EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/24/2008

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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   


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


Jazvin leads Bosna to stunning victory against Montenegro - by Nedzad Kladusak

Despite the match has been planned to be played without the presence of spectators,
several hundred persons have seen a great game of the BIH NT.
The first half has been characterised by superb perimeter shooting of the bosnian team and the dominating montenegrinian big men Pekovic.
However Bosna-Hercegovina established a ten point lead at the end of the first half.
In the second half Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80), whose nickname is Jaza o Neal , proved to be the solution for Nikola Pekovic who recently signed with Panathinaikos. Jazvin dominated under both paints and added impressive 18 points. BIH expanded the margin to 20 points and recorded the first win against the superstrong, montenegrinian team.
J.R. Bremer (191-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) played his first official cap for BIH and left an excellent impression.
Today there will be a rematch which will be accessible for public.


BIH- Montenegro 89:69
(30:17, 15:18, 20:14, 24:20)


BIH: Jazvin 18, Bajramovic 15, Djedovic 14,Opacak 12, Ikonic 11, Teletovic 8, Kikanovic 5, Bremer 2, Hukic 2, Bavcic 2, Miloevic(DNP) ,Gordic, Neovic(DNP).
MNT: Pekovic 23, Nikolic 8, Cook 7 , Drobnjak 5, Jeretin 5, Koljevic 4, Mara 2, Bakic 2, Golubovic 1,Bogavac, Vrane,


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  BULGARIA   


Blowout win for men's national team against Finland - by Valentin Anguelov
Bulgaria men's national team had a blowout win against Finland in the second qualification game for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland. Pini Gershon's squad crushed their opposition 90-68 after a great performance from the captain Todor Stoykov (28 points) and Deyan Ivanov (24 points and 6 rebounds).
The game started extremely well for our team, as after 3 minutes we were up 7-1. Todor Stoykov was on fire, finishing with 10 points in the first quarter. After a good scouting, the opposition's biggest weapon - 3 point shooting was defended very well by Bulgaria and after 10 minutes, they were 1/8 from beyond the arc.
The second quarter started with an and one play by Dimitar Anguelov for 22-10. After 14 minutes, Bulgaria was leading with 15 points - 32-17. Finland woke up and made the difference just 5 points at halftime - 39-34.
The second half started with a basket by Stoykov, followed by one from Anguelov and one from Stefan Georgiev. After 23 minutes of play Bulgaria was once again up in double digits - 34-46. After 30 minutes of play our team was up 64-53.
In the last quarter Bulgaria played some very good basketball, and only after a few minutes from the closing quarter the only question was how big was the difference going to be.
Stoykov finished with 28 points (3 three-pointers), before leaving under the applause of all the fans. Deyan Ivanov added 24 points (4
three-pointers) and 6 rebounds, despite playing only 24 minutes. Filip Videnov had 12 points, along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Ibrahim 'EB' Jaaber played good also, despite having 5 turnovers and finished with 10 points and 7 boards.
For Finland as expected Hanno Motola scored the most points - 21.
Petteri Kopponen was disappointing with only 2 points.


Bulgaria register second straight win at EuroBasket qualification - by Eurobasket
Finland - Bulgaria 68:90
Bulgaria continued to show their impressive form at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying tournament. They posted the second straight win today knocking down Finland in Vantaa. Bulgaria thus remained at the top position in Group A. Finland meanwhile played their first game at the pool and would have to come up with better performance in order to win in future games. Bulgaria opened the game with a 7:1 run to grab an early lead. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Ivanov kept Bulgaria in front throughout the first period and they enjoyed a 19:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Angelov and Videnov widened the margin to 11 points early in the second frame.
Triples from Videnov and Ivanov made it 35:20 for Bulgaria midway through the second quarter. However Finland refused to give up as they finalized the first half with 12:2 surge to trim the deficit to 5 points. Bulgaria however tipped off the third frame with 7:0 run to restore a safe distance. Ivanov nailed 10 points in the frame and Bulgaria headed into the final stanza up by 9 points. Angelov, Todor Stoykov and Ivanov all scored early in the fourth frame as Bulgaria built a comfortable 22-point cushion with under 6 minutes left in regulation. Finland never recovered in the dying minutes and suffered the first loss in Group A action. Todor Stoykov fired game-high 28 points for Bulgaria. Ivanov delivered 24 points and 6 boards, while Videnov added 12 points for the winners. Mottola answered with 21 points for Finland. Huff had 11 points in a losing effort.

Finland: Mottola 21, Huff 11
Bulgaria: Todor Stoykov 28, Ivanov 24, Videnov 12


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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  CROATIA   


Spain shoot down Croatia in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Croatia U16 62:56

Joan Tomas (200-F-92) came up with 18 points and 11 boards and Spanish U16 National Team celebrated the win in the last but one day of the European Championship in Italy. They defeated Croatian opponents to set up the clash for the 5th spot against the winner of Russia vs. Serbia encounter. Croatia used 6 straight points from Boris Barac (202-F-92) to build a 12:7 lead midway through the first period. However Miguel Servera (195-F-92) and Joan Tomas clipped the distance to 2 points at the end of the first frame. Spain went on a 12:4 rally early in the second quarter and gained a 25:19 advantage. Spaniards stayed in front and rolled to a 30:26 advantage at halftime. Spain continued to dominate in the third stanza and a three-pointer from Miguel Servera opened a double-digit lead late in the quarter. Stefan Zadravec (187-G-92) scored the first 10 Croatian points of the fourth term as the margin was cut to just 2 points. But a confident display from Spain in the dying minutes gave not a single chance for their opponents to scrape in front. Carles Marzo (197-G-92) and Albert Ventura (190-F-92) were deadly from the stripe in the crunch time and secured the victory at the end. Miguel Servera provided 16 points for Spain. Alejandro Igual (189-G-92), Albert Ventura and Carles Marzo added 6 points apiece for the winning side. Stefan Zadravec finished with 18 points for Croatia. Boris Barac nailed 13 points in defeat. Spain outrebounded Croatia 46:35 which proved decisive in the clash.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 18+11 boards, Miguel Servera 16
Croatia U16: Stefan Zadravec 18, Boris Barac 13


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic make it to the Final in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Turkey U16 69:64 (OT)

Czech Republic U16 National Team became the first finalist of the European Championship in Italy. They defeated Turkish counterparts in the real basketball drama today. Jan Svejda (191-G/F-92) knocked down 27 points to lead Czech team to a thrilling win at the end. Turkey managed to erase a 6-point halftime deficit and forced extra period. But Czech Republic came back to life in the overtime and snatched a narrow win at the end. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) had a pivotal performance for Turkey with 25 points and 21 rebounds. Czech Republic will now take on the winner of Lithuania vs. France clash in tomorrows championship game.
Turkey opened the game with 7 unanswered points to jump to an early lead. However Czech Republic closed the frame with a 9:0 rally to earn a 15:11 advantage. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Kriz and Milan Ryska (204-C/F-92, agency: PPGroup) capped the first half giving Czech team a 32:26 lead. Czech Republic maintained the gap well throughout the third quarter and entered the final stanza up by 5 points. But Turkey were far from being done. Enes Kanter netted 6 points in an 11:2 surge from Turkey that put them in charge 56:54 with 15 seconds left in regulation. However Tomas Vyoral (187-G-92) was fouled and sent the game into overtime converting both free throws. Enes Kanter set Turkey in front with a layup early in the extra period. Svejda, Milan Ryska and Tomas Vyoral though replied crafting a 5-point advantage for Czech Republic. Enes Kanter chipped in 4 points to trim the deficit to a single point with 19 seconds remaining. Svejda and David Hrncir (196-F-92) were perfect from the free throw line and ensured the winning outcome for Czech Republic at the end. Milan Ryska notched 16 points and 11 boards for the winners. Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) dropped 11 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U16: Jan Svejda 27, Milan Ryska 16+11 boards, David Hrncir 7
Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 25+21 boards, Burak Yuksel 11


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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   


Dominican Republic's National Team. - by Jaime Gomez

Dominican Republic's National Team was officially announced yesterday. Two players have been selected for the first time, Alejandro Flores (203-F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) and Andres Sandoval (193-G-83, agency: AI Sports MM), and Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) made the team for the 13th time. Amaury Filion was excluded from the team because of injury. Also excluded was Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.).

Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida)
Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville)
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports)
Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois)
Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence)
Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.)
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC)
Manuel Fortuna (187-G)
Joel Ramirez (191-G-81)
Alberto Ozuna (203-F-82)

Andres Sandoval

Alejandro Flores



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



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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)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Germany3-0
2. Monteneg.2-1
3. Belarus1-2
4. Bosnia0-3
Group F
1. Slovenia2-1
2. Sweden2-1
3. Bulgaria2-1
4. Finland0-3
Group G
1. Belgium2-1
2. Estonia2-1
3. Iceland2-1
4. Austria0-3
Group H
1. Switzerl.3-0
2. U.Kingdom2-1
3. FYR Macedo.1-2
4. Portugal0-3
Group I
1. Denmark3-0
2. Holland2-1
3. Slovakia1-2
4. Luxembourg.0-3
Group J
1. Romania2-0
2. Cyprus1-1
3. Ireland0-2


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


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  FINLAND   


Bulgaria register second straight win at EuroBasket qualification - by Eurobasket
Finland - Bulgaria 68:90
Bulgaria continued to show their impressive form at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying tournament. They posted the second straight win today knocking down Finland in Vantaa. Bulgaria thus remained at the top position in Group A. Finland meanwhile played their first game at the pool and would have to come up with better performance in order to win in future games. Bulgaria opened the game with a 7:1 run to grab an early lead. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Ivanov kept Bulgaria in front throughout the first period and they enjoyed a 19:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Angelov and Videnov widened the margin to 11 points early in the second frame.
Triples from Videnov and Ivanov made it 35:20 for Bulgaria midway through the second quarter. However Finland refused to give up as they finalized the first half with 12:2 surge to trim the deficit to 5 points. Bulgaria however tipped off the third frame with 7:0 run to restore a safe distance. Ivanov nailed 10 points in the frame and Bulgaria headed into the final stanza up by 9 points. Angelov, Todor Stoykov and Ivanov all scored early in the fourth frame as Bulgaria built a comfortable 22-point cushion with under 6 minutes left in regulation. Finland never recovered in the dying minutes and suffered the first loss in Group A action. Todor Stoykov fired game-high 28 points for Bulgaria. Ivanov delivered 24 points and 6 boards, while Videnov added 12 points for the winners. Mottola answered with 21 points for Finland. Huff had 11 points in a losing effort.

Finland: Mottola 21, Huff 11
Bulgaria: Todor Stoykov 28, Ivanov 24, Videnov 12


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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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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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.


Andris Misters lifts Latvia past Greece - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16 - Greece U16 82:80

Latvian U16 National Team pulled away with a hard-fought narrow victory over Greece in the semifinal round for the 9th-12th spots at the European Championship in Italy today. The teams were tied at 80 with 18 seconds remaining in the game. However Latvia used their last possession the most effectively setting up a go-ahead jumper for Andris Misters (192-G-92). Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (203-F-92) had a chance to save the game for Greece but his desperate three-pointer rimmed out. Andris Misters finished the game with 25 points to propel Latvia to the win. His 12 points in the opening stanza did not allow Latvia to surge ahead as they trailed 21:22 after ten minutes of action. However Latvian team opened the second period with 5 straight points and gained a 26:22 lead. The lead then changed hands for several times before Latvia secured a 40:38 lead at the interval. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos and Antonakis retained the advantage for Hellenes and kept them in charge throughout the third period. Charalampos Karaiskos (192-G-92) and Terpos gave Greek team a 9-point cushion late in the frame. Latvia went on a 13:0 run early in the fourth term to grab a 70:65 advantage. Greece tied the score twice before Panagiotis Papoulias (189-G-92) stepped in front 78:76 with over 2 minutes left. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) converted a three-point play to carry Latvia ahead, while Sandis Bets (189-G-92) added a free throw for an 80:78 Latvian lead with 50 seconds to go. Panagiotis Papoulias drew things level with a jumper but then it was Andris Misters hightime as he secured the win for Latvia. Sandis Bets nailed 15 points, while Edmunds Dukulis provided 13 points and 14 boards for the winners. Panagiotis Papoulias and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos answered with 17 points apiece for Greece. Charalampos Karaiskos had 11 in defeat. Latvia will now face Ukraine for the 9th spot. Greece will wrap up their European Championship campaign against Israel.

Latvia U16: Andris Misters 25, Sandis Bets 15, Edmunds Dukulis 13+14 boards
Greece U16: Panagiotis Papoulias 17, Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 17


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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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Hungary stun Italy for the first win in EuroBasket Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Italy 68:64

Hungarian National Team celebrated their initial win at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign today. They held off visiting Italy to improve to 1-1 record in Group A. The loss sent Italian team to upsetting 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder. Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) shone for Italy in the first period as his 13 points allowed the visitors to claim a 23:20 lead. Valerio Amoroso opened the second frame with a jumper to give Italy a 25:20 advantage. Michelori soon stretched the margin to 8 points before Hungry started their comeback rally. Molnar and Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) teamed up for 10 points and the hosts surged ahead 35:33. Zoltan Trepak, Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Laszlo Simon (189-G-86) came up with 7 points for Hungarian team to close the half leading by 9 points 42:33. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Marton Bader extended the distance to 12 points early in the third frame. But Valerio Amoroso reignited Italian effort as they went on a 19:3 run and clinched a 52:47 advantage late in the quarter. The teams traded baskets and Italy entered the fourth term ahead by 2 points. Mancinelli deepened the damage as Italy grabbed a 5-point cushion early in the fourth stanza. But a bunch of free throws from Zoltan Trepak and Molnar set the home team back in the charge 61:60 with less than 7 minutes left to play. Horvath, Marton Bader and Istvan Nemeth kept Hungary ahead in the dying minutes. Italy came as close as 2 points with 6 seconds remaining but Sitku was perfect from the stripe to seal the win for Hungary.
Marton Bader led Hungary with 15 points and 11 boards. Istvan Nemeth had 12 points, while Zoltan Trepak contributed 11 for the winners. Valerio Amoroso scored game-high 21 points and pulled down 8 boards for Italy. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) contributed 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss. Italy will now face Finland, while Hungary will travel to Serbia on Wednesday.

Hungary: Marton Bader 15+11 boards, Istvan Nemeth 12, Zoltan Trepak 11
Italy: Valerio Amoroso 21, Giuseppe Poeta 10


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Vancouver BC announces first GM - by Eurobasket
The Vancouver Titans are pleased to announce that they have hired David Petroziello as the first General Manager and Director of Basketball Operations in team history. Petroziello joins the Titans after a successful career as an organizer, high school, and college coach in his home province of Quebec. Having cut his teeth on the active and competitive Quebec basketball scene over the past 15 years, he brings a wealth of experience to the Lower Mainlandhis adoptive home since graduate studies brought him to B.C. in 2006 I am honoured to be given this opportunity to contribute to the successful return of professional basketball to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. There is unbelievable passion and dedication to basketball in B.C., and I look forward to working with the basketball community to bring a professional, exciting brand of basketball to Vancouver that will help grow the sport even more.
After completing an extensive hiring process, team Owner and President Jonathan Mara is confident he has found the right person to help build the Titans organization David has a combination of passion for the game, deep basketball knowledge, integrity and organizational skills. The Vancouver Titans are fortunate to have David Petroziello as our GM, stated Mara.
As GM and Director of Basketball Operations, Petroziello will be charged with overseeing all day-to-day operations of the franchise, including the scouting, recruiting, and signing of players. Petrozielloone of our core objectives is to provide an outlet for Canadian players who have completed their eligibility, either at the CIS, NCAA, or college level, and are looking for an opportunity to continue playing professionally. We will focus a great deal on providing a platform from which our players can get added exposure to international scouts and increase their chances of landing a contract in a European, Asian, or Latin American professional league. The IBL has an established track record of helping players land contracts not only overseas, but also in the NBA-DL, a great stepping stone right into the NBA; our fans will get to see some great young players working hard to achieve their dream. I am committed to bringing in players of whom our fans and community can be proud. I am a firm believer in the inspirational power of sport, and I am convinced that we can be successful while doing things the right way.
The newly minted GM does recognize that as an expansion franchise in a market which had, and lost, an NBA team, the Titans have some special challenges ahead of them. Having loved and lost before with professional basketball, I can understand that there may be some who look sceptically upon a new minor league team establishing itself here. I also know, however, that there is an incredible thirst not being met for high-level basketball in the Lower Mainland which has grown significantly in the past five years and I am confident that the Vancouver Titans can fill that need.


2008 IBL Season Wrap-Up, All-Stars Announced... - by Jim Dod


*The Bellingham Slam won the 2008 IBL Championship on July 18 th over the two-time
champion Elkhart Express. 6 2 Guard Ryan Diggs played in 22 games for the Slam averaging 25.6 points, 6.3 assists and
5.8 rebounds per game. 6 7 Forward Tyler Amaya played in 15 games averaging 21.8 points, 4.4 assists and 9.2 rebounds per game. 6 4 Guard Jacob Stevenson played in 21
games averaging 18.4 points, 3.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. 6 7 Forward Lukas
Henne played in 22 games averaging 17.4 points, 2.4 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game.

*The Elkhart Express came into the 2008 title game with 23 wins to only 1 loss. The Express were led by coach Daimon Beathea and 8 players who
averaged double figures in scoring. The top scorer was 6 2 Guard Cedric Moodie, (also an IBL All Star in 2006 and 2007) known not only for his numbers, but for his
clutch play in big games. Cedric played in 22 games averaging 28.1 points, 3.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. An NBA summer league player for the Chicago Bulls7
1 Center, Chris Charles gave Elkhart a formidable presence inside averaging 12.0 points and 9.9
rebounds per game. Leadership came from third year player for the Express 6 4 Forward
Coleco Buie (also an IBL All Star in 2007) played in 20 games averaging 12.8 points, 2.9
assists & 3.3 rebounds per game. Newcomer 6 10 Forward Jarrod Lovette played in 19
games averaging 12.4 points & 6.2 rebounds per game. Elkharts only 2 losses were to the
Gary Steelheads mid season and in the championship game to the Bellingham (Wa) Slam.

*The Steelheads completed the season with 18 wins to
only 4 losses. 5 9 Point Guard Royce Parran played in 20 games averaging 17.3
points, 6.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Parran finished with a tripledouble
in the 2008 IBL AllStar game en route to MVP honors, and scored 49 points against Holland on
June 20th. 5 11 Guard Shaun Fountain played in 16 games, averaging 17.1 points, 5.6
assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. 6 6 Forward Benson Callier played in 20 games
averaging 12 points, 2.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. The Steelheads fourth All Star
selection was 7 0 Center Kenyon Gamble, who played in 19 games averaging 5.4 points,
1 assist and 7.2 rebounds per game.

*The Vancouver Volcanoes 6 0 Point Guard Kevin Tyner played in
25 games and averaged 20.2 points, 6.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. 6 5 Guard
Porter Troupe (also an IBL All Star in 2007) also played in 25 games averaging 22.3
points, 6.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds/game. 6 7 Forward Jake Carlisle played in 24 games
averaging 17.2 points, 1.2 assists & 7.1 rebounds per game. Under new owner Bryan
Hunter and new head coach Theo Evans, the Volcanoes won more games in 2008 than all
of their victories combined from 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Vancouver Volcanoes also
won a team award
Best Team for Player Advancement as 7 of their members are going
on to play or coach overseas (Kevin Tyner, Porter Troupe, Josh Jackson, Shawn Malloy,
Edjuan Green, Alex Hartman and head coach Theo Evans,coaching
Division 1 Romania).

*The Edmonton Chills 64 Guard J.R. Patrick (also an IBL All Star in 2006 for the Eugene
Chargers) played in 20 games averaging 21.1 points, 2.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. 6 1 Point
Guard Rashaun Broadus played in 20 games averaging 20.7 points, 4.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
6 11 Center Lee Scruggs played in 20 games, averaging 17.6 points, 1.2 assists and 9.7 rebounds per
game. Edmonton won 13 games to only 9 losses in 2008 including a 10game
home win streak.

*The Snohomish Explosion's 6 2 Point Guard Jamaal Miller played in 20 games averaging
16.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. 6 4 Guard Donald Watts (also an IBL All Star in
2006 and 2007) played in 19 games averaging 17.6 points, 3.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. The
Explosion had an up and down season on the court but won a team award off of the court-Best Game
Day StaffGame Day Operations; the Explosion will host the IBL west regional tournament again in 2009.

*The Las Vegas Stars 6 4 Guard Demetrio Butler played in 19 games averaging 24.7
points, 2.0 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game. 6 2 Guard Eddy Shelby (also an IBL All Star in 2007)
played in 21 games averaging 23.2 points, 6.3 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game.

*Portland ChinooksForward 6 9 David Lucas (also an IBL All Star in 2007) led the IBL in scoring
averaging 37.0 points along with 1.4 assists and 9.7 rebounds per game. Forward 6 5 Kenny Tate
returned to All Star status (Tate was an IBL All Star in 2005 and in 2006) by averaging 18.6 points, 5.2
assists and 8.4 rebounds per game over his 29 games played.

*Holland Blast Point Guard 5 8 Dennis Springs (also an IBL All Star in 2006 and 2007) played in 17
games and averaged 26.8 points, 8.2 assists and 4 rebounds per game. Guard 6 3 Jared Bledsoe led
Holland to a perfect 7 wins and 0 losses before an injury cut his season short. Bledsoe averaged 29 points
per game in his 7 games (Bledsoe was an IBL All Star in 2006 as well).

*Battle Creek Knights 65 Guard Bobby Madison (also an IBL All Star in 2005) played 22 games
averaging 19.1 points, 2.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game for the fourth year Battle Creek Knights.

L.A. Lightning 67 Forward Lamond Murray (also an IBL All Star in 2007) played in 11 games
averaging 26.6 points, 1.2 assists and 11.9 rebounds per game. 6 4 Guard Fred Vinson (also an IBL All
Star in 2007) played in 17 games, averaging 16.5 points, 3.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.

*Elgin Racers 60 Guard Brandon Watkins (also an IBL All Star in 2005) played in 14 games
averaging 23 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. 6 8 Forward Keith Gayden (also an IBL All
Star in 2007) played in 16 games, averaging 17.5 points, 1 assist and 9.8 rebounds per game.

*Jazz of Tacoma improved on their 5 wins from the 2007 season by winning 9 games
in the 2008 season. 6 8 Forward Dontay Harris (also an IBL All Star in 2005 & 2007) played in 16
games averaging 18.3 points, 3.1 assists & 9.3 rebounds per game. 6 6 Guard Lorenzo Rollins averaged
15.1 points, 2.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.

*Windy City Soldiers 69 Forward Erik Rhinehart could be the newcomer of the year in the IBL,
playing in 21 games, averaging 23.5 points, 1.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game. 6 7 Forward
DeMarcus Bolton played in 18 games scoring 19.8 points, 1.2 assists per game and 7.4 rebounds per
game. Windy City won a team award as the most improved team in 2008

*Central Oregon Hotshots 64 Guard Cliff White played in 23 games for the Hotshots averaging 18.0
points, 5.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. White was arguably one of the best defenders in the IBL.
Returning Hotshot 64 Forward Terry Horton played in 16 games averaging 23.8 points, 2.6 assists &
10.6 rebounds per game (2nd best in the IBL). For both players, this was their first IBL All Star selection.

*Grand Rapids Flight 64 Guard Kenny Langhorne played in 18 games averaging 25.8 points, 3.8
assists and 5.2 rebounds per game. Kenny impressed scouts at the USBA camp in May. 6 7 Forward
Terrance Shaw played in 18 games averaging 21.5 points, 1.6 assists and 10.0 rebounds per game.

*China Shanxi Zhongyu Forward Sun Chunlei played in 13 games averaging 21.3 points per game, 2.2
assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. Shanxis only win was a huge win as they took a game in late May over
the Las Vegas Starsthat ended a ninegame winning streak for the seemingly unstoppable Stars.

*USA All Stars- Afterscoring 46 points in a USA All Star game, 6 3 Guard Mark Williams was picked
up by the Portland Chinooks, where he went on to play 18 games averaging 18.6 points, 6.0 assists and 6.6
rebounds per game. The USA All Stars team is a program designed to get players into the IBL; Mark not
only got in the IBL but made the IBL All Star team representing the USA All Stars.

Honorable mention:

*5 11 Guard Larry Smith played 29 games for the Portland Chinooks averaging 20.3 points per game

*6 5 Guard Jeff Dunn (an IBL All Star in 2006 and 2007) played for the Central Oregon Hotshots
before being picked up by the Edmonton Chill finishing the 2008 season with 19 games, averaging
24.6 points per game.

*6 9 Center Ronnel Mingo played in 17 games for the Los Angeles Lightning averaging 20.1 points
and 9.3 rebounds per game.

*6 6 Forward Mike Tabb (an IBL All Star in 2007) played in 17 games for the Las Vegas Stars
averaging 20.5 points per game, 2.5 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game.

*6 4 Guard Paul Hafford (an IBL All Star in 2007) sparked the comeback for the Bellingham Slam
at the IBL Championship game scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds; Hafford averaged a touch
over 17 points and 5 rebounds per game during the regular season.

*6 6 Forward Dominick Melton (an IBL All Star in 2007) played 16 games for the Holland Blast
averaging 18.5 points, 2.1 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game.

*6 0 Point Guard Barry Bradford (an IBL All Star in 2007) played 23 games for the Windy City
Soldiers averaging 8.5 assists per game (third best in the IBL); Barry also averaged 11.6 points and 3.2
rebounds per game. The Soldiers won 11 games in 2008an improvement from 0 wins in 2007.


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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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Ukraine snap losing streak edging Israel in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 - Israel U16 78:63

Ukrainian U16 National team snapped their 5-game losing skid at the European Championship in Italy today. They defeated Israel in the classification game for the 9th-12th places and would take on Latvia for the 9th spot tomorrow. Israel will face Greece in the final game of the tournament on Sunday. Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) tallied a monster double-double of 21 points and 18 boards to pace Ukraine to the win. Israel started the game more aggressively and jumped to an early 6:1 lead. Ukraine cut the deficit and later surged ahead but Israel still won the first period 21:16. Ukraine answered with an 11:0 run to open the second period. Oleksandr Prokopenko (192-F-92) and Vyacheslav Bobrov kept Ukraine in front throughout the period but Israel used an 8:2 surge at the end of the half to regain the advantage at 40:38. Ukraine rushed ahead on all cylinders at the beginning of the third frame scoring 7 points in a row. Ukraine were back in the driving seat and maintained the lead throughout the quarter. They headed into the final stanza up by 4 points. Bar Reuven (205-F-92) tipped off the fourth quarter with a three-pointer as Israel trimmed the distance to minimum however Ukraine responded with 10 consecutive points to establish a 66:55 lead. Israel failed to recover and had to surrender at the end. Oleksandr Prokopenko netted 18 points for Ukraine. Kostyantyn Anikiyenko (214-C-92) added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Tom Slutsky (-92) replied with 15 points for Israel. Gay Lavie (188-G-92) had 14 points in defeat.

Ukraine U16: Vyacheslav Bobrov 21+18 boards, Oleksandr Prokopenko 18, Kostyantyn Anikiyenko 14+15 boards
Israel U16: Tom Slutsky 15, Gay Lavie 14


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Hungary stun Italy for the first win in EuroBasket Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Italy 68:64

Hungarian National Team celebrated their initial win at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign today. They held off visiting Italy to improve to 1-1 record in Group A. The loss sent Italian team to upsetting 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder. Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) shone for Italy in the first period as his 13 points allowed the visitors to claim a 23:20 lead. Valerio Amoroso opened the second frame with a jumper to give Italy a 25:20 advantage. Michelori soon stretched the margin to 8 points before Hungry started their comeback rally. Molnar and Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) teamed up for 10 points and the hosts surged ahead 35:33. Zoltan Trepak, Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Laszlo Simon (189-G-86) came up with 7 points for Hungarian team to close the half leading by 9 points 42:33. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Marton Bader extended the distance to 12 points early in the third frame. But Valerio Amoroso reignited Italian effort as they went on a 19:3 run and clinched a 52:47 advantage late in the quarter. The teams traded baskets and Italy entered the fourth term ahead by 2 points. Mancinelli deepened the damage as Italy grabbed a 5-point cushion early in the fourth stanza. But a bunch of free throws from Zoltan Trepak and Molnar set the home team back in the charge 61:60 with less than 7 minutes left to play. Horvath, Marton Bader and Istvan Nemeth kept Hungary ahead in the dying minutes. Italy came as close as 2 points with 6 seconds remaining but Sitku was perfect from the stripe to seal the win for Hungary.
Marton Bader led Hungary with 15 points and 11 boards. Istvan Nemeth had 12 points, while Zoltan Trepak contributed 11 for the winners. Valerio Amoroso scored game-high 21 points and pulled down 8 boards for Italy. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) contributed 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss. Italy will now face Finland, while Hungary will travel to Serbia on Wednesday.

Hungary: Marton Bader 15+11 boards, Istvan Nemeth 12, Zoltan Trepak 11
Italy: Valerio Amoroso 21, Giuseppe Poeta 10


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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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Standings
KIBA Standings
 1. Louisville L. 14-0 
 2. RiverCity G. 6-6 
 3. American B. 3-7 
 4. Mountain B. 2-9 


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  LATVIA   


Andris Misters lifts Latvia past Greece - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16 - Greece U16 82:80

Latvian U16 National Team pulled away with a hard-fought narrow victory over Greece in the semifinal round for the 9th-12th spots at the European Championship in Italy today. The teams were tied at 80 with 18 seconds remaining in the game. However Latvia used their last possession the most effectively setting up a go-ahead jumper for Andris Misters (192-G-92). Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (203-F-92) had a chance to save the game for Greece but his desperate three-pointer rimmed out. Andris Misters finished the game with 25 points to propel Latvia to the win. His 12 points in the opening stanza did not allow Latvia to surge ahead as they trailed 21:22 after ten minutes of action. However Latvian team opened the second period with 5 straight points and gained a 26:22 lead. The lead then changed hands for several times before Latvia secured a 40:38 lead at the interval. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos and Antonakis retained the advantage for Hellenes and kept them in charge throughout the third period. Charalampos Karaiskos (192-G-92) and Terpos gave Greek team a 9-point cushion late in the frame. Latvia went on a 13:0 run early in the fourth term to grab a 70:65 advantage. Greece tied the score twice before Panagiotis Papoulias (189-G-92) stepped in front 78:76 with over 2 minutes left. Edmunds Dukulis (201-F/C-92) converted a three-point play to carry Latvia ahead, while Sandis Bets (189-G-92) added a free throw for an 80:78 Latvian lead with 50 seconds to go. Panagiotis Papoulias drew things level with a jumper but then it was Andris Misters hightime as he secured the win for Latvia. Sandis Bets nailed 15 points, while Edmunds Dukulis provided 13 points and 14 boards for the winners. Panagiotis Papoulias and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos answered with 17 points apiece for Greece. Charalampos Karaiskos had 11 in defeat. Latvia will now face Ukraine for the 9th spot. Greece will wrap up their European Championship campaign against Israel.

Latvia U16: Andris Misters 25, Sandis Bets 15, Edmunds Dukulis 13+14 boards
Greece U16: Panagiotis Papoulias 17, Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 17


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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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  MONTENEGRO   


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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  NABL   


Standings
NABL Standings
 1. Las Vegas W. 0-0 
 2. Hawaii C. 0-0 
 3. Los Angeles J. 0-0 
 4. Denver T. 0-0 
 5. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 6. Cleveland P. 0-0 
 7. Philadelphia T. 0-0 
 8. Marathon O. 0-0 


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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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Serbia hold off Russia at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Russia U16 63:54

The reigning U16 European champions Serbia will play for the 5th spot at the European Championship in Italy. Serbia failed to advance to the semis but would try to take the best from the rest. They defeated Russia today to set up the clash against Spain for the fifth place tomorrow. Serbia had to overcome a slow start against Russia to score a solid win at the end. Russia will play for the 7th spot versus Croatia on Sunday. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) and Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) scored 4 straight points late in the first period and Russia grabbed an 18:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. Russia used a 6:0 run midway through the second period to stretch the margin. However Aleksandar Cvetkovic (180-G-93) drained a three-pointer to fuel a 10:2 rally as Serbia built a 35:32 advantage at halftime. Serbia continued their rally in the third period scoring 12 unanswered points and establishing a 47:32 lead. Serbia looked confident and rock solid at the moment and never allowed Russia to threaten the gap in the fourth stanza. Luka Igrutinovic (194-G-92) secured 15 points for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92) contributed 14 points and 10 boards, while Aleksandar Radenkovic (185-G-92) had 11 points for the winners. Dmitry Kulagin replied with 17 points for Russia. Alexander Varnakov nailed 11 in defeat. Serbia outrebounded Russia 40:34 and forced their opponents to 20 turnovers. Both teams shot poorly from the field with Serbia sinking 34%, while Russia converting 35%.

Serbia U16: Luka Igrutinovic 15, Djordje Drenovac 14+10 boards, Aleksandar Radenkovic 11
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 17, Alexander Varnakov 11


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  SERBIA   


Serbia hold off Russia at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Russia U16 63:54

The reigning U16 European champions Serbia will play for the 5th spot at the European Championship in Italy. Serbia failed to advance to the semis but would try to take the best from the rest. They defeated Russia today to set up the clash against Spain for the fifth place tomorrow. Serbia had to overcome a slow start against Russia to score a solid win at the end. Russia will play for the 7th spot versus Croatia on Sunday. Alexander Varnakov (184-G-92) and Dmitry Kulagin (194-G-92) scored 4 straight points late in the first period and Russia grabbed an 18:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. Russia used a 6:0 run midway through the second period to stretch the margin. However Aleksandar Cvetkovic (180-G-93) drained a three-pointer to fuel a 10:2 rally as Serbia built a 35:32 advantage at halftime. Serbia continued their rally in the third period scoring 12 unanswered points and establishing a 47:32 lead. Serbia looked confident and rock solid at the moment and never allowed Russia to threaten the gap in the fourth stanza. Luka Igrutinovic (194-G-92) secured 15 points for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92) contributed 14 points and 10 boards, while Aleksandar Radenkovic (185-G-92) had 11 points for the winners. Dmitry Kulagin replied with 17 points for Russia. Alexander Varnakov nailed 11 in defeat. Serbia outrebounded Russia 40:34 and forced their opponents to 20 turnovers. Both teams shot poorly from the field with Serbia sinking 34%, while Russia converting 35%.

Serbia U16: Luka Igrutinovic 15, Djordje Drenovac 14+10 boards, Aleksandar Radenkovic 11
Russia U16: Dmitry Kulagin 17, Alexander Varnakov 11


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  SLOVAKIA   


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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  SLOVENIA   


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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  SPAIN   


Spain shoot down Croatia in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Croatia U16 62:56

Joan Tomas (200-F-92) came up with 18 points and 11 boards and Spanish U16 National Team celebrated the win in the last but one day of the European Championship in Italy. They defeated Croatian opponents to set up the clash for the 5th spot against the winner of Russia vs. Serbia encounter. Croatia used 6 straight points from Boris Barac (202-F-92) to build a 12:7 lead midway through the first period. However Miguel Servera (195-F-92) and Joan Tomas clipped the distance to 2 points at the end of the first frame. Spain went on a 12:4 rally early in the second quarter and gained a 25:19 advantage. Spaniards stayed in front and rolled to a 30:26 advantage at halftime. Spain continued to dominate in the third stanza and a three-pointer from Miguel Servera opened a double-digit lead late in the quarter. Stefan Zadravec (187-G-92) scored the first 10 Croatian points of the fourth term as the margin was cut to just 2 points. But a confident display from Spain in the dying minutes gave not a single chance for their opponents to scrape in front. Carles Marzo (197-G-92) and Albert Ventura (190-F-92) were deadly from the stripe in the crunch time and secured the victory at the end. Miguel Servera provided 16 points for Spain. Alejandro Igual (189-G-92), Albert Ventura and Carles Marzo added 6 points apiece for the winning side. Stefan Zadravec finished with 18 points for Croatia. Boris Barac nailed 13 points in defeat. Spain outrebounded Croatia 46:35 which proved decisive in the clash.

Spain U16: Joan Tomas 18+11 boards, Miguel Servera 16
Croatia U16: Stefan Zadravec 18, Boris Barac 13


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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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  TURKEY   


Czech Republic make it to the Final in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Turkey U16 69:64 (OT)

Czech Republic U16 National Team became the first finalist of the European Championship in Italy. They defeated Turkish counterparts in the real basketball drama today. Jan Svejda (191-G/F-92) knocked down 27 points to lead Czech team to a thrilling win at the end. Turkey managed to erase a 6-point halftime deficit and forced extra period. But Czech Republic came back to life in the overtime and snatched a narrow win at the end. Enes Kanter (205-C-92) had a pivotal performance for Turkey with 25 points and 21 rebounds. Czech Republic will now take on the winner of Lithuania vs. France clash in tomorrows championship game.
Turkey opened the game with 7 unanswered points to jump to an early lead. However Czech Republic closed the frame with a 9:0 rally to earn a 15:11 advantage. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Kriz and Milan Ryska (204-C/F-92, agency: PPGroup) capped the first half giving Czech team a 32:26 lead. Czech Republic maintained the gap well throughout the third quarter and entered the final stanza up by 5 points. But Turkey were far from being done. Enes Kanter netted 6 points in an 11:2 surge from Turkey that put them in charge 56:54 with 15 seconds left in regulation. However Tomas Vyoral (187-G-92) was fouled and sent the game into overtime converting both free throws. Enes Kanter set Turkey in front with a layup early in the extra period. Svejda, Milan Ryska and Tomas Vyoral though replied crafting a 5-point advantage for Czech Republic. Enes Kanter chipped in 4 points to trim the deficit to a single point with 19 seconds remaining. Svejda and David Hrncir (196-F-92) were perfect from the free throw line and ensured the winning outcome for Czech Republic at the end. Milan Ryska notched 16 points and 11 boards for the winners. Burak Yuksel (203-F-92) dropped 11 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U16: Jan Svejda 27, Milan Ryska 16+11 boards, David Hrncir 7
Turkey U16: Enes Kanter 25+21 boards, Burak Yuksel 11


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  UKRAINE   


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 snap losing streak edging Israel in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 - Israel U16 78:63

Ukrainian U16 National team snapped their 5-game losing skid at the European Championship in Italy today. They defeated Israel in the classification game for the 9th-12th places and would take on Latvia for the 9th spot tomorrow. Israel will face Greece in the final game of the tournament on Sunday. Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) tallied a monster double-double of 21 points and 18 boards to pace Ukraine to the win. Israel started the game more aggressively and jumped to an early 6:1 lead. Ukraine cut the deficit and later surged ahead but Israel still won the first period 21:16. Ukraine answered with an 11:0 run to open the second period. Oleksandr Prokopenko (192-F-92) and Vyacheslav Bobrov kept Ukraine in front throughout the period but Israel used an 8:2 surge at the end of the half to regain the advantage at 40:38. Ukraine rushed ahead on all cylinders at the beginning of the third frame scoring 7 points in a row. Ukraine were back in the driving seat and maintained the lead throughout the quarter. They headed into the final stanza up by 4 points. Bar Reuven (205-F-92) tipped off the fourth quarter with a three-pointer as Israel trimmed the distance to minimum however Ukraine responded with 10 consecutive points to establish a 66:55 lead. Israel failed to recover and had to surrender at the end. Oleksandr Prokopenko netted 18 points for Ukraine. Kostyantyn Anikiyenko (214-C-92) added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Tom Slutsky (-92) replied with 15 points for Israel. Gay Lavie (188-G-92) had 14 points in defeat.

Ukraine U16: Vyacheslav Bobrov 21+18 boards, Oleksandr Prokopenko 18, Kostyantyn Anikiyenko 14+15 boards
Israel U16: Tom Slutsky 15, Gay Lavie 14




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


USA earn the fourth straight Olympic Games title - by Eurobasket News
USA - Australia 92:65

The United States National Team celebrated their fourth straight Olympic Gold today. They prevailed over Australia in the mouth-watering final clash today. The Opals looked forward to snapping three-game losing streak against the USA in the Olympic Games championship games. However the USA proved they are the best team in the world at the moment. Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) scored 15 points in her first Olympiad Final appearance to pace the USA to an overwhelming victory. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) secured 14 points apiece for the winners. Penny Taylor healed her injury and could play for Australia in the game. But neither she nor Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) could hold off the striking US squad. The North American powerhouse looked better in every facet of the encounter and deservedly posted a 7-point advantage at the first intermission. Australia failed to deny the deficit in the second period. Moreover the USA stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime. Balanced offense helped the North American side to keep Australia at safe distance throughout the third period. Lauren Jackson and Belinda Snell (6'0''-F-81, agency: LBM Management) lifted Aussies to 24:22 win in the quarter but it was not enough to spark the intrigue. Unstoppable USA team limited Australia to just 11 points in the final stanza and sealed the triumphant win. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) posted 13 points for the winners. Lauren Jackson answered with game-high 20 points and 10 boards. Belinda Snell added 15 points, while Suzy Batkovic (6'4''-C-80) had 8 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. The USA sank 58% from the field, while limiting Australia to woeful 25% accuracy. The winners also sank 85% from the stripe and pulled down 41 rebounds.

USA: Kara Lawson 15, Lisa Leslie 14, Candace Parker 14
Australia: Lauren Jackson 20+10 boards, Belinda Snell 15


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  CHINA - Women  


Russia edge China for pedestal in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Russia - China 94:81

Russian National Team completed their Olympic Games basketball tournament with a confident victory over China. Russia looked better during the game and deservedly registered the win that brought them the bronze medals of the Olympiad. The lead changed for a couple of times throughout the opening frame before Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) sealed the outcome at 24:23 for Russia. Chen Xiaoli (193-C-82) and Feifei Sui opened the second period with 4 straight points and China regained the lead. However Russia capped the first half with a 21:11 rally to accumulate a 52:39 advantage at the interval. Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) and Maria Stepanova tipped off the third frame with 5 straight points as Russia stretched the margin to 18 points. China refused to fold and came as close as 11 points from the visitors. However Ilona Korstine and Oxana Rakhmatulina (180-G-76, agency: LBM Management) crowned the frame and Russia entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points. Bian Lan (182-G-86) tried to reignite the intrigue in the game cutting the distance to 12 points in the fourth quarter but Russia withstood. Rebecca Hammon and Tatiana Shchegoleva were accurate from the stripe in the final seconds and Russia celebrated an impressive win at the end. Rebecca Hammon topscored with 22 points for Russia. Tatiana Shchegoleva and Maria Stepanova provided 15 points apiece for the winners. Chen Nan (197-C-83) answered with game-high 26 points for the hosts. Bian Lan added 17 points, while Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) had 16 in defeat. Russia sank solid 53% from beyond the arc and outrebounded their opponents 34:28. They also suffered only 8 turnovers down the stretch.

Russia: Rebecca Hammon 22, Tatiana Shchegoleva 15, Maria Stepanova 15
China: Chen Nan 26, Bian Lan 17


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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.


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  NORWAY - Women  


Tattersdill go East - by Kaare Vangen
One of the key players of the NT that became runner up i the Nordic Championship, Kristina Tattersdill (181-F/C-83), is leaving Gimle to play for Swedish top club, Salln. She will combine playing in Damligan with studies. Tattersdill has played two seasons for Sundsvall some years ago. She will most likely become one of the key players for Salln. Tattersdill has been one of the best players for the dominant Norwegian club, Gimle, for many years.

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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Finals results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Championship Game
USA - Australia 92:65

The United States National Team celebrated their fourth straight Olympic Gold today. They prevailed over Australia in the mouth-watering final clash today. The Opals looked forward to snapping three-game losing streak against the USA in the Olympic Games championship games. However the USA proved they are the best team in the world at the moment. Kara Lawson (173-G-81, college: Tennessee) scored 15 points in her first Olympiad Final appearance to pace the USA to an overwhelming victory. Lisa Leslie (196-C-72, college: USC) and Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) secured 14 points apiece for the winners. Penny Taylor healed her injury and could play for Australia in the game. But neither she nor Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) could hold off the striking US squad. The North American powerhouse looked better in every facet of the encounter and deservedly posted a 7-point advantage at the first intermission. Australia failed to deny the deficit in the second period. Moreover the USA stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime. Balanced offense helped the North American side to keep Australia at safe distance throughout the third period. Lauren Jackson and Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) lifted Aussies to 24:22 win in the quarter but it was not enough to spark the intrigue. Unstoppable USA team limited Australia to just 11 points in the final stanza and sealed the triumphant win. Sylvia Fowles posted 13 points for the winners. Lauren Jackson answered with game-high 20 points and 10 boards. Belinda Snell added 15 points, while Suzy Batkovic had 8 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. The USA sank 58% from the field, while limiting Australia to woeful 25% accuracy. The winners also sank 85% from the stripe and pulled down 41 rebounds.

USA: Kara Lawson 15, Lisa Leslie 14, Candace Parker 14
Australia: Lauren Jackson 20+10 boards, Belinda Snell 15


Bronze medals game
Russia - China 94:81

Russian National Team completed their Olympic Games basketball tournament with a confident victory over China. Russia looked better during the game and deservedly registered the win that brought them the bronze medals of the Olympiad. The lead changed for a couple of times throughout the opening frame before Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) and Ilona Korstine sealed the outcome at 24:23 for Russia. Chen Xiaoli and Feifei Sui opened the second period with 4 straight points and China regained the lead. However Russia capped the first half with a 21:11 rally to accumulate a 52:39 advantage at the interval. Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) and Maria Stepanova tipped off the third frame with 5 straight points as Russia stretched the margin to 18 points. China refused to fold and came as close as 11 points from the visitors. However Ilona Korstine and Oxana Rakhmatulina crowned the frame and Russia entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points. Bian Lan (182-G-86) tried to reignite the intrigue in the game cutting the distance to 12 points in the fourth quarter but Russia withstood. Rebecca Hammon and Tatiana Shchegoleva were accurate from the stripe in the final seconds and Russia celebrated an impressive win at the end. Rebecca Hammon topscored with 22 points for Russia. Tatiana Shchegoleva and Maria Stepanova provided 15 points apiece for the winners. Chen Nan (197-C-83) answered with game-high 26 points for the hosts. Bian Lan added 17 points, while Miao Li Jie had 16 in defeat. Russia sank solid 53% from beyond the arc and outrebounded their opponents 34:28. They also suffered only 8 turnovers down the stretch.

Russia: Rebecca Hammon 22, Tatiana Shchegoleva 15, Maria Stepanova 15
China: Chen Nan 26, Bian Lan 17


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia edge China for pedestal in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Russia - China 94:81

Russian National Team completed their Olympic Games basketball tournament with a confident victory over China. Russia looked better during the game and deservedly registered the win that brought them the bronze medals of the Olympiad. The lead changed for a couple of times throughout the opening frame before Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) sealed the outcome at 24:23 for Russia. Chen Xiaoli (193-C-82) and Feifei Sui opened the second period with 4 straight points and China regained the lead. However Russia capped the first half with a 21:11 rally to accumulate a 52:39 advantage at the interval. Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) and Maria Stepanova tipped off the third frame with 5 straight points as Russia stretched the margin to 18 points. China refused to fold and came as close as 11 points from the visitors. However Ilona Korstine and Oxana Rakhmatulina (180-G-76, agency: LBM Management) crowned the frame and Russia entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points. Bian Lan (182-G-86) tried to reignite the intrigue in the game cutting the distance to 12 points in the fourth quarter but Russia withstood. Rebecca Hammon and Tatiana Shchegoleva were accurate from the stripe in the final seconds and Russia celebrated an impressive win at the end. Rebecca Hammon topscored with 22 points for Russia. Tatiana Shchegoleva and Maria Stepanova provided 15 points apiece for the winners. Chen Nan (197-C-83) answered with game-high 26 points for the hosts. Bian Lan added 17 points, while Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) had 16 in defeat. Russia sank solid 53% from beyond the arc and outrebounded their opponents 34:28. They also suffered only 8 turnovers down the stretch.

Russia: Rebecca Hammon 22, Tatiana Shchegoleva 15, Maria Stepanova 15
China: Chen Nan 26, Bian Lan 17


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  WNBA - Women  


USA earn the fourth straight Olympic Games title - by Eurobasket News
USA - Australia 92:65

The United States National Team celebrated their fourth straight Olympic Gold today. They prevailed over Australia in the mouth-watering final clash today. The Opals looked forward to snapping three-game losing streak against the USA in the Olympic Games championship games. However the USA proved they are the best team in the world at the moment. Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) scored 15 points in her first Olympiad Final appearance to pace the USA to an overwhelming victory. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) secured 14 points apiece for the winners. Penny Taylor healed her injury and could play for Australia in the game. But neither she nor Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) could hold off the striking US squad. The North American powerhouse looked better in every facet of the encounter and deservedly posted a 7-point advantage at the first intermission. Australia failed to deny the deficit in the second period. Moreover the USA stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime. Balanced offense helped the North American side to keep Australia at safe distance throughout the third period. Lauren Jackson and Belinda Snell (6'0''-F-81, agency: LBM Management) lifted Aussies to 24:22 win in the quarter but it was not enough to spark the intrigue. Unstoppable USA team limited Australia to just 11 points in the final stanza and sealed the triumphant win. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) posted 13 points for the winners. Lauren Jackson answered with game-high 20 points and 10 boards. Belinda Snell added 15 points, while Suzy Batkovic (6'4''-C-80) had 8 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. The USA sank 58% from the field, while limiting Australia to woeful 25% accuracy. The winners also sank 85% from the stripe and pulled down 41 rebounds.

USA: Kara Lawson 15, Lisa Leslie 14, Candace Parker 14
Australia: Lauren Jackson 20+10 boards, Belinda Snell 15