ProB title game at Bercy and is preparing next seasons with the same ambitions.

ProA : John Cox from Le Havre to Nancy - by Aurelien Hipp
*Nancy has announced the signature of John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF), coming from Le Havre, for 2 seasons. Kobe Bryant's cousin is one of the key players of the French ProA league since he landed in France 2 seasons ago. Cox posted 18.8ppg 4.3rpg 3.6apg last season and was one of the main arguments helping Le Havre to grab the 5th place. The former scorer of the University of San Francisco (20ppg as a senior) will join the defending French champion and will discover the Euroleague.

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Goran Veselinovski retires, MZT negotiates with Held and Pejanovic - by Eurobasket News
One of the basketball legends of Fersped Rabotnicki, Goran Veselinovski (190-G-75), who spent in the club previous 11 years, decided to retire from the professional basketball. Many injuries, which he suffered over the last couple of seasons, were the main reason why 'soul of the team' decided to quit. Veselinovski is the player with maybe the biggest number of trophys his country. Since 1997 he captured six championship titles of FYROM. At the same time Rabotnicki was a National Cup winner twice. But unfortunately to the Rabotnicki's fans jersey with number six will take some other player next season. However, it doesn't mean that Veselinovski will leave the club. There is a possibility that he takes some of the positions in Rabotnicki. Sports director of the club, Goran Kostovski, stated that he would like to see Veselinovski at Rabitnicki in the future. There was some signals that he could take a position of Team Manager but nothing is officially confirmed yet.

In the meantime MZT Skopje started with search for the new reinforcement for season 08/09. The team already negotiated with Serbian players Aleksandar Held (-81) as well as with Milos Pejanovic. Both players spent last season in Swisslions Pelister. Sports director of MZT, Dragan Pankovski, confirmed that MZT hade some talks with these two players. Anyway, he said that Held and Pejanovic are just one of the options for the next season. According to Pankovski's interview it seems that MZT won't sign any player during this month.


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  GERMANY   


ProA: Seggelke signs multi-year deal with Jena - by Manuel Schust
Alexander Seggelke (198-F-79, agency: LimeLight), a German Bundesliga All Star last season, decided to remain loyal with Science City Jena.

The team captain signed a 5-year deal with with Jena and will play his 4th season with the team form Thuringia.
Seggelke played a very decent season with Jena in BBL and averaged 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steal in 32 games.
Despite some offers from BBL clubs, the 28 year-old Forward decided to stay in Jena and try to promote to the first division again.
Seggelke received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South Player of the Year 2007 honors and should be a top performer in ProA.


Tuebingen add Mirko Anastasov to the roster - by Manuel Schust
Walter Tigers Tuebingen announced that serbian-german Center Mirko Anastasov (207-C-84) will for them in the upcoming season. The 24-year old, who spent last season with EWE Oldenburg, signed a one-year deal with Tuebingen.
Anastasov impressed Tuebingen's head coach Tolga Ongoren during the Court-Side camp in Frankfurt and gets another chance to show his talent in BBL after two years with Ludwigsburg and one with Oldenburg.

Meanwhile the Tigers add a familiar face next to Tolga Oengoren: Igor Perovic (194-G-74), who finished his 17 year pro career in May, will be the new assistant coach in Tuebingen. He replaces Mauricio Parra , who will join Bayern Muenchen next year.

Seven players of last year's roster will not be re-signed by Tuebingen: Patrick Sparks (184-G-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Kentucky), Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77, college: Tennessee-Martin), Douglas Gorauskas (205-C-83), Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin), DeeAndre Hulett (200-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Coll.Sequoias CC), Waitari Marsh (188-G-80, college: Tulane) and Jonathan Solomon (186-G-85) will have to find new clubs.
With the signing of Anastasov, Daniel Fountain (193-G-86, agency: Court Side), Rasko Katic (208-C/F-80), A.J. Moye (193-G-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Indiana) and Jay Thomas (193-F-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cent.Washington) Tuebingen has 5 players on their new roster.


ProA: Karlsruhe inks LyRyan Russel - by Manuel Schust
BG Karlsruhe signed american Point Guard Lyryan Russell (183-G-79, college: USF) for next season.

Hardly any other american knows the 2. Bundesliga as well as Russel, who spent the last 4 seasons in germany's second division. The 29-year old played for Langen, Bayreuth, Kaiserslautern and Chemnitz in the last years and is well known for his nice passing skills.
Last season he averaged 4.9 assists per game with Chemnitz and was the league's second best in that category.
But he could also show his all around game during last season as he finished with 32 points in Schalke and 10 rebounds against Hagen.


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Ghanaian league results - by Gianni Pascucci
See here more updates from the league.
The last games results were:

June 21 = Wizards - Yotive (postponed due to rain)

June 25 = Reformers 45 - Panthers 62

June 27 = Police 38 - Flames 35

June 28 = Braves of CEPS 80 - Wizards 43

July 3 = Reformers 74 - Flames 73

July 5 = Wizard 40 - Fire 53 MVP of the game: Enoch Andoh (203-F-89)

July 5 = Premier Panthers 43 - Cape Coast HOOPS 45 MVP of the game: Saykam Bestman (191-G/F-91).
Cape Coast Hoops won despite the absence of the Nigerian imports, who traveled to Nigeria for a break


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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 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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  HOLLAND   


Dutch youngsters finished another preparation tour - by Eurobasket News
Holland U18 finished another preparation tour for European Championship. The team comes back from Italy where it participated in the International tournament Alpe della Luna with Italy, Germany and Austrian squads.
In the first game Holland lost to the hosts of the tournament, Italy 76:102. 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. Holland met Austrian side in the last game of the competition. Robert Langer 's team had a very good game but could not reach a positive result. Holland opened the game with offensive start and took the control from the very beginning. Holland won the first period 28:20 and looked forward for the next quarters. Austria however remained tough and produced 16:20 in the second stanza. It seemed that the game would not be interesting after Holland made 20:15 in the third quarter for 17 points advantage. But Austria bounced back and had a great period, that was last in the game. The team managed to go on 24:14 win in the last period to stay closer in the end. Holland however stayed cool and won the encounter 82:75.For Austria Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) top-scored with 24 points. Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) ended up with 15, while Eric Schranz scored 14 points.
Italy U18 finished the tournament on the first place beating Germany 90:61. Italians started with 24:17 and then paid more attention to defense. As a result the hosts produced 23:7 and easily led the game to the winning end.


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Bellingham to host IBL championship game July 18 - by Eurobasket News
Bellingham Slam will have home-court advantage when they face off against the Elkhart Express in the 2008 International Basketball League championship game on July 18. The team learned Monday that league officials had selected Bellingham to host the game, which will take place at the Slam's home venue of Whatcom Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.The game will mark the first time that Bellingham has hosted a professional sports championship game of any kind.

The Slam will be making their first championship game appearance after back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in the American Basketball Association. Bellingham reached the IBL championship by defeating the Vancouver Volcanoes, 120-106, in the Western Conference championship on Sunday. Elkhart, the league's two-time defending champions, advanced by defeating the Battle Creek Knights, 147-130, in the Eastern Conference championship.

Tickets for the July 18 championship will go on sale Monday. Advance ticket prices for the game range from $20.00 for reserved courtside to $5.00 for a child general admission ticket. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as team officials are expecting a sell-out. Starting Monday, tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 734-SLAM, on the internet at www.bellinghamslam.com, or in person at the Slam's offices at 1200 Lakeway Drive.

Fans can also receive free championship game tickets if they purchase a 2009 season ticket package for the Slam.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com
Courtesy of oursportscentral.com


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Croatia U20 and Iran played two friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Croatian U20 National Team and National Team of Iran played two friendly games in Zadar. Iranians are one of the nine participants of the Olympic Games in Peking which are already known. The team of coach Rajko Toroman, which won Asian Championship last year, is currently in Croatia where it will play couple of friendly games as a part of preparations for the Olympics. Both teams registered one win in these two games.
Croatians were much better rival in the first game, which was played on Friday. The hosts dominated during the entire time while on the other side Iranians struggled with their defense. It resulted with 92 points by Croatian matched with 71 points by Iranians. Key player for Croatia in this game was Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89), who scored 20 points. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) followed him delivering 15 points. Iran got 23 points by Mashadi while Mehdi Kamrani (181-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) netted 19.
The second game was different story. Iran showed much better performance keeping small lead until the end. It was not so confident victory as Croatia done it in the first game but anyway Iranians ended this two games with 50% success. At the end of the second game it was 80-73 for Iran. This time Bahrami was the best scorer for the winners with 20 points. Eslamen was behind him scoring 14 points. Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) and Ivan Milekovic (198-G/F-88) scored 13 points each for Croatia. It is important to be mentioned that Croatia played the second game without Djugim, Marcinkovic, Radic, Hajdic, Petkovic and Sarlija.


Croatia - Iran 92:71 (game one)

Croatia: Bogdanovic 20, Sakic 15, Djugum 9, Bilan 7
Iran: Mashady 23, Kamrany 19, Bahrami 11


Croatia - Iran 73:80 (game two)

Croatia: Bilan 13, Milekovic 13, Bubalo 11
Iran: Bahrami 20, Kamrani 14, Mashady 10


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Market News - by Or Berger
Virtus Bolognia Closed with Will Bynum (180-G-83) in 800K$ to one year. Bynum, American Guard, play the past two years in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv that he averaged this season 6.5ppg and 3.1apg in 17 MIN.
Arkadi Gaidmal Russian-Israeli will donate a 1M shekel to Hapoel Holon that has financial problems after the leaving of Miki Dorsman.
Ilan Berkowitz (188-G-75) Signed a year in Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan. The last season Illan played in Hapoel Beer-Sheva from division 2 is the Israeli league, He averaged 14.2ppg, 7.5apg and 4.4rpg
Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan also signed Josh Gomes (190-G-83, college: E.Illinois).
Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan also extend her coach contract, Robby Belinko to one more year.
Rumors are Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) will sign in the Spanish league in Estudiantes Madrid.
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem wants Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78, college: Idaho) (2.03-30-F) and Or Eitan (198-G-81, agency: Avi Zilberman) signed for Eldan Ashkelon to 2 years.


Market News - by Or Berger
Omar Sneed (203-F/C-76) an American forward who played the past year in Maccabi Rishon LeZion and averaged 16.4ppg 7.5rpg and 4.4ppg Signed Officially in Hapoel 'Migdal' Jerusalem for 1 year.
Raz Zehavian (197-F-82) who played the last year in Maccabi Ashdod and averaged 10.5ppg and 3.7rpg signed in Maccabi Rishon LeZion for 2 years.
Moshe Vainkartz is the new coach of Bnei Hasharon. Vainkartz is one of the most experienced coaches in the Israeli league.
Galil\Gilboa signed to 2 young Israeli players:
Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) and Ron Sabag (184-G-90) both of them were in the group of the five excellent players in the youth league.
Doron Sheffer thinks of retirement and become manager of Hapoel Zfat for the Division 3 in the Israeli league or to stay as a player.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is searching for Forward foreigner player.
Mony Fanan the legendary manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv retired from the job after the press conference, where he explains why.
Gur Shelef will replace him.


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Last Serie A signings - by Gianni Pascucci
Virtus La Fortezza Bologna made a top market move inking Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech), last at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Pallacanestro Cantu (ex Tisettanta) announced the agreement with Jason Rich (191-G-86), just graduated from Florida State University. Premiata Montegranaro introduced to media Roberto Carmenati as the new Team Director and Manager

Lega 2 market news - by Gianni Pascucci
See here a resume of the last transactions: Prima Basket Veroli and Marco Rossi (183-G-81) agreed to extend their pact for another season. Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia inked promising Massimiliano Defant (205-F-89) with a four-year contract. Vanoli Soresina should announce soon the agreement with USA-ITA Matthew Bucci (190-G/F-81, college: LIU - C.W.Post). Edimes Pavia agreed to terms with Marco Evangelisti (196-G-84). Fastweb Casale Monferrato inked Andrea Ghiacci (200-G/F-81) and Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group), who both signed four-year contracts. Carmatic Pistoia confirmed in roster Alessandro Bencaster (193-G-80, agency: Players Group) and Fiorello Toppo (198-F/C-80) and inked Alessandro Infanti (191-G-85) (ex Fabriano). Crabs Rimini should officially announce soon that Massimo Galli willl be promoted to Head Coach. TD Shop.It Livorno re-signed Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.).

Italy U18 wins the tournament, Italy U20 is second after Israel - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 finished with 2-1 record in Torneo Internazionale Citta di San Benedetto del Tronto. In the last game the hosts had a battle over Russia and could benefit from overtime. Italy and Russia tied the first quarter at 15:15. Italian side grabbed the control and the lead in the second quarter after 16:12 in it. Again after 14:14 in the third period the teams were between 4 points difference and then Russian team bounced back. The latter produced 20:16 in the final stanza to send the game into overtime. The hosts suggested 14:10 to win the encounter and to finish with 2-1 record. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) led the winners 18 points. Marco Ammannato (203-F/C-88) nailed 15, while Claudio Tomassini (190-G-91) had 12. Israel beat Germany 83:49 and finished first.

Italy U18 hosted International tournament Alpe della Luna. Borgo Pace welcomed Italy, Holland, Germany and Austrian squads. After two wins against Holland and Austria, Italy finished the tournament on the first place beating Germany 90:61. Italians started with 24:17 and then paid more attention to defense. As a result the hosts produced 23:7 and easily led the game to the winning end. David Reginald Cournooh (190-G-90) paced all the winners with 18 points. Moreno and Luca Campani (204-F-90) nailed 11 each, whilst Amici posted 10.


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  MEXICO   


Rookies to Play for Lobos UAC and Algodoneros - by Carlos Chapa
Teams Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon and Lobos de la UAC Saltillo have announced new players for next season in the LNBP, although none of this four players have professional experience, they were all leaders and veterans with their respective teams.

Torreon signed former NAIA Freshman of the Year Mike Strobbe (201-F), he will look to add rebounding presence in the Forward position, after being the leader in this category in his last season with McKendree; Strobbe will play as a Mexican-American.

Paul Stoll (178-G-85) will also play for Algodoneros, the Point Guard led UTPA in scoring, steals, assists and in 3-pointers, Stoll-Hernandez will look for a place in the Mexican National team, he has Mexican origin.

Lobos de la UAC Saltillo inked Jesus Chavez and Abraham Ramos; they were both Mexican National Champions with CEU University. Jesus was born in Durango and plays as a Small Forward. Abraham, from Monterrey, plays the Guard position.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Vladimir Micov looks forward to Partizan Igokea - by Eurobasket News
In interview for the Serbian daily newspapers 'Sport' forward of Buducnost Podgorica, Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), stated that he wouldn't have any doubt to rejoin Partizan Igokea once again. Namely, according to some Montenegrin media Micov was mentioned as a one of possible reinforcements of new-old Serbian champion. As a reminder Micov already spent three months in Belgrade on season 06/07. He grabbed the title in Serbian championship after what he was very close to join TAU Ceramica.

'I also unofficially heard that Partizan wants to see me in its roster for the next season. One the other hand nobody has contacted me nor my agent. I still didn't get any official offer from them or from any other club. It is not a secret that I would not have any doubt if I get a call from Partizan. I would accept it without hesitation. I was there and I saw how thing works in Partizan. It would be another step forward if I return to the city where I born' - said Micov.

Vladimir Micov had 12 appearances for Buducnost in ULEB Cup last season averaging 11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.2 spg. He also played 29 games in Adriatic league adding 12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.3 spg. He landed to Buducnost in 2005 and last season was his third one in Podgorica. Before Buducnost, Micov spent one season in Lavovi 063 while in the past he also used to play for Beograd, Crvena Zvezda and Beopetrol. He was a member of Serbian and Montenegro National Team which won bronze medal on European Championship in Moscow in 2005.


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Bye Bulldogs: Jacob leaving Athens - by Kevin Cochran
Georgia basketball player Jeremy Jacob (6'7''-F-87) has decided to leave the Bulldog program and will transfer to another school, head coach Dennis Felton announced.

Jacob, a 6-7 forward from Baton Rouge, La., played in the first six games of the 2008 season as a true freshman, averaging 5.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. However, he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot in that sixth game and missed the remainder of the season.

'Jeremy has expressed an interest in playing for a program where he can play a more prominent role than he believes he will play at Georgia,' Felton said. :We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. We wish Jeremy the very best for his future.'

Because Jacob appeared in less than 20 percent of Georgia's total of 34 games last season, he was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA and therefore, he will have four years of eligibility remaining.

Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications


Dayton's player in two summer leagues - by Eurobasket News
Brian Roberts (6'2''-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) of University of Dayton will participate in two summer leagues. Roberts will play for the Magic at Orlando Pro Summer League which starts today. The last day of the contest is July 11th after what Roberts will join Los Angeles Lakers. The team will play on NBA Summer League in Las Vegas which will start on July 13th.
Orlando Pro Summer League will count 6 participants. It will be Magic, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets and Oklahoma City. At the other one in Las Vegas will compete a way bigger number of teams. It will be Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.


Staying in South Bend sounds good for Brey - by Kevin Cochran
Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey has signed a two-year contract extension to continue as head coach of the Fighting Irish through the 2014-15 campaign.

Brey, the 2007 and 2008 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, will begin his ninth season along the Irish sidelines in 2008-09. He has guided the Irish to five 20-win seasons during his eight-year tenure and 10 or more wins in BIG EAST play on five occasions. Brey owns a 167-86 (.662) record in eight seasons at Notre Dame and is 266-138 (.658) in 13 seasons as a head coach. Brey's Irish teams have registered an 80-50 (.615) record in BIG EAST regular-season play and are 83-58 (.589) all-time including conference tournament action. Over the last 41 BIG EAST regular-season contests, Notre Dame has registered an impressive 30-11 (.732) mark over the last 41 BIG EAST regular-reason games.

In his first season as head coach, Brey guided the Irish to the 2001 BIG EAST West Division title. Notre Dame has advanced to the postseason all eight seasons under Brey, including NCAA tournament appearances in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. In'03, Notre Dame advanced to the Sweet 16.

'As his peers have acknowledged by selecting him coach of the year the past two seasons, Mike has built one of the top men's basketball programs in the BIG EAST Conference,' said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president. 'His quiet confidence and class are a perfect fit for Notre Dame, and I am sure that we'll enjoy still more success in coming years.'

Brey engineered one of the most successful campaigns in Notre Dame history in 2007-08 as he guided his team to a 25-8 record (the third most wins in school history) and a program-best 14-4 record in BIG EAST play. The Irish tied for second in the final BIG EAST regular-season standings after being chosen ninth in the Coaches' Preseason Poll. The 25 wins were the most ever under Brey and most since the 1973-74 campaign when that Irish squad finished with a 26-3 mark.

'When I was named the head coach at Notre Dame my goal was to retire here,' said Brey. 'I believe in the mission of this special place and it has been such a great fit for me and my family. I love the momentum of our program and the facility improvements that we are making at the Joyce Center. I am extremely thankful to Father Jenkins for his support of our program and greatly appreciate the confidence that he has in me.'


Courtesy: NCAA.com


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Interview with Ronlon Haves Jackson - by Alexander Davis
1. Where have you played and where are you hoping to play next season? (List a few of your accomplishments)

Career:
Houston, TX (Klein Collins H.S.)
2000-2001: KCHS: 35 games: 10ppg, 3rpg, 3ast
2001-2002: KCHS: 35 games: 12ppg, 3rpg, 3ast
2002-2003: KCHS: 35 games: 17ppg, 6rpg, 6ast
2002-2003: KCHS: 35 games: 17ppg, 6rpg, 6ast
2003-2004: KCHS: 40 games: 20ppg, 6rpg, 6ast
2004-2005: Seminole St. (NAJCO): Red Shirt
2005-2006: Rose St. (NAJCO): 12.6ppg, 6.5rpg
2006-2007: MACU (NAIA): 36 games: 11.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 7ast
2007-2008: MACU (NAIA): 34 games: 15 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 5 apg
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Awards/Achievements:
Houston All-City team 04
Houston Area Champion 04
Houston Regional Champion 04
Houston Area High Jump Champion 610
Texas State Semi Finalist 04
NAJCO Semi Finals 05
NCCAA National Champion 06

I really dont have any preference on where I play initially. Im only interested in getting my foot in the door, if I had a spaceship I would play on Jupiter. But seriously Im devoted to the game of basketball and I feel like I have something to offer, I just want to get paid to do what I love.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Kiwis fall to 0-2 record at the Australian U18 championship - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U18 Team lost their Australian U18 Championship opener in Ballarat. New Zealand juniors took on New South Wales Country in Pool A on Saturday. New Zealand side got to a better start as they grabbed a 6-point lead into the second quarter. However Aussies answered with a 21:10 second period to gain control at the long break. New Zealand team closed the gap to a single point with a quarter to go but was forced to defeat in the final term. Tom Rowe (205-F-91) led the Kiwis charge with 22 points and 11 boards. Winston Li had 18 points, while James Holland dropped 10 points in a losing effort.
Tom Rowe topscored in the second game as well. Otagos forward came up with 13 points for Kiwis but they could not handle the tournaments favorites Victoria Metro. The hosts stunned New Zealand team 95:46 to send them to 0-2 record at the start. James Holland notched 10 points in a losing effort. The visitors were beaten 5:28 in the opening quarter and never seriously threatened the Metros dominance throughout the game. New Zealand U18 team faces Queensland South on the third day of the competition. The Kiwis are now at the bottom of the preliminary Pool A.


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  NIGERIA   


City league returns after one week break - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Action resume Tuesday in the Lagos City Basketball league after a one week break due to crowded activities of the Zenith bank Women League which ended last Saturday in Lagos.

According to the organizers of the league, Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA, four matches will be on the bill Tuesday with 2007 runner-up, Union Bank basketball club battling it out against giant killer, Whales basketball club at 10.00 hours local time.

Whales players and their coach, Charles Osho says they are looking forward to creating another upset after they humbled Ebun Comets 60-59 last week.

The players are confident that if they can do it against Comets they can do it against any team in the league.

The era of big teams is over and my players are looking forward to the encounter against the Union Bank with a promise to repeat what was achieved against Ebun Comets last week, the youthful coach says.

Flames basketball club will slug it out against Islanders at 12.30 hours local time just as Police Bombers will engage Ikorodu Kings at 14.00 hours, while the last match of the day will be between Chariot and Ebun Comets basketball club at 15.30 hours.

Two matches will be decided on Wednesday with Islanders taking on Chariot at 13.00 hours while Union Bank battles it out against Police Bombers basketball club.

Actions continue on Thursday and Friday when the first stanza of the league comes to and end and the mid-season transfer window will be thrown open to allow the movement of players within teams in the league.
Adesola Alayande (183-G-84)


Bakare return to national duty - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has recall former coach of the Nigeria national teams, Ayodele Bakare to tinker the Nigeria senior men national team, DTigers after series of failed attempts with expatriate coaches.

The coming back of Bakare, Nigeria most successful coach who qualified Nigeria for her first FIBA World Championship in 1998 in Greece when the country finished second to host Senegal at the 1997 FIBA Africa Championship for Men.

The Ebun Comets basketball club owner and coach was in the saddle until 2003 before he took a voluntary retirement from national duties, he was, however, recalled in 2005 when Nigeria hosted and won the 19th FIBA Africa Championship for Women in Abuja, Nigeria before bowing out to allow the Nigeria federation experiment with two expatriate coaches Sam Vincent who took Nigeria senior men team a step back-ward in 2005 when the country finished third behind perennial champion, Angola and Senegal but bagged a place in the 2006 FIBA World Championship held in Japan then came Robert McCollum in 2007,

McCollum was in charge when Nigeria recorded one of the worst results in her basketball history when DTigers was bundled out of the 2007 FIBA Africa Championship for Men by little known Cape Verde in the quarter-finals and the country managed a fifth placing.

With the shoddy performance of the countrys team under expatriate coaches, the NBBF have no option than to revert back to making use of indigenous coaches so as to stop the wastage of the scarce resources at the disposal of the federation.

Bakare first assignment according to our finding is the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers of the 2009 Africa Men Championship in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire later this month.


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  PARAGUAY   


Metropolitan league updating - by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating Sportivo San Lorenzo 74-53, Universidad Catolica kept the first place in the standings and is now sure to play the Final Series. Hector Vairoletto (188-F) scored 22 points to lead UCA, and Norbert Aguero (-G) added 15 pts, while the best in San Lorenzo was Luis Fernando Dose (201-F/C-65) at 17 pts. in another game of the last round, Universidad Autnoma de Asuncin (UAA) defeated Olimpia 86-76.
Standings:
1. UCA 4-0 9 points,
2. UAA 3-1 7 pts,
3. San Lorenzo 1-3, 5,75 pts,
4. Olimpia 0-4 4 pts.


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  POLAND   


Roszyk returns to Zgorzelec - by Filip Stanczyk
Krzysztof Roszyk (200-F-78), one of the two key Polish players in Prokom Trefl from last season, comes back to Turow Zgorzelec, where he played two seasons ago, and where he started his career. Roszyk is current Polish League Champion with Prokom, being a quite important part of the champions team. Roszyk usually plays as a shooting guard and is known in Poland for his outstanding deffensive abilities. Last season he was averaging 6,6 pts in Polish League playing almost 21 minutes a game.

Slanina heading south - by Filip Stanczyk
Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) decided to leave Prokom Trefl, where he has spent two seasons collecting DBE champions titles twicely. This situation prooves that Prokom is no longer the Polish financial giant. Now the two best teams of last season are sweeping their key players. Before Slanina, Prokom was abandoned by Krzysztof Roszyk. Moreover, team from Sopot has taken Turow's all-star - David Logan and fans speculate that Slanina is a 'filling' for Logan's gap.

Lithuanian guard was a general in Prokom's corps two years ago. Then, after buying Milan Gurovic, he had to let him play that important role of team's brain. Now, Slanina will propably be the key guy again, but in the southern Poland - in Zgorzelec. Last season Slanina averaged 12.5 ppg., 2.3 apg., and 2.5 rpg. in DBE and 11.1 ppg., 1.9 apg., 1.9 rpg in Euroleague.


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 admits that his decision in that case wasn't 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 be 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 next season.


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  PORTUGAL   


Interview to a Champion - by Nuno Vieira


Interview to a Champion - by Nuno Vieira


Interview to a Champion - by Nuno Vieira

This is a interview with Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island), Champion 2007-2008 with Fisica Desportiva T.Vedras.


And Whats now Champ??

What is your ideia for next season?? Do you want to stay in Portugal, what will be necessary??
I would love to stay in Portugal but this is a business I have to make the right financial decision.

What wore you Thinking when you decide to sign with Fisica??
Well I looked on the roster before I signed I saw Miguel Baroca and Mohomed Camara were on the roster I had to take the deal. They are my boys from along time ago plus I know they can play so I was thinking I made the right decision.

What about all your carrier?? until now, now what was the down and the up side??
I am very happy about my whole career no matter where I played I worked hard and gave my best effort. The down side was when I was sitting at home a couple of years ago waiting for a deal. And the upside is winning the championship in an extremely competitive Proliga.

When during the season you felt that the team had a chance to go far in the competition??
I thought we had a chance to win the championship the whole year to be honest. I knew it wouldnt be easy but I always felt confident we had a shot. We practiced so hard against each other day in and day out that I knew we would at least go deep in the playoffs.


What about your team?? what can you tell us??
Our team was fun. Even when we lost games we were disappointed but we stuck together. This team by far is my favorite not because we won the whole thing but because we are like brothers. I talk to everyone on the team even after the season is over.

Who, in your ideia was the MVP of ProLiga?? and why??
I think Tommie deserved the MVP. He is one of the best players I have ever played against. I think I should have gotten defensive player of year award or at least first or second team in Portugal. But I rather have a championship then any of those awards.


What happen in your mind when Green run away and you got all alone?? and waht about Kendell??
I know players come and go in this business so when Chris left it didnt affect me that much. One door closing opened the door for my boy Kendell Craig (188-G-80, college: Adelphi) to come in. We grew up together so having him come play in live in Portugal with me was very exciting. Batman and Robin reunited. Im Batnan!!


One last word for all the fans -
My last words to the Fans of Fisica Desportiva T.Vedras are CAMPEOES CAMPEOES NOS SOMOS CAMPEOES



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  RUSSIA   


Russia U20 comes back from Italy - by Eurobasket News
Russia 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 Russian youngsters lost to Israel U20 66:79. It was a great opener for the latter 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 Russia recovered from the first loss and beat Germany 63:48.
Game 3 saw Italy U20 finished with 2-1 record in Torneo Internazionale Citta di San Benedetto del Tronto. In the last game the hosts had a battle over Russia and could benefit from overtime. Italy and Russia tied the first quarter at 15:15. Italian side grabbed the control and the lead in the second quarter after 16:12 in it. Again after 14:14 in the third period the teams were between 4 points difference and then Russian team bounced back. The latter produced 20:16 in the final stanza to send the game into overtime. The hosts suggested 14:10 to win the encounter and to finish with 2-1 record. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) led the winners 18 points. Marco Ammannato (203-F/C-88) nailed 15, while Tomassini had 12.


Dynamo Moscow inks Arriel McDonald, Khryapa got injured - by Eurobasket News
Hot summer continues for Dynamo Moscow's fans. After couple of important news the team stepped up with another one. Dynamo announced signing of experienced guard Arriel McDonald (191-G-72, college: Minnesota) on a one year contract. In the past McDonald already was a member of the team and it was on season 04/05. After Russia, he spent three very successful seasons in Akasvayu Girona. During these three years Girona became the winner of FIBA EuroCup in 2007 and played in the final of ULEB Cup last season. McDonald grabbed the award 'All-ULEB Cup Honorable Mention' by Eurobasket.com. He played 17 games for Girona in ULEB previous season averaging 11.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 2.2 apg. For 34 games in Spanish ACB league he added 10.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.8 apg. McDonald was one of the most consistent players of Girona over the past three years. He had almost the same digits in all competitions so far. Before Girona and Dynamo, McDonald used to play for Panathinaikos Athens, Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Olimpija Ljubljana.

'I am glad I returned to Moscow. I have extremely nice memories from 2005 when I played there' - said McDonald.

In the meantime not so good news came from Russian National Team camp. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) suffered Achilles injury of his right leg. Khryapa will be sidelined from the court for a least 15 days. It is not known yet will he be able to help Russians at the Olympics which starts on August 8th.


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  SEBL   


Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 2-0 
 2. BC Howren 0-0 
 3. Polk Co. 0-1 
 4. BC Sixers 0-1 
 5. Owen FH 0-1 
City B-West
 1. BC Dalton 1-0 
 2. BC Knicks-2 1-0 
 3. Metro Stars 0-0 
 4. Rockmart 0-1 
 5. Cedart.B. II 0-1 
Metro A-North
 1. Cartersville W. 0-0 
 2. ServPro-1 0-0 
 3. BC Force 0-0 
 4. BC Celtics 0-0 
 5. BC Skyline 0-0 
 6. Supreme 0-0 
Metro A-South
 1. Black Monop 0-0 
 2. Speedboys 0-0 
 3. D.O.T.S. 0-0 
 4. Tri-County 0-0 
 5. BC Lakers 0-0 
 6. Young Gunz 0-0 


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  SERBIA   


Serbian U16 National Team travels to Moscow - by Dragan Jankovski
Twenty days ago Serbian U16 National Team started preparations for European Championship which will take a place in Italy this summer. Serbia will try to defend the gold medal which they won last year on Crete. As a part of preparations Serbia will leave Novi Becej for Moscow. In the Russian capital U16 NT will stay 10 days. During this period they will work together with Russian NT and they will participate at the international tournament from 11th to 13th of July. Except Serbia and Russia, National Teams of Turkey and Letonia will take a place on this tournament. After 10 days in Moscow, Serbians and Russians will travel together to Novi Becej. There will be also played couple of friendly games between these two teams. Later, actually at 23rd of July, both teams will go to Slovenia on another international tournament. Their rivals this time will be the hosts Slovenia and Czech Republic.

'Since we met together 20 days ago we didn't play any friendly game. We wanted to test all players and to establish the system of our game. Except tournament in Russia and Slovenia we will also participate at another one in France. It will be 12 games in total what is enough for us to prepare for the European Championship. Perica Bobic won't travel with us in Moscow because of shoulder injury. We will have 15 players in Russia after what I will have to decrease number to 13' - said head coach of Serbian U16 National Team, Dragan Vascanin, for daily newspaper Sportski Zurnal.


Mavrenski in Prostejov BC - by Zoran Popovic
Former head coach of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad, Ivica Mavrenski , signed contract with BK Prostejov. BK Prostejov played semifinal in Chech Republic National championship and lost from Geofin Novy Jicin 3-2. Mavrenski spent last two seasons in Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad as a assistant coach in season 2003-2004 and head coach in season 2007-2008. As a player Mavrenski also spent six seasons in Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad (1986-1992), played for Profikolor 1992-1993, KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd 1993-1995, FMP Zeleznik Beograd 1995-1996, KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac 1997-1998, MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje 1998-1999, KK Niksic (IBON)1999-2000, Zaleagerszeg TE 2000-2002.

Sasa Vasiljevic joins Kolosos Rhodes - by Dragan Jankovski
Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) agreed terms with Greek A1 team Kolossos from Rhodes. Vasiljevic's previous club was AEK Athens, who finished regular season on 7th place with score 13-13. Later, in the play-off quarterfinals Olympiakos beat them 2-0. Vasiljevic played 26 games in A1 league averaging 5.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.8 apg. For two games against Olympiakos in the quarterfinals he had 6 ppg, 2 rpg and 4.5 apg. Before AEK Vasiljevic played for Spanish team Vive Menorca, Bosna ASA BHT, Hemofarm Vrsac and Sloga. With Hemofarm Vrsac he became the champion of Adriatic league on season 04/05. Vasiljevic also has one title in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he won with Bosna ASA BHT in 2006. At the same year he was named to be the newcomer of the year in Bosnia.

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  SLOVENIA   


Samo Udrih agrees with Estudiantes - by Zeljko Zule
Samo Udrih (195-G-79) ex Granada agreed terms with Estudiantes for the upcoming season.
Luka Koper is negotiating with Zan Vrecko (194-G-86, agency: Court Side) ex Elektra Esotech.
Misel Postojnska jama is interested in Mirnes Husic (203-F-85) of Kraski zidar Jadran.
Rok Mocnik (179-G-83) ex Kraski zidar Jadran is very close to Nova Gorica.
Rudar (B1) is negotiating with Blaz Rucigaj (199-F-79) ex Luka Koper. .


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


South American Championship. Finals - by Eurobasket News
Final: Argentina - Uruguay 100:95
Argentina earned the title at the South American Championship in Puerto Montt in Chile. Yesterday Argentinean team narrowly edged Uruguay to claim the championship crown. Argentina avenged the elimination round loss to Uruguay several days ago. Argentina used a 13:0 run in the first frame to spur ahead. They enjoyed a 28:21 lead at the first intermission. Argentinean players stretched the margin to 11 points midway through the second period but Uruguay managed to strike back. They closed the first half with a 10:3 rally to trail by 3 points at the interval. Argentina once again ran away to a 10-point distance in the third stanza but not for long though. Uruguay revived the intrigue when Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) allowed his side to tie the game at 83 in the fourth quarter. But Diego Garcia (186-G-79) and Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) propelled Argentina to a dramatic victory at the end. Paolo Quinteros finished with 23 points and 4 steals in a win. Diego Garcia scored 21 points, while Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) and Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) had 15 points apiece for Argentina. Leandro Garcia Morales replied with game-high 33 points for Uruguay. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) provided 18 points and 13 boards in a loss.
Argentina: Paolo Quinteros 23, Diego Garcia 21, Roman Gonzalez 15, Maximiliano Stanic 15
Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 33, Esteban Batista 18+13 boards

Consolation Final: Venezuela - Brazil 87:72
Venezuela could have claimed the last available spot in the Final Four but they proved they were well worth it yesterday. Venezuelan team stunned Brazil to grab the Bronze medals at the South America Championship held in Chile. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) masterminded the victory nailing game-high 26 points and pulling down 8 boards. Brazil got to a better start to the game and opened an early lead. Venezuela however kept it close and trailed by just a single point 18:19 at the end of the first stanza. However Venezuela quickly denied the deficit. They prevailed in the second period to build a 40:34 advantage at halftime. Venezuela never slowed down after the break and kept mounting the pressure. They play very cautiously and were deadly from the charity stripe. Venezuela stretched the lead to 8 points heading into the final stanza. Venezuela limited offensive force of Brazilian backcourt and capitalized keeping their opponents at bay through the rest of the contest. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) produced 14 points and 9 boards for Venezuela. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) was helpful with 13 points in a win. William Fornou (204-C-81) answered with 21 points for Brazil. Caio Torres (211-C-87) had 16 points and 13 boards in defeat. The teams were well-matched on the glass with 37 boards apiece. Venezuela committed just 7 turnovers down the stretch and converted 85% from the free throw line. Both sides secured their 2009 FIBA Americas Championship birth.
Venezuela: Oscar Torres 26, Axiers Sucre 14, Jose Vargas 13
Brazil: William Fornou 21, Caio Torres 16+13 boards


Standings
Standings
1. Argentina 4-1
2. Uruguay 4-1
3. Brazil 4-1
4. Venezuela 2-3
5. Colombia 1-4
6. Chile 0-5


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  SPAIN   


Saul Blanco stays in Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada extended contract with Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) for three more years. Blanco joined Fuanlabrada in 2005 from LEB1 team Farho Gijon. His last season in Madrid actually was his best one. He had 25 appearances in ACB league averaging 8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.3 spg. Fuenlabrada finished previous season on 13th position with score 13-21. The team was a far away from play-off and 8th ranked Unicaja Malaga. In the past Blanco was a member of Spanish U16 as well as of the U20 National Team. With U20 NT he participated on European Championship in Brno in 2004 and on EC in Moscow next year.

Mallet wants out of Badalona - by Robert Mayor
Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) has expressed to the Joventut Badalona Club that after Coach Aito's departure he wants out of Badalona to pursue other teams. Mallet was offered in upward of 750,000 euros from other Clubs and large buyouts to the Uleb Champion Joventut Badalona which they turned down all buyouts to keep the player. The player's agent insist the contract was signed with the understanding that Mallet would be allowed to leave if his offers a substantial and teams give a buyout to the Spanish Club. 'Demond helped the Club acheive something they never have done in their history --win a King's Cup and a Uleb Cup. Rudy was the marketing star but I think many insiders know who was also the real star of the Club. I think this will get worked out. Joventut is a good and reasonable Club,' said the players agent Craig McKenzie

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  SWITZERLAND   


News from Monthey - by Eurobasket News
BBC Monthey started with signings for the next season. The club announced one-year contract extensions signed by Nicolas Porchet (188-G-79), Patrick Zwahlen (195-G/F-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) and Zijad Kicara (199-F-79). The team also inked to new players Herman Alston (190-G-69, college: Kean) and Gino Martinez (192-F-83). Both of them put signature on one year-year deal with the club.

Nicolas Porchet is ex player of Swiss National Team. Experienced guard played 15 games for Monthey previous season delivering 7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.9 apg. It will be Porchet's ninth season in Monthey.

Current player of Swiss National Team, Patrick Zwahlen, also will stay in the club for one more season. He joined Monthey in February this year from Sion Herens Basket. Zwahlen had 7 appearances in LNA averaging 4.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg.

Third player who signed contract extension, Zijad Kicara, didn't have a lot of chance to play last season as he averaged just 2 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Kicara arrived to Monthey during the previous summer.

American Herman Alston is a new reinforcement of Monthey and he can be used on positions 1,2 and 3. He spent last 3 seasons at Vevey Riviera Basket. His first two years the team played in LNB while last season they competed in top division. Alston registered 19.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1 spg in 20 games. Except Switzerland, Alston also has experience from Portugal, France and Poland.

As Aalston, Gino Martinez also can be used at positions 1, 2 and 3. He arrives to Herens from Sdent BBC Nyon where he had 3.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 1.8 apg. Herens will be Martinez's third LNA team as he already played for Lausanne and Boncourt in the past.


Benetton Fribourg Olympic to compete in ULEB Cup! - by Peter Isler
Fribourg Olympic received an invitation to comptete in the second largest European basketball competition for the 2008-09 season, the ULEB Cup. This is financially feasable for them seeing their main sponsor Benetton will provide the funds. The Swiss champions of the previous season will play each team in their group twice and in the case of elimination will be relegated to the FIBA Cup, the third highest competition.

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  TURKEY   


Banvit signed Lance Williams - by Sinan Can
BANVIT officially announced the agreement with American center Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul). Williams who spent a year with Turkish side ITU six seasons ago played for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo since 2004. Experienced center shined for Bosnian side with averaging 19.4 points, 5.7 rebounds in 12 games at ULEB Cup last season. Banvit GM Turgay Cataloluk said, 'We're very happy to announce this transfer. Lance will play a key role for us.'

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  URUGUAY   


Argentina beat Uruguay to win the South American championship - by Hector Lopez
Argentina beat Uruguay 100-95 to win the 43rd South American Championship, played in Puerto Montt, Chile. The Argentine team was haed during all the game except for six minutes period at the firts quarter. Argentina controlled a last Uruguayan attempt when the game was tied 83-83 with 3.56 yto be played at the last quarter (83-83). The best scorer for Argentinas Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) with 23 points followed by Diego Garcia (186-G-79) 21 and Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) 15. For Uruguay Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 33 points, incuidign 17/16 free throws. For the third place Venezuela beat Brazil 87-72

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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela clinches Bronze in Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela - Brazil 87:72

Venezuela could have claimed the last available spot in the Final Four but they proved they were well worth it yesterday. Venezuelan team stunned Brazil to grab the Bronze medals at the South America Championship held in Chile. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) masterminded the victory nailing game-high 26 points and pulling down 8 boards. Brazil got to a better start to the game and opened an early lead. Venezuela however kept it close and trailed by just a single point 18:19 at the end of the first stanza. However Venezuela quickly denied the deficit. They prevailed in the second period to build a 40:34 advantage at halftime. Venezuela never slowed down after the break and kept mounting the pressure. They play very cautiously and were deadly from the charity stripe. Venezuela stretched the lead to 8 points heading into the final stanza. Venezuela limited offensive force of Brazilian backcourt and capitalized keeping their opponents at bay through the rest of the contest. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) produced 14 points and 9 boards for Venezuela. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) was helpful with 13 points in a win. William Fornou (204-C-81) answered with 21 points for Brazil. Caio Torres (211-C-87) had 16 points and 13 boards in defeat. The teams were well-matched on the glass with 37 boards apiece. Venezuela committed just 7 turnovers down the stretch and converted 85% from the free throw line. Both sides secured their 2009 FIBA Americas Championship birth.

Venezuela: Oscar Torres 26, Axiers Sucre 14, Jose Vargas 13
Brazil: William Fornou 21, Caio Torres 16+13 boards


Stats Leaders - LPB
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
M. Fleming (Guai) 21.4
R. Nembhard (Gai) 19.7
Washington (Guai) 19.2
J. Vargas (Tro) 18.3
C. Krauser (Gig) 17.9
Rebounds Per Game
A. Sucre (Mar) 9.3
D. Freeman (Gat) 9.2
T. Aguilera (Tro) 8.1
M. Fleming (Guai) 8.0
T. Taylor (Gig) 7.3
Assists Per Game
C. Krauser (Gig) 6.1
R. Nembhard (Gai) 5.8
C. Cedeno (Guai) 5.6
M. Osimani (Tro) 5.6
E. Mijares (Gat) 4.7
Steals Per Game
J. Smith (Tach) 3.8
H. Salcedo (Gai) 3.6
E. Mijares (Gat) 3.5
C. Cedeno (Guai) 3.5
H. Guillent (Gua) 3.3
Blocks Per Game
M. Marriaga (Gai) 1.7
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 1.2
H. Bayona (Guai) 1.1
E. Brock (Gua) 1.0
M. Dumont (Pan) 0.8
2FGP
L. Wallace (Tro) 65.0%
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 65.0%
H. Salcedo (Gai) 63.0%
T. Taylor (Gig) 62.0%
J. Vargas (Tro) 62.0%
3FGP
J. Centeno (Coc) 47.0%
L. Garcia (Coc) 47.0%
L. Cappare (Tro) 46.0%
M. Fleming (Guai) 43.0%
L. Wallace (Tro) 43.0%
Free Throws
L. Wallace (Tro) 91.0%
H. Paez (Coc) 88.0%
V.D. Diaz (Coc) 85.0%
J. Herrera (Coc) 84.0%
M. Osimani (Tro) 83.0%


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Trotamundos * 44-10
2. Cocodrilos * 37-17
3. Gaiteros * 34-20
4. Guaiqueries * 34-20
5. Gatos * 33-21
6. Marinos * 31-23
7. Guaros 20-34
8. Dep.Tachira 17-37
9. Gigantes 11-43
10. Panteras 9-45
* Advanced to Playoffs




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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Thoresen thrashes Albania in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Albania-Malta 55:80 (9-24, 10-21, 19-22, 17-13)

Malta opened European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg with a win. The team overcame Albania to take the first victory in Group B. A massive 24:9 start led to 80:55 and first points in the championship. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 34 points and 5 rebounds. Ellul posted 14, while Mandy Sciortino scored 8. Brikena Cakici (-80) top-scored with 15 points and Migena Plasa (-76) had 9 in defeat.
Rebecca Thoresen pushed her team to the early start nailing her first points from the layup. Hasanaj however gave Albania 7:4 lead, but that was the last one in the whole game. Again Rebecca Thoresen and then Grima bounced back with Malta and had 24:9 with their team after the opening quarter. In the second period Rebecca Thoresen made it 32:12 as Malta used court advantage. Ellul closed the half at 45:19 for her team.
Zammit opened the third period for the winners with layup for 47:19. Albania looked much better in the second half and could reduce a bit the margin. Migena Plasa made it 38:67 after 30 minutes of the game. The last period saw Albania winning 17:13, but Malta held the total with 80:55 advantage.

Albania:Brikena Cakici 15, Migena Plasa 9
Malta:Rebecca Thoresen 34+5 rebs, Ellul 14, Mandy Sciortino 8


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Lauren Jackson has 34 points as Storm beat Lynx - by Eurobasket News
Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 16 of her season-high 34 points in the first quarter, and the Seattle Storm rallied from an early deficit to rout the Minnesota Lynx 96-71 on Saturday night.

Jackson was 15-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-11 during the first quarter. Her last basket of the game was a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Storm (11-7) a 72-51 lead with 2:14 left in the third quarter. She sat out the final 12 minutes as Seattle's lead never slipped below 20.

Jackson set her previous season high of 33 points on Thursday in an 84-71 victory at home against New York.

'I'm just going out there and doing my thing,' Jackson said. 'They caught us off guard (early). We had to sort of switch gears, and we did.'

Minnesota coach Don Zierden said: 'We're not the only team (she has done that against). That's why she's the most valuable player in the league.'

Seattle's point total was its highest of the year. Its previous best came on May 22 in an 87-83 victory at Phoenix.

Sue Bird handed out a season-high 11 assists for the Storm, eight going to Jackson. Seattle set a franchise record with 26 assists, breaking its old record of 25 that was set in June 2007 against Chicago.

'I told them how special and important that is -- 38 baskets on 26 assists,' Storm coach Brian Agler said. 'Sue is one of the best. She's as good as there is at her position.'

Rookie Nicky Anosike had 15 points to lead the Lynx (9-9), who hit seven of their first eight shots to take the a 15-2 lead before Seattle went on a 21-8 run to pull into a 23-all tie by the end of the first quarter.

'They came out and were very ready. They were just attacking right from the jump ball, and it kind of put us on our heels,' said Bird, who also chipped in 12 points. 'We were able to snap out of it and go on a run of our own.'

The Storm went ahead to stay at the outset of the second quarter on a 3-pointer from the right of the lane by Katie Gearlds, who tied her career high with 17 points. Gearlds led a bench performance that produced 40 of Seattle's 96 points.

Jackson scored the last seven points in a 19-6 third-quarter scoring run to give Seattle a 21-point lead, and the Lynx never got within 20 the rest of the night.

'They've got Olympians. They've got Hall of Famers. They've got a great starting lineup,' Zierden said. 'So we knew they were going to get back in the game.'

The Storm improved to 10-1 at home, second only to Detroit's undefeated 7-0 homecourt record.

Seimone Augustus added 14 points for Minnesota, five below her season average of 19.3. Augustus hit six of 10 shots from the floor.

'We thought they'd make their run and then we'd come back with our own,' Augustus said. 'After we came out at halftime and they went on their run, it gets you down. But at the same time, you still have to fight. After it got up 18 or 20 points, you knew it was basically over after that.'

Candice Wiggins also had 14 for the Lynx, who came in having won three of five after a five-game losing streak.

After hitting just one of seven shots during Minnesota's early run, the Storm wound up shooting a season-high 57.6 percent (38-of-66). Their field goal total also was a season high.

Minnesota, which hit seven of its first eight shots on the way to its 15-2 lead, wound up at just 41.8 percent (23-of-55).
Courtesy of news.postbulletin.com


Opals to play in Australia - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the world champion Australian Defence Force Opals will play a two game international series against Brazil on home soil in July.

The Opals team will be the one selected to attend the Beijing Games and will include stars Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81), Penny Taylor (185-F-81), Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) and Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management), making it the first time since 2000 that a full-strength Opals side has played in Australia.

It will also be the first time Jackson and Taylor have played together on Australian soil.

The series opener will be at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Monday 28 July with game two at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday July 30.

Brazil, ranked fourth in the world, claimed the last spot in Beijing after winning the final of the FIBA Qualifying Tournament for women in Spain last weekend.

'It is a major coup for Australian basketball to have the second and fourth ranked women's teams in the world playing in the country so close to the Beijing Games,' Basketball Australia Chief Executive Scott Derwin said.

'It's Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor and a full strength Opals side going up against a world class opponent in our own back yard. I'm looking forward to it.'

Brazil needed to defeat Angola and Cuba to progress to Beijing after losing their quarter final at the Qualifying tournament to Belarus while the Czech Republic, Latvia, Spain and the Belarusians all qualified after winning their respective quarter final matches.

Tickets for both games will go on sale on Friday June 20.

Game 1 - Wollongong Entertainment Centre

Visit ticketek.com.au or call 132 849.

Game 2 - Sydney Entertainment Centre

Visit ticketmaster.com.au or call 1300 883 622.

The Opals last played Brazil at the 2006 World Championship, where they twice defeated the tournament host nation on their way to winning a historic gold medal.

Both games will tip-off at 7pm AET.

The 12-player Opals squad for Beijing will be announced in early July.

The Opals, minus Jackson, Taylor and Tully Bevilaqua, departed Sydney International airport yesterday bound for Brunico, a small town located south of Austria in the Italian Alps, where they will play three games against Russia on June 22, 23 and 24.

Courtesy of wnbl.com.au



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  AZERBAIJAN - Women  


Azerbaijan loses European championship in Division C opener - by Eurobasket News
Azerbaijan - Andorra 35:67

Azerbaijan and Andorra opened the European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg today. The teams got into preliminary Group A together with Luxembourg and Gibraltar. Andorra marked their dominance early on. They began the game with a 7:0 run. Azerbaijan posted their first points with almost three minutes gone in the quarter. Meira and Mun combined for the first 15 points from Andorra as they grabbed a 15:6 advantage midway through the first period. Zycova and Iskakova dropped 4 points for Azerbaijan early in the second period to cut the deficit. However Mun and Meira soon made it a 20-point advantage for Andorra. Iskakova capped the first half with a jumper and Azerbaijan trailed 19:38 at halftime. The teams scored just 16 points in the third stanza and Andorra enjoyed a 21-point buffer before the final stanza. Andorra easily kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and celebrated an impressive victory at the end. Mun and Meira led all scorers with 18 points apiece for Andorra. Pla and Hernandez had 11 points each in a win. Iskakova answered with 8 points and 5 steals for Azerbaijan. Zycova had 7 points and 9 boards in defeat. Andorra will next take on Luxembourg, while Azerbaijan will try to bounce back against Gibraltar.

Azerbaijan: Dinariya Iskakova 8, Yulia Zycova 7
Andorra: Nadia Mun 18, Patricia Meira 18, Alba Pla 11, Jennifer Hernandez 11


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  BULGARIA - Women  


News from Montana 2003 - by Eurobasket News
Montana 2003 extended contract with Tsvetomila Petrova (188-F-82) for one more season. Petrova is a member of Montana since 2004. She was a captain of the team previous season getting the award 'All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention' by Eurobasket.com.
Two players, Nadezhda Simeonova (183-F-83) and Gergana Ilyanova (160-G-87), underwent knee surgery at the end of June. Both players had the same ACL injury. As Petrova, they are also members of Montana since 2004. At the same time the team negotiates with Dunav Ekont about the Marieta Karchovska (171-G-86) and Zheni Dimitrova (184-F-87). Montana wants to keep these two players on loan for another season.
The team also returned experienced Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75), who started basketball career in Montana. She had a very good previous year in Beroe 2007. Her team finished regular season on third place beating Slavia later in the play-off quarterfinals. Lukoil stopped them in the semis 3-0. Zhelyova was the best scorer of her team with 16.4 ppg in 34 games. She also had the biggest index rate per game in Beroe which was 17.8. Before Beroe, Zhelyova spent three years in Lukoil Neftochimik. Her team captured the title in Bulgarian championship on season 05/06.


Lukoil Neftochimik inks Elena Yolovska and Silvia Peeva - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian runner-up Lukoil Neftochimik started with the signings for the next season. The team from Burgas agreed terms with Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) and Silvia Peeva (171-G-79). Both players signed one-year deal with the club.

Elena Yolovska already was a member of Lukoil on season 04/05. She demonstrated nice performance that year adding 14.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg in Europe Cup. She spent next one in Croatian team Gocpic Niskogradnja, where she also played the previous season. Her team participated in Adriatic league as well as in Eurocup. Yolova had 20 appearances in Adriatic league averaging 7.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.3 apg last season. She also played 12 games in Eurocup adding 8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. With Croatian team Yolova captured the title in domestic championship in 2006 and reached Eurocup quarterfinals previous season. Between these two years in Gospic, Yolova played one season for CSKA Sofia. With them she grabbed three trophies: Bulgarian championship, National Cup and Adriatic league. She was a member of Bulgarian National Team from 2003 to 2007.

Point guard Silvia Peeva spent last season in Cypriot team Keravnos, who was a runner up in Cypriot championship. Those two players know each other very well as they had remarkable year in CSKA together. On season 04/05 they also played together in Lukoil Neftochimik. Peeva participated in Bulgarian NT projects in 2006 and 2007.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


European Championship Division C. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Albania-Malta 55:80

Malta opened European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg with a win. The team overcame Albania to take the first victory in Group B. A massive 24:9 start led to 80:55 and first points in the championship. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 34 points and 5 rebounds. Ellul posted 14, while Mandy Sciortino scored 8. Brikena Cakici (-80) top-scored with 15 points and Migena Plasa (-76) had 9 in defeat.
Rebecca Thoresen pushed her team to the early start nailing her first points from the layup. Hasanaj however gave Albania 7:4 lead, but that was the last one in the whole game. Again Rebecca Thoresen and then Grima bounced back with Malta and had 24:9 with their team after the opening quarter. In the second period Rebecca Thoresen made it 32:12 as Malta used court advantage. Ellul closed the half at 45:19 for her team.
Zammit opened the third period for the winners with layup for 47:19. Albania looked much better in the second half and could reduce a bit the margin. Migena Plasa made it 38:67 after 30 minutes of the game. The last period saw Albania winning 17:13, but Malta held the total with 80:55 advantage.

Albania:Brikena Cakici 15, Migena Plasa 9
Malta:Rebecca Thoresen 34+5 rebs, Ellul 14, Mandy Sciortino 8



Azerbaijan - Andorra 35:67

Azerbaijan and Andorra opened the European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg today. The teams got into preliminary Group A together with Luxembourg and Gibraltar. Andorra marked their dominance early on. They began the game with a 7:0 run. Azerbaijan posted their first points with almost three minutes gone in the quarter. Meira and Mun combined for the first 15 points from Andorra as they grabbed a 15:6 advantage midway through the first period. Zycova and Iskakova dropped 4 points for Azerbaijan early in the second period to cut the deficit. However Mun and Meira soon made it a 20-point advantage for Andorra. Iskakova capped the first half with a jumper and Azerbaijan trailed 19:38 at halftime. The teams scored just 16 points in the third stanza and Andorra enjoyed a 21-point buffer before the final stanza. Andorra easily kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and celebrated an impressive victory at the end. Mun and Meira led all scorers with 18 points apiece for Andorra. Pla and Hernandez had 11 points each in a win. Iskakova answered with 8 points and 5 steals for Azerbaijan. Zycova had 7 points and 9 boards in defeat. Andorra will next take on Luxembourg, while Azerbaijan will try to bounce back against Gibraltar.

Azerbaijan: Dinariya Iskakova 8, Yulia Zycova 7
Andorra: Nadia Mun 18, Patricia Meira 18, Alba Pla 11, Jennifer Hernandez 11


Scotland - Wales 62:46

Scottish National Team grabbed their initial win at the European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg. Earlier today they held off Wales to go on top of preliminary Group B. Scotland finished the competition at the second place two years ago and tipped off this years campaign with a desire to improve on the result. The start was pretty solid for Scottish team. Findlay and Stupart put Scotland in charge early on 7:2. Wagstaff kept Welsh team at a striking distance but Findlay and Cumming finalized the first frame outcome at 15:7 for Scotland. Bell and Findlay scored 6 unanswered points midway through the second frame and Scotland built a 27:12 lead. Wales were not about to give up that early and Yalland ignited a 7:3 run to cut the deficit to 11 points at the interval. Scotland got some breathing space early in the third stanza when they went on a 15:0 run to accumulate a massive 45:19 advantage. Jennings cut the difference to 12 points late in the final term but it was as close as Wales could get. Scotland eased to the victory at the end. Bell scored 12 points to pace Scottish team. Emma Findlay and Natalie Chaloner came up with 10 points apiece in a win. Kasey Jennings, Yalland and Short had 10 points each in defeat. Scotland takes on Malta tomorrow. Wales will be opposed by Albania in the one more game in Pool B.


Scotland: Rowan Bell 12, Emma Findlay (165-G-87) 10, Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) 10

Wales: Kasey Jennings 10, Danielle Yalland 10, Rebecca Short 10


Luxembourg -Gibraltar 93:27
Luxembourg destroys Gibraltar in European championship Division C held in their native country. It was the game between two different styles and the hosts easily used their advantage. Andrea Haris top-scored for the winners with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) netted 14, while Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) collected 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals. Gomez Netto scored 7 points for Gibraltar, Ramagge and Sene added 5 each.
Margue opened the game for the hosts with a three for an early lead. Gibraltar remained scoreless for more than 3 minutes but then Gomez brought the first points for her team. Luxembourg produced 180- run in the end of the opening quarter to take 21:3 after it. Nothing had changed in the second period as that time Luxembourg held the opponents to 11:3 that gave them 32:6 at the halftime.
A massive third quarter saw the hosts overwhelming Gibraltar in every aspect of the court. Luxembourg scored 38 points per period to take 70:12 advantage. Weynandt from the arc shot was the last after thirty minutes played. In the last stanza Gibraltar could score more than in the first three quarters as the team nailed 15 points. Luxembourg enjoyed 23 that gave them 93:27 as a total.

Luxembourg: Andrea Haris 26+4 rebs+4 ast, Nadia Mossong 14, Tessy Hetting 12+9 rebs+7 steals,
Gibraltar: Gomez Netto 7, Ramagge 5, Sene 5



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  FRANCE - Women  


France U18 wins Troy International Tournament, Slovakia U18 is second - by Eurobasket News

French U18 National Team was too strong at home hosting Troy International Tournament. Tha last game became the Final of the tournament as France U18 hosted Slovakia U18 that won also first two games.
The road for France was easier as they started over Italy and dominated throughout the game and eased to an overall 64:46 victory. French juniors took on the Latvian team in the second round of the tourney and cruised to an overwhelming 91:44 victory.
Slovakia U18 National team opened their campaign against Latvia and won the opener 71:56. In the second game Slovakia overcame Italy 70:51 for 2-0 record.
So, the game between France and Slovakia was expected more that any other game. It was a good encounter from two European teams. Slovak struggled a lot but had to admit the loss from the hosts. France dominated the majority of the court to seal 58:49 victory. Pauline Thizy (190-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) ended up with 10 as well as Myriam Igoufe (176-G-90) had 10. Chloe Westelynck (188-F-91) posted 6 and Kadila netted 4 for the winners.

Italian U18 National Team and Latvian U18 National Team battled for the only win in Troy International Tournament in France. Both teams lost the first two games there and desired to leave Troy at least with a 67:53 win. Italy was a bit stronger and lucky in the last day of the competition.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Kuehn stays in Wasserburg - by Cornelius Damm
German National Team inside player Katharina Kuhn (191-C-80) will play another season for the defending champion TSV 1880 Wasserburg. Despite other offers from different clubs she decided to stay with the small town club near Munich due to the chance of starting the transfer from student life at the university to the job market. Main sponsor of the five time German champion the 'Bauer' dairy company offers her the chance to start her professional career beside basketball with a daytime job in the company. Furthermore Kuehn named the opportunity of learning from former WNBA player and German DBBL standout Wanda Guyton (185-F/C-65, college: S.Florida) who serves now as the teams co-coach during the individual practices with her as another reason for going in her third year with Wasserburg. Kuehn hopes to continue playing well just like she did in the end of the season as she netted 13.7 PPG and 11.5 RPG during the finals against Saarlouis.

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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U18 beat Latvia U18 for the third in Troy - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Latvia U18 67:53

Italian U18 National Team and Latvian U18 National Team battled for the only win in Troy International Tournament in France. Both teams lost the first two games there and desired to leave Troy at least with a win. Italy was a bit stronger and lucky in the last day of the competition.
Italy opened the game taking full control of the encounter. They built up 17:9 in the opening quarter and dominated the court. Latvia struggled a lot in the next period and could finish the half with 32:19 as they finished the period with 10:15. In the second half Italian squad continued to dominate and led the game to the first win. A 67:53 was the final margin both teams came to. Alice Quarta (175-G-91) paced all the winners with 17 points. Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) ended up with 12, while Alessandra Tava (183-F-91) and Federica Nannucci (169-G-91) had 8 each. Ieva Krastina (176-G-90) top-scored for the Latvians with 14 points. Ieva Jansone (178-F-90) netted 13 in defeat and Priede scored 10.
French squad became the winner of Troy International Tournament. The team won all three games including the last one over Slovakia.

Italy U18: Alice Quarta 17, Martina Bestagno M. 12, Alessandra Tava 8, Federica Nannucci 8, Martinoia 5, Striulli 4, Fassina 4, Pasqualin 3, Tognalini 3, Pieropan 3
Latvia U18: Ieva Krastina 14, Ieva Jansone 13, Priede 10, Celmina 7, Strikasa 3, Strupovica 3, Gotfrida 3, Zaria, Leja, Cunda, Melnika


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  LATVIA - Women  


Italy U18 beat Latvia U18 for the third in Troy - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Latvia U18 67:53

Italian U18 National Team and Latvian U18 National Team battled for the only win in Troy International Tournament in France. Both teams lost the first two games there and desired to leave Troy at least with a win. Italy was a bit stronger and lucky in the last day of the competition.
Italy opened the game taking full control of the encounter. They built up 17:9 in the opening quarter and dominated the court. Latvia struggled a lot in the next period and could finish the half with 32:19 as they finished the period with 10:15. In the second half Italian squad continued to dominate and led the game to the first win. A 67:53 was the final margin both teams came to. Alice Quarta (175-G-91) paced all the winners with 17 points. Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) ended up with 12, while Alessandra Tava (183-F-91) and Federica Nannucci (169-G-91) had 8 each. Ieva Krastina (176-G-90) top-scored for the Latvians with 14 points. Ieva Jansone (178-F-90) netted 13 in defeat and Priede scored 10.
French squad became the winner of Troy International Tournament. The team won all three games including the last one over Slovakia.

Italy U18: Alice Quarta 17, Martina Bestagno M. 12, Alessandra Tava 8, Federica Nannucci 8, Martinoia 5, Striulli 4, Fassina 4, Pasqualin 3, Tognalini 3, Pieropan 3
Latvia U18: Ieva Krastina 14, Ieva Jansone 13, Priede 10, Celmina 7, Strikasa 3, Strupovica 3, Gotfrida 3, Zaria, Leja, Cunda, Melnika


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Luxembourg destroys Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg -Gibraltar 93:27

Luxembourg destroys Gibraltar in European championship Division C held in their native country. It was the game between two different styles and the hosts easily used their advantage. Andrea Haris top-scored for the winners with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) netted 14, while Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) collected 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals. Gomez Netto scored 7 points for Gibraltar, Ramagge and Sene added 5 each.
Margue opened the game for the hosts with a three for an early lead. Gibraltar remained scoreless for more than 3 minutes but then Gomez brought the first points for her team. Luxembourg produced 180- run in the end of the opening quarter to take 21:3 after it. Nothing had changed in the second period as that time Luxembourg held the opponents to 11:3 that gave them 32:6 at the halftime.
A massive third quarter saw the hosts overwhelming Gibraltar in every aspect of the court. Luxembourg scored 38 points per period to take 70:12 advantage. Weynandt from the arc shot was the last after thirty minutes played. In the last stanza Gibraltar could score more than in the first three quarters as the team nailed 15 points. Luxembourg enjoyed 23 that gave them 93:27 as a total.

Luxembourg: Andrea Haris 26+4 rebs+4 ast, Nadia Mossong 14, Tessy Hetting 12+9 rebs+7 steals,
Gibraltar: Gomez Netto 7, Ramagge 5, Sene 5


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  MALTA - Women  


Thoresen thrashes Albania in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Albania-Malta 55:80 (9-24, 10-21, 19-22, 17-13)

Malta opened European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg with a win. The team overcame Albania to take the first victory in Group B. A massive 24:9 start led to 80:55 and first points in the championship. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 34 points and 5 rebounds. Ellul posted 14, while Mandy Sciortino scored 8. Brikena Cakici (-80) top-scored with 15 points and Migena Plasa (-76) had 9 in defeat.
Rebecca Thoresen pushed her team to the early start nailing her first points from the layup. Hasanaj however gave Albania 7:4 lead, but that was the last one in the whole game. Again Rebecca Thoresen and then Grima bounced back with Malta and had 24:9 with their team after the opening quarter. In the second period Rebecca Thoresen made it 32:12 as Malta used court advantage. Ellul closed the half at 45:19 for her team.
Zammit opened the third period for the winners with layup for 47:19. Albania looked much better in the second half and could reduce a bit the margin. Migena Plasa made it 38:67 after 30 minutes of the game. The last period saw Albania winning 17:13, but Malta held the total with 80:55 advantage.

Albania:Brikena Cakici 15, Migena Plasa 9
Malta:Rebecca Thoresen 34+5 rebs, Ellul 14, Mandy Sciortino 8


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand U18 gets beaten in opener in Ballarat - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U18 National team travelled to Ballarat, Australia to take part at the Australian U18 Championship. They opened their campaign on Saturday taking on Queensland South. The Aussie team accumulated a 9-point lead at the first intermission. New Zealand fought bravely and cut the distance to 7 points at the interval. However a woeful shooting plagued the Kiwis in the second half and allowed Queensland South to celebrate a 72:54 win at the end. Jasmine Davis knocked down 15 points to lead New Zealand. Freda Riwai added 9 points and 7 boards in a loss. New Zealand will play against Victoria Country and NSW Metro today.

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  POLAND - Women  


Lotos PKO BP Gdynia has a new coach and new players! - by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia has a new coach. President Mieczyslaw Krawczyk decided to sign a contract with Jacek Winnicki . Winnicki substituted for Roman Skrzecz who left the club after finished runners-up to rivals Wisla Can-Pack Krakow in Poland's top flight. Jacek Winnicki is 41 years old. He is also a coach of the U-20 Men Polish National Team. Earlier he worked as an assistant of Eugeniusz Kijewski in Prokom Trefl Sopot and Slask Wroclaw coached by Andriej Urlep.

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia, leading by new coach is going to win back national championship and reach TOP 8 in Euroleague.

- Its a great honour for me to work in the best and most titled club in the history of polish basketball. We have a strong team so I think that aims for the next season are feasible said Jacek Winnicki .

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia also introduced new players. There is a lot of changes in the rooster. Gdynia signed Jennifer Fleischer (Israel, center, last played in Dexia Namur), Emilija Podrug (Croatia, power forward, last played in Mizo Pecs), Michelle Maslowski (USA, forward, last played in Viterbo), Natalia Marchanka (Belarus, guard, last played in Dynamo Nowosybirsk) and three young players form the Polish U-18 Polish National Team: Olivia Tomialowicz (guard), Ewelina Gala (power forward), Klaudia Sosnowska (forward).

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia also decided to extend the contract with Alana Beard (USA, point guard). Compliting the rooster is not finished yet. New coach is still looking for a center and forward.

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia rooster for this moment: Paulina Pawlak (guard), Natalia Marchanka (guard), Katia Snytsina (poinf guard/forward), Olivia TomiaƂowicz (guard), Emilija Podrug (power forward), Jennifer Fleischer (center), Michelle Maslowski (forward), Marta Jujka (center), Magdalena Leciejewska (power forward), Alana Beard (point guard), Karolina Ambrosiewicz (guard), Ewelina Gala (power forward), Klaudia Sosnowska (forward).


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Scotland beats Wales in British rivalry in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Scotland - Wales 62:46

Scottish National Team grabbed their initial win at the European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg. Earlier today they held off Wales to go on top of preliminary Group B. Scotland finished the competition at the second place two years ago and tipped off this years campaign with a desire to improve on the result. The start was pretty solid for Scottish team. Findlay and Stupart put Scotland in charge early on 7:2. Wagstaff kept Welsh team at a striking distance but Findlay and Cumming finalized the first frame outcome at 15:7 for Scotland. Bell and Findlay scored 6 unanswered points midway through the second frame and Scotland built a 27:12 lead. Wales were not about to give up that early and Yalland ignited a 7:3 run to cut the deficit to 11 points at the interval. Scotland got some breathing space early in the third stanza when they went on a 15:0 run to accumulate a massive 45:19 advantage. Jennings cut the difference to 12 points late in the final term but it was as close as Wales could get. Scotland eased to the victory at the end. Bell scored 12 points to pace Scottish team. Findlay and Chaloner came up with 10 points apiece in a win. Jennings, Yalland and Short had 10 points each in defeat. Scotland takes on Malta tomorrow. Wales will be opposed by Albania in the one more game in Pool B.

Scotland: Rowan Bell 12, Emma Findlay (165-G-87) 10, Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) 10

Wales: Kasey Jennings 10, Danielle Yalland 10, Rebecca Short 10



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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia U20 cruises past Hungary - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian U20 National Team recorded another win against Hungary in a friendly game, which is part of the preparations for the European Championship. Serbia was better than Hungary 88-44. The winners played much better than it was in the first match against Hungarians. Players of head coach Jovica Antonic dominated at the both sides of the court. They finished first quarter making advantage of 26 points. It was 32-6 after 10 minutes. The same scenario continued in the second frame as Serbia once again let Hungary to score just 6 points. On the other side they netted 20. Thus at the half time it already was extremely big 52-12. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) once again was the best for the winners scoring 13 points. Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) and Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) were behind her adding 11 points each. Hungary got 10 points from Nansare.

Head coach of Serbian U20 National Team, Jovica Antonic , after the game said: 'We improved all those elements where we had problems in the first game. We made really good decisions this time. The most important thing is to keep our defense on a high level because I believe it is our main power. European Championship will start very soon. We practice and play games at the same time when we will play them on EC. I want to adapt my players on that.'


Serbia - Hungary 88-44
(32-6,20-6,17-14,19-18)

Serbia:
Petrovic 13, Gobeljic 11, Miljkovic 11, Domazet 10
Hungary: Nansare 10, Varga 8, Simon 7


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


France U18 wins Troy International Tournament, Slovakia U18 is second - by Eurobasket News

French U18 National Team was too strong at home hosting Troy International Tournament. Tha last game became the Final of the tournament as France U18 hosted Slovakia U18 that won also first two games.
The road for France was easier as they started over Italy and dominated throughout the game and eased to an overall 64:46 victory. French juniors took on the Latvian team in the second round of the tourney and cruised to an overwhelming 91:44 victory.
Slovakia U18 National team opened their campaign against Latvia and won the opener 71:56. In the second game Slovakia overcame Italy 70:51 for 2-0 record.
So, the game between France and Slovakia was expected more that any other game. It was a good encounter from two European teams. Slovak struggled a lot but had to admit the loss from the hosts. France dominated the majority of the court to seal 58:49 victory. Pauline Thizy (190-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) ended up with 10 as well as Myriam Igoufe (176-G-90) had 10. Chloe Westelynck (188-F-91) posted 6 and Kadila netted 4 for the winners.

Italian U18 National Team and Latvian U18 National Team battled for the only win in Troy International Tournament in France. Both teams lost the first two games there and desired to leave Troy at least with a 67:53 win. Italy was a bit stronger and lucky in the last day of the competition.



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Prsa moves to France - by Zeljko Zule

Anja Prsa (190-F/C-85) has left Konjice to join French team Club Basket D'Ifs (D2).

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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Scotland beats Wales in British rivalry in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Scotland - Wales 62:46

Scottish National Team grabbed their initial win at the European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg. Earlier today they held off Wales to go on top of preliminary Group B. Scotland finished the competition at the second place two years ago and tipped off this years campaign with a desire to improve on the result. The start was pretty solid for Scottish team. Findlay and Stupart put Scotland in charge early on 7:2. Wagstaff kept Welsh team at a striking distance but Findlay and Cumming finalized the first frame outcome at 15:7 for Scotland. Bell and Findlay scored 6 unanswered points midway through the second frame and Scotland built a 27:12 lead. Wales were not about to give up that early and Yalland ignited a 7:3 run to cut the deficit to 11 points at the interval. Scotland got some breathing space early in the third stanza when they went on a 15:0 run to accumulate a massive 45:19 advantage. Jennings cut the difference to 12 points late in the final term but it was as close as Wales could get. Scotland eased to the victory at the end. Bell scored 12 points to pace Scottish team. Findlay and Chaloner came up with 10 points apiece in a win. Jennings, Yalland and Short had 10 points each in defeat. Scotland takes on Malta tomorrow. Wales will be opposed by Albania in the one more game in Pool B.

Scotland: Rowan Bell 12, Emma Findlay (165-G-87) 10, Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) 10

Wales: Kasey Jennings 10, Danielle Yalland 10, Rebecca Short 10



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  WNBA - Women  


Sparks sign veteran guard Amber Jacobs - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Sparks signed veteran guard Amber Jacobs (5'8''-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) Monday, it was announced. To make room on the roster, the Sparks waived rookie forward Kamela Gissendanner (6'1''-G-85, college: Penn St.).

Jacobs, 26, an All-American at Boston College, has averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in her four-plus WNBA seasons. She spent four years with Minnesota before being signed by Washington this season. The 5-8 Jacobs averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 assists in a starting role with Minnesota in 2006. She averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 assists in six games this season with Washington before being waived. Gissendanner had appeared in just two games with the Sparks.

'We signed Amber to strengthen our backcourt,' said Sparks' head coach Michael Cooper. 'She's a good, seasoned vet that can hit a jump shot and give us solid defensive presence from the guard position.'

'I'm really excited about this opportunity,' Jacobs said. 'Who wouldn't want to come and play for the best team in the league? Coach Cooper explained why I'm here and my role on the team, and I'm looking forward to fulfilling that role.'
Courtesy of oursportscentral.com


Candace Parker leads the Sparks to the win - by Eurobasket News
Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had another monster night as she tallied 31 points and 10 boards to propel her Los Angeles past Phoenix 91:80 at the Staples Center yesterday. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) finished with 25 points and 15 boards to help dismantle the reigning champions. The Sparks entered the game having lost three consecutive games but snapped the streak easily. The hosts were comfortably up throughout the major part of the game. They piled up an 11-point advantage at halftime and then stretched to 20 in the third period. The Mercury answered with a 15:2 run to come as close as 7 points from the home team late in regulation but could not succeed. Shannon Bobbitt and Sidney Spencer nailed from downtown and the Sparks never looked back again. Shannon Bobbitt contributed career-high 11 points for the winners. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Kelly Miller (5'10''-G-78, college: Georgia) provided 14 points apiece for the Mercury. The leagues leading scorers Diana Taurasi was held to just 8 points in defeat.
In the meantime the San Antonio Silver Stars prevailed against the Washington Mystics 83:75 away from home. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) nailed 28 points and the Silver Stars improved to 12-6 record. Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) was also impressive with 23 points for the winners. The Silver Stars were up by 12 points at halftime but wasted all of their advantage and trailed by one in the fourth term. But Becky Hammon netted a three-pointer to regain the lead for the Silver Stars. Later Becky Hammon and Sophia Young teamed up to pace the Silver Stars to the victory. Ann Wauters came up with 18 points for San Antonio. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) scored 20 points for the Mystics. Crustal Langhorne had career-high 17 points in a loss.


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