EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/21/2008

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  ABA   


Seven players sign for West Virginia team - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA West Virginia Blazers announced the first seven players selected to fill positions on the Blazers' team roster. They are:
1. Brian Kidd (6'2'-G-76) (Beckley WV): Career: Woodrow Wilson HS, Mountain State University, WV.
2. Chris Nichols (6'5''-F, college: Murray St.) (Hico WV): Career: Midland Trail HS, Concord College, WV
3. Brad Surface (Lochgelly WV): Career: Fayetteville HS, Fayetteville WV
4. DeNelle Hale (5'8''-G, college: Frostburg St.) (Baltimore MD): Career: Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS, Frostburg State U MD, Dallas Diesel
5. Neil Rasnake (6'3''-G-77, college: W.Carolina) (Bee WV): Career: Council HS VA, Western Carolina U, WBA
6. Joey Preast (G/F-85) Fayetteville WV): Career: Fayetteville HS, Davis and Elkins College, WV, Concord Coll.
7. Maurice Davis (6'2'-G-79) (Sophia WV): Career: Meade HS DC, Mountain State U, WV.
The Blazers' 15 home games in the 2008-2009 season will be held at the Raleigh County Armory and Convention Center in Beckley WV. The team Head Coach is Tony Webster (Bluefield HS). The Blazers' roster will be completed after the second and final tryout which will be held on September 14th at the Beckley YMCA.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Hemofarm signs young Uros Petrovic on a long-term deal - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA looks forward to the future. The team decided to sign young Uros Petrovic (206-F/C-90) on a long-term contract. 18-year old small forward showed decent performance with Hemofam's junior team last season. In the past he was a member of Serbian U16 National Team. This summer Petrovic participated on European Championship in Amalaida and Pyrgos with U18 Serbia. He played 8 games averaging 7.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg. Unfortunately Serbia wasn't able to defend the Gold finishing the championship on sixth place.

Hemofarm STADA officially starts preparation for 08/09 - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA officially started preparations for the upcoming season. All players, except of Uros Petrovic (206-F/C-90), Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89), Petar Despotovic (195-G-88), Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) and Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) showed up on the first practice on Monday. Petrovic, Macvan and Despotovic worked during the entire summer with young selections of Serbian National Team while Marjanovic and Markovic are currently with the seniors. Boris Savovic (207-F-87) also will join the rest of the team after he finishes obligations with Montenegrin NT.

Head coach of the ex Adriatic league champion Stevan Karadzic announced that Hemofarm's goal in the next season will be to grab at least one trophy.

'We have a lot of players which took a part in various selections of Serbian National Team. Petrovic already joined us on Tuesday while next week Despotovic and Macvan will arrive to Vrsac. Marjanovic and Markovic suppose to show up on September 20th. The good thing is that all players except of Nemanja Arnautovic (194-G-90) are healthy. He will be fully recovered in about a month' - said Stevan Karadzic.

As a part of preparations Hemofarm STADA will play friendly games against F.Y.R. of Macedonia and Algeria. Traditional tournament 'Veliki za male' will be held this year also and it will be the last check of the team before the first official game.


Junior team of FMP opened unofficial World Championship (NIKE GLOBAL CHALLENGE tournament) celebrating. Young Panthers were better than USA III 74-73. The best player in FMP was Nikola Markovic (207-F/C-89), who scored 17 points. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) followed with 14 while Milos Dimic (194-G-89) had 9 points. Thomas De Shaun netted 22 points for USA III.
In the second game FMP suffered defeat against USA II 75-85 while its next rival will be Canada.


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  ARGENTINA   


Olympic Games: Argentina edges Greece 80-78 in the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Greece 80-78

Defending Olympic champion succeeded to get through the quarterfinal round recording tight victory against ex European champion Greece. It means that Argentina will take on powerful USA Dream Team in the semifinals of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

It was extremely interesting game until the very end. The bet was huge so both teams played it very concentrated. Greece touched plus four with 1:36 remaining in the first frame hut Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for 22-23 after ten minutes. Beginning of the second frame was totally leveled. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) and Carlos Delfino took care for the points in Argentina while Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) done the same in Greece. Mostly owing to Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79), Greece made 5-0 run setting the score on 31-34 and later 33-38. Argentineans made quick 4-0 coming on 39-40 at the half time. Argentina showed slightly better performance after the breather. Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) shined and after his triple Argentina took 4-point lead in 26th minute. However, teams went into the last frame with almost tied score 56-55. Carlos Delfino drained two triples for Argentina 62-57 and it seemed it was a crucial period of the game but Greece very soon tied it on 66-66 after long range stroke by Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81). Game is decided at the very end. Argentina had 80-75 with 00:46 to go after what Vasilopoulos made 3-pointer. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had a chance to resolve question about the winner but he missed with 10 second remaining. At the last Greece's offense Vassilis Spanoulis attempted to score the winning triple but he missed.

Emanuel Ginobili was hero of the game as he scored last 7 points for his team. He finished it with 24 points in total for 33 minutes. Carlos Delfino collected 23 points and 5 rebounds for 27 minutes having very good 5 of 8 from behind the arc and 4 of 6 for FG2. Andres Nocioni helped reining Olympic champion with 12 while Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had one point less as well as 8 rebounds. Antonis Fotsis registered double-double in Greece, 17 points and 10 boards. Kostas Tsartsaris had 13 while Petros Bourousis (203-F-87) scored 12 points.


Argentina - Greece 80-78
(22-23, 17-17, 17-15, 24-23)

Argentina:
Emanuel Ginobili 24, Carlos Delfino 23 (5 rebs), Andres Nocioni 12, Luis Scola 11 (8 rebs)
Greece: Antonis Fotsis 17 (10 rebs), Kostas Tsartsaris 13, Petros Bourousis 12
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances)


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  AUSTRALIA   


Important signings for Adelaide 36ers - by Eurobasket News
Adelaide 36ers announced signing of Mark Tyndale (196-G-86) for the upcoming season. Tyndale graduated this year at Temple averaging 15.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.3 apg and 1.6 spg at his senior year. After he finished obligations at Temple, Tyndale had couple of work outs during the summer with New Orleans Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. He also participated at NBA Las Vegas Summer League as a player of Houston Rockets but he didn't succeed to get into the NBA mix. His Temple reached the final of Atlantic 10 while he was named 'All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team'. Adelaide 36ers ended last season on ninth place in NBL with score 14-16. They needed one more win in order to reach the play-off.

Adelaide 36ers took care for another acquisition for season 08/09. It is Aaron Bruce (191-G-84), who arrived from Baylor University. As Tyndale, Bruce also is a fresh graduate who tried get NBA contract but unsuccessful. He played on Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this summer adding 6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4 apg for 3 games. At his last year with Baylor Bruce averaged 8.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.9 apg. The best digits he recorded as a freshman when he had almost 19 ppg and 4 apg. He was a member of Australian U18 National Team which went Gold on World Championship 2003 in Greece. A year later he got an invitation to join senior NT. With the Boomers he participated on World Championship 2006 in Japan having 4.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1 apg for 6 games.


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  BOSNIA   


Elnis Prasovic signs with Slavija - by Nedzad Kladusak
Fromer KK Bosna player Elnis Prasovic (201-F-84) decided to sign with KK Slavija.
While his manager tried to place him in Slovenia, he had offers from Zrinjski and the most serious one of KK Slavija.
He opted for Slavija where he will play with his former teammate and friend Sabahudin Hodzic (217-C-84, college: Casper CC) who signed a two-year contract.
Elnis Prasovic signed a one-year contract and Slavija has an very interesting squad that should be able to reach the Liga 8.


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria wins EuroBasket qualification campaign in Sofia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria -Hungary 89:71

Bulgaria and Hungary opened EuroBasket qualification 2009 campaign in Sofia. The hosts got their strong start to beat Hungary 89:71 in Group A. Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) paced all the winners with 23 points and 5 assists. Deyan Ivanov and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) followed him with 15 points each for 1-0 record. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 13 each.
Hungary looked a bit better in the opening tip and had 5:6 lead after 4 minutes in the game. The hosts woke up to take 24;16 after the first 10 minutes of the game as Deyan Ivanov scored last in the period. Hungary used an 8-2 run to close the gap back to 30:28 in the middle of the second. Hunagry won the quarter 24:23 but trailed 47:40 at the halftime.
Molnar tied the game at 55:55 in the middle of the third period. Bulgaria found more strength for 68:64 after the third quarter. That was however all for the guests in the game. Hungary remained scoreless for more than 5 minutes in the final quarter and trailed 79:64 with 4 minutes remaining. Bulgaria won the last period 21:7 and the game 89:71 to celebrate the first win in EuroBasket qualification 2009 campaign.

Bulgaria: Ibrahim Jaaber 23+5ast, Deyan Ivanov 15, Filip Videnov 15
Hungary: Erno Sitku 15, Tamas Kaman 13, Istvan Nemeth 13


Bulgarian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Deyan Ivanov (205-C-86) of KK Zadar (CRO)
7 Yulian Radionov (188-G-79) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
8 Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80) of Solsonica Rieti (ITA)
9 Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Autocid Ford Burgos (ESP)
11 Dimitar Angelov (202-G/F-79) of Olimpia GE Larissa (GRE)
12 Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
13 Boyko Mladenov (212-C/F-81) of KK Split (CRO)
14 Tencho Banev (209-C-80) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
15 Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia

21 Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
22 Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (ESP)
23 Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma (ITA))


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  CBA   


CBA players in a strong demand overseas - by Jim Dod
Over the past few years the CBA has had fewer call-ups to the NBA. Forgotten are the many opportunities that it provides its players with being seen by overseas scouts and teams. Many players have used their time in the CBA as a springboard to greater things in Europe, Asia, and South America to name but a few.
In Venezuela, former CBA veterans Felipe Lopez (6'6''-G/F-74, college: St.John's), Ruben Nembhard (6'3''-G-72, agency: Duran International, college: Weber St.), and Askia Jones (6'5''-G-71, college: Kansas St.) are all looking to capture the league title in the Finals of the Venezuelan League. Other CBA veterans who played in the league this season include, Carl Edwards (6'5''-F-81, college: Charleston), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI), Jason Forte (6'1''-G-82, agency: Megasport, college: Brown), and the 2007-08 CBA MVP Daryan Selvy (6'6''-F/G-79, college: Oklahoma). The Korean Basketball Federation recently held their draft in Las Vegas. With over 110 players in the pool, six former CBA veterans were drafted, these included Steve Thomas (6'8''-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Terrence Shannon (6'8''-F-79, agency: N.E.T., college: Elgin CC). Other prominent players to call Korea home include, Gee Jarrod (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Illinois), Mitchell Carl (6'9''-F-79, college: N.Kentucky), and Hawkins Shawn (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Long Beach St.).
In Europe, 24 teams compete to be called the best club team. In the past season in the prestigious Euro League, players such as Melvin Booker (6'1''-G-72, college: Missouri), Sam Clancy (6'7''-F-80, college: USC), Cheyne Gadson (6'4''-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.), Charles Smith (6'4''-G-75, college: N.Mexico), Ansu Sesay (6'9''-C/F-76, college: Mississippi), and Melvin Sanders (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) have all competed for the right to call themselves the best in Europe.
The game of basketball is now an international game, said CBA Deputy Commissioner Dennis Truax . With that transfer, the CBA continues to be at the forefront. We have players and coaches that have gone through the CBA and play with some famous and great franchises overseas. The CBA is looking to be a place where players can gain exposure and then move on and further their career. It is not just about the NBA, it is about the whole world and the opportunities that are out there for each player.


Daredevils cease operations - by Gianni Pascucci
(Courtesy of the 'Montana Standard') After the last week announcement of his team ceasing operations, the owner and chief executive officer of the CBA club Butte Daredevils, Joe Clark, issued a statement to the media explaining his reasons for the 'sad decision'. The main reason of the move was, as usual in minor leagues, the lack of financial support. Clark said in the press release he tried to raise funds to continue operations all over the country and also in Japan with no results. at the end of the release, Clark said that the Albany Patroons are very interested in moving their team to Butte if they can get local support. Let's see what will happen in the CBA...

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  CHINA   


China Ousted from Olympics With 94-68 Loss to Lithuania - by Arthur Volbert

China was knocked out of the Olympic tournament today with a 94-68 loss to Lithuania. China's inability to make or defend against the three-point shot was the key to their loss.

China made only 4 of 21 three-pointers while Lithuania connected on 13 of 31. Lithuania outscored China 39-12 on three-point shots, a 27-point margin.

Lithuania's defense prevented China's guards from consistently getting the ball to Yao Ming. Yao scored 19 points on 4 of 8 from the floor and 11 of 13 free throws. But he tired toward the end of the game in the face of Lithuania's defensive pressure.

Lithuania hit 21 of 32 two-point shots to 16 of 34 for China. China and Lithuania were even in rebounds at 31 apiece but China had 15 turnovers to 10 for Lithuania.

China trailed 19-17 after one quarter and 41-30 at the half. But Lithuania outscored China 29-23 in the third quarter and 24-15 in the fourth as China, sure of defeat, faded badly.

Yi Jianlian had 11 points on three of seven shooting and 9 rebounds but had 4 fouls in 23 minutes. Liu Wei had 10 points, 7 rebounds and no turnovers but hit only 4 of 14 shots.

Sun Yue had a very quiet game with 6 points on 1 of 4 shooting, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 turnover in 30 minutes.

Zhu Fangyu shot 2 of 7 for 7 points and committed 4 turnovers. Wang Shipeng was scoreless, missing both of his shots in 15 minutes. Li Nan had 2 points on 1 of 4 shooting. Wang Zhizhi had 4 points on 2 of 4 shooting, along with 3 rebounds, in 14 minutes.

Du Feng was the only Chinese player who exceeded expectations with 9 points on 3 of 5 shooting in 10 minutes. However he committed 3 fouls during that period. Both Chen Jianghua and Zhang Qingpeng barely played. Wang Lei did not play at all.

Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) led Lithuania with 23 points on 7 of 8 shooting, He hit 5 of 6 three pointers and added 6 assists. Ramunas SISKAUSKAS and Linus Kleiza each scored 15 points. Siskauskas hit 3 of 7 three-pointers and Kleiza hit 2 of 4. Simas JASAITIS had 12 points, hitting 2 of 3 three-point shots.

China showed that it still has great difficulty with the intensity of the international game. It showed strong potential, and has made significant progress, but still has a long way to go in bringing its perimeter game up to top international standards.


Box Score:

http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400302.shtml#BKM400302


China---- 17 13 23 15 68

Lithuania 19 22 29 24 94


Other quarterfinals:
USA 116 Australia 85
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400304.shtml#BKM400304
Spain 72 Croatia 59
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400301.shtml#BKM400301
Argentina 80 Greece 78
http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/BK/C73/BKM400303.shtml#BKM400303



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  COLOMBIA   


Soles changes name to ISLANDERS - by Victor Garcia
Soles de San Andres, one of the teams that is building a strong roster, changes its name to ISLANDERS, the team already began its training camp with Guillermo Lopez as head coach and players like Franklin Forbes, Doel Forbes, Joe Manuel, Dean Leon, Eugenio Webster, Jared Corpus, Alberto 'Mongo' Sinclair, Victor Lever and other group of local players
The imports of the team are: Kevin Sowell and Daryl Rufus


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 0-0 
 2. Piratas 0-0 
 3. Bucaros 0-0 
 4. Alcaldia 0-0 
 5. InderValle 0-0 
 6. Condores 0-0 
 7. Islanders 0-0 


Patriotas agrees terms with Ernesto Mijares from Venezuela - by Victor Garcia
According team sources, the Patriotas of Tunja team has agreed terms with the veteran point guard Esnesto Mijares, Mijares has been member of the Venezuelas national team in several times, and is one of the leaders in Venezuelas LPB in assists, paying the last season in Gatos de Monagas.
The team also has agreed with Colombians Yuberth Hinestroza, Freddy Granja and Jorge Diaz.
Patriotas wil began his training camp soon, and veteran Pedro Martinez could be the coach.
Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC)


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  CROATIA   


Russia U16 stun Croatia U16 75:62 - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16-Russia U16 62:75

Russia U16 moved to 4-0 record in Group F of the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. Tonight the team overcame Croatia 75:62 with a great start. Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) paced the winners with 22 points. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) netted 14, while Mikhail Karpachev (188-F-92) and Victor Pavlenko (194-F-92) scored 7 each. Boris Barac (202-F-92) top-scored for the Croatian side with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Roko Rogic (182-G-92) added 17. This win brings Russia very close to the semi-finals, while Croatia is now 1-3. Russia will play Turkey tomorrow where the winner will lock their semi-finals spot, while Croatia will take on Israel.
Russia scored first five points of the game as Nikulichev nailed a three for 5-0. Russia finished the quarter with a 20:6 lead to feel comfortable in the game. In the second period Croatia woke up and reduced to 20:24. Mikhail Karpachev's three sent the teams to the lockers for 33:26 Russian advantage.
The second half and especially the third and the last quarters differed from each other. Russia stun with 21-7 in the third quarter to take 54:33 lead entering the last period. Croatia bounced back with 29-21 in the final period but cut the score to 75:62.

Croatia U16: Boris Barac 21+7 rebs, Roko Rogic 17
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 22, Alexander Varnakov 14, Mikhail Karpachev 7, Victor Pavlenko 7


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic U16 proves the ambitions, Spain U16 is defeated - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16-Spain U16 66:61

Czech Republic U16 proves the ambitions for the top places in Termostep U16 European Championship Men. The underdogs continued their amazing run with a surprising 66:61 win over Spain. Jaromir Bohacik (195-F-92) led the winners with 16 points 6 rebounds. Tomas Vyoral (187-G-92) netted 13, while Jan Svejda (191-G/F-92) added 12. Joan Creus (183-G-92) top-scored for Spain with 12 points, whilst Miguel Servera (195-F-92) and Alejandro Igual (189-G-92) scored 10 in defeat. The win means both Czech Republic and Lithuania qualified already to the semi-finals. Czech Republic will face Lithuania while Spain would play Greece in the last games of the Qualifying Round.
For Spain it was still a chance to hope for the semis if they could beat the opponent. Czech Republic U16 however remained undefeated as they started with 21:13 in the opening quarter. Only in the second period Spain woke up and scored 12 unanswered points to take the lead. De Pinto's three finished Spanish 23-8 quarter win as the team won the half 36:29. Blanco increased the lead to 44:35, but it was the last spurt of Spain. The Czechs connected twice from long range to be back in the game, and enter the last quarter down just by four, 48:44. Svoboda gave Czech Republic U16 49:48 advantage from the arc in the beginning of the last period. The score was tied three times and then after 58:58 the underdogs finished on a happy note. Mostly due to the free throws in the end Czech Republic U16 won over Spain 66:61.

Czech Republic U16: Jaromir Bohacik 16+6 rebs, Tomas Vyoral 13, Jan Svejda 12
Spain U16: Joan Creus 12, Miguel Servera 10, Alejandro Igual 10


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers Participating at EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Tournament - by Surujh Roopnarine
The EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Tournament has begun today as 17 Countries in Group A vie for eight available spots in the European Championship this September in Poland. Poland (host), Russia, Spain, Lithuania, Greece, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia have locked up their spots and now countries like Italy, Turkey, Israel, and Latvia will try to qualify for a chance to be called the best in Europe. Numerous players with past D-League experience will be taking part in this tournament and we will provide updates on standout performances throughout the qualification series.

Kosta Perovic (7'2''-C-85) (Serbia): Bakersfield Jam
Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86) (Ukraine): Utah Flash
Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) (Turkey): Tulsa 66ers
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, college: George Washington) (Great Britain): Ft. Worth Flyers
Darius Washington (6'2''-G-85, college: Memphis), Jr. (F.Y.R. of Macedonia)


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LIDOBA: Tue Results. - by Jaime Gomez
Reales de La Vega de La Vega defeated Marineros de Puerto Plata de Puerto Plata for the 4th straight 113 - 94.

For Reales de La Vega, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Lehman) 25 points (5-6 3PT), Roy Bright (198-F-86, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Delaware St.) 20 points (3-5 3PT) and 4 rebounds, Jorge Almanzar (193-G/F-76) 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steal, Benito Flores (198-F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals.

For Marineros de Puerto Plata, Sandro Encarnacion (203-86) 20 points and 9 rebounds, Olivier Gonzalez 19 points, Luis Rosa (203-F/C-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Texas A&M) 17 points, Vladimir Constanzo 13 points, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) 10 points.


Caneros de La Romana 93, Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris 81.

For Caneros de La Romana de la Romana, Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 25 points and 11 rebounds, Edward Santana (203-F-80) 23 points and 8 rebounds, Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 21 points.

For Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris, Henry Lalane (199-F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) 24 points, Sammy Villegas (198-G-83, agency: Next Level, college: Toledo) 21 points, Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) 14 points.


Standings - LIDOBA
LIDOBA Standings
North Division
 1. Reales 12-2 
 2. Metros 6-7 
 3. Indios SF 5-8 
 4. Marineros 5-9 
South Division
 1. Constituyentes 9-3 
 2. Caneros 6-7 
 3. Panteras DN 5-6 
 4. Cocolos 3-9 


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  EL SALVADOR   


Team El Salvador defeats Fupade Coast - by Gianni Pascucci
After being defeated in Game 1, El Salvador National Team took his revenge, defeating Nicaraguan team Fupade Coast 92-72, with Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) scoring 25 points at the winning side and Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) adding 15. According with Nicaraguan media, however, all the game was played in an 'intimidating environment' and some of the Nicaraguan players were even assaulted by the local fans during the game... Elijah Allen (193-F-73) led Fupade with 13 pts in losing effort, and Richard Hawking (183-G-82) scored 10 pts before being banned. It seems that the referees had to declare the game ended two minutes before the end of the regulation due to lack of security on the court....

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Union Olimpija inks Jonathan Wallace, Avelino gets Antonio Porta - by Eurobasket News
After signings of Damjan Rudez (207-F-86), Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) and Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Union Olimpija added American point guard Jonathan Wallace (185-G-86) on a one-year contract. Wallace graduated this year at Georgetown University averaging 10.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 2.6 apg in his senior season. He also had double digits in scoring in 06/07. He holds the record at Georgetown with 240 triples during the career. His team was the Big East regular season champion over the past two years while in 2007 Georgetown reached NCAA Final Four. This year Wallace is named 'All-Big East 2nd Team'. During the summer he participated at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as a player of Washington Wizards but he couldn't get the contract.

Air Avelino closed its roster with signing of Argentinean-Italian point guard Antonio Porta (188-G-83, agency: Players Group). Porta arrives from Russian Spartak St. Petersburg, where he collected 7.3 ppg, 3 rpg and 3.4 apg for 10 Superleague games. He also had two appearances in FIBA Euro Cup adding 14 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 9 apg. Porta already has nice experience from Italy. He spent half of the season in Imola and later almost 4 years in Livorno. In 2006 he joined Angelico Biella having 7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.1 apg for 39 games in Serie A. Porta is currently with Argentinean National Team on the Olympic Games in Beijing. His team will meet powerful USA in the semifinals tomorrow. Porta is a member of best Argentina's squad since 2005.


Zalgiris Kaunas tabs big guy Ratko Varda - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Kaunas announced signing of Serbian center Ratko Varda (213-C/F-79) on a two-year contract. Varda is coming from Spanish team Vive Menorca, where he joined at the beginning of the last season. Menorca was not in such good situation at that time but at the end players of head coach Ricard Casas succeeded to survive in ACB. Varda had 29 appearances in Spanish top division averaging 8.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Interesting is that before Menorca he played for Real Madrid. He spent just half of the season in Spanish powerhouse as he got injured in January 2007 and missed the rest of it. Varda is experienced center, who except of Menorca and Real also played for Kyiv, Besiktas, Apollon Patras, Olimpija Ljubljana and many years in Partizan Belgrade. In 2o05 he was voted 'Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year'. His Besiktas reached the play-off final while he helped it with 18.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He missed to grab the title next season also with Ukrainian Kyiv. In the past he won Slovenian as well as Yugoslavian National Cup. Varda had not so successful episode in NBA. He spent almost year and a half in Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards but played only one official game.

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Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Serbia1-0
2. Bulgaria1-0
3. Finland0-0
4. Hungary0-1
5. Italy0-1
Group B
1. Estonia0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. FYR Macedo.0-0
4. Portugal0-0
Group C
1. Belgium0-0
2. France0-0
3. Turkey0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group D
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Czech Repu.0-0
3. U.Kingdom0-0
4. Israel0-0


The start of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Group A was the first to start the EuroBasket qualifying campaign. Two games were played in the group, while the rest of the games to be played on August 23rd. Groups B, C and D to start the campaign on September 3rd.


Italy-Serbia 64:78
Serbian National team started the EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a confident win over Italy in Cagliari. Serbian squad grabbed the lead from the very beginning and proved the ambitions for the top place in Group A. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) (192-G-80) led the winners with 16 points. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) collected 15 points and 11 boards, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) added 11. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) ended up with 18 points and Da Tome netted 12.
Italy played without Danilo Gallinari, Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli absent. Tripkovic gave Serbia the early lead and Milos Vujanic improved to 14:19. Kosta Perovic closed the opening quarter at 18:26. Italy tried hard in the second period but could not tie the game. They however did not allow the guests to have more than 8 points lead. Vitali was the last to score in the first half for 34:38.
Da Tome tied the game only in the third for Italy making 38:38 in the beginning of the third period. Later Italy tied the game three more times, but could not stay in front. Novica Velickovic brought his team to 51:57 advantage after thirty minutes played. When Tepic made 55:70 and after 55:75 from Bogdanovic Serbia realized the road win in Cagliari. Vitali could score last for the hosts that saw 64:78 loss.

Italy: Marco Mordente 18, Da Tome 12
Serbia: Milos Vujanic 16, Novica Velickovic 15+11 rebs, Kosta Perovic 11



Bulgaria -Hungary 89:71

Bulgaria and Hungary opened EuroBasket qualification 2009 campaign in Sofia. The hosts got their strong start to beat Hungary 89:71 in Group A.
Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) paced all the winners with 23 points and 5 assists. Deyan Ivanov and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) followed him with 15 points each for 1-0 record. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 13 each.
Hungary looked a bit better in the opening tip and had 5:6 lead after 4 minutes in the game. The hosts woke up to take 24;16 after the first 10 minutes of the game as Deyan Ivanov scored last in the period. Hungary used an 8-2 run to close the gap back to 30:28 in the middle of the second. Hunagry won the quarter 24:23 but trailed 47:40 at the halftime.
Molnar tied the game at 55:55 in the middle of the third period. Bulgaria found more strength for 68:64 after the third quarter. That was however all for the guests in the game. Hungary remained scoreless for more than 5 minutes in the final quarter and trailed 79:64 with 4 minutes remaining. Bulgaria won the last period 21:7 and the game 89:71 to celebrate the first win in EuroBasket qualification 2009 campaign.

Bulgaria:
Ibrahim Jaaber 23+5ast, Deyan Ivanov 15, Filip Videnov 15
Hungary:
Erno Sitku 15, Tamas Kaman 13, Istvan Nemeth 13


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Division A. Qualifying Round Day 5 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP E
Serbia U16-Lithuania U16 52:66

Lithuania U16 remains undefeated and thrashes the opponents in the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. The last victim for the Baltic side was Serbia U16 that lost 52:66. Vytenis Cizauskas (188-G-92) led the winners with 22 points. Jonas Valanciunas (209-C-92) collected 14 points and 19 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-F-92) added 9. Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92) ended up with 18 points for Serbia, while Aleksandar Radenkovic (185-G-92) posted 8. This win is worth a 4-0 record for the winners while Serbia dropped to 1-3. Lithuania will face the Czech Republic while Serbia will take on Ukraine to secure their 5-8 games clearance.
Lithuania was always in front and took the lead from the very beginning. Dovydas Redikas scored for 18:9 and then the Baltic side had 21:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Lithuania climbed to a 41:19 half time lead when Pukis made a lay-up, the last in the quarter. It happened after his team had 20:6 in the second period and a well-balanced performance in the court.
The Baltic team scored another 4 consecutive points in the third quarter to dominate the game. Drenovac closed the third at 37:56 from the free throw line. Serbia won the last period 15:10 but Lithuanian thoughts were far away from the game itself. They celebrated 66:52 victory to remain with the perfect record.

Serbia U16: Strahinja Mladenovic 18, Aleksandar Radenkovic 8
Lithuania U16: Vytenis Cizauskas 22, Jonas Valanciunas 14+19 rebs, Dovydas Redikas 9

Ukraine U16- Greece U16 61:90
Greece U16 registered the first win in the Qualifying Round of Group E at the European Championship in Italy. In Day 5 they outscored Ukraine 90:61 with the win in all the quarters. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (203-F-92) led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) netted 15, while Spyridon Motsenigos (190-G-92) scored 13. Olexandr Mishula (185-G-92) and Oleksandr Prokopenko (192-F-92) top-scored in defeat with 12 points apiece. Greece now improved to a 1-3 record in the group, while Ukraine dropped to 0-4.
Greece will face Spain on the closing day of the round as Ukraine will face Serbia.
Greece U16 took an early lead and scored first 6 points in the game. Ukraine scored for 7:11 but then failed in the game. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos closed the opening quarter at 27:15. In the second period Greece U16 increased to 20:11 and had 21 points deficit at the half. Terpos made a free throw to send the teams to the lockers. Ukraine played even basketball in the third period and lost it only 16:18. In the end of the game Karaiskos set up the final 90:61.

Ukraine U16: Olexandr Mishula 12, Oleksandr Prokopenko 12
Greece U16: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 21+8 rebs, Giorgos Mavrogiannis 15, Spyridon Motsenigos 13

Czech Republic U16-Spain U16 66:61
Czech Republic U16 proves the ambitions for the top places in Termostep U16 European Championship Men. The underdogs continued their amazing run with a surprising 66:61 win over Spain. Jaromir Bohacik (195-F-92) led the winners with 16 points 6 rebounds. Tomas Vyoral (187-G-92) netted 13, while Jan Svejda (191-G/F-92) added 12. Joan Creus (183-G-92) top-scored for Spain with 12 points, whilst Miguel Servera (195-F-92) and Alejandro Igual (189-G-92) scored 10 in defeat. The win means both Czech Republic and Lithuania qualified already to the semi-finals. Czech Republic will face Lithuania while Spain would play Greece in the last games of the Qualifying Round.
For Spain it was still a chance to hope for the semis if they could beat the opponent. Czech Republic U16 however remained undefeated as they started with 21:13 in the opening quarter. Only in the second period Spain woke up and scored 12 unanswered points to take the lead. De Pinto's three finished Spanish 23-8 quarter win as the team won the half 36:29. Blanco increased the lead to 44:35, but it was the last spurt of Spain. The Czechs connected twice from long range to be back in the game, and enter the last quarter down just by four, 48:44. Svoboda gave Czech Republic U16 49:48 advantage from the arc in the beginning of the last period. The score was tied three times and then after 58:58 the underdogs finished on a happy note. Mostly due to the free throws in the end Czech Republic U16 won over Spain 66:61.

Czech Republic U16: Jaromir Bohacik 16+6 rebs, Tomas Vyoral 13, Jan Svejda 12
Spain U16: Joan Creus 12, Miguel Servera 10, Alejandro Igual 10

GROUP F
Israel U16-Latvia U16 83:73
Group F as well as Group E in the Qualifying Round at the European Championship saw the battle between two teams for the first victory. Israel U16 beat Latvia U16 83:73 for the initial win tonight. Gay Lavie (188-G-92) and Sean Labanowski (-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Tamir Simchony (192-G-92) and Bar Timor (-92) nailed 13 points apiece in the winning side. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) was the king of the boards with 22 points and 19 rebounds in defeat and Andris Misters (192-G-92) nailed 21.
Thanks to this win Israel now hold a 1-3 record while Latvia are still winless at 0-4. Israel will play against Croatia tomorrow, while Latvia will play against France.
Andris Misters opened the game for his Latvian team and it was him again for 15:12 from the arch. Bertans kept his team in front 23:21 after the opening quarter. Bar Aven and Bar Timor combined points for Israel and allowed their team to stay just seven points behind at half time, 39:32.
In the second half Israel U16 became another team and was too good for the opponent. Israel shocked with a 14-2 run to take the lead late in the third. Sean Labanowski brought his team 58:55 before the final period and 25:18 in the last saw Israel U16 reaching the first victory.


Israel U16: Gay Lavie 15, Sean Labanowski 15, Tamir Simchony 13, Bar Timor 13
Latvia U16: Edmunds Dukulis 22+19 rebs, Andris Misters 21

Croatia U16-Russia U16 62:75
Russia U16 moved to 4-0 record in Group F of the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. Tonight the team overcame Croatia 75:62 with a great start. Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) paced the winners with 22 points. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) netted 14, while Mikhail Karpachev (188-F-92) and Victor Pavlenko (194-F-92) scored 7 each. Boris Barac (202-F-92) top-scored for the Croatian side with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Roko Rogic (182-G-92) added 17. This win brings Russia very close to the semi-finals, while Croatia is now 1-3. Russia will play Turkey tomorrow where the winner will lock their semi-finals spot, while Croatia will take on Israel.
Russia scored first five points of the game as Nikulichev nailed a three for 5-0. Russia finished the quarter with a 20:6 lead to feel comfortable in the game. In the second period Croatia woke up and reduced to 20:24. Mikhail Karpachev's three sent the teams to the lockers for 33:26 Russian advantage.
The second half and especially the third and the last quarters differed from each other. Russia stun with 21-7 in the third quarter to take 54:33 lead entering the last period. Croatia bounced back with 29-21 in the final period but cut the score to 75:62.

Croatia U16: Boris Barac 21+7 rebs, Roko Rogic 17
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 22, Alexander Varnakov 14, Mikhail Karpachev 7, Victor Pavlenko 7

Turkey U16-France U16 60:67
France U16 made the things alive for the semis beating Turkey U16 67:60 in Termostep U16 European Championship Men. France overcame the opponent 67:60 with a fantastic game from Evan Fournier (196-G-92) who poured in 31 points for the winners. Leo Westermann (196-G-92) netted 9, while Jonathan Radjouki (204-F-92) added 8. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) top-scored for Turkey with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) scored 16. The game ties the record between both teams at 3-1. If France would beat Latvia in the opening game of the day tomorrow, Turkey will have to beat the so far unbeatable Russia by seven points or more to qualify.
Turkey posted 4 points in the opening tip to grab 4-0 margin. Edge made it 10:5 and Enes Kanter carried the Turks to a 13:8 lead. The first quarter was finished at 13:10 for the Turks when Pourchot made a jump-shot. France dominated the court in the second period and had 17-3 throughout the quarter. Pinda finished the spurt at 27:16 from the free throw line. Jonathan Radjouki gave his team plus 10 at the halftime.
Both teams played an even basketball in the third period but Turkey won the third 21:19. Enes Kanter with a jump-shot scored for 50:42. It was him again to give his team a 51:50 lead leaving France with no points for a long time. The latter had however Evan Fournier who shined in the last minutes and brought his team an important win.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 26+13 rebs, Burak Yuksel 16
France U16: Evan Fournier 31+5 rebs, Leo Westermann 9, Jonathan Radjouki 8


M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Lithuania5-0
2. Czech Repu.5-0
3. Spain2-3
4. Greece2-3
5. Serbia1-4
6. Ukraine0-5
Group F
1. Russia5-0
2. France4-1
3. Turkey3-2
4. Israel2-3
5. Croatia1-4
6. Latvia0-5
Group G
1. Italy1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Georgia0-1
4. Hungary0-1


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Germany1-0
2. Monteneg.1-0
3. Bosnia0-1
4. Belarus0-1
Group F
1. Slovenia1-0
2. Sweden1-0
3. Bulgaria0-1
4. Finland0-1
Group G
1. Belgium1-0
2. Iceland1-0
3. Estonia0-1
4. Austria0-1
Group H
1. Switzerl.1-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-0
3. Portugal0-1
4. U.Kingdom0-1
Group I
1. Denmark0-0
2. Luxembourg.0-0
3. Holland0-0
4. Slovakia0-0
Group J
1. Cyprus0-0
2. Ireland0-0
3. Romania0-0


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French NT: Tony Parker is in Levallois (to play)! - by Chris Spiesser
The Spur PG will join his National Team today! Coach Gomez and his boys based in Levallois this days didn't expect that much a few days after having opened their winning count in Strasbourg. On his website, TP told that watching the Olympic games on television gave him the will to join his selection. A real good news, just a few days after having lost Sacha Giffa who stayed in Strasbourg with an injured leg. Ukraine, Turkey and Belgium are now warned!

Fournier was unstoppable against Turkey U16 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-France U16 60:67

France U16 made the things alive for the semis beating Turkey U16 67:60 in Termostep U16 European Championship Men. France overcame the opponent 67:60 with a fantastic game from Evan Fournier (196-G-92) who poured in 31 points for the winners. Leo Westermann (196-G-92) netted 9, while Jonathan Radjouki (204-F-92) added 8. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) top-scored for Turkey with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) scored 16. The game ties the record between both teams at 3-1. If France would beat Latvia in the opening game of the day tomorrow, Turkey will have to beat the so far unbeatable Russia by seven points or more to qualify.
Turkey posted 4 points in the opening tip to grab 4-0 margin. Edge made it 10:5 and Enes Kanter carried the Turks to a 13:8 lead. The first quarter was finished at 13:10 for the Turks when Pourchot made a jump-shot. France dominated the court in the second period and had 17-3 throughout the quarter. Pinda finished the spurt at 27:16 from the free throw line. Jonathan Radjouki gave his team plus 10 at the halftime.
Both teams played an even basketball in the third period but Turkey won the third 21:19. Enes Kanter with a jump-shot scored for 50:42. It was him again to give his team a 51:50 lead leaving France with no points for a long time. The latter had however Evan Fournier who shined in the last minutes and brought his team an important win.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 26+13 rebs, Burak Yuksel 16
France U16: Evan Fournier 31+5 rebs, Leo Westermann 9, Jonathan Radjouki 8


ProA Trades: Newcomers in Pau and Besancon - by Chris Spiesser
JamesOn Curry (191-G-86, college: Oklahoma St.) will play for Pau next year. This gifted young guard played last season in NBDL with nice stats: 20.2ppg, 5.6apg, 3.2rpg, 1.0spg. He was also member of the Chicago Bulls roster but did not manage to wore the NBA jersey. He will be member of an US oriented roster as coach Toupane will also work with Hiram Fuller, Omar Thomas and Josh Duncan.

Alan Daniels (198-F-84, college: Lamar) is the last incoming player for Besancon. He has a training period until Sept, the 7th. After a good 2006/2007 year in Livorno, he had more difficulties last season with Anwil Wloclawek, 9.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg in the Polish league.


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Montenegro wins 'Trophy Macedonia' - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Montenegro 81-84

National Team of Montenegro celebrated at the international tournament called 'Trophy Macedonia' which was held in Skopje. Montenegrins outplayed the hosts F.Y.R. of Macedonia 84-81. As a reminder, in the first round Montenegro beat Turkey while in the next one Romania suffered huge 99-65. Macedonia also blasted Romania registering tight victory against Turkey after that.
Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable in the paint. He paced Montenegro to win nailing 21 points for almost 21 minutes. Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) also was good adding 13 points and 6 boards with 1/3 FG2, 2/2 FT and 3/4 for 3-pts. USA/MNE point guard Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) helped his team with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. As it was during the entire tournament, Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) once again was totally the best in Macedonia. He drained 32 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for 33 minutes. This time Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) stopped on 13 points and 4 assists. Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points.
Macedonia had slightly better performance in the first half ending it with plus 2. Later, Nikola Pekovic and his teammates put into the fifth gear for 51-59 before the last frame. Macedonians threatened coming on 81-84 including a ball possesion. Vlado Ilievski attempted to tie the score with 10 second remaining in the game but he missed.


F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Montenegro 81-84
(19-22, 20-15, 12-22, 30-25)

Macedonia:
Jeremiah Massey 32 (6 rebs), Vlado Ilievski 13 (4 as), Vrbica Stefanov 12
Montenegro: Nikola Pekovic 21, Goran Nikolic 13 (6 rebs), Omar Cook 11 (4 rebs, 5 as)


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Mboge turns pro and under courstside representation. - by Rolando Delabarrera
Yusupha Mboge, joining his fellow Gambian Njogu Taal, has signed with the Courtside agency. Mboge attended a pro camp in Germany with Taal and is presently in europe. Mboge is a small forward/power forward and along with Taal the only Gambians in recent memory that have been recruited by a larger basketball agency directly from Gambia. We will keep you updated on both player's progress as they begin their pro careers. Yusupha Mboge (199-G-84)

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Koeln 99ers and Ken Johnson go separate ways - by Manuel Schust
After Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) and Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) had to leave Goettingen and Daniel Russ (207-C/F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Wittenberg) failed to pass the medical test in Frankfurt, another player has to leave a team before the season even started: Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.)'s contract with Koeln 99ers was terminated.
Managing director Stephan Baeck is quoted on the team's homepage, that Ken Johnson has a lot of good qualities, but he is not the player they were looking for to team up with Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) and Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Northern St.). The 99ers now look for a replacement and hope for a quicker kind of center.
Ken Johnson, who played 16 games with Miami Heat in the 2002-2003 campaign, started last season in Switzerland with Benetton Fribourg Olympic. He had some impressive games in Uleb Cup and finished the season with 15.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and a league high 3.9 blocks per game. In January 2008 he joined Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt, but only had minor role on coach Didin's team. Johnson finished the season with Frankfurt, producing 5.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just about 15 minutes per game.


Ludwigsburg inks De'Angelo Alexander - by Manuel Schust
EnBW Ludwigsburg signed american forward De'Angelo Alexander (198-G-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Charlotte) for the upcoming season.
Alexander, who just won the rumanian championship with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, can play both forward positions and is known for his decent defense.
He was honoured with the Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Defensive Team 2008 award and also showed his offensive skills averaging 19.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in his first season overseas.


EnBW Ludwigsburg sign Kelvin Gibbs - by Eurobasket
EnBW Ludwigsburg signed 30-year old American forward Kelvin Gibbs (201-F-78, college: Pepperdine, agency: Passing Lane). Gibbs played most recently at Universitet-Yugra Surgut (Russia). He started last season at AEP Olimpias Patron (Greece) playing in FIBA EuroCup games before he moved to Russia, where in 15 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is very experienced player with already 7 years in various pro leagues in Europe, like Belgium, France, Israel, Turkey and Russia.

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Greece U16 beat Ukraine U16 for the first win in the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16- Greece U16 61:90

Greece U16 registered the first win in the Qualifying Round of Group E at the European Championship in Italy. In Day 5 they outscored Ukraine 90:61 with the win in all the quarters. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (203-F-92) led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) netted 15, while Spyridon Motsenigos (190-G-92) scored 13. Olexandr Mishula (185-G-92) and Oleksandr Prokopenko (192-F-92) top-scored in defeat with 12 points apiece. Greece now improved to a 1-3 record in the group, while Ukraine dropped to 0-4.
Greece will face Spain on the closing day of the round as Ukraine will face Serbia.
Greece U16 took an early lead and scored first 6 points in the game. Ukraine scored for 7:11 but then failed in the game. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos closed the opening quarter at 27:15. In the second period Greece U16 increased to 20:11 and had 21 points deficit at the half. Terpos made a free throw to send the teams to the lockers. Ukraine played even basketball in the third period and lost it only 16:18. In the end of the game Karaiskos set up the final 90:61.

Ukraine U16: Olexandr Mishula 12, Oleksandr Prokopenko 12
Greece U16: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 21+8 rebs, Giorgos Mavrogiannis 15, Spyridon Motsenigos 13


Olympic Games: Argentina edges Greece 80-78 in the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Greece 80-78

Defending Olympic champion succeeded to get through the quarterfinal round recording tight victory against ex European champion Greece. It means that Argentina will take on powerful USA Dream Team in the semifinals of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

It was extremely interesting game until the very end. The bet was huge so both teams played it very concentrated. Greece touched plus four with 1:36 remaining in the first frame hut Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for 22-23 after ten minutes. Beginning of the second frame was totally leveled. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) and Carlos Delfino took care for the points in Argentina while Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) done the same in Greece. Mostly owing to Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79), Greece made 5-0 run setting the score on 31-34 and later 33-38. Argentineans made quick 4-0 coming on 39-40 at the half time. Argentina showed slightly better performance after the breather. Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) shined and after his triple Argentina took 4-point lead in 26th minute. However, teams went into the last frame with almost tied score 56-55. Carlos Delfino drained two triples for Argentina 62-57 and it seemed it was a crucial period of the game but Greece very soon tied it on 66-66 after long range stroke by Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81). Game is decided at the very end. Argentina had 80-75 with 00:46 to go after what Vasilopoulos made 3-pointer. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had a chance to resolve question about the winner but he missed with 10 second remaining. At the last Greece's offense Vassilis Spanoulis attempted to score the winning triple but he missed.

Emanuel Ginobili was hero of the game as he scored last 7 points for his team. He finished it with 24 points in total for 33 minutes. Carlos Delfino collected 23 points and 5 rebounds for 27 minutes having very good 5 of 8 from behind the arc and 4 of 6 for FG2. Andres Nocioni helped reining Olympic champion with 12 while Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had one point less as well as 8 rebounds. Antonis Fotsis registered double-double in Greece, 17 points and 10 boards. Kostas Tsartsaris had 13 while Petros Bourousis (203-F-87) scored 12 points.


Argentina - Greece 80-78
(22-23, 17-17, 17-15, 24-23)

Argentina:
Emanuel Ginobili 24, Carlos Delfino 23 (5 rebs), Andres Nocioni 12, Luis Scola 11 (8 rebs)
Greece: Antonis Fotsis 17 (10 rebs), Kostas Tsartsaris 13, Petros Bourousis 12
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances)


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Roster Dutch National team - by Fred Roggen
Coach Gadi Kedar has announced the final roster of the Dutch National team for the upcoming Eurobasket 2009 qualifications

The team consists of fifteen players: Marcel Aarts (212-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy), Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side), Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.), Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California), Remon VanDeHare, Patrik Hilliman (206-F/C-82, college: High Point), Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side), Sam Jones (188-G-78, college: Northwood), Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech), Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure), Arvin Slagter (190-G-85), Harvey Van Stein (197-F-78, college: Cent.Conn.St.), Ties Theeuwkens (190-G-85, agency: Court Side), Thijs Vermeulen (192-F-85) and Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy).


Victor Thomas to MyGuide Amsterdam - by Fred Roggen
According to several basketball newssites in the Netherlands, Thomas Victor (201-F-79, college: La Salle) would have signed a contract with MyGuide Amsterdam. Officially there is still a small question be put behind, but it would come out that Victor Thomas is the twelfth player in the selection of Dutch Champion MyGuide Amsterdam.
Thomas played in the beginning of last season for Matrixx Magixx and went then to Seoul Samsung Thunders in the South Korean league.
The 29-year-old Thomas Victor is coming from from La Salle (NCAA) and played further in the CBA, the Far East and South America before he came to Nijmegen.
MyGuide Amsterdam has not yet officially announced the advent of Thomas.


Sjoerd Langevoort signs with Landstede Zwolle - by Fred Roggen
Sjoerd Langevoort (188-F-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) has signed a 2-years contract with Landstede Zwolle. The 21-year-old, 1.88 meter-long guard is not unknown in Zwolle. He has passed his entire youth at ZAC/Landstede Zwolle.
After wanderings in America, Amsterdam and Leeuwarden, he now play once again for Landstede Zwolle.
For head coach Herman van de Belt is Langevoort an excellent acquisition: ' Langevoort is known for his drive and intransigence and that fits perfectly with our team'


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Hungarian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Nemeth
4 Erno Sitku (208-C-72) of Marso-Vagep NYKK
5 Balazs Simon (188-G-80) of Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar

6 Laszlo Simon (189-G-86) of Zalakeramia-ZTE KK
7 Kornel Varadi (198-G-87) of Szolnoki Olajbanyasz
8 Marton Fodor (191-G-81) of BC Lami-Ved Kormend
9 Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) of Kecskemeti Univer KSE
10 Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) of Kecskemeti Univer KSE
11 Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79) of Zalakeramia-ZTE KK
12 Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77) of Zalakeramia-ZTE KK
13 Csaba Ferencz (194-G-85) of BC Lami-Ved Kormend
14 Marton Bader (212-F/C-80) of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (UKR)
15 Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79) of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad (SRB)


Bulgaria wins EuroBasket qualification campaign in Sofia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria -Hungary 89:71

Bulgaria and Hungary opened EuroBasket qualification 2009 campaign in Sofia. The hosts got their strong start to beat Hungary 89:71 in Group A. Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) paced all the winners with 23 points and 5 assists. Deyan Ivanov and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) followed him with 15 points each for 1-0 record. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 13 each.
Hungary looked a bit better in the opening tip and had 5:6 lead after 4 minutes in the game. The hosts woke up to take 24;16 after the first 10 minutes of the game as Deyan Ivanov scored last in the period. Hungary used an 8-2 run to close the gap back to 30:28 in the middle of the second. Hunagry won the quarter 24:23 but trailed 47:40 at the halftime.
Molnar tied the game at 55:55 in the middle of the third period. Bulgaria found more strength for 68:64 after the third quarter. That was however all for the guests in the game. Hungary remained scoreless for more than 5 minutes in the final quarter and trailed 79:64 with 4 minutes remaining. Bulgaria won the last period 21:7 and the game 89:71 to celebrate the first win in EuroBasket qualification 2009 campaign.

Bulgaria: Ibrahim Jaaber 23+5ast, Deyan Ivanov 15, Filip Videnov 15
Hungary: Erno Sitku 15, Tamas Kaman 13, Istvan Nemeth 13


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Nemanja Sovic signs for Stjarnan - by Einar Johannsson
Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, agency: IceBasket, college: Pfeiffer) has signed for Stjarnan in Iceland Express league for upcoming season. Sovis who is power forward is starting his 5th year in the Icelandic league. First 3 years he played for Fjolnir Reykjavik and last year he played for Breidablik in first division and was the leading scorer for the team promoting to Iceland Express league.
Sovic is joining Justin Shouse who signed for the club yearlier this summer and Jovan Zdravdeski who came to the club from KR last season.


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Maccabi Givat Shmuel sign Jermaine Hall - by Eurobasket
Maccabi Givat Shmuel agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Jermaine Hall (196-F-80, college: Wagner). Hall was voted last season Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Most Valuable Player. Hall played last three seasons at Hapoel Gilboa-Galil Elyon (Premier L.). Last year his averaged were 12.2ppg and 4.2rpg in 26 games. He played previously in various leagues in the Staets as well as in Portugal and Poland. Givat Shmuel is aiming to make it to the Final Four this season.

Israel U16 is too good in the second half against Latvia U16 - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16-Latvia U16 83:73

Group F as well as Group E in the Qualifying Round at the European Championship saw the battle between two teams for the first victory. Israel U16 beat Latvia U16 83:73 for the initial win tonight. Gay Lavie (188-G-92) and Sean Labanowski (-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Tamir Simchony (192-G-92) and Bar Timor (-92) nailed 13 points apiece in the winning side. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) was the king of the boards with 22 points and 19 rebounds in defeat and Andris Misters (192-G-92) nailed 21.
Thanks to this win Israel now hold a 1-3 record while Latvia are still winless at 0-4. Israel will play against Croatia tomorrow, while Latvia will play against France.
Andris Misters opened the game for his Latvian team and it was him again for 15:12 from the arch. Bertans kept his team in front 23:21 after the opening quarter. Bar Aven and Bar Timor combined points for Israel and allowed their team to stay just seven points behind at half time, 39:32.
In the second half Israel U16 became another team and was too good for the opponent. Israel shocked with a 14-2 run to take the lead late in the third. Sean Labanowski brought his team 58:55 before the final period and 25:18 in the last saw Israel U16 reaching the first victory.


Israel U16: Gay Lavie 15, Sean Labanowski 15, Tamir Simchony 13, Bar Timor 13
Latvia U16: Edmunds Dukulis 22+19 rebs, Andris Misters 21


Conley completes Rishons Roaster - by Tamar Goldman

The American SG/SF Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) is the latest and last addition of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. The 31 years old player joins Rishon after a successful personal year in -Villeurbanne where he averaged 14.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg. Conley graduated from Clayton in 1999 and went straight to Europe, making his first stop in Lithuania. On 2002/03 he returned to the US after playing in France, Italy, Germany and the Dominican Republic. But the time he spent in the NBDL wasnt long and in Dec. 2002 he moved to Italy and since played in Germany and France once more, in Serbia, Spain and Puerto Rico. Conley has a great first step. He can step out and hit the 3pt shot as well and he like to take to the basket.


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Italian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Soragna


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Amoroso
6 Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) of Upim Bologna
7 Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75) of Benetton Treviso
8 Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) of Banca Tercas Teramo
9 Marco Mordente (191-G-79) of Armani Jeans Milano
10 Christian Di Giuliomaria (208-C/F-79) of Snaidero Udine

11 Luca Vitali (201-G-86) of Armani Jeans Milano
12 Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) of Armani Jeans Milano
13 Luigi Da Tome (202-G/F-87) of Harem Scafati
15 Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78) of Eldo Caserta
20 Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) of Banca Tercas Teramo
32 Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84) of Premiata Montegranaro
34 Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) of Upim Bologna
Head Coach: Carlo Recalcati


Italy falls to Serbia - by Gianni Pascucci
As it was easy to expect, the Eurobasket 09 Qualifying Round did not start well for Italy, that felt to Serbia at home, 64-78, in Cagliari. The Azzurri never managed to lead the score, because Serbia started better, winning 26-18 the first quarter, and never looked behind, pointing on the size of its front court players and on a better shooting accuracy. Italy was clearly outrebounded (37-31, with G/F Luigi DaTome (202-G/F-87) being the best rebounder in Italy..) and wasn' t able to shoot well, even from the charity line. The game main performers were Milos Vujanic (192-G-80), who scored 16 points, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), who ended the game at 15 pts and 11 rebs, and Marco Mordente (191-G-79), who scored 18 points to be the game top scorer in losing effort. Team Italy meets Hungary on Sat. 23 in the second game of the Round. At this point, the only realistic score is the second place in the Group, and Finland, Bulgaria and Hungary should be an easier job for this young and undersized version of Team Italy..

Last transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Banca Tercas Teramo officially announced the agreement with USA-BEL Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame). Fortitudo Bologna agreed to terms with Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87) and Earl Barron (213-C-81, college: Memphis) and should re-sign soon even Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80). Air Avellino announced the two-year agreement with ARG-ITA Antonio Porta (188-G-83, agency: Players Group). Another ARG-ITA player, Fabricio Vay (205-F-86, agency: Interperformances), was added to the roster of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia, Lega 2, as temporary replacement of the injured Chris Heinrich

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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Broncos 0-0 
 2. Phoenix 0-0 
 3. Albirex 0-0 
 4. 89ers 0-0 
 5. Apache 0-0 
 6. Grouses 0-0 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 0-0 
 2. Lakestars 0-0 
 3. Evessa 0-0 
 4. Heat Devils 0-0 
 5. Fukuoka 0-0 
 6. Five Arrows 0-0 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Mitsubishi 0-0 
 2. Toshiba 0-0 
 3. Toyota 0-0 
 4. Panasonic 0-0 
 5. Aishin 0-0 
 6. Hitachi S. 0-0 
 7. Hokkaido 0-0 
 8. Tochigi Brex 0-0 


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Israel U16 is too good in the second half against Latvia U16 - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16-Latvia U16 83:73

Group F as well as Group E in the Qualifying Round at the European Championship saw the battle between two teams for the first victory. Israel U16 beat Latvia U16 83:73 for the initial win tonight. Gay Lavie (188-G-92) and Sean Labanowski (-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Tamir Simchony (192-G-92) and Bar Timor (-92) nailed 13 points apiece in the winning side. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) was the king of the boards with 22 points and 19 rebounds in defeat and Andris Misters (192-G-92) nailed 21.
Thanks to this win Israel now hold a 1-3 record while Latvia are still winless at 0-4. Israel will play against Croatia tomorrow, while Latvia will play against France.
Andris Misters opened the game for his Latvian team and it was him again for 15:12 from the arch. Bertans kept his team in front 23:21 after the opening quarter. Bar Aven and Bar Timor combined points for Israel and allowed their team to stay just seven points behind at half time, 39:32.
In the second half Israel U16 became another team and was too good for the opponent. Israel shocked with a 14-2 run to take the lead late in the third. Sean Labanowski brought his team 58:55 before the final period and 25:18 in the last saw Israel U16 reaching the first victory.


Israel U16: Gay Lavie 15, Sean Labanowski 15, Tamir Simchony 13, Bar Timor 13
Latvia U16: Edmunds Dukulis 22+19 rebs, Andris Misters 21


LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
 1. Valmiera 13-9 
 2. VEF Riga 13-9 
 3. Barons/LMT 12-2 
 4. BK Ventsp. 12-2 
 5. ASK Riga 10-3 
 6. Liep.Lauvas 10-11 
 7. Bum./ASK 3-19 
 8. Keizarmezs 2-20 
Division II
 1. Zemgale 27-5 
 2. Ventspils au. 25-7 
 3. RNS-D/Livani 20-12 
 4. ASK/Juniors 20-12 
 5. Jurmala 14-18 
 6. LU/Ridzene 13-19 
 7. Roja 12-20 
 8. Saldus 7-25 
 9. Cesis/Remarks 6-26 


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Zalgiris Kaunas tabs big guy Ratko Varda, Kazlauskas great with China - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Kaunas announced signing of Serbian center Ratko Varda (213-C/F-79) on a two-year contract. Varda is coming from Spanish team Vive Menorca, where he joined at the beginning of the last season. Menorca was not in such good situation at that time but at the end players of head coach Ricard Casas succeeded to survive in ACB. Varda had 29 appearances in Spanish top division averaging 8.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Interesting is that before Menorca he played for Real Madrid. He spent just half of the season in Spanish powerhouse as he got injured in January 2007 and missed the rest of it. Varda is experienced center, who except of Menorca and Real also played for Kyiv, Besiktas, Apollon Patras, Olimpija Ljubljana and many years in Partizan Belgrade. In 2o05 he was voted 'Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year'. His Besiktas reached the play-off final while he helped it with 18.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He missed to grab the title next season also with Ukrainian Kyiv. In the past he won Slovenian as well as Yugoslavian National Cup. Varda had not so successful episode in NBA. He spent almost year and a half in Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards but played only one official game.

In the meantime well respected coach Jonas Kazlauskas made wonderful success with China on the Olympic Games in Beijing. China succeeded to get through the Preliminary round having score 2-3. As a reminder Chinese were better ranked than Germany, who ended the Olympics at this stage. In the quarterfinals China took on Lithuania but it seemed that pressure was too big for Ming Yao (226-C-80) and his teammates. Anyway, Chinese amazing everyone with their performance, especially against the reining World champions Spain.


Zalgiris sign Serbian big man - by Gediminas Slipkus

Zalgiris Kaunas have announced, that they have signed center Ratko Varda (213-C/F-79) with a two year contract.


Last season he played in the ACB Spanish league, for 'Vive Menorca'. He has played in such teams as Real Madrid, BC Kyiv, Partizan Belgrade, Olimpia Ljublijana, Besiktas Istambul, NBA teams - Detroit Pistons and Wathington Wizards.


'I only played in the Euroleague when I was a youngster (Partizan, Olimpija). Later I played in the NBA, in Spain. I wanted to go back to a team, that is of the same level as Real Maderid' - R. Varda said to the Lithuanian champions Zalgiris website - 'I had offers from other Euroleague clubs, but I wanted to play in a team, that does not only participates, but also competes.'


In his last season with 'Vive Menorca' he averaged almost 9 points, 4 rebounds, shooting 2p shots with 49% accuracy, while the free throws - with 82%.


Zalgiris Kaunas is still looking for a guard to fill in for Marko Popovic, who has left to Unics Kazan.



Lithuania U16 remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Lithuania U16 52:66

Lithuania U16 remains undefeated and thrashes the opponents in the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. The last victim for the Baltic side was Serbia U16 that lost 52:66. Vytenis Cizauskas (188-G-92) led the winners with 22 points. Jonas Valanciunas (209-C-92) collected 14 points and 19 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-F-92) added 9. Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92) ended up with 18 points for Serbia, while Aleksandar Radenkovic (185-G-92) posted 8. This win is worth a 4-0 record for the winners while Serbia dropped to 1-3. Lithuania will face the Czech Republic while Serbia will take on Ukraine to secure their 5-8 games clearance.
Lithuania was always in front and took the lead from the very beginning. Dovydas Redikas scored for 18:9 and then the Baltic side had 21:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Lithuania climbed to a 41:19 half time lead when Pukis made a lay-up, the last in the quarter. It happened after his team had 20:6 in the second period and a well-balanced performance in the court.
The Baltic team scored another 4 consecutive points in the third quarter to dominate the game. Drenovac closed the third at 37:56 from the free throw line. Serbia won the last period 15:10 but Lithuanian thoughts were far away from the game itself. They celebrated 66:52 victory to remain with the perfect record.

Serbia U16: Strahinja Mladenovic 18, Aleksandar Radenkovic 8
Lithuania U16: Vytenis Cizauskas 22, Jonas Valanciunas 14+19 rebs, Dovydas Redikas 9


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T 71 Dudelange sign Tim Whitworth - by Eurobasket
T 71 Dudelange strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American swingman Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, college: Drexel, agency: Court Side). Whitworth played most recently at KFUM Jamtland Basket (Sweden). He could be one of the top import players in the league. Last season playing in higher ranked Swedish pro league in 29 games he averaged 18.8ppg and 4.3rpg. He previously played in Austria and Holland. It will be his 5th professional season in Europe.

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Montenegro wins 'Trophy Macedonia' - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Montenegro 81-84

National Team of Montenegro celebrated at the international tournament called 'Trophy Macedonia' which was held in Skopje. Montenegrins outplayed the hosts F.Y.R. of Macedonia 84-81. As a reminder, in the first round Montenegro beat Turkey while in the next one Romania suffered huge 99-65. Macedonia also blasted Romania registering tight victory against Turkey after that.
Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable in the paint. He paced Montenegro to win nailing 21 points for almost 21 minutes. Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) also was good adding 13 points and 6 boards with 1/3 FG2, 2/2 FT and 3/4 for 3-pts. USA/MNE point guard Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) helped his team with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. As it was during the entire tournament, Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) once again was totally the best in Macedonia. He drained 32 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for 33 minutes. This time Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) stopped on 13 points and 4 assists. Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points.
Macedonia had slightly better performance in the first half ending it with plus 2. Later, Nikola Pekovic and his teammates put into the fifth gear for 51-59 before the last frame. Macedonians threatened coming on 81-84 including a ball possesion. Vlado Ilievski attempted to tie the score with 10 second remaining in the game but he missed.


F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Montenegro 81-84
(19-22, 20-15, 12-22, 30-25)

Macedonia:
Jeremiah Massey 32 (6 rebs), Vlado Ilievski 13 (4 as), Vrbica Stefanov 12
Montenegro: Nikola Pekovic 21, Goran Nikolic 13 (6 rebs), Omar Cook 11 (4 rebs, 5 as)


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Philadelphia 76ers inks Theo Ratliff - by Eurobasket News
Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent center Theo Ratliff (6'10''-F/C-73, college: Wyoming).

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a report Tuesday in the Philadelphia Daily News said the 35-year-old Ratliff has accepted a one-year deal for the league minimum of $1.4 million.

'We are very fortunate to sign a player of Theo's caliber,' Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski said. 'He is a consummate professional who will provide us with additional depth in the front court.'
A 13-year veteran, Ratliff played for the Sixers from mid-December of 1997 through late February of 2001.

Ratliff has also played for Atlanta, Detroit, Portland, Boston and Minnesota. In 705 NBA games, including 504 starts, he has averaged 7.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.63 blocks.

After being traded from Boston to Minnesota as part of the Kevin Garnett deal, Ratliff was waived by the Timberwolves on February 29 and signed with Detroit. He appeared in just 26 games last season and averaged 4.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.46 blocks.

Ratliff is one of seven players in NBA history to lead the league in blocks at least three seasons and is 18th all-time in league annals with 1,855 total blocked shots.

Curtesy of www.tsn.ca


Clippers re-sign Paul Davis - by Eurobasket News
L.A. Clippers re-signed unrestricted free-agent center Paul Davis (6'11''-C-84, college: Michigan St.) on Monday, giving Los Angeles three players named Davis on their 15-man roster.

He joins Baron Davis and Ricky Davis, another pair of free-agent additions.

Paul Davis averaged 2.5. points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 22 games with the Clippers before sustaining a season-ending injury to his right knee last Dec. 21.

The Clippers picked the 24-year-old former Michigan State star with the 34th overall selection in the 2006 draft. He played a total of 53 games with them during the last two seasons. The Clippers renounced their rights to Davis on July 16, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Los Angeles has revamped its roster during the summer, adding 10 players including Baron Davis, Ricky Davis, Marcus Camby and first-round draft choice Eric Gordon.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


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Brown University names Lamar Barrett assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Lamar Barrett, a former member of the Elizabeth City State University basketball team, has been named an assistant coach at Brown University.

Both Barrett and current head men's basketball coach Shawn Walker played for Dr. Claudie Mackey, currently a Professor in the Department of Education and ECSU Faculty Athletic Representative, from 1991 to 1994.

Barrett most recently served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Central Connecticut from 2003-2005, and New Haven from 2005-2006. He was also the head assistant coach at the Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland from 1997-2003, winning three Prince George's County 4A Championships and two Maryland State Championships.

Barrett is one of three assistants under new Brown coach Jesse Agel, who was named the Bears' coach in June of this year. Coach Barrett graduated from Elizabeth City State in 1994 with a BS in Business Administration.

For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com.

Courtesy of www.ecsuvikings.com


USC standout Angelo Johnson transfers to Southern Miss - by Eurobasket News
Former USC standout Angelo Johnson (5'10''-G-88) has transferred to Southern Miss, head coach Larry Eustachy announced Wednesday afternoon. Johnson, a point guard, will have to sit out this year due to the NCAA's transfer rules, but will be allowed to practice with the team.

A three-star prospect out of high school by Rivals.com, Johnson will have three years of eligibility remaining after playing his freshman season with the Trojans.

'We are very excited to have Angelo in the program,' Eustachy said. 'We expect him to help our team and really contribute in the backcourt next year.'

Last year, Johnson played in 33 games for USC, starting 11. He averaged 4.5 points per game, while hitting 40.3 percent (27-of 67) from beyond the arc. He was also third on the team with 68 assists (2.06/game).

Johnson went to USC out of Stoneridge Prep, where he led the squad in scoring with 13.7 points per game while dishing out 4.1 assists. Johnson was the No. 9 prospect among fifth-year players by Hoopscooponline.com and the No. 114 recruit overall by Rivals.com.

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


American gives extension to coach Jeff Jones - by Eurobasket News
American University coach Jeff Jones , who last season led the Eagles to the first NCAA Division I men's tournament berth in school history, has been rewarded with a contract extension.

The extension will be announced at a news conference Thursday, according to a university official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had yet to make the formal announcement. Details of the extension were not immediately available.

The Eagles went 21-12 last season, winning the Patriot League regular season title and the conference tournament before losing to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAAs. The victory over Colgate in the Patriot League tournament championship game came at American's Bender Arena and sparked joyous celebrations at the campus located in the northwest corner of the nation's capital.

American's only previous NCAA tournament berth came as a Division II school in 1960. The Eagles joined Division I in 1967.

Jones coached at Virginia for eight seasons in the 1990s, leading the Cavaliers to five NCAA berths. He spent two seasons as an assistant at Rhode Island before coming to American in 2000. His overall record as a head coach is 271-217.

Courtesy of www.foxsports.com


Pitt F Mike Cook denied extra year by NCAA - by Eurobasket News
The NCAA rejected Pittsburgh forward Mike Cook's (6'4''-G/F-84, college: E.Carolina) request for an extra year of eligibility on Wednesday. His senior season was cut short by a knee injury.

Cook played 11 games before injuring his knee Dec. 20 during overtime of a 65-64 win over Duke.

Under NCAA rules, an extra year of eligibility is possible if the athlete plays 30 percent or fewer of the team's games. Cook played 11 of 32 games - or 34 percent.

He averaged 10.4 points last season. Pitt was 40-8 with Cook as a starter.

'Situations like this are hard to take when you know how dedicated Mike's life has been to playing basketball,' coach Jamie Dixon said in a statement.

Cook transferred from East Carolina after the 2004-05 season and sat out the 2005-06 season because of NCAA transfer rules. He graduated with a degree in communications last spring.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Grimes goes to Poland - by Kevin Cochran
Former Missouri Tiger basketball player Kalen Grimes (6'9''-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) has inked a professional contract with a team in Poland. The St. Louis native signed with Banks BPS Basket Kwidzyn and will play for a club that finished 8-10 last season in the regular season.

Grimes new club has loaded up on American talent during the off-season. In addition to the 6-foot-9, 260-pound former Tiger, BPS has added former St.John's point guard Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, agency: Edge Sports), former Memphis Tiger and Toronto Raptors performer Chris Garner (5'10''-G-75, agency: SportsTalent) and former Troy standout Greg Davis (6'1''-G-82, agency: Interperformances).

Grimes enjoyed his best season at Missouri in 2006-07 as a junior. He averaged 6.9 points and a team-leading 5.6 rebounds in helping Mizzou to an 18-12 overall record. While he was later dismissed from the team for an off-the-court incident prior to the start of his senior season, Grimes remained in school and completed his undergraduate degree from Missouri in May of 2008.

Courtesy: officialsportsreport.com


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Tigres win ACB - by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating 89-81 Tiburones Bancentro in Game 5 of the Finals, Tigres de la UdeM became the ACB Champions 2008. The final aggregate was 4-1 for Tigres, and the best players of the decisive Game 5 were Keyshawn Reed (183-G-84) with 31 pts, Jason Walters (196-G-71, college: Mt.Senario) with 18, William Waterhouse (200-C-75) with 16 and Edwin Watters (191-G-74) with 14. Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) scored 28 points for Tiburones, and Carlos Gonzalez (177-G-80) added 18. Martin Amador (193-F-75) was limited by the fauls, but was named the same the Finals MVP, thanks to his outstanding performing in the first four games. Keyshawn Reed, instead, was unanimously identified as the most spectacular player in the league.

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BARANGAY GINEBRA BACK ON THE THRONE - by Benny Lirio
Rising above tough challenge and extreme adversities, the Barangay Ginebra Kings are back on the throne, once again
reigning supreme in the import-reinforced PBA tourney.

Ginebra completed an epic triumph while handicapped by injuries, waylaying Air21, 97-84, Wednesday night to bag the
2007-08 Smart Fiesta Conference before a delirious record-breaking crowd of 22,902 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The walking wounded of coach Jong Uichico survived an acid test, overcoming a 2-3 deficit in the best-of-seven series
to reclaim the crown they won in 2004.

It's Ginebra's eighth championship in all but this one should rank among the best, considering the trials and adversities gone
through by coach Jong Uichico and the brave Ginebra gang.

'Every championship means a lot whether it's your first, second, third or what. But this one is really special. It's hard to
explain how we won the series with all the injuries and tough challenges we faced,' said Uichico, winning a second
crown in four conferences with the ball club before a crowd never seen since the glory days of Crispa and Toyota in the leagues early years.

'The players deserve all the credit for not giving up. We could have easily given up when we lost Jayjay (Helterbrand).
We could have easily given up when Mark Caguioa got injured. And we could have easily given up when the others also got hurt.
But the players didn't,' Uichico also said.

With practically everybody already playing with aches and pains, Tubid and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) seized the moment and led the team to the epic win.
The two were rewarded by being named Finals co-MVPs.

'Eric (Eric Menk) has just redeemed himself. Tubid, meanwhile, really showed a big fighting heart as he returned to play in the series straight
from injury. Bumalik sya noong kailangang-kailangan namin siya. Bumalik sya ng walang practice,' said Uichico.

Eric Menk, defying Father Time, and Tubid, sidelined for six weeks by a dislocated ankle, combined for 43 points and 17 rebounds in the
winner-take-all contest.

Chris Alexander, the tournament Best Import, was saddled by early fouls but still played a key role, finishing the contest with
19 rebounds, 16 points, four blocks, one assist and one steal.

'It was a gamble on my part to keep him on the game despite five fouls. What I wanted was for him to make it tougher for Steve Thomas
to score. Kung locals, madaling-madali para kay Thomas umiskor,' said Uichico.

As it turned out, the Kings held the entire Air21 team scoreless in the last 4:27 of play.

'My players have matured. Still, they were not yet ready to face the impact of what the Ginebra crowd brought
to the game,' said Air21 coach Bo Perasol.

The injury bug hit Ginebra up to the final game of the series with Junthy Valenzuela hurting his left leg in the third quarter.

Valenzuela wasn't able to return but the Kings didn't waver.

Earlier, the Kings pounced on the Express at the posts with Alexander and Eric Menk combining for 18 points as Ginebra took the half at 49-46.

The Ginebra gang could have established full control right in the opening half if not for an atrocious 12-of-23
free-throw shooting against Air21's 4-of-4 perfect clip.

Though badly beaten in rebounding, the Express kept the game close also with a better three-point shooting. Gary David,
Arwind Santos, Nino Canaleta, Ranidel De Ocampo and Marvin Cruz combined for six triples with the Kings accounting for only three.

After the Kings built their biggest lead in the first half at 28-21, De Ocampo and Santos fired a three-pointer each in an 11-4
salvo that tied the count at 32-all midway through the second period.

The two teams engaged in a fiery exchange until Valenzuela beat the buzzer with a floater, giving the Kings a three-point lead at the turn.

Tubid was the lone Ginebra player who did well from the charity lane in the first half, knocking in all of his five charities.
He provided Ginebra instant offense coming off the bench, leading the team with 12 points in the first 24 minutes of play.

Santos led all scorers with 13 points in the opening half marred by three technical infractions.

Getting possession after the opening tip, Caguioa quickly brought the ball down court and dished off an assist to Paul Artadi fo
r the first basket of the contest. (NC)

The scores:

Ginebra 97 Tubid 22, Eric Menk 21, Alexander 16, Caguioa 13, Valenzuela 10, Artadi 8, Crisano 4, Pacana 3, Mamaril 0, Salvacion 0, Reavis 0.

Air21 84 Thomas 24, Santos 19, David 18, Canaleta 8, Billones 6, De Ocampo 5, Cruz 3, Arboleda 1, Kramer 0, Intal 0, Espinas 0, Sotto 0, Se 0.

Quarterscores: 26-21, 49-46, 72-63, 97-84. PBA.PH


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Joel Jones could have a new uniform for 2009 - by Luis Ramirez
According to reports from Associated Press, the Ponce Lions are not making it a top priority the signing of Free Agent Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.). It seems that the top priority for the Lions is to sign a Head Coach. Carlos Mario Rivera who took over the team in the latter part of this season seems to be the principal candidate for the Lions Head Coach position. Reports from Associate Press also indicate that Antonio Latimer will be part of the Lions squad for next season. Latimer was apparently loaned this season to the Guaynabo Conquistadors and will have to come back to the Lions in 2009. Although it is too early to tell if Jones will return next season with the Lions it is no secret that Jones was one of the Ponce Fans favorite due to his spectacular dunks.

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CS Energia Rovinari sign four import players - by Eurobasket
CS Energia Rovinari Tārgu Jiu signed four Americans for upcoming 08-09 season: 24-year old guard Louis Darby (196-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) and 26-year old forward Edjuan Green (203-F-82, college: Texas A&M), guard Josh Jackson (188-G, college: Warner Pacific) and 25-year old shooting guard Porter Troupe (196-G/F-83, college: Portland). Darby played most recently at Al Wehda Damascus (Syria). It will be his first season playing pro basketball in Europe. His biggest achievement was so far winning Big West Championship with Long Beach St. Green has a little bit more experience. he already played last season in Europe for ASC Theresianum Mainz in German Regionalliga. He also played in IBL in the States for two seasons. Last year he was voted Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-West First Team. Jackson and Troupe both played last seasons at Vancouver Volcanoes in American semi-pro league IBL. Troupe was selected this year to IBL All-Western-Conference 2nd Team. All four players should be an important addition to newly promoted Energy team. They are still looking for two players on center position.

Turkey better than Romania for third place on 'Trophy Macedonia' - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Turkey 85-89

Turkey finally succeeded to register the first win on international tournament 'Trophy Macedonia' which was held in Skopje. After two defeats against F.Y.R of Macedonia and Montenegro, Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) and his teammates had to work very hard in order to beat Romania. Thus third place on the tournament belongs to Turkey, which ended it with 1-2. Romania is the last ranked team with 0-3.
Romanians played surprisingly good in this game as they suffered two huge defeats at the beginning. Actually they gave a real basketball lesson to Turkey in the second frame. Hidayet Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and their teammates finally woke up during the last ten minutes. It would be a big disappointment for Turkey in case to finish this tournament on the last place. Creating 9-0 run Turkey grabbed 77-81 and it seemed that the game is over. However, Romania made quick 5-1 after that tying the score on 82-82 at the end of regular time. Turkey played more concentrated during the last five minutes. It defense looked good which resulted with just 3 points by Romania.
Ersan Ilyasova was the key player for the winning team in this game scoring 20 points. Hidayet Turkoglu also was good adding one point less. Paul netted 28 points for Romania while Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) had 16.


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Russia U16 stun Croatia U16 75:62 - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16-Russia U16 62:75

Russia U16 moved to 4-0 record in Group F of the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. Tonight the team overcame Croatia 75:62 with a great start. Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) paced the winners with 22 points. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) netted 14, while Mikhail Karpachev (188-F-92) and Victor Pavlenko (194-F-92) scored 7 each. Boris Barac (202-F-92) top-scored for the Croatian side with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Roko Rogic (182-G-92) added 17. This win brings Russia very close to the semi-finals, while Croatia is now 1-3. Russia will play Turkey tomorrow where the winner will lock their semi-finals spot, while Croatia will take on Israel.
Russia scored first five points of the game as Nikulichev nailed a three for 5-0. Russia finished the quarter with a 20:6 lead to feel comfortable in the game. In the second period Croatia woke up and reduced to 20:24. Mikhail Karpachev's three sent the teams to the lockers for 33:26 Russian advantage.
The second half and especially the third and the last quarters differed from each other. Russia stun with 21-7 in the third quarter to take 54:33 lead entering the last period. Croatia bounced back with 29-21 in the final period but cut the score to 75:62.

Croatia U16: Boris Barac 21+7 rebs, Roko Rogic 17
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 22, Alexander Varnakov 14, Mikhail Karpachev 7, Victor Pavlenko 7


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Hemofarm signs young Uros Petrovic on a long-term deal - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA looks forward to the future. The team decided to sign young Uros Petrovic (206-F/C-90) on a long-term contract. 18-year old small forward showed decent performance with Hemofam's junior team last season. In the past he was a member of Serbian U16 National Team. This summer Petrovic participated on European Championship in Amalaida and Pyrgos with U18 Serbia. He played 8 games averaging 7.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg. Unfortunately Serbia wasn't able to defend the Gold finishing the championship on sixth place.

Lithuania U16 remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Lithuania U16 52:66

Lithuania U16 remains undefeated and thrashes the opponents in the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. The last victim for the Baltic side was Serbia U16 that lost 52:66. Vytenis Cizauskas (188-G-92) led the winners with 22 points. Jonas Valanciunas (209-C-92) collected 14 points and 19 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-F-92) added 9. Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92) ended up with 18 points for Serbia, while Aleksandar Radenkovic (185-G-92) posted 8. This win is worth a 4-0 record for the winners while Serbia dropped to 1-3. Lithuania will face the Czech Republic while Serbia will take on Ukraine to secure their 5-8 games clearance.
Lithuania was always in front and took the lead from the very beginning. Dovydas Redikas scored for 18:9 and then the Baltic side had 21:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Lithuania climbed to a 41:19 half time lead when Pukis made a lay-up, the last in the quarter. It happened after his team had 20:6 in the second period and a well-balanced performance in the court.
The Baltic team scored another 4 consecutive points in the third quarter to dominate the game. Drenovac closed the third at 37:56 from the free throw line. Serbia won the last period 15:10 but Lithuanian thoughts were far away from the game itself. They celebrated 66:52 victory to remain with the perfect record.

Serbia U16: Strahinja Mladenovic 18, Aleksandar Radenkovic 8
Lithuania U16: Vytenis Cizauskas 22, Jonas Valanciunas 14+19 rebs, Dovydas Redikas 9


Serbian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE)
5 Milenko Tepic (198-G-87) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
6 Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (GRE)
7 Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE)
8 Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE)
9 Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
10 Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
12 Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) of Triumph Lyubertsy (RUS)
13 Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) of Efes Pilsen Istanbul (TUR)
14 Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd

15 Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) of Golden State Warriors (USA)
16 Luka Bogdanovic (206-F-85) of DKV Joventut Badalona (ESP)
Head Coach: Dusan Ivkovic


Serbia wins the opener of EuroBasket qualifying campaign - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Serbia 64:78

Serbian National team started the EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a confident win over Italy in Cagliari. Serbian squad grabbed the lead from the very beginning and proved the ambitions for the top place in Group A. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) led the winners with 16 points. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) collected 15 points and 11 boards, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) added 11. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) ended up with 18 points and Da Tome netted 12.
Italy played without Danilo Gallinari, Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli absent. Tripkovic gave Serbia the early lead and Milos Vujanic improved to 14:19. Kosta Perovic closed the opening quarter at 18:26. Italy tried hard in the second period but could not tie the game. They however did not allow the guests to have more than 8 points lead. Vitali was the last to score in the first half for 34:38.
Da Tome tied the game only in the third for Italy making 38:38 in the beginning of the third period. Later Italy tied the game three more times, but could not stay in front. Novica Velickovic brought his team to 51:57 advantage after thirty minutes played. When Tepic made 55:70 and after 55:75 from Bogdanovic Serbia realized the road win in Cagliari. Vitali could score last for the hosts that saw 64:78 loss.

Italy: Marco Mordente 18, Da Tome 12
Serbia: Milos Vujanic 16, Novica Velickovic 15+11 rebs, Kosta Perovic 11


Impressions after important victory in Italy - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbia demonstrated very good performance in the first official game this year. Players of head coach Dusan Ivkovic were better than Italy entering into the Eurobasket 2009 Qualification with important road victory.

Dusan Ivkovic couldn't hide happiness after this game but he stated this is just the beginning.

'I think we deserved this victory. We totally controlled rhythm of the game during the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately, we slowed down after that what dangerous Italy exploited and managed to tie the score. It was important for my players to settle down as soon as possible. After timeout we started with switching in defense on everyone except of the big guys. It turned out as a very good choice and thanks to decent performance at the offensive end we succeeded to take back our lead. Later, we ended the game without any problems. I want to say that it was just the first round and we have to go step by step to our main goal Eurobasket 2009' - said Dusan Ivkovic .

Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) was one of the leading players in Serbia last night adding 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals. He was the best when it was the most important.

'We prepared for the beginning of qualification for a long time, especially for this game. It wasn't easy playing against Italians but we showed good attitude and we succeeded to take this one. There is not so much time for a joy as we have to prepare properly for the next game. We beat our direct rival for top of our group but we have to play like this every time. We have to fight 40 minutes as we are young and we have to take advantage on that' - said Novica Velickovic.


Hemofarm STADA officially starts preparation for 08/09 - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA officially started preparations for the upcoming season. All players, except of Uros Petrovic (206-F/C-90), Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89), Petar Despotovic (195-G-88), Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) and Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) showed up on the first practice on Monday. Petrovic, Macvan and Despotovic worked during the entire summer with young selections of Serbian National Team while Marjanovic and Markovic are currently with the seniors. Boris Savovic (207-F-87) also will join the rest of the team after he finishes obligations with Montenegrin NT.

Head coach of the ex Adriatic league champion Stevan Karadzic announced that Hemofarm's goal in the next season will be to grab at least one trophy.

'We have a lot of players which took a part in various selections of Serbian National Team. Petrovic already joined us on Tuesday while next week Despotovic and Macvan will arrive to Vrsac. Marjanovic and Markovic suppose to show up on September 20th. The good thing is that all players except of Nemanja Arnautovic (194-G-90) are healthy. He will be fully recovered in about a month' - said Stevan Karadzic.

As a part of preparations Hemofarm STADA will play friendly games against F.Y.R. of Macedonia and Algeria. Traditional tournament 'Veliki za male' will be held this year also and it will be the last check of the team before the first official game.


Junior team of FMP opened unofficial World Championship (NIKE GLOBAL CHALLENGE tournament) celebrating. Young Panthers were better than USA III 74-73. The best player in FMP was Nikola Markovic (207-F/C-89), who scored 17 points. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) followed with 14 while Milos Dimic (194-G-89) had 9 points. Thomas De Shaun netted 22 points for USA III.
In the second game FMP suffered defeat against USA II 75-85 while its next rival will be Canada.


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Union Olimpija signs Jonathan Wallace - by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija announced the signing of point guard Jonathan Wallace (185-G-86) to a one year contract. Wallace who will make his European debut with the Slovenian champions arrives from Georgetown University, where he averaged 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg in 34 games. He also set the Georgetown University record with 240 three-point shots made during his career. During next weeks Union Olimpija will also announce another signings, this time on shooting guard position.

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Czech Republic U16 proves the ambitions, Spain U16 is defeated - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16-Spain U16 66:61

Czech Republic U16 proves the ambitions for the top places in Termostep U16 European Championship Men. The underdogs continued their amazing run with a surprising 66:61 win over Spain. Jaromir Bohacik (195-F-92) led the winners with 16 points 6 rebounds. Tomas Vyoral (187-G-92) netted 13, while Jan Svejda (191-G/F-92) added 12. Joan Creus (183-G-92) top-scored for Spain with 12 points, whilst Miguel Servera (195-F-92) and Alejandro Igual (189-G-92) scored 10 in defeat. The win means both Czech Republic and Lithuania qualified already to the semi-finals. Czech Republic will face Lithuania while Spain would play Greece in the last games of the Qualifying Round.
For Spain it was still a chance to hope for the semis if they could beat the opponent. Czech Republic U16 however remained undefeated as they started with 21:13 in the opening quarter. Only in the second period Spain woke up and scored 12 unanswered points to take the lead. De Pinto's three finished Spanish 23-8 quarter win as the team won the half 36:29. Blanco increased the lead to 44:35, but it was the last spurt of Spain. The Czechs connected twice from long range to be back in the game, and enter the last quarter down just by four, 48:44. Svoboda gave Czech Republic U16 49:48 advantage from the arc in the beginning of the last period. The score was tied three times and then after 58:58 the underdogs finished on a happy note. Mostly due to the free throws in the end Czech Republic U16 won over Spain 66:61.

Czech Republic U16: Jaromir Bohacik 16+6 rebs, Tomas Vyoral 13, Jan Svejda 12
Spain U16: Joan Creus 12, Miguel Servera 10, Alejandro Igual 10


Unicaja Malaga adds Thomas Kelati - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga continues with signings this summer. The last acquisition of Spanish team is small forward Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.), who arrives from Polish PGE Turow Zgorzelec. He had 15 appearances in ULEB Cup helping his team to reach the quarterfinals with 14.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.1 spg. His team had pretty good performance in domestic championship reaching the play-off final. Prokom Trefl Sopot was better in the last decisive game defending the championship title. Kelati played 38 games in DBL registering 15.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg and 1.4 spg. It was the second Kelati's season in Turow. After 06/07 he was named 'All-Polish league Player of the Year'. One season before that he spent in Dexia Mons Hainaut. He graduated at Washington State University in 2005 having 14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.5 spg at his senior year. Kelati signed one-year deal with Unicaja.

According to the rumors Tau Ceramica shows interest in Finish player Petteri Koponen (193-G-88), who played last four years in Honka Espoo Playboys. At the last one he appeared 45 times in Korisliiga recording 18.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.1 apg and 1.8 spg. His team managed to defend the title while he was named 'Guard of the Year 2008'. During the summer Koponen participated at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as a player of Portland Trail Blazers. He is member of Finish National Team since 2006.


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Turkey better than Romania for third place on 'Trophy Macedonia' - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Turkey 85-89

Turkey finally succeeded to register the first win on international tournament 'Trophy Macedonia' which was held in Skopje. After two defeats against F.Y.R of Macedonia and Montenegro, Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) and his teammates had to work very hard in order to beat Romania. Thus third place on the tournament belongs to Turkey, which ended it with 1-2. Romania is the last ranked team with 0-3.
Romanians played surprisingly good in this game as they suffered two huge defeats at the beginning. Actually they gave a real basketball lesson to Turkey in the second frame. Hidayet Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and their teammates finally woke up during the last ten minutes. It would be a big disappointment for Turkey in case to finish this tournament on the last place. Creating 9-0 run Turkey grabbed 77-81 and it seemed that the game is over. However, Romania made quick 5-1 after that tying the score on 82-82 at the end of regular time. Turkey played more concentrated during the last five minutes. It defense looked good which resulted with just 3 points by Romania.
Ersan Ilyasova was the key player for the winning team in this game scoring 20 points. Hidayet Turkoglu also was good adding one point less. Paul netted 28 points for Romania while Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) had 16.


Fournier was unstoppable against Turkey U16 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-France U16 60:67

France U16 made the things alive for the semis beating Turkey U16 67:60 in Termostep U16 European Championship Men. France overcame the opponent 67:60 with a fantastic game from Evan Fournier (196-G-92) who poured in 31 points for the winners. Leo Westermann (196-G-92) netted 9, while Jonathan Radjouki (204-F-92) added 8. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) top-scored for Turkey with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) scored 16. The game ties the record between both teams at 3-1. If France would beat Latvia in the opening game of the day tomorrow, Turkey will have to beat the so far unbeatable Russia by seven points or more to qualify.
Turkey posted 4 points in the opening tip to grab 4-0 margin. Edge made it 10:5 and Enes Kanter carried the Turks to a 13:8 lead. The first quarter was finished at 13:10 for the Turks when Pourchot made a jump-shot. France dominated the court in the second period and had 17-3 throughout the quarter. Pinda finished the spurt at 27:16 from the free throw line. Jonathan Radjouki gave his team plus 10 at the halftime.
Both teams played an even basketball in the third period but Turkey won the third 21:19. Enes Kanter with a jump-shot scored for 50:42. It was him again to give his team a 51:50 lead leaving France with no points for a long time. The latter had however Evan Fournier who shined in the last minutes and brought his team an important win.

Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 26+13 rebs, Burak Yuksel 16
France U16: Evan Fournier 31+5 rebs, Leo Westermann 9, Jonathan Radjouki 8


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CEI Interneighborhood Basketball Tournament - by David Edole
ST. CROIX - All 10 teams have played in the Caribbean Education Initiative/Sun Stroke Promotions Interneighborhood Basketball Tournament. Chabert U, Areo Diaz Hoyas, Sion Farm Zion and Williams Delight Dread Eyes are all in the Winners' Bracket of the double elimination tournament. Whim Who's Next, Grove Place Pushers, Mon Bijou Soldiers, Sion Farm Tribes, Saferalli Boyz Dem and Kennedy U2 all face elimination.

The first elimination game of the 'Hood Hoops Tournament' will be played today at the Mon Bijou Basketball Court with Sion Farm Tribe taking on UMB Soldiers. On Thursday, action continues with another elimination game as Saferalli Boyz Dem travels to Whim to take on Who's Next.

On Monday night, there was action in the Ralph DeChabert Housing Community and Chabert 'U' was the first home team to win a game in the Interneighborhood tournament by defeating the Grove Pushers, 59-54, with a balanced attack. James Gilbert, Kevin Hughes and Hakeem Farrell were all in double digits with 14, 12 & 11 respectively. Jameel Rodriguez led Grove Pushers with 21 points with 18 of his points coming from behind the 3-point arc.

Kennedy 'U2' also uses the Ralph DeChabert basketball court as their home site, but lost to the Williams Delight Dread Eyes, 58-44. The Dread Eyes were able to overcome a 23-11 halftime deficit to win 58-44. Shakeel Baltimore scored all 20 of his points in the decisive fourth quarter to steal one from the home team. Teammate Joshua Frontal also came alive late for the winners scoring 10 of his 12 points in the third quarter to ignite the Dread Eyes run.

The tournament is supported by VIPD who provides police presence to all the games to ensure a safe environment for players and fans alike and TRAXCO. Housing Parks & Recreation has also been instrumental in the return of Interneghborhood basketball by providing the necessary improvements to the basketball courts in the various neighborhoods.


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Greece U16 beat Ukraine U16 for the first win in the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16- Greece U16 61:90

Greece U16 registered the first win in the Qualifying Round of Group E at the European Championship in Italy. In Day 5 they outscored Ukraine 90:61 with the win in all the quarters. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (203-F-92) led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) netted 15, while Spyridon Motsenigos (190-G-92) scored 13. Olexandr Mishula (185-G-92) and Oleksandr Prokopenko (192-F-92) top-scored in defeat with 12 points apiece. Greece now improved to a 1-3 record in the group, while Ukraine dropped to 0-4.
Greece will face Spain on the closing day of the round as Ukraine will face Serbia.
Greece U16 took an early lead and scored first 6 points in the game. Ukraine scored for 7:11 but then failed in the game. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos closed the opening quarter at 27:15. In the second period Greece U16 increased to 20:11 and had 21 points deficit at the half. Terpos made a free throw to send the teams to the lockers. Ukraine played even basketball in the third period and lost it only 16:18. In the end of the game Karaiskos set up the final 90:61.

Ukraine U16: Olexandr Mishula 12, Oleksandr Prokopenko 12
Greece U16: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 21+8 rebs, Giorgos Mavrogiannis 15, Spyridon Motsenigos 13


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Jamaal Joins Wolves - by George Manousidis
The Worcester Wolves Basketball Club have made Jamaal Caterina (198-F-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: S.Maine) there final import signing for the up and coming season.

The 6'6'' American small forward comes off a very productive season with Southern Maine. While at the NCAA Division Three school Caterina led the team in Scoring (18 ppg) Rebounding (9.4 rpg) and free throw percentage (83%). Often used in a 'point forward' role, Caterina also tallied 3 assists per game. Caterina developed his outside game as well shooting 33% from three point range. He was named LEC All-Conference First Team, All-Maine by the Coaches Association as well as a New England Coaches Association All-Star. Prior to his senior season with Southern Maine Caterina played one season at NCAA Division One school University of New Hampshire. Over 29 games he averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds shooting 47% from the field. Caterina Started his NCAA career with Division One school American University for two seasons (2002- 2004.)

Worcester Wolves head Coach Skouson Harker is very enthusiastic about his newest signing. 'Jamaal is very athletic and will be a very good BBL player. He had a tough college career, but at the NCAA level the coaches system is King, so to speak, and if your game is not the 'right fit' for certain coaches systems sometimes you need to move on. This is what Jamaal did in going to Southern Maine, and he was able to play his game, which is very free flowing. He is a great ball handler and can hurt you from anywhere on the court. Our system will allow Jamaal to continue to play his style of ball, and for a player to be confident and productive they need to be comfortable. As a rookie a lot will be expected of Jamaal, but we are very confident he can do the job. Obviously we have tremendous belief in him as a BBL player. We feel he was a fantastic find and he will be a great fit for the Wolves.'

Worcester Wolves have nearly completed their off season recruiting and are preparing for the new season. The Club is very optimistic that they can produce a break out year, and compete with the BBL's best. Coach Harker confirms 'We really wanted to improve our size this year as well as our defensive presence and overall defensive attitude. With the team we are putting together we can do just that. In the open court we have two very good defenders with quick hands in Will and Tommy. Harry and Justin, along with Jamaal and myself will give us some very solid wing and inside defending. We want get over the 'hump' so to speak and make defensive stops down the stretch that will win games. Offensively I expect us to be well rounded with multiple options. To win the big games I think we needed to be more versatile as a unit as far a scoring the basketball is concerned.'

Wolves Begin their BBL Championship campaign away at the Big Storage Chester Jets Sunday Sept. 28th tipping off at 5:30 pm. There first home match of the season is Saturday Oct. 4th at 4 pm versus the Scottish Rocks.


SHAWN JETS BACK AGAIN - by George Manousidis
With the start of the new BBL season only about a month away, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets have put another piece into the jigsaw that is their 2008-9 roster by re-signing long-time Northgate favourite Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia).

Myers, a 66 forward who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, rejoins the Jets for a fifth time, having enjoyed a third consecutive season in Australia with the Geelong Supercats, where he averaged 20 points [including 75%+ from the free throw-line] and 10 rebounds per game. He is a seven year BBL veteran, having played for the Newcastle Eagles, Scottish Rocks and Leicester Riders between his stints at the Jets.

When Shawn left us to go down under in February following his hand injury, I said that finance permitting, I would love to bring him back again for the next season, said Head Coach Paul Smith, and Im delighted to announce that we have managed to do just that! He will give us what he has always done a consistent scoring threat both from close in and from distance and rebounding strength both offensively and defensively. Last season, even though he joined us late and was forced to finish early through injury, he posted some really impressive personal statistics - second place in the BBL with 11.3 rebounds per game, 4th in scoring with an average 23.9 points per game, and an impressive 73+ % success from the free throw line and we are looking forward to him doing the same again!

Peter Hawkins, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Director added, I am sure I speak on behalf of all Jets fans when I say that we are delighted that Shawn has agreed to rejoin us, and that with other such Northgate favourites as James Hamilton, Calvin Davis and Alto Virgil already signed, and newcomer Chuck Evans as playmaker it is clear that Paul Smith is putting together a team that will be more than capable of giving a good account of itself next season.

Discussions are ongoing with several other players and announcements relating to the remaining positions on the roster are expected in the near future.


Heat re-sign Dean Williams and Jon May - by George Manousidis
Guildford Heat are proud to announce that they have re-signed club stalwarts Dean Williams (191-F-77) and Jon May ahead of the upcoming BBL season.

Williams, who has turned out in more games for the Heat than any other player, will be starting his sixth season in the British Basketball League, his fourth with the club, and his fifth under Head Coach, Paul James. The highly experience guard is an England international who has played against some of he top clubs in Europe. His previous teams include the Thames Valley Tigers, the Plymouth Raiders, the London Towers, and the Brixton Topcats.

Born on February 17, 1979, fan favourite, Dean, who stands 6'3' tall, has won every domestic title in British basketball. He featured in all of the Heat's games in the 2006-2007 BBL League and Cup double, helped the Guildford outfit secure the BBL Cup Winners Cup in a two-leg fixture against his former side the Plymouth Raiders prior to last season's tip-off, and played a prominent role in the 2007-2008 campaign in which Paul James's outfit captured the BBL Trophy and the highly prestigious BBL Playoff Championship, the latter at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

Dean's drive, enthusiasm and dedication to the cause have been key to the Heat's success. A resilient athlete, Williams can also be relied upon not to foul out of games and to be around to contribute a crunch times in important games. His re-signing will be good news for the Guildford faithful.

The return of playmaker Jon May, 6'0', is also good news for everyone associated with the club. Jon, who, like Dean, has won multiple domestic titles, is returning for his fourth season with the Heat. As well as coming off the bench for the first team, Jon was instrumental in helping the second team - Heat II - secure promotion from EBL (English Basketball League) Division 4. Jon also plays a vital role off-court as Community Basketball Coach, visiting dozens of local primary and secondary schools working with children in the Guildford and Bracknell area on improving their basketball skills and, at the same time, promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Head Coach, Paul James, commented: 'Both Dean and Jon have been ever present with the Heat from day dot and I am delighted to be working with them again. Dean by his own high standards did not play his best last season and I know he is desperate to put that right. Meanwhile Jon has had a big part to play in the Heat's success. Jon is one of the hardest working players I have coached and I'm looking for him to make his mark this season'.

The Heat's next home game will be the home leg of the Cup Winners Cup against the Marshall Milton Keynes Lions at the Guildford Spectrum on Sunday, September 14 - tip-off 3.00 pm, with the return fixture at the Bletchley Leisure Centre on September 19, tip- off 7.30 pm. The Heat's next BBL home game, the first home fixture of the season, is pencilled in for October 18th against the Cheshire Jets at Spectrum.




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Storm's Jackson to be sidelined by ankle surgery after Olympics - by Eurobasket News
Storm star Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) will miss the WNBA team's final eight games after the Olympic break to undergo surgery on her right ankle.

Jackson, now playing for Australia in Beijing, has reportedly received two cortisone injections in her ankle to continue playing. She's averaging 17.8 points while shooting 53 percent from the field, leading her team to a semifinal matchup against China on Thursday.

The arthroscopic surgery by Dr. Martin Sullivan in Sydney to alleviate swelling in the ankle is described by Basketball Australia as routine. Jackson is expected to take four to six weeks to heal.
Jackson, the Storm's leading scorer (20.2), will return to Seattle after the surgery. The WNBA postseason begins Sept. 18.

Seattle (17-9), seeded second in the Western Conference, went 3-2 without Jackson as she prepared for the Olympics.

The injury was discovered after an exhibition against Brazil in July. At the time, Jackson said it was an 'overuse' injury and that she would be fine. An MRI in China later revealed an impingement at the front of the ankle from wear and tear.

Jackson, 27, had reconstructive surgery on the ankle in October 2004. She plays basketball year-round, with commitments in Seattle and Moscow.

'I look forward to returning to Seattle after my surgery to cheer on the Storm,' Jackson said in a statement. 'I'm disappointed that I won't be able to finish out the regular season, but I have confidence in my teammates. I'm hopeful that I can rejoin them for the WNBA Finals.'

When asked Monday about Jackson's health, first-year Storm coach Brian Agler said he spoke with the two-time WNBA MVP on Sunday and hoped she'd be able to play. Seattle resumes play against Houston on Aug. 28 at KeyArena.

'She's had some issues all through the season and sat out some games during the preliminary tournament,' Agler said of Australia, which could face the U.S. for gold if both teams win Thursday. 'She's a competitor.'

Courtesy of www.seattletimes.com


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Italian National team is victorious in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina-Italy 53:68

Italian National team won the second game of EuroBasket Women qualification campaign. Tonight Sarajevo saw a 53:68 loss from Bosnia and Herzegovina that fell to 0-2. Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) led the winners with 15 points to 2-1 record. Marte Alexander (196-C-76, college: Arizona) netted 13, while Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) scored 11. Biljana Savic (190-C-83) top-scored for the hosts with 10 points, while Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) and Olja Stupar (187-C-87) posted 9 apiece.
Almost first three minutes in the game the spectators could not see the baskets from both squads. Biljana Savic gave the first lead for the hosts in the opening tip of the period. In a tough battle the teams finished the first with 14:14 on the board. Svitlica gave Bosnia and Herzegovina National team 24:21 lead, but then Italy pushed the tempo in the half. The guests created 12-0 run for 33:24 and finished the half Azra Becirovic closed the half at 26:33. Italy won the third quarter 20:12 and had 53:38 entering the last period. Manuela Zanon opened the last period from the arch and then Italians felt they could celebrate. Bosnia and Herzegovina played even in the fourth period and tied the quarter at 15:15, however it gave Italy 68:53 win.

In another game of the group Turkey beat Finland 81:66 and has 2-0 record.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Biljana Savic 10, Azra Becirovic 9, Olja Stupar 9
Italy: Manuela Zanon 15, Marte Alexander 13, Simona Ballardini 11



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Division A. Qualifying Round. August 20 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A
Ukraine -Germany 93:39

The National team of Ukraine destroyed Germany at the EuroBasket Women qualifying in Kiev. The host team did not have any difficulties smashing the opponent 93:39. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) led the winners with 20 points. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) posted 16 each, while Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Richter top-scored for the guests with 11 points, Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college: New York U.) and Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) scored 6 apiece.
The start of the game was a bit emotional for the Ukrainian side that even trailed 2:4 in the opening tip. In the middle of the period the hosts had 14:10 and created an 11-0 run to close the period at 25:10. Ukraine kept the guests scoreless also in the first minutes of the second period and had 29:10 at that time. Germany scored some points and even reached 20 at the end of the half. Iryna Biryuk however brought the hosts 45:20 advantage and the confidence entering the second half. Nothing specific had changed in the third period as Ukraine dominated the court. They produced 20:12 in the period to have 65:32 after 30 minutes of the game. A 28-7 in the last quarter was too much for Germany that could not struggle with the hosts.

Ukraine: Inna Yegorova 20, Olexandra Gorbunova 16, Iryna Biryuk 16, Olena Ogorodnikova 15+11 rebs
Germany: Richter 11, Katja Bavendam 6, Anne Breitreiner 6

Great Britain-Lithuania 63:82
Lithuania won the second game in Group A at the EuroBasket Women qualifying last night. Cardiff could not help Great Britain in a 63:82 loss. The third quarter was too much for the hosts in the game. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) led the winners with 20 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) nailed 16, while Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) posted 11. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) ended up with 16 points, while Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) posted 14. Lithuania improve to 2-1 after their victory over Ukraine at the weekend, but Great Britain remain winless after their two games.
It was a great start from the hosts that won the opening tip 15:10. Later on however Lithuania took the control and bounced back to 27:17 after the first quarter. Great Britain trailed 10 points in the majority of the second and had 36:46 at the halftime. The visitors then pressed home their advantage in the third quarter as Sandra Valuzyte's jump-shot sparked at 17-2 run that put Lithuania in firm control. Diana Razmaite closed the third period from a lay-up for 69:47. In the last quarter the hosts climbed a bit closer and won the period 16:13. Johannah Leedham was the last in the game to score for Great Britain for 63:82.

Great Britain: Megan Moody 16, Johannah Leedham 14
Lithuania: Sandra Valuzyte 20+6 ast+5 rebs, Daina Staugaitiene 16, Diana Razmaite 11


GROUP B

Bosnia and Herzegovina-Italy 53:68
Italian National team won the second game of EuroBasket Women qualification campaign. Tonight Sarajevo saw a 53:68 loss from Bosnia and Herzegovina that fell to 0-2. Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) led the winners with 15 points to 2-1 record. Marte Alexander (196-C-76, college: Arizona) netted 13, while Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) scored 11. Biljana Savic (190-C-83) top-scored for the hosts with 10 points, while Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) and Olja Stupar (187-C-87) posted 9 apiece.
Almost first three minutes in the game the spectators could not see the baskets from both squads. Biljana Savic gave the first lead for the hosts in the opening tip of the period. In a tough battle the teams finished the first with 14:14 on the board. Svitlica gave Bosnia and Herzegovina National team 24:21 lead, but then Italy pushed the tempo in the half. The guests created 12-0 run for 33:24 and finished the half Azra Becirovic closed the half at 26:33. Italy won the third quarter 20:12 and had 53:38 entering the last period. Manuela Zanon opened the last period from the arch and then Italians felt they could celebrate. Bosnia and Herzegovina played even in the fourth period and tied the quarter at 15:15, however it gave Italy 68:53 win.

In another game of the group Turkey beat Finland 81:66 and has 2-0 record.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Biljana Savic 10, Azra Becirovic 9, Olja Stupar 9
Italy: Manuela Zanon 15, Marte Alexander 13, Simona Ballardini 11




Finland -Turkey 66:81

Turkey is now 2-0 in Group B of the EuroBasket Women qualification campaign. Due to the opening quarter Turkey overcame Finland 81:66 in Espoo. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led the winners with 18 points. Nevlin posted 17, while Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) added 10 each. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) ended up with 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat and Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) scored 17.
Turkey opened the game on a 15-2 run and finished the first quarter with a 27:7 lead to put the game beyond doubt. Vardarli from the arch made it 34:7 for her team that could celebrate the win at that time. Even though Finland won the second quarter 23:17 Turkey enjoyed 44:30 at the halftime.
The margin was reduced also to 39:51 with 5 minutes to play in the third. Heta Korpivaara made it 47:62 as both teams finished 30 minutes of the campaign. Palazoglu and then Nevlin opened the last period and Turkey spurt to another run. Saziye Karsli made plus 21 in the middle of the quarter and Turkey was too good in the game. Yigit closed the campaign with 81:66 and reached the second win in the group to stay undefeated.

In another game of the group Italy overcame Bosnia 68:53.

Finland: Heta Korpivaara 19+6 rebs, Michaela Moua 17
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 18, Nevlin 17, Saziye Karsli 10+10 rebs, Esmeral Tuncluer 10



GROUP C

Slovak Republic-Romania 93:59

Slovak Republic improved to 2-1 in their EuroBasket Women qualifying campaign. Ruzomberok thanked the team for 93:59 win over Romania. For the latter it was the first upset in the tournament as they won the opener of the tournament over Croatia. Lucia Laskova (187-C-80, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 18 points. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) netted 14. Simina Mandache (184-F-81) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) score 11.
Slovak Republic got a better start and used 23:14 by the end of the opening quarter. The hosts did not stop and suggested their game later as well. Another 16:13 in the second moved them to 39:27 at the halftime.
Both teams showed an offensive style in the third period as both of them nailed 53 points together. Slovak Republic was again stronger taking 29:24 victory in the third. It was difficult for Romania to stay in the game and the last quarter became even a disaster in the margin. Slovak Republic produced 25:8 in the final stanza to seal 93:59 win that allowed them to move to the top positions in the group. Romania can reach the opponent and so far has 1-1 record.

Slovak Republic: Lucia Laskova 18, Lucia Kupcikova 16+8 rebs, Zuzana Zirkova 14
Romania: Simina Mandache 16, Maria Pascalau 11



Hungary - France 66:67

France won the third game in Group C of EuroBasket Women qualifying. A dramatic game in Pecs saw France stealing 66:67 victory over Hungary.
Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) netted 12, while Yacoubou-Dehoui posted 10. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) top-scored in defeat with 17 points, while Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85), Dora Horti (195-C-87) and Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) had 8 each. France improved to 3-0 while Hungary are now 0-2 in Group C.
Both squads started the game in an defensive style and France was in front in the majority of the opening tip. Even though Honti made a free throw France led 15:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Hungary changed the contest in the second period and was on top for the most of the time. It was France that time to tie the score for 35:35 at the halftime.
The third quarter was probably the toughest as the biggest difference was 4 points between the teams.
Endene Miyem's jump-shot gave France 49:45 advantage after three quarters played. In another tough quarter France dominated the court until the last minute. Anna Vajda tied the game at 65:65 from the arch to bring the hue interest in Pecs. Emmeline Ndongue made a lay-up to bring France back to 67:65. Anna Vajda went to the line for Hungary after a foul by Florence Lepron with 17 seconds remaining. She made one out of two for 66:67 and then Semsei missed the shot with the buzzer.

Hungary:
Anna Vajda 17, Nora Bujdoso 8, Dora Horti 8, Zsofia Fegyverneky 8
France:
Emmeline Ndongue 18+7 rebs, Endene Miyem 12, Yacoubou-Dehoui 10



Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Israel2-0
2. Lithuania2-1
3. Ukraine2-1
4. U.Kingdom0-2
5. Germany0-2
Group B
1. Turkey2-0
2. Italy2-1
3. Poland1-1
4. Finland1-2
5. Bosnia0-2
Group C
1. France3-0
2. Slovakia2-1
3. Romania1-1
4. Hungary0-2
5. Croatia0-2
Group D
1. Belgium0-0
2. Bulgaria0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Serbia0-0


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Turkey becomes the leader of Group B - by Eurobasket News

Finland -Turkey 66:81

Turkey is now 2-0 in Group B of the EuroBasket Women qualification campaign. Due to the opening quarter Turkey overcame Finland 81:66 in Espoo. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led the winners with 18 points. Nevlin posted 17, while Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) added 10 each. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) ended up with 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat and Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) scored 17.
Turkey opened the game on a 15-2 run and finished the first quarter with a 27:7 lead to put the game beyond doubt. Vardarli from the arch made it 34:7 for her team that could celebrate the win at that time. Even though Finland won the second quarter 23:17 Turkey enjoyed 44:30 at the halftime.
The margin was reduced also to 39:51 with 5 minutes to play in the third. Heta Korpivaara made it 47:62 as both teams finished 30 minutes of the campaign. Palazoglu and then Nevlin opened the last period and Turkey spurt to another run. Saziye Karsli made plus 21 in the middle of the quarter and Turkey was too good in the game. Yigit closed the campaign with 81:66 and reached the second win in the group to stay undefeated.

In another game of the group Italy overcame Bosnia 68:53.

Finland: Heta Korpivaara 19+6 rebs, Michaela Moua 17
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 18, Nevlin 17, Saziye Karsli 10+10 rebs, Esmeral Tuncluer 10



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  FRANCE - Women  


France wins the dramatic battle - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - France 66:67

France won the third game in Group C of EuroBasket Women qualifying. A dramatic game in Pecs saw France stealing 66:67 victory over Hungary. Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) netted 12, while Yacoubou-Dehoui posted 10. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) top-scored in defeat with 17 points, while Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85), Dora Horti (195-C-87) and Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) had 8 each. France improved to 3-0 while Hungary are now 0-2 in Group C.
Both squads started the game in an defensive style and France was in front in the majority of the opening tip. Even though Honti made a free throw France led 15:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Hungary changed the contest in the second period and was on top for the most of the time. It was France that time to tie the score for 35:35 at the halftime.
The third quarter was probably the toughest as the biggest difference was 4 points between the teams. Endene Miyem's jump-shot gave France 49:45 advantage after three quarters played. In another tough quarter France dominated the court until the last minute. Anna Vajda tied the game at 65:65 from the arch to bring the hue interest in Pecs. Emmeline Ndongue made a lay-up to bring France back to 67:65. Anna Vajda went to the line for Hungary after a foul by Florence Lepron with 17 seconds remaining. She made one out of two for 66:67 and then Semsei missed the shot with the buzzer.

Hungary: Anna Vajda 17, Nora Bujdoso 8, Dora Horti 8, Zsofia Fegyverneky 8
France: Emmeline Ndongue 18+7 rebs, Endene Miyem 12, Yacoubou-Dehoui 10


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Ukraine NT destroys Germany - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine -Germany 93:39

The National team of Ukraine destroyed Germany at the EuroBasket Women qualifying in Kiev. The host team did not have any difficulties smashing the opponent 93:39. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) led the winners with 20 points. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) posted 16 each, while Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Richter top-scored for the guests with 11 points, Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college: New York U.) and Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) scored 6 apiece.
The start of the game was a bit emotional for the Ukrainian side that even trailed 2:4 in the opening tip. In the middle of the period the hosts had 14:10 and created an 11-0 run to close the period at 25:10. Ukraine kept the guests scoreless also in the first minutes of the second period and had 29:10 at that time. Germany scored some points and even reached 20 at the end of the half. Iryna Biryuk however brought the hosts 45:20 advantage and the confidence entering the second half. Nothing specific had changed in the third period as Ukraine dominated the court. They produced 20:12 in the period to have 65:32 after 30 minutes of the game. A 28-7 in the last quarter was too much for Germany that could not struggle with the hosts.

Ukraine: Inna Yegorova 20, Olexandra Gorbunova 16, Iryna Biryuk 16, Olena Ogorodnikova 15+11 rebs
Germany: Richter 11, Katja Bavendam 6, Anne Breitreiner 6


Player movements in Wolfenbuettel - by Cornelius Damm
See-saw changes with Alexandra Riecka (168-G-78). After introducing her as a returnee some days ago, BC Wolfenbuttel now declared at the official team presentation that Riecka will not come to the Wildcats. According to unconfirmed rumours she will follow her boyfriend to Bratislava and found a contract there as well. In result the Wildcats are currently looking out for a forward with a European passport.

Meanwhile head coach Heiko Bischoff presented two European post players that are supposed to strengthens his front court around eurobasket.com 2.DBBL 2007/08 First Team selection Anita Teilane (196-C-85). Both newcomers have quite a few things in common, both come from Russia, both are named Elena and both are taller than 1.90m. Elena Chernyi (191-F/C-79) comes from Czech first league club BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice and Elena Parshina (196-C-84) saw some action with Shelen-ETK Krasnoyarsk in the Russian Superleague A. If the two of them will eventually turn out as the clubs needed boost towards its goal of making the Play Offs remains to be seen. While Parshina never had a real impact in Shelen, Chernyi already tried to play in Germany in 2006/07 with BBV Leipzig Eagles but was waived almost right after preseason when she barely saw any minutes in the first two official league games with the Eagles.


Leipzig adds Grujic; releases Semerda - by Cornelius Damm
BBV Leipzig Eagles signed the 20 year old Serbian Smiljana Grujic (181-G-87). Despite of her young age she already comes to Germany with some first league experience playing for Radnicki Novi Beograd in Serbian first league. Eagles coach Ritz Ingram describes the SG/SF as a fierce outside threat that has the potential to become a very good player. With her 1.81m (511) she also brings some height to the game. Meanwhile the club also announced the release of Joanna Semerda (172-F-82). According the BBVL press release the Polish SG/SF asked to end her two year contract after an unsuccessful first year with the Eagles.

Swiss champion for Halle - by Cornelius Damm
SV Halle Lions inked a one year deal with Matea Brezec (170-G-89) who comes from 2007/08 Swiss champion Canti Riva Basket Ceresio. The young 19 year old Croatian was a big cornerstone of the successful Canti Riva championship team this past season. In 18 games in 2007/08 Brezec averaged 13.6 PPG in 33 minutes of playing time, converting 39 out of 92 three pointers (.424), shot .800 from the foul line and added 2.2 APG. For this performance Brezec became Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Most Improved Player of the Year -08 and was furthermore rewarded with an Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team -08 selection. The guard/forward gained quite some international experience already as well playing almost every summer for the Croatian Youth National Teams as one of the major contributors. In 2007 as Croatia succeeded as U18 European Champion in Divison B Matea Brezec was 37 minutes in average on the court where she helped her team with 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.8 steals per game.

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France wins the dramatic battle - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - France 66:67

France won the third game in Group C of EuroBasket Women qualifying. A dramatic game in Pecs saw France stealing 66:67 victory over Hungary. Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) netted 12, while Yacoubou-Dehoui posted 10. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) top-scored in defeat with 17 points, while Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85), Dora Horti (195-C-87) and Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) had 8 each. France improved to 3-0 while Hungary are now 0-2 in Group C.
Both squads started the game in an defensive style and France was in front in the majority of the opening tip. Even though Honti made a free throw France led 15:13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Hungary changed the contest in the second period and was on top for the most of the time. It was France that time to tie the score for 35:35 at the halftime.
The third quarter was probably the toughest as the biggest difference was 4 points between the teams. Endene Miyem's jump-shot gave France 49:45 advantage after three quarters played. In another tough quarter France dominated the court until the last minute. Anna Vajda tied the game at 65:65 from the arch to bring the hue interest in Pecs. Emmeline Ndongue made a lay-up to bring France back to 67:65. Anna Vajda went to the line for Hungary after a foul by Florence Lepron with 17 seconds remaining. She made one out of two for 66:67 and then Semsei missed the shot with the buzzer.

Hungary: Anna Vajda 17, Nora Bujdoso 8, Dora Horti 8, Zsofia Fegyverneky 8
France: Emmeline Ndongue 18+7 rebs, Endene Miyem 12, Yacoubou-Dehoui 10


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  ITALY - Women  


Italian National team is victorious in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina-Italy 53:68

Italian National team won the second game of EuroBasket Women qualification campaign. Tonight Sarajevo saw a 53:68 loss from Bosnia and Herzegovina that fell to 0-2. Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) led the winners with 15 points to 2-1 record. Marte Alexander (196-C-76, college: Arizona) netted 13, while Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) scored 11. Biljana Savic (190-C-83) top-scored for the hosts with 10 points, while Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) and Olja Stupar (187-C-87) posted 9 apiece.
Almost first three minutes in the game the spectators could not see the baskets from both squads. Biljana Savic gave the first lead for the hosts in the opening tip of the period. In a tough battle the teams finished the first with 14:14 on the board. Svitlica gave Bosnia and Herzegovina National team 24:21 lead, but then Italy pushed the tempo in the half. The guests created 12-0 run for 33:24 and finished the half Azra Becirovic closed the half at 26:33. Italy won the third quarter 20:12 and had 53:38 entering the last period. Manuela Zanon opened the last period from the arch and then Italians felt they could celebrate. Bosnia and Herzegovina played even in the fourth period and tied the quarter at 15:15, however it gave Italy 68:53 win.

In another game of the group Turkey beat Finland 81:66 and has 2-0 record.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Biljana Savic 10, Azra Becirovic 9, Olja Stupar 9
Italy: Manuela Zanon 15, Marte Alexander 13, Simona Ballardini 11



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania achieves the victory in Cardiff - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain-Lithuania 63:82

Lithuania won the second game in Group A at the EuroBasket Women qualifying last night. Cardiff could not help Great Britain in a 63:82 loss. The third quarter was too much for the hosts in the game. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) led the winners with 20 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) nailed 16, while Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) posted 11. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) ended up with 16 points, while Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) posted 14. Lithuania improve to 2-1 after their victory over Ukraine at the weekend, but Great Britain remain winless after their two games.
It was a great start from the hosts that won the opening tip 15:10. Later on however Lithuania took the control and bounced back to 27:17 after the first quarter. Great Britain trailed 10 points in the majority of the second and had 36:46 at the halftime. The visitors then pressed home their advantage in the third quarter as Sandra Valuzyte's jump-shot sparked at 17-2 run that put Lithuania in firm control. Diana Razmaite closed the third period from a lay-up for 69:47. In the last quarter the hosts climbed a bit closer and won the period 16:13. Johannah Leedham was the last in the game to score for Great Britain for 63:82.

Great Britain: Megan Moody 16, Johannah Leedham 14
Lithuania: Sandra Valuzyte 20+6 ast+5 rebs, Daina Staugaitiene 16, Diana Razmaite 11


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Ruzomberok thanks Slovak Republic for the win - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-Romania 93:59

Slovak Republic improved to 2-1 in their EuroBasket Women qualifying campaign. Ruzomberok thanked the team for 93:59 win over Romania. For the latter it was the first upset in the tournament as they won the opener of the tournament over Croatia. Lucia Laskova (187-C-80, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 18 points. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) netted 14. Simina Mandache (184-F-81) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) score 11.
Slovak Republic got a better start and used 23:14 by the end of the opening quarter. The hosts did not stop and suggested their game later as well. Another 16:13 in the second moved them to 39:27 at the halftime.
Both teams showed an offensive style in the third period as both of them nailed 53 points together. Slovak Republic was again stronger taking 29:24 victory in the third. It was difficult for Romania to stay in the game and the last quarter became even a disaster in the margin. Slovak Republic produced 25:8 in the final stanza to seal 93:59 win that allowed them to move to the top positions in the group. Romania can reach the opponent and so far has 1-1 record.

Slovak Republic: Lucia Laskova 18, Lucia Kupcikova 16+8 rebs, Zuzana Zirkova 14
Romania: Simina Mandache 16, Maria Pascalau 11


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia smashes F.Y.R. of Macedonia in a friendly game - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian senior National Team registered an extremely easy victory 95-41 against F.Y.R. of Macedonia in a friendly game which was played in Nis. This game was a part of preparation for the Eurobasket 2009 qualifications.

Macedonians succeeded to resist against the hosts only in the first five minutes when the score was tied, 7-7. Very soon Ana Perovic, Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) and Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) woke up. They took care for the points at the offensive end while Serbia's defense also looked much tougher. Everything resulted with many missed shots and bad decisions by Macedonians and 30-13 for Serbia after first ten minutes. Later, players of head coach Jovica Antonic slowed down a little bit. However, Macedonia didn't exploit that chance so the hosts extended lead to 21 until the half time. Nothing has changed after that. Ana Perovic (195-C-77) and Zorica Mitov continued with nice performance while Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) joined them. Serbia ended third quarter 19-7 but it seemed they want more. Macedonia succeeded to score just 9 points in the last frame while Serbia had 30.

Ana Perovic was the best scorer for the winning team with 15 points. Zorica Mitov had 14 while Miljana Musovic netted one point less. Macedonia got 16 points from Slavica Dimovska (-85).


Serbia - F.Y.R. of Macedonia 95-41
(30-13, 16-12, 19-7, 30-9)

Serbia:
Ana Perovic 15, Zorica Mitov 14, Miljana Musovic 13
Macedonia: Slavica Dimovska 16


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Ruzomberok thanks Slovak Republic for the win - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-Romania 93:59

Slovak Republic improved to 2-1 in their EuroBasket Women qualifying campaign. Ruzomberok thanked the team for 93:59 win over Romania. For the latter it was the first upset in the tournament as they won the opener of the tournament over Croatia. Lucia Laskova (187-C-80, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 18 points. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) netted 14. Simina Mandache (184-F-81) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) score 11.
Slovak Republic got a better start and used 23:14 by the end of the opening quarter. The hosts did not stop and suggested their game later as well. Another 16:13 in the second moved them to 39:27 at the halftime.
Both teams showed an offensive style in the third period as both of them nailed 53 points together. Slovak Republic was again stronger taking 29:24 victory in the third. It was difficult for Romania to stay in the game and the last quarter became even a disaster in the margin. Slovak Republic produced 25:8 in the final stanza to seal 93:59 win that allowed them to move to the top positions in the group. Romania can reach the opponent and so far has 1-1 record.

Slovak Republic: Lucia Laskova 18, Lucia Kupcikova 16+8 rebs, Zuzana Zirkova 14
Romania: Simina Mandache 16, Maria Pascalau 11


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey becomes the leader of Group B - by Eurobasket News

Finland -Turkey 66:81

Turkey is now 2-0 in Group B of the EuroBasket Women qualification campaign. Due to the opening quarter Turkey overcame Finland 81:66 in Espoo. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led the winners with 18 points. Nevlin posted 17, while Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) added 10 each. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) ended up with 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat and Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) scored 17.
Turkey opened the game on a 15-2 run and finished the first quarter with a 27:7 lead to put the game beyond doubt. Vardarli from the arch made it 34:7 for her team that could celebrate the win at that time. Even though Finland won the second quarter 23:17 Turkey enjoyed 44:30 at the halftime.
The margin was reduced also to 39:51 with 5 minutes to play in the third. Heta Korpivaara made it 47:62 as both teams finished 30 minutes of the campaign. Palazoglu and then Nevlin opened the last period and Turkey spurt to another run. Saziye Karsli made plus 21 in the middle of the quarter and Turkey was too good in the game. Yigit closed the campaign with 81:66 and reached the second win in the group to stay undefeated.

In another game of the group Italy overcame Bosnia 68:53.

Finland: Heta Korpivaara 19+6 rebs, Michaela Moua 17
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 18, Nevlin 17, Saziye Karsli 10+10 rebs, Esmeral Tuncluer 10



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukraine NT destroys Germany - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine -Germany 93:39

The National team of Ukraine destroyed Germany at the EuroBasket Women qualifying in Kiev. The host team did not have any difficulties smashing the opponent 93:39. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) led the winners with 20 points. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) posted 16 each, while Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Richter top-scored for the guests with 11 points, Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college: New York U.) and Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) scored 6 apiece.
The start of the game was a bit emotional for the Ukrainian side that even trailed 2:4 in the opening tip. In the middle of the period the hosts had 14:10 and created an 11-0 run to close the period at 25:10. Ukraine kept the guests scoreless also in the first minutes of the second period and had 29:10 at that time. Germany scored some points and even reached 20 at the end of the half. Iryna Biryuk however brought the hosts 45:20 advantage and the confidence entering the second half. Nothing specific had changed in the third period as Ukraine dominated the court. They produced 20:12 in the period to have 65:32 after 30 minutes of the game. A 28-7 in the last quarter was too much for Germany that could not struggle with the hosts.

Ukraine: Inna Yegorova 20, Olexandra Gorbunova 16, Iryna Biryuk 16, Olena Ogorodnikova 15+11 rebs
Germany: Richter 11, Katja Bavendam 6, Anne Breitreiner 6


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Lithuania achieves the victory in Cardiff - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain-Lithuania 63:82

Lithuania won the second game in Group A at the EuroBasket Women qualifying last night. Cardiff could not help Great Britain in a 63:82 loss. The third quarter was too much for the hosts in the game. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) led the winners with 20 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) nailed 16, while Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) posted 11. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) ended up with 16 points, while Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) posted 14. Lithuania improve to 2-1 after their victory over Ukraine at the weekend, but Great Britain remain winless after their two games.
It was a great start from the hosts that won the opening tip 15:10. Later on however Lithuania took the control and bounced back to 27:17 after the first quarter. Great Britain trailed 10 points in the majority of the second and had 36:46 at the halftime. The visitors then pressed home their advantage in the third quarter as Sandra Valuzyte's jump-shot sparked at 17-2 run that put Lithuania in firm control. Diana Razmaite closed the third period from a lay-up for 69:47. In the last quarter the hosts climbed a bit closer and won the period 16:13. Johannah Leedham was the last in the game to score for Great Britain for 63:82.

Great Britain: Megan Moody 16, Johannah Leedham 14
Lithuania: Sandra Valuzyte 20+6 ast+5 rebs, Daina Staugaitiene 16, Diana Razmaite 11


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  WNBA - Women  


Storm's Jackson to be sidelined by ankle surgery after Olympics - by Eurobasket News
Storm star Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) will miss the WNBA team's final eight games after the Olympic break to undergo surgery on her right ankle.

Jackson, now playing for Australia in Beijing, has reportedly received two cortisone injections in her ankle to continue playing. She's averaging 17.8 points while shooting 53 percent from the field, leading her team to a semifinal matchup against China on Thursday.

The arthroscopic surgery by Dr. Martin Sullivan in Sydney to alleviate swelling in the ankle is described by Basketball Australia as routine. Jackson is expected to take four to six weeks to heal.
Jackson, the Storm's leading scorer (20.2), will return to Seattle after the surgery. The WNBA postseason begins Sept. 18.

Seattle (17-9), seeded second in the Western Conference, went 3-2 without Jackson as she prepared for the Olympics.

The injury was discovered after an exhibition against Brazil in July. At the time, Jackson said it was an 'overuse' injury and that she would be fine. An MRI in China later revealed an impingement at the front of the ankle from wear and tear.

Jackson, 27, had reconstructive surgery on the ankle in October 2004. She plays basketball year-round, with commitments in Seattle and Moscow.

'I look forward to returning to Seattle after my surgery to cheer on the Storm,' Jackson said in a statement. 'I'm disappointed that I won't be able to finish out the regular season, but I have confidence in my teammates. I'm hopeful that I can rejoin them for the WNBA Finals.'

When asked Monday about Jackson's health, first-year Storm coach Brian Agler said he spoke with the two-time WNBA MVP on Sunday and hoped she'd be able to play. Seattle resumes play against Houston on Aug. 28 at KeyArena.

'She's had some issues all through the season and sat out some games during the preliminary tournament,' Agler said of Australia, which could face the U.S. for gold if both teams win Thursday. 'She's a competitor.'

Courtesy of www.seattletimes.com