EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/10/2008

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  ANGOLA   


Olympic Games: Germany smashes Angola in day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Angola -Germany 66-95

Germany demonstrated its power against Angola in the first day of the Olympic Games in Beijing. As a reminder these two teams are placed in Preliminary Group B together with the hosts China, Spain, Greece and USA.

Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and his teammates came to Beijing with big appetites. Angolans couldn't find a solution how to stop Dirk Nowitzki as well as Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan), which demonstrated wonderful performance. After 'just' plus four in the opening quarter, the Germans gave Angolans a real lesson in the next one. Two above mention players were on fire while Angola stopped on just 13 points in this stanza. On the other side Germany drained 29 heading into the second half with comfortable plus 20. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) was the only one who shined for Angola but his performance was not enough for his team today. Germany continued in the same rhythm after the breather. Before the last stanza the only question was how big difference it will be at the end and will Germany succeed to net 100.

Germany got the most points in this game from Chris Kaman, who scored 24 for 18 minutes. NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki spent 23 minutes on court collecting 23 points and 6 rebounds with excellent shot percentage. Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) followed these two players with 13 points and 4 assists while Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) also shined with 10 points and 11 boards. Eduardo Mingas was the best player in Angola scoring 24 points. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) was behind him with 14 while Milton Barros (184-G-84) stopped on 10 points and 4 boards. In the next round Germany will play against Greece. On the other side Angola will have to take on USA.


Angola - Germany 66-95
(21-25, 13-29, 18-24, 14-17)

Germany:
Chris Kaman 24, Dirk Nowitzki 23 (6 rebs), Steffen Hamann 13 (4 as), Jan-Hendrik Jagla 10 (11 rebs)
Angola: Eduardo Mingas 24, Carlos Morais 14, Milton Barros 10 (4 rebs)


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  ARGENTINA   


Olympic Games: Lithuania crushes the defending champion - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Argentina 79-75

Lithuania took care for the first surprise on the Olympic Games in Beijing. Despite majority of basketball public in the World expected victory by the reining Olympic champions Argentina, it didn't happen. Thus Lithuania started the Olympics with 1-0 in Preliminary Group A, where except of these two teams are also placed Australia, Croatia, Russia and Iran.

The main reason of this victory by Lithuania could be poor percentage from Argentina's superstar Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), who missed almost 2/3 of his shots from the field. Emanuel Ginobili wasn't the only one with bad stroke today as Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) joined him making just 5 of 14 from the field. Despite 9 rebounds less than its opponent, Lithuanians compensated it with a team play and solid stroke for behind the arc (10 of 25). Both tames showed their nerves as it was the first game on this prestigious event, which resulted with 16 turnovers by Lithuania and 18 by Argentina. Lithuania showed better performance in the first half touching plus 6 couple of times. After the breather Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), Andres Nocioni and Emanuel Ginobili made quick 7-0 run taking 3-points lead. They succeeded to keep it until 2:40 remaining in the first half when Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) together with Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) and Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) finally answered with 7-0 setting the score on 51-45 before the last frame. After just three minutes of it Lithuania extended its lead to 12 points. When it seemed the game is already over the defending Olympic champion made 11-0 run tying the score on 75-75 with 1:34 to go. Andres Nocioni and Emanuel Ginobili missed for Argentina while Ksystof Lavrinovic and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) done the same. In the next Lithuania's possession Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) drained a triple which was followed by turnover from Carlos Delfino (199-G-82). Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) secured this victory with a free throw at the very end.

Hero of the game Linas Kleiza at the same time was a top scorer of his team with 13 points. Robertas Javtokas followed him with 12 points and 5 rebounds while Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78), Sarunas Jasikevicius and Marijonas Petravicius netted 10 points each. As usually, Emanuel Ginobili was the best player in his team scoring 19 points but shooting just 1 of 7 from behind the arc and 5 of 8 for FG2. Andres Nocioni had 15 points and 9 rebounds while Carlos Delfino finished the game adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lithuania's next rival in Beijing will be Iran while Argentina will take on Australia.


Lithuania - Argentina 79-75
(14-11, 20-19, 17-15, 28-30)

Lithuania:
Linas Kleiza 13, Robertas Javtokas 12 (5 rebs), Ramunas Siskauskas 10 (4 as), Sarunas Jasikevicius 10 (4 rebs, 8 as), Marijonas Petravicius 10 (4 rebs)
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 19, Andres Nocioni 15 (9 rebs), Carlos Delfino 13 (6 rebs)


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  AUSTRIA   


U20 EC, division B: Austria looks forward to ninth place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Austria - U20 Norway 95-83

Austrians celebrated against Norway in the first game of the Classification Round for 9th to 12th place. It means that at the last day of U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures Austria will meet Czech Republic and the winner of that game will grab position number 9. On the other side Norway will meet Hungary in the battle for 11th place.

Austria struggled a little bit with its shot in the first two quarters, which Norway ended 37-40. Paul Radakovics (188-G-88) and his teammates showed up in the second half with strong attitude to take this one. They run offensive sets patiently and without many mistakes. Paul Radakovics and Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) were on fire which resulted with plus four at the end of third frame. During the last 10 minutes Alexander Heuberger (202-F/C-89) joined two above mentioned players at the offensive end. On the other side Norway through Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) and Magne Fivelstad (193-G/F-89) also showed pretty good play in offense but Austrians were better in that segment. They ended the last 10 frame scoring 28 points while on the other side Norway had 20.

Interesting is that three players in Austria recorded 20 points or more. It is the first time for Austrians on this championship. With 22 points Paul Radakovics was the best scorer in his team. Lorenzo O'Neal followed him with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists while Alexander Heuberger also demonstrated great performance collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds. Top scorer of the competition so far Terrence Oglesby this time stopped on 21 points and 7 rebounds. Magne Fivelstad was behind him with 16 while Stian Mjoes (185-G-89) had 14 points and exactly the same number of boards.


U20 Austria - U20 Norway 95-83
(13-16, 24-24, 30-23, 28-20)

Austria:
Paul Radakovics 22, Lorenzo O'Neal 21 (4 rebs, 6 as), Alexander Heuberger 20 (9 rebs)
Norway: Terrence Oglesby 21 (7 as), Magne Fivelstad 16, Stian Mjoes 14 (4 rebs)


Lamesic back in Austria - by Stefan Heinrich
Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) will not play in the German BBL next season as he suffered a broken bone in the metatarsus. Therefore BG 74 Goettingen and Lamesic agreed to part ways as he will be sidelined until October, but Lamesic wasnt without a team for a long time as he already signed a contract with the WBC Wels in the OBL.

Lamesic had a great last season with 19.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 3.3apg. He will also miss the National Team games this summer.


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  BELGIUM   


U20 EC, division B: Belgium beats Sweden advancing to the final - by Eurobasket News
U20 Belgium - U20 Sweden 70-67

Belgium celebrated tight victory against Sweden in the semifinal of U20 European Championship division B in Romania. It was an extremely important game for both teams. Namely, except of the championship final, today's winner Belgium also earned promotion to division A for the next European Championship.

Despite nine grabbed rebounds more than its rival, Sweden didn't succeed to make a surprise in this game. Belgium wasn't on such a good level as it was during the championship but it was enough for victory at the end. Everything started good for the Belgians. After jump shot by Armand Kabeya (197-F-88), they had 8 points lead, 19-11. Sweden surprised them in the second frame opening it with 14-4 run for 31-33. Unit the half time the Swedish extended their lead to 36-39. Munda Hockins (188-G-88) and Olivier Troisfontaines (193-G/F-89) were on fire in third quarter, which Belgium ended 18-13. Game is decided in the last three minutes. After 64-65 for Sweden, Munda Hockins , Olivier Troisfontaines and Ben Follens (-88) made winning 6-2 run for 70-67. During these three minutes Sweden missed four jump shots and committed one turnover.

The winner of today's game got 18 points and 5 rebounds from its best player Munda Hockins , who demonstrated pretty good performance on this championship. Olivier Troisfontaines helped his team with 13 points. Armand Kabeya and Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) were behind him adding 11 points each. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) collected 19 points and 4 rebounds for Sweden while Kim Palmqvist (201-F-88) stopped on 13 points and 5 rebounds. Mario Drazic (202-F-89) also shined in his team with 10 points and 6 rebounds.


U20 Belgium - U20 Sweden 70-67
(24-19, 12-20, 18-13, 16-15)

Belgium:
Munda Hockins 18 (5 rebs), Olivier Troisfontaines 13, Armand Kabeya 11 (6 rebs), Ludovic Pourtoit 11
Sweden: Jeffery Taylor 19 (14 rebs), Kim Palmqvist 13 (5 rebs), Mario Drazic 10 (6 rebs)


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  BOSNIA   


One-on-One with Earnest Williams - by Nedzad Kladusak
Interview Earnest Williams

1. Hi Earnest, welcome to the Bosnian league. Could you please introduce yourself ?
My name is Earnest Williams and I am 25 years old entering my second professional season out of Bethany University. Last year I played in the Middle East, Syria, for the Al Wathba Club. I finished the season with averages of 23.9 pts, 6.7 rebs, 2.8 ast, 2.9 stl, and 1.1 blocks. I feel like I did well in my first professional season, but I feel that I can definitely continue growing as a player. I am a hard worker and I am a player that looks to continually improve. I really enjoyed my first season in the Middle East, but i am definitely looking forward towards playing in Europe.

2. So why did you chose the bosnian league and why Igokea?
I chose the bosnian league because I felt that this was a great opporitunity to come to Europe and start off in a good league. Coming to play for Igokea is a great opporitunity because I am coming to a winning club that was only a game away from winning the bosnian championship last season. Hopefully we can improve this season to the point where we can try and win the bosnian championship.

3. Which impressions do you have of Bosnia?
Right now I don't really have any impression of Bosnia because I don't know much about the country. I would just really like to thank my club (Igokea) for giving me the opportunity to come to Bosnia and be a part of their club. I am very thankful and I wish the best for us this season. I am excited to be a part of the Igokea club and I hope that the fans are excited to have me.

4. Have you heard or even watched matches of Igokea or generally the bosnian league?
I have seen some highlights of games on the internet, but I have not been able to see a full game to get a feel for the intensity and competition in the league. From what I did see in the highlight film, I can tell that the fans were very excited and into the game. They seemed as though they are very excited by basketball and sincerely enjoy the game.

5. Compared to other competitions you played in which level is the competition?
I expect the bosnian league to be more competitive than the syrian league that I played in last year. I know that the players in Europe will be more seasoned with a higher skill level which will lead to a better brand of basketball which I am looking forward to.

6. Which characteristics describe your game best?
I feel that the best way to describe my game is to describe me as an aggresive player who who not only uses his physcial tools on the court, but also thinks the game in order to become a better player. I would desribe myself as a player who can score in many different ways. I am a guard that is not afraid of attacking the basket and can make plays for others as well as myself.

7. What are the goals of Igokea and what are your personal goals?
The goal of Igokea this season is the same goal that any competitive organization should have, winning a championship. Last year the team was very close to winning a championship, so this season we can only set the highest goal possible; which is actually winning the championship. For me personally my goal is to be the best player that I can possibly be this season and consistently aid my team in our quest of winning a championhsip. I would like to show people in Europe that I can be a good player on the professional level.


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria beat Slovenia, can not avoid relegation - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20 - Slovenia U20 80:78

Bulgarian U20 National Team scored a narrow victory over Slovenia in the final game of the European Championship in Latvia. However the victory did not help the team to avoid relegation. Three teams appeared to be tied at 2-1 record in classification Group G. But a stunning loss to Greece forced Bulgaria into the third overall position. Slovenia and Greece ensured the top spots and secured their Division A birth for the next edition of the tournament. Bulgaria led throughout the first frame and sealed a 22:20 advantage at the first intermission. The lead changed hands for numerous times during the second period and Slovenia enjoyed a 39:38 advantage at the long break. Dragic netted 4 straight points at the start of the third quarter as Slovenia widened the margin to 5 points. Bulgaria however used a 19:2 rally to surge ahead 57:45 late in the frame. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) capped the third stanza with 7 points in a row and Bulgaria accumulated a 64:47 lead after three quarters of action. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) and Lulalic trimmed the deficit to 4 points midway through the fourth stanza. Boban Tomic and Virk dragged Slovenia within 2 points from their opponents with 10 seconds remaining. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) and Boban Tomic exchanged free throws in the reminder of the contest and Bulgaria got away with a narrow win. Ivan Lilov paced Bulgaria with 33 points, 7 assists and 5 boards. Pavel Ivanov (200-F-88) added 15 points for the winners. Boban Tomic had 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for Slovenia. Mirko Mulalic (195-F-88) chipped in 18 points in defeat.

Bulgaria U20: Ivan Lilov 33, Pavel Ivanov 15, Chavdar Kostov 14
Slovenia U20: Boban Tomic 19, Mirko Mulalic 18


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  CHINA   


Olympic Game - by Robert Wang
Lithuania played against Argitina today and the game just ended at 79 vs 75. Lithuania won the game. This is a priliminary game and the game between China and USA would be at 10:15pm tonight. The game result might be known already which means US would be beating china, but it is not the game, it is concerning some other info. like the future teammates Kobe and chinese PG Sun Yue would play against each other. As Sun signed the contract with Lakers for 2 years and Kobe was very happy to see and play with his teammates. good luck to all teams in Olympic Games.

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  CROATIA   


Russia bruise Croatia at the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Croatia U20 79:69

Russian U20 National finally recovered after three straight losses at the European Championship in Latvia. Yesterday they outgunned Croatia to earn the chance to fight for the 9th overall spot today. Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) came up with 21 points and 11 boards for Russia. Alexey Shved (196-G-88) nailed 20 points, pulled down 7 boards and dished out 6 assists for the winners. Russia will face Israel later today. Zeljko Sakic (202-F-88) paced Croatia with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Ivan Milekovic (197-G/F-88) and Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) netted 14 points apiece in defeat. The teams were equally matched in the first half. Russia led by one after ten minutes of action but failed to clear off in the second stanza. The distance remained minimal when the teams arrived to halftime break. Zeljko Sakic and Miro Bilan lifted Croatia in front early in the third quarter however Russian team capped the frame on a 9:4 surge to retain the lead at 57:54. Alexey Shved scored 6 points in a row early in the fourth term as Russia stretched the margin to 9 points. Golovin and Nelyubov later teamed up for 11 points as Russia piled up an 18-point cushion with 6 minutes left in the game. All Croatia could do was to trim the deficit to 10 points at the end. Croatia will now play against Latvia for the 11th overall spot at the tournament.

Russia U20: Ilya Syrovatko 21+11 boards, Alexey Shved 20, Semen Antonov (203-F-89) 8+10 boards
Croatia U20: Zeljko Sakic 17, Ivan Milekovic 14, Miro Bilan 14


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U20 EC, division B: Czech Republics routs Hungary in Romania - by Eurobasket News
U20 Czech Republic - U20 Hungary 71-57

In the first game of Classification Round for 9th to 12th place on U20 European Championship division B Czech Republic was too strong for Hungary looking forward to position number 12. On the other side Hungary will continue its participation on this event battling for 11th place.

It is interesting but Hungary was the team which dominated at the very beginning. After almost four minutes in the opening quarter, Hungarians already created ten points lead, 4-14. Until the end of it they stretched it to 11, 9-20. Beginning of the next period brought totally different picture on the court. Czechs entered to it strongly and mostly owing to Vojtech Hruban (197-F-89) and Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) made turn 27-25. After the breather Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88, agency: FCM) succeeded to bring advantage of 8 points to his team once again. Unfortunately to him that joy didn't last long. Czechs totally blasted Hungarians in the last period closing it 24-9. The crucial period of the game was middle of this frame when Vojtech Hruban and Petr Dokoupil took care for 12-0 run.

Vojtech Hruban paced Czech Republic to victory scoring 20 points and missing only one more rebound for double-double. Petr Dokoupil was behind him with 14 points, 6 boards and 4 assists while Tomas Macela (179-G-88) had 13 points and 5 assists. The loosing team got 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists from Milan Csorvasi while Gyorgy Polya (195-G-88) was the last player with double-digits for his teams coring 12 points.


U20 Czech Republic - U20 Hungary 71-57
(9-20, 20-11, 18-17, 24-9)

Czech Republic:
Vojtech Hruban 20 (9 rebs), Petr Dokoupil 14 (6 rebs, 4 as), Tomas Macela 13 (5 as)
Hungary: Milan Csorvasi 17 (6 rebs, 4 as), Gyorgy Polya 12


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Standings - LIDOBA
LIDOBA Standings
North Division
 1. Reales 9-1 
 2. Marineros 5-5 
 3. Metros 4-6 
 4. Indios SF 3-7 
South Division
 1. Constituyentes 8-2 
 2. Caneros 4-6 
 3. Panteras DN 3-6 
 4. Cocolos 3-6 


Stats Leaders - LIDOBA
LIDOBA 2008 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Araujo, DN, 22.2
Thomas, PP, 20.9
Martinez, PP, 20.9
Lalane, SPM, 19.3
Charles, LR, 19.0
Lopez, STGO, 18.7
Villegas, SPM, 18.6
Salvador, SC, 17.3
Santana, LR, 15.2
Abreu, SC, 12.7
Rebounds Per Game
Elisma, SC, 10.0
Holden, SFM, 9.4
Santana, LR, 9.3
Martinez, PP, 8.7
Araujo, DN, 8.1
Eusebio, SPM, 7.6
Kyle, SC, 7.4
Charles, LR, 6.8
Franklin, PP, 6.5
Thomas, PP, 6.1
Assists Per Game
Ortega, SFM, 8.1
Rpsario, DN, 4.3
Martinez, PP, 4.3
Fortuna, SC, 4.2
Coronado, LV, 3.8
Thomas, PP, 3.7
Salvador, SC, 3.6
Villegas, SPM, 3.6
Sanchez, LR, 3.1
Charles, LR, 2.9
2FGP
Araujo, DN, 63%
Thomas, PP, 58%
Santana, LR, 57%
Lopez, STGO, 53%
Martinez, PP, 51%
Ferreiras, SFM, 51%
Salvador, SC, 50%
Lalane, SPM, 50%
Charles, LR, 46%
Villegas, SPM, 39%
3FGP
Lopez, STGO, 53%
Paulino, SFM, 51%
Rosario, DN, 48%
Coronado, LV, 40%
Lugo, LV, 39%
Abreu, SC, 38%
Lalane, SPM, 37%
Thomas, PP, 37%
Salvador, SC, 34%
Villegas, SPM, 32%
Free Throws
Abreu, SC, 84%
Ferreiras, SFM, 83%
Thomas, PP, 80%
Holden, SFM, 73%
Pandy, LV, 72%
Charles, LR, 72%
Gomez, LV, 68%
Santana, LR, 64%
Lalane, SPM, 62%
Gonzalez, PP, 52%


LIDOBA: Friday's Results - by Jaime Gomez
Reales 88, Constituyentes 86
In a battle for the best record in LIDOBA, Reales de La Vega defeated Constituyentes de San Cristobal 88-86 in overtime.
With 20 seconds left in the game Constituyentes were up by six points when Reales's Damien McSwine (193-G-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Loyola, IL) hit a three pointer to cut the lead to three points. Josue Abreu (188-G-66) was inmediately foul and missed his free throws. With 4.0 seconds left, Edgar Lugo hit a three pointer to send the game to overtime. In overtime, William Gomez (198-F/G-81, agency: Court Side) defense on Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) and 4 consecutive free throws by Jorge Almanzar (193-G/F-76) sealed the victory for Reales.

For Reales, Damien McSwine 21 points (4-6 3PT), Jorge Almanzar 18 points and 5 steals, Juan Coronado (198-F-90) 11 points and 3 steals, Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: E.Washington) 10 points and 3 steals, William Gomez 10 points and 8 rebounds.

For Constituyentes, Hansel Salvador (186-G-80) 22 points, Eddie Elisma 20 points and 14 rebounds, Josue Abreu 16 points, Jose Fortuna (180-G-84) 11 points, Kyle Edwards (208-C-80, college: Texas A&M Int.) 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Caneros 90, Marineros de Puerto Plata 75.

For Caneros de La Romana, Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 28 points and 7 rebounds, Edward Santana (203-F-80) 18 points and 10 rebounds, Eric Dawson (206-C-84, college: Midwestern St.) 14 points and 7 rebounds, Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 11 points.

For Marineros de Puerto Plata, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80, college: Angelo St.) 17 points, Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Columbus St.) 12 points and 7 rebounds.


Metros 110, Cocolos 108 (2 OT)

For Metros de Santiago, Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) 28 points (8-14 3PT), Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) 25 points, Glen McGowan (206-F-81, college: Pepperdine) 17 points and 9 rebounds, Franklin Matos (190-G-82) 14 points.

For Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris, Henry Lalane (199-F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) 33 points, Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76, college: Tenn Temple) 24 points and 8 rebounds, Omar Hernandez 17 points, Sammy Villegas (198-G-83, agency: Next Level, college: Toledo) 15 points.


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  ESTONIA   


U20 EC, division B: Germany edges Estonia for the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U20 Germany - U20 Estonia 77-65

Germany is the first finalist of U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. The Germans were too strong for Estonia, which will continue championship trying to reach the Bronze medal. What is maybe the most important for the Germans, except of this final, is a fact that they are automatically promoted to Division A for the next European Championship.

Germany had much better rebounding day than its rivals registering 14 + 24 boards. On the other hand Estonia had just 2 + 25. Germans demonstrated slightly better performance in the opening quarter. At the one point of it they touched plus 8 but Sten Sokk (181-G-89) and Ivar Tulit (202-F-88) created 6-0 run for their team setting the score on 19-17 after first ten minutes. Germany entered strongly into the next one. After dunk by Robin Benzing (208-F-89, college: Michigan), they grabbed 13 points lead with 1:27 remaining in the first half. At the last Estonia's possession Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) made a lay up for 39-28. Nothing has changed after the half time. It seemed that Germany played as much as they needed for the final. Karsten Tadda (189-G-88) and his teammates resolved question about the winner at the beginning of the last frame making 14-3 run for 71-49. After that moment it was clear that the firts finalist of U20 European Championship division B is already known.

This time Robin Benzing lad Germany to victory netting 18 points. Karsten Tadda was behind him with 10 points and 5 rebounds while Ziyed Chennoufi (202-F-88) stopped on 12 points. Estonia got the most from Tanel Kurbas, who drained 17 points. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) helped his team with 11 points.


U20 Germany - U20 Estonia 77-65
(19-17, 20-11, 18-16, 20-21)

Germany:
Robin Benzing 18, Karsten Tadda 10 (5 rebs), Ziyed Chennoufi 12
Estonia: Tanel Kurbas 17, Illimar Pilk 11


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Division A. Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 90:69
Serbian U20 National Team continues their hunt for the third straight title at the European Championships. Yesterday they held off Turkey to enter the championship game in Riga. Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) and Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) came up with 21 points apiece and Serbia crushed their opponents in style. Serbia got to a quick start as they grabbed a 14:4 lead with just over 5 minutes into the game. Radjulica completed his 11-point haul in the first stanza and Serbia enjoyed a 28:17 advantage at the first break. Balbay and Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) were able to fuel Turkish rally in the second stanza as they kept at striking distance. Gokper Gen (188-G-89) closed the first half with 5 straight points and Turkey trailed by 6 points at halftime. However a 21:6 run from Serbia in the third stanza put them ahead by 19 points. Sevinc and Ozdemor fired from beyond the arc to trim the deficit but it was too little to spark the intrigue. Serbia controlled the game and eased to the victory at the end. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) had 11 points, while Boban Marjanovic secured 10 for the winners. Gokper Gen answered with 20 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Baris Hersek dropped 17 points in a loss. Serbia will now take on Lithuania in the title decider. Turkey will oppose Spain in consolation final.

Serbia U20: Miroslav Raduljica 21, Milan Macvan 21, Mladen Jeremic 11
Turkey U20: Gokper Gen 20, Baris Hersek 17


Lithuania U20 - Spain U20 96:79
Lithuanian U20 National advanced to the European Championship Final yesterday. They overcame Spanish team to reach the title decider, where they would meet Serbia today. Martynas Gecevicius (194-G-88) scored 23 points to pace Lithuanian side to the win. Spain meanwhile were denied the second shot at the title after they lost in the championship game last year. The teams stayed close in the first period and Spain led by a single point 19:18 after ten minutes of action. Spain never allowed their opponents to surge ahead in the second frame and remained in charge. Joaquin Colom (187-G-88) capped the half with a jumper and made it 47:42 at halftime. Sarunas Vasiliauskas netted 10 points for Lithuania in the third period as the Baltic team surged ahead. Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) and Janavicius crowned the third quarter with 4 freebies and secured a 65:61 advantage at three-quarter time. Lukas Brazdauskis chipped in 8 points early in the fourth term and Lithuania built a 72:65 buffer with almost 8 minutes remaining in regulation. Joaquin Colom and Victor Claver (204-F/C-88) cut the gap to 3 points with just over 3 minutes left in the game however Lithuania prevailed at the end. They went on a stunning 16:2 run to complete an impressive hard-fought win at the end. Lukas Brazdauskis had 20 points and 12 boards for Lithuania. Vytenis Lipkevicius (200-F-89) added 15 points in a loss. Victor Claver nailed 19 points for Spain. Joaquin Colom registered 14 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in defeat.

Lithuania U20: Martynas Gecevicius 23, Lukas Brazdauskis 20+12 boards, Vytenis Lipkevicius 15
Spain U20: Victor Claver 19, Joaquin Colom 14


Semifinals for 5th-8th spots
Montenegro U20 - Ukraine U20 90:53

Montenegrin U20 National Team scored a comfortable victory over Ukraine at the European Championship in Riga yesterday. The victory allowed Montenegro to have a chance to claim the 5th spot at the event when they take on Italy later tonight. Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) came up with another sizzling performance as he tallied 31 points, 5 boards and 4 steals to pace Montenegro. The Balkan side got to an energetic start to the game Vladimir Dasic scored 8 points to ignite Montenegro. Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) later added 5 straight points and Durisic netted a jumper for Montenegro to enjoy a 17:10 advantage. Montenegro kept rolling confidently and piled up a 27:16 lead at the first intermission. Vladimir Dasic opened the second period with 4 straight points and the gap grew to 15 points. Vladimir Dasic capped the half with 6 points in a row and Montenegro led 47:29 at the interval. Montenegro stretched the margin to 30 points in the third frame and the game turned into a one-way traffic. Montenegro dominated completely and breezed to the victory at the end. Sead Sehovic poured in 19 points for Montenegro. Igor Bijelic (207-F/C-88, agency: Agency No 10) contributed 10 points for the winners. Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) paced Ukraine with 12 points. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) chipped in 9 points in a loss.

Montenegro U20: Vladimir Dasic 31, Sead Sehovic 19, Igor Bijelic 10
Ukraine U20: Denys Lukashov 12, Oleksandr Sizov 9


Italy U20 - France U20 71:56
Italian U20 National Team will have a chance to earn the 5th spot at the European Championship today. Yesterday they outscored French counterparts in the semifinal for the 5th-8th spots in Riga. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) came up with 24 points and 6 boards for Italy. Giacomo Eliantonio (204-C-88) notched 11 points for the winners. Kim Tillie (206-F-88) answered with 14 points for France. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) had 12 points in a losing effort. Italy will now take on Montenegro in the game for the 5th spot today. France will face Ukraine for the 7th place at the tournament. Italy led by just 2 points after the starting period. But the Azzurri limited their opponents to just 6 points in the second frame and built a 10-point distance at halftime. Edwin Jackson singlehandedly dragged France within 3 points early in the third stanza but Italy found the right answer. Lorenzo D'Ercole fired from downtown twice and Pietro Aradori added 6 points to propel Italy to a 43:29 advantage late in the period. Moerman and Mbaye trimmed the deficit to 6 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Italy responded with a 12:2 rally and never looked back again. France outrebounded their opponents but sank only 29% from the field.

Italy U20: Pietro Aradori 24, Giacomo Eliantonio 11, Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G-88, agency: Players Group) 7
France U20: Kim Tillie 14, Edwin Jackson 12


Semifinals for 9th-12th spots
Russia U20 - Croatia U20 79:69
Russian U20 National finally recovered after three straight losses at the European Championship in Latvia. Yesterday they outgunned Croatia to earn the chance to fight for the 9th overall spot today. Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) came up with 21 points and 11 boards for Russia. Alexey Shved (196-G-88) nailed 20 points, pulled down 7 boards and dished out 6 assists for the winners. Russia will face Israel later today. Zeljko Sakic (202-F-88) paced Croatia with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Ivan Milekovic (197-G/F-88) and Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) netted 14 points apiece in defeat. The teams were equally matched in the first half. Russia led by one after ten minutes of action but failed to clear off in the second stanza. The distance remained minimal when the teams arrived to halftime break. Zeljko Sakic and Miro Bilan lifted Croatia in front early in the third quarter however Russian team capped the frame on a 9:4 surge to retain the lead at 57:54. Alexey Shved scored 6 points in a row early in the fourth term as Russia stretched the margin to 9 points. Golovin and Nelyubov later teamed up for 11 points as Russia piled up an 18-point cushion with 6 minutes left in the game. All Croatia could do was to trim the deficit to 10 points at the end. Croatia will now play against Latvia for the 11th overall spot at the tournament.

Russia U20: Ilya Syrovatko 21+11 boards, Alexey Shved 20, Semen Antonov (203-F-89) 8+10 boards
Croatia U20: Zeljko Sakic 17, Ivan Milekovic 14, Miro Bilan 14


Latvia U20 - Israel U20 83:86 (OT)
Anton Shoutvin (205-C/F-89) scored 25 points and Israel survived extra time to celebrate a narrow win over Latvia at the U20 European Championship in Riga. Latvia managed to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit and cheered up by the supportive home crowd forced overtime. But it was Israel who had the last laugh in the game. They outscored the hosts in a high-flying last five minutes to post an exciting victory at the end. Gal Mekel converted a go-ahead layup for Israel with 32 seconds left in regulation. Arturs Berzins (202-C/F-88) answered with two freebies to tie the score. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) had a chance to bring victory to the home side but his three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out. He improved in the extra period when his three-pointer set Latvia in front 77:74. However Gal Mekel drained a trey to give Israel an 82:80 advantage with just over a minute to go. Selakovs cut the deficit but Oded Brandwein and Gal Mekel were deadly from the charity stripe and Israel pulled away with a narrow win at the end. They will now take on Russia for the 9th spot at the tournament. Latvia will play against Croatia in the events finale for both sides. Sean Daniel (200-F-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services) nailed 20 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Israel. Kristaps Kanbergs, Rolands Freimanis (208-F/C-88) and Arturs Berzins scored 14 points apiece in defeat. Janis Strelnieks and Toms Celmins had 13 points each for Latvia.

Latvia U20: Kristaps Kanbergs 14, Rolands Freimanis 14, Arturs Berzins 14
Israel U20: Anton Shoutvin 25, Sean Daniel 20


M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Germany3-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-2
3. Portugal1-2
4. Sweden1-2
Group F
1. Belgium3-0
2. Estonia2-1
3. Holland1-2
4. Romania0-3
Group G
1. Czech Repu.3-0
2. Norway2-1
3. U.Kingdom1-2
4. Ireland0-3
Group H
1. Austria2-1
2. Hungary2-1
3. Poland1-2
4. Slovakia1-2
Group I
1. Switzerl.2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Azerbaijan.0-2


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U20 EC, division B: Switzerland ends on 17th place beating Finland in thriller - by Eurobasket News

U20 Switzerland - U20 Finland 82-80

17h position on U20 European Championship division B belongs to Switzerland. In the last game of Group I Switzerland was better than Finland, which ended the championship on position number 18.

It was a very interesting game until the very end. Both teams had exactly the same number of rebounds while their shot percentages also were very similar. At the one point in third quarter Finland touched plus 14, 32-46, but in just few minutes Switzerland succeed to tie the score on 57-57. After that moment Finland once again returned 4 points lead with 54 second to go. At that time it seemed that this game was already over for Switzerland but then Miroslav Petkovic (183-G-88) stepped up scoring 9 consecutive points for his team. Actually on 79-80 for Finland he drained a winning triple at the buzzer for Switzerland.

Lionel Bobetso (194-G-88) was the best player for the winning side in this game. He played 33 minutes scoring 24 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Interesting is that he pulled up almost 50% of Swiss attempts for FG2. Fortunately to his team he made 52.6% of it. Lucas Waldesbuhl (195-G-89) also had good performance for the winners adding 19 points and 5 rebounds while hero fo the game Miroslav Petkovic had 16 points and 4 boards. Finland got the most from Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89), who finished the game with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Larry Pounds (190-F-88) followed him collecting 21 points and 6 rebounds while Matias Ojala (196-F-89) had 12 points and 6 boards.


U20 Switzerland - U20 Finland 82-80
(19-16, 10-22, 23-19, 30-23)

Switzerland:
Lionel Bobetso 24 (5 rebs), Lucas Waldesbuhl 19 (5 rebs), Miroslav Petkovic 16 (4 rebs)
Finland: Antti Kanervo 23 (5 rebs), Larry Pounds 21 (6 rebs), Matias Ojala 12 (6 rebs)



INTERNATIONAL: Finland vs Ukraine 66-70 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

One night can change everything. Finland NT didn't have it easy anymore, when they played tonight again vs Ukraine at Vantaa Energy Arena.
Ukraine defense was working much better than on Friday. Last night Finland scored 92 pts vs Ukraine, but tonight only 66 pts, during the second
half just 24 pts and during the game's last 2,5 minutes 0 pts. Finland was then ahead by six (66-60), but Ukraine won those last minutes 0-10 and
the contest 66-70 (42-33). Quarters: 12-19, 30-14, 5-14, 19-23. Finland had only two players in double figures: Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) 21 and Kimmo Muurinen

(202-F-81, college: UALR) 13 pts. Ukraine was led by Krivych twins Igor (18 pts) and Rotislav (17 pts). Finland NT will take part next an international tournament in Strasbourg, France (August 14.-17.), where there will be hosting France, Finland, Latvia and Czech R.



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Italy edge France in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - France U20 71:56

Italian U20 National Team will have a chance to earn the 5th spot at the European Championship today. Yesterday they outscored French counterparts in the semifinal for the 5th-8th spots in Riga. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) came up with 24 points and 6 boards for Italy. Giacomo Eliantonio (204-C-88) notched 11 points for the winners. Kim Tillie (206-F-88) answered with 14 points for France. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) had 12 points in a losing effort. Italy will now take on Montenegro in the game for the 5th spot today. France will face Ukraine for the 7th place at the tournament. Italy led by just 2 points after the starting period. But the Azzurri limited their opponents to just 6 points in the second frame and built a 10-point distance at halftime. Edwin Jackson singlehandedly dragged France within 3 points early in the third stanza but Italy found the right answer. Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88) fired from downtown twice and Pietro Aradori added 6 points to propel Italy to a 43:29 advantage late in the period. Moerman and Mbaye trimmed the deficit to 6 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Italy responded with a 12:2 rally and never looked back again. France outrebounded their opponents but sank only 29% from the field.

Italy U20: Pietro Aradori 24, Giacomo Eliantonio 11, Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G-88, agency: Players Group) 7
France U20: Kim Tillie 14, Edwin Jackson 12


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U20 EC, division B: Romania better than F.Y.R. of Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
U20 F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Romania 59-72

After three consecutive defeats, the hosts of U20 European Championship division B Romania finally succeeded to register victory. This time Romanians were better than Macedonians making step forward to fifth place on this event. Thus Romania will try to beat Portugal in order to actually reach it while Macedonia will play against Netherlands in the battle for seventh place.

It was a tough beginning for Romania as Macedonia ended first stanza having 25-18. Romania had slightly better performance in the next one but it wasn't enough for any more than minus 6 at the half time. Finally Titus Nicoara (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) and Vlad Moldoveanu (210-C-88) stepped up for ther team after the breather. Romania finished third quarter 12-18 but during the next 10 minutes two above mentioned players totally blasted Macedonians. At the end it was more than enough for comfortable 13-points win. It is important to be mentioned that Romania had full control under the basket in this game grabbing 12 rebounds more than its opponent.

As it was during the entire championship Titus Nicoara and Vlad Moldoveanu once again were the leading players of their team. Titus Nicoara scored 22 points and grabbed amazing 19 rebounds while Vlad Moldoveanu had 22 points dn 10 rebounds. Mihai Petcu (202-F-88) was a way behind these two players with 12 points. Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) was the best in Macedonia collecting 15 points and 4 rebounds. Actually he was the only one with double digits for his team as Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) was behind him scoring just 9 points.


U20 F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Romania 59-72
(25-18, 13-14, 12-18, 9-22)

F.Y.R. of Macedonia:
Marko Simonovski 15 (4 rebs), Kiril Nikolovski 9
Romania: Titus Nicoara 22 (19 rebs), Vlad Moldoveanu 22 (10 rebs), Mihai Petcu 12


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  GABON   


ELIMINATORY OF THE 23rd CUP OF CLUBS CHAMPION AFRIQUE MASCULINE ZONE 4 - by Tim Ndjiki

Two clubs Gabonese, MANGA BASKET (Champion 2008) and SOMO B (Vice champion 2008), participated this competition that took place Kinshasa to Seven teams of four countries (Gabon, Congo RDC, Congo Brazzaville): LUPOPO (RDC) - INTER CLUB (CGO) - RED STAR (RCA) - SOMO BASKET (GABON) - ONATRA (RDC) - PATRONNAGE (CGO).
Final ordering
1st ONATRA (RDC) 6 matches, 11 Points, 5 victories, 1 defeats.
2nd LUPOPO (RDC) 6 matches, 10 Points, 4 victories, 2 defeats.
3rd SOMO B (GABON) 6 matches, 10 Points, 4 victories, 2 defeats.
4th PATRONNAGE (CGO) .6 matches, 9 Points, 3 victories, 3 defeats.
5th RED STAR (RCA) 6 matches, 9 Points, 3 victories, 3 defeats.
6th INTER CLUB (CGO) 6 matches, 7 Points, 1 victories, 5 defeats.
7th MANGA B (GABON) 6 matches, 7 Points, 1 victories, 5 defeats.
We recall that the two first are qualified in final phase that he will play in September 2008.
Team of MANGA B
Lindeme William; BOUNDOU K; Ngouadihouyi J ; Bouyoba Ghislain; LANDJI G; Mouandza Max ; Masrabe Johd; Madama Martial; Nze Digondi; MITORY P; BIYOGHO TCHOUA P;
Coach: ONDOUMOU Rufin
Team of SOMO B
Bekale Cedric; Mytoulou Denis; Owoula Roland; LOUKOUSSA P; Nguema Obame Jimmy; Eyenet Davy; MESSI J; MOUSSAVOU J; Ndong Robert; COMPANY; Nyoundou Edwin; KALALA Moutombo Bebina;
Coach : Antoine BOUSSOUGOU

Bebina Moutombo (-78)


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Greece secure Division A spot - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Georgia U20 97:67

Greek U20 National Team ensured their European Championship Division A birth for the next year. They thumped Georgia in the final game of the Classification round in Riga and remained at the bottom of the classification round ladder. Michail Tsairelis (206-F/C-88) knocked down 17 points to pace Greece to the crucial win. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89, agency: Life Sports) answered with game-high 31 points and 9 rebounds but it never helped Georgia to insure their Division A spot. They finished the round with 0-3 record and got relegated into Division B. Greece dominated right from the start. They outgunned their opponents 22:15 in the first period and kept stretching the lead in the second one. The scoreline read 41:26 midway through the second stanza. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) scored 4 points for Greece at the end of the half as the Hellenes enjoyed a 21-point buffer at the interval. Greece quickly extended the margin to 28 points and kept mounting the pressure on Georgian team. Karavasanis and Panagiotis Koukounias (199-F-88) opened the final term with back-to-back treys and Greece never looked back in the dying minutes. Panagiotis Koukounias netted 13 points for Greece. Evangelos Sakellariou (196-F/G-89, agency: FCM) and Georgios Bogris added 12 points apiece for the winners. Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) had 11 points and 7 boards for Georgia in defeat.

Greece U20: Michail Tsairelis 17, Panagiotis Koukounias 13, Evangelos Sakellariou 12, Georgios Bogris 12
Georgia U20: Giorgi Shermadini 31, Richard Matiashvili 11


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Olympic Games: Germany smashes Angola in day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Angola -Germany 66-95

Germany demonstrated its power against Angola in the first day of the Olympic Games in Beijing. As a reminder these two teams are placed in Preliminary Group B together with the hosts China, Spain, Greece and USA.

Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and his teammates came to Beijing with big appetites. Angolans couldn't find a solution how to stop Dirk Nowitzki as well as Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan), which demonstrated wonderful performance. After 'just' plus four in the opening quarter, the Germans gave Angolans a real lesson in the next one. Two above mention players were on fire while Angola stopped on just 13 points in this stanza. On the other side Germany drained 29 heading into the second half with comfortable plus 20. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) was the only one who shined for Angola but his performance was not enough for his team today. Germany continued in the same rhythm after the breather. Before the last stanza the only question was how big difference it will be at the end and will Germany succeed to net 100.

Germany got the most points in this game from Chris Kaman, who scored 24 for 18 minutes. NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki spent 23 minutes on court collecting 23 points and 6 rebounds with excellent shot percentage. Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) followed these two players with 13 points and 4 assists while Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) also shined with 10 points and 11 boards. Eduardo Mingas was the best player in Angola scoring 24 points. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) was behind him with 14 while Milton Barros (184-G-84) stopped on 10 points and 4 boards. In the next round Germany will play against Greece. On the other side Angola will have to take on USA.


Angola - Germany 66-95
(21-25, 13-29, 18-24, 14-17)

Germany:
Chris Kaman 24, Dirk Nowitzki 23 (6 rebs), Steffen Hamann 13 (4 as), Jan-Hendrik Jagla 10 (11 rebs)
Angola: Eduardo Mingas 24, Carlos Morais 14, Milton Barros 10 (4 rebs)


U20 EC, division B: Germany edges Estonia for the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U20 Germany - U20 Estonia 77-65

Germany is the first finalist of U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. The Germans were too strong for Estonia, which will continue championship trying to reach the Bronze medal. What is maybe the most important for the Germans, except of this final, is a fact that they are automatically promoted to Division A for the next European Championship.

Germany had much better rebounding day than its rivals registering 14 + 24 boards. On the other hand Estonia had just 2 + 25. Germans demonstrated slightly better performance in the opening quarter. At the one point of it they touched plus 8 but Sten Sokk (181-G-89) and Ivar Tulit (202-F-88) created 6-0 run for their team setting the score on 19-17 after first ten minutes. Germany entered strongly into the next one. After dunk by Robin Benzing (208-F-89, college: Michigan), they grabbed 13 points lead with 1:27 remaining in the first half. At the last Estonia's possession Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) made a lay up for 39-28. Nothing has changed after the half time. It seemed that Germany played as much as they needed for the final. Karsten Tadda (189-G-88) and his teammates resolved question about the winner at the beginning of the last frame making 14-3 run for 71-49. After that moment it was clear that the firts finalist of U20 European Championship division B is already known.

This time Robin Benzing lad Germany to victory netting 18 points. Karsten Tadda was behind him with 10 points and 5 rebounds while Ziyed Chennoufi (202-F-88) stopped on 12 points. Estonia got the most from Tanel Kurbas, who drained 17 points. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) helped his team with 11 points.


U20 Germany - U20 Estonia 77-65
(19-17, 20-11, 18-16, 20-21)

Germany:
Robin Benzing 18, Karsten Tadda 10 (5 rebs), Ziyed Chennoufi 12
Estonia: Tanel Kurbas 17, Illimar Pilk 11


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Olympic Games: Spain cruises past Greece in the opening day - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Greece 81-66

It was a joyful first day in Beijing for the reining World Champions Spain. Actually it was a game between two finalists from the World Championship 2006 which was held in Japan. Spaniards dominated in that game 70-47 and this time they also registered comfortable victory.

Greeks struggled a lot with their stroke today. They made only 11 of 24 attempts from the free throw line which is 46%. At the same time they had 35% for 3-pts and 44% for FG2. At the end it was not enough against the strong Spain, which recorded much better digits. Actually Spaniards missed only 3 of 25 attempts for the FT line what could be the main reason of their win. Everything started good for Spain as it closed first ten minutes with 20-16. The official host in this game also showed slightly better performance in the next stanza. Namely, Greece suceeded to tie the score on 26-26 with 4:14 remaining in the first half but Spaniards immediatelly answered creating 9-3 run for plus 6. Crucial period of the game was third frame when NBA trio Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85), Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81) and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) totally destroyed team of Panagiotis Yannakis . Spaniards drained 27 points matched with 17 by the Greeks which meant that Spain stretched its lead to 16 points before the last frame. During the last ten minutes Greeks weren't able even to thereat.

Spain got the most points in this game from Rudy Fernandez, who stopped on 16. Jose Manuel Calderon collected 13 points and 4 boards while Pau Gasol added 11 points and 7 rebounds for almost 20 minutes. On the other side Vassilis Spanoulis' (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) 15 points wasn't enough for his team today. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) helped Greece with 14 points while Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) had 10. In the next roud of Preliminary Group B Spain will play against the hosts China while Greece will take on Germany.


Spain - Greece 81-66
(20-16, 15-13, 27-17, 19-20)

Spain:
Rudy Fernandez 16, Jose Manuel Calderon 13 (4 rebs), Pau Gasol 11 (7 rebs)
Greece: Vassilis Spanoulis 15, Dimitris Diamantidis 14, Nikos Zisis 10


Greece secure Division A spot - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Georgia U20 97:67

Greek U20 National Team ensured their European Championship Division A birth for the next year. They thumped Georgia in the final game of the Classification round in Riga and remained at the bottom of the classification round ladder. Michail Tsairelis (206-F/C-88) knocked down 17 points to pace Greece to the crucial win. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89, agency: Life Sports) answered with game-high 31 points and 9 rebounds but it never helped Georgia to insure their Division A spot. They finished the round with 0-3 record and got relegated into Division B. Greece dominated right from the start. They outgunned their opponents 22:15 in the first period and kept stretching the lead in the second one. The scoreline read 41:26 midway through the second stanza. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) scored 4 points for Greece at the end of the half as the Hellenes enjoyed a 21-point buffer at the interval. Greece quickly extended the margin to 28 points and kept mounting the pressure on Georgian team. Karavasanis and Panagiotis Koukounias (199-F-88) opened the final term with back-to-back treys and Greece never looked back in the dying minutes. Panagiotis Koukounias netted 13 points for Greece. Evangelos Sakellariou (196-F/G-89, agency: FCM) and Georgios Bogris added 12 points apiece for the winners. Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) had 11 points and 7 boards for Georgia in defeat.

Greece U20: Michail Tsairelis 17, Panagiotis Koukounias 13, Evangelos Sakellariou 12, Georgios Bogris 12
Georgia U20: Giorgi Shermadini 31, Richard Matiashvili 11


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U20 EC, division B: Portugal outsmarts Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
U20 Netherlands - U20 Portugal 67-70

Portugal made a step forward to fifth place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. Portuguese had to work very hard in order to beat inconvenient Netherlands today but they succeeded to do it thanks to well played last quarter. On the other hand Netherlands will try to reach position number seven tomorrow.

Beginning of the game belonged to Netherlands as it touched plus 5 with 2:18 remaining. Very soon Portuguese woke up tying the score on 17-17 before the second frame. After dunk by Van Der List, Netherlands grabbed 29-24 in 16th minute. As it was in the first stanza, Jose Silva (194-F-89) and his teammates once again answered very quickly this time making a turn 35-37. Thanks to Ewoud Kloos (185-G/F-89), who made a jump shot with a foul scoring a free throw after that, Netherlands had 38-37 at the half time. After the breather it was totally leveled game. Both teams made many mistakes missing couple of open shots which resulted with 12-12 in this one. Crucial period of the game was middle of the last frame when Jose Silva and Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) made 7-2 run for 62-67. Until the end of it Netherlands succeeded just to come on minus 2 after what Lima netted a jump shot stopping them on their way.

Jose Silva paced Portugal to win scoring 16 points. Fernando Sico (202-F/C-88) also shined for the winning side adding 14 points and 8 boards. Ewoud Kloos was the best player in Netherlands today collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds. Roeland Schaftenaar (213-F/C-88) followed him with 12 points and 7 rebounds.


U20 Netherlands - U20 Portugal 67-70
(17-17, 21-20, 12-12, 17-21)

Netherlands:
Ewoud Kloos 21 (5 rebs), Roeland Schaftenaar 12 (7 rebs)
Portugal: Jose Silva 16, Fernando Sico 14 (8 rebs)


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U20 EC, division B: Czech Republics routs Hungary in Romania - by Eurobasket News
U20 Czech Republic - U20 Hungary 71-57

In the first game of Classification Round for 9th to 12th place on U20 European Championship division B Czech Republic was too strong for Hungary looking forward to position number 12. On the other side Hungary will continue its participation on this event battling for 11th place.

It is interesting but Hungary was the team which dominated at the very beginning. After almost four minutes in the opening quarter, Hungarians already created ten points lead, 4-14. Until the end of it they stretched it to 11, 9-20. Beginning of the next period brought totally different picture on the court. Czechs entered to it strongly and mostly owing to Vojtech Hruban (197-F-89) and Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) made turn 27-25. After the breather Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88, agency: FCM) succeeded to bring advantage of 8 points to his team once again. Unfortunately to him that joy didn't last long. Czechs totally blasted Hungarians in the last period closing it 24-9. The crucial period of the game was middle of this frame when Vojtech Hruban and Petr Dokoupil took care for 12-0 run.

Vojtech Hruban paced Czech Republic to victory scoring 20 points and missing only one more rebound for double-double. Petr Dokoupil was behind him with 14 points, 6 boards and 4 assists while Tomas Macela (179-G-88) had 13 points and 5 assists. The loosing team got 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists from Milan Csorvasi while Gyorgy Polya (195-G-88) was the last player with double-digits for his teams coring 12 points.


U20 Czech Republic - U20 Hungary 71-57
(9-20, 20-11, 18-17, 24-9)

Czech Republic:
Vojtech Hruban 20 (9 rebs), Petr Dokoupil 14 (6 rebs, 4 as), Tomas Macela 13 (5 as)
Hungary: Milan Csorvasi 17 (6 rebs, 4 as), Gyorgy Polya 12


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  INDIA   


Tamil Nadu Basketball Association heading for a split ??? - by Anil Kumar
Its been around for quite some time and things seem to be coming into the open.

The rival Tamil Nadu Basketball Association announced an ambitious plan to give a fillip to the game in the state by starting 1,000 basketball clubs. Association Chairman and popular actor D Napolean told newspersons here that five villages in every revenue district of the state would be selected shortly and 1,000 basketball clubs started in these villages. Each club would provide training to 20 players, he added. Mr Napolean, said the initiative was aimed at preparing a good number of talented basketball players from the rural areas. They also proposed to bring in reputed coaches from the US.

He alleged that the existing Association headed by Dhyaneshwaran did not take up any activity for the game's development. He did not even submit the accounts of the Association for annual audit. When his Association took up this administrative lapse with the authorities concerned, Mr Dhyaneshwaran hurriedly submitted the accounts for 2007-08, but it was rejected on technical grounds, he claimed.

Mr Napolean charged Mr Dhyaneshwaran with changing the bylaws of the Association to suit him without intimating the other office bearers, besides involving in corrupt practices and swindling the Association's money. Association President S M Hidayathullah claimed that of the 280 basketball clubs in the state, 260 extended support to their rival Association and out of 31 District Basketball Associations, 18 district office bearers backed them. Mr Napolean informed that Basketball Federation of India(BFI) Secretary General Hari Sharma had asked them to file supportive documents and game activities for getting affiliation. Hence, they have decided to conduct state-level tournaments all over the state.

He claimed that the maiden tournament organised by his Association had attracted teams from all the districts.

Courtesy UNI


TNBA puts up rival panel in place - by Anil Kumar
In elections held after 21 years, popular Tamil actor D Napolean was elected as patron of the strife torn Tamil Nadu Basketball Association (TNBA).

Mr M S Venkatraman was elected as President of the TNBA at its extraordinary General Body meeting held recently at Chennai. He replaced the incumbent Mr A N Dyaneswaran against whom majority of the affiliated clubs expressed dissatisfaction over his functioning and had sought his removal.

Mr R Selvaraj was elected as Secretary. Mr S Subramanian and A Chella Raj were elected as vice-presidents, while Mr J Pandian Franklin was elected as Joint Secretary. Mr S Arulmozhi would be the Joint Secretary and Treasurer.

Talking to reporters , Mr Napolean and Mr Venkatraman said all the elections were unanimous and the new office-bearers would have a term of four years.

Observing that elections were last held in 1987, they said that this meeting and polls were held as per the 1985 bye-laws of the Association, which was registered under the Societies Act.

Of the 14 office-bearers, three died and invitation to the meeting was issued to the remaining 11 members, including Mr Dyaneswaran, who did not attend the meeting.

Following the revolt raised by 240 affiliated clubs against Mr Dyaneswaran, the meeting was held to elect the new office bearers, Mr Venkatraman said.


-Times Chennai Bureau Report


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  IRAN   


Olympic Games: Russia outplays Iran in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Iran 71-49

Reining European champion Russia grabbed victory against Iran in the opening day of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. These two teams are together with Australia, Croatia, Lithuania and Argentina placed into Preliminary Group A.

Russians took control on Iran from the early beginning. They started very aggressively at the defensive end which resulted with many mistakes and unsuccessful shots by Iran. On the other side Russia, thanks to Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), scored 24 points in the first stanza ending it 24-5. Actually it was the biggest run on this game. In the second quarter Nikkhah and his teammates demonstrated slightly better performance. They created 8-0 run but it was enough only for minus 16 at the half time. Russians entered into the second half sleepy. It seemed they thought it will be an easy job until the end but Iranians didn't think so. They put into the fifth gear and mostly owing to Nikkhah and Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) came on minus 2 before the crucial ten minutes. It was a sign for strong Russians to wake up what they immediately done. They exploited huge advantage in the paint and with couple of fast brakes ended this game in style. Interesting is that Russia made 42 points in this game from the paint while Iran had just 18.

J.R. Holden paced Russia to victory in the opening day of the Olympic Games in Beijing scoring 19 points and grabbing 5 steals. NBA superstar Andrei Kirilenko followed him with 15 points and 5 rebounds while Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) stopped on 11 points and 4 assists. Nikkhah added 16 points and 4 rebounds for the loosing side. Kamrany scored 11 while Hamed Ehadadi finished the game with 9 points and 8 boards. In the next round Russia will take on Croatia while Iran will meet Lithuania.


Russia - Iran 71-49
(24-5, 14-17, 8-16, 25-11)

Russia:
J.R. Holden 19 (5 st), Andrei Kirilenko 15 (5 rebs), Alexei Savrasenko 11 (4 as)
Iran: Nikkhah 16 (4 rebs), Kamrany 11, Hamed Ehadadi 9 (8 rebs)


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  IRELAND   


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia smashes Ireland heading to 13th place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Ireland 95-65

Slovakia demonstrated its power against Ireland today on U20 European Championship division B in Romanian city Targu Mures. Thus Slovakia will meet Poland in the battle for 13th place while Ireland will take on Great Britain for 15th position.

Slovakians had full domination in the paint in today's game. They finished it with 51 boards while 20 of those were at the offensive end. On the other side Ireland grabbed 17 rebounds less than its opponent. At the same time Slovakians had pretty good 42.3% from behind the arc, which helped them a lot in order to register this comfortable victory. Slovakia showed much better performance in the first while Ireland answered in the second frame. Boris Kovalik (194-F-89) and Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) led their team in third stanza touching plus 10. Last frame brought total domination by Slovakians. After just few minutes of it they created huge 78-56. Until the end of the game Boris Kovalik and his teammates continued in the same rhythm stretching their lead even more.

Boris Kovalik paced Slovakia to victory against Ireland draining 22 points. Pavol Losonsky also was unstoppable at the offensive end finishing the game with 18 points and 5 boards. Ireland got 22 points and 7 rebounds from Keith Anderson (188-G-89). Paul O'Brien (193-G/F-88) and Cian Nihill (193-G-88) contributed with 11 points each.


U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Ireland 95-65
(26-18, 16-22, 18-11, 35-14)

Slovak Republic:
Boris Kovalik 22, Pavol Losonsky 18 (5 rebs)
Ireland: Keith Anderson 22 (7 rebs), Paul O'Brien 11 (5 rebs), Cian Nihill 11


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  ISRAEL   


Israel topple Latvia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Israel U20 83:86 (OT)

Anton Shoutvin (205-C/F-89) scored 25 points and Israel survived extra time to celebrate a narrow win over Latvia at the U20 European Championship in Riga. Latvia managed to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit and cheered up by the supportive home crowd forced overtime. But it was Israel who had the last laugh in the game. They outscored the hosts in a high-flying last five minutes to post an exciting victory at the end. Gal Mekel (195-G-88) converted a go-ahead layup for Israel with 32 seconds left in regulation. Arturs Berzins (202-C/F-88) answered with two freebies to tie the score. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) had a chance to bring victory to the home side but his three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out. He improved in the extra period when his three-pointer set Latvia in front 77:74. However Gal Mekel drained a trey to give Israel an 82:80 advantage with just over a minute to go. Selakovs cut the deficit but Oded Brandwein (188-G-88, agency: Ronsport) and Gal Mekel were deadly from the charity stripe and Israel pulled away with a narrow win at the end. They will now take on Russia for the 9th spot at the tournament. Latvia will play against Croatia in the events finale for both sides. Sean Daniel (200-F-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services) nailed 20 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Israel. Kristaps Kanbergs, Rolands Freimanis (208-F/C-88) and Arturs Berzins scored 14 points apiece in defeat. Janis Strelnieks (185-G-89) and Toms Celmins (195-F-88) had 13 points each for Latvia.

Latvia U20: Kristaps Kanbergs 14, Rolands Freimanis 14, Arturs Berzins 14
Israel U20: Anton Shoutvin 25, Sean Daniel 20


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  ITALY   


Italy edge France in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - France U20 71:56

Italian U20 National Team will have a chance to earn the 5th spot at the European Championship today. Yesterday they outscored French counterparts in the semifinal for the 5th-8th spots in Riga. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) came up with 24 points and 6 boards for Italy. Giacomo Eliantonio (204-C-88) notched 11 points for the winners. Kim Tillie (206-F-88) answered with 14 points for France. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) had 12 points in a losing effort. Italy will now take on Montenegro in the game for the 5th spot today. France will face Ukraine for the 7th place at the tournament. Italy led by just 2 points after the starting period. But the Azzurri limited their opponents to just 6 points in the second frame and built a 10-point distance at halftime. Edwin Jackson singlehandedly dragged France within 3 points early in the third stanza but Italy found the right answer. Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88) fired from downtown twice and Pietro Aradori added 6 points to propel Italy to a 43:29 advantage late in the period. Moerman and Mbaye trimmed the deficit to 6 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Italy responded with a 12:2 rally and never looked back again. France outrebounded their opponents but sank only 29% from the field.

Italy U20: Pietro Aradori 24, Giacomo Eliantonio 11, Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G-88, agency: Players Group) 7
France U20: Kim Tillie 14, Edwin Jackson 12


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  KUWAIT   


Angeli signs for Al Arabi - by Ali Ahmed
Al Arabi basketball team management agreed terms with the Amrican Coach Jaimie Angeli for next season 2008/2009.


Al Arabi Sports Club agreed with Amrican Coach to be the new head coach for one year. The former head coach of Al Rayyan Club Coach Jaimie Angeli .



Awards/Achievements:
Asian Club Championships Winner -05
Gulf Club Championships Finalist -06
Qatar Emir Cup Winner -06
Asian Club Championships Semifinals -06


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  LATVIA   


Israel topple Latvia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Israel U20 83:86 (OT)

Anton Shoutvin (205-C/F-89) scored 25 points and Israel survived extra time to celebrate a narrow win over Latvia at the U20 European Championship in Riga. Latvia managed to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit and cheered up by the supportive home crowd forced overtime. But it was Israel who had the last laugh in the game. They outscored the hosts in a high-flying last five minutes to post an exciting victory at the end. Gal Mekel (195-G-88) converted a go-ahead layup for Israel with 32 seconds left in regulation. Arturs Berzins (202-C/F-88) answered with two freebies to tie the score. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) had a chance to bring victory to the home side but his three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out. He improved in the extra period when his three-pointer set Latvia in front 77:74. However Gal Mekel drained a trey to give Israel an 82:80 advantage with just over a minute to go. Selakovs cut the deficit but Oded Brandwein (188-G-88, agency: Ronsport) and Gal Mekel were deadly from the charity stripe and Israel pulled away with a narrow win at the end. They will now take on Russia for the 9th spot at the tournament. Latvia will play against Croatia in the events finale for both sides. Sean Daniel (200-F-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services) nailed 20 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Israel. Kristaps Kanbergs, Rolands Freimanis (208-F/C-88) and Arturs Berzins scored 14 points apiece in defeat. Janis Strelnieks (185-G-89) and Toms Celmins (195-F-88) had 13 points each for Latvia.

Latvia U20: Kristaps Kanbergs 14, Rolands Freimanis 14, Arturs Berzins 14
Israel U20: Anton Shoutvin 25, Sean Daniel 20


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania silence Spain en route to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Spain U20 96:79

Lithuanian U20 National advanced to the European Championship Final yesterday. They overcame Spanish team to reach the title decider, where they would meet Serbia today. Martynas Gecevicius (194-G-88) scored 23 points to pace Lithuanian side to the win. Spain meanwhile were denied the second shot at the title after they lost in the championship game last year. The teams stayed close in the first period and Spain led by a single point 19:18 after ten minutes of action. Spain never allowed their opponents to surge ahead in the second frame and remained in charge. Joaquin Colom (187-G-88) capped the half with a jumper and made it 47:42 at halftime. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (190-G-89) netted 10 points for Lithuania in the third period as the Baltic team surged ahead. Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) and Janavicius crowned the third quarter with 4 freebies and secured a 65:61 advantage at three-quarter time. Lukas Brazdauskis chipped in 8 points early in the fourth term and Lithuania built a 72:65 buffer with almost 8 minutes remaining in regulation. Joaquin Colom and Victor Claver (204-F/C-88) cut the gap to 3 points with just over 3 minutes left in the game however Lithuania prevailed at the end. They went on a stunning 16:2 run to complete an impressive hard-fought win at the end. Lukas Brazdauskis had 20 points and 12 boards for Lithuania. Vytenis Lipkevicius (200-F-89) added 15 points in a loss. Victor Claver nailed 19 points for Spain. Joaquin Colom registered 14 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in defeat.

Lithuania U20: Martynas Gecevicius 23, Lukas Brazdauskis 20+12 boards, Vytenis Lipkevicius 15
Spain U20: Victor Claver 19, Joaquin Colom 14


Olympic Games: Lithuania crushes the defending champion - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Argentina 79-75

Lithuania took care for the first surprise on the Olympic Games in Beijing. Despite majority of basketball public in the World expected victory by the reining Olympic champions Argentina, it didn't happen. Thus Lithuania started the Olympics with 1-0 in Preliminary Group A, where except of these two teams are also placed Australia, Croatia, Russia and Iran.

The main reason of this victory by Lithuania could be poor percentage from Argentina's superstar Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), who missed almost 2/3 of his shots from the field. Emanuel Ginobili wasn't the only one with bad stroke today as Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) joined him making just 5 of 14 from the field. Despite 9 rebounds less than its opponent, Lithuanians compensated it with a team play and solid stroke for behind the arc (10 of 25). Both tames showed their nerves as it was the first game on this prestigious event, which resulted with 16 turnovers by Lithuania and 18 by Argentina. Lithuania showed better performance in the first half touching plus 6 couple of times. After the breather Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), Andres Nocioni and Emanuel Ginobili made quick 7-0 run taking 3-points lead. They succeeded to keep it until 2:40 remaining in the first half when Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) together with Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) and Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) finally answered with 7-0 setting the score on 51-45 before the last frame. After just three minutes of it Lithuania extended its lead to 12 points. When it seemed the game is already over the defending Olympic champion made 11-0 run tying the score on 75-75 with 1:34 to go. Andres Nocioni and Emanuel Ginobili missed for Argentina while Ksystof Lavrinovic and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) done the same. In the next Lithuania's possession Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) drained a triple which was followed by turnover from Carlos Delfino (199-G-82). Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) secured this victory with a free throw at the very end.

Hero of the game Linas Kleiza at the same time was a top scorer of his team with 13 points. Robertas Javtokas followed him with 12 points and 5 rebounds while Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78), Sarunas Jasikevicius and Marijonas Petravicius netted 10 points each. As usually, Emanuel Ginobili was the best player in his team scoring 19 points but shooting just 1 of 7 from behind the arc and 5 of 8 for FG2. Andres Nocioni had 15 points and 9 rebounds while Carlos Delfino finished the game adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lithuania's next rival in Beijing will be Iran while Argentina will take on Australia.


Lithuania - Argentina 79-75
(14-11, 20-19, 17-15, 28-30)

Lithuania:
Linas Kleiza 13, Robertas Javtokas 12 (5 rebs), Ramunas Siskauskas 10 (4 as), Sarunas Jasikevicius 10 (4 rebs, 8 as), Marijonas Petravicius 10 (4 rebs)
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 19, Andres Nocioni 15 (9 rebs), Carlos Delfino 13 (6 rebs)


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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro knock down Ukraine to play for the 5th spot in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Ukraine U20 90:53

Montenegrin U20 National Team scored a comfortable victory over Ukraine at the European Championship in Riga yesterday. The victory allowed Montenegro to have a chance to claim the 5th spot at the event when they take on Italy later tonight. Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) came up with another sizzling performance as he tallied 31 points, 5 boards and 4 steals to pace Montenegro. The Balkan side got to an energetic start to the game Vladimir Dasic scored 8 points to ignite Montenegro. Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) later added 5 straight points and Durisic netted a jumper for Montenegro to enjoy a 17:10 advantage. Montenegro kept rolling confidently and piled up a 27:16 lead at the first intermission. Vladimir Dasic opened the second period with 4 straight points and the gap grew to 15 points. Vladimir Dasic capped the half with 6 points in a row and Montenegro led 47:29 at the interval. Montenegro stretched the margin to 30 points in the third frame and the game turned into a one-way traffic. Montenegro dominated completely and breezed to the victory at the end. Sead Sehovic poured in 19 points for Montenegro. Igor Bijelic (207-F/C-88, agency: Agency No 10) contributed 10 points for the winners. Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) paced Ukraine with 12 points. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) chipped in 9 points in a loss.

Montenegro U20: Vladimir Dasic 31, Sead Sehovic 19, Igor Bijelic 10
Ukraine U20: Denys Lukashov 12, Oleksandr Sizov 9


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  NORWAY   


U20 EC, division B: Austria looks forward to ninth place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Austria - U20 Norway 95-83

Austrians celebrated against Norway in the first game of the Classification Round for 9th to 12th place. It means that at the last day of U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures Austria will meet Czech Republic and the winner of that game will grab position number 9. On the other side Norway will meet Hungary in the battle for 11th place.

Austria struggled a little bit with its shot in the first two quarters, which Norway ended 37-40. Paul Radakovics (188-G-88) and his teammates showed up in the second half with strong attitude to take this one. They run offensive sets patiently and without many mistakes. Paul Radakovics and Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) were on fire which resulted with plus four at the end of third frame. During the last 10 minutes Alexander Heuberger (202-F/C-89) joined two above mentioned players at the offensive end. On the other side Norway through Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) and Magne Fivelstad (193-G/F-89) also showed pretty good play in offense but Austrians were better in that segment. They ended the last 10 frame scoring 28 points while on the other side Norway had 20.

Interesting is that three players in Austria recorded 20 points or more. It is the first time for Austrians on this championship. With 22 points Paul Radakovics was the best scorer in his team. Lorenzo O'Neal followed him with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists while Alexander Heuberger also demonstrated great performance collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds. Top scorer of the competition so far Terrence Oglesby this time stopped on 21 points and 7 rebounds. Magne Fivelstad was behind him with 16 while Stian Mjoes (185-G-89) had 14 points and exactly the same number of boards.


U20 Austria - U20 Norway 95-83
(13-16, 24-24, 30-23, 28-20)

Austria:
Paul Radakovics 22, Lorenzo O'Neal 21 (4 rebs, 6 as), Alexander Heuberger 20 (9 rebs)
Norway: Terrence Oglesby 21 (7 as), Magne Fivelstad 16, Stian Mjoes 14 (4 rebs)


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Australia0-0
4. Croatia0-0
5. Iran0-1
6. Argentina0-1
Group B
1. Spain1-0
2. Germany1-0
3. China0-0
4. USA0-0
5. Greece0-1
6. Angola0-1


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  POLAND   


U20 EC, division B: Poland cruises past Great Britain in Targu Mures - by Eurobasket News
U20 Great Britain - U20 Poland 58-79

Poland registered an easy victory over Great Britain heading to position number 13 on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. On the other side Great Britain will fight for the 15th position tomorrow.

The Poles grabbed quick eight points lead at the middle of the first quarter. Thanks to Ashley Hamilton (201-F-88), who scored two free throws at the end of it, Great Britain went into the second frame with minus 5. This one also belonged to Poland. Mostly owing to Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Poland created 9-2 run taking double-digits lead for the first time in this game. It was 27-37 before the second half. After triple by Adam Waczynski (198-F-89) at the half way of third stanza, Poland extended advantage to 15 points, 36-51. Few minutes later it already was 36-62 what was a sign that this game is already over for the British.

Dardan Berisha demonstrated wonderful performance for the winning team collecting 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Adam Waczynski followed him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists while Michal Nowakowski (199-F-88) stopped on 12 points and 7 rebounds. As usually Matthew Bryan-Amaning (206-F-88) had the best digits in Great Britain. He played 26 minutes scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 boards. Benjamin Mockford (184-G-89) scored 11 while Ashley Hamilton finished the game with 10 points and 5 rebounds.


U20 Great Britain - U20 Poland 58-79
(14-19, 13-18, 16-25, 15-17)

Great Britain:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning 15 (7 rebs), Benjamin Mockford 11, Ashley Hamilton 10 (5 rebs)
Poland: Dardan Berisha 25 (4 rebs, 4 as), Adam Waczynski 17 (5 rebs, 5 as), Michal Nowakowski 12 (7 rebs)


A close up on the Polish transfer market, part 1 - by Michal Falkowski
PROKOM TREFL SOPOT

Coaches: Pacesas Tomas (extended) and Dedek David (extended)
Guards: Logan David (signed PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Shakur Mustafa (extended), Swietonski Tomasz (from reserve team)
Forwards: Archibong Koko (signed DeutscheBank Skyliners Frankfurst), Burrell Ronnie (signed Telekom Baskets Bonn), Dylewicz Filip (extended), Szczotka Piotr (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk), Zamojski Przemyslaw (valid contract)
Centers: Lapeta Adam (valid contract)
Juniors: Kostrzewski Mateusz (valid contract), Wilkusz Daniel (valid contract)
May join: Hrycaniuk Adam (NCAA), Powell Josh (Los Angeles Clippers)

PGE TUROW ZGORZELEC (roster completed)

Coaches: Filipovski Saso (extended) and Mitev Boban (extended), Turkiewicz Pawel (extended), Zak Edward (extended)
Guards: Bailey Bryan (signed Bosnia ASA BHT Sarajevo), Copeland Donald (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Kitzinger Iwo (extended), Miljkovic Damir (signed Primorie Vladivostok)
Forwards: Daniels Chris (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Harris Alex (signed NCAA), Radonjic Gorjan (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac), Roszyk Krzysztof (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot), Witka Robert (extended)
Centers: Townes Darian (signed NCAA), Turek John (signed Gent Dragons)
Juniors: Bochno Bartosz (valid contract), Han Marin (valid contract), Jarmakowicz Mateusz (valid contract), Strzelecki Maciej (valid contract), Szymanski Szymon (valid contract)

ASCO SLASK WROCLAW

Coaches: Kurtinaitis Rimas (valid contract) and Adamek Andrzej (extended), Szewczyk Krzysztof (valid contract)
Guards: Chanas Kamil (valid contract), Diduszko Bartosz (valid contract), Weeden Tony (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Forwards: Avdic Kemal (valid contract), Jancikin Branislav (valid contract), Stevic Oliver (valid contract)
Centers: Mroz Pawel (valid contract),
Juniors: Halas Piotr (valid contract), Mielczarek (valid contract)
May join: Hrycaniuk Adam (NCAA), Stefanski Marcin (return after suspension), Tomczyk Dominik (extension)

POLPAK SWIECIE (team withdrawn)

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ANWIL WLOCLAWEK (roster completed)

Coaches: Sagadin Zmago (signed - no club last time) and Damjanovic Dalibor (valid contract), Szablowski Krzysztof (valid contract)
Guards: Henderson Gerrod (signed Azovmash Mariupol), Koszarek Lukasz (valid contract), Michalski Kamil (from loan Big Star Tychy), Pluta Andrzej (valid contract)
Forwards: Boylan Ian (signed Allianz Swans Gmunden), Brkic Marko (signed Polpak Swiecie), Gabinski Michal (from loan Sportino Inowroclaw), Modric Stipe (signed Geoplin Slovan Lublana), Piechowicz Marek (valid contract), Woloszyn Bartlomiej (valid contract)
Centers: Miller Paul (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw), Paravinja Milos (signed BC Livorno)
Juniors: Adamczewski Dawid (valid contract), Glabas Wojciech (valid contract), Klarecki Grzegorz (valid contract)

ATLAS STAL OSTROW WIELKOPOLSKI

Coaches: Kowalczyk Andrzej (valid contract) and Bogicevic Millia (signed Anwil Wloclawek), Czeczuro Wadim (valid contract)
Guards: Cook Aaron (signed CBA), Ochonko Tomasz (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw), Szubarga Krzysztof (signed - SPEC Polonia Warsaw)
Forwards: Jocovic Vladan (signed - Sloboda Dita Tuzla), Majewski Lukasz (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Okafor Patrick (signed Anwil Wloclawek), Woods Ricky (signed Hapoel Beer-Sheva)
Centers: Andrzejewski Tomasz (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Jovanovic Nikola (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac)
Juniors: Fabianczyk Marcin (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Plociennik Lukasz (valid contract)
May join: Hlebowicki Michal (Barons/LMT Riga)

AZS KOSZALIN

Coaches: Szczubial Dariusz (extended) and Dolinski Leszek (valid contract)
Guards: Arabas Grzegorz (valid contract), Callahan Brandon (signed NCAA), Mojica Javier (signed Marinos de Anzoategui), Swanson Dante (signed he was injured, before he played in Koszalin)
Forwards: Bogdan Pawel (signed Politechnika Poznan), Bradford Steffon (signed NSF Nanterre), Luszczewski Przemyslaw (extended), Reese George (extended)
Centers: Barycz Wojciech (signed Polpak Swiecie)
Juniors: Diduszko Lukasz (signed AWF Katowice), Grys Lukasz (signed Unia Tarnow)
May join: ?

KOTWICA KOLOBRZEG

Coaches: Machowski Sebastian (extended) and Blechacz Pawel (valid contract)
Guards: Kikowski Pawel (signed Polpak Swiecie), Liberty Adam (signed NCAA), Mills Julien (signed Gunaras KC Dombovar)
Forwards: Cielebak Tomasz (extended), Crone Brandon (signed Sodertalje Kings), Stelmach Piotr (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot)
Centers: Naymick Drew (signed NCAA)
Juniors: Brek Dawid (extended), Rduch Szymon (extended)
May join: ?

BPS BANK BASKET KWIDZYN

Coaches: Prabucki Adam (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski) and Perzanowski Bartosz (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Guards: Dabrowski Piotr (extended), Davis Greg (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Garner Chris (signed Polpak Swiecie), Mazur Hubert (extended), Potulski Bartosz (extended), Puncewicz Dariusz (extended)
Forwards: Lubeck Brian (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Centers: --
Juniors: Kowalewski Marcin (from loan Bonduelle Gniewkowo), Mielnik Krzysztof (from loan Polpak Swiecie), Wilczewski Tomasz (from loan Bonduelle Gniewkowo)
May join: ?

SPEC POLONIA WARSAW (roster completed)

Coaches: Kaminski Wojciech (valid contract) and Kierlewicz Andrzej (valid contract)
Guards: Adams Tommy (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Harrington Greg (extended)
Forwards: Ansley Michael (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Bacik Mariusz (signed AZS Koszalin), Frasunkiewicz Przemyslaw (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk), Johnson Kevin (signed - Allianz Swans Gmunden), Pisarczyk Tomasz (extended), Przybylski Michal (extended)
Centers: Radke Hubert (extended)
Juniors: Laczynski Kamil (valid contract), Nowakowski Marcin (signed UMKS Kielce), Pisarczyk Wojciech (valid contract)

ENERGA CZARNI SLUPSK

Coaches: Podkovyrov Andrej (signed Cherkassy Monkeys) and Lisztwan Miroslaw (valid contract), Shpanyuk Vitali (signed ?)
Guards: Bennett Demetric (signed NCAA), Cesnauskis Mantas (extended), Lebedev Andrei (signed Cherkassy Monkeys), Malesa Pawel (signed NCAA), Straight Jason (signed Maccabi Hajfa)
Forwards: Leonczyk Pawel (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Sroka Marcin (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: --
Juniors: Dutkiewicz Marcin (signed Polonia 2011 Warsaw), Pabian Hubert (extended), Przyborowski Patryk (extended), Ratajczak Lukasz (signed Polpak Swiecie)
May join: Barlett Omar (extension)

VICTORIA GORNIK WALBRZYCH

Coaches: Chudeusz Jerzy (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski) and Mlynarski Mieczyslaw (valid contract)
Guards: Carr Marcus (extended), Glapinski Rafal (extended), Raczynski Maciej (signed Anwil Wloclawek)
Forwards: Steven Jonathan (signed Elgin Racers (IBL) ), Zablocki Tomasz (extended)
Centers: Ercegovic Kristijan (extended)
Juniors: Konczak Dawid (extended), Pieloch Damian (extended)
May join: Bierwagien Mateusz (SIDEn Torun), Montgomery J.J. (extension), Wichniarz Lukasz (extension)

SPORTINO INOWROCLAW (not known yet if team will compete next season in A1 division)

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POLPHARMA STAROGARD GDANSKI

Coaches: Karol Mariusz (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn) and Olszewski Roman (valid contract)
Guards: Eldridge Courtney (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Glavas Nejc (signed Zagorje KD FT), Hicks Michael (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Sulowski Jacek (signed Politechnika Poznan)
Forwards: Drewa Jaroslaw (valid contract), Kowalczuk Pawel (signed Zastal Zielona Gora), Patten David (signed Caceres 2016 CB), Tuljkovic Mujo (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Zurawski Wojciech (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn)
Centers: Marculewicz Zbigniew (extended)
Juniors: Jarecki Jacek (signed Stal Stalowa Wola), Neumann Dawid (extended)
May join: ?

POLITECHNIKA POZNAN (roster completed)

Coaches: Kijewski Eugeniusz (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot) and Jankowski Tomasz (was a TV commentator)
Guards: Davis Miah (signed Telekom Baskets Bonn), Flieger Marcin (extended)
Forwards: Brannen Robert (signed Criollos de Caguas), Jones-Camacho Joel (signed Leones de Ponce), McLean Alex (signed NCAA), Prus Stanislaw (extended), Radwan Grzegorz (extended), Szawarski Wojciech (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: Bigus Rafal (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Metelski Adam (signed 4 YOU Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgorne)
Juniors: Mowlik Pawel (extended), Skowronski Albert (extended), Smorawinski Tomasz (extended)


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  PORTUGAL   


Sampaense signs 2 foreign players - by Luis Rocha
Good job from Sampaense directors. The team signed Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Quinnipiac) and Kendell Craig (188-G-80, college: Adelphi) , 2 good players with very good season in portuguese basket. Kendell has done wonders in Fisica and finished as Proliga champion, he can play 1, 2 or 3 and can easuly made some impact. Jolley was also great in Sangalhos playing 3 or 4 and now in Sampaense those two will certainly be fundamentals. No doubt about it, next season Sampaense is aiming at the title in Proliga, nice signings, good and solid players both portoguese and foreigns.

A new Season for Sampaense - by Nuno Vieira
Sampaense/Tec.Coimbra presents the Rooster for Proliga 2008-2009 season.

After signing as head Coach, Emanuel Seco former Bi Champion of the 2 League, and with TOP League experience coaching Aveiro Basket, Sampaense/Tec.Coimbra have made some strong moves in the off season market. The Objective is only one, the Championship!!!

The strongest move was signing Kendell Craig (188-G-80, college: Adelphi) champion of the ProLiga 2007-2008. The Small Forward have suprise must of all during the season, but he showed is best in the Finals where he was the MVP, helping Fisica geting the 1 place.
The second american will be Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Quinnipiac), player that have showed is game in Sangalhos last season, player that decide to come back to work once again with Coach Emanuel.

The rest of the rooster -
Players-
Jorge Sing (last team Porto)
Helder Carvalho (last team Angra)
Feliciano Camacho (last team Queluz)
Pedro Pinho (last team CAB - Madeira)
Nuno Soares (last team Sangalhos)

Andre Santos
Filipe Matos
Frederico Portugal
Vitor Farinha


Coaching Staff
Assistant coach - Claudio Figueiredo

Board of Direction
President - Vitor Duarte
Directors - Arnaldo Figueiredo and Vitor Alves
Sports Director - Pedro Veloso

Staff
Dr. Fernando alves
Ana Martins
Fernado Marques


U20 EC, division B: Portugal outsmarts Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
U20 Netherlands - U20 Portugal 67-70

Portugal made a step forward to fifth place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. Portuguese had to work very hard in order to beat inconvenient Netherlands today but they succeeded to do it thanks to well played last quarter. On the other hand Netherlands will try to reach position number seven tomorrow.

Beginning of the game belonged to Netherlands as it touched plus 5 with 2:18 remaining. Very soon Portuguese woke up tying the score on 17-17 before the second frame. After dunk by Van Der List, Netherlands grabbed 29-24 in 16th minute. As it was in the first stanza, Jose Silva (194-F-89) and his teammates once again answered very quickly this time making a turn 35-37. Thanks to Ewoud Kloos (185-G/F-89), who made a jump shot with a foul scoring a free throw after that, Netherlands had 38-37 at the half time. After the breather it was totally leveled game. Both teams made many mistakes missing couple of open shots which resulted with 12-12 in this one. Crucial period of the game was middle of the last frame when Jose Silva and Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) made 7-2 run for 62-67. Until the end of it Netherlands succeeded just to come on minus 2 after what Lima netted a jump shot stopping them on their way.

Jose Silva paced Portugal to win scoring 16 points. Fernando Sico (202-F/C-88) also shined for the winning side adding 14 points and 8 boards. Ewoud Kloos was the best player in Netherlands today collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds. Roeland Schaftenaar (213-F/C-88) followed him with 12 points and 7 rebounds.


U20 Netherlands - U20 Portugal 67-70
(17-17, 21-20, 12-12, 17-21)

Netherlands:
Ewoud Kloos 21 (5 rebs), Roeland Schaftenaar 12 (7 rebs)
Portugal: Jose Silva 16, Fernando Sico 14 (8 rebs)


David Gomes goes to CAB - by Luis Rocha
After being confirmed in Vagos, David Gomes is now going to CAB. Finantial problems led Vagos not to stay wih him, now it's time to CAB took profit on that. Gomes is searching for a chance to prove himself as a good player, is being for years a promise that was not yet confirmed. He can play as a 4 or 5 , but in portugal those spots are almost always fullfield by foreign players, and that being the task is to high for Gomes, nevertheless he alone has to turn things or then he will continue without suficient game minutes.

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  ROMANIA   


U20 EC, division B: Romania better than F.Y.R. of Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
U20 F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Romania 59-72

After three consecutive defeats, the hosts of U20 European Championship division B Romania finally succeeded to register victory. This time Romanians were better than Macedonians making step forward to fifth place on this event. Thus Romania will try to beat Portugal in order to actually reach it while Macedonia will play against Netherlands in the battle for seventh place.

It was a tough beginning for Romania as Macedonia ended first stanza having 25-18. Romania had slightly better performance in the next one but it wasn't enough for any more than minus 6 at the half time. Finally Titus Nicoara (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) and Vlad Moldoveanu (210-C-88) stepped up for ther team after the breather. Romania finished third quarter 12-18 but during the next 10 minutes two above mentioned players totally blasted Macedonians. At the end it was more than enough for comfortable 13-points win. It is important to be mentioned that Romania had full control under the basket in this game grabbing 12 rebounds more than its opponent.

As it was during the entire championship Titus Nicoara and Vlad Moldoveanu once again were the leading players of their team. Titus Nicoara scored 22 points and grabbed amazing 19 rebounds while Vlad Moldoveanu had 22 points dn 10 rebounds. Mihai Petcu (202-F-88) was a way behind these two players with 12 points. Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) was the best in Macedonia collecting 15 points and 4 rebounds. Actually he was the only one with double digits for his team as Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) was behind him scoring just 9 points.


U20 F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Romania 59-72
(25-18, 13-14, 12-18, 9-22)

F.Y.R. of Macedonia:
Marko Simonovski 15 (4 rebs), Kiril Nikolovski 9
Romania: Titus Nicoara 22 (19 rebs), Vlad Moldoveanu 22 (10 rebs), Mihai Petcu 12


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  RUSSIA   


Olympic Games: Russia outplays Iran in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Iran 71-49

Reining European champion Russia grabbed victory against Iran in the opening day of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. These two teams are together with Australia, Croatia, Lithuania and Argentina placed into Preliminary Group A.

Russians took control on Iran from the early beginning. They started very aggressively at the defensive end which resulted with many mistakes and unsuccessful shots by Iran. On the other side Russia, thanks to Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), scored 24 points in the first stanza ending it 24-5. Actually it was the biggest run on this game. In the second quarter Nikkhah and his teammates demonstrated slightly better performance. They created 8-0 run but it was enough only for minus 16 at the half time. Russians entered into the second half sleepy. It seemed they thought it will be an easy job until the end but Iranians didn't think so. They put into the fifth gear and mostly owing to Nikkhah and Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) came on minus 2 before the crucial ten minutes. It was a sign for strong Russians to wake up what they immediately done. They exploited huge advantage in the paint and with couple of fast brakes ended this game in style. Interesting is that Russia made 42 points in this game from the paint while Iran had just 18.

J.R. Holden paced Russia to victory in the opening day of the Olympic Games in Beijing scoring 19 points and grabbing 5 steals. NBA superstar Andrei Kirilenko followed him with 15 points and 5 rebounds while Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) stopped on 11 points and 4 assists. Nikkhah added 16 points and 4 rebounds for the loosing side. Kamrany scored 11 while Hamed Ehadadi finished the game with 9 points and 8 boards. In the next round Russia will take on Croatia while Iran will meet Lithuania.


Russia - Iran 71-49
(24-5, 14-17, 8-16, 25-11)

Russia:
J.R. Holden 19 (5 st), Andrei Kirilenko 15 (5 rebs), Alexei Savrasenko 11 (4 as)
Iran: Nikkhah 16 (4 rebs), Kamrany 11, Hamed Ehadadi 9 (8 rebs)


Russia bruise Croatia at the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Croatia U20 79:69

Russian U20 National finally recovered after three straight losses at the European Championship in Latvia. Yesterday they outgunned Croatia to earn the chance to fight for the 9th overall spot today. Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) came up with 21 points and 11 boards for Russia. Alexey Shved (196-G-88) nailed 20 points, pulled down 7 boards and dished out 6 assists for the winners. Russia will face Israel later today. Zeljko Sakic (202-F-88) paced Croatia with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Ivan Milekovic (197-G/F-88) and Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) netted 14 points apiece in defeat. The teams were equally matched in the first half. Russia led by one after ten minutes of action but failed to clear off in the second stanza. The distance remained minimal when the teams arrived to halftime break. Zeljko Sakic and Miro Bilan lifted Croatia in front early in the third quarter however Russian team capped the frame on a 9:4 surge to retain the lead at 57:54. Alexey Shved scored 6 points in a row early in the fourth term as Russia stretched the margin to 9 points. Golovin and Nelyubov later teamed up for 11 points as Russia piled up an 18-point cushion with 6 minutes left in the game. All Croatia could do was to trim the deficit to 10 points at the end. Croatia will now play against Latvia for the 11th overall spot at the tournament.

Russia U20: Ilya Syrovatko 21+11 boards, Alexey Shved 20, Semen Antonov (203-F-89) 8+10 boards
Croatia U20: Zeljko Sakic 17, Ivan Milekovic 14, Miro Bilan 14


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  SEBL   


Speedboys shoot down Skyline, ServPro-1 gets back to the Finals! - by David Archer
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#e#4


Kelley


Spivey


Cox
Sat., Aug. 9th @ JH Morgan - FINAL FOUR!

#2 Seeded ServPro-1 78 vs. #3 Seed Marietta Outlaw 61... ServPro-1 took advantage of a cold stretch in the second half by Marietta. The Outlaw led 38-35 at the mid-point, after leading by as many as eight at one point. The two teams traded leads in the second half. With 9:30 remaing, Spencer Dixon hit a big jumper, followed by a Shan Finley basket to cap an 11-2 spurt that saw ServPro build a 59-50 lead. Marietta went cold from the perimeter. ServPro-1 maintained that spread as time began to wind down. Late in the game, and down 72-56, Marietta flirted with a come back, scoring five straight with baskets from Markeith Cummings and Brandon Chambers. Forced to foul, Marietta sent ServPro's Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) and Dixon to the line in the waning seconds. The duo shut the door on Marietta, going a combined 6-of-6 from the line. ServPro-1, who advances to take on the Atlanta Speedboys in the A-League Title game, was led by Finley with 22 points, while Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84) of Rome ServPro-1 had 18, Spivey 16, Brandon Byers (6'5''-F-87) 14, Dixon six and Jay Nelson two. For Marietta, Derrick Owens had 14, Cummings 13, Chambers 12, Isaac Cook 12, Keith Lundy (6'3''-G) five, Stephon Padmore four and Ezra Williams three.

#4 Seed Skyline 49 vs. #1 Seed Atlanta Speedboys 79... A roster depleted Skyline squad fought hard to stay with a powerful Atlanta Speedboys unit, staying with in a decent distance until the mid-way point of the second half. Skyline was able to get buckets, but could not stop the deep Speedboys who were getting steady productions from everyone on its roster. Skyline trailed 50-45 at the 10:40 mark of the second half, when they just totally went dry! For a five minute stretch, Skyline literally only attempted three point shots, which were all errant. By the time Deon Ible finally decided to attack the basket for two points, the Speedboys had continued their scoring clip to the tune of a 65-47 lead. Skyline had nothing left in the tank, only managing one more bucket the rest of the way - a dunk by Alex Cornett (6'11''-C) - while the Speedboys rode on out to a big win. Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) paced a balanced Speedboy attack with 14 points, while Jamal Johnson had 13, Michael Sloan 11, DeCourney McGowan (6'7''-F) 10, Ronald Lewis nine, Billy Brewster (6'6''-F) eight, Romell Wright (6'2''-G) and Carlos Lumpkin (6'6''-F/C) six each and Donovan McMullen two. For Skyline, Derek Thomas got 19, Deon and J.D. Pollock (6'5''-G) 11 each and Quintin Thomas and Alex Cornett four each. Skyline played with out Antone Anderson (6'4''-F-81), Nick Mattone (6'4''-G) , Mike Howren, Chris Palmore and Carter Deems. The Speedboys advance to the SEBL Metro A-League Title game for the first time.

6:00pm Sun., Aug. 10th @ JH Morgan - Championship Game!

N#3 ServPro-1 vs. S#1 Seed Atlanta Speedboys...


Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 10-0 
 2. BC Sixers 5-5 
 3. BC Howren 4-6 
 4. Owen FH 3-6 
 5. Polk Co. 2-7 
City B-West
 1. Metro Tech 10-0 
 2. Cedart.B. II 5-5 
 3. BC Dalton 4-5 
 4. BC Knicks-2 2-8 
 5. Rockmart 1-8 
Metro A-North
 1. Cartersville W. 8-2 
 2. ServPro-1 8-3 
 3. Marietta O. 7-4 
 4. BC Skyline 6-4 
 5. BC Force 4-5 
 6. Supreme 3-6 
 7. BC Celtics 3-6 
 8. Smyrna K. 0-9 
Metro A-South
 1. Speedboys 9-1 
 2. Tri-County 6-3 
 3. BC Lakers 4-5 
 4. Young Gunz 4-5 
 5. Black Monop 4-6 
 6. D.O.T.S. 3-7 


SEBL Metro Final Four is set... - by David Archer
#s#
#e#6


Sloan


Lusane


Scott


Graham


Williams


Cox

Thur., Aug. 7th @ Clayton State - South Division:

S#1 Atlanta Speedboys 77 S#5 Superstar Sports Cafe' 60... The Speedboys, who also took home the Michael Jordan Tournament Trophy last weekend in North Carolina, will be returning to the SEBL Metro A-League Final Four after a solid win over Superstar Sports Cafe' in the South Division quarterfinals at Clayton State. The Speedboys, have been on a roll this year, winning the Georgia State Men's Open Tournament, claiming the 2007-8 SEBLi Title last winter and capturing 'Nationals' in Florida in March. They will face Skyline on Saturday night at 7:30pm. The Speedboys had a comfortable lead by the half, up 43-26, then cruised to victory. Michael Sloan (6'4''-G) led Atlanta with 20 points, while Ronald Lewis had 17. for SSC, Ed Lockhart had 13 and Richard Lusane (6'5''-G) of got 12.

S#2 Tri-County Crusaders 84 S#6 DOTS 72... After a big win over a hot DOTS team, Tri-County made it to the SEBL Metro A-League Final Four for the second time in it's team history. Likewise, for the second time, Tri-County will not be able to honor the commitment of participating in the SEBL Metro Final Four. As in 2004, Tri-County has advanced but due to prior commitments will be able to field a team in Cartersville this weekend. Under SEBL League rules, the rights then fall to the next highest seeded team who lost in the quarter-finals, which would technically be the Baseline-1 squad, who were the North #1 seed. However, after a heartless display of sportsmanship and competitiveness, Baseline-1 will not be allowed the opportunity. Therefore, the opportunity slides to #2 seed Skyline. Tri-County managed a 39-35 lead at the half against the improved DOTS team. But, DOTS could not bounce back down the stretch and Tri-County held on for the win. Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82) and Mike Crane had 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the Tri-County Crusaders. For DOTS, it was David Graham (6'4''-G-85) and Miquel Morton who fueled the offense again, with 24 and 17, respectively.

Thur., Aug. 7th @ JH Morgan - North Division:

N#4 Marietta Outlaw 83 vs. #1 Baseline-1 69... Marietta bursted out to a 13-3 lead at the outset and was never really tested by a heartless, malcontented Baseline-1 team. Markeith Cummings, in his first game back from injury, power dunked his way to 20 points off the bench, while Ezra Williams (6'4''-G-80) had 16. As a team, Marietta downed 14 threes for the game. Marietta advances to the Final Four, where they will take on ServPro-1. Baseline saw a lackluster season come to a close, after beginning the season on what was an uneasy 8-0 stretch. With out the services of leading scorer, Ronell Wooten (25ppg) and Rod Ashmore (14pp), Baseline non-competitive in a double-digit loss to the 7th best team in the North in the final game of the regular season, then had to come from behind for a win against a winless, 8th seeded Knicks-1 squad in the opening round of the playoffs, before being mentally and physically handled by Marietta Outlaw. With the turn of events with Tri-County not being able to play in the Final Four, Baseline-1 technically could have taken that slot in the Final Four, by virtue of being the next highest seed to lose in the quaters. However, Coach David Archer, made the decision not to allow the Baseline players that opportunity.

N#3 ServPro 65 vs. #2 Skyline 63... An internally embattled ServPro squad was able to hang on for a slim victory over a Skyline team that was unable to capitalize on opportunities down the stretch. Derrick Thomas missed on another last second shot, when his three-pointer at the buzzer kareened off the front-side of the rim. However, ServPro-1 does advance and Skyline actually gets a repreive by virtue of Tri-County's inability to honor it's commitment to the Final Four weekend, and Baseline-1's deferral. ServPro-1 will go in as the #2 seed in the Final Four and will face a surging Marietta Outlaw team, while Skyline will go in as the #4 Final Four seed and will take on a strong Atlanta Speedboys outfit. Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) of Rome ServPro-1 had 18 in the win, while Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84) got 17.

Sat., Aug. 9th @ JH Morgan - FINAL FOUR!

6:30pm #3 Seed Marietta Outlaw 61 vs. #2 Seeded ServPro-1 78
7:30pm #4 Seed Skyline 49 vs. #1 Seed Atlanta Speedboys 79

Sun., Aug. 10th @ JH Morgan - FINALS

6:00pm Championship Game! N#3 ServPro-1 vs. S#1 Seed Atlanta Speedboys



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  SERBIA   


Serbia is close to defending the title - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 90:69

Serbian U20 National Team continues their hunt for the third straight title at the European Championships. Yesterday they held off Turkey to enter the championship game in Riga. Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) and Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) came up with 21 points apiece and Serbia crushed their opponents in style. Serbia got to a quick start as they grabbed a 14:4 lead with just over 5 minutes into the game. Radjulica completed his 11-point haul in the first stanza and Serbia enjoyed a 28:17 advantage at the first break. Balbay and Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) were able to fuel Turkish rally in the second stanza as they kept at striking distance. Gokper Gen (188-G-89) closed the first half with 5 straight points and Turkey trailed by 6 points at halftime. However a 21:6 run from Serbia in the third stanza put them ahead by 19 points. Sevinc and Ozdemor fired from beyond the arc to trim the deficit but it was too little to spark the intrigue. Serbia controlled the game and eased to the victory at the end. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) had 11 points, while Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) secured 10 for the winners. Gokper Gen answered with 20 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Baris Hersek dropped 17 points in a loss. Serbia will now take on Lithuania in the title decider. Turkey will oppose Spain in consolation final.

Serbia U20: Miroslav Raduljica 21, Milan Macvan 21, Mladen Jeremic 11
Turkey U20: Gokper Gen 20, Baris Hersek 17


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  SLOVAKIA   


U20 EC, division B: Slovakia smashes Ireland heading to 13th place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Ireland 95-65

Slovakia demonstrated its power against Ireland today on U20 European Championship division B in Romanian city Targu Mures. Thus Slovakia will meet Poland in the battle for 13th place while Ireland will take on Great Britain for 15th position.

Slovakians had full domination in the paint in today's game. They finished it with 51 boards while 20 of those were at the offensive end. On the other side Ireland grabbed 17 rebounds less than its opponent. At the same time Slovakians had pretty good 42.3% from behind the arc, which helped them a lot in order to register this comfortable victory. Slovakia showed much better performance in the first while Ireland answered in the second frame. Boris Kovalik (194-F-89) and Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) led their team in third stanza touching plus 10. Last frame brought total domination by Slovakians. After just few minutes of it they created huge 78-56. Until the end of the game Boris Kovalik and his teammates continued in the same rhythm stretching their lead even more.

Boris Kovalik paced Slovakia to victory against Ireland draining 22 points. Pavol Losonsky also was unstoppable at the offensive end finishing the game with 18 points and 5 boards. Ireland got 22 points and 7 rebounds from Keith Anderson (188-G-89). Paul O'Brien (193-G/F-88) and Cian Nihill (193-G-88) contributed with 11 points each.


U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Ireland 95-65
(26-18, 16-22, 18-11, 35-14)

Slovak Republic:
Boris Kovalik 22, Pavol Losonsky 18 (5 rebs)
Ireland: Keith Anderson 22 (7 rebs), Paul O'Brien 11 (5 rebs), Cian Nihill 11


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  SLOVENIA   


Bulgaria beat Slovenia, can not avoid relegation - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20 - Slovenia U20 80:78

Bulgarian U20 National Team scored a narrow victory over Slovenia in the final game of the European Championship in Latvia. However the victory did not help the team to avoid relegation. Three teams appeared to be tied at 2-1 record in classification Group G. But a stunning loss to Greece forced Bulgaria into the third overall position. Slovenia and Greece ensured the top spots and secured their Division A birth for the next edition of the tournament. Bulgaria led throughout the first frame and sealed a 22:20 advantage at the first intermission. The lead changed hands for numerous times during the second period and Slovenia enjoyed a 39:38 advantage at the long break. Dragic netted 4 straight points at the start of the third quarter as Slovenia widened the margin to 5 points. Bulgaria however used a 19:2 rally to surge ahead 57:45 late in the frame. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) capped the third stanza with 7 points in a row and Bulgaria accumulated a 64:47 lead after three quarters of action. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) and Lulalic trimmed the deficit to 4 points midway through the fourth stanza. Boban Tomic and Virk dragged Slovenia within 2 points from their opponents with 10 seconds remaining. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) and Boban Tomic exchanged free throws in the reminder of the contest and Bulgaria got away with a narrow win. Ivan Lilov paced Bulgaria with 33 points, 7 assists and 5 boards. Pavel Ivanov (200-F-88) added 15 points for the winners. Boban Tomic had 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for Slovenia. Mirko Mulalic (195-F-88) chipped in 18 points in defeat.

Bulgaria U20: Ivan Lilov 33, Pavel Ivanov 15, Chavdar Kostov 14
Slovenia U20: Boban Tomic 19, Mirko Mulalic 18


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  SPAIN   


Olympic Games: Spain cruises past Greece in the opening day - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Greece 81-66

It was a joyful first day in Beijing for the reining World Champions Spain. Actually it was a game between two finalists from the World Championship 2006 which was held in Japan. Spaniards dominated in that game 70-47 and this time they also registered comfortable victory.

Greeks struggled a lot with their stroke today. They made only 11 of 24 attempts from the free throw line which is 46%. At the same time they had 35% for 3-pts and 44% for FG2. At the end it was not enough against the strong Spain, which recorded much better digits. Actually Spaniards missed only 3 of 25 attempts for the FT line what could be the main reason of their win. Everything started good for Spain as it closed first ten minutes with 20-16. The official host in this game also showed slightly better performance in the next stanza. Namely, Greece suceeded to tie the score on 26-26 with 4:14 remaining in the first half but Spaniards immediatelly answered creating 9-3 run for plus 6. Crucial period of the game was third frame when NBA trio Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85), Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81) and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) totally destroyed team of Panagiotis Yannakis . Spaniards drained 27 points matched with 17 by the Greeks which meant that Spain stretched its lead to 16 points before the last frame. During the last ten minutes Greeks weren't able even to thereat.

Spain got the most points in this game from Rudy Fernandez, who stopped on 16. Jose Manuel Calderon collected 13 points and 4 boards while Pau Gasol added 11 points and 7 rebounds for almost 20 minutes. On the other side Vassilis Spanoulis' (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) 15 points wasn't enough for his team today. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) helped Greece with 14 points while Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) had 10. In the next roud of Preliminary Group B Spain will play against the hosts China while Greece will take on Germany.


Spain - Greece 81-66
(20-16, 15-13, 27-17, 19-20)

Spain:
Rudy Fernandez 16, Jose Manuel Calderon 13 (4 rebs), Pau Gasol 11 (7 rebs)
Greece: Vassilis Spanoulis 15, Dimitris Diamantidis 14, Nikos Zisis 10


Lithuania silence Spain en route to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Spain U20 96:79

Lithuanian U20 National advanced to the European Championship Final yesterday. They overcame Spanish team to reach the title decider, where they would meet Serbia today. Martynas Gecevicius (194-G-88) scored 23 points to pace Lithuanian side to the win. Spain meanwhile were denied the second shot at the title after they lost in the championship game last year. The teams stayed close in the first period and Spain led by a single point 19:18 after ten minutes of action. Spain never allowed their opponents to surge ahead in the second frame and remained in charge. Joaquin Colom (187-G-88) capped the half with a jumper and made it 47:42 at halftime. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (190-G-89) netted 10 points for Lithuania in the third period as the Baltic team surged ahead. Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) and Janavicius crowned the third quarter with 4 freebies and secured a 65:61 advantage at three-quarter time. Lukas Brazdauskis chipped in 8 points early in the fourth term and Lithuania built a 72:65 buffer with almost 8 minutes remaining in regulation. Joaquin Colom and Victor Claver (204-F/C-88) cut the gap to 3 points with just over 3 minutes left in the game however Lithuania prevailed at the end. They went on a stunning 16:2 run to complete an impressive hard-fought win at the end. Lukas Brazdauskis had 20 points and 12 boards for Lithuania. Vytenis Lipkevicius (200-F-89) added 15 points in a loss. Victor Claver nailed 19 points for Spain. Joaquin Colom registered 14 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in defeat.

Lithuania U20: Martynas Gecevicius 23, Lukas Brazdauskis 20+12 boards, Vytenis Lipkevicius 15
Spain U20: Victor Claver 19, Joaquin Colom 14


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  SWEDEN   


U20 EC, division B: Belgium beats Sweden advancing to the final - by Eurobasket News
U20 Belgium - U20 Sweden 70-67

Belgium celebrated tight victory against Sweden in the semifinal of U20 European Championship division B in Romania. It was an extremely important game for both teams. Namely, except of the championship final, today's winner Belgium also earned promotion to division A for the next European Championship.

Despite nine grabbed rebounds more than its rival, Sweden didn't succeed to make a surprise in this game. Belgium wasn't on such a good level as it was during the championship but it was enough for victory at the end. Everything started good for the Belgians. After jump shot by Armand Kabeya (197-F-88), they had 8 points lead, 19-11. Sweden surprised them in the second frame opening it with 14-4 run for 31-33. Unit the half time the Swedish extended their lead to 36-39. Munda Hockins (188-G-88) and Olivier Troisfontaines (193-G/F-89) were on fire in third quarter, which Belgium ended 18-13. Game is decided in the last three minutes. After 64-65 for Sweden, Munda Hockins , Olivier Troisfontaines and Ben Follens (-88) made winning 6-2 run for 70-67. During these three minutes Sweden missed four jump shots and committed one turnover.

The winner of today's game got 18 points and 5 rebounds from its best player Munda Hockins , who demonstrated pretty good performance on this championship. Olivier Troisfontaines helped his team with 13 points. Armand Kabeya and Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) were behind him adding 11 points each. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) collected 19 points and 4 rebounds for Sweden while Kim Palmqvist (201-F-88) stopped on 13 points and 5 rebounds. Mario Drazic (202-F-89) also shined in his team with 10 points and 6 rebounds.


U20 Belgium - U20 Sweden 70-67
(24-19, 12-20, 18-13, 16-15)

Belgium:
Munda Hockins 18 (5 rebs), Olivier Troisfontaines 13, Armand Kabeya 11 (6 rebs), Ludovic Pourtoit 11
Sweden: Jeffery Taylor 19 (14 rebs), Kim Palmqvist 13 (5 rebs), Mario Drazic 10 (6 rebs)


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  SWITZERLAND   


U20 EC, division B: Switzerland ends on 17th place beating Finland in thriller - by Eurobasket News

U20 Switzerland - U20 Finland 82-80

17h position on U20 European Championship division B belongs to Switzerland. In the last game of Group I Switzerland was better than Finland, which ended the championship on position number 18.

It was a very interesting game until the very end. Both teams had exactly the same number of rebounds while their shot percentages also were very similar. At the one point in third quarter Finland touched plus 14, 32-46, but in just few minutes Switzerland succeed to tie the score on 57-57. After that moment Finland once again returned 4 points lead with 54 second to go. At that time it seemed that this game was already over for Switzerland but then Miroslav Petkovic (183-G-88) stepped up scoring 9 consecutive points for his team. Actually on 79-80 for Finland he drained a winning triple at the buzzer for Switzerland.

Lionel Bobetso (194-G-88) was the best player for the winning side in this game. He played 33 minutes scoring 24 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Interesting is that he pulled up almost 50% of Swiss attempts for FG2. Fortunately to his team he made 52.6% of it. Lucas Waldesbuhl (195-G-89) also had good performance for the winners adding 19 points and 5 rebounds while hero fo the game Miroslav Petkovic had 16 points and 4 boards. Finland got the most from Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89), who finished the game with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Larry Pounds (190-F-88) followed him collecting 21 points and 6 rebounds while Matias Ojala (196-F-89) had 12 points and 6 boards.


U20 Switzerland - U20 Finland 82-80
(19-16, 10-22, 23-19, 30-23)

Switzerland:
Lionel Bobetso 24 (5 rebs), Lucas Waldesbuhl 19 (5 rebs), Miroslav Petkovic 16 (4 rebs)
Finland: Antti Kanervo 23 (5 rebs), Larry Pounds 21 (6 rebs), Matias Ojala 12 (6 rebs)



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  TURKEY   


Serbia is close to defending the title - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 90:69

Serbian U20 National Team continues their hunt for the third straight title at the European Championships. Yesterday they held off Turkey to enter the championship game in Riga. Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) and Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) came up with 21 points apiece and Serbia crushed their opponents in style. Serbia got to a quick start as they grabbed a 14:4 lead with just over 5 minutes into the game. Radjulica completed his 11-point haul in the first stanza and Serbia enjoyed a 28:17 advantage at the first break. Balbay and Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) were able to fuel Turkish rally in the second stanza as they kept at striking distance. Gokper Gen (188-G-89) closed the first half with 5 straight points and Turkey trailed by 6 points at halftime. However a 21:6 run from Serbia in the third stanza put them ahead by 19 points. Sevinc and Ozdemor fired from beyond the arc to trim the deficit but it was too little to spark the intrigue. Serbia controlled the game and eased to the victory at the end. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) had 11 points, while Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) secured 10 for the winners. Gokper Gen answered with 20 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Baris Hersek dropped 17 points in a loss. Serbia will now take on Lithuania in the title decider. Turkey will oppose Spain in consolation final.

Serbia U20: Miroslav Raduljica 21, Milan Macvan 21, Mladen Jeremic 11
Turkey U20: Gokper Gen 20, Baris Hersek 17


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  UKRAINE   


Montenegro knock down Ukraine to play for the 5th spot in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Ukraine U20 90:53

Montenegrin U20 National Team scored a comfortable victory over Ukraine at the European Championship in Riga yesterday. The victory allowed Montenegro to have a chance to claim the 5th spot at the event when they take on Italy later tonight. Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) came up with another sizzling performance as he tallied 31 points, 5 boards and 4 steals to pace Montenegro. The Balkan side got to an energetic start to the game Vladimir Dasic scored 8 points to ignite Montenegro. Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) later added 5 straight points and Durisic netted a jumper for Montenegro to enjoy a 17:10 advantage. Montenegro kept rolling confidently and piled up a 27:16 lead at the first intermission. Vladimir Dasic opened the second period with 4 straight points and the gap grew to 15 points. Vladimir Dasic capped the half with 6 points in a row and Montenegro led 47:29 at the interval. Montenegro stretched the margin to 30 points in the third frame and the game turned into a one-way traffic. Montenegro dominated completely and breezed to the victory at the end. Sead Sehovic poured in 19 points for Montenegro. Igor Bijelic (207-F/C-88, agency: Agency No 10) contributed 10 points for the winners. Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) paced Ukraine with 12 points. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) chipped in 9 points in a loss.

Montenegro U20: Vladimir Dasic 31, Sead Sehovic 19, Igor Bijelic 10
Ukraine U20: Denys Lukashov 12, Oleksandr Sizov 9


Another friendlies for NT / Tucker, Burgess to Ukraine - by Alexander Muzyka

Ukrainian NT had another warm-ups - from Finland. Having a big problems with turnovers (28:11) Ukrainians were able to win the second game. Note, that Serhi Lischuk is back on the court.

Friendlies

Aug. 8
Finland - Ukraine 92:76 (20:28, 16:16, 25:13, 31:19)
F
: Koivisto 20, Huff 15, Koponen 14, Muurinen 13, Virtanen 13...
U: Agafonov 22 + 9 rbs, Lischuk 18 + 8 tos, R.Kryvych 11 + 4 ast + 4 tos, Onufriev 9 + 6 rbs, I.Kryvych 6 + 5 rbs, Zabirchenko 6 + 4 tos, Kravtsov 4, Silkovskyi 0, Pustozvonov 0, Drozdov DNP

Aug. 9
Finland - Ukraine 66:70 (12:19, 30:14, 5:14, 19:23)
F
: Virtanen 21, Muurinen 13 + 6 rbs, Nikkila 9 + 6 rbs...
U: I.Kryvych 18 + 4 rbs, R.Kryvych 17 + 5 tos, Agafonov 15 + 11 rbs, Lischuk 14 + 7 rbs, Silkovskyi 5 + 4 rbs + 4 tos, Kravtsov 1 + 6 rbs, Zabirchenko 0 + 6 rbs, Onufriev 0, Pustozvonov 0, Drozdov DNP

- BC Kyiv inked Clay Tucker (194-G-80) from BC Khimky.

- BC Donetsk inked Christopher Clayton Burgess (209-C-79) from Gigantes de Carolina.

- Ferro-ZNTU invited Carlos Williams (185-G-85) from Bowie St. for try-outs. Oleksandr Rybalko (189-G-79) stays in Odesa so far.


- Slaven Hlupic will help Mehmet Becirovic in Azovmash. He has experience of working with Olimpija, Zadar and Croatian NT.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


U20 EC, division B: Poland cruises past Great Britain in Targu Mures - by Eurobasket News
U20 Great Britain - U20 Poland 58-79

Poland registered an easy victory over Great Britain heading to position number 13 on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. On the other side Great Britain will fight for the 15th position tomorrow.

The Poles grabbed quick eight points lead at the middle of the first quarter. Thanks to Ashley Hamilton (201-F-88), who scored two free throws at the end of it, Great Britain went into the second frame with minus 5. This one also belonged to Poland. Mostly owing to Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Poland created 9-2 run taking double-digits lead for the first time in this game. It was 27-37 before the second half. After triple by Adam Waczynski (198-F-89) at the half way of third stanza, Poland extended advantage to 15 points, 36-51. Few minutes later it already was 36-62 what was a sign that this game is already over for the British.

Dardan Berisha demonstrated wonderful performance for the winning team collecting 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Adam Waczynski followed him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists while Michal Nowakowski (199-F-88) stopped on 12 points and 7 rebounds. As usually Matthew Bryan-Amaning (206-F-88) had the best digits in Great Britain. He played 26 minutes scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 boards. Benjamin Mockford (184-G-89) scored 11 while Ashley Hamilton finished the game with 10 points and 5 rebounds.


U20 Great Britain - U20 Poland 58-79
(14-19, 13-18, 16-25, 15-17)

Great Britain:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning 15 (7 rebs), Benjamin Mockford 11, Ashley Hamilton 10 (5 rebs)
Poland: Dardan Berisha 25 (4 rebs, 4 as), Adam Waczynski 17 (5 rebs, 5 as), Michal Nowakowski 12 (7 rebs)




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgium victorious in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Czech Republic U16 71:54

Belgian U16 National Team stretched their winning streak to two games in Poland. Yesterday they defeated Czech Republic to stay unbeaten at the start of the European Championship. Lut De Meyer (172-F-92) once again topscored for Belgium with 16 points. Belgium thus remained on top of preliminary Group B. Belgium opened the game with a 6:0 run to jump ahead. They were well in control in the opening term and finished the quarter up by 6 points. Mayinga and Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) knocked down first 5 points in the second frame and Belgium enjoyed an 11-point cushion. Lut De Meyer and Meesseman ensured Belgium built a 16-point buffer before the final stanza. Wouters and Anne-Sophie De Bondt gave Belgium a 21-point advantage early in the fourth stanza. Belgian team eased to the overall win in the dying stages of the clash and celebrated another comprehensive win at the end. Meesseman tallied 14 points and 9 boards for Belgium. Julie Vanloo had 11 points for the winners. Jana Hausknechtova (174-G-92) notched 14 points for Czech Republic. Sivrova secured 8 points in defeat. Belgium will take on Sweden, while Czech Republic will fight to stay in title race against Ukraine.

Belgium U16: Lut De Meyer 16, Meesseman 14, Julie Vanloo 11
Czech Republic U16: Jana Hausknechtova 14, Sivrova 8


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Korea wins an overtime thriller against Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Brazil-Korea 62:68

Korea opened the Olympics with an overtime thriller over Brazilian team in Group B. The Asians came back in the last quarter and were stronger in the extra time for 68:62 victory. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) and Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) paced the winners with 19 points apiece. Kim Jung Eun followed them with 12 points for 1-0 record. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) top-scored for Brazil with 13 points, while Ferreira, Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) and Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) netted 10 each.
The South Americans opened the game in a winning current but had only 14:13 after the opening quarter. They produced another 14:13 in the second period and had two points advantage at the half time.
Korea waited until the second half and suggested their game in the court. After Choi Youn Ahs two free throws tied the game at 55:55 with 21 seconds left. Brazil had time to win in the fourth quarter but Claudia penetrated, passed to Micaela on the right baseline but the Brazil forwards jump shot bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. In overtime Korea used 13-7 to seal the win in the opener. Brazil lost despite out-rebounding the Koreans, 53-31. They however made 29 turnovers during the game which is too much for the win.

On August 11th Korea will take on Russia, while Brazil faces Australia.

Brazil: Kelly Santos 13, Ferreira 10, Adriana Pinto 10, Micaela Jacintho 10
Korea:Beon Yeon Ha 19, Choi Youn Ah 19, Kim Jung Eun 12



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  BULGARIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovenia too strong the hosts - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bulgaria - U16 Slovenia 45-58

Slovenia took care for the first win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. In the first round Slovenians suffered defeat in thriller against Ireland but this time they grabbed a comfortable victory. At the same time it was a said first appearance of Bulgaria at the front of its fans.

Slovenia controlled rhythm of the game from the beginning. Actually Bulgaria grabbed quick 6-0 lead in two opening minutes after what Slovenia immediately responded with 15-0 run. After that moment Slovenia kept its lead steady until the end of the game. After triple by Rebeka Abramovic (-93), Slovenia touched plus 14 with 3:12 to go in the first half. Thanks to Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) Bulgaria showed slightly better performance in third frame. The hosts in this championship succeeded to come on 32-37 but it was their maximum against tough Slovenians. Very soon Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) led her team in order to return double digit lead. It happened at the beginning of the last frame after her successful jump shot, 41-52.

Rebeka Abramovic was the key player for Slovenia in this game. She spent 30 minutes on court scoring 17 points and missing only one rebound for double-double. Bojana Adamovic also shined for the winners adding 12 points and 5 boards. Pamela Decheva was the only player with double figures in Bulgaria adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Dora Sevova had 8 points and 4 boards. Bulgaria will take on Luxemburg in the next round while Slovenia has a day-off.


U16 Bulgaria - U16 Slovenia 45-58
(7-15, 13-12, 19-21, 6-10)

Bulgaria:
Pamela Decheva 11 (9 rebs), Dora Sevova 8 (4 rebs)
Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 17 (9 rebs), Bojana Adamovic 12 (5 rebs)


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USA defeated Czech Republic in the opener of the Olympics - by Eurobasket News

USA - Czech Republic 97:57

The United States of America won the opener of the Olympics beating Czech Republic in Day 1. The Americans had a slow start but were too good in the entire game later. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) led all the winners with 17 points. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) collected 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) posted 12. Eva Viteckova (6'3''-F-82) top-scored for the European side with 12 points and Jana Vesela (6'5''-F-83) added 8.
It took a while for the United States to get going. When the team has however all the stars it is only some time to wait. Trailing 13-2 nearly five minutes into the game, Thompson and Diana Taurasi combined to score all the points in an 8-0 run. Czech Republic remained in the game and lost the first only 17:22. By half-time, the US had a 49:31 stranglehold on proceedings and they pulled away in the second half.
In the third quarter USA overcame the Czechs 26:13 and increased the lead in the game. It was not a big deal to lead the game to the wining end and to get the first win in the opener. In the end of the campaign USA tried to reach three digits but the European side left them at 97.

On August 11th USA will face China that also won the opener. Czech Republic will try to get the first win against Mali on the same day.

USA:Diana Taurasi 17, Sylvia Fowles 16+14 rebs, Cappie Pondexter 12
Czech Republic:Eva Viteckova 12, Jana Vesela 8



Belgium victorious in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Czech Republic U16 71:54

Belgian U16 National Team stretched their winning streak to two games in Poland. Yesterday they defeated Czech Republic to stay unbeaten at the start of the European Championship. Lut De Meyer (172-F-92) once again topscored for Belgium with 16 points. Belgium thus remained on top of preliminary Group B. Belgium opened the game with a 6:0 run to jump ahead. They were well in control in the opening term and finished the quarter up by 6 points. Mayinga and Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) knocked down first 5 points in the second frame and Belgium enjoyed an 11-point cushion. Lut De Meyer and Meesseman ensured Belgium built a 16-point buffer before the final stanza. Wouters and Anne-Sophie De Bondt gave Belgium a 21-point advantage early in the fourth stanza. Belgian team eased to the overall win in the dying stages of the clash and celebrated another comprehensive win at the end. Meesseman tallied 14 points and 9 boards for Belgium. Julie Vanloo had 11 points for the winners. Jana Hausknechtova (174-G-92) notched 14 points for Czech Republic. Sivrova secured 8 points in defeat. Belgium will take on Sweden, while Czech Republic will fight to stay in title race against Ukraine.

Belgium U16: Lut De Meyer 16, Meesseman 14, Julie Vanloo 11
Czech Republic U16: Jana Hausknechtova 14, Sivrova 8


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Denmark1-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Portugal1-1
4. Greece1-1
5. U.Kingdom0-2
Group B
1. Ireland2-0
2. Switzerl.1-0
3. Slovenia1-1
4. Bulgaria0-1
5. Luxembourg.0-2
Group C
1. Holland1-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Bosnia0-1
4. Estonia0-1
Group D
1. Finland1-0
2. Romania1-0
3. Monteneg.0-1
4. Croatia0-1


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  FRANCE - Women  


France grab second straight win in Poland - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Turkey U16 75:52

French U16 National Team continued their winning streak at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday they held off Turkish team in the second round of preliminary action in Group A. Adja Konteh (176-F-92) notched 25 point to pace French team. Turkish side fell to 1-1 record but remain at the second spot in the ladder. France opened the game with an 8:0 rally. Cakir scored first two points for Turkey with 5 minutes gone in the encounter. France dominated the game completely at the moment and secured an 18:11 advantage at the first intermission. France tipped off the second period with a 5:0 run to enlarge the distance. Turkey used an 11:3 surge in the second frame to cut the gap to 3 points late in the quarter. France however remained in charge and finished the half with a 6-point advantage. Adja Konteh and Florine Basque (184-F-92) gave France a 14-point advantage early in the third frame. Turkey failed to answer and French team cruised from there on. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) and Florine Basque posted 8 points apiece for France. Eleonore Grossemy (183-F-92) had 6 points and 12 boards for the winners. Cakir netted 11 points for Turkey. Ozturk and Kalfali produced 9 points each in the loss.

France U16: Adja Konteh 25, Helena Akmouche 8, Florine Basque 8
Turkey U16: Cakir 11, Ozturk 9, Kalfali 9


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  GREECE - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Israel better than Greece in over time - by Eurobasket News
U16 Israel - U16 Greece 57-55

Israel's first appearance on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria was very successful. Israel succeeded to beat Greece, which celebrated yesterday against England 58-56. It means that Israel currently has 1-0 in Preliminary Group A while Greece dropped on 1-1.

Interesting is that Greece totally outrebounded Israel today having 14 rebounds more. However despite Greeks domination in this basketball element it was an extremely interesting game until the last moment. One minute before the end of regular time the score was tied 50-50. In the next possession Greece committed turnover (24 second violation) while on the other side Israel also committed one. With 10 seconds remaining Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) missed a lay-up for her team after what Avigiel Cohen (177-F-92) grabbed the ball but she missed potentially winning triple. During the extra five minutes Israel made 4 points advantage but Greece immediately answered setting the score 55-55. Hadas Shaham (166-G-92) was hero of the game as she made a jump shot with 12 seconds to go.

Bar Galinski (181-F-92) was the key player for Israel today. She played almost the entire time scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 boards. Avigiel Cohen also shined for the winning team collecting 19 points and 4 rebounds. Artemis Spanou had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the loosing side while Christina Navrozidou finished the game with 9 points and 4 rebounds. In the next round on U16 European Championship division B Israel will meet Portugal. On the other side Greece will have a day-off after what it will take on the same rival.


U16 Israel - U16 Greece 57-55
(13-16, 15-5, 6-13, 16-16, 7-5)

Israel:
Bar Galinski 20 (12 rebs), Avigiel Cohen 19 (4 rebs)
Greece: Artemis Spanou 16 (14 rebs), Christina Navrozidou 9 (4 rebs)


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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland blasts Luxemburg in day two - by Eurobasket News
U16 Ireland - U16 Luxemburg 77-39

Ireland remained on top of Preliminary Group A after two days. In the opening game of the U16 European Championship division B Ireland outsmarts Slovenia while this time Luxemburg get faced with Irish power.

Lorraine Scanlon and her teammates took control on their opponent form the early beginning. They dominated in the paint which at the end resulted with 25 + 31 rebounds matched with just 11 + 22 by Luxemburg. At the middle of the first stanza it already was 11-2 for Ireland. Nothing has changed in the next period. After Lorraine Scanlon's lay-up, Ireland extended lead to magnificent 38-12 at the middle of the second frame. Until the half time it already was 48-14 what was a clear sign that the game is over for Luxemburg. The rest of it was just the formality. Ireland slowed down after the breather playing as much as they need to keep its huge lead.

Lorraine Scanlon was totally the best player for the winning side. She netted 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for 22 minutes. Tessa Solan was a way behind her with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Interesting is that Sophie Sunner, who netted just 8 points, was the best scorer for the loosing side. In the next round Ireland will play against Switzerland while Luxemburg will have a tough job in order to register the first victory on the championship against the hosts Bulgaria.


U16 Ireland - U16 Luxemburg 77-39
(28-8, 20-6, 19-12, 10-13)

Ireland:
Lorraine Scanlon 22 (13 rebs), Tessa Solan 9 (6 rebs)
Luxemburg: Sophie Sunnen 8


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Israel better than Greece in over time - by Eurobasket News
U16 Israel - U16 Greece 57-55

Israel's first appearance on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria was very successful. Israel succeeded to beat Greece, which celebrated yesterday against England 58-56. It means that Israel currently has 1-0 in Preliminary Group A while Greece dropped on 1-1.

Interesting is that Greece totally outrebounded Israel today having 14 rebounds more. However despite Greeks domination in this basketball element it was an extremely interesting game until the last moment. One minute before the end of regular time the score was tied 50-50. In the next possession Greece committed turnover (24 second violation) while on the other side Israel also committed one. With 10 seconds remaining Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) missed a lay-up for her team after what Avigiel Cohen (177-F-92) grabbed the ball but she missed potentially winning triple. During the extra five minutes Israel made 4 points advantage but Greece immediately answered setting the score 55-55. Hadas Shaham (166-G-92) was hero of the game as she made a jump shot with 12 seconds to go.

Bar Galinski (181-F-92) was the key player for Israel today. She played almost the entire time scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 boards. Avigiel Cohen also shined for the winning team collecting 19 points and 4 rebounds. Artemis Spanou had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the loosing side while Christina Navrozidou finished the game with 9 points and 4 rebounds. In the next round on U16 European Championship division B Israel will meet Portugal. On the other side Greece will have a day-off after what it will take on the same rival.


U16 Israel - U16 Greece 57-55
(13-16, 15-5, 6-13, 16-16, 7-5)

Israel:
Bar Galinski 20 (12 rebs), Avigiel Cohen 19 (4 rebs)
Greece: Artemis Spanou 16 (14 rebs), Christina Navrozidou 9 (4 rebs)


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  LATVIA - Women  


European battle in the Beijing Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Latvia 62:57

European battle in the first day saw Russia beating Latvia at the Olympics in China. The winner of the Eurobasket overcame the Baltic team 62:57 due to 21:9 in the last period. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) paced all the winners with 13 points each. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) that was glad to wear Russian t-shirt scored 11 points for the first win. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) ended up with 24 points for Latvia and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) had 7.
Russia started with 14:7 in the opening quarter and took the control of the game. It did not last however for a long time as the Baltic side replied with 24:15 in the second.
Becky Hammon started the second half with a three-pointer for a 32:31 Russia lead but Latvia then came alive. Tamane and her team started a 10-0 run that was capped by a three-ball from the excellent Liene Jansone for a 41:32 Latvia advantage. The latter won the third period 17:12 and had 7 points deficit before the final stanza. Liene Jansone scored on a lay-up to take her points haul to 24 and increase the lead to 51:47. Rakhmatulina tied the contest at 51:51 and Ilona Korstine made two at the line for a 54:52 lead. Russia never looked behind after and reached the first win in the opener.

In August 11th Russia will face Korea that also won the opener. Latvia will play against Belarus.

Russia:Tatiana Shchegoleva 13+12 rebs, Ilona Korstine 13, Becky Hammon 11
Latvia:Liene Jansone 24, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 7



Lithuania outscores Latvia in Baltic clash - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Latvia U16 62:51

Lithuanian U16 National Team scored their first win at the European Championship in Poland. They defeated their neighbours Latvia in preliminary Group A action. Grigalauskyte stepped up for Lithuania with monster double-double of 20 points and 24 rebounds. Lithuania thus improved to 1-1 record, while dropping Latvia to 0-2. Lithuanian team sent a strong message to their opponents in the opening stanza. They outgunned Latvia 20:5 to build a comfortable cushion before the second period. The teams traded baskets in the second frame as Lithuania secured a 29:17 lead at halftime. Latvia tipped off the second half with a 10:0 run to trim the deficit. However Lithuania remain in charge and rolled to a 42:39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Viktorija Dimaite (190-C/F-92) and Kaminskyte stretched the gap to 11 points late in the final term. Latvia simple had too little time to answer and had to surrender at the end. Morkunaite secured 12 points for the winners. Arita Priedniece scored 12 points for Latvia. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) and Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) chipped in 9 points each in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Grigalauskyte 20+24 boards, Morkunaite 12
Latvia U16: Arita Priedniece 12, Laura Ozolina 9


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania outscores Latvia in Baltic clash - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Latvia U16 62:51

Lithuanian U16 National Team scored their first win at the European Championship in Poland. They defeated their neighbours Latvia in preliminary Group A action. Grigalauskyte stepped up for Lithuania with monster double-double of 20 points and 24 rebounds. Lithuania thus improved to 1-1 record, while dropping Latvia to 0-2. Lithuanian team sent a strong message to their opponents in the opening stanza. They outgunned Latvia 20:5 to build a comfortable cushion before the second period. The teams traded baskets in the second frame as Lithuania secured a 29:17 lead at halftime. Latvia tipped off the second half with a 10:0 run to trim the deficit. However Lithuania remain in charge and rolled to a 42:39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Viktorija Dimaite (190-C/F-92) and Kaminskyte stretched the gap to 11 points late in the final term. Latvia simple had too little time to answer and had to surrender at the end. Morkunaite secured 12 points for the winners. Arita Priedniece scored 12 points for Latvia. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) and Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) chipped in 9 points each in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Grigalauskyte 20+24 boards, Morkunaite 12
Latvia U16: Arita Priedniece 12, Laura Ozolina 9


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland blasts Luxemburg in day two - by Eurobasket News
U16 Ireland - U16 Luxemburg 77-39

Ireland remained on top of Preliminary Group A after two days. In the opening game of the U16 European Championship division B Ireland outsmarts Slovenia while this time Luxemburg get faced with Irish power.

Lorraine Scanlon and her teammates took control on their opponent form the early beginning. They dominated in the paint which at the end resulted with 25 + 31 rebounds matched with just 11 + 22 by Luxemburg. At the middle of the first stanza it already was 11-2 for Ireland. Nothing has changed in the next period. After Lorraine Scanlon's lay-up, Ireland extended lead to magnificent 38-12 at the middle of the second frame. Until the half time it already was 48-14 what was a clear sign that the game is over for Luxemburg. The rest of it was just the formality. Ireland slowed down after the breather playing as much as they need to keep its huge lead.

Lorraine Scanlon was totally the best player for the winning side. She netted 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for 22 minutes. Tessa Solan was a way behind her with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Interesting is that Sophie Sunner, who netted just 8 points, was the best scorer for the loosing side. In the next round Ireland will play against Switzerland while Luxemburg will have a tough job in order to register the first victory on the championship against the hosts Bulgaria.


U16 Ireland - U16 Luxemburg 77-39
(28-8, 20-6, 19-12, 10-13)

Ireland:
Lorraine Scanlon 22 (13 rebs), Tessa Solan 9 (6 rebs)
Luxemburg: Sophie Sunnen 8


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand outlast plucky Mali in opener - by Kahn Hart
The New Zealand Tall Ferns have overcome a poor shooting display to defeat African champions Mali 76-72 in their opening pool B match in Beijing. Mali, who were led by their star player Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) of the Houston Comets who finished with 18 points 7 rebounds and 3 assists, showed they were not in China to make up the numbers. As a team they shot a credible 47% from the field whille holding New Zealand to just 35% from the field and 26% from three point range. For New Zealand point guard Angela Marino (166-G-86) had a big night, leading all scorers with 19 points adding 4 assists and 3 steals, she was backed up well by forwards Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) with 13 points and Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) with 12 to go with 8 rebounds. There were numerous lead changes in the fourth quarter before Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) stepped off the bench to nail two clutch three pointers to give the Tall Ferns the lead for good. New Zealand shot well from the free throw line which coach Mike McHugh should be very happy with. Mali who were making their Olympic debut were forced into 26 turnovers in the match, another statistic which should please the New Zealand coaching staff. New Zealand will need to shoot better from the field in order to trouble their next opponent Spain.

New Zealand 76- Angela Marino 19, Lisa Wallbutton 13, Jillian Harmon 12, Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) 9

Mali 72- Hamchetou Maiga 18, Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) 15, Djene Diawara (192-F/C-88) 9, Nagnouma Coulibaly (192-F/C-89) 9


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Australia1-0
2. S.Korea1-0
3. Russia1-0
4. Latvia0-1
5. Belarus0-1
6. Brazil0-1
Group B
1. China1-0
2. N.Zealand1-0
3. USA1-0
4. Czech Repu.0-1
5. Spain0-1
6. Mali0-1


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal outplays England in a low-scoring game - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Portugal 35-43

Portugal succeeded to grab the first win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. As a remainder Portugal suffered defeat in the first round against Denmark, but this time England couldn't handle them. Thus England dropped on 0-2 in Preliminary Round A while Portugal improved to 1-1.

England had many troubles at the offensive end in this game. None of its players succeeded to finish it with double-digits. On the other side Portugal had two players in the right mood what was enough for the victory. Except of the first quarter, which England won 13-8, Portugal was the team which dominated almost the entire time. In this low-point game Portugal resolved the question about the winner in third quarter. Its players intensified defense which resulted with many turnovers by England (37 in total). Portuguese exploited this chance and through Daniela Domingues and Filipa Bernardeco ended this period 4-15. Until the end of the game England improved its offensive play but it was already too late for them.

Daniela Domingues paced her team to victory collecting 16 points and 5 rebounds. Filipa Bernardeco followed with 15 points and 6 rebounds. England got the most from Jamila Thompson, who scored 9 points including 6 boards while Temitope Fagbenle finished the game with 8 points and 12 rebounds. In the next round of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria Portugal will meet Israel. On the other side England will take on Denmark.


U16 England - U16 Portugal 35-43
(13-8, 5-8, 4-15, 13-12)

England:
Jamila Thompson 9 (6 rebs), Temitope Fagbenle 8 (12 rebs)
Portugal: Daniela Domingues 16 (5 rebs), Filipa Bernardeco 15 (6 rebs)


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  RUSSIA - Women  


European battle in the Beijing Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Latvia 62:57

European battle in the first day saw Russia beating Latvia at the Olympics in China. The winner of the Eurobasket overcame the Baltic team 62:57 due to 21:9 in the last period. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) paced all the winners with 13 points each. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) that was glad to wear Russian t-shirt scored 11 points for the first win. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) ended up with 24 points for Latvia and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) had 7.
Russia started with 14:7 in the opening quarter and took the control of the game. It did not last however for a long time as the Baltic side replied with 24:15 in the second.
Becky Hammon started the second half with a three-pointer for a 32:31 Russia lead but Latvia then came alive. Tamane and her team started a 10-0 run that was capped by a three-ball from the excellent Liene Jansone for a 41:32 Latvia advantage. The latter won the third period 17:12 and had 7 points deficit before the final stanza. Liene Jansone scored on a lay-up to take her points haul to 24 and increase the lead to 51:47. Rakhmatulina tied the contest at 51:51 and Ilona Korstine made two at the line for a 54:52 lead. Russia never looked behind after and reached the first win in the opener.

In August 11th Russia will face Korea that also won the opener. Latvia will play against Belarus.

Russia:Tatiana Shchegoleva 13+12 rebs, Ilona Korstine 13, Becky Hammon 11
Latvia:Liene Jansone 24, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 7



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovenia too strong the hosts - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bulgaria - U16 Slovenia 45-58

Slovenia took care for the first win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. In the first round Slovenians suffered defeat in thriller against Ireland but this time they grabbed a comfortable victory. At the same time it was a said first appearance of Bulgaria at the front of its fans.

Slovenia controlled rhythm of the game from the beginning. Actually Bulgaria grabbed quick 6-0 lead in two opening minutes after what Slovenia immediately responded with 15-0 run. After that moment Slovenia kept its lead steady until the end of the game. After triple by Rebeka Abramovic (-93), Slovenia touched plus 14 with 3:12 to go in the first half. Thanks to Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) Bulgaria showed slightly better performance in third frame. The hosts in this championship succeeded to come on 32-37 but it was their maximum against tough Slovenians. Very soon Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) led her team in order to return double digit lead. It happened at the beginning of the last frame after her successful jump shot, 41-52.

Rebeka Abramovic was the key player for Slovenia in this game. She spent 30 minutes on court scoring 17 points and missing only one rebound for double-double. Bojana Adamovic also shined for the winners adding 12 points and 5 boards. Pamela Decheva was the only player with double figures in Bulgaria adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Dora Sevova had 8 points and 4 boards. Bulgaria will take on Luxemburg in the next round while Slovenia has a day-off.


U16 Bulgaria - U16 Slovenia 45-58
(7-15, 13-12, 19-21, 6-10)

Bulgaria:
Pamela Decheva 11 (9 rebs), Dora Sevova 8 (4 rebs)
Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 17 (9 rebs), Bojana Adamovic 12 (5 rebs)


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Korea wins an overtime thriller against Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Brazil-Korea 62:68

Korea opened the Olympics with an overtime thriller over Brazilian team in Group B. The Asians came back in the last quarter and were stronger in the extra time for 68:62 victory. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) and Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) paced the winners with 19 points apiece. Kim Jung Eun followed them with 12 points for 1-0 record. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) top-scored for Brazil with 13 points, while Ferreira, Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) and Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) netted 10 each.
The South Americans opened the game in a winning current but had only 14:13 after the opening quarter. They produced another 14:13 in the second period and had two points advantage at the half time.
Korea waited until the second half and suggested their game in the court. After Choi Youn Ahs two free throws tied the game at 55:55 with 21 seconds left. Brazil had time to win in the fourth quarter but Claudia penetrated, passed to Micaela on the right baseline but the Brazil forwards jump shot bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. In overtime Korea used 13-7 to seal the win in the opener. Brazil lost despite out-rebounding the Koreans, 53-31. They however made 29 turnovers during the game which is too much for the win.

On August 11th Korea will take on Russia, while Brazil faces Australia.

Brazil: Kelly Santos 13, Ferreira 10, Adriana Pinto 10, Micaela Jacintho 10
Korea:Beon Yeon Ha 19, Choi Youn Ah 19, Kim Jung Eun 12



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden victimize Ukraine in the second round of U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Ukraine U16 73:29

Swedish U16 National Team scored their second straight win at the start of the European Championship in Poland. They cracked down Ukrainian team to remain on top of preliminary Group B. Ukraine meanwhile suffered their second consecutive stunning defeat and now must win against Czech Republic to avoid playing in the classification round. It was all over for Ukraine in the opening stanza. Sweden opened the game with a 17:0 run. Ukraine were slowly coming back to life and trailed by 21 points at the end of the starting quarter. Sweden tipped off the second frame with a 7:0 surge to stretch the gap to 28 points. Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) scored 5 points for Ukraine and they managed to clip the distance to 23 points at the interval. Sweden however stepped on the gas again in the third frame and quickly deepened the gap to 30 points. Sweden cruised in the final period leaving not a single chance to their opponents. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) finished with 19 points and 9 boards for Sweden. Kalidis and Drammeh added 11 points apiece for the winners. Viktoriya Skubiy answered with 17 points for Ukraine. Vyshniak secured 4 points in defeat. Sweden limited Ukraine to just 16% accuracy from the field and forced those to as many as 28 turnovers down the stretch.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 19, Kalidis 11, Drammeh 11
Ukraine U16: Viktoriya Skubiy 17, Vyshniak 4


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  TURKEY - Women  


France grab second straight win in Poland - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Turkey U16 75:52

French U16 National Team continued their winning streak at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday they held off Turkish team in the second round of preliminary action in Group A. Adja Konteh (176-F-92) notched 25 point to pace French team. Turkish side fell to 1-1 record but remain at the second spot in the ladder. France opened the game with an 8:0 rally. Cakir scored first two points for Turkey with 5 minutes gone in the encounter. France dominated the game completely at the moment and secured an 18:11 advantage at the first intermission. France tipped off the second period with a 5:0 run to enlarge the distance. Turkey used an 11:3 surge in the second frame to cut the gap to 3 points late in the quarter. France however remained in charge and finished the half with a 6-point advantage. Adja Konteh and Florine Basque (184-F-92) gave France a 14-point advantage early in the third frame. Turkey failed to answer and French team cruised from there on. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) and Florine Basque posted 8 points apiece for France. Eleonore Grossemy (183-F-92) had 6 points and 12 boards for the winners. Cakir netted 11 points for Turkey. Ozturk and Kalfali produced 9 points each in the loss.

France U16: Adja Konteh 25, Helena Akmouche 8, Florine Basque 8
Turkey U16: Cakir 11, Ozturk 9, Kalfali 9


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Sweden victimize Ukraine in the second round of U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Ukraine U16 73:29

Swedish U16 National Team scored their second straight win at the start of the European Championship in Poland. They cracked down Ukrainian team to remain on top of preliminary Group B. Ukraine meanwhile suffered their second consecutive stunning defeat and now must win against Czech Republic to avoid playing in the classification round. It was all over for Ukraine in the opening stanza. Sweden opened the game with a 17:0 run. Ukraine were slowly coming back to life and trailed by 21 points at the end of the starting quarter. Sweden tipped off the second frame with a 7:0 surge to stretch the gap to 28 points. Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) scored 5 points for Ukraine and they managed to clip the distance to 23 points at the interval. Sweden however stepped on the gas again in the third frame and quickly deepened the gap to 30 points. Sweden cruised in the final period leaving not a single chance to their opponents. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) finished with 19 points and 9 boards for Sweden. Kalidis and Drammeh added 11 points apiece for the winners. Viktoriya Skubiy answered with 17 points for Ukraine. Vyshniak secured 4 points in defeat. Sweden limited Ukraine to just 16% accuracy from the field and forced those to as many as 28 turnovers down the stretch.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 19, Kalidis 11, Drammeh 11
Ukraine U16: Viktoriya Skubiy 17, Vyshniak 4


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal outplays England in a low-scoring game - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Portugal 35-43

Portugal succeeded to grab the first win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. As a remainder Portugal suffered defeat in the first round against Denmark, but this time England couldn't handle them. Thus England dropped on 0-2 in Preliminary Round A while Portugal improved to 1-1.

England had many troubles at the offensive end in this game. None of its players succeeded to finish it with double-digits. On the other side Portugal had two players in the right mood what was enough for the victory. Except of the first quarter, which England won 13-8, Portugal was the team which dominated almost the entire time. In this low-point game Portugal resolved the question about the winner in third quarter. Its players intensified defense which resulted with many turnovers by England (37 in total). Portuguese exploited this chance and through Daniela Domingues and Filipa Bernardeco ended this period 4-15. Until the end of the game England improved its offensive play but it was already too late for them.

Daniela Domingues paced her team to victory collecting 16 points and 5 rebounds. Filipa Bernardeco followed with 15 points and 6 rebounds. England got the most from Jamila Thompson, who scored 9 points including 6 boards while Temitope Fagbenle finished the game with 8 points and 12 rebounds. In the next round of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria Portugal will meet Israel. On the other side England will take on Denmark.


U16 England - U16 Portugal 35-43
(13-8, 5-8, 4-15, 13-12)

England:
Jamila Thompson 9 (6 rebs), Temitope Fagbenle 8 (12 rebs)
Portugal: Daniela Domingues 16 (5 rebs), Filipa Bernardeco 15 (6 rebs)


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  WNBA - Women  


USA defeated Czech Republic in the opener of the Olympics - by Eurobasket News

USA - Czech Republic 97:57

The United States of America won the opener of the Olympics beating Czech Republic in Day 1. The Americans had a slow start but were too good in the entire game later. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) led all the winners with 17 points. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) collected 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) posted 12. Eva Viteckova (6'3''-F-82) top-scored for the European side with 12 points and Jana Vesela (6'5''-F-83) added 8.
It took a while for the United States to get going. When the team has however all the stars it is only some time to wait. Trailing 13-2 nearly five minutes into the game, Thompson and Diana Taurasi combined to score all the points in an 8-0 run. Czech Republic remained in the game and lost the first only 17:22. By half-time, the US had a 49:31 stranglehold on proceedings and they pulled away in the second half.
In the third quarter USA overcame the Czechs 26:13 and increased the lead in the game. It was not a big deal to lead the game to the wining end and to get the first win in the opener. In the end of the campaign USA tried to reach three digits but the European side left them at 97.

On August 11th USA will face China that also won the opener. Czech Republic will try to get the first win against Mali on the same day.

USA:Diana Taurasi 17, Sylvia Fowles 16+14 rebs, Cappie Pondexter 12
Czech Republic:Eva Viteckova 12, Jana Vesela 8