EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/18/2008

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  ANGOLA   


Olympic Games: Spain trashes Angola in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Angola - Spain 50-98

Spain was too strong for Angola in the last day of Preliminary Round on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. With this victory Spaniards just sealed the second place in Group B, which already was reserved for them before the game. Reining World champion advanced to the quarterfinals where it will meet third ranked team from Group A -Croatia. Angola ended the Olympics in Beijing with score 0-5.

Spain totally dominated in this game. Except of the opening ten minutes, when Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) and his teammates were sleepy, Spain was a way better team than Angola in all basketball elements. After 23-15, Spain had an impressive second frame ending it 7-25. It was 30-40 at the half time. Spaniards resolved question about the winner during the following ten minutes. Pau Gasol, Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances), Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Bernardo Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) were unstoppable at the offensive end managing to score almost whenever they wanted. Bernardo Rodriguez made a triple at last offense in third frame setting the score on huge 41-71. Spain didn't want to stop playing another magnificent ten minutes ending the game later with 98 points. Interesting also is that Spain had 21 rebounds more than Angola.

As it was expected, Pau Gasol was the best player for Spain nailing 31 points and grabbing 9 boards for 24 minutes. Juan Carlos Navarro added 12 while Bernardo Rodriguez stopped on 11 points and 5 assists. The last player with double digits for the winning side was Jorge Garbajosa, who scored 10 points including 8 boards. Interesting is that Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) was the best scorer in Angola with 10 points. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) and Vladimir Jeronimo followed him scoring 8 points each.


Angola - Spain 50-98
(23-15, 7-25, 11-31, 9-27)

Angola:
Eduardo Mingas 10 (5 rebs), Carlos Morais 8 (4 rebs), Vladimir Jeronimo 8
Spain: Pau Gasol 31 (9 rebs), Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Bernardo Rodriguez 11 (5 as), Jorge Garbajosa 10 (8 rebs)


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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group E
 1. Zain 3-0 
 2. Sagesse 2-1 
 3. Al Riyadi 1-2 
 4. MAS 0-3 
Group F
 1. Al Kuwait 3-0 
 2. Orthodox 2-1 
 3. An Nasr 1-2 
 4. Al Nasr 0-3 


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  ARGENTINA   


Olympic Games: Another victory for Argentina and another disappointment for Russia - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Russia 91-79

Argentina registered fourth victory on the Olympic Games in Beijing. Despite everything was already known before this game, Argentineans played as much as they need in order to take it. Defending Olympic champion goes to the quarterfinals as a second ranked team in Group A and it will take on third team from Group B which is Greece. On the other hand, Russians totally disappointed their fans this summer finishing the Olympics already at the Preliminary Stage.

Argentina showed much better performance during the opening ten minutes ending it 27-16. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) and Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) were the leading players for their team in this period. After two free throws by Luis Scola in 15th minute, Argentina stretched lead to 39-24. Very soon Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) stepped up for Russia and together with their teammates made 15-2 run for 41-39. However, Argentina quickly answered with mini 4-0 series taking 6-point lead at the half time. Argentineans once again made bigger lead and it was 61-45 at the middle of third quarter but Russia melted it to 72-64 before the last frame. Russians came really close on 73-72, after Andrei Kirilenko's free throws in 33rd minute, but Luis Scola and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) led crucial 12-3 run resolving the question about the winner.

Center Luis Scola was totally unstoppable in this game. He played the entire time pouring in fantastic 37 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Andres Nocioni also shined for the winning team adding 19 points and 9 rebounds while Emanuel Ginobili stopped on 12 points and 4 assists. Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) helped Argentina recording double-double, 11 points and 10 assists. Andrei Kirilenko was the best in Russia collecting 23 points and 9 rebounds. J.R. Holden followed him with 19 points and 5 assists.


Argentina - Russia 91-79
(27-16, 18-23, 27-25, 19-15)

Argentina:
Luis Scola 37 (8 rebs), Andres Nocioni 19 (9 rebs), Emanuel Ginobili 12 (4 as), Pablo Prigioni 11 (10 as)
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 23 (9 rebs), J.R. Holden 9 (5 as)


Scola leads Argentina past Russia - by Leonardo Contieri
Luis Scola set an Argentina's olympic record as he score 37 points on 12 for 16 field goal shooting playing all 40 minutes on the victory over Russia 91-79 to close Argentina's schedule in the preliminary round.
Argentina never trailed an enjoyed twice a seixteen point lead, but Russia fought back to close the gap to only one in the fourth quarter. Andres Nocioni was perfect on four attempts behind the arc and Pablo Prigioni finished with 11 points and ten assits. Fabricio Oberto did not play due to a minor injury, as he was preserved for wednesday's querterfinal match against Greece. Andrei Kirilienko scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebound for Russia.
Argentina: Prigioni 11, Ginobili 12, Nocioni 19, Scola 37, Gonzalez 4, Delfino 3, Porta, Kammerichs, Gutierrez 5, Quinteros. Coach: S. Hernandez
Russian Federation: Holden 19, Kirilenko 23, Savarasenko 6, Keyru 2, Fridzon, Monya 4, Pashutin 1, Samoylenko 2, Morguno2, Mykov 10, Vorontsevich 10. Coach: D. Blatt


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  AUSTRALIA   


Olympic Games: The Boomers cruise past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Lithuania 106-75

Australia registered comfortable victory against Lithuania in the last game of the Preliminary Stage. Despite this victory nothing has changed in Preliminary Group A. The Boomers remained on fourth place with 3-2 because Croatia outplayed Iran earlier today. It means that Australia will meet powerful USA in the quarterfinals. On the other side, first place in Group A was reserved for fantastic Lithuania already before this game. Lithuania's rival in quarterfinals will be China.

It was an extremely easy victory for Australia as Lithuania already secured top position before this game so its players decided to slow down in order to be 100% ready the quarterfinals. Anyway, Australia played impressive first half. Mostly owing to Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) and Patrick Mills (178-G-88), the Boomers ended first frame 28-14. After triple by Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82), Lithuania came on 33-27 at the half way of the second frame. In just four minutes before the half time Brad Newley (199-G-85) and Andrew Bogut resolved the question about the winner. They led magnificent 22-2 run for plus 26, 55-29. During the following 20 minutes some of the best players of both teams took a rest.

One more time hero of the game was Andrew Bogut, who nailed 23 points for just 16 minutes. Brad Newley followed him with 16 points while Chris Anstey (213-C-75) and Patrick Mills had 13 points each. Lithuania got the most from Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), who added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had 12 points apiece but Linas Kleiza grabbed 5 more rebounds.


Australia - Lithuania 106-75
(28-14, 27-15, 20-22, 31-24)

Australia:
Andrew Bogut 23, Brad Newley 16, Chris Anstey 13 (4 as), Patrick Mills 13 (4 rebs)
Lithuania: Ksystof Lavrinovic 14 (8 rebs), Linas Kleiza 12 (5 rebs), Rimantas Kaukenas 12


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  AUSTRIA   


New Insideplayers for Kapfenberg and Wels - by Stefan Heinrich
Kapfenberg signed the 28 year old Center Frank Phifer (206-C-80, college: Washburn) for the 2008/09 season. Phifer played last season for A.D. Torreforta Tarragona in the LEB Bronze and he had 11.9ppg and 7.8rpg in 30 games.

The Bulls finished their roster now with Phfer, but its unknown if Moritz Lanegger will return to the Bulls for the new season. The following players will wear the Bulls jersey in the next season:

Damir Zeleznik, Jeremy Fears, Wayne Arnold, Jesse Seilern, Samuel Knabl, Branimir Josipovic, Romed Vieider, Heinz Kugerl, Seuni N'Diaye, Corey Hallett, Ramiz Suljanovic, Frank Phifer.


Also the WBC Wels finished their roster today with the signing of Andrew Strait (203-F/C-85). The 23 year old rookie out of Montana signed a one year deal. During his 4 season in the Big Sky Conference he was 2 times in the Conference 1st Team (06 & 08) and one time in the 2nd Team (07). During his senior season he averaged 13.3ppg and 6.6rpg.

Wels now has the following players under contract:

Armin Woschank, Thomas Csebits, Ricky Moore, Davor Lamesic, Igor Mamic, Casey Archibald, Patrick Diensthuber, Michael Hauer, Brandon Thomas, Flagan Prince, Tilo Klette, Andrew Strait


A pity loss to the hosts of Division B - by Eurobasket News
Austria U16 won the game over Denmark U16 on Day 3 at the European Championship. Sarajevo saw Austria U16 taking the lead from the first minutes. The dominated the court and easily won the second game in the group. Denmark U16 could close the game at 24:15 in the last period but had to admit the third loss. Saukel paced all the winners with 25 points. Friedrich nailed 19, while Vancura added 15. Haas finished the night with 20 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort and Nielsen scored 14.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 looked tired after the game against Montenegro and was satisfied with only 86:80 win over Austria. Day 4 of the at the European Championship saw the hosts improving to 3-1 record in Group B. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 grabbed 25:22 in the opening quarter and improved to 42:33 at the halftime. Austria U16 however woke up in the third when they stormed with 30:11 splash. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 had some time for the rest and then replied with 33:17 in the last to seal the third win. Ivic top-scored for the hosts with 15 points. Vucic posted 12, whilst Micic and Latifagic netted 11 each. Vancura produced 28 points for the guests and Saukel added 20.

Denmark U16-Austria U16 68:92
Denmark U16: Haas 20+7 rebs, Nielsen 14
Austria U16: Saukel 25, Friedrich 19, Vancura 15

Austria U16-Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 80:86
Austria U16: Vancura 28, Saukel 20
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Ivic 15, Vucic 12, Micic 11, Latifagic 11


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  BELARUS   


Liutych helps Belarus U16 to tie the record at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U16 posted one win and lost once in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the middle positions in Group A and now has 2-2 record.
On Day 3 Estonia U16 beat Belarus U16 74:67. Estonia U16 opened the campaign with 26:22 in the opening quarter, but could not hold the lead in the first half. Belarus U16 won the second period 22:15 to stay in front, 51:44. Anyway Estonia U16 was too good in the third period producing 19:5 to seal the second win in the tournament. Suija led the winners with 18 points. Jaan Puidet (185-G-92) collected 14 points and 13 boards, while Laane scored 11. Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) ended up with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus.
Vitali Liutych was unstoppable with 31 points and 12 rebounds for Belarus U16 in Day 4. Slovak Republic U16 struggled hard but did not find an answer for the hot player. Skamarokhau netted 12 and Strukau scored 9 in a 81:61 victory. Luley top-scored for the Slovak team with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Belarus U16 improved to 2-2, while Slovak Republic U16 dropped to 1-3.

Belarus U16-Estonia U16 67:74
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych 25+8 rebs, Strukau 10
Estonia U16: Suija 18, Jaan Puidet 14+13 rebs, Laane 11

Slovak Republic U16-Belarus U16 61:81
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 17+8 rebs, Sveda 9
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych 31+12 rebs, Skamarokhau 12, Strukau 9


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  BELGIUM   


Belgium U16 achieved another two victories - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 achieved another two victories in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the top positions in Group A and now has 3-1 record.
In August 17th Belgium U16 stun Slovak Republic U16 81:51. It was an easy start for the winners that shocked the opponents with 23:5 in the opening quarter. The game was almost even in the next three quarters, but Belgium U16 remained in front and never looked behind. They finished the game with 19:13 in the last period to seal another win in the group. Amaury Gorgemans (202-C-92) led the winners with 20 points. Daniel Hartshorne (206-C-57, college: Oregon) netted 13, while Goetgeluck posted 11. Luley top-scored with 16 points in defeat and Galata added 9.
Belgium U16 stormed past Luxembourg U16 in Day 4 of the European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the top with 75:34 dominating the whole game. Luxembourg U16 however could win the second quarter 14:13, but it was nothing in comparison with the others. Loontiens paced all the winners with 12 points. Renier scored 10, whilst Vandenweyer netted 8. Laurent finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort and Melcher produced 8.

Belgium U16- Slovak Republic U16 81:51
Belgium U16: Amaury Gorgemans 20, Daniel Hartshorne 13, Goetgeluck 11
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 16, Galata 9

Luxembourg U16- Belgium U16 34:75
Luxembourg U16: Laurent 12, Melcher 8
Belgium U16: Loontiens 12, Renier 10, Vandenweyer 8


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 hardly grabs the third win - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 wins an overtime thriller over the hosts. Bojan Ratkovic made a lay-up with 13 seconds remaining in overtime as Montenegro edged Bosnia-Herzegovina 90:87 at the U16 European Championship Division B in Sarajevo. It was one of the best games in the tournament so far and both teams can still meet each other in the championship. Montenegro U16 opened the game with 23:22 and had another tough 26:24 in the second. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 had also difficulties to win the next two periods as they won the third 19:17 and then the fourth 17:16. In overtime only last seconds brought Montenegro U16 a win over the hosts. Mladen Novakovic (-92) led the winners with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Kalic supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Djordan added 16. Ivic top-scored for the hosts with 19 points and Vucic nailed 16.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 looked tired after the game against Montenegro and was satisfied with only 86:80 win over Austria. Day 4 of the at the European Championship saw the hosts improving to 3-1 record in Group B.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 grabbed 25:22 in the opening quarter and improved to 42:33 at the halftime. Austria U16 however woke up in the third when they stormed with 30:11 splash. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 had some time for the rest and then replied with 33:17 in the last to seal the third win. Ivic top-scored for the hosts with 15 points. Vucic posted 12, whilst Micic and Latifagic netted 11 each. Vancura produced 28 points for the guests and Ferdinand Saukel (196-F-92) added 20.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Montenegro U16 87:90 OT
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Ivic 19, Vucic 16
Montenegro U16: Mladen Novakovic 25+7 rebs, Kalic 17+9 rebs, Djordan 16

Austria U16-Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 80:86
Austria U16: Vancura 28, Ferdinand Saukel 20
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Ivic 15, Vucic 12, Micic 11, Latifagic 11


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


East rally against Guns 89-75 in playoff opener - by David Edole
BVI Basketball Federation

The Finishers got dusted and the Long Look Bulldogs tamed, while Guns are facing elimination in what has been a gripping start to the BVI Basketball Federation's 2008 Summer League playoffs.

Defending Senior Division champs, East continued their dominance over The Guns by erasing a 11-point halftime deficit and rallied to a convincing 89-75 victory in their opening best of three playoff series played last Saturday evening at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

Guns came out shooting in the first quarter and appeared set to take their first win this season against the East after a blistering 13-2 run in the opening minutes coupled with early foul trouble pegged back the defending champions.

Led by David 'Bolo' Lettsome's game high 25 points and 8 rebounds, East fed off their large crowd support to stage an impressive come from behind victory and could send Guns packing as early as next Saturday when game 2 of the series is played.

Dwayne Penn and Dameon Ottley each had 15 points while Duron Phillips provided the spark off the bench with 12 points for the defending champs, who improved to 3-0 against Guns this season.

Devon Watty and Jahmal Rabsatt also had 10 points each to share in the East victory.

Despite foul troubles, Steve Parillon was explosive, leading The Guns scoring with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Calvert White, 12 points; Houston Penn 11 points and Randy George with 9 points were the other main contributors for The Guns who were knocked out of the playoffs last year by East.

In Saturday's Intermediate 'Zone B' playoff action, Run It Red made light work of the Finishers with an 85-68 victory to take the best of three series in two games and set up a rematch with archrival, Da Boys who dismantled them in last year's playoff.

Jevon Morris led the way for Run It Red with 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and served 4 assists.

Also contributing to the Run It Red victory were, Reynoldo Smith, 18 points and 7 steals; Damien Parillon 13 points and 9 rebounds; Akeem Tittley, 10 points and 6 rebounds; and Jamal Todman 9 points and 4 rebounds.

Finishers point guard Nicols Charles led all scores with 26 points and finished the series averaging 26.5 points. Nicolos Lauric chipped in with 13 points, Rhodni Skelton 8 points and Khamaal Anthony 7 points for the Finishers.

In the Intermediate 'Zone A' series, Long Look Bulldogs failed to capitalise on a 7 point half time lead against Off da Chainz on Saturday evening in their game 2 match and were eventually beaten 74-70 to make an early exit from the playoffs.

Daaryl George top scored for Off da Chainz with 19 points and picked off 4 steals. He was assisted by Karville Maduro and Keito Canto each with12 points. Shevon Reefe scored 11 points while Khoy Frett and Algernon 'Al G' Auguiste each had 8 points for Off Da Chainz.

Benson Thomas led the way for the LL Bulldogs with a game high 28 points. Vince Pickering scored 14 points, and Wakimba Lettsome and tad Martin each with 14 points, were the other high scorers for the Bulldogs.

Off da Chainz will face defending division champs, Ghetto Mix beginning next Saturday. See schedule of remaining playoff games for August below.

Wednesday August 20, 2008 (Starts at 6:00 pm)

Game 1 - Jr. Mystics vs. Wolf Pack

Game 2 - Another level vs. Full Force

Friday August 22, 2008 (Starts at 6:00 pm)

Game 1 - Full Force vs. Another Level

Game 2 - Da Boys vs. Run It Red

Game 3 - Young Legs vs. Bad Boys

Saturday August 23, 2008 (Starts at 6:00 pm)

Game 1 - Wolf Pack vs. Jr Mystics

Game 2 - Ghetto Mix vs. Off Da Chainz

Game 3 - Guns vs. East

Sunday August 24, 2008 (Starts at 5:00 pm)

Game 1 - Jr Mystics vs. Wolf Pack (if necessary)

Or And One vs. winner of Jr. Mystics/Wolf Pack series

Game 2 - Another Level vs. Full Force (if necessary)

Or Basics vs. Winner of Another Level/Full Force series

Game 3 - Bad Boys vs. Young Legs


BVI national junior basketball team mines bronze medal in Antigua - by David Edole
In the days of old, the BVI and Antigua basketball teams often competed for championships and bragging rights in several different tournaments throughout the region.

Long past have been the days of the Jr. All Ah We Squad representing the BVI throughout the LIBA tournaments. On Saturday, August 16th a hint of rivalry may have been awakened.

The BVIBF Jr. national team and the Antigua Jr. Bulldogs squared off in the CBC Under-16 tournament on Saturday, a final tune-up for medal games on Sunday with the BVI coming out on top with a 72-64.

The crowd roared for the hometown Bulldogs as the game began, however the BVI showed poise under pressure as they jumped out to an early 14-point lead; however the host team came roaring back riding the emotions of the crowd. BVI attempted to regain command of the game often times leading by 5 or 7 points but every time they made a run the Bulldogs came roaring back.

The game was highly contested as the teams battled back and forth until late in the fourth quarter with the BVI leading by 5, a steal resulted in a Antigua fast break layup and a foul. The shot was missed but Antigua retained possession and subsequently fired a 3-pointer which hit nothing but net.

With the score tied and the crowd fully energized for the home team and a little over 3 minutes left in regulation, Raheem Blyden drove down the left side of the court drawing the defense then found a wide open Kareem Proffit for a clutch 3-pointer which gave the BVI the lead for good.

Saturday's game proved to be the backdrop for a highly anticipated rematch which even though it was a bronze medal game proved to be one of the most exciting for the night.

The bulldogs and the BVI traded baskets for most of the night and it seemed as if neither team would establish a rythym already short staffed by the early departure of 2 players the BVI seemed poised to fall as starting point guard Daryl Alexander fouled out in the third.

The day and the game would go to the unexpected as the fans all expected BVI to crumble with only 7 players and no depth at point guard. Then came Dione Blyden the soft spoken backup who had not played much minutes in the tournament; he stepped up in a gigantic way. He took the offensive load on his back and willed the BVI to victory scoring 7 of his 18 points during a splurt in the 4th quarter where he scored all his teams points either from the line or the field as he single handedly secured the bronze medal for team BVI.

Blyden also contributed 7 rebs and 3 assists, while Norville Carey added 15 pts ,15 rebs, 3 ass, and 2 blks. Shakil Rubaine chipped in 10pts and 4rebs to help the BVI secure the medal.

The team returns to the BVI on Monday 18th August and will be recognized for their efforts on Saturday 23rd August at the Multi - Purpose Sports Complex.

BVI News Online


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U16 loses the battle for the top - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 achieved won a game but lost the battle for the top position in the Group C in European Championship Men Division B. The team however remains on second position and now has 3-1 record.
Bulgaria U16 struggled a lot against Switzerland U16 and achieved the win only due to the last period. In the first quarter Switzerland U16 trailed 14:24 however produced 23:10 in the second to have 3 points advantage at the half. Bulgaria U16 recovered with 23:12 in the last to seal the third 67:61 win. Ivanov led the winners with 26 points. Georgi Sirakov (184-G-92, agency: Interperformances) netted 13, while Planimir Dafinov (178-G-92) posted 11. Bozovic collected 16 points and 16 rebounds in defeat and Petkovic scored 12.
Slovenia U16 became the leader of Group C as the team overcame another team from the top Bulgaria U16. Slovenia U16 was too good in the end of the game producing 28:19. It gave them 79:70 as a total and 4-0 record in the group. Brodnik and Besedic led the winners with 14 points each. Luznar followed them with 12 points keeping Slovenia undefeated. Planimir Dafinov top-scored for Bulgaria with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Georgi Sirakov and Ivanov supported him with 13 apiece.

Switzerland U16-Bulgaria U16 61:67
Switzerland U16: Bozovic 16+16 rebs, Petkovic 12
Bulgaria U16: Ivanov, P. 26, Georgi Sirakov 13, Planimir Dafinov 11

Bulgaria U16- Slovenia U16 70:79
Bulgaria U16: Planimir Dafinov 14+7 rebs, Georgi Sirakov 13, Ivanov 13
Slovenia U16: Brodnik 14, Besedic 14, Luznar 12


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  CHILE   


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 08/09 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Madison, Val 28.1
2 Thomas, Llan 27.6
3 Melton, Llan 22.6
4 Alves, Anc 21.3
5 Browne, Ula 21.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Browne, Ula 15.2
2 Lowery, Llan 14.6
3 Hubner, Anc 14.0
4 Montas, UC 10.6
5 Madison, Val 10.4
Assists Per Game
1 Navarrete, Llan 5.1
2 Holt, Anc 5.0
3 Madison, Val 4.9
4 Saez, Lic 4.7
5 Mendez, Ula 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 Navarrete, Llan 4.4
2 Saez, Lic 3.3
3 Madison, Val 3.1
4 Hayden, Esp 2.8
5 Werth, Pue 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Bryant, Bos 4.0
2 Browne, Ula 2.4
3 Puckett, Bos 2.0
4 Works, Pue 1.3
5 Briones, Lic 1.1
3FGP
1 Coro, Bos 56.5
2 Contreras, Uc 42.5
3 Werth, Pue 40.5
4 Melton, Llan 40.0
5 Saez, Lic 39.3


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  CHINA   


Olympic Games: Greece better than China for third place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Greece - China 91-77

Greece managed to beat the hosts of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing grabbing third position in Preliminary Group B with score 3-2. Thus, Greece will play against the reining Olympic champion Argentina in the quarterfinals. China ended first stage as a fourth ranked team in Group B with 2 wins and 3 defeats. It is already magnificent success for the Chinese, which will meet Lithuania in the quarterfinals. It will be for sure one more interesting game in Beijing.

This one is decided already in the first half. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) entered into the game furiously leading his team to 27-15. He scored 11 of his 19 in the first quarter. Very soon Petros Bourousis (203-F-87) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) joined him taking care for the points at the offensive end. Chinese struggled with their stroke during the first twenty minutes having also many troubles with running the plays. Greece is experienced team which knew how to exploit that. At the half time Greece set the margin on 22 points, 46-24. China treated in third period through Ming Yao (226-C-80) and Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) coming on 58-48 in 27th minute but Greece quickly answered with 6-0. For the rest of the time Greece kept advantage of 10 or more points steady.

Tandem Petros Bourousis and Vassilis Spanoulis paced Greece to victory in this game. Each of them drained 19 points while Petros Bourousis had 9 more rebounds. Except of 19 points, Vassilis Spanoulis dished out 5 assists for 26 minutes. China's hero Ming Yao shined again nailing 16 points and grabbing 5 boards for just 18 minutes. Wang Zhizhi followed him with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) and Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) added 11 points apiece.


Greece - China 91-77
(27-15, 19-9, 23-30, 22-23)

Greece:
Petros Bourousis 19 (9 rebs), Vassilis Spanoulis 19 (5 as), Antonis Fotsis 17 (4 rebs)
China: Ming Yao 16 (5 rebs), Wang Zhizhi 14 (8 rebs), Wang Shipeng 11, Jianlian Yi 11


China Loses to Greece as It Prepares for Quarterfinals - by Arthur Volbert
In a meaningless game against Greece China rested, losing to the Greeks 91-77. But China did not rest as much as its quarterfinal opponent, Lithuania, which lost to Australia 106-75.

Lithuania will neverless finish first in group A and meet China, which will finish fourth in Group B. Lithuania is still more beatable than Group A's second-place Argentina which will face Russia later today and finish second win or lose. Argentina lost to Lithuania earlier in the tourney 79-75.

Yao Ming played only 18 minutes today, resting for the quarterfinal round. Zhu Fangyu played 12 minutes. Liu Wei played 8 minutes.

China trailed 27-15 after one quarter and 46-24 at the half. China's defense was as bad against Greece in the first half as it was good against Germany.

But China rallied in the second half, when Greece was resting. It outscored Greece 30-23 in the third quarter and 23-22 in the fourth. Such is the gamesmanship in international tournaments like this one.

Yao Ming led China with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) had 14 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. Wang Shipeng and Yi Jianlian each had 11 points and Sun Yue scored 9.

In what might be a development with implications for the next round, Zhang Qingpeng had 5 points in 18 minutes while Chen Jianghua had no points in 23 seconds. Perhaps this shows that Coach Jonas Kauslauskas has more confidence in Zhang than in Chen.

Ioannis Boursousis and Vasileios Spanoulis each scored 19 points for Greece while Antonios Fotsis scored 17.

China- 15 9 30 23 77
Greece 27 19 23 22 91

Box Score:
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400B13.shtml#BKM400B13


Group A
Croatia 91 Iran 57
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Australia 106 Lithuania 75
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Group B
Spain 98 Angola 50
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Standings
Group A
Lithuania 4 1
Argentina 3 1
Croatia-- 3 2
Australia 3 2
Russia--- 1 3
Iran----- 0 5

Group B
USA---- 4 0
Spain-- 4 1
Greece- 3 2
China-- 2 3
Germany 1 3
Angola- 0 5


China to Face Lithuania at 4:45 PM China Time on Wednesday - by Arthur Volbert
China will face Lithuania in its quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday at 4:45 PM China time, 4:45 AM Eastern Time. The other quarterfinal matchups are Spain vs. Croatia, USA vs. Australia and Argentina vs. Greece.

China would face the Spain-Croatia winner in a semi-final matchup should it score an upset and defeat Lithuania. If it loses China exits the tournament as there are no matchups for 5th through 8th placings.

Standings
Group A
Lithuania 4 1
Argentina 4 1
Croatia-- 3 2
Australia 3 2
Russia--- 1 4
Iran----- 0 5

Group B
USA---- 5 0
Spain-- 4 1
Greece- 3 2
China-- 2 3
Germany 1 4
Angola- 0 5


USA 106 Germany 57
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Argentina 91 Russia 79
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  CROATIA   


Olympic Games: Croatia outplays Iran heading to the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Croatia 57-91

Croatia booked a spot for the quarterfinals even before this game but Croatians wanted to secure third place in Preliminary Group A and to avoid USA in the quarterfinals. This victory was very important for Croatia as the Boomers grabbed an easy win over Lithuania improving to 3-2. Thus Croatia will take on Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. On the other hand Iran ended it winless with score 0-5.

Croatia was much better team from the beginning. After 6-6 in seventh minute, Croatia made 13-2 run until the end of the opening stanza. Marin Rozic (201-F-83), Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and Marko Tomas (200-G-85) continued in the same rhythm during the following ten minutes. At the middle of second frame it already was huge 10-40. It means that Croatia made 21-2 run for just 5 minutes. Until the half time Marin Rozic and his teammates extended lead to fantastic plus 38. After that moment Croatia slowed down what Mohammadsamad Nikkhah (200-F/G-83, agency: Agency No 10) and Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) exploited to melt its lead a little bit. However, everything what they succeeded to do until the end was minus 25.

This time Marin Rozic and Marko Tomas were the best players for Croatia. Both of them netted 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (Marko Tomas 5). Captain Nikola Prkacin helped his team with 15 while Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) shined with 13 points. Mohammadsamad Nikkhah showed the best performance for the loosing side collecting 25 points and 5 boards. Hamed Ehadadi also was pretty good with 17 points and 15 boards.


Iran - Croatia 57-91
(8-19, 8-35, 23-16, 18-21)

Iran:
Mohammadsamad Nikkhah 25 (5 rebs), Hamed Ehadadi 17 (15 rebs)
Croatia: Marin Rozic 16 (6 rebs), Marko Tomas 16 (5 rebs), Nikola Prkacin 15, Damjan Rudez 13


Croatia nip Poland for the second spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Poland U16 63:54

Croatia outscored Poland in the key battle of Group C at the U16 European Championship in Italy. The win allowed Croatia to improve to 2-1 record and occupy the second spot in the pool. The loss buried Polish hopes of progress into the Qualifying round and sent them to relegation games from the fourth place in the group. Filip Najev (200-F-92) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Croatia. Toni Katic (180-G-92) came up with 15 points for the winners. Wojciech Leszczynski (187-G-92) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Poland. Mateusz Dziemba (188-G-92) dropped 11 points in defeat.
Croatia opened the game in a stunning manner scoring 11 first points of the encounter. Najev soon stretched the lead to 15:1 before Poland started coming back to life. They trimmed the deficit to 10 points 13:23 after ten minutes of action. Wojciech Leszczynski scored 5 points in a 7:0 run that pull Poland within 3 points from Croatia early in the second period. The Balkan team kept it cool however and secured a 35:29 advantage at the interval. Poland came as close as one point from their opponents in the third stanza but Croatia used a three-pointer from Roko Rogic (182-G-92) to enter the fourth term up by 11. Toni Katic, Roko Rogic and Boris Barac (202-F-92) kept Poland at bay throughout the fourth quarter and secured a decisive victory for Croatia at the end. Croatia sank 37% from the field and were slightly better on the glass 44:43. Polish team converted 28% of field goals.

Croatia U16: Filip Najev 16, Toni Katic 15, Boris Barac 13
Poland U16: Wojciech Leszczynski 23, Mateusz Dziemba 11


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Market News - by Chris Mammides

Chris Kaskiris (206-C/F-79) agreed financal terms with ENAD, the experienced Cypriot International center will wear ENAD's jersey for the coming year. ENAD is the fifth team in his career after, Enosis Kokkinotrimithias, Keravnos Strovolou, Omonoia Nicosia and Apollon Limassol.
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The Polish forward Wiaczeslaw Rosnowski (197-G-75, agency: Court Side) is the new player of Pizza Express Primetele Apollon Limassol. In the mean time the Limassol team has fulfilled another three trnasfer as the international Giannis Ioannidis, ex Germasogias player and the Czech Republic players Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, agency: PPGroup) and Duza will be wearing the white-blue jersey of Apollonas for the comign seazon while the Limasol team allready set the coaching team which will be Marios Thrasivoulidis and Akis Konstantinou in the two positions of the assisting coaching positions while the Head Coach will be most probably foreigner.



Kasinopoulos's effort is not enough for Cyprus U16 - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus U16 fell at 0-4 in at the European Championship Division B. England U16 stun Cyprus U16 78:48 on Day 3 of the tournament. The latter remained alive even after the end of the first half. England U16 and Cyprus U16 went to the lockers with only 6 points deficit for the winners. In the second half England U16 pushed the tempo and reached the second win. Hart paced all the winners with 14 points. Blandford posted 11, while Van Oostrum and Geramipoor netted 10 each. Riginos Kasinopoulos (185-G-92) top-scored in the losing effort with 18 points and Vlachos scored 14.
Switzerland U16 overcame Cyprus U16 63:40 in the last game of Day 4 in the group. It was an easy start from the team that opened the game with 24:7 in the opening quarter. Cyprus U16 bounced back with 19:5 to close the game at the half. Switzerland U16 however was stronger in the second half providing 18:10 in the third and 16:4 in the last respectively. Stefan Petkovic (182-G-92) led the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Bozovic supported him with 15 and Savoy posted 8. Riginos Kasinopoulos was again best in defeat nailing 14 points.


Cyprus U16-Switzerland U16 40:63
Cyprus U16: Riginos Kasinopoulos 14, Kantartzis 8
Switzerland U16: Stefan Petkovic,19+15 rebs, Bozovic 15, Savoy 8


England U16-Cyprus U16 78:48
England U16: Hart 14, Blandford 11, Van Oostrum 10, Geramipoor 10+11 rebs
Cyprus U16: Riginos Kasinopoulos 18, Vlachos 14



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Italy narrowly beaten by Czech Republic at home - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Czech Republic U16 57:58

Italian U16 National Team was unable to post their first win at the home European Championship. They lost by a virtue of just one point to Group A winners Czech Republic and missed the Qualifying Round. Italy thus suffered their third defeat in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder. They will fight to avoid relegation in the Classification round. Czech team meanwhile scored their third consecutive victory and entered the next stage of the tournament from the top position in the pool.
David Hrncir (196-F-92) knocked down 11 points to lead balanced Czech offense. Jan Hartman (192-G-92) and Vaclav Honomichl (186-G-92) delivered 8 points apiece for the winners. Gabriele Spizzichini (192-G-92) responded with 10 points for Italy. Giovanni Pini (200-F/C-92) and Bruno Ondo Mengue had 9 points each in defeat. It was a close battle down the stretch with Czech Republic leading by just 3 points at halftime. The visitors stretched the margin to 9 points after three quarters of action. However Italy closed the gap and surged ahead after Gabriele Spizzichini fired from downtown with under 3 minutes left. However Jan Hartman tied the score at 57 and then Milan Ryska (204-C/F-92, agency: PPGroup) converted a freebie to put Czech team up for good. The hosts missed three times in the final minute and Czech Republic snatched a narrow victory. Czech Republic outrebounded their opponents 42:31 and limited Italy to 33% from the field. Czech team managed to overcome 26 turnovers and sank 38% from the field.

Italy U16: Gabriele Spizzichini 10, Giovanni Pini 9, Bruno Ondo Mengue 9
Czech Republic U16: David Hrncir 11, Jan Hartman 8, Vaclav Honomichl 8


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Horsens IC sign Darnell Kirkwood - by Eurobasket
Horsens IC strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American swingman Darnell Kirkwood (196-G/F-85, college: Otero JC). It would be his first time he plays in top division as last season in his initial year in pro basketball he played for Vejle BK (1st Division - 2nd top league) in Denmark. He is heading from a small basketball school - Lynn University in NCAA Division 2. So the player is about to make his way in European basketball.

Denmark U16 tastes the first win in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News

Tonight Denmark U16 tasted the first win in Bosnia. Netherlands U16 and Denmark U16 finished Day 4 of the European Championship in Group B of Division B. The first two quarters the game was even and none of the teams wanted to risk. Denmark U16 however started to play more offensively in the second halkf and won both quarters. They reached the first win in the tournament and got 1-3 record the same as Netherlands U16. Haas led the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Christensen collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Fugmann posted 12. Burger finished the night with 20 points in defeat and De Haas added 18.

Before that Austria U16 won the game over Denmark U16 on Day 3 at the European Championship. Sarajevo saw Austria U16 taking the lead from the first minutes. The dominated the court and easily won the second game in the group. Denmark U16 could close the game at 24:15 in the last period but had to admit the third loss. Saukel paced all the winners with 25 points. Friedrich nailed 19, while Vancura added 15. Haas finished the night with 20 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort and Nielsen scored 14.


Denmark U16-Austria U16 68:92
Denmark U16: Haas 20+7 rebs, Nielsen 14
Austria U16: Saukel 25, Friedrich 19, Vancura 15

Netherlands U16-Denmark U16 67:84
Netherlands U16: Burger 20, De Haas 18
Denmark U16: Haas 21+5 rebs, Christensen 15+10 rebs, Fugmann 12



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Estonia U16 tied at 2-2 record in European Championship Men Division B - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 tied at 2-2 record in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the middle positions in Group A after one loss and another win.
On Day 3 Estonia U16 beat Belarus U16 74:67. Estonia U16 opened the campaign with 26:22 in the opening quarter, but could not hold the lead in the first half. Belarus U16 won the second period 22:15 to stay in front, 51:44. Anyway Estonia U16 was too good in the third period producing 19:5 to seal the second win in the tournament. Suija led the winners with 18 points. Jaan Puidet (185-G-92) collected 14 points and 13 boards, while Laane scored 11. Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) ended up with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus.
On Day 4 Germany U16 beat Estonia U16 in the last game of the group tonight. Another massive 29:9 was too much for the Baltic side. Estonia U16 lost also the second and the third quarters to trail 26 points after 30 minutes of the game. The last quarter however saw 19:12 for Estonia that somehow reduced the gap. Fulle led the winners with 15 points to 4-0 record. Jarelle Reischel (194-F-92) ended up with 10, whilst Monninghoff added 9. Raap posted 12 in defeat and Vaino scored 8.


Belarus U16-Estonia U16 67:74
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych 25+8 rebs, Strukau 10
Estonia U16: Suija 18, Jaan Puidet 14+13 rebs, Laane 11

Estonia U16-Germany U16 51:72
Estonia U16: Raap 12, Vaino 8
Germany U16: Fulle 15, Jarelle Reischel 10, Monninghoff 9


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Division B. Preliminary Round Day4 - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Luxembourg U16- Belgium U16 34:75
Luxembourg U16: Laurent 12, Melcher 8
Belgium U16: Loontiens 12, Renier 10, Vandenweyer 8

Belgium U16 stormed past Luxembourg U16 in Day 4 of the European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the top with 75:34 dominating the whole game. Luxembourg U16 however could win the second quarter 14:13, but it was nothing in comparison with the others. Loontiens paced all the winners with 12 points. Renier scored 10, whilst Vandenweyer netted 8. Laurent finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort and Melcher produced 8.


Slovak Republic U16-Belarus U16 61:81
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 17+8 rebs, Sveda 9
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) 31+12 rebs, Skamarokhau 12, Strukau 9

Vitali Liutych was unstoppable with 31 points and 12 rebounds for Belarus U16 in Day 4. Slovak Republic U16 struggled hard but did not find an answer for the hot player. Skamarokhau netted 12 and Strukau scored 9 in a 81:61 victory. Luley top-scored for the Slovak team with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Belarus U16 improved to 2-2, while Slovak Republic U16 dropped to 1-3.


Estonia U16-Germany U16 51:72
Estonia U16: Raap 12, Vaino 8
Germany U16: Fulle 15, Jarelle Reischel (194-F-92) 10, Monninghoff 9


On Day 4 Germany U16 beat Estonia U16 in the last game of the group tonight. Another massive 29:9 was too much for the Baltic side. Estonia U16 lost also the second and the third quarters to trail 26 points after 30 minutes of the game. The last quarter however saw 19:12 for Estonia that somehow reduced the gap. Fulle led the winners with 15 points to 4-0 record. Jarelle Reischel ended up with 10, whilst Monninghoff added 9. Raap posted 12 in defeat and Vaino scored 8.


GROUP B
Montenegro U16- Iceland U16 85:68

Montenegro U16: Nemanja Djurisic (-92) 22, Pajovic 14, Djordan 14
Iceland U16: Palsson 14+9 rebs, Kristjansson 12

Montenegro U16 did not have any difficulties reaching 4-0 record as the team stun Iceland U16 85:68. The only problem was the first half when Iceland was even in front, 41:35. A 34:8 in the third quarter however solved all the problems for the favorite of Group B. Nemanja Djurisic led the winners with 22 points, Pajovic and Djordan followed him with 14 apiece. Palsson top-scored for Iceland U16 with 14 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Kristjansson had 12 points.


Austria U16-Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 80:86
Austria U16: Vancura 28, Saukel 20
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Ivic 15, Vucic 12, Micic 11, Latifagic 11

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 grabbed 25:22 in the opening quarter and improved to 42:33 at the halftime. Austria U16 however woke up in the third when they stormed with 30:11 splash. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 had some time for the rest and then replied with 33:17 in the last to seal the third win. Ivic top-scored for the hosts with 15 points. Vucic posted 12, whilst Micic and Latifagic netted 11 each. Vancura produced 28 points for the guests and Saukel added 20.

Netherlands U16-Denmark U16 67:84
Netherlands U16: Burger 20, De Haas 18
Denmark U16: Haas 21+5 rebs, Christensen 15+10 rebs, Fugmann 12

Netherlands U16 and Denmark U16 finished Day 4 of the European Championship in Group B of Division B. The first two quarters the game was even and none of the teams wanted to risk. Denmark U16 however started to play more offensively in the second half and won both quarters. They reached the first win in the tournament and got 1-3 record the same as Netherlands U16. Haas led the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Christensen collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Fugmann posted 12. Burger finished the night with 20 points in defeat and De Haas added 18.



GROUP C
Bulgaria U16- Slovenia U16 70:79

Bulgaria U16: Planimir Dafinov (178-G-92) 14+7 rebs, Sirakov 13, Ivanov 13
Slovenia U16: Brodnik 14, Besedic 14, Luznar 12

Slovenia U16 became the leader of Group C as the team overcame another team from the top Bulgaria U16. Slovenia U16 was too good in the end of the game producing 28:19. It gave them 79:70 as a total and 4-0 record in the group. Brodnik and Besedic led the winners with 14 points each. Luznar followed them with 12 points keeping Slovenia undefeated. Planimir Dafinov top-scored for Bulgaria with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Sirakov and Ivanov supported him with 13 apiece.


Romania U16-England U16 35:65
Romania U16: Foalea 14, Parlog 7
England U16: Van Nes 12+9 rebs, Loftman 10, Van Oostrum 10

England U16 had another easy win but again struggled in the first half. Romania U16 played tough in the first two quarters trailing only 9 points at the half time. England U16 held them to 19:2 in the third quarter to benefit from the game. Van Nes led the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds to 65:35 victory. Loftman and Van Oostrum followed him with 10 points as their team improved to 2-2. Foalea top-scored for Romania with 14 points and Parlog had 7.


Cyprus U16-Switzerland U16 40:63
Cyprus U16: Kasinopoulos 14, Kantartzis 8
Switzerland U16: Petkovic, S. 19+15 rebs, Bozovic 15, Savoy 8

Switzerland U16 achieved another win and another loss in European Championship Men Division B. The team stayed at the middle positions in Group C and now has 2-2 record.
Switzerland U16 overcame Cyprus U16 63:40 in the last game of Day 4 in the group. It was an easy start from the team that opened the game with 24:7 in the opening quarter. Cyprus U16 bounced back with 19:5 to close the game at the half. Switzerland U16 however was stronger in the second half providing 18:10 in the third and 16:4 in the last respectively. Petkovic led the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Bozovic supported him with 15 and Savoy posted 8. Kasinopoulos was again best in defeat nailing 14 points.



GROUP D
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Ireland U16 79:58

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Gajdadjiev 27, Markowski 22
Ireland U16: Horner 14, Herron 11

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 overcame Ireland U16 79:58. Gajdadjiev top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Markowski supported him with 22. Horner nailed 14 in defeat and Herron added 11.


Portugal U16-Finland U16 43:69
Portugal U16: Wildner 8, Cunha 7
Finland U16: Villematti Kopio (173-G-92) 25+5 rebs, Heinikoski 10, Dolenc 8

Finland U16 stormed past Portugal U16 on Day 4 of the European Championship. Sarajevo saw a 69:43 victory of the Scandinavian team over the hot country. Finland U16 opened the game with 21:5 and always remained in front. They also won the other quarters to seal the third win in the group. Villematti Kopio paced all the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Heinikoski netted 10, while Dolenc scored 8. Wildner nailed 8 points for Portugal U16 and Cunha had 7.



Division A. Preliminary Round Day 3 - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Serbia U16 - Greece U16 77:73
Serbian U16 National Team celebrated their second win at the European Championship in Italy. They defeated Greece and advanced to the qualifying round of the tournament. Greece also booked their spot in the next round despite the loss. They fell to 1-2 record and occupied the third place in preliminary Group A. Greek side jumped to a 10:2 lead early on and maintained it throughout the opening stanza. Djordje Drenovac, Aleksandar Cvetkovic (180-G-93) and Dumic capped the first quarter with 6 straight points and Serbia trailed by just 3 points. The teams kept it close throughout the second stanza and were all tied at 40 at the interval. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) nailed 4 points in a 7:0 rally that put Greece back in charge early in the third frame. The lead changed hands several times before Panagiotis Papoulias sealed the third quarter outcome at 58:57 for Greece. Giorgos Mavrogiannis tipped off the fourth quarter with 8 points in a row and the margin was stretched to 9 points. Serbia refused to fold and used an 11:2 rally midway through the quarter to draw things level at 71. Luka Igrutinovic (194-G-92) and Aleksandar Cvetkovic chipped in 5 straight points for Serbia late in the game and ensured the winning outcome for the Balkan team. Luka Igrutinovic nailed 20 points for Serbia. Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92) added 16 points and 7 boards, while Aleksandar Cvetkovic secured 13 points for the winners. Giorgos Mavrogiannis led all scorers with 22 points for Greece. Nikos Terpos (194-G-92) came up with 15 points in defeat.

Serbia U16: Luka Igrutinovic 20, Strahinja Mladenovic 16, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 13
Greece U16: Giorgos Mavrogiannis 22, Nikos Terpos 15

Italy U16 - Czech Republic U16 57:58
Italian U16 National Team was unable to post their first win at the home European Championship. They lost by a virtue of just one point to Group A winners Czech Republic and missed the Qualifying Round. Italy thus suffered their third defeat in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder. They will fight to avoid relegation in the Classification round. Czech team meanwhile scored their third consecutive victory and entered the next stage of the tournament from the top position in the pool.
David Hrncir (196-F-92) knocked down 11 points to lead balanced Czech offense. Jan Hartman (192-G-92) and Vaclav Honomichl (186-G-92) delivered 8 points apiece for the winners. Gabriele Spizzichini (192-G-92) responded with 10 points for Italy. Giovanni Pini (200-F/C-92) and Bruno Ondo Mengue had 9 points each in defeat. It was a close battle down the stretch with Czech Republic leading by just 3 points at halftime. The visitors stretched the margin to 9 points after three quarters of action. However Italy closed the gap and surged ahead after Gabriele Spizzichini fired from downtown with under 3 minutes left. However Jan Hartman tied the score at 57 and then Milan Ryska converted a freebie to put Czech team up for good. The hosts missed three times in the final minute and Czech Republic snatched a narrow victory. Czech Republic outrebounded their opponents 42:31 and limited Italy to 33% from the field. Czech team managed to overcome 26 turnovers and sank 38% from the field.

Italy U16: Gabriele Spizzichini 10, Giovanni Pini 9, Bruno Ondo Mengue 9
Czech Republic U16: David Hrncir 11, Jan Hartman 8, Vaclav Honomichl 8

Group B
Lithuania U16 - Hungary U16 86:48
Lithuanian U16 National Team held off Hungary in the third round of the European Championship in Italy. The Baltic team improved to 3-0 record and advanced to the Qualifying Round from the top spot in Group B. Vytenis Cizauskas (188-G-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (196-F-92) nailed 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) contributed 12 points for the winners. Norbert Timko (205-C/F-92) topscored for Hungary with 9 points. Lithuania had an overwhelming advantage over the flow of the game. They built a 24:13 lead after the starting period and kept piling up the lead in the second frame. The last season bronze medalists established a 41:23 lead at the interval. Deividas Pukis scored 5 points early in the third period and the distance grew to 20 points. Lithuania never looked back further on and secured another impressive win at the end. Redikas finished with 11 points for Lithuania. Adam Varga (190-G-92) and Levente Misek (191-G-93) had 8 points each in a losing case. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 48:19. The winners sank 55% from the field, while limited Hungary to 38% accuracy. Lithuania will next take on Greece tomorrow. Hungary will oppose Poland in the classification round.

Lithuania U16: Vytenis Cizauskas 15, Edgaras Ulanovas 15, Deividas Pukis 12
Hungary U16: Norbert Timko 9, Adam Varga 8, Levente Misek 8

Spain U16 - Ukraine U16 82:56
Spanish U16 National Team secured their second straight win at the European Championship in Italy. They dismantled Ukraine in the second half of yesterdays clash to improve to 2-1 record in Group B. Ukraine slipped to 1-2 record but still made it to the next round of the competition. Joan Tomas (200-F-92) propelled Spain with 24 points and 10 boards. Olexandr Mishula (185-G-92) answered with 19 points for Ukraine in defeat. The teams exchanged the blows in the first half with neither side having advantage. Olexandr Mishula and Kostyantyn Anikiyenko gave Ukraine a 16:13 lead after the starting period and they maintained it throughout the second frame. Spain trailed by 2 points at halftime 27:29 but quickly recovered after the long break. Joan Tomas nailed 8 points during a 13:0 rally and Spain surged ahead 40:29 early in the third period. Tomas completed his 16-point third-frame tally and Spain cleared off to a 20-point distance. Ukraine were unable to recover and suffered their second loss in a row. Pedro Farina (196-F-92) scored 11 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the winners. Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) had 10 points and 13 boards for Ukraine. Ukraine dominated the boards 44:38 and shot 37% from the field. However they committed unforgivable 33 turnovers down the stretch and had to surrender at the end.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 24+10 boards, Pedro Farina 11, Francisco Blanco (203-C-92) 7, Javier De Pinto (193-F-92) 7
Ukraine U16: Olexandr Mishula 19, Vyacheslav Bobrov 10+13 boards

Group C
Turkey U16 - Latvia U16 74:63

Turkish U16 National Team finished the preliminary round action at the European Championship on top of Group C. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) came up with another sizzling performance and Turkey toppled Latvia for the second win at the tournament. Turkey thus advanced to the Qualifying round as the winners of Pool C. Latvia managed to escape relegation games as they occupied the third spot and also stayed in the title race. Sakim and Safak Edge (185-G-92) teamed up for 7 straight points for Turkey late in the opening frame and Latvia appeared trailing by 8 points at the first intermission. Turkey opened the second quarter with an 8:0 run to stretch the margin to 16 points. However Latvia finished the stanza strongly and cut the distance to 6 points at halftime. Sandis Bets, Andris Misters (192-G-92) and Renars Magone ignited a 13:2 outburst from Latvian team at the beginning of the third quarter as they claimed a 46:41 advantage. Turkey immediately reacted with their own 13:2 rally to regain a 54:48 control over the game before the fourth term. Enes Kanter netted 10 points in the fourth period and Turkey held off Latvia for the second win in Sulmona. Enes Kanter combined for 20 points and 12 boards to pace Turkey. Safak Edge added 12 points, while Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) chipped in 11 for the winners. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) notched 17 points and 10 boards for Latvia. Andris Misters secured 12 points in defeat. Turkey outrebounded their opponents 40:35, while both teams committed 18 turnovers. Turkey also sank solid 46% from the field.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 20+12 boards, Safak Edge 12, Burak Yuksel 11
Latvia U16: Edmunds Dukulis 17+10 boards, Andris Misters 12

Croatia U16 - Poland U16 63:54
Croatia outscored Poland in the key battle of Group C at the U16 European Championship in Italy. The win allowed Croatia to improve to 2-1 record and occupy the second spot in the pool. The loss buried Polish hopes of progress into the Qualifying round and sent them to relegation games from the fourth place in the group. Filip Najev (200-F-92) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Croatia. Toni Katic (180-G-92) came up with 15 points for the winners. Wojciech Leszczynski (187-G-92) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Poland. Mateusz Dziemba (188-G-92) dropped 11 points in defeat.
Croatia opened the game in a stunning manner scoring 11 first points of the encounter. Najev soon stretched the lead to 15:1 before Poland started coming back to life. They trimmed the deficit to 10 points 13:23 after ten minutes of action. Wojciech Leszczynski scored 5 points in a 7:0 run that pull Poland within 3 points from Croatia early in the second period. The Balkan team kept it cool however and secured a 35:29 advantage at the interval. Poland came as close as one point from their opponents in the third stanza but Croatia used a three-pointer from Roko Rogic to enter the fourth term up by 11. Toni Katic, Roko Rogic and Boris Barac (202-F-92) kept Poland at bay throughout the fourth quarter and secured a decisive victory for Croatia at the end. Croatia sank 37% from the field and were slightly better on the glass 44:43. Polish team converted 28% of field goals.

Croatia U16: Filip Najev 16, Toni Katic 15, Boris Barac 13
Poland U16: Wojciech Leszczynski 23, Mateusz Dziemba 11

Group D
France U16 - Israel U16 67:63

French U16 National team paved their way into the Qualifying round at the European Championship yesterday. Evan Fournier (196-G-92) dropped game-high 22 points for France as they held off Israel in the final game of the preliminary round in Group D. France improved to 2-1 record and secured the second spot, while Israel finished at the third place. France surged ahead right from the start and built a 22:16 advantage at the first intermission. Mahomed Diakite (198-F-92) and Evan Fournier teamed up for 13 points in the second quarter and France established a 40:31 lead at the interval. Israel stayed in the contest as they cut the deficit to 4 points. France however did not allow Israel any closer and entered the fourth period up by 6 points. Israel came as close as 2 points from France with just over a minute left. But Evan Fournier was perfect from the stripe, while Tom Slutsky and Ber Aven missed three-pointers to seal the winning outcome for France.
Mahomed Diakite tallied 10 points and 11 boards for France. Leo Westermann (196-G-92) and Valentin Mauve (193-F-92) had 9 points apiece for the winners. David Levy (198-F-92) answered with 16 points for Israel. Bar Timor (-92) added 12 points in the loss. France had an overwhelming advantage on the boards 45:22 and sank solid 40% from the field. Israel converted 35% of field goals and committed 16 turnovers down the stretch. Israel will face Turkey, while France will play against Croatia tomorrow.

France U16: Evan Fournier 22, Mahomed Diakite 20+11 boards, Leo Westermann 9, Valentin Mauve 9
Israel U16: David Levy 16, Bar Timor 12

Russia U16 - Georgia U16 69:60
Russia grabbed a narrow win against Georgia yesterday to deliver the third consecutive victory at the preliminary action in Group D. Thus Russian team advanced to the Qualifying Round with 2-0 record. Georgia in the meantime failed to succeed and was sent to Classification round to fight for the 13th-16th spots. Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) poured in 19 points to lead Russia. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) added 15 points and 6 boards, while Viktor Zaryazhko (198-F-92) had 9 points and 13 boards for the winners. Merab Bokolishvili (197-G/F-92) secured 21 points for Georgia. He however failed to deliver a single point in the final quarter.
Russia looked just better in the first period and clinched a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Georgia would not go away in the second frame and using a 12:6 run late in the period they established a 30:26 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third stanza with the lead changing hands and the outcome unknown. Nodar Tenieshvili (195-F-92) drained a three-pointer to put Georgia in charge 60:59 with just over 4 minutes left. However Dmitry Kulagin responded with a trey of his own to fuel a 10:0 rally that crowned the game and brought victory to Russia. The winners dominated the boards 47:33 and forced Georgia to 20 turnovers. Russia notched 41% from the field, while limiting their opponents to 35% accuracy.

Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 19, Alexander Varnakov 15, Viktor Zaryazhko 9+13 boards
Georgia U16: Merab Bokolishvili 21, Nodar Tenieshvili 9


M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Czech Repu.2-0
3. Spain1-1
4. Serbia1-1
5. Ukraine0-2
6. Greece0-2
Group F
1. Russia2-0
2. Turkey2-0
3. Croatia1-1
4. France1-1
5. Israel0-2
6. Latvia0-2
Group G
1. Georgia0-0
2. Hungary0-0
3. Italy0-0
4. Poland0-0


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Germany4-0
2. Belgium3-1
3. Belarus2-2
4. Estonia2-2
5. Slovakia1-3
6. Luxembourg.0-4
Group B
1. Monteneg.4-0
2. Bosnia3-1
3. Austria2-2
4. Denmark1-3
5. Iceland1-3
6. Holland1-3
Group C
1. Slovenia4-0
2. Bulgaria3-1
3. Switzerl.2-2
4. U.Kingdom2-2
5. Romania1-3
6. Cyprus0-4
Group D
1. Sweden3-0
2. Finland3-1
3. FYR Macedo.2-1
4. Portugal0-3
5. Ireland0-3


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Finland U16 jumps on top - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 won the third game in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the top positions in Group D and now has 3-1 record.
Finland U16 beat F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 86:61 mostly due to the second and the last periods. The winners opened the game trailing 18:19 but then replied with 25:11 in the second. F.Y.R. of Macedonia played another even quarter in the third as they tied it at 19:19 but could do nothing in the last to fall at 12:24. Finland U16 was paced by Markus Molenius (198-F-92) who scored 18 points in the game. Villematti Kopio (173-G-92) posted 15, while Heinonen added 11. Markovski top-scored in the losing effort with 23 points and Gotik had 12.
Finland U16 stormed past Portugal U16 on Day 4 of the European Championship. Sarajevo saw a 69:43 victory of the Scandinavian team over the hot country. Finland U16 opened the game with 21:5 and always remained in front. They also won the other quarters to seal the third win in the group. Villematti Kopio paced all the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Heinikoski netted 10, while Dolenc scored 8. Wildner nailed 8 points for Portugal U16 and Cunha had 7.

Finland U16-F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 86:61
Finland U16: Markus Molenius 18, Villematti Kopio 15, Heinonen 11
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Markovski 23, Gotik 12

Portugal U16-Finland U16 43:69
Portugal U16: Wildner 8, Cunha 7
Finland U16: Villematti Kopio 25+5 rebs, Heinikoski 10, Dolenc 8


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  FRANCE   


Evan Fournier carries France past Israel - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Israel U16 67:63

French U16 National team paved their way into the Qualifying round at the European Championship yesterday. Evan Fournier (196-G-92) dropped game-high 22 points for France as they held off Israel in the final game of the preliminary round in Group D. France improved to 2-1 record and secured the second spot, while Israel finished at the third place. France surged ahead right from the start and built a 22:16 advantage at the first intermission. Mahomed Diakite (198-F-92) and Evan Fournier teamed up for 13 points in the second quarter and France established a 40:31 lead at the interval. Israel stayed in the contest as they cut the deficit to 4 points. France however did not allow Israel any closer and entered the fourth period up by 6 points. Israel came as close as 2 points from France with just over a minute left. But Evan Fournier was perfect from the stripe, while Tom Slutsky (-92) and Ber Aven missed three-pointers to seal the winning outcome for France.
Mahomed Diakite tallied 10 points and 11 boards for France. Leo Westermann (196-G-92) and Valentin Mauve (193-F-92) had 9 points apiece for the winners. David Levy (198-F-92) answered with 16 points for Israel. Bar Timor (-92) added 12 points in the loss. France had an overwhelming advantage on the boards 45:22 and sank solid 40% from the field. Israel converted 35% of field goals and committed 16 turnovers down the stretch. Israel will face Turkey, while France will play against Croatia tomorrow.

France U16: Evan Fournier 22, Mahomed Diakite 20+11 boards, Leo Westermann 9, Valentin Mauve 9
Israel U16: David Levy 16, Bar Timor 12


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Macedonia U16 is 2-1 in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 started the European Championship Men Division B in Bosnia. After three games played the team has 2-1 record.
Portugal took on Macedonia and were heavily beaten 57:88. Macedonia exploded with a 35:13 run in the first frame and never looked back again. Nikola Gajdadjiev scored 27 points to lead all scorers. Gorjan Markovski nailed 24 points for the winning side. Antonio Santos replied with 15 points for Portugal. Jonah Callenbah added 11 points in defeat.
Finland U16 won the second game in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the top positions in Group D and now has 2-1 record.
Finland U16 beat F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 86:61 mostly due to the second and the last periods. The winners opened the game trailing 18:19 but then replied with 25:11 in the second. F.Y.R. of Macedonia played another even quarter in the third as they tied it at 19:19 but could do nothing in the last to fall at 12:24. Finland U16 was paced by Molenius who scored 18 points in the game. Villematti Kopio (173-G-92) posted 15, while Heinonen added 11. Markovski top-scored in the losing effort with 23 points and Gotik had 12.
In the third game F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 overcame Ireland U16 79:58. Gajdadjiev top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Markowski supported him with 22. Horner nailed 14 in defeat and Herron added 11.

Finland U16-F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 86:61
Finland U16: Molenius 18, Villematti Kopio 15, Heinonen 11
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Markovski 23, Gotik 12

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Ireland U16 79:58
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Gajdadjiev 27, Markowski 22
Ireland U16: Horner 14, Herron 11


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  GEORGIA   


Russia earn third straight win in Sulmona - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Georgia U16 69:60

Russia grabbed a narrow win against Georgia yesterday to deliver the third consecutive victory at the preliminary action in Group D. Thus Russian team advanced to the Qualifying Round with 2-0 record. Georgia in the meantime failed to succeed and was sent to Classification round to fight for the 13th-16th spots. Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) poured in 19 points to lead Russia. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) added 15 points and 6 boards, while Viktor Zaryazhko (198-F-92) had 9 points and 13 boards for the winners. Merab Bokolishvili (197-G/F-92) secured 21 points for Georgia. He however failed to deliver a single point in the final quarter.
Russia looked just better in the first period and clinched a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Georgia would not go away in the second frame and using a 12:6 run late in the period they established a 30:26 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third stanza with the lead changing hands and the outcome unknown. Nodar Tenieshvili (195-F-92) drained a three-pointer to put Georgia in charge 60:59 with just over 4 minutes left. However Dmitry Kulagin responded with a trey of his own to fuel a 10:0 rally that crowned the game and brought victory to Russia. The winners dominated the boards 47:33 and forced Georgia to 20 turnovers. Russia notched 41% from the field, while limiting their opponents to 35% accuracy.

Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 19, Alexander Varnakov 15, Viktor Zaryazhko 9+13 boards
Georgia U16: Merab Bokolishvili 21, Nodar Tenieshvili 9


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  GERMANY   


Olympic Games: USA too much for Germany touching 106 - by Eurobasket News
USA - Germany 106-57

What to say for another impressive victory by USA on the Olympic Games in Beijing. This time Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and his teammates were faced with powerful Dream Team, which ended first stage with perfect score 5-0. In the quarterfinals USA will meet fourth ranked team from Group A - Australia. Germany finished the Olympics with score 1-4, what was not enough for the next stage.

After opening five minutes it already was clear that this will be another easy one for USA Dream Team. After Dwight Howard's (6'10''-F-85) basket it was 16-3 for USA. During the following 5 minutes it became even bigger, 31-12. Dirk Nowitzki and Jan-Hendrik Jagla (7'0''-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) were the only one which succeeded to compete against strong Americans but of course it was not enough. At the middle of third period USA set the margin on huge 28, what happened after triple by LeBron James (6'8''-F-84). Last ten minutes of the game were just a formality and the only good question was how big difference it will be at the end. USA closed this game making 19-4 run for the final plus 49.

This time it was Dwight Howard who recorded the best digits for Dream Team. He spent 19 minutes on court nailing 22 points and grabbing 10 boards. He had 9 of 10 for FG2 and 4 of 9 from the free throw line. LeBron James was behind him with 18 while Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 13 points. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) netted 10 points apiece. Germany once again got the most from Dirk Nowitzki, who stopped on 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jan-Hendrik Jagla also was good adding 10 points and 6 boards.


USA - Germany 106-57
(31-12, 22-17, 30-17, 23-11)

USA:
Dwight Howard 22 (10 rebs), LeBron James 18, Kobe Bryant 13, Dwyane Wade 10 (4 rebs), Chris Paul 10
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 14 (8 rebs), Jan-Hendrik Jagla 10 (6 rebs)


Goettingen lands Clif Brown - by Manuel Schust
BG 74 Goettingen signed 24-year old american forward Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) for the upcoming season.
Brown spent last season in Israel with Hapoel Galil Elyon and averaged 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in the israeli league. He also participated in Uleb Cup and produced 14.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in that competition.
Head Coach John Patrick describes him as a very versatile player that can defend different positions. Brown is also known for his fighting spirit and his work ethics.


Dragons Rhoendorf sign Malcolm Campbell - by Eurobasket
SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf signed 26-year old American guard Malcolm Campbell (178-G-82, college: Alabama St., agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment). Campbell played last season very shortly at St. Pauls Ireland (Ireland), where he averaged 27.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 9.3apg, 5.0spg. In his first professional season in Europe (2004-05) he played part of the year for BK Casta SPU Nitra in Slovakia before he moved to U.S. semi-pro Kansas City Knights (ABA).

Germany U16 proves the ambitions - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 remains undefeated in Division B of at the European Championship. In another two games the favorite of the group proved the ambitions for the top places.
On Day 3 Germany U16 destroyed Luxembourg U16 100:39. A massive 33:13 was a great start for the winners in the game. They moved to the defensive 12:5 in the second to have 27 points deficit at the halftime. The task for the last minutes was to reach 100 and Luxembourg U16 could not stop the favorites. Jarelle Reischel (194-F-92) top-scored for Germany with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Phillip Neumann (206-C-92) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds,while Breunig scored 16 points and made 8 boards.
On Day 4 Germany U16 beat Estonia U16 in the last game of the group tonight. Another massive 29:9 was too much for the Baltic side. Estonia U16 lost also the second and the third quarters to trail 26 points after 30 minutes of the game. The last quarter however saw 19:12 for Estonia that somehow reduced the gap. Fulle led the winners with 15 points to 4-0 record. Jarelle Reischel ended up with 10, whilst Monninghoff added 9. Raap posted 12 in defeat and Vaino scored 8.

Germany U16-Luxembourg U16 100:39
Germany U16: Jarelle Reischel 18+5 rebs, Phillip Neumann 16+10 rebs, Breunig 16+8 rebs
Luxembourg U16: Melcher 12, Schmit 10


Estonia U16-Germany U16 51:72
Estonia U16: Raap 12, Vaino 8
Germany U16: Fulle 15, Jarelle Reischel 10, Monninghoff 9


Skyliners and Daniel Russ part ways - by Manuel Schust
Just weeks before the new season started american Center Daniel Russ (207-C/F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Wittenberg) and Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt will part ways.
Russ, who had serious problems with his knee and could not compete last season, did not manage to pass the obligatory medical test.
Due to this failure the club decided to cancel his contract and look for a replacement.
So Daniel Russ, who spent his college career at Wittenberg and gained first overseas experience at Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (NED-Eredivisie) is a free agent again.


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  GREECE   


Serbia outmuscle Greece in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Greece U16 77:73

Serbian U16 National Team celebrated their second win at the European Championship in Italy. They defeated Greece and advanced to the qualifying round of the tournament. Greece also booked their spot in the next round despite the loss. They fell to 1-2 record and occupied the third place in preliminary Group A. Greek side jumped to a 10:2 lead early on and maintained it throughout the opening stanza. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92), Aleksandar Cvetkovic (180-G-93) and Dumic capped the first quarter with 6 straight points and Serbia trailed by just 3 points. The teams kept it close throughout the second stanza and were all tied at 40 at the interval. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) nailed 4 points in a 7:0 rally that put Greece back in charge early in the third frame. The lead changed hands several times before Panagiotis Papoulias (189-G-92) sealed the third quarter outcome at 58:57 for Greece. Giorgos Mavrogiannis tipped off the fourth quarter with 8 points in a row and the margin was stretched to 9 points. Serbia refused to fold and used an 11:2 rally midway through the quarter to draw things level at 71. Luka Igrutinovic (194-G-92) and Aleksandar Cvetkovic chipped in 5 straight points for Serbia late in the game and ensured the winning outcome for the Balkan team. Luka Igrutinovic nailed 20 points for Serbia. Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92) added 16 points and 7 boards, while Aleksandar Cvetkovic secured 13 points for the winners. Giorgos Mavrogiannis led all scorers with 22 points for Greece. Nikos Terpos (194-G-92) came up with 15 points in defeat.

Serbia U16: Luka Igrutinovic 20, Strahinja Mladenovic 16, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 13
Greece U16: Giorgos Mavrogiannis 22, Nikos Terpos 15


Olympic Games: Greece better than China for third place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Greece - China 91-77

Greece managed to beat the hosts of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing grabbing third position in Preliminary Group B with score 3-2. Thus, Greece will play against the reining Olympic champion Argentina in the quarterfinals. China ended first stage as a fourth ranked team in Group B with 2 wins and 3 defeats. It is already magnificent success for the Chinese, which will meet Lithuania in the quarterfinals. It will be for sure one more interesting game in Beijing.

This one is decided already in the first half. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) entered into the game furiously leading his team to 27-15. He scored 11 of his 19 in the first quarter. Very soon Petros Bourousis (203-F-87) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) joined him taking care for the points at the offensive end. Chinese struggled with their stroke during the first twenty minutes having also many troubles with running the plays. Greece is experienced team which knew how to exploit that. At the half time Greece set the margin on 22 points, 46-24. China treated in third period through Ming Yao (226-C-80) and Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) coming on 58-48 in 27th minute but Greece quickly answered with 6-0. For the rest of the time Greece kept advantage of 10 or more points steady.

Tandem Petros Bourousis and Vassilis Spanoulis paced Greece to victory in this game. Each of them drained 19 points while Petros Bourousis had 9 more rebounds. Except of 19 points, Vassilis Spanoulis dished out 5 assists for 26 minutes. China's hero Ming Yao shined again nailing 16 points and grabbing 5 boards for just 18 minutes. Wang Zhizhi followed him with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) and Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) added 11 points apiece.


Greece - China 91-77
(27-15, 19-9, 23-30, 22-23)

Greece:
Petros Bourousis 19 (9 rebs), Vassilis Spanoulis 19 (5 as), Antonis Fotsis 17 (4 rebs)
China: Ming Yao 16 (5 rebs), Wang Zhizhi 14 (8 rebs), Wang Shipeng 11, Jianlian Yi 11


Latest Market News - by Chris Mammides
Enosi E.K. Kavalas and Panorama GS will be merged after all and will be participating in the A1 league. The new head coach of the team will be Kostas Pilafidis and amogn the first targets of the team will be Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78).
AEK Athens and Coach Flevarakis agreed finanancial terms with Periklis Dorkofikis (206-F-80) and Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86), both Hellenes signed an one year contract with the Athenian team.
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) agreed financial terms with Panionios and Coach Trifunovic.
Olympia Larissas agreed financial terms with Markos Kolokas (203-F-77) and Terrell Castle (182-G-72, college: Nicholls St.) for one year.
Three players for PAOK Thessalonikis, Alexandros Kyritsis (195-G-82), Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) and Panagiotis Kafkis (195-G-80) are the new additions for the Thessaloniki team. In the mean time. the coaching team of Coach Pedoulakis in PAOK will be Giorgos Vovoros and Nikos Dimitriou.


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Holland wins and lose in Slovakia - by Fred Roggen

The Dutch National team played two games in Slovakia against host Slovakia and Portugal in the first upset to the upcoming Eurobasket 2009 qualifications.

After a debilitating journey of about nine hours, the team of the new coach Gdi Kedar just arrived before the game against Portugal.

Due to a change in the programme, showing the first game was moved to Thursday, the day of arrival of the Dutch squad, 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.



Netherlands U16 wins one and loses another in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 achieved the first win but also lost a game in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the bottom positions in Group B and now has 1-3 record. Netherlands U16 beat Iceland U16 in a tough game of Day 3. Iceland U16 won the opening quarter 22:17 and had 1 points deficit at the halftime. Another 12:11 in the third quarter remained them in front, but Netherlands U16 pushed the tempo in the last period. Burger led the winners with 24 points. De Haas collected 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Van Tongeren posted 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kristjansson ended up with 20 points in defeat, whilst Palsson had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Netherlands U16 and Denmark U16 finished Day 4 of the European Championship in Group B of Division B. The first two quarters the game was even and none of the teams wanted to risk. Denmark U16 however started to play more offensively in the second half and won both quarters. They reached the first win in the tournament and got 1-3 record the same as Netherlands U16. Haas led the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Christensen collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Fugmann posted 12. Burger finished the night with 20 points in defeat and De Haas added 18.

Iceland U16-Netherlands U16 58:61
Iceland U16: Kristjansson 20, Palsson 15+11 rebs
Netherlands U16: Burger 24, De Haas 19+12 rebs, Van Tongeren 6+8 rebs

Netherlands U16-Denmark U16 67:84
Netherlands U16: Burger 20, De Haas 18
Denmark U16: Haas 21+5 rebs, Christensen 15+10 rebs, Fugmann 12


Raoul Heinen to Matrixx Magixx - by Fred Roggen
Raoul Heinen (196-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) play the next season for Matrixx Magixx. The Magixx won the battle of ZZ Leiden who also had a lot of interest for the ex-NT player.
Heinen played last season at Hanzevast Capitals. His average stats for 36 games in the Eredivisie was 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0spg,
Heinen played in the past for the Belgian Vevier-Pepinster and the George Mason university, he also played 34 games for the Dutch National team.


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Lithuania stay perfect in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Hungary U16 86:48

Lithuanian U16 National Team held off Hungary in the third round of the European Championship in Italy. The Baltic team improved to 3-0 record and advanced to the Qualifying Round from the top spot in Group B. Vytenis Cizauskas (188-G-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (196-F-92) nailed 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) contributed 12 points for the winners. Norbert Timko (205-C/F-92) topscored for Hungary with 9 points. Lithuania had an overwhelming advantage over the flow of the game. They built a 24:13 lead after the starting period and kept piling up the lead in the second frame. The last season bronze medalists established a 41:23 lead at the interval. Deividas Pukis scored 5 points early in the third period and the distance grew to 20 points. Lithuania never looked back further on and secured another impressive win at the end. Redikas finished with 11 points for Lithuania. Adam Varga (190-G-92) and Levente Misek (191-G-93) had 8 points each in a losing case. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 48:19. The winners sank 55% from the field, while limited Hungary to 38% accuracy. Lithuania will next take on Greece tomorrow. Hungary will oppose Poland in the classification round.

Lithuania U16: Vytenis Cizauskas 15, Edgaras Ulanovas 15, Deividas Pukis 12
Hungary U16: Norbert Timko 9, Adam Varga 8, Levente Misek 8


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  IBL   


Explosion secure future with a two year arena deal and three year deal with the IBL - by Eurobasket News
Snohomish County Explosion (finished 14-10) in their second season in Snohomish County playing in the International Basketball League (IBL) and played at the Monroe High School their first year in Monroe.

Monroe Public Schools and the Explosion Basketball Team have reached an agreement for the use of another two years at the district's high school as the organization prepares to move into it own arena. Details of the arrangement have not been disclosed but both groups are excited to continue after a year one success. Tickets for the 2009 season will go on sale Monday October 13th online at www.explosionbasketball.net so get ready for another fun filled Explosion Season.

'We are excited to be hosting the Playoffs for the next three years and happy to have the ability to play in Monroe as we work on the next phase of getting a permanent facility for the team.' said Nathan Mumm founder of Courtyard Media Foundation. 'We have a great staff with our head coach and general manager both returning for year three the outlook is very positive. Working to get a long term deal was important to us, our sponsors and our fans. With what has happened in Seattle with the NBA we wanted to secure long term deals so everyone could enjoy Explosion Basketball without any worries.'

The Snohomish County Explosion just won an award from the IBM as the best game day staff/game day operations-IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio (stated in July)- 'The Explosion professionalism is what prompted me as Commissioner to contact them about a three year deal in hosting the tournament'.

Courtesy of IBL


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  ICELAND   


Iceland U16 dropped to 1-3 after two losses - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U16 dropped to 1-3 after two losses in European Championship Men Division B. The team fell at the bottom positions in Group B of the tournament.
Netherlands U16 beat Iceland U16 in a tough game of Day 3. Iceland U16 won the opening quarter 22:17 and had 1 points deficit at the halftime. Another 12:11 in the third quarter remained them in front, but Netherlands U16 pushed the tempo in the last period. Burger led the winners with 24 points. De Haas collected 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Van Tongeren posted 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kristjansson ended up with 20 points in defeat, whilst Palsson had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Montenegro U16 did not have any difficulties reaching 4-0 record as the team stun Iceland U16 85:68. The only problem was the first half when Iceland was even in front, 41:35. A 34:8 in the third quarter however solved all the problems for the favorite of Group B. Nemanja Djurisic (-92) led the winners with 22 points, Pajovic and Djordan followed him with 14 apiece. Palsson top-scored for Iceland U16 with 14 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Kristjansson had 12 points. The last game of the group Iceland will play tomorrow against Denmark.

Iceland U16-Netherlands U16 58:61
Iceland U16: Kristjansson 20, Palsson 15+11 rebs
Netherlands U16: Burger 24, De Haas 19+12 rebs, Van Tongeren 6+8 rebs

Montenegro U16- Iceland U16 85:68
Montenegro U16: Nemanja Djurisic 22, Pajovic 14, Djordan 14
Iceland U16: Palsson 14+9 rebs, Kristjansson 12


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  IRAN   


Olympic Games: Croatia outplays Iran heading to the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Croatia 57-91

Croatia booked a spot for the quarterfinals even before this game but Croatians wanted to secure third place in Preliminary Group A and to avoid USA in the quarterfinals. This victory was very important for Croatia as the Boomers grabbed an easy win over Lithuania improving to 3-2. Thus Croatia will take on Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. On the other hand Iran ended it winless with score 0-5.

Croatia was much better team from the beginning. After 6-6 in seventh minute, Croatia made 13-2 run until the end of the opening stanza. Marin Rozic (201-F-83), Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and Marko Tomas (200-G-85) continued in the same rhythm during the following ten minutes. At the middle of second frame it already was huge 10-40. It means that Croatia made 21-2 run for just 5 minutes. Until the half time Marin Rozic and his teammates extended lead to fantastic plus 38. After that moment Croatia slowed down what Mohammadsamad Nikkhah (200-F/G-83, agency: Agency No 10) and Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) exploited to melt its lead a little bit. However, everything what they succeeded to do until the end was minus 25.

This time Marin Rozic and Marko Tomas were the best players for Croatia. Both of them netted 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (Marko Tomas 5). Captain Nikola Prkacin helped his team with 15 while Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) shined with 13 points. Mohammadsamad Nikkhah showed the best performance for the loosing side collecting 25 points and 5 boards. Hamed Ehadadi also was pretty good with 17 points and 15 boards.


Iran - Croatia 57-91
(8-19, 8-35, 23-16, 18-21)

Iran:
Mohammadsamad Nikkhah 25 (5 rebs), Hamed Ehadadi 17 (15 rebs)
Croatia: Marin Rozic 16 (6 rebs), Marko Tomas 16 (5 rebs), Nikola Prkacin 15, Damjan Rudez 13


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  IRELAND   


Irish boys hope for the only win - by Eurobasket News

Ireland U16 lost three games in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the bottom positions in Group D and now has 0-3 record.
In the opener Irish boys lost to Finland U16 56:79. Villematti Kopio (173-G-92) led the winners with 20 points, while Markus Molenuis added 18. Peter Herron top-scored for Ireland with 13 points and Jack Murphy netted 8.

Sweden U16 remains undefeated at the European Championship in Sarajevo. Sweden U16 achieved another victory in Division B and now has 3-0 record. A 20-3 in the third quarter was too much for Ireland U16 that gave up in the game. Sweden U16 won the third game 80:48 and sent Irish squad to 0-2 record. Atli Antonsson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Melinder posted 12, while Reynisson collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lucey ended up with 17 points in defeat, Murphy and James added 9 each.
In the third game F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 overcame Ireland U16 79:58. Gajdadjiev top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Markowski supported him with 22. Horner nailed 14 in defeat and Herron added 11.

Finland U16 -Ireland U16 79:56
Finland U16: Villematti Kopio 20, Markus Molenuis 18
Ireland U16: Peter Herron 13, Jack Murphy 8

Ireland U16-Sweden U16 48:80
Ireland U16: Lucey 17, Murphy 9, James 9
Sweden U16: Atli Antonsson 19+11 rebs, Melinder 12, Reynisson 10+10 rebs

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Ireland U16 79:58
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Gajdadjiev 27, Markowski 22
Ireland U16: Horner 14, Herron 11



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  ISRAEL   


Orland moves to Holon - by Yarone Arbel
Yehu Orland (193-G-81, agency: Ronsport) will reunite with coach Danny Franco in the next season. Orland signed in Franco's new team - the title holder Hapoel Holon - and will try to recreate the success they had two years ago when they collaborated in Gilboa-Afula. Orland spent the past season with Hapoel Jerusalem but saw limited time off the bench. One of the best shooters of the Israeli basketball will get a chance to prove again he can kill with his lethal handle.

Evan Fournier carries France past Israel - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Israel U16 67:63

French U16 National team paved their way into the Qualifying round at the European Championship yesterday. Evan Fournier (196-G-92) dropped game-high 22 points for France as they held off Israel in the final game of the preliminary round in Group D. France improved to 2-1 record and secured the second spot, while Israel finished at the third place. France surged ahead right from the start and built a 22:16 advantage at the first intermission. Mahomed Diakite (198-F-92) and Evan Fournier teamed up for 13 points in the second quarter and France established a 40:31 lead at the interval. Israel stayed in the contest as they cut the deficit to 4 points. France however did not allow Israel any closer and entered the fourth period up by 6 points. Israel came as close as 2 points from France with just over a minute left. But Evan Fournier was perfect from the stripe, while Tom Slutsky (-92) and Ber Aven missed three-pointers to seal the winning outcome for France.
Mahomed Diakite tallied 10 points and 11 boards for France. Leo Westermann (196-G-92) and Valentin Mauve (193-F-92) had 9 points apiece for the winners. David Levy (198-F-92) answered with 16 points for Israel. Bar Timor (-92) added 12 points in the loss. France had an overwhelming advantage on the boards 45:22 and sank solid 40% from the field. Israel converted 35% of field goals and committed 16 turnovers down the stretch. Israel will face Turkey, while France will play against Croatia tomorrow.

France U16: Evan Fournier 22, Mahomed Diakite 20+11 boards, Leo Westermann 9, Valentin Mauve 9
Israel U16: David Levy 16, Bar Timor 12


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  ITALY   


Italy narrowly beaten by Czech Republic at home - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Czech Republic U16 57:58

Italian U16 National Team was unable to post their first win at the home European Championship. They lost by a virtue of just one point to Group A winners Czech Republic and missed the Qualifying Round. Italy thus suffered their third defeat in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder. They will fight to avoid relegation in the Classification round. Czech team meanwhile scored their third consecutive victory and entered the next stage of the tournament from the top position in the pool.
David Hrncir (196-F-92) knocked down 11 points to lead balanced Czech offense. Jan Hartman (192-G-92) and Vaclav Honomichl (186-G-92) delivered 8 points apiece for the winners. Gabriele Spizzichini (192-G-92) responded with 10 points for Italy. Giovanni Pini (200-F/C-92) and Bruno Ondo Mengue had 9 points each in defeat. It was a close battle down the stretch with Czech Republic leading by just 3 points at halftime. The visitors stretched the margin to 9 points after three quarters of action. However Italy closed the gap and surged ahead after Gabriele Spizzichini fired from downtown with under 3 minutes left. However Jan Hartman tied the score at 57 and then Milan Ryska (204-C/F-92, agency: PPGroup) converted a freebie to put Czech team up for good. The hosts missed three times in the final minute and Czech Republic snatched a narrow victory. Czech Republic outrebounded their opponents 42:31 and limited Italy to 33% from the field. Czech team managed to overcome 26 turnovers and sank 38% from the field.

Italy U16: Gabriele Spizzichini 10, Giovanni Pini 9, Bruno Ondo Mengue 9
Czech Republic U16: David Hrncir 11, Jan Hartman 8, Vaclav Honomichl 8


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  LATVIA   


Turkey beat Latvia, clinch top spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Latvia U16 74:63

Turkish U16 National Team finished the preliminary round action at the European Championship on top of Group C. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) came up with another sizzling performance and Turkey toppled Latvia for the second win at the tournament. Turkey thus advanced to the Qualifying round as the winners of Pool C. Latvia managed to escape relegation games as they occupied the third spot and also stayed in the title race. Sakim and Safak Edge (185-G-92) teamed up for 7 straight points for Turkey late in the opening frame and Latvia appeared trailing by 8 points at the first intermission. Turkey opened the second quarter with an 8:0 run to stretch the margin to 16 points. However Latvia finished the stanza strongly and cut the distance to 6 points at halftime. Sandis Bets (189-G-92), Andris Misters (192-G-92) and Renars Magone (198-F-92) ignited a 13:2 outburst from Latvian team at the beginning of the third quarter as they claimed a 46:41 advantage. Turkey immediately reacted with their own 13:2 rally to regain a 54:48 control over the game before the fourth term. Enes Kanter netted 10 points in the fourth period and Turkey held off Latvia for the second win in Sulmona. Enes Kanter combined for 20 points and 12 boards to pace Turkey. Safak Edge added 12 points, while Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) chipped in 11 for the winners. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) notched 17 points and 10 boards for Latvia. Andris Misters secured 12 points in defeat. Turkey outrebounded their opponents 40:35, while both teams committed 18 turnovers. Turkey also sank solid 46% from the field.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 20+12 boards, Safak Edge 12, Burak Yuksel 11
Latvia U16: Edmunds Dukulis 17+10 boards, Andris Misters 12


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania stay perfect in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Hungary U16 86:48

Lithuanian U16 National Team held off Hungary in the third round of the European Championship in Italy. The Baltic team improved to 3-0 record and advanced to the Qualifying Round from the top spot in Group B. Vytenis Cizauskas (188-G-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (196-F-92) nailed 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) contributed 12 points for the winners. Norbert Timko (205-C/F-92) topscored for Hungary with 9 points. Lithuania had an overwhelming advantage over the flow of the game. They built a 24:13 lead after the starting period and kept piling up the lead in the second frame. The last season bronze medalists established a 41:23 lead at the interval. Deividas Pukis scored 5 points early in the third period and the distance grew to 20 points. Lithuania never looked back further on and secured another impressive win at the end. Redikas finished with 11 points for Lithuania. Adam Varga (190-G-92) and Levente Misek (191-G-93) had 8 points each in a losing case. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 48:19. The winners sank 55% from the field, while limited Hungary to 38% accuracy. Lithuania will next take on Greece tomorrow. Hungary will oppose Poland in the classification round.

Lithuania U16: Vytenis Cizauskas 15, Edgaras Ulanovas 15, Deividas Pukis 12
Hungary U16: Norbert Timko 9, Adam Varga 8, Levente Misek 8


Olympic Games: The Boomers cruise past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Lithuania 106-75

Australia registered comfortable victory against Lithuania in the last game of the Preliminary Stage. Despite this victory nothing has changed in Preliminary Group A. The Boomers remained on fourth place with 3-2 because Croatia outplayed Iran earlier today. It means that Australia will meet powerful USA in the quarterfinals. On the other side, first place in Group A was reserved for fantastic Lithuania already before this game. Lithuania's rival in quarterfinals will be China.

It was an extremely easy victory for Australia as Lithuania already secured top position before this game so its players decided to slow down in order to be 100% ready the quarterfinals. Anyway, Australia played impressive first half. Mostly owing to Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) and Patrick Mills (178-G-88), the Boomers ended first frame 28-14. After triple by Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82), Lithuania came on 33-27 at the half way of the second frame. In just four minutes before the half time Brad Newley (199-G-85) and Andrew Bogut resolved the question about the winner. They led magnificent 22-2 run for plus 26, 55-29. During the following 20 minutes some of the best players of both teams took a rest.

One more time hero of the game was Andrew Bogut, who nailed 23 points for just 16 minutes. Brad Newley followed him with 16 points while Chris Anstey (213-C-75) and Patrick Mills had 13 points each. Lithuania got the most from Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), who added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had 12 points apiece but Linas Kleiza grabbed 5 more rebounds.


Australia - Lithuania 106-75
(28-14, 27-15, 20-22, 31-24)

Australia:
Andrew Bogut 23, Brad Newley 16, Chris Anstey 13 (4 as), Patrick Mills 13 (4 rebs)
Lithuania: Ksystof Lavrinovic 14 (8 rebs), Linas Kleiza 12 (5 rebs), Rimantas Kaukenas 12


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg U16 falls at 0-4 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U16 lost another two games in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the bottom position in Group A and now has 0-4 record.
Belgium U16 stormed past Luxembourg U16 in Day 4 of the European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the top with 75:34 dominating the whole game. Luxembourg U16 however could win the second quarter 14:13, but it was nothing in comparison with the others. Loontiens paced all the winners with 12 points. Renier scored 10, whilst Vandenweyer netted 8. Laurent finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort and Melcher produced 8.
Germany U16 remains undefeated in Division B of at the European Championship. In another two games the favorite of the group proved the ambitions for the top places.
On Day 3 Germany U16 destroyed Luxembourg U16 100:39. A massive 33:13 was a great start for the winners in the game. They moved to the defensive 12:5 in the second to have 27 points deficit at the halftime. The task for the last minutes was to reach 100 and Luxembourg U16 could not stop the favorites. Jarelle Reischel (194-F-92) top-scored for Germany with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Phillip Neumann (206-C-92) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds,while Breunig scored 16 points and made 8 boards.


Luxembourg U16- Belgium U16 34:75
Luxembourg U16: Laurent 12, Melcher 8
Belgium U16: Loontiens 12, Renier 10, Vandenweyer 8

Germany U16-Luxembourg U16 100:39
Germany U16: Jarelle Reischel 18+5 rebs, Phillip Neumann 16+10 rebs, Breunig 16+8 rebs
Luxembourg U16: Melcher 12, Schmit 10


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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro U16 wins an overtime thriller over the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 wins an overtime thriller over the hosts. Bojan Ratkovic made a lay-up with 13 seconds remaining in overtime as Montenegro edged Bosnia-Herzegovina 90:87 at the U16 European Championship Division B in Sarajevo. It was one of the best games in the tournament so far and both teams can still meet each other in the championship. Montenegro U16 opened the game with 23:22 and had another tough 26:24 in the second. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 had also difficulties to win the next two periods as they won the third 19:17 and then the fourth 17:16. In overtime only last seconds brought Montenegro U16 a win over the hosts. Mladen Novakovic (-92) led the winners with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Kalic supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Djordan added 16. Ivic top-scored for the hosts with 19 points and Vucic nailed 16.
Montenegro U16 did not have any difficulties reaching 4-0 record as the team stun Iceland U16 85:68. The only problem was the first half when Iceland was even in front, 41:35. A 34:8 in the third quarter however solved all the problems for the favorite of Group B. Nemanja Djurisic (-92) led the winners with 22 points, Pajovic and Djordan followed him with 14 apiece. Palsson top-scored for Iceland U16 with 14 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Kristjansson had 12 points.


Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Montenegro U16 87:90 OT
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Ivic 19, Vucic 16
Montenegro U16: Mladen Novakovic 25+7 rebs, Kalic 17+9 rebs, Djordan 16


Montenegro U16- Iceland U16 85:68
Montenegro U16: Nemanja Djurisic 22, Pajovic 14, Djordan 14
Iceland U16: Palsson 14+9 rebs, Kristjansson 12


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  NAIA   


Storey headed to Europe - by Brandon Woudstra
Wayland Baptist University's all-time leading rebounder has signed a professional contract to play basketball in Europe. Danny Storey (6'7''-C-84) will leave next week for a team in Alaior, Menorca, a small island off the coast of Spain.

'It has always been my dream to play professionally in Europe' said Storey, the Sooner Athletic Conference's 2008 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a 2nd team NAIA All-American. 'I guess you could say that this is a dream come true.'

Storey is just the second player in Wayland history to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. The 2003 Canyon High School graduate, who averaged 14.6 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Pioneers during his senior season, ended his four years with 1,426 points and 1,032 rebounds.


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  NBA   


Olympic Games: USA too much for Germany touching 106 - by Eurobasket News
USA - Germany 106-57

What to say for another impressive victory by USA on the Olympic Games in Beijing. This time Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and his teammates were faced with powerful Dream Team, which ended first stage with perfect score 5-0. In the quarterfinals USA will meet fourth ranked team from Group A - Australia. Germany finished the Olympics with score 1-4, what was not enough for the next stage.

After opening five minutes it already was clear that this will be another easy one for USA Dream Team. After Dwight Howard's (6'10''-F-85) basket it was 16-3 for USA. During the following 5 minutes it became even bigger, 31-12. Dirk Nowitzki and Jan-Hendrik Jagla (7'0''-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) were the only one which succeeded to compete against strong Americans but of course it was not enough. At the middle of third period USA set the margin on huge 28, what happened after triple by LeBron James (6'8''-F-84). Last ten minutes of the game were just a formality and the only good question was how big difference it will be at the end. USA closed this game making 19-4 run for the final plus 49.

This time it was Dwight Howard who recorded the best digits for Dream Team. He spent 19 minutes on court nailing 22 points and grabbing 10 boards. He had 9 of 10 for FG2 and 4 of 9 from the free throw line. LeBron James was behind him with 18 while Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 13 points. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) netted 10 points apiece. Germany once again got the most from Dirk Nowitzki, who stopped on 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jan-Hendrik Jagla also was good adding 10 points and 6 boards.


USA - Germany 106-57
(31-12, 22-17, 30-17, 23-11)

USA:
Dwight Howard 22 (10 rebs), LeBron James 18, Kobe Bryant 13, Dwyane Wade 10 (4 rebs), Chris Paul 10
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 14 (8 rebs), Jan-Hendrik Jagla 10 (6 rebs)


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  NCAA1   


Kevin Mondro named Loyola assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Former University of Detroit Mercy coach Kevin Mondro has been named assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago, Ramblers head coach Jim Whitesell announced today. Mondro spent the past 11 years as part of the staff at Detroit, and for part of the 2007-08 season, served as interim head coach.

'Kevin was a big part of Detroit's success over the last decade, helping teams to postseason play four times, and he is very knowledgeable about the Horizon League,' Whitesell said. 'I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for (former Detroit coach) Perry Watson and his program. While being able to help our recruiting efforts in the Midwest, Kevin also understands the value of a Jesuit education and in addition to being well-respected, will be well-liked by our players and fans. Having Kevin as part of our staff is a wonderful addition and we welcome him and his wife, Liza, to the Loyola family.'

At Detroit, Mondro worked primarily with the Titans' perimeter players and his influence helped current Philadelphia 76ers guard Willie Green earn Horizon League Player of the Year accolades in 2003. In addition to his on-the-court coaching, Mondro played an active role in scouting and in scheduling, while also serving as the staff's recruiting coordinator and director of the Perry Watson Basketball Camp.

After beginning his post-playing career as the director of basketball operations at Detroit, Mondro was elevated to assistant coach, before assuming associate head coach duties. Last season, Mondro served as interim head coach for 16 games for the Titans and helped mold guard Jon Goode into a Second Team All-Horizon League performer. During his tenure on the Detroit staff, he helped the Titans to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths (1998 and 1999) and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (2001 and 2002).

A walk-on at Detroit, Mondro played for three seasons with the Titans before an injury sidelined him for his senior campaign.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  NIGERIA   


Ebun Comets 7 others battle for honours. In First Deepwater Battle for Supremacy - by Olusegun Ikuesan
First Deepwater Discovery Limited a company committed to the upliftment of the game of basketball in Nigeria is set to drag eight top teams in the country to the Sports hall of the University of Lagos in a three-day tournament tagged Battle for Supremacy

According to the tournament head of organizing committee, Adenike Carew the event will have four male and four female teams jostling for the prize money.

The Bounce Naija crooner told our correspondent the First Deepwater Discovery boss, Babatunde Babalola is happy with the response of the eight teams invited for the tournament.

She gave the names of the teams as Ebun Comets and Union Bank basketball clubs of Lagos, Niger Potters of Minna and Kano Pillars for the men and reigning Zenith Bank Women league champion, First Bank basketball club of Lagos, Dolphin also of Lagos, Delta Force of Asana and Sunshine Angels of Akure as teams for the women category.

The former board member of the Lagos State Basketball Association further disclosed that all the teams will be accommodated and receive a handsome package as participation fee.

The three-day tournament is billed to hold between August 28 through 30 at the sports hall of the UNILAG Sports Centre, Akoka, Lagos.
Chioma Udeaja (191-F/C-84, agency: Prime Select Sports)


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Argentina4-1
2. Lithuania4-1
3. Australia3-2
4. Croatia3-2
5. Russia1-4
6. Iran0-5
Group B
1. USA5-0
2. Spain4-1
3. Greece3-2
4. China2-3
5. Germany1-4
6. Angola0-5


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  POLAND   


Croatia nip Poland for the second spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Poland U16 63:54

Croatia outscored Poland in the key battle of Group C at the U16 European Championship in Italy. The win allowed Croatia to improve to 2-1 record and occupy the second spot in the pool. The loss buried Polish hopes of progress into the Qualifying round and sent them to relegation games from the fourth place in the group. Filip Najev (200-F-92) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Croatia. Toni Katic (180-G-92) came up with 15 points for the winners. Wojciech Leszczynski (187-G-92) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Poland. Mateusz Dziemba (188-G-92) dropped 11 points in defeat.
Croatia opened the game in a stunning manner scoring 11 first points of the encounter. Najev soon stretched the lead to 15:1 before Poland started coming back to life. They trimmed the deficit to 10 points 13:23 after ten minutes of action. Wojciech Leszczynski scored 5 points in a 7:0 run that pull Poland within 3 points from Croatia early in the second period. The Balkan team kept it cool however and secured a 35:29 advantage at the interval. Poland came as close as one point from their opponents in the third stanza but Croatia used a three-pointer from Roko Rogic (182-G-92) to enter the fourth term up by 11. Toni Katic, Roko Rogic and Boris Barac (202-F-92) kept Poland at bay throughout the fourth quarter and secured a decisive victory for Croatia at the end. Croatia sank 37% from the field and were slightly better on the glass 44:43. Polish team converted 28% of field goals.

Croatia U16: Filip Najev 16, Toni Katic 15, Boris Barac 13
Poland U16: Wojciech Leszczynski 23, Mateusz Dziemba 11


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  PORTUGAL   


Porto sign foreign player - by Luis Rocha
Kevin Martin a powerfull center is the new signing of Porto to play LPB. The roster is being completed, and now Martin comes to make the diference in the paint for his new team. Things seem about to be nearly done in Porto, and in other clubs for the contrary, things are not at all decided. Porto will surely hire 2 more foreign players, because as usual they will go for the title. Coach Matos will be inside the market and in a few days some news will rise.

Finland U16 stormed past Portugal U16 on Day 4 - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 stormed past Portugal U16 on Day 4 of the European Championship. Sarajevo saw a 69:43 victory of the Scandinavian team over the hot country. Finland U16 opened the game with 21:5 and always remained in front. They also won the other quarters to seal the third win in the group. Villematti Kopio (173-G-92) paced all the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Heinikoski netted 10, while Dolenc scored 8. Wildner nailed 8 points for Portugal U16 and Cunha had 7.

Portugal U16-Finland U16 43:69
Portugal U16: Wildner 8, Cunha 7
Finland U16: Villematti Kopio 25+5 rebs, Heinikoski 10, Dolenc 8


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  PUERTO RICO   


Ayuso and Ramos for Caricom? - by Alessandro Fontana
It is possible that 'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, college: USC) (190-G-77, college: USC) and 'Snoop Dogg' Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) will not play the Caricom 2008 in Cancun, Mexico.
It would be a bad news for our national team, already Ricardo Sanchez (-G, agency: Agency No 10) is out for an injury and it would be hard to lose also a great scorer as Ayuso and our only 'BIG-MAN' in the painting area, Ramos.
Larry Ayuso could never train with the national team in Mexico, he has some physical problems and it is really possible that He will not be a member of the national team in Caricom 2008. Puerto Rico will loose one of the most important players for experience and leadership. Larry stil lbelieves to be fit for the Caricom, it is our hope, because Puerto Rico needs El Jefe.
'Snoop Dogg' Peter John Ramos has also some problems due to an injury and he is not yet sure to play for Puerto Rico in this Caricom. He is the Big Man of the team and without him it woulbe a big problem in the painting area allover against strong teams as Panama and Dominican Republic.
A. Fontana


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  ROMANIA   


Romania U16 fell at 1-3 in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 edged Romania U16 91:64 on Day 3 of at the European Championship in Division B. The team achieved another two victories in European Championship Men Division B. Slovenia U16 moved to the top position in Group C and now has 4-0 record. Romania U16 however was too good in the beginning of the game when they proposed 20:15 after the first period. Slovenia U16 replied with 20:13 in the second and achieved the win mostly due to the second half. Korosec top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Luka Rupnik (180-G-93) netted 14 and Pavlovic added 13. Romanian side was led by Parlog who posted 15 points.
England U16 had another easy win but again struggled in the first half. Romania U16 played tough in the first two quarters trailing only 9 points at the half time. England U16 held them to 19:2 in the third quarter to benefit from the game. Van Nes led the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds to 65:35 victory. Loftman and Van Oostrum followed him with 10 points as their team improved to 2-2. Foalea top-scored for Romania with 14 points and Parlog had 7.

Slovenia U16-Romania U16 91:64
Slovenia U16: Korosec 17, Luka Rupnik 14, Pavlovic 13
Romania U16: Parlog 15, Mogosanu 12

Romania U16-England U16 35:65
Romania U16: Foalea 14, Parlog 7
England U16: Van Nes 12+9 rebs, Loftman 10, Van Oostrum 10


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  RUSSIA   


Russia earn third straight win in Sulmona - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Georgia U16 69:60

Russia grabbed a narrow win against Georgia yesterday to deliver the third consecutive victory at the preliminary action in Group D. Thus Russian team advanced to the Qualifying Round with 2-0 record. Georgia in the meantime failed to succeed and was sent to Classification round to fight for the 13th-16th spots. Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) poured in 19 points to lead Russia. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) added 15 points and 6 boards, while Viktor Zaryazhko (198-F-92) had 9 points and 13 boards for the winners. Merab Bokolishvili (197-G/F-92) secured 21 points for Georgia. He however failed to deliver a single point in the final quarter.
Russia looked just better in the first period and clinched a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Georgia would not go away in the second frame and using a 12:6 run late in the period they established a 30:26 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third stanza with the lead changing hands and the outcome unknown. Nodar Tenieshvili (195-F-92) drained a three-pointer to put Georgia in charge 60:59 with just over 4 minutes left. However Dmitry Kulagin responded with a trey of his own to fuel a 10:0 rally that crowned the game and brought victory to Russia. The winners dominated the boards 47:33 and forced Georgia to 20 turnovers. Russia notched 41% from the field, while limiting their opponents to 35% accuracy.

Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 19, Alexander Varnakov 15, Viktor Zaryazhko 9+13 boards
Georgia U16: Merab Bokolishvili 21, Nodar Tenieshvili 9


Olympic Games: Another victory for Argentina and another disappointment for Russia - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Russia 91-79

Argentina registered fourth victory on the Olympic Games in Beijing. Despite everything was already known before this game, Argentineans played as much as they need in order to take it. Defending Olympic champion goes to the quarterfinals as a second ranked team in Group A and it will take on third team from Group B which is Greece. On the other hand, Russians totally disappointed their fans this summer finishing the Olympics already at the Preliminary Stage.

Argentina showed much better performance during the opening ten minutes ending it 27-16. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) and Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) were the leading players for their team in this period. After two free throws by Luis Scola in 15th minute, Argentina stretched lead to 39-24. Very soon Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) stepped up for Russia and together with their teammates made 15-2 run for 41-39. However, Argentina quickly answered with mini 4-0 series taking 6-point lead at the half time. Argentineans once again made bigger lead and it was 61-45 at the middle of third quarter but Russia melted it to 72-64 before the last frame. Russians came really close on 73-72, after Andrei Kirilenko's free throws in 33rd minute, but Luis Scola and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) led crucial 12-3 run resolving the question about the winner.

Center Luis Scola was totally unstoppable in this game. He played the entire time pouring in fantastic 37 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Andres Nocioni also shined for the winning team adding 19 points and 9 rebounds while Emanuel Ginobili stopped on 12 points and 4 assists. Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) helped Argentina recording double-double, 11 points and 10 assists. Andrei Kirilenko was the best in Russia collecting 23 points and 9 rebounds. J.R. Holden followed him with 19 points and 5 assists.


Argentina - Russia 91-79
(27-16, 18-23, 27-25, 19-15)

Argentina:
Luis Scola 37 (8 rebs), Andres Nocioni 19 (9 rebs), Emanuel Ginobili 12 (4 as), Pablo Prigioni 11 (10 as)
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 23 (9 rebs), J.R. Holden 9 (5 as)


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  SEBL   


Stats Leaders
SEBL Metro North Division (3 game min. as of 7/20/07) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
David Graham......... 25.6
BJ Puckett............. 24.3
Darnell Cox............. 24.0
Adrian Penland....... 23.5
Ronell Wooten........ 23.1
Carlos Hampton...... 19.6
Miquel Morton......... 19.1
Jermaine Spivey......18.2
Terrence Hundley... 18.1
Jamal Johnson....... 17.5
JD Pollock............. 16.8
Joe Hamilton........... 16.6
Richard Lusane...... 15.4


2008 SEBL City Conference B-League All-League Selections - by David Archer

2008 SEBL City Conference B-League All-League Selections & Awards

League Tournament Champions: North Metro Technical College

East Division Champions: Summer Hill Blue Devils

West Division Champions: North Metro Technical College

City Conference B-League League Overall Player of the Year: Nagee Smith, Cedartown

City Conference B-League Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Brown, Summer Hill

City Conference B-League Tournament MVP: Richard Davis, North Metro

East Division:

First Team
Roman Gilliam (5'10''-G), Owen FH
Chris Brown, Summer Hill
Mike Howren, BC Howren
Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82, college: Reinhardt), Summer Hill
Mario Jordan (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Buffalo) (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Buffalo), Sixers

Second Team
Mike Linley, Summer Hill
Tie Fezzai, Polk Co.
Michael Woodard, Owen FH
Demetrius Metcalf, Sixers
Kevin Hammett, BC Howren

Third Team
Junior Gonzales, BC Howren
Darrell Wilkins, Sixers
Michael Reynolds (6'3''-G-84), Summer Hill
Timmy Dudley, Sixers
DeRon Davis, Owen FH

West Division:

First Team
Darryl Williams, North Metro
Blake King, Knicks-2
Richard Davis (6'2''-G), North Metro
Nagee Smith, Cedartown
Darius White, Rockmart

Second Team
TJ McDaniel, Dalton WSC
James Williams, Rockmart
Corey Warn, Knicks-2
Chris Taylor (6'5''-F), North Metro
Scott Windom (6'6''-F), North Metro

Third Team
Deon Smith, Cedartown
Tim Fortenberry, Dalton WSC
Chaz Leonard, Knicks-2
Brandon Harris (6'5''-F), North Metro
James Miller (6'5''-F), North Metro



2008 SEBL Metro Conference A-League All-League Selections... - by David Archer
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2008 SEBL Metro A-League All-League Selections...


SEBL Metro Conference A-League Overall Tournament Champions: Atlanta Speedboys

North Division Regular Season Champions: Cartersville-Baseline Warriors

South Division Reguar Season Champions: Atlanta Speedboys

SEBL Metro Conference A-League Overall Player of the Year: David Graham (6'4''-G-85) of Georgetown College, DOTS

SEBL Metro Conference A-League Tournament MVP: Michael Sloan (6'4''-G) of Clayton College & State, Atlanta Speedboys

SEBL Metro Conference A-League Defensive Player of the Year: Ronald Lewis (6'0''-G), Atlanta Speedboys


North Division All-League Selections:

First Team

Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) of Rome ServPro-1 (6'3''-G-72, college: New Orleans), ServPro-1
Carlos Hampton (6'4''-F), Supreme
Ronell Wooten (6'4''-G-85) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors (6'4''-G-85) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors (6'4''-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kennesaw St.), Baseline-1
Jonathan Johnson (6'6''-F-85, college: S.Georgia Tech CC), Knicks-1
Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84) of Rome ServPro-1 (6'10''-C-84) of Rome ServPro-1 (6'10''-C-84, college: Miss.Valley St.), ServPro-1


Second Team
Terrence Hundley (6'3''-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Georgia), Baseline-1
J.D. Pollock (6'5''-G), Skyline
Shannon Billings, Marietta
Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79, agency: Tank Sports, college: Virginia Tech), Baseline-1
Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80, college: Tennessee St.), Force


Third Team
Kelvin McConnell (6'0''-G-89), Force
Shan Finley, ServPro-1
Jeff Croft (6'3''-G), Celtics
Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82, college: Reinhardt), Baseline-1
Antone Anderson (6'4''-F-81), Skyline


Fourth Team
Courtney George, Marietta
Spencer Dixon, ServPro-1
Darrell Wilkins (6'1''-G-84), Force
Dexter Shaw (6'3''-G-89), Celtics
Alex Cornett (6'11''-C, college: Kennesaw St.), Skyline

South Division All-League Selections:

First Team
Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) of Atlanta Speedboys (5'11''-G-84, college: Clayton St.), Speedboys
David Graham, DOTS
Michael Sloan, Speedboys
Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82) of Wellington Saints (NZL) (6'7''-F-82) of Wellington Saints (NZL) (6'7''-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Valdosta St.), Tri-County
B.J. Puckett (6'8''-F-83) of Boston College Santiago (CHI) (6'8''-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Clayton St.), Young Gunz


Second Team
Calvin Goss (5'10''-G), Lakers
Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.), Tri-County
Jamal Johnson (6'7''-C-81, college: Clayton St.), Speedboys
Miguel Morton (6'10''-F, agency: European Basketball Agency, college: Alabama St.), DOTS
Mike Jones (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Gardner-Webb), SuperStar Cafe


Third Team
Eric Wilson (6'1''-G), Lakers
Richard Lusane (6'5''-G, college: Valdosta St.), SuperStar Cafe
Jesse Wheeler (6'5''-F, college: Gardner-Webb), Young Gunz
Brian Kelly (6'8''-F, college: Duquesne), Lakers
Donovan McMullen (6'10''-C-85, college: Reinhardt), Speedboys


Fourth Team
Ronald Lewis, Speedboys
Adrian Penland (6'1''-G-80, agency: SportsTalent, college: Lander), Young Gunz
Anton Pippen (6'2''-G, college: S.Georgia Tech CC), Young Gunz
Justin Thomas, Tri-County
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G), Lakers



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  SERBIA   


Serbia outmuscle Greece in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Greece U16 77:73

Serbian U16 National Team celebrated their second win at the European Championship in Italy. They defeated Greece and advanced to the qualifying round of the tournament. Greece also booked their spot in the next round despite the loss. They fell to 1-2 record and occupied the third place in preliminary Group A. Greek side jumped to a 10:2 lead early on and maintained it throughout the opening stanza. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92), Aleksandar Cvetkovic (180-G-93) and Dumic capped the first quarter with 6 straight points and Serbia trailed by just 3 points. The teams kept it close throughout the second stanza and were all tied at 40 at the interval. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) nailed 4 points in a 7:0 rally that put Greece back in charge early in the third frame. The lead changed hands several times before Panagiotis Papoulias (189-G-92) sealed the third quarter outcome at 58:57 for Greece. Giorgos Mavrogiannis tipped off the fourth quarter with 8 points in a row and the margin was stretched to 9 points. Serbia refused to fold and used an 11:2 rally midway through the quarter to draw things level at 71. Luka Igrutinovic (194-G-92) and Aleksandar Cvetkovic chipped in 5 straight points for Serbia late in the game and ensured the winning outcome for the Balkan team. Luka Igrutinovic nailed 20 points for Serbia. Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92) added 16 points and 7 boards, while Aleksandar Cvetkovic secured 13 points for the winners. Giorgos Mavrogiannis led all scorers with 22 points for Greece. Nikos Terpos (194-G-92) came up with 15 points in defeat.

Serbia U16: Luka Igrutinovic 20, Strahinja Mladenovic 16, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 13
Greece U16: Giorgos Mavrogiannis 22, Nikos Terpos 15


Miroslav Raicevic in Panionios Athens, Vladimir Tica stays in Poland - by Dragan Jankovski
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) will continue career in Euroleague team Panionios Athens, whose head coach is Aleksandar Trifunovic. Except of Trifunovic, contract with Panionios Athens this summer also signed Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) while Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) extended it. Raicevic started last season in Italian team Eldo Bakset Napoli but very soon, actually in November he moved to Crvena Zvezda. He played 12 games in ULEB Cup for Red-and whites averaging 8 ppg and 4 rpg. He also had 20 appearances in Adriatic and 13 in Serbian Superleague. In the past he already played for Zvezda and it was on season 05/06. Interesting is that Raicevic also posses Greek citizenship so he will play in Panionios as a domestic player. He spent 6 years in Aris Thessaloniki from 1999 to 2005.

Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: Beo Basket) will stay in Poland for at least one more season as a member of Bank BPS Kwidzyn. He started the last one in Crvena Zvezda but in February he joined Polpak Swiecie. He played 23 games in DBE averaging 6.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg. Polpak showed pretty good performance last season reaching the play-off semifinals. Reining Polish champion Prokom Trefl Sopot had to work very hard in order to knock Polpak out of the semifinals. Before Zvezda, Tica played one year in German team New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He also was a member of Dexia Mons Haunaut, Khimik Yuzhny, Dynamo Moscow and Hemofarm Vrsac. He grew up in Crvena Zvezda where he passed all young selections staying in the club later until 2003. His biggest achievement so far is a trophy in Belgian Cup in 2006 with Mons.


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Slovak Republic U16 drops to 1-3 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U16 lost two games in European Championship Men Division B over the last two days. The team moved to the bottom positions in Group A and now has 1-3 record.
In August 17th Belgium U16 stun Slovak Republic U16 81:51. It was an easy start for the winners that shocked the opponents with 23:5 in the opening quarter. The game was almost even in the next three quarters, but Belgium U16 remained in front and never looked behind. They finished the game with 19:13 in the last period to seal another win in the group. Amaury Gorgemans (202-C-92) led the winners with 20 points. Daniel Hartshorne (206-C-57, college: Oregon) netted 13, while Goetgeluck posted 11. Luley top-scored with 16 points in defeat and Galata added 9.
Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) was unstoppable with 31 points and 12 rebounds for Belarus U16 in Day 4. Slovak Republic U16 struggled hard but did not find an answer for the hot player. Skamarokhau netted 12 and Strukau scored 9 in a 81:61 victory. Luley top-scored for the Slovak team with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Belarus U16 improved to 2-2, while Slovak Republic U16 dropped to 1-3.


Belgium U16- Slovak Republic U16 81:51
Belgium U16: Amaury Gorgemans 20, Daniel Hartshorne 13, Goetgeluck 11
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 16, Galata 9

Slovak Republic U16-Belarus U16 61:81
Slovak Republic U16: Luley 17+8 rebs, Sveda 9
Belarus U16: Vitali Liutych 31+12 rebs, Skamarokhau 12, Strukau 9


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  SLOVENIA   


Hopsi inks King and tests Pavlovic - by Zeljko Zule

Hopsi Polzela inked Shawn King (208-C, college: Carl Albert JC) and is testing Filip Pavlovic (205-C-88). Klemen Lorbek (198-G-88) underwent ankle surgery and is expected to be out the next two months.

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Slovenia U16 becomes a leader of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 edged Romania U16 91:64 on Day 3 of at the European Championship in Division B. The team achieved another two victories in European Championship Men Division B. Slovenia U16 moved to the top position in Group C and now has 4-0 record. Romania U16 however was too good in the beginning of the game when they proposed 20:15 after the first period. Slovenia U16 replied with 20:13 in the second and achieved the win mostly due to the second half. Korosec top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Luka Rupnik (180-G-93) netted 14 and Pavlovic added 13. Romanian side was led by Parlog who posted 15 points.
Slovenia U16 became the leader of Group C as the team overcame another team from the top Bulgaria U16. Slovenia U16 was too good in the end of the game producing 28:19. It gave them 79:70 as a total and 4-0 record in the group. Brodnik and Besedic led the winners with 14 points each. Luznar followed them with 12 points keeping Slovenia undefeated. Planimir Dafinov (178-G-92) top-scored for Bulgaria with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Sirakov and Ivanov supported him with 13 apiece.


Slovenia U16-Romania U16 91:64
Slovenia U16: Korosec 17, Luka Rupnik 14, Pavlovic 13
Romania U16: Parlog 15, Ovidiu Mogosanu (-92) 12

Bulgaria U16- Slovenia U16 70:79
Bulgaria U16: Planimir Dafinov 14+7 rebs, Sirakov 13, Ivanov 13
Slovenia U16: Brodnik 14, Besedic 14, Luznar 12


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  


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


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Olympic Games: Spain trashes Angola in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Angola - Spain 50-98

Spain was too strong for Angola in the last day of Preliminary Round on the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. With this victory Spaniards just sealed the second place in Group B, which already was reserved for them before the game. Reining World champion advanced to the quarterfinals where it will meet third ranked team from Group A -Croatia. Angola ended the Olympics in Beijing with score 0-5.

Spain totally dominated in this game. Except of the opening ten minutes, when Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) and his teammates were sleepy, Spain was a way better team than Angola in all basketball elements. After 23-15, Spain had an impressive second frame ending it 7-25. It was 30-40 at the half time. Spaniards resolved question about the winner during the following ten minutes. Pau Gasol, Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances), Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Bernardo Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) were unstoppable at the offensive end managing to score almost whenever they wanted. Bernardo Rodriguez made a triple at last offense in third frame setting the score on huge 41-71. Spain didn't want to stop playing another magnificent ten minutes ending the game later with 98 points. Interesting also is that Spain had 21 rebounds more than Angola.

As it was expected, Pau Gasol was the best player for Spain nailing 31 points and grabbing 9 boards for 24 minutes. Juan Carlos Navarro added 12 while Bernardo Rodriguez stopped on 11 points and 5 assists. The last player with double digits for the winning side was Jorge Garbajosa, who scored 10 points including 8 boards. Interesting is that Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) was the best scorer in Angola with 10 points. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) and Vladimir Jeronimo followed him scoring 8 points each.


Angola - Spain 50-98
(23-15, 7-25, 11-31, 9-27)

Angola:
Eduardo Mingas 10 (5 rebs), Carlos Morais 8 (4 rebs), Vladimir Jeronimo 8
Spain: Pau Gasol 31 (9 rebs), Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Bernardo Rodriguez 11 (5 as), Jorge Garbajosa 10 (8 rebs)


Spain hold off Ukraine, both make it to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Ukraine U16 82:56

Spanish U16 National Team secured their second straight win at the European Championship in Italy. They dismantled Ukraine in the second half of yesterdays clash to improve to 2-1 record in Group B. Ukraine slipped to 1-2 record but still made it to the next round of the competition. Joan Tomas (200-F-92) propelled Spain with 24 points and 10 boards. Olexandr Mishula (185-G-92) answered with 19 points for Ukraine in defeat. The teams exchanged the blows in the first half with neither side having advantage. Olexandr Mishula and Kostyantyn Anikiyenko (214-C-92) gave Ukraine a 16:13 lead after the starting period and they maintained it throughout the second frame. Spain trailed by 2 points at halftime 27:29 but quickly recovered after the long break. Joan Tomas nailed 8 points during a 13:0 rally and Spain surged ahead 40:29 early in the third period. Tomas completed his 16-point third-frame tally and Spain cleared off to a 20-point distance. Ukraine were unable to recover and suffered their second loss in a row. Pedro Farina (196-F-92) scored 11 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the winners. Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) had 10 points and 13 boards for Ukraine. Ukraine dominated the boards 44:38 and shot 37% from the field. However they committed unforgivable 33 turnovers down the stretch and had to surrender at the end.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 24+10 boards, Pedro Farina 11, Francisco Blanco (203-C-92) 7, Javier De Pinto (193-F-92) 7
Ukraine U16: Olexandr Mishula 19, Vyacheslav Bobrov 10+13 boards


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  SWEDEN   


Sweden U16 remains undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 remains undefeated at the European Championship in Sarajevo. Sweden U16 achieved another victory in Division B and now has 3-0 record. A 20-3 in the third quarter was too much for Ireland U16 that gave up in the game. Sweden U16 won the third game 80:48 and sent Irish squad to 0-2 record. Atli Antonsson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Melinder posted 12, while Reynisson collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Lucey (193-F/C) ended up with 17 points in defeat, Murphy and James added 9 each.

Ireland U16-Sweden U16 48:80
Ireland U16: Kevin Lucey 17, Murphy 9, James 9
Sweden U16: Atli Antonsson 19+11 rebs, Melinder 12, Reynisson 10+10 rebs


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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 0-0 
 2. Lausanne 0-0 
 3. Lugano Tigers 0-0 
 4. Monthey 0-0 
 5. SAM Massa. 0-0 
 6. Geneve 0-0 
 7. The Starwings 0-0 
 8. Vacallo 0-0 
 9. Nyon 0-0 
 10. MGS 0-0 
 11. Boncourt 0-0 
 12. Herens 0-0 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 0-0 
 2. Chene 0-0 
 3. Pully 0-0 
 4. Villars 0-0 
 5. Martigny 0-0 
 6. Luzern 0-0 
 7. Zurich W. 0-0 
 8. Vevey 0-0 
 9. Vernier 0-0 
 10. Zurich K. 0-0 
 11. Bernex 0-0 


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS   


Standings
Standings
1. USA7-0
2. Argentina6-1
3. Brazil4-3
4. Canada3-4
5. P.Rico3-4
6. Uruguay2-5
7. Mexico2-5
8. Venezuela1-6


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18   


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


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  TURKEY   


Turkey beat Latvia, clinch top spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Latvia U16 74:63

Turkish U16 National Team finished the preliminary round action at the European Championship on top of Group C. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) came up with another sizzling performance and Turkey toppled Latvia for the second win at the tournament. Turkey thus advanced to the Qualifying round as the winners of Pool C. Latvia managed to escape relegation games as they occupied the third spot and also stayed in the title race. Sakim and Safak Edge (185-G-92) teamed up for 7 straight points for Turkey late in the opening frame and Latvia appeared trailing by 8 points at the first intermission. Turkey opened the second quarter with an 8:0 run to stretch the margin to 16 points. However Latvia finished the stanza strongly and cut the distance to 6 points at halftime. Sandis Bets (189-G-92), Andris Misters (192-G-92) and Renars Magone (198-F-92) ignited a 13:2 outburst from Latvian team at the beginning of the third quarter as they claimed a 46:41 advantage. Turkey immediately reacted with their own 13:2 rally to regain a 54:48 control over the game before the fourth term. Enes Kanter netted 10 points in the fourth period and Turkey held off Latvia for the second win in Sulmona. Enes Kanter combined for 20 points and 12 boards to pace Turkey. Safak Edge added 12 points, while Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) chipped in 11 for the winners. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) notched 17 points and 10 boards for Latvia. Andris Misters secured 12 points in defeat. Turkey outrebounded their opponents 40:35, while both teams committed 18 turnovers. Turkey also sank solid 46% from the field.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 20+12 boards, Safak Edge 12, Burak Yuksel 11
Latvia U16: Edmunds Dukulis 17+10 boards, Andris Misters 12


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  UKRAINE   


Spain hold off Ukraine, both make it to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Ukraine U16 82:56

Spanish U16 National Team secured their second straight win at the European Championship in Italy. They dismantled Ukraine in the second half of yesterdays clash to improve to 2-1 record in Group B. Ukraine slipped to 1-2 record but still made it to the next round of the competition. Joan Tomas (200-F-92) propelled Spain with 24 points and 10 boards. Olexandr Mishula (185-G-92) answered with 19 points for Ukraine in defeat. The teams exchanged the blows in the first half with neither side having advantage. Olexandr Mishula and Kostyantyn Anikiyenko (214-C-92) gave Ukraine a 16:13 lead after the starting period and they maintained it throughout the second frame. Spain trailed by 2 points at halftime 27:29 but quickly recovered after the long break. Joan Tomas nailed 8 points during a 13:0 rally and Spain surged ahead 40:29 early in the third period. Tomas completed his 16-point third-frame tally and Spain cleared off to a 20-point distance. Ukraine were unable to recover and suffered their second loss in a row. Pedro Farina (196-F-92) scored 11 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the winners. Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) had 10 points and 13 boards for Ukraine. Ukraine dominated the boards 44:38 and shot 37% from the field. However they committed unforgivable 33 turnovers down the stretch and had to surrender at the end.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 24+10 boards, Pedro Farina 11, Francisco Blanco (203-C-92) 7, Javier De Pinto (193-F-92) 7
Ukraine U16: Olexandr Mishula 19, Vyacheslav Bobrov 10+13 boards


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


England U16 plays better in the second half - by Eurobasket News
England U16 achieved another two victories in European Championship Men Division B. The team moved to the middle positions in Group C and now has 2-2 record.
England U16 stun Cyprus U16 78:48 on Day 3 of the tournament. The latter remained alive even after the end of the first half. England U16 and Cyprus U16 went to the lockers with only 6 points deficit for the winners. In the second half England U16 pushed the tempo and reached the second win. Hart paced all the winners with 14 points. Blandford posted 11, while Van Oostrum and Adam Geramipoor (204-F-88) netted 10 each. Riginos Kasinopoulos (185-G-92) top-scored in the losing effort with 18 points and Vlachos scored 14.
England U16 had another easy win but again struggled in the first half. Romania U16 played tough in the first two quarters trailing only 9 points at the half time. England U16 held them to 19:2 in the third quarter to benefit from the game. Van Nes led the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds to 65:35 victory. Loftman and Van Oostrum followed him with 10 points as their team improved to 2-2. Foalea top-scored for Romania with 14 points and Parlog had 7.

England U16-Cyprus U16 78:48
England U16: Hart 14, Blandford 11, Van Oostrum 10, Adam Geramipoor 10+11 rebs
Cyprus U16: Riginos Kasinopoulos 18, Vlachos 14

Romania U16-England U16 35:65
Romania U16: Foalea 14, Parlog 7
England U16: Van Nes 12+9 rebs, Loftman 10, Van Oostrum 10


Petkovic leads Switzerland U16 to 63:40 win - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U16 achieved another win and another loss in European Championship Men Division B. The team stayed at the middle positions in Group C and now has 2-2 record.
Switzerland U16 overcame Cyprus U16 63:40 in the last game of Day 4 in the group. It was an easy start from the team that opened the game with 24:7 in the opening quarter. Cyprus U16 bounced back with 19:5 to close the game at the half. Switzerland U16 however was stronger in the second half providing 18:10 in the third and 16:4 in the last respectively. Stefan Petkovic (182-G-92) led the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Bozovic supported him with 15 and Savoy posted 8. Riginos Kasinopoulos (185-G-92) was again best in defeat nailing 14 points.
Before that Bulgaria U16 struggled a lot against Switzerland U16 and achieved the win only due to the last period. In the first quarter Switzerland U16 trailed 14:24 however produced 23:10 in the second to have 3 points advantage at the half. Bulgaria U16 recovered with 23:12 in the last to seal the third 67:61 win. Ivanov led the winners with 26 points. Sirakov netted 13, while Dafinov posted 11. Bozovic collected 16 points and 16 rebounds in defeat and Stefan Petkovic scored 12.

Switzerland U16-Bulgaria U16 61:67
Switzerland U16: Bozovic 16+16 rebs, Stefan Petkovic 12
Bulgaria U16: Ivanov, P. 26, Sirakov 13, Dafinov 11

Cyprus U16-Switzerland U16 40:63
Cyprus U16: Riginos Kasinopoulos 14, Kantartzis 8
Switzerland U16: Stefan Petkovic, 19+15 rebs, Bozovic 15, Savoy 8




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Women News

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  BOSNIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Estonia for 15th place - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-35

Bosnia and Herzegovina was too strong for Estonia in decisive game for 15th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Estonians ended it on one lower place while only Israel and Luxemburg are below it.

Bosnia grabbed lead from the early beginning keeping it steady until the very end. At the middle of the first frame Bosnia had 6-point lead. Later it was 13-7 but thanks to Rits' jump shot at the buzzer Estonia remained on minus 6 after first ten minutes. Estonians showed some attitude in the next period. After jump shot by Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) in 16th minute they came on 21-19. Bosnia didn't wait to long answering through Miljana Dzombeta with mini 7-4 run for 28-23 at the half time. Estonia somehow stopped after 15-minute break. Mostly owing to Natasa Kajtaz, Bosnia ended third 15-9 and later last frame 15-3. Thus Estonia scored 12 points for 20 minutes which is less than they made just in the second period. Estonia lost this game with big difference but interesting is that it had 55 rebounds matched with 44 by Bosnia.

Natasa Kajtaz was the most important player for Bosnia in this game as she scored 16 points. Miljana Dzombeta followed with 10 points. Mailis Pokk this time had better digits that Annika Koster (185-C-92) in Estonia. She added 13 points and 11 rebounds while Koster stopped on 9 points and 10 boards.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-35
(13-9 15-14, 15-9, 15-3)

Bosnia:
Natasa Kajtaz 16, Miljana Dzombeta 10
Estonia: Mailis Pokk 13 (11 rebs), Annika Koster 9 (10 rebs)


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Denmark seventh, Bulgaria eighth - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Bulgaria 73-48

Denmark was better than Bulgaria in the battle for seventh place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that the hosts of this event ended it on eighth place registering fourth consecutive defeats.

After opening 5-5, Denmark took control on its opponent. Very soon Anne Pedersen and Nikoline Ostergaard shined brining plus 8 to their team after ten minutes. Later, Denmark continued in the same rhythm. They succeeded to resolve question about the winner very soon making 25 -13 at the first point and later 39-18. Bulgarians weren't able to compete against Anne Pedersen and her teammates. They had only two players which were in a game mood but it was not enough against tough Denmark. At the middle of third frame Denmark set the margin on 52-28. After that moment the only question was how big difference it will be at the end.

Anne Pedersen once again was the leading player of her team adding 19 points and 7 boards. Elisabeth Hansen followed with 16 while Nikoline Ostergaard had 10 points and 4 boards. Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92) shined in Bulgaria netting 15 points. Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) finished the game with 12 points and 9 glasses.


U16 Denmark - U16 Bulgaria 73-48
(18-10, 21-8, 17-13, 17-17)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 19 (7 rebs), Elisabeth Hansen 16, Nikoline Ostergaard 10 (4 rebs)
Bulgaria: Vesela Kovacheva 15, Pamela Decheva 12 (9 rebs)


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  CROATIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Croatia routs Portugal for ninth place in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Croatia 39-47

Croatia succeeded to beat Portugal reaching the ninth place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. It was a fourth consecutive win for Croatia on this event. In fact Croatia showed pretty good performance during the championship but the biggest problem for them was thriller defeat against Romania in the opening round.

Croatia was better team from beginning. After just five minutes it already was 4-11 and later 6-14 for Croatians. Thanks to two free throws from Faustino, Portugal came on 13-19 after first ten minutes. Filipa Bernardeco led her team which later reached 20-21 after her triple. Croatia immediately answered creating mini 5-0 run grabbing back 6-point lead at the half time. It seemed that Croatia played rest of the game as much as it needed for the victory. They ended third 9-10 and later the second one 10-11. Portugal's maximum during these 20 minutes was minus 5 but nothing more than that.

Zrinka Brkljacic paced Croatia to ninth place scoring 14 points. Marija Rados followed her with 9 points and 9 rebounds while Ana Biocic also netted 9. Filipa Bernardeco was the best scorer in Portugal with 12 points. Interesting is that the second one was Jessica Dos Reis Almeida, who scored just 6 points.


U16 Portugal - U16 Croatia 39-47
(13-19, 7-7, 9-10, 10-11)

Portugal:
Filipa Bernardeco 12, Jessica Dos Reis Almeida 6
Croatia: Zrinka Brkljacic 14, Marija Rados 9 (9 rebs), Ana Biocic 9


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  DENMARK - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Denmark seventh, Bulgaria eighth - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Bulgaria 73-48

Denmark was better than Bulgaria in the battle for seventh place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that the hosts of this event ended it on eighth place registering fourth consecutive defeats.

After opening 5-5, Denmark took control on its opponent. Very soon Anne Pedersen and Nikoline Ostergaard shined brining plus 8 to their team after ten minutes. Later, Denmark continued in the same rhythm. They succeeded to resolve question about the winner very soon making 25 -13 at the first point and later 39-18. Bulgarians weren't able to compete against Anne Pedersen and her teammates. They had only two players which were in a game mood but it was not enough against tough Denmark. At the middle of third frame Denmark set the margin on 52-28. After that moment the only question was how big difference it will be at the end.

Anne Pedersen once again was the leading player of her team adding 19 points and 7 boards. Elisabeth Hansen followed with 16 while Nikoline Ostergaard had 10 points and 4 boards. Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92) shined in Bulgaria netting 15 points. Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) finished the game with 12 points and 9 glasses.


U16 Denmark - U16 Bulgaria 73-48
(18-10, 21-8, 17-13, 17-17)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 19 (7 rebs), Elisabeth Hansen 16, Nikoline Ostergaard 10 (4 rebs)
Bulgaria: Vesela Kovacheva 15, Pamela Decheva 12 (9 rebs)


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  ESTONIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Estonia for 15th place - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-35

Bosnia and Herzegovina was too strong for Estonia in decisive game for 15th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Estonians ended it on one lower place while only Israel and Luxemburg are below it.

Bosnia grabbed lead from the early beginning keeping it steady until the very end. At the middle of the first frame Bosnia had 6-point lead. Later it was 13-7 but thanks to Rits' jump shot at the buzzer Estonia remained on minus 6 after first ten minutes. Estonians showed some attitude in the next period. After jump shot by Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) in 16th minute they came on 21-19. Bosnia didn't wait to long answering through Miljana Dzombeta with mini 7-4 run for 28-23 at the half time. Estonia somehow stopped after 15-minute break. Mostly owing to Natasa Kajtaz, Bosnia ended third 15-9 and later last frame 15-3. Thus Estonia scored 12 points for 20 minutes which is less than they made just in the second period. Estonia lost this game with big difference but interesting is that it had 55 rebounds matched with 44 by Bosnia.

Natasa Kajtaz was the most important player for Bosnia in this game as she scored 16 points. Miljana Dzombeta followed with 10 points. Mailis Pokk this time had better digits that Annika Koster (185-C-92) in Estonia. She added 13 points and 11 rebounds while Koster stopped on 9 points and 10 boards.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-35
(13-9 15-14, 15-9, 15-3)

Bosnia:
Natasa Kajtaz 16, Miljana Dzombeta 10
Estonia: Mailis Pokk 13 (11 rebs), Annika Koster 9 (10 rebs)


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  FINLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece wins the Gold - by Eurobasket News
U16 Greece - U16 Finland 56-47

Greece celebrated in the final game of U16 European Championship in Bulgaria grabbing the gold medal. Finland also doesn't have any reason to be unsatisfied as except of the silver medal it also earned a promotion to division A for the next European Championship. It was a main goal of these two teams in Bulgaria.

Beginning of the game belonged to Finland, which created 8-15 after four minutes. Very soon Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) and Dimitra Kampouraki answered leading 7-2 run for 15-17 after ten minutes. Greece demonstrated much better performance in the second period. After 23-23 at the middle of it, Greece made 11-3 run. It means that Artemis Spanou and her teammates had 8-point lead at the half time. Following ten minutes were decisive. Finland struggled a lot with its offensive sets which Greeks exploited. They ended this quarter 16-5 transfering unreachable 50-31 to the last frame. Anette Juvonen and Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) stepped up for their team during these ten minutes but it was too late for the Gold.

Once again Artemis Spanou was the key player for Greece. She played the entire time scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 boards. At the same time Spanou dished out 4 assists. Dimitra Kampouraki helped her team to reach the Gold with 10 points and 5 assists. Anette Juvonen scored 16 while Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in Finland. Janniina Koivunen stopped on 12 points and 6 boards.


U16 Greece - U16 Finland 56-47
(15-17, 19-9, 16-5, 6-16)

Greece:
Artemis Spanou 19 (11 rebs, 4 as), Dimitra Kampouraki 10 (5 as)
Finland: Anette Juvonen 16, Laura Saarinen 14 (9 rebs), Janniina Koivunen 12 (6 rebs)


EUROBASKET: U20, U18 and U16 final standings - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EUROPEAN Championship, Women, 2008. U20, Division A (Chieti, Italy, July 11.-20.):
1) Russia, 2) France, 3) Serbia, 4) Spain, 5) Ukraine, 6) Latvia, 7) Turkey, 8) Lithuania, 9) Italy, 10) Czech R.,
11) Montenegro, 12) Belarus, 13) Germany, 14) Bulgaria, 15) Belgium, 16) Greece.
Division B (Poznan, Poland, July 11.-20.):
1) Sweden, 2) Poland, 3) Hungary, 4) Slovak R., 5) Romania, 6) Holland, 7) Ireland, 8) Israel, 9) Portugal, 10) England.


EUROPEAN Championship, Women 2008. U18, Division A (Nitra, Slovakia, July 18.-27.):

1) Lithuania, 2) Russia, 3) Czech R., 4) France, 5) Spain, 6) Serbia, 7) Slovak R., 8) Poland, 9) Turkey, 10) Sweden,

11) Ukraine, 12) Bulgaria, 13) Belarus, 14) Italy, 15) Romania, 16) Croatia.

Division B (Skopje, Macedonia, August 6.-15.):

1) Latvia, 2) Belgium, 3) Slovenia, 4) Greece, 5) Estonia, 6) Holland, 7) Hungary, 8) Germany, 9) Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10) Portugal,

11) Ireland, 12) Israel, 13) England, 14) Austria, 15) Luxembourg, 16) Finland, 17) Denmark, 18) F.Y.R. of Macedonia, 19) Scotland,

20) Switzerland.


EUROPEAN Championship, Women 2008. U16, Division A (Katowice, Poland, August 8.-17.):

1) Spain, 2) Italy, 3) France, 4) Sweden, 5) Belgium, 6) Poland, 7) Hungary, 8) Turkey, 9) Russia, 10) Belarus,

11) Czech R., 12) Lithuania, 13) Germany, 14) Serbia, 15) Latvia, 16) Ukraine.

Division B (Pravetz/Botevgrad, Bulgaria, August 8.-17.):

1) Greece, 2) Finland, 3) Romania, 4) Slovenia, 5) Slovak R., 6) Holland, 7) Denmark, 8) Bulgaria, 9) Croatia, 10) Portugal,

11) Ireland, 12) Montenegro, 13) England, 14) Switzerland, 15) Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16) Estonia, 17) Israel, 18) Luxembourg.




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  GREECE - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece wins the Gold - by Eurobasket News
U16 Greece - U16 Finland 56-47

Greece celebrated in the final game of U16 European Championship in Bulgaria grabbing the gold medal. Finland also doesn't have any reason to be unsatisfied as except of the silver medal it also earned a promotion to division A for the next European Championship. It was a main goal of these two teams in Bulgaria.

Beginning of the game belonged to Finland, which created 8-15 after four minutes. Very soon Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) and Dimitra Kampouraki answered leading 7-2 run for 15-17 after ten minutes. Greece demonstrated much better performance in the second period. After 23-23 at the middle of it, Greece made 11-3 run. It means that Artemis Spanou and her teammates had 8-point lead at the half time. Following ten minutes were decisive. Finland struggled a lot with its offensive sets which Greeks exploited. They ended this quarter 16-5 transfering unreachable 50-31 to the last frame. Anette Juvonen and Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) stepped up for their team during these ten minutes but it was too late for the Gold.

Once again Artemis Spanou was the key player for Greece. She played the entire time scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 boards. At the same time Spanou dished out 4 assists. Dimitra Kampouraki helped her team to reach the Gold with 10 points and 5 assists. Anette Juvonen scored 16 while Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in Finland. Janniina Koivunen stopped on 12 points and 6 boards.


U16 Greece - U16 Finland 56-47
(15-17, 19-9, 16-5, 6-16)

Greece:
Artemis Spanou 19 (11 rebs, 4 as), Dimitra Kampouraki 10 (5 as)
Finland: Anette Juvonen 16, Laura Saarinen 14 (9 rebs), Janniina Koivunen 12 (6 rebs)


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


A big step for Estudiantes - by Eliud Mejia
As Liga Metro continues, Estudiantes faced a real challenge by playing against Corpoevisa. despite their last encounter, Estudiantes played their basketball and they forced Corpoevisa to follow their rhythm. this became the factor that made the victory possible. Besides the way Estudiantes played, it's important to name the outstanding players in this match, that with their contribution (points, rebounds, assists, steals, etc) made this victory possible: Rodrigo Vallejo, Alejandro Izaguirre, Otto Chinchilla, Alexis Mazariegos and Jorge Salem. The final score was (86 - 58). With this Estudiantes take's a big step by defeating one of the big ones in Liga Metro and for now they are undefeated.

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  HOLLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia edges Netherlands for fifth place - by Eurobasket News
U16 Netherlands - U16 Slovakia 48-57

Slovakia made second consecutive win on U16 European Championship division B, this time in decisive game for the fifth place against Netherlands.

After totally leveled first frame, Martina Kissova (184-F-93) and Marta Palenikova stepped up for Slovakia. They made some shots while on the other side Netherlands made few mistakes. Everything resulted with 14-6 run by Slovakia for 15-23 in 17th minute. Thanks Martina Kissova's jump shot at the end of the second quarter, Slovakia grabbed 9-point lead. Nothing has changed in third frame. Slovakia still was the team which dominated. Martina Kissova continued where she stopped in the first half leading her team to 10-15 in this period. It means that Slovakia had solid 14-point lead before the last frame. Netherlands showed slightly better performance during the last ten minutes but it was enough only for minus six at the middle of it.

Martina Kissova was totally the best player for the winnings side. She got 31 minutes adding 21 points and 5 boards. Marta Palenikova was a way behind her with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jamailah Adams and Willemijn Kallenberg scored 13 points each for Netherlands. It is important to be mentioned that Adams grabbed 11 more rebounds.


U16 Netherlands - U16 Slovakia 48-57
(9-9, 12-21, 10-15, 17-12)

Netherlands:
Jamailah Adams 13 (11 rebs), Willemijn Kallenberg 13
Slovakia: Martina Kissova 21 (5 rebs), Marta Palenikova 8 (5 rebs, 5 as)


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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland smashes Montenegro in the second half - by Eurobasket News
U16 Montenegro - U16 Ireland 77-85

Ireland ended U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria celebrating against Montenegro much easier that it was expected. Thus 11th place belongs to Lorraine Scanlon and her teammates. Montenegro finished this event as a twelfth ranked team.

Montenegro had three players in a game mood, especially in the first half. Milica Milosev, Jelena Vucetic and Ivana Nikic were focused at the offensive end managing to score many jump shots and easy baskets during the first 20 minutes. Naturally, it resulted with 43-41 at the half time for their team. After the breather, Lorraine Scanlon and Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) stepped up for Ireland. They, together with Catriona Foley (170-G-92), created amazing 20-4 over the last five minutes in third period taking huge 15-point lead. Montenegro couldn't recover from this shock suffering even bigger defeat until the end.

Lorraine Scanlon was totally the player in her team. She spent 35 minutes on court netting 23 points and grabbing fantastic 23 rebounds. Nine of those 23 were at the offensive end. Clodagh Scannell was behind her with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists while Catriona Foley had 11 points and 6 boards. Milica Milosev again shined for Montenegro having very good 23 points and 16 rebounds. Jelena Vucetic finished the game with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Ivana Nikic had 15 points and 12 boards.


U16 Montenegro - U16 Ireland 77-85
(18-19, 25-22, 11-28, 23-16)

Montenegro:
Milica Milosev 23 (16 rebs), Jelena Vucetic 16 (6 rebs, 4 as), Ivana Nikic 15 (12 rebs)
Ireland: Lorraine Scanlon 23 (23 rebs), Clodagh Scannell 14 (4 rebs, 5 as), Catriona Foley 11 (6 rebs)


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland smashes Montenegro in the second half - by Eurobasket News
U16 Montenegro - U16 Ireland 77-85

Ireland ended U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria celebrating against Montenegro much easier that it was expected. Thus 11th place belongs to Lorraine Scanlon and her teammates. Montenegro finished this event as a twelfth ranked team.

Montenegro had three players in a game mood, especially in the first half. Milica Milosev, Jelena Vucetic and Ivana Nikic were focused at the offensive end managing to score many jump shots and easy baskets during the first 20 minutes. Naturally, it resulted with 43-41 at the half time for their team. After the breather, Lorraine Scanlon and Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) stepped up for Ireland. They, together with Catriona Foley (170-G-92), created amazing 20-4 over the last five minutes in third period taking huge 15-point lead. Montenegro couldn't recover from this shock suffering even bigger defeat until the end.

Lorraine Scanlon was totally the player in her team. She spent 35 minutes on court netting 23 points and grabbing fantastic 23 rebounds. Nine of those 23 were at the offensive end. Clodagh Scannell was behind her with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists while Catriona Foley had 11 points and 6 boards. Milica Milosev again shined for Montenegro having very good 23 points and 16 rebounds. Jelena Vucetic finished the game with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Ivana Nikic had 15 points and 12 boards.


U16 Montenegro - U16 Ireland 77-85
(18-19, 25-22, 11-28, 23-16)

Montenegro:
Milica Milosev 23 (16 rebs), Jelena Vucetic 16 (6 rebs, 4 as), Ivana Nikic 15 (12 rebs)
Ireland: Lorraine Scanlon 23 (23 rebs), Clodagh Scannell 14 (4 rebs, 5 as), Catriona Foley 11 (6 rebs)


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Croatia routs Portugal for ninth place in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Croatia 39-47

Croatia succeeded to beat Portugal reaching the ninth place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. It was a fourth consecutive win for Croatia on this event. In fact Croatia showed pretty good performance during the championship but the biggest problem for them was thriller defeat against Romania in the opening round.

Croatia was better team from beginning. After just five minutes it already was 4-11 and later 6-14 for Croatians. Thanks to two free throws from Faustino, Portugal came on 13-19 after first ten minutes. Filipa Bernardeco led her team which later reached 20-21 after her triple. Croatia immediately answered creating mini 5-0 run grabbing back 6-point lead at the half time. It seemed that Croatia played rest of the game as much as it needed for the victory. They ended third 9-10 and later the second one 10-11. Portugal's maximum during these 20 minutes was minus 5 but nothing more than that.

Zrinka Brkljacic paced Croatia to ninth place scoring 14 points. Marija Rados followed her with 9 points and 9 rebounds while Ana Biocic also netted 9. Filipa Bernardeco was the best scorer in Portugal with 12 points. Interesting is that the second one was Jessica Dos Reis Almeida, who scored just 6 points.


U16 Portugal - U16 Croatia 39-47
(13-19, 7-7, 9-10, 10-11)

Portugal:
Filipa Bernardeco 12, Jessica Dos Reis Almeida 6
Croatia: Zrinka Brkljacic 14, Marija Rados 9 (9 rebs), Ana Biocic 9


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bronze medal belongs to Romania - by Eurobasket News
U16 Romania - U16 Slovenia 70-56

Romania ended U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria celebrating. After thriller defeat against Greece in the semifinals, Romania succeeded to beat Slovenia and to grab the Bronze. On the other hand Slovenia, which showed pretty good basketball level during this championship, stays without a medal. The bad thing for these two teams is that they were very close to earn a promotion to division A but they weren't strong enough for the last step.

Slovenia entered into this game better making 2-8 after 3 minutes. Later, Romanians woke-up but Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) netted 8 consecutive points for her team, including two triples, setting the score on 12-16 after the opening period. Very soon she made another triple and Rebeka Abramovic (-93) joined her which resulted with 14-24 in 14th minute. It was a sign for Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) to step up and mostly owing to her Romanians came on 32-34 at the half time. They had nice ten minutes after the breather ending third frame 19-10, 51-44. Slovenians gave up after that moment letting Romania to keep its lead without any extra efforts.
Alexandra Ionescu was totally the best player for the winning team collecting 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) scored 15 while Oana Baluta (182-C-93) had 12 points, 9 boards and 4 assists. Rebeka Abramovic once again shined in Slovenia scoring 17 points. Bojana Adamovic had 11 points.


U16 Romania - U16 Slovenia 70-56
(12-16, 20-18, 19-10, 19-12)

Romania:
Alexandra Ionescu 17 (8 rebs, 4 as), Gabriela Cursaru 15, Oana Baluta 12 (9 rebs, 4 as)
Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 17, Bojana Adamovic 11


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia edges Netherlands for fifth place - by Eurobasket News
U16 Netherlands - U16 Slovakia 48-57

Slovakia made second consecutive win on U16 European Championship division B, this time in decisive game for the fifth place against Netherlands.

After totally leveled first frame, Martina Kissova (184-F-93) and Marta Palenikova stepped up for Slovakia. They made some shots while on the other side Netherlands made few mistakes. Everything resulted with 14-6 run by Slovakia for 15-23 in 17th minute. Thanks Martina Kissova's jump shot at the end of the second quarter, Slovakia grabbed 9-point lead. Nothing has changed in third frame. Slovakia still was the team which dominated. Martina Kissova continued where she stopped in the first half leading her team to 10-15 in this period. It means that Slovakia had solid 14-point lead before the last frame. Netherlands showed slightly better performance during the last ten minutes but it was enough only for minus six at the middle of it.

Martina Kissova was totally the best player for the winnings side. She got 31 minutes adding 21 points and 5 boards. Marta Palenikova was a way behind her with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jamailah Adams and Willemijn Kallenberg scored 13 points each for Netherlands. It is important to be mentioned that Adams grabbed 11 more rebounds.


U16 Netherlands - U16 Slovakia 48-57
(9-9, 12-21, 10-15, 17-12)

Netherlands:
Jamailah Adams 13 (11 rebs), Willemijn Kallenberg 13
Slovakia: Martina Kissova 21 (5 rebs), Marta Palenikova 8 (5 rebs, 5 as)


Linda Frohlich in Maxima Broker Kosice! - by Michal Maslany

Maxima Broker Kosice signed german national player Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV). 29-year old forward played last season in Italy for Taranto, but in summer she decided to leave the club. She will play for slovak champion only first three months of next season, when Kosice want to promote from qualifying round of Euroleague. In past she played four seasons in WNBA and in Europe she played for example for Spartak Moscow region and Fenerhace.



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Bronze medal belongs to Romania - by Eurobasket News
U16 Romania - U16 Slovenia 70-56

Romania ended U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria celebrating. After thriller defeat against Greece in the semifinals, Romania succeeded to beat Slovenia and to grab the Bronze. On the other hand Slovenia, which showed pretty good basketball level during this championship, stays without a medal. The bad thing for these two teams is that they were very close to earn a promotion to division A but they weren't strong enough for the last step.

Slovenia entered into this game better making 2-8 after 3 minutes. Later, Romanians woke-up but Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) netted 8 consecutive points for her team, including two triples, setting the score on 12-16 after the opening period. Very soon she made another triple and Rebeka Abramovic (-93) joined her which resulted with 14-24 in 14th minute. It was a sign for Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) to step up and mostly owing to her Romanians came on 32-34 at the half time. They had nice ten minutes after the breather ending third frame 19-10, 51-44. Slovenians gave up after that moment letting Romania to keep its lead without any extra efforts.
Alexandra Ionescu was totally the best player for the winning team collecting 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) scored 15 while Oana Baluta (182-C-93) had 12 points, 9 boards and 4 assists. Rebeka Abramovic once again shined in Slovenia scoring 17 points. Bojana Adamovic had 11 points.


U16 Romania - U16 Slovenia 70-56
(12-16, 20-18, 19-10, 19-12)

Romania:
Alexandra Ionescu 17 (8 rebs, 4 as), Gabriela Cursaru 15, Oana Baluta 12 (9 rebs, 4 as)
Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 17, Bojana Adamovic 11


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: England stops Switzerland on 30 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Switzerland 50-30

13th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria is reserved for England, which made an extremely easy win against Switzerland at the last day of the competition. Switzerland had one more low-scoring game ending championship as a 14th ranked team.

Opening quarter was the one with the smallest number of points as both teams had 14 in total. After quick 0-4 for Switzerland, England made 7-3 run for 7-7 after ten minutes. For about 4 minutes at the middle of this period neither team succeeded to score any point. The next quarter belonged to England, which mostly owing to Ella Clark (178-F-92) ended it 16-9. Game is decided during the following ten minutes when Vanessa Akra shined for England. After 30 minutes of the game it was unreachable 35-20. Interesting is that Switzerland outrebounded its rival in this game. Swiss finished it with solid 44 boards while England had 37. The main problem for Switzerland was only 23% for FG2.

Vnessa Akra was a key player for the winning team adding 11 points and 4 boards. Ella Clark also had an important role for England collecting 10 points and also 4 rebounds. Switzerland had only one player with double digits. It was Anissa Toumi, who scored 10 points but at the same time grabbed 9 rebounds.


U16 England - U16 Switzerland 50-30
(7-7, 16-9, 12-4, 15-10)

England:
Vanessa Akra 11 (4 rebs), Ella Clark 10 (4 rebs)
Switzerland: Anissa Toumi 10 (9 rebs)


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


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U16 EC, division B: England stops Switzerland on 30 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 England - U16 Switzerland 50-30

13th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria is reserved for England, which made an extremely easy win against Switzerland at the last day of the competition. Switzerland had one more low-scoring game ending championship as a 14th ranked team.

Opening quarter was the one with the smallest number of points as both teams had 14 in total. After quick 0-4 for Switzerland, England made 7-3 run for 7-7 after ten minutes. For about 4 minutes at the middle of this period neither team succeeded to score any point. The next quarter belonged to England, which mostly owing to Ella Clark (178-F-92) ended it 16-9. Game is decided during the following ten minutes when Vanessa Akra shined for England. After 30 minutes of the game it was unreachable 35-20. Interesting is that Switzerland outrebounded its rival in this game. Swiss finished it with solid 44 boards while England had 37. The main problem for Switzerland was only 23% for FG2.

Vnessa Akra was a key player for the winning team adding 11 points and 4 boards. Ella Clark also had an important role for England collecting 10 points and also 4 rebounds. Switzerland had only one player with double digits. It was Anissa Toumi, who scored 10 points but at the same time grabbed 9 rebounds.


U16 England - U16 Switzerland 50-30
(7-7, 16-9, 12-4, 15-10)

England:
Vanessa Akra 11 (4 rebs), Ella Clark 10 (4 rebs)
Switzerland: Anissa Toumi 10 (9 rebs)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Championship Match
Tampa X-Factor v. Savannah Lady Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dream signs free agent point guard Nikki Teasley - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta Dream announced today the signing of free agent point guard Nikki Teasley (6'0''-G-79, college: N.Carolina) for the remainder of the season. Teasley spent the last two seasons with the Washington Mystics before parting ways with the team in March. She gave birth to her daughter in June and has missed all of the 2008 season to date.

'To have a 6-foot point guard is definitely an advantage,' said Dream Head Coach Marynell Meadors. 'Nikki is a tremendous talent and excels at seeing the floor. She will be a huge plus for us and provides us with size at the point guard position.'

In her six year WNBA career, Teasley is averaging 8.7 points 3.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. She started 33 games for the Mystics last season, averaging 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Teasley was originally selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft and spent her first four seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Sparks, where she hit the game winning shot in the 2002 WNBA Championship. Teasley was also named the MVP of the 2003 WNBA All-Star game.

During her collegiate career at the University of North Carolina, Teasley averaged an Atlantic Coast Conference record 5.8 assists per game. She finished her career as the Tar Heels all-time leader in assists (728) and three-pointers (236). She was the first player in conference history to lead the ACC in assists all four years and was only the second player to record 1,500 points and 600 assists in her career.

The Dream tipped off their inaugural season at Philips Arena with back-to-back sellouts on May 23 and May 25, 2008. The team was officially announced as the 14th team in the WNBA on October 17, 2007. The Dream are members of the WNBA's Eastern conference which also includes the Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Washington Mystics. For more information and to purchase season tickets, fans can call (404) 604-2626 or visit www.AtlantaDream.net. Fans may obtain single-game tickets by calling (404) 249-6400 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the Philips Arena box office.

Courtesy of Atlanta Dream


Chicago Sky re-sign Leah Rush - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Sky has re-signed forward Leah Rush (6'1''-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Oklahoma) to a seven day free agent contract, Head Coach and General Manager Steven Key announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract have not been released. The Sky also waived forward, Brooke Queenan.

Rush, a 6'1' forward, was signed by the Sky on July 8 to a seven day free agent contract appearing in two regular season games for the Sky before being waived on July 14. Rush averaged 1.5 points per game playing only 12 combined minutes.

Rush was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the third round (28th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft, and was released during the team's 2007 training camp. During the 2008 training camp Rush played in one pre-season game for the Seattle Storm scoring 2 points and grabbing one rebound against the Sky on April 30 at the UIC Pavilion. A 2007 graduate of Oklahoma University, Rush finished her senior year averaging 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assist per game. She received honorable mention All-Big 12, named to the All-Big 12 Championship team, and the All-Big 12 Tournament team.

Queenan, a 6'2' forward from Boston College was signed by the Sky on April 18. Queenan appeared in eight games for the Sky averaging 0.3 points and 0.2 assists per game. Queenan missed three games due to an inflammatory process in the lower right quadrant of her abdomen.

She was named to the All-ACC Second Team her senior year and led the Eagles with 14.8 points and 8 rebounds per game. She was selected by the Connecticut Sun in the 2006 WNBA Draft, making appearing in four pre-season games. In 2007 Queenan was invited to the Seattle Storm's training camp and was waived on May 1. During the 2007-08 off-season, Queenan played overseas for Team Aris Haroglou in Greece.

The Sky is one of seven independently-owned teams in the WNBA, the world's longest-running women's professional sports league. The Sky celebrated its inaugural season in 2006, and finished a successful sophomore season with a 14-20 record and guard Armintie Price named WNBA Rookie of the Year. The team selected 6'6' LSU star Sylvia Fowles with the number two pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. For more information or to purchase 2008 season tickets, call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit www.chicagosky.net.

Courtesy of Chicago Sky