EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/17/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina beats Iran, secured second place. - by Leonardo Contieri
Having yet to play one more game, Argentina already knows that it will fiinish on second place on pool 'A' after defeating Iran 97-82 today.
Emanuel Ginobili led all scorers with 32 points including four three pointers in teh third quarter that helped put Iran at a safe distance. Luis Scola added 20 points and 7 rebounds. Hamed Ehadadi play all 40 minutes on his way to 21 points and 16 rebounds for Iran which also relied on its excellent accuracy from the three point range, as the shot 11/25 from behind the arc. Iran won the rebounding battle 37-31. Argentina will play its final game on monday,against european champion Russia, which has been so far the greatest dissapointment on men's basketball on this game.


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  AUSTRIA   


Austria U16 battles hard in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Austria U16 and Netherlands U16 opened Group B of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. It was a good game from both teams throughout the whole campaign. Austria won the opening tip and had 20:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Netherlands U16 bounced back with 20:12 only in the third to close the gap. A 20:17 in the last quarter was however beneficial for Austria that won 66:64. Ferdinand Saukel (196-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Novas Mateo collected 14 points and 14 boards, while Kramer added 12. De Haas finished the game with 26 in the losing effort and Burger posted 14.
Iceland U16 won over Austria U16 69:58 in Day 2 of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Palsson was unstoppable with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Fjeldsted supported him with 15 points and Kristjansson added 14. Diesner top-scored for Austria with 12 points and Ferdinand Saukel collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Iceland U16 grabbed 24:13 lead after the opening quarter to be in front until the end of the game. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group B.

Netherlands U16-Austria U16 64:66
Netherlands U16: De Haas 26, Burger 14
Austria U16: Ferdinand Saukel 16+13 rebs, Novas Mateo 14+14 rebs, Kramer 12

Austria U16-Iceland U16 58:69
Austria U16: Diesner 12, Ferdinand Saukel 11+11 rebs
Iceland U16: Palsson 27+15 rebs, Fjeldsted 15, Kristjansson 14


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  BELARUS   


Sarajevo welcomes Belarus U16 - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U16 started the campaign in Sarajevo at the U16 European Championship Men Division B. The team flew to the win in the opener but then lost to Germany U16 in the second game.
Belarus U16 overcame Luxembourg U16 91:58 in the opener of U16 European Championship Men Division B. Belarus notched 29:12 advantage after the opening quarter to have an easy end of the game. Moreover Belarus won all the periods in the campaign. Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) and Zakhar top-scored with 16 points, while Strukau netted 15. Melcher ended up with 21 points, while Schmit posted 8.
On Day 2 Germany stun Belarus U16 87:54 to take 2-0 record. In the beginning of the game Belrus resisted a lot and trailed only 17:18. Even after the second period Germany did not feel comfortable in the game having 7 points advantage. The second half was too good for the favorites that grabbed the win. Phillip Neumann (206-C-92) was unstoppable with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Monninghoff nailed 14, while Reischel added 12. Vitali Liutych collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Strukau posted 10.

Belarus U16-Luxembourg U16 91:58
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych 16, Zakhar 16, Strukau 15
Luxembourg U16: Melcher 21, Schmit 8

Germany U16-Belarus U16 87:54
Germany U16: Phillip Neumann 17+17 rebs, Monninghoff 14, Reischel 12
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych 18+11 rebs, Strukau 10


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  BELGIUM   


Belgium U16 starts the campaign in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U16 started the campaign in Sarajevo at the U16 European Championship Men Division B. Germany beat Belgium on Day 1 of the tournament. The German side won all the quarters and led the game to 84:50 win. Belgium tried hard in the first quarter but had nothing to do in the second. Phillip Neumann (206-C-92) led the winners with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Monninghoff netted 13, while Heckmann posted 12. Schwartz top-scored for Belgium with 8 points and Jordan Delva (195-F-92) had 7.
Belgium won the game over Estonia in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Men Division B. Trailing 16:15 after the opening quarter Belgium led the game to the winning 81:59 end. Belgium finished the game with 24:16 in the last period and tied the record at 1-1. Vandenweyer paced all the winners with 19 points. Desiron collected 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Hartshorne and Schwartz added 10 each. Claire Raap (180-F) posted 13 in defeat and Pold ended up with 12 points.

The next game Belgium will play tonight against Slovak Republic.

Belgium U16-Germany U16 50:84
Belgium U16: Schwartz 8, Jordan Delva 7
Germany U16: Phillip Neumann 14+6 rebs, Monninghoff 13, Heckmann 12

Estonia U16- Belgium U16 59:81
Estonia U16: Claire Raap 13, Pold 12
Belgium U16: Vandenweyer 19, Desiron 17+14 rebs, Hartshorne 10, Schwartz 10



Div 2 Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

New Div 2 team Bree has announced that Odell Hodge (203-F/C-73, college: ODU) has signed for with them for the next 2 seasons.
Hodge had his best ever D1 season with Bree during 2007-2008 when he averaged 11.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg.

The team also signed Hrvoje Orsulic (203-G/F-83) and Josip Vucica (194-G/F-84) for the upcoming season. Players were expected in Bree on Sat Aug 16.
Jopis is the son of Bree assistant coach Pero Vucica. Orsulic played most of his career in Croatia.


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  BOSNIA   


Sarajevo welcomes to Division B of U16 European Championship Men - by Eurobasket News

The hosts of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo started the campaign with two wins. In the opener Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 overcame Iceland U16 93:57. The home side opened the game with 23:10 and then improved to 27:15 in the second. Adis Begagic led the winners with 21 points. Petrovic nailed 17, while Miletic posted 11. Palsson ended up with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Kristjansson added 9.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 reached 2-0 record after defeating Denmark U16 80:47 on Day 2. The hosts of the tournament did not have any difficulties in all the quarters of the game. The most troubles Denmark got in the first quarter when they lost 14:29. Drina and Latifagic top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Ivic added 11. Haas nailed 10 in defeat, whilst Tvilstegaard posted 7.

Bosnia has now 2-0 record ans shares the top position with Montenegro U16. The latter overcame Netherlands U16 93:75. Montenegro U16 however opened Group B of U16 European Championship Men Division B with a 103:57 over Denmark.



Iceland U16-Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 57:93
Iceland U16: Palsson 11+10 rebs, Kristjansson 9
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Adis Begagic 21, Petrovic, F. 17, Miletic 11

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Denmark U16 80:47
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Drina 15, Latifagic 15, Ivic 11
Denmark U16: Haas 10, Tvilstegaard 7



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  CHINA   


Olympic Games: Ming Yao edges Germany securing the quarterfinals for his team - by Eurobasket News
China - Germany 59-55

China made fantastic success at the fourth day of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. Ming Yao (226-C-80) and his teammates managed to beat Germany securing a spot for the quarterfinals. It was kind of 'mission impossible' after first two days as Chinese had 0-2 but they demonstrated wonderful performance in the following two games. Actually, they played pretty good also against USA in the first and later against Spain in the second round. China currently has 2-2 in Preliminary Group B while Germany dropped on 1-2. In the last round of the first stage China will meet Greece fighting place. On the other side Germany will take on USA.

China had nice beginning ending first frame 19-9 after triple by Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79). Later, Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) led 16-6 run for their team tying the score on 25-25 with 1:32 to go in the first half. Germans made another mini 6-2 run after that grabbing 4-point lead after 20 minutes. Ming Yao and his teammates entered into the second half creating 8-0 series and later ended it with 8-2 for 47-39. Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) made a free throw with 6:52 remaining extending China's lead to 13 points. After that moment Dirk Nowitzki stepped up for Germany scoring 8 points and together with Pascal Roller came on 56-55 but after that each of these two players missed a 3-pointer while China netted 3 points throught Yi Jianlian and Ming Yao for the final score 59-55 and a big joy of its fans.

Ming Yao one again paced China to victory scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for 34 minutes. Actually he was the only one with double digits in China as Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) was second scorer of the team with 9 points but he grabbed 11 more rebounds. Germany got the most from Dirk Nowitzki, who collected 24 points and 17 boards for 36 minutes. Pascal Roller had 13 points and 4 rebounds while Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) finished the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds.


China - Germany 59-55
(19-9, 8-22, 20-8, 12-16)

China:
Ming Yao 25 (11 rebs), Jianlian Yi 9 (11 rebs)
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 24 (17 rebs), Pascal Roller 13 (4 rebs), Chris Kaman 10 (12 rebs)


China Makes Quarterfinals With 59-55 Win Over Germany - by Arthur Volbert

China gained a spot in the quarterfinals with a 59-55 triumph over Dirk Nowitzki and Germany.

China jumped out to a 19-9 first quarter lead but lost the second quarter 22-8 to trail 31-27 at the half. China regained the lead 47-39 in the third quarter, then was outscored in the fourth quarter 16-12 but held on for its four-point victory.

Yao Ming outscored Nowitzki 25-24 but Nowitzki held the edge in rebounds 17-11. Yao hit 9 of 19 shots from the floor to 7 of 20 for Nowitzki.

Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) had a huge impact on the game, with 9 points on 3 of 8 shooting and 11 rebounds. He helped hold Nowitzki in check. We all know what Yao can do, but in this game Yi did what he needed to do.

Yi's performance kept him even with the LA Clippers' Chris Kaman, who had 10 points on 4 of 11 shooting and 12 rebounds.

China won this game with its ballhandling and defense. Germany does not have the best guards in the world but they are European guards. While Germany outrebounded China 47-42, China had only 9 turnovers to 14 for Germany.

China shot only 33 percent from the floor and Wang Shipeng, Zhu Fangyu, Liu Wei and Li Nan shot a combined 3 for 27. But China held Germany to a horrible 29 percent shooting percentage, the key to its triumph.

Sun Yue played an excellent game with 5 points on 2 of 3 shooting, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He showed why he could make it in the NBA as a defensive-minded shooting guard for the Lakers.

Wang Zhizhi played his reserve role with 5 points on 2 of 3 shooting, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 10 minutes. Germany made all 13 of its free throws, the only part of the game in which it truly excelled.

China will face Greece on Monday to determine third place in Group B. But this game is relatively meaningless since Lithuania and Argentina would be comparably strong opponents in the quarterfinals though Lithuania won their matchup 79-75.

China-- 19 8 20 12 59
Germany 9 22 8 16 55

Box Score:
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B11.shtml#BKM400B11

Standings
Group A
Lithuania 4 0
Argentina 3 1
Croatia-- 2 2
Australia 2 2
Russia--- 1 3
Iran----- 0 4

Group B
USA---- 4 0
Spain-- 3 1
Greece- 2 2
China-- 2 2
Germany 1 3
Angola- 0 4

Group A
Australia 95 Russia 80
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A10.shtml#BKM400A10
Lithuania 86 Croatia 73
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A11.shtml#BKM400A11
Argentina 97 Iran 83
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400A12.shtml#BKM400A12

Group B
Greece 102 Angola 61
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B10.shtml#BKM400B10

USA 119 Spain 82

http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B12.shtml#BKM400B12



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  CROATIA   


Croatian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Katic


Ramljak


Barac


Percan


Najev
4 Stefan Zadravec (187-G-92) of KK Bjelovar
5 Roko Rogic (182-G-92)
6 Toni Katic (180-G-92)
7 Marko Ramljak (195-F-93)

8 Karlo Pernus (195-F-92)
9 Marino Kucan (195-C-92)
10 Boris Barac (202-F-92)
11 Alex Percan (185-G-92)

12 Josip Surina (190-G-92)
13 Filip Najev (200-F-92)
14 Danilo Vukovic (200-C-92) of Osijek II 2006
15 Dino Repesa (190-F-92)
Head Coach: Damir Rajnovic
Coach Assistant: Verdran Naguc


Croatia U16 celebrated their debut win - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Croatia U16 75:97

Croatia U16 celebrated their debut win in U16 European Championship held in Italy. Croatia overcame Latvia U16 97:75 with one step to reach three digits. Boris Barac (184-G-92) led the winners with 22 points. Ramljak hit 17, while Kucan added 16. Misters top-scored for Latvia with 27 points and Edmunds Dukulis (197-F-92) had 17. Both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record with the last decisive day ahead of them. Croatia will try to maintain Poland on the last day of the stage, while Latvia will face Turkey in a tough battle.
The teams started offensively but only one of them continued in the same current. Croatia hit it right from the start behind a 10-0 run late in the first quarter for 19:10. Latvia could catch up and Rogic made it 30:20. Vecvagars's three held Latvia within 10 for 29:39. Ramljak however made it 66:46 for Croatia after the third period. With only 10 minutes left to play the Baltic team did not give up and reduced to 8. Misters got in the groove scoring 13 points in less than four minutes of the fourth quarter, as Latvia came to 75:67. It was a great move, but was not enough for the total success. Croatia wins the game and ties the record at 1-1.

Latvia U16: Misters 27, Edmunds Dukulis 17
Croatia U16: Boris Barac 22, Ramljak 17, Kucan 16


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic U16 creates a sensation - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Czech Republic U16 52:57

Czech Republic U16 won the second game of U16 European Championship in Italy. Trailing 10:18 after the opening quarter the Czechs grabbed 57:52 win over Serbia U16. Tomas Vyoral (175-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Milan Ryska (202-C-92, agency: PPGroup) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Pavel Kriz (195-F/C-86) netted 9. Mladenovic top-scored with 17 points in defeat and Siladi had 9. The Czechs are still perfect with a 2-0 record while Serbia have dropped to 1-1. Tomorrow Czech Republic will take on the local team of Italy while Serbia will play Greece.
Serbia was a favorite and proved it with an easy start. The team quickly climbed to a 15:3 lead when Mladenovic made a lay-up. Honomichl reduced the gap for his team for 18:10 in the end of the first. Czech Republic U16 found the way to tie the score at 24:24 with 2 minutes in the second. The Czechs completed a 15-2 to hold a 34:28 lead midway in the third. Siladi closed the period at 40:43 with 10 minutes to play. Serbia tied the score again for 45:45. Siladi gave his team 50:49 lead after a jump-shot. Czech Republic U16 however created a 8-2 run to seal the second straight win.

Serbia U16: Mladenovic 17, Siladi 9
Czech Republic U16: Tomas Vyoral 12, Milan Ryska 10+9 rebs, Pavel Kriz 9


Czech Republic U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Vyoral


Svejda


Bohacik


Kriz


Ryska
4 Tomas Vyoral (187-G-92)
5 Jan Lipovy (187-G-92)
6 David Kouril (182-G-92)
7 Jan Svejda (191-G/F-92)
8 Jan Hartman (192-G-92)
9 Filip Svoboda (190-G-92)
10 Vaclav Honomichl (186-G-92)
11 Jaromir Bohacik (195-F-92)
12 Ondrej Balvin (211-C-92)
13 Martin Kriz (197-F-93)
14 David Hrncir (196-F-92)
15 Milan Ryska (204-C/F-92) of Sokol Vysehrad
Head Coach: Petr Balint
Coach Assistant: Oldrich Zdobinsky


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  DENMARK   


Denmark U16 loses two from the start - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 and Denmark opened Group B of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Denmark U16 grabbed 20:19 after the first 10 minutes of the game but then could not stay with the stronger team. Montenegro U16 bounced back with 29:16 in the second period and mounted in 32:8 in the third. Montenegro U16 even reached 103:57 to win the opener of the competition. Mladen Novakovic (-92) led the winners with 19 points. Djurisic nailed 17, while Pajovic and Djordan posted 11 each. Haas top-scored in the losing effort with 16 points.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 reached 2-0 record after defeating Denmark U16 80:47 on Day 2. The hosts of the tournament did not have any difficulties in all the quarters of the game. The most troubles Denmark got in the first quarter when they lost 14:29. Drina and Latifagic top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Ivic added 11. Haas nailed 10 in defeat, whilst Tvilstegaard posted 7. Denmark tried hard but will try to win another game. Tonight the team faces Austriathat is 1-1 in the group.

Denmark U16-Montenegro U16 57:103
Denmark U16: Haas 16, Dossing 8, Tvilstegaard 8
Montenegro U16: Mladen Novakovic 19, Djurisic 17, Pajovic 11, Djordan 11

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Denmark U16 80:47
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Drina 15, Latifagic 15, Ivic 11
Denmark U16: Haas 10, Tvilstegaard 7


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  ESTONIA   


Estonia U16 is 1-1 so far - by Eurobasket News
Estonia started the U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. The team had already played two games and reached one win in them.
Estonia won the opener of the tournament beating Slovak Republic U16 82:60. Estonia managed to take the lead in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Slovak Republic U16 could win only the last period 23:21 but it was not enough to catch up with the opponent. Raap led the winners with 18 points. Jaan Puidet (185-G-92) posted 16, while Vaino hit 14. Jaroslav Moravek (-92) top-scored for Slovak Republic with 10 points, Galata and Svitek netted 9 each.
Belgium won the game over Estonia in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Men Division B. Trailing 16:15 after the opening quarter Belgium led the game to the winning 81:59 end. Belgium finished the game with 24:16 in the last period and tied the record at 1-1. Vandenweyer paced all the winners with 19 points. Desiron collected 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Hartshorne and Schwartz added 10 each. Raap posted 13 in defeat and Pold ended up with 12 points.


Slovak Republic U16-Estonia U16 60:82
Slovak Republic U16: Jaroslav Moravek 10, Galata 9, Svitek 9
Estonia U16: Raap 18, Jaan Puidet 16, Vaino 14

Estonia U16- Belgium U16 59:81
Estonia U16: Claire Raap 13, Pold 12
Belgium U16: Vandenweyer 19, Desiron 17+14 rebs, Hartshorne 10, Schwartz 10


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Germany2-0
2. Belgium1-1
3. Belarus1-1
4. Estonia1-1
5. Slovakia1-1
6. Luxembourg.0-2
Group B
1. Bosnia2-0
2. Monteneg.2-0
3. Austria1-1
4. Iceland1-1
5. Denmark0-2
6. Holland0-2
Group C
1. Bulgaria2-0
2. Slovenia2-0
3. Switzerl.1-1
4. Romania1-1
5. Cyprus0-2
6. U.Kingdom0-2
Group D
1. Sweden2-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-0
3. Finland1-1
4. Ireland0-1
5. Portugal0-2


M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Czech Repu.2-0
2. Greece1-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. Italy0-2
Group B
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Ukraine1-1
3. Spain1-1
4. Hungary0-2
Group C
1. Croatia1-1
2. Latvia1-1
3. Poland1-1
4. Turkey1-1
Group D
1. Russia2-0
2. Israel1-1
3. France1-1
4. Georgia0-2


Division A. Preliminary Round Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A
Serbia U16-Czech Republic U16 52:57

Czech Republic U16 won the second game of U16 European Championship in Italy. Trailing 10:18 after the opening quarter the Czechs grabbed 57:52 win over Serbia U16. Tomas Vyoral (175-G-92) (175-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Milan Ryska (202-C-92, agency: PPGroup) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Pavel Kriz (195-F/C-86) netted 9. Mladenovic top-scored with 17 points in defeat and Siladi had 9. The Czechs are still perfect with a 2-0 record while Serbia have dropped to 1-1. Tomorrow Czech Republic will take on the local team of Italy while Serbia will play Greece.
Serbia was a favorite and proved it with an easy start. The team quickly climbed to a 15:3 lead when Mladenovic made a lay-up. Honomichl reduced the gap for his team for 18:10 in the end of the first. Czech Republic U16 found the way to tie the score at 24:24 with 2 minutes in the second. The Czechs completed a 15-2 to hold a 34:28 lead midway in the third. Siladi closed the period at 40:43 with 10 minutes to play. Serbia tied the score again for 45:45. Siladi gave his team 50:49 lead after a jump-shot. Czech Republic U16 however created a 8-2 run to seal the second straight win.

Serbia U16: Mladenovic 17, Siladi 9
Czech Republic U16: Tomas Vyoral 12, Milan Ryska 10+9 rebs, Pavel Kriz 9

Greece U16-Italy U16 74:72
Group A of U16 European Championship saw another loss of the home team. Greece defeated Italy 74:72 due to the last quarter. Nikos Terpos (200-G-79) (200-G-79) led the winners with 19 points. Linos Chrysikopoulos (195-G-92) posted 18, while Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) added 10. Tommaso Ingrosso (205-G/F-92) ended up with 24 for the hosts and Nunzio Sabbatino (190-G-92) posted 12. For the Italians it was the second loss so far and they dropped to 0-2 while Greece celebrated their first win to take a 1-1 record. Italy will take on the Czech Republic tomorrow while Greece will face Serbia.
The game started offensively and both teams stayed close to each other. Pini with a jump-shot made it 13:13 in the middle of the first. Antonakis moved the guests in front at the end of the period. Linos Chrysikopoulos joined the party to maintain the gap and carry Greece to a 43:31 half time margin.
In the third quarter the spectators felt success as Italy scored lots of the baskets. They produced 33:20 in the quarter and had 64:63 win by end of it. Linos Chrysikopoulos adjusted himself first and scored four points in a row, as Greece took a 71:69 lead. Nikos Terpos scored for 74:69 with 8 seconds to play and the hosts could only reduced the gap in the end.

Greece U16: Nikos Terpos 19, Linos Chrysikopoulos 18, Giorgos Mavrogiannis 10
Italy U16: Tommaso Ingrosso 24, Nunzio Sabbatino 12

GROUP B
Spain U16- Hungary U16 99:48
Spain U16 got their initial win in Day 2 of Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. It was not difficult to stun Hungarian side 99:48. Joan Tomas paced the winners with 23 points. Mas netted 16, while De Pinto scored 9. Norbert Timko (205-C-92) top-scored for Hungary with 10 points, whilst Tamas Koller (192-F-92) and Pongo hit 9 each. The winners climbed to a 1-1 record as Hungary suffered their second big defeat in a row and dropped to 0-2.
When the teams exchanged the baskets in the first minutes of the game Spain provided 9-0 run for 11:2 lead. Hungary did not give up at that moment and Bodor to 18:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. By then Spain have already scored 20 points in a row to take a 42:20 lead at the half. De Pinto's three sent the teams to the lockers with no doubt for the winner.
Spain did not stop and increased the lead from time to time. Marzo's jump-shot opened the second half and Ventura closed the third at 67:39. In the last period the favorites desired to reach three digits numbers but Hungary stayed tough. With 13-0 run in the end Spain stopped at 99:48 but was gladly satisfied with the achieved result.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 23, Mas 16, De Pinto 9
Hungary U16: Norbert Timko 10, Tamas Koller 9, Pongo 9

Ukraine U16- Lithuania U16 63:78
Lithuania U16 won the second game of U16 European Championship. In the game of the leaders of Group B the Baltic state overcame Ukraine U16 78:63. Deividas Pukis (192-G-92) (192-G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Valanciunas netted 20, while Vytenis Cizauskas (187-G-92) posted 16. Prokopenko top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 16 points. Lithuania is in first place with a 2-0 record while Ukraine dropped to 1-1 and will try to recover tomorrow from the 15 point loss. Lithuania will take on Hungary tomorrow while Ukraine will face Spain.
It was Ukraine to open the scoring list in the game. Prokopenko made a lay-up and scored the first points against Lithuania. Ukraine played a bit stronger and Mishula closed the first at 23:21. The second quarter belonged to the winners that took control of the game. Ulanovas gave his team 36:31 at the halftime.
Redikas made it 44:33, and several minutes later Valanciunas set the difference on 16 right before the teams entered the last period. Prokopenko reduced it to 49:60 with 7 minutes remaining. Krutous gave another chance to save the game hitting for 60:70. Lithuania however made a 8-0 run to seal the second straight win.

Ukraine U16: Prokopenko 16, Bobrov 14, Mishula 11
Lithuania U16: Deividas Pukis 22+6 rebs, Valanciunas 20, Vytenis Cizauskas 16

GROUP C
Turkey U16-Poland U16 59:60
Poland U16 created a big surprise tonight as the team overcame Turkey in U16 European Championship Day 2. Polish team grabbed 60:59 win when Leszczynski made two free throws in the end. Stalicki led the winners with 24 points, while Mlynarski scored 10. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) (205-C-92) had 18 points and tremendous 17 rebounds, whilst Ali Salkim (-86) posted 9. Poland now tied their record with Turkey at 1-1 before the last day of the first stage. Poland will face Croatia tomorrow as Turkey will play Latvia to decide the outcome of the group.
Turkey could hardly match Poland in the opening quarter. When Enes Kanter tied the game at 4:4 Polish team pushed the tempo for good. They arrived with an 11-2 run at the end of the first quarter, on the way to a surprising 22:11 lead at the end of the first. With 15:15 in the second period Poland remained on top with 37:26 at the half.
The third quarter was very productive for Turkey that caught up with their opponent. Vardal tied the game at 43:43 and then Kaspar brought Turkey 45:43 entering the last period. The score was tied two times in the final stanza, but Polish was luckier to win. After 58:57 Leszczynski increased his team's lead to 3 points. Enes Kanter reduced the gap to one from the free throw line having 15 seconds to play. Poland stayed calm and held the winning score.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 18+17 rebs, Ali Salkim 9
Poland U16: Stalicki 24, Mlynarski 10

Latvia U16-Croatia U16 75:97
Croatia U16 celebrated their debut win in U16 European Championship held in Italy. Croatia overcame Latvia U16 97:75 with one step to reach three digits. Boris Barac (184-G-92) (184-G-92) led the winners with 22 points. Ramljak hit 17, while Kucan added 16. Misters top-scored for Latvia with 27 points and Edmunds Dukulis (197-F-92) had 17. Both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record with the last decisive day ahead of them. Croatia will try to maintain Poland on the last day of the stage, while Latvia will face Turkey in a tough battle.
The teams started offensively but only one of them continued in the same current. Croatia hit it right from the start behind a 10-0 run late in the first quarter for 19:10. Latvia could catch up and Rogic made it 30:20. Vecvagars's three held Latvia within 10 for 29:39. Ramljak however made it 66:46 for Croatia after the third period. With only 10 minutes left to play the Baltic team did not give up and reduced to 8. Misters got in the groove scoring 13 points in less than four minutes of the fourth quarter, as Latvia came to 75:67. It was a great move, but was not enough for the total success. Croatia wins the game and ties the record at 1-1.

Latvia U16: Misters 27, Edmunds Dukulis 17
Croatia U16: Boris Barac 22, Ramljak 17, Kucan 16

GROUP D
France U16-Georgia U16 69:47
France U16 won their first game of U16 European Championship in Italy. In Day 2 the team stun Georgia U16 69:47 mostly due to the opening quarter. Mauve paced all the winners with 15 points. Diakite netted 10, while Vincent Pourchot (205-C-92) scored 9. Tenieshvili top-scored in defeat with 11 points and Merab Bokolishvili (192-G-92) had 9. France stands on a 1-1 record while Georgia dropped to 0-2. France will face Israel tomorrow while Georgia will look for the first win in a battle against Russia.
The opening quarter was probably decisive in the game as France dominated the court with 24:9 in it. Alkhanaidze however could taste twice the lead with Georgia in the opening tip. Later the French squad used an 8-0 run to leave Georgia behind right from the start on the way to a 16 point first quarter lead. Mauve carried France to another run in the second quarter as the gap crossed the 20 points barrier already, and the break saw France up 42:22 as Diakite closed the half.
In the second half the teams played even basketball but France used the deficit from the first period. Vincent Pourchot's jump-shot was the last in the third for 55:33. Cadart closed the game from the free throw line as France celebrated 69:47 victory. Georgia played a great game but due to the opening quarter could not catch up the opponent.

France U16: Mauve 15, Diakite 10, Vincent Pourchot 9
Georgia U16: Tenieshvili 11, Merab Bokolishvili 9

Israel U16 -Russia U16 44:76
In the game for the first game after Day 2 Russia beat Israel to send them to 1-1. Russia achieved 76:44 win and improved to 2-0 record. Dmitry Kulagin (192-G-92) (192-G-92) paced all the winners with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Loginov netted 9, while Varnakov scored 8. Lavie top-scored with 10 points for Israel, Solomon, Tamir Simchony (185-G-92) and Elias-Pour added 7.

Group D of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men saw a good start from Russia and Israel but only the first team could follow the positive feedback. Lavie gave Israel the last lead at 14:12 by the end of the first period. In the second quarter Russia was too good for the opponent. The winners used an amazing 29:3 to take over the game. Russia established on the way to a 41:17 Russian lead as Dmitry Kulagin closed the first half.
In the second half the game remained in the same current. Russia won the third period 17:15 and increased the lead to 58:32 after thirty minutes of the game. In the last period Israel gave up and lost the quarter 12:18 as well as the game 44:76. Tomorrow Russia will face Georgia, while Israel will meet France.

Israel U16: Lavie 10, Solomon 7, Tamir Simchony 7, Elias-Pour 7
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 24+6 rebs, Loginov 9, Varnakov 8


Division B. Preliminary Round Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A
Estonia U16- Belgium U16 59:81

Estonia U16: Raap 13, Pold 12
Belgium U16: Vandenweyer 19, Desiron 17+14 rebs, Hartshorne 10, Schwartz 10

Belgium won the game over Estonia in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Men Division B. Trailing 16:15 after the opening quarter Belgium led the game to the winning 81:59 end. Belgium finished the game with 24:16 in the last period and tied the record at 1-1. Vandenweyer paced all the winners with 19 points. Desiron collected 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Hartshorne and Schwartz added 10 each. Raap posted 13 in defeat and Pold ended up with 12 points.


Germany U16-Belarus U16 87:54
Germany U16: Phillip Neumann (206-C-92) 17+17 rebs, Monninghoff 14, Reischel 12
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) 18+11 rebs, Strukau 10

On Day 2 Germany stun Belarus U16 87:54 to take 2-0 record. In the beginning of the game Belrus resisted a lot and trailed only 17:18. Even after the second period Germany did not feel comfortable in the game having 7 points advantage. The second half was too good for the favorites that grabbed the win. Phillip Neumann was unstoppable with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Monninghoff nailed 14, while Reischel added 12. Vitali Liutych collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Strukau posted 10.

Luxembourg U16- Slovak Republic U16 87:90 OT
Luxembourg U16: Schmit 24, Melcher 23
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 27+4 rebs, Zibrinyi 23+10 rebs, Jaroslav Moravek (-92) 15+17 rebs

Luxembourg U16 and Slovak Republic U16 battled for the first win in Day 2 of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Luxembourg U16 first won two periods and had 14 points at the halftime. Slovak Republic U16 bounced back with 26:16 in the third period and then finished the fourth with 20:16. In overtime Slovak Republic U16 was stronger 14:11 as well as in the game 90:87. Luley led the winners with 27 points and 4 rebounds. Zibrinyi collected 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Jaroslav Moravek had 15 points and 17 boards. Schmit top-scored in defeat with 24, while Melcher netted 23.


GROUP B
Montenegro U16-Netherlands U16 93:75

Montenegro U16: Djordan 18, Novakovic 18+12 rebs, Vulevic 14
Netherlands U16: Burger 18, De Haas 17

In the second game for both teams Montenegro U16 overcame Netherlands U16 93:75. The winners took the lead from the first minutes and enjoyed 26:18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They won also the second and the third quarters to have a good deficit before the last stanza. Djordan and Novakovic paced all the winners with 18 points. Vulevic followed them with 14 as his team is now 2-0 in the group. Burger ended up with 18 points in defeat and De Haas posted 17.

Austria U16-Iceland U16 58:69
Austria U16: Diesner 12, Saukel 11+11 rebs
Iceland U16: Palsson 27+15 rebs, Fjeldsted 15, Kristjansson 14

Iceland U16 won over Austria U16 69:58 in Day 2 of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Palsson was unstoppable with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Fjeldsted supported him with 15 points and Kristjansson added 14. Diesner top-scored for Austria with 12 points and Saukel collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Iceland U16 grabbed 24:13 lead after the opening quarter to be in front until the end of the game. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group B.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Denmark U16 80:47
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Drina 15, Latifagic 15, Ivic 11
Denmark U16: Haas 10, Tvilstegaard 7

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 reached 2-0 record after defeating Denmark U16 80:47 on Day 2. The hosts of the tournament did not have any difficulties in all the quarters of the game. The most troubles Denmark got in the first quarter when they lost 14:29. Drina and Latifagic top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Ivic added 11. Haas nailed 10 in defeat, whilst Tvilstegaard posted 7.


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INTERNATIONAL: Finland upset France in Strasbourg! - by Rauno Hurmalainen
International tournament in Strasboug, France. August 15: Latvia - Czech R. 87-74. L: Kaspars Berzins 17. C: Jiri Welsch 18. 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. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) led France with 20 pts. Steed Tchicamboud added 14 pts.

INTERNATIONAL: Finland - Latvia 98-89 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
International Tournament in Strasbourg, France. August 16: Finland beat Latvia by nine pts 98-89 (54-43). Quarters: 26-20, 28-23, 29-17, 15-29).
Finland was ahead by 23 pts (83-60), when the fourth quarter got started. Five Finnish players were in double figures this time: Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) 21, Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence) 17, Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) 17, Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) 12, Mikko Koivisto (193-G-87) 12. Finland made 18 treys out of 31 shots (58,0%). Matinen was 5/5, Koivisto made 4/4 and Mottola hit 3/3 from behind the arc. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) led Latvia with 16 pts. Aigars Vitols (194-G-76, agency: Interperformances) added 15 pts. France - Czech R. 66-64. F: Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) 11 pts. C: Jiri Welsch (200-F-80) 29 pts. Next games: 17.8. Finland - Czech R., France - Latvia.


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French U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Hugo Cadart (172-G-92)
5 Kingsley Pinda (189-G-92)
6 Valentin Mauve (193-F-92)
7 Mathis Keita (191-G-92)
8 Papis Sambe (193-F-92)
9 Leo Westermann (196-G-92)
10 Evan Fournier (196-G-92)
11 Mahomed Diakite (198-F-92)
12 Jonathan Radjouki (204-F-92)
13 Louis Labeyrie (205-C-92) of Fos Ouest Provence Basket
14 Mourad Benkloua (204-C-92)
15 Vincent Pourchot (218-C-92) of Metz-Thionville
Head Coach: Tahar Assed-Liegeon
Coach Assistants: Bernard Faure , Stanislaus Hacquard


France U16 won their first game of U16 European Championship in Italy - by Eurobasket News
France U16-Georgia U16 69:47

France U16 won their first game of U16 European Championship in Italy. In Day 2 the team stun Georgia U16 69:47 mostly due to the opening quarter. Mauve paced all the winners with 15 points. Diakite netted 10, while Vincent Pourchot (205-C-92) scored 9. Tenieshvili top-scored in defeat with 11 points and Merab Bokolishvili (192-G-92) had 9. France stands on a 1-1 record while Georgia dropped to 0-2. France will face Israel tomorrow while Georgia will look for the first win in a battle against Russia.
The opening quarter was probably decisive in the game as France dominated the court with 24:9 in it. Alkhanaidze however could taste twice the lead with Georgia in the opening tip. Later the French squad used an 8-0 run to leave Georgia behind right from the start on the way to a 16 point first quarter lead. Mauve carried France to another run in the second quarter as the gap crossed the 20 points barrier already, and the break saw France up 42:22 as Diakite closed the half.
In the second half the teams played even basketball but France used the deficit from the first period. Vincent Pourchot's jump-shot was the last in the third for 55:33. Cadart closed the game from the free throw line as France celebrated 69:47 victory. Georgia played a great game but due to the opening quarter could not catch up the opponent.

France U16: Mauve 15, Diakite 10, Vincent Pourchot 9
Georgia U16: Tenieshvili 11, Merab Bokolishvili 9


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Georgian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Nika Magradze (195-F-92)
5 David Gurabanidze (175-G-92)
6 Goga Javakhshvili (200-C-92)
7 Giorgi Tetelashvili (190-G-92)

8 Merab Bokolishvili (197-G/F-92)
9 Levan Eliadze (196-F-92)
10 Irakli Cherkezishvili (175-G-92)
11 Nodar Tenieshvili (195-F-92)
12 Shalva Kakauridze (192-G-92)
13 Irakli Alkhanaidze (201-F-92)

14 Kakhaber Mumladze (201-C-92)
15 Nodar Sharabidze (202-C-92)
Head Coach: Gela Culadze
Coach Assistants: Giorgi Tetelashvili , Giorgi Kazanjiani


France U16 won their first game of U16 European Championship in Italy - by Eurobasket News
France U16-Georgia U16 69:47

France U16 won their first game of U16 European Championship in Italy. In Day 2 the team stun Georgia U16 69:47 mostly due to the opening quarter. Mauve paced all the winners with 15 points. Diakite netted 10, while Vincent Pourchot (205-C-92) scored 9. Tenieshvili top-scored in defeat with 11 points and Merab Bokolishvili (192-G-92) had 9. France stands on a 1-1 record while Georgia dropped to 0-2. France will face Israel tomorrow while Georgia will look for the first win in a battle against Russia.
The opening quarter was probably decisive in the game as France dominated the court with 24:9 in it. Alkhanaidze however could taste twice the lead with Georgia in the opening tip. Later the French squad used an 8-0 run to leave Georgia behind right from the start on the way to a 16 point first quarter lead. Mauve carried France to another run in the second quarter as the gap crossed the 20 points barrier already, and the break saw France up 42:22 as Diakite closed the half.
In the second half the teams played even basketball but France used the deficit from the first period. Vincent Pourchot's jump-shot was the last in the third for 55:33. Cadart closed the game from the free throw line as France celebrated 69:47 victory. Georgia played a great game but due to the opening quarter could not catch up the opponent.

France U16: Mauve 15, Diakite 10, Vincent Pourchot 9
Georgia U16: Tenieshvili 11, Merab Bokolishvili 9


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Olympic Games: Ming Yao edges Germany securing the quarterfinals for his team - by Eurobasket News
China - Germany 59-55

China made fantastic success at the fourth day of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. Ming Yao (226-C-80) and his teammates managed to beat Germany securing a spot for the quarterfinals. It was kind of 'mission impossible' after first two days as Chinese had 0-2 but they demonstrated wonderful performance in the following two games. Actually, they played pretty good also against USA in the first and later against Spain in the second round. China currently has 2-2 in Preliminary Group B while Germany dropped on 1-2. In the last round of the first stage China will meet Greece fighting place. On the other side Germany will take on USA.

China had nice beginning ending first frame 19-9 after triple by Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79). Later, Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) led 16-6 run for their team tying the score on 25-25 with 1:32 to go in the first half. Germans made another mini 6-2 run after that grabbing 4-point lead after 20 minutes. Ming Yao and his teammates entered into the second half creating 8-0 series and later ended it with 8-2 for 47-39. Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) made a free throw with 6:52 remaining extending China's lead to 13 points. After that moment Dirk Nowitzki stepped up for Germany scoring 8 points and together with Pascal Roller came on 56-55 but after that each of these two players missed a 3-pointer while China netted 3 points throught Yi Jianlian and Ming Yao for the final score 59-55 and a big joy of its fans.

Ming Yao one again paced China to victory scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for 34 minutes. Actually he was the only one with double digits in China as Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) was second scorer of the team with 9 points but he grabbed 11 more rebounds. Germany got the most from Dirk Nowitzki, who collected 24 points and 17 boards for 36 minutes. Pascal Roller had 13 points and 4 rebounds while Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) finished the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds.


China - Germany 59-55
(19-9, 8-22, 20-8, 12-16)

China:
Ming Yao 25 (11 rebs), Jianlian Yi 9 (11 rebs)
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 24 (17 rebs), Pascal Roller 13 (4 rebs), Chris Kaman 10 (12 rebs)


Germany U16 dominates Group A - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 started the campaign in Sarajevo at the U16 European Championship Men Division B. Germany beat Belgium on Day 1 of the tournament. The German side won all the quarters and led the game to 84:50 win. Belgium tried hard in the first quarter but had nothing to do in the second. Phillip Neumann (206-C-92) led the winners with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Mathis Monninghoff (192-G-92) netted 13, while Patrick Heckmann (186-G) posted 12. Schwartz top-scored for Belgium with 8 points and Delva had 7.
On Day 2 Germany stun Belarus U16 87:54 to take 2-0 record. In the beginning of the game Belrus resisted a lot and trailed only 17:18. Even after the second period Germany did not feel comfortable in the game having 7 points advantage. The second half was too good for the favorites that grabbed the win. Phillip Neumann was unstoppable with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Mathis Monninghoff nailed 14, while Reischel added 12. Liutych collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Strukau posted 10.

Germany U16-Belarus U16 87:54
Germany U16: Phillip Neumann 17+17 rebs, Mathis Monninghoff 14, Reischel 12
Belarus U16: Liutych 18+11 rebs, Strukau 10

Belgium U16-Germany U16 50:84
Belgium U16: Schwartz 8, Delva 7
Germany U16: Phillip Neumann 14+6 rebs, Mathis Monninghoff 13, Patrick Heckmann 12
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Chieti sees off another home loss - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16-Italy U16 74:72

Group A of U16 European Championship saw another loss of the home team. Greece defeated Italy 74:72 due to the last quarter. Nikos Terpos (200-G-79) led the winners with 19 points. Linos Chrysikopoulos (195-G-92) posted 18, while Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) added 10. Tommaso Ingrosso (205-G/F-92) ended up with 24 for the hosts and Nunzio Sabbatino (190-G-92) posted 12. For the Italians it was the second loss so far and they dropped to 0-2 while Greece celebrated their first win to take a 1-1 record. Italy will take on the Czech Republic tomorrow while Greece will face Serbia.
The game started offensively and both teams stayed close to each other. Pini with a jump-shot made it 13:13 in the middle of the first. Antonakis moved the guests in front at the end of the period. Linos Chrysikopoulos joined the party to maintain the gap and carry Greece to a 43:31 half time margin.
In the third quarter the spectators felt success as Italy scored lots of the baskets. They produced 33:20 in the quarter and had 64:63 win by end of it. Linos Chrysikopoulos adjusted himself first and scored four points in a row, as Greece took a 71:69 lead. Nikos Terpos scored for 74:69 with 8 seconds to play and the hosts could only reduced the gap in the end.

Greece U16: Nikos Terpos 19, Linos Chrysikopoulos 18, Giorgos Mavrogiannis 10
Italy U16: Tommaso Ingrosso 24, Nunzio Sabbatino 12


Greek U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Charalampos Karaiskos (192-G-92)
5 Petros Gripsios (200-F/C-92) of Ikaroi Serron
6 Nikos Terpos (194-G-92) of Asteria SBC Basketball
7 Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) of AEK Athens
8 Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) of G.S. Niki Volou

9 Panagiotis Papoulias (189-G-92) of G.S. Niki Volou
10 Thomas Tsalkitzis (190-G-92) of Iraklis Thessaloniki
11 Konstantinos Tagaris (204-F-92) of Panathinaikos Athens
12 Spyridon Motsenigos (190-G-92)
13 Charalampos Sikalidis (201-F-92) of PAO Panathinaikos Limassol (CYP)
14 Kyprianos Maragkos (203-C-94)
15 Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (203-F-92) of Aris Thessaloniki
Head Coach: Nikos Toufas
Coach Assistant: Dimitrios Avdalas


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


Giants pummel ASBA...again - by Stardeak Durand

Giants took a very good option Friday night before the 'Voila National Basket-ball Championship' All-Star break when they managed to register their sixth victory in the regular season over the team which had dismantled Exposant Basket-ball Team last week ( the 6th ), ASBA. ASBA couldnt find a way to stop the Giants who are more and more hungry for victory in this Haitian National Championship. Yet ASBA dominated the first quarter scoring the first basket of the game at 9:49 remaining by point guard Berwick Corriolan, Giants responded with a 2-point shot by Pascal Jeune. The first explosive basket in the game came at 8:03 to go when Christopher Philemon smashed the ball into the hoop. Pascal Jeune showed that he still is a sweet 3-point shooter when he wiped-out Jose Dacius and catapult the ball from down town to help Giants take the lead 13-12. Robenson Estelhomme dunk the ball at the buzzer and ASBA won the first quarter 20-16. The second quarter was also under the control of ASBA which scored 20 points ( as in the first ) to secure a 40-35 half-time lead.


But the third period was completely different from the first two. Haitians would say: 'Van an vire' in creole. Which means: 'The wind has changed direction'. And the leader was Kendy Jean-Franois. He scored 11 points in 4 minutes including two 3-pointers to help Giants take over the game 52-49 at 4:41 remaining in the period. Giants defense paid off and held ASBA to just 14 points in that third quarter at the end of wich the score was 66-54. Advantage Giants. Giants led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter wich starred Alonzo Dervil who wanted to help ASBA escape form its pitiful third quarter performances, but kind of too late. He hit four 3-pointers including the last basket of the game at the buzzer. The one that prevented Giants to win the by double-digits. ASBA lost another game to Giants, its eternal rival.


Five Giants players posted double digits scoring. Kendy Jean-Francois poured in 24 points on 7-of-18 shooting including 3-of-8 on 3-point field goals but dished out only 1 assist while Pascal Jeune finished with 17 points hitting only one of his 5 shots from-behind-the-arc. Center Bruce-Lee Paul also was good as he collected 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Giants second wall Christopher Philemon had another tremendous performance scoring 11 points to go along with 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Evans Gedeon contributed with 12 points on 4-of-5 field goals ( 2-of-3 on 3-point shooting ) and 2-of-2 free-throws.


Alonzo Dervil was the best player on the loosing side. He scored 28 points shooting 50 percent from the field including a 5-of-9 3-pointer but received less help from his teammates. Only two other ASBA players had 10-plus points : Robenson Estelhomme and Robenson Rejouis scored 11 and 10 points respectively.


There will be no game this week because next week-end is the...ALL STAR WEEK-END.




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WestBrabant Giants inks Seth Gorney - by Fred Roggen
This week, the WestBrabant Giants contracted the 25-year old American Seth Gorney (213-C-85) for one season. Seth Gorney comes from Ohio, He played four seasons in the team of Butler HS, played 32 games and averaged 4.3ppg, 5.2rpg last season.
The technical staff has contracted Gorney especially for his length.
Technical manager Marcel Lohr: ' Our team for next season was still lacking length and there are quite a few teams in the Netherlands that has a lot of length on their rosters '.


Netherlands U16 opened Group B of U16 European Championship Men Division B - by Eurobasket News
Austria U16 and Netherlands U16 opened Group B of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. It was a good game from both teams throughout the whole campaign. Austria won the opening tip and had 20:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Netherlands U16 bounced back with 20:12 only in the third to close the gap. A 20:17 in the last quarter was however beneficial for Austria that won 66:64. Ferdinand Saukel (196-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Novas Mateo collected 14 points and 14 boards, while Kramer added 12. De Haas finished the game with 26 in the losing effort and Burger posted 14.
In the second game for both teams Montenegro U16 overcame Netherlands U16 93:75. The winners took the lead from the first minutes and enjoyed 26:18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They won also the second and the third quarters to have a good deficit before the last stanza. Djordan and Novakovic paced all the winners with 18 points. Vulevic followed them with 14 as his team is now 2-0 in the group. Burger ended up with 18 points in defeat and De Haas posted 17.

Netherlands U16-Austria U16 64:66
Netherlands U16: De Haas 26, Burger 14
Austria U16: Ferdinand Saukel 16+13 rebs, Novas Mateo 14+14 rebs, Kramer 12

Montenegro U16-Netherlands U16 93:75
Montenegro U16: Djordan 18, Novakovic 18+12 rebs, Vulevic 14
Netherlands U16: Burger 18, De Haas 17


Holland wins and lost in Slovakia - by Fred Roggen
Due to a change in the programme, showing the first game was moved to Thursday, the day of arrival of the Dutch squad. After a debilitating journey of about nine hours, the team of the new coach Gdi Kedar just arrived before the game against Portugal, which resulted in an unsuccessful 67-51 defeat against Portugal.
Although it was plagued by numerous setbacks that a mentally lesser team would have knocked out, won Holland the second game against Slovakia with 69-80.
Worse of all was that pointguard Sam Jones fell out with a serious hip and kneeinjury, how seriously the coming days will show, but the fact is that the naturalized American not can be missed.
Also Stefan Wessels and Kees Akerboom fell out with an injury
Coach Gadi Kedar however, has already forged a strong collective in a short time. After a 12-19 disadvantage, Holland went ahead at halftime with 45-39 thanks to the benchplayers Harvey van Steijn, Henk Norel and Rogier Jansen.
In the second half the Dutch team extended the lead to 41-52 but the Slovakian switched to a zone-defense and the Dutch team had big problems to made a score, nevertheless knew the increasingly decimated team to face the enemy advance by excellent defending.
Fransisco Elson led the winners with 14 points, Peter van Paassen nailed 12 while Harvey van Steijn added 9 points.


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Spain U16 recovers from the first loss - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16- Hungary U16 99:48

Spain U16 got their initial win in Day 2 of Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. It was not difficult to stun Hungarian side 99:48. Joan Tomas paced the winners with 23 points. Mas netted 16, while De Pinto scored 9. Norbert Timko (205-C-92) top-scored for Hungary with 10 points, whilst Tamas Koller (192-F-92) and Pongo hit 9 each. The winners climbed to a 1-1 record as Hungary suffered their second big defeat in a row and dropped to 0-2.
When the teams exchanged the baskets in the first minutes of the game Spain provided 9-0 run for 11:2 lead. Hungary did not give up at that moment and Bodor to 18:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. By then Spain have already scored 20 points in a row to take a 42:20 lead at the half. De Pinto's three sent the teams to the lockers with no doubt for the winner.
Spain did not stop and increased the lead from time to time. Marzo's jump-shot opened the second half and Ventura closed the third at 67:39. In the last period the favorites desired to reach three digits numbers but Hungary stayed tough. With 13-0 run in the end Spain stopped at 99:48 but was gladly satisfied with the achieved result.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 23, Mas 16, De Pinto 9
Hungary U16: Norbert Timko 10, Tamas Koller 9, Pongo 9


Trummer re-signed with Kormend - by Tamas Deri
Hungarian forward Rudolf Trummer (196-F-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) signed his two-years contract with Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend. The 30 years old forward played in 36 games last season and averaged 9.1 points, while shooting the threes with 41.6%. He will play his 14th season in his hometown.
'We had long and hard discussions during the summer, but i am very happy that we could agree and i did not have to leave my hometown! I had a small surgery in July, but will start to practice on the 21st of August with the team. I am very happy to be able to play in the Eurochallenge and hope to get into the next round.' - said the player.


Szolnok: roster complete (?) - by Tamas Deri
Leonard Houston (191-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Drake) will be arriving on the 23rd of August to Hungary and spending a week tryout with the team of Szolnok. The american guard just graduated on the University DRAKE, which had a great NCAA season 2007-08, got ranked 39th in the nation. The 191 cm tall guard played in 33 games last season and averaged 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes on the court per game. The rookie guard is one explosive guard with very explosive penetrations and nice shoots (42.2% from the field, 34.4 % 3pt's, 76.7 % FT's), who should be replacing Vernard Hollins in the next season.

Hungarian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Misek
4 Tamas Koller (187-G-92) of Bajai Bacska FKE
5 Balazs Szucs (195-F-92)
6 Bence Delity (192-F-92) of Bajai Bacska FKE
7 David Pek (192-G-92)
8 Adam Varga (190-G-92)
9 Martin Pongo (180-G-92)
10 Norbert Timko (205-C/F-92)
11 Gergo Jenei (192-G-92)
12 Szabolcs Somogyfoki (198-F-92)
13 Bence Bodor (204-F-92)
14 Martin Somenek (197-F-93)
15 Levente Misek (191-G-93)
Head Coach: Jozsef Radovics
Coach Assistants: Ildiko Varadine Szarka , Laszlo Rezak


Rashad Bell is back to Hungary - by Tamas Deri
Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) signed his one year contract with the team of Albacomp, so even the roster of that team seems to be complete for the next season! The 202 cm tall american forward played already in Hungary, in the season 2006-07 he averaged 25.4 points, (1st in the league) 9.1 rebounds, (4th in the league) 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. After his very succesfull season Bell signed in Italy, with the second division team of Rimini and put up great numbers again: 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

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  ICELAND   


Palsson leads Iceland U16 to the first win - by Eurobasket News
Iceland won one game and lost another in the start of U16 tournament. Bosnia, being the host of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo started the campaign with two wins. In the opener Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 overcame Iceland U16 93:57. The home side opened the game with 23:10 and then improved to 27:15 in the second. Adis Begagic led the winners with 21 points. Petrovic nailed 17, while Miletic posted 11. Palsson ended up with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Kristjansson added 9.
Iceland U16 won over Austria U16 69:58 in Day 2 of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Palsson was unstoppable with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Fjeldsted supported him with 15 points and Kristjansson added 14. Diesner top-scored for Austria with 12 points and Saukel collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Iceland U16 grabbed 24:13 lead after the opening quarter to be in front until the end of the game. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group B.

Iceland U16-Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 57:93
Iceland U16: Palsson 11+10 rebs, Kristjansson 9
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Adis Begagic 21, Petrovic, F. 17, Miletic 11

Austria U16-Iceland U16 58:69
Austria U16: Diesner 12, Saukel 11+11 rebs
Iceland U16: Palsson 27+15 rebs, Fjeldsted 15, Kristjansson 14


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  ISRAEL   


Israeli U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Lavie
4 David Levy (198-F-92)
5 Tamir Simchony (192-G-92)
6 Ram Elias-Pour (-93)
7 Bar Reuven (205-F-92)
8 Michael Zalmanovici (-92)
9 Ben Daoudi (194-F-92)
10 Tomer Ber Aven (196-G-92)

11 Sean Labanowski (-92)
12 Tom Slutsky (-92)
13 Niv Solomon (205-C-92)
14 Gay Lavie (188-G-92)

15 Bar Timor (-92)
Head Coach: Avi Even
Coach Assistant: Daniel Shashar


Russia controls Group D - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16 -Russia U16 44:76

In the game for the first game after Day 2 Russia beat Israel to send them to 1-1. Russia achieved 76:44 win and improved to 2-0 record. Dmitry Kulagin (192-G-92) paced all the winners with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Loginov netted 9, while Varnakov scored 8. Lavie top-scored with 10 points for Israel, Solomon, Tamir Simchony (185-G-92) and Elias-Pour added 7.

Group D of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men saw a good start from Russia and Israel but only the first team could follow the positive feedback. Lavie gave Israel the last lead at 14:12 by the end of the first period. In the second quarter Russia was too good for the opponent. The winners used an amazing 29:3 to take over the game. Russia established on the way to a 41:17 Russian lead as Dmitry Kulagin closed the first half.
In the second half the game remained in the same current. Russia won the third period 17:15 and increased the lead to 58:32 after thirty minutes of the game. In the last period Israel gave up and lost the quarter 12:18 as well as the game 44:76. Tomorrow Russia will face Georgia, while Israel will meet France.

Israel U16: Lavie 10, Solomon 7, Tamir Simchony 7, Elias-Pour 7
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 24+6 rebs, Loginov 9, Varnakov 8


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  ITALY   


Chieti sees off another home loss - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16-Italy U16 74:72

Group A of U16 European Championship saw another loss of the home team. Greece defeated Italy 74:72 due to the last quarter. Nikos Terpos (200-G-79) led the winners with 19 points. Linos Chrysikopoulos (195-G-92) posted 18, while Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) added 10. Tommaso Ingrosso (205-G/F-92) ended up with 24 for the hosts and Nunzio Sabbatino (190-G-92) posted 12. For the Italians it was the second loss so far and they dropped to 0-2 while Greece celebrated their first win to take a 1-1 record. Italy will take on the Czech Republic tomorrow while Greece will face Serbia.
The game started offensively and both teams stayed close to each other. Pini with a jump-shot made it 13:13 in the middle of the first. Antonakis moved the guests in front at the end of the period. Linos Chrysikopoulos joined the party to maintain the gap and carry Greece to a 43:31 half time margin.
In the third quarter the spectators felt success as Italy scored lots of the baskets. They produced 33:20 in the quarter and had 64:63 win by end of it. Linos Chrysikopoulos adjusted himself first and scored four points in a row, as Greece took a 71:69 lead. Nikos Terpos scored for 74:69 with 8 seconds to play and the hosts could only reduced the gap in the end.

Greece U16: Nikos Terpos 19, Linos Chrysikopoulos 18, Giorgos Mavrogiannis 10
Italy U16: Tommaso Ingrosso 24, Nunzio Sabbatino 12


Italian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Gentile
4 Andrea Traini (178-G-92)
5 Antonello Ricci (185-G-92) of Scavolini Spar Pesaro
6 Andrea Quarisa (202-C-92) of Benetton Treviso
7 Marco Ceron (190-G-92) of Benetton Treviso
8 Bruno Esono Ondo Mengue (192-G-92)
9 Fabio Mian (192-F-92)
10 Giorgio Sgobba (200-F-92) of Montepaschi Siena
11 Nunzio Sabbatino (190-G-92) of Montepaschi Siena
12 Tommaso Ingrosso (205-F-92) of Montepaschi Siena
13 Gabriele Spizzichini (192-G-92)
14 Giovanni Pini (200-F/C-92) of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia
15 Alessandro Gentile (196-G/F-92) of Benetton Treviso

Head Coach: Antonio Bocchino
Coach Assistants: Germano D'Arcangeli , Federico Fuca


Shawn Kemp lands on Serie A - by Gianni Pascucci
Another big name will play next season in Italy: 'the Reignman' Shawn Kemp (209-F-69, college: Trinity Valley JC) inked yesterday a contract with Premiata Montegranaro and he will come back on the courts after 5 years of retire. Despite being almost 39, he is in good shape and willing to outstood in Italian league. The Premiata deal was allowed by the good relationship and the friendship between Kemp and Roberto Carmenati , the new Team Director of Montegranaro. Kemp is expected to join the team at the beginning of September. No details have been disclosed yet about the terms of the agreement.

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  KUWAIT   


Pitts signs for Al Kuwait - by Ali Ahmed
Al Kuwait SC basketball team management agreed terms with the American Guard Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) to play for them this season 2008/2009.




Awards/Achievements:
All-SWBL 1st Team -99
SWBL Finalist -00,01
Asian Club Championships -01(Semifinals + Best Scorer award), 02(bronze), 04(finalist)
Syrian League Champion -03
Syrian Cup Winner -03, 04
Asian Club Championships winner -03 (MVP)
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -05, 06
Iranian Superleague Finalist -05
WABA Cup Finalist -05
Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team -05
Asia-Basket.com Iranian Superleague All-Imports Team -05
Iranian Superleague Champion -06
Tehran Cup Winner -06
Arab Club Championships -07 (Quarterfinals)
Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships 2nd Team -07
Kuwait League Regular Season Champion -08
Kuwait League Runner-Up -08
Arab Club Championships -08 (Semifinals) (Top Scorer, Best 3PT shooter)
Gulf Club Championships Finalist -08
Asia-Basket.com All-21st Arab Clubs Championship 1st Team -08


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  LATVIA   


Croatia U16 celebrated their debut win - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Croatia U16 75:97

Croatia U16 celebrated their debut win in U16 European Championship held in Italy. Croatia overcame Latvia U16 97:75 with one step to reach three digits. Boris Barac (184-G-92) led the winners with 22 points. Ramljak hit 17, while Kucan added 16. Misters top-scored for Latvia with 27 points and Edmunds Dukulis (197-F-92) had 17. Both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record with the last decisive day ahead of them. Croatia will try to maintain Poland on the last day of the stage, while Latvia will face Turkey in a tough battle.
The teams started offensively but only one of them continued in the same current. Croatia hit it right from the start behind a 10-0 run late in the first quarter for 19:10. Latvia could catch up and Rogic made it 30:20. Vecvagars's three held Latvia within 10 for 29:39. Ramljak however made it 66:46 for Croatia after the third period. With only 10 minutes left to play the Baltic team did not give up and reduced to 8. Misters got in the groove scoring 13 points in less than four minutes of the fourth quarter, as Latvia came to 75:67. It was a great move, but was not enough for the total success. Croatia wins the game and ties the record at 1-1.

Latvia U16: Misters 27, Edmunds Dukulis 17
Croatia U16: Boris Barac 22, Ramljak 17, Kucan 16


Latvian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Dukulis
4 Sandis Bets (189-G-92)
5 Arturs Bremers (186-G-92)
6 Andris Misters (192-G-92)

7 Svens Vilks (202-F-92)
8 Davis Bertans (200-F-92)
9 Renars Magone (198-F-92)

10 Janis Timma (194-F-92)
11 Niks Saknitis (202-F-92)
12 Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) of ASK Kadeti-2
13 Niks Neverciks (185-G-92)
14 Martins Zarans (180-G-92)
15 Kaspars Vecvagars (188-G-93)
Head Coach: Raitis Silarajs
Coach Assistant: Peteris Ozolins


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Lukas Zemaitis (180-G-92)
5 Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) of Silute
6 Evaldas Aniulis (182-G-92)

7 Edgaras Ulanovas (196-F-92)
8 Dovydas Redikas (193-F-92)
9 Jonas Valanciunas (209-C-92)
10 Rimvydas Brencius (200-F-92)

11 Tautvydas Sabonis (202-F-92)
12 Tomas Urbonas (214-C-92)
13 Vytenis Cizauskas (188-G-92) of Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas
14 Rolandas Jakstas (198-F-92)
15 Taurantas Tamosiunas (188-F-92)
Head Coach: Kazys Maksvytis
Coach Assistants: Egidijus Vasiliauskas , Aurimas Jasilionis


Lithuania U16 defeats Ukraine U16 for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16- Lithuania U16 63:78

Lithuania U16 won the second game of U16 European Championship. In the game of the leaders of Group B the Baltic state overcame Ukraine U16 78:63. Deividas Pukis (192-G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Valanciunas netted 20, while Vytenis Cizauskas (187-G-92) posted 16. Prokopenko top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 16 points. Lithuania is in first place with a 2-0 record while Ukraine dropped to 1-1 and will try to recover tomorrow from the 15 point loss. Lithuania will take on Hungary tomorrow while Ukraine will face Spain.
It was Ukraine to open the scoring list in the game. Prokopenko made a lay-up and scored the first points against Lithuania. Ukraine played a bit stronger and Mishula closed the first at 23:21. The second quarter belonged to the winners that took control of the game. Ulanovas gave his team 36:31 at the halftime.
Redikas made it 44:33, and several minutes later Valanciunas set the difference on 16 right before the teams entered the last period. Prokopenko reduced it to 49:60 with 7 minutes remaining. Krutous gave another chance to save the game hitting for 60:70. Lithuania however made a 8-0 run to seal the second straight win.

Ukraine U16: Prokopenko 16, Bobrov 14, Mishula 11
Lithuania U16: Deividas Pukis 22+6 rebs, Valanciunas 20, Vytenis Cizauskas 16


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg U16 plays in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U16 started the campaign in Sarajevo at the U16 European Championship Men Division B. Belarus U16 overcame Luxembourg U16 91:58 in the opener of U16 European Championship Men Division B. Belarus notched 29:12 advantage after the opening quarter to have an easy end of the game. Moreover Belarus won all the periods in the campaign. Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) and Zakhar top-scored with 16 points, while Strukau netted 15. Melcher ended up with 21 points, while Schmit posted 8.
Luxembourg U16 and Slovak Republic U16 battled for the first win in Day 2 of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Luxembourg U16 first won two periods and had 14 points at the halftime. Slovak Republic U16 bounced back with 26:16 in the third period and then finished the fourth with 20:16. In overtime Slovak Republic U16 was stronger 14:11 as well as in the game 90:87. Luley led the winners with 27 points and 4 rebounds. Zibrinyi collected 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Moravek had 15 points and 17 boards. Schmit top-scored in defeat with 24, while Melcher netted 23.

Belarus U16-Luxembourg U16 91:58
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych 16, Zakhar 16, Strukau 15
Luxembourg U16: Melcher 21, Schmit 8

Luxembourg U16- Slovak Republic U16 87:90 OT
Luxembourg U16: Schmit 24, Melcher 23
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 27+4 rebs, Zibrinyi 23+10 rebs, Moravek 15+17 rebs


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  MONTENEGRO   


Lalovic , Tepavcevic and Stojanovic inks for Primorje - by Dragan Scepanovic

Basketball Club PRIMORJE from Herceg Novi and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex baskteball players of Basketball Club Mogren Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) and Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) and ex basketball palyer of Basketball Club ABS Primorje Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) singed contract for new season with Basketball Club PRIMORJE.Boris Lalovic was MVP orf regular par of season 2007-2008.Management of Basketball Club PRIMORJE finsih all details with other five basketball players STEVOVIC Ratko,MIHAJLOVIC Denis,MILJANIC Slobiodan and ZAMBELIC Dusan.New Head coach are GLOMAZIC Zoran ex Head coach of Basketball Club Mogren in season 2007-2008



Marko Calic inks for BC Ulcinj - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Ulcinj and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Mogren Budva Marko Calic (197-F-86) singed new 1-year contract with Basketball Club Ulcinj for basketball season 2008-2009.Before Basketball Ulcinj Mrako Calic play for Basketball Clubs : Niksic,Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade, Buducnost Podgorica,Mogren Budva, Danilovgrad,Ulcinj and Mogren Budva.In season 2007-2008 for Baksteball Club Mogren Budva Marko Calic play 20 games : 12.1ppg,2.1rpg

Montenegro U16 starts Division B with 2 wins - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 and Denmark opened Group B of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Denmark U16 grabbed 20:19 after the first 10 minutes of the game but then could not stay with the stronger team. Montenegro U16 bounced back with 29:16 in the second period and mounted in 32:8 in the third. Montenegro U16 even reached 103:57 to win the opener of the competition. Mladen Novakovic (-92), M. led the winners with 19 points. Djurisic nailed 17, while Pajovic and Djordan posted 11 each. Haas top-scored in the losing effort with 16 points.
In the second game for both teams Montenegro U16 overcame Netherlands U16 93:75. The winners took the lead from the first minutes and enjoyed 26:18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They won also the second and the third quarters to have a good deficit before the last stanza. Djordan and Mladen Novakovic paced all the winners with 18 points. Vulevic followed them with 14 as his team is now 2-0 in the group. Burger ended up with 18 points in defeat and De Haas posted 17.

Denmark U16-Montenegro U16 57:103
Denmark U16: Haas 16, Dossing 8, Tvilstegaard 8
Montenegro U16: Mladen Novakovic, 19, Djurisic 17, Pajovic 11, Djordan 11

Montenegro U16-Netherlands U16 93:75
Montenegro U16: Djordan 18, Mladen Novakovic 18+12 rebs, Vulevic 14
Netherlands U16: Burger 18, De Haas 17


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  NBA   


Olympic Games: USA smashes Spain scoring 119 points - by Eurobasket News
Spain - USA 82-119

Once again USA demonstrated its power on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and his teammates cruise past reining World champion Spain remaining the only undefeated team in Preliminary Group B after four days. Thus, USA already secured a top position in Group B while the second place belongs to Spain.

After 11-11 at the middle of the opening quarter, USA made 18-5 run. During the last 2 minutes of this period Spain succeeded to respond with mini 5-2 series for 22-31 after ten minutes. Very soon USA stretched advantage to 14 points, which happened at the half way of second frame. It seemed that all USA players are in a game mood which resulted with 61 points in the first half. Nothing has changed later. After lay-up by Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California), USA touched plus 24 in 23rd minute. Spain tried to do something through Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Felipe Reyes (6'8''-F/C-80) but it for sure wasn't enough against powerful Dream Team, which maximum advantage in this game was 37 points, how much it was at the end.

Interesting is that USA Dream Team had 8 players which scored more then 10 points. It talks everything about the today's game. LeBron James was the best one for the winning team adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for 28 minutes. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) followed him with 16 points and 6 rebounds while Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) also had 16. Center Felipe Reyes shined in Spain collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds. Pau Gasol was behind him with 13 points and 6 boards. In the next round USA will play against Germany while Spain will meet Angola.


Spain - USA 82-119
(22-31, 23-30, 18-25, 19-33)

Spain:
Felipe Reyes 19 (8 rebs), Pau Gasol 13 (6 rebs)
USA: LeBron James 18 (5 rebs, 8 as), Dwyane Wade 16 (6 rebs), Carmelo Anthony 16


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania4-0
2. Argentina3-1
3. Australia2-2
4. Croatia2-2
5. Russia1-3
6. Iran0-4
Group B
1. USA4-0
2. Spain3-1
3. China2-2
4. Greece2-2
5. Germany1-3
6. Angola0-4


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  POLAND   


A big surprise of the U16 championship - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Poland U16 59:60

Poland U16 created a big surprise tonight as the team overcame Turkey in U16 European Championship Day 2. Polish team grabbed 60:59 win when Leszczynski made two free throws in the end. Stalicki led the winners with 24 points, while Mlynarski scored 10. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) had 18 points and tremendous 17 rebounds, whilst Ali Salkim (-86) posted 9. Poland now tied their record with Turkey at 1-1 before the last day of the first stage. Poland will face Croatia tomorrow as Turkey will play Latvia to decide the outcome of the group.
Turkey could hardly match Poland in the opening quarter. When Enes Kanter tied the game at 4:4 Polish team pushed the tempo for good. They arrived with an 11-2 run at the end of the first quarter, on the way to a surprising 22:11 lead at the end of the first. With 15:15 in the second period Poland remained on top with 37:26 at the half.
The third quarter was very productive for Turkey that caught up with their opponent. Vardal tied the game at 43:43 and then Kaspar brought Turkey 45:43 entering the last period. The score was tied two times in the final stanza, but Polish was luckier to win. After 58:57 Leszczynski increased his team's lead to 3 points. Enes Kanter reduced the gap to one from the free throw line having 15 seconds to play. Poland stayed calm and held the winning score.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 18+17 rebs, Ali Salkim 9
Poland U16: Stalicki 24, Mlynarski 10


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4 Wojciech Leszczynski (187-G-92)
5 Mateusz Dziemba (188-G-92)
6 Kacper Stalicki (194-F-92)
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (185-G-92)

8 Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz (201-F-92)
9 Adrian Barszczyk (188-G-92)
10 Lukasz Jaskiewicz (200-F-92)
11 Marceli Dziemba (186-G-92)
12 Bartlomiej Bojko (200-C-92)
13 Kacper Mlynarski (200-F-92) of KKS Resovia Rzeszow

14 Piotr Niedzwiedzki (204-F-93)
15 Przemyslaw Karnowski (210-C-93)
Head Coach: Piotr Bakun
Coach Assistant: Bartlomiej Perzanowski


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  RUSSIA   


Russia controls Group D - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16 -Russia U16 44:76

In the game for the first game after Day 2 Russia beat Israel to send them to 1-1. Russia achieved 76:44 win and improved to 2-0 record. Dmitry Kulagin (192-G-92) paced all the winners with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Loginov netted 9, while Varnakov scored 8. Lavie top-scored with 10 points for Israel, Solomon, Tamir Simchony (185-G-92) and Elias-Pour added 7.

Group D of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men saw a good start from Russia and Israel but only the first team could follow the positive feedback. Lavie gave Israel the last lead at 14:12 by the end of the first period. In the second quarter Russia was too good for the opponent. The winners used an amazing 29:3 to take over the game. Russia established on the way to a 41:17 Russian lead as Dmitry Kulagin closed the first half.
In the second half the game remained in the same current. Russia won the third period 17:15 and increased the lead to 58:32 after thirty minutes of the game. In the last period Israel gave up and lost the quarter 12:18 as well as the game 44:76. Tomorrow Russia will face Georgia, while Israel will meet France.

Israel U16: Lavie 10, Solomon 7, Tamir Simchony 7, Elias-Pour 7
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 24+6 rebs, Loginov 9, Varnakov 8


Russian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Viktor Zaryazhko (198-F-92)
5 Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92)
6 Artem Nikulichev (184-G-92) of Spartak St.Petersburg

7 Denis Sidletskiy (186-G-92)
8 Pavel Kuryshkin (196-G/F-92) of CSKA-Trinta Moscow
9 Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) of CSKA Moscow
10 Mikhail Karpachev (188-F-92) of CSK VVS Samara
11 Victor Pavlenko (194-F-92) of Dynamo Moscow
12 Alexander Menshikh (198-F-92)
13 Alexey Nazarov (202-C-92) of CSK VVS Samara

14 Dmitry Shirna (208-C-92)
15 Andrey Loginov (202-F-93)
Head Coach: Alexey Zhukov
Coach Assistant: Zoran Lukic


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  SERBIA   


Czech Republic U16 creates a sensation - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Czech Republic U16 52:57

Czech Republic U16 won the second game of U16 European Championship in Italy. Trailing 10:18 after the opening quarter the Czechs grabbed 57:52 win over Serbia U16. Tomas Vyoral (175-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Milan Ryska (202-C-92, agency: PPGroup) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Pavel Kriz (195-F/C-86) netted 9. Mladenovic top-scored with 17 points in defeat and Siladi had 9. The Czechs are still perfect with a 2-0 record while Serbia have dropped to 1-1. Tomorrow Czech Republic will take on the local team of Italy while Serbia will play Greece.
Serbia was a favorite and proved it with an easy start. The team quickly climbed to a 15:3 lead when Mladenovic made a lay-up. Honomichl reduced the gap for his team for 18:10 in the end of the first. Czech Republic U16 found the way to tie the score at 24:24 with 2 minutes in the second. The Czechs completed a 15-2 to hold a 34:28 lead midway in the third. Siladi closed the period at 40:43 with 10 minutes to play. Serbia tied the score again for 45:45. Siladi gave his team 50:49 lead after a jump-shot. Czech Republic U16 however created a 8-2 run to seal the second straight win.

Serbia U16: Mladenovic 17, Siladi 9
Czech Republic U16: Tomas Vyoral 12, Milan Ryska 10+9 rebs, Pavel Kriz 9


Serbian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92)
5 Bogic Vujosevic (188-G-92) of BC Novi Sad Panonska Banka
6 Aleksandar Cvetkovic (180-G-93)
7 Vukasin Petkovic (197-F-92)
8 Nikola Sicevic (200-F-92)
9 Luka Igrutinovic (194-G-92)
10 Aleksandar Radenkovic (185-G-92) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
11 Nikola Siladi (206-F-92)
12 Nemanja Besovic (218-C-92) of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad
13 Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92) of Vizura Beograd
14 Stefan Nastic (210-C-92)
15 Bozo Dumic (206-F-92)
Head Coach: Dragan Vascanin
Coach Assistant: Marko Vuckovic


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Slovak Republic U16 needed overtime to beat Luxembourg U16 - by Eurobasket News
Estonia started the U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. The team had already played two games and reached one win in them.
Estonia won the opener of the tournament beating Slovak Republic U16 82:60. Estonia managed to take the lead in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Slovak Republic U16 could win only the last period 23:21 but it was not enough to catch up with the opponent. Raap led the winners with 18 points. Puidet posted 16, while Vaino hit 14. Jaroslav Moravek (-92) top-scored for Slovak Republic with 10 points, Galata and Svitek netted 9 each.
Luxembourg U16 and Slovak Republic U16 battled for the first win in Day 2 of U16 European Championship Men Division B in Sarajevo. Luxembourg U16 first won two periods and had 14 points at the halftime. Slovak Republic U16 bounced back with 26:16 in the third period and then finished the fourth with 20:16. In overtime Slovak Republic U16 was stronger 14:11 as well as in the game 90:87. Luley led the winners with 27 points and 4 rebounds. Zibrinyi collected 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Jaroslav Moravek had 15 points and 17 boards. Schmit top-scored in defeat with 24, while Melcher netted 23.

Slovak Republic U16-Estonia U16 60:82
Slovak Republic U16: Jaroslav Moravek 10, Galata 9, Svitek 9
Estonia U16: Raap 18, Puidet 16, Vaino 14

Luxembourg U16- Slovak Republic U16 87:90 OT
Luxembourg U16: Schmit 24, Melcher 23
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 27+4 rebs, Zibrinyi 23+10 rebs, Jaroslav Moravek 15+17 rebs


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Spanish U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Albert Ventura (190-F-92)
5 Michel Acosta (200-F-92)
6 Carles Marzo (197-G-92) of AXA F.C. Barcelona

7 Joan Creus (183-G-92)
8 Pedro Farina (196-F-92)
9 Joan Tomas (200-F-92)
10 Adria Montero (188-G-92)
11 Miguel Servera (195-F-92)
12 Javier De Pinto (193-F-92)
13 Alejandro Igual (189-G-92)
14 Francisco Blanco (203-C-92)
15 Jordi Mas (209-C-92)
Head Coach: Josep Raventos
Coach Assistants: Manolo Aller , Sergio Jimenez


Spain U16 recovers from the first loss - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16- Hungary U16 99:48

Spain U16 got their initial win in Day 2 of Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. It was not difficult to stun Hungarian side 99:48. Joan Tomas paced the winners with 23 points. Mas netted 16, while De Pinto scored 9. Norbert Timko (205-C-92) top-scored for Hungary with 10 points, whilst Tamas Koller (192-F-92) and Pongo hit 9 each. The winners climbed to a 1-1 record as Hungary suffered their second big defeat in a row and dropped to 0-2.
When the teams exchanged the baskets in the first minutes of the game Spain provided 9-0 run for 11:2 lead. Hungary did not give up at that moment and Bodor to 18:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. By then Spain have already scored 20 points in a row to take a 42:20 lead at the half. De Pinto's three sent the teams to the lockers with no doubt for the winner.
Spain did not stop and increased the lead from time to time. Marzo's jump-shot opened the second half and Ventura closed the third at 67:39. In the last period the favorites desired to reach three digits numbers but Hungary stayed tough. With 13-0 run in the end Spain stopped at 99:48 but was gladly satisfied with the achieved result.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 23, Mas 16, De Pinto 9
Hungary U16: Norbert Timko 10, Tamas Koller 9, Pongo 9


Olympic Games: USA smashes Spain scoring 119 points - by Eurobasket News
Spain - USA 82-119

Once again USA demonstrated its power on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and his teammates cruise past reining World champion Spain remaining the only undefeated team in Preliminary Group B after four days. Thus, USA already secured a top position in Group B while the second place belongs to Spain.

After 11-11 at the middle of the opening quarter, USA made 18-5 run. During the last 2 minutes of this period Spain succeeded to respond with mini 5-2 series for 22-31 after ten minutes. Very soon USA stretched advantage to 14 points, which happened at the half way of second frame. It seemed that all USA players are in a game mood which resulted with 61 points in the first half. Nothing has changed later. After lay-up by Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California), USA touched plus 24 in 23rd minute. Spain tried to do something through Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Felipe Reyes (6'8''-F/C-80) but it for sure wasn't enough against powerful Dream Team, which maximum advantage in this game was 37 points, how much it was at the end.

Interesting is that USA Dream Team had 8 players which scored more then 10 points. It talks everything about the today's game. LeBron James was the best one for the winning team adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for 28 minutes. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) followed him with 16 points and 6 rebounds while Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) also had 16. Center Felipe Reyes shined in Spain collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds. Pau Gasol was behind him with 13 points and 6 boards. In the next round USA will play against Germany while Spain will meet Angola.


Spain - USA 82-119
(22-31, 23-30, 18-25, 19-33)

Spain:
Felipe Reyes 19 (8 rebs), Pau Gasol 13 (6 rebs)
USA: LeBron James 18 (5 rebs, 8 as), Dwyane Wade 16 (6 rebs), Carmelo Anthony 16


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  TURKEY   


Turkish U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Berkay Candan (200-F-93)
5 Serkan Avci (190-G-92)
6 Kevin Kaspar (180-G-92)
7 Kerem Hotic (195-G/F-93) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
8 Metin Salkim (187-G-92)
9 Ramazan Tekin (210-C-93)
10 Safak Edge (185-G-92)
11 Burak Yuksel (203-F-92)
12 Murat Kutlu (197-F-92)

13 Mustafa Bergansa (202-F-92)
14 Yigit Vardal (189-F-92)
15 Enes Kanter (205-C-92) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Head Coach: Mustafa Derin
Coach Assistants: Ceyhun Cabadak , Ilker Salmn


A big surprise of the U16 championship - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Poland U16 59:60

Poland U16 created a big surprise tonight as the team overcame Turkey in U16 European Championship Day 2. Polish team grabbed 60:59 win when Leszczynski made two free throws in the end. Stalicki led the winners with 24 points, while Mlynarski scored 10. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) had 18 points and tremendous 17 rebounds, whilst Ali Salkim (-86) posted 9. Poland now tied their record with Turkey at 1-1 before the last day of the first stage. Poland will face Croatia tomorrow as Turkey will play Latvia to decide the outcome of the group.
Turkey could hardly match Poland in the opening quarter. When Enes Kanter tied the game at 4:4 Polish team pushed the tempo for good. They arrived with an 11-2 run at the end of the first quarter, on the way to a surprising 22:11 lead at the end of the first. With 15:15 in the second period Poland remained on top with 37:26 at the half.
The third quarter was very productive for Turkey that caught up with their opponent. Vardal tied the game at 43:43 and then Kaspar brought Turkey 45:43 entering the last period. The score was tied two times in the final stanza, but Polish was luckier to win. After 58:57 Leszczynski increased his team's lead to 3 points. Enes Kanter reduced the gap to one from the free throw line having 15 seconds to play. Poland stayed calm and held the winning score.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 18+17 rebs, Ali Salkim 9
Poland U16: Stalicki 24, Mlynarski 10


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Ukrainian U16 National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Klym Artamonov (175-G-93)
5 Oleg Yalans'kyy (185-G-92)
6 Pavlo Krutous (192-F-92)
7 Olexandr Mishula (185-G-92)
8 Olexandr Omel'chenko (194-F-92)
9 Yuriy Ivashchenko (198-F-92)
10 Oleksandr Prokopenko (192-F-92)
11 Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92)
12 Dmytro Marchenko (200-F-92)

13 Roman Virastiuk (201-C-92)
14 Vyacheslav Motorchuk (205-C-92)
15 Kostyantyn Anikiyenko (214-C-92)
Head Coach: Vitaliy Cherniy
Coach Assistant: Sergiy Moskalenko


Lithuania U16 defeats Ukraine U16 for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16- Lithuania U16 63:78

Lithuania U16 won the second game of U16 European Championship. In the game of the leaders of Group B the Baltic state overcame Ukraine U16 78:63. Deividas Pukis (192-G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Valanciunas netted 20, while Vytenis Cizauskas (187-G-92) posted 16. Prokopenko top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 16 points. Lithuania is in first place with a 2-0 record while Ukraine dropped to 1-1 and will try to recover tomorrow from the 15 point loss. Lithuania will take on Hungary tomorrow while Ukraine will face Spain.
It was Ukraine to open the scoring list in the game. Prokopenko made a lay-up and scored the first points against Lithuania. Ukraine played a bit stronger and Mishula closed the first at 23:21. The second quarter belonged to the winners that took control of the game. Ulanovas gave his team 36:31 at the halftime.
Redikas made it 44:33, and several minutes later Valanciunas set the difference on 16 right before the teams entered the last period. Prokopenko reduced it to 49:60 with 7 minutes remaining. Krutous gave another chance to save the game hitting for 60:70. Lithuania however made a 8-0 run to seal the second straight win.

Ukraine U16: Prokopenko 16, Bobrov 14, Mishula 11
Lithuania U16: Deividas Pukis 22+6 rebs, Valanciunas 20, Vytenis Cizauskas 16


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Patton to be Thunder's General - by George Manousidis
Worthing Thunder's team building plans ahead of their first season in the BBL took another step towards completion with the announcement that Ryan Patton (180-G-78, college: Youngstown St.) will lead the team from the point guard position.

The 6'0' guard from Ohio was EBL Division 1 MVP with Sheffield Arrows in 2004/05, where he averaged 30 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists a game, hitting 42% of his three point attempts.

A serious car accident curtailed his career, but now fully fit again, he will join Thunder having just finished a spell in Qatar where he averaged 15 points and 6 assists per game.

Thunder Operations Director Alan Sweetman-Hicks is pleased that Patton has chosen to join Thunder:

'I'm sure most Thunder fans will remember Ryan from his performances with the Arrows, particularly his last-second shot to beat us in the National Cup semi finals and then controlling the National Trophy Final at the Brighton Centre.

'Had it not been for his accident I'm sure he would have moved onto better things, but he is now rebuilding his career and comes fresh to us from a spell in Qatar. From people we've spoken to he is in the best shape of his life and is looking forward to returning to England. I can't wait to see what kind of impact he will make in the BBL'.

A further, no less important announcement, is that Chris Mayes will return to the club as assistant coach, having left due to personal reasons on the eve of the 2007/08 campaign.

Mayes, who assisted Coach Gary Smith in the title winning 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons, spent part of last season assisting legendary former Brighton and Crystal Palace coach Jimmie Guymon at Solent Kestrels and has visited the programmes at Gran Canaria and Oklahoma this summer. He will be combining his role at the Thunder with a project he is undertaking for the Euroleague.

Head Coach Gary Smith is pleased to have Chris back on board,

'Chris and I work really well together; we bounce ideas off each other and have a lot of mutual respect. I'm glad Chris has returned to us, the experience he has gained these past 12 months will prove invaluable this coming season.'

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Frenchman Signs for Wolves - by George Manousidis
The Worcester Wolves have added some French flavour with the capture of 6 7 forward Harry Disy (201-F-84, college: Louisiana Tech) (pictured above, playing defence) ahead of the 2008/09 BBL Championship season.
The native of Fort-de-France is renowned for his athleticism and hustle. Disy has played one season of professional basketball in 2007/08 with French Pro B, top of the table team, JL Bourg Basket. Prior to his rookie professional season, Disy had an NCAA Division 1 career which included a fine senior season with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference. He posted very respectable statistics of 7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game in what is a very competitive conference.
Worcesters Head Coach Skouson Harker says, Harry will be a great fit for the BBL. He is long, lean, and athletic and he knows how to work hard. We think he is a great fit for our style of play and for the BBL in general. Harry is very versatile and can play multiple positions for us. He has a real desire to do well at the professional level, and we really believe he can have success here in Worcester. He did a very nice job for the Bulldogs and he plays with great energy. Once he finds his way in our system he can be a solid contributor for us. Defensively is where we really want to improve this season, and as with Justin Brown, signing Harry has us continuing in the right direction.
Chairman Roger Clarke adds, Harry was a real find for us. We have had him in our plans for a few weeks now, and we are absolutely delighted that things fell into place and he is the newest member of the Pack.


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Youngblood Good for Lions - by George Manousidis
Marshall Milton Keynes Lions today announced the re- signing of 6'7' power forward, Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern).

The 39-year-old enters his fifth season with the Lions having contributed massively in the capture of the club's first ever title last season and a stellar display as the Lions rode the Playoffs right to the Championship game.

Youngblood averaged 9pts and 6 rebounds for the Lions, in the team's rotation system, but it was his all- round game that pleased Lions' owner and Head Coach, Vince Macaulay,

'Robert is a warrior through and through, you always want him on your side, he is great around the basket, he is even better further away and he brings a nice level of competitive spirit to the team, I look forward to him welcoming the new forwards in the League to competitive BBL basketball!'

The Alabama native will be competing in his fourteenth BBL Championship campaign, and in that time he has picked up three league titles and two Cup titles; he was also on the BBL All-Star Team as far back as 1994-95.

Youngblood missed the start of last season due to an Achilles injury, and slowly recovered from that to be playing some tough basketball towards the end of the season averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds over the three Playoff games.

'Robert has 'rehabbed' his leg very well this summer,' continued Macaulay, ' I feel we will see an even more energised version of himself come the start of the season, I am excited.'

As well as his experience of British basketball, the power forward also played throughout Europe, including spells in Portugal and the German Bundesliga. He began his career in 1991 becoming the Number One Draft pick in the CBA in the United States, after graduating from Southern University.

Youngblood joins fellow returnees Terrell Brown and Mike New as well as rookie Carl McNally. The Lions expect to make another player announcement later this week.

Lions are in action in pre-season friendlies in early September starting with Team USA on the 12th at the Bletchley Leisure Centre.

The Lions will also contest the BBL Cup Winners' Cup, against the Guildford Heat, with the home-leg to be played on Friday 19th September.

The season proper starts on the 26th of September when the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets are the visitors.

Tickets are available now on www.mklions.com


Raiders Announce Major Sponsorships - by George Manousidis
The Plymouth Raiders are proud to announce one of the biggest sponsorship deals in British basketball history with the news of a new main sponsorship deal with Wrigley's Airwaves chewing gum. The deal will see Raiders take the next step in the club's development, and further build the profile of the South West's most successful sports team. The team will now be known as Airwaves Plymouth Raiders.

Airwaves is one of the biggest and most recognisable chewing gum brands in the world. The Wrigley Company has a proud tradition in sports sponsorship from grassroots to elite level, including supporting a wide range of Britain's highest profile sports, for example Wrigley's Extra partnership with the Football Premier League, and Airwaves sponsorship of the BSB Ducati team. Airwaves is now delighted to be moving into basketball, the world's fastest growing and biggest participation sport.

Gharry Eccles, Managing Director of the Wrigley Company, UK and Ireland said, 'Wrigley's Airwaves is delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Plymouth Raiders and support one of the fastest growing sports in the World. Airwaves is the second fastest growing chewing gum brand making it a great fit with the aspirations of the Plymouth Raiders, one of the most celebrated basketball teams in the UK. We look forward to helping the Plymouth Raiders 'Kick up a Gear' and wish the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders team all the very best in the forthcoming season.'

'We're immensely proud to be working with Wrigley's Airwaves,' said Raiders' Chief Executive Dave Briggs. 'We've been working extremely hard off the court to take the club to the next level, and the announcements today are a culmination of months of hard work and commitment from everyone. The Wrigley Company has a very proud tradition here in Plymouth and they're showing their commitment to the city by sponsoring the Raiders through its Airwaves brand. Airwaves is a vibrant and exciting brand to be involved with, and to have secured this deal is a great sign for basketball in Britain, as well as here in Plymouth. We already have the best basketball presentation at home games, but we hope this year to take that to another level again. Announcements like today can only help with this, and we look forward to making further announcements in the coming weeks.'

The club are also thrilled to have signed an exclusive 2 year kit sponsorship agreement with FBT Sports. The company was established in 1952 and is now one of the biggest sportswear manufacturers in Asia, exporting quality sports apparel and equipment to over 40 countries worldwide.

Steve Reeve, UK Director for FBT Sports said, 'FBT Sports UK LTD are proud to have linked with Airwaves Plymouth Raiders, to bring our unique bespoke range of sportswear to the team and its coaching staff. As a locally based company, backed by one of the largest sportswear manufacturers in Asia, we have been able to work closely with the club and its sponsors to produce a range of team wear for on and off the court. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Airwaves Plymouth Raiders over the next few years, and wish them well for the coming season.'

'This is another significant announcement for the club,' commented Briggs. 'FBT are fast emerging as one of the best sportswear manufacturers in the world and they're very ambitious to break into the European, and particularly the UK market in the next few years. FBT want Raiders as one of their flagship teams, and we're honoured and proud to be working with such a forward thinking and exciting company.'

'The two announcements today represent a strong future for the club,' said Raiders Chairman Bob Widdecombe. 'Building our relationship with both organisations will help develop the club's brand across the South West and through the basketball community in the UK. Basketball is a fast paced, exciting and entertaining family sport, and over the next few years we want to solidify our position as one of the top professional teams in the country.'

The club's head coach Gary Stronach is now looking forward to a hard month of pre season work, in preparation for what the club hope will be their best season to date, starting with an away game at Worthing Thunder on September 27th.

'Today's announcements are massive for this club,' said Stronach. 'This is my 24th season at the club, and never has the future looked as exciting or as secure as it does now. We're working with two premier brands and that's allowing us to make some key moves both on and off the basketball court. We cant wait now to get the players back to Plymouth and start preparing for the upcoming season.'




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


The Opals take down Russia in the battle of undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Russia 75:55

Australia and Russia clashed in the fifth round of Olympic Games basketball tournament today. In the rematch of the 2006 World Championship Final Australia once again prevailed despite slow start to the game. The Opals now claimed the top spot in Group A. Russia got to an overwhelming start as Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) led the charge. She nailed 16 points in the first two quarters and Russian team enjoyed a 16-point advantage late in the second stanza. Russia rolled to a 37:25 advantage at halftime. However the Opals were not about to fold. They went off the dressing room firing on all cylinders. The Aussies opened the second half with a 16:4 run to tie the score at 41. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) later came up with a three-pointer to set the Opals in charge. Australia outscored Russia 30:10 in the third frame to gain an 8-point advantage before the fourth term. The things never brightened up for Russia in the fourth period as balanced Australian offense sealed the deal giving the Opals their 5th straight win at the tournament. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and Lauren Jackson secured 16 points apiece. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) added 12 points for the winners. Rebecca Hammon answered with game-high 20 points for Russia. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) delivered 16 points and 9 boards in defeat. Australia outrebounded their opponents 53:36 and limited Russia to 33% accuracy from the field.

Australia: Belinda Snell 16, Lauren Jackson 16+14 boards, Penny Taylor 12
Russia: Rebecca Hammon 20, Svetlana Abrosimova 16


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U18 EC, division B: England ends it on thirteenth place - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 England 51-87

Much easier than it was expected England managed to beat Austria in decisive game for thirteenth place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje.

After the opening ten minutes it was clear that the England's willingness to take this one is much bigger than Austria's. England grabbed quick 9-1 lead at the very beginning finishing first quarter later with 9-18. Charlotte Stoddart (177-F-90) and Tamzin Mariana Barroilhet (180-G-90) shined for England in the second quarter stretching advantage of their team to huge 17 points until the half time. Same scenario was seen after the breather. England was the team which had total control on its opponent. At the one point in third quarter, actually after lay-up by Charlotte Stoddart in 27th minute, England extended lead to 23 points. At that moment it was clear that the game is already over for Austria. England dominated under the basket during the entire time. Its player registered 45 rebounds while Austria had only 28.

Charlotte Stoddart was the best scorer in England with 17 points. Tamzin Mariana Barroilhet also shined with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Mary Durojaye (182-F-90) had 10 points and impressive 15 boards. Austria got the most from Johanna Keller, who added 13 points and 7 boards. Georgia De Leeuw (177-G-90) followed her netting 10 points.


U18 Austria - U18 England 51-87
(9-18, 18-26, 11-23, 13-20)

Austria:
Johanna Keller 13 (7 rebs), Georgia De Leeuw 10
England: Charlotte Stoddart 17, Tamzin Mariana Barroilhet 15 (8 rebs, 4 as), Mary Durojaye 10 (15 rebs)


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Brazil snap losing skid in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Belarus 68:53

Brazilian National Team celebrated their first win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament today. They defeated Belarus to finish the preliminary action at 1-4 record. The victory however did little good for Brazil as they missed the quarterfinal stage and would have to leave the competition. Belarus meanwhile occupied the third spot in Group A despite the loss. They will now take on the second-placed squad from Group B, which is yet to be determined. Brazil dominated this one as they jumped to an early lead. The Latin American powerhouse rolled to a 20:12 lead after the starting frame and kept on mounting the pressure later on. The distance grew to as many as 13 points at the interval. Belarus tightened their defense in the third quarter and limited Brazil to just 10 points to trim the deficit to 11 points. Belarus came as close as 8 points in the fourth term but Brazil did not panic and secured a solid victory at the end. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) paced Brazil with 14 points. Claudia Das Neves (172-G-75) had 11 points, while Franciele Nacimiento (187-F/C-87) added 10 points and 10 boards for the winners. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) answered with 10 points apiece for Belarus. Brazil held their opponents to just 28% accuracy from the field and forced Belarus to 17 turnovers. Brazil sank 38% of field goals and 70% from the stripe.

Brazil: Kelly Santos 14, Claudia Das Neves 11, Franciele Nacimiento 10+10 boards
Belarus: Natalia Anufryienka 10, Yelena Leuchanka 10


Filonchyk pulls Belarus U16 over Czech Republic U16 - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16-Belarus U16 58:71

Belarus won the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place beating Czech Republic U16 71:58. The win gives Belarus the possibility to play for the 9th place. Mostly due to the second half the latter reached the victory over the opponent. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) was unstoppable with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) netted 19, while Karalina Padshyvalava (164-G-92) scored 9. Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) finished the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, whilst Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92) added 10.
It was the leader Maryia Filonchyk who opened the scoring list for the winners in the game. Belarus dominated the court in the first quarter and won 25:19. Czech Republic waited for their moment in the second period and grabbed the laed in the end of it. Karolina Elhotova's lay-up gave her team 35:34 advantage. Maryia Filonchyk however sent Belarus to the lockers for 36:35 lead.
Hausknechtova 's three brought her team 46:45 but it was the last lead for the Czechs. Belarus won the third quarter 21:13 and had 9 points deficit. Keida scored for 57:48 in the end of the third. The tempo decreased in the last period as both teams paid lots of attention to defense. Belarus never trailed in the period and led the game to 71:58 win.

Czech Republic U16:Karolina Elhotova 15+13 rebs, Martina Cepelkova 10
Belarus U16:Maryia Filonchyk 24+15 rebs, Aliaksandra Shymkaviak 19, Karalina Padshyvalava 9


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Hungary U16 could not find the answer for Meesseman and Vanloo - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Hungary U16 62:40

Hungary U16 could not find the answer for Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) and Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) and lost their Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place of of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Emma Meesseman and Julie Vanloo scored each 24 for Belgium that celebrated 62:40 victory. The win in all the quarters was too much for the Hungarian juniors. Alma Nemeth (184-F-92), Anna Kovats (178-G-92) and Szabo, E. scored 7 points each in defeat.
Belgium easily scored first 8 points in the game and won the opening tip of it. Hungary resisted a lot but stayed 8 points behind after the opening quarter. Emma Meesseman made it 19:11 in the beginning of the second but Hungary reduced to 19:17. Anyway Belgium U16 was glad to finish the first half with 34:27 leading the game.
Julie Vanloo made it plus 15 in the middle of the third quarter as Belgium started to increase the tempo. They won the period 16:4 and finished three quarters at 50:31. Julie Vanloo's jump-shot saw 60:40 with 01.34 to play. Emma Meesseman set up the final 62:40 as Belgium will hope for the fifth tomorrow. Belgium will play against Poland, the hosts of the tournament. Hungary will face Turkey for the 11th spot.

Belgium U16: Emma Meesseman 24+13 rebs, Julie Vanloo 24
Hungary U16: Alma Nemeth 7, Anna Kovats 7, Szabo, E. 7


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  BOSNIA - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Thriller win for Bosnia against Portugal - by Eurobasket News
U18 Portugal - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 59-61

Bosnia demonstrated wonderful performance during the last four days of U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Bosnians somehow woke up after Preliminary Round beating all of their rival until the end finishing this prestigious event on ninth place. Position number ten belongs to Portugal.

Beginning of the game sent a clear signal which team could take it at the end as Bosnians made quick 0-9 lead. Later, Portugal through Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) and Sofia da Silva managed to get on 14-19 after first ten minutes. At the middle of the next frame Portugal almost tied the score. It was 23-22. Bosnia made mini 6-2 run after that taking 3-point lead at the half time. After almost leveled third quarter, which Portugal at the end finished 17-14, teams went into the dramatic finish. Portugal had 59-58 but its players didn't score any basket during the last two minutes. One the other side Bosnians managed to make a lay-up and later one free throw for the final score 59-61.

Interestign is that three players in Bosnia added exactly 11 points. They are Anesa Hamsic (187-C-91), Ilijana Todorovic (169-G-90) and Aleksandra Stojanovic (173-G-90) but Anesa Hamsic grabbed 6 more rebounds beside that. However, Irma Rahmanovic (179-F-91) once again was the best player in Bosnia collecting 10 points and 14 rebounds. Michelle Brandao scored 15 points for Portugal while Sofia da Silva also shined with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Luvulo this time stopped on 13 points and 5 boards.


U18 Portugal - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 59-61
(14-19, 11-9, 17-14, 17-19)

Portugal:
Michelle Brandao 15, Sofia da Silva 13 (15 rebs), Livulo 13 (5 rebs)
Bosnia: Anesa Hamsic 11 (6 rebs), Ilijana Todorovic 11, Aleksandra Stojanovic 11, Irma Rahmanovic 10 (14 rebs)


U16 EC, division B: England better than Bosnia heading to 13th place - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina 58-45

England succeeded to register victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina getting on the half way to position number 13 on U18 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. The last obstacle on that way will be Switzerland at the last day of the competition. Bosnians will have to satisfy themselves if they manage to beat Luxemburg in decisive game for 15th place.

Mostly owing to Ella Clark (178-F-92), England reached 17-10 after almost 9 minutes. Natasa Tomasovic netted a triple for her team at the last possession in the first frame setting the score on 17-13. Second quarter was maybe the crucial one. Temitope Fagbenle joined Ella Clark which resulted with another 17 points quarter. On the other hand Bosnia had only 8 which meant that England transferred plus 13 to the second half. It was expected that Bosnia show better performance after the breather but that didn't happen. This time Natasa Tomasovic and her teammates made only 6 points for ten minutes while England had 12. It was 46-47 after 30 minutes what was a sign that the game is already over for Bosnia.

Ella Clark showed the best performance for the winning team. She spent 26 minutes on court scoring 21 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Temitope Fagbenle also showed wonderful basketball level as he scored 15 points and made impressive 21 boards. Bosnia got the most from Natasa Tomasovic, who added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Natasa Kajtaz was behind her with 10 points and 5 boards.


U16 England - U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina 58-45
(17-13, 17-8, 12-6, 12-18)

England:
Ella Clark 21 (5 rebs, 4 as), Temitope Fagbenle 15 (21 rebs)
Bosnia: Natasa Tomasovic 13 (7 rebs), Natasa Kajtaz 10 (5 rebs)


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil snap losing skid in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Belarus 68:53

Brazilian National Team celebrated their first win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament today. They defeated Belarus to finish the preliminary action at 1-4 record. The victory however did little good for Brazil as they missed the quarterfinal stage and would have to leave the competition. Belarus meanwhile occupied the third spot in Group A despite the loss. They will now take on the second-placed squad from Group B, which is yet to be determined. Brazil dominated this one as they jumped to an early lead. The Latin American powerhouse rolled to a 20:12 lead after the starting frame and kept on mounting the pressure later on. The distance grew to as many as 13 points at the interval. Belarus tightened their defense in the third quarter and limited Brazil to just 10 points to trim the deficit to 11 points. Belarus came as close as 8 points in the fourth term but Brazil did not panic and secured a solid victory at the end. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) paced Brazil with 14 points. Claudia Das Neves (172-G-75) had 11 points, while Franciele Nacimiento (187-F/C-87) added 10 points and 10 boards for the winners. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) answered with 10 points apiece for Belarus. Brazil held their opponents to just 28% accuracy from the field and forced Belarus to 17 turnovers. Brazil sank 38% of field goals and 70% from the stripe.

Brazil: Kelly Santos 14, Claudia Das Neves 11, Franciele Nacimiento 10+10 boards
Belarus: Natalia Anufryienka 10, Yelena Leuchanka 10


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia smashes the host Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Slovakia - U16 Bulgaria 65-30

Slovakia made an extremely easy victory against the hosts of U16 Europan Championship division B. Thus, at the last day of the championship Slovakia will meet Netherlands fighting for position number five. On the other hand Bulgaria will play against Denmark for seventh place.

Slovakia showed much better basketball level that its rival. Except of the first quarter, Slovakians had total control on Bulgaria. They were better in all basketball elements. The fact that Bulgaria succeeded to score just 30 points during the entire game talks everything for itself. Actually almost half of it Bulgaria netted in the first quarter, which it ended 10-14. After that moment Martina Kissova (184-F-93) and Marta Palenikova stepped up for Slovakia. Together with their teammates they intensified defense forcing Bulgaria to commit many turnovers. On the other side Slovakia had an opportunity to make a lot of easy points so after two free throws by Martina Kissova at the end of the second frame Slovakia already had 33-18. Nothing has changed after the breather. Slovakia once again stopped Bulgaria on 4 points taking huge 27-point lead after 30 minutes. It automatically meant that the game is over for Bulgaria.

Martina Kissova scored 14 while Marta Palenikova had 13 points and 4 rebounds for the winning side. Bulgaria didn't have nay player with more than 6 points, how much Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92) and Nadezhda Spasova posted.


U16 Slovakia - U16 Bulgaria 65-30
(10-14, 23-4, 16-4, 16-8)

Slovakia:
Martina Kissova 14, Marta Palenikova 13 (4 rebs)
Bulgaria: Vesela Kovacheva 6, Nadezhda Spasova 6


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  CROATIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Croatia cruises past Ireland in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Croatia - U16 Ireland 69-46

Croatia passed the first step for ninth place on U16 European Championship division B successfully. It was more than comfortable victory for Croatians which allow them to fight against Portugal at the last day of the championship for this not so bad position. Ireland will try to end competition on 11th place but it will have to beat Montenegro at the end of that way.

Croatia entered into this game strongly. Ana Biocic and her teammates totally blasted Ireland in the opening quarter letting them score just 5 points. During the same time Croatia poured in 24 reaching 19-point lead after just ten minutes. Katie Kilbride (168-G-92) and Tessa Solan immediately woke up after this terrible start leading their team to 14-20 in the next frame. However, it was enough only for 38-25 at the half time. Zrinka Brkljacic and Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) joined Ana Biocic after the breather which resulted with another nice period for Croatians. After 20 minutes of the game they already had unreachable 55-37.

Ana Biocic this time was the key player for Croatia. She collected 18 points and 11 rebounds for 29 minutes. Zrinka Brkljacic scored 15 while Nina Premasunac once again was pretty good with 14 points and 10 boards. Ireland got the most from Katie Kilbride, who added 11 points and 4 assists. Solan was behind her with 10 points and 9 boards.


U16 Croatia - U16 Ireland 69-46
(24-5, 14-20, 17-12, 14-9)

Croatia:
Ana Biocic 18 (11 rebs), Zrinka Brkljacic 15, Nina Premasunac 14 (10 rebs)
Ireland: Katie Kilbride 11 (4 as), Tessa Solan 10 (9 rebs)


Romania send Croatia to 0-2 record at EuroBasket Qualification - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Croatia 70:64

Romanian National Team got to a winning start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign. They defeated Croatia in Group C action yesterday. In the meantime Croatia suffered the second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Romania came from behind late in the game to pull away with a narrow win. The hosts entered the game confidently enough and built a 24:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) knocked down 8 points in the second quarter, while Marta Cakic (175-G-82) and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) capped the frame with two trebles and the visitors surged ahead 36:31. Petra Stampalija began the second half with 4 straight points as Croatia stretched the lead to 9 points. Romania failed to deny the deficit in the third frame and trailed by 3 points before the fourth quarter. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) and Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) lifted the home team ahead early in the final period. The lead changed hands for several times before Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) and Ildiko Vass gave Romania a 5-point advantage with 42 seconds remaining. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) cut the deficit from the stripe but Anne-Marie Parau knocked down 5 freebies in the dying seconds and ensured the winning outcome for Romanian team. Maria Pascalau produced 23 points and 7 boards for Romania. Anne-Marie Parau had 20 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Anda Jelavic answered with 17 points for Croatia. Petra Stampalija added 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Romania: Maria Pascalau 23, Anne-Marie Parau 20, Simina Mandache (184-F-81) 11
Croatia: Anda Jelavic 17, Petra Stampalija 16


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Filonchyk pulls Belarus U16 over Czech Republic U16 - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16-Belarus U16 58:71

Belarus won the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place beating Czech Republic U16 71:58. The win gives Belarus the possibility to play for the 9th place. Mostly due to the second half the latter reached the victory over the opponent. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) was unstoppable with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) netted 19, while Karalina Padshyvalava (164-G-92) scored 9. Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) finished the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, whilst Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92) added 10.
It was the leader Maryia Filonchyk who opened the scoring list for the winners in the game. Belarus dominated the court in the first quarter and won 25:19. Czech Republic waited for their moment in the second period and grabbed the laed in the end of it. Karolina Elhotova's lay-up gave her team 35:34 advantage. Maryia Filonchyk however sent Belarus to the lockers for 36:35 lead.
Hausknechtova 's three brought her team 46:45 but it was the last lead for the Czechs. Belarus won the third quarter 21:13 and had 9 points deficit. Keida scored for 57:48 in the end of the third. The tempo decreased in the last period as both teams paid lots of attention to defense. Belarus never trailed in the period and led the game to 71:58 win.

Czech Republic U16:Karolina Elhotova 15+13 rebs, Martina Cepelkova 10
Belarus U16:Maryia Filonchyk 24+15 rebs, Aliaksandra Shymkaviak 19, Karalina Padshyvalava 9


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  DENMARK - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands routs neighbor Denmark - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Netherlands 55-72

Netherlands jumped over the first obstacle in the battle for the fifth place on U18 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Maaike Van Den Oever (169-G-92) and her teammates outplayed Denmark without any extra efforts. They had very good 43% from behind the arc and 52% for FG2, what was more than enough for this victory.

Everything was decided already in the first half. Netherlands had impressive finish of the first frame. After 14-13 for Denmark, Maaike Van Den Oever and Eline Kasius took care for 13-4 run taking 8-point lead. They didn't stop after that. During the following few minutes Netherlands made another one 11-4 setting the score on 22-37 in 15th minute. At that point of game it was already clear that Netherlands will most probably take this one. After the breather Netherlands just confirmed its domination from the first half. It was plus 20 in 27th minute when every hope of Denmark have already gone.

Maaike Van Den Oever was the best scorer for the winning side pouring in 16 points. Eline Kasius also demonstrated nice performance scoring 15 points and missing only one rebound for double-double. Anne Pedersen again was the best in Denmark this time stopping on 19 points and 9 boards. Nikoline Ostergaard followed her with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Netherlands will meet Slovakia for fifth while Denmark will take on the host Bulgaria for seventh place.


U16 Denmark - U16 Netherlands 55-72
(18-26, 15-19, 10-19, 12-8)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 19 (9 rebs), Nikoline Ostergaard 14 (4 rebs)
Netherlands: Maaike Van Den Oever 16, Eline Kasius 15 (9 rebs)


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U18 EC, division B: Estonia edges Netherlands for fifth place - by Eurobasket News
In the battle for fifth place on U18 European Championship division B Estonia was better than Netherlands 66-57.

Game report and stats will be available soon...


U16 EC, division B: Switzerland makes it against Estonia - by Eurobasket News
U16 Estonia - U16 Switzerland 39-58

First day of the Classification Stage for 13th to 16th place on U16 European Championship division B was successful for Switzerland. Rosalie Grobet and her teammates registered an extremely easy victory against Switzerland making a step forward to 13th place. Its last opponent on that way will be England. At the last day of the competition Estonia will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina trying to reach position number 15.

Thanks to Mazjakina's triple at the last possession in the first frame, Estonia grabbed 3-point lead. Rosalie Grobet stepped up for her team after that leading 12-0 run. Estonians had a lot of troubles in this period especially with running the plays. They had many erratic shots which resulted with only 6 points for 10 minutes. Switzerland had 10 more what means 17-24 at the half time. Estonians had much better third frame and mostly owing to Annika Koster (185-C-92) came on 31-33 after 30 minutes. It was a signal for Rosalie Grobet and Sarah Cavin, which together with Anne Sophie Gavin created crucial 19-4 run for 35-54.

Rosalie Grobet was the key player for Switzerland in this game. She played 33 minutes scoring 18 points and catching 8 rebounds. Sarah Cavin followed with 11 points and 4 rebounds while Anne Sophie Gavin had 10 points and 4 boards. Estonia had only one player with double digits. It was Annika Koster, who added 13 points and at the same time made 6 rebounds.


U16 Estonia - U16 Switzerland 39-58
(11-8, 6-16, 14-9, 8-25)

Estonia:
Annika Koster 13 (6 rebs)
Switzerland: Rosalie Grobet 18 (8 rebs), Sarah Cavin 11 (4 rebs), Anne Sophie Gavin 10 (4 rebs)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Israel2-0
2. Lithuania1-1
3. Ukraine1-1
4. U.Kingdom0-1
5. Germany0-1
Group B
1. Turkey1-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Italy1-1
4. Poland1-1
5. Bosnia0-1
Group C
1. France2-0
2. Romania1-0
3. Slovakia1-1
4. Hungary0-1
5. Croatia0-2
Group D
1. Belgium0-0
2. Bulgaria0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Serbia0-0


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket News
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. Israel2-0
2. Luxembourg.0-2


Division A. Semifinal Round - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS

Spain U16-Sweden U16 38:33

Spain U16 won the most defensive semifinal of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. The favorites overcame Sweden 38:33 in Katowice. It was not the best game from both teams, but it was a real battle in the court. Laura Gil (189-C-92) led the winners to the Final with 8 points. Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) netted 7, while Elisabet Vivas (177-F-92) and Ortiz had 6 each. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) and Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) both scored 10 points for the underdogs.
What a game! The first quarter already prepared the spectators for a defensive style as the board showed 11:10 after 10 minutes. Fontaine made the second free throw for a small Swedish lead. Salome Kabengano completed the 12-0 run spanning the first two quarters while Elisabet Vivas ended the eight-minute scoring drought with two foul shots to make it 14:12. Sweden remained in front after the first half, 22:19.
Spain saw a nightmare as they could not score for more than 6 minutes in the second half. Farhiya Abdi made it 29:19 for the Scandinavian squad with 3.27 to play in the third. Elisabet Vivas knocked down a jump hot just before the buzzer, leaving Spain down just 29:24 after three periods. The score was as if it was the end of the first period but the teams entered the last. Zahui evened things at 33:33 with 1:40 left. For Sweden those points were last in the game, while Spain made a 5-0 run to advance to the Final.

Spain U16: Laura Gil 8, Yurena Diaz 7, Elisabet Vivas 6, Ortiz 6
Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 10+11 rebs, Salome Kabengano 10+8 rebs




France U16-Italy U16 55:64

The title-holders ans the 'undefeated' France U16 lost the semifinal game at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Katowice saw Italian team advancing to the Final with 64:55 win. Debora Carangelo (160-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) netted 19, while Carta and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) scored 6 points each. Adja Konteh (178-F-92), Diallo and Jenny Fouasseau (178-F-92) posted 9 each in defeat.
France won the opening tip of the game and was infront in the majority of the period. The Italians forced three quick turnovers and Gaia Gorini pulled her team to within 18:16. Jenny Fouasseau's lay-up gave France 22:20 after one period. In the second quarter Italy played much better and went on a 12-2 run for a 37:29 advantage. Grossemy's jump-shot cut the deficit to 37:31 at the halftime.
Italy remained in front for the first minutes in the second half and even had 7 points deficit. France returned with their tough defense and knot the game at 43:43. Nicola however pulled Italy to 49:45 after three quarters played. Even though Gaia Gorini made it 55:45 France bounced back to 55:56. Unfortunately for them those points were last in their achievement. Italy used 8-0 run to clinch the semifinal birth.

France U16: Adja Konteh 9, Diallo, C 9, Jenny Fouasseau 9
Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 20, Gaia Gorini 19, Carta 6, Marta Masoni 6

5-8 places
Belgium U16-Hungary U16 62:40
Hungary U16 could not find the answer for Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) and Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) and lost their Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place of of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Emma Meesseman and Julie Vanloo scored each 24 for Belgium that celebrated 62:40 victory. The win in all the quarters was too much for the Hungarian juniors. Alma Nemeth (184-F-92), Anna Kovats (178-G-92) and Szabo, E. scored 7 points each in defeat.
Belgium easily scored first 8 points in the game and won the opening tip of it. Hungary resisted a lot but stayed 8 points behind after the opening quarter. Emma Meesseman made it 19:11 in the beginning of the second but Hungary reduced to 19:17. Anyway Belgium U16 was glad to finish the first half with 34:27 leading the game.
Julie Vanloo made it plus 15 in the middle of the third quarter as Belgium started to increase the tempo. They won the period 16:4 and finished three quarters at 50:31. Julie Vanloo's jump-shot saw 60:40 with 01.34 to play. Emma Meesseman set up the final 62:40 as Belgium will hope for the fifth tomorrow. Belgium will play against Poland, the hosts of the tournament. Hungary will face Turkey for the 11th spot.

Belgium U16: Emma Meesseman 24+13 rebs, Julie Vanloo 24
Hungary U16: Alma Nemeth 7, Anna Kovats 7, Szabo, E. 7

Poland U16 -Turkey U16 81:69
Polish U16 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place and will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Tonight the hosts of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women overcame Turkey 81:69. Kinga Bandyk (184-F/C-92) led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds but she was not the MVP of the game. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro (173-G-92) made a triple double collecting 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) followed them with 16 points for the Polish squad. Pelin Gulbag (171-G-92) top-scored for Turkey with 21 points and Betul Kalfali (178-F-93) added 14.
Poland opened the game with 4 consecutive points and won the opening tip. They always stayed in front and had 23:19 after the first period. Turkey tied the score three times in the second period but tasted the win only once. The teams went to the lockers with 37:33 hosts advantage.
After 20:12 in the third period the game became easier to control for Poland. They enjoyed 57:45 after three quarters of the game and had 61:51 when Kinga Bandyk made another two. Pelin Gulbag brought a bit of intrigue in the end for 68:61 but the hosts quickly changed the score for good. The hosts of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women overcame Turkey 81:69 and are ready for the last game.

Poland U16: Kinga Bandyk 21+7 rebs, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 19+10 rebs+10 ast, Monika Jasnowska 16
Turkey U16: Pelin Gulbag 21, Betul Kalfali 14

9-12 places
Czech Republic U16-Belarus U16 58:71
Belarus won the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place beating Czech Republic U16 71:58. The win gives Belarus the possibility to play for the 9th place. Mostly due to the second half the latter reached the victory over the opponent. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) was unstoppable with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) netted 19, while Karalina Padshyvalava (164-G-92) scored 9. Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) finished the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, whilst Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92) added 10.
It was the leader Maryia Filonchyk who opened the scoring list for the winners in the game. Belarus dominated the court in the first quarter and won 25:19. Czech Republic waited for their moment in the second period and grabbed the laed in the end of it. Karolina Elhotova's lay-up gave her team 35:34 advantage. Maryia Filonchyk however sent Belarus to the lockers for 36:35 lead.
Hausknechtova 's three brought her team 46:45 but it was the last lead for the Czechs. Belarus won the third quarter 21:13 and had 9 points deficit. Keida scored for 57:48 in the end of the third. The tempo decreased in the last period as both teams paid lots of attention to defense. Belarus never trailed in the period and led the game to 71:58 win.

Czech Republic U16:Karolina Elhotova 15+13 rebs, Martina Cepelkova 10
Belarus U16:Maryia Filonchyk 24+15 rebs, Aliaksandra Shymkaviak 19, Karalina Padshyvalava 9

Russia U16- Lithuania U16 71:47
Russia hopes for the 9th position of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. In the first game for the 9th-12th places Russia overcame Lithuania 71:47. The team was too good for the Baltic side and won all the quarters. Ksenia Barbashina (190-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Stepanova netted 15, while Anastasia Minaeva (174-G-92) added 7. Monika Grigalauskyte (188-F-92) had a good game with 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.
Russia scored first seven points in the game to prove the ambitions for the higher position. Lithuania trailed in the whole period but Viktorija Dimaite (194-C-92) cut the gap to 21:12 after the first. Later Stepanova made it plus 10 and then Stolyar scored for 36:20. Maksimova's jump shot gave Russia the biggest lead at the half 39:22.
Ksenia Barbashina pulled Russia to 43:23 in the beginning of the second half and then her team enjoyed the game more than needed. It was her again to close the third period at 55:36. In the last quarter Lithuania could not change the picture and lost the encounter. Russia will meet Belarus for the 9th place tomorrow.

Russia U16: Ksenia Barbashina 20, Stepanova 15, Anastasia Minaeva 7
Lithuania U16: Monika Grigalauskyte 18+13 rebs, Viktorija Dimaite 6, Druskyte 6

Classification Round
Serbia U16-Germany U16 37:64
Germany U16 beat Serbia U16 64:37 as both teams remain in Division A for the next year. In the last game of the Classification Round Germany was too good for their opponent. A 25:3 from the start was a disaster for Serbia that could not come back into the game. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) led the winners with 21 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) scored 12. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) top-scored for Serbia with 8 points.
Herrmann scored first for Germany and then Rajic tied the game in the opening tip. German side splashed with 16-0 run to take 18:2 advantage. Finja Schaake from the arc closed the third period at 25:3. In the second quarter Serbia played much better than they played in the beginning of the game, but still lost the period 14:17. Again Finja Schaake sent the teams to the lockers for 42:17.
The third quarter was the defensive one as both teams could score only 15 points each. Sonja Greinacher gave Germany 51:23 after 30 minutes of the game. Serbia won the last period 14:13 but it was nothing to reach the opponent. Germany won all the games in the classification round and proved the ambitions for the next year.

Serbia U16: Ivana Brajkovic 8, Nevena Radojevic (190-C-93) 7
Germany U16: Finja Schaake 21, Sonja Greinacher 14+14 rebs, Christina Schnorr 12

Latvia U16-Ukraine U16 80:51
Latvia U16 and Ukraine U16 will have to start the new season in Division B as both teams finished last in Division A this year. Today Latvia upset Ukrainian side to finish the Classification Round with a victory. Latvia trailed 18:23, but then won the game 80:51. Ieva Eida (177-G/F-92) led the winners with 25 points. Linda Pagrode (168-G-92) nailed 16, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) scored 15. Yagodka top-scored for the Ukrainian squad with 14 points, Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) and Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) posted 12 each.
Even though the game did not have any specific tasks for, Ukraine and Latvia wanted to close the Division A with a win. Yagodka pulled Ukraine to the first lead as her team looked better in the opening quarter. Linda Pagrode reduced the gap for the Baltic side ending up the first at 18:23. In the second period Latvia took a control of the game and benefit from 38:32. Viktoriya Skubiy's three was the last as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
In the third quarter Latvia increased the lead and had 10-15 points advantage. The teams finished the last period at 59:44 and Darya Zavidna opened the last for her team. Ukraine held minus 10, but then Latvia pushed the tempo for a bigger win. The Baltic side was glad to finish Division A with 80:51 win.

Latvia U16: Ieva Eida 25, Linda Pagrode 16, Anete Kirsteine 15
Ukraine U16: Yagodka 14, Viktoriya Skubiy 12, Darya Zavidna 12


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U18 EC, division B: Luxemburg takes position number 15 - by Eurobasket News
U18 Finland - U18 Luxemburg 60-64

Luxemburg was better than Finland reaching 15th place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje.

It was a very interesting game until the very end. Finland had much better beginning. After first few minutes Finland made 14-5. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) woke up after that brining his team on minus 2 until the end of the first frame. The following ten minutes belonged to Finland, which touched plus ten at the one point of it but at the very end Luxemburg succeeded to end it 17-17. Johanna Lemmetty (183-C-90) and Maria Salmio (182-F-91) took care for the points in Finland while Lynn Schreiner and Jil Haentges (182-C-90) were the best on the other side. Luxemburg had slightly better performance in third quarter. Mostly owing to Lynn Schreiner Luxemburg headed into the last frame with 51-54. Game is decided in the last minute when Luxemburg created 5-0 run. Interesting is that Finland ended this game having 15 rebounds more that its opponent.

Lynn Schreiner paced Luxemburg to victory adding 19 points and 4 assists. Jil Haentges was behind her with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Johanna Lemmetty and Maria Salmio scored 14 points each for Finland. Meri Eerikinharju (177-G/F-90) finished the game with 3 point less.


U18 Finland - U18 Luxemburg 60-64
(20-18, 17-17, 14-19, 9-10)

Finland:
Johanna Lemmetty 14 (13 rebs), Maria Salmio 14 (11 rebs), Meri Eerikinharju 11 (7 rebs)
Luxemburg: Lynn Schreiner 19 (4 as), Jil Haentges 13 (15 rebs)


Italy beat Finland at home - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Finland 77:62

Italian National Team rebounded after the starting loss to Poland at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They hosted Finland yesterday and secured a comfortable win to improve to 1-1 record in Group B. Finland suffered their first victory and slipped to 1-1 record. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) scored 11 points in the first period and Finland led 24:23 heading into the second frame. Italy however soon surged ahead and maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Italy secured a 47:39 advantage at halftime. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.), Francesca Modica (175-G-81) and Angela Gianolla (171-G-80) kept Italian team in front in the third stanza and ensured a 7-point lead before the fourth quarter. Piipari and Tiina Sten opened the fourth term with 5 straight points and trimmed the deficit to 2 points. But Italy responded with a 12:0 rally and never looked back in the dying moments. Kathrin Ress paced Italy with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) scored 12 points, while Angela Gianolla knocked down 11 points for the winners. Tiina Sten nailed 16 points for Finland. Minna Sten (191-F-87) had 15 points in defeat. Italy travels to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday. Finland hosts Turkey on the same date.

Italy: Kathrin Ress 25, Simona Ballardini 12, Angela Gianolla 11
Finland: Tiina Sten 16, Minna Sten 15


U16 EC, division B: Finland edges Slovenia for the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Slovenia 58-44

Slovenia missed a nice chance to get a promotion to division A for the next European Championship. Finland showed much better performance in this semifinals ending it with comfortable plus 14. Thus, except of the fantastic success and promotion to the next level, Finland will have a chance to grab the Gold in Bulgaria.

Finland showed pretty good performance at the beginning. The official host of this game touched plus 6 but thanks to Rebeka Abramovic's (-93) triple, Slovenia managed to get on minus 3 after first ten minutes. Slovenians had many troubles at the offensive end during the next frame. They made many mistakes and missed few open shots. The fact that Slovenia succeeded to net just 4 points for 10 minutes talks everything for itself. On the other side Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) was on fire and together with her teammates ended first half with huge 36-18. Second quarter was the crucial one in this game as after that Slovenia didn't succeed to get any closer than 8 points, what happened just once.

Janniina Koivunen was totally the best player for the winning side. Thanks to her 23 points and 10 boards Finland will have a chance to fight for the Gold. Rita Haukkovaara helped her team with 10 points. Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) once again was good in Slovenia adding 15 points and 4 rebounds. Rebeka Abramovic delivered 13 points and grabbed 6 boards.


U16 Finland - U16 Slovenia 58-44
(17-14, 19-4, 15-16, 7-10)

Finland:
Janniina Koivunen 23 (10 rebs), Rita Haukkovaara 10
Slovenia: Bojana Adamovic 15 (4 rebs), Rebeka Abramovic 13 (6 rebs)


EUROBASKET: Italians beat Finns - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket Women 2009, Division A, Qualifying Round, Group B. Cagliari, Italy, August 16: Italy - Finland 77-62 (47-39). Quarters: 23-24, 24-15, 15-16, 15-7.
Defense was the key factor to this kind of result. Italy defense forced Finns into 27 turnovers in the game. Also 3-point-shooting was difficult for Finland
this time (3/14, 21,4%). It was a two-point-game (62-60) early in the fourth quarter, but Italy won the next five minutes 12-0 (74-60) and the game was over.
Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) (Italy) was the MVP of the contest by scoring 25 pts and grabbing nine rbs. Simona Ballardini added 12 pts for Italy. Finland had only two players in double figures: Sten sisters Tiina had 16 and Minna 15 pts. Heta Korpivaara netted 9 and Michaela Moua 8 pts. Taru Tuukkanen DNP.
In another game in Group B Turkey defeated Poland 75-69. Next game: 20.8. Finland - Turkey.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Italy U16 defeated the title-holders - by Eurobasket News
France U16-Italy U16 55:64

The title-holders ans the 'undefeated' France U16 lost the semifinal game at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Katowice saw Italian team advancing to the Final with 64:55 win. Debora Carangelo (160-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) netted 19, while Carta and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) scored 6 points each. Adja Konteh (178-F-92), Diallo and Jenny Fouasseau (178-F-92) posted 9 each in defeat.
France won the opening tip of the game and was infront in the majority of the period. The Italians forced three quick turnovers and Gaia Gorini pulled her team to within 18:16. Jenny Fouasseau's lay-up gave France 22:20 after one period. In the second quarter Italy played much better and went on a 12-2 run for a 37:29 advantage. Grossemy's jump-shot cut the deficit to 37:31 at the halftime.
Italy remained in front for the first minutes in the second half and even had 7 points deficit. France returned with their tough defense and knot the game at 43:43. Nicola however pulled Italy to 49:45 after three quarters played. Even though Gaia Gorini made it 55:45 France bounced back to 55:56. Unfortunately for them those points were last in their achievement. Italy used 8-0 run to clinch the semifinal birth.

France U16: Adja Konteh 9, Diallo, C 9, Jenny Fouasseau 9
Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 20, Gaia Gorini 19, Carta 6, Marta Masoni 6


France pound Slovak Republic in Saint-Quentin - by Eurobasket News
France - Slovak Republic 58:39

French National Team stunned Slovakia for the second win at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. France thus remained at the helm of Group C. France dominated the game and easily secured the winning outcome at the end. Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) and Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) gave the hosts a 5:0 lead at the start of the encounter. France closed the first frame with 6 consecutive points and enjoyed a 15:6 advantage. Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) opened a double-digit lead for France midway through the second frame. Slovakia cut the gap to 5 points but Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) capped the half with 5 points and France led 29:20 at halftime. The home team ignited a 14:4 rally early in the third stanza and France secured a 43:24 lead. Emmanuelle Hermouet once again burst out with back-to-back trebles late in the quarter and France entered the fourth stanza up by 23 points. France loosened the grasp in the final period and breezed to the victory at the end. Pauline Krawczyk topscored with 15 points for France. Emmanuelle Hermouet added 13 points, while Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) nailed 7 points apiece in a win. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) and Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86) dropped 10 points each for Slovakia. France will take on Hungary on the road on Wednesday. Slovakia will host Romania the same day.

France: Pauline Krawczyk 15, Emmanuelle Hermouet 13
Slovakia: Zuzana Zirkova 10, Romana Vynuchalova 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


Israel post second straight win at EuroBasket Qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Israel 66:68

Israel continued their impressive start of the Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2009 with a narrow win over Germany away from home. Israel thus improved to 2-o record in Group A. Germany suffered their initial loss and dropped to 0-1. German team was close of celebrating victory in front of more than 1000 fans in Hagen. But Anne Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) could not convert in the dying seconds and Israel got away with the victory. The hosts looked better at the start as they dominated in the opening minutes to jump in front. Germany maintained the lead throughout the first quarter and were up 25:21 after ten minutes of action. Israel used a 7:1 run midway through the second frame to surge ahead 38:33. However Anne Breitreiner and Janzon knotted things up at halftime 40:40. Back-to-back trebles from Anne Breitreiner and Austmann allowed Germany to stay in charge early in the third frame. However Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) teamed up for 12 points in the quarter and Israel secured a 58:54 advantage after three quarters of action. The visitors did not allow Germany to pull ahead in the fourth period and enjoyed a 3-point lead with under 2 minutes left in regulation. Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) knocked down a free throw to enlarge the margin to 4 points but Anne Breitreiner answered with a jumper for a 66:68 score with 52 seconds left. Shay Doron was blocked on the other end and Anne Breitreiner had a chance to save the game but committed turnover and Israel registered a tough win at the end. Shay Doron notched 23 points to pace Israeli team. Liron Cohen came up with 17 points for the winners. Anne Breitreiner answered with 31 points for Germany. Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) had 9 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Germany: Anne Breitreiner 31, Lisa Koop 9+11 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 23, Liron Cohen 17


German National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Lea Mersch (170-G-87) of evo New Basket Oberhausen
5 Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia (POL)
6 Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) of MiZo Pecs 2010 (HUN)
7 Lisa Koop (198-C-85) of BC Marburg
8 Sarah Austmann (181-G/F-85) of evo New Basket Oberhausen

9 Cornelia Janzon (192-F/C-81) of BBV Leipzig Eagles
10 Katja Bavendam (203-C-85) of Botasspor Adana (TUR)
11 Alexandra Muller (177-G-83) of BG Donau-Ries
12 Annika Danckert (182-F-81) of BG Donau-Ries
14 Sabine Loewe (191-C/F-82) of Lenzi Profexional Bolzano (ITA)
15 Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) of BC Marburg
21 Magdalena von Geyr (184-F-84) of TSV 1880 Wasserburg
Head Coach: Imre Szittya


Germany U16 beat Serbia U16 as both teams remain in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Germany U16 37:64

Germany U16 beat Serbia U16 64:37 as both teams remain in Division A for the next year. In the last game of the Classification Round Germany was too good for their opponent. A 25:3 from the start was a disaster for Serbia that could not come back into the game. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) led the winners with 21 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) scored 12. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) top-scored for Serbia with 8 points.
Herrmann scored first for Germany and then Rajic tied the game in the opening tip. German side splashed with 16-0 run to take 18:2 advantage. Finja Schaake from the arc closed the third period at 25:3. In the second quarter Serbia played much better than they played in the beginning of the game, but still lost the period 14:17. Again Finja Schaake sent the teams to the lockers for 42:17.
The third quarter was the defensive one as both teams could score only 15 points each. Sonja Greinacher gave Germany 51:23 after 30 minutes of the game. Serbia won the last period 14:13 but it was nothing to reach the opponent. Germany won all the games in the classification round and proved the ambitions for the next year.

Serbia U16: Ivana Brajkovic 8, Nevena Radojevic (190-C-93) 7
Germany U16: Finja Schaake 21, Sonja Greinacher 14+14 rebs, Christina Schnorr 12


U18 EC, division B: Hungary ends championship on seventh place - by Eurobasket News
U18 Hungary - U18 Germany 64-55

In the decisive game for seventh place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje Hungary celebrated against Germany mostly owing to well played first half of the game. Thus, after pretty good performance in the Preliminary Round, Germany somehow stopped playing.

Hungarians entered into this game strongly. After opening 6-6, Hungary made 14-4 run until the end of the first period. During the following couple of minutes Lilla Horvath (-90) and Dorottya Gyori (186-F/C-90) shined for Hungary extending its advantage to 30-16. Later, they managed to keep plus 14 until the half time. Germany showed up after the breather with much better attitude. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) led her team to 46-40 but Hungary made it in the last offense of third period heading into the last stanza with 48-40. Everything what Germany succeeded to after that was minus 9, how much it was at the very end. Interesting is that Germany didn't score any trple in this game from 10 attempts. Its players also struggled with FG2 stroke finishing the game with just 34%.

Lilla Horvath paced Hungary to victory adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. She missed only two shots during the entire game. Dorottya Gyori also was good with 10 points and 6 boards. As it was amost during the entire championship Pia Mankertz once again was the best in Germany scoring 17 points. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) followed her collecting 14 points and 7 rebounds.


U18 Hungary - U18 Germany 64-55
(20-10, 14-10, 14-20, 16-15)

Hungary:
Lilla Horvath 15 (6 rebs), Dorottya Gyori 10 (6 rebs)
Germany: Pia Mankertz 17, Emina Karic 14 (7 rebs)


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U16 EC, division B: Greece reaches the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Greece - U16 Romania 60-57

Greece succeeded to beat Romania in the first semifinal game of U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. What is the most important, except of the chance to fight for the Gold, with this victory Greece got promotion to division A for the next European Championship. Romanians missed a chance to do it but they will continue battle for the bronze medal.

Greece showed slightly better performance in the first quarter ending it 11-9. Mostly owing to Zafeira Giampani and Christina Navrozidou, Greece made fantastic 13-0 run at the middle of the next frame setting the score on 27-14. It seemed that Romania won't recover soon from his shock but totally different scenario was seen after that. Cristina Bigica and Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) stepped up for their team and very quick answered with 13-4. It was 31-27 for Greece at the half time. During the following ten minutes Romania succeeded to come a point closer heading into the last frame with minus 3. Finally, with 1:42 to go Romania tied the score on 49-49. Alexandra Florea (173-F) was hero for Romania in regular time as she drained triple at the buzzer which led her team to over time. Before that Greece made lay-up and a free throw. In the following two minutes Greece made crucial 6-0 grabbing the promotion to division A.

Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) paced Greece to victory scoring 17 points and grabbing impressive 17 rebounds. Christina Navrozidou followed her with 14 points and 5 boards while Zafeira Giampani had one point less but with 9 rebounds. Cristina Bigica was the best player for the loosing side collecting 19 points and 4 glasses. Alexandra Florea had 13 points and 9 boards while Gabriela Cursaru finished the game with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Greece will take on Finland in the final while Romania will meet Slovenia fighting for the Bronze.


U16 Greece - U16 Romania 60-57
(11-9, 20-18, 11-12, 10-13, 8-5)

Greece:
Artemis Spanou 17 (17 rebs), Christina Navrozidou 14 (5 rebs), Zafeira Giampani 13 (9 rebs)
Romania: Cristina Bigica 19 (4 rebs), Alexandra Florea 13 (9 rebs), Gabriela Cursaru 11 (5 rebs)


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U18 EC, division B: Estonia edges Netherlands for fifth place - by Eurobasket News
In the battle for fifth place on U18 European Championship division B Estonia was better than Netherlands 66-57.

Game report and stats will be available soon...


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands routs neighbor Denmark - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Netherlands 55-72

Netherlands jumped over the first obstacle in the battle for the fifth place on U18 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Maaike Van Den Oever (169-G-92) and her teammates outplayed Denmark without any extra efforts. They had very good 43% from behind the arc and 52% for FG2, what was more than enough for this victory.

Everything was decided already in the first half. Netherlands had impressive finish of the first frame. After 14-13 for Denmark, Maaike Van Den Oever and Eline Kasius took care for 13-4 run taking 8-point lead. They didn't stop after that. During the following few minutes Netherlands made another one 11-4 setting the score on 22-37 in 15th minute. At that point of game it was already clear that Netherlands will most probably take this one. After the breather Netherlands just confirmed its domination from the first half. It was plus 20 in 27th minute when every hope of Denmark have already gone.

Maaike Van Den Oever was the best scorer for the winning side pouring in 16 points. Eline Kasius also demonstrated nice performance scoring 15 points and missing only one rebound for double-double. Anne Pedersen again was the best in Denmark this time stopping on 19 points and 9 boards. Nikoline Ostergaard followed her with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Netherlands will meet Slovakia for fifth while Denmark will take on the host Bulgaria for seventh place.


U16 Denmark - U16 Netherlands 55-72
(18-26, 15-19, 10-19, 12-8)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 19 (9 rebs), Nikoline Ostergaard 14 (4 rebs)
Netherlands: Maaike Van Den Oever 16, Eline Kasius 15 (9 rebs)


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Hungary ends championship on seventh place - by Eurobasket News
U18 Hungary - U18 Germany 64-55

In the decisive game for seventh place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje Hungary celebrated against Germany mostly owing to well played first half of the game. Thus, after pretty good performance in the Preliminary Round, Germany somehow stopped playing.

Hungarians entered into this game strongly. After opening 6-6, Hungary made 14-4 run until the end of the first period. During the following couple of minutes Lilla Horvath (-90) and Dorottya Gyori (186-F/C-90) shined for Hungary extending its advantage to 30-16. Later, they managed to keep plus 14 until the half time. Germany showed up after the breather with much better attitude. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) led her team to 46-40 but Hungary made it in the last offense of third period heading into the last stanza with 48-40. Everything what Germany succeeded to after that was minus 9, how much it was at the very end. Interesting is that Germany didn't score any trple in this game from 10 attempts. Its players also struggled with FG2 stroke finishing the game with just 34%.

Lilla Horvath paced Hungary to victory adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. She missed only two shots during the entire game. Dorottya Gyori also was good with 10 points and 6 boards. As it was amost during the entire championship Pia Mankertz once again was the best in Germany scoring 17 points. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) followed her collecting 14 points and 7 rebounds.


U18 Hungary - U18 Germany 64-55
(20-10, 14-10, 14-20, 16-15)

Hungary:
Lilla Horvath 15 (6 rebs), Dorottya Gyori 10 (6 rebs)
Germany: Pia Mankertz 17, Emina Karic 14 (7 rebs)


Hungary U16 could not find the answer for Meesseman and Vanloo - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Hungary U16 62:40

Hungary U16 could not find the answer for Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) and Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) and lost their Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place of of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Emma Meesseman and Julie Vanloo scored each 24 for Belgium that celebrated 62:40 victory. The win in all the quarters was too much for the Hungarian juniors. Alma Nemeth (184-F-92), Anna Kovats (178-G-92) and Szabo, E. scored 7 points each in defeat.
Belgium easily scored first 8 points in the game and won the opening tip of it. Hungary resisted a lot but stayed 8 points behind after the opening quarter. Emma Meesseman made it 19:11 in the beginning of the second but Hungary reduced to 19:17. Anyway Belgium U16 was glad to finish the first half with 34:27 leading the game.
Julie Vanloo made it plus 15 in the middle of the third quarter as Belgium started to increase the tempo. They won the period 16:4 and finished three quarters at 50:31. Julie Vanloo's jump-shot saw 60:40 with 01.34 to play. Emma Meesseman set up the final 62:40 as Belgium will hope for the fifth tomorrow. Belgium will play against Poland, the hosts of the tournament. Hungary will face Turkey for the 11th spot.

Belgium U16: Emma Meesseman 24+13 rebs, Julie Vanloo 24
Hungary U16: Alma Nemeth 7, Anna Kovats 7, Szabo, E. 7


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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Croatia cruises past Ireland in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Croatia - U16 Ireland 69-46

Croatia passed the first step for ninth place on U16 European Championship division B successfully. It was more than comfortable victory for Croatians which allow them to fight against Portugal at the last day of the championship for this not so bad position. Ireland will try to end competition on 11th place but it will have to beat Montenegro at the end of that way.

Croatia entered into this game strongly. Ana Biocic and her teammates totally blasted Ireland in the opening quarter letting them score just 5 points. During the same time Croatia poured in 24 reaching 19-point lead after just ten minutes. Katie Kilbride (168-G-92) and Tessa Solan immediately woke up after this terrible start leading their team to 14-20 in the next frame. However, it was enough only for 38-25 at the half time. Zrinka Brkljacic and Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) joined Ana Biocic after the breather which resulted with another nice period for Croatians. After 20 minutes of the game they already had unreachable 55-37.

Ana Biocic this time was the key player for Croatia. She collected 18 points and 11 rebounds for 29 minutes. Zrinka Brkljacic scored 15 while Nina Premasunac once again was pretty good with 14 points and 10 boards. Ireland got the most from Katie Kilbride, who added 11 points and 4 assists. Solan was behind her with 10 points and 9 boards.


U16 Croatia - U16 Ireland 69-46
(24-5, 14-20, 17-12, 14-9)

Croatia:
Ana Biocic 18 (11 rebs), Zrinka Brkljacic 15, Nina Premasunac 14 (10 rebs)
Ireland: Katie Kilbride 11 (4 as), Tessa Solan 10 (9 rebs)


U18 EC, division B: Ireland eleventh, Israel twelfth in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
U18 Ireland - U18 Israel 97-90

Ireland managed to beat Israel at the last day of the U18 European Championship division B ending it on eleventh place. It won't be undeserved if Israel took this one as it had a chance to do it in regular time.

Ireland opened this game with 10-0 run while Israel quickly answered with the same digits. Ireland had fantastic second quarter. Claire Rockall (168-G-90) and Orla O'Reilly (175-F-90) were on fire leading their team to 50-37 at the half time. Israel through Coral Dolev (173-G-90) managed to get on minus 5 before the last frame. Coral Dolev made a jump shot for 82-83 for Ireland with just 12 seconds to go but O'Gorman get fouled after what she made first but missed the second free throw. During the extra 5 minutes Ireland totally dominated ending it 14-7. Ireland had pretty good rebounding day catching 48 boards. On the other hand Israel had just 32.

Claire Rockall paced Ireland to victory collecting 22 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Orla O'Reilly also helped her team a lot adding 20 points and 14 boards. Coral Dolev was the best player in Israel finishing the game with 26 points and 6 boards. Keren Nechama (173-F-90) contributed 18 points and 6 rebounds while Shira Ben Barak (171-G-91) had 17 points and 4 assists.


U18 Ireland - U18 Israel 97-90
(20-20, 30-17, 15-23, 18-23, 14-7)

Ireland:
Claire Rockall 22 (12 rebs), Orla O'Reilly 20 (14 rebs)
Israel: Coral Dolev 26 (6 rebs), Keren Nechama 18 (5 rebs), Shira Ben Barak 17 (4 as)


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israel post second straight win at EuroBasket Qualifying round - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Israel 66:68

Israel continued their impressive start of the Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2009 with a narrow win over Germany away from home. Israel thus improved to 2-o record in Group A. Germany suffered their initial loss and dropped to 0-1. German team was close of celebrating victory in front of more than 1000 fans in Hagen. But Anne Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) could not convert in the dying seconds and Israel got away with the victory. The hosts looked better at the start as they dominated in the opening minutes to jump in front. Germany maintained the lead throughout the first quarter and were up 25:21 after ten minutes of action. Israel used a 7:1 run midway through the second frame to surge ahead 38:33. However Anne Breitreiner and Janzon knotted things up at halftime 40:40. Back-to-back trebles from Anne Breitreiner and Austmann allowed Germany to stay in charge early in the third frame. However Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) teamed up for 12 points in the quarter and Israel secured a 58:54 advantage after three quarters of action. The visitors did not allow Germany to pull ahead in the fourth period and enjoyed a 3-point lead with under 2 minutes left in regulation. Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) knocked down a free throw to enlarge the margin to 4 points but Anne Breitreiner answered with a jumper for a 66:68 score with 52 seconds left. Shay Doron was blocked on the other end and Anne Breitreiner had a chance to save the game but committed turnover and Israel registered a tough win at the end. Shay Doron notched 23 points to pace Israeli team. Liron Cohen came up with 17 points for the winners. Anne Breitreiner answered with 31 points for Germany. Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) had 9 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Germany: Anne Breitreiner 31, Lisa Koop 9+11 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 23, Liron Cohen 17


Liron Cohen and the Israeli national team - by Gil Goshen


Israel's Women's National Team got its first official road win since the current qualification system began, 68 66 in Germany, following a nerve wrecking affair.
Israel overcame 31 points by Germany's star, and managed to hold on to the win thanks to a German turnover with 4 seconds to go, and improved to 2 0 in the 2009 Eurobasket Qualification games.
Shay Doron led with 23, Liron Cohen Agency - GG basketball odded 17 points, 4 rb. 4 ast, 3 st,
Cohen: 'We really did something big, we just decided we're not leaving here without a win'.

For Israel:
Shay Doron 23 pts, 5 rebs, 3 stl
Liron Cohen 17 pts, 4 ast, 4 rebs
Jennifer Fleischer 8 pts
Laine Selwyn 7 pts, 4 rebs, 3 ast
Liad Suez Karni 6 pts, 4 rebs
Katia Abramzon 4 pts, 5 rebs
Merav Dori 2 pts
Katia Levitsky 1 pts



Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


U16 EC, division B: Israel avoided last 17th place - by Eurobasket News
U16 Luxemburg - U16 Israel 39-55 (GAME 2)

Israel registered two victories against Luxemburg in the battle for 17th place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that Luxemburg ended championship as a last ranked team without any success. Israel expected much more from this championship but at the end 17th place belongs to it.

Israel won these two games extremely easily. First one was decided after 20 minutes. Thanks to Bar Galinski (181-F-92), Israel had plus 20 at the half time. It seemed that after that Israel played as much as it was necessary for the win. Last twenty minutes were almost leveled which just confirmed that Israel was more than satisfied with its advantage. Second game also belonged to them. After 24-23 for Luxemburg in the first half, Bar Galinski once again shined for her team. She dominated at the offensive end scoring many easy baskets. His team intensified defense with resulted with just 15 points for 20 minutes by Luxemburg.

Bar Galinski was the best player in these two games adding 50 points and 24 rebounds in total. Yel Shafir was behind her scoring 11 in first and 12 points in the second game. Lena Hetto collected 24 points and 26 rebounds for Luxemburg in these two games.


U16 Israel - U16 Luxemburg 70-49 (GAME 1)
(20-8, 19-11, 14-15, 17-15)

Israel:
Bar Galinski 32 (10 rebs), Yel Shafir 11, Avigel Cohen 10 (4 rebs)
Luxemburg: Julie Zovile (171-F-92) 15 (8 rebs), Lena Hetto 14 (13 rebs)


U16 Luxemburg - U16 Israel 39-55 (GAME 2)
(15-14, 9-9, 7-16, 8-16)

Luxemburg:
Jana Putz 13 (4 rebs), Lena Hetto 10 (13 rebs)
Israel: Bar Galinski 18 (14 rebs), Yel Chafir 12 (4 as)


U18 EC, division B: Ireland eleventh, Israel twelfth in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
U18 Ireland - U18 Israel 97-90

Ireland managed to beat Israel at the last day of the U18 European Championship division B ending it on eleventh place. It won't be undeserved if Israel took this one as it had a chance to do it in regular time.

Ireland opened this game with 10-0 run while Israel quickly answered with the same digits. Ireland had fantastic second quarter. Claire Rockall (168-G-90) and Orla O'Reilly (175-F-90) were on fire leading their team to 50-37 at the half time. Israel through Coral Dolev (173-G-90) managed to get on minus 5 before the last frame. Coral Dolev made a jump shot for 82-83 for Ireland with just 12 seconds to go but O'Gorman get fouled after what she made first but missed the second free throw. During the extra 5 minutes Ireland totally dominated ending it 14-7. Ireland had pretty good rebounding day catching 48 boards. On the other hand Israel had just 32.

Claire Rockall paced Ireland to victory collecting 22 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Orla O'Reilly also helped her team a lot adding 20 points and 14 boards. Coral Dolev was the best player in Israel finishing the game with 26 points and 6 boards. Keren Nechama (173-F-90) contributed 18 points and 6 rebounds while Shira Ben Barak (171-G-91) had 17 points and 4 assists.


U18 Ireland - U18 Israel 97-90
(20-20, 30-17, 15-23, 18-23, 14-7)

Ireland:
Claire Rockall 22 (12 rebs), Orla O'Reilly 20 (14 rebs)
Israel: Coral Dolev 26 (6 rebs), Keren Nechama 18 (5 rebs), Shira Ben Barak 17 (4 as)


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U16 defeated the title-holders - by Eurobasket News
France U16-Italy U16 55:64

The title-holders ans the 'undefeated' France U16 lost the semifinal game at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Katowice saw Italian team advancing to the Final with 64:55 win. Debora Carangelo (160-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) netted 19, while Carta and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) scored 6 points each. Adja Konteh (178-F-92), Diallo and Jenny Fouasseau (178-F-92) posted 9 each in defeat.
France won the opening tip of the game and was infront in the majority of the period. The Italians forced three quick turnovers and Gaia Gorini pulled her team to within 18:16. Jenny Fouasseau's lay-up gave France 22:20 after one period. In the second quarter Italy played much better and went on a 12-2 run for a 37:29 advantage. Grossemy's jump-shot cut the deficit to 37:31 at the halftime.
Italy remained in front for the first minutes in the second half and even had 7 points deficit. France returned with their tough defense and knot the game at 43:43. Nicola however pulled Italy to 49:45 after three quarters played. Even though Gaia Gorini made it 55:45 France bounced back to 55:56. Unfortunately for them those points were last in their achievement. Italy used 8-0 run to clinch the semifinal birth.

France U16: Adja Konteh 9, Diallo, C 9, Jenny Fouasseau 9
Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 20, Gaia Gorini 19, Carta 6, Marta Masoni 6


Italy beat Finland at home - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Finland 77:62

Italian National Team rebounded after the starting loss to Poland at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They hosted Finland yesterday and secured a comfortable win to improve to 1-1 record in Group B. Finland suffered their first victory and slipped to 1-1 record. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) scored 11 points in the first period and Finland led 24:23 heading into the second frame. Italy however soon surged ahead and maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Italy secured a 47:39 advantage at halftime. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.), Francesca Modica (175-G-81) and Angela Gianolla (171-G-80) kept Italian team in front in the third stanza and ensured a 7-point lead before the fourth quarter. Piipari and Tiina Sten opened the fourth term with 5 straight points and trimmed the deficit to 2 points. But Italy responded with a 12:0 rally and never looked back in the dying moments. Kathrin Ress paced Italy with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) scored 12 points, while Angela Gianolla knocked down 11 points for the winners. Tiina Sten nailed 16 points for Finland. Minna Sten (191-F-87) had 15 points in defeat. Italy travels to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday. Finland hosts Turkey on the same date.

Italy: Kathrin Ress 25, Simona Ballardini 12, Angela Gianolla 11
Finland: Tiina Sten 16, Minna Sten 15


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  LATVIA - Women  


South Korea book quarterfinal spot with win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Latvia 72:68

South Korean National team posted a key victory in their Olympic Games basketball tournament preliminary action. They held off Latvia to clinch the fourth spot in Group A. It was a must-win battle for both teams as they hoped to jump into the last train heading to the playoffs. Latvia got to a better start to the game. They maintained a 22:20 lead after the starting frame. But Korea opened the second frame on a 9:0 rally to surge in front. The Asian powerhouse sealed the first half leading 42:35. Latvia struggled offensively at the moment and the third quarter did not bring much relief for the European side. Korea dominated at the moment and entered the fourth term up by 16 points. Korea widened the distance to 17 points early in the fourth quarter and it seemed like they were en route to an easy victory. But Latvia refused to surrender. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) fueled a comeback rally from Latvia as they cut the deficit to just 2 points with 12 seconds remaining. Lee Misun got fouled but was deadly from the stripe and won the game for Korea. Park Jung Eun (180-F-77) led Korea with 17 points. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) knocked down 15 points, while Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) added 12 points for the winners. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota answered with game-high 22 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia. Ieva Kublina provided 18 points in defeat. Korea will now face the USA as they won Group B.

South Korea: Park Jung Eun 17, Jung Sun Min 15, Beon Yeon Ha 12
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 22, Ieva Kublina 18


Ukraine U16 and Latvia U16 leave Division A - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Ukraine U16 80:51

Latvia U16 and Ukraine U16 will have to start the new season in Division B as both teams finished last in Division A this year. Today Latvia upset Ukrainian side to finish the Classification Round with a victory. Latvia trailed 18:23, but then won the game 80:51. Ieva Eida (177-G/F-92) led the winners with 25 points. Linda Pagrode (168-G-92) nailed 16, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) scored 15. Yagodka top-scored for the Ukrainian squad with 14 points, Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) and Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) posted 12 each.
Even though the game did not have any specific tasks for, Ukraine and Latvia wanted to close the Division A with a win. Yagodka pulled Ukraine to the first lead as her team looked better in the opening quarter. Linda Pagrode reduced the gap for the Baltic side ending up the first at 18:23. In the second period Latvia took a control of the game and benefit from 38:32. Viktoriya Skubiy's three was the last as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
In the third quarter Latvia increased the lead and had 10-15 points advantage. The teams finished the last period at 59:44 and Darya Zavidna opened the last for her team. Ukraine held minus 10, but then Latvia pushed the tempo for a bigger win. The Baltic side was glad to finish Division A with 80:51 win.

Latvia U16: Ieva Eida 25, Linda Pagrode 16, Anete Kirsteine 15
Ukraine U16: Yagodka 14, Viktoriya Skubiy 12, Darya Zavidna 12


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania topple Ukraine to gain first win at EuroBasket Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Ukraine 66:59

Lithuanian National Team bounced back after an unsuccessful start of their EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying campaign. They were beaten by Israel in the first game of the preliminary round in Group A however the first victory was somewhere close. Lithuania returned to Vilnius to knock down ambitious Ukraine yesterday. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) led balanced offense with 13 points. Egle Stakneviciene (190-C/F-85) had 12 points, while Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) added 11 for Lithuania in the win. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) paced Ukraine with game-high 22 points. Ukraine suffered their first defeat and slipped to 1-1 record in the pool. It was a close battle for the majority of the encounter. Lithuania jumped to 17:10 lead midway through the first period and managed to stay in front throughout the quarter. However a 9:2 rally from the visitors early in the second frame gave Ukraine a 25:24 advantage. Numerous lead changes in the period resulted in a tie-game 35:35 at halftime. Lithuania used 4 free throws from Staknviciene and Sandra Valuzyte late in the third stanza to accumulate a 57:53 advantage before the fourth term. Sandra Valuzyte and Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) stretched the margin to 9 points with under 4 minutes left in the game. Olexandra Gorbunova converted a three-point play to cut the distance but Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) hit a free throw and Ukraine ran out of time to get any closer. The teams were well matched on the glass with 38 boards apiece. At the same time Lithuania limited Ukraine to only 29% from the field and forced them to 19 turnovers.

Lithuania: Sandra Valuzyte 13, Egle Stakneviciene 12, Aurime Rinkeviciute 11
Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 22, Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81, agency: LBM Management), Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) 9


Russia U16 stun Lithuanian juniors - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16- Lithuania U16 71:47

Russia hopes for the 9th position of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. In the first game for the 9th-12th places Russia overcame Lithuania 71:47. The team was too good for the Baltic side and won all the quarters. Ksenia Barbashina (190-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Stepanova netted 15, while Anastasia Minaeva (174-G-92) added 7. Monika Grigalauskyte (188-F-92) had a good game with 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.
Russia scored first seven points in the game to prove the ambitions for the higher position. Lithuania trailed in the whole period but Viktorija Dimaite (194-C-92) cut the gap to 21:12 after the first. Later Stepanova made it plus 10 and then Stolyar scored for 36:20. Maksimova's jump shot gave Russia the biggest lead at the half 39:22.
Ksenia Barbashina pulled Russia to 43:23 in the beginning of the second half and then her team enjoyed the game more than needed. It was her again to close the third period at 55:36. In the last quarter Lithuania could not change the picture and lost the encounter. Russia will meet Belarus for the 9th place tomorrow.

Russia U16: Ksenia Barbashina 20, Stepanova 15, Anastasia Minaeva 7
Lithuania U16: Monika Grigalauskyte 18+13 rebs, Viktorija Dimaite 6, Druskyte 6


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U18 EC, division B: Luxemburg takes position number 15 - by Eurobasket News
U18 Finland - U18 Luxemburg 60-64

Luxemburg was better than Finland reaching 15th place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje.

It was a very interesting game until the very end. Finland had much better beginning. After first few minutes Finland made 14-5. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) woke up after that brining his team on minus 2 until the end of the first frame. The following ten minutes belonged to Finland, which touched plus ten at the one point of it but at the very end Luxemburg succeeded to end it 17-17. Johanna Lemmetty (183-C-90) and Maria Salmio (182-F-91) took care for the points in Finland while Lynn Schreiner and Jil Haentges (182-C-90) were the best on the other side. Luxemburg had slightly better performance in third quarter. Mostly owing to Lynn Schreiner Luxemburg headed into the last frame with 51-54. Game is decided in the last minute when Luxemburg created 5-0 run. Interesting is that Finland ended this game having 15 rebounds more that its opponent.

Lynn Schreiner paced Luxemburg to victory adding 19 points and 4 assists. Jil Haentges was behind her with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Johanna Lemmetty and Maria Salmio scored 14 points each for Finland. Meri Eerikinharju (177-G/F-90) finished the game with 3 point less.


U18 Finland - U18 Luxemburg 60-64
(20-18, 17-17, 14-19, 9-10)

Finland:
Johanna Lemmetty 14 (13 rebs), Maria Salmio 14 (11 rebs), Meri Eerikinharju 11 (7 rebs)
Luxemburg: Lynn Schreiner 19 (4 as), Jil Haentges 13 (15 rebs)


U16 EC, division B: Israel avoided last 17th place - by Eurobasket News
U16 Luxemburg - U16 Israel 39-55 (GAME 2)

Israel registered two victories against Luxemburg in the battle for 17th place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that Luxemburg ended championship as a last ranked team without any success. Israel expected much more from this championship but at the end 17th place belongs to it.

Israel won these two games extremely easily. First one was decided after 20 minutes. Thanks to Bar Galinski (181-F-92), Israel had plus 20 at the half time. It seemed that after that Israel played as much as it was necessary for the win. Last twenty minutes were almost leveled which just confirmed that Israel was more than satisfied with its advantage. Second game also belonged to them. After 24-23 for Luxemburg in the first half, Bar Galinski once again shined for her team. She dominated at the offensive end scoring many easy baskets. His team intensified defense with resulted with just 15 points for 20 minutes by Luxemburg.

Bar Galinski was the best player in these two games adding 50 points and 24 rebounds in total. Yel Shafir was behind her scoring 11 in first and 12 points in the second game. Lena Hetto collected 24 points and 26 rebounds for Luxemburg in these two games.


U16 Israel - U16 Luxemburg 70-49 (GAME 1)
(20-8, 19-11, 14-15, 17-15)

Israel:
Bar Galinski 32 (10 rebs), Yel Shafir 11, Avigel Cohen 10 (4 rebs)
Luxemburg: Julie Zovile (171-F-92) 15 (8 rebs), Lena Hetto 14 (13 rebs)


U16 Luxemburg - U16 Israel 39-55 (GAME 2)
(15-14, 9-9, 7-16, 8-16)

Luxemburg:
Jana Putz 13 (4 rebs), Lena Hetto 10 (13 rebs)
Israel: Bar Galinski 18 (14 rebs), Yel Chafir 12 (4 as)


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  MALI - Women  


Spain dismantle Mali in China - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Mali 79:47

Spanish National team posted their third win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament in Beijing. Today they rolled over winless Mali to improve to 3-2 record in Group B. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) knocked down game-high 21 points in just three quarters to ignite Spanish performance. The European team accounted for the first 12 points of the game. Mali cut the deficit to 7 points before Spain finished the first term on a 7:0 run to grab a 19:5 advantage at the first intermission. Amaya Valdemoro came up strong in the second stanza as she nailed 9 points and Spain maintained the lead. The European powerhouse went on a 22:12 run in the third stanza and Mali trailed by as many as 25 points before the final period. Spain eased past their opponents in the final minutes and secured their third win at the tournament. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) contributed 13 points and 9 boards for Spain. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) and Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) had 9 points apiece in a win. Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) answered with 17 points and 8 boards for Mali. Bagayokoc and Aminata Sininta (185-C-85) had 8 points each in defeat. Spain outrebounded Mali 43:38 and forced the African team to 32 turnovers. Spain converted 42% from the field, while limiting their opponents to 30% accuracy.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 21, Ana Montanana 13, Cindy Lima 9, Isabel Sanchez 9
Mali: Djenebou Sissoko 17, Aminata Sininta 8


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal beats Montenegro thanks to last 10 minutes - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Montenegro 77-53

Portugal was better than Montenegro making the first step to position number nine on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. In order to reach that place Portugal will have to beat Croatia at the last day of the championship. On the other hand, Montenegro will have to fight for 11th place against Ireland.

First half of the game was almost leveled. Montenegro succeeded to touch plus 5 once but it was as much as one team could go during the first 20 minutes. Portugal's players woke up at the middle of third frame and thanks to Sara Oliveira and Maria Andrade (-69) made 13-8 run for 47-42 before the last frame. During the following ten minutes Portugal totally smashes Montenegro. They opened it with 11-2 later making another 17-2 run. Portugal also totally outrebounded Montenegro in this game ending it with 58 boards. Montenegro had just 34.

Sara Oliveira paced Portugal to this victory draining 17 points for 24 minutes. Maria Andrade also shined collecting 13 points and 7 boards while Daniela Domingues stopped on 12 points and 6 rebounds. The loosing side got pretty good 19 points and 13 rebounds from Milica Milosev. As it was almost during the entire championship, Jovana Pasic once again was one of the best players in Montenegro scoring 15 points.


U16 Portugal - U16 Montenegro 77-53
(10-11, 16-16, 21-15, 30-11)

Portugal:
Sara Oliveira 17, Maria Andrade 13 (7 rebs), Daniela Domingues 12 (6 rebs)
Montenegro: Milica Milosev 19 (13 rebs), Jovana Pasic 15


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Australia5-0
2. Russia4-1
3. S.Korea2-2
4. Belarus1-2
5. Latvia1-4
6. Brazil0-4
Group B
1. USA4-0
2. China3-1
3. Spain3-2
4. Czech Repu.2-2
5. N.Zealand1-3
6. Mali0-5


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  POLAND - Women  


Cossengue Casimiro makes a triple double in the game - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 -Turkey U16 81:69

Polish U16 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place and will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Tonight the hosts of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women overcame Turkey 81:69. Kinga Bandyk (184-F/C-92) led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds but she was not the MVP of the game. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro (173-G-92) made a triple double collecting 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) followed them with 16 points for the Polish squad. Pelin Gulbag (171-G-92) top-scored for Turkey with 21 points and Betul Kalfali (178-F-93) added 14.
Poland opened the game with 4 consecutive points and won the opening tip. They always stayed in front and had 23:19 after the first period. Turkey tied the score three times in the second period but tasted the win only once. The teams went to the lockers with 37:33 hosts advantage.
After 20:12 in the third period the game became easier to control for Poland. They enjoyed 57:45 after three quarters of the game and had 61:51 when Kinga Bandyk made another two. Pelin Gulbag brought a bit of intrigue in the end for 68:61 but the hosts quickly changed the score for good. The hosts of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women overcame Turkey 81:69 and are ready for the last game.

Poland U16: Kinga Bandyk 21+7 rebs, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 19+10 rebs+10 ast, Monika Jasnowska 16
Turkey U16: Pelin Gulbag 21, Betul Kalfali 14


Turkey storm past Poland in Adana - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Poland 75:59

Turkish National Team opened their EuroBasket Qualifying campaign yesterday. They hosted Poland and rolled to a comfortable victory. It was the second game for Polish team in Group B as they were coming off a home victory over Italy but could not stretch the winning streak in Turkey. The home team went on a 14:5 rally late in the first period to accumulate a 31:20 advantage at the first intermission. Turkey would not stop in the second frame as they posted a 14:2 run to clear off to a 16-point distance. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Tuncluer opened the third period with 5 straight points and Turkey enjoyed a 54:36 lead at the moment. The hosts maintained the margin easily and secured a 61:46 advantage before the fourth term. Turkey tipped off the final quarter with a 7:0 run and never looked back again in this one. Nevriye Yilmaz came up with 15 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) added 13 points, while Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) and Isil Alben (170-G-86) secured 12 points apiece in the win. Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) answered with 14 points for Poland. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) had 10 points in a losing effort. Turkey converted solid 51% from the field and limited their opponents to 39% accuracy. The hosts also outrebounded Poland 36:31 in the victory. Turkey will take on Finland away from home on Wednesday. Poland will host Finland on August 23.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 15, Yasemin Horasan 13, Saziye Karsli 12, Isil Alben 12
Poland: Anna Wielebnowska 14, Izabela Piekarska 10


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Portugal beats Montenegro thanks to last 10 minutes - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Montenegro 77-53

Portugal was better than Montenegro making the first step to position number nine on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. In order to reach that place Portugal will have to beat Croatia at the last day of the championship. On the other hand, Montenegro will have to fight for 11th place against Ireland.

First half of the game was almost leveled. Montenegro succeeded to touch plus 5 once but it was as much as one team could go during the first 20 minutes. Portugal's players woke up at the middle of third frame and thanks to Sara Oliveira and Maria Andrade (-69) made 13-8 run for 47-42 before the last frame. During the following ten minutes Portugal totally smashes Montenegro. They opened it with 11-2 later making another 17-2 run. Portugal also totally outrebounded Montenegro in this game ending it with 58 boards. Montenegro had just 34.

Sara Oliveira paced Portugal to this victory draining 17 points for 24 minutes. Maria Andrade also shined collecting 13 points and 7 boards while Daniela Domingues stopped on 12 points and 6 rebounds. The loosing side got pretty good 19 points and 13 rebounds from Milica Milosev. As it was almost during the entire championship, Jovana Pasic once again was one of the best players in Montenegro scoring 15 points.


U16 Portugal - U16 Montenegro 77-53
(10-11, 16-16, 21-15, 30-11)

Portugal:
Sara Oliveira 17, Maria Andrade 13 (7 rebs), Daniela Domingues 12 (6 rebs)
Montenegro: Milica Milosev 19 (13 rebs), Jovana Pasic 15


U18 EC, division B: Thriller win for Bosnia against Portugal - by Eurobasket News
U18 Portugal - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 59-61

Bosnia demonstrated wonderful performance during the last four days of U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. Bosnians somehow woke up after Preliminary Round beating all of their rival until the end finishing this prestigious event on ninth place. Position number ten belongs to Portugal.

Beginning of the game sent a clear signal which team could take it at the end as Bosnians made quick 0-9 lead. Later, Portugal through Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) and Sofia da Silva managed to get on 14-19 after first ten minutes. At the middle of the next frame Portugal almost tied the score. It was 23-22. Bosnia made mini 6-2 run after that taking 3-point lead at the half time. After almost leveled third quarter, which Portugal at the end finished 17-14, teams went into the dramatic finish. Portugal had 59-58 but its players didn't score any basket during the last two minutes. One the other side Bosnians managed to make a lay-up and later one free throw for the final score 59-61.

Interestign is that three players in Bosnia added exactly 11 points. They are Anesa Hamsic (187-C-91), Ilijana Todorovic (169-G-90) and Aleksandra Stojanovic (173-G-90) but Anesa Hamsic grabbed 6 more rebounds beside that. However, Irma Rahmanovic (179-F-91) once again was the best player in Bosnia collecting 10 points and 14 rebounds. Michelle Brandao scored 15 points for Portugal while Sofia da Silva also shined with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Luvulo this time stopped on 13 points and 5 boards.


U18 Portugal - U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina 59-61
(14-19, 11-9, 17-14, 17-19)

Portugal:
Michelle Brandao 15, Sofia da Silva 13 (15 rebs), Livulo 13 (5 rebs)
Bosnia: Anesa Hamsic 11 (6 rebs), Ilijana Todorovic 11, Aleksandra Stojanovic 11, Irma Rahmanovic 10 (14 rebs)


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece reaches the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Greece - U16 Romania 60-57

Greece succeeded to beat Romania in the first semifinal game of U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. What is the most important, except of the chance to fight for the Gold, with this victory Greece got promotion to division A for the next European Championship. Romanians missed a chance to do it but they will continue battle for the bronze medal.

Greece showed slightly better performance in the first quarter ending it 11-9. Mostly owing to Zafeira Giampani and Christina Navrozidou, Greece made fantastic 13-0 run at the middle of the next frame setting the score on 27-14. It seemed that Romania won't recover soon from his shock but totally different scenario was seen after that. Cristina Bigica and Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) stepped up for their team and very quick answered with 13-4. It was 31-27 for Greece at the half time. During the following ten minutes Romania succeeded to come a point closer heading into the last frame with minus 3. Finally, with 1:42 to go Romania tied the score on 49-49. Alexandra Florea (173-F) was hero for Romania in regular time as she drained triple at the buzzer which led her team to over time. Before that Greece made lay-up and a free throw. In the following two minutes Greece made crucial 6-0 grabbing the promotion to division A.

Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) paced Greece to victory scoring 17 points and grabbing impressive 17 rebounds. Christina Navrozidou followed her with 14 points and 5 boards while Zafeira Giampani had one point less but with 9 rebounds. Cristina Bigica was the best player for the loosing side collecting 19 points and 4 glasses. Alexandra Florea had 13 points and 9 boards while Gabriela Cursaru finished the game with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Greece will take on Finland in the final while Romania will meet Slovenia fighting for the Bronze.


U16 Greece - U16 Romania 60-57
(11-9, 20-18, 11-12, 10-13, 8-5)

Greece:
Artemis Spanou 17 (17 rebs), Christina Navrozidou 14 (5 rebs), Zafeira Giampani 13 (9 rebs)
Romania: Cristina Bigica 19 (4 rebs), Alexandra Florea 13 (9 rebs), Gabriela Cursaru 11 (5 rebs)


Romania send Croatia to 0-2 record at EuroBasket Qualification - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Croatia 70:64

Romanian National Team got to a winning start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign. They defeated Croatia in Group C action yesterday. In the meantime Croatia suffered the second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Romania came from behind late in the game to pull away with a narrow win. The hosts entered the game confidently enough and built a 24:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) knocked down 8 points in the second quarter, while Marta Cakic (175-G-82) and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) capped the frame with two trebles and the visitors surged ahead 36:31. Petra Stampalija began the second half with 4 straight points as Croatia stretched the lead to 9 points. Romania failed to deny the deficit in the third frame and trailed by 3 points before the fourth quarter. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) and Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) lifted the home team ahead early in the final period. The lead changed hands for several times before Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) and Ildiko Vass gave Romania a 5-point advantage with 42 seconds remaining. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) cut the deficit from the stripe but Anne-Marie Parau knocked down 5 freebies in the dying seconds and ensured the winning outcome for Romanian team. Maria Pascalau produced 23 points and 7 boards for Romania. Anne-Marie Parau had 20 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Anda Jelavic answered with 17 points for Croatia. Petra Stampalija added 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Romania: Maria Pascalau 23, Anne-Marie Parau 20, Simina Mandache (184-F-81) 11
Croatia: Anda Jelavic 17, Petra Stampalija 16


Romanian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Florentina Ardeleanu (173-G-83) of U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca
5 Simina Mandache (184-F-81) of Acetum Cavezzo (ITA)
6 Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) of CSS LMK Sf. Gheorghe
7 Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) of Elizur Ramla (ISR)

8 Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) of BC ICIM Arad
9 Andreea Orosz (179-G-86) of U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca
10 Alexandra Cutas (178-F-82) of Canal de Isabel II - Colsada (ESP)
11 Corina Morosan (190-C-83) of U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca
12 Bianca Vescan (186-C-78) of U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca
13 Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) of Magic Sibiu

21 Florina Diacona (176-G-82) of CET Govora
22 Claudia Pop (186-F-89) of U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U16 stun Lithuanian juniors - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16- Lithuania U16 71:47

Russia hopes for the 9th position of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. In the first game for the 9th-12th places Russia overcame Lithuania 71:47. The team was too good for the Baltic side and won all the quarters. Ksenia Barbashina (190-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Stepanova netted 15, while Anastasia Minaeva (174-G-92) added 7. Monika Grigalauskyte (188-F-92) had a good game with 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.
Russia scored first seven points in the game to prove the ambitions for the higher position. Lithuania trailed in the whole period but Viktorija Dimaite (194-C-92) cut the gap to 21:12 after the first. Later Stepanova made it plus 10 and then Stolyar scored for 36:20. Maksimova's jump shot gave Russia the biggest lead at the half 39:22.
Ksenia Barbashina pulled Russia to 43:23 in the beginning of the second half and then her team enjoyed the game more than needed. It was her again to close the third period at 55:36. In the last quarter Lithuania could not change the picture and lost the encounter. Russia will meet Belarus for the 9th place tomorrow.

Russia U16: Ksenia Barbashina 20, Stepanova 15, Anastasia Minaeva 7
Lithuania U16: Monika Grigalauskyte 18+13 rebs, Viktorija Dimaite 6, Druskyte 6


The Opals take down Russia in the battle of undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Russia 75:55

Australia and Russia clashed in the fifth round of Olympic Games basketball tournament today. In the rematch of the 2006 World Championship Final Australia once again prevailed despite slow start to the game. The Opals now claimed the top spot in Group A. Russia got to an overwhelming start as Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) led the charge. She nailed 16 points in the first two quarters and Russian team enjoyed a 16-point advantage late in the second stanza. Russia rolled to a 37:25 advantage at halftime. However the Opals were not about to fold. They went off the dressing room firing on all cylinders. The Aussies opened the second half with a 16:4 run to tie the score at 41. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) later came up with a three-pointer to set the Opals in charge. Australia outscored Russia 30:10 in the third frame to gain an 8-point advantage before the fourth term. The things never brightened up for Russia in the fourth period as balanced Australian offense sealed the deal giving the Opals their 5th straight win at the tournament. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and Lauren Jackson secured 16 points apiece. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) added 12 points for the winners. Rebecca Hammon answered with game-high 20 points for Russia. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) delivered 16 points and 9 boards in defeat. Australia outrebounded their opponents 53:36 and limited Russia to 33% accuracy from the field.

Australia: Belinda Snell 16, Lauren Jackson 16+14 boards, Penny Taylor 12
Russia: Rebecca Hammon 20, Svetlana Abrosimova 16


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  SERBIA - Women  


Germany U16 beat Serbia U16 as both teams remain in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Germany U16 37:64

Germany U16 beat Serbia U16 64:37 as both teams remain in Division A for the next year. In the last game of the Classification Round Germany was too good for their opponent. A 25:3 from the start was a disaster for Serbia that could not come back into the game. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) led the winners with 21 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) scored 12. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) top-scored for Serbia with 8 points.
Herrmann scored first for Germany and then Rajic tied the game in the opening tip. German side splashed with 16-0 run to take 18:2 advantage. Finja Schaake from the arc closed the third period at 25:3. In the second quarter Serbia played much better than they played in the beginning of the game, but still lost the period 14:17. Again Finja Schaake sent the teams to the lockers for 42:17.
The third quarter was the defensive one as both teams could score only 15 points each. Sonja Greinacher gave Germany 51:23 after 30 minutes of the game. Serbia won the last period 14:13 but it was nothing to reach the opponent. Germany won all the games in the classification round and proved the ambitions for the next year.

Serbia U16: Ivana Brajkovic 8, Nevena Radojevic (190-C-93) 7
Germany U16: Finja Schaake 21, Sonja Greinacher 14+14 rebs, Christina Schnorr 12


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia smashes the host Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Slovakia - U16 Bulgaria 65-30

Slovakia made an extremely easy victory against the hosts of U16 Europan Championship division B. Thus, at the last day of the championship Slovakia will meet Netherlands fighting for position number five. On the other hand Bulgaria will play against Denmark for seventh place.

Slovakia showed much better basketball level that its rival. Except of the first quarter, Slovakians had total control on Bulgaria. They were better in all basketball elements. The fact that Bulgaria succeeded to score just 30 points during the entire game talks everything for itself. Actually almost half of it Bulgaria netted in the first quarter, which it ended 10-14. After that moment Martina Kissova (184-F-93) and Marta Palenikova stepped up for Slovakia. Together with their teammates they intensified defense forcing Bulgaria to commit many turnovers. On the other side Slovakia had an opportunity to make a lot of easy points so after two free throws by Martina Kissova at the end of the second frame Slovakia already had 33-18. Nothing has changed after the breather. Slovakia once again stopped Bulgaria on 4 points taking huge 27-point lead after 30 minutes. It automatically meant that the game is over for Bulgaria.

Martina Kissova scored 14 while Marta Palenikova had 13 points and 4 rebounds for the winning side. Bulgaria didn't have nay player with more than 6 points, how much Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92) and Nadezhda Spasova posted.


U16 Slovakia - U16 Bulgaria 65-30
(10-14, 23-4, 16-4, 16-8)

Slovakia:
Martina Kissova 14, Marta Palenikova 13 (4 rebs)
Bulgaria: Vesela Kovacheva 6, Nadezhda Spasova 6


France pound Slovak Republic in Saint-Quentin - by Eurobasket News
France - Slovak Republic 58:39

French National Team stunned Slovakia for the second win at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. France thus remained at the helm of Group C. France dominated the game and easily secured the winning outcome at the end. Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) and Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) gave the hosts a 5:0 lead at the start of the encounter. France closed the first frame with 6 consecutive points and enjoyed a 15:6 advantage. Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) opened a double-digit lead for France midway through the second frame. Slovakia cut the gap to 5 points but Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) capped the half with 5 points and France led 29:20 at halftime. The home team ignited a 14:4 rally early in the third stanza and France secured a 43:24 lead. Emmanuelle Hermouet once again burst out with back-to-back trebles late in the quarter and France entered the fourth stanza up by 23 points. France loosened the grasp in the final period and breezed to the victory at the end. Pauline Krawczyk topscored with 15 points for France. Emmanuelle Hermouet added 13 points, while Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) nailed 7 points apiece in a win. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) and Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86) dropped 10 points each for Slovakia. France will take on Hungary on the road on Wednesday. Slovakia will host Romania the same day.

France: Pauline Krawczyk 15, Emmanuelle Hermouet 13
Slovakia: Zuzana Zirkova 10, Romana Vynuchalova 10


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Finland edges Slovenia for the final and promotion to division A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Slovenia 58-44

Slovenia missed a nice chance to get a promotion to division A for the next European Championship. Finland showed much better performance in this semifinals ending it with comfortable plus 14. Thus, except of the fantastic success and promotion to the next level, Finland will have a chance to grab the Gold in Bulgaria.

Finland showed pretty good performance at the beginning. The official host of this game touched plus 6 but thanks to Rebeka Abramovic's (-93) triple, Slovenia managed to get on minus 3 after first ten minutes. Slovenians had many troubles at the offensive end during the next frame. They made many mistakes and missed few open shots. The fact that Slovenia succeeded to net just 4 points for 10 minutes talks everything for itself. On the other side Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) was on fire and together with her teammates ended first half with huge 36-18. Second quarter was the crucial one in this game as after that Slovenia didn't succeed to get any closer than 8 points, what happened just once.

Janniina Koivunen was totally the best player for the winning side. Thanks to her 23 points and 10 boards Finland will have a chance to fight for the Gold. Rita Haukkovaara helped her team with 10 points. Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) once again was good in Slovenia adding 15 points and 4 rebounds. Rebeka Abramovic delivered 13 points and grabbed 6 boards.


U16 Finland - U16 Slovenia 58-44
(17-14, 19-4, 15-16, 7-10)

Finland:
Janniina Koivunen 23 (10 rebs), Rita Haukkovaara 10
Slovenia: Bojana Adamovic 15 (4 rebs), Rebeka Abramovic 13 (6 rebs)


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South Korea book quarterfinal spot with win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Latvia 72:68

South Korean National team posted a key victory in their Olympic Games basketball tournament preliminary action. They held off Latvia to clinch the fourth spot in Group A. It was a must-win battle for both teams as they hoped to jump into the last train heading to the playoffs. Latvia got to a better start to the game. They maintained a 22:20 lead after the starting frame. But Korea opened the second frame on a 9:0 rally to surge in front. The Asian powerhouse sealed the first half leading 42:35. Latvia struggled offensively at the moment and the third quarter did not bring much relief for the European side. Korea dominated at the moment and entered the fourth term up by 16 points. Korea widened the distance to 17 points early in the fourth quarter and it seemed like they were en route to an easy victory. But Latvia refused to surrender. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) fueled a comeback rally from Latvia as they cut the deficit to just 2 points with 12 seconds remaining. Lee Misun got fouled but was deadly from the stripe and won the game for Korea. Park Jung Eun (180-F-77) led Korea with 17 points. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) knocked down 15 points, while Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) added 12 points for the winners. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota answered with game-high 22 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia. Ieva Kublina provided 18 points in defeat. Korea will now face the USA as they won Group B.

South Korea: Park Jung Eun 17, Jung Sun Min 15, Beon Yeon Ha 12
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 22, Ieva Kublina 18


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Spain dismantle Mali in China - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Mali 79:47

Spanish National team posted their third win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament in Beijing. Today they rolled over winless Mali to improve to 3-2 record in Group B. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) knocked down game-high 21 points in just three quarters to ignite Spanish performance. The European team accounted for the first 12 points of the game. Mali cut the deficit to 7 points before Spain finished the first term on a 7:0 run to grab a 19:5 advantage at the first intermission. Amaya Valdemoro came up strong in the second stanza as she nailed 9 points and Spain maintained the lead. The European powerhouse went on a 22:12 run in the third stanza and Mali trailed by as many as 25 points before the final period. Spain eased past their opponents in the final minutes and secured their third win at the tournament. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) contributed 13 points and 9 boards for Spain. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) and Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) had 9 points apiece in a win. Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) answered with 17 points and 8 boards for Mali. Bagayokoc and Aminata Sininta (185-C-85) had 8 points each in defeat. Spain outrebounded Mali 43:38 and forced the African team to 32 turnovers. Spain converted 42% from the field, while limiting their opponents to 30% accuracy.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 21, Ana Montanana 13, Cindy Lima 9, Isabel Sanchez 9
Mali: Djenebou Sissoko 17, Aminata Sininta 8


The most defensive semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Sweden U16 38:33

Spain U16 won the most defensive semifinal of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. The favorites overcame Sweden 38:33 in Katowice. It was not the best game from both teams, but it was a real battle in the court. Laura Gil (189-C-92) led the winners to the Final with 8 points. Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) netted 7, while Elisabet Vivas (177-F-92) and Ortiz had 6 each. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) and Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) both scored 10 points for the underdogs.
What a game! The first quarter already prepared the spectators for a defensive style as the board showed 11:10 after 10 minutes. Fontaine made the second free throw for a small Swedish lead. Salome Kabengano completed the 12-0 run spanning the first two quarters while Elisabet Vivas ended the eight-minute scoring drought with two foul shots to make it 14:12. Sweden remained in front after the first half, 22:19.
Spain saw a nightmare as they could not score for more than 6 minutes in the second half. Farhiya Abdi made it 29:19 for the Scandinavian squad with 3.27 to play in the third. Elisabet Vivas knocked down a jump hot just before the buzzer, leaving Spain down just 29:24 after three periods. The score was as if it was the end of the first period but the teams entered the last. Zahui evened things at 33:33 with 1:40 left. For Sweden those points were last in the game, while Spain made a 5-0 run to advance to the Final.

Spain U16: Laura Gil 8, Yurena Diaz 7, Elisabet Vivas 6, Ortiz 6
Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 10+11 rebs, Salome Kabengano 10+8 rebs


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The most defensive semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Sweden U16 38:33

Spain U16 won the most defensive semifinal of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. The favorites overcame Sweden 38:33 in Katowice. It was not the best game from both teams, but it was a real battle in the court. Laura Gil (189-C-92) led the winners to the Final with 8 points. Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) netted 7, while Elisabet Vivas (177-F-92) and Ortiz had 6 each. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) and Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) both scored 10 points for the underdogs.
What a game! The first quarter already prepared the spectators for a defensive style as the board showed 11:10 after 10 minutes. Fontaine made the second free throw for a small Swedish lead. Salome Kabengano completed the 12-0 run spanning the first two quarters while Elisabet Vivas ended the eight-minute scoring drought with two foul shots to make it 14:12. Sweden remained in front after the first half, 22:19.
Spain saw a nightmare as they could not score for more than 6 minutes in the second half. Farhiya Abdi made it 29:19 for the Scandinavian squad with 3.27 to play in the third. Elisabet Vivas knocked down a jump hot just before the buzzer, leaving Spain down just 29:24 after three periods. The score was as if it was the end of the first period but the teams entered the last. Zahui evened things at 33:33 with 1:40 left. For Sweden those points were last in the game, while Spain made a 5-0 run to advance to the Final.

Spain U16: Laura Gil 8, Yurena Diaz 7, Elisabet Vivas 6, Ortiz 6
Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 10+11 rebs, Salome Kabengano 10+8 rebs


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Switzerland makes it against Estonia - by Eurobasket News
U16 Estonia - U16 Switzerland 39-58

First day of the Classification Stage for 13th to 16th place on U16 European Championship division B was successful for Switzerland. Rosalie Grobet and her teammates registered an extremely easy victory against Switzerland making a step forward to 13th place. Its last opponent on that way will be England. At the last day of the competition Estonia will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina trying to reach position number 15.

Thanks to Mazjakina's triple at the last possession in the first frame, Estonia grabbed 3-point lead. Rosalie Grobet stepped up for her team after that leading 12-0 run. Estonians had a lot of troubles in this period especially with running the plays. They had many erratic shots which resulted with only 6 points for 10 minutes. Switzerland had 10 more what means 17-24 at the half time. Estonians had much better third frame and mostly owing to Annika Koster (185-C-92) came on 31-33 after 30 minutes. It was a signal for Rosalie Grobet and Sarah Cavin, which together with Anne Sophie Gavin created crucial 19-4 run for 35-54.

Rosalie Grobet was the key player for Switzerland in this game. She played 33 minutes scoring 18 points and catching 8 rebounds. Sarah Cavin followed with 11 points and 4 rebounds while Anne Sophie Gavin had 10 points and 4 boards. Estonia had only one player with double digits. It was Annika Koster, who added 13 points and at the same time made 6 rebounds.


U16 Estonia - U16 Switzerland 39-58
(11-8, 6-16, 14-9, 8-25)

Estonia:
Annika Koster 13 (6 rebs)
Switzerland: Rosalie Grobet 18 (8 rebs), Sarah Cavin 11 (4 rebs), Anne Sophie Gavin 10 (4 rebs)


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  TURKEY - Women  


Cossengue Casimiro makes a triple double in the game - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 -Turkey U16 81:69

Polish U16 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place and will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Tonight the hosts of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women overcame Turkey 81:69. Kinga Bandyk (184-F/C-92) led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds but she was not the MVP of the game. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro (173-G-92) made a triple double collecting 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Monika Jasnowska (181-F-92) followed them with 16 points for the Polish squad. Pelin Gulbag (171-G-92) top-scored for Turkey with 21 points and Betul Kalfali (178-F-93) added 14.
Poland opened the game with 4 consecutive points and won the opening tip. They always stayed in front and had 23:19 after the first period. Turkey tied the score three times in the second period but tasted the win only once. The teams went to the lockers with 37:33 hosts advantage.
After 20:12 in the third period the game became easier to control for Poland. They enjoyed 57:45 after three quarters of the game and had 61:51 when Kinga Bandyk made another two. Pelin Gulbag brought a bit of intrigue in the end for 68:61 but the hosts quickly changed the score for good. The hosts of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women overcame Turkey 81:69 and are ready for the last game.

Poland U16: Kinga Bandyk 21+7 rebs, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 19+10 rebs+10 ast, Monika Jasnowska 16
Turkey U16: Pelin Gulbag 21, Betul Kalfali 14


Turkey storm past Poland in Adana - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Poland 75:59

Turkish National Team opened their EuroBasket Qualifying campaign yesterday. They hosted Poland and rolled to a comfortable victory. It was the second game for Polish team in Group B as they were coming off a home victory over Italy but could not stretch the winning streak in Turkey. The home team went on a 14:5 rally late in the first period to accumulate a 31:20 advantage at the first intermission. Turkey would not stop in the second frame as they posted a 14:2 run to clear off to a 16-point distance. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Tuncluer opened the third period with 5 straight points and Turkey enjoyed a 54:36 lead at the moment. The hosts maintained the margin easily and secured a 61:46 advantage before the fourth term. Turkey tipped off the final quarter with a 7:0 run and never looked back again in this one. Nevriye Yilmaz came up with 15 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) added 13 points, while Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) and Isil Alben (170-G-86) secured 12 points apiece in the win. Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) answered with 14 points for Poland. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) had 10 points in a losing effort. Turkey converted solid 51% from the field and limited their opponents to 39% accuracy. The hosts also outrebounded Poland 36:31 in the victory. Turkey will take on Finland away from home on Wednesday. Poland will host Finland on August 23.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 15, Yasemin Horasan 13, Saziye Karsli 12, Isil Alben 12
Poland: Anna Wielebnowska 14, Izabela Piekarska 10


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


USVI exacts revenge on Bahamas - by David Edole
The USVI women's junior national basketball teams earned victory Friday night in their quest towards winning gold medals in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation's Caribbean Basketball Junior Championships at Johnston Sutherlands Clarehall Complex in St. John's, Antigua.
The team earned a measure of redemption with a 65-58 win over the Bahamas, who defeated the USVI on Wednesday, 68-51. With the win, the USVI tied the Bahamas atop the tournament standings with a 2-1 record and have a chance at gold with a win against Antigua today and a Bahamas loss.
'The Bahamas has good size, so we gave them different looks on defense,' said coach Donald Bough.
Marlina Tongue led the USVI with 12 points, followed by Sheniqua Wheatley with 10. Hanifah Hendricks' 7 points and six blocks were also noted by Bough as key to the team's victory.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Lithuania topple Ukraine to gain first win at EuroBasket Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Ukraine 66:59

Lithuanian National Team bounced back after an unsuccessful start of their EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying campaign. They were beaten by Israel in the first game of the preliminary round in Group A however the first victory was somewhere close. Lithuania returned to Vilnius to knock down ambitious Ukraine yesterday. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) led balanced offense with 13 points. Egle Stakneviciene (190-C/F-85) had 12 points, while Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) added 11 for Lithuania in the win. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) paced Ukraine with game-high 22 points. Ukraine suffered their first defeat and slipped to 1-1 record in the pool. It was a close battle for the majority of the encounter. Lithuania jumped to 17:10 lead midway through the first period and managed to stay in front throughout the quarter. However a 9:2 rally from the visitors early in the second frame gave Ukraine a 25:24 advantage. Numerous lead changes in the period resulted in a tie-game 35:35 at halftime. Lithuania used 4 free throws from Staknviciene and Sandra Valuzyte late in the third stanza to accumulate a 57:53 advantage before the fourth term. Sandra Valuzyte and Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) stretched the margin to 9 points with under 4 minutes left in the game. Olexandra Gorbunova converted a three-point play to cut the distance but Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) hit a free throw and Ukraine ran out of time to get any closer. The teams were well matched on the glass with 38 boards apiece. At the same time Lithuania limited Ukraine to only 29% from the field and forced them to 19 turnovers.

Lithuania: Sandra Valuzyte 13, Egle Stakneviciene 12, Aurime Rinkeviciute 11
Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 22, Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81, agency: LBM Management), Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) 9


Ukraine U16 and Latvia U16 leave Division A - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Ukraine U16 80:51

Latvia U16 and Ukraine U16 will have to start the new season in Division B as both teams finished last in Division A this year. Today Latvia upset Ukrainian side to finish the Classification Round with a victory. Latvia trailed 18:23, but then won the game 80:51. Ieva Eida (177-G/F-92) led the winners with 25 points. Linda Pagrode (168-G-92) nailed 16, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) scored 15. Yagodka top-scored for the Ukrainian squad with 14 points, Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) and Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) posted 12 each.
Even though the game did not have any specific tasks for, Ukraine and Latvia wanted to close the Division A with a win. Yagodka pulled Ukraine to the first lead as her team looked better in the opening quarter. Linda Pagrode reduced the gap for the Baltic side ending up the first at 18:23. In the second period Latvia took a control of the game and benefit from 38:32. Viktoriya Skubiy's three was the last as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
In the third quarter Latvia increased the lead and had 10-15 points advantage. The teams finished the last period at 59:44 and Darya Zavidna opened the last for her team. Ukraine held minus 10, but then Latvia pushed the tempo for a bigger win. The Baltic side was glad to finish Division A with 80:51 win.

Latvia U16: Ieva Eida 25, Linda Pagrode 16, Anete Kirsteine 15
Ukraine U16: Yagodka 14, Viktoriya Skubiy 12, Darya Zavidna 12


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U18 EC, division B: England ends it on thirteenth place - by Eurobasket News
U18 Austria - U18 England 51-87

Much easier than it was expected England managed to beat Austria in decisive game for thirteenth place on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje.

After the opening ten minutes it was clear that the England's willingness to take this one is much bigger than Austria's. England grabbed quick 9-1 lead at the very beginning finishing first quarter later with 9-18. Charlotte Stoddart (177-F-90) and Tamzin Mariana Barroilhet (180-G-90) shined for England in the second quarter stretching advantage of their team to huge 17 points until the half time. Same scenario was seen after the breather. England was the team which had total control on its opponent. At the one point in third quarter, actually after lay-up by Charlotte Stoddart in 27th minute, England extended lead to 23 points. At that moment it was clear that the game is already over for Austria. England dominated under the basket during the entire time. Its player registered 45 rebounds while Austria had only 28.

Charlotte Stoddart was the best scorer in England with 17 points. Tamzin Mariana Barroilhet also shined with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Mary Durojaye (182-F-90) had 10 points and impressive 15 boards. Austria got the most from Johanna Keller, who added 13 points and 7 boards. Georgia De Leeuw (177-G-90) followed her netting 10 points.


U18 Austria - U18 England 51-87
(9-18, 18-26, 11-23, 13-20)

Austria:
Johanna Keller 13 (7 rebs), Georgia De Leeuw 10
England: Charlotte Stoddart 17, Tamzin Mariana Barroilhet 15 (8 rebs, 4 as), Mary Durojaye 10 (15 rebs)


U16 EC, division B: England better than Bosnia heading to 13th place - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina 58-45

England succeeded to register victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina getting on the half way to position number 13 on U18 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. The last obstacle on that way will be Switzerland at the last day of the competition. Bosnians will have to satisfy themselves if they manage to beat Luxemburg in decisive game for 15th place.

Mostly owing to Ella Clark (178-F-92), England reached 17-10 after almost 9 minutes. Natasa Tomasovic netted a triple for her team at the last possession in the first frame setting the score on 17-13. Second quarter was maybe the crucial one. Temitope Fagbenle joined Ella Clark which resulted with another 17 points quarter. On the other hand Bosnia had only 8 which meant that England transferred plus 13 to the second half. It was expected that Bosnia show better performance after the breather but that didn't happen. This time Natasa Tomasovic and her teammates made only 6 points for ten minutes while England had 12. It was 46-47 after 30 minutes what was a sign that the game is already over for Bosnia.

Ella Clark showed the best performance for the winning team. She spent 26 minutes on court scoring 21 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Temitope Fagbenle also showed wonderful basketball level as he scored 15 points and made impressive 21 boards. Bosnia got the most from Natasa Tomasovic, who added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Natasa Kajtaz was behind her with 10 points and 5 boards.


U16 England - U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina 58-45
(17-13, 17-8, 12-6, 12-18)

England:
Ella Clark 21 (5 rebs, 4 as), Temitope Fagbenle 15 (21 rebs)
Bosnia: Natasa Tomasovic 13 (7 rebs), Natasa Kajtaz 10 (5 rebs)