EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/16/2008

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  ABA   


Las Vegas inks Tony Farmer - by Gianni Pascucci
Las Vegas Aces owner Todd Triplett announced that his team inked NBA veteran Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska). 'We are pleased to announce that Tony Farmer will be a member of the Aces when we begin play in December,' stated Triplett. 'We believe he will anchor a winning team and one that the city of Las Vegas will be proud.' After six seasons competing in France, Italy and the CBA and one year on the Miami Heat's injured list, Tony Farmer finally saw his first NBA action in 1997-98 as a member of the Charlotte Hornets. Waived by Charlotte, he failed to make the Golden State roster in 1998-99 but made the team the following season playing 74 games for the Warriors.

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  ANGOLA   


Olympic Games: Greece blasts Angola for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Angola 102-61

After defeat against USA Dream Team, Greece was too strong for Angola in fourth day of the Olympic Games in Beijing. It means that Greece improved on 2-2 in Preliminary Group B keeping hopes for the quarterfinals alive. On the other hand Angola lost all chances to do the same.

Greece was a way better team from the early beginning. After quick 5-0 for Angola, Greece immediately answered creating 12-0 run. Until the end of the opening stanza Angola made another mini 5-0 series for 12-11. Second period totally belonged to Greece. Very soon Greece made double digit lead mostly owing to Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81). Later, actually after triple by Nikos Zisis (195-G-83), Greece went to the half time having comfortable plus 15. Nothing has changed after the breather. Petros Bourousis (203-F-87) shined at the offensive end and which resulted with huge 62-35 at the middle of third quarter. At that point of game it was already clear that Angolans are not able seriously to threat against ex European champion. Greece ended this game having pretty good 60% for FG2 and 56% from behind the arc.

This time Greece got the most from Petros Bourousis, who added 22 points and 5 boards. Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 14 while Andreas Glyniadakis followed with 11 points. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) also had important role for the winning team adding 10 points and 5 rebounds. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) was the best player in Angola scoring 23 points. Luis Costa (193-G-78) was behind him with 16 points. In the next round of the Olympics Greece will play an extremely important game against China. Winless Angola will meet Spain.


Greece - Angola 102-61
(12-11, 31-17, 38-14, 21-19)

Greece:
Petros Bourousis 22 (5 rebs), Giorgos Printezis 14, Andreas Glyniadakis 11, Fotis Vasilopoulos 10 (5 rebs)
Angola: Eduardo Mingas 23, Luis Costa 16


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  ARGENTINA   


Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca sign Rouldra Thomas - by Eurobasket

Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Rouldra Thomas (204-F-79, college: Temple). Thomas played last season at TUS Lichtenfelde in German Regionalliga, where in 25 games he averaged 26.2ppg and 12rpg. In 2006-07 he played in Pro-Am League Philadelphia and in 2050-06 season he was at Longford Falcons Basketball Club (Ireland), where in 24 games he averaged impressive 30.5ppg and 13.2rpg



Olympic Games: Emanuel Ginobili too strong for Iran - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Argentina 82-97

Argentina managed to register third victory on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. Iranians weren't able to stop NBA superstar Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), who was in a game mood today. Thus Argentina improved its score to 3-1 in Preliminary Group A while Iran remains winless without any chance for the quarterfinals.

Opening quarter was almost leveled until 8th minute when Argentina made 6-0 run for 14-19. After basket by Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), Argentineans extended lead to 9 but Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) and his teammates responded with 9-2. After that moment Emanuel Ginobili and Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) woke up and together with Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) created plus 9 for their team at the half time. Game is decided during the next ten minutes. Hamed Ehadadi and Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) shined for Iran but it was not enough today. After free throw by Emanuel Ginobili Argentina touched plus 15 at the half way of third quarter. They succeeded to transfer it to the last frame without any extra efforts. Until the end of the game Argentineans even made plus 19 twice.

Emanuel Ginobili poured in 32 points and dished out 4 assists for almost 27 minutes. His shot percentage was one a pretty good level. Center Luis Scola also was good as he collected 20 points and 7 rebounds. PG Pablo Prigioni stopped on 11 points and 6 boards. Hamed Ehadadi showed the best performance for the loosing side adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. Hamed Afagh followed with 19 points while Mohammadsamad Nikkhah (200-F/G-83, agency: Agency No 10) had 13.
Argentina's next rival will be Russia, which is in very dangerous position after today's defeat against the Boomers. Iran will take on Croatia.


Iran - Argentina 82-97
(14-19, 19-23, 24-30, 25-25)

Iran:
Hamed Ehadadi 21 (16 rebs), Hamed Afagh 19, Mohammadsamad Nikkhah 13
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 32 (4 as), Luis Scola 20 (7 rebs), Pablo Prigioni 11 (6 rebs)



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  AUSTRALIA   


Olympic Games: The Boomers surprises Russia in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Australia 80-95

Reining European champion suffered another defeat in Beijing. This time the Boomers took care for the huge surprise celebrating comfortable victory, which is their second one on the Olympics. Russians put themselves in very inconvenient situation. They currently have just one win and three defeats and it seems that Russians will stay without the quarterfinals in Beijing. On the other side the Boomers have a nice chance to do it.

Australia took control on Russia from the early beginning. After just three minutes it was 2-8 for the Boomers. Chris Anstey (213-C-75) ended the first stanza with a triple setting the score on 16-27. Russia missed many shots in this period but its defense was the main problem. David Andersen (212-C-80) and Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) woke up in the second quarter leading their team to 29-45 at the middle of it. Russians were shocked with this kind of performance by the Australians. They succeeded to recover from it after the breather and mostly owing to Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) showed slightly better performance in third frame. After basket by Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79), Russia came on 44-51 in 23rd minute. Andrew Bogut and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) responded with 5-0 run bringing plus 12 to their team again. With one minute to go in third frame the Boomers even touched plus 18. The biggest advantage Australia had 36th minute and it was 62-83.

NBAer Andrew Bogut and CJ Bruton paced Australia to this very important victory scoring 22 points each. Andrew Bogut had 8 more rebounds while CJ Bruton had 4 boards and 6 assists. David Andersen and Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) followed them netting 11 points each. Russia got the most from Viktor Khryapa, who collected 21 points and 9 rebounds. J.R. Holden was behind him with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists while Alexei Savrasenko stopped on 16 points and 4 boards. Australia's next rival in Beijing will be Lithuania. Russians will take on the defending Olympic champion Argentina.


Russia - Australia 80-95
(16-27, 17-22, 22-20, 25-26)

Russia:
Viktor Khryapa 21 (9 rebs), J.R. Holden 20 (4 rebs, 6 as), Alexei Savrasenko 16 (4 rebs)
Australia: Andrew Bogut 22 (8 rebs), CJ Bruton 22 (4 rebs, 6 as), David Andersen 11 (5 rebs), Matt Nielsen 11


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  AUSTRIA   


Kapfenberg found a replacement for Shawn Ray - by Stefan Heinrich
Michael Schrittwieser found a replacement for Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central) - how moved to Furstenfeld - in Wayne Arnold (193-G-84, college: Tennessee St.). The coach saw him at the CourtSide Camp in Frankfurt this season and he impressed the coach with his abilities to play on every outside position. Arnold played college ball for Tennessee State where he averaged 13.9ppg, 4.8rp, 3.1apg whilte shooting 42. % from 3 point range. His first and last station in Europe was Iceland where he played for Haukar and had 20.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.5apg, 2.7spg and he didnt play during the 2007-2008 season.

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  BELARUS   


Veremeyenka moves to Unics - by Eurobasket News
Uladzimir Veremeyenka (208-F-84) stays in Russia but changes Khimky for Unics. The player from Belarus started his career at home in 1998 for Gomel Wildcats. He played for RShVSM-BGPA Minsk, Sozh Gomel, Spartak-Conditer Gomel, Avtodor Saratov. In 2003-2004 his Avtodor Saratov played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup. Uladzimir Veremeyenka averaged 14.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg and in Russian A Superleague had 14,2ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1bpg, 1.3spg.
In 2004-2005 moved to Dynamo St.Petersburg and had 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg. In 2006 was drafted by Washington Wizards, spent another season in
Dynamo St.Petersburg and then joined BC Khimky Moscow.Last season in ULEB Cup he played in 10 games and averaged 8.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.3%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 87%. Russian League saw him in 36 games when he averaged 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 87.0%
2007-2008.
UNICS Kazan had already announced signing of Kresimir Loncar on a two-year contract. Loncar spent previous season in Lokomotiv Rostov averaging 13.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2 apg for 17 games in Russian Superleague. He also helped his team in FIBA Eurocup with 14.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 6 games. Before two years with Lokomotiv, Loncar also spent two seasons in Ukrainian Kyiv winning the title in domestic championship in 2005. Two year before that he grabbed the championship title in Italy with Benetton Treviso.
After Kresimir Loncar, UNICS Kazan added Marko Popovic from Zalgiris Kaunas. Uladzimir Veremeyenka was glad to join the stars in his new team.


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  BELGIUM   


Belgium hold off Estonia in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Belgium - Estonia 76:49

Belgian National Team finally delivered victory at the Trofeo Sardinia International Tournament in Italy. They defeated Estonia in the final round of action. Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) knocked down 15 points to pace Belgium. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) contributed 14 points, while Lichodzijews added 10 points for the winners. Belgium played some first class defense in the game and it helped them to accumulate a 19:11 lead after the starting period. Estonia continued to struggle after the intermission and Belgium managed to clear off to a 13-point distance at halftime. The Baltic came out of the dressing room ready to battle and kept it even with Belgium for some time. The teams traded baskets but Estonia never came any closer to their opponents. Belgian side headed into the fourth quarter up by 13 points and went on a decisive run in the final period. They limited Estonia to just 6 points and celebrated a cruising win at the end. Viljar Veski (215-C-86) paced Estonia with 8 points. Janar Talts (204-C-83) and Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) added 7 points each in a losing effort. Belgium forced Estonia to as many as 26 turnovers and sank 43% from the field. Estonia replied with only 34% accuracy in the loss.

Belgium: Jonathan Tabu 15, Christophe Beghin 14, Lichodzijews 10
Estonia: Viljar Veski 8, Janar Talts 7, Gert Dorbek 7


Belgium lose to Italy in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Belgium 66:51

Belgium National Team played their second game at the Trofeo Sardegna International tournament being held in Italy these days. Belgium opened their campaign on Wednesday when they faced Great Britain. The British team came out winners 80:64. Belgium did not manage to bounce back in the second game as they fell short against hosting Italy. The home team got to a better start as they jumped to a 14:7 lead after the starting period. Italy soon opened a double-digit advantage however Belgium were not about to give up that easily. They held Italy scoreless for 5 minutes in the second quarter and trimmed the deficit to just 2 points at halftime. Italy stayed in front at the start of the third frame and finally broke the knot with an 11:5 rally late in the stanza. The hosts opened the final term with a 12:4 surge and never looked back in the dying stages of the encounter. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) paced Italy with 17 points and 9 boards. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, while Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) had 11 for the winners. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) answered with 15 points for Belgium. Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) knocked down 10 points in a losing effort. Italy outrebounded the visitors 32:27 and sank solid 48% from the field. Italy will take on Great Britain, while Belgium will play against Estonia on the final day of the contest.

Italy: Luigi Datome 17, Daniele Cinciarini 12, Valerio Amoroso 11
Belgium: Christophe Beghin 15, Jonathan Tabu 10


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


CBC: BVI suffers second straight defeat - by David Edole
by Gavin V. Emmanuel

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) suffered their second huge loss in as many days when they came up against the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) yesterday in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Youth Championships at the JSC Sports Complex.

Having gone under by 33 points to the to the Bahamas the previous night, the BVI would have been hoping to salvage some pride when they met the their neighbours in the first encounter of a triple-header. However, it was the boys from the USVI who prevailed in an 86-59 routing.

The match began very spirited with both teams making good offensive decisions and rotating the ball well on both ends of the court. It was the USVI who got on the board first and began to pressure the BVI defensively. Nonetheless, the BVI stayed in the game and generally matched their opponents every offensive flurry. By midway through the second quarter, the BVI must have been fancying their chances against one of the more consistent offensive line-ups in the tournament, as they were able to keep the score within five points for most of the quarter.
At half-time, the scores were the USVI 38, and the BVI 33; and the BVI were looking to return with a strong performance in the second half to make this game one to remember.

Notwithstanding the obvious optimism of team BVI, the USVI showed why they are one of the teams with which to be reckoned in the tournament. Displaying great poise, they began the second half with the fury of a hurricane after the eye had passed. With solid defensive decisions, they kept the BVI scoreless for the first four minutes of the third quarter, while scoring at their own pleasure.

By half way through the quarter, the USVI had opened up a fifteen-point lead, and never looked back from there. So pronounced had the seemingly free for all got that at one stage the spectators might have wondered whether or not Moses was on the basketball court as each time a US Virgin Islander drove to the basket, the BVI players cleared the lane like the Red Sea being parted.

Just when it seemed that the USVI could do no wrong, midway through the quarter they got a scare when one of their point guards, Kadeem Jones, came down hard on the court and seemingly injured his knee.

He was taken off court for treatment, and did not return for the duration of play. However, the USVI physiotherapist opined that he would be well enough to continue the rest of the tournament, as his injury seemed to have been responding well to a cold pack.

His help was not needed, though, since by the end of the quarter his team had romped to a twenty-three-point lead. In all, the BVI were only able to manage ten points in that quarter.

Sekayi Peterson had 31 points, eight rebounds, and nine steals, while Merwin Potter had 16 points, 16 rebounds and two steals for the USVI.


The Bahamas humbles BVI Jr. men's basketball team - by David Edole

The Bahamas have sent a strong warning to the other teams with a 33 point battering of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Youth Championships at the JSC Sports Complex on Thursday.

Playing in the opening encounter of a triple-header, the Bahamas used what may be described as a 'shock and awe' strategy by opening the encounter with a well co-ordinated blitzkrieg, something for which team BVI seemed wholly unprepared. In the first three minutes of the game, the Bahamas jumped to a quick 10-0 lead and never really looked back.


Led by Michael Carey (25 points, seven rebounds, one block) and Basil Devereaux (25 points, nine rebounds, one block), the Bahamians steam-rolled the BVI's defence. Beginning with what became characteristic of the encounter, Carey put his team on the board with a three-point play and continued to dominate the game.

The BVI, for their part, were unable to penetrate the Bahamian defence in the early parts of the match. As a result, they settled for outside jump shots, and were unable to convert.

Later in the first quarter, they were able to rotate the basketball and create some easy lay-ups to keep themselves in the game. By the end of the first quarter, it was the Bahamas 29 and the BVI 18.

That momentum carried over into the second quarter, a quarter dominated by turnovers by both teams. But it was the Bahamas who had the better of their opponents as they added another twenty points to their 29; the BVI responded with seventeen points in this quarter. At half time, the scores were 49-53 in favour of the Bahamas.

Playing some aggressive offence and backing it up with solid defensive posture in the second half, the Bahamians outclassed their rivals in front of a small crowd.

This was particularly prevalent in the third quarter when several turnovers from the BVI led to easy scoring opportunities for the Bahamas. So much were they into the offence of this game that in this very quarter, several Bahamians added insult to injury by constantly slam-dunking in the faces of the BVI players, much to the delight of the crowd.

Unable to protect the basketball, the Virgin Islanders made it easy for the Bahamas to steal and score easily. As if this were not enough, they also allowed their rivals to easily block several shots in front of the basket.

One came with three minutes left in the quarter when Devereaux sailed across one side of the basket to deny Norville Carey what should have been a simple lay-up.

With a clear height advantage, the Bahamians were able to control both offensive and defensive rebounds, and in the process created many second-chance scoring opportunities. That was the story of the fourth quarter, and the match ended just as it started, with the Bahamas in total control.

Gareth Brown of the Bahamas chipped in a useful 17 points, five rebounds and four assists for his team. For the BVI, Deron Smith led the way with 17 points, five steals and three assists. Norville Carey who had 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal, and Jeremy Telemaque, who had eight points, eight rebounds, and three assists, helped his efforts.


In their first game, the BVI defeated St. Maarten, 86-17.


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  CAPE VERDE   


Seven Stars accepts FCBB decision, ABC considers taking issue to FIBA - by Pedro Gomes
The decision by the Cape Verdean Basketball Federation (FCBB) to annul the Santiago South senior mens basketball championship has sparked differing reactions from the two teams involved in the dispute that led to the decision. The team Seven Stars says it does not agree, but will abide by the decision, while ABC not only disagrees but says it is willing to take the issue to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to resolve the imbroglio.

Its a ridiculous, baseless decision, said Alberto Melo, the president of ABC, regarding the FCBBs decision, adding that his team will not accept the ruling on the part of Cape Verdes highest authority in the sport because the opinion from the FCBBs jurisdictional council ruled in ABCs favor.

In other words, for Melo, ABC is the legitimate senior mens basketball champion of the 2007-2008 season and will participate in the national championship, even if, in order to do so, it has to take the issue to the International Basketball Federation.

Melo believes the FCBBs decision to be part of a strategy aimed at not letting ABC win another title following the interviews given to the press by two of the team members, player Vitocas and coach Marcos Oliveira, which caused a certain degree of upset within the FCBB.

For his part, Seven Stars vice-president Francisco Livramento said he was sad to see the work of coaches and players wasted and lamented the FCBBs lack of courage to make a different decision. But, he said, Seven Stars will abide by the decision, which is more beneficial to ABC.

According to Livramento, Seven Stars did everything according to the rules and won on the court, but unfortunately all of this effort was worth nothing, because of certain peoples lack of fair play and inability to accept a loss in the Santiago South basketball community. Its sad to see this happen at heart of Cape Verdean basketball.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Boston College sign Lucas - by Daniel Valencia


Dimayor: Boston College sign Lucas Costa - by Daniel Valencia
Boston College agreed terms with the brazilian power forward/center Lucas Costa (204-C/F-80). He played the past weekend scoring 2 and 7 points in the victories against Liceo Mixto and Universidad Catolica. With this signing, Boston completed the roster with B.J. Puckett (203-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Clayton St.), Trevon Bryant (206-F, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) and Lucas Costa as the foreign players. After round 7 Boston College is in the fifth position of the north group with a 3-4 record.

Dimayor: roster moves for CD Universidad de Concepcion - by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion released the american forward Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Iona) after 7 games. Miller averaged 18.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game. After this, the leaders of the team agreed terms with the americans Kennell Sanchez (196-G/F-83, college: Drexel) and Andre Hardwick (201-F/C-83, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: CSU Bakersfield). They will play alongside Jefferson Agba (210-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) as the three import players. CD Universidad de Concepcion is the leader of the north group with a 6-1 record.

Dimayor: Ivan Gallardo will coach Provincial Osorno - by Daniel Valencia
After a disappointing start with a 1-6 record in the south group, the leaders of Provincial Osorno decided to end the contract with the argentinian head coach Gustavo Noria . To replace Noria, Provincial Osorno agreed terms with Ivan Gallardo . He won two Dimayor titles with Provincial Llanquihue in the years 2002 and 2003 and also a Libsur title with Deportes Ancud in 2006. The last coaching experience for Gallardo was with Provincial Llanquiohue the past season. This weekend Gallardo will coach the first two games against Castro and Ancud.

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  COSTA RICA   


Standings - D1
NL Standings
1. Barva 17-1
2. Santa Cecilia 16-4
3. Liceo 15-3
4. Limon 13-5
5. Escazu 9-9
6. UCR 7-11
7. San Luis G. 7-11
8. Perez Zeledon 4-14
9. Santa Ana 1-17
10. Goicoechea 1-17


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  CROATIA   


Damir Markota returns to Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) returns to Croatian Cibona, where he played two years ago. Markota defended Spartak St. Petersburg and Lithuanian Zalgiris in the previous season.
Croatian forward shined during the Euroleague Junior games last May in Barcelona and was one of the best players in his team that play the first Croatian league. He didn't get a lot of credit in the National Team for some reason. Anyways the entire Croatian team is in debt to Omerhodzic big time. He was the one to score an incredible 3 pointer in the last seconds, that sent Croatia to the Semi Finals.
In 2003-2004 for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb he played one game Euroleague and had 2.0ppg, 1reb. His stats in Adriatic League were 4 games, 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 0.5apg.
In 2004-2005 played 11 games for Croatian team in Euroleague. In 11games Damir Markota averaged 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg.In 2005-2006 KK Cibona VIP Zagreb saw him in Euroleague's 19 games with 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg. In 2006 was drafted by San Antonio Spurs. In 2006 moved to NBA for the Bucks and then left before the season started In September 2007 signed at Spartak St.Petersburg and in 13 games had 10.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.9apg, 0.6spg, 0.6bpg. In January 2008 moved to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas and in 14 games averaged 12.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg.


Enes Kanter leads Turkey past Croatia in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Croatia U16 83:63

Turkish U16 National Team celebrated a comprehensive win over Croatia in the European Championship opener. The teams got into preliminary Group C and clashed yesterday in Sulmona. Croatia kept things even in the starting period but then Enes Kanter (205-C-92) stepped up for Turkey to bring them to the victory. He finished with massive double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Turkey used a jumper from Bergansa to claim a 15:14 advantage after the first frame. Boris Barac (184-G-92) and Rogic teamed up for 7 points early in the second quarter and Croatia surged in front 23:20. However back-to-back trebles from Kaspar saw Turkey regain the advantage. Turkish team maintained the margin and rolled to a 38:30 lead at the interval. Two treys from Ramljak kept Croatia close early in the third frame but they failed to deny the deficit. Turkey entered the fourth quarter up by 9 points. Kanter and Kaspar combined for 21 points in the fourth period and Turkey eased to the impressive victory at the end. Kaspar secured 19 points for Turkey. Edge had 17 points for the winners. Zadravec and Boris Barac had 12 points apiece for Croatia. Ramljak delivered 10 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 25+15 boards, Kevin Kaspar 19, Safak Edge 17
Croatia U16: Zadravec 12, Boris Barac 12


Olympic Games: Lithuania edges Croatia for 4-0 in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Lithuania 73-86

Lithuania remained perfect after four days on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. This time Croatia was faced with Lithuania's power suffering real fiasco during the last ten minutes. With this victory Lithuania kept top of Preliminary Group A with 4-0 while Croatia dropped on 2-2 but still in the right track for the quarterfinals, especially after Russia's defeat against Australia.

Croatia showed slightly better performance in the first half. Actually thanks to Stanko Barac (217-C-86) and Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) Croatia touched plus 7 in the opening frame. At the half way of the second period Croatia extended lead on 12 points and it seemed that sleepy Lithuania won't be strong enough to grab fourth consecutive victory. Same trend continued after the breather. Mostly owing to Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) Lithuania made 18-9 coming on minus 3 with 1:57 remaining until the half time. Lithuanians grabbed the first lead on this game at the middle of third frame and it was 51-52. However, Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Roko-Leni Ukic returned plus 4 to their team until the last frame. As it was mentioned above, Lithuania totally smashed its rivals during the last ten minutes. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) was on fire making four triples in this period. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) joined him while on the other side Croatia lost every concept at the offensive end. Everything resulted with amazing 11-28 and the final 13-point win for Lithuania.

Mindaugas Lukauskis was the best scorer for the winning side today netting 20 points for almost 21 minutes. He recorded very good 4 of 5 for FG2, 3 of 4 from behind the arc and the same digits from the free throw line. Linas Kleiza shined once again demonstrating the best performance when it was the most important. He collected 18 points and 4 rebounds for 20 minutes. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) helped his team with 12 points. Roko-Leni Ukic added 13 points and 4 rebounds for Croatia while Zoran Planinic followed with 11 points. Marko Banic (204-F-84) had one point less but he grabbed 7 more rebounds. Lithuania will meet Australia in the next round while Croatia will play against Iran.


Croatia - Lithuania 73-86
(15-13, 30-29, 17-16, 11-28)

Croatia:
Roko-Leni Ukic 13 (4 rebs), Zoran Planinic 11, Marko Banic 10 (7 rebs)
Lithuania: Mindaugas Lukauskis 20, Linas Kleiza 18 (4 rebs), Simas Jasaitis 12


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic narrowly defeat Greece in U16 European Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Greece U16 67:64

Czech Republic U16 National team celebrated the starting win at the European Championship that tipped off in Italy yesterday. They held off Greek side in preliminary Group A action. Milan Ryska (202-C-92, agency: PPGroup) stepped up for Czech team as he tallied 13 points and 11 boards in the win. It was a close game from beginning till the end however a strong performance from Czech team in the second and third frames allowed them to score a dramatic victory at the end. Greece opened the game confidently crafting a 10:2 lead early on. Czech Republic soon cut the deficit and trailed by just 3 points at the first break. Lipovy fired from beyond the arc early in the second period to put Czechs in front 22:20. The teams traded baskets before Vyoral closed the first half with a jump shot to give Czech Republic a 31:29 advantage. Czech team opened the second half with a 7:1 run to clear off to an 8-point distance. Greece answered late in the third period when they exploded with an 11:0 surge to regain the advantage at 44:42. Vyoral, Hrncir and Milan Ryska had their say for Czechs as they knocked down 7 straight points to keep Czech Republic in charge 49:44 after three quarters of action. The teams kept it close throughout the fourth frame before Kriz, Vyoral and Hrncir gave Czech Republic a 66:57 advantage with less than 2 minutes remaining. Honomici stretched it to 10 points moments later and despite Greece capped regulation with 7 straight points they failed to reach their opponents. Vyoral contributed 12 points, while Hrncir had 10 points and 10 boards for the winners. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) replied with game-high 26 points for Greece. Tasos Antonakis (204-C-92) and Linos Chrysikopoulos (195-G-92) had 10 points apiece in defeat.

Czech Republic U16: Milan Ryska 13+11 boards, Vyoral 12, Hrncir 10+10 boards
Greece U16: Giorgos Mavrogiannis 26, Tasos Antonakis 10+12 boards, Linos Chrysikopoulos 10


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Comings and Goings of Former D-Leaguers in the NBA - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Josh Powell (6'9''-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) from the Los Angeles Clippers. Powell, who appeared in three games on assignment to the Ft. Worth Flyers in 2005-06, appeared in 64 games with the Clippers this past season, averaging 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. Powell, an undrafted free-agent out of North Carolina State in 2003 averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 22-31 (71.0%) from the field in his brief D-League career. He will supply a reliable source of energy and rebounding off of the Lakers bench with the departure of Ronny Turiaf to Golden State.

Speaking of energy off the bench, the Phoenix Suns have signed former Colorado 14ers star forward Louis Amundson (6'9''-F-82, college: UNLV). Named D-League Rookie of the Year as well as to the All-D-League 1st Team in 2006-07 as a member of the 14ers, Amundosn spent last season with Philadelphia. In 16 regular season games he averaged 1.1 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4 minutes per contest and appeared in two games against the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Amundosns best NBA game came on April 15, 2007 with Philadelphia as he tallied eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes. As a rookie out of UNLV, Amundson appeared in 25 games with Colorado, helping lead them to the 2007 Championship Game (where they lost to Darius Rice and the Dakota Wizards). Amundson averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and shot 56.3% from the field.

Bobby Jones' (6'6''-F-84, college: Washington) yo-yo NBA career took a turn for the worse as the Maimi Heat once again waived the former Sioux Falls Skyforce swingman, 10 days after claiming him off of waivers from the New York Knicks. Had the Heat not made the move by 4 p.m., it would have had to guarantee Jones' salary for the 2008-09 season. Jones was dealt from Denver to New York on July 28, then waived the following day by the Knicks. In 5 games with Sioux Falls last season the former University of Washington shutdown defender averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.


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Reales de La Vega sign Roy Bright and Benito Flores. - by Jaime Gomez
Reales de La Vega announced the signing of Roy Bright (198-F-86, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Delaware St.) and the release of John Jackson (201-F-74, college: Mississippi). Bright is a small forward from Delaware University where he average 19.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

Part of his workouts reports says:

Bright struggled a bit at the start of the workout, not consistently converting on his mid-range shots, hitting for just 17-28, though his efficiency actually improved as he stepped back to the college and NBA three-point lines, hitting for 16-25 from college range and 17-25 from NBA range. What really jumped out as he moved back was the amount of strength he possesses, as he put up shots from NBA range effortlessly. He seemed to push forward a bit more on his shot as he stepped back, but it wasnt anything drastic, and its hard to argue with the efficiency. Bright shot just .328 from three-point range this past season, to go along with .440 overall.

After shooting drills, Bright moved onto lots of dribble-drive drills, practicing crossovers, ball-fakes, stepback jumpers, pull-up jumpers, spin moves, and more. Bright looked very fluid for a man his size going through all the moves, selling them well and not making many mistakes, picking all the series up quickly and effortlessly. He didnt have much trouble hitting on the pull-up and step-back shots from mid-range, and despite not being incredibly quick, looked effective with all the moves. The biggest question mark for Bright will be if he can continue to do all the things he does at Delaware State against stronger competition, something hell have a chance to show at the pre-draft camps next year. Even if not, he should go on to have a productive career overseas.


In other transactions, Reales de La Vega also adquired Benito Flores (198-F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) from Panteras del Distrito Nacional.
He is averaging 17 points, 9 rebounds and 1.5 assits in the Lidoba League.


Standings - LIDOBA
LIDOBA Standings
North Division
 1. Reales 11-1 
 2. Marineros 5-7 
 3. Metros 5-7 
 4. Indios SF 4-8 
South Division
 1. Constituyentes 9-3 
 2. Panteras DN 5-6 
 3. Caneros 5-7 
 4. Cocolos 3-8 


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Belgium hold off Estonia in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Belgium - Estonia 76:49

Belgian National Team finally delivered victory at the Trofeo Sardinia International Tournament in Italy. They defeated Estonia in the final round of action. Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) knocked down 15 points to pace Belgium. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) contributed 14 points, while Lichodzijews added 10 points for the winners. Belgium played some first class defense in the game and it helped them to accumulate a 19:11 lead after the starting period. Estonia continued to struggle after the intermission and Belgium managed to clear off to a 13-point distance at halftime. The Baltic came out of the dressing room ready to battle and kept it even with Belgium for some time. The teams traded baskets but Estonia never came any closer to their opponents. Belgian side headed into the fourth quarter up by 13 points and went on a decisive run in the final period. They limited Estonia to just 6 points and celebrated a cruising win at the end. Viljar Veski (215-C-86) paced Estonia with 8 points. Janar Talts (204-C-83) and Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) added 7 points each in a losing effort. Belgium forced Estonia to as many as 26 turnovers and sank 43% from the field. Estonia replied with only 34% accuracy in the loss.

Belgium: Jonathan Tabu 15, Christophe Beghin 14, Lichodzijews 10
Estonia: Viljar Veski 8, Janar Talts 7, Gert Dorbek 7


Estonia outscore Great Britain at Trofeo Sardinia - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Great Britain 77:70

Estonian National Team rebounded after starting loss to Italy at the International exhibition tournament Trofeo Sardinia. Yesterday Estonia outgunned Great Britain to celebrate their first success at the event. The Baltic team showed their character performing an outstanding comeback in the second half. Great Britain were the winners on the first day of the tournament and hoped to extend the streak against Estonia. They got to a confident start to the game and claimed a 22:16 lead at the first break. Estonian defense lacked composure at the moment and Great Britain capitalized. They accounted for 25 points in the second frame and stretched the margin to as many as 14 points at halftime. However Estonia improved on their defensive effort after the long break and gradually adjusted their game. They held Great Britain to 9 points in the third stanza and cut the deficit to 8 points before the fourth term. Janar Talts (204-C-83) and Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) fueled the fourth quarter rally from Estonia as they fired 29 points and crashed their opponents. Janar Talts finished with game-high 17 points to lead Estonia. Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) hit 13 points, while Gregor Arbet contributed 11 for the winners. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) and Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 13 points apiece for Great Britain. Nick George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) delivered 12 points in defeat. Estonia outrebounded their opponents 35:27 and forced them to 22 turnovers. Estonia will take on Belgium, while Great Britain will clash with Italy today.

Estonia: Janar Talts 17, Tanel Tein 13, Gregor Arbet 11
Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 13, Joel Freeland 13, Nick George 12


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Reggie Huffman signed for the EuroCup team ALLIANZ SWANS GMUNDEN - by Darryl Reshaw
Reggie Huffman (201-F-82, college: UAB) (201-F-82, college: UAB) the super athletic player from the University of Alabama- Birmingham that declared early for the NBA draft but instead attended the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas signed for Allianz Swans Gmunden of the Austrian league.
Allianz Swans Gmunden last season played in the ULEB Cup and is one of the premere teams in the Austrian league.
This season ULEB and FIBA developed a new format and Allianz Swans Gmunden will compete in the EuroCup version of the competiton.
Bob Gonnen the coach of Allianz Swans Gmunden was in Las Vegas recruiting at the Eurobasket Summer League and the various other summer showcase events when he scouted Reggie Huffman.
Every summer Bob Gonnen is a coach that will be seen at a variety of summer leagues around the world and he does an excellent job recruiting young and talented players.
During the ESL in Las Vegas Reggie Huffman showcased his crazy NBA athleticism by unleashing some eye raising dunks as he excelled in the transition game. He easily had the most dunks in the Las vegas event.
He also played great defense and had five block shots in one game.
Reggie has amazing potential and will definitely develop playing in Austria and in a European Cup competition against some of the best talent in Europe.
We will feature other stories regarding players getting signed as a result of the ESL as the pre-season in Europe begins.


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Division A. Preliminary Round Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Czech Republic U16 - Greece U16 67:64
Czech Republic U16 National team celebrated the starting win at the European Championship that tipped off in Italy yesterday. They held off Greek side in preliminary Group A action. Milan Ryska (202-C-92, agency: PPGroup) stepped up for Czech team as he tallied 13 points and 11 boards in the win. It was a close game from beginning till the end however a strong performance from Czech team in the second and third frames allowed them to score a dramatic victory at the end. Greece opened the game confidently crafting a 10:2 lead early on. Czech Republic soon cut the deficit and trailed by just 3 points at the first break. Lipovy fired from beyond the arc early in the second period to put Czechs in front 22:20. The teams traded baskets before Vyoral closed the first half with a jump shot to give Czech Republic a 31:29 advantage. Czech team opened the second half with a 7:1 run to clear off to an 8-point distance. Greece answered late in the third period when they exploded with an 11:0 surge to regain the advantage at 44:42. Vyoral, Hrncir and Milan Ryska had their say for Czechs as they knocked down 7 straight points to keep Czech Republic in charge 49:44 after three quarters of action. The teams kept it close throughout the fourth frame before Kriz, Vyoral and Hrncir gave Czech Republic a 66:57 advantage with less than 2 minutes remaining. Honomici stretched it to 10 points moments later and despite Greece capped regulation with 7 straight points they failed to reach their opponents. Vyoral contributed 12 points, while Hrncir had 10 points and 10 boards for the winners. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) replied with game-high 26 points for Greece. Tasos Antonakis (204-C-92) and Linos Chrysikopoulos (195-G-92) had 10 points apiece in defeat.

Czech Republic U16: Milan Ryska 13+11 boards, Vyoral 12, Hrncir 10+10 boards
Greece U16: Giorgos Mavrogiannis 26, Tasos Antonakis 10+12 boards, Linos Chrysikopoulos 10

Italy U16 - Serbia U16 62:70
The reigning U16 European champions began their tile defense with an energy-consuming win over hosting Italy in Group A yesterday. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92) tallied 17 points and 10 boards for Serbia in the win. Nunzio Sabbatino (190-G-92) answered with 14 points for Italy in defeat. The teams stayed closed in the opening minutes before Serbia burst out with an 8:0 rally to make it 16:8 midway through the first period. Djordje Drenovac and Nastic capped the first frame with 4 straight points and Serbia enjoyed a 22:13 lead. However Italy opened the second frame with 9 unanswered points to knot things up. Dumic and Djordje Drenovac accounted for four freebies late in the first half and Serbia held a 33:30 advantage at the interval. Serbia kept in front in the third stanza and 5 points from Igrutinovic and Djordje Drenovac allowed the visitors to open up a double-digit cushion late in the frame. Serbia did not allow the home team closer than 8 points in the fourth period and celebrated their first win at the tournament. Igrutinovic secured 16 points, while Bogic Vujosevic (185-G-92) had 10 points for the winners. Giovanni Pini (200-F-92) chipped in 11 points in defeat. Serbia dominated on the boards 51:31 and sank 42% from the field. Italy was limited to just 32% of field goals. Serbia will take on Czech Republic, while Greece will face Italy in the second round of action.

Italy U16: Nunzio Sabbatino 14, Giovanni Pini 11
Serbia U16: Djordje Drenovac 17+10 boards, Igrutinovic 16, Bogic Vujosevic 10


Group B
Lithuania U16 - Spain U16 65:55

Lithuanian U16 National Team grabbed the initial win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Spain in the game of the last years bronze and silver medalists of the tournament. Both teams are among early favorites at the competition and the game turned out to be a spectacular performance of two well-matched squads. Spain got to a better start as they led 15:8 midway through the starting period. Mas and Servera closed the first stanza with two freebies and Spain were in charge 17:12. Farina opened the second quarter with a jump shot and Spain led by 7 points. However Lithuania responded with a 12:0 rally to accumulate a 6-point advantage. Brencius and Vytenis Cizauskas (187-G-92) were accurate from the field late in the second quarter and Lithuania built a 31:22 buffer at the sides change. Lithuania roared on all cylinders early in the third frame and soon piled up a 20-point lead. Spain tried to stay in the game as they closed the third period on a 10:0 run and trimmed the deficit to 13 points. Tomas sparked hope for Spain with a three-pointer early in the final stanza but Lithuania quickly iced the effort with 4 straight points. The Baltic team kept Spain at bay through the rest of the period and scored an impressive win at the end. Jonas Valanciunas (205-C-92) topscored with 15 points for Lithuania. Redikas added 14 points and Vytenis Cizauskas had 11 for the winning side. Tomas replied with 17 points and 9 boards for Spain. Alejandro Igual notched 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Jonas Valanciunas 15, Redikas 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 11
Spain U16: Joan Tomas 17, Alejandro Igual 12

Ukraine U16 - Hungary U16 68:49
Ukrainian U16 National Team scored a comfortable victory over Hungary at the start of the European Championship in Italy yesterday. Prokopenko came up with 15 points and Ukraine grabbed the lead in preliminary Group B after the first round. Ukraine however look forward to facing tough opponents that include silver and bronze medalist of the last championship Spain and Lithuania. Ukraine looked too good for Hungary in this one. Ukraine tipped off the game with a 7:0 run and never looked back en route to a 22:8 advantage after ten minutes of action. Ukraine kept piling up their advantage and found themselves up by 14 points at the interval. The complexion of the game did not change in the third term as Ukraine kept their opponents at bay and enjoyed an 18-point buffer before the fourth quarter. Hungary fought bravely and managed to cut the deficit to 11 points early in the fourth stanza. However Prokopenko, Artamonov and Bobrov silenced Hungary and sealed the winning outcome for Ukraine at the end. Mishula, Bobrov and Motorchuk had 12 points apiece for Ukraine. Artamonov secured 6 points for the winners. Varga replied with 14 points for Hungary. Bodor and Tamas Koller (192-F-92) added 10 points each in defeat. Ukraine lost the battle on the glass 37:40 but limited Hungarian players to just 33% accuracy from the field.

Ukraine U16: Oleksanrd Prokopenko 15, Olexandr Mishula 12, V'yacheslav Bobrov 12, Vyacheslav Motorchuk 12
Hungary U16: Adam Varga 14, Bence Bodor 10, Tamas Koller 10


Group C
Latvia U16 - Poland U16 74:56

Latvian U16 National Team got to a winning start of their European Championship campaign in Italy. They toppled Poland in the first game in preliminary Group C in Sulmona. Bertans led the charge with 15 points for the winners. The teams entered the game slowly as they went scoreless for three first minutes. However Bertans nailed two three-pointers in a 12:2 from Latvia that put them in the driving seat. Latvia rolled confidently and secured a 16:5 lead after ten minutes of action. Saknitis scored 6 points in a 9:0 surge from Latvia midway through the second stanza as the gap grew to as many as 17 points. Poland capped the half with 5 straight points and trimmed the distance to 11 points at the interval. Latvia exploded once again early in the third quarter when they tallied a 15:0 run to built a massive 24-point advantage. But Poland refused to surrender as they opened the final quarter with 9 unanswered points. However it was as close as they could get. Latvia reacted with baskets from Edmunds Dukulis (197-F-92) and Saknitis to ice Polish effort. Misters notched 14 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Leszczynski and Bartoszewicz knocked down 10 points each for Poland. Mlynarski accounted for 9 points in defeat.

Latvia U16: Davis Bertans 15, Andris Misters 14, Edmunds Dukulis 13
Poland U16: Wojciech Leszczynski 10, Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz 10

Turkey U16 - Croatia U16 83:63
Turkish U16 National Team celebrated a comprehensive win over Croatia in the European Championship opener. The teams got into preliminary Group C and clashed yesterday in Sulmona. Croatia kept things even in the starting period but then Enes Kanter (205-C-92) stepped up for Turkey to bring them to the victory. He finished with massive double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Turkey used a jumper from Bergansa to claim a 15:14 advantage after the first frame. Boris Barac (184-G-92) and Rogic teamed up for 7 points early in the second quarter and Croatia surged in front 23:20. However back-to-back trebles from Kaspar saw Turkey regain the advantage. Turkish team maintained the margin and rolled to a 38:30 lead at the interval. Two treys from Ramljak kept Croatia close early in the third frame but they failed to deny the deficit. Turkey entered the fourth quarter up by 9 points. Kanter and Kaspar combined for 21 points in the fourth period and Turkey eased to the impressive victory at the end. Kaspar secured 19 points for Turkey. Edge had 17 points for the winners. Zadravec and Boris Barac had 12 points apiece for Croatia. Ramljak delivered 10 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 25+15 boards, Kevin Kaspar (180-G-92) 19, Safak Edge 17
Croatia U16: Zadravec 12, Boris Barac 12


Group D
Georgia U16- Israel U16 55:71
Israel U16 enjoyed a great start to the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men with a 71:55 win over Georgia U16 in Group D. The winning side climbed to a 1-0 record while Georgia will look for their debut triumph tomorrow. Israel started with 23:9 and dominated the court in the majority of the game. Ber Aven led the winners with 15 points. Lavie netted 13, while Daoudi collected 8 points and 12 rebounds. Alkhanaidze top-scored for the Georgian side with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Merab Bokolishvili (192-G-92) with Eliadze netted 8 each.
Israel rushed to a 10:3 lead after five minutes of the opening quarter. With a full control the winning side had 23:9 by the end of the period. Georgia however woke up in the beginning of the second and created 9-0 run for 23:18. Javakhshvili's second free throw was the last of the big run of the team. Israel recovered first, and with a 10-2 run to finish the first half with another double-digit lead, 35:22. Levy with a jump-shot sent the teams to the lockers at the halftime.
Israel won the third 24:14 and had 59:36 entering the last quarter. Georgia could crawl a bit winning the last 19:12. As a total Israel celebrated the opener with 71:55 victory.

Georgia U16: Alkhanaidze 16+9 rebs, Merab Bokolishvili 8, Eliadze 8
Israel U16: Ber Aven 15, Lavie 13, Daoudi 8+12 rebs

Russia U16- France U16 63:55
Russia opened U16 European Championship with a victory over France. Only in the third quarter the game was done for the Russian team that celebrated 63:55 in the opener. Dmitry Kulagin (192-G-92) led the winners with 17 points. Varnakov nailed 14, while Nazarov scored 8. Leo Westermann (192-G-92) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Evan Fournier (193-G-92) posted 11. The Russians are now tied with Israel with a 1-0 record while France dropped to meet Georgia at the bottom of the group with a 0-1 balance.
France won the opening tip of the game but saw their last lead with 5:3 in the first quarter. After five minutes the Russians took on a 7-0 run to take an 19:11 lead. France had more defensive game in the second period and reduced the gap to 1 point at the halftime. Benkloua sent the teams to the lockers with a jump-shot for 25:24. Russia climbed back to 40:31 with 3 minutes in the third period. Diakite's jump-shot was the last in the period for 44:36 Russian advantage. Russia had 52:42 with 5 minutes in the last, but France produced 7-0 run to catch up with 52:49. Russian squad never looked behind and led the game to the winning start. The games will resume tomorrow for the second match-ups in the groups.

Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 17, Varnakov 14, Nazarov 8
France U16: Leo Westermann 12, Evan Fournier 11


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  FINLAND   


INTERNATIONAL: Finland upset France in Strasbourg! - by Rauno Hurmalainen
International tournament in Strasboug, France. August 15: Latvia - Czech R. 87-74. France - Finland 76-78 (36-44). Quarters: 24-18, 12-26, 16-11, 24-23.
Finland upset France even the hosts won three out of four quarters. Finland hit 11 treys (11/24, 44%) and had a 14-point-lead (59-73) at the largest. PG
Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) made the first FT (76-78) with three seconds to go and didn't give France a chance for a time out or scoring. Finland had three players in
double figures: Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) 19 (15 pts during the first half), Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) 12 and Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) 10.


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  FRANCE   


Russia U16 is victorious over France U16 - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16- France U16 63:55

Russia opened U16 European Championship with a victory over France. Only in the third quarter the game was done for the Russian team that celebrated 63:55 in the opener. Dmitry Kulagin (192-G-92) led the winners with 17 points. Varnakov nailed 14, while Nazarov scored 8. Leo Westermann (192-G-92) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Evan Fournier (193-G-92) posted 11. The Russians are now tied with Israel with a 1-0 record while France dropped to meet Georgia at the bottom of the group with a 0-1 balance.

France won the opening tip of the game but saw their last lead with 5:3 in the first quarter. After five minutes the Russians took on a 7-0 run to take an 19:11 lead. France had more defensive game in the second period and reduced the gap to 1 point at the halftime. Benkloua sent the teams to the lockers with a jump-shot for 25:24.
Russia climbed back to 40:31 with 3 minutes in the third period. Diakite's jump-shot was the last in the period for 44:36 Russian advantage. Russia had 52:42 with 5 minutes in the last, but France produced 7-0 run to catch up with 52:49. Russian squad never looked behind and led the game to the winning start. The games will resume tomorrow for the second match-ups in the groups.

Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 17, Varnakov 14, Nazarov 8
France U16: Leo Westermann 12, Evan Fournier 11


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Israel U16 edges Georgia U16 in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16- Israel U16 55:71

Israel U16 enjoyed a great start to the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men with a 71:55 win over Georgia U16 in Group D. The winning side climbed to a 1-0 record while Georgia will look for their debut triumph tomorrow. Israel started with 23:9 and dominated the court in the majority of the game. Ber Aven led the winners with 15 points. Lavie netted 13, while Daoudi collected 8 points and 12 rebounds. Alkhanaidze top-scored for the Georgian side with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Merab Bokolishvili (192-G-92) with Eliadze netted 8 each.
Israel rushed to a 10:3 lead after five minutes of the opening quarter. With a full control the winning side had 23:9 by the end of the period. Georgia however woke up in the beginning of the second and created 9-0 run for 23:18. Javakhshvili's second free throw was the last of the big run of the team. Israel recovered first, and with a 10-2 run to finish the first half with another double-digit lead, 35:22. Levy with a jump-shot sent the teams to the lockers at the halftime.
Israel won the third 24:14 and had 59:36 entering the last quarter. Georgia could crawl a bit winning the last 19:12. As a total Israel celebrated the opener with 71:55 victory.

Georgia U16: Alkhanaidze 16+9 rebs, Merab Bokolishvili 8, Eliadze 8
Israel U16: Ber Aven 15, Lavie 13, Daoudi 8+12 rebs


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  GERMANY   


Reggie Golson returns to Paderborn - by Manuel Schust
A familiar face returns to Paderborn Baskets. After Nathan Peavy's (203-F-85, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) severe injury that might force him to sit out 4-6 months, Paderborn Baskets decided to fill the gap with Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.).
Golson was a member of Paderborns team during the 2006-2007 campaign and averaged 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Especailly his athletic spectacular game made him a fan favourite.
Last season Golson played with Omniworld Almere (NED-Eredivisie) and Cholet Basket (France-ProA). In France he averaged just 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds and was released in February this year.


Lithuanian U20 national player joins Bremerhaven - by Manuel Schust
Sarunas Sakalauskas will coach another lithuanian player next season. Besides Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) and Arturas Valeika (206-F-85, college: Midland CC) youngster Evaldas Zabas (198-F-88) will be the third player from Lithuania on Bremerhaven's roster.
The 20-year old, who spent the last 5 years in Canada, playing with National Elite Development Academy, will also get a licence to play with Regionalliga team BSG Bremerhaven. Zabas was a member of the lithiuanian U20 team that made it to the finals of the U20 european cahmpionship, but lost to Serbia 89:96.


ProA: Transactions - by Manuel Schust
BBC Bayreuth signed Point Guard Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) for the upcoming season. The 23-year old american spent the last two seasons with Kaiserslautern Braves and was one of the best guards in the 2. Bundesliga. In his first season overseas Holcomb-Faye impressed a lot, producing 19.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. That performance also made him a member of the Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South 2nd Team. In his second year Holcomb-Faye led the whole league in assists (5.8 apg) and his team was again close to promote to BBL.

LTi Lich announced the signing of two americans: DeVario Hudson (201-F-84) (PF) and Derek Risper (203-F-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) (PF/C) will join the team from northern Hesse next season.
Both players will play their first season overseas and come straight out of college. Risper was a member of the Eastern Washington University and DeVario Hudson played at Valdosta State. Hudson will also become a practice player for BBL club LTi Giessen 46ers.


P4Two Osnabrck signs Kevin Hopkins from Amherst - by Daniel Poerschke
The P4two Ballers Osnabrueck, Newcomer of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B announced the signing of the US Big Man Kevin Hopkins (208-C, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) today. The club originally had signed Bryan Freshwater (203-C-83, college: Cent.Washington) as their new import center, but Freshwater was unable to come over to Germany for personal and family reasons. Hopkins played college basketball at NCAA 3 powerhouse Amherst College. He played on the 2007 National Championship Amherst squad and advanced to the D3 title game again in 2008. Hopkins is a fast and mobile center, who runs the floor very well and has a nice variety of post moves.

Nils Mittmann returns to Braunschweig - by Manuel Schust
After 7 seasons Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79, agency: Agency No 10) returns to the place where he started his career and signed a two-year contract with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. The contract also got a clause that allows both, the player and the club, to extend the partnership for one more year.
Mittmann played 3 seasons with Braunschweig (from 1998 - 2001), then had two very successful seasons with Ulm in the second division. He returned to BBL in 2003 playing 2 seasons with TSK Wuerzburg and 3 with Ludwigsburg. Last season he averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds, making 33 of his 103 three-point attempts. The 29-year old Forward is known for his big fighting spirit and his positive work ethics.

Meanwhile New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig announced the departure of Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). The russian-german Forward and A2 national player, who signed a multi-year deal with Frankfurt some years ago, could not resolve his contractual situation with Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt. Braunschweig refused to pay the offered transfer fee to secure the talent's services for the next season.


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  GREECE   


Czech Republic narrowly defeat Greece in U16 European Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Greece U16 67:64

Czech Republic U16 National team celebrated the starting win at the European Championship that tipped off in Italy yesterday. They held off Greek side in preliminary Group A action. Milan Ryska (202-C-92, agency: PPGroup) stepped up for Czech team as he tallied 13 points and 11 boards in the win. It was a close game from beginning till the end however a strong performance from Czech team in the second and third frames allowed them to score a dramatic victory at the end. Greece opened the game confidently crafting a 10:2 lead early on. Czech Republic soon cut the deficit and trailed by just 3 points at the first break. Lipovy fired from beyond the arc early in the second period to put Czechs in front 22:20. The teams traded baskets before Vyoral closed the first half with a jump shot to give Czech Republic a 31:29 advantage. Czech team opened the second half with a 7:1 run to clear off to an 8-point distance. Greece answered late in the third period when they exploded with an 11:0 surge to regain the advantage at 44:42. Vyoral, Hrncir and Milan Ryska had their say for Czechs as they knocked down 7 straight points to keep Czech Republic in charge 49:44 after three quarters of action. The teams kept it close throughout the fourth frame before Kriz, Vyoral and Hrncir gave Czech Republic a 66:57 advantage with less than 2 minutes remaining. Honomici stretched it to 10 points moments later and despite Greece capped regulation with 7 straight points they failed to reach their opponents. Vyoral contributed 12 points, while Hrncir had 10 points and 10 boards for the winners. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) replied with game-high 26 points for Greece. Tasos Antonakis (204-C-92) and Linos Chrysikopoulos (195-G-92) had 10 points apiece in defeat.

Czech Republic U16: Milan Ryska 13+11 boards, Vyoral 12, Hrncir 10+10 boards
Greece U16: Giorgos Mavrogiannis 26, Tasos Antonakis 10+12 boards, Linos Chrysikopoulos 10


Olympic Games: Greece blasts Angola for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Angola 102-61

After defeat against USA Dream Team, Greece was too strong for Angola in fourth day of the Olympic Games in Beijing. It means that Greece improved on 2-2 in Preliminary Group B keeping hopes for the quarterfinals alive. On the other hand Angola lost all chances to do the same.

Greece was a way better team from the early beginning. After quick 5-0 for Angola, Greece immediately answered creating 12-0 run. Until the end of the opening stanza Angola made another mini 5-0 series for 12-11. Second period totally belonged to Greece. Very soon Greece made double digit lead mostly owing to Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81). Later, actually after triple by Nikos Zisis (195-G-83), Greece went to the half time having comfortable plus 15. Nothing has changed after the breather. Petros Bourousis (203-F-87) shined at the offensive end and which resulted with huge 62-35 at the middle of third quarter. At that point of game it was already clear that Angolans are not able seriously to threat against ex European champion. Greece ended this game having pretty good 60% for FG2 and 56% from behind the arc.

This time Greece got the most from Petros Bourousis, who added 22 points and 5 boards. Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 14 while Andreas Glyniadakis followed with 11 points. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) also had important role for the winning team adding 10 points and 5 rebounds. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) was the best player in Angola scoring 23 points. Luis Costa (193-G-78) was behind him with 16 points. In the next round of the Olympics Greece will play an extremely important game against China. Winless Angola will meet Spain.


Greece - Angola 102-61
(12-11, 31-17, 38-14, 21-19)

Greece:
Petros Bourousis 22 (5 rebs), Giorgos Printezis 14, Andreas Glyniadakis 11, Fotis Vasilopoulos 10 (5 rebs)
Angola: Eduardo Mingas 23, Luis Costa 16


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  GUATEMALA   


Elite Sport defeats Zencas - by Gianni Pascucci
Even the third round of of the Liga Metropolitana 2008 - Clausura was happy for Elite Sport, winner over Zencas team 118-63. The best performer was again Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88), who scored 40 points, followed by opponent Edgar Franco with 21 pts and by teammate Jorge Arias with 20 pts.

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  HOLLAND   


Kevin Steenberge to Aris Friesland - by Fred Roggen
Kevin Steenberge (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Richmond) is the new center of Aris Friesland. The 25 year old American signed a contract for three years with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch and will be hosted at Aris Friesland the upcoming season. Steenberge played during his collegeperiode for the strong Richmond University, where he avareged 10, 2ppg and 4.6rpg in his senioryear.
After his collegeperiode he played in Spain for Sabadell and in the CBA for Butte Daredevils . Last season Steenberge played in Japan for Ryukyu Golden Kings.


Landstede Zwolle adds two Dutch players - by Fred Roggen
Landstede Zwolle has reinforced their team with two Dutch players, Nick Bloemhof (213-F) and Joshua de Jonge. Bloemhof is well-kown in Zwolle. He played in the U-20 team of Landstede Zwolle five years ago before he joined the Pirates, the collegeteam of the Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Bloemhof lost one year by a footinjury, but came back strong.

Joshua De Jonge is a blank sheet. The guard comes from Robur et Fides, a Italian team from Varese. De Jonge has Dutch parents, who live in Italy. He opts for a study in the Netherlands.


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  HUNGARY   


Ukraine cruise past Hungary in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 - Hungary U16 68:49

Ukrainian U16 National Team scored a comfortable victory over Hungary at the start of the European Championship in Italy yesterday. Prokopenko came up with 15 points and Ukraine grabbed the lead in preliminary Group B after the first round. Ukraine however look forward to facing tough opponents that include silver and bronze medalist of the last championship Spain and Lithuania. Ukraine looked too good for Hungary in this one. Ukraine tipped off the game with a 7:0 run and never looked back en route to a 22:8 advantage after ten minutes of action. Ukraine kept piling up their advantage and found themselves up by 14 points at the interval. The complexion of the game did not change in the third term as Ukraine kept their opponents at bay and enjoyed an 18-point buffer before the fourth quarter. Hungary fought bravely and managed to cut the deficit to 11 points early in the fourth stanza. However Prokopenko, Artamonov and Bobrov silenced Hungary and sealed the winning outcome for Ukraine at the end. Mishula, Bobrov and Motorchuk had 12 points apiece for Ukraine. Artamonov secured 6 points for the winners. Varga replied with 14 points for Hungary. Bodor and Tamas Koller (192-F-92) added 10 points each in defeat. Ukraine lost the battle on the glass 37:40 but limited Hungarian players to just 33% accuracy from the field.

Ukraine U16: Oleksanrd Prokopenko 15, Olexandr Mishula 12, V'yacheslav Bobrov 12, Vyacheslav Motorchuk 12
Hungary U16: Adam Varga 14, Bence Bodor 10, Tamas Koller 10


Lorant quit from NT - by Tamas Deri
Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) arrived back to Spain on Tuesday . Lorant joined into his club team's preparation in Burgos.A Leb Gold championship is beginning on september 19, the last qualifying round with the Hungarian National team would have played it on September 20. The two programs opposed each other. I am sad that could not continue the work with the NT this year. On other hand we're looking forward very hard season in Burgos. We want to make more forward than in the last year. We have lot of things to do. Because of this I have decided to come Spain for the preparation. 'said Lorant.

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  IRAN   


Olympic Games: Emanuel Ginobili too strong for Iran - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Argentina 82-97

Argentina managed to register third victory on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. Iranians weren't able to stop NBA superstar Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), who was in a game mood today. Thus Argentina improved its score to 3-1 in Preliminary Group A while Iran remains winless without any chance for the quarterfinals.

Opening quarter was almost leveled until 8th minute when Argentina made 6-0 run for 14-19. After basket by Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), Argentineans extended lead to 9 but Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) and his teammates responded with 9-2. After that moment Emanuel Ginobili and Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) woke up and together with Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) created plus 9 for their team at the half time. Game is decided during the next ten minutes. Hamed Ehadadi and Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) shined for Iran but it was not enough today. After free throw by Emanuel Ginobili Argentina touched plus 15 at the half way of third quarter. They succeeded to transfer it to the last frame without any extra efforts. Until the end of the game Argentineans even made plus 19 twice.

Emanuel Ginobili poured in 32 points and dished out 4 assists for almost 27 minutes. His shot percentage was one a pretty good level. Center Luis Scola also was good as he collected 20 points and 7 rebounds. PG Pablo Prigioni stopped on 11 points and 6 boards. Hamed Ehadadi showed the best performance for the loosing side adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. Hamed Afagh followed with 19 points while Mohammadsamad Nikkhah (200-F/G-83, agency: Agency No 10) had 13.
Argentina's next rival will be Russia, which is in very dangerous position after today's defeat against the Boomers. Iran will take on Croatia.


Iran - Argentina 82-97
(14-19, 19-23, 24-30, 25-25)

Iran:
Hamed Ehadadi 21 (16 rebs), Hamed Afagh 19, Mohammadsamad Nikkhah 13
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 32 (4 as), Luis Scola 20 (7 rebs), Pablo Prigioni 11 (6 rebs)



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  ISRAEL   


Israel U16 edges Georgia U16 in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16- Israel U16 55:71

Israel U16 enjoyed a great start to the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men with a 71:55 win over Georgia U16 in Group D. The winning side climbed to a 1-0 record while Georgia will look for their debut triumph tomorrow. Israel started with 23:9 and dominated the court in the majority of the game. Ber Aven led the winners with 15 points. Lavie netted 13, while Daoudi collected 8 points and 12 rebounds. Alkhanaidze top-scored for the Georgian side with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Merab Bokolishvili (192-G-92) with Eliadze netted 8 each.
Israel rushed to a 10:3 lead after five minutes of the opening quarter. With a full control the winning side had 23:9 by the end of the period. Georgia however woke up in the beginning of the second and created 9-0 run for 23:18. Javakhshvili's second free throw was the last of the big run of the team. Israel recovered first, and with a 10-2 run to finish the first half with another double-digit lead, 35:22. Levy with a jump-shot sent the teams to the lockers at the halftime.
Israel won the third 24:14 and had 59:36 entering the last quarter. Georgia could crawl a bit winning the last 19:12. As a total Israel celebrated the opener with 71:55 victory.

Georgia U16: Alkhanaidze 16+9 rebs, Merab Bokolishvili 8, Eliadze 8
Israel U16: Ber Aven 15, Lavie 13, Daoudi 8+12 rebs


Market News - by Yehonatan Eliahu
- Last season's top scorer of the league, Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) (185-G-84, college: Iona)., will return for one more season in Eldan Ashkelon. After a long negotiations, sides came to agreement and Burtt decided to exercise the option of staying one more season with the club. Joining Ashkelon later in the season, Burtt posted 21 points and 3.6 assists per game and was the main reason why Ashkelon was that close from reaching the final-four. He is the first non-Israeli to join the squad for the upcoming season, while Corey Carr's returning is very likely also.

- After signing vateran Avishai Gordon earlier this week, Hapoel Gilboa-Galil announced the signing of American Forward Brian Randle (203-F-85). Graduate of Illinois college, Randell finished four years in college, averaging 9.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as a senior. He will make his debut outside the states sharing his minutes with Israeli youngsters Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Nir Cohen (202-F/C-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: San Diego). He will join the two other foreigners who already signed with the team- Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Aaron Nixon.

- Iscar Nahariya added another piece for it's brand new squad. It will be Hapoel Holon's shooting specialist, Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: St.Vincent). Washam, who made all the way from the second division to winning the Israeli title, played a secondary role last season, averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 11 minutes per game. Wisham is the third foreigner for the team so far, alongside Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) and Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas).


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  ITALY   


Italy wins "Sardegna a Canestro" tournment - by Gianni Pascucci
Hoping that this will be a good 'viaticum' for the upcoming Euobasket Qualifying Round, Team Italy won all the three games of 'Sardegna a Canestro' international tournment. After defeating Estonia in Day 1, the Azzurri prevailed over Belgium, 66-51, in Day 2 and then defeated Great Britain, 83-74, tonight in Cagliari. The best vs. Belgium were Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) with 17 pts and Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) with 12, while Luca Vitali (201-G-86) outstood vs. Great Britain with 16 points and Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) added 15. Tha bad new, however, is that Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) hasn' t yet recovered from his back problems, and his presence on the court for the first, tough game vs. Serbia on August 20 is in jeopardy...

Last market news - by Gianni Pascucci
Eldo JuveCaserta officially announced the agreement with Ron Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee). Premiata Montegranaro added to the roster USA-ITA Ryan Pettinella (206-F/C-84, college: Cincinnati). Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) agreed to terms with Air Avellino. Lottomatica Virtus Roma and Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) agreed to extend their pact for another two seasons. Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) and Aurora Basket Jesi agreed to breech their running agreement. The player is now free to sign with Banca Tercas Teramo. In Lega 2, Aget Imola signed Loren Stokes (190-G-83, agency: David Lee services, college: Hofstra)

Serbia tame hosts at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Serbia U16 62:70

The reigning U16 European champions began their tile defense with an energy-consuming win over hosting Italy in Group A yesterday. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92) tallied 17 points and 10 boards for Serbia in the win. Nunzio Sabbatino (190-G-92) answered with 14 points for Italy in defeat. The teams stayed closed in the opening minutes before Serbia burst out with an 8:0 rally to make it 16:8 midway through the first period. Djordje Drenovac and Nastic capped the first frame with 4 straight points and Serbia enjoyed a 22:13 lead. However Italy opened the second frame with 9 unanswered points to knot things up. Dumic and Djordje Drenovac accounted for four freebies late in the first half and Serbia held a 33:30 advantage at the interval. Serbia kept in front in the third stanza and 5 points from Igrutinovic and Djordje Drenovac allowed the visitors to open up a double-digit cushion late in the frame. Serbia did not allow the home team closer than 8 points in the fourth period and celebrated their first win at the tournament. Igrutinovic secured 16 points, while Bogic Vujosevic (185-G-92) had 10 points for the winners. Giovanni Pini (200-F-92) chipped in 11 points in defeat. Serbia dominated on the boards 51:31 and sank 42% from the field. Italy was limited to just 32% of field goals. Serbia will take on Czech Republic, while Greece will face Italy in the second round of action.

Italy U16: Nunzio Sabbatino 14, Giovanni Pini 11
Serbia U16: Djordje Drenovac 17+10 boards, Igrutinovic 16, Bogic Vujosevic 10


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Various News - by Mohammed Malas
- Jordan's national team player Eyad Abdeen (202-F/C-79) decided to open a new page in his career in Jordan by joinning ASU Sports Club from Orthodox according to Al Ghad Newspaper..

The Jordanian forward was rasied in Orthodox from the begining of his career, He's a member in the main national team from 2003......Abdeen is the 4th deal for the newly promoted team after Zeid Abbas (203-C-83), Abdalla Abu Koura (202-C-84) and Nidal Shareef (190-G-82).

-The Jordanian Basketball Federation succeeded to call up the Canadian-Based old point guard Imad Qahwash (188-G-87) for the 1st men national team, He will join the roster Jordan 'B' in Brunei Cup which will be held in Brunei on the 22nd of August, The player arrived to amman last wednesday...

Qahwash finished his 1st year with Central Arkansas University (American NCAA Division 1), He's a Versatile guard...comes from prep school, making him more mature than normal freshman...high energy level with good quickness...has point guard mentality when distributing the ball...will battle for playing time.

In High School, Imad averaged 10 points, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game for Harmony Prep in Cincinnati...helped Harmony to a 2007 Prep National Championship and a 44-4 record...averaged 29 points, 6 assists and 1.4 steals per game and went 26-4 at Grand River in Canada...four-time team MVP...invited to Nike All-Canada Camp...played for #1 ranked AAU team in Canada...2004 Ontario Provincial team selection...named 2006 Youth of the Year Award and Youth Action Council Award, both recognize achievements in athletics and community service.


Exclusive: Wright speaks about his future with the NT & Zain Club - by Mohammed Malas
In a quick conversation, Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) spoke exclusively to Asia-Basket about his future with Jordan National Team and Zain Sports Club.

MM- Fans want to know about your health situation...Is it ok now?
RW- Everything is great now im back to normal i thank all of my fans who supported me and also the country of jordan, the federation, and my team zain and all of my national team teamates.

MM- When will you join the NT? and what do you think you can do more for your country?
RW- I will join the national as soon as i can and i think i can keep bringing the winning spirit back to jordan along with my teamates.

MM- What are you doing nowadays?
RW- Running, shooting and pretty much playing everyday.

MM- What do you want to say to your teammates after qualifying to Stankovic Cup and winning William Jones cup for the 2nd consecutive time?
RW- I'm so proud of them guys im so glad they continued to work hard and stay positive coach Mario Leonel Palma and is assistant Mario Gomes did a great job and are doing great jobs.

MM- What about your future with Zain club?
RW- We are good i was supposed to sign back for next season with them im just waiting to hear whats going on.

MM- Last word to fans
RW- I wont let you down and i'll try my best to impress you as always...See you guys real soon i miss you


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  LATVIA   


Latvia U16 crush Poland - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16 - Poland U16 74:56

Latvian U16 National Team got to a winning start of their European Championship campaign in Italy. They toppled Poland in the first game in preliminary Group C in Sulmona. Bertans led the charge with 15 points for the winners. The teams entered the game slowly as they went scoreless for three first minutes. However Bertans nailed two three-pointers in a 12:2 from Latvia that put them in the driving seat. Latvia rolled confidently and secured a 16:5 lead after ten minutes of action. Saknitis scored 6 points in a 9:0 surge from Latvia midway through the second stanza as the gap grew to as many as 17 points. Poland capped the half with 5 straight points and trimmed the distance to 11 points at the interval. Latvia exploded once again early in the third quarter when they tallied a 15:0 run to built a massive 24-point advantage. But Poland refused to surrender as they opened the final quarter with 9 unanswered points. However it was as close as they could get. Latvia reacted with baskets from Edmunds Dukulis (197-F-92) and Saknitis to ice Polish effort. Misters notched 14 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Leszczynski and Bartoszewicz knocked down 10 points each for Poland. Mlynarski accounted for 9 points in defeat.

Latvia U16: Davis Bertans 15, Andris Misters 14, Edmunds Dukulis 13
Poland U16: Wojciech Leszczynski 10, Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz 10


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  LEBANON   


Lebanese players abroad (1) - by Mohammed Malas
Here are the some names of players with Lebanese origin who are playing or live abroad, Some of them have a big career which may help Lebanon National Team

1- Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) :
Matt's father is originally from Lebanon, He's a Big man with a sweet shooting touch. A pure shooter who can hit both the three-pointer and the midrange jumper with consistency. Is a tough match-up for any defender because of his great height, length and athleticism, Matt played professionaly in the NBA, Greece, Pureto Rico and Germany.

2- Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky):
A black skin forward but his grandfather is lebanese, The ex-Kentucky University player was one of the big names in the Spanish 2nd division (LEB Gold) with Tenerife Rural for the last 3 seasons, He also had the chance to play in Venezuela and some clubs inside the US.

3- Elias Mutran (199-F-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents):
The greek lebanese forward will play in Greece next year with Division B side SEGA Arkadios after having the chance to be in Division A last season with Sporting Athens, His career is full of success so far esspecially with the teams he played with in the 2nd division.

4- Adriano Machado (207-C-83):
The brazilian big man is trying to finish his papers to bring back his lebanese passport, His performance was totally impressive in Chile last season as he was chosen in the Chilean All-Imports team, He averaged 15.6 ppg & 9.6 rpg, He also played with many teams inside brazil.

5- Joe Ferris (201-F-82, college: Canisius):
An athletic forward who gives an all-around depth virtually by himself to any team, He played before in Lebanon with Sagesse, Finland was another place he played very well, His last season was in USA with Syracuse Bullies in ABA.

6- Jean-Paul Afif (206-F-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Loyola Marymount):
Afif is now working on two lines, Playing and Coaching, He's a true Forward, position 4. Big body, likes to mix it up. Rugged rebounder that can play both ends of the floor. Good strong athlete. Very coachable, has an excellent attitude and character on/off the basketball court; very well-polished.

His experience was concentrated in USA as he played also in Turkey and Italy, He had his 1st oportunity to be a head coach in the states with Texas Tycoons (ABA) & Dallas Defenders (PBL) adding to playing with both at the same time.


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania bruise Spain in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Spain U16 65:55

Lithuanian U16 National Team grabbed the initial win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Spain in the game of the last years bronze and silver medalists of the tournament. Both teams are among early favorites at the competition and the game turned out to be a spectacular performance of two well-matched squads. Spain got to a better start as they led 15:8 midway through the starting period. Mas and Servera closed the first stanza with two freebies and Spain were in charge 17:12. Farina opened the second quarter with a jump shot and Spain led by 7 points. However Lithuania responded with a 12:0 rally to accumulate a 6-point advantage. Brencius and Vytenis Cizauskas (187-G-92) were accurate from the field late in the second quarter and Lithuania built a 31:22 buffer at the sides change. Lithuania roared on all cylinders early in the third frame and soon piled up a 20-point lead. Spain tried to stay in the game as they closed the third period on a 10:0 run and trimmed the deficit to 13 points. Tomas sparked hope for Spain with a three-pointer early in the final stanza but Lithuania quickly iced the effort with 4 straight points. The Baltic team kept Spain at bay through the rest of the period and scored an impressive win at the end. Jonas Valanciunas (205-C-92) topscored with 15 points for Lithuania. Redikas added 14 points and Vytenis Cizauskas had 11 for the winning side. Tomas replied with 17 points and 9 boards for Spain. Alejandro Igual notched 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Jonas Valanciunas 15, Redikas 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 11
Spain U16: Joan Tomas 17, Alejandro Igual 12


Olympic Games: Lithuania edges Croatia for 4-0 in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Lithuania 73-86

Lithuania remained perfect after four days on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. This time Croatia was faced with Lithuania's power suffering real fiasco during the last ten minutes. With this victory Lithuania kept top of Preliminary Group A with 4-0 while Croatia dropped on 2-2 but still in the right track for the quarterfinals, especially after Russia's defeat against Australia.

Croatia showed slightly better performance in the first half. Actually thanks to Stanko Barac (217-C-86) and Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) Croatia touched plus 7 in the opening frame. At the half way of the second period Croatia extended lead on 12 points and it seemed that sleepy Lithuania won't be strong enough to grab fourth consecutive victory. Same trend continued after the breather. Mostly owing to Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) Lithuania made 18-9 coming on minus 3 with 1:57 remaining until the half time. Lithuanians grabbed the first lead on this game at the middle of third frame and it was 51-52. However, Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Roko-Leni Ukic returned plus 4 to their team until the last frame. As it was mentioned above, Lithuania totally smashed its rivals during the last ten minutes. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) was on fire making four triples in this period. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) joined him while on the other side Croatia lost every concept at the offensive end. Everything resulted with amazing 11-28 and the final 13-point win for Lithuania.

Mindaugas Lukauskis was the best scorer for the winning side today netting 20 points for almost 21 minutes. He recorded very good 4 of 5 for FG2, 3 of 4 from behind the arc and the same digits from the free throw line. Linas Kleiza shined once again demonstrating the best performance when it was the most important. He collected 18 points and 4 rebounds for 20 minutes. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) helped his team with 12 points. Roko-Leni Ukic added 13 points and 4 rebounds for Croatia while Zoran Planinic followed with 11 points. Marko Banic (204-F-84) had one point less but he grabbed 7 more rebounds. Lithuania will meet Australia in the next round while Croatia will play against Iran.


Croatia - Lithuania 73-86
(15-13, 30-29, 17-16, 11-28)

Croatia:
Roko-Leni Ukic 13 (4 rebs), Zoran Planinic 11, Marko Banic 10 (7 rebs)
Lithuania: Mindaugas Lukauskis 20, Linas Kleiza 18 (4 rebs), Simas Jasaitis 12


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  MARCHAND CUP   


Standings
Standings
1. Argentina2-1
2. Brazil2-1
3. Canada2-1
4. P.Rico0-3


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  MEXICO   


Xalapa Lands Lorenzo Mata - by Justin Brink
As of approximately 5 p.m. EST, August 13th, the defending LNBP Champion, Halcones UV Xalapa, announced the signing of Lorenzo Mata (203-C-86) Real for the 2009 season.
Mata, who played the 4 and 5 for the UCLA bruins in two Final Four runs (06, 07) is without a doubt the biggest off season signing of any LNBP team during the break.
Last week, EFH reported the possible signing of Leroy Hickerson, which would have taken the cake but Mata's arrival in Xalapa this Friday is undeniable power move by the reigning league champs.
Mata was born to Mexican parents though has family ties in Veracruz which, in addition to the fact that Xalapa is the top team in the league, explains Mata's interest in Xalapa. LM reports Friday and will suit up to play against the Mexican NT August 19th.
Following the friendly against Mexico's NT, Mata will report as a member of the National Selection as Mexico ramps up for the Centro Basket Tournament this August 27th-31st in Cancun


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Mineros 14-6 
 2. Fuerza Guinda 13-7 
 3. Caballeros 13-7 
 4. Lobos UAD 12-8 
 5. Pioneros 11-9 
 6. Frayles 10-10 
 7. Trigueros 9-10 
 8. Paskolas 8-11 
 9. Vaqueros 8-12 
 10. Bucaneros 1-19 


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
Northern Division
 1. Lobos Grises 33-10 
 2. Fuerza Regia 28-15 
 3. Santos 27-14 
 4. Corr.Victoria 27-14 
 5. Soles de Mex. 26-13 
 6. Algodoneros 25-15 
 7. Dorados 24-19 
 8. Galgos T. 23-20 
 9. Union 20-23 
 10. Lobos UAC 14-29 
 11. Corr.Reynosa 10-32 
 12. Venados 10-33 
Southern Division
 1. Halcones UV X. 36-7 
 2. Halcones UV C. 28-14 
 3. Tecos UAG 27-16 
 4. Halcones UV V. 23-19 
 5. Pioneros 22-21 
 6. Lechugueros 21-21 
 7. Caballeros 21-22 
 8. Panteras 18-22 
 9. Bucaneros 16-25 
 10. Mayas 15-26 
 11. Angeles 10-33 
 12. Guerreros 1-42 


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  NBA   


Hot trades and signings - by Eurobasket News
The winner of the Western Conference in NBA Lakers signed Josh Powell (6'9''-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). Powell has career averages of 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 138 games with Dallas, Indiana, Golden State and the Clippers.
Phoenix Suns added Louis Amundson to the roster for the upcoming season. Amundson appeared in the summer league for the Golden State Warriors and averaged 6.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and one block per game. The signing of Amundson was a part of the Suns initiative to cultivate a roster infused with younger talent.
Milwaukee Bucks signed Francisco Elson (7'0''-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California). The latter comes to the Bucks after splitting the 2007-08 season with San Antonio and Seattle.In the last season with San Antonio he averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Then he moved to Seattle and played 22 games for the Sonics posting averages of 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds. In five NBA seasons, Elson owns career averages of 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 334 games.
The hottest news however came from the trade between two teams. The Sacramento Kings today acquired Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88, college: Syracuse), Bobby Jackson (6'1''-G-73, college: Minnesota), a future first round draft pick and other considerations from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's), Sean Singletary (6'0''-G-85) and Patrick Ewing, Jr.


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  NCAA2   


Successful Programs to Compete in 2008 Division II Disney's West Coast Tip-Off Classic - by Josh VanKlompenburg
The West Coast Tip-Off Classic debuted in 2007, and returns for a second year with a loaded set of successful teams. Three of the four teams in this years' field participated in last year's postseason tournament. The lone exception, SW Minnesota St., finished with a record of 17-12 in 2007.

Alaska-Anch. finished last season with a record of 29-6, losing in the national semifinals to Augusta St.. They also finished the year ranked 4th in the final NABC Top 25 poll. Fort Lewis finished with a record of 24-6 after losing in the first round of the regional playoffs. The Humboldt St. Lumberjacks also suffered a first-round postseason loss and finished with a final record of 22-8.

Combined, the four programs in the Tip-Off Classic combined for a cumulative record of 92-32, a winning percentage of .741.


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  NICARAGUA   


ACB: Finals have started - by Gianni Pascucci
This week started the Finals of the 11th edition of the ACB league. Traditional powerhouse Tiburones Bancentro advanced, one time more, to the final act of the competition, where they meet Tigres de la Universidad de Managua, at their debut in the Final Series. Well coached by Edwin El Chino Valdivia, who has a winning tradition vs. Tiburones, Tigres took Game 1, 92-87, but the night after Tiburones answered winning Game 2, 83-72, with Johnny Lampson (198-F/C-80) and Maycal Abner (198-F-82) leading the way at 17 points each, while Keyshawn Reed (183-G-84) was the game top scorer with 23 pts in losing effort. Game 3 will be played tomorrow night, the Finals are best of seven games

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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania4-0
2. Argentina2-1
3. Australia2-2
4. Croatia2-2
5. Russia1-3
6. Iran0-3
Group B
1. Spain3-0
2. USA3-0
3. Greece2-2
4. China1-2
5. Germany1-2
6. Angola0-4


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  PANAMERICAN GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil3-0
2. P.Rico2-1
3. US V.Isl1-2
4. Canada0-3
Group B
1. Argentina2-1
2. Uruguay2-1
3. USA1-2
4. Panama1-2


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  POLAND   


Latvia U16 crush Poland - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16 - Poland U16 74:56

Latvian U16 National Team got to a winning start of their European Championship campaign in Italy. They toppled Poland in the first game in preliminary Group C in Sulmona. Bertans led the charge with 15 points for the winners. The teams entered the game slowly as they went scoreless for three first minutes. However Bertans nailed two three-pointers in a 12:2 from Latvia that put them in the driving seat. Latvia rolled confidently and secured a 16:5 lead after ten minutes of action. Saknitis scored 6 points in a 9:0 surge from Latvia midway through the second stanza as the gap grew to as many as 17 points. Poland capped the half with 5 straight points and trimmed the distance to 11 points at the interval. Latvia exploded once again early in the third quarter when they tallied a 15:0 run to built a massive 24-point advantage. But Poland refused to surrender as they opened the final quarter with 9 unanswered points. However it was as close as they could get. Latvia reacted with baskets from Edmunds Dukulis (197-F-92) and Saknitis to ice Polish effort. Misters notched 14 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Leszczynski and Bartoszewicz knocked down 10 points each for Poland. Mlynarski accounted for 9 points in defeat.

Latvia U16: Davis Bertans 15, Andris Misters 14, Edmunds Dukulis 13
Poland U16: Wojciech Leszczynski 10, Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz 10


Ingram in Energa Czarni - by Michal Falkowski
Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) will play for Energa Czarni Slupsk in the upcoming season. This 26-year-old American center is graduated from Illinois University. He finished this period of his career with averages: 4.5 ppg. and 2.7 rpg. After that he moved to Cypriot team and one year ago he moved to Zlatorog Lasko in Slovenia. It was a good choice because he became a key player and was averaging 17.8 ppg. and 6.9 rpg. So good performances gave him a chance to show his abilities in better Slovenian team - Helios Domzale. In this club this starting five center confirmed his advantages: 13.2 ppg. and 7.8 rpg. He also made his debut in Adriatic League.
Moreover, the club is testing Beka Tsivtsivadze (189-G-89) right now. Georgian playmaker will spend in Slupsk some days and after such a try-out a decision of his future will be known.


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  ROMANIA   


Asesoft seems like a powerhouse for upcoming season - by Eurobasket
Five times in a row Romanian champions and this year Eurochallenge participants (Former Fiba cup) ASESOFT sign several interesting names. After resigning Rashard Griffith (212-C-74, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) they ink also monster big man Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mississippi) on a 2 year deal. Curtis is rookie from Mississippi with great stats (14.9ppg, 9.6rpg last season) and the guy to watch on. Romanian champs also sign a Maryland college star Mike Jones (196-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Maryland).

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  RUSSIA   


Veremeyenka moves to Unics - by Eurobasket News
Uladzimir Veremeyenka (208-F-84) stays in Russia but changes Khimky for Unics. The player from Belarus started his career at home in 1998 for Gomel Wildcats. He played for RShVSM-BGPA Minsk, Sozh Gomel, Spartak-Conditer Gomel, Avtodor Saratov. In 2003-2004 his Avtodor Saratov played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup. Uladzimir Veremeyenka averaged 14.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg and in Russian A Superleague had 14,2ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1bpg, 1.3spg.
In 2004-2005 moved to Dynamo St.Petersburg and had 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg. In 2006 was drafted by Washington Wizards, spent another season in
Dynamo St.Petersburg and then joined BC Khimky Moscow.Last season in ULEB Cup he played in 10 games and averaged 8.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.3%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 87%. Russian League saw him in 36 games when he averaged 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 87.0%
2007-2008.
UNICS Kazan had already announced signing of Kresimir Loncar on a two-year contract. Loncar spent previous season in Lokomotiv Rostov averaging 13.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2 apg for 17 games in Russian Superleague. He also helped his team in FIBA Eurocup with 14.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 6 games. Before two years with Lokomotiv, Loncar also spent two seasons in Ukrainian Kyiv winning the title in domestic championship in 2005. Two year before that he grabbed the championship title in Italy with Benetton Treviso.
After Kresimir Loncar, UNICS Kazan added Marko Popovic from Zalgiris Kaunas. Uladzimir Veremeyenka was glad to join the stars in his new team.


Flis Dimitri left Joventut - by Eurobasket News
Dimitri Flis (204-C-84) changed Spanish Joventut for Leida. Due to the injury of the most season last year Russian player had to take more experience in another team.
Dimitri Flis started his professional career in 2000-2001 for Joventut Badalona 2nd team. In 2001/2002 played also with 1st team. 2003-2004 saw him for DKV Joventut Badalona and mostly with junior team. Last year Russian forward played 3 games in ULEB Cup averaging 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg. In the Spanish ACB Regular Season he played 2 games and had 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg
Last season Spanish DKV Joventut became the champion of ULEB Cup. The winner of the tournament overcame another Spanish representative Akasvayu Girona 79:54. The third quarter became decisive in the game as DKV Joventut showed their own game. Rudy Fernandez buried a three-pointer while Mallet stopped a fast break to hit another one from downtown that broke the game open, 46:31. Ricky Rubio set up fast break layup that made 54:35. There was no way for Akasvayu to come back. In the last quarter the teams exchanged baskets that led to 79:54 win and a trophy for a new ULEB Cup champion! DKV Joventut will be another Spanish team that will participate in Euroleague next season.


Russia U16 is victorious over France U16 - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16- France U16 63:55

Russia opened U16 European Championship with a victory over France. Only in the third quarter the game was done for the Russian team that celebrated 63:55 in the opener. Dmitry Kulagin (192-G-92) led the winners with 17 points. Varnakov nailed 14, while Nazarov scored 8. Leo Westermann (192-G-92) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Evan Fournier (193-G-92) posted 11. The Russians are now tied with Israel with a 1-0 record while France dropped to meet Georgia at the bottom of the group with a 0-1 balance.

France won the opening tip of the game but saw their last lead with 5:3 in the first quarter. After five minutes the Russians took on a 7-0 run to take an 19:11 lead. France had more defensive game in the second period and reduced the gap to 1 point at the halftime. Benkloua sent the teams to the lockers with a jump-shot for 25:24.
Russia climbed back to 40:31 with 3 minutes in the third period. Diakite's jump-shot was the last in the period for 44:36 Russian advantage. Russia had 52:42 with 5 minutes in the last, but France produced 7-0 run to catch up with 52:49. Russian squad never looked behind and led the game to the winning start. The games will resume tomorrow for the second match-ups in the groups.

Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 17, Varnakov 14, Nazarov 8
France U16: Leo Westermann 12, Evan Fournier 11


Olympic Games: The Boomers surprises Russia in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Australia 80-95

Reining European champion suffered another defeat in Beijing. This time the Boomers took care for the huge surprise celebrating comfortable victory, which is their second one on the Olympics. Russians put themselves in very inconvenient situation. They currently have just one win and three defeats and it seems that Russians will stay without the quarterfinals in Beijing. On the other side the Boomers have a nice chance to do it.

Australia took control on Russia from the early beginning. After just three minutes it was 2-8 for the Boomers. Chris Anstey (213-C-75) ended the first stanza with a triple setting the score on 16-27. Russia missed many shots in this period but its defense was the main problem. David Andersen (212-C-80) and Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) woke up in the second quarter leading their team to 29-45 at the middle of it. Russians were shocked with this kind of performance by the Australians. They succeeded to recover from it after the breather and mostly owing to Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) showed slightly better performance in third frame. After basket by Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79), Russia came on 44-51 in 23rd minute. Andrew Bogut and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) responded with 5-0 run bringing plus 12 to their team again. With one minute to go in third frame the Boomers even touched plus 18. The biggest advantage Australia had 36th minute and it was 62-83.

NBAer Andrew Bogut and CJ Bruton paced Australia to this very important victory scoring 22 points each. Andrew Bogut had 8 more rebounds while CJ Bruton had 4 boards and 6 assists. David Andersen and Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) followed them netting 11 points each. Russia got the most from Viktor Khryapa, who collected 21 points and 9 rebounds. J.R. Holden was behind him with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists while Alexei Savrasenko stopped on 16 points and 4 boards. Australia's next rival in Beijing will be Lithuania. Russians will take on the defending Olympic champion Argentina.


Russia - Australia 80-95
(16-27, 17-22, 22-20, 25-26)

Russia:
Viktor Khryapa 21 (9 rebs), J.R. Holden 20 (4 rebs, 6 as), Alexei Savrasenko 16 (4 rebs)
Australia: Andrew Bogut 22 (8 rebs), CJ Bruton 22 (4 rebs, 6 as), David Andersen 11 (5 rebs), Matt Nielsen 11


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  SERBIA   


Serbia tame hosts at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Serbia U16 62:70

The reigning U16 European champions began their tile defense with an energy-consuming win over hosting Italy in Group A yesterday. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92) tallied 17 points and 10 boards for Serbia in the win. Nunzio Sabbatino (190-G-92) answered with 14 points for Italy in defeat. The teams stayed closed in the opening minutes before Serbia burst out with an 8:0 rally to make it 16:8 midway through the first period. Djordje Drenovac and Nastic capped the first frame with 4 straight points and Serbia enjoyed a 22:13 lead. However Italy opened the second frame with 9 unanswered points to knot things up. Dumic and Djordje Drenovac accounted for four freebies late in the first half and Serbia held a 33:30 advantage at the interval. Serbia kept in front in the third stanza and 5 points from Igrutinovic and Djordje Drenovac allowed the visitors to open up a double-digit cushion late in the frame. Serbia did not allow the home team closer than 8 points in the fourth period and celebrated their first win at the tournament. Igrutinovic secured 16 points, while Bogic Vujosevic (185-G-92) had 10 points for the winners. Giovanni Pini (200-F-92) chipped in 11 points in defeat. Serbia dominated on the boards 51:31 and sank 42% from the field. Italy was limited to just 32% of field goals. Serbia will take on Czech Republic, while Greece will face Italy in the second round of action.

Italy U16: Nunzio Sabbatino 14, Giovanni Pini 11
Serbia U16: Djordje Drenovac 17+10 boards, Igrutinovic 16, Bogic Vujosevic 10


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  SLOVENIA   


Sorrentine retires, Olimpija and Lazic part ways, Postojna inks Kobe, Gorica extends five players - by Zeljko Zule

T.J. Sorrentine (180-G-82, college: Vermont) of Krka has confirmed retirement from basketball due a knee injury, aged 26.

Union Olimpija parted ways with assistant coach Bojan Lazic .

Misel Postojnska jama inked their former member Miha Kobe (195-F-80) ex Kraski zidar Jadran for the upcoming season.
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.



Kraski zidar with new coach and players - by Zeljko Zule
Kraski zidar (B1) named Dejan Prokic as their new head coach and inked Jure Misic (188-G-87) ex Zagorje KD FT, Julijan Grgic (195-F-88) ex Ilirija, Aljaz Medved ex Ilirija, their former member Ales Dodic (192-G-82) ex Pingvini Smartno and U-20 NT member Matija Trampus (203-C-89) ex Ilirija.
Tampus last season averaged 9,4 points in 16 games of Division II-East, Grgic averaged 7,4 points in 16 games of Division II-East, Medved averaged 7,9 points in 17 games of Division II-East and Dodic averaged 11,2 minutes, 4,4 points, 1,3 rebounds, 0,8 assists and 0,5 steals in 20 games of Division II-East.


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
1. Argentina4-1
2. Brazil4-1
3. Uruguay4-1
4. Venezuela2-3
5. Colombia1-4
6. Chile0-5


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Stats Leaders
South American Club Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Soro, Pitagoras 22.6
2. Gutierrez, Boca 19.6
3. Johnson, Penarol 17.6
4. Maozao, Pitago. 16.6
5. Groves, San Jose 16.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. Cipriano, Universo 9.8
2. Johnson, Penarol 8.0
3. Groves, San Jose 7.0
4. Maozao, Pitagoras 6.8
5 .Alloatti, Boca 6.6
Assists Per Game
1. Sucatzky, Pitago. 11.6
2. Vargas, Duros 5.6
3. Da Silva, Universo 3.6
4. Rodriguez, Penar. 3.4
5. Mellone, San Jose 3.2
Steals Per Game
1. Da Silva, Universo 2.4
2. Rossi, Universo 1.6
3. Sucatzky, Pitago. 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Ferreira, Universo 1.4
2. Bethelmi, Duros 1.4
3. Alloatti, Boca 1.4


Standings
8 Standings
 1. Boca Jrs 4-1 
 2. Minas 4-1 
 3. Penarol 3-2 
 4. Duros 2-3 
 5. Universo/BRB 2-3 
 6. D.San Jose 0-5 


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  SPAIN   


Lithuania bruise Spain in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Spain U16 65:55

Lithuanian U16 National Team grabbed the initial win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Spain in the game of the last years bronze and silver medalists of the tournament. Both teams are among early favorites at the competition and the game turned out to be a spectacular performance of two well-matched squads. Spain got to a better start as they led 15:8 midway through the starting period. Mas and Servera closed the first stanza with two freebies and Spain were in charge 17:12. Farina opened the second quarter with a jump shot and Spain led by 7 points. However Lithuania responded with a 12:0 rally to accumulate a 6-point advantage. Brencius and Vytenis Cizauskas (187-G-92) were accurate from the field late in the second quarter and Lithuania built a 31:22 buffer at the sides change. Lithuania roared on all cylinders early in the third frame and soon piled up a 20-point lead. Spain tried to stay in the game as they closed the third period on a 10:0 run and trimmed the deficit to 13 points. Tomas sparked hope for Spain with a three-pointer early in the final stanza but Lithuania quickly iced the effort with 4 straight points. The Baltic team kept Spain at bay through the rest of the period and scored an impressive win at the end. Jonas Valanciunas (205-C-92) topscored with 15 points for Lithuania. Redikas added 14 points and Vytenis Cizauskas had 11 for the winning side. Tomas replied with 17 points and 9 boards for Spain. Alejandro Igual notched 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Jonas Valanciunas 15, Redikas 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 11
Spain U16: Joan Tomas 17, Alejandro Igual 12


Pops Mensah Bonsu 'Betts' on Badalona - by Paul Nilsen
DKV Joventut forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) has revealed he turned to former Badalona centre and Great Britain team-mate Andy Betts when he was weighing up a move to the Catalan club writes www.acb-basket.com

Pops returns to the ACB after a prolonged saga when it looked like he could turn his back on Spain but eventually he showed loyalty to the ACB having signed a pre-contract.

He explained 'I thought I'd go play summer league as I didn't have anything to lose, so I went to explore the NBA option and put the Spanish team on the back burner,'

'There was interest from Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, LA Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies, but the type of player I am I'm not a major part of the puzzle, I'm just a piece, so it was difficult for me to get a deal.

'Badalona were very good about me considering the NBA option, or going another route. They stuck around and pursued me and at the end of the day I'm a loyal person.

'I spoke with Andy (Betts) about the deal and he was really helpful telling me about the city and helped sway my decision. In fact when I go to Badalona I will be in Andy's old apartment.

When it comes to next season, Pops is determined to make a big impression and believes that clubs in Europe are now ready to compete for NBA players.

'The game is changing and Europe is looking strong. With them (Europe) being able to pay players a lot of money NBA players are going to look elsewhere, as LeBron James has also recently said.

'There's a lot of pride in basketball and some clubs will go to all costs to sign someone.'


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  SWEDEN   


Sweden won two friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Sweden won two friendly games over Hunagry in Szombathely. At first on August 14th the Ntional team defetaed Hungary 77:70. Skjildebrand led the winners with 19 points. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) nailed 10 while Nystrom and Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 9 each. Marton Bader top-scored for the hosts with 19 points.
On August 15th Swden overcame Hungary 69:65. The win was achieved only in the second half when the guests benefit from 6 points advantage. Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) paced all the winners with 20 points. Massamba and Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) followed him with 8 apiece. Istvan Nemeth ended up with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.
Meanwhile Derrick Stevens (180-G-80, college: Colorado St.) the Co-MVP of the first annual Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas signed with Plannja Basket Lulea. After having a journeyman type of basketball career playing in the WBA, ABA, Iceland and the NBDL Derrick decided to play in the ESL in Las Vegas in July to get more exposure for the European market. He surprised everyone in Las Vegas including many of the European scouts with his sheer athleticism, decision making skills, ball handling and scoring ability to lead his team to the championship of the ESL in Las Vegas. He was offered various contracts on the spot in Las Vegas and turned down a six-figure offer from the top team in Mexico to concentrate on playing in Europe.


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  SYRIA   


Syrian players abroad (1) - by Mohammed Malas
Here are the some names of players with Syrian origin who are playing or live abroad, Some of them have a big career which may help Syria National Team....

1- Thiago Makluf (210-C-87, agency: Nw Midia):
Thiago holds a brazilian passport, He's a big center who has a good side under the basket, He played in Brazil with BNL's side Americana for 3 seasons.

2- Rafael Sabbag (206-C-87):
The big center was chosen to represent Brazil U20 National team before, He was invited to NBA Basketball Without Borders Americas in 2004, Sabbag played before with 3 different teams inside Brazil.

3- Selem Safar (190-G-87):
The argentinian youngester was a key member in Argentina young national teams, He was also invited to Basketball without Borders Americas but in 2005, He will be part of the roster of Atletivo Argentino Junin in Argentina's TNA for season 2008/2009, The player is a big potential.

4- Daniel Chaher (192-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency):
Daniel is a solid player, with inside-outside dimension, who improved his performing in last seasons with Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires in Argentina's Liga A.

5- Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.):
The brazilian center is the son of Roberto and Lucia Helena Correa, His father was a member of the Brazilian national team, He was graduated from San Diego State University in the US in 2001.

6- Malik El-Tamer (208-F/C-77, college: Charlotte):
The player has german nationality, He was graduated from NC-Charlotte University in the american NCAA, He played in Syria for 1 year only with Al Wihda Damascus, He played in Germany and Bulgaria.


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Argentina3-0
2. Canada2-1
3. Uruguay1-2
4. Mexico0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. P.Rico2-1
3. Venezuela1-2
4. Bahamas0-3


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  TPBL   


Stats Leaders
T.P.B.L. Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
charles tatum(heat)- 27 ppg
matt fambro(storm) - 25 ppg
tracy braziel (chaps) 25 ppg
Rebounds Per Game
adam mobley(chaps)- 14rpg
chauncey ephraim(heat)-12 rpg
Assists Per Game
charles tatum(heat)- 13 apg
chris cardenas(chaps) 11apg
Ranking
tpbl all time scoring leader - Tracy Braziel San Angelo chaparrals(5,483 POINTS)
most points in a single game- Orlando Banks -Abilene Force(71 points- 2005)
most rebounds in a single game- Jimmy Taylor(West Tx Storm) - 26 rebounds(2006)
best regular season record (18-2) Dallas City Express (2001)


Standings
TPBL Standings
1. East Tx Trailblazers 0-0
2. Houston PTS 0-0
3. Cypress Synergy 0-0
4. San Angelo Chaparrals 0-0
5. Central Tx Blackhawks 0-0
6. Midland Heat 0-0
7. Lake Jackson 0-0
8. Dallas 0-0
9. Garland 0-0
10. Lubbock 0-0
11. San Antonio 0-0


2009 TPBL ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING - by Chris Cardenas

with new teams already entered into the 2009 TPBL season, theres still room for more teams to join the best pro basketball league in Texas. 2009 promises to be the most competitive and action packed season yet. so get your team ready and entered into the TPBL.....TEXAS BASED , TEXAS OWNED, A NEW TEXAS TRADITION.
TPBL INFO:
ENTRY DEADLINE : NOV. 1, 2008
ENTRY FEE: $1000 PER TEAM
SCHEDULE: 20 GAME REGULAR SEASON (10 HOME & 10 AWAY), THEN PLAYOFFS BEGIN.
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  TURKEY   


Enes Kanter leads Turkey past Croatia in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Croatia U16 83:63

Turkish U16 National Team celebrated a comprehensive win over Croatia in the European Championship opener. The teams got into preliminary Group C and clashed yesterday in Sulmona. Croatia kept things even in the starting period but then Enes Kanter (205-C-92) stepped up for Turkey to bring them to the victory. He finished with massive double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Turkey used a jumper from Bergansa to claim a 15:14 advantage after the first frame. Boris Barac (184-G-92) and Rogic teamed up for 7 points early in the second quarter and Croatia surged in front 23:20. However back-to-back trebles from Kaspar saw Turkey regain the advantage. Turkish team maintained the margin and rolled to a 38:30 lead at the interval. Two treys from Ramljak kept Croatia close early in the third frame but they failed to deny the deficit. Turkey entered the fourth quarter up by 9 points. Kanter and Kaspar combined for 21 points in the fourth period and Turkey eased to the impressive victory at the end. Kaspar secured 19 points for Turkey. Edge had 17 points for the winners. Zadravec and Boris Barac had 12 points apiece for Croatia. Ramljak delivered 10 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 25+15 boards, Kevin Kaspar 19, Safak Edge 17
Croatia U16: Zadravec 12, Boris Barac 12


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


VI ballers on youtue - by David Edole

I have scoured through the viral world of youtube and found interesting video clips of Virgin Islanders basketball players. I hope you enjoy this package. Some of the athletes are doing the athletic thing while others are putting on a performance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Lets start from the top with MR. V.I., TIM DUNCAN. Lets take a look at how it all started for Timmy! The Legend of Timmy is also good along with the top ten plays Or the 40 points game versus the Suns in the first round of the playoffs last year. A little Nostalgia Tim D in Wake Forest Uniform.
RAJA BELL has about 383 videos on the web but this one of him nailing a three pointer against the LA Clippers is my favorite. Dont forget about clothesline from hell he delivered to Kobe Bryant. Can you hear me now! Stop throwing elbows. This is for the ladies, Bell at a Fashion Shoot Or just get to know Raja.
Raja Bell former teammate in the CBA days, DAVID DV VANTERPOOL also has clips on the web. This is when he played for CSKA Moscow. Vanterpool can be seen driving to hoop versus the LA Clippers in the NBA FIBA Live Tour. Vanterpool was just hired as an assistant coach by CSKA Moscow.
Former Long Horn, REGGIE FREEMAN, doing what he does best from distance.
This is one of the nastiest dunks you will ever see. The only St. Johnian playing ball Josiah James THROWING IT DOWN HARD!
Who call this guy a great interview? JAMEEL HEYWOOD being interviewed after the Virgin Islands lost to Brazil
A man called WEAPON...LEON Trimmingham changing hands for the finish.

KITWANA RHYMER IN Holland, I dont understand the language only kit rhymer makes sense.
Someone made a montage to JASON EDWIN. Only in Germany!
DARNELL MILLER doing his thing in Dominican Republic. This language I understand. Will Miller ever miss a three pointer?
The power forward with most-est FRANK ELEGAR TERRORIZING the basketball rim. This second video is Frank being named second team ALL CAA conference.
A rare sighting KAYLEN GREGORY flying in for a dunk
My favorite video: DEVON PELTIER getting down! Dont hurt them hammer. Several Clips of Peltier throwing it down: Dunking on Someone, Windmill, Reverse 360, Rising for a two-hand dunk.
The Future of Virgin Islands Basketball: RAKEEM CHRISTMAS.
Quentin G and crew doing their thing on the basketball court.
Tournament of Americas action, Virgin Islands versus Canada followed by Virgin Islands versus USA
Finish it with a song by Hip Hop legend Shoquan Stevens. Stevens showing off his unbelievable rapping skills.



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  UKRAINE   


Ukraine cruise past Hungary in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 - Hungary U16 68:49

Ukrainian U16 National Team scored a comfortable victory over Hungary at the start of the European Championship in Italy yesterday. Prokopenko came up with 15 points and Ukraine grabbed the lead in preliminary Group B after the first round. Ukraine however look forward to facing tough opponents that include silver and bronze medalist of the last championship Spain and Lithuania. Ukraine looked too good for Hungary in this one. Ukraine tipped off the game with a 7:0 run and never looked back en route to a 22:8 advantage after ten minutes of action. Ukraine kept piling up their advantage and found themselves up by 14 points at the interval. The complexion of the game did not change in the third term as Ukraine kept their opponents at bay and enjoyed an 18-point buffer before the fourth quarter. Hungary fought bravely and managed to cut the deficit to 11 points early in the fourth stanza. However Prokopenko, Artamonov and Bobrov silenced Hungary and sealed the winning outcome for Ukraine at the end. Mishula, Bobrov and Motorchuk had 12 points apiece for Ukraine. Artamonov secured 6 points for the winners. Varga replied with 14 points for Hungary. Bodor and Tamas Koller (192-F-92) added 10 points each in defeat. Ukraine lost the battle on the glass 37:40 but limited Hungarian players to just 33% accuracy from the field.

Ukraine U16: Oleksanrd Prokopenko 15, Olexandr Mishula 12, V'yacheslav Bobrov 12, Vyacheslav Motorchuk 12
Hungary U16: Adam Varga 14, Bence Bodor 10, Tamas Koller 10


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain lose to Italy in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Great Britain 83:74

Great Britain suffered their second straight loss at the International friendly tournament Trofeo Sardinia in Italy. Yesterday they were beaten by the hosts to finish the tournament at the second spot. Italy celebrated their third straight win and grabbed the title. Great Britain got to a quicker start to the game. They maintained an 11:10 lead midway through the first stanza but could not develop their success. Italy took over in the second part of the period and closed it on a 19:5 rally to accumulate a 13-point advantage. The home side kept their opponents at distance in the second frame and drove to a 53:36 lead at the interval. Great Britain struggled to close the deficit in the third quarter as Italian team ballooned the margin to 16 points. Great Britain however refused to fold. They cut the margin to 12 points at one point in the fourth period and soon got within 10 points from Italy. But the hosts withstood the rally and pulled away with the victory at the end. Luca Vitali (201-G-86) led Italy with 16 points. Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) added 15 points for the winners. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) secured 19 points and 10 boards for Great Britain. Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) came up with 15 points, while Nick George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) had 12 in defeat.

Italy: Luca Vitali 16, Matteo Soragna 15
Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 19+10 boards, Jarrett Hart 15, Nick George 12


Estonia outscore Great Britain at Trofeo Sardinia - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Great Britain 77:70

Estonian National Team rebounded after starting loss to Italy at the International exhibition tournament Trofeo Sardinia. Yesterday Estonia outgunned Great Britain to celebrate their first success at the event. The Baltic team showed their character performing an outstanding comeback in the second half. Great Britain were the winners on the first day of the tournament and hoped to extend the streak against Estonia. They got to a confident start to the game and claimed a 22:16 lead at the first break. Estonian defense lacked composure at the moment and Great Britain capitalized. They accounted for 25 points in the second frame and stretched the margin to as many as 14 points at halftime. However Estonia improved on their defensive effort after the long break and gradually adjusted their game. They held Great Britain to 9 points in the third stanza and cut the deficit to 8 points before the fourth term. Janar Talts (204-C-83) and Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) fueled the fourth quarter rally from Estonia as they fired 29 points and crashed their opponents. Janar Talts finished with game-high 17 points to lead Estonia. Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) hit 13 points, while Gregor Arbet contributed 11 for the winners. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) and Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 13 points apiece for Great Britain. Nick George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) delivered 12 points in defeat. Estonia outrebounded their opponents 35:27 and forced them to 22 turnovers. Estonia will take on Belgium, while Great Britain will clash with Italy today.

Estonia: Janar Talts 17, Tanel Tein 13, Gregor Arbet 11
Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 13, Joel Freeland 13, Nick George 12




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarus upset Korea in the last game of Day 4 - by Eurobasket News
Korea-Belarus 53:63

Belarus won the second game of their debut in the Olympic in the last game of Day 4. European underdog overcame Korea 63:53 tonight. Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) led the winners with 15 points. Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-F/C-87) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) posted 12. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) and Lee Mi Sun (175-G-79) nailed 10 each in defeat. Belarus advanced to the quarterfinal even though the team will have one more game in the group. The winner of Koreas clash with Latvia on Sunday will reach the quarter-finals as the fourth-place team from Group A.
Korea started however better than the opponent as the Asian team grabbed 13:2 lead in the opening tip. Belarus responded with a 10-0 run to claw the deficit back to 13:12. In a tough first quarter Korea enjoyed 15:12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second quarter Belarus took the control and won the period 21:13. That gave them 33:28 advantage as the teams went to the lockers.
As soon as the third quarter began European squad hit the Koreans with an 8-0 spurt for a 41:28 lead. That was probably the decisive moment in the game. Belarus won the third quarter 17:9 and had 13 points deficit. In the last period Korea bounced back but could reduce only to 10.

Korea:Jung Sun Min 10, Lee Mi Sun 10
Belarus:Katsiaryna Snytsina 15, Anastasiya Verameyenka 14+10 rebs, Tatyana Troina 12


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  BELGIUM - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Gold belongs to Latvia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Belgium - U18 Latvia 64-96

Latvia won the Gold medal on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Belgium also demonstrated fantastic performance during the entire event. The good thing for both teams is that they earned a promotion to division A for the next European Championship.

It was unexpectedly easy game for Latvia. Before it chances were 50%-50% but after the first half it was clear that Latvia will take this one. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) and her teammates ended first stanza 16-21 while they showed even better performance during the next ten minutes. After jump shot by Sabine Niedola at the middle of the second period Latvians grabbed 16-point lead. They succeeded to extend it to 17 until the half time. Third quarter just confirmed Latvia's domination in this game. Sabine Niedola and Anete Steinberga (192-C-90) were totally unstoppable at the offensive end. Belgium played without attitude, especially in defense, which resulted with huge 14-29 in this period. Last ten minutes of the game were just a formality as everything was already known.

Sabine Niedola paced Latvia to Gold collecting great 25 points and 15 rebounds. Anete Steinberga also shined with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belgium got the most points from Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91), who scored 19. Jana Raman (183-F-91) finished the game with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists while Anne-Sophie Strubbe had 12 points and 6 boards.


U18 Belgium - U18 Latvia 64-96
(16-21, 11-23, 14-29, 23-23)

Belgium:
Noemie Mayombo 19, Jana Raman 16 (11 rebs, 4 as), Anne-Sophie Strubbe 12 (6 rebs)
Latvia: Sabine Niedola 25 (15 rebs), Anete Steinberga 16 (9 rebs)


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  BOSNIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Easy win for Croatia against Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Croatia 45-71

Croatia didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first game of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. After this victory Croatia remained undefeated in Group H with score 2-0. As a reminder all teams in this group transferred one win or defeat from the Preliminary Round.

Croatia needed 10 minutes to warm up in this game. After that Nina Krstic (179-F-92) and her teammates started to play. They ended second frame 10-19 taking 11-point lead at the half time. Bosnia didn't have so many players in a game mood which resulted with just 8 points by them in third stanza. Ivana Dukic and Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) joined Nina Krstic which resulted with huge 30-48 before the last frame. It was already the end of the game for Bosnia as it didn't succeed even to threat ater that moment. Actually Croatia took care to stretch its lead even more.

Nina Krstic was the best player in Croatia scoring 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Ivaka Dukic was behind her with 13 points while very good Nina Premasunac this time stopped on 12 points and 13 boards. Bosnia got the most points from Krstina Surlan, who netted 11. Natasa Tomasovic finished the game with 10 points and 6 boards. Next Croatia's rival in Bulgaria will be Estonia. Bosnia will meet Montenergo.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Croatia 45-71
(12-14, 10-19, 8-15, 15-23)

Bosnia:
Krstina Surlan 11, Natasa Tomasovic 10 (6 rebs)
Croatia: Nina Krstic 16 (5 rebs), Ivana Dukic 13, Nina Premasunac 12 (13 rebs)


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece routs Bulgaria securing the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U16 Greece - U16 Bulgaria 55-46

Greece celebrated in the first game of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that Greece improved its score to 2-0 in Group E already booking a spot for the semifinals. On the other hand the hosts Bulgaria lost all chances to do the same. Bulgarians will fight against Denmark for third place in Group E but both teams will continue championship later in Classification Games for fifth place.

After well played first half, Greece slowed down in the next one which Bulgaria exploited to create 3-point lead, 18-21. Very soon Greece answered and with Anastasia Slouka's (182-G-93) triple ended fist half with 6-0 run. Christina Navrozidou and her teammates put into the fifth gear in third quarter. Vero soon they succeeded to reach 38-28 what happened in 27th minute. For the rest of the time Bulgaria came on 43-40 with 6:15 remaining. Greece immediately answered with 9-3 run finishing this game with routine.

Christina Navrozidou was the leading player in Greece in this game pouring in 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka also had important role in her team adding 12 points and 7 rebounds while Zafeira Giampani helped with 11 points and very good 12 rebounds. Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) had the best digits in Bulgaria finishing the game with 14 points and 5 rebounds. The last one with double figures was Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92), who scored 10 points.


U16 Greece - U16 Bulgaria 55-46
(13-9, 11-12, 17-13, 14-12)

Greece:
Christina Navrozidou 16 (5 rebs), Anastasia Slouka 12 (7 rebs), Zafeira Giampani 11 (12 rebs)
Bulgaria: Pamela Decheva 14 (5 rebs), Vesela Kovacheva 10


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  CROATIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Easy win for Croatia against Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Croatia 45-71

Croatia didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first game of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. After this victory Croatia remained undefeated in Group H with score 2-0. As a reminder all teams in this group transferred one win or defeat from the Preliminary Round.

Croatia needed 10 minutes to warm up in this game. After that Nina Krstic (179-F-92) and her teammates started to play. They ended second frame 10-19 taking 11-point lead at the half time. Bosnia didn't have so many players in a game mood which resulted with just 8 points by them in third stanza. Ivana Dukic and Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) joined Nina Krstic which resulted with huge 30-48 before the last frame. It was already the end of the game for Bosnia as it didn't succeed even to threat ater that moment. Actually Croatia took care to stretch its lead even more.

Nina Krstic was the best player in Croatia scoring 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Ivaka Dukic was behind her with 13 points while very good Nina Premasunac this time stopped on 12 points and 13 boards. Bosnia got the most points from Krstina Surlan, who netted 11. Natasa Tomasovic finished the game with 10 points and 6 boards. Next Croatia's rival in Bulgaria will be Estonia. Bosnia will meet Montenergo.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Croatia 45-71
(12-14, 10-19, 8-15, 15-23)

Bosnia:
Krstina Surlan 11, Natasa Tomasovic 10 (6 rebs)
Croatia: Nina Krstic 16 (5 rebs), Ivana Dukic 13, Nina Premasunac 12 (13 rebs)


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  DENMARK - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovenia already in the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Slovenia 59-68

As Greece, Slovenia also booked a spot for the semifinals of U18 European Championship division B. After just one game in Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place, Slovenians secured a spot for the next stage. They improved to 2-0 in Group E while Denmark dropped on 0-2 without any chance for the semis.

First quarter was totally equalized. Both teams played concentrated at the offensive end finishing this period 22-22. At the middle of the second one Denmark made 30-25 but very soon Eva Rupnik (173-G-92) led Slovenia to 38-40 at the half time. Third period was the crucial one in this game. Slovenians showed up after the breather showing strong willingness to end this story and secure a spot in the semifinals as soon as possible. After jump shot by Eva Rupnik with 2:29 in third quarter Slovenia touched plus 11. Anne Pedersen stepped up for her team after that but everything what they succeeded to do was 56-60.

As it was almost during the entire tournament, Rebeka Abramovic (-93) once again was the key player for Slovenia. She poured in 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for 33 minutes. Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) helped her team with 15 points while Eva Rupnik had one points less. Anne Pedersen shined for Denmark making double-double, 20 points and 11 boards.


U16 Denmark - U16 Slovenia 59-68
(22-22, 16-18, 7-14, 14-14)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 20 (11 rebs)
Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 22 (7 rebs), Bojana Adamovic 15, Eva Rupnik 14


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  ESTONIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Montenegro cruises past Estonia - by Eurobasket News
U16 Estonia - U16 Montenegro 48-70

Montenegro managed to beat Estonia much easier than anyone expected keeping its hopes alive that position 13 will belonged to it. Estonia also has a chance but both teams will have to register three consecutive wins in order to actually reach that place.

Except of the first quarter, Montenegro had total control on its opponent. Estonians ended the first one 15-9 mostly owing Rosemary Rits (176-F-92) and Annika Koster (185-C-92). During the following ten minutes killing trio Jovana Pasic - Annika Koster (185-C-92) - Ana Turcinovic (185-C-93) woke up. Very soon it resulted with 19-26 for their team. The game is decided during the last few minutes of third period. Those above mentioned players led impressive 17-1 run. It was 31-52 for Montenegro when all Estonia's hopes immediately have gone.

Jovana Pasic had fantastic performance leading her team to victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. All the best could also be said for Annika Koster (185-C-92)'s performance as she collected 19 points and 7 assists. Ana Turcinovic is another player which demonstrated wonderful performance in Montenegro. She finished the game with 18 points and 15 boards. Rosemary Rits netted 20 points for Estonia while Annika Koster followed with 13 points and 8 rebounds. In the next round Montenegro will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the other side Estonia will take on Croatia.


U16 Estonia - U16 Montenegro 48-70
(15-9, 8-19, 10-24, 15-18)

Estonia:
Rosemary Rits 20, Annika Koster 13 (8 rebs)
Montenegro: Jovana Pasic 21 (8 rebs), Annika Koster (185-C-92) 19 (7 as), Ana Turcinovic 18 (15 rebs)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Greece3-0
2. Slovenia2-1
3. Denmark1-2
4. Bulgaria0-3
Group F
1. Finland3-0
2. Romania2-1
3. Slovakia1-2
4. Holland0-3
Group G
1. Portugal3-0
2. Ireland2-1
3. U.Kingdom1-2
4. Switzerl.0-3
Group H
1. Croatia3-0
2. Monteneg.2-1
3. Estonia1-2
4. Bosnia0-3
Group I
1. Israel1-0
2. Luxembourg.0-1


Leading scorers - by Eurobasket News
Qualification Round is over and Eurobasket introduces Leading scorers before the semifinal Round. Swedish Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) leads the top-scorers averaging 18.3 points per game. Her Sweden U16 took 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 led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Drammeh nailed 13, while Amanda Zahui collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian Colic is second with 17.4 and Elhotova from Czech Republic is third with 14.7.
Lithuanian Grigalauskyte is on top for Rebounds Per Game having tremendous 14.5 per game. Again Swedish Farhiya Abdi follows her with 11.2 and Stepanova is third with 10.2.
Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) from Turkey is the leader in Assists Per Game. Her Turkey U16 won the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. Pelin Pelin Gulbag scored 11 points and had 7 assists. Kabengano from Sweden is second with 4.5 per game and Polish Cossengue averages 4.3.
Today is the day off in the tournament, while tomorrow the teams will start the last round, the round for the total places. In the top games France will face Italy in the semifinal game, while Spain will meet Sweden.

16.08.2008
Semifinals

France -Italy
Spain -Sweden

5/8 places
Belgium -Hungary
Poland - Turkey

9-12 places
Czech Republic-Belarus
Russia - Lithuania


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Slovenia3-0
2. Greece2-1
3. Estonia1-2
4. Germany0-3
Group F
1. Latvia3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Holland1-2
4. Hungary0-3
Group G
1. Portugal3-0
2. Israel2-1
3. Austria1-2
4. Luxembourg.0-3
Group H
1. Bosnia2-1
2. Ireland2-1
3. U.Kingdom1-2
4. Finland1-2
Group I
1. Denmark2-1
2. FYR Macedo.2-1
3. Scotland2-1
4. Switzerl.0-3


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  FINLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands outplays Finland stopping it on 33 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 Netherlands - U16 Finland 59-33

Netherlands totally surprised Finland in Bulgaria. It was a first but very important game of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 16th place. After it all teams in Group F have the same score 1-1. As a reminder, all of them transferred one victory/defeat from the Preliminary Round.

This game is decided already in the first quarter. Rianne Hofstraat (183-C-92) and Zera Butter were on fire since the early beginning. It resulted with amazing 15-0 run after 7 minutes. Finland succeeded to score three free throws after that as well as one lay-up but it was everything in this quarter. On the other side Netherlands stopped on 22 which brought it comfortable 17-point lead. Later, Netherlands stretched it 22. Finland was hopeless to do anything until the end of the game. What is the most interesting, Finland totally outrebounded its rival having 18 rebounds more.

Zera Butter was the key player for Netherlands. She was unstoppable at the offensive end scoring 20 points but at the same time she had 5 rebounds and 6 assists more. Maaike Van Den Oever (169-G-92) helped her team with 12 while Rianne Hofstraat had 10 points. Nobody in Finland scored more that 7 points, what is logical as the entire team had only 33. Evita Iiskola (179-F-93) and Rita Haukkovaara were the best scorers reaching above mentioned digit.


U16 Netherlands - U16 Finland 59-33
(22-5, 13-8, 17-13, 7-7)

Netherlands:
Zera Butter 20 (5 rebs, 6 as), Maaike Van Den Oever 12, Rianne Hofstraat 10
Finland: Evita Iiskola 7 (6 rebs), Rita Haukkovaara 7


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  GREECE - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece routs Bulgaria securing the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U16 Greece - U16 Bulgaria 55-46

Greece celebrated in the first game of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that Greece improved its score to 2-0 in Group E already booking a spot for the semifinals. On the other hand the hosts Bulgaria lost all chances to do the same. Bulgarians will fight against Denmark for third place in Group E but both teams will continue championship later in Classification Games for fifth place.

After well played first half, Greece slowed down in the next one which Bulgaria exploited to create 3-point lead, 18-21. Very soon Greece answered and with Anastasia Slouka's (182-G-93) triple ended fist half with 6-0 run. Christina Navrozidou and her teammates put into the fifth gear in third quarter. Vero soon they succeeded to reach 38-28 what happened in 27th minute. For the rest of the time Bulgaria came on 43-40 with 6:15 remaining. Greece immediately answered with 9-3 run finishing this game with routine.

Christina Navrozidou was the leading player in Greece in this game pouring in 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka also had important role in her team adding 12 points and 7 rebounds while Zafeira Giampani helped with 11 points and very good 12 rebounds. Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) had the best digits in Bulgaria finishing the game with 14 points and 5 rebounds. The last one with double figures was Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92), who scored 10 points.


U16 Greece - U16 Bulgaria 55-46
(13-9, 11-12, 17-13, 14-12)

Greece:
Christina Navrozidou 16 (5 rebs), Anastasia Slouka 12 (7 rebs), Zafeira Giampani 11 (12 rebs)
Bulgaria: Pamela Decheva 14 (5 rebs), Vesela Kovacheva 10


U18 EC, division B: Slovenia grabs the Bronze - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovenia - U18 Greece 80-66

Slovenia managed to reach the Bronze medal on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Greece finished it without a medal but the bad thing for both teams is that they missed an opportunity to qualify for division A.

Slovenia was a way better team from the very beginning. After ten minutes Slovenians already made 21-13. Few times during the next one they touched plus 11 and it happened mostly owing to Ines Kerin (172-G-90) and Teja Oblak (172-G-90). At that point of game it was clear that Greece isnt able to do anything important. Actually Greeks showed slightly better performance in third period but it for sire wasnt enough against Slovenians. Very soon they stretched lead to 18 points resolving the question about the winner. Except of the points, Slovenia also dominated in rebounding. It ended the game with 29 while Greece had 27.

Ines Kerin and Teja Oblak were the best player for the winning side as they netted 20 points each. Nika Baric (168-G-92) followed with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Greece got 18 points and 5 assists from Aikaterini Kontali while Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 12 points and 5 boards. Anna Kavasila (186-C-91) and Nikolopolou scored 10 points apiece.


U18 Slovenia - U18 Greece 80-66
(21-13, 18-16, 18-19, 23-18)

Slovenia:
Ines Kerin 20, Teja Oblak 20, Nika Baric 15 (4 rebs, 8 as)
Greece: Aikaterini Kontali 18 (5 as), Ioanna Diela 12 (5 rebs), Angeliki Nikolopoulou (175-G-91) 10 (4 rebs), Anna Kavasila 10 (4 rebs)


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands outplays Finland stopping it on 33 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 Netherlands - U16 Finland 59-33

Netherlands totally surprised Finland in Bulgaria. It was a first but very important game of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 16th place. After it all teams in Group F have the same score 1-1. As a reminder, all of them transferred one victory/defeat from the Preliminary Round.

This game is decided already in the first quarter. Rianne Hofstraat (183-C-92) and Zera Butter were on fire since the early beginning. It resulted with amazing 15-0 run after 7 minutes. Finland succeeded to score three free throws after that as well as one lay-up but it was everything in this quarter. On the other side Netherlands stopped on 22 which brought it comfortable 17-point lead. Later, Netherlands stretched it 22. Finland was hopeless to do anything until the end of the game. What is the most interesting, Finland totally outrebounded its rival having 18 rebounds more.

Zera Butter was the key player for Netherlands. She was unstoppable at the offensive end scoring 20 points but at the same time she had 5 rebounds and 6 assists more. Maaike Van Den Oever (169-G-92) helped her team with 12 while Rianne Hofstraat had 10 points. Nobody in Finland scored more that 7 points, what is logical as the entire team had only 33. Evita Iiskola (179-F-93) and Rita Haukkovaara were the best scorers reaching above mentioned digit.


U16 Netherlands - U16 Finland 59-33
(22-5, 13-8, 17-13, 7-7)

Netherlands:
Zera Butter 20 (5 rebs, 6 as), Maaike Van Den Oever 12, Rianne Hofstraat 10
Finland: Evita Iiskola 7 (6 rebs), Rita Haukkovaara 7


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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland easily beat England in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Ireland 45-62

After Portugal, Ireland also secured one of the first two places in Group G of Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place. Both mentioned teams improved to 2-0 while England and Switzerland dropped on 0-2.

Ireland played slightly better first quarter ending it 12-15. The next one was totally leveled which means that the Irish kept 3-point lead at the half time. Ireland demonstrated much better performance in the second half. Mostly owing to Catriona Foley (170-G-92) and Louise O'Connor Ireland managed to score 38 points during these 20 minutes. Its defense also looked pretty good. It is the reason why England had only one player with double figures. At the begging of the last frame Ireland reached 29-41, what was a signal that the game is already over for England. Very interesting is that England succeeded to catch amazing 62 rebounds in this game while Ireland had almost 50.

Catriona Foley was the leading player for the winning team netting 16 points including 4 rebounds. Louise O'Connor followed her with 11 points and 7 boards. England got the most from Renee Busch, who scored 14 points. All other players had less than 9 points for the loosing side. Ireland's next rival on U16 European Championship division B will be Portugal and it will be the decisive game for top of Group G. England will meet Switzerland trying to avoid fourth place.


U16 England - U16 Ireland 45-62
(12-15, 9-9, 8-14, 16-24)

England:
Renee Busch 14
Ireland: Catriona Foley 16 (4 rebs), Louise O'Connor 11 (7 rebs)


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  LATVIA - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Gold belongs to Latvia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Belgium - U18 Latvia 64-96

Latvia won the Gold medal on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Belgium also demonstrated fantastic performance during the entire event. The good thing for both teams is that they earned a promotion to division A for the next European Championship.

It was unexpectedly easy game for Latvia. Before it chances were 50%-50% but after the first half it was clear that Latvia will take this one. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) and her teammates ended first stanza 16-21 while they showed even better performance during the next ten minutes. After jump shot by Sabine Niedola at the middle of the second period Latvians grabbed 16-point lead. They succeeded to extend it to 17 until the half time. Third quarter just confirmed Latvia's domination in this game. Sabine Niedola and Anete Steinberga (192-C-90) were totally unstoppable at the offensive end. Belgium played without attitude, especially in defense, which resulted with huge 14-29 in this period. Last ten minutes of the game were just a formality as everything was already known.

Sabine Niedola paced Latvia to Gold collecting great 25 points and 15 rebounds. Anete Steinberga also shined with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belgium got the most points from Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91), who scored 19. Jana Raman (183-F-91) finished the game with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists while Anne-Sophie Strubbe had 12 points and 6 boards.


U18 Belgium - U18 Latvia 64-96
(16-21, 11-23, 14-29, 23-23)

Belgium:
Noemie Mayombo 19, Jana Raman 16 (11 rebs, 4 as), Anne-Sophie Strubbe 12 (6 rebs)
Latvia: Sabine Niedola 25 (15 rebs), Anete Steinberga 16 (9 rebs)


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Luxemburg suffers huge defeat against England - by Eurobasket News
U18 England - U18 Luxemburg 96-67

England was better than Luxemburg in the first game of the Classification Round for 13th to 16th place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Thus at the last day of the competition England will meet Austria. Luxemburg will try to reach 15th position and its rival will be Finland.

It was an extremely easy win for England. Since the opening quarter it was clear that England has couple of players which are in the game mood. Mostly owing to Katrin Chiemeka (164-G-91) and Charlotte Stoddart (177-F-90), England ended first ten minutes 26-15. Nothings has changed after that. The British wanted to resolve question about the winner as soon as possible. They played this period even tougher that it was in the first one extending lead to huge 24 point at the half time. Despite pretty good performance by Jo Schreiner (157-G-91) and Jil Haentges (182-C-90), Luxemburg wasn't able to change anything important after the breather. Actually, England slowed down playing as much it was necessary for the victory.

As usually, Katrin Chiemeka was the best player in her team adding 25 points and 5 rebounds. Charlotte Stoddart followed with 18 points and 7 rebounds while Mary Durojaye (182-F-90) and Julia Colley (178-F-90) netted 10 points each. Luxemburg got the most points from Jo Schreiner, who drained 25. Jil Haentges also shined registering double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds.


U18 England - U18 Luxemburg 96-67
(26-15, 25-12, 21-23, 24-17)

England:
Katrin Chiemeka 25 (5 rebs), Charlotte Stoddart 18 (7 rebs), Mary Durojaye 10 (10 rebs), Julia Colley 10
Luxemburg: Jo Schreiner 25, Jil Haentges 21 (10 rebs)


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Montenegro cruises past Estonia - by Eurobasket News
U16 Estonia - U16 Montenegro 48-70

Montenegro managed to beat Estonia much easier than anyone expected keeping its hopes alive that position 13 will belonged to it. Estonia also has a chance but both teams will have to register three consecutive wins in order to actually reach that place.

Except of the first quarter, Montenegro had total control on its opponent. Estonians ended the first one 15-9 mostly owing Rosemary Rits (176-F-92) and Annika Koster (185-C-92). During the following ten minutes killing trio Jovana Pasic - Annika Koster (185-C-92) - Ana Turcinovic (185-C-93) woke up. Very soon it resulted with 19-26 for their team. The game is decided during the last few minutes of third period. Those above mentioned players led impressive 17-1 run. It was 31-52 for Montenegro when all Estonia's hopes immediately have gone.

Jovana Pasic had fantastic performance leading her team to victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. All the best could also be said for Annika Koster (185-C-92)'s performance as she collected 19 points and 7 assists. Ana Turcinovic is another player which demonstrated wonderful performance in Montenegro. She finished the game with 18 points and 15 boards. Rosemary Rits netted 20 points for Estonia while Annika Koster followed with 13 points and 8 rebounds. In the next round Montenegro will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the other side Estonia will take on Croatia.


U16 Estonia - U16 Montenegro 48-70
(15-9, 8-19, 10-24, 15-18)

Estonia:
Rosemary Rits 20, Annika Koster 13 (8 rebs)
Montenegro: Jovana Pasic 21 (8 rebs), Annika Koster (185-C-92) 19 (7 as), Ana Turcinovic 18 (15 rebs)


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Day 4 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
USA-Spain 93:55

USA reached the fourth consecutive victory in Olympics today. Spain however was too good in the first half trailing only 5 points to the favorites. USA proved the ambitions in the second and won 93:55. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) paced the winners with 17 points. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) added 13. Amaya Valdemoro (6'1''-F-76) top-scored for the European team with 17 points. Ana Montanana (6'1''-F-80, college: George Washington) and Martinez Prat followed her with 10 each as Spain is 2-2 in Group B.
It was a great start of the game where Spain team was a good and tough opponent. When you play with USA Dream Team every point in the game is a success. Spain trailed only 17:22 after the opening quarter. The second period became even better for the European squad. They evened the quarter 17:17, but trailed 34:39 at halftime.
In the second half USA dominated the court. If the team set the task to win the Olympics, they can't lose games or points in the Group stage. Even though Amaya Valdemoro was too good tonight Tina Thompson's 17 points were more proficient. USA won the third quarter 23:10 to have 18 points advantage after 30 minutes of the game. Another 31:11 was the last drop in the second loss for the European squad. USA won the game 93:55 and increased to 4-0 record.

USA:Tina Thompson 17, Lisa Leslie 14+11 rebs, Candace Parker 13
Spain:Amaya Valdemoro 17, Ana Montanana 10, Martinez Prat 10

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) (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

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

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

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

Korea-Belarus 53:63
Belarus won the second game of their debut in the Olympic in the last game of Day 4. European underdog overcame Korea 63:53 tonight. Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) led the winners with 15 points. Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-F/C-87) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) posted 12. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) and Lee Mi Sun (175-G-79) nailed 10 each in defeat. Belarus advanced to the quarterfinal even though the team will have one more game in the group. The winner of Koreas clash with Latvia on Sunday will reach the quarter-finals as the fourth-place team from Group A.
Korea started however better than the opponent as the Asian team grabbed 13:2 lead in the opening tip. Belarus responded with a 10-0 run to claw the deficit back to 13:12. In a tough first quarter Korea enjoyed 15:12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second quarter Belarus took the control and won the period 21:13. That gave them 33:28 advantage as the teams went to the lockers.
As soon as the third quarter began European squad hit the Koreans with an 8-0 spurt for a 41:28 lead. That was probably the decisive moment in the game. Belarus won the third quarter 17:9 and had 13 points deficit. In the last period Korea bounced back but could reduce only to 10.

Korea:Jung Sun Min 10, Lee Mi Sun 10
Belarus:Katsiaryna Snytsina 15, Anastasiya Verameyenka 14+10 rebs, Tatyana Troina 12


Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Australia4-0
2. Russia4-0
3. Belarus1-2
4. S.Korea1-2
5. Latvia1-3
6. Brazil0-4
Group B
1. USA4-0
2. China3-1
3. Czech Repu.2-2
4. Spain2-2
5. N.Zealand1-3
6. Mali0-4


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil3-0
2. Canada2-1
3. Jamaica1-2
4. Mexico0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. Cuba2-1
3. Colombia1-2
4. Argentina0-3


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal blasts Switzerland in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Switzerland 74-31

Portugal smashed Switzerland in the first game of the Qualifying Round for 9th to16th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Switzerland was not able to resist against tough Portuguese managing to score only 31 points for the entire time. With this victory Portugal improved its score in Group G on 2-0. It means that after next round, Portugal will have a chance to fight for position number 9. Switzerland is currently the last ranked team in the same group with 0-2.

There is not to many words to be written about this game. Portugal was the team which dominated from the very beginning. From quarter to quarter Portuguese continued with stretching the lead which finally ended on 43 points. At the same time Portugal registered 25 + 16 rebounds. On the other hand Switzerland had just 7 + 22. The biggest problem for Switzerland were turnovers. Its player committed 40 for one single game!

Catarina Neves scored the most points for the winning side today, 14. Filipa Bernardeco had 12 while Sara Oliveria added 11 points and 4 rebounds. Poor Switzerland had just one player with 6 points and it was Alice Pedrazzini. In the next round Portugal will meet Ireland while Switzerland will take on England.


U16 Portugal - U16 Switzerland 74-31
(22-9, 23-8, 22-10, 7-4)

Portugal:
Catarina Neves 14, Filipa Bernardeco 12, Sara Oliveira 11 (4 rebs)
Switzerland: Alice Pedrazzini 6 (4 rebs)


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Romania better than Slovakia in a low-scoring game - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovakia - U18 Romania 37-49

Romania made important victory against Slovakia in the first day of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place on U18 European Championship division B. It means that Romania improved to 1-1 in Group F keeping it hopes for the semis alive. Slovakia has the same score and also nice chance to reach the next stage. Interesting is that the other two teams from this group Finland and Netherlands also have the same digits.

First quarter of the game was the one with the biggest number of points. Slovakia managed to score 17 while Romania stopped on 11. During the following ten minutes Romania wasn't able to come any closer than 5 points, how much it was at the half time. Third quarter brought just 16 points in total. Romanians focused on defense as their offense wasn't so good. It resulted with many mistakes and missed shots by Slovakians which scored just 3 points during the entire period. On the other side Cristina Bigica shined in Romania, which headed into the last quarter with 28-33. In just two minutes Slovakia succeeded to tie the score on 36-36 but Romania ended this game with 13-1 run. Slovakians struggled a lot with their stroke in this game having only 27.5 for FG2 and 10.5% from behind the arc.

Cristina Bigica paced Romania to victory scoring 15 points. Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) was behind her with 10. Slovakia didn't have any player with double figures. The best scorer was Gabriela Nagyova, who scored 8 points and at the same time grabbed 7 rebounds.


U18 Slovakia - U18 Romania 37-49
(17-11, 8-9, 3-13, 9-16)

Slovakia:
Gabriela Nagyova 8 (7 rebs)
Romania: Cristina Bigica 15, Alexandra Ionescu 10


U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca sign Francine Houston - by Eurobasket
U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca signed 26-year old American guard Francine Houston (163-G-82, college: Cent.Florida). Houston played most recently at Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas (Turkey) where in 7 games she averaged 17.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. It will be her second season playing professional basketball in Europe.

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U16 EC, division B: Romania better than Slovakia in a low-scoring game - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovakia - U18 Romania 37-49

Romania made important victory against Slovakia in the first day of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place on U18 European Championship division B. It means that Romania improved to 1-1 in Group F keeping it hopes for the semis alive. Slovakia has the same score and also nice chance to reach the next stage. Interesting is that the other two teams from this group Finland and Netherlands also have the same digits.

First quarter of the game was the one with the biggest number of points. Slovakia managed to score 17 while Romania stopped on 11. During the following ten minutes Romania wasn't able to come any closer than 5 points, how much it was at the half time. Third quarter brought just 16 points in total. Romanians focused on defense as their offense wasn't so good. It resulted with many mistakes and missed shots by Slovakians which scored just 3 points during the entire period. On the other side Cristina Bigica shined in Romania, which headed into the last quarter with 28-33. In just two minutes Slovakia succeeded to tie the score on 36-36 but Romania ended this game with 13-1 run. Slovakians struggled a lot with their stroke in this game having only 27.5 for FG2 and 10.5% from behind the arc.

Cristina Bigica paced Romania to victory scoring 15 points. Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) was behind her with 10. Slovakia didn't have any player with double figures. The best scorer was Gabriela Nagyova, who scored 8 points and at the same time grabbed 7 rebounds.


U18 Slovakia - U18 Romania 37-49
(17-11, 8-9, 3-13, 9-16)

Slovakia:
Gabriela Nagyova 8 (7 rebs)
Romania: Cristina Bigica 15, Alexandra Ionescu 10


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Slovenia grabs the Bronze - by Eurobasket News
U18 Slovenia - U18 Greece 80-66

Slovenia managed to reach the Bronze medal on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Greece finished it without a medal but the bad thing for both teams is that they missed an opportunity to qualify for division A.

Slovenia was a way better team from the very beginning. After ten minutes Slovenians already made 21-13. Few times during the next one they touched plus 11 and it happened mostly owing to Ines Kerin (172-G-90) and Teja Oblak (172-G-90). At that point of game it was clear that Greece isnt able to do anything important. Actually Greeks showed slightly better performance in third period but it for sire wasnt enough against Slovenians. Very soon they stretched lead to 18 points resolving the question about the winner. Except of the points, Slovenia also dominated in rebounding. It ended the game with 29 while Greece had 27.

Ines Kerin and Teja Oblak were the best player for the winning side as they netted 20 points each. Nika Baric (168-G-92) followed with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Greece got 18 points and 5 assists from Aikaterini Kontali while Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 12 points and 5 boards. Anna Kavasila (186-C-91) and Nikolopolou scored 10 points apiece.


U18 Slovenia - U18 Greece 80-66
(21-13, 18-16, 18-19, 23-18)

Slovenia:
Ines Kerin 20, Teja Oblak 20, Nika Baric 15 (4 rebs, 8 as)
Greece: Aikaterini Kontali 18 (5 as), Ioanna Diela 12 (5 rebs), Angeliki Nikolopoulou (175-G-91) 10 (4 rebs), Anna Kavasila 10 (4 rebs)


U16 EC, division B: Slovenia already in the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Slovenia 59-68

As Greece, Slovenia also booked a spot for the semifinals of U18 European Championship division B. After just one game in Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place, Slovenians secured a spot for the next stage. They improved to 2-0 in Group E while Denmark dropped on 0-2 without any chance for the semis.

First quarter was totally equalized. Both teams played concentrated at the offensive end finishing this period 22-22. At the middle of the second one Denmark made 30-25 but very soon Eva Rupnik (173-G-92) led Slovenia to 38-40 at the half time. Third period was the crucial one in this game. Slovenians showed up after the breather showing strong willingness to end this story and secure a spot in the semifinals as soon as possible. After jump shot by Eva Rupnik with 2:29 in third quarter Slovenia touched plus 11. Anne Pedersen stepped up for her team after that but everything what they succeeded to do was 56-60.

As it was almost during the entire tournament, Rebeka Abramovic (-93) once again was the key player for Slovenia. She poured in 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for 33 minutes. Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) helped her team with 15 points while Eva Rupnik had one points less. Anne Pedersen shined for Denmark making double-double, 20 points and 11 boards.


U16 Denmark - U16 Slovenia 59-68
(22-22, 16-18, 7-14, 14-14)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 20 (11 rebs)
Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 22 (7 rebs), Bojana Adamovic 15, Eva Rupnik 14


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
1. Brazil5-0
2. Argentina4-1
3. Venezuela3-2
4. Chile2-3
5. Colombia1-4
6. Ecuador0-5


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Belarus upset Korea in the last game of Day 4 - by Eurobasket News
Korea-Belarus 53:63

Belarus won the second game of their debut in the Olympic in the last game of Day 4. European underdog overcame Korea 63:53 tonight. Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) led the winners with 15 points. Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-F/C-87) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) posted 12. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) and Lee Mi Sun (175-G-79) nailed 10 each in defeat. Belarus advanced to the quarterfinal even though the team will have one more game in the group. The winner of Koreas clash with Latvia on Sunday will reach the quarter-finals as the fourth-place team from Group A.
Korea started however better than the opponent as the Asian team grabbed 13:2 lead in the opening tip. Belarus responded with a 10-0 run to claw the deficit back to 13:12. In a tough first quarter Korea enjoyed 15:12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second quarter Belarus took the control and won the period 21:13. That gave them 33:28 advantage as the teams went to the lockers.
As soon as the third quarter began European squad hit the Koreans with an 8-0 spurt for a 41:28 lead. That was probably the decisive moment in the game. Belarus won the third quarter 17:9 and had 13 points deficit. In the last period Korea bounced back but could reduce only to 10.

Korea:Jung Sun Min 10, Lee Mi Sun 10
Belarus:Katsiaryna Snytsina 15, Anastasiya Verameyenka 14+10 rebs, Tatyana Troina 12


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  SPAIN - Women  


USA thanks Spain for the first half - by Eurobasket News
USA-Spain 93:55

USA reached the fourth consecutive victory in Olympics today. Spain however was too good in the first half trailing only 5 points to the favorites. USA proved the ambitions in the second and won 93:55. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) paced the winners with 17 points. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) added 13. Amaya Valdemoro (6'1''-F-76) top-scored for the European team with 17 points. Ana Montanana (6'1''-F-80, college: George Washington) and Martinez Prat followed her with 10 each as Spain is 2-2 in Group B.
It was a great start of the game where Spain team was a good and tough opponent. When you play with USA Dream Team every point in the game is a success. Spain trailed only 17:22 after the opening quarter. The second period became even better for the European squad. They evened the quarter 17:17, but trailed 34:39 at halftime.
In the second half USA dominated the court. If the team set the task to win the Olympics, they can't lose games or points in the Group stage. Even though Amaya Valdemoro was too good tonight Tina Thompson's 17 points were more proficient. USA won the third quarter 23:10 to have 18 points advantage after 30 minutes of the game. Another 31:11 was the last drop in the second loss for the European squad. USA won the game 93:55 and increased to 4-0 record.

USA:Tina Thompson 17, Lisa Leslie 14+11 rebs, Candace Parker 13
Spain:Amaya Valdemoro 17, Ana Montanana 10, Martinez Prat 10


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal blasts Switzerland in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Switzerland 74-31

Portugal smashed Switzerland in the first game of the Qualifying Round for 9th to16th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Switzerland was not able to resist against tough Portuguese managing to score only 31 points for the entire time. With this victory Portugal improved its score in Group G on 2-0. It means that after next round, Portugal will have a chance to fight for position number 9. Switzerland is currently the last ranked team in the same group with 0-2.

There is not to many words to be written about this game. Portugal was the team which dominated from the very beginning. From quarter to quarter Portuguese continued with stretching the lead which finally ended on 43 points. At the same time Portugal registered 25 + 16 rebounds. On the other hand Switzerland had just 7 + 22. The biggest problem for Switzerland were turnovers. Its player committed 40 for one single game!

Catarina Neves scored the most points for the winning side today, 14. Filipa Bernardeco had 12 while Sara Oliveria added 11 points and 4 rebounds. Poor Switzerland had just one player with 6 points and it was Alice Pedrazzini. In the next round Portugal will meet Ireland while Switzerland will take on England.


U16 Portugal - U16 Switzerland 74-31
(22-9, 23-8, 22-10, 7-4)

Portugal:
Catarina Neves 14, Filipa Bernardeco 12, Sara Oliveira 11 (4 rebs)
Switzerland: Alice Pedrazzini 6 (4 rebs)


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18 - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
1. USA5-0
2. Canada4-1
3. Brazil3-2
4. Argentina2-3
5. Venezuela1-4
6. P.Rico0-5


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Carey to have ACL surgery - by David Edole
Murrah girls basketball player Tanecka Carey underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ACL in her right knee.

The 5-foot-8 guard, considered one of the top girls basketball players in the Class of 2009, suffered the injury three weeks ago.

Carey is expected to be out between four to six months.

'It's tough, but there's nothing I can do but just work hard to get back,' said Carey, who hopes to return by the end of December.

Carey averaged 13.6 points, 4.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds during her junior season to help lead Murrah to its second straight Class 5A state championship. She was named to the Dandy Dozen team as a junior.


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U18 EC, division B: Luxemburg suffers huge defeat against England - by Eurobasket News
U18 England - U18 Luxemburg 96-67

England was better than Luxemburg in the first game of the Classification Round for 13th to 16th place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Thus at the last day of the competition England will meet Austria. Luxemburg will try to reach 15th position and its rival will be Finland.

It was an extremely easy win for England. Since the opening quarter it was clear that England has couple of players which are in the game mood. Mostly owing to Katrin Chiemeka (164-G-91) and Charlotte Stoddart (177-F-90), England ended first ten minutes 26-15. Nothings has changed after that. The British wanted to resolve question about the winner as soon as possible. They played this period even tougher that it was in the first one extending lead to huge 24 point at the half time. Despite pretty good performance by Jo Schreiner (157-G-91) and Jil Haentges (182-C-90), Luxemburg wasn't able to change anything important after the breather. Actually, England slowed down playing as much it was necessary for the victory.

As usually, Katrin Chiemeka was the best player in her team adding 25 points and 5 rebounds. Charlotte Stoddart followed with 18 points and 7 rebounds while Mary Durojaye (182-F-90) and Julia Colley (178-F-90) netted 10 points each. Luxemburg got the most points from Jo Schreiner, who drained 25. Jil Haentges also shined registering double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds.


U18 England - U18 Luxemburg 96-67
(26-15, 25-12, 21-23, 24-17)

England:
Katrin Chiemeka 25 (5 rebs), Charlotte Stoddart 18 (7 rebs), Mary Durojaye 10 (10 rebs), Julia Colley 10
Luxemburg: Jo Schreiner 25, Jil Haentges 21 (10 rebs)


U16 EC, division B: Ireland easily beat England in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Ireland 45-62

After Portugal, Ireland also secured one of the first two places in Group G of Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place. Both mentioned teams improved to 2-0 while England and Switzerland dropped on 0-2.

Ireland played slightly better first quarter ending it 12-15. The next one was totally leveled which means that the Irish kept 3-point lead at the half time. Ireland demonstrated much better performance in the second half. Mostly owing to Catriona Foley (170-G-92) and Louise O'Connor Ireland managed to score 38 points during these 20 minutes. Its defense also looked pretty good. It is the reason why England had only one player with double figures. At the begging of the last frame Ireland reached 29-41, what was a signal that the game is already over for England. Very interesting is that England succeeded to catch amazing 62 rebounds in this game while Ireland had almost 50.

Catriona Foley was the leading player for the winning team netting 16 points including 4 rebounds. Louise O'Connor followed her with 11 points and 7 boards. England got the most from Renee Busch, who scored 14 points. All other players had less than 9 points for the loosing side. Ireland's next rival on U16 European Championship division B will be Portugal and it will be the decisive game for top of Group G. England will meet Switzerland trying to avoid fourth place.


U16 England - U16 Ireland 45-62
(12-15, 9-9, 8-14, 16-24)

England:
Renee Busch 14
Ireland: Catriona Foley 16 (4 rebs), Louise O'Connor 11 (7 rebs)


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USA thanks Spain for the first half - by Eurobasket News
USA-Spain 93:55

USA reached the fourth consecutive victory in Olympics today. Spain however was too good in the first half trailing only 5 points to the favorites. USA proved the ambitions in the second and won 93:55. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) paced the winners with 17 points. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) added 13. Amaya Valdemoro (6'1''-F-76) top-scored for the European team with 17 points. Ana Montanana (6'1''-F-80, college: George Washington) and Martinez Prat followed her with 10 each as Spain is 2-2 in Group B.
It was a great start of the game where Spain team was a good and tough opponent. When you play with USA Dream Team every point in the game is a success. Spain trailed only 17:22 after the opening quarter. The second period became even better for the European squad. They evened the quarter 17:17, but trailed 34:39 at halftime.
In the second half USA dominated the court. If the team set the task to win the Olympics, they can't lose games or points in the Group stage. Even though Amaya Valdemoro was too good tonight Tina Thompson's 17 points were more proficient. USA won the third quarter 23:10 to have 18 points advantage after 30 minutes of the game. Another 31:11 was the last drop in the second loss for the European squad. USA won the game 93:55 and increased to 4-0 record.

USA:Tina Thompson 17, Lisa Leslie 14+11 rebs, Candace Parker 13
Spain:Amaya Valdemoro 17, Ana Montanana 10, Martinez Prat 10