EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/11/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina Losses To Lituania - by Leonardo Contieri
Lituania defeated Argentina 79-75 with a crutial three pointer from Linas Kleiza with 2.1 seconds remaining. Lituania controlled thetempo for most of the game, and got a 12 point lead early in the ofurth quarter before Argentina tied the game at 75. With 20 seconds remaining Ginobili missed a 5 meter attempt with the shot clock near to expire and thegame tied at 75. Jasikevicuis consumed the last seconds of the game before assisting Kleiza. On the inbound pass with 2 seconds left, Argentina turned the ball over. Lituania shot 9/15 three pointers in the second half. Ginbili led all scorers with 19 points and Andres Nocioni added 15 for Argentina, Lituania had five players scoring ten or more points led by Kleiza's 13. Sarunas Jasikevicius added 8 assits to his eight points. Argentina will face Australia on tuesday while Lituania will play against Iran.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Olympic Games: Croatia smashes the Boomers in Beijing - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Croatia 82-97

Croatia had successful first day at the Olympic Games 2008. As a reminder Croatia earned a spot for Beijing through FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was held in Athens. Thus Croatia together with Lithuania and Russia has 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Naturally, the other three teams, which are Argentina, Australia and Iran have 0-1.

Croatia recorded fantastic stroke from behind the arc in this game. They made 12 of 16 attempts what is magnificent 75%. On the other hand the Boomers had just 32%. First bigger lead Croatians reached in the finish of first frame what was 14-21. After triple by Zoran Planinic (198-G-82), Croatia reached plus 12 at the beginning of the second frame. During this period the Boomers touched minus 8 but Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and his teammates immediately answered creating 16-6 run. Nothing has changed after the half time. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) and David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) were the only ones who tried to do something more in Australia but it was not enough for their team today. Croatia succeeded to extended lead even more in this frame setting the score on 52-73 at the one point of it. At the half way of the last quarter Croatia touched maximum advantage of 25 points.

Center Nikola Prkacin and Marko Banic (204-F-84) were the leading players for the winning side. They scored 16 points each but interesting in that Nikola Prkacin succeeded to do it having just 11 playing minutes. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) followed them with 12 points and 4 rebounds while Zoran Planinic also had 12 points but with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Australia got 13 points and 5 rebounds from Matt Nielsen. David Barlow was behind him with 12 points while NBAer Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) stopped on 10 points.
In the next round of the Olympic Games 2008, which will be played on Tuesday, Croatia will meet Russia. On the other side Australia will take on the defending champion Argentina.


Australia - Croatia 82-97
(14-21, 17-26, 22-26, 29-24)

Australia:
Matt Nielsen 13 (5 rebs), David Barlow 12, Andrew Bogut 10
Croatia: Nikola Prkacin 16, Marko Banic 16, Marko Tomas 12 (4 rebs), Zoran Planinic 12



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  AUSTRIA   


U20 EC, division B: Czechs beat Austria grabbing ninth position - by Eurobasket News
U20 Czech Republic - U20 Austria 82-57

Ninth place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures belongs to Czech Republic. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89), Tomas Pomikalek (201-F-89) and their teammates didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Austria in this decisive game. Austrians easily outplayed Norway on Saturday but this time they weren't able to handle motivated Czechs.

Interesting is that the Czechs had total domination under the basket. The fact that they finished the game having 55 boards matched with just 26 by Austria talks everything for itself. With that kind of difference in one of the most important basketball elements Austrians couldn't count on anything more than serious defeat. Jiri Slavik and Vojtech Hruban (197-F-89) started the game strongly which resulted with 13-5 for Czech Republic after just few minutes. During the couple of opening minutes in the second quarter Czechs extended their lead to 16 points, 26-12. Thanks to Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) Austria succeeded to stop its opponent on 'just' plus 12 at the half time. Nothing has changed for the rest of the game. Tomas Pomikalek joined Vojtech Hruban and Jiri Slavik while on the other side Lorenzo O'Neal and Maximilian Graf (191-F-88) were the only ones who tried to do something more for their team. Unfortunately to them, it was not enough for Austria, which was faced with 25-points defeat at the end.

Jiri Slavik was the key player for the winning side in this game. He drained 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for 31 minutes. Tomas Pomikalek also netted 18 points but with 4 rebounds while Vojtech Hruban scored 15 points missing only one board for double-double. Lorenzo O'Neal added 15 points for Austria while Maximilian Graf stopped on 12 points.


U20 Czech Republic - U20 Austria 82-57
(21-12, 25-22, 20-12, 16-11)

Czech Republic:
Jiri Slavik 18 (14 rebs), Tomas Pomikalek 18 (4 rebs), Vojtech Hruban 15 (9 rebs)
Austria: Lorenzo O'Neal 15, Maximilian Graf 12


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  BELGIUM   


U20 EC, division B: Germany outsmarts Belgium winning the Gold - by Eurobasket News
U20 Germany - U20 Belgium 110-102

Two teams which demonstrated the best performance on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures totally deserved met each other in the final. It was for sure the most exciting game of the entire tournament. Germany made fantastic result grabbing the Gold after two over times. On the other side Belgians also registered great success winning the Silver medal and at the same time, together with Germany, earned promotion to division A for the next European Championship.

Belgium showed much better performance at the early beginning taking 6-point lead after 5 minutes. They succeeded to keep it until the middle of the second period when Germany made 11-5 run tying the score on 41-41 before the half time. Situation totally changed after the breather as Germany was the team which created advantage of 5 points mostly owing to Elias Harris (200-F-89). Munda Hockins (188-G-88) and Thomas Dreesen (200-F-88, agency: Court Side) immediately answered taking care for 11-4 run grabbing two-points lead for their team before the last frame. At the end of regular time Germany had a chance to take this one but Munda Hockins made two free throws for 81-81 with 12 second remaining. At the very end of the first over time Kevin Schaffartzik (186-G-88) became a German hero as he drained a jump shot which gave his team a chance to fight for another 5 minutes. During the last two minutes of the second extra time Germany made fantastic 10-1 run grabbing the Gold in Targu Mures. It is important to be mentioned that Germany totally dominated in the paint having 17 boards more that its opponent.

This time Kevin Schaffartzik was the best player for the winning team. He shined when it was the most important netting 25 points for 25 minutes. Elias Harris helped him team adding 16 points and 4 rebounds while Robert Oehle (209-C-88) had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Thomas Dreesen showed the best performance in Belgium collecting 29 points and 4 rebounds. Munda Hockins registered 27 points and 5 boards but shooting just 4 of 11 from behind the arc. Olivier Troisfontaines (193-G/F-89) followed these two players finishing the game with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.


U20 Germany - U20 Belgium 110-102
(21-25, 20-16, 19-21, 21-19, 14-14, 15-7)

Germany:
Kevin Schaffartzik 25, Elias Harris 16 (4 rebs), Robert Oehle 10 (4 rebs)
Belgium: Thomas Dreesen 29 (4 rebs), Munda Hockins 27 (5 rebs), Olivier Troisfontaines 18 (7 rebs, 6 as)


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Digicel sponsors 2008 Summer Hoops Basketball Camp - by David Edole
Digicel today announced that it is collaborating with the newly established BVI Hoop It Up Foundation to host the 2nd Summer Hoops Basketball Camp in the territory.

The camp, to be held August 11th to 15th, 9am to 3pm at the Multi Purpose Complex in Road Town, targets youth ages 5 years to 18 years. The camp will expose up to 100 participants to basketball skills from professional basketball players from the BVI, including President and Founder of The BVI Hoop It Up Foundation Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) and members Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.), Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson), Jason Edwin, Rene Phipps and Brian Brewley.

The Foundation was established in July to provide a viable alternative to the youths of the British Virgin Islands in an effort to steer them away from the social ills affecting the community. The Foundation's motto is 'We are the present, the youths are the future'.

'We want to keep the youths drug free, off the streets, and make sure academics is priority,' stated Steve Parillon, President and Founder of The BVI Hoop It Up Foundation.

'We plan to have basketball youth rallies, basketball camps, after school programmes, and basketball tournaments. We also will be ensuring that dedicated basketball athletes pursue their ultimate goal, which is playing college basketball and then pro basketball'.

The 1st Summer Hoops Basketball Camp was held July 21st to 25th and catered to 40 youngsters.

'Digicel is keenly interested in supporting sporting events here in the BVI,' said Head of Sales and Marketing Debbi Jorgensen. 'While Digicel's core sponsorship areas are cricket and football, we know that basketball is one of the high interest sports in this territory, and as such, we feel proud to be able to partner with the Foundation to host this event.'

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Jorgensen presented a $1500 cheque to Parillon on Friday, along with 100 Digicel branded basketball t-shirts for the players.

The public is invited to attend a closing ceremony for the camp on Friday August 15th at the Multi Purpose Complex.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor. roster changes for Espanol and new foreigner for Osorno - by Daniel Valencia
Espanol de Talca

Deportivo Espanol de Talca released the american players Daniel McFaul and Robbie Banks. Mc Faul averaged 10.6 points in five games while Banks averaged 10.0 points in 5 games. To replace this player the leaders of Espanol agreed terms with Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) and Chris Lee (206-C, college: S.Carolina St.).

Provincial Osorno

The leaders of Osorno agreed terms with Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, agency: AMI, college: S.Carolina St.) as their third foreign player for this season. He will play alognside with Raphael Madera and DaJuan Gouard.


Dimayor: round 6 & 7 results - by Daniel Valencia
With two victories against Universidad de Los Lagos and Provincial Llanquihue, Deportivo Valdivia reach the first place in the south group after round 7. Bobby Madison (198-F-82, agency: Duran International, college: W.Michigan) was the leader for CDV with 41 and 23 points respectively. In the north group, CD Universidad de Concepcion continues as the exclusive leader after defeating Espanol de Talca 72-66. Boston College and CD Puente Alto also won both games of the weekend against Liceo Mixto and Universidad Catolica.

Round 6

Boston College 85 - Liceo Mixto 80
Bos: Patricio Arroyo 18 pts. Felipe Ziegele 15 pts.
Lic: Patricio Briones 21 pts. Kevin Frey 17 pts.

CD Puente Alto 91 - Universidad Catolica 75
Pue: John Davis 23 pts. Joseph Works 23 pts.
Uc: Walter Storani 22 pts. Mike Elliot 20 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 72 - Espanol de Talca 66
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 18 pts. Nakiea Miller 16 pts.
Esp: Marques Hayden 19 pts. Chris Lee 11 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 90 - Deportivo Valdivia 97 2OT
Ula: Dean Browne 22 pts. Donald Gray 20 pts.
Val: Bobby Madison 41 pts. Francisco Bravo 25 pts

Provincial Llanquihue 98 - Provincial Osorno 90
Llan: John A. Thomas 41 pts. Dominick Melton 17 pts.
Oso. Thurman Zimmerman 21 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 21 pts.

Deportes Castro 84 - Deportes Ancud 71
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 22 pts. Roy Morris 21 pts.
Anc: Malcolm Connor 20 pts. Leonardo Alves 18 pts.

Round 7

Boston College 77 - Universidad Catolica 74
Bos: B.J. Puckett 23 pts. Trevon Bryant 15 pts.
Uc: Mike Elliot 21 pts. Angelo Olivares 20 pts.

CD Puente Alto 92 - Liceo Mixto 89
Pue: Percy Werth 33 pts. John Davis 21 pts.
Lic: Patrick Saez 19 pts. Brandon Mason 18 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 95 - Provincial Osorno 77
Ula: Leonel Mendez 24 pts. Donald Gray 19 pts.
Oso: DaJuan Gouard 18 pts. Thurman Zimmerman 13 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 62 - Deportivo Valdivia 76
Llan: Dominick Melton 18 pts. John A. Thomas 14 pts.
Val: Bobby Madison 23 pts. Claus Prutzmann 20 pts.


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  CHINA   


Olympic Games: Dwyane Wade and LeBron James too strong for China - by Eurobasket News
USA - China 101-70

USA started the Olympic Games 2008 in style. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and their teammates registered an easy victory against the hosts China. As a reminder, except of these two teams Spain, Germany, Greece and Angola are also placed into the Preliminary Group B.

Chinese showed pretty good performance at the early beginning. They made four triples in the first few minutes which resulted with quick 7-11. It was a sign for USA, which immediately answered with 9-0 run. Beginning of the second frame belonged to USA. After basket from the paint by Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85), USA grabbed 7-point lead. Chinese didn't give up and after successful shot form behind the arc by Sun Yue (6'9''-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane), China tied the score on 29-29. However, mostly owing to Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), USA succeeded to grab big plus 12 until the half time. After the breather USA took full control on its opponent. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James joined Kobe Bryant which resulted with impressive 25-11 in third frame. The rest of the game was just a formality as USA played as much as it needed to keep comfortable lead.

USA got the most points from Dwyane Wade, who stopped on 19. LeBron James also showed wonderful performance collecting 18 points and 6 boards for almost 25 minutes. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard helped their team draining 13 points each. Chinese superstar Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) registered double-double adding 13 pointsa and 10 rebounds for 31 minutes. Zhu Fangyu (6'7''-F-83) followed him with 11 points and 8 rebounds while Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) had 9 points. In the next round of the Olympics USA will meet Angola while China will play against Spain.


USA - China 101-70
(20-16, 29-21, 25-11, 27-22)

USA:
Dwyane Wade 19, LeBron James 18 (6 rebs), Kobe Bryant 13, Dwight Howard 13
China: Ming Yao 13 (10 rebs), Zhu Fangyu 11 (8 rebs), Jianlian Yi 9


China Loses to U. S. 101-70 to Open Olympics - by Arthur Volbert
China showed its basketball promise as well as its current basketball deficiencies as it lost to the United States 101-70 to open the Olympic Games.

China is very unlikely to win a medal but has a significant chance of making the final eight and possibly finishing fifth, sixth or seventh to improve its position from 2004.

China must beat Angola and either Spain, Greece or Germany to reach the round of eight but I believe that this team has a possibility of achieving this.

Ming Yao (226-C-80) may not be 100% but he is agile and working himself into shape. He scored 13 points on 3 of 10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. The U. S. defense was concentrating on him so this was not a bad performance.

The same cannot be said for Yi Jianlian who missed his first 7 shots and got most of his 9 points in garbage time. Yi hit 4 of 13 overall and had 3 rebounds and 2 turnovers.

Zhu Fangyu was impressive with 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and no turnovers in 25 minutes. Today he rivaled Ming Yao as China's best player.

Sun Yue showed why the Lakers drafted him in the second round, with 8 points on 3 of 8 shooting, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 turnover. If he plays as well against ordinary NBA players as he played against its stars, he has a good shot at making the Lakers this year.

Liu Wei did not fare as well against NBA talent as he hit only 1 of 9 shots and scored 6 points in 21 minutes. He had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 turnovers.

Chen Jianghua showed why he may one day be an NBA second-round pick, but scored only 2 points on 1 of 3 shooting. He had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 3 turnovers. He has the physical talent to make the NBA but still has to learn how to play this game. But he is of the class of 1989, which I believe will be the first class to produce multiple NBA prospects.

Wang Zhizhi had a decent game with 8 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Dwyane Wade led the U. S. with 19 points and LeBron James had 18 points and 6 rebounds.

The U. S. shot 54 percent from the floor to 34 percent for China, but only outrebounded China 40-37. China's big men have learned how to play inside. China had 18 turnovers to 12 for the U. S. The U. S. won this battle but China is not nearly the turnover machine that it used to be.

China lapsed in the third quarter, being outscored 25-11 but hung in with the NBA stars in the other three quarters. China is improving, but is not yet there. It will be there within the next 10 to 15 years when it uses better weight training methods and its players are trained in the international game from the junior level up.

But this team was fully playing the international style, unlike previous Chinese Olympic teams.

U.S.- 20 29 25 27 101
China 16 21 11 22 70

Box Score:
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B03.shtml#BKM400B03

Other Games
Group B
Germany 95 Angola 66
Spain 81 Greece 66

Group A
Lithuania 79 Argentina 75
Croatia 97 Australia 82
Russia 71 Iran 49


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  COSTA RICA   


Barva again undefeated - by Gianni Pascucci
Reigning champions of Ferreteria Brenes Barva are yet undefeated after eight rounds of the Clausura Tournment of the National League-First Division. In the last game, they defeated 107-77 San Luis Gonzaga, led by Isaac St.Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown), who scored 19 points, while Darrell St.Rose (-F/C-88) scored 23 pts in San Luis. In te other games, Limon easily defeated Goicoechea 77-32 with Gilberth McKenzie (185-G-85, college: Lake Region CC) leading the scorers at 20 points and Liceo de Costa Rica prevailed over Escazu 78-62 led by Aaron Sawyer (204-F/C-85, college: Northwest), who scored 20 points, the same point production of Luis Loria, who scored he too 20 in losing effort.

Standings - D1
NL Standings
 1. Barva 8-0 
 2. Liceo 6-0 
 3. Santa Cecilia 5-0 
 4. Escazu 4-3 
 5. Limon 4-4 
 6. Santa Ana 2-4 
 7. San Luis Gonzaga 2-4 
 8. UCR 2-5 
 9. Perez Zeledon 0-6 
 10. Goicoechea 0-7 


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  CROATIA   


Olympic Games: Croatia smashes the Boomers in Beijing - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Croatia 82-97

Croatia had successful first day at the Olympic Games 2008. As a reminder Croatia earned a spot for Beijing through FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was held in Athens. Thus Croatia together with Lithuania and Russia has 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Naturally, the other three teams, which are Argentina, Australia and Iran have 0-1.

Croatia recorded fantastic stroke from behind the arc in this game. They made 12 of 16 attempts what is magnificent 75%. On the other hand the Boomers had just 32%. First bigger lead Croatians reached in the finish of first frame what was 14-21. After triple by Zoran Planinic (198-G-82), Croatia reached plus 12 at the beginning of the second frame. During this period the Boomers touched minus 8 but Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and his teammates immediately answered creating 16-6 run. Nothing has changed after the half time. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) and David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) were the only ones who tried to do something more in Australia but it was not enough for their team today. Croatia succeeded to extended lead even more in this frame setting the score on 52-73 at the one point of it. At the half way of the last quarter Croatia touched maximum advantage of 25 points.

Center Nikola Prkacin and Marko Banic (204-F-84) were the leading players for the winning side. They scored 16 points each but interesting in that Nikola Prkacin succeeded to do it having just 11 playing minutes. Marko Tomas (200-G-85) followed them with 12 points and 4 rebounds while Zoran Planinic also had 12 points but with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Australia got 13 points and 5 rebounds from Matt Nielsen. David Barlow was behind him with 12 points while NBAer Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) stopped on 10 points.
In the next round of the Olympic Games 2008, which will be played on Tuesday, Croatia will meet Russia. On the other side Australia will take on the defending champion Argentina.


Australia - Croatia 82-97
(14-21, 17-26, 22-26, 29-24)

Australia:
Matt Nielsen 13 (5 rebs), David Barlow 12, Andrew Bogut 10
Croatia: Nikola Prkacin 16, Marko Banic 16, Marko Tomas 12 (4 rebs), Zoran Planinic 12



Latvia dismantle Croatia for the 11th spot - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Croatia U20 94:70

Latvia finished the home U20 European Championship on a positive note. They beat Croatia to wrap up their campaign at the 11th spot. Janis Strelnieks (185-G-89) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 9 assists. Latvia used a storming first quarter to pile up a decisive lead in the game. Janis Strelnieks nailed 10 points in the starting frame and Latvia built a 28:13 advantage. Croatia cut the deficit to 4 points midway through the second term Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) and Rihards Kuksiks (197-F-88) closed the first half with back-to-back triples and Latvia went to the locker room leading by 12. Rihards Kuksiks, Kristaps Kanbergs and Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) all connected from downtown to give the hosts a 21-point advantage early in the third stanza. Latvia maintained the distance well and entered the fourth term ahead by 22 points. Croatia failed to reignite the intrigue in the game and had to surrender at the end. Kristaps Kanbergs knocked down 19 points for Latvia. Rolands Freimanis (208-F/C-88) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) secured 21 points for Croatia. Marino Sarlija (204-F/C-89) contributed 16 points in a losing effort. Latvia enjoyed a 34:29 advantage on the boards and converted solid 50% from the field.

Latvia U20: Janis Strelnieks 20, Kristaps Kanbergs 19, Rolands Freimanis 17
Croatia U20: Filip Kruslin 21, Marino Sarlija 16


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U20 EC, division B: Czechs beat Austria grabbing ninth position - by Eurobasket News
U20 Czech Republic - U20 Austria 82-57

Ninth place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures belongs to Czech Republic. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89), Tomas Pomikalek (201-F-89) and their teammates didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Austria in this decisive game. Austrians easily outplayed Norway on Saturday but this time they weren't able to handle motivated Czechs.

Interesting is that the Czechs had total domination under the basket. The fact that they finished the game having 55 boards matched with just 26 by Austria talks everything for itself. With that kind of difference in one of the most important basketball elements Austrians couldn't count on anything more than serious defeat. Jiri Slavik and Vojtech Hruban (197-F-89) started the game strongly which resulted with 13-5 for Czech Republic after just few minutes. During the couple of opening minutes in the second quarter Czechs extended their lead to 16 points, 26-12. Thanks to Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) Austria succeeded to stop its opponent on 'just' plus 12 at the half time. Nothing has changed for the rest of the game. Tomas Pomikalek joined Vojtech Hruban and Jiri Slavik while on the other side Lorenzo O'Neal and Maximilian Graf (191-F-88) were the only ones who tried to do something more for their team. Unfortunately to them, it was not enough for Austria, which was faced with 25-points defeat at the end.

Jiri Slavik was the key player for the winning side in this game. He drained 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for 31 minutes. Tomas Pomikalek also netted 18 points but with 4 rebounds while Vojtech Hruban scored 15 points missing only one board for double-double. Lorenzo O'Neal added 15 points for Austria while Maximilian Graf stopped on 12 points.


U20 Czech Republic - U20 Austria 82-57
(21-12, 25-22, 20-12, 16-11)

Czech Republic:
Jiri Slavik 18 (14 rebs), Tomas Pomikalek 18 (4 rebs), Vojtech Hruban 15 (9 rebs)
Austria: Lorenzo O'Neal 15, Maximilian Graf 12


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  ESTONIA   


U20 EC, division B: Bronze medal belongs to Sweden - by Eurobasket News
U20 Estonia - U20 Sweden 71-80

Despite yesterday's tight defeat against Belgium, Sweden succeeded to recover from it outplaying Estonia in the battle for third place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. On the other side Estonians have to be satisfied with position number four especially because they surprised everyone demonstrating pretty good performance on this event.

The biggest problem for Estonians today were turnovers as well as shot from behind the arc. They committed 18 mistakes in total shooting only 1 of 11 for 3-pts. After minus two in the first stanza, Sweden created 11-4 run taking five-point lead. The Swedish didn't give up and after Kiur Akenparg's (190-F-88) jump shot they tied the score on 39-39. At the beginning of the second half Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88) shined for Estonia helping his team to reach 50-45 in 25th minute. It was a sign for Kim Palmqvist (201-F-88) and Christian Koutras (189-G-88), which led 15-4 series heading into the last frame with plus 6. Question about the winner of the Bronze medal is resolved in few entering minutes of the last quarter. Sweden intensified defense which resulted with 8-1 run for 60-70. During the following five minutes Sweden kept its lead without any problems.

Kim Palmqvist paced Sweden to Bronze on U20 European Championship division B draining 20 points. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) followed him registering double-double 14 points and 10 boards while Carl Saks (197-G-89) stopped on 11 points. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) shined for the loosing side collecting 22 points and 4 rebounds. Margus Klementsov (169-G-89) finished the game adding 12 points and 6 boards while Rain Raadik (200-C-89) had 10 points and 8 rebounds.


U20 Estonia - U20 Sweden 71-80
(26-24, 13-17, 15-19, 17-20)

Estonia:
Illimar Pilk 22 (4 rebs), Margus Klementsov 12 (6 rebs), Rain Raadik 10 (8 rebs)
Sweden: Kim Palmqvist 20, Jeffery Taylor 14 (10 rebs), Carl Saks 11


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  FRANCE   


ProA Trades: The news of the week - by Chris Spiesser
Just before Cedric Banks, Orleans inked Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, college: Detroit Mercy) and Brian Greene (204-F-81, college: Colorado St.). The first will play in the paint after a season between Spain and Israel. For the Cantabria Lobos he posted 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg but got released in January. He jumped to Israel for tiny stats 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg in Haemek. The second recruit is well-known in France after having played the 2006/2007 season for the ASVEL (16.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg). Greene, who posted quite the same numbers in Koln last year, should be a good insurance at the 3/4 positions for coach Herve.

Toulon called Moustapha Sonko (192-G-72) back after one year of inactivity. The former french NT member played since 2000/2001 in Spain for Malaga, Real Madrid and a last experience in Etosa Alicante. He will provide his experience to the azurean team and will be a important piece for his first years coach, Alain Weisz.

Chalon hired two key players: Jerome Schmitt (205-C-81, agency: Octagon) and Dewayne Jefferson (191-G-79, college: Miss.Valley St.). The french center leaves Gravelines and will try to inflate his 7.1ppg and 4.7rpg with coach Beugnot. Jefferson comes from the Greek first where he nailed 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg in Patron but this team won only 3 games in 2007/2008.

Gravelines hired the ProB MVP, Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84, college: Massachusetts). The inside US player shouldn't face any trouble in the first league where he will try to get close to his 19.8ppg and 9.9rpg.

Dijon add an experienced PG to its roster with Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico). Last year, he posted 15.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg in the turkish league for Darussafaka.

Cholet and Michael Lee (206-F-86) agreed terms for the upcoming year. This small forward will have his first professional experience in the Mauges after his last NCAA season for St Bonaventure. He posted 17.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg in the Atlantic-10 conference which should be a good insurance in the french paint.


Abdoulaye Mbaye fires 45 points as France storm past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Ukraine U20 96:78

French U20 National Team wrapped up their European Chmapionship campaign with an impressive win over Ukraine. Abdoulaye MBaye (189-G-88) exploded with 45 points and led France to an overwhelming 96:78 victory. Thus France occupied the 7th overall spot at the tournament. Ukraine finished the championship with 2-5 record and grabbed the 8th spot in the final ladder. The teams rolled closely for three quarters before Abdoulaye MBaye put on a one-man show in the fourth term to leave Ukraine far behind. France got to a slightly better start to the game and a 6:0 run put them up by 10 late in the opening stanza. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) and Andriy Novikov (200-F-89) cut the deficit and France led by 8 points at the first intermission. A 13:5 surge from Ukraine at the start of the second stanza tied it all at 30. Ukraine soon jumped in front and maintained a narrow advantage for some time before French players crowned the half with 7 unanswered points to regain the lead at 44:39. The situation did not change radically in the third frame as France kept it in front and headed into the final period leading by 8 points. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) knocked down 10 points in the first half of the final stanza and Ukraine got as close as 3 points from their opponents. However Abdoulaye MBaye stepped up for France at the moment. He drilled 6 triples in the stretch of 4 minutes to ignite a 22:8 rally from France and literally brought victory to Les Bleus. Kim Tillie (206-F-88) added 17 points and 9 boards for France. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) contributed 16 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Sergiy Gladyr (196-G/F-89) had 15 points for Ukraine. Vadym Norenko (204-F-88) dropped 14 points in the loss.

France U20: Abdoulaye MBaye 45, Kim Tillie 17, Antoine Diot 16
Ukraine U20: Sergiy Gladyr 15, Vadym Norenko 14


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U20 EC, division B: Netherlands grabs seventh place, F.Y.R. of Macedonia eighth - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Netherlands 52-69

Netherlands had an easy job against F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the battle for seventh place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. Thus Macedonia, which had pretty good performance in the Preliminary Round suffering tight defeats against the finalists Germany and Belgium, ended this competition on position number eight.

Netherlands took control on its opponent form the early beginning. Except of quick 5-0 lead for Macedonia, Roeland Schaftenaar (213-F/C-88) and his teammates dominated during the entire time. Until the end of the first stanza they took care for 21-7 run heading into the second one with comfortable lead. Macedonians, through Marjan Janeski (203-F-88) and Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances), somehow succeeded to stop Netherlands on its way to create double-digit lead. It was successful until the last two minutes when Roeland Schaftenaar scored four consecutive points for 27-39 for his team. During the following ten minutes Macedonians weren't able to come any closer. Actually Jirian Roodheuvel (180-G-88) and Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89) joined Mattijs Hak (181-F-88) and Roeland Schaftenaar streatching Netherlands' lead to 42-58. At the moment it was clear that the game is already over for Macedonians.

Center Roeland Schaftenaar paced Netherlands to victory collecting 12 points and 9 boards. Interesting is the he was the only player with double figures for the winning team. Mattijs Hak, Ralf de Pagter and Jirian Roodheuvel followed him scoring 9 points each. Marjan Janeski was the top scorer for Macedonia with 15 points. Kiril Nikolovski contributed with 12 points and 8 boards for the loosing side.


F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Netherlands 52-69
(12-21, 15-18, 15-19, 10-11)

F.Y.R. of Macedonia:
Marjan Janeski 15, Kiril Nikolovski 12 (8 rebs)
Netherlands: Roeland Schaftenaar 12 (9 rebs), Mattijs Hak 9 (7 rebs), Ralf de Pagter 9, Jirian Roodheuvel 9


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  GERMANY   


U20 EC, division B: Germany outsmarts Belgium winning the Gold - by Eurobasket News
U20 Germany - U20 Belgium 110-102

Two teams which demonstrated the best performance on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures totally deserved met each other in the final. It was for sure the most exciting game of the entire tournament. Germany made fantastic result grabbing the Gold after two over times. On the other side Belgians also registered great success winning the Silver medal and at the same time, together with Germany, earned promotion to division A for the next European Championship.

Belgium showed much better performance at the early beginning taking 6-point lead after 5 minutes. They succeeded to keep it until the middle of the second period when Germany made 11-5 run tying the score on 41-41 before the half time. Situation totally changed after the breather as Germany was the team which created advantage of 5 points mostly owing to Elias Harris (200-F-89). Munda Hockins (188-G-88) and Thomas Dreesen (200-F-88, agency: Court Side) immediately answered taking care for 11-4 run grabbing two-points lead for their team before the last frame. At the end of regular time Germany had a chance to take this one but Munda Hockins made two free throws for 81-81 with 12 second remaining. At the very end of the first over time Kevin Schaffartzik (186-G-88) became a German hero as he drained a jump shot which gave his team a chance to fight for another 5 minutes. During the last two minutes of the second extra time Germany made fantastic 10-1 run grabbing the Gold in Targu Mures. It is important to be mentioned that Germany totally dominated in the paint having 17 boards more that its opponent.

This time Kevin Schaffartzik was the best player for the winning team. He shined when it was the most important netting 25 points for 25 minutes. Elias Harris helped him team adding 16 points and 4 rebounds while Robert Oehle (209-C-88) had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Thomas Dreesen showed the best performance in Belgium collecting 29 points and 4 rebounds. Munda Hockins registered 27 points and 5 boards but shooting just 4 of 11 from behind the arc. Olivier Troisfontaines (193-G/F-89) followed these two players finishing the game with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.


U20 Germany - U20 Belgium 110-102
(21-25, 20-16, 19-21, 21-19, 14-14, 15-7)

Germany:
Kevin Schaffartzik 25, Elias Harris 16 (4 rebs), Robert Oehle 10 (4 rebs)
Belgium: Thomas Dreesen 29 (4 rebs), Munda Hockins 27 (5 rebs), Olivier Troisfontaines 18 (7 rebs, 6 as)


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Voila National Standings
Division 1 Standings
 1. Giants 5-1 
 2. Exposant 5-1 
 3. Topaz 4-2 
 4. ASBA 4-2 
 5. Bazooka 3-3 
 6. Bota's House 2-4 
 7. Ninja 1-5 
 8. Dynamic 0-6 


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  HOLLAND   


U20 EC, division B: Netherlands grabs seventh place, F.Y.R. of Macedonia eighth - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Netherlands 52-69

Netherlands had an easy job against F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the battle for seventh place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. Thus Macedonia, which had pretty good performance in the Preliminary Round suffering tight defeats against the finalists Germany and Belgium, ended this competition on position number eight.

Netherlands took control on its opponent form the early beginning. Except of quick 5-0 lead for Macedonia, Roeland Schaftenaar (213-F/C-88) and his teammates dominated during the entire time. Until the end of the first stanza they took care for 21-7 run heading into the second one with comfortable lead. Macedonians, through Marjan Janeski (203-F-88) and Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances), somehow succeeded to stop Netherlands on its way to create double-digit lead. It was successful until the last two minutes when Roeland Schaftenaar scored four consecutive points for 27-39 for his team. During the following ten minutes Macedonians weren't able to come any closer. Actually Jirian Roodheuvel (180-G-88) and Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89) joined Mattijs Hak (181-F-88) and Roeland Schaftenaar streatching Netherlands' lead to 42-58. At the moment it was clear that the game is already over for Macedonians.

Center Roeland Schaftenaar paced Netherlands to victory collecting 12 points and 9 boards. Interesting is the he was the only player with double figures for the winning team. Mattijs Hak, Ralf de Pagter and Jirian Roodheuvel followed him scoring 9 points each. Marjan Janeski was the top scorer for Macedonia with 15 points. Kiril Nikolovski contributed with 12 points and 8 boards for the loosing side.


F.Y.R. of Macedonia - U20 Netherlands 52-69
(12-21, 15-18, 15-19, 10-11)

F.Y.R. of Macedonia:
Marjan Janeski 15, Kiril Nikolovski 12 (8 rebs)
Netherlands: Roeland Schaftenaar 12 (9 rebs), Mattijs Hak 9 (7 rebs), Ralf de Pagter 9, Jirian Roodheuvel 9


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  HONG KONG   


Hong Kong U-18 is ready - by Cheung Suet-pan
Hong Kong High School All-Star Team made the new history as finishing fouth in the China National High School Basketball Copetition (South) hosted in Changsha Hunan at March 2008, meanwhile the key player of the Hogh school all-stars power forward Zhou Kin-wan will again lead the Hong Kong U-18 team to compete in Asian U-18 Men Basketball Championship in Tehran by 26th August.

Hong Kong High School All-Star Team was defeated 50:77 in the second runner-up game, defeated by Lin Hai Hui Pu School at 10th March. And before this, Hong Kong High School All-Star Team was defeated by the semi-final defeat against the later Champion Shu De School from Chengdu, Sichuan.

The most remarkable result of this tournament was the victory over Pu Tian Second School from Fujian. 17years old Divison 1 On-ching power forward Zhou Kin-wan (194cm, 90kg) scoerd two consecutive three pointers at the forth quarter, helping the team won by 79:69. Besides Zhou, players as Chen Chun-wai and Lo Hong-leuk were excellent perfrming in the paint.

Before the Asian U-18 Men Basketball Championship, Zhou was one of the young players pacticipated in the Nike summer camp in Guangzhou Canton, where he got few true lessons from NBA player Andre Iguodala.


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  HUNGARY   


U20 EC, division B: Norway edges Hungary for eleventh place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Hungary - U20 Norway 77-96

Norway was too strong for Hungary in decisive Classification Game for 11th place. As a reminder Norway suffered defeat against Austria on Saturday, what was the reason why Norwegians didn't fight for position number nine on U20 European Championship division B in Romania.

The key fact of this comfortable victory by Norway for sure is more than solid stroke from behind the arc as well as for FG2. Norwegians made 15 of 28 attempts for 3-pts what is 53.6%. They also had 24/36 for FG2, 66.7%. Interesting is that Hungary played this game without attitude as Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) and his teammates scored many easy points. They had only 5 free throws during the entire time, which talks for itself about Hungary's defense. The official host in this game showed better performance in the first quarter but it was everything from them today. Norway had furious second stanza and through Terrence Oglesby, Anders Stien (194-G-90) and Christian Hinsch (188-G-88, agency: Court Side) ended it 14-29. Game is decided in third period when Norway stretched its lead to 58-76.

The leading scorer of the competition Terrence Oglesby once again shined for Norway scoring 22 points. Anders Stien also was good with 18 points while Christian Hinsch had two points less than him. Gyorgy Polya (195-G-88) was the best in Hungary adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Balint Horti (206-F/C-89) registered double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds while Gergely Toth (206-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) followed him with 14 points and 4 rebounds.


U20 Hungary - U20 Norway 77-96
(28-21, 14-29, 16-26, 19-20)

Hungary:
Gyorgy Polya 19 (6 rebs), Balint Horti 17 (11 rebs), Gergely Toth 14 (4 rebs)
Norway: Terrence Oglesby 22, Anders Stien 18, Christian Hinsch 16


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  IRELAND   


U20 EC, division B: Great Britain outplays Ireland for 15th place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Great Britain - U20 Ireland 88-55

In the battle for position number 15 on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures Great Britain was too strong for Ireland for the second time on this event. As a reminder these two teams met each other in the first game of Classification Round when Great Britain registered easy 84-66 win. The same scenario happened again as this time the British took it even easier.

Ireland didn't succeed it improve rebounding as well as a ball handling during the entire tournament. This time they were outrebounded once again buy its rivals. The Irish also committed 21 turnovers what is too much for one single game. On the other side Great Britain also didn't have such a brilliant day but it was enough for more than comfortable victory at the end. In the first ten minutes the British already created double-digit lead. After Matthew Bryan-Amaning (206-F-88) lay-up, Great Britain touched 31-17 in 14th minute. Situation on the court didn't change after the half time as Great Britain was the team which dominated. At the half way of third stanza Great Britain created 12-2 run 57-35. It seemed that Ireland gave up after that moment which made this job even easier for the British.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning led his team to victory adding 14 points and 4 assists. He was the best scorer of his team during the entire championship averaging 16.9 ppg. At the same time he is the top rebounder of Great Britain grabbing 7.3 rpg. Benjamin Allison (201-F-88) followed him in this game scoring 12 points while Ifeanyichukwu Ochereobia (196-F-89) and Morakinyo Williams (205-C-88) had 11 points each. The loosing side got 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists from Cian Nihill (193-G-88).


U20 Great Britain - U20 Ireland 88-55
(23-13, 22-18, 16-14, 27-10)

Great Britain:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning 14 (4 as), Benjamin Allison 12, Ifeanyichukwu Ochereobia 11 (5 rebs), Morakinyo Williams 11 (4 rebs)
Ireland: Cian Nihill 13 (4 rebs, 4 as)


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  ISRAEL   


Russia occupy 9th spot in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Israel U20 83:67

Russian U20 National Team finished the European Championship in Riga with victory. They defeated Israel to earn the 9th spot in the final ladder. Alexey Shved (196-G-88) knocked down 23 points and issued 6 assists to pace Russia. Anton Shoutvin (205-C/F-89) topscored for Israel with 13 points. Russia surged ahead early in the game and maintained the advantage throughout the action. Alexey Shved nailed 6 points in a 13:4 run from Russia as they built a 20:11 lead midway through the first stanza. The first term ended with a 24:17 Russian advantage and they stretched the margin to 14 points early in the second quarter. Asante Asare and Oded Brandwein (188-G-88, agency: Ronsport) teamed up for 8 straight points to trim the deficit to 3 points with 2 minutes to go in the half. However Russia answered with an 11:0 rally to establish a 44:30 advantage at the interval. Artem Yakovenko (206-G/F-88) and Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) ensured the distance would grow to 22 points in the third quarter. Israel never rebounded and suffered a stunning loss at the end. Ilya Syrovatko knocked down 22 points and pulled down 7 boards for Russia. Artem Yakovenko chipped in 15 points for the winners. Gal Mekel (195-G-88) came up with 12 points for Israel in defeat.

Russia U20: Alexey Shved 23, Ilya Syrovatko 22, Artem Yakovenko 15
Israel U20: Anton Shoutvin 13, Gal Mekel 12


Champions Holon gets Withers - by Yehonatan Eliahu
Israeli Winner League champions, Hapoel Holon, signed Forward Curtis Withers (203-F-84, college: Charlotte) as it's new foreigner for the upcoming season. Withers is the first foreigner to sign with Holon, who suffered a great decrease in it's budget after the departure of coach and owner Miki Dorsman. Withers will join the brand new Israeli core of the team and will be the starting Power. A graduate at Charlotte College, Withers went undrafted and spent the past two years playing in two different teams in Turkey, Alpela and Beykozpor. Last season he averaged 12.5 and 8 rebounds for game. Holon will now look for more foreigners to complete it's roster.

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Last market news - by Gianni Pascucci
Pallacanestro Cantu officially announced the agreement with Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada). Snaidero Udine agreed to terms with Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy). Armani Jeans Milano announced the signing of Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington), with a 1 + 1 agreement. Sebastiani Rieti confirmed in roster ARG-ITA Nelson Ingles (180-G-75, agency: Interperformances) and signed local player Diego Grillo (188-G-87). Eldo JuveCaserta should annonce soon the signing of Ron Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee). In Lega 2, Crabs Rimini Basket signed Polish Tomasz Kesicki and USA Chris McCray (195-G-84, college: Maryland). Pallacanestro Roseto 1946 inked J.R. Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: George Washington)

Vladimir Dasic leads Montenegro to the fifth spot in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Italy U20 79:63

Montenegrin U20 National team secured the fifth-spot finish in the first European Championship for the team. Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) once again confirmed his topscorer status as he notched 26 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegro held off Italy in their final outing in Riga yesterday. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) was active in the first period to give Italy an 11:6 lead. However Vladimir Dasic completed his first-frame 14-point tally and Montenegro surged in front 18:16. Montenegro capped the first half with a 14:4 rally to accumulate a 47:29 advantage at halftime. Back-to-back triples from Milos Durisic (194-G-88) and Vranjes allowed Montenegro to enjoy a 22-point lead midway through the third stanza. The Balkan team breezed to the victory in the fourth quarter and celebrated the fifth place at the end. Vranjes knocked down 17 points for Montenegro. Milos Durisic added 11 points for the winners. Pietro Aradori topscored with 19 points for Italy. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G-88, agency: Players Group) had 9 points in a losing case. The teams were equally matched on the boards. Montenegro converted solid 49% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 42% accuracy. Italy also committed 24 turnovers in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Vladimir Dasic 26, Vranjes 17, Milos Durisic 11
Italy U20: Pietro Aradori 19, Giancarlo Ferrero 9


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  IVORY COAST   


FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifiers: Nigeria leads CIV to Libya - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria senior men national team, DTigers Saturday posted a 73-48 points victory over Togo to come top of FIBA Africa Zone-3 with seventh points from four matches.

Though the Nigerian side share the same point with host Cote dIvoire but came first on technical ground after beating the Ivories by 65-55 points in their first meeting while it lost by 58-52 in the reverse fixture.

The last match against the Togolese on Saturday was played by the nine home-base players led by stand-in captain, Abdulrahman Mohammed after the three foreign base players left for Nigeria Friday after helping the country to book a place at the 25th FIBA Africa Championship for Men next year.

Nigeria ranked 22nd in the world and second in Africa took a narrow 30-27 points lead into the third quarter but blew out the Togolese in the second stanza scoring a whopping 43 points in the third and fourth quarters.

The Coach Ayo Bakare tutored side will return to Nigeria Monday aboard a Bellview Airline.

Former Nigeria national team captain and newly assistant coach of the nations U18 men team Lateef Folami applauded the performance of the team for doing the country proud in Yamoussoukro.

It is a good thing that Nigeria is returning to the big stage once again after a brief setback, I must congratulate the technical crew led by my former boss Ayo Bakare and the players for a job well-done.

I hope their victories will rub-off on all our national engagement this year, Folami said.
Daniel Daudu (183-G-89)
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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  LATVIA   


Latvia dismantle Croatia for the 11th spot - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Croatia U20 94:70

Latvia finished the home U20 European Championship on a positive note. They beat Croatia to wrap up their campaign at the 11th spot. Janis Strelnieks (185-G-89) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 9 assists. Latvia used a storming first quarter to pile up a decisive lead in the game. Janis Strelnieks nailed 10 points in the starting frame and Latvia built a 28:13 advantage. Croatia cut the deficit to 4 points midway through the second term Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) and Rihards Kuksiks (197-F-88) closed the first half with back-to-back triples and Latvia went to the locker room leading by 12. Rihards Kuksiks, Kristaps Kanbergs and Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) all connected from downtown to give the hosts a 21-point advantage early in the third stanza. Latvia maintained the distance well and entered the fourth term ahead by 22 points. Croatia failed to reignite the intrigue in the game and had to surrender at the end. Kristaps Kanbergs knocked down 19 points for Latvia. Rolands Freimanis (208-F/C-88) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) secured 21 points for Croatia. Marino Sarlija (204-F/C-89) contributed 16 points in a losing effort. Latvia enjoyed a 34:29 advantage on the boards and converted solid 50% from the field.

Latvia U20: Janis Strelnieks 20, Kristaps Kanbergs 19, Rolands Freimanis 17
Croatia U20: Filip Kruslin 21, Marino Sarlija 16


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  LITHUANIA   


Serbia defend their title in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Lithuania U20 96:89

Serbian U20 National Team scored an emphatic win over Lithuania yesterday to earn the European Championship title for the third straight year. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) stepped up for Serbia as they held off Lithuania in a thrilling Final in Riga. Milan Macvan finished the game with 31 points and Serbia ran away with a narrow win at the end. Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) added 14 points and 13 boards for the winners. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament after the clash. The game lived up to the highest expectations. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening stanza. The frame saw 12 lead changes before Petar Despotovic (195-G-88) made it 29:27 for Serbia at the end. Marjanovic and Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) stretched the margin to 6 points midway through the second stanza. Then Milan Macvan and Jeremic hit a bunch of free throws to open a double-digit lead for Serbian team. Serbia finished the first half strongly with Milan Macvan completing his 20-point haul and the Balkan side was in charge 53:42 at halftime. Lithuania however stayed at a striking distance throughout the third quarter and headed into the final term trailing by just 7 points. Lithuania went on a 13:7 rally in the starting minutes of the fourth period to cut the deficit to a single point. Miroslav Raduljica came up big with straight baskets for Serbia to give them some breathing room. Marko Keselj and Petar Despotovic later extended the margin to 10 points with 39 seconds left. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (190-G-89) dropped buzzer beating trey but it was just too late for Lithuania as they lost the battle. Marko Keselj scored 20 points for the winners. Donatas Motiejunas (214-C-90) and Martynas Gecevicius (194-G-88) knocked down 16 points apiece for Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas added 13 points in a loss.

Serbia U20: Milan Macvan 31, Marko Keselj 14+13 boards, Miroslav Raduljica 14+13 boards
Lithuania U20: Donatas Motiejunas 16, Martynas Gecevicius 16


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  MONTENEGRO   


Vladimir Dasic leads Montenegro to the fifth spot in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Italy U20 79:63

Montenegrin U20 National team secured the fifth-spot finish in the first European Championship for the team. Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) once again confirmed his topscorer status as he notched 26 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegro held off Italy in their final outing in Riga yesterday. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) was active in the first period to give Italy an 11:6 lead. However Vladimir Dasic completed his first-frame 14-point tally and Montenegro surged in front 18:16. Montenegro capped the first half with a 14:4 rally to accumulate a 47:29 advantage at halftime. Back-to-back triples from Milos Durisic (194-G-88) and Vranjes allowed Montenegro to enjoy a 22-point lead midway through the third stanza. The Balkan team breezed to the victory in the fourth quarter and celebrated the fifth place at the end. Vranjes knocked down 17 points for Montenegro. Milos Durisic added 11 points for the winners. Pietro Aradori topscored with 19 points for Italy. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G-88, agency: Players Group) had 9 points in a losing case. The teams were equally matched on the boards. Montenegro converted solid 49% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 42% accuracy. Italy also committed 24 turnovers in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Vladimir Dasic 26, Vranjes 17, Milos Durisic 11
Italy U20: Pietro Aradori 19, Giancarlo Ferrero 9


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  NBA   


Olympic Games: Dwyane Wade and LeBron James too strong for China - by Eurobasket News
USA - China 101-70

USA started the Olympic Games 2008 in style. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and their teammates registered an easy victory against the hosts China. As a reminder, except of these two teams Spain, Germany, Greece and Angola are also placed into the Preliminary Group B.

Chinese showed pretty good performance at the early beginning. They made four triples in the first few minutes which resulted with quick 7-11. It was a sign for USA, which immediately answered with 9-0 run. Beginning of the second frame belonged to USA. After basket from the paint by Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85), USA grabbed 7-point lead. Chinese didn't give up and after successful shot form behind the arc by Sun Yue (6'9''-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane), China tied the score on 29-29. However, mostly owing to Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), USA succeeded to grab big plus 12 until the half time. After the breather USA took full control on its opponent. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James joined Kobe Bryant which resulted with impressive 25-11 in third frame. The rest of the game was just a formality as USA played as much as it needed to keep comfortable lead.

USA got the most points from Dwyane Wade, who stopped on 19. LeBron James also showed wonderful performance collecting 18 points and 6 boards for almost 25 minutes. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard helped their team draining 13 points each. Chinese superstar Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) registered double-double adding 13 pointsa and 10 rebounds for 31 minutes. Zhu Fangyu (6'7''-F-83) followed him with 11 points and 8 rebounds while Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) had 9 points. In the next round of the Olympics USA will meet Angola while China will play against Spain.


USA - China 101-70
(20-16, 29-21, 25-11, 27-22)

USA:
Dwyane Wade 19, LeBron James 18 (6 rebs), Kobe Bryant 13, Dwight Howard 13
China: Ming Yao 13 (10 rebs), Zhu Fangyu 11 (8 rebs), Jianlian Yi 9


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EXCLUSIVE Interview with NZ Junior Tall Black Richie Edwards - by Kahn Hart

Kahn Hart of Australiabasket.com spoke with up and coming New Zealand basketball player Justin Edwards (197-F-90) (Also known as Richie) about his current experience playing for Lakeland Senior High School in Florida, USA and for the Miami Tropics in the AAU. After playing most of his basketball in Christchurch, New Zealand for Middleton Grange High School and for various New Zealand age group teams, Richie returned to his birth country the United States to further his basketball career and it has been so far so good for the young wing player. He was named First Team All-State in Florida and has been ranked as the 25th rated small forward prospect in the class of 2009 by recruiting services scout.com and rivals.com. Richie is heading into his senior season with his stock improving day by day and will highly likely be New Zealand's next player to sign with an elite division one college since current New Zealand Breakers players Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and Thomas Abercrombie (198-G-87, college: Washington St.).


For those who have not had the chance to see you play how would you describe your game?
Richie- I would describe my game as a scorer, I get the job done on the offensive end of the court

You played most of your basketball in new zealand but you are american by birth, which players did you model your game after growing up?
Richie- When I was coming up I modeled my game after Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) and I still do! I watched him in college and I still try and watch his game so I can learn from him because he is one of the best scorers in the NBA

Can you tell us about your current basketball situtation with high school and aau ball?
Richie- Well I have one year of high school basketball left at Lakeland Senior High School and with AAU I finished up last week in Las Vegas at the Main Event tournament

How different has it been playing high school ball in Florida as opposed to back in New Zealand?
Richie- The game is loved a lot more over here, people are excited about basketball season, people come to the games and surpport us! Where in New Zealand there isn't that much love for the game i feel! As far as playing the game it is much quicker and fast paced and more competion out here

You have recieved quite a bit of exposure through recruiting services and were named all state in Florida, what kind of accolades are you aiming for this season?
Richie-To be player of the year in my state and win a state championship!

You have been recruited by some big colleges such as Miami, FL, Iowa and Illinois, are you leaning towards any schools in particular?
Richie-No not yet I have just got to see what each one is talking about and make the decision on what feels the best for me and my family

What are the main things you looking for in a college?
Richie- A good environment and a place where I can grow as a player and as a person, also somewhere I can come in and make an impact as a freshman

Back in 2005 you played with Dion Prewster in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival at a young age, how was that experience?
Richie- That tournament was great for me as a young player, playing against players who got drafted recently and players that have been in the league for a year now it was just was great for myself and Dion

What are the main aspects of your game you are working on this off season?
Richie- My ball handling and my jumper, I've always got to work on my shot, so those are the two big ones

What are your goals for the next couple of years?
Richie-To have a good college career and hopefully that will put me in a place to further my playing career professionally

Thanks for your time Richie, all the best for next season.
Richie- Thank you for your time!



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  NIGERIA   


FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifiers: Nigeria leads CIV to Libya - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria senior men national team, DTigers Saturday posted a 73-48 points victory over Togo to come top of FIBA Africa Zone-3 with seventh points from four matches.

Though the Nigerian side share the same point with host Cote dIvoire but came first on technical ground after beating the Ivories by 65-55 points in their first meeting while it lost by 58-52 in the reverse fixture.

The last match against the Togolese on Saturday was played by the nine home-base players led by stand-in captain, Abdulrahman Mohammed after the three foreign base players left for Nigeria Friday after helping the country to book a place at the 25th FIBA Africa Championship for Men next year.

Nigeria ranked 22nd in the world and second in Africa took a narrow 30-27 points lead into the third quarter but blew out the Togolese in the second stanza scoring a whopping 43 points in the third and fourth quarters.

The Coach Ayo Bakare tutored side will return to Nigeria Monday aboard a Bellview Airline.

Former Nigeria national team captain and newly assistant coach of the nations U18 men team Lateef Folami applauded the performance of the team for doing the country proud in Yamoussoukro.

It is a good thing that Nigeria is returning to the big stage once again after a brief setback, I must congratulate the technical crew led by my former boss Ayo Bakare and the players for a job well-done.

I hope their victories will rub-off on all our national engagement this year, Folami said.
Daniel Daudu (183-G-89)
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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  NORWAY   


U20 EC, division B: Norway edges Hungary for eleventh place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Hungary - U20 Norway 77-96

Norway was too strong for Hungary in decisive Classification Game for 11th place. As a reminder Norway suffered defeat against Austria on Saturday, what was the reason why Norwegians didn't fight for position number nine on U20 European Championship division B in Romania.

The key fact of this comfortable victory by Norway for sure is more than solid stroke from behind the arc as well as for FG2. Norwegians made 15 of 28 attempts for 3-pts what is 53.6%. They also had 24/36 for FG2, 66.7%. Interesting is that Hungary played this game without attitude as Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) and his teammates scored many easy points. They had only 5 free throws during the entire time, which talks for itself about Hungary's defense. The official host in this game showed better performance in the first quarter but it was everything from them today. Norway had furious second stanza and through Terrence Oglesby, Anders Stien (194-G-90) and Christian Hinsch (188-G-88, agency: Court Side) ended it 14-29. Game is decided in third period when Norway stretched its lead to 58-76.

The leading scorer of the competition Terrence Oglesby once again shined for Norway scoring 22 points. Anders Stien also was good with 18 points while Christian Hinsch had two points less than him. Gyorgy Polya (195-G-88) was the best in Hungary adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Balint Horti (206-F/C-89) registered double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds while Gergely Toth (206-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) followed him with 14 points and 4 rebounds.


U20 Hungary - U20 Norway 77-96
(28-21, 14-29, 16-26, 19-20)

Hungary:
Gyorgy Polya 19 (6 rebs), Balint Horti 17 (11 rebs), Gergely Toth 14 (4 rebs)
Norway: Terrence Oglesby 22, Anders Stien 18, Christian Hinsch 16


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Croatia1-0
2. Lithuania1-0
3. Russia1-0
4. Iran0-1
5. Argentina0-1
6. Australia0-1
Group B
1. Spain1-0
2. Germany1-0
3. USA1-0
4. Greece0-1
5. Angola0-1
6. China0-1


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  POLAND   


Polish transfer - by Michal Falkowski
Kotwica Kolobrzeg announced the signing of two new players and extending a contract with another from the last season.
These two of new faces in the club have had some experiences from pasts seasons in DBE. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Holy Cross), who played in Besancon Basket Comte Doubs last time, was a member of Polpak Swiecie in the 2006/2007 season while David Przybyszewski (215-C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) had just played in Atlas Stal Ostrow (last season) and Polpak (three seasons ago) too. Moreover he is a graduate from Venderbilt University.
When it comes to the third acquisition Canadian player Sefton Barrett (198-G/F-83, college: Cent.Michigan) has already extended his deal for one season more. Last season in Kolobrzeg was the first in Barretts professional career after NCAA. He was averaging 6,4 ppg. and 1,7 rpg.

Asco Slask Wroclaw has broken off the contract with two basketballers. From now on Kemal Avdic (204-F-88) and Branislav Jancikin (198-G-86) are free agents. Jancikin has been playing in Slask since 2006, last season averaging 1,5 ppg. Avdic had signatured his deal before the last season, but he performed in only one game scoring no points.

Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn joined Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) to its roster. American can play as power forward or center. Latale he has finished his university adventure, noting 7 ppg. and 5.6 rpg. for Missouri. He had hoped to take part in NBA draft, but this situation never happened.


U20 EC, division B: Poland cruises past Slovakia for 13th place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Poland - U20 Slovak Republic 82-58

Poland succeeded to celebrate in the last two games on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures and to reach position number 13. The Poles beat Great Britain on Saturday and this time they were better than Slovakia. Interesting is that both defeated teams finished their games with 58 points. On the other side Polish digits were very similar as on Saturday it was 79 and this time three points more than that.

Poland dominated against Slovakia form the early beginning. Mostly owing to Adam Waczynski (198-F-89) and Michal Nowakowski (199-F-88), Slovakia had 11-point lead at the end of the opening stanza. After jump shot by Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Poland touched plus 15 in 14th minute. At the last Slovaka's possession in the first half Andrej Irecky (198-F-88) made a lay-up setting the score on 37-24. After almost leveled third frame, Poland put into the fifth gear during the last ten minutes. Adam Waczynski, Michal Nowakowski and Dardan Berisha led 12-3 run for their team setting the margin on 21 points. Slovakia was hopeless to do anything until the end but to commit huge 24-point defeat.

Adam Waczynski paced Poland to win scoring 25 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Michal Nowakowski and Patryk Pelka (201-F-89) also shined for Poland netting 16 points each. Juraj Hasan (199-C-89) was the only player is Slovekia who was in a game mood. He added 19 points and 6 boards while the first one who followed him was Andrej Irecky with just 9 points.


U20 Poland - U20 Slovak Republic 82-58
(19-8, 18-16, 21-20, 24-14)

Poland:
Adam Waczynski 25 (5 rebs), Michal Nowakowski 16 (5 rebs), Patryk Pelka 16 (4 rebs)
Slovak Republic: Juraj Hasan 19 (6 rebs), Andrej Irecky 9


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  PORTUGAL   


U20 EC, division B: Nicoara and Moldoveanu lead Romania to fifth place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Romania - U20 Portugal 86-83

The host of U20 European Championship division B Romania ended it on position number five. Romanians were better than Portugal, which will have to be satisfied with sixth place. Portuguese couldn't find a solution how to stop Romanian killing tandem Titus Nicoara (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) - Vlad Moldoveanu (210-C-88).

Romanian big guys had full control under the basket. They grabbed 15 offensive plus 22 defensive rebounds while Portugal had just 19 in total. At the same time Romania had pretty good 62.5% for FG2 and perfect 9 of 9 from the free throw line. Portuguese showed slightly better performance during the first 15 minutes. They touched plus 6 at the beginning of the second frame but Titus Nicoara and Vlad Moldoveanu very soon tied the score on 33-33. Romanians opened the second half strongly creating 9-0 run. It was 56-46 in 24th minute. At the end of this period Fabio Lima (196-C-88) and Jose Silva (194-F-89) answered with 9-2 series coming on minus 2 before the last frame. Game is decided in the last two minutes. On 84-83 for Romania, Portugal missed three jump shots and committed one turnover. Romanians also weren't concentrated in its two possessions but finally with 7 second to go Vlad Moldoveanu netted two FTs resolving question about the winner.

As it was almost the entire tournament, Titus Nicoara once again was the best player in Romania netting 33 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for 34 minutes. Vlad Moldoveanu followed him collecting 16 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. On the other side Jose Silva was the top scorer in Portugal with 20 points. Fabio Lima had 16 points and 7 boards while Fernando Sico (202-F/C-88) stopped on 15 points and 4 rebounds.


U20 Romania - U20 Portugal 86-83
(20-23, 27-23, 19-18, 20-19)

Romania:
Titus Nicoara 33 (12 rebs), Vlad Moldoveanu 16 (7 rebs, 6 as)
Portugal: Jose Silva 20, Fabio Lima 16 (7 rebs), Fernando Sico 15 (4 rebs)


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  PUERTO RICO   


Melendez signed in Mexico - by Alessandro Fontana
Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) will play in Mexico season. Tecos de Gadalajara signed him with a year contract. Melendez arrived today in Mexico to join the team of Tecos.
Ricardo Melendez played last season in Puerto Rico with Criollos de Caguas and in Venezuela with Gaiteros de Zulia.
Melendez in Puerto Rico had a good season. In Caguas He played 32 games with 22.1ppg (50% 2pts, 40% 3pts, 83% FT) 2.5apg, 2.4 rpg.
In Mexico, there will pay three Boricuas next season, Melendez with Tecos Guadalajara, David Cortes with Dorados and Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) with Fuerza Regia Monterrey.
A. Fontana


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  ROMANIA   


U20 EC, division B: Nicoara and Moldoveanu lead Romania to fifth place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Romania - U20 Portugal 86-83

The host of U20 European Championship division B Romania ended it on position number five. Romanians were better than Portugal, which will have to be satisfied with sixth place. Portuguese couldn't find a solution how to stop Romanian killing tandem Titus Nicoara (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) - Vlad Moldoveanu (210-C-88).

Romanian big guys had full control under the basket. They grabbed 15 offensive plus 22 defensive rebounds while Portugal had just 19 in total. At the same time Romania had pretty good 62.5% for FG2 and perfect 9 of 9 from the free throw line. Portuguese showed slightly better performance during the first 15 minutes. They touched plus 6 at the beginning of the second frame but Titus Nicoara and Vlad Moldoveanu very soon tied the score on 33-33. Romanians opened the second half strongly creating 9-0 run. It was 56-46 in 24th minute. At the end of this period Fabio Lima (196-C-88) and Jose Silva (194-F-89) answered with 9-2 series coming on minus 2 before the last frame. Game is decided in the last two minutes. On 84-83 for Romania, Portugal missed three jump shots and committed one turnover. Romanians also weren't concentrated in its two possessions but finally with 7 second to go Vlad Moldoveanu netted two FTs resolving question about the winner.

As it was almost the entire tournament, Titus Nicoara once again was the best player in Romania netting 33 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for 34 minutes. Vlad Moldoveanu followed him collecting 16 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. On the other side Jose Silva was the top scorer in Portugal with 20 points. Fabio Lima had 16 points and 7 boards while Fernando Sico (202-F/C-88) stopped on 15 points and 4 rebounds.


U20 Romania - U20 Portugal 86-83
(20-23, 27-23, 19-18, 20-19)

Romania:
Titus Nicoara 33 (12 rebs), Vlad Moldoveanu 16 (7 rebs, 6 as)
Portugal: Jose Silva 20, Fabio Lima 16 (7 rebs), Fernando Sico 15 (4 rebs)


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  RUSSIA   


Russia occupy 9th spot in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Israel U20 83:67

Russian U20 National Team finished the European Championship in Riga with victory. They defeated Israel to earn the 9th spot in the final ladder. Alexey Shved (196-G-88) knocked down 23 points and issued 6 assists to pace Russia. Anton Shoutvin (205-C/F-89) topscored for Israel with 13 points. Russia surged ahead early in the game and maintained the advantage throughout the action. Alexey Shved nailed 6 points in a 13:4 run from Russia as they built a 20:11 lead midway through the first stanza. The first term ended with a 24:17 Russian advantage and they stretched the margin to 14 points early in the second quarter. Asante Asare and Oded Brandwein (188-G-88, agency: Ronsport) teamed up for 8 straight points to trim the deficit to 3 points with 2 minutes to go in the half. However Russia answered with an 11:0 rally to establish a 44:30 advantage at the interval. Artem Yakovenko (206-G/F-88) and Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) ensured the distance would grow to 22 points in the third quarter. Israel never rebounded and suffered a stunning loss at the end. Ilya Syrovatko knocked down 22 points and pulled down 7 boards for Russia. Artem Yakovenko chipped in 15 points for the winners. Gal Mekel (195-G-88) came up with 12 points for Israel in defeat.

Russia U20: Alexey Shved 23, Ilya Syrovatko 22, Artem Yakovenko 15
Israel U20: Anton Shoutvin 13, Gal Mekel 12


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  SEBL   


Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 10-1 
 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 11-0 
 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 8-4 
 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 10-1 
 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 


North Metro & Summer Hill to vie for City Conference Title... - by David Archer

Aug. 10th 4:30pm City Conference B-League CHAMPIONSHIP...

W#1 North Metro 90 vs. E#1 Summer Hill 87

Fri. Aug. 8th @ JH Morgan Gym: Final Four...

E#1 Summer Hill 83 W#2 Sixers 76... The Sixers exploded out to a 12-0 lead to start the game behind eight quick points by Demetrius Metcalf. Summer Hill looked out of sorts and unprepared for the intensity. Still down 16-4, Summer Hill began to wake up


W#1 North Metro 67 W#2 Cedartown 61...

Tue. Aug. 5th @ JH Morgan Gym: City Conference Quarter-Finals...

E#3 Owen FH 68 vs. E#2 BC Sixers 94
W#3 Dalton WSC 61 vs W#2 Cedartown 79
E#4 AWU-Howren 56 vs. E#1 Summer Hill 92
W#4 Knicks-2 54 vs. W#1 North Metro 107

Mon. Aug. 4th @ JH Morgan Gym: Play-in Games...


E#5 Polk 55 vs. E#4 AWU-Howren 69
W#5 Rockmart 63 vs. W#4 BC Knicks-2 72




http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=271385&tclass=2008%20SEBL%20City%20B%2DLeague%20Championship%20Tournament



Speedboys shoot down Skyline, ServPro-1 gets back to the Finals! - by David Archer
#s#
#e#5


Kelley


Spivey


Cox


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

#2 Seed 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 in the first half. The two teams traded leads in the second half. Marietta went cold from the perimeter. 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. 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 L.T. Jefferson's 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 (6'4''-G) 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!

S#1 Seed Atlanta Speedboys 133 vs. N#3 ServPro-1 127 (double-OT)


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  SERBIA   


Serbia defend their title in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Lithuania U20 96:89

Serbian U20 National Team scored an emphatic win over Lithuania yesterday to earn the European Championship title for the third straight year. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) stepped up for Serbia as they held off Lithuania in a thrilling Final in Riga. Milan Macvan finished the game with 31 points and Serbia ran away with a narrow win at the end. Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) added 14 points and 13 boards for the winners. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament after the clash. The game lived up to the highest expectations. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening stanza. The frame saw 12 lead changes before Petar Despotovic (195-G-88) made it 29:27 for Serbia at the end. Marjanovic and Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) stretched the margin to 6 points midway through the second stanza. Then Milan Macvan and Jeremic hit a bunch of free throws to open a double-digit lead for Serbian team. Serbia finished the first half strongly with Milan Macvan completing his 20-point haul and the Balkan side was in charge 53:42 at halftime. Lithuania however stayed at a striking distance throughout the third quarter and headed into the final term trailing by just 7 points. Lithuania went on a 13:7 rally in the starting minutes of the fourth period to cut the deficit to a single point. Miroslav Raduljica came up big with straight baskets for Serbia to give them some breathing room. Marko Keselj and Petar Despotovic later extended the margin to 10 points with 39 seconds left. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (190-G-89) dropped buzzer beating trey but it was just too late for Lithuania as they lost the battle. Marko Keselj scored 20 points for the winners. Donatas Motiejunas (214-C-90) and Martynas Gecevicius (194-G-88) knocked down 16 points apiece for Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas added 13 points in a loss.

Serbia U20: Milan Macvan 31, Marko Keselj 14+13 boards, Miroslav Raduljica 14+13 boards
Lithuania U20: Donatas Motiejunas 16, Martynas Gecevicius 16


Slavko Stefanovic and Nikola Lepojevic in Russia - by Dragan Jankovski
Power forward Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and shooting guard Nikola Lepojevic (195-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) will continue career in Russia. Namely, both players agreed terms with Universitet Surgut, whose head coach is well respected Zeljko Lukajic.

Slavko Stefanovic started last season in ALBA from Berlin but in February he moved to Serbian A1 team Mega Aqua Monta. He averaged 17.9 ppg and 5.4 rpg in Mega after what he moved to Bosnian team Igokea Aleksandrovac for the League 8. Unfortunately to him Igokea couldn't handle Bosna ASA in the play-off final loosing it 2-1. Before ALBA, Stefanovic also was a member of Mega Aqua Monta (Mega Ishrana at that time). He spent one season in Hemofarm Vrsac after what he was sidelined during the entire 06/07 due to knee injury. In the past Stefanovic also played for Crvena Zvezda, Lavovi 063, Beopetrol and Uzice. His biggest achievement so far is semifinals of ULEB Cup in 2006. At the same season his team Hemofarm Vrsac reached the final of Serbian National Cup and semifinals of Adriatic league.

Nikola Lepojevic spent first half of the last season in Ukrainian team Khimik. In January this year he joined Polpak Swecie where he played 26 games averaging 11.3 ppg, 2 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1.2 spg. His team showed pretty good performance in the play-off semifinals of Polish league against Prokom Trefl Sopot. In the past Lepojevic spent two seasons in Larissa and one in Crvena Zvezda. He grew up as a player in nteam Sloga Kraljevo. Lepojevic, as well as Stefanovic, was a member of Yugoslavian U20 National Team at the beginning of the decade.


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  SLOVAKIA   


U20 EC, division B: Poland cruises past Slovakia for 13th place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Poland - U20 Slovak Republic 82-58

Poland succeeded to celebrate in the last two games on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures and to reach position number 13. The Poles beat Great Britain on Saturday and this time they were better than Slovakia. Interesting is that both defeated teams finished their games with 58 points. On the other side Polish digits were very similar as on Saturday it was 79 and this time three points more than that.

Poland dominated against Slovakia form the early beginning. Mostly owing to Adam Waczynski (198-F-89) and Michal Nowakowski (199-F-88), Slovakia had 11-point lead at the end of the opening stanza. After jump shot by Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Poland touched plus 15 in 14th minute. At the last Slovaka's possession in the first half Andrej Irecky (198-F-88) made a lay-up setting the score on 37-24. After almost leveled third frame, Poland put into the fifth gear during the last ten minutes. Adam Waczynski, Michal Nowakowski and Dardan Berisha led 12-3 run for their team setting the margin on 21 points. Slovakia was hopeless to do anything until the end but to commit huge 24-point defeat.

Adam Waczynski paced Poland to win scoring 25 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Michal Nowakowski and Patryk Pelka (201-F-89) also shined for Poland netting 16 points each. Juraj Hasan (199-C-89) was the only player is Slovekia who was in a game mood. He added 19 points and 6 boards while the first one who followed him was Andrej Irecky with just 9 points.


U20 Poland - U20 Slovak Republic 82-58
(19-8, 18-16, 21-20, 24-14)

Poland:
Adam Waczynski 25 (5 rebs), Michal Nowakowski 16 (5 rebs), Patryk Pelka 16 (4 rebs)
Slovak Republic: Juraj Hasan 19 (6 rebs), Andrej Irecky 9


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  SPAIN   


Market News - by Paul Nilsen
Slovenian guard Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) has joined ACB giants Tau Ceramica for one season to further strengthen the notion that Baskonia will once again be major contenders for silverware both domestically and in Euroleague writes www.acb-basket.com Dragic arrives as yet another player to be drafted by an NBA team and go into the best league in Europe, joining the ACB. He played last season for Olympia Ljubljana and was drafted by San Antonio Spurs before being traded to Phoenix Suns during the summer. A quick combo guard who can get to the hoop, he will form an impressive backcourt and challenge the likes of Prigioni and Rakocevic.
The arrival in Vitoria-Gasteiz of new coach Dusko Ivanovic was instrumental in the move with the player himself expressing delight at being able to play in Tau and in Euroleague.

Elsewhere Polaris World Murica have moved to secure the services of Jesse Young (207-C-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) for one year with the player moving from Madrid where he was last season with MMT Estudiantes. The Canadian 6ft 10 centre who also holds an Irish passport has also played for Badalona and averaged 6 points and 2.5 rebounds during his 22 appearances for Estu last season. A campaign that largely went unnoticed and this time in Murcia he has an opportunity to have a bigger season. Paco Guillem the Sporting Director of Murcia has reported he has been impressed by Young and is a player with hard work, very intense and very aggressive on defence.


Spain finish third in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Turkey U20 91:72

Spain edged Turkey in the consolation final of the U20 European Championship in Riga. Pere Tomas (201-F-89) scored 20 points to propel Spaniards past their Turkish opponents. It was the third Bronze medals success for Spain in the history of the competition. The game turned into a relatively easy voyage for Spaniards. They took over right from the start and never allowed Turkey to threaten the lead. Lopez capped the first frame with two three-pointers to give Spain a 21:15 lead. Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) scored 11 points in the second period and Spain cleared off to a 45:32 advantage at halftime. Pere Tomas nailed three treys in the third stanza and Spain piled up a 20-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Spanish side kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth stanza and secured the winning outcome at the end. Sergio De La Fuente and Victor Claver (204-F/C-88) netted 18 points apiece for the winners. Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) had 9 points and 7 boards for Spain. Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) replied with 16 points for Turkey. Azizcan Ozdemir (201-F-88) notched 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in defeat. Spain converted 50% from the field and 83% from free throw line.

Spain U20: Pere Tomas 20, Sergio De La Fuente 18, Victor Claver 18
Turkey U20: Baris Hersek 16, Azizcan Ozdemir 12


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  SWEDEN   


U20 EC, division B: Bronze medal belongs to Sweden - by Eurobasket News
U20 Estonia - U20 Sweden 71-80

Despite yesterday's tight defeat against Belgium, Sweden succeeded to recover from it outplaying Estonia in the battle for third place on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. On the other side Estonians have to be satisfied with position number four especially because they surprised everyone demonstrating pretty good performance on this event.

The biggest problem for Estonians today were turnovers as well as shot from behind the arc. They committed 18 mistakes in total shooting only 1 of 11 for 3-pts. After minus two in the first stanza, Sweden created 11-4 run taking five-point lead. The Swedish didn't give up and after Kiur Akenparg's (190-F-88) jump shot they tied the score on 39-39. At the beginning of the second half Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88) shined for Estonia helping his team to reach 50-45 in 25th minute. It was a sign for Kim Palmqvist (201-F-88) and Christian Koutras (189-G-88), which led 15-4 series heading into the last frame with plus 6. Question about the winner of the Bronze medal is resolved in few entering minutes of the last quarter. Sweden intensified defense which resulted with 8-1 run for 60-70. During the following five minutes Sweden kept its lead without any problems.

Kim Palmqvist paced Sweden to Bronze on U20 European Championship division B draining 20 points. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) followed him registering double-double 14 points and 10 boards while Carl Saks (197-G-89) stopped on 11 points. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) shined for the loosing side collecting 22 points and 4 rebounds. Margus Klementsov (169-G-89) finished the game adding 12 points and 6 boards while Rain Raadik (200-C-89) had 10 points and 8 rebounds.


U20 Estonia - U20 Sweden 71-80
(26-24, 13-17, 15-19, 17-20)

Estonia:
Illimar Pilk 22 (4 rebs), Margus Klementsov 12 (6 rebs), Rain Raadik 10 (8 rebs)
Sweden: Kim Palmqvist 20, Jeffery Taylor 14 (10 rebs), Carl Saks 11


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  TURKEY   


Spain finish third in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Turkey U20 91:72

Spain edged Turkey in the consolation final of the U20 European Championship in Riga. Pere Tomas (201-F-89) scored 20 points to propel Spaniards past their Turkish opponents. It was the third Bronze medals success for Spain in the history of the competition. The game turned into a relatively easy voyage for Spaniards. They took over right from the start and never allowed Turkey to threaten the lead. Lopez capped the first frame with two three-pointers to give Spain a 21:15 lead. Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) scored 11 points in the second period and Spain cleared off to a 45:32 advantage at halftime. Pere Tomas nailed three treys in the third stanza and Spain piled up a 20-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Spanish side kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth stanza and secured the winning outcome at the end. Sergio De La Fuente and Victor Claver (204-F/C-88) netted 18 points apiece for the winners. Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) had 9 points and 7 boards for Spain. Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) replied with 16 points for Turkey. Azizcan Ozdemir (201-F-88) notched 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in defeat. Spain converted 50% from the field and 83% from free throw line.

Spain U20: Pere Tomas 20, Sergio De La Fuente 18, Victor Claver 18
Turkey U20: Baris Hersek 16, Azizcan Ozdemir 12


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Gumbs to lead East Bay in the finals - by David Edole
DreamTeam (6-3) meets East Bay (6-1), in a best-of-three series finals of the San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Basketball League starting at 8 p.m. Monday at Kezar Pavilion.

East Bay features former USF guard Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF), who finished in the league's top five in field-goal percentage, assists and rebounding.

Dream Team is led by 6-foot-8 forward Eric Crookshank, a pro in Finland,who led the league in rebounds, and Dwayne Fontana, who played at Riordan High and Arizona State.

But the most intriguing Dream Teamer could be Matt Barnes, the former Warrior who now is with Phoenix.

Barnes played for Dream Team in last week's playoffs. League rules stipulate an NBA-roster player who didn't play in the regular season needs the approval of the opposing team to participate. It's not been determined if Barnes will play in the finals.

East Bay, which beat Dream Team 90-78 during the season, has no NBA players.

The second game will be Wednesday and the third game, if necessary, will be Friday. All games tip-off at 8 p.m. at Kezar. Admission is free.


CBA Finals: Hoyas Blow By Lakers, 93-76 - by David Edole
The Choices Basketball Association defending champions Hoyas looked liked a well-oiled machine Friday night in dismantling the Lakers, 93-76, to even the CBA finals at one game apiece.
The Hoyas looked good from the start at the St. Croix Central High gym, running the floor, filling the lanes, dishing out crisp passes and playing excellent defense. And the young Lakers who looked great in taking game one on Wednesday came out a little flat and found themselves down early.
Darnell 'Burger' Hendricks had a huge game for the Hoyas as he led them offensively with a game-high 31 points, but the big difference in the game could very well have been Anthony 'Stickman' Theodore.
Inserted into the starting line up because of late arriving players, Theodore took full advantage of his opportunity. The 12 points he scored was a great but his overall contribution for the Hoyas on Friday was immeasurable. He played staunch defense, he crashed the boards on both ends of the floor and kept a lot of balls alive with his great hustle before fouling out late in the game. 'The Stickman' deserved Friday nights game ball.
Coach Samuel Lee acknowledged Theodore's inspiring play but said it was a total team effort that started with execution. 'I told them to move the ball around, make true passes and play defense,' Lee said. 'If they get down, do not lose your head, stay calm -- things will work out.'
The Hoyas engineered an 8-0 run to start the game and led 10-4 at the 7:19 mark. The lead was still six at 19-13 with 1:18 left when the Hoyas went on a 6-0 run to close out the quarter with a 12-point lead at 25-13. Hendricks, looking much healthier than in previous games, burned the nets for 11 points in the period to spark his team.
Things got a little testy in the early going of the second quarter, but after the Lakers Coach Calvin Burke was shown the gate by the refs with two technical fouls for arguing a call, his Lakers did not fold. Instead, riding the hot hands of Robert Duck and Raol Ceasar, they responded by outscoring the Hoyas 19-10 over the next few minutes.
After Duck capped the run with a thunderous dunk, the Lakers were within three points at 35-32. It would be as close as they would get in the game.
The second half was anticlimactic as the Hoyas never let the Lakers get closer than seven. With little in assistance from most of his teammates, Duck tried hard to keep his team in the game but the Hoyas were running too well. A 13-4 run to start the third quarter by the Hoyas and they had their biggest lead of 19 points at 61-42.
A 15-7 run by the Lakers got the lead down to 11 points at the end of the third quarter at 68-57.
Four straight points by Duck to start the fourth quarter and the Lakers were now down seven points at 68-61. But the Hoyas responded right away with an 8-0 run and the lead was quickly back up to 15 points with 5:25 left in the game. The Lakers would cut into the lead again and it was 10 points at 81-71 after two free throws by Shane Hodge. But the Hoyas outscored the Lakers 12-5 the rest of the way to knot the series at one game apiece with the 93-76 victory.
According to interim Lakers coach Danley Petersen, 'We came out a little flat, but the Hoyas also played a good game. There were some calls that I feel could have gone our way but I am not going to blame it all on that. I think the Hoyas played like they wanted it more than we do.'
The Hoyas also got 19 points from the all-around Karl 'Mike Jones' John, and Andre '50' McIntosh dropped in 10. The Lakers were led by the high-flying Duck with 24 points. Hodge and Ceasar netted 12 and 10 points respectively for the Lakers.
by Dave Davis


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  UKRAINE   


Abdoulaye Mbaye fires 45 points as France storm past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Ukraine U20 96:78

French U20 National Team wrapped up their European Chmapionship campaign with an impressive win over Ukraine. Abdoulaye MBaye (189-G-88) exploded with 45 points and led France to an overwhelming 96:78 victory. Thus France occupied the 7th overall spot at the tournament. Ukraine finished the championship with 2-5 record and grabbed the 8th spot in the final ladder. The teams rolled closely for three quarters before Abdoulaye MBaye put on a one-man show in the fourth term to leave Ukraine far behind. France got to a slightly better start to the game and a 6:0 run put them up by 10 late in the opening stanza. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) and Andriy Novikov (200-F-89) cut the deficit and France led by 8 points at the first intermission. A 13:5 surge from Ukraine at the start of the second stanza tied it all at 30. Ukraine soon jumped in front and maintained a narrow advantage for some time before French players crowned the half with 7 unanswered points to regain the lead at 44:39. The situation did not change radically in the third frame as France kept it in front and headed into the final period leading by 8 points. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) knocked down 10 points in the first half of the final stanza and Ukraine got as close as 3 points from their opponents. However Abdoulaye MBaye stepped up for France at the moment. He drilled 6 triples in the stretch of 4 minutes to ignite a 22:8 rally from France and literally brought victory to Les Bleus. Kim Tillie (206-F-88) added 17 points and 9 boards for France. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) contributed 16 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Sergiy Gladyr (196-G/F-89) had 15 points for Ukraine. Vadym Norenko (204-F-88) dropped 14 points in the loss.

France U20: Abdoulaye MBaye 45, Kim Tillie 17, Antoine Diot 16
Ukraine U20: Sergiy Gladyr 15, Vadym Norenko 14


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


U20 EC, division B: Great Britain outplays Ireland for 15th place - by Eurobasket News
U20 Great Britain - U20 Ireland 88-55

In the battle for position number 15 on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures Great Britain was too strong for Ireland for the second time on this event. As a reminder these two teams met each other in the first game of Classification Round when Great Britain registered easy 84-66 win. The same scenario happened again as this time the British took it even easier.

Ireland didn't succeed it improve rebounding as well as a ball handling during the entire tournament. This time they were outrebounded once again buy its rivals. The Irish also committed 21 turnovers what is too much for one single game. On the other side Great Britain also didn't have such a brilliant day but it was enough for more than comfortable victory at the end. In the first ten minutes the British already created double-digit lead. After Matthew Bryan-Amaning (206-F-88) lay-up, Great Britain touched 31-17 in 14th minute. Situation on the court didn't change after the half time as Great Britain was the team which dominated. At the half way of third stanza Great Britain created 12-2 run 57-35. It seemed that Ireland gave up after that moment which made this job even easier for the British.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning led his team to victory adding 14 points and 4 assists. He was the best scorer of his team during the entire championship averaging 16.9 ppg. At the same time he is the top rebounder of Great Britain grabbing 7.3 rpg. Benjamin Allison (201-F-88) followed him in this game scoring 12 points while Ifeanyichukwu Ochereobia (196-F-89) and Morakinyo Williams (205-C-88) had 11 points each. The loosing side got 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists from Cian Nihill (193-G-88).


U20 Great Britain - U20 Ireland 88-55
(23-13, 22-18, 16-14, 27-10)

Great Britain:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning 14 (4 as), Benjamin Allison 12, Ifeanyichukwu Ochereobia 11 (5 rebs), Morakinyo Williams 11 (4 rebs)
Ireland: Cian Nihill 13 (4 rebs, 4 as)


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  URUGUAY   


Aguada also won the promotion to the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Aguada beat Nacional 94-79 to win the promotion to the Uruguayan League 2009, with a 2-0 record in the best of three final serie for the Metropolitan tournament. In the first game Aguada won 75-71.Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) scored 30 points and Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) added 24 plus 11 rebounds. Aguada was losing by 13 points at the end of the second quarter (34-47), but in the third one scored a 27-8 rally.
Capurro will be the other Metro team to play the Uruguayan League. For Nacional Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) netted 23 points and grabed 15 rebounds.




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Spain tame Belarus for the second win in a row in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Belarus U16 80:45

Spanish U16 National Team scored another comprehensive victory at the European Championship in Poland. The last tournaments runners-up dominated the game and deservedly improved to 2-0 record in preliminary Group D. A well-balanced performance from Spanish team left no chance for their opponents. Delgado and Casas teamed up for first 8 points from Spaniards as they jumped to an 8:3 lead. Five points from Diaz midway through the frame enlarged the distance to 13 points. Spain used an 11:0 outburst in the second period to enjoy an 18-point advantage midway through the period. Vivas and Farah Suarez (191-C-92) ensured a 43:22 cushion for Spain at halftime. Belarus never recovered after the long break as Spain continued to roll confidently to the victory. Diaz capped the frame with 6 straight points and Spain extended the margin to 35 points. It was all over for Belarus in this one and the teams breezed to the final buzzer. Delgado paced Spain with 18 points. Diaz added 12 points for Spain. Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) responded with 13 points for Belarus. Keida had 7 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Delgado 18, Diaz 12
Belarus U16: Aliaksandra Shymkaviak 13, Keida 7


Belarus post first-ever victory at Olympic Games - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Latvia 80:57

Belarusian National Team celebrated a comfortable win over Latvia in the second round of action in Beijing. The clash turned out to be a rematch of the last years European Championship consolation final. Belarus once again outgunned their opponents and claimed the first win at the tournament. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) dropped 22 points to pace Belarus. Latvia in the meantime failed to recover after the starting loss to Russia and fell to 0-2 record in Group A. The teams looked well matched in the first quarter. Belarus managed to lead by just a single point 21:20 after ten minutes of action. Belarus continuously piled up their lead in the second frame and established a 40:35 advantage at sides change. The gap grew to 18 points in the third stanza as Belarus fired from all guns after the long break. Latvia refused to fold that early and trimmed the deficit back to 11 after three quarters of action. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) narrowed the deficit to 8 points early in the fourth period but it was as close as Latvia could get. Belarus accounted for 9 unanswered points and ran away for good in this one. Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) came up with 17 points for Belarus. Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) added 12 points for the winners. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) replied with 19 points for Latvia. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) canned 16 points in defeat.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 22, Tatyana Troina 17, Katsiaryna Snytsina 12
Latvia: Gunta Basko 19, Liene Jansone 16


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  BOSNIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Estonia better than Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-64

After victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia kept its chances alive for the next stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Estonia currently has score 1-1 in Preliminary Group C while Bosnians, which have two defeats, lost every chance to reach one of the first two places in this group.

Bosnia and Herzegovina was the team which dominated in the first half. After triple by Katjas, Bosnians reached plus ten with 2:15 remaining in the second stanza. Fortunately to Estonia, Kristina Aarniste took care for mini 5-2 run for 40-33 after 20 minutes. Thanks to Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) and Annika Koster (185-C-92) Estonians demonstrated slightly better performance after the breather. They succeeded to enter into the last ten minutes with minus 3, 55-52. It seemed like Bosnia get afraid of a victory as they played almost 5 minutes without a basket. Later that Bosnians made three free throws after what they had another 4 minutes without any point. On the other side Estonians exploited this opportunity netting 12 and continuing battle for position number two.

Bosnians couldn't stop Mailis Pokk, who scored 22 points and 5 boards. Annika Koster and Kristina Aarniste followed her netting 12 points each. Bosnia got the 20 points and fantastic 15 rebounds from Nikolina Milic. Natasa Tomasovic also showed pretty good level in the loosing team collecting 12 points and 6 rebounds. Estonia will play the crucial game for the second place in Preliminary Group C against Estonia, who also has 1-1 after two rounds. On the other hand Bosnia will take on undefeated Slovakia.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-64
(18-18, 22-15, 15-19, 3-12)

Bosnia:
Nikolina Milic 20 (15 rebs), Natasa Tomasovic 12 (6 rebs)
Estonia: Mailis Pokk 22 (5 rebs), Annika Koster 12 (9 rebs), Kristina Aarniste 12


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bulgaria stops Luxemburg on 36 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 Luxemburg - U16 Bulgaria 36-50

Bulgaria took care for the first win on U16 European Championship division B at the front of its fans. After defeat in its first appearance on the championship against Slovenia, Bulgarians succeeded to beat Luxemburg in another low-scoring game.

Luxembourg once again struggled a lot with its stroke. As a reminder, Luxemburg succeeded to net just 39 points in day two against Ireland. This time that number was even lower and the reason for sure is just 11% for 3-pts and terrible 21.1% for FG2. On the other side Bulgarians also had many troubles from behind the arc but they had pretty good 15 of 27 for FG2 what is 55.6%. Bulgaria controlled rhythm of the game from the early beginning. Thanks to Stela Boneva and Pamela Decheva (177-G-92), Bulgaria earned plus 6 after first ten minutes. Lena Hetto was the only player in Luxemburg who was able to do something more in this game but it was not enough her team. The hosts of U16 EC division B had very good second frame grabbing 17-point lead the half time. At that point of game it was already clear that Luxemburg won't be able even to treat until the end.

Pamela Decheva was a key player for her team collecting 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Stela Boneva finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds. As it was mentioned above, Luxemburg had only one player in a right mode and it was Lena Hetto, who had 12 points and 11 boards. Bulgaria will meet Switzerland in the next round while winless Luxemburg will take on Slovenia.


U16 Luxemburg - U16 Bulgaria 36-50
(11-17, 4-15, 7-7, 14-11)

Luxemburg:
Lena Hetto 12 (11 rebs)
Bulgaria: Pamela Decheva 16 (9 rebs, 7 as), Stela Boneva 13 (7 rebs)


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic handle Mali at Olympic Games - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Mali 81:47

Czech Republic National Team thrashed Mali on the second day of action at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. Both teams were losers at the start of the competition and hoped to add some positive emotions today. Czech team were obvious favorites of the encounter and they proved right from the start. The Europeans nailed first 12 points of the game to jump to a comfortable lead. Mali failed to find the right answer as they appeared trailing by 19 after the starting quarter. Czech side extended the margin to as many as 22 points in the second frame. Mali came back to life late in the second stanza as they trimmed the deficit to 16 points. The game did not change the complexion in the second half as Czech Republic continued to pile up their advantage. They outscored the African powerhouse 18:11 in the third quarter and entered the fourth term up by 23 points. Czechs cruised to the victory in the final term. Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) came up with 12 points apiece for Czech Republic. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) topscored with 14 points for the winners. Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) led the Malian charge with 24 points and 13 boards. Bagayoko and Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) scored 6 points each in defeat. The teams were well matched on the glass with 40 rebounds apiece. Czech Republic however shot 46% from the field and limited their opponents to just 29% accuracy. Mali also suffered 26 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Hana Machova 14, Jana Vesela 12, Katerina Elhotova 12
Mali: Djenebou Sissoko 24+13 boards, Bagayoko 6, Hamchetou Maiga 6


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  DENMARK - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Denmark cruises past England for 2-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 England 57-47

Denmark remained unbeaten after two appearances on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. As a reminder Denmark was better than Portugal at the opening day 47-45. This time England was the team which couldn't handle Denmark dropping on 0-3 in Preliminary Group A.

Denmark was much better team in this game. The biggest problem England had in the paint where its rival grabbed fantastic 54 rebounds while the official host in this game had just 30. At the same time England struggled a lot with its shot from behind the arc as well as for FG2. The British made just 4 of 14 attempts for 3-pts and 19 of 57 for FG2. Anne Pedersen and her teammates took control on England at the early beginning. After ten minutes it already was plus 7, what they easily kept until the half time. Crucial period of the game was middle of third frame. In minute and a half Denmark made mini 5-0 run setting the score on 39-25. After that moment it was clear who will take this one. Until the end of the game England succeeded just to come on minus 10 but nothing more than that.

Anne Pedersen once again shined to the winners collecting 15 points and 5 boards. Josefine Vincents helped her team with 13 points. Interesting is that England didn't have any player with double-digits in this game. The best scorers were Renee Busch and Francesca Whitby, which scored 9 points each. In the next round of U16 European Championship division B Denmark will try to stay perfect against Israel. On the other hand still winless England will have a day-off.


U16 Denmark - U16 England 57-47
(18-11, 11-11, 17-8, 11-17)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 15 (5 rebs), Josefine Vincents 13
England: Renee Busch 9 (5 rebs), Francesca Whitby 9


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  ESTONIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Estonia better than Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-64

After victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia kept its chances alive for the next stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Estonia currently has score 1-1 in Preliminary Group C while Bosnians, which have two defeats, lost every chance to reach one of the first two places in this group.

Bosnia and Herzegovina was the team which dominated in the first half. After triple by Katjas, Bosnians reached plus ten with 2:15 remaining in the second stanza. Fortunately to Estonia, Kristina Aarniste took care for mini 5-2 run for 40-33 after 20 minutes. Thanks to Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) and Annika Koster (185-C-92) Estonians demonstrated slightly better performance after the breather. They succeeded to enter into the last ten minutes with minus 3, 55-52. It seemed like Bosnia get afraid of a victory as they played almost 5 minutes without a basket. Later that Bosnians made three free throws after what they had another 4 minutes without any point. On the other side Estonians exploited this opportunity netting 12 and continuing battle for position number two.

Bosnians couldn't stop Mailis Pokk, who scored 22 points and 5 boards. Annika Koster and Kristina Aarniste followed her netting 12 points each. Bosnia got the 20 points and fantastic 15 rebounds from Nikolina Milic. Natasa Tomasovic also showed pretty good level in the loosing team collecting 12 points and 6 rebounds. Estonia will play the crucial game for the second place in Preliminary Group C against Estonia, who also has 1-1 after two rounds. On the other hand Bosnia will take on undefeated Slovakia.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-64
(18-18, 22-15, 15-19, 3-12)

Bosnia:
Nikolina Milic 20 (15 rebs), Natasa Tomasovic 12 (6 rebs)
Estonia: Mailis Pokk 22 (5 rebs), Annika Koster 12 (9 rebs), Kristina Aarniste 12


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  FINLAND - Women  


INTERNATIONAL: Sweden winning Nordic Championship - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Nordic Championship Games in Copenhagen, Denmark (August 5.-10.2008): Sweden winning Nordic Championship this time and Finland with several key
players on injured list on third place. Results: 5.8. Finland - Norway 60-66 (30-33). F: Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) 21. N: Kristina Tatteerstill 20. 6.8. Finland - Denmark 76-69
(35-30). F: Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) 21. D: Mie Burlin 18. 7.8. Finland - Sweden 57-73 (37-33). F: Reetta Piipari 23. S: Josefin Ohlheim 15. 8.8. Finland - Iceland 57-46 (28-20). F: Sanna Helenius (180-F-84) 20. I: Signy Hermansdottir 11/19. Final standings: 1) Sweden, 2) Norway, 3) Finland, 4) Denmark, 5) Iceland.


U16 EC, division B: Finland takes it over Romania for 2-0 in Group D - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Romania 62-53

Finland took care for another win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. After victory at the opening day against Montenegro, Finland was better than Romania improving to 2-0 in Preliminary Group D. On the other hand Romania dropped on 1-1 but still with a nice chance to reach the Qualifying Round.

Finland's advantage in the paint was obvious from the very beginning. Finish players grabbed impressive 23 offensive and 31 defensive rebounds while Romanians registered just 12 + 25. Tanks to Anette Juvonen and Evita Iiskola (179-F-93), Finland created 19-8 after first ten minutes. Very soon they extended lead to 27-12, what happened at the middle of the next frame. At the last Finland's possession in the first half Anette Juvonen made it under the basket for 37-23 for her team. Romanians showed some attitude in third frame. Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) and Cristina Bigica made few shots which resulted with minus 3 in 29th minute. Anette Juvonen immediately steeped up for Finland returning 12-point lead to her team. Romania get some closer until the very end but still it was a far away from the victory.

Finland got the most in this game from Anette Juvonen, who added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Evita Iiskola also had a pretty good day finishing the game with 14 points and 8 boards. Gabriela Cursaru was the leading player of her team collecting 16 points and 8 rebounds. Cristina Bigica this time stopped on 11 points. Finland's next rival in Bulgaria will be Croatia while Romania will meet Montenegro.


U16 Finland - U16 Romania 62-53
(19-8, 18-15, 7-15, 18-15)

Finland:
Anette Juvonen 15 (7 rebs), Evita Iiskola 14 (8 rebs)
Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 16 (8 rebs), Cristina Bigica 11


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia routs Netherlands securing top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
U16 Slovak Republic - U16 Netherlands 61-54

Two teams which celebrated at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B met each other in the second round of Preliminary Group C. Slovakia took this one thanks to well played 30 minutes of the game. Netherlands woke up in the last stanza but it was too late for anything more than 7-point defeat.

Everything started good for Slovakians as they reached plus 6 at the middle of the first frame. After few minutes in the next period Martina Kissova (184-F-93) and Martina Matejcikova led their team to 23 -11. It was a sign that it could be an easy win for Slovakia as Netherlands continued with missing many shots. There was not any news on the court in third period. Slovakians continued where the stopped in the first half. After lay-up by Martina Kissova at the last Slovakia's possession in third quarter it already was huge 51-32. As it was mentioned in introduction, Zera Butter and her teammates woke up for the last ten minutes but it was enough just for minus 5 at the one moment but not any closer than that.

Martina Kissova was the best player for the winning side adding 12 points and 4 rebounds. Martina Matejcikova also shined for the winning team with 10 points and 5 boards. Zera Butter was totally the best in Netherlands netting 20 points. In the last game of Preliminary Group C Slovakia will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina. On th e other side Netherlands will fight with Estonia for second place in Group C.


U16 Slovak Republic - U16 Netherlands 61-54
(15-11, 15-10, 21-11, 10-22)

Slovak Republic:
Martina Kissova 12 (4 rebs), Martina Matejcikova 10 (5 rebs)
Netherlands: Zera Butter 20


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  HUNGARY - Women  


First-quarter rally propels Hungary past Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16 - Serbia U16 62:57

Hungarian U16 National Team celebrated their initial victory at the European Championship in Poland. Yesterday they narrowly defeated Serbia to improve to 1-1 record in preliminary Group C. Serbia in the meantime suffered their second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Melinda Kesoi (178-F-92) tallied 15 points and 4 assists to lift Hungary to an important victory. Hungarian team scored first 9 points in the game and set the tone for the starting period. They accumulated an 18:5 lead midway through the first stanza before Serbia cut the gap a little bit. However Alma Nemeth (180-F-92), Szabo and Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) capped the first frame with 5 straight points and Hungary led 23:9. Hungary stretched the margin to 18 points early in the second quarter however Serbia refused to fold. They went on a 12:0 rally to trim the deficit to 6 points late in the half. Alma Nemeth crowned it with a layup to give Hungary a 33:25 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third frame with Serbia keeping it at a striking distance. They entered the fourth term trailing by just 4 points. Stulic and Kolic cut the distance to 2 points with under 4 minutes left in regulation. However Melinda Kesoi and Szabo came up with consecutive baskets to enlarge the safe zone to 6 points. Stojanovic gave the trace of hope to Serbia as she poured in a three-pointer but Melinda Kesoi was deadly from charity stripe and sealed the winning outcome for Hungary. Alma Nemeth had 13 points for Hungary. Bettina Baksa added 12 points, while Szabo nailed 11 in the win. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Jovana Karakasevic and Brajkovic dropped 10 points each in a losing case.

Hungary U16: Melinda Kesoi 15, Alma Nemeth 13, Bettina Baksa 12
Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 14, Jovana Karakasevic 10, Brajkovic 10


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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland too strong for Switzerland in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Switzerland - U16 Ireland 51-72

Ireland continued it domination on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. After victories against Slovenia and Luxemburg, Ireland was a way better than Switzerland. Thus Ireland improved to 3-0 in Preliminary Group B while Switzerland dropped on 1-1.

Ireland demonstrated slightly better performance in the first half. Thanks to Catriona Foley (170-G-92) and Tessa Solan Ireland created 13-20 in 14th minute. At the one moment it was plus 8 for the official visitor in this game but Switzerland through Meghanne Kolly and Sarah Cavin succeeded to come on 25-29 at the half time. After almost equalized third frame, Ireland totally smashed Switzerland in the next one. The Irish opened it strongly making 10-0 run. From 36th to 38th minute Ireland made another 7-2 run resolving question about the winner.

Catriona Foley paced Ireland to third win draining 22 points and dishing out 5 assists. Tessa Solan followed her with 12 points and 10 boards while Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Switzerland got the most from Sarah Cavin, who scored 13 points. Meghanne Kolly finished the game with 9 points and 7 rebounds. After this victory Ireland will have a day-off while Switzerland will meet the hosts Bulgaria.


U16 Switzerland - U16 Ireland 51-72
(11-10, 14-19, 14-16, 12-27)

Switzerland:
Sarah Cavin 13, Meghanne Kolly 9 (7 rebs)
Ireland: Catriona Foley 22 (5 as), Tessa Solan 12 (10 rebs), Clodagh Scannell 10 (8 rebs, 5 as)


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal celebrates against Israel in OT - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Israel 59-52

After thriller defeat at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B, Portugal succeeded to register two victories. This time Israel suffered Portugal's power dropping on 1-1 in Preliminary Group A. On the other hand after 0-,1 Portugal improved to 2-1 having nice chance to reach one of the first two places in its group.

Thanks to Bar Galinski (181-F-92) Israel had much better beginning. After opening ten minutes it was 10-15. At the middle of the second stanza Israel touched plus 9 but Portugal immediately responded with 10-2 run. However, Luzia Lampreia and her teammates couldn't get any closer than 5 points until the half time. Third quarter totally belonged to Israel and it seemed that the game was already over for Portugal, which entered into the last frame with minus 13. Portuguese didn't want to give up finishing the regular time with impressive 17-4 run. Actually Portugal had a chance for win but Faustino missed a jump shot at the buzzer. In the last minute and a half of extra time Luzia Lampreia and Filipa Bernardeco led winning 7-0 run for the final score 59-52. It is important to be mentioned that Portugal ended this game registering amazing 60 rebounds while 23 of those were at the offensive end.

Luzia Lampreia was the key player for her team today. He played almost the entire games recording double-double 17 points and 15 rebounds. Filipa Bernardeco also had important role in Portugal adding 15 points. As it was in the last game, Bar Galinski once again was the best player in Israel collecting fantastic 23 points and 19 rebounds. Avigel Cohen followed her finishing the game with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Next Portugal's rival in Bulgaria will be Greece while Israel will take on undefeated Denmark.


U16 Portugal - U16 Israel 59-52
(10-15, 12-12, 9-17, 17-4, 11-4)

Portugal:
Luzia Lampreia 17 (15 rebs), Filipa Bernardeco 15
Israel: Bar Galinski 23 (19 rebs), Avigel Cohen 12 (6 rebs, 5 as)


Bnot Raanana Hasharon sign Shona Thorburn - by Eurobasket
Bnot Raanana Hasharon signed 26-year old American guard Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah, agency: LBM Management). Thorburn played most recently at EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia (Spain) where in 31 games she averaged 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, and 2.0apg. She helped EBE make it to the Semifinals of Spanish league.

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  ITALY - Women  


Italy hold off Poland in Krakowice - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Poland U16 71:58

Italian U16 Team stayed perfect at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday the Azzurri edged the hosts to improve to 2-0 record in preliminary Group C. Poland meanwhile fell to 1-1 record. Corini notched 19 points and lifted Italy to yet another impressive success. Italy dominated the first part of the encounter and built a decisive lead by the long break. They limited the home side to just 13 points in the first stanza to jump to a 19:13 advantage. Italian team kept on forcing the issue and stretched the margin to as many as 16 points at halftime. Italy kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame and entered the final quarter up by 13. Masoni and Salvini tipped off the fourth term with 4 straight points to enlarge the advantage to 17 points. The distance proved unassailable for Polish team and they had to surrender at the end. Cigliani added 17 points and 6 boards for Italy. Formica tallied 14 points and 11 boards for the winners. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) had 18 points for Poland. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro delivered 13 points, 9 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

Italy U16: Corini 19, Cigliani 17, Formica 14+11 boards
Poland U16: Monika Jasnowska 18, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 13


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  LATVIA - Women  


Belarus post first-ever victory at Olympic Games - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Latvia 80:57

Belarusian National Team celebrated a comfortable win over Latvia in the second round of action in Beijing. The clash turned out to be a rematch of the last years European Championship consolation final. Belarus once again outgunned their opponents and claimed the first win at the tournament. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) dropped 22 points to pace Belarus. Latvia in the meantime failed to recover after the starting loss to Russia and fell to 0-2 record in Group A. The teams looked well matched in the first quarter. Belarus managed to lead by just a single point 21:20 after ten minutes of action. Belarus continuously piled up their lead in the second frame and established a 40:35 advantage at sides change. The gap grew to 18 points in the third stanza as Belarus fired from all guns after the long break. Latvia refused to fold that early and trimmed the deficit back to 11 after three quarters of action. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) narrowed the deficit to 8 points early in the fourth period but it was as close as Latvia could get. Belarus accounted for 9 unanswered points and ran away for good in this one. Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) came up with 17 points for Belarus. Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) added 12 points for the winners. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) replied with 19 points for Latvia. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) canned 16 points in defeat.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 22, Tatyana Troina 17, Katsiaryna Snytsina 12
Latvia: Gunta Basko 19, Liene Jansone 16


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bulgaria stops Luxemburg on 36 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 Luxemburg - U16 Bulgaria 36-50

Bulgaria took care for the first win on U16 European Championship division B at the front of its fans. After defeat in its first appearance on the championship against Slovenia, Bulgarians succeeded to beat Luxemburg in another low-scoring game.

Luxembourg once again struggled a lot with its stroke. As a reminder, Luxemburg succeeded to net just 39 points in day two against Ireland. This time that number was even lower and the reason for sure is just 11% for 3-pts and terrible 21.1% for FG2. On the other side Bulgarians also had many troubles from behind the arc but they had pretty good 15 of 27 for FG2 what is 55.6%. Bulgaria controlled rhythm of the game from the early beginning. Thanks to Stela Boneva and Pamela Decheva (177-G-92), Bulgaria earned plus 6 after first ten minutes. Lena Hetto was the only player in Luxemburg who was able to do something more in this game but it was not enough her team. The hosts of U16 EC division B had very good second frame grabbing 17-point lead the half time. At that point of game it was already clear that Luxemburg won't be able even to treat until the end.

Pamela Decheva was a key player for her team collecting 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Stela Boneva finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds. As it was mentioned above, Luxemburg had only one player in a right mode and it was Lena Hetto, who had 12 points and 11 boards. Bulgaria will meet Switzerland in the next round while winless Luxemburg will take on Slovenia.


U16 Luxemburg - U16 Bulgaria 36-50
(11-17, 4-15, 7-7, 14-11)

Luxemburg:
Lena Hetto 12 (11 rebs)
Bulgaria: Pamela Decheva 16 (9 rebs, 7 as), Stela Boneva 13 (7 rebs)


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  MALI - Women  


Czech Republic handle Mali at Olympic Games - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Mali 81:47

Czech Republic National Team thrashed Mali on the second day of action at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. Both teams were losers at the start of the competition and hoped to add some positive emotions today. Czech team were obvious favorites of the encounter and they proved right from the start. The Europeans nailed first 12 points of the game to jump to a comfortable lead. Mali failed to find the right answer as they appeared trailing by 19 after the starting quarter. Czech side extended the margin to as many as 22 points in the second frame. Mali came back to life late in the second stanza as they trimmed the deficit to 16 points. The game did not change the complexion in the second half as Czech Republic continued to pile up their advantage. They outscored the African powerhouse 18:11 in the third quarter and entered the fourth term up by 23 points. Czechs cruised to the victory in the final term. Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) came up with 12 points apiece for Czech Republic. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) topscored with 14 points for the winners. Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) led the Malian charge with 24 points and 13 boards. Bagayoko and Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) scored 6 points each in defeat. The teams were well matched on the glass with 40 rebounds apiece. Czech Republic however shot 46% from the field and limited their opponents to just 29% accuracy. Mali also suffered 26 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Hana Machova 14, Jana Vesela 12, Katerina Elhotova 12
Mali: Djenebou Sissoko 24+13 boards, Bagayoko 6, Hamchetou Maiga 6


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Spain prevail against New Zealand in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Spain - New Zealand 85:62

Spanish National Team bounced back after the starting loss to China at the Olympic Games tournament. Earlier today they stunned New Zealand to earn their first win at the competition. Both teams are bow tied at 1-1 record in Group B. Spain needed this win to get back into medals contention. And one of the worlds top teams left not a single chance to the Tall Ferns. Spain got to a better start and built an 18:7 lead into the second stanza. New Zealand managed to slow their opponents down a little bit in the second frame but they still failed to outscore the European side. Spain accumulated a 13-point cushion at halftime. Suzie Bates sparked an 8:0 rally from the Kiwis in the third stanza as they gap was trimmed to 8 points. However Spain stepped on the gas in the final minutes of the period and regained a 13-point lead once again. New Zealand tried to stay at a striking distance as they distance was just 10 points at some point in the fourth term. However Spain were never tames as they closed the encounter on a 10:0 rally to score an impressive win. Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) led Spain with 19 points. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) added 18 points, while Alba Torrens (191-F-89) had 9 for the winners. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) led all scorers with 22 points and 5 boards for the Tall Ferns. Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) scored 10 points in defeat. Spain outrebounded their opponents 38:28 and converted solid 54% from the field.

Spain: Isabel Sanchez 19, Ana Montanana 18, Alba Torrens 9
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 22, Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe 10


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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. USA1-0
3. N.Zealand1-1
4. Czech Repu.1-1
5. Spain1-1
6. Mali0-2


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  POLAND - Women  


Italy hold off Poland in Krakowice - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Poland U16 71:58

Italian U16 Team stayed perfect at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday the Azzurri edged the hosts to improve to 2-0 record in preliminary Group C. Poland meanwhile fell to 1-1 record. Corini notched 19 points and lifted Italy to yet another impressive success. Italy dominated the first part of the encounter and built a decisive lead by the long break. They limited the home side to just 13 points in the first stanza to jump to a 19:13 advantage. Italian team kept on forcing the issue and stretched the margin to as many as 16 points at halftime. Italy kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame and entered the final quarter up by 13. Masoni and Salvini tipped off the fourth term with 4 straight points to enlarge the advantage to 17 points. The distance proved unassailable for Polish team and they had to surrender at the end. Cigliani added 17 points and 6 boards for Italy. Formica tallied 14 points and 11 boards for the winners. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) had 18 points for Poland. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro delivered 13 points, 9 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

Italy U16: Corini 19, Cigliani 17, Formica 14+11 boards
Poland U16: Monika Jasnowska 18, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 13


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal celebrates against Israel in OT - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Israel 59-52

After thriller defeat at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B, Portugal succeeded to register two victories. This time Israel suffered Portugal's power dropping on 1-1 in Preliminary Group A. On the other hand after 0-,1 Portugal improved to 2-1 having nice chance to reach one of the first two places in its group.

Thanks to Bar Galinski (181-F-92) Israel had much better beginning. After opening ten minutes it was 10-15. At the middle of the second stanza Israel touched plus 9 but Portugal immediately responded with 10-2 run. However, Luzia Lampreia and her teammates couldn't get any closer than 5 points until the half time. Third quarter totally belonged to Israel and it seemed that the game was already over for Portugal, which entered into the last frame with minus 13. Portuguese didn't want to give up finishing the regular time with impressive 17-4 run. Actually Portugal had a chance for win but Faustino missed a jump shot at the buzzer. In the last minute and a half of extra time Luzia Lampreia and Filipa Bernardeco led winning 7-0 run for the final score 59-52. It is important to be mentioned that Portugal ended this game registering amazing 60 rebounds while 23 of those were at the offensive end.

Luzia Lampreia was the key player for her team today. He played almost the entire games recording double-double 17 points and 15 rebounds. Filipa Bernardeco also had important role in Portugal adding 15 points. As it was in the last game, Bar Galinski once again was the best player in Israel collecting fantastic 23 points and 19 rebounds. Avigel Cohen followed her finishing the game with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Next Portugal's rival in Bulgaria will be Greece while Israel will take on undefeated Denmark.


U16 Portugal - U16 Israel 59-52
(10-15, 12-12, 9-17, 17-4, 11-4)

Portugal:
Luzia Lampreia 17 (15 rebs), Filipa Bernardeco 15
Israel: Bar Galinski 23 (19 rebs), Avigel Cohen 12 (6 rebs, 5 as)


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Finland takes it over Romania for 2-0 in Group D - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Romania 62-53

Finland took care for another win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. After victory at the opening day against Montenegro, Finland was better than Romania improving to 2-0 in Preliminary Group D. On the other hand Romania dropped on 1-1 but still with a nice chance to reach the Qualifying Round.

Finland's advantage in the paint was obvious from the very beginning. Finish players grabbed impressive 23 offensive and 31 defensive rebounds while Romanians registered just 12 + 25. Tanks to Anette Juvonen and Evita Iiskola (179-F-93), Finland created 19-8 after first ten minutes. Very soon they extended lead to 27-12, what happened at the middle of the next frame. At the last Finland's possession in the first half Anette Juvonen made it under the basket for 37-23 for her team. Romanians showed some attitude in third frame. Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) and Cristina Bigica made few shots which resulted with minus 3 in 29th minute. Anette Juvonen immediately steeped up for Finland returning 12-point lead to her team. Romania get some closer until the very end but still it was a far away from the victory.

Finland got the most in this game from Anette Juvonen, who added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Evita Iiskola also had a pretty good day finishing the game with 14 points and 8 boards. Gabriela Cursaru was the leading player of her team collecting 16 points and 8 rebounds. Cristina Bigica this time stopped on 11 points. Finland's next rival in Bulgaria will be Croatia while Romania will meet Montenegro.


U16 Finland - U16 Romania 62-53
(19-8, 18-15, 7-15, 18-15)

Finland:
Anette Juvonen 15 (7 rebs), Evita Iiskola 14 (8 rebs)
Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 16 (8 rebs), Cristina Bigica 11


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  RUSSIA - Women  


South Korea unable to stop Russia - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Russia 72:77

Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) and Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) scored 13 points apiece and Russia overcame Korea in the second round of action at the Olympic Games tournament. It was the second straight win for Russian team as they held off Latvia in the opener. Korea meanwhile fell to 1-1 record in Group A. South Korea put up a fierce fight against the European powerhouse. Korea led by 3 points midway through the final stanza. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) came up with crucial four points to put Russia in charge 70:69. Lee Misun got Korea back in the driving seat after she converted a three-point play. Tatiana Shchegoleva netted a freebie and later added a go-ahead basket for Russian team. Kim Kwe Ryong missed both of her attempts from the charity stripe, while Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) was deadly on the other end to lift Russia up by 3. Irina Osipova stepped up with a big block in defense, while Ilona Korstine was fouled and chipped in both free throws to bring Russia to the victory.
It was a seesaw battle from the start as Russia enjoyed a 9-point cushion after the opening stanza, while Korea cut it to 2 at halftime. The Asian team entered the final term already ahead by one and the thriller began. Irina Osipova tallied 11 points and 9 boards for the winners. Rebecca Hammon added 10 points for Russian side. Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) answered with 13 points for Korea. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) dropped 12 points, while Kim Kwe Ryong (191-C-79) had 10 in the loss.

South Korea: Choi Youn Ah 13, Beon Yeon Ha 12
Russia: Ilona Korstine 13, Tatiana Shchegoleva 13, Irina Osipova 11


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  SERBIA - Women  


First-quarter rally propels Hungary past Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16 - Serbia U16 62:57

Hungarian U16 National Team celebrated their initial victory at the European Championship in Poland. Yesterday they narrowly defeated Serbia to improve to 1-1 record in preliminary Group C. Serbia in the meantime suffered their second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Melinda Kesoi (178-F-92) tallied 15 points and 4 assists to lift Hungary to an important victory. Hungarian team scored first 9 points in the game and set the tone for the starting period. They accumulated an 18:5 lead midway through the first stanza before Serbia cut the gap a little bit. However Alma Nemeth (180-F-92), Szabo and Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) capped the first frame with 5 straight points and Hungary led 23:9. Hungary stretched the margin to 18 points early in the second quarter however Serbia refused to fold. They went on a 12:0 rally to trim the deficit to 6 points late in the half. Alma Nemeth crowned it with a layup to give Hungary a 33:25 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third frame with Serbia keeping it at a striking distance. They entered the fourth term trailing by just 4 points. Stulic and Kolic cut the distance to 2 points with under 4 minutes left in regulation. However Melinda Kesoi and Szabo came up with consecutive baskets to enlarge the safe zone to 6 points. Stojanovic gave the trace of hope to Serbia as she poured in a three-pointer but Melinda Kesoi was deadly from charity stripe and sealed the winning outcome for Hungary. Alma Nemeth had 13 points for Hungary. Bettina Baksa added 12 points, while Szabo nailed 11 in the win. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Jovana Karakasevic and Brajkovic dropped 10 points each in a losing case.

Hungary U16: Melinda Kesoi 15, Alma Nemeth 13, Bettina Baksa 12
Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 14, Jovana Karakasevic 10, Brajkovic 10


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia routs Netherlands securing top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
U16 Slovak Republic - U16 Netherlands 61-54

Two teams which celebrated at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B met each other in the second round of Preliminary Group C. Slovakia took this one thanks to well played 30 minutes of the game. Netherlands woke up in the last stanza but it was too late for anything more than 7-point defeat.

Everything started good for Slovakians as they reached plus 6 at the middle of the first frame. After few minutes in the next period Martina Kissova (184-F-93) and Martina Matejcikova led their team to 23 -11. It was a sign that it could be an easy win for Slovakia as Netherlands continued with missing many shots. There was not any news on the court in third period. Slovakians continued where the stopped in the first half. After lay-up by Martina Kissova at the last Slovakia's possession in third quarter it already was huge 51-32. As it was mentioned in introduction, Zera Butter and her teammates woke up for the last ten minutes but it was enough just for minus 5 at the one moment but not any closer than that.

Martina Kissova was the best player for the winning side adding 12 points and 4 rebounds. Martina Matejcikova also shined for the winning team with 10 points and 5 boards. Zera Butter was totally the best in Netherlands netting 20 points. In the last game of Preliminary Group C Slovakia will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina. On th e other side Netherlands will fight with Estonia for second place in Group C.


U16 Slovak Republic - U16 Netherlands 61-54
(15-11, 15-10, 21-11, 10-22)

Slovak Republic:
Martina Kissova 12 (4 rebs), Martina Matejcikova 10 (5 rebs)
Netherlands: Zera Butter 20


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


South Korea unable to stop Russia - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Russia 72:77

Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) and Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) scored 13 points apiece and Russia overcame Korea in the second round of action at the Olympic Games tournament. It was the second straight win for Russian team as they held off Latvia in the opener. Korea meanwhile fell to 1-1 record in Group A. South Korea put up a fierce fight against the European powerhouse. Korea led by 3 points midway through the final stanza. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) came up with crucial four points to put Russia in charge 70:69. Lee Misun got Korea back in the driving seat after she converted a three-point play. Tatiana Shchegoleva netted a freebie and later added a go-ahead basket for Russian team. Kim Kwe Ryong missed both of her attempts from the charity stripe, while Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) was deadly on the other end to lift Russia up by 3. Irina Osipova stepped up with a big block in defense, while Ilona Korstine was fouled and chipped in both free throws to bring Russia to the victory.
It was a seesaw battle from the start as Russia enjoyed a 9-point cushion after the opening stanza, while Korea cut it to 2 at halftime. The Asian team entered the final term already ahead by one and the thriller began. Irina Osipova tallied 11 points and 9 boards for the winners. Rebecca Hammon added 10 points for Russian side. Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) answered with 13 points for Korea. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) dropped 12 points, while Kim Kwe Ryong (191-C-79) had 10 in the loss.

South Korea: Choi Youn Ah 13, Beon Yeon Ha 12
Russia: Ilona Korstine 13, Tatiana Shchegoleva 13, Irina Osipova 11


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain tame Belarus for the second win in a row in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Belarus U16 80:45

Spanish U16 National Team scored another comprehensive victory at the European Championship in Poland. The last tournaments runners-up dominated the game and deservedly improved to 2-0 record in preliminary Group D. A well-balanced performance from Spanish team left no chance for their opponents. Delgado and Casas teamed up for first 8 points from Spaniards as they jumped to an 8:3 lead. Five points from Diaz midway through the frame enlarged the distance to 13 points. Spain used an 11:0 outburst in the second period to enjoy an 18-point advantage midway through the period. Vivas and Farah Suarez (191-C-92) ensured a 43:22 cushion for Spain at halftime. Belarus never recovered after the long break as Spain continued to roll confidently to the victory. Diaz capped the frame with 6 straight points and Spain extended the margin to 35 points. It was all over for Belarus in this one and the teams breezed to the final buzzer. Delgado paced Spain with 18 points. Diaz added 12 points for Spain. Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) responded with 13 points for Belarus. Keida had 7 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Delgado 18, Diaz 12
Belarus U16: Aliaksandra Shymkaviak 13, Keida 7


Spain prevail against New Zealand in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Spain - New Zealand 85:62

Spanish National Team bounced back after the starting loss to China at the Olympic Games tournament. Earlier today they stunned New Zealand to earn their first win at the competition. Both teams are bow tied at 1-1 record in Group B. Spain needed this win to get back into medals contention. And one of the worlds top teams left not a single chance to the Tall Ferns. Spain got to a better start and built an 18:7 lead into the second stanza. New Zealand managed to slow their opponents down a little bit in the second frame but they still failed to outscore the European side. Spain accumulated a 13-point cushion at halftime. Suzie Bates sparked an 8:0 rally from the Kiwis in the third stanza as they gap was trimmed to 8 points. However Spain stepped on the gas in the final minutes of the period and regained a 13-point lead once again. New Zealand tried to stay at a striking distance as they distance was just 10 points at some point in the fourth term. However Spain were never tames as they closed the encounter on a 10:0 rally to score an impressive win. Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) led Spain with 19 points. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) added 18 points, while Alba Torrens (191-F-89) had 9 for the winners. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) led all scorers with 22 points and 5 boards for the Tall Ferns. Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) scored 10 points in defeat. Spain outrebounded their opponents 38:28 and converted solid 54% from the field.

Spain: Isabel Sanchez 19, Ana Montanana 18, Alba Torrens 9
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 22, Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe 10


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland too strong for Switzerland in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Switzerland - U16 Ireland 51-72

Ireland continued it domination on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. After victories against Slovenia and Luxemburg, Ireland was a way better than Switzerland. Thus Ireland improved to 3-0 in Preliminary Group B while Switzerland dropped on 1-1.

Ireland demonstrated slightly better performance in the first half. Thanks to Catriona Foley (170-G-92) and Tessa Solan Ireland created 13-20 in 14th minute. At the one moment it was plus 8 for the official visitor in this game but Switzerland through Meghanne Kolly and Sarah Cavin succeeded to come on 25-29 at the half time. After almost equalized third frame, Ireland totally smashed Switzerland in the next one. The Irish opened it strongly making 10-0 run. From 36th to 38th minute Ireland made another 7-2 run resolving question about the winner.

Catriona Foley paced Ireland to third win draining 22 points and dishing out 5 assists. Tessa Solan followed her with 12 points and 10 boards while Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Switzerland got the most from Sarah Cavin, who scored 13 points. Meghanne Kolly finished the game with 9 points and 7 rebounds. After this victory Ireland will have a day-off while Switzerland will meet the hosts Bulgaria.


U16 Switzerland - U16 Ireland 51-72
(11-10, 14-19, 14-16, 12-27)

Switzerland:
Sarah Cavin 13, Meghanne Kolly 9 (7 rebs)
Ireland: Catriona Foley 22 (5 as), Tessa Solan 12 (10 rebs), Clodagh Scannell 10 (8 rebs, 5 as)


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U16 EC, division B: Denmark cruises past England for 2-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 England 57-47

Denmark remained unbeaten after two appearances on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. As a reminder Denmark was better than Portugal at the opening day 47-45. This time England was the team which couldn't handle Denmark dropping on 0-3 in Preliminary Group A.

Denmark was much better team in this game. The biggest problem England had in the paint where its rival grabbed fantastic 54 rebounds while the official host in this game had just 30. At the same time England struggled a lot with its shot from behind the arc as well as for FG2. The British made just 4 of 14 attempts for 3-pts and 19 of 57 for FG2. Anne Pedersen and her teammates took control on England at the early beginning. After ten minutes it already was plus 7, what they easily kept until the half time. Crucial period of the game was middle of third frame. In minute and a half Denmark made mini 5-0 run setting the score on 39-25. After that moment it was clear who will take this one. Until the end of the game England succeeded just to come on minus 10 but nothing more than that.

Anne Pedersen once again shined to the winners collecting 15 points and 5 boards. Josefine Vincents helped her team with 13 points. Interesting is that England didn't have any player with double-digits in this game. The best scorers were Renee Busch and Francesca Whitby, which scored 9 points each. In the next round of U16 European Championship division B Denmark will try to stay perfect against Israel. On the other hand still winless England will have a day-off.


U16 Denmark - U16 England 57-47
(18-11, 11-11, 17-8, 11-17)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 15 (5 rebs), Josefine Vincents 13
England: Renee Busch 9 (5 rebs), Francesca Whitby 9