EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/23/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Olympic Games: USA advances to the big final - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - USA 81-101

Once again USA demonstrated wonderful performance in Beijing meaning that reining Olympic champion won't have a chance to defend the Gold. Earlier today Spain outsmarted Lithuania thus USA will fight against the current World champion in the big Olympic final.

USA took control in Argentina from the early beginning. After 4-7 in fifth minute, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) nailed 5-0 consecutive points (jump shot and a triple) for 4-12. Very soon Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up for USA what was enough for 11-30 at the end of the first quarter. The bad thing for Argentineans was that after just few minutes Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had to be substituted because of the left ankle injury and he didn't return for the rest of the game (even on the bench). It is not announced yet will he be able to help Argentina to reach the Bronze against Lithuania. Mostly owing to Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) and Carlos Delfino (6'7''-G-82), Argentina created 18-7 run for 28-37 in 26th minute. With 46 seconds to go in the first half Argentina came on 40-46 Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) got fouled on 3-pts line making three free throw after that. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Carmelo Anthony shined in third quarter and with few successful shots set the score on 49-67. Carlos Delfino made a triple for 64-78 missing two following unit the end of third stanza. In few opening minutes of last quarter LeBron James drained two triples making lay-up after that for huge 69-88. As it was since the beginning of the Olympics, the only question until the end of the game was will USA touch 100, what they done with minute and half to go.

Carmelo Anthony was the best player of the winning team. He spent almost 30 minutes on court netting 21 points and grabbing 4 boards. LeBron James registered 15 points and 5 rebounds for 26 minutes. Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Paul helped their team nailing 12 points each. Center Luis Scola was a way better than the others in Argentina finishing the game 26 points and 11 rebounds for 34 minutes. Carlos Delfino followed him with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Paolo Quinteros (6'1''-G-79) had 12 points.


Argentina - USA 81-101
(11-30, 29-19, 24-29, 17-23)

Argentina:
Luis Scola 26 (11 rebs), Carlos Delfino 19 (8 rebs), Paolo Quinteros 12
USA: Carmelo Anthony 21 (4 rebs), LeBron James 15 (5 rebs), Dwyane Wade 12 (4 rebs), Kobe Bryant 12, Chris Paul 12


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  AUSTRALIA   


Preseason games are under way in NBL - by Eurobasket News
With the NBL regular season getting closer the teams hit the floor to play preseason games. Some exciting encounters took place during the weeks action. The latest result came from the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre. The Wollongong Hawks handed the first loss to the renamed Sydney Spirit 121:118. Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) exploded with 33 points and 9 boards to pace the Hawks to pace them to the victory. Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) added 26 points and 9 boards, while Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) had 19 points for the winners. The Spirit got to the better start as they claimed a 15:5 lead. Wollongong however tied the scoreline at the end of the opening term and then surged ahead 62:58 at the main break. The Hawks kept in front throughout the second half however Derrick Low (188-G-86) managed to spark the intrigue late in the game. The Spirit came close but failed to deliver the final shot and lost the tight battle at the end. Ben Knight (204-F-76) had 20 points for the Spirit. Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
The day before yesterday the Melbourne Tigers tamed the Adelaide 36ers 96:92. The 76ers were paced by a pivotal performance from the Tall Black Paora Winitana (195-G-76) as he debuted for Adelaide. He notched 25 points and mainly due to his heroics the 36ers were up by 10 points midway through the final term. But the Tigers came up strong in the dying minutes outscoring their opponents and snatching a narrow victory at the end. Tommy Greer (201-F-84, college: Nova SE) knocked down had 19 points for the Tigers. Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC) added 18 points, while Adrien Sturt (211-C) and Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) nailed 14 apiece for the winning side. Maher secured 15 points for the 36ers.
Meanwhile the South Dragons celebrated their 4th straight preseason win. They defeated the Perth Wildcats 114:103 behind 27 points from Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara). Rhys Carter (190-G-84) chipped in 23 points, while Matt Burston (210-F/C-82) added 22 for the winners. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) bruised the South Dragons for 23 points. Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) contributed 21 points in the loss.


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  AUSTRIA   


U16 EC, division B: Estonians rout Austria 72-66 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Austria - U16 Estonia 66-72

Estonia was better than Austria ending Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place on top of Group G with score 2-1. On the other hand Austria is in the only winless team in the same group and fourth place belongs to it. Estonia will continue championship fighting for ninth place while Austria will try to reach position number 13.

Estonia took control on Austria from the early beginning. Thanks to Rannar Raap, Estonia grabbed 12-20 after 7 minutes. Austria succeeded to come on minus 4 until the end of the first frame but Estonians took it back during the following ten minutes. After free throw by Rannar Raap it was 28-38 for his team. Austrians woke up in third period. After 45-53, Carlos Novas Mateo and Claudio Vancura led 9-2 run coming very close, 54-55. Question about the winner is resolved in the last 30 seconds. Jaan Puidet (185-G-92) made a triple for his team after what Pold drained two free throws for the final score 66-72.

Estonia got the most from Rannar Raap, who netted 25 points for 31 minutes. Jaan Puidet also was pretty good registering double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Novas Mateo was the best in Austria adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. Claudio Vancura had one point less.


U16 Austria - U16 Estonia 66-72
(20-24, 13-19, 21-12, 12-17)

Austria:
Carlos Novas Mateo 19 (7 rebs), Claudio Vancura 18
Estonia: Rannar Raap 25, Jaan Puidet 17 (10 rebs)


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  BELARUS   


Belarus win friendly tournament in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Slovakia 84:81

Belarusian National Team finished the International Basketball Tournament in Kiev on a high note. They defeated Slovakia to post their third straight win and claimed the title. Belarus actually ensured the victory at the event after the second game but still delivered a first-class performance to hold off determined Slovakian team. Slovakia suffered their third straight defeat and completed campaign at the fourth spot. It was a close battle all the way through. Slovakia jumped ahead early in the encounter and secured a 22:17 advantage after the opening stanza. Slovakia stretched the margin to 10 points early in the second frame but Belarus remained contestant. Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) and Pustaguar scored 6 points apiece and Belarus surged ahead 34:32. They maintained the pressure and secured a 41:34 lead at halftime. Yegor Mescheriakov (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) paced Belarus in the third frame as they keep Slovakia at bay. However Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) and Gavlak ignited a comeback effort from Slovak team as they trimmed the deficit to a single point 56:57 at three-quarter time. Micka nailed a jumper to put Slovakia back in front at the start of the fourth quarter. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the fourth term and Belarus enjoyed an 80:76 advantage with 28 seconds remaining. Martin Micka (180-G-81, agency: Promotex) drained a long-range three-pointer to cut the gap to one point at 81:82 with 12 seconds left. Alexander Kudrautsau and Dmitri Kouzmine (197-G-75) nailed one freebie each and sealed the winning outcome for Belarus in the final seconds. Alexander Kudrautsau netted 22 points to lead all scorers. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament after the game. Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) added 20 points and 7 boards, while Yegor Mescheriakov nailed 18 points for the winners. Martin Micka dropped 16 points for Slovakia. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had 15 points, while Dusan Pandula provided 11 points in defeat.

Belarus: Alexander Kudrautsau 22, Nikola Aliakseyeu 20, Yegor Mescheriakov 18
Slovakia: Martin Micka 16, Anton Gavel 15


U16 EC, division B: Belarus cruises past the hosts - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Belarus 62-75

The hosts of U16 European Championship division B Bosnia an Herzegovina suffered the second defeat in the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Belarus demonstrated better performance grabbing an easy win. However neither of these two teams didn't succeed to reach the semifinals. Balarus is third ranked team in Group E with score 1-2 while Bosnia has 0-3. They will continue championship fighting for fifth place.

Bosnia was better team in the first quarter. After 6-9 for Belarus, Ranko Ivic led 13-3 run for 19-12 at the end of the period. It was a kind of a signal for Byelorussians to start playing, what they immediately done. They intensified defense which outcame with many bad decisions and erratic shots by Bosnia. The host of U16 EC division B managed to score only 8 points in the second quarter while Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) and his teammates drained 27. It means that Belarus had 27-39 after 20 minutes. Later, Byelorussians even touched plus 16. Bosnians had a last chance to do something at the middle of third frame when they came on minus 7 but Belarus quickly stretched its lead to more than 10 points keeping it steady until the very end.

As it was almost the entire tournament, Vitali Liutych once again was the leading player of his team. He played 34 minutes netting 21 points and grabbing 8 boards. Mikita Strukau also shined for the winning team adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Denis Azare followed these two players with 10 points. Djordje Micic was the leading player in Bosnia scoring 19 points. Ranko Ivic contributed with 13 points and 6 assists.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Belarus 62-75
(19-12, 8-27, 14-16, 21-20)

Bosnia:
Djordje Micic 19, Ranko Ivic 13 (6 as)
Belarus: Vitali Liutych 21 (8 rebs), Mikita Strukau 12 (7 rebs), Denis Azaare 10


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  BELGIUM   


U16 EC, division B: Haukur Palsson leads Iceland over Belgium scoring 41 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 Iceland - U16 Belgium 77-68

Iceland celebrated in the last game of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place on U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo. Thus Iceland improved to 2-1 in Group G but it was not enough for the second place. Namely, Belgium and Estonia have the same score but Iceland is the worst team in this circle.

Belgium showed slightly better performance in the first quarter. Thanks to triple buy Schwartz with 7 seconds remaining, Belgium ended it 21-23. Haukur Palsson was a real enigma for the Belgians and actually the only one in a game mood in Iceland. Second quarter finished 20-18 which means that the score was tied at the half time, 41-41. During the following 10 minutes Haukur Palsson led his team to 54-44 but Belgians succeeded to come on 65-61 at the end of third quarter. Game is decided in the last few minutes. After 68-68 Iceland created crucial 9-0 run.

Haukur Palsson was totally unstoppable for the Belgians. He played almost the entire game pouring in 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It is important to be mentioned that he recorded pretty good shot percentage during the entire game (53% FG2, 50% 3-pts, 87% FT). Elvar Sigurdsson was far away behind him in the winning team with 11 points. Belgium go the most from Amaury Gorgemans (202-C-92), who added 15 points and 5 boards. Sam Renier had two points less also with 5 rebounds.


U16 Iceland - U16 Belgium 77-68
(21-23, 20-18, 24-20, 12-7)

Iceland:
Haukur Palsson 41 (12 rebs), Elvar Sigurdsson 11
Belgium: Amaury Gorgemans 15 (5 rebs), Sam Renier 13 (5 rebs)


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  BOSNIA   


U16 EC, division B: Belarus cruises past the hosts - by Eurobasket News
U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Belarus 62-75

The hosts of U16 European Championship division B Bosnia an Herzegovina suffered the second defeat in the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Belarus demonstrated better performance grabbing an easy win. However neither of these two teams didn't succeed to reach the semifinals. Balarus is third ranked team in Group E with score 1-2 while Bosnia has 0-3. They will continue championship fighting for fifth place.

Bosnia was better team in the first quarter. After 6-9 for Belarus, Ranko Ivic led 13-3 run for 19-12 at the end of the period. It was a kind of a signal for Byelorussians to start playing, what they immediately done. They intensified defense which outcame with many bad decisions and erratic shots by Bosnia. The host of U16 EC division B managed to score only 8 points in the second quarter while Vitali Liutych (190-G-92) and his teammates drained 27. It means that Belarus had 27-39 after 20 minutes. Later, Byelorussians even touched plus 16. Bosnians had a last chance to do something at the middle of third frame when they came on minus 7 but Belarus quickly stretched its lead to more than 10 points keeping it steady until the very end.

As it was almost the entire tournament, Vitali Liutych once again was the leading player of his team. He played 34 minutes netting 21 points and grabbing 8 boards. Mikita Strukau also shined for the winning team adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Denis Azare followed these two players with 10 points. Djordje Micic was the leading player in Bosnia scoring 19 points. Ranko Ivic contributed with 13 points and 6 assists.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Belarus 62-75
(19-12, 8-27, 14-16, 21-20)

Bosnia:
Djordje Micic 19, Ranko Ivic 13 (6 as)
Belarus: Vitali Liutych 21 (8 rebs), Mikita Strukau 12 (7 rebs), Denis Azaare 10


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  BULGARIA   


U16 EC, division B: Thriller win for Bulgaria against Finland, enough for the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Bulgaria 74-76

Spectators of U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo had an opportunity to watch very exciting game between Finland and Bulgaria. With this extremely tight victory Bulgaria succeeded to reach the second place in Group F and to book a spot for the semifinals. Except of this victory, crucial thing for Bulgaria was 14-point win of Sweden against Slovenia. These three teams have the same score 2-1 but third place in the group belongs to Slovenia due to worst digits. Finland remains undefeated in Group F heading to the Classification Round for 5th to 8th place.

After first ten minutes it seemed that it will be any easy victory for Bulgaria. Planimir Dafinov (178-G-92) and his teammates showed wonderful performance in the first period ending it 10-25. Hristo Gospodinov joined Dafinov in the next one, which resulted with 22-22. It means that Bulgaria kept 15-point lead at the half time. Villematti Kopio (173-G-92) shined in Finland during the following ten minutes. He, together with Markus Molenius (198-F-92), led his team to 56-66 before the last frame. Later, the Finish tied the score on 72-72 but thanks to Stoev and Ivanov, Bulgaria succeeded to registered this crucial victory at the very end.

Planimir Dafinov was the key player for the winning team. He netted 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 4 assists playing almost the entire game. Pavlin Ivanov also shined with 18 points while Hristo Gospodinov had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Villematti Kopio was totally the best in Finland collecting 24 points and 6 rebounds. Markus Molenius stopped on 11 points and 6 boards.


U16 Finland - U16 Bulgaria 74-76
(10-25, 22-22, 24-19, 18-10)

Finland:
Villematti Kopio 24 (6 rebs), Markus Molenius 11 (6 rebs)
Bulgaria: Planimir Dafinov 19 (4 rebs, 4 as), Pavlin Ivanov 18, Hristo Gospodinov 14 (17 rebs)


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  CENTROBASKET   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Domin.R.0-0
2. El Salvado.0-0
3. US V.Isl0-0
4. Mexico0-0
Group B
1. Costa Rica.0-0
2. Cuba0-0
3. Panama0-0
4. P.Rico0-0


Mexican National Team for Centrobasket 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Benitez


Lever-Pedroza


Zuniga


Hernandez


Carrillo
4 Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83) of Soles de Mexicali
5 Pedro Meza (187-G-85) of Caballeros de Culiacan
8 Arim Abdul Solares (202-F/C-83) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
9 Ramses Benitez (209-C-79) of Halcones UV Xalapa
10 Jesus Lopez (203-F-83) of Marineros de Cozumel
12 Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79) of Siroki Prima pivo (BIH)
13 Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75) of Lechugueros de Leon

14 Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85) of Dorados de Playa del Carmen
15 Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Fresno State University (USA)
16 Francisco Ibarra (210-C-84) of Pioneros Los Mochis
17 Chris Hernandez (188-G-83) of C.B. Valladolid (ESP)
20 Karim Malpica (190-G-78) of Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon


Costa Rican National Team for Centrobasket 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Martinez


Chavarria


Grijalba


Spencer


Simmons
4 Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75) of Liceo de Costa Rica
5 Cristian Chavarria (177-G-78) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
6 Alejandro Grijalba (187-F-81) of Liceo de Costa Rica
7 Jeffrey Spencer (190-F-80) of Santa Cecilia
8 Daniel Simmons (193-C-80) of Santa Cecilia
9 Dave Milliner (197-C-81) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
10 Jackie Acuna (190-F-80) of Coopealianza Perez Zeledon
11 Alonso Sanchez (174-G-85) of Liceo de Costa Rica
12 Jefferson Dixon (196-C-84) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
13 Jefny Anderson (208-C-83) of BCR Colono
14 David Carnegie (193-F-84) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
15 Harold Mitchell (200-C-83) of Liceo de Costa Rica
Head Coach: Neil Gottlieb
Coach Assistant: Jimmy Garcia


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  COSTA RICA   


Costa Rican National Team for Centrobasket 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Martinez


Chavarria


Grijalba


Spencer


Simmons
4 Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75) of Liceo de Costa Rica
5 Cristian Chavarria (177-G-78) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
6 Alejandro Grijalba (187-F-81) of Liceo de Costa Rica
7 Jeffrey Spencer (190-F-80) of Santa Cecilia
8 Daniel Simmons (193-C-80) of Santa Cecilia
9 Dave Milliner (197-C-81) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
10 Jackie Acuna (190-F-80) of Coopealianza Perez Zeledon
11 Alonso Sanchez (174-G-85) of Liceo de Costa Rica
12 Jefferson Dixon (196-C-84) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
13 Jefny Anderson (208-C-83) of BCR Colono
14 David Carnegie (193-F-84) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva
15 Harold Mitchell (200-C-83) of Liceo de Costa Rica
Head Coach: Neil Gottlieb
Coach Assistant: Jimmy Garcia


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  CUBA   


Cuban National Team for Centrobasket 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Jemmott


Silvestre


Haiti


Torres
4 Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) of Matanzas
5 Michael Guerra (188-G-79) of Ciego de Avila
6 Yudnier Perez (189-G-84) of Ciego de Avila
7 Alexis Labastida (187-G-77) of Azules de Capitalinos La Habana
8 Taylor Garcia (182-G-87) of Azules de Capitalinos La Habana
9 Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79) of Ciego de Avila
10 Andy Boffill (192-G-82) of Villa Clara
11 Grismay Plumier (202-C-88) of Metropolitanos
12 Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) of Ciego de Avila
13 Georvis Elias (199-F-81) of Guantanamo
14 Orestes Torres (202-C-87) of Azules de Capitalinos La Habana
15 Henry Simon (199-F-79) of Guantanamo
Head Coach: Daniel Scott
Coach Assistant: Leonardo Perez


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  CYPRUS   


Ryan Read signed in Cyprus - by Eurobasket
Ryan Read (190-G-84, agency: Passing Lane), the player from Concordia Irvine signed with Pizza Express Primetel Apollon.
This summer he attended the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas and Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso (Italy), where he had 20 points in his first game.


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  DENMARK   


U16 EC, division B: Denmark outplays Slovakia in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Slovakia 83-75

Denmark was better than Netherlands in the last game of the Qualification Stage for 17th to 23rd place. It means that Denmark improved to score 3-0 keeping the top position in Group I so its next rival on U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo will be Cyprus. Slovakia is third ranked team in the same group without chance to fight for 17th place.

Denmark controlled rhythm of the game from the beginning. After just few minutes Niels Andreasen ad his teammates reached 14-8. However, until the end of the first frame Slovakia succeeded to came on 23-21. Denmark Matus Luley shined for Slovakia in the second quarter making turn 31-33 but Niels Andreasen quickly answered leading his team to plus 5, 40-35. Denmark kept its lead steady in third quarter but never more than 8 points. Danes finally touched double digit lead in the last frame 69-59 resolving the question about the winner.

Niels Andreasen paced Denmark to victory collecting 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Anders Haas followed him with 16 points and 7 boards. Matus Luley was way better than the others in Slovakia adding 25 points and 4 rebounds. Michal Seminsky stopped on 11. Slovakia's next opponent will be Ireland.


U16 Denmark - U16 Slovakia 83-75
(23-21, 26-22, 18-16, 16-16)

Denmark:
Niels Andreasen 27 (8 rebs, 5 as), Anders Haas 16 (7 rebs)
Slovakia: Matus Luley 25 (4 rebs), Michal Seminsky 11


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Lidoba's Friday Results - by Kerwin Abreu

San Francisco De Macoris: Indios De San Francisco defeated Marineros De Puerto Plata 104 -- 99. Chris Smith (201-F/C-82, college: St.Edward's) the sensational player had a great game with 23 point and 10 rebounds in the victory. Indios are now 6-9. In the victory the best also Luis Nelson Ferreiras (191-F-76) 18 points 5 rebounds, Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) 12 points 3 rebounds. In the lost cause for Marineros Sandro Encarnacion (203-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports) 20 points 14 rebounds, Luis Clemente 19 points 9 rebounds. Marineros are now 5-10 in the last place.


Metros 94

Reales 88


Panteras Del Distrito 107

Caneros De la Romana 101


Constituyentes De San Cristobal 87

Cocolos De San Pedro 79



Reales de La Vega sign Larry Turner. - by Jaime Gomez
Reales de La Vega signed Larry Turner (210-C-82, college: Tennessee St.). Turner was invited to the National Team's workout, but his citizenship is not going to be ready on time for him to play for the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Basketball Federation President, Frank Herasme, declared Turner's elegibility as a dominican player.

Reales de La Vega were following closely the National Team's workout and as soon as they heard the news, started negotiations with Turner's Agent.

Turner is expected to make his debut tonight at La Vega, when Reales host Metros de Santiago. Reales are in first place with a 12-2 record, while Metros de Santiago are in second place, 5 games behind, with a 7-7 record.


Dominican Republic National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Baez
Al Horford (208-F/C-86) of Atlanta Hawks (USA)
Francisco Garcia (201-F-81) of Sacramento Kings (USA)
Larry Turner (210-C-82) of Reales de La Vega
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of Cocodrilos de Caracas (VEN)
Manuel Fortuna (187-G) of Panteras del Distrito Nacional
Eulis Baez (201-F-82) of Baloncesto Leon (ESP)
Manuel Guzman (203-F-82) of Constituyentes de San Cristobal
Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) of Metros de Santiago
Alejandro Salas of Metros de Santiago
Franklin Western (200-F-72) of Constituyentes de San Cristobal
Andres Sandoval (193-G-83) of Reales de La Vega
Carlos Morban (187-G-82) of Marineros de Puerto Plata
Alberto Ozuna (203-F-82) of Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) of Marineros de Puerto Plata
Joel Ramirez (191-G-81) of Metros de Santiago


Lidoba's Future Is Uncertain - by Kerwin Abreu
Santo Domingo: First of all we got to say that Lidoba's league is out of control. This League is the only Professional League without a Conmisioner where you can make Trades, Sign Players who currently belong to a team but he is not with them in the moment. You can make one year trades, You can buy or sell players without any concent. Also you can make a big trade as Las Panteras and Los Constituyentes made.

Now the case is Reales De La Vega: They hold in their team players like Bobby Pandy (198-F, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.), Andres Sandoval (193-G-83, agency: AI Sports MM), Larry Turner (210-C-82, college: Tennessee St.). I mentioned them cause when Lidoba was founded for a team to get a player it should be via Draft but it hasn't count on. You can rush and sign any particular player when you want it and as you want it. Lidoba has become a money league. The team with the money will win it all.

The Future I still believe is UNCERTAIN.


National Team 89, LIDOBA Stars 71. - by Jaime Gomez
Dominican Republic's National Team defeated LIDOBA Stars 89-71 in a preparation game for Centrobasket.
The National Team starting five was Joel Ramirez (191-G-81), Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.), Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville), Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Alejandro Flores (203-F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC).
LIDOBA Stars, coached by Melvyn Lopez , started with Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington), Hansel Salvador (186-G-80), Henry Lalane (199-F-78, college: St.Francis,NY), Glen McGowan (206-F-81, college: Pepperdine) and Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech).

LIDOBA stars led for the first three quarters, but the National Team made the adjustments and came away with the victory.

For National team, Alejandro Flores 15 points, Jack Michael Martinez 10 points, Franklin Western and Carlos Morban 8 points each.

For LIDOBA Stars, Glen McGowan and Hansel Salvador 13 points each.


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  ESTONIA   


U16 EC, division B: Estonians rout Austria 72-66 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Austria - U16 Estonia 66-72

Estonia was better than Austria ending Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place on top of Group G with score 2-1. On the other hand Austria is in the only winless team in the same group and fourth place belongs to it. Estonia will continue championship fighting for ninth place while Austria will try to reach position number 13.

Estonia took control on Austria from the early beginning. Thanks to Rannar Raap, Estonia grabbed 12-20 after 7 minutes. Austria succeeded to come on minus 4 until the end of the first frame but Estonians took it back during the following ten minutes. After free throw by Rannar Raap it was 28-38 for his team. Austrians woke up in third period. After 45-53, Carlos Novas Mateo and Claudio Vancura led 9-2 run coming very close, 54-55. Question about the winner is resolved in the last 30 seconds. Jaan Puidet (185-G-92) made a triple for his team after what Pold drained two free throws for the final score 66-72.

Estonia got the most from Rannar Raap, who netted 25 points for 31 minutes. Jaan Puidet also was pretty good registering double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Novas Mateo was the best in Austria adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. Claudio Vancura had one point less.


U16 Austria - U16 Estonia 66-72
(20-24, 13-19, 21-12, 12-17)

Austria:
Carlos Novas Mateo 19 (7 rebs), Claudio Vancura 18
Estonia: Rannar Raap 25, Jaan Puidet 17 (10 rebs)


Ukraine cruise past Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Estonia 97:64

Ukrainian National Team registered their second win at the International Basketball Tournament in Kiev and finished the contest at the second spot. They defeated Estonia yesterday to improve to 2-1 record. Estonia in the meantime suffered their second loss and stayed at the third spot at 1-2 record. Ukraine went on a 13:0 run in the first period to build a 20:8 lead. Estonia answered with a 10:5 surge to close the starting frame and trailed by 7 points after ten minutes of action. The hosts continued to show impressive accuracy numbers stunning the visitors from all the ranges. The lead was stretched to 17 points late in the first half. Ukraine sealed a 52:35 advantage at the interval. Ukraine limited their opponents to just 9 points in the third frame and established an unassailable 36-point advantage before the fourth stanza. The home team never looked back in the fourth period stopping just short of 100-point mark. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) led the charge with 20 points for Ukraine. Rostislav Krivych (198-F/G-78) added 13 points, while Oleksandr Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) nailed 12 points for the winners. Janar Talts (204-C-83) had 12 points and 7 boards for Estonia. Tanel Sokk (188-G-85) and Riis added 10 points each in defeat. Ukraine outrebounded the visitors 32:23 and forced Estonia to 17 turnovers. Ukraine sank solid 54% from the field, while limiting Estonia to just 40%.

Ukraine: Artur Drozdov 20, Rostislav Krivych 13, Oleksandr Kolchenko 12
Estonia: Janar Talts 12, Tanel Sokk 10, Marko Riis (185-G-85) 10


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Ryan Read signed in Cyprus - by Eurobasket
Ryan Read (190-G-84, agency: Passing Lane), the player from Concordia Irvine signed with Pizza Express Primetel Apollon.
This summer he attended the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas and Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso (Italy), where he had 20 points in his first game.


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  EUROCUP   


Pecile to Cajasol, Howell in Czarni Slupsk, Wyrick joins Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News
Roster of Cajasol Sevilla for the upcoming season is already known. The team announced its last acquisition for 08/09. It is combo guard Andrea Pecile (187-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), who is coming from another Spanish team CB Granada. He had 33 appearances in ACB last season averaging 11.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.7 apg. In the past Pecile played for Gorizia, Scavolini Pesaro, Montepaschi Siena and twice for CB Granada (three seasons in total). He was a member of Italian National Team on World Championship 2006 in Japan as well as on Eurobasket 2001 in Turkey. At the same year he reached the final of Italian Cup with Scavolini.

Czarni Slupsk announced signing of power forward Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina) on a one-year contract. Howell arrives from Capo d'Orlando where he registered 9.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.4 spg for 37 games in Serie A. Before that, he spent two years in Varese. Actually it was Howell's second year with Capo d'Orlando as it was his first European team since he graduated at University of South Carolina in 2004. That season his team grabbed two trophies in Lega due, championship title and Lega due Cup.

Brose Baskets agreed one-year deal with swingman Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington). Wyrick had 6.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg with Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He joined Leverkusen in 2006 after he graduated at University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He averaged 6.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.6 apg for 33 games at his senior year.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 1. Kanter, TUR 21.2
 2. Kulagin, RUS 20.4
 3. Mavrogiannis, GRE 19.8
 4. Dukulis, LAT 17.2
 5. Fournier, FRA 16.8
 6. Misters, LAT 16.8
 7. Tomas, ESP 16.6
 8. Cizauskas, LTU 16.2
 9. Valanciunas, LTU 15.4
 10. Leszczynski, POL 15
Rebounds Per Game
 1. Kanter, TUR 15.2
 2. Ryska, CZE 11.6
 3. Valanciunas, LTU 10.4
 4. Dukulis, LAT 10.4
 5. Ramljak, CRO 8.8
 6. Bobrov, UKR 8.4
 7. Pini, ITA 8
 8. Tomas, ESP 7.8
 9. Hrncir, CZE 7.6
 10. Siladi, SRB 7.6
Assists Per Game
 1. Edge, TUR 2.2
 2. Misters, LAT 2
 3. Antonakis, GRE 2
 4. Cizauskas, LTU 1.8
 5. Simchony, ISR 1.8
 6. Servera, ESP 1.8
 7. Pongo, HUN 1.8
 8. Kaspar, TUR 1.6
 9. Bobrov, UKR 1.4
 10. Westermann, FRA 1.4
Steals Per Game
 1. Stalicki, POL 3.5
 2. Traini, ITA 2.3
 3. Lavie, ISR 2.2
 4. Prokopenko, UKR 2.2
 5. Tomas, ESP 2.2
 6. Misters, LAT 2.2
 7. Servera, ESP 2.2
 8. Leszczynski, POL 2
 9. Katic, CRO 2
 10. Creus, ESP 2
Blocks Per Game
 1. Valanciunas, LTU 2.2
 2. Farina, ESP 2
 3. Kanter, TUR 1.8
 4. Karnowski, POL 1.3
 5. Pini, ITA 1.3
 6. Bobrov, UKR 1
 7. Anikiyenko, UKR 1
 8. Loginov, RUS 1
 9. Antonakis, GRE 1
 10. Chrysikopoulos, GRE 0.8


Division A. The semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
After a day-off at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men Italina cities are ready for the major games. Tonight four teams will open the semifinals, while the other start playing for the achieved spots.
Turkey U16 will face Czech Republic U16 in the first semifinal battle. Turkey U16 won a dramatic battle in the last game of Group F of the Qualifying Round. The Termosteps U16 European Championship Men saw the game that could be also named the best in the tournament. Turkey defeated Russia 67:55 and left them out of the semis. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) paced all the winners with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Lithuania U16 wins the battle between two perfect teams in Group E at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. In the last game of the group the Baltic side overcame Czech Republic U16 76:48. Jonas Valanciunas (209-C-92) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Vytenis Cizauskas netted 11 and Dovydas Redikas scored 10. Jan Lipovy ended up with 10 points, while David Hrncir added 8. Lithuania finished with a 5-0 record, while the Czechs finished second with a 4-1. The latter already surprised everyone but will not stop and will try to reach maximum.
As we already mentioned Lithuania, they will play against France that won the last game in Group F of the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men. France beat Latvia 88:65 and finished with 4-1 record. Leo Westermann (196-G-92) led the winners with 15 points. Mathis Keita and Evan Fournier supported him with 13 points each.

Semifinals
Turkey -Czech Republic
Lithuania -France


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KORISLIIGA: TC roster is ready - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Team Componenta (Karkkila) roster is ready for coming 2008-09 season. TC signed yesterday team's fourth American player as F Marcus Watts (201-F, college: Chattanooga) inked the contract offered to him. Watts played two years (2006-08) at Chattanooga U. averaging 9,8 ppg (FT 70,2%, FGP 44,1%, 3pts 31,9%)
and 5,4 rpg as a Sr. TC roster 2008-09: Marcus Watts, Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.), Eric Crookshank (201-F-80, college: Idaho St.), Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.), Martti Kuisma (208-C/F-70, college: Florida), Sami Syrjala (197-F-81), Kimmo Tolvanen (193-G-77), Turo Lehtonen (187-G-86), Teemu Rintala (203-F/C-88), Mikko Pehkonen (178-G-87) and Nassim Selmani. Head Coach: Bernard Harris .


EUROBASKET: Bulgaria visiting Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket 2009 - Division A. Qualifying Round, Group A. August 20: Italy - Serbia 64-78 (34-38). Quarters: 18-26, 16-12, 17-19, 13-21.
Marco Mordente (191-G-79) led Italy with 18 pts. Luigi Da Tome (202-G/F-87) added 12 pts. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) was Serbia's leading scorer with 16 pts. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) added 15 pts and grabbed 11 rbs. August 20: Bulgaria - Hungary 89-71 (47-40). Quarters: 24-16, 23-24, 21-24, 21-7. Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) had 23 pts and Deyan Ivanov (205-C-86) 15 pts + 12 rbs for Bulgaria. Hungary: Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15 and Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13 pts. Next games: 23.8. Hungary - Italy and Finland - Bulgaria.


U16 EC, division B: Thriller win for Bulgaria against Finland, enough for the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
U16 Finland - U16 Bulgaria 74-76

Spectators of U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo had an opportunity to watch very exciting game between Finland and Bulgaria. With this extremely tight victory Bulgaria succeeded to reach the second place in Group F and to book a spot for the semifinals. Except of this victory, crucial thing for Bulgaria was 14-point win of Sweden against Slovenia. These three teams have the same score 2-1 but third place in the group belongs to Slovenia due to worst digits. Finland remains undefeated in Group F heading to the Classification Round for 5th to 8th place.

After first ten minutes it seemed that it will be any easy victory for Bulgaria. Planimir Dafinov (178-G-92) and his teammates showed wonderful performance in the first period ending it 10-25. Hristo Gospodinov joined Dafinov in the next one, which resulted with 22-22. It means that Bulgaria kept 15-point lead at the half time. Villematti Kopio (173-G-92) shined in Finland during the following ten minutes. He, together with Markus Molenius (198-F-92), led his team to 56-66 before the last frame. Later, the Finish tied the score on 72-72 but thanks to Stoev and Ivanov, Bulgaria succeeded to registered this crucial victory at the very end.

Planimir Dafinov was the key player for the winning team. He netted 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 4 assists playing almost the entire game. Pavlin Ivanov also shined with 18 points while Hristo Gospodinov had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Villematti Kopio was totally the best in Finland collecting 24 points and 6 rebounds. Markus Molenius stopped on 11 points and 6 boards.


U16 Finland - U16 Bulgaria 74-76
(10-25, 22-22, 24-19, 18-10)

Finland:
Villematti Kopio 24 (6 rebs), Markus Molenius 11 (6 rebs)
Bulgaria: Planimir Dafinov 19 (4 rebs, 4 as), Pavlin Ivanov 18, Hristo Gospodinov 14 (17 rebs)


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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
N1 Standings
 1. Chalons 0-0 
 2. Reims 0-0 
 3. Blois 0-0 
 4. CFBB 0-0 
 5. Angers 0-0 
 6. Fos Ouest 0-0 
 7. Prisse Macon 0-0 
 8. Get Vosges 0-0 
 9. Bordeaux 0-0 
 10. Bayonne 0-0 
 11. Longwy 0-0 
 12. Lievin 0-0 
 13. Boulogne 0-0 
 14. St Chamond 0-0 
 15. Challans 0-0 
 16. Lille 0-0 
 17. Roche-la-Moliere 0-0 
 18. Juvisy 0-0 


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  GERMANY   


U16 EC, division B: Germany better than Montenegro, both teams in the semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 Montenegro - U16 Germany 55-70

Germany recorded comfortably victory against Montenegro in the last game of the Qualification Stage for 1st to 8th place. Thus top position in Group E belongs to Germany, which has perfect 3-0. It is important to be mentioned that Germany didn't suffer any defeat neither in the Preliminary Round. Montenegro is the second ranked team in the same group with score 2-1. In the semifinals Germany will meet Bulgaria while Montenegro will take on Sweden. Winners of these two games will automatically be promoted to division A for the next European Championship.

After opening 3-0 for Montenegro, Germany created 19-4 run mostly owing to Kevin Bright (193-F-92) and Nico Barth. At the last Germany's possession in the first frame Barth made a lay-up at the buzzer setting the score on 10-23. Andrija Mijanovic and Marko Todorovic woke up in Montenegro after that moment. Germany slowed down a little bit which Montenegrins exploited to come on 20-26. Kevin Bright succeeded to return plus 9 to his team but Montenegrins ended first half in style making 8-2 run for 32-35. It was a tight third quarter. With 2:29 to go in it the score was 44-46 after what Joey Ney drained two consecutive triple leading his team to the last frame with 44-52. Joey Ney and his teammates totally dominated during these ten minutes advancing to the semis undefeated.

Kevin Bright registered the best digits for the winning team. He spent 23 minutes on court adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Nico Bath followed him with 11 while Joey Ney and Philipp Neumann had 9 points each. Andrija Mijanovic was the top scorer in Montenegro with 15 points while Marko Todorovic finished the game with 12 points and 7 boards.


U16 Montenegro - U16 Germany 55-70
(10-23, 22-12, 12-17, 11-18)

Montenegro:
Andrija Mijanovic 15, Marko Todorovic 12 (7 rebs)
Germany: Kevin Bright 12 (7 rebs), Nico Barth 11, Joey Ney 9, Philipp Neumann 9


CIS-Defensive Player of the Year joins Hagen-Haspe - by Moritz Korff
SV Hagen-Haspe 07 (2. Regionalliga) has sealed the signing of its new import-center. Achuil Lual (203-F-82, college: Acadia) has joined the team and arrived to Germany today. The 26-year-old Canadian is an extremely athletic player and an outstanding defender. He was named 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year in the CIS. He advanced to the national championship game with Acadia University and averaged 7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks through 20 contests for the Axemen in this past season. Lual is the third American on the roster of Coach Gwidonas Markevicius. Edson Jones (193-G-79, college: Niagara College) and Corrie Sutherlin (G) were signed earlier.

BG Karlsruhe lands Igor Simin - by Moritz Korff
The club-officials of BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have added Igor Simin (197-G-84, agency: Avi Zilberman) to their 2008-09 roster. The 22-year-old former Israeli Junior International appeared in 29 league-games for FC Schalke 04 in this past season, averaging 5.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. Between 2003 and 2006 Simin, who was born in Kishinev, Russia, suited up for Hapoel Tel-Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and also saw action in several games of the FIBA Europe League and the FIBA Europe Cup.

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A1 Market News - by Simon Varvakis
PAOK announced Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) who will return to PAOK after a 3-year absence playing for Unicaja Malaga and Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus and Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) who will be their first import player, he played last year for the Barons LMT in Latvia and won the Fiba Eurocup. PAOK also announced Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-C-76, college: Nevada). The greek center will help reinforce the front line of PAOK. He has played for Panionios in the past. PAOK is also very close to Alexandros Kyritsis (195-G-82), they have already hired his father Michalis Kyritsis as the team's general manager.

Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) is also very close to receiving a greek passport so he will not occupy the possition of a bosman player for Panionios. This will allow Panionios to sign another bosman player. Panionios is also very close to Aaron Miles (186-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) in case the case with Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) goes sour.

Egaleo booked Themis Koupidis (199-G-84), Dimos Angelopoulos (212-C-84, agency: FCM), Vladimir Kuljanin (208-C-85) and Marko Car (188-G/F-85). The latter two have arrived in Athens to start the preparation of the team.

AEK is after Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) and Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services).

AEL announced Fotis Lampropoulos (206-F-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) who played in Spain last year in LEB Gold for Tenerife.


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  HOLLAND   


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands blasts Luxemburg - by Eurobasket News
U16 Netherlands - U16 Luxemburg 99-58

Netherlands celebrated in the last game of the Classification Stage for 17th to 23rd position on U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo. Thanks to this easy victory Netherlands is a second ranked team in Group I meaning that it will continue battle for position number 17. On the other side Luxemburg is still winless in Sarajevo and it will try to record at least one victory against Slovakia and Ireland.

Netherlands demonstrated much better performance than Luxemburg. As it was expected, Netherlands grabbed double figure lead very quick. With 3 minutes to go in the first frame it was 20-10. Sam de Haas and Sven Burger were on fire leading their team to 40-23 at the middle of the second frame. Dutch big guys had total control under the basket which resulted with huge 30 rebounds more at the very end. Netherlands continued its domination after the breather. Jeff Deischter was the only one who managed to compete against Netherlands but he couldn't do bring his team any closer. Sam de Haas and Sven Burger were in a game mood until the end which resulted with final plus 41.

Sam de Haas and Sven Burger were the best players of the winning team. De Haas netted 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while Burger had two points with same number of boards. Mohammed Saadulle had 10 points. Luxemburg got 25 points from Jeff Deischter while Bob Melcher collected 15 points and 4 rebounds.


U16 Netherlands - U16 Luxemburg 99-58
(22-11, 28-19, 21-10, 28-18)

Netherlands:
Sam de Haas 25 (6 rebs), Sven Burger 23 (6 rebs), Mohammed Saadulla 10
Luxemburg: Jeff Deischter 25, Bob Melcher 15 (4 rebs)


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Even ASE's roster is complete - by Tamas Deri
Darris Nichols (188-G) can be the point guard of hungarian top team Atomeromu SE. The american guard is one of the best rookie point guards on the european market and will arrive to Hungary soon to spend his tryout period with ASE. The 188 cm tall Nichols graduated this summer on the University of Western Virginia, where he had a great basketball carreer. He put up the best number in his junior season when he averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game and won the NIT championship. In his senior season he averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 asssists and 3.2 rebounds per game and was leading his team into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

DEKE signed Chris Gaynor - by Tamas Deri
The newcomer team of our first division just published the signing of american rookie point guard Chris Gaynor (178-G) for the upcoming season. The 178 cm tall point guard graduated on the University of Winthrop this summer where played in 129 games and scored more than 1.000 points, had more than 500 assists and 200 steals in his four year carreer. In his senior season he helped his team to win the Big South Conference and averaged 9.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

EC qualification: lost in Bulgaria - by Tamas Deri
In the first round of the EC qualification our national team lost by 18 points in Bulgaria.

The home team was leading by 8 point already in the half time. In the third quarter our team could get closer, but had a very bad last 10 minutes and lost the fourt quarter 21-7 and the game 89-71.
The best player of our NT was Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) with 15 points and 5 rebounds. .

Tonight in the second round our team will play against Italy in Szolnok at 18 o'clock.

Bulgaria - Hungary 89 - 71
(24 - 16, 23 - 24, 21 - 24, 21 - 7)
Hungary: Sitku 15, Kaman 13, Nemeth 13, Simon 9, Horvath A. 5, Trepak Z. 5, Bader M. 5, Molnar A. 3., Fodor M. 3, Coach: Meszaros Lajos


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  ICELAND   


U16 EC, division B: Haukur Palsson leads Iceland over Belgium scoring 41 points - by Eurobasket News
U16 Iceland - U16 Belgium 77-68

Iceland celebrated in the last game of the Qualifying Round for 9th to 16th place on U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo. Thus Iceland improved to 2-1 in Group G but it was not enough for the second place. Namely, Belgium and Estonia have the same score but Iceland is the worst team in this circle.

Belgium showed slightly better performance in the first quarter. Thanks to triple buy Schwartz with 7 seconds remaining, Belgium ended it 21-23. Haukur Palsson was a real enigma for the Belgians and actually the only one in a game mood in Iceland. Second quarter finished 20-18 which means that the score was tied at the half time, 41-41. During the following 10 minutes Haukur Palsson led his team to 54-44 but Belgians succeeded to come on 65-61 at the end of third quarter. Game is decided in the last few minutes. After 68-68 Iceland created crucial 9-0 run.

Haukur Palsson was totally unstoppable for the Belgians. He played almost the entire game pouring in 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It is important to be mentioned that he recorded pretty good shot percentage during the entire game (53% FG2, 50% 3-pts, 87% FT). Elvar Sigurdsson was far away behind him in the winning team with 11 points. Belgium go the most from Amaury Gorgemans (202-C-92), who added 15 points and 5 boards. Sam Renier had two points less also with 5 rebounds.


U16 Iceland - U16 Belgium 77-68
(21-23, 20-18, 24-20, 12-7)

Iceland:
Haukur Palsson 41 (12 rebs), Elvar Sigurdsson 11
Belgium: Amaury Gorgemans 15 (5 rebs), Sam Renier 13 (5 rebs)


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  IRELAND   


Notre Dame wins a tight one over Ireland - by Eurobasket News
The first three exhibition games that Notre Dame played in Ireland were not close, but if Thursdays contest against Ireland in Dublin is any indication, the three games the Fighting Irish play in the Emerald Hoops International Series will not be easy.

Ryan Ayers' (6'8''-G/F-86) steal and dunk with 2.1 seconds left gave Notre Dame a narrow 90-88 victory over Ireland. With the game tied 88-88, Ayers took the ball away from Irelands Donnie McGrath and had a clear path to the hoop for the winning basket. Ireland never got a chance to get a shot off on its final possession as Notre Dames Kyle McAlarney forced a jump ball and the Fighting Irish took over with .5 seconds left.

'This was a great test tonight. It was a truly special atmosphere and felt like a Big East road game at the end. We didn't play as well as we did in out previous three outings, but we showed our character and battled through some tough stretches in the game where things may not have been going our way, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. With each game we play, we are finding out what our identity is and tonight was a good test for us. Ireland came out ready to play and that created such a great setting for a great basketball game.'

McAlarney led all scorers with 25 points, while Ayers final bucket gave him 24 on the night. McAlarney hit seven three-pointers while Ayers knocked down four. Luke Harangody added 18 to round out the Fighting Irishs double-digit scorers.

McGrath, who was a Providence College standout from 2002-2006, scored 18 of his 23 in the second half to lead the hosts. Ireland was the first team to hold Notre Dame to fewer than 100 points on their trip thus far.

The game was tight throughout and Notre Dame could never seem to pull away, Ireland came right back. Ireland led 12-4 in the first quarter, but the Fighting Irish grabbed a 23-19 advantage after the first quarter and a 41-40 lead at the end of the first half.

The Fighting Irish stretched their lead to 46-40 at the start of the second half, but were then held scoreless for the next five minutes. Notre Dame finished the quarter strong though and brought a 71-62 lead into the final quarter.

Conor Grace and McGrath scored back-to-back baskets to pull Ireland to within two, 87-85, with under two minutes to play.

Notre Dames Zach Hillesland made one of two free throws with just over a minute to play to give the Irish an 88-85 lead, but Grace drilled a three-pointer to tie it 88-88 with 41 seconds to play. Ireland was able to stop Notre Dame on its following possession, but Ayers steal and score gave the Fighting Irish the win.

Notre Dame plays Poland, who defeated Iceland 84-65, on Friday in the second of three games in Dublin.

Courtesy of http://collegebasketballnews.scout.com



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  JORDAN   


Brunei Cup 2008: Imad Qahwash shines with 26 points! - by Mohammed Malas
By: Rano Iskandar
Saturday; August 23, 2008

Jordan All-Stars 93
Mail & Mail Phils 70

It was a rare result to see a Jordanian team beating the likes of a Filipino club but that changed last evening. Jordan All-Stars, who had a poor outing last year, proved to be a totally different team and they have one goal in mind and that is to proceed to the last four.

After witnessing last night's game, I'm quite certain that the Jordan All-Stars have improved vastly especially in defence. Their star of the night belonged to one guy in the name of Imad Qahwash (188-G-87) who scored a game high 26 points. He was probably the most fouled player and his penetrating drives kept drawing fouls from the opposition.

In the first half, Mail & More couldn't convert their field goal attempts and the Filipino club only managed to convert 39% of their field goals as compared to Jordan's 53%. Faisal Kheir had a good first half with some steals and he ended up with 11 points

M&M's top scorer was Ronnie Zagala (17 points) with Mangahas finishing with 15 points. Bench player Faundo of M&M had a great game with 13 points. Jordan All-Stars top scorer was Imad Kahwash with 26 points while Jordan All-Stars captain finished with 20 points.

The second half was dominated by the Jordanians as Imad picked up where he left off. He was unstoppable on the floor, picking a few steals and driving into the paint zone. Everything was going Jordan's way and they capped a fine performance with a 3-pointer buzzer shot at the end of the 3rd quarter by Jordan's Omar Bilbeisi.

Mail & More couldn't reduce the double-digit deficit and Jordan All-Stars showed no mercy to their opponents. Perhaps, the lack of practice or preparation prior to the game affected the Filipino's gameplay. The Pinoys found it hard to score inside the paint despite given second chances on the board. Local favourite Chris Baluyot only had 6 points and he was fouled out in the final quarter.

Jordan All-Stars went on to defeat Mail & More with ease 93-70. Head coach of Jordan All-Stars, Muntaser Abu Al-Tayyeb, was jubilant about his team's performance. 'This is a very promising young team. I'm pleased most about our defence and this is a lot of improvement from last year, ' said Mountasser.

'I'm happy that Amid and Abdallah, our captain, played exceptionally well. For me, they are no key players in the team. In every game, one or two players will rise to the occasion and it's all about teamwork.'

Mail & More will hope to erase their poor performance on the court and focus on their next match against favourite Singapore Slingers. As for Jordan All-Stars, they still need a few more wins under their belt to show that they are title contenders.

Tonight, catch Darwin All-Stars vs Jordan All-Stars at 7pm while the second match will feature Mail & More vs Singapore Slingers.


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  LITHUANIA   


Olympic Games: Spain edges Lithuania for the final in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Lithuania 91-86

Reining World champion is the first finalist of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. Spain was better than tough Lithuania mostly owing to Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80), Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and wonderful last frame. Thus Spaniards will wait the other semifinal game in order to find out which team will compete against them for the Olympic Gold.

Everything started good for Spain. After basket by Pau Gasol, Spaniards grabbed 9-4 after four minutes. Later Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) confirmed 5-point lead with a triple but very soon Lithuanians made quick 5-0 run. Jorge Garbajosa and Carlos Jimenez (203-F-76) immediately answered with 6-0 but Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) made it from the paint for 21-19 after ten minutes. Beginning of the second quarter belonged to Spain. In just three minutes Spaniards reached 28-20. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland), Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) woke up after that draining three triples as well as few free throws for a turn 34-39 with 1:29 to go in the first half. Until the end of it Lithuania reached plus 6 but Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) took care for 40-42 after 20 minutes. During the entire third frame Spain managed to take a lead just once and to tie the score three times. Lithuanians once again had plus 5 but they kept 62-66 until the crucial period. Pau Gasol led his team to impressive 19-8 run for 81-74 with 3:39 remaining. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Rudy Fernandez also had very important role in these few minutes, which turned out as a crucial ones. After that moment Sarunas Jasikevicius and his teammates were pretty good at the offensive end but on the other side Spaniards were very concentrated from the free throw line letting their opponents to come on minus three just once but nothing closer than that.

Pau Gasol once again was a key player of the game. He played almost 30 minutes collecting 19 points and 5 boards. Rudy Fernandez also demonstrated impressive performance adding 18 points and 4 boards. Felipe Reyes helped Spain with 13 points and 4 rebounds while Carlos Jimenez had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Simas Jasaitis and Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 19 points each for the loosing side. Simas Jasaitis had 8 more rebounds while Sarunas Jasikevicius dished out 6 assists. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) stopped on 15 points and 4 rebounds while Ksystof Lavrinovic finished the game having two points less with 7 boards.


Spain - Lithuania 91-86
(21-19, 19-23, 22-24, 29-20)

Spain:
Pau Gasol 19 (5 rebs), Rudy Fernandez 18 (4 rebs), Felipe Reyes 13 (4 rebs), Carlos Jimenez 11 (7 rebs)
Lithuania: Simas Jasaitis 19 (8 rebs), Sarunas Jasikevicius 19 (6 as), Robertas Javtokas 15 (4 rebs), Ksystof Lavrinovic 13 (7 rebs)


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  LUXEMBOURG   


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands blasts Luxemburg - by Eurobasket News
U16 Netherlands - U16 Luxemburg 99-58

Netherlands celebrated in the last game of the Classification Stage for 17th to 23rd position on U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo. Thanks to this easy victory Netherlands is a second ranked team in Group I meaning that it will continue battle for position number 17. On the other side Luxemburg is still winless in Sarajevo and it will try to record at least one victory against Slovakia and Ireland.

Netherlands demonstrated much better performance than Luxemburg. As it was expected, Netherlands grabbed double figure lead very quick. With 3 minutes to go in the first frame it was 20-10. Sam de Haas and Sven Burger were on fire leading their team to 40-23 at the middle of the second frame. Dutch big guys had total control under the basket which resulted with huge 30 rebounds more at the very end. Netherlands continued its domination after the breather. Jeff Deischter was the only one who managed to compete against Netherlands but he couldn't do bring his team any closer. Sam de Haas and Sven Burger were in a game mood until the end which resulted with final plus 41.

Sam de Haas and Sven Burger were the best players of the winning team. De Haas netted 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while Burger had two points with same number of boards. Mohammed Saadulle had 10 points. Luxemburg got 25 points from Jeff Deischter while Bob Melcher collected 15 points and 4 rebounds.


U16 Netherlands - U16 Luxemburg 99-58
(22-11, 28-19, 21-10, 28-18)

Netherlands:
Sam de Haas 25 (6 rebs), Sven Burger 23 (6 rebs), Mohammed Saadulla 10
Luxemburg: Jeff Deischter 25, Bob Melcher 15 (4 rebs)


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
Northern Division
 1. Venados 0-0 
 2. Tecos UAG 0-0 
 3. Lobos UAC 0-0 
 4. Galgos T. 0-0 
 5. Soles 0-0 
 6. Bravos 0-0 
 7. Dorados 0-0 
 8. Potros 0-0 
Southern Division
 1. Estrellas 0-0 
 2. Bucaneros 0-0 
 3. Halcones UV 0-0 
 4. Angeles 0-0 
 5. Loros C. 0-0 
 6. Panteras 0-0 
 7. Santos 0-0 
 8. Barreteros 0-0 


Mexican National Team for Centrobasket 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Benitez


Lever-Pedroza


Zuniga


Hernandez


Carrillo
4 Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83) of Soles de Mexicali
5 Pedro Meza (187-G-85) of Caballeros de Culiacan
8 Arim Abdul Solares (202-F/C-83) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
9 Ramses Benitez (209-C-79) of Halcones UV Xalapa
10 Jesus Lopez (203-F-83) of Marineros de Cozumel
12 Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79) of Siroki Prima pivo (BIH)
13 Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75) of Lechugueros de Leon

14 Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85) of Dorados de Playa del Carmen
15 Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Fresno State University (USA)
16 Francisco Ibarra (210-C-84) of Pioneros Los Mochis
17 Chris Hernandez (188-G-83) of C.B. Valladolid (ESP)
20 Karim Malpica (190-G-78) of Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon


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U16 EC, division B: Germany better than Montenegro, both teams in the semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 Montenegro - U16 Germany 55-70

Germany recorded comfortably victory against Montenegro in the last game of the Qualification Stage for 1st to 8th place. Thus top position in Group E belongs to Germany, which has perfect 3-0. It is important to be mentioned that Germany didn't suffer any defeat neither in the Preliminary Round. Montenegro is the second ranked team in the same group with score 2-1. In the semifinals Germany will meet Bulgaria while Montenegro will take on Sweden. Winners of these two games will automatically be promoted to division A for the next European Championship.

After opening 3-0 for Montenegro, Germany created 19-4 run mostly owing to Kevin Bright (193-F-92) and Nico Barth. At the last Germany's possession in the first frame Barth made a lay-up at the buzzer setting the score on 10-23. Andrija Mijanovic and Marko Todorovic woke up in Montenegro after that moment. Germany slowed down a little bit which Montenegrins exploited to come on 20-26. Kevin Bright succeeded to return plus 9 to his team but Montenegrins ended first half in style making 8-2 run for 32-35. It was a tight third quarter. With 2:29 to go in it the score was 44-46 after what Joey Ney drained two consecutive triple leading his team to the last frame with 44-52. Joey Ney and his teammates totally dominated during these ten minutes advancing to the semis undefeated.

Kevin Bright registered the best digits for the winning team. He spent 23 minutes on court adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Nico Bath followed him with 11 while Joey Ney and Philipp Neumann had 9 points each. Andrija Mijanovic was the top scorer in Montenegro with 15 points while Marko Todorovic finished the game with 12 points and 7 boards.


U16 Montenegro - U16 Germany 55-70
(10-23, 22-12, 12-17, 11-18)

Montenegro:
Andrija Mijanovic 15, Marko Todorovic 12 (7 rebs)
Germany: Kevin Bright 12 (7 rebs), Nico Barth 11, Joey Ney 9, Philipp Neumann 9


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  NBA   


Olympic Games: USA advances to the big final - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - USA 81-101

Once again USA demonstrated wonderful performance in Beijing meaning that reining Olympic champion won't have a chance to defend the Gold. Earlier today Spain outsmarted Lithuania thus USA will fight against the current World champion in the big Olympic final.

USA took control in Argentina from the early beginning. After 4-7 in fifth minute, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) nailed 5-0 consecutive points (jump shot and a triple) for 4-12. Very soon Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up for USA what was enough for 11-30 at the end of the first quarter. The bad thing for Argentineans was that after just few minutes Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had to be substituted because of the left ankle injury and he didn't return for the rest of the game (even on the bench). It is not announced yet will he be able to help Argentina to reach the Bronze against Lithuania. Mostly owing to Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) and Carlos Delfino (6'7''-G-82), Argentina created 18-7 run for 28-37 in 26th minute. With 46 seconds to go in the first half Argentina came on 40-46 Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) got fouled on 3-pts line making three free throw after that. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Carmelo Anthony shined in third quarter and with few successful shots set the score on 49-67. Carlos Delfino made a triple for 64-78 missing two following unit the end of third stanza. In few opening minutes of last quarter LeBron James drained two triples making lay-up after that for huge 69-88. As it was since the beginning of the Olympics, the only question until the end of the game was will USA touch 100, what they done with minute and half to go.

Carmelo Anthony was the best player of the winning team. He spent almost 30 minutes on court netting 21 points and grabbing 4 boards. LeBron James registered 15 points and 5 rebounds for 26 minutes. Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Paul helped their team nailing 12 points each. Center Luis Scola was a way better than the others in Argentina finishing the game 26 points and 11 rebounds for 34 minutes. Carlos Delfino followed him with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Paolo Quinteros (6'1''-G-79) had 12 points.


Argentina - USA 81-101
(11-30, 29-19, 24-29, 17-23)

Argentina:
Luis Scola 26 (11 rebs), Carlos Delfino 19 (8 rebs), Paolo Quinteros 12
USA: Carmelo Anthony 21 (4 rebs), LeBron James 15 (5 rebs), Dwyane Wade 12 (4 rebs), Kobe Bryant 12, Chris Paul 12


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  NCAA1   


Kevin Hamilton signs with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg - by Eurobasket News
Former Holy Cross basketball standout Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Holy Cross) has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Poland. Hamilton will play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg, which competes in the Dominet Bank Ekstraliga, and is located in the city of Kolobrzeg.

This marks the second time Hamilton has played in the Dominet Bank Ekstraliga, as he was previously a member of Polpak Swiecie during the 2006-2007 season. During his one year with Polpak Swiecie, Hamilton averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Hamilton has also played professionally for Cariduros de Fajardo in the Puerto Rican Superior League in both 2007 and 2008. He led his team to the league regular season title in 2007, averaging 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Hamilton was also selected to the Superior League All-Star team in 2008.

A 2006 Holy Cross graduate, Hamilton was named the 2005 Patriot League Player of the Year and the 2006 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he set school records for steals (292), three-pointers made (222) and three-pointers attempted (640), while placing 10th all-time at Holy Cross in assists (308), 10th in field goals attempted (1,196) and 12th in points scored (1,492).

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


Notre Dame wins a tight one over Ireland - by Eurobasket News
The first three exhibition games that Notre Dame played in Ireland were not close, but if Thursdays contest against Ireland in Dublin is any indication, the three games the Fighting Irish play in the Emerald Hoops International Series will not be easy.

Ryan Ayers' (6'8''-G/F-86) steal and dunk with 2.1 seconds left gave Notre Dame a narrow 90-88 victory over Ireland. With the game tied 88-88, Ayers took the ball away from Irelands Donnie McGrath and had a clear path to the hoop for the winning basket. Ireland never got a chance to get a shot off on its final possession as Notre Dames Kyle McAlarney forced a jump ball and the Fighting Irish took over with .5 seconds left.

'This was a great test tonight. It was a truly special atmosphere and felt like a Big East road game at the end. We didn't play as well as we did in out previous three outings, but we showed our character and battled through some tough stretches in the game where things may not have been going our way, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. With each game we play, we are finding out what our identity is and tonight was a good test for us. Ireland came out ready to play and that created such a great setting for a great basketball game.'

McAlarney led all scorers with 25 points, while Ayers final bucket gave him 24 on the night. McAlarney hit seven three-pointers while Ayers knocked down four. Luke Harangody added 18 to round out the Fighting Irishs double-digit scorers.

McGrath, who was a Providence College standout from 2002-2006, scored 18 of his 23 in the second half to lead the hosts. Ireland was the first team to hold Notre Dame to fewer than 100 points on their trip thus far.

The game was tight throughout and Notre Dame could never seem to pull away, Ireland came right back. Ireland led 12-4 in the first quarter, but the Fighting Irish grabbed a 23-19 advantage after the first quarter and a 41-40 lead at the end of the first half.

The Fighting Irish stretched their lead to 46-40 at the start of the second half, but were then held scoreless for the next five minutes. Notre Dame finished the quarter strong though and brought a 71-62 lead into the final quarter.

Conor Grace and McGrath scored back-to-back baskets to pull Ireland to within two, 87-85, with under two minutes to play.

Notre Dames Zach Hillesland made one of two free throws with just over a minute to play to give the Irish an 88-85 lead, but Grace drilled a three-pointer to tie it 88-88 with 41 seconds to play. Ireland was able to stop Notre Dame on its following possession, but Ayers steal and score gave the Fighting Irish the win.

Notre Dame plays Poland, who defeated Iceland 84-65, on Friday in the second of three games in Dublin.

Courtesy of http://collegebasketballnews.scout.com



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  NCAA2   


Western Oregon With One More Transfer - by Sanjey Noriega
Western Oregon men's basketball coach Craig Stanger has announced the addition of another player for the 2008-09 Wolves roster.


6-8, 225 pound forward Gabe Thrash will transfer to WOU this fall. Thrash played at Bakersfield College this past year, and spent his freshman season at Western Washington.


A native of Gardena, Calif., he helped Gardena High School to a city championship his junior season and he was a first team All-Marine League pick as a senior.


'We are excited to have an outstanding student-athlete like Gabe,' Stanger said. 'He is a tremendous athlete with a great work ethic that brings us depth at the post position.'


Thrash joins four high school signees that inked National Letters of Intent with the Wolves earlier this year: Kyle Long (McMinnville), Kolton Nelson (Klamath Falls/Mazama HS), Blair Wheadon (Junction City), and Marcus Harris (McCall, Idaho/McCall-Donnelly HS).


GVSU names Dewayne Evans assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Grand Valley State coach Ric Wesley has announced that Dewayne Evans has been hired as an assistant coach. Evans replaces Jeff Bauer who was promoted to the position of top assistant earlier this summer.

Evans joins the Lakers after spending the last two years with the Joy of the Game Illinois Rising Stars AAU program in Deerfield, Ill. Evans worked predominately with the 17U division. This past summer, Evans led his team to the Senior Nationals. Prior to his work with the Rising Stars, Evans spent one year as the assistant track coach at Canyon State Academy in Arizona.

'I am extremely grateful that Coach Wesley has given me this opportunity,' said Evans. 'I am excited to be joining a winning program and I can't wait to get started.'

Evans, a 2005 graduate of Oberlin College, was a two sport performer for the Yeomen who lettered in both basketball and track. As a senior, Evans ranked in the top 10 of the North Coast Athletic Conference in scoring, assists, steals, minutes played and free throw percentage. He was also received All-Conference in track in 2002.

'We are extremely excited to have Dewayne as a part of our program,' said Wesley. 'As a young, former two sport athlete, he brings some unique experience to the position. He is well connected in the Chicago area from his work with the Rising Stars and we look forward to him helping us continue to build the winning tradition that we have established here at Grand Valley.'

Grand Valley State finished the 2007-08 campaign with a 36-1 record and the second of back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances. The Lakers have made three straight NCAA tournament appearances and have finished atop the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in each of the last three years.

Courtesy of www.gvsulakers.com


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  NIGERIA   


First Deepwater .5M up for grab - by Olusegun Ikuesan
....In Battle for Supremacy

The first edition of the First Deepwater Discovery Battle for Supremacy basketball tournament promises to be a thriller when it dunks-off Thursday at the sports hall of the University of Lagos Sports Centre, Akoka, Lagos.

According to First Deepwater Discovery Limited boss, Engr. Babatunde Babalola that all the eight teams (four male and four female) invited for the 3-Day tournament will be rewarded handsomely.

Engr. Babalola told reporters during a press briefing in Lagos last Thursday that each of the eight teams shall receive the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250, 000) as participation fees.

He also added that in addition to the participation fees, all the teams would be accommodated in for the duration of the tournament.

The First Deepwater Discovery top-shot also gave a hint that each of the teams shall get a laptop with an inbuilt domain name for the effective dissemination of information about their clubs and for proper achieving.

Winner of the 3-Day Battle for Supremacy tournament which will feature Ebun Comets basketball club, Lagos, Union Bank basketball club, Lagos, Niger Potters basketball club, Minna and Kano Pillars basketball club in the Men category while the women clubs has First Bank basketball club, Lagos; Dolphin basketball club, Lagos; Delta Force basketball club, Asaba and Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure will receive the sum of Five hundred thousand naira in a winner-take-all tournament.

Engr. Babalola promised that the tournament will become an annual event which will always attract the best top-4 teams in the country from both the men premier league and the women league.

He says the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF should not be left alone in the development of the game in the country.
Adesola Alayande (183-G-84)


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


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


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  PHILIPPINES   


REALTORS WIN - by Benny Lirio

POPULAR Philippine basketball team the Sta Lucia Realtors overcame a sluggish start last night to outplay national champions Muharraq 77-66
in the opening game of the first Bahrain-Philippines Ambassador's Friendship Games.

The Realtors, still suffering from jet lag and fatigue having only arrived in the kingdom on Wednesday night, used a strong fourth-quarter performance to
turn a narrow lead into the double-digit victory late in the game.

'We started off slow, but I trusted my guys and I wasn't really worried about how close the score was,' Realtors head coach Boyet Fernandez told the GDN.

Muharraq were in control early in the first half, clinging on to a narrow 13-7 edge. The visiting Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) squad, however,
slowly got back into the game, banking on the perimeter shooting of star player and reigning PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kelly Kelly Williams (196-F-82, college: Oakland), who sank
two successive triples prior to the first quarter buzzer to help his team forge a 19-all deadlock.

The game continued to stay close in the second, with Muharraq taking command once again 24-19. But after cutting the deficit down to two,
point guard Dennis Miranda gave the Realtors the lead for good, 36-35, with a three-pointer from above the key. They took a narrow 40-37 lead at the half.

Following a see-saw third quarter, the Realtors were able to extend their advantage.

Miranda then completed two successive fastbreak lay-ups with just under two minutes remaining to give the Realtors a comfortable
73-64 cushion on the way to victory.

There was a brief scare in the game when Realtors Ryan Reyes and Muharraq's Mohammed Al Zain collided while chasing a loose ball.
The pair lay hurt on the ground momentarily before getting up to the relief of the crowd.

'It was a tough game; they are a very good team and they really gave us a challenge,' said Fernandez. 'But we stuck to our game, and
played it out. Our guys are a little out of shape because we only began training recently, and this is why our trip here is very important - we are
taking this as part of our serious preparations for the start of next season.

'We play another tough team tomorrow (today), and we're looking forward to it. It's really nice to be here in Bahrain.'

Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Eduardo Pablo Maglaya was in attendance. He, along with acting Bahrain Basketball Association
president Jassim Al Sindi, took part in the ceremonial toss prior to the official tip-off.

During half-time, Kelly Williams treated those in attendance with three rim-rocking slam dunks, including a capper in which he put the ball between his legs
and powerfully slammed it home with his left hand.

The Realtors cap off their Bahrain trip tonight against 2006-'07 national champions Al Ahli. The game is scheduled to get underway at 7.30pm.
Kelly Williams will once again participate in a slam dunk showdown. Tickets for today's game are available at the venue. The booth and doors open at 6pm.

GULF DAILY NEWS/P.Salomon




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  POLAND   


Latest news - by Michal Falkowski
Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina) signed one year-deal with Energa Czarni Slupsk. American player was a member of Pierrel Capo dOrlando last season was averaging 9,7 ppg. and 5,4 rpg.

Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: Beo Basket) will play for Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn next season. Serbian power forward spent last year in Polpak Swiecie. This means that Tica joins to Chris Garner (178-G-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Memphis), American who chose the same way. Tica was scoring 6,6 ppg. and adding 2,7 rpg.

Marcin Stefanski (199-F-83) came back to professional basketball after the time he was suspended. Polish small forward was out of the last season, because of the taking drugs in the end of the season 2006/07. Stefanski obviously will play in Asco Slask Wroclaw once again.

Damien Argrett (203-F/C-82, college: Pfeiffer) and Mateusz Bierwagen (194-G-88) are new faces in Victoria Gornik Walbrzych. American power forward was averaging 12,1 ppg. and 5,2 rpg. in 48 games for BK SCE Decin. Bierwagen was a member of SIDEn Torun last season.

Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona) won't play for Prokom Trefl Sopot. American point guard was thought to play in Polish hegemon once season more, however the club hasn't announced this yet. It means Shakur is still free agent and next season will spent in another club.

Adam Waczynski (198-F-89), a junior player of Prokom Trefl Sopot may probably move to Znicz Jaroslaw. Polish shooting guard would get more minutes in Znicz than in Prokom where he even didn't get a chance to sit on a bench.

Marin Han (198-F/G-87) refused playing in PGE Turow Zgorzelec. Croatian forward broke off the multi-year deal with the Polish runner-up. To remain the number of roster including juniors, the board of Turow signed Tomasz Bodzinski (202-F-91) from reserve team.

Aleksander Krutikov is new coach of Sportino Inowroclaw. Ex-assistan coach of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven hasn't signatured his contract yet but all of terms are agreed and the deal will be inked soon. Moreover, Sportino signed forward Michal Swiderski (196-F-87) and is very close to add to its roster: Artur Robak (208-C-77), Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81) and junior Hubert Wierzbicki (195-F-91).

Anwil Wloclawek found its junior players for upcoming season. They are will be Jakub Golebiowski (198-F) and Bartosz Zajac (197-F-91). Dawid Adamczewski (186-G-91), Wojciech Glabas (201-F-90) and Grzegorz Klarecki (198-F-90) will not play in the first team due to various reasons.


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Team Puerto Rico ready for Centrobasket at Mexico - by Luis Ramirez
The players who will represent Puerto Rico in the upcoming Centrobasket Tournament which will take place in Mexico from August 27 thru August 31 have been finalized. The team will be composed of a good number of players who recently played at the FIBA Pre-Olympic Tournament in Greece, these are Carlos Arroyo, Jose Juan Barea Carmelo Lee Luis Villafane, Joel Jones Javier Mojica, Alex Falcon and completing the team are newcomers Angelo Reyes, Angel Daniel Vassallo, and Angel Rosa. Not making the trip due to injuries are Ricky Sanchez, Peter John Ramos and Daniel Santiago. Puerto Rico should have a good shot at reaching the medals round in this competition.

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Schedule of Partizan friendly games during the preparation period - by Zoran Popovic
Almost three weeks BC Partizan Igokea Beograd players are preparing for the next season. Except players which are in National team of Serbia and National team of Montenegro, all players are present. Captain of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Petar Bozic (197-G-78), who extended contract with BC Partizan Igokea Beograd two days ago, will lead young team on preparation games and planed tournaments.

26. 08: BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Igokea Khimik
01. 09: Vojvodina Srbijagas BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Igokea
03. 09: Tami Petrohemija - BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Igokea

Tournaments

06. 09 07. 09 Belgrade:

KK RADNICKI BEOGRAD
KK PARTIZAN IGOKEA
(two more teams will be delegate in the meantime)

13. 09 14. 09 Valjevo:

KK METALAC
BC PANATHINAIKOS
KK PARTIZAN IGOKEA
BK UNIVERSITET-SURGUT

19. 09 21. 09 Rodos:

BC OLYMPIACOS
BC PANELLINIOS
KK PARTIZAN IGOKEA
BC KOLOSSOS

26. 09 27. 09 Igalo:

KK BUDUCNOST
KK IROKI BRJEG
KK ABS PRIMORJE
KK PARTIZAN IGOKEA

BC Partizan Igokea Beograd players which will play on tournaments are: Bozic, Milosevic, Vitkovac, Djurkovic, Balaban, Tapuskovic, Veseli, Rasic i Aleksic, Trikic, Jelovac, Jaramaz, Basta and Lucic.

After the qualification games of National teams Tepic, Tripkovic, Vranes, Velickovic will join BC Partizan Igokea Beograd on friendly games in the second half of September.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Belarus win friendly tournament in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Slovakia 84:81

Belarusian National Team finished the International Basketball Tournament in Kiev on a high note. They defeated Slovakia to post their third straight win and claimed the title. Belarus actually ensured the victory at the event after the second game but still delivered a first-class performance to hold off determined Slovakian team. Slovakia suffered their third straight defeat and completed campaign at the fourth spot. It was a close battle all the way through. Slovakia jumped ahead early in the encounter and secured a 22:17 advantage after the opening stanza. Slovakia stretched the margin to 10 points early in the second frame but Belarus remained contestant. Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) and Pustaguar scored 6 points apiece and Belarus surged ahead 34:32. They maintained the pressure and secured a 41:34 lead at halftime. Yegor Mescheriakov (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) paced Belarus in the third frame as they keep Slovakia at bay. However Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) and Gavlak ignited a comeback effort from Slovak team as they trimmed the deficit to a single point 56:57 at three-quarter time. Micka nailed a jumper to put Slovakia back in front at the start of the fourth quarter. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the fourth term and Belarus enjoyed an 80:76 advantage with 28 seconds remaining. Martin Micka (180-G-81, agency: Promotex) drained a long-range three-pointer to cut the gap to one point at 81:82 with 12 seconds left. Alexander Kudrautsau and Dmitri Kouzmine (197-G-75) nailed one freebie each and sealed the winning outcome for Belarus in the final seconds. Alexander Kudrautsau netted 22 points to lead all scorers. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament after the game. Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) added 20 points and 7 boards, while Yegor Mescheriakov nailed 18 points for the winners. Martin Micka dropped 16 points for Slovakia. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had 15 points, while Dusan Pandula provided 11 points in defeat.

Belarus: Alexander Kudrautsau 22, Nikola Aliakseyeu 20, Yegor Mescheriakov 18
Slovakia: Martin Micka 16, Anton Gavel 15


U16 EC, division B: Denmark outplays Slovakia in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
U16 Denmark - U16 Slovakia 83-75

Denmark was better than Netherlands in the last game of the Qualification Stage for 17th to 23rd place. It means that Denmark improved to score 3-0 keeping the top position in Group I so its next rival on U16 European Championship division B in Sarajevo will be Cyprus. Slovakia is third ranked team in the same group without chance to fight for 17th place.

Denmark controlled rhythm of the game from the beginning. After just few minutes Niels Andreasen ad his teammates reached 14-8. However, until the end of the first frame Slovakia succeeded to came on 23-21. Denmark Matus Luley shined for Slovakia in the second quarter making turn 31-33 but Niels Andreasen quickly answered leading his team to plus 5, 40-35. Denmark kept its lead steady in third quarter but never more than 8 points. Danes finally touched double digit lead in the last frame 69-59 resolving the question about the winner.

Niels Andreasen paced Denmark to victory collecting 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Anders Haas followed him with 16 points and 7 boards. Matus Luley was way better than the others in Slovakia adding 25 points and 4 rebounds. Michal Seminsky stopped on 11. Slovakia's next opponent will be Ireland.


U16 Denmark - U16 Slovakia 83-75
(23-21, 26-22, 18-16, 16-16)

Denmark:
Niels Andreasen 27 (8 rebs, 5 as), Anders Haas 16 (7 rebs)
Slovakia: Matus Luley 25 (4 rebs), Michal Seminsky 11


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U16 EC, division B: Sweden edges Slovenia advancing to the semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 Sweden - U16 Slovenia 83-69

Sweden grabbed an extremely important victory in the last game of the Qualifying Round. The Swedish outplayed Slovenia reaching the top of Group F. Interesting is that the second ranked Bulgaria and third Slovenia have the same score but unfortunately to Slovenians they recorded the worst digits in this magic circle staying out of the semifinals. Sweden will take on Montenegro having a chance to reach the big final. What is also maybe the most important the winner of this game will earn promotion to division A.

Sweden opened the game strongly. After ten minutes the Swedish already created 22-11. Mostly owing to Matej Rojc and Alen Hodzic (192-F-92), Slovenia showed slightly better performance in the second period coming on 35-30. Carl Gaddefors and Jonathan Person shined in Sweden during the following ten minutes making few shots as well as few lay-ups. It was enough for double digit lead before the last stanza, 59-49. In just few minutes Sweden set the margin to 20 points which automatically meant that the game is over for Slovenia.

Carl Gaddefors led Sweden to this crucial victory draining 18 points including 7 boards. Tuag Nguyen also demonstrated wonderful performance finishing the game with 17 points and 4 rebounds while Johnathan Person had 12 points missing only one rebound for double-double. Alen Hodzic was the best in Slovenia with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Matej Rojc had 14 while Jan Span scored 11 points. Slovenia will continue championship in Classification Round for 5th to 8th place.


U16 Sweden - U16 Slovenia 83-69
(22-11, 13-19, 24-19, 24-20)

Sweden:
Carl Gaddefors 18 (7 rebs), Tuan Nguyen 17 (4 rebs), Jonathan Person 12 (9 rebs, 5 as),
Slovenia: Alen Hodzic 18 (6 rebs), Matej Rojc 14, Jan Span 11


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Brunei Cup 1st Day Challenge - by Rick Ross
The 2008 Brunei Cup Kicked Off with New Comer Mail & More and Jordan All-Stars
The Final score Jordan All-Stars 93 Mail & More 70 ,
The Defending champion Sakers had no contest against new comer Quezon Red Oilers as
the final score ended Sakers 109 Quezon Red Oilers 88.
No box scores at time off this addition, next up Darwin Allstars Vs Jordan All-Stars
And Singapore Slingers Vs Mail & More.

Newcomers Quezon Red Oilers and Mail and More (both from Philippines)
face daunting tasks to compete against the likes of Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars,
LG Sakers, Jordan All-Stars and Singapore Slingers in the upcoming Brunei Cup.

Initally , Ginebra Kings and Air21 Express were invited. However,
both favourites were unable to compete because both are currently
playing in the finals of the PBA Championship and as of now, both sides are equal
with 3 games a piece and the decider will take place on this Wednesday which
will be less time for them to compete in the Brunei Cup 2008.

Hence, the replacement by Quezon Red Oilers and Mail and More will be
making their debut in the tournament.


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Olympic Games: Spain edges Lithuania for the final in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Lithuania 91-86

Reining World champion is the first finalist of the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. Spain was better than tough Lithuania mostly owing to Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80), Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and wonderful last frame. Thus Spaniards will wait the other semifinal game in order to find out which team will compete against them for the Olympic Gold.

Everything started good for Spain. After basket by Pau Gasol, Spaniards grabbed 9-4 after four minutes. Later Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) confirmed 5-point lead with a triple but very soon Lithuanians made quick 5-0 run. Jorge Garbajosa and Carlos Jimenez (203-F-76) immediately answered with 6-0 but Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) made it from the paint for 21-19 after ten minutes. Beginning of the second quarter belonged to Spain. In just three minutes Spaniards reached 28-20. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland), Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) woke up after that draining three triples as well as few free throws for a turn 34-39 with 1:29 to go in the first half. Until the end of it Lithuania reached plus 6 but Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) took care for 40-42 after 20 minutes. During the entire third frame Spain managed to take a lead just once and to tie the score three times. Lithuanians once again had plus 5 but they kept 62-66 until the crucial period. Pau Gasol led his team to impressive 19-8 run for 81-74 with 3:39 remaining. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Rudy Fernandez also had very important role in these few minutes, which turned out as a crucial ones. After that moment Sarunas Jasikevicius and his teammates were pretty good at the offensive end but on the other side Spaniards were very concentrated from the free throw line letting their opponents to come on minus three just once but nothing closer than that.

Pau Gasol once again was a key player of the game. He played almost 30 minutes collecting 19 points and 5 boards. Rudy Fernandez also demonstrated impressive performance adding 18 points and 4 boards. Felipe Reyes helped Spain with 13 points and 4 rebounds while Carlos Jimenez had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Simas Jasaitis and Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 19 points each for the loosing side. Simas Jasaitis had 8 more rebounds while Sarunas Jasikevicius dished out 6 assists. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) stopped on 15 points and 4 rebounds while Ksystof Lavrinovic finished the game having two points less with 7 boards.


Spain - Lithuania 91-86
(21-19, 19-23, 22-24, 29-20)

Spain:
Pau Gasol 19 (5 rebs), Rudy Fernandez 18 (4 rebs), Felipe Reyes 13 (4 rebs), Carlos Jimenez 11 (7 rebs)
Lithuania: Simas Jasaitis 19 (8 rebs), Sarunas Jasikevicius 19 (6 as), Robertas Javtokas 15 (4 rebs), Ksystof Lavrinovic 13 (7 rebs)


Pecile Moves Across Andalucia - by Paul Nilsen
Cajasol have reached an agreement with CB Granada for the transfer to Seville of influential Italian point guard Andrea Pecile (187-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) in a move that is a surprise since the Italian has been a hugely popular figure for Frente Nazari for several years after two seperate spells with the club writes www.acb-basket.com

However Pecile will play for a different Andalucian club in 2008/09 and will travel from his native Italy on Sunday to undergo a medical. The 28 year old who stands at 1.87 metres originally played for Granada between 2003-2005 helping them to promotion to the ACB and played 33 games last season averaging 11.8 ppg, 2.7 assists and shot 35% from the perimeter.

Having also played for a number of Italian clubs, Pecile has played in Euroleague and will again be back in Europe with his new club. For Cajasol have entered the Eurocup and for them it is another coup having already taken the likes of Triguero from another Andlaucian neighbour in Murcia.

Cajasol Sporting Director Oriol Humet is pleased to have signed Pecile who has talent on court but is also a very popular player of it - something that Seville are extra pleased with.

He explained Andrea is a plaayer who contrasts well with out other guards and meets the requirements we are looking for. Good defence with the capacity to score, penetrate and a knowledge of the game. In addition we feel his personality will fit well into our idea of the team and fans.


Interview with Edward Santana - by Robert Mayor
After join for Plasencia and after being one of the best players of last LEB Silver, with 15.1 points and 9.2 rebounds on average, we speak with Edward Santana (203-F-80, agency: Regeneracom Sports), a few days before joining with his new team.

Plasencia will be the new team of Edward Santana. What do you expect from this new experience in LEB Silver?
I expect a very good year and also I will fight to ensure that all expectations that the team has achieved.

Overcoming 15.1 points and 9.2 rebounds average signing the last season in LEB Silver is a goal?
No, although obviously I hope to offer a very good performance. But my goal this year is clear that the team reaches the LEB Gold, because I sincerely believe that is the place it deserves.

You have a reputation for player with character in the court. What you view on this?
I have character on the court, because I think a player that I like to win always. I fight 100% and I am therefore very competitive. Sometimes that intensity can be confused with other things, but my intention is not to be a player never confrontational, but give all I have on the court.

Plasencia to get as substitute Jason Blair, taking into account the statistics of last year. Tired motivates this comparison?
Jason Blair is a magnificent player, but we are different players. I do not come to replace anyone, I come to put a grain of sand to the team reaches the LEB Gold. And for that I must give one hundred percent of my chances.

With a Spanish passport several years, do you re-LEB Gold plants or even ACB if possible?
Which player would not want to play in the LEB Gold or in the ACB, and I'm not least of course. But I am clear that I come to work in Plasencia. I have come to contribute to a project and yes, of course I want to return to the LEB Gold or ACB, and I will work to achieve. Because who does not work does not get anything.


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U16 EC, division B: Sweden edges Slovenia advancing to the semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 Sweden - U16 Slovenia 83-69

Sweden grabbed an extremely important victory in the last game of the Qualifying Round. The Swedish outplayed Slovenia reaching the top of Group F. Interesting is that the second ranked Bulgaria and third Slovenia have the same score but unfortunately to Slovenians they recorded the worst digits in this magic circle staying out of the semifinals. Sweden will take on Montenegro having a chance to reach the big final. What is also maybe the most important the winner of this game will earn promotion to division A.

Sweden opened the game strongly. After ten minutes the Swedish already created 22-11. Mostly owing to Matej Rojc and Alen Hodzic (192-F-92), Slovenia showed slightly better performance in the second period coming on 35-30. Carl Gaddefors and Jonathan Person shined in Sweden during the following ten minutes making few shots as well as few lay-ups. It was enough for double digit lead before the last stanza, 59-49. In just few minutes Sweden set the margin to 20 points which automatically meant that the game is over for Slovenia.

Carl Gaddefors led Sweden to this crucial victory draining 18 points including 7 boards. Tuag Nguyen also demonstrated wonderful performance finishing the game with 17 points and 4 rebounds while Johnathan Person had 12 points missing only one rebound for double-double. Alen Hodzic was the best in Slovenia with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Matej Rojc had 14 while Jan Span scored 11 points. Slovenia will continue championship in Classification Round for 5th to 8th place.


U16 Sweden - U16 Slovenia 83-69
(22-11, 13-19, 24-19, 24-20)

Sweden:
Carl Gaddefors 18 (7 rebs), Tuan Nguyen 17 (4 rebs), Jonathan Person 12 (9 rebs, 5 as),
Slovenia: Alen Hodzic 18 (6 rebs), Matej Rojc 14, Jan Span 11


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TPBL TEAMS LOOKING FOR EXHIBITION GAMES - by Chris Cardenas


TPBL- with the 2009 TPBL season fast approaching, teams are getting the itch to see where they stand before they start their workouts. If your a minor league team looking for a game or two before your season starts the SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS are ready to come play your team. They are not asking for funds to pay for their trip, but are asking to play anyone within a 5 hr radius of san angelo in a weekend exhibition of basketball. please contact team owner Chris Cardenas at 325-763-6630 or email cardenas_chris@yahoo.com.

'i want to see what i have to work with this year and see where my team is at, so i think some good competition over a weekend would be good for the guys' chris cardenas Chaps owner.
other possibly enterested teams in a weekend exhibition at this point are: Midland Heat
Again any teams wanting to get together for a weekend exhibition dont hesitate to call.



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P.J. Tucker close to BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News
P.J. Tucker (196-F-85, college: Texas) might be a great addition to BC Donetsk roster for the upcoming season. Israeli Premier League Regular Season Champion and MVP of the last season.
P.J. Tucker started his career in 2003-2004, Texas (NCAA). He played there and in 33 games averaged 10.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 26ast. After three season there in 2006 he was drafted by Toronto Raptors in NBA. In 2006-2007 Toronto Raptors saw Tucker in 17 games of the regular season. He had 1.8ppg, 1.4rpg, but in January 2007 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League). In July 2007 participated in NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as well as in 2008. Last season was the most sufficient for the American player as he played in Israel. Hapoel Holon became the Israeli Premier League Champion and beat Maccabi in the Final of the battle. P.J. Tucker had played 26 games and averaged 14.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg. His play-off stats were even better as he had 20.5 points per game and 105. rebounds. In 2007/2008 got Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team -08 and Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team -08.
P.J. Tucker will be glad to join Ukrainian team, but still hopes to continue his career in NBA. The final result should be known on August 27th.


Ukraine cruise past Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Estonia 97:64

Ukrainian National Team registered their second win at the International Basketball Tournament in Kiev and finished the contest at the second spot. They defeated Estonia yesterday to improve to 2-1 record. Estonia in the meantime suffered their second loss and stayed at the third spot at 1-2 record. Ukraine went on a 13:0 run in the first period to build a 20:8 lead. Estonia answered with a 10:5 surge to close the starting frame and trailed by 7 points after ten minutes of action. The hosts continued to show impressive accuracy numbers stunning the visitors from all the ranges. The lead was stretched to 17 points late in the first half. Ukraine sealed a 52:35 advantage at the interval. Ukraine limited their opponents to just 9 points in the third frame and established an unassailable 36-point advantage before the fourth stanza. The home team never looked back in the fourth period stopping just short of 100-point mark. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) led the charge with 20 points for Ukraine. Rostislav Krivych (198-F/G-78) added 13 points, while Oleksandr Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) nailed 12 points for the winners. Janar Talts (204-C-83) had 12 points and 7 boards for Estonia. Tanel Sokk (188-G-85) and Riis added 10 points each in defeat. Ukraine outrebounded the visitors 32:23 and forced Estonia to 17 turnovers. Ukraine sank solid 54% from the field, while limiting Estonia to just 40%.

Ukraine: Artur Drozdov 20, Rostislav Krivych 13, Oleksandr Kolchenko 12
Estonia: Janar Talts 12, Tanel Sokk 10, Marko Riis (185-G-85) 10


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Young Duo Return To Riders - by George Manousidis
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have re-signed Emile Hopkins (203-F-87) and Mike Martin to their roster for the 2008/09 season.

The pair both made their BBL debuts for the Riders last season and Coach Rob Paternostro is hoping to see them push for even more playing time this year.

'I'm happy to have Emile and Mike working with us this year,' he said. 'Both guys have really been working hard to get better this off season. Having spent a season in the BBL, they know what is expected and I'm hoping they will both be able to play an important role in the team.

'Emile can really run the floor and is tremendously athletic, whilst Mike can really shoot the ball and he has shown a great work ethic in his time at the Riders.'

Martin, 23, who is studying for a Masters degree at De Montfort University, made three appearances last season and will also be part of Riders community coaching programme in local schools.

Hopkins, 22, saw action 16 times in the last campaign, notching up 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Riders first pre-season action is now only three weeks away when they host a four-team international tournament at John Sandford Sports Centre on the 12th and 13th September. Tickets for those games and Riders season-opener against London Capital on Saturday 28th September are available at www.leicesterriders.co.uk.


Tigers Set To Pounce - by George Manousidis
Everton Tigers have unveiled two new signings to help them kick start the season.

Merseyside's only professional basketball team are pleased to welcome Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) and Marcus Bailey (196-G/F-81, college: Wyoming).

Andre, 23, is heading to Merseyside from Japanese League side Niigata Albirex. Originally from North Dakota State, the 6'8 star is a quick jumper with a nose for the ball on the offensive end. He can also rebound out of his area and finish strong with the dunk.

He has also played professionally in Switzerland for Sion Herens Basket.

Andre, who was named the All-Independent Player of the Year in 2007, said: 'I am very excited about joining the Everton Tigers. I know they are an up and coming club and I look forward to helping the team achieve the highest level of success possible.'

Head Coach Tony Garbelotto said: 'I have been after Andre all summer. He has a fantastic all round game and is a great competitor. He is going to make a big impact for the Tigers and hopefully he is one more piece in the jigsaw we are trying to assemble to become an elite team in this league.'

Marcus, 27, started his career in his home state of Wyoming, USA, nine years ago.

He has also played at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach and has a number of accolades including the All-Mountain West Conference first team and the MWC Regular Season Champion in 2002.

Marcus said: 'After meeting and talking with Coach Garbelotto, I knew this situation would be a perfect fit for me. I'm very excited for the opportunity to play professional basketball in the beautiful city of Liverpool.

'I am determined to work hard and do all I can to help the Everton club have a successful season.' Tony added: ' Marcus has an incredible basketball pedigree and experience. When he indicated that he wanted to come back and play professionally in Europe we had to see him and we then realised he was in great shape.

'He's made a great recovery from a serious injury and he is ready to play at the high level he played for many years. He will bring an outstanding mid range game to the Tigers and we are very excited to have him involved with us.'

The players will show off their skills at the Tigers V Manchester Magic match at the ACC Liverpool on September 13th.

NOTES:
Everton Tigers are a professional basketball team who play in the British Basketball League. They are part of Everton in the Community.

Their home games are played at Greenbank Sports Academy.

They will be playing at the Echo Arena on Saturday 13th September as a prelude to the GB vs Israel international.

For further information contact Nicky Hunter at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5005. Hunter@paversmith.co.uk


No Change For Charles - by George Manousidis
Newcastle Eagles are delighted to announce that they have retained the services of fans favourite 'Prince' Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) for the forthcoming 2008/09 BBL season.

Smith, who originally signed for the club almost a decade ago in his rookie professional season having graduated from Rider College will continue in what is his third spell on Tyneside.

Having played during 1999-2000 and also between 2002-2006, Smith will be hoping he has better luck than last season when his campaign was cut short due to an injury that kept him out of action for almost three months.

During the 21 games he did play, Smith was in blistering form and averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Eagles coach Fab Flournoy is happy to have one of his trusted players back on board for another season and believes the 32 year old will continue adding value to the BBL title winners.

He said 'Charles brings so much experience to the team and he knows this club inside out which does make it easier for us. With his knowledge of our system, the ethos of the team and also the league, he can help the younger guys a lot.'

'We will have the likes of myself, Trey (Moore), Lynard (Stewart) and Bridgey who know the BBL and when you add Charles to that list too - it takes the pressure right off the new guys.'

'Offensively Charles gives us an inside and outside option and that is always going to be useful.' continued Flournoy

'He is a big time player and a veteran of big games when trophies are on the line - hopefully that is something we will need again this year.'

Eagles Managing Director Paul Blake was equally thrilled to get Smith back on board, especially having lost the player to Europe in 2006/07 when he opted to try his luck in Spain with Caja Rioja.

'Charles has a lengthy association with the club and as everyone knows, we enjoy continuity at the Eagles and someone that knows how we work.'

'It is also pleasing to know that one of the biggest favourites the fans have ever had will be back in an Eagles vest again'

'It was definitely frustrating for Charles last year as the injury he picked up stopped him in full flow. Not only that but just when he began returning to fitness, the season was over so I am sure he will be raring to go come the big tip-off next month.'

'His experience and scoring ability is huge for us and he has always delivered if you look at his record over the years. He is a proven BBL player and you have to be pleased when you can add someone like Charles to the roster for another year.'

Further player announcements will be made in the next few weeks.


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  VENEZUELA   


Diego Guevara back to his roots and then off to Colombia - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Diego Guevara's return to Duros de Lara means the return to his roots as a pro basketball player, as this was the organization where he began his career, as a 15 year-old kid, back in the days where Duros earned their first and only championship when Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) was known as Liga Superior and was divided by geographic zones.

Diego Guevara (184-G-77), now 31 years old and with lots of experience both in Venezuela's LPB and LNB and internationally, as a member of Venezuela's Senior NT and as an imported player in countries like Saudi Arabia or Puerto Rico, could not hide his excitement about being back to practice at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena, though it'll be only for a couple of weeks, cause he's going to travel to Colombia and play for Arrieros de Antioquia for less than two months to come back later and help Duros in the playoffs.

'I'm very happy to be here. It's exciting cause here's the place where I started. It's a different management nowadays, but it's the same franchise and the same arena in which I began playing as a pro. It means coming back to my roots', said Guevara.

'I'll be here for the first and second week of the tournament and then I'll go to Colombia. It's a short league there so it's practically assured that I'll come back to play for Duros as long as they get to the playoffs', he added.

Guevara joins a team with a tradition of young and very talented guards that includes some guys that are supposed to be his replacement in the position. He's aware of it and happy about the possibility of sharing some of his knowledge and experience with them. 'It's a huge responsability and I assume it just as it is. I'll try to help the younger players in my position to improve some details in their game, though I'm not an expert and I have mistakes of my own. I'll try to help with my strong assets, but they have talent of their own and they can develop their skills better than I have'.

The local star did not play for Guaros de Lara in the recent LPB 2008 season as he decided to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rico's BSN. He used to play for Delfines de Miranda in this league, but the franchise decided not to take part in LNB this season. 'It's sad that they aren't playing this year because it was a team with a winning tradition in this league, including six championship titles and three South American Clubs Championship titles. A loss like that harms any league, but we've got to move on and keep going ahead'.

'Wherever I am and wherever I play, I'll always have Bararida (his neighborhood in Barquisimeto), Barquisimeto and Venezuela in my heart and I'll try to put their name as high as possible. I'll always wish the best to Lara based teams and will be interested about their fate. Now that I'm here, I'll be fighting to death and give my best effort possible'.


Heissler Guillent feels just like home playing for Duros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guard Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), the same guy that was named LPB 2008's Rookie of the Year after a successful season with Guaros de Lara, returned to the same city to play for Duros de Lara in Liga Nacional (LNB) and said he feels 'just like home' and motivated to begin the quest for the second championship in his new organization.

A former member of Lideres de Yaracuy, one of the teams that withdrew from the 2008 season, Guillent had been drafted by Caciques de Trujillo, but got traded for Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80). A native of Barrio Kennedy in Caracas, he said his family and friends joked with him about the fact that he appears not to want to leave Barquisimeto. 'I told them I was going back to my other native city. Here in Barquisimeto the people's been very supportive of my game. I've learned to care and love this state, it's like a second home to me and I feel great being here', he said.

Not only did he earned the award as the top rookie. He also played for the Venezuelan team in the LPB All-Star Game and later on practiced with Venezuela's NT pre-squad for the South American Championship, though he didn't make the final cut to travel to Chile. He averaged 12.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals in 47 matches for Guaros in LPB in an outstanding season, considering he had barely played any minutes in the previous two seasons and suddenly became an unquestionable starter despites being so young.

'My expectations are based on helping this team become the champion whenever I get the chance to go out and play with the same humbleness with which I've worked in LPB. My game is not going to change at all', he explained. 'My position it's pretty well covered in this team. I won't have to deal with pressure and I'll be free to work. It's a different role when compared to what I did for Guaros. I'll be comfortable'.

Guillent hopes that a good season helps in his cause of playing in a foreign league in the near future, something he recognizes as a wish. 'Every player wants to play internationally to grow as a professional and gain more experience. Ever since I played LPB everything has come to me without looking for it, so I'll keep working to be prepared and ready if the time comes soon to play in a foreign league'.


LNB 2008 - Week 1: Cojedes beats Tiburones, 79-67 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2008 officially started at the Olympic Village Arena of San Carlos, Cojedes, where Centauros de Cojedes, current champions of LNB and formerly known as Pescadores de Sucre, defeated Tiburones de Vargas, 79-67, on Thursday night.

There was no official information issued by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) and all that was informed by the local newspaper Las Noticias de Cojedes was that the top scorers of Centauros were Martin Correa (198-F-78) with 16 points and Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) with 14 points, including three three-point shots, while Luis Fernando Hurtado (204-F-86) was important at the defensive end and with his rebounds. The teams will play their second match in the series on Friday night.

Other matches of Week 1 include the games between Duros de Lara and Caciques de Trujillo at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena of Barquisimeto, Lara, Graneros de Portuguesa against Petroleros de Falcon at Carl Herrera Allen Arena of Guanare, Portuguesa, and Estudiantes de Guarico against Centauros de Apure at Roger Ramos Arena of San Juan de los Morros, Guarico.


Duros de Lara becomes team to beat in Liga Nacional - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The fact that strong teams such as Delfines de Miranda, Macizos de Guayana, Warao de Tucupita and Lideres de Yaracuy decided to withdraw from Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's 2008 season and the fact that the current champions, Pescadores de Sucre, had to leave town and become Centauros de Cojedes, make Duros de Lara the strongest candidate to earn the championship in the season that's about to begin.

Duros, a semifinalist in 2006 and 2007, both times defeated by Macizos, also represented Venezuela last year in the South American Clubs Championship. For this season, they lost Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85), Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) and Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84), who decided to play in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, respectively, and they also lost head coach Nestor Salazar , but the changes made by the general management, headed by former player Armando Becker (196-G-66), have brought important players to the roster and a great coaching staff.

Ivan Garcia is the new head coach, surrounded by Silverio Leal and Daniel Seoane . Lara born star Diego Guevara (184-G-77) decided to come back to the team where he began his career 16 years ago, when he was merely a 15 year-old prospect. LPB's 2008 Rookie of the year, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), also comes back to Barquisimeto, where he plays for Guaros de Lara, to live his first experience as a member of Duros, a project of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation that began back in 2003, when they were considered the U-23 National Squad of Venezuela right after playing the U-19 FIBA World Cup.

Guillent had been selected in the players draft by Caciques de Trujillo, but got traded for guard Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80). 'We have great expectations because of the newest members of our team and despites the absence of some very important players. Still, we're here to try to win the championship. We've been working since August 4th and we're one of the teams that has had the most work load prior to the season. We chose coach Ivan Garcia cause we think he's one of the coaches with the brightest future in the country', said general manager Becker.

Garcia is enthusiastic about the challenge. 'I've got lost of questions to answer and the aspiration of taking this club to the championship. I think I have the tools needed for that to happen and for the fight that will take place. This is a stellar group of players that has reached matureness and now includes new ingredients such as Guevara', said about the 31 year-old former guard of Venezuela's Senior NT, who will play a couple of weeks and then move to Colombia, where he's expected by Arrieros de Antioquia. After he finishes there, he'll rejoin Duros in time for the playoffs.

'What's vital is for our players to assume their respective roles and I don't think they need to change anything about their approach to the game. There should be no nervousness or an excess of confidence in them, though we clearly understand we've got enough human talent to reach important stages this season', added Garcia.

The name of the imported player has not been revealed yet. The team initially wanted to bring along Jamaican Marlon Dumont (206-F-77), but now they seem to be looking for a different guy. 'It's gonna be a paint player, a rebounder with strenght and speed, but I won't say his name until he gets on the plane, cause we all now what happens and the difficulties that imply this kind of acquisitions. I can tell you he hasn't played in the country before and comes from a good college system in the United States', explained the coach.

Duros roster includes Diego Guevara, Heissler Guillent, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85), Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90), Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77), Grady Osorio (193-F-87), Juan Herrera (197-F-81), Derson Santos (197-F-84), Gerardo Chourio (-F-87), Jackson Zapata (198-F-85), Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85), Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina), Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) and Jose Bravo.


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Cojedes 1-0 
 2. Graneros 0-0 
 3. Centauros 0-0 
 4. Duros 0-0 
 5. Estudiantes 0-0 
 6. Falcon 0-0 
 7. Trujillo 0-0 
 8. Tiburones 0-1 




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Women News

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  FINLAND - Women  


EUROBASKET: Finland - Turkey 66-81 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket Women qualifying Round, Group B: 20.8. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Italy 53-68. Finland - Turkey 66-81 (30-44). Quarters: 7-27, 23-17, 17-18, 19-19.
Finland, with three starters on injured list, got a lesson from Turkey in Espoo, Finland on Wednesday night. Visitor Turkey won the first quarter by 20 pts and the rest was cosmetics. Tall Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) (18/9) and Nevin Nevlin (17) were too strong under the boards. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) led Finland with 19 pts. Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) added 17 and Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) 16 pts + seven rbs. Taru Tuukkanen DNP. Niina Laaksonen DNP. Reetta Piipari DNP. Next games: 23.8. Poland vs Finland and Bosnia&Herzegovina vsTurkey.


INTERNATIONAL: Michaela Moua back to Switzerland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finland NT F Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) is returning back to Switzerland, where she played professionally in the years 2003-05. This time Moua's team will be Neuchatel, the # 2 team in Switzerland last season. Moua has played professionally during the last years also in France, Hungary, Croatia and Italy. Finland NT PG Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) will continue her basketball career in Spain. Piipari has re-signed with Gran Canaria, the # 9 team on top level last season. Piipari averaged 7,8 ppg and 2,9 apg in 26 (10-16) games. Team's Head Coach Domingo Diaz is also the Head Coach of Finland women's NT.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Q&A with Mike Sigfrids from Athletes in Action - by Cornelius Damm
August 9th through August 20th the Athletes in Action Women Team USA toured through East Germany. During their stay the team played three games against second league teams Berlin Baskets, TuS Jena and first league club SV Halle Lions. After the game in Halle eurobasket.com took the chance for a little interview with Mike Sigfrids, International Basketball Representative from Athletes in Action.

Mr. Sigfrid, can you shortly describe the organization Athletes in Action?
AiA is a Christian sport organisation founded in 1966. With a staff of 500 people, AiA is now operating in more than 50 countries all over the world. The goal is to let players learn more about different cultures and countries. Very important to us is their faith in Christ. AiA is a very spiritual organisation where we like to use the unique platform of sport to share our faith in God. At AiA we are active in different kind of sport events. One of them is to build up teams in a variety of sports (Volleyball, Athletics, Baseball and many more) that tour all over the world.

Please go ahead and give us some information on how you pick up your players. In addition please tell us something about this particular women team right here.
Throughout the years we have established a large network of coaches and scouts in college and professional sports. This is helping us to recruit the players for our teams. Most of it happens on recommendation. The players then will go out and find sponsors in their private surrounding to finance these overseas trips.
Now to this team there is to say that it consist of former and actual NCAA Divison I and NAIA Division I girls. They come from schools like Stanford, Drake, St.Louis or Bethel-College, just to name some of them. Five of them are still in college at this time and five have already graduated. Some of them are now serving as assistant coaches in university like Jamie Woudstra the sister of Ludwigsburg BBL great Brandon Woudstra. The girls met each other for the first time ten days ago as we departed in New York. They practiced together only three times but still played some good ball. But not only did they connect on the court the girls picked up the purpose of this trip very fast und interacted just fine with their team mates and staff but also with the people we met along our trip.

What has been your schedule during these past days?
Well, we stayed in Berlin the first days where we practiced together with the Berlin Baskets team. We played them twice on August 14th and August 16th winning both games 107-45 and 103-54. We then moved on to Jena on August 18th for another game (109-33) before coming to Halle a day later for the final 90-61 game. Although we won again, Halle still was the most competitive team on our tour.
But like I explained it earlier our focus is not only on the game of basketball. Furthermore our goal was to learn more about German history and so we toured through Berlin experiencing how history formed this city and also went on to visit the KZ Sachsenhausen. We stopped in Weimar as well and of course saw a bit of Jena and Halle. We also enjoyed the engagement with the other teams as we shared dinner with them after the games. Speaking to girls from a different culture that share the same love for sport just like them was great experience for our team.

How was the feedback of the girls regarding this trip?
For most of them this has been the first time they have left the US. Experiencing a different culture, together with a group of people that were complete strangers for them some days ago, but connect so well because of the same intense faith in Jesus Christ; let them grow in their personality. This trip can be considered as a great success. The feedback was nothing but positive.


Thanks for your time Mr. Sigfrid. For further information click on www.aia.com

The girls blog on this trip can be check out here: http://aia.com/TeamBlogs/category/Basketball---Germany.aspx


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  SERBIA - Women  


Another easy win for Serbia against F.Y.R. of Macedonia - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian senior National Team made another comfortable victory against National Team of F.Y.R. of Macedonia 96-55. As a reminder Serbia blasted Macedonia on Wednesday 95-41.

This friendly game was also played in city of Nis. Serbia continued where it stopped a day before. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) dominated in the paint from the very beginning. After just six minutes Serbia grabbed 14-point lead, 16-2. Later it was 30-4 and finally 32-8 after ten minutes. Macedonians gave their best but it seems that Jovica Antonic is on a right track with Team Serbia. Second quarter also belonged to his team, which slowed down after such good first frame. Danijela Rizvic (177-G-87) and Ana Perovic (195-C-77) joined Dara Kovacevic leading their team to impressive 53-25 at the half time. The only two players which were able to compete against Serbians were Monika Gavrilovska (191-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Sanja Radenkovic (179-F-91) but they did not get any help from their teammates. Two players in a game mood for sure weren't enough in this game. Serbia kept its domination in the second half ending 20-17 third and 23-13 last frame.

Center of Hemofarm STADA Dara Kovacevic was the best in Serbia scoring 19 points. Danijela Rizvic was behind her with 13 while Ana Perovic had one point less. Macedonia got 17 points from Monika Gavrilovska. Sanja Radenkovic also was good pouring in 16 points.


Serbia - F.Y.R. of Macedonia 96-55
(32-8, 21-17, 20-17, 23-13)

Serbia:
Dara Kovacevic 19, Danijela Rizvic 13, Ana Perovic 12
Macedonia: Monika Gavrilovska 17, Sanja Radenkovic 16


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkish National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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#e#6


Karsli


Tuncluer


Yilmaz


Ivegin


Nevlin
4 Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) of Besiktas Istanbul
5 Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray Istanbul
6 Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
7 Nilay Yigit (170-G-79) of Besiktas Istanbul
8 Emine Tugba Palazoglu (174-G-80) of Mersin BSH Bld
9 Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
10 Sariye Gokce (176-F-79) of Mersin BSH Bld
11 Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
12 Naile Ivegin (186-F/C-85) of Besiktas Istanbul

13 Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) of Galatasaray Istanbul
22 Melek Bilge (193-C-89) of Migrosspor
23 Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85) of Indiana Fever (USA)
Head Coach: Omer Petorak


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Great Britain National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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#e#6


Collins


Butler


Hutchinson


Moody


McKay
4 Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79) of Caffe Mokambo Chieti (ITA)
5 Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) of Nottingham Wildcats
6 Stefanie Collins (174-G-82) of UWIC Archers
7 Chantelle Handy (191-F-87) of Marshall University (USA)
8 Georgia Jones (169-G-90) of Manchester Mystics
9 Nikki Luckhurst (173-G-86) of Tulane University (USA)
10 Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83) of Banco di Sicilia Ribera (ITA)
11 Kim Butler (186-F-82) of Maxima Broker Kosice (SVK)
12 Lisa Hutchinson (173-G-83) of Sheffield Hatters

13 Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) of Franklin Pierce College (USA)
14 Megan Moody (188-G/F-83) of Banco di Sicilia Ribera (ITA)
15 Sarah McKay (201-C-85) of Cadi la Seu D'urgell (ESP)