EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/15/2008

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  ABA   


Tumult rules minor league hoops offseason - by Chris Munson

With about three months remaining before the start of minor league basketball season, there has been not only a flurry of activity, but some questions that need to be answered in all three non-NBA-affiliated leagues.


Par for the course, the much maligned ABA has seen many changes. The league saw a mass exodus of teams in the off-season as two-time defending champion Vermont along with Quebec, Montreal, Halifax and Manchester left the league in favor of the Premier Basketball League. Team representatives said the PBL offers greater financial stability and a far less chance that games will not be played. Last season the ABA saw roughly 38 percent of its scheduled games played, with many teams leaving the league in mid-season, or in the case of the Halifax Rainmen, during the playoffs.

Those who followed the ABA last season will not recognize the 2008-2009 version of the league. As of this writing, and teams seem to enter and leave the league on a daily basis, there are expansion franchises slated for Alaska, Aurora (IL), Owensboro, KY; Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH; two teams in Detroit; Fresno, CA; Gallup, NM; Hamilton, ON; Hollywood, CA; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles; Knoxville, TN; yet another team in Las Vegas; Modesto, CA; Montreal, QC; Nashville, TN; New York City; Philadelphia, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, AZ; yet another team in Sacramento; Savannah, GA; San Antonio; South Chicago, IL; Texas City, TX; Spokane, WA; Huntington, WV; Wichita Falls, KS and Winston Salem, NC. For those who ran out of fingers to count, that is 32 new teams coming in with a mere seven teams coming back to the league. Six others have not been confirmed as being in. Several of the aforementioned markets, including Chicago, Gallup and Buffalo have housed ABA teams in the past. ABA CEO Joe Newman said he expects 'about 50' teams in the league this season.

Houston Takers owner Larry Leonard is optimistic though about this season. Despite playing in only 10 of 36 games last year, none after Christmas, Leonard says the team will play all 30 scheduled games and calls himself 'The Mark Cuban of the ABA' because of his business plan. It should be noted that Mr. Leonard was also optimistic about last season.

The league has been criticized for its refusal to address mistakes and for continually blaming its shortcomings on other entities.

'The great bulk of the criticism relating to turnover does not come from a broad sector, but rather from a few mean spirited individuals, including member(sic) of other leagues, who simply like to take shots,' said Newman. 'The ABA provides opportunities for ownership - and it is up to the owners to use the tools available to them to develop a strong, profitable team. We are very proud of the ABA and the opportunities it has provided. Take Vermont and Manchester, two teams you know well. After giving assurances they were staying in the ABA, they left.Their prerogative of course. But not very nice indeed.'

As far as the off season moves by the ABA, here is how I break them down and grade them.

Good: The addition of Quentin Townsend is a solid move for the league. Quentin is a very intelligent man with a strong passion for the game and the league. He could provide some stability to a league that in previous years has had little.

The league has decided to go with a 30 game schedule as opposed to a 36 game schedule. According to CEO Joe Newman, 'We looked at the attendance before Thanksgiving against what happened after Thanksgiving, and the interest really picks up - so we decided on a December start rather than early November - and wanted to end in early March for the new playoff system.'

Bad: The lack of stability in the league as a whole. The league does not have any of its original teams and seems to go through teams like a car goes through $4 a gallon gasoline. Teams leave the league for other opportunities and have a habit of exiting during the playoffs. The ABA has shown no ability to stop the exodus. It is tough for an ABA team to survive if their fans have no idea if the team will be there the next day.

The latest chapter in the saga of the ABA illustrates the problems. According to the August 8th edition of the Bowling Green Daily News, former Kentucky Mavericks owner Jason Smith (yes, there has already been an ownership change) has been banned by the ABA amid allegations that he bounced checks to the league. According to the article, Newman claims Smith bounced a check to the league and has provided false information to him.

Overall: Originally a D-, the league loses points for not performing due diligence on Mr. Smith, indicating that a continuing problem for the ABA has not been adequately addressed in the offseason. The grade goes back to an F.

PBL:

It is still somewhat difficult to know what to make of the league. Yes, it is doing some very positive things and has attracted new teams in new cities, but there are questions that remain.

First, the PBL has added Vermont, Manchester and Quebec from the ABA; Augusta from the CBA; Battle Creek from the IBL and has expansion franchises in Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo and Detroit. Gone are Dallas, Jacksonville and Rockford. Rockford, owned by Quad Cities owner Tom McGinn, was a casualty of a new PBL rule forbidding multiple team ownership. Arkansas is in doubt for the 2008-2009 season as they have new ownership and are still looking for a venue.

The PBL's exposure will be solid this year as they have announced a TV deal that will provide weekly coverage of league games and a weekly recap show. This is a strong move for a league that is seemingly doing what it can to provide a marketable product and to showcase minor league basketball in a way that only the NBA backed D-League has been able to do.

Good: Expansion into Canada, the announcement of their TV deal and being able to land solid teams in Vermont, Manchester, Quebec, Halifax and Montreal. The PBL has also announced there will be endeavors into the Far East. The Maryland Nighthawks deserve points by naming Adam Dantus as their General Manager. Dantus, who is only 23, is a bright, hard working guy who has a future as a GM or consultant in the NBA. Don't look at his age, Adam is wise beyond his years.

The bad: A new PBL website has been launched, but there is very little information there. The new site has been up for a few months, but individual teams don't have their sites up and the main site is really only a landing page. Being a new league, one would think the PBL would want to have a strong site available so they can better market their teams and the league as a whole.

Some have wondered if the PBL is expanding too quickly. Granted, the league is attracting solid franchises, but with their promise of assisting with travel expenses in light of rising fuel prices, will the pockets be deep enough to cover all of the costs?

Overall grade: The league earns a B- here as the verdict is still out on travel and the lack of a website.

CBA:

The future of this league is in serious doubt. Augusta has moved to the PBL and some teams are experiencing financial difficulties. According to an article in the McAllen Monitor, the Rio Grande franchise's immediate future is unknown. According to the article written by Todd Mavreles, the team is $70,000 in debt to its home arena alone, and team owners were unwilling to speak to the reporter. Rumors have the team moving to Beaumont, Texas, and possibly jumping leagues.

If anything, the situation is worse in Yakima. In an article in the Yakima Herald, Dave Thomas states that former Sun Kings owner Otis Harlan is no longer interested in owning the franchise. If the team does come back, there could be other issues as they have not posted the required $150,000 line of credit that is required by the league, and there is doubt as to if the team will have a place to play.

The Albany Patroons reportedly need to sell 1,000 season tickets in order to take the court this season. With just weeks left in a self-imposed deadline, the team total remained at less than three hundred.

Even with all of this, CBA Vice President of Operations Dennis Truax remains optimistic. In a phone interview Truax said, ' We are moving along with the league with some teams moving ahead, some won't be back. We will play this season with six to eight teams.' Truax continued to say he expects franchises in Minot, Oklahoma (Lawton/Fort Sill), Rio Grande Valley, Albany, Pittsburgh and Eastern Kentucky. With Eastern Kentucky and Rio Grande Valley, sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said those teams are still in doubt and could possibly move to the PBL.

Good: There doesn't seem to be much good going on in the CBA. The future of the league is in serious doubt, and there seems to be little post-season activity. Augusta has moved to the PBL and there haven't even been rumors of future expansion teams.

Bad: Lack of stability, quite a bit of uncertainty as to the future of the league.

Grade: Sorry guys, D, but only because of Truax's candor.

USBL:

Yes, the USBL is planning on coming back into the fold. The league, which took last season off to restructure, is planning on starting its season in April of 2009. According to Jacob Gordon, Director of Public and Media Relations for the USBL, 'We really will not know our teams until the winter. I anticipate having more expansion teams than returning teams. Our goal is to have 10-12 teams but we will play with fewer (no less than six). We took 2008 off to incorporate a more stable financial situation for the USBL and it's teams. The price of a franchise has been reduced (now $100k) to make it more affordable for new ownership groups. There has also been a lot of discussion revolving letters of credit and that may be a requirement of new expansion teams in the future.'

Grade: No grade, they get a break on this one, but get high marks for effort.

Overall, minor league basketball seems to be suffering. The ABA has never been stable, the CBA is having its issues, the USBL had to cancel its season and the verdict is still out on the PBL as it moves into its second year.

Truax pointed out there are continuing challenges with the US economy and that could very well be a factor with leagues having their issues. A very telling quote from Truax was, 'It is hard to change stigma of college basketball in relation to the minors,' he said 'Marty Blake (Former GM of the Saint Louis/Atlanta Hawks) has always said that finding people with millions of dollars isn't difficult, finding people who know how to finance a team and know how to run a team is different.'

Chris Munson is a freelance writer and broadcaster based in Jacksonville, Florida. Munson has written for OurSports Central, US Basket, d3football.com, the Vermont Times, Vermont Guardian and Varsity Magazine, and is the former Sports Director for ESPN Radio/Vermont. This season Chris will do work on the Atlantic Sun television and radio broadcasts of University of North Florida events.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Crvena Zvez. 0-0 
 2. KK Split 0-0 
 3. Bosna S. 0-0 
 4. Partizan 0-0 
 5. Cibona 0-0 
 6. Zadar 0-0 
 7. Olimpija 0-0 
 8. Helios 0-0 
 9. Krka 0-0 
 10. Vojvodina 0-0 
 11. FMP 0-0 
 12. Buducnost 0-0 
 13. Hemofarm 0-0 


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina over Croacia. - by Ana Soifer

Argentina defended Olympic champions handed Croatia their first defeat at the Beijing Games, 77-53.
The Argentinians have struck back with a vengeance, thrashing Australia and now the Croatians, one of the hottest teams in the tournament.
The south american team were in front from start to finish, with Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) leading a balanced scoring attack with 18 points.
Argentina were already in the ascendancy when they hit the Croatians with a blow that they never recovered from, a 9-0 run early in the second quarter to open a commanding 30-15 advantage.
The next game for the Argentinians is against Iran, on Saturday and on Monday against Russia.

Argentina (77): Start: Pablo Prigioni 7, Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), Andres Nocioni 18, Luis Scola 12, Fabricio Oberto 4, out of bench: Roman Gonzalez 2, Carlos Delfino 15, Paolo Quinteros 3, Antonio Porta 0, Leonardo Gutierrez 0, Federico Kammerichs 0, Juan Gutierrez 2. DT: Sergio Hernndez.

Croacia (53): Start: Marko Popovic 2, Roko Ukic 5, Marko Tomas 9, Marko Banic 9, Stanko Barac 5, out of bench: Nikola Prakacin 4, Zoran Planinic 4, Sandro Nicevic 2, Kresimir Roncar 2, Davor Kus 5, Marin Rozic 6. DT: Jasmin Repesa.

quarters
21-13 / 19-9 / 19-16 / 18-15.
Referee: Juan Arteaga (ESP), Eddie Rush (USA), Cristiano Maranho (BRA).
Olimpia Basketball Gymnasium Wakesung.



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  AUSTRIA   


Deven Mitchell in Traiskirchen - N'Diaye returns to Kapfenberg - by Stefan Heinrich
The Forward Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) signed a contact with the Traiskirchen Lions. Mitchell played for the Missouri State University and he should replace Davor Lamesic. The All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Sixth Man of the Year 2007 played together with the former Panthers Shelton Colwell and Anthony Shavies. During his senior season he averaged 14.3ppg and 6.1rpg with very good shooting from the field (54.0%) and from the free throw line (89.3%). Besides the Sixth Man of the Year Award, he was also voted into the MVC Bentch Team 2007 and into the MVC 2nd Team 2008.

The Kapfenberg Bulls announed the comeback of Seuni N'Diaye (215-F/C-83).. He will go in this 7th season in Austria and he only had a short stop in the Netherlands in 2005. After playing the past 2 season in Gussing he returns to the Bulls,where his European career started. Last season he played 17 games for the Knights before he was released and he had 3.1ppg and 3.5rpg.


Kohlmaier will not play for the NT this summer - by Stefan Heinrich
The Austrian basketball Federation published today that Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84, agency: Octagon) will not participated in the qualificiation games this summer as he wants to join his new team in La Palma to have the full pre-season with his new team. Kohlmaier is now the 5th player who will not play this summer after the injured Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances), Hannes Artner (185-G-84) and Andreas Diwald (186-G-82).

The young Center Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) was invited to join the National Team after he played a very successful U18 European Championship.


Deven Mitchell in Traiskirchen - N'Diaye returns to Kapfenberg - by Stefan Heinrich


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Elite Division
 1. Lietuvos 16-1 
 2. Zalgiris 15-3 
 3. ASK Riga 13-5 
 4. Barons/LMT 11-7 
 5. Siauliai 10-8 
 6. BK Ventsp. 8-10 
 7. BC Kalev 6-11 
 8. TU/Rock 5-13 
 9. Valmiera 3-15 
 10. Neptunas 2-16 
Challenge Cup
 1. Nevezis 15-5 
 2. VEF Riga 15-5 
 3. Liep.Lauvas 13-7 
 4. Panevezys 12-8 
 5. Suduva 12-8 
 6. Atletas 12-8 
 7. Sakalai 9-11 
 8. Alita 8-12 
 9. Dalkia/Nybit 8-12 
 10. Tar.Fausto 4-16 
 11. Bum./ASK 2-18 


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  BOSNIA   


Montenegro wins its first official A match against Bosnia-Hercegovina - by Nedzad Kladusak

Bosna-Hercegovina lost its third friendly match against a superstrong montenegrinian squad that rallies some of the finest names in european basketball.
Bajramovic started with Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88), Ikonic, Opacak, Bajramovic and Jazvin while Montenegro send Bakic, Cook, Scepanovic Pekovic, Maras on the court.
Montenegro started better and established an early 10 point lead after a series of fastbreaks and threepointers. Both sides but particularly Bosnia-Hercegovina had problems to organise their offensive actions. This resulted in many turnovers and many easy points for Montenegro. But unlike many times before Bosnia-Hercegovina rebounded very well on bith sides of the court which kept it alive. The big men controlled the paints very well against the superstrong frontcourt with such likes like Nikola Pekovic, Slavko Vranes, Ivan Maras,Vladimir Golubovic and Goran Nikolic. In the scond half BIH started with a couple of threes of Mirza Teletovic and Nemanja Nemanja Gordic who turned out to be be the star of this match. Both teams played much better and the offensive actions ended in attractive plays like dunks and three point shots.
Bosnia Hercegovina won the third quarter and cut the margin up to six points and tied the score three minutes before the end after a three of Nemanja Nemanja Gordic who has been intended to be the back up for JR Bremer. But Montenegro answered with an three 10 seconds before the end and after Jazvin missed a layer at the very end it has been clear that Montenegro won its first match in the history of its senior basketball team.
The ambiance has been very enthusiastic and fair and the bosnian coach Bajramovic expressed the wish that the bosnian fans welcome the montenegrinian team the same way.Everyone who has been in Mirza Delibasic arena, Mejdan .... knows that true sportsman will enjoy playing against the BIH NT!




Crna Gora - BiH 79:74
(20:14, 22:17, 18:25, 19:18)

PODGORICA - Spectators: 4.000. Sudije: Sutulovic(MN), Lepetic(MN), Rutesic(MN).

Montenegro: Bakic 13, Nikolic 15,Pekovic 10,Koljevic 10, Bogavac, Maras 6 , Jeretin 7,Golubovic 5, Scepanovic 7, Borisov 4, Vranes 2, Cook coach; D, Vujosevic.
BiH: Nemanja Gordic 22,Teletovic 17, Bajramovic 8, Ikonic 8,Milosevic 5, Jazvin 4,Kikanovic 4, Bavcic 4, Nesovic 2,Opacak, Pajevic coach: Mensur Bajramovic.


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  CHINA   


China Defeats Angola 85-68, Keeps Quarterfinal Hopes Alive - by Arthur Volbert
In a must-win game against Angola today, China won 85-68.

China jumped off to a 14-4 lead and led at the end of the first quarter 25-18. But Angola rallied in the second quarter to narrow China's lead to 44-42 at halftime.

China got back into its rhythm in the third quarter, however, and outscored Angola 21-9 to forge ahead 65-51. It outscored Angola 20-17 in the fourth quarter.

Ming Yao (226-C-80) led the way with 30 points on 10 of 11 shooting in 30 minutes against the vertically-challenged Angolans whose tallest player is 6-8.

Sun Yue scored 11 points on 4 of 4 shooting in 29 minutes. He has replaced Wang Shipeng at shooting guard. Wang scored 8 points in 13 minutes.

Zhu Fangyu, Liu Wei and Yi Jianlian each scored 10 points. Yi added 11 rebounds in 33 minutes and hit 5 of 8 shots in his best performance of the tourney.

Chen Jianghua scored 4 points in 8 minutes and Zhang Qingpeng scored 2 points in 7. Note that both guards played in a crucial game where China was only ahead 72-62 in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Wang Zhizhi played 16 minutes and had 3 rebounds but was scoreless, missing both of his shots.

Joaquim Gomes led Angola with 17 points and Carlos Morais scored 13.

China hit 58 percent from the floor to 43 percent for Angola. China outrebounded Angola 37-19. But China had 15 turnovers to 9 for Angola. But speed is Angola's strong point.

Germany lost to Spain 72-59 earlier in the day. Germany is the other team China must defeat to reach the quarterfinals. China plays Germany next, on Saturday. Germany plays the United States on Monday while China plays Greece. So the result of the China-Germany game is very likely to determine which team advances.


China- 28 16 21 20 85
Angola 15 27 9 17 67

Box Score:
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B08.shtml#BKM400B08

Standings
Group A
Lithuania 3 0
Croatia-- 2 1
Argentina 2 1
Russia--- 1 2
Australia 1 2
Iran----- 0 3

Group B
USA---- 3 0
Spain-- 3 0
Greece- 1 2
Germany 1 2
China-- 1 2
Angola- 0 3


Other Games:
Group A
Argentina 77 Croatia 53
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A09.shtml#BKM400A09
Australia 106 Iran 68
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A07.shtml#BKM400A07
Lituania 86 Russia 79
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A08.shtml#BKM400A08

Group B
Spain 72 Germany 59
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B07.shtml#BKM400B07
USA 92 Greece 69
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B09.shtml#BKM400B09


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 0-0 
 2. Marousi 0-0 
 3. Roanne 0-0 
Group B
 1. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 2. Barons/LMT 0-0 
 3. Lukoil A. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Upea 0-0 
 2. Khimky 0-0 
 3. Besiktas 0-0 
Group D
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. Bnei Hash. 0-0 
 3. T.Telekom 0-0 
Group E
 1. ASVEL 0-0 
 2. Lietuvos 0-0 
 3. Azovmash 0-0 
Group F
 1. Turow 0-0 
 2. Bamberg 0-0 
 3. Charleroi 0-0 
Group G
 1. Pamesa 0-0 
 2. Upim 0-0 
 3. Art.Dragons 0-0 
Group H
 1. Bilbao 0-0 
 2. Hemofarm 0-0 
 3. Nymburk 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. ASK Riga 0-0 
 2. Triumph 0-0 
 3. BC Kyiv 0-0 
 4. Gmunden 0-0 
 5. Unics 0-0 
 6. Galatasaray 0-0 
 7. Energa Czarni 0-0 
 8. Oostende 0-0 
 9. Cholet 0-0 
 10. Crvena Zvez. 0-0 
 11. Benetton 0-0 
 12. Jerusalem 0-0 
 13. Amsterdam 0-0 
 14. Cajasol 0-0 
 15. TU/Rock 0-0 
 16. Ural Great 0-0 
 17. Le Havre 0-0 
 18. Panellinios 0-0 
 19. G.Canaria 0-0 
 20. Fribourg 0-0 
 21. Bonn 0-0 
 22. Siauliai 0-0 
 23. FMP 0-0 
 24. Buducnost 0-0 


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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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  GUYANA   


LABA' ELITE' BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 2008 - by Joe Chapman
LABA' ELITE' BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT STARTS ON MONDAY..

The Linden Amateur Basketball Associations Elite Summer Fest knock-out basketball
Championship which bounces of on Monday with the eight first division clubs contesting
a top prize of $80,000.
And the LABA will be holding a team briefing for the various competing teams
tomorrow (Saturday) at the Linden Online caf on Republic Avenue where the
rules for the tournament will be issued to clubs
The first division clubs are national champions Wismar Pistons, Kashif and Shanghai
Kings, Patriots, Alleyenes Retrieve Raiders, New Ballers, Victory Valley Royals,
Glands Trucking Service Bulls and Amelias Ward Jets.
The Elite promotions Inc has come on board as the tournaments major sponsors where
The losing finalist carts off $40,000 and a trophy and the third place finisher gets $20,000
and a trophy.
On Monday the first game will pit Wismar Pistons facing New Ballers at 18.30h or
6.30pm while at 20.30h or 8.30pm Glands Trucking Service Bulls play Amelias Ward
Jets.
On Wednesday the first game is between Patriots and Kashif and Shanghai Kings
And the second brings together Raiders and Royals.
The semifinals are fixed for next Friday at the same venue and the final the following
Friday August 29.
Each club is asked to send two representatives to that meeting which begins at 13.00h or
1.00pm failing which the defaulting club will be fined..


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  HUNGARY   


2 games lost against Sweden - by Balazs Radics
15th August:
HUNGARY-SWEDEN 65-69 (19-17, 15-15, 18-20, 13-17)
Szombathely, 300 att. R: Forrai, Torok, Sabali
HUN: Fodor M. 10/3, Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) I. 14/12, KAMAN 13/3, Sitku 8, Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11. Sub: Simon L., Horvath A. 6/6, Trepak 3, Molnar A., Ferencz, Hendlein.
Head Coach: Meszaros Lajos
SWE: Grant 8/3, Lindqvist, Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) 20/3, Ringstrom 2, Kjellbom 3. Sub: BLOM 10, SKJILDEBRAND 8/6, Nystrom 3, MASSAMBA 10/3, Palmblad, Akesson 3, Serkan 2.
Head Coach: Kosztasz Flevarakisz

14th August:
HUNGARY-SWEDEN 70-77 (18-20, 16-18, 17-23, 19-16)
Szombathely, 700 att. R: Forrai, Torok, Toth K.
HUN: Simon B. 8, Nemeth I. 6/6, Kaman 3/3, Trepak 5, Marton Bader 19. Cs: Sitku 8/3, Fodor M. 6/3, Horvath A. 15/3, Ferencz, Molnar A.
SWE: Grant 6/3, Palmblad 6, Jerebko 7, RINGSTROM 9/3, KJELLBOM 10. Cs: Blom 6, Massamba 2, SKJILDEBRAND 19/3, Lindquist 3/3, Akesson, Nystrom 9/3.


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Soles 3-0 
 2. Santurce 2-1 
 3. PBL All St. 1-2 
 4. Metros 0-3 
Group B
 1. Miami T. 3-0 
 2. Halcones X. 1-2 
 3. Fuerza R. 1-2 
 4. Arecibo 1-2 
Group C
 1. Defensor 2-1 
 2. Minas 2-1 
 3. Boca Jrs 1-2 
 4. Flamengo 1-2 
Group D
 1. Penarol 3-0 
 2. Libertad 2-1 
 3. Universo/BRB 1-2 
 4. Liceo Mixto 0-3 


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  LIGA CENTROAMERICANA   


Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Pioneros 8-0 
 2. Liceo 3-5 
 3. Jaguares 1-7 
Group B
 1. SAT 6-2 
 2. Icevic T. 6-2 
 3. Nacionales 1-7 


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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   


Standings
Liga Sudamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Cocodrilos 3-0 
 2. Boca Jrs 2-1 
 3. Universo/BRB 1-2 
 4. Regatas 0-3 
Group B
 1. Flamengo 3-0 
 2. Libertad 2-1 
 3. Trouville 1-2 
 4. Millonarios 0-3 
Group C
 1. Regatas C. 3-0 
 2. Dep.Tachira 2-1 
 3. Sol de Am. 1-2 
 4. Malvin 0-3 


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  NCAA1   


Johnson leaving the pack - by Kevin Cochran

Guard Marques Johnson (6'5''-G) has decided to transfer from North Carolina St., and will not be a part of the Wolfpack mens basketball team for the upcoming 2008-09 season. He will finish his college career at Georgia St., according to Rivals.com.

'Marques felt it would be in his best interest to take advantage of an opportunity somewhere else,' said head coach Sidney Lowe . 'He definitely has handled himself with as much class as anybody that I've been around since he has been at NC State.'

After Johnson transferred to NC State from Tennessee for the spring semester in 2007, he completed his only season with the Wolfpack last season. Johnson saw action in 21 games, after having to miss the first eight games due to NCAA transfer rules. Johnson ended the season averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 assists per game, with six starts at point guard.


Courtesy: NC State Athletics




Gamecocks finish European journey - by Kevin Cochran

South Carolina's men's basketball team ended its tour of Eastern Europe on Wednesday with a 112-59 victory against the Klosterneuburg Basket Dukes in Klosterneuburg, Austria. The win allowed the Gamecocks to end their European trip 4-0, with the earlier wins coming in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


With South Carolina leading 31-22 after the first quarter, both teams hit a dry spell to start the second. With only a Dominique Archie put-back to show after four minutes of play, Evaldas Baniulis (6'7''-F-87) gave the Gamecocks a spark by hitting three 3-point buckets in a row. Carolina took a 52-36 advantage into halftime.

The Gamecocks exploded in the third quarter thanks to Zam Frederick's hot shooting hand to get things started. After going just 1-for-8 from the field in the first half, Fredrick scored 11 points within the first three minutes and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor. As a team, Carolina scored 17 points in less than four minutes and finished the quarter shooting 14-of-19 from the field en route to a 34-8 scoring disparity.

All 11 Gamecocks played in the contest with Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87) leading in points with 20. Sam Muldrow (6'9''-F) came off the bench to score 17 points by shooting 7-of-7 and he grabbed seven rebounds. Fourteen of his 17 came in the second half. Fredrick had 14 and Baniulis added 13. Archie came up just short of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

South Carolina shot over 50 percent from the field for the third game in a row and recorded its best percentage of the four games at 53.1 (43-of-81). The Gamecocks also made 51.6 percent of their tries from 3-point land (16-of-31).

Courtesy: South Carolina athletics



McLeod moving up to Indiana - by Kevin Cochran

Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that former NBA player Roshown McLeod who also played collegiately at Duke and St. John's, has been named as an assistant coach for the Hoosier program. In addition to his regular duties as an assistant coach, he will work specifically with IU's inside players.

'Not only was Roshown an outstanding player but he is a very good coach who has been a student of the game for a long time,' said Crean. 'His ability to teach the game, adjust quickly on his feet to different circumstances, and to make players better were very apparent in the process of getting to know him. He will be a tremendous mentor to our team, but especially to our inside players.'

McLeod has been coaching on the collegiate, high school, and AAU level since an injury ended his NBA career in 2002. He was an assistant coach at Fairfield in 2002-03 and currently was the director of all basketball operations and head varsity coach at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, a private K-12 school in Atlanta. He also served as the head coach at Therrell High School and started the Next Level Players Development program where he became involved as a coach on the AAU level for the Atlanta Celtics and Georgia Stars.

'This is a great opportunity for myself and my family,' said McLeod. 'Indiana is the cream of the crop when you talk about great college basketball tradition. I was fortunate to play at a very high level in college and in the NBA and to get a chance to coach at that same level for a program like Indiana is a dream come true.'

A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, McLeod's career path was influenced by his legendary high school coach, Bobby Hurley, Sr., of St. Anthony's High School and three other Hall of Fame coaches that he played for, Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Lenny Wilkens (Atlanta) and Larry Brown (Philadelphia).

'I watched him throughout his career as a high school, college and NBA player, and I've always been impressed with him,' said Crean. 'As I've gotten to know him, I've realized that we have mutual acquaintances and friends, and the people that he has played for, I hold in high regard and have great respect for.'

McLeod played four seasons in the NBA with Atlanta (1998-01), Philadelphia (01) and Boston (01-02) after being drafted 20th overall in 1998. He averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 113 career games.

'In all likelihood, if Roshown would've been able to stay healthy, he would still be a player in the NBA,' added Crean. 'When that wasn't an option anymore, he followed his heart and got involved in many different aspects of coaching basketball, whether at the collegiate level, the high school level or inside of the summers. His personality is very engaging and outgoing and he has built up many outstanding relationships already in the basketball world, with many more to come.'

He played his first two seasons of college ball at St. John's before transferring to Duke, where he was the first transfer player signed by Krzyzewski. After posting 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 57 games at St. John's, he averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in two years at Duke, leading the Blue Devils in scoring in 1997-98. He was named first team All-ACC and honorable mention All-America as a senior, when he averaged 15.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and shot a career-high .494 from the field.

'Most importantly, I think our fans will respect how hard he works and the energy that he has,' noted Crean. 'We are really excited that Roshown and Tiffani are with us.'

He earned a degree in sociology from Duke. He and his wife, Tiffani, have a son, Anthony (13), and a daughter, Anisa (8).


Courtesy: Indiana Athletics




Privateers round out staff - by Kevin Cochran
New Orleans head basketball coach Joe Pasternack has named Derrick Jones as the team's newest assistant coach, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Jones, a former coach at John Ehret High School, comes to the Lakefront after a three-year assistant coaching stint at Samford, where he worked for New Orleans native Jimmy Tillette .

'Derrick is a great hire for us,' said Pasternack, who went 19-13 in his first season as the UNO mentor in 2007-08. 'His ties to the city and the state will help us in recruiting, and he will relate to our players very well. He has great passion for what he does, and he will have a major impact on our program.'

At Samford, the Erwinville native handled team travel, film exchange, on-floor coaching and recruiting. Prior to Samford, Jones broke into coaching as an assistant at John Ehret.

Jones spent two years with the Patriots from 2003-05, with the 05 squad posting a 27-4 record and a No. 2 ranking.

As an athlete, Jones spent two seasons at Mississippi St. before transferring to Samford. He led the Bulldogs to the 2000 NCAA Tournament and averaged 13.8 points per game as a senior in 2001.

Jones, 30, graduated from Samford in 2001 and is married to the former Tiffany Irving. The couple has a son, Nico.

Courtesy: UNOPrivateers.com


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  NORWAY   


BLNO awards 2008 - by Kaare Vangen
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Mahnin


Williams


Rogers


Karlsen


Timus

Better late than never - here come the BLNO awards for 2008.

Player of the Year: Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) of Asker Aliens
Defensive Played of the Year: Marco Elsafadi (193-G/F-76) of Ulriken Eagles
Newcomer of the Year: Magne Fivelstad (193-G/F-89) of Gimle Basket
Coach of the Year: Kelvin Woods of Ammerud Basket


1st Team:
Anthony Williams (203-F-83) of Tromso Storm
Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) of Asker Aliens
Jeff Rogers (185-G-73) of Harstad Vikings
Ronny Karlsen (203-F-78) of Asker Aliens
Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84) of 3B



Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Harstad 13-3 
 2. Asker 13-3 
 3. Tromso 12-4 
 4. Ulriken 11-5 
 5. 3B 7-9 
 6. Fjellhamar 6-10 
 7. Gimle 4-12 
 8. Ammerud 3-13 
 9. Kristiansand 3-13 


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania3-0
2. Argentina2-1
3. Australia2-1
4. Croatia2-1
5. Russia1-2
6. Iran0-3
Group B
1. Spain3-0
2. USA3-0
3. China1-2
4. Germany1-2
5. Greece1-2
6. Angola0-3


Stats Leaders
Olympic Games Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Wade, USA 18.3
2. Yao, CHN 18.0
3. Ginobili, ARG 18.0
4. Gasol, ESP 17.7
5. Spanoulis, GRE 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. Yao, CHN 8.7
2. Ehadadi, IRI 8.3
3. Nocioni, ARG 8.3
4. Yi, CHN 7.7
5. Javtokas, LTU 7.0
Assists Per Game
1. Ginobili, ARG 5.7
2. Jasikevicius, LTU 5.3
3. James, USA 4.7
4. Holden, RUS 4.3
5. Paul, USA 4.0
Steals Per Game
1. Maciulis, LTU 3.5
2. Wade, USA 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Ehadadi, IRI 3.0
2. Kirilenko, RUS 3.0
2FGP
1. Wade, USA 76.0
2. Newley, AUS 68.0
3FGP
1. Planinic, CRO 71.4
1. Kaukenas, LTU 60.0
Free Throws
1. Papaloukas, GRE 100
2. Ginobili, ARG 95.5


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  PBL   


Tumult rules minor league hoops offseason - by Chris Munson

With about three months remaining before the start of minor league basketball season, there has been not only a flurry of activity, but some questions that need to be answered in all three non-NBA-affiliated leagues.


Par for the course, the much maligned ABA has seen many changes. The league saw a mass exodus of teams in the off-season as two-time defending champion Vermont along with Quebec, Montreal, Halifax and Manchester left the league in favor of the Premier Basketball League. Team representatives said the PBL offers greater financial stability and a far less chance that games will not be played. Last season the ABA saw roughly 38 percent of its scheduled games played, with many teams leaving the league in mid-season, or in the case of the Halifax Rainmen, during the playoffs.

Those who followed the ABA last season will not recognize the 2008-2009 version of the league. As of this writing, and teams seem to enter and leave the league on a daily basis, there are expansion franchises slated for Alaska, Aurora (IL), Owensboro, KY; Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH; two teams in Detroit; Fresno, CA; Gallup, NM; Hamilton, ON; Hollywood, CA; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles; Knoxville, TN; yet another team in Las Vegas; Modesto, CA; Montreal, QC; Nashville, TN; New York City; Philadelphia, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, AZ; yet another team in Sacramento; Savannah, GA; San Antonio; South Chicago, IL; Texas City, TX; Spokane, WA; Huntington, WV; Wichita Falls, KS and Winston Salem, NC. For those who ran out of fingers to count, that is 32 new teams coming in with a mere seven teams coming back to the league. Six others have not been confirmed as being in. Several of the aforementioned markets, including Chicago, Gallup and Buffalo have housed ABA teams in the past. ABA CEO Joe Newman said he expects 'about 50' teams in the league this season.

Houston Takers owner Larry Leonard is optimistic though about this season. Despite playing in only 10 of 36 games last year, none after Christmas, Leonard says the team will play all 30 scheduled games and calls himself 'The Mark Cuban of the ABA' because of his business plan. It should be noted that Mr. Leonard was also optimistic about last season.

The league has been criticized for its refusal to address mistakes and for continually blaming its shortcomings on other entities.

'The great bulk of the criticism relating to turnover does not come from a broad sector, but rather from a few mean spirited individuals, including member(sic) of other leagues, who simply like to take shots,' said Newman. 'The ABA provides opportunities for ownership - and it is up to the owners to use the tools available to them to develop a strong, profitable team. We are very proud of the ABA and the opportunities it has provided. Take Vermont and Manchester, two teams you know well. After giving assurances they were staying in the ABA, they left.Their prerogative of course. But not very nice indeed.'

As far as the off season moves by the ABA, here is how I break them down and grade them.

Good: The addition of Quentin Townsend is a solid move for the league. Quentin is a very intelligent man with a strong passion for the game and the league. He could provide some stability to a league that in previous years has had little.

The league has decided to go with a 30 game schedule as opposed to a 36 game schedule. According to CEO Joe Newman, 'We looked at the attendance before Thanksgiving against what happened after Thanksgiving, and the interest really picks up - so we decided on a December start rather than early November - and wanted to end in early March for the new playoff system.'

Bad: The lack of stability in the league as a whole. The league does not have any of its original teams and seems to go through teams like a car goes through $4 a gallon gasoline. Teams leave the league for other opportunities and have a habit of exiting during the playoffs. The ABA has shown no ability to stop the exodus. It is tough for an ABA team to survive if their fans have no idea if the team will be there the next day.

The latest chapter in the saga of the ABA illustrates the problems. According to the August 8th edition of the Bowling Green Daily News, former Kentucky Mavericks owner Jason Smith (yes, there has already been an ownership change) has been banned by the ABA amid allegations that he bounced checks to the league. According to the article, Newman claims Smith bounced a check to the league and has provided false information to him.

Overall: Originally a D-, the league loses points for not performing due diligence on Mr. Smith, indicating that a continuing problem for the ABA has not been adequately addressed in the offseason. The grade goes back to an F.

PBL:

It is still somewhat difficult to know what to make of the league. Yes, it is doing some very positive things and has attracted new teams in new cities, but there are questions that remain.

First, the PBL has added Vermont, Manchester and Quebec from the ABA; Augusta from the CBA; Battle Creek from the IBL and has expansion franchises in Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo and Detroit. Gone are Dallas, Jacksonville and Rockford. Rockford, owned by Quad Cities owner Tom McGinn, was a casualty of a new PBL rule forbidding multiple team ownership. Arkansas is in doubt for the 2008-2009 season as they have new ownership and are still looking for a venue.

The PBL's exposure will be solid this year as they have announced a TV deal that will provide weekly coverage of league games and a weekly recap show. This is a strong move for a league that is seemingly doing what it can to provide a marketable product and to showcase minor league basketball in a way that only the NBA backed D-League has been able to do.

Good: Expansion into Canada, the announcement of their TV deal and being able to land solid teams in Vermont, Manchester, Quebec, Halifax and Montreal. The PBL has also announced there will be endeavors into the Far East. The Maryland Nighthawks deserve points by naming Adam Dantus as their General Manager. Dantus, who is only 23, is a bright, hard working guy who has a future as a GM or consultant in the NBA. Don't look at his age, Adam is wise beyond his years.

The bad: A new PBL website has been launched, but there is very little information there. The new site has been up for a few months, but individual teams don't have their sites up and the main site is really only a landing page. Being a new league, one would think the PBL would want to have a strong site available so they can better market their teams and the league as a whole.

Some have wondered if the PBL is expanding too quickly. Granted, the league is attracting solid franchises, but with their promise of assisting with travel expenses in light of rising fuel prices, will the pockets be deep enough to cover all of the costs?

Overall grade: The league earns a B- here as the verdict is still out on travel and the lack of a website.

CBA:

The future of this league is in serious doubt. Augusta has moved to the PBL and some teams are experiencing financial difficulties. According to an article in the McAllen Monitor, the Rio Grande franchise's immediate future is unknown. According to the article written by Todd Mavreles, the team is $70,000 in debt to its home arena alone, and team owners were unwilling to speak to the reporter. Rumors have the team moving to Beaumont, Texas, and possibly jumping leagues.

If anything, the situation is worse in Yakima. In an article in the Yakima Herald, Dave Thomas states that former Sun Kings owner Otis Harlan is no longer interested in owning the franchise. If the team does come back, there could be other issues as they have not posted the required $150,000 line of credit that is required by the league, and there is doubt as to if the team will have a place to play.

The Albany Patroons reportedly need to sell 1,000 season tickets in order to take the court this season. With just weeks left in a self-imposed deadline, the team total remained at less than three hundred.

Even with all of this, CBA Vice President of Operations Dennis Truax remains optimistic. In a phone interview Truax said, ' We are moving along with the league with some teams moving ahead, some won't be back. We will play this season with six to eight teams.' Truax continued to say he expects franchises in Minot, Oklahoma (Lawton/Fort Sill), Rio Grande Valley, Albany, Pittsburgh and Eastern Kentucky. With Eastern Kentucky and Rio Grande Valley, sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said those teams are still in doubt and could possibly move to the PBL.

Good: There doesn't seem to be much good going on in the CBA. The future of the league is in serious doubt, and there seems to be little post-season activity. Augusta has moved to the PBL and there haven't even been rumors of future expansion teams.

Bad: Lack of stability, quite a bit of uncertainty as to the future of the league.

Grade: Sorry guys, D, but only because of Truax's candor.

USBL:

Yes, the USBL is planning on coming back into the fold. The league, which took last season off to restructure, is planning on starting its season in April of 2009. According to Jacob Gordon, Director of Public and Media Relations for the USBL, 'We really will not know our teams until the winter. I anticipate having more expansion teams than returning teams. Our goal is to have 10-12 teams but we will play with fewer (no less than six). We took 2008 off to incorporate a more stable financial situation for the USBL and it's teams. The price of a franchise has been reduced (now $100k) to make it more affordable for new ownership groups. There has also been a lot of discussion revolving letters of credit and that may be a requirement of new expansion teams in the future.'

Grade: No grade, they get a break on this one, but get high marks for effort.

Overall, minor league basketball seems to be suffering. The ABA has never been stable, the CBA is having its issues, the USBL had to cancel its season and the verdict is still out on the PBL as it moves into its second year.

Truax pointed out there are continuing challenges with the US economy and that could very well be a factor with leagues having their issues. A very telling quote from Truax was, 'It is hard to change stigma of college basketball in relation to the minors,' he said 'Marty Blake (Former GM of the Saint Louis/Atlanta Hawks) has always said that finding people with millions of dollars isn't difficult, finding people who know how to finance a team and know how to run a team is different.'

Chris Munson is a freelance writer and broadcaster based in Jacksonville, Florida. Munson has written for OurSports Central, US Basket, d3football.com, the Vermont Times, Vermont Guardian and Varsity Magazine, and is the former Sports Director for ESPN Radio/Vermont. This season Chris will do work on the Atlantic Sun television and radio broadcasts of University of North Florida events.



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Dragojlovic and Cvetkovic in Ukraine, Tosic goes to Greece - by Dragan Jankovski
Power forward / center Vladislav Dragojlovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) will continue career in Ukrainian team Cherkassy Monkeys. Dragojlovic played last season in Buducnost Podgorica averaging 10.8 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 10 ULEB Cup games. He had almost the same digits for 25 games in Adriatic league. When regional championship ended Dragojlovic moved to Swisslions Takovo for the Superleague. He had 13 appearances in Serbian top league adding 15.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Before Swisslions and Buducnost, Dragojlovic played one season for Panionios Athens. In the past he also spent 3 years in Crvena Zvezna, one in BC Beograd and few years in Sloga Kraljevo. With Crvena Zvezda he won Serbian National Cup twice.

Shooting guard / forward Marko Cvetkovic (197-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) will spend couple of days on a try-out in Ukrainian tam Kyiv. Cvetkovic played last season and a half in Crvena Zvezda reaching play-off semifinals in domestic championship. In the past he was a member of Zdravlje, Ergonom, Marso-Carmo Suzuki (Hungary), Vojvodina Srbijagas and Sloga Kraljevo.

Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) agreed terms with Greek A1 team Olimpiada Patras, which was relegated this year from A1. Tosic started last season Igokea Partizan from Aleksandrovac but he left the team in December. With Igokea he won Bosnian National Cup in 2007. He started basketball career in Lovcen Cetinje and later he played for BC Beograd, Atlas Buducnost Podgorica and very shortly fro Anwil Wloclawek.


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  SLOVENIA   


Olimpija and Lazic part ways, Gorica extends five players - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija parted ways with assistant coach Bojan Lazic .
Nova Gorica re-signed Dalibor Petrovic (198-F-75), Dejan Cikic (202-F-81), Marko Likar (195-G/F-78), Habib Ademi (204-F/C-70, college: S.Indiana) and Rok Perko (178-G-87) for one season.

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  SPAIN   


Market news (ACB and LEB Gold) - by Francisco Martinez
ACB
James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) has become new player of CB Kalise Gran Canaria after reaching an agreement for the next season. He is a power forward who will take part of the inside players list of the islander club together with Savane, Freeland and Kickert.

LEB
- DKV Joventut has loaned Russian-Spanish power forward Dimitri Flis (204-C-84) to Plus Pujol Lleid afor the next season.
- Javier Vega (205-C-88) will play for CB Leon in the next season after the agreement between Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada and CB Leon. He will be loaned.
- Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76), who was MVP of LEB league two seasons ago has agreed terms with CB Los Barrios to return to dthe Andalusian team after a not very happy season in Alerta Cantabria Lobos.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Lauren Jackson on fire against Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Latvia 96:73

Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) exploded with tournament-high 30 points and Australia knocked down Latvia for the fourth straight win at the Olympic Games. Latvia in the meantime suffered their third loss at the event and appeared on the cusp of missing the quarterfinals. The teams looked well matched in the first half with the Opals unable to run away. Australia led by just a single point 19:18 after the opening stanza but Latvia stayed in the race. They went on a 12:4 rally capped by a three-pointer from Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) to establish a 30:23 advantage midway through the second frame. The Aussies answered with 10:1 rally that was highlighted by 8 points from Lauren Jackson to lead 34:31 late in the second quarter. A three-point cushion remained at the interval. But the World champions came out of the locker rooms firing on all cylinders. They outgunned their opponents 35:18 with Lauren Jackson and Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) conducting the show. The Opals eased to their fourth consecutive win in the final period and set up a mouth-watering clash against Russia for the top position in Group A. Suzy Batkovic finished with 18 points for the Opals. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) had 11 points and 11 boards, while Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) added 10 points for the winners. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) delivered 14 points for Latvia. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) dropped 13 points in defeat. Australia dominated the boards 48:28 and forced Latvia to as many as 21 turnovers down the stretch.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 30, Suzy Batkovic 18, Penny Taylor 11+11 boards
Latvia: Ieva Tare 14, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 13


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Austria outplays Finland in the last quarter - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 Finland 78-68

Austria celebrated over Finland making a first step to 13th place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. At the last day of the competition Austria will take on England. On the other hand the loosing side Finland will continue battle for 15th place. It last rival will be Luxemburg.

It was totally leveled game until the last ten minutes. Both teams were concetntrated at the offensive end but their defense wasn't on such good level. After 19-19 in the first frame, Austrians showed slightly better performance in the next one. Julia Koppl (182-C-91) and Sarah Schicher (185-C-90) were the leading players of the team so the most of the offensive sets were run for them. On the other side Lemmetty and Kia Ignatius (176-G-90) took care for the points in Finland. Anyway, Austria entered into the second half with plus 1. During another leveled ten minutes Finland tied the score before the last frame. In this period Austrians totally dominated. Julia Koppl and Sarah Schicher continued in the same rhythm at the offensive end but this time Austira intensified defense, what was a crucial move in this game. It resulted with just 11 points for Finland in this quarter.

Julia Koppl paced Austria to victory adding 22 points and 8 rebounds. Sarah Schicher also demonstrated nice performance making double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds. Finland got 24 points and 11 boards from Johanna Lemmetty (183-C-90), who was totally the best player in her team. Kia Ignatius followed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.


U18 Austria - U18 Finland 78-68
(19-19, 23-22, 15-16, 21-11)

Austria:
Julia Koppl 22 (8 rebs), Sarah Schicher 14 (11 rebs)
Finland: Johanna Lemmetty 24 (11 rebs), Kia Ignatius 12 (5 rebs, 6 as)


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  BELARUS - Women  


Katowice enjoys another win for the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16-Belarus U16 69:41

Poland U16 won the last game at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a 69:41 victory over Belarus. Poland secured third place in the Qualifying Round Group F with a 3-2 record. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) led the winners with 20 points. Kuras netted 11, while Bandyk collected 7 points and 16 rebounds. Valiansina Sivaplias (170-G-92) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort as Krystsina Novikava (183-F-92) had 9 points and 11 boards. Belarus dropped to 0-5 in the group and will face another team from Group E in the next game.
Belarus scored first and trailed only 1 point after 2 minutes of the opening tip. Poland created a 17-2 surge to finish the first quarter ahead 21:5. It was the decisive moment in the game and Belarus could not recover from it later. Poland increased the lead to 39:17 at the break.
For more than 3 minutes the teams could not score in the third quarter when Valiansina Sivaplias scored for Belarus. Poland played too good and had 51:24 entering the last period. Wierzbicka shot for the hosts to give them 53:24 and then Kuras made it 55:24. In the middle of the period Poland created another 7-0 run to seal 69:41 victory. The hosts finished the group on the third position that would give them a right to play for the fifth place.

Poland U16:Monika Jasnowska 20, Kuras 11, Bandyk 7+16 rebs
Belarus U16: Valiansina Sivaplias 10, Krystsina Novikava 9+11 rebs


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  BELGIUM - Women  


France U16 won Group E of European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-France U16 63:72

France reached 5-0 record and won Group E of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. In the last game of the group for both teams the favorites overcame Belgium 72:63. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) led the winners with 14 points. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) netted 13, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) ended up with 14 points and De Meyer had 13 in defeat. France will next play Italy in Saturday's semifinals. Belgium lost their second straight game to drop to 3-2 and now must sweat out the final two Group E matches to see if they reach semifinals.
Helena Akmouche hit a three to open the game of the top teams in the group. France controlled the opening quarter and won it 20:14. Julie Vanloo from the free throw line was the last to upset the opponent in the period. Belgium stayed close to the French throughout the second quarter but Fouasseau and Eleonore Grossemy both hit from long range and France led 32:28 at intermission.
Julie Vanloo tied the game at 40:40 in the beginning of the third. Fouasseau and her France pushed the tempo for 56:48 after the thirty minutes of the game. The intrigue however remained in the last period as well. Storme reduced to 59:60 with 7 minutes to play. France created a 12-0 run over a five-minute stretch for a 72:59 lead and won the last game of the Qualifying round.

Belgium:Julie Vanloo 14, De Meyer 13
France:Adja Konteh 14, Helena Akmouche 13, Eleonore Grossemy 12+11 rebs


U18 EC, division B: Begum advanced to the final earning a place for division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovenia - U18 Belgium 70-81

Belgium is the first finalist of U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Belgians succeeded to beat until that moment undefeated Slovenia and to earn a spot for the division A for the next European championship. On the other hand Slovenia, which demonstrated maybe the best performance in Skopje until the semifinals, will try to get the bronze medal. The bad thing for Slovenians is that hey lost all chances to reach division A this year.

Belgium opened this one in style creating 11-21 after 10 minutes. At that point of game it was clear that Belgium had couple of players in the right mood. Mostly owing to Ines Kerin (172-G-90) Slovenia made 10-0 run at the beginning of the second frame setting the score on 27-28. However, Lien Lentacker (181-C-90) made two free throws bringing plus 6 for Belgians at the half time. After the breather, they took total control on Slovenia. Kim Mestdagh (178-F-90) and her teammates were on fire making 45-60 in 28th minute. Later they extended it to 19 points finishing this game without any bigger problems.

Kim Mestdagh paced Belgium to this extremely important victory collecting 21 points and 4 rebounds. Jana Raman (183-F-91) had 18 points and 12 boards while Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91) stopped on 16 points. Nika Baric (168-G-92) was totally the best player in Slovenia but unfortunately to her team 30 points and 4 rebounds were not enough against Belgium. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) also was pretty good adding 14 points and fantastic 15 rebounds.


U18 Slovenia - U18 Belgium 70-81
(11-21, 26-22, 13-19, 20-19)

Slovenia:
Nika Baric 30 (4 rebs), Tjasa Gortnar 14 (15 rebs)
Belgium: Kim Mestdagh 21 (4 rebs), Jana Raman 18 (12 rebs), Noemie Mayombo 16


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Kovacevic


Becirovic


Savic


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4 Milica Deura (178-G-90) of Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka
5 Mirela Besic (176-F-84) of Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla
6 Zdenka Kovacevic (168-G-87) of Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka

7 Dijana Zepic (178-F-87) of Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla
8 Sasa Cado (170-G-89) of Zeljeznicar Sarajevo
9 Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) of BC Moscow (RUS)
10 Biljana Savic (190-C-83) of Hemofarm Vrsac (SRB)
11 Aida Pilav (187-C-87) of Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka

12 Olja Stupar (187-C-87) of Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka
13 Marija Kovac (175-G-89) of ZKK Livno
14 Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) of Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka
15 Dragana Svitlica (190-C-88) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (ESP)
Head Coach: Zoran Mikes


U18 EC, division B: Bosnia edges Israel in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Israel 80-78

Another interesting game was seen on U18 European Championship in Skopje. Bosnians took care for third consecutive victory this time celebrating the tight one against Israel. It means that Bosnia will continue its way to 9th place fighting against Portugal. At the same time it will be the last day of the entire championship. Israel will try to end it on position number 12 but it will have beat Ireland.

Bosnia grabbed this one mostly owing to well played first half. After fist ten minutes, the official host in this game already had 7-point lead. Until the half time Bosnians extended it to 8. Later Naama Shafir (165-G-90) stepped up for Israel. She done fantastic job for her team at the offensive end. Israel was very close to victory at the very end but Samra Omerbasic (190-C-90) and her teammates stopped it. Bosnians were more concentrated when it was the most important jumping over the first obstacle for ninth place.

Bosnia's best scorer in this game was Samra Omerbasic, who added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Anesa Hamsic (187-C-91) helped her team with 12 points and impressive 15 rebounds while Ilijana Todorovic (169-G-90) had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Interesting is that Israel had one player who scored almost 40. It was Naama Shafir, who drained 39 points including 8 rebounds and 5 assists. She had 66.7% from behind the arc, 47.8% for FG2 and 84.6 from the FT line. Shira Shecht (180-F-91) was a way behind her with 16 points and 4 rebounds.


U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Israel 80-78
(20-13, 18-17, 20-23, 22-25)

Bosnia:
Samra Omerbasic 15 (12 rebs), Anesa Hamsic 13 (15 rebs), Ilijana Todorovic 12 (4 rebs)
Israel: Naama Shafir 39 (8 rebs, 5 as), Shira Shecht 16 (4 rebs)


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Russia come from behind to outclass Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Brazil 74:64

Russian National Team stayed perfect en route to the Olympic glory. They defeated Brazil today to improve to 4-0 record in Group A. They will now face undefeated Australia to decide on the winner in the pool. Brazil in the meantime suffered their 4th straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the standings. Brazil opened the game confidently and looked as if they were for the big-time upset in this one. Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) paced the Latin American powerhouse as they established a 26:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil never slowed down in the second frame and maintained the distance well enough. Russia appeared trailing by 6 points at the interval. However it was a different Russian team after the long break. They stiffened defense and gradually took over the initiative. Russia outmuscled their opponents in the paint and used a balanced offensive effort to trim the deficit to 2 points before the fourth quarter. Russia finally found the right rhythm in the fourth quarter and overwhelmed Brazil at the end. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) paced Russian effort with 14 points and 6 boards. Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) and Marina Karpunina (180-F-84) added 11 points each for the winners. Adriana Pinto led all scorers with 21 points and 6 assists. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) contributed 10 points in a losing case. Russia outrebounded Brazil 47:28 and converted 43% from the field. Brazil answered with 38% accuracy in defeat.

Russia: Tatiana Shchegoleva 14, Rebecca Hammon 11, Marina Karpunina 11
Brazil: Adriana Pinto 21, Kelly Santos 10


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  CHINA - Women  


The hosts defeat African representative - by Eurobasket News
China -Mali 69:48

China reached the third win in the Olympics as the hosts overcame Mali today. Asian team was too good taking 69:48 victory. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Chen Xiaoli 11 and Chen Nan supported her with 11 points apiece. Djene Diawara and Aminata Sininta (185-C-85) top-scored for African representative with 11 points each.
Another game and another huge support saw China in the Olympics. Due to that the hosts opened the game with seven consecutive points. It helped them to take 17:7 after the end of the first quarter. In the second period the game remained in the same current with China dominating the court. The Olympic hosts reeled off 11 points in the second quarter for a commanding 35:15 advantage with a bit more than a minute in the first half. Mali closed the half at 37:20.
In the third quarter the intrigue was back into the game as African team reduced to 48:35. China however replied with 8-0 run for a 56:35 lead. With 17:13 China finished the game on a happy note and won the game 69:48.
On August 17th China will face Czech Republic, while Mali will take on Spain.

China:Miao Li Jie 25+5 rebs, Chen Xiaoli 11, Chen Nan 11+9 rebs
Mali: Djene Diawara 11+12 rebs, Aminata Sininta 11


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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) of MiZo Pecs 2010 (HUN)
5 Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) of BC Moscow (RUS)
6 Matea Vrdoljak (-85) of PGM Ragusa Dubrovnik
7 Marta Cakic (175-G-82) of PGM Ragusa Dubrovnik
8 Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86) of PGM Ragusa Dubrovnik

9 Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) of CCC Polkowice (POL)
10 Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) of KK Zadar
11 Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Mourenx Basket Club (FRA)
12 Nikolina Ilijanic (165-G-83) of ZKK Agram Zagreb
13 Josipa Bura (185-C-85) of PGM Ragusa Dubrovnik
14 Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84) of MKB Euroleasing Sopron (HUN)
15 Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) of ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Turkey U16-Czech Republic U16 79:57 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Czech Republic U16 79:57

Turkey U16 won the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. You will probably know the result whether Turkey advanced to the semis or nor later, but at that time Okul's team need Sweden to lose against Lithuania later to make the final four. Turkey beat Czech Republic 79:57 and improved to 3-2 record. Emel Guler (187-F-92) paced all the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Cora netted 14, while Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) scored 11 points. Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) top-scored with 21 points in defeat and Renata Pudlakova (176-G-92) hit 11. Czech Republic dropped to 1-4 in the group and finished on the 4th place.
For a must win game Turkey starts with 4:0 run, but was caught up by 7 consecutive points from the opponent. Emel Guler hit back-to-back baskets and Pelin Gulbag knocked down a triple to push Turkey ahead 13:11. Kalfali made the final score at the end of the opening quarter, 18:15. Ovsikova's three brought Czech Republic back to 31:30 lead but it was their last in the game. Pelin Gulbag finished both the 12-0 run and the second half as Turkey dominated 42:31 advantage. Sloupova closed the third quarter at 66:49. Turkey opened their biggest lead of the game to that point at 60:42 later in the fourth. Sedlackova closed the game from the free throw line for 79:57.

Turkey U16: Emel Guler 21+9 rebs, Cora 14, Pelin Gulbag 11
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 21, Renata Pudlakova 11


Czech Republic storm past New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - New Zealand 90:59

Czech Republic National Team improved to 2-2 record at the Olympic Games basketball tournament today. They routed the Tall Ferns to send New Zealand team to 1-3 record in Group B. New Zealand thus lost almost any chances of making it to the quarterfinals at the tournament. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) knocked down 23 points to pace the European team. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) boosted the offensive effort with 21 points for Czechs. The Europeans used a 10:2 rally in the first period to jump in front and eased to a 26:12 lead at the first break. New Zealand stayed contestant and outscored their opponents in the second frame. They cut the deficit and trailed by 13 points at the interval. However Czechs came up strong in the third stanza and went on a decisive run to put the game beyond Tall Ferns reach. Czech Republic exploded with a 17:2 surge in the third frame and entered the final quarter ahead by 27 points. Czech team breezed to the victory in the final stanza then. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) provided 14 points and 8 boards for the winners. Angela Marino (166-G-86) sank 22 points to lead New Zealand. Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) had 12 points in defeat. Czech Republic outrebounded their opponents 36:31 and forced Kiwis to 24 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Hana Machova 23, Eva Viteckova 21, Ivana Vecerova 14
New Zealand: Angela Marino 22, Aneka Kerr 12


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  ESTONIA - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Estonia celebrates against Hungary - by Eurobasket News
U18 Estonia - U18 Hungary 63-61

Estonia made step forward to the fifth place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Its first obstacle to that goal was Hungary, which demonstrated pretty good performance until the end. However, Hungarians couldn't find a solution how to stop Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90), who dominated at the offensive end.

Estonians showed slightly better performance in the first half. Mostly owing to Kerttu Jallai and Anastassia Ptitsona (170-G-91) they had 26-24 after 20 minutes. Hungary managed to make a turn after the breather. After lay-up by Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) it was 31-34 for Hungary. At the last Estonia's possession in the first half Kerttu Jallai tip the ball in the basket with 5 seconds remaining for 41-41. Crucial period of the game was middle of the last quarter. Namely, after 42-46 for Hungary, Estonians created fantastic 13-3 run for 55-49 with 5 minutes remaining. The final minus 2 was everything what Hungary succeeded to do until the end.

Kerttu Jallai was was unstoppable leading her team to victory with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Anastassia Ptitsona also shined for the winners with 18 points and 4 assists while Kerli Haas (179-F-90) had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Reka Balint (181-F-91) was better than the others in Hungary posting 18 points with 9 rebounds. Dorottya Gyori (186-F/C-90) finished the game with 15 points and 5 boards while Krisztina Raksanyi stopped on 12 points.


U18 Estonia - U18 Hungary 63-61
(8-11, 18-13, 15-17, 22-20)

Estonia:
Kerttu Jallai 20 (10 rebs), Anastassia Ptitsona 18 (4 as), Kerli Haas 13 (6 rebs)
Hungary: Reka Balint 18 (9 rebs), Dorottya Gyori 15 (5 rebs), Krisztina Raksanyi 12


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


W-Standings - Div.A
Standings
Group E
1. France5-0
2. Belgium3-2
3. Sweden3-2
4. Turkey2-2
5. Czech Repu.1-4
6. Lithuania0-5
Group F
1. Spain5-0
2. Italy4-1
3. Poland3-2
4. Hungary2-3
5. Russia1-4
6. Belarus0-5
Classification
1. Germany2-0
2. Serbia2-0
3. Ukraine0-2
4. Latvia0-2


Stats Leaders W - Group A
Div. A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Abdi, F. SWE 18.3
2. Colic, S. SRB 17.4
3. Elhotov, K. CZE14.7
4. Jasnowska,POL 14.0
5. Vanloo, J. BEL 13.5
Rebounds Per Game
1.Grigalauskyte 14.5
2. Abdi, F. SWE 11.2
3. Stepanova, RUS10.2
4. Gler, E. TUR 9.2
5. Formica, A. ITA 8.8
Assists Per Game
1. Gulbag, P. TUR 4.8
2.Kabengano SWE 4.5
3. Cossengue POL 4.3
4. Gaudermann GER4.0
5. Casas, ESP 3.5


Division A. The end of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
GROUP E
Belgium U16-France U16 63:72

France reached 5-0 record and won Group E of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. In the last game of the group for both teams the favorites overcame Belgium 72:63. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) led the winners with 14 points. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) netted 13, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) ended up with 14 points and De Meyer had 13 in defeat. France will next play Italy in Saturday's semifinals. Belgium lost their second straight game to drop to 3-2 and now must sweat out the final two Group E matches to see if they reach semifinals.
Helena Akmouche hit a three to open the game of the top teams in the group. France controlled the opening quarter and won it 20:14. Julie Vanloo from the free throw line was the last to upset the opponent in the period. Belgium stayed close to the French throughout the second quarter but Fouasseau and Eleonore Grossemy both hit from long range and France led 32:28 at intermission.
Julie Vanloo tied the game at 40:40 in the beginning of the third. Fouasseau and her France pushed the tempo for 56:48 after the thirty minutes of the game. The intrigue however remained in the last period as well. Storme reduced to 59:60 with 7 minutes to play. France created a 12-0 run over a five-minute stretch for a 72:59 lead and won the last game of the Qualifying round.

Belgium:Julie Vanloo 14, De Meyer 13
France:Adja Konteh 14, Helena Akmouche 13, Eleonore Grossemy 12+11 rebs

Turkey U16-Czech Republic U16 79:57
Turkey U16 won the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. You will probably know the result whether Turkey advanced to the semis or nor later, but at that time Okul's team need Sweden to lose against Lithuania later to make the final four. Turkey beat Czech Republic 79:57 and improved to 3-2 record. Emel Guler (187-F-92) paced all the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Cora netted 14, while Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) scored 11 points. Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) top-scored with 21 points in defeat and Renata Pudlakova (176-G-92) hit 11. Czech Republic dropped to 1-4 in the group and finished on the 4th place.
For a must win game Turkey starts with 4:0 run, but was caught up by 7 consecutive points from the opponent. Emel Guler hit back-to-back baskets and Pelin Gulbag knocked down a triple to push Turkey ahead 13:11. Kalfali made the final score at the end of the opening quarter, 18:15. Ovsikova's three brought Czech Republic back to 31:30 lead but it was their last in the game. Pelin Gulbag finished both the 12-0 run and the second half as Turkey dominated 42:31 advantage. Sloupova closed the third quarter at 66:49. Turkey opened their biggest lead of the game to that point at 60:42 later in the fourth. Sedlackova closed the game from the free throw line for 79:57.

Turkey U16: Emel Guler 21+9 rebs, Cora 14, Pelin Gulbag 11
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 21, Renata Pudlakova 11

GROUP F
Sweden U16-Lithuania U16 62:52
Sweden U16 takes the last ticket to the semis of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a 62:52 victory over Lithuania. The winner finished the group with 3-2 record as well as Turkey and Belgium but had better results between three teams. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Drammeh nailed 13, while Amanda Zahui collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Santa Okockyte (175-G-92) ended up with 19 points and Neringa Skadaite had 11 in defeat.
Sweden flew in the opening tip and scored first five points in the game. Fontaine made it 11:2 as Farhiya Abdi closed the first at 12:7. Sweden posted another 5 consecutive points in the beginning of the second period for 17:7 lead. Lithuania replied with more baskets in a row to tie the game at 19:19. Moreover Santa Okockyte's second triple gave her team 22:19 advantage. Drammeh from the same distance sent the teams to the lockers for 26:22 Scandinavian advantage.
Hakim scored for 41:31 in the beginning of the third. Lithuania trailed the whole quarter and remained 35:45 behind. They could not stay closer to Swedish team as the latter increased the lead in the middle of the fourth. Kabengano brought her team 60:41 deficit with 2 minutes to play in the game. Lithuania pushed the tempo in the last seconds for 9-2 run and closed to 62:52.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 20+8 rebs, Drammeh 13, Amanda Zahui 11+14 rebs
Lithuania U16: Santa Okockyte 19, Neringa Skadaite 11

Spain U16-Italy U16 61:57 OT
Spain U16 and Italy U16 prodvided an excellent game for the first place. It was however the first place in Group F of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Spain U16 needed an overtime to overcome the opponent 61:57. Segues led the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ortiz netted 13, while Delgado added 12. Irene Cigliani (175-G-92) top-scored for Italian squad with 17 points and Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) posted 10. Italy lost their first game of tournament in dropping to 4-1 in the group and will take on France in the semifinals.
Thanks to both teams that showed such a wonderful game that deserved a Final. Italy was lucky to score first five points of the game. Spain woke up immediately and even won the opening quarter 15:12. Delgado and Carta swapped triples the rest of the way and Spain went into the break ahead 25:24.
Segues opened the third quarter for Spain to give them 27:24 advantage. The lead switched hands three times before Spain led 38:37 after three periods. Spain led in the majority of the fourth quarter, but Irene Cigliani tied the game at the end of the fourth from the free throw line. Italy was in front for the first part of the extra time and had 55:54 when Masoni made a lay-up for 56:55. Ortiz and Delgado sealed the win for Spain that were too strong in the last 2 minutes of the game.

Spain U16:Segues 15+11 rebs, Ortiz 13, Delgado 12
Italy U16: Irene Cigliani 17, Gaia Gorini 10

Russia U16-Hungary U16 45:53
Hungary U16 stun Russia U16 for the fourth in Group F of of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. The winners improved to 2-3, while the Russian juniors ended up at 1-4 record. Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Melinda Kesoi (178-G/F-92) netted 11 and Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) scored 7 points. Stepanova ended up with 10 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
Hungary U16 opened the game from the arch as Bettina Baksa hit a jump shot. The winners remained in front until the end of the period but Russia squad was luckier to grab 17:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes of the game. The second quarter became more defensive and brought 11:10 for Russia as well. Fedorenkova gave her team 28:25 as the teams went to the lockers.
Melinda Kesoi with a three and her Hungary bounced back for 34:32 lead in the third period. Bettina Baksa brought the last points for Hungary after 30 minutes as Hungary had 40:35 lead. Russia tried hard to catch up with the opponent and reduced to 45:48 with 02.27 to go. Those points however were last for the team, while Hungary ended up with 8-0 run to seal 53:45 victory. The winners improved to 2-3, while the Russian juniors ended up at 1-4 record.

Russia U16:Stepanova 10+8 rebs, Arzina 8+12 rebs
Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 19+7 rebs, Melinda Kesoi 11, Anna Mansare 7

Classification Round
Serbia U16 Latvia U16 72:59
Serbian U16 National team posted their second straight win at the European championship classification round in Poland. They overcame Latvia today and secured their top spot in Group G after two rounds of action. Latvia suffered their second straight loss and appeared on the edge of being relegated into Division B. Serbia had to deal with a slow start as Latvia capitalized on the number of easy misses from Serbia to earn a 6:0 lead. However Serbia adjusted their shooting by the end of the first stanza and surged in front 20:17. Serbia converted 12 free throws in the second period and rolled to a 39:27 advantage at the interval. Kovacevic, Stankovic and Snezana Colic (165-G-92) made it 44:27 for Serbian team early in the third frame. Latvia however were far from being done. They cut the deficit to 10 points with one quarter to go in the game. Eida and Epnere dragged the Baltic side as close as 6 points midway through the fourth period. Karakasevic and Kovacevic accounted for several key baskets in the dying minutes and sealed the win for Serbia. Snezana Colic netted 22 points to pace Serbia. Kovacevic added 11 points, while Jelena Repic (-92) had 10 in a win. Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) and Ozolina answered with 13 points apiece for Latvia. Epnere provided 11 points and 8 boards in defeat. Latvia will face Ukraine in the final game at the tournament. Serbia takes on Germany on Saturday.

Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 22, Kovacevic 11, Jelena Repic 10
Latvia U16: Anete Kirsteine 13, Ozolina 13+12 boards


Germany U16-Ukraine U16 83:26

Germany U16 destroyed Ukraine U16 and left them winless at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. German team improved to 2-0 in the Classification Round and stayed in Division A. Alexandra Maerz's team blew the game wide open in the second quarter, holding Ukraine to just two points in the period and going into half-time ahead 44:13. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) led the winners with 20 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Jani Martinius (172-G-92) and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 10 each. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort.
Ukraine was surprised to take the first lead in the game. Chek made two free throws for 2:0 and then Darya Zavidna made it 7:6. Finja Schaake and her Germany closed the first quarter at 18:11. Later on the favorites were too good for the Ukrainian side. A 26-2 was a disaster for the latter that were swept in the quarter. Zorn sent the teams to the lockers for 44:13.
In the third quarter Ukraine scored 10 points, but Germans were not even thinking to stop. They won the third 23:10 as Heise closed it with 67:23. Gaudermann pulled her team to 69:23 to open the last nightmare for Ukraine. A 16:3 in the final stanza gave Germany 83:26 win and a ticket for Division A for the next year.

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Germany U16: Finja Schaake 20, Sonja Greinacher 15+15 rebs, Jani Martinius 10, Christina Schnorr 10
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 11



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  FINLAND - Women  


Finnish National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Reetta Piipari (170-G-80) of Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (ESP)
5 Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76) of Castellani Pontedera (ITA)
6 Mari Puustinen (179-F/G-78) of NMKY Helsinki
8 Sanna Helenius (180-F-84) of Valparaiso University (USA)
9 Sandra Valikoski (184-C-89) of Espoo Team
10 Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of Phard Napoli (ITA)
11 Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84) of Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (ESP)
12 Riikka Lehtonen (178-C-82) of BG 74 Goettingen (GER)
13 Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) of St.John's University (USA)
14 Piia Harkko (180-F-87) of Catz Lappeenranta
15 Minna Sten (191-F-87) of Catz Lappeenranta


U18 EC, division B: Austria outplays Finland in the last quarter - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 Finland 78-68

Austria celebrated over Finland making a first step to 13th place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. At the last day of the competition Austria will take on England. On the other hand the loosing side Finland will continue battle for 15th place. It last rival will be Luxemburg.

It was totally leveled game until the last ten minutes. Both teams were concetntrated at the offensive end but their defense wasn't on such good level. After 19-19 in the first frame, Austrians showed slightly better performance in the next one. Julia Koppl (182-C-91) and Sarah Schicher (185-C-90) were the leading players of the team so the most of the offensive sets were run for them. On the other side Lemmetty and Kia Ignatius (176-G-90) took care for the points in Finland. Anyway, Austria entered into the second half with plus 1. During another leveled ten minutes Finland tied the score before the last frame. In this period Austrians totally dominated. Julia Koppl and Sarah Schicher continued in the same rhythm at the offensive end but this time Austira intensified defense, what was a crucial move in this game. It resulted with just 11 points for Finland in this quarter.

Julia Koppl paced Austria to victory adding 22 points and 8 rebounds. Sarah Schicher also demonstrated nice performance making double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds. Finland got 24 points and 11 boards from Johanna Lemmetty (183-C-90), who was totally the best player in her team. Kia Ignatius followed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.


U18 Austria - U18 Finland 78-68
(19-19, 23-22, 15-16, 21-11)

Austria:
Julia Koppl 22 (8 rebs), Sarah Schicher 14 (11 rebs)
Finland: Johanna Lemmetty 24 (11 rebs), Kia Ignatius 12 (5 rebs, 6 as)


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  FRANCE - Women  


French National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Yacoubou-Dehoui


Dumerc


Dijon


Sene


Beikes
4 Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
5 Emilie Duvivier (168-G-84) of Challes-les-Eaux Basket
6 Yacine Sene (182-F-82) of Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence
7 Endene Miyem (188-F-88) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
8 Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) of Valenciennes USVO
9 Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
10 Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre

11 Florence Lepron (182-G-85) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
12 Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) of USO Mondeville
13 Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
14 Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
15 Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) of Stade Clermontois Auvergne Basket 63


France U16 won Group E of European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-France U16 63:72

France reached 5-0 record and won Group E of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. In the last game of the group for both teams the favorites overcame Belgium 72:63. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) led the winners with 14 points. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) netted 13, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) ended up with 14 points and De Meyer had 13 in defeat. France will next play Italy in Saturday's semifinals. Belgium lost their second straight game to drop to 3-2 and now must sweat out the final two Group E matches to see if they reach semifinals.
Helena Akmouche hit a three to open the game of the top teams in the group. France controlled the opening quarter and won it 20:14. Julie Vanloo from the free throw line was the last to upset the opponent in the period. Belgium stayed close to the French throughout the second quarter but Fouasseau and Eleonore Grossemy both hit from long range and France led 32:28 at intermission.
Julie Vanloo tied the game at 40:40 in the beginning of the third. Fouasseau and her France pushed the tempo for 56:48 after the thirty minutes of the game. The intrigue however remained in the last period as well. Storme reduced to 59:60 with 7 minutes to play. France created a 12-0 run over a five-minute stretch for a 72:59 lead and won the last game of the Qualifying round.

Belgium:Julie Vanloo 14, De Meyer 13
France:Adja Konteh 14, Helena Akmouche 13, Eleonore Grossemy 12+11 rebs


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  GERMANY - Women  


Germany U16 destroys Ukrainian squad - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16-Ukraine U16 83:26


Germany U16 destroyed Ukraine U16 and left them winless at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. German team improved to 2-0 in the Classification Round and stayed in Division A. Alexandra Maerz's team blew the game wide open in the second quarter, holding Ukraine to just two points in the period and going into half-time ahead 44:13. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) led the winners with 20 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Jani Martinius (172-G-92) and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 10 each. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort.
Ukraine was surprised to take the first lead in the game. Chek made two free throws for 2:0 and then Darya Zavidna made it 7:6. Finja Schaake and her Germany closed the first quarter at 18:11. Later on the favorites were too good for the Ukrainian side. A 26-2 was a disaster for the latter that were swept in the quarter. Zorn sent the teams to the lockers for 44:13.
In the third quarter Ukraine scored 10 points, but Germans were not even thinking to stop. They won the third 23:10 as Heise closed it with 67:23. Gaudermann pulled her team to 69:23 to open the last nightmare for Ukraine. A 16:3 in the final stanza gave Germany 83:26 win and a ticket for Division A for the next year.

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Germany U16: Finja Schaake 20, Sonja Greinacher 15+15 rebs, Jani Martinius 10, Christina Schnorr 10
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 11




U18 EC, division B: Netherlands outsmarts Germany in OT - by Eurobasket News
U18 Netherlands - U18 Germany 72-69

Netherlands managed to beat Germany passing the first step to the fifth place on U18 European Championship division B successfully. It wouldn't be undeserved even if Germans celebrated in this game as they also showed nice basketball level.

Netherlands was better in the first while Germany answered in the second quarter. Thanks to jump shot by Karic, Germany grabbed 38-40 at the half time. Netherlands managed to tie the score in this period but Jenny Menz (180-F-91) and her teammates had furious couple of opening minutes in the last frame. Game is decided at the very end. They set the score on 53-60 with 5:06 to go but Chatilla Van Grinsven led her team 60-60 at the end of the regular time. After 66-67 for Germany, Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) and Clara Van der Hoek (179-F-90) made crucial 5-0 run for their team. After two FTs by Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90), Germany came on minus 2 but there was not enough time for anything else.

Interesting is that the winning side had just only player with double figures for 25 minutes. It was Chatilla Van Grinsven, who collected 16 points and 9 boards. Clara Van der Hoek followed with 9 points and 9 boards. Germany got the most from Jenny Menz, who succeeded to register double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds. Danina Skrobek added 16 while Stephanie Wagner scored 12 points.


U18 Netherlands - U18 Germany 72-69
(21-17, 17-23, 12-10, 10-10, 12-9)

Netherlands:
Chatilla Van Grinsven 16 (9 rebs), Clara Van der Hoek 9 (9 rebs)
Germany: Jenny Menz 19 (10 rebs), Danina Skrobek 16, Stephanie Wagner 12


Wildcats extend contract with Zaidi fort two more years - by Cornelius Damm
This past season, in which BC Wolfenbuttel ended up as regular season champions, loosing in the Play-Off -Finals to SV Union Opladen but still getting the chance to move up toward 1.DBBL because champion Opladen wasn't financially able to play in the higher league, Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85, college: UCLA) was one of the main reasons of Wolfenbuettels success. Shaina played with BC Marburg newcomer Amanda Livingston (185-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services) at UCLA together with three WNBA guards (Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis and Noelle Quinn) winning the legendary Pac-10 championship in her junior year in 2006. In Wolfenbuettel she emerged as 2.DBBL 2007/08 eurbasket.com Player of the Year. Zaidi explained that the chance to help the Wildcats grow with their plans in combination with the nice city and the fan culture of Wolfenbuettel made it an easy decision for her to return. With Alexandra Riecka (168-G-78) who came home to Wolfenbuettel earlier this summer after three years in Chemnitz Zaidi will build a dangerous backcourt duo with a lot of fire power from behind the arc.

Halle trusts in Kerri Burke on the point guard position - by Cornelius Damm
Rebuilding the team after the unpleasant ending of the Thomas Roijakkers era as head coach and agent of team leaders Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-G-82), Sherida Triggs (185-F-85, college: ODU) and Brittney Whiteside (175-G-85, college: Wright St.) who combined for most of the teams points, rebounds and assists last season the SV Halle Lions were looking for a new point guard that will guide the young team through its second year in Germanys first league. In result the East German club now presented Kerri Burke (170-G-85) who was the starting point guard her sophomore through senior seasons in college and helped guide Sacred Heart to back-to-back regular season Northeast Conference Championships and a trip to the 2006 NCAA Tournament. She captained the team her junior and senior years. Her biggest feat came midway through her last season when she suffered what for most would have been a season-ending knee injury (ACL). Burke, however, battled her way back and returned to the starting line-up a month later to lead the Pioneers down the stretch toward another NEC Tournament appearance. Over her playing career, she helped lead Sacred Heart to an 87-34 (.719) four-year record, the best four year stretch for any player in the program's history. She is Sacred Heart's all-time leader in assists with 394 while her 139 assists (4.5 apg) in 2005-06 rank second all-time for assists in a season. Burke finished her career with 809 points (7.4 ppg), 275 rebounds (2.5 rpg), 394 assists (3.6) and 173 steals (1.6 spg). After her final year of college basketball eligibility in 2007 she graduated with a degree in psychology but stayed one more year at Sacred Heart pursuing her master's degree, and in the process, she got the chance to help out with the Sacred Heart team as a graduate assistant. Now fully recovered from her knee injury she got back in shape with a personal trainer and is ready to get the job done in Europe.

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  GREECE - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Latvia smashes Greece for the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 Latvia - U18 Greece 68-46

Latvia made an extremely easy victory against Greece in the semifinals of U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Except of the final of this prestigious event, with this victory Latvians also grabbed a spot for division A, what is maybe the most important. Their rival for the Gold will be Belgium, which was better than Slovenia in the first semifinal game. Greece will continue championship fighting for the Bronze.

Latvia totally dominated under the basket in this game. Its players grabbed amazing 58 rebounds matched with only 18 by Greece. With hat kind of difference Greeks couldn't expect anything better that 22-point defeat at the end. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) and her teammates created double digits lead already in the first ten minutes. Later, Latvians extended it even more ending the first half with 37-22. After following ten minutes it was clear that Greece except of Aikaterini Kontali doesn't have any player which is able to compete against strong Latvians. In the last frame Latvia touched huge plus 28 ending this game in style.

Latvia had two players with double-double in this game. The first one was Sabine Niedola, who collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Anete Steinberga (192-C-90), who added 15 points and impressive 18 boards, was the second one. Aikaterini Kontali was the only player with double digits in Slovenia scoring 13 points.


U18 Latvia - U18 Greece 68-46
(18-8, 19-15, 9-10, 22-13)

Latvia:
Sabine Niedola 18 (12 rebs), Anete Steinberga 15 (18 rebs)
Greece: Aikaterini Kontali 13


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Netherlands outsmarts Germany in OT - by Eurobasket News
U18 Netherlands - U18 Germany 72-69

Netherlands managed to beat Germany passing the first step to the fifth place on U18 European Championship division B successfully. It wouldn't be undeserved even if Germans celebrated in this game as they also showed nice basketball level.

Netherlands was better in the first while Germany answered in the second quarter. Thanks to jump shot by Karic, Germany grabbed 38-40 at the half time. Netherlands managed to tie the score in this period but Jenny Menz (180-F-91) and her teammates had furious couple of opening minutes in the last frame. Game is decided at the very end. They set the score on 53-60 with 5:06 to go but Chatilla Van Grinsven led her team 60-60 at the end of the regular time. After 66-67 for Germany, Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) and Clara Van der Hoek (179-F-90) made crucial 5-0 run for their team. After two FTs by Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90), Germany came on minus 2 but there was not enough time for anything else.

Interesting is that the winning side had just only player with double figures for 25 minutes. It was Chatilla Van Grinsven, who collected 16 points and 9 boards. Clara Van der Hoek followed with 9 points and 9 boards. Germany got the most from Jenny Menz, who succeeded to register double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds. Danina Skrobek added 16 while Stephanie Wagner scored 12 points.


U18 Netherlands - U18 Germany 72-69
(21-17, 17-23, 12-10, 10-10, 12-9)

Netherlands:
Chatilla Van Grinsven 16 (9 rebs), Clara Van der Hoek 9 (9 rebs)
Germany: Jenny Menz 19 (10 rebs), Danina Skrobek 16, Stephanie Wagner 12


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Estonia celebrates against Hungary - by Eurobasket News
U18 Estonia - U18 Hungary 63-61

Estonia made step forward to the fifth place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Its first obstacle to that goal was Hungary, which demonstrated pretty good performance until the end. However, Hungarians couldn't find a solution how to stop Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90), who dominated at the offensive end.

Estonians showed slightly better performance in the first half. Mostly owing to Kerttu Jallai and Anastassia Ptitsona (170-G-91) they had 26-24 after 20 minutes. Hungary managed to make a turn after the breather. After lay-up by Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) it was 31-34 for Hungary. At the last Estonia's possession in the first half Kerttu Jallai tip the ball in the basket with 5 seconds remaining for 41-41. Crucial period of the game was middle of the last quarter. Namely, after 42-46 for Hungary, Estonians created fantastic 13-3 run for 55-49 with 5 minutes remaining. The final minus 2 was everything what Hungary succeeded to do until the end.

Kerttu Jallai was was unstoppable leading her team to victory with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Anastassia Ptitsona also shined for the winners with 18 points and 4 assists while Kerli Haas (179-F-90) had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Reka Balint (181-F-91) was better than the others in Hungary posting 18 points with 9 rebounds. Dorottya Gyori (186-F/C-90) finished the game with 15 points and 5 boards while Krisztina Raksanyi stopped on 12 points.


U18 Estonia - U18 Hungary 63-61
(8-11, 18-13, 15-17, 22-20)

Estonia:
Kerttu Jallai 20 (10 rebs), Anastassia Ptitsona 18 (4 as), Kerli Haas 13 (6 rebs)
Hungary: Reka Balint 18 (9 rebs), Dorottya Gyori 15 (5 rebs), Krisztina Raksanyi 12


Hungary U16 stun Russia U16 for the fourth in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16-Hungary U16 45:53

Hungary U16 stun Russia U16 for the fourth in Group F of of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. The winners improved to 2-3, while the Russian juniors ended up at 1-4 record. Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Melinda Kesoi (178-G/F-92) netted 11 and Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) scored 7 points. Stepanova ended up with 10 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
Hungary U16 opened the game from the arch as Bettina Baksa hit a jump shot. The winners remained in front until the end of the period but Russia squad was luckier to grab 17:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes of the game. The second quarter became more defensive and brought 11:10 for Russia as well. Fedorenkova gave her team 28:25 as the teams went to the lockers.
Melinda Kesoi with a three and her Hungary bounced back for 34:32 lead in the third period. Bettina Baksa brought the last points for Hungary after 30 minutes as Hungary had 40:35 lead. Russia tried hard to catch up with the opponent and reduced to 45:48 with 02.27 to go. Those points however were last for the team, while Hungary ended up with 8-0 run to seal 53:45 victory. The winners improved to 2-3, while the Russian juniors ended up at 1-4 record.

Russia U16:Stepanova 10+8 rebs, Arzina 8+12 rebs
Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 19+7 rebs, Melinda Kesoi 11, Anna Mansare 7


Hungarian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Semsei


Vajda


Bujdoso
4 Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) of MiZo Pecs 2010
5 Anna Vida (184-F-85) of BSE Budapest
6 Rita Ibolya Kollo (183-F-86) of University of Oregon (USA)
7 Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80) of Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR)
8 Diana Furesz (174-G-84) of BSE Budapest
9 Dora Horti (195-C-87) of MKB Euroleasing Sopron
10 Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) of MiZo Pecs 2010
11 Katalin Honti (178-G-87) of MKB Euroleasing Sopron
12 Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) of MKB Euroleasing Sopron
13 Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) of MiZo Pecs 2010

14 Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) of MiZo Pecs 2010
15 Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (FRA)


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  IRELAND - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Maria Correia too strong for Ireland - by Eurobasket News
U18 Portugal - U18 Ireland 74-62

Portugal cruises past Ireland on U18 European Championship division B thanks to Maria Correia's (172-G/F-91) wonderful performance. Thus Portugal made a first step forward to 9th place in Skopje. It last rival on this championship will be Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the other side Ireland will take on Israel fighting for position number 11.

Game is decided already in the first half. After just few minutes Portugal managed to create plus 10. Ireland succeeded to come a bit closer in the next period but Maria Correia once again stepped up for her team. She lead another 13-3 run bringing 33-20 for Portugal. At the on point of third quarter Portugal extended lead to 13 points. Sinead O'Reilly (180-F-90) and Claire Rockall (168-G-90) shined for Ireland but it was enough only for minus 8 at the end of this frame. During the last ten minutes Maria Correia and her teammates just extended lead to final 12 points.

Maria Correia was totally the best player for the winning side in this game. She nailed 28 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Livulo also shined adding 14 points and 4 rebounds while Marcy Goncalves (173-F-90) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Ireland got the most from Sinead O'Reilly, who delevered 17 points and 8 rebounds. Claire Rockall also was on a pretty good level with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.


U18 Portugal - U18 Ireland 74-62
(20-13, 13-7, 16-21, 25-21)

Portugal:
Maria Correia 28 (5 rebs, 4 as), Livulo 14 (4 rebs), Marcy Goncalves 12 (6 rebs, 4 as)
Ireland: Sinead O'Reilly 17 (8 rebs), Claire Rockall 15 (9 rebs, 6 as)


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Bosnia edges Israel in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Israel 80-78

Another interesting game was seen on U18 European Championship in Skopje. Bosnians took care for third consecutive victory this time celebrating the tight one against Israel. It means that Bosnia will continue its way to 9th place fighting against Portugal. At the same time it will be the last day of the entire championship. Israel will try to end it on position number 12 but it will have beat Ireland.

Bosnia grabbed this one mostly owing to well played first half. After fist ten minutes, the official host in this game already had 7-point lead. Until the half time Bosnians extended it to 8. Later Naama Shafir (165-G-90) stepped up for Israel. She done fantastic job for her team at the offensive end. Israel was very close to victory at the very end but Samra Omerbasic (190-C-90) and her teammates stopped it. Bosnians were more concentrated when it was the most important jumping over the first obstacle for ninth place.

Bosnia's best scorer in this game was Samra Omerbasic, who added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Anesa Hamsic (187-C-91) helped her team with 12 points and impressive 15 rebounds while Ilijana Todorovic (169-G-90) had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Interesting is that Israel had one player who scored almost 40. It was Naama Shafir, who drained 39 points including 8 rebounds and 5 assists. She had 66.7% from behind the arc, 47.8% for FG2 and 84.6 from the FT line. Shira Shecht (180-F-91) was a way behind her with 16 points and 4 rebounds.


U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U18 Israel 80-78
(20-13, 18-17, 20-23, 22-25)

Bosnia:
Samra Omerbasic 15 (12 rebs), Anesa Hamsic 13 (15 rebs), Ilijana Todorovic 12 (4 rebs)
Israel: Naama Shafir 39 (8 rebs, 5 as), Shira Shecht 16 (4 rebs)


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  ITALY - Women  


Italian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Franchini


Ballardini


Modica


Ress


Ciampoli
4 Angela Gianolla (171-G-80) of Acer ERG Priolo
5 Maria Chiara Franchini (182-G-79) of Germano Zama Faenza
6 Chiara Pastore (172-G-86) of TermoCarispe La Spezia
8 Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) of Umana Reyer Venezia
9 Francesca Modica (175-G-81) of Germano Zama Faenza

10 Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87) of TermoCarispe La Spezia
11 Kathrin Ress (193-F-85) of Minnesota Lynx (USA)
12 Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80) of Famila Wuber Schio

13 Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) of Lavezzini Parma
14 Eva Giauro (204-C-86) of Umana Reyer Venezia
15 Marte Alexander (196-C-76) of Germano Zama Faenza
20 Emanuela Ramon (187-F-82) of Germano Zama Faenza
Head Coach: Giampiero Ticchi


The Termosteps game that deserve a Final - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Italy U16 61:57 OT

Spain U16 and Italy U16 prodvided an excellent game for the first place. It was however the first place in Group F of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Spain U16 needed an overtime to overcome the opponent 61:57. Segues led the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ortiz netted 13, while Delgado added 12. Irene Cigliani (175-G-92) top-scored for Italian squad with 17 points and Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) posted 10. Italy lost their first game of tournament in dropping to 4-1 in the group and will take on France in the semifinals.
Thanks to both teams that showed such a wonderful game that deserved a Final. Italy was lucky to score first five points of the game. Spain woke up immediately and even won the opening quarter 15:12. Delgado and Carta swapped triples the rest of the way and Spain went into the break ahead 25:24.
Segues opened the third quarter for Spain to give them 27:24 advantage. The lead switched hands three times before Spain led 38:37 after three periods. Spain led in the majority of the fourth quarter, but Irene Cigliani tied the game at the end of the fourth from the free throw line. Italy was in front for the first part of the extra time and had 55:54 when Masoni made a lay-up for 56:55. Ortiz and Delgado sealed the win for Spain that were too strong in the last 2 minutes of the game.

Spain U16:Segues 15+11 rebs, Ortiz 13, Delgado 12
Italy U16: Irene Cigliani 17, Gaia Gorini 10


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  LATVIA - Women  


Lauren Jackson on fire against Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Latvia 96:73

Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) exploded with tournament-high 30 points and Australia knocked down Latvia for the fourth straight win at the Olympic Games. Latvia in the meantime suffered their third loss at the event and appeared on the cusp of missing the quarterfinals. The teams looked well matched in the first half with the Opals unable to run away. Australia led by just a single point 19:18 after the opening stanza but Latvia stayed in the race. They went on a 12:4 rally capped by a three-pointer from Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) to establish a 30:23 advantage midway through the second frame. The Aussies answered with 10:1 rally that was highlighted by 8 points from Lauren Jackson to lead 34:31 late in the second quarter. A three-point cushion remained at the interval. But the World champions came out of the locker rooms firing on all cylinders. They outgunned their opponents 35:18 with Lauren Jackson and Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) conducting the show. The Opals eased to their fourth consecutive win in the final period and set up a mouth-watering clash against Russia for the top position in Group A. Suzy Batkovic finished with 18 points for the Opals. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) had 11 points and 11 boards, while Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) added 10 points for the winners. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) delivered 14 points for Latvia. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) dropped 13 points in defeat. Australia dominated the boards 48:28 and forced Latvia to as many as 21 turnovers down the stretch.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 30, Suzy Batkovic 18, Penny Taylor 11+11 boards
Latvia: Ieva Tare 14, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 13


U18 EC, division B: Latvia smashes Greece for the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 Latvia - U18 Greece 68-46

Latvia made an extremely easy victory against Greece in the semifinals of U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Except of the final of this prestigious event, with this victory Latvians also grabbed a spot for division A, what is maybe the most important. Their rival for the Gold will be Belgium, which was better than Slovenia in the first semifinal game. Greece will continue championship fighting for the Bronze.

Latvia totally dominated under the basket in this game. Its players grabbed amazing 58 rebounds matched with only 18 by Greece. With hat kind of difference Greeks couldn't expect anything better that 22-point defeat at the end. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) and her teammates created double digits lead already in the first ten minutes. Later, Latvians extended it even more ending the first half with 37-22. After following ten minutes it was clear that Greece except of Aikaterini Kontali doesn't have any player which is able to compete against strong Latvians. In the last frame Latvia touched huge plus 28 ending this game in style.

Latvia had two players with double-double in this game. The first one was Sabine Niedola, who collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Anete Steinberga (192-C-90), who added 15 points and impressive 18 boards, was the second one. Aikaterini Kontali was the only player with double digits in Slovenia scoring 13 points.


U18 Latvia - U18 Greece 68-46
(18-8, 19-15, 9-10, 22-13)

Latvia:
Sabine Niedola 18 (12 rebs), Anete Steinberga 15 (18 rebs)
Greece: Aikaterini Kontali 13


Serbia surmount Latvia in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 Latvia U16 72:59

Serbian U16 National team posted their second straight win at the European championship classification round in Poland. They overcame Latvia today and secured their top spot in Group G after two rounds of action. Latvia suffered their second straight loss and appeared on the edge of being relegated into Division B. Serbia had to deal with a slow start as Latvia capitalized on the number of easy misses from Serbia to earn a 6:0 lead. However Serbia adjusted their shooting by the end of the first stanza and surged in front 20:17. Serbia converted 12 free throws in the second period and rolled to a 39:27 advantage at the interval. Kovacevic, Stankovic and Snezana Colic (165-G-92) made it 44:27 for Serbian team early in the third frame. Latvia however were far from being done. They cut the deficit to 10 points with one quarter to go in the game. Eida and Epnere dragged the Baltic side as close as 6 points midway through the fourth period. Karakasevic and Kovacevic accounted for several key baskets in the dying minutes and sealed the win for Serbia. Snezana Colic netted 22 points to pace Serbia. Kovacevic added 11 points, while Jelena Repic (-92) had 10 in a win. Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) and Ozolina answered with 13 points apiece for Latvia. Epnere provided 11 points and 8 boards in defeat. Latvia will face Ukraine in the final game at the tournament. Serbia takes on Germany on Saturday.

Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 22, Kovacevic 11, Jelena Repic 10
Latvia U16: Anete Kirsteine 13, Ozolina 13+12 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Sweden U16 takes the last ticket to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Lithuania U16 62:52

Sweden U16 takes the last ticket to the semis of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a 62:52 victory over Lithuania. The winner finished the group with 3-2 record as well as Turkey and Belgium but had better results between three teams. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Drammeh nailed 13, while Amanda Zahui collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Santa Okockyte (175-G-92) ended up with 19 points and Neringa Skadaite had 11 in defeat.
Sweden flew in the opening tip and scored first five points in the game. Fontaine made it 11:2 as Farhiya Abdi closed the first at 12:7. Sweden posted another 5 consecutive points in the beginning of the second period for 17:7 lead. Lithuania replied with more baskets in a row to tie the game at 19:19. Moreover Santa Okockyte's second triple gave her team 22:19 advantage. Drammeh from the same distance sent the teams to the lockers for 26:22 Scandinavian advantage.
Hakim scored for 41:31 in the beginning of the third. Lithuania trailed the whole quarter and remained 35:45 behind. They could not stay closer to Swedish team as the latter increased the lead in the middle of the fourth. Kabengano brought her team 60:41 deficit with 2 minutes to play in the game. Lithuania pushed the tempo in the last seconds for 9-2 run and closed to 62:52.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 20+8 rebs, Drammeh 13, Amanda Zahui 11+14 rebs
Lithuania U16: Santa Okockyte 19, Neringa Skadaite 11


Lithuanian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Petronyte


Bimbaite


Valentiene


Valuzyte


Stakneviciene
4 Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) of Lemminkainen Klaipeda
5 Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) of Arvi Marijampole
6 Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) of TEO Vilnius
7 Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) of TEO Vilnius

8 Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia (ESP)
9 Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) of TEO Vilnius
10 Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) of Lemminkainen Klaipeda
11 Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) of Arvi Marijampole
12 Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) of Arvi Marijampole
13 Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) of TEO Vilnius
14 Egle Stakneviciene (190-C/F-85) of Lavezzini Parma (ITA)

15 Diana Razmaite (196-C-75) of Banco di Sicilia Ribera (ITA)
Head Coach: Rutenis Paulauskas


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  MALI - Women  


The hosts defeat African representative - by Eurobasket News
China -Mali 69:48

China reached the third win in the Olympics as the hosts overcame Mali today. Asian team was too good taking 69:48 victory. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Chen Xiaoli 11 and Chen Nan supported her with 11 points apiece. Djene Diawara and Aminata Sininta (185-C-85) top-scored for African representative with 11 points each.
Another game and another huge support saw China in the Olympics. Due to that the hosts opened the game with seven consecutive points. It helped them to take 17:7 after the end of the first quarter. In the second period the game remained in the same current with China dominating the court. The Olympic hosts reeled off 11 points in the second quarter for a commanding 35:15 advantage with a bit more than a minute in the first half. Mali closed the half at 37:20.
In the third quarter the intrigue was back into the game as African team reduced to 48:35. China however replied with 8-0 run for a 56:35 lead. With 17:13 China finished the game on a happy note and won the game 69:48.
On August 17th China will face Czech Republic, while Mali will take on Spain.

China:Miao Li Jie 25+5 rebs, Chen Xiaoli 11, Chen Nan 11+9 rebs
Mali: Djene Diawara 11+12 rebs, Aminata Sininta 11


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Czech Republic storm past New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - New Zealand 90:59

Czech Republic National Team improved to 2-2 record at the Olympic Games basketball tournament today. They routed the Tall Ferns to send New Zealand team to 1-3 record in Group B. New Zealand thus lost almost any chances of making it to the quarterfinals at the tournament. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) knocked down 23 points to pace the European team. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) boosted the offensive effort with 21 points for Czechs. The Europeans used a 10:2 rally in the first period to jump in front and eased to a 26:12 lead at the first break. New Zealand stayed contestant and outscored their opponents in the second frame. They cut the deficit and trailed by 13 points at the interval. However Czechs came up strong in the third stanza and went on a decisive run to put the game beyond Tall Ferns reach. Czech Republic exploded with a 17:2 surge in the third frame and entered the final quarter ahead by 27 points. Czech team breezed to the victory in the final stanza then. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) provided 14 points and 8 boards for the winners. Angela Marino (166-G-86) sank 22 points to lead New Zealand. Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) had 12 points in defeat. Czech Republic outrebounded their opponents 36:31 and forced Kiwis to 24 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Hana Machova 23, Eva Viteckova 21, Ivana Vecerova 14
New Zealand: Angela Marino 22, Aneka Kerr 12


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  NORWAY - Women  


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Gimle 12-0 
 2. Ullern 9-3 
 3. Baerums Verk 8-4 
 4. Hop 7-5 
 5. Ammerud 3-9 
 6. Elite Nord 2-10 
 7. Nordstrand 1-11 


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Australia3-0
2. Russia3-0
3. Belarus1-2
4. S.Korea1-2
5. Latvia1-2
6. Brazil0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. China2-1
3. Spain2-1
4. Czech Repu.2-2
5. N.Zealand1-3
6. Mali0-3


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  POLAND - Women  


Katowice enjoys another win for the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16-Belarus U16 69:41

Poland U16 won the last game at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a 69:41 victory over Belarus. Poland secured third place in the Qualifying Round Group F with a 3-2 record. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) led the winners with 20 points. Kuras netted 11, while Bandyk collected 7 points and 16 rebounds. Valiansina Sivaplias (170-G-92) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort as Krystsina Novikava (183-F-92) had 9 points and 11 boards. Belarus dropped to 0-5 in the group and will face another team from Group E in the next game.
Belarus scored first and trailed only 1 point after 2 minutes of the opening tip. Poland created a 17-2 surge to finish the first quarter ahead 21:5. It was the decisive moment in the game and Belarus could not recover from it later. Poland increased the lead to 39:17 at the break.
For more than 3 minutes the teams could not score in the third quarter when Valiansina Sivaplias scored for Belarus. Poland played too good and had 51:24 entering the last period. Wierzbicka shot for the hosts to give them 53:24 and then Kuras made it 55:24. In the middle of the period Poland created another 7-0 run to seal 69:41 victory. The hosts finished the group on the third position that would give them a right to play for the fifth place.

Poland U16:Monika Jasnowska 20, Kuras 11, Bandyk 7+16 rebs
Belarus U16: Valiansina Sivaplias 10, Krystsina Novikava 9+11 rebs


Polish National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Mieloszynska


Pawlak


Bibrzycka


Kobryn


Wielebnowska
4 Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85) of Sacramento Monarchs (USA)
5 Edyta Krysiewicz (164-G-70) of Duda Tecza Leszno
6 Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83) of Duda Tecza Leszno
7 Agata Gajda (174-G-80) of CCC Polkowice
8 Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84) of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia
9 Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)

10 Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) of AZS Poznan
11 Elzbieta Miedzik (180-F-83) of Utex Row Rybnik
12 Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) of MUKS Poznan
13 Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow
14 Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia
15 Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Maria Correia too strong for Ireland - by Eurobasket News
U18 Portugal - U18 Ireland 74-62

Portugal cruises past Ireland on U18 European Championship division B thanks to Maria Correia's (172-G/F-91) wonderful performance. Thus Portugal made a first step forward to 9th place in Skopje. It last rival on this championship will be Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the other side Ireland will take on Israel fighting for position number 11.

Game is decided already in the first half. After just few minutes Portugal managed to create plus 10. Ireland succeeded to come a bit closer in the next period but Maria Correia once again stepped up for her team. She lead another 13-3 run bringing 33-20 for Portugal. At the on point of third quarter Portugal extended lead to 13 points. Sinead O'Reilly (180-F-90) and Claire Rockall (168-G-90) shined for Ireland but it was enough only for minus 8 at the end of this frame. During the last ten minutes Maria Correia and her teammates just extended lead to final 12 points.

Maria Correia was totally the best player for the winning side in this game. She nailed 28 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Livulo also shined adding 14 points and 4 rebounds while Marcy Goncalves (173-F-90) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Ireland got the most from Sinead O'Reilly, who delevered 17 points and 8 rebounds. Claire Rockall also was on a pretty good level with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.


U18 Portugal - U18 Ireland 74-62
(20-13, 13-7, 16-21, 25-21)

Portugal:
Maria Correia 28 (5 rebs, 4 as), Livulo 14 (4 rebs), Marcy Goncalves 12 (6 rebs, 4 as)
Ireland: Sinead O'Reilly 17 (8 rebs), Claire Rockall 15 (9 rebs, 6 as)


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Hungary U16 stun Russia U16 for the fourth in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16-Hungary U16 45:53

Hungary U16 stun Russia U16 for the fourth in Group F of of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. The winners improved to 2-3, while the Russian juniors ended up at 1-4 record. Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Melinda Kesoi (178-G/F-92) netted 11 and Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) scored 7 points. Stepanova ended up with 10 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
Hungary U16 opened the game from the arch as Bettina Baksa hit a jump shot. The winners remained in front until the end of the period but Russia squad was luckier to grab 17:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes of the game. The second quarter became more defensive and brought 11:10 for Russia as well. Fedorenkova gave her team 28:25 as the teams went to the lockers.
Melinda Kesoi with a three and her Hungary bounced back for 34:32 lead in the third period. Bettina Baksa brought the last points for Hungary after 30 minutes as Hungary had 40:35 lead. Russia tried hard to catch up with the opponent and reduced to 45:48 with 02.27 to go. Those points however were last for the team, while Hungary ended up with 8-0 run to seal 53:45 victory. The winners improved to 2-3, while the Russian juniors ended up at 1-4 record.

Russia U16:Stepanova 10+8 rebs, Arzina 8+12 rebs
Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 19+7 rebs, Melinda Kesoi 11, Anna Mansare 7


Russia come from behind to outclass Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Brazil 74:64

Russian National Team stayed perfect en route to the Olympic glory. They defeated Brazil today to improve to 4-0 record in Group A. They will now face undefeated Australia to decide on the winner in the pool. Brazil in the meantime suffered their 4th straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the standings. Brazil opened the game confidently and looked as if they were for the big-time upset in this one. Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) paced the Latin American powerhouse as they established a 26:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil never slowed down in the second frame and maintained the distance well enough. Russia appeared trailing by 6 points at the interval. However it was a different Russian team after the long break. They stiffened defense and gradually took over the initiative. Russia outmuscled their opponents in the paint and used a balanced offensive effort to trim the deficit to 2 points before the fourth quarter. Russia finally found the right rhythm in the fourth quarter and overwhelmed Brazil at the end. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) paced Russian effort with 14 points and 6 boards. Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) and Marina Karpunina (180-F-84) added 11 points each for the winners. Adriana Pinto led all scorers with 21 points and 6 assists. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) contributed 10 points in a losing case. Russia outrebounded Brazil 47:28 and converted 43% from the field. Brazil answered with 38% accuracy in defeat.

Russia: Tatiana Shchegoleva 14, Rebecca Hammon 11, Marina Karpunina 11
Brazil: Adriana Pinto 21, Kelly Santos 10


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


SCOTS JUNIORS DOWN DANES IN SKOPJE - by Sandy Sutherland
Scotland defeated Denmark 75-71 in their final game

of Euro B Women's Under-18 Championship in Skopje

yesterday to record their first ever win over the Danes

at this age group and the first Scottish win over

Denmark at any level since 1985.
'The girls played the game of their lives, they were

really smart, battled well and kept spot on to the

game plan,' said coach Donna Finnie, who was

especially pleased for Glasgow City player Sarah

O'Brien, whose popular coach James McKechnie died just

before she left for FYROM for the tournament.
O'Brien scored 11 points and took six rebounds.
Marie Buchan (Falkirk) was again top scorer with 25,

Annie Rowan (Edinburgh) added 13 points and Erin

McErrachan (St Maurice's) 11, while Rebecca Allison

(Edinburgh) was outstanding in defence, forcing six

steals.


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia surmount Latvia in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 Latvia U16 72:59

Serbian U16 National team posted their second straight win at the European championship classification round in Poland. They overcame Latvia today and secured their top spot in Group G after two rounds of action. Latvia suffered their second straight loss and appeared on the edge of being relegated into Division B. Serbia had to deal with a slow start as Latvia capitalized on the number of easy misses from Serbia to earn a 6:0 lead. However Serbia adjusted their shooting by the end of the first stanza and surged in front 20:17. Serbia converted 12 free throws in the second period and rolled to a 39:27 advantage at the interval. Kovacevic, Stankovic and Snezana Colic (165-G-92) made it 44:27 for Serbian team early in the third frame. Latvia however were far from being done. They cut the deficit to 10 points with one quarter to go in the game. Eida and Epnere dragged the Baltic side as close as 6 points midway through the fourth period. Karakasevic and Kovacevic accounted for several key baskets in the dying minutes and sealed the win for Serbia. Snezana Colic netted 22 points to pace Serbia. Kovacevic added 11 points, while Jelena Repic (-92) had 10 in a win. Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) and Ozolina answered with 13 points apiece for Latvia. Epnere provided 11 points and 8 boards in defeat. Latvia will face Ukraine in the final game at the tournament. Serbia takes on Germany on Saturday.

Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 22, Kovacevic 11, Jelena Repic 10
Latvia U16: Anete Kirsteine 13, Ozolina 13+12 boards


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovakian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Borovickova


Zirkova


Laskova


Jurcenkova


Kubatova
4 Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) of Seat Foton Gyor (HUN)
5 Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82) of Maxima Broker Kosice
6 Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) of MBK Ruzomberok
7 Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
8 Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) of Don Piso Girona (ESP)
9 Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) of UMB Banska Bystrica
10 Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86) of New Wash Montigarda (ITA)
12 Lucia Laskova (187-C-80) of Union Lyon Basket Feminin (FRA)
13 Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) of Maxima Broker Kosice
14 Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) of BK Inpek UKF Nitra

16 Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86) of The Pennsylvania State University (USA)
17 Jana Carnoka (175-G-87) of Maxima Broker Kosice


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Begum advanced to the final earning a place for division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovenia - U18 Belgium 70-81

Belgium is the first finalist of U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Belgians succeeded to beat until that moment undefeated Slovenia and to earn a spot for the division A for the next European championship. On the other hand Slovenia, which demonstrated maybe the best performance in Skopje until the semifinals, will try to get the bronze medal. The bad thing for Slovenians is that hey lost all chances to reach division A this year.

Belgium opened this one in style creating 11-21 after 10 minutes. At that point of game it was clear that Belgium had couple of players in the right mood. Mostly owing to Ines Kerin (172-G-90) Slovenia made 10-0 run at the beginning of the second frame setting the score on 27-28. However, Lien Lentacker (181-C-90) made two free throws bringing plus 6 for Belgians at the half time. After the breather, they took total control on Slovenia. Kim Mestdagh (178-F-90) and her teammates were on fire making 45-60 in 28th minute. Later they extended it to 19 points finishing this game without any bigger problems.

Kim Mestdagh paced Belgium to this extremely important victory collecting 21 points and 4 rebounds. Jana Raman (183-F-91) had 18 points and 12 boards while Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91) stopped on 16 points. Nika Baric (168-G-92) was totally the best player in Slovenia but unfortunately to her team 30 points and 4 rebounds were not enough against Belgium. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) also was pretty good adding 14 points and fantastic 15 rebounds.


U18 Slovenia - U18 Belgium 70-81
(11-21, 26-22, 13-19, 20-19)

Slovenia:
Nika Baric 30 (4 rebs), Tjasa Gortnar 14 (15 rebs)
Belgium: Kim Mestdagh 21 (4 rebs), Jana Raman 18 (12 rebs), Noemie Mayombo 16


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  SPAIN - Women  


The Termosteps game that deserve a Final - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Italy U16 61:57 OT

Spain U16 and Italy U16 prodvided an excellent game for the first place. It was however the first place in Group F of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Spain U16 needed an overtime to overcome the opponent 61:57. Segues led the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ortiz netted 13, while Delgado added 12. Irene Cigliani (175-G-92) top-scored for Italian squad with 17 points and Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) posted 10. Italy lost their first game of tournament in dropping to 4-1 in the group and will take on France in the semifinals.
Thanks to both teams that showed such a wonderful game that deserved a Final. Italy was lucky to score first five points of the game. Spain woke up immediately and even won the opening quarter 15:12. Delgado and Carta swapped triples the rest of the way and Spain went into the break ahead 25:24.
Segues opened the third quarter for Spain to give them 27:24 advantage. The lead switched hands three times before Spain led 38:37 after three periods. Spain led in the majority of the fourth quarter, but Irene Cigliani tied the game at the end of the fourth from the free throw line. Italy was in front for the first part of the extra time and had 55:54 when Masoni made a lay-up for 56:55. Ortiz and Delgado sealed the win for Spain that were too strong in the last 2 minutes of the game.

Spain U16:Segues 15+11 rebs, Ortiz 13, Delgado 12
Italy U16: Irene Cigliani 17, Gaia Gorini 10


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden U16 takes the last ticket to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Lithuania U16 62:52

Sweden U16 takes the last ticket to the semis of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a 62:52 victory over Lithuania. The winner finished the group with 3-2 record as well as Turkey and Belgium but had better results between three teams. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Drammeh nailed 13, while Amanda Zahui collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Santa Okockyte (175-G-92) ended up with 19 points and Neringa Skadaite had 11 in defeat.
Sweden flew in the opening tip and scored first five points in the game. Fontaine made it 11:2 as Farhiya Abdi closed the first at 12:7. Sweden posted another 5 consecutive points in the beginning of the second period for 17:7 lead. Lithuania replied with more baskets in a row to tie the game at 19:19. Moreover Santa Okockyte's second triple gave her team 22:19 advantage. Drammeh from the same distance sent the teams to the lockers for 26:22 Scandinavian advantage.
Hakim scored for 41:31 in the beginning of the third. Lithuania trailed the whole quarter and remained 35:45 behind. They could not stay closer to Swedish team as the latter increased the lead in the middle of the fourth. Kabengano brought her team 60:41 deficit with 2 minutes to play in the game. Lithuania pushed the tempo in the last seconds for 9-2 run and closed to 62:52.

Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 20+8 rebs, Drammeh 13, Amanda Zahui 11+14 rebs
Lithuania U16: Santa Okockyte 19, Neringa Skadaite 11


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey U16-Czech Republic U16 79:57 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Czech Republic U16 79:57

Turkey U16 won the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. You will probably know the result whether Turkey advanced to the semis or nor later, but at that time Okul's team need Sweden to lose against Lithuania later to make the final four. Turkey beat Czech Republic 79:57 and improved to 3-2 record. Emel Guler (187-F-92) paced all the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Cora netted 14, while Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) scored 11 points. Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) top-scored with 21 points in defeat and Renata Pudlakova (176-G-92) hit 11. Czech Republic dropped to 1-4 in the group and finished on the 4th place.
For a must win game Turkey starts with 4:0 run, but was caught up by 7 consecutive points from the opponent. Emel Guler hit back-to-back baskets and Pelin Gulbag knocked down a triple to push Turkey ahead 13:11. Kalfali made the final score at the end of the opening quarter, 18:15. Ovsikova's three brought Czech Republic back to 31:30 lead but it was their last in the game. Pelin Gulbag finished both the 12-0 run and the second half as Turkey dominated 42:31 advantage. Sloupova closed the third quarter at 66:49. Turkey opened their biggest lead of the game to that point at 60:42 later in the fourth. Sedlackova closed the game from the free throw line for 79:57.

Turkey U16: Emel Guler 21+9 rebs, Cora 14, Pelin Gulbag 11
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 21, Renata Pudlakova 11


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Germany U16 destroys Ukrainian squad - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16-Ukraine U16 83:26


Germany U16 destroyed Ukraine U16 and left them winless at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. German team improved to 2-0 in the Classification Round and stayed in Division A. Alexandra Maerz's team blew the game wide open in the second quarter, holding Ukraine to just two points in the period and going into half-time ahead 44:13. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) led the winners with 20 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Jani Martinius (172-G-92) and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 10 each. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort.
Ukraine was surprised to take the first lead in the game. Chek made two free throws for 2:0 and then Darya Zavidna made it 7:6. Finja Schaake and her Germany closed the first quarter at 18:11. Later on the favorites were too good for the Ukrainian side. A 26-2 was a disaster for the latter that were swept in the quarter. Zorn sent the teams to the lockers for 44:13.
In the third quarter Ukraine scored 10 points, but Germans were not even thinking to stop. They won the third 23:10 as Heise closed it with 67:23. Gaudermann pulled her team to 69:23 to open the last nightmare for Ukraine. A 16:3 in the final stanza gave Germany 83:26 win and a ticket for Division A for the next year.

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Germany U16: Finja Schaake 20, Sonja Greinacher 15+15 rebs, Jani Martinius 10, Christina Schnorr 10
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 11