EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/13/2008

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  ABA   


Saavedra joins the Buzz - by Gianni Pascucci
Maywood Buzz Owner and General Manager Burrell Lee III announced that the team has signed 6'3' Guard, Wilmington, California native Joey Saavedra, from Harbor City College. Joey was in 2002 up for California High School Player of the year, scoring more than 30 ppg for the Banning High School

Tumult rules minor league hoops offseason - by Chris Munson


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  ANGOLA   


Olympic Games: Powerful USA cruise past Angola - by Eurobasket News
Angola - USA 76-97

As it was expected, USA had an easy job against Angola in the second day of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. It means that USA improved to 2-0 in Preliminary Group B while Angola dropped on 0-2. The next game of USA Dream Team should be more exciting as it will take on Greece, which gave a real basketball lesson to Germany today. On the other hand Angola will try to reach the first win in Beijing against the hosts China.

USA demonstrated its power form the early beginning. After quick 9-8 for Angola, USA created 21-9 until the end of the first stanza. Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Dwight Howard (207-F-85) continued making an easy baskets for their team while the only Angolan player who could compete against strong Americans was Carlos Morais (190-G-85). In the last three minutes of the second quarter, USA once again put into the fifth gear touching plus 21. Nothing has changed after the breather as USA was the team which dominated. After lay-up by Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), USA set the score on 41-63 at the middle of third frame. Dwyane Wade (193-G-82, college: Marquette) and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) took care at the offensive end to stretch advantage of their team to 28 points until the last 10 minutes. After that moment USA slowed down what Angola exploited to come just a little bit closer.

Dwyane Wade paced USA to victory collecting 19 points and 5 rebounds for almost 16 minutes. Dwight Howard followed him scoring 14 points while LeBron James (203-F-84) and Carmelo Anthony drained 12 points each. Carlos Morais was the best for the loosing side netting 24 points. Armando Costa (190-G-83, agency: Players Group) and Luis Costa (193-G-78) stopped on 9 points apiece. Interesting is that Deron Williams, who got 23 minutes, was the player who spent the most time on the court in Dream Team.


Angola - USA 76-97
(18-29, 19-26, 16-26, 23-16)

Angola:
Carlos Morais 24, Armando Costa 9 (4 rebs), Luis Costa 9
USA: Dwyane Wade 19 (5 rebs), Dwight Howard 14, LeBron James 12 (5 as), Carmelo Anthony 12 (6 rebs)


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  ARGENTINA   


Olympic Games: Argentina outplays Australia 85-68 - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Australia 85-68

Argentina registered first victory on the Olympic Games in Beijing. After thriller defeat against Lithuania, the reining Olympic champion succeeded to beat Australia without any extra effort. Thus Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and his teammates improved to 1-1 in Preliminary Group B while Australia is winless yet. As a reminder the Boomers suffered defeat in the first round against Croatia.

It seems that Argentina's players were angry on themselves because of defeat in the first round so they opened this one strongly. Mostly owing to Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) and Gikkniboli Argentineans grabbed huge 18-point lead with 3 minutes to go in the first frame. However, the Boomers succeeded to come on 23-11 after first ten minutes. Thanks to Carlos Delfino's (199-G-82) triple, Argentina once again touched plus 18. After that moment Argentineans slowed down a little bit which Australia exploited ending this period 16-18. Third quarter was crucial period of the game. At the middle of it Andres Nocioni (199-F-79), Emanuel Ginobili and Luis Scola created 7-0 run for 48-33. Everything what Australia succeeded to do until the end was minus 10. It is important to be mentioned that the biggest lead Argentina reached in the last frame and it was plus 20.

Emanuel Ginobili was the key player for Argentina adding 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Luis Scola followed him with 17 points and 7 rebounds while Carlos Delfino finished the game with 14 points and 4 boards. Patrick Mills (178-G-88) shined for the loosing side netting 22 points. Brad Newley (199-G-85) had 11 while David Andersen (212-C-80) stopped on 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the next round reining Olympic champion will take on Croatia. On the other side the Boomers will look for the first victory meeting also winless Iran.


Argentina - Australia 85-68
(23-11, 16-18, 24-17, 22-22)

Argentina:
Emanuel Ginobili 21 (4 rebs, 7 as), Luis Scola 17 (7 rebs), Carlos Delfino 14 (4 rebs)
Australia: Patrick Mills 22, Brad Newley 11, David Andersen 10 (6 rebs)


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  AUSTRALIA   


Olympic Games: Argentina outplays Australia 85-68 - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Australia 85-68

Argentina registered first victory on the Olympic Games in Beijing. After thriller defeat against Lithuania, the reining Olympic champion succeeded to beat Australia without any extra effort. Thus Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and his teammates improved to 1-1 in Preliminary Group B while Australia is winless yet. As a reminder the Boomers suffered defeat in the first round against Croatia.

It seems that Argentina's players were angry on themselves because of defeat in the first round so they opened this one strongly. Mostly owing to Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) and Gikkniboli Argentineans grabbed huge 18-point lead with 3 minutes to go in the first frame. However, the Boomers succeeded to come on 23-11 after first ten minutes. Thanks to Carlos Delfino's (199-G-82) triple, Argentina once again touched plus 18. After that moment Argentineans slowed down a little bit which Australia exploited ending this period 16-18. Third quarter was crucial period of the game. At the middle of it Andres Nocioni (199-F-79), Emanuel Ginobili and Luis Scola created 7-0 run for 48-33. Everything what Australia succeeded to do until the end was minus 10. It is important to be mentioned that the biggest lead Argentina reached in the last frame and it was plus 20.

Emanuel Ginobili was the key player for Argentina adding 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Luis Scola followed him with 17 points and 7 rebounds while Carlos Delfino finished the game with 14 points and 4 boards. Patrick Mills (178-G-88) shined for the loosing side netting 22 points. Brad Newley (199-G-85) had 11 while David Andersen (212-C-80) stopped on 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the next round reining Olympic champion will take on Croatia. On the other side the Boomers will look for the first victory meeting also winless Iran.


Argentina - Australia 85-68
(23-11, 16-18, 24-17, 22-22)

Argentina:
Emanuel Ginobili 21 (4 rebs, 7 as), Luis Scola 17 (7 rebs), Carlos Delfino 14 (4 rebs)
Australia: Patrick Mills 22, Brad Newley 11, David Andersen 10 (6 rebs)


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  BELGIUM   


Mons Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Dexia Mons-Hainaut has signed Adam Hall (196-F/G-80, college: Virginia) for one season. Hall was the second leading scorer (17.3 ppg) in Belgium during the 2006-2007 season when he played for Okapi Aalstar.
Was signed by Charleroi for the 2007-2008 season but they released him in Jan 2008 after 14 games in the Belgian league. Was signed in Feb by Israeli Premier league team Gilboa/Afula Migdal Haemek where he played 15 games with averages of 11.0 ppg and 4.3 rpg.
Hall was voted to the Eurobasket Belgium All Imports and All League team at the end of the 2006-2007 season.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Showcase players have goals, dreams to achieve - by David Edole

If indeed Avery Percival (198-85) fulfills his lifelong dream and plays professional basketball, he'll have traveled a much longer road than even he could have fathomed.

'Road' might be the wrong word, though, because no roads directly connect the places Percival has honed his talents.

After high school, the 6-foot-6 swingman from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands went to Columbia, Mo. to play for Moberly Area Junior College. After a year that didn't match his expectations, Percival was at Reagan High School Thursday to participate in the RCSSports.com Unsigned Senior and JuCo Showcase, hoping to be noticed by one of the several college coaches present.

'I always wanted to (come to the U.S. to play basketball). I want to go pro,' Percival said. 'Here, overseas, it doesn't matter. I want to get paid to do what I love to do.'

Percival, who plays virtually any position except point guard, does not expect to return to Moberly for the 2008-09 season.

'I was looking to get other looks from other schools because Moberly just isn't working for me right now,' he said. 'I want people to think I was on another level ... not so much on scoring and defense but just hustle. Stuff that a lot of players don't do that's huge in the game, and that's what I like to pride myself on doing.

'I'm not afraid to be physical. Stuff that doesn't show up on the stat sheet, that's what I like to do.'

Thirty-eight participants came from across the area, representing such varied high schools as Cypress Springs, Nimitz, La Porte, Dickinson, Fort Bend Baptist and Texas City and, among other colleges, Prairie View A&M.

Jim Hicks, proprietor of RCSSports.com, split the players into several teams. Each team played three games between 2:15 and 8 p.m.

Coaches from Marquette and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi were present early in the day, and several more schools streamed in throughout the afternoon.

Thursday July 31, 2008
Written by Dave Purpura


Avery Perceival 6'6 f (Virgin Islands 2002) - This is a brute strong grown man who was focused and understood the purpose of being there - to obtain exposure towards a free college education in the United States. Avery started off slow, but was much more aggressive and averaged 19ppg during his final pair of games.

Why is he still available? It's a known fact that players who live in the Virgin Islands often go unnoticed by our college coaches. This kid (ahem, man) took it upon his own to fly to Houston with hopes of enhancing his stock. San Jacinto coach was in the building, and has invited him to an on campus workout this weekend.



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  CHINA   


China Must Win Against Angola Thursday -- Scores and Standings - by Arthur Volbert
Spain and the USA share the lead in Group B and Croatia and Lithuania are atop Group A after two of the five preliminary games in the Olympic men's basketball tournament.

China must rebound from its disappointment over Spain's comeback victory today and win its game against Angola Thursday to have any real hope of reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Group A
Lithuania 99 Iran 87
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A04.shtml#BKM400A04
Croatia 85 Russia 78
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A05.shtml#BKM400A05
Argentina 85 Australia 68
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A06.shtml#BKM400A06

Group B
Greece 87 Germany 64
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B04.shtml#BKM400B04
USA 97 Angola 76
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B06.shtml#BKM400B06

Standings
Group A
Croatia-- 2 0
Lithuania 2 0
Argentina 1 1
Russia--- 1 1
Iran----- 0 2
Australia 0 2

Group B
USA---- 2 0
Spain-- 2 0
Greece- 1 1
Germany 1 1
Angola- 0 2
China-- 0 2


China Loses Overtime Heartbreaker to Spain, Losing 14-point Lead in 4th Quarter -- Updated - by Arthur Volbert
China lost a heartbreaker in overtime to 2006 World Champion Spain after blowing a 14-point lead after three quarters. China was ahead 61-47 entering the fourth quarter but Spain rallied to tie the game 72-72 at the end of regulation and went on to win 85-75. Yao Ming fouled out in the overtime period attempting to block a shot by Pau Gasol.

Spain led 20-18 after the first quarter but China was ahead 46-37 at the half.

Liu Wei led China with 19 points, hitting 7 of 12 shots. He had 2 assists and 5 turnovers. But China overall had 20 turnovers to 22 for Spain. Spain outrebounded China 44-32. Spain shot 47 percent from the field to 42 percent for China.

Zhu Fangyu scored 15 points, hitting 5 of 10 shots, and made three steals. Wang Zhizhi had 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting in 22 minutes. Yao Ming had 11 points and 9 rebounds, but hit only 4 of 12 shots and fouled out after 30 minutes.

Yi Jianlian hit 2 of 4 shots and scored 4 points in 38 minutes but he grabbed 9 rebounds and made three steals, committing no turnovers.

Sun Yue had 2 points on 1 of 4 shooting with 3 assists and 3 turnovers, a steal and a block in 25 minutes.

Chen Jianghua had 3 points in 14 minutes but missed all three shots from the floor. He had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 turnovers. Wang Shipeng hit 1 of 5 shots, for three points, in 17 minutes. Li Nan played 10 minutes and scored 3 points.

Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Spain was the star of the game with 29 points, hitting 13 of 17 shots, and grabbing 8 rebounds. Rudy Fernandez had 21 points on 8 of 16 shooting and also grabbed 8 rebounds.

China 18 28 15 11 3 75
Spain 20 17 10 25 13 85

Box Score:
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B05.shtml#BKM400B05


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  DENMARK   


Newest Guard For the Bears - by Aaron Reilly
Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall), a four year starter at Seton Hall University, has signed with the defending Danish champions the Bakken Bears. Jamar is a combo guard from New Jersey who averaged 12 points per game his senior year. Jamar is quoted as saying 'I look forward to making the trip to Aarhus, and cannot wait to step on the court and help this team defend the championship.' After a terrific season by Jason Siggers, Jamar hopes to be the next in line to help Bakken win the championship.

Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 21-3 
 2. Svendborg 19-5 
 3. Amager BK 15-9 
 4. Horsholm 11-13 
 5. Randers 11-13 
 6. Horsens IC 10-14 
 7. Naestved 9-15 
 8. SISU 6-18 
 9. Aabyhoj 6-18 
 10. Roskilde 0-0 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers Gliniadakis and Monya Playing in 2008 Beijing Olympics - by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Albuquerque Thunderbird center Andreas Gliniadakis (7'1''-C-81) made his presence felt in his first ever Olympic action against Germany during preliminary play at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Playing 10 minutes to help offset the interior presence of naturalized-German Chris Kaman, Andreas tallied eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one block as Greece rolled to an 87-64 victory. A D-League Champion and All-D-League Honorable Mention selection in 2006 with the Thunderbirds, Gliniadakis averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 24 games before heading to Italy to play for VidiVici Bologna in May of 2007.
Sergei Monya (6'9''-F-83) had an even briefer stint in the D-League; as an assigned player from the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2005-06 season, the Russian forward averaged 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists before being re-called to Portland. Thus far in Russias two games (1-1), Monya has provided depth off the bench, including a team high six rebounds on Sunday in a victory over Iran. Over two games Sergei is averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Olympiak. 0-0 
 2. Unicaja 0-0 
 3. Macc.T-A 0-0 
 4. Cibona 0-0 
 5. Le Mans 0-0 
 6. Air AV 0-0 
Group B
 1. Prokom 0-0 
 2. Nancy 0-0 
 3. Montepas. 0-0 
 4. PAO 0-0 
 5. Zalgiris 0-0 
 6. Barcelona 0-0 
 7. Armani 0-0 
Group C
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Lottomatica 0-0 
 3. Tau 0-0 
 4. Joventut 0-0 
 5. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 6. Olimpija 0-0 
Group D
 1. Panionios 0-0 
 2. Partizan 0-0 
 3. Efes P. 0-0 
 4. Real 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 


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  GERMANY   


Werne signs two Americans - by Daniel Poerschke
TV Werne of the 2. Regionalliga West announced the signing of their two new americans today: Matt Goldsmith (200-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and Tramaine Aaron (183-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Berry) will strenghten the team of Head Coach Ivan Rosic for the upcoming season. Power Forward Goldsmith comes from NCAA 3 national powerhouse Amherst College and in 2007 he was part of the National Championship winning Amherst team. Point Guard Aaron is a graduate from Berry College and was named a NAIA All-American in 2007.

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  JAMAICA   


NBL second round starts tonight - by Leonard Whyte
The second round of the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) kicks off this evening at the National Stadium courts with two games. At 6:00 pm JDF will face Runnin' Rebels and at 7:45 pm former champions St. George's Slayers will tackle Portmore Flames. The first round of the competition ended last Saturday with the playing of the Midseason Finals, where defending champions Urban Knights held off a strong challenge from newcomers Port Royal Bulls.

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  NBA   


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 66-16 
 2. Toronto R. 41-41 
 3. Philadelphia 40-42 
 4. New Jersey N. 34-48 
 5. New York K. 23-59 
Central Div.
 1. Detroit P. 59-23 
 2. Cleveland C. 45-37 
 3. Indiana P. 36-46 
 4. Chicago B. 33-49 
 5. Milwaukee B. 26-56 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 52-30 
 2. Washington W. 43-39 
 3. Atlanta H. 37-45 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-50 
 5. Miami H. 15-67 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah J. 54-28 
 2. Denver N. 50-32 
 3. Portland T.B. 41-41 
 4. Minnesota T. 22-60 
 5. Seattle S. 20-62 
Pacific Div.
 1. Los Angeles L. 57-25 
 2. Phoenix S. 55-27 
 3. Golden St. 48-34 
 4. Sacramento K. 38-44 
 5. Los Angeles C. 23-59 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 56-26 
 2. N.Orleans H. 56-26 
 3. Houston R. 55-27 
 4. Dallas M. 51-31 
 5. Memphis G. 22-60 


Olympic Games: Powerful USA cruise past Angola - by Eurobasket News
Angola - USA 76-97

As it was expected, USA had an easy job against Angola in the second day of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. It means that USA improved to 2-0 in Preliminary Group B while Angola dropped on 0-2. The next game of USA Dream Team should be more exciting as it will take on Greece, which gave a real basketball lesson to Germany today. On the other hand Angola will try to reach the first win in Beijing against the hosts China.

USA demonstrated its power form the early beginning. After quick 9-8 for Angola, USA created 21-9 until the end of the first stanza. Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Dwight Howard (207-F-85) continued making an easy baskets for their team while the only Angolan player who could compete against strong Americans was Carlos Morais (190-G-85). In the last three minutes of the second quarter, USA once again put into the fifth gear touching plus 21. Nothing has changed after the breather as USA was the team which dominated. After lay-up by Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), USA set the score on 41-63 at the middle of third frame. Dwyane Wade (193-G-82, college: Marquette) and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) took care at the offensive end to stretch advantage of their team to 28 points until the last 10 minutes. After that moment USA slowed down what Angola exploited to come just a little bit closer.

Dwyane Wade paced USA to victory collecting 19 points and 5 rebounds for almost 16 minutes. Dwight Howard followed him scoring 14 points while LeBron James (203-F-84) and Carmelo Anthony drained 12 points each. Carlos Morais was the best for the loosing side netting 24 points. Armando Costa (190-G-83, agency: Players Group) and Luis Costa (193-G-78) stopped on 9 points apiece. Interesting is that Deron Williams, who got 23 minutes, was the player who spent the most time on the court in Dream Team.


Angola - USA 76-97
(18-29, 19-26, 16-26, 23-16)

Angola:
Carlos Morais 24, Armando Costa 9 (4 rebs), Luis Costa 9
USA: Dwyane Wade 19 (5 rebs), Dwight Howard 14, LeBron James 12 (5 as), Carmelo Anthony 12 (6 rebs)


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  NCAA1   


Nikola Koprivica of Washington State University captured Gold at U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Washington State University rising-junior, Nikola Koprivica (6'7''-G/F-88), and his Serbian team captured the gold Sunday after defeating Lithuania, 96-89, in the championship game of the 2008 U20 European Championship.

'It means so much to win because it takes a lot to be the European Champion,' Koprivica said. 'It means even more because this is probably the last time we will all be playing together in the same age group, so it's great to be able to take home the championship in our final competition together. I'm just so happy I played, and to be the team's captain was a great honor.'

The champion of Group F, Serbia finished the championship with a 5-1 record, while Group E champion Lithuania dropped to 4-2 to pick up the silver. Sunday's game was Serbia's seventh game in 10 days, but fatigue was never an issue for the Serbians.

'You never get tired when you're playing for a championship,' Koprivica said. 'I will probably be tired tomorrow, but right now I'm not.'

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Koprivica came off the bench to score five points in 11 minutes of action. Koprivica, the lone captain of the team, added three rebounds, two assists and a steal. He hit his only 3-point attempt of the game.

'Lithuania is a good shooting team but we played pretty well,' Koprivica said. 'We started off pretty well. They're a good team so they came back a little bit, but I think our aggression and our big guys made this happen. We just played our game and got the win.'

Milan Macvan led Serbia with 31 points. Marko Keslij added 20 points, while Miroslave Raduljica, the MVP of the competition, put up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Martynas Gecevicius and Donatas Motiejunas led Lithuania with 16 points apiece.

Serbia, which led 29-27 after the first quarter, extended its lead to 11 (53-42) at the half, sparked by a 24-15 advantage in the second period. Lithuania used a solid third quarter to pull within seven points (72-65) heading into the fourth quarter.

Lithuania opened the fourth strong, cutting Serbia's lead to one at 79-78 with six minutes to go. Serbia extended its lead to as many as 10 in the final period, before a 3-pointer by Lithuania in the final seconds gave the Serbians a seven-point victory.

Spain defeated Turkey to capture bronze at the championship. Montenegro (fifth), Italy (sixth), France (seventh) and Ukraine (eighth) rounded out the top eight teams.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Beverley suspended by Razorbacks - by Kevin Cochran

Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley (6'1''-G-88), who was expected to be Razorbacks top scorer this season, has been declared academically ineligible according to sources close to the program. The same sources say Beverley is not considering transferring, but is trying to decide whether to stay at Arkansas or pursue a pro career in Europe. Beverly still has a redshirt season, which would let him take a year to get eligble. He would them have two seasons to play in Fayetteville.


However, usbasket.com has learned Beverley has had academic problems throughout his basketball career, which may result in him choosing to leave school. Arkansas' coaching staff is said to be frustrated by the situation as they have tried to help Beverly become more focused in life.

Beverley averaged 12.1 points, a team high 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season.



Explorers add new player, coach - by Kevin Cochran

La Salle men's basketball coach Dr. John Giannini has announced that Karon Burton, a 5'9 point guard from Chester High School, will attend La Salle University.

Burton, who will enroll during the fall semester, will concentrate on academics during the upcoming season with plans to be eligible to play in the 2009-10 season.

'Karon was a great player, winner and leader throughout his Chester High career,'
commented Giannini. 'He has excellent playmaking and scoring abilities and his quickness gives our team a valuable asset.'

Burton averaged 18.1 points and 7.9 assists while leading the Clippers to a 33-1 record and a Pennsylvania Class AAAA State Championship.

The Explorers also have promoted Harris Adler to assistant coach from director of basketball operations. He replaces Ashley Howard, who has moved across town to Drexel.

The Explorers open the 2008-09 season on Saturday November 15th when they host Morgan St. at Tom Gola Arena. They will play Philadelphia in an exhibition game one week earlier on November 7th at Gola Arena.



Courtesy: La Salle athletics




Pat Calathes will play professionally in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Former Saint Joseph's standout Pat Calathes (6'10''-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) has signed a professional contract with the Maroussi in Greece.

The A1 level club, located in Northern Athens, signed Calathes to a three-year contract. It lost in the semifinals of last year's A1 League playoffs but will compete this season in the EuroCup.

Calathes had his best season in a Hawk uniform in 2007-08. He led SJU in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) this season while earning Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and A-10 All-Championship Team honors. The 6-10 guard was named the Big 5 Co-Player of the Year and helped the Hawks reach the conference title game and the NCAA Tournament. Calathes, who graduated with a degree in marketing, finished his career with 1,251 points and 630 rebounds, becoming one of just 26 players in school history to record over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Another former Hawk standout, Pat Carroll, recently signed with Beirasar Rosalia, which competes in the Spanish LEB Gold League.

Last season, Carroll split time between two teams in Spain, averaging 7.5 points for Seville and then 13.4 points for Alicante.

Courtesy of.www.cstv.com


Samford names Thomas Johnson assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Thomas Johnson, a long-time high school coach in both Alabama and Tennessee, and more recently an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee and UAB, was officially named an assistant men's basketball coach at Samford University on Monday, announced Head Coach Jimmy Tillette.

'Thomas is going to be a great asset to our staff,' said Tillette. 'He brings a wealth of experience to our basketball program and he has excellent recruiting connections here in the region. In addition to those qualities, he is also a first-class person and will be very well-liked by everyone on the team and in the athletic department.'

Johnson was hired Monday to fill the position vacated by Derrick Jones, who recently accepted a coaching job at the University of New Orleans (UNO).

Johnson comes to Samford after spending two seasons as the top assistant coach under Kermit Davis at Middle Tennessee. Prior to his time at MTSU, Johnson logged more than 20 years as a successful high school college coach in both Alabama and Tennessee. Johnson, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bulldog staff, also spent four years on the staff at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), helping lead the Blazers to three winning seasons and an NCAA Tournament berth.

'I'm really excited to be here at Samford and I'm looking forward to working with this staff,' said Johnson. 'I've always really admired Coach Tillette and what he's been able to accomplish here at Samford and now it's a good feeling to be a part of it. I think that this team has a lot of potential and I'm excited about the upcoming season.'

His duties on the Samford men's basketball staff will include, but are not limited to, recruiting, scouting, film exchange, as well as the day-to-day preparation of the Bulldog basketball team.

During his time at Middle Tennessee, Johnson, who is regarded as a staunch recruiter, was part of a Middle Tennessee staff that landed a 2007 signing class rated No. 1 in the Sun Belt and No. 48 nationally by HoopScoop, as well as the No. 13-rated class among the nation's mid-major programs by Rivals.com.

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'Thomas is going to be a great asset to our staff. He brings a wealth of experience to our basketball program and he has excellent recruiting connections here in the region. In addition to those qualities, he is also a first-class person and will be very well-liked by everyone on the team and in the athletic department.'
Samford head coach Jimmy Tillette
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'This is going to be a fun recruiting position, because Samford is not going to be hard to sell at all,' Johnson said. 'The facilities here are all first-class and from a basketball standpoint we have everything that we would want. Joining the Southern Conference is also going to be great for us, because it is an outstanding league and the success of Davidson has also helped step up the excitement in the conference.'

Johnson, who coached at Wooddale High School in Memphis, went to Middle Tennessee after overhauling the Wooddale High School program during his four seasons there. Prior to Johnson's arrival the Memphis high school endured an 0-23 season in 2001-02, but it enjoyed four straight seasons of 22 wins or more in his four years there, including a 24-9 mark in 2002-03.

For his efforts, Johnson was named the District 15-3A Coach of the Year in 2002-03, as well as the Commercial Appeal Co-Coach of the Year for the same season.

Wooddale, which enjoyed a 94-36 record and three seasons of 24 wins, won the district championship in 2005-06 and finished second in the district two other times. Additionally, the program reached the Region 8-3A semifinals all four years under Johnson and missed the state tournament by one game each time.

Prior to his four seasons at Wooddale, Johnson was on Murry Bartow's UAB staff as an assistant coach for four seasons and was part of three winning seasons and a NCAA Tournament berth in 1998-99 when the squad fashioned a 20-12 mark. The Blazers won the Conference USA National Division championship during the 1998-99 season.

Johnson spent 17 years (1981-98) as the head coach at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala., before joining the staff at UAB and he enjoyed a sterling 309-191 record. He was a three-time Shelby County Coach of the Year (1982, 1987, 1995) and his teams won five area championships, four area runners-up and reached the sub-state playoffs on five other occasions.

'It's good to be back in the Birmingham area,' said Johnson. 'I was a long-time high school coach here earlier in my career and I still have a lot of friends in the business. I was recently asked to speak at the Alabama High School Coaches Association and that helped me meet a lot of new coaches as well. This is a hotbed for basketball talent and I'm glad to be back in the area.'

Johnson's first head coaching stop was at Weogufka (Ala.) High School, where his team's posted a 49-29 record during his four seasons. In all, the successful coach produced a combined ledger of 452-266 for a 63 percent winning percentage in 25 seasons.

Johnson, who played college basketball at Montevallo (Ala.), has two daughters - Adrian (29) and Katie (21), as well as two sons - Marques (26) and Caleb (14).

The Samford University basketball team completed its 2007-08 campaign with a 14-16 overall record and a 10-10 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Bulldogs finished the year as the fifth-place team in the conference and qualified for postseason play for a school-record 15th-straight season.

In the upcoming 2008-09 campaign, Samford will make its long-awaited transition to the esteemed Southern Conference, and will begin competition in the new conference in December.

The Bulldogs will return three starters from last year's squad, along with seven returning lettermen, three talented incoming freshmen and the services of highly-touted redshirt freshman Matthew Friday and transfer Peter Carroll.

Thomas Johnson Timeline

Years, Pos., School
1973-77, Player, Montevallo
1977-81, Head Coach, Weogufka HS (Weogufka, Ala.)
1981-98, Head Coach, Thompson HS (Alabaster, Ala.)
1998-02, Assistant Coach, UAB
2002-06, Head Coach, Wooddale HS (Memphis, Tenn.)
2006-08, Assistant Coach, Middle Tennessee
2008-present, Assistant Coach, Samford

Courtesy of www.samfordsports.cstv.com


JC guard Bobby Maze signs with Vols - by Eurobasket News
Bobby Maze (6'2''-G) has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Tennessee beginning with the 2008-09 season, head coach Bruce Pearl announced Wednesday.

A 6-foot-2, 185-pound point guard, Maze led Hutchinson Community College with 20.7 points, 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a sophomore last season. A first team NJCAA All-America, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Jayhawk Conferences Western Division after leading the Blue Dragons to a 23-9 overall record and a 12-4 mark in league play. The Washington, DC, native set a school record with 16 assists in a game against Barton County CC and became just the third player in school history to record more than 200 assists in a season when he registered 218 this year. Maze began his college career at the University of Oklahoma where he played in 22 games, earning five starting assignments, and averaged 5.6 points and 2.5 assists as a freshman in 2006-07.

Bobby was the best point guard in all of junior college this year, said Pearl, who has led the Vols to a 77-24 record in three seasons. We added incoming freshman Daniel West but, with the loss of Ramar Smith, we needed another ball-handler. Bobby is fast with the ball, is excellent in the transition game and the ball screen offense. He is a pass first guard who can also make the open shots.

Maze is the fifth member of Tennessees 2008 signing class, joining Scotty Hopson (6-7, 185, Guard, Hopkinsville, Ky.), Philip Jurick (6-10, 250, Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.), Daniel West (6-1, 165, Guard, Saginaw, Mich.) and Renaldo Woolridge (6-8, 205, Wing, North Hollywood, Calif.).

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Daniel West at University of Tennessee - by Eurobasket News
Daniel West has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Tennessee beginning with the 2008-09 season, head coach Bruce Pearl announced Wednesday.

A 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard, West had 21 points and eight assists to lead Saginaw (Mich.) High School to a 90-71 win over Detroit Pershing in the Class A state championship game last month. The Trojans, who won their second consecutive state title, finished the 2007-08 season with a 27-1 record and ranked No. 4 in the nation by USA Today. A member of the Detroit Free Press All-State boys basketball Dream Team, West averaged 15 points, 11 assists and six steals running the point for coach Lou Dawkins.

There is probably no position more important to look for a champion that at point guard, said Pearl, who has led the Vols to a 77-24 record in three seasons. What Daniel has accomplished at Saginaw High School speaks for itself. He has all of the qualities of a good point guard. He makes people better by distributing the basketball. He has the ability to score and he can make plays when the game is on the line. Defensively, his ability to anticipate and steal the ball should really help our press. He is also fortunate to have played for Lou Dawkins who is one of the best high school coaches in the nation.

West is the third member of Tennessees signing class. He will join early signees Philip Jurick (6-0, 250, Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Renaldo Woolridge (6-8, 205, Wing, North Hollywood, Calif.) in Knoxville next season.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Kruger gets extension - by Kevin Cochran

UNLV has signed men's basketball coach Lon Kruger to a one-year extension.

The deal, which was approved by the Nevada Board of Regents, will keep the 55-year-old Kruger in Sin City until 2013.

'The extension is well-deserved and were looking forward to continuing the success of Rebel basketball with Lon Kruger as our coach,' UNLV athletic director Mike Hamrick said.

'(My wife) Barb and I love living in Las Vegas and appreciate the opportunity to work with the young men in our program,' Kruger said.

Kruger was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after leading UNLV to a 27-8 record and its second straight MWC tournament title this past season, his fourth at the school. The Runnin Rebels lost to eventual national champion Kansas in the NCAA Tournaments second round.

The appearance in the NCAA Tournament was the second straight for UNLV, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2007, and marked the first time the Runnin Rebels won a game in the event in consecutive years since 1990 and 1991. Overall, Kruger has guided UNLV to a 91-42 (.684) mark, including a record of 57-15 (.792) over the last two seasons.


Courtesy: PA Sports Ticker



Wildcats bring back two former players - by Kevin Cochran

Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop announced today that former Wildcats Matt McKillop and Terrell Ivory have joined his coaching staff. Matt McKillop will serve as an assistant coach, and Ivory has been named the director of basketball operations.

'We welcome two coaches who have Division I playing experience, professional playing experience along with coaching experience,' said Bob McKillop . 'Of greater importance is that they wear Davidson on their hearts. They were captains, and they were leaders who embodied the values and principles that are the foundation of our program. The connection to the Davidson history that ties our program together will be further enhanced by their presence.'

McKillop, who served as an assistant coach last season at Emory enjoyed a standout career as a Wildcat, earning four varsity letters (2003-2006), serving as team captain as senior and starting 98-of-117 career contests. He helped the Wildcats to three Southern Conference South Division crowns and a SoCon Tournament championship in 2006.

McKillop was a member of the Davidson teams that competed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and the 2005 NIT, finishing his career with 955 points, 241 rebounds, 213 assists and 223 3-pointers, which ranks third on the schools all-time list. Following his collegiate career, McKillop traveled overseas where he played for the USK Praha Basketball Club in the Czech Republic.

Ivory returns to Davidson from Blair Academy in New Jersey, where he spent the three years as an assistant coach. A four-year lettermen from 2000-04, He played in 67 career games for the Wildcats and tallied 172 points, 78 rebounds and 88 assists. Ivory helped lead the Cats to a SoCon Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002 before going on to a professional playing career in England.

'Terrell is a terrific teacher of the game having played under an excellent coach in Bob McKillop ,' said Blair Academy coach Joe Mantegna. 'He is fantastic at interacting with players of various backgrounds and playing experience.'

Davidson returns three starters and 11 lettermen, including four of its top six scorers, from the 2007-08 team that advanced to the Midwest Regional Final and finished the season ranked ninth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Courtesy: davidsonwildcats.com



Irish get early start in Ireland - by Kevin Cochran

Zach Hillesland (6'9''-F-86) could be sitting at home, relaxing, doing nothing. But that wouldn't be any fun.

'This is my life at this point,' said Hillesland, one of several senior leaders on the 2008-09 Notre Dame men's basketball team that will get an early jump on the season with a 14-day excursion to Ireland beginning Aug. 12.

'This is what I like to do. This is how I've set up my lifeplaying basketball and being around my best friends.'

'Yeah, I could be at home. But I'd just be sitting around.'

The Irish love the idea of getting an early jump on a season that could find them ranked as high as the Top 5-10 when the first poll of the season comes out. That's a far cry from the last two years when Notre Dame couldn't even make it into the top half of the Big East in the pre-season projections.

'I was home this weekend and my mom records all the games, so I was watching a couple of those and I was getting antsy,' Hillesland said. 'I guess it was a good time to watch some of those games because I was eager to get back on the court.

'I think everyone is excited, especially with the kind of year we had last year and then ending with a disappointing finish against Washington St.. This is a great opportunity for us to get back out there and compete again.'

With a veteran crew on hand, the Irish hit the ground running Monday night during the first practice session.

'We don't have any freshmen to introduce to our offensive system and our defensive philosophy, so this is really going to help us to get off to a quick start,' said guard Kyle McAlarney (6'1''-G-87).

'We're buying into that philosophy that no one else in the country gets to do this except us. We're going to take this seriously and use it to our advantage.'

Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88), the reigning Big East player of the year, was already having withdrawals from his teammates when he slipped away for a few days upon the conclusion of summer school last week.

'It feels like I've been away from these guys forever,' Harangody smiled. 'I just want to see how hungry we are. I can already tell from the pickup (games) that we're flowing well as a team.'

Harangody has been working diligently at improving his game, just as he did a year ago when he made strides with his left hand dribble drive and expanded his shooting range. This summer, it's been more of the same, working on his left hand, his mid-range shot and his defense. Now it's time to apply it against some competition.

'We feel kind of special as the only team in the country that is in here right now,' Harangody said. 'We get a full 10 days of practice. We're going to gel, we're going to work on things with the coaches...we're getting a head start.'

Although the Irish will spend very little time scouting their opponentsan all-star team and teams representing Ireland, Poland and Iceland this is a first step toward what they hope to be a truly special 2008-09 season.

'We don't take this like we're playing for a national championship,' said junior guard Tory Jackson (5'10''-G-88). 'Then again it's competition. We want to go over there and treat this like they're a Georgetown or a Syracuse or one of the powerhouses in our conference.

'If we let up, that's when a lot of teams get knocked down. We want to have the mentality like it's March. We want to get that championship mentality going.'

It was difficult to figure out Monday who was more excited: the players or head coach Mike Brey .

'I am fired up!' Brey declared. 'I'm energized because usually at this time of the year, you're in just the recruiting mode. To get to work with your team in August, especially this group of veterans, I think it's going to energize our whole staff.

'You can experiment with things. You get to look at the younger guys who have not gotten much of a look in our program. It gives us some material to discuss in pre-season meetings.

'You want to use this time as an advantage, but you have to pace yourself through it because our season is so long. But at the end of the day, it will be a positive.'

Courtesy: IrishIllustrated.com




Mizzou ready to head north - by Kevin Cochran

Mizzou Basketball received final confirmation of their three Canadian opponents for this month's tour as the Tigers will face the Ontario All-Stars on Aug. 30, defending Canadian National Champion Brock University on Aug. 31 and the Southern Ontario All-Stars on Sept. 1.

Missouri will depart Columbia on Aug. 29 in the afternoon and will fly out of St. Louis at approximately 5:35 p.m. (CT). Following a short layover, the team is expected to land in Buffalo, N.Y., at approximately 10:20 p.m. (ET) and will spend the evening in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Missouri opens its exhibition tour on Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. (ET) against the Ontario All-Stars and will have a chance to watch the No. 7 Tiger Football team later that evening in the season-opener against Illinois. Tiger fans will be able to hear Head Coach Mike Anderson talk about his hardwood squad after that opening game on the Tiger Radio Network's football pre-game show with Mike Kelly, Chris Gervino and Coach John Kadlec.

Mizzou will then face defending Canadian National Champion Brock University on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. (ET) before taking in some of the sites in the area, including a Maid of the Mist tour. Both the Aug. 30-31 contests will be held at the Bob Davis Gymnasium in St. Catharines, Ontario and mutigers.com will provide live in-game updates (in Blog form) of both games thanks to the assistance of Brock University.

The Tigers wrap up their three-game tour on Sept. 1 vs. the Southern Ontario All-Stars at 10 a.m. (ET). That contest will be played in Welland, Ontario. Due to a lack of internet availability in the facility, no live Blog will be available for that third contest.

Following the game the team will travel to the Buffalo Airport and are expected back in Columbia at 10 p.m. that evening.

For more information on the University of Missouri Basketball program, please visit our website at mutigers.com.

Courtesy: mutigers.com



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News from upNorth - by Kaare Vangen
Ronny Lange will continue as assistant coach in Troms Storm. He will work under Jeff Lange who is ready for a new season. Despite having the same family name the two coaches are not related.

Harstad Vikings, six consecutive times BLNO finalist, have signed Ifiok Adahada (187-G-87) from Kristiansand Pirates. Adahada was PG for Kristiansand and will probably play backup for Jeff Rogers in Harstad. In an interview with local newspaper Harstad Tidende he states that he wants to win championships with the club. He also hopes to improve his skills by learning from Rogers who has been one of the key factors to Vikings' success.


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Croatia2-0
2. Lithuania2-0
3. Russia1-1
4. Argentina1-1
5. Australia1-1
6. Iran0-2
Group B
1. Spain2-0
2. USA2-0
3. Germany1-1
4. Greece1-1
5. Angola0-2
6. China0-2


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Tumult rules minor league hoops offseason - by Chris Munson


Frost Heaves staff updatings - by Gianni Pascucci
Will Voigt , the Green Mountain State native who guided the Vermont Frost Heaves to back-to-back ABA titles during the franchises first two seasons, will coach the team again next season, its inaugural campaign in the Premier Basketball League. In addition, Michael Healey, who became the clubs Director of Operations in February 2006, will serve as General Manager, while Joe Salerno of Barre will add marketing duties to his portfolio as the teams Director of Sales and Marketing. The Frost Heaves also announced that Team Sponsors The Sports & Fitness Edge, Physical Therapy Center of Vermont , VSECU and the Vermont Army National Guard will be returning to help support the Frost Heaves as they embark on their inaugural PBL season. Northfield Savings Bank, the Times-Argus, and National Life will also be returning for the 2008-09 season.

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Standings - UZO Liga
UZO Liga Standings
 1. Benfica 0-0 
 2. Ovarense 0-0 
 3. Porto Ferpinta 0-0 
 4. Barreirense 0-0 
 5. Fisica 0-0 
 6. Ginasio 0-0 
 7. CAB 0-0 
 8. Academica 0-0 
 9. Belenenses 0-0 
 10. Lusitania 0-0 
 11. Vitoria 0-0 
 12. Vagos 0-0 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Seixal 0-0 
 2. Sangalhos 0-0 
 3. Queluz 0-0 
 4. Illiabum 0-0 
 5. Atletico 0-0 
 6. Sampaense 0-0 
 7. Maia 0-0 
 8. Esgueira 0-0 
 9. Angra 0-0 
 10. Electrico FC 0-0 
 11. Barcelos 0-0 
 12. Galitos FC 0-0 


Vagos signs Mario Jorge - by Luis Rocha
Vagos keeps on adding players to renforce its roster. This time they went to Mario Jorge (190-G/F-77), a forward who can play as a 2 also. Jorge has played lat season with CAB, and though he struggled with some dificulties at the beggining, he managed to made a nice job there, and now goes to Vagos ready to be one of their best adds. Jorge hes a very though defender and give his most on the court day in day out.

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Dynamo is interested in NBA player Pargo, Nikolaev signs with Enisey - by Eurobasket News
Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) changed his Spartak St Petersburg to Enisey. The Russian player will be working again with his ex-coach Brazis as they spent two seasons in Spartak since 2004-2006.
Dmitri Nikolaev started his career in 1999-2000 for CSKA Moscow cadet team. In 2000-2001 he played for Polkovo St.Petersburg as well as in 2001-2002. In the season after Dmitri moved to Conti Group St.Petersburg and started in the first five for the team. In 2003-2004: Conti St.Petersburg he played in 46 games averaging 11,6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg. In 2004-2005 moved to LenVO St.Petersburg and in 15games had 20,6ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3bpg, 2.1spg.
Spartak St.Petersburg saw Dimitri in the late 2004 and the season after in 27 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 47.0%, FT: 76.0%.Dmitri Nikolaev improved his stats in 2006-2007: Spartak St.Petersburg having 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 66.0%. Last season saw him even in 9 games of FIBA EuroCup. He averaged 7.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 50%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 81%; and in Russian League had 4.8ppg, 2.5rpg.
Meanwhile Dynamo is interested in NBA player Jannero Pargo (187-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas). He is one of the top players for the New Orleans in NBA and in the regular season had 8.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg. He improved his stats in the Play-offs as in 12 games Jannero Pargo had 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg. Eurobasket will follow this news and will let you know if we know more information.


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North Metro nips Summer Hill 90-87 to take City B-League Championship - by David Archer
Davis drills 35 to pace North Metro to their first Title...

Cartersville, GA - North Metro battled from several deficits and built their own double-digit lead, before hanging on to win 90-87 to capture the SEBL City Conference B-League Title over the heavily favored Summer Hill squad in front a packed house on Sunday evening at JH Morgan Gym.

Despite coming into the title game with an undefeated record for the summer, the younger North Metro squad came in as the underdogs against veteran Summer Hill team, who was also undefeated. Both teams came in with identical 11-0 records for the summer slate.

Summer Hill had the hot hand early on as Mike Reynolds and Chris Brown hit threes, while Michael Linley and Chris Jones both got short jumpers on the baseline. The North Metro recruits found themselves down by as many as 10 in the first five minutes, but they began to slowly work back behind the perimeter shooting of Richard Davis, along with power drives by Josh White. North Metro finally took the lead after an lob pass from Darryl Williams and slam by Chris Taylor. Down two with only second remaining in the first half, Chris Morgan drove for a bucket, then turned around and stole a pass. He took a quick power-dribble and shot a clean 14-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Summer Hill a 45-43 lead at the break.

In the second half, the recruits of North Metro came out strong, as Chris Taylor made several acrobatic moves to the basket and connected on two more lob slams one coming from Williams, another from Davis both on transition after Summer Hill turnovers. Reynolds had gone cold for Summer Hill and their offense began to stagnate, while Taylor and Davis were still getting buckets for Metro to slowly creep out to a 12-point spread. The lead continued to grow. Two Josh White freethrows with 8:40 left put Metro up 78-59. Summer Hill seemed out of it. However, after a timeout, Summer Hill began to apply pressure which created turnovers and quick buckets by Linley and Chris Morgan, igniting a spectacular 23-2 run. Browns lay-in with 2:35 showing, finally put Summer Hill back up 81-80. Taylors freethrows put Metro back up, but Summer Hill answered again with a bucket from Morgan, making it 83-82. Metros Davis got free for a bucket with 1:20 left and again Summer Hill fired back with a basket in the lane by Jones. Davis took a pass from Taylor and scooped it up with :35 ticks left, then after Jones missed two freethrows he scored again to give Metro an 88-85 lead. Tony Cook buried a short jumper for Summer Hill with only :11 seconds left, trimming it to 88-87. On the inbounds, Metros Brandon Harris was fouled with :07 showing. He calmly sank both. Summer Hill called timeout. They inbounded the ball and a skip-pass found Reynolds open on the wing. His shot looked good, but rimmed in and out at the buzzer, allowing North Metro to escape with the win.

Brown led Summer Hill with 22 points, while Jones had 17, Linley 13, Morgan 12, Reynolds 11, Cook nine and Marcus Henderson three.

Davis, who was named the City Conference Tournament MV,P led all scorers with 35 points, as White had 22, Taylor 17, Williams five, Rod Williams and Harris four each and Mark Christmas three. Breion Brazier didnt score but came in to apply tough defensive coverage at several critical junctures.


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Helios adds Petrovic and Jacobson, Zlatorog inks Zitko, Triglav names coach - by Zeljko Zule

Helios signed Vjeko Petrovic (193-G-81) ex Turow and American Nick Jacobson (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) ex Bree for the upcoming season.

Zlatorog inked Croatian Luka Zitko (201-F-81) ex Grude for one year. Last season he averaged 26,3 minutes, 16,4 points, 3,8 reboudns and 1,5 assists in 12 games of Bosnian League Play-Off and 12,8 points in 20 games of Bosnian League's first stage.

Aleksandar Sekulic, an assistant coach of the National Team, was named the head coach at Triglav (B1).
Primoz Skok (192-G-84) of TCG Mercator is negotiating with Novi Sad.



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Marconato sigs for Bruesa; Moss for Murcia - by Francisco Martinez

Bruesa GBC has announced the signing of Denis Marconato (211-C-75) for the next season. He is the center that the Basque team was looking for, and will compose the forntcourt of the just promoted team together with Lou Roe, David Doblas, Bernard Hopkins and Carlos Andrade. Denis Marconato left Barcelona in the beginning of the summer, whe the Catalonian team annonced that they did not count on the center for the next season roster.


Chris Moss (204-F-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia) has signed for CB Murcia after reaching an agreement for the next two seasons. By this way, Murcia completes its tall players list, composed by Jesse Young, Diego Fajardo, Lamont Barnes, Oscar Garcia and Chris Moss. Moss has played the last seasons in Menorca, a team which played in LEB league when he arrived and that has grown together with the individual adding of Chris Moss.



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Threepeat! Hoyas Take CBA Championship Again; Referees Slammed - by David Edole
The Choices Basketball Association's two-time defending champions, the Hoyas, are now three-time champs after knocking off the Lakers 84-82 Monday at the Central High School Gym.
The Hoyas had to work hard to win this game, coming back from as many as 18 points down in the third quarter. With the Lakers leading by 18 and looking to extend the series one more game, three Hoyas caught fire in the third and began the run that led their team to the eventual championship. In the quarter, Eddie Castillo, Darnell 'Burger' Hendricks and Andre '50' McIntosh scored 11, 10 and eight points, respectively, to help the Hoyas erase the large deficit and eventually take the lead.
However, the game was soured by the officiating late in the contest, as both officials made questionable calls that had fans talking long after the game. But it must be said that both teams suffered from the calls.
Questionable calls aside, Hoyas coach Samuel Lee called his team deserving winners.
'We were down 20 points in the third and I had no fear' he said. 'I just tell my team that we had to pull it together. Do not worry about the score, let's play ball, we're the champs and we have been down way more than that before and come back to win. We could do it, I told them. We are not going to a game five; we are going to finish it tonight!'
The Hoyas opened the game on a 5-0 run highlighted by a long three-pointer from Hendricks. Ignited by a three-point play by center Rondell Harris the Lakers then scored the next eight points to take the lead at 8-6. The teams battled on evenly for the rest of the first quarter, and the Lakers were able to maintain their two-point edge at 18-16.
A sound game plan of dumping the ball inside and letting their size advantage work for them proved to be very effective for the Lakers in the second quarter. A 14-8 run to start the second period -- mostly on the hot shooting of Robert Duck -- gave the Lakers the lead at 32-24. After an exchange of baskets to make the score 34-26, the Lakers would score the next seven points to go up by 15 points at 41-26 with 1:46 left in the half.
The score was 42-26 when the Hoyas went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 10 points at 42-32 with 13 seconds left in the first half. As the clock wound down, Duck took a Hoyas defender off the dribble and slammed home the final two points of the half, giving the Lakers a 12-point advantage at 44-32 going into the locker room. Duck led the Hoyas with 12 second-quarter points.
The second half started well for the Lakers, as they went on a 6-0 run to quickly open up an 18-point lead at 50-32. However, a three pointer by the Hoyas' Castillo cut the lead to 15 at 50-35 and the Hoyas' comeback was underway. Riding the hot hands of Burger, Castillo and Andre McIntosh, the Hoyas outscored the Lakers 20-4 over the next several minutes to grab their first lead since the first quarter at 55-54 with 3:25 left in the third. The Hoyas extended their lead to as many as seven points at 61-54 before the Lakers came back on a 6-1 run to close the third quarter, trailing by just two points at 62-60.
This score should have signaled to most basketball fans that an exciting fourth quarter was forthcoming. But what transpired in that final period could probably go down in St. Croix basketball history as one of the worst games ever officiated. Both teams were battling hard, and although the Lakers came back to lead briefly in the final period, the Hoyas had the lead at 76-72 with 4:45 left in the game.
What transpired over the final few minutes was truly a sad day for basketball on the big island. Two of the territory's most respected basketball officials appeared to get so caught up in the game that they decided to pick sides. Both teams would suffer through some shameful, blatantly ridiculous calls as both of these referees appeared to retaliate against each other's calls.
The teams would battle on, however -- the championship was on the line. The Hoyas were able to pull out the win on the clutch play of Castillo and Hendricks down the stretch as they hit some tough shots and netted their free throws.
Castillo hit seven threes to lead four Hoyas in double figures with a game-high 27 points. Hendricks dropped in 25, while MacIntosh and Karl John finished with 10 points apiece for the Hoyas. For the Lakers, Jerome Nathaniel led the way with 21 points, Duck finished with 20 and Raol Caesar netted 14.
League organizer Kevin 'Tigan' Sheppard was visibly upset with the officiating and vowed not to run the league next year. His sentiments was echoed moments later by Lakers coach Calvin Burke, who said he is not bringing his team back next year, either. It was sad to hear how Burke felt, but even worse to hear Sheppard assert that the CBA will not be back next year. This is easily the most popular spectator sport locally, and it's a positive thing for our youths. It was a great season that was soured by two respected referees momentarily forgetting their oath to fair play.
by Dave Davis


CBC junior tournament begins today - by David Edole
The sixth Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Junior (Under-16) Championships featuring both a male and female competition is scheduled to start today at the JSC Sports Complex on the island of Antigua. The top three teams from each gender category is scheduled to advance to CentroBasket 2009.
On the boys side, five teams are scheduled to meet in a round robin style. . They teams are defending champions Bahamas, Netherlands Antilles, British Virgin Islands (BVI), hosts Wadadli Pitbulls of Antigua and Barbuda and the bronze medallist of the last edition of the tourney the United States Virgin Islands.
The first game of the tourney may be the championship game when Bahamas and the Virgin Islands meet at 3p.m today. The Bahamas handed the Virgin Islands their only defeat in the 2005 CBC. Bahamas went on to defeat Puerto Rico in the finals.
The game will be followed by a brief opening ceremony at 5 p.m. during which several officials will address the gathering.
The rest of the day as follows: The Wadadli Wildcats will face the USVI women at 6 p.m., and on the boys side, the Netherlands Antilles will clash with the Wadadli Pitbulls in the feature match up at 8 p.m.
The Antigua Barbuda Amateur Basketball Association stepped in as host of the event after the Dominican Republic indicated they were unable to stage the event earlier this month.

The VI Schedule
TODAY: V.I. versus Bahamas
Wednesday: V.I. Versus Antigua and Barbuda
Thursday: V.I .versus Netherlands Antilles
Friday: V.I. versus BVI
Saturday:
Sunday: Championship Games.

VI team members: James 'NeNe' Sneed (Miami Central), Sekayi Petersen (Charlotte Amalie), Merwin Potter (Charlotte Amalie), Charles Pemberton (Charlotte Amalie), Osel Edney (Manor), Kishawn Fleming (Charlotte Amalie), Jonathan Fontanelle (Central), Chris Sealy (Complex), Reno Motta (Central), Addis Elliot (Charlotte Amallie).

The V.I. junior women have already qualifued for CentroBasket 2009 just by showing up. Why? Because only three teams have been confirmed for the Caribbean Basketball Championships and all three teams automatically advance to the next phase. The three participating teams are the Wadadli Wildcats of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas and silver medallist in 2005 CBC Virgin Islands.
This edition of the VI team is remarkably young. With only one 16 year old on the team, it could be a long week for the team. The other 16 years olds decided that a sweet 16 was more important than a national team. I heard Daddy Stylee and the Stylee Band are scheduled to perform. Where are my tickets?
The team will be made up of one junior (Hanifah Hendricks), five sophomores, five freshmen and an eight-grade phenom (Kadeesha Barry). The silver medallist in 2005 edition of the CBC will face Antigua and Barbuda Tonight, followed by games against the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday. They will close out the tournament on Friday against Antigua and Barbuda.

The women team members are :
C 6-2, Hanifah Hendricks, County Day
F/C 5-10 Te'Andra Richardson, Charlotte Amalie
F 5-9 Veronique 'Nique' Llanos, Educational Complex
G 5-7 Shaniqua Wheatley, Charlotte Amalie
F/G 5-10 Kelssy Trass, Charlotte Amalie
G 5-2 Melanisah 'Najie' Hendrickson, Central High
G 5-0 Marlena Tonge, Central High
G 5-7 Johvanna John, Central High
C 6-0 Kristen Edney, Manor School
G 5-4 Capricia Richards, Antilles
G 5-4 Kianna Matthews, Central High
G 5-0 Kadeesha Bary, John H. Woodson Middle School


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Centauros 0-0 
 2. Cojedes 0-0 
 3. Graneros 0-0 
 4. Tiburones 0-0 
 5. Duros 0-0 
 6. Estudiantes 0-0 
 7. Falcon 0-0 
 8. Trujillo 0-0 


Tiburones de Vargas B.B. C - by Wolfgang Lucena
The 2008 National Leagues season is around the corner; reason enough for Tiburones de Vargas technical staff to think on get ready.
The Media Director of Tiburones de Vargas Roberto Dorta informed to LatinBasket.com that the head coach in charge is Jose Do'Santos whom since yesterday august 11, 2008 is conditioning his squad in the Gaston Portillo Arena located in the Navy school at Meseta de Mamo, Vargas state.
So far, coach Do Santos is counting with the following players; Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81), Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81), Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76), Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82), Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81), Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80, college: Indian Hills CC), Dean Palacios (196-F-81),
Debys Galarraga, William Labrador, Enyer Guerra (190-F-84), Edgar Sifontes (185-F-85), Gary Liendo, Daniel Seijas (190-G-69), Luis Ladera y Robert Iriarte.
Alexander Vargas (189-G-69) 'MIMO' (Management) is still looking for some other local basketball players to consolidate a solid and winning basketball team.




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Russia edge Belarus to gain third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Belarus 71:65

Russian National Team extended their winning streak at the Olympic Games in China. Today they beat Belarus for the third victory in Group A. Russia remained on top of the ladder, while Belarus dropped to 1-2 record in the standings. It was a close game from the start as neither team would not go till the final seconds. Russia managed to accumulate only a single-point advantage at the first intermission. A strong defensive effort helped the European champions to limit their opponents to 8 points in the second quarter and Russia established a 35:27 lead at halftime. Belarus replied with a 13:7 run at the start of the third quarter and came as close as 2 points from Russia. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) came up with a basket for Russia and fueled a 10:0 rally that put the team up for good. Belarus fought bravely in the fourth term and shaved the deficit to 4 points on several occasions. But the effort was in vain as Russia kept it cool and celebrated the third consecutive win at the event. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) paced Russia with 13 points and 8 boards. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) added 11 points and 9 boards, while Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) had 10 points in a win. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) responded with 16 points for Belarus. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) had 15 points apiece in defeat. Russia outrebounded Belarus 52:41 and held them to just 32% from the field. Russia will take on Brazil, while Belarus play against South Korea on Friday.

Russia: Maria Stepanova 13, Ilona Korstine 11, Rebecca Hammon 10
Belarus: Natalia Marchanka 16, Yelena Leuchanka 15, Katsiaryna Snytsina 15


Italy cruise past Belarus in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Belarus U16 65:48

Italian U16 National Team secured their fourth straight win at the European Championship in Katowice. They stunned Belarus in the Qualifying round opener in Group F. Debora Carangelo (168-G-94) and Cigliani led balanced offense with 12 points apiece. Belarus in the meantime fell to 0-3 record in the ladder. Italian team used a 14:2 rally in the first quarter to claim a 16:7 lead. Formica and Tessari closed the first term with 4 straight points and Italy led 20:9 after ten minutes of action. Italy opened the second period with a 7:0 run to stretch the margin. Italy dominated the scene in the second frame and drove to a comfortable 38:20 halftime advantage. Back-to-back trebles from Musatava early in the third frame gave Belarus hope. But Italy maintained the pressure and entered the fourth term up by 17 points. The gap proved unassailable for their opponents and Italy scored another impressive victory at the tournament. Masoni and Formica had 9 points each for the winners. Musatava answered with game-high 15 points for Belarus. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.

Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 12, Cigliani 12, Masoni 9, Sabrina Formica 9
Belarus U16: Musatava 15, Maryia Filonchyk 12


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgium surprise Lithuania to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Lithuania U16 75:46

Belgian U16 National Team posted their 4th consecutive victory at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday they held off Lithuanian team to start the Qualifying round victoriously. Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) knocked down 17 points for Belgium as they looked too good for the Baltic team. Defense worked well for Belgium in the opening stanza as they built a 14:8 lead. Lithuania cut the deficit early in the second frame but just to see Meylemans and Devlaux connecting from beyond the arc for a 7-point Belgian advantage. Julie Vanloo capped the half with a trey and Belgium led 25:15 at the interval. Julie Vanloo netted 9 points in the first half of the third stanza and Belgian team exploded with a 17:6 run to open up a 20-point lead. Lithuania failed to answer in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Lithuania thus fell to a 0-3 record in Group E. Meylemans scored 13 points for Belgium. Meesseman added 10 points for the winners. Paulina Zaveckaite had 12 points for Lithuania. Morkunaite and Svaryte contributed 8 points each in a losing case. Lithuania enjoyed a 44:35 advantage on the glass but converted only 35% from the field. Belgium also forced their opponents to as many as 34 turnovers.

Belgium U16: Julie Vanloo 17, Meylemans 13, Meesseman 10
Lithuania U16: Paulina Zaveckaite 12, Morkunaite 8, Svaryte 8


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  BOSNIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia remains perfect after Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Slovak Republic 46-56

Slovakia took care for third victory in Preliminary Round of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. This time Bosnia was faced with Slovakia's power ending competition in Group C winless. Naturally, as a top ranked team of Group C, Slovakia advanced to Group F of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. The good this for Slovakians is that victory against Netherlands will be transferred to Group F, where already are placed Finland and Romania. Bosnia moved to Group H of Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place where its rivals will be Bosnia and Croatia while defeat against Estonia will be transferred.

Slovakians made many easy points under the rim in this game. At the same time they grabbed 51 rebounds matched with only 33 by Bosnia. With that kind of deference Bosnia could not resist too long. They succeeded to do it until the half time but then Martina Letkova (-F) and Marta Palenikova stepped up for Slovakia leading their team to 7-14 in third period. After lay-up by Martina Kissova (184-F-93) at the middle of the last frame, Slovakia set the score on 38-53. Natasa Kajtaz and Natasa Tomasovic were the only players in Bosnia which tried to do something more. Unfortunately to them, their teammates were not in a game mood. Slovakians played the rest of the game with routine keeping the top position in Preliminary Group C.

Martina Letkova was the best scorer for Slovakia netting 17 points. Marta Palenikova was behind her with 10 points and 7 boards. Natasa Kajtaz added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the loosing side while Natasa Tomasovic followed her with 8 points.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Slovak Republic 46-56
(7-8, 17-16, 7-14, 15-18)

Bosnia:
Natasa Kajtaz 16 (5 rebs), Natasa Tomasovic 8
Slovakia: Martina Letkova 17, Marta Palenikova 10 (7 rebs)


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Anete Jekabsone-Zogota earns win for Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Brazil 79:78

Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) nailed a go-ahead jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining in the encounter to bring Latvia to their initial win at the Olympic Games in China. They snatched a last-second win from Brazil sending the Latin American powerhouse to 0-3 record. Latvia remained hopeful about their quarterfinal birth. Meanwhile Brazil put themselves on the brink of falling out of the title race. They now must win against Russia and Belarus for a chance to clinch quarterfinal birth. Brazil confidently entered the game and gradually started to pile up the lead. They dominated in the paint and their physical style of play allowed them to gain a 23:14 advantage at the first intermission. Latvia however refused to fold and came back into contest in the second period. They stiffened defense and limited Brazil to 13 points in the quarter. It allowed the European team to trim the distance to 5 points at halftime 31:36. Anete Jekabsone-Zogotas pivotal performance paced Latvia in the third frame as they got within 2 points from Brazil heading into the fourth term. Latvia finally surged ahead in the fourth term and enjoyed a 2-point cushion with seconds left in regulation. Karen Gustavo Rocha (177-G-84) fired from downtown to set Brazil in front 78:77. Nevertheless Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had just enough time to drain a saving basket and brought victory to Latvia. Brazil had a chance to turn it for the better. Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) tried to win it at the buzzer but her jumper rimmed out sealing Latvian success. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota led all scorers with 25 points. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) had 14 points and 7 boards, while Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) notched 12 points for the winners. Soeli Zakrzeski (187-C/F-77) replied with 16 points and 9 boards for Brazil. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) provided 15 points and 9 boards in a losing effort.

Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 25, Ieva Kublina 14, Gunta Basko 12
Brazil: Soeli Zakrzeski 16, Kelly Santos 15


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bulgaria grabs important win against Ireland - by Eurobasket News
U16 Ireland - U16 Bulgaria 47-57

It was a joyful last day of the Preliminary Round for the hosts of U16 European Championship division B. Bulgarians were better that Ireland booking a spot for the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Interesting is that Ireland also has the same score 3-1 but because of this victory Bulgaria get through Group A. It means that Bulgarians are immediately transferred to Group E together with Slovenia, Greece and Denmark. Ireland is placed into Group G of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place where its rivals will be Portugal, England and Switzerland. Bulgaria starts competition at the second stage with score 0-1 because of the defeat against Slovenia while Ireland will go on with 1-0.

Ireland had slightly better performance at the beginning. Thanks to Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) Ireland grabbed quick 13-5 after 5 minutes extending it later to 15-9. After that moment Bulgarian trio Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92), Nora Georgieva and Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) stepped up ending this frame with 9-2 run. At the one point of the second frame Bulgarians set the margin to 25-30 but they succeeded to keep plus 3 until the half time. Third quarter was crucial period of the game. Ireland managed to score just 3 points for 10 minutes while Bulgaria netted 10. It means that the hosts of U16 EC division B had plus 10 before the last frame, what was more than enough for comfortable victory.

This time Vesela Kovacheva was the best player for the winning side netting 16 points. Nora Georgieva followed her with 14 while Pamela Decheva had 11 points, 8 boards and 4 steals. Lorraine Scanlon helped Ireland adding 18 points and fantastic 19 rebounds. Clodagh Scannell stopped on 17 points and 6 rebounds.


U16 Ireland - U16 Bulgaria 47-57
(17-18, 13-15, 3-10, 14-14)

Ireland:
Lorraine Scanlon 18 (19 rebs), Clodagh Scannell 17 (6 rebs)
Bulgaria: Vesela Kovacheva 16, Nora Georgieva 14, Pamela Decheva 11 (8 rebs, 4 st)


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  CHINA - Women  


China too good for New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
China - New Zealand 80:63

China delivered a first-class performance today routing New Zealand in Group B of the Olympic Games basketball tournament. China rebounded after a stunning loss to the USA on Monday to have no problems against the Tall Ferns. Chen Nan (197-C-83) tallied massive 26 points and 17 boards to propel China past New Zealand today. China thus improved to 2-1 record and occupied the second spot in the ladder. New Zealand in the meantime were handed their second straight loss after a victorious start against Mali at the event. China dominated right from the start as they jumped to a 26:18 first-quarter lead. New Zealand scored only 13 points in the second frame and the hosts stretched the margin to as many as 17 points at halftime. The Kiwis were able to slow China down after the long break. However a breakthrough never came for the visitors. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the third period and China maintained a 17-point distance between the sides. The situation did not change in the final stanza as the home team rolled confidently and celebrated an emphatic win at the end. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) contributed 15 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for China. Bian Lan (182-G-86) added 10 points for the winners. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) and Angela Marino (166-G-86) knocked down 14 points each for the Tall Ferns. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) had 11 points in a losing case. China had an overwhelming advantage under the rims 46:29 and shot solid 44% from the field.

China: Chen Nan 26+17 boards, Miao Li Jie 15, Bian Lan 10
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 14, Angela Marino 14


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  CROATIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Another thriller defeat for Croatia - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Croatia 59-57

Croatia failed to qualify for the next stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Croatians really weren't lucky on this championship as they suffered another tight defeat. As a reminder, Croatia was defeated in the first round against Romania 54-55. Anyway, Finland remained perfect after the last game of the first stage advancing to the Qualifying Round for 1st for 8th place. Finland is placed into Group F together with Romania, Slovakia and Netherlands. Victory against Romania will be transferred to Group F which means that Finland already has 1-0 and a nice chance to reach the semifinals.

Finland had furious opening quarter. Croatians started it showing their nerves which outcame with many mistakes as well a s missed shots. Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) led her team to 18-6 after ten minutes. Croatians had much better performance during the next period. Ivana Blazevic and Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) dominated at the offensive end making few easy jump shots so the score was tied on 29-29 with 0:44 remaining in the first half. Thanks to successful jump shot by Janniina Koivunen Finland ended it 31-29. After totally leveled third frame, Finland made mini 5-2 run for 59-50. Croatia immediately answered creating 7-0 but Brkljacic missed a potentially winning lay-up for her team with just 4 seconds to go in the game.

Janniina Koivunen paced Finland to victory adding 14 points and 12 boards. Emma Valikoski had 14 points while Laura Juhola helped her team with 11 points. Ivana Blazevic was the best player in Croatia posting 19 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Her from the last game against Montenegro Nina Premasunac this time stopped on 11 points and 14 rebounds.


U16 Finland - U16 Croatia 59-57
(18-6, 13-23, 16-16, 12-12)

Finland:
Janniina Koivunen 14 (12 rebs), Emma Valikoski 14, Laura Juhola 11
Croatia: Ivana Blazevic 19 (4 rebs), Nina Premasunac 11 (14 rebs)


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Spain outscore Czech Republic in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Czech Republic 74:55

Spanish National team rebounded after the starting loss to China at the Olympic Games. Today they posted their second straight victory and boosted their ambitions for the Olympic tournament. Czechs in the meantime suffered their second loss in three games in Group B. Czech Republic used a sloppy form of Spain team early in the game to jump in front. They enjoyed a 20:11 lead at one point in the first quarter however Spaniards quickly bounced back. They went on a 17:7 run over the next 11 minutes and secured a 28:27 advantage at the interval. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76), Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) all connected from beyond the arc and Spain went on a decisive run in the third quarter. They outgunned Czech team 30:11 in the frame to establish a massive 20-point cushion before the fourth period. Czech Republic just managed to keep it up with Spain in the final term but never seriously threaten the advantage. Ana Montanana notched 20 points for Spain. Amaya Valdemoro added 13 points, while Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) finished with 10 for the winning side. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) chipped in 12 points for Czech Republic. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) secured 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Spain converted 50% from the field including 35% from beyond the arc. Spain outrebounded their opponents 34:29 and forced Czech team into 24 turnovers.

Spain: Ana Montanana 20, Amaya Valdemoro 13, Isabel Sanchez 10
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 12, Hana Machova 11


France still perfect in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Czech Republic U16 68:48

French U16 National Team celebrated their 4th straight win at the European Championship in Poland. They opened the Qualifying round with a confident win over Czech Republic and improved to 3-0 record in Group E. Czech Republic slipped to 0-3 record and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Eleonore Grossemy (183-F-92) tallied 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace balanced French offense. The teams kept it close in the opening frame before France capped the quarter with 6:0 run and accumulated a 20:12 lead at the break. France opened a double-digit lead soon after the start of the second term and built a 40:27 cushion at the interval. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter and entered the fourth one ahead by 11 points. French side tipped off the fourth term with a 13:0 rally and never looked back in the dying moments. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 12 points for France. Agathe Degorces and Adja Konteh (176-F-92) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) and Cepelkova had 13 points each for Czech Republic. Kasparkova had 9 points in defeat. France dominated the boards 57:47 and forced Czechs into 21 turnovers. They also limited Czech Republic players to just 25% accuracy from the field.

France U16: Eleonore Grossemy 14, Helena Akmouche 12, Agathe Degorces 11, Adja Konteh 11
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 13, Cepelkova 13


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  DENMARK - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece grabs top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Greece 50-55

Greece was better that Denmark in the last game of Preliminary Round taking first place in Group A with score 3-1. Denmark, which was undefeated before this game, ended the first stage as a second ranked team in the same group. What is the most important both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. The good thing for Greece is that this victory will be transferred to the next stage while Denmark starts it with 0-1.

Greeks entered into this game strongly. Their willingness to reach top of Group A was huge which brought them plus 7 after the opening frame. During the following ten minutes Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) and her teammates succeeded to extend lead to 11 points. Denmark wasn't able to do to come any closer in third frame. They had many bad decisions at the offensive end while Greece continued in the same rhythm which outcame with 8-16 in this frame. Gritt Ryder and Anne Pedersen woke up in the last one but it was too late for their team.

Artemis Spanou was unstoppable today. She totally crushed Denmark collecting 22 points and 11 rebounds. Eleni Voulgaraki (183-G-92) followed her with 10 points and 6 boards while Dimitra Kampouraki stopped on 10 points. The loosing side got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Gritt Ryder. Anne Pedersen this time wasn't the top scorer of her team as he posted 13 points and grabbed 10 boards. Next rival of Greece on U16 European Championship division B will be the second ranked team of Group B. On the other hand Denmark will meet the best team from the same group.


U16 Denmark - U16 Greece 50-55
(9-16, 10-14, 8-16, 23-9)

Denmark:
Gritt Ryder 14 (6 rebs), Anne Pedersen 13 (10 rebs)
Greece: Artemis Spanou 22 (11 rebs), Eleni Voulgaraki 10 (6 rebs), Dimitra Kampouraki 10


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  ESTONIA - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Greece outsmarts Estonia 48-46 for the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U18 Greece - U18 Estonia 48-46

Greece is the second team from Group E which qualified for the semifinals of U18 European Championship in Skopje. Despite there is one more game to be played, Germany already booked a spot for the semis. Actually the last one, when Greece will meet Slovenia, will resolve the question which team will end the Qualifying Round on top of Group E. Estonia will fight with Germany for position number 3 but anyway both teams will continue championship in Classification Rounds.

It sounds strange but the loosing side Estonia dominated under the basket in this game. Estonians grabbed 35 rebounds while Greece had jus 28. At the same time Greece had miserable 7.1% from behind the arc making only 1 of 14 attempts. However, the biggest problem for Estonia were turnovers, as it players committed 23. After 24-24 in 15th minute Triin Teppo (185-C-90) and Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) created 10-4 run for Estonia heading into the third quarter with plus 6. Both teams had many missed shots and bad decisions during the next ten minutes. Actually nether of these two teams scored any basket in three closing minutes of this period. Greece celebrated thanks to Aikaterini Kontali's lay-up with 1:38 remaining in the game. After that both teams had few chances to score but unsuccessful.

Interesting is that the winning team had just one player with double digits and it was Angeliki Nikolopoulou (175-G-91), who netted 12 points including 4 rebounds. Aikaterini Kontali and Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) was behind her netting 9 points apiece. Estonia had three players with more than ten points. Kerttu Jallai had 15 points, Triin Teppo 12 while Hass stopped exactly on 10.


U18 Greece - U18 Estonia 48-46
(20-15, 8-19, 9-5, 11-7)

Greece:
Angeliki Nikolopoulou 12 (4 rebs), Aiketerini Kontali 9, Ioanna Diela 9
Estonia: Kerttu Jallai 15 (5 rebs), Triin Teppo 12 (9 rebs), Kerli Haas (179-F-90) 10 (8 rebs)


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands edges Estonia booking a spot for the next stage - by Eurobasket News
U16 Estonia - U16 Netherlands 44-72

In a crucial game for the second stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria, Netherlands managed to register an easy victory over Estonia. Both teams had score 1-1 before this game but after it Netherlands jumped to the second position while Estonia became the third ranked team in Group C. Netherlands will together with Finland, Slovakia and Romania continue championship in Group F of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Two top ranked teams from this group will advance to the semifinals. Estonia will have to be satisfied with a spot in Group H of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place where already are placed Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro.

Netherlands took control on Estonia from the early beginning. After opening ten minutes it already was plus 11 for Maxime Essenstam and her teammates. During the second frame Anika Koster shined for her team leading 10-0 run for 30-30. However, thanks to Rianne Hofstraat (183-C-92) Netherlands returned 4-point lead until the half time. Maxime Essenstam and Jamailah Adams put into the fifth gear after the breather smashing Estonia 9-23 in third quarter. After that moment it was clear that Estonia won't have any chance until the end. Interesting is that Estonians totally gave up scoring just 2 points during the last ten minutes.

Maxime Essenstam was the lading player of her team ending this game with 15 points and 11 boards. Jamailah Adams had 13 points and 4 boards while Rianne Hofstraat helped the winning side collecting 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Estonia got the most from Annika Koster (185-C-92), who posted 12 points with 6 boards. Rosemary Ritz had 10 points and 5 rebounds.


U16 Estonia - U16 Netherlands 44-72
(10-21, 23-16, 9-23, 2-12)

Estonia:
Annika Koster 12 (6 rebs), Rosemary Ritz 10 (5 rebs)
Netherlands: Maxime Essenstam 15 (11 rebs), Jamailah Adams 13 (4 rebs), Rianne Hofstraat 12 (5 rebs, 4 as)


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  EUROCUP WOMEN - Women  


Standings
EuroCup Standings
Group A
 1. AZS Gorzow 0-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 3. MBK Ruz. 0-0 
Group B
 1. Bnot Hash. 0-0 
 2. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 3. Challes 0-0 
 4. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dunav 0-0 
 2. Rivas Futura 0-0 
 3. Elizur Ram. 0-0 
Group D
 1. BC Moscow 0-0 
 2. Szeged 0-0 
 3. Solna Vikings 0-0 
Group E
 1. Ragusa 0-0 
 2. Panionios 0-0 
 3. San Jose 0-0 
Group F
 1. Taranto 0-0 
 2. Gospic 0-0 
 3. AEL 0-0 
Group G
 1. Galatasaray 0-0 
 2. Mondeville 0-0 
 3. Buducnost 0-0 
Group H
 1. EBE Promoc. 0-0 
 2. Trutnov 0-0 
 3. Arad 0-0 
Group I
 1. Zeljeznicar 0-0 
 2. Esperides 0-0 
 3. Parma 0-0 
Group J
 1. Tarbes 0-0 
 2. Extrugasa 0-0 
 3. Olivais 0-0 
Group K
 1. Lemmink. 0-0 
 2. Hemofarm 0-0 
 3. Vologda 0-0 
 4. Vagos 0-0 
Group L
 1. Dexia 0-0 
 2. Botas 0-0 
 3. Dnipro 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Alexandria 0-0 
 2. M.Kraj. BL 0-0 
 3. U.Neuch. 0-0 
 4. 08 0-0 
 5. BC Star 0-0 
 6. Aris H. 0-0 
 7. BBT Letz. 0-0 
 8. Athinaikos 0-0 
 9. Spartak N. 0-0 
 10. Foton 0-0 
 11. Crvena Zv. 0-0 
 12. Medvescak 0-0 
 13. Arvi 0-0 
 14. Cesis 0-0 
 15. Fl.Foxes 0-0 
 16. Targoviste 0-0 
 17. Ribera 0-0 
 18. CAB Madeira 0-0 
 19. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 20. Ramat H. 0-0 


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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Wisla 0-0 
 2. Bourges 0-0 
 3. Nadezhda 0-0 
 4. Perfumerias 0-0 
 5. Pecsi 0-0 
 6. Besiktas 0-0 
Group B
 1. Gambrinus 0-0 
 2. TTT Riga 0-0 
 3. MKB Eur. 0-0 
 4. CSKA 0-0 
 5. Villeneuve 0-0 
 6. Venezia 0-0 
Group C
 1. UMMC 0-0 
 2. St Amand 0-0 
 3. Ros Casares 0-0 
 4. USK Praha 0-0 
 5. Sibenik 0-0 
 6. Lotos 0-0 
Group D
 1. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 2. Maxima Br. 0-0 
 3. TEO Vilnius 0-0 
 4. Schio 0-0 
 5. Spartak MR 0-0 
 6. Montpellier 0-0 


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W-Standings - Div.A
Standings
Group E
1. Belgium3-0
2. France3-0
3. Sweden2-1
4. Turkey1-2
5. Lithuania0-3
6. Czech Repu.0-3
Group F
1. Spain3-0
2. Italy3-0
3. Poland2-1
4. Russia1-2
5. Hungary0-3
6. Belarus0-3
Classification
1. Germany1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Latvia0-1


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Denmark3-1
2. Greece3-1
3. Portugal2-2
4. Israel1-3
5. U.Kingdom1-3
Group B
1. Bulgaria3-1
2. Ireland3-1
3. Slovenia3-1
4. Switzerl.1-3
5. Luxembourg.0-4
Group C
1. Slovakia3-0
2. Holland2-1
3. Estonia1-2
4. Bosnia0-3
Group D
1. Finland3-0
2. Romania2-1
3. Croatia1-2
4. Monteneg.0-3


Qualifying Round Day 4 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP E
France U16 - Czech Republic U16 68:48

French U16 National Team celebrated their 4th straight win at the European Championship in Poland. They opened the Qualifying round with a confident win over Czech Republic and improved to 3-0 record in Group E. Czech Republic slipped to 0-3 record and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Eleonore Grossemy (183-F-92) tallied 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace balanced French offense. The teams kept it close in the opening frame before France capped the quarter with 6:0 run and accumulated a 20:12 lead at the break. France opened a double-digit lead soon after the start of the second term and built a 40:27 cushion at the interval. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter and entered the fourth one ahead by 11 points. French side tipped off the fourth term with a 13:0 rally and never looked back in the dying moments. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 12 points for France. Agathe Degorces and Adja Konteh (176-F-92) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) and Cepelkova had 13 points each for Czech Republic. Kasparkova had 9 points in defeat. France dominated the boards 57:47 and forced Czechs into 21 turnovers. They also limited Czech Republic players to just 25% accuracy from the field.

France U16: Eleonore Grossemy 14, Helena Akmouche 12, Agathe Degorces 11, Adja Konteh 11
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 13, Cepelkova 13

Belgium U16 - Lithuania U16 75:46
Belgian U16 National Team posted their 4th consecutive victory at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday they held off Lithuanian team to start the Qualifying round victoriously. Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) knocked down 17 points for Belgium as they looked too good for the Baltic team. Defense worked well for Belgium in the opening stanza as they built a 14:8 lead. Lithuania cut the deficit early in the second frame but just to see Meylemans and Devlaux connecting from beyond the arc for a 7-point Belgian advantage. Julie Vanloo capped the half with a trey and Belgium led 25:15 at the interval. Julie Vanloo netted 9 points in the first half of the third stanza and Belgian team exploded with a 17:6 run to open up a 20-point lead. Lithuania failed to answer in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Lithuania thus fell to a 0-3 record in Group E. Meylemans scored 13 points for Belgium. Meesseman added 10 points for the winners. Paulina Zaveckaite had 12 points for Lithuania. Morkunaite and Svaryte contributed 8 points each in a losing case. Lithuania enjoyed a 44:35 advantage on the glass but converted only 35% from the field. Belgium also forced their opponents to as many as 34 turnovers.

Belgium U16: Julie Vanloo 17, Meylemans 13, Meesseman 10
Lithuania U16: Paulina Zaveckaite 12, Morkunaite 8, Svaryte 8

Sweden U16 - Turkey U16 68:50
Swedish U16 National Team began their European Championship Qualifying round campaign with a comfortable win over Turkey. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) stepped up for the Scandinavian team with 21 points and 14 boards and Sweden left no chance for their opponents. Sweden thus improved to 2-1 record, while dropping Turkey to 1-2 in Group E. Turkey jumped to a quick start as they piled up a 9:2 lead early in the game. However Sweden answered with a 20:3 run to establish a 22:12 lead at the end of the first period. Kalfali and Rana Derin (177-F-92) cut the gap to 4 points early in the second quarter but Sweden remained alert and rolled to a 40:31 advantage at halftime. They opened the third frame with a 6:0 run to gain a 15-point lead. Turkey failed to answer this time and Sweden headed into the fourth stanza up by 19 points. All Turkey could do was to cut the deficit to 15 points however they did not seriously threaten Swedish lead at the end. Salome Kabengano (178-G-92) and Amanda Zahui added 12 points each for Sweden. Hasahya Ngoie had 9 points in a winning case. Emel Guler (187-F-92) notched 12 points and 15 boards for Turkey. Rana Derin secured 11 points in defeat. Turkey will face Belgium, while Sweden will take on France today.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 21+14 boards, Salome Kabengano 12, Amanda Zahui 12
Turkey U16: Emel Guler 12+15 boards, Rana Derin 11

GROUP F
Italy U16 - Belarus U16 65:48
Italian U16 National Team secured their fourth straight win at the European Championship in Katowice. They stunned Belarus in the Qualifying round opener in Group F. Debora Carangelo (168-G-94) and Cigliani led balanced offense with 12 points apiece. Belarus in the meantime fell to 0-3 record in the ladder. Italian team used a 14:2 rally in the first quarter to claim a 16:7 lead. Formica and Tessari closed the first term with 4 straight points and Italy led 20:9 after ten minutes of action. Italy opened the second period with a 7:0 run to stretch the margin. Italy dominated the scene in the second frame and drove to a comfortable 38:20 halftime advantage. Back-to-back trebles from Musatava early in the third frame gave Belarus hope. But Italy maintained the pressure and entered the fourth term up by 17 points. The gap proved unassailable for their opponents and Italy scored another impressive victory at the tournament. Masoni and Formica had 9 points each for the winners. Musatava answered with game-high 15 points for Belarus. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.

Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 12, Cigliani 12, Masoni 9, Sabrina Formica 9
Belarus U16: Musatava 15, Maryia Filonchyk 12

Hungary U16-Spain U16 31:73
Spain U16 recorded 3-0 after an easy win over Hungary U16 last night. Spain was too good for the opponent with 73:31 at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Gil led the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds. E Diaz netted 11, while Y Diaz added 8. Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) Bettina top-scored for Hungary with 11 points and Manyoky scored 5.
Spain started to ruin Hungary in the opening quarter. Gil scored seven points as Spain jumped ahead early 9:2.Spain increased to 17:5 but then Hungary made it 18:9 at the end of the first period. In the second quarter the latter player even and trailed 19:29 at the half.
Bettina Baksa kept Hungary within 33:23 however Queralt Casas and Diaz hit triples in a 17-0 surge to blow the game open 50:23. Mansare closed the third quarter at 52:27 with the superiority of Spain. Another quarter was the last one and another troublesome for Hunagry. Spain thrashed the opponent in the final stanza 21:4 and easily reached 3-0 record in the group. Hungary fell at 0-3 and remained on the bottom of the group.

Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 11, Manyoky 5
Spain U16:Gil 13+10 rebs, E Diaz 11, Y Diaz 8

Poland U16 - Russia U16 83:77
Polish U16 Team scored an important win over Russian counterparts at the start of the Qualifying round at the European Championship. Poland thus climbed to 2-1 record in Group F and remained hopeful about their semifinal ambitions. Russia fell to 1-2 record and stayed at the 4th spot in the ladder. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) and Bandyk stepped up for the hosts in the game as they poured in 21 points apiece to carry Poland to a hard-fought win. Russia used trebles from Minaeva and Kseniya Efimova (173-F/G) to accumulate an 8:2 lead early in the first frame. Poland stayed close and surged ahead following a three-pointer from Zietara late in the quarter. However Sazonova and Arzina sealed the outcome at 20:17 for Russia. Maksimova opened the second frame with a trey and Russia kept on maintaining the lead. Poland would not go though and the home team trailed by just 3 points at the interval. Polish team tipped off the second half with an 8:1 surge to take over in the game. They led throughout the third quarter but Stepanova, Sazonova and Kseniya Efimova closed the quarter with 6 points in a row and Russia entered the final stanza leading by 5 points. Bandyk nailed 7 points in the first five minutes of the fourth term and Poland regained the advantage at 70:69. Monika Jasnowska, Bandyk and Kowalska lifted Poland to a 5-point lead and Russia failed to deny in the dying moments. Kowalska scored 16 points for the winners. Kseniya Efimova answered with game-high 22 points for Russia. Stepanova had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Poland U16: Monika Jasnowska 21, Bandyk 21, Anna Kowalska 16
Russia U16: Kseniya Efimova 22, Stepanova 13+11 boards

Classification Round
Serbia U16 - Ukraine U16 72:58
Serbian U16 National Team finally got things going at the European Championship in Poland. They held off Ukraine earlier today to post their first success at the tournament. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) knocked down 20 points and Serbia improved to 1-0 record in the classification round. Ukraine in the meantime suffered their 4th straight loss and appeared on the cusp of being relegated into Division B next year. Serbia used a massive rally in the first frame to build a safe cushion. They went on a 13:0 run midway through the quarter and later enjoyed a 29:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Kovecevic and Karakasevic kept Serbia in front with three-pointers early in the second period. Chek nailed 6 points for Ukraine at the end of the half and they trailed by 11 points at sides change. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) and Vyshniak opened the second half with 6 straight points and Ukraine came as close as 5 points. Serbia iced the effort with a three-pointer from Rajic but Ukraine remained close throughout the frame and trimmed the distance to 4 points with one quarter left in the game. Snezana Colic and Dragicevic tipped off the fourth term with 7 consecutive points and Serbia were back in the driving seat. They wisely kept Ukraine at bay during the reminder of the contest and celebrated an important victory at the end. Karakasevic produced 14 points and 10 boards for Serbia. Dragicevic had 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Darya Zavidna answered with 21 points and 10 boards for Ukraine. Starikh chipped in 11 points in a losing effort.

Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 20, Karakasevic 14+10 boards, Dragicevic 13
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 21+10 boards, Starikh 11

Germany U16 - Latvia U16 66:56
Germany scored their first win at the U16 European Championship held in Poland these days. They defeated Latvia at the start of the classification round and stepped closer to securing the spot in Division A for the next year. Sonja Greinacher (185-C-92) stepped up for Germany with 20 points and led the team to their initial success. Latvia opened the game with 5 straight points but Germany denied the deficit late in the period. Sonja Greinacher capped the quarter with 4 straight points and led the team to an 18:15 advantage at the first break. Latvia kept it close throughout the second frame before Finja Schaake (175-G/F-92) and Martinuis completed the first half with 7 points in a row for Germany as they accumulated a 40:31 advantage at the interval. Latvia refused to go away and stayed within striking distance in the third stanza. They entered the fourth term trailing by just 4 points. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) began the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to minimize the deficit. Finja Schaake and Martinius once again teamed up for a bunch of free throws to give German team some breathing space at 62:54 with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Linda Pagrode trimmed the distance with accurate freebies however Hermann knocked down 4 points in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for Germany. Finja Schaake contributed 18 points for Germany in the win. Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Linda Pagrode had 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Germany will next take on Ukraine, while Latvia face Serbia on Thursday.

Germany U16: Sonja Greinacher 20, Finja Schaake 18, Hermann 8
Latvia U16: Laura Ozolina 17, Linda Pagrode 15


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U16 EC, division B: Another thriller defeat for Croatia - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Croatia 59-57

Croatia failed to qualify for the next stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Croatians really weren't lucky on this championship as they suffered another tight defeat. As a reminder, Croatia was defeated in the first round against Romania 54-55. Anyway, Finland remained perfect after the last game of the first stage advancing to the Qualifying Round for 1st for 8th place. Finland is placed into Group F together with Romania, Slovakia and Netherlands. Victory against Romania will be transferred to Group F which means that Finland already has 1-0 and a nice chance to reach the semifinals.

Finland had furious opening quarter. Croatians started it showing their nerves which outcame with many mistakes as well a s missed shots. Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) led her team to 18-6 after ten minutes. Croatians had much better performance during the next period. Ivana Blazevic and Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) dominated at the offensive end making few easy jump shots so the score was tied on 29-29 with 0:44 remaining in the first half. Thanks to successful jump shot by Janniina Koivunen Finland ended it 31-29. After totally leveled third frame, Finland made mini 5-2 run for 59-50. Croatia immediately answered creating 7-0 but Brkljacic missed a potentially winning lay-up for her team with just 4 seconds to go in the game.

Janniina Koivunen paced Finland to victory adding 14 points and 12 boards. Emma Valikoski had 14 points while Laura Juhola helped her team with 11 points. Ivana Blazevic was the best player in Croatia posting 19 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Her from the last game against Montenegro Nina Premasunac this time stopped on 11 points and 14 rebounds.


U16 Finland - U16 Croatia 59-57
(18-6, 13-23, 16-16, 12-12)

Finland:
Janniina Koivunen 14 (12 rebs), Emma Valikoski 14, Laura Juhola 11
Croatia: Ivana Blazevic 19 (4 rebs), Nina Premasunac 11 (14 rebs)


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France still perfect in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Czech Republic U16 68:48

French U16 National Team celebrated their 4th straight win at the European Championship in Poland. They opened the Qualifying round with a confident win over Czech Republic and improved to 3-0 record in Group E. Czech Republic slipped to 0-3 record and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Eleonore Grossemy (183-F-92) tallied 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace balanced French offense. The teams kept it close in the opening frame before France capped the quarter with 6:0 run and accumulated a 20:12 lead at the break. France opened a double-digit lead soon after the start of the second term and built a 40:27 cushion at the interval. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter and entered the fourth one ahead by 11 points. French side tipped off the fourth term with a 13:0 rally and never looked back in the dying moments. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 12 points for France. Agathe Degorces and Adja Konteh (176-F-92) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) and Cepelkova had 13 points each for Czech Republic. Kasparkova had 9 points in defeat. France dominated the boards 57:47 and forced Czechs into 21 turnovers. They also limited Czech Republic players to just 25% accuracy from the field.

France U16: Eleonore Grossemy 14, Helena Akmouche 12, Agathe Degorces 11, Adja Konteh 11
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 13, Cepelkova 13


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U18 EC, division B: Slovenia secures semifinals in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
U18 Germany - U18 Slovenia 50-78

Slovenia didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Germany in the first day of the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. As a reminder, Slovenia advanced to the second stage transferring one victory from the Preliminary Round which means that Slovenians improved to 2-0, what is already enough for the semifinals. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Slovenia will meet Greece fighting for the first place in Group E. On the other hand, with this defeat Germany lost all chances to reach one of the medals.

Slovenia had three players in a great mood in this game. After not so brilliant first half, Slovenians demonstrated impressive performance during the next 20 minutes. Nika Baric (168-G-92), Teja Oblak (172-G-90) and Ines Kerin (172-G-90) were on fire. Germans couldn't find a solution how to stop this trio which led Slovenia to 10-24 in this period. There was a ten minutes to go and Slovenia already had comfortable 16-point lead. Germany couldn't recover from this shock continuing to fall down even more. Slovenians ended this game in style making 11-1 run and booking a spot for the semifinals.

Nika Baric was unstoppable today. She spent 35 minutes on court adding 19 points, 6 boards and 8 assists. Teja Oblak also shined scoring 19 points while Ines Kerin had one points less than her. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) was the best scorer for the loosing team with 15 points. Leonie Bleker had 12 points and 5 rebounds. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Germany will meet Estonia.


U18 Germany - U18 Slovenia 50-78
(11-17, 15-11, 10-24, 14-26)

Germany:
Pia Mankertz 15, Leonie Bleker 12 (5 rebs)
Slovenia: Nika Baric 19 (6 rebs, 8 as), Teja Oblak 19, Ines Kerin 18


Germany edge Latvia in classification round in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 - Latvia U16 66:56

Germany scored their first win at the U16 European Championship held in Poland these days. They defeated Latvia at the start of the classification round and stepped closer to securing the spot in Division A for the next year. Sonja Greinacher (185-C-92) stepped up for Germany with 20 points and led the team to their initial success. Latvia opened the game with 5 straight points but Germany denied the deficit late in the period. Sonja Greinacher capped the quarter with 4 straight points and led the team to an 18:15 advantage at the first break. Latvia kept it close throughout the second frame before Finja Schaake (175-G/F-92) and Martinuis completed the first half with 7 points in a row for Germany as they accumulated a 40:31 advantage at the interval. Latvia refused to go away and stayed within striking distance in the third stanza. They entered the fourth term trailing by just 4 points. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) began the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to minimize the deficit. Finja Schaake and Martinius once again teamed up for a bunch of free throws to give German team some breathing space at 62:54 with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Linda Pagrode trimmed the distance with accurate freebies however Hermann knocked down 4 points in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for Germany. Finja Schaake contributed 18 points for Germany in the win. Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Linda Pagrode had 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Germany will next take on Ukraine, while Latvia face Serbia on Thursday.

Germany U16: Sonja Greinacher 20, Finja Schaake 18, Hermann 8
Latvia U16: Laura Ozolina 17, Linda Pagrode 15


Wasserburg inks Carlene Hightower - by Cornelius Damm
To replace eurobasket.com 1.DBBL player of the year Katrina Hibbert who returned to her home country Australia five time German champion TSV 1880 Wasserburg signed Carlene Hightower (180-F-86). The 2008 graduate of La Salle University completed her final season second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring (17.0 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (6.5 rpg). She also finished in the top 15 in four other categories, including seventh in steals (1.79 spg). She became the first in her school history to ever named A-10 First Team twice, while also becoming only the fourth 'Explorer' in the 36-year school history to register back-to-back 500-point seasons. Hightower finished her career in the top 10 all-time in 10 career categories and seven single-season categories at La Salle. Due to her outstanding play Carlene Hightower was invited to the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp in April 2008 along with 40 other NCAA standouts. She also got selected as 2008 Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year. With her A-10 All-Defensive Team Selection in 2007 Hightower displayed that shes got the total package on both ends of the game. She considers herself as a gym rat who will try to extend her playing career as long as possible.

Newcomer BG Donau-Ries places Sarah Wilson on first import spot - by Cornelius Damm
1. DBBL Newcomer BG Donau-Ries who returned to Germanys premier league after a five year abstinence announced the signing of Sarah Wilson (188-F-86). The South German club showers the 6'2' Forward/Center with great expectations. Wilson who scored 13.2 PPG shooting .450 from the field and .625 from the foul line in her senior year shall replace Mirijam Unger (193-C/F-88) who took off to Marburg where she will start her university studies. Donau-Ries is hoping that Wilson will be dominant in the paint and control the boards just like she did in college where she averaged 6.9 RPG this season. Wilson also finished as Niagaras all-time block leader, with 137 career blocks in her four years of eligibility.

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U18 EC, division B: Greece outsmarts Estonia 48-46 for the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U18 Greece - U18 Estonia 48-46

Greece is the second team from Group E which qualified for the semifinals of U18 European Championship in Skopje. Despite there is one more game to be played, Germany already booked a spot for the semis. Actually the last one, when Greece will meet Slovenia, will resolve the question which team will end the Qualifying Round on top of Group E. Estonia will fight with Germany for position number 3 but anyway both teams will continue championship in Classification Rounds.

It sounds strange but the loosing side Estonia dominated under the basket in this game. Estonians grabbed 35 rebounds while Greece had jus 28. At the same time Greece had miserable 7.1% from behind the arc making only 1 of 14 attempts. However, the biggest problem for Estonia were turnovers, as it players committed 23. After 24-24 in 15th minute Triin Teppo (185-C-90) and Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) created 10-4 run for Estonia heading into the third quarter with plus 6. Both teams had many missed shots and bad decisions during the next ten minutes. Actually nether of these two teams scored any basket in three closing minutes of this period. Greece celebrated thanks to Aikaterini Kontali's lay-up with 1:38 remaining in the game. After that both teams had few chances to score but unsuccessful.

Interesting is that the winning team had just one player with double digits and it was Angeliki Nikolopoulou (175-G-91), who netted 12 points including 4 rebounds. Aikaterini Kontali and Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) was behind her netting 9 points apiece. Estonia had three players with more than ten points. Kerttu Jallai had 15 points, Triin Teppo 12 while Hass stopped exactly on 10.


U18 Greece - U18 Estonia 48-46
(20-15, 8-19, 9-5, 11-7)

Greece:
Angeliki Nikolopoulou 12 (4 rebs), Aiketerini Kontali 9, Ioanna Diela 9
Estonia: Kerttu Jallai 15 (5 rebs), Triin Teppo 12 (9 rebs), Kerli Haas (179-F-90) 10 (8 rebs)


U16 EC, division B: Greece grabs top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Greece 50-55

Greece was better that Denmark in the last game of Preliminary Round taking first place in Group A with score 3-1. Denmark, which was undefeated before this game, ended the first stage as a second ranked team in the same group. What is the most important both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. The good thing for Greece is that this victory will be transferred to the next stage while Denmark starts it with 0-1.

Greeks entered into this game strongly. Their willingness to reach top of Group A was huge which brought them plus 7 after the opening frame. During the following ten minutes Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) and her teammates succeeded to extend lead to 11 points. Denmark wasn't able to do to come any closer in third frame. They had many bad decisions at the offensive end while Greece continued in the same rhythm which outcame with 8-16 in this frame. Gritt Ryder and Anne Pedersen woke up in the last one but it was too late for their team.

Artemis Spanou was unstoppable today. She totally crushed Denmark collecting 22 points and 11 rebounds. Eleni Voulgaraki (183-G-92) followed her with 10 points and 6 boards while Dimitra Kampouraki stopped on 10 points. The loosing side got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Gritt Ryder. Anne Pedersen this time wasn't the top scorer of her team as he posted 13 points and grabbed 10 boards. Next rival of Greece on U16 European Championship division B will be the second ranked team of Group B. On the other hand Denmark will meet the best team from the same group.


U16 Denmark - U16 Greece 50-55
(9-16, 10-14, 8-16, 23-9)

Denmark:
Gritt Ryder 14 (6 rebs), Anne Pedersen 13 (10 rebs)
Greece: Artemis Spanou 22 (11 rebs), Eleni Voulgaraki 10 (6 rebs), Dimitra Kampouraki 10


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U16 EC, division B: Netherlands edges Estonia booking a spot for the next stage - by Eurobasket News
U16 Estonia - U16 Netherlands 44-72

In a crucial game for the second stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria, Netherlands managed to register an easy victory over Estonia. Both teams had score 1-1 before this game but after it Netherlands jumped to the second position while Estonia became the third ranked team in Group C. Netherlands will together with Finland, Slovakia and Romania continue championship in Group F of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Two top ranked teams from this group will advance to the semifinals. Estonia will have to be satisfied with a spot in Group H of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place where already are placed Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro.

Netherlands took control on Estonia from the early beginning. After opening ten minutes it already was plus 11 for Maxime Essenstam and her teammates. During the second frame Anika Koster shined for her team leading 10-0 run for 30-30. However, thanks to Rianne Hofstraat (183-C-92) Netherlands returned 4-point lead until the half time. Maxime Essenstam and Jamailah Adams put into the fifth gear after the breather smashing Estonia 9-23 in third quarter. After that moment it was clear that Estonia won't have any chance until the end. Interesting is that Estonians totally gave up scoring just 2 points during the last ten minutes.

Maxime Essenstam was the lading player of her team ending this game with 15 points and 11 boards. Jamailah Adams had 13 points and 4 boards while Rianne Hofstraat helped the winning side collecting 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Estonia got the most from Annika Koster (185-C-92), who posted 12 points with 6 boards. Rosemary Ritz had 10 points and 5 rebounds.


U16 Estonia - U16 Netherlands 44-72
(10-21, 23-16, 9-23, 2-12)

Estonia:
Annika Koster 12 (6 rebs), Rosemary Ritz 10 (5 rebs)
Netherlands: Maxime Essenstam 15 (11 rebs), Jamailah Adams 13 (4 rebs), Rianne Hofstraat 12 (5 rebs, 4 as)


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Latvia beats Hungary in OT - by Eurobasket News
U18 Hungary - U18 Latvia 70-78

Latvia celebrated in the first day of the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. It means that Latvia continued its winning streak from the Preliminary Round stretching it to 5-0. With this victory Latvians made a huge step forward to the semifinals but there are still some theoretically chances that Latvians could be stopped at this stage.

After totally leveled first quarter, Latvia was faced with many troubles. They struggled with a long range stroke as well as with organizing the plays. Lilla Horvath (-90) and Reka Balint (181-F-91) stepped up for Hungary ending the second stanza 22-13. Latvians showed some attitude after the breather. Anete Steinberga (192-C-90) and Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) made few baskets which affected the score which was still a good one for Hungary. During the last ten minutes Latvia put into the fifth gear and through Liene Priede (180-G-90), Anete Steinberga and Sabine Niedola succeeded to reach the over time. Hungarians were totally out of concentration which Anete Steinberga and his teammates exploited scoring 16 points for 5 minutes and finishing this game with plus 8.

Anete Steinberga paced Latvia to victory collecting 15 points and 8 rebounds. Sabine Niedola registered double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds while Liene Priede had 12 points. Lilla Horvath added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the loosing side, which doesn't have any chance for the semifinals after this defeat. Reka Balint also was good in Hungary with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) scored 12 points.


U18 Hungary - U18 Latvia 70-78
(15-15, 22-13, 10-13, 15-21, 8-16)

Hungary:
Lilla Horvath 14 (9 rebs), Reka Balint 13 (10 rebs, 4 as), Dorottya Tamis 12
Latvia: Anete Steinberga 15 (8 rebs), Sabine Niedola 14 (13 rebs), Liene Priede 12


Spain U16 thrashes Hungary U16 - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16-Spain U16 31:73

Spain U16 recorded 3-0 after an easy win over Hungary U16 last night. Spain was too good for the opponent with 73:31 at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Gil led the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds. E Diaz netted 11, while Y Diaz added 8. Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) Bettina top-scored for Hungary with 11 points and Manyoky scored 5.
Spain started to ruin Hungary in the opening quarter. Gil scored seven points as Spain jumped ahead early 9:2.Spain increased to 17:5 but then Hungary made it 18:9 at the end of the first period. In the second quarter the latter player even and trailed 19:29 at the half.
Bettina Baksa kept Hungary within 33:23 however Queralt Casas and Diaz hit triples in a 17-0 surge to blow the game open 50:23. Mansare closed the third quarter at 52:27 with the superiority of Spain. Another quarter was the last one and another troublesome for Hunagry. Spain thrashed the opponent in the final stanza 21:4 and easily reached 3-0 record in the group. Hungary fell at 0-3 and remained on the bottom of the group.

Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 11, Manyoky 5
Spain U16:Gil 13+10 rebs, E Diaz 11, Y Diaz 8


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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bulgaria grabs important win against Ireland - by Eurobasket News
U16 Ireland - U16 Bulgaria 47-57

It was a joyful last day of the Preliminary Round for the hosts of U16 European Championship division B. Bulgarians were better that Ireland booking a spot for the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Interesting is that Ireland also has the same score 3-1 but because of this victory Bulgaria get through Group A. It means that Bulgarians are immediately transferred to Group E together with Slovenia, Greece and Denmark. Ireland is placed into Group G of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place where its rivals will be Portugal, England and Switzerland. Bulgaria starts competition at the second stage with score 0-1 because of the defeat against Slovenia while Ireland will go on with 1-0.

Ireland had slightly better performance at the beginning. Thanks to Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) Ireland grabbed quick 13-5 after 5 minutes extending it later to 15-9. After that moment Bulgarian trio Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92), Nora Georgieva and Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) stepped up ending this frame with 9-2 run. At the one point of the second frame Bulgarians set the margin to 25-30 but they succeeded to keep plus 3 until the half time. Third quarter was crucial period of the game. Ireland managed to score just 3 points for 10 minutes while Bulgaria netted 10. It means that the hosts of U16 EC division B had plus 10 before the last frame, what was more than enough for comfortable victory.

This time Vesela Kovacheva was the best player for the winning side netting 16 points. Nora Georgieva followed her with 14 while Pamela Decheva had 11 points, 8 boards and 4 steals. Lorraine Scanlon helped Ireland adding 18 points and fantastic 19 rebounds. Clodagh Scannell stopped on 17 points and 6 rebounds.


U16 Ireland - U16 Bulgaria 47-57
(17-18, 13-15, 3-10, 14-14)

Ireland:
Lorraine Scanlon 18 (19 rebs), Clodagh Scannell 17 (6 rebs)
Bulgaria: Vesela Kovacheva 16, Nora Georgieva 14, Pamela Decheva 11 (8 rebs, 4 st)


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Thriller win for England against Israel - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Israel 52-50

England succeeded to beat Israel today in very exciting game avoiding the last place in Group A. Thus, England ended Preliminary Round with three defeats and one victory while the same record has Israel but because of this lost Israel is the last ranked team of the same group. England will continue U16 European Championship division B in Classification Round for 9th to 16th place. On the other hand Israel will fight with the last ranked team from Group B, which is Luxemburg, for position number 17.

After 24- 24 in the first half, Israel showed much better performance in third quarter. It was 30-27 when Avigel Cohen stepped up for her team. In just few minutes Israel created 16-4 run taking 9-point lead. Temitope Fagbenle immediately answered tying the score on 45-45 in 34th minute. Game is decided at the very end. Namely, with just 4 seconds remaining Fagbenie made a jump shot for 52-50. Avigel Cohen attempted to make a winning 3-pointer but unsuccessful.

Temitope Fagbenle paced England to this victory registering 20 points and 12 rebounds. Renee Busch was a way behind her helping the winning team with 8 points. Avigel Cohen was the leading player in Israel adding 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Yael Shafir finished the game with 12 points.


U16 England - U16 Israel 52-50
(7-12, 17-12, 13-19, 15-7)

England:
Temitope Fagbenle 20 (12 rebs), Renee Busch 8
Israel: Avigel Cohen 21 (8 rebs, 7 as), Yael Shafir 12


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy cruise past Belarus in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Belarus U16 65:48

Italian U16 National Team secured their fourth straight win at the European Championship in Katowice. They stunned Belarus in the Qualifying round opener in Group F. Debora Carangelo (168-G-94) and Cigliani led balanced offense with 12 points apiece. Belarus in the meantime fell to 0-3 record in the ladder. Italian team used a 14:2 rally in the first quarter to claim a 16:7 lead. Formica and Tessari closed the first term with 4 straight points and Italy led 20:9 after ten minutes of action. Italy opened the second period with a 7:0 run to stretch the margin. Italy dominated the scene in the second frame and drove to a comfortable 38:20 halftime advantage. Back-to-back trebles from Musatava early in the third frame gave Belarus hope. But Italy maintained the pressure and entered the fourth term up by 17 points. The gap proved unassailable for their opponents and Italy scored another impressive victory at the tournament. Masoni and Formica had 9 points each for the winners. Musatava answered with game-high 15 points for Belarus. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.

Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 12, Cigliani 12, Masoni 9, Sabrina Formica 9
Belarus U16: Musatava 15, Maryia Filonchyk 12


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  LATVIA - Women  


Germany edge Latvia in classification round in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 - Latvia U16 66:56

Germany scored their first win at the U16 European Championship held in Poland these days. They defeated Latvia at the start of the classification round and stepped closer to securing the spot in Division A for the next year. Sonja Greinacher (185-C-92) stepped up for Germany with 20 points and led the team to their initial success. Latvia opened the game with 5 straight points but Germany denied the deficit late in the period. Sonja Greinacher capped the quarter with 4 straight points and led the team to an 18:15 advantage at the first break. Latvia kept it close throughout the second frame before Finja Schaake (175-G/F-92) and Martinuis completed the first half with 7 points in a row for Germany as they accumulated a 40:31 advantage at the interval. Latvia refused to go away and stayed within striking distance in the third stanza. They entered the fourth term trailing by just 4 points. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) began the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to minimize the deficit. Finja Schaake and Martinius once again teamed up for a bunch of free throws to give German team some breathing space at 62:54 with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Linda Pagrode trimmed the distance with accurate freebies however Hermann knocked down 4 points in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for Germany. Finja Schaake contributed 18 points for Germany in the win. Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Linda Pagrode had 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Germany will next take on Ukraine, while Latvia face Serbia on Thursday.

Germany U16: Sonja Greinacher 20, Finja Schaake 18, Hermann 8
Latvia U16: Laura Ozolina 17, Linda Pagrode 15


Anete Jekabsone-Zogota earns win for Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Brazil 79:78

Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) nailed a go-ahead jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining in the encounter to bring Latvia to their initial win at the Olympic Games in China. They snatched a last-second win from Brazil sending the Latin American powerhouse to 0-3 record. Latvia remained hopeful about their quarterfinal birth. Meanwhile Brazil put themselves on the brink of falling out of the title race. They now must win against Russia and Belarus for a chance to clinch quarterfinal birth. Brazil confidently entered the game and gradually started to pile up the lead. They dominated in the paint and their physical style of play allowed them to gain a 23:14 advantage at the first intermission. Latvia however refused to fold and came back into contest in the second period. They stiffened defense and limited Brazil to 13 points in the quarter. It allowed the European team to trim the distance to 5 points at halftime 31:36. Anete Jekabsone-Zogotas pivotal performance paced Latvia in the third frame as they got within 2 points from Brazil heading into the fourth term. Latvia finally surged ahead in the fourth term and enjoyed a 2-point cushion with seconds left in regulation. Karen Gustavo Rocha (177-G-84) fired from downtown to set Brazil in front 78:77. Nevertheless Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had just enough time to drain a saving basket and brought victory to Latvia. Brazil had a chance to turn it for the better. Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) tried to win it at the buzzer but her jumper rimmed out sealing Latvian success. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota led all scorers with 25 points. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) had 14 points and 7 boards, while Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) notched 12 points for the winners. Soeli Zakrzeski (187-C/F-77) replied with 16 points and 9 boards for Brazil. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) provided 15 points and 9 boards in a losing effort.

Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 25, Ieva Kublina 14, Gunta Basko 12
Brazil: Soeli Zakrzeski 16, Kelly Santos 15


U18 EC, division B: Latvia beats Hungary in OT - by Eurobasket News
U18 Hungary - U18 Latvia 70-78

Latvia celebrated in the first day of the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. It means that Latvia continued its winning streak from the Preliminary Round stretching it to 5-0. With this victory Latvians made a huge step forward to the semifinals but there are still some theoretically chances that Latvians could be stopped at this stage.

After totally leveled first quarter, Latvia was faced with many troubles. They struggled with a long range stroke as well as with organizing the plays. Lilla Horvath (-90) and Reka Balint (181-F-91) stepped up for Hungary ending the second stanza 22-13. Latvians showed some attitude after the breather. Anete Steinberga (192-C-90) and Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) made few baskets which affected the score which was still a good one for Hungary. During the last ten minutes Latvia put into the fifth gear and through Liene Priede (180-G-90), Anete Steinberga and Sabine Niedola succeeded to reach the over time. Hungarians were totally out of concentration which Anete Steinberga and his teammates exploited scoring 16 points for 5 minutes and finishing this game with plus 8.

Anete Steinberga paced Latvia to victory collecting 15 points and 8 rebounds. Sabine Niedola registered double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds while Liene Priede had 12 points. Lilla Horvath added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the loosing side, which doesn't have any chance for the semifinals after this defeat. Reka Balint also was good in Hungary with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) scored 12 points.


U18 Hungary - U18 Latvia 70-78
(15-15, 22-13, 10-13, 15-21, 8-16)

Hungary:
Lilla Horvath 14 (9 rebs), Reka Balint 13 (10 rebs, 4 as), Dorottya Tamis 12
Latvia: Anete Steinberga 15 (8 rebs), Sabine Niedola 14 (13 rebs), Liene Priede 12


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Belgium surprise Lithuania to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Lithuania U16 75:46

Belgian U16 National Team posted their 4th consecutive victory at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday they held off Lithuanian team to start the Qualifying round victoriously. Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) knocked down 17 points for Belgium as they looked too good for the Baltic team. Defense worked well for Belgium in the opening stanza as they built a 14:8 lead. Lithuania cut the deficit early in the second frame but just to see Meylemans and Devlaux connecting from beyond the arc for a 7-point Belgian advantage. Julie Vanloo capped the half with a trey and Belgium led 25:15 at the interval. Julie Vanloo netted 9 points in the first half of the third stanza and Belgian team exploded with a 17:6 run to open up a 20-point lead. Lithuania failed to answer in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Lithuania thus fell to a 0-3 record in Group E. Meylemans scored 13 points for Belgium. Meesseman added 10 points for the winners. Paulina Zaveckaite had 12 points for Lithuania. Morkunaite and Svaryte contributed 8 points each in a losing case. Lithuania enjoyed a 44:35 advantage on the glass but converted only 35% from the field. Belgium also forced their opponents to as many as 34 turnovers.

Belgium U16: Julie Vanloo 17, Meylemans 13, Meesseman 10
Lithuania U16: Paulina Zaveckaite 12, Morkunaite 8, Svaryte 8


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Romania get through the Preliminary Group D - by Eurobasket News
U16 Romania - U16 Montenegro 84-61

Romany grabbed an extremely important victory against Montenegro advancing to the next stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. The important thing for Romania also was 2-point defeat by Croatia against Finland which automatically meant that Romania goes to the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. On the other hand Montenegro remained winless on this championship moving to Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th position.

Quality level between these two teams was more than obvious. Romanians opened the game creating quick 13-4. Later Montenegro came just a little bit closer but after Alexandra Florea's (173-F) jump shot at the last possession in the first stanza Romania grabbed 8-point lead. Second quarter was almost leveled. Jovana Pasic took care for the points in Montenegro while Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) and Alexandra Florea done the same in Romania. The game is decided in third period when Romanians played furious ten minutes demonstrating its power. They ended it 32-13 after what they slowed down keeping their lead without any extra effort.

Alexandra Ionescu was the best scorer for the winning team with 19 points. Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) also showed pretty good performance finishing the game with 18 points and 5 assists while Alexandra Florea followed her collecting 12 points and 8 boards. Jovana Pasic shined in Montenegro posting 16 points including 4 rebounds. Jelena Vucetic also was good adding 14 points and 6 assists while Ana Turcinovic (185-C-93) had 13 points missing only one rebound for double-double. The firts rival of Slovakia in Group F will be Romania. On the other side Montenegro will take on Estonia in Group H.


U16 Romania - U16 Montenegro 84-61
(22-14, 16-15, 32-13, 14-19)

Romania:
Alexandra Ionescu 19, Gabriela Cursaru 18 (5 as), Alexandra Florea 12 (8 rebs)
Montenergo: Jovana Pasic 16 (4 rebs), Jelena Vucetic 14 (6 as), Ana Turcinovic 13 (9 rebs)


NT Montenegro win in Skoplje 76-69 - by Dragan Scepanovic

NT of Montenegro win on first frendly game in Skoplje against NT of Macedonia 76-69 (11-10,23-27,25-19,10-20 ). This is first basketball game of woman NT of Montenegro in basketball history.Head coach in firts game are Modrag Baletic , assistant of NT Petrovic Rade and Todorovic Spasoje, Doctor of NT Mijanovic , Fizioterapeuth of NT Dubljevic and Tehnical suport of NT Mijuskovic Rasa
Stats for basketball player of Montenegro in first game NT MONTENEGO
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4 Knezevic 16p , 5. Skerovic 12 p., 6 Vucinic not play, 7 Radunovic 16p. 8 Utvic not play, 11 Bjelica 15p., 12 Jeknic 0p., 13 Jovanovic 0p., 14 Ivovic 6p.,
15 Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) 8p., 16 Burdzovic not play , 17 Aleksic 4p.



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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


China too good for New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
China - New Zealand 80:63

China delivered a first-class performance today routing New Zealand in Group B of the Olympic Games basketball tournament. China rebounded after a stunning loss to the USA on Monday to have no problems against the Tall Ferns. Chen Nan (197-C-83) tallied massive 26 points and 17 boards to propel China past New Zealand today. China thus improved to 2-1 record and occupied the second spot in the ladder. New Zealand in the meantime were handed their second straight loss after a victorious start against Mali at the event. China dominated right from the start as they jumped to a 26:18 first-quarter lead. New Zealand scored only 13 points in the second frame and the hosts stretched the margin to as many as 17 points at halftime. The Kiwis were able to slow China down after the long break. However a breakthrough never came for the visitors. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the third period and China maintained a 17-point distance between the sides. The situation did not change in the final stanza as the home team rolled confidently and celebrated an emphatic win at the end. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) contributed 15 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for China. Bian Lan (182-G-86) added 10 points for the winners. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) and Angela Marino (166-G-86) knocked down 14 points each for the Tall Ferns. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) had 11 points in a losing case. China had an overwhelming advantage under the rims 46:29 and shot solid 44% from the field.

China: Chen Nan 26+17 boards, Miao Li Jie 15, Bian Lan 10
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 14, Angela Marino 14


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  NORWAY - Women  


Historic result - NT becomes runner up in Nordic championship - by Kaare Vangen
The Norwegian ladies lost 59-69 to Sweden in the final match of the Nordic Championship in Gentofte, Denmark. Sweden had the edge most of the time but the final outcome of the match was not decided before the match came into the final minutes. Norway played aggressive defense and forced Sweden to make turnovers. Leading scorers for Norway were Kristina Tattersdill (181-F/C-83) (18), Anette Johansen (176-F-82, college: NYIT) (10), Nanna Sand (-77, college: Arizona St.) (9) and Marianne Hella (-77) (9).

The ladies had the following results:
Norway - Finland 66-60
Norway - Iceland 81-74
Norway - Denmark 66-55
Norway - Sweden 59-69

This is the first time ever the ladies have been runner up in the Nordic championship. Coach Baard Stoller was a very happy man - even after the loss for Sweden.


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Russia3-0
2. Australia2-0
3. S.Korea1-1
4. Belarus1-2
5. Brazil0-2
6. Latvia0-2
Group B
1. USA2-0
2. Spain2-1
3. China1-1
4. N.Zealand1-1
5. Czech Repu.1-2
6. Mali0-2


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  POLAND - Women  


Poland hold off Russia at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Russia U16 83:77

Polish U16 Team scored an important win over Russian counterparts at the start of the Qualifying round at the European Championship. Poland thus climbed to 2-1 record in Group F and remained hopeful about their semifinal ambitions. Russia fell to 1-2 record and stayed at the 4th spot in the ladder. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) and Bandyk stepped up for the hosts in the game as they poured in 21 points apiece to carry Poland to a hard-fought win. Russia used trebles from Minaeva and Kseniya Efimova (173-F/G) to accumulate an 8:2 lead early in the first frame. Poland stayed close and surged ahead following a three-pointer from Zietara late in the quarter. However Sazonova and Arzina sealed the outcome at 20:17 for Russia. Maksimova opened the second frame with a trey and Russia kept on maintaining the lead. Poland would not go though and the home team trailed by just 3 points at the interval. Polish team tipped off the second half with an 8:1 surge to take over in the game. They led throughout the third quarter but Stepanova, Sazonova and Kseniya Efimova closed the quarter with 6 points in a row and Russia entered the final stanza leading by 5 points. Bandyk nailed 7 points in the first five minutes of the fourth term and Poland regained the advantage at 70:69. Monika Jasnowska, Bandyk and Kowalska lifted Poland to a 5-point lead and Russia failed to deny in the dying moments. Kowalska scored 16 points for the winners. Kseniya Efimova answered with game-high 22 points for Russia. Stepanova had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Poland U16: Monika Jasnowska 21, Bandyk 21, Anna Kowalska 16
Russia U16: Kseniya Efimova 22, Stepanova 13+11 boards


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Romania get through the Preliminary Group D - by Eurobasket News
U16 Romania - U16 Montenegro 84-61

Romany grabbed an extremely important victory against Montenegro advancing to the next stage of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. The important thing for Romania also was 2-point defeat by Croatia against Finland which automatically meant that Romania goes to the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. On the other hand Montenegro remained winless on this championship moving to Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th position.

Quality level between these two teams was more than obvious. Romanians opened the game creating quick 13-4. Later Montenegro came just a little bit closer but after Alexandra Florea's (173-F) jump shot at the last possession in the first stanza Romania grabbed 8-point lead. Second quarter was almost leveled. Jovana Pasic took care for the points in Montenegro while Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) and Alexandra Florea done the same in Romania. The game is decided in third period when Romanians played furious ten minutes demonstrating its power. They ended it 32-13 after what they slowed down keeping their lead without any extra effort.

Alexandra Ionescu was the best scorer for the winning team with 19 points. Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) also showed pretty good performance finishing the game with 18 points and 5 assists while Alexandra Florea followed her collecting 12 points and 8 boards. Jovana Pasic shined in Montenegro posting 16 points including 4 rebounds. Jelena Vucetic also was good adding 14 points and 6 assists while Ana Turcinovic (185-C-93) had 13 points missing only one rebound for double-double. The firts rival of Slovakia in Group F will be Romania. On the other side Montenegro will take on Estonia in Group H.


U16 Romania - U16 Montenegro 84-61
(22-14, 16-15, 32-13, 14-19)

Romania:
Alexandra Ionescu 19, Gabriela Cursaru 18 (5 as), Alexandra Florea 12 (8 rebs)
Montenergo: Jovana Pasic 16 (4 rebs), Jelena Vucetic 14 (6 as), Ana Turcinovic 13 (9 rebs)


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia edge Belarus to gain third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Belarus 71:65

Russian National Team extended their winning streak at the Olympic Games in China. Today they beat Belarus for the third victory in Group A. Russia remained on top of the ladder, while Belarus dropped to 1-2 record in the standings. It was a close game from the start as neither team would not go till the final seconds. Russia managed to accumulate only a single-point advantage at the first intermission. A strong defensive effort helped the European champions to limit their opponents to 8 points in the second quarter and Russia established a 35:27 lead at halftime. Belarus replied with a 13:7 run at the start of the third quarter and came as close as 2 points from Russia. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) came up with a basket for Russia and fueled a 10:0 rally that put the team up for good. Belarus fought bravely in the fourth term and shaved the deficit to 4 points on several occasions. But the effort was in vain as Russia kept it cool and celebrated the third consecutive win at the event. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) paced Russia with 13 points and 8 boards. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) added 11 points and 9 boards, while Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) had 10 points in a win. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) responded with 16 points for Belarus. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) had 15 points apiece in defeat. Russia outrebounded Belarus 52:41 and held them to just 32% from the field. Russia will take on Brazil, while Belarus play against South Korea on Friday.

Russia: Maria Stepanova 13, Ilona Korstine 11, Rebecca Hammon 10
Belarus: Natalia Marchanka 16, Yelena Leuchanka 15, Katsiaryna Snytsina 15


Poland hold off Russia at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Russia U16 83:77

Polish U16 Team scored an important win over Russian counterparts at the start of the Qualifying round at the European Championship. Poland thus climbed to 2-1 record in Group F and remained hopeful about their semifinal ambitions. Russia fell to 1-2 record and stayed at the 4th spot in the ladder. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) and Bandyk stepped up for the hosts in the game as they poured in 21 points apiece to carry Poland to a hard-fought win. Russia used trebles from Minaeva and Kseniya Efimova (173-F/G) to accumulate an 8:2 lead early in the first frame. Poland stayed close and surged ahead following a three-pointer from Zietara late in the quarter. However Sazonova and Arzina sealed the outcome at 20:17 for Russia. Maksimova opened the second frame with a trey and Russia kept on maintaining the lead. Poland would not go though and the home team trailed by just 3 points at the interval. Polish team tipped off the second half with an 8:1 surge to take over in the game. They led throughout the third quarter but Stepanova, Sazonova and Kseniya Efimova closed the quarter with 6 points in a row and Russia entered the final stanza leading by 5 points. Bandyk nailed 7 points in the first five minutes of the fourth term and Poland regained the advantage at 70:69. Monika Jasnowska, Bandyk and Kowalska lifted Poland to a 5-point lead and Russia failed to deny in the dying moments. Kowalska scored 16 points for the winners. Kseniya Efimova answered with game-high 22 points for Russia. Stepanova had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Poland U16: Monika Jasnowska 21, Bandyk 21, Anna Kowalska 16
Russia U16: Kseniya Efimova 22, Stepanova 13+11 boards


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia finally deliver win in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Ukraine U16 72:58

Serbian U16 National Team finally got things going at the European Championship in Poland. They held off Ukraine earlier today to post their first success at the tournament. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) knocked down 20 points and Serbia improved to 1-0 record in the classification round. Ukraine in the meantime suffered their 4th straight loss and appeared on the cusp of being relegated into Division B next year. Serbia used a massive rally in the first frame to build a safe cushion. They went on a 13:0 run midway through the quarter and later enjoyed a 29:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Kovecevic and Karakasevic kept Serbia in front with three-pointers early in the second period. Chek nailed 6 points for Ukraine at the end of the half and they trailed by 11 points at sides change. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) and Vyshniak opened the second half with 6 straight points and Ukraine came as close as 5 points. Serbia iced the effort with a three-pointer from Rajic but Ukraine remained close throughout the frame and trimmed the distance to 4 points with one quarter left in the game. Snezana Colic and Dragicevic tipped off the fourth term with 7 consecutive points and Serbia were back in the driving seat. They wisely kept Ukraine at bay during the reminder of the contest and celebrated an important victory at the end. Karakasevic produced 14 points and 10 boards for Serbia. Dragicevic had 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Darya Zavidna answered with 21 points and 10 boards for Ukraine. Starikh chipped in 11 points in a losing effort.

Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 20, Karakasevic 14+10 boards, Dragicevic 13
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 21+10 boards, Starikh 11


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia remains perfect after Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Slovak Republic 46-56

Slovakia took care for third victory in Preliminary Round of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. This time Bosnia was faced with Slovakia's power ending competition in Group C winless. Naturally, as a top ranked team of Group C, Slovakia advanced to Group F of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. The good this for Slovakians is that victory against Netherlands will be transferred to Group F, where already are placed Finland and Romania. Bosnia moved to Group H of Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place where its rivals will be Bosnia and Croatia while defeat against Estonia will be transferred.

Slovakians made many easy points under the rim in this game. At the same time they grabbed 51 rebounds matched with only 33 by Bosnia. With that kind of deference Bosnia could not resist too long. They succeeded to do it until the half time but then Martina Letkova (-F) and Marta Palenikova stepped up for Slovakia leading their team to 7-14 in third period. After lay-up by Martina Kissova (184-F-93) at the middle of the last frame, Slovakia set the score on 38-53. Natasa Kajtaz and Natasa Tomasovic were the only players in Bosnia which tried to do something more. Unfortunately to them, their teammates were not in a game mood. Slovakians played the rest of the game with routine keeping the top position in Preliminary Group C.

Martina Letkova was the best scorer for Slovakia netting 17 points. Marta Palenikova was behind her with 10 points and 7 boards. Natasa Kajtaz added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the loosing side while Natasa Tomasovic followed her with 8 points.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Slovak Republic 46-56
(7-8, 17-16, 7-14, 15-18)

Bosnia:
Natasa Kajtaz 16 (5 rebs), Natasa Tomasovic 8
Slovakia: Martina Letkova 17, Marta Palenikova 10 (7 rebs)


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovenia beats Switzerland advancing to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
U16 Switzerland - U16 Slovenia 38-59

Slovenia had an easy job against Switzerland in the last game of Preliminary Round on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Switzerland couldn't handle tandem Tina Jakovina - Rebeka Abramovic (-93), which paced the winning side in this game. This, Slovenia ended first stage as a top team of Group A with score 3-1 while fourth place belongs to Switzerland which has 1 victory and 3 defeats. Slovenia advanced to Group E of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Their opponent in this group will be Denmark and Greece as Slovenians already registered victory against Bulgaria.

Slovenia was a way better team in this game. Switzerland had many problems with long range shooting having seven attempts without any good. Swiss players also committed 31 turnovers what was too much against tough Slovenians. Tina Jakovina and her teammates ended first quarter in style 6-15. Very soon Rebeka Abramovic joined Jakovina which resulted with comfortable 13-33 at the half time. Switzerland had only won player in this game which was able to compete against Slovenians but it was not enough. The official visitor of this game continues at the same rhythm touching plus 26 in third frame.

Tina Jakovina was the key player for Slovenia pouring in 17 points and grabbing 9 boards. Rebeka Abramovic followed her with 10 points. Switzerland got 15 points and 6 boards from Anissa Toumi. Actually she was the only player for the loosing side with double figures as Dana Bozovic was the second scorer with 7 points. Switerzland will continue championship in Qualifying Round from 9th to 16th place - Group G together with Portugal, England and Ireland.


U16 Switzerland - U16 Slovenia 38-59
(6-15, 7-18, 12-17, 13-9)

Switzerland:
Anissa Toumi 15 (6 rebs), Dana Bozovic 7
Slovenia: Tina Jakovina 17 (9 rebs), Rebeka Abramovic 10


U18 EC, division B: Slovenia secures semifinals in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
U18 Germany - U18 Slovenia 50-78

Slovenia didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Germany in the first day of the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. As a reminder, Slovenia advanced to the second stage transferring one victory from the Preliminary Round which means that Slovenians improved to 2-0, what is already enough for the semifinals. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Slovenia will meet Greece fighting for the first place in Group E. On the other hand, with this defeat Germany lost all chances to reach one of the medals.

Slovenia had three players in a great mood in this game. After not so brilliant first half, Slovenians demonstrated impressive performance during the next 20 minutes. Nika Baric (168-G-92), Teja Oblak (172-G-90) and Ines Kerin (172-G-90) were on fire. Germans couldn't find a solution how to stop this trio which led Slovenia to 10-24 in this period. There was a ten minutes to go and Slovenia already had comfortable 16-point lead. Germany couldn't recover from this shock continuing to fall down even more. Slovenians ended this game in style making 11-1 run and booking a spot for the semifinals.

Nika Baric was unstoppable today. She spent 35 minutes on court adding 19 points, 6 boards and 8 assists. Teja Oblak also shined scoring 19 points while Ines Kerin had one points less than her. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) was the best scorer for the loosing team with 15 points. Leonie Bleker had 12 points and 5 rebounds. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Germany will meet Estonia.


U18 Germany - U18 Slovenia 50-78
(11-17, 15-11, 10-24, 14-26)

Germany:
Pia Mankertz 15, Leonie Bleker 12 (5 rebs)
Slovenia: Nika Baric 19 (6 rebs, 8 as), Teja Oblak 19, Ines Kerin 18


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain outscore Czech Republic in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Czech Republic 74:55

Spanish National team rebounded after the starting loss to China at the Olympic Games. Today they posted their second straight victory and boosted their ambitions for the Olympic tournament. Czechs in the meantime suffered their second loss in three games in Group B. Czech Republic used a sloppy form of Spain team early in the game to jump in front. They enjoyed a 20:11 lead at one point in the first quarter however Spaniards quickly bounced back. They went on a 17:7 run over the next 11 minutes and secured a 28:27 advantage at the interval. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76), Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) all connected from beyond the arc and Spain went on a decisive run in the third quarter. They outgunned Czech team 30:11 in the frame to establish a massive 20-point cushion before the fourth period. Czech Republic just managed to keep it up with Spain in the final term but never seriously threaten the advantage. Ana Montanana notched 20 points for Spain. Amaya Valdemoro added 13 points, while Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) finished with 10 for the winning side. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) chipped in 12 points for Czech Republic. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) secured 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Spain converted 50% from the field including 35% from beyond the arc. Spain outrebounded their opponents 34:29 and forced Czech team into 24 turnovers.

Spain: Ana Montanana 20, Amaya Valdemoro 13, Isabel Sanchez 10
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 12, Hana Machova 11


Spain U16 thrashes Hungary U16 - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16-Spain U16 31:73

Spain U16 recorded 3-0 after an easy win over Hungary U16 last night. Spain was too good for the opponent with 73:31 at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Gil led the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds. E Diaz netted 11, while Y Diaz added 8. Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) Bettina top-scored for Hungary with 11 points and Manyoky scored 5.
Spain started to ruin Hungary in the opening quarter. Gil scored seven points as Spain jumped ahead early 9:2.Spain increased to 17:5 but then Hungary made it 18:9 at the end of the first period. In the second quarter the latter player even and trailed 19:29 at the half.
Bettina Baksa kept Hungary within 33:23 however Queralt Casas and Diaz hit triples in a 17-0 surge to blow the game open 50:23. Mansare closed the third quarter at 52:27 with the superiority of Spain. Another quarter was the last one and another troublesome for Hunagry. Spain thrashed the opponent in the final stanza 21:4 and easily reached 3-0 record in the group. Hungary fell at 0-3 and remained on the bottom of the group.

Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 11, Manyoky 5
Spain U16:Gil 13+10 rebs, E Diaz 11, Y Diaz 8


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden knock down Turkey at the start of the Qualifying round in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Turkey U16 68:50

Swedish U16 National Team began their European Championship Qualifying round campaign with a comfortable win over Turkey. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) stepped up for the Scandinavian team with 21 points and 14 boards and Sweden left no chance for their opponents. Sweden thus improved to 2-1 record, while dropping Turkey to 1-2 in Group E. Turkey jumped to a quick start as they piled up a 9:2 lead early in the game. However Sweden answered with a 20:3 run to establish a 22:12 lead at the end of the first period. Kalfali and Rana Derin (177-F-92) cut the gap to 4 points early in the second quarter but Sweden remained alert and rolled to a 40:31 advantage at halftime. They opened the third frame with a 6:0 run to gain a 15-point lead. Turkey failed to answer this time and Sweden headed into the fourth stanza up by 19 points. All Turkey could do was to cut the deficit to 15 points however they did not seriously threaten Swedish lead at the end. Salome Kabengano (178-G-92) and Amanda Zahui added 12 points each for Sweden. Hasahya Ngoie had 9 points in a winning case. Emel Guler (187-F-92) notched 12 points and 15 boards for Turkey. Rana Derin secured 11 points in defeat. Turkey will face Belgium, while Sweden will take on France today.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 21+14 boards, Salome Kabengano 12, Amanda Zahui 12
Turkey U16: Emel Guler 12+15 boards, Rana Derin 11


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovenia beats Switzerland advancing to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
U16 Switzerland - U16 Slovenia 38-59

Slovenia had an easy job against Switzerland in the last game of Preliminary Round on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Switzerland couldn't handle tandem Tina Jakovina - Rebeka Abramovic (-93), which paced the winning side in this game. This, Slovenia ended first stage as a top team of Group A with score 3-1 while fourth place belongs to Switzerland which has 1 victory and 3 defeats. Slovenia advanced to Group E of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Their opponent in this group will be Denmark and Greece as Slovenians already registered victory against Bulgaria.

Slovenia was a way better team in this game. Switzerland had many problems with long range shooting having seven attempts without any good. Swiss players also committed 31 turnovers what was too much against tough Slovenians. Tina Jakovina and her teammates ended first quarter in style 6-15. Very soon Rebeka Abramovic joined Jakovina which resulted with comfortable 13-33 at the half time. Switzerland had only won player in this game which was able to compete against Slovenians but it was not enough. The official visitor of this game continues at the same rhythm touching plus 26 in third frame.

Tina Jakovina was the key player for Slovenia pouring in 17 points and grabbing 9 boards. Rebeka Abramovic followed her with 10 points. Switzerland got 15 points and 6 boards from Anissa Toumi. Actually she was the only player for the loosing side with double figures as Dana Bozovic was the second scorer with 7 points. Switerzland will continue championship in Qualifying Round from 9th to 16th place - Group G together with Portugal, England and Ireland.


U16 Switzerland - U16 Slovenia 38-59
(6-15, 7-18, 12-17, 13-9)

Switzerland:
Anissa Toumi 15 (6 rebs), Dana Bozovic 7
Slovenia: Tina Jakovina 17 (9 rebs), Rebeka Abramovic 10


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  TURKEY - Women  


Sweden knock down Turkey at the start of the Qualifying round in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Turkey U16 68:50

Swedish U16 National Team began their European Championship Qualifying round campaign with a comfortable win over Turkey. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) stepped up for the Scandinavian team with 21 points and 14 boards and Sweden left no chance for their opponents. Sweden thus improved to 2-1 record, while dropping Turkey to 1-2 in Group E. Turkey jumped to a quick start as they piled up a 9:2 lead early in the game. However Sweden answered with a 20:3 run to establish a 22:12 lead at the end of the first period. Kalfali and Rana Derin (177-F-92) cut the gap to 4 points early in the second quarter but Sweden remained alert and rolled to a 40:31 advantage at halftime. They opened the third frame with a 6:0 run to gain a 15-point lead. Turkey failed to answer this time and Sweden headed into the fourth stanza up by 19 points. All Turkey could do was to cut the deficit to 15 points however they did not seriously threaten Swedish lead at the end. Salome Kabengano (178-G-92) and Amanda Zahui added 12 points each for Sweden. Hasahya Ngoie had 9 points in a winning case. Emel Guler (187-F-92) notched 12 points and 15 boards for Turkey. Rana Derin secured 11 points in defeat. Turkey will face Belgium, while Sweden will take on France today.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 21+14 boards, Salome Kabengano 12, Amanda Zahui 12
Turkey U16: Emel Guler 12+15 boards, Rana Derin 11


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


CBC kicks off today - by David Edole
The V.I. junior women have already qualifued for CentroBasket 2009 just by showing up. Why? Because only three teams have been confirmed for the Caribbean Basketball Championships and all three teams automatically advance to the next phase. The three participating teams are the Wadadli Wildcats of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas and silver medallist in 2005 CBC Virgin Islands.
This edition of the VI team is remarkably young. With only one 16 year old on the team, it could be a long week for the team. The other 16 years olds decided that a sweet 16 was more important than a national team. I heard Daddy Stylee and the Stylee Band are scheduled to perform. Where are my tickets?
The team will be made up of one junior (Hanifah Hendricks), five sophomores, five freshmen and an eight-grade phenom (Kadeesha Barry). The silver medallist in 2005 edition of the CBC will face Antigua and Barbuda Tonight, followed by games against the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday. They will close out the tournament on Friday against Antigua and Barbuda.

The women team members are :
C 6-2, Hanifah Hendricks, County Day
F/C 5-10 Te'Andra Richardson, Charlotte Amalie
F 5-9 Veronique 'Nique' Llanos, Educational Complex
G 5-7 Shaniqua Wheatley, Charlotte Amalie
F/G 5-10 Kelssy Trass, Charlotte Amalie
G 5-2 Melanisah 'Najie' Hendrickson, Central High
G 5-0 Marlena Tonge, Central High
G 5-7 Johvanna John, Central High
C 6-0 Kristen Edney, Manor School
G 5-4 Capricia Richards, Antilles
G 5-4 Kianna Matthews, Central High
G 5-0 Kadeesha Bary, John H. Woodson Middle School


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Serbia finally deliver win in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Ukraine U16 72:58

Serbian U16 National Team finally got things going at the European Championship in Poland. They held off Ukraine earlier today to post their first success at the tournament. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) knocked down 20 points and Serbia improved to 1-0 record in the classification round. Ukraine in the meantime suffered their 4th straight loss and appeared on the cusp of being relegated into Division B next year. Serbia used a massive rally in the first frame to build a safe cushion. They went on a 13:0 run midway through the quarter and later enjoyed a 29:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Kovecevic and Karakasevic kept Serbia in front with three-pointers early in the second period. Chek nailed 6 points for Ukraine at the end of the half and they trailed by 11 points at sides change. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) and Vyshniak opened the second half with 6 straight points and Ukraine came as close as 5 points. Serbia iced the effort with a three-pointer from Rajic but Ukraine remained close throughout the frame and trimmed the distance to 4 points with one quarter left in the game. Snezana Colic and Dragicevic tipped off the fourth term with 7 consecutive points and Serbia were back in the driving seat. They wisely kept Ukraine at bay during the reminder of the contest and celebrated an important victory at the end. Karakasevic produced 14 points and 10 boards for Serbia. Dragicevic had 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Darya Zavidna answered with 21 points and 10 boards for Ukraine. Starikh chipped in 11 points in a losing effort.

Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 20, Karakasevic 14+10 boards, Dragicevic 13
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 21+10 boards, Starikh 11


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Thriller win for England against Israel - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Israel 52-50

England succeeded to beat Israel today in very exciting game avoiding the last place in Group A. Thus, England ended Preliminary Round with three defeats and one victory while the same record has Israel but because of this lost Israel is the last ranked team of the same group. England will continue U16 European Championship division B in Classification Round for 9th to 16th place. On the other hand Israel will fight with the last ranked team from Group B, which is Luxemburg, for position number 17.

After 24- 24 in the first half, Israel showed much better performance in third quarter. It was 30-27 when Avigel Cohen stepped up for her team. In just few minutes Israel created 16-4 run taking 9-point lead. Temitope Fagbenle immediately answered tying the score on 45-45 in 34th minute. Game is decided at the very end. Namely, with just 4 seconds remaining Fagbenie made a jump shot for 52-50. Avigel Cohen attempted to make a winning 3-pointer but unsuccessful.

Temitope Fagbenle paced England to this victory registering 20 points and 12 rebounds. Renee Busch was a way behind her helping the winning team with 8 points. Avigel Cohen was the leading player in Israel adding 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Yael Shafir finished the game with 12 points.


U16 England - U16 Israel 52-50
(7-12, 17-12, 13-19, 15-7)

England:
Temitope Fagbenle 20 (12 rebs), Renee Busch 8
Israel: Avigel Cohen 21 (8 rebs, 7 as), Yael Shafir 12


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  WBCBL - Women  


Tampa X-Factor holds on to become the 2008 WBCBL National Champions! - by Willie McCray
'The BEST tournament I have ever seen!'

12 hours and 27 minutes of non-stop action as the top teams in the WBCBL battle for the National Championship. The level of intensity was Off the Chain as each game came down to the wire!

The Shreveport Sting and Palm Beach Storm set the tempo in the opening game, which kept the crowd on an emotional roller coaster. The competition was filled with multiple lead changes and resulted in an 85-79 Overtime win for Palm Beach. The Storms Erin Page led the way with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

South Carolina All-Stars and Arkansas Lady Ballers went toe to toe the entire game, with the largest point spread being 8 points. In the final seconds, Arkansas Maxanne Reese hit a deep range 3-pointer to give the Lady Ballers an 88-85 win.

Tampa X-Factor faced Oklahomas On Point Hoopsters, which featured the leagues scoring record holder, Keisha Watson. Watson finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds, but it was Tampas 63 Nalini Miller 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3, steals, and 2 blocks that put Tampa on top 90-74.

Savannah Lady Warriors tangoed with the Gulf Coast Topics in a thriller. The Tropics Lyletha Gamble pumped in 18 points and cleaned the glass with 17 rebounds, but it was
Savannahs well-balanced attack that gave the Warriors an 84-74 win.

North Texas Flash defeated Palm Beach Storm 77-63 in the second round of the tournament. The Flashs Yui Hanada (of Japan) Wowed the crowd as she dropped 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, a block and 2 steals in a Magic Johnson style performance.

Arkansas Lady Ballers lost to Tampa X-Factor 87-74, but not without an all-out effort by the Ballers Devena Fogarty, who set a new WBCBL Playoff scoring record of 36 points.

Savannah Lady Warriors overcame the North Texas Flash 85-78. North Texas Catrice Webster gave all that she had and finish with 28 points, 18 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Webster also set a WBCBL Playoff record with 18 rebounds, But, Savannah had 6 players in double figures to claim the win.

Championship Match
Tampa X-Factor v. Savannah Lady Warriors

It was a classic battle of the two undefeated powerhouses going head to head and laying it all on the line!

Tampa set the tone early with an unprecedented display of energy during their pre-game warm-up drills! That same intensity poured in the game as the opening tip as Tampa came running and gunning and controlled most of the first 3 quarters.

Savannah would not be beaten that easily, after a shaky start and a quick timeout, the Lady Warriors came back fighting and ended the 1st quarter with a 15-14 lead.

The 2nd quarter was almost identical to the 1st quarter, but Tampa went into the half with a 39-36 edge.

3rd quarter, Tampa point guard, Monica Adams, amazingly took over in the rebounding department. Adams, along with her Center, Angelina Williams, grabbed 9 rebounds each.
Next came the sharp shooting of Tampas Kelli Price, as she rained four 3-pointers and finishing an And 1.

4th quarter: Tampas Kimani Thomas fouled out and Nalini Miller suffered a high ankle sprain. Both had to watch her team from the sideline for the remainder of the game. From that point, it was Savannah turn to make their run. Savannahs Patrice Holmes and Keena Wicker went to work inside and outside with a variety of jumpers and spin moves to the hole.

With time winding down, Savannah held a 71-69 lead, but the tide quick change when Tampa stole back to back inbound passes convert each for points.

With 25 second left, Tampa leading 73-71, Savannahs Coach Foster uses his last timeout to regroup. After the half court advance, Savannahs offense clears the way for league standout, Tonique Fasier for a shot at going into overtime.

Final Seconds: Savannah goes inside to for a shot, Tampas defense collapse in the paint, Savannah shoots, the shot bounces around the rim, but doesnt fall. Savannah rebounds and re-attempt a shot in the paint, but the balls rolls out again, Savannah controls the rebound again and puts up a quick shot, the ball bounces on the rim twice, rolls off the side of the rim as the buzzer sounds

Tampa X-Factor holds on to become the 2008 WBCBL National Champions!

Tampas Kelly Price was named Tournament MVP 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals in a 73-71 victory in the Championship game over Savannah.

* Special thanks to Ms. Addie Wilson, her Staff and the Thomas Sullivan Marching Band and Dance Team. And Thanks to all the WBCBL teams and fans, in the completions of the WBCBLs 4th season!*